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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (19)


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A busy week in Ukraine:

  1. Fukuyama on Russia’s fear of Ukraine’s success;
  2. More warnings on the risk of a full scale Russian invasion;
  3. ATO about to stand down and JFO stand up;
  4. Donbass fires continue, numerous related reports on damage;
  5. GFP ranks Ukraine 8th in Europe, after France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and Greece;
  6. AFU participates in Combined Resolve X;
  7. Luch Vilkha GMLRS completes Opeval and is cleared for full rate production, seven export clients interested in procuring the weapon to replace BM-30 Smerch, possibly also 9K79 Tochka U / SS-21 SCARAB; Duplet 30mm twin barrel gun turret, RPV-16 thermobaric RPG, sniper rifles;
  8. Miscellaneous political news reports, G7 back Ukraine, Ukraine’s brain drain problem;
  9. Many reports on the separation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from Russia, Poroshenko is hoping it can be done by the 28th July, which is the anniversary of the Baptism of the Kyivan Rus’ in 987 CE;
  10. Anniversary of  Chernobyl, flooding of Yunkom;

Ukraine Reports

Putin realizes that Ukraine’s success in building democracy will affect Russia – Fukuyama – 24.04.2018 12:16 — Ukrinform News

Francis Fukuyama, a well-known U.S. philosopher, political scientist, professor at the Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, is confident that Russia is now committing aggression against Ukraine, because President Vladimir Putin realizes that if Ukraine succeeds in building democracy, this will automatically affect his country. He said this at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman at a ceremony to sign a memorandum on the launch of the Civil Service Feedback Loop Initiative, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. In my opinion, Ukraine is now at the forefront of the global struggle for democracy. Russia committed aggression in Donbas, because Putin understands that if Ukraine succeeds in building democracy, this will also have consequences for his country, for the entire post-Soviet space, for many countries around the world, Fukuyama said. The professor expressed confidence that Ukraine would not surrender, but, on the contrary, would fight to the end, but it should simultaneously solve a number of other problems, in particular, in the fight against corruption.

Poroshenko warns Russia ready for full-scale invasion of Ukraine at any time | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that the Armed Forces of Russia are ready for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine at any time. “In the Global Firepower rating, the Russian army ranks second by military strength, being inferior to the United States only,” he said at an official event on the 100th anniversary of the Border Service of Ukraine in Kyiv on Friday. “For us, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are an army of an aggressor that annexed Crimea, occupied part of Donbas and is always ready for the full-scale invasion of the holy Ukrainian land.” “That is why there is huge work ahead of us to strengthen the defense capabilities of our state,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Poroshenko announced that Ukraine’s army was eighth among 33 European powers ranked by military strength, according to Global Firepower. In the overall 2018 Military Strength Ranking of 136 nations, Ukraine stands 29th. The world’s top three armies are those of the United States, Russia, and China.

Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation chief comments on Russia’s possible invasion in summer | UNIAN

Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation Serhiy Nayev has commented on experts’ assumptions that the Kremlin could order Russian-led forces to continue the invasion of Ukraine in July and August. The military assess such risks when planning the Joint Forces Operation, Nayev said. Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation Serhiy Nayev has commented on experts’ assumptions that the Kremlin could order Russian-led forces to continue the invasion of Ukraine in July and August. “Let’s put it this way: task No. 1 for the Joint Forces Operation is to prevent Russian aggression. Of course, the defense line will be reinforced as much as possible. In any case, the aggressor country’s Armed Forces we’re now fending off must clearly understand that they will receive an adequate response,” Nayev said in an interview with the Ukrainian daily newspaper Fakty. The military assess such risks when planning the Joint Forces Operation, he said. In his words, if Russia resorts to its air force, the Armed Forces of Ukraine has got anti-aircraft missile systems and fighter jets to respond. “The enemy is well aware of that,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, First Deputy Head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko said the leader of the Russian Federation plan another attempt to destabilize Ukraine in autumn under the old pretext of “protecting Russian-speaking population,” which involves a subsequent invasion by the Russian regular troops.

Armed Forces are ready to defeat militants attack, – Joint Force Commander – 112.international

Armed Forces are ready to defeat militants attack, – Joint Force Commander

UAWire – Ukrainian military command states its forces are ready for Joint Force Operation in the Donbas

In a recent interview with the Facts program, Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces, stated that Ukrainian forces are ready for joint …

Ukraine and Russia terminate agreement on cooperation in media field – 112.international

Ukraine and Russia terminated agreement on cooperation in media field

Militants launched 52 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 27.04.2018 09:40 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 52 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day.&nbsp;

Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 attacks in Donbas in past day | UNIAN

Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded amid 52 enemy attacks in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day. Russian-led forces use proscribed 120mm mortars to shell Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine.

OSCE reports 43 civilian deaths, 120 injuries from mine explosions in Donbas since last April | UNIAN

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug has reported that 43 civilians died and another 120 were injured from the explosion of landmines or unexploded ordnance in Donbas in the past year, since April 2017. Heavy weapons are used for firing from or at towns and villages.

Ukraine reports soldier killed as militants use banned weapons against gov’t forces | UNIAN

Over the past 24 hours, on April 21, Russian-backed militants shelled Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine’s warzone 47 times. A Ukrainian soldier was killed in action, two military were wounded, and another two – injured in the attacks. In the Donetsk direction, terrorists fired on Ukrainian positions from mortars and tanks.

Donetsk filtration station resumes water supplies to Avdiyivka | UNIAN

The Donetsk water filtration station has resumed centralized water supplies to the town of Avdiyivka. The station supplies water to towns and villages in government-controlled and Russian-occupied areas in Donbas.

Police investigates case on food poisoning of 15 children in Luhansk region – 112.international

Police investigates case on food poisoning of 15 children in Luhansk region

Poisoning in Luhansk region: children have positive dynamics – 112.international

Poisoning in Luhansk region: children have positive dynamics

UN: Four years of conflict in Ukraine leave 4.4 mln people in dire humanitarian situation | UNIAN

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Mr. Neal Walker, on Friday briefed Member States and International Organizations on the dire humanitarian situation faced by 4.4 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine. Critical civilian infrastructure is severely impacted, as ceasefire agreements are consistently disregarded.

Security Service revealed details of terrorism in Ukraine – 112.international

In Ukraine, terrorism is characterized by the use of conventional means of destruction by intruders, while the special services of the Russian Federation significantly influence the activities aimed at destabilizing the situation in different regions of Ukraine

Defense Ministry employee spying for Russia arrested in Kyiv – 112.international

The Security Service of Ukraine detained an employee of one of the strategic enterprises of the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, who was spying for Russia. This is reported on the SSU website. The detainee was informed of the suspicion of committing a crime and a preventive measure in the form of detention was chosen. In the framework of open criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Art. 111 (high treason), investigative actions continue. A native of Russia, colonel of the reserve of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in July 2017 while staying in in Russia was recruited by the Russian military intelligence officer. For monetary compensation, the former Ukrainian military collected data with limited access in the defense sphere of our state for the transfer of information to Russian curators. “The special services of the Russian Federation, in particular, interested in information on the implementation of state defense orders and development of new systems of unmanned aircraft detection used during the anti-terrorist operation in the east of Ukraine”, said in a statement. In addition, the agent was trying to buy a Ukrainian-made drone to be sent to Russia for aerial reconnaissance. Law enforcers have documented, that the link with the “curators” spy exercised traveling to the territory of the Russian Federation and with the help of e-mail correspondence. After completing the “tasks”, the spy planned to leave for the aggressor country and obtain Russian citizenship. Employees of the SSU detained a spy in Kyiv at the workplace. During the searches on the places of work and residence of the person involved in the case, law enforcement officers seized materials confirming his unlawful activities.

Pavlo Gryb’s actual health conditions unknown, – father – 112.international

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb faces increased psychological pressure in Russian jail

Ukraine detains Putin’s “confidant” at Crimea elections | UNIAN

Ukrainian law enforcers at the de-facto administrative border with the occupied Crimea on April 23 detained Vladimir Putin’s “confidant,” a woman who happened to be a holder of a newly-issued biometric passport of Ukraine. The Ukrainian national was detained during a border crossing routine at the Chonhar checkpoint, head of the prosecutor’s office for Crimea Ihor Ponochovny told 112 Ukraine TV channel. “The individual will be informed that she is being suspected under Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code (High Treason). A suspicion notice will be handed down within 24 hours,” Ponochovny said. He added that the Ukrainian law enforcers were tipped on the woman’s illegal activity from open sources. Read alsoTurncoat official from occupied Crimea busted while crossing into mainland Ukraine to get biometric passport “She was identified back in the winter, when preparations were being made for the illegal holding of elections in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. I want to assure that there is more than enough evidence of treason in relation to the said citizen of Ukraine,” said the head of the Prosecutor’s Office of the ARC. It is noted that, acting in the interests of the Russian Federation and the All-Russian non-governmental organization “Volunteers of Victory”, the woman set up and carried out the illegal collection of signatures across the peninsula in support of Putin’s nomination for presidency. Since the illegal annexation of Crimea, Russia has traditionally been holding elections including in the territory of the peninsula. In particular, the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation took place in September 2016. On the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea, on March 18, 2018, presidential elections were held, also including in the territory of the peninsula.

Ukraine’s deputy minister for occupied areas: Peace in Donbas may require decades | UNIAN

Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka has said establishing a lasting peace in the east of Ukraine may require decades. A lasting peace is a broader notion than a ceasefire.

UAWire – Kyiv to ban all Russian vessels from entering Ukraine’s inland waters

After the incident with the &quot;Nord&quot; vessel, ships from Russia may lose the right to visit Ukraine. Kyiv cited &quot;the high level of terrorist …

Lost at sea: what happened to the ships the US tried to give to Ukraine? – 112.international

Four years after Crimea’s annexation, Ukraine is still struggling to get its defense capabilities back on the sea.

The Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues to prepare teams of ‘Island’ boats

The training will last 2 months

Russia tries to ‘give itself’ more Ukrainian territory – 112.international

The Russian occupation ‘cabinet of ministers’ had issued a decision to hand the 6.5 m² of land into Russian federal ownership. The decision was reportedly taken in response from an application from Russia’s contractor for the ‘Crimea Bridge’ which Russia is building from the Taman Peninsula in Russia to Kerch, in Crimea, via the Tuzla Spit and Tuzla Island

UAWire – Kyiv: 25 Italian citizens fought against Ukraine in the Donbas

The Verkhovna Rada has prepared a list of 25 Italian citizens who fought against Ukraine in the Donbas, stated an MP of the Petro Poroshenko …

Czech detained in Ukraine over unlawful use of technical means – media | UNIAN

A Czech citizen was detained in Ukraine on Monday on suspicion of unlawful use of technical devices, and a court in Kyiv decided on Wednesday that he will be released on bail of an equivalent of EUR 4,500, Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Irena Valentova has told CTK. Reports about the detention of a Czech diplomat have not been confirmed.

Ukrainian govt plans to create territorial defense brigade in Donetsk region – 112.international

The well-trained and finely armed unit is supposed to assist the army ‘in case of uncontrolled extreme aggression of Russian militants’, – head of Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky

Ukrainian OSINT sleuths release largest existing database of evidence of Russian aggression in Ukraine -Euromaidan Press |

On 12 April 2018, the Ukrainian investigative community InformNapalm released a database summarizing their 4+ years of open-source research on Russian aggression in Ukraine. This is to our knowledge the largest existing database with evidence of Russia’s undeclared war on Ukraine. Although Russia continues to deny that it is propping up the Luhansk and Donetsk “People’s Republics” in Ukraine’s Donbas region, the latest PACE resolution determined them to be “effectively controlled” by Russia. Now, thanks to this database, we can also see the extent of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine. Euromaidan Press asked Roman Burko, the founder of InformNapalm, to tell all about it.

European Powers Ranked by Military Strength

Countries in Europe ranked by their potential military strength.

Poroshenko: Ukraine’s army ranks eighth in Europe in terms of military strength | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Ukraine’s army ranks eighth among European powers ranked by military strength. France tops the list.

Ukrainian military join Combined Resolve X drills in Germany (Photo, video) | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced servicemen of the 79th separate assault brigade and tank platoon of the 14th separate mechanized brigade are participating in the Combined Resolve X international drills in southeastern Germany. This year, about 3,700 service members from 13 NATO allied and partner nations are taking part in the event.

Ukrainian tanks, armored personnel carriers arrived in Germany to participate in international exercises – 25.04.2018 10:33 — Ukrinform News

Service personnel of&nbsp;the 79th&nbsp;separate air assault brigade and tank platoon of&nbsp;the 14th&nbsp;separate mechanized brigade have begun participating in the Combined Resolve X international exercises in Germany.

Combined Resolve X: Ukrainian military personnel, armored vehicle, and equipment arrived in Germany

The Ukrainian soldiers will be attached to a multinational battalion

Combined Resolve X: Installation of MILES system

today the MILES combat laser imaging system has been installed on T-84 and BTR-80

Combined Resolve X – Day 3: Preparation for the practical stage (VIDEO)

Paratroopers and tank crews checked the technical equipment and weapons

Poroshenko claims on necessity to put Vilkha missile complex into batch production in 2018 – 112.international

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine has set a target to put the Vilkha missile complex into the batch production in 2018 on the results of its final testing. The president reported this on Facebook. ‘Ukrainian army will get the high-accuracy weapons. I participated in the final testing of our Vilkha missile complex. I have set a target to put it into the batch production in 2018’, he wrote.

Poroshenko orders to start large-scale production of Vilkha missile system in 2018 (Photo, video) | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered to start the large-scale production of Ukraine’s brand new Vilkha (Alder) missile system in 2018. The president attended the final testing of the Vilkha system.

Ukrainian Vilkha missile complex passes final test. Video – 25.04.2018 15:44 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko took part in the final testing of the Vilkha missile complex and instructed to begin mass production of the missile in 2018.

New Ukrainian high-precision rockets system completes final test – Defence Blog

The new Ukraine-made “Vilkha” high-precision rockets system successfully completed a series of state tests, the press service of the SE “State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch” reporting. On 25 April, was conducted the final testing of the “Vilkha” high-precision rockets system in the south of the Kherson region. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, military leaders, experts, and military attaches from 7 countries who expressed their interest in negotiating the acquisition of new, powerful Ukrainian weapons, were present at the tests. Petro Poroshenko noted that the production of new high-precision weapons had been organized in such a short term for the first time. “Only two years ago, the NSDC made a decision to begin the missile program and today, we have finished testing. The missile will be added to the armory,” the President said. He reminded that before 2014, the capabilities of the AFU and the missile complex had been destroyed, production had been eliminated.

State tests of the missile complex “Vilkha” were completed in the south of the Kherson region | ОЛЕКСАНДР ТУРЧИНОВ – персональний сайт

In the south of the Kherson region, the state tests of the missile complex “Vielha” were completed. This was reported by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov.According to O. Turchinov, all stages of state tests have been successful. “At each stage, various parameters of the tactical and technical characteristics of the missiles were checked for compliance, in particular, the precision of reaching the specified targets at the maximum and minimum ranges, the power and efficiency of destroying the whole missile’s combat element, the simultaneous impression of long-distance goals, etc.” – said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.O. Turchynov noted that according to the decision of the State Commission, the missile complex will be taken into operation, and this year its serial production will begin.

The state tests of the “Vilkha” missile system were carried out today

The state tests of the “Vilkha” missile system were carried out today in the south of the Kherson region, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov informed. According to Mr. Turchynov, all stages of the state tests were successful. “At each stage, various parameters of the tactical and technical characteristics of the missiles were checked for compliance, in particular, the precision of hitting the specified targets at the maximum and minimum ranges, the power and efficiency of destroying the target with the missile’s combat element, multiple destruction of long-distance targets, etc.”, – Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine said. Mr. Turchynov noted that according to the decision of the State Commission, the missile system would be put on armament, and this year its serial production would be launched. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, military leaders, experts, and military attaches from 7 countries who expressed their interest in negotiating the acquisition of new, powerful Ukrainian weapons, were present at the tests. “Despite the great interest of our foreign partners, – Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine underscored, – the priority for us is to provide the missile systems to our Armed Forces”. Also, Oleksandr Turchynov reported about the ongoing active work on the implementation of the national missile program, “among the priorities of which, in particular, is the creation of new powerful cruise and antiaircraft missiles for our army”.

State tests of the missile system “Vilkha” were completed in the south of the Kherson region – YouTube

Turchynov Published on Apr 25, 2018 All stages of the tests were successful. At each stage, various parameters of the tactical and technical characteristics of the missiles were checked for compliance: the accuracy of reaching the specified targets at the maximum and minimum ranges, the power and efficiency of the destruction of the target by the military part of the missile, and the simultaneous impression of long-distance goals. Great joint success of Ukrainian scientists, designers, industrialists and military, who were able to realize the most ambitious task as soon as possible. Despite the great interest of our foreign partners, the priority for us is to provide the missile complexes of our Armed Forces. Also active work is under way on the implementation of the national missile program, among its priorities, in particular, the creation of new powerful wing and anti-aircraft guided missiles for our army.

Fire “Vilkha”. Unofficially – YouTube

Final tests of MRLS “Vilkha” – YouTube

Seven countries already interested in purchasing Ukrainian Vilkha missile complex – 25.04.2018 17:24 — Ukrinform News

Seven countries have already expressed interest in holding talks on the purchase of Ukrainian Vilkha missile complex.

Zhytomyr Armored Plant continues work on increasing effectiveness of the Duplet combat module (VIDEO)

The main Duplet armament: two automatic 30-mm guns with maximum firing rate of about 1000 rounds per minute.

Increased performance of combat module ‘Duplet’ – 25.04.2018 12:16 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine's state-owned enterprise Zhytomyr Armored Plant continues to work on improving the efficiency of the combat module &quot;Duplet,&quot; the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported.

UkrOboronProm released video of Duplet’s live-fire tests – Defence Blog

Ukraine’s state-owned defence agency UkrOboronProm has released video footage demonstrating the live-fire tests of advanced DUPLET turret system is armed with a two 30mm automatic cannons. According to the UkrOboronProm, the combat module “Duplet” is equipped with two automatic 30mm automatic cannons and can deliver fire of double density. “Duplet” can create a curtain with 30 mm projectiles by shooting alternately from each barrel. The main armament has a maximum rate of fire – about 1000 rounds per minute. That is, “Duplet” in just one second is able to send 16 shells at once to the enemy.

RPV-16 thermobaric rocket launcher

Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower 16

President: The transfer of antisniping complexes to the ATO contributes to the reduction of the number of enemy bombardments

Today, the first antisniping complexes were tranferred

Rifles by Ukrainian Weapons Factory (VIDEO)

UATV paid a visit to a well-guarded production facility…

SBU raids Motor Sich aircraft engine manufacturer in “sabotage” probe | UNIAN

The Security Service of Ukraine is investigating a criminal case under Art. 113 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (act of sabotage) into plotting or committing actions aimed at weakening the state through the destruction of PJSC Motor Sich, one of Ukraine’s strategic enterprises. Perpetrators sought to destroy the strategic plant with the help of foreigners in a sophisticated shares redistribution scheme. The Security Service of Ukraine is investigating a criminal case under Art. 113 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (act of sabotage) into plotting or committing actions aimed at weakening the state through the destruction of PJSC Motor Sich, one of Ukraine’s strategic enterprises. According to the SBU report, representatives of a foreign company are building a modern plant for the production of aircraft engines, where they plan to transfer Ukrainian capacities and transfer technology. To this end, contrary to Ukrainian legislation, foreigners indirectly amassed a controlling stake in Motor Sich, now registered on six offshore companies and an individual. Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/10092023-sbu-raids-motor-sich-aircraft-engine-manufacturer-in-sabotage-probe.htmlThe Security Service of Ukraine is investigating a criminal case under Art. 113 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (act of sabotage) into plotting or committing actions aimed at weakening the state through the destruction of PJSC Motor Sich, one of Ukraine’s strategic enterprises. According to the SBU report, representatives of a foreign company are building a modern plant for the production of aircraft engines, where they plan to transfer Ukrainian capacities and transfer technology. To this end, contrary to Ukrainian legislation, foreigners indirectly amassed a controlling stake in Motor Sich, now registered on six offshore companies and an individual.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Kiev’ Becomes Kyiv for the US Government – Finally

Paul Goble Staunton, April 25 – The US State Department office responsible for nomenclature has directed that from now on, US government agencies will refer to the capital of Ukraine as Kyiv, as it is transliterated from the Ukrainian, rather than Kiev, as transliterated from the Russian, a small change with potentially far reaching consequences. Kyiv’s Delovaya stolitsa newspaper reports this change today (dsnews.ua/society/bolshe-ne-kiev-amerikanskie-gosuchrezhdeniya-budut-pisat-stolitsu-25042018095300) citing a report by the Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service (ukrainian.voanews.com/a/a-49-2006-10-21-voa2-86831492/219982.html). State Department representative Tom Casey said the change was being made so that the name used by the US government would correspond to the one “Ukrainians and other international organizations employ” and that the shift “is not political.” But, of course, it is, and in a double sense. On the one hand, it is a mark of respect for Ukrainians and the Ukrainian language. And on the other, it is one more indication that Washington and the West more generally will approach Ukraine not through Moscow and its putative “Russian world” but directly and in Ukrainian. In the 26 years since the demise of the USSR, the United States and some other Western countries have all too often continued to view Ukraine and other countries in the region through a Russian lens, often sending more diplomats who speak Russian than speak the national languages because there are more of the former than the latter and because officials say the elites in these countries still speak Russian. That has always been insulting; and it has sometimes led to horrors as when Western embassies have had to rely on “foreign service nationals” who do speak the national languages but who sometimes are under pressure from the governments of their countries for reporting on developments not reported as well or even at all in the Russian-language media. The change for Ukraine’s capital is a welcome sign that this is changing. One can only hope it will quickly be extended to other toponyms not only in that country but elsewhere as well.

PACE officially recognizes Russia’s occupation of Donbas | UNIAN

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a decision recognizing the occupation by Russia of part of Ukraine. Ariev also said PACE had taken into account an amendment proposed by the Ukrainian delegation in the report.

Almost three million Ukrainians live in Russia – Klimkin – 23.04.2018 10:56 — Ukrinform News

About three million Ukrainians currently live in Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

Almost 4 mln Ukrainians labor migrants – study | UNIAN

Nearly 4 million Ukrainians, or 16% of the working-age population, are labor migrants, according to the press service of the Center for Economic Strategy (CES) referring to its study. Over the 15 years, some 6.3 million Ukrainians have left the country for good. Nearly 4 million Ukrainians, or 16% of the working-age population, are labor migrants, according to the press service of the Center for Economic Strategy (CES) referring to its study. “About 2.6 – 2.7 million people can be outside the country at a given moment. This means that Ukrainians travel abroad for short periods, earn money there, and then return home,” the press service wrote. It is noted that the weightiest reason for Ukrainians to work abroad is an economic one: higher pay and more jobs available. This migration flow is of a pendulum, short-term nature, as most labor migrants prefer to return to Ukraine. “The annexation of Crimea and start of hostilities in Donbas have also influenced the migration processes. The war not only intensified internal migration, it also changed the geography of foreign travel,” the report said. In 2014-2016, there was a decrease in the migration flow to the Russian Federation from 11 million to 8 million people, according to the study. At the same time, trips to Poland saw a 40% boost – the number of crossings in the said period increased from 14 million to 20 million.

G7 takes Ukraine as integral part of free world and common democratic space, – Klimkin – 112.international

To leaders of the world, specifically those from the G7, Ukraine remains an inseparable part of the free world, – Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s foreign minister

G7 outreach session on Ukraine to be held in Toronto today – 112.international

G7 outreach session on Ukraine to be held in Toronto today

Ukraine’s Soccer Federation To Shun FIFA Congress In Moscow

A spokesman for Ukraine’s soccer federation has said the organization will skip a meeting of world soccer’s governing body scheduled to be held in Moscow this summer.

Police Break Silence After Video Shows Far-Right Attack On Kyiv Roma

When a Romany camp in Kyiv was attacked by far-right nationalists, the police downplayed it. Then a video of the attack went viral.

Tymoshenko takes lead in poll ahead of presidential elex 2019 – sociologists | UNIAN

Today’s leader of the presidential rating is Yulia Tymoshenko, who is a former prime minister, now head of the Batkivshchyna Party. Runner-up is former defense minister Anatoly Hrytsenko with almost 11%.

Kyiv develops ties with Ankara—in Moscow’s shadow? – 112.international

Author : Oleg Varfolomeyev Turkey, which has maintained strong links with the Turkic nation of the Crimean Tatars, helped Ukraine to free from Russian captivity two Crimean Tatar activists, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, last fall

UAWire – Russia’s Gazprom begins termination of contracts with Ukraine’s Naftogaz

Gazprom was unable to reach an agreement with Naftogaz on gas transit through Ukraine and sent a request to the Stockholm Arbitration for …

“Our disagreement with leadership’s pro-Kremlin tendencies ignored”: Ukrainian scholars on closure of Kennan Institute Kyiv office -Euromaidan Press |

Euromaidan Press is publishing a joint letter of Ukrainian intellectuals regarding the decision of the Wilson Center to close the Kennan Institute office in Kyiv, which happened after a scandal erupted in Ukraine following the Center’s decision to fire Kyiv office Director Kateryna Smagliy and appoint Mikhail Minakov as Principle Investigator on Ukraine. This letter is also available in Ukrainian. On 1 March 2018, Director of the Wilson Center Jane Harman decided to close the Kennan Institute’s office in Kyiv, which had promoted the US-Ukraine academic dialogue over the last 20 years. This decision was taken after an absolute majority of Ukrainian Kennan Alumni Association members sent a letter to the Institute’s Advisory Council, protesting against the pro-Kremlin line of the Kennan Institute leadership and the groundless decision to dismiss its Kyiv office director, Dr. Kateryna Smagliy. The haste with which the U.S. think-tank executives decided to close the active and successfully operating institution in Ukraine is a sad testimony to the absence of an open, professional and honest dialogue about worrisome tendencies in the work of the Kennan Institute. We received no reaction to our disagreement with appalling facts of its leadership’s open flirtation with pro-Kremlin circles, undermining the Kennan Institute’s reputation and repelling its former colleagues and partners. Instead of addressing our criticism of Kennan policies, the Wilson Center’s statement touched upon supposed “threats to the safety” of its employees and associates but offered no evidence to prove their validity. This unsupported statement was an openly unfriendly gesture that caused reputational damage to Ukraine by presenting it as a country where intellectuals cannot feel safe.

Win for history in Ukraine: Kyivan Rus archeology site to become museum, not shopping mall -Euromaidan Press |

In a triumph of history over commerce, on 19 April 2017, the Kyiv City Council greenlighted a decision to stop the construction of a shopping mall in central Kyiv. Archeological excavations conducted at the construction site uncovered a street and buildings dating back to the Kyivan Rus, the medieval kingdom from which Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia claim descendance. The Council’s decision was met with the elation of archeologists and city activists, who had for several years campaigned to create a full-fledged archeological history museum at the site which is situated at the very heart of medieval Kyiv. At times, the campaigning seemed hopeless: the shopping mall’s investor, a man with ties to runaway ex-President Yanukovych, had managed to secure the support of the city administration in what activists say was a corrupt deal. This decision couldn’t come at a more crucial time: the weaponization of history is a significant part of Russia’s hybrid war against the West and Ukraine.

Ukraine became leader in export of eggs to EU, ahead of the US – 112.international

Ukrainian export of eggs to the European Union is 38%

Ukraine’s referendum law passed during Yanukovych’s presidency designated as unconstitutional | UNIAN

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has designated that the law on national referenda, which was passed during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency, is unconstitutional. Results of a nationwide referendum are binding.

Why do Ukrainians remain poor? Six hypotheses -Euromaidan Press |

Article by: Oleksiy Zhmerenetskyi (2016) Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe by territory and educated urban population. At the same time is a country with mostly impoverished citizens. Why is this the case? Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe by territory and educated urban population. It is No. 1 for the area of fertile soil and technical talent; it is the leader in its geographical reach of the largest world markets. The country has cheap electricity and rich mineral deposits, it is open to business and it is a democracy. At the same time, it is a country with mostly poor citizens.

Postcolonial syndrome, or Why do revolutions occur one after another in Ukraine? -Euromaidan Press |

Article by: Mykola Kniazhytskyi Where can we still find a country where in the course of 15 years three revolutions occurred? [In Ukraine, there’s been the 1990 Revolution on Granite, the 2004 Orange Revolution, and the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution, or Revolution of Dignity – ed.] What did they change, and why does one revolution always follow another?

Ukraine may be getting its own Church, but not as fast as desired – media | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on April 17 that Ukraine might have an independent, unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church as early as July 28—the anniversary of Kyivan Rus’ adoption of Christianity. Poroshenko pointed out that the Kremlin regards the Moscow Patriarchate as “one of the key tools of influence over Ukraine.” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on April 17 that Ukraine might have an independent, unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church as early as July 28—the anniversary of Kyivan Rus’ adoption of Christianity. He made the prediction after the Ukrainian parliament voted to support the president’s efforts to convince Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant autocephalous status to the combined Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC)-Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, John Coyle wrote in an op-ed for the Atlantic Council. During an official state visit to Istanbul, Poroshenko met with Patriarch Bartholomew on April 17. The two leaders held seven hours of closed-doors discussions before the president announced “Ukraine is as close as ever to the emergence of its own Unified Orthodox Church.” Ukrainian nationalists have been trying to establish an autocephalous church since 1992, when Patriarch Filaret broke with the Moscow Patriarchate and established his own congregation, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate. The Moscow church banned Patriarch Filaret, excommunicated him, and eventually declared him anathema for his action. For the nationalists, however, it is a question of politics, not theology. “Unity is our main weapon in the fight against the Russian aggressor,” Poroshenko told the parliament. “This question goes far beyond the ecclesiastical. It is about our finally acquiring independence from Moscow.”

Holy Synod begins procedure of granting autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church – 112.international

The Holy Synod, under the chairmanship of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, at a meeting on April 20 decided to begin the procedures necessary to provide autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This is reported by the Patriarch’s online representation. “Having received from the church and civil authorities representing millions of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians, petition for autocephaly, the Synod decided to closely communicate and coordinate its relations with sister Orthodox churches on this issue,” the report says. We recall, on April 17, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote a letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch asking to provide autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Representatives of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate, in turn, said that this is an excess of power and interference in church affairs.

UAWire – Poroshenko: Constantinople begins procedures to allow creation of independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (in Constantinople) has received a request from Ukrainian President Poroshenko to …

We are not afraid: Poroshenko on Russia’s threats over possible Ukrainian church autocephaly – 112.international

According to him, the bloodshed is going on in Donbas region because of Russian aggression, so no use threatening with it

Ukraine seeks church independence to bolster stand against Russia

Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church oppose Kiev’s move to sever religious links

Poroshenko: Independent local Orthodox Church’s head to be elected in Ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is up to Ukrainians to elect the head of their local church, and the head of the new independent Orthodox Church with autocephaly will be elected in Ukraine. Poroshenko says the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the parent church for the Russian Orthodox Church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is up to Ukrainians to elect the head of their local church, and the head of the new independent Orthodox Church with autocephaly will be elected in Ukraine. “There is a clear agreement with the Ecumenical Patriarch that the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Church will be elected in Ukraine,” Poroshenko told a Svoboda Slova [Freedom of Speech] talk show on Ukraine’s ICTV channel, according to the president’s press service. “The state will not determine who will be the Patriarch of the new church, because this is not the government’s business. There will be no action by government fiat to support or not to support this or that [candidate],” he said. Read alsoPoroshenko: Russian Patriarch not authorized to veto Ukrainian church’s autocephaly He also noted that “the function and role of the Mother Church will be performed by the Patriarchate of Constantinople” and stressed that it was important in terms of historical justice. “We are just returning to historical justice,” Poroshenko said and reminded that the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus would be celebrated in the near future. “I’d like to emphasize – there was no Russian Orthodox Church at that time. If the Constantinople Church is the Mother Church for Ukraine, then the Ukrainian Church is the Mother Church for Russia. Because it originated here, not vice versa. And the mother cannot ask for independence from the daughter,” the president stressed. “In terms of historical, spiritual and state justice, Ukraine deserved the right to have an independent Ukrainian church,” Poroshenko added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Poroshenko announced on April 17 that the heads of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church had decided to officially appeal to Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I for autocephaly. Autocephaly is the status of a hierarchical Christian Church whose head bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop (used especially in Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Independent Catholic churches). Autocephaly opens the way for the creation of a United Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which will not be subordinate to Moscow. The split between the Moscow and Kyiv branches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church happened during the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Ukraine’s Primate Filaret broke with the Russian Orthodox Church. He argued that an independent Ukraine deserved a national church truly independent of Moscow. The Moscow Patriarchate whose parishes prevail in Ukraine has never recognized the Ukrainian Patriarchate.

Poroshenko: Russian Patriarch not authorized to veto Ukrainian church’s autocephaly | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Russian Patriarch Kirill is not authorized to veto a decision by the Ecumenical Patriarch on autocephaly the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is seeking. Poroshenko has not communicated with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church since the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Religious Warfare: Key Things To Know As Kyiv And Moscow Clash In A New Church Disagreement – To Inform is to Influence

This week the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addressed the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, requesting autonomy for Ukraine’s Orthodox Church. Earlier leaders of two Ukrainian Orthodox Churches addressed the Patriarch with the same request. On April 19, the Ukrainian Parliament voted in support of the President’s respective initiative. Should the Patriarch agree, the so-called Ukrainian “pomisna” Orthodox Church (Ukraine’s own independent Orthodox Church or the national Orthodox Church) can be established, the issue has been subject to public discussion for the past quarter-century since Ukraine became independent. UCMC explains what this step would mean for Ukraine, why the issue is also a political one and, what one may expect in the future. What is Ukrainian Orthodox Church and why Ukraine needs it? The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is to unite all Orthodox believers in the country and is being created based on the territorial principle. A local church is juxtaposed with the world one, it becomes independent and self-governing in the territory of a certain state and usually coincides with the administrative division and the borders of the state. Ukrainian politicians advocate for the need to have the local Orthodox Church by saying that Orthodox believers are longing for unity as well as emphasizing the need for Ukrainians to consolidate. At the same time, a political component is obvious here. Despite the constitutional separation of the Church and the state, the Church is actively taking part in Ukrainian politics. It became evident back in 2004 when priests of one of the confessions – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate – were encouraging people to vote for Viktor Yanukovych, while priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and Ukraine’s Greek-Catholic Church supported the Orange Revolution. Today, when Russia is waging the war against Ukraine, Ukrainian Orthodox Church would be expected to weaken Russia’s impact upon Ukraine. History of the problem. The creation of Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been discussed for a quarter of the century, since the 1990s. A considerable part of the church leaders, politicians, and religious experts are convinced that the way to Ukraine’s own unified Orthodox Church goes through the Constantinople Patriarchate (based in Istanbul). The Ukrainian Church used to be formally subordinated to it before 1686 when the Patriarch of Constantinople Dionysius agreed to have its jurisdiction transferred to the Moscow Patriarchate (based in Moscow). According to some historians and experts in religious studies, the decision was approved with some of the canons violated. That’s why in 2008 the then President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko invited the Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to Kyiv bringing up the possibility of granting Ukrainian Orthodox Church an autonomy from Moscow. During his visit, Bartholomew made no concrete promises as he was trying not to spoil the relations with the Russian Orthodox Church – world’s biggest and most powerful Orthodox church. In 2015-2016 former Ukrainian presidents Viktor Yushchenko and Leonid Kravchuk made at least two private visits to Istanbul to meet the Patriarch. Finally, in 2016 the Ukrainian Parliament approved an appeal to Bartholomew calling “to recognize invalid the act of 1686” as well as to grant autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Why President Poroshenko trumpets the autocephalous church issue? – 112.international

The appeal about autocephaly was raised during a meeting of the leaders of parliamentary factions with President Poroshenko on March 17

UOC of Moscow Patriarchate: Ecumenical Patriarchate to discuss autocephalous church in Ukraine | UNIAN

Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych has said the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is responsible for the all-Orthodox unity, decided to discuss the issue of the autocephalous church in Ukraine with other Orthodox churches. The Patriarchate of Constantinople must coordinate the issue of Ukrainian autocephaly with all local Orthodox churches, Danylevych said.

Second Chornobyl: Yunkom mine flooding in Donbas might become a disaster – 112.international

In particular, the Minister of Ecology Ostap Semerak notes that the consequences of the flooding of Yunkom might be bad or very bad.

Yunkom mine flooding threatens radiation contamination not only of Ukraine, other countries too – 112.international

Yunkom mine flooding threatens radiation contamination not only of Ukraine, other countries too

Chernobyl Disaster: Deaths, Environmental Damage Continue | Time

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, is predicted to continue to harm the environment for at least 180 years.

The Chernobyl Disaster: How It Happened

On April 26, 1986, a routine safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine spiraled out of control. Follow the dramatic events that led to the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster.

Ukraine, Belarus Mark 32nd Anniversary Of Chernobyl Disaster

Ukraine is marking the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26 with a memorial service and a series of events in remembrance of the world’s worst-ever civilian nuclear accident.

Haunted Hallways: Chernobyl Engineers Revisit The Doomed Reactor

April 26, 2018, marks 32 years since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Three former Chernobyl engineers returned to their workplace in 2016, accompanied by RFE/RL journalists. For Arcadia Uskova and Oleksiy Breusa, it was not their first visit back. For Oleksandr Cheranov, however, the visit marked the first time he had stood inside the power plant since April 26, 1986, when the fourth block of the reactor was destroyed in the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster.

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