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SOTU is dominating media traffic. The SOTU statements on INF and arms race producing many media reports. Amb Huntsman OpEd on INF. FM Lavrov calls West “arrogant” that has no doubt been a source of much mirth in Western political circles. Russian domestic propaganda platforms expound on the virtues of deploying 100-200 MT doomsday bombs on SSNs patrolling near the US coast. VPK analysis of Russian VMF request for an  4,500 km / 2,500 nmi very long range SLCM, dubbed the Kalibr M, concludes the missile would be too large for most VMF launch platforms, that are typically sized for the Tomahawk class 3M14 / SS-N-30 Kalibr / Klub. Ukraine responds to INF collapse.

Baltics update. Russia to revert to previous Military District boundaries. Roskosmos broke, again. Propagandist Kiselyov, Russia’s answer to Streicher, is now reported to have a nephew sitting in a German prison for joining the Russian invasion force in Donbas. Russia denies veteran benefits to troops who served in Syria, as they did with troops who served in Donbas.

Macedonia signs NATO accession agreement, sinking a long running Russian campaign to prevent this, that may have poisoned Muscovy’s relationship with Greece, formerly an ardent supporter.

Ukrainian MP Burbak seeks to engage the NATO PA to argue the case for Ukraine’s expedited accession. Rada to vote on NATO/EU amendments to constitution preamble. Urcosta, Rettman, Brunson analyses. Turchenov summarises Russia’s six threats to Ukraine. Updates on hostage status. Ukrainian Border Guard negotiating to procure 22 French patrol boats, also coastal surveillance towers now under construction along the Azov coastline. Donbas and border “Wall” project updates. A lame and error laced TNI analysis of the Neptun ASCM.

Politics and election updates. Controversy over suspension of US national from Acting Health Minister position – instigated by a populist party to aggravate Pres Poroshenko. More on the Mr Jones movie about the Holodomor genocide.

Update on the treason case against pro-Russian politician Medvedchuk, a Putin confidant. Yanukovich update, including a hilarious animated cartoon about his egress from Kyiv in 2014, based on court documents.

The most interesting ROC related report are claims in the Belarusian media that the Lukashenko regime is also seeking autocephaly and separation from the Muscovy ROC – if true, the dissolution process of the ROC has begun in earnest. Danish JW jailed for 6 years for “organizing the activity of an extremist organization” – notably the strict pacifism of this religious community has been the cause of their persecution by the Soviets and Nazis – the Nazis imprisoned them by the thousand, and were claimed to have executed about 250 members for refusing to undertake military service. Muscovy is therefore in appropriate company.

Trump On INF Treaty: Either A New Agreement, Or ‘Out-Innovating’ Others

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that the United States had “no choice” when it withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. In his second State of the Union address delivered before the U.S. Congress on February 5, Trump declared, “Perhaps, we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we cannot, in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far.”

Trump Defends INF Withdrawal, Condemns Iran In State Of The Union Speech

Trump’s State Of the Union address came as his administration braced for new political battles with congressional Democrats who took control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Trump warns China, Russia: US would win nuclear arms race

President Trump warned China and Russia not to seek to win an arms race with the United States and instead proposed negotiations to expand a recently scrapped nuclear arms control pact.

World War 3: Trump vows to outspend Russia and China after INF withdrawal during SOTU 2019 | World | News |

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump vowed during his State of the Union speech to outspend all rivals if no new nuclear deal can be reached.

Op-Ed by Ambassador Jon Huntsman for RBC | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia

Ambassador Huntsman RBC Op-Ed February 4, 2019 The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in 1987, prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 KM. In the early years of this historic treaty, both sides collectively destroyed more than 2,600 missiles. The INF Treaty represented a good-faith effort between two rivals to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, particularly the risk of short-notice attacks. President Reagan described its elimination of an entire class of weapons as the realization of “an impossible vision,” and Mikhail Gorbachev said it had “universal significance for mankind.” Unfortunately, once one of history’s most successful security agreements, now we must confront the fact that the Russian Government has been cheating on this historic Treaty: producing, flight-testing, and fielding exactly the type of missile that the INF Treaty prohibits. As a result of Russia’s actions, the United States notified Russia that it was suspending its obligations under the Treaty. The United States also announced that it would withdraw from the Treaty in six months in accordance with the Treaty’s terms. The United States retains the right to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the Treaty before the end of this six month period, and we would be prepared to consider doing so should Russia return to full and verifiable compliance. It is worth examining how Russia’s actions have led us to this point. As early as 2004, senior Russian officials were sounding out whether the United States wanted to mutually get out of the Treaty. The United States assesses the Russian Government began the covert development of a non-compliant missile known by the U.S. designator “SSC-8” or Russian designator “9M729” in the mid-2000s. Russia flight tested the 9M729 to distances well over 500 kilometers. The United States has provided Moscow with substantial information about this system’s violations, including geographic coordinates and dates for the tests, but Russia continues to deny any wrongdoing. The U.S. finding is not based on a misunderstanding of this system. The 9M729 represents a flagrant violation of the INF Treaty that Russia’s leaders intended to keep secret. Rather than rush to judgment, the United States pursued diplomacy for more than five years, first raising the issue with Russia in 2013. Since then, and under two different administrations, the United States has raised the topic on over thirty occasions with Russian officials, including at the highest levels, and participated in six meetings of technical experts in an effort to persuade Russia to return to compliance with the Treaty. While Russia now acknowledges the existence of the 9M729, which it had denied until 2017, it continues to falsely assert that the missile is compliant with the INF Treaty, spreading false information about the missile’s range, capability, and testing history. Rather than addressing U.S. concerns, Russia chose to claim that U.S. ballistic missile defense targets, Aegis Ashore missile defense systems in Poland and Romania, and armed UAVs violate the treaty. In contrast, the United States has responded in detail to these false Russian claims, demonstrating that we diligently comply with our treaty obligations in full. When these diplomatic measures failed, on December 4, all NATO Allies strongly supported the United States’ decision to find Russia in material breach of the INF Treaty for its production and fielding of the 9M729. That same day, the United States announced that it would suspend its obligations under the Treaty in 60 days as a remedy for Russia’s material breach, unless Russia returned to full and verifiable compliance. Instead of using this opportunity to save the INF Treaty, the Russian government continued its denials and disinformation. As a ground-launched, mobile, intermediate-range cruise missile, the 9M729 system poses a direct threat to European and global security. Russia’s actions do not make it more secure; they make the security environment less stable. Notwithstanding Russia’s decision to suspend its participation in the Treaty, our position remains the same: we continue to believe that an INF Treaty with which all parties comply contributes to global stability. An arms control treaty that one side violates is no longer effective at keeping the world safer. Only the verifiable destruction of all 9M729 missiles, launchers, and associated support equipment would allow Russia to return to compliance. When Russia signed the INF Treaty and agreed to eliminate its ground-launched intermediate-range missiles, it was because its leaders realized that the absence of such weapons would make Russia more secure, not less. We continue to believe this is the case. The reverse is also true: should Russia cause the demise of the INF Treaty, it will become less secure, not more. In light of our six-months notice of withdrawal, the Russian Government has one last chance to save the INF Treaty by returning to full and verifiable compliance. We hope Russia will take that step.

UAWire – US gives Russia evidence of 9M729 missile tests which violates INF Treaty

US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman said that the US has given Russia the geographical coordinates and the dates of the tests done with the 9M729 missiles which the Pentagon believes violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The Russian government has repeatedly claimed that the US has presented no evidence to support its accusations that Russia is in breach of the treaty, which prohibits missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 km. “Russia conducted flight tests of the 9M729 at distances considerably exceeding 500 km. The US has given Moscow a significant amount of information that confirms the violations of the agreement, including geographical coordinates and the dates the tests were conducted, but Russia continues to deny that it committed any wrongful actions,” Huntsman wrote in a column for the Russian news agency RBC. The INF Treaty was signed by the US and the USSR in 1987. They agreed to destroy all ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles of intermediate (1,000-5,500 km) or short (500-1,000 km) range, and not to produce or deploy such weapons in the future. On February 1, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US was suspending the treaty, and will fully withdraw if Russia does not destroy the offending missiles within six months. The following day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is also suspending the treaty. Previously, Andrea Thompson, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, said that the treaty could be saved if Russia destroys the 9M729 missiles.

UAWire – Russian Foreign Minister blames ‘arrogant’ West for new nuclear arms race

The West does not want to talk to Russia “as equals” and is responsible for unleashing a new nuclear arms race, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. According to him, Moscow is “unfazed” by the “arrogance” of western countries, and believes that everything will ultimately be set straight. The Russian diplomat stressed that Moscow will respond to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced by President Donald Trump on 2 February, through “military and technological means”. According to Lavrov, this is not merely the start of a new Cold War, but rather a complete breakdown of the system for monitoring weapons, including strategic weapons, which was developed over decades, and which acquired its final form upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. Experts in the West, Russia, and elsewhere all agree that the US’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty and its plans to create new low-capacity nuclear weapons will “significantly lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, and will increase the risk of a nuclear conflict arising,” Lavrov observed. The New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, the last remaining nuclear treaty between Russia and the US, will be the next to go, the Russian minister warned. Lavrov said that Russia has repeatedly made suggestions in favor of strategic stability. “We even proposed a step-by-step approach towards establishing new negotiations on arms restrictions, starting with a joint Russian-American declaration on the unacceptability of nuclear war. All of our proposals have either been rejected or left without a response,” he complained. According to him, this is why Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to stop trying to initiate any new disarmament talks with the US. “When they mature enough to understand their responsibility for the problems created by the US’s policy, then by all means: the doors are open, please come in, and let’s talk as equals, taking into account each other’s interests, legitimate interests, and not imagined,” Lavrov commented, adding that the US’s interest is currently “not legitimate, but dictatorial, namely, that it has no opponents in this world”. In December, the US issued the Kremlin an ultimatum, giving Russia 60 days to destroy the 9M729 missiles which Washington believes have a range prohibited by the treaty (500-5,500 km).

Russia threatens US with nuclear doomsday device after INF failure – INSIDER

“It cannot be excluded that one of the Poseidon with a 100 megaton nuclear warhead will lay low off the US coast, becoming ‘the doomsday weapon.'”

Steve Rosenberg on Twitter: “With the INF treaty all but dead, one Russian paper warns of “a situation even more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis.” And the government paper says it “cannot exclude” Russia deploying a “100 megaton nuclear…Doomsday weapon” off the US coast. #ReadingRussia…”


Russian media threatens Europe with 200-megaton nuclear ‘doomsday’ device | Business Insider

Russian media appeared to threaten Europe and the world with an article in, saying that a new nuclear torpedo could create towering tsunami waves and destroy vast swaths of Earth’s population.

Poseidon | Business Insider

Stories in Poseidon include: The US Navy’s best sub-hunting aircraft is facing some nagging problems | Russian media threatens Europe with 200-megaton nuclear ‘doomsday’ device | The US Navy is thinking about sending advanced sub-hunting planes to A…

Russia’s New Super Long-Range Cruise Missile Has a Problem | The National Interest

And it’s pretty easy to see.

Novichkov Nikolai, Kostin Vasily | “Kalibr” on its own | VPK [Russian]

A new sea-based cruise missile will weaken the strike potential of the Russian Navy. Currently in Russia at the stage of research work is the creation of a sea-based cruise missile (SLCM) “Kalibr-M” with a range of more than 4,500 kilometers and a warhead weight (TL) of about a ton, a TASS source in the defense industry said. This statement was replicated in Russian and foreign media and on Internet resources. However, none of them had at least a superficial analysis of the possible consequences of creating such a complex of high-precision weapons (WTO) for the Russian Navy and its strike potential. The most famous SLCMs in service with the US Navy and the Russian Navy are the American Tomahawk family (R / UGM-109 Tomahawk) and the Russian 3M-14 rocket (SS-N-30 according to NATO classification) from the WT Caliber complex. . The newest modification “Tomahawk” under the designation “block 4” (Tomahawk Block IV), according to the company – manufacturer of these SLCM – the company “Raytheon”, has the following characteristics: length – 5.56 meters, length with a starting accelerator – 6 , 2 meters, diameter – 0.518 meters, weight – 1315.4 kilograms, weight with an accelerator – 1587.6 kilograms, wingspan – 2.7 meters, range of action – 1600 kilometers. The rocket is equipped with a turbojet dual engine (TRD) F415-WR-400/402 developed by Williams International (Williams International). According to the US Navy, the range of the missile in the “block 4” variant is 1600 kilometers, the mass of the warhead is 454 kilograms. This version of the Tomahawk can be launched from the surface of surface ships using the universal 41 Mark or Mark 57 vertical launcher on the newest destroyers with guided missiles (URO) of the Zumwalt type, as well as from submarines. The length of the UVPU Mark 41 on eight cells – 2,076 meters, width – 3,169 meters, height – 7,696 meters. The height of the used transport and launch containers (TPK) can vary from 5,309 to 7,696 meters, depending on the type of loaded ammunition. Data on SLCM 3M-14 from open sources: the length of the export version 3M-14E missile with a launch accelerator is 6.2 meters, diameter is 0.533 meters, weight is 1400 kilograms, weight with accelerator (starting weight) is 1770 kilograms, wingspan 3.08 meters. The overall dimensions of the 3M-14 missile, which is in service with the Russian Navy, differ. According to most sources, the length is 7.2 meters, the length with the starting accelerator is 8.1 meters, the diameter is 0.514 meters, the wingspan is about 3.3 meters, the weight is 1320 kilograms, the weight with the starting accelerator is 1700 kilograms, the combat weight parts – from 450 to 500 kilograms. KRMB 3M-14 is equipped with TRDD-50AT (36MT) intra-fuselage layout. The engine has a mass of 71 kilograms, the specific fuel consumption is 0.71 kg / kgf per hour and the maximum thrust is 450 kgf. These engines, along with high launch reliability after launching a cruise missile from a carrier, are distinguished by high specific frontal thrust and fuel efficiency. The range of the 3M-14 missile with both conventional and special (nuclear) warheads is reliably unknown. Some sources say about 1600 kilometers for the variant with a conventional warhead and 2600 with a special one. During the operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Syria, the 3M-14 missiles were not used at distances of over 1,300 kilometers. The launch of cruise missiles from the “Caliber” complex is carried out from the surface ships using UVPU 3C-14. The module of this installation on eight cells has the following weight and dimensions characteristics: length – 3.76 meters, width – 1.97 meters, height – 9.58 meters. The SLCM can be launched from torpedo tubes of 533 millimeters of diesel-electric and nuclear submarines of the Russian Navy, as well as from UVPU SM-346 with transport-launching glasses (TPS) 3C-44, which are equipped with nuclear-powered submarines with cruise missiles (PLARK) Projects 885 and 885M (ciphers “Ash” and “Ash-M”). In terms of mass-dimensional characteristics, the Russian SLCM and the UVPUs intended for their launch are superior to their American counterparts. If, with respect to the Ukrainian Internal Control Department, this is explained by the need to deploy 3M-55 “Onyx” anti-ship missiles (SS-N-26 Strobile) with large dimensions (length — more than 8 m, diameter — about 0.72 m), then increased Compared with “Tomahawk” the length of the SLCM 3M-14 can be explained by several reasons. The first of these is the increased volume of warheads compared to the American counterpart. However, data from open sources indicate the similarity of these indicators in both SLCMs (454 kg in Tomahawk, 450–500 kg in 3M-14). The second possible reason is the long range of the Russian missile. Some sources on the web, despite official statements, continue to talk about numbers from 2,000 to 2,600 kilometers in the version with a conventional warhead. According to open sources, the length of the 3M-14 rocket is at least two meters longer than the export 3M-14E, whose range is limited to 300 kilometers. The third is the lower fuel efficiency of the Russian turbofan engine compared to the American counterpart, as a result of which it was necessary to increase the dimensions of the rocket to accommodate a larger fuel reserve. It is impossible to confirm or deny each of these three versions due to the lack of official information. Summing up the consideration of the characteristics of the Tomahawk and 3M-14 missiles, it is necessary to recall that now the Navy ships are armed with the following SLCM frigate: Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov, three project 11356 frigates (Admiral Essen) , “Admiral Makarov”), frigate of project 11661 “Dagestan”, seven corvettes of project 21631 (“Grad Sviyazhsk”, “Uglich”, “Velikiy Ustyug”, “Green Dol”, “Serpukhov”, “Vyshniy Volochek”, “Orekhovo- Zuyevo “), a corvette of the project 22800” Mytishchi “, as well as a nuclear submarine of the project 885” Severodvinsk “, six diesel-electric submarines 636.3 (Novorossiysk, Rostov-on-Don, Stary Oskol, Krasnodar, Veliky Novgorod, Kolpino) and the head boat of the 677 project St. Petersburg, which is in trial operation. In total, these ships in the salvo can use about 190 cruise missiles 3M-14 (accurate counting is difficult due to the lack of official information on the number of cruise ships aboard the Project 885 boat). It should be noted that despite the continuing saturation of the Russian fleet with ships of the WTF Caliber complex, its possibilities for using SLCM compared to the US Navy are rather modest. It was the turn of the main question: are the stated characteristics of the Kalibr-M cruise missile indicated by the TASS source real, and if so, what could this turn for the Russian Navy in the future? If we consider the claimed range of the proposed missile – 4500 kilometers, then it is three times longer than the range of both the 3M-14 and the tactical Tomahawk (TLAM). According to open sources, this indicator has the Russian air-launched cruise missile (ALCM), the X-101 (or its version with the special Kh-102 warhead). The length of this rocket, according to various Internet resources, is from 7.45 to 7.6 meters, the maximum width of the hull is 0.75 meters, the wingspan is 4.4 meters. The absence of the need for a starter accelerator due to the air launch of the rocket allowed the designers to increase its dimensions and thereby bring the range to 4500 kilometers. At the same time, it is not known for certain whether this figure applies to the X-102 rocket with a special warhead or to the X-101 with a heavier conventional warhead. Thus, in order to provide the Kalibr-M SLCMB with a range of more than 4,500 kilometers, it is necessary to create a rocket in the dimensions of X-101 (approximately 7.5 m in length without a launch accelerator and a hull diameter of about 0.75 m). Even if such a rocket had been designed, its maximum diameter for placement in the UHPU 3C-14 and SM-346 should be about 0.72 meters (similar to the 3M-55 RMS). If we take into account the dimensions of the X-101, then reducing the width of the hull and the need to install a powerful starter will lead to an increase in the length of this rocket (estimated) to 8.8-9 meters. This option is still seen possible, if we start from the height of the Ukrainian Directorate of Ukraine 3C-14 9.58 meters. However, it is necessary to note here another detail mentioned by the source, namely, the mass of the warhead of about a ton. It is obvious that a two-fold increase in the mass of the warhead will lead to a serious increase in the size of the Kalibr-M SLCM and will not allow it to be launched from the UHFU 3C-14 and SM-346. Even more incomprehensible is the reason for which it took so radically to increase the mass of warheads. The local wars of the last 30 years, including the operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Syria, have clearly shown that for destruction of any targets, the warhead weighing 450–500 kilograms installed on Tomahawks and 3M-14 is sufficient. The only logical explanation could be unsatisfactory accuracy rates (or circular probable deviations) 3M-14 during the operation in Syria. However, the videos shown by the Ministry of Defense prove that for confidently hitting targets, there are about 450 kilograms of missiles with warheads weighing about 450 kilograms and a QUO of 5–10 meters. Creating an SLCM with a range of more than 4500 kilometers and a mass of warheads of about a ton will lead to the appearance of the next super-expensive “monster ammunition.” Such megalomania was a characteristic feature of the Soviet defense industrial complex, which developed such rockets as the P-700 Granit, P-500 Bazalt, P-1000 Vulkan, P-750 Meteorit, and others. Recently, it seemed that the Russian military-industrial complex, and the leadership of the Navy, abandoned the harmful policy and proceeded to saturate the surface ships and submarines of the Ukrainian armed forces with a large number of smaller-sized missiles with high tactical and technical characteristics. Russian industry was able to reach the required annual level of production of missiles from the Caliber complex. The appearance of “Calibra-M” with the declared characteristics will lead not only to huge expenses at the stages of R & D, R & D and OCD, but also the need to develop new types of UVPU, to modernize production. UVPUs of increased dimensions and mass cannot be used on corvettes, and on frigates and ships of greater displacement, which are not yet present in the composition of the Navy, the number of their modules will be reduced. Even with the creation of such a munition and the successful conduct of its tests, mass production will be launched after the end of the existing State Armaments Program (LG) for 2018-2027. And if in the current LG there is a tendency to reduce defense spending, what will they be after 2027? Is it logical to deploy work on such ammunition in such conditions? Maybe it is better to allocate funds for the continuation of mass production of 3M-14 with their modernization based on the Syrian experience? Even the United States, with its military budget, which, according to official data, exceeds the Russian one by more than 15 times, does not create such SLCMs, but is upgrading Tomahawks. In particular, in 2019, the modernization program for missiles launched in 2004 starts. These cruise missiles will be brought to the level of the “maritime shock” Tomahawk (MST), will receive updated guidance and communication systems. The creation of the Caliber-M rocket will cancel out all efforts to improve the strike potential of the Russian Navy, since none of the above types of ships, let alone submarines, can use SLCMs of such dimensions. Moreover, the meaning of the development of such a munition is incomprehensible under the conditions when, first of all, the first models of the hypersonic 3M-22 hypersonic anti-ship missile (Zircon) can go to the fleet in pursuance of the LGV for 2018-2027. This, undoubtedly, expensive ammunition seems to be much more necessary than a huge cruise missile, the effectiveness of which is yet to be assessed. The new Kalibr-M SLCMB, whose characteristics so far look absolutely unreal, lead the country’s Navy to the old rake of giantomania. Last time it ended with the construction of four project 1144 heavy nuclear missile cruisers, of which today only one can perform tasks in the fleet. In the United States, tests of the 67th destroyer of the Arleigh Burke type URO (URO) are being completed. The shock potential of the Russian fleet looks quite modest compared to the US Navy. In addition, today we are witnessing the qualitative and quantitative growth of the Chinese Navy. Under these conditions, Russia needs to launch the serial construction of mastered types of ships and submarines, such as the URF frigates of the project 22350, the corvets of the URO of the project 20385/20386 and the SSGN of the project 885M, with the usual UVPU and cruise missiles 3M-14 tested in combat conditions in Syria. Nikolay Novichkov Vasily Kostin Information and Analytical Department TASS – for the “VPK” Published in issue number 1 (764) for January 15, 2019

France carries out rare simulation of nuclear deterrent …

FRANCE-NUCLEAR/:France carries out rare simulation of nuclear deterrent strike

Klimkin, Bolton discuss U.S. and Russia’s withdrawal from INF Treaty –

Pavlo Klimkin, the foreign minister of Ukraine and U.S. presidential advisor John Bolton discussed the withdrawal of the U.S. and Russia from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Klimkin said that in the interview with the Voice of America. ‘Of course, when you come to Washington, it is a pity if you can’t meet your friends and partners. I came to you from the meeting with John Bolton’, he told the reporters. The Treaty, he said, was one of the many topics that the interlocutors discussed. ‘Such actions of Russia led to the new logic of the arms race… In this situation, Ukraine will have to respond to new challenges. And we’ll have to respond to them in a decent manner because we’ve got experience, intellect and the necessity to protect our country. We already have some potential in the missile armament’, Klimkin said. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister is staying in the U.S. with the working visit; he’s got more meetings on his schedule, including these in the Senate and the Congress. The INF Treaty bans ground-based medium-range ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers (300 and 3,100 miles). The United States and the Soviet Union signed the accord in 1987.

Klimkin on situation with INF Treaty: We must use everything to protect ourselves

Ukraine will be forced to respond to new challenges to its security if the United States and Russia do not return to fulfilling their obligations under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, Kyiv has relevant experience in the field of rocket weapons, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said. Ukraine will be forced to respond to new challenges to its security if the United States and Russia do not return to fulfilling their obligations under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, Kyiv has relevant experience in the field of rocket weapons, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said. “This behavior on the part of Russia led to a new logic of the arms race. It is for certain, since other partners will do the same [placement of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles]. And in this situation, Ukraine will need to respond to new challenges. And we must respond to them with dignity, because we have experience, we have the necessary intelligence, we have the need to protect our country. We already have certain potential in the field of missile weapons, and it is we who will decide which missiles we need for the future,” the minister said in interview with the Voice of America on Tuesday. According to him, Russia has been violating the treaty over the years, deploying intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. “It completely changes the whole sense of arms control … We must use everything to protect ourselves,” the minister concluded.

Klimkin: By quitting INF treaty, Russia starts another arms race, but Ukraine will respond with dignity – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin notes that Ukraine must respond to new challenges in connection with Russia’s violation of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. The top diplomat has stressed that Ukraine will decide for itself what missiles it needs for the future. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin notes that Ukraine must respond to new challenges in connection with Russia’s violation of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. Speaking with Voice of America’s “Chas: Time” on TV Channel 5, the foreign minister told about his meeting in Washington with U.S. president’s national security advisor John Bolton, where the parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the INF Treaty. “The fact that Russia has for years been violating this Treaty by deploying missiles, of which we already know, and launchers changes altogether the whole sense of arms control. At first, Russia destroyed the Treaty on conventional forces in Europe. If this Treaty were in place, would they be able to do what they’ve done with regard to the occupation of Crimea and the occupation of Donbas? My answer is that it would have been more difficult,” said Klimkin. Also, the minister noted that the situation with the INF Treaty changes Ukraine’s calculations. “We must use everything to protect ourselves. Russia’s logic is not to protect Russia, it’s to use security as a commodity at the relevant stock exchange. Therefore, this behavior on the part of Russia led to a new logic of the arms race. It is for certain, since other partners will do the same. And in this situation, Ukraine will need to respond to new challenges. And we must respond to them with dignity, because we have experience, we have the necessary intelligence, we have the need to protect our country,” stressed Klimkin. Asked whether it meant the start of production of such weapons in Ukraine, Klikin said: “We already have certain potential in the field of missile weapons, and it is we who will decide which missiles we need for the future,” Klimkin said. As UNIAN reported earlier, on Feb 1, 2019, the United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the INF treaty in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the 1987 pact. On Feb 2, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones, and told ministers not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington, accusing the United States of being slow to respond to such moves.

Trump is igniting a perilous new nuclear arms race – The Washington Post

Enforcement, not abandonment, is the answer to violations of the INF Treaty.

German air superiority fighters in Estonia scrambled 30 times over six months –

Over the last six months, German fighters based in Estonia have scrambled on alert 30 times, in order to escort the Russian planes. Deutsche Welle reported that, quoting German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen. ‘Such a big number shows that the presence [of German troops] here is crucial’, the official said. In 2018, Germany deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and 160 Bundeswehr servicemen at Amari airfield in Estonia; these troops are a part of the NATO contingent that conducts aerial reconnaissance in this area since August 2018. The mission is to expire in April 2019. As is known, the Russian air force planes have been periodically flying over Northern Europe, specifically the area over the Baltic Sea. Last month, Russia’s Tupolev Tu-22 M3, the strategic bomber of Russia’s Air Force crashed while landing on the airstrip. Two of the four crew members were killed in the accident, and the other two survived.

MEPs want to revise agreement on partnership and cooperation with Russian Federation

With the rise of new areas of tension between the EU and Russia, MEPs voice their support for sanctions, the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 and a better EU response to combat cyber threats. — Ukrinform.

Reuters: Lithuania fears Russia will attempt to sway its elections – news world | UNIAN

Lithuania’s intelligence agencies fear Russia will interfere in its forthcoming elections, including one in May to find a successor to the staunchly anti-Kremlin president, Dalia Grybauskaite. Russia is also suspected of carrying out a number of notable cyber attacks, including an attack that knocked out power stations in Ukraine in 2016.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Defense Ministry Reportedly Planning Radical Redrawing of Military District Borders

Paul Goble Staunton, February 6 – Military sources tell AiF-Urals that the defense ministry is currently planning to reverse the 2010 military district reform and go back in large measure to the borders of such structures existing prior to that time, a step that may save money but will allow for the reassignment of numerous commanders. According to the report, three of the four currently existing military administrative arrangements will be restructured. The Central Military District, headquartered in Yekaterinburg, will be divided up with the larger share going to a renewed and expanded Siberian MD ( In the European portion of the country, the report says, Moscow plans to go back to the “Soviet” pattern of having a Moscow MD and a Leningrad MD, the borders of which are still being discussed. The Southern MD will remain in its current borders. The reforms are to occur later this year and be completed by 2020. The AiF-Urals source said that the center plans to relocate military units when this reform occurs in order that each MD will have what it needs to carry out its “strategic tasks.” The 2010 reforms which included more than just the redrawing of borders were extremely unpopular among commanders. This is the latest and perhaps last part of a plan to reverse them.

UAWire – Media: three subsidiaries of Russian Space Agency are in a financial crisis

RIA Novosti reports,citing materials presented at the meeting between the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and Russian President Vladimir Putin, that the financial condition of three subsidiaries of the Russian State Space Corporation, Roscosmos is in a crisis. According to Roscosmos’ documents, measures are being taken to improve the financial state of the State Organization “Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center”, Federal governmental enterprise “Scientific-and-testing center of rocket-and-space industry”, and FSUE TsENKI (Center for operation of space ground-based infrastructure), which operates the Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes. In addition to the companies mentioned above, the reports mention the improvement of “the financial health” of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. What measures will be taken is not specified. According to RBC news agency, Rogozin’s team analyzed the situation in the industry and discovered financial problems in a number of enterprises in Roscosmos. It is noted that the issues were compounded for a long time for various reasons including “debt obligations for various projects and changing indices of industrial and consumer price while maintaining the same volume of subsidies.” It is noted that a program has been developed for the financial recovery of each of the above enterprises. At a meeting with Putin on February 4th, Rogozin stated that the consolidated revenue of Roscosmos in 2018 amounted to 387 billion rubles ($5.9 billion USD), while in 2019, according to plans, it should increase to 445 billion rubles ($6.79 billion USD).

Russian propagandist Kiselyov’s nephew jailed in Germany for terrorism in Donbas – news world | UNIAN

Sergey Kiselyov, a nephew of Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent propagandist for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been serving his sentence in a German prison for participation in the war in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on the side of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” Sergey Kiselyov is a citizen of Germany. Sergey Kiselyov, a nephew of Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent propagandist for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been serving his sentence in a German prison for participation in the war in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on the side of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” “He said, ‘I am a Russian’ and went to fight. His platoon commander died, he took command, so to speak, and was even awarded with some kind of a medal from Donetsk,” Dmitriy Kiselyov told Yury Dud, a Russian sports journalist who also runs an unrelated YouTube channel vDud, where he interviews famous Russian figures.

UAWire – Russian recruitment offices refuse to grant veteran status to soldiers fighting in Syria

Russian soldiers who have participated in combat in Syria are fighting to obtain official recognition as combat veterans and pension supplements for their families, Kommersant reports. In the Russian city of Vladimir, a court has awarded a lawsuit filed by the widow of a Russian officer killed in Syria against the local recruitment office, which refused to pay her pension supplements for the loss the family breadwinner. The issue is that the recruitment offices in Russia refuse to recognize Russians who have fought in Syria as combat veterans, which is why their families have to take the matter to court. “The recruitment offices’ stance is that they always refuse to recognize such claims. In spite of this, these statements of claim are won and the rights are restored,” explained an assistant of the Vladimir garrison’s prosecutor. The recruitment office refused to recognize the claim, asserting that the deceased was not a combat veteran, despite the fact that between 2017 and the date of his death, he was in Russia’s special forces. According to the deceased officer’s widow, her husband gained veteran status as early as 2009 for participating in combat in Chechnya. The court ruled in her favor, obligating the recruitment office to pay her pension and an additional 39,000 rubles (around $600). Sergey Timokhin, who heads a public organization called the “Union of veteran soldiers who have served in Syria”, told reporters in a comment that he and other members of his organization have already been “fighting for a long time” for recognition of their service in Syria. He noted that it is not only Russian soldiers who have encountered this problem, but even veterans of combat during the Soviet Union period. Timokhin asked for assistance from all court instances, as well as from Russian President Vladimir Putin and retired Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov. The head of the veteran organization believes that the lack of recognition for service in Syria and other “hotspots” is connected to certain documents being classified as secret. However, he believes that the situation can definitely be resolved, and that it is similar to a practice of the Soviet Union, which occasionally classified its deployment of troops in Syria or Chechnya as tourist trips. The Russian parliament’s Security Committee claims to have dealt with the problem a long time ago through amendments to the law which stipulates the conflict locations for which veteran status can be awarded.

UAWire – Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa

A private jet believed to belong to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef”, has been flying nearly every month …

UAWire – Kremlin complains German representatives refused to attend the conference in Russia because of participants from Crimea

German representatives refused to participate in the fifth meeting of the heads of Russian and German educational and research organizations …

New Russian CDAA in Crimea Peninsula – ISI

A new KRUG CDAA found in Crimea During the Cold War, the Soviet Union deployed dozens of large, circularly disposed antenna arrays (CDAAs) for radio direction-finding and signals intelligence (SIGINT/ELINT) collection. Two of them were installed in today Crimea territory. Those who are interested in the nature of the particular radar can read the publication in the CIA archives from the 1960s. According to the same CIA publications, this is an antenna array with a range of thousands nautical miles. Depending on the number of antennas in the array. There are several types of antenna arrays. The new array ISI detected within Crimea includes 16 antennas. The array’s diameter reaches 190 meters. ISI assesses that the site was built in the last year, possibly starting from November 2017.

NATO, Macedonia Sign ‘Historic’ Pact, Paving Skopje’s Way To Membership

NATO allies gathered in Brussels have signed the accession protocol paving the way for Macedonia’s membership into the alliance.

Macedonia signs Nato accession agreement – BBC News

This comes after Greece backed a deal to rename its neighbour North Macedonia, ending a long row.

NATO just approved its newest member, but the country has to change its name to join | Business Insider

NATO approved its newest member on Wednesday after Macedonia agreed to change its name to secure admission.

Nato starts Macedonia accession

Macedonia is poised to become Nato’s 30th member state, Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Wednesday after the alliance signed an accession protocol with Skopje. “It’s a proud day for us all,” Stoltenberg said, adding that it would join in abo…

Ukrainian Parliament turns to NATO Parliamentary Assembly asking to initiate procedure of the country’s membership in the Alliance –

Ukrainian MP Maksym Burbak urged the Parliament to turn to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, asking the Assembly to initiate Ukraine’s inclusion into the Alliance. The lawmaker from the People’s Front party filed the respective draft law on February 6. According to the offer, the preamble should include the mention about the ‘protection of the European civilization, which is the age-old mission of the Ukrainian nation, as it defines Ukraine’s geostrategic position on the continent’. The actual address comes as follows: ‘The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine turns to the NATO, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, national parliaments of the NATO member countries, urging to immediately initiate the official, mutual and judicially binding procedure of granting Ukraine the NATO membership in the order foreseen by the North Atlantic Treaty of April 4, 1949’. On February 7, the Ukrainian Parliament plans to consider the ultimate submission of amendments to the Constitution regarding Ukraine’s intentions to join the EU and NATO.

Poroshenko calls on Rada to back Ukraine’s course for EU, NATO membership

President Petro Poroshenko has said he hopes that the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, will support amendments on securing in the Constitution the country’s course for accession to the European Union and NATO. — Ukrinform.

Ridvan Bari Urcosta | Europeans Make a Move in the Sea of Azov – Jamestown

The European Union’s role in the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict, though largely indirect, is nonetheless important and polyvalent—designed to boost the economic and social resilience of Ukrainian society against Moscow’s expansionism. As such, all the aforementioned official delegations and state visits to eastern Ukraine are not merely sporadic events. On the contrary, they represent a concatenation of European efforts to try to de-escalate the conflict as well as send a message to Moscow that Brussels has committed itself to increasing Europe’s presence in the region. Important, Brussels is imposing a systematic approach—not yet a strategy, but already a clear policy. Within this context, Mogherini’s phrase about the Black Sea being “European” makes more sense. And it represents an understanding of the deleterious effect that a previous lack of policy follow-through by the EU has had on the regional situation. Illustratively, Brussels introduced many promising initiatives in Crimea soon after the 2008 Georgian-Russian War but was then reluctant to implement them (, September 28, 2015). The current approach thus seeks to rectify that lingering weakness.

Andrew Rettman | Russia’s grey war in Ukraine prompts fatigue

Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine has already lasted as long as World War One – leaving civilians, including children, and their minds at risk.

Jonathan Brunson | Implementing the Minsk Agreements Might Drive Ukraine to Civil War. That’s Been Russia’s Plan All Along

In less than five years, a peace agreement negotiated between Russia, Ukraine, and Western Europe has become the object of acrimonious opposition and

NSDC Secretary Turchynov names key threats to Ukraine from Russia

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov named six key threats to Ukraine from the Russian Federation in 2019. — Ukrinform.

Turchynov names six major threats to Ukraine coming from Russia – news politics | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov has named six major threats to Ukraine the Russian Federation is posing. He called military aggression a primary threat. “This is not only about the exhaustion of our country as a result of constant military provocations in the east, ongoing military occupation of the part of Donbas and Crimea. This is about a large-scale massing up of military infrastructure along our border, the focus of several Russian armies of the southern and western military districts on conducting operations in the strategic Ukrainian direction,” he said in an interview with According to Turchynov, this indicates that, if Russia fails to regain control over Ukraine by political means, Moscow could resort to large-scale military aggression. He considers the second threat information aggression and an attempt to influence the political architecture in Ukraine as well as the political choice of Ukrainians both through information tools (media, social networks) and by supporting directly and secretly their agents of influence in Ukrainian politics. The third threat is cyber aggression, “which, according to the actual losses inflicted is comparable to military aggression.” “A serious confrontation is ongoing at the cyber front, but we have done a lot to significantly enhance our cyber defenses,” he said. The fourth threat, according to Turchynov, is economic war. “The main problem here is the ongoing blocking of the transit of Ukrainian goods to Asian countries via Russia, the blocking of normal operations of ports in the Sea of Azov, the loss of significant markets for Ukrainian goods, application of a wide arsenal of provocations in foreign markets for military products, etc.,” Turchynov said. “The fifth threat relates to energy. It’s the attempt to block the work of the Ukrainian gas transmission system by building bypass gas pipelines, including on the territory of our strategic partners,” he said. Turchynov called terrorism the sixth threat. Namely, it is about the operations of sabotage and reconnaissance groups, Russian assets and mercenaries tasked with for carrying out terrorist acts, as well as sowing discouragement, fear, destabilizing Ukraine from within, “which our special services are actively opposing.” “However, this is not the whole list of threats Russia has been implementing in the framework of its hybrid war against our state,” Turchynov said. He expressed conviction that Ukraine has a powerful potential to become a regional leader in Eastern Europe. “But to this end, we must, first of all, change the economic situation in the country. Today’s GDP growth rates are not sufficient, not only for ensuring regional leadership, but also for ensuring priority security programs required for the reliable protection of our state,” he added.

FSB interrogates two captured Ukrainian sailors – lawyer

Investigators of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have interrogated Ukrainian sailors Mykhailo Vlasiuk and Yuriy Bezyazychny, who were captured by Russian military off the coast of Crimea, lawyer Nikolai Polozov has said on Facebook. — Ukrinform.

Health condition of captured Ukrainian POW sailors deteriorating – Ukrainian ombudsperson – news politics | UNIAN

Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Liudmyla Denisova has said health condition of six captured Ukrainian sailors has been deteriorating. Denisova said the conditions of detention of Ukrainian servicemen are harmful to their health.

Ukraine consul won’t be able to visit Ukrainian prisoner Hryb in Russia before verdict – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova says the Ukrainian consul will not be allowed to visit 20-year-old Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb in Russia until a verdict on him has been announced. Hryb’s condition is reportedly very serious and he needs immediate heart surgery.

UAWire – Ukraine negotiates purchase of 22 patrol ships from France

The head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine or SBGS, Petro Tsyhykal announced in an interview with 5 Channel TV that Ukraine has begun negotiations with France on the purchase of 22 patrol ships for the SBGS. “We are working on possible options for strengthening our naval units in the Sea of Azov. We have already repaired several of our ships and boats, including the [Ukrainian Command Ship] Donbas. Last year, UMC-1000 motorboats with improved running characteristics were put into service and it’s only the beginning,” he said. Tsyhykal said that the SBGS wants to create “powerful and mobile groups of border ships and boats” in the Azov and Black Seas, which could perform law enforcement tasks and counter military threats. “We are trying to find ways to accomplish these ambitious tasks. Negotiations are underway with French partners on the purchase of twenty-two modern patrol vessels with the help of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine. If all the contract issues are successfully resolved, it will give us an opportunity to completely secure and cover the maritime border,” Tsyhykal added. The head of the SBGS also said that five towers had already been built on the coast of the Azov Sea to monitor the surface. They should be equipped with visual and radar reconnaissance within a year. On July 14, 2018, the Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of 55 helicopters of the models H225, H145, and H125. The Ministry also plans to buy thirteen An-74, An-32P and An-178 Ukrainian-made aircraft.

UAWire – Ukrainian border guards built observation towers on the Azov Sea coast

The State Border Guard Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine prepared a set of measures aimed at strengthening military positions in the Black and Azov Seas. The head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, Petro Tsyhykal, told the Ukrainian Channel 5 that the border guards had already erected five observation towers on the coast of the Sea of Azov, which will soon be equipped with the necessary means of audiovisual control. “Now five towers have already been built on the coast of the Azov Sea, which during the year will be equipped with modern means of visual and radio control. These facilities will be integrated into the overall system and will help us fully control the sea border,” said Tsyhykal. The head of the department stressed the importance of the “control system for the sea surface situation” and clarified that the ultimate goal is to create powerful and mobile border ships and boat groups in the Azov and Black Seas. Tsyhykal said that these groups would have to promptly and efficiently perform both law enforcement functions and counteract military threats at the initial stage of the armed conflict. According to Tsyhykal, the next stage in strengthening positions will be the acquisition of twenty-two modern patrol ships from France, which is discussed with the assistance of the Interior Ministry. In addition, several repaired old boats, the Donbas ship and the Ukrainian-made UMS-1000 cutter with improved driving characteristics will start work on the sea borders.

UAWire – Ukrainian Parliament to start new session with changes to the Constitution of Ukraine

According to the Verkhovna Rada’s meeting schedule for February 5 to 8, Parliament will review Draft Bill No. 9037 in the second reading on …

12 attacks against Ukraine army in past day: one Ukrainian soldier wounded, four terrorists destroyed, – JFO center

06.02.19 10:07 – 12 attacks against Ukraine army in past day: one Ukrainian soldier wounded, four terrorists destroyed, – JFO center Feb. 5, Russia occupation forces violated the ceasefire 12 times employing weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements five times. View news.

Donbas war update: Ukraine reports one WIA in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA). Four invaders were killed in action and another 11 were injured, intelligence reports say.

Ukrainian soldier shot dead by enemy sniper near Donetsk airport, two wounded – paramedics (Video) – news war | UNIAN

Paramedics have evacuated two wounded members of Ukraine’s Joint Forces and one dead soldier, who was killed by an enemy sniper near the village of Pisky, 12 km from the ruined Donetsk Airport on the outskirts of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The sniper appeared after a recent rotation of Russian-led forces in Donbas.

Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank missile destroys enemy armored vehicle (Photo) – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian military have destroyed an armored vehicle of the Russian proxy forces in Donbas. The Ukrainian servicemen launched a guided missile from the Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank missile system at an enemy armored vehicle and destroyed it together with the crew.

Ukrainian missile destroys enemy’s combat vehicle in Luhansk region

Ukrainian military have destroyed a combat vehicle of Russian occupation forces along with its crew, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has reported. — Ukrinform.

Another batch of howitzers, APCs delivered to occupied Donbas from Russia – Defense Ministry – news war | UNIAN

Spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak has said another batch of 122mm D-30 howitzers and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers was delivered to the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions from Russia. Russia continues to secretly increase supplies of arms, military equipment, and ammunition.

Occupation authorities in Donets spread rumors of lifting curfew – OSINT group – news ukraine | UNIAN

Representatives of the occupation administration of Donetsk are spreading these rumors to reduce the irritation from the curfew among the local population. The move is aimed at easing local tensions.

Ukrainian, Russian army losses in Donbas war comparable – Russian journalists – news politics | UNIAN

The losses of the Russian army in the Donbas campaign are comparable with those of the Ukrainian forces, a chief editor of a Pskov-based newspaper says. All information on the death toll has been classified in Russia.

‘Wall’ project 30% complete – State border service

Facilities on the Russia-Ukraine border (the so-called “Wall” project) are 30% complete, Ukraine’s State Border Service Spokesman Oleh Slobodian has said.

Ukraine Is Building Anti-Ship Missiles (In Part Thanks to Russia) | The National Interest

Coming soon: Kiev’s navy-killer missiles.

Ukraine withdraws from CIS coordination bodies

Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Ihor Kyzym has reported the completion of Kyiv’s withdrawal from coordination bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Cabinet terminates agreement with Russia on exchange of legal information

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has terminated the agreement with Russia on the exchange of legal information.

Ukraine has second largest gas reserves in Europe – expert

Ukraine has the second largest gas reserves in Europe but continues to import a third of its needs. — Ukrinform.

Mingarelli: Ukraine is one of EU’s main partners now

Ukraine is a European country with a huge economic and social potential. Therefore, it could one day apply to join the EU, and this choice of the Ukrainian people should be respected. — Ukrinform. “The EU’s treaty is clear. Any European country – and Ukraine is a European country – which fulfils a number of criteria related to rule of law and freedom, can apply to the EU. And, therefore, Ukraine, being a European country without any doubt, could one day apply to join the EU,” Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli said in an interview with the Business Planet program on Euronews. It is extremely important for the EU to have a stable and prosperous neighbor, therefore, there is nothing surprising in the fact that Ukraine is today one of the main partners of the European Union, Mingarelli stressed. “It is our interest and our duty to ensure that the living conditions of the Ukrainian people can improve in the next few years and that their choice as regards a kind of society that would like to live in be respected,” he added. He reminded that the cornerstone of the EU-Ukraine bilateral relations is the Association Agreement, which includes Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, and the objective of this agreement is to promote the gradual integration of the Ukrainian economy into the EU’s single market. According to Mingarelli, this means that through the harmonization of the legislation all non-tariff barriers to trade between the EU and Ukraine will be removed soon. Today, the EU is the biggest trade partner of Ukraine as more than 40% of Ukrainian exports are going to the EU markets. “In the near future, thanks to the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, we are confident that there will be deepening and strengthening of the investment relations between the EU and Ukraine,” the EU’s ambassador to Ukraine noted. “Ukraine has huge potential for investors because this country has an exceptionally skilled labour force. They have an exceptional industrial tradition. This is a country which produces aircraft engines, satellites, rockets. This is a country which has the best agricultural land on our continent. This is a country with fantastic touristic potential. So the potential is exceptional. This country has a lot of assets. We have to help the Ukrainian people better benefit and exploit these assets,” Hugues Mingarelli summed up.

Ukrainians spend almost half of their income on food – survey – news economics | UNIAN

The State Statistics Service of Ukraine says Ukrainians spent 44.5% of their income to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages, on average, in the third quarter of 2018 (Q3). One household spent UAH 3,332.29 (US$122) per month for foodstuff.

Poroshenko: Export of Ukrainian goods to United States doubles

Over the past five years, the exports of Ukrainian goods to the United States have doubled, while the imports have grown by one billion dollars. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s exports to EU much bigger in 2018 than in previous years, – Poroshenko

06.02.19 11:02 – Ukraine’s exports to EU much bigger in 2018 than in previous years, – Poroshenko President Petro Poroshenko said the Association Agreement with the EU helped Ukraine to withstand when 20 percent of industrial enterprises were lost due to Russian aggression. View news.

Ukraine increased volume of industrial products sold in 2018

The volume of industrial products (goods, services) excluding VAT and excise sold in Ukraine in 2018 amounted to UAH 2.5 trillion, which is 16% more than in 2017, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine has reported. — Ukrinform.

Last year’s Ukrainian exports to EU were largest for all years of independence

In 2018, Ukrainian exports to the countries of the European Union were the largest for all the years of its independence. — Ukrinform.

Listening devices discovered at presidential candidate’s Hrytsenko central staff

06.02.19 14:15 – Listening devices discovered at presidential candidate’s Hrytsenko central staff Five listening devices have been discovered at the central staff of presidential candidate Anatolii Hrytsenko. View news.

Bookmaker bwin makes Poroshenko odds on favorite to win presidential election

Bookmaker ElectraWorks Limited (Gibraltar), operating under the bwin brand and owned by GVC Holdings PLC listed on the London Stock Exchange, has increased the odds of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the upcoming presidential elections to 2.1 to 1 (from 2.5 to 1 a week ago).

Culture minister Nyshchuk: Mr. Jones is first Ukrainian film about Holodomor of such scale

The premiere screening of historical thriller Mr. Jones will take place as part of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival competition on February 10. — Ukrinform.

British Ambassador to Ukraine concerned about suspension of Suprun

British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough expressed concern over Ulana Suprun’s suspension as acting Ukrainian health minister. — Ukrinform.

Kyiv Court Says U.S.-Born Suprun Can No Longer Head Health Ministry

A court in Kyiv has ruled that U.S.-born Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun can no longer head the ministry.

Kyiv’s District Administrative Court says Suprun can’t act as health ministry head because of dual citizenship, exceeding term as acting minister

Kyiv’s District Administrative Court has said the reason for suspending Ulana Surpun from performing her duties as acting Minister of Health are her dual citizenship and exceeding the allowable time as acting Minister of Health.

US closely monitoring situation with dismissal of Suprun, – US Embassy

06.02.19 11:46 – US closely monitoring situation with dismissal of Suprun, – US Embassy The U. S. Embassy to Ukraine is monitoring the situation connected with the dismissal of Uliana Suprun from performing her duties as a minister of health. View news.

President Poroshenko supports Uliana Suprun

06.02.19 13:17 – President Poroshenko supports Uliana Suprun Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said that he supports Uliana Suprun dismissed from her duties as a health minister by Kyiv Administrative Court, but he is not authorized to comment on the decision. View news.

Who is behind Ulyana Suprun’s suspension? – news portal

Today the Kyiv district administrative court forbade Ulyana Suprun from acting as health minister. The decision was taken by one of the three judges who in December overruled the dismissal of State Fiscal Service chief Roman Nasirov. The motion against Suprun was filed by Radical Party MP Ihor Mosiychuk. It is not difficult to figure out who is behind this.

Ukraine Opens Treason Probe Against Pro-Russian Politician

Ukrainian authorities say they are investigating allegations that Viktor Medvedchuk, a shadowy Ukrainian political operative with close personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has commit…

Criminal proceedings against Viktor Medvedchuk opened over high treason, encroachment on Ukraine’s territorial integrity

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine entered the information about the commission of criminal offenses by leader of organization “Ukrainian Choice – People’s Right” Viktor Medvedchuk under Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Trespass against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (High treason) into the unified register of pre-trial investigations. “On February 5, 2019, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, at the request of MP Andriy Teteruk, entered the information about the commission of criminal offenses by leader of organization “Ukrainian Choice – People’s Right” Viktor Medvedchuk under Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Trespass against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (High treason) into the unified register of pre-trial investigations,” Spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine Larysa Sarhan posted on Facebook. According to her, leader of the pro-Russian organization “Ukrainian Choice – People’s Right” and head of the political council of the party “Opposition platform – for life” Viktor Medvedchuk made a bold statement at the party congress on January 29, 2019 in Kyiv, underscoring the need for creation of the so-called “autonomous Donbas region”with the formation of its own parliament and government and enshrinement of such a status in the Constitution of Ukraine. Sarhan argued that Medvedchuk’s plan-concept envisaged the creation of the autonomous region “Donbas” as part of Ukraine. Medvedchuk believes that such agreements on the status of Donbas may be achieved in the quadrangle Kyiv-Donetsk-Luhansk-Moscow. “Taking into account the fact that Ukraine is a unitary state in accordance with Article 1 of the Constitution of Ukraine and its territorial division is enshrined in Article 133, as well as the fact that the Russian Federation provides the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (“DPR”, “LPR”) with personnel, weapons and other equipment and carries out aggressive actions against Ukraine, the proclamation of the concept of formation of an autonomous region Donbas promotes the idea of legislative enshrinement of the temporarily occupied territory contrary to the Basic Law and provides assistance to a foreign state in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine, including information support,” the spokersperson noted. Under these circumstances, she underscored, there are signs of crimes, stipulated in Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Trespass against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (High treason), in the actions of Viktor Medvedchuk. The Constitution of Ukraine legislatively enshrines the territorial division of Ukraine (Article 133), stipulating Donetsk and Luhansk regions as the administrative and territorial units within the state. Sarhan stresses that now there is a real threat of the forced alienation of the temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions from Ukraine. “In this case, the calls have been made for the change in the borders of the territory of Ukraine,” Sarhan wrote. In particular, she noted, Medvedchuk’s actions contain the component elements of the crimes stipulated in Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – willful actions committed to change the territorial boundaries or national borders of Ukraine in violation of the order provided for in the Constitution of Ukraine, i.e. public appeals; as well as Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – high treason in form of providing assistance to a foreign state in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine. The files of the criminal proceedings will be submitted to the Security Service of Ukraine, the spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine added.

Ukrainian prosecutors open case against Medvedchuk on charges of treason – news politics | UNIAN

Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan has said the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) opened a criminal case against leader of the Ukrainian Choice organization Viktor Medvedchuk, who is known for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, on charges of treason and encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The charges are related to Medvedchuk’s notorious statement about the need to create the so-called “Donbas autonomous region.” Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan has said the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) opened a criminal case against leader of the Ukrainian Choice organization Viktor Medvedchuk, who is known for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, on charges of treason and encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The case was initiated due to Medvedchuk’s notorious statement at the party congress about the need to create the so-called “Donbas autonomous region” with the formation of its own parliament and government, as well as to enshrine this status in the Constitution of Ukraine. “Considering that under Article 1 of the Ukrainian Constitution, Ukraine is a unitary state, its territorial structure is enshrined in Article 133 of this Law, as well as the fact that Russia by providing self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics’ (‘DPR,’ ‘LPR’) with soldiers, weapons and other materials conducts aggressive actions against Ukraine, the proclamation of the concept of creating the ‘Donbas Autonomous Region’ contributes to the legislative consolidation of the temporarily occupied territory, contrary to the Fundamental Law and provides the foreign state with assistance in subversive activities against Ukraine, including information warfare,” Sargan wrote on Facebook. Thus, Medvedchuk’s actions have signs of crimes under Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (high treason). “There is presently a real threat that the temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions could violently be torn apart from Ukraine. Therefore, the calls proclaimed at the party congress is an ideal combination when the same person’s actions constitute responsibility under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, two offenses. In this case, the calls were voiced to redraw the boundaries of Ukraine while the Russian Federation assists in subversive activities against Ukraine, as well as supports aggression and separatism,” she added. The materials of the criminal cases will be transferred to the SBU Security Service of Ukraine.

Prosecution opens case against Viktor Medvedchuk – news portal

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Ukraine’s prosecutors comment on charges against Medvedchuk – news politics | UNIAN

Press secretary of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine, Andriy Lysenko, has said the SBU Security Service of Ukraine will verify the PGO’s report about possible illegal activities of Viktor Medvedchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Choice organization, member of the Za Zhittia [For Life] Party, known for his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin; and following the probe, investigators may apply to the court to consider a preventive measure against him. According to the PGO official, “as soon as suspicion is drafted, there will be a petition to the court to elect a preventive measure if there is a relevant evidence base.” Press secretary of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine, Andriy Lysenko, has said the SBU Security Service of Ukraine will verify the PGO’s report about possible illegal activities of Viktor Medvedchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Choice organization, member of the Za Zhittia [For Life] Party, known for his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin; and following the probe, investigators may apply to the court to consider a preventive measure against him. “The materials submitted to the Prosecutor General’s Office, namely, the appeal of Ukrainian MP Andrii Teteruk, will be transferred to the SBU shortly, for them to investigate,” he said, commenting on allegations put forward against the politician, according to the Obozrevatel media outlet. “According to the current legislation, prosecutors supervise the investigation procedure, but the very investigative actions will be carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine. The SBU should conduct an investigation, collect all materials available in the media consisting Medvedchuk’s speeches, conduct a number of examinations, investigative actions, and based on these results, it will be possible to talk about serving a suspicion notice,” he added.

Yanukovych to give press conference in Moscow on February 6 –

The ex-president of Ukraine will talk about his sentence and issues of Ukrainian politics

Ukraine’s Ex-President Yanukovych Flees to Russia (CARTOON)

The 2014 Ukrainian Revolution – also known as the Euromaidan Revolution or Revolution of Dignity – resulted in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych and

Yanukovych files report to SBI about “crimes of Turchunov, Pashynskyi, Avakov”. PHOTO

06.02.19 15:36 – Yanukovych files report to SBI about “crimes of Turchunov, Pashynskyi, Avakov”. PHOTO Yanukovych’s lawyers have filed a report to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) with 9 volumes of “evidence” gathered during the lawsuit against their client. View news.

Yanukovych removed from Interpol’s wanted list – PGO

Interpol has removed former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych from the wanted list, spokeswoman for the chief of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) Larysa Sarhan has told Ukrinform. — Ukrinform.

Metropolitan Epiphanius approves composition of Synod of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphanius has approved the composition of the Holy Synod of the OCU and held its first meeting, according to a statement posted on the church’s website. — Ukrinform. Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphanius has approved the composition of the Holy Synod of the OCU and held its first meeting, according to a statement posted on the church’s website. The Synod was held at the Metropolitan House at the Saint Sophia Cathedral. During the meeting, the titles of the bishops of the local church were approved, and the procedure for giving names to dioceses if these names are duplicated was established – in this case the diocese is named according to the double title of the bishop.

Epifaniy endorses members of new Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod – news ukraine | UNIAN

Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the head of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy has endorsed the members of the church’s Holy Synod. The Synod consists of the Metropolitan of Kyiv as chairman and twelve diocesan bishops. Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the head of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy has endorsed the members of the church’s Holy Synod. Along with the permanent members of the Holy Synod (Honorary Patriarch Filaret, Metropolitan Makariy and Metropolitan Symeon), the Synod includes: Metropolitan of Lviv and Sokal Dymytriy, Metropolitan of Cherkasy and Chyhyryn Ioan (John), Archbishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Serhiy, Archbishop of Poltava and Kremenchuk Fedir, Archbishop of Rivne and Ostroh Ilarion, Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn Yevstratiy, Archbishop of Chernivtsi and Khotyn Herman, Archbishop of Vyshgorod Agapit, Bishop of Dnipro and Kryvyi Rih Symeon, the church’s press service said.

Religious scholar explains why Russian church leader has no right to visit Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian historian and religious scholar Rostyslav Martyniuk has said Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill (Gundyaev) will not be able to legally cross into Ukraine as he has already violated a number of Ukrainian laws. Martyniuk says a visit to the illegally annexed Crimea is not the only reason why Gundyaev cannot come to Kyiv. Ukrainian historian and religious scholar Rostyslav Martyniuk has said Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill (Gundyaev) will not be able to legally cross into Ukraine as he has already violated a number of Ukrainian laws. “Gundyaev shouldn’t have visited the occupied territory of Ukraine – Crimea. He did this not in a legal way, having bypassed our borderguards’ posts in Kherson region, opting to get there by other means. So, he violated our laws and no longer has the right to come to Ukraine,” Martyniuk said, commenting on Kirill’s statement about his will to visit Ukraine, according to the Obozrevatel media outlet. At the same time, he stressed a visit to annexed Crimea was not the only reason why Gundyaev could not visit Kyiv. “After all, he repeatedly called for ‘re-establishing order’ in Ukraine, while back in 2014, he blessed the introduction of Russian troops into Ukraine. There are many reasons why this man must be prevented from crossing our border,” the religious scholar said.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Has Lukashenka Ordered Makei to Seek Autocephaly for Belarusian Orthodox?

Paul Goble Staunton, February 5 – The Belarusian Trykatazh telegram channel reported yesterday that Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has directed his foreign minister, Vladimir Makei, to begin negotiations with the Ecumenical Patriarch in order to obtain autocephaly for Orthodox Christians in Belarus. That story was then picked up by Kyiv’s Delovaya stolitsa, which subsequently took it down from its Internet version ( But as all things Internet, a copy of the article is available on another site ( Both this pattern and the content of the original telegram channel report strongly suggest that this is Russian disinformation. After all, instead of straight reporting about where and when Lukashenka gave the order, Trykatazh makes reference to the notion that “American partners have more then once already pushed” for this. Indeed, the telegram channel said, “American diplomats in fact have made movement of Belarusian Orthodoxy toward Constantinople a condition for further progress of relations between Belarus and the IMF.” Supposedly Belarus consul general in Istanbul Aleksey Shved will meet with representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch next week. At the same time, as Trykatazh does accurately note, last November, Archbishop Iov of the Ecumenical Patriarchate said that Constantinople was prepared to offer to Belarus the same status it has given the Ukrainian Church. (For a discussion of that offer, see And it is also true that many Russians fear that the Orthodox in Belarus will achieve autocephaly, that the West is orchestrating this, but that there are as well many in Belarus who now back the idea ( Consequently, even if this Trykatazh report is “fake news,” it is part of a more complicated game about that possibility.

First sentence in Russia against a Jehovah’s Witness since Soviet times awaited – Human Rights in Ukraine

A Russian prosecutor has demanded a 6.5 year sentence in the trial of Dennis Christensen, the first Jehovah’s Witness to be arrested and imprisoned after the Russian Supreme Court’s extraordinary ban on this world faith –

Danish Jehovah’s Witness Found Guilty Of Extremism In Russian Court, Given Six Years

A Russian court has found Dennis Christensen, a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion, guilty of “organizing the activity of an extremist organization.”

Russia jails Dane for six years in Jehovah’s Witnesses purge | Reuters

A Russian court on Wednesday found a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of organizing a banned extremist group and jailed him for six years in a case critics condemn as crushing religious freedom.