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


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Russia botched a major potential ally in Ukraine, now they have a dedicated enemy. Derussification in Ukraine has seized on every remnant of Russia, anything remotely Russian is being expunged from Ukraine.

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Much in the way of media about the Independence Day parade since the initial digest yesterday. The full two hour UATV Youtube video of the event is well worth viewing, with the caveat that the voice-over and translation leaves a bit to be desired. While the footage of the units and the equipment is excellent, and revealing, possibly more interesting is Pres Poroshenko’s address to the nation at the beginning of the event. He starts by repeatedly paraphrasing key passages from the 1929 “March of Ukrainian Nationalists”, that is now the basis of the revised and rearranged “Mарш Hової Aрмії [March of the New Army]”, that was played officially for the first time at the parade. The symbolic importance of the event was missed by most of the media, including Ukrainian media, which is that this year is the centenary of the Ukrainian National Republic, proclaimed in 1918, and Ukraine’s first independent state since it was dismembered after the Battle of Poltava in 1709.

Key points in the Poroshenko address related to the process of rebuilding the institutions of the state, especially the military, making it impossible for Ukraine’s independence to be reversed (by force), making the church fully independent, and freeing those in the community under the influence of the Russian church, and severing all connections to the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, noting that he repeatedly referred to contemporary Russia as “The Empire”. Some of the language was no less direct, stating “…the boots of Russian invaders do not desecrate the road of Khreshchatyk and other Ukrainian cities…” – a welcome contrast to the politically correct and obsequious language of Western European politicians.

This address and parade was in many ways intended to be a symbolic departure from the post-Soviet/Russian era. All troops were wearing the new “British styled” dress uniforms or new pixelated or lizard BDUs, the new corps badges and rank insignia, the NATO colour coded berets where worn, Malyuk and Fort 221/224 (Tavor) bullpup assault rifles, in fact the only give-away of the Soviet heritage of the AFU is the Prussian Stechmarsch (AKA goose step),  itself now a subject of debate in Ukraine, and of course the legacy armour, artillery and aircraft – all repainted in uniquely Ukrainian pixelated camos. New unit battle flags presented. All uniquely Ukrainian martial music. This parade was in every respect about Ukrainian independence and indeed difference against Russia, and all things Russian in appearance, ceremonial practices, and every other aspect of style.

As with last year’s parade, NATO and friendly post-Soviet republic contingents marched, including US Army, British paras, Canadians, Baltic States, Poles, Georgians, and Moldovans. A message to Russia, without any doubt. Earlier in the week DefMin Poltorak told the media that AFU has 344,000 active duty and reserve personnel with direct combat experience in the Donbass, later restated by Poroshenko. In addition, there are many NatGuard and Border Guard personnel with extensive combat experience.

US NatSec Advisor Bolton attended and was clearly being treated very warmly. He later briefed the media at the US Embassy, but complete footage appears absent (fragments below).

Other concurrent reports worth attention include the Skobov analysis of the global impact of the Crimean Anschluss, and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute analysis that aligns with other reports of ethnic cleansing by the Russian Soviets during that period. Most interesting the Strikh briefing on the return to traditional pre-Soviet era spelling in the Ukrainian language – this is about purging every remaining artefact of linguistic and cultural Russification during Russia’s and the Soviets’ 325 years of occupation and forced assimilation. Once the Russian church has been cast out, the country’s separation from the Russian Empire will be almost complete, and in another generation, completed.

If Sergei Glazyev watched this parade he would have choked – indeed his worst fears have not only materialised, but have gained immense acceptance and momentum in the culture and the community.

We should not be surprised if there are more public calls in Russia over coming weeks for Ukraine to be annihilated with nuclear weapons.



Independence Day military parade in Kyiv – UNIAN Photoreport


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Father of two children killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian village (Photos) | UNIAN

The father of two children has been killed a recent attack by Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on the Ukrainian village of Vrubivka in Luhansk region. Not only civilian houses but also facilities belonging to a local school have been damaged in the attack.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow has Closed the Kerch Straits to Ukrainian Shipping, Kyiv Expert Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 22 – Andrey Klimenko, the editor of BlackSeaNews and a member of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, says that Russia did not allow a single ship to pass through the Kerch Straits to Ukrainian ports between August 14 and August 21, effectively cutting of those ports from international trade. At present, he says, there are 16 ships stopped in the straits, three of which have been there for a week; and the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are almost empty (news.enovosty.com/news_politics/full/2108-rf-zakryla-dlya-ukrainy-kerchenskij-proliv-karta). Meanwhile, Oleg Slobodyan, the spokesman for the Ukrainian State Border Service, told Kyiv’s 112 Ukraina television that Russian forces have stopped “more than 150 foreign ships” in the Kerch Straits headed to or from Ukrainian ports but have allowed those headed to or from Russian ports to proceed (russian.rt.com/ussr/news/547251-ukraina-rossiya-korabli). If true, this pattern constitutes a blockade of Ukraine and thus yet another act of war by Russia against its neighbor.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: If Russia isn’t Forced to Return Crimea to Ukraine, Major War Becomes Almost Inevitable, Skobov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 24 – If Moscow isn’t compelled to return Crimea to Ukraine, a major pillar of the international system that has been in place since 1945 will be destroyed, Aleksandr Skobov says; and a drift toward a major war is inevitable,” one that Russia may not begin but will have caused by it Crimean Anschluss. Therefore, the Russian commentator argues, “there is no task more important than the return of Crimea to Ukraine.” If the international community lacks the will to achieve that, he continues, the pre-existing international system will collapse into a chaos that will not be resolved with a major conflict (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B7EDCBBBB850). Skobov makes this argument by discussing one of the parallels Arkady Babchenko points to between Hitler’s actions in the 1930s and Putin’s moves now, parallels that the latter says are far too close for comfort and that give him a sense that a major war is coming (facebook.com/babchenkoa/posts/1505171686249726). “The foundation of the system of international relations established after World War II and which up to now has blocked humanity from descending into a major new war is a categorical prohibition on annexation, formal and informal,” Skobov argues. Indeed, he says, it was the willingness of the fascist bloc to engage in direct annexations which “destroyed the Versailles-Washington system of international relations and thus destroyed everything which restrained the world from war. Now, few remember that it was an annexation – Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austro-Hungary in 1908 that led to World War I.” “History teaches,” he says, “that if the creators of the existing system of international relations lose the will to defend it and to respond sharply to attempts to destroy its principles, then this system will be irreversibly destroyed – and not transformed into something new, but destroyed [because] chaos will reign in international relations.” “The law of the jungle” will return “when each will focus only on himself and not count on legal norms or collective international institutions but only on his own strength or on stronger protectors. And the new system will be put in place only on the basis of results of a major war. The victors will dictate it.” Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea “was a problem below the waterline;” but it had the effect of threatening to bring down the entire international order. His action must be reversed, Skobov says; or the world will drift toward a major war, one in which there will be many victims and very, very few victors.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Stalin’s Terror Famine Killed Ukrainians at Twice the Rate of Other Nationalities, HURI Study Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 22 – A newly released study by scholars at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) is attracting enormous attention in Ukraine because of its key findings: Ukrainians in the center of the republic suffered more than those on the periphery, and ethnic Ukrainians died at twice the rate of other nationalities in that Soviet republic. (Among the stories (in Ukrainian) are ukrainian.voanews.com/a/4534984.htmlapostrophe.ua/ua/news/society/2018-08-20/uchenyie-v-garvarde-razvenchali-glavnyiy-mif-propagandyi-kremlya-o-golodomore-podrobnosti/138868 and espreso.tv/news/2018/08/20/narodyla_i_vykynula_na_smitnyk_u_kyyevi_znayshly_mertve_nemovlya. For an English summary, see ukraine-english-news.forumotion.com/t4371-ukraine-news-monday-20-august-ukrainian-sources#25867).) Serhiy Plohiy, HURI’s director, said the preparation of the MAPA Digital Atlas of Ukraine overturned widespread assumptions about the Holodomor. Until now, most scholars assumed that the famine his people in southern Ukraine hardest because that is a region that has often suffered from drought. But in fact, “the most severe hunger” and “the largest number of those killed” was in central Ukraine (Kyiv, Poltaava and Cherkasy), he says. What that means, Pihiy continues, is that the famine was artificial, the work of the Soviet state and one directed first and foremost at ethnic Ukrainians. Natalia Levchenko, a HURI demographer, says that the researchers came to understand that the roots of hunger in Ukraine begin in 1931 and not just in 1932 when the hunger began and that ethnic Ukrainians died “at a rate at least twice that of all other” nationalities living in the republic. These HURI findings make it clear that the terror famine was directed first and foremost against the Ukrainian nation and was organized by Moscow rather than being the product of natural causes. And that means, the HURI study says, that Russian propaganda about the Holodomor is false and must be rejected as such.

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President of Ukraine met with the National Security Advisor of the United States — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko met with National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton. The President of Ukraine commended the visit of National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton to Ukraine on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine. “I am sure that your visit on this day is a vivid evidence of the strong support of the United States for Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko stressed. The Head of State thanked for the Crimean declaration, which “clearly demonstrated the position of the United States in relation to the illegally annexed and occupied Crimea”. He emphasized that this position was supported by many international partners of Ukraine. Particular attention was paid to discussing sanctions against Russia. “I would like to thank you for the sanctions. The sanctions imposed by the United States against the Russian Federation. And this is not a punishment. This is a motivation for Russia to return to a civilized society, to withdraw its troops from Crimea and Donbas, not to use chemical weapons against other states, carry out a civilized foreign policy and respect international law,” the President underlined. “I would like to emphasize that sanctions are effective. The sanctions force Moscow to pay a high price for the brutal violation of international law carried out over the past 4.5 years, and against Georgia in 2008, and at other times. I want to emphasize that football championships, wedding dances, gifts of gas streams will not stop Moscow. Moscow will be stopped by the united position of the civilized world with the global leadership of our partners – the United States of America,” the President emphasized. The Head of State thanked for the warm words of the President of United States in the letter on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence. The parties discussed ways to expand economic cooperation. According to Petro Poroshenko, we can already speak of certain positive results of Ukrainian-American economic cooperation. “Our trade turnover has grown by more than 70% in a bit more than a year. No country in the world is showing such a growth and this is the realization of my arrangements in the White House we reached with President Trump last year,” he said. The President thanked the United States for supporting reforms in Ukraine and expressed confidence in the possibilities for expanding bilateral cooperation. The Head of State also noted that during the Independence Day Parade, John Bolton was able to see a new Ukrainian army. “The Ukrainian Armed Forces are one of the strongest and most effective armies in Europe. We firmly keep Russia on the line of collision, we ensure a strong resistance,” he stressed. The President thanked John Bolton for the participation in the military parade on Khreshchatyk of representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces and other NATO armies, in particular the United Kingdom, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and other partners of Ukraine. This is a symbol of our cooperation,” Petro Poroshenko said and stressed that it had already become a very good tradition and reminded that United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis had visited the 26th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine a year before. National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton thanked for the invitation to celebrate the Independence Day. “It is a great honor for me. I was pleased to watch the whole ceremony. Very patriotic. It is not every year that I have an opportunity to celebrate two Independence Days in one year. For me, August 24 from today will be a special day,” he said. John Bolton noted the opportunity to discuss the current situation in Ukraine, the challenges facing the country today and the issues of international format. “President Trump expressed solidarity and our support for an independent Ukraine. You talked about the declaration we made, not recognizing the illegal annexation of Crimea. It all comes from the American tradition of non-recognition of illegal annexations,” he said.

John Bolton: Ukraine Has Made Progress In Efforts To Join NATO | NBC News – YouTube

NBC News Published on Aug 24, 2018 U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a trip to Kiev Friday, that Ukraine had made progress in its efforts to join NATO, but that it still had more work to do. Bolton also said that Russian sanctions will remain in force until there is the required change in Russian behavior.

Bolton: U.S. to help Ukraine counter Russian ‘meddling’ | UNIAN

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton has said the United States is ready to help Ukraine counter Russian “meddling” during its 2019 presidential election. The United States and Ukraine could do that through normal law enforcement channels and through other mechanisms.

Bolton Says U.S. Sanctions To Stay Until Russia Changes Behavior

White House national security adviser John Bolton says U.S. sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow changes its behavior.

Bolton Urges Europe Not To ‘Tie Itself’ To Russian Gas

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton called on Ukraine and European nations to be less reliant on Russia for energy and urged them to find alternative sources of natural gas. On a visit to Kyiv on August 24, Bolton said the United States was concerned about the implications of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project that would carry Russian gas to Germany.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo greets Ukraine on Independence Day: “We stand behind Ukraine” | UNIAN

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has greeted Ukraine on its Independence Day and wished a peaceful and prosperous year. The United States is committed to the success of a free and prosperous Ukraine.

American companies may be interested in gas extraction in Ukraine – Bolton – 24.08.2018 16:48 — Ukrinform News

Kyiv should consider inviting&nbsp;U.S. companies&nbsp;to extract&nbsp;gas&nbsp;in&nbsp;Ukraine, U.S. President’s&nbsp;National Security Adviser John Bolton has stated.

President on the key tasks of society and government: Make independence – irreversible, Ukraine – great and strong — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that during four years of Russia’s war against Ukraine, we managed to preserve the state, consolidate the nation, create a strong army and gain international support. It was stated by the President during the speech at the Parade on the Independence Day.

President at the Parade on the Independence Day: People’s army today reports to the Ukrainian people and we are proud of it — Official website of the President of Ukraine

At the Parade on the Independence Day, President Petro Poroshenko stressed that the most reliable guarantors of Ukraine’s independence and peaceful work of Ukrainians were Ukrainian warriors: the Armed Forces, National Guard, Navy, border guards, Security Service, police and other security structures. “It’s possible to speak about the changes in the Ukrainian army over the last four years at least for four hours – there is too much to tell. But it will be better than any words to see the confident march of heroes, the technology and weapons radiating strength and the skill of pilots,” the Head of State said. “People’s army today reports to the Ukrainian people and we are proud of it. Everyone who joined its development, everyone who sent SMS with money in 2014, who left home and started working as a volunteer, soldiers. Everyone can be proud of his own contribution to strengthening the defense capability,” the President added. The attendees honored the fallen heroes who gave their lives for the peaceful future of Ukraine with a moment of silence. “We bow to every Ukrainian family that lost husbands, sons, mothers and sisters. Eternal memory to the Heroes deceased in the battles for our free, independent Ukraine. Eternal glory to them,” the Head of State said. “Our Ukrainian Army is an army of peace. In the summer of 2014, it successfully liberated most of the Donbas from militants. And after the direct invasion of Russian regular troops, it firmly defends the country on the line of collision. It reliably protects Ukraine along the entire border with our aggressive neighbor,” the President said.

President: The bill on the consolidation of Ukraine’s aspiration to join the EU and NATO in the Constitution will have been registered by the autumn session of the Verkhovna Rada — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that since Ukrainians has entrusted him with the post of the President, the state compass is heading to the West – in the direction opposite to the empire.

Head of State: We are determined to end the dependence on the Russian church – a church that sanctifies Putin’s hybrid war against Ukraine — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko during his participation in the Independence Day Parade once again stressed the importance of receiving the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for Ukraine. “There cannot be a free body, when the soul is in captivity. Let us be heard today in Constantinople, Moscow and the Vatican. We are determined to put an end to the unnatural and non-canonical dependence on the Russian church of a significant part of our Orthodox community. A church, which sanctifies Putin’s hybrid war against Ukraine, prays day and night for the Russian government and for the Russian army,” the Head of State emphasized. The President recalled that Baptism came to Ukraine from the Constantinople Mother Church, and was spread all over Eastern Europe from Kyiv. “Ukrainian Christianity has more than a thousand-year history, its own theological, liturgical and ecclesiastical tradition. Now that we have restored and defended the state independence of Ukraine with the capital in Kyiv, there is no reason why there should not be the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine equal to the other Autocephalous Orthodox Churches,” the Head of State emphasized. According to him, the issue of the Tomos on Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine goes far beyond religion. “It is similar to the strengthening of the army, protection of the language, struggle for membership in the European Union and NATO. This is another strategic benchmark in our historic way. This is a significant component of our independence,” the President summed up.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kyiv Moves to Restore Pre-Soviet Ukrainian Spellings, Infuriating Moscow

Paul Goble Staunton, August 23 – Maksim Strikh, the head of the Ukrainian National Commission on Morphology, yesterday announced the introduction of new rules that will restore Ukrainian spellings to what they were in 1919 before the Soviet regime “Russianized” Ukrainian. He said the new rules would make the Ukrainian language richer and better reflect Ukrainian traditions (ukrinform.ru/rubric-society/2520118-v-ukrainskoe-pravopisanie-hotat-vernut-nekotorye-normy-1919-goda.html). But Moscow commentators are furious, seeing this as yet another Ukrainian effort to distance Ukrainians from Russians and, what is even worse from their point of view, restoring a system that was promoted by anti-Bolshevik Ukrainians like Simon Petlyura during the Russian Civil War (vz.ru/world/2018/8/22/938323.html). The most notable changes involve changing the rules for transliteration when Ukrainian borrows from another language. In Soviet times, Moscow insisted that Kyiv follow rules paralleling those governing Russian; now, Kyiv is dropping those requirements and going back to pre-1917 patterns. The morphology commission has laid out the details of its plan which is to be introduced via the schools and the media (mon.gov.ua/ua/news/mon-proponuye-dlya-gromadskogo-obgovorennya-proekt-novoyi-redakciyi-ukrayinskogo-pravopisu and strana.ua/news/157210-kakie-imenno-normy-i-pochemu-khotjat-vernut-v-ukrainskoe-pravopisanie-ministerstvo-obrazovanija.html). Introducing these changes will be difficult because many will continue to use the spellings they are used to. But for Ukrainian as a national language, this program is every bit as important as the decision of some former Soviet republics to drop the Cyrillic alphabet in favor of the Latin. As such, it should be supported by all who wish Ukraine well.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he intends to cut the last knot connecting Ukraine with Russia – to make the Orthodox community independent from the Russian church – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he intends to cut the last knot connecting Ukraine with Russia – to make the Orthodox community independent from the Russian church. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he intends to cut the last knot connecting Ukraine with Russia – to make the Orthodox community independent from the Russian church. And before that the head of state said that the EU would not be a completed project without Ukraine. He said this during his speech on the occasion of Independence Day. The online broadcast of the military parade is conducted by 112.ua. “The body can not be free when the soul is captive. Let Constantinople, Moscow, and the Vatican hear us today. We are determined to cut the last knot that the Empire desperately tries to tie us to it. We are determined to put an end to the unnatural and the uncanonical stay of a significant part of our Orthodox community, depending on the Russian church, which sanctifies Putin’s hybrid war against Ukraine, “he said. “Baptism came to us from the Church of Constantinople and it spread from Kyiv to wide areas of Eastern Europe. Ukrainian Christianity has more than a thousand years of history. When we restored and defended the state independence of Ukraine, there is no reason that among other local Orthodox churches there wasn’t local Orthodox Church of Ukraine, equal to them” added Poroshenko. Earlier we reported that Ukrainian military aviation participated on the parade for the 27th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Ukraine for the first time in nine years. Participation of 18 countries’ soldiers is another novelty. 112 Ukraine was broadcasting the parade for the Independence Day. 20 fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, and helicopters flew above Khreshchatyk street. In particular, the Sukhoi Su-25 attack plane was presented on the parade. The plane is designed for the provision of the air support of the ground forces units in the zone of military operations in the hostilities zones, for the attacks on enemy targets in tactical and operational depth. Also, Sukhoi Su-24 bombers flew above Kyiv. The plane is capable of traveling distances up to three thousand kilometers at an altitude of up to 12 thousand meters at a speed of up to 2 thousand km/h, with a combat load of up to 7 tons.

Russia’s discussion of the issue of peacekeepers in Donbas is an indirect acknowledgment of involvement in the war against Ukraine – 112.international

Russia’s discussion of the issue of peacekeepers in Donbas is an indirect acknowledgment of involvement in the war against Ukraine. Russia’s discussion of the issue of peacekeepers in Donbas is an indirect acknowledgment of involvement in the war against Ukraine. This was stated by the adviser of the White House on national security issues John Bolton at a press conference in Kyiv after talks with the Ukrainian leadership, reports European Pravda. Bolton was asked of how he could prove Russia’s key role in the war in Donbas, given the constant objections from Moscow. “The mere fact that the Russian side participates in the deployment of the UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas – perhaps this is an indirect recognition by Russia that there are problems and they are part of these problems,” Bolton said. He noted that some time ago a whole group of militants who attacked the American forces were killed in Syria. It turned out that all those killed earlier fought in Donbas. We recall that during the speech at the Munich Conference, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia has a chance to demonstrate readiness for a compromise and to agree to peacekeepers throughout the occupied Donbas. US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that the draft resolution of Russia, which provides for the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas only along the line of the clash, is unacceptable for the United States and the United Nations, since it will not guarantee security, but will deepen the conflict.

Kyiv hosts military parade on Ukraine Independence Day (Photos) | UNIAN

Kyiv hosted a military parade on the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence on August 24. The parade was inspected by Ukrainian Defense Minister, General of the Army Stepan Poltorak.

KYIV SAW THE LATEST MILITARY PARADE FOR THE YEAR IN HONOR OF THE DAY OF INDEPENDENCE

The military parade in Kyiv on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine has become the largest in recent years. It was attended by 4,5 thousand Ukrainian servicemen, 250 units of military equipment, including new samples. Also, in the parade for the first time in recent years, the military aircraft participated.After the solemn raising of the flag of Ukraine, a prayer for the Ukrainian army was proclaimed. The innovation of this parade was the change of the address of the Minister of Defense to the military and their response – to “Glory to Ukraine!” – “To the Heroes glory!”. After the greetings, the soldiers answered “Glory!”.Before the passage of pedestrians and motorized columns, the delivery of military flags to military units participating in hostilities in the Donbass. They were given the names of the outstanding generals of Ukraine. The banners were presented to the commanders of the military units, President Petro Poroshenko, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko. In total, the pedestrian colony passed 24 summed up front calculations. Representatives of the Land Forces, Naval Forces, Air Forces of Ukraine, Special Operations Forces, Investigators, Airborne Assault Forces took part in the parade.Khreshchatyk in a separate “box” were students of the Military Institute of Kyiv National University. T. Shevchenko and the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Informatization named after Heroes of Krut. In addition to the soldiers and cadets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, soldiers of the National Guards, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the SBU, the State Service for Emergencies, the State Border Service and more than two dozen military orchestras traveled to the main colony. Also, for the first time a separate “box” in the parade was attended by female servicemen. A separate “box” passed the veterans ATO.Also, 18 foreign delegations from different countries of the world participated in the parade, including the ceremonial calculations of units from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Moldova and significant groups from Georgia, Latvia, Denmark, Poland, as well flagonet group of the multinational brigade LitPolUkrbrig. As part of a mechanized column, there was a technique that already stands on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as specimens that are only undergoing tests. In particular, 40 units of heavy armored vehicles, more than 100 vehicles and armored personnel carriers, 30 units of artillery systems and 30 missile systems were represented in the parade. Portable anti-tank missile systems were also presented, in particular, the Javelin PTCs supplied from the USA. He headed the tank column MBT T-84-120 “Yatagan” with a gun 120 mm. Khreshchatyk passed modernized tanks T-64BV.Among the latest military equipment, the self-propelled artillery unit “Bogdan” was introduced to the public, which is still undergoing state testing. A howdivish can hit the target at a distance of up to 60 kilometers and has a “Native” caliber 155 mm. Also in the mechanized column there was a combat vehicle of the infantry BMP-2, armored personnel carriers BTR-3DA, BTR-70 CI, anti-tank gun “Rapira” and “Msta-B”, batteries AAU “Gvozdika”, “Akatsiya”, “Peony”, operatively- the technical rocket complexes Sapsan and Tochka-U, a complex of automated control of the artillery battery and the Obolon-A artillery division, the rocket launchers “Grad”, “Verba” and “Uragan”, “Vilkha”, the anti-aircraft missile gun “Tunguska”, anti-aircraft missile complex “TOR”, self-propelled launch installations “BUK-M1”, ATBM complex S-300. The spectators saw tactical armored cars “Dozor-B” and “Kozak-2”, sanitary cars “Humvee” and “Bogdan”, as well as installed unmanned aerial systems “Fury”, “Leleka” and PD-1. During the parade over Kreschatik flew 29 fighters, attack aircraft, transport planes and helicopters.On August 24, Ukraine celebrated 27 years since the day of independence. According to the order of this day, more than 30 thousand law enforcement officers follow the whole country.

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.

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 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 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 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.

UKRAINIAN DEFENSE-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX PRACTICALLY GAINS INDEPENDENCE FROM SUPPLY OF PARTS FROM RUSSIA – PRESIDENT

An important role and a big mission in improving the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is the defense and industrial complex. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko at the opening of the exhibition of modern weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations “The Power of the New Army”.He recalled that in 2014 he set the task, if necessary, to transfer the work of the enterprises of the defense industrial complex into three changes in order to fully provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other branches with the necessary force component.”The efforts of the defense industry are now concentrated on the production of high-tech modern weapons, which fully meets world standards. And also – on modernization of existing types of weapons. At the same time, modernization is carried out taking into account the experience of its combat application in the East “, – said the President. According to him, “the things that were going on for decades, today the defense industry of Ukraine makes a month.” “And on the basis of the import substitution strategy, in which we practically got rid of the dependence on the supply of components from Russia. I ask that you just imagine that in 2013 this dependence was from 40 to 70%, “the Head of State emphasized.Petro Poroshenko noted that during the five years from the new Armed Forces of Ukraine, eight types of combat armored vehicles, two types of anti-tank missile systems, seven types of upgraded aircraft and helicopters were adopted. He noted that the new missile was successfully tested and the whole country saw a test of a new march engine of the cruise missile KB “Luch”. “By the end of this year it is planned to complete the work on the creation and modernization of more than 20 samples of weapons and military equipment. Among them – 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, at the parade on the Independence Day of Ukraine will be shown new samples, which are manufactured according to NATO standards and undergo state tests. Among them are: T-84-120 “Yatagan” tank, Sapsan tactical ballistic missile complex, “Vylkha” MLRS systems, “Verba” MLRS systems, and self-propelled “Bogdan” installation. “By the way,” Yatagan “- 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 sights, fire control systems and secured digital communications. Today, all this corresponds to the highest world standards of security and defense “, – said Petro Poroshenko.The President assured: “We will continue to demonstrate the results of our defense industry. Every citizen has the right to see the technology he invests every month by deducting taxes. Understand that it is really manufactured at a high level and it protects the country. ” According to him, the state now counts every penny and only begins a diverse, systematic strategy for rearming the army, strengthening its new samples, new weapons. “It is necessary to do this at times and on orders more than done to this day”, – he added.”But we are resolute. We know the tasks faced by Ukraine facing the Armed Forces. The source of the threat to Ukraine is the army, the second largest in the world, in terms of military use. Army of an aggressor country. And we have to be ready for any scenarios. And we have to look for effective, asymmetric answers “, – said Petro Poroshenko.

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PRESIDENT: TRANSITION TO NATO STANDARDS, REFORMS, MODERNIZATION, EXPRESSION – THIS IS A TASK FOR ARMED FORCES AND THE SECURITY AND SECURITY SECTOR

President Petro Poroshenko said on the eve of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine that Ukrainian defenders, not sparing their own lives, stand in defense of the territorial integrity and independence of our state. “It is very important that the values ​​they protect are European values. The values ​​of freedom for the country and all Ukrainians. At the guard of not only national, but also regional, continental, European security, “said Petro Poroshenko at the opening of the exhibition of modern weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations” The Power of a New Army “. The Head of State stressed: “High patriotic spirit, honor and dignity, professionalism, courage and willingness to sacrifice – these are the main features of the modern generation of Ukrainian warriors.” According to P. Poroshenko, the aggressor was well and purposefully prepared for the aggressive actions: “He strengthened his army, and destroyed our agency through the Ukrainian authorities”. “Nevertheless, by concentrating all available resources at the time, thanks to the courage of the soldiers and a powerful volunteer movement, thanks to the volunteers, we stopped the aggressor. In the future, the army, which has resumed combat capability, has acquired a unique combat experience, increased operational capabilities, improved technical equipment, “the president also said. He stressed that in the short time there were profound changes in the system of training and logistical support of the personnel of our army, our Armed Forces. “In the summer of 2014, a lot of time had to be spent on clothing issues. Because there was no form in the warehouses, the warriors were undressed. There was no medical support, supplies, food supplies. Then everything lay on the shoulders of the volunteer movement. There was no fuel, there was no first aid kit. Eat to feed the defenders, “- he also reminded. “And today the troubles are completely different. These are the tasks that I put before the Armed Forces in front of the defense and security sector – this is the transition to NATO standards, reforms, modernization, rearmament, etc. “, – emphasized P. Poroshenko. According to him, six waves of mobilization, voluntary movement, contract service and a powerful mobilization reserve turned the Ukrainian Armed Forces into a true people’s army. “Today, thanks to the joint efforts of the state, the military, the society we have an entirely different army of quality and a very different quality warrior. It is a learned, secured and with a firm belief in victory and a strong love for the Motherland serviceman “, – the President is convinced.At the same time, he noticed that in any war, not only the human will, but also modern military equipment, multiplied by the highly professional knowledge of personnel, wins. “The planned arrival of new and upgraded weapons and new military equipment has considerably expanded the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces,” the president said.

President: Transition to NATO standards, reforms, modernization, rearmament are the tasks for the AFU and security and defense sector | Міноборони

President Petro Poroshenko said on the eve of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine that Ukrainian soldiers defend the territorial integrity and independence of our state. “It is very important that the values they protect are European values. The values of freedom for the country and all Ukrainians. They guard not only national, but also regional, continental, European security,” Petro Poroshenko said at 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”. The Head of State stressed: “High patriotic spirit, honor and dignity, professionalism, courage and willingness to sacrifice — these are the main features of the modern generation of Ukrainian warriors”. According to Petro Poroshenko, the aggressor was well and purposefully prepared for the aggressive actions: “It strengthened its army, and destroyed ours with their agents in the Ukrainian authorities”. “Nevertheless, having concentrated all resources available at the time, thanks to the courage of the soldiers and a powerful volunteer movement, we stopped the aggressor. In the future, the army has resumed combat capability, acquired a unique combat experience, increased operational capabilities, improved the level of technical equipment,” the President also noted. President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that a profound change in the system of training and logistical support of the personnel of our army and our Armed Forces has taken place in a short time. “In the summer of 2014, a lot of time had to be spent on clothing issues. Because there was no uniform in the warehouses, the warriors were undressed. There was no medical support, material support, food supplies. Everything laid on the shoulders of the volunteer movement at that time. There was no fuel, there were no first aid kits,” he also reminded. “And today the tasks are completely different. These are the tasks I set to the Armed Forces and defense and security sector — transition to NATO standards, reforms, modernization, rearmament,” Petro Poroshenko said. According to him, six waves of mobilization, voluntary movement, contract service and a powerful mobilization reserve turned the Ukrainian Armed Forces into a true people’s army. “Today, due to the joint efforts of the state, military, society we have an entirely different army and an entirely different warrior. It is a trained, equipped warrior with a firm belief in victory and a strong love for the Homeland,” the President stressed. At the same time, not only human will, but also modern military equipment multiplied by the highly professional knowledge of personnel wins the war, as stated by the President. “The scheduled provision of new upgraded weapons and new military equipment has considerably expanded the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces,” the President said. Press Service of the President of Ukraine

If in 2014 we had had such a degree of combat readiness as today, Russia would not have started a war against us — President stressed the role of volunteers in building up the Ukrainian army | Міноборони

“You know the situation of Ukraine and our Armed Forces in 2014 very well. If we had had such a degree of combat readiness in 2014, today, everything would be different. First of all, we would not suffer such losses. Secondly, I am convinced that we would not have lost Crimea. And in general, the Armed Forces would have been a powerful warning against Russia waging a war against Ukraine,” President Petro Poroshenko said during a speech at the International Forum of Veterans and Volunteers “Ukraine is where we are”. The President emphasized fundamental changes that took place in the Ukrainian Army and were noted by all the international partners of our country, “who simply do not believe that it was possible to do this in four years”. “You know better than anyone how army has changed, how our Armed Forces have changed. It was done by our joint efforts. Please do not remain silent. After all, only you know where we started. Help the community hear you and make objective conclusions,” the Head of State appealed to volunteers and veterans. The President thanked the organizers of the forum — volunteer organizations and especially emphasized their significant contribution to the development of the Ukrainian Army. “Both the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the leadership of the Armed Forces say that the assistance of volunteers remains important for the Ukrainian army even now, when the army is already fed, equipped and armed. Volunteer activities have new priorities. True volunteers were and remain reliable partners of the state in strengthening and rebuilding the Armed Forces, all security structures,” Petro Poroshenko stressed. According to him, after the adoption of the Law “On National Security” there will be revolutionary changes, as the entire security sector, including the Armed Forces, will be completely restructured according to the standards of NATO. He emphasized that the given Law would promote Ukraine’s rapprochement with NATO. “Our army will be one of the strongest in Europe, because Ukrainians today know for sure what they are fighting for, what they are protecting and where they are moving,” Petro Poroshenko noted. The President also added that the Parliament should continue the path of reforms. “This also applies to the Government representatives, including the newly created Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs. This also applies to veterans and volunteers themselves. But the fact that we discuss such important issues in this hall today gives me a firm belief that we are on the right path,” he said.

President: Our duty is to build a strong army capable of holding the line against much larger armed forces of Russia | Міноборони

President Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine must build a strong army and secure the support of the international community in the fight against the Russian aggressor for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. “We have only one way and it is not an easy one. Our duty is to build a strong army capable of holding the line against much larger armed forces of Russia not only in the Donbas, but also along the entire border with Russia,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized during the solemn ceremony of hoisting the State Flag of Ukraine in Dnipro. According to him, the second important task is to secure international support and “provide a sanction regime that knocks some sense into the aggressor and restrains it”. “This is what I expect from our partners — unity throughout the world and solidarity with Ukraine. On the one hand, this path turned out to be effective, on the other hand, and it is true — long and exhausting,” he added. The Head of State stressed: “And we do not strive for anything more than peace. And nobody aspires to peace more than Ukrainians. I want to emphasize firmly that peace will definitely come to our land. Peace, not yielding up of sovereignty. Peace, not treason”. Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the unity of Ukrainians, capable Ukrainian army, which is getting stronger day by day, can secure peace. “And I am confident that we will definitely do this with the joint efforts of society and government responsible for the defense,” the President noted. According to him, in the spring of 2014, a lot of people did not realize the real depth of the disaster that occurred before the war: “The Ukrainian army was destroyed, robbed and disarmed”. “Many of us considered the situation as an insurgency of separatists in 2014. Yes, artificial one. There were no grounds for that. Yes, organized from Moscow. Yes, financed by Moscow. Yes, armed with Russian weapons… But an insurgency. And then it became clear that it is not an insurgency, it is another full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war,” the President said. At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine had scraped up all the available resources rapidly: “In a few weeks, we liberated a huge part of the Donbas, dozens of towns, villages, millions of people from the militants. And it took place, because ATO was really close to the victorious final. In August, Russia invaded the territory of Ukraine with its regular troops. And this has radically changed the military-strategic situation… All our plans regarding the resources, time and intensity of the operation were destroyed”. According to him, missiles, artillery, tanks and aircrafts are important for our army, but the Ukrainian flag also remains essential, as it unites us. “A flag that leads us all to victory. Our duty and great responsibility to the dead, to the present and future generations is to make every effort to ensure that the blue-yellow flag is hoisted eternally over the whole Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said.

President handed certificates for the anti-tank missile complexes “Stugna-P” and “Corsar” to the military | Міноборони

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”. The Head of State handed certificates for weapons and equipment to the military. In particular, the military received new portable anti-tank missile complexes “Stugna-P” and light portable missile complexes “Corsar”. “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.

Your efforts stopped the aggressor and the boots of Russian invaders do not desecrate the road of Khreshchatyk and other Ukrainian cities — President addressed veterans and volunteers | Міноборони

President Petro Poroshenko took part in the International Forum of Volunteers and Veterans “Ukraine is where we are”, which today began its work in Kyiv in Mystetskyi Arsenal. “It is a great honor for me to be with you today and open a veteran forum. It is nice to see so many familiar faces, shake hands with true heroes, patriots, defenders of our state,” the President said. “The day after tomorrow the country will celebrate 27 years of renewal of our independence. This stopwatch, I have already said that in 2014, could stop at the figure 23. If it was not for you. On behalf of the whole country, I thank you and congratulate the defenders and guarantors of our freedom on the holiday,” the President said, emphasizing that the AFU is the guarantor of Ukraine’s independence. “The guarantor of our freedom, our statehood, our independence is three hundred and forty four thousand combatants in the east of our state,” the Head of State added. “Your efforts stopped the aggressor and the boots of Russian invaders do not desecrate the road of Khreshchatyk and other Ukrainian cities due to your efforts,” the President said. “It is a pity that we are not meeting in Donetsk or Luhansk. But I’m firmly convinced — everything is good in its season,” he added. The President reminded that in 2014 volunteers had liberated most of the Donbas. “I want to remind you that in the fourteenth year two thirds of the occupied Donbas was released by your efforts, released from militants, terrorists and Russian troops. Over four and a half years we have withstood in the fight against the cruel, powerful and treacherous aggressor,” the President noted. “And one more great achievement — over these four years, we have strengthened the state with you. During these four years, Ukrainians have finally formed as a nation. During these four years we have clearly understood what a true state independence is. And I want to emphasize separately that your veteran contribution to these processes is crucial,” the President added. The President stressed that Ukraine had paid a high price for it — thousands of dead Ukrainian soldiers, volunteers and tens of thousands of wounded. The attendees honored the memory of the fallen heroes with a moment of silence. “Before the Russian army attacked our land, the Armed Forces of Ukraine had already suffered a devastating attack on the part of some former presidents, prime ministers and defense ministers. The country met the enemy almost disarmed, with bare hands, sold weapons, stolen military property, no hospitals, no military towns, no tanks, no armored vehicles, no air defense systems due to them,” the President said. “And that is why our victory is even more important. In 2014, it was almost a hand-to-hand fight. You stopped the enemy on the eastern borders virtually due to the strength of your spirit,” Petro Poroshenko said, adding that nearly one hundred and sixty thousand combatants are listed in the operational reserve of the first turn. “What is this? This is the readiness to take weapons in hands skillfully, professionally, with the highest degree of training. And I have not doubt that each of you is ready to join the ranks at any moment. But I do not want the war to return to your life, to the country’s life. Dear friends, we will fight for the Ukrainian land and fight for peace,” the President noted.

 

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