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Another exceptionally busy week in Ukraine, and some important developments:

  1. Excellent explainer on Azov Sea by Blank, excellent survey of developments by Kabanenko, Odessa conference;
  2. Russians yet again propose trading Donbass for Crimea;
  3. Amb Volker appropriately compares Donbass to Balkans civil war during the 1990s; Amb Chaly complains about some Kyiv politicians causing mayhem in DC;
  4. Hybrid Warfare Conference and Finland EPP Summit – statements by Pres Porosshenko and others; NATO Parliamentary Assembly Pres Jukneviciene visits Donbass, US delegation in Kramatorsk;
  5. Kirillova ferrets out a public admission in Muscovy that the proxy force is managed and led by Russian military handlers; Russians continue plans for bogus elections in Donbass;
  6. Update on Donbass campaign and AFU/MoD reform efforts; Russian EW in Donbass surveyed;
  7. Reports that the Russians illegally dumped drums of radioactive waste into a disused and problematic mercury mine, and have now allowed it to flood presenting the risk of water table contamination in the Horlivka district;
  8. Ichnia ammo depot fire was sabotage, drone operator detained in Bakhmut;
  9. SBU rolls up multiple networks of propagandists, political operatives, and saboteurs;
  10. PSU conducts annual Yagorlyk range IADS LFX / OPEVAL and shoots off 30 SAMs against drones, including S-300PT/PS, S-300V1, S-125M1, S-125-2D1, 2K12, 9K38M1, and upgraded 9K33 Osa AKM;
  11. PSU conducts JFO DEAD EX flying Su-25M1 against PSU and Army SAM batteries;
  12. Turkey to install Ukrainian Pulat / Zaslon-L APS on М60Т Sabra MBTs, Ukraine procures undisclosed number of Bayraktar TB2 armed RPVs from Turkey (these fall between the Gnat and MQ-1); Turkey FTA negotiations;
  13. Luch launches Baryer V ATGW from HIP, Vespa missile boat detailed;
  14. Political, cultural, economic news reports;
  15. Anti-Russian and anti-corruption activist Katya Handzyuk dies from injuries sustained in an acid attack three month ago, AG offers to resign, major protests and political argument (it is still not known whether Russia contracted the killer);

Ukraine Reports

Stephen Blank | Why Is the Sea of Azov So Important?

Having illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, Moscow lost no time in seizing Ukrainian energy assets in and around the region. The Kremlin is now conducting another experiment in economic and military operations, but this one has profound implications beyond Ukraine. Before the seizure of Crimea, both Ukraine and Russia agreed to regard the Sea of Azov as the internal waters of each state. Thus, the states had shared sovereignty over that body of water; in the case of disputes, they would resolve them jointly. This result held until the invasion of Crimea. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin claims—in utter defiance of both facts and international law—that Sevastopol has always been Russian, and Crimea is now Russian and will never be detached from Russia. Further, Moscow says that there is no need to renegotiate the original treaty with Ukraine governing the status of the Sea of Azov. But while making these statements, Moscow has been busy building a bridge over the Kerch Strait and a railway upon that bridge. This bridge was deliberately built at a height that all but precludes Ukrainian commercial traffic from operating in the Sea of Azov, thus placing the port of Mariupol in economic jeopardy. And in another contravention of international law, it has declared that it will block any NATO attempt to send ships into the Sea of Azov, even if they are invited by Ukraine. Russian officials are also boarding Ukrainian ships illegally, enforcing a blockade of the Sea of Azov and of Ukraine’s coastline while also reinforcing its fleet in the area. Additionally, they are threatening to launch a variety of potential military operations against Ukraine: naval shelling of land targets, an amphibious operation against Mariupol or the coastline, and another ground force invasion, all supported by naval artillery. Ukraine does not have the means to counter these threats. What it needs is foreign help in the form of weapons from the United States so that it can build a joint land, sea, and (if necessary) air force to deter Russian military actions in order to relieve economic pressure. US Ambassador Kurt Volker has stated Washington’s willingness to offer Ukraine more weapons. This statement now needs to be backed up by action. However, the issue of the Sea of Azov does not end here: there is more at stake than just Ukraine. The international community cannot recognize the right of Russia to seize territory by force, annex it, and then pretend that it has always been and will continue to be Russian. That opens the door to further adventures across the former Soviet and even Tsarist empire, jeopardizing every state from Finland to Bulgaria.

Ihor Kabanenko | Freedom of Navigation at Stake in Sea of Azov: Security Consequences for Ukraine and Wider Black Sea Region – Jamestown Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 158

Russia is continuing to implement its “boa constrictor strategy” in the Sea of Azov, aimed at strangling the economy of Ukraine’s littoral areas (see EDM, February 22, April 12, May 22, 31, June 11, 28). The overall situation has sharpened since this spring, when the Russian coast guard first began systematically boarding and carrying out purposefully time-consuming inspections of merchant vessels traveling to and from Ukraine’s Azov Sea ports. In the past six months, a total of 683 merchant vessels (, November 2) from 19 countries, including four Black Sea states (Bulgaria, Romania, Turley and Ukraine), have been targeted by this type of Russian activity (, July 10). According to Volodymyr Omelyan, the Ukrainian minister of infrastructure, Russian harassment of Azov Sea shipping has already caused more than one billion hryvnas ($36 million) in losses for Ukraine’s economy (Ukrinform, October 26). In fact, this Russian activity specifically aims to destabilize the socio-economic situation in the major Ukrainian port cities of Mariupol and Berdyansk, which could be a preface to intensive “hybrid” or even large-scale military scenarios—akin to what took place in Crimea almost five years ago. The Kremlin authorities argue that the Russian coast guard’s activities out at sea are being carried out in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). But, in reality, Russia has been abusing both the letter and spirit of international maritime law. Only vessels directed to/from Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov are being inspected by Russian patrols. And such inspections continue to be unjustifiably long. For example, the delay in passage through the Kerch Strait by Canadian bulker Federal Nagara reached 282 hours; and Turkish vessel Kaleli Ana was held for 132 hours. Some boarding inspections take place only 3–5 miles from the Ukrainian coast—that is, well within Ukraine’s territorial waters, which, as recognized by international law, extend 12 nautical miles out from the coast (, August 2, October 22). This Russian activity at sea is accompanied by Moscow’s disregard of the Ukrainian-Russian agreement on cooperation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, signed in 2003—specifically, the provision on the joint delimitation of the Azov waters. Although having recently weighed the possibility of withdrawing from the bilateral agreement (see EDM, October 17), for now Ukrainian officials say they do not wish to abandon it (UNIAN, October 30). Nevertheless, the Russian side’s boldness in approaching the Ukrainian shore has disoriented Ukrainian naval and coast guard forces regarding how they should react to these provocations and how best to protect Ukraine’s national interests at sea.

Black Sea border cooperation Forum starts in Odesa, Russia is not invited –

Five coastal states plan to discuss state of the cooperation and prospects of the partnership and the predicted challenges and threats of the security in the Black Sea region.

Odesa hosts meeting of heads of border guard services of Black Sea region countries – 07.11.2018 15:16 — Ukrinform News

The heads of the border guard services of Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Georgia and Bulgaria discuss in Odesa the cooperation in countering international terrorism, drug and arms smuggling, illegal migration.

Ukraine gets proposals to abandon Crimea issue in exchange for Donbas, – negotiator Marchuk

08.11.18 18:16 – Ukraine gets proposals to abandon Crimea issue in exchange for Donbas, – negotiator Marchuk Ukraine representative to the work group on security issues at the Trilateral Contact Group, Yevhen Marchuk, says similar idea is voiced on the sidelines of various negotiation venues. View news.

Volker: New sanctions recognize Russia controls occupied part of Donbas | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said the new financial sanctions against Russia announced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on November 8 for the first time officially recognize that Russia has full control over the situation in the occupied part of eastern Ukraine. Volker says the sanctions will be toughened if there is no progress in returning Crimea under Ukraine’s control and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Conflict in Eastern Ukraine is the worst war in Europe since Yugoslavian crisis in the 1990s, – Kurt Volker –

The current armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is actually the worst war in Europe since the Yugoslavian crisis in the 1990s. Kurt Volker, the U.S. Envoy in Ukraine’s affairs said that as quoted by Ukrinform news agency. ‘The situation that has been dealing damage to the population of Eastern Ukraine is still horrible. This is the war that goes on in Europe. It already led to a huge number of deaths since the War in the Balkans in the 1990s, and it led to a huge number of refugees emerging due to the war in Europe – more than ever since WWII’, Volker claimed. Besides, according to him, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine already took more lives of Ukrainian soldiers than the War in Afghanistan did (regarding the U.S. military, – 112 International). The worst thing in the entire conflict is the suffering of civilians, the U.S. Envoy in Ukraine’s affairs said. ‘They suffer from the absence of freedom in the occupied areas; they die because of mines and explosive items; they face the constant threat of hunger, lack of drinking water and diseases; and these threats grow all the time’, the U.S. diplomat said.

War in Donbas already has more casualties than any other conflict in Europe since Balkan Wars, US Envoy Volker says

09.11.18 12:11 – War in Donbas already has more casualties than any other conflict in Europe since Balkan Wars, US Envoy Volker says Ukrainian army losses in Donbas war, which reach 7,000 people, were greater than the losses among the U.S. troops in Afghanistan for all time war in that country. View news.

US imposes fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine’s Crimea, Donbas

09.11.18 11:38 – US imposes fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine’s Crimea, Donbas The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has officially announced the introduction of new restrictions against Russia in pursuance of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. View news.

Poroshenko thanks U.S. for sanctions extending against Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has thanked the U.S. leaders for expanding sanctions against legal entities and individuals of Russia for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. “I welcome the widening by Washington of sanctions against Russia’s legal and physical entities for violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas!” he wrote on Facebook on Thursday evening. Poroshenko noted that the imposed sanctions are a clear signal of international support for Ukraine. “This is a clear message that all those involved in the illegal occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula and hybrid aggression in Donbas will not avoid responsibility. I deem that all our partners should follow this example,” Poroshenko noted.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ambassador: some MPs interfered with Ukraine’s attempts to obtain American weapons

The Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly said that some Ukrainian MPs interfered with Ukraine’s attempts to obtain American weapons, reports Hromadske. “There were cases when representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament interfered with the process of providing weapons to Ukraine. In response to the question asked by Americans “Do you need weapons?”, they would answer “Will you support my faction?” This included people who are now running for President. It harmed the efforts of the [Ukrainian] Embassy, ” he said. According to the Ambassador, this is not happening anymore. “Thank God, now in the Congress, there is already a clear understanding of the support for Ukraine, and there are no more such cases,” he specified. On April 30, 2018, the United States delivered anti-tank systems Javelin to Ukraine.

Poroshenko: Ukraine de facto turns into NATO’s eastern flank – 07.11.2018 14:25 — Ukrinform News

The world does not deny that the revanchist policy of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has become a challenge to the Euro-Atlantic security, and stable Euro-Atlantic space is impossible without strong Ukraine.

Poroshenko says Ukraine knows how to deal with “Russian bear” –

Ukraine has explored Russia’s behavior and can teach the representatives of the European countries to counterwork Russian threat, as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, said at a high-level international conference “Lessons of a hybrid decade: everything you need to know about successful development”. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event. “Over these years we have examined the habits of “the Russian bear”. And we know when Russia takes off a fake mask and becomes that explicit unconcealed enemy, when a hybrid war shows that the war is real. If you, dear participants, are ready to defend yourself, ask us, Ukrainians, how to do that,” Poroshenko noted. He also told about the steps Russia takes within the hybrid war. “The information attacks, the attempts to destabilize the situation inside the country, energy blackmail, complete embargo and shut down of the market, aggressive imposition of its agenda through the agents of influence, through the agents of political, cultural, social spheres, incitement of social conflicts, influence through the religious organizations, which is a very important part of a hybrid war, this is not a complete list of Moscow’s tools, which was finally named hybrid,” Poroshenko said. Earlier, Poroshenko stated that he expected new sanctions against Russia for elections on the occupied territories of Donbas.

Experts estimate probability of Russia’s large-scale offensive in Donbas ahead of Ukrainian elections | UNIAN

Experts say the escalation of hostilities by the Russian occupation forces is possible ahead of the presidential elections in Ukraine, which are scheduled for March 31, 2019. Any escalation will help to re-elect incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, which is not in the Kremlin’s interests. Experts say the escalation of hostilities by the Russian occupation forces is possible ahead of the presidential elections in Ukraine, which are scheduled for March 31, 2019. “Shelling may intensify, as well as attempts to seize several positions or front sections to advance for a couple of kilometers. But I do not think it will be a large-scale operation,” Kostiantyn Mashovets, a military expert of the Information Resistance Group, said in a comment to the Fakty daily newspaper. Read more on UNIAN:

Missiroli: NATO countries can learn much from Ukraine’s ‘hybrid’ experience – 07.11.2018 17:19 — Ukrinform News

“Since 2014, we have realized that hybrid threats are the center of relations between NATO and Ukraine. We constantly touch upon this issue. Now we need to clearly understand that all our countries are facing hybrid threats and geography is expanding. Ukraine has received the most severe blow from the hybrid war, but the members of our Alliance also have been the victims of hybrid attacks and they can learn much from the hybrid experience of Ukraine. We must understand that now we have to make the right conclusions from the hybrid war taking place in Ukraine, we must analyze and respond correctly to these threats. It’s much more effective when we work together and think together,” NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges Antonio Missiroli said, speaking at the international conference “The Hybrid War Decade: Lessons Learned To Move Forward Successfully,” an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Missiroli noted that the Alliance, for its part, has made all the efforts to repel the hybrid attacks on the territory of Ukraine. “If Ukraine shows resilience in this matter, we all will benefit from it. We all benefit from Ukraine-NATO relations,” the NATO Assistant Secretary-General added.

Only NATO can resist Russian aggression – Parubiy – 07.11.2018 19:00 — Ukrinform News

NATO is the only organization that can resist Russian aggression in all its manifestations, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has said.

Poroshenko: Russia uses Crimea as base for cruise missiles | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that temporarily occupied Crimea has become the base for Russian cruise missiles. Russia conducted a missile-firing exercise in occupied Crimea in October.

The Hybrid war decade: Lessons Learned to Move Forward Successfully – YouTube

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Poroshenko delivers speech at European People’s Party Summit in Helsinki –

Poroshenko delivers speech at European People’s Party Summit in Helsinki. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko delivered a speech at the Summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Helsinki, as the President’s Administration reports. “Ukraine is an out-post within the counterwork of the main challenge for the European security and stability – Russian hybrid aggression,” the President said.

Poroshenko calls on Europe to increase pressure on Russia over pseudo-elections in Donbas – 08.11.2018 10:51 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on Europe to intensify political and sanctions pressure on Russia in connection with sham &quot;elections&quot; in the temporarily occupied Donbas scheduled for November 11.

Poroshenko introduces criminal liability for illegal border crossing by Russians | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law to introduce amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine on liability for illegal crossing of the state border, which provide for criminal liability for citizens of an aggressor country, Russia. The document was submitted to the president on October 25.

U.S. Embassy representatives, Kramatorsk police discuss security issues in city – 08.11.2018 10:10 — Ukrinform News

Representatives of the U.S. Embassy and Kramatorsk police have discussed security issues in the city, according to the Kramatorsk police department of Donetsk region.

Denisova meets with JFO commander in Donetsk region – 09.11.2018 09:41 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova and the Lithuanian delegation met with Commander of the Joint Forces Operation Serhiy Nayev in Donetsk region, the press service of the Commissioner reports.

President of NATO PA to visit Hnutove checkpoint in Donbas tomorrow – 08.11.2018 11:05 — Ukrinform News

President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy will visit one of the checkpoints in Donbas on November 9, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation reports.

UAWire – Ukrainian politician accuses Merkel of preventing Ukraine from becoming a NATO member

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is “responsible” for the fact that Ukraine has not become a NATO member yet, stated Verkhovna Rada Deputy Yuriy Chyzhmar on the Channel ZIK. “It was she who in 2008 in Bucharest, as you remember, raised the issue of not providing Ukraine with an action plan for NATO membership, to please Putin. If we had it then, maybe today the issues of the Donbas and the Crimea would not exist, so we have lot of questions for you,” the deputy stated in the show “People are Against.” The Crimea was annexed by Russia in the spring of 2014. The annexation is not recognized by Ukraine and most countries of the world. The USA and the EU imposed sanctions against Russia for seizing the peninsula. On November 1, Angela Merkel arrived in Kyiv for an official visit where she met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy.

Ukraine shows downed Russian drone to Austrian delegation in Donbas – 07.11.2018 10:16 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev has briefed an Austrian delegation headed by Ambassador to Ukraine Hermine Poppeller on the security and operational situation in Donbas, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “On November 6, Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held a meeting with senior advisors from NATO countries – General (retired) Nick Parker from the UK and Ms. Jill Sinclair from Canada,” reads the report. During the meeting, the parties discussed issues related to the further stages of the reform of the management system of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “We had a fruitful talk, and for me personally, the advices of our partners are valuable. It is important that we during reforms carefully adhere to all the basic principles of building armies of the Alliance countries so that to achieve compliance with them in the future,” said Poltorak.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Increasingly Acknowledges It Controls Donbass Regimes, Kirillova Reports

Paul Goble Staunton, November 6 – Telling a lie is easy; to sustain one is hard, especially if those at whom it is directed are paying attention. Those spreading falsehoods find it difficult to repeat them over and over again without eventually allowing the truth to come out. Their only hope is that in today’s 24/7 news cycle, their target audience will move on and not take notice. That is certainly the case with Moscow’s role in the Donbass, where the Russian media have moved from complete denial, symbolized by the wonderful Russian neologism ikhtamnet – “they aren’t there,” to an increasingly full admission that the DNR and LNR are operations which Moscow controls completely. US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova thus performs an especially valuable service in calling attention to a new article by Yegor Makhov on Moscow’s Voyennoye obozreniye portal which is closely linked to the Russian defense ministry in which he openly describes the work of Russian “curators” in the Donbass, their successes and failures. Kirillova says many may assume that Makhov is saying nothing everyone doesn’t know, but he unlike many who have reported on this pattern in the past is not a Ukrainian or Russian opposition figure but a part of the Moscow regime. (Kirillova’s article is at; Makhov’s, at Similar patterns can be observed in the wake of almost all the lies the Kremlin has put out on a wide variety of other issues. Fortunately for its denizens but unfortunately for everyone else, few are paying close attention and thus miss both these acknowledgements and the splits they suggest exist within the Moscow regime over its most controversial policies.

Russia trying to seize larger areas in Donbas – Ukraine envoy to int’l organizations | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Representative to the OSCE and UN in Vienna, Ihor Prokopchuk, addressing the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday said Russia was attempting to seize more territory in Ukraine amid their ongoing violations of Minsk agreements that had been designed to provide a peaceful settlement to the Donbas conflict. “Russia, instead of pulling out from Ukraine territory, again attempts to seize larger areas in violation of Minsk agreements: OSCE SMM registers new sets of trenches seen for the first time, up to 1km further west than previously observed positions of Russian proxies near Stavky and Horlivka,” Prokopchuk said, according to the Ukrainian mission’s tweet. The Ukrainian diplomat also strongly condemned Russia’s plans to hold “illegal and fake” so-called “elections” in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions Nov 11.

Kyiv Says Ukrainian Soldier, Three Separatist Fighters Killed In East

Ukraine’s government says one of its soldiers has been killed and four wounded as a result of clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

No fatalities in Ukrainian army over past day, two soldiers were wounded in Donbas in 14 attacks, – JFO center

09.11.18 10:39 – No fatalities in Ukrainian army over past day, two soldiers were wounded in Donbas in 14 attacks, – JFO center The security situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone was stable over the past 24 hours although the Russian mercenaries increasingly employed heavy mortars against the Ukrainian troops. View news.

Forty countries blame Russia for downed OSCE drone – 09.11.2018 10:24 — Ukrinform News

Russia and Russian-backed armed formations are responsible for the shooting down of an OSCE SMM long-range UAV near the border with Russia on October 27, according to a statement on the security situation in Ukraine made by the European Union at a meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation in Vienna.

Militants launched 19 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 08.11.2018 09:17 — Ukrinform News

Russian-backed militants launched 19 attacks, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements three times, on positions of Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas in last day.&nbsp;

JFO: Ukraine reports 22 enemy attacks in Donbas in past 24 hours | UNIAN

Russian-led forces mounted 22 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the last 24 hours. There have been no Ukrainian army casualties in the past day.

The drone of OSCE SMM is fired upon in the occupied territories of Donbas again –

The drone of OSCE SMM was shelled on the occupied territories of Donbas once more, reads the report of the mission of November 1. ‘According to the mission, shelling from small arms was performed again in the direction of the SMM’s unmanned aerial vehicle. The mini-UAV flying in the vicinity of Zhovte settlement (uncontrolled by the government, 17 km north-west of Lugansk), the monitors heard 40 shelling from small arms on the distance of two kilometers in the north-west from their positions in the area where the UAV was flying,’ reads the message.

Raw video shows positions of Russian proxy forces in Donbas destroyed in powerful airstrike | UNIAN

The Ukrainian unit was awarded for successfully hitting enemy military equipment.

Russian-occupied Donetsk rocked by explosion on Friday afternoon – social media | UNIAN

An explosion rocked the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Friday afternoon. No further details have been reported.

UAWire – Ukraine detains a large Russian cargo ship in the port of Mariupol

Ukraine has detained more than 3 thousand tons of products of the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant, located on the territory of the Donbas, which is not controlled by Ukraine, stated the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko on Facebook. “This is our response to sanctions. In the port of Mariupol, more than 3 tons of products of the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant, which is under the occupants’ control, were captured. The products were being transported by a ship under the flag of Liberia from the Russian port to Belgium,” Lutsenko wrote. Lutsenko said that those involved in the transportation of this cargo will be prosecuted under Ukraine’s Criminal Code for financing terrorism. The Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant stopped its operation in February 2017. Later, the plant was taken under the external control of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic. In December 2017, smelter furnace No. 5 was put into operation there. The plant resumed its work. In February of this year, it was reported that a second smelter furnace was launched.

Over 27,000 people sign contracts with Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2018 – 07.11.2018 10:33 — Ukrinform News

Over 27,000 people have signed contracts for military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of the current year, according to Deputy Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Ihor Pavlovskyi.

Ukraine as Clandestine Testing Ground for Russian Electronic Warfare – To Inform is to Influence

This appears to be not only EW but cyber warfare, as well.   </end editorial> Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 157 By: Yuri Lapaiev November 5, 2018 The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reported at the end of October that one of its long-range unmanned aerial…

Yuri Lapaiev | Ukraine as Clandestine Testing Ground for Russian Electronic Warfare – Jamestown

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reported at the end of October that one of its long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) had gone missing. According to an OSCE spot report (, October 27), the drone disappeared while flying above a non-government-controlled area in Donetsk region. The UAV in question apparently experienced signal interference—which the OSCE SMM assessed to be jamming—while operating at an altitude of about 7,000 feet (2.1 kilometers). Coincidentally or not, the UAV went missing only two days after the deputy head of the OSCE’s SMM in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, gave a telling interview to the Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine. Specifically, he stated that while the OSCE had not detected direct evidence of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine, SMM observers had repeatedly seen various types of advanced weapons produced by Russia, including electronic warfare (EW) equipment. In fact, the SMM has already observed a number of the newest examples of Russian EW systems, such as the Leer-3 RB-341V, 1L269 Krasukha-2 and RB-109A Bylina, and an anti-UAV system—the Repellent-1 (, August 11). The main objectives of Russian electronic warfare in Ukraine include detecting and identifying the location and source of radio emissions; suppressing all types of mobile satellite communication (including Inmarsat and Iridium satellite systems, GSM 1900 mobile phones, and cell stations) and satellite-based navigation signals (including NAVSTAR “GPRS” navigation); intercepting and recording voice communications; gaining control over radio and TV frequencies; as well as jamming enemy UAVs. Russian EW was extremely effective during the first years of conflict in eastern Ukraine, particularly due to the widespread lack of encrypted digital communication systems used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (see EDM, May 24, 2017; July 19, 2017; April 17, 2018). But importantly, Russia has also used EW capabilities to conduct so called “psy-ops” and diversionary operations. In early 2014, even before Russia annexed Crimea or initiated armed separatist activities in Donbas, the website Livyi Bereh reported that some individuals in downtown Kyiv received text messages that said, “You have been registered as a participant in riots” (Livyi Bereh, January 21, 2014).

Russian Foreign Ministry outraged by criminalization of illegal crossing of Ukraine border

08.11.18 16:56 – Russian Foreign Ministry outraged by criminalization of illegal crossing of Ukraine border The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation acknowledged that a large number of Russian nationals face criminal charges in Ukraine for illegal border crossing. View news.

Ukrainian army among ten strongest in Europe – Business Insider – 05.11.2018 16:31 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine's armed forces have become one of the ten most powerful militaries in Europe according to American news website Business Insider.

NATO and Russia are flexing their military might right next to each other — here are the 25 most powerful militaries in Europe | Business Insider

NATO member and partner forces are in Norway for a sprawling military exercise called Trident Juncture – the largest since the Cold War, officials have said.

Ukraine defense official names security areas to be enhanced to effectively counter hybrid threats | UNIAN

Deputy Minister of Defense for European Integration, Lieutenant-General Anatoly Petrenko has named priority areas requiring a boost on the part of Ukraine to repel Russia’s hybrid threats. The defense ministry insists on the need to strengthen the country’s military potential and to continue moving along the path of European integration. “First, we need to dramatically boost our naval potential,” he said. According to the military official, it is not only about the ships but also about the whole range of issues related to coastal infrastructure and situational capability through the deployment of new radar stations. “This is also about obtaining and being ready to use the latest-generation missile systems in order to eliminate any threat from the sea,” said Petrenko. “Second, we need to raise the bar to achieving technological superiority,” the deputy minister said. Another important element Petrenko named was infrastructure development.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces searching for ways to reach interoperability with NATO – 06.11.2018 17:15 — Ukrinform News

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko and British high-level advisor Sir Nick Parker discussed the aspects of interoperability of the command systems of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and NATO. “The meeting was dedicated to search for the most optimal ways to bring the command system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to a level of interoperability with NATO,” the press service of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine reports. The British advisor stressed that the North Atlantic Alliance itself did not have a reference standard for the military administration system. Each of 29 NATO countries has its own unique military administration experience, but none of them has faced such large-scale challenges as Ukraine has experienced over the past 20 years. Upon the meeting, the parties agreed on further involvement of high-level advisors in the development of a program of phased transformation of the military administration system.

Command system of Ukrainian Armed Forces to be transformed in stages

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General of the Ukrainian Army Viktor Muzhenko has discussed with British strategic advisor General (retired) Sir Nickolas Parker the best ways to bring the command system of the Ukrainian army to the level of compatibility with NATO. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General of the Ukrainian Army Viktor Muzhenko has discussed with British strategic advisor General (retired) Sir Nickolas Parker the best ways to bring the command system of the Ukrainian army to the level of compatibility with NATO. “British advisor underlined, that there is no ideal C2 model in the North Atlantic Alliance. Each of 29 NATO member-nations has its own C2 unique experience, and, furthermore, none of them has ever faced with such large challenges over the last two decades as Ukraine does currently,” the General Staff of Ukraine quoted Parker as saying on its Facebook page. “In the course of this process, that has been launched, you need to develop your own unique C2 architecture, which should take into account the main NATO principles and standards. I fully agree that quick decisions can result in serious threats,” Sir Nick Parker said. Upon the completion of the meeting, both sides agreed to involve the strategic advisors in developing the step-by-step C2 transformation program.

Environmental hazard: Donbas militants burying Russian radioactive waste | UNIAN

The environmental situation in the occupied part of Donetsk region may soon spiral out of control as a result of the latest actions by the Russian puppet “authorities” in the area, that’s according to a Ukrainian MP Dmytro Tymchuk, who is also a coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT community. Russian proxy forces flooded a mercury mine, threatening the environment of the entire region. The environmental situation in the occupied part of Donetsk region may soon spiral out of control as a result of the latest actions by the Russian puppet “authorities” in the area, that’s according to a Ukrainian MP Dmytro Tymchuk, who is also a coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT community. “The IR group obtained information about the stopping by the occupation administration of the dry preservation of the “2-bis” mine, which was part of the Mykytivsky Mercury Plant” (located in the occupied Horlivka, Donetsk region; shut down in 1995). In 2012, the research done with the participation of American scientists on the effect of mercury recycling on regional ecosystem showed that in areas adjacent to the plant, the content of mercury vapors ranged from 155-300 to 1427-1680 mg/l, which caused mercury intoxication among local residents, made more people sick, and increased infant mortality. In the soil across the surrounding area, as well as in the settling reservoir and the ashes of plants, concentrations of mercury exceeded the background levels by 10–15 times. The metal content in groundwater in the area around the plant is 20-30 times higher than the maximum permissible concentration,” he wrote. “In 2016, militants massively cut metal at the processing plant and other facilities of the enterprise. In April 2017, residents of Horlivka who live in the nearby village of Bessarabka spotted at the plant’s premises “military men in chemical protection suits with ‘radiation hazard’ signs.” Several KamAZ trucks drove up to the abandoned Mykytivsky Mercury Plant from Rtutny village and two dozen Russian servicemen in chemical protection suits with “radiation hazard” signs unloaded the barrels and transported them to the plant’s territory, according to Tymchuk. The IR group suggests that this was Russian servicemen leaving radiation waste exported from Russia for storage and burial at the site. Separately, experts noted that flooding the 2-bis and Novaya mines posed serious problems for the entire region: in addition to the disposal of radiation waste from the Russian Federation, a further sharp increase in the content of mercury in soil and water is noted.

Ukrainian servicemen intercept UAV flying over military base in Bakhmut, operator handed over to SBU, – MoD

08.11.18 14:51 – Ukrainian servicemen intercept UAV flying over military base in Bakhmut, operator handed over to SBU, – MoD A duty watch of a military unit based in the city of Bakhmut, the Donetsk region, spotted an unmanned aerial vehicle flying close to the facility. View news.

Another UAV spotted near Ukrainian army ammo storage –

Ukrainian military reported second unauthorized flight of a drone near its ammo depot over the last 48 hours. The actual incident took place on November 5, the Defense Ministry reports. At about 6.30 p.m. Tuesday, the guards detected an approaching UAV that was closing in on the altitude of approximately 300 meters. The guard detachments were reinforced and storage premises were duly checked for foreign objects. The State Security Service and the National Guard were immediately informed of the incident. Earlier, the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicle was recorded in a restricted area over one of the arsenals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as the press office of the Ministry of Defense reports. ‘Yesterday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m., radars detected unlawful use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near one of the arsenals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the restricted area. Electronic Warfare Division has immediately jammed the control radio channels of the UAV, which made it impossible its further operation,’ reads the message.

Drone flies above Ukraine’s Armed Forces armory, security of military site reinforced –

Operation of unmanned aerial vehicle was recorded above Ukraine’s Armed Forces armory

Massive fire at Ukraine’s ammo depot result of sabotage – prosecutors | UNIAN

The investigation is not yet ready to affirm the type of an explosive used by a sabotage group or name the culprits.

Explosions at Ichnia depots occurred due to diversion, – Prosecutor’s office –

The law enforcement officers believe that someone broke in the depot and planted an explosive

Internet agitator who worked for FSB detained in Kyiv – 07.11.2018 15:51 — Ukrinform News

Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea have detained in Kyiv an Internet agitator who, according to the instructions of the Russian intelligence services, created an anti-Ukrainian channel on a popular video hosting service, the SBU press center has said.

SBU blocks online network of Russia propagandists acting from three Ukrainian cities | UNIAN

In September-October, the Security Service of Ukraine blocked the activities of an inter-regional network of anti-Ukrainian online propaganists who had been acting in the interests of the aggressor state, the Russian Federation. “Security operatives exposed nine pro-Russian propagandists in Odesa, Kyiv, and Severodonetsk. The culprits, who were financed by Russian intelligence, would post political news drafted in Russia and call for actions of public disobedience and mass riots. The Kremlin’s information agents, in particular, spread calls for the overthrow of the constitutional system and state power in our country, as well as for supporting the ‘DPR/LPR’ terrorists,” the SBU press service said.

Pro-Kremlin propagandist tries attacking Ukrainian ambassador in Austria –

Graham Philips, the pro-Russian propagandist working for the pro-Kremlin media approached the Ukrainian diplomat trying to drag him into a fight

Organizers, participants of elections in occupied Donbas to be spotted, prosecuted, – National Security Secretary –

Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) claimed that all organizers and partakers of the so-called “election” in Donbas, which should be held by the militants of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) on November 11, will be spotted and prosecuted as the NSDC press service reported. Turchynov reminded that the voting under control of the militants is condemned by the leading countries of the world; it is an attempt to discredit the Minsk Agreements and strengthening of the Russian control at the occupied territory of Ukraine. “The law enforcement bodies will spot all organizers and partakers of this pseudo-election and they will be prosecuted inevitably,” he claimed. NSDC head emphasized that the participation and organization of this “election” fall under a number of articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. “I want to assure all those, involved in the holding of these criminal events in the groundlessness of the hopes to avoid the responsibility for your actions; I warn that you have only one chance to refuse from the participating in the crime,” Turchynov claimed, concluding that “temporarily occupied Donbas and Crimea” were and will be an integral part of Ukraine”.

Russia says it will recognize ORDLO pseudo-elections results

During the working group and the Trilateral Contact Group meetings held on Tuesday to resolve the situation in Donbas, the Ukrainian side raised the issue of canceling the pseudo-elections organized by Russia in Donbas occupied by it, as well as their non-recognition, in response to which the Russian delegation officially announced that Moscow will recognize the results, First Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada and Ukraine’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group’s (TCG) humanitarian subgroup Iryna Gerashchenko has said.

Russian propagandists actively spreading another lie about “Ukrainian fascists” in Italy – expert | UNIAN

Information Resistance OSINT community leader, Ukrainian MP Dmytro Tymchuk has said Russian propagandists are actively spreading another lie, this time about “Ukrainian fascists” in Italy. No surprise the video is being spun by Russia propaganda resources. Information Resistance OSINT community leader, Ukrainian MP Dmytro Tymchuk has said Russian propagandists are actively spreading another lie, this time about “Ukrainian fascists” in Italy. “On November 1, at about 21:30, a fight allegedly involving citizens of Ukraine broke out in a ground subway train, which links the Italian capital with Ostia. The video of the fight was posted on Facebook by user David Ognibene. It shows two young people acting aggressively toward one of the passengers. The men were later detained by the police,” Tymchuk wrote in an article on the Information Resistance’s website. “Whether these two deliberately staged a fight still remains a question but watch how deliberately one of them claims he is a ‘fascist.’ Why?”

Dozens of launches of anti-aircraft missiles, real targets, trial tests and money certificates for winners – more in the story.

475 views · about an hour ago · #Стрільби #Ягорлик #С300В1 #Рейс #ЗРК #ПовітряніСили #Україна More than 30 anti-aircraft missiles were launched from seven types of S-300PS, S-300PT, S-300V1, Buk-M, Osa-AKM, C-125M1, SRS-C-125-2D1 anti-aircraft missile systems in real and simulated targets.Work on real targets – airplanes of the Air Force, with simulated launches of missiles was held on the eve, and already on November 1-2, the role of real targets played the UAV BP-3 “Flight.” Almost all targets are destroyed.Recall that in the Kherson region at the state site “Yagorlik” successfully completed the firing of anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Forces and Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.Among the SR-type C-300, the first place was taken by the anti-aircraft missile division S-300V1 from the town of Uman, which for the first time in the history of the launch of regular armament.The second place was for rocket-propellers S-300PT from Nikopol, and the third one – took the S-300PS division from Kiev region. The winners received from the Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Colonel-General Sergey Drozdov monetary certificates for the amount of 150,000, 100,000 and 50,000 hryvnia, respectively.Among the anti-aircraft missile divisions of Buk-M1, both units from Stryi, which is in Lviv region, became better. They received certificates for the amount of 150 and 90 thousand hryvnia.As it was – in the plot of the press center of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“Air defense is one of Ukraine’s top priorities,” – NSDC secretary on missile systems tested in country’s southern region. PHOTOS

02.11.18 14:16 – “Air defense is one of Ukraine’s top priorities,” – NSDC secretary on missile systems tested in country’s southern region. PHOTOS Restoration of the air defense system is one of the country’s top priorities set out by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC). View news.

Military exercises with air defense launches – YouTube

The restoration of the air defense system is one of the important priorities for our state, determined by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. This was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchinov during military exercises with firing at the Yagorlyk Army Corps. Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine participated in combat firings using a wide range of anti-aircraft missile systems (SRS-300 of various modifications, “Buk”, “Tor”, “Osa-AKM” and others) . Also, the control tests of anti-aircraft missile complexes, which have undergone a deep modernization at the domestic enterprises of the defense-industrial complex, were conducted. According to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the goal of these comprehensive exercises and trials was to work out the system of multi-air defense of the country, “defining ways to modernize the anti-aircraft missile complexes, which are being armed with the Armed Forces, and the tasks for the development of new means of air defense”. “Restoration of the air defense system is one of the most urgent problems of the security and defense sector of our state and one of the important priorities identified by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine,” he said, adding that Ukraine’s air defense system had suffered the greatest losses and deliberate sequential destruction by 2014. O. Turchynov noted that Ukrainian soldiers demonstrated high skill and professionalism during combat shooting, effectively eliminating air targets at different distances, “and the modernized anti-aircraft missile systems confirmed the declared tactical and technical characteristics.” Upon completion of the tests, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine held a meeting with the military leaders and designers of the defense enterprises to determine the priority tasks for strengthening the air defense of our country.

UAWire – For the first time in 19 years Ukraine test fires S-300 anti-air system

Ukrainian anti-air troops used the mobile S-300B1 anti-air missile defense system in a drill for the first time in 19 years,reported Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff and Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on November 3. According to Muzhenko, the results of the training shots “confirmed the possibility of significantly increasing the combat strength in the shortest possible time”. “For the first time in 19 years, there was combat use of the mobile S-300B1 anti-air missile system, whose crew destroyed two targets. The successful combat launches from the restored small and intermediate-range system, as well as the tests of the modernized fire guidance systems, will open up further work prospects for the Ukrainian defense industry complex,” Muzhenko observed. Ukraine closed a portion of its airspace to the west of annexed Crimea due to missiles being fired between November 1-4. According to reports by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), the drills involve anti-air defense infantry divisions as well as anti-air missile troops from the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “The military held drills with combat shots of S-300 anti-air missile systems of various modifications, Buk, Tor, Osa-AKM, at the Yahorlyk training ground,” the NSDC reported.

Viktor Muzhenko – S-300V1 GLADIATOR Launch Footage [1080p]

25K views · 21 hours ago · During the last days units of air defense have been conducting exercises in the south of Ukraine. The launch results confirmed our ability to significantly increase our Orbat in the shortest possible time. For the first time in 19 years there was a military application of mobile S-300V1, the battery of which destroyed two targets. Successful combat launches from the rebuilt short and medium range missiles, as well as the testing of upgraded fire control systems, open the prospect of further enhancement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Combat tests of S-300V mobile SAM system conducted in Ukraine –

For the first time over the last 19 years, combat tests of the S-300B1 air defense system have been conducted in Ukraine. This was stated on Facebook by the head of the General Staff of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko. “The last days I was present during the drills of air defense units in the south of Ukraine. The results of the shooting confirmed our ability to significantly increase the combat strength as soon as possible. For the first time in 19 years, the S-300V1 mobile air defense system test took place, and the weapon destroyed two targets” he said.

For the first time in 19 years: in Ukraine, the mobile S-300V1 was spectacularly tested

At the training of the air defense units taking place in the south of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military also tested the mobile anti-aircraft missile system S-300V1. As a result, the calculation eliminated two goals. Note that this was the first time in the past 19 years. The relevant information was disclosed by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Viktor Muzenko on his Facebook page. For the first time in 19 years, the military application of mobile S-300V1, which eliminated two goals, was implemented. Successful combat launches from the restored small and medium range missiles and the testing of upgraded fire control systems open up prospects for the further loading of the Ukrainian defense industry complex, he noted. At the same time, he stressed that the results of these firings confirmed Ukraine’s ability to significantly increase the military composition in the shortest possible time. Recall that on November 1, at the testing ground “Yagorlik” in the Kherson region, the firing of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine , involving military aircraft crews, units of anti-aircraft missile, radio troops, communications troops and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as air defense units Ground Forces. During the exercises, Ukrainian soldiers should test medium and short range anti-aircraft guided missiles, as well as drill down

In the Kherson region S-300V1 and S-125M1 are being launched

At the state testing ground “Yagorlik” in the Kherson region, control flying tests of anti-aircraft guided missiles ZRK S-300V1 and С-125М1 are conducted. This is reported by the press center of the air command “East” . Also, field training of combat services of a consolidated anti-aircraft missile regiment, the preparation of weapons and military equipment for the firing of units, armed with anti-aircraft missile systems S-300P. 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. In addition, the cadets of the fifth course of the Kharkov National University of Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine take part in the event. Recall that the leadership of the Ukrainian Armed Forces decided to strengthen the air defense of the country at the expense of anti-aircraft missile systems that were previously withdrawn from the military. The plans are to turn the regiment of the SOR “Tor” into regiment, two regiments of S-125, two regiments of “Kub” and a brigade of S-300V1.

Повітряне командування “Схід” – The second life of the S-125 SAM

The second life of the S-125 SAM. Kharkiv airmen of the air command “East” carried out firing from an upgraded S-125M1 SAM complex during pilot flying tests of anti-aircraft guided missiles at the state testing ground “Yagorlik” in the Kherson region.General command of the tests was conducted by the commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Colonel-General Serhiy Drozdov.There were 12 rounds of unmanned aerial vehicles type BP-3 “Flight” and specific air-to-air coordinates. In the near future, the MR SAM complex С-125М1 will be accepted for armament. – Conducting pilot flight tests made it possible to train mercenaries directly during tactical shooting exercises with the aim of their subsequent training in the course of performing combat duty assignments to protect the airspace of the state, “said the commander of tactical combat training, the commander of the air command” East ” Major General Oleg Strutsinsky. The day before, during the anti-aircraft battle with simulated launches of missiles for real purposes, the anti-aircraft “destroyed” all “enemy” aircraft.According to Colonel Yuri Andriychuk, the commander of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Pskov “East”, Colonel Yuriy Andriychuk, the successful completion of combat missions by the combat servicemen of the S-125M1 SZRK, consisting of a combined anti-aircraft missile regiment, was preceded by persistent preparation of both personnel and weapons and military equipment for the shooting of the unit. The last anti-aircraft was assisted by representatives of the Lviv Radio Repair Factory, which, in addition to repairing the anti-aircraft missile system, carried out its technical support. So, already in field conditions, specialists of the enterprise together with the servicemen prepared and adjusted the starting equipment, adjusted the equipment of the station of guidance, the control system of start, etc.Press center of the air command “East”

Missile launches in the Kherson region: What is Ukraine testing? – Український мілітарний портал

As we have already reported on the State Testing Ground “Yagorlik” in the Kherson region, firing of anti-aircraft missile subdivisions of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began.They wanted to say something more about the launches that had already been made.The press-service of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, published yesterday, marked the launchers of the C-125M1 anti-aircraft missile systems:

At the Yagorlyk range, SAM launches continue

Definitive State Tests [OPEVAL] of the S-125-2D1 [SA-3 GOA], State Tests of the updated Osa-AKM [SA-8 GECKO], the firing of the Buk-M1 missile, and the special shootings of the S-300V1 [SA-12A] missile …Such a program is for today, November 2, according to the plan of combat shooting of small and medium range anti-aircraft missile complexes, which run from yesterday at the state-run Yagorlik range in the Kherson region.With the involvement of leading specialists of the defense industry enterprises, the technical condition of the Kub [SA-6 GAINFUL] and Tor [SA-15 GAUNTLET] anti-aircraft missile systems is tested.

Ukraine holds missile firing drills near Crimea. Photos, video – 02.11.2018 15:57 — Ukrinform News

The restoration of the air defense system is one of the important priorities of Ukraine, which was defined by the National Security and Defense Council. “The restoration of the air defense system is one of the most pressing problems of the security and defense sector of our country and one of the important priorities defined by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine,” Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said during the firing drills at the Yahorlyk training ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kherson region, the Council’s pres service reports. Ukraine’s air defense system sustained the biggest losses until 2014 and was subjected to consistent destruction, he added. The air defense units of the land forces and the anti-aircraft missile troops of the air forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine participated in the firing drills using a wide range of anti-aircraft missile systems (S-300 surface-to-air missile systems of various modifications, Buk missile systems, Tor missile systems, Osa-AKM systems and others). In addition, the anti-aircraft missile systems, which had been modernized at the domestic enterprises of the military-industrial complex, were tested.

ADM Complex S-125-2D “Pechora-2D” – YouTube

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ADM Complex S-125-2D “Pechora-2D”

Aerotechnica Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System S-125-2D “Pechora-2D”

Combat Vehicle Tor 9A330

Antiaircraft missile system «ОSА-АK» AAMS 9К33М2

Antiaircraft Missile Systems S-300PT

Air Defence Missile System “Kvadrat”

Air Defense Missile Systems S-300PS

JFO conducts air defense and strike aviation exercises in Donbas

Pursuant to the order of commander of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev, in Donbas, the duty aviation and air defense forces were checked to be ready to perform tasks for their intended purpose, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.

Ukraine’s Joint Forces conduct air defense, combat drills in Donbas (Video) | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Joint Forces have conducted air defense and air combat drills in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The assault aircraft crews practiced simulated strikes on mock ground targets.

The combined forces exercised air defense and attack aircraft. Video | Об’єднані сили провели навчання ППО та ударної авіації. Відео | Операція об’єднаних сил / Joint Forces Operation

The combined forces trained air defense and attack aircraft. Video# OOS # operation_OS_ZSUIn pursuance of the order of the Commander of the Joint Force, Lieutenant-General Sergei Naev, was tested for the readiness of the next forces of aviation and air defense to carry out assignments.Training of regular combat services and units of anti-aircraft missile troops for detection, recognition, escort and conditional destruction of air targets was conducted. A crew of attack aircraft trained to conditionally destroy the ground targets.Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!

Ukraine holds air strikes exercises – 05.11.2018 17:59 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine's Joint Forces have conducted exercises involving air defense units and attack aircraft, the press center of the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has said.&nbsp;

Ukrainian Army Aviation practiced in downing enemy AA defense, attacking ground targets –

eng рус укр news analytics video archives UKRAINE CRISIS POLITICS FINANCE UA & EU SOCIETY SPORT RUSSIA #ATO #corruption #Poroshenko #political prisoners #freedom_of_speech #Ukrainian Orthodox Church #Ukraine: bird’s eye view breaking news x Ukrainian Army Aviation practiced in downing enemy AA defense, attacking ground targets 18:43, 5 November 2018 00:25 00:25 Share Twitter Embed Closed Captions No subtitles The units of Ukraine’s army aviation conducted military drills on Sunday; the goal was to practice in suppressing the hostile anti-aircraft defenses. The fighters and ground attack aircraft performed training flights, during which the pilots conducted aerial reconnaissance. They also landed airstrikes on the air and ground targets alike.

Turkey to upgrade first batch of modernized М60Т Sabra tanks with Ukrainian APS active by late 2018

Turkey plans by the end of 2018 to finish the upgrade of a first batch of modernized М60Т Sabra main combat tanks with the Pulat active protection systems (APS), being a licensed copy of Zaslon-L APS designed in Ukraine. Defence reported that by the end of 2018, first 40 М60Т Sabra main combat tanks of the Armed Forces of Turkey are to be upgraded with new Pulat APS, the integrator of which is Turkey’s Aselsan. According to open sources, the designer of Zaslon APS is state-owned enterprise (SOE) Microtek basic center of critical technologies (Kyiv), a famous designer of active protection and explosive reactive armor systems for armored vehicles. Zaslon APS is designed to protect tanks from anti-tank guided missiles, cumulative shells of tank and anti-tank guns, as well as armor-piercing projectile shells, adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2009.

Poroshenko: Ukraine-Turkey cooperation in military and technical field is productive – 07.11.2018 10:26 — Ukrinform News

Cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the military and technical field is productive and mutually beneficial. “Cooperation in the military and technical field does not like publicity. However, I can say that cooperation in these areas is mutually beneficial for both states,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the press service of the Head of State reports. The President recalled the productive meetings on a wide range of issues, in particular security, defense, military and technical cooperation, economy, tourism and culture, contacts between people and the governments. “We held very productive talks in Turkey, which are of utmost importance in many areas,” the President of Ukraine commented on the results of his official visit. As reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made the official visit to Turkey on November 3-4.

The President of Ukraine visited the production of powerful UAVs of Baykar Makina | Міністерство оборони України

During the official visit to Turkey, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, visited the production of Baykar Makina, one of the world’s leaders in the production of powerful unmanned aviation complexes.The Head of State and the Ukrainian delegation demonstrated the tactical and technical characteristics of the UAV of various types, including the military ones.Also, negotiations were held on cooperation and cooperation between the defense complexes of Ukraine and Turkey.

Ukraine to purchase combat drones from Turkey – 07.11.2018 09:30 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleh Hladkovsky and Head of the Ukroboronprom State Concern Pavlo Bukin have signed an agreement with Turkey regarding the purchase of unmanned combat aerial vehicles, according to the Ukrainian Military Portal. “Negotiations on the purchase of these UAVs lasted for about two years. Over this time, representatives of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry visited Turkey and familiarized themselves with various stages of the Bayraktar TB2 tests,” the portal said. The agreement was signed during the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Turkey on November 3-4. The report notes that Ukraine will buy Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2 produced by Baykar Makina, which are the holders of the flight endurance record. The possibility of producing some Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles at the facilities of the Antonov State Company, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, is also being considered.

Ukraine confirms procurement of Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles – Defence Blog

Military newspaper, citing its source in Ukraine’s defense department, confirmed that Ukraine has acquired Bayraktar unmanned combat aerial vehicles from Turkey. According to a news release put out by, during an official visit to Turkey by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on 3-4 November, was signed an agreement on the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles manufactured by Baykar Makina. It is noted that the signing of the agreement was attended by Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleg Gladkovsky and chairman of the Ukroboronprom Pavlo Bukin. Negotiations for the purchase of these unmanned combat aerial vehicles lasted about two years. According to the Baykar Makina company, the Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance class system developed for tactical reconnaissance and surveillance missions. Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle can carry a maximum payload of more than 55kg. Bayraktar can fly up to 22,500 feet and loiter for more than 24 hours. Prototype Development Phase started within 2007 based on competition model. Bayraktar Tactical UAS with its critical all subsystems including Flight Control, INS-GPS, Automatic Take Off-Landing systems developed in house demonstrated fully automatic taxi, take off, cruise, landing, parking phases in 2009 and was selected as the winner of the program. Final production stage officially started in 2012.

UAWire – Ukraine may purchase Turkish combat drones

Advisor to the Ukrainian President Yury Biryukov published a photo on his Facebook page featuring President Petro Poroshenko standing next to a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle, surrounded by Turkish officials. “I can only assume that Petro Poroshenko and Stepan Poltorak are staying in the company with the first deputy Secretary of NSDC and the head of Ukroboronprom on the background of the [drone] that can work a whole day in offline mode at 150 kilometers from the control center at an altitude of 8 kilometers. It is just a coincidence, yes. Such amazing coincidences pave the way to our victory,” the Ukrainian official writes. Earlier, Poroshenko visited the production of drones of the Turkish company Baykar Makina where parties discussed possible cooperation between the defense complexes of Ukraine and Turkey. Last summer, the deputy secretary of the Council of National Security and Defense Oleh Hladkovsky held negotiations in Turkey for the possible supply of drones to Kyiv and opening of the joint center of development of machines.

Bayraktar Tactical UAS – Wikipedia

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Ukroboronprom to take part in Indo Defence 2018 international exhibition – 06.11.2018 11:46 — Ukrinform News

The State Concern &ldquo;Ukroboronprom&rdquo;, the association of multi-product enterprises in various sectors of the defense industry of Ukraine, will take part in the Indo Defence 2018 international exhibition, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 7-10.

Ukrainian Mi-8 “learned” to shoot “Barrier” – Ukrainian Military Portal

Founder of Defense Blog Dylan Malyasov on his Facebook page published a test image of a helicopter type Mi-8MSB-V with an opto-electronic module for detecting a target and launching a rocket (PM-LKT) during a firing controlled rocket R-2V of the anti-tank missile complex Bar “Ір-В”, development and production of KB “Луч”.This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal. Barrier-B is an anti-tank missile system designed for installation on an upgraded Mi-24 helicopter. It is equipped with a rocket RK-2B.Brief technical characteristics:• The length of the launch container is 1917 mm• The maximum shooting range is 7500 meters• Guidance system – automatic laser beam with TV-thermal autofocus purpose.The use of this PTRK became possible thanks to the PM-LKT module developed by the State Enterprise NSC “Photopilot”, which is part of the complex 524Р, which is installed on board the helicopter Mi-8MSB-V and in the future can be installed on helicopters Mi-2 and Mi-24.

Ракетний катер Веспа / Missile boat Vespa – YouTube

Військова історія України Published on Oct 30, 2018

In Chernivtsi, the regional center of aviation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be located

One of the regional centers of the aviation security system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine will be located in Chernivtsi.This was announced yesterday, November 3, Arsen Avakov during a working visit to Bukovina. According to him, policemen, rescuers and border guards will work in the center. “We are working on a large helicopter project. It is based on a new system of interaction between all services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It is a service and security for ordinary citizens. Within two years this system will work throughout the country. Among the main tasks is the protection of the border, especially the sea, providing special functions of firefighters, police and guards.He also added that this year the Ministry of Internal Affairs will receive the first four helicopters of the Airbus Helicopters.We will remind that at the moment eight Ukrainian pilots of the National Guard and State Emergency Services are studying at a special Airbus Pilot Training Center.Also in October, the Ukrainian delegation visited the Airbus Helicopters plant in the French city of Marignan, where orders from Ukraine will be executed.

Poroshenko: Ukraine would welcome Turkish peacekeepers’ deployment to Donbas

Ukraine counts on Turkey’s help in the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

Petro Tsygykal meets with Commander of Turkish Coast Guard – 05.11.2018 13:07 — Ukrinform News

Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Colonel-General Petro Tsygykal has held a meeting with Commander of the Turkish Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Ahmet Kendir in Kyiv today, November 5, according to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service.

Defense Ministers of Ukraine and Turkey discuss security situation in Black Sea Region – 05.11.2018 10:04 — Ukrinform News

Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and Minister of National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar discussed the issues of enhancing security in the Black Sea Region.

UAWire – Erdogan: Turkey expects Russia to make a decision to release Ukrainian political prisoners

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey provided the Russian side with a list of Ukrainian political prisoners to be released …

Defense Ministers of Ukraine, Turkey discuss in Istanbul issues of enhancing security in Black Sea region

During the meeting in Istanbul, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has discussed with Minister of National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar issues of enhancing security in the Black Sea region and prospects for further development of military cooperation between the two countries. The meeting with Akar was held within the framework of the official visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Republic of Turkey and the 7th meeting of the high-level strategic council, Poltorak reported on his Facebook page on Saturday. “During the meeting, we discussed the issues of enhancing security in the Black Sea region and the current state and prospects for the further development of military cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey, as well as military-technical cooperation between both countries,” the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said.

Ukraine and Turkey to complete creation of FTZ by the end of the year, – Erdogan –

Ukraine and Turkey are planning to complete the work on the creation of a free trade zone between the countries by the end of the year. This was stated by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint briefing with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “At today’s meeting, we made a decision: to complete work on signing a free trade zone agreement by the end of the year. We believe that with this deal we will be able to achieve our goal regarding a trade balance of $ 10 billion,” he said. As previously reported, Ukraine has signed an intergovernmental agreement on development cooperation with Turkey.

Poroshenko, Erdogan instruct to accelerate preparations for signing FTA | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that during the Seventh Meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey “absolutely clear instructions were given to accelerate the completion of negotiations on reaching agreements and preparation for signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Ukraine and Turkey.” The Free Trade Agreement will be signed by the end of the year, Erdogan said.

Ukraine, Turkey sign bilateral cooperation documents | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have signed a number of bilateral documents, in particular a “Joint Statement Following the Seventh Meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey.” A Memorandum was signed between Ukroboronprom and the State Agency for Defense Industry of the Republic of Turkey on mutual bank guarantees.

Turkey will never recognize annexation of Crimea – Erdoğan – 03.11.2018 20:20 — Ukrinform News

Turkey's position on non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia remains unchanged, as well as the support for the Crimean Tatar people. As for the situation in eastern Ukraine, it must be resolved by diplomatic and peaceful means.

Turkey’s support of Crimean Tatars is very important for Ukraine – Poroshenko

Turkey’s support for Ukrainian sovereignty and the protection of Crimean Tatars are important for Ukraine, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has said.

Relations between Ukraine and Turkey are now friendly, partnership and strategic – Poroshenko before meeting with Erdogan

Before meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that at present relations between Ukraine and Turkey are friendly, partnership and strategic.

Poroshenko awarded with title of honorary doctor in Istanbul University –

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko received a doctorate degree of Istanbul University. The event took place during the official visit of the Leader of Ukraine to Turkey, reports the press office of the Presidential Administration. ‘It is a great honor to receive the doctorate degree of this honorable educational institution and to join the cohort of glorious figures who are awarded this title. Turkey is a very important country for me,’ Poroshenko claimed by receiving the doctorate degree.

We’ll create coalition in support of territorial integrity, independence of Ukraine

Turkey will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and its aggression against Ukraine, President of the Ukrainian State Petro Poroshenko has said.

Israel considers Ukraine as one of most important partners – Ambassador – 09.11.2018 10:42 — Ukrinform News

He stated this at a meeting with Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, the ministry’s press service reports. “Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lion assured that the Israeli side considers Ukraine as one of its most important partners,” reads the report. In turn, Avakov noted that the agreement on a visa-free travel between Ukraine and Israel is one of the basic documents of Ukrainian-Israeli cooperation. At the same time, the minister said that Ukraine is concerned about the number of refusals that Ukrainian citizens receive at the airports of Israel. “The problem has come to a high political level and needs to be resolved,” Avakov said. The interior minister noted that 264,000 Israeli citizens visited Ukraine last year. “We have ensured the easy border crossing and protection for them. Our units provide security during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in Uman and quickly investigate cases of anti-Semitic manifestations. We are counting on mutual understanding by the State of Israel,” Avakov added.

Ukrainian security supremo smirks at Russian sanctions – news portal

Ukrainian security supremo smirks at Russian sanctions. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Russia “Punishes” Ukraine With “Make Believe” Sanctions – To Inform is to Influence

On 1 November 2018, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed sanctions against prominent figures in Ukraine.  322 Ukrainians are on the list of Russian sanctions, which are widely receiving scorn and derision. For the most part, they are sanctioning people with no business, family or other connections to Russia, making them “make believe sanctions”. Most…

Making Sense of Russia’s New Draconian Sanctions on Ukraine

On November 1, the Russian government imposed severe economic sanctions on 322 Ukrainian individuals and 68 Ukrainian companies. These are the most extensive sanctions imposed by any country in the tit-for-tat confrontation between Russia and Western countries over Ukraine. Curiously, these sanctions are explicitly only economic, declaring that any assets on the territory of the Russian Federation belonging to these individuals and enterprises will be frozen, though one would presume that none of these people will be allowed to enter Russia and no trade with the sanctioned companies will be possible. The sanctions focus mainly on two groups, politicians and businessmen. The list of sanctioned individuals reads like a who’s who list of Ukraine’s elite. The biggest group is politicians. Pro-European party leaders have been sanctioned: Yulia Tymoshenko, Oleh Lyashko, Oksana Syroyid, and Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as Speaker Andriy Parubiy. Scores of parliamentarians have been included, such as leading liberals Mustafa Nayyem, Serhiy Leshchenko, and Svitlana Zalishchuk. Prominent members from the Poroshenko Bloc are Ihor Hryniov, Oleksandr Granovskiy, Irina Gerashchenko, and Nina Yuzhanina. The most striking omission is Poroshenko’s closest man, his deputy faction leader Ihor Kononenko. Only the Opposition Bloc goes almost unscathed. The top of the presidential administration is included, the head Ihor Rainin, and his deputies Konstantin Yeliseev, Rostislav Pavlenko, and Aleksei Filatov. Many ministers have been sanctioned, notably Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsinzadze, Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak, Acting Minister of Health Ulana Suprun, Minister of Education Lila Hrynevych, and Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan. The leading law enforcers are also being hit, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, SBU Chair Vasyl Hrytsak and his first deputy Pavel Demchina, as well as National Security Advisor Oleksandr Turchynov and his first deputy Oleg Gladkovskiy. Needless to say, the two top Crimean leaders, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov, are also on the list. Moscow only left President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman with several deputies, and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin off and available for talks. However, Poroshenko’s oldest son Oleksiy is sanctioned. More surprising is how many prominent businessmen have been sanctioned. The list reads like the Forbes list of the richest Ukrainians. It is topped by Victor Pinchuk. From Privat Group, Hennadiy Bogoliubov is included but oddly not his partner Ihor Kolomoiskiy. Ferrexpo’s owner Konstantin Zhevago and Burisma’s owner Mykola Zlochevskiy, and the foremost agricultural businessmen Yuriy Kosyuk (MHP), Oleksiy Vadaturskiy (Nibulon), and Andriy Verevskiy (Kernel) as well as leading retailers Oleksandr and Galina Gerega (Epitsentr) and Volodymyr Kostelman (Fozzy) are included. Some wealthy and completely apolitical businessmen are as well, such as Vitaly Antonov (Galnaftogaz), Oleksandr Yaroslavskiy, and Mykola Yankovskiy. The most surprising inclusions are Pavel Fuks, a Russian businessman who lives in Moscow, Dmytro Firtash’s partner Ivan Fursin, and Konstantin Grigorishchin, who was a Russian citizen until recently. Naftogaz’s CEO Andriy Kobolev is also there. Does that mean that Gazprom does not want to talk to Naftogaz anymore? The list of sanctioned companies largely coincides with its owners. It contains numerous mines and metallurgical companies, many food and agricultural companies, three big fertilizer companies, and Ukraine’s biggest retailers. Not included are Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskiy and the many companies that belong to them. Nor is Roshen or any other company that belongs to Poroshenko. Only three minor state companies and a few financial firms have been selected. These sanctions will have significant economic impact, though after trade between Russia and Ukraine plummeted by 80 percent from 2012 to 2016 because of tough prior sanctions, Russia’s share of Ukraine’s total foreign trade has fallen to some 12 percent. Another third of Ukraine’s remaining export to Russia will likely disappear, primarily food and agricultural goods, but also some metallurgical products. Since bilateral trade has shrunk so much, Ukraine is becoming increasingly immune to Russian sanctions. The political implications are likely to become much more severe. Although the Russian government presents these sanctions as countermeasures to US and Ukrainian sanctions, they are very far-reaching and only justified with “unfriendly actions.” These latest sanctions will make it difficult for any Ukrainians to advocate for a friendlier policy to Russia. Given that only five months remain until the Ukrainian presidential election, they will make it impossible for pro-Russian candidates in Ukraine to make themselves felt in the race. Another question is whether the United States and Europe will respond with more sanctions on Russia because of this draconian action. Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He tweets @anders_aslund.

Ukrainian Populists Still Think They Can Be Pro-EU but Anti-IMF. They’re Wrong.

Ukrainian voters have long believed that in her drive for power, long-time politician Yulia Tymoshenko will do and say anything. This is not unusual for populists who routinely make promises that cannot be met and are flexible with the truth. That characteristic has been on display since Tymoshenko announced her intention to run for the presidency. Tymoshenko’s claim to be a supporter of NATO and European Union membership is at odds with both the voting record of her Batkivshchina (Fatherland) parliamentary party and her own populist campaign rhetoric. In fact, Tymoshenko has little love for IMF-driven reforms and there is little chance she will enact them if elected. This would bode very badly for Ukraine’s European hopes. Batkivshchina’s poor voting record in parliament is a reflection of Tymoshenko’s staunch opposition to most IMF-supported reforms since 2014. Vox Ukraine ranks Tymoshenko 330rd out of 423 Ukrainian MPs for her voting record on reforms. Tymoshenko and Batkivshchina’s poor record on supporting reforms is evident in many areas, including pensions, healthcare, land privatization, and now utility prices. Tymoshenko is continuing the tradition of every Ukrainian president who pursued a multi-vector foreign policy of espousing support for NATO and EU membership, while doing little to achieve this goal—and in some cases initiating policies that undermine it. Tymoshenko’s billboards supporting NATO and EU membership are everywhere. Meanwhile, she is actively campaigning against IMF policies using rhetoric at times similar to that of the Opposition Bloc (formerly the Party of Regions). For example, Tymoshenko has said, “The price of gas is a crime by [President Petro] Poroshenko against Ukrainians!” At another point, she exclaimed, “We will stop this mockery of the people. Citizens will have gas at their own, fair price.” Tymoshenko went on to promise that under her as president the price of gas would be three times lower, but of course she didn’t explain how. The EU’s financial support for Ukraine through the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement has always been conditional on Ukraine first reaching agreement with the IMF. Any Ukrainian politician attempting to divide the IMF from the EU is either naïve or being dishonest with the Ukrainian people.

Ukraine, U.S. to boost cooperation in cybersecurity | UNIAN

On November 5, the second U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Dialogue was held in Kyiv where  the United States and Ukraine “reaffirmed their commitment to promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet; to enhance bilateral cooperation; and to combat cyber threats of mutual concern,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The two sides discussed the ways to protect electronic voting systems from possible cyber threats.

US assists Ukraine in increasing its cyber defense level – 05.11.2018 12:45 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has received the assistance to improve its cyber defense level within the framework of the USAI ITI agreement.

Gold and letter to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov found at Berezhna’s place –

SBU found a letter written to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at Berezhna’s place. The Security Service of Ukraine found a letter written to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and a gold ingot during the searches at the place of Olena Berezhna, mother of ex-people’s deputy from the Party of Regions Iryna Berezhna. The press office of SBU reported on Facebook. ‘Apart from numerous documentary material and electronic media, which confirm her unlawful activity, our personnel also revealed a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov regarding the need to access the work of Russian organizations in Ukraine. That’s not the point: it turned out that the woman protected the gold bar but not the documents,’ SBU claimed. Besides, the Security Service noted that searches at the leader of the Union of Leftists political party were no less effective. ‘In particular, our personnel seized an equipment for holding secret negotiations and magnetic carriers, which prove his cooperation with the country aggressor,’ the agency claimed. Moreover, unregistered weapons and pro-Russian attributes were confiscated from several other defendants. Earlier, the SBU personnel undertook a series of searches of a number of representatives of the pro-Russian public organization, including the mother of the ex-people’s deputy from the Party of Regions, Iryna Berezhna. All of them were suspected of having helped the Russian intelligence in the realization of a plan for the destabilization of the social-political situation in Ukraine.

“Farce continues”: MFA Ukraine demands that Russia release political prisoner Pavlo Hryb | UNIAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has once again demanded from Russian authorities to release Ukrainian national Pavlo Hryb who had been abducted by the FSB from the territory of Belarus and then arrested in Russia, according to the ministry’s press secretary, Mariana Betsa. Ukrainian diplomats protest against the illegal decision to extend the arrest of a Ukrainian man until April 2019.

Retrial of Ukrainian political prisoner Hryb in Russia scheduled for Nov 6 | UNIAN

A retrial of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb, 20, in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is scheduled for November 6. The hearings will reportedly be held behind closed doors.

Subsidiaries of Russian state-owned banks suffer largest losses | UNIAN

The largest losses in January-September 2018 among the banks operating in Ukraine were reported by subsidiaries of Russian state-owned banks, Sberbank and VTB Bank, which accounted for UAH 8.783 billion ($311.7 million), according to the National Bank of Ukraine. Sberbank and VTB Bank posted a total of nearly UAH 8.8 billion ($312 million) in losses.

Kharkiv: Ukraine’s IT outsourcing hub – media – news about economy

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, is home to over 450 active tech companies employing more than 25,000 IT specialists, says a recent large-scale study by PwC and IRS Group. In 2017, 95% of Kharkiv’s total sales in IT services were exported, of which the main beneficiaries were the U.S. with 65% of total exports and Europe with 25%.

Ukraine gradually harmonizing legislation with EU – Klympush-Tsintsadze

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said that Ukraine had already managed to advance in gradual harmonization of legislation in the framework of the Association Agreement with the European Union.

Former journalist sets up political movement – news portal

Former journalist sets up political movement. It may potentially register as a party ahead of the elections. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Egypt’s MIIC signs two maritime MoUs with Ukraine – media | UNIAN

Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed with the CEO of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) Raivis Veckagans two maritime MoUs between the Ukrainian Odesa port and Alexandria and Egypt’s Damietta Port, during the course of the seventh session of the Egyptian-Ukrainian Joint Committee on Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation. The meeting’s attendees agreed on boosting bilateral cooperation in all spheres with a particular focus on Ukraine’s investments in Egypt.

China on track to replace Russia as Ukraine’s biggest trading partner – Kyiv Post | UNIAN

China might replace Russia as Ukraine’s largest, single nation trading partner if growth rates in bilateral commerce between the two countries remain steady or increase, newly-released data indicates. Ukrainian officials seem keen to deepen and strengthen trade relations with the Chinese as much as possible and have taken that message to Shanghai and Beijing.

Ukraine and China to work on free trade zone, – Ukraine wants free trade with China –

Ukraine wants free trade with China, as the press office of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine reported. Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister, the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, presented an offer to start consultations during his visit to Beijing at the meeting with Liu He, Vice Premier of China’s State Council. “In a couple of years, Ukraine have expended its net of preferential regimes of trade. We have a new agreement on free trade with Canada, we have conducted talks on free trade with Israel, we are carrying out negotiations with Turkey. These agreements are effective. Therefore, I suggest to start Ukrainian-Chinese consultations on conditions ofthe creation of free trade zone between the countries,” Kubiv stressed.

Ukrainian Ministry of Finance proposes to establish a limit on tax-free parcels – Ukraine could say farewell to Aliexpres and Ebay –

Ukrainian authorities have returned to the idea of imposing restrictions on the parcels from abroad. Ukrainians make purchases in foreign online stores, mainly Chinese, where goods (clothes, shoes, gadgets) are cheaper than in Ukraine. Ukrainian Ministry of Finance proposes to establish a limit on tax-free parcels in the amount of 22 euros (720 UAH). This may increase the cost of international purchases for Ukrainians by 30%, negatively influence the postal services, and market participants in general. How postal parcels to be changed The number of Ukrainians who order goods from foreign Internet sites is growing every year. According to market participants, 35 million parcels are sent annually: most of the goods cost less than 150 euros since they are not subject to tax and customs payments. Trade with Chinese online stores accounts for about 30% and another 70% for the EU and the USA, said Viacheslav Lysenko, a shareholder of Meest China postal operator. Ukrainians mainly buy clothes, shoes, children’s products, and gadgets from China.

Ukrainian detained trying to send airplane components to Eastern Asia –

Ukraine’s SBU, the state security service detained a resident of Zaporizhya city; he tried to send the components used in the military and civilian aviation to Eastern Asia. Ukraine’s SBU, the state security service detained a resident of Zaporizhya city, southeastern Ukraine; he tried to send the components used in the military and civilian aviation to Eastern Asia. The incident took place in Zaporizhya on Thursday, November 8. According to the SBU press centre, the man used the international courier delivery service to send the package. However, it was seized by the SBU after it reached the mail service. It appeared that the man had no license from Ukraine’s State Service for Export Control. The criminal case was opened on the attempt of smuggling. As we reported, a group of smugglers used force against the patrol of Ukrainian border guard. The incident occurred in Chernivtsi region, southwestern Ukraine near the border with Romania.

Israel, Poland, Czech Republic join action to commemorate victims of Holodomor in Ukraine. Photos – 05.11.2018 10:50 — Ukrinform News

The international action &ldquo;Light a candle of remembrance!&rdquo; dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine was held in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Prague, Brno and Liberec.

Radical Party member Lozovyi detained in Czech Republic while paying for goods with fake money, – Liashko

06.11.18 12:30 – Radical Party member Lozovyi detained in Czech Republic while paying for goods with fake money, – Liashko Czech police arrested a member of Ukrainian Radical Party, Andrii Lozovyi, in Prague as the money he paid for a gift to his mother turned out to be counterfeit. View news.

Poroshenko sets up foundation to support educational and scientific programs – 06.11.2018 13:01 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has approved the decision to establish the President's Foundation for the Support of Educational and Scientific Programs for Young People.

Language policy of Ukraine is systematic and effective – Groysman – 09.11.2018 11:03 — Ukrinform News

“The language policy of Ukraine for the first time in a long period is systematic and effective. The adopted legislative amendments are already beginning to yield results and change the language and cultural landscape of our country. We are finally arranging the television and radio space by introducing clear rules of the language policy designed to protect the state language,” he said in his greeting message on the occasion of the Day of Ukrainian writing and language, the Government portal reports. Groysman emphasized that the government will continue the policy of protection and use of the Ukrainian language, adding that principles of language diversity and any cultural rights of individuals and communities would be protected. “Our cultural diversity must be our advantage, not weakness,” said Groysman.

Ukraine’s DTEK company buys 80,000 tons of South African coal from Netherlands –

80,000 tons of South African coal should reach Ukraine by late November. The respective deal was made in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Luhansk TPP starts using gas due to lack of Russian anthracite | UNIAN

Deputy Chairman of Luhansk Regional State Administration Yuriy Klymenko says the Luhansk thermal power plant (TPP), which is located in the town of Shchastya, Luhansk region, and is owned by DTEK Skhidenergo, has begun using natural gas instead of anthracite coal due to its lack in warehouses and failure to arrange new supplies. The Luhansk TPP can get anthracite only from Russia. “Today, the Luhansk TPP has had to transfer from coal to gas due to failure to arrange coal supplies by rail from Russia. The government and [National Joint-Stock Company] Naftogaz [of Ukraine] have made the relevant decision. Simultaneously, we will try to obtain a quota for coal imports from the Russian Federation, as was the case before. The plant can work, consuming either coal or gas, but coal is cheaper. Of course, the price of energy carriers matters. But it will not affect households in the region, as the tariffs will remain unchanged. We’re doing our utmost to fix the situation,” he wrote on Facebook.

Paradox: nuclear power in Ukraine is three times cheaper than coal – EU Today

The European Union provides Ukraine with comprehensive assistance in improving the reliability and operational safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs). The most striking example is a loan totalling 600 million euros, provided jointly by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), for the implementation of a Comprehensive Programme to Improve the Safety of Ukrainian NPPs. No European country has received a comparable loan from the EBRD. The operator of the Ukrainian nuclear power plants, the state-owned company Energoatom, is successfully cooperating with European institutions on several other projects. The total amount of funding provided to Energoatom in the framework of the TACIS and INSC projects initiated by the European Commission has already exceeded €200m. However, obviously the routine implementation of measures to improve the safety and efficiency of Ukrainian NPPs should normally be carried out from Energoatom’s own funds. Why is this not happening? The company has the potential to be financially successful, because its share in the Ukrainian electricity market consistently exceeds 50% of demand, and at peak consumption reaches 70%. Also, the average cost of electricity for Ukrainian consumers is already at the level of some Eastern European countries and the market price continues to rise. In recent years, Ukraine has been making significant efforts to reform its energy market in order to bring it into line with the European model. However, the problem is that for nuclear energy in Ukraine non-market-based methods are used to calculate electricity pricing. This gives rise to the paradox that nuclear power plants receive 300% less for the electricity they produce than coal-fired power plants. The energy sector of Ukraine has been regulated since 2016 by a national Regulatory authority, which carries out state regulation in the fields of energy and utilities. The main mission of the Regulator is to create equal conditions for all participants in the energy market of Ukraine, but it has so far failed to achieve free and fair competition. Ukraine’s International partners, such as the IMF, have consistently advocated the liberalisation of Ukraine’s energy market and the deregulation of gas and coal prices. In 2016, the market pricing method for coal was introduced in accordance with Article 269 of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The formula for calculating coal prices is known as Rotterdam +, and this is the formula used to calculate the tariff for selling electricity to the wholesale market for coal-fired power plants.

Ukrainian journalist sentenced to five years in prison conditionally for separatism –

The court has sentenced Pavlo Zolotarev, the ex-member of “Ukrainian Choice” organization and journalist to five years in prison conditionally for the holding of the events in the support of the federalization of Ukraine on the request of the Russian Federation as Ukrainian News reported citing the court’s decision. According to the document, native of Zaporizhia Pavlo Zolotarev as a member of organized criminal group assumed measures for the adoption of the appeals to the president, the Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers on the delimitation of the powers between central and local authorities at the session of the district and regional councils of different regions of Ukraine in exchange for money during 2016.

U.S. pop singer Taylor Swift rented two Ukrainian cargo planes; Antonov 124s carry the equipment during her ongoing concert tour –

Two Antonov An-124s took off from Brisbane to Auckland where the singer is to perform at MtSmart Arena

Maria Svensson, the native of Zaporizhia (née Khabarova) has won the title “Missis Sweden International-2018” at beauty contest –

Maria Svensson, the native of Zaporizhia (née Khabarova) has won the title “Missis Sweden International-2018” at beauty contest among married women that took place in Sweden as reported. Its final finished on September 1 and by the winning of the contest, a Ukrainian got a possibility to represent Sweden at the International beauty contest in Singapore.

Helping Crimean Activists One Coin At A Time

Crimean Tatar activists say they’ve been unfairly targeted for speaking out since Russia’s annexation of the region. So a group called Crimean Solidarity is helping protesters pay fines with small change, turning every payment into a headache for officials.

‘I’ll Never Be the Same’: My Ukrainian Wife’s First Trip to the United States

Sometimes, an anonymous act of gratitude is proof enough of America’s greatness, even if we, as Americans, don’t always see it that way.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: On Bolshevik Coup Anniversary, Odessa Man Fights Soviet Nostalgia with Artifacts from the Past

Paul Goble Staunton, November 7 – Many people in post-Soviet countries are nostalgic for Soviet past because it was when they were young and hopeful – or because they were born after the USSR ceased to exist and have only seen an air-brushed picture of what life was really like in that totalitarian country. Odessa resident Dmitry Bakayev has organized a house museum with various artifacts from those times, some rare and some common, some frightening and some merely funny, in order to fight nostalgia by forcing visitors to confront the reality that they have only dreamy recollections or imaginations of ( The Odessa resident is especially interested in having young people visit – his museum has no admission charge – so that they won’t be misled by their parents or others. Those who smoke are offered Soviet cigarettes, and those who drink are offered cocktails made of cleaning fluids and other liquids as described in Venedikt Yerofeyev’s classic Moscow-Petushki. His house museum is modeled on that of a wealthy Soviet diplomat of the 1980s. It is filled with all kinds of things from Soviet times, ranging from the possessions of Soviet maniac Andrey Chitakilo about whom Soviet people only talked in whispers because the official line was that there were no maniacs in the USSR. There are Soviet toys and some extremely exotic things, including a lamp from the house of African dictator Bokassa who was both a close friend with the Brezhnev elite and a cannibal. A Soviet chef was sent to prepare Bokassa a meal only to find human body parts in the dictator’s refrigerator. The chef ran to the Soviet consulate but they told him to do his job. After all, “the motherland knows,” the Soviet diplomats said. Visitors are clearly impressed in exactly the way Bakayev hopes. “Anyone will be nostalgic about his childhood,” one said, but that doesn’t mean anyone would want to go back to what it was really like. And ever more visitors are lining up to visit. The museum host says he is worried about running out of Soviet cigarettes and detergents he needs to make Soviet cocktails.

Under the Shield: Inside Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement

Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement.

Caught between two rivals, ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine walk a fine line – Los Angeles Times

Ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine find themselves caught in the middle of a political maelstrom that could imperil Ukraine’s pro-Western course.

Bastards, greenhorns, brain diarrhea: Chief Prosecutor went emotional about Ukraine’s MPs –

Greenhorns, brain diarrhea, false teardrops. Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor, used these words answering the question of Ukrainian MP about his disrespectful speaking about another MP from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada. In his today’s speech in the parliament and his announcement of his resignation, Lutsenko spoke of Mustafa Nayem, a former journalist and now legislator, whose Facebook and Twitter postings helped trigger the Maidan Revolution of 2013-2014. “I can’t permit dual power in the country when the law enforcement system is being destroyed with no proof even for the cases detected. As the head of the law enforcement system, I am going to file my resignation today. Then, it will be up to you to decide whether Mustafa Nayem will run the investigation and identify the perpetrators on air or the law enforcers, who bear criminal responsibility for that,” Lutsenko said. When an MP from the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada asked on what grounds he demonstrates the disrespectful attitude towards an MP, the Prosecutor General replied: “All this already happened in the past, when bastards tried to attach themselves to the murder of Nozdrovska and used to spill an ocean of tears here insisting that the investigation is at standstill. When the accused defendant, charged with murder, went to court, no one of these bastards have shown up in the court. Nobody cares! And today the Narodny Front (a political party of Ukraine founded by Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleksandr Turchynov in 2014, – works on the funeral of Handziuk, but not these public figures who only pick up their bloody dividends. If the head of the committee who had to run the whole anti-corruption policy still doesn’t understand the difference between procedural command and investigation, which doesn’t exist for a year in the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, then he is a greenhorn with brain diarrhea and not ahead of the committee.”

I am submitting my resignation today — Prosecutor General Lutsenko

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced that he is going to submit his resignation immediately. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced that he is going to submit his resignation immediately. “To avoid any speculations that I am holding to my office, I am submitting my resignation to the president of Ukraine today. And all of you in the parliament must consider this issue,” he told the parliament on November 6, speaking from the rostrum about the investigation into the murder of Kateryna Handziuk. The prosecutor general said that he has done his job and will continue to do so. “Everything I promised Kateryna Handziuk in the hospital has been done and will be done, but I cannot allow dual power in this country, when the law enforcement system is being groundlessly destroyed even though crimes are being solved. […]. I have tendered my resignation, and it’s up to you to decide if [Petro Poroshenko Bloc member] Mustafa Nayem will be identifying the guilty or law enforcement authorities who are criminally responsible for that from TV screens,” Lutsenko said. The creators of the Verkhovna Rada’s ad hoc commission for the investigation of the murder of Handziuk are vying for power, he said. “The organizers of the ad hoc commission need publicity in the fight for power, rather than an outcome,” the prosecutor general said.

Ukrainians Mourn Slain Activist Targeted In Acid Attack

Mourners paid their respects to slain Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handzyuk in the Black Sea port city of Kherson. They laid flowers at Handzyuk’s casket during a public viewing ahead of her funeral on November 7. The 33-year-old activist died three days earlier from wounds she suffered from an acid attack in July.

Ukrainian Prosecutor Submits Resignation As Acid-Attack Activist’s Funeral Held

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has submitted his resignation to President Petro Poroshenko amid public outrage over the handling of an investigation into an acid attack that killed anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk, whose funeral was held the same day.

Ukrainian parliament rejects Lutsenko’s resignation as prosecutor general – 06.11.2018 14:48 — Ukrinform News

The Verkhovna Rada has not supported the resignation of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

Law enforcement agencies consider Handziuk’s murder almost solved — Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has said that, according to information from law enforcement agencies, the murder of an advisor to the mayor of Kherson, and civic activist Kateryna Handziuk has been solved to a large extent, though not completely. President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has said that, according to information from law enforcement agencies, the murder of an advisor to the mayor of Kherson, and civic activist Kateryna Handziuk has been solved to a large extent, though not completely. “The tragic ending was the result of the horrific attack and there could be no other opinion here. And despite too many overly emotional statements… and I want to stress it, according to the information I have been given at my request by members of the law enforcement agencies, this crime has been solved to a large extent. The murderer has been found, [as well as] his assistants who have pleaded guilty, and the organizer has been detained,” the president said during a meeting with youths in Kyiv on November 6. At the same time, Poroshenko said that he does not consider the crime to be solved completely.

Ukraine’s Parliament begins session with moment of silence for Handziuk –

Ukraine’s Parliament began the morning plenary meeting with a moment of silence for Kateryna Handziuk, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. 356 people’s deputies registered in the session hall. “This case should not remain unpunished. Yesterday, we have been discussing the creation of the Temporary Investigation Committee, which could be uniting for the whole parliament, within several hours so that we could present it for the consideration at the Verkhovna Rada. We are still conducting some consultations, but I am sure that we have to make a decision today – summon the representatives of the law enforcement agencies to the parliament immediately to hear their report on the current situation,” Parubiy, the Spokesperson of the Parliament, said.

Ukrainian Chief Prosecutor Lutsenko decides to resign | UNIAN

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced his plans to resign amid a notorious situation caused by the death of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk after an acid attack. Lutsenko also said he was outraged by “PR on blood” around the Handziuk case.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General To Resign Over Acid Attack

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has told parliament he will offer his resignation in response to public outrage over the handling of an investigation into an acid attack that killed act…

Ukrainian Activist’s Death Triggers Calls For Ouster Of Law Enforcement Officials

Dozens of Ukrainian human rights groups and civic organizations have called for the resignation of the country’s top law enforcement officials after anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk succum…

Commissioner Hahn in Ukraine: All crimes against activists must be prosecuted | UNIAN

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has said all crimes against activists in Ukraine must be prosecuted. Hahn spoke to civil society representatives in his first meeting in Ukraine.

Canadian foreign minister urges to bring those responsible for Handziuk’s murder to justice – 06.11.2018 10:54 — Ukrinform News

Canada expresses condolences to the family of Kateryna Handziuk and demands to&nbsp;prosecute all those responsible for her death.

Those responsible for ordering, committing attack on Handziuk must be brought to justice

The United State Department of State has announced that the contractors and executors of the assault on the acting chief of administration of the Executive Committee of the Kherson City Council, an advisor to the mayor of Kherson, and civic activist Kateryna Handziuk must be brought to justice. “The U.S. extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kateryna Handziuk. Attacks on Ukraine’s civil society must stop. Those responsible for ordering and committing this horrific attack must be brought to justice,” Heather Nauert, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, wrote in a tweet on Twitter. As was earlier reported, an unidentified person poured concentrated sulfuric acid over Handziuk in the vicinity of her house in Kherson on July 31 morning. The lady suffered severe chemical burns and had to be taken to the local hospital. Soon she was transferred to a hospital in Kyiv.

EU on Handziuk’s murder: Tangible steps needed to reverse attacks against activists | UNIAN

The European Union has reacted to the death of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, saying tangible steps to reverse the worrying trend of attacks against civil society activists and investigative journalists in Ukraine must be taken. The EU expects the Ukrainian authorities to redouble their efforts to swiftly and thoroughly investigate this crime.

U.S. State Department: Attacks on Ukraine’s civil society must stop | UNIAN

Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert has said attacks on Ukraine’s civil society must stop and those responsible for such crimes must be brought to justice. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland voiced the same demand.

Person suspected in assault on Handziuk to receive life-long sentence if he doesn’t name contractor

Commenting on the recent death of civic activist Kateryna Handziuk, People’s Deputy Anton Gerashchenko (People’s Front Party faction) has said that Serhiy Torbin, a former participant in the Anti-Terrorist Operation, who is suspected of an assault on her, will receive a life-long sentence if he does not name his contractors. “Today, after the tragic death of Katia Handziuk, I am saying to Serhiy Torbin who is suspected of murdering her: you will not face a sentence other than a life-long one. There is only one chance for you to avoid it by naming your contractors,” Gerashchenko wrote in a post on his page on Facebook on November 4. He said that in this case, the court will take this into consideration and when the verdict is read out Torbin will receive a sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison instead of a life-long one. Gerashchenko said that the police had detained five people who are suspected of the assault on Handziuk. He said that four of them testified against Torbin as the organizer of the crime. “It looks like that he had been promised by his lawyers to receive five to six years sentence for keeping silent because Katia had been still alive until recently and that he would be able to get an early release in three years,” Gerashchenko said.

The horrifying death of a Ukrainian activist in an acid attack has galvanized the government’s critics – Los Angeles Times

Ukrainian anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk died Sunday after a four month battle recovering from an acid attack that left 40% of her body covered in burns. Many fear her death will become yet another unsolved crime against Ukrainian activists and human rights defenders.

A Ukrainian Activist’s Deathbed Plea

A Ukrainian anticorruption activist has died of her wounds following an acid attack in July. She died six weeks after making an impassioned video from her hospital bed, in which she listed dozens of attacks on civic activists that police have failed to clear up.

U.S. calls on Ukraine to bring perpetrators of Handziuk’s murder to justice | UNIAN

The United States has called on the Ukrainian authorities to bring the perpetrators of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk’s murder to justice. The ambassador offered her condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Kateryna Handziuk.

Murderers of Handziuk must be brought to justice – EU Commissioner Hahn

EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn stressed that the perpetrators who committed the attack that led to the death of Kateryna Handziuk, former acting administrator of the executive committee of Kherson City Council and advisor to the Kherson mayor, should be brought to justice.

Ambassador Gough on Handziuk’s death: Those responsible to be held to account | UNIAN

British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough has said those responsible for Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk’s murder should be held to account. Foreign diplomats and politicians condemn attacks against civil society activists in Ukraine.

Poroshenko: “Handziuk’s killers must be found, held accountable” | Censor.NET

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the death of Kateryna Handziuk, former acting administrator of the executive committee of the Kherson City Council and advisor to the Kherson mayor and called on law enforcement officers to find those responsible for attack on her. “I have just been informed that activist Kateryna Handziuk, who was attacked by an inhuman who doused acid over her, unfortunately died in the hospital,” he said in Turkey at the opening ceremony of the center of the Ukrainian community in Antalya on Sunday afternoon, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine. The head of state called on law enforcement officers to find those responsible for her death. “I want to urge the law enforcers to make every effort to find and punish the murderers, so that they find themselves in the dock. And we all need to pool our efforts in order to make it happen,” Poroshenko said. Source:

Kateryna Handzyuk, Outspoken Critic Of Ukrainian Police Corruption, Dies After Acid Attack – To Inform is to Influence

“Kateryna Handzyuk was a fearless activist who fought against police corruption in Ukraine. Then she was attacked with acid. For the last 3 months she fought for her life from a hospital bed. Today, she succumbed to her wounds. She was 33.” KYIV — Kateryna Handzyuk, a Ukrainian civic activist and adviser to the mayor…

Kateryna Handziuk passed away. What is she known for and who made attempt on her life? –

Yesterday, the adviser to the mayor of Kherson and the famous public activist Kateryna Handziuk died aged 34, according to the Facebook page dedicated to her case. Previously, the cause of death was a detached blood clot. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has already expressed his condolences in connection with the death of the official, and demanded from law enforcement agencies to do everything possible to punish her murderers. ‘I was told that activist Kateryna Handziuk… unfortunately, she died in a hospital… I want to address the law enforcement bodies so that they do everything possible to find the murderers, to punish them and put them on the defendants’ bench,’ he claimed. He added that all-Ukrainian society should join hands and help the law enforcement bodies to get evil punished. What is Kateryna Handziuk known for? She is a Ukrainian political consultant, public figure, blogger and journalist. An acting Head of the Executive Committee of Kherson City Council and an Adviser of Kherson’s Mayor. Since 2010, she worked in the “Eidos Center for Political Studies and Analytics” public organization. The investigation suspects five former ATO participants in the attack on Kateryna Handziuk. These are Vyacheslav Vishnevsky, Victor Gorbunov, Volodymyr Vasyanovych, Serhiy Torbin and Mykyta Grabchuk. They were all detained. Two were taken into custody, and for three others the court chose a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest.

Suspect in masterminding attack on Handziuk transferred to SBU remand prison, prosecutor general says

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko held a meeting on the pace of the probe into murder of Kherson activist, adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and acting manager of affairs at Kherson City Council’s executive committee Kateryna Handziuk. “Katia Handziuk’s death moved me as deep as a personal loss. I’ve just closed the meeting. The investigation by the National Police, which did not stop for a day, which included 367 interrogations, 21 expert examinations, polygraph test and other legal proceedings, will be soon completed,” Ukraine’s top prosecutor wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports. He assured that the perpetrators and the mastermind of the attack, who had been identified and apprehended, shall be brought to justice. “In order to establish the person who ordered the hit, the suspect in masterminding the murder was transferred to the Kyiv-based remand prison of the Security Service of Ukraine in late October. Everything that I promised Katia when I visited her at the hospital will be fulfilled,” the prosecutor general said. He also expressed sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the activist. Source:

Police transfer Handziuk’s case to SBU for further investigation | UNIAN

Ukraine’s police have transferred the case against perpetrators of the assassination on Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk to the SBU Security Service of Ukraine. The police within their authority have questioned 367 people as witnesses, ordered 21 forensic examinations, conducted nine raids, four investigation-related experiments, 26 inspections, 100 secret investigative actions against 31 people.

Investigation on Handziuk case almost completed, materials to be sent to court –

Yuriy Lutsenko took the case under his own control. He reported that the attack on the adviser was a part of the plan to destabilize the situation in the south of Ukraine. Later the investigation was transferred to the central office of the SBU. Suspected in the attack was detained on August 3. He name is Mykola Novikov, previously detained for robbing and illegal weapons handling. He is a member of one of the criminal organizations in the Kherson region. According to Anton Gerashchenko, obviously, the detainee was fulfilling someone’s order. Whereas, Gerashchenko added that they approximately know who was the proponent. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko confirmed the death of Acting Head of the Executive Committee of Kherson City Council, Adviser of Kherson’s Mayor and public activist Kateryna Handziuk and required of the law enforcement bodies to punish her murderers. He claimed this at the opening ceremony of Ukrainian community Ukrainian family in Antalya.

Death of activist Gandziuk shocks nation, protesters demand proper investigation (UPDATED; VIDEO) | KyivPost

Kateryna Gandziuk, a civic activist and local council member from Kherson, a city some 550 kilometers south of Kyiv, died on Nov. 4 in a Kyiv hospital. Gandziuk, 33, was attacked with acid on July 31, resulting in severe burns of her head and body. The attack is believed to be linked to her activism, including her efforts to expose corruption in Kherson. It was just one in the series of attacks on activists in Ukraine in 2018. Gandziuk became the symbol of a protest movement against the lack of investigation into the attacks on activists. Two friends of Gandziuk, Kherson journalist Ivan Antypenko and Kyiv lawyer Masi Nayyem, confirmed to the Kyiv Post Gandziuk died but didn’t reveal any detail. The cause of death is yet to be announced.

Ukrainian Activist Doused With Acid Dies

Kateryna Handzyuk, a Ukrainian civic activist and adviser to the mayor of the Black Sea port city of Kherson, has died from wounds she suffered from an acid attack three months ago.

Ukraine activist Kateryna Handzyuk dies after acid attack – BBC News

Prominent anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Handzyuk suffered severe burns in the July attack.

Ukrainian Activist Kateryna Handzyuk Succumbs to Injuries After Being Doused With Sulfuric Acid

A Ukrainian activist succumbed to her injuries Sunday after an acid attack left her with burns covering 40 percent of her body.

Tribute held in Kiev for Ukrainian activist Kateryna Gandzyuk – YouTube

AFP news agency Published on Nov 4, 2018 Dozens of people gather outside the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in Kiev to pay tribute to the late anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandzyuk, who died in hospital after being seriously injured in an acid attack in July.

‘She was murdered!’ Ukrainian civil activist doused with acid by suspected ‘war veterans’ dies — RT World News

Ukrainian activist Katerina Gandzyuk has died at a Kiev hospital, where she had been treated after surviving an acid attack this summer. A group of far-right veterans of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine are suspected of the attack.