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Russian “covert ops team captured”.  Pssst. *whispering* Russia, covert means nobody knows they’re there and nobody gets caught. The victim survived the attack?  *Facepalm* Incompetence. Team fail. Russia fail. 

#7, below, refers to “Ukraine: “We were born in a great hour” – Russia’s Nightmare – To Inform is to Influence“. Even I had a difficult time finding it! Inside scoop on that story – the more I dug into researching that song and its meaning, the more my heart and soul were touched.   

This. A series of great Tweets, this is most important to me.

Today, in the International Day of public access to information, we urge Russia to stop the proliferation of destabilizing propaganda. We appreciate the work of independent journalists and NGOs that provide the Ukrainian public access to truthful information.

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  1. A great many reports on Pres Poroshenko’s visit to the US, and UN address;
  2. Multiple statements by Amb. Volker;
  3. Update on Donbass combat including Russian losses; Russians cause mass poisoning in occupied Donbass by inept water treatment;
  4. Another failed assassination attempt by Russia, victim survives an attack and covert ops team captured;
  5. SBU releases intercepts of senior and since promoted Russian proxy force personnel plotting assassination of Zakharchenko;
  6. Update on weps programs – Kvitnik PGAP, RS-80 FFAR FENCER video, rotary wing programs;
  7. New March of the New Army video with Harding summary (recommended);
  8. Political / economic / cultural media reports;

Ukraine Reports

Wall Street Journal: Citing Russia’s invasion, Poroshenko offers blistering critique of UN | KyivPost

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a fiery condemnation of the international community in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, accusing the U.N. of failing in its core mission to prevent wars of aggression. “Despite the universal appeal for peace and declared commitment to uphold it, wars and armed conflicts remain our ill,” Mr. Poroshenko said in his address September 26.

Citing Russia’s Invasion, Ukrainian Leader Offers Blistering Critique of U.N. – WSJ

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a fiery condemnation of the international community in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, accusing the U.N. of failing in its core mission to prevent wars of aggression.

United Nations General Assembly session: Russia’s deep international isolation (28.09.18 12:39) « World | Censor.NET

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin deems the start of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly to be successful in terms of world support for the Ukrainian position, as well as evidence of deeper international isolation of Russia. As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, he said Thursday after the Ukrainian delegation’s visit to New York. “I remember many United Nations General Assembly sessions, and since we started [the current session] with including the question of occupied territories in the agenda of the General Assembly, I ask everyone to look at the result, at who voted,” the minister noted, meaning minimal support at the UN for the Russian position. He said that “this vote really shows in which isolation Russia is and that we are moving forward.” Klimkin also commended the efforts that have given “very cool impetus” to a resolution on Crimea. “We began to prepare a special resolution on the militarization of the occupied Crimea. This question is very important and sensitive to all,” he said. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3088516

UAWire – Poroshenko urges UN to recognize Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian nation

During open debate at the UN General Assembly in New York, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko once again urged the UN to recognize the …

Surprise—Ukrainians Are Bullish on Trump – WSJ

He’s oddly fond of Putin, but his administration has been tougher on Russia than Obama’s was.

Russia claims UN International Court ‘has no jurisdiction’ in Ukraine’s suit against Russia for funding international terrorism – 112.international

Russia claims UN International Court ‘has no jurisdiction’ in Ukraine’s suit against Russia for funding international terrorism

Ukraine’s President meets Kurt Volker on sidelines of UNGA in New York – 112.international

Volker has also handed over a symbolic printed copy of the declaration by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of non-recognition of annexation of Crimea by Russia. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the press service of the President reported. They discussed the latest developments in the Donbas and the prospects for the deployment of a multinational peacekeeping mission under UN auspices on the occupied territories in Donbas. Particular attention was paid to cooperation in the field of security and defense between Ukraine and USA, as well as interaction on further implementation of reforms in our country. Kurt Volker also informed the Ukrainian President of increasing the sanctions pressure against the Russian Federation, in particular including 12 more Russian companies into the list of sanctions, according to the press service. The Special Representative has also handed over a symbolic printed copy of the declaration by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated July 25, 2018, which envisages clear and unequivocal position of the United States regarding the non-recognition of the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea by the Russian Federation. “In that declaration, Secretary of State Pompeo said that the United States does not and will not accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” Kurt Volker said and solemnly presented a copy of the declaration to the President of Ukraine.

Poroshenko receives declaration on US non-recognition of Crimea’s occupation, 112.international – Volker presents declaration on non-recognition of Crimea’s occupation – 112.international

Volker presents declaration on non-recognition of Crimea’s occupation

Poroshenko, Volker discuss prospects for deployment of UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker have discussed the prospects for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Poroshenko and Volker also stressed the need for the immediate release of all Ukrainian hostages.

President Petro Poroshenko at 73rd UNGA session – Poroshenko urges UN to bring peacekeepers to Donbas – 112.international

Ukraine needs UN peacekeepers to be deployed in Donbas, President Petro Poroshenko said during his speech, as he joined the 73rd UN General Assembly session. The event featured Poroshenko’s address to the UN leadership, as his press service reported on Wednesday morning. ‘It is evident that the world has not become a safer place in the 21st century. We still witness wars and aggression, even on the European continent. As we speak, the foreign military aggression against Ukraine, in violation of the UN Charter and contrary to the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council, rages on,’ the Ukrainian leader said.

Poroshenko at UNGA: Peacekeepers in Russian-occupied Donbas may end sufferings of Ukrainians | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that a UN-mandated multinational peacekeeping operation in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine, could be a decisive factor in ending sufferings of Ukrainians. Ukraine’s request to deploy the UN peacekeepers in Russian-occupied Donbas has not been addressed yet.

Poroshenko – UN needs reform to boost effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, – Poroshenko – 112.international

There’s a need for reform of the United Nations, as this makes it possible to increase the effectiveness of peacekeeping activities. Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko said that while holding a speech during the session of the UN General Assembly. ‘A new quality of peacekeeping should meet the world’s expectations and hopes. The Secretary-General’s initiative to strengthen the bond between all peacekeeping stakeholders is exactly what our Organization requires in order to make this instrument more effective and reliable,’ the Head of State said as quoted by his press service. He added that Ukraine welcomed and supported the UN Secretary-General’s efforts ‘to implement a robust UN reform aimed at strengthening its peace and security architecture’.

Poroshenko Calls On UN To Stop Russian Aggression In Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on other countries to help stop Russian aggression in his country, saying that combating such “expansionism” is part of the United Nations’ mission.

Poroshenko calls on UN General Assembly to promptly address militarization of occupied Crimea | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the United Nations General Assembly to promptly address the increasing militarization of Russian-occupied Crimea. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in March 2014.

UAWire – Media: Ukrainian President Poroshenko stumbles into Lavrov’s meeting room at UN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accidentally entered the Russian delegation’s negotiation room at the 73rd session of the UN General …

Klimkin: Resolution on UN peacekeepers in occupied Donbas drafted long time ago | UNIAN

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says that Ukraine, the United States, Germany, and France long ago prepared a joint resolution draft for the United Nations Security Council on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s foreign minister says an international administration and police should also be deployed with the UN peacekeeping mission.

UAWire – Polish President reminds that signatories of Budapest Memorandum pledged to protect Ukraine

After Kyiv acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1994, the United Nations made a clear violation of the Budapest Memorandum, by which Russia, the US and Great Britain guaranteed Ukraine’s security and respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Polish President Andrzej Duda in his speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council. He believes that in order to be respected, it is very important that the international community abide by its obligations and responsibilities. “It’s with regret, I would like to draw attention to the security developments in our region in Central and Eastern Europe. During the last few years, we witnessed a clear violation of the Budapest Memorandum, which guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine in exchange for peaceful and voluntary nuclear disarmament,” Duda said.

Heather Nauert on Twitter: “Today at #UNGA Deputy Sec Sullivan met w/ Ukrainian FM @PavloKlimkin to discuss efforts against #Russia’s malign influence, Russia’s use of energy projects to extort & intimidate #Ukraine, Ukraine’s progress in implementing political & economic reforms. https://t.co/8Qc7ytQaxy… https://t.co/NBMkc2IGsm”

U.S., Ukrainian Officials Discuss Efforts To Counter Russia’s ‘Malign Influence’

A top U.S. official has met with the Ukrainian foreign minister in New York to discuss “cooperative efforts against Russia’s malign influence,” among other things, the State Department says. A top U.S. official has met with the Ukrainian foreign minister in New York to discuss “cooperative efforts against Russia’s malign influence,” among other things, the State Department says. A statement said the September 25 meeting between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly also touched upon Russia’s “use of energy projects to extort and intimidate Ukraine and other European allies,” as well as Kyiv’s progress in implementing political and economic reforms. Sullivan reiterated that the United States “will never recognize Russia’s attempted annexation” of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and reaffirmed “strong U.S. support” for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the statement. Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to a post-Cold War low over issues including Russia’s seizure of Crimea in March 2014, its role in wars in Syria and eastern Ukraine, its alleged election meddling in the United States and Europe, and the poisoning of a Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain in March.

U.S. embassy calls on Russia to stop spreading propaganda – 28.09.2018 14:37 — Ukrinform News

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has called on Russia to stop spreading destabilizing propaganda.

U.S. Ambassador pledges continued support to new anti-corruption bodies of Ukraine – 28.09.2018 14:55 — Ukrinform News

The activity of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) is extremely important for the future of Ukraine.

Poroshenko had 25 meetings with heads of foreign delegations at UNGA – Tsegolko – 27.09.2018 13:15 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has held 25 meetings with the heads of foreign delegations, including the United Kingdom, Turkey and the United States, during the session of the UN General Assembly in New York, presidential press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko has said on Facebook. “The UN General Assembly is a good platform to strengthen and expand our coalition against Russian aggression. In just three days, the president held 25 meetings with the heads of foreign delegations,” Poroshenko said. According to Tsegolko, such delegations include Romania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Netherlands, Poland, the United States, Finland, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Yemen, Montenegro, Albania, Ecuador, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, and Portugal. In addition, he noted that Poroshenko had also met with the secretaries-general of the UN and NATO and the European Council president. op

Norway calls on the United Nations to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty – 27.09.2018 10:53 — Ukrinform News

The international community must defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg said this during a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 26. “On my own continent, Europe, fundamental rules and principles of international law are now in jeopardy. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders must be restored,” Solberg said. Norway believes that those responsible for grave violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable, the prime minister stated.

Klimkin thanks Finland for assistance in struggle against Russia – 112.international

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with Timo Soini, Finland’s Internal Minister, at the 73rd UN General Assembly, as the press office of Ukraine’s Internal Minister. “Pavlo Klimkin thanked his colleague for Finland’s ongoing support of Ukraine’s initiatives within the UN aimed at the counterwork of the Russian aggression,“ the message says. In particular, it’s about the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution on the territory of Ukraine, the status of implementation of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the inclusion of the new item into the UN General Assembly session agenda – “The situation on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”.

Poroshenko: UN needs to be reformed for more effective peacekeeping | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the United Nations needs to be reformed to increase the effectiveness of peacekeeping activities. At the Security Council’s summit last year, all leaders were united in the vision that the UN peacekeeping endeavor badly needed reform.

UAWire – Ukrainian Parliament amends the Constitution to reflect Ukraine’s determination to join the EU and NATO

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine sent draft bill Number 9037 to the Constitutional Court on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the country’s strategic course to acquire full-fledged membership in the European Union and NATO. 321 People’s Deputies voted for this decision, which was a first step towards amending the Constitution. According to the proposed amendments, the Verkhovna Rada’s powers will include “the implementation of the strategic course of the state to acquire full-fledged membership for Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.” The President of Ukraine will become a guarantor. The Cabinet of Ministers will provide the implementation of the strategic course. At the same time, the preamble to the constitutional amendments proposes to formalize that the Verkhovna Rada confirms “the European identity of Ukrainian people and irreversibility of the European and North Atlantic course of Ukraine.” As an exception, there is a rule regarding “the use of existing military bases in the territory of Ukraine for the temporary presence of foreign military groups is possible on a rental basis in accordance with international treaties of Ukraine which were ratified by the Verkhovna Rada.” That rule will be excluded. The Presidential draft law was registered in the Parliament on September 3.

U.S. House of Representatives approves $250 mln in security assistance to Ukraine – 27.09.2018 12:15 — Ukrinform News

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has approved the Pentagon's draft defense budget for 2019, which foresees an increase in security assistance to Ukraine to $250 million, Ukraine's Embassy in the United States has reported.

NATO membership a priority for Ukraine – Information Policy Ministry – 28.09.2018 13:35 — Ukrinform News

Euro-Atlantic integration is a priority of Ukraine's development and a necessary element of increasing its defense capability.

Ukraine will not allow Russian revenge – Poroshenko – 22.09.2018 14:33 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine will not allow a Russian revenge since 2,911 Ukrainian heroes gave their lives for the right of our choice.

Poroshenko on sanctions – Russia pays high economic price for its aggressive foreign policy – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia pays a high economic price for its aggressive foreign policy

Volker names countries ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has named a number of countries that are ready to send their troops to Donbas, eastern Ukraine, within the UN peacekeeping mission. The UN peacekeeping mission could include soldiers from Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey.

Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey willing to send peacekeepers to Donbas, US Envoy Volker says (25.09.18 13:06) « World | Censor.NET

25.09.18 13:06 – Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey willing to send peacekeepers to Donbas, US Envoy Volker says U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker believes the peacekeeping forces should take control of the security situation in the entire region after their full deployment. View news.

Volker explains why Russia is responsible for MH17 tragedy – 112.international

The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker assigned responsibility for the MH17 tragedy in Donbas to Russia, as Echo reports. “Russia is responsible for that as it intervened and occupied this part of Ukraine,” Volker noted. He said that the air defense system which shot down the plane, came from the Russian regular military unit. It was delivered from Russia to Ukraine, used to fire a missile, which shot down a civil plane, from the Ukrainian territory and then this system was returned to Russian military unit. “And the question on who exactly pushed the button, a Russian or Ukrainian, a Ukrainian from Donbas or n officer of Russia’s Armed Forces, is actually less important, than the fact the this Russian military equipment, transported to another sovereign state under Russia’s control, sued to launch a missile which killed all these civilians and then taken from Ukraine,” Volker said. Earlier, the Netherlands and Australia have officially blamed Russia for MH17 tragedy. In particular, after the investigators from the Netherlands found other proves that Russian Buk missile system shot down MH17 flight plane, determining a set of unique features of this particular system.

The USA possesses detailed information on the number, the organization, and the command of Russian forces in Donbas – 112.international

The USA has detailed information on the number, organization, and command of regular units of Armed Forces of Russia in Donbas. The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed this, Echo of Moscow reports. ‘Yes, no matter what I say, someone will immediately resist against me, someone who doesn’t like one or other numbers but let me note that we have thoroughly studied this matter. We have a very detailed information on the commanders, the chain of command, the types of forces, their funding, the troop strength of regular Russian army, the number of specialized units, and the most of the forces are contracted soldiers,’ Volker claimed this by answering on the question, whether the USA possesses a data on the presence of Russian troops in the Donbas.

Volker: We have information on size of Russian army in Donbas – 25.09.2018 10:24 — Ukrinform News

“We have information about the commanders, the chain of command, the types of troops, their funding, the size of regular Russian troops, the number of specialized units,” U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow Russian radio station. Volker also noted that, apart from the regular troops, Russia actively involved contracted soldiers in the hybrid war against Ukraine. At the same time, the army units of the occupational troops operate under the direct command of the officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. “Direct Russian command and control is being exercised through a chain of command including regular troops, regular officers, but the bulk is the contracted soldiers whom Russia pays money,” he said.

Donbas update: Ukraine reports 22 enemy attacks in last day | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 22 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past 24 hours. Ukraine’s Joint Forces have reported no casualties in the past 24 hours.

OSCE: 79th Russian convoy crossed into Ukraine, returned through Donetsk Border Crossing Point | UNIAN

On September 27 at 06:33 (Moscow time), the seventy-ninth Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 16 vehicles were checked by Russian Federation border guards and customs officers prior to their crossing into Ukraine. All 16 vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 14:01 on September 27. According to the statement of the Russian Federation officials, this convoy is considered to be the eighty-first Russian convoy which was sent to Ukraine.

Female terrorist aka Sirena killed in Donbas (Photo) | UNIAN

Anna Chabanova aka Sirena, a 28-year-old well-known terrorist in the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), who actively posted photos with weapons on the “advanced positions” of the Russian-led forces, has been killed in Donbas. The death of the terrorist has been confirmed in the so-called “DPR.”

Militants use forbidden tricks of war in Donbas conflict zone, 112.international – Shoot in leg, and hold a deadly “safari” – 112.international

The Russian militants use forbidden tricks of war in Donbas conflict zone, as the Joint Forces Operation HQ reported on Facebook. “For instance, recently, the militants’ snipers started using the tactics of “wounded bird”. They don’t kill our soldier, they shot in leg so that he can not move and call for help. Then, they are waiting for the standby team or military medical workers to come and then, they hold a deadly “safari”, the message says. It was also reported that the occupants are the first ones who shoot from the banned mortars or heavy machine guns at the Ukrainian positions and call for OSCE patrols. Saying that the Ukrainians have allegedly attacked them. “As long as the soldiers of the Joint Forces are preparing to give an adequate response, the international observers come. The latter can only see our responsive fire without knowing who started it,” the Joint Forces Operation HQ reports.

Russian-led forces mount almost 30 attacks on Ukrainian army in Donbas in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 27 attacks on the Ukrainian Joint Forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, September 24, using proscribed weapons in two instances. No Ukrainian army casualties were reported during hostilities in the past day.

Russian-led forces ban military-age males from leaving “LPR/DPR” to Russia – Intel | UNIAN

Ukrainian Defense Ministry press secretary Maksym Prauta has said the Russian occupation administration banned all military-age males (MAMs), despite their citizenship and circumstances, from leaving the territories of the so-called “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics” (“LPR” and “DPR”) to the Russian Federation. It is forbidden to be treated not at the place of residence or to stay for more than three days in other towns or cities without registration at the so-called “law enforcement agencies.”

Ukraine’s army retakes another village in Russian-occupied Luhansk region (Video) | UNIAN

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have retaken another village, Khutir Vilny (literally “Free”), in the Russian-occupied district of Luhansk region. The operation itself took half an hour.

Donbas update: Ukraine reports 28 enemy attacks in past day | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 28 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past 24 hours; in five cases, the enemy used weapons prohibited by the Minsk accords. According to intelligence reports, seven enemy troops were wounded.

Embarrassing mission. The DPR’s sleek scheme in France – LB.ua news portal

A court in France refused to cancel the state registration of the “DPR official centre in France” in Marseille. But even if it had done this, the organizers already had a “plan B” to preserve the “representation”.

Ukrainian military prosecutor’s office blocks channel for weapon parts supply to Russia | UNIAN

The Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine says parts and components for military equipment have been stolen from the warehouses of Ukraine’s military units and transferred to Russia over the past 20 years; the equipment was also used by Donbas militants against the Ukrainian army. During the searches, law enforcers found out documents, ledgers, and correspondence with customers from Russia.

Fresh photos of destroyed Donetsk airport posted on social media | UNIAN

Fresh photos of the completely destroyed Donetsk Sergei Prokofiev International Airport in the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, have been posted on social media. Some 58 Ukrainian defenders of Donetsk Airport, dubbed “cyborgs,” were killed in an airport terminal on January 18-21, 2015.

New disaster in Russian occupation zone: 43 poisoned by tap water in Makiyivka | UNIAN

A new disaster has hit local residents in the Russian occupation zone, as the number of victims poisoned by toxic tap water in the town of Makiyivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, has grown to 43 people. Local residents either use water from wells or buy bottled water.

Number of residents poisoned by tap water in Russian-occupied Donbas sharply increased | UNIAN

The number of residents, who were poisoned by tap water in Russian-occupied territory of Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, has sharply increased to over a hundred people, including children. Mass poisoning by toxic tap water occurred in Russian-occupied town of Makiyivka a few days ago.

Reason for mass poisoning in occupied Makiivka could be disinfection of drinking water with Manganese – instead of chlorine – Manganese concentration in water could be reason for mass poisoning in Makiivka, – official – 112.international

Reason for mass poisoning in occupied Makiivka could be disinfection of drinking water with Manganese – instead of chlorine

New mural hat depicts girl suffered in Donbas Conflict appears – Mural with girl affected by Donbas Conflict appears in Mariupol – 112.international

A heroine of the graffiti became an orphan after the shelling of Mariupol in 2015

Ukraine to draft 18,000 people into army during autumn conscription campaign – 27.09.2018 16:57 — Ukrinform News

About 18,000 people are to be drafted into the Ukrainian army as part of the autumn conscription campaign in October-December 2018.

A Ukrainian army Colonel was busted with extortion and bribe-taking, demanding USD 5,000 from a contract serviceman in Khmelnytsky region – Ukrainian Army Colonel detained for extortion, bribetaking – 112.international

A Ukrainian army Colonel was busted with extortion and bribe-taking, demanding USD 5,000 from a contract serviceman in Khmelnytsky region

Odesa court arrests three suspects in attempt on activist Mykhailyk | UNIAN

Odesa’s Kyiv regional court on Thursday ruled that three suspects in the attempt on a public activist, leader of the city organization of the Syla Lyudey (Power of People) party, Oleh Mykhailyk, who received a gunshot wound on September 22, be remanded in custody for 60 days without bail. Three citizens of Georgia, one of whom was taken from the hospital to the courtroom, have been transferred to the detention center.

Detained suspects in attempt on activist Mykhailyk repeatedly travelled to Russia, including recently, MP Anton Herashchenko says (26.09.18 13:25) « Incidents | Censor.NET

26.09.18 13:25 – Detained suspects in attempt on activist Mykhailyk repeatedly travelled to Russia, including recently, MP Anton Herashchenko says The lawmaker believes that the attack could have been masterminded by the anti-Ukrainian forces. View news.

The condition of Oleh Mykhailyk has stabilized – Attack on Mykhailyk: His condition stabilizes, he provided with guard – 112.international

The condition of Oleh Mykhailyk has stabilized

Oleh Mykhailyk, Head of city organization of the party “The Power of People” was shot Odesa – Public activist Mykhailyk was shot in Odesa – 112.international

Oleh Mykhailyk, Head of city organization of the party The Power of People was shot Odesa

Oleh Mykhailyk, Odesa public activist, was shot September 22 – Bullet injury in the chest: How activist Mykhailyk survived an assassination attempt – 112.international

September 22, Oleh Mykhailyk, Head of city organization of the party The Power of People, Odesa public activist was shot

Ukraine’s Security Service calls Russian MP Zhirinovsky for questioning – 112.international

Ukraine’s Security Service calls Russian MP Zhirinovsky for questioning

Ukraine intercepts audio records of pro-Kremlin mercenaries who planned ‘coup’ in ‘DNR’ – 112.international

The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, published the audio records, where the current acting leader of self-styled DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) Denis Pushilin talks to unknown individuals; the parties discussed the organization of coup d’etat in the DNR. This is mentioned in the message on the SBU’s website. It appears that the mutiny’s goal was to remove militant leader Aleksander Zakharchenko, who recently deceased in the bomb explosion in Donetsk. ‘The conversation among Pushilin’s assistant Aleksandr Lavrentyev and two unknown persons took place at Yuvam restaurant in Antalya, Turkey, on June 12. The tape confirms that Pushilin prepared a ‘coup’ in the self-proclaimed ‘republic’, the SBU reported. The militants are reported to have insisted on removing Zakharchenko from his office without holding the ‘election’. According to Pushilin’s assistant, the ‘Zakharchenko issue’ will be solved as soon the mercenaries get the new leader. The conversation ran for almost four hours, the SBU said.

Zakharchenko’s allies who flee Donbas not allowed to meet with Putin | UNIAN

So-called “Minister of Revenue” of the terrorist organization “Donetsk People’s Republic” in Russian-occupied Donbas Alexander Timofeev aka “Tashkent,” as well as Alexander Kazakov, the former “adviser” of recently assassinated “DPR leader” Alexander Zakharchenko, have begun to seek support in Moscow after they fled the pseudo-republic, but they have not been allowed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the publication, Timofeev went to Crimea.

UAWire – Russia prevents separatist commander Khodakovsky from entering DPR

Former Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Security Minister Alexander Khodakovsky reported on his Telegram channel, that Russian border guards …

‘DPR’ leaders divide power after Zakharchenko’s death: SBU intercept talks – 112.international

The Security Service of Ukraine intercepted the conversations of the leaders of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic,” in which they discussed changes in their ‘power structures’ and the coordination of these actions with the Kremlin. This was reported by Ukraine’s SBU. According to the record, in the evening on September 6, Aleksandr Kazakov, the advisor of the deceased Aleksandr Zakharchenko, called Dmitry Trapeznikov, – at that time the acting head of the so-called ‘DPR’. As it became clear from the conversation, they were counting on the resolving of the ‘situation’ by Vladislav Surkov, a well-known assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the curator of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The terrorists were waiting for a verdict after the emergency meeting in Moscow on the final appointment of the future head of the ‘DPR’ and the ‘Council of Ministers of the DPR’ by the Russian Federation. On the same day, around 9:00 pm Dmitry Trapeznikov talked to Denis Pushilin, who was the head of the ‘People’s Council of the DNR’. They coordinated their actions with the head of the so-called ‘DPR State Security Ministry’ Vladimir Pavlenko on the fast neutralization of Kazakov by imprisoning him. “According to them, Kazakov planned in his interests to glorify the “image of the former leader of the DPR” and ensure the preservation of power for the so-called ‘Zakharchenko group.’ In this conversation, Pushilin, in particular, expresses personal interest in the immediate removal from the position of Timofeyev (called ‘Tashkent’) through his dismissal from the post of ‘Vice Prime Minister of Income and Charges of the DPR’ on Pushilin’s order,” the SBU reported.

SBU intercepts “DPR” leaders’ conversations after Zakharchenko’s assassination (Video) | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has intercepted conversations of the leaders of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), in which they discussed changes in the power vertical after the assassination of “DPR” leader Alexander Zakharchenko and the coordination of these changes with the Kremlin. The content of the talks points to a long-lasting feud between the leaders of the occupied territories. As it became clear from the conversation, they explicitly counted on the settlement of the “situation” by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adviser Vladislav Surkov, who is also known as the Moscow supervisor of the occupied territories of Donbas. During the conversation, the terrorists expressed the hope for a “verdict” after an emergency meeting in Moscow regarding Russia’s final approval of a new head of the “DPR” and the composition of the “Council of Ministers of the DPR.” At around 21:00 local time on the same day, another conversation took place between Dmitry Trapeznikov and Denis Pushilin, who served as the self-styled “parliament” chairman. They coordinated their actions together with Vladimir Pavlenko, the “head of the Ministry of Civil Defense of the DPR,” the soonest neutralization of Kazakov through the deprivation of his freedom. “According to their information, Kazakov planned for his own purposes to glorify ‘the image of the former ‘DPR’ leader’ and ensure the preservation of the authority of the so-called ‘Zakharchenko group.’ In this conversation, Pushilin, in particular, expressed his personal interest in the immediate need to remove terrorist Timofeev aka ‘Tashkent’ from his post through his compulsory dismissal from the post of ‘deputy prime minister, minister of revenue and taxation of the DPR’ on the urgent order of Pushilin,” the SBU said. So-called “First Deputy Prime Minister” Dmitry Trapeznikov, who prior to the Russian-Ukrainian war was in charge of the football fan organization of tycoon Rinat Akhmetov’s FC Shakhtar Donetsk, was tapped as acting head of the “DPR” immediately after Zakharchenko’s assassination in Donetsk on August 31, 2018. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10272552-sbu-intercepts-dpr-leaders-conversations-after-zakharchenko-s-assassination-video.html

In breakaway Ukraine, those who live by the sword are dying by it | Asia Times

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“Kvitnik” rid of Russian components – Український мілітарний портал

During the third international exhibition of defense industry ADEX-2018 DC, which takes place in the capital of Azerbaijan, “Ukroboronprom” presented a guided artillery shell with a laser semiactive self-guessing 152/155 mm caliber “Kvitnik”, created by the State Enterprise Progress “NVK” without Russian components.This is reported by Defense ExpressTo date, works have been completed to replace the Russian components in the elemental base of the guided artillery shell “Kvitnik” on domestic and western analogues. As a result, the resulting ammunition received better characteristics compared with the previous version. “Flower Garden” is an explosive-shaped ammunition with a laser semiautomatic self-homing head (type 9E421), which is intended for equipping 152 and / or 155 mm (15 mm) artillery barrel systems (under NATO standards). Adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on December 6, 2012. “Flower Garden” provides damage to tanks, launch rocket systems, armored vehicles, protective structures (DOTs, DZOTs, buildings adapted for defense, etc.); self-propelled and towed artillery guns; command, control centers, communication nodes; bridges and waterways; combat, landing and transport ships and so on.The precision guided missile “Flower” was created with significantly less weight and characteristics of punching and defeating the enemy, somewhat exceeding the Russian counterparts. Its laser semi-active guidance system allows the use of ammunition not only against armored vehicles, but also against other important military objects. It can be used for land artillery, for example, for self-propelled cannons of the type Mst-C or 2SZM “Akatsiya”, which significantly reduces the time of execution of combat mission. Able to hit targets moving at speeds up to 10 m / s (36 km / h) with a probability of 0.9.

Above: seeker assy with Western components, Below: legacy seeker assy with Russian components.

RS-80 “Oskol” from DAKhK “Artem”: launches-using bomber Su-24M – YouTube

Державний концерн “Укроборонпром” Published on Sep 18, 2018 The unprocessed missiles RS-80 “Oskol” developed and manufactured by “Artem”, a part of the “Ukroboronprom”, successfully passed the next stage of the State tests conducted by the testing team of the State Research and Development Institute for Testing and Certification of Arms and Military Equipment Ministry of Defense of Ukraine under the control of the State Commission. For the tests of the RS-80, a flight crew and Su-24M front bombers were involved in one of the Brigades of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who deployed fire on the use of new weapons. During the tests, in the presence of the customer, the compliance of the RS-80 with the tactical and technical characteristics and the possibility of their use from combat aircraft was confirmed.

Ukraine tests new armored vehicle Lev – 25.09.2018 15:20 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine's state-owned Lviv Armor Plant has successfully completed the tests of the Lev armored recovery vehicle (BREM) and is ready for its mass production, the Ukroboronprom State Concern has said on its website.

New Ukrainian UAVs, helicopters, missiles, modernized air defense systems show their high efficiency

During the tests of new Ukrainian weapons and military equipment held at a military range of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, all the models have shown their high efficiency and will significantly strengthen Ukraine’s military potential after they are taken into service, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said.

The military test lightweight multipurpose helicopters

Ukrainian lightweight multipurpose helicopters “Scout” and AK1-3 demonstrated their flight characteristics during the testing of new weapons and military equipment at the landfill.The NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that these “helicopters can help the military to conduct intelligence, provide border protection, perform various tasks, and in combination with modern weapons, they will be able to carry out combat missions, which is important both day and night, and , which is fundamentally important, they can work in unmanned mode. ” AK1-3 helicopter developed by KB Aerocopter, the cab is designed for the pilot and one passenger. The car is equipped with the engine SUBARU EJ25 with the power of 156 hp, which is powered by gasoline A95. Cruising speed 160 km / h. Fuel consumption is 24-35 liters per hour, when the capacity of a tank of 72 liters allows you to overcome the distance to 350 km in two and a half hours.

Avakov: Ukrainian rescuers and National Guard officers to receive French Airbus helicopters – 25.09.2018 14:34 — Ukrinform News

“This year, the Interior Ministry’s subdivisions will receive the first four French helicopters. The State Emergency Service will get three aircraft, equipped with the necessary devices for aeromedical evacuation, rescue and emergency and firefighting purposes. Another H-225 helicopter will be handed over to an air division of the National Guard of Ukraine,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said during a working visit to Chernihiv on Tuesday, September 25, the press service of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine posted on Facebook. According to him, the service center of the Interior Ministry’s aviation security system will be located in the town of Nizhyn of Chernihiv region. “These helicopters will be handed over to emergency services, border guards, National Guard and police. They are equipped with all kinds of special devices, video surveillance systems, etc. This is a new level of professional quality of our work. We adopt latest technologies,” Avakov noted.

Ukraine to get four French helicopters for rescue operations by year-end | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Minister of Interior Affairs Arsen Avakov has announced that four helicopters of French-based Airbus Helicopters will arrive in Ukraine at the end of 2018. The State Emergency Situations Service says its rescuers will be able to carry out search operations at sea after the helicopter fleet expands.

JFO update: Two Ukrainian servicemen injured in Molot rupture, no threat to their life | UNIAN

The press service of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters has issued an update on casualties of a recent Molot mortar rupture, saying that two Ukrainian servicemen have been injured and there is no threat to their life. The condition of the injured servicemen is satisfactory.

Molot mortar explosion: Probe into mortar blast (27.09.18 16:28) « Incidents | Censor.NET

27.09.18 16:28 – All Molot mortars must be thoroughly checked, maintained, – prosecutor general at parliamentary committee meeting Reporting to the parliamentary committee on national security and defense on the progress of the probe into explosion of Molot mortar at the Rivne shooting ground, Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko advocated comprehensive check of all Molot mortars in… View news.

Ukraine: “We were born in a great hour” – Russia’s Nightmare – To Inform is to Influence

“We were born in a great hour” (Ukrainian: Зродились ми великої години) aka the March of Ukrainian Nationalists Ukraine is rich, strong, and proud. It is full of great patriotism and symbology. There is beauty in everything that is Ukraine. Ukraine was forged out of the great genocide of the Holodomor by Stalin. Ukraine ascended from the ashes of cruel tyranny from Poland, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union into a powerful phoenix. One song best represents the indomitable spirit of Ukraine, the unassailable power and nationalism of a people and a culture that is Ukraine. The “March of Ukrainian Nationalists”, written by Oles Babiy to music by Omelian Nyzhankivskyi in 1929 and was officially adopted by the leadership of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in 1932. The OUN was the guerrilla insurgency that fought for Ukrainian independence beginning in the 1920s that grew into an army, fought against Poland, against Nazi Germany, and against the Soviet Union. It is believed the OUN went deep underground in the 1950s, the Soviet KGB reported it was wiped out in 1956. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were in the OUN in the 1940s and 1950s and were systematically killed by the Soviets. The song, however, lived on and now has a greater meaning than ever, with the Russian invasion of both Crimea and Donbas. The song has gone viral in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s highest monument to Prince Volodymyr erected in Kryvy Rih – 28.09.2018 12:58 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine's highest monument to Prince Volodymyr the Great has been erected in Kryvy Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Channel 5 has reported.

Ukraine’s Sentsov Nominated For 2018 Sakharov Prize

European lawmakers have praised Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for more than four months, as a defender of “the supremacy of law and value…

Hundreds protesting in Kyiv demanding not to ignore attacks on activists (Photo, video) | UNIAN

About 300 people are protesting near the building of the Presidential Administration with a demand not to ignore numerous attacks on public activists. People say the attacks on activists are often masked as robberies or other domestic crimes not to investigate them and not to find the real culprits of these attacks.

Ukraine 2019 elections could shift Ukraine to EU and US – NextBigFuture.com

The Russia-Ukraine war has continued from 2014 to today. Russian troops in uniforms without identifying insignia occupied and took Crimea. Russian intelligence and military services provided leadership, funding, ammunition, heavy weapons and regular units of the Russian army to launch and sustain a separatist conflict in Donbas. More than 10,500 have died. A substantially improved Ukrainian military has managed to stabilize the line of contact that separates it from Russian and Russian proxy forces. Ukraine’s 2019 elections could shift Ukraine to the EU and US but will the reforms in Ukraine happen and will the EU and the US make the financial commitments?

Poroshenko thanks Ukrainian Diaspora in U.S. for efforts in recognizing Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked the Ukrainian community in the United States for its efforts in the issue of recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people, Ukraine’s presidential press service has said.

UAWire – Media: Ukraine will not receive next IMF loan tranche this year

The International Monetary Fund is ready to consider the allocation of the next tranche to Ukraine after the adoption of the state budget for 201 …

Poroshenko asks Duda to support reform process in Ukraine – 25.09.2018 11:31 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Poland Andrzej Duda, who arrived in New York to participate in the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, held a meeting.

Ukraine loses up to EUR 750 mln in taxes every year because of tax evasion – German media | UNIAN

Ukraine annually loses up to EUR 750 million in taxes because of tax evasion schemes. The findings of this study will be made public on Monday, September 24.

The Polish government criticized the words of the Ukrainian ambassador, Andriy Deshchytsia, about Poland’s reaction to the destruction of Ukrainian monuments – 112.international

The Polish government criticized the words of the Ukrainian ambassador, Andriy Deshchytsia, about Poland’s reaction to the destruction of Ukrainian monuments and the emotional decision of Kyiv to prohibit Poland from conducting exhumation work. This is reported by Dzerkalo Tyzhnya. As the source in the Polish government said, Andriy Deshchytsia crossed the red line when on the air of the Polish radio station RMF24 he said that Ukraine would agree to Polish exhumation works only after the restoration of the destroyed Ukrainian monuments in Pikulichi near Peremyshl and the Monastery near Verkhrata. At the same time, Deshchytsia admitted that the ban on conducting exhumation work is an emotional decision of Kyiv, taken after the Polish authorities did not react to the destruction of Ukrainian monuments. “Warsaw is disappointed with Kyiv, its approaches to the policy of historical memory,” a source in the Polish government said. “For Warsaw, the statements of Ambassador Deshchytsia are disgusting, it is an assessment not only of the Foreign Ministry, but also of the Polish government.” In Poland, the words of Deshchytsia were perceived as blackmail. “Warsaw will not talk with Kyiv on the conditions of blackmail, first of all with Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rosenko, Poland does not trust the Ukrainian side,” the source said.

Foreign ministers of GUAM + Japan to meet in New York on Sept. 24 – 22.09.2018 15:00 — Ukrinform News

A meeting of the foreign ministers of GUAM member states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) and Japan will be held within the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24.

Minister Omelyan: Germany mulling over financing of Ukraine’s first real autobahn | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Germany’s government is mulling over the allocation of funds for the construction of a highway between the city of Zaporizhia in Ukraine’s southeast and the city of Mariupol in the country’s east. This will be a highway between Zaporizhia in Ukraine’s southeast and Mariupol in the country’s east.

Second U.S.-built locomotive arrives in Ukraine | UNIAN

The second U.S.-made locomotive dubbed “Tryzub” (“Trident”) built by GE Transportation has arrived in Ukraine. The BBC ELBE cargo vessel arrived at the port of Chornomorsk on September 24.

Another 7 General Electric locomotives Trident arrive in Ukraine

Seven locomotives General Electric (GE) TE33AC Trident (Tryzub) arrived in Chornomorsk (Odesa region), and the arrival of the next batch is expected in two weeks, acting Board Chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia Yevhen Kravtsov has said.

Unidentified activists poured feces at Russian diplomatic vehicles in Kyiv – Activists poured excrements at Russian diplomatic vehicles in Kyiv – 112.international

Unidentified activists poured feces at Russian diplomatic vehicles in Kyiv. The incident occurred at a parking lot of the Russian trade mission’s office, Espreso reported. According to the outlet, it happened during the farewell dinner held by Konstantin Vorobyev, the former head of the mission. Several men approached the cars with diplomatic license plates on them, poured excrements, punctured the tires and threw smoke pellets and firecrackers into the yard. They also used paint to write ‘Farewell Vorobyev’ on the asphalt in the yard.

Tracking Down Black-Market Loggers In Ukraine

Watch what happens when illegal loggers are caught red-handed in the forests of Ukraine — where their activities are a huge illegal industry. (Video courtesy of Hromadske)

Chernivtsi International Airport is now named after Kadeniuk, first Ukrainian astronaut – 112.international

Chernivtsi International Airport is now named after Kadeniuk, first Ukrainian astronaut

How xenophobic is Ukraine? |Euromaidan Press |

Alleged xenophobia in Ukraine is a recurrent concern of the international community. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials often dismiss the accusations as Kremlin propaganda. This interview by Ukrainian journalist Vitaliy Portnikov, which originally appeared in Russian on Radio Svoboda’s website and was translated by the Ukrainian Jewish encounter, with Vyacheslav Likhachev, an expert of the Congress of National Minorities of Ukraine and researcher of the Ukrainian far right, attempts to find out who is right. Vitaly Portnikov: What’s happening with the rights of national minorities in Ukraine? What is the situation with anti-Semitism? This is the subject of today’s program, but first, let’s hear a report prepared by my colleague Volodymyr Ivakhnenko.

Virtual Maidan

Ukraine’s “Revolution of Dignity” comes to life in this virtual reality simulation.

How the UNR Army liberated the Donbas in 1918 |Euromaidan Press |

Article by: Denys Tymoshenko In March-April 1918 in three short weeks, the Sloviansk group of the UNR Army liberated the Donbas from the Russian-Bolshevik troops. The operation was commanded by General Volodymyr Sikevych, who left detailed memoirs about the offensive. How did the UNR army manage to chase the Bolsheviks from the Donbas towns in just three weeks? How did the residents perceive Sikevych and the UNR? Why is the patriotism and Ukrainian identity of some Donbas regions questioned today? Oleksiy Beshulia, publisher, project manager and compiler of 1918. Donetsk Blitzkrieg and historian and advisor Ihor Bondarenko explain…

Parliament of Western Australia praises contribution of Ukrainian community – 24.09.2018 11:48 — Ukrinform News

Paul Papalia, the Minister for Multicultural Interest of the Western Australia Government, read the corresponding statement at the Parliament, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “This year, Ukrainian communities throughout Australia are commemorating the 70th anniversaries of the first arrivals. The year 2018 also marks the 85th anniversary of Holodomor, the famine in Ukraine caused by the deliberate actions of Stalin’s Soviet regime. For many Western Australian Ukrainians, these are extremely emotional anniversaries… They [Ukrainians] worked hard, formed families and built up their community, giving much back to Western Australia and helping to make this state the place it is today,” the statement reads. It is noted that Western Australia, which admitted the migrants from the war-torn Europe 70 years ago, is grateful for those people for its present-day prosperity.

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