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A very busy week in Ukraine, with a major religious event this weekend, and the Independence Day parade approaching, while the Russians try as hard as they can to create mayhem:
- Helsinki fallout – and blowback for Russia;
- Creeping annexation of Azov Sea and risks to Mariupol;
- Donbass campaign continues, Russian buildup near LOC;
- Yarosh Right Sector DUK militia may be absorbed into the ZSU (finally);
- Sea Breeze ends;
- Ukraine tests new domestically manufactured 152mm ammo, mortar bombs, ATGWs, while the newly developed RPV-16 rocket propelled infantry flamethrower enters series production. Also reports Poroshenko’s company funded IADS buildup around Kyiv;
- Interesting UATV clips;
- 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus sees Constantinople give Moscow the cold shoulder, while Russians use their pseudo-church to disrupt celebrations and cause mayhem;
- Miscellaneous domestic reports;
- Co-founder of Femen protest group Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris, speculation that it may not be suicide;
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the United States of America for decisive rejection of the Russian annexation of …
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will continue to support efforts to hold the perpetrators for MH17 flight crash over Donbas in July 2014 accountable. Pompeo said the world needs the Russians to continue to be held accountable for that.
The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has recommended the adoption of a resolution condemning the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by Russia. The document, in particular, confirms the position of the Senate that Crimea is part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine.
Norway supports U.S. resolution on illegal annexation of Crimea
The Italian government recognizes international law and supports the sanctions policy of the European Union, which is why it does not recognize …
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said that after the adoption of the Crimea Declaration by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the U.S. side needs to strengthen its efforts to exercise pressure on Russia to achieve the liberation of the peninsula.
The top U.S. official for Ukraine negotiations doubled down on recent assurances from the State Department and White House that President Donald Trump did not reach any agreements on Ukraine during last week’s two-hour private meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, Finland. Because referendums aren’t part of the 2015 Minsk agreement, which aims to end the conflict, secure a cease-fire and pave the way for regional elections, Volker said any direct vote on secession from Kyiv would lack the necessary legal framework.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov has confirmed that the issue of holding a local referendum in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas was being discussed at the Helsinki talks between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. So far, there has been no response from the American said, the official said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, condemned the Kremlin’s intention to hold a referendum in the occupied Donbas. Klimkin on referendum in Donbas: This is “rehearsal” of collapse of Ukraine.
Putin could well offer Trump such a scenario as a referendum in Donbas on the status of occupied territories because the U.S. president is inclined to simple solutons to complex issues. For Trump, this kind of format would be okay, but not the referendum itself.
Ukrainian political scientist Boris Tizenhausen says Kyiv no longer has to worry about Washington’s unexpected decisions in favor of Russia, at the same time stressing that Russia is seeking ways to play its Crimea scenario in other regions of Ukraine. Russia had significantly changed its public rhetoric on Crimea. Ukrainian political scientist Boris Tizenhausen says Kyiv no longer has to worry about Washington’s unexpected decisions in favor of Russia, at the same time stressing that Russia is seeking ways to play its Crimea scenario in other regions of Ukraine. “The United States has always had a clear position, both under Barack Obama and Donald Trump, and respected international law and territorial integrity. The Crimean Declaration answers the question of how the U.S. treats the annexation of Crimea and when they lift sanctions from Russia – when it returns Crimea and withdraws from the south-east of Ukraine,” the expert said, commenting on the Crimean Declaration issued by the United States, Krym.Realii reports. He stressed Russia had significantly changed rhetoric on Crimea. “Previously they said the ‘referendum’ was lawful, the residents voted. Later, they said that the residents were in danger, and Russia came to save them. And now they are looking for historical analogies. Top officials and diplomats compare Crimea with Kosovo, where there was also a referendum, and with the Falkland Islands. That is, Russia is looking for all possible ways to legitimize the ‘referendum’ in Crimea and to test whether it is possible to do something similar in the south-east of Ukraine,” Tizenhausen said.
Russia this year is presenting its 6th Periodic Report to the UN Committee against Torture, while Ukrainian human rights NGOs offered a devastating “alternative report” on Russia’s application of torture in the occupied Crimea. The NGOs say torture is systemic, and a part of the policy Russia has imposed over the occupied territory.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 20 – The Russian occupiers in Crimea are increasingly targeting the wives and children of Crimean Tatar activists in an attempt to get at the parents via their family members, Zair Smedlyaev, one of their number says, yet another indication of Moscow’s increasing brutality there now that the world’s attention is turned elsewhere. “As we predicted,” the activist tells Kseniya Kirillova of Radio Svoboda, “a new wave of repressions has begun. It is obvious that Putin is making use of that ‘indulgence’ which he received from Trump and the other world leaders” and is attacking children in Crimea in this way for the first time (ru.krymr.com/a/29377759.html). Smedlyaev and Kirillova list numerous cases of this brutal practice that have occurred in the last month. And Smedlyaev says that this represents the continuation of Russia’s historical approach to its opponents, be it taking hostage family members of those who resist it or arresting, as in Stalin’s time, “’members of the families of enemies of the people.’” He points to another indication of the ways that repression is increasing in Crimea: the occupiers are now arresting even those residents who have shown a willingness to work with them. Clear, Smedlyaev says, even “cooperation with the occupation forces does not give any guarantees,” something that ever more people on the Ukrainian peninsula recognize. Tragically, this development has gone largely unnoticed in the West, as have two others which should be matters of concern both for those who support the rights of the people on the occupied Ukrainian peninsula and for those who seek to analyze the direction of Putin’s policies more generally, given that he has often tried out tactics in Crimea before using them elsewhere. One is the compilation by the occupiers of “an enemies list,” a step toward even greater repression (ru.krymr.com/a/29377845.html) and the other is a report that these same occupiers are preparing provocatory terrorist actions there so as to place the blame on the local people (gordonua.com/blogs/tymchuk/specsluzhby-rf-rassmatrivayut-vozmozhnost-provedeniya-v-blizhayshee-vremya-teraktov-protiv-grazhdanskogo-naseleniya-kryma-s-massovymi-zhertvami-272067.html). Both of these would be fully consistent with Putin policies in the past; both must be carefully monitored before they lead to more tragedies; and both must be condemned by people of good will who are concerned with human rights and the rule of law around the world.
With the invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea back in spring 2014, Russia took control of the Ukrainian exclusive marine economic zone adjacent to Crimea, including the Kerch Strait, the only passage connecting the Azov and Black seas. For several months now, Russia keeps raising tensions in the Sea of Azov, continuing its policy of the de-facto blockade of the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk. In the four years, the Russian war against Ukraine on land has claimed more than 10,000 lives, and it’s far from ending. But now there are fears that the land war may shift to the sea. Following the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine initiated Crimea-related arbitration proceedings at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg in 2016. And earlier this year, Ukraine submitted a memo to ITLOS. According to the claim, Russia had excluded Ukraine from exercising its maritime rights. Russia has been illegally exploiting Ukraine’s offshore gas fields and fishery resources, and it usurped Ukraine’s right to regulate its own maritime areas, including blocking traffic to Ukrainian seaports with the Kerch Strait Bridge construction.
Ex-Navy commander suggests mining Azov Sea to prevent Russia’s attack
Paul Goble Staunton, July 20 – One of the most disturbing and yet instructive scenes in the Norwegian TV series “Occupied” about an EU-assisted Russian occupation of Norway to ensure the supply of oil to the rest of the European Union is when the EU promises to send forces to resist a new Russian advance. Airplanes from various European countries do arrive, but the Norwegian defense force quickly discovers that the planes lack bombs or bullets or indeed anything they would need to constitute a military force. The EU representative says no one wants to get into a war with the Russians – and blames the Norwegians for creating the problem in the first place. An analysis of an actual situation in Ukraine mirrors that television series all too clearly. Mikhail Zhirokhov, a Kyiv military analyst, says the US has been talking about sending two American patrol boats to Ukraine for two years. But only recently has there been any movement (dsnews.ua/politics/moskitnyy-otvet-kogda-ukraina-soberet-volchyu-stayu-v-azovskom-20072018080000). In April of this year, Ukraine formed up two crews of sailors for training in the US; and in June, the basic talks about setting the conditions of the contract were completed. Ukrainian naval commanders say that they expect to get both cutters “before the end of 2019.” But even if they do arrive then, they may not make much of a difference. Why? Zhirokhov asks rhetorically. Because, he responds, under current arrangements, the US-produced ships “will be delivered to Ukraine without any weapons.” They will thus not have any military meaning at all. His lament comes at the end of his analysis of the current state of the Ukrainian fleet, one that will only leave Ukrainians and their supporters in despair. After losing much of its fleet in 2014 when Vladimir Putin occupied Crimea in the Anschluss, Ukraine has not had the money or time to recover. Even before that tragedy, Zhirokhov says, Ukrainian defense planners were looking out to 2026 to modernize the fleet because cash was short and Kyiv recognized that it would not be able to build anything quickly without foreign support, something that so far has not been forthcoming. There have been certain “pluses” from this difficult situation, he continues. Ukrainian planners have focused on developing longer-range ship-based missile systems and elaborated a naval doctrine that resembles that of Israel. But those gains have been overshadowed by more serious losses. At the beginning of this month, the Smart Maritime Group, which was a major contractor for Ukrainian naval ship building, went bankrupt. There is no sign that it will recover, and there are no good alternatives apparent. That has driven Ukrainian defense planners to focus on the more realistic scenario of “’a mosquito fleet,’” one consisting of a larger number of smaller vessels, each specialized (artillery, landing craft, and rocket-armed).” If current plans are realized, the Ukrainian navy will have about 30 such vessels by 2020. At that point but not before, the Ukrainian navy and coastal forces will be able to create “serious problems for the Russians, if the latter decide on a major war.” Israel, Zhirokhov says, shows what smaller ships armed with longer-reaching weapons can do. But of course, such a “mosquito” fleet are never going to be able to cope with an attack by a much larger opponent. So far, Ukrainian yards have been able to provide six small armored artillery cutters, with 18 more at various stages of construction and planning. In addition, the shipbuilders are working on “a minimum” of two heavily armored landing craft. And according to unconfirmed reports, they are also building two rocket-launch-capable cutters as well. But while these are being built and while Ukrainians are “waiting for the Americans,” the Ukrainian fleet has been expanding almost exclusively by the arrival of support vessels. The Ukrainian navy will be ready to defend the country by the next decade; but no one should assume, Zhirokhov says, that it will be able to do so now against a concerted attack.
Spokesman for Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service Oleh Slobodyan says inspections of vessels by Russia in the Sea of Azov constitute political and economic pressure on Ukraine. Starting from the second half of April, Russian coast guards launched mass inspections of foreign vessels bound for and heading from the ports of Ukraine.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 32 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another one as wounded in action (WIA). Two enemy troops were reportedly killed and another two were wounded in fighting with Ukraine’s Joint Forces.
Russia's armed groups continue to place tanks and artillery near the contact line in Donbas.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has recorded 30 tanks of undermined type near Luhansk in non-government controlled areas.
In Kramatorsk, an OSCE delegation led by OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger discussed the situation in social and economic and security sectors in Donetsk region.
Article by: Aliona Yakhno, journalist Three assumptions about the Donbas that none of the presidential candidates will or want to talk about. Putin doesn’t need the Donbas… this was the case even at the start of the war. The Donbas is not Crimea, which has a sacred importance for Russians and which is worth an enormous investment risk. Putin wants the Donbas to be part of Ukraine so that the Kremlin could use it as an anchor, forever binding Ukraine to Russia… so that it would influence the foreign policy of our country, so that Donbas MPs could sit in the Verkhovna Rada and influence parliamentary decisions. The Donbas has been looted and “lumpenized” (from lumpenproletariat – the lowest stratum of the proletariat. Used originally in Marxist theory to describe those members of the proletariat, especially criminals, vagrants, and the unemployed, who lacked awareness of their collective interest as an oppressed class). Russia has disassembled and stolen whole factories and resources from the Donbas. Enormous financial funds will be needed to re-build and renovate the region. Ukraine does not have such resources. The local creative and intellectual elite have left… some to Russia, others to Ukraine. In the 21st century, the most important asset is not land, but people. A comparatively small country, like Japan, has no mineral resources, and yet it has one of the most powerful economies in the world. Because it has PEOPLE! Most Donbas residents (let’s face the truth!) despise Ukraine and view it as a geographical mistake. Since the first year of independence in 1991, this region has consistently voted for the Party of Regions and the communists. It’s silly and naive to think that “politically correct” television and radio broadcasts will make it right. This land has been poisoned by the “Russkiy mir” (Russian world). I will provide no conclusions. Make your own…
Ukrainian MP and leader of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk says the escalation in Donbas is possible along with the unfolding of the election campaign in Ukraine. If no serious agreements have been reached on Ukraine between Russia and the United States, “it is quite obvious the military factor will also play its part” in Ukraine’s campaigning period.
The Cabinet of Ministers intends to expand TV and radio broadcasting on the occupied Donbas
The Joint Forces Operation, Commander Serhiy Nayev and the main commander of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UVA), Dmytro Yarosh met in Kramatorsk and discussed the integration of the UVA fighters into the Armed Forces of Ukraine subject to a contract, as reported on the Facebook page of the Joint Forces Operation. “The issues of the participation of motivated UVA fighters as part of all types of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (including as part of full unit) on contract basis (including short-term contracts) were discussed during the conversation. It was proposed to perform military service in the reserves as part of the combat special military units, reconnaissance and territorial defense units,” the statement reads. The parties also discussed the possible participation of the UVA fighters in training forces to protect the state border, territorial defense units and other initiatives of Yarosh. Nayev explained his position regarding the category of people who, he believes, have no right to be at the forefront and directly in the combat formation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. These include individuals who earlier visited the units at the forefront just for show or to pursue their own mercenary interests, individuals who have no legitimate right to possess arms, and individuals who are not officially included in the combined forces. At the same time, the Joint Forces Operation commander stressed that Ukrainian legislation does not regulate the issue of the UVA fighters participating in combat actions at the forefront and directly in the Armed Forces of Ukraine combat formations. Earlier, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated that about forty thousand representatives of the volunteer movement are defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Donbas. In 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution to establish a new holiday, Volunteer Day, which is celebrated on March 14.
Citizen of Ukraine Serhiy Buhaichuk, who works as a train host, has been arrested in Moscow, Russia. He is held in the Lefortovo detention center.
The Security Service of Ukraine successfully prevented a subversion act in Kharkiv region, detaining a saboteur from the occupied part of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region. The SBU says the perpetrator received instructions via a messenger application.
At the Minsk contact group meeting in the Donbas, Ukraine’s representatives demanded the return of 85 rail wagons belonging to Ukrainian …
First Deputy Prosecutor of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea Mykola Ivanets has said the agency identified over 9,000 former Ukrainian law enforcers across the now-occupied peninsula who had committed treason. The evidence keeps mounting, prosecutors say.
In a series of horrifying images, a former Ukrainian soldier was caught setting himself on fire Thursday — reportedly to protest being dismissed from the army.
Sea Breeze 2018: marines exercise night insertion
Fourteen ships, auxiliary vessels and boats of the Ukrainian Navy and two NATO naval groups, which were on a friendly visit to Odesa on July 23-25, have held a joint passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Black Sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Navy has reported.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says ammunition and new weapons of Ukrainian production were successfully tested at Honcharivske testing ground north of Kyiv. The report says 152mm projectiles, as well as 60mm mines for new Ukrainian mortars have been tested.
State Concern Ukroboronprom informs about successful completion of one of the stages of tests of the military state customer of new domestic 152-mm ammunition for the artillery armament used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the conflict zone. State Concern Ukroboronprom informs about successful completion of one of the stages of tests of the military state customer of new domestic 152-mm ammunition for the artillery armament used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the conflict zone. The new 152-mm shells for the Giatsint (Hyacinth) artillery system, developed by the state-owned artillery joint-stock company Artem, successfully passed one of the stages of the military department’s tests at the military range in Chernihiv region, the press-service of the state concern said on Thursday. “The shooting was conducted by Ukrainian artillerymen in Chernihiv region, and the result was assessed by a commission of the Defense Ministry. High-explosive shells were used in the course of firing. And advanced ballistic radar produced by one of the NATO member countries was used to assess the ballistic characteristics of the shells,” the message reads. New domestic large-caliber projectiles are designed for one of the most long-range army artillery systems – Hyacinth, which has a range of firing up to 30 km, the press service of the state concern said.
During tests in Chernihiv region, northern Ukraine, troops loaded Hyacinth artillery systems with the 152 mm shells
New ammunition, armament tested in Ukraine
State-run enterprise Luch Design Bureau (Kyiv), which is part of the state concern Ukroboronprom, has successfully conducted the final testing of the latest batch of modern anti-tank guided missiles that were manufactured at the request of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kyiv’s Luch Design Bureau manufactures anti-tank systems and missiles.
The state-owned Kyiv Design Bureau Luch has successfully tested another batch of modern anti-tank guided missiles that were produced at the request of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the enterprise's press service has reported.
The Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch”, a state-owned enterprise, has successfully passed acceptance testing of the next batch of modern anti-tank guided missiles made to order by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is reported by the press service of the CB “Luch”.
Rocket man-portable flamethrower production set in Ukraine
The State Research Institute of Chemical Products, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, has established the production of jet infantry flamethrowers RPV-16. RPV-16 – thermobaric weapons, which are developed and produced for the Ukrainian army under the State Defense Order. A jet infantry flame meter is equipped with a reactive grenade with a special thermobaric mixture. The thermobaric weapon destroys the enemy by creating a high-temperature pulse during the explosion, which is accompanied by a sharp drop in pressure. It is also referred to as an ammunition of a bulk explosion. In this case, the high-impact 93-millimeter shot RPV-16 is equivalent to a large-caliber artillery shell. Therefore, this hand-held weapon is capable of destroying the living force of the enemy, even with powerful shelters, as well as light-armored equipment, at a distance of about one kilometer.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak confirmed that the anti-aircraft defense system around Kiev was re-equipped for Roshen’s funds. He said this in an interview with the Observer , answering the relevant question. “It was true, there was help from the company Roshen for the refitting, repair of air defense complexes,” Poltorak said. According to him, at one time Ukraine had three anti-aircraft defense rings, but a lot of equipment has since been sold. “There was a period when the strategists thought that there was no threat – and the weapon was sold or destroyed, although, incidentally, it was not old, for example, the 300th complex is in service with most of the military units of the air defense of the Russian Federation,” the minister said. He also added that for today the Ministry of Defense needs to focus its attention on several areas: “the creation of air defense complexes, systems of salvo fire, artillery systems, modern anti-tank weapons, electronic warfare means.” “All these components ensure success in conducting military operations,” Poltorak stressed.
With units of anti-aircraft missile troops will conduct more than 150 tactical and command-and-command exercises, 4,200 trainings of combat services and measures of combat coordination. Ukrainian air borders are securely protected. Confirmation of this is the operative construction of the headquarters of the OOP, which regularly featured the remains of the UAF invaders shot down. This is a merit of the collective of one of the most technologically and powerful kinds of troops – the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The ZRV units are kept aloof from the concentration of troops, roads and settlements. They do not participate in the battles for the liberation of our territories and do not sit in the trenches on the front. However, they are no less a terrible factor in deterrence, through which the aggressor still has not dared to move to a full-scale war with the use of combat aircraft There are over 2500 ZRV specialists on duty during the round-the-clock round-the-clock. In the area of OOS permanently located a powerful grouping of troops, able to repel a massive attack on aircraft and cruise missiles of the enemy. Missiles have repeatedly proved their effectiveness and professionalism in the war. During all time of combat operations in the Donbass were destroyed 33 hostile unmanned aerial vehicles, most of which are high-tech high-cost aircraft of Russian production “Orlan-10”. All liquidated unmanned aerial vehicles were a serious threat to the defense of Ukraine, since they worked on strategically important positions of troops.
This radar station in the meter band detects and tracks the targets with subsequent digital processing and automatic transmission of information about them to the command posts. Holding company “Ukrspetstekhnika” transferred the radar “Malakhit” to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the framework of implementation of the state contract. It is a meter range radar that detects and accompanies air targets with subsequent digital processing and automatic transmission of information about them to control points. By the way, it was accepted by the Army of the Ukrainian Army in 2012 to replace the outdated energy-intensive radars of Soviet productionRadar Malakhit distinguishes primarily digital signal processing, compatibility with modern ACS, and also high resistance to various obstacles. If previous generations of the radar could detect a flying object that is not closer than 5 km from the antenna, then the detection area for targets in Malakhita is 2.5 km. In this case, the working range of detection of air targets increased to 400 km.
Ukraine exported the largest number of small arms to the US in 2017
The world’s largest An-225 Mriya cargo aircraft designed by a Kyiv-based state-owned Antonov has successfully completed its 12th flight to deliver the load across South America, completing the largest project in terms of the number of consecutive flights in the history of this aircraft type. Antonov Airlines is completing the largest series of flights by its An-225 oversize cargo carrier.
Ukrainian army servicewoman and military blogger Viktoriya Rudenko has reported on Facebook that a pair of Russian-backed terrorists were eliminated, largely thanks to U.S.-supplied night vision devices, as they made a failed attempt to penetrate fortified positions of Ukraine’s Joint Forces in eastern Ukraine. The equipment allowed Ukrainian troops to spot the enemy group approaching Joint Forces positions in Donbas in the night hours.
The Pentagon has allocated about $308 million dollars to manufacture Javelin man-portable, anti-tank missile systems for other countries, …
Firefly Aerospace Inc., a private American developer of rocket and space equipment, ties prospects and filling cooperation with the Ukrainian rocket and space industry with its reform and the abolition of existing restrictions on work of private companies in the space sector of Ukraine. Firefly Aerospace Inc., a private American developer of rocket and space equipment, ties prospects and filling cooperation with the Ukrainian rocket and space industry with its reform and the abolition of existing restrictions on work of private companies in the space sector of Ukraine. “Often, new opportunities open up as a result of industry reform and industry management. Changing the legislative framework, assisting private companies in the industry, updating approaches and tasks will entail the arrival of both investors and customers in the Ukrainian rocket and space industry,” the owner of Firefly Aerospace Inc., the founder of Noosphere Ventures, a native of Ukraine, Maksym Poliakov, said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “Post-Soviet management, as a rule, is closed to cooperation and is not ready to issue any guarantees for investors. The state should guarantee not loans attracted by state enterprises for the project, but comfortable working conditions for investors and partners in Ukraine,” he said. “First of all, the work of the Ukrainian office of Firefly will be aimed at interaction in R&D (Research & Development) tasks that arise during the development of Alpha and Beta carrier rockets by the main U.S. office of the company in Texas. We have so far limited ourselves to the willingness to involve in the solution of these problems Ukrainian specialists who have a significant experience and knowledge in this field. But in future we plan to consider Ukrainian companies of the industry as contractors,” he said, asked about the tasks of the Ukrainian office of Firefly Aerospace in Dnipro, whose work the head of state has recently seen.Firefly Aerospace Inc., a private American developer of rocket and space equipment, ties prospects and filling cooperation with the Ukrainian rocket and space industry with its reform and the abolition of existing restrictions on work of private companies in the space sector of Ukraine. “Often, new opportunities open up as a result of industry reform and industry management. Changing the legislative framework, assisting private companies in the industry, updating approaches and tasks will entail the arrival of both investors and customers in the Ukrainian rocket and space industry,” the owner of Firefly Aerospace Inc., the founder of Noosphere Ventures, a native of Ukraine, Maksym Poliakov, said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “Post-Soviet management, as a rule, is closed to cooperation and is not ready to issue any guarantees for investors. The state should guarantee not loans attracted by state enterprises for the project, but comfortable working conditions for investors and partners in Ukraine,” he said. “First of all, the work of the Ukrainian office of Firefly will be aimed at interaction in R&D (Research & Development) tasks that arise during the development of Alpha and Beta carrier rockets by the main U.S. office of the company in Texas. We have so far limited ourselves to the willingness to involve in the solution of these problems Ukrainian specialists who have a significant experience and knowledge in this field. But in future we plan to consider Ukrainian companies of the industry as contractors,” he said, asked about the tasks of the Ukrainian office of Firefly Aerospace in Dnipro, whose work the head of state has recently seen.
UATV English Published on Jul 27, 2018 The Best Sniper in Luhansk Region. This is the title for which Ukrainian servicepeople competed in eastern Ukraine. Contestants took part in three specific categories; standing, sitting, and lying down. _
UATV English Published on Jul 27, 2018 The general picture in Crimea remains grim. Over 4 years of Russia’s occupation of Crimea, people are consistently being evicted against their will in violation of international humanitarian law. Russian authorities have expelled almost 2,500 citizens of Ukraine and foreigners from the peninsula. And these deportations show no sign of stopping.
UATV English Published on Jul 26, 2018 Сadets at the National Air Force University in Kharkiv have just passed their first exam. Here’s how the young pilots were preparing to conquer the sky.
UATV English Published on Jul 13, 2017
UATV English Published on Nov 10, 2017 They are the defenders of the sky. Ascending thousands of kilometers above the earth, they see it from a great height. They are ready to fight in any conditions both during the day and at night. They fly faster than the speed of sound, marvel at the blackness of space above and feel the speed and dynamics of the flight. They are military pilots of the Air Force of Ukraine.
UATV English Published on Oct 17, 2017 This story is about people of different peaceful professions, former military personnel and ATO soldiers who left the military service as reservists. All of them are ready upon first call to duty to enter the military ranks in order to protect their homeland and families. All of them participate in exercises in firing, engineering and first-aid medical training.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate has said Moscow has no grounds for organizing celebrations of the anniversary of certain events that took place in Kyiv in the late 10th century. According to the reply of the Ecumenical Patriarch to Russia’s Patriarch Kirill, it will be in Kyiv where relevant celebrations will be held on the occasion of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has said Moscow has no grounds for organizing celebrations of the anniversary of certain events that took place in Kyiv in the late 10th century. Besides, Constantinople does not recognize the accession in the second half of the 17th century of the Kyiv Metropolis to the Moscow Patriarchate, according to a report posted on a Facebook page of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church, Information Resistance OSINT group wrote. The report says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an official invitation from head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, to take part in the ceremonial events to be held in Russia dedicated to the “1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.” However Bartholomew replied that such participation of representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the events organized in Russia was impossible and inexpedient. According to the reply of the Ecumenical Patriarch, the real holiday on the occasion of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus will take place in Kyiv, and representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch will take part in the events on July 28. Ecumenical Patriarchate’s representatives have been duly invited and the relevant delegation has been appointed. A rather sharp response of the Ecumenical Patriarch, the report claims, is due to a clear position regarding the lack of grounds for Moscow to organizing celebrations of historical events that took place in Kyiv at the end of the 10th century, and due to Constantinople’s non-recognition of the “accession” of the Kyiv Metropolis to the Moscow Patriarchate in the second half of the 17th century.
A Ukrainian Orthodox Church cross procession marking the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus has begun in downtown Kyiv. A Ukrainian Orthodox Church cross procession marking the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus has begun in downtown Kyiv. After the prayer service on Volodymyrska Hirka (Volodymyr Hill), believers moved across Yevropeyska Ploscha (European Square) and along Hrushevskoho Street toward the Kyiv Pecherska Lavra, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported. Clergymen carrying religious banners and icons are leading the column. Law enforcement officers are providing security. In attendance are the co-chairs of the Opposition Bloc faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Yuriy Boiko and Oleksandr Vilkul, faction members Vadym Novynsky, Nestor Shufrych, Mykhailo Dobkin, Yuriy Pavlenko, and Volodymyr Lytvyn, an independent deputy. The situation is calm in downtown Kyiv. Due to the high humidity and temperature, some participants sometimes have felt dizzy in the crowd, but ambulances are on site providing aid.
Following the fake news on Ukraine allegedly trying to “bribe Patriarch Bartholomew,” spun by Russian propaganda and its collaborators in Ukraine, certain representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine decided to add fuel to the fire with yet another fake report. In general, a new Russian narrative is being pushed into Ukraine’s agenda – “religious war and the genocide of Orthodox believers.”
The Kremlin has tasked the Russian “Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods” with setting up provocations in Kyiv on the anniversary of Baptism of Kievan Rus amid a religious procession or following the events, according to Information Resistance OSINT group. The move is aimed at imposing the Russian narrative of “unstable and divided” Ukraine as regards the idea of independence of its own Orthodox Church. The Kremlin has tasked the Russian “Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods” with setting up provocations in Kyiv on the anniversary of Baptism of Kievan Rus amid a religious procession or following the events, according to Information Resistance OSINT group. According to the information obtained by IR, the Russian Orthodox Church leaders instructed heads of its foreign missions to be prepared on July 27-29 to hold emergency meetings with politicians and journalists in their hosting countries immediately following reports from Ukraine about “clashes and mass riots” during or after the religious procession set up by the Moscow Patriarchate on July 27.
One of the leaders of Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc, Member of Parliament Vadim Novinsky warns of a possible civil war if the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is granted autocephaly, which will make it independent from the Moscow Patriarchate. Ukraine’s authorities expect that the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will green-light granting a tomos, an official church document, on autocephaly to the Orthodox church in Ukraine by the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus, which will be celebrated on July 28, 2018.
Participants of the procession on to mark the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus are marching down Khreschatyk Street in Kyiv, where car traffic has been blocked. Participants of the procession on to mark the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus are marching down Khreschatyk Street in Kyiv, where car traffic has been blocked. The believers, accompanied by priests, are scheduled to arrive at European Square, from where they will walk to Volodymrska Hill, where there will be a prayer session. Policemen are monitoring the procession and barricades have been erected with checkpoints. The situation in the center of Kyiv is calm, police report.
However, the celebration started earlier, from the beginning of the week. On Tuesday, July24, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church has conducted its Cross Procession. According to the capital’s law enforcers, 100 000 people are participating in tomorrow’s and today’s Cross Processions. Restricted traffic is expected in downtown. Today’s date is under discussion not only because a large-scale celebration, but also due to the church topic – it is about a possible creation of a Unified Ukrainian Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. A little bit later on what is known about this. For now, we will look upon this holiday and define what it is.
Today, on July 27, Ukraine is celebrating the Day of Christianization of Kievan Rus. Religious processions, public prayer services and other attributes of the Christian holidays are in all spheres of life in Ukraine today. The former President Victor Yushchenko established an official holiday to be celebrated on July 28 back in 2008. Things to know about Christianization of Kievan Rus:
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Paul Goble Staunton, July 23 – The former Ukrainian exarchate of the Moscow Patriarchate, which now styles itself as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), has continued to flourish when other “survivals of post-Soviet Russian imperialism” have not, Aleksandr Soldatov says; but its own nature means that it is caught in an ultimately unsustainable situation. The UOC (MP), the Russian religious affairs expert says, is caught between its own caesaro-papist traditions of at least implicit deference to the government of country on which it is located and the aspirations of Moscow Patriarchate to reduce it to a set of bishoprics within the Moscow church itself (risu.org.ua/ru/index/expert_thought/open_theme/71875/). And consequently, Soldatov continues, the UOC (MP)’s repeated declarations that it is the only institution that represents Ukrainians on both sides of the conflict in the Donbass ring hollow given how the Moscow Patriarchate has behaved with respect to the UOC (MP)’s parishes in Russian-occupied Crimea and towards the UOC (MP) as a whole. After the Anschluss, the Moscow Patriarchate not only liquidated all churches in Crimea loyal to the Kyiv Patriarchate but took over all their property and imposed its right to control the appointment of all religious leaders there, Soldatov says, thus completely undermining the still-existing statutes of the UOC (MP). The Moscow Patriarchate has been even more active in the Donbass, seeking to gain direct control over all Orthodox churches there, a step that violates Patriarchate Kirill’s talk about “canonical territories” whose defense has gotten him into trouble with the Kremlin but negates the UOC (MP)’s efforts to present itself as a defender of the faith in Ukraine. “Among the bishops, clergy, and laity of the UOC (MP),” Soldatov says, “there are patriots of Ukraine; and their number is gradually growing. But the collective identity of this Church up to now is based on an imperial or if you prefer post-imperial model with its center in Moscow.” According to the analyst, “the ideologues of the UOC (MP) really are offering a certain program for overcoming ‘the contradictions’ of East and West, but they all are infected by ‘Moscowcentrism,” on a return to the ‘Great Russian’ type of church relationship and to the Moscow historical myth.” There are many reasons for the vitality of this approach, psychological, cultural, political and financial, Soldatov says; but its ultimate duplicity is on display in the double standards applied to Orthodoxy in Ukraine and to Orthodoxy in Russian-occupied territories where the church supports Moscow’s position in all things even as the UOC (MP) attacks Kyiv policies. That is gradually becoming increasingly obvious to Ukrainians in the UOC (MP) and depriving it of its flocks precisely because its hierarchs toe Moscow’s line.
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