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Ukraine / Russia Ad Hoc Media Update (50)


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The “Firehose of Falsehoods'” original title was “Firehose of Bullshit”, much more appropriate when it comes to Russian effusive propaganda and disinformation. 

Uh, Russia.  RT, Sputnik, Putin, et al. It’s not a war. You can’t afford a war.

From multiple reports, it is clear that Western leadership is still feckless and not responding. Let’s hope I am proven wrong.

This is something I did not expect. Will this be viewed as an insubordinate act by Putin?  “Crimean Tatar activists bring food, clothes to captive Ukrainian sailors in Moscow | UNIAN

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The “firehose of falsehoods” campaign against Ukraine continues. Some are genuine whoppers, and there will be the zombified who will believe this without question. Russians escalate by unlawfully charging Ukrainian POWs.

The political debate in the West continues, but seems to be a little more intensive than past cycles of these arguments – the Russia apologists and “useful idiots” have lost a lot of traction in the debate.

Piontkovsky makes interesting observations on the Chekist regime’s nuclear saber-rattling, and its blind contempt for the West, and urges Putin be dealt with before he uses a nuclear weapon in combat. Regime critic Shlosberg in Russia argues very correctly “But the West and in the first instance the US must increase sanctions against Russia and increase military assistance to Ukraine in direct proportion to the ways Putin has increased the stakes in the international arena.” Put differently, every sin the regime commits should be retaliated against with another military aid package to Ukraine – effectively attaching a price in persistently diminished strategic balance against Ukraine. Excellent background briefs by Whitmore, Blank, Jensen, and INN in Israel. Eristavi chastises Western media stupidity.

An extensive update on Ukraine, especially media statements by Ukrainian leadership, military reservist call-up and developments in Crimea. Finally an update on capabilities.


Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin — RT World News

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

War will continue so long as Ukraine government stays: Vladimir Putin – The Economic Times

Heavy military spending and the loss of vital industries in the separatist regions have weighed heavily on Ukraine’s economy.

Kerch Strait Incident: Ex-German FM Says Kiev Seeking to Drag Berlin Into War – Sputnik International

Last Sunday, Russia detained three Ukrainian Navy vessels and their 24 crewmembers after they violated Russia’s maritime borders and were engaged in dangerous manoeuvres in and around the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov.

Berlin should not be ‘drawn into war’ with Russia by Kiev over Kerch crisis – German ex-FM Gabriel — RT World News

Germany can’t afford being plunged into a war with Russia amid the Kerch Strait crisis, the country’s former Vice Chancellor alarmed, blasting Ukraine’s suggestion that Berlin deploy its warships to the troubled Azov Sea.

UAWire – Kremlin: Putin explained attack on Ukrainian ships to Merkel and Macron

During a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his German and French colleagues Angela Merkel and …

Russia Charges Detained Ukrainian Sailors With ‘Illegal Border Crossing’

A lawyer for a Ukrainian sailor detained by Russia last month while trying to pass from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov has confirmed that all 24 Ukrainian sailors involved in the incident have been charged by Russian authorities with “illegal border crossing.”

Putin refuses to release Ukrainian sailors and ships | World news | The Guardian

Russian president says it is ‘too early’ in investigation to consider a prisoner swap and accuses Ukraine government of provocation

Putin ignored request for phone call over attack on Ukrainian ships – Poroshenko – 03.12.2018 10:54 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin ignored his request for a telephone conversation about an attack on Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.

Russia deploys S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in Crimea, seen in new satellite images | Fox News

Satellite images shot Sunday and exclusively obtained by Fox News show a newly deployed Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in the Dzhankoy airbase in Crimea, almost 19 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border.

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Picket against Russian military aggression in Ukraine takes place in St. Petersburg – 112.international

A picket against Russian military aggression in Ukraine took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ekho Kavkaza reported. About 50 people took part in the picket on Nevsky Prospect. Olga Smirnova, a member of the Solidarity democratic organization and the organizer of the pickets, believes that the seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels and the capture of sailors signifies Russia’s new armed attempt to increase the zone of occupation of the Ukrainian territories. The picket participants demanded the release and return of seafarers and ships to Ukraine, to end the naval blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and punish those responsible for the seizure of Ukrainian ships.

Russia ship seizure is an ‘artificial conflict’ created by Ukraine, VTB Bank chief says

Ukraine’s president has created an “artificial conflict” with Russia just to boost his chances in a presidential election set to happen in Ukraine in March next year, the president and chairman of Russia’s VTB Bank has claimed.

Moscow Comments on Media Reports About UK Psychological Warfare Units in Ukraine – Sputnik International

On Sunday, BBC News Russian reported that 1,200 servicemen of the British Army’s 77th Brigade, a top-secret unit that deals with electronic and psychological warfare, are currently stationed in Ukraine. According to the broadcaster, the UK servicemen in Ukraine have three main areas of activities: carry out military tasks on the Internet, as well as psychological and information operations. “Earlier, we had information about the [United Kingdom] dispatching its military experts to train the Ukrainian military to conduct special operations against civilians of Donetsk and Lugansk. Now it turns out that the UK presence has expanded through, as BBC reports, conducting psychological and information operations in this country. As we see, it all happens in the run-up to the presidential election in Ukraine,” the embassy said in a statement on Sunday. If the information is correct, the new units represent a “new element of a large-scale UK military presence in Ukraine,” the embassy noted. “Once, the United Kingdom supported the coup in Kiev and the coming to power of the so-called ‘government of the winners’ in violation of the country’s constitution. Now we are witnessing a special operation, whose scale and consequences are yet to be assessed,” the embassy added.

Putin Falsely Claims Seized Ukrainian Ships Gifted by U.S.A.

Vladimir Putin mocked the idea of a U.S. submarine visiting a Russian base like in the Hollywood film “Hunter Killer,” saying the recently seized Ukrainian ships “gifted by the U.S.” couldn…

Kerch Strait incident in a nutshell: Putin tells Trump what happened

The project is oriented towards the revelation of corrupted officials, organized crime representatives, who are tied to the law enforcement and ruling establishments.

GOP senator: ‘I think we need to do more’ to respond to Russian aggression toward Ukraine | TheHill

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Did Trump Meet With Putin at G20? White House Confirms Surprise ‘Informal’ Meeting With Russian Leader

Putin revealed that Trump quizzed him about tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin discloses SECRET meeting with Donald Trump at G20 over Ukraine | World | News | Express.co.uk

VLADIMIR PUTIN has revealed the content of an informal conversation he had with Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, as tensions between Moscow and Washington boil over.

Trump Had ‘Informal’ Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit | HuffPost Australia

Their discussion came one day after Trump canceled a planned meeting, citing the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Mattis condemns Russia for treaty violations and election interference | World news | The Guardian

US defense secretary attacks Moscow over seizure of Ukrainian vessels, attempt to ‘muck around’ with midterms, and nuclear treaty

“Putin is clearly a slow learner,” – Pentagon chief on recent election meddling attempt, Kerch Strait incident

03.12.18 11:43 – “Putin is clearly a slow learner,” – Pentagon chief on recent election meddling attempt, Kerch Strait incident Ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm congressional elections, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials accused Russia of trying to influence the vote. View news.

How will NATO respond to Russian sea attack on Ukraine? Expect ‘very reluctant’ response: expert – National | Globalnews.ca

Concrete actions against Russia for seizing Ukrainian ships and two dozen sailors as prisoners of war last weekend may be unlikely at this week’s NATO meeting.

World War 3: Germany may CONFRONT Russia after Ukraine clash by SABOTAGING Nord Stream 2 | World | News | Express.co.uk

BERLIN should confront Moscow over its aggression in the Azov Sea by reducing the amount of gas to flow through the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, an ally of the German Chancellor said on Sunday.

Angela Merkel condemns Russian aggression during summit with Putin

German chancellor Angela Merkel aired her concerns with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit over a blockade that targets Ukraine, then ripped Russian aggression at the gathering Saturday.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko for ‘Normandy format’ talks with Russia | News | Al Jazeera

Ukrainian leader says his country is ready to hold talks with Russia to de-escalate conflict in Kerch Strait.

Ukraine Urges German Naval Presence in Black Sea

‘We need a strong, unified, unambiguous reaction to Russia’s aggressive behavior,’ President Petro Poroshenko tells German media outlet

Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea | KSL.com

Ukraine’s leader called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region and said Russia was blockading Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov.

UAWire – Polish Foreign Minister: After Russia’s aggression in Kerch strait there is a chance to stop Nord Stream 2

At the press conference with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, in Kyiv, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz called for …

UAWire – Polish Foreign Minister: Russia remains ‘a very dangerous partner’

Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, stated that the recent incident in the Kerch Strait shows that &quot;to protect its infrastructure, …

UAWire – Poland and Denmark sign agreement to build gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

Poland and Denmark have agreed to go ahead with the Baltic Pipe, which will span 900 km of the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and is scheduled to …

Czech Senate to keep sanctions against Russia, not to strengthen them – 03.12.2018 12:10 — Ukrinform News

Chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondr&aacute;ček support the preservation of the current anti-Russian sanctions but do not consider their strengthening.

Britain’s MI6 spymaster cautions Russia but eyes China’s growing power | Reuters

The chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service warned the Kremlin on Monday not to underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad.

Fears mount: Putin’s Russia poised to seize more of Ukraine?

Russia might be angling to take control of the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, a top Estonian defense official told the Washington Examiner.

Russia And Ukraine: The Flashpoint That Has World Leaders Worried

This is a crisis with international implications, and limited international options. Russia is already subject to extensive sanctions. So if western governments decide Moscow is to blame, there is only so much more that they can do. No one wants to risk a wider military confrontation.

I watched as Ukrainian sailors joined the ranks of Putin’s prisoners | World | The Sunday Times

A Crimean lawyer received an unusual phone call last week. The parents of a Ukrainian sailor, captured under shellfire by the Russian navy in an international incident that has rocked relations between the two countries, were pleading for his assistance.In a Russian-controlled court, I was the only

A U.S. Air Force drone performed a number of reconnaissance flights over the occupied Crimea, Kerch Strait and Kuban – 112.international

A U.S. Air Force drone performed a number of reconnaissance flights over the occupied Crimea, Kerch Strait and Kuban (southern Russia). Interfax news agency reported this on Monday morning. ‘RQ-4 Global Hawk performed a number of flights at the distance of about 35 kilometers off the coast in the area of Sevastopol, 45 kilometers off the entrance to the Kerch Strait and 40 kilometers off the coast of Kuban near Novorossiysk. The drone flew from the western edge of Crimea along its southwestern and southern coasts to Krasnodar Krai’, reads the message. P-8A Poseidon, the anti-submarine patrol aircraft joined the drone in the reconnaissance flight. The aircraft approached the airspace over the occupied Sevastopol and Novorossiysk.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ No Longer Restraining Putin, Piontkovsky Says

Paul Goble Staunton, December 2 – The principle of “mutually assured destruction” (MAD) which restrained Washington and Moscow from using nuclear weapons and prevented the outbreak of a nuclear war has broken down in the minds of Vladimir Putin, Andrey Piontkovsky says. As a result, the Kremlin is ready to use such weapons confident that the West will not respond in kind. Sometime before 2014, the Russian commentator says, Putin and “a small group in the Russian military-political leadership” including Nikolay Patrushev and Valery Gerasimov concluded that despite its relative backwardness, “Russia is nonetheless capable of winning a hybrid war” against the West (http://svoboda.org/a/29632999.html). “Victory” for this group means “at a minimum, the restoration of the ‘Yalta’ zone of their power in Europe, the self-liquidation of NATO as a result of its incapacity to fulfill its Article 5 commitments, the demonstration of the inability of the US to act as ‘the leader of the free world,’ and as a result, the departure of the West from world history,” Piontkovsky continues. Besides Russia’s much-ballyhooed “’spirituality,’” he says, Moscow’s ultimate cards in this game are nuclear weapons. Their use had been precluded in the past by the mutual acceptance in Moscow and Washington of MAD, the idea that an attack on one would result in the destruction of both. But now the situation has changed, Piontkovsky insists; and MAD no longer plays the role for Moscow that it did until recently. The reason, he says, is that “a nuclear power, seeking to change the existing status quo and having greater political will for such change, greater indifference to the value of human live and a definite dose of adventurism may achieve serious foreign policy result by the threat of the extremely use application of nuclear weapons.” Putin has little but contempt for his “Western partners,” and one can understand why: They either seek to ignore what he does, play down the threat, and try to recast whatever aggression he engages in in ways that they can still engage in diplomacy rather than respond with force. Unfortunately, such behavior only reinforces Putin’s view of them. And because of that, Piontkovsky says, the Kremlin leader keeps raising the stakes, the latest being his use of regular Russian naval vessels in the Kerch Straits on November 25, a date that is “no less important” than February 20 when Putin invaded Crimea and even more dangerous because he did so this time openly rather than under cover. Clearly, “after several years of vacillations, Putin has decided on a new and serious escalation in his hybrid war with the West, a war he counts on winning.” The West did not initially respond in ways that will restrain him, given that he sees such foreign policy moves as the only way to save his domestic position and because he identifies himself with Russia. Now “after several days of vacillation,” the US appears to have decided not to give in to Putin’s blackmail and “not to surrender Ukraine to the aggressor. This is good news: for Ukraine, for Russia and for the world,” Piontkovsky says. But unfortunately, there is also “bad news,” and it must be faced. “Putin in the foreseeable future will take another step to exacerbate the military-political situation.” As someone committed to nuclear blackmail, he must be stopped before he goes beyond the threat of using nuclear weapons to actually using them, a task made even more difficult because he no longer accepts MAD as a guiding and restraining principle.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin has Crossed a Rubicon – Will the West Respond?

Paul Goble Staunton, December 2 – Vladimir Putin has now done openly what he has denied doing in the past and what most Western leaders have shamefully accepted as an excuse not to face up to his aggression: In the case of the Kerch Straits naval action, Putin has used regular Russian military units to attack and seize Ukrainian ships on international waters. No longer can anyone take seriously the Kremlin’s insistence that this is the work of “volunteers” or of those Moscow has no knowledge of – Moscow openly acknowledges that its ships were involved – nor. one would think, can anyone take seriously Putin’s claims that it is all Ukraine’s fault and that the West must rein in Kyiv to avoid a major war. Every war in modern times has begun with the aggressor blaming the victim – and Putin is continuing in this sad tradition suggesting even now that “a war party” has taken over in Ukraine. Tragically, at least for the moment, Putin’s stratagem is working with Western leaders reducing the crisis to the question of talks about the return of Ukrainian prisoners. Not only has Germany’s Angela Merkel focused on the return of Ukrainian sailors rather than on the more important issue of Putin’s new round of aggression, but US officials have made clear that Donald Trump didn’t hold one-on-one talks with Putin in Argentina because of the sailors, not the aggression (thebell.io/putin-i-merkel-obsudili-osvobozhdenie-ukrainskih-moryakov/). It is time to be clear about what has happened even if few in the West are ready to take actions to prevent the slide toward surrender or a wider war. The After Empire portal is to be complimented for being blunt in this regard: “The Muscovite empire has crossed a line” with its “open aggression against Ukrainian ships” (afterempire.info/2018/11/28/kerchenskiy-proliv/). The site quotes Lev Shlosberg, a Yabloko politician from Pskov who has been a consistent critic of Putin’s repressive and aggressive stance. He argues that unless Putin is countered, “such incidents will occur with growing frequency” for domestic reasons if no other: Russians “must be distracted from real problems” and they have “a short memory.” But Russians are not the only ones who are being distracted and who have a short memory. Western leaders are proving themselves to be the Bourbons of today; like them, they have “learned nothing and forgotten nothing” about aggression in the past and the way their overly cautious response only made things worse. “Will Russia be excluded from the UN for its open aggression against its neighbors” as the League of Nations did the USSR after Stalin invaded Finland? That’s unlikely, the portal says. “But the West and in the first instance the US must increase sanctions against Russia and increase military assistance to Ukraine in direct proportion to the ways Putin has increased the stakes in the international arena.”

Jed Babbin | Vladimir Putin’s course of action in Ukraine mirrors his takeover of Crimea – Washington Times

On Nov. 25, the Russian navy attacked and captured three Ukrainian navy vessels approaching the two-mile wide Kerch Strait. The Strait is the only passageway from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea and two of Ukraine’s largest ports.

Brian Whitmore, Stephen Blank, Donald N. Jensen | Gunboat Diplomacy | CEPA

The West is facing a stealthy and joined-up threat from the Kremlin. So, how is the push-back going? Nearly five years ago Vladimir Putin’s regime forcefully and illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Today Russia is attempting to forcefully and illegally annex the international waters of the Sea of Azov. At stake is southeastern Ukraine’s access to the sea as well as Ukraine’s economic viability and very sovereignty. But Moscow’s gunboat diplomacy also has broader implications for international law, maritime rights, and Black Sea security. Listen to the latest Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore discuss the repercussions of Russia’s gunboat diplomacy in the Sea of Azov with Stephen Blank, a senior fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council and former U.S. State Department official and senior CEPA fellow Donald N. Jensen.

Think Tank Central: Ukraine-Russia naval clash – Israel National News

Russian Navy seizes three Ukrainian ships, imprisoning 24 crew members, openly using force to assert sovereignty over the Kerch Strait.

The Lawfare Podcast: Alina and Scott Talk Ukraine and Russia – Lawfare

This week, Russia and Ukraine went at it in the Kerch Strait, which separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov. It’s the latest salvo in Russia’s secret (not-so-secret) war against Ukraine and its eastern provinces, and it’s the latest thing that has the world talking about Vladimir Putin’s lawlessness in his back yard.

Maxim Eristavi on Twitter: “I’ve been dealing with Russian disinformation professionally for the last 5 years. What’s its biggest success? Foreign mainstream media calling the Putin’s invasion of Ukraine ‘a crisis,’ ‘a dispute,’ ‘a conflict’, equalizing the colonial aggressor & its victims.… https://t.co/H9NGUbFvWm

CAVAN HOGUE. Storms in the Sea of Azov. | John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations

The recent clash between Russia and Ukraine is about access to the Sea of Azov especially arising from the Russian bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland.  Russian and Ukrainian claims and explanations are entirely predictable as is NATO’s condemnation of Russia. The Russians claim that it is all the fault of Ukraine for illegally…

Will the Kerch Blockade Make Putin Great Again? – To Inform is to Influence

Written by a Russian for a Russian audience. Shocking. Is Russian support waning?  </end editorial> Nov 30, 2018 ANDREI KOLESNIKOV The narrative that Russia is under attack has long dominated Kremlin propaganda, with Vladimir Putin positioning himself as the commander of a fortress besieged. But Putin’s latest attempt to “remind” Russians that they are being attacked…

The Russia-Ukraine crisis requires a steady hand and moral leadership. Why can’t Trump provide it? | Editorials | Dallas News

President Trump cited the ongoing naval standoff between Russia and Ukraine as the reason he canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir…

UAWire – President Poroshenko: Russia wants to seize the Sea of Azov and other Ukrainian territories

Russia intends to establish air control over the territories through which gas and oil are sent to Europe. Russia’s aggression must be stopped, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, as reported by the official presidential website. It’s not enough to make joint statements, Poroshenko stresses, it’s time to take action against the aggressor: to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, increase NATO’s presence in the Black Sea, tighten sanctions against those guilty of aggression in the Kerch Strait, put a taboo on receiving Russian ships in European ports, and support Ukraine politically and economically. The people who are trying to flirt with Putin will only provoke Russia to make new attacks on world order, freedom, and the values of democracy, Poroshenko says. According to Poroshenko, there are 2 million people in Russia-occupied Crimea, many of whom are being repressed. During four years of fighting in the Donbas, 11,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million have been displaced. It was not Ukraine that wanted an escalation of the crisis. “It was Moscow that wanted and planned the clash in the Kerch Strait. After the invasion of the Donbas and the aggression in Crimea, they now want to take away the Sea of Azov, to oust us and take our other territories for themselves. Those who allow themselves to be led astray by Kremlin propaganda are naive,” the president emphasizes. The global community has been made aware of the situation in the Sea of Azov, but Russian fighter jets continue to infringe on Ukraine’s airspace in various parts of the border. The same is happening with the Baltic states. “They are also preparing to establish air control over the territories in which gas and oil are sent off, through which hydrocarbons are sent to Europe. Putin is threatening NATO’s eastern borders. If you remain silent, Putin will know that he can continue expanding and obtain new advantages,” Poroshenko says. The Ukrainian head of state is pleased by Europe’s solidarity and its demands that Moscow release the captured Ukrainian sailors, respect international law, and guarantee freedom of ship movement. Poroshenko thanked US President Donald Trump for deciding not to meet with Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina. “The Russian leader is now isolated,” Poroshenko believes. Poroshenko also expressed his gratitude to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her efforts to deter Russian aggression. “But this does not mean that the Russians will not continue their policy of invasion,” Poroshenko remarked.

Poroshenko tables to Rada bill on termination of friendship, cooperation and partnership agreement between Ukraine, Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the termination of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

UAWire – Russia asks Ukraine to cancel the ban on entry for men

Adviser to the Russian President and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov appealed to the …

Russia Vs. Ukraine War: Putin’s Military Has 80,000 Troops and 900 Tanks in Occupied Ukraine, President Says

Russia wants to “turn back the wheel of history” to reverse Ukraine’s independence, Ukraine’s President says.

WW3 news: Russia Ukraine war sees Vladimir Putin ‘move 80,000 troops’ | Daily Star

UKRAINE’S president has claimed Russia’s military has around 80,000 troops on his country’s border as war tensions between the two nations are ratcheted up.

Ukraine-Russia crisis: Future of Azov ports under threat as Moscow steps up economic blockade

‘If the blockade continues another week, real damage will be done,’ says trade union leader Marina Pereshevalevo

Citing Russia threat, Ukraine boosts security at ports, power plants

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday his country had stepped up security at vital infrastructure sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports in the face of what he called a Russian test of the world order. Russia opened fire on and seized three Ukrainian navy ships and

Poroshenko: Ukraine needs help of allies to deter Russia in the Black Sea – 03.12.2018 10:23 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine needs stepped-up naval presence of Germany and the allies in the Black Sea as a deterrent for Russia.

Poroshenko expects increase of military presence of allies, Germany in Black Sea

It is important to increase the naval presence of Germany and the allies in the Black Sea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, according to his press service.

Groysman on Nord Stream 2: It’s a disguised war against Europe – 03.12.2018 11:18 — Ukrinform News

The Nord Stream 2 Russian gas pipeline project is a form of concealed war against Europe and European consumers.

UAWire – Ukrainian Foreign Minister intends to propose ‘new elements of cooperation’ to NATO

At the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO countries with the Heads of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and Georgia on December 4 to 5 in Brussels, Ukraine will offer the Alliance new elements of cooperation, stated Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin at a joint briefing with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in Kyiv, Ukrinform reports. “At the meeting with the Foreign Minister of the NATO-member countries I will demand not only condemnation [of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait], but effective measures first. I will offer several new elements in our cooperation with the alliance as Ukraine should gradually move towards becoming the eastern flank of the Alliance,” Klimkin stated. On the morning of November 25, Ukraine informed the Russian port of its intention to transfer three ships through the Kerch Strait, as required by the Agreement on the joint use of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait. However, at around 8:00 a.m., Russian ships carried out acts of provocation against the Ukrainian vessels, even ramming into the Yany Kapu tugboat. Russia later accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its territorial waters, claiming that they were “maneuvering dangerously” and “not complying with the legitimate demands of the Russian authorities”. Russia also physically blocked the Kerch Strait with a transport ship. The Ukrainian ships decided to return to Odessa, but they were chased and subsequently attacked by the Russian military. The Berdiansk and Nikopol boats were hit, and two crew members were wounded. All three of the ships were seized by Russia. On November 28, the Kremlin-controlled court of Simferopol placed the Ukrainian sailors under 2 months of arrest – until January 25, 2019.

Klimkin intends to visit Ukraine’s eastern, southern regions, “talk to people” because of “fakes” spread by Russia about Ukrainian sailors

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has reported on a large-scale disinformation campaign in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine regarding the circumstances and details of the attack of Russian security forces on the ships of Ukraine’s Armed Forces’ Navy near the Kerch Strait on November 25 and the capture of Ukrainian sailors.

Captured Ukrainian Navy men have status of “prisoners of war” – Ukrainian prosecutor | UNIAN

Captured Ukrainian Navy men have the status of prisoners of war (POWs), according to Gunduz Mamedov, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which territory was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The law of international conflicts, in particular the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 1949 (Third Geneva Convention) must be applied on the territory of Crimea, the prosecutor stresses, according to the Information Resistance OSINT community. “Captured Ukrainian Navy men have the status of prisoners of war and fall under the protection of the Third Geneva Convention,” he believes.

ECHR obligates Russia to provide information about Ukrainian sailors – Poroshenko – 112.international

According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, Russia has to provide information about capturing the Ukrainian sailors in neutral waters of Azov Sea, as President Poroshenko said opening the forum “70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights: agenda for Ukraine”, 112 Ukraine reported. “As a reaction to Ukraine’s appeal, the ECHR made an urgent and important decision: the organization obligated Russia to provide information about the capturing of the Ukrainian sailors, the legal reasons for the detention, the place of their detention, caused injuries, the medical care they receive. Russia has to provide this information today,” he noted.

Ukraine asks Canada to renew training mission as crisis with Russia heats up | CBC News

Canada is being asked to renew its military training mission to Ukraine — a proposal that’s taking on a whole new level of urgency as border tension ramps up with Russia.

Ukraine, on a War Footing, Looks Westward for Help – The New York Times

Russia’s attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels only underscores Kiev’s vulnerability, particularly at sea.

Crimean Tatar activists bring food, clothes to captive Ukrainian sailors in Moscow | UNIAN

Crimean Tatar activist Nariman Dzhelalov has said the Crimean Tatar activists came to Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center where captive Ukrainian sailors are held to hand clothes and food over to them. The clothes and food were donated by local residents of Russian-occupied Crimea.

Russia aims to destroy indigenous people of Crimea, – Poroshenko – 112.international

The Russian Federation aims to destroy the indigenous people of Crimea, the Crimean Tatars. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized this during his speech at the forum “70 years of common declaration of human rights: agenda for Ukraine” as 112 Ukraine reported. “If I have to turn briefly to the situation with human rights at the territory of Crimea it is arbitrariness, powerlessness and total militarization. However, one more crime takes place there, the whole nation, the Crimean Tatars are destroyed. The occupation authority aims to do the thing that Stalin failed to, to destroy the leaders, announcing Mejlis the extremist organization, to ruin identity and dissolve the indigenous people of Crimea in the Russian melting pot,” he noted.

UAWire – Kyiv considers restricting access of Russian ships to Ukrainian ports

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine considers the possibility of several actions after Russian border guards detained …

Ukraine: Hellish war hidden in plain sight | HeraldScotland

Young and old they had come to man the barricades. Mostly though they were teenagers, who at times appeared to be looking for a fight.

Large-scale military, reservist training starts Dec 3 | UNIAN

The large-scale military and reservist training starts in Ukraine on December 3. The training will be held after martial law was imposed in 10 regions of Ukraine.

UAWire – Ukraine calls up reservists

The press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense  stated that starting Monday, December 3rd, large-scale call-up of reservists and those …

Border village grinds to a halt amid Ukraine-Russia tensions – ABC News

Village straddling the Russia-Ukraine border is hit hard by travel restrictions

Ukraine denies entry to 189 Russians traveling via Minsk airport over past week

Ukraine has denied entry to 189 Russian citizens traveling by air through the Minsk airport over the past week, and they had to return to Minsk, Belarusian State Border Committee spokesperson Anton Bychkovsky told Interfax.

Bellingcat says Russia attacked Ukrainian vessels in international waters

03.12.18 13:08 – Bellingcat says Russia attacked Ukrainian vessels in international waters Based on the official data released by Ukraine and Russia, Bellingcat made a conclusion that the Russian border guards fired upon the Ukrainian vessels in international waters. View news.

No Ukrainian soldier killed or injured in Donbas on Sunday amid seven attacks by Russian proxies, – JFO center

03.12.18 10:56 – No Ukrainian soldier killed or injured in Donbas on Sunday amid seven attacks by Russian proxies, – JFO center The intensity of hostilities in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone significantly decreased over the past 24-hour period. View news.

Guardsmen take a break from serious training in Ukraine with lighter moments – Europe – Stripes

Guardsmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are currently deployed to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine to advise and assist in modernizing Ukraine’s military.

UAWire – Ukrainian Armed Forces receive new combat aircraft, helicopters and UAVs

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko provided new and repaired aviation equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Saturday, December 1st, including Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, L-39 combat training aircraft, An-77 transport aircraft, Mi-8 helicopters and several drones, reported the press service of the President. “Today, Ukrainian pilots have received new and repaired aviation equipment: fighters, training planes, helicopters, drones. I emphasize that all systems, which were used by air defense ground forces and anti-aircraft before the beginning of November, were repaired at the enterprises of Ukroboronprom,” said the President at the transfer ceremony. He also handed military equipment certificates to the soldiers. The President also stated that air defense units will continue to be strengthened in the future. Earlier, Poroshenko signed a decree of martial law, which was imposed in 10 regions, lasting from 2:00 p.m. on November 26 to 2:00 p.m. on December 26, in response to Russia’s military aggression in the Kerch Strait.

Ukrainian Armed Forces get new military equipment

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has given new military equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the press service of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said.

Ukraine Helping South Korea, China and Canada With Rockets or Jets or Both – NextBigFuture.com Ukraine Helping South Korea, China and Canada With Rockets and Jets

South Korea successfully launched a locally developed 75-ton space rocket engine which is comparable to a SpaceX Falcon 1. The orbital rocket KSLV-II (Korea Satellite Launch Vehicle) is also known as Nuri. The rocket is 25.8 meters tall and has a diameter of 2.6 meters and weighs more than 52 tons. South Korean media did not discuss it but Ukrainian engineers and Ukrainian companies have provided a lot of assistance and cooperation on the design of the airframe and the engine technology. The South Korean-Ukrainian rocket program should lead to a SpaceX Falcon 9 block 5 class rocket in perhaps ten years. Ukrainian engineering was a significant part of the USSR air force, missile and rocket programs. Ukraine has the Zenit rocket and several other rocket designs. Ukraine’s space industry flagships – the Yuzhnoye design office, the Yuzhny engineering plant and a number of leading aerospace companies in Kharkiv – ended up in direct proximity to the war zone. In 2015, all defense contracts with Russia were suspended. Production of the Dnipro and Dnipro-1 rockets (modifications of the world-famous “Satan”) was frozen. The launch of the Lybid telecoms satellite was postponed indefinitely and the satellite itself is still in Russia. In 2015 Ukraine lost two international contracts at once: Sea Launch and the joint Ukrainian-Brazilian Alcantara project. Now Ukraine rocket and airplane industry is coming back with deals with South Korea, Canada and China.

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