Javelin debate restarts, JFO stands up, ATO stands down, Donbass fires continue, reports on foreign fighters, Russia’s defacto maritime blockade, Ukraine’s counter-blockade, Balaklia ammo storage site burns again, Russian R-330ZH Zhitel EW system burns, Antonov discloses collaboration with Turkey on new An-188 airlifter based on An-70, Ukraine imports surplus Polish 2S1 Gvozdika SPHs, miscellaneous political news, anti-Semitism debate flares again, reports on Orthodox church dispute, including numbers that show the Ukrainian Orthodox church is larger than the Russian Orthodox church inside Russia.
Javelin anti-tank missile systems that have already arrived in Ukraine from the U.S. should be deployed on the contact line with Russia in order to fulfill a deterrent role and not be warehoused hundreds of kilometers from the front.
Ukraine should use Javelin anti-tank missile systems for its defense.
The United States confirms to RFE/RL its delivery of Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine in a move that is welcome in Kyiv but will almost certainly enrage Moscow.
The former assistant to the deputy head of the Pentagon on Ukraine and Eurasia, Michael Carpenter approved of the transfer of American Javelin …
The ratio of American Javelin anti-tank missile systems to tanks in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) is approximately 1 to 3, but the Armed …
The Trump administration’s sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine won’t change the war. But it’s more than just a gesture of support.
The Ukrainian military received the delivery of Javelin man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles. The US Department of State has confirmed delivery of Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine, a department spokesperson told on Monday. A little later, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko also has confirmed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received Javelin anti-tank missile systems from the United States. According to local experts, Ukraine received the first batch of Javelin anti-tank missiles on April 6. The first batch of missiles was transferred to the training center for servicemen. The $47 million purchase of Javelins was funded with U.S. military aid funds for the Ukrainian government.
Ukraine has received the first U.S. Javelin missiles and launch units, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday.
Michael Carpenter, a former Pentagon official, senior director of the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, says the delivery of Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine will help to protect the country from Russia’s unyielding war of aggression, however the military’s command structure needs to be reformed. The Ukrainian Armed Forces need to be reformed according to NATO standards.
The State Department confirmed that the anti-tank missile systems Javelin had already been delivered to Ukraine. This is reported by Radio Liberty referring to the data of the representative of the US State Department and two sources. “They have already been delivered,” an official spokesman for the US State Department said on April 30 in response to the publication’s request for the transfer of Javelin. It is noted that the sending of the complexes was confirmed by two sources, who wished to remain anonymous, since they were not authorized to speak publicly about this. One source is from Ukraine, the other is from the United States. At the same time, it is not reported when anti-tank missile systems arrived in Ukraine, whether all of them were sent, whether the Ukrainian servicemen started training using Javelin. However, one of the sources added that the complexes were sent “on time”. Since the beginning of Russia’s military aggression in the spring of 2014 Ukraine was negotiating with the United States on the supply of lethal weapons. Previously, Washington supplied Kiyiv with only non-lethal assistance (including armored Humvee cars, RQ-11B Raven drones and counterbattery radars) and helped in the training of Ukrainian servicemen. The US defense budget for 2018 presupposes the allocation of $ 350 million to Ukraine for enhancing security and defense, including the use of lethal weapons. The US State Department on March 1 decided to sell to Ukraine anti-tank missile systems Javelin.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed that Javelin anti-tank missile systems have already arrived in Ukraine from the United States.
довгоочікувана зброя прибула до українського війська
Javelin missile complexes are not in service of Ukraine’s Armed Forces yet, – Joint Force Commander
The Javelin is so effective that who the United States sells or gives Javelins to has become a political issue on more than one occasion.
Donald Trump remedies a glaring mistake from Barack Obama’s presidency and belatedly provides Ukraine with lethal aid.
Javelins were supplied to Ukraine few weeks ago, – U.S. State Department
DONALD Trump has shipped anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in a show of defiance against Vladimir Putin, sparking fears of World War 3.
Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Naiev believes that the Ukrainian Army’s adversary in Donbas is insidious but at the same time predictable. According to Gen. Nayev, Ukraine forces will continue to fortify and upgrade defense positions along the contact line in eastern Ukraine to secure troops and hardware.
The change of ATO on the Joint Forces Operation does not imply the termination of anti-terrorist operations
Ukraine’s Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev says that the country will deliver a rapid and effective response in case Russia expands aggression or use its air force in Donbas. Sergey Nayev stresses that the Armed Forces will provide a stern rebuff to all enemy provocations across Donbas.
The ATO has ended, and the counteraction to aggression will be completed when the last piece of Ukrainian land
Today, April 30, an Anti-Terrorist Operation has been completed in Donbas, switching to a format of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO), according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Joint Forces will take over monitoring over the situation in the zone of hostilities in the east of Ukraine.
Poroshenko signs order on beginning of Joint Force Operation
The President has also announced that Serhiy Nayev shall perform commandment of the JFO
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev will be primarily responsible for repelling any large-scale armed aggression in case Russia goes for a full-blown offensive in Donbas. The Anti-Terrorist Operation could be renewed at any time, if required.
With the start of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine, access to the territory beyond Ukraine’s control and zone of hostilities becomes restricted, according to a head of the Donetsk Military and Civil Administration, Pavlo Zhebrivsky. Those willing to travel to the territories beyond Ukraine government’s control must report appropriate grounds for such visit.
Security Zone with Areas of Restricted and Denied Access: The Joint Forces Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions will replace Anti-Terrorist Operation on April 30 this year. After the beginning of the Joint Forces Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions on April 30, the territories of these regions will be divided into several zones. This was stated in the order of Command of the Joint Operation Headquarters, which will enter into force on April 30, Interfax-Ukraine reports. Thus, the security zone adjacent to the combat area is: – Vynohradne, Kurakhove, Ocheretyane, Rozyvka, Vovcheyarivka, Bila Hora, Novoaidar, Sadky, Makarivka, Prostyane, along the administrative border of Luhansk and Kharkiv regions; – Olhivka, along the administrative border of Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, Znamenivka, along the administrative border of Donetsk and Dnipro regions, – Komyshuvakha, along the administrative border of Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, Urzuf; – along the sea coast, Prymorske. In the security zone, by the decision of Joint Force Commander, areas with restricted and denied access can be established. The area of combat operations is an area with ongoing military operations along the contact line where the Armed Forces units, other military formations and law enforcement bodies carry out combat missions to prevent the enemy from penetrating deeper into the territory of the state. The document also establishes the regimes of stay in the security zone in Donbas for persons not involved in ensuring national security: – “green” (the stay and movement is unlimited, except the areas of restricted and denied access); – “yellow” (the stay and movement is possible with documents, personal inspection of a person and things, vehicles; this regime is established on the borders of isolation and restricted access areas); -“red” (the stay is temporarily restricted or prohibited; citizens and officials with documents can access; vehicles and citizens are not allowed to some areas and some objects). “These regimes can be temporarily introduced in certain areas, or in the entire security zone by the decision of the Joint Force Commander,” the order says.
As a result of active defense measures by Ukraine’s Joint Forces in Donbas, Russian-backed militants suffered casualties in the past 24 hours. The fighting continued mainly in the Donetsk, Svitlodarsk and Mariupol directions.
Russian-backed militants launched 21 attacks on positions of Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day and three attacks overnight into May 4.
The command of the Russian Armed Forces continues to use temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as a testing ground for new and upgraded weapons and military hardware.
The First Deputy Commander of the United Forces, Major-General Valery Zaluzhny, stated on the Joint Forces Operation Facebook page that …
A hidden arsenal of weapons exploded in separates-held territory of the Donbas, resulting in two militants killed and one injured, as reported …
Ukrinform, citing Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Maksym Prauta, reports that a new group of mercenaries from the Russian Federation …
“To date, this poison comes from the occupied territory, from the east of our country to ensure the distribution of Russian propaganda to citizens of Ukraine living near the contact line,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman have greeted Ukrainian Navy personnel on the 100th anniversary since the foundation of Ukraine’s Navy. The Ukrainian Navy was affected by the Russian occupation of the peninsula most.
The feature of this unit will be the personalization of work with all categories of servicemen
Paul Goble Staunton, May 1 – Most Luhansk residents say they don’t want to unite with Donetsk because that would reduce their status possibly to the level of an oblast or even district within any larger Donbass entity and argue that the existence of two breakaway republics in that portion of Ukraine would best serve the interests of both and of Russia. Most commentators in Moscow, Kyiv and the West treat the two as one, often hyphenating the DNR and the LNR and viewing the statements of the leaders of the Donetsk regime as the statements of both, but Russian Information Agency commentator Vladimir Kornilov says that is a mistake (ria.ru/analytics/20180501/1519716445.html). The residents of the LNR are pleased that border formalities between them and the DNR have been eased almost to the point of disappearance, but a conference last week on “The Genesis of the Identity of the People of the Donbass” showed that they view themselves as distinct form the residents of the DNR and that most want to keep things that way. Some officials, like Denis Miroshnichenko, the head of the Peoples Council, the LNR parliament, said that the issue of uniting the two entities should be decided by referendum but that at the present time, there is no good reason even to put that question to a vote given the conflict with Kyiv. Rodion Miroshnik, who represents the LNR at the Minsk talks, is “a categorical opponent” of combing the two republics. Unification would in fact mean “the swallowing up of Luhansk by the Donetsk people.” It would also complicate talks about the future if there were only one republic rather than two. Gleb Bobrov, head of the LNR Writers Union, acknowledges that the situation is complicated. “On the one hand, everyone understands perfectly well that the Donbass is one. [But] on the other hand, there are certain issues which must not be ignored [and] Luhansk recognizes that unification would give it more minuses than pluses.” “For example,” he says, “we would lose republic status and would be given oblast or even district powers. Besides, there is a real fear: Donetsk is stronger and richer; there are two times as many people as in Luhansk.” And there are definite memories about the past. As a result, “we have a definite ‘younger brother’ complex.” Others like the local ataman favors uniting the two. But according to the RIA journalist, the views of younger people in Luhansk are divided almost equally between supporters and opponents of unification with some saying that “competition between Luhansk and Donets could recall the cold war” and others that “if we unite, it will be easier to achieve our common goal.” But even those who oppose unification say they would back it under two conditions: if the capital of the combined republics were put in Luhansk or if this was a precondition for the absorption of the republics into the Russian Federation in a Crimea scenario. But even they would like a confederation of the two better than full unification.
Donbas conflict HQ website hacked
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell have discussed the security situation in Donbas and the necessary first steps to be made in order to achieve progress in a peaceful settlement. “The parties coordinated steps to counteract the construction of the Nord Stream 2,” the Ukrainian president’s press service reported. The two officials also coordinated approaches to the implementation of an initiative on the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Donbas, including the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian state border. “The parties underlined the responsibility of Russia for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the necessity of continuing sanctions against Russia until full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea,” the report reads. The Ukrainian president called on the US to engage more actively in the release of Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russian prisons and Ukrainian hostages. Poroshenko thanked the US for their strong support in the fight against the Russian aggression. The importance of providing Ukraine with military assistance was emphasized and Washington’s decision on the supply of defensive weapons was noted.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has posted photos of a new daily ration of Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas war zone, complied in line with NATO standards. The enhanced menu includes first and second courses, dried fruit, chocolate, jam, honey, coffee, etc.
Security has been beefed up in Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa as ceremonies are under way to commemorate 48 people killed in a 2014 clash between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators.
Those who find only humour in the mention by US President Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway of a ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that never was should think again. It is dangerously easy to then convince people it did happen, and there is nothing funny about stories of an invented ‘massacre’ used to send young men to die or to kill others. That is precisely what Russia launched exactly four years ago, within hours of disturbances and a tragic fire in Odesa, Ukraine that killed 48 people. This is no innocent misunderstanding. It was inevitable in the general confusion during and immediately after the disturbances and fire on 2 May 2014, that facts would get distorted and opponents would blame each other. The facts were, however, established, among others, by the 2 May Group, a respected bipartisan initiative formed by journalists, scientists and civic activists who carried out a scrupulous investigation. The Group’s findings (and account in an excellent film, available in Russian, English and in German) were later backed by international experts from the Council of Europe’s International Advisory Panel. All of this is invariably ignored by Russian state media which takes quotes from the international report where the Ukrainian authorities are (deservedly) criticized for their inadequate investigation while ignoring the key findings which refute any claims of a ‘massacre’.
Ukrainian nationalists have caught Rafael Lusvarghi, a 33-year-old Brazilian mercenary, who fought on the side of Russian-led troops against the Ukrainian army in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and brought him to the office of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv. Lusvarghi was detained outside the building of the Embassy of Brazil in Kyiv.
Captured, convicted, exonerated, then freed, a Brazilian former pro-Russian militant now lives secretly among monks in the country he once fought to destroy.
Rafael Lusvarghi, a 33-year-old Brazilian mercenary, who fought on the side of Russian-led troops against the Ukrainian army in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and who was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Ukraine on charges of terrorism, has been secretly living in Kyiv’s Moscow-controlled Sviato-Pokrovsky Holosiyivsky Monastery. Lusvarghi’s retrial is expected to begin on June 6.
John Harding, a 55-year-old ex-army serviceman from the north-east of England in February joined the Georgian National Legion, a formation embroiled in the Donbas fighting alongside the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Earlier, the Briton fought the Islamic State in the ranks of Kurdish military groups in Syria.
A former Australian soldier and Neo-Nazi shares why he joined a right-wing war in Ukraine, wielding rocket launchers and grenades, in a battle he was legally able to fight.
The war in Ukraine has attracted thousands of far-right wing foreign fighters, unlike the war in Syria where Australians face life in jail for fighting, they are free to fight legally for Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev says that the country will deliver a rapid and effective response in case Russia expands aggression or use its air force in Donbas. Sergey Nayev stresses that the Armed Forces will provide a stern rebuff to all enemy provocations across Donbas.
Russian coastguards have detained a Ukrainian fishing vessel (homeport Ochakiv) west of Cape Tarkhankut off the coast of the illegally annexed Crimea. The vessel was detained for “illegal fishing.”
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine says Russian coast guards stop foreign vessels heading to Ukraine to ID crews on a daily basis. They stop some ships several times.
In response to Moscow’s threat to bottle up Ukrainian shipping within the shared Azov Sea, the Ukrainian government is currently considering a plan to block Russia’s use of the Danube River. Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry has proposed closing to all Russian shipping the canal in the extreme southeast border region of Ukraine, which vessels use to pass the Danube delta, from the Black Sea to the upstream Danube proper. Such an action would affect relatively small numbers of ships. Nonetheless, Russian officials are clearly worried it could reduce their ability to supply countries in the Balkans. At present, however, the possibility of such a ban is only a threat. And it is likely part of a complex implicit negotiation between Kyiv and Moscow about free passage through the Kerch Strait, across which Russia is building a bridge to occupied Crimea (see EDM, February 12, 22), and about the use of ports in that occupied Ukrainian peninsula by Russian shipping. Last week (April 23), Yury Lavrenyuk, Ukraine’s deputy infrastructure minister, announced that his agency had “appealed to the National Security and Defense Council regarding the prohibition of the entrance of Russian ships into the domestic waterways of Ukraine because of the high level of terrorist threats” such ships allegedly present. Allowing such ships to pass, he said “is impermissible” because there is “critical infrastructure” along such waterways. His words drew support from other Ukrainian ministries and agencies (Mtu.gov.ua, April 23).
In response to Moscow’s threat to bottle up Ukrainian shipping within the shared Azov Sea, the Ukrainian government is currently considering a plan to block Russia’s use of the Danube River. Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry has proposed closing to all Russian shipping the canal in the extreme southeast border region of Ukraine, which vessels use to pass the Danube delta, from the Black Sea to the upstream Danube proper. Such an action would affect relatively small numbers of ships. Nonetheless, Russian officials are clearly worried it could reduce their ability to supply countries in the Balkans. At present, however, the possibility of such a ban is only a threat. And it is likely part of a complex implicit negotiation between Kyiv and Moscow about free passage through the Kerch Strait, across which Russia is building a bridge to occupied Crimea (see EDM, February 12, 22), and about the use of ports in that occupied Ukrainian peninsula by Russian shipping.
Refat Chubarov, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, stated in an interview with the Obozrevatel news outlet that Russia should hand over …
Explosions of ammunition at a military warehouse near the town of Balaklia in Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, stopped as of 16:00 local time on Thursday, May 3. Two firefighting tanks, an obstacle-clearing vehicle, eight fire trucks, an An-32 plane and a Mi-8 helicopter are engaged in the operation.
Munitions are exploding at a military warehouse near the town of Balaklia in Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine. Shells that remained in the open area have suddenly detonated.
Explosions ceased in Balakliya, – Ukraine’s Emergency Service
Russian officers said suspended from commanding Donbas militants. The enemy lost the latest Russian-made electronic warfare system near Smile last week. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
A group of Russian army inspectors arrived in the occupied Donbass, who conduct an investigation into the loss of personnel and equipment by the units of the RB and RER. This is reported by the press center of the ATU headquarters. According to the intelligence of the ATO headquarters, last week in the area of the settlement of Smila, which was in Luhansk region, the enemy lost the latest model of technology of the Russian production of ECM – the jammer equipment R-330ZH “Zhitel”. Loss of military property was attempted to “write off” on shelling by the Anti-Terrorist Operation, which obviously did not believe the Russian curators. The headquarters intelligence assumes that the technique of REB could be destroyed as a result of ignoring elementary fire norms, or because of the incompetence of Russian “advisers” on which the investigation was ordered.At the time of the investigation, the personnel of n military detached from the management of units. Temporarily their duties will be performed by local mercenaries, until a replacement from Russia comes.
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The international volunteer community InformNapalm carefully studied the data retrieved by the Trinity hacker group from the hacked cloud storage of a Russian serviceman’s phone. A part of the obtained information is being currently used for operational purposes. We have photos in our possession that are reasonably identifiable as screen shots from a workstation of the Russian R-330Zh “Zhitel” automated jamming station (AJS). The time, location, and content of the photos, as well as additional analysis of the satellite imagery performed by InformNapalm volunteers, allow us to establish that this jammer was deployed in the battle of Debaltseve in the winter of 2015.
Description and specifications R-330ZH | Catalog Rosoboronexport
Ukranian Antonov company:”A new Turkish-Ukrainian AN-188 program was presented to mass media.According to President of ANTONOV Company, the project was started about two years ago by initiative of Turkish party. Memorandums and road map of the program development were signed.” – liveuamap.com
Ukranian Antonov company:”A new Turkish-Ukrainian AN-188 program was presented to mass media.According to President of ANTONOV Company, the project was started about two years ago by initiative of Turkish party. Memorandums and road map of the program development were signed.”
“Antonov” officially presented “Ukrainian-turkish project of the an-188” held in antalya eurasia exhibition airshow, according to bmpd. According to acting president of “Antonov” Alexander Los , “Work on this program began about two years ago at the initiative of the turkish side”. The project will minimize technical and political risks by bringing the most modern and advanced technology solutions, engines and equipment from leading manufacturers, he said. Los noted that to date, “Is made part of the aerodynamic model tests of the new aircraft, the project is at the design stage”. In turn, the program director an-188 Vladimir shmyrev said that “Promising military transport turbojet aircraft with a payload up to 50 tons thanks to its spacious cargo compartment, the volume of which exceeds the performance of the aircraft a400m and c-130j will be able to carry military equipment of all types, military and construction equipment, helicopters, up to 300 soldiers as well as humanitarian goods, pallets and containers”. It is equipped for precision landing of troops or a single piece of cargo weighing up to 21 tonnes of cargo weighing up to 35 tons. While the an-188 will have the opportunity to be based at various airfields, including unpaved, and land on short strips with a total length of 600-800 m, said shmyrev. He also said that “Ukraine will make it (an-188) for 4-4,5 years. ” review bmpd: “The project of the an-188 was first presented by antonov company in 2015, and is, in fact, another variation of the an-70 with equipment vintoventilyatorny instead of four engines d-27 with four turbojet engines (turbofan), which stated the engines made by jsc “Motor-sich” – d-436-148фм”. .
Turkey’s Antalya has hosted the largest regional aviation event the Eurasia Airshow. The Eurasia Airshow, which opened April 25 and closes April 28, attracted commercial and defense actors from Turkey’s NATO allied countries as well as Ukraine, Russia, and Iran to the 300,000 square meters of exhibition space at Antalya International Airport. More than 100 aircraft were displayed, but exactly Ukrainian AN-77, AN-178 transport aircraft and project of new jointly AN-188 cargo plane have become a real sensation of Eurasia Airshow. That was reported by Ukrainian Center for Defence Initiatives. The Ukrainian State Enterprise “Antonov” has unveiled a new version of four-engine medium-range transport aircraft called the AN-77 and AN-178 short-range medium-airlift transport aircraft at the Eurasia 2018 Airshow. Also for the first time, was publicly showed the model of new An-188 transport aircraft. Ukraine-made planes have become an international sensation and were drawn attention from media and experts. Also flying of An-77 and AN-178 has caused a furore on social media. As for the aircraft themselves, the AN-77 is an updated version of AN-70 medium-range transport aircraft which is offered for export customers. It designed to replace the outdated AN-12 and Il-76 military transport aircraft. On AN-77 bases also will be developed new AN-188 aircraft is a jet engine powered version of the Antonov AN-70 transport plane currently powered by four Ivchenko progress D-27 engines.
ANTONOV Company, the world-known designer of transport, regional passenger and special-purpose aircraft, presents several advanced programs, including two modifications of AN-178 freighter, AN-188 STOL military transport and an unmanned aircraft system project at Eurasia-2018. The main feature of the 16t capacity AN-178-100 medium ramp transport airplane is the ability to carry a wide range of existing packaged freight (containerized and/or palletized). The 18t capacity AN-178T military transport variant will be able to perform logistic support of troops, parachute drops of small troop divisions or cargoes on platforms, carrying wounded persons, light vehicles and necessary equipment. In addition, the AN-178T will have such important characteristics as reliability, autonomous operation and combat vitality. This new cargo aircraft will be able to use a wide net of runways including those with artificial pavement and unpaved airfields as well as alpine aerodromes. AN-188 advanced wide body STOL military transport will be able to deliver almost all types of military cargoes weighting up to 47t to short unpaved airfields, to carry a wide spectrum of self-propelled and non-self-propelled, engineering vehicles, helicopters, personnel, wounded and sick persons, to perform aerial delivery of personnel and cargoes. ANTONOV Company started development of an unmanned aircraft system intended to perform intelligence tasks and to attack ground targets. This system is being designed to take into account the most modern requirements of UAS for such a system type. The new system will perform tasks using special-purpose equipment and different weapons. ANTONOV intends to develop all the mentioned programs under wide international cooperation. The Company is interested in participation of enterprises of the Republic of Turkey in these advanced projects.
The Kyiv-based state-owned aircraft designer bureau Antonov during the Eurasia-2018 international air show in Antalya, Turkey, presented a Ukrainian-Turkish project of the An-188 military aircraft. The program was launched nearly two years ago on the initiative of the Turkish side.
The Ukrainian transport plane An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ performed the demonstration flight at the Air Show in Antalya, Turkey as Antonov Plant reported on Facebook. The press service published a video of the ‘Ruslan’ flight and noted that it was taken to the Euarasia Air Show at the invitation of the organizers of the event.
The Duplet improved combat module, intended for the modernization of armored vehicles, was successfully tested
Ukraine’s UkrInnMash Corporation is now offering the Kevlar-E infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) based on the Russian 122 mm 2S1 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) platform. The original turret 2S1 SPH has been removed and the area to the immediate rear of the diesel power pack and driver’s position at the front of the vehicle raised to provide greater internal volume for its new mission. The re-roled vehicle now accommodates six dismounts in addition to the three-person crew comprising the commander, gunner, and driver. The dismounts are seated three on either side facing inwards on foldable, blast attenuating seats. A new power-operated ramp with an emergency exit is now built to the rear. Two roof hatches are also located above the troop compartment. When fitted with the BM-3 Shturm remotely operated weapon system, the Kelvar-E is stated to have a combat weight of 16.7 tonnes. The original 2S1 SPH had a combat weight of 15.7 tonnes. Other customer-specified weapons can also be integrated.
Ukraine military is expected to receive an unspecified number of the 122mm 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled howitzers from Poland, reports Olexia Basarab citing the press service of the Czechoslovak Group. According to the press service of the Czechoslovak Group, the Ukrainian Army will receive 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled howitzers, which were produced in Poland and were in the service of the Czech army. The Czech company works with the Polish company Wtorplast, under contract with Ukraine to delivery BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles and 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled howitzers within the framework of military-technical cooperation (MTC) between Ukraine and Poland. More: Ukraine acquires BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from Poland Self-propelled howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles are being exported to Ukraine via Poland, with the consent of the Czech licensing authority, told Czechoslovak Group spokesman Andrej Cirtek. The 2S1 Gvosdika is fitted with a D-32 122 mm rifled howitzer. It is a modified variant of the D-30 towed howitzer. Howitzer is fitted with a load assisting system. Maximum rate of fire is 4-5 rounds per minute. The Gvosdika is compatible with all 122 mm munitions developed for the D-30 howitzer.
The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine has introduced sanctions against legal entities and individuals that are engaged in Russian aggression against Ukraine and extended the previously introduced restrictive measures. The Council also supported proposals as to the withdrawal of Ukrainian representatives in the structures of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Ukraine has decided to expand sanctions on Russian companies and entities to mirror those of the United States, which has blacklisted tycoons and allies of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday.
Ukraine will expand financial and other sanctions against Russian individuals and companies, paralleling U.S. efforts to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.
Ukraine has offered the Czech Republic to intensify a political dialogue at the level of prime ministers and resume an interparliamentary cooperation.
Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is being accused of committing treason, used Russian aircraft to move across Ukraine and then flee from country. The man tells court says Yanukovych and his guards landed at a military airfield in Crimea on the morning of February 23.
Ukraine’s new corruption court, whose creation is a key condition set by Western aid donors, should be ready to hear its first cases early next year, General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said.
Ongoing construction is destroying a mountain in Koktebel, Pol'ovyi Lane that is home to species of plants listed in the IUCN (International …
Volodymyr Balukh, a pro-Kyiv activist jailed by the Russia-imposed authorities in Crimea, has been on hunger strike for 43 days and his health is reportedly in decline.
Some 490,000 Ukrainians have taken advantage of visa-free regime with the European Union since its launch on June 11, 2017. Biometric monitoring systems are operating at 157 international border crossing points with the EU countries, including airports.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 2 – On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl atomic power station suffered the most serious nuclear accident of all times. The Soviet government said nothing, but people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine knew about the accident from foreign radio and in some cases television broadcasts and were terrified. For the first three days after the explosion, the prevailing winds carried the radiation bloom northward into Belarus; but then the winds shifted and radiation levels in Kyiv and adjoining parts of Ukraine began to go up. The big question for the Soviet leaders, of course, was would May Day be celebrated as they wanted. Vladimir Shcherbitsky, first secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, appealed to Mikhail Gorbachev to allow him to cancel the parade lest marching in public lead more people to be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Gorbachev refused and told Shcherbitsky that the Ukrainian leader would lose his job and his party card if he cancelled. So the CPSU leader having given the order, the Kyiv authorities had no choice but to go ahead. They did, however, reduce the numbers of people from various parts of the Ukrainian capital who were required to attend by as much as 50 percent, undoubtedly saving many from the kind of radiation exposure that leads to cancer. Thirteen days later, Gorbachev finally acknowledged the disaster and exploited it to launch his glasnost campaign. Indeed, he gets credit for doing that but has generally escaped blame for his role in ordering the Kyiv parade to go forward. What is worse, many now blame Shcherbitsky for that despite his honorable role in trying to block it. This story is important for everyone to remember, especially those who have an uncritical affection for Gorbachev. He could have acted, as Shcherbitsky urged him to do, to protect his people; instead, the Kremlin leader acted only to protect his position in the party hierarchy. This story has been oft told. This year it was reproduced by Maksim Mirovich, a Belarusian blogger whose republic suffered even more than did Ukraine because its party leader wasn’t even in the Politburo and so couldn’t object (maxim-nm.livejournal.com/409827.html) in a post republished by Novyye izvestiya (newizv.ru/news/society/01-05-2018/strashnyy-pervomay-posle-avarii-v-chernobyle-kak-eto-bylo).
The Senate and the Assembly of the State of New York have recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide against the Ukrainian people. Nine U.S. states have already recognized the Holodomor as genocide.
(JTA) — A Ukrainian Jewish leader’s claim that Russians manipulated U.S. lawmakers into criticizing his country triggered angry reactions and denials by other Jewish community leaders in the region. Josef Zissels, in an interview with the state-run National News Agency of Ukraine, or Ukrinform, was critical of a statement signed by more than 50 U.S. Congress members condemning recent Ukrainian legislation that they said “glorifies Nazi collaborators.” Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, suggested that letter was part of an orchestrated campaign that was possibly paid for by Russia.
Josef Zissels under fire for hinting that Moscow could’ve paid for US congressmen to write statement condemning Ukrainian laws ‘glorifying Nazi collaborators’
Yosyp Zisels, Executive Vice-President of the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine, co-chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, says the statement by dozens of U.S. congressmen claiming the rise of anti-Semitism in Ukraine seems “very strange.” Mr Zisels said he had predicted dissatisfaction in various circles over Ukraine’s de-communization law.
Lviv citizens with solemn march marked the 75th anniversary of the creation of the SS division Galychyna
Jewish community slams ‘scandalous event’ honoring the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS
Paul Goble Staunton, April 30 – New statistics from the Russian Federation and Ukraine show that there are more Orthodox parishes in Ukraine than there are in Russia, despite the fact that the population of the latter is 3.5 times that of the former. And the unification of all Orthodox groups in Ukraine would make the Ukrainian Orthodox Church the largest in the world. Ruslan Khalikov of the Ukrainian Institute for Global Development and Adaptation Strategies assembles the latest data about religious affiliations in the two Slavic countries. Despite their limitations, they make for fascinating reading (uisgda.com/ru/ukraina-i-rossiya-o-chyom-govorit-religioznaya-statistika.html). In Russia, the number of parishes in the Russian Orthodox Church continued to grow in 2017, from 16,497 at the start of the year to 16,931 at the end. They represent more than half of the total 28,370 religious communities officially registered in that country now, Khalikov continues. Muslim parishes also continued to increase in number in the Russian Federation during last year, up 146 to a new total of 5490, a figure that many Muslim leaders say does not reflect the actual number. Some religious groups in Russia declined significantly: the 397 Jehovah’s Witness congregations have been officially disbanded after the church was declared extremist. Russian statistics do not include a line for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It hasn’t been counted by Russian officials since the annexation of Crimea, Khalikov says. Its parishes are now counted as Moscow Patriarchal churches. Some indication of their number is that there are no 754 new Orthodox parishes in Russian-occupied Crimea and the Donbass. That figure is almost twice the total number of new Russian Orthodox Churches being reported in the Russian Federation. In Ukraine the number of Orthodox parishes also increased within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate by 20and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate by 53. The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, however, declined by 28 parishes in 2017. Despite that, if these three churches were unified into a single Ukrainian autocephalous church, there would be 18,682 Orthodox parishes, almost 2,000 more than the total within the Russian Federation. That would make the Ukrainian Orthodox Church the largest such church in the world. Even if a decision is taken by Constantinople to form a Ukrainian autocephalous Orthodox church, it will take many years for these churches to come together. But the number along, Khalikov says, help to explain why Moscow and especially the Moscow Patriarchate are so opposed to any change in the status of churches in Ukraine.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 2 – The achievement of autocephaly for a national church within Orthodoxy is not the clear-cut and one-time action many Russians who oppose granting autocephaly to a Ukrainian Orthodox Church and many Ukrainians who very much want to have a national church that controls its own affairs. Instead, in modern times, national churches have achieved this status in much the same way their nations have by a political struggle against their opponents that for a significant period has left them recognized by some as an independent church but has kept them from having their autocephaly acknowledged by all. And while the Universal Patriarchate has claimed the right to grant autocephaly, something which Russians are counting on it to deny in the Ukrainian case and Ukrainians are counting on to recognize it, the Constantinople church is at best primus inter pares with the other ancient Orthodox autocephalous churches without the power to impose its will. A new study shows that those Orthodox churches which have achieved autocephaly, that is the right to appoint their own leadership, have done so through a combination of appeals to Constantinople and independent action that ultimately has presented both that church and other Orthodox churches with a fait accompli. M. Koprofaganofonov, who blogs regularly about religion, has surveyed the way in which the following Orthodox churches achieved autocephaly – Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Poland, Georgia, Czechia, and America (alterfrendlenta.livejournal.com/750928.html, reposted atportal-credo.ru/site/?act=monitor&id=26784). Despite all the differences in these cases, he says, in almost all of them, “the adoption of the decision about autocephaly has been a governmental one,” with “autocephaly being advanced not by the churches but by politicians” and “almost all” of them proclaimed that status before it was recognized by or even in the face of opposition from Constantinople or Moscow. And those two church centers have often disagreed, with Constantinople recognizing as autocephalous churches Moscow didn’t want to see acquiring that status and conversely Moscow doing so against Constantinople’s wishes. Consequently, expecting a final decision by one or the other to determine what happens is at a minimum ahistorical. This does not mean that Ukrainian Orthodoxy will achieve the autocephaly it and its national leaders now seek anytime soon; but it does mean that they will not have that goal closed off once and for all by some decision elsewhere. The history of Orthodoxy is too complex and diverse for that, something both Russians and Ukrainians should remember.
The leadership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) asks believers to fill out forms on the protest against granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrinform reports citing sources. Completed forms with an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the UOC-MP are intended to be sent to Constantinople.
Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret has called on the international community to help prevent the UOC-KP from being expelled from the Russian-occupied areas in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The religious communities without the “registration” will be deprived of rights to own their land and property.
Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret has called on the European Parliament to view the war in Donbas as a pan-European problem. Sufferings of the Ukrainian people is the consequence of the war in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
Patriarch Filaret, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church, has called on the European Union not to treat the conflict in his country’s east as Kyiv’s internal problem and urged the bloc to maintain …
They don’t use a contraceptives and they don’t attend universities — the “Evangelical Christian Holy Zionists” are a Ukrainian religious community founded in the 1930s.