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“Irrefutable” Russian evidence regarding Aleppo? Et tu, yet again, Vlad? Not only did Russia (and nobody else) predict this attack, now they have “proof” of a Western plot. The attack has all the signatures of a Russian fabrication, a la Donbas. Russia does this, historically. Russia and Pallywood.
Putin’s 2008 declaration about Ukraine has come back to haunt him.
The “firehose” barrage against Ukraine and the West continues, mostly bizarre blameshifting, possibly targeting the domestic audience, while they attempt to wind up the Ukrainians, especially the public. Most interesting observations by Lithuanian FM Linkevicius on the Vozhd’s outburst in 2008 that left Western diplomats confused – this actually validates claims by Ukrainian analysts that he decided Ukraine should be invaded after the embarrassment of the Orange Revolution, and PM Tymoshenko’s threats to deploy the 25th VDV to Crimea to expel the Russian garrison, and simply waited for an opportunity to do so – that presented itself after the Maidan Revolution.
Some very nice analysis by Sytin of the consequences of the Crimea invasion and war against Ukraine, and the immense material and political costs, noting that the regime is about keeping the Vozhd in power, regardless of the cost to Russia, and ultimately its ability to survive as a nation state entity. Also interesting works by Courtney and Martin, Corke et al, Gurcan and Socor. Lottaz and Reginbogin do not appear to understand what Russia’s agenda is, and assume stated agendas are actual agendas, which is seldom true of Russia.
Pres Poroshenko interviewed by Fox, while Ukrainian media mirror his NYT OpEd that is Churchillian in style and incisiveness – Europe has an oversupply of Chamberlains and Quislings, and no Churchills sadly. Poroshenko argues EU and US should ban Russian shipping from their ports. New German CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer, known to be opposed to Nordstream 2, urged by Poroshenko to support Ukraine. US Sen Johnson, and Deputy Assistant SECDEF Cooper visit Ukraine. Lithuanian Pres Grybauskaite visits Kyiv. Pres hopeful Tymoshenko calls for more sanctions. Miscellaneous domestic politics reports.
The Russian military says it has “irrefutable evidence” incriminating the rebels in the November gas attack on government-controlled Aleppo. Earlier, the US alleged it was a false-flag operation staged by Syria and Russia.
An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War. Another US ship is expected in the Black Sea soon, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Kiev and Moscow have been embroiled in a naval standoff for the past two weeks. Three Ukrainian Navy vessels were seized on November 25 after violating Russia’s maritime border.
Imposing more sanctions against Russia over the Kerch Strait incident would be counterproductive amid the existing high level of tension, the German Ambassador to Ukraine, Ernst Wolfgang Reichel, has said.
The Russian-Ukrainian military conflict in the Kerch Strait illustrates again how this Cold War is more dangerous than its predecessor was.
Russia’s State Duma Deputy Dmytro Belik commented on the claim of Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak that the Ukrainian Navy would continue using the Kerch Strait, RT reports. ‘No one added the Ukrainian ships to the blacklist regarding the Kerch Strait. There are rules the same for everyone. And no one will make an exception for the Ukrainian Navy. At the same time, we see how the Kyiv authority locked the sea, having made out a taboo for themselves. They created a problem and intended to solve it. I don’t understand what these difficulties are for,’ he claimed and accused the Ukrainian Navy of wanting to get “special treatment”. The Deputy has also voiced Russia’s demands on the Ukrainian vessels. ‘They must go under the Crimean Bridge with covered weapons, with automatic firing stations turned off, to obey the orders of the Russian convoy and go strictly follow the direction set for them,’ he claimed. As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Russia on Friday insisted that Ukrainian sailors it captured after seizing their vessels will go on trial for violating its maritime borders, despite international calls for their release. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the 24 Ukrainian sailors currently in pre-trial detention will be put
Detained in the Kerch Strait Ukrainian sailors can’t be considered as prisoners of war, since Russia and Ukraine are not in the condition of war. Mykhailo Shyshov, Head of the Department of Criminal Investigations of the Russian FSB claimed this during a briefing, reports Interfax. ‘According to the Convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war signed in Geneva on August 12, 1949, the indicated Ukrainian citizens are accused of having committed a criminal offense and cannot be considered as prisoners of war, since Russia and Ukraine are not in the state of military conflict or war,’ he claimed.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in 2008 called Ukraine an “artificial entity” and a “history error.” There were delegates of some NATO Allies who thought they had misunderstood Putin’s words. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in 2008 called Ukraine an “artificial entity” and a “history error.” The top diplomat recalled the 2008 NATO Summit, which was held in Bucharest (Romania), where “there was big discussion and fight between two teams,” an UNIAN correspondent reported from the conference titled “Ukrainian Path to NATO: Achievements and Future Prospects.” One group of countries, including Lithuania, defended the position that Ukraine and Georgia should be provided with a Membership Action Plan, which should have been a kind of a signal. According to Linkevicius, an MAP plan is simply a “bureaucratic tool.” “But others said that we cannot do this because it is too provocative. We will provoke opponents, and notably Russia, and that will be a big problem,” the Lithuanian foreign minister said, adding that the countries that supported the provision of MAP appeared to be right. Later, the war began in the South Caucasus, and Russia occupied South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “It also reminds me of the 2008 meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. It was not an open meeting, but it would not be a great sin if I quote President Putin saying to NATO Allies during the NATO-Russia Council and during that meeting, trying as always to teach and lecture them: ‘With whom are you cooperating? With Ukraine? It’s not a country, it’s some artificial formation, some mistake in the history, and you know that it’s not normal.’ And everyone was looking at each other and saying: what is he talking about?” the minister stressed. “[Members of NATO] could not believe, maybe they [thought] misunderstood something, but we were among the few who said no, he means it,” said the Lithuanian foreign minister.“The year 2008 was not about Ukraine, it was about Georgia. But later it was Ukraine — it was Crimea. Again, those who were surprised were not us. We said: you should not be surprised because it was something done in Georgia, and surprise was agreeable,”said Linkevicius.
A Russia-controlled court in Crimea has sentenced prominent lawyer Emil Kurbedinov to five days in jail for a 2013 Facebook post made before Russian forces seized and subsequently annexed the penin…
The Kremlin’s rubberstamp court of the Kyiv district of the Russian-occupied city of Simferopol ruled to remand Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov in custody for five days. As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii news outlet, the verdict was announced by “judge” Anton Tsykurenko. Kurbedinov was charged with committing an offense punishable under article 20.3 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation (propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi emblems or symbols, emblems or symbols of extremist organizations or other emblems or symbols, propaganda or public display of which is prohibited by federal laws) the signs of which were allegedly found in his post on Facebook of 2013. Kurbedinov’s colleagues say the complaint against him was filed by a former resident of Crimea who moved to Damascus. Kurbedinov believes he is persecuted due to his human rights activities, assistance to political prisoners, and legal protection of Ukrainian serviceman Bohdan Nebylytsia. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3101190
Moscow played the blame game as a new confrontation with Ukraine and a dispute with the West over missiles that could reach deep into Europe ratcheted up tensions. At home, Russia saw its populatio…
Ukrainian reconnaissance has repeatedly detected Russian 9K720 Iskander ballistic missile systems near the Ukrainian border and on the territory of the annexed Crimea, the destruction range of which is threating territories beyond Ukraine. Vadym Skibritskyi, Representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine claimed this in a commentary to 5 Kanal. He thinks that if Russia violates the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty it will threaten the security of most European countries. ‘If we talk theoretically: more than 500 km is yet a violation of the treaty. The treaty says that the deployment of such systems near the borders of Europe directly threatens the whole territory of European countries,’ Skibritskyi said. He gave an example of the launch of the Caliber cruise missile, which allows covering half of Europe from the Black Sea area. ‘Which means all countries of eastern Europe – Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria – are under a direct aim if such strategic armaments,’ he claimed. Earlier, Trump, speaking to reporters, said the United States is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated it and did not provide a report. ‘Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years,” Trump said after a rally in Elko, Nevada. “We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we’re not allowed to. We’re the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honored the agreement but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement, we’re going to pull out,” the US president noted. The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons, Trump said. China is not currently a party to the pact.
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has released a report on the preliminary examination activities in 2018, which repeated the assessment of the events in Crimea after the start of the Russian aggression. “In 2016, the Office of the Prosecutor released the assessment of the situation on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, which was qualified as an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation that arose no later than February 26, 2014. According to the assessment of the Office of the Prosecutor, the law of international armed conflicts remains applied to the situation in Crimea after March 18, 2014 as Crimea and Sevastopol actually remain to be occupied,” the report reads, the Radio Liberty reports. As noted, although this assessment is preliminary, it defines the legal basis for the ongoing analysis of the data on crimes, which have been allegedly committed in the context of the occupation of Crimea since February 20, 2014. The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea took into account this report dated December 5. The Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea and a number of human rights non-governmental organizations submitted four reports on offenses in the occupied peninsula to the International Criminal Court.
A US Air Force observation aircraft was deployed for an “extraordinary” mission in response to Russia’s “increasingly provocative and threatening activity”.
A US military plane flew over Ukraine in an “extraordinary flight” to show support for the nation in the middle of recent tensions with Russia.
Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels is a manifestation of its disregard for global rules and intent to test the West, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. The official referred to the latest developments as a competition that falls short of armed conflict. Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels is a manifestation of its disregard for global rules and intent to test the West, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Trump administration was not discussing a military response to the Nov 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russia’s coast guard seized three Ukrainian vessels that Moscow claimed had veered into its territorial waters, according to The Washington Post. “It says a lot about Russia’s respect of international norms and standards,” Dunford said during a Washington Post Live event. “What took place in the Sea of Azov is consistent with a pattern of behavior that really goes back to Georgia, the Crimea and the Donbass in the Ukraine,” he said, referring to Russia’s steps to assert itself beyond its borders over the past decade. The incident, which occurred as the Ukrainian vessels sought to enter the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea in an area where Russia has built a bridge linking the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula to mainland Russia, was a stark illustration of Moscow’s military superiority over Ukraine. It also raised the prospect of further conflict between Russia and Ukraine, at odds over Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for militants in eastern Ukraine. “We refer to this as a competition that falls short of armed conflict, where what the Russians are really doing is testing the international community’s resolve in enforcing the rules that exist, in this case clear violations of sovereignty,” Dunford said. Some sort of international response — which could be exclusively diplomatic and economic — was needed or Russia would continue to take such actions, Dunford said. More than 10,000 people have died in fighting in Ukraine since 2014. The response from Dunford and other military leaders, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, illustrates the balancing act Washington faces in its desire to support Ukrainian sovereignty and check Russia’s extraterritorial ambitions while also seeking to avoid a military confrontation with Moscow.
This excellent essay by Aleksandr Sytin succinctly and coherently portrays the Russian leadership as effectively putting the country on a suicidal path. I agree with his conclusions and am left with only one question. Why? Why would the Russian leadership isolate Russia from the world through thuggish aggression? Why would the Russian leadership oppress their people so vehemently and without compassion? Why would Russia alienate its neighbors through imperialism? I have asked this question of countless Russian experts. The answer is always the same. Because that is Russia and the Russian way. Interpreting that, it seems that is all Russian leadership knows after a century of oppression and deception, after decades of bluff and bravado, and after years of aggression and denials. Is the Russian leadership that ignorant, in the purest sense of the word, or are they just willfully ignorant? </end editorial>
The main strategic miscalculation of the Kremlin is that all of its efforts and resources have been focused on resolving the issues contradicting the interests of Russia as a state. They are aimed at solving one task only, which is to keep the current clan in power for as long as possible. What has Putin’s regime achieved by waging war against Ukraine and occupying some of its territories? It has lost for good an opportunity to use the human, industrial, intellectual, scientific, cultural and other resources of Ukraine, which are close in terms of kinship, mentality and religion, in the interests of Russia; It has begun (and continues) to build up military strength (combat units, weapons and hardware, military and related infrastructure) on the western borders of Russia despite some real and extremely dangerous threats to the country’s national security in the North Caucasus, Central Asia, Transbaikal and the Far East; It has incurred significant direct financial losses; It has incurred financial losses because of restricted access to high technology, new scientific and educational programmes, sales markets (both for raw materials and the few groups of goods and services that Russia can still produce), the outflow of qualified personnel and mass emigration of the able-bodied population; The Kremlin has practically put a significant part of the Russian population on the brink of survival, having first deprived it of any opportunity to develop their own households and business; It has made people dependent on the budget (“to receive, not to earn”), meaning any shortage of budget funding leaves the population without the main part of their income; It has created prerequisites for the disintegration of Russia, with clans fighting for access and redistribution of financial resources. These clans have their own paramilitary units (separate army units, separate special forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian Guard, private military companies and so on); the Kremlin has been fueling discord and conflicts based on national, ethnic, religious and territorial grounds. Given it is a multinational and multi-ethnic country where there is a deep socio-economic chasm between the newly-formed rich class and the impoverished population, all of this creates additional threats to internal security.
Russia cannot seem to shake its obsession with Ukraine.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine fit into a larger pattern of aggression. The West needs to push back. Russia’s military actions against Ukraine in and around the Azov Sea have triggered more than a week now of reaction. Both the UN Security Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission convened emergency sessions. NATO member states issued statements. President Trump blurred American condemnation by saying, “We do not like what’s happening either way,” while also cancelling a planned bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 and attributing the move to Russia’s actions. We’ve also seen a spate of op-eds, some insisting that Ukraine belongs to Russia’s sphere of influence; others arguing that Ukraine is vital to American security, and that the United States as a result must respond with the full weight of American diplomacy and the threat of military action. Let’s take the measure of it all 11 days in. Ukraine doves on both sides of the aisle point out that Ukraine is not a member of NATO. It is also a fact that Ukraine is a country whose democracy struggles mightily under the weight of pervasive corruption and kleptocracy. Some argue that Ukrainian President Poroshenko is taking advantage of the current crisis to boost his political fortunes, and criticize his declaration of martial law as overreach. The American approach to the problem must be clear-eyed and hard-headed. This includes making it plain to our European allies that Ukraine is first and foremost a European interest. Yet, to note Ukraine’s flaws, or to say (again) that Europe must step up, does not mean the United States can afford to step down. Profound American interests are at stake. For one thing, we have an enduring interest in the cohesion and vitality of NATO, and we have a Russia undertaking actions time and again that test our alliance on each and every front. “Putin’s war with Ukraine, like nearly everything else he pursues, is in the end all about America,” says Julia Joja, a Black Sea security expert and former adviser to a Romanian President. “Putin measures Russia’s success by American failure,” she tells us from Berlin. Indeed, Ukraine is a piece in a larger puzzle. We used to do puzzles rather well. We once understood that nations maintain alliances to enhance their power. World War II, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, the Berlin airlift, and the Cold War defense of Western Europe all had in common the defense of American interests. They all set the stage for American freedom, security, and prosperity. To take such a view of things hardly makes one a relic of the past.
The Russia-Ukraine crisis could expand to affect many countries, and Turkey’s position is potentially crucial.
Author : Vladimir Socor Russian warships now freely roam throughout the Azov Sea, stop and search vessels anywhere in that sea, hold naval exercises, declare temporary exclusion zones in connection with those exercises, and come into the closest proximity to Ukrainian shores
After four years of armed conflict, 10,000 casualties and 1.5 million internally displaced, the dangerous situation between Ukraine and Russia escalated again on Nov. 25. Russian military vessels rammed, shot at and seized three Ukrainian military ships that were routinely and legally passing through the Kerch Strait.
Somehow the headline and the sub-headline do not match. Which is it? Analysis: Russian influence grows even as Putin is viewed negatively or In most countries, positive views of both Putin and Russia have fallen considerably in recent years. The conclusion appears that a positive view of Russia does not equate to influence. </end editorial> In most countries, positive views of both Putin and Russia have fallen considerably in recent years.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called on Western democratic nations to take a tougher stand against Russia amid escalating tensions between the two regional rivals.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko leads the National Security and Defence Council meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (Mykhailo Markiv,
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the presence of NATO in the Black Sea is necessary to prevent the Russian troops from occupying the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov region, which happens now. “First, we need the NATO presence in the Black Sea to prevent Russian troops from occupying the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov region, which happens now. We need the ‘Sea of Azov’ package of sanctions. I think it is very important. When I met with President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite in Kyiv, Lithuania endorsed a national package of sanctions over the act of aggression in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Fox News, the press service of the Head of State reports. We need unity and solidarity in this situation, Poroshenko is convinced. “We need to enhance cooperation with NATO to protect peace, security, freedom and democracy in the region. We need a package of sanctions, we need to improve military and technical cooperation, including the supply of lethal weapons that will help us protect our country from a possible large ground campaign, which Russia can start any time,” the Head of State emphasized.
Russia can’t be allowed to get away with its brazen aggression against Ukraine. The West needs to act. In 2014, for the first time in seven decades, a state sought to redraw Europe’s map by way of military aggression. Russia’s theft of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula commanded condemnation and economic sanctions from around the world. But as the news coverage moved on, Moscow was left to design a new assault: a 12-mile bridge between Russia’s mainland and Crimea. The Ukrainian people will not watch as Russia continues its creeping annexation of our country. Four years ago, in the aftermath of our revolution, Ukraine alone was not able to withstand a Russian military adventure. But today our resolve is strong, and we are prepared to stand up to Russia. This is why I have enacted limited martial law in Ukrainian territory near the Russian border, so that we are able to mobilize and protect our security should Russia dare to intensify its aggression. But we also need the support of the international community in the form of further sanctions against Moscow for its latest assault. Russia’s attack in the Kerch Strait and the Black Sea on Nov. 25 was not an isolated incident. Since 2014, Russia has regularly violated international rules of navigation and treaties in both those waters and the Sea of Azov. It has stolen our energy supplies and fisheries, harmed Ukrainian livelihoods, and blocked traffic and trade to our ports. This summer, Russia raised the tensions, regularly halting commercial ships destined for Ukrainian ports. Extensive delays can cost each ship as much as $10,000 to $12,000 per day on each leg. Russia is engaging in economic warfare, trying to slowly suffocate our export markets. Jobs have been lost, livelihoods destroyed, food is being wasted, and goods intended for Europe and the Middle East delayed. The words of Western condemnation this fall have only worsened Russia’s behavior. Russia brought the situation to a head on Nov. 25 as Ukrainian naval boats sought to make their way — legally and peacefully — from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. Let me make clear that despite Russia’s typical efforts to distort the truth, Ukraine’s ships never aggressed Russia’s Navy, never opened fire despite being goaded, were attacked with gunfire and missiles, and were seized while sailing home in international waters. This was a direct, unprovoked military attack by Russia’s armed forces on Ukraine’s. Moscow did not hide behind “little green men” as it did in Crimea in 2014 or its servicemen on “vacation” as it claimed when hostilities started in Eastern Ukraine the same year. Moscow does not even try to deceive the world this time. The crisis continues, with our servicemen and boats being held in Russian custody, hundreds of ships being blocked in the Sea of Azov, denied permission by Russians to pass through the Kerch Strait. These are not just Ukrainian ships; they carry the flags of other countries and they have effectively been commandeered by Russia. These recent events have a direct bearing on the security of all of NATO. Russia now has a challenging number of naval ships in the Black Sea, meaning it can threaten NATO members Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. And that may just be the beginning. Russia also has a significant presence in the Baltic Sea. Recently, Russia’s fighters were intercepted, not for the first time, over the Baltic region and had not filed a flight plan. Who can guarantee that this was not a rehearsal of patrols over the notorious Nord Stream II gas pipeline being built by Russia through the Baltic Sea to challenge Europe? Russia’s objective is obvious: It wants to return to an era where property and land are seized by force. It starts with Ukraine and continues westward as far as the democratic world will allow. Democratic countries must now make a choice: Stand up for what is right or continue appeasing President Vladimir Putin. If history has taught us anything, it is that appeasement has deadly costs. Despite Kremlin propaganda, Mr. Putin is weaker than he would have the West believe. The West can — by raising the cost of his aggression — force him to fall back into line. How much more hostility will it take before the West’s words of concern graduate into the hard currency in which the Kremlin trades — strength? Russia has deployed chemical weapons in Britain; undertaken cyberattacks and hacking attempts across the West; bombed civilians in Syria; fomented a war in Eastern Ukraine that has caused more than 10,000 Ukrainian deaths; and spread disinformation to confuse, anger and frighten citizens around the world. Is now not the time to act? President Trump showed true leadership by canceling his meeting with Mr. Putin at the G-20 in Argentina over Russia’s seizing of Ukrainian ships and sailors. We have enjoyed tangible support from the White House and Congress, including defensive weapons, stronger sanctions and more secure American energy supplies. Together, partners on both sides of the Atlantic can continue to raise the cost to Russia for threatening our collective security. With Crimea and Donbas under occupation, our common task is not to allow Russia to spill its aggression into the Sea of Azov. And an “Azov package of sanctions” against Russia would be the least the world should respond with this time. While the West is speaking, Mr. Putin is acting. It is time to respond. Read the original text here.
Ukraine President Poroshenko’s OpEd from the NYT. </end editorial> 15:20, 7 December 2018 Author : Petro Poroshenko Russia can’t be allowed to get away with its brazen aggression against Ukraine. The West needs to act In 2014, for the first time in seven decades, a state sought to redraw Europe’s map by way of military…
The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to withdraw from a wide-ranging treaty on friendship with Russia, the latest step in escalating tensions between the two neighbors.
Ukraine is accusing Russia of keeping up its blockade of the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov, warning that it will soon send more navy ships through the strait.
Ukraine To Once Again Attempt To Send Naval Ships Through Kerch Strait. Action Sure To Raise Tensions Once Again.
Ukraine adheres to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Ukraine-Russia agreement on the special status of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, while Russia opposes the entire world by blocking the freedom of navigation in Ukrainian territorial waters. “I want to convey an absolutely clear message: Ukrainian merchant ships and Ukrainian naval forces act in accordance with the norms of international law,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Fox News, the press service of the Head of State reports. He noted that Ukrainian military vessels should not have made a request or asked any other form of coordination from the Russian Federation pursuant to the international agreements. Poroshenko also stressed that all Russian companies operating in the Kerch Strait were on the sanctions lists of the United States and the European Union and cooperation with them was illegal. “Russia opposes the entire world. Russia blocks the freedom of navigation in the Ukrainian territorial waters,” Poroshenko said. “In this situation, Russian ships should be banned from entering European and American ports,” the President of Ukraine emphasized. Ukraine is ready to coordinate the actions with its partners on this issue, he said.
Poroshenko believes that the U.S. and Europe must not allow Russian vessels to their ports. The President of Ukraine claimed this in an interview to Fox News, reports the press office of the Presidential Administration. ‘In this situation (Russia’s blocking of shipping in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, – 112 International), Russian vessels must be prohibited to enter European and American ports,’ Petro Poroshenko noted.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expects that the newly elected leader of the German Christian Democratic Union Party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, will support Ukraine in repelling Russian aggression and restoring territorial integrity. The head of state congratulated Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on her election as chair of the CDU.
U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “(2/2) “I came to Ukraine for one primary purpose: to demonstrate the strong support of America, our government, and our people, for the people of Ukraine and our unwavering support for the commitment to your territorial integrity,” @SenRonJohnson said.… https://t.co/RJnYfgU214”
U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “(1/2) U.S. @SenRonJohnson visited Yavoriv today to show support for the longstanding U.S.-Ukrainian military cooperation that improves the defense capabilities of both of our nations.… https://t.co/m8xz4PfC1h”
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with US Senator Ronald Johnson. The President of Ukraine expressed gratitude to the American side for a solid two-party support of Ukraine and a clear condemnation of the recent act of armed aggression of the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait. Senator Johnson, in turn, said: “I came to Ukraine for the sole reason – to demonstrate strong support not only by the Senate, not only by the Congress, not only by the Administration, but by the entire American people. We condemn Russia’s actions. We support the Ukrainian people, the government. We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine”. Petro Poroshenko thanked for the consistent support of American lawmakers in providing Ukraine with comprehensive assistance, including in the context of the ongoing reforms and strengthening the security and defense of our country.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accepted the U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, reports the press office of the Presidential Administration. ‘I want to thank for the tremendous support of our struggle for freedom, democracy and holding reforms in Ukraine,’ the President noted. Related: Returning of own church to Ukraine is Poroshenko’s victory over Putin, – political scientist Poroshenko stressed that Russian has to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and to return three Ukrainian vessels. In his turn, Senator Johnson noted: ‘I have arrived in Ukraine for one reason – to demonstrate a strong support of not only the Senate, the Congress, the Administration but the American people. We condemn the acts of Russia. We support the Ukrainian people, government. We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine.’
U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper: “You can count on the United States to remain your strong partner in strengthening Ukraine’s military to defend Ukrainian democracy.”… https://t.co/rfFFvUSvz5”
United States will remain Ukraine’s strong partner in strengthening its armed forces. “You can count on the United States to remain your strong partner in strengthening Ukraine’s military to defend Ukrainian democracy,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper said in a video address posted on Twitter by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. Cooper noted that her visit to Kyiv this week for consultations with Ukrainian partners acquired additional significance after Russia’s blatant violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine last week. “The United States strongly condemns the irresponsible aggression of Russia. We call on Russia to ease the tensions it created by releasing the captured Ukrainian ships and crewmembers and ending the blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. Russia should respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters,” the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense said. The US is working closely with the Ukrainian military and the government as a whole “to enhance Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression,” she noted. Since 2014, the United States has allocated $1.1 billion for military training and equipment “to help Ukraine defend itself and also provided effective advice on the modernization of the defense sector in accordance with NATO standards.” “We will continue to support Ukrainian people and keep the sanctions regime against Russia. Russia must fully comply with the obligations under the Minsk agreements and leave Donbas. Our Crimea Declaration defines the US policy clearly and unequivocally: we do not and will not recognize the so-called annexation of Crimea by Russia,” Cooper said. As reported, on December 6, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper arrived in Kyiv to hold consultations on modernizing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and discussing Russian aggression. “You can count on the United States to remain your strong partner in strengthening Ukraine’s military to defend Ukrainian democracy,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper said in a video address posted on Twitter by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. Cooper noted that her visit to Kyiv this week for consultations with Ukrainian partners acquired additional significance after Russia’s blatant violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine last week. “The United States strongly condemns the irresponsible aggression of Russia. We call on Russia to ease the tensions it created by releasing the captured Ukrainian ships and crewmembers and ending the blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. Russia should respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters,” the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense said. The US is working closely with the Ukrainian military and the government as a whole “to enhance Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression,” she noted. Since 2014, the United States has allocated $1.1 billion for military training and equipment “to help Ukraine defend itself and also provided effective advice on the modernization of the defense sector in accordance with NATO standards.” “We will continue to support Ukrainian people and keep the sanctions regime against Russia. Russia must fully comply with the obligations under the Minsk agreements and leave Donbas. Our Crimea Declaration defines the US policy clearly and unequivocally: we do not and will not recognize the so-called annexation of Crimea by Russia,” Cooper said. As reported, on December 6, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper arrived in Kyiv to hold consultations on modernizing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and discussing Russian aggression.
Ukraine may count on the United States to remain its partner in strengthening its Armed Forces, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has quoted United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper as saying. “U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper: ‘You can count on the United States to remain your strong partner in strengthening Ukraine’s military to defend Ukrainian democracy,'” the U.S. Embassy said in a tweet on its Twitter account on December 7. AD
Ukraine’s Defense Minister and United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper agreed on an action plan for furthering Ukraine’s Euroatlantic aspirations. “Today I met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper. Informed the foreign delegation about the situation resulting from another open armed aggression from Russia, which took place in the Kerch Strait,” Poltorak wrote on his Facebook page on the meeting on Friday in Kyiv. He said the sides discussed the implementation of the law of Ukraine “On National Security of Ukraine,” particularly in the context of implementing civil democratic control of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, reforming the management system, conducting a defense review and key aspects of defense reform. During the meeting, priorities were also identified to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the United States for the near term and specific measures to be implemented using the assistance of the United States and other international partners. “In addition, we discussed the list of priority needs of the Naval Forces of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and agreed on joint actions to implement Ukraine’s Euroatlantic aspirations.
Kyiv, Ukraine December 7, 2018 Thank you so much. It really is an honor to be here addressing this group on this important topic. And I have to say, I find myself very inspired to be with such a dynamic and impressive group of women. I’ve had the pleasure to welcome some of you to my office in the Pentagon, and it’s just great to be here with you. I’m going to be honest with you, though. I almost never talk about the topic of women and security, because I believe firmly that national security is a woman’s issue. For much of my career, it’s absolutely true that I have been the only woman in the room quite frequently, but I have chosen not to focus on this fact. Instead, I focused on the job at hand, which is bolstering U.S. and international security and defense.
Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated in an interview with Priamyi TV that the Ukrainian government signed contracts with international partners for the supply of weapons, equipment and machinery. “Martial law gives us the opportunity to develop ways of cooperation with our partners. We have consent that the contracts for the delivery of weapons and equipment will be signed in the near future,” said Poltorak. He also said that several NATO ministers of defense will visit Ukraine before the end of December. “Until the end of the year, several of my colleagues from the Alliance, from those countries that help us the most will visit Ukraine in order to witness the situation again, as well as to provide assistance, both practical and technical,” explained the minister.
Ukraine and Lithuania will work together so that in case of aggressive actions, the price for them for Russia would grow – meeting of the presidents of the two countries — Official website of the President of Ukraine
The primary issue of talks between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė is a joint, coordinated repel of Russia’s aggression regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea, aggression in the east Ukraine and the recent act of aggression in the neutral waters of the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite have signed a road map for developing strategic partnership between Ukraine and Lithuania in 2019-2020.
President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania have called to toughen sanctions against the Russian Federation for its aggression in the basin of the Sea of Azov.
Russia must comply with international agreements on shipping in the Sea of Azov and ensure the free use of the Kerch Strait, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said. “We would like to remind once again that the Sea of Azov is not a territory of Russia, and all international agreements operate there. And Russia, like all others, must comply with international agreements. If not, we will always help, support Ukraine, and we will increase our military presence. We must ensure free movement through the [Kerch] Strait … we also must comply with all agreements that are in effect for international waters,” Grybauskaite said at a joint press conference with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Friday. She condemned the act of aggression against the Ukrainian sailors in neutral waters in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas. In turn, President of Ukraine Poroshenko noted that the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation, which ignores the Minsk agreements, and aggravates the situation in the Black and Azov Seas is “a direct threat to European security and the whole democratic world.”
Ukraine will strengthen cooperation with Lithuania in reforming the defense sector.
Leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko, during her visit to the U.S., has discussed with the Senate Intelligence Committee member Joseph Manchin the escalation of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, in particular the recent events in the Kerch Strait area. They also spoke about the situation over the introduction of martial law in the Ukrainian state, the press service of the Batkivschyna party said on Friday. “Tymoshenko called for the strengthening of sanctions against Russia and stressed the need for negotiations in the “Budapest plus” format with the leaders of the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum and with the involvement of the EU High Commissioner and the German leaders,” it says. The meeting was also attended by deputy head of the Batkivschyna party, head of the Verkhovna Rada committee on human rights Hryhoriy Nemyria and chairman of the Rada committee on state-building, regional policy and local self-government Serhiy Vlasenko.
The Ukrainian consul visited the sailors of the Ukrainian Navy in Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, reports Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported this on Facebook. ‘I have just talked to Ukrainian consul in Moscow Albert Cheriakov. He told that he visited four sailors today: Denys Hrytsenko, Roman Mokriak, Yuriy Beziazychny and Bohdan Holovash. Our guys haven’t expressed any complaints and hold tight. In particular, when the consul asked Denys Hrytsenko about him, he answered as a real captain, in response he answered: ‘How are the wounded guys feeling?’ All of them said hello to their families, and asked not to be worried,’ she said.
The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to withdraw from a wide-ranging treaty on friendship with Russia, the latest step in escalating tensions between the two neighbors.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization identified five main areas of reform of Ukraine’s security and defense sector for 2019. Ukraine should adopt new laws on the Security Service of Ukraine, intelligence services, and management of classified information. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization identified five main areas of reform of Ukraine’s security and defense sector for 2019. Speaking at a Kyiv conference on Friday, Alexander Vinnikov, head of the NATO office in Ukraine, noted that after the adoption of the law on national security, it is also necessary to pass a number of other laws, according to an UNIAN correspondent He mentioned the need to adopt a new law on the parliamentary committee for oversight over the activities of intelligence and security services. The official also spoke of the law on the Security Service of Ukraine, which should strengthen, within the framework of the reform, the elements contained in framework law on national security. Also, he noted the need for a new law on intelligence services and a law on managing state secrets and classified information. Vinnikov also stressed that the fifth element is the reform of the defense industry and the public procurement system in the field of defense. The head of NATO office in Ukraine noted that the Alliance sees these areas as priorities for reform next year, since there is an ongoing transition from theory to practice in the implementation of defense reforms. In addition, he cited priorities for a longer-term period, including a comprehensive overview of the security and defense sector and the development of professional military education.
When the Russian navy openly attacked and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and detained their crews, 24 sailors in all, in the Black Sea on Nov. 25, the Kremlin’s new aggression against Ukraine set nerves jangling at home and abroad. But the Canadian military mission in Ukraine, which is training Ukrainian soldiers at bases around the country, was unfazed, and isn’t going anywhere, the head of Canada’s army says. According to Lieutenant General Jean-Marc Lanthier, the commander of 40,000-strong Canadian Army, Canada will neither scrap nor scale-back UNIFIER, the extensive Canadian advanced-training mission provided to the Ukrainian military as part of Ottawa’s effort to help defend the country.
Up to $2.5 million is going towards ‘countering disinformation,’ specifically from Russia
Satellite imagery from Google Earth taken on November shows hundreds of Russian main battle tanks at a new military base on the outskirts of the Kamensk-Shakhtinsky. The large-scale military base only 18 kilometers away from the border with toward rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Images show hundreds of main battle tank like as T-64 and also T-62M, while a several thousand military trucks, artillery systems and tankers are located slightly higher. Russia has been ramping up its forces near the border with Ukraine since August and now poses the greatest military threat since 2014, the year Moscow annexed Crimea, the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. Muzhenko said Russian troop levels were at “the highest” since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea and then deployed forces to eastern Ukraine. “In front of us is an aggressor who has no legal, moral or any other limits,” he said. “It is very difficult to predict when it will occur to him to begin active combat actions against Ukraine.” “This (the Kerch Strait incident) was an act of aggression from regular forces, the border service (of the Russian Federation) in relation to the Ukrainian armed forces,” Muzhenko said.
If history is any indication, Ukraine can expect further Russian cyber interference ahead of the upcoming March 2019 presidential election. There’s some indication that Ukraine is getting better at defending itself, thanks in part to foreign assistance.
National television channels should aim to broadcast 90% in Ukrainian and the remaining 10% in minority languages, Mykola Kniazhytsky, the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality, has said.
Ukrkosmos is considering the investigation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) within the Lybid project in one context with the protection of Ukraine’s interests in proceedings to settle the dispute with the project’s general contractor, Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), started in London arbitration in 2018.
President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has stressed that the share of the use of the Ukrainian language in the media, science, and education has grown in the past few years.
Evidence of the militarization of the occupied Crimea and direct armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has been presented in the OSCE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported.
“The path of Ukraine to Europe goes through decommunization and restoration of historical memory. The overcoming of hostile propaganda, the debunking of pseudo theories that serve the aggressor to blur Ukrainian identity and the revealing of groundlessness of imperial ambitions are the contribution of scientists to our struggle. I am sure that the work of Ukrainian scientists, through which we have already returned to Ukraine the names of the heroes of its liberation struggle, will be continued,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized. During the celebrations of the centenary of the National Academy of Sciences, the Head of State reminded that after the foundation, a special Spelling-Terminology Commission was created under the Academy, the result of work of which was published in 1921 under the title “The Most Important Rules of Ukrainian Spelling”. “This spelling opened up opportunities for massive Ukrainian-language education, press and book publishing, for all that process, which we call a national renaissance, which was brutally destroyed by repression and the Holodomor,” the President noted. According to the Head of State, after the Revolution of Dignity, a dynamic assertion of the Ukrainian language in education, public life takes place. It is more confidently heard on radio and television. The presence of the Ukrainian book is growing. “By the way, 82% of scientific publications of NAS of Ukraine are published in Ukrainian. I want to emphasize that in comparison with 2013 this quantity has increased by 13%. The rest, I think, is printed in English or in other languages of the EU,” the President said. According to him, “scientists who worked in the Academy played a significant role in attracting the attention of society and government to language problems”. The President is convinced that scientific expertise helped the Constitutional Court make a fair decision about the notorious language law of 2012.
President Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine made its choice in the direction of Euro-Atlantic integration, but it has to be defended from the Russian aggression. President Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine made its choice in the direction of Euro-Atlantic integration, but it has to be defended from the Russian aggression. “We took into account the experience of the Ukrainian Revolution and our recent experience. Now we know that the army is not just an attribute, but the main guarantee of independence and statehood. And respect for it, readiness for its development and support is an integral part of national identity,” the Head of State stressed during his participation in the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The President stressed that over the past four years, an army was created at the expense of the great efforts of the entire Ukrainian people. And now it is capable of protecting the country and stopping the aggressor. “As Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I recognize the important role of Ukrainian science in the modernization of armaments and the emergence of new models of weapons and military equipment on the frontline. Scientists of the Academy actively conduct research aimed at strengthening the security and defense of the state,” Petro Poroshenko said. The President noted that he could not talk about all the inventions in detail and provided general information. In particular, the scientists created an X-range radar station, a terrestrial complex of remote optical-digital intelligence, a system for detecting unmanned aerial vehicles and the movement of personnel and equipment of the enemy. “New technologies of transparent and ceramic-composite armor for additional protection of military equipment, technology of strengthening artillery armament barrels have been developed, information security system has been improved, new methods of cryptographic analysis have been created,” he said. “From the medical work I will note the domestic biomaterials for restoration of bone tissue, software and hardware complexes for determining the depth of shock state in field conditions, modern technology of cryopreservation of blood cells,” the President added. According to him, a number of authors of these works have been awarded with the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology. “Ukroboronprom” is ready to continue to support and finance such works. For this end, we find and will continue to find sources of funding. It is about the very existence of the Ukrainian state. We expect scientists to focus on the result, to work in a clear time frame, to understand the current political and economic realities,” the Head of State said. The President stressed that the Academy has a great deal of experience in how work on defense provides high scientific value of the results. “We are well aware that thanks to it, Ukrainian science has entered the leading positions in electric welding, space rocket industry, cybernetics, energy, materials science. We also know that customer’s attention was always focused on bringing scientific achievements to the stage of industrial production. I am sure that now is the time to recall this experience and adapt it to our realities,” the Head of State said.
President Petro Poroshenko stresses that in today’s Ukraine, the territorial integrity and independence of the state is defended not only by men, but also by women. President Petro Poroshenko stresses that in today’s Ukraine, the territorial integrity and independence of the state is defended not only by men, but also by women. During the speech at the 2nd Ukrainian Women’s Congress, in which the Head of State took part with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, Petro Poroshenko mentioned one of the outstanding, but little-known Ukrainian women, Olena Stepaniv, who was born on December 7, 1897. “She became one of the first women to be enlisted in military service in the rank of officer. First in the world. Ukrainian,” the President stressed. Getting to the frontline was not easy for her – she was rejected, because it was believed that there is no place for women on the frontline. Later, however, she got into the army, and later into Russian captivity, in which she was recognized as an officer with appropriate conditions of detention. “And the life story of Olena Stepaniv is similar to the modern period of Ukraine. Today, we defend the Ukrainian state and our Ukrainian prominent women and men struggle for the independence of our state,” the Head of State noted. Petro Poroshenko noted that another significant event took place this year – the title of general was given to a woman for the first time in Ukraine. About 70 women in the Ukrainian Armed Forces have the rank of colonel, he also remarked. “Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank all the women soldiers who, in such an uneasy time for Ukraine, defend our Ukrainian land and defend our state. They prove by their example that in the defense of the state the contribution of both women and men is absolutely equivalent,” the President stressed. The Head of State reminded that in October this year he signed the Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to which women undergo military service on an equal basis with men. “From now on, nobody can restrict the women’s right to defend Ukraine and serve the Homeland,” Petro Poroshenko said, noting that today more than 30 thousand women serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of which more than three thousand are officers.
It took Ukraine five years to get close to issuing a sentence for its former President Viktor Yanukovych. The trial lasted for a year and a half comprising 89 court hearings. On December 5, 2018 before upholding the sentence the judges went to the consultation room. It is yet unknown when the sentence will be issued. Hromadske TV gives key facts on the year-and-a-half long trial of the former President. UCMC picked the principal statements of the article.