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- Further Azov Sea developments as the AFU builds up in the area, Crimea update;
- Volker on Donbass, updates on Donbass war, Army and AF practice Counter-RPV AD ops;
- Update on Ichnia munitions depot fire;
- Update on Clear Sky 2018 AD EX including photoessays, NATO collaborations;
- Industry updates, NARP overhauls another Il-76MD CANDID, Aselsan tactical radio production starts, Oplot MBT production, new missile boat proposed;
- Arms and Security 2018 exhibition reports;
- Political / economic / cultural media reports;
- Update on Russian proxy Hungary
During the working visit to Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the military training ground to inspect the course of complex tactical exercises of diverse military forces in the defense of the coastal areas aimed to check the readiness of the Ukrainian army and other military formations to deflect possible Russian aggression from the Sea of Azov.
The Ukrainian military has released video of its vessels being constantly shadowed by Russian forces in waters near Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Kyiv in 2014. The United States has now given Ukraine two patrol boats to boost their forces against what Washington calls Russian “harassment” of international shipping in the area.
A briefing by Black Sea News’ Andrii Klymenko on how Russian actions in the Sea of Azov are acts of aggression which should be deemed not permissible by the UN. Once again, Russia is acting provocatively in a situation not completely legal or illegal by international law. Russia is using access to the Sea of Azov by the FSB as a tool of hybrid warfare against Ukraine’s economy. </end editorial>
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov stated that the Ukrainian military would carry out large- …
Part of the Azov Sea near the Ukrainian city of Berdyansk and Yalta village in the Donetsk region will be closed from October 9 to 12 because of …
The Ukrainian delegation to the United Nations has accused the Russian side of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea due to its brutal actions in the Sea of Azov, which, among other things, lead to blocking of maritime traffic.
People’s Front Party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes that a permanent international monitoring mission should immediately be deployed to the Sea of Azov, and NATO member states must send their military ships there to prevent Russia from isolating the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
The Russian government has allocated a designated area in the Sea of Azov to the Russian Defense Ministry. This area is located 1.5 miles from the coast of the Russian city Yeysk and 65 km from the city of Mariupol, reports Ukrainian military portal. The decree published on Russian government website of legal information notes that the government allocated this territory “to ensure the defense of the country and the security of the state.” However, the specific reasons for the need of this sea area are still unknown. In addition, the Ukrainian military portal has published a detailed layout of the new training site and the existing training centers of the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian Armed Forces air defense and airborne units are trained at the 726th Air Defense Training Center. Since 2015, it has also been used for the so-called “Air defense Biathlon”. The 859th Center for Combat Training and Retraining of Naval Aviation Personnel of the Russian Navy provides training for deck aviation pilots. This center was established in 2009, on the base of the 859th Naval Aviation Training Center and the disbanded 444th Center for Combat Training of the Naval Aviation flight personnel. “The training complex NITKA was being built in the territory of this center to train fighter pilots for the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov,” the Military portal reports. Russia is building a new special purpose project 14400, which is meant for deck-based helicopters crew training as well as the development of ship-based aircraft systems, including unmanned ones.
Occupied Crimea: Europe’s grey zone 10 October 2018 Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Marta Zakrzewska (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC) In this Policy Brief, Amanda Paul and Marta Zakrzewska provide a comprehensive account of the situation in Crimea since its annexation by Russia in March 2014. They explain the economic depression in both Crimea and Ukraine, as a result…
Russia’s build-up of military force in the occupied Crimea could have far-reaching consequences, says Ukraine’s envoy in UN Volodymyr Yelchenko – Militarization of Crimea may have far-reaching consequences, – Ukraine’s envoy in UN – 112.international
Russia’s build-up of military force in the occupied Crimea could have far-reaching consequences, says Ukraine’s envoy in UN Volodymyr Yelchenko
Crimean authorities hide the accident with Siemens gas turbines, which were brought to the territory of Crimea bypassing international sanctions, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of the temporarily occupied territories. According to the Ministry, the destruction signs to one of the industrial premises of Balaklavskaya Thermal Power Plant (TPP), which is being built near Sevastopol, were noticed in August. “The roof section of about 10×20 meters was burned out. This was evident by the appearance of the destroyed roof as well as a specific smoke,” says the report. The Siemens gas turbines, which were imported by bypassing international sanctions, are installed in this builing. “It was this accident that caused the delay, for the third time, of the TPP launch, as well as the power supply shortages in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” said the ministry. The report says that according to available information, the accident was caused by the violation of engineering and construction standards by the TPP personnel. Siemens did not provide its own specialists for installing and launching the new equipment. “The construction of a thermal power plant is carried out by the subsidiary of Russian state corporation Rostec, Technopromexport, which is under Ukrainian and international sanctions,” said the Ministry.
The growth of Russia’s military presence in occupied Crimea and its use of the peninsula as base for military operations in Syria and other …
Russia still has not put forward any new proposals concerning the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, observed US State …
By extending the law on the special status of Donbas, Ukraine has fulfilled all the obligations of the Minsk Protocol.
The U.S. special envoy for Ukraine has said that elections planned by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are illegitimate and urged Moscow not to endorse them.
Ukraine says four of its soldiers have been killed and three wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east.
Russian-led forces mounted 27 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the last 24 hours. There have been no Ukrainian army casualties in the past day.
Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, met with Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) ringleader Denis Pushilin in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency …
A huge convoy of military hardware including about 40 trucks for different purposes has been spotted heading to Simferopol in Russian-occupied Crimea. It consists of dozens of trucks, as well as two Tiger armored vehicles and one armored personnel carrier.
The Joint Forces of Ukraine have retaken an uninhabited village in the “gray zone” near the town of Volnovakha, Donetsk region. Villagers left their houses several years ago as Russian-backed forces had terrorized the local population.
Some 52% of Ukrainians say they are ready to use deadly force to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine in case of need. There were 54% of such respondents in 2017. Some 52% of Ukrainians say they are ready to use deadly force to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine in case of need. “Some 52% of respondents expressed readiness to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine, using deadly force, in case of the relevant threat (there were 54% of such respondents in 2017, 33% in 2012),” say findings of a poll conducted by the Rating Sociological Group. Read more on UNIAN:https://www.unian.info/society/10293348-over-half-of-ukrainians-ready-to-use-deadly-force-to-defend-ukraine-poll.htmlSome 52% of Ukrainians say they are ready to use deadly force to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine in case of need. “Some 52% of respondents expressed readiness to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine, using deadly force, in case of the relevant threat (there were 54% of such respondents in 2017, 33% in 2012),” say findings of a poll conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.
Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have spotted three surface-to-air missile systems in the Russian-occupied areas of Donbas. The surface-to-air missile systems were spotted in the village of Katerynivka.
10.10.18 10:19 – Ukrainian army reports one soldier killed, two wounded in Donbas on Tuesday amid 39 attacks by Russian mercenaries The situation in the Joint Forces Operation zone somewhat aggravated over the past 24 hours as combined Russian-separatist forces intensified attacks on the Ukrainian troops. View news.
Also, the members of the group provided the security of ex-head of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” Ihor Plotnytsky.
10% of Wagner staff are Ukrainians, – Security Service
Former lawyer, politician and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, who is considered to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s best friend in Ukraine and who counts Putin as godfather to his daughter, has reiterated he does not think that Russia is an aggressor country. Crimea has been and will be a destination for Medvedchuk’s vacation.
Ex-military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine aka Beret, who was engaged in mine warfare in Donbas during 1.5 years, has analyzed the video of the last seconds of self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) leader Alexander Zakharchenko before the deadly blast. According to the military, the place was chosen professionally.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has published a map of minefields in Donbas, saying that the country’s east is one of the world’s most polluted areas with land mines and explosive remnants of war. The map is available on the ministry’s website.
Ex-deputy head of the General Staff of the Ukrainian army, Lieutenant-General (Retired), Candidate of Sciences (Military), Doctor of Engineering Science, Prof. Ihor Romanenko predicts Russian President Vladimir Putin will first try to bring pro-Russian forces to power in Ukraine, ensuring that a pro-Russian candidate wins the presidential election and as many pro-Russian members as possible are elected to a new Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. For now, given the economic and financial resources of Russia, the Kremlin still prefers to achieve its goals politically, the expert said.
Company commander caught trying to steal two Mi-8 engines. He was detained by the SBU. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
The Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine’s government, has approved the creation of a budget institution “Shostka Border Squad of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (military unit No. 1569).” The squad will operate in Sumy region, Ukraine’s northeast.
President Petro Poroshenko met with ATO veteran Oleksandr Darmoros and his brothers-in-arms in Khmelnytskyi region.
The military trained to shoot down the drones in situations when the use of surface-to-air missiles is inappropriate
Kyiv says it has sent in specialized tanks and aircraft to fight a massive fire as explosions continued at an arms depot in northern Ukraine on October 10.
Early morning blasts had locals running for cover as munitions fire turned villages into combat zones.
11.10.18 11:38 – Fire at ammo dump near Ichnia put out, – Defense Ministry The fire at the ammunition storage facility near the town of Ichnia, the Chernihiv region, was completely put out. View news.
Fire in Ukraine’s Ichnia completely eliminated
The head of the ammunition depot near Ichnia, Chernihiv region, was dismissed a month or a month and a half ago due to the absence of the holding of the counter-subversive events. Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yury Lutsenko claimed this as 112.ua reported. “The detachments of the Special Assignments Forces held the mastering of all depots all over Ukraine in August on the readiness to anti-subversive tasks. On the results of these training, Head of Ichnia ammunition depot was demoted from his position to the reserve, without the terminal payments,” Lutsenko said.
In fact, the latest incident at an ammunition depot in Chernihiv region, as well as all previous ones, is of the same nature and origin. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, abundant volumes of ammo (up to two million tonnes) have piled up at various sites across Ukraine. Before the war with Russia, one of the key issues that the authorities and security agencies had to address was its disposal. However, the process was ineffective. Ammunition depots were heavily underfunded. No system has been created to address the problem purposefully. In 2014, another major problem added up – the war.
Ukraine’s President ordered Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to finish the negotiations with NATO on depots’ security – Poroshenko orders ministers to agree with NATO on financing of ammunition security – 112.international
According to the president, there is not a single soldier in Ukraine who completely corresponds to the NATO standards
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asked Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to conclude negotiations with …
Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia regions continue hosting large-scale multinational air exercises Clear Sky-2018 with military pilots of Ukraine’s Air Forces and NATO countries including Belgium, UK, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and U.S. taking part in them. “On the second day of the exercise, Su-24M bombers’ pilots simulated bombing of conventional targets on an airfield located in the Volyn [region]. The pilots of fighters practiced flight missions to intercept and escort airspace violators,” spokesperson for local Defense Ministry press service, Andrii Ahieiev wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
NATO will help Ukraine in reforming the defense and security sector so that to meet the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance by 2020.
NATO notes the difficulty in implementing reforms in Ukraine amid Russia’s aggression and stresses the importance of keeping in place sanctions against Russia.
We have learned a lot from Ukraine in fighting Russian myths 11.10.2018 12:58 43 It would be fair to say that Barbora Maronkova, a professional Slovak diplomat and now Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Kyiv, represents a new generation of North Atlantic alliance officials who are dealing with tough and complicated challenges…
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has recorded a new targeted attack on the information and telecommunication systems of Ukrainian government bodies, the SBU's press center has said.
12.10.18 13:19 – UK confirms Russian spies tried to hack Kyiv subway, Odesa airport in October 2017, – Infrastructure Minister Omelian British special services confirmed that Russian GRU military intelligence agency was involved in cyberattacks on Kyiv subway and Odesa International Airport a year ago aimed at bringing these companies down. View news.
Russia’s continuing provocations are causing the West to coalesce, to work together as a whole. Now Ukraine is tied into one of the strongest security apparatus in the world, the UK. Shared information, closer cooperation, and more eyes on target… With the West working more closely together, life becomes even more difficult for Russian inept operations. Yes, that would be the GRU, Russia. </end editorial>
The Head of State stressed that due to the concentration of efforts, purposeful and persistent work of the employees of the defense industry enterprises, about 1900 units of new or modernized armament and military equipment were supplied to the troops only this year.
This year, Ukrainian army has received 3,500 units of weapons and military equipment, including more than 2,000 new and modernized units of weapons, from the State Concern “Ukroboronprom.”
The Ukrainian state-owned company SpetsTechnoExport and Turkish company Aselsan signed an agreement to produce Turkish radio sets in Ukraine, …
Ukraine may need at least five years for the full reequipping of its armed forces with the latest types of weapons and hardware.
The State Enterprise “Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “carried out a control and repair repair of the military transport aircraft of the Substation ZSU IL-76MD b / n 76697 (p / a 0063470118) in 1986.This is reported by the specialized website Military Aviation.The contract for carrying out the control and repair of the aircraft was signed on November 21, 2017. The cost of repair works amounted to UAH 48 307 000.Photo IL-76MD b / n 76697 in Melitopol, 2008. It is worth noting that from 2014 this is the second Il-76MD, which was repaired at NARP and received a gray camouflage. In addition, according to Prozorro, NARP also extended the service life to other Il-76MD Air Forces of the Armed Forces, including 76416 b / n (1013407215) and 78820 b / w 0093496907.
The order for manufacturing of tanks MB “Oplot” is already fulfilled. About this, Pavlo Bukin, General Director of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, reported in Kharkiv on October 3.Notifies Depo.Harkov. “The plant named after Malyshev and other enterprises of concern” Oplot “begin to work”In 2018 there will not be a transfer to” Oplot “, in 2019 will be”, – said Bukin, noting that the number of tanks that will be transferred is a state secret.Plant collector to them. Malishev Alexander Lanin, in turn, added that the company is currently working on several orders, including the manufacture of Oplot tanks, the modernization of T-64 tanks and the restoration of tanker stockpiles to restore the operational reserve of the Armed Forces.
The Kuznia on Rybalsky shipyard has developed a project of a new high-speed missile cruiser codename “Lan,” which will be manufactured for the needs of Ukraine’s Naval Forces and armed with Ukraine-made weapons. The 64.46 m long and 9.6 m wide cruiser will have a standard displacement of 550 tonnes and full displacement of 640 tonnes.
The Kuznia on Rybalsky factory has developed a project of a new high-speed missile boat codename “Lan,” which will be manufactured for the needs of Ukraine’s Naval Forces and armed with Ukraine-made weapons. The 64.46 m long and 9.6 m wide boat will have a standard displacement of 550 tonnes and full displacement of 640 tonnes.
Ukraine can not be dependent on the Russian aggressor in terms of technical re-equipment. Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said during his visit to France. “When we get a helicopter of Soviet production, and after it is re-equipped at Ukrainian plants, we are told that these are new cars, then we have to know the truth – a helicopter that has worked for 30-40 years. It is brought to the hangar, polished, replaced by details, and those that can not be imported by some incomprehensible ways from the Russian Federation, unfortunately, “Arsen Avakov said. He also added that Ukraine in the issues of providing helicopter technology should get rid of dependence on Russian components, seek and find modern solutions. “In Ukraine, we will open the service center” Airbus Helicopters “, we will create additional jobs. Previously, we plan to have 15 base stations throughout our country where our helicopter groups will be located. The key will be located in Nizhyn , as well as along the borders of Ukraine. But the whole system will work as a single mechanism, “the minister said.
The problems of coordination of defense industry and the prospects for the development of weapons will be discussed at the scientific and practical conference, which will be held within the framework of the exhibition “Weapons and Security”. VI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Problems of coordination of military-technical and defense-industrial policy in Ukraine. Prospects for the development of armaments and military equipment “will be held on October 10 and 11, from 10 to 18 hours. The organizers of the conference are the Central Research Institute of Arms and Military Equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the International Exhibition Center. On October 10, a plenary meeting will take place in the conference hall №14 of the pavilion №3, and on October 11 the work will be organized in sections: Prospects for the development of armaments and military equipment of the Land Forces (Section №1) Pavilion №2, conference hall №8 Prospects for the development of armament and military equipment of the Air Force (Section №2) Pavilion №2, conference hall №7 Prospects for the development of armament and military equipment of special forces (Section №3) Pavilion №2, conference hall №11 Prospects for the development of armament and military equipment of the Naval Forces (Section # 4) Pavilion # 2, Conference Hall # 9 We remind that the XV International Specialized Exhibition of Defense, Armament, Military and Special Equipment, Technologies and Dual-Use Goods “Weapons and Security 2018” will be held in Kyiv from 9 to 12 October 2018.
Arms and Security 2018, the largest land warfare tradeshow in Ukraine kicks off this week in Kyiv. The event will play host to over 320 exhibitors from over 12 countries. The exhibition conducting on the eve of the Day of Defender of Ukraine will have not only a great practical but also social significance. The exhibition “Arms and Security” is a unique tool for the deepening of military and military‑technical cooperation with foreign partners, to strengthen domestic economic potential and for the union of all Ukrainian citizens, regardless of gender, nationality or religion, around the idea of building a new strong and prosperous Ukraine. For any country, the possibility to hold a large‑scale defence and security forum determined by the position in the global weapons market, by the level of development of its scientific and technological base and defense industry. Since 2004, the success of the exhibition “Arms and Security” has been a testament to the high authority of the national scientific and industrial complex in the design and manufacture of new types of weapons, military and special equipment, the quality of which has been repeatedly tested in real conditions, as well as position in the TOP-10 countries exporters of weapons, approved Ukraine’s right to have a large‑scale international forum for armorers. Using the experience of the leading foreign arms shows, the exhibition “Arms and Security” also is organized in format of 2 main parts:
The Arms and Security 2018 exhibition has opened in Kyiv ahead of the Defender of Ukraine Day. The models of modern armament and military equipment of Ukrainian and foreign manufacturers, in particular from Europe, Asia and America, are being presented.
There is a favorable situation evolving now for Ukraine to compete more aggressively in the global defense MRO market by luring away from Russia the customers who used to be traditional users of Soviet and ex-Soviet weapons, military equipment and associated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Ukraine is poised to make a new breakthrough into the global MRO market for ex-Soviet military equipment, leveraging its emerging capacity for adapting the equipment to modern warfare conditions and requirements and taking advantage of the confidence it enjoys with Western partners and of the international sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea and hybrid aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Another facilitating factor is that ex-Soviet equipment upgrades offered by Ukraine to its international customers are all developed with an eye to NATO compliance. Major Areas of Effort Focus In Ukraine, efforts have been underway to this end. Ukroboronprom CEO, Pavlo Bukin has announced planned actions to be taken to muscle Russian contractors out of particular markets: “We are planning to conclude contracts aimed to replace products previously sourced from Russian suppliers. There are markets where Russia used to enjoy a great advantage. But sanctions have made work with Russia more complicated, which is playing into our hands… UAE and Saudi Arabia – the biggest arms buyers in the Middle East – will be the first country markets to see this “oust and replace Russia” strategy in action, to be followed by Qatar, Kuwait and several other regional markets”, Mr Bukin said.
We continue to acquaint you with the innovations of the defense industrial complex that will be presented by the State Concern “Ukroboronprom” during this year’s International Specialized Exhibition of Defense, Armament, Military and Special Equipment, Technologies and Dual-Use Goods “Weapon and Security 2018”. As we have already reported on the Military History Forum, the list of exhibits submitted by the State Concern “Ukrboronprom”, in addition to the 120-mm self-propelled mortar on the chassis BTR-4E from the State Enterprise “Kharkiv Morozov Design Bureau”, was presented. On “Weapons and Security 2018”, other in-kind samples will be shown, including the upgraded combat vehicle of the BRM-1K infantry (object 765):
The delegation of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and senior management of the Pivdenne (Yuzhnoye) State Design Office discussed potential ways of cooperation between Ukraine and Poland in the development of rocket and space technology.
Ukrainian state-run Zhytomyr Armored Plant, part of state-run Ukroboronprom Concern, has showcased a modernized armored personnel carrier, BTR-70D (GM), at the 15th International Specialized Exhibition ‘Arms and Security 2018,’ hosted by Kyiv on October 9-12. The BTR-70D (GM) is equipped with new engines from U.S.-based General Motors.
Ukrainian company RADION LLC has unveiled a new advanced electronic warfare system called the ‘Nota’ during the Arms and Security 2018 international specialized exhibition in Kyiv. According to the company’s statement, ‘Nota’ electronic warfare system is designed to neutralise UAVs, disrupt mobile networks (GSM, UMTS, LTE, CDMA, WiFi, VHF), countering signal and radar intelligence systems. System “Nota” provides direction finding sources of radio emission and radio jamming wireless communication, channels of satellite navigation, remote control, telemetry and technical intelligence means. Direction finding provides determination of radio emission characteristics (frequency, power, etc.) and location (azimuth, coordinates) of source. Direction finding can be carried out with a circular and sector pattern. For obtaining an additional information about the object (target), the complex includes controlled high-resolution thermal imaging camera. Jamming is carried out by transmission of deliberate radio interference, which blocks information exchange through wireless communication. The system provides generation aimed or barrage jamming. Jamming can be carried out with a circular and sector pattern.
Ukrainian private company TECHIMPEX Ltd displayed upgraded Soviet-era combat vehicles during the Arms and Security 2018 international specialized exhibition in Kyiv. During the exhibition, the TECHIMPEX revealed details of its new projects for the modernization of Soviet-made armored combat vehicles. The upgraded BRDM-2T amphibious scout car with “Yanhol” perforated add-on armoring kit, among the projects submitted. According to the company official, the “Yanhol” perforated add-on armoring kit is designed to absorb energy of threats and prevent perforation, the add-on armor enhances protection against ammunition 7.62×54 mm (type B32), 12.7×108 mm (type B32), and 14.5×114 mm. The modular, lightweight “Yanhol” system can be quickly installed or removed according to the mission. Perforated add-on armor elements are highly resistant to multiple repeated hits and far exceed the stability of all known protective structures on the basis of oxide ceramics.
Ukrainian aerospace and defense conglomerate UkrOboronProm (UOP) took the opportunity at this year’s Arms and Security 2018 international specialized exhibition to highlight its latest upgraded variant of the Grad truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher. The new upgraded variant of the Grad truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher is developed by the SE “Shepetivka Repair Plant” (part of the UkrOboronProm). It is a special installation kit of artillery element 122 mm RZZ BM-21 “Hrad”, manufactured using Ukrainian components only. Called the Berest, the upgraded multiple rocket launcher is mounted on 9-tonnes 4×4 off road chassis КrАZ-5401НЕ and equipped with a cabin for 5 people. The integration of new digital technologies, into new Berest multiple rocket launcher, allows to target the destination directly from the cockpit, provides high-precision navigation and topography, and can significantly reduce the time for deployment of the complex due to automatic modes of operation. Fire control and aiming are performed automatically from the cabin, without soldiers’ direct intervention. The Berest has two-row four-door bonnetless cab. Wide tires and tire pressure adjustment system make it possible using special vehicle both on and off road. What is more, two fuel tanks with capacity of 165 l ensure fuel range of up to 600 km for carrying personnel and equipment for rescue or any other works depending on vehicle specification. The vehicle can travel at a speed of over 90 km/h. The cab of the КrАZ-5401НЕ vehicle offers ergonomic working environment, with comfortable air-suspended seat, tilt and height adjustable steering column, functional dashboard.
Ukrainian aerospace company Antonio unveiled a scale model of the long-endurance unmanned aircraft system at the military exhibition in Kyiv. According to the company’s statement, Antonov developing a new generation of the long-endurance unmanned aircraft system for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be used as a high-altitude platform covering a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets. The new Antonov’s UAS is intended to perform the following missions and tasks: intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, close air support, combat search and rescue, precision strike, buddy-lase, convoy/raid overwatch, target development, and terminal air guidance. The unusual feature of new UAS is are mounting of rotor engines mounted at the end of each tailplane. The UAS will have a maximum take-off weight of 6,000 kg and can carry a payload of 400-600 kg. It has a maximum flight altitude of 12,200 m and a speed of 310-420 km/h. The Antonov’s UAS is approximately 13,9 m in length, has a 24,63 m wingspan and is powered by a two engine.
At this year’s XV International Specialized Exhibition “Weapons and Security 2018”, samples of both new and already familiar foreign and domestic military equipment will be presented.From abroad this time an exhibition will bring Czech 152 mm self-propelled cannon-howitzer Dana M2, RZZ BM-21MT and the combat vehicle of the infantry Šakal (this project can produce new cars, as well as upgrade existing BMP-1/2).
Ukraine’s State Concern Ukroboronprom and the Czech company Excalibur have signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop, manufacture and promote innovative products in the field of armored vehicles.
Thailand has shown interest in acquiring the BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, within the framework of the Arms and Security exhibition, discussed the issues of defense and security cooperation with the heads of delegations from Poland, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Thailand. The negotiations with Royal Thai Marine Corps Vice Admiral Sangkorn Pongsiri covered the issues of expanding bilateral military-technical cooperation. The Thai military officers expressed their interest in the new Ukrainian BTR-4MV1, which, according to them, “could become the main fighting vehicles of the Kingdom Marine Corps”. According to Thai high officials, the military equipment and weapons acquired from Ukraine, in particular tanks and armored personnel carriers, “successfully passed all tests and were taken on armament”.
The foreign partners are satisfied with Ukrainian weapons and equipment.
Attitudes: Russians actually hold a more negative view of Ukrainians than the reverse. Pollsters from both countries know why. The “negative tint of propaganda” directed at Ukraine, they say.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to Kyiv on November 1.
The delegation of the National Police of Ukraine, which participates in the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, was invited to a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. “The delegation of the National Police of Ukraine, which has been participating in the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference already for the third day, was invited to a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump,” the press service of the National Police of Ukraine reports. The participants in the meeting touched upon problematic issues of the fight of American police officers against crime, in particular: the growth of violent crimes, the need to combat organized crime groups and counter drug crimes. “The issue of injuries among police officers is very painful both for America and Ukraine. According to the U.S. President, an attack on a police officer occurred every 9 minutes in the country in 2016,” Chief of the National Police of Ukraine, Serhiy Knyazev noted. He added that American and Ukrainian police experienced similar problems despite the difference in location and strength.
The International Advisory Board held a meeting in London on October 11, which was dedicated to the establishment of Ukraine’s High Court on Intellectual Property, the press center of the Ukrainian judicial branch of government reports.
Timur Tumgoev, a Russian citizen who sought asylum in Ukraine, was recently extradited by Ukraine to Russia, where he was wanted for fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. This has sparked a number of protests outside the Verkhovna Rada by nationalists and volunteer fighters. Their sole demand is that it be made easier for foreigners to obtain Ukrainian citizenship for fighting on Ukraine’s side in the Donbas. Timur Tumgoev was one such volunteer, who fought for four years in eastern Ukraine to protect the country’s territorial integrity, but was still unable to acquire Ukrainian citizenship. According to estimates by human rights activists, there are currently thousands of foreigners in Ukraine who fought in the Ukrainian volunteer battalions from the start of the war in the Donbas, and later remained to serve as contractors in the Ukrainian army. The volunteers come from Georgia, Croatia, Norway, Italy, the US, Russia and Belarus. In an address before the Verkhovna Rada in 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to grant citizenship to foreigners who took part in the combat in eastern Ukraine. To date only ten such volunteers have received citizenship. “All of these people obtain citizenship the normal way. The only thing is that, if they have served on contract in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, they only need three years of uninterrupted residence, and not five like everyone else,” said Inna Herasyuk, a representative of Ukraine’s State Migration Service, as quoted by Deutsche Welle. However, even this benefit does not apply to the people who enrolled in the volunteer battalions in 2014.
The spot where a statue of Lenin once presided over Kyiv’s downtown is now in a state of mild decrepitude. The plinth remains, but it’s covered with graffiti, its steps painted the blue and gold of the Ukrainian flag. Cryptocurrency looks like the way forward in a Ukraine battered by revolution and corruption.
Ukraine unveiled a solar plant in Chernobyl on Friday, just across from where a power station, now encased in a giant sarcophagus, caused the world’s worst nuclear disaster three decades ago.
Solar power blooms in Chernobyl, where a solar panels soak in the sun hundreds of feet from the encased reactor that melted down.
New direct flights between Ukraine and four Turkish cities – Izmir, Bursa, Dalaman and Bodrum – are planned to be launched next year.
It’s about time. Note to journalists. It’s Kyiv, not Kiev It’s #PutinInvadedUkraine, not #CivilWar If you want to perpetuate Russian propaganda, feel free to ignore. If you support Russia invading other sovereign nations, feel free to ignore. If you feel Russia is justified acting belligerently to other nations on strategic, operational, and tactical levels, feel free to ignore. If you want to appear as an uninformed journalist, feel free to ignore. Editors and publishers of the world, please feel free to inform your journalists. </end editorial>
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin boasted that BBC used the correct version of English name of Kiev
The border guard service noted that the Ukrainian sailors serve as the victims in the scheme of the transportation of migrants
A group of people’s deputies has proposed that the Verkhovna Rada appeal to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) with a recommendation to introduce personal sanctions against a number of cultural workers, depriving them of the title “People’s Artist of Ukraine.” A respective draft resolution (No. 9156) on the application of personal sanctions was registered by a group of people’s deputies headed by Will of the People group MP Yevhen Rybchynsky. According to the initiative, the parliament may propose that the NSDC strip Ukrainian citizens Taisia Povaliy, Ani Lorak, Svitlana Loboda, and Vitaliy Kozlovsky, as well as Russian citizens, filmmaker Vladimir Bortko, singers Philip Kirkorov and Nikolai Baskov, of the title “People’s Artist of Ukraine.” The explanatory note notes that the need to introduce such sanctions is caused by the anti-Ukrainian calls of these artists.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says he is ready to discuss criminal liability for citizens of Ukraine who have covertly acquired Russian citizenship as their second one. Klimkin says all cases of obtaining Russian citizenship should be investigated by the Ukrainian special services.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the Ukrainian authorities of lying about them not being affiliated to the Myrotrovets (Peacemaker) Ukrainian website, which had earlier published a list including the personal data of three hundred state or Zakarpattia’s local government officials who are allegedly dual nationals. Moreover, Szijjártó claims it is personally President Poroshenko who supports a “hate campaign.”
The Ukrainian website Myrotvorets published the names of more than three hundred Ukrainian officials and deputies of the Transcarpathian region …
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar has said Hungary began to act as if Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region was its territory. Bodnar noted it was not only about issuing passports or creating the post of an authorized minister responsible for the development of Transcarpathia.
A diplomatic spat between Hungary and Ukraine has escalated, with Budapest summoning Kyiv’s ambassador to protest what it called a “death list” targeting ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine as well as mil…
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said it does not consider Hungary’s decision to expel a Ukrainian diplomat from Hungary a proportional response, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Mariana Betsa has said. “I can confirm that today our ambassador in Hungary was invited to Hungary’s Foreign Ministry and told that the first secretary of Ukraine’s embassy in Hungary, a diplomat who performs consular functions, would be expelled. During the next 72 hours he must leave Hungary as a part of a proportional response (to Ukraine’s decision to declare persona non grata Hungary’s consul in Berehove, Zakarpattia). We think this is not a proportional response,” Betsa said. “Our employee is an embassy diplomat, not just a consular officer, as was the case in Berehove. They have a different status. He is not a consular officer, but a diplomat who works in the embassy,” she said, adding that the Ukrainian diplomat has not violated any norms of international law, such as the Vienna Convention. As reported earlier, Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Erno Keskeny on Thursday was handed a note that the Hungarian consul in the town of Berehove in Zakarpattia region was declared persona non grata and must leave Ukraine within 72 hours, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said.