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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (18)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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Many developments along multiple threads in Ukraine, although no single development of major significance this week. Notable is that Russian ceasefire violations continue, Russian land force buildup continues, and Russians appear to be forming an Azov Sea flotilla to deny Ukraine shipping routes to Mariupol, which remains an active port. Sen Portman visits Donbass this week, and US expected to soon supply surplus Coast Guard cutters to Ukrainian Navy.

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Russia moves 77,000 troops to border with Ukraine – Defense Ministry – 05.04.2018 14:43 — Ukrinform News
Russia has deployed 19 battalion tactical groups of the first and second echelons numbering more than 77,000 troops near the border with Ukraine.
Russia is placing 77,000 troops close to the border with Ukraine – Defence Blog
Russia has concentrated 19 battalion tactical groups of more than 77,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and will not stop armed aggression in the Donbass, Ukraine’s Defenсe Minister Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with the “Uryadovyy Kur’yer” newspaper on 05 April. At the moment, the government in Kyiv is ramping up its fight to reclaim Ukraine’s restive eastern regions, at the same time Russia has deployed 77,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, included modern main battle tanks. missile systems and combat aircraft. “According to our information, Russia is not going to refuse to continue armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, as evidenced by the Russian military presence in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and the conduct of military operations against the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the Ukrainian minister said. “Only last year our positions in the east were fired by the enemy more than 15,000 times,” he added.
UAWire – Ukrainian Minister of Defense: Russia continues to build its military presence near Ukrainian border
Russia is not going to agree to stop armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak believes. In an interview with …
U.S. Senator: New Antitank Weapons For Ukraine Will Help Bring Peace
A top U.S. senator says advanced U.S. antitank weapons will allow Ukraine to better defend itself against Russian aggression as the conflict there enters its fifth year.
U.S. senator visits Donbas, says Ukraine to get sniper weapon systems – media | UNIAN
U.S. Senator (Rep) Robert Portman says Ukraine’s Armed Forces will get sniper weapon systems from the United States apart from Javelin anti-tank weapons. Portman called the decision one of the particular examples proving that the U.S. stands with Ukraine.
Ambassador Chaly: United States’ assistance to Ukraine is larger than ever – 31.03.2018 11:57 — Ukrinform News
The United States increases the military and technical assistance to Ukraine and allocates the funds for the development of reforms. Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly said this on the air of Espresso.TV on Friday. The ambassador assured that the enhancement of the army and the defense capacity of the country is one of the main priorities of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian embassy. “Therefore, it is good news that the military and technical assistance of the United States to Ukraine has not decreased, but increased this year. The figures we are talking about are $200 million from the Pentagon and $95 million within the foreign military financing program of the U.S. Department of State and other programs. A total sum is more than $300 million,” Chaly noted. In addition, the US will provide $620 million, including on security sector reforms.
UAWire – President of Lithuania: the situation in Ukraine was discussed at the Baltic Summit in the US
The issue of Ukraine was discussed at the meeting between the US President and the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia within the framework …
Interview: U.S. Weapons To Help Ukraine ‘Push Back’ Against Russian Aggression
U.S. Senator Rob Portman said lethal defensive weapons that the United States will soon deliver to Ukraine could help bring peace to the country by deterring future aggression by Russia-backed separatists. Portman made the comments in an interview with RFE/RL’s Rostyslav Khotin on April 2 in Prague, a day before heading to Ukraine on a fact-finding tour. The United States has approved the sale of Javelin antitank missiles and launch units to Ukraine in a deal worth about $47 million.
We “forced” Putin to sign statement on ceasefire, – Poroshenko –
Ukraine along with Germany and France “forced” Russia to sign the statement of “Easter ceasefire” in Donbas on March 30. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s President, said it at the meeting with Volnovakha residents on April 1, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “Our general goal is to restore Volnovakha and set a peace. This is why we by conducting the negotiations with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, we addressed Putin (Russian President, – ed.) and “forced” him to sign a statement on ceasefire, which is to start on March 30,” he said. According to Poroshenko, Ukraine needs this ceasefire as it needs “air”, as it is a condition of the introduction of a peace support mission in Donbas.
UAWire – Media: Summit on Donbas peacekeepers to be held without Russia
Ukraine, Germany and France will hold a summit devoted to the matter of deploying peacekeepers in the Donbas, the newspaper Kommersant reports, citing sources in Ukraine’s presidential administration. Russia has not been invited to the summit. The event will be modeled after the Normandy Format, and will involve the heads of state. However, Vladimir Putin will not participate in the event. The meeting of the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine is scheduled to take place in May in the German city of Aachen. During this time, the award ceremony for the International Charlemagne Prize will be held in Aakhen. This year the award will be given to French President Emmanuel Macron, who will arrive in Aakhen at the same time as Poroshenko. During Poroshenko’s visit to Germany on April 10, preparation will be done for this meeting. A source in Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Russia will not oppose the format of such meetings, but that the final decision must be made by the UN Security Council. “Without the Security Council’s ruling, there will be no peacekeepers there,” the source emphasized.
Poroshenko: Russian troops will leave Donbas when international peacekeepers deployed | UNIAN
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission in Donbas will make the Russian occupation troops leave the occupied east of Ukraine. The Ukrainian army has strictly been observing the Easter ceasefire, while Russian-controlled troops in occupied Donbas continue violating the peace agreement.
UAWire – Russia and Ukraine terminate the agreement on mutual arms supplies
According to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on the official portal of legal information, Russia and Ukraine terminated their 1995 agreement on the procedure for the mutual supply of arms and military equipment. In November 2017, the Ukrainian authorities unilaterally repudiated this agreement. According to the document, the states supplied armament and equipment in accordance with agreed standards and signed contracts. Such contracts, among other things, included lists of manufacturing enterprises and suppliers. The agreement also abolished the duty on import and export of goods. In 2014 Ukraine stopped exporting military and dual-purpose goods to Russia due to Russian aggression and the annexation of the Crimea. In 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers terminated the inter-governmental agreement with the Russian Federation in the field of Military-Technical Cooperation (MTC) of 1993 and the agreement with the Russian government on production and scientific-technical cooperation of the defense industry’s enterprises of 1993. In 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers terminated its intergovernmental agreements with the Russian Federation on cooperation in the export of military products to third countries (established in 2003) and on the preservation of specialization of enterprises and organizations involved in the production of military products (established in 2000).
Vice PM explains why Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty not denounced yet | UNIAN
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has explained why the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is still valid. The Treaty of friendship and cooperation is still valid since Russia formally recognizes Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the document.
UAWire – Ukrainian President to invite Prime Minister of Greece to Mariupol
President Petro Poroshenko is going to invite Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras to visit Mariupol and the Greek community on the Azov Sea, as stated on the Ukrainian President’s website. “We will reach an agreement. We will come with our Greek partners to launch several important projects on education, construction and support of the church. And many other things that will come from you, and I will defend it,” said Poroshenko when speaking with people of the Greek community of Mariupol. The city of Mariupol is not far from the line of contact. In January 2015, militants, using the Grad system, fired on the residential district of Mariupol. Thirty people were killed, and 119 others were injured. The Greek population is the second largest national minority in the Donetsk region after Russians. In 2001, 77,500 Greeks were living in the region.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet considers permanent presence in Sea of Azov –
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, considers the option of the permanent presence in the Sea of Azov and the northeastern part of the Black Sea
Russia sets up team to “protect” fishermen from “Ukrainian piracy” | UNIAN
Russia has set up an operational group in the Azov-Black Sea Territorial Administration of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries to tackle the alleged “Ukrainian piracy.” In case of an emergency, fishermen are told to communicate at a certain frequency.
UAWire – Ukraine threatens to detain all vessels leaving the Crimea
Oleh Slobodyan, the Spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Guard Service told the that the authorities will immediately react to …

“Easter truce” in Donbas: Ukraine reports 27 violations in last day | UNIAN
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 27 times in the past 24 hours in defiance of an earlier announced ceasefire. No Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action.
Militants prevent OSCE from flying drone near Donetsk – 06.04.2018 14:24 — Ukrinform News
Militants threatened observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine with weapons near Donetsk and prevented the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to a spot report by the OSCE SMM.&nbsp;
Militants launched 32 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 31.03.2018 11:20 — Ukrinform News
Russian-backed militants continue to violate the Easter ceasefire, which was declared on the contact line on midnight on March 30. The aggressor launched 57 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day.&nbsp;
Russia recruiting mercenaries for deadly provocations in Donbas to swell death toll – NGO | UNIAN
Russia has stepped up the recruitment of mercenaries for more military operations in Donbas. According to plans revealed, a number of small units will be formed from among those recruited, tasked with doing armed provocations. Russia has stepped up the recruitment of mercenaries for more military operations in Donbas. The leader of the so-called “Union of Donbas Volunteers,” Alexander Boroday, during a closed-door meeting of the union held in Kaluga (Russia) late March, ordered that his regional representatives across Russia to form until June 2018 and constantly maintain combat-ready units, which could be spearheaded to Ukraine at short notice, according to Information Resistance, a Ukrainian non-governmental project on information security. Boroday pointed to the need to continue the efforts on attracting new members to his organization. At the same time, he warned participants of the closed meeting that said operations were to be conducted in full secrecy due to the relevant warning coming from the Russian presidential administration against any possible leaks. In addition, according to Information Resistance, the Russian side has stepped up the work on recruiting former airborne troops and spec-ops officers of the Russian armed forces, including as instructors, for further deployment in Donbas to take part in military operations against the Ukrainian Army, as well as go on reconnaissance and sabotage missions. “Not only the ‘traditional’ structures that have actively been assisting in recruiting Russian mercenaries for Donbas since 2014 (as, for example, the Union of Russian Paratroopers,) will be involved in the recruitment, but also individuals who have authority and ties among former paratroopers and spec-ops officers. The latter will receive a monetary reward, depending on the quantity and quality of the recruited personnel,” Information Resistance wrote. According to the plans, small units will be formed from among those recruited, tasked with doing armed provocations, such as shellings of settlements along the contact line in Donbas to inflict the maximum number of civilian casualties, as well as terrorist attacks and sabotage.
UAWire – Herashchenko: Ukraine prepared to exchange 20 Russians for Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia
Ukraine is prepared to swap twenty Russians currently held in Ukrainian prisons in exchange for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in …
In the crossfire of Ukraine-Russia conflict, an industrial plant fights to survive | PBS NewsHour
A conflict between Ukraine and Russia since 2014 has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million and put businesses on the border, like the Metinvest plant in Eastern Ukraine, in the crossfire. Metinvest is the largest plant in Europe turning coal into a fuel to produce steel and it is constantly under attack. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
SBU ready for Russia’s hybrid aggression ‘on all fronts’ – Hrytsak – 04.04.2018 11:21 — Ukrinform News
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is ready to counteract Russia's hybrid aggression in all directions.
Ukraine’s wall on border with Russia in Kharkiv region almost completed | UNIAN
The Wall project under which Ukraine has been building a wall on the border with Russia has been completed in Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s northeast. The Wall project is designed until 2020.
SBU names organizer of assassination attempt on MP Mosiychuk – 05.04.2018 13:56 — Ukrinform News
An assassination attempt on Radical Party MP Ihor Mosiychuk during an explosion outside the building of the Espero TV channel in Kyiv in October 2017 was organized by an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
News on Ukraine – Assassination attempt on MP Mosiychuk: officer of Russia’s General Staff is involved –
The representative of the Chief Directorate of the General Staff of Russia was the organizer of the terrorist act in the result of which MP Ihor Mosiychuk suffered. One perpetrator is detained, another two are on the wanted list. Pavlo Kononenko, the Deputy Prosecutor of Kyiv claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported. ‘Taking into account the provided information, they needed exactly Mosiychuk’, Kononenko said. ‘Organizer is the representative of the Chief Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’, Viktor Kononenko, the Deputy SBU Head added.
Russia’s Investigative Committee opens proceeding against Ukraine’s Interior Minister –
Russia’s Investigative Committee opens proceeding against Ukraine’s Interior Minister
Russian special services plotted creation of another ‘republic’ in Zaporizhia region – media – 03.04.2018 12:58 — Ukrinform News
The Kremlin had a secret plan called &quot;Troy&quot; in 2014 to prepare for a pro-Russian takeover in Zaporizhia region, the Voice of America has reported, with reference to an article in British daily newspaper The Times &quot;Operation Troy: Russia's blueprint for spreading chaos in Ukraine.&quot;
Open source investigators identify Russian sniper in Donbas – To Inform is to Influence
A comment about this on another page mentioned this represents Russian “war crimes”.  I do not if this is a war crime, but it certainly represents a Russian outright lie. Russia continually lies and says it has no active duty military in Ukraine. Here Yuriy Petrov, “sniper serving with the 40th Marine Brigade based in the…
UAWire – Russian court orders the deportation of a DPR separatist to Ukraine
Russia intends to deport to Ukraine Nikolai Tregub, a separatist who fought for the Donetsk People’s Republic, Radio Free Europe reports, citing …
Radar experts confirm previous conclusion of JIT in MH17 investigation | UNIAN
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that investigates the downing of flight MH17 had two independent radar experts examine the radar images provided by the Russian Federation. An important explanation of the absence of the BUK-missile on the Russian radar images lies in the flight properties of a BUK-missile.
Ukraine’s Deputy minister says 1,500 Russia’s servicemen who annexed Crimea identified | UNIAN
Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka has announced that 1,500 Russian regular servicemen who annexed Crimea and several tens of thousands of those who fought in Donbas have been identified. The official noted thorough efforts of citizens collecting evidence of Russia’s regular army presence in Ukraine.
A group of people who destroyed the strategic radio transmitting center in Brovary were detained
On Friday, March 30, a prosecutor’s office of the Kyiv region Dmitry Chibisov and head of the SU GUUNP in the Kyiv region Serhii Rekuna took part in the Kyiv oblast prosecutor’s office.Dmitry Chibisov during the briefing briefed the details of the cessation of the activities of a criminal organization that illegally assigned the land plot of the Transmitting Radio Center, an area of more than 115 hectares, and destroyed the strategic equipment of the center for the state, through which the radio signal covered 95% of the territory of Ukraine.He emphasized that the employees of the Kyiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office and the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Kyiv region for the operational support of the employees of the Main Department for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the SBU arrested 7 people, including three lawyers, former acting Head of the “RRT” Concern, former head of the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine, former acting the head of the State Geocodistra in the Kyiv region, a former arbitrator and director of the Radio broadcasting Center. According to the previous convocation, the indicated individuals, during 2013, illegally appropriated the land plot of the DP ROC with the area of more than 115 hectares in the city of Brovary, worth almost 120 million UAH.In addition, six months ago, after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the occupation of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, malicious people, despite the existing mobilization task for transmitting radio signals during a special period of time, illegally destroyed the operating equipment of the Radio broadcasting Center, through which the radio signal covered 95% of the territory of Ukraine , including the occupied territories.”The joint efforts of law enforcement agencies indicated that the illegal activities of individuals were suspended. About 200 law enforcement officers were involved in the special operation, more than 2 dozen searches were held in the territory of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Odesa regions and in Kyiv “, – said Dmitry Chibisov.”There were only three such objects on the territory of the former Soviet Union – one of them is the facility in Brovary,” the prosecutor of the Kyiv region stressed.
Ukraine’s Air Forces to deliver fuel to Danish station in Greenland –
On April 3, according to the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and Denmark’s Defense Ministry in the sphere of air transportations and technical agreement, the Ukrainian-Danish joint operation Northern Falcon 2018 has started. This operation is aimed at transportation of the fuel to Greenland. This was reported by the press service of Ukraine’s Armed Forces on Facebook. 23 Ukrainian military servicemen will participate in the operation, among them 11 members of the crew and 10 ground-based engineer personnel of the transport aviation brigade of Ukraine’s Airborne Forces located in Melitopol. The working group also includes officers-coordinators from the Airborne Forces Command: the commander in charge from the Ukrainian side and his assistant. During the Northern Falcon 2018 operation, Ukrainian military pilots plan to transport by Il-76 plane over 500,000 liters of fuel and other property defined in the agreement, from the United States Thule Air Base to Danish polar base Nord.
Russia’s FSB detains Ukrainian for attempt to pass classified military maps –
Russia’s FSB detains Ukrainian for attempt to pass classified military maps
‘Woman in War’ Documentary: ‘We Have to go There And Fight’ – YouTube
Over 225,200 servicepersons of Armed Forces granted ATO participant status – 06.04.2018 14:00 — Ukrinform News
Over 225,200 servicepersons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who participated in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine, were granted the status of participant of combat actions.

United States to provide Ukrainian Navy with Island-class patrol boats. Photos – 03.04.2018 11:25 — Ukrinform News
The contract for provision of two Island-class patrol boats has been finalized, the command of the Naval Forces of Ukraine announced.
General of the Army of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko tests Ukrainian sniper rifle (video)
Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko attended the meeting and tested a new sniper rifle
SOF took part in the conference on the operation of the UAR-10 sniper complex in the Armed Forces
On March 29, 2018, representatives of the military units of the Special Forces Special Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took part in a conference on the exploitation of the UAR-10 sniper complex (Z-10) in the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.The participants of the conference discussed a number of issues related to the commissioning, daily, routine and maintenance of the sniper complex, provided recommendations on the characteristics and nomenclature of ammunition, and participants exchanged experience in using the sniper complex in combat situations. According to representatives of the Special Operations Forces (CSO), the holding of this event and the exchange of experience between professionals of their cause contributes to the further development of modern weapons.The General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Army General Viktor Muzhenko also took part in the conference. He, in particular, personally tested a new sniper rifle, as we wrote earlier.During the conference, an exhibition of weapons manufactured by LLC ZBROYAR, equipment of the company P1G-Tac, TM ARCHER products was held.
Ukraine wants to build spaceport in Australia. Seriously? –
The space industry in Ukraine has always been perceived as a milk-cow, but it has never been regarded as an industry for perspective development.
Ukraine launches serial production of new weapons for Turkey (Photo, video) | UNIAN
Ukraine is launching a serial production of Zaslon and Shershen active protection systems for armored vehicles, which will be supplied to Turkey. The modules will be assembled at SJSHC Artem facilities.
Ukraine begins serial production of new ATLET armored recovery vehicle – Defence Blog
State Enterprise SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau” a subsidiary of Ukraine’s state-owned defence industrial group Ukroboronprom, has begun serial production of the newest ATLET armored recovery vehicle. According to the UkrOboronProm’s announced, the SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau” launched ATLET armored recovery and repair vehicles (ARV) into serial production. The armored recovery and repair vehicle was designed by Kharkiv-Morozov Design Bureau specialists to conduct evacuation operations and repair works in the field conditions. ATLET is equipped with a crane unit with a carrying capacity of up to 25 tons, allowing to replace the main nodes and components of the tank, including the turret and the engine and is based on a modified Oplot main battle tank chassis. For evacuation purposes, ATLET is equipped with a winch: maximum gravity load is up to 250 kN – enough to take out the main battle tank. Special equipment allows ATLET to tow combat equipment with towing speed of up to 25 km/h.
Ukraine begins mass production of Atlet armored vehicles – 05.04.2018 17:30 — Ukrinform News
The Ukroboronprom State Concern has begun mass production of Atlet armored recovery vehicles, which will significantly increase the technical capabilities of the Ukrainian army.
Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 Mriya makes another commercial flight | UNIAN
The world’s largest An-225 Mriya cargo aircraft designed by a Kyiv-based state-owned Antonov flew to Leipzig, Germany, on April 3, 2018. The giant is expected to make another three in April.
Ukrainian infrastructure minister plans to build five new runways every year – 30.03.2018 17:20 — Ukrinform News
It is necessary to provide UAH 10 billion in the state budget for the next year for repair and construction of new runways.

UAWire – The West blames Poroshenko for the failure to cancel electronic declaration for Ukrainian anti-corruption organizations
Western experts and observers hold the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko responsible for the Verkhovna Rada’s failure to cancel electronic …
Ukrainian Nationalists March In Kyiv
Hundreds of flag-waving Ukrainian nationalists took to the streets of Kyiv on April 3 to protest corruption and the power of oligarchs.
Tables Turned On Anticorruption Activists In Ukraine
Ukraine’s electronic asset-declaration system has been hailed as a crowning achievement of the post-Maidan government. But critics now warn it is being undermined and used as a tool to quash crit…
Ukrainian Man Released From Russian Prison In 2016 Dies At 75
A Ukrainian man who was freed from a Russian prison and returned home in a high-profile prisoner exchange in 2016 has died at the age of 75.
Tusk stressed importance of supporting Ukraine by Warsaw –
Poland always defended the interests of Ukraine in the West and “it would be very bad if Warsaw lost the opportunity to do this in the future.” This was stated in an interview with the Polish TV channel tvn24 by the president of the European Council Donald Tusk. “The EU’s relations with Russia are extremely tense and therefore we (the Poles) have very important interests related to geography. I repeat: I would expect more and more positive activity on the part of Warsaw, since it is very important to maintain a positive atmosphere around Ukraine,” stressed Tusk. “This is a top priority, but over the past two years there have been questions about Poland’s political support for Ukraine,” he added. “Poland can not slow down all negative processes in the EU, for example, the promotion of the Nord Stream-2 project in Europe, but Warsaw must be an absolute leader in supporting Ukraine’s independence and a kind of political guardian of Ukrainian interests,” the president of the European Council said. Tusk said that his political goal in Brussels is to keep the EU’s unity with Ukraine in regard of the Russian aggression in Donbas. He also said that many countries want to have good economic relations with Russia and are not ready at any cost to aggravate with it. Therefore, its task is “to do everything possible for the EU to act as one mature political organization”.
Foreign Minister Klimkin on Poland’s flag burnt in Kyiv: Act of provocation | UNIAN
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin has condemned the burning of Poland’s national flag in the center of Kyiv, calling it an act of provocation. Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted to the incident.
SBU says Russia-backed “terrorists” detained suspected of setting Polish bus on fire in Lviv | UNIAN
An undercover operation by the SBU security service documented a Russia-sponsored plot, one in a series, to further sow discord in Ukrainian-Polish relations. SBU press secretary in Lviv region Oleh Oleksandrov said that the attackers had been under constant surveillance from the very start.
How to stop mass labor migration from Ukraine? –
According to the experts, by the end of 2018, from 500 thousand to 1 million Ukrainian workers might leave the country in search of employment
UAWire – Almost a quarter of Ukrainians work in the shadow economy
According to State Statistics data, 22.9% of Ukrainians work in the ‘shadow economy’, or without official registration, UNN reports. According …
UAWire – Poland to build high-speed highway to the Ukrainian border
According to a Facebook post by the State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) with reference to the General Directorate for …
Ukraine’s transition to the Latin alphabet: How much it costs? –
Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated: “In a friendly conversation, historian and journalist from Poland Ziemowit Szczerek asked why Ukraine would not introduce the Latin alphabet along with the Cyrillic one. Our goal is the formation of the Ukrainian political nation, so we must work for what unites us, not divides us. On the other hand, why don’t we just discuss it?” Smiley. On the one hand, the issue is surprising itself. It is hard to imagine the Chinese foreign minister, to whom the Polish journalist proposes to switch to the Latin alphabet and forget about thousands of incomprehensible hieroglyphs. Well, it would be so convenient: foreign journalists could read the Chinese newspapers, without understanding the text though. I think, even given the traditional Chinese politeness, a minister from the Middle Kingdom could not tolerate such an obvious “attack”. Although these allusions seem to be distant. Let us imagine that a similar question is posed to the minister of the country member of NATO and the EU, for example, Bulgaria. Naive Bulgarians think that the traditional inscription at the airport’s terminal “Добре дошли,” written in Cyrillic, is somehow understandable to Poles. I mean, naive in their sincere delusions. Because if you write it “Dobre dochliy,” it will not make sense anyway. Undoubtedly, this would change much in terms of Bulgaria’s investment attractiveness. Although it seems that the Bulgarian minister would simply say that he is proud of his ancient alphabet, which is a unique achievement of the Slavic civilization and the basis for the development of national identity. Actually, the desire of our politicians to think globally provokes sincere respect. These are people of a revivalistic scale, unique encyclopedists, against whose background the humble fame of Leonardo and Diderot fades away. And it is good that the military did not bother with questions of the Latin alphabet in terms of transferring the document circulation to NATO standards. The discussion, initiated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, presupposes a certain light version. Ukrainians are invited to enter both alphabets, Cyrillic and Latin ones, in parallel. A very peculiar model would appear: the future generation of Ukrainians are offered either to study twelve years at school and almost six at the university and as a result competently write in Ukrainian in Cyrillic and English in Latin, or to neglect all that rules and science and write illiterately, mixing the languages mentioned above, plus Russian (using Latin hybrid with special diacritical marks). The rejection of old Russian letter ‘љ’ in revolutionary Russia caused more than one heart attack among the representatives of the Petersburg and Moscow intelligentsia. But the power of the workers and peasants demanded to simplify the “complex” alphabet. Perhaps, someone perceives the rejection of the Cyrillic alphabet in Ukraine as a kind of rejection from the shackles of the “Russian world”. If they believe so, then this undertaking looks very curious: Cyrillic letters came to Kyiv from Bulgaria, and only then were transferred to the far north-eastern provinces of the then Kyivan Rus. So the rejection of the Cyrillic alphabet will be equivalent to the rejection of the Kiev-Russian historical heritage. We will have to forget the first book printed in Ukraine – the “Apostle” by Ivan Fedorov, published in Lviv in 1574. As for the proposal to introduce two parallel alphabets, this will only lead to the next artificial split of our country, this time on the basis of the alphabet. After all, if in the western regions and Transcarpathia the Latin alphabet could have taken root partly, then in the rest of Ukraine it is unlikely. Not being professionally prepared for deep phonetic and linguistic discussion, let us try to look at this problem from the point of view of economic expediency. Ukraine is not the first state to restore its independence after the dissolution of the USSR, which initiated this discourse. The most striking is Kazakhstan. The transition of this country from Cyrillic to Latin is one of those epoch-making events, which will be further remembered by the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In 2017, he issued a decree, and the transition period to the new alphabet should be completed by 2025. The project is implemented within the framework of the strategic program “modernization of public consciousness.” Some authors of this idea are absolutely sincerely confident that “the Kazakh language will receive an incentive to write in Kazakh on any device without switching the languages.” But even now the transition to the Latin alphabet has caused a wide discussion in the society, which is not always positive.
Ukrainian news – More than 700 people died in fires in Ukraine since the beginning of the year –
Since the beginning of the year, 706 people died in fires in Ukraine, and 598 were rescued
US calls on Ukrainian authorities to cancel asset declaration requirements for activists – 31.03.2018 12:59 — Ukrinform News
Ukraine&rsquo;s asset declaration system should not place unnecessary burdens or pressure on civil society activists and members of non-governmental organizations, who seek to increase transparency and accountability in Ukraine.
U.S. Urges Ukraine To Repeal Law Placing Undue ‘Burdens’ On Civil Society Groups
The U.S. State Department is calling on Ukraine to repeal a law that it says has put undue burdens on civil society organizations and is for that reason discouraging their work.
Ukraine news – Massachusetts recognizes Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide –
The parliaments of 14 countries (Canada, Australia, Georgia, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Chile) acknowledged that Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was a genocide of Ukrainian nation.
Ukraine news – Kyiv experiences cultural renaissance, – Chatham House –
Ukrainian cultural revival continues and it embraces cinema, theatre, literature and publishing, documentary making, contemporary arts and fashion
Paris Hilton ‘Loves’ Ukraine After Visit to Lviv – YouTube
UAWire – Saakashvili preparing to return to Ukraine
The former president of Georgia and former governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili is getting ready to come back to the country that …
Savchenko turns down lie detector test – SBU – news about social life
People’s Deputy Nadiia Savchenko has refused to have her testimony verified with a lie detector, the Security Service of Ukraine’s press center told UNIAN. The deputy charged with plotting terrorist attacks in Kyiv and a coup has demanded that she be allowed to study all evidence collected against her in an undercover operation.
The rise and fall of Nadiya Savchenko -Euromaidan Press |
Nadiya Savchenko, once a Ukrainian hero standing up to Putin himself, has been accused of a coup and terrorist act. Could the fall have been deeper? 
The forgotten tragedy of Koryukivka: How the Nazis exterminated a town of 7,000 souls -Euromaidan Press |
Soviet propaganda decided that the massacres perpetrated by the Nazis in the village of Khatyn, Minsk Oblast, Belarus would stand as the ultimate symbol of Nazi atrocities in all the occupied territories of the USSR. For ideological reasons, the murder of close to 7,000 Ukrainians in the town of Koryukivka, Chernihiv Oblast, was not commemorated or made public at that time. In total, Nazis burnt down and destroyed 1,377 villages in Ukraine. The Koryukivka tragedy was the most massive and bloodiest not only within the territory of the Soviet Union, but throughout Europe. It happened on March 1, 1943.

Gazprom is preparing the sum to pay fine to Naftogaz-Ukraine – Gazprom reserves almost $5 billion to pay fine to Naftogaz –
The next round of negotiations between the parties is scheduled for April 2018.
UAWire – Ukraine accuses Russia’s Gazprom of failure to pay the fine according to Stockholm arbitration ruling
he sum that Gazprom is obligated to repay Naftogaz of Ukraine, according to the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration Court, is increasing by half a million dollars daily due to the accrual of fines. The money will be collected in the near future, Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko told journalists on Thursday. The Stockholm Arbitration Court ruled on the disputes between Gazprom and Naftogaz regarding contracts for the supply and transit of gas in December and February, respectively. Its decisions required the Russian company to pay the Ukrainian company $2.56 billion dollars. Gazprom has said that these decisions have created an imbalance in favor of Kyiv, as a result of which it intends to appeal on one hand, and to terminate the contracts themselves through the same court on the other. In early March, Gazprom sent an official notification to Naftogaz about the launch of procedures to terminate the contracts. Last Wednesday, Gazprom appealed against the Stockholm Arbitration Court’s decision on the gas supply contracts in the Court of Sweden. “Today a fine is being imposed on Gazprom. The fine is almost half a million dollars a day,” the Ukrainian agency UNIAN quoted Petrenko as saying. At the same time, according to Petrenko, the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice is preparing to enforce the collection of the Russian company’s debt of the on the basis of the New York Convention, which allows for the recovery of such funds practically all over the world.
Gazprom appeals Stockholm Arbitration award – news about economy
Russian gas monopoly Gazprom appealed against the award handed down by the Stockholm Arbitration in a dispute with the Ukrainian Naftogaz over the gas transit contract. The company says they disagree with the award in a dispute with Naftogaz of Ukraine.