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Another unusually busy week in Ukraine:

1. Many reports on the increasing risk of a shooting war in the Azov and Black Seas;

2. Crimea update – major concerns over illegal conscription of Crimean men;

3. Diplomacy – Volker statements, Merkel visit to Kyiv, Giuliani and Perry to visit Kyiv;

4. Donbass updates – Russians kill OSCE RPV, Germany and France protest, Russians continue bombardment and raiding campaign, but lose some ground in the no-mans-land;

5. AFU conducts annual live fire AD EX at Yagorlyk firing range in Kherson region, southern Ukraine, involving S-300PT/PS / SA-10A/B and 9M38M / SA-11, and reportedly, requalification testing of overhauled S-300V1 / SA-12 and S-125M1 / SA-3C systems;

6. Ukraine tests new loitering “suicide drone”, new 120mm mobile mortar, and new BTR-4 production;

7. Update on multiple Russian covert ops;

8. Reports on Stalin era mass murder of Ukrainian intellectuals in occupied Karelia, and mass deportations to Siberia in 1947, with claims of more than 175,063 deported;

9. Russian sanctions produce much mirth in Kyiv;

10. Hungarian proxy effort on behalf of Muscovy continues;

11. Political and economic reports;

Ukraine Reports

UAWire – Ukrainian Navy Commander: conflict with Russia in Black Sea is highly probable

During “Freedom of speech” program on ICTV, Ukrainian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said that Russia may resort to escalation in the Black Sea. Ukraine recently stated that it intends to establish a naval base in the Sea of Azov due to Russia’s hostile activities in the region. Voronchenko believes that the situation in the Black Sea could become as tense as the situation in the Sea of Azov. “They [Russia] are already questioning the crews when ships flying our flag or other countries’ flags go to Black Sea ports. The captains of these ships have the right not to give answers about the nature of the cargo and where they are headed. However, unfortunately, 90% of captains give these answers. And, I think, there could be future escalation in the Black Sea,” the Navy Commander observed. On October 25, European Parliament approved a resolution to allow for additional sanctions against Russia if the situation in the Sea of Azov escalates. The resolution urges the High Representative and EU member states “to make it clear that the targeted sanctions against Russia will be reinforced if the conflict in the Azov Sea escalates further”. On September 6 at a session of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Ukraine decided to reinforce its Naval presence in the Sea of Azov in connection with Russia’s aggressive actions. On October 12, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko brought into effect the NSDC’s decision to protect Ukraine’s interests in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait to the south and east of Ukraine. According to Poroshenko, after the occupation of Crimea, the Kremlin’s next target is to occupy the Sea of Azov.

UAWire – NATO concerned over Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the countries members of the Alliance are alarmed by Russia’s “destabilizing” behavior in the Sea of Azov. According to Radio Liberty, Stoltenberg assured that NATO is keeping an eye on this issue. The NATO Secretary General said that Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov follow a pattern of a behavior model that Moscow has been demonstrating for a long time. According to Stoltenberg, this model includes Russia’s annexation of the Crimea as well as “destabilizing activity” in the Donbas. “Ukraine should have free sea communication channels. This is also important for NATO ships having trade relations with Ukraine. This is the problem we are working on,” said Stoltenberg. He stressed that Russia should respect its international obligations, including the freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that NATO ships would not be able to conduct exercises in the Sea of Azov. According to him, Ukraine wants to arrange Alliance’s exercises in the Sea of Azov, but due to the law, this will not be possible. The Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation requires both countries consent for warships to pass across the Sea of Azov.

U.S. supports Ukrainian Navy’s right to operate freely in Ukrainian waters in Sea of Azov

The United States supports the right of the Ukrainian Navy to operate freely in Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has said during her visit to Berdiansk (Zaporizhia region). “Amb. Y toured the Port of Berdiansk today: The U.S. supports the Ukrainian Navy’s right to operate freely in Ukrainian waters in the Sea of Azov,” the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine wrote on its Twitter account.

UAWire – Two more Russian warships enter the Azov Sea

On October 24, Russia brought two more military ships to the Azov Sea with a third on the way, stated the Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Petro Tsyhykal during the Lviv Forum on security issues, Ukrinform reports. “Yesterday, two patrol boats, the Syktyvkar and the Kizlyar were brought to Azov Port via Russia’s inland waters and now they are in the waters of the Azov Sea,” he said. He also said that the towing of another ship, the Steregushchiy started today. “According to our information, she has crossed Yaroslavl. We are waiting for it to arrive in Azov as well.” The Head of the Ukrainain State Border Service said that apart from these ships, Russia has already stationed more than 120 ships and boats in the Azov Sea. “As of today, the situation is pretty serious, pretty ominous,” he summarized.

Azov confrontation. Actions, reactions, consequences – LB.ua news portal

Azov confrontation. Actions, reactions, consequences. Russia continues to escalate the situation in the Sea of Azov: it has been blocking Ukrainian navigation, fishing by Ukrainian fishermen. It has also been pumping up the Sea of Azov region with warships – now the group of ships of the Russian Navy has 120 units. The EU has finally noticed Moscow’s destructive actions, having adopted a resolution calling for sanctions on Russia in the event of an escalation in the Sea of Azov. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Military expert lists four steps to prevent further Russian aggression in Azov | UNIAN

A military expert lists four steps that Kyiv needs to take to prevent further Russian aggression and ensure the security of the Sea of Azov, as it should introduce more radical measures without waiting for Europe’s respective sanctions against Russia. Ships of other countries can take part in joint naval exercises in the Sea of Azov when Ukraine legislatively delimits its borders there. A military expert lists four steps that Kyiv needs to take to prevent further Russian aggression and ensure the security of the Sea of Azov, as it should introduce more radical measures without waiting for Europe’s respective sanctions against Russia. “First of all, we need to immediately withdraw from the 2003 agreement. This is measure number one. The second one is to legislatively delimit our border in the Sea of Azov,” First Deputy Chairman of the Union of Officers of Ukraine Yevhen Lupakov said, the Ukrainian news outlet Obozrevatel reported. An announcement of military drills of Ukraine’s missile and artillery troops in the Ukrainian zone of responsibility should become step number three, he said. “As soon as these legislative measures are taken, then the sea will no longer be common and every side will have its part. And then NATO ships should be invited for joint exercises in the Sea of Azov. That’s all. There will be no problems then,” the expert assured. So far, Lupakov says, as long as the Sea of Azov is common, warships that do not belong to Ukraine or the Russian Federation are not allowed there. “And when we have our own sea, ships of other countries can take part in joint naval exercises,” he added.

UAWire – Ukrainian officer: Ukraine should take decisive steps to regain the Sea of Azov

First Deputy Chairman of the Union of Officers of Ukraine, First Rank Captain Yevhen Lupakov called for more decisive actions to ensure …

UAWire – US Ambassador to Ukraine visits Ukrainian Fleet in the Azov Sea

On Saturday, October 27, Marie Jovanovic, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine visited Berdyansk …

Russia to receive sanctions if continues acting in Sea of Azov, – Adviser to Prime Minister – 112.international

The Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine for International Affairs claimed that the adopted by the European Union resolution is a serious political signal for Russia

Foreign Ministry: Ukraine to use new EP resolution in lawsuit against Russia – 27.10.2018 13:25 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine will attach the resolution of the European Parliament, which provides for tightening sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of escalation in the Sea of Azov, to the evidence base in litigation against Russia in the international courts.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow’s Blockade of Sea of Azov Intended to Force Kyiv to Lift Its Own on Crimea, Samus Says

Paul Goble Staunton, October 27 – By blocking water transit on the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Straits, Moscow is pursuing two goals, Mikhail Samus says. First of all, it hopes Ukraine will recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea; and second, it hopes to force Ukraine to lessen its blockade of Crimea and thereby reduce the burden on Moscow of supplying the peninsula. Moscow is unlikely to achieve the first; but in pursuing the second, the analyst for Kyiv’s Center for Research on the Army, Conversion and Disarmament suggests, it may be creating the basis for a kind of mini-deal some in the West might try to force Kyiv to accept (qha.com.ua/ru/analitika/voina-blokad-rossiya-blokiruet-azov-chtobi-zastavit-ukrainu-razblokirovat-krim/196074/). According to Samus, “Russia is seeking to create a problem for Ukraine in order to force it into negotiations.” At the same time, he says, the Russia side is seeking to create “more comfortable conditions for the functioning of occupied Crimea,” something that would become true if Kyiv were forced to make concessions on transit. At present, no such deal seems possible; but Ukraine is entering into an election season and Moscow can be expected to turn up the pressure in the hopes of creating divisions within Ukrainian society that the Russians can exploit, the Kyiv analyst continues, especially as Russia’s partial blockade has already imposed severe hardship on the Azov Sea port cities. If these economic tools do not bring Kyiv to the negotiating table, Samus says, Russia could consider using force, either direct or hybrid. But he says that despite the alarmist predictions of some, he believes that such use of force is improbable at least at present, given the size of the Ukrainian forces in the region and the certainty of move sanctions. But because this economic pressure could have such serious consequences, Samus calls for the immediate convoying of ships into the Sea of Azov to Ukrainian ports and the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian agreement on the sea which effectively prevents Kyiv from seeking the support of NATO navies.

Turchynov: Russia continues escalation in Azov-Black Sea basin – 30.10.2018 11:19 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine increases its military presence in the Azov-Black Sea basin because the Russian Federation escalates its aggressive policy in this region.

Situation in Azov Sea rather intense, – Ukraine’s Navy Commander – 112.international

Ukraine’s Navy Commander Igor Voronchenko stated that the situation in the Sea of Azov remains tense, as Interfax Ukraine reports. “There are at least 120 Ukrainian vessels and boats, but there are only 36 of those which can operate or maintain the vessels and have arms, and 24 of those which have enough arms… We have enhanced our efforts, we have transferred a boat group there for now, it is carrying out a combat task,” Voronchenko said.

Russia may escalate situation in Black Sea – Ukraine Navy Commander | UNIAN

The Russian Federation may resort to escalating the situation in the Black Sea, according to Ukraine Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko. Russian naval forces began to show interest in the cargo of ships heading to the Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

Top border guard says Russia paves way for economic blockade of Ukraine’s ports

Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service Chief, Petro Tsyhykal says Russia creates preconditions for economic blockade of the country’s sea and river ports. As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, the military official said Tuesday at a round table meeting on improving safety at sea and the development of the Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. “The issues of strengthening maritime border security have become relevant as never before. In addition to conventional threats faced by any state with regard to ensuring maritime border security, violations of international maritime law continue to occur in the exclusive (maritime) economic zone and the annexed territorial sea,” Tsyhykal said. He emphasized that Russia’s groundlessly intensifying naval and law enforcement activities at sea lines of communication creates preconditions for economic blockade of the sea and river ports of Ukraine. “Only joint actions are the key to a strong and united Europe, in which Ukraine remains a reliable outpost on its eastern borders,” Tsyhykal said. The meeting was attended by representatives of foreign law enforcement agencies in charge of maritime security as well as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX), the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). It was held with the support from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

Joint Forces commander not ruling out attempts by Russia to create ‘corridor’ to Crimea – 30.10.2018 14:12 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine does not rule out Russia might attempt to create a “corridor” to Crimea so it is working out the interaction of all military forces, Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Commander Serhiy Nayev has said in an interview with BBC Ukrainian. “Today we take into account such a threat [to create the ‘corridor’ to Crimea]. In order to remove it, we conduct planning and work out the interaction of all forces, including at sea. We keep them in constant readiness. There are routine and surprise inspections,” he said. Nayev also stressed that at present the presence of border guards near the coast of Donetsk region does not annoy the Ukrainian side. “Here, the Russian Federation is conducting aerial reconnaissance. But they do not enter our area of responsibility – they fly along their shores. There has never been a case in the JFO area [near the coast of Donetsk region] when FSB border guards stopped a Ukrainian or foreign ship heading to Mariupol,” he said.

By denouncing Azov treaty with Russia, Ukraine likely to get into new territorial dispute

The denunciation of the 2003 treaty between Russia and Ukraine on cooperation in using the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait may lead to a new territorial dispute involving the delimitation of the Sea of Azov, Olena Zerkal , Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration, has announced.

MFA Ukraine admits new territorial dispute with Russia could arise if agreement on Azov Sea denounced | UNIAN

Ukraine can get a new territorial dispute with the Russian Federation in case it denounces the Agreement on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Integration Olena Zerkal. Waters in the Sea of Azov belonging to Ukraine and Russia were clearly defined in the Agreement.

Russia’s actions in Sea of Azov violate Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, – U.S. – 112.international

The U.S. claims that Russia’s provocations in the Sea of Azov breach Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Johnathan Cohen, the U.S. Deputy Representative in the UN said this during the Security Council session on October 30. ‘Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula and its aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov, where Russia is harassing and obstructing international shipping bound for Ukraine’s ports, further demonstrate Moscow’s blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and readiness to undermine the regional stability’, reads the statement as posted on the U.S. mission’s website. The official stressed that the provocations get in the way of negotiations in the Normandy format and the dialogue between Kurt Volker and Vladislav Surkov, the major American and Russian diplomats in this process. Speaking of the ‘election’ in occupied Donbas, slated for November 11, Cohen emphasized that ‘the United States joins with others in condemning the announcement by the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” that they intend to hold what they are calling “elections” on November 11‘. ‘These actions are clearly illegitimate and have no basis in Ukrainian law (…) These sham elections, staged by Russia, run directly counter to efforts to implement the Minsk peace agreements. The elections also obstruct and undermine efforts to end the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has killed over 10,000 people and causes more casualties daily. The Minsk agreements state that the OSCE must supervise elections, which are to be held in accordance with Ukrainian law and OSCE standards. The November 11 balloting will satisfy none of these conditions’, Cohen said.

Kremlin not willing to renegotiate with Ukraine deal on Sea of Azov | UNIAN

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Russia is guided by the existing agreement with Ukraine on the Sea of Azov and does not have a position on the revision of the existing regulatory framework following the annexation of Crimea. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov believes that there is no need to renew the agreement, taking into account the annexation of Crimea and the opening of the Kerch Straight bridge.

Russia uses Sea of Azov to supply weapons to its Donbas-based forces, Ukraine’s envoy to UN says

31.10.18 12:50 – Russia uses Sea of Azov to supply weapons to its Donbas-based forces, Ukraine’s envoy to UN says Besides hampering the maritime commerce in the Sea of Azov, the Russian Federation is also using this channel to stealthily deliver weapons to its own forces stationed in the Donbas. View news.

Russia supplies weapons to its forces through Sea of Azov – Yelchenko – 31.10.2018 11:38 — Ukrinform News

Russia's actions in the Sea of Azov are not limited to obstacles to international navigation, and the Russian Federation is also using this channel to conceal supplies of weapons for its own forces in Donbas.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Non-Combat Losses in Ukrainian Military Equal or Exceed Those in Combat

Paul Goble Staunton, October 28 – According to incomplete and sometimes contradictory statistics, Ukrainian soldiers are dying in roughly the same number during periods of relatively non-violent positional warfare from suicides and other problems as they do in combat during periods when the front heats up, with approximately 2800 deaths in each case. That pattern, Russian psychologists say reflects the fact that “soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces simply do not understand why and for what they are fighting. And when soldiers do not have motivation, this leads to all the problems the Ukrainian army is encountering” (svpressa.ru/war21/article/214368/). “Non-combat losses arise wherever there are weapons, Aleksey Zakharov, a Moscow military psychologist says. When soldiers understand why they are fighting, they hold up relatively well; when they don’t, “this leads to a loss of discipline, a breakdown in unit cohesion and such serious consequences” as suicide and even murder. Sergey Ishchenko, a naval veteran and military commentator, says that “the large number of non-combat losses is explained not only by psychological factors but by organizational ones.” But he suggests that these losses will not prompt Kyiv to suspend its military effort or reach an agreement. All armies suffer some non-combat losses, he continues, “but these losses in Ukraine are disproportionately higher. This speaks not only about low fighting spirit but also by the poor organization of the forces,” particularly the lack of enough junior officers and those who are of high quality. Ukraine hasn’t succeeded in finding a solution to this problem Ishchenko says. An even more serious cause of these non-combat losses is that “positional war like that into which the war in the Donbass has been transformed, has acquired a senseless character. The front doesn’t move back or forth. People sit in trenches, in dirt for already the fifth year, and do not understand why they are there or when this will end or when replacements will come. At the present time, there are “practically no” combat losses. Rather Ukrainian soldiers die as a result of sniper fire or mine explosions or from self-inflicted violence. That means, Ishchenko says, that “the number of non-combat losses is growing much more rapidly” than many had expected. These are Russian experts and their interpretation undoubtedly reflects Moscow’s position. But it is important because it suggests that at least some in the Russian capital are pleased to have this conflict go on with only occasional fighting because the current quiet is leading to the decay of discipline in Ukrainian forces. Still worse, many of the losses counted by Ukrainian officials as non-combat ones in fact occur not at the frontlines but when soldiers are on leave or go home but are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. That has the effect of undermining public support among Ukrainians for the war – and that is clearly something Moscow would like to see happen.

Ukraine to use in claims against Russia testimonies of ship captains about inspections in Sea of Azov | UNIAN

Ukraine has been collecting evidence, documenting each case of Russia’s illegal inspection of vessels in the Sea of Azov, to further use it in international courts, according to Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories, George Tuka. Such inspections by Russian coast guards are illegal, the deputy minister claims.

US aircraft reconnoitered areas off occupied Crimea coast

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft spent hours flying along the coasts of Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation on Sunday, Oct. 28. As reported by Censor.NET citing Korrespondent media outlet, this was stated by Russian media referring to the monitoring data collected by Western aviation-related websites. According to their information, the air reconnaissance was carried out by the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft and the P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft capable of conducting anti-submarine warfare. They approached the maritime boundary in the vicinity of Sevastopol at a distance of about 13 km, Yalta – 19 km, the Kerch Strait, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik and Sochi – about 24 km. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3093820

At least 12,000 Ukrainians were illegally drafted to Russian Army since 2015 – 112.international

Violating the norms of the international humanitarian right, the state bodies of Russia created the total atmosphere of coercion at the peninsula that aims against those who refuse to join the army of the occupant

Ukraine demands of Russia to cancel conscription in Crimea – 112.international

Ukraine demands of Russia to withdraw a conscription in temporarily occupied Crimea

Crackdown on Crimean Tatars: another activist winds up in cell after last night’s police raid in his home, – Crimean Solidarity. PHOTOS

30.10.18 13:59 – Crackdown on Crimean Tatars: another activist winds up in cell after last night’s police raid in his home, – Crimean Solidarity. PHOTOS The police had been conducting a search in the house of Crimean Tatar Diliaver Gafarov in Perlyna Krymu village in the occupied peninsula from 3 a.m. today, Oct. 30. View news.

UK urges Russia to stop militarization of Crimea – 31.10.2018 12:33 — Ukrinform News

The Russian Federation should abandon militarization of the illegally occupied Crimea.

ECHR may recognize Russia established control over Crimea even before occupation | UNIAN

Ganna Yudkivska, the judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) from Ukraine, has said the court considering the intergovernmental case on Ukraine’s complaint against the Russian Federation should determine the date when Russia established control over Crimea and took responsibility for all human rights violations on the peninsula. According to the judge, Ukraine claims the Russian Federation controlled Crimea back in February 2014. Ganna Yudkivska, the judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) from Ukraine, has said the court considering the intergovernmental case on Ukraine’s complaint against the Russian Federation should determine the date when Russia established control over Crimea and took responsibility for all human rights violations on the peninsula. The judge noted the complaint “includes very serious accusations against Russia,” she told European Pravda. “These are Article 2 of the Convention on the right to life, Article 3 on the prohibition of torture, and Article 5 on unlawful deprivation of liberty. There were abductions of activists, there were violations of freedom of speech where journalists were arrested and their equipment and materials were seized, and many other things,” she explained. Ukraine also accuses Russia of persecuting ethnic minorities, including through the closure of the Mejlis.

“We are jointly working to create a UN mission to achieve peace in Donbas,” – Germany’s Merkel at meeting with Ukrainian president

02.11.18 11:07 – “We are jointly working to create a UN mission to achieve peace in Donbas,” – Germany’s Merkel at meeting with Ukrainian president Germany and Ukraine are working closely together within the format of the Minsk talks to resolve the situation in the Donbas. View news.

Volker supports European Parliament’s idea to appoint EU special envoy for Donbas and Crimea

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said he supports the idea of the European Parliament to appoint an EU special envoy for Donbas and Crimea.

Volker to meet with Russian President Assistant – 112.international

Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine, stated that he had been in communication with the Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov, as Volker told in an interview for Interfax-Ukraine. Answering the question whether he will meet with Surkov in the near future, Kurt said:

UAWire – Poroshenko calls on Russia to withdraw its forces from the Donbas

Speaking at the forum of Ukraine and Belarus regions in Gomel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Russia to withdraw its troops from …

Poroshenko, Merkel to discuss Donbas, Crimea and situation in Azov Sea – PA – 30.10.2018 10:57 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko will hold talks with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in Kyiv on November 1, the president&rsquo;s press service reports.

Trump’s associate Rudy Giuliani travels to Russia, Armenia and Ukraine – media | UNIAN

Rudy Giuliani, a sometimes-cantankerous New York City mayor, has often traveled to Russia or other former Soviet states as guests of powerful players there. And since Trump was elected, he appears to have stepped up the frequency of those trips. Giuliani’s work abroad does not appear to break any laws or rules. But it also appears to be unprecedented.

Help herself and Ukraine. Or why Angela Merkel is coming to Kiev – LB.ua news portal

Help herself and Ukraine. Or why Angela Merkel is coming to Kiev. Considering Ukraine is already experiencing election turbulence, the German leader’s visit is of symbolic importance to the upcoming presidential election. Merkel’s arrival can be seen as a signal to Ukrainians, as well as to the West, that she supports the course Ukraine chose four years ago, its current government and personally Petro Poroshenko.  Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Poroshenko, Merkel meet in Kyiv – 01.11.2018 14:35 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Poroshenko gives Merkel new evidence of Russian crimes against Ukraine – 01.11.2018 16:32 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the situation in Donbas and in Russian-occupied Crimea and provided new evidence of Russian crimes against Ukraine.

Merkel arrives in Ukraine, central Kyiv streets to be closed – 112.international

The Chancellor of Germany arrives in Kyiv today, on November 1. It is expected that she will meet with the President Petro Poroshenko, as the President’s Administration reports. The meeting starts at 1:15 pm in Mariyinsky Palace. Then, Poroshenko and Merkel will meet with media representatives at 2:55 pm.

Germany to push for extension of Russia sanctions over Crimea, Donbas – Chancellor Merkel | UNIAN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country will push for an extension of European Union sanctions against Russia over Donbas and Crimea. The recent extension of the sanctions took place in the middle of September 2018.

Germany insists on maintenance of gas transit through Ukraine, – Merkel about Nord Stream 2 – 112.international

Germany insists on the provision of the guarantees of the maintenance of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine after the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, made such statement during the meeting with Ukraine’s parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy as 112 Ukraine broadcasted. “We know that Ukraine rejects this project. I consider it less critical and stand for the guarantees for Ukraine to make Ukraine keep its transit role. I think these negotiations are held with Russia; the issue is about the creation of the transit agreement. We want Ukraine to stay an important transit country,” Merkel said.

Poroshenko: No one doubts it is Russia that escalates conflict in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that it is Russia that escalates the situation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The security situation in Donbas remains complicated.

What will the end of Merkel era mean to Ukraine and Russia | UNIAN

Everything once comes to an end. And now we’re seeing the start of the final stage of Angela Merkel’s cadence. In German politics, she will certainly leave a very noticeable trace. Frau Merkel is as a leader perhaps of the same magnitude as Adenauer or Kohl. Angela Merkel is a really prominent politician and it’s a shame that she decided to complete her political career.

Perry to visit Ukraine, Poland to discuss alternatives to Russian energy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit Ukraine and Poland next week, The Hill newspaper wrote on Friday. “Perry will meet with experts on a number of topics, including nuclear energy and cyber security,” the newspaper wrote referring to a press release posted by the U.S. Energy Department. Energy Secretary will visit Ukraine and Poland next week as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to entice the two countries into pursuing alternatives to buying coal and natural gas from Russia, it says. “In recent years, Kyiv and much of Eastern Europe have been reliant on and beholden to Russia to keep the heat on. That changes now,” the Hill quoted Perry’s last years statement. “The United States can offer Ukraine an alternative, and today we are pleased to announce that we will,” he added. On his trip Perry will also visit Hungary and the Czech Republic, the department informed.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to visit Ukraine next week – 02.11.2018 10:45 — Ukrinform News

United States Secretary&nbsp;of&nbsp;Energy Rick Perry will visit Ukraine next week as part of his Eastern European tour.

U.S. Secretary of Energy to visit Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic next week – 112.international

Rick Perry, the U.S. Secretary of Energy goes with the working visit to Eastern Europe

UAWire – Erdogan invites Poroshenko to visit Turkey

Andolu news agency reported that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will pay an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of the President …

French ex-president names “frozen conflict” as Putin’s ultimate goal in Ukraine

31.10.18 14:07 – French ex-president names “frozen conflict” as Putin’s ultimate goal in Ukraine President Vladimir Putin of Russia is most keen to turn the war in Ukraine into a “frozen conflict” in order to control this territory. View news.

Is Ukraine losing the war with Russia? | Russia | Al Jazeera

We challenge Ukraine’s Deputy prime minister, and discuss whether Brazil’s democracy could be under threat.

Russia, Western Powers Clash At UN Over Elections In Eastern Ukraine

Russia has clashed with the United States and European powers at the United Nations over the legality of elections in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Moscow-backed separatists.

OSCE Mission’s Drone Shot Down After Spotting Russian Missile System In Eastern Ukraine

Germany and France say Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine likely shot down a drone being used by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitoring mission, demanding that those responsible “be held accountable.”

Germany, France blame Moscow for downing of OSCE drone over eastern Ukraine | Reuters

Germany and France condemned the downing over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine of a drone operated by monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and blamed Moscow and the separatists it backs for the incident.

Reuters: Germany, France blame Moscow for downing of OSCE drone over eastern Ukraine | UNIAN

Germany and France condemned the downing over Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine of a drone operated by monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and blamed Moscow and the “separatists” it backs for the incident. OSCE monitors on October 27 lost a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle over Donbas.

U.S. on recent jamming of OSCE drone: Russia must provide monitors unfettered access to Donbas | UNIAN

Russia must provide the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) unfettered access to Donbas, eastern Ukraine. OSCE monitors on October 27 lost a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle over Donbas.

UAWire – OSCE: distance narrows between Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants in Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission recorded a reduced distance between the positions of the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants in …

Russia spends $1.3 bln annually to support its proxy forces in Donbas – Yelchenko | UNIAN

Russia’s direct financial aid to the illegal armed groups in the occupied Donbas amounts to $1.3 billion annually, according to Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko. The Kremlin continues to exercise full political and administrative control over this region.

UAWire – Ukrainian Permanent Representative to UN: Russia is attempting to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimea

The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko during a speech at the UN Security Council meeting stated that Russia …

“Gray zone” shrinking: Volunteer on success of Ukrainian military in Donbas | UNIAN

Ukrainian activist Yuriy Mysiahin has revealed some details of the Donbas frontline developments. The Ukrainian army has advanced up to 1.5 square kilometers.

Donbas war update: Ukraine reports one KIA, two WIAs in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 20 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, two enemy troops were eliminated and another four were wounded.

One Ukrainian soldier killed, two wounded in Donbas in past day amid 20 attacks by Russian proxies, – JFO center

02.11.18 10:38 – One Ukrainian soldier killed, two wounded in Donbas in past day amid 20 attacks by Russian proxies, – JFO center The situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area deteriorated over the past 24-hour period as Russian-led forces inflicted casualties on the Ukrainian troops. View news.

Russian-led forces use banned weapons in five out of fifteen attacks on Ukraine army in past day | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces used banned weapons, namely 120mm mortars, in five out of fifteen attacks they mounted on the Ukrainian army in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday, October 27. One member of Ukraine’s Joint Forces was killed in action on that day.

Ukraine Army officer shows video of militants position being destroyed in Donbas | UNIAN

Officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Stefan has posted on Facebook a video showing the destruction of a position of Russian-led militants in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Shells were dropped from UAVs, as evidenced by the footage.

Successful Serbian handball player became Donbas mercenary – 112.international

About three hundred Serbians have taken part in the hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Danijela Lazović is one of them

UAWire – Ukraine: Russia sends Donbas coal to Turkey and Poland

Russia is selling Ukrainian coal, mined in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces and mixed with coal mined in Russia, said Ukrainian Foreign …

Law enforcers seize goods produced in occupied Alchevsk en route from Russia to Belgium through Mariupol, – prosecutor general. PHOTOS

02.11.18 09:48 – Law enforcers seize goods produced in occupied Alchevsk en route from Russia to Belgium through Mariupol, – prosecutor general. PHOTOS Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, Yurii Lutsenko, reports 3,000 tons of steel products manufactured in the city of Alchevsk located in the occupied part of the Luhansk region being confiscated in the port of Mariupol. View news.

Law on equal rights of women and men in Ukrainian army enters into force – 27.10.2018 14:55 — Ukrinform News

The Law of Ukraine &quot;On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men during Military Service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Other Military Formations&quot; has entered into force.

Russian mercenaries’ sniper kills Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Darii in Donbas. PHOTO

29.10.18 13:16 – Russian mercenaries’ sniper kills Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Darii in Donbas. PHOTO A member of the 8th separate mountain assault battalion of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade, Dmytro Darii, died of a fatal wound he received when attacked by a sniper from among the Russian mercenaries in the vicinity of Krymske village,… View news.

Russian MP “pops up” in occupied Alchevsk (Photo) | UNIAN

Ukrainian journalist Denys Kazansky says a deputy of Russia’s State Duma and a member of the ruling United Russia faction, Viktor Vodolatsky, has “popped up” in the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) during his visit to the occupied area of Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. Russian Duma Deputy Viktor Vodolatsky has long maintained a notoriously anti-Ukrainian position.

Ukraine’s army needs ‘higher mobility, better command structure to beat Russia’ | KyivPost

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s Armed Forces need to master the doctrine of mobile warfare and ditch outdated and ineffective Soviet-era command structures to be able to withstand a full-scale attack by Russia, retired British Army Colonel Glenn Grant said during a panel discussion at the Lviv Security Forum on Oct. 26. According to the expert, the development of Ukrainian army is hamstrung by Soviet thinking and combat doctrines dating from the Cold War. “The Soviet army in its time was preparing for another type of warfare,” Grant said. “The Soviets expected armored vehicles and troops to drive forward – and that basically the ones in front would die. And because they were going to die, you didn’t actually need very many people in the staff, you didn’t need much in terms of radios, you just followed the lead until you found the enemy, and you attacked as hard as possible, and lots of you died.” Because Ukraine’s armed forces still have a similar command structure to that, Ukrainian forces at the battalion level do not have enough commanders to lead troops in combat in a proper way, and this needs to change, Grant said. Furthermore, at the battalion level command is also over-centralized, and too much operative decision-making is concentrated on a very few top-level commanders — another outdated Soviet-era approach that does not match the realities of modern warfare. “We have a joint headquarters for the Donbas,” Grant said. “But we don’t currently have a joint headquarters for Azov and the south coast, for Kyiv, or for coordinating battlefield reserves should Russia attack seriously.” “So who is going to command the battle? At the moment it will be (Chief of General Staff) Viktor Muzhenko, on his own in staff headquarters, which is impossible. No human being can do that.” Ukraine’s top military command is currently investing heavily in training its troops to deploy to the Azov Sea coast within an hour to counter any possible Russian amphibious assault there. But, as Grant noted, the enemy would not deliver its deadly strike where it the Ukrainian command expects it. “What happens if they go to the other side?” he said. “To take that very small (area) between Moldova and the sea? That’s not an hour away from Azov, that’s three, four, five, seven hours. For armored vehicles, it’s a day-and-a-half’s drive. You need people that are actually thinking about this, and identifying how to do that — proper headquarters.” Along with setting up a decentralized and responsive command structure always vigilant for threats, Ukraine also needs to become a highly mobile military power, Grant said. “There has to be a focus on mobility, mobile troops,” Grant said. “And this is important because when you have an operational focus on mobility, it drives the other things – the communications you need, the equipment you need, the training you need, and the people you select. You’ve got to have commanders that are flexible, that think quickly at all levels.” So far, Ukraine’s military leadership has trained its troops only to meet the challenges of static warfare in Donbas, which has now lasted nearly as long as the trench slaughter of World War I from 1914-1918. But, sooner or later, the Donbas stalemate will have to be resolved somehow – and the Ukrainian army must be also prepared for a highly mobile war, Grant said. “Every time Russia is beaten, it is beaten by mobility. It has never been beaten by head-on fighting, ever.”

NATO assists Ukraine with development of course on cybersecurity – 29.10.2018 15:15 — Ukrinform News

NATO experts assist Ukraine with the development of a new course on cybersecurity as part of the Defence Education Enhancement Programme.

AFU READY TO TEST OVERHAULED S-300V1 [SA-12A] AND S-125M1 [SA-3C] SYSTEMS

Yagorlik state testing ground in Kherson region continues field training of personnel of combat services units of the combined anti-aircraft missile regiment, the preparation of weapons and military equipment for the firing of units armed with anti-aircraft missile systems S-300P and pilot flying tests of anti-aircraft guided missiles ZRK S-300V1 and S-125М1. This, according to Defense Express, was announced at the press center of the air command “East”. Tactical firing training is carried out with the assistance of combat services of units of anti-aircraft missile troops that perform combat duty assignments in different regions of Ukraine.

Ukraine to introduce no-fly zone over Black Sea on Nov 1-4 | UNIAN

Ukraine is to introduce a no-fly zone over the Black Sea for November 1-4 for the period of firing tests of guided rockets. Firing tests of anti-aircraft rockets are scheduled for the four days.

Ukraine to close airspace over Black Sea due to missile-launching exercises – 112.international

Ukraine declared the zone for civil aircraft flights over the Black Sea near the western coast of Crimea dangerous because of missile-launching exercises in early November, as Russian Interfax reports referring to the international order on flights limits. “The zone of the airspace over the Black Sea is dangerous for the civil aviation, the Russian side is responsible for the managing of this area. Limitations are set due to Ukraine’s missile-launching exercises on November 1-4. Therefore, Kyiv banned flights of civil aviation in this area in all heights,” the message says.

Live-fire exercises in Kherson region being conducted in Ukraine’s airspace in line with international law

Live-fire shooting exercises and approval air trials of surface-to-air missiles of medium and small ranges started in the state firing range Yahorlyk in Kherson region on November 1. They are being carried out within Ukraine’s airspace only, in keeping with all the norms of international law.

Ukraine Army conducts large-scale missile drills near Crimea (Photos) | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have conducted near the Russian-occupied Crimea large-scale live fire exercises involving Buk-M1 and S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems of various modifications. Earlier, Ukraine introduced a no-fly zone over the Black Sea for November 1-4 for the period of guided rockets firing tests.

Combat exercise with the use of guided missiles began at Yagorlyk firing range in Kherson region, southern Ukraine – 112.international

Combat exercise with the use of guided missiles began at Yagorlyk firing range in Kherson region, southern Ukraine. The press service of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces posted this on Facebook. ‘The crews of combat aviation, units of anti-aircraft and radiotechnical troops, communication detachments and the drones of Ukraine’s Air Force are involved. The anti-aircraft units of the Ground Forces joined in as well,’ reads the message. The combat units imitate the launches of short and middle-range anti-aircraft missiles. Unarmed aerial vehicles served as the airborne targets. Airspace over this area, including the Black Sea waters, is shut down for the period while the exercise is running. Earlier, Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council reported that the large-scale tests of Ukraine-made cruise missiles are slated for the end of the year. Turchynov noted that the technical specifications of the Ukrainian missiles do not contradict the international agreement on the destruction and non-proliferation of medium-range missiles.

First Ukrainian loitering munition tests released by SpetsTechnoExport – Defence Blog

Ukrainian state-owned company SpetsTechnoExport, part of the Ukroboronprom conglomerate, has released the first video of tests of newest loitering munition. The footage shows new tests, as well as gives a grasp of the new RAM unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or cost-effective, lethal aerial loitering system. According to the company, RAM UAV carries up to 3 kg warhead and engage most targets on the battlefield. It has utilized advanced computer vision algorithm to track target based on visual feed from integrated EO camera. It is cost-effective and high power solution for combat missions. The loitering munition has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 8 kg and measures 1.78 m long and with a 2.3 m wingspan. An electric motor enables it to stay aloft for up to 40 minutes at cruising speeds of up to 70 km/h, although it can reach a maximum speed of 150 km/h when engaging a target with its 3 kg warhead. SpetsTechnoExport claims that these munitions can engage targets out to a maximum distance of 30 km with a circular error probable (CEP) under 2 m. The new RAM unmanned aerial vehicle is developed by the CDET (Company of Defence and Electronic Technologies) in partnership with SpetsTechnoExport.

RAM High Precision Loitering UAV – YouTube

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HIGH-PRECISION LOITERING UAV. RAM UAV carries up to 3 kg warhead and engage most targets on the battlefield. It has utilized advanced computer vision algorithm to track target based on visual feed from integrated EO camera. It is cost-effective and high power solution for combat missions.

Ukrainian Army gets first BTR-4 APCs made of new Ukrainian armored steel (Photo) | UNIAN

Kharkiv-based Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, which is part of Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom, has handed to the Army the first batch of seven BTR-4 armored personnel carriers (APCs) made of new Ukrainian armored steel. The special steel meets the highest international standards.

Ukrainian army tests new 120mm mobile mortar complex Bars-8MMK Photoreport

Ukrainian army tests new 120mm mobile mortar complex Bars-8MMK. UNIAN pictures

Ukraine tests new mobile mortar – 31.10.2018 17:44 — Ukrinform News

Tests of the new 120mm mobile mortar complex Bars-8MKK have been held during exercises at the military range of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which were attended by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov, according to a report posted on the NSDC website.&nbsp;

Russian special services attempt to recruit wives Ukrainian military – SBU | UNIAN

Military counterintelligence has documented multiple facts of the FSB Federal Security Service and “DPR-LPR” security operatives recruiting close relatives of the Ukrainian military. According to the security operatives, Russian intelligence tried to obtain from the women information about military ranks, positions, locations and official duties of their husbands, as well as information about military units where they served, and their involvement in the Joint Forces Operation. Military counterintelligence has documented multiple facts of the FSB Federal Security Service and “DPR-LPR” security operatives recruiting close relatives of the Ukrainian military. “Our agents have revealed that the wives of three officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had been recruited as they were visiting their parents in the Russian Federation and in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The women were subjected to psychological pressure, threatened with an entry/exit ban, jail time, and persecution of their parents. As a result, they provided written consent to confidential cooperation and selected codenames,” the SBU’s press center said.

SBU says Russian secret services attempt to recruit wives of Ukrainian servicemen

31.10.18 17:00 – SBU says Russian secret services attempt to recruit wives of Ukrainian servicemen Military Counterintelligence Agency of Ukrainian SBU Security Service collected evidence of multiple cases of the Russian FSB Federal Security Service and “DPR/LPR” security operatives recruiting relatives of the Ukrainian military. View news.

Russia recruits Ukrainian army officers’ relatives, Ukraine conducts investigation – 112.international

Special services tried to get information on ranks, positions, locations and duties of the officers and the data about military units, where they serve, their involvement in the operations of the Joint Forces.

Fugitive businessman: Spies masterminding pro-Russian bloodshed coup in Ukraine (Video) | UNIAN

Fugitive Russian businessman Alexei Dushutin, who is now residing in Canada, claims that a Russian spy ring is masterminding a pro-Russian coup with bloodshed in Ukraine. Dushutin claims he accidentally learnt about the Russian spy ring.

Russian intel carries on brazen special operations against Ukraine from EU soil – expert | UNIAN

Dmytro Tymchuk, coordinator of Ukraine-based Information Resistance (IR) OSINT community, on the eve of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Donbas said that the Kremlin once again tried to legalize its puppets in the occupied territories of Donbas, using their “tools” in Europe. According to Tymchuk, Ukraine should actively monitor the European information space and immediately respond to any Russian provocations. Dmytro Tymchuk, coordinator of Ukraine-based Information Resistance (IR) OSINT community, on the eve of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Donbas said that the Kremlin once again tried to legalize its puppets in the occupied territories of Donbas, using their “tools” in Europe. “In particular, the Polish online resource Onet.pl published an interview with the so-called ‘DPR head’ Denis Pushilin. The author of the interview is Polish ‘activist’ and ‘journalist’ Tomasz Maciejczuk, an infamous provocateur and Moscow minion,” Tymchuk wrote on Facebook. After the reaction came from Ukraine, in particular, the outrage expressed by the Ministry of Information Policies, the interview was removed from the website. “But questions remained,” Tymchuk notes. “This is not the first such case – there was a scandal after the publication of Pushilin’s interview with the influential Polish edition Rzeczpospolita, organized and inspired by Vladislav Surkov’s assistant Denis Denisov, who has been traveling quietly across the EU. In the same case, Russian journalist Dmitry Yermolaev associated with the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service got into a spotlight. It is quite obvious that we are dealing with operations carried out by the Russian special services,” the expert said. “And here’s what’s interesting. Look how brazenly Russian special services started operating in Poland – a country that today vigorously speaks of the Russian threat and dreams of expanding the U.S. military presence on its territory. Just a couple of days ago, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said: ‘The U.S. presence in Poland is already significant. But due to the fact that Russia constantly poses a threat, we support the expansion of its presence and its permanent character.’ And at the same time, this very Russia’s special services are conducting another special operation in Poland – against Ukraine,” Tymchuk wrote.

Sandarmokh forest massif has become symbol of Great Terror – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has honored the memory of the victims of mass executions of Ukrainian intellectuals in the Sandarmokh forest massif. “Today we sadly recall the victims of mass executions of intellectuals in the Sandarmokh forest massif, which has become a symbol of the Great Terror. Eighty-one years ago, in Russia’s Karelia, Stalin’s executioners shot over a thousand prisoners of the Solovki camps, among them more than 300 Ukrainians,” the head of state wrote on his page Facebook on Saturday. Poroshenko recalled the dead representatives of the Ukrainian intelligentsia, in particular, Les Kurbas, Mykola Kulish, Mykola Zerov, Marko Vorony, Valerian Pidmohylny, Serhiy Hrushevsky, Volodymyr Chekhovsky, Anton Krushelnytsky, Ostap Krushelnytsky, Bohdan Krushelnytsky, Pavlo Filipovych, Oleksa Vlyzko, Valerian Polischuk, Hryhoriy Epik, Oleksa Slisarenko, Mykhailo Yalovy, and others. In 1937, the Siberian forest massif Sandarmokh saw the large-scale execution of representatives of the Ukrainian intelligentsia and officers of the UNR army. The mass burial ground at Sandarmokh was discovered only in 1997.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Stalin Deported 100,000 Ukrainians to Siberia and Kazakhstan in October 1947

Paul Goble Staunton, October 27 – Seventy-one years ago this week, Stalin deported tens of thousands of Ukrainians to Siberia and Kazakhstan, an action that is often ignored because of Khrushchev’s famous remark that Stalin wanted to deport the Ukrainians but didn’t because there were simply too many of them. Despite the massive deaths from the Holodomor and World War II, however, there may have been too many Ukrainians for Stalin to have been able to deport all of them; but that didn’t stop the Soviet dictator from deporting tens of thousands. And this Soviet crime too must never be forgotten. A year ago, on the 70th anniversary of this action, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Operation West, as the deportation was code named, led to the forcible resettlement of “more than 76,000” people. He said that Stalin took this action to “weaken the Ukrainian liberation movement” then fighting against the Soviets (/maxim-nm.livejournal.com/451571.html). On September 10, 1947, the USSR Council of Ministers took the decision to deport Ukrainians from the western oblasts of the Ukrainian SSR to Siberia and Kazakhstan. By this decision, “the Soviet authorities planned to pull out of Ukraine all those who were defending a model of a different non-Soviet Ukraine,” the Maxim-NM blog says. In the weeks after that decision, Soviet officials established roundup points in Lviv, Drobovych, Rovno, Koloma,, and Kovel where Ukrainians suspected of fighting the Soviets and members of their families were taken so that they could be sent as “special resettlers” to distant part of the Soviet Union. Initially, the Soviet Ministry of State Security said it was deporting 75,000 people – that is the source of Poroshenko’s number – but subsequently the MGB raised the number to 100,000 – and according to some documents, the actual number reached 150,000 – or twice as many as Ukrainian sources have been accustomed to citing. Because those deported could take with them only what they could carry, their remaining property was left behind; and as a result of special Soviet orders, those who weren’t deported or who had come into the region from elsewhere, often ethnic Russians, were allowed to steal or occupy what they could. The deportation operation began on October 21; and in the initial sweep, it involved 18,866 men, 35,152 women, and 22,174 children. “In essence,” the blog continues, “the deportation of Ukrainians by the Soviet authorities in no way was distinguished from the deportation for forced labor organized by Nazi Germany in the same places several years earlier.” The total size of this horror is beyond imagining. On January 1, 1953, the Soviet archives show, there were 175,063 people living in special settlements each of the Urals who had been deported from the western oblasts of Ukraine between 1944 and 1952. Because of the super-high mortality among those deported, that means the actual number of expellees was much higher.

Stalin deported 100,000 Ukrainians to Siberia and Kazakhstan in October 1947Euromaidan Press |

Seventy-one years ago this week, Stalin deported tens of thousands of Ukrainians to Siberia and Kazakhstan, an action that is often ignored because of Khrushchev’s famous remark that Stalin wanted to deport the Ukrainians but didn’t because there were simply too many of them. Despite the massive deaths from the Holodomor and World War II, however, there may have been too many Ukrainians for Stalin to have been able to deport all of them; but that didn’t stop the Soviet dictator from deporting tens of thousands. And this Soviet crime too must never be forgotten. A year ago, on the 70th anniversary of this action, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Operation West, as the deportation was code named, led to the forcible resettlement of “more than 76,000” people. He said that Stalin took this action to “weaken the Ukrainian liberation movement” then fighting against the Soviets. On September 10, 1947, the USSR Council of Ministers took the decision to deport Ukrainians from the western oblasts of the Ukrainian SSR to Siberia and Kazakhstan. By this decision, “the Soviet authorities planned to pull out of Ukraine all those who were defending a model of a different non-Soviet Ukraine,” the Maxim-NM blog says. In the weeks after that decision, Soviet officials established roundup points in Lviv, Drobovych, Rivne, Koloma, and Kovel where Ukrainians suspected of fighting the Soviets and members of their families were taken so that they could be sent as “special resettlers” to distant part of the Soviet Union. Initially, the Soviet Ministry of State Security said it was deporting 75,000 people – that is the source of Poroshenko’s number – but subsequently the MGB raised the number to 100,000 – and according to some documents, the actual number reached 150,000 – or twice as many as Ukrainian sources have been accustomed to citing. Because those deported could take with them only what they could carry, their remaining property was left behind; and as a result of special Soviet orders, those who weren’t deported or who had come into the region from elsewhere, often ethnic Russians, were allowed to steal or occupy what they could. The deportation operation began on October 21; and in the initial sweep, it involved 18,866 men, 35,152 women, and 22,174 children. “In essence,” the blog continues, “the deportation of Ukrainians by the Soviet authorities in no way was distinguished from the deportation for forced labor organized by Nazi Germany in the same places several years earlier.” The total size of this horror is beyond imagining. Five years after the deportation, on January 1, 1953, the Soviet archives show, there were 175,063 people living in special settlements east of the Urals who had been deported from the western oblasts of Ukraine between 1944 and 1952. Because of the super-high mortality among those deported, that means the actual number of expellees was much higher.

Russia Imposes Financial Sanctions On 322 Members Of Ukrainian Elite, 68 Entities

Russia has imposed sweeping financial sanctions on 322 members of the Ukrainian elite and 68 companies owned by prominent Ukrainian businessmen.

Russia introduces new sanctions against Ukraine | UNIAN

The Russian government has introduced restrictive economic measures against Ukrainian nationals and legal entities. The sanctions list includes 68 Ukrainian companies and 322 citizens, including a number of top officials.

Poroshenko Mocks Russian Sanctions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has mocked Russian sanctions imposed on leading Ukrainian people and companies, saying that being on the list was an honor. He was speaking after talks in Kyiv with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who confirmed she would support extending European Union sanctions against Russia at the next EU summit in December.

No saber-rattling – better leave Ukraine – Poroshenko on Russian sanctions against Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia should not resort to “saber-rattling, but leave Ukraine,” while commenting on the sanctions introduced by the Russian Federation against Ukrainian individuals and legal entities. “Instead of saber-rattling at the front, resorting to sanctions, Russia needs to do a very simple thing: get out of Ukraine, withdraw its troops, take its weapons, restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” Poroshenko said at a joint briefing with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting in Kyiv on Thursday. According to him, the Russian decision on sanctions was not unexpected. “With a few exceptions, this is a list of very worthy people … including my son, including half of my administration, a large number of lawmakers, the majority of [parliamentary] coalition members, members of the Ukrainian government. I want to say that being on the sanction list is perceived in Ukraine as a kind of a state award,” the president sai

Russia sanctions start of ‘soap opera’ – Klimkin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has described Russia’s sanctions on Ukrainian individuals and legal entities as Moscow’s attempt to affect Ukraine in the run-up to elections in the country. “Even an absolutely superficial analysis of Russia’s so-called sanctions list and the time of its publication indicates the start of a multi-episode soap opera to try to influence Ukraine in the run-up to the elections and after them. But in fact this is not even the first episode, this is only a teaser,” Klimkin wrote on Facebook. Russia’s list does not include Klimkin or his deputies.

Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Turchynov, Interior Minister Avakov blacklisted by Russia

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov have been blacklisted by Russia.

You can’t scare a hedgehog with your backside – Turchynov on Russian sanctions against Ukraine

National Security and Defense Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has commented on new Russian sanctions against Ukrainian citizens and legal entities. “They scared hedgehogs with their bare backsides! This is the only comment I can give about Russian sanctions against Ukraine,” Turchynov said on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Millions of Ukrainians won’t be intimidated by any sanctions or criminal cases – Avakov on Russian sanctions

The sanctions list of the government of the Russian Federation has no influence on those who are included in this list, nor on millions of Ukrainian citizens, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. “Putin is mistaken. We are not 322, we are millions of Ukrainians, whom will not be intimidated either by sanctions or criminal cases,” the minister said in a comment to Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

Russia’s sanctions list not worth discussing – Lutsenko

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko notes that the sanctions list against Ukrainian politicians and businessmen, introduced by the Russian government, is not worth discussing and will not intimidate anyone in Ukraine. “Frankly, I would not attach value to this list. I think that it is not worth discussing it seriously. We are on our own land, with our own laws and with our rights. And what the Kremlin puppets think about it I am least interested in. At least, until they leave our territories,” said Lutsenko, speaking at the Catholic University in Lviv on Thursday. Lutsenko said that he had not been to the Russian Federation since the 1990s and does not plan to visit this country.

Ihor Kolomoisky: Kremlin’s sanctions list edited on Bankova Street in Kyiv | UNIAN

“I get the feeling that the list was edited on Bankova [Street where the Ukrainian president’s administration is located],” he said. “I can even give the names of the ‘editorial staff’ who worked on this list: [President Petro] Poroshenko, [First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Kateryna] Rozhkova, [Partner and Managing Director of ICU Makar] Pasenyuk [who is said to be Poroshenko’s personal banker], [MP Ihor] Kononenko [reportedly a business partner of Poroshenko], while [Viktor] Medvedchuk acted as a postman.” Answering a question in a comment to UNIAN why Ihor Kolomoisky is not on the Kremlin’s sanctions list, the businessman suggested that the introduction of sanctions against a number of Ukrainian citizens and legal entities by the Russian Federation had been coordinated with the Ukrainian side.

Kremlin: Sanctions against Ukraine to “encourage normalization of bilateral relations” | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says the Kremlin has resorted to sanctions against Ukraine to “encourage the normalization of bilateral relations.” Russia on November 1 imposed sanctions on 68 Ukrainian companies and 322 citizens.

How could Russian sanctions be beneficial to Ukraine | UNIAN

On Nov 1, Russia imposed sanctions on 322 Ukrainian nationals and 68 companies from Ukraine. Among the individuals and entities subject to sanctions there are judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation, major Ukrainian businessmen and their companies, Presidential Administration officials, and heads of executive bodies.

Nataliya Vasilyeva on Twitter: “Russia’s tit-for-tat (after Ukraine banned a bunch of Russian books including fairy tales for children) targets a Ukrainian children’s author whose work includes a book about a hamster looking for friends.… https://t.co/8drmj7HN4p”

UAWire – Hungary vows not to seize Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region

Hungary supports Ukraine on many levels, and does not intend to capture Ukraine’s Zakarpattia province, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó promised in an interview with Gazeta Prawna. According to the Hungarian diplomat, there is no revisionism in his country’s policy. “These are unreasonable and false insinuations… I repeat yet again – we are are not revisionists. I dismiss such explicit accusations,” he said. According to Szijjártó, Hungary supports Ukraine by providing loans for new roads and for rehabilitation programs for soldiers from the Joint Forces Operation zone. When asked what Viktor Orbán’s government meant by sending Kyiv a memorandum stating that Ukraine is a failed state, incapable of meeting its international obligations, the minister cited poor regional coordination by Kyiv and the necessity of respecting national minorities. “We are interested in good neighborly relations and a strong, democratic Ukraine, which respects its international obligations and sees national minorities as its resources, including the Hungarian minority,” the minister commented. Szijjártó denied that Ukraine-Hungary relations were being influenced by Russia, and said that Ukraine “must avoid situations where someone else has opportunities to interfere in its internal affairs”.

Poroshenko appoints new SBU chief in Zakarpattia | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Volodymyr Pakhniuk as a new head of the Directorate of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service in Zakarpattia region. The relevant decree was signed by the head of state on October 26.

Hungary changes scandalous name of “Zakarpattia envoy” position | UNIAN

Hungary has changed the title of its “Zakarpattia envoy” – the name that sparked harsh resistance on the part of Ukraine. On Monday, Budapest officially renamed the post for an “authorized minister responsible for the development of cooperation between Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County and Zakapattia region.

Klimkin on Ukraine-Poland relations: No conflict but “emotional” context prevails | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has praised relations between Ukraine and Poland and stressed there was no conflict between the two countries. Klimkin called on politicians to refrain from speculating with history and take a balanced approach to solving historical issues.

Tymoshenko enjoys widest support among presidential candidates, followed by Zelenskyi, Poroshenko, Hrytsenko, Boiko, – survey | Censor.NET

01.11.18 14:38 – Tymoshenko enjoys widest support among presidential candidates, followed by Zelenskyi, Poroshenko, Hrytsenko, Boiko, – survey Some 13.4 percent of Ukrainians are ready to vote in the first round of presidential elections for leader of the All-Ukrainian Batkivschyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, 7.6 percent for showman Volodymyr Zelenskyi, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and… View news.

Tymoshenko calls for referendum on Ukraine’s joining NATO

Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called for formalizing Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO with a referendum and a constitutional amendment. “The issue of Ukraine’s entry into NATO is still dividing Ukraine. A final decision should be made in the Verkhovna Rada, by including this provision in a constitutional amendment, as well as in an all-Ukraine referendum,” Tymoshenko said at the forum “A New Peace and Security Strategy” in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Tymoshenko announces creation of War Cabinet

Yuliya Tymoshenko, leader of the All-Ukrainian union Batkivschyna (Fatherland) party, has announced that they have started the formation of a War Cabinet whose composition will be made public closer to the presidential elections.

Tymoshenko calls for creating intelligence council under president

Yuliya Tymoshenko, leader of the All-Ukrainian union Batkivschyna (Fatherland) party, has announced that there is a need to create an intelligence council under the president of Ukraine. “We need to create a coordination body called an intelligence council under the president of Ukraine to ensure successful communications for the sake of national security and making important decisions. This body must become a professional working agency that will coordinate the activities of all the intelligence bodies of the country,” Tymoshenko said at a forum named “A New Strategy of Peace and Security” in Kyiv on October 30. She said that the intelligence bodies of Ukraine (the military intelligence service and the external intelligence service) must get access to “a full arsenal of opportunities for an effective implementation of tasks given to them and use it to create the inner and outer perimeters of the security of Ukraine.”

Ukraine, Germany set strategic goal to increase joint trade turnover to 10 billion euros, – Ukraine’s PM at meeting with Merkel. PHOTOS

02.11.18 12:13 – Ukraine, Germany set strategic goal to increase joint trade turnover to 10 billion euros, – Ukraine’s PM at meeting with Merkel. PHOTOS Ukraine and Germany have set an overriding priority to build up their mutual trade turnover to 10 billion euros against the current $8 billion a year and are finalizing preparations for the Third German-Ukrainian Forum in Berlin. View news.

Ukraine interested in developing digital single market with EU – Klympush-Tsintsadze – 02.11.2018 12:13 — Ukrinform News

Vice Prime Minister for European Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said that the development of digital single market between Ukraine and the European Union will be beneficial for both sides.

First US trade mission in 10 years arrives in Ukraine

29.10.18 16:28 – First US trade mission in 10 years arrives in Ukraine Following a 10-year pause, Ukraine hosts the official U.S. trade mission which consists of 12 companies representing American agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and IT sector. View news.

First official U.S. trade mission arrives in Ukraine after 10-year pause | UNIAN

The official U.S. trade mission, consisting of 12 companies representing American agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and IT sector, has arrived in Ukraine after a 10-year pause in such visits. The economy minister hopes the U.S. businesses will consider taking part in privatization of SOEs.

Poroshenko on labor force shortage: “We have two options – either Soviet-style iron curtain or increase in salaries within country”

01.11.18 14:00 – Poroshenko on labor force shortage: “We have two options – either Soviet-style iron curtain or increase in salaries within country” Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine has managed to bring the economy out of crisis and achieve sustainable recovery of economic growth. View news.

Ukraine’s rich lithium, cobalt deposits could help EU boost positions in global market of electric cars – minister | UNIAN

“Europe has lost their battle for electric cars and desperately tries to catch up with the train that has already started moving. Moreover, Europe slept through the moment when all lithium and cobalt deposits appeared to be in possession of others, so now the EU is completely dependent on suppliers of lithium batteries,” Omelyan wrote in a Facebook posting. This requires that the Verkhovna Rada vote in the law on a 15-year strategy for electric cars production in Ukraine.

22 new flights launched from Ukrainian airports – 112.international

22 new flights began to operate in Ukrainian airports; 17 of those are conducted by Ryanair, with Wizz Air, Tarom and Atlasglobal joining in

Ukrainians fall into labor slavery mostly in Russia, Poland – IOM | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Social Policy Ministry and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) say more Ukrainians are being exploited in Russia and Poland and that labor slavery is one of the major challenges the modern world has faced. About 230,000 Ukrainians have become victims of human trafficking since 1991.

Bulgaria Uncovers Scheme To Provide False Documents To Ukrainians, Moldovans

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged senior state officials in connection with a document fraud scheme that they said had enabled people from Ukraine, Moldova, and the Western Balkans to obtain Bulga…

Odesa Teacher Turned YouTube Star Attacked

Ukrainian physics teacher Pavel Viktor became an unexpected celebrity after his online lectures went viral. Days after he was interviewed by Current Time, Viktor was assaulted and robbed on his way from work. Now hospitalized, he’s already thinking of the work he has to do when he gets back to the classroom.

‘Tug-Tooth’ Strikes Again: Ukrainian Takes Bite Out Of Record Book

A man from Ukraine has successfully pulled a 614-ton cargo ship — with his teeth. It’s just the latest bite at world fame by “Tug-Tooth” Skavysh.

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