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Yet another exceptionally busy week in Ukraine, and some important developments:
- Russia threatens POL blockade of Ukraine – despite the war Ukraine continues to be a major consumer of Russian POL (and coal);
- Russia threatens blockade of Azov Sea, NATO states no intent to conduct EX in Azov Sea, many background reports and analyses on Azov and Black Sea situation;
- Germany insists Ukrainian government shut down the Myrotvorets volunteer website after it lists Russian proxy Schroeder (former SDP Chancellor) amongst other enemies of Ukraine;
- Leader of DNR fake republic declares intent to merge with Russia, following fake elections, multiple reports on criticisms of fake elections;
- Donbass update – fires and SOF raids continue;
- Update on ammo depot fires, RPV of unknown origin disabled at Ichnia;
- MINDEF Poltorak meets with UK Amb Gough on bilateral cooperation;
- Force structure updates, defence industry updates – esp. Turkish RPVs and NARP effort;
- SEC ENERGY Perry visits Ukraine: “But the potential for exploration and production in Ukraine – this is quite a statement from me, but Ukraine would be the Texas of Europe”;
- Ukrainian media conduct sting operation against Russian NTV television to expose use of paid proxies;
- Political, cultural, economic news reports – including new Nemtsov Square in Kyiv;
- WashPost again sprung doing “creative” journalism in Ukraine;
- Update on the Hungarian proxy campaign against Ukraine;
- Suspect detained in murder of anti-Russian and anti-corruption activist Handzyuk;
The Kremlin’s propaganda TV channels say Russia intends to cease motor fuel supplies to Ukraine, while Ukrainian experts take the threat seriously and call on officials to react and look for the alternative sources of deliveries. Russian propagandists are “savoring” the possibility of destroying Ukraine by imposing economic sanctions. The Kremlin’s propaganda TV channels say Russia intends to cease motor fuel supplies to Ukraine, while Ukrainian experts take the threat seriously and call on officials to react and look for the alternative sources of deliveries. “We’ve not imposed sanctions for four and a half years. We are introducing them right before the presidential election [in Ukraine],” Russian propaganda talking heads reiterate in one of the panel shows, as reported by the TV news service TSN.ua. For more than an hour, they are “savoring” the possibility of destroying Ukraine by imposing economic sanctions, TSN.ua said. The show’s guests call on the Russian authorities to cut off all fuel supplies to Ukraine. They say that without Russian gasoline and Belarusian diesel fuel they will be able to persuade Kyiv to shift to their side. A member of the State Duma Committee, Aleksey Zhuravlev, vows a “collapse” in Ukraine: “We supply 80% of petroleum products to Belarus. It’s that simple: once and for all, that’s all, goodbye. Collapse right away.” Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have not reacted to Zhuravlev’s statements, although there are several gas stations on the sanctions list released recently. Fuel market experts warn that once the Russians move from words to action, Ukraine will face hard times, as the country may face the deficit of fuel, while the price of petrol and diesel fuel could double. CEO of Consulting Group A-95, Serhiy Kuyun, recalls how exactly the Russians made Ukraine badly dependent on fuel – in the late ’90s they shut down five of the seven refineries. In particular, they bought the Lysychansk oil refinery and ceased operations there. “There are different versions, but this can really be considered as sabotage: buying up refineries and then shutting them down. They closed refineries here [in Ukraine] and modernized those in Russia,” he said. Today, Ukraine’s energy independence is in the hands of the Cabinet and the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine. The first should look for alternative sources of fuel supplies and create favorable conditions for domestic producers, while the latter should respond adequately to Russia’s aggressive actions in the market. Experts insist that the fuel has no longer been an issue of economic relations as this is also part of a hybrid war. So far, Ukrainian officials are only calculating the risks in anticipation of further developments, forgetting how insidious Ukraine’s northern neighbors could be when the demand for fuel increases. The last time they rocked Ukraine’s local fuel market was in late October. The prices of fuel then jumped by a few hryvnias. On November 6, retail prices of petrol at gas stations across Ukraine decreased, while those of diesel fuel went up; average prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) remained high.
Iryna Lutsenko, the President’s Representative to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian people’s deputy, stated that if Russia blocks Azov Sea, Ukraine’s reaction will be vigorous, as she said at the briefing in Kyiv, Ukrinform reported. “Ukraine’s reaction will be vigorous, we have a few lawsuits on Russia’s violation of the International Convention of the Law of the Sea. Azov Sea is an inland sea, so the fact that no agreement on the mutual use was signed means that we have to apply to this international convention… Besides, the lawsuits, of Ukraine’s Security Service and border guards will also respond to this,” she noted. Related: Freedom of navigation at stake in Sea of Azov: security consequences for Ukraine and wider Black Sea region She stated that if the Sea of Azov is blocked, criminal proceedings against Russian officials will be opened. In addition, the President’s Representative said that Russia’s provocations in the area means that Putin does not intend to stop, he wants to activate, especially during the pre-election period. “Ukraine’s South hinges on the usage of Azov Sea. Putin’s activation means only that he wants to create an unstable atmosphere in Ukraine in 2019,” Lutsenko said.
Speaker for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleh Slobodyan has said Russia redirected part of their naval forces deployed near temporarily occupied Crimea to a new bridgehead, namely the waters of the Sea of Azov. The State Border Guard Service does not remain idle, keeping up its work to strengthen own presence in the Sea of Azov. Speaker for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleh Slobodyan has said Russia redirected part of their naval forces deployed near temporarily occupied Crimea to a new bridgehead, namely the waters of the Sea of Azov. “The process of [Russia] increasing their military component in the Sea of Azov was gradual. Russia has increased its presence, but here we can rather talk about the regrouping of certain naval forces for possible action in the Sea of Azov, i.e. re-locating ships from the waters off coast the temporarily annexed peninsula to a new bridgehead, which is the Sea of Azov,” Slobodyan told UNIAN. According to the official, the State Border Guard Service does not remain idle, keeping up its work to strengthen own presence in the Sea of Azov. “We have received new boats, as well as repaired and put into operation the Donbas warship, which is now in the Azov Sea performing her tasks,” Slobodyan said.
The threat came as a member of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council, Frants Klintsevich, commented on the detention by Ukrainian border guards of 15 vessels for cheking into ports of the occupied Crimean peninsula. The Russian Federation Council has warned Ukraine it is able to close the Sea of Azov to the Ukrainian ships within minutes. The threat came as a member of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council, Frants Klintsevich, commented on the detention by Ukrainian border guards of 15 vessels for cheking into ports of the occupied Crimean peninsula. “This is obvious chaos. And it does not matter whether it is a matter of this being Russian ships or foreign vessels – all of them checked into Crimea ports absolutely legitimately,” the official wrote on Facebook. He believes that Kyiv “is pushing” Moscow to retaliate. Klintsevich said that Russia is capable of blocking, “literally within minutes,” the Sea of Azov for any Ukraine-flagged vessel. Earlier, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported the seizure of 15 ships for their illegal checks in the ports of the occupied Crimea. Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Serhiy Nayev, said that the Russian invaders were trying to intensify the escalation of the Sea of Azov, and in this context the Mariupol direction is one of the most important ones in the context of creating prerequisites for repelling aggression.
Russia seems to be outraged due to the recent detention of ships that entered the seaports of the annexed Crimea. Franz Klintsevich, the member of the Russian parliamentary committee for defense posted this on Facebook. ‘This is clearly over the top, out of sight. It doesn’t matter if it’s about the Russian vessels or those from the foreign states, as all entered the ports of Crimea on a totally legal basis’, Klintsevich reported. According to him, Ukraine ‘pushes Russia towards sharp responsive actions’. ‘Yes, we can shut down the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel. And I don’t rule out that such actions may follow. At bottom, Ukraine breaks the agreement of the Sea of Azov, and it will be the only one to suffer’, Klintsevich wrote. Previously, Ukraine arrested 15 ships that entered ports of the annexed Crimea. This is due to the Ukrainian law that claims the ports of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosiya, Yalta) closed. The respective legislative acts were approved in April and June 2014. Thus, any vessel that enters the closed seaports and terminals in the occupied Crimea breach the Ukrainian and the international law. Such action is considered an undermining of Ukraine’s sovereignty and results in responsibility for the vessel’s owner, operator and the crew.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says that Ukraine is ready to adequately respond to Russia’s possible aggressive actions in the Black Sea. Ukraine has opportunities for “maneuvering and beefing up” in the Black Sea. Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says that Ukraine is ready to adequately respond to Russia’s possible aggressive actions in the Black Sea. Answering a question whether Ukraine anticipates and gets ready to respond to Russia’s possible “hybrid” aggression in the Black Sea, the minister told TV Channel 5: “100% ready. Of course, we draw conclusions from what has been happening in the Sea of Azov. We have opportunities for maneuvering and beefing up there [in the Black Sea].” “Russia is not the sole owner of the Black Sea, because there are Alliance member countries there, they have their interests there. And I think that even if we do not take into account that there are NATO countries there, our capabilities are much greater there [than in the Sea of Azov], and our ability to adequately respond is also much greater,” Poltorak said.
Ukraine and NATO do not intend to hold joint exercises in the Sea of Azov, said Vadym Prystaiko, head of Ukraine’s NATO representation. “Joint exercises or operations in the Sea of Azov will definitely be perceived by Russia as provocation. The Alliance does not plan to provoke Russia… We do not yet have plans to conduct exercises in the Sea of Azov with NATO,” he told Interfax-Ukraine in an interview. He also pointed out that bringing military ships into the Sea of Azov is currently problematic. “Neither the Alliance nor Ukraine is interested in a further escalation of the conflict. And at present, we care more about how to protect our coast than how to strengthen our capabilities. In particular, we are building a small Naval base in the Sea of Azov, and are reinforcing the missile and artillery weapons. We recently conducted our own missile drills,” the Ukrainian ambassador explained. In October, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the French media in an interview that “Ukraine wants to have NATO drills in the Sea of Azov” and that NATO was supposedly actively “indulging” Ukraine in this regard. In summer 2018, Ukraine held the Sea Breeze joint military exercise with the US and a number of other NATO states in the north-western portion of the Black Sea. The drill, which focused on “national maritime security operations in a crisis region”, featured representatives of 19 countries and a total of more than 2,000 troops. 30 ships and boats took part in the maneuvers, including a Turkish submarine and the USS Mount Whitney, flagship of the US’s Sixth Fleet. 20 aircraft also participated in the exercises.
The United States and the European Commission are engaging in serious debate on possible sanctions on Russian ports in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea region. “Russia is deliberately destabilizing the situation in the [Sea of] Azov region. Their goal is to do everything possible so that people lose their jobs, as well as to create a socio-economic cataclysm, resulting in protest of people who demand better working conditions,” Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian told a Ukrainian TV channel on Nov. 14, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN. “I am grateful to both the United States and the European Commission that made clear statements, namely that this is the continuation of the hybrid war. Sanctions against Russian ports in the Sea of Azov are being seriously discussed now. I hope that the same steps with be made with regard to those in the Black Sea region. This will hit [Russia] in the wallet,” he said. Read more: Russia uses Sea of Azov to supply weapons to its Donbas-based forces, Ukraine’s envoy to UN says The minister added that the Russian side continues to detain the vessels heading to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. “They involve all their military forces to stop even for a while the civilian ships heading to our ports. The logic is very simple: they increase the price of logistics. After all, the demurrage of a vessel is estimated at $15,000-50,000 per day. The situation affected many European companies that receive products from our ports. This contributed to conveying our position to the European Commission. They realized that due to the Russian blockade, European taxpayers pay more for Ukrainian goods. Therefore, they began to speak quite differently,” he said. According to Omelian, the Russian blockade has caused losses at about 1 billion hryvnia ($35.8 million). At the same time, the minister says the fright traffic to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov will be resumed next year. “I hope that after the situation is settled, we will be able to restore freight traffic, and cargo turnover will be resumed in the ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk. I think it will be next year,” he added. Source:https://en.censor.net.ua/n3096872
Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says the United States of America and the European Commission are seriously discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russian ports in the Sea of Azov, as well as in the Black Sea region. According to Omelyan, the Russian blockade has caused losses at about UAH 1 billion ($35.8 million).
Foreign ministers of European Union member states will discuss the situation in Donbas and the Sea of Azov on November 19, Mykola Tochytskyi, head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union, has said.
Russian state propaganda media would benefit from updating their skills in political geography. This became apparent last week when two leading government outlets decided to manipulate geography in support of key messages in their reporting. In a speech held in Strasbourg on 23 October, EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, referred to the Black Sea as “a European sea.” Russia’s state-controlled RIA Novosti found her statement so controversial that it became the focus of a separate report, titled “Mogherini called the Black Sea ‘European.” As the independent Russian outlet The Insider pointed out in a critical article, all states which border with the Black Sea are members of the Council of Europe; so it is hard to see what should be extraordinary in Ms. Mogherini’s statement. Along the same line, Russian state TV Pervy Kanal referred to the Sea of Azov as “our inland sea,” even if it, besides Russia, also has a coastline in Ukraine. This incident became the topic of another critical article by The Insider. We recently described how Pyotr Tolstoy, the host of the Pervy Kanal Sunday night talk show in which the “our” reference was used, is also the deputy speaker of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma. This conflict of interest might explain why nobody around Mr. Tolstoy dared to fact-check and challenge the misleading reference to the Sea of Azov’s geography. As key moments in recent history have shown, the fundamentals of what is “ours” and what isn’t, are willingly ignored by Russian state propagandists and decision makers. Kremlin propagandists can refresh their knowledge about political geography by looking at the above infographic – a modern strategic-communications classic from Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Sea of Azov is in the south-east of Ukraine and the south-west of Russia – and north of the European Black Sea.
Since the annexation of Crimea, Russia has seized more power and control in the Black Sea, giving it the ability to project power throughout Eurasia.
On November 8, the Verkhovna Rada passed in the first reading a bill on the legal regime of the adjacent zone of Ukraine, which would actually increase the territory of control in the Black Sea – the adjacent zone will be the water area bordering the territorial sea of Ukraine at a distance of 24 nautical miles instead of today’s 12 miles. Even before the war in Donbas, Ukraine offered Russia to discuss various options for expanding the adjacent zone in the Black Sea, but this did not suit the Russians, because in this way Ukraine could get an extensive legalized economic zone. For example, an option was discussed, where the water area of the seas would be controlled by the international law of the sea, to which the Russians, of course, did not agree. Indeed, thanks to this approach, Ukraine could have gotten the opportunity to develop the Black Sea shelf without coordination with Russia, requesting international companies’ assistance. In addition, in this case, again, without coordination with the Russian Federation, Ukraine would have gotten the right to allow the entry of foreign warships… Given the current difficult situation at sea, a number of American experts believe that the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea have long needed paving a kind of “red line” and, in case of its violation by Russia, Ukraine would already quite legitimately be able to proceed to military actions. But this is only a view from beyond. As is known, the situation has worsened due to the escalation in the Sea of Azov, because there the use of the sea is based on a treaty signed with the Russian Federation in 2003. Then the position of Ukraine was not the strongest, and therefore the deal was signed with damage to our country. These shortcomings in the treaty are being used by the Russian authorities today, in particular, when they stop and inspect vessels for hours, thereby worsening the economic situation for Ukrainian ports. As for the first reading of the draft law on the legal regime of the adjacent zone of Ukraine, it is one of the desired ways to overcome problems with Russia. In my opinion, this is an opportunity to gain control for 24 miles, try out such a scenario on the Black Sea, in order to subsequently apply the same division of the sea in the water area of the Sea of Azov. With the help of this law, Ukraine will have the opportunity to increase its naval presence. We can definitely say that the reaction from the Russian side will be negative – for example, Russia may try to block access to the Sea of Azov for all ships except the Russian ones, apply regular economic sanctions and, ultimately, try to draw that “red line” themselves, which will only worsen the situation. I think the possibility of such a bill working out is 60% to 40%, because by adopting a document in the first reading, we will be able to see the reaction not only in Russia, but also by the international community. Thus, it is quite possible that the bill is a kind of testing ground, the case when the reaction to the document itself is more important than the result. Ihor Romanenko is a Ukrainian military expert, ex-deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Between Russia and Ukraine there may be a military conflict in the Sea of Azov . It is reported by a military expert, Colonel of the British Army Glen Grant. “Yes, you are one step away from the war. If Russia sees an opportunity to get something, it will take it. At the moment, Ukraine is building a course not to go on the offensive against Russia, not to engage in combat until it is ready for an offensive itself, this is a strategy of deterrence. And it seems to me that this needs to be done constantly, if such an opportunity arises for Ukraine. If there is an opportunity to move forward, it needs to be done, ”he says. According to Grant, at the moment Russia is planning something serious: it is spending money on the defense sector, withdrawing it from the social sphere, education and health care. “You will not do this only if you are not serious,” he concluded. Recall that on October 25, 2018, the next two warships of Russia entered the Sea of Azov .
Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces of Ukraine, on November 9 held a working meeting with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy as part of their visit to Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces of Ukraine, on November 9 held a working meeting with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy as part of their visit to Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Nayev told his guests about tasks, nature, and specifics of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) and discussed the security situation in that region with them, the press service of the JFO headquarters wrote on Facebook on November 9. “During the visit, the Joint Forces’ Commander, in particular, stressed that the Mariupol sector today is one of the most important ones in terms of creating prerequisites for countering Russian invaders’ efforts to escalate the situation in the Sea of Azov,” it said.
Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev said that the Russian invaders are trying to intensify the escalation in the Sea of Azov, and in this context Mariupol direction remains one of the most important ones in the context of creating preconditions for countering Russian aggression. The military official says that the Joint Forces have been and remain the main component of ensuring peace and security in Donbas.
“Russia acted recklessly in international airspace over the Black Sea. We call on Russia to cease its unsafe, irresponsible, and aggressive …
The Ukrainian command in the Combined Forces Operation Zone declared that it is taking additional measures to strengthen the defense of the Azov Sea. Russia arranges inspections for civilian ships that go through the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Ukrainian soldiers say that they are trained to reflect the landing of a navy. Correspondents of the Air Force received an exclusive opportunity to observe such military exercises. Turn on the sound to watch the video.
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene believes that Ukraine defends not only its independence but also the whole democratic world. Chairman of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Oleksandr Kuts informed this on his Facebook page on Friday, when President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy visited Donbas. “Ukraine defends not only its independence but also defends the democratic world – President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene made such a conclusion after visiting Donbas together with Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy,” the head of the region wrote.
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 Eurasia Daily Monitor, 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 (Gazeta.ua, November 2) from 19 countries, including four Black Sea states (Bulgaria, Romania, Turley and Ukraine), have been targeted by this type of Russian activity (Blackseanews.net, July 10).
The conference “The Hybrid War Decade: Lessons Learned to Move Forward Successfully,” was held over 7-8 November 2018 in Kyiv. During it, Volodymyr Horybulin, Director of the Institute of National Security Problems at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, former Head of the National Space Agency of Ukraine and expert on hybrid war, told about the key features of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine and the West. We provide a transcipt of his speech in full. The title “Hybrid war decade” gives a feeling that we’re studying the issue since the war in Georgia. But for Ukraine, the hybrid war decade started even earlier, since the 2000s. The fight for Tuzla island, Russia’s gas wars in 2006, the trade limitations during Yushchenko’s presidency – we had more than 40 trade limitations – all follow the logic of a hybrid conflict.
Russian historian shows that none of the claims Russia offered in defense of its seizure and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula stands up to examination. “’Krimnashizm’” – as the ideologem “Crimea is Ours” is spelled in Russian – consists of a complex of eight myths that are intended to justify Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine and mobilize support for it, Arkady Popov writes in a 4500-word heavily footnoted article in today’s “Yezhednevny zhurnal.” The eight myths which form the core of “’Krimnashizm,’” in his telling are:
Myth #1 : Crimea was given to Ukraine
Myth #2: Russia has a historic right to Crimea
Myth #3: The Crimean people have freely voted to rejoin Russia
Myth #4: Taking Crimea from Ukraine was a matter of “extreme necessity.”
Myth #5: Ukraine is an artificial state.
Myth #6: The Euromaidan was fascist.
Myth #7: Russia has risen from its knees.
Myth #8: Incorporating Crimea is cost-free. In today’s edition, the Russian historian and commentator examines the first of these myths, that “Crimea was given to Ukraine” and shows that none of the claims Putin and his propagandists have offered in defense of their seizure and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula stands up to close examination.
The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, stated that Russian Federation has doubled its military forces on the …
Germany is calling on Ukraine to remove a controversial website that lists what it calls “enemies of the state” after Berlin’s former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appeared on the list.
Germany asked Kiev to take down a highly controversial website, which lists “enemies of Ukraine” and reveals their personal data, after it branded former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as “anti-Ukrainian.”
The newly elected leader of an area controlled by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has promised closer integration with Russia following polls denounced as a sham by Kyiv and the West.
Newly-elected leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin claimed that borders and customs between territories controlled by the DPR and LPR would be removed, and that in the future, the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are controlled by pro-Russian militants will become a part of Russia, the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. “We can speak about a single Donbas, but it happened so in 2014 l, that it was split into two Republics. We didn’t get Novorossiya then, we should say it directly. Now, there cannot be a merger due to an important reason: the Minsk Agreements,” Pushilin stated. “However, now we can synchronize the legislation.” “We will fully remove the borders and customs between us. Industry will cooperate. I do not see any problem with it. We should take into consideration another fact; our ambitions both in Donetsk and Luhansk are clear. Move towards Russia. Tomorrow will come and we will be in one country and this issue will be solved by itself,” Pushilin concluded. The acting head of the self-declared DPR, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, the acting leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic won the elections that took place on the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are not controlled by Ukraine. Later, the First Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs demanded that Ukraine recognize the elections as legitimate. “Elections” in the so-called DPR and LPR were held on November 11, despite the protests of Ukraine and the warnings of the international community.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said Ukraine will never accept the “obsessive and obscure idea” of Russian President Vladimir Putin about negotiating with his “puppets” in the occupied Donbas. There is the only way of implementing the Minsk agreements, he says, which is “the cessation of military aggression and the liberation of the Ukrainian territory from Russian occupation forces and Russian weapons.”
Andrei Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin, has explained why Russia needs a war in Donbas and the so-called “LPR/DPR” terrorist organizations. The “LPR” and “DPR” are bargaining chips. Andrei Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin, has explained why Russia needs a war in Donbas and the so-called “LPR/DPR” terrorist organizations. The expert believes the “LPR/DPR” will become the Kremlin’s bargaining chip, Glavred reports. “It is necessary to use the correct terms: Russia doesn’t need the ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR,’ it’s Putin who needs them. But Putin is not Russia. Putin really needs the ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR.’ He needs them for two reasons. First, they are used like “screwdrivers” that could be constantly stuck in Ukraine’s body to destabilize the situation within the country. Secondly, Putin hopes that, sooner or later, Ukraine will have leaders ready to exchange Crimea for ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR.’ In other words, he hopes there will be some future Ukrainian authorities that recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and in exchange for this, they will receive the recognition of ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’,” he said. Read alsoTurchynov rules out any talks with “DPR/LPR” “Therefore, the ‘DPR’ and the ‘LPR’ is like a bargaining chip for possible “settlements” in the future between Russia and Ukraine,” he added.
The Ukrainian president’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada, MP Iryna Lutsenko, said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Putin does not like the “Normandy format”… This format does not work in his favor at all, as the world forces Putin to leave Ukraine, withdraw his troops and to allow the Ukrainian people to control 420 km of border,” Lutsenko said. In addition, she noted that the “Normandy format” made Putin return the annexed Crimea. “Therefore, Putin will look for any excuses not to fulfill the obligations,” Lutsenko added. As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at a press conference in Singapore on November 15 that there was no point in holding a new meeting of the “Normandy Four” in the current situation in Ukraine.
Moscow, by holding sham elections in Donbas, is trying to conceal the occupation of part of Ukrainian territory, and the only way of implementing the Minsk agreements is for Russia to stop its military aggression in Donbas, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said.
The European Union and the United States of America, in particular, the U.S. Congress, have already raised the issue of a new package of anti-Russian sanctions for organizing and holding by Moscow of illegal elections in the occupied territories of Donbas. That is, the initiative to punish Russia has already been voiced and is now being discussed. Therefore, I don’t rule out that the new anti-Russian sanctions package will indeed come to light. However, we should not overestimate the value and effectiveness of this new set because Russia still has a certain safety cushion. Despite the fact that sanctions do work, they are unable to totally destroy Russian economy because of the limited tools. However, of course, sanctions create an uncomfortable situation for Russia’s political elite. After all, the primary counter-requirement Russians put forward in talks with Europeans and in personal discussions between diplomats is the request to remove personal sanctions from a wide number of Russian representatives. So, in fact, Russians are very concerned about those personal sanctions. They find important for the international community to stop paying attention to and doing financial monitoring of Russian transactions in European and American banks. It also is important for them to remain connected to SWIFT.
The European Union has responded to an announcement on plans to open Crimea’s representative office in Brussels, saying that it will not recognize the so-called “representation,” which may open with the assistance of the Russian Federation. Russian media reported the “office” would open early in 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that “elections” held in the occupied territory of Donbas were “inevitable.” Amid wide criticism of the Donbas “elections,” Putin wonders why no one condemns what he calls “politically motivated” assassinations in the occupied territories, hinting that it is Ukraine who is behind the killings.
Russia will be cooperating with any new Ukraine’s authority to solve the conflict in Donbas peacefully, as the Russian President Putin said, TASS reported. “Nevertheless, we think that there is no other way, and we will have to agree on something. I hope, that people who will head the state in the future, whoever it is…will come to the conclusion that there is no other way, except the peaceful one, and it is important to implement Minsk Agreements,” he said.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine, during his working visit to the U.S. The parties have discussed the further steps towards countering Russian aggression, as Kateryna Zelenko, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, reported on Twitter. According to her, Klimkin’s visit to the U.S. began with his meeting with Volker.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, commented on the draft resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea, supported by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, noting that Russia is unable to bring the Ukrainians to their knees. The UN draft resolution concerns the protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea, violated by the Russian Federation as an occupier.
The Ukrainian party of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) has sent out an official note with a proposal to hold an extraordinary meeting because of the recent sham “elections” in Donbas and has received the consent of the OSCE’s representatives; however, the Russian party has not replied yet, the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Ukraine’s representative to the TCG’s humanitarian subgroup, Iryna Gerashchenko, has said.
Vladislav Surkov, aide to the Russian President congratulated the leaders of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s …
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine is preparing sanctions against masterminds behind the so-called “elections” in the “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics” (“LPR/DPR”) and Ukrainian enterprises that cooperate with the Russian defense industry. Turchynov does not rule out that the sanctions list will include individuals from certain EU states, who “for provocative reasons pretended that they were observing fake illegal elections in the occupied territory.”
Oligarch Sergey Kurchenko may have been involved in the murder of the self-styled leader of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” Alexander Zakharchenko, according to journalist and blogger Denis Kazansky. Serhiy Kurchenko’s team had reasons to get rid of Zakharchenko, the journalist believes.
14.11.18 12:44 – Canada rejects illegitimate elections in Donbas, calls Russia occupier Canadian government says it does not recognize and condemns the so-called elections held on Nov. 11 in the Russian-occupied Donbas region, eastern Ukraine. View news.
Canada does not recognize and condemns the so-called elections held in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine on November 11.
The position of Australia regarding the so-called “elections” in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is consistent with the position of the OSCE.
During the meetings of the working groups and the Tripartite Contact Group, Moscow officially announced its intention to recognize the results of the so-called “elections” in the occupied territories of Donbass. This was reported by the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the TAG Irina Gerashchenko . “The Ukrainian side declares: the Russian Federation, which launched the pseudo-elections in the occupied Donetsk and Lugansk,“ elections ”that contradict the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements, today issued a mandate for the war, which it declared to Ukraine long ago,” said Gerashchenko. The representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the CAG noted that the actions of Russia and the puppets of the Kremlin regime lead to a breakdown of political and diplomatic negotiations in Minsk. She recalled how the pseudo-elections in the Donbas in 2014 led to an escalation of the conflict in the occupied territory of Donbass. Gerashchenko stressed that preparations for pseudo-elections had already been condemned by the European Union, the United States and most of the countries in the UN Security Council. “Unfortunately, this adventure will have serious political consequences in the security sphere,” Gerashchenko concluded.
United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says Russia is subsidizing corrupt leaders of Donbas, institutionalizing the status quo through sham “elections” there. U.S. goals in eastern Ukraine are to help fulfill the commitments Russia agreed to.
Voters are heading to ballot boxes in Donetsk, the eastern Ukrainian city controlled by Russia-backed separatists, to vote in unilaterally-declared polls on November 11. Elections in the self-proclaimed separatist People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, respectively, are aimed to choose new leaders of the Kremlin-supported entities. Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union have condemned the vote as a sham manipulated by Russia.
Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are holding elections, which have been branded “illegal” by Kyiv. In the city of Donetsk, the largest urban center controlled by separatists in eastern Ukraine, street stands were selling cut-price food and offering the chance to win prizes as an apparent incentive to vote.
Leaders of the separatist regions in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions are trying everything to get voters to controversial polls, including offering sales on eggs and chicken, raising salaries…
As world leaders commemorate a century since the war that was supposed to end all wars, a conflict on Europe’s eastern periphery is getting more deeply entrenched. The breakaway region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine will hold elections on Sunday, the same day as the World War I Armistice event in Paris. Separatists backed by Russia are seeking to legitimize – and normalize – their control of two self-declared republics, Donetsk and Luhansk, after four years of fighting. The U.S. has called the votes “phony.” Russia has called them a necessity, Bloomberg wrote. Billboards in Donetsk are urging people to “vote for Donbas with a Russian heart.” Citizens are given promises of a more affordable life and decent pensions in “a peaceful republic.” The election is “just another step in what Russia has been doing as a process in Donbas,” said Otilia Dhand, an analyst at political-risk consultancy Teneo Intelligence in Brussels. “This is replacing the first order of revolutionaries and separatists” with a group of “political nominees they want to administer the territory.”
Klimkin: Russia needs fake elections in occupied Donbas to fragment, weaken Ukraine | UNIAN Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Russia needs the fake elections in occupied Donbas scheduled for November 11 to fragment and weaken Ukraine. According to Klimkin, Russia’s idea of holding illegal elections in Donbas during the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War is another provocation. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Russia needs the fake elections in occupied Donbas scheduled for November 11 to fragment and weaken Ukraine. “Russians already have occupying administrations that are responsible for everything, relying on military force, military and hybrid aggression against Ukraine,” Klimkin told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent. At the same time, he says, it is pointless for anybody but Russia to hold another sham “elections” in Donbas.
Turchynov says organizers of illegal elections in Russia-occupied Donbas face criminal liability
National Security and Defense Council Secretary (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said those involved in organizing and conducting illegitimate elections in certain areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be held accountable in accordance with Ukrainian criminal law. The criminal acts “are a gross violation and full discredit of the Minsk agreements, as well as an attempt by the Russian aggressor to strengthen its control over the occupied territory,” the NSDC’s website quoted Turchynov as saying. “The law-enforcement bodies of Ukraine will reveal all the organizers and participants of these pseudo-elections, and they will inevitably be brought to criminal responsibility,” Turchynov said, adding that the organizers of the elections could be prosecuted under Ukraine’s Criminal Code – Article 109 (actions aimed at forcibly changing or overthrowing the constitutional system or seizing state power), Article 110 (encroachment on territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine), Article 110-2 (funding of actions committed with the aim of forcibly changing or overthrowing the constitutional order or seizing state power, changing the limits of the territory or state border of Ukraine), Article 111 (high treason) and Article 114-1 (obstruction of the lawful activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations). Sanctions of these articles of the Criminal Code provide for imprisonment for up to 15 years, some – with confiscation of property. Turchynov said organizers of illegitimate elections and participating in them can also be brought to criminal responsibility under other articles providing for long terms of imprisonment and confiscation of property, in particular, Articles 158, 159-1, 161, 170, 255, 256, 258-3, 258-5, 260, 293, 295, 332-1, 338, 340, 341, 353, 436, 436-1 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. As earlier reported, on November 7, Verkhovna Rada deputy (People’s Front Party faction) Anton Gerashchenko said volunteers from the Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) Center are planning to publish lists of Ukrainian citizens participating in organizing illegitimate elections in occupied areas of Donbas.
Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are holding elections considered by Kyiv and the West as “illegal” and a “mockery.”
Fake local elections are under way in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Some 408 “polling stations” opened in “DPR”-controlled districts.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Ukrainians living in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, namely in the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) not to participate in the so-called “elections” scheduled for Sunday, November 11. Russia makes this step only to elect the next puppets already appointed by them,” the head of state said.
Ukraine’s SBU Security Service chief Vasyl Hrytsak has said an attempt to legitimize the illegitimate poll in occupied Donbas is an attempt to force Ukraine’s authorities to enter into talks with the allegedly legally elected leaders of the occupied territories. Ukraine’s SBU Security Service chief Vasyl Hrytsak has said an attempt to legitimize the illegitimate poll in occupied Donbas is an attempt to force Ukraine’s authorities to enter into talks with the allegedly legally elected leaders of the occupied territories. “It is very important for Russia’s fifth column that has been acting inside Ukraine to mystify the legitimacy of the fake poll in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” Hrytsak told a news briefing in Kyiv on November 9. He said that there are lots of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine that act for the benefit of the aggressor state. Formally, those organizations operate within the regulations of imperfect Ukrainian legislation. “According to the Kremlin’s plot, the fake poll must lay the foundation for the Russian agents of influence in Ukraine to demand that the Ukrainian authorities sit down at the negotiating table with the representatives of terrorist organizations that have allegedly been freely elected,” the head of the Ukrainian special service said. “[In their eyes,] the fake poll must become the trigger for a large-scale offensive by the pro-Russian lobby in Ukraine under the command and with the financial support of the Kremlin, flying the banners of peace and love for their fraternal nation,” Hrytsak said. The illegitimate poll in the occupied territories of Donbas is scheduled for November 11.
Chairperson of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak stated at a press briefing that the Ukrainian Security Service of Ukraine has the …
The European Union has issued a statement rejecting “elections” scheduled for November 11 in the separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine, saying that they are a breach of international law a…
The European Union condemns the “elections” scheduled for November 11, 2018 in the non-government controlled territories of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and “Donetsk People’s Republic”.
Two self-proclaimed republics in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine – the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) – have boasted of high “voter turnout” rates during the local “elections” held on November 11. The international community, in turn, condemned the illegal “local elections” in Donbas.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is useless to negotiate peace in Donbas with the Russian Federation and only UN peacekeepers can force it into fulfilling its obligations and ensure the implementation of the security component of the Minsk agreements. Poroshenko met with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on November 11. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is useless to negotiate peace in Donbas with the Russian Federation and only UN peacekeepers can force it into fulfilling its obligations and ensure the implementation of the security component of the Minsk agreements. “We [with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel] have discussed progress as for Ukraine’s proposal to deploy a peacekeeping mission to the occupied territory of Donbas and support of this position by our partners in the Normandy Four format – France and Germany,” Poroshenko said after trilateral talks in Paris, France, on November 11. “Great Britain and the United States, and many other countries previously expressed their support.” According to Poroshenko, only peacekeepers are able to ensure the implementation of the security component of the Minsk agreements, namely, to stop shelling, and to force Russia into fulfilling its obligations. “As it is useless to negotiate with the country that does not fulfill even the obligations written on the paper signed by [its] president or a representative authorized by Russia. This is definitely unacceptable,” he emphasized.
12.11.18 11:04 – Negotiating with Russia makes no sense, only peacekeepers can bring peace to Donbas, – Poroshenko at meeting with French, German leaders President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel discussed promotion of Ukraine’s proposals on the introduction of peacekeepers in the occupied territory of the Donbas. View news.
Canada is deeply concerned about illegitimate elections in Russian-occupied Donbas and condemns Russian actions that violate international norms and pose a threat to life in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on Twitter that it is impossible to artificially integrate the Kremlin-occupied territory of Donbas, as a Russian colony. “Occupied Donbas, as Russian colony, can’t be artificially integrated into a civilized and democratic Ukraine. We can discuss transition periods, various approaches and modalities, but not this fundamental principle,” Klimkin wrote. At the same time, Pavlo Klimkin stressed that in Ukraine, Donbas will find a place as a free Ukrainian European region. As is known, the so-called elections took place in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on Sunday, November 11. The voters elected the leaders of ‘people’s republics’ and their representatives in the parliaments of the ‘republics’.
Vakhtang Kipiani, a journalist, publicist, historian, and editor-in-chief of the Historical Pravda online publication, believes that the Russian Federation, through its actions in Crimea and Donbas, has “crippled” Ukraine. The Russian Federation was never going to allow the accession of Donbas. Vakhtang Kipiani, a journalist, publicist, historian, and editor-in-chief of the Historical Pravda online publication, believes that the Russian Federation, through its actions in Crimea and Donbas, has “crippled” Ukraine. The Ukrainian State cannot give up on the seized peninsula, the expert said during a chat with readers at Glavred. “I can’t imagine a Ukrainian politician who would voice such an idea and remain in politics. The Russians will not get what they want…” said the historian. According to Kipiani, Russia was never going to allow the accession of Donbas. Instead, their idea was to make Ukraine a cripple. “Roughly speaking, they cut our wings so we couldn’t fly far,” the publicist added. “Therefore, after de-occupation, we will need to proceed with the reforms being implemented today. Those who are irritated by the Ukrainian language, language quotas on radio, or de-communization, should just go wherever, and not only from Donbas…” Kipiani suggests. The journalist said that “Russia is a wild and uncivilized country.” “Our other neighbors are either EU members or Belarus and Moldova, who will not attack us. Therefore, we must hold our ground on the Russian front and don’t ‘speak of the devil’,” he said.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova stated at a press briefing that Ukrainian authorities went too far with their unfriendly steps and provoked retaliatory steps from Russia, TASS reports. “Russia restrained itself for a long time in order not to take such measures, but the current Kyiv regime went too far, and we cannot ignore such unfriendly steps,” she explained. When asked about a possible negative reaction from the west, Zakharova said, “People who advocate the global sanctions policy should understand this.” On November 1, Russia imposed economic sanctions against 322 individuals and 68 legal entities of Ukraine. In May 2018, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers, Security Service, and National Bank initiated the introduction of new sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved in Russian aggression against Ukraine. The sanctions target individuals who prepared and facilitated voting during the Russian presidential elections in annexed Crimea. Additionally, the sanctions effect representatives of the Russian administration in the Crimea, militants of Russian armed groups in the annexed territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and individuals involved in cyber-aggression against Ukraine and those who commit unlawful actions against Ukrainian citizens illegally held in Russia. Deputies of the State Duma and members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly are also included on the list. The sanctions imposed in previous years have been extended; the new sanctions will last for three years or, in some cases, an indefinite term.
Ukraine recently affirmed its EU and NATO membership aspirations by introducing amendments to the constitution. And while the prospect of Ukraine joining the EU is especially unclear, the situation is slightly different, according to the new President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Juknevičienė. Ukraine needs reforms everywhere, to change its “society a little bit,” according to the official.
The United States says it will continue to impose Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia until Moscow returns Donbas and Crimea to Ukraine. Illegal local “elections” were held in Russian-occupied Donbas on November 11.
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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for a prisoner swap in Donbas and the release of political prisoners before the end of the year. Leaders of Germany and France reiterated the responsibility of all parties regading the need to respect ceasefire.
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Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted three attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas on November 10 with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed and another two as wounded after a landmine detonated in the area of the town of Svitlodarsk. The Joint Forces units keep the situation under control, steadily holding their positions.
Russia’s hybrid military forces have mounted 9 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA), the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted nine attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA). Two enemy troops were killed and another two were wounded, intelligence reports say.
In addition, enemy drones are circling in the sky, and sniper groups are lurking on the ground. Militants “LNR” began to use against the Ukrainian military modern laser weapons of Russian production, which burns night vision devices and injure the eyes of soldiers. This is stated in the plot of TSN. Ukrainian military say that on the front line in the area of the Stanitsa Luganskaya enemy laser is constantly working. In addition, enemy drones are circling in the sky, and sniper groups are on duty on the ground. According to the APU fighters, the war here is quiet, but very dangerous. Earlier it was reported that the division of electronic warfare suppressed the use of unmanned aerial vehicle near one of the arsenals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the restricted area.
In the Donbass they found a huge cache of weapons and ammunition that they planned to ship to the central regions of Ukraine for further sale. It is reported by the press service of the SBU. The armament was hidden near Severodonetsk, Lugansk region . At this point, one of the units of the Armed Forces had previously been stationed. “According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the attackers planned to smuggle weapons of destruction to the central regions of Ukraine for the purpose of further sale,” the Security Service said. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the caches contained small arms, RPG-26 and RPG-22 grenade launchers, flamethrowers, explosives and 150 fuses, 140 powder charges for shots, nearly 250 grenades, 70 grenade launchers, and tens of thousands of cartridges. The total total of seized weapons is five tons. On this fact, the case is open for part 1 of article. 413 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
A law that criminalizes unlawful crossing of Ukraine’s borderline by Russian defense and security personnel went into effect on Nov. 9, according to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service. From now on, it is qualified as a criminal offense if a Russian armed force or any other security agency serviceperson enters the country’s territory. The same offense is applicable to those crossing Ukraine’s state border in any way other than through official points of entry, as well as to those who fail to provide appropriate documentation while crossing the border line via a checkpoint or those who provide documents that bear false information. “Such acts shall be punished with up to three years of imprisonment,” the State Border Guard Service reported on Nov. 10. “Besides, those who repeat the violation will face a punishment anywhere between 3-5 years of imprisonment. If the serviceperson crosses the border with violent acts or with weapons, the person will be punished with 5-8 years of imprisonment.” However, the Ukrainian state agency noted that unlawful border crossing committed by “regular” migrants and violators were still qualified as administrative violations. The Verkhovna Rada passed the new bill on border crossing on Oct. 18. On Nov. 7, it was signed into law by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. The amendments were made more than four years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea and then invaded the eastern region of the Donbas region, triggering an ongoing full-fledged war that has killed at least 10,300 people and lasted more than four years. Russian military truck convoys constantly enter and exit Ukraine through an uncontrolled border section between the nations. This activity has been repeatedly spotted and reported by the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Russian-occupied Donbas. Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks Get daily news updates Breaking news about Ukraine Most read — Why Poland and Ukraine took different … Oct. 19, 12:20 pm Death of activist Gandziuk shocks nation, … Nov. 04, 12:47 pm Study: Ukraine one of Europe’s worst countries at … Nov. 02, 5:06 pm School shooting in Kerch: 20 people killed, 35 … Oct. 17, 3:53 pm Ukrainian people still rank among world’s poorest, … Oct. 19, 6:08 pm UNIAN: Madison says police reform most significant … Oct. 20, 2:47 pm Alexandra Chalupa: The Ukrainian-American who … Oct. 16, 6:56 pm
Ukraine’s president signed a bill on Wednesday, which threatens Russians flying into Crimea with a short time in prison. Ukraine’s president signed a new bill on Wednesday, which threatens Russians who fly into Crimea with a prison sentence, according to The Associated Press. Crimea was seized by Russia in 2014, and the land crossing into the peninsula is now controlled by Ukrainian border guards. Many Russians regard the flight to Crimea as a domestic trip, however, Ukraine believes those journeys are an illegal crossing of the border. Ukraine’s parliament said the president signed a bill making those crossings a criminal offence, which could be punishable by up to three years in prison. It means that any Russians who fly or drive there via a bridge linking it to Russia’s mainland will face criminal charges in Ukraine.
13.11.18 17:58 – Ukraine’s General Staff says UAV found at ammo dump near Ichnia. PHOTO Phantom drone was found on the ground in the territory of the military storage facility near the city of Ichnia today, Nov. 13. View photo news.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that more than 75 military have been brought to justice as a result of the probe into the explosions at the ammunition depots across Ukraine over the past three years. In particular, more than 20 generals were reprimanded. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that more than 75 military have been brought to justice as a result of the probe into the explosions at the ammunition depots across Ukraine over the past three years. Poltorak told TV Channel 5 that due to funding problems as of 2014, most of the arsenals were supposed to be shut down. “After the incidents we had, starting with Svatove –ammo depot fire], we changed a lot. And we brought people to justice, too. I brought to responsibility 75 people, including more than 20 generals. This led to another problem – now no one wants to occupy these posts. Why? That’s because there are no efficient financial resources. In modern conditions, it is very difficult to provide reliable security at the ammo depots,” said Poltorak.
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Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak during a meeting with British Ambassador Judith Gough have discussed the prospects for a future visit to London and issues of bilateral cooperation between the defense ministries of both countries, which will be the subject of bilateral dialogue. “I am grateful to the British embassy in Ukraine, the government and the people of Great Britain for their constant attentive attitude to issues related to Ukraine and support of the Ukrainian people during the ordeal associated with the Russian aggression in the east of the country,” Poltorak wrote on Facebook on Friday.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough discussed the issue of bilateral cooperation between the defense departments of the two countries.
Several day battalion tactical exercises involving aviation took place in the Kharkiv region on the basis of the 54th separate mechanized brigade Deposits Today is 15:56 According to the operational command “East” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to Depo.Harkov reports. The event was held at one of the training trains near Kharkiv. Several battalions of a separate mechanized brigade with weapons were involved in the exercises. According to the legend, the assault unit, supported by the military aircraft, forced the water barrier, captured the bridgehead and provided the main forces of the brigade into the enemy’s defense. Successfully completing the combat mission, the military carried out raids, went to the occupied populated area and seized it. “I watched the course of the exercises, the way that particular department operates in a certain situation, some of the points were corrected and amendments were made to the commanders, but for this there are training to avoid mistakes in a real battle,” said the head of the training department of the Operative Command ” East of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Alexander Tarnavsky. It should be noted that the main intrigue of the exercises was that the parties to the conditional confrontation took non-standard decisions, used military tricks and worked out new ways of carrying out combat tasks. As reported Depo.Harkov , in the center of Kharkov there was an accident on the heating system. Read more Kharkiv news on Depo.Harkov
The 88th Airborne Battalion, located in the city of Bolgrad, Odesa Oblast, was transferred to the Navy of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Battalion was part of the newly formed 35th Marine Corps . Previously, the part was subordinated to the 79th separate assault brigade DSHV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stationed in Nikolaev. The military unit has already purchased the Marine Corps and new emblems for the amount of 129,870 thousand UAH, which follows from a copy of the contract of November 05, 2018, which is set out on the ProZorro public procurement information resource . Recall, according to the commander, Major-General Yuri Sadol, the Marine Corps’ liability zone extends from Mariupol to Bolgar in the Odessa region. It is about a thousand kilometers of the Azov Sea and more than 1,7 thousand – Black Sea.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Igor Pavlovsky, said this today, November 6, during a briefing for media representatives. – In order to maintain the ability to mobilize the deployment of troops (forces) as of early November 2018, the number of reservists of the operational reserve of the first turn increased to 178 thousand people, – said the official. In particular, at this time, more than 1 thousand reservists of the operational reserve of the first stage are trained at the training sessions. During the current year, more than 100 thousand military personnel from the organizational core of the military units of territorial defense are planned to be involved in these training activities. – As part of the 59 military units, about 20 thousand reservists and military liaison operative reserve of the second stage were trained at the training sessions, – said Igor Pavlovsky.
Dovgyntseve airfield in Dnipropetrovsk region is now operative again, thanks to the efforts of the specialists of Ukraine’s Air Forces. They restored the airfield, which was abandoned for almost twenty years. According to the Air Forces HQ, the landing strip was fixed, and now the airfield can host the aircraft. Antonov An-26 transport carrier took off from the airfield on Monday. The flights will be regular from now on, the military said. In September, the Ukrainian military successfully tested Oskol, the domestically made non-guided missiles. President Petro Poroshenko posted this on Facebook on Wednesday. During this round of field probes, Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bomber carried the ammunition and fired it. This particular modification of the ammunition lets the missiles explode in the air several meters away from the target, which releases more pieces of shrapnel on it. The missiles are supposed to effectively hit the armored vehicles and firing positions of the enemy. Previously, the ammunition was tested on Mi-8 helicopters.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says that the country’s best response to the hysteria and provocations of the Russian Federation against it is to equip the army with advanced weapons and military hardware. The official said at the handover ceremony of armament and military equipment to the Ukrainian servicemen at the Kyiv Armored Plant.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine is negotiating with Turkey on the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Speaking with journalists during a visit to the Kyiv Armored Plant on Thursday, Turchynov said “negotiations are under way to purchase this unmanned complex,” an UNIAN correspondent reports. In addition, Turchynov said Ukraine had already launched production of tactical UAVs of various modifications and specifications.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak in an interview with 5 Channel TV has refuted speculation that the country has signed the contract to acquire Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles. A few days ago Ukrainian media reported that Ukraine has acquired Bayraktar unmanned combat aerial vehicles from Turkey. According to a news release put out by Mil.in.ua, 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. But now, Stepan Poltorak has refuted speculation that the country has acquired the Bayraktar TB2. He added that negotiations are underway for the acquisition of new tactical unmanned aerial vehicles with Turkey and other countries. 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.
“Bayraktar” is a heavy reconnaissance-strike unmanned complex, whose task is to patrol long-term at low speed at high altitude (which eliminates visual and sound detection), reconnaissance and strikes with precision bombs and missiles at small targets. It can be in the air for up to 24 hours, the combat radius is 150 km. The purchase of heavy attack drone Bayraktar type in Turkey is a strategically important event for the defense of Ukraine 01 “Bayraktara” are used only in Turkey and, of course, are inferior to the newest models of heavy UAVs of the United States, China, Israel, however, which is of fundamental importance for us, Russia is unable to produce weapons of this class, they don’t have anything similar. According to the tactical characteristics, Bayraktar is intended for counterguerrilla operations in the conditions of a local war in the absence of opposition from the enemy’s air defense. In the Donbass, a dense system of military air defense of the RF Armed Forces has been created, and patrolling at high altitude, of course, will not work. But why is the supply of Bayraktra so important for Ukraine, and why is this initiative of the country’s leadership worthy of approval? 1. The development of modern technologies for the development of Ukrainian unmanned weapon systems. “Bayraktar” along with sighting and navigation complex is armed with small-sized samples of guided weapons. These are, firstly, the MAM-L laser controlled bombs of the Roketsan company, which lack an engine and which are planned for a target after a discharge. They have characteristics that are also interesting for Ukrainian heavy UAVs: 160 mm caliber, 1 meter in length, 22 kg weight, and the range of the planned flight, depending on the height of the discharge, is up to 8 km (a bomb without an engine is much cheaper). And secondly, OMTAS guided missiles, with a launch range of 4 km and a weight of 37 kg with a tube, controlled by the Bayraktra sighting system. Our “Stugny” and “Corsairs” are not inferior to Turkish missiles, but the Turks solved the problem of targeting from a drone. We do not have such technologies yet. 2. Political value. We oppose Russian influence with the strengthening of relations with the most powerful country on the Black Sea, which openly opposes the occupation of the Crimea and Donbas. If the purchase of “Bayraktra” happens, then for the first time Ukraine will be able to receive from the NATO country a whole complex of modern strike weapons, which have never been supplied to Ukraine before. Turkey is becoming a key partner of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex. 3. Probable use of “Bayraktra” in the war. To use long-range drone drone in the war has its own niche. “Bayraktara” are in demand for use at low altitudes for penetration into the rear of the enemy in areas where the enemy has gaps in the radar detection system at low altitudes. There are enough of such gaps in the air defense system of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Donbas, Crimea and in the territory of the Western and Southern districts in the territory of the Russian Federation. Ukraine receives a means for striking deep in the occupied territory and the territory of the Russian Federation, for defeating, for example, enemy arsenals. Also, limited use “Bayraktara” can be obtained for the detection and destruction of enemy targets at the front. “Bayraktara” can be above the Ukrainian positions, without entering the zone of the enemy air defense, their sighting and navigation system allows detecting targets at night and striking firing points of the 1st and 2nd army corps, other parts of the 8th Russian army of the Southern District in Ukraine. Widespread use of “Bayraktara” can not get. We don’t need large quantities of the purchase of Bayraktar – 3-4 machines are enough for development. The purchase of Turkish UAVs should be the impetus for the development of various types of Ukrainian UAVs. “Bayraktara” is, first of all, an example of how Turkey, not owning any aviation technologies, managed to create unmanned long-range strike complexes for some 20 years from scratch, having neither personnel nor tradition. We already know how to build long-range heavy vehicles, but for the time being of lesser carrying capacity, however, we still lack sighting and navigation systems that would allow us to use guided weapons. “Bayraktara” should be the impetus for new state orders to our manufacturers and for the creation of domestic weapons systems of a similar class.
The Ukroboronprom State Concern handed over 3,500 pieces of weapons and military hardware to the frontline this year, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said.
Enterprises of the state-owned concern Ukroboronprom and the private enterprise Ukrainian Armored Vehicles on Tuesday in Kyiv have transferred to the Ukrainian military more than 65 weapons and military equipment, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, armored vehicles and high-precision anti-tank missile systems.
The Ukrainian military received 70 units weapons and military equipment, in particular, the modernized T-72 tanks, new BTR-3, the “Stugna-P” and “Corsar” anti-tank missile systems, mobile all-round radars “Delta”, the newest armored car “Warta” and “Novator”, as well as 82-mm mortars of Ukrainian production. According to the NSDC, the T-72 tank is a combat vehicle that has undergone a major upgrade, which allows it to be used effectively in modern combat. “The domestic BTR-3, which was deeply modernized after use in combat conditions, has very well demonstrated itself in the East, which has significantly increased the efficiency and allowed to reach the high accuracy of fire from all types of weapons”, – he noted. “Powerful, efficient and reliable anti-tank missile systems produced by the “Luch” Design Bureau are well-known far outside the country and are in great demand on foreign armaments markets”, – Mr. Turchynov said adding that, in particular, “Stugna-P” is not inferior to “not only Russian but also European and American analogs”. He informed that only over 3 quarters of the current year, the enterprises of the SC “Ukroboronprom” transferred to the Ukrainian army “more than 3500 units of armament and military equipment, including over 2000 units of new and upgraded weapons”. “We are talking about armored, marine and aviation equipment, missile artillery weapons, air defense systems, communications means, and radio electronic warfare”, – the NSDC Secretary noticed, expressing the hope that the pace of providing new weapons and military equipment to our army and others power structures should not decrease in the next year. “I hope this will be reflected in the state defense order for the next year and in the budget which should be approved by the parliament in the nearest future”, – he added. In addition, Mr. Turchynov noted that the non-state sector of the defense-industrial complex is actively working on the implementation of the state defense order. “An example of this is the “Warta” and “Novator” armored cars, and the 82-mm mortars that we pass on to the military today”, – he said, stressing that by its characteristics the “Novator” “is the most high-speed and maneuverable armored vehicle among those on our armament. The NSDC Secretary also informed that the new 82-mm Ukrainian mortars have a reduced weight and improved performance due to the use of special alloys with a high range and hit precision. “It is important, – Mr. Turchynov noted, – that we have the opportunity to transfer new equipment and weapons not only to the frontline but also to the military educational institutions in order for the students to directly master modern weapons and undergo training on the new technology they will command after becoming officers”.
Since the start of Russian aggression back in 2014, Ukraine has been greenlighting new military projects and relaunching those suspended for years and even decades – everything from gear and firearms to cruise missiles. Of the $3bn budget for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense in 2018, one-fifth was due to go on new weaponry and technology. Here we publish the latest updates on the most significant domestic military projects.
Kyiv Armored Vehicle Plant which joint the state company “Ukroboronprom” has manufactured the pilot hull of the armored personnel carrier 3DA (APC-3DA) made of the armored steel released by one of the NATO countries as the press service of “Ukroboronprom” reported. “The pilot hull, for the manufacturing of which we needed to weld more than 1,800 separate details, while 1,000 of them are armored, will be sent to the firing range in the nearest time for the holding of the testing under control of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine. The hull will be shelled from the minimal distances from different types of arms, particularly, heavy machine gun,” the message said.
The State Enterprise “Mykolayiv Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “will extend the service life of five aircraft engines of the D-30KP-2 aircraft IL-76MD of the Melitopol Brigade of Transport Aviation. The command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (military unit A0215), today, on November 9, announced its intention to conclude an agreement with NARP for the purchase of these services for the amount of UAH 358,685. Services must correspond to the “List of works to be performed on engines D-30KP (КП2) under operating conditions for a one-year extension (for 1 year) of a service life of more than 26 years (after 1 year) for a staged (after 1 year) renewal for 2 years, and works must be performed during operation of engines with extended service life “, commissioned by the order of the Chief Engineer of aviation of the PS of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 21.11.2017 № 1449 (0117)” On the individual continuation of engines D-30KP (КП2) inter-repair (to the 1st repair) service life more than 26 years “. ukrmilitary
The Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant NARP, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, actively strengthens the Air Forces of Ukraine, during which the Ukrainian army received several aircraft that were repaired precisely at this enterprise, including the Supersonic Scout Su-24MR and the military -transport aircraft IL-76MD.The NARP plant carried out a full inspection of all units and aircraft units and performed their repair or complete replacement. Such repairs include sophisticated refurbishing work and numerous airplane systems. And their quality was proved by comprehensive tests, after which the restored cars were accepted by Ukrainian pilots.In addition, there is an update of the avionics. For example, on the Il-76MD, modern aerodrome navigation equipment was installed in accordance with the requirements of ICAO. This allows him to carry out assignments anywhere in the world and to participate in joint operations with NATO member states. The Su-24MR is a supersonic spy plane that can carry out exploration at a depth of 400 km from the front line. For this purpose, it is equipped with a radar side inspection, which allows the fixing of ground objects, including enemy fortifications and equipment, sensitive high-resolution cameras, radar locking systems and infrared sensors to detect masked objects.
Державний концерн “Укроборонпром” Published on Oct 24, 2018 The Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant NARP, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, actively strengthens the Air Forces of Ukraine, during which the Ukrainian army received several aircraft that were repaired precisely at this enterprise, including the Supersonic Scout Su-24MR and the military -transport aircraft IL-76MD.
Yesterday the representatives of the industrial company “Ukroboronprom” signed an agreement on the extension of the military and technical cooperation with Indonesia as the press service of the company reported. “The state enterprise “Ukrinmash”, which is a part of the company, held the meeting with the command of Indonesian defensive departments during which Indonesia stated about its intensions to purchase a batch of the assault rifles from Ukraine and expressed the interest in the Ukrainian radio detection and ranging, including counter-battery, air assets of the electronic warfare and drones,” the message said. Related: State holding of defense enterprises Ukroboronprom presents new MRLS One more department of the state company “Ukroboronprom”, “Ukrspetsexport” company has concluded a memorandum with an enterprise with Indonesia, in which the issue of the cooperation in the promotion of the armored personnel carriers at the markets of South-East Asian region was raised. Also, the meeting of the commander of the Academy of the Armed Forces of Indonesia during which the sides discussed the prospects of the localization of the production of the armored personnel carriers and anti-tank missile complexes at the territory of Indonesia.
Chair of Ukraine’s Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Iryna Friz (BPP) has expressed support for defense minister Stepan Poltorak’s appeal on the need to ensure full financing of the defense sector in line with the current Law on National Security, namely, at 3% of GDP. The deputy calls such initiative “managerial shortsightedness.” Chair of Ukraine’s Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Iryna Friz (BPP) has expressed support for defense minister Stepan Poltorak’s appeal on the need to ensure full financing of the defense sector in line with the current Law on National Security, namely, at 3% of GDP. “I hope that the attempt to lay in the budget the underfunding of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is purely managerial shortsightedness, which might as well be a result of the 2019 election turbulence. Unfortunately, underestimating the risks and threats could lead to irreparable consequences for the state,” she wrote on Facebook.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that within the Paris Peace Forum, about 40 meetings with world leaders took place. Speaking with media representatives, the Head of State told about his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that within the Paris Peace Forum, about 40 meetings with world leaders took place. Speaking with media representatives, the Head of State told about his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. “Yesterday, the meeting with the President of the United States of America was held. As a result of this discussion, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and his American counterpart – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met today,” Petro Poroshenko stressed. The President said that the result of these meetings was the agreement to hold the Ukraine-US Strategic Partnership Commission at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in Washington on November 16 this year. The Head of State reminded that the Commission was founded almost ten years ago. “Today we agreed to restore its work as a symbol of the fact that the partnership between Ukraine and the United States of America is strategic in nature,” the President of Ukraine said. The Head of State also informed that a meeting of diplomatic advisor to the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yelisieiev with advisor to the President of the United States on national security John Bolton took place in Paris. The President noted that the meetings in Paris with the heads of state and government of the world confirmed a clear and solid support for the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. “Active support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, support for us in the reform process is powerful and tangible on behalf of the world community. And this is extremely important,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has had a brief meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris. More than 40 meetings and discussions with world leaders have been held during Poroshenko’s visit to France. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has had a brief meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris. “Yesterday [November 10], a meeting with the President of the United States of America was held. As a result of this discussion, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and his American counterpart – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met today [November 11],” he said after a trilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on November 11, an UNIAN correspondent has reported. According to Poroshenko, the result of the meetings was an agreement to hold the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in Washington, D.C., on November 16 this year. The Commission was founded almost ten years ago, the president said. “Today we’ve agreed to restore its work as a symbol of the fact that the partnership between Ukraine and the United States of America is strategic in nature,” he added. He also informed that a meeting of diplomatic adviser to the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yeliseyev with adviser to the President of the United States on national security John Bolton had taken place in Paris.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The Head of State emphasized the importance of cooperation with the United States in the field of energy for strengthening Ukraine’s energy security. During the meeting, the launch of the Ukrainian-American strategic energy dialogue was announced, which would facilitate closer cooperation between the involved government agencies and companies. The President noted a successful implementation of a number of joint Ukrainian-American projects in the nuclear energy sector, as well as the supply of American coal to Ukraine. The Head of State confirmed interest in attracting modern American technologies and best practices to our country for the effective development of existing oil and gas reserves . The parties noted the necessity of further counteraction to the Nord Stream 2 project, as well as diversification of sources of energy supply, in particular by expanding the possibilities for the supply of liquefied natural gas from the United States.
Russia is currently using the energy sector as a weapon, but such a position is unacceptable, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said.
Ukraine with its reserves may repeat the success of the United States and become the "Texas of Europe," U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said. He was speaking with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine in Kyiv on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “But the potential for exploration and production in Ukraine – this is quite a statement from me, but Ukraine would be the Texas of Europe,” Perry said. He said that today the United States is the number-one oil and gas producing country in the world, but, according to geologists, gas reserves in Ukraine may be even higher than in the United States. “I remind people that a decade ago, they told us that we had found all the fuel – the fossil fuels – in the world. They called it peak oil, remember? The guy traveled the country giving a speech about peak oil. And those resources were always there. But innovation and technology allowed us to be able to access them,” Perry said, commenting on the U.S. taking a leading position in hydrocarbon production.
Ukraine has large resource potential and can become European Texas, U.S. Energy Secretary has said. Perry made the remarks during a meeting with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council.
“On Monday, November 12, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with a U.S. delegation led by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. During the meeting, the ministers discussed the issues of Ukrainian-American cooperation in the energy sector, in particular strengthening Ukraine’s energy independence,” the Government portal reported. The parties agreed to further counteract the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, which undermines the European energy security and stability. Following negotiations with Perry, a joint declaration was signed on intentions to extend for the next five years the agreement between Ukraine and the United States on improving operational safety, reducing the risk of operation and strengthening the regulatory systems for civil nuclear facilities in Ukraine. Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline project which aims to carry more Russian natural gas under the Baltic Sea direct to Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom owns 51% of the project’s shares. Russia wants to build two strings of the gas pipeline. The project opponents, including Poland, the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Moldova, the United States and Denmark, argue that Nord Stream 2 will increase the EU’s dependence on Gazprom.
The United States and Ukraine have signed a joint statement concerning extension of the operational safety enhancements, risk reduction measures and nuclear safety regulation for civil nuclear facilities in Ukraine. The document was signed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin in Kyiv on November 12.
The United States remains in opposition to the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipeline projects bypassing Ukraine, that’s according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Ukraine can count on the United States, the U.S. energy secretary underlined. The United States remains in opposition to the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipeline projects bypassing Ukraine, that’s according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “The president and I will shortly sign a Strategic Energy Dialogue in the next few hours to send a strong message that the Trump administration, the United States of America are going to be strong allies, strong partners with Ukraine,” Rick Perry told Prime Minister Groysman during their Kyiv meeting on Monday.
U.S. to support Ukraine in countering Nord Stream 2 construction, – U.S. Energy Minister
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry says his country is ready to develop energy infrastructure in Ukraine. Perry is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry says his country is ready to develop energy infrastructure in Ukraine. “Let me first say what a privilege it is to get to stand in front of this [Heavenly Hundred Heroes] monument. The price of freedom is oftentimes very high. And the Ukrainian people, particularly these patriots whose pictures are along this wall, are to be honored forever. One of the ways that we can honor them is by making sure that there is economic freedom in Ukraine. And one of the best and most powerful ways that we can do that, is through the development of an energy infrastructure in Ukraine,” Perry said at flower-laying in honor of the Heavenly Hundred in Kyiv on November 11, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reported.
The United States supports Ukraine in the energy sphere and is ready to help it develop its energy sector, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in Kyiv on Monday.
Ukraine and the United States have a wide range of opportunities to deepen cooperation in the energy sector.
Rick Perry on Twitter: “The shipment of Pennsylvania coal from @XcoalEneegyRes to Ukraine is just one example of America’s readiness and commitment to help diversify Europe’s energy markets. #coal #energy #exports… https://t.co/vgOrWoiz9z”
Rick Perry on Twitter: “Kyiv’s Trypilska Thermal Power Plant is powered in part by abundant, affordable coal from Pennsylvania. DOE supports Ukraine’s move to modernize their plants, and is encouraged by their efforts to diversify fuel supplies.… https://t.co/Raxfn0aECJ”
Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy has invited American investors to co-manage the Ukrainian gas transportation system.
Ukraine is considering alternative ways to use its transit network should it fail to strike a new gas transit deal with Russia’s gas giant Gazprom when the current one expires at the end of 2019
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a letter to Kurultay, the highest representative body of Crimean Tatars, said that in the near future the Constitutional Commission will consider the draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the status of Crimea and submit them to the president. The president notes that while the discussion will not be easy, Ukraine does need the changes to the Constitution regarding the Crimean Tatar people.
Every day, “paid experts” fly from Kyiv to Moscow, creating an illusion of the objectivity of Russian TV channels and enabling them to call their propaganda “journalism.” These “experts”, however, deny that they are taking money for their input. It would be wrong to assume that NTV is only looking for pro-Russian Ukrainians as this would not be enough to simulate the balance of thoughts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he doesn’t expect any progress toward establishing peace in eastern Ukraine until after Ukrainian elections which he said he hopes will produce a new pres…
Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko says Thursday’s statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin are a clear example of interference in the electoral process in Ukraine, despite the fact that the campaign has not even started yet. It’s the Ukrainian people, not the Kremlin, who will decide on the issue of Ukraine leadership, according to the press secretary.
Almost two-thirds of the citizens of Ukraine, or 63%, consider the Russian Federation to be an aggressor country vis-à-vis Ukraine, according to a nationwide poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies and the Rating sociological group and presented at a press conference at UNIAN on Tuesday. Russia is seen as an aggressor country by the overwhelming majority of respondents in the west and in the center of Ukraine.
Director of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Iryna Bekeshkina, has said there are two public positions in Ukraine regarding the solution of the Donbas issue following the pseudo-elections held in the region by Russia. It is clear, the expert believes, that Russia does not want to seize Donbas, “otherwise it would have grabbed it, just like it did Crimea.”
It is important to prevent the Russian scenario during the elections in Donbas, as the Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko said at the session of the Council of regional development, the press office of ‘Solidarity party’ reported. According to her, the calls of some presidential candidates to attack the militants in Donbas are irresponsible. Ukraine’s position, and the President’s in particular, is the necessity to achieve victory by a diplomatic way, Gerashchenko said. ‘All these calls of some candidates and couch experts come from those who have never been to Donbas, have never served in the army; yet they are talking about an attack, and that’s irresponsible. Obviously, we can’t throw thousands of lives of the Ukrainian soldiers and civilians in Russia’s furnace,’ Gerashchenko stressed. Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Contact Group disapproves the calls to conduct direct talks with Donetsk and Luhansk. According to her, the Russian president’s target goal is a pocket president in Ukraine. ‘There are political forces which urge us to carry out direct talks with Donetsk and Luhansk. With whom? With the puppets? Why talk to Buratinos (puppets, – 112.international) controlled by Karabas Barabas (violent puppeteer, – 112.international)? The Kremlin’s goal is not the ‘field of miracles’. It wants to elect a pocket president in Ukraine, with whom to talk about Ukraine’s capitulation… We want to tell Karabas Barabas in the Kremlin that there will be no elections under Russia’s scenario. Only Ukrainians will elect the President and the next Parliament composition,” she noted.
Ukraine has prepared a draft declaration on the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 for the General Assembly of the United Nations. Ukraine and the international community will mark the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor on November 24, 2018.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has presented the Ukrainian President’s envoy for the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, with the Order of Freedom. On November 13, the Crimean Tatar leader celebrated his 75th anniversary.
Modern Ukraine and Ukrainian People’s Republic (UPR) have common enemies – Moscow and populists. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko claimed this at the session of the Council of Regional Development. Spokesperson of the Lutskenko Larysa Sargan reported this, quoting him on Facebook. ‘2018 marks a hundred years of the Ukrainian People’s Republic from the moment of its establishment, a century of victories and a century of the historical defeat of the Ukrainian nation in the struggle for their state. I won’t talk much about how the UPR was founded and how it fell. I will just say one thing; according to my deep conviction, we have the same enemies: Moscow and our populists, and ultra-patriots who have thing better to do than to bring down their own government,’ Lutsenko claimed. He added that if Ukrainians keep quiet about their own achievements, they will finally lose the information war. ‘All Russian and oligarchic channels are reporting 24 hours a day that Ukraine already lost everything, and it is about to be announced, as the academician said, a failed state,” the Prosecutor General added. Earlier, the leader of the People’s Front party Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the main task for the Ukrainians in 2019 is to prevent the revenge of the pro-Russian forces.
16.11.18 12:32 – UN General Assembly’s committee backs new draft resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea UN General Assembly affirms “that the seizure of Crimea by force is illegal and a violation of international law, and affirming also that those territories must be returned.” View news.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked UN Member States for a new resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea. Russia will not escape international responsibility for aggression, occupation, and human rights violations, Poroshenko said.
The United Nations General Assembly will consider two resolutions on Ukraine in December: one that focuses on the violation of human rights in Russia-occupied Crimea and the other on the militarization of the Sea of Azov, Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairperson Iryna Gerashchenko, the Ukrainian president’s envoy for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas, has said.
First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv during a Beijing meeting with Vice Premier of the State Council of China Liu He proposed to start joint consultations on the prerequisites for establishing a Ukraine-China Free Trade Area (FTA). Annual trade turnover between the two countries in the next five years may increase to $20 billion, according to Ukraine’s ministry.
China sees Ukraine as a strategic partner in more than 70 projects, in particular in space, energy, and infrastructure areas.
Most Ukrainians consider corruption to be the most serious problem in their country and are convinced that it cannot be overcome only through the efforts of the authorities, according to a survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the sociological service of the Razumkov Center.
Ukraine is a trusted friend and partner for Canada. Our relationship spans more than a century of shared family, cultural and political connections. The next step in our ongoing journey together is in expanding our business relationships. While Ukraine gained its formal independence in 1991, our country is just three years into the rebirth that resulted from the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. Since the Euromaidan, we have set out to build a new European state. We signed a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement with the European Union in 2016, and the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) last year — deals that effectively create an uninterrupted duty-free trade zone comprising almost 600 million consumers. Starting in 2016, our economy has rebounded with 10 consecutive quarters of positive economic growth, including growth of up to 3.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2018. Even though CUFTA took effect only in August 2017, total Canada-Ukraine goods trade in 2017 grew by 42 per cent to US$349.6 million. A further year-over-year increase of 2.7 per cent was recorded in the first seven months of 2018.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Poland has warned Ukrainian citizens that in Warsaw on November 11, radical movements intend to carry out provocations under the guise of allegedly “Ukrainian nationalists.” Ukrainian diplomats call on Ukrainians in Warsaw to remain vigilant and cautious. The Embassy of Ukraine in Poland has warned Ukrainian citizens that in Warsaw on November 11, radical movements intend to carry out provocations under the guise of allegedly “Ukrainian nationalists.” “According to the information available, on November 11, certain Polish radical circles intend to carry out provocations, including under the guise of the so-called Ukrainian nationalists. The embassy appeals to citizens of Ukraine – residents and guests of the capital of Poland – on this day to be especially vigilant and careful, primarily during their stay in the city center and not far from the National Stadium,” the Embassy wrote on Twitter Friday.
The Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly reported about informational attacks at the Embassy on Facebook. In particular, fake calls to the American partners on his behalf. “I must inform the friends about regular use of elements of information war against Ukraine on the territory of the U.S. Over the past week, we’ve got some additional facts about attacks at Ukraine’s Embassy in the U.S.,” he wrote. In particular, there were attempts to reach the governors to organize provocations. Last example was “an unsuccessful try to reach the Governor of San Francisco”, which was revealed, and the conversation of the Governor of Sebastopol, California and “fake Ukraine’s Ambassador”, which, unfortunately, was not prevented.
Two weeks ago, Hanna Hopko, the chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s foreign affairs committee, called on the international community to come to the defense of the ethnic and civil rights of the peoples of the Middle Volga. Now, Moscow has responded by putting her on its sanctions list. In mid-October, she issued an appeal to the international community concerning the peoples of the Middle Volga. “We wanted to attract the attention of Europe and the world to the defense of national and civil rights of the peoples of the Idel Ural republics.” As a fellow victim of totalitarianism, Ukraine knows what they are up against. Ukraine “must show solidarity with the peoples of the republics of Ideal Ural” because “they are actively struggling for their languages and each of them is attempting to preserve its national identity.” The peoples are located only 5000 kilometers from Kharkiv and thus are very much part of Europe. In response, Hopko says, Moscow has sanctioned her. “For the Kremlin, this call to the international community to defend the peoples of the Middle Volga was the last straw” as far as its view of her was concerned. And so she says she is not at all surprised that Moscow has put her on the list.
The EU commissioner in charge of enlargement has urged Ukraine to move forward on reforms, warning against any retreat from such efforts, especially on fighting corruption.
15.11.18 13:18 – Ukraine’s foreign intelligence service deputy chief sues journalists who unveiled his assets, his relatives’ Russian citizenship First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, Serhii Semochko, has filed a lawsuit against the journalists who dug into his property and Russian nationality of his family members. View news.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has established the State Service of Ukraine for Veterans’ Affairs, having liquidated the State Service of Ukraine for the affairs of war veterans and participants of the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation).
Paul Goble Staunton, November 13 – Mustafa Dzhemilyev, who has been fighting for the rights of the Crimean Tatar nation for six decades against occupiers old and new, turns 75 today. He has lost none of this ability to diagnose the problems his nation faces or to inspire its members and all people of good will with his pointed observations and actions. Despite being forced to grow up far from his homeland as a result of Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944, being compelled to spend decades in prison where he still holds the record for the longest hunger strike in history – 303 days – and being exiled again by the Putin regime, Dzhemilyev remains an optimist about the future. Now at an age when many are taking their rest, Dzhemilyev has lost none of his commitment, insight or energy, and perhaps the best measure of the man on this round birthday are the seven observations he made in the course of an interview given to Ramazan Alpaut of Radio Liberty’s IdelReal portal (idelreal.org/a/29596461.html). They include: · First, Putin may call himself a nationalist but he is in fact a fascist, Dzhemilyev says. He does not respect international law and considers it his right to invade and occupy neighboring countries and killing people. “Well,” perhaps, the Crimean Tatar leader allows, “this is a form of Russian nationalism.” But he continues, “not one enemy of Russia has been able to inflict such harm on the Russian Federation as have Putin’s policies,” policies whose errors he should admit but that would take courage and a sense of responsibility, things he doesn’t have. · Second, Ukraine for all of its difficulties is not Russia and not Russia in positive ways. In Ukraine, Dzhemilyev says, “there exists the concept of ‘national minority’ for whom instruction in a native language until the fifth class is obligatory … in Ukraine, there is the concept of ‘indigenous people’” for whom there are even broader rights. “In Russia, this situation is completely different. In Russia open and forced Russification is taking place.” · Third, “the Volga Tatars llike the Bashkirs – although the Bashkirs and Tatars are from [Dzhemilyev’s] point of view, part of one and the same people – and the peoples of the Caucasus must get themselves prepared for independence … if the current policy of Russia continues, then that country will face inevitable collapse and certainly the disintegration of this state.” · Fourth, what the Russian occupiers are doing in Crimea is not pressure but “the most genuine terror.” The situation has become so bad, Dzhemilyev says, that “this isn’t life; this is some kind of hell.” · Fifth, there has been no mass exodus from Crimea because Dzhemilyev and the other leaders of the Crimean Tatars have urged them to remain. If they left, that would give Moscow a victory it doesn’t deserve by allowing the Russian government to send in Russians to change the ethnic composition of the Ukrainian peninsula. · Sixth, while the Mejlis cannot formally meet because it is impossible to hold sessions in a place where a quorum could be assembled, the alternative Crimean Tatar organization that Moscow has established are fakes, wholly controlled by the FSB, just as is the case of the Crimean Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD). · And seventh, “our people puts all its hope in liberation from occupation. But when this liberation will come, it is impossible to predict. Such totalitarian bandit regimes [as the one Putin has organized and heads] sometimes fall apart instantly and in a completely unexpected way.”
Russia challenges British court decision on Ukraine’s debt case
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The Kyiv City Council has decided to name a nameless square on the corner of Povitroflotsky Avenue and Surikova Street in the Solomiansky district of Kyiv, located near the building of the Russian Embassy to Ukraine, after the deceased Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Some 69 deputies the Kyiv City Council voted for such a decision on Thursday. It was reported that on June 22 the city administration backed a proposal that the garden square near the Russian embassy be named after Nemtsov. Nemtsov was a famous Russian opposition politician. In 2014, he condemned the annexation of Crimea by Russia and signed a statement demanding to withdraw Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine and cease propaganda, material and military support for the self-proclaimed so-called “DPR” and “LPR.” He was killed with shots in his back in the center of Moscow on February 27, 2015.
Ukraine is a country with a high level of corruption, suffering from military aggression; It’s cold and its cities are blanketed with snow; It’s an attractive country, but it still remains obscure, and unknown to many. This is all foreigners seem to know about Ukraine – that’s what I realized it after visiting Ukrainian Week in London. And now I see that the representatives of large and small Ukrainian businesses still do not realize how important communication is for their development. Despite all our problems and the lack of positive information about Ukraine in the global information space, the world still knows a little about us. Some investors even know that we have a market, land resources, workforce, and a convenient geographical position. This year’s Kyiv International Economic Forum, which took place in mid-October, showed that international investors are interested not just in investing in any business in Ukraine for profit. They are also ready to set up companies, create jobs, invest, and develop the country. Naturally, they are interested in cooperation, but they have a vague idea of our markets and potential: a former republic of the Soviet Union, some kind of conflict with Russia, something appears to be produced here… But they do not have even the slightest idea of what kind of business is developing here, what is the potential of our country, how we are changing. Leading international media outlets pay our achievements little attention. What has to be done? We need to establish systemic external communications with the world to publicize our achievements. The information space itself is filled with only breaking news – news that brings little positivity into our lives. But constructive information about the country and its economy needs to be promoted with the support of the state and with the active participation of business. Our companies are constantly working, succeeding, and creating the most incredible things, but we cannot expect the foreign media to come here, investigate and report on our achievements if they are completely unaware of them in the first place. Well, dear owners and CEOs of Ukrainian large and small businesses, if you are ambitious and want to be recognized internationally, you have a lot to do, and you should have started yesterday. You will not exist for the world until you learn to promote yourself according to certain long established rules and practices. What are the rules? Respected worldwide media companies such as The Economist, Financial Times, The New York Times, BBC, and CNN , have special units (commercial and marketing) or studios that create so-called branded content. In our understanding, branded content is an article or a video created and placed, exercising advertising rights. However, our understanding of promotional content does not correspond to the concept of branded content used internationally. Branded content should be the same as editorial – unique and of high-quality. For example, if The Economist or Financial Times has a sponsored article about a company, country or industry, the editorial team must adhere to a certain editorial policy that protects the medium’s reputation and independence, as well as providing high-quality content. This is the policy of every respectable publication. For instance, the commercial team of The Economist fully controls all branded content. It doesn’t just edit the text but creates it together with the sponsor. Publishing an article for money is simply out of the question! Publications independently conduct a full study, during which various issues are discussed with the customer. The results of this study cannot be monitored by the customer. Yes, they are shown the preliminary results (a draft of the material) and asked to comment. If The Economist team’s conclusions contradict the sponsor’s point of view, the material will only be published if both parties can reach a compromise. In other words, if you want your business to be covered by The Economist you must be prepared to work in cooperation with them to produce branded content that might not correspond to your original marketing plan. And finally, you have to pay for it. Here in Ukraine, business is used to the fact that the Ukrainian advertisers post what they are paid for, misrepresenting it as editorial content. All this paid journalism is perceived with a slight disparaging understanding. There is a budget, it must be spent, and the mass media have to make a living. But this does not work in the outside world. The world of business is becoming more and more transparent. Rules must be seen to be followed. I am delighted that there are already some exciting examples of cooperation between Ukrainian companies and world’s media. For example, an article released by The Economist under the brand name of the company Nuclear Power Systems of Ukraine conveys a clear message: Ukraine can become a new growth point for Europe thanks to a strong raw material base and high-potential nuclear energy industry. Another example is the breakthrough material on reforms in Ukraine released by The Financial Times last September.
“Village outpatient clinics are not the only state contribution to the development of rural areas. I will initiate the allocation of 3 billion hryvnias next year for connecting rural schools to the Internet, for modernizing hub schools, for purchasing school buses,” the President said during the work of the Regional Development Council. “If we provide the Internet for telemedicine in rural medicine, it’s obvious that the village council and school should definitely have the high-speed Internet,” he added. The President also stressed the importance of increasing the subvention for inclusive education. “I insist on increasing the subvention for inclusive education up to one billion hryvnias. Because we started solving problems of inclusive education only in the last 3-4 years. Before that, these children, who are equal members of society, were set adrift. And today, the government finally cares about the problems of barrier elimination, cares about the peculiarities of education. And of course, we must ensure the continuation of this course. This amount will almost double in comparison with the current year,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
Spokesman for Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service Oleh Slobodyan says a “smuggler” driver in Zakarpattia region during an inspection routine hit a Ukrainian border guard who is now in a coma. The incident took place in Zakarpattia region.
Ukrainians were granted the most residence permits of any non-EU nationals in the EU last year. Approximately 662,000 Ukrainians received such permission in 2017 alone. Ukrainians are now integrating into Europe at an annual number roughly equal to the population of Montenegro, an official EU accession candidate and new NATO member. For hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, European liberties such as the freedom to work legally and the ability to live long-term and sell their services in the EU are becoming reality. These rights include the right of residence for persons of independent financial means. However, this type of European integration is still largely a one-way street. There is very little movement of people from the EU into Ukraine. One reason is that it requires a lot of paperwork for foreign citizens to acquire a Ukrainian residence and work permit. Ukrainian immigration policies are generally liberal toward applicants from Western states. Yet the cumbersome Ukrainian procedures to receive temporary or long-term residency permission require an effort that most EU citizens have become unaccustomed to. And then there’s Ukraine’s post-Soviet central bureaucracy. As a result, EU citizens taking up residence in Ukraine are rare. While Ukraine is currently in the process of enshrining the country’s integration into the EU and NATO in its constitution, Ukrainian top officials continue to reiterate Ukraine’s desire for accelerated progress toward its full inclusion into the West’s major organizations. Yet Ukraine’s gradual incorporation into the West is not only dependent on Brussels’s assessment of how many EU and NATO standards Kyiv has implemented, but also a matter that Ukraine can foster itself, independently of Brussels, by modifying its policies and laws. It can do so long before Ukraine’s negotiations for its accession to the EU and NATO begin. After the Orange Revolution, in 2005 Ukraine abolished visa requirements for short-term visitors from the EU and others. Twelve years later, the EU responded by allowing Ukrainian citizens to freely move, for short stays, within the Schengen Area. While the Visa Liberalization Action Plan leading to this long-awaited result was a project not only dependent of Ukrainian regulations for European citizens, Kyiv could point Brussels to its already liberalized travel for EU passport holders – and this helped it politically. After this positive experience, it is time for Kyiv to take the next step for attracting Europeans to Ukraine, integrating the country with the EU, and preparing Ukraine’s accession to the EU. This could also concern citizens from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, and Australia. For economic reasons and out of Ukraine’s national interests, Kyiv should unilaterally grant all citizens of the EU and some other countries freedoms of movement of labor and services. This also includes the right to live in Ukraine as a person of independent financial means. These freedoms and rights for Western citizens should be granted by a new law. The liberties should be framed in the same fashion as those that apply to people moving within the EU. That would mean that these freedoms could be enjoyed without any need to apply for residency simply by presenting a valid passport of an EU member state or similarly friendly country. There should be no bureaucratic procedure beyond registering one’s address. Such a simple registration should enable that person to start working as an employee in a Ukrainian company, to start a business, to study in a Ukrainian educational institution, to work as a freelancer and pay taxes, or to live in Ukraine as a pensioner. Such a generous regulation would not only make life much easier for Western friends and Ukraine enthusiasts willing to move to the country. Adopting such a policy would also benefit Ukraine directly. The country currently loses hundreds of thousands of people every year due to a negative birth-death ratio and large-scale emigration. Thus, new residents from the EU and other friendly countries would help to soften the nation’s enormous demographic decline. When moving in and out becomes an easy matter, this will mean more economic exchange with the West. More foreign direct investment would come as it becomes easier for entrepreneurs, managers, and entire companies to relocate from the EU to Ukraine. It can also mean more inflow of capital originating from the EU into Ukraine, as permissive residency and work regulations will make using it in Ukraine less complicated. Western citizens in Ukraine would demand from Ukrainian governmental offices, commercial companies, hospitals, public or private schools, and many other institutions attention, services, accountability, reliability and transparency, at the same level and of the same quality that they are used to from their home countries and thus contribute to improved standards. Moreover, Westerners moving, for longer periods, to Ukraine would gradually change the country’s foreign relations and image. EU citizens living in Ukraine will mean more positive and realistic stories about Ukrainian matters communicated back to these citizens’ home states. More people from the West would visit their relatives and friends who live in Ukraine. These visitors too would contribute to a better image of Ukraine abroad. More Western citizens living in Ukraine would also lead to more opportunities for Ukrainian citizens to practice and learn EU languages. It will demonstrate to many in the EU that Ukraine is a pro-European country that offers opportunities to EU citizens. Finally, immigration from the West would have a security dimension as well. If thousands or even tens of thousands of EU citizens become residents of Ukraine, this will substantially increase the interest of their respective governments in the stability and development of the Ukrainian state. As entrepreneurs, specialists, students or pensioners from the EU settle across the country, this would make their and thus Ukraine’s security a higher priority for Brussels and the Union’s member states. It is odd that Ukraine has not already taken such an easy and large step toward satisfying a range of its urgent national interests. To be sure, extended residency and labor freedoms would also create problems. Western immigration could, for instance, increase competition for certain categories of jobs, or contribute to a higher level of rents in top residential areas. One could imagine debtors or criminals from the EU trying to hide in a large European non-Union country with permissive residency policies. Yet even these negative repercussions could have positive after-effects. For instance, Ukrainian and EU law enforcement agencies might have to cooperate much more closely, which would foster Ukraine’s European integration in the security sphere. While some Ukrainians would feel the pinch of higher competition by Western legal residents operating more easily on various Ukrainian markets, Ukraine’s economy would benefit overall. Ukraine is in a difficult situation today. The urgency and extraordinariness of her challenges demands urgent and extraordinary solutions. Welcoming citizens of European and other friendly countries on its quickly depopulating territory is an obvious way for Ukraine to reduce or neutralize some of its most challenging problems. The Verkhovna Rada should waste no time in making this happen sooner rather than later.
The bills propose to introduce the concept of “animal abuse”, “injury of animals”, “preparing dogs to hunting”, to introduce administrative and criminal liability for abuse, to ban begging with animals, provision of photo services with them, to exclude possibility of shooting at stray dogs, cats, crows, gun dog training. Ukrainians are paying more and more attention to the issue of animal abuse, in particular, they are concerned about the situation in the field of breeding of hunting dogs and in hunting in general, culling of stray dogs. The representatives of the NGO were hunting the swans on the territory of the nature reserve. In late October, 54 out of 300 sheep died in Odesa region – they spent more than two weeks in a closed truck in the port. Media are revealing the baiting stations of Ukraine, where wild animals are being treated. The activists publish the pictures of the animals in the caves. There are two animal protection bills registered in the Parliament – No. 6598 on amending some Ukraine’s laws (concerning the implementation of provisions of some international agreements and EU directives in protection of animals and plants) and No. 8256 on amending some laws of Ukraine (concerning the regulation of the relations connected to preparing of dog for hunting). The first bill is about the moderation of the relations in the protection of animals sector from cruelty in compliance with the International European Convention on the protection of animals, which Ukraine ratified in 2013. The norms of this convention ban leaving animals at home unsupervised, harm animals and so on, yet, they have not been implemented in the Ukrainian legislation. The second one, raises the question of prohibition of baiting, setting on a live bait and the way the dogs are being prepared to hunting, which should be performed in a humanitarian way.
A Ukrainian woman who spent years running a kindergarten has turned her passion for rapping into a new career.
Their poll numbers are low, but their ranks and influence are growing. Now, Ukraine’s most prominent and militant ultranationalist group is setting its sights on Europe and America.
RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Yevhen Solonyna ventured inside Chernobyl’s radioactive ruins.
November 6th marked 50 years since the violent death of young Vasyl Makukh. On November 5, 1968, Vasyl Makukh committed an act of self-immolation on Khreshchatyk Boulevard in Kyiv. Running through the street, his clothes and body ablaze, he appealed to his countrymen to fight for an independent and free Ukraine, and for an independent and free Czechoslovakia.
Kiev’s Museum of Unnecessary Things (also referred to as the Recycled Materials Museum and the Museum of Antiques) breathes new life into jettisoned objects. This is where trash is given a second chance, treated as treasure off the beaten path. For those who seek an alternative museum experience, the Museum of Unnecessary Things in Kiev exhibits junk, for lack of a better word, free of charge. From old sunglasses to dusty instruments and rusting machines, the Museum of Unnecessary Things displays an untold number of odds and ends, though according to City Card, over one million items have made their way to this unusual attraction since it opened in 1943. If old boots and crusty tools don’t pique your interest, this peculiar locale also houses a few once-groundbreaking historical inventions; including the world’s first vacuum cleaner, a gramophone, and the prototype of an early walker.
Pro-democracy protests rocked the country and transfixed the world five years ago. Today, a walk around the Maidan reveals a complicated legacy.
Russia is making little effort to disguise its leadership role in the self-proclaimed people’s republics in eastern Ukraine. Putin needs the regions to blackmail Kiev.
The law enforcers detained a sniper of the National Guard on the suspicion of the murder of the activists of Euromaidan in Kyiv on February 20, 2014, as Ukrainian News reported citing its own source at law enforcement bodies. “He was detained at the end of October and court arrested him for 60 days at the beginning of November,” the message said. The name of the detainee is not called in the interests of the investigation. According to the source, the investigation established that on February 20, 2014, Commander of Internal Troops Stanislav Shuluak sent the group of the snipers “Omega” to Instytutska Street to support special company of “Berkut” which shot the activists of Euromaidan. Commander of the detached squad of special forces against terrorism of 14th brigade of special forces of North territorial command department of Inner Troops deployed the sniper groups at the territory of the club of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. At 11:28, the suspect shot from “TS.M308” sniper rifle equipped with telescopic sight at activist of Euromaidan, theatre director Oleksandr Khrapachenko who stayed in front of the “snow barricade” at Instytutska Street with the group of other unarmed protesters and posed any threat to the officers of militsiya. He died in the result of the wound.
Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov on Thursday said he and his colleagues were unpleasantly stunned by the report published by The Washington Post Nov 12 titled “Training Kids to Kill at Ukrainian Nationalist Camp,” and later reposted by several other publications. The official lists a number of facts about the ministry’s activity, debunking the allegations. Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov on Thursday said he and his colleagues were unpleasantly stunned by the report published by The Washington Post Nov 12 titled “Training Kids to Kill at Ukrainian Nationalist Camp,” and later reposted by several other publications. The authors of the article claimed the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been allegedly financing radical nationalist organizations – in particular, the article states this year the Ministry of Youth and Sports has allocated UAH 4 million (about US$150,000for a number of youth camps set up by nationalists, in particular, the Sokil youth organization, where they allegedly teach how to kill Russians, and that the Ministry allegedly panders to xenophobia and racism, Minister Ihor Zhdanov complains. “The information provided in the report is grossly false,” the minister wrote on Facebook. The official lists a number of facts about the ministry’s activity, debunking the said allegations. FACT 1. The Ministry of Youth and Sports has not been funding NGOs. Through project biddings, budget funds are allocated exclusively to support the implementation of projects of public organizations. Indeed, this year, UAH 4 million was allocated from the ministry’s budget in support of such projects as: camping, seminars, and conferences that public organizations organize across Ukraine, and that in one way or another are related to the national patriotic education. FACT 2. Ternopil’s Sokil regional youth organization filed documents for participation in this year’s pitch, but its application was rejected, which is stated in the decision of the contest commission: FACT 3. The bidding for the funding of national-patriotic education projects is conducted transparently. The majority of members of the contest commission are not ministry officials but representatives of the public (the full list of members is included in the relevant order of the ministry No. 2159 of Oct 12, 2011). This year, the commission selected 30 projects of 19 NGOs. The projects are selected according to the priorities announced ahead of the pitch. The selection is carried out in accordance with resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 1049. FACT 4. During the consideration of projects, the contest commission analyzes them including for xenophobia and discrimination. None of the organizations involved in the illegal activity, including as regards xenophobia, established by a court decision in accordance with Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, was allowed to participate in the bidding. Incidentally, among the projects submitted, there were several aimed at tackling xenophobia and supporting national minorities in Ukraine, while one of them, namely Together In The Future, had already been implemented by the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine. The organizations, whose projects are supported by the commission, before budget funds are allocated, concludes with the ministry an agreement, which states: “During the activities under the project implementation, it is required to take measures to prevent xenophobia.”
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The campers carefully aim their assault rifles. Most are in their teens, but some are as young as 8 years old
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he doubts there is a chance of coming to any kind of agreement with Ukraine’s “current political leadership.” Orban’s statement comes almost simultaneously with that of Putin who said Donbas peace could not be reached until Ukraine changed its leadership.
One of the leader of the Hungarian community in Zakarpattia, the deputy of the Regional Council, the rector of the Hungarian Institute in Berehove Ildikó Oros, was summoned to Ukraine’s Security Service for her statement about infringement of Hungarians in Ukraine in “fascist ways”, as Mukachevo.net reported referring to Oros. She delivered a speech on October 23 in Budapest, when she stated that the Hungarians are being infringed in fascist ways in Ukraine, because of what she was summoned. According to the news agency, the Security Service has conducted a conversation with the rector concerning this speech.
A video of purportedly showing a citizenship ceremony in a border town has sparked a diplomatic spat between Ukraine and Hungary.
On November 12, before the start of the Regional Development Council in Kyiv, the head of the Zakarpattia (Transcarpathian) Regional State …
Hungary continues to block meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission with the aim of pressuring Ukraine to repeal its law “On Education,” Ukraine’s Ambassador to NATO Vadym Prystaiko has said.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop has called on Budapest to respond to the participation of Samu Tamás Gergő, a member of the Hungarian Jobbik party, as an “observer” at the pseudo-elections Russia has organized in the occupied part of Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Such actions of individual “politicians” deserve serious condemnation and proper reaction to prevent them from repeating themselves.
13.11.18 13:38 – Pavlovskyi officially charged with masterminding Handziuk murder, – PGO Larysa Sarhan, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko, dwelled on charges brought against Ihor Pavlovskyi, an ex-aide for a member of Ukrainian parliament, who is suspected of involvement in the murder of Kateryna Handziuk. View news.
12.11.18 17:12 – Ex-aide for Ukraine’s MP reportedly involved in Handziuk murder placed in pre-trial detention. PHOTO Ihor Pavlovskyi, the former aide for a member of the Ukrainian parliament (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) Mykola Palamarchuk, was placed in pre-trial detention without bail option following media reports of him mediating between those who ordered the… View news.
The personnel of the Security Service of Ukraine searched the place of deputy of Kherson Regional Council Mykola Stavytsky within the investigation of the murder of Adviser of Kherson’s Mayor, public activist Kateryna Handzuik. Dmytro Ilchenko, deputy of Kherson City Council reported this on Facebook. ‘The personnel of SBU broke into the apartment of Deputy of the regional council Stavytsky. They are searching for the evidence of his participation in the murder of Kateryna Handzuik. They had no search warrant. The SBU officers didn’t have any documents. They refused to tell what they are looking for,’ the deputy who was at the scene, as a defender claimed. After the searches, Ilchenko claimed that he signed a nondisclosure agreement and he can’t tell things in details. November 4, it became known that Kateryna Handziuk, Adviser of Kherson’s Mayor, died aged 34. She was doused with sulphuric acid in July this year. According to preliminary information, the death was caused by thrombus detachment.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has formally refused to accept the resignation of the country’s prosecutor-general, who has been criticized for the handling of a probe into the death of an a…
The brutality of the deadly July acid attack on anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk shocked Ukraine. But it was just one of 55 attacks on journalists and activists there since January 2017 that have gone unpunished, say the Kyiv-based Center for Human Rights Information and Ukrayinska Pravda.