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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (27)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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  1. Azov Sea Russian buildup raises concerns – AFU conducts fixed and rotary wing air strike exercises against amphibious landings (excellent video footage);
  2. Constitutional amendments planned for NATO and EU entry;
  3. Much on Donbass attacks and buildup, Georgian expats in AFU;
  4. First photos of Hrim TBM TEL in AFU livery, new Bohdana 155mm wheeled self-propelled gun, FGM-148 Javelins and S-300V1 GLADIATOR, Canadian 0.50 cal sniper rifles;
  5. Political and economic news reports.

Ukraine Reports

Sea Of Troubles: Azov Emerging As ‘Tinderbox’ In Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Crimea and a large swath of eastern Ukraine are firmly under Russia’s control. Ukrainians and others suggest Moscow has set its sights on the shared Sea of Azov, imposing a “sea blockade” and flaunting its might.

Ukraine’s Turchynov: Russia considers Azov-Black Sea region important springboard for further expansion | UNIAN

Russian military-political leadership considers the Azov-Black Sea region as an important springboard for further expansion, says Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov. “We are seeing Russia’s efforts to unleash, in fact, a military-economic blockade of the Azov coast of Ukraine,” Turchynov said.

Azov Sea could become Russian, and NATO won’t help – British expert | UNIAN

UK military expert, Col. (Rtd) Glen Grant says the already critical situation in the southern part of Ukraine will further deteriorate if the government fails to take unambiguous steps to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The stretch from Crimea to Romania would be the next site of blockade and further seizure, Grant said. UK military expert, Col. (Rtd) Glen Grant says the already critical situation in the southern part of Ukraine will further deteriorate if the government fails to take unambiguous steps to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. As of today, military-political situation in the Azov Sea region is estimated at 7-8 points on a conditional 10-point scale, Mr Grant told Epreso.tv. According to the expert, the city of Mariupol is seeing a drop in goods turnover. As Russia stops ships heading to Mariupol, businessmen will shift to other forms of operations. He said this is exactly the tactic of the Russian side – to suppress any attempts to trade by sea, and turn this part of the Sea of Azov into the Russian one. This will happen if Ukraine fails to take any measures, according to Mr Grant, who adds that the Azov Sea will simply become Russian, as well as the space between the Azov Sea and Crimea. He said the stretch from Crimea to Romania would be the next object of the blockade and further seizure. Grant says the Russians will start a game where they will try to block access to Odesa. Obviously, this will be their next step, he stressed, adding that U.S. and other NATO allies’ warships deployed near Odesa for exercises or being on their planned routes will not open fire on Russian vessels. Grant suggests that Ukraine ask the U.S. to provide warships to the Ukrainian Navy since the country today lacks a strong fleet.

Russian actions in Sea of Azov source of trouble to Berdyansk, Mariupol ports – Ukraine’s minister | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Ukrainian ports in Mariupol and Berdyansk are seeing problems due to Russia’s actions following the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge. Because of the groundless increase in the number of inspections of ships by Russian coast guards in the Sea of Azov, there has been a 10% decrease in calls to the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Ukrainian ports in Mariupol and Berdyansk are seeing problems due to Russia’s actions following the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge. “This is being done to destabilize Ukraine’s Azov region. But I’m sure that, together with our partners in the coalition against Russia, they won’t be able to fully succeed. Berdyansk and Mariupol are experiencing certain problems in this regard, but the situation in the region remains stable, while the ports are still operating. At the same time, we are working with our partners to introduce similar sanctions against Russia’s Black Sea ports,” he told TV Channel 112 Ukraine on August 4. “Now various scenarios to counteract Russia are being worked out, up to the restriction of calls to Russian ports for vessels with European registration,” he added.

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Russia is trying to bankrupt Ukrainian ports – Russia is trying to cut Ukraine off the Sea of Azov – 112.international

Russia’s actions are dangerous for the Ukrainian economy, they demonstrate how Moscow can use its naval forces in order to start combat operations in favorable conditions that cannot be classified as an open conflict

Ukraine plans to expand Sea Breeze drills in 2019 – Poroshenko – 09.08.2018 09:17 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that due to the Sea Breeze 2018 military exercises, a big step was taken to improve the level of interaction and coordination of the Ukrainian Navy and military forces of the Allied countries.

Ukraine tests Army aviation readiness at Azov Sea coast (Video) | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Joint Forces Staff has checked readiness of Army aviation units in the zone of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO), in particular, along the Sea of Azov coastline. The drills confirmed combat capability of equipment and personnel.

“You can expect anything”: Ukraine on Russia amassing troops at demarcation in Donbas | UNIAN

Russian-terrorist forces are pulling a considerable amount of military equipment toward the line of demarcation in Donbass in the framework of “military exercises” of 1st and 2nd army groups under the command of the Russian armed forces. The press center of the JCCC stresses that it is necessary to be prepared for any developments.

Russia brings in Putin’s ‘National Guard’ ‘to prevent sabotage’ or crush protest in occupied Crimea – 112.international

Russia brings in Putin’s ‘National Guard’ ‘to prevent sabotage’ or crush protest in occupied Crimea. Author : Halya Coynash Bases are to be set up for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s National Guard [Rosgvardia] in three cities in occupied Crimea. Bases are to be set up for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s National Guard [Rosgvardia] in three cities in occupied Crimea. The official line is that the National Guard bases, together with one for OMON riot police, are needed to protect Russia’s illegal Crimea Bridge from ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’. Many suspect, however, that the real aim is to have this army of specially trained fighters on hand to crush any protests, amid mounting disgruntlement with socio-economic problems and other issues. It was reported on 15 July that the relevant state property committee is to assist Rosgvardia in registering (appropriated Ukrainian) property in Simferopol, Alushta and Kerch. Among Rosgvardia’s main aims, it is claimed, will be “to ensure safety of important sites on the peninsula, for example, the bridge over the Kerch Strait. In one of the cities land, etc. will also be made available for a base of OMON [riot police]. Related: Crimean Tatar attempts to commit self-immolation in Simferopol Krym.Realii spoke with Sergei Akimov, Ataman of the Cossack organization ‘Krymskoye kazachestvo’ who appears to have been in conflict with the occupation regime since at least 2016, and has been detained at least once for a single-person picket. Akimov is clear that there is no objective need for an increase in law enforcement officials in Crimea, and says that there is already one police officer or military serviceman for each single Crimean. Every time you turn on the television, he says, you hear predictions of terrorist acts, etc. in Crimea, yet he believes that it’s protest rallies that they’re worried about, not saboteurs. Over the last year and a half, he asserts, the mood has become more explosive, with tensions running high in society.

Reuters: Last Western hotel chain leaves Crimea – 04.08.2018 13:54 — Ukrinform News

The last Western hotel chain in Crimea, Best Western Hotels &amp; Resorts, has left the annexed peninsula because of sanctions imposed on Russia.

Kremlin plans to turn annexed Crimea into cultural capital | Reuters

Six masterpieces from Russia’s top art galleries and museums will be moved to Crimea to be housed in a new cultural center on the peninsula, according to a project presented to President Vladimir Putin.

UAWire – Kremlin considers Crimean train carriages unfit for Kerch Bridge

At a meeting in Simferopol, Russian Presidential Aide Igor Levitin has demanded that the fleet of passenger railway carriages in annexed Crimea …

Prosecution witness testifies in favor of defense in Russia’s latest “Crimea sabotage trial” | UNIAN

Academic Oleksiy Bessarabov and Volodymyr Dudka, a retired captain who had recently become a grandfather, are being accused of planning acts of sabotage in the occupied Crimea on instructions from Ukraine’s Military Intelligence.  A ‘trial’ has begun in Russia’s latest attempt to claim that it thwarted a ‘Ukrainian sabotage plot’ in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukraine protests against Putin’s visit to occupied Crimea – 06.08.2018 13:56 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has expressed a protest due to another visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on August 4, which was not agreed with Ukraine, the ministry's press service has reported.

UAWire – Poroshenko prepares Constitution amendments for Ukraine to join EU and NATO

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has prepared amendments to the Constitution with respect to Ukraine joining the European Union and the …

Poroshenko tells NSDC to prepare for Russia meddling in Ukraine elections | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to set up a separate meeting on countering Russia’s election meddling. The president says Ukraine should be ready to counter hybrid threats.

President instructs Security and Defense Council to hold meeting on countering interference in elections – 07.08.2018 09:55 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the National Security and Defense Council&nbsp;of Ukraine&nbsp;to hold a meeting on countering interference in the elections.

The Atlantic: U.S. sanctions against Russia over Ukraine war should not be confused with pressure for other crimes | UNIAN

A major problem with the current use of sanctions is that the U.S. treats them as an end in and of themselves, rather than as a means to an end. As tensions with the Kremlin have grown, the sanctions’ goals have seemingly multiplied.

Hungary’s brazen ambitions: Will Crimea or Donbas scenario repeat in Zakarpattia | UNIAN

In the international context and in that of Ukraine’s foreign policy, the post of a minister for the development of Transcarpathian region should be seen as an encroachment by Budapest on Ukraine’s sovereignty. In the international context and in that of Ukraine’s foreign policy, the post of a minister for the development of Transcarpathian region should be seen as an encroachment by Budapest on Ukraine’s sovereignty. Hungary weakened its foreign policy position when at the level of the EU and NATO it initiated a number of anti-Ukrainian decisions and blocked its neighbor’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Until now, Hungary has appealed to Ukraine’s internal issues, for example, “restricting the rights” of the Hungarian national minority. But Budapest’s decision to establish a new ministerial post demonstrated that the issue of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine is in fact an issue of Hungary’s foreign policy and territorial encroachment on Ukraine. Of course, the Hungarian leaders will deny this. But Ukrainian diplomatic corps must remain vigilant in order to avoid repeating the same scenario that was imposed on Crimea and Donbas. We already know how such interventions might end up. It is high time to draw the attention of our foreign partners to this clearly unfriendly step of a neighboring state and thus seize from Hungary the initiative in the ongoing diplomatic conflict.

Poroshenko and Pompeo discuss further measures to counteract Russian aggression, restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss further measures to counteract Russian aggression and restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the Ukrainian presidential press service said in the early hours on Wednesday.

Pompeo calls on Poroshenko to fulfill outstanding IMF demands | UNIAN

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, calling on the Ukrainian leader to ensure that the outstanding requirements put forward by the country’s key creditor, the International Monetary Fund, are fulfilled. The Secretary welcomed Ukraine’s recent passage of anticorruption court legislation and the Law on National Security.

Poroshenko, Pompeo discuss anti-Russian sanctions, UN peacekeepers presence in Donbas – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a phone conversation; the Ukrainian leader’s press service reported that on early Wednesday. ‘The parties commended approaches to further counteraction to Russian aggression and restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, taking into account recent contacts between the two Heads of States. Petro Poroshenko thanked Mike Pompeo for the historic declaration of non-recognition of the attempt by the Russian aggressor to annex the Ukrainian Crimea. In this regard, the parties stressed the priority of switching from the policy of non-recognition of the annexation to the policy of de-occupation of Crimea’, says the message. The administration quoted Pompeo saying that ‘U.S. approaches towards policy regarding Russia remained clear and unambiguous – as long as the Kremlin refuses to change its confrontational policy, the price of aggression for Russia will continue to grow’.

Poroshenko: Ukraine approaching NATO membership – 06.08.2018 14:26 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko considers membership in NATO a key goal of Ukraine and believes in the success of Ukrainian Euro-Atlantic integration.

Putin “schizophrenic and maniac”: Ukraine official warns citizens to be prepared for any scenario | UNIAN

As Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said that Ukraine and Georgia’s possible entry to NATO is a “direct threat to Russia’s national security,” predicting the scenario of Kremlin’s response in case of Ukraine’s successful accession to the North Atlantic Alliance is simply impossible, says Deputy Mnister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Displaced Persons, George Tuka. Tuka pointed at the Russian president’s unpredictability. As Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said that Ukraine and Georgia’s possible entry to NATO is a “direct threat to Russia’s national security,” predicting the scenario of Kremlin’s response in case of Ukraine’s successful accession to the North Atlantic Alliance is simply impossible, says Deputy Mnister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Displaced Persons, George Tuka. Tuka also called Putin a “schizophrenic and a maniac,” according to the Obozrevatel online media outlet. “Unfortunately, we are dealing with a schizophrenic and maniac who has built an authoritarian regime in the neighboring state and who can actually go for any of his whims: today, he is seeing no resistance in society, inside that state, and among politicians of that state,” Tuka believes. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10218500-putin-schizophrenic-and-maniac-ukraine-official-warns-citizens-to-be-prepared-for-any-scenario.html

Ukraine reports 1 KIA, 2 WIAs amid 45 enemy attacks in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 45 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA). One militant was reportedly killed and another four were wounded in clashes with Ukraine’s Joint Forces.

Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas as enemy ATGM hits military vehicle | UNIAN

An enemy missile got into a car with Ukrainian military near the town of Zolote in Donbas on Wednesday evening, killing a Ukrainian soldier and injuring another three troops. In the past 24 hours and after midnight, Russian-occupation forces violated the ceasefire 10 times along the contact line in Luhansk region.

Poroshenko says Ukraine continues to fight for Crimea de-occupation | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine continues its struggle for de-occupation of Crimea so that Crimean Tatars could observe unique traditions of their ancestors in Ukraine’s free Crimea. Today, August 9, is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Poroshenko announces Sea Breeze expansion as tensions rise in Azov Sea | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is planned next year to increase the number of military participants and expand the geography of the Sea Breeze 2019 multinational exercises. Poroshenko recalled representatives of 19 NATO Allies and other partners had taken part in Sea Breeze 2018.

Modular towns for IDPs from Donbas becoming “depressive ghettos” – journalists | UNIAN

Temporary modular settlements built in 2015 for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Donbas have turned into dysfunctional isolated ghettos. According to the activist, some people in the camp “realize what a nightmare it is to live in those conditions but they also have no other options.”

Militants launched 40 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 06.08.2018 09:23 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 40 attacks, including four from heavy weapons, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.&nbsp;

Ukraine reports 1 KIA in Donbas as militants mortar Joint Forces’ positions | UNIAN

Over the past day, militants violated the ceasefire  33 times, including one time from heavy weapons. A Ukrainian soldier was killed in action as occupation forces opened fire two times on the positions of the Joint Forces, the JFO press service says. Militants shelled Ukrainian troops near Shyrokyne.

Militants launched 36 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 08.08.2018 09:25 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 36 attacks on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.

JCCC: Number of heavy weapons, military hardware in occupied Donbas skyrockets by 8.5 times in July | UNIAN

The number of heavy weapons and military hardware in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine, has skyrocketed by 8.5 times in the past month. Their deployment there is a gross violation of the Minsk agreements.

UAWire – Russia sends more weapons and military equipment to the Donbas

The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire in the Donbas stated that the number of ceasefire violations in the Donbas has …

UAWire – Commander of the Ukrainian Forces in Donbas: All commanding military positions in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are held by Russian officers

All military positions in the DPR (Luhansk People's Republic) and the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) in the uncontrolled territories of Ukraine …

Ukraine Hits Back – Putin’s Invasion Army Flounders In Donbas – To Inform is to Influence

A few key points from this article. Ukraine has reorganized. The military is in charge of defending against Putin, not the SBU. Ukraine has sufficient artillery as to provide effective counter-battery fire. Ukraine and Russia are in a tactical standoff. Ukraine is not taking the offensive, as a deliberate decision. Notice in the article, this is being called “Putin’s War”. This is an effective way of ensuring it hurts Putin inside Russia, this is good information warfare. A few things I have not seen addressed, not only in this article but in all media. What is being done to strengthen the rest of Ukraine’s border with Russia? Is Ukraine moving towards offensive action in Donbas to recover its lost territory? Will Ukraine forego military action to take back Crimea? I don’t expect an answer on that one. It would be very bloody. This appears to be the start of an information offensive. Slava Ukrajini! </end editorial>

Militants launched 36 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 04.08.2018 11:30 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 36 attacks, including three attacks from heavy weapons, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in eastern Ukraine in last day.&nbsp;

Infowars: Russian TV channels shooting staged scenes with “Ukrainian Army weapons” near Debaltseve, intelligence says | UNIAN

Crews of leading Russian TV channels are shooting scenes in the occupied Donbas near the settlement Debaltseve, where the militants’ damaged heavy weapons and armored vehicles are towed to, marked as Ukrainian, press-secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told a Khyiv briefing on Thursday, citing Ukraine intelligence reports, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Occupation forces are planning to use damaged equipment marked as Ukrainian to provoke anti-Ukrainian sentiments on the eve of Independence Day.

UAWire – Kyiv considers banning Hungarian Commissioner for Transcarpathia from entering Ukraine

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ready to deny the Hungarian ministerial commissioner for the development of Transcarpathia entry to …

UAWire – Kyiv expresses protest against Hungarian Prime Minister’s anti-Ukrainian statements

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its protest to Laszlo Pap, the Chargé d’affaires of Hungary to Ukraine against Budapest’s “ …

UAWire – Ukrainian Armed Forces to shoot down drones over military compounds and training ranges

Servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will shoot down any drones flying over the location of military units and exercises, stated the press …

“Who says Putin is forever?”: Deputy Minister Tuka on chances of getting reparations from Russia | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka is confident that Ukraine will succeed in obtaining compensation from Russia for the occupation of Ukrainian territories. The official believes Russia will be resisting in every way possible, both during trials and once an awaited ruling is handed down obliging Moscow to compensate for damage inflicted by the occupation.

UAWire – Soldier arrested in Ukraine for joining Russian Armed Forces during the annexation of Crimea

A former serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who joined the Russian army after the annexation of the Crimea annexation was arrested in …

Soldier arrested in Ukraine for joining Russian Armed Forces during the annexation of Crimea – To Inform is to Influence

An unnamed soldier was arrested by the SBU for defecting from the Ukraine Army to serve in the Russian Army, then returning to Ukraine.  </end editorial> Saturday, August 4, 2018 5:00:31 PM A former serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who joined the Russian army after the annexation of the Crimea annexation was arrested…

Court sentences “LNR people’s deputy” to 8 years of imprisonment, 112.international – 112.international

A “people’s deputy” of the so-called “LNR people’s council” was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment in Luhansk region, as SBU press office reports. The law enforcers determined that Khrustalne resident joined the illegal armed formations in 2014. He was supporting the Russian aggression against Ukraine, was facilitating the establishment of an occupation administration in ORLO (Separated Districts of Luhansk region, – ed.), voted for adoption of separatist “laws” of the pseudo-republic.

Ukraine calls on UK police to probe Graham Phillips for “terrorist activity” in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukraine calls on UK police to conduct investigation into the “terrorist activity” in eastern Ukraine of a pro-Russian propagandist, British national Graham Phillips. Corresponding materials have been sent to the UK Foreign Office.

For the first time, Italy arrests far-right Italians who fought in Ukraine – media | UNIAN

In Italy, it has long been an open secret that far-right activists were fighting in Donbas.  In April, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament submitted a list of 25 Italian citizens believed to be fighting with pro-Russian militants.

For the first time, Italy arrests far-right Italians who fought in Ukraine – The Washington Post

Italy had previously turned a blind eye to those joining pro-Russian separatist militias.

U.S. Lawmakers Call On Russia-Backed Separatists To Free Ukrainian Journalist

A bipartisan U.S. congressional caucus has called for the immediate release of a Ukrainian journalist and blogger said to have been imprisoned on spying charges for more than a year in eastern Ukraine.

Georgian Soldiers Fight In Ukraine To Avenge 2008 War With Russia

Ten years after Georgia fought a five-day war against Russia in the country’s breakaway regions, some Georgians are seeking revenge, fighting against pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

Russia used lessons from Georgia war in Ukraine conflict – To Inform is to Influence

Russia fielded proposals in 2008, following the Russian invasion of South Ossetia. In Russia’s eyes, it won the military war but lost the information war. Igor Panarin, among others, proposed an Information Warfare program. Many of his ideas were adopted, but he continues submitting more proposals to further improve. One of his suggestions made in 2008 involved the formation of “Information Warfare Spetsnaz”. The concept was de facto carried out in 2014 in Crimea, but only now it is becoming a recognized part of the Russian military. This article covers the historical aspects but does not bring the reader up to current times. </end editorial>

Soviet Union began this in 1942: Expert on importance of assessing  damage from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine | UNIAN

The interdepartmental agency for coordinating damage recovery from Russia “for the destruction of Crimea and Donbas”, which Ukraine intends to set up, should address the issue of consolidating the volumes and types of losses the country suffered as a result of Russia’s armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and Donbas, according to a Ukrainian political analyst Mykhailo Basarab. According to Mr Basarab, the calculation of losses inflicted is “an important base for filing a claim against Russia in the long term.” The interdepartmental agency for coordinating damage recovery from Russia “for the destruction of Crimea and Donbas”, which Ukraine intends to set up, should address the issue of consolidating the volumes and types of losses the country suffered as a result of Russia’s armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and Donbas, according to a Ukrainian political analyst Mykhailo Basarab. According to the expert, this is “an important base for filing a claim against Russia in the future,” Krym.Realii reports. “The reintegration law recognizes the fact of armed aggression not only in the territory of Crimea, but also in Donbas. We remember that for a long time there has been this discussion of Crimea being recognized an occupied territory, unlike Donbas. It was Putin’s game to separate these two issues and give them different interpretation … By the way, the Soviet Union began preparing its claim to Hitler’s Germany back in 1942. The victory had been so very distant – that is, it was a far-reaching decision. That’s because otherwise, by the end of the war, the winners would not have consolidated data on their losses,” said the Ukrainian political scientist.

Poroshenko: Ukraine welcomes EU’s readiness to engage in restoration of Donbas – 06.08.2018 10:35 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine welcomes the readiness of the European Union to engage in restoration of the liberated from the Russian aggressor territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“Glory to Ukraine!” to become official military greeting in Ukraine’s army | UNIAN

The National Guard of Ukraine says this year, at the annual Independence Day parade held on August 24, Ukrainian servicemen will use a new military greeting “Glory to Ukraine!” instead of those used in the Soviet-era. The move marks another step the Ukrainian military are taking away from the Soviet past.

Defense ministry drafts bill on transition to military salute ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ and ‘Glory to Heroes!’

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry, on the instruction of President Petro Poroshenko, has drafted a bill on changing a salute for servicemen from “Hello Comrades!” and “Good Day, Sir!” to “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to Heroes!”, the ministry’s press service has told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

UAWire – Ukraine unveils its Navy Development strategy

The Naval command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has unveiled its development strategy for the Navy until 2035, which will enable it to oppose …

UAWire – Large-scale military exercises begin in Ukraine

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have begun conducting the Speka (“Heat”) 2018 large-scale exercises involving territorial defense units, reported …

U.S. F-15 fighter jets to take part in largest Ukrainian aviation exercise – Defence Blog

Head of the Press Center of Ukraine’s Air Force, Roman Yurchilo has confirmed the participation U.S. troops in the upcoming Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise in Ukraine. Ukraine this year will hold the largest multinational aviation exercise since its independence. The Clear Sky 2018 exercise scheduled to be held in mid-October for two weeks. The countries participating this year will include Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Denmark, the UK, France, Estonia and the United States. U.S. Air Forces officials did not comment on participating in the exercise, although reports that almost 10 aircraft of different types will take part in Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise in Ukraine. The US involvement will include F-15 Eagle tactical fighter aircraft, C-130 military transport aircraft, KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft and even MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles. The Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise focuses on stability operations and helps promote interoperability among the partner militaries of Ukraine and the United States as well as its NATO allies. From the Ukrainian side, the exercises will be attended by about 20 combat aircraft of various types, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Together with Ukrainian and American pilots, tasks in the sky will be performed by their Polish and Romanian colleagues on F-16C aircraft. According to the idea of the organizers, the Clean Sky-2018 international exercise will contribute to security in Eastern Europe and will allow to raise the level of training of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fulfill tactical tasks in the allies environment, to achieve a fundamentally new and qualitative level of compatibility with the air forces of the US Armed Forces and other NATO member countries during joint air operations to ensure protection of sovereignty. The exercise will be conducted amid heightened tensions with Moscow, which views any NATO military activities along its border negatively.

Fifteen foreign partners to attend military parade on Independence Day of Ukraine – Poltorak – 07.08.2018 10:56 — Ukrinform News

Fifteen foreign partners of Ukraine have confirmed their participation in the military parade and celebrations on the occasion of the Independence Day in Kyiv on August 24.

Ukrainian Armed Forces hold Heat 2018 exercises – 06.08.2018 15:21 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are holding the Heat 2018 exercises aimed, in particular, at working out territorial defense skills, the media liaisons department of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has reported.

Ukraine celebrating Air Force Day – news about social life

Ukraine’s Air Force on the first Sunday of August celebrates its professional holiday. Top officials sent their greetings to Air Force war pilots.

The day is marked in correspondence with the decree of the President from June 27, 2007, in the first Saturday in August. – Ukraine marks Air Force Day of Armed Forces – 112.international

The day is marked in correspondence with the decree of the President from June 27, 2007, in the first Saturday in August.

New weapons, military gear will be shown during Independence Day parade in Kyiv – Poltorak

New weapons and military equipment used by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, as well as experimental gear, will be demonstrated at the military parade on Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of the revival of Ukrainian statehood, which will be held on August 24, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has said. “This year, 4,500 servicemen and 250 military pieces of equipment will take part in the military parade … During the passage of the mechanized column, new models of weapons and equipment that are already in service and those that are being tested by the state will be demonstrated,” Poltorak said on his Facebook page. According to him, 24 formations will march down the main street of the capital, representing units of the Armed Forces, National Guard, State Border Service, SBU Security Service and other agencies which protect and defend Ukraine. During the rehearsal of the parade in Kyiv on Tuesday, Poltorak said that Ukraine has invited representatives of partner countries to the parade. “Some 15 partners have already confirmed their participation, most of them from NATO member countries,” the minister said. Poltorak said the parade would showcase new military weapons systems being developed and tested. When asked about the new 150mm artillery systems, the minister said they would be put into operation after the end of artillery fire tests. The minister noted that the tests are already underway today. He expressed the hope that they would succeed. He also said that he would make a final decision on the adoption of the new weapons systems on August 10. “I think that you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will see at the parade,” he said.

National Guard servicemen preparing for Independence Day parade – 08.08.2018 14:10 — Ukrinform News

Servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine have conducted a rehearsal of a solemn military parade in honor of Ukraine's Independence Day.

Ukrainian troops rehearse for Independence Day Parade (photo) | UNIAN

Ukraine is getting ready to hold the annual Independence Day parade in Kyiv. Some 4,500 military and 250 pieces of equipment will take part in the event the minister says will be “powerful.”

Ukraine to unveil newest tactical ballistic missile during upcoming military parade – Defence Blog

Ukraine is set to unveil an upgraded variant of its newest tactical ballistic missile during Independence Day military parade at the center of Kyiv on Aug. 24 Ukrainian defense industry will unveil modern tactical ballistic missile to the international public for the first time during Ukraine’s Independence Day on Aug. 24. The new mobile short-range ballistic missile is developed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and the Pavlograd Chemical Plant in partnerships with other Ukrainian defense companies. The newest system is designed to destroy enemy weapons, command posts, communications nodes, tactical aircraft parked on airfields, air defense installations and other critical targets in operational depth round. The newest tactical missile system is equivalent to the Russian Iskander. Once in service of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, the new systems could replace an older Tochka-U short-range ballistic missiles, that has a range of 120 km and. Ukraine’s tactical ballistic missile system is expected to have a firing range of up to 300 km. (some source reported about up to 500km). It will have several different conventional warheads, including a cluster munitions warhead, a fuel-air explosive enhanced-blast warhead, a high explosive-fragmentation warhead, an earth penetrator for bunker busting.

Ukraine develops new Bogdana 6×6 self-propelled howitzer – Defence Blog

Ukraine has developed a 155mm advanced wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH), called the Bogdana. The new self-propelled artillery system was intended to destroy command posts, armoured and mechanised units, artillery batteries, communication posts and field fortifications. The Bogdana self-propelled artillery system is mounted on a KrAZ 6×6 high-mobility truck chassis, manufactured by Ukrainian “AutoKrAZ” industrial company. The new artillery system is fitted with a modern fire control system consists of a ballistic computer, a gun system computer. The display of the main fire control computer is located in the armored cab, however, there is also a gun display unit at the rear. It is used by the crew when the howitzer is deployed in firing position. Is expected that new artillery system will have a minimum range of 780m and is capable of hitting targets at ranges up to 40km (50 with new-developed rounds). The maximum rate of fire is 6 rounds per minute. According to Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, a new 155-mm self-propelled howitzer is being tested. “Its crucial characteristics are high mobility, precision, range capability, and high speed of fire”, – he emphasized adding that special ordnance can hit the target at a distance of up to 60 kilometers. Mr. Turchynov also noticed that the new self-propelled howitzer “has the NATO 155-mm caliber”. “There were no weapons of such caliber in our Armed Forces, neither were they in the Soviet Army nor does it exist in the modern Russian army”, – Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine. He added that both the gun control system and the technology for its production at the Ukrainian defense enterprises meet the NATO standards. “The weapon got a very beautiful feminine name “Bohdana”, and I advise the enemies of Ukraine to memorize it well”, – Secretary of the NSDC Ukraine The Bogdana has a combat weight of 28,000kg. The self-propelled artillery system is equipped with a load assisting system. It carries 20 round of ammunition and associated charges. The cab of high-mobility truck chassis is of welded steel armour and provides protection from small arms fire. The front of the crew cab is fitted with two large windows and four-door is available on each side. The new Bogdana 6×6 self-propelled howitzer will unveil to the international public for the first time during Ukraine’s Independence Day on Aug. 24.

First photos posted of Ukraine’s brand new Bohdana self-propelled gun | UNIAN

First photos of Ukraine’s new self-propelled howitzer, Bohdana, appeared in social networks Friday. The new piece of weaponry will be showcased at the Independence Day parade in Kyiv August 24.

Ukraine announces mass production of modern artillery ammunition – Defence Blog

Ukrainian industrial group UkrOboronProm (UOP) has announced that it is ready for mass production artillery ammunition for a wide variety of missions at long ranges of engagement. According to UOP’s statement, Ukraine held a ceremony on 9 August to mark the start of mass production of the new artillery ammunition, which was attended by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. “I congratulate you on the fact that we have not just held trials that have shown the high quality of the work of these teams that are taking part today in our holiday. We are ready to organize the mass production of the most scarce ammunition in the near future,” the Head of State said at the opening of the production line for the manufacturing of large caliber artillery shells at “Artem” JSC. Petro Poroshenko also noted that the first tests were conducted only in the first quarter of this year and now it is an issue of mass production. “I want to congratulate the Ukrainian people – the trials were successful,” he said. The President also reminded that the issue of restoration and adjustment of production of such ammunition arose after Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and seizure of the factory in Luhansk by the invaders. “Someone wanted to put Ukraine on its knees, because nobody sold us ammunition from abroad and the Luhansk plant was seized, equipment was taken to the Russian Federation or stolen. This is the attitude of the invaders,” the Head of State said. “Ukraine, President, Government, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy, National Security and Defense Council faced the task of restoring the production of ammunition. And not only to restore, but also to make it more advanced, more precise, more effective, to increase the military capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” he stressed. Petro Poroshenko congratulated everyone on the successful completion of this task. “I want to congratulate our workers in the defense industry, congratulate the army. When forming the military budget we included the necessary funds to secure the procurement and timely financing of the defense industry, which has never happened before,” the President underlined. During the event, was unveiled family of ammunition for a wide variety of missions. Among artillery ammunition 152 and 155 mm were shown and unguided rockets, mortar shells, anti-tank laser-guided missile.

Poroshenko: Ukraine ready for mass production of ammunition it lacks most | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Ukroboronprom’s enterprises are ready for mass production of those types of ammunition that have been scarce until recently. Ukraine has been buying dual-use modern equipment from all over the world.

Production of projectiles at the “Artem” “Ukroboronprom” – YouTube

State Concern “Ukroboronprom” Published on Aug 9, 2018 “While working on the implementation of the State Target Program for the Establishment and Exploitation of the Production of Ammunition, DAKH” Artem “, in close cooperation with other enterprises of the Concern, managed to fix production of large-caliber ammunition as soon as possible. The first tests of 152-mm calibers from the” Artem “DACC, which are intended for the artillery system “Hyacinth”, were carried out only in the first quarter of this year. Today, their mass production is officially launched. I can assure that the enterprises of “Ukroboronprom” are ready to provide the Army nor forces and other power departments with large-caliber shells, the shortage of which arose after the occupation of certain districts of Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Region, and the destruction of plants that previously produced such ammunition in these territories, “said Pavlo Bukin, General Director of the Ukroboronprom.

Ukraine to unveil several recently received Javelin ATGMs during Independence Day parade – Defence Blog

The Armed Forces of Ukraine will unveil its recently received Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) during the largest military parade in Kyiv on Aug. 24 to mark the Independence Day. Ukrainian military began preparations for the annual Independence Day parade set to take place August 24 and during rehearsals was spotted Javelin ATGMs that country received from the USA in this year. Ukraine has received a first batch of the Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States as a military aid package at the beginning of 2018. The United States has been one of Kyiv’s staunchest supporters since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent outbreak of fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region that has killed more than 10,000 people. But Russia has repeatedly said supplying weapons to Ukraine would further destabilize the situation by encouraging Kyiv to use force. Also, Russian defence reporter and military expert Alexey Khlopotov fearing that Russian main battle tanks would be helpless against man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles like the Javelin. Alexei Khlopotovclarifiedthat in the existing versions all Russian serial tanks are practically defenseless against a US-made Javelin ATGM. Khlopotov noted that even with a lot of disadvantages, Amercian ATGMs can confidently hit modern and upgraded tanks of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The Javelin ATGM is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking them from above at the top armor, which is generally thinner and has weak protection. It uses a fire-and-forget, automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch.

Ukraine reactivates unique S-300V1 strategic air defense systems – Defence Blog

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are reinforcing their air and missile defense, reactivating unique S-300V1 strategic air defense systems. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two military unit that equipped with S-300V1 anti-ballistic missile systems ended up in Ukraine. The 25th anti-aircraft missile brigade (A1181) was deployed in Stryi, Lviv region and 137th anti-aircraft missile brigade (A3024) in Uman, Cherkasy region. Gradually, both brigades armed with S-300V1 systems have been disbanded from 2002 to 2012, despite the protest of the military. Since 2014, as when a large number of Ukrainian air defense systems were inoperable, there has been a strong drive to return S-300V1 systems that designed to defeat short- and medium-range ballistic missile, aeroballistic, and cruise missiles. All every resource were focused to repair and restore existing systems that are able to withstand the threat from the Russian Iskander and Caliber missile systems. The unique features of S-300V1 air defense system consist in that is the world’s only truly mobile Anti Ballistic Missile system. The S-300V system is a mobile multi-channel long-range surface-to-air missile system. It can provide effective theatre missile and air defence. The system has high jamming immunity, and therefore is capable of engaging aerial targets in heavy ECM and fire counteraction, in any weather, by day and night. Only systems of this type can repel an attack of medium-range ballistic or cruise missiles. The S-300V1 is intended to defeat tactical, theater and medium-range ballistic missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 200 km. The system is mounted on a tracked cross-country vehicle equipped with self-contained power supply and navigation systems, as well as surveying and positioning equipment. The S-300V1 systems will unveil to the public during Ukraine’s Independence Day on Aug. 24.

S-300V1 Video – Facebook

This year, the aircraft fleet will be replenished with almost 30 repaired and upgraded aircraft

Commander of the Air Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Sergei Drozdov in an interview with the newspaper “People’s Army” told about the priority tasks that are currently facing the HQ

Air Forces of Ukraine are expecting to receive up to 30 fixed and modified fighter aircraft in 2018 – Ukrainian Air Forces state on future replenishment of aircraft fleet – 112.international

Air Forces of Ukraine are expecting to receive up to 30 fixed and modified fighter aircraft in 2018

Ukraine plans upgrade for Su-24MR | Air Forces Monthly

Ukraine has revealed plans to modernise the country’s fleet of Soviet-era Su-24MR Fencer-E reconnaissance aircraft. On May 25, representatives of the Association of Military Attachés from Kiev visited the Odessa Aircraft Plant (OAZ, Odeskyy Aviatsiynyy Zavod). Among the plant’s other activities and products, they were given a brief presentation on the Su-24MR upgrade programme. At the end of August last year, it became known that OAZ was working on a Su-24MR modernisation. At that time, the fuselage of a Su-24MR arrived at the plant from storage at Bila Tserkva air base. However, the company hadn’t presented the programme in public until now. The aim is to equip the Su-24MR with ICAO- and NATO-compatible communication and navigation equipment enabling operations from civilian and/or Western military facilities, as well as to fit modern role-specific equipment offering increased detection range and real-time data delivery. The latter will be provided by a special mobile truck-mounted system that will be stationed behind the front line, receiving and processing all data collected by the aircraft’s on-board reconnaissance systems transferred in real time via a secure radio-link. The latter was also available for some of the original systems fitted on the Su-24MR, but this equipment is both obsolete and compromised due to its Russian origin.

Odesa Aircraft Plant to join efforts with two foreign companies to design, produce aircraft in Ukraine | UNIAN

State enterprise Odesa Aircraft Plant, part of Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom, jointly with U.S.-based Aviastar Invest Corp and DISTAR CZ a.s. (Czech Republic), is planning to develop and produce aircraft in Ukraine. The companies agreed to establish an international regional service center for current and major repairs of aircraft and helicopters.

Building light helicopters in Ukraine may solve transport problems – Turchynov | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov is convinced that the manufacture of light helicopters can solve the problem of transport communication in Ukraine. The official considers the use of brand-new domestic helicopters for the needs of both the security and civil sectors promising. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov is convinced that the manufacture of light helicopters can solve the problem of transport communication in Ukraine. The official visited two helicopter plants in Kyiv region, namely PJSC Chezara and Vibston Aero, where he got acquainted with brand-new light helicopters and inspected their production facilities.

Ukraine’s An-225 Mriya returns home after setting new record. Video – 04.08.2018 12:16 — Ukrinform News

The world’s largest cargo aircraft An-225 Mriya flew from the Iquique Airport in Chile to Senegal’s Dakar and returned to its home airport in Hostomel near Kyiv.

Malyshev Plant assembling new body of BTR-4 APC – Poroshenko – 08.08.2018 14:25 — Ukrinform News

The first experimental body of the BTR-4 armored personnel carrier (APC), which has more than 400 armored parts, is already being assembled at the Kharkiv-based Malyshev Plant, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook.

The first experimental building of armored personnel carrier BTR-4 – Video

Петро Порошенко. 1.3M likes. П’ятий Президент України

Armed Forces of Ukraine may introduce PGW LRT-3 large-calibre sniper rifles

The SNG sniper rifle PGW LRT-3 can now appear on the arming of sniper armed forces of Ukraine, under the armor of .50 BMG, which is armed with the Armed Forces of Canada. This is reported by the website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine “People’s Army” . PGW sniper rifles are developed and manufactured by Canadian weapons company PGW Defense Technologies Inc. The PGW LRT-3 is a high-precision weapon for long-range targets. The maximum effective shooting range is 1800 meters. We will remind that recently the deputy of the Canadian parliament has informed that between Canada and Ukraine the contract on delivery of sniper rifles has been concluded. Last year, the McMillan TAC-50 and Surgeon PSR sniper rifles , as well as the Ukrainian 7.62-mm sniper rifles UAR-10 and UAR-008 , were adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Also on the Armed Forces of Ukraine there is a 7.62-mm sniper rifle BT APR308 and a 12.7-mm sniper rifle Barrett M82 .

Ukraine’s dwindling coffers making central bankers fret – Bloomberg | UNIAN

The Finance Ministry’s account for paying pensions and public-sector salaries has plunged to its lowest in more than four years as budget revenue fails to meet the plan. Deficit goals remain intact and financing should be on the way from Eurobond sales and foreign aid. But help won’t arrive until differences with the International Monetary Fund are settled. Treasury-account balance falls to lowest in more than four years.

Ex-U.S. envoy to Russia says U.S. mistakes don’t justify Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine (video) | UNIAN

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says U.S.’s mistakes do not justify the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. “My mother taught me: two wrongs don’t make a right,” the diplomat said.

US embassy notes contribution of indigenous peoples of Ukraine to culture and diversity – 09.08.2018 14:27 — Ukrinform News

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine notes the contribution of Crimean Tatars, Crimean Karaim and Krymchaks as indigenous peoples of Ukraine to the rich culture and diversity.

UAWire – Lviv mayor: Zakarpattia cut off from Ukraine

At the end of a trip to Uzhhorod last week, Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi sent a letter to the president, prime minister and minister of …

Second stage of Export Revolution program starts in October – Mykolska – 07.08.2018 13:55 — Ukrinform News

The second stage of the Export Revolution Ukraine educational program for Ukrainian entrepreneurs will start in October.

UAWire – Ukraine may end railway traffic to and from Russia

Ukraine intends to stop railway traffic between itself and Russia, said Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan, as cited by TSN. …

Infrastructure Minister: Ukraine considers closing of railway traffic with Russia, 112.international – Ukraine considers termination of railway traffic with Russia – 112.international

Ukraine considers termination of railway traffic with Russia

Ukraine may halt railway communication with Russia – infrastructure minister | UNIAN

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Ukraine was considering closing down railway communication with Russia. The government is now considering the option of a complete shutdown, Omelyan said.

“This is disinformation”: Filaret on alleged plans to “seize temples” once autocephaly granted to Ukraine church | UNIAN

The statements about the possible “seizure of temples” after the provision of Tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church are an example of disinformation, says head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch Filaret. The Ukrainian Patriarch explained how temples of the Moscow Patriarchate could be transferred under control of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after Ukraine receives from Constantinople a tomos on autocephaly. The statements about the possible “seizure of temples” after the provision of Tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church are an example of disinformation, says head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch Filaret. “According to the Ukrainian laws, all temples and property belong to the communities – on the basis of ownership or rights of use or rent. [I say] communities, meaning parishes, monasteries, religious educational institutions,” the Patriarch said, according to a commentary by the UOC-KP press service, Deutsche Welle reports. “There will be no violence after Tomos, and property will belong to the communities, as it does now,” he stressed. “According to the law, the community has property at its disposal. And if the community decided to withdraw from one patriarchate and enter another, it retains its property, because this is its property, not of the Patriarchate,” explained Filaret.

Inside Kyiv’s Most Notorious Prison

It’s been in use for nearly 160 years and still holds 2,500 inmates. Kyiv’s Lukyanivska prison is notorious for overcrowding, crumbling infrastructure, and poor hygiene.

UAWire – Media: Ukraine loses 4 billion euro annually because of corruption at the customs

Ukraine loses over 4 billion euro annually due to corruption. &quot;It is more than one tenth of all revenue of the budget and double the sum that …

Hungary’s new minister for Transcarpathia faces Ukraine entry ban if no explanations provided – MFA | UNIAN

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar has said if Hungary does not provide the necessary explanations as for the newly created post of its authorized minister responsible for the development of Transcarpathia, Ukraine is ready to react strongly, including to ban the official’s entry. Ukraine considers the neighboring state’s interference in its internal affairs unacceptable.

Ukrainian political prisoner Kostenko freed from Russian jail arrives in Ukraine’s Embassy in Moscow | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group for the Donbas settlement, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko says Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko, who was released from the colony in the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, Russia, has already arrived in the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow. Earlier Gerashchenko said the arrival of Kostenko in Kyiv was expected on Monday or Tuesday.

UAWire – Ukrainian migrant workers sent over $800 million from Poland in the first quarter

Ukrainians working in Poland wired home 2.9 billion zlotys, the equivalent of over 800 million US dollars in the first quarter of 2018. This …

Israeli experts to conduct inclusive education training for Ukrainian teachers – 08.08.2018 11:50 — Ukrinform News

In late October, Israeli specialists will hold a series of training&nbsp;sessions on inclusive education for Ukrainian teachers in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Zaporizhzhia.

Ukraine to put first GE locomotives into operation in fall | UNIAN

Ukraine expects to put the first TE33A diesel locomotives developed by General Electric Transportation Systems, which will be produced and manned for JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, into operation as early as this year’s fall. Groysman said Ukraine had lost a lot of rolling stock in the occupied territory.

Expert explains Moscow Patriarch’s upcoming meeting with Bartholomew | UNIAN

Ukrainian MP and leader of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk says head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is scheduled to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the end of August 2018. He says the Russian patriarch will visit Constantinople to discuss “problems” related to granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church, according to the Greek church publication Vima Orthodoxias, Tymchuk wrote on Facebook. The visit is nothing but a show-off before the Kremlin on the eve of the meeting of the Council of the Episcopate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate scheduled for September 1-3, according to the MP, who adds that the meeting has “no chance” of putting any pressure on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew or intimidating him on the “Ukrainian issue.” The visit points at the fact that Moscow has already exhausted all arguments and perfectly understands that they lost this “chess game.” Tymchuk adds: “Besides, the Kremlin is not really satisfied with the Russian Orthodox Church and FSB for their failure in such a strategic direction, thus dealing a crushing blow to the ‘Russian world’ in Ukraine.” Read alsoFilaret announces possible terms for Ukraine Orthodox Church to become autocephalous

Tymoshenko leads presidential poll, trailed by Hrytsenko, Boiko, Liashko, Poroshenko

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko leads the pack of presidential candidates, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Rating sociological group from July 20 through August 3, 2018.

Tymoshenko says “New Course for Ukraine” not aimed at rapprochement with Russia, assures in her commitment to European aspirations

Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said her campaign, dubbed “New Course for Ukraine” is not aimed at rapprochement with Russia and would adhere to Ukraine’s European aspirations.

UAWire – Security Service of Ukraine shows an arsenal of weapons seized from Savchenko

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) showed weapons, which, it is alleged, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Nadiya Savchenko and head of the prisoner liberation center “Officers Corps” Volodymyr Ruban, planned to use for terrorist attacks in Kyiv. The SBU stated that in part, the suspects were stockpiling automatic weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and ammunition to start a coup. These weapons were received from representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. All the weapons were seized during the investigation. The weapons were shown at a briefing after the conclusion of investigating this criminal act. The SBU published the photographs on its website. According to the investigation, the group that was led by Savchenko and Ruban were planning a mass shooting in central Kyiv and the government quarter including the building of the Verkhovna Rada. “Examinations show that almost 70 thousand citizens could have been in this planned area of attack; this area houses kindergartens, schools and medical institutions,” said Alexander Ruvin, the director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Science.

 

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