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A very busy week in Ukraine, prior to Putin’s latest invasion threat, and his Siloviki warning about the “… danger that Ukrainian diversionary groups will enter Russia and carry out terrorist attacks …”.
- Pres Poroshenko has phone exchange with SECSTATE Pompeo, German and Estonian leadership visit Donbass, Canada’s SECDEF promises more military aid to Ukraine;
- Russia tightens de facto blockade of Azov Sea, multiple analyses and reports – Ukraine would do well to expedite its Neptun (Kharpunski derivative) program to make the Azov Sea unusuable for Russian naval vessels;
- Donbass escalation continues, Russians laying more minefields in grey zone, and now using 1st and 2nd Corps proxy force in the manner of WW2 Soviet penal batallions to soak up defending fires, major fight over Donetsk filtration station in grey zone, Pointovsky argues Russia is not ready for an invasion of Ukraine, KP alleges corruption in defense sector;
- USAF deploys five KC-135R tankers to Ukraine for two weeks of exercises;
- Turchenov argues for deterrent weapons to keep Russia out;
- NARP completes another FENCER E recon tail overhaul;
- Antonov says Russia attempt to clone the An-124 CONDOR will crash and burn, and they are probably right given the collapse in much of the Russian aerospace manufacturing sector;
- Two new issues of Ukrainian Defense Review now online – many interesting articles;
- Deregulation of defence contracting planned, and Rada signs off on the procurement of 55 Airbus helos for Interior Ministry;
- Debate over separation of Orthodox church from Russia ramps up, more on gas wars, anti-corruption court approved by Rada, Savchenko bombs on polygraph test;
Petro Poroshenko congratulated Mike Pompeo on appointment as U.S. Secretary of State. The interlocutors discussed enhancement of cooperation in security and defense sector. The President thanked the American side for providing Ukraine with anti-tank Javelin systems. They also discussed security challenges posed by implementation of Nord Stream 2 project. Petro Poroshenko and Mike Pompeo coordinated positions in the context of announced conclusions on downing of MH17 flight and highlighted the importance to keep sanctions policy vis-à-vis Russia. The President of Ukraine emphasized on the importance to maintain pressure on Russia in order to get all Ukrainian hostages released. The Head of State informed the Secretary about reforms implementation in Ukraine in the context of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, in particular with regard to building efficient anti-corruption infrastructure. Petro Poroshenko invited Mike Pompeo to visit Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed ways to boost defense and security cooperation between the two countries during a telephone call, the Ukr…
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed strengthening of cooperation in the field of security and defense. The Ukrainian president wrote this on Facebook. “During a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, we discussed enhancement of cooperation in the security and defense sectors and existing challenges as a result of the implementation of Nord Stream 2,” the report says. Poroshenko also noted that during the conversation the parties coordinated positions in the context of announced conclusions on downing of MH17 flight and highlighted the importance to keep sanctions policy vis-à-vis Russia. In addition, the Ukrainian president emphasized the importance to maintain pressure on Russia in order to release all Ukrainian hostages. Petro Poroshenko congratulated Mike Pompeo on appointment as U.S. Secretary of State and invited him to visit Ukraine. ish
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which he stressed the importance of continuing pressure on Russia in order to get all Ukrainian hostages released. The parties discussed the enhancement of cooperation in security and defense sector.
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid says there is a real war in Donbas, not a frozen conflict. Kersti Kaljulaid was the first head of a foreign state, who visited the part of Donbas liberated from Russian invaders.
President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid has urged to call the events taking place in eastern Ukraine for four years as war but not a frozen conflict. She stated this at a conference in memory of Estonia’s former president Lennart Meri, the press service of the Estonian president reported. “In Ukraine, during the last week alone, four people, including a 15 year old girl, have been killed in shellings, and another 15 people have been wounded. That’s not a frozen conflict – that’s war,” Kaljulaid said. Speaking about her visit to Ukraine, she noted that there was hope for a turning point in the implementation of reforms and the fight against corruption in the country. “I could see that the civil society of Ukraine is hopeful, and even if we fail to see much change, they themselves feel the reforms are gathering speed. In healthcare, in the pension system, in empowering the local governments. So, there is hope among Ukrainians, thus there are good grounds to keep also our faith and hope alive too,” she said. As Ukrinform reported, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visited Ukraine from May 22 to 24. ish
The United States has again called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Donbas, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert has reported on Twitter.
There are signs of escalation in the simmering conflict.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was shocked by the extent of damage caused by Russia and its mercenaries to the frontline village of Shyrokyne in Donetsk region. Head of the Donetsk Regional and Civil Administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky wrote this on his Facebook page. “Accompanied by the OSCE mission observers, Ukrainian and German Foreign Ministers Pavlo Klimkin and Heiko Maas visited an observation post near Shyrokyne. The German foreign minister was shocked by the scale of destruction in the village,” Zhebrivsky wrote. According to him, the German foreign minister assured that “he will contribute to the settlement of the armed conflict in Ukraine in every way.”
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a joint press conference with Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein Alois in Kyiv that a hot phase of war rather than the “frozen conflict” is ongoing in Donbas. Poroshenko says Ukraine pays a very high price, protecting not only its sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also freedom and democracy in the world.
Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Serhiy Nayev has called on world leaders to help Ukraine retake uncontrolled sections of the state border with Russia in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Nayev thanked the French ambassador for her support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggressor.
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the “continuous violations of the cease-fire” in eastern Ukraine and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Canada and Ukraine are close allies and continue to strengthen defence relationship.
Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Sajjan has said Canada will continue to support Ukraine and increase assistance. Poltorak thanked for assistance and praised all joint projects of two countries.
Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacek Czaputowicz, proposed that the United Nations appoint a special representative for Ukraine, Radio …
Tensions are rising between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. Russia recently accused Ukrainian border guards of acting like “Somali pirates” for detaining a Russian fishing vessel, while Ukraine says Russia is harassing merchant ships heading for Ukrainian ports.
The Sea of Azov, which is technically shared by Ukraine and Russia under a 2003 agreement, has become a point of increased tension in recent months.
Russia builds up its Azov flotilla and blocks access for ships to the Ukrainian ports on the Azov coast. “Now they [Russians] actively create the Azov flotilla, actually blocking the movement of ships in the direction of our Azov ports. For this, landing and missile ships have been deployed from the Caspian Sea,” Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said during the IX National Expert Forum in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. He also noted that Russia had built up its military presence in the occupied Crimea. Moreover, “the construction of the Kerch Bridge allows for a much faster expansion of the military contingent located in Crimea,” he added.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 7 – There is now another “front in the Russian-Ukrainian war,” Mikhail Zhirokhov says. “It is the Sea of Azov … a real cold war which at any moment risks growing into an open armed conflict” as Russia tries to block all shipping to Ukrainian littoral ports and thus weaken Kyiv’s hold on a region adjoining the breakaway Donbass. In order not to run afoul of international maritime law, the Ukrainian military expert says, Moscow has chosen “a relatively legal path,” of requiring inspections of all ships under any flag to be inspected if they are headed to or from the Ukrainian ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol (dsnews.ua/politics/bitva-za-more-chem-ukraina-mozhet-otvetit-na-ataku-rossii-07062018080000). According to Mariupol port officials, that meant that there were no ships loading or being offloaded in that port from June 2 to June 4, something that is costing the city’s economy dearly. Moreover, shippers, delayed by the inspection, are losing between 5,000 and 15,000 US dollars per hour as a result. Not surprisingly, they don’t want to suffer such losses. The practice continues. Last night, Zhirokhov says, Russian coastal guards detained a Turkish freighter for three hours, again inflicting higher costs on any ship that might be destined to or from these Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov. Russian forces have also take additional steps to complicate the lives of the two Ukrainian ports, the Kyiv analyst says. They have announced live fire drills and exclusion zones, and they have introduced new and more powerful naval vessels into the Sea of Azov to underscore Russia’s advantages. Ukrainian naval forces in the sea are insufficient to oppose an all-out attack or even organize convoys, something Russian naval vessels can prevent, especially in the Kerch Straits. Kyiv is nonetheless trying to prepare to repel an attack lest Moscow succeed in depriving Ukraine of access to the sea or even transferring control of these vital ports to the DNR. It has beefed up coastal defenses and plans to bring in more ships from Odessa, Zhirokhov says; but “in reality,” he concedes, “we have nothing to oppose [Russian forces] on the sea.” Everyone must recognize that “in the case of the start of a major war at sea, we would be able to do little” given the order of battle now in place. https://economy.apostrophe.ua/article/vneshnjaja-torgovlja/2018-06-06/problemyi-iz-za-mosta-putina-v-kryim-obostrilis-ukraine-pora-dat-otvet/18730). Another Ukrainian analyst, Viktor Avdeyenko, points to yet another way Russia is trying to take over control of the Sea of Azov: the Kerch Bridge. Large ships that used to come to Mariupol now can’t because they are too tall or draw too much water (economy.apostrophe.ua/article/vneshnjaja-torgovlja/2018-06-06/problemyi-iz-za-mosta-putina-v-kryim-obostrilis-ukraine-pora-dat-otvet/18730). This is not a small problem, he says. Some 144 ships that recently visited Mariupol are not able to come there as a result of the bridge. That has already led to Ukrainian economic losses estimated at 20 million US dollars, not to mention the environmental damages the Russian bridge has inflicted as well. Cargo turnover in the Mariupol port is down 14.3 percent this year from last; and it was down last year as international shippers began turning away from the Kerch Straits. Consequently, these losses are likely to increase still further. The only thing Ukraine can do, Avdeyenko says, is take Russia to court. It has a good case, but such trials drag out over many years; and Ukraine will be the loser in the meantime even if it wins in the end. Meanwhile, of course, Russian commentators are placing all the blame for shipping problems in the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on … Ukraine, ignoring all the ways in which Russia as a result of its aggression bears full responsibility for what is occurring (svpressa.ru/war21/article/202063/).
Paul Goble Staunton, June 6 – Kyiv will use all the power at its disposal to resist a Russian naval attack on Ukrainian targets along the Azov littoral, Oleg Slobodyan says, even though he acknowledges that Ukrainian coastal defense forces lack the resources to counter such a Russian move on their own. Russian outlets today have played up the Ukrainian border guards spokesman’s acknowledgement of the imbalance of forces in the Sea of Azov rather than his statement that the Ukrainian government will use all forces at its command, including the regular navy and coastal facilities, to defend against a Russian attack. For examples of this tilt, see rg.ru/2018/06/06/ukrainskie-pogranichniki-zaiavili-o-bessilii-na-azovskom-more.html, ura.news/news/1052337792, utro.ru/politics/2018/06/06/1363150.shtml, rusplt.ru/news/kieve-priznali-nesposobnost-675228.html, regions.ru/news/2620775/,rusplt.ru/news/kieve-priznali-nesposobnost-675228.html, russian.rt.com/ussr/news/520222-ukraina-prevoshodstvo-rossiya-azovskoe-more and rbc.ru/rbcfreenews/5b1787869a7947d6c6b58c22). On the one hand, Slobodyan’s words are no more than an acknowledgement of what has been common ground for some time: Russia’s naval capacity in the Sea of Azov far exceeds that of Ukraine’s, especially after the arrival of additional cutters from the Caspian Flotilla two weeks ago. But on the other – and more important – they are an indication that Ukraine is taking the Russian build up in the Sea of Azov seriously, recognizes that the military resources it has there are inadequate to the country’s defense, and is thinking about what it can do to redress the current imbalance before Moscow decides to exploit it.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – Tensions have been heating up on the Sea of Azov between a newly strengthened Russian flotilla and Ukrainian shore installations fearful of a possible Russian attack. (On this, see this author’s jamestown.org/program/moscow-shifts-flotilla-from-caspian-to-azov-sea-giving-it-a-new-offensive-capability/ and ng.ru/cis/2018-06-05/1_7239_kiev.html). Now, in today’s Voyenno-Promyshklenny kuryer, a senior Moscow military analyst Pavel Ivanov has raised the temperature still further. He says that the Russian fleet as of now has “complete rule on the Sea of Azov” and can “support military landings on many places on the [Ukrainian] littoral” (https://vpk-news.ru/articles/42968). And that includes, he continues, the important ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. According to Ivanov, Ukraine is responsible for this situation because in response to the Russian naval presence, it is “strengthening its shore defense in the region of the Sea of Azov” and is talking about shifting additional ships and units into the region to help defend against a possible Russian move. “It is understandable that Ukrainian infantry and tank drivers hardly will be able to oppose Russian military ships. But such a decision says that Kyiv considers the problem of the Sea of Azov not just as a border conflict. To all appearances, the Ukrainian authorities sea here a weak place” where if conditions deteriorate “Russia can strike.” Ivanov says that “at present, Ukrainian shipbuilders have built six cutters. Two have been handed over to the fleet; another four are undergoing testing.” In the near term, he continues, Kyiv plans to shift two cutters to the Sea of Azov, likely by train given the difficulties of having them pass through the Kerch Straits. In addition, he says, “Kyiv may arm several high-speed civilian cutters and ships. Several means are capable of creating definite difficulties and harassing” Russian ship. “Until recently,” Ivanov says, “Russia did not shift any forces to the Sea of Azov.” Instead, it has relied on FSB and Russian Guard shipping and on naval ships based in Eysk. Those forces, he says, from Moscow’s point of view are “peacekeeping” rather than offensive. Ivanov’s words suggest the Kremlin may have now changed their mission. That may force it to change its complement of ships. “The Ukrainian cutters have more up-to-date arms,” he says; “on the other hand, the Russian ones are well armored and have good mobility.” Moreover, up to now, he says, “there are no anti-tank rocket complexes on the Ukrainian ships,” implying that those exist on Russian ships on the Sea of Azov. “By its provocations,” Ivanov says, “Kyiv itself has created a crisis in the Sea of Azov. Its attempt to resolve the problem by means of an increase in military presence in the Sea of Azov is not convincing. Ukrainian forces are quite weak.” They may be able to defend the coastline in some places, but hardly in all, against a superior Russian naval presence. It is unlikely Moscow is going to send a clearer signal of what it may do next than this – until it begins to shell Ukrainian positions.
Talking about the historical and geopolitical context of the Azov Sea issue, it should be noted that Russia has consistently intended to create conditions for the Sea of Azov to be classified as an inland sea – that is, the sea lying between Russia and Ukraine with Russia being a dominant power. This concept by Russia envisaged that the norms of international maritime law would not apply to the Sea of Azov.
Vice Admiral of the Ukrainian Navy, Ihor Voronchenko, stated that the construction of corvette-type warships, part of the “Vladimir the Great” …
The Supreme Court of Ukraine has refused to satisfy an appeal lodged by the privately owned company Plast, which is linked with fugitive Member of Parliament Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Plast has not met its obligations under the agreement.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – There are many differences between the Russian seizure of Crimea and Russian actions in the Donbass, but perhaps the most important if sometimes ignored one is this, Pavel Kazarin says. Crimea was carried out by the regular Russian army, while the Donbass has been “a classic example of war by outsourcing.” In an essay for the Krymr.com portal, the Crimean journalist points out that “Crimea was a special operation of the [Russian] army. Cadres units, military technology, the fleet and aviation. Russia’s official military vertical dealt with the annexation of the peninsula” (ru.krymr.com/a/29271049.html). “Paramilitary units, Cossacks and volunteers, were allocated a support role,” Kazarin says; but “if they hadn’t been there, nothing would have been any different.” The situation in the Donbass was completely different: it was “a story about war via outsourcing,” one in which Moscow made use of a variety of kinds of units, something that allowed it to shift from one to another depending on conditions and success, the Crimea journalist says. “War via outsourcing,” Kazarin says, “is a favorite Hollywood scenario, in the framework of which all the dirty work is done not by cadres officers but by affiliated groups. There are fewer risks and constraints, and it offers a clear opportunity to deny that one is involved.” But such units almost never have the capacity that regular forces do; and these have to be introduced whenever a decisive outcome is desired, as was the case at Ilovaysk and Debaltsevo. “Hybrid war has hybrid tasks,” Kazarin continues. If a cadres army fulfills orders, then the motives of ‘outsourcing players’ can be extremely varied. Some with the help of war seek resources; some, closeness to the first person; some, the settling of old scores. Unlike an army, they solve not only a general task but a multitude of other separate ones.” That must be kept in mind “when we speak about Russian special operations in Ukraine,” he says. Instead, all too often, Ukrainian and Western analysts try to find a single purpose behind everything that is going one and are disappointed when they cannot find one or when there is no evidence of the kind of planning they expect. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine is something where there is not a single motive but many motives depending on those involved, their resources, and their competencies. Expecting a single approach is to fall into error. “Leave the James Bond scenarios to Hollywood. Reality isn’t required to justify our expectations.”
Serbia does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia to avoid recognition of Kosovo's independence.
Russian political analyst and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not ready to conduct a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, as it will be followed by tougher sanctions against the Russian Federation. Escalation is now being seen pending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russian political analyst and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not ready to conduct a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, as it will be followed by tougher sanctions against the Russian Federation. “As for Putin, I do not think he is ready for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, because there will be a sharp increase in sanctions against him, especially when Europe’s flirting is not of great significance. Serious questions for the Russian economy and for Russia kleptocracy are the attitude of the United States and American sanctions. And I can report from Washington D.C. that nothing has changed on the American front,” Piontkovsky told the Ukrainian news outlet Apostrophe.
Militants launched 37 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine over the past day.
Two enemy army corps belonging to the 8th army are trying to block the advance of the Ukrainian troops. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says the Russian General Staff has changed the tactics of waging war in Donbas. “I want to emphasize that the tactics of war in Donbas, which is being implemented by the Russian General Staff, have changed. The two army corps belonging to the 8th army are carrying out functions similar to those performed by [the Soviet] penal battalions amid the Second World War,” Turchynov said during the panel discussion at an expert forum in Kyiv, an UNIAN correspondent reported. “Their main task is to block the advance of our troops at the cost of their own lives before the arrival of the [enemy’s] main forces,” he said.
Press secretary of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk has said the Russian occupation command intensified the work on equipping fire positions along the contact line in Donbas. The Russian occupation troops are carrying out terrain mining with the use of Russian-made anti-personnel mines, which are prohibited by international law.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will decide very soon on the structure of the Presidential administration. The changes will also affect the …
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From now on, the Ukrainian Armed Forces has two assault brigades. From June 1, 2018, 128th Separate Mountain Transcarpathian Brigade was transformed into a mountain-assault, and also received a new emblem. This was reported by the press-service of the brigade in Facebook. From today the Transcarpathian Legion becomes a mountain-assault brigade. In addition, our logo is also changing. Now it is a stylized sign of mountain infantry – a flower edelweiss with crossed axes and the letter “T” (abbreviated from “Transcarpathian”). But our victories and loyalty, courage and courage will remain unchanged!
Two stories that show the devastating impact on freedom of the press in the Russia-Ukraine conflict
Vacationers filmed the Ukrainian Air Force ground attack aircraft as it whizzed past them at a beach at a resort town in southeastern Ukraine.
Криминальное Запорожье Published on Jun 1, 2018 Источник: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjen4D8n-…
The video was reportedly shot last week by vacationers at a resort town called Kirillovka in southeastern Ukraine.
Last year, cyberattacks by the Russian Federation against Ukraine caused billion in economic losses.
Poroshenko is drawn to Donbas: Everything is easier here, closer to people. President Petro Poroshenko claimed that he likes to visit the Joint Force operation zone. He claimed this to journalist Maryna Baranovska in the film ‘One day with the president’. ‘I like to be here more. Everything is easier here, more honest, closer to people’, Poroshenko noted.
A fifth and final KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California, arrived at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, Ukraine, June 7, 2018. An active duty KC-135 assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., along with an Air Reserve Component KC-135, assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, and an Air National Guard KC-135 assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, arrived June 1. A second KC-135 assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., arrived, June 2. In addition there are approximately 150 aircrew and ground support personnel to support the aircraft while they fly training missions from June 4-16, 2018. The KC-135 deployment to Ukraine is a part of U.S. strategy to defend European Allies, enhance security in Eastern Europe and increase the level of military understanding between Allies and partners. Basing tankers in western Ukraine also meets an operational training requirement allowing the United States and partner nations to further integrate capabilities, enhance interoperability, and ensure the security and stability of the region. Successful joint training in Ukraine results in progressive relationships that lead to tangible, mutual benefits during peacetime, contingencies, and crises. For more information, contact +49 (0) 6371-47-6558 or via e-mail at email@example.com. If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 1624-25-5428 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Air Force (USAF) confirmed the deployment of four KC-135 Stratotankers at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport in Ukraine. According to the statement of the press-service, USAF has deployed four KC-135 Stratotankers to Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport is a part of US strategy to defend European Allies, enhance security in Eastern Europe and increase the level of military understanding between Allies and partners. “Approximately 150 aircrew and ground support personnel and four KC-135 Stratotankers have arrived at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, Ukraine, where they will fly training missions from June 4-16, 2018,” said in the USAF’s press-service. All three Air Force components, active duty, reserve and Air National Guard are represented. The two active duty KC-135s are assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K. The Air Reserve Component KC-135, is assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, and the fourth aircraft is assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard.
Almost all — 95 percent — of the arms and equipment of the Ukrainian military are procured via state defense orders, or SDO. These are non-competitive single-source contracts with totally classified procedures. This creates impediments for the development of the Ukrainian defense industry, leads to monopolization of the market, and makes the products and services destined for the Ukrainian military low-quality and expensive. Secrecy should not be used to obscure corruption, inefficiency, or the errors of government officials. A letter with this message about the urgent necessity of defense procurement reform, along with proposed solutions, was recently sent by U.S.-Ukraine Business Council to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The defense industry is a complex of many enterprises working in various industries that produce military products. Ukraine was once a major center for the massive Soviet arms industry. The activity of defense enterprises in Ukraine today within the framework of secret state defense orders has an effect on the whole national economy. Ukraine needs to move away from Soviet-style practices of total secrecy. Secrecy hurts the Ukrainian state, and does not serve to protect its national interests. That’s why it is necessary to make a comprehensive review of SDOs and create maximum access to procurement for domestic and foreign manufacturers and suppliers. Revision of secrecy in defense is a logical component of the reforms of the defense procurement system and defense reform in general. Corruption is unfortunately endemic within the Ukrainian defense industry. For a recent example of a high-level defense corruption scandal, see this report from the Ukrainian magazine Novaya Vremya (English summary here.): It alleges that the head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council stole from the state defense budget through multiple schemes, including buying old Czech armoured personnel carriers from a Polish intermediary who bought them as scrap metal for €20,000 each and removed their turrets. The APCs were then imported into Ukraine, re-assembled by a Ukrainian factory, and then sold to the Ukrainian military for €205,000, a 1,025 percent markup! The accusations also include the sale of detonators to Russia through intermediaries and the purchase of sub-standard Turkish radios at inflated prices which can’t even fit inside tanks. Because of the war with Russia, expenditures on security and defense have increased to 5 percent of the gross domestic product, or about $5 billion. This spending is mostly secret, done through state defense orders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– One Ukrainian came to America’s capital over the Memorial Day weekend in May to learn about how Ukraine can do a better job honoring soldiers killed in combat and helping their survivors. Helping survivors is where a U.S. group called TAPS — Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors — comes in. And its members are willing to share their experience with Ukraine, now suffering from Russia’s war since 2014, a conflict that has killed 10,500 Ukrainians and dismembered the nation. Ukrainian Oleksii Lipiridi, an adviser to Ukraine’s Ministry for Social Policy, spent four days at this year’s TAPS seminar, which has been held annually for 24 years in Arlington, Virginia, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. TAPS founder and president, Bonnie Carroll, is an air force reserve major whose husband, a U.S. Army general, was killed in 1992. She told the Kyiv Post that she discovered the U.S. government has a good system for helping bereaved families in the immediate aftermath of their loss so that funerals go smoothly and people are made aware of financial and other benefits. However, beset by grief herself, she was surprised that there was no structured help from the government to help people cope with the emotional trauma of losing a spouse, child or sibling.
Ukraine has no other alternative than to choose the creation of deterrence weapons as a priority. National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said this during the 9th National Expert Forum in Kyiv on Thursday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We are talking about the challenges of the present, and, unlike the paradigm of the last century, the paradigm of our time is an arms race, the strengthening of nuclear capabilities, and a willingness to resolve any issues with the help of force. Obviously, under these conditions, Ukraine has no alternative to choosing for itself the priority of creating deterrent weapons. I will not say what kind of weapon it is, but this is a priority for us,” he said. According to Turchynov, as long as Ukraine is not a NATO member, it is forced to defend itself, including against massive aggression of the Russian Federation. “And that’s why the priority is to create a powerful weapon capable of destroying the enemy at any distance, capable of holding back his aggressive intentions,” he said. “I am convinced that no one has a legal or moral right to deny the realization of this task on the part of Ukraine,” he added.
Ukraine’s state-owned defence industrial group Ukroboronprom has announced that SE “Mykolayiv Aircraft Repair Plant “NARP” transferred repaired reconnaissance aircraft Su-24MR to Ukrainian Air Force ahead of the schedule. Plant specialists carried out a medium repair of the aircraft, having checked all of its nodes and components, having repaired/replaced those. After that, Su-24MR was successfully tested in the presence of representatives of the Ukrainian Air Force and was adopted by Ukrainian pilots. Su-24MR performed a flight to its main base and has already strengthened the defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Su-24MR is a supersonic reconnaissance aircraft that can conduct deep reconnaissance up to 400 km from the front line. For this purpose, it is equipped with sideways looking radar, allowing to track ground targets, including enemy fortifications and equipment, using sensitive high-resolution cameras, radio detection systems and infrared sensors to detect camouflaged objects. In addition, SE “Mykolayiv Aircraft Repair Plant “NARP”, in cooperation with other UOP enterprises, is currently working on Su-24MR modernization, to equip it with a new avionics, communications systems and surveillance equipment.
Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Ukrainian Defense Review #2 [April-June 2018] , Author: Defense Express, Name: Ukrainian Defense Review #2 [April-June 2018] , Length: 60 pages, Page: 1, Published: 2018-05-27
Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Ukrainian Defense Review #2 [April-June 2018] , Author: Defense Express, Name: Ukrainian Defense Review #2 [April-June 2018] , Length: 60 pages, Page: 1, Published: 2018-05-27
Antonov State Enterprise does not intend to restore cooperation with the Russian side for the production and modernization of An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft. Production of An-124 Ruslan aircraft under the Antonov brand without the participation of the Ukrainian design bureau is impossible, the press service says.
Despite sufficient manufacturing capacity Russia cannot relaunch production of cargo airplanes from the legendary An-124 family, warns Ukrainian state-owned aircraft maker Antonov.
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine is preparing a decision that will greenlight direct export and import to all arms producers regardless of the form of ownership. “Over 50% of the state order is fulfilled by private companies. Moreover, I want to announce that the National Security and Defense Council is preparing a decision on liberalization of the foreign economic activity. We plan to make this decision in the near future. It will allow direct export to all manufacturers of military equipment and weapons, regardless of whether they belong to the public sector or private. We will allow imports without restrictions for producers regardless of their form of ownership for the own needs and production of military equipment and weapons,” NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said during the IX National Expert Forum in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Turchynov added that all the restrictions on direct contracts on purchase of weapons abroad for the domestic security agencies would also be lifted in case of need.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has adopted Law No. 0189 “On ratification of the agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the French Republic regarding the official support in the creation of a unified system of aviation security and protection in Ukraine.” Ukraine and France signed in Paris a treaty on the aviation security system, which provides for the supply of 55 modern Airbus helicopters to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he hopes that the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will green-light granting a tomos, an official church document, on autocephaly to the Orthodox church in Ukraine by the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus, which will be celebrated on July 28, 2018. The 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus will be celebrated on July 28, 2018. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he hopes that the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will green-light granting a tomos, an official church document, on autocephaly to the Orthodox church in Ukraine by the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus, which will be celebrated on July 28, 2018. “The victory is not only when Ukrainian land has been liberated. The victory is when for the first time, more than 300 years, Ukraine has got a real chance to create a united local Orthodox church and, most importantly, a Ukrainian church,” the president said at a Prayer for Peace in Ukraine event at Almudena Cathedral, a Catholic church in Madrid, Spain. The Ukrainian community of Spain took part in the event, the Ukrainian presidential press service said. “And we are praying that by the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Ukraine-Rus by the holy apostolic prince Volodymyr, the Lord will give us this tomos. And I ask you, dear brothers and sisters, for your prayers. Because miracles are created with a common prayer,” Poroshenko said.
Ukrainian autocephaly as moral challenge. The onset of the current “autocephalous” campaign found me working at my desk. More precisely, I was working on the final version of my book “Ukrainian Church on the path to autocephaly”. The texts included in the book were prepared over the years, at the very end there are documents related to the history of self-proclaiming of autocephaly in 1919-1925, i.e. decrees of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, resolutions of meetings and councils that proclaimed autocephaly or spoke out for it, etc. The book is most likely to be released sooner than we will know the ending of the chapter “2018: in anticipation of the Tomos” that I have not written yet. Will it be the bestowal by Constantinople of the canonical autocephaly on the Ukrainian Church? Or yet another historical pause in the solution of the Ukrainian ecclesial issue? But regardless of the results of the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch, I would like to publicly support the idea of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church today. I am doing it consciously, being fully aware of all risks this position can pose to me. The fact is that, having analyzed the nearly hundred-year history of the struggle of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians for autocephaly, I realized that there is simply no alternative to the canonical independence of our Church. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Paul Goble Staunton, June 2 – Some were disappointed that the Constantinople Patriarchate did not make the Ukrainian church autocephalous at its meeting on May 31, especially since Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had said in April that the independence of Ukrainian Orthodoxy was coming “very quickly,” Aleksandr Soldatov says. But such people ignored not so much the malevolent influence of Moscow on the process than the Byzantine slowness of any step like this, the Russian analyst writes for Portal-Credo; and they need to remember that Ukrainian autocephaly is just as inevitable as the restoration of the USSR is impossible (portal-credo.ru/site/?act=comment&id=2222). It may not be as quick or problem-free as many Ukrainians had expected, however. But that should not come as a surprise, Soldatov says, given that the complete independence and flourishing of Ukraine “in the democratic European countries is still far from the finish line” as well. “But the logic of history is the same” in both cases. The Universal Patriarchate in Constantinople sent a clear signal in that regard the day before many expected it to recognize Ukrainian Orthodoxy as autocephalous. On May 30, it assumed responsibility for resolving the status of the Macedonian Church, thus effectively taking the Ochrid archbishopric out from under the Serbian patriarchate. That suggests the direction things are moving for Ukraine because “the situation with regard to the self-proclaimed autocephaly of the Macedonian Church and the self-proclaimed autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate is identical,” even if the scale of the two churches is different. Indeed, Soldatov says, the Ukrainian case is easier for Constantinople because it does not require a change in the name of the new autocephalous church. In the case of the “Macedonian” one, the new patriarchate is certainly going to be given a different and more neutral name in deference to Greece. “The beginning of the process of Constantinople’s resolution of the status of the Macedonian Church means a break in the relationship between the Constantinople and Serbian patriarchates,” the Moscow analyst continues, especially as it is now likely that the Universal Patriarchate will follow this move by recognizing Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro too. What this all means, besides good news for Ukraine, is that conditions throughout Orthodoxy are moving to a break between World Orthodoxy 1.0 and World Orthodoxy 2.0. If the former will remain centered on Constantinople, the contours of the later, which Moscow hopes to head, are also emerging. The Moscow Patriarchate has been trying to keep in its corner the Antioch Patriarchate because of its traditional center in Syria; but now most of the congregations of that church are in the United States and so are less likely to go along with Moscow, however much the politics of Syria dictate otherwise. Moscow expected to keep the Bulgarian Patriarchate in its corner, but Kirill’s disastrous visit to Sofia undermined that possibility. It could pick up the support of the Alexandria Patriarchate if it takes over the funding of that church’s missionary activities. (At present, Alexandria has few parishes other than missions, and its expenses vastly exceed its income.) The Georgian Patriarchate has generally been close to Moscow, and it no doubt is pleased that the Moscow Patriarchate has not followed the Kremlin in insisting on separating out control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russian state does, but the Moscow Patriarchate for obvious reasons doesn’t. Moscow has also lost most of its other positions in eastern Europe. Given all this, Soldatov says, after the first month of the pursuit of autocephaly for Ukraine, the picture of Orthodoxy in the world looks approximately like this. Ukraine will have to put up with having its demand realized more slowly than it had hoped, something that will give Moscow a chance for maneuver. “If Constantinople isn’t able in July to proclaim the Ukrainian Church autocephalous, this process threatens to drag on for several years. But if it is, then a global split of the Orthodox world that Metropolitan Ilarion warned out becomes extremely likely,” with one part headed by Constantinople and a second lesser part by Moscow. According to Soldatov, “this split has not only geopolitical and jurisdictional-administrative foundations but also cultural, historical and theological ones.” Since the collapse of the Russian Empire, Orthodoxy has displayed two vectors of development: “liberal and conservative, ecumenical and exclusivist, pro-Western and autarchic.” Keeping them together in a single “’canonical field’” is “extraordinarily difficult, given that both trends exist in almost all churches. Now, however, three is a chance that these two trends will be reified into “two ‘Church families,’ each of which will consider itself canonical but which will move along two contradictory vectors,” Soldatov says, a development that could lead to the creation of “’parallel’ Orthodox jurisdictions in all the countries having an Orthodox presence.” Paradoxically, the conservative Orthodoxy 2.0 would be led by Moscow Patriarch Kirill, “a convinced ecumenist,” something that could land him in difficulties in Russia. That is because newly enthroned Metropolitan Tikhon would be a much better fit given that he has never shown himself interested in ecumenism. “The international self-isolation of Russia presupposes the creation by it of ‘parallel structures,’ both in the sphere of economics and economics and in religious life,” Soldatov says. “From the geopolitical point of view, today is the most favorable moment for the creation of ‘World Orthodoxy 2.0’ with a center in Moscow and with an extremely isolationist, ‘old believer’ ideology like ‘the Russian world.’” Kirill doesn’t fit well in that situation, and thus, “however strange it may seem, the path for the preservation by Kirill of his position lies in the search for a compromise with Constantinople on the Ukrainian issue. That would allow Kirill to retain as a source of his legitimacy ‘recognition by world Orthodoxy’ and ‘the preservation of Orthodox unity.’” That works to Ukraine’s benefit as well, Soldatov suggests.
A Dutch court has satisfied claims filed by Ukraine’s oil and gas giant Naftogaz to seize Russian Gazprom’s Dutch assets to secure a US$2.56 billion settlement with the Ukrainian company. “Last week, Naftogaz, Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, filed a petition for an attachment of Gazprom’s shares in its Dutch subsidiaries and any debts owed from these subsidiaries to Gazprom. These petitions were made to secure Naftogaz’s right to payment of US$2.6 billion by Gazprom pursuant to the arbitration award issued in February 2018. A Dutch court approved the petitions,” Naftogaz’s press service said on June 5. However, it said, six out of seven of Gazprom’s Dutch subsidiaries have refused to cooperate with the bailiffs. “This does not affect the validity of the attachments,” Naftogaz added.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has announced that the government is currently negotiating LNG supplies from Qatar, adding that the diversification of gas suppliers is a matter of national security, Interfax-Ukraine reports. “Hence, we are in the middle of negotiations with the government of Qatar regarding the possibility of purchasing liquefied natural gas from that country. Qatar can soon become an exporter of natural gas to Ukraine. The gas may be shipped through the regasification terminal in Poland, which is already operating. It is very possible for Ukraine to start getting Qatari gas soon,” the Ukrainian president said during an interview with the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera on 31 May. However, the Ukrainian president also noted this is just the first stage of the negotiations. “We have agreed with our Qatari allies to invite our Turkish partners to cooperation. They have provided us with assurances of the possibility of the project to supply Qatari natural gas through Turkey, as well as via Poland. We will be very excited to open the door for Qatari corporations that would allow them to enter the Ukrainian energy market, which would be extremely important. I believe that the implementation of this project would contribute to making our nation stronger and more secure in the energy matters,” the President said.
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A lawyer for a Russian journalist being held on suspicion of treason in Ukraine says the man’s residence was searched and “ransacked” by Ukrainian police.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has moved to approve and submit, within one month, to the consideration of the National Security and Defense Council a proposal for the introduction for a period of three years of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against individuals and legal entities involved in Russian aggression against Ukraine. The list of individuals and legal entities to whom sanctions are to be applied has not been made public.
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a bill to establish a long-awaited anticorruption court, a key condition in order for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to distribute more aid to the country.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman moved to sack his finance minister on Wednesday following a public spat, a day before parliament votes on legislation that is key to the government securing more foreign aid.
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Ukrainian authorities said a wildfire has broken out in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl, where the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in 1986, but radiation levels remained within safe lim…
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German airline Lufthansa has scrapped an advert for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia that was filmed in Kyiv.
A forensic psychological test with the use of a polygraph device has confirmed that Ukrainian Member of Parliament Nadiia Savchenko was personally involved in plotting the forcible overthrow of the constitutional order in Ukraine: she was preparing to commit a terrorist attack in the government quarter and in the building of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. Savchenko discussed plans for the murder of top officials with her accomplices.
Polygraph test confirms Savchenko’s intention to commit terrorist act in Ukrainian parliament, 112.international – Polygraph test confirms Savchenko’s intention to commit terrorist act in Ukrainian parliament – 112.international
The SBU could not ask Savchenko all planned questions due to the resistance of the MP to the holding of the psychological forensic examination.
Ukrainian police vow to defend citizens against “demonstrative pogroms” after the latest attack on a Romany camp by ultranationalists.
Fight at session hall of Kyiv city council: MPs, their opponents brawled over creation of Museum of Kyiv’s History at Poshtova Square – Brawl over creation of Museum of Kyiv’s History at Poshtova Square – 112.international
Fight at session hall of Kyiv city council: MPs, their opponents brawled over creation of Museum of Kyiv’s History at Poshtova Square
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