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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (30)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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  1. Much on Russia’s blockade of the Azov Sea region;
  2. Ukraine seeks to procure air defense systems in the US, exactly what has not been disclosed as yet – the cited numbers are very close to the PAC2/PAC3 package being procured by Sweden;
  3. Dr. Stephen Blank proposes in an interview that the US supply as military aid anti-ship missiles to bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend the Azov Sea shores;
  4. Pres Poroshenko to address UNGA in late September, Ukrainian Amb. Yelchenko promises ‘unpleasant surprises’ for Russia at the UN, while suggesting Volker-Surkov talks are unravelling;
  5. Ukraine seeks US support to expedite NATO membership;
  6. Ukraine to revoke 1998 Friendship Treaty with Russia;
  7. Ukraine and Russia now engaged in electronic warfare in broadcasting TV and radio along the border between Ukraine and Crimea – Cold War redux in the digital age;
  8. De-escalation over the last two days in Donbass fires;
  9. Multiple reports on occupied Donbass, MIAs and POWs still held;
  10. Ukraine’s air shield: Taking off to 21st century – survey and update on Ukrainian AF;
  11. Ukraine offers Ukrainian made PGMs to allies, and negotiates with UK on defence industry collaboration; defence industry update reports;
  12. Multiple reports on Russia’s campaign to destabilise Ukraine, and especially its attacks on the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and Constantinople;
  13. Political and economic news;
  14. Fourth anniversary of the Ilovaysk massacre, when the Russian Army turned Putin’s agreed safe passage corridor into a shooting gallery, killing almost 400 Ukrainian troops;

Ukraine Reports

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Moscow urges Washington not to stand up for ‘outrageous wards’ at Sea of Azov

Earlier, Heather Nauert said that inspections of Ukrainian ships by Russian warships in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait interfered with international navigation

U.S. Condemns Russian ‘Harassment’ Of Shipping In Sea Of Azov

The United States has condemned what it calls Russia’s “harassment” of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, saying it is a further example of Moscow’s attempts to “destab…

U.S. warns Russia against ‘harassment’ of ships headed to Ukraine | Reuters

The U.S. State Department on Thursday called on Russia to cease what it called “harassment of international shipping” in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, accusing Moscow of trying to destabilize Ukraine.

UAWire – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to discuss the situation in the Azov Sea

President Petro Poroshenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to prepare proposals for the National Security and Defense …

Russian-led forces step up training of units along Azov Sea coast – Ukraine Def. Ministry | UNIAN

Spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says Russian-led forces have stepped up training of their units stationed along the coast of the Azov Sea. The command of the Russian occupation forces is intensively increasing additional reserves of weapons in the areas where units of the 1st Army Corps of the Russian Federation are stationed. “According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the command of the Russian occupation forces is intensively increasing additional reserves of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, fuel and lubricants and other military equipment in the areas where units of the 1st Army Corps of the Russian Federation are stationed,” he said at a briefing on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent. “At the same time, under the leadership of Russian military advisers and instructors, the units of the 9th separate assault motorized infantry regiment of the Marine Corps (Novoazovsk) deployed along the coast of the Azov Sea, under the guise of combat readiness training with the ingress to the task execution area, have stepped up training of airborne units, including those intended for conducting sea operations,” Hutsuliak said.

Ex-chief of Ukrainian Navy warns of “worst-case scenario” over Russia’s actions in Azov Sea | UNIAN

Former deputy and the then Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Serhiy Haiduk has warned of danger related to the “worst-case scenario” over Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov and said Russia’s geopolitical encroachment on Ukraine concerns aims at depriving it maritime country’s status. According to Haiduk, Russia is implementing a strategy of chaos in the Sea of Azov and is meticulous about everything step by step. Former deputy and the then Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Serhiy Haiduk has warned of danger related to the “worst-case scenario” over Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov and said Russia’s geopolitical encroachment on Ukraine concerns aims at depriving it maritime country’s status. “‘The project of Novorossia’ is on Russia’s agenda, and the actions that are being conducted on the coastal flank in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov are Russian steps concerning the implementation of this project,” he told Espreso.TV.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Seeking to Provoke Revolts in Ukraine’s Azov Sea Ports, Ukrainian Admiral Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 27 – Admiral Serhiy Hayduk, commander of the Ukrainian navy, says that Russia is seeking to provoke revolts in Mariupol and Berdyansk by blocking shipping to them on the Sea of Azov and thus creating increasingly difficult conditions for those employed in those ports (nsn.fm/hots/ukraina-obvinila-rossiyu-v-provocirovanii-buntov-v-strane.html). Some 5,000 people are employed in these ports, the admiral continues, and if there is no ship traffic, they will rapidly lose their jobs. Russia is interested in promoting that outcome because it hopes to be able to exploit any social and economic unrest to spread Russian control along the western sides of the Sea of Azov. There are even indications that pro-Moscow forces may be doing more than just wait for economic problems to become political ones. Over the weekend, “unknown persons” attacked a concert in Mariupol “beating up both the musicians and the fans” (spektr.press/vzvod-fashikov-na-gruppu-shkolnikov-kak-v-mariupole-rassleduyut-napadenie-na-koncert-pank-gruppy/). Given how tense the situation is there, only 10 kilometers for the Donbass region now controlled by pro-Moscow forces, it is entirely possible that someone came from there in order to sow confusion and chaos in the Ukrainian port city, although Russian sources like Spektr. Press insist that no one has yet been able to identify the attackers. But of course, if this was an FSB operation, that is exactly how things would play out: agents would cross the border, do their work, and then retreat back to where they had come from, with Russia media providing cover by highlighting the failure of Ukrainian police to bring the perpetrators to justice, something that would also contribute to what Moscow appears to want.

Ships, marines and artillery: Ukraine to strengthen defense of Sea of Azov – 29.08.2018 14:55 — Ukrinform News

Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the commander of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, says that the Ukrainian naval forces will strengthen the defense of the Sea of Azov in the near future.

Ukraine to boost military presence in Sea of Azov – Navy chief | UNIAN

Ukrainian Vice-Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the Commander of the Navy of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, says Ukraine will soon boost its naval grouping, as well as marine and artillery forces in the Sea of Azov. The drills are performed in two stages – the management of troops in the course of air defense and stabilization actions and during the defense of the Black Sea coast.

Storm-2018 exercise occurring on the Black Sea coast

An Armed Forces of Ukraine joint command and staff exercise, Storm-2018, is occurring along the Black Sea coast

Ukraine’s navy conducts Storm 2018 drills – UNIAN Photoreport

Ukraine’s navy conducts Storm 2018 drills. UNIAN pictures

UAWire – Kyiv: Ukraine will not withdraw from the Azov Sea treaty with Russia

Ukraine will not break the treaty with Russia on the joint use of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait because to do so would allow Moscow an …

Ukraine MFA explains why it impossible to nix deal with Russia on Azov Sea | UNIAN

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal has explained why Ukraine will not denounce the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Strait of Kerch. This is a matter of security for Ukraine. Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal has explained why Ukraine will not denounce the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Strait of Kerch. “The denunciation of the Agreement with Russia on the Sea of Azov is out of the question – this will let the Russian Federation claim there is a territorial dispute,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine wrote on Twitter citing Zerkal during the Meeting of Ambassadors 2018. “This is a matter of security for us, therefore all available tools are being used to resolve it,” she said. As UNIAN reported earlier, Oleksandr Khara, the deputy chair of the board of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, said Ukraine should withdraw from the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Strait of Kerch, in which both are recognized as inland waters. It is this document that Russia exploits to justify its provocative actions, according to the expert.

Ukraine seeking to buy modern air defense system from US

Ukraine has requested to official Washington for a possible sale of air defense systems worth $ 750 million for one unit

UAWire – Ukraine files a request with the US for the purchase of air defense systems

Kyiv has sent an official request to Washington for the purchase of air defense systems to meet the needs of the Ukrainian army, announced …

 

Ukraine filed an official request to Washington, asking it to sell air defense systems – ambassador – 112.international

Ukraine filed an official request to Washington, asking to sell anti-aircraft defense systems – to cover the airspace and territorial waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Valeriy Chaly, the ambassador of Ukraine in the U.S. said that on the air of Radio NV. The official added that Ukraine needs at least three such weapon systems; each is worth 750 million dollars, he said. ‘In my opinion, our needs in the near time are to protect the naval space and the airspace; without it, we simply won’t be able to provide due protection for the country,’ Chaly admitted. He added that Ukraine needs drones, counter-artillery radars and counter-sniper systems. The ambassador also said that the respective request was announced on the highest level, during the meeting of presidents in Brussels, as well as meetings of the Ukrainian officials with John Bolton, the U.S. presidential counselor for national security.

Ambassador Chaly: Ukraine wants to purchase latest air defense systems from US – 29.08.2018 09:54 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine filed a request to the official Washington regarding the purchase of air defense systems worth $750 million a unit. “In my opinion, our needs for the next period are the maritime space and air space, which are indispensable for ensuring the country’s defense,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States Valery Chaly said on the air of the Novoye Vremia Radio. Ukraine also needs UAVs, counter-battery radars and counter-sniper systems, Chaly noted. The ambassador added that the corresponding request had been presented at the “high and the highest level”, namely at the meetings of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States in Brussels, as well as at the meetings of the Ukrainian side with the U.S. national security adviser John Bolton. In March, the U.S. Department of State has approved the decision to supply the Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine for $47 million.

Ukraine mulling over purchase of U.S. air defense systems – envoy | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly says Ukraine has formally appealed to the United States with a request to buy air defense systems. The ambassador says the army needs at least three air defense systems. Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly says Ukraine has formally appealed to the United States with a request to buy air defense systems. According to the ambassador, the army needs at least three air defense systems. The cost of each is about $750 million, so the total amount of the possible transaction will exceed $2 billion, the Novoe Vremya weekly reported. “To my mind, our needs for the next period cover the maritime area, airspace. This is something without which we simply cannot ensure the country’s defense,” the ambassador said. Chaly also said that Ukraine needs drones, counter-battery radars and anti-sniper systems. According to him, a request for the purchase of such military equipment was voiced at high level. In particular, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko mentioned this when meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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The United States could provide Ukraine with ships and anti-ship missiles – a military expert [Dr Stephen Blank interviewed]

The amount of US aid to Ukraine in the new US military budget has already been set at $ 250 million. However, the question of what kind of weapon and equipment Kiev will receive remains open. What is now on the list of priorities and what plans are being discussed in Washington, said Steven Blank, a leading expert at the American Foreign Policy Council, who spoke for a quarter of a century at the US Army War College and is a teacher. many of those who are currently working in the Pentagon.

США нададуть Україні кораблі та протикорабельні ракети – військовий експерт

Повний перелік того, яку саме зброю та обладнання отримає Київ, залишається відкритим

U.S. could give Ukraine weapons to repel possible Russian attack from sea – expert | UNIAN

“A window of opportunities” is open for Ukraine to receive lethal aid from the United States, while arms deliveries for the Navy are on top agenda, that’s according to a leading expert on Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council, Dr. Stephen Blank, who for a quarter of a century taught at the U.S. Army War College many of those who now work at the Pentagon. At the same time, Ukraine should continue reforms for its own sake instead of trying to look good in the eyes of the United States, the expert says, adding that this increases the chances to survive and prevent a big war. The amount of US aid to Ukraine in the new US military budget has already been set at $ 250 million. However, the question of what kind of weapon and equipment Kiev will receive remains open. What is now on the list of priorities and what plans are being discussed in Washington, said Steven Blank, a leading expert at the American Foreign Policy Council, who spoke for a quarter of a century at the US Army War College and is a teacher. many of those who are currently working in the Pentagon. – “Opportunity Window” (for lethal weapons – ed.) Is open. And now, as far as I know, the first is the supply of armaments to the Naval Forces. There is a real threat in the Sea of ​​Azov and even in the Black Sea … Everything seems like Russia is trying to hit the economic well-being of Ukraine and may even even threaten to block Odessa, threaten the landing of a landing on the Azov Sea, to provoke the Ukrainian army. Therefore, to my knowledge, the United States will, without a doubt, provide patrol boats to Ukraine, which will be used to protect the Ukrainian coastline. And yet, the issue of supplying anti-ship missiles is being discussed, which can be used to repel a possible Russian naval attack in or around Ukrainian territorial waters.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ambassador to US surprised that Kyiv purchased French military helicopters but not American

During a press club meeting of leaders of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA Valeriy Chaly stated that Ukraine should have bought US and not French military helicopters, Interfax-Ukraine reported. “I don’t want this to look like I deal only with the USA… but if the country [Ukraine] puts rearmament as its main goal and has limited funds, they should set the priorities right. The countries that provide the maximum assistance to us should be given priority. And the General Staff confirmed that 98% of the assistance that Ukraine has received is provided by the USA,” the Ambassador said. Chaly added that he had previously raised this question with the leadership of the General Staff so he was surprised when Ukraine purchased fifty-five Airbus Helicopters from France. He said that such funds should have been spent on helicopters from the USA. On July 14, the French company Airbus Helicopters signed a contract to supply helicopters for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Ukraine bought H225, H145 and H125 helicopter models for the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs for 551 million euro, using a 475-million-euro loan at 4.25% interest from the State Treasury of France and a consortium of French banks. In 2018, the Ministry is planning to receive the first four helicopters for its new response service. Apart from the helicopters, on the basis of the established state service center, Ukraine will also receive technical support, maintenance service, trainers and technicians, as well as training for crew and trainers who will train personnel in future. The Ministry explained that purchasing the helicopters was necessary to upgrade the helicopter fleet.

Poroshenko to address UN General Assembly on September 26 – 112.international

During the visit, the president will also meet the UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the UNGA

UAWire – Ukrainian Ambassador promises ‘unpleasant surprises’ for Russia at the UN General Assembly

The permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Vladimir Yelchenko, said that Russia should expect &quot;unpleasant surprises&quot; at the …

UAWire – Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN: talks between Volker and Surkov are ‘on the verge of death’

Negotiations between Kurt Volker, a special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, and Vladislav Surkov, Russian presidential aide, on the Donbas are “‘on the verge of death”, Vladimir Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the US announced at a press conference in Kyiv, Hromadske reports. “There is no unity or progress there. Progress depends on the Surkov-Volker track that seems to be ‘on the verge of death’. They have not met since January. They haven’t made any decisions,” Yelchenko said. Ukraine’s permanent representative believes that after the adoption of the UN decision to deploy a peacekeeping mission, it will take at least six months. Surkov and Volker held four meetings: on August 21, 2017 in Minsk, on October 7 and November 13 in Belgrade, and on January 26, 2018 in Dubai. The negotiators are discussing ways to implement the Minsk agreements and the possible introduction of a peacekeeping mission to the Donbas. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Kurt Volker and Vladislav Surkov are planning a new meeting on the Donbas.

Volker-Surkov talks “on the verge of collapse” – Ukraine’s envoy to UN | UNIAN

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nation Volodymyr Yelchenko says negotiations on Donbas between U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov are “on the verge of collapse.” Recent meetings have yielded no results.

UAWire – Volker on escalation in Donbas: This is part of the cycle

Deterioration of the situation in the Donbas before a ceasefire begins is cyclical, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt …

Some say Ukraine’s accession to NATO will provoke more Russian aggression; Ukraine disagrees – Prystaiko | UNIAN

Ukraine does not agree with the opinion of certain NATO Allies that Ukraine’s accession to NATO will provoke Russia for greater aggression, that’s according to the head of Ukraine’s Permanent Mission to NATO, Vadym Prystaiko. Speaking at the MFA Ukraine press club meeting in Kyiv Monday, the diplomat acknowledged that not all members of the Alliance support the idea of Ukraine’s entry into NATO in the current conditions, according to an UNIAN correspondent. “Indeed, most of NATO members are not ready for such a step. We’re not hiding this. We are aware of this fact. There are many reasons,” said Prystaiko. The main reason he called Russia and its possible reaction.

UAWire – Kyiv: Ukraine counts on US help with obtaining NATO membership

Kyiv hopes that the position of the US on Ukraine’s possible membership in NATO will be decisive in the course of discussions about Kyiv’s Euro-Atlantic prospects with partner countries, said Vadim Prystayko, the head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO during a conference in Kyiv, LB.ua news outlet reports. “In NATO, of course, all member states are equal. However, some states are more equal than others, as Orwell put it. We expect that if one of NATO leaders is inclined the way Mr. Bolton promised, I think, this decision will pass more easily,” Prystayko said. Earlier, after the negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Ukraine’s accession to NATO was on the agenda of the Donald Trump administration. “The Bush administration proposed in 2008 that the program for admission to NATO be accelerated for Ukraine and other countries, but unfortunately our European counterparts did not agree. But I think that now our administration [of President Donald Trump] is actively considering this issue based on Ukraine’s interests. Several steps have been taken, but much depends on Ukraine – how Ukraine will fulfill the conditions, both political and military ones. But there is progress,” he said. At the same time, many NATO members are against Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance. During her visit to Georgia on August 24, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Georgia will not be able to join NATO and the EU in the near future.

UAWire – Foreign Ministry of France: It’s too early to send UN peacekeepers to Donbas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during his speech at the annual gathering of French ambassadors in Paris, on Wednesday, August 29 that it would be premature to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas,Interfax-Ukraine reports. According to the minister, there is not enough political will to enforce the move. “Let’s be honest. Without local political will, it’s premature or even counterproductive to consider the possible dispatch of the UN mission,” said Le Drian. The Minister added that the implementation of the Minsk agreements is the only possible way to resolve the conflict in the east of Ukraine. Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that he would remind the UN General Assembly in September of the peacekeeping mission to the Donbas. A few weeks ago, the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Ukraine discussed the said peacekeeping mission.

Ukraine Shuts Down Offices In CIS Member States

Ukraine has shut down its representative offices in member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Poroshenko expects from Foreign Ministry a package of documents to terminate treaty on cooperation with Russia – 28.08.2018 16:55 — Ukrinform News

The president stated this while speaking at a meeting with heads of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “In the near future, I expect the package of documents from the Foreign Ministry that are required for the implementation of this process,” Poroshenko said. He noted that “today we have approached well prepared and legally protected the next step – the termination of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which has long been an anachronism due to Moscow’s fault.” As reported, in April, Poroshenko said that he would propose the Verkhovna Rada to terminate certain provisions of the treaty on friendship with Russia, which had been conducting military aggression against Ukraine for four years.

Russia comments on possible termination of Treaty of Friendship with Ukraine | UNIAN

The State Duma of the Russian Federation has commented on Ukraine’s announced plans to unilaterally terminate the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia. According to Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Leonid Kalashnikov, the Treaty of Friendship between Ukraine and Russia is meaningless and there will not be “special consequences” after its termination.

Ukraine prepares documents for severing Treaty of Friendship with Russia | UNIAN

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin has announced his ministry has prepared a package of documents to initiate the procedure for severing the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with the Russian Federation, which was signed in 1997. Russia has violated all the provisions of the treaty since its enactment.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry prepares documents for termination of Friendship Treaty with Russia – 112.international

The treaty on the cooperation and partnership with Russia was rarified in 1998

UAWire – Peskov: terminating Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty unwise

Denouncing the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation would be an unwise step for the …

Russia, Ukraine Battle For Crimean Airwaves

Since Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, it has sought to control all aspects of life on the peninsula, including its airwaves. Russian transmissions are jamming frequencies broadcast from the Ukrainian mainland, while Kyiv fights back with new and upgraded radio towers.

The Ukrainian Cabinet is going to approve the strategy of information re-integration of Russian-annexed Crimea within the next few months – Ukraine soon to approve strategy of information re-integration of annexed Crimea – 112.international

The Ukrainian Cabinet is going to approve the strategy of information re-integration of Russian-annexed Crimea within the next few months

UAWire – Ukraine prepares sanctions against builders of the Crimean Bridge

The Ukrainian Government prepared the draft regulation on the application of sanctions against those involved in the construction of the Crimean …

Ukraine reports de-escalation in Donbas in last day | UNIAN

There was de-escalation in eastern Ukraine as Russian-led forces mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past day. No Ukrainian army casualties have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Militants launched 12 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 31.08.2018 09:24 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 12 attacks on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day. Heavy weapons were not used.

OSCE spots cargo trucks from Russia entering Donbas (Photo) | UNIAN

Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have spotted cargo trucks illegally crossing the Ukrainian-Russian state border from Russia. The trucks delivered ammunition for Russian heavy weapons storage in Khrustalnyi, as well as for new Russian electronic warfare systems in Donbas.

Russia blocks expansion of OSCE observation on Ukraine border – U.S. Mission to OSCE | UNIAN

Acting Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Gregory Macris has said Russia continues to block the expansion of OSCE observation on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The Russian Federation refuses to fulfill its Minsk commitments.

Novotroyitske checkpoint re-opens after break due to landmine blasts caused by fire | UNIAN

The Novotroyitske entry and exit checkpoint in Donetsk region has resumed work after a two-day break due to explosions of landmines caused by erupted fires. Fires in the fields near the Berezove 1 and Berezove 2 supervising points were completely eliminated and there is no threat to citizens’ life.

Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Appears To Ease Amid School-Year Truce

Ukraine’s army and Russia-backed separatists have accused each other of breaching a new truce agreement coinciding with the start of the school year.

Certain stabilization reported on first day of “back to school” ceasefire | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 18 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past day, while certain stabilization is reported on the first day of the so-called “back to school” ceasefire agreed upon recently in the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group. The Joint Forces have reported no casualties over the past 24 hours.

Five years in ruins: Bird’s-eye view of Donetsk airport (video) | UNIAN

A bird’s-eye view footage of the completely destroyed Donetsk Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, was uploaded on a pro-militant YouTube channel. The airport, which once used to be among the best ones in Europe, is now in ruins after days of brutal confrontation in the area between Ukraine government forces and Russian-occupation troops.

Donbas update: Ukraine reports 32 enemy attacks in last day | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 32 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past day. The Joint Forces have reported no casualties over the past 24 hours.

Russian-led forces fire mortars at village in Donbas, residential house damaged | UNIAN

A residential house has been damaged in the village of Kriakivka, Luhansk region, in a mortar attack by Russian-led forces. The occupation forces have violated the ceasefire four times along the contact line over the past day.

Ukrainian officer sees grounds for coup in self-proclaimed republics in Donbas | UNIAN

Officer of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan has said there are grounds for a coup in the self-proclaimed republics, “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics” (“LPR/DPR”). Russian supervisors and officers put themselves above members of the so-called ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR.’

Russia reportedly sends another train with fuel to occupied Donbas – volunteer | UNIAN

Ukrainian volunteer activist Yuriy Mysiahin has said another railroad train from the Russian Federation arrived at the railway station in the occupied town of Ilovaisk on August 19. After unloading, all trucks with freight from the train headed for the town of Mospyne.

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Militants violated ceasefire 39 times in eastern Ukraine in last day, one soldier killed – 25.08.2018 11:10 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 39 attacks, including 17 from heavy weapons, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.

Kyiv: Two Ukrainian Soldiers, Three Separatists Killed In Fighting

Ukraine says two of its soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east.

‘We Don’t Have Anything’: A Ukrainian Village On The Front Line

Seventy-eight-year-old Maria Horpynych lives in the front-line village of Opytne in eastern Ukraine. She lost her son and husband, and survives with no gas, electricity or running water.

Poroshenko launched gas pipeline in Avdiivka and went to try borscht “cooked on Ukrainian gas” – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during his working visit to Avdiivka on August 26 launched the full-fledged operation of the Ocheretyno-Avdiivka gas main, which will provide the city with gas supply from the territory under Kyiv’s control

Poroshenko on Donbas restoration plan: Certain EU countries could invest in certain cities | UNIAN

European countries could establish patronage over certain cities and settlements of Donbas and invest in them, President Petro Poroshenko suggested, while speaking at a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions of Ukraine and with Ukrainian military of the 92nd brigade during a working visit to Donetsk region, the presidential administration’s press service told UNIAN. The president noted the importance of attracting international humanitarian assistance for the restoration of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

UAWire – Ukraine accuses Russia of trying to disrupt visit of EU representatives to the Donbas

Representative of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the EU Mykola Tochytskyi stated at a meeting with journalists that Russia’s …

Eighty Ukrainian diplomats fly to Donbas (photo) | UNIAN

Within the framework of the current conference of Ukraine ambassadors, 80 representatives of the diplomatic corps flew to the zone of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas. Diplomats shared photos from the airfield in social networks. Within the framework of the current conference of Ukraine ambassadors, 80 representatives of the diplomatic corps flew to the zone of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas. Ukrainian ambassadors from all over the world are taking part in the conference to discuss experience and challenges the diplomats face, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported on Facebook.

UAWire – Putin’s aide Surkov and Donbas separatist leaders visit South Ossetia to celebrate ‘independence’ anniversary

At a ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s “independence”, Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav …

UAWire – Media: Ukrainian Intelligence Service recruited and brought to Ukraine former DPR Minister

One of the pro-Russian separatist leaders, Minister of Culture Yuri Lekstutes was evacuated from the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DRP). …

Currently, 294 people are considered missing in action in the combat area in Donbas – 294 Ukrainians considered MIAs in Donbas, – Parliamentary Vice Speaker – 112.international

Currently, 294 people are considered missing in action in the combat area in Donbas, – Parliamentary Vice Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko

Over a thousand people killed in Donbas not identified yet – 30.08.2018 14:28 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian side does not politicize the search for missing persons and always transfers the identified bodies to relatives both in temporarily occupied territories and in the Russian Federation.

Gerashchenko: We receive disturbing information about Sentsov, Balukh’s health | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group for the Donbas settlement, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko says some disturbing reports coming about the state of health of Volodymyr Balukh, Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners. Gerashchenko noted there will be no progress on the issue of releasing hostages and searching for the missing until Moscow sends a corresponding signal.

Gerashchenko: No signals from Moscow regarding release of Sushchenko – 30.08.2018 15:44 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has not received any signals from Russian side regarding its readiness to release imprisoned Ukrinform&rsquo;s journalist Roman Sushchenko.

Ukraine cannot raise issue of peacekeeping mission at UN Security Council without decision of Normandy Four – 28.08.2018 15:52 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine cannot raise the issue of UN peacekeeping mission deployment in Donbas at the UN Security Council without reaching an agreement in the &quot;Normandy format.&quot;

UAWire – Kremlin accuses Ukrainian Right Sector of preparing murders of 50 Russian officials

Russia has opened criminal proceedings against the members of the far-right Ukrainian nationalist political organization, Right Sector accusing them of “serious crimes”, reported the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee. The Investigative Committee filed charges against Right Sector after the publication of a document named “the verdict of the Central National Court of the Right Sector”. According to the Investigative Committee, the members of the subdivision of Right Sector, called the Central National Court of the Right Sector, adopted this document after Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko was convicted in Simferopol in May 2015. Russia stated that the document was drawn up “at the request of [Ukrainian military commander and newly appointed Ukrainian Member of Parliament Dmytro] Yarosh.” “In this document, the aforementioned persons talk about the death penalty and, in fact, issued instructions to all members of the illegal organization, the Right Sector, to commit murders, “at the appropriate time and using any suitable means”, of 50 Russian state, judicial and law enforcement officials who took part in the investigation of the criminal case and sentencing of Kostenko, “ the Russian authorities claim. Russian investigators charge the authors of the document with “conspiring to commit murders and assassination attempts on government officials”. Russia previously sentenced in absentia ex-leader of the Right Sector Dmytro Yarosh, Right Sector party leader Andriy Tarasenko, commander of the Right Sector volunteer corps Andriy Stempytsky.

Over 3,000 female officers serving in Ukrainian army – Gerashchenko | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group for the Donbas settlement, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko says 25,000 women are serving under contract in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of whom over 3,000 are officers. Some 25,000 Ukrainian women are already serving under contract in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A joint detachment of female troops marched along Khreshchatyk Street for the first time in Ukraine’s history… Some 25,000 Ukrainian women are already serving under contract in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of whom over 3,000 are officers. The country should know how many female lieutenant colonels and colonels we have, because they serve on a par with men. Khreshchatyk who applauded our Amazons so loudly and the spectators who wiped away tears when these young brave girls were marching by exactly wanted to know more about women in a joint detachment,” Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook. As UNIAN reported earlier, female soldiers of the Military Institute of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University and the Military Telecommunications and Information Institute named after the Heroes of Kruty took part in the parade this year.

Ukrainian military aircraft will take part in the International Airshow-2018, which will be held in Poland – 112.international

Ukrainian military aircraft will take part in the International Airshow-2018, which will be held in Poland. This was reported by the press service of the Air Force command in Facebook. “In the period from August 24 to August 27, the military aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will take part in the International Airshow 2018 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Polish Armed Forces creation. The show will be held at the Radom air base,” said representatives of the Air Forces. The show will feature the crews of Su-25UB, Su-27UB and An-26 aircraft. The first deputy commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Arkady Vashutin, will head the Ukrainian delegation. “At the Radom aviation base, the presentation of aviation equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and demonstration of its capabilities in the air and ground show will be held. It will generally support the image of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the international level,” Vashutin said. Yesterday 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.

Ukraine’s Independence Day parade in photos – Independence Day parade poll – Why Ukraine is unique – 112.international

A lot of new features were presented at Ukraine’s Independence Day parade – military aviation, the participation of female military personnel, and new models of weapons, and a new official army greeting. The sensations of the people who came to watch the parade remain unchanged. “Ukraine has unique people. They are unique on our planet, being open-hearted and open-minded. I cannot describe it with just words, you should feel it in order to understand it. Ukraine is dear, open, and friendly.”

Ukraine struggling to adapt to Russia’s digital onslaught | UNIAN

Turf wars and the lack of coordination between Ukrainian government agencies has hindered the country’s response to a number of high-profile cyber incidents since 2015. After Ukraine suffered two power disruptions in 2015 and 2016 and was plagued by the NotPetya ransomware attack last year, these significant incidents seem to have failed to motivate state agencies to work in accord.

National Guard of Ukraine held competition to for best armoured vechicle crew

In Kyiv, the National Guard is holding a competition to determine the best crew of the armoured vehicle.

Ukraine’s air shield: Taking off to 21st century | UNIAN

Ukraine met the 27th anniversary of its independence with the new Army and Air Force. And this is not the same Armed Forces that defended our frontiers against Russian aggression in the spring and summer of 2014. In recent years, the Ukrainian Air Force, together with the defense industry, was actively upgrading the fleet of combat and transport planes and helicopters, as well as air defense systems. Today, Ukraine’s designers and manufacturers are ready to take the next step and move to the creation of new weapons.

Ukraine ready to offer partners modern high-precision weapons [Precision Guided Munitions] – Poroshenko | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says enterprises of the country’s military and industrial complex are ready to offer foreign partners advanced high-precision weapons produced in Ukraine. The president has urged Ukrainian diplomats to promote export-oriented products of Ukraine’s defense industry. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says enterprises of the country’s military and industrial complex are ready to offer foreign partners advanced high-precision weapons produced in Ukraine. “I was pleased to see that every two weeks more and more types of weapons were supplied to our troops. But it is equally important that the Ukrainian military and industrial complex today can offer our partners modern samples of high-precision weapons that are fully manufactured in Ukraine,” he said at the 13th meeting of heads of Ukraine’s foreign diplomatic institutions held in Kyiv on August 28. The president mentioned that Russia had closed its market for Ukrainian goods. “Russia’s share in our foreign trade has fallen from 33% to 9%. All cooperation was closed from the first day, or even before the aggression,” he added. Poroshenko says it is extremely important that Ukraine’s industry applying titanic efforts has mastered the production of weapons some of which were showcased during the recent Independence Day parade in Kyiv on August 24. According to the president, it is very important to be able to receive components from partner countries. “It is very important that after the first decisions made by partner countries we received the appropriate support from the whole world,” he said. At the same time, Poroshenko urged Ukrainian diplomats to promote export-oriented Ukrainian-made military products. “I strongly urge you to help our special arms exporters, to provide the necessary assistance for the development of new markets in supplying Ukrainian products of the defense industrial complex,” he said.

Ukraine reveals details of newest cruise missile – Defence Blog

Ukrainian source revealed details of new turbojet subsonic cruise anti-ship missile, that called the Neptune. Few details are known about the new Neptune, but Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov confirmed on Twitter that it will be an anti-ship cruise missile capable of hitting targets located as far as up to 300 km away. The Neptune missile developed by the State Design Bureau ‘LUCH’ can be launched from ships, coastal mobile missile complex and combat aircraft with the help of a rocket booster that was tested in Odesa region, Ukraine on 18 August. The new cruise missile system will be used to guard straits and territorial waters, to protect offshore sea lines, naval bases, coastal infrastructure, as well as to defend the coast at amphibious landing threat directions within the missile launch range. The Neptun missile is an anti-ship cruise missile featuring a normal aerodynamic configuration with cruciform wings and fins and a semisubmerged air duct intake. The missile is guided to its target at the final leg of the trajectory by commands fed from the active radar homing head and the radio altimeter. According to state defense industry holding UkrOboronProm, the Neptune can sink warships with displacements of up to 5,000 tons which would include all of the Russian landing ships and frigates currently in service. The Neptune missile also has low signatures thanks to its small dimensions, sea-skimming capability and a special guidance algorithm ensuring highly secure operational modes of the active radar seeker.

Ukraine, Britain discuss joint production of arms and military equipment – 25.08.2018 14:33 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister has expressed interest in creating opportunities in the future for joint production of weapons and military equipment in the territory of Ukraine with the participation of British companies. Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze discussed this at a meeting with the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence of Britain, Earl Howe (Frederick Richard Penn Curzon), the Governmental portal reports. “We believe that Ukrainian-British military and technical cooperation, especially in the production of high-tech weapons, can have a significant potential,” Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said, noting that for this Ukraine needs to continue reforming the defense industry. In addition, the parties noted that Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO remained the cornerstone of Ukraine’s national security. Earl Howe expressed confidence that the results of the last NATO summit in the context of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations were very positive for Ukraine and its allies. The Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister thanked Earl Howe for the fact that a political and military dialogue between the two countries remained reliable, for helping Ukraine in defense planning, for developing the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces and training the Ukrainian soldiers, as well as the participation of British paratroopers in the military parade on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

UAWire – Kyiv: Ukraine and Great Britain may start joint production of weapons

Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, discussed prospects for joint production of weapons with the Minister of State for Defense of Britain, and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Earl Howe (Frederick Richard Penn Curzon). According to the press service of the Ukrainian government, the topic was discussed during a meeting on Friday. “The parties discussed prospects for joint production of arms and military equipment on the territory of Ukraine with the participation of British companies,” the report said. “We believe that Ukrainian-British military-technical cooperation, especially in the production of high-tech weapons, has significant potential,” Klimpush-Tsintsadze noted. The Vice Prime Minister also expressed her hope that the British government will play a more active role in international efforts aimed at unblocking the proposal for the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass. The parties discussed the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia and the implementation of the Minsk agreement. In addition, they discussed the problems of countering the hybrid threats, information influence and cyberattacks. “We have a common understanding of the threats and challenges to security, and the UK is grateful to Ukraine for the opportunity to gain experience in effective fight for this,” said the state minister of Great Britain. The parties also touched upon the decision of the Special Conference on the Chemical Convention in response to chemical attacks in Salisbury and Syria. Klimpush-Tsintsadze noted that Ukraine supports this decision, and the international community must continue to work together to protect the international system based on nonproliferation rules. “Earlier, Earl Howe expressed gratitude to the government of Ukraine for the support to the tragedy in Salisbury,” the message of the Ukrainian government reads.

Ukrainian company pioneers in see-through tank technology | UNIAN

New technology promises to give tankers an unprecedented view of the battlefield around them—without exposing them to lethal enemy fire. Camera systems, often linked to VR headsets, can provide soldiers with a real-time view of the world outside their tank, eliminating the often severely restricted view tankers are forced to fight with. Cameras and augmented reality allow tank crews to scan for threats in all directions.

New turbine produced by Ukraine’s plant – Ukrainian plant tests new turbine – 112.international

“Zoria-Marshproekt”, the research and production complex that specializes in a gas turbine construction held the successful testing of new 32-MWt turbine that has no parallel in the world. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed this during the visit to the plant as 112 Ukraine reported. “I can proceed to the next festive that we celebrate exactly today. Today, the successful testing of the new unit, a new 32-MWt turbine that has no parallel in the world took place. Look, who are our competitors – General Electric, Siemens,” Poroshenko claimed.

Ukraine’s giant An-124 hauls German armored vehicles to Australia (Photo) | UNIAN

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan aircraft has delivered the German Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 and Rheinmetall Boxer military armored vehicles to Australia. The equipment was ordered by Australia’s armed forces.

TASS: Society & Culture – Russian Orthodox Church head to meet with Patriarch of Constantinople

Russian Orthodox Church head to meet with Patriarch of Constantinople

Russia to stage provocations during Patriarch Kirill’s Constantinople visit to tar Ukraine – analyst | UNIAN

In the view of the visit of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church (headed either by Patriarch Kirill or Metropolitan Hilarion) to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople on August 31 for a meeting with the Patriarch Bartholomew on the issue of preventing the granting of the “tomos on autocephaly” for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Russian special services (FSB and SVR) are setting up in Ukraine a number of provocations to shape up an agenda favorable to Moscow, as well as planning destructive measures in Istanbul, Ukrainian OSINT analysts say. The effort includes involving provocateurs acting as “Ukrainian radicals.”

Russia Is Waging An Unholy War Against Ukraine – To Inform is to Influence

Russia has no morals, no ethics, and no pride, according to their actions in regard to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The decision to grant autonomy to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church appears to be a foregone conclusion, so Russia appears to have launched a pilgrimage to the Pochayiv Lavra, the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The members of the pilgrimage appear to be thugs, ruffians, and other Russian-hired tough guys. Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra is a monastery in Pochayiv, Kremenets Raion, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine. Russia is waging an unholy war against Ukraine. Russia has no soul. </end editorial>

Russia plans to aggressively exploit “political Orthodoxy” factor in Ukraine – analyst | UNIAN

Russia is mulling a wider use of “political Orthodoxy” in Ukraine as the FSB security service and SVR foreign intelligence have ultimately given up on the idea that the process of the Ukraine Orthodox church getting from Constantinople a so-called “tomos on autocephaly,” effectively meaning religious independence from any Russian influence, could be stopped by a range of hybrid methods (bribery, blackmail, or backstage arrangements). According to Dmytro Tymchuk, coordinator of Ukraine-based Information Resistance OSINT community, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill (Gundyaev) is also well aware that the process is unstoppable. Therefore, he expresses a categorical unwillingness to further speak on the issue with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Under the current circumstances, Kirill considers his earlier announced visit to Constantinople humiliating, now planning to send Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the ROC Department for External Church Relations. At the same time, Hilarion tries to convince Kirill that the latter actually needs to pay such visit, not to further destroy the already affected image of the Russian Orthodox Church. At this point, it is clear that Vladimir Putin and his entourage are gravely disappointed over the latest developments, realizing that they are losing one of the most important levers on Ukraine. The Kremlin’s biggest irritant is the fact that the apparent failure to prevent independence of Ukraine church jeopardizes further efforts to remove the current Ukrainian leadership during the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019 and bring to power in Kyiv other political forces, loyal to Moscow. Therefore, Russian special services seem in their “impotent rage” seem to have decided to opt for the “last resort” measures from their toolkit, which is the threat of force. Reports came this week that the Russian-controlled clergy of Kamianets-Podilsk set up a religious procession heading to the Pochaiv Lavra, while its participants, who looked more like thugs than local believers, were spotted sporting T-shirts with an appeal to “prepare for war.” As we remember, it is the infamous “religious war” that is one of the most prominent “boogeyman stories” used by Ukrainian MP Vadym Novinsky, a vivid supporter of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well as various pro-Kremlin “experts,” to intimidate Ukrainian public and international community when they forecast what will happen once independence is granted to the Ukraine church. Besides, the “pilgrims” were carrying an “Orthodox flag of the DPR,” which pro-Russian terrorists “consecrated” in Donetsk in 2014 and which “miners and tractor drivers” were led by in battles against the “Kyiv junta.” The purpose of this showoff is to warn of the Kremlin’s readiness to shed blood on religious grounds, as well as shape up information background for further provocations. In addition, according to the IR community, Russia-controlled clergy from Odesa received yet another order from the secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Poroshenko: Kremlin creating tens of thousands of fake accounts in social networks ahead of Ukraine elections | UNIAN

Russia is preparing for a new powerful manipulation campaign to meddle in the Ukrainian elections scheduled for next year, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Moscow’s tentacles have penetrated social networks heavily, according to the president. Russia is preparing for a new powerful manipulation campaign to meddle in the Ukrainian elections scheduled for next year, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. One of the most critical periods is coming as the democratic world is entering a new electoral cycle, the president told the 13th meeting of heads of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, according to the presidential administration’s press service. The elections will be held in the U.S. in November, the renewal of the European institutions – in 2019, while Ukraine is also approaching the period of the electoral campaign. “Leading IT companies have already recorded thousands, tens of thousands of fake accounts with Russian roots being created. Russia is preparing for a new powerful manipulation campaign – fake news, undermining stability,” the president said.

Experts elaborate on Kremlin’s strategy to destabilize Ukraine | UNIAN

The Kremlin seeks not only the next election of the head of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “DPR parliament” but also a new referendum on its status. However, the news came earlier about the postponement for an indefinite period of the elections in the “DPR” and “LPR,” initially scheduled for the coming autumn, that’s according to Denis Pushilin, a Kremlin puppet close to Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladislav Surkov, according to the Ukraine-based Information Resistance OSINT community. The most interesting thing is that all of Surkov’s “talking heads” are disingenuously pointing out various reasons why elections have been delayed. The real reason is the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine set to be held in 2019. And here’s the context. According to the strategic concept on Ukraine and “DPR-LPR” that Surkov drafted for Putin, it should be about: 1. Bringing the “pro-Russian” president to power in Ukraine (while there are several players in the deck, for whom different “Kremlin Towers” root); 2. Forming a parliamentary majority around the “pro-Russian” president during elections to the Verkhovna Rada; 3. Beginning direct negotiations between the “new” Ukrainian government and “DPR-LPR,” with the mediation of a “peacekeeper” Moscow, about the readmission of “DPR-LPR” into Ukraine as an autonomy with broad rights; 4. Changing the Constitution of Ukraine by “new” Ukrainian government… under a federative nation; and 5. Conducting elections of new heads of “republics,” the parliament in the “DPR-LPR,” in order to put forward less infamous personas, and a referendum about returning the territories to Ukraine on the rights of autonomy with broad rights.

SBU exposes “Russian world” promoters involved in election meddling plot | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine in August exposed a network set up by Russian intelligence, whose participants were tasked with heavy involvement in election meddling in Ukraine. Russian special services tasked the group with searching for bloggers and active users of social networks who would publish political news sent from Russia for a monetary reward.

Ukraine’s Security Service reveals Russia’s preparations for interference in upcoming presidential elections – 30.08.2018 12:33 — Ukrinform News

The officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Dnipropetrovsk region have exposed and blocked the network of online agitators, whom Russian special services involved in the preparations for interference in upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine.

The return of the godfather: How Putin’s best friend in Ukraine is staging an improbable comeback

Viktor Medvedchuk counts Vladimir Putin as godfather to his daughter and his looking to put himself back on the political map. He is known to his critics as Ukraine’s Prince of Darkness, a toxic presence. But Viktor Medvedchuk would like people to know that he’s back. The former lawyer, a man who counts Russian president Vladimir Putin as godfather to his child, was one of the very first people to be included on US sanctions lists. He was largely sidelined and forgotten after the Euromaidan protests. Yet the pro-Russian operator seems to be engineering an improbable comeback, leveraging in his position as the only Ukrainian capable of negotiating with the Kremlin. First, he was invited to become a special representative at the Minsk peace process – aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine – and is in charge of prisoner exchanges.

Sebastian Kurz to visit Ukraine – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to visit Kyiv in September – 112.international

The meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko is planned

Poland is a friend of Ukraine, says President Poroshenko – media | UNIAN

In the view of the visit of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church (headed either by Patriarch Kirill or Metropolitan Hilarion) to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople on August 31 for a meeting with the Patriarch Bartholomew on the issue of preventing the granting of the “tomos on autocephaly” for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Russian special services (FSB and SVR) are setting up in Ukraine a number of provocations to shape up an agenda favorable to Moscow, as well as planning destructive measures in Istanbul, Ukrainian OSINT analysts say. The effort includes involving provocateurs acting as “Ukrainian radicals.”

Merkel plans to visit Ukraine in November – Poroshenko – 28.08.2018 15:58 — Ukrinform News

In early November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to pay a visit to Ukraine.

UAWire – Merkel and Trump discuss situation in Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump held a telephone call, during which, in part, they discussed the situation in …

Ukraine PM in exclusive interview: ‘We are building a new country’ – International news – Jerusalem Post

Volodymyr Groysman speaks about the rising antisemitism, the conflict with Russia and the growing ties with Europe: “We are supported by the entire international community”.

Trump adviser says Ukraine should mull alternatives to Russian gas – Reuters | UNIAN

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a trip to Kyiv on Friday that the Ukraine government should consider looking for alternatives to natural gas supplies from Russia. Bolton also said Kyiv should consider inviting U.S. companies to explore gas in Ukraine. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a trip to Kyiv on Friday that the Ukraine government should consider looking for alternatives to natural gas supplies from Russia. Speaking to reporters in Ukraine for talks with President Petro Poroshenko, Bolton also said Kyiv should consider inviting U.S. companies to explore gas in Ukraine, according to Reuters. As UNIAN reported earlier, Bolton said the United States was ready to help Ukraine counter Russian “meddling” during its 2019 presidential election. “It’s a threat that a number of countries in the West have seen, we’ve made it clear what our position is. And so we are prepared to work with the government of Ukraine to prevent such meddling here,” he said.

UAWire – Ukrainian President confident Russia will pay all damages for Ukraine’s gas contract losses

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed confidence that Russia would pay for all damages regarding the gas contracts. According to him,  …

Fourth case against Russia lodged by Ukraine at ECHR – media | UNIAN

The government of Ukraine has lodged a new application with the European Court of Human Rights against Russia. The case concerns the detention and prosecution of Ukrainian nationals on various criminal charges.

Canada’s Foreign Minister postpones visit to Ukraine over urgent talks in U.S. | UNIAN

Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk has said Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland canceled her scheduled visit to Ukraine over urgent trade talks in Washington, D.C. Freeland was originally scheduled to visit Kyiv on August 27-29.

Chrystia Freeland in Ukraine to meet with country’s leadership and diplomats – 27.08.2018 12:34 — Ukrinform News

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland in the scope of her working visit to Ukraine will hold meetings with the leadership of the state and heads of some ministries, as well as take part in a plenary meeting of the ХІІІ Meeting of Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Representative Offices in Ukraine.

“Leaving room for manipulation”: Klimkin on preserved changes to Polish law on National Memory Institute | UNIAN

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, said that the preservation of amendments to the Polish law on the Institute of National Remembrance will leave room for manipulation. The foreign minister also called the “victory of common sense” Poland’s refusal to launch an investigation against Hryhoriy Kupriyanovych, a Polish-based Ukrainian scientist and public figure.

Over 30% of potential voters in Ukraine still undecided – 27.08.2018 14:25 — Ukrinform News

More than 30% of Ukrainians have not yet decided whom they will vote for in the presidential elections.&nbsp;

Ukraine switching off analogue TV signal – news about economy

Ukraine’s National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council says Ukraine’s analogue TV signal will be switched off as of today, August 31, and will be replaced by the digital one. Yet, about 40% of analogue transmitters will be in operation until the end of 2018.

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance excludes Ukrainian historian from Memory Protection Committee – Ukrainian historian dismissed from Institute of National Remembrance of Poland – 112.international

Earlier the criminal proceeding was opened against the historian, however, it was closed

Pink Floyd co-founder: Russia “has all rights” to Sevastopol, U.S. behind Maidan | UNIAN

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has told a Russian media outlet that “there are many treaties and papers under which Russia has all rights” to occupied Sevastopol, and “Washington was behind” the Euromaidan in Ukraine. Waters expressed sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview to one of the propaganda resources a year ago. Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has told a Russian media outlet that “there are many treaties and papers under which Russia has all rights” to occupied Sevastopol, and “Washington was behind” the Euromaidan in Ukraine.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Backs Russian Takeover Of Crimea, Causing Backlash

The co-founder of the rock band Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, has expressed support for Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, causing a backlash in Ukraine.

Ukraine ranks first in Europe for honey production – FAO – 27.08.2018 13:42 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine ranks third among world exporters of honey with a share of 10%, and is the first in Europe in terms of honey production.

Bellingcat investigation: ESA could teach Ukrainian far-rights – 112.international

The European company European Security Academy (ESA) that trains the security forces, law enforcement bodies and soldiers also taught “Azov” Battalion based in Mariupol in 2016 as Bellingcat reported. “A large group from Ukraine consisting at least partially of Azov veterans, along with likely current members of Azov movement and other far-right activists, received special-ops like training in the ESA training center in Poland,” the message said.

Vladislav Inozemtsev | There’ll be no end to the war between Russia and Ukraine while it suits political elites on both sides to keep fighting [Propaganda]

These two states, completely privatised by enormously powerful politicians, do not behave with the logic of established, uncorrupted democracies

Thanks to them Ukraine preserved its independence, – Poroshenko about fallen near Ilovaisk – 112.international

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, posted a memorial video dedicated to the fourth anniversary of Ilovaisk tragedy and stated that thanks to the Ukrainian soldiers Ukraine stopped the invasion of one of the largest armies in the world and preserved its independence, as he wrote on Facebook. “Every life of our defender ended by war leaves a scar on Ukraine’s heart, on the heart of our nation and on the heart of each one of us. Every extinguished life is a crime committed by the Russian aggressor for what it will definitely be punished. This war is our pain which we cannot forget. Thanks to them, Ukraine stopped the invasion of one of the largest armies in the world and preserved its independence,” Poroshenko said.

Kyiv holds rally in memory of Ukrainian soldiers fallen during Battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014 – 112.international

Kyivites held rally in memory of Ukrainian soldiers fallen during Battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014

Ilovaisk tragedy: 84 Ukrainian servicemen still missing – 29.08.2018 16:44 — Ukrinform News

According to preliminary estimates, 366 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, more than 450 were wounded, 300 were taken captive and 84 soldiers are still considered missing after the Ilovaisk tragedy in August 2014.

Eleven soldiers of the Ukrainian military, participants in the 2014 Battle of Ilovaisk are still in captivity of Russian mercenaries – 112.international

Eleven soldiers of the Ukrainian military, participants in the 2014 Battle of Ilovaisk are still in captivity of Russian mercenaries

Fourth anniversary of Ilovaisk massacre: Ukrainian troops killed in Russia’s “humanitarian” corridor (Video) | UNIAN

Four years ago, the Russian regular army executed a column of Ukrainian troops who were leaving the town of Ilovaisk, which was under siege, later dubbed as the “Ilovaisk pocket.” Putin then promised to free the besieged Ukrainian soldiers through the so-called “humanitarian corridor,” but it turned into a trap.

Russia fully responsible for Ilovaisk tragedy – Ukraine’s General Staff | UNIAN

The only reason for massive losses among Ukrainian troops was an unexpected attack by Russian armed forces, Serhiy Sobolev of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told a Kyiv press conference timed to the fourth anniversary the tragedy, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The official version of why Ukrainian troops suffered significant losses near Ilovaisk in August 2014 has not changed four years following the “Ilovaisk Caldron” tragedy — Ukrainian military leadership says it’s Russia’s regular troops who are to bear full responsibility.

Protest: ‘Putin, you’ll be held to account for Ilovaisk!’ near Russian embassy in Kyiv. Photos – 29.08.2018 15:25 — Ukrinform News

The activists organized an action &ldquo;Putin, you&rsquo;ll be held to account for Ilovaisk!&rdquo; near the Russian embassy in Kyiv, having installed 366 white crosses on the roadway nearby to honor the victims of the Ilovaisk tragedy.

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