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It appears Russia is ramping up tension in the Sea of Azov.  In response, Ukraine will be asking for NATO escorts through there.

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An exceptionally busy week in Ukraine. Russian provocations in the Azov and Black Seas escalate, escalation in Donbass fires, Donbass chemical contamination risk and Russian propaganda blaming Ukraine for nuclear contamination, Ukraine terminates passenger traffic with Russia, the Minister making some very apt observations.


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UAWire – Ukraine may ask NATO to escort ships in the sea of Azov

Georgiy Tuka, Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, said that that Kyiv may ask the UN …

Ukraine’s Navy is increasing its presence in Sea of ​​Azov – 112.international

Ukrainian Naval Forces will increase their presence in the waters of the Sea of Azov. Chief of the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko said this in an interview with BBC Ukraine. “The presence of Ukrainian Navy in the Sea of Azov should definitely be increased. We plan not only to strengthen our presence in the sea, but also to carry out measures to defend the coast of the Sea of Azov. In the sea, border guards are using their our own forces and means, but there but Ukraine’s Navy will increase there its presence,” Muzhenko said.

UAWire – Russia blocks sea route to Odessa

On Wednesday, August 15, between 7:00 and 20:00, the north-western portion of the Black Sea, from the Tarkhanut Peninsula to the Danube Delta, was closed to ship movement. According to the Ukrainian Military Portal, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was to blame for the disruption. Several civilian vessels – the cargo ship Nahide-M, the tankers Hercules and Yukon Star – were forced to stop moving and drop anchors. The civilian vessels Ocean Force and BFP Melody were warned by Russian military ships that they needed to change their courses. According to the Ukrainian Military Portal, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet blocked the marine region with the Povorino small anti-submarine ship (project 1124M), the KSO-2155 communications boat (project 1388N3) and the Vice Admiral Zakharin naval minesweeper (project 02668). It is currently not known whether other ships were involved. On August 14, between 14:50 and 16:36 in the vicinity of the Tarkhanut Peninsula – the Mizhvodne settlement in the Karkinytska Gulf, the Russian coast guard conducted radio drills, identifying possible “dead zones” in the region.

Мілітарний портал on Twitter: It became known about the obstruction by Russian naval ships in the Black Sea from Cape Tarkhankut to the Danube Delta. The situation began with the Azov Sea? https://t.co/Yu7mTyMUxc… https://t.co/1AdAZBlDHr”

The Russians closed an area to shipping in the Black Sea – Український мілітарний портал

On August 15, from 7:00 to 20:00, the Black Sea Fleet of Russia declared a closed area for shipping in the north-western part of the Black Sea from Cape Tarkhankut to the Danube Delta. This is reported by the Military portal with reference to its own sources. According to information from the Navy ShipExplorer Civil Traffic Monitoring Engine in the Black Sea, there are a number of civilian vessels that have stopped moving and anchored in the area, namely: Nahide-M cargo carrier (location coordinates – 45 ° 50’20 “N 31 ° 13’05” E) Hercules tanker (position coordinates – 45 ° 50’19 “N 31 ° 13’06” E) Yukon Star tanker (position coordinates – 44 ° 55’06 “N 30 ° 12’21” E) Also, from its own sources, the Military portal learned that Russian warships warned civilian vessels Ocean Force and BFP Melody about the need to change course in connection with the closure of the maritime area. Ships and boats of the Black Sea Fleet take part in the closure of the maritime area, namely: small anti-submarine ship “Povorino” project 1124M [GRISHA class corvette] communications boat “CSR-2155” project 1388NZ minesweeper “Vice Admiral Zakharin” project 02668 about the use of other craft is not yet known.Also, yesterday at the time from 14:50 to 16:36 in the area of ​​the Cape Tarkhankut – the village of Intervodnoe in the Karkinitsky Bay, the Coast Guard of Russia carried out radio engineering training. The “Mangust-class” patrol boat traveled along the coast of the occupied peninsula of Crimea, and a coastal radio station in the village of Chornomorske traced its available radio equipment to check the “dead zones” in the area. At the moment, it is certainly not known what the related actions of the Russian Federation are near the southern borders of Ukraine.

U.S. sees Russia’s actions in Sea of Azov as attempt to destabilize Ukraine | UNIAN

The U.S. Department of State has said the Russian Federation is trying to destabilize Ukraine by its actions in the Sea of Azov. The U.S. calls on Russia to stop creating obstacles to international shipping in the Sea of Azov.

Russia’s actions in the Sea of ​​Azov – an attempt to destabilize Ukraine – the US State Department

Russia’s actions in the Sea of ​​Azov are an attempt to destabilize Ukraine. This was stated by the State Department in response to a question from the Ukrainian Voice of America Ukrainian Service.”We consider barriers to international transport shipping in the Sea of ​​Azov from Russia another example of Russia’s attempts to destabilize Ukraine. The United States continues to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity at internationally recognized borders, and we call on Russia to stop creating barriers for international shipping in the Azov Sea,” – reported to the Ukrainian Voice of America Service in the US Department of State.

Russia’s aggressive behavior in Azov Sea: Another attempt to destabilize Ukraine, (15.08.18 17:21) « Incidents | Censor.NET

Actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov are an attempt to destabilize Ukraine. As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, this was said by the U.S. Department of State in response to a question from the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America. According to the response, the U.S. considers barriers from Russia to international transport shipping in the Sea of Azov another example of attempts by Russia to destabilize Ukraine. The United States continues to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders and calls on Russia to stop creating barriers to international shipping in the Sea of Azov, the State Department said.

Ukraine prepares package of countermeasures for Russia’s actions in Black, Azov Sea – 112.international

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry has worked out the complex of the measures as the response to the actions of Russia on the blocking of the navigation in the Azov and Black Seas. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure claimed this as 5 TV Channel reported. “We have a few quite weighty strikes in the response. The countermeasures that we will offer soon, I hope, the Cabinet of Ministers will support them,” he claimed. He noted that it is premature to disclose these measures; however, the restriction of the passenger traffic with Russia is one of them. “If we fight, then there is nothing to go there. Whether someone likes it or not, the actions of the state should be tough and adequate,” Omelyan emphasized. The arguments that such measures will provoke the crisis of the passenger transporting were rejected by the minister. As an example, he said about the ban for the direct flights to Russia and emphasized that the passengers’ flow was redirected to “the civilized countries”.

The Ukrainian side is studying scenarios regarding the resolution of the situation in the Sea of ​​Azov – 112.international

The Ukrainian side is studying scenarios regarding the resolution of the situation in the Sea of ​​Azov. The Ukrainian side is studying scenarios regarding the resolution of the situation in the Sea of Azov. The issue is complex, and we are not talking about a violation of law by the Russian Federation, but about its abuse. This was announced by Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories Georgiy Tuka, Apostrophe reports. “The situation is very complicated, but I can not say that we lost the Sea of Azov. I’m not ready to disclose certain scenarios that we are currently studying, including the use of force to solve the problem. The question is very complicated. I just would not want to talk about the forthcoming actions without a definite decision, “he said. Tuka is sure that Russia is openly abusing its right. “… there is still such a term as abuse of right: Russia openly abuses its right, and this also applies to our domestic legislation regarding citizens, for example, when activists begin to break the door, going somewhere and telling: We have the right! This is an abuse of law, there are certain scenarios about how to improve the situation, of course, not independently, but with the help of our allies and partners. Such opportunities exist, “the deputy minister added. We recall, on July 15 in the Sea of Azov, Russia seized 148 vessels for review. In this regard, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Ukrainian Navy Commander to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. Ukraine also advocates the imposition of sanctions against the Black Sea ports of the Russian Federation due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.

UAWire – Ukraine studying force-based scenario for unblocking the Azov Sea

Ukraine is studying a force-based scenario for unblocking the Azov Sea in response to Russia’s actions, stated the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, George Tuka in an interview with Apostrophe news outlet. Tuka was reluctant to discuss specifics or difficulties about how the situation might play out. “The situation is complicated, but I cannot say that we have lost [the Azov Sea]. I am not ready to make public certain scenarios that we are studying now, including the use of force. The issue is very difficult. And I would not want to talk about forthcoming activities without a certain decision,” he said. Earlier, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov stated that Russia’s military and political authorities see the Azov and Black Sea region as an important foothold for its further expansion. At the Ukraine-EU Summit, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed the threats posed by Russia in the Black and Azov Seas. He noted that he counts on the support of international partners in increasing pressure on Russia for lifting the its blockade in the Azov Sea that clearly conflicts with the Agreement on Cooperation on the Use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait from 2004.

Crisis in Sea of Azov: Ukraine’s Air Force getting ready to counter Russian aggression | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Air Force is getting ready to counter Russian aggression, as Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters and Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft flying a few dozen meters above the beach with holidaymakers at the Sea of Azov are only taking part in drills. “[This is needed] to constantly improve the flight crews’ skills to counter the enemy’s air defense and be table to strike certain targets,” serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Yalushev told Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian service. Yet, members of Ukraine’s Air Force admit, the reason for such activity in the sky is not quite the desire to keep themselves in shape. “Regular drills are held to address the crisis in the Sea of Azov. These are the army aviation’s readiness reviews to see how they handle sudden tasks to hit land and sea targets,” the head of the army aviation’s department, Muhammad Bulanbayev, has said. According to the Ukrainian military, the crisis has been provoked by Russia, which has been blocking the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov for the fourth month. “For today, unfortunately, aviation is the only available, full-fledged way to counteract the Russians at sea, as neither the Navy nor other forces have anti-ship, coastal or surface [defense] systems, that is, the country basically does not have anti-ship missiles at all. The Air Force is the only effective way of counteraction,” Chairman of the Ukrainian Military Center’s board Taras Chmut has said. But the training of the crews from Ukraine’s Joint Forces is not limited to the Azov direction. The geography of the drills is much wider. In July, representatives of the OSCE observation mission recorded in the Donbass eight-fold increase in heavy weapons, which militants arranged in violation of the Minsk Agreements. Because of this, they say at the headquarters of the OS, the number of shelling along the line of separation has increased. The combined forces actively check the combat readiness of their aviation units. In what condition do they now and under what conditions impact helicopters, attack aircraft and fighters can again be used in the Donbass? The journalists of the Radio Liberty project “Donbass Real.” The work of the Ukrainian military aviation above the Azov Sea water area is now no rarity. The Mi-24 attack helicopters or the Su-25 attack aircraft, flying over several dozen meters above the coastal holidaymakers, do not participate in combat operations in the east of Ukraine – this is just a workout. “In order to constantly maintain the skills of the air force to overcome the air defenses of the enemy and strike at specific targets,” explains the military service of the Armed Forces Sergey Yalushev . Although the reason for such activity in the sky, recognize aviators, – not quite willing to keep himself in shape. “In connection with the crisis situation in the waters of the Sea of ​​Azov regular training is held. Checking the readiness of the Army Aviation for resolving the sudden tasks of defeating land and naval targets “, – said the head of the Army Aviation Department of the OS, Muhammad Bulankev .

The crisis in the Azov Sea: how Ukrainian aviation is preparing to oppose the Russians – Youtube

Радіо Свобода Україна Published on Aug 13, 2018 In July, representatives of the OSCE observation mission recorded 8 times more heavy weapons in the Donbas deployed by militants violating the Minsk accords. Because of this, they say at the headquarters of the EP, the number of shelling along the demarcation line has sharply increased. The combined forces actively check the combat readiness of their aviation units. In what condition are they now and under what conditions the attack helicopters, attack planes and fighters can again be used in the Donbass?

Криза в Азовському морі: як українська авіація готується протидіяти росіянам

У зв’язку з кризою в акваторії Азовського моря проводяться регулярні тренування авіації – начальник відд…

Ukraine’s deputy minister for occupied areas: Use of force to unlock Azov Sea situation among scenarios | UNIAN

Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka says the use of force to unlock the situation around Ukrainian navigation in the Sea of Azov is among the possible scenarios. The Ukrainian Navy’s Command unveiled its strategy for development of the Ukrainian Navy until 2035, which foresees measures to counter Russian aggression. Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka says the use of force to unlock the situation around Ukrainian navigation in the Sea of Azov is among the possible scenarios. “The situation is very complicated, but I cannot say that we’ve lost it [the Sea of Azov]. I’m not ready to give details about certain scenarios that we are currently looking into, including the use of force, to unblock it. The issue is really very complicated, and I simply would not like now, without having a certain decision, to talk about upcoming actions,” he said in an interview to the Ukrainian news outlet Apostrophe. According to him, Russia openly abuses its right [to detain vessels in the Sea of Azov]. “There are certain scenarios about how to improve the situation. Of course, [we won’t handle it] on our own, but with the help of our allies and partners. Such opportunities exist,” he said, adding that he sees no realistic way how Ukraine can deal with this situation on its own.

Shipping channel to the Azov Sea and other prospects for the defense of the south – Український мілітарний портал

Effective counteraction to the seizure of southwestern and south-eastern Ukrainian territories will become real after the engineering preparation of these zones as probable for hostilities. Which will be accompanied by significant investments in budget and borrowed financial resources, as well as using a large number of working hands. Firstly, in South Bessarabia and the coastal areas of the Left Bank of Tavriya, it will be necessary to expand the network of local highways, as well as to strengthen their asphalt concrete coverage. What is needed for the rapid transfer of military boats and light tuna ships to semi-trailers and self-propelled trailers from the lower Dnipro to the Azov Sea basin. On the same unique trailers that are yet to be ordered, make a prepayment for them, make them for several months at foreign enterprises specializing in the production of these types of vehicles and deliver them to Ukraine, accompanied by already trained domestic specialists. Second, rapid and extensive modernization of the water infrastructure in the Tavria-Pryazovsky steppe is needed. With the processing of existing irrigation canals and main channels in the navigable. In order for the fleet, which is now essentially “locked” in the north-western coastal shallow part of the Azov Sea, received more freedom for maneuvers and overthrow, and its personnel was more confident. Being in front of the ever-threatening and constantly preparing for a complex massive fire (missile-torpedo-artillery) defeat of hundreds and thousands of tons of metal falling from the sky from the sky, a T-shirt and other improved “killer” abusers. Before further invasion (landing) of a well-armed enemy to the coast with a defensive so weakened. Moreover, in accordance with the Soviet / Russian military art of fire influence will necessarily include the complete destruction of the floating craft of the Azov flotilla of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the detachment of the Marine Guards of Ukraine.

The most dangerous time: what Ukraine can expect from Russia in August | Pavel Felgenhauer on Putin’s policies in Ukraine and Belarus

Pavel Felgenhauer , a Russian military columnist, especially for the “Apostrophe” Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:15 Emigrated to Germany, Russian sociologist Igor Eidman suggested that the Kremlin, in order to divert attention of Russians from domestic Russian problems, will need to launch a new military aggression. And Belarus can become an easy victim . With such a forecast, the Russian military columnist Pavel Felgenhauer categorically disagrees. He believes that the next month will be the most dangerous in Ukraine. Such an opinion Felgenhauer expressed “Apostrophe”. Forecasts that Russia will invade Belarus or arrange a coup there is nonsense. Fantasies, artistic fiction. Russia will not do this, because it is absolutely pointless. There is no significant reason. Actually, why should Russia attack Belarus? Belarus does not go anywhere: NATO does not join the European Union either, it does not intend to integrate into the Western structures. So, Belarus will not go anywhere, and you can not rush anywhere. I think that [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko and [Kazakh President Nursultan] Nazarbayev will be allowed to live with their possessions. But what will happen next – we’ll see. It is unlikely that Belarus will simply give the boy to Kolya (the youngest son of Alexander Lukashenko, “Apostrophe”). Why should Russia, in the current circumstances, arrange such a catastrophe, which only harms? Belarus has Putin already in his pocket, and in the process of annexing it, he will definitely lose Ukraine – without options. Now, when there are other, more significant problems, no one will rush to Belarus and Lukashenko. Unless Lukashenko will suddenly file an application with NATO or US troops will be stationed on the territory of the country and begin to conduct exercises with them – but this is unlikely. In general, the complete nonsense, sofa-cabinet invention, which does not take into account how decisions are made and what goals the leadership puts. The man just thought: the Kremlin needs some foreign-policy victory; but here, there is Belarus – it means that Belarus will suddenly take over and “shuffle”. And what’s the point, what does this give, why should we rush to Belarus now? To divert attention from domestic Russian problems, there are other possibilities – at least the same Ukraine. But I do not know what now Ukraine expect from Russia. Time, in principle, is now the most dangerous – August is coming. However, what are the reasons for the Kremlin to do something in the Donbass? The answer is known only in the Kremlin. And most likely, only one person really knows. There may be different options . Let’s hope that this August will be relatively painless. Pavel Felgenhauer , a Russian military columnist, especially for the “Apostrophe”

UAWire – Former Ukrainian President: Ukrainians will be slaves without a victory plan over Russia

In an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda, Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko explained why there has been no successful conflict resolution in the Donbas or a settlement of the Crimea issue for several years. According to him, the will determines the result of any military conflict, “If you have strong will, you will be always victorious. If you don’t it, no Buk [anti-aircraft missile system], nothing will help.” The ex-president provided the war in Vietnam as an example. He mentioned that the Vietnamese army had defeated a first-world army because it “had a will ten times stronger.” “And so the will wins,” he added. Yushchenko emphasized that there would be no quick solution “neither for the Donbas, nor for the Crimea issue.” “How long will this continue? It’s not a matter of time but in the process itself,” he said. Yushchenko also mentioned that Russia and Ukraine still have close economic relations. “Russia in 2014 was Ukraine’s first trading partner, and in 2015, in 2016 and in 2017… You [the Ukrainians] are ridiculous. You [the Ukrainians] are asymmetrical, inadequate. You [the Ukrainians] are doing something wrong,” said the former president of Ukraine. Yushchenko said that it’s impossible in the current situation to successfully resolve the Donbas conflict and to return the annexed Crimea. “There is no plan of victory in this situation because you don’t act like a nation that needs victory. You just act like slaves,” he concluded.

UAWire – Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia’s participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting “special status” to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine. “We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented,” said Lavrov. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of forces from the Stanytsia Luhanska called for by the participants of the Normandy four after the Paris 2015 and Berlin 2016 summits. The sides took care only of their own positions and weapons in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk region and Zolote in the Luhansk region.

Bolton’s visit to Ukraine important for peaceful settlement of situation in Donbas – head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee – 15.08.2018 14:21 — Ukrinform News

Hanna Hopko, the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs, believes that the visit of Trump's national security adviser John Bolton to Ukraine will be important for coordinating efforts to de-occupy Crimea and stop Russian aggression in Donbas.

John Bolton, US National Security Advisor to visit Ukraine on Independence Day – 112.international

John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the United States, will visit the parade dedicated to the Independence Day in Ukraine, a Ukraine’s Embassy in the US reported on Facebook. “Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, announced that National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton is to visit Ukraine,” the message says.

UAWire – Ukraine’s ambassador to the US: Trump’s representative to visit Ukraine’s Independence Day parade

US President Donald Trump’s representative will be present at Ukraine’s Independence Day parade, stated the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Valeriy Chaly on Facebook. “I would like to lift the veil a little bit. The US President’s representative will be present at the Ukraine’s Independence Day parade. It is not just symbolism. It is a clear sign of support from our strategic partner,” Chaly said. As reported, the International Monetary Fund mission will visit Kyiv from September 6 to September 19, 2018 to discuss the most recent economic events and economic policy. The mission will also discuss next steps, including financial assistance from the IMF to support policy aimed at maintaining macroeconomic stability.

UAWire – US special envoy Volker promises more sanctions on Russia

The US currently has many packages of sanctions against Russia, and they will increase until Russia starts to collaborate in the search for a …

Punishment for Russia’s behavior: US Envoy Volker: Russia not expected response of the West to its actions in Ukraine to be significant (15.08.18 17:38) « World | Censor.NET

15.08.18 17:38 – US Envoy Volker: Russia not expected response of the West to its actions in Ukraine to be significant The Kremlin did not expect the policy of restraint of Russia by the West through sanctions. View news.

U.S. State Department: Russia must pull its forces out of Ukraine | UNIAN

Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert has said Russia is orchestrating the conflict in Donbas and must pull its forces out of Ukraine. The U.S. representative reiterates Russia must fully implement the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas.

New law on national security supported by all NATO partners – Poroshenko – 13.08.2018 11:57 — Ukrinform News

The new law on national security is supported by all partners of Ukraine from the North Atlantic Alliance, President Petro Poroshenko has said on his Facebook page

2018 SUMMER TRENDS IN WEST-RUSSIA RELATIONS

In the summer of 2018, the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic area remained complicated. Russia’s aggressive behavior in Ukraine and Syria, and in its relations with the EU and the United States has continued to be closely watched by the global community. It is amidst this backdrop that several important events — NATO Brussels Summit and US-Russia summit in Helsinki – took place. Brussels’ perspective One of the key events of the summer 2018 in Europe was the recent 29th NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium (July 11-12, 2018). Some call it very successful for Ukraine, while others are modest about its results and don’t see any breakthroughs achieved with regard to the Ukrainian issue. Be this as it may, the summit was important in that it reaffirmed NATO’s consolidated, unwavering stance – the collective condemnation of Russian aggression, meaning the current sanctions and political restrictions on Russia are remaining in place.

“They will drown in their own blood”: Ukraine comments on threat of Russia’s new offensive | UNIAN

If the Russian army launches a new offensive against Ukraine, “they will drown in their own blood,” according to Yuriy Hrymchak, Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons. The official noted that over the past years, much has changed in the Ukrainian army, both in terms of technology and weaponry. If the Russian army launches a new offensive against Ukraine, “they will drown in their own blood,” according to Yuriy Hrymchak, Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons. “Two years ago I answered the question of what happens if the Russians try to launch an offensive. Then I said that they would drown in our and their blood. Today it seems to me that in the event of an offensive, they will drown in their own blood,” Hrymchak told the Apostrophe news outlet. He noted that over the past years, much has changed in the Ukrainian army, both in terms of technology and weaponry. “The situation is incomparable with 2014. Then they had a chance for a more or less victorious ‘war,’ but they stopped because our army did not retreat, instead being stubborn and fighting back. For them, it was a surprise, and they did not dare advance further. Now if there is any kind of war, I have the impression that it won’t be here,” the official said, adding that Belarus could become Russia’s next victim.

Chief of Ukraine’s General Staff reveals number of Russian soldiers, equipment in Donbas – 112.international

As for today, about 32,000 Russians fight within the ranks of the militants in Donbas. Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed this as BBC Ukraine reported. “We talk about the fact that there are the Russian regular armies reformed at the end of 2014 and in 2015 in the first and second army corps. The total number of these armies is about 32,000 people. Also, there are more than 700 tanks, cannons, artillery systems. Moreover, there are the mercenaries and the soldiers of the regular Armed Forces of Russia,” Muzhenko noted.

Ukrainian army defense capability: Ukrainian General Staff: Unit of Javelin operators trained and combat-ready (17.08.18 11:57) « Tech | Censor.NET

17.08.18 11:57 – Ukrainian General Staff: Unit of Javelin operators trained and combat-ready The Ukrainian army unit armed with Javelin anti-tank missile systems is already qualified to use these weapons. View news.

Joint Forces Commander: Ukraine army advances 15 sq km since JFO begins | UNIAN

Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Serhiy Nayev says the Ukrainian army has advanced 15 square kilometers in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, since the beginning of the operation at the end of April 2018. The Ukrainian military continues adhering to the Minsk agreements and observing the ceasefire.

Ukrainian army needs UAH 112 bln next year – Muzhenko – 16.08.2018 14:10 — Ukrinform News

Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko has said that at least UAH 112 billion is required for the Ukrainian army in 2019.

Funding of army has to be at least than $4 billion in 2019, – Ukraine’s General Staff Head, 112.international – Funding of army has to be at least than $4 billion in 2019, – Ukraine’s General Staff Head – 112.international

Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed that the funding in the sum of at least $4 billion is needed for the army in 2019 as BBC Ukraine reported. “We counted that the sum should be about $4 billion. It is a minimal need for the army. However, we are financed with $3 billion. It is obviously not enough to maintain the Armed Forces in the combat ready and I am not talking about the enhancing of the capacity,” Muzhenko noted.

Unrest in ranks as battle-hardened soldiers leave army | KyivPost

No matter how good its weapons and equipment, an army would be nothing without its warriors – the men and women in uniform who are the muscle behind the firepower. But while ordinary Ukrainians dropped everything and took up arms to defend Ukraine when Russia began its war on Ukraine in the Donbas in 2014, four years later war-weariness has set in. Official studies show that legions of battle-hardened Ukrainian soldiers and officers are about to quit the army forever, citing dissatisfaction with their thankless service. Tired of poor social benefits, low and unfair salaries, and exhausted by the deadlocked Russian war in the east, tens of thousands of soldiers are expected to break their military contracts, jeopardizing the fighting capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces.

Russian-led forces attack Ukraine’s east 11 times on Friday – Ukraine Def. Ministry | UNIAN

Spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Dmytro Hutsuliak, says Russian-led forces have mounted 11 attacks on the Ukrainian positions in Donbas since midnight. The enemy did not use heavy weapons, resorting to intense provocative shellings from grenade launchers and small arms.

Ongoing hostilities in Donbas: No casualties in Ukrainian army over past day amid heavy missile and mortar bombardments (17.08.18 09:57) « Health | Censor.NET

17.08.18 09:57 – No casualties in Ukrainian army over past day amid heavy missile and mortar bombardments The situation in the Joint forces operation (JFO) zone remained fully controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces over the past 24-hour period. View news.

Donbas militants use Grad MLR systems against Ukraine troops | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 30 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past day, using heavy weapons in five instances, including Grad MLR systems. No casualties among the Ukrainian troops have been reported over the past day.

Ukrainian soldiers check readiness of BM-27 Uragan – 112.international

The command of Joint Forces Operation ordered to increase the combat readiness of the rocket artillery. This was announced by the press center of the JFO headquarters on Facebook page. “Under the order of the United Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev, measures are being taken to increase the readiness and coherence of jet artillery units, in particular, Uragan. During field training, the combat unit took fire positions, shelled the targets and retreated from the fire positions,” the message said. It is noted that crews of combat vehicles are ready to carry out tasks for their intended purpose. BM-27 Uragan – a missile launch system of 220 mm caliber. Combat and transport vehicle is based on the renewed chassis of the ZIL-135LM truck. Number of shells in the salvo of one combat vehicle: 16 pieces. The time of a salvo from one combat vehicle is 20 seconds.

Field training exercise with multiple rocket launchers “Hurricane” held in the JFO zone – YouTube

112.UA International Published on Aug 15, 2018 Rocket-propelled artillery units held “Hurricane” field training exercises with multiple rocket launchers in Donbas conflict zone. As the Joint Forces Operation headquarters reported, the battery was taking firing positions, practicing the targets and conducting a withdrawal. The combat vehicles crew are reported to cope with the tasks set.

Before accusing Russia of not fulfilling Minsk Agreements, Ukraine has to fulfill them itself, – journalist – 112.international [Propaganda]

Before accusing Russian of not fulfilling Minsk Agreements, Ukraine has to fulfill them itself, as the journalist Iryna Tyran said on air of 112 Ukraine. “We got used to accuse Russia of violating Minsk Agreements. “Doesn’t Ukraine violate? Let’s start with ourselves. If we fulfill them and the international community sees that nothing changes then we can fall into a fair anger,” she said.

Combat training of Ukrainian troopers: They aren’t called Ukrainian Armed Forces’ elite for nothing, – Poroshenko on Ukrainian commandoes. PHOTOS (16.08.18 16:54) « Incidents | Censor.NET

16.08.18 16:54 – Ukrainian air assault troops practiced raids in the conventional enemy’s rear, airdrop mission involving hardware and manpower in the course of Marunovyi Beret-2018 exercise. “Incredibly powerful images of the Marunovyi Beret-2018 drills held by the Ukrainian commandoes. These guys demonstrate at the training grounds that they aren’t called Ukrainian Armed Forces’ elite for nothing,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote on social media and posted images of the exercise, Censor.NET reports. According to the head of state, the soldiers practiced raids in the conventional enemy’s rear, airdrop mission involving hardware and manpower. The president stressed that he was proud of Ukrainian air assault troops. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/p3081614

Independence Day preparations: First rehearsal of Independence Day parade held in downtown Kyiv. PHOTOS (17.08.18 15:11) « Kyiv News | Censor.NET

17.08.18 15:11 – First rehearsal of Independence Day parade held in downtown Kyiv. PHOTOS Kyiv’s central area hosted the first rehearsal of the Independence Day military parade late on Thursday, Aug. 16. The roadway was closed for vehicular transport as several hundred servicemen marched from Bessarabska Square to the Yevropeiska one. View news.

Escalation in Donbas: Russian proxies employed multiple rocket launchers against Ukrainian troops for first time in several months, – JFO center (16.08.18 09:47) « Incidents | Censor.NET

16.08.18 09:47 – Russian proxies employed multiple rocket launchers against Ukrainian troops for first time in several months, – JFO center Combined Russian-separatist forces committed three attacks on the Ukrainian military on the outskirts of Svitlodarsk, Pavlopil and Vodiane today, Aug. 16. View news.

Ukraine’s JFO: 2 WIA’s after 43 enemy attacks in Donbas in past day, Grad used at night | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 43 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, two enemy troops were killed and another three were wounded.

Russian weapons in Donbas: More evidence Russia’s military orchestrating conflict in Donbas, – US State Department on advanced Russian EW systems spotted in Ukraine’s eastern region (16.08.18 10:34) « Incidents | Censor.NET

16.08.18 10:34 – “More evidence Russia’s military orchestrating conflict in Donbas,” – US State Department on advanced Russian EW systems spotted in Ukraine’s eastern region Commenting on the new Russian electronic warfare systems recorded by the OSCE observers in the Russian-occupied Donbas region, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert called on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk agreements and… View news.

Young female marine seriously wounded in Donbas | UNIAN

A 20-year-old female marine has been wounded seriously by the Russian-led forces in Donbas. The surgery was successful.

Joint Forces Operation report, 112.international – Militants attack residential area in Donetsk region – 112.international

Militants attack residential area in Donetsk region

Donbas update: 3 Ukrainian troops wounded while enemy suffers significant losses | UNIAN

Over the past day, August 12, the enemy opened fire 57 times on the positions of the Ukrainian military in Donbas, including 12 times from heavy weapons. According to intelligence reports, one militant was killed and another six were injured.

Militants launched 46 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 15.08.2018 09:30 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 46 attacks, including ten from heavy weapons, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.&nbsp;

Russian intelligence group arrives to Donbas to prepare saboteurs – 112.international

Russian intelligence officers are conducting regional reconnaissance and demining approaches to Ukrainian positions

Kyiv Says Ukrainian Soldier Killed In East

Ukraine says one of its soldiers has been killed and three wounded as a result of clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian marine killed in Donbas – war news

Fedir Balakhchi, a Ukrainian marine and a senior seaman, has been killed in the area of the Joint Forces Operation in Donbas. Personnel of the Ukrainian Navy have expressed sincere condolences to the relatives.

Two members of Russia-led forces eliminated by Ukraine’s army in Donbas (Photo) | UNIAN

Officer of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Anatoliy Shtefan, has reported that two members of the Russian-led forces were eliminated in Donbas. The details are being clarified.

Russian-led forces’ fortified facility destroyed in Donbas – volunteer | UNIAN

Ukrainian volunteer activist Yuriy Mysiahin says one of the fortified positions made by Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, has been destroyed near the village of Zholobok in Luhansk region. The construction has burned down.

Military blogger posts photo of Ukrainian troops with “trophies” after fight | UNIAN

Member of the Ukrainian military, volunteer and military blogger Viktoriya Rudenko has posted a photo of the Ukrainian military who gained “trophies” after a flight with the Russian occupation forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Rudenko says she hopes victory is not too far away.

OSCE spots ‘Funeral Service’ van on Ukraine-Russia border in Donbas | UNIAN

The OSCE Observer Mission, which is based at Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk Border Crossing Points (BCPs), has spotted a ritual service van on the Ukrainian-Russian border in Donbas. Two persons were seen in the van.

Russians Alexander Sattarov and Farukh Kamalov who were arrested in Ukraine, asked the Russian authorities to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners – Russians arrested in Ukraine ask Putin to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners – 112.international

Russians Alexander Sattarov and Farukh Kamalov who were arrested in Ukraine, asked the Russian authorities to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners

Ukraine’s military intel: Russia sends over 2,000 new troops to Donbas | UNIAN

The Russian Federation has sent over 2,000 new troops to Donbas, eastern Ukraine, to carry out combat missions. The enemy’s military hardware is either on the front line or at the training grounds where active combat training is taking place.

OSCE spots amassing of heavy weapons, new ammunition crates in occupied Donbas | UNIAN

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has spotted the amassing of heavy weapons and new ammunition crates in non-government-controlled area. An SMM mini-UAV spotted in total 18 towed howitzers and 775 ammunition crates.

Kremlin Supply Lines Caught On Camera: OSCE Drone Footage Shows Russian Truck Convoys Crossing Ukraine Border Via Dirt Tracks – To Inform is to Influence

RUSSIAN HYBRID WAR IN UKRAINE Kremlin Supply Lines Caught On Camera: OSCE Drone Footage Shows Russian Truck Convoys Crossing Ukraine Border Via Dirt Tracks Is this how Putin resupplies his hybrid forces in eastern Ukraine? Video footage captured by a long-range drone of the OSCE international monitoring mission on 7 August shows convoys of trucks…

OSCE SMM spots in Donbas new heavy weapons from Russia – 14.08.2018 11:45 — Ukrinform News

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has recorded the supply of new heavy weapons to the occupied territories.

OSCE spots four electronic warfare systems in Russia-occupied Luhansk area: “All seen for the first time” | UNIAN

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has spotted four distinct electronic warfare systems in Russian-occupied areas in Luhansk region “for the first time.” During a flight over the same area five days later, the UAV did not spot the same systems. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has spotted four distinct electronic warfare systems in Russian-occupied areas in Luhansk region “for the first time.” “In non-government-controlled areas, on July 28, an SMM mini-UAV spotted four distinct electronic warfare systems (a Leer-3 RB-341V, a 1L269 Krasukha-2 and RB-109A Bylina, and an anti-UAV system, Repellent-1) near Chornukhyne (64km south-west of Luhansk), all seen for the first time by the SMM,” the OSCE SMM said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on August 10, 2018.

OSCE SMM withheld information about Russian EW systems in Donbas for two weeks – To Inform is to Influence

The headline for this article might read “Russian EW systems in Donbas”, but InformNapalm appears to want to show Russian infiltration and manipulation of the supposedly neutral Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE.  Russian manipulation within the OSCE has been a problem since they first got involved in Ukraine, four years ago.  Of…

Monitor Posts Video Of Truck Convoys Between Russia, Eastern Ukraine

The official European monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine has for the first time posted video footage showing convoys of trucks crossing from Russia into Ukraine and from Ukraine into Russia thro…

UAWire – Ukraine detains Russian national who photographed positions of Ukrainian troops in Donbas

The Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation’s (JFO) press service reports that Ukrainian military detained a citizen of the Russian Federation in the …

Inner fights of militants led to ammunition detonation near Novoazovsk, they were burned – 112.international

Inner fights of militants led to ammunition detonation near Novoazovsk, they were burned. The shooting between the pro-Russian militants led to the detonation of the ammunition in occupied Novoazovsk, Donetsk region. In the result of this, a few people were burned. Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk from the press service of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed this as 112.ua reported. According to him, the incident took place in one of the front position of the ninth separate regiment of the Marine Corps (Novoazovsk) of the first Army Corps of the Russian occupation forces. “In the result of the conflict between the soldiers of the neighboring detachments the shooting took place. In the result of the firing, the grass caught fire and the fire occurred at the armament depot. In the result of the detonation and explosion, the ammunition stock of one of the detachments was destroyed, a few Russian soldiers were injured and severely burned,” Motuzianyk said.

Ruble in Russian-occupied Donetsk plunges more than in Russia itself | UNIAN

The ruble in the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk has plunged even more than in the Russian Federation. As of today, one dollar is sold for RUB 70 in Donetsk, whereas in Moscow it is sold for RUB 68.22 on the average.

Italy Moves To Crack Down On Its Fighters In Ukraine’s Donbas

Italy has for the first-time arrested nationals who fought with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.

‘Orion’, MH17, and the GRU – To Inform is to Influence

Mark Galeotti https://inmoscowsshadows.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/orion-mh17-and-the-gru/ A fascinating and imaginative joint international open source investigation, led by Bellingcat, has identified the figure with the callsign ‘Orion’ connected to the downing of the MH17 airliner over the Donbas as Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov, a Russian GRU military intelligence officer. And, indeed, a busy little soul, as he also appears to be…

JCCC: Russia tests state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems in Donbas – 13.08.2018 10:20 — Ukrinform News

Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine have detected dozens of tanks and artillery systems deployed outside areas for weaponry withdrawal as well as air defense and electronic warfare systems in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

UAWire – Ukraine lays charges against former LPR leader Plotnitsky

On August 13, the judge read out the charges on the case of the downed IL-76 aircraft against the ex-head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky and two …

The building of repeating TV tower initiated in Donetsk region – 112.international

The building of repeating TV tower initiated in Donetsk region. The tower to cover the territory of the area including the occupied part with Ukrainian TV channels. Oleksandr Kuts, Head of the regional Military-Civil Administration claimed this on Facebook. The building is held on the territory subordinate Selydove City Administration.

In flashback: Ilovaisk battle in 2014 becomes turning point in Donbas war | UNIAN

Ukraine’s forces launched an operation to liberate the eastern Ukrainian city of Ilovaisk on August 10, 2014, and within eight days Ukrainian troops pushed back Russian occupation forces from a part of the city, which was a significant breakthrough at the time. These days, Ukraine is marking the fourth anniversary of the Ilovaisk tragedy.

Russian military equipment in Donbas: Russian UAV equipped with advanced panoramic camera shot down by Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas. PHOTOS (17.08.18 13:39) « Incidents | Censor.NET

17.08.18 13:39 – Russian UAV equipped with advanced panoramic camera shot down by Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas. PHOTOS The Russian drone conducting aerial reconnaissance of the Ukrainian defense lines at the section of the forefront near Pervomaisk, Severodonetsk and Svatove in the occupied Donbas region was brought down by an air defense unit taking part in the… View news.

Air Defense of Ukraine shot down a Russian drone – Український мілітарний портал

Reading time: 1 minute Yesterday, August 16, the unmanned aircraft of the Russian occupation forces was detected by forces and means of air defense of the Joint Forces, which carried out the exploration of our positions in the direction of Pervomaysk-Severodonetsk-Svatovo.This is reported by the press service of the Joint OperationsImmediately, the next means of air defense were put into combat readiness “Full”. After confirmation of the operation of the unmanned radar by radar stations, the target was destroyed by the Combined Forces Air Defense Combat Division.

Ukraine to present Russian electronic warfare systems in Donbas – 112.international

The representatives of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry added that OSCE SMM observers documented four new Russian electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine

International experts warn of a chemical threat in Donbas – 112.international

There is a problem of chemical threat in Ukrainian Donbas, which was repeatedly discussed at various talks by the OSCE representatives. This was stated by the coordinator of OSCE projects in Ukraine, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba during the press conference, reports Ukrinform. “This is one of the issues in the OSCE competence. I did not accidentally say that chemical threats have no borders, there is no line of delimitation for the chemical threat … For some reason, we cannot conduct activities in certain parts of the country,” the OSCE coordinator noted. “We signaled in different formats of negotiations as I myself worked with people who participated in the Minsk talks, that, despite a number of military issues, there are other things that concern people, this can threaten the population. We tried to convey through different channels to all parties that the chemical threat is in fact a very serious issue,” Verba added.

Russian propaganda planning to accuse Ukraine of “radioactive disaster” in Donbas – MP | UNIAN

Russia is preparing to shift responsibility for the radiation contamination of water in the occupied parts of Donbas on “Ukrainian saboteurs,” according to People’s deputy Dmytro Tymchuk who made such conclusion from the analysis of fake news spread by Kremlin propaganda. The politician drew attention to the fact that Russian media are actively discussing the data, allegedly obtained by hackers from the Cyberberkut group, on Ukraine plotting a sabotage act in Donbas. The propaganda outlets claim Ukrainian spec-ops forces allegedly have at their disposal a container with radioactive waste from the Vakulenchuk nuclear waste repository in Zhytomyr region, aiming to poison the water in the occupied territory, TSN reports. Tymchuk called the pseudo-exposures by Cyberberkut “dumb and stupid fake news by the FSB.” The deputy noted that in the “documents” hackers claim to have been “leaked” there is nothing that could confirm their authenticity – no registration numbers and other necessary data.

“Only bears will go to Moscow”: Ukraine’s infrastructure minister signs “historic document” | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan announced new restrictions on railway communication with Russia. “Today I signed a historic document. Only bears will go to Moscow, as in the good old days,” the minister wrote on Facebook. As UNIAN reported earlier, Omelyan said that the Ministry of Infrastructure considered the issue of shutting down all railway communication with Moscow, but the final decision, he said, should be taken by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the Ukrainian government. In the summer of 2017, the Russian edition of Kommersant, referring to its sources in the government of Ukraine, reported that from July 1, Ukraine was allegedly preparing to halt railway passenger transportation to Russia. PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia at the time denied the report. UNIAN memo. Air communication between Ukraine and Russia was terminated on October 25, 2015. The infrastructure ministry said air traffic could be resumed only if Russian air carriers terminated their flights to the occupied Crimea and paid all penalties for the illegal flights already made.

“If we’re at war, there is no need to go there”: minister on railway communication with Russia | UNIAN

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has explained the move proposing to cancel railway communication with the Russian Federation, in particular passenger services. He told TV Channel 5 that any normal cooperation with the Russian Federation is off the agenda at the time of war “Whether people like it or not, Ukraine’s actions must be tough and adequate. One of the elements that we propose for government approval is to cancel passenger rail transportation [to and from Russia]. I believe we will protect Ukrainians in this way, those who continue traveling to the Russian Federation at their own risk, from being abducted or getting into the clutches of the FSB or other law enforcement agencies in Russia. We see that such cases have become frequent,” the minister told Ukrainian TV Channel 5. “Secondly, and this is key: if we’re at war, there is no need to go there,” he stressed. In addition, Omelyan said: “There is no Russian-Ukrainian friendship and has never been. There was either permanent occupation or just mass murders.” As UNIAN reported earlier, Omelyan announced new restrictions on railway communication with Russia. “Today I signed a historic document. Only bears will go to Moscow, as in the good old days,” the minister wrote on Facebook.

Russia threatens to take measures in response to Ukraine’s possible halt to railway service | UNIAN

Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich says the ministry has “developed measures” in response to a possible halt by Ukraine of railway traffic with Russia, but he hopes there will be no need for their introduction. Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry earlier announced it had been considering the termination of the railway service with Russia.

Ukraine severs ties with Russia: No such thing as Russian-Ukrainian friendship exists. No reason to travel there if we are at war, – Minister Omelian on plans to suspend railway connection with Russia (17.08.18 11:12) « Incidents | Censor.NET

17.08.18 11:12 – Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry proposes to suspend railway connection with the Russian Federation, namely the passenger trains, in order to protect Ukrainians. As reported by Censor.NET, this was said by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian on air of Channel 5. “Any normal cooperation with the Russian Federation is out of the question in times of war. Whether someone likes it or not, Ukraine’s actions must be robust and adequate. One of the measures that we have submitted for the government approval is the cessation of the passenger railway connection. I believe that this is the way we can protect those Ukrainians who still travel to the Russian Federation at their own peril from being abducted or fall into the hands of the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) or other law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation. We see that such cases are becoming more common,” the minister said. “Secondly, and in fact this is the key: there is no reason to travel there if we are at war,” he added. “There is no such thing as the Russian-Ukrainian friendship and never has been. There was either permanent occupation or genocide,” he said. It is noteworthy that Omelian Aug. 16 signed a landmark document which has not been disclosed so far. However, it is already known that it has something to do with the transport connection with neighboring Russia. On Aug. 6, Omelian said that Ukraine could completely cease the railway connection with Russia. On the same day, the deputy president’s commissioner to Crimea proposed to cease bus service between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3081732

Termination of trade-economic relations with Russia to cause enormous damage to Ukraine’s economy – 112.international [Propaganda]

The termination of the trade-economic relations with the Russian Federation will cause the enormous damage to Ukraine’s economy and lower living standards even more. Viktor Suslov, the former Economy Minister of Ukraine claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported. “I think Ukraine rightly fights for the maintenance of the transit through its territory, however, these services bring more money to the Russian budget. The offer of Yushchenko to completely terminate the trade-economic relations is an offer that will cause the enormous damage to the economy of Ukraine and lower living standards even more. It is the dozens of billion dollars of losses per year,” he said. Suslov noted that Russia is the biggest trade partner of Ukraine. “If we talk about the countries, Russia is the biggest trade partner of Ukraine for today, and let’s talk directly – it is good for Ukraine as it gives a significant market to it for the distribution of the goods and a possibility to purchase critically important goods for Ukraine. For example, Ukraine buys nuclear fuel in Russia and it is important for the work of the nuclear power plants that produce more than a half of the electricity in Ukraine. And there are many other examples. There are the examples, when the cooperation stopped, such as in the cosmic sphere. In the result, Ukraine stopped to produce the rockets and does not participate in the launch of the spacecraft,” he noted. Earlier former president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko claimed that it is unacceptable for Kyiv to hold the trade relations with Moscow.

After all the conflicts that have taken place in recent years in relations between Ukraine and Russia, the topic of who “feeds” whom is quite popular in the Ukrainian and Russian media – Ukraine and Russia: Who helped whom for all these years? – 112.international

After all the conflicts that have taken place in recent years in relations between Ukraine and Russia, the topic of who “feeds” whom is quite popular in the Ukrainian and Russian media. As it is not difficult to guess, the Russian media write that Russia “has been feeding” Ukraine all these twenty-seven years, and in the Ukrainian media everything is the opposite. Who is right? Let’s look at the figures and facts. There are data from the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine on the export-import of Ukraine and Russia, since 1996. These calculations are conducted in US dollars and show how many products Ukraine sold to Russia and how much it bought in Russia. During the period from 1996 to 2017, Ukraine sold goods to Russia for $ 253 billion, and bought goods in Russia worth $ 378 billion. It turns out that Ukraine paid Russia $ 124 billion more than it received from Russia. It turns out that Ukraine “fed” Russia. But what about the myth about the “cheap gas” that Russia supplied to Ukraine? This is really a myth. Until 2006, Russia really supplied gas to Ukraine at a low price, but then on the world market natural gas prices were low too. But when the price of oil in the world increased, as well as gas prices, Russia began to supply natural gas to Ukraine at very high price. Russia has never sold gas to Ukraine at below-cost prices. Therefore, all these conversations in the Russian media about “Russia’s losses of $ 200 billion from cheap gas to Ukraine” is an ordinary fake. All is just the opposite. Ukraine largely subsidized and financed the Russian economy. And now it continues to do this. For the first half of 2018, Ukraine sold to Russia goods worth $ 1.8 billion, and bought goods in Russia worth $ 3.8 billion. Thus, we can say that Ukraine subsidized the Russian economy this year at $ 2 billion. And this is despite all the anti-Russian hysteria in Ukraine. It is clear that Russia is offended that the subsidy of its economy at the expense of Ukraine has decreased. If the level of Ukraine-Russia trade turnover for the period 2014-2017 would have been at the level of 2013, then Ukraine would additionally receive export revenues from the supply of goods to Russia -$ 38 billion. This is the loss of Ukraine’s exports from the severance of trade relations with Russia. At the same time, Russia lost $ 60 billion from the break of trade relations with Ukraine. This is the amount the import of goods from Russia to Ukraine decreased. The question arises: where does Ukraine find the currency to subsidize the Russian economy? Partly from the sale of metal and grain to the countries of Asia and Africa. Our trade with Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, India is always surplus. In this situation, these countries are subsidizing Ukraine at the expense of buying Ukrainian goods. But this currency amount is small, and therefore it is necessary to spend currency on the purchase of goods from Russia at the expense of the currency that entered Ukraine in the form of foreign investments, foreign loans and guest workers’ money. But this solves the problem partially. There have been several precedents when Ukraine had to hastily borrow money from foreign companies and organizations in order to pay for imported gas bought in Russia, which was considered “very cheap.” Therefore, when they say that the Ukrainian authorities have many foreign debts, this is really true. Because part of these debts, since the days of president Kuchma, were used to pay for the import of Russian gas. Let’s draw a conclusion. Ukraine should trade with Russia, and not only with Russia. The economy of Ukraine needs natural gas, oil and oil products, and they can be bought in Russia, or you can buy Russian gas through the EU, and Russian gasoline through Belarus. In any case, for Ukraine it is currently difficult to achieve a surplus in foreign trade with Russia. We can only partially reduce the deficit, by increasing exports from Ukraine to Russia. But Russia does not really want it, and Volodymyr Groysman’s government helps Russia to close the Russian market for Ukrainian goods. Therefore, the decline in exports from Ukraine to Russia in recent years is a mutual “merit” of the leadership of Russia and Ukraine. Is it possible to restore normal trade relations with Russia? Everything is possible, but so far unlikely. And it is clear that it is necessary not only to restore the foreign trade of Ukraine and Russia, but also to make it more profitable for Ukraine, so that subsidizing the Russian economy at the expense of Ukraine would be minimal. Foreign trade should be mutually beneficial, but now and before it was more profitable for Russian side. This is the picture of our foreign trade in the talk about “who feeds whom”. P.S. Just for your information. During the entire period of Ukraine’s existence, investments from Russia into the Ukrainian economy amounted to $ 4.5 billion. But, most likely, soon they will be stopped, as the policy of the Ukrainian government towards Russian investors is very aggressive. Read original article at 112.ua

Ukraine NOW brand to be presented soon in US, Canada, Australia – 15.08.2018 18:30 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine&rsquo;s official brand – Ukraine NOW – is planned to be presented in New York (USA), Toronto (Canada) and Australia in the end of September.

Red Dot Design Award goes to Ukraine for Ukraine NOW | UNIAN

A prestigious Red Dot Design Award has been given to the corporate design of Ukraine NOW, developed by Banda Agency. The official award ceremony will be held in Berlin in October.

Demography expert on brain drain from Ukraine: Country in central Europe never be empty | UNIAN

Pending a new population census in Ukraine, Ukrainian demography expert, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Ella Libanova gives her forecast for its results, calling not to be afraid of a brain drain to the West and assures that a country with a mild climate in the center of Europe will never be empty. The expert says it is important to have 213-215 children per 100 women for the population of a country not to shrink.

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in ECHR against Russia due to its violation of Ukrainian political prisoner’ rights – Ukraine files lawsuit in ECHR against Russia – 112.international

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in ECHR against Russia due to its violation of Ukrainian political prisoner’ rights

Ukraine files lawsuit against Russia concerning political prisoners, 112.international – Ukraine files 6 lawsuits against Russia to ECHR – 112.international

Ukraine files 6 lawsuits against Russia to ECHR

Ombudsman: 22 Russian inmates address Putin for exchange on Ukrainian political prisoners – 112.international

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry will deliver all the appeals by diplomatic mail to the Russian President administration

Two Russians convicted in Ukraine refuse to participate in exchange, – journalist – 112.international

Two Russians convicted in Ukraine who are in the list of prisoners exchange refused to write a letter to Russian President Putin, as Olha Reshetylova, a journalist and Coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights, reported on her Facebook page. “During monitoring visits of detention places the representatives of the Ombudsman meet with Russians or Ukrainians who were included in the list of exchange of Kremlin’s hostages. They are asked for their consent or disagreement to participate in the exchange and they are offered to write a letter to Putin. Most of them write such statements without hesitation, but not all of them,” the journalist noted. According to her, Petr Mikhalchevsky did not sign the letter. He is accused of state treason (in 2014 he was a Health Minister in occupied Crimean Government). He confirmed it during the meeting with Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman. Vladimir Sukhanov, the so-called Crimean runaway, refused to take part in the exchange process. As the journalist stated, two more Crimean runways Odintsov and Baranov agreed to participate in the exchange, yet, after they called Rybin, the lawyer, they refused to write a letter to Putin.

Prisoner Pavlo Hryb finally receives letters following transfer to Rostov-on-Don – father | UNIAN

Kremlin’s young political prisoner, a Ukrainian national Pavlo Hryb, who is being accused in Russia of plotting a “terror act,” is finally able to read letters sent to him, after he was transferred from Krasnodar to a pre-trial detention facility in Rostov-on-Don. The Ukrainian had not been allowed to see letters sent to him and also had his personal notes taken from him.

Prosecutors Seek 15 Years In Prison For Ukraine’s Ex-President

Ukrainian prosecutors in the treason trial against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych have asked the court in Kyiv to sentence the pro-Russian former leader to 15 years in prison.

Yanukovych’s lawyers fight with police in court – Yanukovych state treason case: defence lawyers start scuffles with police in court (photo, video) – 112.international

The debates were planned during today’s court hearing

TV, Radio Committee offers to impose sanctions against Russian publishers of anti-Ukrainian works – 112.international

TV, Radio Committee offers to impose sanctions against Russian publishers of anti-Ukrainian works

Russian chemical giant forced to sell its assets in Ukraine, loses over US$25 mln | UNIAN

One of the world’s largest agrochemical producers, Russian-based EuroChem, in May 2018 sold two distributing companies in Ukraine for $53 million, having lost over US$25 million. Information about the buyer of EuroChem’s Ukrainian assets is not indicated.

Independent church last missing piece to create truly independent Ukraine – media | UNIAN

One of the biggest differences between Eastern and Western Europe is the role of the church. On paper, they are separate, but in Eastern Europe, tradition trumps the law and the influence of the church is immense. In Ukraine, the church is the most trusted institution, which is a good thing, but the fact that one of its strongest branches openly sympathizes with Russia means that the secular world can’t choose to ignore this issue any longer, Kateryna Kruk, a Ukrainian political scientist and communications expert fellow at StopFake and the European Values Think Tank, wrote for the Atlantic Council. The split between the Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates took place in 1992 on the grounds that an independent country should have its own church. Since then, there were numerous attempts to unify the church from the inside but the ideological differences seemed too wide. The Kyiv Patriarchate was known for its strong pro-Ukrainian position, while the Moscow Patriarchate was seen as a supporter of “Russkiy mir” ideology (Russian world) and unity between Russia and Ukraine. This stereotypical division was confirmed by the church’s reaction to the Euromaidan and the subsequent Donbas war. But the Moscow Patriarchate’s real face was revealed when Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. The church turned a blind eye to Russia’s direct involvement in the war, calling it a civil war instead. It also managed to outrage Ukrainians by its numerous refusals to bury dead Ukrainian soldiers as heroes who fell defending their country. This didn’t go unnoticed by worshipers.

Ukraine furious over Putin’s plans to attend wedding of Austria’s top diplomat | UNIAN

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs Anna Hopko, commenting on the report, notes that Putin’s attendance at the wedding discredits Austria as a neutral state. “On August 18, among the guests at the wedding of the head of Austrian diplomacy there will be Putin, the one who is supposed to be in the dock. His participation in the wedding discredits Austria as a neutral state that can mediate on Ukraine,” Hopko stressed. In her opinion, Putin’s presence at the wedding ceremony is “another signal , it’s a blow to European values, while Sentsov, Balukh, political prisoners of the Kremlin are at risk of death because of the hunger strike; the torture of Ukrainians in the occupied territories is a daily occurrence, and international experts like the Red Cross do not have access to them, while in the east of Ukraine there are daily shellings because Putin does not fulfill the agreements and there is no armistice.”

Signing of FTA between Ukraine and Israel is priority for both countries – Foreign Ministry – 17.08.2018 12:43 — Ukrinform News

Signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Ukraine and Israel by the end of the year is a priority issue for both countries.

World Bank Says Preparing $650 Million Loan Guarantee For Ukraine

The World Bank says it is preparing a $650 million guarantee to help Ukraine obtain funding in global-debt markets, but Kyiv must first comply with economic reforms demanded by the International Mo…

UAWire – Lithuania to allocate 1 million euro for the restoration of the Donbas

The Government of Lithuania is planning to allocate about one million euro from the 2019 budget to support Ukraine, particularly settlements in …

Conference on de-occupation of Crimea to be held in France in October – Ambassador Shamshur – 17.08.2018 14:46 — Ukrinform News

In the second half of October, a conference on de-occupation of Crimea will be held in France.

Ukrainian Court Sentences Crimean Woman For Treason

A court in Ukraine has issued a suspended three-year prison sentence against a woman from Crimea charged with high treason.

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