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The military buildup on Ukraine’s border with Russia indicates a conventional invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Ukraine has requested NATO assistance in view of this imminent threat.

Statements by the Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova border on irrational and definitely not in touch with reality. 

As for predicting if Russia will invade, Russia has often presented the indicators – massing of tanks, the massing of combat aircraft, etc.  If Russia is hoping that Ukraine surrenders, it won’t happen. Russia, however, might be hoping for an actual surrender of the Sea of Azov.  I do not believe Russia could survive invading Ukraine, the reaction by the world would be overwhelming.  Would the West help Ukraine fight back if Russia invaded?  That is the multi-billion dollar question.

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Russian propaganda and disinformation campaign continues at a high tempo, and some of their pronouncements border on the bizarre, including an expectation that the US will negotiate and lift sanctions, and a threat to occupy those parts of Ukraine that host Russian diplomatic sites if protests by the public continue at these sites. Needless to say, Russian proxies are quite active in the media.

Following a briefing on Russian actions at Kerch, POTUS cancels the previously agreed meeting with the Vozhd. Some on target statements by SECSTATE, Amb Volker and Amb Yovanovitch. Senate passes a resolution on Russia’s “provocative actions” in Ukraine. Reports in Russian media that Ukraine is negotiating with the US to host US forces in Ukraine.

Following the Bild interview, Pres Poroshenko is interviewed by Sky News and presents IMINT showing the Russian armor buildup along the Ukrainian border. EU, NATO, and Germany respond with support but also with the usual caution that is, de facto, further encouraging the Russians to misbehave. UK support is stronger. Ukraine is arguing that NATO should, via Turkey, close the Bosporus to Russian maritime traffic, until Russia agrees to open the Azov Sea again. Budapest Memorandum raised again. Notably, Western MSM appear to be abandoning Russian narratives on the conflict, and after five years, realizing the Ukrainian narrative was the accurate one, and the Russian narrative was make-believe.

Amb Chaly in DC briefs media on Russian threat and also points out that sacrificing Ukraine will encourage Russia to eat more. Ukraine to revoke another 40 bilateral agreements with Russia, having revoked 48 already, suspends diplomatic relations, and will likely revoke the Azov Sea Treaty.

Six interesting OpEds on Russia – the position across Western commentators is hardening.  Eidman compares Russian revanchism to Soviet expansionism, noting that the regime has produced a martial mindset that needs to be continuously fed, and observing that events in Kerch were contrived to demonstrate “the Great Putin has defended the country from a horde of terrible Banderivets tugboats who are seeking to break into the peaceful homes of Russians.”

Ukrainian SIGINT published showing Russian military operations to attack the ships with aircraft and helos. All 24 Ukrainian Navy sailors transported to Muscovy, 21 now in Lefortovo prison, 3 in hospital.

Crimea update – Russia resettled 100,000 ethnic Russians in Crimea to displace Ukrainians and Tatars since 2014, Russians to construct a new BMD radar in Crimea, and major subversion problems reported in Kherson Oblast.

Under martial law, military-age males are no longer permitted to enter Ukraine from Russia.

Donbass, defense industry and political/economic reports.


UAWire – Putin calls on the US to negotiate with him and lift sanctions

TASS news agency reports that the Russian President Vladimir Putin during a plenary session of the investment forum “Russia calling !” organized by the VTB Capital group, stated that it is necessary to abandon the policy of unilateral sanctions and look for what Russia and the US can agree on. “What advice can be offered here? To abandon this policy [of sanctions] and seek common ground. We are ready for that; we want that. I said this more than once. I hope that, if we can talk with the US president in Argentina, we will discuss that too,” he responded when asked how relations between Russia and the US could be improved. Putin believes that “politically motivated restrictions” are harmful, including those who created them. According to estimates by experts at Bloomberg, sanctions against the Russian Federation have caused the country’s economy to lose additional 6%.

UAWire – Putin calls the seizure of Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait a ‘small incident’

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of the armed clash near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, Interfax reported. “As for the…

The Latest: Kremlin: Ukraine call for NATO help provocative | Fox News

The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 9:45 a.m.

Russian Foreign Ministry claims possible occupation of Ukrainian regions where Russia’s diplomatic bodies are located in Ukraine – 112.international

Russian Foreign Ministry officially claims a possibility to occupy the Ukrainian regions where Russia’s diplomatic institutions are located, as the Spokesperson of the establishment Mariya Zakharova said at the briefing, Unian reported. In particular, answering the question about whether the Russian diplomatic consulates might be transferred from Kyiv and Lviv to occupied Donbas due to constant protests near these institutions, she said: Related: Ukraine sends note of protest to Russia claiming to release sailors “Speaking of what you have asked about, you know, our recent historical example shows that sometimes there is no need to transfer them, and sometimes their status changes”. She mentioned Russia-occupied Crimea as an example. Neither Ukraine nor international community recognized the results of an illegal referendum conducted there. For this, Russia faced a number of sanctions.

Russian MFA threatens Ukraine with occupation of regions where Russian diplomatic institutions located | UNIAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Russian Federation threatens Ukraine with the occupation of Ukrainian regions where Russian diplomatic institutions are located. Earlier, the Russian MFA said the Russian people “could lose patience,” which would lead to attacks on the Ukrainian diplomatic institutions on Russian territory. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Russian Federation threatens Ukraine with the occupation of Ukrainian regions where Russian diplomatic institutions are located. In particular, speaking at a presser on Friday, answering the question whether a possibility is being considered to transfer Russian diplomatic institutions from Kyiv and Lviv to the occupied Donbas amid constant rallies outside these institutions, spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said: “Regarding what you asked, if there was any idea to transfer these institutions. You know, our recent historical example suggests that sometimes there is no need for such transfer. Sometimes it turns out that it’s the status of diplomatic institutions that changes.” “For example, we had our General Consulate in Simferopol, and then it became a representative office of our Foreign Affairs Ministry in our [own] region. Something like this,” Zakharova said, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. Earlier, the Russian MFA said “the Russian people might lose patience,” which would lead to attacks on the Ukrainian diplomatic institutions on Russian territory.

Say what? Ukraine to demand Turkey shuts Bosphorus to Russian ships over Kerch incident — RT World News

A Ukrainian Navy chief has vowed to ask Turkey to close the Bosphorus Strait for Russian warships over the Kerch naval standoff. Moscow wasn’t impressed, as the official cited laws referring exclusively to warring countries.

Russia hits back after Ukrainian admiral seeks Bosphorus blockade | Ahval

A Russian politician has hit back after the commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, called on Turkey to block Russian ships from crossing the Bosphorus Strait, which separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Marmara On Thursday Voronchenko said his country would ask for Russian ships to be banned from using the Bosphorus Strait as tensions continue to simmer days after Russian military forces fired on and then seized three Ukrainian navy vessels. Moscow also apprehended sailors on the vessels, several of whom were wounded in the incident on Sunday. “Legally speaking, Kiev’s intention to close down the Bosporus for Russian ships is useless,” the Russian federal parliament’s Committee on Defense and Security First Deputy Chairman, Franz Klintsevich, told reporters on Thursday. The Russian government says the Ukrainian vessels had illegally entered its maritime territories and were dealt with lawfully. Kiev, however, says the ships – two gunboats and a tug – had been headed off as they tried to enter the Kerch Strait, which connects the Azov Sea to the Black Sea, and were attacked as they turned back toward Ukraine after a long standoff. The 23 soldiers captured during the incident had still not been returned by Thursday, a fact that apparently prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to cancel a meeting with Putin scheduled during the two-day G20 summit in Argentina, which starts on Friday. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that he had proposed his own country as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia.

Some West States Possibly Knew of Kerch Strait Provocation in Advance – Moscow – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Western partners could have had prior knowledge of Ukraine’s Kerch Strait provocation or even took part in its preparation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

Kremlin denies Ukrainian charge it is restricting shipping near Crimea | Reuters

The Kremlin on Thursday denied a Ukrainian allegation that Russia was restricting shipping near Crimea as part of what Kiev said was a de facto blockade of its ports on the Sea of Azov.

Washington Might Stand Behind Kiev’s Provocation in Kerch Strait – Analysts – Sputnik International

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The standoff between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov provoked by the detention of three Ukrainian vessels for entering illegally the Russian territorial waters looks like a well-planned scenario, which might have been “encouraged” by the United States, experts told Sputnik.

Tusk ‘Sure’ EU to Roll Over Sanctions Against Russia Out Kerch Row in December – Sputnik International

The Kerch Strait incident took place on Sunday when three Ukrainian naval vessels, heading from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea, tried to pass through the strait without obtaining permission from Russia and thus illegally crossing the country’s sea border.

Erdogan Discussed Possible Mediation of Kerch Strait Row Settlement With Putin – Sputnik International

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he had discussed the possibility of Ankara becoming an intermediary in the settlement of the crisis that followed the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin EXPOSED: How Russian President claims this is ‘GREATEST moment since WW2’ | World | News | Express.co.uk

VLADIMIR Putin believes Russia’s current geopolitical situation is its ‘greatest moment since World War 2’, an expert has revealed. Author Sophie Pinkham shows how Putin is using nationalistic World War 2 nostalgia over the former Soviet state to promote a vision of a strong Russia, and a xenophobic Russian identity. His strategy can be characterised as “Make Russia great again,” says the Russia and Ukraine expert. When his forces annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, the move was condemned globally as a contravention of international law but Putin took the line that Crimea had been “reunited” with Russia. “State-controlled media pushed the idea that the “return” of Crimea to Russia was the greatest moment in Russian history since victory over the Nazis in 1945,” explains Pinkham. It is “a narrative meant to bolster patriotism, and Russian xenophobia and paranoia along with it,” Pinkham explains. This narrative has continued through to the annexation of Crimea, and then to the growing conflict the world is witnessing today. It is in itself a World War 2-era strategy, that Putin has in common with Stalin, she adds. Pinkham notes: “Putin is taking a leaf out of Stalin’s book, blaming every problem on external enemies, internal wreckers or incompetents.”

Meet Russia’s New Weapon Against Ukraine: The Coast Guard | The National Interest

The Kerch Strait operation reflects a new use of the Russian coast guard, more akin to Chinese or Iranian use of paramilitary and constabulary maritime forces and “lawfare.”

Bonnie Kristian | Don’t Gear up for War with Russia | The National Interest

Answering aggression with aggression would be unwise.

Ted Galen Carpenter | Ukraine Doesn’t Deserve America’s Blind Support | The American Conservative

Ukraine’s Western admirers typically ignore such evidence of authoritarian conduct, since it does not fit with their portrayal of the country as an enlightened member of the democratic community. The reality is that Ukraine epitomizes what CNN analyst Fareed Zakaria has aptly described as an “illiberal democracy.” The Poroshenko regime certainly does not warrant unquestioned Western backing. Kiev is not above engaging in provocations to serve either its political leadership’s domestic agenda or its foreign policy objectives. The United States does not have vital strategic or moral interests at stake in the overall Ukraine-Russia quarrel, much less the latest parochial spat in the Kerch Strait. A cautious, restrained posture is appropriate. Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at The American Conservative.

Pat Buchanan | Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors. .11/30/2018 10:20:01AM EST.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting….”

Jennifer Jacobs on Twitter: “NEWS: Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on AF1 that Trump decided to cancel a planned meeting with Putin after reviewing a report that detailed Russia’s recent actions in Crimea related to Ukraine, per @SalehaMohsin, who is on this 10-hour flight to Buenos Aires.”

Коммерсантъ FM 93,6 on Twitter: “Trump decided to cancel the meeting with Putin after talking to Pompeo, Bolton and Kelly-Reuters with a reference to the spokesman of the White House // Ria//РИА”

Trump Cancels Meeting With Putin At G20 Due To Ukraine Crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is canceling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to take place during the upcoming summit for the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations in Ar…

Trump cancels G-20 meeting with Putin, citing standoff with Ukraine

Trump cancels his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Argentina, an hour after he told reporters he would probably meet with the Russian president.

Trump abruptly cancels planned Putin meeting – CNNPolitics

US President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin two days before they were scheduled to sit down on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Trump cancels meeting at G20 with Putin over Ukraine tensions | Fox News

President Trump announced he is nixing a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday, in the wake of the seizure of Ukrainian ships and crews in the Black Sea by Russia.

Donald Trump cancels Vladimir Putin meeting at G-20 summit

President Donald Trump canceled a long-awaited meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, a stunning decision that he rested on the skirmish between Russian and Ukrainian ships over the weekend.

Trump cancels meeting with Putin at G20 summit until Ukrainian sailors, ships captured by Russia returned to Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina until the Ukrainian military sailors and the naval forces of the Ukrainian armed forces captured by the Russians near the Kerch Strait are returned to Ukraine. “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting … in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday evening.

Trump just canceled the scheduled meeting with Putin at the G-20 – To Inform is to Influence

FLASH: Putin just canceled the scheduled meeting with Putin at the G-20.  Trump cancels on Putin, citing Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine Trump cancels G-20 meeting with Putin, citing standoff with Ukraine  Trump abruptly cancels planned Putin meeting – CNNPolitics  Trump cancels meeting at G20 with Putin over Ukraine tensions | Fox News  Donald Trump cancels…

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Yovanovitch: Russia crossed a threshold – 29.11.2018 15:10 — Ukrinform News

“On Sunday, Russia crossed a threshold. Skeptics, naysayers, and Russian officials can no longer deny what we’ve long known: the strings controlling the puppets in this conflict – whether they are “little green men” or so-called separatists – can be traced straight back Moscow. In fact, Moscow has admitted its actions, and the first openly Russian-flagged attack against Ukrainian-flagged forces also brought the violence from the land to the sea. This attack represents a dangerous escalation and is part of a pattern of Russian malign activities,” U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said during the 2nd International Maritime Security Conference in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. As the ambassador reminded, for almost five years Russia has fomented a war that has had more than 10,000 casualties; it has dialed up and down the violence to suit its own domestic political purposes. It has supplemented its military campaign with a variety of hybrid measures designed to destabilize Ukraine’s economy, society, telecommunications, and government. “All the while, Russia has tried to maintain the false pretense of being somehow uninvolved in this conflict. Russia predictably turned to its disinformation handbook: Russian officials provided over a dozen differing accounts of the events to confuse the public, the media, and foreign officials. Let there be no confusion. The facts are clear,” the ambassador underscored. She reminded how Russia had detained Ukrainian sailors and seized Ukrainian ships and noted: “The attack and seizure were gross violations of international law, as was the pursuit by Russian ships through Ukrainian territorial waters off Crimea, an integral part of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. We call on Russia to de-escalate the tension that Russia has created, to return to Ukraine the detained crew members and its vessels.” The U.S. ambassador emphasized that protecting freedom of navigation against Russian threats was paramount to protecting Ukraine’s economy and its people, as well as security and stability of the Black Sea region. She also assured that the United States would continue to stand with the people of Ukraine against Russian aggression.

Senate passes resolution condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine | TheHill

The Senate cleared a resolution Thursday night condemning Russia’s “provocative actions” against Ukraine, after Moscow seized three of the country’s ships.

U.S. Senate passes resolution condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine | UNIAN

The Senate cleared by unanimous consent a non-binding resolution Thursday night condemning Russia’s “provocative actions” against Ukraine, after Moscow seized three of the country’s naval boats.  The Senate “urges members of the international community to unite in opposition to Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait, as they infringe upon fundamental principles of international law affecting all nations.

Isolation of Russia: U.S. State Department says Trump sends “strong message” to Putin | UNIAN

U.S. President Donald Trump has sent Moscow a “strong message” that Russia may face isolation if captured Ukrainian vessels and crews are not returned to Ukraine. The aggression the world witnessed is unacceptable, according to the spokesperson.

UAWire – US Representative for Ukraine Volker calls for additional pressure on Russia

In light of the escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the US calls on Europeans to make sure that the existing sanctions are being implemented. A statement to this effect was made by US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Deutsche Welle. “Europe must take a careful look at the implementation of the sanctions already in force. At present there are severe European sanctions in force against Crimea. But how strictly are they actually being applied?” Volker asked. The idea of the sanctions, Volker explained, is that no one who has business with Crimea can have the opportunity to do business with the EU. “I think that you should take a fresh look from the European perspective, whether the sanctions are being properly applied,” he remarked. When asked whether there could be sanctions against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Volker drew attention to the current discussion on this topic in Germany. In his opinion, it reflects the US’s concern regarding the project. “Concern because it is purely a geopolitical project for Russia – to supply the West with gas, bypassing Ukraine and other states in Eastern Europe, while increasing the pressure and growing direct business with partners in Western Europe. As we can see, there are reasons to stop this project,” Volker observed. He said that the US has always proposed that the gas pipeline project be reconsidered. When asked about the threat of war between Ukraine and Russia, Volker responded: “Of course we do not want any major military conflicts or a war with Russia. That would be a catastrophe for Ukraine if it happened”. What is needed is de-escalation and “a strong defensive position” in order to repel any further aggression from Russia, Volker remarked. He believes that this could “establish the necessary conditions to solve the problem, which are lacking at present”.

Trump’s mockery of Obama for his response to Crimea backfires with a new Ukraine crisis | Business Insider

President Donald Trump mocked former President Barack Obama as being weak on Russia and standing by while Moscow illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

UAWire – Media: Kyiv negotiates establishment of US military base in Ukraine

The Russian newspaper Izvestia claims, citing its sources, that Kyiv is in talks with the United States on the possibility of the construction of a US military base in Ukraine. According to Izvestia, the information was also confirmed by a member of the Verkhovna Rada from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Ivan Vinnyk. Vinnyk said the new American military base will protect the country from Moscow’s threats. However, Izvestia states that despite US support, Washington would not give Ukraine official promises “since this step would lead to aggravating the relations with Moscow even further” and such a deployment of a military base in this region will make it vulnerable to Russia’s response. The Kremlin also doubts that the United States will establish a military base in Ukraine. According to the First Deputy of the Committee of the Federation Council on international affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, such a step would surprise many Americans, including current politicians. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that his country “is under the threat of a full-scale war with the Russia”.

Ukrainian leader says Putin wants his whole country, asks for NATO help | Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Poroshenko’s comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev to gain Western support for more sanctions against Moscow, securing tangible new Western military help, and rallying opposition to a Russian gas pipeline that threatens to deprive Ukraine of important transit revenues. His Western allies have so far not offered to provide any of these things, despite his warnings of a possible Russian invasion after Moscow seized three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews on Sunday near Crimea. Moscow and Kiev blame each other for the incident, which took place in the Black Sea near Crimea, the Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in 2014. “Don’t believe Putin’s lies,” Poroshenko told Bild, Germany’s biggest-selling paper. “Putin wants the old Russian empire back,” he said. “Crimea, Donbass, the whole country. As Russian tsar, as he sees himself, his empire cannot function without Ukraine. He sees us as his colony.” Putin has accused Poroshenko of manufacturing the crisis to boost his flagging ratings ahead of next year’s elections in Ukraine. Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, said on Thursday Russia had imposed a de facto blockade on two Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov by barring ships from leaving and entering the sea via the Kerch Strait. The Kremlin denied it was restricting shipping, saying it had not heard of any problems.

Ukrainian President Seeks NATO Support in Russia Dispute

Petro Poroshenko said he hopes allies would send naval ships to the area where Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels

Russia news: Ukraine leader pleads for NATO support as Putin ramps up Crimea tensions | World | News | Express.co.uk

UKRAINE’S President Petro Poroshenko has called on NATO to send warships to the Black Sea after Russia seized three of his navy’s vessels in a violent confrontation off the coast of Crimea.

Ukraine appeals for Nato help to stop ‘Russian invasion’ | World | The Times

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said today that there can be “no military solution” to the Crimea crisis, after Ukraine asked Nato to send ships to the region to deter a Russian invasion.Speaking at a business forum in Berlin, Mrs Merkel said she would confront President Putin at the G20 summi

Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships amid standoff with Russia | PBS NewsHour

The Ukrainian president has urged NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could further inflame tensions between the two countries.

Poroshenko Wants NATO Ships to Defend Ukraine Against Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asks NATO to deploy warships in the Sea of Azov to defend against Russian aggression.

Ukrainian president calls for NATO ships to help in dispute with Russia – Los Angeles Times

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for NATO to deploy ships into the Sea of Azov, an inland sea shared by Ukraine and Russia, to support Ukraine against Russian attempts to take control of the waters after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval boats Sunday.

Ukrainian president: Putin wants to rebuild Russian Empire – POLITICO

Kremlin insists Russian leader’s meeting with US president will go ahead.

Putin sees himself as Russian emperor, wants to annex another part of Ukraine, – Poroshenko on Russia’s aggression

29.11.18 17:01 – Putin sees himself as Russian emperor, wants to annex another part of Ukraine, – Poroshenko on Russia’s aggression The events neat the Kerch Strait of Nov. 25 show Russian President Putin’s aggressive intent to annex a further part of Ukraine. View news.

Russian tanks massing on Ukraine’s border, president tells Sky News

Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky News aerial photographs he says reveal more and more tanks on the country’s border with Russia. The Ukrainian president has said he has evidence that Russian military tanks are massing along his country’s border. Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky News images of what he claims are tanks lining up along the border, close to where Russia stores its ammunition. He said: “This is the tank base just 18km from our border, this was happening in September, October, and now.

Poroshenko: We must put pressure on Russia to bring it back to civilized world since it is a threat to global security – 30.11.2018 15:50 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko expects solidarity with Ukraine from the international community and the organization of pressure on Russia for de-escalation of the situation and the release of Ukrainian sailors. He stated this in an interview with Sky News, the press service of the head of state reported. “I have already seen the reaction of U.S. President Donald Trump – he wrote on Twitter that he had made a decision to cancel his meeting with Putin unless he reacted to the request to release the soldiers. I think this reaction means that Putin found himself in total isolation. After the chemical attack in Great Britain, after the terrorist attack on MH17, aggression in the east of my country, after Syria, after all these dreadful things – Putin is in isolation,” Poroshenko stressed. “We have to put pressure to bring Russia back to a civilized world. Because this is a disaster, this is a great threat to global security … This is a problem not only for Ukraine. We are fighting not only for sovereignty and territorial integrity [of Ukraine] but also for freedom and democracy,” the head of state said. The president stressed that nobody knew where Putin would appear the next day. “Probably Putin may decide to defend Nord Stream 2. Therefore he may decide to attack the Baltic states, Scandinavian states. There are no “red lines” for Putin,” he added. The head of state stressed that in the current situation it was very important to act as a single front – not only leaders, but also nations of the whole civilized world must act together. “This is extremely important for global security,” he said.

Russia Massing Tanks on Border, Ukraine Warns, Fearing Invasion | Newsmax.com

After Russia has mobilized tanks near his country’s border, the president of Ukraine fears an invasion could take place soon.

Ukraine warns Russian forces amassing along border – World News – Haaretz.com

Russian president says Ukrainian counterpart sparked crisis to score political points ■ U.S. calls on European allies to consider further sanctions against Russia as tensions rise near Crimea

WORLD WAR 3 ALERT: Russia ‘lining up tanks along our border’ warns Ukraine | World | News | Express.co.uk

THE Ukranian President has sensationally claimed Russian military tanks are lining up along his country’s border, triggering another World War 3 alert. Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky News images of what are apparently tanks gathering along the border, close to where Russia keeps its ammunition. He told the broadcaster: “This is the tank base just 18km (11 miles) from our border, this was happening in September, October, and now. This is 18km from my border, this is the same warehouse where they have their ammunition, the same where they have multi-rocket launch system, we should be prepared to protect my country. “If the whole world has no reason to trust Putin, Ukraine definitely doesn’t have a reason to go with him.” The Ukrainian President also appealed for help from Western leaders as tensions between the two countries threaten to boil over. Mr Poroshenko said: “There is no red line for Vladimir Putin and this is the very strong reason why we should be together, the whole civilised world. “Not only the leaders, with whom a very reliable partnership, but the people of UK, of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, the whole civilised world would be together and this is very important for global security.”

Poroshenko: There is no red line for Putin – news about politics

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he has evidence that Russian military tanks are massing along his country’s border. Poroshenko has shown Sky News aerial photographs he says reveal more and more tanks on the country’s border with Russia.

World War 3 FEARS: Putin ‘VERY REAL’ Russian threat EXPOSED in Azov Sea – BBC Newsnight | World | News | Express.co.uk

RUSSIA’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov represent a “very real” threat to Ukraine, with the beleaguered nation imposing martial law in response to the crisis, a commentator claimed on BBC Newsnight yesterday. The explosive intervention was made by Ukrainian journalist Anna Korbut, who insisted her president’s decision to impose martial law had been met with criticism “in both constituencies”. President Poroshenko has been accused of “deliberately exaggerating the Russian threat”. But Ms Korbut refuted those assertions. She said: “His motives and the scope of martial law have been questioned by many in both consistencies. “What few commentators reject is that there is a very real Russian threat. “It has been once more exposed in the Sea of Azov, in the Black Sea, with the latest assault against Ukrainian ships.” Appearing to back her leader, Ms Korbut continued: “President Poroshenko has decreased under the pressure of parliament – and a lot of comments from society – the initially proposed number of days of martial law to 30 days.”

As Russia stokes tensions with Ukraine, it’s trying to gain a military edge over NATO elsewhere in Europe | Business Insider

A confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea this weekend ended with Ukraine’s ships seized and its sailors jailed.

NATO to meet Ukraine minister amid Azov stand-off

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who will host next week’s meeting on Monday and Tuesday at NATO’s Brussels headquarters, spoke to Poroshenko on Monday.

NATO to assess presence in Black Sea amid Azov crisis

There is already lots of NATO in Black Sea, spokesperson says in response to Ukrainian president’s call for sending vessels. BRUSSELS NATO ships are routinely patrolling the Black Sea and will continue to assess its presence in the region, the alliance’s spokesperson said in the wake of the maritime tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Speaking to Anadolu Agency in Brussels, Oana Lungescu said that NATO has substantially increased its presence in the Black Sea, since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. “Today, NATO ships routinely patrol and exercise in the Black Sea,” Lungescu said. “There is already a lot of NATO in the Black Sea, and we will continue to assess our presence in the region.” Her remarks came after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on NATO member countries, including Germany, to send their vessels to the Sea of Azov to back his country. During her interview, Lungescu recalled that NATO ships spent 120 days in the Black Sea this year, compared to 80 in 2017.

EU, NATO React Coolly To Ukraine’s Call For New Moves Against Russia

European leaders and NATO have reacted coolly to calls by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for new measures to strengthen defenses and penalize Russia over its capture of Ukrainian ships and crew off Crimea. A NATO spokeswoman said on November 29 that the military alliance already has a strong presence in the Black Sea region where the incident occurred, and it has no plans to send warships into the Sea of Azov, which lies between Ukrainian and Russian territory, as requested by Poroshenko on November 28. Oana Lungescu said NATO ships routinely patrol and conduct exercises in the Black Sea, with NATO ships already present in the region for 120 days this year as compared with 80 days last year. She said several NATO members routinely conduct air policing and reconnaissance flights in the region, and that members of the alliance which border the Black Sea — Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey — have staged their own military deployments in the area. “There is already a lot of NATO in the Black Sea, and we will continue to assess our presence in the region,” Lungescu said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed Poroshenko’s call for increasing military pressure on Russia, saying “we can only resolve this in talks with one another because there is no military solution to all of these conflicts.” Speaking at a business forum in Berlin on November 29, Merkel said she will urge Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) meeting this weekend to immediately release the 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by Russian forces last weekend, and will demand that Russia keep the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov open to normal commercial traffic.

Despite calls from Ukraine no signs of US, allied ships heading to Sea of Azov – News – Stripes

Ukraine’s president urged NATO on Thursday to send warships into the Sea of Azov, as President Donald Trump announced he was canceling a planned meeting with Russia’s president over the seizure of Ukrainian ships and crews this week.

EU plays it cautious over Ukraine-Russia tensions

The European Union is aiming to de-escalate tensions between Kiev and Moscow this week after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crew, worrying about putting fuel on the fire, diplomats and analysts say. The bloc is aware of the risk of playing hardball against Russia, which has been

Angela Merkel sidesteps military aid to Ukraine | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 29.11.2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned Russia for seizing three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov. But she failed to offer any military support to Ukraine or further economic sanctions against Russia.

Mogherini calls Russia’s aggressive actions in Kerch Strait area unacceptable

The EU expresses its utmost concern about the dangerous increase of tensions in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait in recent days which has led to the seizure of Ukrainian vessels and their crews by Russia and shots being fired at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said. “We are dismayed at this use of force by Russia which, against the backdrop of increasing militarization in the area, is unacceptable,” reads the statement of the EU high representative for foreign Affairs released in Brussels on Wednesday evening. “We call on all for utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediately. In this context, we also call strongly on Russia to release the captured vessels, their crew and equipment unconditionally and without delay,” the document says. According to Mogherini, “the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014 remains a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.” “We reconfirm our condemnation of this violation of international law. The construction of the Kerch bridge constitutes a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mogherini said. “The European Union reiterates its full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The European Union does not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia,” she said. She promised that the European Union will continue to closely monitor the situation and “is determined to act appropriately in close coordination with its international partners.”

UK expresses support for Ukraine – Klimkin after talk with Hunt

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, following a telephone conversation with his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt on Thursday evening, said that London understands Kyiv in the context of the Russian threat and will help us by all means. “I’ve just had a good conversation with my British counterpart Jeremy Hunt. The British get right us in the context of the Russian threat and will help us by all means,” Klimkin wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday evening. At the same time, the Ukrainian foreign minister added that over the past few days he had had “very successful talks with nearly thirty foreign ministers from all over the world.”

UK PM May says Russia must release Ukrainian vessels and crew | Reuters

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Russia must release the Ukrainian boats and sailors it captured on Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, adding that Britain would continue to push for “appropriate sanctions.” Russia opened fire on the three Ukrainian vessels and then seized them and their crew on Sunday near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow and Kiev have tried to pin the blame on each other for the incident. “This is part of a pattern of Russian behavior. They should release those ships and sailors, they should de-escalate the situation,” May told reporters on the flight to the G20 summit in Argentina, which Russian President Vladimir Putin is also due to attend. “We have always been at the forefront in the EU of calling for sanctions on Russia in relation to its behavior,” she added. “We will continue to push for what we consider to be appropriate sanctions on Russia.” Earlier this week several senior European politicians raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing the boats.

British prime minister insists on sanctions against Russia over its aggression in Azov Sea – 30.11.2018 12:15 — Ukrinform News

The UK will insist on imposing additional sanctions against Russia in relation to its aggression in the Kerch Strait.

Polish defense minister: Russia officially attacks Ukraine – 30.11.2018 16:15 — Ukrinform News

“Russia has not changed its course related to aggression. Russia attacked Georgia in 2008, then Ukraine in 2014, and today Russian troops are officially attacking Ukraine,” Minister of National Defense of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak announced, Dziennik.pl reports. He noted that nothing had changed in Russian politics: Moscow continues to pursue its imperial policy. Therefore, Poland tries to make every effort to open on its territory a permanent American military base. The hybrid actions directed against another country are now apparent, Błaszczak stressed. “We deal with a violation of the international law and oppose it,” the Polish defense minister said.

UAWire – Erdogan speaks with Putin after the conversation with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the parties discussed the situation in the Black Sea region, stated the Kremlin’s website. Turkey initiated the talks. The Kremlin stated that Erdogan and Putin exchanged their views regarding the incident in the Kerch Strait where Russia captured three Ukrainian ships and twenty-four sailors. “In the context of the dangerous incident in the region of the Kerch Strait provoked by Kyiv authorities, the parties exchanged their views regarding stability and security in the Black Sea region,” said Putin’s press service. The Presidents also talked about the situation in Syria. Earlier, Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Erdogan condemned the escalation and Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine in the waters of the Kerch Strait. Poroshenko called for increased pressure on Russia to release Ukrainian sailors and ships. They also agreed that Erdogan would raise the Ukrainian issue in Buenos Aires on the Summit of G20. Poroshenko has stated that he also expects the support of the USA on the G20 Summit. He hopes that US President Donald Trump will be able to influence Putin into leaving Ukraine alone.

Ukraine Seeks To Block Russian Ships From Transiting Bosphorus Straits – To Inform is to Influence

Ukraine asked Turkey to block Russian ships from sailing through the Bosphorus Straits.  This is an unthinkable request, however. Ukraine request, then the Russian response. </end editorial> Ukraine to insist on closing Bosphorus to Russian ships – Navy commander Ukraine will insist on closing the Bosphorus Strait to Russian ships, Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko…

Closing of Bosphorus Strait for Russian ships discussed at NATO HQ

The closing of the Bosphorus Strait for Russian ships could be an adequate response to Russia’s violation of international maritime law in the Sea of ​​Azov, Ukraine’s Naval Forces Commander Ihor Voronchenko has said. The closing of the Bosphorus Strait for Russian ships could be an adequate response to Russia’s violation of international maritime law in the Sea of ​​Azov, Ukraine’s Naval Forces Commander Ihor Voronchenko has said. “The Montreux Convention clearly states: if a conflict occurs between two countries, and one of them is the aggressor, then the Bosphorus automatically closes for ships flying its flag,” said Voronchenko told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency during the 2nd international conference on maritime security in in Kyiv on Thursday. The commander of the Naval Forces of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine noted that the topic had already been raised previously in the fall at NATO headquarters. “In September, at NATO’s office in Naples, I asked the commander of the Turkish Navy: if there is Russian aggression against Ukraine, will you close the Bosphorus for the aggressor country. The commander replied: we will comply with the convention,” Voronchenko said. According to Turkish media, Turkish President Erdogan on Wednesday expressed willingness to act as a mediator to resolve the situation in the Azov-Black Sea basin in connection with Russia’s shelling and the seizure of Ukrainian warships. . Voronchenko earlier said Ukraine intends to ask for the closure of the Bosphorus Strait for passage by Russian ships in connection with the Russian aggression against the Ukrainian military vessels in the Kerch Strait area.

Russia-Ukraine sea clash puts spotlight on 1994 agreement

The Budapest Memorandum was signed by Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the U.K. in 1994, a deal that’s under the spotlight after the Sea of Azov crisis.

Russian aggression in Azov Sea area important for Nord Stream 2 case – analysts | UNIAN

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Russia has seized three Ukrainian naval boats off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea. After ramming into, fire was opened on Ukrainian ships, as the result of which six sailors were wounded, and all crew members – as reported, 24 persons – were remanded in custody. Russia might use Nord Stream 2 pipeline protection as an argument to control vessels traffic in the Baltic Sea.

Ukrainian ambassador to US warns Russia could target other countries | TheHill

Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly, is warning that Russia could target another country by the Black Sea after the Kremlin’s latest actions against his country’s navy.   Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly, is warning that Russia could target another country by the Black Sea after the Kremlin’s latest actions against his country’s navy. “What’s important for everyone to understand [is], if we allow Russia [to do this] with such a behavior going further, next will not be Ukraine, next will be other countries of [the] Black Sea, and no one know who will be next,” Chaly told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons Thursday on “Rising.” “It’s not about us, once again. [The] Black Sea, and the leadership of the United States in the world, and security and defense now are…tested,” he said later in the interview. Chaly’s comment come after the Ukrainian navy said on Sunday that Russia fired on its ships in the Kerch Strait, hitting two vessels and injuring two crew members. The Ukrainian navy also said Russian forces seized both ships and a tugboat, but the federal security service in Moscow said it seized the ships for illegally sailing into its territorial waters.

UAWire – Ukraine informs International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea about Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov

The press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Ukraine has notified the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which considers the lawsuit against Russia regarding its actions in the Sea of Azov, about the detention of Ukrainian navy ships and their crew. The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that recent events, “including the attack and seizure of Ukrainian ships, show that this is a deliberate and purposeful escalation of conflict by the Russian side.” “Ukraine protests against Russia’s actions. Ukraine has brought them to the attention of its allies and, by appealing to the international tribunal, demonstrated its intention to appeal against Russia’s behavior using all available legal means,” the message reads.

Klimkin: Ukraine’s partners prepare serious anti-Russian sanctions involving oil and gas | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has announced that Ukraine’s international partners have prepared several packages of serious sanctions against the Russian Federation, which could involve crude oil and natural gas sales. The previously imposed sanctions “have been working against Russia.” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has announced that Ukraine’s international partners have prepared several packages of serious sanctions against the Russian Federation, which could involve crude oil and natural gas sales. “Military assistance is one thing, and we are talking about this, but in fact Russia does not live in isolation, it sells crude oil and sells natural gas, and tries to borrow some money on foreign markets,” he said on Channel 1+1. “And it manages to do it less successfully. Therefore, in fact, several packages of sanctions – these are very serious sanctions – have been prepared, but I cannot give more details.”

Klimkin announces “several packages of serious sanctions” for Russian aggression in Kerch Strait

Several packages of sanctions against Russia have been prepared because of Russia’s aggression in the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said. “Several packages of sanctions have been prepared, very serious sanctions. I cannot talk about all the details, but in fact, current sanctions are working against Russia already,” he said on the “Right to Power” talk show on Thursday. The minister also called the refusal of U.S. President Donald Trump to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin “a slap in the face” for the Russian leader. “He [Putin] draws attention only to those whom he considers strong – the president of the United States,” the minister explained.

Christopher Miller on Twitter: “More: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister @PavloKlimkin says he supports suspension of diplomatic relations with Russia and that Ukraine has already terminated 48 bilateral agreements with Russia, with about 40 more to be terminated soon.”

Ukraine to terminate about 40 agreements with Russia shortly – Klimkin

Ukraine has terminated 48 bilateral agreements with Russia, and about 40 more will be terminated shortly, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said. “We have ‘killed’ 48 bilateral agreements lately. […] The next portion, about 40 agreements, is coming soon. We are making a profound revision of our agreements,” Klimkin said in the “Right to Power” talk show aired on Thursday.

Kyiv starts talking about possible denunciation of Azov agreement with Russia

The incident which took place in the Kerch Strait on November 25 closes all political discussion about whether Kyiv should denounce its 2003 agreement with Russia on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the strait, Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) which mediates the Donbas conflict, said. “Today I don’t even see a subject matter for discussion: to denounce or not to denounce the 2003 agreement with Russia on the joint use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait… Russia crossed out this agreement, and the one on [joint] national border,” Marchuk said at a panel discussion during the second international maritime security conference in Kyiv on Thursday. “The only platform where Ukraine and Russia could discuss the current situation is the Normandy Four which met more than a year and a half ago,” he said. Ukraine will continue to insist on the creation of a TCG subgroup on border issues to discuss the waters of the two seas, but Russia is opposed to the idea, Marchuk said. “Russia is categorically against the creation of a separate working group on border issues. And now it is clear [why]: because the Sea of Azov, too, is a border,” he said.

Ukraine deciding on mirror actions in response to Russia’s aggression in Kerch Strait – SBU

Ukraine is taking decisions on possibility of carrying out mirror actions in response to Russia’s aggression in Kerch Strait, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported. “As for mirror actions. Yes, decisions are being made regarding the conduct of appropriate mirror actions as the answer of our country to the Russian aggressor,” head of the staff at the SBU Ukrainian Security Service’s chief Ihor Huskov said, answering the question whether the Ukrainian authorities would mirror the events in the Kerch Strait area. He added that today all state institutions and special services of Ukraine, the Armed Forces, and volunteers are doing everything to return Ukrainian sailors and Ukrainian captured vessels from Russian captivity.

How much will economy suffer if Azov Sea is lost? | KyivPost

When a Russian coast guard ship rammed a Ukrainian navy boat on Nov. 25 as it tried to cross the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea into the Azov Sea, it shook Ukraine. Soon, Russia would have 24 Ukrainian sailors and three boats in its captivity. President Petro Poroshenko would call for 60 days of martial law and a potential delay in the March 31 presidential election, only to be checked by parliament, whose lawmakers would approve just 30 days of martial law in 10 regions. This is a dispute long in the making. Since May, after Moscow opened a bridge connecting Kremlin-occupied Crimea to the Russian Taman Peninsula, Russian coast guard ships have been stopping Ukrainian and international commercial vessels. The naval harassment has delayed many commercial liners headed to and from Ukrainian ports for hours and, sometimes, even days. Consequently, companies and Ukraine’s economy face millions of dollars in losses. And events both in the Azov Sea and on the Ukrainian mainland — shipping interruptions, a flare-up of the war with Russia, and martial law — all can have broader economic implications. “If there are further marine incidents, it could mean the closure of the Azov ports for shipping,” says Vitaliy Kravchuk, senior researcher at the Institute of Economic Research and Policy Consulting.

The Week In Russia: ‘Aggression’ At Sea And A Canceled Meeting In Argentina

Here are some of the key developments in Russia over the past week, and some of the takeaways going forward.

David Ignatius | The U.S. needs to learn how to win wars without fighting – The Washington Post

We are a more credible superpower when we makes less noise. Listen to the voice barking orders on a Russian ship last Sunday as it drove straight toward a Ukrainian tug: “Crush him from the right. . . . Do it! Do it! [Expletive] cut him off!” And then, just before the deliberate collision, a satisfied: “Hold on, everyone.” What you sense is the raw exuberance of Russian power, in the audio and video recordings released by the Ukrainian Interior Minister and posted on YouTube by BBC News. The Russian captain snarls obscene, bellicose orders to his crew — clearly confident that he’s carrying out an operation approved by his superiors. What happened Sunday in the international waters of the Black Sea was just one more chapter in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recurring, calculated show of strength. He dialed up the tension, seizing the tug and two other Ukrainian vessels — along with their 24 crew members — off the coast of Crimea. Then, a few days later, after President Trump first threatened to cancel their meeting at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Putin dialed down the rhetoric. “This is a border incident, nothing more,” Putin said Wednesday. What really mattered, said Putin’s foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, was the meeting with Trump in Argentina. Sorry, Vlad, but the rheostat didn’t work this time. Trump laudably scuttled the planned G-20 session with Putin. “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. Trump may have concluded that this wasn’t the weekend to be palling around with Putin, with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III focusing on the question of the Trump family’s possible financial involvement in Russia in 2016. Whatever the reason, it was the right call. The Black Sea confrontation illustrates once again that Putin is a deft tactician — trying to calibrate force as though he’s wielding a dentist’s drill — but that he lacks a coherent strategy, other than his implicit plea: Take Russia seriously! Talk to me! As Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center wrote this week: “Like all Russian leaders, Putin wants a privileged relationship with the U.S. president. Such a relationship shows off Russia’s status as a great power.” At bottom, Putin suffers from status anxiety.

Douglas V. Mastriano | Why Putin’s Game Of Russian Roulette With Ukraine Is A Big Deal

It is imperative that the United States and the entire NATO membership stand unified against Putin’s “ethnic-Russian” ambitions in Europe and meet any further challenges with concerted action and force. If the United States falters, expect Russia to test NATO’s resolve in the Baltics, especially Estonia and Latvia, both of which have large ethnic Russian populations. This would be a show-changer for the United States, as these nations are NATO members and, under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, we are obligated to come to their aid if they are attacked. How such a war would look I address extensively in a publicly available document called Project 1721. But it need not come to this. Putin can be stopped in Ukraine, and if he is stopped there, we will have averted a global war and given Europe another generation of peace.

John J. Bastiat: Ukraine: Red Storm Rising … Again — The Patriot Post

Putin’s renewed aggression is a familiar pattern of his bolstering support at home. You would think Russian President Vladimir Putin would get tired of his reputation as the world’s most powerful thug. Indeed, he’s doing everything he can to return Russia to its former Soviet “grandeur” of most-hated nation. But no, invading sovereign nations and violating international law never gets old for our bare-chested, bareback-riding “friend.” We’ve described Putin’s abuses of international law and peace for a number of years now, including his annexation of the Crimean Peninsula (there is of course no “Crimea” or “Georgia” anymore, from a practical standpoint), extorting Ukraine and Europe with threats of cutting off gas supplies, invading major parts of Ukraine, shooting down a Boeing 777 airliner, and a host of other here’s-blood-in-your-eye moves that leave no doubt about Russia’s ill intent. As for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s “reset” button, Putin told Obama where to stick that button, then started resetting a few buttons of his own, making Obama look like the weakling he was and humiliating America in the process.

Adrian Karatnycky | Ukraine Is Moscow’s Guinea Pig – WSJ

Russia uses its neighbor to hone its aggressive tactics and test whether rivals are willing to fight back.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Russia’s renewed bullying of Ukraine can be traced back to the Crimea annexation and Western inaction

Russia’s renewed bullying of Ukraine has a lot to do with Obama’s reaction to the 2014 Crimea annexation

Gwendolyn Sasse | Crimea Annexation 2.0 – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Similar to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western powers have been confined to watching events from the sidelines without finding an effective response—so far. The events in and around the Kerch Strait over the last five days are a stark reminder of two things: the central role of Ukraine in the relations between Russia and the West, and the misleading notion of a “frozen conflict.” It has become apparent how quickly a new cycle of confrontation and violence can erupt in and around conflict zones. The tension in the Azov Sea had built up in recent months but failed to gain the international attention it deserved and escalated dramatically this week. Individual EU member states (such as Germany and France), the EU, and international organizations (including NATO and the UN), have been scrambling to find an appropriate response; one that would stop Russia from escalating the situation further while also demonstrating support for Ukraine.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Pursuit of ‘Great Russia’ Resembles Soviet Pursuit of Communism in a Dangerous Way, Eidman Says

Paul Goble Staunton, November 29 – Vladimir Putin’s pursuit of his “Russian world” represents a dangerous recapitulation of the Soviet pursuit of communism, Igor Eidman says. Not only is that goal ever receding and thus unattainable, but as long as his regime is in power, the danger of a major war will not go away. Totalitarian societies, the Russian sociologist and Deutsche Welle commentator argues, require the formation of “a mobilizational consciousness,” one that is based on the idea that their members can overcome obstacles thrown up by their opponents only by remaining blindly obedient to those in charge (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5BFF9F46DEAEF). Those living in such societies, he continues, are like mountain climbers who are constantly told that others want them to fall off into the abyss and that they can survive only by not putting a foot wrong, something that is possible only if they follow the directions of their more knowledgeable guide. “Such mobilized consciousness guarantees the dictator the devotion and submissiveness of his subjects,” Eidman says, but it can only be maintained by positing ever new threats or in their absence taking actions that prompt others to resist the regime – and thus make themselves into its enemies, at least as far as the leaders of such totalitarian regimes are concerned. That was the case under the Soviets with their pursuit of communism; it is now the case under Putin with his dreams of the establishment of “’a Great Russia,’” powerful and flourishing, against which of course in his mind “enemies (the US and NATO) with the help of Ukraine are trying to kill in its cradle.” “In order to support this mobilizational consciousness,” the sociologist says, “ever new evidence of the successful overcoming of the efforts of enemies is needed.” Thus, the Kerch crisis, manufactured to show that “the Great Putin has defended the country from a horde of terrible Banderite tugboats who are seeking to break into the peaceful homes of Russians.” To sustain itself and the mobilizational consciousness that supports it, Eidman concludes, the Putin regime is “programmed to repeat similar and even more dangerous military provocations. As long as it exists, there will be the constant risk of a new war” perhaps especially because some of its actions are too absurd to achieve its goals.

New SIGINT Intercepts of Russian Pilots Released – To Inform is to Influence

Russian pilots are being micromanaged by a ground controller – very reminiscent of the Soviets. New radio intercept proves crews of Russian fighter aircraft received orders to attack Ukrainian boats Nov 25 | UNIAN Перемовини екіпажів російського літаку СУ-30 та гелікоптеру КА-52 з відповідними пунктами управління – YouTube (Arrangements for crews of Russian SU-30 and helicopter KA-52…

Russian special services trying to falsify their radio talks while seizing Ukrainian ships – SBU | UNIAN

Ihor Huskov, chief of staff of the SBU intelligence agency, has said the seizure of Ukrainian warships could be the beginning of a more cynical provocation of the Russian special services. The SBU expressed surprise why the Russians had not encrypted communication channels when they realized they were listening.

New radio intercept proves crews of Russian fighter aircraft received orders to attack Ukrainian boats Nov 25 | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday revealed the audio recording with intercepted radio communications of a Russian K52 attack helicopter and a Su-30SM warplane with their command centers, clearly indicating that the Russian military leadership gave orders to use weapons against Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait area. “In fact, it’s a miracle the Ukrainian sailors survived as they were attacked from six types of weapons overall,” Frolov said. The SBU Security Service of Ukraine at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday revealed the audio recording with intercepted radio communications of a Russian K52 attack helicopter and a Su-30SM warplane with their command centers, clearly indicating that the Russian military leadership gave orders to use weapons against Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait area. “We have intercepted communications of the crews of the Russian [Su-30SM] warplane and a Ka-52 helicopter with the relevant command centers. These talks leave no doubt that the Russian military leadership deliberately gave the order to use weapons against Ukrainian ships,” Deputy Head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, Oleh Frolov, said, presenting to journalists the relevant clip. “In fact, it’s a miracle the Ukrainian sailors survived as they were attacked from six types of weapons overall,” Frolov said. As a Su-30SM fighter jet pilot communicated with the control tower, the latter asked: “Did you do the job?” “I did the job, practically, with the two [missiles],” the fighter pilot responded. Also, the tower asked a pilot of one of the two K52 attack helicopters that scrambled to engage Ukrainian vessels about the number of ammunition used: “Report on the use of “pencils,” to which the pilot responded that his aircraft used none, while the other helicopter in the pair fired two. The audio released on YouTube is in Russian. As UNIAN reported, three Ukrainian vessels were attacked, fired at, and captured on November 25 by Russian forces at sea near the Kerch Strait, which is the only outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls access to two major Ukrainian ports. The two Ukrainian artillery boats and a tugboat were heading from Odesa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. Twenty-four sailors were detained and “courts” in Russian-occupied Crimea ruled that they be remanded in custody for two months, pending trial on charges of “illegal border crossing.” Meanwhile, Ukraine insists its Navy has every right to pass through the Kerch Strait and that the Russian side had been informed in advance of the naval group’s plans to pass. The Russians attacked the Ukrainian vessels in neutral waters, as they were heading back toward Odesa after being rejected passage by the Russian side. “According to Articles 17 and 38 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Article 2 of the agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation and use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian warships have the right to freely use the freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov,” Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said.

Перемовини екіпажів російського літаку СУ-30 та гелікоптеру КА-52 з відповідними пунктами управління – YouTube

Ukraine’s Security Service reveals conversation of Russian military command – 112.international

Ukraine’s Security Service intercepted the radio communications one of the Russian Security Service officers and the captain of “Don”, which rammed the Ukrainian tug “Yany Kapu”, as Igor Guskov, the Chief of Staff of Security Service, said at the briefing, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “On November 28, another radio communications of one of the Russian Security Service officers and the captain of “Don” Saliayev, thanks to the technical capacities of the Ukrainian special services. Saliayev commanded “Don” ship, which rammed the Ukrainian tug “Yany Kapu”. According to the intercepted radio communications, Russian Security Service officer controls the volume level of two sentences which are being retransmitted from “Don”. At the end of the conversation, the Russian officer puts time marks 2:30, 2:35 of another recording, which is a benchmark for him,” he said.

Captured Ukrainian sailors sustained six kinds of attacks in Kerch Strait – 112.international

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed from which kinds of the Russian attacks the Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait has suffered. Oleg Frolov, the Deputy SBU Head made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported. ‘In fact, the Ukrainian military survived by the miracle. They sustained six various kinds of attacks. That included ramming of Ukraine’s small tugboat Yeni Kapi by Don, the vessel of Russian FSB Border Guard; the use of two air-to-ground missiles, launched from Russian multirole fighter Sukhoi Su-30; the use of two air-to-ground missiles launched from gunship Kamov Ka-52; the use of large-caliber armament of the ships (as they opened fire on the cabin where the sailors were present at the time); the boarding of Russian Spetsnaz and the physical violence against our sailors’. He drew the attention that the sixth kind of violence against the sailors continues even now. “…Physical, moral, psychological pressure and illegal arrest of 24 our sailors and the admission refusal and withholding of information on the state of health of three Ukrainian war prisoners wounded in the result of the armed Russian attack,” he said. As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.

Muzhenko says there are two radio messages informing about passage of Ukrainian ships through Kerch Strait

Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko has said there exist two more radio messages confirming that crews of Ukrainian Naval Forces ships, captured by the Russian side in the Black Sea, informed in advance about their intention to pass along the Kerch-Yenikale Canal and negotiated with the Russian coast guard. “Regarding the additional data on the passage of our ships through the Kerch Strait. There are two more radiograms that clearly state that our small armored boat Berdiansk made a request and communicated with the dispatcher of the technical supervision post of the Coast Guard of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB),” Muzhenko said at a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday morning. Muzhenko said the radio message said that a member of the Ukrainian crew during the negotiations notes that according to the agreement on the Russian-Ukrainian border of January 28, 2003 and the agreement on cooperation in using the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait of December 24, 2003, the Naval Forces ships and their support vessel have the right to safely pass through the Kerch Strait. At the same time, the Ukrainian side declared its readiness to take on board the pilot and act “according to the plan.” “The warning about the passage through the Kerch Strait was filed four hours before the start of the transition, according to the relevant procedure,” Muzhenko said.

FRANCE 24 reports from a Ukrainian port ‘under blockade’ – France 24

Putin’s spox unable to clarify why Russia attacked Ukrainian naval boats in neutral waters | UNIAN

Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has evaded a direct response to a question on why Russia attacked Ukrainian naval boats in neutral waters in violation of international law of the sea. Peskov said it was not an attack but measures to apprehend border violators. Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has evaded a direct response to a question on why Russia attacked Ukrainian naval boats in neutral waters in violation of international law of the sea. Responding to an UNIAN correspondent’s question at a Moscow press conference on Thursday on why Russian coast guards fired on the Ukrainian naval boats as the latter were in neutral waters, Putin’s spokesman noted: “Here I can’t say for sure, we need to address coast guards with all questions regarding geographic coordinates.” “They [Ukrainian boats] were not attacked. Measures were taken to apprehend violators – warships who were violators of the state border of the Russian Federation,” added Peskov. The UNIAN reporter asked another clarifying question on why, instead of firing on Ukrainian boats as they were just entering the area Moscow calls its territorial waters, Russians reportedly offered Ukrainian crews a pilot to assist in passing through the Kerch Strait. After all, the Ukrainian naval group came under attack as they were heading back toward Odesa. To this question, Peskov responded: “Remember, the president [of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin] noted that all actions were being carried out in complete radio silence mode.” According to him, the developments near the Kerch Strait of Nov 25 were reported in detail by Russian coast guards.

Russia refuses to deescalate: Russian military deploys missiles to border and parades captured Ukrainians on TV | NEWSREP

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain high. In yet another expression of hostility, the Russian government paraded the captured Ukrainian sailors on

Russian military ordered to use arms against Ukrainian ships intentionally – 112.international

Ukraine’s Security Service reveals the conversation between the Russian fighter aircraft Su-30 and Ka-52 with military administration, which shows that the Ukrainian ships were shot at intentionally on November 25, as Oleg Frolov, the Deputy Head of the service, said at the briefing, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “This conversation leaves no doubt that the Russian military administration deliberately ordered to use weapon against the Ukrainian vessels,” he stressed. Related: EU declaration on Azov Sea to come out today, – correspondent As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine’s national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

Ian Bateson on Twitter: “Russian ombudsman for Crimea confirms that all 24 Ukrainian sailors have been transferred to Moscow https://t.co/B5RVVO4smd”

21 Ukrainian sailors taken to Moscow’s Lefortovo jail, three more to hospital – Russian media – 30.11.2018 15:08 — Ukrinform News

Twenty-one Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait on November 25 have been taken to Moscow's Lefortovo Prison and three others to the hospitals of the Matrosskaya Tishina prison, Russian independent television channel Dozhd has reported.&nbsp;

21 Ukrainian sailors brought to Moscow-based Lefortovo prison, three wounded ones – to Matrosskaya Tishina, – sources

30.11.18 16:49 – 21 Ukrainian sailors brought to Moscow-based Lefortovo prison, three wounded ones – to Matrosskaya Tishina, – sources 21 of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian FSB Security Service are in detention facility in Moscow. View news.

21 sailors delivered to Moscow remand center, three more to prison hospital – 112.international

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow

Unknown Number Of Captured Ukrainian Sailors Transferred To Moscow, Say Lawyers

An unknown number of 24 sailors from three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in the Sea of Azov last weekend have been transferred to a detention center in Moscow, one of their lawyers says.

Russia ignores NATO, detains 24 Ukrainian sailors for two months

Courts in Crimea have imposed a two-month detention on 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia after three Ukrainian ships crossed into Russian territory last week.

Two SBU officers captured on ships of Ukrainian Navy being transferred to Moscow – SBU

Two SBU officers captured on ships of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Navy by Russians near the Kerch Strait on November 25 are about to be transported to Moscow, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported. “Today, there is information that two officers of the SBU, held in Russian captivity, are being prepared to be transported to Moscow to conduct investigative actions with them in the criminal proceedings forged by the Russian side,” head of the staff at the SBU Ukrainian Security Service’s chief Ihor Huskov said at a briefing on Friday.

Some of Ukrainian sailors seized in Crimea taken to Moscow detention center

Some of the sailors from three Ukrainian Navy boats, who were arrested by a Russian court on November 26-27, have been taken to Moscow from Crimea, Jemil Temishev, lawyer for the captain of the Berdyansk gunboat, said. “The sailors are in Moscow now. This is what my colleagues from the Lefortovo [detention facility] said. The Lefortovo has eventually been closed due to some ‘technical procedures’ today. And we in Simferopol weren’t allowed to see our clients as we were told that they were allegedly involved in some procedures,” Temishev wrote on Facebook on Thursday. Interfax has currently no confirmation of the information from law enforcement authorities.

Captured Ukrainian Navy sailors being transferred from occupied Crimea to Moscow – media | UNIAN

Ukrainian Navy sailors captured in the Black Sea on Nov 25 and arrested by the Russian-controlled “court” in the occupied Crimea’s Simferopol are being transferred to Moscow, that’s according to a Crimean Tatar activist Nariman Dzhelalov who referred to the lawyers. The report does not specify the number of those being taken to the Russian capital.

Navy Commander: Maritime sector most vulnerable in Ukraine’s defense from Russian aggression | UNIAN

Ukraine Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko says the maritime sector is the most vulnerable one in Ukraine’s defenses in the face of Russian aggression. According to Voronchenko, Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships was a clear confirmation that the Russian Federation was violating all the norms of international law.

UAWire – Crimean residents collect money for detained Ukrainian sailors

Approximately 140 thousand rubles ($2,110 USD) were collected in the Crimea in support of the Ukrainian military sailors who were captured by the Russian FSB in the Kerch Strait, said Nariman Jelyal, an activist of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, on air with Radio Krym Realii. He noted that after the reports appeard about the detention of Ukrainian sailors and the fact that they were “not allowed to collect their personal belongings from the ships”, many people started speaking about the need to help the detainees. The donations were accepted through the bank card or in cash. Many people brought food, personal hygiene items, and other necessities. The donations are not accepted at the moment, said Jelyal “By the evening, I appealed to everyone who wishes to help to stop, because packages which can be brought to the pre-trial detention center (where the Ukrainian sailors are kept) have to meet certain requirements. There are specific requirements as to the package itself, the items in it, quality, and so on. Therefore, we have to sort this out. Enough funds have been already collected in the Crimea to make the first package with the most important necessities for all the guys, except three sailors who are currently in the Kerch hospital. However, they are held in better conditions, because at least it is a hospital,” explained Jelyal. “I would like to add that relatives and close friends should not worry. There are many unjustly convicted prisoners in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center, and they will accept the sailors with dignity. We know that the first necessary things have already been passed on to the detainees. They will not be ignored there,” stressed Jelyal.

All Ukrainian military sailors captured by Russia at Kerch Strait to receive UAH 50,000 of material aid

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has said that he signed an order for the provision of material assistance in the amount of UAH 50,000 to each of the military personnel of the Ukrainian Navy, who performed the task in the Kerch Strait area and was captured by Russians on November 25, 2018. “On the instructions of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, I have just signed an order for the provision of material assistance in the amount of UAH 50,000 to each of the military personnel of the Ukrainian Navy who performed the task in the Kerch Strait area and was illegally detained and taken prisoner on November 25, 2018,” Poltorak said on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

WW3 news: Ukrainian general predicts ‘big war’ with Russia over ships | Daily Star

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.

Ukraine prepares draft resolution for UN General Assembly on militarization of Sea of Azov and Black Sea by Russia – 112.international

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kateryna Zelenko claimed that Ukraine prepares a draft resolution on the militarization of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea by Russia to consider it at the UN General Assembly in December, Unian reports. ‘It is anticipated that this matter won’t be considered within the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly,’ Zelenko claimed. The United Nations General Assembly has to consider two resolutions in December 2018: violation of human rights in Crimea and the militarization of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. As it was reported earlier, Ukraine has arrested 15 vessels, which entered the ports of the annexed Crimea. In response to this, member of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich claimed that Russia could block the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian ship. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine was ready to react to threats both in the Sea of Azov and other areas.

Poroshenko on Putin’s Crimea visit: This won’t make peninsula Russian | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the occupied Crimea is a gross violation of international law. Crimea is Ukraine, the head of state emphasized.

We view Putin’s visit to Crimea as gross violation of intl law – Poroshenko

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.

Large Russian air force group along Ukraine’s borders shown on map, – General Staff – 112.international

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces released a map, which reveals the current location of Russian combat jets, stationed at the airfields in southern and western Russia. The respective image was uploaded on the General Staff’s Facebook page. Spokesman of the General Staff Vadym Skybitsky explained that the image is supposed to show the possible extent of Russian military aggression in the Azov and the Black Sea region. ‘The purpose of Russia’s military aggression is to establish full control over the Black Sea to influence the countries of the region. The aggressor-state is striving in any way to prevent the Crimea from returning to Ukraine’s jurisdiction, to counterbalance the US and NATO efforts on the eastern flank of the Alliance and expand its military presence in the Mediterranean’, he said. Judging by the map and the technical specifications of the jets, some of the planes can reach Ukraine’s western borders. The explanatory note says that the current total of Russia’s combat aircraft located along Ukraine’s borders makes about 500 fighters and ground attack aircraft and 340 helicopters. The map clearly shows that the flight range of Russia’s modern fighters Sukhoi Su-30 and Su-35 reaches the western regions of Ukraine. Sukhoi Su-25s, the ground attack aircraft are capable of reaching the country’s central regions. As is known, on November 25, the Russian naval group attacked the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy in Kerch Strait, as they were en route from Mariupol to Odesa. A tugboat and two small gunboats took fire and were immobilized. Russian Spetsnaz captured 24 Ukrainian sailors aboard the vessels. Six of them were wounded in the attack. The Ukrainian servicemen did not return fire.

Moscow now shifting Navy vessels from Pacific and Arctic to Kerch Straits | Euromaidan Press |

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, Russia had shifted vessels to the Sea of Azov from its Caspian Flotilla, 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.

Open Street Map decides to mark Crimea as Russian territory |Euromaidan Press |

On 14 November, one of the managing organs of Open Street Map (OSM), the Data Working Group (DWG), changed its rules from 2014 and decided to modify the tags for Crimea in the OSB geodatabase: Ukraine’s administrative borders were cut off, and Crimea marked as territory belonging to Russia. The DWG explained its decision by stating that the “OSM only seeks to represent the on-the-ground situation”: “Crimea shall be part of the Russia administrative relation and not the Ukraine one as long as Russia has on-the-ground control in Crimea. The boundaries of Crimea shall be indicated as disputed, with the exception of water-based ones on the Black Sea or Sea of Azov where there is no dispute. The Data Working Group takes no stance on if Russia’s control is legal or not, as that is not within our scope.”

Moscow has settled over one hundred thousand Russians in Crimea – 30.11.2018 11:58 — Ukrinform News

In 2014-2017, more than one hundred thousand Russians have been registered in the occupied Crimea.

Russia to Build New Missile Early-Warning Radar Station in Crimea

Russia plans to build a new missile early-warning radar station in Crimea next year, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a Crimean security source. News that a new military facility will be built in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, follows Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of the peninsula on Sunday. The new radar station — which will be able to track ballistic and cruise missiles from a long distance — will be built near the port of Sevastopol where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based, the source told the news agency.

Russia: Russia to build new missile early-warning radar station in Crimea: Interfax – The Economic Times

The new radar station — which will be able to track ballistic and cruise missiles from a long distance — will be built near the port of Sevastopol where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based, the source told the news agency.

Dan McLaughlin on Twitter: “Head of parliamentary inquiry into murder of activist Kateryna Handziuk warns that #Ukraine risks losing control of her city of #Kherson. He says it’s riddled with corruption, smuggling, separatism and collaboration with Russian officials in Crimea. https://t.co/poOZe3jKx4”

Former Security Service officers participate in capturing Ukraine’s ships in Azov Sea – 112.international

Former officers of Ukraine’s Security Service, probably two of them, took part in capturing the Ukrainian sailors and vessels in Kerch Strait, as Oleg Frolov, the Deputy Head of the service said at the briefing, 112 Ukraine reports. “We have information that two former Security Service officers were implementing tasks on capturing of our vessels,” he said.

Russia says not to take tit-for-tat measures on entry of male Ukrainians | UNIAN

Russian lawmaker Frants Klintsevich says Russia will not take tit-for-tat measures on the entry of male Ukrainian citizens aged from 16-60 to the Russian Federation. Head of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhikal on Friday said Ukraine had banned entry to all male Russian nationals aged 16-60 for the entire period of martial law.

Ukraine blocks Russian men aged 16 to 60 from entering country – CNN

Ukraine will restrict the entry of Russian men aged between 16 and 60 in an effort to prevent Russia from forming “private armies” on its soil, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Ukraine closes border to all Russian males aged between 16 and 60 – Independent.ie

Ukraine’s president has said Russian men between 16 and 60 have been barred from travelling to the country.

Ukraine bans entry to all male Russian nationals aged 16-60 | UNIAN

Ukraine has banned entry to all male Russian nationals aged 16-60 for the entire period of martial law, according to Head of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhikal. The rule shall be effective pending martial law. Ukraine has banned entry to all male Russian nationals aged 16-60 for the entire period of martial law, according to Head of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhikal. The entry of “male Russian nationals aged 16-60 has been banned,” Tsyhikal said at a meeting on strengthening Ukraine’s defense capacities, attended by President Petro Poroshenko, an UNIAN correspondent reported. There will be exceptions for humanitarian purposes, such as family visits on the occasion of a funeral ceremony. Tsyhikal said that the border guard agency had been put on top combat readiness, while border squads deployed along the border with Russia and the de-facto border with the illegally annexed Crimea were strengthened. “As for the citizens of Ukraine, there are no restrictions,” Tsyhikal said.

Ukraine bans entry for male Russians aged from 16 to 60 – 112.international

Ukraine has banned the entry to its territory for the male citizens of Russia in the age from 16 up to 60. Petro Tsyhikal, the Head of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported. “The enhanced control measures act at the checkpoint. As for today, the entry of the foreigner, first of all for the male citizens of Russia, is restricted. The preventing from entering of the Russians in the age from 16 up to 60 takes place. Concerning the citizens of Ukraine, there are no restrictions. In the case of the situation of the humanitarian character, the pass of the Russian citizens who come for the burial or any other humanitarian purpose, we allow them to enter Ukraine,” he said.

Russian Men Barred From Entering Ukraine Amid Escalating Crisis

Ukraine has barred Russian male nationals between 16 and 60 from traveling to the country, President Petro Poroshenko announced on November 30.

Ukraine bars entry to Russian males, upping ante in conflict | Fox News

Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Ukraine refuses entry to Russian men as fear of invasion grows | World | The Times

All Russian men of combat age were barred from entering Ukraine today as tensions continued to rise between the two countries. The restrictions for those aged between 16 and 60 were introduced under the martial law that was imposed after Russian forces fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval

Ukraine troops dig trenches as martial law takes effect – Daily Nation

The troops are positioned in the ruins of eastern Ukraine’s flashpoint village of Shyrokyne.

Martial Confusion | KyivPost

First, a brazen naval attack shook Ukrainians; then their government’s response confused them. On Nov. 25, Russia’s coast guard attacked and captured three Ukrainian naval boats and their crews as they tried to cross from the Black Sea into the Azov Sea through the Kerch Strait. The naval vessels were heading for the Ukrainian ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. The attack came after months of tension in the Azov Sea, where Russia had threatened Ukrainian merchant shipping, effectively blockading the country’s ports and causing coastal cities to fear invasion. Use of the small sea is supposed to be equal between the two nations, according to a 2003 treaty, but Russia’s military presence there is much larger. The assault also marked a new stage in the war Russia has been waging against Ukraine since 2014, which has seen 10,300 people killed and 1.5 million others displaced. For the first time, the Russians attacked openly, under their tricolor flag, not hiding behind proxies or stripping their soldiers of their insignia. Despite the brazen attack, the international community has so far expressed concern but offered no tougher action against Russia. Ukraine’s response came from President Petro Poroshenko, who proposed the introduction of 60 days of martial law throughout the country. Parliament watered that down to 30 days in 10 oblasts, and also wrung out a promise that the presidential elections would go ahead as planned on March 31. But the imposition of martial law has brought more concern than reassurance, as Ukraine’s leadership has been unable to clearly explain its purpose and what it would entail. Some also suspected the imposition of martial law was a political trick meant to boost Poroshenko’s chances of re-election in 2019. In fact, political experts say, it could also help the ratings of the pro-Russian candidates who promise to end the war. And while there are indications that martial law will change little in practice, it has already harmed Ukraine’s international reputation, and the damage to the investment climate will probably last far longer than the 30 days of war footing. Russia’s effective blockade of Azov Sea ports will add to the economic pain.

Martial law in Ukraine: All UAVs spotted over military facilities to be shot down – Defense Ministry | UNIAN

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has warned Ukrainians that due to the introduction of martial law in certain regions, all unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flying over military units, facilities and training grounds will be shot down. Persons who have launched or managed the UAVs will be detained and brought to justice in line with applicable law.

Ukrainian soldier dies in the combat zone in Donbas – Ukrainian military release Rozsadky village in Donetsk region from militants – 112.international

A serviceman from the Armed Forces of Ukraine sustained injuries incompatible with life in the east of Ukraine over the last day, November 24, reports the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation. On November 24, the occupiers opened fire at the positions of our military seven times, two of them were performed from the weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.

Ukrainian military liberates village in Svitlodar bulge – JFO HQ

Ukrainian soldiers on Saturday liberated another village in eastern Ukraine, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has said.

Russian-led troops use proscribed weapons in Donbas in past day, Ukraine reports casualties | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted seven attacks on the Ukrainian army in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day, using proscribed weapons twice; the Ukrainian side reported casualties. The occupation forces used grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry condemns another Russian “humanitarian convoy” arrived in Donbas | UNIAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has condemned another so-called “humanitarian convoy” sent by Russia to Donbas as a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The ministry called such “humanitarian” assistance another provocation by Russia, contrary to the Minsk agreements.

Ukrainian servicemen to be paid higher salaries – LB.ua news portal

Ukrainian servicemen to be paid higher salaries. The president announced a pay rise as of 1 January. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

How Ukraine’s Armed Forces were loosing combat effectiveness – Investigation of Ukraine’s loosing armament under various Ministers of Defense – 112.international

Glavcom media outlet has published an investigation in the situation with Ukraine’s armament under various heads of the Ministry of Defense. According to the data revealed, in 2005–2007, when the defense department was headed by Anatoliy Hrytsenko (who plans to run as a president in 2019, – ed.), the number of tanks in Armed Forces service fell below the required level. Then the number of infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers decreased more than twice. The number of air defense systems in the army began to decline in 2001 when Volodymyr Shkidchenko headed the ministry.

Will Ukraine make it to the EU and NATO? – news about politics

The approved amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the strategic course of the state to acquire full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have won the constitutional number of votes, 311. But it is still a long way to go until the final decision is made. President Petro Poroshenko says the final adoption is scheduled for February 2019. This is quite realistic, as the final changes shall be made at the next session of the Verkhovna Rada, which begins on February 5, 2019.

Ukrainian diaspora calls on Montenegro to help Ukraine join NATO – 24.11.2018 15:00 — Ukrinform News

During a visit to Montenegro, President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Eugene Czolij called on the state leaders to help grant Ukraine the NATO membership.

Ukraine’s troops receive Ukrainian-made sniper rifles | UNIAN

Ukrainian Army has for the second consecutive year been receiving modern Z-10 and Z-008 sniper rifles, which by an order of magnitude are superior to the Soviet-era Dragunov models, the “SVD” — the ones initially used by Ukrainian troops facing a better -equipped enemy in Donbas. The Ukrainian company also launched the production of NATO-standard cartridges.

Ukraine’s MIA gives two upgraded Mi-8 helicopters to border guards – 112.international

The Ministry of Internal Affairs transferred two modernized Mil Mi-8 helicopters to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, reports the press office of the MIA. The commanders of Kharkiv and Odesa separate aviation squadrons received certificates for the aviation equipment. Related: State Emergency Service of Ukraine personnel’s salary planned to be increased, – Avakov On November 24, Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov provided two upgraded Mil Mi-8 helicopters to Kharkiv and Odesa border patrol unit for the inspection of the border during his visit to the Kharkiv Border Patrol Unit of Eastern Regional Department of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. ‘Today, we are giving two certificates for modernized Mil Mi-8 helicopters but this is a temporary option. Very soon, the border service will receive new weaponry and new Airbus helicopters, which to be deployed in Kharkiv squadron. Your professional competence will be even better,’ Avakov said.

Certificates for two modernized Mi-8 helicopters handed over to Ukraine’s border guards | UNIAN

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has handed certificates for two modernized Mi-8 helicopters over to Ukrainian border guard detachments in Kharkiv and Odesa regions. The helicopters will be used to monitor the border in Kharkiv and Odesa regions.

European Defense Agency seeks deeper cooperation with Ukraine – Vice PM | UNIAN

The European Defense Agency is interested in deepening cooperation with Ukraine, according to Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. According to Klympush-Tsintsadze, the agency head stated his interest in enhancing such work.

Ukroboronprom discusses with Pakistan Ordnance Factories ammo supplies to Ukrainian army | UNIAN

Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom has discussed with management of Pakistani-based Pakistan Ordnance Factories the possibility of supplying ammunition for the Ukrainian army, as well as components for their production in Ukraine. The Pakistani side has confirmed its readiness to meet the needs of Ukraine by supplying the products in a short time.

Police identify, apprehend five persons involved in attack on presidential candidate Hrytsenko, interior minister says

30.11.18 16:01 – Police identify, apprehend five persons involved in attack on presidential candidate Hrytsenko, interior minister says Five of those who attacked leader of Hromadska Pozytsia (Civil Position) party, presidential candidate Anatolii Hrytsenko, were identified and detained by the National Police. View news.

UAWire – Ukraine starts withholding Gazprom gas transit payments to recover the debt

Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz recovered $3.8 million received in overpayment from Gazprom for the transit of gas in October …

SBU exposed another attempt of the Russian intelligence to involve Ukrainianians in criminal activities – 112.international

The Security Service of Ukraine exposed another attempt of the Russian intelligence and their militants on the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to involve Ukrainian citizens in their criminal activities. The press office of SBU reported. Related: “Elections” in occupied Donetsk, Luhansk have no legal effect, – Central Election Commission In October 2018, Russia’s road police pulled over two residents of Kharkiv during their visit to Russia and passed them to the Federal Security Service of Russia. In their turn, the FSS wanted the Ukrainians to confirm their “connections” with the Security Service of Ukraine. Having failed, the personnel of the FSS forced our citizens to agree for confidential cooperation. The Kharkiv residents had to receive further instructions from the Russian curators over phone calls. Having arrived back in Ukraine, the men addressed the Ukrainian Police right away and gave evidence regarding the circumstances of their recruitment by the Russian Federation. ‘Such cases are not individual and even recorded on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,’ SBU claimed.

Ukraine’s Government approves launching of State Investigation Bureau – 112.international

Ukraine’s Government approves launching of State Investigation Bureau

Ukraine not to discuss with Hungary how to interpret Ukrainian laws – Klimkin | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Ukraine will not discuss with Hungary how to interpret Ukrainian laws on the Ukrainian territory. Klimkin says this and many other important issues will be discussed at the Ukrainian-Hungarian consular consultations in Kyiv on November 28.

Canada will always be with Ukraine standing against Russian aggression – Foreign Minister of Canada – 112.international

Canada will always support Ukraine in repelling aggressive attacks from Russia. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland claimed this on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, Ukrinform informs. ‘Canada will always be with Ukraine standing against the attempts of limiting its right for self-determination, including Russia, and to protect the Ukrainian people, its sovereignty and the territorial integrity,’ she said.

Orban: Hungary backs Ukraine in conflict with Russia – 30.11.2018 17:00 — Ukrinform News

“Hungary backs Ukraine in a conflict with Russia, despite the Ukrainian government taking anti-Hungarian positions,” Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said during a visit to Prague on Friday, Reuters reports. He added that Hungary’s stance was clear-cut. “We are a pro-Ukraine government, so we stand behind Ukraine,” Orban said in response to a reporter’s question. As reported, the conflict between Budapest and Kyiv broke out after the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Education”, which defines Ukrainian as the language of the educational process in Ukraine. In September this year, the relations between the countries further deteriorated after the video had been released showing Ukrainian citizens receiving Hungarian passports at Hungary’s consulate in Berehove town in Zakarpattia region. Kyiv responded by expelling a Hungarian consul from Berehove. In particular, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that the Hungarian consul had violated Ukrainian legislation and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Budapest also expelled a Ukrainian consul.

Poroshenko awards President of Latvia with Prince Yaroslav the Wise Order (Photo) | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of the first degree. The award ceremony was held in Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv.

UAWire – Ukraine gives Poland evidence of Soviet repressions against Polish people

Ukraine gave about sixty thousand pages of documents proving Soviet repressions against the Polish people in 1930 to the Polish Institute of …

UAWire – Kyiv: American company Westinghouse is ready to provide fuel to all Ukrainian nuclear power plants

During a meeting with the Ukrainian Minister of Energy and coal industry, Ihor Nasalyk, representatives of the American company Westinghouse …

“Putin doesn’t need it”: Kolomoisky speaks of prospects for returning Donbas | UNIAN

A Ukrainian businessman, former head of Dnipropetrovsk region Ihor Kolomoisky, believes that Ukraine could quickly return Donbas, but this could only happen as a result of negotiations. The businessman is convinced that only by negotiating with people who live in the occupied areas is it possible to regain these territories.

Ukraine’s neo-Nazi revolutionaries might be part of a Russian plot – Opinion – Jerusalem Post

Intense official pressure to eschew anti-Ukrainian propaganda has conditioned Western observers since the 2014 Maidan revolution to give Kyiv benefit of the doubt when it comes to sensational Russian assertions about Ukrainian Nazis calling themselves social-nationalists, who led the violence in 2014 that overthrew pro-Russian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. Most Westerners say Ukraine’s far right is fake – a plot to make Ukrainians look wild, illiberal and ungovernable. But regardless, radical nationalists are assuming renewed importance in prelude to next year’s 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Russian language keeps regional status in Zaporizhia region – 112.international

Russian language preserves regional status in Zaporizhia region

World’s top trending Ukrainian song Plakala by KAZKA: Scientists make unexpected revelation | UNIAN

Scientists representing Ukraine’s National Nature Museum, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences, have made an unexpected revelation as regards the recent pride of the Ukrainian musical scene, the KAZKA band and, in particular, their clip to the bomb hit “Plakala,” which has collected over a hundred million views on YouTube so far, along with a lyric video.   The song has rocketed to Shazam’s global TOP 10, setting the highest-ever bar for Ukrainian artists and bands.

 

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