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  1. Excellent WashPost interview by Pres Poroshenko;
  2. Multiple statements and interview by Amb Volker;
  3. YES conference in Kyiv;
  4. Donbass fires continue, evidence of a buildup under way including the latest EW systems;
  5. TV and FM radio broadcasting EW;
  6. Update on DPR turmoil;
  7. Ukrainians break Russian encryption and exploit Russian satcom data, updates on multiple programs;
  8. Much political and economic news;
  9. Trailer for new King Danilo movie – historical drama about the defence of Kyiv in 1240AD against Batu Khan’s Mongol-Tatar Golden Horde (allied with Russia’s Alexander Nevsky);
  10. Update on the mess Russia has made in Crimea;

Ukraine Reports

Russia is advancing on Ukraine again — and Ukraine isn’t going quietly – The Washington Post

President Petro Poroshenko tells the Post how he wants the war to end.

Russia is advancing on Ukraine again — and Ukraine isn’t going quietly – 112.international

Author : The Washington Post | President Petro Poroshenko tells the Post how he wants the war to end.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Poroshenko may meet with Trump at the UN General Assembly

In an interview with BBC News Ukraine, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, who oversees international issues, said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may meet with US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. “The president is actively preparing for events connected with the United Nations General Assembly; two-way meetings are being planned as well as participation in general political debates. His speech is scheduled for September 26th, and meetings are scheduled with flagship world businesses as well as businesses in the Ukrainian community,” he said, responding to a question about whether Poroshenko and Trump will meet at the UN General Assembly. He noted that Poroshenko’s program is being prepared. “As of today, the participation programs are still being planned for both the Ukrainian and US presidents. There is no final confirmation whether Donald Trump will take part in the General Assembly and no schedule for his participation in the event. As soon as we receive all confirmations, we will consider all possible options,” he added.

Kurt Volker: ′We disagree over very substantial things′ | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 12.09.2018

In an interview with DW, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker blamed Russia for the stalemate in talks. He also reaffirmed the US’s readiness to supply additional lethal weapons to Kyiv.

EU Calls On Russia To Halt Separatist ‘Elections’ In Donbas

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has criticized a plan by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold elections and has called on Moscow to use its influence to stop …

U.S. Condemns Separatist Plan For ‘Elections’ In Eastern Ukraine

The United States has joined the European Union in condemning plans by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold “elections,” calling them “phony procedures” that undermine peace eff…

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on intl partners to tighten pressure on Kremlin due to Russia’s intention to hold ‘snap elections’ in ORDLO

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urges international partners to tighten pressure on Moscow in connection with the intention of the Russian occupation administration to hold the so called “early elections” in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO).

Volker calls announced “elections” in Donbas illegitimate | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said the “elections” announced by the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) are illegitimate and breach the logic of the Minsk agreements. Volker stressed that Russians had not really done anything in the past several years to ensure peace and security.

Poroshenko, Volker discuss situation in Donbas, sanctions policy against Russia | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker have met in Kyiv to discuss the situation in Donbas and the importance of extending sanctions against Russia. They also discussed energy security, in particular, in the context of Nord Stream 2.

Poroshenko, Volker discuss situation in Donbas – 14.09.2018 09:01 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, the presidential press service has reported.&nbsp;

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General urges Ukraine to implement national security law [YES] – 13.09.2018 16:03 — Ukrinform News

NATO's Assistant Secretary General&nbsp;for Political Affairs and&nbsp;Security Policy, Ambassador&nbsp;Alejandro Alvargonz&aacute;lez, underscores the importance of implementing the law on national security and defense in Ukraine.

Allies support Ukraine’s course towards NATO – 14.09.2018 10:12 — Ukrinform News

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzalez, made the relevant statement at the meeting of the Commission for the Coordination of Euro-Atlantic Integration, which was held with the participation of Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Government portal reports. Alvargonzalez noted that the allies recognized Ukraine’s aspirations for NATO membership as its national position, and “NATO cannot be indifferent to this.” He added the importance of reforms and annual national programmes as a tool for managing the process of Euro-Atlantic integration.

Ksenia Sobchak to attend YES 2018 Conference in Kyiv | UNIAN

A resonant Russian TV host and rookie politician Ksenia Sobchak will visit Kyiv to attend the annual Yalta European Strategy Meeting. Sobchak is expected to arrive September 15, as stated on the YES 2018 website, which describes her as a “public figure.” She will take part in a panel meeting. In the commentary to Ukrayinska Pravda, press secretary of the State Border Guard Service Oleh Slobodyan said border guards will act within the legal framework when Sobchak will be passing border formalities. “If she arrives at the border checkpoint, border guards will make decisions within the limits of their powers, taking into account information available about [her] possible violation of the Ukrainian legislation,” Slobodyan said.

Poroshenko, Groysman to speak at YES meeting in Kyiv – 13.09.2018 11:08 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will deliver a speech at the opening of the plenary sessions of the annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES), which will be held at the Mystetsky Arsenal in Kyiv on September 13-15, according to the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Ukraine is Russia’s Enemy and Must Be Broken Apart or Absorbed, Khramchikhin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 8 – All too many people in Moscow view Ukraine as a fraternal republic that NATO is using against Russia, Aleksandr Khramchikhin says. In fact, Ukraine is Russia’s mortal enemy and will continue to constitute a serious threat unless and until it is reabsorbed by Russia or broken up into a number of less-threatening mini-states. In a major article in Nezavisimoye voyennoye obozreniye, the deputy head of the Moscow Institute for Political and Military Analysis argues that most Russians don’t view Ukraine as a credible enemy except to the extent that it works with the Western alliance. But that perspective is completely wrong (nvo.ng.ru/concepts/2018-09-07/1_1012_ukraine.html). On the one hand, NATO which hasn’t fought a war against a major country for decades is gaining far more information about how to do so from Ukrainians who have than it is providing to the Ukrainians. And on the other – and this is even more important, Khramchikhin says, Ukraine really is a threat to Russia. While many Russians laugh when Kyiv says that its army is the strongest in Europe, the Moscow analyst says, if one allows for the fact that Ukrainian officials mean this in the American sense of land forces, that many Russian units aren’t in Europe, and Turkey isn’t a play, then “the Ukrainian army really is the strongest in Europe.” And Russia needs to recognize this. And while many Russians also laugh at Ukrainian propaganda, in fact, Khramchikhin says, that effort has been remarkably successful in convincing Ukrainians that despite the shortcomings of their own government, Russia is the enemy and that no one should take part in any new Maidan because it would only work to Putin’s benefit. One consequence both of this propaganda and of Russian actions is that “the Ukrainian idea is anti-Russian by definition. Therefore,” the Moscow analyst says, “Russia and Ukraine can be either one country or enemies. No third possibility is possible.” And thus all talk in Moscow about a single united Ukraine is dangerous nonsense. Indeed, Khramchikhin says, “any supporter of a single independent Ukraine already automatically cannot be considered a pro-Russian politician. He can only exploit the theme of ‘brotherhood’ in order to drink our ‘blood’ (money, oil, and gas0 without getting anything back in exchange.” But many Russians forget this. Not only do Russian firms continue to cooperate with Ukrainian ones, but Russia today is the largest investor in a country that is from the outset Russia’s enemy. The US wouldn’t tolerate this from its companies; Russia shouldn’t either, the analyst says. “The final goal of Russia must be the territorial disintegration of Ukraine, something which must be achieved by non-military means.” Moscow has long made it clear that it isn’t about to launch a full-scale invasion: it doesn’t have the resources to carry one out at present, Khramchikhin says. But it must be ready for a Ukrainian provocation and be ready to act in ways so that it is not caught in a trap. The Moscow analyst says that the way the Russian side should proceed is to apply to Ukraine “the Georgian variant of a decade ago.” “This means,” he says, “the restoration of the territorial integrity of the DNR and LNR … their diplomatic recognition, the over deployment of Russian troops on their territories … and the complete destruction of the Ukrainian armed forces … but without the occupation of even a small part of Ukrainian territory.” That is, Russia should inflict a defeat and then leave. After that, Khramchikhin says, Moscow must promote outmigration from Ukraine so as to weaken that country and strengthen Russia without having to rely on culturally dissimilar people from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Right now, the Russian government is doing exactly the reverse, limiting immigration from Ukraine and sponsoring it from elsewhere. That raises the question Pavel Milyukov asked of the tsar’s government in 1916: “is this stupidity or is this treason?” In this new reality, Russians must stop talking about any NATO advance or about NATO as the enemy in Ukraine. “Our enemy is Ukraine itself, an extraordinarily dangerous one despite its weaknesses,” and consequently, Moscow must do what is necessary to “transform it into several small states.” “Some of these will really be pro-Russian and in the future can be taken into the Russian Federation. Others, even while remaining anti-Russia will lose any real potential for inflicting any harm on us. And the ideological bases of Ukrainian Russophobia in this situation will to a large extent lose any meaning.” Moscow must also stop obsessing about the inviolability of international borders, Khramchikhin says. They’ve been violated enough over recent decades, including most prominently with the disintegration of the USSR. And Russians would do well to remember that it was Ukraine that destroyed the Soviet Union, not anyone else. “Without the Baltics and the Trans-Caucasus,” he continues, “the country could have lived peaceably but without Ukraine it lost any meaning … Moreover, one should not forget how thousands of militants from Ukraine fought on the side of Chechen separatists in the 1990s … for an ‘independent Ichkeria.’” There is a real danger that some in Moscow will overlook all this in the pursuit of some illusory “strategic partnership” with the West, but it is critically important, Khramchikhin says, that Russia begin to “think realistically” and act accordingly with regard to Ukraine – and do this as soon as possible. First and foremost, it must shore up the DNR and the LNR. “Russia’s behavior toward them now has become openly sadistic,” with Moscow blocking outmigration from them and thus creating a situation in them that serves to mobilize the rest of Ukraine against not just the DNR and the LNR but against Russia as a whole. In that way, Moscow’s current approach to these two republics is undermining its broader interests and helping the country that cannot and will not ever be anything but Russia’s enemy, he concludes.

JFO: Ukraine reports 1 KIA, 3 WIA’s in Donbas in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 33 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another three as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, two enemy troops were killed and another five were wounded.

Militants launched 37 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 14.09.2018 09:25 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 37 attacks, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements six times, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.&nbsp;

OSCE spots over 20 main battle tanks, about 30 artillery systems in Russian-occupied Donbas | UNIAN

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported it spotted 23 main battle tanks and 29 artillery systems in Russian-occupied Donbas. The military hardware was seen in Myrne and Kruhlyk, both in Luhansk region.

One killed, two wounded in 32 enemy attacks on Ukrainian positions over past day

Militants have fired 32 times at the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces over the past 24 hours, killing one Ukrainian soldier and wounding two more, the press center of the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has said.

New Russian electronic warfare systems identified in Donbas – 11.09.2018 13:37 — Ukrinform News

A brand-new electronic warfare system which the Russian Armed Forces brought into service this year has been identified in eastern Ukraine, along with several other modern systems, according to a study by DFRLab, published on the website Bellingcat.

UAWire – Ukraine jamming Russian broadcasts to 180 Donbas towns

Ukrainian Serpanok propaganda jamming system covers 180 settlements along the demarcation line in the Donbas, said Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada. According to her, Donbas militants have “reinforced” the TV tower with new transmitters, and 20 Russian TV channels are being broadcast to the front line settlements. However, they are blocked by the Serpanok system, which was developed by the Ukrainian military with the help of volunteers. “They have also found a way to block the hostile FM stations… An important step under information war conditions,” Herashchenko observed. Russia has stopped broadcasting Ukrainian media in the annexed Crimea and parts of the Donbas. In January 2018, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the law “On introducing changes to several Ukrainian laws concerning the temporary authorization to broadcast in the zone where the Anti-Terrorist Operation is being conducted and in the border regions of Ukraine”. The document regulates the accelerated issuance of temporary authorization for TV and radio broadcasting “in territories that are the most vulnerable to foreign negative information influence”. Serhiy Kostynsky, member of the National Council of TV and Radio Broadcasting, said that as of October 2018, the Ukrainian stations that broadcast to the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces and to annexed Crimea will run programs that are 75% in the Ukrainian language.

Military convoy crosses into occupied Donbas from Russia – volunteer | UNIAN

On Friday afternoon, September 7, local residents in Donetsk region spotted a convoy of military trucks. Trucks were carrying men sporting military uniforms, according to the report.

UAWire – Ukrainian activist: Convoy of trucks carrying Russian soldiers and military equipment arrived in Donbas

On September 7, people of the Donetsk region noticed a large convoy of trucks that arrived from Russia, Ukrainian activist Yuriy Mysyagin wrote …

Ukrainian volunteer dies in Donbas (Photo) – war news

Valentyn Belinskiy, who was a volunteer and a paramedic driver of the 59th separate motorized infantry brigade, has died in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. He has been a volunteer since 2014.

Chief swap mediator Ruban charged for coup attempt to remain arrested until Oct 30 | UNIAN

Head of the Ukrainian “Officer Corps” center for the exchange of prisoners of war Volodymyr Ruban, who is charged with an attempted coup, will remain under arrest for another two months, until October 30. The relevant court hearing took place on August 31.

112 people killed in Donbas still not identified – 13.09.2018 18:30 — Ukrinform News

The investigative units of the Security Service of Ukraine conduct 164 criminal proceedings over facts of killing of 2,204 military personnel and 793 civilians in the area of the armed hostilities in Donbas. Of this number, 75 military and 37 civilians are still unidentified.

Welcome Back From Donbas, Ukraine. Next Stop, Prison. Russell “Texas” Bentley. – To Inform is to Influence

By all accounts, Russell “Texas” Bentley is famous. He’s been written up in quite a few articles. I put a few in this blog, towards the bottom. He’s on YouTube. He’s being funded via PayPal. He’s being funded via Western Union. He’s being funded by GoFundMe, JustGiving, and Indiegogo.  Well, at least he was… His picture is…

Ukrainian pilot demonstrates aerobatics at air show in Belgium – president – 11.09.2018 18:29 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian pilot Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko has demonstrated aerobatics at an international air show in Belgium, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook.

UAWire – Ukraine to allocate over 5% of its GDP to the defense budget

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has adopted the main parameters of the defense budget for 2019, the NSDC’s press …

UAWire – Media: Zakharchenko’s associates flee to Russia after his assassination

Associates of the killed separatist leader of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko started fleeing from Donetsk to Moscow, reported the Ukrainian news program TSN, citing sources in Ukrainian intelligence. According to the intelligence information, Zakharchenko’s advisers Alexander Kazakov and another associate with the nom de guerre “Sever” have fled from Donetsk to Moscow. “The Minister of revenues and taxes of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Timofeev, aka Tashkent, who was injured in the explosion in the Donetsk restaurant Separ, also allegedly moved to Moscow, ” TSN reports. Earlier, the Prosecutor’s Office of the so-called DPR called “illegitimate” the appointment of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPR, Dmitry Trapeznikov as an acting Head of the self-proclaimed republic. Denis Pushilin was appointed the new Head of the DPR.

Nikonorova replaces Pushilin at Minsk talks on Donbas | UNIAN

So-called “head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Natalia Nikonorova has been tapped to replace acting “DPR” “head” Denis Pushilin at Trilateral Contact Group talks on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus. Pushilin has been a “DPR” envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk since 2014.

FSB team deployed in Donbas to probe Zakharchenko murder “at invitation” of “local authorities” – MFA Russia | UNIAN

Investigators from the FSB [Federal Security Service] were sent to the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas to investigate the assassination of terrorist leader Alexander Zakharchenko at the invitation of “local authorities” and will be “in this territory,” that’s according to MFA Russia’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova who spoke at a briefing on Thursday. Earlier, Ukraine said the issue of Russia sending its detectives to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine would be addressed at the UN General Assembly.

Russian-led in Donbas forces step up control at checkpoints after Zakharchenko’s death | UNIAN

Russian-led forces in Donbas have stepped up control at checkpoints in the temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk region following the assassination of former leader of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” Alexander Zakharchenko. It became much more difficult for civilians to enter the temporarily occupied city of Donetsk.

Girkin’s ex-“deputy” Khmuryi reportedly mulling return to Donetsk | UNIAN

Russian serviceman Sergey Dubinsky aka Khmuryi, who is ex-deputy of former “DPR Defense Minister” Igor Girkin, nom de guerre Strelkov, reportedly plans to return to Donetsk. Khmuryi, or Sergey Dubinsky, is suspected of involvement in the downing of MH17 in July 2014. Russian serviceman Sergey Dubinsky aka Khmuryi, who is ex-deputy of former “DPR Defense Minister” Igor Girkin, nom de guerre Strelkov, reportedly plans to return to Donetsk.

UAWire – New head of DPR Pushilin dissolves the Ministry of Defense

Denis Pushilin, newly appointed leader of the so-called DPR dissolved the Ministry of Defense of the Republic, according to information in the …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: A Warning Sign in the Donbass: Pro-Moscow Forces Replacing Local People with Outsiders

Paul Goble Staunton, September 6 – One of the most reliable signs that an aggressor is about to launch a new attack is his replacement of local people who might resist his effort with carefully selected outsiders who can be counted on to support or at least not actively oppose any new aggression. According to people in the Donbass with whom US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova has spoken, that is exactly what has been happening in the days since the murder of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the so-called “head of the DNR.” Her report should set off alarm bells in Kyiv (day.kyiv.ua/ru/blog/obshchestvo/mestnoe-naselenie-zameshchayut-priezzhimi). One Donbass resident speaking on condition of anonymity says that in the days since Zakharchenko was killed, the powers that be in the DNR region have increased the number of searches and arrests of local people. Residents are frightened “but despite that, dissatisfaction is growing” because of three inter-related developments. First, “the local population continues to be replaced by new arrivals. Militants come with their children, wives, and pensioner parents; and in recent times, most of them are coming from Vorkuta and Irkutsk. They are given residence permits and in addition to their Russian passports, they are issued DNR passports as well. The new arrivals are settled in apartments left vacant by the departure of former residents so there is no problem with housing. Second, inflation is increasing, putting ever more products beyond the reach of the former residents but not so high that arrivals cannot afford to buy, especially given their larger pensions and incomes and their own recent experiences with higher prices in Siberia and the Russian North. And third, DNR officials are doing nothing to counter a rising environmental disaster as poisonous substances and even radioactive materials spill into the water and soil of the region. Former residents know about these things; but the new people are ignoring them, perhaps because in the Russian regions they come from, these are considered normal. Consequently, the former residents are leaving, giving more room for the arrival of Russians from elsewhere. Kirillova does not say, but it is clear from her interviews that the DNR officials backed by Moscow are interested in promoting the departure of the older residents and their replacement with more malleable and thus reliable Russians from distant regions of the Russian Federation. Indeed, it appears that this is very much a conscious policy. That it has intensified in the last days suggests that Moscow and the DNR have plans to launch a new campaign and are doing what they can to ensure that they won’t have the problems in rear areas that they would have if the older residents remained in place.

UAWire – DPR prepares to hold large-scale exercises in Donbas

Pro-Russian militants in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) announced preparations for “command post training exercises” in the …

“DPR” leader Pushilin resigns as “parliament” head | UNIAN

Acting “head” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Denis Pushilin has resigned as “deputy” of the so-called “People’s Council of the DPR.” The so-called press service of the “parliament” said a new “chairman” would be elected at the next meeting.

Ukraine Intercepts Russian Military Satellite Data – To Inform is to Influence

Breaking codes was an art. During World War II, when the Allies broke the Enigma code, it enabled the Brits and the Americans to successfully move strategically against the Nazis.  With this announcement, Poroshenko: Ukrainian specialists intercept data of Russian military satellites, Ukraine is telling the world that it has already strategically beaten Russia at least once,…

Poroshenko: Ukrainian specialists intercept data of Russian military satellites – 112.international

President Petro Poroshenko claimed that Ukrainian specialists learned to intercept the data of Russian military satellites. The Head of the State reported this during his working visit to Vinnytsia, as RBK-Ukraine advises. ‘Before the Independence Day, they have traditionally tried to spoil the holiday. Troop on the site of Zholobok settlement in the zone of attack tried to burst open the line having concentrated artillery, rocket launchers, mortars. Satellite imagery, work of the intelligence etc provided a timely opportunity to bring up reserves and meet the enemy…,’ Poroshenko claimed. According to him, this was made possible by the specialists in the relevant realm. ‘This was made possible by the specialists of communicational occupations, satellite technologies, specialists in satellite technologies. We have been intercepting Russian satellites and this means that a very strong school has already been set up in Ukraine,’ he added.

In the years 2014-2018 more than 500 tanks were delivered to the Armed Forces

In the period from 2014 to 2018, a number of tank units were formed in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the Tank Corps of the Reserve Tank Brigade. In total more than 500 tanks are delivered.The Head of the General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Army General Viktor Muzhenko informed that during the final part of the annual tank competition for the championship of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, held at the potter’s training groundThis year, as we know, the platoon of the tank company of the 25th separate airborne brigade, where the T-80BV tanks are armed, has been defeated. In total, eight teams participated in the T-80BV, T64BV, T64BM1M and T-72B1 tanks.Tank companies in the Brigades of the Army Assault Army began forming in 2015 (then – High-Military Landing Army), their weapons lasted until 2017. By the way, this experience is now being introduced in the US Army and the hostile Russian army, where the tank companies of the airborne assault units are already deployed to battalions.

Ukraine offers Mongoose armoured reconnaissance vehicle for Poland – Defence Blog

Ukrainian state-owned company Promoboroneksport, part of the UkrOboronProm concern, is proposing a version of to replace the military’s outdated Soviet-built BRDM-2 amphibious armored vehicle still in service with the Polish Army. The UkrOboronProm has announced on 7 September that Promoboroneksport signed a memorandum with the WZM company, subsidiary of Polish defense contractor Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA (PGZ), about cooperation in the issues of joint modernization of the Mongoose armoured reconnaissance vehicle. The Mongoose (formerly BRDM-NIK) armoured reconnaissance vehicle is a modernized version of the Soviet-built BRDM-2 amphibious armored vehicle developed by the SE “Mykolayiv Armoured Plant”. The Mongoose is enhanced with front armor. The hull is manufactured from armor steel which is 10 millimeters thick. Mounted protective armor elements give it additional tenacity. This scheme of armor will allow for a considerable increase in the level of safety of the vehicle as well as its crew. According to the memorandum with the WZM company, it was decided in the near future to complete the work on the modernization of the Mongoose prototype. In September 2018, is planned a presentation of upgraded combat vehicle at one of the Polish test range. According to the results of the tests, it is planned to conclude a contract between the participants in the negotiations on the joint modernization of the Mongoose in the interests of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland. Early, the local media has reported that the Polish Ministry of Defense plans to acquire 200 new vehicles for an estimated €300 million (US $330 million).

Tank brigade of the reserve is equipped with T-72 tanks

The 5th Armoured Brigade of the Reserve Corps, which is 90% consist of reservists, is fully equipped with T-72 tanks, which were modernized by domestic enterprises.This was announced by the Commander of the Army Land Forces of Ukraine Colonel-General Serhiy Popko during tactical exercises with the firing squad of the Brigade of the Reserve, which were invited to the military attache of foreign states.Brigade training at the Kanchar military training ground became the final part of the 45-day training sessions of the reserve tank crew, and already this weekend, about three thousand reservists would disperse at their homes.”If earlier we observed mainly the preparation of reservists of the first turn, this is the reserve which goes to the completion of military units, but now we are already conducting a reserve reserve of the second stage, these are the servicemen who are going to recruit military units of the reserve – the parts that are again are formed, which are fully equipped with reservists “, – commented on the actions at the training grounds by the head of the General Staff Victor Muzhenko.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Poroshenko buys 430 sniper rifles for paratroopers

With the assistance of the Roshen Company, 430 sniper rifles Zbroyar Z-10 and Savage-110 were acquired and handed over to paratrooper assault units of the Ukranian Armed Forces, reported on Facebook the Advisor of Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Yuriy Biryukov. Biryukov also reminded of the 98 sniper rifles sent directly by Petro Poroshenko to the soldiers of the Special Operations Forces a year ago. Earlier, Roshen has repeatedly provided assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In particular, the company helped to restore air defense systems, purchased bath and laundry facilities for the Ukrainian troops stationed in the Donbas. This time, they bought 305 sniper rifles including the Z-10 Weaponsmith (also known as UAR-10) and 125 Savage-110 sniper rifles.

The DNII discussed the prospects for the development of weapons

Representatives of more than 150 military and civilian defense enterprises took part in the first scientific and technical conference of the newly established State Research Institute. The State Research and Development Institute for Testing and Certification of Arms and Military Equipment was created on the basis of the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers last year to unite the potential of the State Research Center of the Armed Forces, the Chernigov National Technological University and enterprises of the military-industrial complex. The main topic of the conference is the creation and modernization of armaments and military equipment in modern conditions, more detailed in the story of Military Television.

Ukraine’s Lofty Ambitions, Fallen to Earth – The New York Times

Signs of the country’s space-age glory are everywhere, and Ukrainians are determined to hold on to their scientific traditions.

Poll: 67% of Ukrainians ready to vote for membership in NATO – 11.09.2018 12:53 — Ukrinform News

A total of 42% of Ukrainian citizens believe that the membership in NATO is the best guarantee of national security.

No country will decide on Ukraine’s state system – president – 14.09.2018 13:55 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine is a unitary state, and no foreign country will decide on its state system, President Petro Poroshenko has said.

Poroshenko rules out peace with Russia under Ukraine’s capitulation | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out the possibility of concluding peace with Russia under the terms of Ukraine’s capitulation. Poroshenko said the Ukrainian Armed Forces and a strong army is the guarantee of peace.

Poroshenko instructed intelligence to minimize Russia’s influence during elections – 112.international

President Petro Poroshenko congratulated the servicemen of the Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Main Intelligence Directorate on the 26th anniversary of its founding. “Our common goal is to work with our international partners to promptly react and minimize the influence of the Russian Federation, including in the electoral process, which will be held next year,” Poroshenko said.

UAWire – Poroshenko instructs intelligence services to minimize Russia’s influence on elections in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated the servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the 26th anniversary of its establishment. “The head of state stressed that military intelligence, as part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, is now undergoing modernization. It will expand the country’s top political and military leadership capabilities to counteract the aggressor and to obtain high quality, reliable and urgent information”, reported the presidential press service. During the celebrations, Petro Poroshenko noted that the intelligence, together with other special services, should minimize Russia’s influence during the Ukrainian elections. Among the intelligence tasks, the president stated timely identification of the Russian special services operations and their special methods of influence. “Our common goal is to work with our international partners to promptly react and minimize the influence of the Russian Federation, including the electoral process, which is due to take place next year,” said Poroshenko.

MEP Harms to visit Ukraine – 14.09.2018 09:45 — Ukrinform News

A co-chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, German MEP Rebecca Harms will make on a working visit to Ukraine from September 15 to September 20, the office of the German deputy has told an Ukrinform correspondent.

Poroshenko Says Ukraine Needs IMF, Foreign Borrowing To Deal With Debt

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says his country needs help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and external borrowing due to its large debt burden.

Russia-Ukraine $3 Billion Battle Back in London Court – Bloomberg

While the war in Ukraine’s east continues to rage four years on, the battle between Russia and Ukraine is returning to the calm and order of a London courtroom.

Swedish court reinstates $2.6 bln debt collection from Gazprom in favor of Naftogaz | UNIAN

The Swedish Court of Appeal overturned the decision to temporarily suspend the implementation of the Stockholm arbitration award, under which Gazprom is to pay Naftogaz $2.6 billion. Naftogaz CCO stresses that Gazprom must immediately fulfill the arbitration award.

UAWire – Gazprom loses appeal in court case with Ukraine’s Naftogaz

The Svea Court of Appeal has re-authorized the seizure of Gazprom’s assets in order to collect $2.6 billion in favor of Naftogaz Ukraine. On …

Bloomberg: Russia-Ukraine $3 billion battle back in London court | UNIAN

While the war in Ukraine’s east continues to rage four years on, the battle between Russia and Ukraine is returning to the calm and order of a London courtroom. The case is: The Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc v. Ukraine, High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court: FL-2016-000002.

UAWire – Ukraine and the EU to sign macro-financial assistance program for €1 billion

As stated in the European Commission’s message, Ukraine and the European Union will sign a program of macro-financial assistance for €1 billion …

Ukraine, Lithuania to cooperate in development of out-of-school education in Donbas | UNIAN

The bilateral Lithuanian-Ukrainian pilot project “Support for the Education in the Post-Conflict Areas of Eastern Ukraine. Assurance of the Quality of Non-Formal Education,” which aims to improve the quality of out-of-school education and introduce a new and transparent funding principle, will be launched in several Ukrainian cities. The project seeks to engage the maximum number of children from remote villages and low-income families living in eastern Ukraine in non-formal education.

Sentsov Losing Hope For ‘Happy Ending’ To Russian Prison Ordeal

Jailed Crimean film director Oleh Sentsov says that his “limbs are going numb” nearly four months into a hunger strike and that he no longer believes his ordeal in a Russian prison will have a “hap…

Activists Stage Silent Protest In Poland For Jailed Filmmaker Sentsov

Rights activists staged a silent protest in Poland in support of Oleh Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in a prison in Russia where he’s been in custody for more than four ye…

Ukraine’s anti-corruption bodies file to strip Radical Party’s head of immunity – 112.international

The Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecution (SAP) and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) are preparing a filing to strip the leader of Radical Party Oleh Lyashko of his deputy’s immunity. Ukrainian News agency reported this with the reference to their sources in law enforcement bodies. “The documents on the stripping of the deputy’s immunity are being prepared,” the source informed. It is noted that Oleh Lyashko is to be held criminally responsible for declaring false information and illegal enrichment. Other details were not disclosed and both the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecution and the Anti-Corruption Bureau are not commenting this information.

Ukrainian government is trying to make the IMF and the United States shell out – 112.international

Author : Olexandr Honcharov Although Ukrainian ministers and politicians talk about the need for reforms, they really do not want to change anything, they want the foreign brother come and pay for everything.

Ukrainians played major part in development of Canadian democracy, – official – 112.international

Ukraine can rely on Canada’s firm support, – Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Sciences, Sports and People with Disabilities

Jewish New Year Celebrations In Pilgrimage City Of Uman, Ukraine

Jewish pilgrims gathered in the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on September 9. The city was was the final home of Reb Nachman, a Jewish spiritual leader who founded the Breslov Hasidic movement, and thousands of people come to visit his grave each year. The majority of the estimated 30,000 pilgrims were visiting from Israel.

U.S. Religious Freedom Envoy Traveling To Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan

The United States’ religious freedom ambassador is traveling to Ukraine, Poland, and Uzbekistan for meetings on protecting the rights of religious and ethnic groups.

First General Electric locomotive arrives in Chornomorsk port – 112.international

The first locomotive of the American company General Electric arrived in Chornomorsk port, as Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways, – ed.) reported on Facebook. “At these moments we are meeting “Trident” in Ukraine! First General Electric locomotive arrives in Chornomorsk port. Tomorrow morning we will reload the locomotive on the railway tracks,” the message says.

UAWire – Ukraine to prosecute Russians for illegal entry into the country

Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the first amendment of the bill No. 7017, which calls for criminal liability for the illegal …

Ukraine “thrown into debt sinkhole”: PM Groysman | UNIAN

The economy is growing, but Ukraine has a debt that it cannot repay ourselves, therefore it is necessary to enter foreign markets and cooperate with the IMF, according to Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. The prime minister spoke about the consequences of the country’s failure to fulfill IMF requirements.

UAWire – Prime Minister Groysman: Ukraine will be on the verge of default without foreign loans

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that the increase in gas pricea is a forced measure in order to pay off debts to the IMF, …

‘Glory To Ukraine!’ Is The New National Team’s Soccer Slogan A Rallying Cry Or A Fascist Call?

Ukraine has unveiled a new uniform for its men’s national soccer team and triggered criticism in Russia by including a controversial slogan on its players’ jerseys.

Ukrainian police authorized to deal with domestic violence | UNIAN

An order issued by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs on urgent restrictive warrants in situations of domestic violence came into force on September 11, therefore police officers are authorized to respond to domestic violence and bar an abuser from entering the victim’s premises and contacting him/her. Law enforcement officers responding to domestic violence calls will be able to take care of the victim’s safety and immediately issue a restrictive warrant to the offender.

Foreign serviceman found shot in Kyiv was not National Guard instructor – police – 11.09.2018 10:09 — Ukrinform News

Police have refuted reports that a fighter of a special forces unit of a foreign state who was found shot in Kyiv on September 10 was an instructor of the National Guard of Ukraine, the press service of the National Police has said. “While clarifying all the circumstances of the event and carrying out a thorough inspection, it turned out that the deceased was not an employee of the National Guard of Ukraine,” the statement said. Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yuriy Butusov said that the dead man was Israeli citizen Bar Bonen, who worked for a long time in Ukraine, was awarded a medal for volunteer activities by a non-governmental organization.

Canada constantly supports Ukraine – minister – 08.09.2018 14:00 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine can count on the continued support of Canada.

Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day celebrated in Alberta, Ontario – 08.09.2018 13:30 — Ukrinform News

On September 7, Alberta and Ontario celebrate&nbsp;Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day.

Klimkin opens Ukraine’s Consulate General in Canada’s Edmonton – 08.09.2018 11:40 — Ukrinform News

The Consulate General of Ukraine was opened in the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.&nbsp;

The Distant Barking of Dogs to be nominated for Oscar -112.international

The American Film Academy, which awards Oscar, took a documentary The Distant Barking of Dogs for consideration. The movie is about a 10-year-old boy, who lives with his grandmother not far from the war zone in Donbas. Azad Safarov, the assistant of a Danish movie director Simon Lereng Wilmont, who Made the film, said it. The movie was presented for the consideration of Oscar jury as it won at five prestigious film festivals which are qualified by the American Film Academy. Therefore, this movie got a chance to be included in the long-list of Oscar nomination for best documentary. Then, the short-list is formed out of five nominated movies.

Король Данило / King Daniel / офіційний трейлер / режисер Тарас Химич / з 22 листопада 2018 у кіно – YouTube

Invert Pictures Film Studio Published on Sep 9, 2018 Roles performed: Sergei YARMOSHENKO Oleg SIKYRYNSKYY, Yuri pet, Alexey Kravchuk, Alexander Kuzmenko, Peter Benyuk, ALBINA SOTNIKOVA, VERONIKA Shostak, Rinat HAYRULLIN Dmitry Usov, Denis PASYECHNYY, Irina NIKITINA Valery Pasechnik, Miroslav Rachinsky, Victor LAFAROVYCH, Max TOP , ALEXANDER NAZARCHUK, OREST PASTUK, ROMAN MUZZ

Occupying power wants to conceal technogenic catastrophe at Crimean Titan plant – Ministry for temporarily occupied territories – 11.09.2018 10:25 — Ukrinform News

Chemical emissions at the Crimean Titan plant occurred due to a technogenic catastrophe, which the occupying power wants to conceal.

Another “acid leak” reportedly hits Armyansk in Russian-annexed Crimea – social networks | UNIAN

Another “acid leak” reportedly hit the town of Armyansk in Russian-annexed Crimea on Thursday, September 13. People compare it to a “gas chamber.”

Law enforcers open criminal case on air pollution in Armyansk, 112.international – Criminal proceeding for air pollution on border with Crimea opened – 112.international

Police opened a criminal case on the events in annexed Armyansk, where a chemical leak took place at a local plant, as the press office of Crimean Prosecutor’s Office based in Kyiv reported. “On September 3, according to the Kherson Border Unit of the Azov-Black Sea Regional Administration of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service, the border guards checked the atmosphere air for chemical substances near the administrative border between Kherson region and temporary occupied Crimea at 3 pm by ChemPro-100і chemical detector. As a result, the detector recorded the surplus of a toxic chemical substance,” the representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office explained.

Ukraine to appeal to OPCW due to chemical emissions in Russian-occupied Crimea | UNIAN

Press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa says the ministry will send an appeal to the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) due to the situation at the Crimean Titan plant. The relevant document will be submitted to the OPCW after the results of the expertise on the state of chemical pollution in occupied Crimea.

‘When the humidity rises, your skin burns’: Gas leak causes evacuations in Crimea as Russia and Ukraine trade blame – media | UNIAN

When a radioactive cloud mysteriously drifted across Europe last fall, it took weeks for scientists figured out the likely origin: the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in the south of Russia. It’s still unclear how exactly the gas was released, but Russian authorities suspected that a heat wave evaporated the water reservoir where the plant’s waste is dumped, resulting in the toxic remnants being released into the atmosphere.

Chemical contamination in Crimea, “Elections” in the “DPR” and “LPR” and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #70, September 2- 9 – To Inform is to Influence

10 September 2018 September 10, 2018.Situation in the combat zone Russia-backed militants were conducting precision fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms. They made attacks upon the Ukrainian troops’ positions in the area of Krymske, Myronivskyi, Zaitseve, Shumy, Opytne, Pisky, Pavlopil, Hnutove, Vodyane and Lebedynske. Regardless of the “school-time” ceasefire in force,…

Almost 60 people flee to Ukraine after acid leaks in Crimea | UNIAN

Head of the press service of the Kherson border detachment Ivan Shevtsov has said 59 people fled to mainland Ukraine following acid leaks in Russian-annexed Crimea. The Ukrainian border guards have not registered any new air pollution incident for the last two days.

Water supply to Crimea to resume after end of occupation – Poroshenko’s envoy | UNIAN

Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Borys Babin has said the water supply from Ukraine to Russian-occupied Crimea will resume only after the end of Russian occupation. The environmental issue of Crimea is being monitored at the highest level in Ukraine.

Crimean Titan plant still working following chemical emissions (Photo) | UNIAN

Chairman of Kherson Regional State Administration Andriy Gordeev says the Crimean Titan plant, whose chemical emissions have recently caused a sharp deterioration in the health of people in the nearby settlements, is still working. “Still working,” Gordeev said.

After a chemical emission in Armyansk, in the north of the occupied Crimea, 61 Ukrainian border guards asked the doctors for help – Chemical emission in Crimea: 61 Ukrainian border guards need medical help – 112.international

After a chemical emission in Armyansk, in the north of the occupied Crimea, 61 Ukrainian border guards asked the doctors for help

Russian FSB detained two Ukranian fishermen who docked to the shore of the occupied Crimea on Monday, September 10 – Russian FSB detain two Ukrainian fishermen offshore Crimea – 112.international

Russian FSB detained two Ukranian fishermen who docked to the shore of the occupied Crimea on Monday, September 10. Russian FSB detained two Ukranian fishermen who docked to the shore of the occupied Crimea on Monday, September 10. The press office of the border governance of FSB in Crimea claimed this to Interfax. ‘Foreign citizens detained at the moments of docking to the Russian shore on a motorboat… near the coastline of Lake Syvash in the area of Stefanivka village, Dzhankoy district,’ the Russian security forces noted. The detained fishermen claimed that they are residents of Ukrainian village Strilkove.

Crimean Titan factory illegally pumps water from Kherson region free of charge – 112.international

Crimean Titan factory is pumping the water from the mainland Ukraine, namely from Kherson region. Borys Babin, the Ukrainian presidential envoy in Crimea said this while on air at 112 Ukraine TV channel. ‘Before the occupation (annexation of Crimea by Russia in February 2014, – 112 International), Titan had the official permission to pump water from the boreholes, located in Kalanchak district of Kherson region (southern Ukraine). As of 2017, as much as I understand, this system of water pumping is not functional anymore here, in Ukraine-controlled territories; but it still works in the occupied areas. They made some more boreholes there, and they are connected to this horizon. So, they actually pump water from the shelves in Kherson region’, he stated.

SBU detains ex-deputy chief of Sevastopol’s occupation administration | UNIAN

Law enforcers detained Oleg Kizimenko, who, after the Russian occupation of Crimea, declared himself deputy chairman of the Sevastopol City State Administration, according to  Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. The suspect contributed to the setting up of occupation authorities and subversive activities against the state of Ukraine.

Klimkin: Ukraine will never supply water to occupied Crimea | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin emphasizes that Ukraine will never sign a contract for the supply of water to the Russian-occupied Crimea, where the peninsula will be indicated as Russian territory. The top diplomat stressed that following the release of toxic substances at the Crimean Titan plant, Russia is trying to manipulate the situation with the halt of water supplies to the occupied peninsula.

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