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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (29) / Independence Day Parade


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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  1. Yet another Russian proposal to nuke Ukraine;
  2. Russia escalates Azov Sea blockade;
  3. 27th Anniversary Independence Day Parade in Kyiv;
  4. NatSec Advisor Bolton attends parade and meets with Ukrainian leadership;
  5. Russians escalate in Donbass;
  6. Industry update;
  7. Political and economic news reports;

Ukraine Reports

“Drop one little nuke on Kyiv”: Russian TV panelist on war with Ukraine | UNIAN

One of the participants of a panel show aired by a major Russian propaganda TV channel Rossiya 1, historian Yevgeny Spitsyn, noting Russia’s nuclear potential, offered what a “quick” option to end the war with Ukraine, speaking on air of one of Russia’s major national TV channels. The historian seemed sincerely bewildered at the fact that, being a major nuclear power, Russia had been waging war against Ukraine for four years already. One of the participants of a panel show aired by a major Russian propaganda TV channel Rossiya 1, historian Yevgeny Spitsyn, noting Russia’s nuclear potential, offered what a “quick” option to end the war with Ukraine, speaking on air of one of Russia’s major national TV channels. The historian seemed sincerely bewildered at the fact that Russia had been waging war against Ukraine for four years already. He then went on to suggest the Kremlin dropping “one little nuke on Kyiv” to “destroy the current fascist regime.” “And that’s all, the problem is solved,” he concluded. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian populist “showman” politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who also holds a post of Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, suggested using a nuclear charge to hit the residence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. At the same time, Russian authorities have launched a persecution campaign against what they call “extremism” on social networks,” effectively opening criminal cases against internet users for posts, reposts, and likes.

New sanctions over Russia’s lawlessness in Azov | UNIAN

Recently, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that the European Union had for several months been discussing the issue of strengthening sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait bridge toward the occupied Crimea. However, sanctions cannot be tied to any particular act. Recently, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that the European Union had for several months been discussing the issue of strengthening sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait bridge toward the occupied Crimea. However, sanctions cannot be tied to any particular act. The Russian side is already suffering losses from sanctions, which only intensify the economic crisis and force the Kremlin to make internal political decisions affecting their economy. For example, this is about recent changes in pension law, increase in VAT, and rising fuel prices, all of which triggered a wave of discontent among Russians… Sanctions are an instrument of economic war. What Russia is doing today in the Sea of Azov, from the point of view of creating problems for our ports in Berdyansk and Mariupol, is also a manifestation of economic war. After all, once they’ve built the Kerch Strait bridge, its side effect is the restrictions on the tonnage of vessels passsing under it. That is, Russia is now creating a situation where owners or users of cargo ships for think have to think twice, whether they should work with Ukrainian ports, because they have no guarantees that there will be no long delays in the sea, which, incidentally, are initiated by the Russian FSB. Of course, this means additional costs for them. This is also a kind of sanctions, it’s only that they are not announced, but still applied as a result of the existing bilateral agreements on the joint use of the Azov Sea. For its part, Ukraine and partner states should apply similar actions to the occupied ports in Crimea. For example, this could be a ban on the supply of goods, denied servicing to vessels leaving those ports, and denied access to cargo shipped from there.

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 Security Council or NATO to convoy Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov, 112 Ukraine reports. According to Tuka, two solutions are being considered. The first option is to ask the UN Security Council for ship escorts. “The second option, which is less likely from my point of view, implies the use of NATO forces to escort ships in the Sea of Azov,” Tuka said. He added that he does not want to make predictions and state that the armed forces of NATO will help Ukraine. On March 25, Ukrainian border guards detained a Russian ship, the Nord, with ten crew members on board in the Azov Sea. The seamen were detained and brought to administrative responsibility. Subsequently, the captain was released under a personal obligation to appear to the investigator upon demand. On July 17, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine will fight the actions of Russian border guards inspecting ships. He added that he gave corresponding orders to the head of the Defense Ministry, the chief of the General Stuff and the commander of the Navy. According to the current Russian-Ukrainian agreement of 2003, the Azov Sea is the internal water body of both countries. Both Russian and Ukrainian border guards have the right to inspect foreign ships. In early July, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine proposed to denounce this agreement.

UAWire – Russia blocks the Sea of Azov

Russia took complete control over the Sea of Azov. During the past week, Russia did not allow any ships to pass through the Kerch Strait to reach the Ukraine ports. The ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are almost empty, writes the expert of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs non-profit organization and reporter of BlakcSeaNews, Andrei Klimenko on his Facebook page. “Between 07:00 (local Moscow time) on August 14, 2018, and 9:00 (local Moscow time) on August 21, 2018, the Russian Federation has not allowed a single vessel from the Black Sea to the reach Ukrainian ports of the Azov Sea. Therefore, there are no resonant detentions in the middle of the sea, “he said. According to Klimenko, there are 16 vessels with a total carrying capacity of 120 thousand tons anchored in the Kerch Strait. At the same time, three ships are waiting for the permission to pass for almost a week (for 6 days, 5 days and 4 days). In his comments to the post, Klimenko noted that it is already obvious that Ukraine “lost the Sea of Azov along with the Crimea”. According to the retired Admiral of the Navy and representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Ihor Kabanenko, this situation was obvious long time ago, but too little has been done to prevent it. Russia detained more than 150 foreign vessels in the area of the Kerch Strait that were headed to the Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea, said the head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan, reports 112 Ukraine. “I do not have exact data, but it seems to be more than 150 foreign vessels that were going to Ukrainian ports … Russian border guards continue to inspect vessels that go to the Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea,” he said. According to Slobodyan, the ships that sail to the Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea have to wait for permission to pass the Kerch Strait for several days, and the ships that go to Russian ports pass it “almost without a delay.” In this case, inspections of those ships that go to Ukrainian ports are mainly carried out in areas inaccessible to the Ukrainian border guards. Note that earlier, public activist Dmitry Snegirev said that Russia’s main task in the Sea of Azov is the economic blockade of the Azov coast and the transformation of the Azov Sea exclusively into the inland sea of the Russian Federation.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Seeks to Control Not Just the Surface of the Azov Sea but Also the Ukrainian Shelf and Its Resources Below

Paul Goble Staunton, August 16 – Moscow’s moves to seize control of the surface of the Kerch Straits and the Sea of Azov have attracted concern not only in Ukraine but in the capitals of Ukraine’s supporters, the Russia’s illegal moves to control a large part of the Ukrainian shelf not only there but in the Black Sea have not, even though they may prove more fateful. After Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea, Moscow took control of approximately two-thirds of Ukraine’s continental shelf, according the Ukrainian government’s State Service for Geology and Natural Resources. Now, it is moving to take control of even more (qha.com.ua/ru/ekonomika/rf-nezakonno-kontroliruet-bolshuyu-chast-ukrainskogo-shelfa-chernogo-i-azovskogo-morei/194754/ and ukranews.com/news/578796-gosgeologyy-rasskazaly-o-utverzhdennykh-zapasakh-gaza-na-podkontrolnykh-ukrayne-uchastkakh). Like the occupation, the continuing war in the Donbass and earlier seizures of portions of Ukraine’s continental shelf, these latest moves are completely illegal and threaten to take away from Ukraine approximately 37 billion cubic meters of natural gas over all and about 10 billion in the Sea of Azov alone. As a result of Russian aggression, the area of the shelf Ukraine controls has contracted by more than 60 percent, from 130,000 square kilometers to about 40,000. If Russia seizes more of this, Kyiv will lose access to an important source of energy and potential export earnings, goals Moscow manifestly has (qha.com.ua/ru/ekonomika/v-rf-annulirovali-ukrainskie-litsenzii-na-polzovanie-nedrami-krima/194710/). Consequently, any strategy to defend Ukraine’s rights in the Sea of Azov must take into account not only Russian aggression on the surface of that body of water but also Moscow’s illegal seizure of the seabed below.

Russia preparing for possible landing operations along Azov and Odesa coast – expert | UNIAN

Russia’s recent actions in the Sea of Azov indicate possible preparations for possible landing operations along Ukraine’s coastline in the Sea of Azov and Odesa coast in the Black Sea, according to Oleksandr Khara, deputy chair of the board of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies. According to Khara, Russia controls the annexed Crimea and the Kerch Strait, and it is easiest way to cut Ukraine off the seas precisely in the Azov. Russia’s recent actions in the Sea of Azov indicate possible preparations for possible landing operations along Ukraine’s coastline in the Sea of Azov and Odesa coast in the Black Sea, according to Oleksandr Khara, deputy chair of the board of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies. Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov with the blocking of Ukrainian vessels show that the war is now also being waged on the sea, Khara wrote in a blog for Obozrevatel. “According to Ukraine’s law on defense, in line with the definition of aggression by the UN General Assembly, blocking ports is already an act of aggression, and, in fact, what’s happening in the Sea of Azov is a creeping aggression,” the foreign policy and security expert wrote.

UAWire – Expert: Russian targets in Crimea in range of Ukraine’s new Neptune missile

The new Ukrainian Neptune missile, which was recently tested in the Odessa province, will be capable of destroying military targets in Russian-annexed Crimea once it is adopted into the armament, said military expert and director of the information consulting firm Defense Express, Serhiy Zhurets, in a Radio Krym.Realii broadcast. “Yes, absolutely, it’s possible. This is an attempt to substantially deal with the matter of military capabilities through asymmetric actions. We won’t have time to build ships with large displacement, but the presence of a missile component, which can be used from the coast, from small boats, from fighters – this is a course of action which will make Russia worry,” the expert observed. Zhurets added that, although the Neptune’s range is stated to be 300 km, in practice it will be much greater, as per the example of the Russian Kalibr missiles. Another stage of the Neptune’s testing took place in the Odessa province earlier. According to Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, the missile “is capable of taking out any sea or land targets”. On August 16, the press service of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet reported that the Admiral Grigorovich frigate had fired its first Kalibr missiles in the Black Sea. The target, which imitated an enemy ship, was roughly 80 km away. The Admiral Makarov frigate also began to move from the Baltic to the Black Sea, to be permanently based in annexed Sevastopol. The ship is armed with Kalibr-NK and Shtil missiles.

Military Parade in Central Kyiv Marks 27 Years of Independence – YouTube

UATV English Published on Aug 24, 2018 Military parade in celebration of the 27th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence taking place in the center of Kyiv

Military Parade Marks Ukraine’s Independence Day – YouTube

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Published on Aug 24, 2018 Armed forces and armored vehicles paraded through the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, during a celebration of the country’s Independence Day on August 24. Some 4,500 soldiers and 250 military vehicles took part in the parade, along with 18 delegations of foreign troops.

Kiev hosts a military parade for 27 years of independence – YouTube

UAWire – Trump congratulates Ukraine on Independence Day

President of the United States Donald Trump sent congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine to President Petro Poroshenko, said the press service of the head of the Ukrainian state on Thursday. “On behalf of the American nation, I want to congratulate you and the people of Ukraine on the 27th anniversary of your independence to be celebrated on August 24,” stated the message. “The United States Government will continue to work with Ukraine and support efforts in strengthening democratic institutions, developing the rule of law, fighting corruption and stimulating economic growth.” The people of Ukraine have something to be proud of: for four years Ukraine has been bravely opposing Russian aggression and blessed with vibrant civil society, growing economy and the Armed Forces that are more powerful than ever, ” said Trump. The U.S. President emphasised: “Please remember that the United States will always stand alongside Ukraine, while it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders.” The U.S. President wished Ukraine a peaceful, prosperous and successful year. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron sent his congratulations on Ukraine’s Independence Day.

Bolton: U.S. sanctions to stay until Russia changes its behavior | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said on Friday that U.S. sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow changed its behavior.

Ukraine has made progress in efforts to join NATO: Trump adviser | Reuters

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday during a trip to Kiev that Ukraine had made progress in its efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), but that it still had more work to do.

John Bolton stresses that U.S. will never recognize annexation of Crimea – 24.08.2018 14:50 — Ukrinform News

The United States does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, and U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed this during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

US Security Adviser Urges Ukraine to Seek Alternatives to Russian Gas – Sputnik International

MOSCOW(Sputnik) – US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday that Ukraine should seek alternatives to Russian natural gas and could consider inviting foreign companies, including those from the United States, to explore its own sources.

Poroshenko holding meeting with Bolton – 24.08.2018 12:45 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is holding a meeting with U.S. President's&nbsp;National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Groysman, Bolton discuss sanctions against Russia – 24.08.2018 16:05 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine and the United States have a joint future and are already forming a new in-depth agenda for relations.

Poroshenko Declares Ukraine ‘Has Cut All Ties With Russian Empire’

KYIV — President Petro Poroshenko has marked Ukraine’s Independence Day by announcing at a military parade in Kyiv that his country “has cut all ties with the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.” Poroshenko also said during the August 24 event that Ukraine needs to cut all ties with the Russian Orthodox Church “that blesses” Russia’s “hybrid war against Ukraine.” “Our generation’s major goal is to make our independence irreversible, to turn Ukraine into a strong and great country without the possibility of returning to the zone of Russian influence,” Poroshenko said. “The issue [of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s split from the Russian Orthodox Church] is of the same importance as such issues as strengthening of our army, defending our language, our struggle to join the European Union and NATO,” he said. “That is another aim of our historic path, a significant component of our independence.” Some 4,500 soldiers, 250 military vehicles, and 18 units comprised of 300 foreign troops took part in the parade, which also featured women who are in Ukraine’s military forces. Dispensing with a traditional Soviet-era military greeting used in previous years, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak greeted the marching troops by declaring, “Glory to Ukraine!” The troops replied: “Glory to the heroes!” Poltorak’s greeting had been used by Ukrainian nationalist troops who fought for Ukraine’s independence during World War II. Poroshenko announced that he will propose that parliament pass legislation to make the expression the official military greeting in Ukraine. Ukraine announced its independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991, almost four months before the official dissolution of the Soviet Union. Ties between Ukraine and Russia have worsened since Moscow illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and instigated a conflict between pro-Kremlin separatists and Ukrainian armed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Poroshenko: EU without Ukraine will be “incomplete project” | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stresses the European Union without Ukraine will be an “incomplete project.” Poroshenko said he would ask the parliament to incorporate NATO and EU membership provisions in the nation’s Constitution.

Poroshenko at Kyiv parade: Tested by war, economic crisis, Ukraine “builds strong muscles” | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Ukraine, having been tested by war and economic crisis, has withstood and “built strong muscles.” Ukraine celebrates the 27th anniversary of its independence on August 24.

UAWire – Klimkin: Russia and Ukraine are in a state of war

Russian government bank shares continue to plummet on the Moscow Exchange due to the threat of new US sanctions, which at first seemed unlikely, but are becoming more real every day. After US Senator Chris Van Hollen said that the bipartisan sanctions bill will target the Russian banking sector, Sberbank and VTB Bank’s share prices began to drop at an accelerating rate. At the end of trading on Thursday, Sberbank’s shares had lost 4.84%, closing at a price of 178.71 rubles, a low since August last year. VTB Bank’s shares fell 3.74%, reaching a price the market has not seen since the 2014 crisis – 4.131 kopeks. Since the start of April, when sanctions cut Rusal off from the world market, Sberbank has lost 30% of its capitalization, leaving shareholders 1.65 trillion rubles poorer. Compared to the February peaks, the bank’s market value has fallen by 2.63 trillion rubles, i.e. 35%. VTB Bank has dropped by 23%, i.e. 160 billion rubles. The sanctions against Russian government banks are part of two key sanctions bills put forward in US Congress this year. The first, put forward by Van Hollen himself and already supported by 12 other senators (S.2323), proposes to ban Russian banks from having correspondent accounts in the US, which is tantamount to cutting them off from dollar transactions. Van Hollen’s idea is that the sanctions should be introduced not by President Donald Trump, but by the head of national intelligence, if he receives information on new Russian interference in US elections. The second bill (S.3336), which was put forward by a group of six lawmakers, headed by senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez, proposes to freeze the assets of all Russian government banks in the US, and ban American legal entities from carrying out any operations with them. According to the bill, these sanctions will be introduced by Trump, who can choose one or several of the six government banks – Sberbank, VTB Bank, Gazprombank, Rosselkhozbank, Promsvyazbank, Vnesheconombank and the Bank of Moscow. The plan enjoys bipartisan support, but no hearings have been scheduled for it yet.

Poroshenko to table bill in parliament to amend Constitution for accession to NATO, EU | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pledged to table a bill in parliament to amend Ukraine’s Constitution for paving the way for the country’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union. The bill will be registered by September 4.

Poroshenko to submit bill on constitutional Euro-Atlantic integration course – 112.international

Before September 4, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will submit to the Verkhovna Rada a bill that fixes the course of Euro-Atlantic integration

UAWire – Kravchuk: Upcoming elections could be Ukraine’s last

The upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections could be Ukraine’s last, if the people make a mistake again and “vote for buckwheat”, said Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk, as reported by Glavcom news outlet. In the former president’s opinion, Ukrainians still have not determined who they should vote for, since they do not know how to. “They are unable to choose… It wasn’t by chance that the UK reached the conclusion that you will never be registered as a candidate for parliament if you weren’t a member of local government beforehand. Because you need to know how it is done at the very bottom. But with us, he screamed ‘I will do everything’ and people believed,” Kravchuk comments. He emphasizes that today there are many ways to collect information on the person running for the presidency (the internet, TV, newspapers) and to “detect the liar and the vociferous”. Kravchuk says that a person who has never worked on the political, economic and social front cannot properly fulfill the presidential duties, because he will not know anything. You also cannot compare a country to a business, because “the system of state management should not be based on the principles of business”. However, the former president does not support the widespread opinion that the Verkhovna Rada should elect more young people and lower the entry barrier. According to him, the barrier should be at the 4% level, to prevent a massive influx of random people: “Youth is not an advantage, it passes… People have already become so convinced that ‘we don’t need these, we need only young people’ that they don’t even look what kind of young person it is… You need to look according to the situation. If it is a parliamentary government, there need to be several parties with experienced members, who know that they have two tasks: to write laws and to control their implementation”. Kravchuk’s opinion on the possible return to major politics of Viktor Medvedchuk, the former head of his administration, is clear: it is virtually impossible. The most he could achieve would be to become an MP, because he longs to single-handedly “keep everything under control”. Kravchuk says that he does not intend to join anyone’s team, but before the elections he will try to attend the events of all the political forces – the left, right, Timoshenko, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, and the People’s Front. “This is not because I’m particularly interested, but because I want to compare, in order to say to people ‘Beware’. I signed all the institutional documents on the creation of the Ukrainian government, without exception. And when, today, I appear somewhere publicly and people come up to me and ask: ‘Why did you do that? We are not ready. Why did you make it so that corrupt people came into power?’ how should I respond? I should say before these elections: don’t do it, it’s a mistake. And in order to say it, I need to study everything,” the former head of state emphasized. Based on everything that has been analyzed, he asks Ukrainians to be especially careful before elections, both presidential and parliamentary. “If we make a mistake this time, and choose buckwheat, these could be our last elections,” Kravchuk believe

Military Parade Marks Ukraine’s Independence Day

Armed forces and armored vehicles paraded through the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, during a celebration of the country’s Independence Day on August 24. Some 4,500 soldiers and 250 military vehicles took part in the parade, along with 18 delegations of foreign troops.

Ukraine marks Independence Day with massive military parade – Defence Blog

On 24 August Ukraine celebrated its official Independence Day. The parade, marking the 27th anniversary of the country’s independence, began with thousands of troops lined up at center Kyiv. 4,500 servicemen and 250 pieces of military equipment and dozens of military aircraft take part in the parade on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day this year, including new weapon systems that have already been adopted and those that are being tested. Also, representatives of 18 foreign countries take part in the military parade on the occasion of the Independence Day celebration. This year the military parade features 24 sections, representing the Ukrainian Armed forces, the State Border Service, the National Guard and Security Service of Ukraine. Independence Day of Ukraine is the day when the state commemorates the Declaration of Independence of 1991. It is traditionally celebrated on August 24.

British Airborne soldiers took part in military parade on Independence Day of Ukraine – Defence Blog

Eight foreign units took part in the military parade on the occasion of the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine on 24 August. Also, British Airborne soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade marched alongside Ukrainian troops and other NATO allies and partners during a parade in Kyiv, Ukraine on Aug. 24. A contingent of British Airborne soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade march alongside their Ukrainian and international counterparts, from 18 countries, in a show of solidarity and partnership as part of Independence Day celebrations taking place in the capital, Kyiv. The reservist paratroopers, from the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and 299 (Para) Engineer Squadron, Royal Engineers, are drawn from locations across the UK, and are in Ukraine to demonstrate Britain’s ongoing solidarity with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and in particular to build and enhance their own well-established relationship with Ukrainian Airborne forces, said in the statement by the British Embassy in Ukraine.

Ukraine unveils new artillery and missile systems at military parade in Kyiv – Defence Blog

In a huge military parade to mark the 27th anniversary of independence, Ukrainian troops demonstrated off the newest artillery and missile systems at the streets of Kyiv on 24 August. Some 250 units of military equipment were showcased during the event, some 4,500 military personnel took part in the parade. Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, the Security Service of Ukraine and other formations marched along Kyiv’s major thoroughfare, Khreshchatyk Street. During the parade on Independence Day, the new An-178 transport aircraft publicly presented for the first time. Also, the demonstrated new models of weapons and military equipment, created by the national defense industry. The Armed Forces of Ukraine has paraded new artillery, reconnaissance and missile systems.

Ukraine troops increase anti-tank fire capabilities – Defence Blog

The Armed Forces of Ukraine received a new batch of modern Stugna-P and Corsar anti-tank missile systems during a ceremony in Kyiv, on 23 August. President Petro Poroshenko took part in the opening of the exhibition of modern armament and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations “The Power of the New Army”, where thee Head of State handed certificates for weapons and equipment to the military. In particular, the military received new Stugna-P portable anti-tank missile systems and Corsar light portable missile complexes. “Friends, we really lacked them on the frontline in 2014. What a high price was paid by Ukraine in 2014-2015 because of their absence,” the Head of State said during the ceremony of delivery of arms. According to the President, the new weaponry will be handed over to representatives of the Land Forces, Navy, Airborne Assault Forces and Special Operations Forces. In the near future, they will receive 75 complexes, he added. “These Ukrainian anti-tank complexes have already proven themselves in battles. They reduce the risk of enemy damage to the operator — due to the possibility of placing the launcher at a very safe distance from the operator. Due to the possibility of acquiring the target from the closed positions and shelters. An important advantage is the cost of domestic anti-tank complexes, which is several times cheaper than that of foreign samples. For the same money of Ukrainian taxpayers, we are now buying 5-6 times more weapons from the Ukrainian defense industry,” Petro Poroshenko said.

Ukraine demonstrated unique Mi-14 helicopters evacuated from Crimea – Defence Blog

The 10th Naval Aviation Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy took part at a massive military parade in Kyiv on 24 August. Four Mi-14 maritime helicopters of the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade alongside Ukrainian combat aircraft have been taking part in a flypast over Kyiv to mark the Independence Day on August 24. One of the features of participation of Mi-14s in the parade is that these helicopters were evacuated from Crimea during the Russian occupation. Ukrainian naval aviation managed to get a number of its aircraft and helicopters airborne from its Novofedorivka airbase to fly to bases in mainland Ukraine on 5 March in 2014. The long-term sustainability of the Ukrainian Navy’s surviving Mi-14PS helicopters was uncertain after the pro-Russian administration in Crimea nationalised all state owned enterprises, including the Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise, which had provided long-term maintenance and overhaul of the service’s helicopters. In mainland Ukraine, there were no enterprises capable of providing repair of Mi-14 helicopters. However, there were quickly organized works at the Aviakon plant in Konotop, wherein a short time the unique Mi-14 helicopters were rebuilt and upgraded. All Mi-14s were quickly reassembled and put back to flight status. Amphibious Mi-14 helicopters are designed on the basis of the multirole Mi-8T helicopter. The main design distinction is that they boast hermetically sealed boat bottoms, instead of traditional helicopter undercarriages, enabling them to land on water. The sides are fitted with floats for stability, which also support the retractable landing gear. The Mi-14s other systems were also adapted for marine use, and numerous technical solutions developed for it later found application in Mi-8/17 helicopters, such as the Mi-8MT and its export variant Mi-17.

US troops march in Kyiv to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day – Defence Blog

US soldiers marched alongside Ukrainian troops and other NATO allies and partners during a parade in Kyiv, Ukraine on Aug. 24, to celebrate Ukrainian independence. The parade, marking the 27th anniversary of the country’s independence, began with thousands of troops lined up at center Kyiv. 4,500 servicemen and 250 pieces of military equipment and dozens of military aircraft take part in the parade on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day this year, including new weapon systems that have already been adopted and those that are being tested. This year the military parade features 24 sections, representing the Ukrainian Armed forces, the State Border Service, the National Guard and Security Service of Ukraine. Independence Day of Ukraine is the day when the state commemorates the Declaration of Independence of 1991. It is traditionally celebrated on August 24.

Ukrainian President signed a decree on the assignment of honorary titles to the units of the State Border Service of Ukraine – Poroshenko assigns honorary titles to military units of State Border Services – 112.international

Ukrainian President signed a decree on the assignment of honorary titles to the units of the State Border Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian military aviation participated on the parade for the Independence Day of Ukraine for the first time in nine years – Combat Aviation takes part at parade for Independence Day, – photo, video – 112.international

Ukrainian military aviation participated on the parade for the Independence Day of Ukraine for the first time in nine years

The soldier of the guard of honor lost consciousness during the speech of President Petro Poroshenko – Two soldiers lost consciousness during speech of Poroshenko at parade (photo, video) – 112.international

The soldier of the guard of honor lost consciousness during the speech of President Petro Poroshenko

Six thousand law enforcement officers maintain order in Kyiv during the celebration of the Independence Day – Independence Day: Six thousand law enforcement officers maintain order in Kyiv – 112.international

Six thousand law enforcement officers maintain order in Kyiv during the celebration of the Independence Day

Poroshenko apologizes for vow made in 2014 to complete ATO within hours | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has apologized before the Ukrainian people for his vow made in 2014 to complete “within hours” the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in the east of Ukraine. “More than four years ago, I said that the ATO would last for hours, not months. And now it’s not so important to recall the context of that phrase or its generalized nature. People perceived it as an opportunity to end the war very, very quickly,” the president said in the city of Dnipro at the celebration event on the occasion of National Flag Day. Poroshenko added that for him, “this is a very serious lesson of careful and responsible attitude to my words and promises… Thank you for [giving me] this understanding. The country demands an honest and frank conversation,” the president said. “I regret that I gave rise to exaggerated expectations, and I sincerely apologize that I gave you hope that did not come true. It’s a shame that I made a promise that wasn’t fulfilled. I apologize for this,” Poroshenko said. As UNIAN reported earlier, presidential elections were held in Ukraine on May 25, 2014. Petro Poroshenko won the popular vote. On May 26, he said he would require a change in the format of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in eastern Ukraine. “I support the continuation of the ATO, but I demand a change in its format,” Poroshenko said, adding that the antiterrorist operation should be shorter in time and more effective.

Poroshenko apologizes for saying ‘Donbas conflict will last hours’ – Triggered high expectations: Poroshenko apologizes for ‘Donbas conflict will last hours’ – 112.international

According to the president, for today Ukraine’s task is to build a strong army and gain international support

U.S. President sends congratulations on Independence Day to Poroshenko, 112.international – Trump congratulates Ukrainians on Independence Day – 112.international

Trump congratulates Ukrainians on Independence Day

President: The stronger and more professional our army is the sooner peace will come to our land — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko during a speech at the All-Ukrainian August Conference of Educators “New Ukrainian School: Start of the Reform, Participation of the Communities” invited Ukrainians to come to the parade in honor of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine and support the servicemen of the Armed Forces who will march on this day at the main street of the capital. “I want to take this opportunity and invite all the residents of Kyiv to the parade on the occasion of the anniversary of our Independence on Khreshchatyk on August 24. And those who watch us on TV, be sure to watch this parade on TV,” Petro Poroshenko addressed Ukrainians. We all understand that the stronger, more professional and patriotic our army is the sooner peace will come to our land,” the President emphasized. According to the Head of State, everybody sees cardinal difference that have occurred with the country and with the army: “And they are changing step by step, day after day”. “We made our choice in favor of the freedom and dignity of each person. And now, with you, we are not just learning, but already implementing, filling this choice with real meaning,” the Head of State said. The President stresses that Ukraine has already demonstrated to the whole world that it has an army capable of stopping the aggressor.

Crowd excited to see U.S.-supplied Javelins at Independence Day parade dress rehearsal in Kyiv | UNIAN

At the dress rehearsal for the Independence Day parade, held in Kyiv on August 22, Ukrainian military, among other weapons, showcased U.S.-made anti-tank guided missile launchers “Javelin,” supplied this spring after a long-sought green light from President trump administration. Soldiers armed with the anti-tank guided missile launchers rode Ukraine’s Varta armored vehicles.

Eight foreign units to take part in Ukraine’s military parade (Photo) | UNIAN

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says eight foreign units took part in a dress rehearsal of the Independence Day military parade on August 22. According to the defense minister, 4,500 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took part in a dress rehearsal on Wednesday.

Ukraine’s most spectacular military parade for the Independence Day – 112.international

The military parade in Kyiv, timed to the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence and the centennial of the revival of Ukrainian statehood, would become the most spectacular in recent years. 250 units of military equipment and aviation flights, which have not been in Ukraine since 2009, be involved in the event. For the first time, the Minister of Defense would start his speech with “Glory to Ukraine!” instead of the “comrades.” The military equipment was not involved in 2017 march. We limited ourselves to the exhibition. This year will demonstrate one of the most powerful military parades in the history of independence. “Bogdans” on Khreshchatyk, fighters in the sky Khreshchatyk will host a mechanized column, in which 250 units of military equipment will take part. The composition of the column will be both a technique that is already used by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, as well as testing samples. The press service of the Ministry of Defense informed 112.ua that 40 units of heavy armored vehicles, more than 100 units of vehicles and armored personnel carriers, 30 artillery systems, and 30 missile systems will be presented at the parade. Also, portable anti-tank missile systems, in particular, the Javelin anti-tank missile launchers supplied from the US, will be presented – they will be placed on cars.

Road traffic will be considerably limited in Kyiv on August 22 due to rehearsal of military parade, timed to Independence Day – 112.international

Road traffic will be considerably limited in Kyiv on August 22 due to rehearsal of military parade, timed to Independence Day

British diplomats dance for Ukrainians on Independence Day – 23.08.2018 14:06 — Ukrinform News

The British Embassy in Ukraine has prepared a special video greeting in which diplomats performed a Ukrainian dance to a sopilka on the central streets of the Ukrainian capital.

World leaders congratulate Ukraine on Independence Day – 23.08.2018 11:04 — Ukrinform News

The leaders of foreign states are sending greetings to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, according to the official website of the head of state.

President Poroshenko: Ukrainian language becoming increasingly widespread in Ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the Ukrainian language is becoming increasingly widespread in the country. The main symbols of Ukraine are the flag, emblem, anthem, and the Ukrainian language.

Escalation in Donbas pending Independence Day: Ukraine reports five KIA, seven WIA on Aug 23 | UNIAN

The situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, escalated on August 23, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action (KIA) and seven were wounded in action (WIA) amid fighting with Russian-led forces the day before Ukraine marks its Independence Day, however the Ukrainian army says the situation remains under control. Russian-led forces used, among other things, 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars, cannons of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns.

Five Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Fighting In Bloodiest Day In Months

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine forces repel 5-hour enemy offensive in Donbas, suffer losses | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry says Joint Forces repelled the attack of Russian-occupation forces in Donbas, tackling a 5-hour battle near the village of Krymske, Luhansk region, on the morning of August 23. Four Ukrainian troops were killed in action and another seven were wounded in clashes as the invaders attempted to seize Ukrainian observation posts along the Bakhmut route. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry says Joint Forces repelled the attack of Russian-occupation forces in Donbas, tackling a 5-hour battle near the village of Krymske, Luhansk region, on the morning of August 23. Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action and another seven – wounded, the report says. Since midnight on August 23 to 13:00 Kyiv time, militants opened aimed fire 12 times at Ukrainian positions in the conflict zone. In particular, occupiers were shelling Ukrainian troops near Krymske for more than two hours starting 05:25. At the same time, Ukrainian strongholds outside the villages of Novotoshkivske also came under enemy fire. Around 06:00, militants, firing artillery and mortars, approached the advanced positions of one of Ukraine’s mechanized brigades in the area of Krymske. The invaders tried to seize Ukrainian observation posts along the Bakhmut route.

Ukraine army eliminates 12 enemy troops in Donbas in past day (Video) | UNIAN

The Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated 12 troops of the Russian-led forces amid fighting in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day, 17 enemy troops were wounded. The situation remains under the Ukrainian army’s control. The Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated 12 troops of the Russian-led forces amid fighting in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day, 17 enemy troops were wounded. “Twelve enemy troops were killed, 17 were wounded, namely the 4th motorized rifle brigade of the 2nd Army Corps had eight eliminated, 11 wounded; the 1st motorized rifle brigade of the 1st Army Corps had two eliminated destroyed, four wounded; the 9th separate assault mechanized regiment of the marine infantry had two eliminated, two wounded,” the headquarters of the Ukrainian Joint Forces said in an update as of 18:00 Kyiv time on Facebook on August 23. The 24th separate assault battalion Aidar on the same day posted on Facebook a video showing members of the Russian-led forces collecting and evacuating their killed and wounded troops in four cars (watch from 00:53). Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10235790-ukraine-army-eliminates-12-enemy-troops-in-donbas-in-past-day-video.html

Four killed, seven wounded in five-hour clash in Donbas – Hutsuliak – 23.08.2018 14:42 — Ukrinform News

Four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and seven more have been wounded after fighting in Donbas on Thursday, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Hutsuliak has said.

Joint Forces advance in Donbas, take control of new settlement – MP | UNIAN

A few days ago, Ukraine Army’s 24th King Danylo Separate Motorized Brigade together with a deep recon company of a separate reconnaissance battalion, pushed Russian occupation forces in Donbas a few kilometers back , thereby making an important advance, People’s Deputy and coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk wrote on Facebook. According to the Information Resistance group, the operation had been thoroughly planned and organized, catching the enemy off guard.

Ukrainian officer posts pictures of militants terminated in Donbas, including Muscovite | UNIAN

A Ukrainian military serviceman, Anatoly Stefan Stirlitz, has posted on Facebook photos he harvested from social networks of Russia-controlled militants recently terminated in eastern Ukraine. The militants’ names were also revealed.

The Marines of the Ukrainian Navy held exercises with MLRS Uragan – 112.international

The Marines of the Ukrainian Navy held exercises with MLRS Uragan; the actual field exercise took place on August 21 and 22. The press office of the Navy reported that on Wednesday. ‘The units of rocket artillery of the HQ of the Marines of the Ukrainian Navy held tactical drills, which involved live firing exercises with multiple launch rocket systems Uragan. The drills were supervised by the commanding officer of the rocket artillery regiment’, the message said. The troops worked on a wide range of tasks, such as marching, combat shakedown and field training. The units fired at designated sea-based targets from the coastline. Previously, the Marines actively elaborated on the Sea Breeze 2018, the multinational exercise that took place at the firing ranges and in the territorial waters of southern Ukraine.

Enemy tank hit in Donbas – Ukrainian volunteer | UNIAN

Ukrainian volunteer activist Yuriy Mysyagin says Ukrainian fighters spotted and hit an enemy tank in the area of responsibility of the Aidar Battalion near the village of Zholobok in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Militants tried to camouflage the tank near the village of Zholobok but failed.

RFE/RL Questions ‘Confession’ Of Ukrainian Blogger Held By Russia-Backed Separatists

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) says an alleged “confession” of spying by Ukrainian blogger and RFE/RL contributor Stanislav Aseyev that aired on Russian TV was “highly questionable…

War in Ukraine’s east: No Ukrainian soldier killed or injured on Sunday as Russian mercenaries mounted 20 attacks, – JFO center (20.08.18 09:51) « Incidents | Censor.NET

20.08.18 09:51 – No Ukrainian soldier killed or injured on Sunday as Russian mercenaries mounted 20 attacks, – JFO center The situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone was relatively calm over the past 24-hour period since no heavy weapons were used against the Ukrainian military. View news.

Militants renew use of BM-21 Grad at JFO zone, – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, 112.international – Militants renew use of BM-21 Grad at JFO zone, – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry – 112.international

Militants renew use of BM-21 Grad at JFO zone, – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry

Stanyslav Aseev confessed to his spying on the camera of Russia-24 channel – 112.international

Stanyslav Aseev confessed to his spying on the camera of Russia-24 channel

‘They Really Worked On Us’ – A Day In A Government Forces Trench In Eastern Ukraine

Despite a 2015 cease-fire deal, fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed separatists. RFE/RL cameras spent a day in a Ukrainian forces military trench near the city of Krasnohorivka capturing exchanges of gunfire.

Ukraine’s air defense forces spot four flights of enemy UAVs in Donbas on Aug 17 – JFO spokesperson | UNIAN

Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation, Captain Viktoria Danylchuk says the Ukrainian air defense forces spotted four flights of enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Donbas on August 17. Two drones were identified as the Russian-made Orlan-10 UAVs.

Joint Forces Air Defence shoot down Russian UAV | Міноборони

The Air defence system of the Joint Forces proves its effectiveness. Yesterday, August 16, air defence units tracked the Russian unmanned aerial vehicle executing reconnaissance of the Ukrainian positions in Pervomaisk — Severodonetsk — Svatovo. It was shot down. This UAV is equipped with 12-lens camera. Its components, especially optical-electronic system, are made by Russian company (which is sanctioned by the USA and cooperates with manufacturer of Orlan UAV) proving Russian participation in weapons supply to Donbas. Reportedly the price of one camera is more than US $100,000. Russia keeps on using and testing new equipment and weapons in eastern Ukraine.

Deutsche Welle: De-mining eastern Ukraine may take decades | UNIAN

De-mining in the east of Ukraine may take decades. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed as a result of coming into contact with land mines, munitions and other unexploded devices.

UAWire – Muzhenko: There are more than 30,000 Russian soldiers in the Donbas

Currently in the Donbas there are roughly 32,000 people belonging to the regular armed formations of the Russian Federation. In 2014-2015, the …

UAWire – Ukraine promises to prove Russia deployed electronic warfare systems to Donbas

Kyiv’s partners on all levels will receive evidence of the presence of four of the latest Russian electronic warfare systems in the Donbas, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister promised on Twitter. Earlier the State Department said that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) had detected four such objects in the Donbas. “Ukraine is going to present confirmed by OSCE SMM facts of the modern Russian electronic warfare systems presence in Donbas to the partners at all levels. Sanctions against aggressor-state must be reinforced,” the tweet reads. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry considers the presence of the Russian electronic warfare systems to be “evidence that Russia is once again resorting to escalation”. The department concluded with a statement that “sanctions against the aggressor-state must be intensified”. On August 15, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert reported that OSCE SMM had detected these systems in the Donbas, commenting that they constitute further evidence that the Russian military is “directing” the conflicts in the Donbas.

The National Guard identified the best armored personnel carrier crews

At the National Guard Polygraphy in the village of Stare identified the best crew BTR. Competitions are held in honor of the Knight of the Order “For the Courage” of the 3rd degree of the eldest Maxim Mushti.During three days from August 14 to 16, crews (3-4-5 people in total) met the standards for driving an armored personnel carrier, flooded the antitank ditches, passed minefields and demonstrated driving in a confined space, fired for targets from different distances, made written tests and carried out firing exercises with small arms.

Pizza On Ukraine’s Front-line – Bloomberg

Ukrainian soldiers are back on the frontline. And this time, they’re armed with pizzas #tictocnews (Source: Bloomberg)

Poroshenko happy with newly built hostels for military in Lviv region – 20.08.2018 09:54 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is pleased with newly built hostels for military personnel in the village of Starychi in Lviv region.

Spy uncovered in Security Service of Ukraine – Enemy agent uncovered in Security Service of Ukraine – 112.international

The suspect was arrested

SBU reveals, arrests mole in own ranks – news about social life

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed in its ranks a foreign intelligence agent, the agency chief, Vasyl Hrytsak, told journalists August 22. The court ruled to remand the suspect in custody.

Aide Of Ukrainian Prime Minister Goes On Trial As Alleged Russian Spy

An aide to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman who is charged with spying for Russia went on trial on August 22.

Ukrainian to be judged for attempt of illegal export of military goods, 112.international – Ukrainian to be judged for attempt of illegal export of military goods – 112.international

Ukrainian to be judged for attempt of illegal export of military goods

Organizer of Babchenko’s “assassination” pleads guilty, strikes deal with investigation | UNIAN

A Kyiv businessman Borys Herman, who is being charged with organizing an assassination attempt on Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, has pleaded guilty and gone for a deal with the investigation. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Probe into attempt on Babchenko: Babchenko assassin’s paymaster Borys Herman pleads guilty, enters into plea bargain, – sources (21.08.18 12:11) « Incidents | Censor.NET

21.08.18 12:11 – Babchenko “assassin’s” paymaster Borys Herman pleads guilty, enters into plea bargain, – sources Businessman Borys Herman charged with orchestrating an assassination attempt on Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko pleaded guilty and made a plea deal. View news.

Enforcement of Yanukovych verdict: It is necessary to create equivalent of Mossad to retrieve Yanukovych from Russia, – prosecutor (21.08.18 14:38) « Incidents | Censor.NET

21.08.18 14:38 – Public Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko believes members of specially created unit equivalent to the Israeli Mossad must bring Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych back to the country if he is convicted of high treason. “Law enforcement agencies must do their best to enforce this decision,” Hromadske.TV quoted Kravchenko as saying, Censor.NET reports. “Maybe a unit similar to Mossad (Israeli intelligence agency – Ed.), for example, should be created so that the Special Forces infiltrate the territory of the Russian Federation and bring him to Ukraine,” the prosecutor suggested. The prosecutor also expressed confidence that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has no right to overturn the verdict of the Ukrainian court, even despite the complaints of the runaway president’s defense. “It (the ECHR – Ed.) can only point out the violation of rights. As for the interrogation of Yanukovych, who is on the wanted list and hides in another state’s territory, we hold special judicial proceeding – the trial in absentia. I believe that the Obolonskyi court acts correctly and in line with the law since there is a decision of the ECtHR saying that if a person is wanted, hides in another state and if the court provided no possibility to interrogate one at least via Skype, this is considered a violation,” he explained. Kravchenko says the ECHR allows interrogations via videoconferencing and therefore the rights of the accused have not been violated during the trial. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3082200

UAWire – Prosecutor proposes to return Yanukovych to Ukraine with the help of special forces

If the court passes a guilty verdict, the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych could be returned to the country with the help of …

President says Ukrainian defense industry virtually gets rid of dependence on Russian components | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the country’s defense industry has virtually gotten rid of dependence on the supply of components from Russia. In the five years, the Armed Forces of Ukraine got eight types of combat armored vehicles, two types of anti-tank missile systems, seven types of upgraded aircraft and helicopters. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the country’s defense industry has virtually gotten rid of dependence on the supply of components from Russia. “The defense industry’s efforts are now focused on the production of high-tech modern weapons, which fully meet world standards, and on the modernization of the existing types of armament,” he said while opening an exhibition of modern military hardware in downtown Kyiv on August 23, the presidential press service said. According to him, “the things that earlier took decades, now take a month for the defense industry of Ukraine.” “It takes place on the basis of the import substitution strategy, in which we practically got rid of the dependence on the supply of components from Russia. Just imagine that in 2013 this dependence was from 40 to 70%,” he said. He recalled that in 2014, he set a task to organize a three-shift work of the enterprises of the defense industrial complex in order to fully provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other security units with the necessary force component. In his words, over the five years, the Armed Forces of Ukraine got eight types of combat armored vehicles, two types of anti-tank missile systems, seven types of upgraded aircraft and helicopters. “By the end of this year it is planned to complete a project for the creation and modernization of more than 20 samples of weapons and military equipment. Among them is a mobile automated command post for the provision of anti-aircraft missile divisions, a complex of artillery control vehicles. The accuracy and efficiency of artillery operations will be greatly enhanced,” the president said. Also, new samples manufactured according to the NATO standards will be demonstrated at the parade on the Independence Day of Ukraine on August 24. Among them are: the “Yatagan” T-84-120 main battle tank, the “Sapsan” operative-tactical missile complex, the “Vilkha” and “Verba” missile systems, and the “Bohdana” self-propelled howitzer. “By the way, the ‘Yatagan’ is the most adapted to the military-technical standards of NATO. We are aware that Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance will become real only when we achieve the high compatibility of our weapons. We are already moving this way. That is why our armored vehicles are equipped with modern sighting units, fire control systems and secured digital communications. Today, all this corresponds to the highest world standards of security and defense,” Poroshenko said.

Ukraine Startup Building Drones with Grenade Launchers – Defense One

A prototype Ukrainian drone has a grenade launcher. Still unclear: how it’s going to get past Russia’s jammers.

Antonov upgrades An-26 Air Forces aircraft

In the framework of the joint project of the Ministry of Defense, State Enterprise “Antonov” and State Enterprise “Plant 410 CA”, major repairs of four An-26 Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are carried out. At the same time “Antonov” provides their modernization and testing.This is reported by Uriadovy Courier.The project was launched in February this year. In September, modernized cars are planned to be delivered to the customer. One plane is ready.An-26 planes will be equipped with a set of on-board radio-electronic equipment (BREO), systems for early warning of approaching land and aircraft collisions, navigation, landing and measuring of altitude, range. On two planes, equipment was installed to protect against rocket damage. An-26 with new anti-missile systems in the near future will pass state tests.From 2014, three Ukrainian An-26 aircraft were killed by anti-aircraft weapons. It is expected that installing a new system will significantly increase flight safety.

The “Polozheniya-2” artillery acoustic targeting system will be shown on the Parade – Український мілітарний портал

During the parade on the Independence Day, the automated sound-and-sound complex of the artillery intelligence “Polozheniya-2” will be publicly demonstrated for the first time.The production of this complex is currently carried out at the State Enterprise “Lviv State Plant” LORTA “.The automated complex is equipped with high-sensitivity acoustic sensors, which allows you to determine the position of enemy artillery and the location of missiles at distances of several tens of kilometers. Given that the “Polozheniya-2” is in passive mode, an opponent can not detect its operation. In addition, the “Polozheniya-2” provides data for adjusting the shooting of its own artillery. The RAZ consists of: hardware machine on the basis of multi-purpose conveyor MT-LBu (crew-5 people), three acoustic bases, nine high-sensitivity microphone sensors meteorological stations.The complex was developed by the Special Design Bureau “Molniya” in Odessa. The development was started in 1995 and completed in December 2012. In 2013, he was put on the arming of the Armed Forces of Ukraine where before the beginning of Russian aggression there was one such complex.In addition, Ternopil Radio Plant “Orion” (radios P-173m and RN-2.7 “Orion-RN-2.7”), ZDP “Radiopribor” (telephone apparatus TA-57) and State Enterprise “Orizon- Navigation “(satellite navigation devices CH-3210 and CH-3003M” Basalt-M “).

The Armed Forces have got unique mobile testing systems for food stuffs (PHOTOS)

Today, on August 22, in Kyiv, with the participation of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine’s General Army Stepan Poltorak, the transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine of a unique mobile quality control system for foodstuffs was held.- We have purchased the first three mobile complexes, which will provide a fast, from 45 minutes to one day of determination of food quality, – said the Minister of Defense. – These are the best mobile laboratories that will check the quality of staffing.According to Stepan Poltorak, two complexes in the near future will go to the area of ​​operation of the Joint Forces to check the quality of food personnel involved in the operation, and one will work in the rear – at the bases, warehouses, storage facilities, as well as in permanent places of deployment military units. According to the head of the Main Department for Development and Support of Material Supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Colonel Dmitry Marchenko, each of these complexes consists of two laboratories – bacteriological and veterinary-sanitary expertise. Equipment is able to determine the quality of food products and their compliance with established standards and norms.- These are currently the only laboratories in the country, and they are currently only available to the Ministry of Defense. The purchase of these unique complexes was carried out on the basis of auction results, – said the officer. He also said that the deployment time of the complex is less than 30 minutes. Equipment that meets NATO standards can work autonomously for up to 5 days. Such a period of operation is provided by the generator installation. Also, mobile laboratories are equipped with refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters and other equipment, which ensures the mobility of their work.The complex can quickly go to any place, and carry out tests. Previously, such a procedure took some time because of the fact that it was necessary to pass the selected samples of products to the in-house laboratories.

Ukrainian Army receives new laundry advanced systems – Defence Blog

The Armed Forces of Ukraine has received the next-generation laundry advanced systems for replacing ageing Soviet-design complexes. The delivery, which was announced on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian presidential adviser Yuri Biryukov, is part of the Ukrainian army large-scale modernization program. The washing and bath modules of the complex are mounted in two 20-foot containers on the basis of the Ukrainian KraZ-63221 (6×6 ) cross-country chassis with a trailer. The new laundry advanced systems meet modern hygienic and sanitary standards and allow servicemen on the front to wash, dry, pat their clothes and wash. The main advantages of the system in mobility, the ability to provide autonomous tasks by small units at long distances, in the shortest possible time, on their own water reserves in all weather conditions and regardless of the time of year. The new laundry advanced systems are designed to provide front-line combat units that serve in the East of Ukraine. Complexes of a similar type using in the US Army, France, Germany, and Canada. Containerised field hygiene and laundry systems are an integral part of any army in the world, but earlier the Ukrainian army had a small number of systems of this type and they all did not meet modern army’s standards.

UAWire – President Poroshenko promises to cover ammunition needs of the Ukrainian Army

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko announced that the tests of 152-mm shells for the Giatsint artillery system have been completed and …

U.S. Holtec mulling Ukraine production of small nuclear reactors – envoy | UNIAN

Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly has said U.S. Holtec International engineering company is planning to produce small nuclear reactors in Ukraine. This is a multi-billion project, creating jobs and taking cooperation in the area to a completely different level, Chaly said.

Авіанаведення українських екіпажів Мі-24 по умовних цілях противника | Flickr

Explore this photo album by Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on Flickr!

Українсько-американське навчання “Сі Бриз-2018” | Flickr

Explore this photo album by Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on Flickr!

Moscow behind information warfare against Ukraine’s embassy in U.S. – Ambassador | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly says Moscow is behind information warfare against the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States. The Ukrainian Ambassador says he perceives every such attack as evidence of Ukrainian diplomats’ success.

UK’s Minister for Europe calls for immediate release of Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia | UNIAN

United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan has called for the immediate release of Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia. Sentsov and Balukh are on hunger strike to demand the Russian authorities release all Ukrainian political prisoners.

Russia refuses to discuss prisoners’ exchange with Ukraine – 112.international

The Russian side has rejected the initiative of Ukraine to meet in Minsk for the discussion of the pass of 36 citizens of Russia in the exchange of the Ukrainians. Iryna Gerashchenko, the Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada reported this on Facebook. “Unfortunately, the Russian side and ombudswoman of the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova rejected the initiative to meet in Minsk and discuss the pass of 36 citizens of Russia in the exchange of the political prisoners of Kremlin. Russia just does not need its citizens,” Gerashchenko said.

Poroshenko shocked by number of Putin’s “advocates” in Ukraine politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is shocked by the number of “advocates” of Russian President Vladimir Putin among Ukrainian politicians. The president added that some politicians “are so blinded by their internal scuffles that they thoughtlessly, and sometimes even consciously, disseminate traditional and dangerous messages of Russian propaganda.”

Ukraine paid high price in struggle for independence – Poroshenko – 22.08.2018 11:30 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has paid a high price over the past four-and-a-half years of the war in its struggle for independence – thousands of military and civilians killed, and tens of thousands of those wounded.

Russia preparing platform for pro-Russian candidate in Ukraine’s presidential campaign – MP | UNIAN

Russia is planning to engage in large-scale propaganda efforts to create a platform for a pro-Russian candidate for Ukraine presidency, according to Dmytro Tymchuk, a Ukrainian MP, coordinator of the Information Resistance analytical group. Meanwhile, Moscow-initiated “South Wind” project aims to legitimize in the eyes of Ukrainians Crimea annexation and Ukraine’s gradual return to the zone of Russia’s exclusive influence.

UAWire – US State Department demands that Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine

Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements on the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine, the US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert …

UAWire – Ukraine considers stopping bus transportation to Russia

Following large-scale restrictions on railway transit with Russia, representatives of the Ukrainian president in the annexed Crimea offered to stop bus transportation service as well, according to First Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Izet Gdanov, RBC-Ukraine reports. He stated that the Office of the President of Ukraine in the Crimea supports the initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure to end railway communication with the Russian Federation. Additionally, Gdanov talked about the initiative to completely abandon bus transportation to and from Russia. “We are practically in a state of war, and Russia is the aggressor,” he said. In turn, the permanent representative of the president in the Crimea, Boris Babin, noted that there are a lot of trains running from Ukrainian cities to the capital of Russia, but, for example, there are not enough trains going to Vadim station in Kherson region. Earlier, the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan announced severe restrictions on transport communication with Russia. Later, he specified that the restriction does not apply to rail freight transport, which is regulated by Ukraine’s obligations under the World Trade Organization.

Presidential election in Ukraine could be postponed – MP | UNIAN

Leonid Yemets, MP from the People’s Front faction, says a motion to postpone the date of presidential elections in Ukraine will be submitted to the Constitutional Court. The relevant motion is likely to be submitted by deputies close to the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ambassador denies the US has reduced aid to Ukraine

At a press conference in Kyiv, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly refuted statements that Washington is reducing support …

The Ukrainian government will offer Moldova to construct the bridge over Dnister river not far from the town of Yampil, Vinnytsia region – 112.international

The Ukrainian government will offer Moldova to construct the bridge over Dnister river not far from the town of Yampil, Vinnytsia region, southwestern Ukraine. The Cabinet’s press service reported that on Tuesday. ‘The local authorities of Vinnytsia region came up with the initiative to build the bridge over Dnister river to Moldova – as the shortest way from the Baltic States to the Balkans. This project is economically beneficial not only for Ukraine and Moldova, but also the entire EU. SO the Ukrainian government intends to make a proposal to the Moldovan side – to sign the respective intergovernmental agreement in the near future, and to begin the construction process’, the message says. The press service added that the direct shortest way from the Baltic States to Bucharest, Sofia, Athens or Istanbul lies across Kyiv and Kishinev. In turn, the shortest way from Kyiv to Kishinev lies across Yampil. ‘However, the connection between the two European countries in the borderline areas near the towns of Yampil and Koseuts on the 100-kilometers-long distance is still provided by ferry. That is way out of date, and does not meet the requirements of the time and the actual needs of the states. The construction of the said bridge is mentioned in the Transport Strategy of Ukraine until 2030’, Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion said as quoted by his press service.

U.S. Congress can recognize Holodomor as genocide this year – Ambassador Chaly – 21.08.2018 12:55 — Ukrinform News

In 2018, the U.S. Congress can adopt a resolution on the recognition of the Holodomor (Famine) of 1932-1933 a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Ukraine plans major railway project under Belt and Road Initiative – Xinhua | UNIAN

Ukraine has unveiled a concept of a new railway project “China-Ukraine-EU (European Union),” which is aimed at unlocking Ukraine’s transit potential under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Serhii Rudkovskyi, the chairman of the board of the “High-speed Rail Lines” association, said that the project would help Ukraine to become an important transit link on the modern Silk Road by providing favorable conditions for movement of goods between China and the EU.

Ukraine to not sustain losses due to cancelation of trains to Russia, – Infrastructure Minister – 112.international

Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine predicts that Ukraine will not sustain losses due to the cancelation of the trains to Russia as 112.uareported. “These offers (the cancelation of the traffic with Russia, – 112.international) are not just the offers of the Infrastructure Ministry but of many others central bodies of the executive power. I hope that after their consideration and approval at the state level, we will be able to speak loud about them. The talks about the tragedy, losses and reduction are manipulation,” he said.

Ukraine seeing brain drain in high-yield economy sectors – expert | UNIAN

Director of the Institute of Economic Development of Ukraine, Oleksandr Honcharov, has said labor migration causes great damage to Ukraine, because the country is losing highly qualified specialists in high-yield economy sectors. This entails the loss of Ukraine’s positions in world markets. A couple of decades ago, Ukraine was traditionally and rightly considered a scientific and technological state.Director of the Institute of Economic Development of Ukraine, Oleksandr Honcharov, has said labor migration causes great damage to Ukraine, because the country is losing highly qualified specialists in high-yield economy sectors. This entails the loss of Ukraine’s positions in world markets. “The system of labor division is based on competitive advantages, so those states that are able to increase their competitive advantages in high-yield economy sectors ensure a better position in the markets, dominating over other countries in trade and economic relations. We have reached the point that the general designer of the world famous Ukrainian aviation concern Antonov, Dmytro Kiva, as a labor migrant, moved to Baku to create the Azerbaijani aviation industry. A couple of decades ago, we were traditionally and rightly considered a scientific and technological state and successfully controlled the markets of high-tech products, but in recent years, we have actually left these very profitable markets,” the expert wrote in his blog on 112.ua. He believes that if the Ukrainian developers and manufacturers of passenger and military cargo planes had a national program for aircraft construction, and leading designers and engineers didn’t choose to work in other countries, “we would have a colossal locomotive of Ukraine’s economic growth.”

Most Ukrainians consider Kyiv Patriarchate true successor of church established in Kievan Rus – poll | UNIAN

Some 52% of Ukrainians believe that it is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate that has the right to be considered the historical successor of the Orthodox Church established in Kievan Rus 1030 years ago, says the poll by Rating Sociological Group. At the same time, 12% believe it’s the Russia-controlled Moscow Patriarchate.

Hired assassin detained in Odesa: Odesa police apprehend hitman from breakaway Transnistria who was gunning for local businessman. PHOTOS (21.08.18 11:34) « Incidents | Censor.NET

21.08.18 11:34 – Odesa police apprehend hitman from breakaway Transnistria who was gunning for local businessman. PHOTOS In Odesa, the law enforcers detained a hired assassin from the breakaway region of Transnistria whose target was a local businessman. View news.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Overwhelming Majority’ of Urban Ukrainians Patriotic, Poll Finds

Paul Goble Staunton, August 18 – Ukrainian nationalism is often viewed as primarily a rural phenomenon, but a new poll conducted by three leading Ukrainian sociological agencies finds that “the overwhelming majority of residents of Ukrainian cities of more than a million residents each consider themselves to be patriots and are proud that they are Ukrainians.” That is how Ukrainska Pravda summarizes the results which showed that 86 percent of Lviv rsidents, 64 percent of Odessans, and 62 percent of Kharkiv ones said they considered themselves Ukrainian patriots. Residents said they were proud to be Ukrainian citizens 85 percent, 68 percent and 65 percent respectively (pravda.com.ua/rus/news/2018/08/16/7189462/). Only two percent of Lviv residents, eight percent of people in Kharkiv, and 10 percent in Odessa said they were not proud to be Ukrainians, figures that call into question the claims of some pro-Moscow groups that sizeable numbers of people in the cities are less than pleased to be in Ukraine. The poll did find greater variation in the attitudes of urban residents to the kind of state system in Ukraine they would like to have. Supporters of a unitary state numbered 80 percent in Lviv but only 46 percent in Odessa and Kharkiv, with support for federal arrangements ranging from eight percent in Lviv to 28 percent in Kharkiv and 44 percent in Odessa.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Activist Living in Ukraine who Helps Kazakh Dissidents Threatened by Astana Agents

Paul Goble Staunton, August 18 – One of the many unfortunate developments in the post-Soviet space is that agents from one government manage to operate on the territory of another with apparent impunity in an effort to intimidate, harm or even seize and return dissidents to their country of origin. This problem typically exists below the radar screen of the host countries or of the West and that makes a new article by Kseniya Kirillova of Radio Svoboda about a Russian activist who fled to Ukraine in 2014 and now helps Kazakh dissidents under threat especially important (ru.krymr.com/a/rossiyskiy-politbezhenec-o-zapugivanii-kazahstankih-aktivistov-v-ukraine/29439640.html). Aleksey Vetrov formed the Nizhny Novgorod Civic Movement in 2011 to coordinate protests there, she writes. He also took part in demonstrations in Moscow and elsewhere. That brought him to the attention of the siloviki, and he was slated to be arrested. But he learned about that in advance and fled to Ukraine to seek protection. The UN commissar for refugees recognized him as a political refugee, but the Ukrainian government did not give him that status. He nonetheless continued his civic activity, first for victims in the Donbass and then for political refugees from Kazakhstan who came to Ukraine in the hopes of protection. Vetrov is now a leader of the émigré operations of the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, a group Astana describes as extremist because it opposes the same problems in Kazakhstan that dissenters face in Russia: “the absence of rotation in power, total corruption, persecution for dissent, and mass tortures in camps that sometimes lead to deaths.” Kazakh opposition figures have protested against all these things, but most of them are now either behind bars or in emigration. The authorities in Astana are increasingly trying to silence those abroad through the use of the Kazakhstan special services, Vetrov tells the Radio Svoboda journalist. Kazakh dissidents living in Ukraine have reported that they have been followed and harassed by agents from their homeland and say that they have sought protection from Ukrainian officials but without particular success. In at least some cases, Ukrainian officials may be cooperating with Kazakh ones. (facebook.com/100012043548093/videos/454735054937942/). The activities of the Kazakh agent network in Ukraine rise and fall with political protests in Kazakhstan. When there are numerous protests, the agents intensify their activities, Vetrov says; when things quiet down now as they have over the summer, then the agents become less active at least at an observable level. Vetrov himself has been the victim of tracking by this agency, and he is worried about his own security in the future. “Because I have been refused official status as a refugee, Ukraine doesn’t guarantee my security,” and the UN program for resettling refugees into third countries was recently closed.” “Not having a Russian foreign passport,” he continues, “I myself do not have the opportunity to go to a third country and therefore remain in Ukraine where at the moment danger clearly threatens. I am very worried about Kazakhstan special services’ efforts to gain access to information on the computers of the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan.” And that makes him worry about his own future, Vetrov says. After all, he is “a living bearer of this information.”

Ukrainian Authorities Identify Kharkiv Police Killer, Find His Dead Wife

Police in Ukraine’s eastern region of Kharkiv have named a man who was shot dead near the Kharkiv city council early on August 20 after killing a police officer — saying investigators also discove…

NABU believes most of Ukrainian corrupt officials are hiding from justice in Russia – Almost half of those charged with corruption hiding overseas are in Russia – NABU – 112.international

According to the Bureau, the corruption schemes involving foreign businesses have caused UAH 1.84 billion in losses to the Ukrainian state.

Ukrainian Police Officer, Attacker Killed In Kharkiv Shootout

A gunman and a police officer have been killed in a shootout in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv near the city council building.

Ruslana’s Office of the Ambassador of Renewable Energy signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Ruslana to cooperate with Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry to promote renewable energy – 112.international

Office of the Ambassador of Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of promotion of renewable energy

Ukraine not importing gas from Russia for 1,000 days – Ukrtransgaz – 23.08.2018 12:01 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has not been importing natural gas from the Russian Federation for 1,000 days, according to PJSC Ukrtransgaz, the operator of Ukraine's gas transportation system.

UAWire – Media: Ukrainian oil and gas companies avoid developing new deposits because of improper taxation

By 2018, two thirds of resourced subsoil area had received the necessary permits for geological survey and the companies holding those permits …

Over half of civil aircraft in Ukraine made over 20 years ago – State Aviation Service – 23.08.2018 12:31 — Ukrinform News

As many as 925 civil aircraft have been registered in Ukraine, and more than half of them were produced over 20 years ago, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine has reported in response to Ukrinform's request.

UAWire – Kyiv: Ukraine is the leader in honey production in Europe and fifth in the world

Ukraine occupies fifth place in the world in terms of honey production and is the leader of honey production in Europe, the press service of the …

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