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Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (35)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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While Singapore and the G7 dominated media traffic related to Russia this week, many other things transpired, mostly following established threads, especially related to Russia’s ongoing descent into the abyss:

  1. Aerial provocations in Alaska and Baltics, Norway asks for more Gyrenes, Ukraine / NATO developments, Hungary, and MH17;
  2. Dudayev (Surkov) keeps his job, FIFA WC propaganda spectacle, more persecution of minorities and dissenters, more ethnic divisions, a notable latter topic is the high proportion of ostensibly assimilated Ukrainians in the Far East;
  3. In the Caucasus, Georgia’s PM quits, while Belarus cranks up censorship;
  4. Ukraine backs Moldova in seeking to expel Russians from Transnistria;
  5. Much happening in Ukraine. Minsk group meeting is farce with Russians insisting on an alternate reality, Ukraine submits case to ICJ on Russia’s state financing of terrorism, and Russian torture of Ukrainian POWs, Azov Sea strategy debate continues, USAF deploys four KC-135R to Ukraine for training, Russians repeatedly assault AFU JFO positions along grey zone through the week, losing 12 KIA yesterday, low alt FENCER footage appears, An-74 production detailed, Hyperloop signs MoU with Kyiv, campaigning goes global for political prisoners Sentsov and Sushchenko, debate over Russian social media and Church continue,
  6. In the Mideast, robust numbers of reports on Syria, Iran, Israel, and Yemen; Erdogan may be at risk of losing the election, while he brags about Russian loans to buy S-400, and argues for Turkish co-production of S-500 Prometey ABM/SAM;
  7. Much debate on Singapore, reports an R-R engineer gave inappropriate access to China, AUS SOF embarrassments follow the US;
  8. The G7 debate, EU migration debate, Nord Stream 2 argument, Brexit reports, miscellaneous reports from Balkans and Latin America;
  9. Interesting reports on Chinese DEW, AI, ISR, ramjet PGAP proposal, USN supersonic ASCM, F-35 EODAS;
  10. Miscellaneous reports on cyber and influence;
  11. Fractious US domestic debate continues, with notable outbursts by Rice (of Crimean fame) and Manafort;

NATO / EU / Russia Reports

US stealth fighters intercept Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska – CNNPolitics
Two Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers were intercepted by US F-22 stealth fighters in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.
NATO fighter jets scramble eight times to intercept Russia aircraft over Baltic Sea | UNIAN
On June 4-10, NATO fighter jets conducting the Air Policing Mission over the Baltic States were scrambled eight times to identify and intercept Russian Federation aircraft flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On June 5, NATO fighter aircraft were scrambled four times to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
NATO ‘Committed To Defense, Deterrence,’ U.S Admiral Says
BRUSSELS — NATO’s massive exercise involving some 40,000 troops due to take place in Norway later this year will show the world that the Western military alliance is “relevant, united, and ready to defend itself,” one of its top military officials has said. “We are not looking for a fight but are committed to defense and deterrence,” U.S. Admiral James Foggo, the commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command, said at a press conference in Brussels on June 11, as Moscow’s relations with the West have plummeted in recent years over Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and Syria, and other matters. “That’s what this exercise is all about: training to defend, and providing a deterrent effect, ready to respond to any threat from any direction at any time,” he added. All 29 NATO allies, as well as Finland and Sweden, will participate in Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s biggest exercise in recent years, which will take place in and around Norway in October-November. The drills, in which NATO forces will respond to a simulated violation of Norway’s sovereignty, will include some 70 ships and 130 aircraft, according to the security alliance. It will also include a command-post exercise, mostly in Italy. The exercise will strengthen “our common capability to handle a crisis, should it ever come to that,” Vice Admiral Olsen, the military representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee, told the journalists in Brussels.
Explainer: How Vulnerable Are Undersea Cables That U.S. Says Russia Is Tracking?
Western powers have warned that Russia could attack deep-sea cables that form what is known as the “backbone of the global Internet,” though some experts suggest the threat may be overblown.
UAWire – Norway asks the U.S. to double contingent at the Russian border
Norway has suggested that the United States more than double the number of U.S. marines deployed in the country. The government in Oslo is increasingly concerned about the threat posed by Russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Radio Liberty reports. Approximately 330 U.S. marines were scheduled to leave Norway at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to prepare for fighting in winter conditions. However, the decision to withdraw the troops has been canceled. Foreign Minister of Norway Ine Eriksen Soreide told reporters that this decision does not mean that a permanent U.S. base in Norway will be established, and it is not directed against Russia. “Oslo is asking Washington to send 700 marines in 2019. (The current number is 330.) Additional units will be located closer to the Russian border in the Inner Tromso region in the Norwegian Arctic, rather than in central Norway. The rotation of forces will continue for five years,” the report said. In addition, the U.S. wants to build an infrastructure that will accommodate up to four U.S. fighters at a base 65 km south of Oslo in accordance with the European deterrence initiative launched after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. It was reported that in the fall of 2018, NATO will conduct the largest exercises in Norway since the Cold War.
Norway Asks For Doubling Of U.S. Troops, Deployed Closer To Russia
Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with neighboring Russia, top ministers have said.
Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia | Reuters
Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.
Russia: Norway’s request for additional US Marines ‘will not remain without consequences’ | TheHill
Russia on Thursday accused Norway of causing a spike in tensions after Oslo requested additional U.S. Marines to be stationed along the border of the two countries.
More U.S. Marines In Norway Could Cause ‘Growing Tensions,’ Russia Warns
Russia has vowed to retaliate against a plan by Norway to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country.
The real Russia threat — and the Corps’ pivotal plan for a European fight
Even though the Marine Corps’ footprint in Europe is small, it may prove pivotal should a fight break out in the Baltics or the high north.
Ukraine and Hungary agree to expand defence cooperation – 08.06.2018 17:30 — Ukrinform News
Ukraine and Hungary have discussed the prospects for expanding security and defence cooperation.
UAWire – Poland calls for increased military cooperation with Ukraine
According to a statement by Poland’s Ministry of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland supports increasing military cooperation with Ukraine. “It’s …
UAWire – Ukraine may increase its contingent in Afghanistan
Ukrainian servicemen will continue to participate in the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the Ukrainian contingent may be …
Sweden’s Russia Problem by Paulina Neuding – Project Syndicate
As Sweden prepares for a general election in September, officials are stepping up efforts to defend the country’s democratic process from foreign interference. But to succeed, Sweden’s leaders will need to focus as much on the sources of domestic discord as they do on policing propaganda.
UAWire – Construction of the first gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia has begun
Construction of the Finnish-Estonian gas pipeline “The Baltic Connector” began in the Finnish city of Inkoo, Yle reports. The Connector is the …
‘Nemtsov Square’ Sign Goes Up Near Russian Embassy In Vilnius
A sign honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov now stands near the Russian Embassy in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Newly Arrived in Latvia Appalled by Complaints of Their Co-Ethnics There
Paul Goble Staunton, June 9 – No group of ethnic Russians abroad complains more often about mistreatment by the host government than do the longtime ethnic Russian residents of Latvia. But a new wave of ethnic Russians coming to Latvia is not only loyal to the regime but appalled by the pro-Moscow sentiments of that group. In a comment for Russia’s Lenta news agency, Vladimir Veretnikov says that the “old” Russian minority in Latvia has been a constant headache for Riga; but now Latvia has found an ingenious way of countering the complaints of the ethnic Russians to European institutions — allowing in an entirely new group of Russians ( As a result, he says, “a community of Russian-speaking residents of Latvia has appeared which shares European values, is loyal to the authorities and publicly support policies. Moreover, the new Latvian Russians also promise to cooperate with the special services and help political emigres who have been forced to flee Russia to save themselves from repression.” These new Russian arrivals have formed an Association for the Development of Russian Civil Society and the Support of Russian Emigres. They are it “are loyal to their mother-in-law motherland, support the course of its leadership and are critical about the foreign policy of Russia.” The man behind this group is publicist Dimitry Savvin, a resident of St. Petersburg until 2015 where he took part in demonstrations and was a member of the unregistered New Force party. But after the authorities began to repress him, he moved to Latvia, with whose Occupation Museum he had been cooperating since 2012. In 2016, he received the status of a political refugee; but as was the case when he was still in Russia, Savvin continues to be politically active and regularly declares to Latvian journalists and others that “there is no discrimination [against Russians] in Latvia.” Those who say otherwise are “shamelessly lying.” He points out that some indigenous Russian speakers in Latvia agree with him and have joined his initiative group. Their common goal is “not only to unite Russians who are loyal to Latvia but also to support civil society in Russia,” by depriving Moscow loyalists of the ability to claim they speak for all Russians in Latvia. “Soviet, Kremlinite, and Russian are completely different terms, although many conflate them,” Savvin said recently. “We intend to fight this and to unite people who are loyal to Latvia and speak in their name” ( Savvin’s effort is not the first such attempt to form a group like this in Latvia, Veretnikov says. In 2014, Igor Vatolin announced the formation of a Movement of European Russians to denounce Moscow’s policies in Ukraine and to stress the Europeanness of Russians. He notes that most such Russians in Latvia are trilingual, speaking Russian, Latvian and English. There was also a movement for New Latvians begun in 2010 to assist Russians applying for residence permits, given that as a result of the economic crisis in Russia, such people were arriving from their original homeland in large numbers – some 12,400 were registered between 2010 and 2014 ( The new arrivals “do not conceal their happiness about being in real Europe and often talk in hostile terms about ‘the old Russians’ as [survivals of the Soviet past] and ‘Putinoids.’” The latter respond by denouncing the new Russians in Latvia as renegades and traitors, Veretnikov says. There are two categories of new Russians, the Lenta journalist says, those who are businessmen and who are seeking protection against the Russian tax services, and those who are “’young emigres,’ ideological and at times radical supporters of a European course” who view everything Russian as bad and everything opposed to it as good. Many ethnic Latvians are skeptical about the motives of these new Russian Latvians but even they acknowledge that they are loyal and delighted to be in a European state where the law is supreme. But Latvians are concerned that these new arrivals do not show much interest in learning the national language because they can get along without it easily. The new wave of Russians in Latvia very much wants to win the support of the Latvian people and the Latvian authorities. Savvin’s group is now discussing how to help the Latvian special services identify among the influx of ethnic Russians from Russia those who are real refugees and those who are something else (
The Dutch Parliament has approved the agreement with Ukraine, which foresees that sentences regarding the MH17 disaster in Donbas may be executed in Ukraine –
The Dutch Parliament has approved the agreement with Ukraine, which foresees that sentences regarding the MH17 disaster in Donbas may be executed in Ukraine. The Dutch Parliament has approved the agreement with Ukraine, which foresees that sentences regarding the MH17 disaster in Donbas may be executed in Ukraine. According to Deutsche Welle, the guilty verdicts may be executed in Ukraine unless the judged individuals are handed over to the Netherlands. ‘The approval of the agreement is an important step towards the search of the truth and brining the suspects to the court, which meets the requirements of the victims’ families’, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said. The agreement is also supposed to make the prosecution of the suspects easier, as it allows the use of video conference mode. The document also stipulates that the trial will be held in the Dutch court – most likely, in the Hague.
Sentences in MH17 case may be enforced in Ukraine | UNIAN
Sentences in the case of the MH17 downing over Donbas may be enforced in Ukraine while the court will be able to use video conference calls in trial hearings. Verdicts can be executed in Ukraine if convicts cannot be extradited to the Netherlands.
U.S., British Officials Warn World Cup Fans Could Be Hacked In Russia
U.S. and British intelligence officials are warning soccer fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup that their cell phones and computers could be hacked by cyberspies.
Op-Ed: Official narrative on Skripal poisoning has little credibility
The Skripal poisoning narrative began over 3 months ago. Both Yulia Skripal a Russian citizen and her father Sergei Skripal a former Russian double agent were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury UK and admitted to Salisbury Hospital on March 4.
TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Diplomat warns British special services can be implicated in Salisbury incident
The whole «Skripal affair» was launched by the UK government in an attempt to attain certain political goals, Zakharova believes

Russia / Russophone Reports

The Week In Russia: Putin Hosts World Cup, Watches G7 And Trump-Kim Summit From The Sidelines
Vladimir Putin welcomed soccer fans from around the globe to the first World Cup staged in Russia, got an invite of sorts from Donald Trump to rejoin the G7, and looked on from afar as Trump held a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Surkov remains to be advisor of Putin –
Surkov remains to be advisor of Putin. President of Russia Vladimir Putin keeps Vladislav Surkov, the adviser and Russia’s Commissioner for Donbas on his post as it is stated in the order of Putin. “It is ordered to appoint Vladislav Yu. Surkov as the advisor of the President of the Russian Federation,” the message said. It is noted that the order comes into force since the day it was signed.
Vladimir Putin Calls Russian Meddling In U.S. Election A Joke – YouTube
IBTimes UK Published on Jun 12, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded another installment of the bizarre political spectacle of his annual call-in show, fending off pre-approved questions from Russians on live TV. When asked about his favorite joke, Putin said he found allegations that his government colluded with President Donald Trump to elect the real estate tycoon in the first place, laughable. “So we influenced the U.S. elections and he gifted us Europe for that?”
StopFake Exposé On Putin, Direct Line, And Ukraine – To Inform is to Influence
StopFake tore apart Putin’s recent scripted interview on an annual Russian production called “Direct Line”.   StopFake exposes Putin’s lies, his misdirections, and his avoidance of being truthful. </end editorial> Putin’s Direct Line and Ukraine June 08, 2018 When asked what advice would he give his grandchildren, Russian president Vladimir Putin responded with an answer that…
Gulag Records Being Digitized, Not Destroyed, Russian Ministry Says
Russia’s Interior Ministry says it is digitizing thousands of registration cards of prisoners caught up in the Soviet-era gulag camp system, not destroying them as historians warned.
UAWire – Peskov: Putin’s statement on consequences of ‘Kyiv provocation’ during World Cup needs no explanation
The statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be “severe consequences” if there is “provocation from Kyiv” during the 20 …
UAWire – Kremlin: US purposely introduced new sanctions on eve of Russia Day
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has commented on the new anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the US. The Russian department emphasized that …
All Out Offensive On Russia Protesting World Cup – To Inform is to Influence
The past week has seen me overwhelmed with requests by people all over Europe to protest the World Cup in Russia, in 2018, starting today. For the most part, I have only published articles, posters, and publications which were of value to people studying propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, fake news, information warfare, information operations, strategic communications,…
Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better | Science | AAAS
The government has begun to confront its shortcomings, but critics want more aggressive change
1 million Russians are HIV-positive, but only a third get treatment | PBS NewsHour
Russia’s HIV epidemic is growing by 10 percent per year, and yet many proven HIV prevention and treatment strategies aren’t being used. William Brangham and Jason Kane report in collaboration with Jon Cohen of Science Magazine and the Pulitzer Center in our ongoing series “The End of AIDS: Far From Over.”
World Cup 2018: Russian lawmaker warns against sex with foreigners – CNN
A senior Russian lawmaker has urged her countrywomen not to have sex with foreign men during the World Cup, saying Russian women “should give birth to our own.”
Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during 2018 World Cup – lawmaker
A senior Russian lawmaker has advised women to be vigilant during any romantic encounters with with foreign fans visiting for the World Cup.
Russia Lawmaker Urges ‘More Love’ During World Cup
A Russian lawmaker has this to say about romantic couplings between Russians and fans visiting the country for the World Cup soccer tournament: More love. And more procreation.
Kremlin foe Bill Browder tells West: Russian money is Putin’s Achilles heel | Reuters
Once the biggest foreign money manager in Russia, Bill Browder has some advice for the West: If you want to counter Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, then go after Russian money and Russian oligarchs.
UAWire – Japanese expert: Ukrainians represent majority of population on the Kuril Islands
Approximately 60% of the population of the Kuril Islands are Ukrainians whom the Soviet government forcibly moved to the archipelago after the occupation of the Japanese territory in 1945. Yoshihiko Okabe, a professor at Kobe Gakuin University in Japan and foreign expert at the Ukrainian Center for Russian Studies, made this statement at the international conference “Russia’s Violation of International Law: Implications for Peace”. “Although it is little known, it is said that in fact around 60% of the present inhabitants of the Northern Isles (Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai) are Ukrainians. Indeed, during my visit there were many people with surnames ending with ‘-chenko’,” Okabe said. He also said that, according to Japanese who had previously lived on the island of Iturup, workers from Ukraine were resettled on the island approximately one year after the Soviet occupation. “They lived much poorer than the Japanese under the Soviet occupation; they did not even have clothes, and some women [did not even have] undergarments. This tragic story is hardly widely known in Ukraine, “he said. At the same time, Okabe urged Ukrainians not to call the islands, which Japan claims as its Northern territories, by the Russian name “Southern Kuriles”. “To call the islands ‘Southern Kuriles’ means to recognize these islands as Russia’s territory. I think that by calling them the ‘Northern Territory of Japan,’ we will be able to attract world attention to the fact that this Japanese territory was illegally occupied by Russia, “he stressed.
Window on Eurasia — New Series: A Real Question for Putin: Who and Where are Russia’s Heroes of Today?
Paul Goble Staunton, June 9 – Anyone who visited the Soviet Union will recall that Intourist guides always talked about the wonders of the communist system and its glorious future but invariably spent most of the time showing off architectural wonders that had been erected long before the Bolshevik revolution. Something similar is happening inside Russia today: Vladimir Putin and the media he controls keeps talking about the glorious present and the still more glorious future of Russia, but they choose to identify as heroes not anyone in the present but only those whose glorious actions occurred in the past with World War II being about the most recent event to produce any. That has prompted Russian writer Platon Besedin to ask how Russia is to live “without heroes” and “why instead of them” does the media show us only “degenerates”? ( “I’ve never had a desire to ask Vladimir Putin a question. Not on ‘Direct Line’ or anywhere else,” the writer says. But now after watching this show, I have one, Besedin continues: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, who are the heroes of present-day Russia? Do they exist? And if they do, why are we given degenerates as role models?” There really are Russian heroes “not from the past but from the present” in all walks of life, be they hockey player Aleksandr Ovechkin and writer Yury Bondaryev or pilot Roman Filopov or church warden Georgy Velikanov who died while trying to rescue a man who had fallen on railroad tracks. Russians can be proud of these people and look up to them, Besedin says; but on primetime television, all that they see are one degenerate after another. They even see them on shows like Putin’s Direct Line. Putin called on and answered such people, undoubtedly carefully selected for their impact on the audience. Apparently, the organizers assumed that is what the Russian people want because of what they watch on television every night. But if Russians want it, they do because they have been groomed to want it by what is offered to them again and again, the writer continues. As a result, “the intellectual level of the population is catastrophic.” When anyone is confronted with such programming, the first response is resistance; but then you decide that what you had been horrified by is somehow something good. That’s how people get used to fast food. It is also the way it is with “intellectual food” on offer by the Moscow media. This isn’t just the result of some elite conspiracy, Besedin says. “It appeared later and by itself. This is a conspiracy when everyone around becomes a participant” and is affected by what it wants to affect others. The shepherds “leading their flock to a bright future,” then, “are just as blind as their flock.” And the future is thus bleak indeed. “Today, Poklonskaya or Yarovaya in the Duma infuriate many, but you can depend on it that a time will come when instead of them will be sitting Buzovs and silicon bloggers, adopting laws in the intervals between reflections about condoms. This is the future which we are putting in place right now,” Besedin says. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was right: “Stupidity is more horrible than malevolence.” And today in Russia it is, as Rozanov would have had it, dripping down from the top to the bottom. That needs to be countered, or Russia’s future is lost. “I am certain,” Besedin continues, “that a country deserves its heroes but also that heroes form the country. They set the tone and attitudes and form the nation. These are in general banalities. But because they are true, in any country, the cult of heroes is so important” both in the long term and in the short.” “A hero is not only a legend from an epic but an example which we daily watch on television. The generation raised on Gagarin rose into the cosmos; the generation educated on degenerates will only want hype and nothing more.” Unfortunately, it appears, that Russia has fallen into the second case. Besedin concludes: “It is possible that the president wants that he will remain the only hero in Russia. But if he really wants a breakthrough, as he constantly says, then the country needs to be given true heroes and not doubtful personages who in better times wouldn’t even be allowed into a pigsty.”
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Bigotry, Migrants’ Isolation Radicalizing Muslims in Moscow, Martynov Says
Paul Goble Staunton, June 8 – The offer of a Moscow moving company to send only “’Slavic drivers’” if customers are willing to pay more and the spread of a Daghestani newspaper explaining to Muslims in the Russian capital how to live according to shariat in Russia reflect two forces that are radicalizing Muslims in Moscow, Kirill Martynov says. Indeed, such Russian bigotry and the efforts of Muslim radicals to reach out to gastarbeiters to explain why Russians feel this way and why it is thus necessary to withdraw into Muslim enclaves are combining to transform the capital “into a major center of Islamization” ( These two events are clearly connected, he says. “’The Slavs’ aren’t concerned about the problem of including migrants into their own society … the migrant in Russia is simply a source of enrichment for the siloviki and low-level bureaucrats,” the Novyye izvestiya commentator argues. “And the only ones who speak with migrants in human terms are the Muslim brothers who explain why the world is organized in such a grotesque way, why the non-believers conduct themselves in anything but a human way, and where they should find their own way of life” – one in isolation from the Russian majority. Indeed, Martynov says, the conditions in which Moscow migrants are forced to live, close to slavery and without legal protections are a cauldron in which over the next decade Muslim quarters will appear. There are no other possibilities here. [And as a result,] Muslim is the most important center for the Islamization of young people coming for work.” “Secular values are failing,” he says, “simply because their bearers are racists.”
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Soviet-Era Historical Preservationists Offered Ideological Alternative to Communism
Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – Fifty-two years ago this week, the constituent congress of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments and Culture took place in Moscow, a group that presented an alternative to communist ideas of internationalism and modernism and that arguably played at least as great a role in the destruction of the USSR as did the dissidents. In reporting on this anniversary, Yevgeny Politdrug of the Sputnik i Pogrom portal, says that the 1966 congress “became an important moment in Soviet history because it was this organization which became a center of attract of all those being drawn toward ‘the Russian Party’ in the CPSU” ( Before World War II, internationalist ideas dominated in the USSR; but in the way Soviet patriotism became popular, an idea that suggested that the proletarians had acquired their own country and thus had something to lose, the commentator says. Some people still think Stalin was a Russian nationalist, but he wasn’t: Soviet patriotism rested on a communist foundation. With Stalin’s passing, internationalist themes of the pre-war kind were replaced largely by the notions of “friendship of the peoples,” a development that had the effect in many people’s minds of raising the question as to whether the Soviet state had forgotten the ethnic Russians, even as it became possible to take pride in Russia’s pre-1917 history. Such feelings were intensified by Khrushchev’s attack on the church; and after he was overthrown, many began to lobby on behalf of defending old churches, a program that was “covered with the sauce that Khrushchev was a bad man and voluntarist while Leonid Illich had a respectful attitude toward the past and wouldn’t repeat his mistakes,” Politdrug says. In the summer of 1965, the preservationist society registered with the RSFSR government and immediately attracted to its ranks many prominent writers, artists, composers, directors, academics and even a few senior Russian officials. Remarkably, one who joined was a White leader’s grandson who had been in the camps since 1928. “Formally,” the commentator says, the group was entirely about defending old monuments; but “informally, the organization became a center of attraction for various kinds of those who disagreed with the regime from national communists to Orthodox conservatives.” In 1968, some of the most radical formed the semi-public Russian Club. “It would be too much of a stretch to call this nationalism,” Politdrug says. Most stayed largely within the communist framework and only asked how they could improve things. But over time, some of the members came to reject Marxism-Leninism as such, opening the way for some ideological pluralism. In addition, of course, “there were not a few Stalinists who sincerely considered Stalin the heir to the traditional course of powerful statehood.” But they did not set the weather, as it were. Instead, the group grew and attracted ever more people to its alternative ideological program of action. Not surprisingly, it was criticized by the regime, especially under Andropov, but more surprisingly, the attacks on it were limited to ideological ones, thus making it easier and less dangerous for people to join its ranks and even to become more radical as was the case with the spinoff group, Pamyat. Within the group, Russians evolved in various directions, some toward monarchism, others toward Orthodox conservativism, a third toward Stalinism, and “some passed through all these stages.” One thing they had in common: They viewed liberals with much the same hostility they had earlier viewed Marxist-Leninists. In what may be a surprise to many, the group still exists, although it doesn’t play the role it once aspired to. But by opening up the space for discussion about ideology, the Society changed the Soviet Union and Russia as well.
Massive Power Outage Hits Crimea
A total blackout has temporarily hit Crimea after what Russian officials said was an automatic shutoff at a substation providing power to the Russian-controlled Black Sea peninsula.
Russians In The Ex-U.S.S.R.: Then And Now
The size of the ethnic Russian community in the former Soviet Union has dropped significantly in recent decades.
‘Slavs only’: Discrimination exists in Russia, but it’s nearly impossible to prove in court — Meduza
Russian lawyers and human rights activists who have worked even a single case where they had to prove discrimination by sex, age, sexual orientation, or ethnicity will explain how it’s nearly impossible to win one of these lawsuits in Russia. Judges usually refuse to go to trial, and the best case scenario is often a ruling that only partially satisfies a claim. Meduza looks at how Russians fight discrimination in court, and why it so rarely ends in anything but defeat.
Ex-Soviet Figures Named In Latest Report On Property Ownership In Dubai
Politicians, business people, and members of organized criminal groups from the former Soviet Union have been named among those owning expensive property in Dubai in a new anticorruption report.
Eulogy For A Subway: Siberian City Decides To Bury Its Metro Once And For All
The million-plus residents of Omsk have been promised a subway system since the early 1990s. What they got instead was a source of endless mockery and cynicism. Now city officials have decided to e…
Muscovites Rally To Protest ‘Catastrophic’ Violations Of Human Rights, Freedoms
Demonstrators have taken to the center of Moscow to protest against mass violations of human rights in Russia and to call for the release of political prisoners.
Putin: Too Early To Talk Details Of Possible Prisoner Exchange With Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is too early to discuss details of a possible exchange of prisoners with Kyiv, including imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov.
Russian, Ukrainian Leaders Discuss Possible Exchange Of Prisoners
The Kremlin has said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko discussed a possible exchange of prisoners.
Ukrainian Ombudswoman Not Allowed To Meet Sentsov In Russian Custody
Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova says she was prevented from meeting with jailed filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is on hunger strike in prison in far northern Russia following a terrorism convic…
Editor Of Russian Forbes Magazine Fired, Vows To Sue
The editor in chief of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, Nikolai Uskov, has been fired.
Russian Prison Service Seeks Extension Of Navalny’s Suspended Kirovles Sentence
Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has asked a Moscow court to extend by one year the five-year suspended prison sentence that opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is currently serving on an embezzlement conviction in the so-called Kirovles case.
Russian PM Proposes Raising Retirement Age
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has proposed a plan to gradually increase the retirement age for men and women.
Russia Ready For World Cup Kickoff
The 21st edition of the World Cup is set to kick off in Russia, with the hosts playing Saudi Arabia at the newly refurbished 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Moscow’s Red Square Hosts Gala Ahead Of World Cup Kick Off
An international opera gala at Moscow’s Red Square has kicked off festivities as Russia prepares to host the world’s biggest sporting event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, amid persistent tension with …
Russian Elites Cash In On World Cup Building Boom
As Russia spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new stadiums for the World Cup, people with connections cashed in.
Police Disrupt Founding Gathering Of Open Russia Group In Vladivostok
Police in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok have disrupted the founding gathering of a regional branch of a civil society group established by exiled Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky and det…
Russia’s World Cup: New Stadiums, Big Spending, Murky Future
Russia is set to host the largest single-sport competition on the planet, starting on June 14. Amid years of economic woes and allegations of corruption in the buildup, Moscow is about to raise the curtain on what has become soccer’s most expensive World Cup ever staged. (Reuters)
Putin To Attend Moscow FIFA Congress Ahead Of World Cup
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the congress of soccer’s world governing body in Moscow on June 13 that is set to elect the host of the 2026 World Cup.
No Sex With Foreigners During World Cup, Russian Lawmaker Warns
A senior Russian lawmaker overseeing family-related issues has some advice for fellow Russian women during the World Cup: Don’t have sex with foreign men.
Ahead Of World Cup, Putin Thanks FIFA For Keeping ‘Sports Outside Of Politics’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed a congress of the world soccer governing body FIFA a day ahead of the opening of the 2018 World Cup, thanking the group for — in his words — keeping…
Navalny Says Russian Oligarchs Stole Some World Cup Funding
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is denouncing the high cost of hosting the World Cup and alleging that some of the money spent by Moscow was embezzled by wealthy businessmen who are close…
Russia Wrongly Revoked U.S. Activist’s Residence Permit, European Court Says
The European court has ruled that Russia wrongly revoked the residence permit of American human rights activist Jennifer Gaspar in 2014.
European Parliament Urges Russia To Release Sentsov, Other Ukrainian ‘Political Prisoners’
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Russian authorities to release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and all the other “illegally detained Ukrainian citizens” i…
Russian Opposition Activists Jailed In Vladivostok
Two Russian opposition activists have been jailed in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok two days after they were detained.
Russian Court Jails Chechen Over 1995 Budyonnovsk Hostage Seizure
A Chechen man has been sentenced to prison over a deadly hostage-taking in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk in 1995, a turning point in the first of the two post-Soviet separatist wars in n…
Well-Known Russian Film Director, Lawmaker Govorukhin Dies At 82
Prominent Russian film director and lawmaker Stanislav Govorukhin has died at the age of 82.
Putin Fires Internet Adviser, Retains Other Key Aides In Kremlin Personnel Shuffle
Vladimir Putin has fired his main adviser on Internet issues, the latest in a series of personnel moves that the Russian President has made since being inaugurated for a fourth term.
Tiny Troops? Shocked Mom Fired After Kids Welcome Putin’s Call To Join ‘Final Battle’
A woman was fired from her TV job in Siberia after raising a ruckus when her daughter participated in a kindergarten concert that featured a militaristic song pledging loyalty to President Vladimir…
Lawyer: Russian Court Overturns Acquittal Of Gulag Historian
A regional court has overturned a verdict that cleared Russian historian Yury Dmitriyev of child pornography charges, setting up a retrial, his lawyer says.
Navalny Jokes That Four-Star Accommodations Await World Cup Rowdies
Aleksei Navalny, freshly released from a Moscow jail, jokes about the facility being upgraded with flat-screen TVs and special menus to accommodate rowdy English World Cup fans.
Russia Detains British LGBT Rights Campaigner As FIFA World Cup Kicks Off
Russian police briefly detained a British LGBT rights campaigner in central Moscow for what they said was an illegal protest on the first day of the FIFA World Cup. Peter Tatchell was detained near Red Square on June 14 for holding a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were human rights abuses committed against gay men in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya. He was subsequently released.
‘Monstrous’ sabre-toothed fossils from Russia shed new light on mammal history | CBC News
Researchers have documented two previously unknown species of prehistoric “proto-mammals” in studies that advance what scientists know about how mammals evolved on earth.
Russia Detains British LGBT Campaigner, Hours Before World Cup
Russian police have detained a British LGBT rights campaigner in central Moscow for what they said was an illegal protest on the first day of the World Cup soccer tournament.
Ukrainian Artist’s Viral Posters ‘Red Card’ World Cup Host Russia
A Ukrainian artist’s provocative poster campaign against Russia hosting the World Cup has spread like wildfire across the Ukrainian Internet, while Kyiv’s official call to boycott the soccer champi…
UN Chief To Meet Putin In Russia Next Week, Attend World Cup Match
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia next week, where he is scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin and attend a World Cup soccer match.

Central Asia / Caucasus Reports

Georgia’s prime minister resigns after mass protests | Georgia News | Al Jazeera
The ruling party, Georgian Dream, has seven days to nominate a prime minister to be appointed by the president.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigns – AOL News
Under the constitution, the whole cabinet has to resign along with the prime minister.

Belarus Reports

CPJ Blasts Belarus’s ‘Veiled Attempts At Tightening Censorship’
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Belarusian lawmakers to reject proposed laws that could “further censor” the media in the country.
Belarus Suspends Two Death Sentences, Rights Group Says
The Supreme Court of Belarus has suspended two death sentences, the Minsk-based Vyasna (Spring) human rights center says.

Transnistria / Moldova Reports

Poltorak: Russian troops in Transnistria threaten both Ukraine and Moldova – 11.06.2018 15:27 — Ukrinform News
Russian military groupings located on the territory of Transnistria and generally in the south-west direction pose a threat both for Ukraine and Moldova. Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said this during a meeting with Defense Minister of the Republic of Moldova Eugen Sturza in Odesa, the Ministry’s press service reports. “The Defense Minister of Ukraine noted that the Russian Federation continued its hybrid aggression in Donbas, built up the strike military potential in Crimea, destabilized the Black Sea-Azov region. Difficult situation is also observed in Transnistria. The groupings located on the territory of Transnistria and generally in the south-west direction pose a threat both for Ukraine and Moldova,” the statement reads. During the meeting, the defense ministers agreed on priorities for further cooperation, namely carrying out joint exercises both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of cooperation with NATO and individual allies, developing cooperation at the level of headquarters of the armed forces of the two states, boosting military and technical cooperation and improving the dynamics of partnership between higher military educational institutions. The parties also discussed the issues related to the exchange of experience in countering the hybrid threats and further cooperation in reforming the armed forces of the two countries.
Poltorak vows Moldova Ukrainian assistance to return Transnistria | UNIAN
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says Ukraine will assist Moldova in restoring its territorial integrity. Sturza assured Ukraine can always count on the support of Moldova.Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says Ukraine will assist Moldova in restoring its territorial integrity. “Ukraine adheres to a clear position that is based on the principles of respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova. Transnistria is an integral part of Moldova,” he said in Odesa during a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Moldova Eugen Sturza, as reported on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s website. “We will do everything possible to help restore the territorial integrity of Moldova and support it in the future. We support a common military-political course toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration and will mutually benefit from developing our armed forces in accordance with NATO standards. Such an approach of friendship, mutual understanding and support will always be at the heart of Ukrainian-Moldovan relations in the defense sphere,” Poltorak said. In turn, Sturza assured Ukraine can always count on the support of Moldova. He said Moldova, like no one else, understands what Ukraine had to face and stands for an early resolution of the crisis, preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia occupied part of Moldova 25 years ago. On April 17, Ukraine’s Special Representative for Transnistrian Settlement Viktor Kryzhanivsky said Ukraine was ready to provide its territory for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria, while the Russian Federation was showing no willingness to withdraw its forces from the region.
Parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova start unification into Assembly | UNIAN
Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy, his Georgian counterpart Irakli Kobahidze and that from Moldova, Andrian Candu, on Saturday signed off a statement on the establishment of the Interparliamentary Assembly. The platform should provide a wide range of new opportunities for cooperation and interaction between the three countries, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy said.

Ukraine Reports

Kyiv’s offers on UN peacekeepers in Donbas destroys Minsk Agreements, – Lavrov –
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister noted that state needs guarantees from Russia on the access of the OSCE to occupied territories. The demand of Kyiv to deploy the UN peacekeepers at the Russia-Ukraine border not controlled by Ukraine contradicts the Minsk Agreements. Sergy Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia claimed this at the briefing after the meeting of the Normandy Four as reported. “We explained that the ideas offered by the Ukrainian colleagues and the American representatives to turn this peacekeeping mission to some military-political office that will control all territory of these self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘republics’ and will decide whom and how to elect completely contradict the Minsk Agreements,” he said.
Ukraine, Russia interests lie far apart in resolution of Donbas conflict – German FM | UNIAN
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Ukraine and Russia’s interests and views lie far apart in many areas, including the resolution of the conflict in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Maas said he hoped to negotiate a date for the start of peace talks by early July, including whether to send a UN-backed peacekeeping mission to Ukraine.
UAWire – Putin promises continued support for DPR and LPR
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he does not intend to abandon continued assistance to the DPR and LPR separatist republics, which …
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: Russia proposes fake UN mission in Donbas – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: Russia proposes fake UN mission in Donbas –
According Pavlo Klimkin, so far the positions of the countries are in different universes. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the positions of the countries on UN peacekeepers in the Donbas are completely different, reports Ukrinform. “We discussed the possible format of our peacekeeping mission. The parties understand the agreements and mission in a different way. Russian side proposes a totally fake mission, with fake protection of the SMM,” Klimkin said. Klimkin described Russia’s position as “worse” than it seemed at first: now, Russia insists that peacekeepers can only “escort” OSCE observers along the conflict line and in the occupied territory, but will not be able to do anything else.
Ukraine, Russia fail to agree on UN peacekeeping mission – media | UNIAN
The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Berlin on Monday to discuss the implementation of a fragile ceasefire for Ukraine and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the country’s conflict zone. Maas said all sides agreed that they should stick to the Minsk peace plan from now on, including the removal of heavy weaponry from combat zones and a further exchange of prisoners.
Peacekeepers Expected To Be Focus Of Berlin Talks On Ukraine Conflict
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine are scheduled to meet in Berlin on June 11 to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Germany, France Hopeful Of More Lasting Cease-Fire In Eastern Ukraine
Germany and France are voicing cautious optimism that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but said no agreement was reached on deploying a U…
“No Ukraine there today”: Klimkin speaks on path to restore peace in Donbas | UNIAN
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin at the meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) in Berlin on Monday will be talking about the role of the OSCE and UN peacekeepers in ensuring control over the security situation in Donbas. According to the minister, “real security under the OSCE and peacekeepers’ control, liberation of our men, and real elections organized by Ukraine and the international community is the way to peace.”
Putin’s “euphoria” threatening Ukraine – expert | UNIAN
Since the very beginning of 2014, Ukraine has been in Russia’s “ring,” according to the head of the supervisory board of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Foundation and editor-in-chief at BlackSeaNews, Andriy Klymenko. The Russian leader has launched active political operations in the EU, and so far, he has been succeeding. Since the very beginning of 2014, Ukraine has been in Russia’s “ring,” according to the head of the supervisory board of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Foundation and editor-in-chief at BlackSeaNews, Andriy Klymenko. Speaking in an online chat with Glavred’s audience, the expert recalled the recent questioning in the Yanukovych treason case of one of the witnesses, former Commander of Ukraine’s Internal Troops, General Shulyak, who was asked about Russia’s plans following Yanukovych’s appeal to Vladimir Putin for protection after the disgraced ex-president had already fled from Ukraine. The question took upon Russia’s plans after the Federal Council on March 1 granted Putin a permission to use Russian armed forces in the territory of Ukraine. “Back then, we all believed it was fake news – claims that Russia was ready to start occupation not only of Crimea, but also that of other regions of Ukraine. Shulyak confirmed that it was not fake news. Russia was ready to carry out a “peacekeeping operation” throughout the territory of Ukraine, putting on its troops blue helmets of peacekeepers. Therefore, the threat of war has not gone anywhere,” Klymenko said. He stressed that it should be borne in mind that Putin before the recent elections and Putin after them – is “two different Putins”: “This Putin is already a tsar, not an elected manager. This is the tsar, whom his huge, zombified country told: ‘Lead us, or tsar-father, wherever you want, and we’ll follow.’ Therefore, he will be more aggressive.” “Of course, he is now in euphoria, and it’s not so much due to winning in the election, but due to his success in splitting the EU in two via his Nord Stream 2, and also via the sane project driving a split between the EU and U.S. He managed to secure a tactical victory in Syria, no matter what everyone says,” the expert claims. Putin is also active in the EU countries, and he has been succeeding so far. “So far, he is gaining more and more victories, primarily on the European continent. After Assad, this bloody dictator and murderer, came to see him in Sochi, [Putin] received Merkel the next day, and a few days later, Macron came to St. Petersburg, where Putin humiliated him as if he were a little boy, saying that ‘if you need to ensure your safety, please let us know, we are ready.’ The whole context suggests that Putin is experiencing a euphoria, being in a good position, and certainly, this creates a threat to Ukraine,” Klymenko summed up.
UAWire – Putin discusses detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine Editor-in-Chief with Poroshenko
Russian President Vladimir Putin asserts that he and Poroshenko conferred over the case of the RIA Novosti Ukraine Editor-in-Chief, Kirill …

UAWire – Ukraine files memorandum with UN Court of Justice containing evidence of Russia’s involvement in ‘financing of terrorism’
On June 12, Ukraine filed a written memorandum with the UN International Court of Justice in its case against Russia regarding Russia’s …
UN court to get on Russia Day evidence of Moscow’s involvement in terrorist financing – 12.06.2018 15:36 — Ukrinform News
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko considers it symbolic that June 12 – Russia Day – has been chosen by the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the date for the submission of the memorandum in the case of Ukraine against Russia regarding the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko considers it symbolic that June 12 – Russia Day – has been chosen by the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the date for the submission of the memorandum in the case of Ukraine against Russia regarding the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. He wrote this on his Facebook page. “It is very symbolic that the International Court of Justice has determined June 12 – Russia Day – for the submission of the memorandum in the case of Ukraine against Russia regarding the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” he said. According to the head of state, the submission of the memorandum in the case against Russia is an important stage in proving that Russia will bear responsibility for all its illegal actions. “The memorandum contains the amount of evidence, which is extraordinary for judicial practice. This is done so that nobody doubts that Russia committed unlawful actions and should bear responsibility for that. There is still a lot of work to bring the truth, but the truth is on our side, and therefore we will defend it with all appropriate means,” Poroshenko said. He said that the whole world would convince Russia to recognize the illegality of its actions and get out of occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea. “Meanwhile, Russia stubbornly lies that it was not them who occupied Ukrainian lands, that they did not bring the Buk that shot down MH17, and that they did not bring Grad systems that shelled civilians of Mariupol, Kramatorsk and Avdiyivka, and a checkpoint in Volnovakha. Russian officials are stubbornly lying that they did not recruit terrorists who carried out explosions in Odesa, Kharkiv and Kyiv. They are also lying that they are not driving Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars out of Crimea, discriminating against them under occupation,” he said.
Ukraine collects evidence of torture from 500 hostages released from occupied Donbas | UNIAN
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says documentary evidence has been gathered from testimonies of nearly 500 former hostages about torture in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by Russian proxy forces. At the same time, the SBU refuted allegations about the so-called “secret prisons” in government-controlled territories. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says documentary evidence has been gathered from testimonies of nearly 500 former hostages about torture in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by Russian proxy forces. Ukrainian men who had been released from militant captivity told the investigators of physical torture and tremendous psychological pressure on prisoners on the part of terrorists, according to the SBU press service. The SBU urged human rights organizations to assist former hostages of Russian proxy forces in preparing relevant appeals to the European Court of Human Rights.
Ukraine submits to ICJ evidence of Russian crimes in Crimea, Donbas | UNIAN
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said today Ukraine will submit to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum containing the legal justification for Ukraine’s position on racial discrimination in Russian-occupied Crimea and Russia’s financing of terrorism in Donbas. Ukraine is submitting the memorandum on the financing of terrorism and racial discrimination.
UN Rapporteur on torture visits occupied Donbas: talks with 4 captured UA soldiers under supervision | UNIAN
Nils Melzer, a UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment had an opportunity to talk with four Ukrainian servicemen held captive by pro-Russian militants in Donbas. The official says his access was significantly limited to places of deprivation of liberty in the occupied parts of eastern Ukraine.

Russia’s ‘boa constrictor’ strategy in the Sea of Azov: A prelude to amphibious landings? –
Russia’s ‘boa constrictor’ strategy in the Sea of Azov: A prelude to amphibious landings?
Expert urges Ukrainian Navy to adequately react to Russian aggression in Azov Sea | UNIAN
Andriy Klymenko, head of the supervisory board at the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Foundation, expert on Crimea, editor-in-chief at BlackSeaNews, says Russia’s behavior in the Sea of Azov has already reached a critical level and it is necessary to adequately react to aggression. According to Klymenko, the Ukrainian naval forces had to act more decisively toward the aggressor by attracting the attention of the international community.
Sergei Zgurets | Military exercises in Crimea: What is Russia preparing for? | UNIAN
Russia is actively pursuing its efforts related to the new concept of improving the capabilities of the Russian army in various areas. Russia has changed approaches to the conduct and preparation of military campaigns and is now readying for simultaneous action in three directions, including in the Black Sea region. In general, Crimea exercises are an echo of a general strategy. Russia’s strategy has changed, and this, in turn, has forced NATO to reconsider its own approaches. Russia is trying to improve its decision-making and actions. Given this fact, any drills conducted by NATO and Russia are today an attempt to balance capabilities. It should be noted separately that Russia, in the format of its new concept of “anti-escalation”, is planning to actually use nuclear weapons. This new reality is worthy of attention precisely today, against the backdrop of NATO’s large-scale military exercises, “Saber Strike,” taking place June 3-15 in Poland and the Baltic States. Some 18,000 troops from 19 states are taking part, of which 12,500 are Americans. More than a 1,000 high-capacity armored vehicles, more than 60 helicopters and fifty tanks are also involved in maneuvers. In essence, Saber Strike was NATO’s response to Russian Zapad-2017 [West-2017]drills. But now everything is different. American think-tanks are actively studying Ukrainian experience, trying to impose it on a model of military confrontation with Russia in Europe. For example, the Washington-based New Generation War Research Center (NGW Center) conducted a series of experiments on modeling possible military operations in Europe, which should help military and civilian authorities improve the structure of forces and tools required to counter Russia. The scenarios proposed by NGW were created taking into account the experience of the Russian annexation of Crimea and the beginning of hostilities in Donbas. Now I will highlight key military risks Europe is facing today.
Ukraine lost 100 billion dollars because of Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas – Ukraine lost 100 billion dollars because of Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas –
Ukraine lost 100 billion dollars because of Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas
Total blackout in Crimea after ‘electrical surge’ at Russian power station
The prime minister of the annexed region says the power outage was caused by an incident at a power station in southern Russia.

UAWire – US sends four military refueling aircraft to Ukraine
The US Air Force dispatched four Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker tankers to the airport near Lviv to participate in the exercises, the US Air Force …
Ukraine expects supply of military equipment from NATO countries – Poltorak – 14.06.2018 14:40 — Ukrinform News
Ukraine hopes for further assistance from the countries of the Alliance after the deliveries of American Javelin anti-tank missiles. Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said this on the 112 Channel after ceremonial events on the occasion of the Day of Medical Worker. “During the meetings in Brussels, I had a conversation, in particular, with the U.S. Secretary. All our partners, including the United States, confirmed further assistance to Ukraine to strengthen the defense capacity of our country,” Poltorak said. He also noted, answering journalists’ question, that, despite holding the World Cup, Russia can start aggression against Ukraine. Poltorak assured that the Ukrainian side was monitoring the situation. As Ukrinform reported, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak visited the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on June 7. He met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as with ministers from the countries of the Alliance.
Ukrainian military neutralize two dozen militants – 15.06.2018 14:04 — Ukrinform News
Ukrainian servicemen have killed 12 militants and wounded ten more in the area of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in Donbas over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk said this at a briefing on Friday. “According to our intelligence, there are also losses in the ranks of occupation forces on June 14. Over the past day, 12 militants have been killed and ten wounded,” he said. op
JFO: Ukraine reports 2 KIAs, 6 WIAs amid 33 enemy attacks in past day | UNIAN
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 33 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another six as wounded in action (WIA). According to an intelligence report, 12 militants were killed and 10 others were wounded.
Convoy of Russian military hardware spotted near Ukrainian southern border (Photo, video) | UNIAN
A huge column of Russian armored and transport vehicles has been spotted on the Tiraspol-Rybnitsa highway, a few kilometers from the southern border with Ukraine. The Moldovan side to the Joint Control Commission has issued a statement.
Militants suffer losses trying to knock Joint Forces off their positions in Donbas | UNIAN
Over the past day, on June 8, Joint Forces liquidated three terrorists in eastern Ukraine’s zone of hostilities, as reported on Facebook by the JFO HQ press service Saturday. Russian proxy forces violated the ceasefire regime 38 times, including nine times with the use of weapons banned by Minsk agreements.
UAWire – Ukrainian military in Donbas allowed to return fire without seeking authorization
Joint Forces Operation (JFO) commanders are allowed to return fire when provoked, without needing to coordinate with top leadership first, said JFO commander Serhiy Nayev in an interview with UNN news agency. “The commanders are given the right to independently decide on the appropriate response to shelling [by the enemy] to protect the lives and health of subordinates and civilians,” he said. According to Nayev, in a combat environment, waiting for approval “often has price of human life.” “Therefore, the unit commanders are well aware of the procedure for the use of weapons and they adhere to it,” the JFO Commander said. The Joint Forces Operation in the Donbas began on April 30. This format was introduced by the President of Ukraine to replace the Anti-Terrorist Operation.
Position of Donbas militants destroyed in blitz strike (video) | UNIAN
Volunteers of the “Come Back Alive” charity organization published on social networks the aerial footage showing a targeted artillery strike by Ukraine’s Joint Forces on one of the positions of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s warzone. The operation was carried out by the 54th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Volunteers of the “Come Back Alive” charity organization published on social networks the aerial footage showing a targeted artillery strike by Ukraine’s Joint Forces on one of the positions of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s warzone. Read more on UNIAN: Volunteers of the “Come Back Alive” charity organization published on social networks the aerial footage showing a targeted artillery strike by Ukraine’s Joint Forces on one of the positions of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s warzone.
Joint Forces Operation report, – 24 hours in JFO zone: militants try to displace Ukrainian positions in Luhansk sector –
24 hours in JFO zone: militants try to displace Ukrainian positions in Luhansk sector
Day in Donbas: Militants fail to penetrate Ukraine’s defenses, suffering losses | UNIAN
Over the past day, June 10, the situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation remained under control of government troops. The enemy once again, in violation of Minsk accords, tried to weaken defenses of Ukrainian units in certain areas of the zone of hostilities. As of the morning of Monday, June 11, three WIAs and 1 KIA are reported among terrorists.
UAWire – A separatist fighter detained in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk after having hidden in a church for 4 years
Sloviansk policemen detained a resident of the district for taking part in illegal armed formations on the territory of the Donbas, the report …
The Aviationist » Video Shows Ukrainian Air Force Su-24MR Fencer Buzzing The Flight Line At An Airbase in Ukraine
The following footage was reportedly filmed in 2014. It shows a Su-24MR Fencer-E performing a low pass over the flight line at an airbase in Ukraine, most probably Starokostiantyniv (or “Staro”) where the Fencers of the 7th Tactical Aviation Brigade are based. The Su-24MR is a tactical reconnaissance aircraft that can conduct all-weather “recce” missions up to 400 km from the front line. The Soviet-era jet is equipped with sideways looking radar, allowing tracking ground targets, including enemy fortifications and equipment, using sensitive high-resolution cameras, radio detection systems and infrared sensors to detect camouflaged objects. The Ukrainian Su-24MR are being upgraded to be equipped with ICAO- and NATO-compatible communication and navigation equipment along with other more modern systems. Seven aircraft are believed to be currently operational at “Staro”.
“Putin will have no other choice”: Ukraine General predicts Kremlin’s concessions on Donbas | UNIAN
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be forced to make concessions on Donbas, however, it is unlikely that this will happen before the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, according to a Ukrainian security expert, Lieutenant-General Vasyl Bohdan. According to the expert, Putin will have to return to the framework of the international legal field.
Poroshenko enacts NSDC decision on measures to test arms, military equipment | UNIAN
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on June 13 signed Decree No. 162/2018, enacting the May 2, 2018 decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on urgent measures to ensure testing of arms and military equipment in Ukraine. The NSDC secretary was tasked with supervising implementation of the decree.
On June 14, Ukrainians pay tribute to the deceased airborne troops. 40 soldiers of the 25th airborne brigade of Ukraine’s Armed Forces lost their lives when Russian militants downed IL-76 transport aircraft over Luhansk airport – Four years later: Ukrainians commemorate victims of IL-76 downing in June 2014 –
On June 14, Ukrainians pay tribute to the deceased airborne troops. 40 soldiers of the 25th airborne brigade of Ukraine’s Armed Forces lost their lives when Russian militants downed IL-76 transport aircraft over Luhansk airport

Defense Express presents the following interview with Hossein MOUSAVI Chief Executive Officer of ORIOLE CAPITAL GROUP. This American company recently signed an agreement with Kharkiv Aircraft Manufacturing Company (KSAMC) for the production of An-74 aircraft in Ukraine targeted for international customers. Hossein MOUSAVI, could you please tell me about your company? Do you have experience in the aircraft industry? Unfortunately, in Ukraine we don’t have any information about your company. There is a lot of gossip after the memorandum was signed in November 2017. Our company was formed last year by a group of American aviation professionals. Initially, we formed the company as a special-purpose vehicle, specifically as part of the Kharkiv factory project. The company itself is relatively new, but the people that are associated with the company are all U.S. aviation industry veterans, coming from various aspects of the industry. Our chief operating officer, for example, has extensive experience in manufacturing aircraft in the US. Specifically, he was instrumental, among other things, in a very large program where passenger aircraft were converted into cargo aircraft, and a hundred of those planes were sold to FedEx. The broader team also has deep experience in the aviation industry. For example, our advisory board and aviation industry professionals include a gentleman who was appointed by President Obama as the Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US. Obviously, given our plans to certify the AN-74 in the US, this level of regulatory expertise is invaluable to us, and by extension to the Ukrainian aviation industry. Yet another gentleman on the team was in charge of special mission aircraft programs for one of the leading western manufacturers, which is basically aircraft that are modified for specific use cases. In sales and marketing, we have an industry veteran who has been in international aircraft sales for over 50 years and is a legend in the industry. These are some examples of the caliber of the individuals at Oriole Capital Group, that should give you an idea of the very deep and very broad expertise available to our company in all aspects of the aviation industry. As you know, in November 2017, your company signed a memorandum of understanding with Ukroboronprom, and now an agreement on cooperation with Kharkiv Aircraft Plant. What are the main positions of these Agreements? Our overall plan has three phases: Phase one is to start the manufacturing of the aircraft with no design changes and go after the existing customers familiar with the AN-74, as well as new customers that we have identified during the past several months. Phase two is to modernize the aircraft which includes modernization of the avionics. We also plan to change the engine to the newer Motor-Sich D-436 engine which is faster, cheaper and more fuel efficient. And there are other things that we have plan for in modernization, such as lengthening the fuselage, etc. Phase three is to get the modernized aircraft FAA and EASA certification, which would allow the aircraft to be introduced in the American and the European markets. All three phases put together require $150 million of financing. We’ve been working very closely with various organizations and various parts of the Ukrainian government to come up with a structure that works for us, works for our investors, and works for the factory and the government of Ukraine. The process, as you might imagine, is complicated and takes a long time. But we understand that time is of the essence, and that the workers at the factory need work without delay. As a result, it is our strong desire to get started with the factory as soon as possible. The reason is that it is important to us that the workers at the factory have a steady job, and steady income.
Ukrainian ATGMs prove to be no worse than Javelins – military expert | UNIAN
Valentyn Badrak, military expert and writer, the director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, says Ukrainian Skif and Korsar anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) have recently proved to be no worse than the U.S. Javelin systems. According to Badrak, the Ukrainian ATGMs hit targets in the same way as U.S. Javelins.Valentyn Badrak, military expert and writer, the director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, says Ukrainian Skif and Korsar anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) have recently proved to be no worse than the U.S. Javelin systems. “To date, there is a whole line of ATGMs, among which the most famous are Skif and Korsar. During the recent Javelin launches, these two anti-tank guided missiles were used as well, and they showed that they were no worse than the American ones,” he said in an interview with UNIAN.
Ukraine signs memorandum with Hyperloop – news about economy
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) in the implementation of Hyperloop technology in Ukraine. Omelyan said an R&D-center and datacenter could be created in Ukraine in the near future.

Poroshenko, Juncker discuss release of Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia – 15.06.2018 15:15 — Ukrinform News
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker discussed the release of Ukrainian hostages held in Russia, the preparations for the Ukraine-EU Summit, the threat of Nord Stream-2 and the implementation of reforms.
Polish Sejm adopts a resolution in support of Sentsov and Sushchenko – 15.06.2018 14:35 — Ukrinform News
The Polish Sejm has adopted at a meeting on Friday a resolution in support of Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko and others.
Ukrainians in US and Australia to go on one-day hunger strike in support of Sentsov – 12.06.2018 11:55 — Ukrinform News
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has initiated a one-day hunger strike to express solidarity with political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. The Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations has joined this initiative.
Stephen King urges to support Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, – Stephen King urges to support Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov –
Stephen King urges to support Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov

Gazprom-Naftogaz dispute: Swedish court suspends decision in Gazprom-Naftogaz dispute – Swedish court suspends decision in Gazprom-Naftogaz dispute, Ukrainian side protests –
Gazprom-Naftogaz dispute: Swedish court suspends decision in Gazprom-Naftogaz dispute
UAWire – Swedish appeals court suspends arbitration award to be paid by Gazprom to Ukraine’s Naftogaz
The Swedish appeals court granted the request of the Russian company Gazprom to suspend the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court in the …
Ukraine, Czech Republic set priorities for cooperation for 2018-2019 – 12.06.2018 15:12 — Ukrinform News
The eighth meeting of the Ukrainian-Czech mixed intergovernmental commission on economic, industrial and scientific and technical cooperation was held in Prague.
European Parliament approves one billion euro of macro-financial aid to Ukraine –
The European Parliament voted in the affirmative for the allocation of the macro-financial aid to Ukraine in the sum of one billion euro as Rikard Jozwiak, the correspondent of Radio Liberty reported on Twitter. It is reported that the third package of the aid was confirmed within the plenary session of the European Parliament. 527 MPs voted in the affirmative, 124 voted against the decision and 29 abstained. “If all goes well, the first tranche can be disbursed in September,” Jozwiak reported.
Maria Gaidar Resigns As Lawmaker In Ukraine’s Odesa Region
Maria Gaidar, a prominent Russian-born politician and activist, has resigned her seat in the legislature of Ukraine’s Odesa region.
Ukraine holds roundtable on China’s Belt and Road initiative | UNIAN
About 30 Ukrainian experts held a roundtable in Kyiv Friday to discuss Ukraine’ s role in building the China-proposed modern Silk Road. The project aims at building trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes.
UAWire – Lawyer: Russia illegally detains 4 Ukrainian sailors in the Crimea
Russian security officials have not brought any charges against sailors from the Ukrainian vessel YMK-0041, which was detained near the annexed …
Draft resolution on recognition of Holodomor as genocide presented in U.S. Congress –
Paul Goble Staunton, June 10 – Yoshihiko Okabe, an expert on Russia at the University of Kobe in Japan, says that “about 60 percent of the population” of the Northern Territories – what Moscow calls the Kuriles – consists of ethnic Ukrainians, the result of the forced resettlement of populations there by the Soviet government after 1945. Speaking at an international conference in Kyiv on “Russia’s Violation of International Law,” the Japanese expert said that he had determined that during a recent visit to the islands at which time he noticed that a large share of the people there have last names ending in “-chenko” ( Okabe said Ukrainians in particular should not refer to the Northern Territories as the Kuriles but back Tokyo’s position. To call them the Kuriles, he continued, is to “recognize that these islands are Russian territory. “By calling them the Northern Territories of Japan, we can attract attention to the fact that Japanese territory was illegally occupied by Russia.” His comments reflect both the history of these islands and the long-held position of Japanese officials. After the Soviet Union seized these islands in 1945, it did exactly what it did in the western borderlands of the USSR: it moved its own citizens from neighboring regions into them. In the case of the Northern Territories, these were primarily Ukrainian people living the the Russian Far East, what Ukrainians refer to as the Zelyony klin or “green wedge.” For background on this, see Ivan Svit’s Ukrains’ko-iapons’ki vzaiemyny (in Ukrainian, New York, 1972, 371 pp.) and John Stephan’s The Russian Far East (Stanford, 1994.) Japanese officials have long taken the position Okabe does. Yuriko Koike, a former Japanese minister and currently head of the Tokyo prefecture, observes that “like everywhere in Russia, the residents of the Kurile islands became poor, suffering from the actions of an unprofessional and corrupt government.” “By a strange irony of fate,” Koike continues, “among the current residents of the Kuriles are a large number of ethnic Ukrainians.” On Iturup, for example, “Ukrainians form on the order of 60 percent of the population.” Would Vladimir Putin accept the results of a referendum by them “as easily as he did in Crimea?”
UAWire – Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki in Ukraine’s top 10 most visited sites
In May, the five most visited domains in Ukraine were Google, Youtube, Facebook, VKontakte and Ukr.Net. In May, the five most visited domains in Ukraine were Google, Youtube, Facebook, VKontakte and Ukr.Net. The daily average and monthly coverage of the Ukrainian audience for VKontakte were 18% and 35% respectively of those included in the poll. The Russian social network VKontakte, banned by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), has remained in fourth place, and the other Russian social network Odnoklassniki remains in the top ten most visited sites. These were the results of a study on Ukraine’s internet audience in May 2018, the press service of Ukraine’s Internet Association reported, citing data from Factum Group Ukraine. According to the study, the five most visited domains in Ukraine were Google, Youtube, Facebook, VKontakte and Ukr.Net. Google domains had a 67% daily average, and 86% monthly audience coverage. For Youtube, the figures were 42% and 73%, and 33% and 57% for Facebook. The daily average and monthly coverage of the Ukrainian audience for VKontakte were 18% and 35% respectively. Despite the ban, Ukrainians continue to use the Russian social network, although not to the same extent as before. The top ten most popular online resources also included companies and services such as OLX, PrivatBank, Yandex, Odnoklassniki and Sinoptik. The study did not include Russian-occupied Crimea or the temporarily uncontrolled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. On May 15, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree which brought into effect the NSDC ruling from April 28, 2017, “On the use of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”. The ruling banned web providers from providing access to the Russian social networks VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and all services from Yandex and Mail.Ru.
Claim filed against Deputy Marshall of Polish Sejm due to xenophobic statements about Ukrainians –
Claim filed against Deputy Marshall of Polish Sejm due to xenophobic statements about Ukrainians. The claim was filed to the Polish Sejm MPs’ Ethics Commission against Deputy Marshall of Sejm Stanislaw Tyszka due to his statement about the incompetence of the Ukrainian doctors-immigrants and nurses as reported. The agency was outraged by the statement of Tyszka that more patients die in the Polish hospitals due to the employment of the less qualified medical workers from Ukraine. “The lack of the workers in the hospitals is filled by the workers from Ukraine who are very often less qualified. People die due to this,” Tyszka claimed.
Deutsche Welle apologizes for “civil war” in Ukraine | UNIAN
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has apologized for its article, in which the conflict in eastern Ukraine was called a “civil war.” Deutsche Welle said the article did not meet its editorial standards. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has apologized for its article, in which the conflict in eastern Ukraine was called a “civil war.” “We apologize that this article did not meet our editorial standards – we have amended the text accordingly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention,” Deutsche Welle wrote on Twitter.
Tymoshenko’s Party Gathering Interrupted By Strip Protest
A conference organized by Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party in Kyiv was briefly disturbed by a protester on June 15.
Belarusian MAZ to ship 100 buses to Ukrainian Lviv – BelTA | UNIAN
The Ukrainian city of Lviv will acquire 100 urban buses from the Belarusian automobile engineering company MAZ. The buses will be used to transport passengers on city routes.
Ukrainian Militia Behind Brutal Romany Attacks Getting State Funds
Ukraine’s Youth and Sports Ministry has approved grants to far-right groups for “national-patriotic education projects,” including to a group allegedly behind recent violent attacks against Roma.
Ukrainian Protesters Call For Boycott Of FIFA World Cup In Russia
A small demonstration was held on June 14 outside the European Union representative’s office in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, calling for a boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ukrainians Protest As FIFA World Cup In Russia Kicks Off
A small demonstration was held in Kyiv calling for the boycott of what one protester called the “blood-soaked” FIFA World Cup in Russia. Protesters cited Russian aggression in Ukraine and its detention of Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov, serving a 20-year prison sentence in Russia on terror charges widely condemned as politically motivated.
In Kyiv, Trying To Fill Lenin’s Shoes With A Bitcoin Hero
Statue of unknown bitcoin founder would first be visible through a mobile app.

Patriarch Filaret: Kyiv Pechersk Lavra to belong to Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church, independent of Russia | UNIAN
Kyiv Pechersk and Pochayiv Lavras, which belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, will fall under control of the Ukrainian local Orthodox Church after Constantinople grants the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a tomos on autocephaly. Filaret said it is unnatural for Ukrainian shrines to be managed by a Moscow-controlled church. Kyiv Pechersk and Pochayiv Lavras, which belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, will fall under control of the Ukrainian local Orthodox Church after Constantinople grants the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a tomos on autocephaly. “There are two lavras: Kyiv Pechersk and Pochayiv. To whom will they belong? To the Ukrainian local Orthodox Church, because they are Ukrainian shrines and they cannot belong to a Russian church. If there is a single local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, while the other is Russian, it would be unnatural for Ukrainian shrines to belong to the Russian church. It would be unnatural and illegal,” Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret said in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda.
Russian intelligence plotting provocations to hinder creation of independent Church in Ukraine – media | UNIAN
A decision was reportedly made by the presidential administration in Russia to intensify preparations for further destructive actions at the stage of the very founding of the Ukrainian independent Orthodox Church, according to a chief of Information Resistance OSINT community, MP Dmytro Tymchuk. Provoked conflicts between parishioners (supporters and opponents of the independent church) are expected to be exploited in full to destabilize the socio-political situation in Ukraine in autumn and winter this year.

UAWire – Poroshenko calls on Erdogan to facilitate the release of Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia
During the visit to Turkey, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to facilitate the release of …
European Parliament demands Russia free over 70 Ukrainian political prisoners – 14.06.2018 14:18 — Ukrinform News
The European Parliament has strongly condemned massive systematic violations of human rights in Russia and in occupied Crimea and again demanded that the Russian authorities immediately and unconditionally release all illegally detained Ukrainian political prisoners.
European Parliament urges Russia to release Sentsov, other Ukrainian political prisoners | UNIAN
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Russian authorities to release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and all the other “illegally detained Ukrainian citizens” in Russia and Russia-annexed Crimea “immediately and unconditionally.” Some political groups in the chamber also wanted to include a call for an EU diplomatic boycott of the soccer World Cup that kicks off in Russia on June 14 in the resolution, but a compromise wording was instead agreed.

Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports

With Little Evidence, Trump Claims Iran Has Curbed Activities in Middle East – The New York Times
President Trump claimed that Iran is “no longer looking” to Syria or Yemen since he withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Administration officials have said otherwise.
Iranians Wonder: Why Won’t Trump Talk to Us? – The New York Times
Actually, President Trump has said he would. It’s Iran’s clerical leaders who, as a matter of ideology and pride, would never consider a summit meeting with the president.
UAWire – US aircraft carriers return to the Mediterranean Sea
The U.S. naval forces strike team, headed by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman CVN 75, returned to the eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea to continue launching attacks against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. “The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to fight against ISIS,” a statement on the U.S. Navy’s website reads. “This maneuver gives a powerful message to partners that the USA is committed to peace and security in the region and anywhere threatened by international terrorism.” It was previously reported that the U.S. could keep the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and Strike group in the Mediterranean Sea “to deter Russia.” U.S. authorities believe that the aircraft carrier will serve as a warning to the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad against the inadmissibility of the use of chemical weapons.
U.S. to take ‘firm, appropriate measures’ against Syria violations | Reuters
The United States will “take firm and appropriate measures” in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.
Syria’s Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south | Reuters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syria’s rebel-held southwest, but will use military force if this fails.
Chemical weapons watchdog: Sarin, chlorine “very likely” used in 2017 Syria atatcks – CBS News
The OPCW's fact-finding team is not mandated to apportion blame for chemical attacks
Watchdog: Chemical Weapons ‘Very Likely’ Used in 2017 Syria Attacks – The Daily Beast
It’s likely sarin and chlorine were used, said a chemical-weapons watchdog group.
UAWire – OPCW confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria in March 2017
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that during the attack on northern Syria in March 2017, chemical …
Silent War: How Rape Became a Weapon in Syria | Rape | Al Jazeera
Syrian women share personal testimonies of rape by regime soldiers.
UAWire – Assad says he will hide supplies of Russian S-300 missile systems
Bashar Assad said that Damascus does not usually announce what weapons are delivered to the country. Talks about deliveries of S-300 missiles began after the United States, France and Britain attacked government facilities in April. In an interview with the Iranian television channel Al-Alam, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad commented on the possible supply of Russian S-300 missile complexes to Damascus. When asked whether Russia will supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, the Syrian leader suggested that the question be redirected to Moscow. SANA news agency reported Assad as saying that Damascus does not usually disclose what kinds of weapons are delivered to the country. He mentioned that Syria, during the attacks by the United States, France and Britain, and then from Israel, defended itself with a weapon it had not made public. “We will not report on whether or not there will be a delivery of the S-300. A weapon is used when it must be used,” the Syrian president said. Touching upon the issue of relations between Russia and Syria, Assad stressed that these relations are already about 70 years old. Russia has always remained a friend of Syria and has supplied it with everything, including weapons, he said. For Russians, it is not typical for their alliances to be temporary or based only on their own interests, the Syrian leader said, stressing that relations with Russia are strategic. Assad added that Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of Syria, and it always discusses its proposals with Damascus. As a result, the Syrian leader stressed, the final decision always rests with the Syrian leadership and the people. In April, after strikes on Syrian targets by forces of the United States, France and Great Britain, the Russian General Staff stated that Russia could again consider of the issue of supplying Syria with S-300 missiles. Afterward, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the issue of delivering S-300 missiles to Syria has not yet been decided. In May, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on plans to supply S-300 complexes to Syria.
Israel Bombs Syria to Stop Refugees Fleeing to Europe, Netanyahu Says
Netanyahu accused Iran of bringing some 80,000 Shiite fighters to Syria, from countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, to “convert” Sunni Muslims in Syria and launch attacks against Israel.
Israel has bombed Iranian-backed militias in Syria: Netanyahu | Reuters
Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.
Israel’s Netanyahu: Bombing Iranians in Syria prevents sectarian fight – Business Insider
Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially…
Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port | Reuters
Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Yemen assault on Hodeida stronghold of Iran-backed Houthi rebels not “directly” supported by US, Pentagon says – CBS News
Amid warnings of civilians at risk, Pentagon stresses it's &quot;not directly supporting&quot; Saudi-led assault on Iran-backed rebels
UAWire – Israeli police question Prime Minister Netanyahu about the purchase of submarines in Germany
On Tuesday, June 12, Israeli police questioned the country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The head of the government testified for …
Shi’ite Leaders In Iraq Form Unexpected, Pro-Iran Political Alliance
Powerful Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced an unexpected political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years.
These senators worked to undermine Obama’s 2015 Iran deal. Now they are cheering Trump. – ThinkProgress
Parts of missiles fired at Saudi Arabia came from Iran: U.N. chief | Reuters
Debris from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi group since July 2017 “share key design features with a known type of missile” manufactured by Iran and some of the components were manufactured in Iran, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres wrote in a confidential report to the Security Council.
UAWire – US Justice Department accuses five Russians of supplying Syria with aviation fuel
On Tuesday, the US Justice Department filed charges against five employees of the Russian company SovFracht for supplying Syria with aviation fuel, thereby contravening the sanctions introduced by the US government against Damascus. The Justice Department said that allegations have been brought against Ivan Okorokov, Ilya Loginov, Karen Stepanyan, Alexey Konkov and Liudmila Shemlkova at the District Court of Columbia. The SovFracht employees allegedly “conspired to violate US economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea, and making US dollar wires to Syria and to sanctioned entities in Syria without receiving a license from the US Treasury Department”. According to US Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the case also concerns three Syrian nationals – Yaser Naser, who has worked on behalf of SovFracht in Syria, and Farid Bitar and Gabriel Bitar, petroleum inspectors at Port Banias, Syria. “The defendants allegedly conspired to defy our sanctions against Syria and Crimea,” Demers commented. “The indictment in this case demonstrates that we will vigorously investigate and prosecute violations of US economic sanctions, including the use of our financial system to promote and facilitate the activities of sanctioned entities,” he continued. The SovFracht employees allegedly used front companies and falsified shipping records in order to ship aviation fuel to Syria, using tankers belonging to the Russian company Transpetrochart. They also “engaged in dollar transactions” through third party companies. This happened after the US Treasury Department blacklisted SovFracht “for violation of sanctions against Russia and Crimea”, banning the company from carrying out dollar transactions without authorization from the US Treasury Department even if it did not concern goods shipments to Syria. For example, on May 11, 2017, the Treasury blocked two wire transfers totaling $2.96 million for the delivery of jet fuel to Syria. The Justice Department acknowledges that the allegations still need to be proven in court. However, the defendants may be fined and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
Iraq Grapples With Balance Between the U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia – WSJ
Will Iraq maintain its policy of balancing ties with Iran and its rivals, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.? And can it jump-start its economy?
Netanyahu hails German approval of $1B Israel drone deal | Fox News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising a $1 billion military drone deal between Israel Aerospace Industries and Germany as a sign of strong bilateral security ties.
‘New Yorker’: How Trump, Israel And The Gulf States Plan To Fight Iran : NPR
Israel has quietly formed a partnership with the United Arab Emirates in an effort to check the influence of Iran and shape U.S. foreign policy. Steve Inskeep talks to Adam Entous of The New Yorker.
Trade Wars, Oil, Denuclearization And How Trump Can Win Them All
Iranian oil could become the latest bargaining chip in Trump’s trade war with China and could even play into talks with North Korea.
🇺🇳 UN condemns Israel for ‘excessive use of force’ at Gaza border | Al Jazeera English – YouTube
Al Jazeera English Published on Jun 13, 2018 The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has passed a non-binding resolution condemning Israel for using “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. The resolution, proposed by Algeria and Turkey, passed with 120 “yes” votes, with eight against and 45 abstaining from voting. Israeli soldiers have shot dead at least 129 demonstrators at the border since March. Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from the UN.
Russia, Saudi Arabia Agree To Expand Cooperation On Oil, Gas
Russia and Saudi Arabia say they have agreed to expand their cooperation on oil and gas matters after having teamed up to help bolster oil prices in the past two years.
In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance – The Washington Post
 With elections for president and parliament less than two weeks away, Erdogan’s opponents believe the president is more vulnerable than he has been in years.  
Why Erdogan’s Election Has Gone From Shoo-In to Nail-Biter – Bloomberg
In the east, Kurds, Turks, Azeris search for a political home as Erdogan alliance hollows out the middle
World War 3: Turkey will use Russia missile system as tensions with Donald Trump soar | World | News |
AS TENSIONS between Turkey and the US soar, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a strong statement on Tuesday in which he claimed Turkey will put to use the S-400 surface-to-air missile systems once they are delivered from Russia, adding its main objective was to reduce Ankara’s dependency on US arms supplies.
UAWire – Media: Erdogan offered to produce S-500 missile systems together with Russia
On Thursday, during an interview with 24 TV, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he offered Russian President Vladimir Putin to jointly produce S-500 surface-to-air missiles. Erdoğan did not reveal Putin’s response, nor did he mention when exactly the two presidents conversed. Anadolu news agency released an extract of Erdoğan’s interview for 24 TV. “Russia provided us with a loan for S-400 on acceptable terms,” the agency cites Erdoğan as stating. “In the second and third phases, we will proceed with team production. It may also be a joint production of S-500.” The S-500 missile systems will replace the S-400 systems and may be adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in the next 25 years. Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, announced that supplies S-500 missile systems to the Russian Army will start in 2020. In February, then-Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Rogozin, stated in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper that production of the vehicle-mounted S-500 and S-400 had already started at the Nizhny Novgorod Machine-Building Plant. From 2012, all industrial production of S-400 and S-500 anti-aircraft missile system components was carried out by the JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey.
Ricin recovered from apartment in Cologne, Germany
A homemade batch of the deadly toxin ricin was found in a Tunisian national’s apartment in the German city of Cologne, prosecutors said Thursday.
Prosecutor: Man Makes Deadly Toxin for an Attack in Germany | World News | US News
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they’ve thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin.
Afghanistan claims US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader – CNN
A US drone strike in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province has killed a leading militant, who was the man in charge of the Pakistan Taliban’s (TTP) operations in the Swat Valley when activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in 2012, according to a Afghan government official.


Why North Korean cyberattacks may mushroom
Based on history, experts project that cyberattacks on critical infrastructure won’t subside following the Trump-Kim summit.
North Korean cyber attack campaign detected days after historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un – NY Daily News
A malicious cyber campaign carried out by the North Korean government was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies on Thursday — just two days after the historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US – BBC News
No sanctions will be lifted until North Korea has completely denuclearised, says Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo: No sanctions relief for North Korea until complete denuclearization – CNN
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea while it maintains nuclear weapons, contradicting North Korean state media who said it could take place “as progress is made.”
Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearization | Reuters
Tough sanctions will remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearization, the U.S. secretary of state said on Thursday, apparently contradicting the North’s view that the process agreed at this week’s summit would be phased and reciprocal.
North Korea state media airs unseen video from Trump-Kim summit – CNN
Images of hundreds of North Koreans jubilantly clapping and waving flags as Kim Jong Un landed in Pyongyang Wednesday have been broadcast across the reclusive country as part of a lengthy state media documentary about his historic summit with US President Donald Trump.
Here’s how world leaders are reacting to the historic Trump-Kim summit | Business Insider
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time on Tuesday in Singapore, where they promised to commit to peaceful relations and work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, though the exact definition of that remains unclear.
Donald Trump Actually Seems to Believe He Denuclearized North Korea – Defense One
The president claims the nuclear threat is gone, but that\’s not what he achieved in Singapore.
Congress May Declare the Forever War – Defense One
A proposed law with bipartisan support would dramatically weaken the ability of legislators to extricate the United States from perpetual armed conflict.
Reuniting North Korea and South Korea could cost trillions of dollars – CBS News
Analysts put the cost of unifying the Korean Peninsula at upwards of $3 trillion and say it could take decades
Two prizes are on the table for Trump in North Korea summit | TheHill
The shadow of Iran will be ever present in Singapore.
Republicans buck Trump on Korea troop pullout talk – POLITICO
The fear: Withdrawing from the region entirely would diminish U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific, leaving a vacuum for China to fill.
Kim Jong Un May Have Outwitted Trump at the Singapore Summit
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un summit: No previous U.S. president considered it prudent to embark on summitry with so little preparation or on terms so favorable to the other side, let alone to promise to unilaterally discontinue defensive joint U.S.–South Korean military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.
Report: Trump Joked That North Korean Propaganda Is Even Better Than Fox News – The Daily Beast
Trump reportedly made the remark after watching how North Korea’s state-run TV network covered his meeting with Kim Jong Un.
What was Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general? – CNNPolitics
During his brief trip to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump was introduced to North Korean Gen. No Kwang Chol. Trump extended his hand. Chol saluted. Trump saluted back. Then the two men shook hands.
Far-right Norwegian politicians nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize – AOL News
The two lawmakers called Trump’s actions regarding North Korea “historic,” with the potential “to ensure world peace in the future.”

Trump is about to approve tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods and take his trade war to a whole new level | Business Insider

Engineer arrested over ‘Chinese plot to steal secrets of F-35B jet’ | Daily Mail Online
Ex-Chief Combustion Technologist Bryn Jones was held after MI5 was informed classified defence information may have been passed to Beijing.
I’m no traitor, says the Rolls-Royce engineer who ‘stole RAF secrets for China’ | Daily Mail Online
Engineer Bryn Jones, 73, from Belper, Derbyshire was held over fears that top secret details of the RAF’s £100million F-35B stealth fighter jet had been passed to Beijing.
Rolls-Royce Engineer Arrested on Allegations of Passing F-35 Details to China – Sputnik International
A former Rolls-Royce employee has been arrested in the UK under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly plotting to hand top-secret military information relating to the F-35B stealth fighter jet to China.
RAF fighter jet expert accused of spying for China
To his family and friends in Derbyshire&rsquo;s Amber Vale, Bryn Jones was a devout churchgoer and devoted family man with a respected career in the aeronautics industry.

Nazi flag pictured on Aussie army vehicle in Afghanistan
SYDNEY — Australian soldiers who flew a Nazi swastika flag over their fighting vehicle in Afghanistan more than a decade ago were “wrong” and were…
Nazi swastika flag is flown over Australian Army vehicle in Afghanistan in ‘vile display of bigotry’ | Daily Mail Online
Disturbing images show a swastika symbol – synonymous with racial hatred, fascism and genocide – hoisted above Australian Defence personnel in Afghanistan in 2007 (stock image).
Leaked photo shows an Australian army vehicle waving a Nazi flag | Business Insider
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Defence Department condemned Australian soldiers shown in a leaked photo flying a Nazi flag on an Australian army vehicle.
Nazi flag flown on Australian army vehicle – YouTube
Guardian News Published on Jun 13, 2018 A leaked photo shows an Australian Army vehicle flying the Nazi swastika flag while on operation in Afghanistan in 2007. Defence has confirmed the photo is genuine and that the commanding officer took immediate action at the time of the incident. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull denounced the flying of the flag “as completely and utterly unacceptable” Subscribe to Guardian News ►
Australia troops who flew Nazi flag in Afghanistan criticized by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – CBS News
Australian leader joins critics of elite Special Forces who were photographed years ago flying Nazi flag from vehicle

Foreign Policy Reports

UAWire – Lavrov: Russia never asked to be allowed back into the G8
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia never asked to be allowed back into the Group of Eight (G8) and considers the Group of …
Putin Says He’s Willing To Rejoin The Group Of Seven After Trump’s Invite
Canada’s Justin Trudeau said the G-7 is not “even remotely” considering readmitting Russia, which was expelled in 2014.
Putin says he’s willing to rejoin the Group Of Seven after Trump’s invite – AOL News
Trump on Friday suggested that Russia should be reinstated to the group, telling reporters that his view “may not be politically correct.”
Europe Rebukes Trump After He Changes Mind On G7 Statement
European leaders are fighting back against U.S. President Donald Trump after the American leader threw a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations into disarray by withdrawing his endorsement of a statement he initially had accepted.
Western Leaders Rebuke Trump On Inviting Russia Back Into G7
Other Western powers have dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion of inviting Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7), with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying that won’t happen unti…
UAWire – EU rejects Trump’s proposal to bring Russia back into G7
US President Donald Trump’s proposal to return to the Group of Eight (G8) format, inviting Russia to the negotiations between the seven …
China’s Xi calls out ‘selfish, short-sighted’ trade policies | Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is locked in a high-stakes trade dispute with the United States, on Sunday said China rejects “selfish, shortsighted” trade policies, and called for building an open global economy.
Viral G7 photo released by Germany – CBS News
The G7​ photo that went viral Saturday appeared to say 1,000 words
Trump says Russia should be reinstated in group of leading industrialized nations – CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump said Friday that Russia should be reinstated to a leading group of industrialized nations ahead of his visit to the G7 summit this weekend.
Trump Calls For Russia To Rejoin G7, Deepening Divide With Allies
U.S. President Donald Trump has called for readmitting Russia into the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations, a call that puts him directly at odds with some of the United States’ cl…
The Russia Smoke Bomb – WSJ
Trump plays into Putin’s strategy with his G-7 taunt.
Donald Trump’s 26 most astonishing comments on his way to the G7 summit – CNNPolitics
On Friday morning, President Donald Trump left the White House for the G7 meeting in Quebec. But before he boarded Marine One, he took questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes. The conversation moved from Trump’s unhappiness with Canada and France to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and porn stars to Trump’s views of Dennis Rodman’s rebounding prowess.
Theresa May defends Trump despite apparent snub at G-7 summit | TheHill
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sought to cast herself as a moderate voice in an escalating feud between Trump and key U.S. allies as they head to the Group of Seven Summit in Canada.
After days of insults, Trump and Trudeau pal around at G7
Despite weeks of harsh rhetoric aimed at EU leaders, an upbeat President Trump said Friday that he and America’s closest allies had made progress on the first…
The French President Has Described America Like a Rogue State – Defense One
\”We have to try to convince the United States to remain in the community of nations.”
Trump: If Russia were in G-7 I could ask Putin ‘to do things that are good for the world’ | TheHill
President Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his calls to readmit Russia to the Group of Seven (G-7), arguing it would give him an opportunity to engage with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
FM Klimkin: Trump did not say Crimea belongs to Russia | UNIAN
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says U.S. President Donald Trump did not say that Crimea was part of Russia,” while his remarks were taken out of context. “I remember very well what Trump said during meetings. Yes, he has his own vocabulary, his own logic, but he never said Crimea was Russian. And as far as I know, he did not say this during his latest talks with the French president and with the German chancellor, where the Crimea issue was precisely discussed as well as that of political prisoners and Donbas,” Klimkin told The minister stresses there is no official confirmation of the report earlier published in the media. According to Klimkin, during meetings with the U.S. president, Trump really asked whether people in Crimea speak Russian “and we explained in detail what it is all about.”
Trump argued Russia should control Crimea because its residents speak Russian – NY Daily News
President Trump impressed on his fellow world leaders that Russia had a right to seize the Ukraine more than four years ago, because most of its citizens speak the language.
Trump questioned why allies opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea: report | TheHill
President Trump reportedly questioned the reasoning behind NATO’s opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and appeared to defend Russia’s explanation for the move during conversations with world leaders at the Group of Seven summit last weeken
Report: Trump Insisted Crimea Is Russian Because Crimeans Speak Russian – The Daily Beast
He reportedly said this to leaders at the G7 Summit, diplomatic sources told Buzzfeed.
As Trump riles Europe on trade, Putin offers more natural gas, – As Trump riles Europe with trade, Putin offers more natural gas –
Russia’s success in tightening its grip on Europe’s fuel supply contracts with friction in the trans-Atlantic relationship, after the U.S. president’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and slap tariffs on steel imports
Escalating Clash With Canada, Trump Is Isolated Before North Korea Meeting – The New York Times
Whether Kim Jong-un sees President Trump’s combative approach as a sign of strength or weakness, the rupture with allies was sure to shadow the session between the two in Singapore on Tuesday.
Merkel Calls Out Trump, Citing Services Surplus With Europe – Bloomberg
Chancellor Angela Merkel said the U.S. runs a trade surplus with Europe when services are included, marshaling a rebuff to President Donald Trump’s sustained criticism of German manufacturing exports.

UAWire – Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament to visit the US for talks on preventing construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline
The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy will visit Washington where he will discuss with his counterparts from the United States, …
Nord Stream 2 will destroy competition on European gas market, – Naftogaz –
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project violates European legislation and will result in irreversible consequences
UAWire – Ukrainian President: there will be no Nord Stream-2 pipeline
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he believes the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 will not be built. “I believe that Nord …
UAWire – Sweden approves the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipleline
The Swedish government approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its waters, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and …
UAWire – Sweden explains why it consented to construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline
In an article published on the Ukrainian news site European Pravda, Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Hagstrom explained why his country  …

The Ultimate Démarche: France Wants to Oust English From the EU – WSJ
Prompted by Brexit, French President Emmanuel Macron wants to restore his language to European Union institutions, the way it was before Britain joined; a fisheries axis.
Security row over EU Galileo satellite project as Britain is shut out | Science | The Guardian
Fears over impact on Brexit talks with UK taxpayers having already contributed £1bn
EU Rejects Post-Brexit Defense Plan – Bloomberg
The U.K. can’t maintain full participation in the European Union’s foreign policy after Brexit, the bloc said, in the latest setback to the British government’s ambitions for the two sides’ future relationship.
UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement – BBC News
Delegations to the European Space Agency vote to procure another batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay.
CBI chief: Industry sectors face Brexit extinction – BBC News
Car industry bosses are worried the industry will suffer without a customs union, warns Paul Dreschler.
Brexit could make UK car industry ‘extinct’
CBI president Paul Dreschler says the country’s car industry could be wiped out by Brexit.

Europe’s Fragile Unity Crumbles as Migration Quarrel Spills Over – Bloomberg
Three summers after Europe’s biggest migration influx since World War II, the old wounds are reopening.
German Migration Drama Could Spell The End For Angela Merkel
Many in the country can no longer stomach her open-door policy towards migrants and refugees, even as people keep trying to reach Europe.
Germany’s Merkel calls for unified European approach on migration | Reuters
Europe needs a unified approach to migration that addresses the interests of every member state, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, noting that Italy did not feel it was receiving sufficient support from other European Union states.

Germany’s Far-Right AfD Party Is Making Its Presence Felt : NPR
Alexander Gauland, the head of Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, made recent remarks about the Nazi era that offended many Germans, but critics say it’s all part of the AfD’s playbook.
European Commission Seeks Budget Hike For ‘Neighborhood’ Countries
The European Commission is proposing a 30 percent increase in its 2021-27 external-action budget, with a focus set on helping countries in its southern and eastern “neighborhoods” to raise stan…
Crimea is Ukraine: Ukrainian diplomats in UK demand The Times change Russia World Cup map | UNIAN
The Ukrainian Embassy in the UK has expressed its demand to the British newspaper, The Times, to fix the map of Russia published as a guide of Russian stadiums hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018. The Embassy called the publication “unacceptable.”
1968 Revisited: Czechs Honor Moscow Protesters
Eight Russians who protested in Moscow in 1968 against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia have been honored by the Czech Republic. They were all given punishments ranging from labor camps to psychiatric hospitals.
Bulgaria To Replace Soviet MiG Jets With NATO Allies’ Planes
Bulgaria’s parliament on June 8 approved a plan to spend about $2 billion (1.6 billion euros) to purchase 150 combat vehicles and 16 new or used fighter jets to replace its aging Soviet-designed Mi…
Daniel Ortega must be stopped – Washington Times
Daniel Ortega has ruled Nicaragua, off and on, since 1979. Now, it seems, his countrymen are about to kick him out of power &mdash; for keeps.
Macedonia’s president said he will not accept his country’s name change | Business Insider
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said Wednesday he would not support an agreement reached between his country’s prime minister and Greece to change the Balkan country’s name.
Hungarian jets scramble near Ukraine border to intercept airspace violator | UNIAN
Overnight Sunday, June 10, fighter jets of Hungarian Air Forces took from their base for an interception mission in the area of the settlement of Beregdaroc located near the border with Ukraine. The type of the violator aircraft and the country of its registration have not been specified.
Hungary jails gang for deaths of 71 migrants in lorry – BBC News
The suffocation of 71 migrants in a sealed lorry shocked the world in August 2015.
Traffickers sentenced to 25 years for leaving migrants to suffocate to death in packed truck
A Hungarian court has sentenced four men belonging to a people smuggling gang to 25 years in prison for their role in the deaths of 71 migrants three years ago.
Hungary declared military alarm because of the Ukrainian aircraft, which illegally violated the airspace – Ukrainian plane illegally crossed border of Hungary –
Hungary declared military alarm because of the Ukrainian aircraft, which illegally violated the airspace
Greece and Macedonia come to an agreement over name dispute – Daily Mail – YouTube
Daily Mail Published on Jun 13, 2018 Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (pictured) said he had agreed with Greece that his country should change its name to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’. But it must still go through parliament.
Cuba releases information about latest health incident involving US diplomat | TheHill
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday it learned of the latest health incident involving a U.S. diplomat in the country late last month, but found no evidence of what may have caused the woman’s symptoms. 
Cuba Discloses Details on New ‘Sonic Attack’ Victim – The Daily Beast
Two more U.S. diplomats were recalled from the country late last month, one of whom reported hearing “undefined sounds.”

Strategy / History / Capability Publications

The Army prepares for ’irregular warfare’
The Army’s new 10 year vision statement envisions a rise of
China’s Giant Ionosphere-Zapping Radar Is Weaponry Masquerading as Science
The new facility may target U.S. submarines in the South China Sea.
The United States Has the World’s Fastest Supercomputer Again
The newly-completed Summit supercomputer is specifically designed to run artificial intelligence software.
Google’s New Ethics Rules Forbid Using Its AI for Weapons – Defense One
In the wake of an employee protest, the internet giant also vows not to use AI in surveillance tools that would violate “internationally accepted norms.”
Here’s How Google Pitched AI Tools to Special Operators Last Month – Defense One
Even as the company drew back from its work on Project Maven, a sales team was going full steam ahead at a big SOF conference.
Predicting When Weapons Will Break is a Hot New Market. Microsoft Wants In. – Defense One
The company touts its commercial artificial intelligence as ripe for the military.
Spying High: A Rare Trip in America’s U-2 Spy Plane
The U-2 spy plane has been in service for more than 60 years and still flies missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. WSJ’s Michael Phillips got a rare opportunity to fly to the edge of space and explore why
This Is the Week that the Drone Surveillance State Became Real – Defense One
Not only do local police now have access to drones, but footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to …
Yes, This Is A Ramjet Powered Artillery Shell And It Could Be A Game Changer – The Drive
The new round could dramatically extend the range of existing guns and significantly expand the flexibility of even small artillery units.
What Is the Navy’s Secret ‘Sea Dragon’ Weapon?
Made public thanks to Chinese hackers, the weapon is supposedly a new offensive missile.
Lockheed Picks Raytheon For F-35 DAS Upgrade | Program Management Corner content from Aviation Week
Raytheon has been selected by Lockheed Martin to produce electro-optical distributed aperture systems (EO-DAS) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
Raytheon snags F-35 system business previously held by Northrop
Buying the Raytheon system could help Lockheed Martin lower the lifecycle cost of the joint strike fighter.
The U.S. Army Is Testing 10 New Submachine Guns
One may go on to equip U.S. soldiers with the first sub-gun since World War II.
UAWire – Israel creates supersonic missile that can destroy anti-aircraft missile systems
Israeli companies IMS (Israel Military Industries) and IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) have developed a supersonic air-to-surface missile named Rampage, reports Ynetnews. The missile has a range of 150 kilometers. It is 4.7 meters long, and the mass of the warhead is 150 kilograms. The missile should be ready for delivery in 2019. Weapons launched from fourth and fifth generation fighters, in particular the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightning II, are designed to take out anti-aircraft missile systems and enemy objects. The Drive news outlet notes that the Rampage missile will be useful in the Israeli military campaign in Syria and against Iran. In May 2018, Israel destroyed the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 missile-gun complex, located in Syria.
Russia’s Tu-160 Supersonic Bomber Has a Very Special Way of Attacking Its Target | The National Interest Blog
From very far away…thanks to long-range cruise missiles. 
Russia news: Moscow is working on a LASER CANNON to OBLITERATE space debris | Science | News |
RUSSIA is developing a LASER CANNON which will be capable of blasting space debris out of the sky.
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IW/EW/IO/Cyber Reports

What Europe Can Teach America About Russian Disinformation – Defense One
“If we are serious about defending Western values, now is the time.”
Canada announces controversial new cyber strategy
Canada’s new cyber strategy creates an authority tasked with protecting the public and private sector, among other initiatives.
Chinese attacks on contractors ‘a phenomenon’ on the rise
China’s reported hacking of a Navy defense contractor illustrates the struggle to guard secrets.
EU East StratCom Task Force: Baltic Brutality? – Disinformation Review – To Inform is to Influence
Share Tweet Forward 14 June 2018 *TRENDS OF THE WEEK* Baltic brutality? A dark image of the Baltic states was (again), painted in pro-Kremlin disinformation this week. Firstly, the Latvian Army was accused of shooting civilians in 1991, during Latvia’s transition to independence from the Soviet Union. In a new Russian documentary covering the topic of ”pseudo-revolutions”,…
Russian Actions Killing Kaspersky – To Inform is to Influence
Russia has nobody to blame but itself for the impending death rattle of Kaspersky. First, the US removes Kaspersky software from its government systems. Then the UK bans Kaspersky software. Now the EU has specific words banning Kaspersky software, A8-0189/2018. 76. Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment…
Kaspersky To Halt Cooperation With Europe To Fight Cybercrime
Russia’s Kaspersky Lab says it will no longer cooperate on several European cybercrime-fighting initiatives after the European Parliament moved to ban its antivirus software.

US Domestic Policy Reports

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’ – Defense One
The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.
US unveils new Russia sanctions over cyberattacks – CNNPolitics
The US Treasury Department has imposed fresh sanctions on five Russian entities and three individuals, saying that they worked with Moscow’s military and intelligence services in an effort to conduct cyberattacks against the US.
Treasury Dept. Hits Russia With New Sanctions – The New York Times
The penalties, against five companies and three individuals, escalate the response to Russian cyberwarfare as the administration warns about Russia’s potential to meddle in the midterm elections.
U.S. Targets Russian Cyberfirms, Diving-Equipment Companies With New Sanctions
U.S. authorities hit three Russians and five companies with new sanctions, targeting a cyberresearch company and one that specializes in providing underwater diving equipment to Russia’s lead sec…
US hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks
The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia’s military and intelligence services with other malicious activities.
Trump is getting nowhere with EU, China on trade deficits – commentary
President Donald Trump repeated earlier this month his frequent complaint that the “the U.S. has been ripped off by other countries for years on trade,” but he omitted to mention that the “ripping off” process continues – on his watch, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
Trump calls media America’s ‘biggest enemy’ in angry tweet about North Korea summit coverage – AOL News
President Donald Trump is apparently not happy about the way his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being depicted by the media.
US and Russia ‘exploring’ possible Trump-Putin meeting – CNNPolitics
With his first meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un behind him, President Donald Trump is turning his attention to the possibility of another marquee summit: with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin Asks Austrian Leader to Set Up Summit With Donald Trump – WSJ
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Austria’s chancellor to organize a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Vienna this summer and the White House is pondering the offer, a senior European official said.
Kremlin: Vienna Possible Venue For Putin-Trump Meeting
The Kremlin has said Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump blames Obama for Crimea’s annexation – world news
U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Russia be allowed back into the global group despite their continued occupation of Crimea. The U.S. leader repeated his earlier call for the G7 to reinstate Russia to the organization. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Russia be allowed back into the global group despite their continued occupation of Crimea. “I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely,” Trump said during an impromptu press conference at the summit. He also blamed former U.S. President Barack Obama for Russia’s move into that nation, according to CNN. “You’ll have to ask Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away” he said when asked about the annexation. “He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude.” “I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in,” Trump said. “I think it would be good for the world. I think it would be good for Russia. I think it would be good the United States. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7. I think the G8 would be better.”
Susan Rice: ‘Disgraceful’ for Trump to blame Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Former national security adviser Susan Rice hit back at President Trump after he blamed the Obama administration for Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Susan Rice slams Trump for “disgraceful” Russia comments at G7 – YouTube
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How Trump’s foreign policy is making Russian fascism great again – U.S. News –
As he sabotages America’s strategic alliances in favor of pro-Kremlin autocrats, the president is acting out the geopolitical fantasies of Alexander Dugin, rising Russian fascist ideologue and guru to Trump’s alt-right base
Trump’s Intel Chief Warns Of Upcoming Kremlin Election Interference
Dan Coats made his comments while President Donald Trump stumped for Russia’s readmittance to the G-7.
Was Viktor Vekselberg Bankrolling Michael Cohen’s Pro-Russia Peace Plan for Ukraine? | Vanity Fair
A bombshell report suggests Cohen’s lucrative “consulting” contract was actually tied to the Russian oligarch’s intention to fund the promotion of a plan to lift economic sanctions on Russia.
Judge To Decide Whether Manafort, Facing Witness Tampering Charges, Is Locked Up : NPR
Paul Manafort had a long career as a Washington wheeler-dealer before Donald Trump hired him to run his campaign in 2016. Now, he may find himself in jail.
Manafort blasts Mueller’s ‘dubious’ accusation of attempted witness tampering – ABC News
Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort called the newest allegations by special counsel Robert Mueller “dubious.”
Manafort Associate Konstantin Kilimnik Indicted In Mueller Probe
The special counsel’s team also added charges against Paul Manafort.
Paul Manafort’s attorneys fight back against obstruction charges – Washington Times
Attorneys for Paul Manafort on Friday accused special counsel Robert Mueller of manufacturing witness-tampering claims to pressure business associates of the former Trump campaign chief into perjuring themselves at his upcoming trial.
Russian Associate Of Trump Campaign Aide Faces Charges
U.S. authorities have indicted a Russian man who was a key associate in Ukraine for President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chief on obstruction of justice and other charges.
Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies | TheHill
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Monday said that it’s “difficult to understand” President Trump’s treatment of America’s allies.
Donald Trump Justin Trudeau Feud Signals American Weakness, Not Strength | National Review
By throwing Canada under the bus — with language we rarely use about our actual adversaries — Trump and his subalterns were sending a message of American weakness, not strength.
Trump rips ‘meek and mild’ Trudeau for criticizing US tariffs | TheHill
President Trump criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday for acting “meek and mild” during their meetings at the weekend’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit, accusing the prim
What to Watch For in Today’s Report on the F.B.I.’s Hillary Clinton Investigation – The New York Times
The report, by the Justice Department’s inspector general, is highly anticipated, not least by President Trump.
Report Expected To Condemn FBI Violations In 2016 Clinton Email Investigation : NPR
The Justice Department’s inspector general is expected to conclude that James Comey ignored official guidelines in investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Trump on Chinese president serving ‘for life’: ‘That’s pretty good’ | TheHill
President Trump on Wednesday said it’s “pretty good” that Chinese President Xi Jingping is “essentially president for life.”
Trump’s fondness for dictators and strongmen is more than just unsettling
One of the #Resistance’s favorite conspiracy theories is that Donald Trump is so warm to Russian President Vladimir Putin because Putin has kompromat on Trump, such as a “pee tape.” There’s a far simpler explanation, though, for Trump’s nice words and fond feelings towards Putin: Trump likes and admires dictatorial strongmen.
The Trump Administration Is Driving Away Immigrant Entrepreneurs – Defense One
Foreign-born founders start a huge number of America\’s most innovative businesses — including ones that support the Pentagon. But new government …
Who Is William Howard Hughes Jr.? Air Force Captain With Top Secret Clearance Found After 35 Years
Hughes was last seen in 1983 withdrawing $28,500 from several different bank locations.