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- Extensive update on Azov Sea situation, interviews with Gen Muzhenko, and Ukrainian Navy commanders, update on Crimea;
- Amb Volker interviewed;
- Pres Poroshenko @ UNGA reports;
- UK Minister of State for security Wallace visits Ukraine;
- NSDC Chair Turchenov on Russian buildup along Ukrainian border, update on Donbass including Russian attacks and internal status;
- Update on counter-propaganda effort in Ukraine, including broadcasting;
- Update on Zakharchenko assassination;
- FENCER low level pass footage (ouch!), NKMZ Kramatorsk involvement in Bohdana SPH development, Army provided with 16 refurbished tanks and 5 BTR-4 APCs, miscellaneous industry reports;
- Political / economic / cultural media reports;
- Update on Russian proxy Hungary;
Ukraine will build a military base on the Azov Sea and has sent more forces to the area to counter a worsening Russian threat, Ukraine’s armed forces head told Reuters, referring to an arm of the Black Sea that is a flashpoint of tensions with Moscow.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has announced Ukraine will conduct a naval exercise in the Sea of Azov. The NSDC on September 6 approved a set of measures aimed at protecting national interests in the country’s southern regions, the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said that Ukrainian servicemen plan to conduct large-scale exercises in the Azov Sea.
NATO is concerned that Russia is preventing Ukrainian vessels from accessing the Azov Sea, stated the Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg before a meeting with the secretaries of Defense, reports Interfax Ukraine. NATO is also concerned with the presence of Russia in the Crimea and their activities near the Crimean bridge. “The situation in Ukraine, around Ukraine, in the Azov Sea, and in the Crimea is what we always discuss (with the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko), and in these issues, the NATO alliance expresses their political and practical help to Ukraine,” he stated. The Ukrainian State Emergency Service and the State Border Service were forced to increase their presence in the Azov Sea because of the detention of ships by Russia.
The European Parliament plans to consider the situation in the Sea of Azov at its plenary meeting on October 23. It is not clear whether MEPs will vote on a respective resolution.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine is boosting its military presence in the Sea of Azov and will respond adequately to any aggression. “Russians are actually trying to create a sea blockade of Ukrainian ports along the Azov coast,” Turchynov stressed.
At the end of September, the Ukrainian Navy under Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff’s command has conducted a risky and successful naval operation. Two Ukrainian vessels, the Donbas search and rescue ship and the Korets sea tug departed from Odesa at the Black Sea, went around the occupied Crimea, passed the Kerch Strait under the newly-built bridge and entered the Sea of Azov. Their move has come out of the blue for Russians, who currently illegally occupy Crimea after annexing it in 2014 from Ukraine, and de-facto control waters around it, including the Kerch Strait. Russian commandment’s unpreparedness has been visible with panic reactions that accompanied the Ukrainian naval vessels move. The Donbas and the Korets have been followed by at least 13 Russian vessels, Russian aircraft flew dangerously low over them. We visited the Donbas, already docked in Mariupol, to talk to the commander of the operation – deputy head of the staff of the maritime commandment of the Ukrainian Navy, Captain 1st rank Dmytro Kovalenko.
We will not let Russians make Azov Sea their lake!
The plot of “Military Television” about the transfer of the search and rescue vessel A500 “Donbass” and the maritime tug A830 “Korets” to the port of MariupolChief of Staff of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Andriy Tarasov said that the transition to the Kerch Strait and through it was in a difficult situation, since it was accompanied by ships and aviation of the Russian Federation.
Another Russian provocation occurred in the Sea of Azov. The video appeared on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Navy on Tuesday. A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter flew dangerously close to Ukrainian vessels. The incident happened during strategic drills ‘Cossack Will 2018’. Last week, the maneuvers took place all over Ukraine. One of the stages included defense of the coastline of the Sea of Azov. Over the past three months, Russia’s activity in the Azov Sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has developed a set of measures in response to Russia’s actions. At the same time, it was reported that the package of measures includes, among other things, restrictions on passenger traffic with Russia.
At the 3rd international exhibition of defense industry ADEX-2018, which is going on in Baku, the “Smith on Rybalsky” factory presented the project of a new high-speed missile boom “Vespa”.This is reported by the Defense Express information resource.RK “Vespa” is intended for the destruction of warships, transport and landing facilities of the enemy both independently and in interaction with the strike forces of the fleet.The total displacement of the boat is 640 tons. Length 64.46 m, width 9.6 m, sediment with screws is 3.65 m. The maximum speed is 40 knots.”Vespa” is able to stay autonomously in the sea for 10 days. The maximum number of crew of the boat is 38 (+6) persons. The power plant has a total power of 19640 kW for the CODAD engine type (combined diesel) and 22500 kW for the CODAG (combined gas turbine diesel engine).The main weapon of the boat is 8 PKR “Neptun” of Ukrainian production (it is possible to install other anti-ship missiles at the request of the customer), ARB “Crossbow-K”, artillery installation AK-176 in the bow and two artillery AK-630 in the stern. Also included in the arms are 16 MANPADs “Eagle” and two machine guns 12.7 mm.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s most advanced frigate Admiral Makarov [Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate] has arrived in Sevastopol for the first time after it entered service with the Fleet. The Admiral Makarov is the third Project 11356 blue-water frigate named after Imperial Russian Navy Commander, Oceanographer and Vice-Admiral Stepan Makarov. The latest frigate was delivered to the Navy and the naval flag was hoisted on the warship on December 27, 2017. The Project 11356 frigates have a displacement of 4,000 tons, a length of 124.8 meters, a speed of 30 knots and a sea endurance of 30 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, Shtil-1 surface-to-air missile complexes, A-190 100mm artillery guns, air defense artillery, rocket launchers and torpedoes and can also carry a deck-based Kamov Ka-27 (or Ka-31) helicopter.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Russia is resettling tens of thousands of people to occupied Crimea to squeeze out the pro-Ukrainian population of the peninsula. “Crimea under the Russian occupation is going nowhere. There is a situation where everyone can be arrested day or night. People are afraid to talk to each other in the streets,” Klimkin said at a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in Kyiv, an UNIAN correspondent reports. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10286103-russia-massively-resettles-russians-to-occupied-crimea.html
A section of the railway portion of the Crimean bridge fell into the sea during assembly, the Russian Taman Road Administration reports. “On the sea stretch of the bridge construction between the Kuzlinsky Split and the island of the same name, during the process of lowering onto supports, one of the railway spans tilted and fell into the shallow waters,”- the report states. The incident was presumably due to technical issues with the jack system. No staff members were injured. “The supports were not damaged and the carrying capacity was not compromised. The span structure, which ended up in the water, will be pulled out with cranes after the necessary preparation. A new span structure will be installed in the fallen one’s place. According to preliminary estimates, 30-45 days will be required for this,” the report adds. At present, the builders are assessing the consequences of the accident. The motorway part of the Crimean Bridge was opened to trucks on October 1 this year.
As of the end of September 2018, the Russian authorities in the Crimea have deployed anti-aircraft missile systems near Sevastopol, Feodosia and Yevpatoria, as stated on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories. The anti-aircraft missile systems are equipped with two types of missiles: 48H6 and 40H6. The range of destruction is 250 km and 400 km, respectively. The missiles can hit targets at altitudes up to 60 km. The Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories notes that all the military and civil aircraft over the waters of the Black and Azov Seas are within the radius of destruction of these systems. Potentially, the missiles can hit Moldova, Romania and Turkey. S-400 is a Russian long- and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system. The system is capable of hitting aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 km, as well as ballistic targets at ranges up to 60 km. The maximum target speed that the system can intercept is 4.8 km per second. The Russian Guards Sevastopol-Feodosia anti-aircraft missile regiment was reinforced with the first division of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems Triumph in 2016. The second division was deployed near Sevastopol in January 2018. The third division of anti-aircraft systems S-400 took up combat duty near Yevpatoria in September 2018.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a draft bill to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, to extend the law “On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.” What’s your comment on that? Special Representative of the U.S. Department of State for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in an exclusive interview with UNIAN explained why Ukraine needed to retain the special status of Donbas, told about the progress in negotiations with Russia on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission, and revealed why he had met with Ukraine’s opposition leaders during his latest September visit.
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said it would be too costly for Russia to try to move forward in Donbas. “I think that’s very important, making clear to Russia that it’s not going to be gaining anything more here. We are hoping to deter new aggression and demonstrate that the existing aggression is only costing Russia,” he said in an exclusive interview with UNIAN. Volker stressed the Ukrainian military due to Ukraine’s own efforts is much better today than it was in 2014. “The Ukrainian military due to Ukraine’s own efforts is much, much better today than it was in 2014. And so that already would introduce additional costs to Russia, and inability of Russia to deny its responsibility if it were to launch new aggression this time,” he said.
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has called on the Russian Federation to cancel sham, illegal elections in Donbas in connection with the extension by the Verkhovna Rada of the law on the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukraine has repeatedly done its part to implement Minsk, now Russia must fulfill its commitments, Volker said.
The UN peacekeeping mission should create environment of overall security for holding elections for the legitimate local entities in occupied Donbas.
On GPS, Ukraine’s President tells Fareed that Vladimir Putin’s meddling in his country has boosted Ukrainian support for joining the EU and NATO.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for making Ukraine a more European-oriented country. The share of Ukrainians who support the country’s integration into the EU is 74% now.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that “Russia will have to pay according to the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration court. All the funds won by Ukraine in the courts against Russia will be returned to Ukraine.” Ukraine had recently won a gas transit contract dispute against Russia in the Stockholm Arbitration Court. “We applied to the Stockholm court and won $4.6 billion. They should not expect that this amount will never be paid to Ukraine in full. Our country will receive even more, as every day that Russia doesn’t pay, the amount owing [to Ukraine] grows by half a million dollars. And I have no doubt that the amount will be received soon,” Interfax-Ukraine Poroshenko him as saying. According to the Ukrainian President, Kyiv won’t return Russia the funds transferred to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in December 2013.
Ukrainian President Petro says the United Nations General Assembly will adopt a resolution calling Russia an occupying state. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing a new draft resolution on Crimea for consideration at the UN General Assembly late this year.
Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France are “practically ready” to submit a joint resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas – 112.international
Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France are practically ready to submit a joint resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France are “practically ready” to submit a joint resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas. This was stated during a speech of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the the National Academy of Legal Sciences in Kharkiv, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “Today, Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France have such a common vision of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas that they are practically ready to submit a joint resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration. And if Russia takes advantage of the right of veto, it will be its challenge not only to Ukraine, but to the entire world community. This will further strengthen Russia’s isolation, “he said.
There has been a 30% increase in the number of restrictions OSCE monitors have faced in Ukraine, the vast majority in areas controlled by Russia’s proxies. Response to the OSCE’s Chief Monitor in Ukraine, Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office’s Special Representative in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna September 27, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Ambassador Apakan, we are pleased to welcome you back to the Permanent Council and regret that Ambassador Sajdik is not able to be with us here today. Please pass on our appreciation for his work and his report, and that we wish him a speedy recovery. Ambassador Apakan, we remain supportive of your collective efforts to seek a lasting peace in eastern Ukraine. The people of Ukraine deserve peace, a peace that is achieved through the respect for international law and commitments, including those relating to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, and you and your monitors can continue to count on our full support.
Most members of the United Nations Security Council support the Ukrainian initiative for deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas. “The United States, the United Kingdom, France – three of five permanent members of the UN Security Council – stand with us. We have an intensive dialogue with China, which will not oppose certainly. Most of the UN Security Council members also support us as evidenced by the talks I held yesterday and the day before. The Russian Federation is the only one country which is against [deployment of peacekeeping mission],” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said, speaking at the celebrations on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of the National Academy of Legal Sciences in Kharkiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Solution to the issue of deployment of UN peacekeeping mission has reached “Moscow’s deadlock”, Poroshenko stressed. At the same time, the President reminded that Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France had a common vision for such a mission and were ready to “almost immediately” submit a joint resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration. At the same time, Poroshenko noted that if Russia used its veto power, it would defy the international community and further strengthen its isolation. According to the Head of State, the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas, as Ukraine insists, will significantly reduce the risk of military conflict escalation in eastern Ukraine and prevent Russia and mercenaries from delivering weapons.
Ukraine spends 6% of its GDP on the defense sector, which is more than NATO’s member countries spend to maintain their minimum obligations to the Alliance, stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking at the ceremony of handing over two American Island-class patrol boats that took place at the US Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, Ukrinform reports. “Our military obligations are 6% of the GDP. This figure is now higher than minimal obligations for NATO members,” he said. At the same time, the President stressed that now that the new Ukrainian army is effectively stopping Russian aggression and fighting for freedom and Democracy, it has in fact effectively become the eastern flank of NATO.
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has called on Russia to stop spreading destabilizing propaganda. “On the International Day for Universal Access to Information, we call on Russia to stop spreading destabilizing propaganda,” the embassy wrote on its Twitter account on Friday. The U.S. embassy said it commends “independent journalists and NGOs who work to ensure…
President of the United States of America Donald Trump has signed the bill on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, which provides for $250 million in security assistance to Ukraine. The sum is 50 million higher than the allocations of the 2018 budget for relevant financial aid programs for Ukraine.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace have discussed joint response to the threats of a hybrid war being waged by Russia. “During the visit to Ukraine by the UK security minister we coordinated plans for comprehensive cooperation, exchange of experience, mutual access to databases and adequate joint responses to the threats of a hybrid war being waged by the Russian Federation against the civilized world,” Avakov wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov and Great Britain's Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace discussed plans for comprehensive cooperation and exchange of experience. Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov and Great Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace discussed plans for comprehensive cooperation and exchange of experience. “During a visit of the UK’s Minister for Security to Ukraine, we coordinated plans for comprehensive cooperation, exchange of experience, mutual access to databases and adequate joint responses to the threats of the hybrid war waged by the Russian Federation against the civilized world,” Avakov wrote on Twitter.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov says Russia is deploying new military units on the border with Ukraine, which can be used for active hostilities. According to the official, this constitutes a serious threat for Ukraine.
The Russian Federation is attempting to deploy additional military forces near the border with Ukraine, said Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC).
Russia is deploying additional troops near the Ukrainian border, stated Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. “We can see active attempts to deploy additional military units along the Ukrainian border, and their number is already comparable with those of 2014 when the Russian State Duma decided to deploys troops [to Crimea and Donbas]. These new units are not simply a demonstration of force. They can be used for active military actions. We should understand and be ready for it,” he said. Several days ago, Turchynov stated that Russia would never dominate in the Azov Sea.
National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has predicted that Ukraine and the United States will continue military-technical cooperation, including on the supply of lethal weapons. “We needed four years to convince our partners that we should begin to cooperate in matters of lethal weapons. But the first step has already been taken, and I think this relevant issue will also be discussed at the end of this year. When planning the budget for next year, we will talk about more serious interaction systems and projects, in particular air defense,” Turchynov told journalists in Kharkiv on Wednesday. When asked whether lethal weapons were supplied from the United States to Ukraine in addition to the Javelin anti-tank missile systems, in particular, small arms and ammunition, Turchynov said: “Ammunition, sniper rifles – such weapons can formally be bought in a military store, you know. When we talk about weapons, these are weapons that can be used to systematically defeat an enemy. These are already anti-tank missile systems. This is serious military assistance. Of course, there was help in the form of radar systems that can locate an enemy.” Turchynov also stressed that he would like Ukraine to maintain military-technical cooperation with its strategic partners without any restrictions. “There can be no restrictions in military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and our strategic partners. This is the logic of the reforms we are conducting in the Armed Forces, in other bodies. This is a transition to NATO standards, etc. I am convinced that this movement must be reciprocal,” he said.
05.10.18 10:03 – No one killed, three Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas on Oct. 4 amid 20 attacks by Russian proxies, – JFO center The situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area remained tense over the past 24 hours as the Russian-led forces continued barraging the government troops with heavy weapons. View news.
Ukrainian members of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization in Donbas claim the Russian occupiers have deployed 180 tanks and about a hundred guns and artillery systems beyond the withdrawal lines. “According to the report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission of October 4, a significant amount of militants’ weapons had been spotted in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, which were deployed in violation of withdrawal lines and outside designated storage sites,” as reported by the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) on Facebook. According to the OSCE’s report, “in violation of withdrawal lines in non-government-controlled areas, on October 1, aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of three tanks (undetermined variants) in a training area 1km north of Svobodne (73km south of Donetsk).” Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10287576-donbas-militants-amass-military-hardware-beyond-withdrawal-lines-jccc.html
A power line was torn apart due to the artillery strike in Krymske, Luhansk region, maintenance works underway
On Thursday, October 4, Russian occupant forces attacked Ukrainian military emplacements nine times
Spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says a large batch of small arms and ammunition has been delivered to the occupied city of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, from the Russian Federation. The arsenal is stored on the military base, which is arranged on the site of the former knitting factory in Luhansk.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 34 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, three enemy troops were killed and another three were wounded.
Volunteers of the Povernys Zhyvym [Come Back Alive] project have posted on social networks the video showing the strike hitting the militants’ truck with ammo. According to the Ukrainian intelligence, a militant company commander was among those killed in the hit.
The command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is secretly boosting the training of the occupation forces in Donbas to conduct offensive operations, speaker of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Dmitry Hutsuliak told a Kyiv briefing Wednesday. The Russian Federation plans to conduct military exercises in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
Forty persons in military-style outfits crossed the uncontrolled section of Ukraine's border with Russia at Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk from September 25 to October 2, according to a weekly report by the OSCE Observer Mission published on the organization's website.
Officer of the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Anatoliy Shtefan, has disclosed the enemy death toll in Donbas in September 2018. In September, about 62 militants were killed in the units of the Russian occupation troops of the so-called “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s republics.”
Officers of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, operating as part of the Joint Forces, have reported yet another case of Russian occupation forces using banned special-purpose laser weapons. It is reported that the serviceman hit by a laser beam lost 80% of sight in a right eye.
At least four people, including a candidate for the head of the Russia-backed formation called the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have been injured in an explosion in Donetsk.
Three boys have been reported killed and another injured by a land mine in a separatist-controlled town in eastern Ukraine.
Head of the Joint Forces Operation’s (JFO) press center Viacheslav Petrovskiy says the Ukrainian military have expanded the security zone in Donbas by more than 10 square kilometers since the beginning of August. The security zone has been expanded by more than 10 square kilometers.
Police in Moscow have detained Ukraine’s former minister of transport, ex-Member of Parliament (2012-2014) Mykola Rudkovsky, who had been wanted for allegedly taking part in the “attack” on the Russian embassy in Kyiv in 2014. According to the investigation, Rudkovsky allegedly hurled a stone at the building of the Russian embassy in Kyiv in June 2014.
Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka says residents of the occupied territories in Donbas have no illusions about the possible accession of the war-struck areas in Donbas – the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) – to Russia. Russia doesn’t need the devastated and destroyed Donbas, the deputy minister believes. Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka says residents of the occupied territories in Donbas have no illusions about the possible accession of the war-struck areas in Donbas – the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) – to Russia. “There are no illusions in this regard among residents of the occupied territories, while there’s huge disappointment, which is now dominating there,” he told the Ukrainian news outlet Glavred on October 5. According to the official, there is still no popular slogan “We want to Ukraine” in the temporarily occupied areas in eastern Ukraine. However, it’s the “we want things to be as they were before the war!” that is prevailing at the moment.
Ukraine’s humanitarian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas settlement, Iryna Gerashchenko, says Ukraine demands that Russia and its proxies in occupied Donbas return 30,000 railcars to the Ukrainian state-owned railway company Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways), including 85 railcars that were purchased for the credit funds of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). According to the official, 85 railcars were bought by Ukraine under the EBRD loan.
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces has called information about the alleged supply to Ukraine of a large batch of lethal weapons and ammunition from the United States “fake news.” “This information is untrue. It is just another lie of Russia’s propaganda machine,” Bohdan Senyk, who heads the public office of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Wednesday, October 3. Interfax (interfax.ru), citing sources, earlier reported that on August 30, about 3,500 small arms, more than 3,100 mines, about two million ammunition rounds, 34,000 detonation devices, 52,000 missiles and 5.38 million blank cartridges were imported into Ukraine via the Krakivets border crossing.
“Reforming security and defense sector during war is ‘trump card’ that can be used to build up cooperation with NATO,” – Polish National Security Bureau chief at meeting with Turchynov. PHOTOS (05.10.18 13:45) « World | Censor.NET
05.10.18 13:45 – “Reforming security and defense sector during war is ‘trump card’ that can be used to build up cooperation with NATO,” – Polish National Security Bureau chief at meeting with Turchynov. PHOTOS Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov and Head of the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland Pawel Soloch, who is on a two-day visit in Ukraine, discussed the trending areas of… View news.
190-meters high TV tower built in Hirnyk, Donetsk region; it can transmit the signal of Ukrainian TV channels to the occupied territories – 190-meters high TV tower built in Hirnyk, Donetsk region – 112.international
A new TV tower, which made 190 meters in height has been built in the town of Hirnyk, Donetsk region. Telemerezhi Ukrainy, the state-run company posted this on Facebook. The new facility is supposed to broadcast the Ukrainian TV programs to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk region. This tower is recognized the highest ever in the history of modern Ukraine. Earlier, the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine issued new permissions for temporary broadcasting under a simplified procedure in temporarily uncontrolled territories in Donetsk region and in Crimea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law on the introduction of amendments into several Ukrainian laws considering the temporary permits for broadcasting in JFO zone and at Ukrainian border areas.
Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has passes the law “On amendments to the charters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” (No. 9036). The law enshrines the use of an official address “Pan” (“sir” in Ukrainian) instead of the Soviet-era “tovarysh” [comrade].
A group of deputies from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine headed by Oleksandr Shevchenko registered a Parliament bill proposing criminal prosecution for promoting the idealogy of “Russian World”. As stated in an explanatory note attached to the draft bill, “current Ukrainian legislation prohibits only communist and national socialist ideologies, not taking into account the promotion of the ideas of “Russian World,” which aim at destruction of Ukrainian independence.” In connection with this, the deputies propose to put into law the concept of “Russian World” and determine what statements can be considered propaganda. It is planned to include ideas such as the justification of “Russian aggression” against Ukraine, the spread of the idea of the unification of the Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian people, the spread of the idea that the Russian or Slavic civilization is self-sufficient and unique, as well as praising Russia’s leaders and promoting the idea that the Russian Orthodox Church has an “exclusive status.” Deputies of the Rada propose to punish such actions by imprisonment for up to five years with or without confiscation of property. Representatives of the authorities will receive stricter punishment, five to ten years in prison. The same punishment is planned to be established for persons who promote the idea of “Russian World” in social media and internet publications. In addition, the bill proposes not to allow registration of presidential or deputy candidates, if they promote the pro-Russian ideology or have ties to the political forces promoting such ideology.
The former Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin stated on his VKontakte post that the audio recording published by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) was authentic. The recording captured an assistant to Denis Pushilin discussing the assasination of then DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko with unknown people. Pushilin was chosen to succeed Zakharchenko a week after the latter was assassinated on August 31. “I have just received confirmation from Donetsk that it is not a ‘Ukrainian fake.’ The character has been recognized and the people who know him have no doubt regarding the identification of his voice and manner of speaking. It was also confirmed that this person surely worked in Pushilin’s team and was one of his close associates at least in late June this year,” Girkin said. The SBU stated that the recorded conversation took place in June between the assistant of Pushilin, who was the head of Parliament at the time and represented the Republic during the negotiations on Minsk, and two unknown people. In this recording, the people were discussing the preparations for a coup d’état by Pushilin and the assasination of Zakharchenko.
Former separatist commander of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Khodakovsky confirmed the authenticity of the Ukrainian Security Service’s recordings of conspirators plotting the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, reports the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) on Facebook, citing Khodakovsky’s posts in social networks. “We still haven’t learnt to keep secrets. We cut off all communications with Ukraine and they take information from our communication channels anyway. We are looking for spies and they surround us with secret services… Mr. Lavrentiev even went to Turkey in June to discuss plans and took no precautions against leaks, putting everyone in a very awkward position. You should be more vigilant if you discuss conspiracy plans. The walls have ears,” Khodakovsky wrote. On September 27, the SBU published an audio recording of a conversation between an assistant to Denis Pushilin, the new DPR leader, and two unknown persons, where they discussed the “replacement” of Zakharchenko as head of the DPR.
Four people, including a candidate for the head of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), Igor Khakimzyanov, have been injured in an explosion in the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The explosion took place in a building where the “DPR” Communist Party held a meeting on September 29.
The Ukrainian Air Force has a thing for crazy, dangerous low-altitude passes, but you probably can’t fly much lower than this.
By David Cenciotti You can’t fly lower than this…. We have already posted quite a few videos of Ukrainian Air Force aircraft performing ultra-low level passes. The most famous ones are those of a MiG-29 performing a show of force onpro-Russia separatist blocking rails; a big Ilyushin Il-76 buzzing some Su-25s (and the Frogfoots returning the favor while buzzing the tower); a Su-25 flying low over the heads of a group of female soldiers posing for a photograph and then performing an aileron roll; a Su-27 Flanker performing a low pass right after take off; and a Su-24MR tactical reconnaissance aircraft flying low over the flight line at Starokostiantyniv. The latest footage is really impressive. It shows what is probably a Su-24M Fencer, a supersonic, all-weather, twin-engined, two-seater plane with a variable geometry wing, designed to perform ultra low level strike missions developed in the Soviet Union and serving, among the others, with the Syrian, Iranian and Libyan Air Force buzzing the flight line at an airbase in Ukraine, probably once again “Staro”, where the Fencers of the 7th Tactical Aviation Brigade are based. Although Ukrainian Air Force pilots regularly fly at low altitude, this time the Su-24 appears to be lower than comfortable for the camera man, missing the other Fencers on the apron by a matter of a few meters (or maybe centimeters…). Anyway, here’s the footage for you to judge:
The new 155-mm self-propelled artillery unit Bogdan, a prototype of which all saw in August, is 95% made of components from Ukrainian production.Defense Express, a full version of the story, is reported in Defense Express No. 8, 2018, in the news of a new NATO cavalry unit.SAU “Bogdan” was developed to fulfill the technical task prepared by the specialists of the Central Research Institute of Arms and Military Equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The new project is funded under the state defense order. The first prototype, which can also be characterized as a technology demonstration, is currently in the factory testing phase.By this time there were no self-propelled artillery systems in Ukraine on the wheeled chassis (with the exception of 1 unit of SAU 2С23 “Nona-SVK” and self-propelled mortars on the basis of BTR – note UMP). There is a expectation that the Bogdan system, due to high mobility, automation of data preparation processes for opening fire and charging, a small time spent on combat, can significantly increase the potential of our artillery units.Moreover, it is possible to apply new tactical techniques that are called “shoot-and-scoot” in NATO cranes or “shoot and run”.This is about the possibility of quick fire strikes on the enemy’s intended goals and leaving their own position even before the enemy strikes a response. Such a tactic of application was almost impossible with the towels to be towed, and self-propelled howitzers on the crawler ride will also give way to the mobility of the wheeled AO “Bogdan”. The unconditional superiority and pride of the Bohdan SAU is that it will come on the battlefield with the brand “made in Ukraine”. The art system itself is 95% made from components of Ukrainian manufacture, some non-key components, including control panels – foreign production.The new 155-mm SAU “Bogdan” was created by companies of the private segment of the industrial complex of Ukraine. The developer of SAU – Kramatorsky heavy machine tool plant. It is precisely the kramatorskoj enterprises that all the key components of Bogdan’s art pieces, including the barrel of the newest gun, have been developed and manufactured.By the way, it is precisely at the kramatorskoy enterprise, in addition to the trunks to the artsists, already manufactured and new trunks for tank guns. About 10 defense companies are involved in the co-operation. Among them – PJSC “AvtoKrAZ” (Kremenchuk, Poltava region), who made a chassis under “Bogdan”.The SAU was created on the basis of the all-wheel drive military truck “KrAZ-6322” with the wheel formula 6х6. The chassis has a twin armored four-door cabin with two rows of seats and designed for a crew of 5 people. There is a centralized tire inflating system, thanks to which the chassis has high permeability across different soils, the RunFlat system (provides tire performance in the presence of punctures), light-emitting diodes.Requirements foresee that the platform should ensure the presence of anticocal armored protection of the crew from the balls of type B-32 caliber 7,62 mm with a distance of no more than 30 m at firing points ± 300 and shell fragments of similar energy performance.
The Ukrainian Army has received the new batch of upgraded T-80 and T-64BV tanks and new BTR-4 armoured vehicle personnel carriers. UkrOboronProm on 3 October has announced that the Ukrainian Army received the new batch of 16 upgraded T-80 and T-64BV tanks modernised by ‘Kharkiv Armored Plant‘ and 5 new BTR-4 (with modern German Deutz engines ) armoured personnel carriers (APC) developed by the ‘Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau‘. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov visited the flagships of the armored industry of Ukraine – the State enterprise “Malyshev Plant” where as instructed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, a ceremonial handover of armament and military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noted that during deep modernization and re-equipment of the tanks, new constructive solutions were introduced – “an automatic fire control system with a laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator and a complex of guided weapons have been developed and installed, which also allows firing guided missiles”. Moreover, Mr. Turchynov stressed that the level of protection and structural changes introduced given the use of BTR-4 in combat conditions, “made it one of the most effective military vehicles in the Armed Forces of Ukraine”.
Ukrainian servicemen have received 16 tanks and five armored personnel carriers manufactured by the Ukroboronprom State Concern, President Petro Poroshenko has said.
04.10.18 11:26 – Poroshenko: 16 tanks, five APCs handed over to Ukrainian army. VIDEO&PHOTOS Ukrainian Armed Forces have received 16 tanks and five armored personnel carriers manufactured by the state-run Ukroboronprom Concern. View news.
The military of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) have received a brand-new armored personnel carrier (BTR) Butsefal (“Bucephalus”), developed by the Kharkiv-based Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, a state-owned enterprise. The BTR is equipped with a powerful 30mm gun and a combat module that includes Stugna anti-tank guided missiles.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine plans to strengthen the Armed Forces’ armored potential. The military have received 16 T-64 and T-80 tanks, as well as five BTR-4 armored personnel carriers.
The day of the machine-builder at AvtoKrAZ was marked with awards, awards, a concert and an autoshow with the arrivals of KrAZs on the obstacles at the test-demonstration ground.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law on the ratification of the General Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers and the Polish Government on the cooperation in the defence field, as the President’s Administration reports. According to the message, the implementation of the document creates the prerequisites for the development of the Ukrainian-Polish cooperation in the defence sector. The Agreement provides for the cooperation of both of the states concerning information sharing, demonstration of the armaments and military equipment, joint drills, bilateral and multilateral military exercises, military cultural events and competitions, and etc.
President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on ratification of the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Romania on cooperation in the field of military transportation.
One of the suspects in the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, “Ruslan Boshirov,” who was identified by investigative-journalism website Bellingcat as Colonel of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (also known as GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga, reportedly headed an operation to “evacuate” ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia amid Euromaidan events in February 2014. The prosecutor in the Yanukovych treason case, Ruslan Kravchenko, said that he could neither confirm nor deny the participation of Chepiga-Boshirov in the “evacuation” of the ex-president.
Airbase “Mirgorod”, which is based on the 831-th brigade of tactical aviation of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, will receive a new airfield fence.The Department of Capital Construction and Repair of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (military unit A3641) has purchased at the electronic auction the services of construction of the fence of the airfield Mirgorod in the amount of 25 600 000 UAH, at the starting price of 29 753 833 UAH.The works will include installing a metal fence with split panels up to 2.2 m high, building an outdoor lighting network and arranging a patrol road.
Ukraine in the second half of October is switching to the unified national list of dual-use goods that are subject to export control, meeting EU standards, the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine has reported.
15 helicopter bases and service centre for the French Airbus Helicopters in the amount of 55 items will start working in Ukraine soon. Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine, claimed this during the working visit to France as the press service of the ministry reported. “We will open the service centre for Airbus Helicopters and create extra working places in Ukraine. Preliminary, we plan that 15 bases for our helicopter units will start working all over the country,” Avakov said.
03.10.18 13:45 – Defense industry development strengthens country’s defense capability, economy, creates new jobs, NSDC’s Turchynov says Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov visited the flagships of the armored industry of Ukraine – the state-run Malyshev Plant and the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau – where he… View news.
President Petro Poroshenko has presented Francois Hollande with one of Ukraine’s highest awards in Kyiv, praising the former French leader’s support in the face of Russia’s “aggression.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called information about the possible exchange of illegally convicted Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov and other Ukrainians for Russian nationals arrested and convicted in the U.S. – alleged spy Maria Butina, drug dealer Konstantin Yaroshenko and arms dealer Viktor Bout – was not an accidental leak. The foreign minister suggested that Russia seeks to “start bargaining, raising stakes.”
Russia is ready to exchange the Ukrainian director and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for the Russians convicted in the US – Russia ready to exchange Sentsov for three Russians convicted in U.S., – Novaya Gazeta – 112.international
Russia is ready to exchange the Ukrainian director and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for the Russians convicted in the US Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, as well as Maria Butina, who is under arrest. This is reported by Novaya Gazeta referring to a source close to the negotiations on the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. According to the source, the Kremlin is ready to discuss the exchange of Oleg Sentsov directly with Washington. Ukraine will not be a party to the negotiations. It is also reported that the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova informed the publication that she “does not know” on such an initiative. Viktor Bout is a Russian entrepreneur, convicted in 2012 in the United States for 25 years in prison for intending to illegally trade in arms and support terrorism. Konstantin Yaroshenko was arrested on May 28, 2010 in Liberia by officers of the republic’s special services on charges of preparing for transportation of a large batch of cocaine. Then the pilot was deported to the United States. On September 7, 2011, the US Court for the Southern District of New York City prepared Yaroshenko to 20 years in prison, finding him guilty of conspiracy to smuggle a large consignment of drugs, some of which were destined for sale in the United States. On July 15, 2018 a Russian citizen Maria Butina was detained in Washington on suspicion of trying to influence US policy on the orders of a high-ranking official from the Kremlin. She was officially charged on two counts – in collusion with the purpose of working as a foreign agent and in acting as a foreign agent without proper registration.
The U.S. does not consider the option of exchange of the Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov for three Russians kept in custody in America, as the Russian BBC service reported referring to the source in the U.S. State Department. “Any pointless attempt of Russia to use an illegal detention of a Ukrainian as a basis for the talks was another sign that Russia treats the human rights, Ukraine’s sovereignty and the supremacy of law with poor respect,” the statement of the interlocutor of Russian BBC service in the State Department. “The charges against Sentsov are unreasonable, it is a cynical revenge for his position concerning Russia’s occupation of Crimea,” the State Department statement says.
Ukraine to spend one third of budget to repay debts, – Prime Minister
02.10.18 12:22 – PM Hroisman: Ukraine to return 427B hryvnia in external borrowings next year which is one third of budget Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman says the government is to return 427 billion hryvnia (about $15,250,000,000 ) in external borrowing in 2019. View news.
Author : Olena Holubeva Parliamentary appeal to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne was supported by those who declared an intention to run for the presidency: Yulia Tymoshenko, Oleh Lyashko, Yuriy Derevyanko, and Viktor Chumak
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urges the country’s National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No. 9157 on “Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”. Ivan Vynnyk, the Secretary of the Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, presented a draft law. “We realize that a journalistic staff performs their duties decently, we also realize that they are trying to comply with the principles of professional journalistic ethics… But we have to fulfill the requirements of the petition – to consider, to adopt. The committee offers this very wording and proposes to forward it to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine regarding the introduction of the personal restrictive sanctions,” Vynnyk said. The parliament stated that “there are systematic signs of imitation of discourse practices of Russian imperial- chauvinistic propaganda in the activity of a number of legal entities, permanent demonstration of propaganda and spreading of the ideology of terrorism”. The Verkhovna Rada has ordered to offer the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against Ariadna TV LLC, Novy Format LLC, TV Vybir LLC,112-TV Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Lider TV LLC, Partner TV LLC, Novyny 24 Chasa LLC.
Austrian-American actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline Olerom Forum One in Kyiv on Oct. 13. The event’s lineup also features humanoid robot Sophia that uses artificial intelligence.
The Security Service of Ukraine has exposed the facts of the unlawful supply of materials to the Russian Federation, used for the construction of the so-called Kerch Strait bridge in the illegally annexed Crimea that connects the occupied peninsula with mainland Russia. Security operatives have collected evidence peroving that the management of one of the Ukrainian enterprises that mines break stone has set up deliveries to the Russian Federation, the SBU press service reports. The suspects mined minerals without relevant permits in the quarries owned by a Russian national, then selling break stone via intermediaries of a Russian company that is a subsidiary of JSC Mostozhelezhelezobetonkonstruktsiya. Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/10287096-ukrainian-company-supplied-building-materials-for-kerch-strait-bridge-sbu.html
If you don’t see it yet, the noose is tightening around a declaration that Russia is supporting terrorist activities. Russian companies have now been declared as supporting terrorist activities in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, which are still a part of Ukraine. The next logical step is a declaration that Russia is supporting terrorist…
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland claimed that Poland and Ukraine are able to supply raw materials to Western markets in conditions of the growing influence of China in world trade – 112.international
In conditions of the growing influence of China in world trade, precisely Poland and Ukraine are able to supply raw materials to Western markets. In conditions of the growing influence of China in world trade, precisely Poland and Ukraine are able to supply raw materials to Western markets. Bartosz Cichocki, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland claimed this in the interview to PAP. ‘Internal reform of Ukraine has a key meaning in this dimension,’ Cichocki noted. The Representative of Polish MFA also noted that internal reforms in Ukraine should not be delayed by armed conflict with Moscow or “the conflict of identity” with Poland.
Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) jointly with the Prosecutor’s office blocked the export of smuggled amber with the weight of more than one ton to the European countries in Zakarpattia region. The press office of the SBU reports. ‘Law enforcement officers found a local resident with illegally extracted sunstone in VAN at “Luzhnyky” customs post. The stuff was placed in trunk compartment and was packed into travel bags. Operational services established that one of the customs officers facilitated the smuggling of the amber across the state border of Ukraine,’ SBU reports.
Ukrainian anticorruption investigators have launched a probe into alleged illegal enrichment by a top intelligence official whose family reportedly owns three villas worth millions of dollars.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, together with the StratCom Ukraine Center for Strategic Communications, has launched an online campaign #CorrectUA, during which it will ask foreign media outlets to spell the Ukrainian capital correctly (#KyivNotKiev), the ministry's press service has said. “Every day during the campaign the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will post messages on its Facebook and Twitter pages with instances of incorrect use of the name Kyiv as Kiev by leading foreign media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC, Reuters, and others,” the statement said. The Foreign Ministry invited all Ukrainian citizens and their friends to join the campaign.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has demanded access to Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for more than four months.
A monument to Anne of Kyiv, the daughter of Grand Prince of Kyiv Yaroslav the Wise, the wife of King Henry I of France and the regent of France in 1060-1065, has been unveiled in the French city of Toulouse.
Five members of one family in Ukraine’s southern region of Odesa have been hospitalized with symptoms of anthrax after slaughtering cattle, the Health Ministry says.
When Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down to plot his invasion of Ukraine in February 2014, he didn’t have to start from scratch. Generations of Russian rulers have invaded Ukrainian lands to starve, deport and enslave the native populations, and Putin has drawn avidly from their playbooks. Ukraine’s oligarchs have been equally ruthless in despoiling the country, some even funding the very rebels who’d like to conquer it. Here’s a rundown of those who have done the most to devastate Ukraine.
Ukraine is striving to attract foreign direct investment. Numerous roadshows showcasing the attractiveness of investments in Ukraine are being organized in different countries and pushed on the pages of some of the finest newspapers and magazines. On October 8, there will be a full Ukrainian Week in London, where the country’s leadership will attempt to create the impression that Ukraine is an increasingly attractive and safe country for foreign investors. [Editor’s note: The Atlantic Council is a sponsor of Ukrainian Week.] For many years, I was convinced that Ukraine is an attractive and safe country for investors. I made my first investment in 1993 in the Odessa Sea Port and since then my group has invested more than $400 million into the Ukrainian economy. I am a British citizen and the former owner of the Kyiv Post, the only independent English language newspaper in Ukraine. I owned the Kyiv Post for nine years and, without fear and favor, we strove to showcase both the positive and negative aspects of doing business in Ukraine. The newspaper frequently highlighted the pros and cons and then left it to our readers to make up their own minds. In April 2018, I sold the newspaper but have not changed my attitude toward championing the truth. For me, this issue is personal. In 2000, after having invested over $150 million in Donetsk Steel Works, I was told to leave. With the help of the Kyiv Post and the diplomatic community, I was able to withstand that attack. After that I had no problem until I took over the Kyiv Post. While there were requests through my Ukrainian employees to kill certain articles, we never gave in. In response, there was an effort to exert administrative pressure on my other business entities. Yet through all this we stood tall. I believe that owning the Kyiv Post provided me with a degree of protection. Since I sold the Kyiv Post, the vengeance has begun again. This stems in part from the fact that, although the Kyiv Post did support incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the beginning of his term, we noticed that corrupt practices weren’t being tackled properly, and we started criticizing him. In response, the SBU, which is responsible for state security in the economic sphere, forced the police to initiate a criminal case against us based on the allegation that we have illegally altered the historic façade of the former Leipzig hotel we own where we have invested upwards of $90 million. However, when we provided all the documents confirming that the façade work was done in full compliance with the law, the case was closed. Now we are under another raider attack. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the no-name “construction company” Prombud-M are trying to snatch a piece of land legally belonging to us. Here is the chronology of the events which shows just how rotten the system is:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin committed genocide against the Ukrainian people in the early 1930s, when millions died in a horrific famine known as the Holodomor. The “simple resolution” passed on October 3 commemorates the 85th anniversary of the famine of 1932-33, saying the event “should serve as a reminder of repressive Soviet policies against the people of Ukraine.” The Senate “recognizes the findings of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine as submitted to Congress on April 22, 1988, including that…’Stalin and those around him committed genocide against the Ukrainians in 1932–1933,'” it said. Millions of people died in the famine, which many Ukrainians consider to have been caused by Soviet central planners as an act of genocide, aimed at wiping out Ukrainian farmers. In the U.S. Congress, simple resolutions are nonbinding, passed by only one chamber of Congress, and don’t become law. Typically, they are used by lawmakers to usually back a pet project or endeavor, or a potentially political controversial issue without forcing a more public vote. The Ukrainian Embassy in Washington described the resolution as the “first-ever legal act” of Congress recognizing the tragedy as a genocide, a highly charged term that is likely to anger Moscow. Russian historians, and others, have stopped short of saying the famine was engineered to kill Ukrainians, noting that many other ethnic groups also suffered. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed the resolution, writing on Facebook on October 4 that it was “another significant result of strengthening Ukraine-U.S. strategic partnership.”
The United States Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution that has become the first ever legal act of the United States Congress, where the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was designated as genocide against the Ukrainian people. The resolution was the result of fruitful interaction between the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States, the Ukrainian community of America and friends of Ukraine in the U.S. Senate.
Ukraine has declared a Hungarian consul persona non grata and demanded he leave the country within 72 hours.
Head of the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland, Pawel Soloch, states that the tension in relations between Ukraine and Hungary should not affect the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Union. The official commented on Budapest blocking Kyiv’s participation in NATO events.
The Consul of Hungary in the town of Berehove, Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region, has been declared persona non grata. The consul must leave the territory of Ukraine within the next 72 hours.
Erno Keshken, Hungary’s Ambassador to Ukraine, received a note demanding the Hungarian consul in Ukraine’s Berehove to leave the country within 72 hours
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) assures that the legislative branch of Ukraine needs to decide on the possibility of the implementation of the criminal liability for the dual citizenship. Viktor Kononenko, the Deputy Head of the SBU claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported. “The dual citizenship is forbidden in our country by law, but no criminal liability is provided for it,” Kononenko said.
Hungary will immediately retaliate if Ukraine expels the Hungarian consul from the town of Berehove, Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region, over the issue of Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry on October 4 plans to send Hungary a note informing that the Hungarian consul in Berehove must leave Ukraine.
United States Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison says that the U.S. continues to call on Hungary not to oppose a NATO-Ukraine Commission. Hungary started to block any Ukraine-NATO Commission activity over a new education law adopted by Ukraine to introduce Ukrainian as the language of tuition.
02.10.18 11:31 – FM Klimkin: Hungary to recall its consul from Ukraine’s Berehovo this week otherwise he’ll be expelled Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says that following a reported case of issuing Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens, Ukraine is going to expel the Hungarian consul from Berehove this week if Budapest does not recall its… View news.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said Russia will use the situation with the issuance of Hungarian passports to Ukrainians in Zakarpattia to destabilize the region in particular and Ukraine as a whole. The Kremlin’s actions are neither in the interests of Hungarians in Zakarpattia nor in the interests of Hungary.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin gave a week to the Foreign Ministry of Hungary to withdraw its consul from Ukraine as he reported on Facebook. “I offered the Foreign Minister of Hungary to recall this consul. If it is not done this week, we will send a note to the Hungarian side on his expulsion,” Klimkin emphasized. Also, the minister reminded that Hungary violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. “I told the Foreign Minister of Hungary our argumentation, they violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. 100%. Of course, by definition, nobody should hide the fact of acquisition of rights and commitments,” he said.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has been included in Ukraine’s Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper) Center database, which lists individuals who pose a threat to the country’s security. The politician’s profile was added to the base because of “an attempt on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Criminal proceeding for the issuance of Hungarian passports to the residents of Zakarpattia region investigated under the article of the Criminal Code on high treason. The press office of the regional Prosecutor’s office claimed, Interfax-Ukraine reports. ‘The information recorded in the unified register of pre-trial investigations under Part 1 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code (“Treason”). This is a preliminary legal qualification,’ the press office of the regional Prosecutor’s office claimed.
The prosecutor’s office in Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region jointly with the SBU Security Service of Ukraine is investigating the issue of Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens in the town of Berehove as high treason. In keeping with Ukraine’s Criminal Code, high treason is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 12 to 15 years.
At the OSCE conference that took place on September 11 in Warsaw, representatives from Russia allegedly distributed booklets that described the …
It is not an offense for Ukrainian nationals not to report the fact that they are also in possession of a passport issued by another country, according to Tamás Menczer, the Hungarian foreign ministry’s Minister of State for Information and Hungary’s International Image. Hungary will not be recalling its Consul General or Consul from Berehove in view of these affairs, “no matter how much the Ukrainians recommend this,” according to Menczer.
Criminal Code of Ukraine does not consider dual citizenship a crime, accordingly, there is no punishment for it
The event was organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in cooperation with the diplomatic missions of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop wrote on Facebook. “The Ukrainian month “Ukraine in focus” has started in Budapest. We organized this event together with the Embassies of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States in Hungary,” the ambassador wrote.
The Slovakian community in Zakarpattia, which borders upon four countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, does not experience problems due to the implementation of the language law “On education.” Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, claimed this at the joint briefing with his Slovakian colleague Miroslav Lajcak as 112 Ukraine reported. “We should not lose time, discussing, as with some other neighbours, the implementation of the law on languages, as our Slovakian friends think that the Slovakian community in Zakarpattia does not suffer from it in any way and it is very good. We, for our part, will help this community and worry about it,” Klimkin noted.
68% of the conscripts did not show up at military enlistment offices in Uzhgorod, western Ukraine. The local city council reported this on Thursday. ‘1,377 conscripts are due to show up at the military enlistment office, and about a hundred of them should be enlisted for compulsory military service. Currently, one of the major issues is the failure to show up at the enlistment office; 68 % of young men did not show up,’ the message says. The evasion from military duty envisages administrative and criminal responsibility; the first act of evasion results in a fine in the amount from five to seven personal exemptions, the second one – in the amount from 10 to 15 personal exemptions. The toughest legal measure of punishment in this case is three years-long imprisonment. The autumn military draft began on October 1 and will be running through December 31. It was supposed to end in November, but the General Staff of the Armed Forces admitted the term was extended until December because the National Guard and the State Border Guard need to man the active duty units.