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Updates on Azov/Kerch, Donbas, and elections. EU may be sinking funds into the Azov Sea regional economy in Ukraine, that would negate much of Russia’s investment into the blockade, and drive Azov coast regional public attitudes further into the EU camp. Dykyi elaborates on the strategic consequences of a Russian annexation of Belarus, this is the early WW2 Maginot / Low Countries scenario replaced in Eastern Europe. AFU shoots down another Russian RPV in Donbas. Kulyk comments on Russian agendas in issuing Russian passports to residents of occupied Donbas – this again fits the WW2 Nazi Volksdeutsche minority game in the Sudetenland and Poland, producing a pretense for invasion.
AFU Navy is standing up its first coastal air / surface defense unit, expected to be armed with the newly digitized S-125-2D1 / SA-3 GOA to provide an air defense and LOS anti-ship capability. There is speculation the batteries will be operated by the AFU Marines. Army reconstitutes its rotary wing aerial minelaying capability, using recently upgraded Mi-8MSB-V HIP helos. Agreement finally reached on the adoption of unified digital data exchange protocols for the diverse mix of former PVO-Strany and PVO-SV air defense radars, SAM systems and command posts, replacing a hodge-podge of legacy Soviet-era protocols with a common arrangement – this parallels the process NATO nations underwent transition to Link-16, but it is not clear whether the new AFU protocols are Link-16 based or uniquely Ukrainian. Reports Ukraine is providing the technology to the Saudis to develop and manufacture microwave E-bombs, most likely emulating the earlier deal for the Hrim-2/Thunder-2 TBM – essentially paralleling the Western practice of engaging wealthy export customers to fund development in exchange for supply and technology transfers (NB brochure is packaged for KAB-500 form factor).
Much election news, yet again a free-for-all of probable and improbable contenders for the Kyiv presidency. Economic, political and cultural news updates – possibly most interesting being the new major civil airport for Dnipro, likely motivated by the increase in the military use of the current dual-use airfield, formerly a FOXBAT interceptor base.
A resolution calling for increased military aid to Ukraine and supporting the abolition of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been submitted to the U.S. Senate. Censor.NET reports referring to the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA Facebook page. “In a document submitted by a group of almost 70 senators from the Republican and Democratic parties, lawmakers urge the President of the United States to use the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 to strengthen the capacity of Ukraine Armed Forces and provide additional aid for the country through the corresponding programs of the State Department and the Pentagon, especially with the aim of increasing Ukraine’s naval capabilities and averting further Russian aggression,” the message reads. The Senate also urges the U.S. President to conduct a joint operation with America’s allies to ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea to show support for internationally recognized borders, bilateral agreements and the principle of safe passage through the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Besides, senators appeal to NATO with the request to increase the presence of the Alliance in the Black Sea to monitor the situation. Lawmakers also urge the U.S. allies and partners in Europe not to let Russia Navy ships in their ports for resupply and refueling. The document also emphasizes that the sanctions against Russia continue to apply and strengthen until Russia’s aggressive actions stop. Senators also welcome and support the resolution of the European Parliament as of Dec. 12, 2018, condemning escalation in the Kerch Strait and calling for the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 due to its threat to Europe’s energy security. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3108227
The U.S. Navy says the USS Donald Cook is heading toward the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations and enhance maritime stability with NATO allies in the region.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted the resolution “The escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security,” Ukrinform reports. In this resolution, PACE officially demands that Russia treats the captured sailors in compliance with the Geneva Convention on to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. “The Assembly urges Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian servicemen and ensure they are granted the necessary medical, legal and consular assistance in accordance with relevant provisions of international humanitarian law such as the Geneva Conventions,” the document reads. This is the first international document that officially recognizes the status of Ukrainian military sailors as prisoners of war and it urges Moscow to immediately release them. The resolution was supported by 103 delegates. 16 abstained and 3 were against it. PACE also urged Russia to ensure freedom of passage in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The Assembly also calls on the authorities of the Russian Federation and of Ukraine to “respect both the Treaty on the Use of the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait and the agreed regulations for navigation through the Canal and refrain from any further steps that might aggravate the legal disputes between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, escalate the conflict and threaten security in the wider region.” It fully supports the efforts made through diplomatic channels and legal procedures of both sides concerned. The resolution expresses great concern about Russia’s construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait, which it considers illegal and another breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty. It is also concerned about Russia’s policy regarding the selective search of Ukrainian and international ships, which hinder navigation to and from the Sea of Azov. The Assembly supports the proposal by the European Parliament that the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which covers the entire territory of Ukraine, including maritime areas, should also cover the new area of tensions in and around the Sea of Azov.
Thursday, January 24, Russian State Duma approved four draft laws in the first reading. Among them were the laws on disseminating fake news, on criminal responsibility for insulting the government and on administrative penalties in both cases. The draft law regarding dissemination of “false public information” on the internet relates to information that can “be a cause for serious bodily injury and lead to other serious consequences,” stated the Deputy from the United Russia party, Dmitry Vyatkin. For publishing “fake news,” the government can levy a fine of 3,000 to 5,000 rubles ($45 to $76 dollars) against individuals, 30,000 to 50,000 rubles ($456 to $760 dollars) against officials and 400,000 to 1 million rubles ($6,000 to $15,000 dollars) against legal entities. For violations of the law on “disrespect to the state,” the General Prosecutor’s Office can appeal to the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media or Roskomnadzor. It can demand that communications service providers limit access to information resources. The punishment includes an administrative fine of 1,000 to 5,000 rubles (15 to 76 dollars) or administrative detention for up to 15 days. The law assumes that the police will determine the protocols for such offenses, and not just Roskomnadzor, which is responsible for the information policy. Apart from the regulation on fake news, the series of draft laws on internet regulation submitted to the State Duma in December 2018 also includes the draft law on “sovereign internet” that relates to technical separation of the Russian network segment from the rest of the Internet.
Member of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE, MP from the People’s Front faction Heorhiy Lohvynsky has been elected Vice-President of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a press conference with the Georgian President Salomé Zourabichvili that the North Atlantic …
Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz says he is convinced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea will deprive Ukraine of certain protection against extended aggression from the Russian Federation. Czaputowicz said that the Nord Stream 2 project should not be implemented.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said from January 27 until February 2 a mission from the European Union will be in Ukraine to evaluate the possibility of joint use of a number of infrastructure projects in the Azov Sea region, the so-called Pryazovia.
January 27 – February 2, a mission of the European Union will visit Ukraine to assess the possibilities of joint implementation of a number of projects on the infrastructure development of the areas adjacent to the Sea of Azov. “The issue of the Sea of Azov has become especially relevant when the Russians began to block our ports and, accordingly, block our economic opportunities. We agreed, including during the last meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council in Brussels in December, that our partners would help us to implement a number of infrastructure projects,” Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said at a special meeting, the Government portal reports. As the Prime Minister noted, there are six such projects, including the construction of the Zaporizhzhia-Mariupol highway and the electrification and modernization of several railway sections, including Komysh-Zorya – Volnovakha. The fulfillment of these tasks complies with the national infrastructure programs, corresponds to the goals of industrial development and will promote the economic development of the Azov Sea region, Groysman noted. The Head of Government reminded that the visit of the EU mission was one of the topics of his talks with the leadership of the European Union and Germany. The Prime Minister visited Brussels and Berlin at the end of last year, and the situation in the Sea of Azov was discussed at the highest political level. “According to our agreements, the mission arrives on January 27 and will work until February 2. It is necessary to work systematically and to continue the implementation of the strategic task – the renewal of Ukraine and the areas adjacent to the Sea of Azov,” the Prime Minister said.
Expert of International Democracy Institute (IDI) Yevhen Dykyi has suggested a scenario for Ukraine in case of the Russian occupation of Belarus. By making Belarus part of the Union State of Russia and Belarus through the occupation, Russia will be able to split Ukraine into two parts by a large-scale military invasion, Dykyi said, the Ukrainian news outlet Obozrevatel reported. Read alsoUkraine, Putin, NATO: Journalists name reasons that could push Russia to grab Belarus In case of that scenario, Ukraine would have to double its armed forces. “We would have to create almost the same grouping of troops in size as the one stationed in the Donbas. And deploy it in Polissia. It is clear it would cost a lot of money and cause a lot of problems,” Dykyi said. In his words, in the event of a successful Russian occupation of Belarus, the Russian Armed Forces will be able to cut off northern and central Ukraine from western Ukraine, reconstructing the 1919 scenario. “This Anschluss of Belarus is very undesirable for us. By the way, it was Russian political scientists who first mentioned the term of the Anschluss [in respect of Belarus] openly and blatantly,” he said. Anschluss refers to the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany on March 12, 1938, before World War II. Russia and Belarus have notionally been a “union” state (supranational union) since 1997 with the signing of the “Treaty on the Union between Belarus and Russia.” Late in 2018, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow was ready to go further, including to “create a single emission center, a single customs agency, [unified] courts, and an Accounts Chamber.”
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted two attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas on January 26. The situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation remains under control of Ukrainian troops.
One soldier was killed and another four were wounded in Donbas as an anti-tank guided missile hit the Ukrainian Army truck in the area of hostilities in eastern Ukraine where Joint Forces repel Russian proxies. The wounded military were rushed to a hospital.
In the area of the JFO (Operation of the Joint Force) Ukrainian military captured the Russian drone “Granath-2”. This is far from being the first time that this type of Russian drone was detected in Donbass and it demonstrates that Russia has not given up its aggressive plans and continues to lead the hybrid troops and…
A Russian Granat-2 unmanned aircraft was shot down Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) press center. On January 23, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spotted an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle in Ukrainian airspace, according to a JFO’s statement. After identified, enemy unmanned aircraft was overridden by electronic warfare specialists and forced to land. A seized unnamed aircraft turned out to be a Russian-made Granat-2 drone designed to conduct air reconnaissance with photo, video and thermal equipment at the distance up to 15 -25 kilometers. Granat-2 developed by Russian defense contractor Izhmash-Unmanned Systems is capable of transmitting video of the developing situation to the monitor of the command post. The drone can transmit data concerning location of the enemy units to the reconnaissance groups, which operated in behind lines of the enemy. JFO press center noted that Russia has been supplying this type of drones to the illegal armed formations of the so-called “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.” It is used for aerial reconnaissance and artillery spotting. “A seized drone is yet another proof of Russia’s support of the illegal armed groups in the territory of Donbas which terrorize civilians living near the contact line, shelling them,” said in JFO statement.
On January 23, Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) servicemen spotted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the sky over the Azov Sea, the press centre of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted eight attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another four as wounded in action (WIA). According to intelligence reports, four enemy troops were eliminated and another five were wounded.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the servicemen of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, who undergo treatment at the National Military Medical Clinical Center “Main Military Clinical Hospital”, and presented them with state awards. — Ukrinform.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutor’s office has detained a Kharkiv citizen engaged in sabotage and intelligence activities as part of illegal armed groups fighting on the side of LPR/DPR, who actively participated in hostilities against the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Debaltseve.
On Tuesday, January 29, the European diplomats – Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek and his colleague from the Kingdom of Denmark Anders Samuelsen are going to visit the Mariupol front-line in the Donetsk region. They will be accompanied by Ukrainian diplomat Pavlo Klimkin. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports this. Related: One Ukrainian fighter killed, four wounded in Donbas over 24 hours The aim of the visit is “to get the topical information on security, humanitarian and socio-economic situation in the area, where the United Forces act, due to the Russian military blockade of the Ukrainian seaports in Azov Sea and the continuation of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine”.
Russian sociologist and publicist Igor Eydman has spoken of possibilities for a resumption of friendly relations between Russia and Ukraine or whether the feud between nations will drag on for generations. The expert also suggested the terms of a possible reconciliation between the nations.
According to the “Information Resistance” OSINT group, Russian President Vladimir Putin is drafting a decree allowing holders of the unrecognized “DPR” and “LPR” passports in the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine to obtain a legit Russian passport. According to the “Information Resistance” OSINT group, Russian President Vladimir Putin is drafting a decree allowing holders of the unrecognized “DPR” and “LPR” passports in the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine to obtain a legit Russian passport. However, it is not entirely clear why Putin had to sign a separate decree since Russia has already passed relevant legislation facilitating the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship by foreigners, in particular, by Ukrainians who are “victims of the Kyiv junta.” It might as well be that the presidential decree will have the said law as its base. Anyway, the question remains, who needs the president’s decree if it was Putin who signed off the law… The emergence of such decree may pursue several goals. The first one is that, perhaps, it will give migration services additional powers and levers. The decree will be another way to reiterate inviolability of Moscow’s stance: they don’t intend to withdraw from Donbas or reduce their military presence there Secondly, the decree could be a purely declarative political document emphasizing that Putin is concerned about the fate of the Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine willing to obtain Russian passports, and that he seeks to protect “Russian citizens living outside Russia.” Such an explanation is clearly in line with the ideological discourse the Kremlin applies in relation to Donbas. The decree will be another way to reiterate inviolability of Moscow’s stance: they don’t intend to withdraw from Donbas or reduce their military presence there. Accordingly, all of Moscow’s claims of any settlement are no more than a game played for the Western public, in particular the United States and the European Union. In fact, Moscow is not going to mitigate or otherwise reconsider its positions on the occupied Ukrainian territories and withdraw troops from Donbas. In this case, the next step after the distribution of passports to the residents of the occupied areas of Eastern Ukraine will be the actual “creeping integration,” as was the case in Abkhazia and South Ossetia – these territories are not recognized by almost anyone except Russia. Besides, in the situation with Donbas, Moscow may not even recognize it, but there will be a gradual establishment of horizontal, closer relations with Russian regions. In particular, it will open up possibilities for the cross-border regime, for the functioning of dual jurisdiction, while Russia will recognize people living in the occupied territories as their own. However, Donbas residents won’t be able to benefit from such developments. At the same time, for Russia, this will significantly simplify the internal procedures, while for the Russian TV audience, the moves will be presented as if the Kremlin is really concerned about the fate of Donbas residents. Recently, came plenty of reports in social networks stating that Moscow had been creating additional restrictions for those coming to Russia from Donbas as well as people living in the occupied territories. The main message of these reports is that the Kremlin is giving up on Donbas, and that Putin forgot about “Novorossiya” … These ideas are being spun by artificial “Kremlin critics” in Russia, for example, the infamous Igor Strelkov aka Girkin [former GRU officer-turned Russian proxy forces chief who “retired” and safely moved back to Moscow]. In this case, the next step after the distribution of passports to the residents of the occupied areas of Eastern Ukraine will be the actual “creeping integration,” as was the case in Abkhazia and South Ossetia – these territories are not recognized by almost anyone except Russia Therefore, it is quite obvious that Russian authorities seek to “cleanse” social networks of such rhetoric by Kremlin critics, showing that “Putin doesn’t give up on anyone”. But, in fact, Russia will just continue erecting a “wall” around Donbas. What problems could Donbas residents holding Russian passports pose for Ukraine in the future? In the case of the Donbas reintegration, this will create additional challenges for Ukraine’s national security as these people will already be citizens of the aggressor state, which will demand their rights be “ensured.” In addition, the issue will rise of loyalty of the two passports’ holders to the Ukrainian state in the event of such reintegration, speaking of military service, tax payment, etc. Therefore, from my point of view, it is extremely important to review Ukrainian legislation on granting and depriving people of Ukrainian citizenship. The modern practices (blood or soil principles) won’t do. Citizenship must be provided after applicants pass relevant tests. That is, the “concept of responsible citizenship” must be implemented. However, it will clearly take a long time until this becomes a norm and gains public support…
In the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine there is the formation of an anti-missile military unit This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Pages The new unit will be located in Ochakov. At present, information on anti-aircraft missile systems that will be on an armed future military unit is not reported. It is known that on December 5, 2018, at the range in the Odesa region, along with the launch of the anti-ship missile system “Neptun”, launches were launched from the Dykyi Marine Corps for maritime purposes. Then there were 8 launches during which 8 surface targets were destroyed. At one time, the S-125s were withdrawn from the armament of the Ukrainian Army and were in storage. Also, there were developments on their modernization in the interests of foreign customers. Also, in early November 2018, C-125 launches were launched on air targets at the Yagorlik State Testing Ground in the Kherson region.
Naval Forces continue to form a self-sufficient ground component capable of solving the entire spectrum of tasks supporting fleets and protecting the seaside. It should be reminded that last year the Marine Corps Command was formed, which headed the ground component, as well as the second (but at number 35) Marine Corps, which included the 137th Marine Corps battalion, as well as the former 18th separate motorized infantry battalion and a 88-th Bolgrad airmobile battalion . This year , the Naval Forces continue to form military units, including combat support. In particular, a separate anti-aircraft missile military unit is being formed, which will strengthen the capabilities of the troops in terms of air defense. The new unit will be located in Ochakov. Recall that in December 2018, at a landfill in the Odessa region, offshore surface -firing was launched with the use of the anti-ship missile “Neptune” and anti-aircraft rockets S-125-2D1.
In Poltava region, an airborne survey of Army Aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues, the main task of which is to prepare young pilots to carry out combat missions. Various flight tasks are carried out in simple and complex weather conditions, classes with aeronautics, engineering and technical departments and aerodrome technical departments, briefings, discussions of past year achievements and ambitious plans for the current year are held. This is reported by the military department. The flights are carried out, in particular, on modernized helicopters Mi-8 MSB-B and Mi-2 of the MSB-B, which recently replenished the aircraft fleet of the Army Air Force of the Ground Forces. No less interesting were the photo of the event, among which one can see the helicopter equipped with a helicopter landing system ВСМ-1, which is intended for remote stationing of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. UAF aviation trains to put mines from helicopters The system includes a mine control unit, 4 mines containers, a console container, a cart for transportation, a lifting system and a suspension of the container. External containers for the suspension of the helicopter (two on each side of the fuselage) are used for the installation of containers. Each container is designed for placement of 29 cassettes of type KSO-1. The total ammunition complex from 116 to 8352 min, depending on their type.
Specialists of radio engineering troops of the Armed Forces Subdivision and domestic enterprises of radar weapons have agreed unified data exchange protocols between radar stations of different types and the automated control system (ATS) of aviation and air defense. This is another step towards improving the air defense system of Ukraine. Major General Sergei Vishnevskyi, head of the Army Airborne Forces Armed Forces, said that together with radar equipment manufacturers, important decisions were made that would positively affect the quality of the work of the units of the Radio Troops (RTV) and the effectiveness of the combat missions by the units of the aviation and anti-aircraft missile troops. ” The global air defense system of the state combines various types and types of troops, means of control, monitoring, data transmission and airborne attacks. The forces and means of RTV are the main source of information about the air environment inside and around the country. All data received from the radar, in real time, arrives at command posts and combat management units at different levels, where decisions are taken on further actions that are adequate to the threats. Therefore, the introduction of standardization of data exchange between the radar and ASU simplifies and accelerates this process
Ukrainian media claims that Saudi Arabia is developing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons, also sometimes called a ‘microwave weapon’, using Ukraine’s supplied technology and know-how. Ukraine has transferred some technologies that will help in the development of Saudi Arabia’s electromagnetic weapons, according to a report by the ‘National Industrial Portal‘ news agency on 21 January. Citing unnamed defense officials, the report states that the Yuzhnoye State Design Office transferred EMP technology to the King Abdulaziz City For Science And Technology. Noted that Ukrainian company has delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia technical documentation for an electromagnetic pulse generator, or EMP. The new weapon system could use invisible microwaves and electromagnetic energy to overload electricity grids, and electric and electronic circuits and burn them out. A single EMP attack against even a country the size of the Israel or Iran would have a devastating effect. The explosion itself might not pose much danger to those below, but the EMP would damage or destroy phones, power grids, communications networks, computers, laptops, smart cards, vehicle electronics, fuel pumps, medical equipment, industrial robots, and just about anything else that has a microchip or even a slightly advanced electrical circuit. Most likely in Saudi Arabia are interested in Ukrainian development, applicable to bomb designs as a KAB-500 or MK.84. Microwave bombs have a broader range of coupling modes and given the small wavelength in comparison with bomb dimensions, can be readily focussed against targets with a compact antenna assembly. According to early U.S. government report about a potential electromagnetic pulse weapon attack, an EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices in civil or mlitary segment. Military and commercial jets would be degraded, bases would be cut off, and power and GPS would go dark making defense and counter-attacks virtually impossible. The massed application of these weapons will produce substantial paralysis in any target system, thus providing a decisive advantage in the conduct of Electronic Combat, Offensive Counter Air and Strategic Air Attack.
On the air of the transfer # Line-Defense editor Militaryaviation.in.ua Denis Tomenchuk voiced new details about the An-32P aircraft, which the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Ukraine should purchase for the State Emergency Service. As Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov announced earlier during his visit to the Kharkiv Aviation Plant, by the end of this year, DSNC will receive an An-32P firefighter for its needs: “We plan to purchase 10 aircraft of the newest model AN-178 and one AN-32 (P) for the needs of the NDS of Ukraine, which we plan to get this year. “- said Arsen Avakov Construction of such an aircraft in a serial variant lasts not more than one month, and after a long idle time the enterprise can be delayed for more than one year. Therefore, the sounded date by the end of 2019 from the Minister sounded rather optimistic. To what the editor Militaryaviation.in.ua has announced the information that the AN Antonov is owned by the AN-32P aircraft and it is obvious that this aircraft should be transferred to the DSNC. That is, it will not be new construction, but produced in 1992 and belonged to the plant “Aviant”.
The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine has prepared a suspicion notice charging prominent Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky with encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine. The politician could be sentenced in absentia for a term of seven to twelve years in prison.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has prepared a notice of suspicion for Russian Duma deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky for encroaching on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.
Employees of the SBU State Security Service of Ukraine have exposed a resident of Kyiv, who, under the supervision of special services of the Russian Federation, administered anti-Ukrainian communities on social networks and intended to manipulate the opinions of Ukrainian voters in the interests of Moscow.
The press service of the Ukraine Security Service or SBU identified and reported more than 300 pro-Russian social network accounts on Facebook …
The officials of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and the representatives of Facebook discussed cooperation to ensure the security of the electoral process in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Cyber Police say election watchdog under “constant” hacking attacks. “They are paid for from the same crypto wallets as before.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
By Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) – Hackers likely controlled by Russia are stepping up efforts to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential election in March with cyber attacks
For Ukrainian voters, ending the war is “the biggest problem.” But their presidential hopefuls are so far short on solutions.
Far-right National Corps party leader Andriy Biletskyy has decided not to run for president in the 31 March election. “Many expected that we will take a dozen million dollars from a rich uncle, spend them on advertising – TV ads and billboards, get our percentage and go home happy… It is not going to happen. I refuse to take part in this farce,” Biletskyy said in his speech at the National Corps congress in Kyiv. He added, however, that the party would run for parliament in the autumn 2019. Without Biletskyy running, Ruslan Koshulynskyy will be the only candidate representing nationalist organizations.
The leader of the National Corps political party, people’s deputy of Ukraine Andriy Biletsky has stated he would not run for president during the presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled for March 31.
Ukraine’s future after this year’s presidential and parliamentary ballot is the focal point of the ongoing Europe-Ukraine Forum held in the hamlet of Jasionka in southeastern Poland. Over 800 guests are taking part in the gathering, including MPs, MEPs, civil society representatives and entrepreneurs alongside experts in fields such as politics, economy and culture.
Ukraine is now using all the means available to return the Russian president to the negotiating table to end the Russian aggression and establish peace in our country. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in the interview to “Ukraine” TV channel following the results of the participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos. “All the means that have been used for four years. We are mobilizing now the support of the whole world for Putin to stay at the negotiating table, accept the position, including peacekeepers and peace under the national interests of Ukraine,” the Head of State emphasized during the live broadcast. At the same time, Petro Poroshenko warned politicians against speculation on this topic. “I would like to state firmly that those state-mongers who say that peace is just around the corner, that they will come and bring peace. I want to emphasize – there is an aggressor around the corner, not peace,” he said. The President recalled that he had touched upon the issue of the establishment of an international peacekeeping mission in Donbas since 2015. “When nobody else believed in this opportunity. To date, we have firmly secured the support of three permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States of America, Great Britain, France,” Petro Poroshenko stated.
President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine should be ready for a united response to the Russian aggressor and defend its interests, not agree on peace at all costs. “Many still do not draw conclusions and like to say that peace in Ukraine is around the corner. This is another populist promise: peace is around the corner; it is enough to knock on Putin’s door, ask for peace and get it right away,” the President said during his speech at the Ukrainian breakfast in Davos. The Head of State stressed: “But around the corner is not peace, but an aggressor. We must be ready for a united response to the aggressor. We perceive peace only on the basis of the national interests of Ukraine, on the basis of international law, only with the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. “We will bring peace if Russia returns to the situation at least of 2013. The keys to peace, unfortunately, are not in Kyiv, Brussels, Ottawa or Washington. The keys to peace are in Moscow. We must use every instrument at our disposal to make Putin sit at the negotiating table. Just as we did in 2014 and 2015 during the signing of the Minsk agreements,” he stressed. According to Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian Parliament has had difficult negotiations on the Minsk agreements for four years. “Many party leaders, including those who are here today, say that this is a disaster. What exactly? That we clearly stated in the Minsk agreements that all foreign troops should be withdrawn from Ukraine? That we should control the border between Ukraine and Russia? That we demand Putin to withdraw artillery, tanks, MLRS and other weapons that kill Ukrainians? No. We have an opportunity to restore Ukrainian sovereignty and bring peace to Ukraine,” the President said.
President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes the threat of populism especially during the pre-election period in Ukraine and warns against the experience of Venezuela, where such a policy has led to catastrophic consequences. “Now we have a huge danger of populism. Those who want to understand what it means to declare a fixed price below the market for a certain product for people – this is what Chavez and Maduro did in Caracas, Venezuela,” Petro Poroshenko said during the speech at the Ukrainian breakfast in Davos. “And now the people of Venezuela say “no” to populism, “no” to irresponsible politicians. I want to declare that we will stick to the course of reforms. As President, I will do everything to ensure the irreversibility of this progress, in order to make the return to the Russian Empire impossible. This is unacceptable,” the Head of State stressed. “We want to build a healthy western economy based on entrepreneurship, SMEs. We do not want to go back to a centralized economy. Western standards of living need a western economy,” the President stressed. “Maduro’s style of ruling the country brings Maduro’s results,” he added.
The “Social-Political Platform of Nadiya Savchenko” upheld the candidacy of the non-affiliate MP, as Savchenko herself remains under arrest on suspicion of trying to overthrow the incumbent government. This is reported by the OPORA civil network. It is noted that the decision was made unanimously. The candidate’s program includes a constitutional change in the political system. “The delegates held pomegranates in their hands and chanted “Freedom to Nadiya Savchenko, freedom to Ukrainian political prisoners,” the report says. This information was confirmed by the sister of Nadiya Savchenko.
The Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine in cooperation with the local authorities launched the construction of a new airport in the village of Solone, Dnipropetrovsk region. “The airport [in Dnipropetrovsk region] is the first major infrastructure project that we start to build from scratch this year. It is the initiative of the President, which we will implement in the next 2-3 years,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said, the press service of the Ministry reports. According to the minister, the existing airports in the cities of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia need the major structural repairs of the takeoff runways and the reconstruction of the terminals, requiring the costs comparable to the sum for the construction of a new airport. “The airport in the village of Solone will be a new modern infrastructure facility, which will give a new life to the village and Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions on the whole. We start the construction of the airport, and at the same time we launch the development of the entire adjacent infrastructure,” the minister added. Omelyan expects that the passenger traffic will reach 1.5-2 million people in two years after the new airport starts to operation. He added that the total passenger traffic at the airports of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia cities had been slightly less than 700,000 in 2018.
In 2018, Ukrainian agrarian exports grew by 880 million dollars compared to 2017 and set a new record of 18.8 billion dollars, stated RBC …
Poland does not discriminate against the labor migrants from Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The Russian special services use the far-right and far-left forces to destabilize the relations between Ukraine and Poland. — Ukrinform.
According to the ProZorro public procurement system’s data, the national joint-stock company Naftogaz of Ukraine hired the US law firm Covington & Burling LLP for $5.9 million to protect their rights and interests during the argument settlement with Russia about the seizure of the group’s assets in the Crimea. The purchase of the service was part of a contractual procedure to attract skilled and highly qualified legal advisors to ensure the protection of the rights and interests of Ukraine during the settlement of disputes. The agreement was signed on January 21 and is set to last until December 31, 2019. Covington & Burling has already provided legal services in the past to protect the interests of Naftogaz in this issue. In October 2016, seven Naftogaz’s subsidiaries initiated arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation for damages caused by the seizure of assets in the Crimea. In May 2018, hearings on the issues of jurisdiction and responsibility in this arbitration case ended in The Hague. The court will examine and rule on case of the Naftogaz’s losses at the second stage of the case hearing but after the decision on jurisdiction and liability is made. The court will make the first decision on the case in the first quarter of 2019.
Ukraine says it will ensure children in major regional hospitals receive an education from September 2019. Some 2,000 children are currently educated in hospitals but one group, which runs a “School for Superheroes” in a Kyiv hospital, says 10,000 hospitalized children need schooling.
The mention of the Russian origin of Sultan Suleiman I’s wife Roxelana (c. 1502-1558) has been removed from the visitor panel near her tomb at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul at the request of the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey. “We are gradually restoring the historical truth: at the request of our embassy, the Turkish side has removed the text of the inscription about the supposedly Russian origin of Sultan Suleiman the First’s wife Roxelana near her tomb at the Suleymaniye Mosque,” the embassy said on Facebook. Although her real name and exact place of birth are unknown, historians are not questioning the Ukrainian origin of Roxelana who was initially the concubine and later wife of Sultan Suleiman I and named Hurrem after converting to Islam. She was the mother of Sultan Selim II.
Viktor Yanukovych fled the country after being ousted in 2014. The case focused on his effort to hold onto power by asking Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily on his behalf.
Exiled former leader sentenced to 13 years’ jail over 2014 protests and Russian invasion
Fugitive ex-president sentenced to 13 years in jail in absentia. He was found guilty on two counts of the Criminal Code. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former president Viktor Yanukovich in absentia to 13 years in jail on treason charges, a judge said, saying his conduct in office had opened the door to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and conflict in eastern Ukraine.