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An unusually busy week in Ukraine on every front. Especially interesting is the standing down of the ATO and its replacement with  “Allied Force Operation”. Many interesting reports on the Donbass theatre.

Most interesting reports on new capabilities, including GLCMs, TBMs and the intended operational deployment of the first regiment of the upgraded S-125M / SA-3 GOA this year.

A deluge of political news, some especially interesting, and more disturbing reports from Donbass and Crimea.


Ukraine Reports

Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas to be reformatted into Allied Forces Operation – Muzhenko – 22.02.2018 12:00 — Ukrinform News

The Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas is being reformatted into the Allied Forces Operation, which will be led by Ukraine's military leadership.

Goodbye, ATO: Ukraine officially changes name of Donbas war | KyivPost

It’s still not a war, but maybe it’s progress. Ukraine formally dropped its “anti-terrorist operation” misnomer, or ATO, in describing Russia’s war against Ukraine since 2014. But the nation’s leaders still can’t bring themselves to officially declare as war the Kremlin’s military invasion that has killed more than 10,000 people and cost Ukraine control of the Crimean peninsula and parts of the eastern Donbas. Instead, Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko on Feb. 20 signed into law the controversial Donbas integration legislation that renames the conflict as “taking measures to ensure national security and defense, and repulsing and deterring the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.” Approved by the Verkhovna Rada on Jan. 18 with 280 votes in favor, the law declares Russia an aggressor state that occupies parts of Ukraine and governs them with its occupational authorities. As a result, it also states that Russia is particularly responsible for protecting human rights and providing decent living conditions for the local population on the occupied territories. The document allows the movement of civilians and goods via the currently existing system of entry checkpoints installed at several locations along the contact line. Furthermore, the new bill significantly alters the status of Ukraine’s military in the war-torn eastern region, providing the legal basis for the presence of Ukraine’s armed forces along the Donbas front line without the declaration of martial law. Strategic command over all combat units and other formations will be assigned to Ukraine’s Armed Forces Joint Operative Headquarters, the head of which is to be nominated by the army’s Chief of General Staff and approved by the president. Following the signing of the law, Poroshenko on his Twitter page asserted that he expected Ukraine’s Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko to nominate a commander for the Joint Operative Headquarters, to approve a regulating act for the body, and to amend the strategic model of engagement of the Armed Forces in compliance with the fresh bill. The army’s top command is formally put in charge of all military and law enforcement activities in the region, thus formally ending the so-called “anti-terror operation” run by the SBU security service in the Donbas since April 7, 2014. However, the new law fails to overtly call the hostilities in the Donbas a war against Russia. Instead, the document repeatedly refers to “taking measures to ensure national security and defense, and repulsing and deterring the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.”

Ukraine’s Gen. Staff says ATO over, new Operation in Donbas kicking off | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Gen. Staff says ATO over, new Operation in Donbas kicking off. View news feed in news about politics for 22 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukrainian MP explains when ATO to change format | UNIAN

Ukrainian MP explains when ATO to change format. View news feed from Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN – news about politics for 23 February

Donbas reintegration law published in parliamentary paper, – 112 – Donbas reintegration law published in parliamentary paper – 112.international

The Donbas reintegration law has been officially published in the newspaper of the Ukrainian Parliament o

Poroshenko Signs ‘Occupied Territories’ Law Deeming Russia An ‘Aggressor’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has signed into law a bill that supporters say will help Kyiv restore control of territory held by Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Poroshenko enacts law on re-integration of Donbas | UNIAN

Poroshenko enacts law on re-integration of Donbas. View news feed from Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN – news about politics for 20 February

Canada, EU to provide arms to Ukraine following U.S. – presidential envoy | UNIAN

Canada, EU to provide arms to Ukraine following U.S. – presidential envoy. View news feed in news about politics for 23 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Javelin systems to strengthen Ukraine’s positions in Donbas talks – U.S. general – 19.02.2018 10:28 — Ukrinform News

The provision of Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine will strengthen Kyiv's positions in talks on the settlement of the conflict in Donbas.

UAWire – Poroshenko: Ukraine will get more than just Javelin missile systems from the US

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, discussed the results of the talks in Munich with U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, as …

UAWire – President Poroshenko: Javelin anti-tank missile systems are expected to arrive in Ukraine soon

 During a cabinet meeting of the National Security and Defense Council held to discuss the recently approved bill: On Specifics of the State …

Ukrainian FM To Tell Lavrov To ‘Rein In’ Russia-Backed Separatists

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says he will tell his Russian counterpart that Moscow must “rein in” separatists it backs in eastern Ukraine when they meet on the sidelines of a high-p…

Escalation in Donbas: Ukrainian soldier killed, 7 WIAs in last day | UNIAN

Escalation in Donbas: Ukrainian soldier killed, 7 WIAs in last day. View news feed in war news for 21 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukrainian nurse killed in enemy shelling in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukrainian nurse killed in enemy shelling in Donbas. View news feed in war news for 21 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine’s female combat medic dies in Donbas – 112.international

Sabina Halytska, the combat medic that worked in the combat area in Donbas was killed during an attack of Russian militants

Another Ukrainian soldier killed as Russian proxy forces mount 19 attacks in Donbas in past 24 hours | UNIAN

Another Ukrainian soldier killed as Russian proxy forces mount 19 attacks in Donbas in past 24 hours. Current news and events for 23 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine official reports on number of suicides among troops in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukraine official reports on number of suicides among troops in Donbas. View news feed in news about social life for 21 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Sweden says it′s open to leading UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine | News | DW | 17.02.2018

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only if both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.

Finland ready to join peacekeeping mission in Donbas | UNIAN

Finland ready to join peacekeeping mission in Donbas. View news feed in news about politics for 19 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Finland ready to join EU peacekeepers in Donbas if respective decision made, – Niinistö – 112.international

Finland expressed readiness to participate in the UN peacekeepers’ mission in Donbas if the respective decision is made

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: No Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas without peers from NATO states | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: No Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas without peers from NATO states. Current news and events for 20 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine intel says militants cross to Russia to get more armored vehicles | UNIAN

Ukraine intel says militants cross to Russia to get more armored vehicles. View news feed in war news for 20 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Torez: Russia’s Largest Military Base in Ukraine – YouTube

Glasnost Gone Published on Jul 8, 2017 Using satellite images, we visit one of Russia’s largest military bases in Ukraine. Situated at Torez,, close to the Russian border, 2017 satellite images show it’s now been made permanent, with buildings replacing tented barracks/facilities. My PayPal Donations linkhttps://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr… Donations help pay for my research/production of videos and importantly, the purchase of 2017 satellite images, such as those seen in this video. Thank you for any donations. Film by and copyright: Alex King – Glasnost Gone. Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone

OSINT experts spot landing pads for Russian military helicopters in Donbas (Video) | UNIAN

OSINT experts spot landing pads for Russian military helicopters in Donbas (Video). Current news and events for 22 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Evidence: Russia’s using Military Helicopters in Ukraine – YouTube

Glasnost Gone Published on Feb 21, 2018 Here we look at satellite images showing good evidence for Russia having used military helicopters in Ukraine. Hidden in woods, large white squares indicate helicopter landing pads. Adding to the evidence, they appeared at the same time, several Russian led military sites were built in the area. One advantage for the use of helicopters, would be the rapid transportation of wounded soldiers, Special Forces and senior, Russian military commanders. All images seen in the video are freely available to view on Google Earth. I say that for the benefit of Russia’s army of sad YouTube trolls, who predictably scream their Kremlin default word – fake.

Knocked out teeth from beatings – in 50 prisoners, hepatitis – in 5, suicidal attempts – in 6 people, – Irina Gerashchenko on the condition of those who were released during the exchange

20.02.18 11:53 – Many liberated from the captivity of Russian mercenaries in the Donbass suffer from diseases, injuries and psychological trauma. This was in an interview with Censor.NET was told by the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group, First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashchenko. She noted that the work of the humanitarian sub-group for months could not bring anything, but the result of her work for these 2.5 years was the release of more than a hundred people from captivity, where they were in terrible conditions. “You know, I received a certificate of the results of medical and psychological diagnosis of people released in December 17-January-January 18. There are a lot of delicate information in this document, but I can voice some common figures in our conversation, without naming names, patients with hepatitis among the released – 5 people, teeth – more than 50. Uvechy received during the stay in forced isolation – 4. Tumors – 4 people, closed craniocereberal trauma – 7. Stress reactions – 69 people. Suicidal attempts – 6 people The psychological support is necessary for more than 40 people, all of them have experienced violence, pressure, blackmail, stress, and many things can not be told, but it’s terrible … When I read this and understand what they went through, I become immune to all these antics in Minsk, because I understand: we must pull out hostages, the rest are my problems, and they are secondary, “Gerashchenko said. Source: https://censor.net.ua/n3051397

Poroshenko meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, – 112 – Poroshenko meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan – 112.international

The parties discussed the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas, anti-corruption court and national security of Ukraine , – 112

One Russian killed, another injured in landmine blast in Donbas | UNIAN

One Russian killed, another injured in landmine blast in Donbas. View news feed in war news for 18 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine preparing to sue Russia for war crimes – LB.ua news portal

Ukraine preparing to sue Russia for war crimes. Evidence is being collected. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

The growing gap between Ukraine and Russia – and the people trying to bridge it | openDemocracy

 

UAWire – Ukrainian companies, including Roshen, supply products to unrecognized Transdniestria

The Ukrainian offices of well-known global brands, including the company Roshen, are supplying their products to the unrecognized Transdniestria. …

Igor Fedyk | Ukraine Advances Its Missile Production Program – Jamestown

On January 30, 2018, Ukraine conducted the first successful flight test of its new cruise missile Neptun, aimed at examining the functions of its solid-propellant thruster and launcher (Rnbo.gov.ua, January 30). The Ukrainian defense industry is currently implementing two essential missile projects—the cruise missile Neptun and the multiple launch missile system Vilkha (MLRS Vilkha). A state-owned company, SE State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch,” is designing both projects. In addition to these missile projects, the SE Design Bureau “Pivdenne” is developing a new mobile short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system Hrim-2. Until 2014, Ukraine’s leadership mostly ignored the subject of developing missile weapons, although the military and design companies continually raised it. However, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the armed aggression in the Donbas changed Kyiv’s defense thinking and made missile systems one of the priorities in strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities. The Neptune project is a subsonic missile with a range of up to 300 kilometers (km) (Ukrinform, January 30). It is equipped with different types of target seekers to be able to hit various types of targets (112.ua, January 30). In general, ground, naval and airborne variants of this cruise missile are expected (Defense Express, January 26). The Neptun project combines new ideas, proven solutions and dependable designs, already developed in Ukraine. This approach will significantly reduce the cost of its mass production preparations (112.ua, January 30, Glavcom, February 2). Experts estimate that within two to three years the Neptun missile will be brought to mass production and will be supplied primarily to coastal defense units, which today are in dire need of capable anti-ship weapons (Glavcom, February 2). The project is of great significance for Ukraine. For the first time since independence, the Ukrainian army will receive an effective means to deter the enemy—the “long arm” capable of hitting targets at a maximum range with minimum use of missiles. At the same time, given the state’s limited financial resources, this cruise missile is the optimal solution according to the “cost-effective” criteria. Vilkha is a modernization of the Soviet MLRS Smerch. The system’s parameters are not disclosed in detail, but it is generally known that its missiles would be able to hit targets at a distance of up to 120 km (Glavred, April 25, 2017). The critical feature of this project is the guidance system and the possibility of adjusting a missile’s trajectory when it is already in flight. With this, the flight adjustment is not carried out by GPS, whose signals could be suppressed, but rather by impulse engines. As a result, each of the 12 missiles of the volley can hit separate targets (Defense Express, November 6, 2017). In 2017, all tests within the framework of this project were completed. In particular, during the recent tests in December, all four missiles hit their targets, which proved the high ballistic characteristics of the new missile, its guidance system, new solid rocket fuel and new missile frames (Unian, December 22). According to experts’ estimates, the arrival of Vilkha in the Ukrainian army is expected by 2019 (Apostrophe, February 1). In addition to these missile projects, the SE Design Bureau “Pivdenne” is developing a new mobile short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system Hrim-2, whose launcher and missile engine tests were shown in mid-January (24tv, January 16). Currently, the Hrim-2 project is carried out on behalf of a foreign customer. This imposes restrictions on its range, which, according to the manufacturer’s data, is 280 km. If developed for the Ukrainian army, the range of the new SRBM Hrim-2 could be increased up to 450-500 km (Defense Express, August 16, 2016; Wartime.org.ua, August 5, 2016). According to experts, the production of the Hrim-2 system for the foreign customer could start in two years. The Ukrainian military has set their hopes on this system and expects that after the successful completion of all tests and the supply cycle for the foreign customer, the cost of upgrading it to their requirements will be significantly lower (Apostrophe, January 8). Ukraine’s need for this SRBM is critical, as the state has been under attack. Currently, the most powerful system of the Ukrainian army is the Soviet tactical ballistic missile Tochka, which has a range of 120 km, but inferior accuracy. The Hrim-2 system, in its upgraded version to 450-500 km range, would be able to hit targets at distances three times farther than Tochka. At the same time, its accuracy and power will be much higher than those of its Soviet analog. The creation of these missile systems is a timely solution that is entirely consistent with Kyiv’s current security and defense policy. Ukraine’s military doctrine says that by giving up its nuclear arsenal—one of the most powerful in the world—the country has the right to rely on the international community’s support for reinforcing its conventional defense capabilities. Meanwhile, Ukraine will use its existing military capabilities and reserves to guarantee state sovereignty and territorial integrity (Zakon3.rada.gov.ua, September 24, 2015, Segodnya, April 30, 2017). The development and production of these three missile systems are of vital importance for Ukraine. First, these powerful, modern weapons systems will significantly increase the overall defense capability of the state. Second, according to the “cost-effective” criteria, these systems are currently the best solution developed by the Ukrainian defense industry. Third, the availability of such weapons to the Ukrainian military would both serve as a deterrent and would also have an extremely positive psychological significance. Fourth, the successful work on the missile systems shows that the Ukrainian defense industry has sufficient intellectual and productive capacities to implement such high-tech projects independently. This demonstration of capability is especially important as Russian propaganda claims that, without cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine’s defense industry has no chance of survival. And finally, the active oversight of the missile projects by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine indicates the state’s interest and support for them, which in its turn suggests a good chance of their appearance in the Ukrainian army in due time.

UKRAINE PLANS TO DEPLOY A NEW REGIMENT OF REGIMES IN 2018

Subsequently, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, on his Facebook page, said that the company is preparing for the massive modernization of these missiles. Recall that the development of modernization is the company “Radionix” and State Enterprise “State Kyiv Design Bureau” Luch “. Upon modernization, the upgraded ZRK C-125M “Pechora” can simultaneously fire up to four targets and bring up to eight missiles on them. The 5V27D-M2 rocket itself is equipped with an active radar homing seeker. Brief comparison of tactical and technical characteristics of the Soviet system and its Ukrainian modernization. Today, according to MIL.IN.UA‘s own information, the Armed Forces of Ukraine plans to create an Air Defence Missile regiment, which will be equipped with upgraded S-125M “Pechora”. The regiment may include 4 batteries, each of which consists of up to four launchers with 16 missiles.

Ukraine has intensified reconstitution of the airfield network

The experience of combat operations shows that military aviation needs a wide network of modern military airfields throughout the country, as well as “reserve” aerodromes in individual sections of motorways Since the beginning of the creation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, parts of the military aircraft were actively reduced along with the airdrome network. Of the nearly 100 military aircrafts that were in the early 1990s, today there are about a quarter in Ukraine. And they need major repairs When Russian aggression began in Crimea and in the East of Ukraine, the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine faced the lack of prepared aerodromes in certain areas for carrying out tasks in full amount of aviation. One of the few flagships, which in the beginning of summer 2014 was engaged in combat aircraft, was located near the city of Dnipropetrovsk (Dnipro). In Soviet times there was a military airfield of the fighter aircraft regiment, which was used by civil aviation. Since the beginning of the new millennium, the airport has become a purely civilian. Since then, auxiliary aerodrome buildings have been transferred to the management of the Ministry of Infrastructure, and the runway, the dispatching station and the radar reconnaissance building were controlled by a private airline. In early November 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine signed an order to transfer this airfield from the management of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the airline under the control of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. However, this decision was not implemented for a long time, not because of the fault of the Armed Forces. “Today, litigation is still ongoing, but I am sure the court will make a positive decision, and soon the airfield and its infrastructure will be returned to the defense agency,” said Pavel Yavorsky, the chief of the engineering and aerodrome logistics department of the PS Command. – This is an active aerodrome, and the funds needed for its maintenance are relatively small. Much more will have to be spent on returning to the state property of the aircrafts that have not been operated for a long time. An analysis of the experience of combat operations shows that military aviation needs a wide network of modern airfields throughout the country. That is why, since 2015, the Air Force specialists began to “turn in line” those airfields that the military transferred many years ago to communal ownership of local self-government bodies. Now, every year, several such airfields are restored. At first, the air force commanding authority, equipment, and equipment are returned. Then the specialists restore the runway, buildings, barracks, install modern equipment. In a few months, until recently, a “dead” airfield comes to life and meets transporters, fighters, attack aircraft, training aircraft. It was, for example, 2016 in Chernihiv and 2017 in Uman. There are plans for this year as well. Even the strongest aerodrome concrete is not eternal, and the Ukrainian state aviation flares have not been repaired greatly since its inception. A few years ago, a decision was made to improve the quality of state airfields. As a pilot project, a military flight was selected in Ozernoe (Zhytomyr region). According to preliminary calculations, it will cost 700-800 million UAH. It has started today processing of project documentation. It is planned that the immediate reconstruction of the airfield will begin in the autumn. In late 2015, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine adopted a decision on the restoration and creation of airfield areas of roads of a defensive significance. This decision was approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine. – For our part, we have to identify areas of motorways that will play the role of “reserve” airfields in the future, and to develop technical requirements for each of them, “said Colonel Pavel Yavorsky. – To date, such areas have already been identified, a draft of the relevant Cabinet resolution has been prepared. Next is the case of the Ministry of Infrastructure. The nuance is that today almost all major motorways of Ukraine are being built, repaired and serviced only after the concession contest. Concessionaire – well-known international corporations. Undoubtedly, they have the opportunity to prepare a section of the highway that will be used as an airfield. But it is necessary to discuss it in advance, to allocate funds to work. During the independence of Ukraine only once, in the early 2000s, a pair of MiG-29 fighters landed and flew off the road section. Although in Soviet times there was a certain number of such sites on the territory of our state, today they all need repair and reconstruction. During the practical phase of the “Sky Shield-2016” exercises, MiG-29 and Su-24M aircraft successfully completed a simulated landing on a designated section of the Kyiv-Chop road, and at the time, real landings. Not every segment of the road can be a field flight. Requirements to RVS are quite rigid: at least 2.5 km of ideal road – the area is even, without cracks, much higher than on the regular highway, bearing capacity of asphalt, etc. In addition, At the ends of the site, there must be space for placement of airplanes and service vehicles and necessarily a high-quality roundabout. And these are just a few basic general requirements. There are additional requirements for each specific site, which in the future should become a field flight. For example, dismantle billboards, move pedestrian crossings, and remove the petrol station. Such significant improvements in the airfields of the State Aviation of Ukraine are held for the first time in a quarter century. So, there are reasons to hope that in a few years the Ukrainian military aircraft will receive a qualitatively new airdrome network. Viktor GEDZ, “People’s Army”

A weapon manufacturer from Canada wants to sell modern rifles to Ukraine

The Canadian weapons maker is hoping to conclude a contract for supplying new assault rifles to Ukrainian troops, according to the National Post. Colt Canada from Ontario plans to enter into an agreement with Ukraine to supply up to 100,000 rifles. In January, Alex Payne, Colt Canada manager, held an “introductory meeting” with government officials in Ukraine. This is just the beginning of a process that can last up to two years, because Ukraine needs to determine what kind of weapon it needs and where it is better to get, says Payne “I am convinced that much needs to be done to unequivocally say if there are opportunities for Colt Canada in Ukraine,” Payne said in Postmedia’s commentary. In December, the Canadian government introduced changes to the export rules, allowing them to sell cars and small arms to Ukraine. Ukraine aspires to bring its arsenal to NATO standards. Ukraine is also interested in obtaining other military equipment from Canada and the United States, for example, anti-tank weapons. Paine stressed that Colt Canada hopes to carry out a demonstration of weapons in Ukraine in the summer. “We have a wonderful product and a great reputation,” he said.

Ukrainian Production Plant Updates T-84 ‘Oplot’ Tank – YouTube

UATV English Published on Feb 16, 2018 Ukraine’s major manufacturer or armored vehicles, the Malyshev Plant in Kharkiv, has earned more than 110 million US dollars over the past year. This is a record sum for the last 10 years. The company is now awaiting the next order from the Ukrainian army. Meanwhile, it is working on export contracts.

Vinnytsya 45th mechanical factory handed over to the Armed Forces the first five of the 11 ordered fuel tankers

The 45th experimental mechanical plant in Vinnitsa has transferred to the 94th Center for fuel supply to the rear of the Armed Forces of Ukraine five new tank-vehicles AD-12-63221 of its own production of eleven cars ordered by the Ministry of Defense. Tank-tanker АЦ-12-63221 (АЦ-12 on the chassis of the KrAZ-63221) was developed by the state enterprise “45 experimental mechanical plant” and by the order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine dated May 23, 2017, No. 255 adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Another six tankers of the company AC-12-63221 will be delivered by the end of the year The tanker is intended for transportation of fuel by roads of all categories by impassability at a temperature from -40 ° С to + 45 ° С, mechanized filling with filtered fuel of automobile and armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as well as its short-term storage. The tanks are two-sectional, calibrated, equipped with filling signaling devices. The nominal capacity is 12 m3, the gross tonnage of the tank truck is not more than 14500 kg. Time of deployment of a tank truck from the original position in the working (wrapping in the derivative) is not more than 10 minutes. In addition to cars for the Armed Forces, this year the enterprise will also produce twenty units of equipment for the National Guard of Ukraine. Also, specialists of the 45th experimental mechanical plant developed and produced a car workshop – a mobile charging station, which allows simultaneous recharging of 36 rechargeable batteries. The development is planned to be presented by the military on February 20. This is stated in the video of Vinnytsia Regional Directorate “VINTERA”:

Ukraine seeks improved artillery capabilities | Jane’s 360

Ukraine has “long term” plans to adopt the NATO 155 mm/52 calibre standard for its conventional tube artillery forces, a senior official has revealed. Speaking at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe conference in Bucharest, Romania, Major General Andrii Koliennikov, deputy director of the Central Scientific Research Institute of the Armament and Military Equipment Directorate noted that two new indigenous 155 mm/52 calibre systems – one tracked and one wheeled – are envisioned to replace in-service towed and SP artillery systems, which are based on Russian 122 mm and 152 mm calibres. Although Ukraine has a proven ability to design, develop, and manufacture tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), its tube artillery systems are of Russian origin. These include the tracked SP 122 mm 2S1, 152 mm 2S3, 152 mm 2S5, 152 mm 2S19, and some 203 mm 2S7. Towed artillery systems include the 122 mm D-30, 152 mm 2A36, and 2A65, which are vulnerable to counterbattery fire as they require time to come into and taken out of action. Ukraine has already introduced new target acquisition capabilities to supplement its Russian supplied weapons, such as new observation systems for the forward observation officer (FOO), data terminals, communications systems, and artillery location radars. Its Russian SNAR-10 radar – based on the MT-LB multipurpose platform – has been supplemented by US-supplied AN/TPQ-36, -48 and -49 radar systems in addition to locally developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In addition to moving to the NATO standard 155 mm/52 calibre, the Ukraine also wants to increase the number of artillery and missile troops, improve its artillery reconnaissance and management capabilities as well as its ability to execute counterbattery fire, and create a reconnaissance/strike system.

Poroshenko appoints new head of Ukroboronprom – 112.international

Before this, Pavlo Bukin was the CEO at Ukrspetseksport, – 112

Poroshenko welcomes the presence of a U.S. representative on Ukroboronprom’s supervisory board – Participation of U.S. representative in Ukroboronprom’s supervisory board to promote transparency – President – 112.international

It is a nightmare for the first department of the KGB, – Poroshenko. The participation of U.S. representative Anthony Tether in the supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom State Consortium will contribute to the transparency of the state consortium’s operations, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Ukraine blames Russia for theft of blueprints of new armoured fighting vehicle – Defence Blog

The Ukrainian manufacturer Arey Engineering Group stated that Russia stole blueprints of a new medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. According to the Arey Engineering Group, that the new Russian promising hybrid tracked combat vehicle developed by «Nii stali» JSC (also known as the NII Stali Institute for Protection) is a copy of Ukraine’s vehicle with hybrid-electric propulsion system called the Rysak. On 9 February 2018, the Arey Engineering Group announced that its engineering design and technical specifications of the new Rysak tracked vehicle with hybrid-electric propulsion system finds in Russia and on its bases started developing of the new Russian medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle. More: Dolph Lundgren tests new Caiman 4×4 armoured vehicle in Belarus Representatives of the Arey Engineering Group to accuse Ukrainian corrupt officials jointly Russian special agents in a theft of blueprints of a new vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. As for Russian promising hybrid tracked combat vehicle, it is a concept of a new all-terrain vehicle powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system same way as the Ukrainian Rysak. Russia’s project repeats the Ukrainian vehicle in everything. It will also use two small turbines and an electromechanical transmission. More: UkrOboronProm unveils new BRDM-NIK armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle Representatives of «Nii stali» JSC, in turn, refute the accusations made by the Ukrainian Arey Engineering Group. They stated that project of the new Russian medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system was started earlier than was established Ukrainian Engineering Group. Also, Nii stali’s representatives declined further comment.

Ukraine boosts defense budget, doubles army’s combat capacity over 4 years of Donbas war – expert | UNIAN

Ukraine boosts defense budget, doubles army’s combat capacity over 4 years of Donbas war – expert. Current news and events for 20 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Millions in military gear goes to scrap heap instead of Ukraine | Ottawa Citizen

Canada is moving ahead with the destruction of surplus anti-tank missiles and other equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars despite a plea by Ukraine for such equipment to help it fight separatists.

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military – The New York Times

A surge in spending on the armed forces has opened new avenues for the graft and cronyism that many see as Ukraine’s most dangerous enemy.

Scandal with Ukrainian MiGs in Croatia – LB.ua news portal

Scandal with Ukrainian MiGs in Croatia. Croatia is complaining about Ukrainian MiGs again. At least that is what the local press says quoting “anonymous, well-informed sources”. The Ukrainian fighter supplier insists that it has had no complaints and says the discrediting campaign has to do with unfair competition from Russia. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

The Kremlin lost in Ukraine, but Putin still has trump cards in his sleeve – Lilia Shevtsova

Russian political scientist talks on Donbas and Russian peacekeeping role in Syria. – What can make Russia agree to the American version of the mission, in what conditions can this happen? – I do not think that with the current alignment of forces within Russia and outside Russia there are serious chances to force Moscow to radically change its approach to the Minsk agreements and the way Moscow assesses the possibilities for their implementation. First, within Russia there is no pressure on the Kremlin with a demand to change the direction and content of foreign policy, including in relation to Ukraine. As for external pressure, Moscow managed to adapt to the sanctions regime, to learn how to survive in the framework of it. Sanctions begin to hurt bite, but, apparently, the Kremlin, analyzing the geopolitical board, sees the following points. First: Trump does not really want to launch a new sanction hammer. Second: the Europeans are already struggling to hold back their sanction unity, and Merkel’s key is in his pocket, and Merkel is weak. Third: since Merkel is weak, perhaps the sanctioning unity of Europe will fall apart. Further we look: the European business – Total, Siemens, Daimler and so on – very rigidly stands for restoration of economic relations with Moscow. We take into account the anti-Americanism of the European elite: Europeans do not like Putin and the Kremlin, but perhaps even more some do not like Trump. Anti-Americanism is pushing many – in Italy, France – in the direction of a dialogue with the Kremlin. Further: the Kremlin has a fairly successful policy of supplementary feeding, as I call them, “Trojan horses.” This is not only favorable for Russia business in Western countries, it is primarily the country. Look, the Czech president [Milosh] Zeman. As many say, being on the Kremlin’s maintenance or at least carrying out a very pro-Russian policy. The Hungarian prime minister [Victor] Orban will clearly win again this year. And he pursues a policy of cooperation with Russia – and because of certain benefits that he receives, and to blackmail the European Union and Brussels. In addition, you will see what is happening in Poland, which is confronting the EU. And the Kremlin has the opportunity to lobby its interests, even in Poland. And if we look at Italy, where Berlusconi is likely to come to power, and in general all the countries of the Mediterranean basin that constantly undermine the European Union’s sanction unity … Thus, the Kremlin, in the understanding of Kremlin architects and technologists, discovers a chessboard on which you can still play. Moreover, I do not rule out that they are looking at Ukraine and saying: “The situation there may also be unstable.” It’s unclear what positions [Piotr] Poroshenko has. And what if [Tymoshenko] comes to power after the elections? Tymoshenko had a good relationship. ” You will see how many trump cards are in the sleeve of Putin. Why should he hurry and actually give up his old hard-line position in Ukraine? These trumps, the factors of influence are clearly on the Kremlin table. Meeting of Czech President Miloš Zeman with Russian President Vladimir Putin Photo: Kremlin press service “Sure, but I’ll still try to protest.” First, despite the opportunistic positions of Orban and Zeman, they did not cause the sanctions to not be prolonged. They failed to impose their vision on the majority in the EU. Secondly, Moscow’s expectations of the results of the elections in Europe last year were justified not exactly in full. The overall picture does not look so good for Russia. – Vladislav, I can throw in your basket a couple of arguments, which, perhaps, are even more toxic to the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. At least Russia strategically lost in Ukraine during 2014-2015, and the Kremlin was forced to abandon not only the concept of “Novorossia”, but also from the concept of more massive penetration with the aim of undermining other European countries in the internal affairs. The so-called victory of Russia in the Syrian proving ground also does not look like a victory, but an imitation of a tactical win with very unfavorable circumstances for Russia (the conversation took place before the information about the large losses of the Russian PMC “Wagner” in Syria – “Apostrophe”). Even as we are now assessing this situation, it’s rather not even a suitcase without a handle, And indeed, despite the discontent with the sanctions policy, the Russian “horse countries” by no means dared to leave the ship. Indeed, we, the liberals, were very afraid of 2017, because the victory of Marin Le Pen in France would mean a serious blow to both the European Union and liberal democracy. But nevertheless, there are a number of circumstances that leave a feeling of vacuum on the international stage, which Russia so far does not care to fill. But this vacuum seduces, gives impetus to action. This vacuum is explained by the following: nevertheless the West, although it managed to defend its political systems, including in Europe, and consolidate its political mainstream, could not return to the situation of unity that existed for decades, including unity over the transatlantic community.

Ukraine’s future | TheHill

The amount of western support to the Ukrainian government should be contingent on Ukraine’s implementation of domestic reforms, offered as a reward for democratization and rooting out corruption.

Building a New Ukraine – WSJ

Since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, we’ve made great progress. But much remains to be done.

Ukraine is still on the edge, despite all efforts to stabilise it

Four peace agreements have been struck to try and keep Ukraine on an even keel, but none of them has resolved the conflict’s fundamental problems.

EU Renews Sanctions On Russian Officials, Ukrainian separatists

European Union ambassadors have prolonged the asset freezes and visa bans on 150 Russian officials and Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists for another six months, EU diplomats told RFE/RL. The meas…

Kyiv fulfills only 41% of tasks under Ukraine-EU deal in 2017 | UNIAN

Kyiv fulfills only 41% of tasks under Ukraine-EU deal in 2017. View news feed in news about politics for 23 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Update: Poroshenko decides to take part in court hearings on Yanukovych’s treason | UNIAN

Update: Poroshenko decides to take part in court hearings on Yanukovych’s treason. Current news and events for 18 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Yelchenko: Russians ignored Ukraine’s appeals to explain what they were doing in Crimea | UNIAN

Yelchenko: Russians ignored Ukraine’s appeals to explain what they were doing in Crimea. Current news and events for 21 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Facelift Or Farce? ‘Restoration’ Of Palace Shocks Crimean Tatars

Crimean Tatars say the firm picked by Russia-appointed authorities on annexed Crimea is causing irreparable damage to a 16th-century palace on the Ukrainian Peninsula.

Is Russia attempting to erase Crimean Muslim culture? | News | Al Jazeera

Crimean Tatars fear the Kremlin, after annexation, is chipping away at identity of the 250,000-strong Muslim ethnicity.

Russia stealing Ukraine’s gas: over 3.5 bcm illegally extracted from gas field in Crimea | UNIAN

Russia stealing Ukraine’s gas: over 3.5 bcm illegally extracted from gas field in Crimea. Current news and events for 22 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Hungary’s language row with Ukraine is about ‘sucking up to Russia’ | Euronews

Budapest’s response to a new language law in Ukraine is evidence of its “pro-Kremlin stance”, an expert has told Euronews.

UAWire – Hungary accuses Ukraine of launching an ‘international campaign of lies’

Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó accused the Ukrainian authorities of launching an &quot;international campaign of lies&quot; regarding the new …

Hungary accuses Ukraine of “international smear campaign” – LB.ua news portal

Hungary accuses Ukraine of “international smear campaign”. Peter Szijjarto rejected statements that Transcarpathian Hungarians snubbed a meeting on the education law. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Poland and Ukraine news – 15 acts of vandalism in Ukrainian memorial places in Poland – 112.international

Polish authorities did not condemn acts of vandalism, as director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance informs

News on Ukraine, Poland – 166 Polish memorials installed in Ukraine without permission, – National Memory Institute – 112.international

166 Polish memorials installed in Ukraine without permission, – National Memory Institute

Duda disappointed with outcome of Polish-Ukrainian talks | KyivPost

President of Poland Andrzej Duda is disappointed with the results of the talks between the Deputy Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Poland, Piotr Glinski and Pavlo Rosenko, in Warsaw on Feb.16. “I will not hide that I received the information from Warsaw with great sadness and disappointment, as it was a topic that was an important element of my talks with President Poroshenko during a visit to Kharkiv. Later, we also held a telephone conversation and I hoped that this problem will be overcome,” Duda said at a press conference in Vilnius, the website of the Polish president said on Feb.17. The president of Poland recalled that this topic was raised at the talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kharkiv in December last year and during a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. Duda expressed hope that this problem would be solved.

Ukraine news – No tension between Ukraine and Poland, – Polish Deputy Foreign Minister – 112.international

Bartosz Cihotsky stressed that Poland “is a leader of pro-Ukrainian initiatives and consistently supports Kyiv”

Polish PM opposes ban on search for Polish victims of conflicts in Ukraine – Radio Poland :: News from Poland

The Polish prime minister opposes official Ukrainian attempts to “unjustifiably” ban searches for the graves of Polish victims of conflicts and repressions in Ukraine, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Duda expects from Ukraine concrete steps on exhumation of remains of Poles | UNIAN

Duda expects from Ukraine concrete steps on exhumation of remains of Poles. View news feed in news about politics for 20 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine most corrupt country in Europe after Russia – TI | UNIAN

Ukraine most corrupt country in Europe after Russia – TI. View news feed in news about social life for 22 February from UNIAN Information Agency

News on Ukraine, Russia – Russia prepares escalation of conflict between confessions of Ukrainian churches, – SBU – 112.international

Russia prepares escalation of conflict between confessions of Ukrainian churches, – SBU

Ukrainian nationalists vandalize Russian state-owned cultural center in Kyiv | KyivPost

Ukrainian nationalists broke into the Kyiv office of the Russian government’s center of culture and science, Rossotrudnichestvo, on Feb. 17. The nationalists tore apart and burnt a Russian flag, calling on the Russian federal agency to leave Ukraine. They also met with Rossotrudnichestvo-Ukraine Chief Konstantin Soloviev and argued with him for 30 minutes. Protestors covered the building’s walls with political graffiti, including slogans like “Death to Russia” and “FSB out,” and “Freedom to Sentsov.” Three nationalist organizations, including C14, Right Sector, and Tradition and Order, claimed responsibility for the attack. Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine, prompting a four-year war that has killed more than 10,000 has sparked outrage among Ukrainians, triggering periodic attacks on organizations associated with the Russian state. Police arrived at the scene but failed to prevent the vandalism.

Kyiv Demonstrators Attack Institutions Linked To Russia

A crowd of around 100 Ukrainian far-right demonstrators burned the Russian flag and attacked institutions linked to Russia during a rally on February 18 in Kyiv. The event that turned violent was organized by nationalist leader Mykola Kokhanivskyy. Some of the protesters smashed windows in branches of the Russian-owned Sberbank and Alfa-Bank as well as the Ukrainian headquarters of a Russian aid agency.

Photo Exhibition Held in Memory of Assassinated ATO Soldier Amina Okuyeva – YouTube

UATV English Published on Feb 21, 2018 A photo exhibition in the memory of Amina Okuyeva has been put together from her family’s personal archive. Last year on October 30, the ATO fighter was killed by gunfire. Only she wasn’t in the ATO zone. She and her husband Adam Osmayev were in a car traveling just outside of Kyiv when they were fired upon from another car. They had survived previous assassination attempts, but, on that day, Amina did not.

Kyiv’s Moscow bridge renamed – news from kyiv | UNIAN

Kyiv’s Moscow bridge renamed. View news feed from Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN – news from kyiv for 22 February

Hyperloop test site to be built in Dnipro – news about economy

Hyperloop test site to be built in Dnipro. View news feed from Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN – news about economy for 22 February

Ukraine’s Prime Minister explains why border projects were shut down – PM explains EU’s decision to cease border infrastructure development projects in Ukraine – 112.international

Groysman claims the State Fiscal Service has failed to implement the projects.

Exclusive: EU scraps border projects as ‘Ukraine fatigue’ grows

The European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine, deepening doubts about Kiev’s ability to deliver reforms in return for billions in European aid.

Ukraine Cops Slammed For ‘Humiliating’ Searches Of Female Journalists

Several female Ukrainian journalists say police officers forced them to undress and undergo invasive security checks in order to attend a Kyiv court hearing where President Petro Poroshenko testified via video link.

The Last Pharaoh of Ukraine’s Science | The World View

The President of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, Borys Paton, will turn 100 this year. He is perhaps the oldest chief of a national academy in the world.

Ukraine, EU to jointly finance new Silk Road transport corridor – Xinhua | English.news.cn

 

Lure of Polish Riches Leaves Ukraine Bereft of Workers – Bloomberg

After years of bumper exports, Roman Pelekh is running low of inventory: the Ukrainian workers he’s been placing throughout eastern Europe since 2002.

How a U.S. coal deal warmed Ukraine’s ties with Trump

For the first time in Ukraine’s history, U.S. anthracite is helping to keep the lights on and the heating going this winter following a deal that has also helped to warm Kiev’s relations with President Donald Trump. On Trump’s side it provided much-needed orders for a coal-producing region

UAWire – Ukraine prepares memorandum against Russia for violating the Law of the Sea

Ukraine is preparing to file a memorandum with the UN International Tribunal on Russia's violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. …

Kyiv Protesters Say Poroshenko Must Go; Russia-Owned Sites Attacked

A few thousand protesters in Kyiv called for the removal of President Petro Poroshenko, while Ukrainian nationalists separately smashed windows and defaced three Russia-linked buildings in a day of…

EU To Drop Sanctions On Two Yanukovych Associates

European Union diplomats are set to prolong sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych but abandon the punitive measures imposed on two of his associates — one of whom was the …

Ukraine Bans Saakashvili Until 2021

Ukraine’s border service has banned Mikheil Saakashvili from entering Ukraine for three years, days after he was expelled from the country.

Law enforcers seize 20 kg of explosives from supporters of Saakashvili, – Prosecutor General – 112.international

According to the Prosecutor General, people with aggressive attitudes follow Saakashvili, – 112

Gaddafi regime sponsored Tymoshenko campaign in 2010 – Arab media | UNIAN

Gaddafi regime sponsored Tymoshenko campaign in 2010 – Arab media. View news feed in news about politics for 20 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine news – National Geographic to feature documentary on MH17 crash – 112.international

However, the film will not answer the main question – who is to blame

Kyiv Prosecutor Probes Teenage Turkmen Medical Student’s Suicide

Law enforcement authorities in Ukraine are investigating the circumstances surrounding what they say was the suicide of a 19-year-old medical student from Turkmenistan.

Volodymyr Drinfeld and his co-author Alexander Beilinson received the Israeli prize of the Wolf Fund for Mathematics in amount of 100 thousand dollars – 112.international

Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Volodymyr Drinfeld and his co-author Alexander Beilinson received the Israeli prize of the Wolf Fund for Mathematics

 

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