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Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

Our anonymous expert’s praise of Blank and Eidman is notable, but I believe they still do not receive enough homage.   I cannot emphasize enough how well they get their points across.

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Russian state media launch a tirade of vulgar personal attacks on POTUS. The “firehose” barrage continues, much of it bordering on the utterly bizarre, and often mutually contradictory, or self-contradictory. Eidman argues this is intentional and represents separate narratives:  “one for the unconditionally dense and a second for the nominally intelligent.” Gorevoy on the campaign of war hysteria in Russia.

Strong language of support from NATO, the KP is skeptical. SECSTATE Pompeo comments on Russian behaviors. DNI Coates briefs publicly on Russia’s breach of the INF in unprecedented detail.

The Head of MI6/SIS makes a wide-ranging and well argued public address on the future of covert intelligence and very clearly issues a warning to Russia. This has produced an immense media response across international media.

A superb analysis and OpEd by Prof Blank in The Hill – he argues with his typical incisive clarity that “However, it is essential to deprive Putin of opportunities to threaten force against the U.S., its NATO allies and partner states like Ukraine. It is our strategic imperative to bring home the costs of this war to Putin, his entourage and the Russian people. Therefore the Western response must not be proportionate. Instead, the punishment must visibly exceed the crime to deter Russia from similar operations in the future”, concluding that the US should in addition to previous measures, also revive the 1940s Lend-Lease model, and supply military aid to Ukraine on a large scale, in exchange for access to Ukrainian ports and airfields. Needless to say during the Soviet era Ukraine was a major hub for Soviet naval, land and air forces, and inherited some of the best-basing infrastructures the Soviets built, especially well placed and often hardened air bases. This basing would not only be valuable in deterring Russia but would prove very useful for future contingencies that might arise in Iran, the Caucasus and Central Asia. So as a quid-pro-quo deal, a Lend-Lease arrangement with Ukraine is feasible and yields mutually beneficial payoffs, short and long-term.

OpEds by Ambs Herbst and Pifer, also by Coynash and Dileen, all criticizing the weak Western response, while Golts argues that Russia achieved a tactical victory, yet Ukraine defeated Russia strategically (by smarter politics) in the Kerch engagement.

An extensive series of reports on Ukraine. Russia partially opens the strait, but 170 vessels remain queued up to pass through. Ukrainian gunboats towed from Kerch. Much argument on politics and strategy. Russian buildup detailed by AFU Gen Staff, including hundreds of obsolete T-64 tanks to perform the classic Soviet doctrine of sacrificial first echelon Blitzkrieg forces. More on reserve call-up. Pres Poroshenko’s weekend address to troops appearing in Western media. Donbas and capability updates. Svatove, Balakliya and Ichnya ammo depot fires determined to be Russian RPV and sabotage attacks respectively, following lengthy investigations.

Ukraine challenges Hungary to put its money where its mouth is on Russia.

Russian State Media Turns On Trump, Calls Him ‘Clumsy’ And ‘Morose’ After G20 Summit

‘Trump is a rock hanging around Russia’s neck.’

Putin’s Media Roasts Trump: Russia ‘Should Spit’ on Him and the United States

The on-again-off-again non-meeting with Putin at the G20 was played for laughs in the Kremlin’s official media—but with an angry edge. Following the abrupt cancellation of Donald Trump’s G20 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian state media roasted him. Known for seamlessly adhering to the Kremlin’s viewpoint, the troupe of Putin’s cheerleaders took turns laying into the president of the United States. In an opinion piece for the Russian publication “Arguments and Facts,” Veronika Krasheninnikova, “Director General of the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies & Initiatives, Advisor to the Director General of ‘Russia Today’ and a member of the Kremlin-appointed Russian Public Chamber,” says that in light of the canceled meeting, Russia can now give up on the U.S. and “should have never trusted Trump to begin with.” Krasheninnikova opines that “as long as Trump is in power, nothing positive can happen in the relations between the United States and Russia,” concluding that “Trump is a rock hanging around Russia’s neck.” Host of the Russian state TV show “60 Minutes,” Evgeny Popov, angrily criticized Trump’s abrupt cancellation: “Just a few minutes earlier he said that now is a good time to meet… What kind of a man is this – first he says it will happen, then it won’t – are we just supposed to wait until he gets re-elected to start communicating with America? This is just foolishness, he seems to be an unbalanced person.”

Trump’s ‘Cancellation of Meeting With Putin Was Sign of Weakness’ – Scholar – Sputnik International

G20 leaders have adopted the final declaration as the summit concluded in Buenos Aires on Sunday, according to which the leaders of the G20 nations have renewed their general commitment to improve the rules-based global order.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: As Long as Trump is President, Putin has No Reason to Meet with Him, Moscow Foreign Policy Expert Says

Paul Goble Staunton, December 3 – Donald Trump’s decision not to meet with Vladimir Putin in Argentina represented a loss for both sides because it is important to discuss problems when they are as serious as they have become in recent days thanks to what Moscow describes as the American provocation in the Kerch Straits, Veronnika Krasheninnikova says. But at the same time, the head of the Moscow Institute for Foreign Policy Research and Initiatives tells Moscow’s Argumenty i Fakty, Putin has little reason to hold another meeting with Trump, because Trump can’t deliver and any meeting will only further reduce his effectiveness in that regard. “In fact,” Krasheninnikova says, “as long as President Trump is in power, nothing positive in US-Russian relations can occur. In spite of illusory expectations, his administration in the future will in the future increase tensions and continue its pressure on our country (aif.ru/politics/world/na_ssha_mozhno_postavit_krest_ekspert_ob_otmene_vstrechi_trampa_i_putina) “Trump may even believe what he says” about wanting to improve relations with Moscow. “But Trump is someone who lives according to myths he puts out. He believes in his own myths and stories. Therefore, one must not trust him from the very outset,” the well-connected Russian foreign policy specialist says. Instead, Krasheninnikova continues, one should “trust” what other US officials like Kurt Volker say when they suggest that Washington will increase pressure on Russia; and Moscow should look to developing relations with other world leaders rather than trying to pursue some “summit” with Trump. Even if Putin and Trump were to meet, she argues, “nothing positive would occur.” In fact, any one-one-one sessions in the current environment would “only harm relations.” If Trump were to meet with Putin alone, that would only “become the occasion for a new portion of accusations against the president of a conspiracy with Russia.” “Such accusations,” Krasheninnikova says, “we do not need” because they would only lead to a further deterioration in the relationship and still more American sanctions on Russia. Of course, she concludes, “we are open for dialogue, but now we must not seek a meeting with Trump. At the current stage, it would not decide anything. In this sense for the immediate future, one must put a cross on America. Russia needs to involve itself with ties with other countries and other regions of the world.”

bne IntelliNews – Putin threatens to “continue the war” in Ukraine until government changed

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to “continue the war” in Ukraine until the government is changed in remarks made during a press …

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia is ‘protecting’ Europe from aggression

Maria Zakharova, official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Facebook that Russia is “protecting Europe from aggression”. “After Poroshenko said that Russia supposedly intends to capture Mariupol and Berdyansk, one can paraphrase his utterance with certainty: it is Russia that is protecting Europe from the barbarism, tyranny, terrorism, aggression and militarism that loom over our entire continent,” Zakharova wrote. At the same time, in an interview for the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was asked whether the “provocation” in the Kerch Strait may have been synchronized with the cancellation of the meeting between Putin and US President Donald Trump. He responded: “I am not a supporter of conspiracy theory or of any conspiracy concoctions. But recently there have been too many coincidences, when the day before significant events, some kind of provocation takes place, which is then used to fuel sanction rhetoric”. In an interview with the German Funke Media Group, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia is trying to obtain a ground corridor from the occupied Donbas to occupied Crimea by capturing Mariupol and Berdyansk. “Moscow is trying to acquire a ground corridor from the occupied Donbas to occupied Crimea, by capturing Mariupol and Berdyansk. If certain politicians don’t stop flirting and dancing with Putin, no one should dismiss the threat that the scale of Russian aggression will grow,” Poroshenko warned.

Poroshenko’s Allegation of Russian Plot to Seize Azov Ports ‘Absurd’ – Kremlin – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The statement of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about Russia’s alleged plan to seize Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Berdyansk is “absurd;” it is Kiev’s attempt to provoke tensions, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Kremlin Denies Accusation it Has Designs on Ukrainian Sea Ports

The Kremlin on Monday called absurd a Ukrainian accusation it has designs on the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk in order to create a land corridor between Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. As tensions between Kiev and Moscow have risen over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews on Nov. 25, some Ukrainian politicians have suggested the move was the prelude to a wider Russian invasion. “It’s an absurd statement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “It’s another attempt to generate tension.”

Kremlin calls absurd accusation it has designs on Ukrainian sea ports

The Kremlin on Monday called absurd a Ukrainian accusation it has designs on the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk in order to create a land corridor between Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. As tensions between Kiev and Moscow have risen over

Kremlin calls absurd accusation it has designs on Ukrainian sea ports | Reuters

The Kremlin on Monday called absurd a Ukrainian accusation it has designs on the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk in order to create a land corridor between Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Russia not to seize Mariupol, Berdyansk, – Kremlin – 112.international

Spokesperson of Russian President Dmitry Peskov stated that the Russian Federation does not intend to seize Ukrainian cities Mariupol and Berdyansk to “penetrate a corridor” to Crimea. He made such statement commenting President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as Interfax reported. “It is a completely absurd statement. It is one more attempt to provoke the tension in some way,” Peskov said.

Russia Ukraine incident: Duma ‘to honour ship seizure troops’ – BBC News

Russia’s Duma speaker plans awards for border guards who seized Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian Sailors Face Up to 6 Years in Prison for Border Crossing – Lawyer – Sputnik International

SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) – All 24 Ukrainian sailors who were detained for illegally crossing the Russian maritime border in the Azov Sea have had charges brought against them by Russian investigators and now face up to six years in prison, lawyer Nikolay Polozov told Sputnik on Monday.

US, NATO Coordinating Alliance-Wide Response to Kerch Incident – Sputnik International

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and NATO member states have been coordinating an alliance-wide response to the naval incident in the Kerch Strait between Ukraine and Russia, a US Department of State official told reporters.

Putin-Trump meeting in Washington is “out of question,” Kremlin says

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, says the current diplomatic standoff has created an “untenable pause” in U.S.-Russia relations.

Kremlin hopes Putin and Trump can hold talks before June next year | Reuters

The Kremlin hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin can meet and hold talks before a G20 summit in Japan in June next year, a Kremlin aide said on Saturday.

Putin: Movie Depicting US Military Rescuing Russian President ‘Sounds Like a Bad Film’

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a dig at America’s military prowess – and filmmaking abilities – at the weekend, calling a movie scenario farfetched because it portrays U.S. military personnel penetrating a Russian naval base.

Nato accused of massing troops on Russian border | World | The Times

Russia has accused Nato of a massive build-up of troops and heavy weaponry along its borders as tensions rise over the crisis in Ukraine.Colonel-General Alexander Fomin, Russia’s deputy defence minister, claimed that Nato was expanding its forces under the guise of military exercises.In response to

‘Don’t underestimate us’ – MI6 boss warns Russia in latest sign of heightened tensions — RT UK News

The head of MI6 warned Russia against underestimating the UK’s capabilities, accusing the Kremlin of using “military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil,” during a speech at a university in Scotland.

Putin’s Approval Rating Dramatically Dips – To Inform is to Influence

The Russian Levada Center is showing Putin’s approval rating as dramatically dipping. There is no explanation given for the recent approval dip.  The main reason, however, was midnight shocker of the pension age increase announcement during the Russian World Cup in June 2018. Russia’s continuing economic downturn as a result of Western sanctions is also…

Hans Kristensen on Twitter: “Putin confirms Ukrainian ships harassed after refusing to hire Russian pilots, which they’re not required to. He then says “war will continue” as long as Ukrainian government stays in power https://t.co/GXcJ8m8LZD Seems to be the other way around: as long as he stays in power.”


Russia plans more assault ships amid rising tensions with Ukraine – Washington Times

The Russian navy is accelerating plans to build more amphibious assault warships, according to a leading supplier of vessels to the Kremlin, amid reports that Moscow has blockaded Ukrainian ports near the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Russian separatists train fighters in Switzerland – To Inform is to Influence

Notice the connection to Crimea. I would not be surprised, at all, if this is a full-blown Russian infiltration and influence operation. Creating a Fifth Column? I highly doubt it, but it should be examined and perhaps monitored. More: In sports schools in Switzerland, Putin’s militants are preparing – the media </end editorial>

Russia Still Fabricating And Spreading Lies – To Inform is to Influence

The Head of the Russian Information Spetsnaz and a member of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a blatantly false report today, giving an outright lie an almost official endorsement. Dr. Igor Panarin posted a link to this article, Media: Secret British 77 Brigade is involved in special operations in Ukraine The article starts off with this: Yesterday, December 2, the BBC Russian Service reported that several military groups from the secret 77th brigade of the British army are in Ukraine. According to the channel, over a thousand people serve in this brigade, who “carry out military tasks on the Internet, psychological influence and informational operations.” My apologies, Igor, but an exhaustive search of the BBC ‘Russia Service’, in Russian, reveals an article about a Russian journalist filming near a facility where the 77th Brigade is located. This resulted in a UK special alert that Russian journalists were seeking access to military bases and naming the journalist. There is no BBC report, Russian Service or otherwise, stating that members of the 77th Brigade were serving in or even supporting Ukraine. Furthermore, a Google search for 77th Brigade and Ukraine, in various permutations and compositions, reveals no reports of members of the 77th Brigade anywhere near Ukraine or supporting Ukraine. The incident with the Russian journalist and the resultant alert is mentioned in the article, Media: Secret British 77 Brigade is involved in special operations in Ukraine. The rest of the article is completely fabricated. That is how Russian disinformation often works, including a kernel of truth surrounded by a lie. Sorry, Igor, Russian disinformation attacks are growing tiresome. The offending article is below. </end editorial>

СМИ: Секретная британская 77 бригада участвует в спецоперациях на Украине | Продолжение проекта «Русская Весна»

По информации телеканала, в этой бригаде служат свыше тысячи человек, которые «выполняют военные задачи в интернете, психологическое воздействие и информационные операции».

British Defense Ministry suspects Russian journalists of spying – 112.international

The British Defense Ministry sent a warning notice to all military facilities in the country informing that Russian journalists were trying to penetrate one of the military bases, the Daily Mail reports. British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson urged the military to increase caution and vigilance due to the fact that recently the crew of the Russian Channel One was seen alongside the 77th Army Brigade in Berkshire, which deals with cybersecurity issues. It is reported that Russian journalists were filming a military facility from their cars. Earlier Gavin Williamson, the UK Defense Secretary claimed that Russia ‘should go away and shut up’ as Sky News reported.

Czech Spy Agency Blames Russia For Cyberattacks On Foreign Ministry, Diplomats

A Czech spy agency has said it is “obvious” that Russia was behind two recent cyberattack campaigns against the Czech Foreign Ministry and Czech diplomats.

Vladimir Putin NEW WORLD ORDER? Global domination claims REVEALED | World | News | Express.co.uk

VLADIMIR Putin’s diplomacy is establishing a ‘new world order’ and has angered “jealous” western nations, according to astonishing claims by a US author. M S King is a New York journalist whose previous career in advertising which, he says, gives him an insight into how public opinion is formed. In his 2014 book, “The War Against Putin”, he claims to show Putin’s “secret to his remarkably successful diplomacy”. Diplomatic strategy has not been at the forefront of Putin’s campaign in Ukraine, which has seen increasing Russian military aggression over recent weeks. However, efforts from western nations, including the UK, to hit Russia with further diplomatic and economic isolation so far do not seem to have turned back the tide of aggression in Ukraine. “The talented Mr Putin”, he says, “labours on multiple fronts to save Russia from ruin and bring it back to its rightful place as a growing economic and cultural power.” This narrative has been at the heart of Russian rhetoric on the Ukraine, which has been cast as a return to World War 2-era glory in state-controlled Russian media. This straightforward dealing is in contrast to the “dying nations” of the West, says King, where politicians are controlled by “unseen masters”. He goes on to say that “humility and honour” characterises Putin’s language.

Ron Paul: Foreign interventionism isn’t the ‘America First’ that was promised — RT US News

Donald Trump campaigned with a promise to put ‘America first’ and to stay out of foreign conflicts. As president, Trump has followed the same interventionist policies that failed his predecessors, says former Congressman Ron Paul.

Western war games in Ukraine – spiked

In the years before and since the so-called Euromaidan Revolution of 2014, when EU-flag-waving protesters deposed their unpopular but democratically elected leader, Viktor Yanukovych, Russia has increasingly confronted Ukraine as a potential threat on its border, a one-time ally that has now turned into an anti-Russian outpost. It is telling that a European Parliament study in 2017 concluded that ‘the era of geopolitical choice for Kiev is over’. In other words, it chose the West. Yet, in many ways, that is the wrong way round. It would be more accurate to say that NATO and the EU chose Ukraine. And in doing so, they have sowed the seeds of a conflict they now wilfully and myopically blame on Russia. Tim Black is a spiked columnist.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Offering Two Messages on Ukraine, Neither of Which Should Be Accepted, Eidman Says

Paul Goble Staunton, December 3 – Vladimir Putin’s agitprop now offers two different versions of the war against Ukraine, one “for the unconditionally dense and a second for the nominally intelligence.” The first is delivered to the mass Russian television audience; the second “to the Western public and intelligentsia within the country,” Igor Eidman says. The Russian sociologist and Deutsche Welle commentator says “the mass version is trivial: ‘the Banderite junta is guilty of everything, and ‘we aren’t there.’ The elite variant is more complex: both sides are guilty” in all aspects of the conflict (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2141536735909294&id=100001589654713). The latter version is disseminated by independent media. It is “willingly bought by the Russian ‘liberal’ public and Putin enthusiasts in the West. It penetrates even official declarations of the authorities of European countries,” Eidmann continues, who are prepared to pick up this version because it is supposedly balanced and thus objective. The shameful evilness of this is “of course, unheard of.” Those who buy into it are prepared to condemn the victim of violence for attempting to resist; and those who bleat that “’all are guilty’” are in fact insisting that “no one is guilty,” exactly the fallback position that plays to the Kremlin’s advantage. In this pathetic world, the Ukrainian “butterfly” in attempting to break out of the webs spun by the horrible Russian “spider” sometimes makes mistakes. But the reaction of the other insects (“Russian and European ‘liberals’”) is to insist that Ukraine should “remain calm” and recognize that “it shares with the spider responsibility for the conflict.” Some are even prepared to blame Ukraine for getting trapped in this web in the first place. Vladimir Putin and his propagandists could not hope for anything more.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Even Russian Liberals are Talking about War – and Other Russians are Paying Attention, Gorevoy Says

Paul Goble Staunton, December 3 – When the flamboyant Vladimir Zhirinovsky says that a major war is coming, most Russians dismiss this as Zhirinovsky being Zhirinovsky, Ruslan Gorevoy says; but when opposition figures like Mikhail Kasyanov and Andrey Illarionov say the same thing, ever more Russians are taking such predictions seriously. These Russian liberals, the Versiya commentator says, cite evidence, of course, but it may be that they are being swept up by emotions about some kind of new “small victorious war” like the one involving the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula that produced “the Crimean consensus” (versia.ru/vsled-za-patriotami-o-skoroj-vojne-zagovorili-dazhe-otechestvennye-liberaly). Such a new war is possible, Gorevoy suggests; but it is also the case that war hysteria may play a role equivalent to that of a war itself. Even better, such hysteria will not entail the costs that any war does. What is thus striking is that the liberal analysts are going along with this, wittingly or not, and spreading the hysteria which may or may not lead to war.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: How Bad are Things in Russia? State TV Now Telling Russians What They Must Do to Survive

Paul Goble Staunton, December 3 — The battle of the television and the refrigerator has entered a new phase, and television has surrendered: Moscow’s First Channel is now providing advice to viewers on how they can economize on food and clothing. Commentators say this “mirroring of reality” is a danger signal. Mikhail Bely, an URA news agency journalist, reports that the First Channel’s Good Morning program now features segments on how to cut spending by not taking children to stores, purchasing only domestically produced items, and selecting wooden toys rather than more expensive plastic ones for New Year’s (ura.news/articles/1036276958). Konstantin Kalachev, a political analyst, says that similar advice was doled out by Soviet television as an example of “’popular wisdom’” rather than as something forced on people by circumstances. Now, the Russian broadcasters don’t even try to cover up the fact that falling incomes make economizing a necessity. Ilya Paymushkin, head of the Social Communications agency, says that Russians in most places have already had to economize, but the television broadcasts give this economizing a name – and thus reinforce its meaning for those engaged in its. Other analysts are less certain that this is happening. Bely reports that a source in First Channel tells him that he “does not see in the subject anything sensational” in such stories. Russians have always been interested in getting things for the lowest price they can, and Moscow television has been talking about this “for decades.” Indeed, the source says, “economizing is one of the most attractive themes for TV viewers.”

NATO offers Ukraine strong rhetoric in face of Russian aggression, but no new action | KyivPost

BRUSSELS – When the foreign ministers of the member states of NATO meet in Brussels on Dec. 4-5, they’ll be trying to come up with some predictable and understandable responses in some unpredictable and confusing events. The array of security challenges facing the ministers includes Russia’s destabilizing behavior, violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa, and continuing instability in Afghanistan. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, discussing the meeting’s agenda at a press conference on Dec. 3, started with Russia, the closest source of problems for the European continent. Moscow is currently causing the allies concern in two major areas – the violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces or INF Treaty, and the threat it poses to Ukraine and Georgia. In defiance of the INF treaty, signed in 1987 between the former Soviet Union and the United States, Russia has developed, produced, tested and deployed a new intermediate-range missile, known as the SSC-8., which can reach European capitals. The new weapon mobile and easy to hide, and can be armed with nuclear warheads. It reduces the time that an attack can be detected to minutes, thereby lowering the time for a response to be weighed – and perhaps for mistakes to be made. “(The INF treaty) has been put in jeopardy by Russia,” Stoltenberg said at the Dec. 3 press conference. “The United States is in full compliance with the INF Treaty. There are no new U.S. missiles in Europe. But there are new Russian missiles. Russia must take immediate steps to ensure full compliance with the INF Treaty in a transparent and verifiable way. NATO is a strong advocate for arms control to make us all safer.

NATO Chief Demands Russia Release Ukrainian Ships, Sailors

The head of NATO has demanded that Russia release Ukrainian sailors and naval vessels it seized in a confrontation at sea, while Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says concerns that Mosc…

NATO Meeting to Be Dominated by Russia-Ukraine Clash – WSJ

A NATO foreign ministers meeting that starts Tuesday promises to be dominated by Russia’s seizure last week of three Ukrainian naval ships and their sailors, with both sides of the Atlantic grappling to craft a robust response.

NATO Set to Meet as Ukraine Seeks Support Against Russian Attacks

US repeats demands for NATO allies to increase military spending

NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region, – Stoltenberg – 112.international

NATO is monitoring situation in the Black Sea and increases its military presence in the region, as Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the Alliance, said at the press conference in Brussels, Eurointegration reported. “NATO has increased its presence in Black Sea region. Last year we have increased the presence of NATO vessels in Black Sea from 80 to 120 says. We have a mission of air police in the region, and there is also a multinational brigade in Romania,” Stoltenberg said.

NATO meets as tensions grow between Russia and Ukraine | #GME – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Dec 3, 2018 The Kerch Strait naval confrontation between Russia and Ukraine will likely top the agenda at a NATO meeting of foreign ministers and diplomats in Brussels today. Damon Embling gives us more details from Kyiv.

NATO Foreign Ministers To Discuss Missile Treaty Impasse, Kerch Confrontation

The Black Sea naval confrontation between Russia and Ukraine and the fate of a major Cold War missile treaty will top the agenda for foreign ministers and diplomats from 29 NATO members meeting in Brussels.

NATO Foreign Ministers to discuss Russian aggression – Stoltenberg – 04.12.2018 13:40 — Ukrinform News

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that NATO Foreign Ministers will meet in Brussels on December 4-5 to discuss a wide range of security issues, including Russian aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait.

NATO sees biggest reinforcement of collective defence since end of Cold War – Stoltenberg | UNIAN

Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg says NATO has implemented the biggest reinforcement of its collective defence since the end of the Cold War. NATO allies are also now investing more in defence.

NATO to support Ukraine in case of Russia’s continuous aggression – 112.international

All the NATO states are ready to support Ukraine if Russian continues performing aggressive actions against it, as Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of the organization, said before the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO member states, 112 Ukraine reported. “All the NATO member states provide strong political and practical support to Ukraine. Ukraine is not a NATO member, but we support its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he noted answering the question of the journalists on whether Kyiv could expect aid from the Alliance if Russia performs an open attack.

Pompeo Says China, Iran, And Russia Causing Global Instability

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China, Iran, and Russia for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements.

U.S. to insist on united response to Russia’s aggression within NATO, – State Department – 112.international

The U.S. to raise the issue about the incident in Kerch Strait at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers NATO member states, as the representative of the U.S. State Department said, Interfax reported. “We have been cooperating with the European allies closely within the past few days both in NATO and EU formats… We want our allies to show that they take leading positions. This issue is much closer to their home than to ours,” the diplomat said. Related: More than 33,000 people became victims of Russia’s armed aggression, – Poroshenko “There are lots of things which the U.S. has done and will continue doing for the Ukrainians, but we want to make sure that we will end this week on a common position, which we develop with our allies to have a coherent response,” the representative of the State Department said. He stated that the U.S. supported Ukraine in the protection of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity and would like “the European allies to take responsibility for the security issue which is in 200 miles away from Germany’s border”.

Russia violated principles of international cooperation and its own commitments – Pompeo – 04.12.2018 14:32 — Ukrinform News

Russia has not taken advantage of constructive cooperation with the&nbsp;West,&nbsp;but resorted to violations of international law and internal repression, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.&nbsp;

Standoff Over INF Treaty Enters New Phase As U.S. Reveals Details Of Russian Missile

Nearly four years after first publicly accusing Moscow of violating a key Cold War missile treaty, Washington has offered new details about the missile in question. European allies are saying they’…

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on Russia’s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Violation

Earlier this week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats conducted a briefing with press on Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty. Please see below for his opening statement, as prepared for delivery. Thank you all for joining me today. For many of us who lived through the Cold War, you know, first hand, the long fought achievements of arms control. However, today, the US is faced with a critical choice regarding one of those treaties that we believe is not being effectively adhered to. In 1987 the United States and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The treaty banned GROUND-launched ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as their launchers, with a range capability between 500 and 5,500 km. The Treaty applies to missiles with nuclear or conventional warheads. Together, we eliminated over 2,600 prohibited missiles. However, since 2014, the United States has considered Russia to be in violation of its obligations under the Treaty. While compliance determinations such as this one are ultimately made by the interagency US policy community, it is the job of the intelligence community to analyze those activities which have implications for a country’s international obligations. The Intelligence Community assesses Russia has flight-tested, produced, and deployed cruise missiles with a range capability prohibited by the Treaty. Russia has shown no sign that it is willing to acknowledge its violation, let alone return to full and verifiable compliance. Today I’m going to detail for you how Russia has violated the treaty, how they have denied its violation, and the broader security implications of this violation.


MI6 chief urges Russia: ‘Do not underestimate our capabilities’ – YouTube

Guardian News Published on Dec 3, 2018 The head of MI6 has warned the Kremlin not to underestimate Britain and its allies after the Skripal poisoning stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad. In a rare speech, Alex Younger directly challenged Russia, saying the UK’s response to the ‘egregious’ nerve agent attack in Salisbury should be seen as a warning Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ►http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub

Britain’s MI6 chief cautions Russia: Do not meddle in the West – YouTube

Global News Published on Dec 3, 2018 In his second major speech since being named in 2014 to head the Secret Intelligence Service, Alex Younger said Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West.

MI6 boss warns Russia not to ‘try subverting our way of life’ | Daily Mail Online

MI6 chief Alex Younger said today that Chinese dominance over emerging technologies could pose a threat to the UK as he pledged to strengthen European security ties.

‘Don’t underestimate us’ – MI6 chief warns Russia in rare speech

In a rare speech, Alex Younger calls for a new era of spying to combat threats from enemies and the need for diversity in MI6.

Don’t underestimate our determination and capabilities, MI6 head warns Russia – ITV News

Read Don’t underestimate our determination and capabilities, MI6 head warns Russia latest on ITV News. All the news

U.K. Spy Chief Tells Russia: `It’s Not Worth the Risk’ – Bloomberg

Alex Younger, chief of the U.K.’s foreign spy agency MI6, named Russia as a major proponent of state-sponsored cyber and terrorist attacks and warned the Kremlin there is a cost attached to every attack.

Britain’s MI6 spy chief tells Russia: We will deter you | 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.

Britain’s spy chief breaks silence to warn Vladimir Putin

Security analysts think Russia may have tried to kill him in retribution for his reportedly continuing cooperation with European intelligence agencies.

British MI6 Spy Boss Issues Warning to Russia

The head of the MI6 foreign spy agency warned Russia on Monday not to underestimate Britain’s capabilities and determination to expose malign behaviour, ahead of a rare public speech.

Alex Younger, MI6 head, warns Russia against attacking British way of life – CNN

The head of Britain’s foreign spy service, Alex Younger, spoke out Monday against adversaries planning to threaten British law and values.

U.K. Spy Chief Warns Russia It Will Pay for Hostility – WSJ

The head of the U.K.’s Secret Intelligence Service warned Russia it would pay for hostile acts carried out on British soil as he blamed tactics employed by the Kremlin for creating a state of “perpetual confrontation” with Britain and its allies.

MI6 chief warns Russia not to underestimate UK – POLITICO

Alex Younger says spy agency will continue working with partners in Europe after Brexit.

MI6 chief warns Putin not to underestimate Britain, as Kremlin attempts thaw after Skripal poisoning | National Post

Putin sought to melt at least a layer of diplomatic frost at the G20 meeting in Argentina by praising Britain as an ‘important partner’

Britain’s MI6 spymaster cautions Russia, says global balance is tilting toward China – The Globe and Mail

Russia has a stance of ‘perpetual confrontation’ with the West, said Alex Younger, citing the nerve agent attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal

British Spy Chief Warns Russia Against Covert Activity After Nerve-Agent Attack

The head of Britain’s foreign intelligence service has warned the Kremlin “not to underestimate” the West following a nerve-agent attack on a retired double agent in England that he attributed to c…

MI6 chief warns Russia: Don’t underestimate the West | News | Al Jazeera

The head of British foreign intelligence set to deliver speech warning Russia should not underestimate UK capabilities.

MI6 speaks: U.K. intelligence chief makes rare public warning against Russia – World News – Haaretz.com

‘Our intention is for the Russian state to conclude that, whatever benefits it thinks it is accruing from this activity, they are not worth the risk,’ said Alex Younger

Britain’s spy chief breaks silence to warn Putin

Britain’s spy chief warned Vladimir Putin on Monday that London would no longer take the Kremlin at its word as it fights Russia’s “perpetual confrontation” with the West. MI6 foreign intelligence agency head Alex Younger came out of the shadows to deliver only his second public address

UK is in technological arms race with its foes, warns MI6 chief | UK news | The Guardian

Alex Younger insists Britain must ‘innovate faster’ to stay ahead of threats

British Spymaster Cautions Russia: Don’t Underestimate the West

The chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service will warn 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. In his second major speech since being named in 2014 to head the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Alex Younger will say Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West. Younger will outline how, after the attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who betrayed dozens of agents to MI6, Britain’s allies in Europe and the United States took its part and ordered the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.

The British authorities are not doing enough to counter the Russian threat

Today’s warning by Alex Younger, the head of MI6, about the continued threat rogue states pose to British security raises questions as to whether the UK&rsquo;s intelligence services are doing enough to counter that threat.

Stephen Blank | Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an act of war | TheHill

After all, aggression unchecked is aggression rewarded.

How the West Got Martial Law in Ukraine Totally Wrong – To Inform is to Influence

Ambassador Herbst’s article ends with an absolute slap in the face to most Western leaders, but it most certainly needs to be said and he expressed it very well. Ambassador Herbst does not mince words. One, in particular, stands out: craven: contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly. The West and most notably the United States not taking a firm stance and actions against Russia is craven. Not fully backing up Ukraine is, as well. </end editorial>

John E. Herbst | How the West Got Martial Law in Ukraine Totally Wrong

The past several days have been historic ones in Ukraine’s development as a sovereign and democratic nation. Moscow’s unprovoked attack on and seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea on November 25 began this process. This attack represents a serious escalation of Kremlin aggression because it was done openly by regular Russian military forces. Moscow was not hiding its role—as in the Donbas—behind the fiction that local “separatists” were running a rebellion. Russian naval forces first rammed one of the Ukrainian boats and then opened fire. Ukrainian communication intercepts show that Russian commanders on shore gave their ships orders to undertake this action and noted that the situation was being monitored by senior officials in Moscow. The Kremlin was likely trying to provoke the Ukrainian ships into firing in order to justify a larger Russian military response. Moscow successfully used this tactic to start its 2008 war with Georgia, but Ukraine wisely did not take the bait. In response, President Petro Poroshenko convened Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which recommended that the government declare a state of martial law covering the entire country for two months. For many in the West, “martial law” conjures up images of dictators and troops strutting down city streets in fatigues. But for a country fighting a defensive war against the world’s second most powerful military, martial law is not an extreme measure. It can provide the government the means to better mobilize and direct resources against a dire threat. In fact, Poroshenko had been criticized for years, including by reform-minded politicians, for not seeking martial law earlier. The Ukrainian public pays great attention to politics. So, on Monday, November 26, many people were jumping back and forth between two not quite consistent thoughts. On the one hand, they had a growing apprehension about a possible, greater Russian military strike. On the other, they began speculating about Poroshenko’s “political motivation” for taking the NSDC recommendation to the Rada for approval. Was he doing this to bolster his declining political rating? To delay next March’s presidential election? Poroshenko’s political opponents were also happy to push this line of thinking. And some in civil society, which does outstanding work promoting reform and democratic practice, began to raise the specter that martial law might be a step toward authoritarianism. The Rada met late on November 26. After contentious bargaining, it approved a compromise measure for martial law. First, they reduced the period for martial law to one month. Second, they limited the scope: it would not cover the whole country; it would cover the ten oblasts bordering Russia, the Sea of Azov, and Transnistria in Moldova. In conjunction, the Rada formally established March 31 as the date for the first round of the presidential election. Credit for this sensible compromise goes to three individuals: Poroshenko, for taking the proposal to the Rada and his willingness to accept less than he asked for; Yulia Tymoshenko, Poroshenko’s leading opponent in the upcoming election, who, for the good of the country, was willing to let the president get martial law through the Rada; and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the head of the People’s Party, who knows how to cut a deal when the stakes are high. This process was messy, but ultimately a triumph, a democratic triumph in very difficult circumstances. The untidiness, though, does exact a price. Moscow has been at war with Ukraine for nearly five years. The international community has been slow to recognize this fact and take appropriate action. This has been true each time Moscow escalated the conflict. What’s more, Kremlin propagandists are ready with each new provocation to change the subject to the supposed inadequacies of Ukraine’s leaders, politics, and society. This means that the natural inclination of Ukraine’s political class to focus on the alleged or real political motivations behind national security measures can divert at least for a time the attention of Western media and statesmen from the core issue: the strategic danger posed by Moscow’s latest outrage. The same is true in particular for the warnings, issued at times with hyperbolic headlines, of alleged growing authoritarianism. While some Western statesmen, European Council President Donald Tusk and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo come to mind, quickly condemned Moscow’s attack, others called for restraint by both sides. In other words, for restraint by the aggressor and the victim. Such assessments are craven. And they rely on the notion that the key issue in Eastern Europe is not Russian revisionism, but Ukraine’s internal inadequacies. At this perilous moment, it is essential for all interested in stability in Europe to understand this geopolitical reality and to make it an embarrassment to utter such nonsense in public.

Steven Pifer | The battle for Azov: Round 1 goes to Russia

Russia’s recent attack on a Ukrainian boat foreshadows a Russian bid to establish unilateral control over the Kerch Strait and perhaps blockade Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov. Unfortunately, the United States and Europe have reacted weakly.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow’s Reliance on Force Alone Against Weaker Ukraine Backfiring, Golts Says

Paul Goble Staunton, December 3 – The events in the Kerch Strait underscore a fundamental reality of the world today, Aleksandr Golts says, “reliance on force alone toward a militarily much weaker opponent doesn’t work.” Instead, it generates support for the latter and imposes new costs of those who adopt such a strategy as Russia has. In his view, the independent Russian military analyst says, the recent events in the Kerch Strait have ended “with a Ukrainian victory. In these days, Kyiv has been transformed into an important player on the international arena, a status it could hardly dream about several days ago” (openmedia.io/exclusive/pochemu-rossiya-v-proigryshe-posle-kerchenskogo-srazheniya/). And Moscow has suffered serious losses as a result: Donald Trump cancelled the meeting with Vladimir Putin, a meeting at which the two were expected to discuss the intermediate missile accord the US has said it will leave. And the majority of Western countries lined up behind Ukraine, with many calling for new sanctions against Russia. Despite its relative weakness, Golts says, “Kyiv behaved well.” It did not respond in ways that would lead only to more tactical defeats but instead has used every occasion to call attention to Russia’s violation of international law not only on the sea but in Crimea giving it a strategic victory and putting more pressure on Moscow. By sending three small ships through the Kerch Strait, it confronted Moscow with a Hobson’s choice: if it allowed the ships free passage, it would undercut its own claims about who is in control; but if it didn’t, it would act in ways showing the entire world that “Russia is the aggressor.” It chose the latter, clearly the less favorable option. Russia’s actions, in fact, “were presented as a prelude to a new attack on Ukraine,” Golts says. “I don’t think that this version can be confirmed logically … [but] nevertheless Ukraine introduced martial law, and Western governments said they intended to extend old sanctions and perhaps new ones.” “All Moscow’s efforts to escape from isolation were thus reduced to nothing,” he says. “As we see, reliance exclusively on force in relations with many times militarily weaker Ukraine have failed.” And even if one accepts Russian propaganda that the whole thing was a provocation, one must recognize that “this provocation worked extremely well.”

Halya Coynash | Russia’s Azov Sea attack on Ukraine planned in advance? – Human Rights in Ukraine

A Bellingcat probe has found that Russia fired on at least one Ukrainian naval boat in neutral waters, and aimed to hit the Ukrainian seamen, not their boats. It also looks likely that none of this act of war was in any way spontaneous Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is in a bad position, and needs a fourth war to save him. This assessment, by Russian political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, was published on 23 November, just two days before Russian FSB border guards rammed and then opened fire on Ukrainian naval boats in the Azov Sea. If the link between wars leashed by the Kremlin and Putin’s popularity is easily traced, so too are other indications from the Russian Foreign Ministry and propaganda media that there was nothing spontaneous about Russia’s unconcealed act of aggression against Ukraine on 25 November. The Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group’s monitoring of Russian media noted that Leonid Kalashnikov, head of the Duma Committee on CIS Eurasian Relations, had already talked of “possible provocation in the Azov Sea by Ukraine” three days before the attack. Kalashnikov was talking a day after the Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “concern over continuing efforts by Ukraine to exacerbate the situation in the Azov Sea. This would not be the first time that Russia had set the stage in advance for supposed acts of ‘provocation’ or ‘sabotage’ by Ukraine. At the beginning of August 2016, Russia tried to convince the world that Ukraine had tried to ‘encroach’ upon its own territory, and that Russia’s FSB had captured Ukrainian ‘saboteurs’ working for Ukraine’s Defence Ministry. One of the multiple problems with this story was that the occupation regime had blocked most Ukrainian Internet channels immediately prior to this alleged Ukrainian ‘incursion’. Kalashnikov’s ‘prediction’ had not come in a vacuum, since Russia’s attempts to block the Kerch Strait and seize full control of the Azov Sea had begun back in May 2018. The immediate shouts of ‘provocation’ were also hardly surprising. It would be difficult to talk of an attack or similar, when it was a Ukrainian naval boat that was rammed, three boats that were fired upon and then seized, with 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner.

Connor Dilleen | Russia’s militarisation of the Black Sea shouldn’t go unchecked | The Strategist

It’s tempting to view the recent confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov—in which Russia denied Ukrainian vessels access to the Strait of Kerch and the Ukrainian city of Mariupol—as an extension of the ongoing conflict between the two countries. Moscow was clearly testing Ukraine’s response to its aggressive interdiction and may have been seeking to provoke an overreaction by Kyiv. These events are also part of a broader pattern of behaviour by Russia that not only impedes legitimate Ukrainian commercial activity, but also significantly encroaches on Ukraine’s exclusive economic zone. Since May, Russia has been stopping and delaying shipping in the region, in the process imposing significant costs on vessels seeking to transact in Ukrainian ports. It has also seized a number of maritime gas fields in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea belonging to Ukraine and has reportedly extracted an estimated 7.2 billion cubic metres of gas from those fields. Moscow has significant strategic interests in Mariupol, which is an important port city that not only sits on critical Ukrainian maritime, rail and river junctions, but also dominates the territory between the Russian–Ukrainian border and Crimea. Russian-backed separatists seized Mariupol during the early stages of the Ukrainian conflict but were forced by government troops to relinquish it. It’s likely that Moscow’s designs on the important industrial and commercial hub haven’t diminished. However, these recent events are potentially more about Moscow asserting military dominance across the Black Sea than about a new phase in Russia’s proxy war in Ukraine. Russia’s brinkmanship in the Sea of Azov could also presage a more aggressive pursuit by Moscow of its strategic interests across the entire Black Sea region, and has profound implications for both regional and global security.

Armstrong Williams on Twitter: “#Russia is slowly dying as a nation-state and hence Putin’s strong-arm tactics in Ukraine and around the globe. The last few things his country has is oil and if he can get $40/barrel then he can still be in a position of power. It also helps him lure Saudi investments.… https://t.co/P1hFzgxJBs”

Ukraine-Russia clash: Nato’s dilemma in the Black Sea – BBC News

Could Russia and Nato even come to blows? Unlikely – but the trick is not making things worse.

Will Russia-Ukraine Conflict Benefit U.S. Defense Stocks?

Considering the recent cross-border tension between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine may seek assistance. Considering Trump administration’s recent initiatives, we may conclude that the current U.S. government is willing to do so.

‘He Is a Patriot’: Ukrainians Rally Around Defiant Sailor Detained by Russia – WSJ

A Ukrainian naval officer is refusing to speak to Russian agents after his arrest, four years after he was a holdout in remaining loyal to Kiev when Russia annexed Crimea.

Kyiv Says Russia ‘Partially’ Unblocks Ports On Sea Of Azov

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Russia has “partially” unblocked Ukraine’s sea ports on the Sea of Azov – allowing Ukrainian ships to pass through the Kerch Strait …

Ukraine ports ‘partially unblocked’ by Russia, Kiev says – CNN

Russia has partially unblocked Ukraine’s ports on the Azov Sea, allowing ship traffic though the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said Tuesday.

Kiev says Russia has ‘partially unlocked’ Ukrainian Azov Sea ports | Reuters

Russia has partially unlocked Ukrainian sea ports on the Azov Sea, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said on Tuesday.

Russia partially unlocks Ukrainian ports in Sea of Azov – Omelyan | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Russia has partially unlocked Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov as ships are passing through the Kerch Strait toward the sea ports. The minister expects the Ukrainian ports will be fully unlocked in the coming days.

170 vessels wait for passage in either direction in Kerch Strait – 112.international

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine thinks that Russia hold silent economic blockade

Two captured Ukrainian boats towed from Kerch Strait – 03.12.2018 16:08 — Ukrinform News

Two Ukrainian vessels captured by Russia on November 25 have been towed from the port of Kerch in an unknown direction, according to the Ukrainian Military Portal.

Russians move two captured Ukrainian naval boats from Kerch port | UNIAN

Two small-sized armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy, ‘Berdiansk’ and ‘Nikopol’, that were seized by the Russian FSB’s coast guards on Nov 25, are being moved from the Kerch sea port where they had been taken following their capture. There is no information so far as to where the armored boats are being transferred.

Poroshenko proposes terminating Treaty of Friendship with Russia from April 1, 2019 | UNIAN

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a draft law “On the termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation,” introduced by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (№0206). The bill submitted to Parliament states that the Treaty shall is terminated due to the continued Russian aggression against Ukraine.

President: Russia will pay a high price – Ukraine is preparing claims to international instances for the act of aggression against Ukrainian ships — Official website of the President of Ukraine


Ukrainian sailors are not subject to any Kremlin’s court, as they are prisoners of war – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

“Your (Russian – ed.) unfair court shall not judge our men. They are prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention and are not subject to any Kremlin’s court. Why? Because there is no truth, justice or law there,” the Head of State emphasized.

We do not agree to any compromises and demand immediate release of our sailors – President in a meeting with the relatives of the prisoners of war — Official website of the President of Ukraine

We are with you – President informed the relatives of the captive Ukrainian sailors about the actions of the state in their support — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During a meeting with the relatives of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia, President Petro Poroshenko informed about the measures taken by the authorities to release them from Russian captivity as soon as possible.

UAWire – Ukrainian President: we need our allies help to hold back Russia in the Black Sea

Ukraine needs an increased naval presence of Germany and allies in the Black Sea. It could serve as a deterrent to Russia, Ukrainian President …

Ukrainian ships near Kerch Strait carried out ordinary rotation voyage – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with relatives of seamen taken prisoner by Russia said they had been carrying out a typical redeployment mission.

Lutsenko stands for imposing sanctions against certain Russian individuals, legal entities over Kerch Strait aggression | UNIAN

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has offered that President Petro Poroshenko impose sanctions against a number of Russian individuals and legal entities in connection with the capture of Ukrainian sailors and vessels in the Kerch Strait area. The prosecutor general sent a relevant proposal to the president and the NSDC.

Russia Deploys Additional Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Crimea

The Russian military deployed additional S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries in Crimea after seizing Ukrainian ships last week.

Ukraine Crisis Media Center: How to respond to the aggression in Azov, Putin is avoiding Poroshenko and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #81, 26 November – 2 December – To Inform is to Influence

Just as an FYI, I sent a note to the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, stating how impressed I am with their products. They are fair, objective, and much better than most professional journalist products. This is especially true since they are non-native English speakers.  </end editorial> Weekly Update on Ukraine Issue 81 – 2018 26 November -…

Ukraine port city struggles to weather clash with Russia | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 03.12.2018

The standoff between Ukraine and Russia has catapulted the Sea of Azov to the top of the international agenda. In the port city of Mariupol, it’s apparent that the conflict has been long in the making.

World War 3 fears as Ukraine calls up military reservists amid Russian invasion fears [VIDEO POROSHENKO ADDRESS]| World | News | Express.co.uk

MILITARY reservists in Ukraine are being called up for training amid fears Russia is readying itself to invade the ports of its weaker neighbour.

Russia brings military equipment to Ukrainian border, – Armed Forces General Staff Head – 112.international

The amount of Russian military equipment along the Ukrainian border has dramatically increased, as Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said on air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels. “The character of the dislocation demonstrates that there might be created relevant offensive groupings soon, and Ukraine is their target. Therefore, we are considering not only one direction – Luhansk and Donetsk regions, it is also about the northeast, north, south borders of Ukraine,” he told. Related: NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region, – Stoltenberg According to the Head of the General Staff, during “Vostok 2018” drills Russia has moved 300 T-62 tanks from the eastern regions to its base near the Ukrainian border. He also spoke about the creation of the Russian division consisting of two tanks and two motorized rifled regiments. “Such divisions are called “Proryv” division. Obviously, the division is being created not for defence actions, but for attacking,” the Head of the General Staff noted.

Russian spies in Ukraine stoke Kremlin’s war – To Inform is to Influence

This has all the signs of that of a Russian Hybrid War on Ukraine is on the verge of being launched. Russia cannot fight a conventional war against Ukraine, Russia cannot afford such a fight. Not only is the Russian economy bad, but the sanctions against Russia, in the long term, would crush Russia. Russia can only incite low-level wars, a form of asymmetric warfare, using all the facets of the Russian government, against any and all parts of Ukraine that might be susceptible to information warfare, such as disinformation and propaganda. There would also be a type of guerrilla warfare, where small-scale skirmishes would also be launched by locals and coached and assisted by GRU Spetsnaz. We would also see many acts of sabotage. As you read through the article, it is quickly apparent that Ukraine has been fully infiltrated by Russian agents working in every facet of Ukraine. Everybody friendly to Russia would be strongly suspect to acting as a Russian agent. The SBU, it is accurately stated, is already overwhelmed, so an emergency order to enhance the SBU would be needed. All this would be enhanced by Ukrainian politicians friendly to Russia inciting chaos inside Ukraine, protesting every action by Ukraine, and pointing out that Russian assistance is the only way to quell the uprising. Effectively, they would be overtly inviting Russia into Ukraine. Russia has been preparing this for years. The West must get more involved with Ukraine. Now. </end editorial>

Russian spies in Ukraine stoke Kremlin’s war | KyivPost

Ukraine doesn’t just have to worry about Russia at sea or the eastern Donbas. Kremlin spies are coming to Kyiv en masse, if they are not already in the capital, as Russia steps up clandestine activities amid heightened alert over the Nov. 25 assault by Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, on Ukrainian sailors near the Kerch Strait. United Kingdom-based investigators and international experts believe that Russian operatives are using sham Ukrainian-owned companies to gain long-term residency in Ukraine. The phony employment serves as a cover for espionage and subversion. Investigators and security experts claim that the number of agents in Ukraine working for the Russian GRU main intelligence directorate has increased during recent months and may number in the hundreds now. ‘Fire-starters’ in Ukraine The Ukrainian government imposed limited martial law across 10 regions of the country on Nov. 26 after Russian special forces attacked Ukrainian navy vessels in neutral waters, arrested 24 sailors and illegally seized three of their boats during the Nov. 25 FSB operation in the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water that connects the Black and Azov seas. Now, GRU “fire-starters” across Ukraine – but mostly in Kyiv – are tasked with exploiting the crisis to spread disinformation, incite chaos, spark protests and influence the upcoming March 31 presidential election, according to expert observers.

Poroshenko: Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression on its own | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Ukraine will defend itself against Russian aggression on its own. Poroshenko is confident of succeeding. “Russia has found itself in total isolation. This is the result of our joint international coordination. But let me emphasize: we will defend our country ourselves. And the only thing we are going to seek now is NATO membership to build a defense system (and here it’s so important to vote for amendments to the Constitution, making it is a direct task of all authorities in Ukraine – the president, parliament, government) along with membership in the European Union,” he told Ukrainian ICTV channel on December 3. Poroshenko expressed confidence that Ukraine “would succeed.”

Ukraine Amps Up Defense Amid Rising Tensions With Russia | Time

Ukraine’s president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia to increase its defense.

Ukraine sends troops to Russian border amid fears of an ‘invasion’

Ukraine has begun calling up reservists and deploying troops to the border to counter what it says is the growing threat of a Russian invasion.

Ukraine calls up first wave of reserve soldiers to reinforce Ukraine’s defenses | KyivPost

Ukraine on Nov. 3 called-up the first of “several hundred” army reservists for training and to ramp up Ukraine’s defenses, according to the country’s Armed Forces. The reserve soldiers have been summoned for 20-day military drills at firing ranges in Zaporizhia and Kherson oblasts. The training is designed to bring reserve soldiers into readiness “in case Russia starts open aggression” as well as to “refine the format of how to use mobilized reservists” when emergencies occur, according a posting by the army press service on Facebook on Dec. 3. According to the Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian armed forces currently have approximately 255,000 active duty troops, and more than 158,000 reserve personnel, nearly 122,000 of whom are in the first wave operational reserve. “The first wave operational reserve personnel are those aged up to 40 years old,” Deputy Chief of General Staff Major General Rodion Tymoshenko told the Kyiv Post. “They have received appropriate training and they are attached to specific military units. They know their commanders and are ready to take command of their forces at first call.”

Ukraine calls up reservists amid tensions with Russia – ABC News

Ukraine recently introduced martial law in much of the country.

Ukraine calls up reservists as Russia denies ‘absurd’ claims that it intends to invade [PHOTOESSAY] | Daily Mail Online

President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that Ukrainian military reserves are being called up for training amid fears that Russia could invade and seize ports around the Sea of Azov.

WW3 news: Russia invasion fears as Ukraine call up army reserves | Daily Star

WW3 fears are raging amid fears Russia is about to invade Ukraine as Kiev called up its army reserves following the latest clashes in the Black Sea.

Military Drills Near Chernihiv – YouTube

UATV English Published on Dec 4, 2018 Ukrainian military units from the National Guard, Security Services and the Joint Forces are taking part in tactical exercises in the Chernihiv region.

Europe, as well as Ukraine, is interested in full-fledged membership in the European Union of our state – President in a meeting with students of Ivano-Frankivsk region — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Russia-led occupation forces fire on Ukrainian positions 14 times, wounding two Ukrainian soldiers – JFO HQ

Russia-led occupation forces mounted 14 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action.

Ukrainian general says arms depot explosions were terrorist acts – LB.ua news portal

The Defence Ministry has got examination conclusions showing that the arms depots in Svatove, Balakliya and Ichnya caught fire as a result of deliberate enemy actions, Deputy Defence Minister Lt-Gen Ihor Pavlovskyy has said. “The terrorist acts against our arms depots were planned by the enemy. This is confirmed by numerous examinations carried out during the investigation. Remains of incendiary ammunition, which were delivered to the depots by air using UAVs, were found in Svatove and Balakliya. Thanks to the early detection of fire in Balakliya, it was recorded that the fire broke out after the explosion of an unidentified object with the tactical and technical characteristics of a small rocket. In Ichnya, the fire began after a series of explosions in different parts of the arsenal,” Pavlovskyy said. According to him, the Ukrainian army is provided with ammunition and fuel and are ready to repel the aggressor.

Ukrainian journalist says missing U.S. citizen’s grave uncovered in Russian-occupied Donbas | UNIAN

Ukrainian journalist Denys Kazansky has reported that the grave of U.S. citizen William Reilly who went missing on June 24, 2015, after he reportedly went to support the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), was uncovered in Russian-controlled Donbas. Journalists from Russia’s Rostov did not mention the cause of his death.

New warplanes, helicopters, drones handed over to Ukrainian army, – NSDC press service. PHOTOS

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko handed over new military hardware to the Ukrainian Armed Forces at an airfield near Kyiv. As reported by Censor.NET citing a statement by the press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), the Ukrainian Armed Forces received powerful military equipment including MiG-29 multirole jet fighters, Su-27 heavy highly maneuverable all-weather jet fighters, combat and transport helicopters, L-39 training aircraft and unmanned aerial systems. NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, who also attended the ceremony, inspected Ukraine’s new military transport aircraft An-77. The aircraft is “one of the best in its class and fully complies with NATO standards,” Turchynov said. “The aircraft needs just 800 meters of soft-surface runway for taking-off and landing, which makes it unique. It is capable of transporting large and heavy hardware, helicopters and 300 paratroopers and should become the main aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces,” he said.

New Anti-Air Defence System Deployed on Ukrainian Border – YouTube

UATV English Published on Dec 2, 2018 In the face of Russian troops amassing on the Ukrainian border, Ukraine is also strengthening its air defence capabilities. According to President Petro Poroshenko, there are 80,000 Russian soldiers, 900 tanks, and 500 planes in the Donbas and annexed Crimea.

‘It’s Like A Big City’: On Board The World’s Biggest Jumbo Jet

RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service has been granted exclusive access to film on board a flight of the world’s biggest plane — the Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane. The plane was built in the 1980s to carry the Soviet space shuttle, the Buran.

Ukraine calls on Hungary to impose new sanctions on Russia – 04.12.2018 14:33 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop has appealed to the Hungarian side with a request to support Ukraine by strengthening the sanctions against Russia over the latest act of aggression in the Black Sea region.

Border Guard Service recommends Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Russia during martial law – 112.international

Border Guard Service recommends Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Russia during martial law

Over 600 Russian nationals barred from entering Ukraine under martial law, chief border guard says

04.12.18 12:49 – Over 600 Russian nationals barred from entering Ukraine under martial law, chief border guard says The Ukrainian border guard service has denied admittance to over 600 Russian citizens since the declaration of martial law, and the number of Russians wishing to visit Ukraine has fallen 66% over that period, View news.

Ukraine demands Guinness World Records indicate Sevastopol as Ukraine | UNIAN

Spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kateryna Zelenko says the ministry demands that Guinness World Records correct the indication of Russian-annexed Crimea’s Sevastopol in its certificate as a city located in the Russian Federation. Belarusian national Alexander Bendikov set a world record for the most nails balanced on the head of a single nail in Russian-annexed Crimea’s Sevastopol.

UAWire – Ukrainian Prime Minister: Nord Stream 2 is Russia’s weapon in war against Europe

On Sunday, the press service of the Ministers Cabinet reported that Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman described the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline …

Russia has no plans to stop gas transit via Ukraine after launch of Nord Stream 2 – Peskov

Russia has no plans to stop transiting gas via Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is commissioned, but everything depends on Kyiv, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Lutsenko names key figure in organizing acid attack on activist Handziuk | UNIAN

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has named a key figure in organizing a deadly acid attack on Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, having disclosed only his second name. Lutsenko promised to disclose the identity of the mastermind behind the assassination as soon as the investigators had enough evidence.

Top prosecutor says masterminds of Handzyuk’s murder identified – LB.ua news portal

Top prosecutor says masterminds of Handzyuk’s murder identified. There are “several dozen scenarios” of the crime. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine sees shortage of beetroots, key ingredient of Ukrainian borscht | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Horticultural Association (UHA) says wholesale buyers on the Ukrainian market see a shortage of beetroots, a key ingredient of Ukrainian borscht, which has caused a 33.3% increase in its price over the past week. The price of beetroots in Ukraine more than doubled since last winter.