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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (26)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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  1. Through July Russian raids into Donbass grey zone result in 31 KIA and 68 WIA Russian / proxy force losses.
  2. Russian destabilization campaign inside Ukraine continues;
  3. Ukraine to sue Russia for Crimea and Donbass damages;
  4. Much on Antonov / Aviall-Boeing deal and its impact;
  5. LDARP delivers two more MiG-29MU1 FULCRUM C+;
  6. Miscellaneous domestic reports;

Ukraine Reports

Some 45% of Ukrainians support Ukraine’s accession to NATO – poll | UNIAN

Some 45% of Ukrainians would vote for joining NATO should a referendum on Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance be held in July 2018. The margin of error is no more than 2.8%.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Looks To Sue Russia Over Donbas, Crimea

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the creation of a body to prepare a lawsuit against Russia for damages caused by separatists whom Moscow supports in the Donbas region and for its i…

UAWire – Ukraine to establish government body to recover losses inflicted by Russia because of annexation of Crimea and war in Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on his Facebook page that he initiated the creation of a new interdepartmental coordinating body …

Poroshenko asks Cabinet of Ministers to create body for recovery of damages from Russia – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers with a request to assume measures for the soon creation of the inter-department coordination body for the recovery of damages inflicted by the occupation of Crimea and combat actions in Donbas from Russia as he reported on Facebook. “The ongoing armed aggression of Russia brings new immeasurable human suffering to Ukraine, the infrastructure is damaged, the enterprises and economic potential of Donbas and Crimea are ruined. We cannot hesitate even a minute toward the forming of the consolidated claim of Ukraine to Russia for the recovery of the damages inflicted by Russia,” Poroshenko claimed.

Ukrainian military conducts drills with combat helicopters in Sea of Azov (Video) | UNIAN

The Ukrainian military has conducted drills in the Sea of Azov, using combat helicopters. All units that are involved in the defense of the sea coast conduct regular training to be ready to repel an enemy attack. The Ukrainian military has conducted drills in the Sea of Azov, using combat helicopters. “The Joint Forces are paying considerable attention to the defense of the Azov coast to prevent the landing of enemy amphibious assault troops. The actions of the [Ukrainian] troops on the ground will be supported by all the forces and means necessary to prevent an invasion from the sea. According to an order issued by Commander of the Joint Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Nayev, all units that are involved in the defense of the sea coast shall conduct regular training to boost the readiness to repel an attack,” the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation wrote on Facebook.

Donetsk terrorist chief Zakharchenko reportedly wounded | UNIAN

Head of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) terrorist organization Alexander Zakharchenko slid out of sight some time ago, he has reportedly been wounded, according to unofficial information. He is said to have been wounded near Avdiyivka.

Ukrainian officer estimates enemy losses in Donbas in July at 31 fighters (Photo) | UNIAN

Officer of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan estimates the losses of the two terrorists organizations in Donbas – the Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR”) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (“LPR”) – at 31 fighters in July 2018. Terrorist leaders and Russian military often report lower numbers of killed and wounded mercenaries in Donbas not to demotivate their troops. Officer of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan estimates the losses of the two terrorists organizations in Donbas – the Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR”) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (“LPR”) – at 31 fighters in July 2018. Read alsoOSCE spots people with coffin on Ukraine-Russia border in Donbas at night “In the Russian-controlled ‘DPR’/’LPR’ units, 31 fighters were liquidated and 68 mercenaries were wounded with varying severity in July,” he wrote on Facebook on August 1. “Non-combat losses (suicide, safety violations, reckless killing) totaled 12 terrorists,” the officer said, adding that the figure might be even higher. Terrorist leaders and Russian military often report lower numbers of killed and wounded mercenaries in Donbas not to demotivate their troops, he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 36 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian

Ukrainian officer updates on enemy losses on Aug 1 (Photo) | UNIAN

Officer of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan has disclosed the number of enemy losses in Donbas on the first day of August. Five terrorists of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ were killed.

Defense Ministry reports on condition of four wounded soldiers – 03.08.2018 13:40 — Ukrinform News

Four Ukrainian servicepersons were wounded in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in eastern Ukraine over the past day.

JFO: Ukraine reports 3 WIA’s amid 40 enemy attacks in Donbas in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 40 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, one enemy troop was killed and four others were wounded.

Ukraine names Moldovan fighting for Russian paramilitary unit – media | UNIAN

Ukraine’s intelligence services, the SBU, has named a Moldovan, Radu “Rodion” Donciu, aged 43, as a mercenary who has fought for the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and in Syria, with the Russian-led private company, Wagner. Ukraine’s intelligence service has named at least one Moldovan fighting with the privately-run paramilitary ‘Wagner’ group in eastern Ukraine and Syria.

Ukraine adopted law “On the legal status of missing persons” – Ukraine’s new law on people missing from Donbas conflict – 112.international

Author : Olena Holubeva Four years after the war in the east has erupted, Ukraine has finally adopted a bill on regulating the problems that have remained unresolved for all these years

Turchynov calls nonsense idea of referendum in Russian-occupied areas – 31.07.2018 15:52 — Ukrinform News

The idea of holding a referendum in the occupied areas of Crimea and Donbas, in the presence of Russian troops there, is a provocation and nonsense.

Turchynov proposes criminal liability for procurements in Russia | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov has proposed the introduction of criminal responsibility for financial support of the aggressor country, in particular, for procurements in the Russian Federation. Ukrzaliznytsia’s procurement office signed a contract with a branch of the Russian Railways for the supply of 96 copper-nickel “Honorary Railwayman” badges.

OSCE Secretary General, Joint Forces Commander discuss security situation in Donbas – 28.07.2018 14:45 — Ukrinform News

In&nbsp;Bakhmut, on&nbsp;July&nbsp;27, Commander of the Joint Forces, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev held talks with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ministry of Defense calls for raising salaries for military personnel

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine requested an additional 4.5 billion hryvnias ($ 220 million USD) from the budget to raise salaries for the …

Evaluating the performance of Ukraine’s defense ministry over 2017 – 2017 in numbers. What the defense ministry has been doing over the last year – 112.international

Every year, Ukraine’s defense ministry prepares a “White Book” – a detailed report on its activities. “The White book” for 2017 was released in June of the current year, and it shines a light on all the spheres of the authority’s operations – from catering to international aid. In order not to retell the entire 150 pages of the report, we have analyzed all the annual figures and “improvements”, in particular, those pertaining to soldiers: how much they got paid, what they ate, how they dressed, what they were shooting from and what and where they studied in 2017.

Ukraine’s ‘European Rampart’ Risks Getting Lost In The Trenches

An ambitious, multimillion-dollar project meant to slow down a Russian invasion has been scaled back due to the ongoing war, a weak economy, and corruption.

Ukraine plane maker turns West with Boeing tie-up | Reuters

Ukrainian plane maker Antonov, known for producing the world’s biggest aircraft, plans to restart serial production by the end of next year thanks to a deal with Boeing that will end Antonov’s dependence on Russia. Relations between Ukraine and Russia collapsed following the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Antonov, which imported more than 60 percent of its plane parts from Russia, halted serial production two years later. It now plans to build eight planes a year thanks to a deal with Aviall, Boeing’s parts, equipment and services unit, with the first two or three planes ready by the end of 2019, Antonov chief Oleksandr Donets told Reuters in an interview. He gave no details on future customers. Antonov’s main sales markets have been Russia, the former Soviet republics and Africa. The companies will jointly set up storage facilities in Ukraine by November, he said. “(The agreement with) Aviall has given us two gains. We are setting up a joint warehouse, located on Ukrainian territory in (the city of) Gostomel,” Donets said. “This warehouse will deal with products, materials, metals, non-metals – with all the components which we are not able to get from our former partner, the Russian Federation.” The warehouse could cost tens of millions of dollars, Donets added, to be funded by Aviall.

Ukraine plane maker turns West with Boeing tie-up – Reuters | UNIAN

Ukrainian plane maker Antonov, known for producing the world’s biggest aircraft, plans to restart serial production by the end of next year thanks to a deal with Boeing that will end Antonov’s dependence on Russia. It now plans to build eight planes a year thanks to a deal with Aviall, Boeing’s parts, equipment and services unit, with the first two or three planes ready by the end of 2019.

Boeing helps Antonov to avoid skills drain to Iran and DPRK – 112.international

Author : Oleksiy Kushch Boeing has decided to help Antonov aircraft design bureau and would supply the components for the production of 8 modernized aircraft a year. If you have to know something about a country during your travel, you can easily “read” the information by its bills and coins. As a rule, these are either iconic historical figures, or historical turning points, or national symbols. For example, Euro Cent in Cyprus has the image of the famous “Kyrenia ship,” which is kept in the museum-fortress of Kyrenia (it was found by divers in the port of the same name). And it does not matter that this artifact is now under the control of the self-proclaimed republic of northern Cyprus, occupied by the Turkish troops. If you look at the dollar bills, you can study the “dead” presidents and even see a portrait of one “non-president” – the scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Ukrainian first banknotes depicted Chersonese, and this was a symbol of our ancient history. Our 500-hryvnia note we have philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda, and this meant that the Ukrainians are wise philosophizing people, whom “the world has never caught” (one of Skovoroda’s most famous quotes – ed.). Few people paid attention to an inscription on the 500-hryvnia note: “Unequal equality to all” … It is almost a model of our reality. Although there is another inscription under the image of the fountain: “Different currents flow from different tubes.” Today, this is more suitable for the description of the financial flows leaving the country. Hryhoriy Skovoroda was not only a philosopher but also a visionary…

Boeing steps in to help Ukrainian manufacturer of world’s biggest plane – media – 28.07.2018 11:25 — Ukrinform News

Boeing stepped in to rescue the Ukrainian plane maker Antonov, known for producing the world’s largest aircraft.

Antonov is intended to cooperate with Boeing to finally solve the question of the dependence on Russia – Antonov to build eight planes per year – 112.international

Antonov is intended to cooperate with Boeing to finally solve the question of the dependence on Russia

Turkey, Ukraine advance An-188 co-production talks

Next step of the talks will involve a visit by Turkish delegation to Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, to inspect the Antonov production line.

Azerbaijani company Silk Way shows interest in purchasing ten Antonov An-178 from Ukraine – 112.international

Azerbaijani company Silk Way shows interest in purchasing ten Ukrainian aircraft, specifically Antonov An-178. Oleksandr Donets, the president of Antonov company said that in his interview for 112.ua news agency. According to Donets, Ukraine’s state-run enterprise signed an agreement with Boeing, thanks to which it managed to renew the serial production of aircraft. ‘There’s demand and customers who want our hardware. There’s a protocol of the latest meeting with Silk Way, authenticated on July 11. They confirmed they were interested in buying ten An-178s’, he said. The official added that most likely, these will be the planes from the NEXT production line with spare parts supplied by Aviall, the subsidiary of Boeing company. Along with this, he announced the development of the common hangar. The deal with Aviall gave us two advantages. We are developing a common hangar situated on the territory of Ukraine in Hostomel city. The hangar will deal with goods, supplies, metal, and nonmetal, with all components, which we can’t get from our former partner the Russian Federation,’ Donets claimed. Earlier, Antonov An-178, the big cargo aircraft, which cost the country’s economy almost three billion U.S. dollars, was showcased during Farnborough air show in England.

UkrOboronProm passed two upgraded MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukrainian Air Force – Defence Blog

Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial group UkrOboronProm (UOP) has announced that Ukrainian Air Force has received into service two upgraded MIG-29MU1 fighter jets. According to the statement, the State Enterprise “Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant” (a subsidiary of the UOP) had carried out the upgrade work on the two MiG-29 aircraft that had been hand over to the Ukrainian Air Force. The fighter jets were upgraded to the MiG-29MU1 configuration. These aircraft have undergone a complete overhaul with the continuation of the residual life, have received a more powerful radar station, which makes it possible to increase the range of detection of air targets, as well as an integrated satellite navigation system. In addition, the possibilities of monitoring and recording the functional parameters of the technical condition of the aircraft, engine and a number of onboard systems were significantly extended. The MiG-29MU1 can carry air-to-air missiles; pods of unguided rockets; air bombs weighing up to 3,000kg and 30mm built-in aircraft gun with 150 rounds of ammunition. The mission of the upgraded aircraft is to destroy hostile air targets within radar coverage limits and to destroy ground targets using unguided weapons in visual flight conditions.

“LDARP” handed over two modernized fighter MiG-29MU1 to Ukrainian pilots – Youtube

State Concern “Ukroboronprom” Published on August 1, 2018 The State Enterprise “Lviv State Aviation Repair Plant”, in close cooperation with other enterprises of “Ukroboronprom”, has completed the work on modernization of MiG-29 fighters to the level of MiG-29MU1, which will increase the defense capability of Ukraine. Two combat aircraft have already been transferred directly to one of the military units. The State Enterprise “Lviv State Aviation Repair Plant”, in close cooperation with other enterprises of “Ukroboronprom”, has completed the work on modernization of MiG-29 fighters to the level of MiG-29MU1, which will increase the defense capability of Ukraine. Two combat aircraft have already been transferred directly to one of the military units.

Ukrainian Air Force gets modernized MiG-29MU1 fighter jets – Poroshenko | UNIAN

The Ukrainian air force received modernized MiG-29MU1 fighter jets. Two aircraft have already been delivered to one of the bases, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook. The aircraft has been upgraded with a more powerful radar, as well as an integrated satellite navigation system.

New Army: Six types of anti-aircraft missile systems will be returned to the Armed Forces of Ukraine – National Industrial Portal

The Ukrainian army returns to the combat system immediately 6 types of anti-aircraft missile systems, previously recognized as “obsolete”, which will increase by one third the number of combat-capable complexes in the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Transmits National Industrial Portal, with reference to the Military Navigator. This was announced on his Facebook page by the director of information-consulting company Defense Express Sergey Zgurets.

Ukrainian military shows anti-tank grenade launcher in action (Video) | UNIAN

The Ukrainian military has demonstrated an SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher in action at one of training grounds in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. It can disable light armored vehicles, tanks and enemy troops with only one aimed shot. The Ukrainian military has demonstrated an SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher in action at one of training grounds in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Revamped Poltava Airport welcomes first passenger plane (Photo) | UNIAN

The revamped Poltava Airport located in the Ukrainian city of Poltava on July 29 welcomed its first Yakovlev Yak-40 passenger plane. Several dozen foreign tourists were onboard the plane.

Kremlin to postpone exchange of prisoners until start of election campaign in Ukraine – 30.07.2018 14:10 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine&rsquo;s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko predicts the activation of Russia’s dialogue on the exchange of prisoners before the start of election campaign in Ukraine.

“Part of Russia’s plan to destabilize Ukraine”: Lutsenko on series of attacks on activists | UNIAN

Attacks on pro-Ukrainian activists in the south of Ukraine are interrelated and, probably, part of another plan by Moscow aimed at destabilizing the country, says Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. After Ukraine security agencies exposed Savchenko and Ruban’s terror plot, Russia is trying new ways to split Ukraine.

MFA Hungary: Ukraine’s own fault in failure to make progress on EU, NATO accession path | UNIAN

Ukraine is unable to make progress in the process of accession to the European Union and NATO through its own fault; Hungary has nothing to do with it, the Minister of State for communication and Hungary’s international image at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamas Menczer, told the Hungarian news agency MTI on Thursday. The Hungarian official yet again referred to the Ukrainian law on education which allegedly puts “the already existing, acquired rights of minorities are in danger.”

Ukraine wants Hungary to explain decision on minister for Transcarpathia | UNIAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has strongly protested against Hungary’s decision to create the post of an authorized minister responsible for the development of Transcarpathia and develop kindergartens in the Carpathian basin. The Hungarian minister’s authority will cover part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine.

Ambassador Gough congratulates graduates of Strategic Leadership Programme – 31.07.2018 15:28 — Ukrinform News

British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough has congratulated the graduates of the first Strategic Leadership Programme in security and defense sector for high-level government officials.

Poll: Ukrainians want new political leaders – 01.08.2018 15:23 — Ukrinform News

Most Ukrainians believe that the country needs new political leaders.

Yanukovych’s lawyers disrupt legal debate on treason case | UNIAN

Lawyers of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych did not attend Monday’s meeting of Kyiv’s Obolon District Court, where the legal debate was to be held. Devyatko put off the meeting until 10:00 on July 31.

UAWire – Ukraine’s fist president Kravchuk speaks of attempt to assassinate Yanukovych

Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk told Strana.ua news outlet in an interview that he was informed of plans to assassinate Ukraine’s …

High-speed railway between Boryspil airport – Kyiv to be finished until December 1, 112.international – High-speed railway between Boryspil airport – Kyiv to be finished until December 1 – 112.international

High-speed railway between Boryspil airport – Kyiv to be finished until December 1

Over 200 judges in Ukraine fail qualification assessment | UNIAN

According to the results of the qualification assessment, 17%, or 238 judges, have already been laid off or are subject to dismissal, as reported on the website of the Highest Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine. As of July 30, the evaluation has been completed of 1,385 judges of local and appellate courts across Ukraine. According to the results of the qualification assessment, 17%, or 238 judges, have already been laid off or are subject to dismissal, as reported on the website of the Highest Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine. As of July 30, the evaluation was completed in respect of 1,385 judges of local and appellate courts.

Ukrainian, 84, Gets 12 Years In Prison On Treason Charge

A court in Ukraine has sentenced an 84-year-old researcher to 12 years in prison after convicting him of gathering classified information he allegedly planned to hand over to Russia.

Ukraine Protesters Demand Probe Into Acid Attack Against Activist

Dozens of protesters gathered in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson on August 1, demanding a thorough investigation into a recent acid attack against a local activist.

Donbas war veteran shot dead in Ukraine’s Berdyansk | UNIAN

A Donbas war veteran Vitaliy Oleshko who was also a well-known local activist was murdered in the south Ukrainian city of Berdyansk. The activist critical of the local administration was shot in the back from a double-barreled hunting rifle, eye-witnesses say.

Murder of Donbas veteran in Berdyansk: Four suspects detained – 112.international

Earlier, it was reported that one suspect in murder of former Donbas combatant is an ex-fighter of Tornado battalion. Four suspects in the murder of 43-year-old Donbas battalion soldier Vitaly Oleshko (call sign ‘Sarmat’) were issued a noted of suspicion. This was reported by the speaker of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine Andriy Lysenko on Facebook. “Four individuals were informed of the suspicion under the Criminal Code of Ukraine for an deliberate murder by a group of people of an activist in Berdyansk, Zaporizhia region,” the statement reads. Earlier, it was reported that one suspect in murder of former Donbas combatant is an ex-fighter of Tornado battalion. Anton Herashchenko, the MP of People’s Front and the Interior Ministry counselor said that the convict, formerly the sniper of the said unit, may face the life imprisonment for this particular crime.

UAWire – Ukrainian Prime Minister promises that Ukraine would achieve energy independence from Russia

In a statement published on the Ukrainian government web site, The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman stated that his country will …

Money from “Magnitsky case” passed through Ukraine – media | UNIAN

Two banks in Ukraine reportedly took part in a tax fraud scheme, later dubbed the Magnitsky case, which involved Russian government officials that defrauded Russian taxpayers of US$230 million, laundered the assets through various banks and fake companies and transferred them to the West. Transactions data was provided by the Russian center “Dossier.”

Most Ukrainians in Poland would leave for Germany – media | UNIAN

Fifty-nine percent of Ukrainians working in Poland have said they would leave the country if the German labour market opened up to them, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily reported citing a new study. The study also found that nearly eight out of ten Ukrainian migrants said they were happy with the working conditions in Poland.

Ukraine, Israel complete legal verification of free trade deal | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Economic Development and Trade Ministry says Ukraine and Israel have completed the legal verification of a draft agreement on a free trade area (FTA). Twelve sections and annexes of the draft agreement were verified.

Reuters: Australian grain giant GrainCorp opens trading office in Ukraine | UNIAN

Australian grain giant GrainCorp has opened a trading office in Ukraine, the company said on Friday. Ukraine is among the leading global grain producers and exporters.

Boxing Champion Usyk Rejects Hero Of Ukraine Award

Ukrainian boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk has rejected a proposal to award him with the country’s highest honor, the Hero of Ukraine medal, saying he doesn’t need anything from the government.

Ilya Muromets monument unveiled in Kyiv – UNIAN Photoreport

Ilya Muromets monument unveiled in Kyiv. UNIAN pictures

Polish, Ukrainian archaeologists found valuable objects of IV century in Olbia – 112.international

Olbia is the most important Greek colony in the Lower Bug area, the delta of the Hypanis (Bug) River and the Borysphen (Dnieper) River, founded in 647 BC. Members of the Polish-Ukrainian archaeological expedition found on the territory of the ancient Greek colony of Olbia (now Mykolaiv region) fragments of the house and valuable items dated to the IV century. This was reported by Radio Poland. “The crockery is in very good condition, and it is clear that they are made in a good workshop, so we assume that the house we are studying belonged to the rich townspeople. they could afford expensive crockery. So far, in Olbia, we have not been able to find such a valuable and a large tableware,” the head of the expedition Alfred Twardecky said. The research project involved scientists from the Warsaw National Museum and the Institute of Archeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

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