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  1. A deluge of reports on the Azov Sea and Ukraine’s accelerated campaign to get naval capability into the theatre, while Russian provocations continue; Update on Crimea;
  2. A multiplicity of interviews and public comments by Amb Volker;
  3. UK SECDEF Williamson visits Ukraine with a UK delegation, meets political and military leadership, is flown to Donbass for tour of combat zone – very interesting language used;
  4. Domestic politics reports on NATO entry, polling data, related politics, Portnikov analysis;
  5. Ukrainian AF to conduct Clear Sky 2018 multinational EX;
  6. Donbass campaign update, occupied territories updates, Russian subversion update, Corbyn advisor Andrew Murray in UK banned from entering Ukraine by SBU for public support of Russian invasion;
  7. NSDC Chair Turchynov attends new weapons demonstrations – including a suicide drone with a thermobaric warhead, two new helo designs, ZU-23-2 EO upgrade package for Counter RPV role;
  8. New domestic design RS-80 Oskol supersonic FFAR clearance trials on Su-24M FENCER D – warheads include shaped charge anti-armour, proximity fuzed blast/frag; miscellaneous industry reports;
  9. Political and economics reports, including presidential election polling;

Ukraine Reports

Ukraine will discuss current situation in the Sea of Azov will be one of the key issues, which Ukraine is to promote during the session of UN General Assembly – 112.international

The current situation in the Sea of Azov will be one of the key issues, which Ukraine is to promote during the session of UN General Assembly. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said this during the briefing on Friday. ‘As for the UN General Assembly, this (the situation in the Sea of Azov, – 112 International) will be one of the major issues that we promote’, Klimkin said. The minister added that at this point, there’s an ongoing procedure of the international arbitrary court, which looks into the violation of Ukraine’s rights in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and due to the illegal construction of the bridge over Kerch Strait. As we reported earlier, the 73rd session of UNGA will be running through October 1; President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is expected to address the Assembly on September 26.

The European Parliament intends to look into the issue of Russian blockade in the Sea of Azov – Since April, Russia detained 120 EU vessels in Sea of Azov – 112.international

The European Parliament intends to look into the issue of Russian blockade in the Sea of Azov

EU will follow the development of crisis in Azov Sea – Lithuania – Escalation in Azov Sea is subject of particular attention of EU – Lithuanian Foreign Ministry – 112.international

It is noted that Lithuania will continue to support Ukraine

UAWire – Ukraine plans to create a naval base in the Azov Sea

By the end of this year, Ukraine plans to create a naval base for the armed forces in the Azov Sea, reported the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers. “Two armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy were floated off the shore of Berdyansk. Before the end of the year, we will create a new naval base for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Azov Sea,” said the government in a statement on Facebook. On September 6th, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, a decision was made to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea. This is due to the actions taken by the Russian Federation, specifically the fact that in 2018, Russia began to massively detain ships that are going to or coming from Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea. The Ukrainian State Border Service considers this a method of economic pressure. The National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that this was the beginning of an economic war blockade of the Azov coast.

Ukraine to create Azov naval base by year-end – news about politics

Ukraine plans to create a naval base on the Sea of Azov before the end of the year. Two armored artillery boats were floated off on September 16. Ukraine plans to create a naval base on the Sea of Azov before the end of the year. “This [the creation of the base] will create conditions for repelling Russian aggression in that region,” the Ukrainian government said on its Facebook page. It was also announced that two armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy were floated off the shores of the town of Berdyansk on September 16.

Anticrisis strategy on Azov (#EFIR4_5_0) – Український мілітарний портал

During the summer of the Russian Federation was going to exacerbate the situation in the Sea of ​​Azov. The main instrument is the obstruction of free maritime trade, which is carried out through the Kerch Strait and is important for the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. For several months, we only watched Ukraine’s failure to oppose such unfriendly actions of the aggressor country. However, in September the NSDCU meeting took place, which put in place a number of steps to counter Russia. We can state that this is not the maximum that realistically Ukraine can do now. Forming a group of Navy, which can be conventionally called “Azov flotilla”On September 8, Ukraine has thrown two small armored artillery boats on the Azov by land. In the future, one of the naval bases of the Navy will be transferred here.

Russia provokes Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov – Defence Blog

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported on 14 September that Russian Mangust-class patrol boat, also known as Project 12150, arranged provocations by undertaking dangerous maneuvers in the Sea of Azov. According to the statement, the Russian PSKA-611 Coast Guard vessel dangerously was close to colliding with the Ukrainian combat ship in the area of Dolgaya Spit. The Mangust-class patrol craft is designed to operate in coastal areas, ports, and other littoral areas, to perform missions like protection of territorial maritime borders, law enforcement, other defense missions, search and rescue, protection of fisheries, and enforcing rules of navigation. ‘During the survey, the Russian crew claimed that follows in accordance with the task, however, after that changed its course and headed in the direction of the Ukrainian boat. Yet, it was undertaking dangerous maneuvers and approached by several meters to the boat of the State Border Guard Service. The Russians were recommended to change their course, in reply, once more they undertook a dangerous maneuver, causing dangerous conditions of navigations. The Russian border patrol boat changed its direction after all,’ the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine claimed. The 112 Channel also reported that Ukraine’s Border Guard Service also claimed that the crew of the Russian boat violated the requirements of the international rules for preventing collision of ships at sea. It should be noted that the Russian activity in the Sea of Azov increased over the last three months. Russians do not allow the trade vessels heading to and emerging from the Ukrainian ports to freely pass through the Kerch Strait.

Stepan Poltorak, Modern boats will strengthen combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy | Міноборони

Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stressed it during an official ceremony of launch of Kentavr boat ordered by the defence ministry. National industry responds to military threats. Over the past two years PJSC Kuznia Na Rybalskomu has constructed and transferred the Ukrainian Navy six armoured artillery boats. They have been already executing assigned tasks. We are increasing our strength. Today we have a new victory. We launch the first Kentavr boat, Stepan Poltorak said. According to the Minister, modern boats will strengthen combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy and the priority is to construct modern ships and boats, special boats and support vessels.

Ukraine’s envoy for Crimea reports about Russian provocation in Sea of Azov (Photo, video) | UNIAN

Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Borys Babin has reported about a new act of provocation by Russia’s border guards in the Sea of Azov. “This time, the aggressor’s ship deliberately made several dangerous maneuvers to get closer and cut off the course of a Ukrainian ship of the State Border Service of Ukraine,” Babin said on Facebook on Friday, September 14, posting images as proof. “The provocateur has been identified as a Mongoose-class PSKA-611 project 12150 border patrol boat,” he added.

Poroshenko: Russia aims to occupy Azov Sea – 15.09.2018 14:30 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that Russia aims to occupy the Azov Sea the same way it occupied Crimea.

Poroshenko wants to step up defense of Ukrainian part of Azov Sea | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said it is necessary to build up a powerful defense of the Ukrainian part of the water area and the coast of the Sea of Azov in the near future. Ukraine plans to create a naval base on the Sea of Azov before the end of the year.

UAWire – Ukraine reinforces its Azov and Black Sea border guards with Special Forces

Ukrainian border guards working in the waters of the Azov and Black Seas will be reinforced with Naval Special Forces, said Head of the State …

UAWire – Denmark considers selling three warships to Ukraine

The Danish government may sell three minesweepers to Ukraine, as stated in the publication of the Stockholm International Peace Research …

Centaur: Ukraine’s new assault landing boat showcased in Kyiv (Photo) | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, took part in the ceremony of launching the assault landing boat Centaur, an UNIAN correspondent reports. According to NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, the craft is in no way inferior to other boats of the same type produced in other countries. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, took part in the ceremony of launching the assault landing boat Centaur, an UNIAN correspondent reports. “I’d like to sincerely thank our manufacturers, our professionals producing products that are in no way inferior to the world’s analogues. She is not inferior to NATO boats of the same class. This is a powerful weapon. She is able to cruies at 40 knots, carry up to 36 Marines and, importantly, she has a sufficiently powerful armament system – both missile weapons and gun turrets have a stabilization system that allows hitting the target without slowing the pace. This is a completely Ukrainian product – starting from blueprints to the completed boat,” the NSDC secretary stressed.

UAWire – Ukraine prepares collective lawsuit against Russia because of detention of ships in the Sea of Azov

Ukraine is working to ensure that other countries, whose vessels Russian border guards detained in the Sea of Azov, joined the lawsuit against Russia, said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin in a commentary to the Current Time television channel on September 14 during the 15th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in Kyiv. “What we are currently doing in the framework of our legal suits, as part of the consolidation of our partners, is collectively act within the framework of the Convention on the Law of the Sea and to say that not only Ukrainian vessels, but vessels under other flags, belonging to other countries were detained. We have already begun to talk with Russia about this, “said Klimkin. According to Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia deliberately tries to stop ship traffic in the Azov Sea. Klimkin called it “elements of the blockade.” “They are implementing this as a purposeful, very conscious strategy that acts in a political sense, in order to raise stakes and increase emotional pressure, and, of course, influence the security sphere,” added Pavlo Klimkin. Earlier reports stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had strengthened their military presence in the Azov direction. On September 6, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea.

Poroshenko: only sanctions can halt Russian occupation in Azov Sea

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko counts on sanctions against Russia for stopping Ukrainian vessels in the Azov Sea if Moscow does not stop making illegal steps.

UAWire – UN: Since 2015 12,000 Crimeans have been conscripted to the Russian army

Since 2015, Russia has called into its Armed Forces approximately 12 thousand people, living in the annexed Crimea, said the Head of the UN …

Russian naval base will no longer be in Sevastopol after we return Crimea! – Poroshenko initiates removal of provision on Russian Black Sea Fleet from Ukraine’s Constitution (20.09.18 13:06) « Ukrainian Politics | Censor.NET

It is proposed to cancel the provision of the Constitution of Ukraine which allows stationing of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said delivering a speech in the Verkhovna Rada, Censor.NET reports. “It is proposed to delete from the Constitutionthe the provision allowing the Black Sea Fleet to be based in Ukraine. The Russian [naval] base will no longer be in Sevastopol after we return Crimea!” he wrote on social media.

UAWire – Ukraine promises to ‘never supply’ water to Crimea

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Kyiv will never deliver water to the territory of Crimea, despite the air pollution situation …

Crimea residents still suffer from chemical leaks, report death of animals | UNIAN

Residents of Crimea continue to complain about the consequences of chemical leaks on the Russian-occupied peninsula. Local residents write about the death of animals in agony, publishing photos of sick pets.

Factory behind Crimea сhemical disaster in Armyansk demands Russia prosecutes Ukraine – 112.international

Armyansk, in Northern Crimea is suffocating from new toxic emissions and the Russian occupation authorities have finally announced that a state of emergency is being declared. The Crimean Titanium Factory responsible for the emissions has, meanwhile, decided to claim it is all Ukraine’s fault and ask the Russian occupiers to initiate criminal proceedings. The first release of a toxic emission from Crimean Titanium occurred during the night from 23 to 24 August, 2018. Although there were extremely alarming reports on social media in Armyansk, and the effects were felt in the Kherson oblast which borders Crimea, no real measures were taken until 3-4 September. Even then, the occupation authorities tried to downplay everything, and avoid using words like ‘evacuation’, however children were sent away for two weeks. On 14 September, this was extended for a further week. Those in affected areas reported a yellowish fog over the city and that things were covered in an oily slimy substance. From the rust appearing on metallic items, environmentalist Margarita Litvinenko suggested back on 28 August that it was likely that there had been a leak of sulphuric acid. It seems now that what was emitted, because the retention basin near the plant had dried up, was a sulphur anhydride which, combined with water, can turn into sulphuric acid. The anhydride causes respiratory problems, irritation to the eyes and throat, allergic rashes and other reactions.

Poroshenko to leave for U.S. on Monday to participate in UN General Assembly – 21.09.2018 16:07 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to begin a working visit to the United States on Monday, September 24, to participate in the UN General Assembly in New York.

Volker compares Poroshenko and Putin – news about politics

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has compared Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Putin is all about power, while Poroshenko seems to want to do more for his country, Volker said.

Volker – U.S. could send Ukraine more lethal weaponry – 112.international

Washington considers the option to send Ukraine more supplies of the lethal weaponry. Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy in this country told this to the press during his visit in Kyiv and negotiations with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko. RFE/RL wrote this in a story while addressing the issue. ‘In recent months, Russia has stepped up naval operations in the shared Sea of Azov, where, Volker said, “Ukrainians have virtually no naval capability or limited capability, so [the Russians] feel they can assert dominance there.” Ukraine’s lack of robust naval and air-defense capabilities is a weakness Volker said Washington looks set on addressing. “I think that’s going to be the focus as we develop the next steps in our defense cooperation,” he added’, RFE/RL wrote.

Volker: US will continue to push for restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity – 15.09.2018 13:25 — Ukrinform News

The United States will never recognize Russia&rsquo;s purported annexation of Crimea.

Envoy: US willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east. U.S. President Donald Trump this year reversed the Obama administration’s refusal to provide lethal aid to Ukraine and has sent more than 200 Javelin anti-tank rockets. Envoy Kurt Volker told reporters in Kiev that Ukraine has improved its defense capabilities in recent years, but “there are still some gaps in those capabilities. And wherever those gaps are, we are prepared to sit down and talk with Ukraine about what their needs are. They can buy things through our foreign military sales.” Volker said the United States is concerned about the expansion of Russian naval operations in the Sea of Azov, which borders Ukraine, Russia and the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula. “We do not accept Russian claims about territory in the waters. We believe the presence of Russian military forces has become a provocative, aggressive step, so we are very concerned about that,” he said.

Envoy: U.S. willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine – media | UNIAN

The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country’s army. Volker said the United States is concerned about the expansion of Russian naval operations in the Sea of Azov.

UAWire – Volker: US ready to help Ukraine with weapons due to situation in Azov Sea

US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Deutsche Welle in an interview that Washington is concerned by the situation developing in the Sea of Azov, and is prepared to continue supplying Ukraine with weapons in connection with this. According to Volker, Russia has drastically increased its military ship presence in the region, and is inspecting the ships passing by “in an aggressive manner”. “This is another cause for concern. But we have the overall feeling that we are ready to continue assisting Ukraine in order to reinforce its defensive capabilities,” he remarked. Volker emphasized that the anti-sniper and anti-tank missile systems which have already been sent to Ukraine will be useful to the republic. US Congress has approved a new package of financial measures to support Ukraine’s defense, Volker notes. Serhiy Popko, Ground Forces Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, recently announced that the General Staff had decided to reinforce its troops in the Azov region due to Russian aggression.

U.S. considers Russian presence in the Sea of Azov as provocative and aggressive step – 112.international

The USA considers the presence of Russian military in the Sea of Azov as an aggressive and provocative step. In particular, Kurt Volker, Special Representative of the United States Department of State for Ukraine claimed this at the briefing Yalta European Strategy, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. Related: Ukraine states on provocations from Russian side in the Sea of Azov ‘We are very concerned because of this. We assume that it can infringe upon those water territories. We understand that it can be very provocative and aggressive step,’ he said. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assumed that Russia wants to occupy the Sea of Azov just as occupied Crimea. According to the Head of Ukrainian State, Kyiv won’t allow it – Ukraine is ready to resolve the conflict over the Sea of Azov in the International Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Volker: Moscow’s military actions in Donbas “produce the opposite” | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says that Moscow’s military actions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have “produced the opposite” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s objective: maintaining a “Russia-friendly Ukraine” that is “part of Russia’s orbit.” Russia hopes for a favorable outcome of future elections in Ukraine. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says that Moscow’s military actions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have “produced the opposite” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s objective: maintaining a “Russia-friendly Ukraine” that is “part of Russia’s orbit.” The Minsk agreements signed by Russia clearly indicate that entire Donbas is Ukrainian territory, there is no room for any “republics,” Volker said in an interview with the RBC Ukraine news agency. In his words, “Russia is trying to make use of the ‘republics’ and this conflict to put pressure on Ukraine, influence political and other processes within Ukraine.” “Their goal is to make the Ukrainian government a part of Russia’s orbit again, but Russia miscalculated that doing all this has produced the opposite: the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the occupation of part of its territory gave rise to an even more unified, more Western-oriented, more nationalist and anti-Russian Ukraine than ever. Their strategy has failed, and now they hope for a favorable outcome of future elections in Ukraine. And again, I think, they will miscalculate. The country is changing, no politician has any chance of winning elections and ruling the country if he or she gives up Crimea and Donbas, a European way of development,” Volker said. He also noted that “residents of Ukraine now have a common view on what it means to be a Ukrainian.”

UAWire – Volker: Ukraine’s withdrawal from Friendship Treaty with Russia is justified

Ukraine’s decision not to renew the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia is justified, said US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during the 15th annual YES Summit organized by the Pinchuk Foundation. “Russia invaded Ukraine. The reality is that this treaty means nothing,” Volker said. When asked about the negotiation process on the Donbas, Volker confirmed that Russia’s position has not changed. Russia insists that the peacekeeping contingent should only protect the OSCE observers, that Kyiv should hold negotiations directly with the leaders of the self-declared institutions, and that Kyiv must take “political steps” to recognize their special status and elections in this occupied territory. “The only place where Russian speakers’ rights are impinged on is wherever Russia has come. If Russia really wants to assist Russian speakers, it should withdraw its forces from there,” Volker added. In April, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine would partially revoke its friendship treaty with Russia, and would no longer consider Russia a strategic partner.

Volker: World must keep situation in Donbas under public spotlight | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said the USA and the rest of Europe shall not lose focus on the situation in Donbas. Volker noted so far there was no progress in setting the conflict.

Volker: Russia insists on direct talks with so-called ‘people’s republics’ in Donbas, but it is impossible

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said that it is impossible to implement all the conditions of Russia in the context of settling the conflict in Donbas, in particular, to hold direct talks with militants.

Important to extend law on special status of Donbas to deprive Russia of opportunity to speculate on it – Volker

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said that Ukraine needs to extend the law on the specifics of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to deprive Russia of the opportunity to use this as a reproach against Ukraine.

Important to review law on special status of Donbas to deprive Russia of opportunity to beat up Ukraine on it – Volker

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said that Ukraine needs to extend the law on the specifics of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to deprive Russia of the opportunity to use this as a reproach against Ukraine.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy and Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker at a meeting on Friday, September 14 discussed information and cyber threats regarding the forthcoming elections – Volker and Parubiy discuss cyber security during forthcoming elections in Ukraine – 112.international

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy and Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker at a meeting on Friday, September 14 discussed information and cyber threats regarding the forthcoming elections

U.S. Senate allocates $250 million for defense of Ukraine – U.S. Senate supports allocating $250 million to Ukraine for defense – 112.international

This sum is $50 million more than the 2018 budget of such support programs for Ukraine

UAWire – Kyiv and London discuss military cooperation

On Monday, September 17th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with the Secretary of State for Defense of Great Britain Gavin Williamson. …

Ukraine’s security is Britain’s security, UK’s Defense Secretary Williamson says (18.09.18 09:49) « World | Censor.NET

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said London assisted Ukraine in protecting its territorial integrity and will keep doing so which is evidenced by the UK military personnel training the Ukrainian military in various fields. “We adhere to our obligations and will be with you as long as there is a danger, helping you restore peace. We will not allow the destruction of our common values. Your security is the security of the United Kingdom,” the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry quoted Williamson as saying on Sept. 17, Censor.NET reports citing Kyiv Post. He noted that the UK delegation had arrived in Kyiv “to demonstrate solidarity with Ukrainian friends.” Williamson also said that for three years British servicemen have been helping Ukrainians defend their territory, having trained more than 9,500 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on various issues – from saving lives and providing medical assistance to developing professional skills. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3086619

UK Defence Secretary on frontline in eastern Ukraine, I am impressed with courage and bravery of Ukrainian soldiers | Міноборони

Within the framework of the visit to Ukraine, the UK delegation led by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson accompanied by Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine for European Integration Lieutenant General Anatolii Petrenko has travelled to eastern Ukraine. Commander of Joint Forces Lieutenant General Serhii Nayev thanked the UK for assistance provided to Ukraine and briefed on situation in the region and along the state border of Ukraine with the aggressor state, informed about the facts of use of the Russian weaponry. General Nayev also spoke about tasks accomplished by the Joint Forces. The parties focused on discussion of the humanitarian initiatives of the Joint Forces leaders and commanders. Moreover, Secretary Williamson met with soldiers of the Joint Forces and was impressed with their courage and bravery. Besides, he travelled to one entry-exit checkpoint in the region on the demarcation line. At the end of this travel, Gavin Williamson pledged the UK would support and assist Ukraine in the future.

UK’s Defense Secretary impressed by resilience, courage of Ukrainian soldiers facing one of world’s most aggressive armies. PHOTOS (19.09.18 15:57) « Incidents | Censor.NET

A British delegation led by Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson visited the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in Ukraine’s east. “Britain’s Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson has visited the front line of defense, where he personally spoke with Joint Forces fighters,” the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

British defense secretary visits Donbas frontline

A British delegation led by Defense Secretary Gavin Alexander Williamson has traveled to the area of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in Donbas as part of the working visit to Ukraine in order to learn about the current situation and see Ukrainian defense lines.

UK defense secretary visits Donbas conflict zone – 19.09.2018 13:35 — Ukrinform News

A British delegation headed by Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson has visited the area of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has said.

U.K. Defense Secretary visits frontline in Donbas Conflict zone – 112.international

U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson visited the zone of the holding of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) as the headquarters of the operation reported on Facebook. The British delegation also visited Kramatorsk and met Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces Operation. Later the commander informed Williamson on the situation at the activity lane of one of the brigades during the work on the ground. Particularly, Williamson visited the frontline of defense where he communicated with the JFO soldiers. Then the commander informed the British partners on the work of checkpoints at the demarcation line.

Viktor Muzhenko, Increase of capabilities of the Armed forces of Ukraine is a main element of aggressor deterrence strategy | Міноборони

Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko stressed it during a meeting with UK Secretary of Defence Gavin Alexander Williamson. General Muzhenko thanked the UK government and people for provided assistance. The UK assistance within the framework of Orbital training mission is valuable for us, he said. According to Mr Williamson, the UK military learn a lot from the Ukrainian soldiers during this training. Ukraine is a sovereign state and its sovereignty underwent the attack. Our assistance to Ukraine is deterrence. You are implementing reforms and changing your way of thinking and approaches, Mr Williamson stressed. The parties also discussed further cooperation between the Ukraine’s and UK armed forces in many spheres. PA Office of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

President of Ukraine had a meeting with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom | Міноборони

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson. The parties commended the intensity of the Ukrainian-British dialogue in the field of security and defense. The Head of State highly appreciated Great Britain’s contribution to strengthening defense capabilities and training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He expressed hope for continued cooperation in this direction. The parties discussed prospects for strengthening the regime of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the aggression against Ukraine and the chemical attack in Salisbury. The Head of State praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Defence to visit the touch line in the Donbas. Particular attention was paid to strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and Britain in the framework of NATO and the UN, as well as bilateral cooperation in the area of counteraction to cyberthreats.

President of Ukraine had a meeting with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson. The parties commended the intensity of the Ukrainian-British dialogue in the field of security and defense. The Head of State highly appreciated Great Britain’s contribution to strengthening defense capabilities and training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He expressed hope for continued cooperation in this direction. The parties discussed prospects for strengthening the regime of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the aggression against Ukraine and the chemical attack in Salisbury. The Head of State praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Defence to visit the touch line in the Donbas. Particular attention was paid to strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and Britain in the framework of NATO and the UN, as well as bilateral cooperation in the area of counteraction to cyberthreats.

Poroshenko meets with UK defense secretary – news about politics

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson. They discussed, among other things, further sanctions against Russia.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Poltorak, British Defence Secretary Williamson discuss assistance to Ukrainian army – 17.09.2018 17:30 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak and British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson discussed provision of assistance to the Ukrainian naval forces in the sea coast protection.

Ukrainian and UK delegations hold talks in Kyiv | Міноборони

Ukrainian and UK delegationshave held talks in Kyiv. The parties discussed the global and European security situation, as well as threats the two countries are facing, issues related to reforms of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Ukraine, defence technical and defence cooperation between the Ukrainian and UK Defence Ministries. General Poltorak stressed the importance of the UK assistance to Ukraine to defend its borders, state and develop democratic society. According to Stepan Poltorak, the parties remarked the necessity to develop military political dialog at the level of defence ministers and delegations of defence ministries, as well as further development of defence technical and defence cooperation. We have discussed the possibility of further cooperation in course training, establishment of close cooperation between the defence industries of the two countries, as well as increase advisory support to develop capabilities of the Ukrainian army, particularly, command and control system, defence planning, he said. The parties also focused on discussion of issues related to development of bilateral cooperation in issues related to development of the military infrastructure in Ukraine. Our meeting was constructive and prospective, as we have made landmarks and defined priorities. In November, as invited by my colleague, I am going to visit London where we will discuss once again all these issues and discuss them in details, Stepan Poltorak underscored.

UK Defence Secretary on official visit to Ministry of Defence of Ukraine | Міноборони

Today, on September 17, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Alexander Williamson is on official visit to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine the Minister of Defence of Ukraine. Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak accompanied him. UK Defence Secretary greeted the Ukrainian Armed Forces Guard of Honour.

Vice PM: British assistance to Ukraine extremely valuable – 18.09.2018 11:34 — Ukrinform News

British assistance to Ukraine in defence planning, developing combat capabilities of the Armed Forces and training of military personnel is extremely valuable.

Ukraine praises Britain’s support for Ukrainian Armed Forces – Muzhenko – 18.09.2018 17:19 — Ukrinform News

Building up the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is the key element of the strategy to deter the aggressor, and Ukraine praises the assistance of international partners, Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko has said.

“Revenge threat is relevant. We have quite accurate idea of Kremlin’s plans,” – Poroshenko (20.09.18 16:02) « Ukrainian Politics | Censor.NET

Ukraine’s president says the menace of the Kremlin’s revenge is still relevant. “The threat of revenge is relevant. Unfortunately, there are figures on the Ukrainian political chessboard controlled by Moscow,” Petro Poroshenko said delivering his speech to the members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the president’s Twitter. “In four years we have restored not only the army, but also the intelligence. Thus, we have not an approximate, but quite accurate idea of the plans of the Kremlin,” he said.

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia considers Ukraine’s decision not to renew the Friendship Treaty a ‘destructive step’

In a statement issued in response to Ukraine's withdrawal from the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia, the Kremlin accused Ukraine of …

Ukraine officially notifies Russia of non-extension of Treaty of Friendship | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Friday officially notified the Russian side of the non-extension of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation signed on May 31, 1997, which is expiring on March 31, 2019. This treaty is fundamentally violated by Russia and therefore cannot be prolonged, Klimkin said.

Poroshenko enacts NSDC decision terminating agreement on friendship with Russia – 17.09.2018 14:48 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree enacting the National Security and Defense Council's (NSDC) decision to terminate the agreement on&nbsp;friendship&nbsp;between Ukraine and Russia, the press service of the head of state has reported.

Poroshenko signs decree on NSDC’s decision to terminate Treaty of Friendship with Russia | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree “On the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine of September 6, 2018 “On the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.'” Russia will be informed by the note of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry until September 30 about Ukraine’s desire to terminate the treaty.

Ukraine Set To Inform Russia of Termination Of Friendship Treaty

Ukraine says it will officially notify Russia on September 21 that it will not extend its treaty of friendship, cooperation, and partnership with Moscow.

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General believes Ukraine will gain membership in the Alliance – 14.09.2018 16:45 — Ukrinform News

NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzalez, believes that Ukraine will gain full membership in the Alliance, although acknowledges that the country&rsquo;s path won&rsquo;t be easy.

Klimkin: Russia abandons idea of electing pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine, seeking its partition | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes Moscow has abandoned the idea of electing pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine, seeking its partition. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy says Russia’s intention of partitioning Ukraine is no longer hidden.

Ukraine’s non-aligned status for national security was more meaningless than Budapest Memorandum – Poroshenko

Ukraine’s non-aligned status for national security was more meaningless than the Budapest Memorandum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

Russia wants to federalize, dismember Ukraine – Klimkin | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said Russia’s main idea is to federalize and dismember Ukraine. Klimkin has also expressed conviction that political realities in Ukraine are not important for the Russian Federation.

Poroshenko: Russia will not force Ukraine to agree to federalization or autonomy | UNIAN

The pressure on the part of Russia will not force Ukraine to agree to change the country’s political system to establish federalization or political autonomy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a Kyiv conference Friday. The head of state stressed that the Ukrainian people will independently choose the state system of their country.

Over 40% of Ukrainians back accession to NATO, over a third support non-aligned status – poll

More than 40% of Ukrainians support their country’s accession to NATO, according to a poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS). According to the survey, 41.6% of respondents support Ukraine’s accession to NATO as the preferred option for guaranteeing security, 35.3% back Ukraine’s non-aligned status, 6.4% favor a military alliance with Russia and other CIS countries, and 16.3% were undecided. In addition, 63% of respondents expressed their readiness to participate in a referendum on Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Of these, 67.2% would support Ukraine’s joining the alliance. Among the main reasons why Ukrainians support the country’s accession to NATO, 76.2% named a guarantee of Ukraine’s security, 34% believe this will help Ukraine resist Russian aggression and regain control of occupied territories, while 31.5% think this will help strengthen and modernize the Ukrainian army. Among the opponents of the country’s accession to the Alliance, most are those who fear that it can drag Ukraine into NATO military operations (47.3%). Some 37.9% are sure that the alliance is an aggressive imperialist bloc, and 32.8% believe that Ukraine should in principle be a non-aligned country. The nationwide survey of the Ukrainian population was conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and KIIS from August 16 to August 28, 2018. A total of 2,041 respondents older than 18 years were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The poll’s margin of error is 2.3%.

Most Ukrainians favor joining EU, NATO – poll

The majority of Ukrainians favors Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO, according to the poll data of the sociological group Rating.

EU as historical project can be completed only with Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is sure that the historic project of the European Union can be considered complete only with Ukraine, since the Ukrainian border is the border of modern European civilization.

Given rising Russian protests, Putin has three options – and none is good for Ukraine, Portnikov says Euromaidan Press |

The protests in Russia on Sunday were an unusual event, but they were not “the beginning of a Maidan but rather the beginning of ‘an Arab Spring,” something Vladimir Putin fears more than almost anything else and the reason he ordered his police in to disperse the protesters, Vitaly Portnikov says. But the Kremlin now faces a choice among three unappetizing options, the Ukrainian commentator says; but it is important for Ukrainians to recognize that because of the nature of Putin and especially because of the nature of the Russian people, none of those options is good for Ukraine. “The majority of Russians,” Portnikov continues, “are people of an imperial habit of mind. They conducted themselves exactly the same way in Soviet times” as they have in recent years. “When the USSR invaded Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan practically no one protested. But as soon as the regime ceased to feed them,” Russians became enraged. And in the final analysis, this anger led to the destruction of the overthrow of the CPSU and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the commentator argues. The Soviet leaders understood this because they recognized that “their fellow citizens thought” and think “exclusively with their stomachs.” Because that is the case, Portnikov says, “the keys to the stability of Russia are not in Crimea or in the Donbas. They are in the bread store. But with each passing day, Putin and his accomplices have ever fewer chances to keep that bread store full.” Once they don’t or once the Russian people think they won’t, the people will turn on any leader, including Putin. In this situation, one in which the Kremlin leader is taking as much money from the population to support himself, his regime and his siloviki and unintentionally stoking popular outrage, the commentator says, Putin is confronted by “a difficult choice” among three problematic courses of action. First of all, he could dispense with “imitation democracy and establish a classical dictatorship, without any elections, a free Internet or alternatives. The siloviki would become the main element of this power because they would be ready to drown Russia in blood and guarantee the security and enrichment of a narrow circle of Putin accomplices.” In that case, protest in Russia would “become total, but it is completely possible that Putin himself would be able to sit on his throne” for the rest of his live. After that, there would be “a deluge” in Russia; but he is unlikely to care much about that. Second, Putin might be driven from office far sooner by a combination of popular protest and elite conspiracies. The events of Sunday suggest that this is possible given that “what we saw in Russia is not the beginning of a Maidan” that would lead to reform but instead “the beginning of ‘an Arab Spring’” that would sweep away many, including Putin, before collapsing. Or third, Portnikov says, he could capitulate to the West. That would be “best” from many points of view but one that “Putin will never choose because his own complexes won’t allow it and because he will to the end believe that his siloviki will save him from the senseless and pitiless Russian revolt – precisely the siloviki and not [US President Donald] Trump.” What is critical for Ukrainians to understand, the analyst continues, is that none of these choices will be all that good for their country. “If Putin chooses a dictatorship, we can expect new military provocations, attempts at the destabilization of Ukraine, and constant resistance to the aggressor.” “If Putin chooses the preservation of the existing situation, we can expect floods of refugees, instability at the borders with Russia and other delights of being the neighbor of ‘the sick man of Europe.’” And “if Putin chooses capitulation, we can expect a reduction in the interests of the West in our country,” and instead a Western drive to integrate Russia into the Europe and the West. In sum, he says, there is “no positive variant” on offer and “in order to survive, Ukraine must be converted into a genuine fortress, ready to resist military danger, cope with refugee flows and prepared to insist on its vision of the future in dialogue with the leading powers of the world.” Unfortunately, Portnikov says, “a large part” of the Ukrainian population is “similar to the Russians and is prepared to vote for anyone who promises illusory social preferences,” and with them, “you won’t build such a fortress. Therefore, we can only hope” that some of the Maidan spirit survives and that “a reserve of firmness is all the same still high.”

Kremlin to handle Ukraine issue only as part of Minsk not Budapest agreements | UNIAN

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity may be discussed only as part of the Minsk agreements rather than the Budapest Memorandum. Peskov claims the Russian Federation puts paid to the Crimea issue. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity may be discussed only as part of the Minsk agreements rather than the Budapest Memorandum. “The settlement [of the conflict] in the ‘southeast’ of Ukraine may be addressed only within the Minsk agreements. All countries agree there is no other alternative to this document and are guided by the fact that the document must be implemented,” he said, answering a question from an UNIAN correspondent in Russia whether the Kremlin agrees to return to the issue of Ukraine’s territorial integrity within the framework of the Budapest Memorandum.

Unbalanced coverage most effective misinformation about Ukraine in the West – Andreas Umland |Euromaidan Press |

And what do you read about Ukraine in your country? Unbalanced information about Ukraine is one of the major problems in covering the country’s progress abroad, according to Andreas Umland, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation. Speaking at the “Diagnosing and Countering Russian Influence and Media Capture in the Black Sea Countries” roundtable which took place in Kyiv on 4 September 2018, the researcher reminded about the main strategies of the Kremlin propaganda which can be described in four words: dismiss, distort, distract, dismay. However, according to him, the largest threat is coming from the information which is actually true. “The most effective misinformation and disinformation about Ukraine has been the truthful information about problematic aspects of Ukraine. [It is] becoming a problem for Ukraine not because it’s untrue, but it is in a disbalance to other information about Ukraine,” said Umland and gave examples. “There would be a lot of information about Ukraine about corruption, right-wing extremism, war crimes in Eastern Ukraine and so on. And some of these discourses can refer back to serious academic studies and to official reports from the UN, OSCE or from non-governmental organizations. And the problem is that people get this information and they would know a lot for example battalion or as it now called regiment Azov and they would also know about past of Azov. and what Andriy Biletskiy [the ex-commander of Azov] said before 2014 and this would be then repeated and repeated and then its very difficult deal with because not made up information.” Umland is confident that similar negative aspects can be found in any other country and referred to the example of his native Germany:

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Sees ‘Risk’ Of Russia Sanctions Easing

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that there is a risk of international sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine being eased.

US policy towards Ukraine has not changed, – Washington analyst Brian Whitmore | Hromadske Radio

“The US policy on Ukraine remains unchanged”. Brian Whitmore talks to Marta Dyczok

Ukrainian Air Force to organize Clear Sky 2018 multinational exercise on October 8-19 | Міноборони

According to the Verification Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukraine (western and central part of Ukraine) will host the Clear Sky 2018 multinational exercise on October 8-19. The exercise aims to enhance professional skills of crews within coalitional environment, increase of compatibility level with Air Force of the United States and other NATO nations, ensure effective joint command and control, and work out search and rescue operations, aeromedical evacuation, and cybersecurity. The exercise will gather the 700 representatives from Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and the United States. The Ukrainian Air Force plan to assign 5 units of tactical aviation and about 350 personnel. The exercise participants will not use combat weapons during maneuvers. PA Office of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

US Air Force to join large-scale aviation exercise in Ukraine – News – Stripes

The U.S. Air Force and eight other nations will participate next month in independent Ukraine’s largest aviation exercise, which aims to promote regional security and improve that country’s cooperation with NATO members, the military said Tuesday.

U.S. Air Force to join large-scale aviation exercise in Ukraine | UNIAN

The U.S. Air Force and eight other nations will participate next month in independent Ukraine’s largest aviation exercise, which aims to promote regional security and improve that country’s cooperation with NATO members, the military said Tuesday. The U.S. plans to send about 450 personnel from bases in the States and in Europe.

U.S. Air Force to take part in aviation exercise in Ukraine – 19.09.2018 11:58 — Ukrinform News

The U.S. Air Force will participate in the Clear Sky multinational exercise on the territory of Ukraine in order to develop regional security cooperation and improve the country's interaction with NATO.

Combat aircraft of the U.S. Air Force will participate in the Clear Sky military drills that are to be hosted in Ukraine soon – 112.international

Combat aircraft of the U.S. Air Force will participate in the Clear Sky military drills that are to be hosted in Ukraine soon

Russian-led forces suffer losses amid chaos in “DPR” after Zakharchenko’s assassination – intel | UNIAN

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has said Russian-led forces suffer losses amid chaos in the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) following the assassination of its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko. The inconsistency of actions between new enemy units and those who are on constant combat duty leads to an increase in the number of incidents of “friendly fire.”

Russian-led forces’ losses in Donbas in past day: Five killed, one wounded | UNIAN

The losses of Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day, September 15, included five killed and one wounded, according to Ukrainian intelligence reports. The occupation forces mounted 28 attacks on Ukrainian positions on Saturday alone.

Ukrainian army should be ready for any scenario – Poroshenko – 20.09.2018 13:29 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian army should be ready for any scenario for the development of events in the Donbas, including the use of force.

OSCE: Donbas becomes one of most densely mined areas in world | UNIAN

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik has said the east of Ukraine is one of the most densely mined areas in the world. The OSCE stressed the importance of the so-called ‘humanitarian demining’ and a systematic approach to it.

Militants launched 22 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 21.09.2018 09:20 — Ukrinform News

Militants launched 22 attacks, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements thrice, on Ukrainian positions in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day.

Donbas war report: Russian inervention in Ukraine (21.09.18 15:53) « Incidents | Censor.NET

21.09.18 15:53 – Ukrainian army suffered no losses as Russian mercenaries mounted 22 attacks in past day The situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone was tense over the past 24 hours as Russian-led separatists mounted 22 attacks against the Ukrainian troops. View news.

Militants launched 30 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 17.09.2018 09:25 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 30 attacks, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements twice, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.&nbsp;

UAWire – Media: DPR’s fate decided in Rostov, Surkov backed Pushilin

Following the assassination of its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has found itself in a state of complete uncertainty, writes Russian publication the Insider. Initially, at an urgently convened session of the DPR government, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed as interim leader, the Russian news outlet The Insider reports. Rumors spread that the regional elections planned for autumn would be postponed or outright canceled. However, one week later the DPR General Procuratorate announced that it was illegal to appoint Trapeznikov, and the People’s Council chose a new chairman ad interim – Denis Pushilin, who previously represented Donetsk at the Minsk talks. 11 November was also confirmed as the date that the DPR’s presidential and parliamentary elections will be held. Reports have come from Donetsk that last week, most ministers and a large number of high-ranking members of the People’s Council were voluntarily or forcibly put in a bus and taken to a secret meeting in Rostov-on-Don. According to The Insider, the Russian representation at the meeting was headed by President Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, and Sergey Nazarov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission on the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and Crimea. The meeting was also attended by members of the Rostov regional administration, law enforcement officers, and political scientist Alexey Chesnakov, who was the first to state publicly that Denis Pushilin should be appointed head of the DPR. A source shared several details of the meeting with The Insider.

UAWire – Putin complains to Merkel about the situation in DPR after Zakharchenko’s death

Russian president Vladimir Putin conducted a conversation over the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during which the parties …

UAWire – Russia to propose changes to Donbas ceasefire agreement after Zakharchenko’s death

Russia will propose changes to the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas after the assassination of the head of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s, …

Bordering Madness: Ukrainians Struggle On Russia’s Frontiers

A town split between Russia and Ukraine has had a border running through it for decades, but people were able to move to and fro without a problem. Now, a harder border enforced by both sides has made life difficult for many in the area.

UAWire – Klimkin: Russian diplomats in Ukraine are working for Kremlin intelligence services

Speaking at the 7th Euro-Atlantic Forum in Kyiv, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said that he is sure that almost all …

Ukraine’s SBU puts “LPR prime minister” on wanted list | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has put so-called “prime minister” of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”), Sergey Kozlov, on the wanted list. Kozlov is currently hiding in Russian-occupied territory in Luhansk region.

Organizer of military equipment supplies to Russia arrested – 112.international

The operatives of the special service defined that the traffickers’ group transferred components which are used to produce weapons and radar defense systems to Russia.

Fake video produced in Donetsk: Russia’s information war with Ukraine (21.09.18 18:02) « Incidents | Censor.NET

21.09.18 18:02 – Suspicious video of supposed SBU raid on Right Sector base debunked as Russian-led separatist-produced fake, – AtlanticCouncil’s DFRLab. VIDEO&PHOTOS In July 2018, footage emerged allegedly depicting a Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) operation against an armed, pro-Ukrainian far-right formation. The SBU and most notable Ukrainian media outlets decried this video as a staged fake. View photo news.

Dmytro Bratyshko, Colonel of the Ukrainian Army took command over LitPolUkrbrig, the international military brigade – 112.international

Colonel Dmytro Bratyshko signed the official protocol in Lublin, Poland

British politician declared persona non grata in Ukraine over contacts with Putin’s propagandists – 17.09.2018 14:11 — Ukrinform News

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has declared Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's chief political adviser and former communist Andrew Murray a persona non-grata, Daily Mail has said, citing a letter from the SBU.&nbsp;

2,911 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas since start of Russian aggression – 19.09.2018 18:20 — Ukrinform News

A total of 2,911 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the fight against the Russian aggressor in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine tests new highly effective Ukrainian-made weapons, military equipment – Turchynov | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said the tests of new Ukrainian weapons and military equipment were held at the military proving ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. New ammunition of Ukrainian production was also demonstrated and tested at the proving ground. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said the tests of new Ukrainian weapons and military equipment were held at the military proving ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, the aviation tests of a new operational-tactical unmanned system, “capable of conducting reconnaissance, coordinating fire, providing radio-electronic combat-resistant communications at an operational depth up to 200 km, while in the air for up to 24 hours” were conducted. A combat unmanned system that can carry a powerful high-explosive or thermobaric combat charge and accurately strike targets in the deep rear of the enemy was also tested, the NSDC’s press service said. “These unmanned systems were created by Ukrainian gunsmiths in cooperation with our foreign partners,” Turchynov said. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10269759-ukraine-tests-new-highly-effective-ukrainian-made-weapons-military-equipment-turchynov.html

Ukraine’s sophisticated weapons: Government makes steps to strengthen defense capability (21.09.18 17:11) « Tech | Censor.NET

21.09.18 17:11 – “All new tested inventions of Ukraine’s defense industry showed high effectiveness,” NSDC Chief Turchynov. VIDEO&PHOTOS Cutting edge Ukrainian weapons and military hardware were tested at the military proving ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, the new operational-tactical unmanned system, “capable of conducting reconnaissance, coordinating fire, providing radio-electronic combat-resistant communications at an operational depth up to 200 km, while in the air for up to 24 hours” was successfully flight-tested. A combat unmanned system that can carry a powerful high-explosive or thermobaric payload and accurately hit targets deep in the enemy rear. “These unmanned systems were created by Ukrainian gunsmiths in cooperation with our foreign partners,” Turchynov said.


 

Su-24M during the tests used RS-80 “Oskol” FFAR

RS-80 “Oskol” FFAR, developed and manufactured by “Artem”, successfully passed the next stage of state tests.This time, the front bombers of the Su-24M Air Force were involved in the RS-80 tests. As a result, the compliance of the RS-80 with the tactical and technical characteristics and the possibility of their use from combat aircraft was confirmed.Recall that last month, during another phase of the test, almost three hundred aircraft missiles RS-80 were used from helicopter Mi-8MSB-V. At the moment, the RS-80 has already been tested on land platforms, helicopters and airplanes, the results of which have recognized their compliance with the main TTH. Thus, the state testing of these missiles is at the final stage, followed by the adoption by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 80-mm RS-80 Oskol have supersonic flight speed and are designed for helicopter, airplane, and ground platforms. They are designed to destroy the enemy’s live force, armored vehicles, fortifications and other purposes. To ensure the most effective destruction of the enemy, the designers of the ARC “Artem” provided the equipment of the RS-80 with various combat units and detonators. For example, equipping this missile with a proximity fuse and programmable warhead allows a rocket to be detonated directly in the air at a distance of several meters from the target, which greatly enhances the effectiveness of the destruction of the target. In this case, the defeat of land targets is more than 7 km.In addition, the RS-80 can be equipped with a shaped-charge warhead to destroy enemy armor.

Poroshenko shows tests of Oskol rockets – 19.09.2018 10:48 — Ukrinform News

The RS-80 Oskol rockets have successfully passed another stage of state trials, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said on Twitter.

UAWire – Ukraine successfully tests new unguided rocket

The Oskol unguided aircraft missiles have successfully passed another stage of government testing, which involved a Su-24M bomber crew from a …

The Ukrainian military successfully tested Oskol, the domestically made unguided rocket – 112.international

This particular modification of the ammunition lets the missiles explode in the air several meters away from the target, which releases more pieces of shrapnel on it

Ukraine’s Air Force tests new unguided rocket – 112.international

The Ukrainian military successfully tested Oskol, the domestically made non-guided missiles. President Petro Poroshenko posted this on Facebook on Wednesday. During this round of field probes, Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bomber carried the ammunition and fired it. This particular modification of the ammunition lets the missiles explode in the air several meters away from the target, which releases more pieces of shrapnel on it. The missiles are supposed to effectively hit the armored vehicles and firing positions of the enemy. Previously, the ammunition was tested on Mi-8 helicopters.

The second “Centaur” assault boat was launched

Today, September 20, the “Forge on Rybalsky” plant was launched into water, another commando-assault boat of the project 58503 type “Centaur”.This is already the second boat of this type from the two founders at the Kiev shipbuilding enterprise on December 28, 2016, at the request of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Recall that the main boat was launched on September 14.

The first two Airbus H-225 are being prepared for the transfer of the DSNC

In France, preparations for the first two helicopters of the Airbus N-225 were started for the transfer to Ukrainian rescuers within the framework of the Ukrainian-French agreement. Also, the first eight pilots (6 from SNSS, 2 from the National Guard of Ukraine), who are preparing for a trip to study in the French Republic, were selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. This was reported by Artem Shevchenko, the spokesman of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as a commentary on Facebook . On the photo – the workshops of one of the Airbus Helicopters in Mariann, where the aircraft training was started – the first two H-225 helicopters to be transmitted to Ukrainian rescuers.

Watch the World’s Largest Jet Come in For a Landing

There is only one “Mriya” superheavy transport flying in the entire world.

Upgraded BTR-60MK armoured personnel carrier begins road trials – Defence Blog

Ukrainian theCDET LLC company has announced that the upgraded BTR-60MK armoured personnel carrier (APC) begun road trials at the military test range of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The new version of Soviet eight-wheeled armoured personnel carrier is a cost-effective modernization solution targeted to retrofitting the wide range of outdated BTR-60PB APC and its generics. The upgrade package of the new BTR-60MK is consist of new two safer and more economical diesel engines CUMINS (replacing the outdated carburetor petrol ones) and additional protection kit; enhanced hatch system; upgraded optic & navigation systems. Updated armoured personnel carrier BTR-60MK is designated for transportation of troops, infantry weapons and battlefield supplies in highway/road/off-road settings; to provide tactical operational support for security patrols and vehicle escort missions during special operations. The BTR-60MK improvements over the basic versions also include enhanced cross-country capability; improved the fire safety of the vehicles due to the transition from petrol to diesel fuel; reduced operating costs and improved repairability.

Tymoshenko leads in presidential rating, followed by Hrytsenko, Boiko, Liashko and Poroshenko – opinion poll

The leaders of the presidential electoral rating are leader of the Batkivschyna party Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Civil Position party Anatoliy Hrytsenko and the Opposition Bloc party Yuriy Boiko, according to the results of the social research conducted by Seetarget.

Tymoshenko leads presidential candidate poll

If presidential elections in Ukraine were held next Sunday, the leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko, actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky, musician Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko would receive the most votes, according to results of sociological research conducted by GfK Ukraine.

Tymoshenko, Poroshenko, Vakarchuk top presidential candidates rating – poll

Three leaders of electoral sympathies of Ukrainians for the country’s presidency include Head of the Batkivschyna Party and parliamentary faction Yulia Tymoshenko, current head of state Petro Poroshenko, as well as rock musician, leader of the Okean Elzy band Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, according to a public opinion survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.

UAWire – Poroshenko: We know whom Kremlin wants to see in the second round of the elections in Ukraine

During the speech at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) meeting in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he knows whom the Russian Federation wants to see in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections. “In 4 years we have restored not only the army but also the intelligence. We have an accurate picture of the Kremlin’s plans. We know whom they want to see in the second round, and thank God, my name is not there, “said Poroshenko. He added that Ukraine’s future “in a significant, if not decisive degree depends on the electoral cycle of 2019-2020”, and that “the war will definitely leave its mark on the nature of the campaign.” “There are figures on the Ukrainian political chessboard that allow Moscow to use them. It is known (in the plans of the Kremlin) that on the base of the fifth column, they dream of forming a powerful pro-Russian opposition in the new parliament. If they are lucky, then make it a group with the right of veto for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The horizon of their planning reaches the autumn of 2020 to create loyal to Moscow political majority on the ground [in Ukraine], “said Poroshenko. He added that this is “a threat of retaliation and the return of Ukraine to the imperial stall.” “This threat does not need to be exaggerated, but it should not be underestimated. Russian interference in the electoral processes is not an exclusively Ukraine’s problem like it was about 20 years ago, “said the head of state. According to him, the Kremlin’s attack against democracy and freedom has become a world’s hybrid war. “It is good that we are now coordinating our efforts with our Western partners to develop reliable mechanisms for anticipating external interference in the elections. The best way to protect the entire free world is to protect Ukraine, “said Poroshenko. Poroshenko also promised that elections in Ukraine would be free and fair. “As a president, I firmly guarantee free, fair and democratic elections of the head of state and the new parliament, and local self-government bodies. We will defend the free will of citizens, “summed up Poroshenko.

Ukraine’s Top Court To Review Constitutional Amendments On EU, NATO Membership Goal

Ukrainian lawmakers have voted to submit draft bills that would enshrine Ukraine’s course toward Euro-Atlantic integration in the constitution to the country’s top court.

Parliament votes for change in Constitution on Ukraine’s path to EU, NATO | UNIAN

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has sent to the Constitutional Court a presidential bill amending Ukraine’s Constitution regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO (No. 9037). The relevant bill was backed by 321 lawmakers.

Scuffles Outside Ukrainian Parliament

Protesters tried to force their way into the parliament building in Kyiv, during a demonstration to ease rules on Ukrainian citizenship for foreigners who fought against Russia-backed separatists.

Poroshenko: Kremlin using latest technology to incite hostility – 19.09.2018 16:34 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that Russia uses the latest technologies to influence the consciousness of Ukrainian citizens for inciting national and religious hostility, propaganda of war against the sovereignty of Ukraine. “Today, the aggressor uses the latest technologies to influence the consciousness of Ukrainian citizens. These technologies are aimed at inciting national and religious hostility, propaganda of aggressive war, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Poroshenko said, speaking at the opening of the 25th Lviv Publishers’ Forum, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. The common duty of all Ukrainians is by all possible means to protect Ukrainian society from disinformation and destructive propaganda of the Kremlin, Poroshenko noted.

Poroshenko backs idea of registration of Russian agents of influence | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has backed the idea of drafting a bill on the registration of Russian agents of influence. The president says such a law will not affect civil society, the media and is not a violation of the freedom of speech.

A lot of people in West want to gaze into Putin’s soul or I do not know where else – Poroshenko – 112.international

Kremlin promotes its values, hoping that it will be difficult for the West to keep the unified position towards Moscow

Ukrainian president sues BBC for libel over claim he paid to meet Donald Trump – media | UNIAN

The President of Ukraine is suing the BBC for libel over a news report that claimed he had secretly paid at least £300,000 for a meeting with Donald Trump. Mr. Poroshenko “has been seriously injured in his reputation and has been caused substantial distress and embarrassment,” the claim reads.

Ukrainian president sues BBC for libel over claim he paid to meet Donald Trump

The President of Ukraine is suing the BBC for libel over a news report that claimed he had secretly paid at least &pound;300,000 for a meeting with Donald Trump.

Over 518,000 Ukrainians leave country since late March 2018 – Ukrainianpeopleleaks | UNIAN

Some 518,333 citizens of Ukraine have left their country since March 20, 2018, while most of them are labor migrants. Most of them leave Ukraine to work abroad.

Poroshenko outlines three Ukrainian sectors attracting powerful investments – 17.09.2018 11:30 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has attracted powerful investments in the field of renewable energy, agrarian sector and retail trade in recent weeks.

IT sector ranks third in Ukraine’s export structure – 14.09.2018 17:30 — Ukrinform News

IT sector ranks third in Ukraine's export structure following agro-industrial complex and metallurgical industry.

Ukraine wins appeal on “Yanukovych debt” in London Court – 112.international

The Appeal Court in London satisfied the appeal of Ukraine against Russia in the case on “debt of Yanukovych” – Eurobonds in the sum of $3 million. Oleksandr Danylyuk, the ex-Finance Minister of Ukraine Olexander Danulyuk confirmed this as 112 Ukraine reported. “Recently Ukraine has won the decision in the court in our favor concerning the return of $3 billion so-called debt,” he claimed.

English Court of Appeals demands from Russia to return court expenses in proceedings paid by Ukraine

The English Court of Appeals has demanded that Russia returns court expenses in proceedings regarding debt on Russian eurobonds earlier paid by Ukraine to Ukraine before November 9, 2018, the press service of Ukraine’s Finance Ministry has told Interfax-Ukraine.

English court decision on dispute with Russia over $3 bln is outstanding victory for Ukraine

The English Court of Appeal on Friday, September 14, gave its long awaited judgment in Ukraine’s appeal against the Summary Judgment entered in Russia’s favor in March 2017 by Mr. Justice Blair in the case concerning the so called Russian debt, the Finance Ministry of Ukraine has reported. “The decision to reverse Summary Judgment and permit Ukraine to argue its case before the court of first instance represents a significant victory for Ukraine,” the ministry said in a press release on Friday. The ministry said that the appeal justices hearing the appeal, and who have now released their unanimous verdict, are Lady Justice Gloster (then Vice President of the Court of Appeal, Civil Division), Lord Justice Sales and Lord Justice David Richards. The Court of Appeal has issued a fully reasoned written judgment which is publicly available, the ministry said. According to the press release, in a unanimous decision in favor of Ukraine all three Judges of the English Court of Appeal agreed that the first instance judge was wrong: to decline to permit Ukraine’s defence of duress to proceed to trial; and to refuse to grant Ukraine a permanent stay of the proceedings if Ukraine’s defence of duress could not be adjudicated by the English Court. “The Court of Appeal has ruled unanimously that Ukraine’s case should go to a full public trial before the English Court. Ukraine argues that the alleged contracts for the Russian bonds are void and unenforceable because of Russia’s wanton threats and acts of political and military aggression towards Ukraine,” the ministry said.

Ukrainian Parliament interested in further cooperation with Atlantic Council – 15.09.2018 13:50 — Ukrinform News

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is interested in further cooperation involving the expertise of the Atlantic Council in implementation of the projects to support reforms, humanitarian, educational and economic initiatives in Ukraine.

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 …

Lviv region bans movies, books, songs in Russian until end of Russian occupation | UNIAN

A ban on the use of cultural products, namely movies, books, songs, etc., in the Russian language in the public has been introduced in Lviv region. The local council has also called on other agencies of local self-government to support such a move.

Critics Blast Lviv’s Ban On Russian-Language Culture

The law passed by western Lviv’s regional council places a moratorium on all Russian-language books, films and music in the region, a move one Western ambassador called “narrow-minded.”

Ukraine’s Ombudsperson welcomes parliament’s decision to nominate Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize | UNIAN

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has welcomed the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, to appeal to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, proposing the candidacy of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian penal colony since May 14, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Denisova believes it is necessary to look for new ways to return Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is imprisoned in Russia, to his homeland.

Kyiv to overhaul Stepan Bandera Avenue within 15 months – City Administration | UNIAN

Deputy Chairman of Kyiv City State Administration Dmytro Davtyan says municipal authorities plan to overhaul Stepan Bandera Avenue within 15 months. Only design work worth UAH 6 million (US$213,371) will be executed this year, Davtyan says.

The Corrupt Shall Inherit Ukraine – Foreign Policy

In a country where even the anti-corruption prosecutors abuse their power, it’s hard to say who the good guys are.

Ukrainian Art Exhibit Pays Tribute To LGBT Soldiers

An art exhibit in Kyiv focuses on LGBT people who have served in the conflict in the country’s east. One ex-soldier who took part in the project says it breaks taboos by showing gay and lesbian soldiers as defenders of the country.

European Rights Court Orders Ukraine To Refrain From Accessing RFE/RL Journalist’s Cell-Phone Data

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Ukrainian government not to access any data from the cell phone of RFE/RL investigative reporter Natalya Sedletska.

 

 

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