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The Sea of Azov reports are worrisome, alarming.
Yet another busy week in Ukraine, the war of the churches notwithstanding:
- Azov Sea developments – EU / EP warn Russia, Russia threatens NATO, Ukraine tallies cost of blockade, Russia has 120 naval and coast guard assets in Azov Sea, Ukraine options FFG7s, Island Cutters, patrol boats detailed;
- Crimea update – notable polling in Ukraine shows majority reject any concessions to Russia on Crimea or Donbass; former KGB archive data being collected covering Soviet genocide of Tartars; Kerch update;
- Donbass update, Russians threaten to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft intercepting Russian RPVs; sting catches businessman turned by FSB;
- Ammunition storage sabotage update – reports indicate 40% of total ammo warstock lost in recent fires;
- Defense industry: updates on PGAPs, seekers for Sapsan DSMAC, Yatran sonobuoy, BM-27 Uragan overhauls, UTVs to deploy ATGW fire teams,
- Ukrainian cabinet members visit Canberra and negotiate aid and collaborations, lobbying for a spaceport;
- Economics update – Russia imposes sanctions that will remove any remaining influence, IMF approves more loans; Forbes on Ukraine in the US startup sector;
- Political news updates;
- Graham Phillips vandalizes grave of Bandera in Munich;
- Update on Russian proxy Hungary and its political campaign against Ukraine;
The top diplomat says that owing to a bilateral treaty signed by Kiev and Moscow, Ukraine won’t be able to hold joint NATO drills in the Sea of Azov because this will require Russia’s consent
Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament plenary session on the situation in the Sea of Azov.
NATO allies are concerned about Russia’s actions in the Azov Sea and urge it to fulfill its international obligations, including by not impeding the freedom of navigation in the region.
The European Parliament intends to urge all EU member states in the EU Council to tighten sanctions against the Russian Federation in the event of an even greater aggravation of the situation in the Sea of Azov, according to the EP’s draft resolution. MEPs are also expected to express concern about the participation of European companies in the construction of the Kerch Strait bridge.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, says that the EU is concerned about the developments in the Sea of Azov as militarization in the region could lead to destabilization in the Black Sea. The High Representative said that the EU was not willing to witness a military buildup in the Black Sea. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, says that the EU is concerned about the developments in the Sea of Azov as militarization in the region could lead to destabilization in the Black Sea. Speaking at the European Parliament debate on the situation in the Sea of Azov, Mogherini said: “The construction of the Kerch Bridge between the Crimean peninsula and the Russian Federation took place without Ukraine’s consent, and it constitutes another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” “On top of that, the bridge hinders the passage of vessels to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea. […] Six months ago, Russia started to apply a new inspection regime for cargo vessels coming from Ukraine’s ports in the Azov Sea, or heading towards them. These inspections lead to long delays, which have increased dramatically over the past months. This has direct consequences on shipping costs, not only for Ukrainian exporters, but also for vessels flying a European Union Member State’s flag,” the official said. “So far, more than 200 vessels under both Ukrainian and international flags have been affected by these controls by Russia, which in some cases lasted several days. Even more worrying, tougher controls on naval traffic in the strait have gone in parallel with the militarization of the Azov Sea,” she added. Russia has recently started deploying military vessels to the area in significant numbers, and Ukraine has partially responded with an increased military presence, according to Mogherini. “Let me recall that the Azov Sea used to be almost fully demilitarized, and that Ukraine and Russia have signed a cooperation agreement ‘on the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait’. This agreement implies that disputes between the parties are to be resolved through consultations and negotiations,” the Hgh Representative said. She noted that the EU appreciates that Ukraine “is seeking justice in international courts, such as the ongoing case under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.” Read alsoReuters: Ukraine needs Azov Sea base to counter new Russian threat, military chief says “When international law is violated, when Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are violated, the European Union stands by the people of Ukraine. We immediately condemned the construction of the Kerch Bridge without Ukraine’s consent. In July, the Council added six entities involved in the construction of the [Kerch] Bridge to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the official stated. “A militarization of the Azov Sea is in no-one’s interest, and it can only destabilize the delicate security situation in the wider Black Sea region,” Mogherini said. “Let me remind us all that the Black Sea is a European sea, and we do not want to witness yet another military build-up in our immediate region. We will continue to push for the respect of international law and conventions, and to support Ukraine in these challenging circumstances,” the High Representative concluded.
Russia has recently started deploying military vessels to the Sea of Azov in significant numbers. “Even more worrying, tougher controls on naval traffic in the [Kerch] strait have gone in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea. Russia has recently started deploying military vessels to the area in significant numbers, and Ukraine has partially responded with an increased military presence,” Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said at the European Parliament plenary session on the situation in the Sea of Azov. The diplomat stressed that militarisation of the Azov Sea is in no-one’s interest. “It can only destabilise the delicate security situation in the wider Black Sea region,” Mogherini stressed.
The European Union does not and will not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea. “I would like to thank the Parliament for keeping a strong focus on the security situation around the Black Sea, after the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula. We do not and we will not recognise the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Federation,” Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said at the European Parliament plenary session on the situation in the Sea of Azov. According to her, Russia’s current actions in the Sea of Azov constitute another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “The construction of the Kerch Bridge between the Crimean peninsula and the Russian Federation took place without Ukraine’s consent, and it constitutes another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. On top of that, the bridge hinders the passage of vessels to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea,” Mogherini noted. She reminded that six months ago Russia had started to apply a new inspection regime for cargo vessels coming from Ukraine’s ports in the Azov Sea or heading towards them. “These inspections lead to long delays, which have increased dramatically over the past months. This has direct consequences on shipping costs, not only for Ukrainian exporters, but also for vessels flying a European Union Member State’s flag,” Mogherini underscored, noting that so far more than 200 vessels under both Ukrainian and international flags have been affected by these controls by Russia, which in some cases lasted several days.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko states that the European Union, jointly with Ukraine, will counter Russia’s “creeping annexation” of the Sea of Azov. The president noted that he highly appreciates the European Parliament’s support for the initiative to assist Ukrainian ports and implement projects of socio-economic assistance for the Ukrainian Pryazovya area.
The European Parliament has warned Russia that sanctions “will be reinforced” if it intensifies its “de facto blockade” of international shipping in the Sea of Azov, which the West has described as…
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomes a European Parliament resolution regarding the situation in the Sea of Azov.
Today, October 25, the resolution on the Sea of Azov was voted by the European Parliament, while the next resolution should be adopted by the UN General Assembly. She earlier discussed coordination of efforts to combat Russian aggression with the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko.
Sea of Azov-based Ukrainian ports suffered losses worth more than 1 billion hryvnia due to the actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov. This was said by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda news outlet. “Mariupol [Sea] Port was forced to switch to a four-day workweek. We observe ongoing blocking and aggressive inspections of Ukrainian, foreign vessels in the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, to the point where the ship-owners incur losses due to idle time of vessels. This is about $15,000-50,000 a day. The average delay time is more than 30 hours which takes its toll not on Ukraine alone but also on European taxpayers since the goods from these ports go to the European markets,” the minister said.
Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Gen. Viktor Muzhenko has said the General Staff elaborated scenarios and algorithms of interaction between the commanders in case of escalation of the situation in the country’s south. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on October 12 approved urgent measures to protect national interests in the south and the east of Ukraine, in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatiuk warns over 120 ships and boats of the Russian Federation have already been deployed in the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian official says Russia’s next goal is to seize the Azov region.
Although far from new, the ships would offer Ukraine a huge and desperately needed boost in naval capabilities.
24.10.18 12:39 – Carefully selected crews of Island-class vessels undergo training, Ukrainian Navy says. PHOTOS The crews of two Island-class patrol boats, which were handed over by the U.S. Navy to Ukraine in late September, held exercise involving Ukrainian Navy surface ships and its training center. View news.
Donbas BG-32 marine guard ship of Mariupol unit of the Ukrainian Sea Guard returned to the service to secure the state borders in the Sea of Azov after dock repairs. The press office of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports. Having won the bidding process, the Azov Shiprepair Plant conducted the repairs and upgrades of the ship. On short notice, the specialists of the plant carried out diagnostics and repairs of separate systems and mechanisms of the ship’s engines, clearance, and painting of the body, maintenance of fuel and ballast tanks. After dock repairs and launching the ship, a mechanical run test was carried out. The committee was satisfied with the work of the mechanisms.
One of the most powerful ships of the Ukrainian Fleet, the project 205P border patrol boat, the BG32 Donbas returns to the Azov Sea after …
The BG-32 Donbas, a Mariupol maritime guard patrol boat returned to service in the Azov Sea after undergoing planned repairs and modernization of separate systems, the press service of the Ukrainian State Border Service reports. The 36-year-old vessel got its engines, fuel and ballast tanks and some operational systems modernized at the Azov shipyard. Her hull also received a new paint job. On September 6th, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), a decision was made to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea. NSDC stated that the decision was taken in response to the actions taken by Russia, specifically the fact that in 2018, Russia began to detain ships that are going to or coming from Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea. The Ukrainian State Border Service considers this a method of economic pressure. The National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that this was the beginning of an economic war blockade of the Azov coast. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that “the goal of Russia is to occupy the Azov Sea in the same way they annexed the Crimea.”
Berdyansk to become the main base for the Ukrainian Naval Forces in the Sea of Azov, and stationing sites will be situated in Mariupol and Henichesk. Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, Commander of the Navy of Ukrainian Armed Forces claimed this in the interview to BBC News. “Based on the decision of the NSDC, we are increasing our presence in the Sea of Azov due to the build-up of the group of boats, the arrival of ships and the deployment of marines and artillery. It is done on the principle of co-location,’ he said.
This Russia conflict scenario would make operations in Syria look like a round of croquet
During a meeting with the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Sevastopol, “was legally always a part of Russia.” Sobyanin noted that Moscow and Sevastopol are sister cities, and “at all times, even when Sevastopol was not a part of Russia,” the Russian capital always helped it. Putin interrupted Sobyanin, saying that Sevastopol formally has always been a Russian city. “Sevastopol has always been legally part of Russia. It was a city under central control even during the transfer, the illegal transfer, of the Crimea from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR. It was illegal because the decision was made by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the RSFSR of Ukraine and then approved by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. However, by law, it needed approval from the Supreme Soviets of the Republics and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. However, even during this technically illegal process, Sevastopol was simply forgotten, and it was not transferred from the RSFSR to Ukraine. So, formally and legally, it was always a part of Russia,” declared Putin. The Crimea was transferred to Ukraine in 1954 in accordance with the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR. Simultaneously with the Crimean region, Sevastopol became part of the Ukrainian SSR, and it was confirmed in the Ukrainian SSR constitution in 1978. Earlier, Putin confirmed that the salary in the Crimea is lower than the average in Russia. According to him, for the Crimeans to feel like the rest of Russians, a bit more time is needed.
The Russian fishing vessel Nord detained by Ukraine has been handed to the Ukrainian National Agency for Tracing, Recovery and Management of Crime Assets as material evidence in a criminal case, the prosecutor’s office of the so-called Autonomous Republic of Crimea based in Kyiv has reported.
The Prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in accordance with a court decision, handed over the vessel Nord to the National Agency of Ukraine for finding, tracing and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes (ARMA). According to the prosecutor’s office press service, the decision was made in order to preserve budget funds spent on the detained vessel’s maintenance in the Berdyansk port area. The Prosecutor’s office noted that on October 4, the Kyiv Court of Appeal sent an indictment against the Nord vessel’s captain for committing a crime under Part 2 of Article 312-1 (violation of entry/ exit procedure of the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine with the intention to cause damage to the interests of the state) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine to determine jurisdiction and further consideration on the merits. On March 25, Ukrainian border guards detained the fishing vessel Nord from the Crimea. Ten people were on board of the vessel. The ship’s captain was arrested but later released on bail. Other crew members tried to leave Ukraine but were stopped at the airport in Kyiv. Only two sailors managed to fly to Minsk and return home to the Crimea after Russian diplomats provided them with new passports with the names that did not coincide with those indicated in the Ukrainian stop-lists.
26.10.18 17:40 – Over 53 percent of Ukrainians speak against concessions to Putin in restoring peace in country’s east – poll Ukrainian government should make no concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin in restoring peace in Donbas. View news.
Most of Ukrainian citizens (65.8%) spoke out against the exchange of Crimea for the termination of war Russia has been waging in Donbas, that’s according to a nationwide survey by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies on August 16-22, 2018. In particular, respondents were asked whether it was worth “swapping” Crimea for Donbas to end the war and secure peace in the area – that is to recognize the occupied Crimea Russian territory in exchange for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the occupied Donbas and the halt of Russia’s support for the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”). As reported, 52.7% of Ukrainians answered negatively, stressing Crimea is a Ukrainian territory. Another 13.1% of respondents also said “no” because they say Russia will continue aggressive policy against Ukraine anyway. Some 10.8% of Ukrainians consider that it is necessary to agree on any proposals that will lead to peace, even the Crimea exchange. A mere 5.2% of respondents consider this is possible if Russia pays compensation for the property Ukraine lost in Crimea. At the same time, 0.3% of Ukrainians consider other options, while 17.9% of respondents have found it difficult to answer the question. Moreover, Ukrainians were asked if they were ready to support the renewal of financial subsidies for Crimea from the national budget in case of its return to Ukraine.
A total of 53.3% of respondents say they think the Ukrainian government should make no concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin in restoring peace in Donbas. Some 56.6% of those polled believe Russia is not interested in establishing peace in Donbas.
The overwhelming majority (69%) of Ukrainians believe that Crimea should remain part of Ukraine and they are not ready to exchange it for Donbas, according to a nationwide poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
Only administrative responsibility for crossing by Kerch bridge, – Border Guard Service. No criminal liability for the Crimeans for illegal crossing of Ukraine’s border by the Kerch Bridge or peninsula airports closed by Kyiv, as Oleg Slobodyan, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, said on air of Radio Krym.Realii. “The citizens who leave or enter Crimea illegally will be responsible for the article 204-2, which is administrative responsibility, as usual. Russian documents issued on the occupied territory does not have any legal status for us and there are no legal reasons for considering them as a basis to cross the border of the occupied territories. Crimean are the citizens of Ukraine for us. They could cross the border through the closed checkpoints, yet they leave the peninsula through official checkpoints. In this case, they will be brought to the administrative proceeding. Speaking of the criminal one, there is an article which provides it, only in the case of commission such actions to damage Ukraine’s interests,” he noted.
The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Crimea expects a number of historical documents and the results of investigative actions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The office will then complete its investigation of the case against the Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria in connection with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. In an exclusive interview with the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Prosecutor Gunduz Mamedov said the purpose of the investigation of this case is the restoration of historical justice and proper legal assessment of those events. “Not to talk about the guilt of these persons is the same as saying that there was no crime. But the crime took place. There are victims, there are victims whose rights should be restored as far as possible,” he said. “The investigation is at the final stage. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot finish it completely, since our petitions sent to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation have not yet been executed,” the prosecutor said. Mamedov said within the framework of international legal instructions the PGO applied for a number of historical documents, as well as permission to conduct investigative actions on the territory of these countries. Answering a question about whether it is possible to complete the investigation without information from Russia, he said, “I think so. Yes, a large amount of material has already been collected today. Investigators of the prosecutor’s office have long worked in archives with historical materials.” Mamedov said a historical and demographic examination was also conducted. As reported, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office signed a suspicion of Stalin and Beria of committing genocide in connection with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars – Part 1 of Article 442 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. In December 2015, Crimea’s PGO opened an investigation in the criminal proceedings on the fact of the forced relocation in 1944 of the Crimean Tatar people and representatives of other national groups from the territory of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
The external aggression from a stronger neighbor is ongoing in Ukraine, not an internal conflict.
Russian archaeologists are currently completing excavations at the site of an ancient Muslim necropolis near Bakhchisaray in Russian-occupied Crimea. Some of the human remains will be re-buried, others will be sent to research institutions. Vesti.Krym TV channel reports that archaeologists also discovered numerous artifacts from an ancient settlement – dishes, ornaments and other household items. “The most interesting find is an ivory chess piece.” says Nikolai Zakharov, member of the expedition from Novgorod Region of the Russian Federation. The Taurida Highway will stretch all across the excavation site after the archeologists have completed the dig. About 300 artifacts will be sent to the Bakhchisaray Museum. The Kyrk-Azizler necropolis is located on the outskirts of Bakhchisaray. In 1923, hundreds of monuments and gravestones from the second half of the 14th to 15th century were discovered by an expedition headed by Professor I.N. Borozdin. Several tombstones were transported to the Bakhchisaray Museum; others were stored in the cemetery of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchisaray. Russian authorities are building the Taurida Highway across the entire peninsula. Hundreds of trees have been cut down, and land has been seized in some areas. The Taurida Highway will pass through ten districts (raions) and cities – city of Kerch, Leninsky District, city of Feodosiya, Kirovsky District, city of Sudak, Belohorsky District, Simferopol District, city of Simferopol, and Bakhchisaray District.
The chain of Putin’s crimes committed for the sake of PR continues: the bombings of residential blocks in Moscow in 1999 and fortunately foiled explosions in Ryazan, the killing of schoolchildren in Beslan in 2004 — and now, in 2018, the mass murder in the Russia-occupied Ukrainian Crimea’s Kerch, where once again many children were killed. The experts note multiple inconsistencies in reports, including the fact that the alleged attacker, who “committed suicide” at the scene, could not have gunned down so many victims without assistance, the experts say, explaining their point in the report.
On October 17 an explosion and shooting occurred in a polytechnic college in Crimea’s Kerch. According to the most recent data 21 persons were killed and 50 more got injured. The suspect in the attack is Vladislav Roslyakov, a 18-year-old student of the same college. According to the Russian investigators, he killed himself after the…
As the Crimean city of Kerch buried many of the teenage victims of this week’s deadly school shooting, Russians and Ukrainians were debating the motivations of the attacker, with each side accusing the other of contributing to the massacre.
During his speech at the Atlantic Council center in Washington, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker asserted that Russia would not go on the offensive in the East of Ukraine . The American official explained that one of the reasons that it would not be profitable for Russia to aggravate the situation is a high probability that a new spiral of tension in the east of Ukraine could foster the growth of support for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “[An offensive] would probably strengthen Poroshenko. Maybe Ukrainians would unite with him to help protect the country. In my opinion, that is the last thing that Russia needs now on the eve of the elections,” Volker said. Volker also stated that the main reason for Russia’s possible unwillingness to strengthen aggression is the current strength of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “Russia would be met with more powerful resistance from Ukraine if it did [attack Ukraine],” he stressed. Volker claimed that the current violence in the Donbas is in line with the general model of Russia’s hostilities.
Russia is not taking steps to implement the Minsk agreements regarding the situation in Donbas, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kirsten Madison has said.
The United States is a reliable partner of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine on the path of development of the law enforcement system.
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kirsten Madison says the police reform has become the most significant in the transformation of the law enforcement agencies in Ukraine. Ukraine’s civil society is also actively promoting anti-corruption reforms, the U.S. official said.
Ukraine’s Joint Forces Commander, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev has checked the readiness of military units operating in different directions, the press service of the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
As part of his working trip to Ukraine’s east on Oct. 25, Joint Forces Commander, Lieutenant-General Serhii Naiev checked combat readiness of the units deployed at various sections of the forefront. As reported by Censor.NET, the Joint Forces Operation headquarters press center said in a statement that the commander checked combat readiness of the reserve units during an airborne assault training mission, the naval task force and the special coast guard unit as well as the long-range artillery unit trained for combat missions as part of an anti-airborne assault force.
Another member of the Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, Mikhail Vakumava aka ‘Vomer,’ was eliminated on October 24. Both men were born in Russia.
24.10.18 10:33 – Ukrainian army reports one soldier killed in Donbas over past day as Russian proxies mounted nine attacks Combined Russian-separatist forces reduced the number of attacks in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone over the past 24-hour period but nevertheless used heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. View news.
Monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have spotted a surface-to-air missile system in occupied Donbas near the border with the Russian Federation. A surface-to-air missile system was seen near the village of Zhytenko.
Another member of the Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, Dmitry Smetanin aka ‘Demon,’ was eliminated on October 22. Another terrorist, Nikolai Kalinichenko, turned 20 two days before his death.
Advisor to Ukraine’s minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, ex-Ambassador to Croatia Oleksandr Levchenko says a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas should be deployed according to the “Croatian model.” The future mission in Donbas should include from 25,000 to 50,000 peacekeepers.
25.10.18 13:47 – SBU nabs ring of arms traffickers operating in several Ukraine’s regions. PHOTOS Ukrainian SBU Security Service in conjunction with the military prosecutor’s office and National Police prevented sale of a large batch of firearms as part of the joint effort to counter the illicit traffic of weapons and explosives. View news.
23.10.18 11:12 – No battle casualties in Ukrainian army on Monday amid 12 attacks by Russian mercenaries The Ukrainian troops sustained no casualties in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone over the past day despite fierce three-hour long grenade launcher strike that hit a stronghold near Shchastia. View news.
A representative of the Defense Department of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said that LPR militants would shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft if Ukrainian Armed Forces use them near the contact line in the Donbas, reports Luginform news outlet. “The use of combat aircraft is a gross violation of the agreements reached in Minsk,” he said. According to Marochko, Luhansk has the right to shoot down air targets, which fly into the 30-kilometer zone from the contact line. “Demonstrating the use of aviation by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas is most likely another PR move and an attempt to raise the spirit of the Ukrainian militants,” Marochko said. In Ukraine, from October 8th-19th, military exercises named Clear Sky 2018 were held with the participation of NATO countries. According to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, maneuvers are necessary “to demonstrate that the price for Russia to attack Ukraine will be very high.”
NATO-equipped Polish mercenaries deployed to Donbas – this headline was emblazoned across several separatist websites last week, (Regnum, Novorossia, Luganskyi Informacionnyi Centr, News Front). These publications cite lieutenant colonel Andrey Marochko, the representative of the so-called People’s Police of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, who during his latest briefing, announced that Ukraine’s military was supplementing its 53rd mechanized brigade deployed around the village of Triokhizbenka in the eastern Ukrainian Luhansk region with 30 fighters armed with NATO grade weapons who arrived on the scene speaking Polish, according to the Stop Fake initiative tackling Russian propaganda. The Ukrainian Armed Forces press office responded to StopFake’s inquiry about Marochko’s claim, stating there are no foreigners in the war zone in eastern Ukraine as exclusively Ukrainian military are deployed there. Read more on UNIAN:https://www.unian.info/war/10306896-fake-news-debunked-about-ukrainian-army-deploying-polish-troops-to-donbas.html
Officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Anatoly “Stirlitz” Shtefan posted on a social network a video of an UAV strike on the firing positions of occupation forces in Donbas. The Ukrainian Joint Forces hit the positions of Russian occupation troops near Verkhniotoretske as a response to enemy provocations.
23.10.18 14:29 – InformNapalm exposes Wagner mercenaries “operating in Ukraine, Syria on behalf of Russian MoD”. PHOTOS On Oct. 7, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published a list of 206 non-staff servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces who operated as a part of the Wagner private military company (PMC) and participated in the… View photo news.
The Donbass region has been convulsed by civil war since 2014, yet many residents refuse to evacuate.
119 facts of the sale of weapons, ammunition, and explosives recorded in Ukraine in 2018
Russian media have started reporting about criminal activities of recently assassinated leader of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Alexander Zakharchenko, dubbing him a “criminal.” Zakharchenko was assassinated in Russian-occupied Donetsk on August 31, 2018.
A Ukrainian businessman faces trial for treason amid allegations he was tasked with setting up a pro-Kremlin political party. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has released covert recordings which they say incriminate Timofiy Nahornyy — who denies the charges.
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine says Ukrainian businessman and public figure Tymofiy Nahorniy was tasked by Russian security officials to create a political party in Ukraine to lobby Russia’s interests. According to the investigation, Nahorniy’s political force was supposed to take part in the election and promote Russian narratives.
A spokesman for the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has announced that Tymofiy Nahorny, a businessman, a volunteer, and former husband of [1996 Olympic champion] Liliya Podkopayeva, had been given an assignment by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation to establish a political party in Ukraine to promote Russia’s foreign policy interests and destabilize the situation in Ukraine. “During the pretrial investigation, which is being conducted by the SBU’s Investigation Department in the City of Kyiv and Kyiv Region under the procedural administration by the Kyiv City Prosecutor’s Office, we received information that the above-mentioned public figure had been recruited by the Russian FSB,” Oleh Valendiuk, head of the SBU’s Main Directorate in Kyiv and Kyiv region announced at a news briefing in Kyiv on October 22. He said that Nahorny was assigned by his handlers from the FSB to establish and develop a political party as an instrument to promote Russia’s foreign policy interests and as an element for the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. “That entity was supposed to take part in the elections, lobby for and protect the interests of Russia, prevent Ukraine’s entry into the EU and NATO, and call for granting the Russian language an official state language status in our country,” Valendiuk said.
24.10.18 16:36 – SBU exposes ring of fraudsters capitalizing heavily on Donbas war fighters’ rehabilitation Ukraine’s SBU Security Service says suspects overstated actual capabilities of their “healthcare facilities” to be able to take part in tenders on providing rehabilitation services to the soldiers wounded in hostilities in Ukraine’s east. View news.
22.10.18 17:38 – Law enforcers show evidence against Ukrainian businesman recruited by FSB to create pro-Russian party in Ukraine. VIDEO (in Russian) Ukrainian businessman and public figure Tymofii Nahornyi was tasked by Russian security officials to create a political party in Ukraine to lobby Russia’s interests. View news.
Ukraine is studying the experience of Croatia in field of de-occupation and reintegration of a temporarily occupied territory.
Just a few days ago, on October 16, at about 17:00, a Russian made flanker jet Su-27 operated by the Ukrainian Air Force crashed approximately 185 miles southwest of Kyiv. Both American and Ukraine pilots died in the incident.
It takes a lot more than an hour to end the conflict in Donbas, said Ukraine’s First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Iryna Gerashchenko
Corruption in Ukraine’s Armed Forces is a headache for the country’s national security; Kremlin has been influencing the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for years
Ukraine has lost about forty percent of its entire arsenal of ammunition because of warehouse explosions over the past year and a half. In his article for Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, Ukrainian journalist Yury Butusov writes that more than 210,000 tons of ammunition were destroyed, from pistol ammo to the OTR-21 Tochka ballistic missiles during recent explosions at the storage facilities in Ichnia. For comparison, Butusov notes that during the five years of war in the Donbas, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used approximately 70,000 tons of ammunition. Butusov said that buying ammunition abroad will cost hundreds of millions of dollars so it will be impossible to compensate for the losses soon. The journalist accused the Ukrainian authorities of negligence in managing the ammunition warehouses. In Ichnia, according to him, there was no video surveillance system. “On the territory of the base, there isn’t any video surveillance system at all. It is astounding, but, with multiple requests to install a video surveillance system after the disaster in Kalynivka, which have been made for over a year, even the simplest cameras have not been installed. There are no means of control to allow a prompt decision-making,” he wrote. According to Butusov, there was not enough security personnel at the ammunition warehouse to cover the entire area of the facility and no aerial protection at all. Earlier, Verkhovna Rada Deputy Serhiy Pashynskyi reported that over the past two and a half years, the explosions destroyed more than $2 billion worth of ammunition in Ukraine.
During the anti-sabotage drills held in August of this year, the Ukrainian Army’s special operation forces were tasked with penetrating the country’s major ammunition depots and carry out conditional subversive acts. One of the groups participating in the exercises secured unhindered access to one of the ammunition storage facilities in central Ukraine in broad daylight.
During the anti-sabotage drills held last August, the Ukrainian Army’s special operation forces were tasked with penetrating the country’s major ammunition depots and carry out conditional subversive acts. In the course of the exercise, spec-op troops managed to gain unhindered access to all sites on their task list. That is, in the event of an actual subversive act, the sites would have been destroyed by similar enemy teams, Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote in an article for ZN.UA, according to UNIAN. The journalist says the efforts to enhance security measures at ammo storage sites remain insufficient. Today, there is a sabotage threat to the three remaining strategic arsenals: the 47th Arsenal of the Ground Forces Command, (the Khmelnytskyi region), the 222nd Central Artillery Ammunition Base (the Cherkasy region), and the 1322nd Artillery Ammunition Base, the expert notes. One of the groups participating in the exercises secured unhindered access to one of the ammunition storage facilities in central Ukraine in broad daylight, being unnoticed by security, Butusov wrote and attached a picture the commandoes took at the arms depot to prove that their conditional subversive attack was successfull. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3092538
Witnesses said they had spotted two suspicious men in camo lurking near the Ichnya ammunition depot at about 2:00 at night, just four days before the blasts hit the facility and led to a massive fire, according to Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatoliy Matios. The military on duty were alerted immediately and security measures – strengthened, but the men in camo attire were never found. Witnesses said they had spotted two suspicious men in camo lurking near the Ichnya ammunition depot at about 2:00 at night, just four days before the blasts hit the facility and led to a massive fire, according to Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatoliy Matios. “I can already state today that following a series of interrogations, carried out including with the use of a lie detector, it has been reliably established that on Oct 4, that is, four days before the explosions, two people wearing camouflaged attire were spotted, just 50-70 meters from the technical area where the arsenals were located, in the night hours, at 2:00, as they were moving around the perimeter,” Matios said, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Ukraine will be among only five NATO partner countries (out of more than 40) to take part in the Trident Juncture exercise on October 25 – November 7 this year.
By approving the Concept of reforming the SZRU (foreign intelligence) of Ukraine to NATO standards, the President of Ukraine, in particular, instructed to create the newest modern infrastructure – to build the “Ukrainian Langley”.The press service of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine reports.In pursuance of this mandate, on October 18, the development of the newest infrastructure of the suburban headquarters of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence began.Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov laid the foundation for a new reconnaissance center for a symbolic capsule with a letter-message to future generations of Ukrainian intelligence officers. Referring to the letters to the descendants, Oleksandr Turchynov and the Chairman of the SZR of Ukraine, Yegor Bozhok, emphasized that the 2018 year was an important milestone in the activity of the foreign intelligence of Ukraine. It was in this year, in conditions of Russia’s armed aggression against our state, we managed to increase the role and place of intelligence in the system of national security of the state, to adjust its tasks, structure and functions to NATO standards.The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine also inspected the construction of social facilities, in particular hostels, small-family houses for intelligence officers, and got acquainted with the latest examples of weapons and special equipment.
Radio Liberty Ukraine Published on Oct 15, 2018 Instead of massive shelling – accurate strikes against specific targets. Ukrainian manufacturers offer more and more smart weapons for the APU. Shells, rockets, mines – they are being tested and plan to put them into service. What guided missiles may appear in the Ukrainian army in the near future?
“Radionix” Scientific and Production Enterprise on “Weapons and Security 2018” presented new active seekers for missiles, a podded system for the ECM for the Su-24 and a multifunctional radar Esmeralda.This is reported by the site Defense Express.Scientific-Production Enterprise “Radionix” is one of the most powerful in Ukraine developer of on-board radar systems and optoelectronic equipment for missiles.As Stanislav Zavialov, Director of the Scientific-Production Enterprise “Radionix” told, “Esmeralda” multifunctional radar control system is intended for use in medium-range anti-aircraft missile complexes and fighter aviation, in particular it can be used on the Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters. Its feature is the use of encoded phase-manipulated signals, increased target detection and tracking range (90-160 km for air targets and 40-150 km for land / sea), as well as the ability to work with new missiles with active radar seekers (AR seekers) . A new active radar homing seeker for the air-to-air and ground-air missiles “Onyx” – Ka-band (range of launch of a missile – 60-80 km, range of target detection and capture – 5-15 km ) and AR seeker of the X-band (range of detection and capture of the target up to 20 km). They can be used in missiles R-27 (both the old generation and upgraded) and new 200 mm air-to-air missiles. It is worth recalling that the company is developing a self-guiding head for an anti-ship cruise missile Neptune. However, this sample was not presented at the exhibition, as the development is kept secret. “I think that it will be presented at the following exhibitions,” Stanislav Zvyavilov said. Another novelty was the airborne complex of individual electronic protection “Omut”. Such a complex is suspended on military aircraft or helicopters and, during the flight, is able to suppress radar systems of anti-aircraft missile systems, fighters, as well as active and semi-active heads of self-propelled missiles. Presented at the exhibition, the modification of “Omut-KM” was developed to equip the supersonic front-line bombers of the Su-24 and began to be developed from 2014. In 2018 a new complex of ECM is aimed at testing in the Armed Forces. The products presented at the exhibition are only part of the developments of the Scientific-Production Enterprise “Radionix”. The company has developed radar control armaments, various systems for the equipment of missiles and fighters, is working on the development of optoelectronic system, seekers of different types (including infrared and ultrahigh-frequency). In addition, it is Radionix, since 2008, who has been appointed as the main executor of the modernization of the Su-27 fighter jets, armed with the Armed Forces.
sonobuoy designed for detection underwater moving objects using aviation radiohydroacoustic system ASW
The BМ-21 UМ Berest Combat Vehicle Based on KrAZ Chassis will replace the BМ-21 Grad vehicle in service with the Ukrainian army. 122-mm MLRS has been heavily upgraded by SE “Shepetivka Repair Plant”, “Ukroboronprom” decided to use new generation KrAZ cabover chassis as basis for new vehicle design. New combat vehicle was unveiled at Exhibition Arms and Security that closed last week in Kiev. It has caught interest of military, journalists and exhibition attendees. The BМ-21 Berest provides more firepower, precision of fire, integration of ordnance digital control and guidance systems, mobility and shortened ready to fire time as compared to Grad. Only Ukrainian-made components are used for production of this rocket system. Its feature is digital fire control system, allowing the crew to prepare to fire, especially, to perform artillery survey, without leaving the cab. Another feature of new MLRS is increased firepower to 50 rounds from 40 rounds of Grad. Increased firepower provides assured destruction of enemy and fire distribution. New digital technologies integrating Berest into information exchange system enable the MLRS crew to get precise coordinated of enemy position in real time which are processed and provided by drones, counter-battery radar and other surveillance systems. This integration improves fire precision and efficiency by huge ratio. The 4х4 КрАЗ 5401НЕ off road cabover chassis Berest is based has been recently developed by “AutoKrAZ”. It has two-row four-door cab for comfortable accommodation of crew and all required fire control equipment. Payload capacity of the KrAZ-5401НЕ is 9 tonne. Special vehicle based on this chassis with wide tires and tire inflation system can be used on all kinds of roads and off road, on rugged terrains. Fuel range is up to 600 km due to two fuel tanks of 165 l each. The vehicle can travel at a speed exceeding 90 km/h, what is more, it is maneuverable due to cabover design and can be used in urban cycle.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine got the shipment of repaired multiple launch rocket systems “Uragan” as the press service of “Ukroboronprom” reported. ““Shepetivsky Repair Plant” that enters “Ukroboronprom” group has finished the repair of another shipment of 220-mm multiple launch rocket systems “Uragan”. The fighting vehicles were already passed to the client,” the message said. Multiple launch rocket systems “Uragan” is one of the most long-range and powerful systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In 20 seconds, “Uragan” can commit full spread consisted of 16 rockets, which can engage targets at a distance up to 35 km. “Uragan” is used for the destruction of the manpower, unarmored and soft-skinned hardware, detachments of the anti-aircraft defence and artillery, command centers, communication hubs and other important objects of the enemy.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received a new batch of repaired long-range and powerful Uragan multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has written on Facebook.
Ukrainian state-run defense firm UkrOboronProm, has delivered a new batch of repaired 220-mm Uragan Multiple Launch Rocket Systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to a statement released on Monday by the UkrOboronProm, SE “Shepetovsky Repair Plant” has completed the repair of the next batch of 220-mm rocket launchers “Uragan”. Combat vehicles have already been handed over to the customer, they have reinforced the artillery power of the Ukrainian army. The Uragan multiple rocket launcher system (MLRS) is designed to engage critical area targets whose vulnerable elements are unsheltered and sheltered manpower, soft-skinned, light-armored and armored vehicles of motor-rifle and tank companies, artillery, tactical missile and air defence units, helicopters on the landing areas, destroy command posts, communications centers and military-industrial installations. The MLRS Uragan is one of the most long-range and powerful multiple launch rocket systems in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. For 20 seconds, the Uragan can make a full volley of 16 missiles, which is guaranteed to hit targets at a range of up to 35 km.
22.10.18 15:07 – New batch of refurbished Uragan MLRSes transferred to Ukrainian army after testing. VIDEO State-run Shepetivskyi Repair Plant, a subsidiary of Ukroboronprom State Concern, finished refurbishing a new batch of 220-mm Uragan multiple launch rocket systems. View news.
The state corporation Shepetivsky Repair Plant has finished overhauling a batch of 220mm Urahan multiple rocket launchers (MRL) and has handed …
The Ukrainian army will soon receive a new generation Vilkha (Alder) multiple launch rocket system. The Vilkha was successfully tested in April and December 2017.
The 93rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine named Kholodniy Yar has received utility task vehicles (UTVs) for transportation of Stuhna anti-tank missile systems. The vehicles are able to quickly transport an anti-tank missile system to any destination across off-road terrain. The 93rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine named Kholodniy Yar has received utility task vehicles (UTVs) for transportation of Stuhna anti-tank missile systems. “UTV stands for a ‘Utility Task Vehicle,’ i.e. vehicles with utilitarian features. These are two-person off-road vehicles with a powerful body. Members of the brigade have decided to transport anti-tank systems in them,” the brigade wrote on Facebook. The vehicles are able to quickly transport an anti-tank missile system to any destination across off-road terrain, a brigade commander said. According to him, the brigade earlier used front line transporters to transport anti-tank weapons. “And now we are replacing those obsolete vehicles with modern ones,” the commander said.
Ukraine and Canada negotiate on the possible use of Ukraine’s middle-class Antonov aircraft. Stepan Kubiv, Ukraine’s First Vice Prime Minister and Jim Carr, Canadian Minister for International Trade Diversification discussed the topic during their meeting as quoted by Ukrinform news agency. ‘We talked the issues of investments, which broaden the opportunities of U.S., Canadian and European technologies on the Ukrainian market, taking into account the course of reforms in the areas of social, pension, education and medical policy, including the corruption problem, and the cooperation in the aircraft engineering of Antonov middle-class planes, which may be used on the Canadian market,’ Kubiv said. The Ukrainian official added that over the past two years, Canadian companies ‘invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Ukraine’s agrarian and IT area.’
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Ukraine has passed to Australia the list of five citizens who participated in combat actions in Donbas on the side of the illegal armed formations. Ukraine has passed to Australia the list of five citizens who participated in combat actions in Donbas on the side of the illegal armed formations, as the press office of the International Ministry reports. “Ukraine is the first range where Russia tests its hybrid technologies, and we have a great experience of counterworking it. There are “adventurers” from Australia, who joined the ranks of illegal armed formations. We cooperate with Italy and the UK in this direction, so we would like to pass the list of these five individuals, who are the citizens of Australia,” Arsen Avakov said. He states that the participants of the armed conflict are dangerous for Australia as well as “they have received certain information, which might damage the national security in the favor of Russia’s aggressive actions.” Reportedly, Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios stated that the Ukrainian side has passed the lists of all the foreigners who fought on the Russian side in Donbas war to the International Criminal Court.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euroatlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze says Ukraine is interested in strengthening cooperation with Australia in programs related to space. Australia may have its own spaceport within five years.
Deepening the political dialogue between Australia and Ukraine will contribute to the formation of an international coalition of like-minded people.
Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs of Australia Darren Chester in Canberra, the Government portal reports.
Australia will provide 250,000 Australian dollars for the development of medical and sport rehabilitation of wounded servicepersons. The press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported this following a meeting of Defense Ministers of Ukraine and Australia Stepan Poltorak and Christopher Pine. “Today, October 25, during the working visit to Canberra, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak met with the Australian Minister of Defense to reach an important agreement on the allocation of 250,000 Australian dollars (over 194,000 US dollars) for the development of medical and sport rehabilitation of wounded servicepersons,” reads the report.
Ukrainian police will undergo the Australian Federal Police training program, which includes the management of serious crime investigation. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reached a corresponding agreement during a visit to the Australian Federal Police College on October 24, the Interior Ministry press service reports. “There are 140,000 officers in Ukrainian police. Our key partners in their professional training are the USA, Canada and the EU. Australia’s experience in training of police officers, especially in the area of investigation into serious crimes, will be valuable for Ukrainian law enforcement officers,” Avakov stressed. The Ukrainian interior minister also invited the representatives of the Australian Federal Police College to visit the Patrol Police Academy in Ukraine and assist in the preparation of specialized training programs.
Ukraine police officers will be trained using the Australian State Police intensive program, which includes conducting investigations of serious crimes. The website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs says that the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov agreed to this during his visit to the Australian police college. Avakov invited college representatives to visit the Ukrainian patrol police academy and assist in the preparation of specialized training programs. “The Ukrainian police has 140,000 workers. Our key partners in guiding their professional development are the US, Canada, and the EU. Australia’s experience in police training, especially in the area of investigating serious crimes will be valuable for Ukrainian law enforcement officers,” stated Avakov. The Australian Police College is located in Canberra. There they have a six-month basic course preparing various police personnel, from recruits to senior officers. Further training depends on selected qualifications. In addition, the Australian Police have an international training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. It develops a training program for all international partners.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine reach an agreement with Australian counterpart of providing 250,000 Australian dollars for the development of medical and sport rehabilitation of wounded service personnel. | Міноборони
Today, October 25, during the working visit to Canberra, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak met with the Australian Minister of Defense Mr. Christopher Pineto reach an important agreement on the allocation of 250,000 Australian dollars (over 194,000 US dollars) for the development of medical and sport rehabilitation of wounded service members. The assistance will help improve professional skills of specialists of the medical service of the Armed Forces, update the equipment of Ukrainian medical institutions for the rehabilitation of soldiers wounded in combat actions in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says that it is potentially dangerous for Ukrainian nationals to stay in a neighboring Belarus. Russian authorities operate in Belarus, the foreign minister said.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will meet Aleksander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus on October 26 at the First Forum of Regions of Ukraine and Belarus that will take place in Gomel as the press service of the Belarusian president reported.
Overwhelmed by indignation at the rebellious Ukraine which is shifting further away from Russia toward EU integration, Vladimir Putin decided to avenge Ukraine through sanctions. Today, much fewer Ukrainian enterprises cooperate with Russian companies, which is why the trade turnover between the countries fell almost 80%. This is something that strongly affects Russian businesses, already lined with economic restrictions imposed by the United States and the European Union. By means of new sanctions, the Kremlin is once again trying to retain its influence in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree with a very colorful title “On the application of special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of Ukraine in relation to citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation.” UNIAN figured out who could be hit by sanctions and whether the restrictions would have an impact on the Ukrainian economy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree setting the stage for “special economic measures” in response to what the document calls Ukraine’s “unfriendly actions” against Russian citizens…
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree providing for the introduction of “special economic measures” in connection with Ukraine’s “unfriendly actions.” The presidential decree published on the Kremlin’s website does not mention specific measures as they are yet to be developed by the Russian government.
Sanctions being imposed by Russia will affect hundreds of Ukrainian nationals and their assets in the Russian Federation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told reporters Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Moscow. The Russian prime minister believes that Ukrainians who will be targeted “harm” Russian interests through their activities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off a decree on special economic measures to be taken in response to Ukrainian sanctions earlier imposed against the Russian Federation. Indeed, Russia is able to introduce restrictions that are sensitive to Ukraine, even more sensitive than whatever Russia has already done before – all those trade wars and previous sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off a decree on special economic measures to be taken in response to Ukrainian sanctions earlier imposed against the Russian Federation. Indeed, Russia is able to introduce restrictions that are sensitive to Ukraine, even more sensitive than whatever Russia has already done before – all those trade wars and previous sanctions. First, despite the sharp drop in the volume of bilateral trade, Russia remains Ukraine’s largest trading partner (if compared with other individual countries rather than associations like the EU). In January-August 2018, Ukraine exported to Russia goods worth $ 2.448 billion, and imported goods worth $5.094 billion. It is important that Russia has always been the main consumer of Ukrainian industrial products, including high-tech. This means that, of all countries, it is Russia that is able to impose sanctions most painful for Ukraine. And it is precisely the loss of the Russian markets that would be the hardest to compensate for. It is known that as a result of the restrictions imposed on trade, losses are always incurred by both parties. Therefore, restrictions are usually introduced gradually, while the country implements its import substitution policy. However, in the current situation, when political considerations come to the fore, especially in connection with the desire to influence the course and outcome of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Russia could go for drastically limiting the supply of goods critical for Ukraine. In general, there are several areas most sensitive for Ukraine. For example, Russia is already proceeding and will proceed on the path of reducing (possibly completely halting) gas transit via Ukraine. Gas transit services provided Ukraine with annual revenues of up to $3 billion. Without these revenues, Ukraine will face catastrophic problems with the balance of payments, and the real threat will be a deep devaluation of the hryvnia and an actual default.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow is preparing sanctions that will ban imports to Russia of some Ukrainian products.
Russia is selling Ukrainian coal, mined in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces and mixed with coal mined in Russia, said Ukrainian Foreign …
Mr. Goesta Ljungman, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative in Ukraine, says the country has been moving in the right direction, but it is important to preserve the hard-won macroeconomic stability to promote growth and prosperity in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has successfully reduced the fiscal deficit, and public debt is now shrinking, the IMF official said.
The International Monetary Fund said it had reached a new agreement with Ukraine, paving the way for a fresh $4 billion loan.
A new program from the IMF will facilitate Ukraine’s access to funding worth $8 billion, which will help maintain a fairly stable hryvnia …
23.10.18 12:57 – Ukraine to be able to get $8 bln in additional government borrowing following new Ukraine-IMF deal, – Aslund A new deal between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) unlocks $8 billion in additional government borrowing. View news.
During a meeting with a team from the Accounting Chamber in Kyiv on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged Ukrainians not to believe …
Ukrainian cinema, driven by passionate young filmmakers and big state backing, looks to be on the up and up. But critics argue that “patriotic” criteria could hold it back.
It sounds like a near perfect scenario for California-based startups looking to expand engineering teams abroad — low wages, a vibrant social scene and over 150,000 developers for hire. This can all be found in Ukraine, where, according to PwC (via BBC News), the country’s annual economic output coming from IT outsourcing grew fivefold from 2011 to 2015. As a result, IT is now the third-largest export in Ukraine behind agriculture and mining. Home to an estimated 40-plus million people, Ukraine has quietly become a hub for outsourced IT labor in Europe as costs for developers continues to rise in EU countries. But even in recent articles about Ukraine’s growing tech economy, there’s still much conflation between “product developers” and “outsourcer engineers.” From every data point we have witnessed, working for an outsourcer and working for a product company are two completely different skill sets. Even the proudest of locals will admit there are many hurdles for Ukraine’s startup scene to overcome before it can claim to be the next Sweden or Germany. That Ukraine has growing pools of software engineers working on the EU’s legacy enterprise applications is not indicative of Ukraine’s potential future as a powerhouse of innovative product development. On top of that, many Ukrainian millennials still don’t speak business-level English. Considering most sources of developer education are in English (e.g., Stack Overflow, Github, etc.), the common defense that “Russian-translated versions are suitable” seems quaint in the age of nonstop content.
Sucked into the trauma and labor of an ongoing war, Ukraine’s Millennials face uncertain prospects in a country rife with Soviet-era boomer corruption, an uneven economy, and a lack of job opportunities.
Pavel Viktor, a science teacher in Odesa, Ukraine, started posting his lectures on YouTube for absent students. He never expected the videos to gain millions of views beyond his classroom.
Korea has formulated a cooperation strategy with Ukraine which will allow increasing Ukraine’s GDP to 10% over the next 10 years, said Korean …
Ukraine and Canada have managed to form a mutually beneficial partnership that goes beyond the borders of the two states, according to First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv.
23.10.18 15:13 – Foreigners no longer confuse Ukraine with Russia, – Poroshenko Congratulating the winners of the III Youth Olympic Games, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said that the people across the globe no longer confuse Ukraine with Russia. View news.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin will not discuss the release of prisoners with incumbent president of Ukraine as he bears a personal grudge against Poroshenko. Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ahtem Chiygoz said on air of Channel 5, Censor.NET reports. “Those who expect Putin to take such humane act must be delusional. There was also zero humanity when I and Umerov were released. It was all about exerting pressure while all pressure factors coincided. Erdogan, a man of character, was the one who initiated the process,” Chiygoz recalled. “They say Putin is not going to strike a deal with Poroshenko regarding exchange of political prisoners because he hates him, because he could not break him. But what prevents other world leaders – Macron, Merkel, Trump – from being tough and persuasive enough?” he said. “We must continue to work in this direction and change their minds, attitudes (regarding the political prisoners’ issue). They should not assume that these talks and the issue of political prisoners are number five or six on their list. Any dialogue with this extremely sick and self-obsessed person must begin with these issues. He considers a concession the visits the leaders pay him. Therefore, pressure is the only way here,” Mejlis deputy chairman said.
In the spring of 2019, current president Petro Poroshenko will seek to be reelected to a second term, like all Ukrainian presidents elected before him. However, his position now differs dramatically from 2014. So what are his chances? Poroshenko is the second president in Ukraine’s history to achieve victory in the first round of presidential elections. The first, Leonid Kravchuk, also came to power in a tense period in the country’s history – just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2014, Poroshenko’s political technologists [a term most commonly used in post-Soviet countries] exploited the idea of the “external threat.” Ukraine’s media overflowed with calls to elect a president in the first round. Firstly, because with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing aggression in Donas it was pointless to spend money on a second round; secondly, by the end of the second round, there might no longer be a country left at all. And it worked: Poroshenko gained a majority of 54.7% in the first round, rendering a second round superfluous.
Merkel to meet with Poroshenko on November 1
The National Guard of Ukraine will expand cooperation with Italy’s carabinieri and the gendarmerie of Turkey and Romania in the field of training of troops.
A ban on the use of cultural products, namely movies, books, songs, etc., in the Russian language in the public has been introduced in Zhytomyr region. The local council has also called on other agencies of local self-government to support such a move.
French police arrested unnamed Ukrainian “King of the Castle,” who used forged death certificates to evade the authorities, Europol said.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Eurasia Center Director at Atlantic Council John E. Herbst says it is necessary to supply more weapons to Ukraine, while the West should impose stronger sanctions against Russia to stop its aggression. Russia and Putin pursue an aggressive foreign policy, as they want to undermine the world order set after the Cold War.
24.10.18 17:28 – Mejlis head slams joint Ukraine-Russia fishing commission working in Kyiv, calls on SBU to expel head of Russian delegation. PHOTO Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) Refat Chubarov at a meeting in Kyiv of the Ukrainian-Russian commission on fisheries in the Sea of Azov has declared the… View news.
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‘Nazi buried here’: UK blogger places sign on Ukrainian nationalist icon’s grave in Germany RT With this headline, RT launched another information salvo at Ukraine. In response, the Munich police opened an investigation into the actions of Graham Phillips, to determine Russian involvement. Munich police open case involving desecration of Bandera’s burial site – Ukrainian consulate InterFax…
Stepan Bandera was assassinated by the Soviet KGB in Munich in 1959. Russia continues smearing Bandera’s name, even today. ‘Nazi buried here’: UK blogger places sign on Ukrainian nationalist icon’s grave in Germany RT </end editorial> Sunday, October 21, 2018 A Pantheon of heroes should be made in Ukraine and the ashes of the OUN leader…
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó believes that Hungary’s relations with Ukraine have deteriorated so drastically due to Ukraine’s law …
Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg of a significant worsening of the situation in his country’s relations with Ukraine over the new education law in the context of the educational process for national minorities, according to the Hungarian government press service. The minister claims the conditions set by the Venice Commission regarding the education law “are not impossible” to fulfill.
The language conflict between Ukraine and Hungary, which erupted a year ago, namely in the autumn of 2017 after the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a new law on education, according to which teaching after primary school will be only in Ukrainian, is periodically exacerbated
Hungary is ready to unblock Ukraine-NATO commission if Hungarians’ rights in Transcarpathia for education are restored.
Hungary will lift its ban on the next session of the Ukraine-NATO Commission under the condition that Ukraine, among other things, restores the rights of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia (Zakarpattia) to obtain an education in their native tongue, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has announced.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó says his country is proposing that Ukraine conclude an agreement on protection of minority rights. The treaty would guarantee minorities the free use of their native language with relation to the practicing of religion, culture, education and public administration procedures.
The Hungarian political parties and organizations in Romania on October 24 submitted a joint statement to the United Nations to safeguard the rights of ethnic minorities, in particular, ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region. The Hungarian side accuses Ukraine of persecuting ethnic Hungarians in Zakarpattia.
The police have opened criminal proceedings into the illegal placement of “Let’s stop the separatists” billboards in several villages of Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region. The regional state administration reported that the ads were put up by unknown individuals and without relevant permits.
Billboards with the images of three leaders of the Zakarpattia Society of Hungarian Culture and the words “Stop the separatists” appeared in several districts of Zakarpattia region. Law enforcement officers are already looking for perpetrators, said the chairman of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal, according to his website. “Right-wing conductors of the provocation are now being sought by law enforcement officers, but the methods and style of execution indicate that this is another primitive special operation of the Russian FSB, which has been trying to embroil Ukrainians and Hungarians in Zakarpattia for several years,” Moskal said. “Last April, at the administrative border of the Vinogradiv and Beregovo districts, boards like this were installed at night with provocative inscriptions in Hungarian. In February of this year, the office of Zakarpattia Society of Hungarian Culture was set on fire twice in Uzhgorod”, Moskal said. Mukachevo.net, citing sources in the Zakarpattia Regional Council, reports that the Society is initiating the convening of an extraordinary session in order to make an appeal to the central authorities of Ukraine with a call to stop the attack on the Hungarian national minority. As reported, in Uzhgorod, the organizer of the arson in the building of the Society of Hungarian Culture was taken into custody
Hungarian Government to double help to support Hungarians in Zakarpattia region in 2019