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Busy week in Ukraine barely describes it, many important developments:
- Russia continues with blockade of Azov Sea, redeploys naval assets from Pacific, Arctic and Caspian to Azov Sea, LtGen Rtd Romanenko predicts risk of major conflict between Russia and Ukraine, NATO and EU back Kyiv;
- Putin visits Crimea, street gossip now blaming Euromaidan for Russian occupation, Kerch Bridge reported to be sinking;
- SECSTATE Pompeo meets with FM Klimkin, Ukraine negotiating with the US for more lethal systems;
- DEFMIN Poltorak visits UK, meets with SECDEF Williamson and CDS Carter, UK promises more aid;
- Pres Poroshenko submits Constitutional amendment bill to Rada on NATO/EU, bill passes on first vote;
- Donbass fires continue, Russian troops trying to avoid deployment to Donbass, another Orlan-10 RPV kill;
- US offers two FFG7s, details on Turkish RPVs, update on Airbus H225 Super Puma deliveries, T-72AMT detailed;
- Media claim secret meetings between Pres Poroshenko and Putin proxy Medvedchuk;
- Hungary as a Russian proxy continues its harassment campaign;
- NDI and EP aid with defense against election meddling, updates on presidential candidates;
- Political, cultural, economic news reports;
- Maidan and Holodomor anniversaries;
- Other political news;
A shipping dispute between Ukraine and Russia is at risk of escalating into a “great war” as Western nations seek to face down aggression from Vladimir Putin, a former Ukrainian general has warned. Romanenko, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said Ukraine will not “sit idle” and will “defend their positions” if necessary.
The European Union Foreign Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Monday to assess the situation surrounding Ukraine, a high-ranking EU official said.
During an address to border guards in Cherkasy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that by the end of 2018, there will be a new sea guard system along the country’s entire coast, which will monitor the maritime border from Izmail on the Black Sea to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, UNN reports. “To protect Ukraine’s territory against an invasion from the sea, the relevant constituent is being expanded,” the head of state said. He emphasized that the military drills which were held on the Azov coast at the start of the month showed him that the training of the marines, ground divisions of the Ukrainian army and border guards is at a high level. According to Poroshenko, a system of combat reserves has been established in the country, with powerful weapons and armored vehicles that are capable of covering threatening areas rapidly. Since the start of the year, Kyiv has been augmenting its forces in the Sea of Azov. In September, the Pentagon announced its intentions to send Ukraine two of its Island-class patrol vessels. For a price of $9 million, the US will upgrade the boats, install electronic equipment on them, train a crew of 35, and deliver the boats to Ukraine. The US Defense Department noted that the boats will not have weapons. Vasyl Radchuk, head of the Ukrainian Navy’s shipbuilding department, said that the boats will be ready for use by the army in autumn next year. On Monday, news came out that the US has offered to send Ukraine two decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. According to Ukrainian Naval Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the US decommissioned the frigates between 2013 and 2015.
Russia accuses Ukraine of militarizing Azov Sea and refuses similar charges against it, as the statement published on the website of Russian Foreign Ministry says. “Despite the statements of Kyiv and Brussels, Russia is not increasing its military presence in Azov Sea. The forces located there are mainly used for securing the Kerch Bridge. The actions of Ukraine, which announced the creation of a naval base in Bersyansk and regularly closes separate areas of Azov Sea to conduct artillery shells, are directed towards the militarization of the Sea of Azov,” the statement says. At the same time, Russia recommends Kyiv to refuse from attempts to revise the current status of Azov Sea as of inland waters of two states. “We urge Kyiv to refrain from any adventures directed at unilateral establishment of state border in Azov Sea which Russian does not recognize. Russian Federation warns that Ukraine and the countries which support its provocative actions are responsible for the further possible aggravation of the situation in Azov-Kerch water area,” the message says. It should be noted that Russia considers Azov Sea as inland waters of Russia and Ukraine. Therefore, Kerch Straight has never been and is not international, and the requirements of transit or peaceful passage of foreign vessels do not apply to it. Therefore, the inspections of the Russian border guards of the foreign vessels in the Azov Sea are legal.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine claimed that the agreement between Ukraine and Russia of 2003, which addresses the cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, does not give Russia the right to carry out discriminatory inspections of vessels traveling to Ukrainian ports, reads the message of the Ukrainian MFA. ‘We once again observe free reading and interpretation of the norms of bilateral and multilateral agreements by Russia. None of the provisions of the 2003 treaty gives Russia the right to carry out discriminatory and long-lasting inspections of vessels traveling to the Ukrainian ports,’ reads the message. The Ministry noted that Russia has no right to interfere with the freedom of navigation. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine also expressed gratitude to Ukraine’s partners for a clear and consistent position regarding the condemnation of violations of international law by Russia in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. ‘Ukraine will continue to remain faithful to the UN Charter and the norms of international law and will continue to defend its rights in arbitration proceedings on the violation by Russia of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait,’ the mission added. Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov fit into the agreement with Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait of 2003.
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The corvette Kerch of the coast guard of the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service arrived in Rostov on the way to the Azov Sea, stated Andrii Klymenko, the head of the Ukrainian civic movement Maidan of foreign affairs, on Facebook. “On November 18, at about 19:00, the towing caravan bound from Petersburg-Yaroslavl to the occupied Crimea, which included a new Svetlyak-type corvette called Kerch, arrived in the port of Rostov-on-Don. It was towed by the tugboats SHLUZOVOY 65 (MMSI: 273999654) and BARS (MMSI: 273322620),” the journalist wrote. According to Klymenko, the new modification of these ships now has a site for launching drones instead of a gun mount. On September 6, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea. In mid-May, after the completion of the automobile part construction of the Kerch Bridge, Russia reportedly relocated sea vessels, including the military ships of the Caspian flotilla to the Azov Sea. At the same time, Moscow referred to the need to strengthen security around the strategic facility [ the Kerch Bridge]. Since then, Russia has detained more than 148 Ukrainian and foreign merchant ships and interrogated crew members and other people who were on those vessels.
The European Council discussed Russia’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov for the first time, stated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “I welcome the promising results of the work of the Ukrainian-American Strategic Partnership Commission which has been revived after a long pause. Grateful to Donald Trump , State Secretary Mike Pompeo, all American friends for a shoulder of strong support and unwavering solidarity with Ukraine!” Poroshenko wrote on Twitter. In addition, Poroshenko expressed his gratitude to the European Council for “approving the initiative to increase the EU’s assistance to Ukraine in the socio-economic development of the Ukrainian areas neighboring the Sea of Azov”. The president did not specify what kind of assistance was expected. On November 19, foreign and defense ministers of the EU countries had a meeting in Brussels and discussed a range of security issues, including the situation in the Donbas and the Sea of Azov. After the meeting, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that the European Union is preparing assistance to the areas that have been harmed by “illegal actions” in the Sea of Azov. Mogherini expressed hope that Russia will stop aggressive actions. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “fishing is allowed anywhere” under the current agreements with Ukraine on the Sea of Azov. The Kremlin claimed that Moscow “can take measures” to protect Russian individuals and legal entities in connection with the fact that ships that entered the annexed Crimea were detained by Ukrainian border guards. On September 6, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea.
Military expert, Colonel (Rtd) Oleh Zhdanov says Ukraine today has leverage to address Russia’s threats to block entry into the Sea of Azov by starting a complete economic blockade of Crimea. Read alsoUkraine’s defense minister responds to Russian threats to “shut down” Sea of Azov “We have leverage and we can start a comprehensive economic blockade of Crimea,” the Ukrainian online news outlet Obozrevatel quoted Zhdanov as saying on November 20. “Why do our political leaders not denounce an agreement on the internal sea with the Russian Federation and not appeal to international institutions to bring international maritime law regarding the waters of the Sea of Azov in line with the concept of neutral waters and the notion of the state border to force Russia into following these rules?” he wondered. At the same time, the expert acknowledged that today Russia is able to close the Kerch Strait since it almost completely controls both the Sea of Azov and entry into it. Responding to a question whether international reaction is possible if vessels of third countries are affected by the blockade of the Sea of Azov, the expert said: “The question is how Russia will explain this blockage. If they do this based on the agreement on the joint use of the Sea of Azov as an internal sea, then no claims can be made against them today. If this looks like Russia’s arbitrary behavior, then ship owners have the right to sue for losses and violations of international shipping rules.” The Sea of Azov, a strategic arm of the Black Sea where Russia and Ukraine share the coastline, has become a flashpoint this year. Ukraine says Russia is preventing scores of vessels from reaching Ukrainian ports, namely Berdyansk and Mariupol, through spurious inspections and detentions.
Russia’s Coast Guard in the Sea of Azov detained a Ukrainian fishing boat for “violating the rules of fishing,” according to a report by an FSB office in the Krasnodar Territory. The boat was escorted to the port of Yeisk.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council has reiterated the EU's priority attention to supporting Ukraine in rebuffing Russian aggression, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
The European Union is intended to take concrete actions on the situation in the Sea of Azov in the coming weeks or days. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini claimed it at the press conference, Interfax-Ukraine reported. ‘This is an issue on which we will continue to work with member countries and EU institutions, including the adoption of appropriate targeted measures in the coming days or weeks,’ Mogherini claimed. Related: NATO condemns Russian aggression in Sea of Azov, construction of Kerch Strait Bridge According to her, the situation in the Sea of Azov is damaging the economy of both Ukraine and vessels under the flags of the European countries. High Representative noted that the EU brought to the attention of Russia the necessity to end excessive inspection of vessels in the Sea of Azov. She said that the EU authorities, in particular, the European Commission examine support measures for those regions of Ukraine that have been affected by the actions of Russia. The Representative added that this matter was discussed at the session of the Council of the European Union for international affairs.
A Ukrainian delegation has amended several important resolutions of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and achieved the holding of the NATO PA session in Ukraine in 2020.
A new Regional Maritime Security Department will be deployed until the end of the 2018 to protect Ukraine’s border from Izmail to Mariupol.
Paul Goble Staunton, November 18 – In a move that gives substance to Ukrainian fears that Moscow will close the Sea of Azov to Ukrainian shipping or even launch a new war from there but that also reflects just how stretched the Russian navy is, Moscow is currently moving naval vessels from the Pacific Ocean and the Barents Sea to the Kerch Straits. Earlier, Ukraine had shifted vessels to the Sea of Azov from its Caspian Flotilla (jamestown.org/program/moscow-shifts-flotilla-from-caspian-to-azov-sea-giving-it-a-new-offensive-capability/), but that was a simple operation which made use of canals between the two relatively close bodies of water. Now, Moscow is going even further afield in order to expand its military capacity in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Straits at a time when both sides there are “preparing for serious military clashes,” according to Sergey Ishchenko in a new article on the Svobodnaya pressa portal (svpressa.ru/war21/article/216342/). The Russian commentator entitles his article “The Sea of Azov: The Scene before Battle” and subtitles it “Our border guards are bringing to the Kerch Straits military vessels even from the Pacific Ocean and the Barents Sea.” But he gives few details, instead attacking Ukraine and what he sees as the alarmist and aggressive tone of its official statements. Russia already has far more vessels with far greater firepower in this area than does Ukraine. The additions Ishchenko says Moscow is making will only increase that imbalance and add to fears in Kyiv that Russia is preparing to restart its war against Ukraine from that direction (apostrophe.ua/article/society/accidents/2018-11-17/mejdu-ukrainoy-i-rossiey-zagoraetsya-tretiy-ochag-est-opasnost-bolshoy-voynyi/22103). This latest Russian move, of course, may be intended to spark such fears in Ukraine and force Kyiv to take defensive actions that Moscow and its supporters can be counted on to portray as acts of aggression against which the Russian side will say it has no choice but to respond. But it is a dangerous move that makes a broader conflict more likely.
Iryna Lutsenko, the Ukrainian president’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada stated that there will be a severe response if Russia closes the Sea of Azov. According to her, in this case, Kyiv will appeal to international courts, reports Ukrinform. Also, “there will be a reaction from the Security Services of Ukraine and the Border Patrol.” Lutsenko noted that the countries would have to use an international convention since agreements on the use of the Azov Sea were not signed. She also indicated that there are already “several claims of violations by Russia of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.” Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian border guards detained 15 vessels for visiting ports in the Crimea. After that, a member of the Russian Federation Council, Frants Klintsevich, said that Russia is capable of blocking the Azov Sea for Ukrainian ships.
Ukraine is ready to respond to threats not only in the Azov Sea, but also in other areas, says Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. The top military official said that the troops were being brought to higher combat readiness in connection with threats against Ukraine. Ukraine is ready to respond to threats not only in the Azov Sea, but also in other areas, says Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. “We have heard such threats many times, and they were not only about the Sea of Azov, but also about reaching Kyiv within two hours, destroying our major cities, including the capital. I think we need to draw conclusions. We, including myself, as Minister of Defense, are drawing such conclusions, taking measures and preparing to respond if necessary, in accordance with our capabilities, our tasks, and our strategy,” Poltorak said, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel. “We will respond adequately to the threats that exist not only in the Sea of Azov, but also in the Black Sea, and in other areas of responsibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Poltorak stressed. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine has seized 15 vessels that had checked in the ports of the illegally annexed Crimea. In response, member of the defense and security committee of Russia’s Federation Council, Frants Klintsevich, said that Russia could block the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessels “within days.”
Russia has warned Ukraine that it may take measures to protect Russian ships crossing the Sea of Azov should Kyiv stop or seize any.
Ukraine is ready to react at threats in the Sea of Azov and other areas. Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak claimed this, as 112 Ukraine reports. ‘We have heard of these threats constantly, and it was not only connected with the Sea of Azov but with the threats like reaching Kyiv in two hours and destroying our major cities, including our capital. I think that we need to draw conclusions. We and I as a minister of defense draw such conclusions, we are ready to react and take measures in accordance with our capabilities, our tasks and our strategy, in case it is needed,’ he claimed. Related: Russia threatens to ‘shut down’ Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel ‘We will properly act against threats both in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea and in other areas of responsibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,’ he summarized. Earlier, 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.
The United States once again reaffirmed its commitment to the Declaration of July 25 issued by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the non-recognition of Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.
The United States condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Moscow’s activities have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire region.
Ukraine has arrested or imposed other restrictions on 15 foreign ships that have entered the closed ports of the annexed Crimea, assistant to the head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleh Slobodian has said.
The Russian Southern Military district’s air defense divisions were put on “practice alert,” according to the press-service of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The ministry reported on November 20 that the air defense command of the 4th Army of the Russian Air Force and anti-air defense forces of the Southern Military District in the Crimea practiced changing positions during the exercise. “As part of the operational readiness drills, combat squads of S-400 Triumf air defense systems carried out search-and-destroy drills of hypothetical targets. Then, anti-aircraft forces quickly changed their launch positions, rolling up the systems and redeploying them in the reserve area,” the statement reads. Russian Su-27 SM fighter jets also scrambled when the exercise bagan. In January this year, at Cape Fiolent, Russian S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft systems were put on alert. In September the same complexes were deployed in Yevpatoria. After the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, Russia has held regular military exercises on the peninsula. The General Staff of Ukraine calls the Russia’s actions in the annexed Crimea illegal.
Ukraine condemns Crimea’s visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, regards it as a gross violation of international law, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said.
Russian President Putin visits Yalta in annexed Crimea again
Ukraine’s Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons says the Kerch Strait Bridge Illegally built by Russia in annexed Crimea to connect the occupied peninsula with mainland Russia has started subsiding, as evidenced by space imagery. In addition, there are two dangerous areas on Tuzla Island.
Crimean political analyst Yevgenia Goryunova sat down with UNIAN to tell us about the mass resettlement of Russians to Crimea, social discrimination of Crimeans in favor of newcomers, and catastrophic militarization of people’s consciousness. Also, she explained with examples that the love of the local residents across the annexed peninsula to Russia is now fading away. While preparing for the interview, at some social network I came across a dark joke: “Some places in Crimea are already like the Bermuda triangle: water, light, gas, and heating constantly disappear there, and no one can find them for a long time.” Recently, Simferopol saw yet another scheduled blackout and a shutdown of water and gas supplies. Please, tell us about the actual situation with electricity and the problem of water and gas scarcity. That’s some sad joke, indeed… Let’s start with the most difficult problem – water supply. No matter how hard the Russian authorities in Crimea and those in the Kremlin try, it cannot be solved without Ukraine. The fact is that 85% of all water required Crimea received from mainland Ukraine via the North-Crimean Canal. You can’t just bring such volumes of water by tankers, so the Russians opted for the easiest way. They began to drill underground wells and pump out water – not just for the population, but on an industrial scale (including for the operations of the “Crimean Titan” factory). In fact, all this led to an environmental disaster. Northern Crimea and, in particular, Eastern Crimea no longer have fresh water reserves – salt water is starting to show up in the wells. Mountain rivers of Crimea, which have never dried up before, are dry today. There are practically no smaller streams left in Crimea, while reservoirs become shallower. Let’s recall the latest satellite map of Crimea published in media (I believe it was September or even August), where you can see the difference between the previously green Crimea and the modern picture where two-thirds are grayish-brown. Of course, the summer was hot, but what does this mean? There is not enough water and plants are dying out. At some point, the Crimea will face the problem of the almost complete lack of fresh water for the needs of the population. Of course, you can desalinate sea water (Israel does it), but it is very expensive. Is Russia ready to invest huge money?
The People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Iryna Friz, who heads Ukrainian delegation during the 64th session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Canada, …
The EU Council is ready to impose additional sanctions for holding the so-called “elections” in the occupied Donbas, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated. The EU Council condemned the holding of “elections” in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
About 12,000 Ukrainians have been recruited into the Russian army since the occupation of Crimea. In particular, 2,500 guys are calling up for Russian military service during the autumn military conscription, which began in October and will last by late 2018.
“It’s time to pay for everything,” Yuriy Lutsenko, the prosecutor-general of Ukraine, said and hurried to inform about the next victory of the department under his control. Earlier the court recognized the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea Vasyl Hanysh guilty of high treason and sentenced him to 12 years in prison without confiscation of property. This decision was the first sentence for treason in the occupied Crimea. Who and how convicted Hanysh The trial of the ex-deputy Vasyl Hanysh lasted more than three years. His case, starting in August 2015, was considered by the judges of the Dniprovsky district court of Kyiv, and finally on November 19, court announced its final decision. Hanysh was found guilty of high treason on two of three episodes and sentenced to 12 years in prison without confiscation of property. As the head of the panel of judges Oksana Birsa noted, his guilt was proved during the investigation: the ex-deputy participated in the voting for the Russian Constitution of Crimea and participated in the Russian elections to the city council of Theodosia, thereby contributing to the subversive activities of Russia in Ukraine and committing treason. In addition, Hanysh also has to pay legal fees in the amount of UAH 5400 (USD 193). However, the relevant sentence has not yet entered into force. This will happen only after the consideration of the appeal, which the defense of the ex-deputy promised to file immediately. Until then, Hanysh will remain under house arrest, as he was before. What Hanysh was accused of? Initially, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Prosecutor’s Office supported the state prosecution in criminal proceedings opened against the former deputy of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Vasyl Hanysh on suspicion of treason on three episodes.
HALIFAX, Canada — The U.S. and Ukraine are in “close discussion” for Washington to supply another tranche of lethal weapons for Kiev’s fight in eastern Ukraine, where “Russians keep bringing new military technology,” Ukraine’s foreign minister said Saturday. The remarks from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum came one day after Klimko met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. Pompeo affirmed U.S. support for Ukraine’s nearly four-year conflict with Russia-backed separatists and said America would never accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced in February the imminent delivery of anti-sniper weaponry, including tools for electronic warfare, air defense. Last December, the U.S. announced a $47 million sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine — and the U.S. has reportedly supplied Kiev with Model M107A1 Sniper Systems. On Saturday, Klimkin confirmed to reporters, “We are in discussions about other pieces of defense equipment,” but declined to get specific. Speaking separately at the forum on Saturday, Sen. Chris Coons, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the fighting “a frozen conflict” and expressed support for the Trump administration’s decision to provide training and lethal arms to Ukraine. “I think we can push Russia out of Ukraine,” said Coons, D-Del. “We need to work with our allies to make this a sustained priority.” Coons said the effort may take decades of pressure, likening it to the Soviet Union’s occupation of the Baltic States, which lasted from the 1940s to the 1990s. Klimkin said the presence of Russian and Russian-backed forces in the Donbass, “is pretty much constant,” but the presence of U.S.-supplied arms has had an effect. “It’s an ongoing discussion, because Javelins were important psychologically,” he said. “We have noticed that the Russians [withdrew] their tanks deeper into the occupied area … basically fearing symbolically, psychologically and physically that such [anti-tank] weapons can be used in the case of Russian provocation.”
The U.S. and Ukraine are in “close discussion” for Washington to supply another tranche of lethal weapons for Kyiv’s fight in eastern Ukraine, where “Russians keep bringing new military technology,” Ukraine’s foreign minister said Saturday. On Saturday, Klimkin confirmed to reporters, “We are in discussions about other pieces of defense equipment,” but declined to get specific. The U.S. and Ukraine are in “close discussion” for Washington to supply another tranche of lethal weapons for Kyiv’s fight in eastern Ukraine, where “Russians keep bringing new military technology,” Ukraine’s foreign minister said Saturday. The remarks from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum came one day after Klimkin met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. Pompeo affirmed U.S. support for Ukraine’s nearly four-year conflict with Russia-backed separatists and said America would never accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Defense News reported. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced in February the imminent delivery of anti-sniper weaponry, including tools for electronic warfare, air defense. Last December, the U.S. announced a $47 million sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine — and the U.S. has reportedly supplied Kyiv with Model M107A1 Sniper Systems. On Saturday, Klimkin confirmed to reporters, “We are in discussions about other pieces of defense equipment,” but declined to get specific. Speaking separately at the forum on Saturday, Sen. Chris Coons, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the fighting “a frozen conflict” and expressed support for the Trump administration’s decision to provide training and lethal arms to Ukraine. “I think we can push Russia out of Ukraine,” said Coons, D-Del. “We need to work with our allies to make this a sustained priority.” Coons said the effort may take decades of pressure, likening it to the Soviet Union’s occupation of the Baltic States, which lasted from the 1940s to the 1990s. Klimkin said the presence of Russian and Russian-backed forces in the Donbass, “is pretty much constant,” but the presence of U.S.-supplied arms has had an effect. “It’s an ongoing discussion, because Javelins were important psychologically,” he said. “We have noticed that the Russians [withdrew] their tanks deeper into the occupied area … basically fearing symbolically, psychologically and physically that such [anti-tank] weapons can be used in the case of Russian provocation.” Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10342500-u-s-ukraine-in-close-discussion-for-new-lethal-arms-media.htmlOn Saturday, Klimkin confirmed to reporters, “We are in discussions about other pieces of defense equipment,” but declined to get specific. Speaking separately at the forum on Saturday, Sen. Chris Coons, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the fighting “a frozen conflict” and expressed support for the Trump administration’s decision to provide training and lethal arms to Ukraine. “I think we can push Russia out of Ukraine,” said Coons, D-Del. “We need to work with our allies to make this a sustained priority.” Coons said the effort may take decades of pressure, likening it to the Soviet Union’s occupation of the Baltic States, which lasted from the 1940s to the 1990s. Klimkin said the presence of Russian and Russian-backed forces in the Donbass, “is pretty much constant,” but the presence of U.S.-supplied arms has had an effect. “It’s an ongoing discussion, because Javelins were important psychologically,” he said. “We have noticed that the Russians [withdrew] their tanks deeper into the occupied area … basically fearing symbolically, psychologically and physically that such [anti-tank] weapons can be used in the case of Russian provocation.” Russian forces have been moving newer military equipment like signal jammers and drones, along with traditional armaments, into the disputed Donbass region, as observed by international monitors. Four distinct electronic warfare systems were spotted in July by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. By Ukraine’s reckoning, Russian-controlled forces have some 1,400 armored vehicles and tanks in Donbas, and between 3,000 to 5,000 troops and mercenaries – along with heavy mortars among a range of artillery, which Russia uses for nighttime shelling from hidden positions. Beyond Donbas, another flashpoint is the disputed Azov Sea, which borders Russia, Ukraine, and Crimea. Kyiv has accused Russia of harassing its ships, and after Kyiv interfered with 15 ships headed for Crimean ports, the Kremlin warned it would protect Russian ships. Ukraine has been moving to build up its defense capabilities in the city of Azov, Klimkin said, as Russia attempts a “creeping annexation” of the sea and delays Ukrainian ships sailing on it, to intimidate and disrupt trade. “Russian naval capabilities are stronger than ours, but we have to build up,” Klimkin said. “We are very decisive on defending our interests in the Azov Sea, and we can’t let the Russians take control of the whole Azov Sea. The “Ukrainian army is not the same army as it was five years ago, so I believe we are prepare we are prepared for effective provocations,” he said.
19.11.18 10:36 – Kyiv, Washington discuss new lethal arms supplies to Ukraine, FM Klimkin says The U.S. and Ukraine are in “close discussion” for Washington to supply another batch of lethal weapons to repell attacks by the Russian-led forces in Ukraine’s Donbas region. View news.
Ukraine and the United States carry on with the negotiations about the lethal weapons supplies. Defense News reported that with the reference to Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Ukrainian minister admitted that Russian troops have been permanently present in Donbas, supporting the militants and mercenaries. On the other hand, he marked that the U.S. weapons that had reached Ukraine earlier, – Javelin anti-tank missile launchers, sniper rifles and anti-aircraft electronic warfare systems, – appear to have made a positive impact. ‘This (lethal arms supplies, – 112 International) is a permanent subject for discussion. The Javelins mattered in terms of psychology. We noticed that the Russians withdrew their tanks deeper into the occupied area’, the minister said. Klimkin added that Ukraine is trying hard to boost the defense capability of the military in the Sea of Azov. Ukraine has been negotiating with the United States on this particular matter since spring 2014 when Russian troops annexed Crimea and invaded Donbas. For a while, Washington only sent the non-lethal equipment (Humvee cars, reconnaissance drones and counter-mortar radars) and assisted the Ukrainian military in terms of training the staff. However, given the ongoing military aggression of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, the White House approved the supplies of lethal weaponry to Ukraine.
During the joint press-conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he …
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said Russia lost the war in Ukraine since it lost Ukrainians in the context of any effective cooperation. Klimkin said successful Ukraine is a threat to Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said Russia lost the war in Ukraine since it lost Ukrainians in the context of any effective cooperation. Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, he said Putin had allowed a full reshuffle of the Ukrainian society, according to the Ukrainian National News (UNN) outlet. According to Klimkin, the growing number of Ukrainians who want to join NATO is evidence of Putin’s defeat. He also said successful Ukraine is a threat to Russia. Klimkin stressed Putin wanted to split Ukraine in half from the very beginning as he had an idea of the so-called “Russian world” and “Novorossia,” to have half of Ukraine as a Russian colony and another part as a Russian protectorate. According to Klimkin, Putin annexed Crimea, part of Donbas, but all of Ukraine is free and democratic, not under Russian control, therefore he has definitely lost in this regard.
President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the first results of the work of Ukrainian-American Commission for Strategic Partnership, calling them encouraging, as he wrote on Facebook. Poroshenko thanked the U.S. President and Secretary of State for “a reliable support arm and unshakable solidarity with Ukraine.” “A reliable foundation has been laid for increasing the success of our bilateral cooperation in the political, security, defense, investment, economic, and energy sectors,” the president noted. Related: Poroshenko delivers speech at European People’s Party Summit in Helsinki “The evidence of this is also a joint statement on the results of the meeting, which opens up broad horizons of partnership – from jointly countering Russian aggression and strengthening the policy of international sanctions against the Kremlin, supporting NATO integration – to strengthening trade relations, increasing investment, strengthening military cooperation, and countering Russian energy expansion,” said the president. He noted the importance of recognizing the progress of Ukraine in implementing reforms and strengthening defense capabilities, as well as confirming Washington’s commitment to support of Ukraine. Never in history have Ukrainian-American relations been so strong, productive, and promising,” the Ukrainian President emphasized.
Next year, a meeting of the Ukraine-U.S. strategic partnership commission will be held in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.
The United States of America wants to see Ukraine a full-fledged member of NATO. This was said in a joint statement of the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission, published on the Ukrainian Embassy website. “Ukraine has once again confirmed that NATO membership remains its strategic priority, which was recently enshrined in national legislation. The United States welcomes Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO and once expect to congratulate Ukraine as a competent member of the Alliance,” the report said. The United States supports the efforts of Ukraineaimed at the implementation of the security reforms indicated in the Law on the National Security of Ukraine, and also notes the continued participation of Ukraine in international peacekeeping and security operations around the world. As reported, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on September 3, 2018 submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft of amendments to the Constitution on the foreign policy course of Ukraine.
The United States will work with Kyiv to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline initiated by Russia, stated the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo at a press conference following the meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin. The US State Secretary said that he would not allow Moscow to put Ukraine under pressure. “We do not want our European friends to fall prey to the kind of political and economic manipulation Russia has attempted in Ukraine since it cast off its Soviet shackles,” said Pompeo. According to Pompeo, Nord Steam 2, if implemented, will undermine the economic and strategic security of Ukraine. In addition, it will put in question the sovereignty of European countries, since they depend on Russian gas supplies.
The United States and Ukraine stressed the importance of continued coordination to stop the construction of Russian pipelines, in particular, Nord Stream 2 and the second line of Turkish Stream.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met November 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C., to hold a plenary session of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission. The plenary meeting marked the tenth anniversary of the U.S.–Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership, a document that enshrines the principles upon which the relationship between our two democracies is based. The plenary was also an opportunity to work toward implementation of the goals for the U.S.-Ukrainian relationship as outlined by Presidents Trump and Poroshenko during their previous bilateral meetings. During the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian people voiced their desire to live in a modern, democratic, European state, free from corruption and foreign control. Since the Revolution, the United States has provided over $2.8 billion in assistance and three $1 billion loan guarantees to help Ukraine defend its territory and implement key reforms. The United States remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Klimkin reiterated that cooperation between the United States and Ukraine is based on common interests and shared values, including support for democracy, economic freedom and prosperity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, energy security, and respect for human rights and the rule of law. They decided to create three new bilateral working groups focused on Security and Countering Russian Aggression; Rule of Law and Humanitarian Issues; and Economy and Energy. These groups will meet regularly to discuss areas of mutual concern and advance joint objectives. The 2018 Strategic Partnership Commission’s meeting featured inaugural sessions of each working group.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Ukraine has “no greater friend than the United States” in its struggle against “Russian aggression.” Pompeo made the remark after meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington on November 16. Pompeo said the “United States will never accept Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea,” and that Washington will impose “consequences until Russia returns control of the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine.” Russia seized Crimea in March 2014, a month before it started to aid separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed more than 10,300 people. The two diplomats met on the 10th anniversary of the declaration of a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States. Pompeo said he and Klimkin made progress in several areas during their talks, including on security and countering Russian aggression, as well as on rule of law and humanitarian issues. Pompeo also noted the two discussed joint efforts to stop the Nord Stream 2 project that, he said, “undermines Ukraine’s economic and strategic security and risks further compromising the sovereignty of European nations that depend on Russian gas.” Nord Stream 2 is a controversial project that would expand the current Nord Stream pipeline, which passes along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to deliver Russian gas to Germany. The United States, Poland, the Baltic states, and several other EU countries have expressed concern about Nord Stream 2 — which avoids existing gas pipelines through Ukraine — and the added leverage on energy security it could give Moscow. Klimkin said the United States and Ukraine “stand shoulder to shoulder in countering Russian aggression.” He said such aggression takes many forms, both the war in Crimea and parts of Donbas in Ukraine, and in Russian efforts to undermine democratic institutions in the United States and Europe. Klimkin also said Kyiv was grateful for U.S. support in strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities, “both through training of our military and through providing defense equipment.” Among other things, Washington has provided Kyiv with Javelin antitank missile systems.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says “Ukraine has no greater friend than the United States” in resisting Russia’s attempted annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. He spoke Friday in Washington after meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Pompeo said Washington would continue to punish Russia until it returned control of Crimea to Ukraine. Klimkin said the U.S. and Ukraine “stand shoulder to shoulder in countering Russian aggression.” He said such aggression takes many forms, both the war in Crimea and parts of Donbas in Ukraine, and in Russian efforts to undermine democratic institutions in the United States and Europe. The two men met on the 10th anniversary of the declaration of a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States. Pompeo said they made progress on countering Russian aggression in Ukraine; bolstering the rule of law and humanitarian issues; and economic and energy security matters. In an interview with Voice of America’s Ukrainian service Friday, Klimkin predicted that Russia would “try its utmost” to meddle in Ukraine’s presidential and parliamentary elections next year. He accused Russia of spreading “fierce propaganda” and “disinformation.” “It’s a comprehensive conventional and nonconventional war against Ukraine,” he said. Klimkin also expressed concern about Russian aggression in the Azov Sea, saying it was “critically important” to keep the peace there. “We need the support of the international community to bring peace to this important region,” he said. Klimkin also told VOA that Ukraine was open to any kind of international mission to help the occupied Donbas region. He said Ukrainian citizens have been suffering from Russian occupation there. “It could be a peacekeeping mission, it could be a police mission, it could be international administration, or all three coming together,” he said, to aid the citizens of the region. VOA’s Ukrainian service contributed to this report.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin has announced that a meeting of the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission in Washington, D.C., on November 16 addressed confidential issues related to cooperation in the field of arms supplies. Ukraine and the U.S. are discussing further military and technical cooperation, interaction in defense reform and measures to step up joint efforts in the fight against cyber threats
The United States of America will maintain sanctions against Russia until it fulfills the Minsk Agreements and returns Crimea back to Ukraine. Reads the joint statement of U.S. – Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission published on the website of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States. ‘The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control,’ reads the message. The United States has also condemned the aggressive actions of Russia against international maritime transporters headed to Ukrainian ports through the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State promised the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin the help of the United States in the fight against Russian aggression. It was said in the joint claim of the diplomats based on the talks of the strategic partnership commission Ukraine – the USA. ‘The United States condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Both sides underscored that Russia’s aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire Azov-Black Sea region. The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control. The United States welcomed Ukraine’s prolongation of the law on special order of self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on October 4, highlighted the many steps Ukraine has taken to implement the Minsk agreements, and called on Russia to fulfill its commitments under the agreements. The United States and Ukraine demanded the immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners unjustly held in Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, including Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Server Mustafaiev, Emir-Usein Kuku, and many others. The two sides condemned the illegal so-called “elections” in Russia-controlled Donbas on November 11. The sides reiterated these sham elections, orchestrated by Russia, contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements and flout UNSC Resolution 2202 (2015). The United States welcomed Ukraine’s NATO aspirations, reaffirmed by the 2008 Bucharest Declaration, and looked forward to one day welcoming Ukraine into the Alliance. The United States and Ukraine underscored that securing Ukraine’s European future and safeguarding the country from Russian malign influences requires continued reform and strong democratic institutions, in particular a free press, vibrant civil society, and an independent judiciary delivering impartial justice,’ reads the claim.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States and Ukraine will work together to stop the Nord Stream 2 project. The meeting was held as part of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission.
Ukraine and the United States have decided to create three new bilateral working groups that will focus on security, rule of law, and economy. The 2018 Strategic Partnership Commission’s meeting featured inaugural sessions of each working group.
The press service of the Foreign Ministry reported that the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, during his visit to Washington, discussed increasing pressure on Russia with the members of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Robert Corker and Robert Menendez. Specifically, Klimkin informed his interlocutors about the current situation in the Donbas and in the annexed Crimea. “While discussing further support to our country, Pavlo Klimkin stressed the importance of legislating the increased amount of assistance to Ukraine, proposed by the Senate and House of Representatives, in the federal budget of the United States for 2019,” said the Foreign Ministry. Klimkin also separately noted the historic decision of the U.S. Senate to adopt a resolution on the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, in which the events of 1932-1933 were recognized as the genocide of the Ukrainian people. The Minister also met with the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, and the Committee Co-Chair, Eliot Engel. “The Minister stressed the importance of the development of the positive dynamics in the federal budget of the United States in 2019 in regards to assistance provided to Ukraine, in particular, to support defense systems,” added the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. On Friday, November 16, during a meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership commission, the Special Representative of the U.S. State Department, Kurt Volker, announced that at the moment, the Minsk agreements are a key tool for maintaining sanctions against Russia, in order to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
The West is well aware of Russian actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, as well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which unfortunately is still ongoing
The West is well aware of Russia’s actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, as well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which is still ongoing, He pointed out that to work within societies that have a strong anti-Russian stance and affect pro-Western citizens, it doesn’t make sense for Russia to involve politicians and opinion leaders who are open Russophiles.
The press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom announced their intention to strengthen cooperation. One of the priorities is to increase the United Kingdom’s presence in the framework of operation Orbital. Since the beginning of this program in 2015, British instructors have trained 9.5 thousand members of the Armed forces of Ukraine (as of September 2018). At first, they first taught Ukrainian military defense skills, such as detecting mines and improvised explosive devices, providing medical care, and planning the logistics. As of 2018, the training program included anti-tank combat, infantry skills, anti-sniper training, and planning of the mortar forces and equipment uses. In September 2018, the UK has decided to continue the military training program for the Armed forces of Ukraine for another two years, until 2020. Another area of cooperation will be the development of prospective capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, the navy fleet and aviation. In addition, the UK is going to support changes in the quality and content of military education in Ukraine, help develop defense infrastructure and deepen military-technical cooperation. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, and the Secretary of State for Great Britain’s Defense, Gavin Williamson, signed the statement. It is not legally binding. In September 2018, British media announced that the UK was going to send Royal Marines and Royal Navy patrols to Ukraine, significantly expanding its military presence in the country.
The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (herein referred to as the Participants),
“As part of the official visit to the United Kingdom, Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with UK Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir Nickolas Carter. The parties discussed current security challenges, the ways to improve and develop the system of military exercises, as well as training of military personnel with the involvement of UK instructors,” reads the report. Poltorak noted the importance of the assistance provided by the UK in training the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “I am grateful for personal contribution to Operation ORBITAL, which already yields positive results. The issue of extending the work with UK advisers remains topical, especially in planning and engaging representatives of the Naval Forces and the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the organization of staff planning procedures. These exercises are now relevant for us because we are carrying out the reform of the management system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” said Poltorak. He also invited Sir Nick Carter to visit Ukraine. As reported, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak is on an official visit to the United Kingdom.
Ukraine and the United Kingdom have agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation to counter Russia’s aggression.
Britain will increase military support for Ukraine as the country continues to face Russian aggression.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, within the framework of his official visit to the UK, has met with Secretary of State for the defense of this country Gavin Alexander Williamson. “During the meeting, negotiations were held on the security situation in Ukraine, on the stages of defense reform and the country’s defense potential,” the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
Britain has called on Russia to stop detaining and preventing access for ships to the Sea of Azov, following a discussion at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on November 19, according to a statement released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The UK has joined calls for Russia to stop delaying or preventing access for ships to the Sea of Azov, following a discussion at the EU Foreign Affairs Council. Russia’s continued disruption of ships attempting to access Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov is destabilising the regional economy. Restrictions on freedom of passage have been accompanied by an increase in Russia’s military presence in the sea. A FCO spokesperson said: Russia and its security forces continue to disrupt Ukrainian and international shipping calling at Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. In March, Russia opened an unlawfully constructed bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Russia to the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula. Since then, Russia has been conducting stop and search operations for cargo ships arriving at, and leaving from, Ukraine’s ports in the Azov Sea. This is causing delays, significant increases in shipping costs, and a reduction in income to Ukraine’s ports. So far, more than 200 vessels have been affected, in a policy which is damaging Ukraine’s economy and undermining its sovereignty. We are also concerned by Russia’s growing military presence in the Sea of Azov. The UK supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and territorial waters. We call on Russia to allow unhindered access for merchant vessels through the Kerch Strait and in the Sea of Azov.
Paul Goble Staunton, November 22 – This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Maidan in Ukraine, an event that challenged an axiom that almost all analysts of the post-Soviet space hold, Arkady Babchenko says. That axiom holds that the empire’s possessions can escape from its influence and control only when the empire is weakened but in no case when it is strong. That helps to explain Vladimir Putin’s reaction to it, the Ukrainian commentator says, because if the Ukrainian alternative were to spread, that by itself would contribute to the weakening and ultimate dismemberment of the Russian imperial state and its pretentions to control the post-Soviet space (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5BF64DF385F63). With the Maidan, Babchenko continues, “Ukraine was able to achieve what no other country has. Not one! All the countries of Eastern Europe … which fell under the imperial boot could break out of it only when the empire began to fall apart. Poland, the GDR, the Baltic countries, and the Caucasus broke out only when the empire became weak.” Ukraine alone was able to escape from Moscow’s domination “at the peak of its latest rise to power, the only one in Europe, the only one in the world,” the commentator continues. “No one. Could. Do. that which we Did,” he says. And that is because the participants in the Maidan stood up “not for sausage but for freedom and dignity.” That is a powerful force, one capable of working miracles even against those like Putin who may have powerful resources of other kinds. It did in this case, and so calling the Maidan a revolution for dignity is the best way to ensure its ultimate victory and the victory of others currently repressed or dominated by the Kremlin. Indeed, one could say, although Babchenko does not, that this was Ukraine’s application of a “hybrid” force against Putin’s Russia, a force that was all the more powerful because the other side at least initially did not understand what had been deployed against it.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted in its first reading a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO (No. 9037). Earlier today, the Constitutional Court green-lighted such move.
Changes to the constitution will compel any Ukrainian government and all its branches to ensure the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the country, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “I am almost in no doubt that Verkhovna Rada will definitely support the draft constitutional changes on first reading. By virtue of the Fundamental Law, they will compel the Ukrainian government – I stress: any [government] and all its branches – to ensure Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO,” Poroshenko told parliament on Thursday, during a consideration of draft constitutional changes regarding Ukraine’s EU and NATO integration. Ukraine’s membership would substantially reinforce NATO’s eastern flank, he said. “Our Armed Forces, all of Ukraine will substantially strengthen the Alliance’s eastern flank,” Poroshenko said. The fact that in its east Ukraine is defending not only itself but the whole European civilization “substantially reinforces our moral right to expect to become a full member of the European Union,” he said. Earlier today Ukraine’s Constitutional Court delivered a favorable conclusion on the constitutional filing by Verkhovna Rada regarding the constitutionality of the presidential bill on Ukraine’s NATO and EU course.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said changing the country’s constitution to state Kyiv’s aim of joining NATO and the European Union as strategic state goals will send a strong “messa…
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declares that Russia, being an aggressor state, does not have and will not have a veto on Ukraine’s accession to NATO or the European Union. According to the head of state, fixing in the Constitution the country’s path toward joining NATO and the European Union, Ukraine sends a message to Moscow: “We are parting completely and irrevocably.”
The Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has green-lighted a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO (No. 9037). The bill was considered by the CCU’s Grand Chamber behind closed doors on November 20 through November 22. The Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has green-lighted a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO (No. 9037). The bill was sent by the Verkhovna Rada to the CCU, which was to check if the amendments are in line with the Constitution. Read more on UNIAN:https://www.unian.info/politics/10347969-ukraine-s-constitutional-court-green-lights-change-in-constitution-on-ukraine-s-path-to-eu-nato-source.htmlThe Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has green-lighted a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO (No. 9037). The bill was sent by the Verkhovna Rada to the CCU, which was to check if the amendments are in line with the Constitution.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the doors of NATO and the European Union are open for Ukraine. Ukraine is gradually approaching EU and NATO membership, Poroshenko said. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the doors of NATO and the European Union are open for Ukraine. “We are gradually approaching EU and NATO membership. Do not believe those skeptics who say this will never happen,” the president said during a working visit to Cherkasy region, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the draft amendment to the Constitution on the entering into the EU and NATO on November 22, if the decisions of the Constitutional Court and profile committee are made. Andry Paruby, the speaker of the parliament made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported. “Indeed, there is such information, that on Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will deliver a conclusion on the draft amendment to the Constitution on the strategic direction of the development of Ukraine on the entering to the EU and NATO. If the court and the committee make such decision, such chance will appear,” Paruby said. On September 20, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a draft regulation on including the draft amendments to the Constitution concerning foreign policy into the agenda. 321 people’s deputies voted for.
Ukraine’s military is improving its combat effectiveness and interoperability with NATO, but it still needs to improve its English-language skills and continue embracing modern military thinking, the alliance’s senior representatives of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) asserted on Oct. 22. A SHAPE delegation came to Ukraine on Oct. 22 to pay visits and give lectures as part of the NATO days held at three major military academies in Kyiv, Odesa and Kharkiv. Speaking to the Kyiv Post prior to the tour, the delegation’s head, Major General Odd Pedersen, noted that Ukraine’s efforts towards transforming its military has already resulted in having a number of combat formations that actually meet the 29-member alliance’s criteria of high combat effectiveness. “Having Ukraine as part of many of NATO’s operations throughout the years have been the most successful,” Petersen said. “Because your troops have represented their country very well, and they have done well in complicated scenarios. I’m talking about Afghanistan and Kosovo, but also about the Sea Guardian, the maritime operations (aimed to ensure security in the Mediterranean).” Last month, he added, NATO’s Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) successfully evaluated two Ukrainian combat formations belonging to the country’s Special Operations Forces, particularly a engineering company, as well as an SBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) defense company. By doing this, the NATO command officially confirmed that the evaluated units were completely interoperable and capable of operating with NATO standards and procedures – which is basically an ultimate goal for the whole Ukrainian defense and security sector under its 2020 reform. “I cannot speak for all of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Pedersen concluded. “But those evaluated units that I have seen are doing well.” Language barrier However, as Pedersen noted, there remains a considerable problem standing on the way: an insufficient level of proficiency in a foreign language among many of Ukraine’s military personnel. “English and French are two languages spoken in the alliance,” the general asserted. “And if you want to be listened to and to be able to get to your point, you need to speak quite good English. And that is sometimes complicated for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” Upon that, many of Ukraine’s military personnel of older age, who started their career long before the westernization of the Ukrainian army was launched, tend to have problems with foreign languages, while the youth in uniform demonstrate excellent result in this realm. “This tells me it’s probably a generation thing,” Pedersen concluded. Besides, he added, another thing that Ukraine should stick to is “challenging the old way of doing things” in the military. However, from his perspective, even though Ukraine needs reforms in the defense and security sector, another thing that should be always remembered is that such massive transformations that the Ukrainian forces assumed under the 2020 reform could not be done in just a snap, and that it would take years of steadfast evolutionary work to reach a complete compatibility with NATO benchmarks. “You can ask your neighbor Romania how many years did it take for them to change their armed forces according to NATO doctrines and standards. That took them 15 years,” general said. But apart from improving its English, Ukrainian army is absolutely welcome to participate in even more joint drills and operations with NATO, which greatly helps forge better relations between the Ukrainian and NATO military forces.
Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak says that the Donbas conflict is in its active phase. There is a threat of Russia’s open aggression, the top military official says.
Over the past day, November 16, Russian occupation forces six times used weapons proscribed by the Minsk Agreements, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said in its daily report. Russian occupation forces opened fire 10 times on Ukraine positions in the conflict zone.
A joint effort of the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) and the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine revealed new modifications of Pterodo malware in computers used in Ukraine's state agencies, which indicates that preparations are likely underway for a massive cyber attack.
Dmytro Tymchuk, the coordinator of the Ukrainian-based Information Resistance OSINT community, says the Russian occupation troops are being reinforced near the Russian-occupied town of Horlivka. The enemy has been deploying a number of artillery units in the system of its so-called “standby artillery” in its hide positions.
22.11.18 10:48 – Ukrainian army major Vitalii Kuznetsov killed in action in Donbas on Nov. 21, – Ivano-Frankivsk mayor. PHOTO Vitalii Kuznetsov, a native of Ivano-Frankivsk city, a member of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade was killed while carrying out a combat mission in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone on Nov. 21. View news.
Intelligence commander of the 8th separate mountain assault battalion, Major of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vitaliy Kuznetsov has been killed in hostilities in Donbas. The officer went to war as a volunteer in 2014.
The Security Service of Ukraine has denounced as fake the report of Russian-controlled militants in Donbas about the alleged detention of an “SBU agent” on the day the pseudo-elections were held in Donbas, organized by the Russian Federation on Nov 11. The “agent” was allegedly plotting an act of sabotage on the day of the so-called “elections” in the terrorists’ stronghold of “DPR.”
Servicemen of the 93rd Kholodny Yar mechanized brigade have participated in battalion tactical exercises at the firing ground in Dnipropetrovsk region, the brigade's press service has reported.
Ukrainian Joint Forces servicemen have shot down another Russian unmanned aerial vehicle, the press service of the headquarters of the Joint Forces has reported.
The Ukrainian Joint Forces have shot down a Russian-made Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Its wreckage and parachute with an ID number label indicate that it is a Russian-made model.
Russian-led forces suffered losses in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day. There have been no Ukrainian army casualties in the past day. Russian-led forces suffered losses in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day. “According to intelligence reports, four members of the Russian occupation forces were eliminated and another four were wounded,” the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said in an update on Facebook as of 07:00 Kyiv time on November 21, 2018.
Spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says Russian servicemen massively refuse to serve in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Russian military are not happy with unofficial status of their service and low allowances. Spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says Russian servicemen massively refuse to serve in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “The recruited Russian military personnel massively refuse to serve in the temporarily occupied part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” he said at a briefing on November 19, referring to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate. According to Hutsuliak, the Russian military argue their decisions by unofficial status of their service there, recognition as war criminals in case of capture, low allowances and large-scale casualties in the formations and units of Russia’s occupation forces. The command of the armed forces of the Russian Federation is intensively training and taking on more troops in the occupied part of Donbas, he said. In particular, military training for officers, sergeants and privates who serve in the army under contracts has been under way on the territory of all military districts of the Russian armed forces since the beginning of November to ensure simultaneous rotation and recruitment of the formations and units of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian armed forces. This also concerns vacancies that were previously occupied by locals. In this regard, twice as many Russian servicemen than usual are involved in this training, Hutsuliak said. At the same time, high-ranking members of the Russian armed forces directly supervise the recruitment and battlemind training of troops, he added.
The militants of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) have declared the detention of the “agent of the Security Service of Ukraine” (SBU), who supposedly prepared the “sabotage for the disruption of the elections” on November 11 as the separatist mass media reported. It is noted that the so-called “Ministry of State Security” held the “special operation” and detained a man during the pass of the incendiary device to the “member of the commission” on November 11 at the back room of one of the “polling stations”. A commission’s member should put the device in the container with bulletins. “According to the plan of the organizers of the terrorist act, the device equipped with the electronic ignition and timer should be activated after the transportation of the mentioned container and other containers from the polling stations to “Central Election Commission”. Subsequently, the large-scale fire should take place and it could led to the heavy casualties,” the message said. The “Ministry of State Security” noted that it succeeded to prevent “the sabotage” and detain the “SBU agent”. The so-called elections took place in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on November 11. The voters elected the leaders of ‘people’s republics’ and their representatives in the parliaments of the ‘republics.’
Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson “After the murder of [former DNR leader] Alexander Zakharchenko under the conditions of a possible vacuum of power, there was a real risk of the total destabilization of the situation in southeastern Ukraine…. The holding of elections made it possible to avoid such a scenario.” Source: Tass News Agency, November 15, 2018 False Moscow falsely claims stability in eastern Ukraine, despite its continued military intervention. On November 11, authorities in the Russian-occupied, self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (DNR and LNR) held elections with the apparent goal to legitimize the rule of the already-installed leaders of the proto-states, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik. As Polygraph.info has previously reported, Russian state media has been quick to call those elections free and fair, with some experts seizing on them to support “reintegration” with Russia.
The personnel of Security Service of Ukraine detained the individual who attempted on one of the public activists in Kherson. The contractor of the attempt and number of other terrorist attacks on the territory of Ukraine is Russia’s FSB, reports the press office of the Ukrainian intelligence services. ‘Detectives of SBU established that the intelligence of the country aggressor planned to commit a number of terrorist acts on the territory of Ukraine aimed at all known public activists to destabilize the social-political situation in Ukraine. To do so, they recruited the citizen of Ukraine who agreed to commit misdemeanors for reward. In may 2018, Ukrainian law enforcement officers managed to prevent the murder of one of the heads of a regional political organization in Kherson. Ukrainian law enforcement bodies monitored the next steps of the perpetrator within the framework of an investigation experiment, in order to confirm the involvement of the Russian Federation,’ reads the message of SBU. The investigation established that the offender received another mission right after the attempt. Another victim had to be the leader of Kherson public organization. ‘As a result of the special operation, the law enforcement officers detained the attacker in Kyiv during preparation for an offense. Currently, the detainee is suspected of having committed offenses provided by part 2 of Art 15, part 2 of Art 258, part 1 of Art 14 and part 1 of Art 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and a preventive measure in the view of detention for two months was elected for him,’ SBU reported.
Civil volunteer, Donbas war veteran, head of the Mir & Co charity fund Myroslav Hai has said that by creating the Ministry of Veterans, Ukraine is following suit of the United States, where a similar department has existed for a very long time. The number of veterans is expected to be increasing.
The United States has offered Ukraine two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates decommissioned by the U.S. Navy, according to Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko. “Indeed, we have been offered two Oliver Perry-class frigates decommissioned by the U.S. Navy in 2013-2015,” Voronchenko said on Channel 5. Ukraine will need ships of this type in the future, Voronchenko said. “We are scrutinizing the offer,” he added. “We are considering how the ships will be accepted, what condition they are in, what needs to be done, and how much they will cost. The annual operation costs of such a frigate, including the payroll of the crew and maintenance, stand at approximately $25 million. Judging by the world practices, the cost of a ship amounts to 30% of operational costs. Sixty to seventy percent are spent on maintenance, modernization, and disposal,” Voronchenko said.
Ukraine is negotiating with Canadian arms producers the possibility of purchasing light weapons, said in an interview with the UNN news agency the political counselor to the Canadian embassy in Ukraine and head of the foreign policy and diplomacy department, Rouslan Kats. “About a year ago Canada included Ukraine in the list of countries that Canadian companies can sell weapons to (Automatic Firearms Country Control List). This was not allowed before,” said Kats. According to him, this allows Ukraine to purchase light weapons, for example rifles. Kats also noted that next year the Canadian and UK embassies will act as NATO embassies in Ukraine, and Ukraine needs to take advantage of this to maintain its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Earlier, British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough said that the peace and resolution of the military conflict in the Donbas depend on the leadership of the Russian Federation, and not the activities of any missions in the region. According to her, the UK supports the idea of introducing peacekeeping missions to the east of Ukraine. However, according to the ambassador, in the short term, this may be unrealistic, because the positions of Ukraine and Russia are currently far apart.
Again, return to the history of the purchase of Turkish drone unmanned systems such as Bayraktar TB2, which Ukraine bought or did not buy in Turkey.Recall that on November 6, the media reported information about an agreement on the purchase of Turkish unmanned systems manufactured by Baykar Makina during the official visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to Turkey on 3-4 November.Subsequently, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, who also resided in Turkey, denied the signing of an agreement to buy drone aircraft in an interview for “Channel 5”.But that’s not all. The editor-in-chief of the site Censor.Net Yuri Butusov today on his Facebook page unveiled new information regarding this agreement:
As we have already reported during the visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, an agreement was signed on 3-4 November in Turkey to buy Turkish Bayacraft TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured by Baykar Makina.Today, journalist Yuriy Butusov on the Facebook page reported the total value of the deal – USD 69 million.He also told some details of the deal: “ The contract includes 6 combat drones, 2 control stations and 200 guided missiles. Also in the agreement is a set of spare parts, service, personnel training. The contract value is $ 69 million, “Butusov wrote on Facebook.Bayraktar TB2 Specifications:
Ukraine will be purchasing six combat drones from Turkey, and 200 missiles for them, journalist Yuriy Butusov reported on Facebook. “Also in the deal are two control stations, a set of spare parts, service support, and personnel training. The cost of the contract is $69 million,” he writes. The journalist believes that acquiring the drones will be beneficial for Ukraine. “I understand the criticism, but nevertheless, I think that buying the Bayraktars is extremely beneficial for Ukraine at this stage, and is necessary to improve the technological and combat capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Yes, the price of the Bayraktars is high. But that depends on what you compare it to. Weapons of a similar class are produced by only six countries. The US, China and Israel are the three primary producers of heavy attack drones with guided weapons. NATO countries buy combat UAVs from the US. Recently, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan have also mastered the production of drones with guided weapons. Russia, despite the fact that development of attack drones has been financed since 2005, has still been unable to master the production of attack drones. Buying the Bayraktars will give [Ukraine] a serious technological advantage. We will be able to familiarize ourselves with the use of a modern combat UAV and its ammunition, study the principles of operation. In order to develop its own Bayraktars, Turkey at first bought 4 American MQ-9 Reaper attack drones. And it was on the basis of these that Turkey created its own combat craft,” Butusov believes. However, Butusov emphasized that the investments in the construction of UAVs in Ukraine are very small. “Aside from the large Turkish drones, with government investments, Ukraine could now create new types of tactical attack drones which would be widely demanded throughout the world in the near future,” he writes.
Ukraine and Turkey have extended bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex and are considering the prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and sea-based platforms. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. “At MUSIAD EXPO [the international exhibition High Tech Port by MUSIAD], Hladkovsky [First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleh Hladkovsky] met with President of the Defense Industry of the Republic of Turkey Ismail Demir, during which the parties noted a significant intensification of bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex with the achievement of real results as mutually beneficial contracts. The officials also discussed the current state and prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and sea-based platforms, which are of considerable interest to both countries,” the statement reads. Hladkovsky also held meetings with heads of Turkey’s leading defense enterprises and noted the importance of combining the efforts of Ukrainian and Turkish design offices to modernize existing types of equipment and weapons and developing new ones. As reported, a Ukrainian delegation led by First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleh Hladkovsky visited MUSIAD EXPO in Istanbul. The delegation also included Head of the Ukroboronprom State Concern Pavlo Bukin and Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha.
Ukraine National Guards and State Emergency Service is to receive first H225 multi-role helicopters in December. According to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, the first Airbus H225 helicopters are almost ready and in December they will be transferred to the State Emergency Service and the National Guard of Ukraine. “The first helicopters Airbus H225 Super Puma for Ukraine are almost ready! Our French partners are completing assembly, commissioning and test flights. In December, the helicopters will give the State Emergency Service and the National Guard of Ukraine. Our pilots are already there! – get acquainted with their aircraft, gain experience, ”said Arsen Avakov. Early, the Ukrainian government has ordered 55 new multi-role helicopters to be used for a range of police and parapublic operations, Airbus Helicopters announced on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow. The country signed a contract for the purchase of 21 repurposed H225s, as well as 10 new H145 and 24 H125 platforms to be used by the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service and the National Police. It also includes the setting up of a local training and maintenance centre. “In Ukraine, we will open the service center “Airbus Helicopters”, we will create additional jobs. Previously, we plan that 15 bases will start operating throughout the country, where our helicopter groups will be located. The key one will be located in the city of Nizhyn, as well as along the borders of Ukraine. But the whole system will work as a single mechanism,” – Arsen Avakov said on October 4, during a working visit to France. The Minister stressed that the system of aviation security and civil protection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is extremely complex and requires detailed planning.
The first helicopters of the Airbus H225 Super puma are already practically ready and will be handed over to the State Emergency and National Guard of Ukraine in December.This is reported by the press-service of the Ministry of Internal AffairsThe pilots of the State Emergency Service and the National Guard of Ukraine are trained at the Airbus Special Pilot Training Center. According to their words, the H225 makes it possible to increase the efficiency of the tasks at the expense of modern equipment. “The first helicopters for Ukraine Airbus H225 Super puma are practically ready! Our French partners complete the assembly, debugging and test flights. In December, helicopters will be handed over to DSNC and NSU. Our pilots are already there! – get acquainted with their cars, create experience “, – said Arsen Avakov.Recall that at the Airbus Helicopters plant, Ukraine is commissioned to manufacture and supply 55 helicopters of various classes for the needs of the DSNC, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service and the National Police. In Ukraine, 15 helicopter bases and the “Airbus Helicopters” service center will work. Ukrainian pilots are trained at a special Airbus pilot training center. NSU servicemen and SSNS pilots master the theoretical course, refine skill in the simulation center and take a course of practical flights. The pilots studying in France compared the work of the Mi-8 and the H225 Airbus. According to them, the H225 helps the crew during instrument flight or during rescue situations. It also allows you to increase the efficiency of the tasks at the expense of modern equipment. As it is known in Ukraine, pilots for the aviation security system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be trained at the Kremenchug Flight College, and also technical and service personnel of the aviation safety system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will train there. We will get a qualitatively new level of specialists who will carry out the tasks of aerometric evacuation, search and rescue operations, the police component and the protection of the state border, “Arsen Avakov said.
About 150 units of the latest weapons and equipment have been handed over to Ukrainian paratroopers in recent years, and next year they will be equipped with new armored personnel carriers and anti-tank missile systems, including Javelins.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, speaking at the Kyiv’s Armoured Plant during the transfer of the military equipment and weapons to the army, stated that the new Ukrainian high-precision anti-tank weapons characteristics are not inferior to their counterparts from Russia, Europe and the United States, reports Interfax-Ukraine. According to Turchynov, in particular, this can be said about the Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank missile systems, which will be used by the Ukrainian military. Turchynov also noted that Ukrainian ATGMs, developed by the Ukrainian State Design Bureau Luch, are in great demand in foreign arms markets. During the event at the Kyiv’s Armoured Plant, more than 65 units of the restored and new military equipment, including T-72, BTR-3 tanks, armoured vehicles Varta and Novator, were transferred to Ukraine’s military.
The Ukrainian military received 70 units weapons and military equipment
modern fire control system, increasing its day-and-night range and accuracy
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State-run Kyiv Armored Plant, which is part of Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom, has manufactured the prototype of a BTR-3DA armored personal carrier (APC) hull from armored steel supplied by one of the NATO member states. The hull will soon be delivered to a shooting ground for testing.
French partners have vowed more support for the further development of units of the National Guard of Ukraine.
Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin discussed the strengthening of cooperation in the defense sector.
Ukraine and Canada negotiated boosting the interstate cooperation in the security area. Canada’s National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan posted this on Twitter after his meeting with Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, as the latter was in Canada with the official visit. ‘Good to speak with Pavlo Klimkin about Canada’s strong commitment to Ukraine. We are proud to be supporting a stable and secure Ukraine through our Canadian forces members deployed on Operation UNIFIER who are working alongside the Ukrainian Security Forces’, Sajjan posted on Twitter. As is known, the Ukrainian minister visited Canada to join the Halifax Security Forum 2018. He also negotiated with Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Ian Shugart, members of the Canadian Parliament, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Goethemuller, US senators and congressmen. Earlier, in July 2018, Harjit Sajjan added that together with the partners are working on the development of safe, successive and democratic Ukraine. He noted that Canada had provided the Ukrainian Armed Forces with non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars. ‘Our commitment isn’t limited only by training soldiers. As part of a comprehensive support of Ukraine, Canada provided the Armed Forces of Ukraine non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars, and more equipment will be provided by the of March of 2019,’ he said.
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Leader of the Popular Front Party, former prime minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk says that Viktor Medvedchuk is Putin’s direct representative in Ukraine, not just the Kremlin agent as some claim. Yatsenyuk stressed that the next parliamentary elections are “perhaps even more important than the presidential elections.”
Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar wrote this on his Facebook page. “The actions and statements of the Hungarian side have recently been more reminiscent of the Kremlin’s style. One day the Hungarian prime minister, synchronously with Moscow, declares a refusal to contact the Ukrainian authorities, another day Hungarian diplomacy switches to the track of manipulation and distortions,” Bodnar wrote. He noted that he was trying to comment on current problems with restraint. “But a blatant lie of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry regarding the summoning of their ambassador has filled up the cup of my diplomatic patience,” he wrote. Bodnar stressed that “the Hungarian ambassador was still invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!” According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the Hungarian ambassador was invited to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry by the director of the concerned department for a demarche concerning destructive statements made by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The fact that the ambassador previously asked for a meeting does not influence either the content or the form of a demarche, Bodnar said. “A strong protest was expressed to the Hungarian ambassador due to Orban’s statements, and the unacceptability of interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs, in particular ongoing electoral processes, was noted. The ambassador took our concerns with understanding. On the contrary, it was proposed to focus interaction between the two countries on practical, mutually beneficial areas,” Bodnar wrote.
Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed that the issuance of the Hungarians passports to the citizens of Ukraine does not contradict the Ukrainian laws as DW reported. “The Hungarians, who, according to the Hungarian law have a right for the dual citizenship, live in Zakarpattia. If you look at the Ukrainian law, there is nothing about the fact that it is crime to have the passport of another country or it is banned,” the minister said.
Official Budapest wants Ukraine to return the right of Zakarpattia Hungarians for education in the mother tongue
BRUSSELS — Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on November 19 that Budapest will continue to block meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at a ministerial level, amid a diplomatic spat between the two neighbors. However, Szijjarto also said that his country would give its consent to the Ukrainian foreign minister attending a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting scheduled for next month if Georgia’s top diplomat also participates. Relations between Hungary and its eastern neighbor began deteriorating last year after a language bill was approved by Kyiv that Budapest said limited ethnic Hungarians’ rights to receive education in their mother tongue. Since March 2017, Hungary has blocked all the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission — the key format for bilateral cooperation between Kyiv and the Western military alliance — at all levels above that of ambassadors. “We cannot lift our veto when it comes to the NATO-Ukraine Commission meetings because there was no forward progress,” Szijjarto told RFE/RL in Brussels. Szijjarto also said that Hungary would not oppose inviting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to NATO’s ministerial meeting set for December 4-5 in Brussels if his Georgian counterpart also attends. At the NATO summit in July, the alliance created a special format in which the presidents of both Georgia and Ukraine were invited in order not to exclude Kyiv from the meeting. The diplomatic spat between Hungary and Ukraine escalated in September, when an undercover video emerged that appeared to show a Hungarian diplomat in Ukraine handing out passports to ethnic Hungarians. Kyiv responded by expelling the Hungarian consul in Transcarpathia, prompting Budapest in turn to expel a Ukrainian consul in Hungary.
Hungary will continue blocking the Ukraine-NATO Commission meetings, according to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Szijjarto claims there is no “forward progress” on the issue of rights of the Hungarian minority in Zakarpattia.
The Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine István Íjgyártó was summoned to the Foreign Ministry due to the statement of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán concerning the absence of the dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities, as the press office of the institution reported. The message says that the Hungarian diplomat was informed about the need to cease activities which negatively affect the development of the bilateral relations. Related: Hungary finds negotiations with incumbent Ukrainian government ‘impossible’, – Orban “On November 16, 2018, the newly appointed Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine István Íjgyártó was invited to the Foreign Ministry, who received protest concerning the latter statements of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Vice-Prime-Minister on national policy Zsolt Semjén about Ukraine,” the message reads. Earlier, Orbán stated that the agreements with the current authority of Ukraine are not possible for Budapest. He said that Ukraine did not have any prospective of NATO and EU integration.
Newly appointed Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine, István Íjgyártó, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine on November 16, 2018, after Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had said he saw no chance of coming to any kind of agreement with Ukraine’s “current political leadership.” The ministry has emphasized that the Hungarian side should stop actions negatively affecting development of the bilateral relations.
Poland does not agree with Hungary raising the issues it has with Ukraine to the level of cooperation within NATO, said the Polish Ambassador to Ukraine, Jan Pieklo. “Poland supports Ukraine joining the European Union and NATO. We do not want bilateral issues to be brought to the global level of strategic cooperation within NATO,” he said when asked about the Polish assessment of Hungary’s countering Ukraine’s cooperation with the alliance. The diplomat also added that his statements were not simply his own wishes but Poland’s official position.” On November 11, 2018, Poland also called on the European Union to punish Russia for holding elections in the territories of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control.
The delegation of the National Democratic Institute (U.S.) and deputies of the European Parliament have prepared 51 recommendations to get ready for the 2019 elections in Ukraine, in particular, they recommended Facebook opening an office in Kyiv, regional director of programs of the Eurasian region at the National Democratic Institute Laura Jewett has said. Facebook should open an office in Ukraine and, together with other digital platforms, unite to fight disinformation … If we are talking about fighting Kremlin interference to ensure stability in the country, then social networks and digital platforms should help Ukraine in these aspirations. All candidates must have equal access to the media. You also need to combat with the negative impact of misinformation. It is necessary to make efforts to combat manifestations of political corruption, including falsification, and to monitor the financing of parties, she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Saturday. According to Jewett, it is also necessary to adhere to the equal gender representation of women and men. Candidates’ campaigns should rest on constructive proposals, be aimed at unification, and the media should note that this is political advertising, not information, she explained. In turn, MEP Dariusz Rosati noted the intensification of misinformation in Ukraine. Our recommendations are aimed at encouraging the Ukrainian authorities to adopt key reforms in the electoral legislation and beyond, which will help ensure that the elections are fair and transparent, he explained. MEP Rebecca Harms clarified that the need to introduce a proportional electoral system instead of a mixed one had been discussed at a meeting with Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy. After the meeting with the CEC (Central Electoral Commission) we recommended the parliament include internally displaced persons and labor migrants in the electoral process, she added. In addition, the delegation recommended that resources be provided to the CEC for updating technical tools to combat cyber attacks.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin supported the recommendations of the National Democratic Institute and the European Parliament regarding the electoral process in 2019. About this he wrote in Twitter. “I had a good discussion with the mission of the NDI and the European Parliament regarding the comprehensive attempts of disinformation and information attacks. Facebook should have worked with the Ukrainian segment from Kyiv long ago. Like other IT companies,” Klimkin said. According to Ukrinform, the monitoring mission consisting of representatives of NDI and the European Parliament provided the Ukrainian government and society with 51 recommendations for improving the electoral process in 2019. Among them are the equal access of all candidates to the media, the opening of a Facebook office in Kyiv, funding of public broadcasting. Also, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with a delegation of NDI and the European Parliament and called on them to strengthen sanctions against Russia in connection with interference in the electoral process in Ukraine.
The United States will help Ukraine counter Russia’s possible election meddling in 2019, according to a Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership published on the U.S. State Department’s website. The two countries will also continue joint training exercises and cybersecurity cooperation.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with the delegation of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the European Parliament. During the meeting, he called on the EU and the US to increase pressure on Russia because to interventions in the electoral processes in Ukraine, stated the press service of the president. “The head of the state discussed with the representatives of NDI and the European Parliament the pre-election situation in the country and the latest development in the territories of the Donbas and Crimea occupied by Russia. The president cited examples of Russia’s interference in the electoral process in Ukraine and called on Western partners to increase sanctions on the aggressor country,” the statement said. At the same time, Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the support Ukraine received from partners and allies in countering Russian aggression and restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. According to the news report, the parties of the meeting said that the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine planned for 2019 are not an obstacle to the Minsk or Normandy talks. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had said that meetings in the Normandy format before the presidential elections in Ukraine planned for March 31 make no sense. In addition, Putin said that he “expects to improve relations” with Ukraine’s new authorities after the elections.
Russia’s special services, within the framework of the Kremlin’s concept of bringing, or returning, pro-Russian forces to power in Ukraine, are further trying to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine, both on the eve of the next anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity and on the eve of the next year’s entire electoral cycle, says the Information Resistance OSINT community. Сertain players appear in the media arena, allegedly acting as American agents of influence, to impose on the general public the following idea: “It is on the instructions from Washington that they came here to destabilize the situation and alter the political order, because U.S. leaders are tired of the Ukrainian government.” Russia’s special services, within the framework of the Kremlin’s concept of bringing, or returning, pro-Russian forces to power in Ukraine, are further trying to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine, both on the eve of the next anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity and on the eve of the next year’s entire electoral cycle, says the Information Resistance OSINT community. This is being done by creating and employing various pseudo-patriotic and pseudo-nationalistic projects, as well as taking further destructive action, including provocations, under their flags, the Information Resistance wrote. The main goal of Russian intelligence’s destructive projects is to act as a ram and at a certain moment to make a dent in the social and political situation that the clearly pro-Russian forces will exploit and expand in their own interests. At the same time, these “patriotic” projects, claiming to be antagonists of the pro-Russian forces, still play up to them and constantly feed them more “evidence” to support Russian propaganda rhetoric. Also, in the framework of these projects’ implementation, certain players appear in the media arena, allegedly acting as American agents of influence, to impose on the general public the following idea: “It is on the instructions from Washington that they came here to destabilize the situation and alter the political order, because U.S. leaders are tired of the Ukrainian government.” Back in May-June of this year, the IR community wrote that the Kremlin created a new political project, whose task is to create a negative image of Ukraine in the international arena and, if possible, to destabilize social and political situation in Ukraine from within with the use of the radical component – agents of Russian special services, as well as various “useful idiots.” The name of the project is “First National Ukrainian Congress.” Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10341156-osint-group-elaborates-on-russia-s-active-measures-in-ukraine.html
MEPs and U.S. experts urge Facebook, Inc. management open a representative office in Kyiv to effectively counter the spread of disinformation during the upcoming election campaign in Ukraine in 2019. Participants in the international conference believe that Facebook should work with interested parties in Ukraine to identify and counter the spread of fake news.
Very soon, Ukraine will hold presidential and then parliamentary elections. Of course, Russia has been closely watching the process as Moscow has many interests in Ukraine, according to Andrei Illarionov, a Russian economist and former adviser to Vladimir Putin. The ideal option for Putin would be having his candidate win the presidency, but this is now impossible even in theory. Very soon, Ukraine will hold presidential and then parliamentary elections. Of course, Russia has been closely watching the process as Moscow has many interests in Ukraine, according to Andrei Illarionov, a Russian economist and former adviser to Vladimir Putin. In fact, the Kremlin does not have too many scenarios regarding Ukraine, and they do not surprise with their variety and originality, Illarionov told Glavred. “For Putin, the ideal option would be having his candidate with the presidency in Ukraine. But in the current situation, this is impossible, no matter the actions any presidential candidate did in the past. Pursuing a pro-Russian, more precisely pro-Kremlin policy in today’s Ukraine is impossible, while victory of a pro-Kremlin candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election is completely unrealistic,” the expert suggests.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the party Batkivschyna, has called for comprehensive support of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of the country’s life and promised to introduce “severe punishments” for vandalism of churches.
Yuliya Tymoshenko, the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union Batkivschyna (Fatherland) party, has said the emigration rates in Ukraine have taken a catastrophic scale and started posing a threat to the national security of Ukraine. She promised to solve this issue after the presidential elections.
Yuriy Boiko, a co-chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction in the parliament, who had just been stripped of the membership of his faction, has said that he is going to create a new parliamentary group in the Verkhovna Rada.
The strategic council of the pro-opposition Opposition Platform-For Life movement has decided to nominate Opposition Bloc co-chairman Yuriy Boyko as its single candidate for president at the 2019 election, MP Vadym Rabinovych has said on NewsOne TV. Rabinovych, who earlier announced that he would not be running for president, said he would help and support Boyko. However, he will top the list of the For Life party at the 2019 parliamentary election.
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Members of the political party Opposition Bloc Yuriy Boyko and Serhiy Lyovochkin have been expelled from the parliamentary Opposition Bloc faction.
Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky in his recent interview said he would not return to Ukraine until the leadership in the country changed. The businessman is positive that in March next year, people will elect another candidate.
The National Corps organization says it does not support the decision of the Svoboda Party to support Ruslan Koshulynsky as a single candidate from the nationalist camp and offered to nominate their own leader, MP Andriy Biletsky instead. The National Corps nominated its leader, MP Andriy Biletsky, as a presidential candidate from the nationalist forces.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a bill on amending Article 133 of the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the renaming of Dnipropetrovsk region) for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. “Decommunization should be completed. There cannot be a place for [the name of Soviet leader Grigory] Petrovsky on the map of Ukraine. Not only is he one of the leaders of the communist dictatorship, but also a co-organizer and executor of the Holodomor, an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. The procedure for changing the region’s name implies amendments to the Constitution. The analysis shows that more than three hundred lawmakers will vote for Dnipro region. We don’t need publicity, we need the result – successful decommunization. Dnipropetrovsk region will become Dniprovsk, and Petrovsky will be past history. Guided by this logic, I have submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada, initiating that Dnipropetrovsk region could be renamed Dniprovsk region,” according to the president’s press service.
Parliamentarians have refused to submit to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine a request for obtaining a conclusion on draft law No. 8329 on amending Article 133 of the Constitution of Ukraine on renaming Dnipropetrovsk region to Sicheslavsk region. The decision to submit the document to the Constitutional Court was supported by only 206 deputies with 226 minimum required votes, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported. Thus, the parliament refused to launch the constitutional process of renaming the region.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has met with Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn. The sides discussed, in particular, humanitarian assistance to the victims of the Donbas, the creation of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933, the foreign minister wrote on his Facebook page. “Today, in Vienna, I met with Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, with whom we spoke about everything – starting with the work of Caritas in Ukraine and, in particular, in the Donbas and ending with the creation of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” Klimkin wrote. According to the minister, one story really impressed him emotionally: “The cardinal showed photos documenting the crime of the Holodomor. In those days, these photographs were transferred to Vienna, and former Cardinal Theodor Innitzer had the courage to openly talk about our tragedy. He published brochures and called on Europe with all possible means to hear us.” According to Klimkin, it is really impossible to look at these photos without pain. “Endless queues for a small piece of bread and dead bodies on the road, but most of all I was touched by a picture showing only one sign on a tree: ‘Nobody can be buried here’,” he wrote.
Germany continues to urge the Ukrainian side to delete the Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) website.
Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Valeriy Chaly has reported about two attempts at information attacks on him and on the Embassy. The envoy says, two attempts of such attacks have been recorded recently on him and the embassy.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Ukraine claimed that the coordinated attack is held against Ukraine and it is managed from Russia
Ukraine condemned Russia’s aggressive activities in the field of non-proliferation of chemical weapons, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar. Ukraine has called on the international community to increase pressure on the Russian Federation in the wake of Russian aggression.
The Embassy of Ukraine in the USA sent an official letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with “a strong request” to remove products with the symbols of the self-proclaimed terrorist republic "Donetsk People’s Republic" ("DPR") from the Amazon web-site.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the draft agreement on a free trade area (FTA) between Ukraine and Israel. The document is expected to be signed in late November 2018.
When online shoppers flood Amazon’s Marketplace on Black Friday, should clothing and souvenirs supporting Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine be on offer?
Ukraine’s acting health minister Ulyana Suprun has called on fellow citizens to join a flash mob aimed at forcing Amazon, the global online trading platform, to stop selling products “emblazoned with symbols of the self-proclaimed terrorist republic ‘DPR’ (Donetsk People’s Republic).” Ulyana Suprun says putting these goods up for sale is like “paying to kill someone.”
Norway and Ukraine will share experiences and maintain contacts as part of the implementation of national education reforms.
The Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andriy Reva announced that approximately 44% of Ukrainians receive social assistance from the …
Ukraine’s state-run railways operator, JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, says five more locomotives built by U.S. GE Transportation’s Pennsylvania-based plant have arrived at Ukraine’s port of Chornomorsk. Ukrzaliznytsia plans to use the new rolling stock for the Melitopol, Mykolaiv and Mariupol routes. Ukraine’s state-run railways operator, JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, says five more locomotives built by U.S. GE Transportation’s Pennsylvania-based plant have arrived at Ukraine’s port of Chornomorsk. As was the case with 15 previously delivered U.S. locomotives, the five will be sent to Ukraine’s Kremenchuk-based PJSC Kryukivsky Railway Car Building Works for final assembly. “Under the contract, the first batch of TE33A Evolution Series diesel locomotives from General Electric consists of 30 units. Thus, a total of 20 locomotives, including those delivered today, have already been supplied to Ukraine,” Ukrzaliznytsia’s press service said in a statement on November 20. As reported, the locomotives are now undergoing certification, carried out by Ukraine’s Railway Car Building Research Institute. Ukrzaliznytsia plans to use the new rolling stock for the Melitopol, Mykolaiv and Mariupol routes. In particular, 10 new locomotives will service the Mykolaiv route until the electrification of the Dolynska-Mykolaiv railroad section is completed. “Another five locomotives are to be used at the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi-Izmail section,” the press service added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia signed a framework agreement with General Electric on the supply of up to 225 locomotives worth US$1 billion to Ukraine. Under the contract, the local content share is set up to 40%. At the first stage of the deal, a purchase and sale contract was signed between General Electric and Ukreximbank for the delivery of 30 GE TE33AC diesel locomotives late in 2018 and early in 2019 with the local content share being 10%. On November 8, Ukrzaliznytsia tested the first General Electric diesel locomotive in a freight train at the Kremenchuk-Romodan railroad section. Ukrzaliznytsia will pay $4.68 million per GE locomotive of the first batch.
The introduction of technologies that allow producing unconventional gas could increase Ukraine’s resource base fivefold, up to 4 trillion cubic meters of gas, according to Oleh Prokhorenko, head of the country’s largest gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya, The company has already started pilot projects for developing unconventional deposits. The introduction of technologies that allow producing unconventional gas could increase Ukraine’s resource base fivefold, up to 4 trillion cubic meters of gas, according to Oleh Prokhorenko, head of the country’s largest gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya, Speaking at a Ukrainian Energy Week Forum in Kyiv Monday, Prokhorenko said: “There are deposits in our fields that have not been involved before. These are deposits that ensured a gas revolution in the U.S… In Ukraine, the resource base is estimated at 800 billion cubic meters, but if Ukraine is able to produce gas from unconventional deposits, it will allow to increase the resource base fivefold.” He also noted that the company had already started pilot projects for developing unconventional deposits.
Deputy Education and Science Minister of Ukraine Roman Hreba claimed that Google company will help the ministry to implement the digital technologies in the education as the press service of the ministry reported. “During two years of the cooperation of the Education Ministry with Google company, three large-scale projects were implemented: the training courses on the digital awareness of the teachers, online-course on the network etiquette and security as well as the guidance on the security on the internet,” the message said.
Ukrainian citizens working abroad send home about $6.5 billion annually, the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, Andriy Reva said in an …
Ukraine marks the Day of Dignity and Freedom every year on November 21, in accordance with a presidential decree of November 13, 2014.
Fifth Anniversary Of Euromaidan Protests
President Petro Poroshenko headed a delegation of top Ukrainian officials marking the fifth anniversary of the start of the Euromaidan protests, which began a series of events that tilted Ukraine’s…
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s treason trial in Kyiv has been postponed due to his hospitalization in Russia.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was reportedly hospitalized in Moscow on Friday. Yanukovych was expected to make his last statement at a hearing scheduled for November 19.
A lawyer for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says that the ex-leader will not be able to make a final statement to a Kyiv court in his treason trial because of an injury he reportedly sustained on November 16.
Ukraine will remember the victims of the Holodomor famine on November 24. Millions of people died of starvation between 1932 and 1933 when Soviet authorities seized food to force Ukrainian peasants to join collective farms. One woman reveals how her great-grandfather secretly photographed the suffering in the city of Kharkiv.
Ersatz bread from Ukraine’s 1932-33 famine was preserved for decades as criminal “evidence” against a church choir conductor who saved the scraps to tell future generations of the “terrible hunger.”
The Ukrainian street protests that came to be known as the Revolution of Dignity were supposed to usher in Western values and a more inclusive Ukraine. LGBT activists say that hasn’t happened.
A planned transgender-rights rally in Kyiv was disbanded after far-right counterdemonstrators assaulted several of the event’s participants on November 18. The radicals used tear gas against two female activists and assaulted Canadian journalist Michael Colborne, who was covering the protest.
Activists for transgender rights were forced to disband a demonstration in Kyiv on November 18 after counterdemonstrators assaulted several protesters and attacked a Canadian journalist trying to c…
Kiev demonstration was interrupted by far-right protesters who threw smoke bombs into the crowd
Organisers were forced to call off their demonstration after disruption by far-right counter-protesters.