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Ukraine / Russia Ad Hoc Media Update (103)


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  • MAP is Membership Action Plan
  • Amb Volker is US Ambassador Kurt Volker, Special US Representative to Ukraine

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The Russian propaganda play this week, saber-rattling and bragging about weapons, was evidently targeted at domestic fans, as in the global media it validated Pres Poroshenko’s UNGA address, and made his case in a very convincing fashion. The Cuban Missile Crisis soundbite was not very clever at all. Kirillova is correct, the trend is settling into the Soviet era mold of incessant catastrophizing about the collapsing West which of course ceased to be sustainable as the Warpac unraveled. The T-34 movie play is simply silly.

Bellingcat publishes another GRU whodunnit installment. Dobrokhotov profiled.

Some bizarre statements by Lavrov and Medvedchuk. Amb Volker on the new “Countering Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine”   website.

Two very incisive and accurate essays, nicely written, by FM Klimkin in the Western media – WashPost and Aktualne.cz. Pity the people in the West who should be reading this the most will not. Quite a bit of Western media coverage of Ukraine. Pres Poroshenko calls for an MAP, publicly. Tusk speech in Kyiv now online. Crimean creeping ethnic cleansing under way.

Donbas update. More on the missile trials this week – the new KrAZ 8×8 was used to deploy the new Amber 1800 VHF radar (notable by circ pol antenna array). NSDC report the trials included a new previously undisclosed system named the “Rokach”.

Politics, election updates. More religious persecution in Russia.


The 3 exaggerations of Putin’s new nuclear threats

The best way to preserve the peace is to ensure Putin has no doubts as to NATO’s readiness to fight and win at any level of escalation.

Putin says Russia isn’t afraid of another missile crisis with US

President Vladimir Putin said Russia wouldn’t back away from a Cuban Missile-style crisis if tensions between the two countries escalate and suggested Moscow would have the upper hand in a nuclear conflict with the United States.

Vladimir Putin says he is ready for a new Cuban Missile crisis if Donald Trump wants one | Daily Mail Online

Putin said Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if Trump is foolish enough to want one – and that his missiles could reach the US faster that theirs could hit Moscow.

Putin says Russia would be ‘OK’ with another Cuban Missile Crisis-level confrontation with the US | Fox News

Vladimir Putin told Russian media that the country doesn’t want another Cuban Missile Crisis, but “welcomes” it if “someone wants that” amid rising nuclear tensions.

Peter Pry | Democrats’ Deterrence Minimalism a Win for Putin | Newsmax.com

Senate Republicans and House Democrats will soon negotiate the next defense spending bill.

UAWire – Putin: Russia could be disconnected from world wide web, we must be ready

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at a meeting with representatives of Russian news agencies and print media, that there is a threat that …

‘Concerned’ Think Tanks Beef Up Cybersecurity Following Suspected Russian Hacking

A spokesperson from the German Council on Foreign Relations, Eva-Maria McCormack, said the think tank was “concerned” that it was the target of cyberattacks last year and that it was implementing measures to counter future threats. McCormack made the comments to RFE/RL a day after Microsoft said European think tanks were targeted by suspected Russian hackers.

NATO troops got catfished & honeypotted on social media, revealing serious vulnerabilities

Troops gave up all sorts of worrisome data to fake accounts NATO set up, until Facebook shut some of them down.

Catfishing – Wikipedia

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin Propaganda Now Focuses Not on Boosting Russia but on Denigrating West, Kirillova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, February 20 – In Soviet times, Moscow sought to promote the idea that the Soviet Union was better than the West; now, Kremlin propagandists devote most of their time not to trying convince Russians that their country is ideal but that other countries are no better, a shift with profound consequences, US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova says. It encourages Russians to put up with corruption, lack of democracy and other shortcomings in Russia today because they are convinced not only that the situation is no better elsewhere in the world but that the Russian opposition would behave the same way as those now in power do, she argues (svoboda.org/a/29717250.html). Thus, for them, as bad as things may be in Russia now, there is little or no hope that they are better elsewhere or could be better if anyone else came to power, a world view Kirillova suggests reflects the disappointments Russians experienced during “the wild 1990s” and that Kremlin propagandists have played up since that time. What is striking, she continues, is that thanks to this propaganda effort, Russians associate the problems of the 1990s almost exclusively with economic reforms, democracy and the West and have largely forgotten the role of the domestic banditism and the mafia, the role of “the new Russians,” and the rise of security services within the government. “This false association,” she continues, “has been sufficient to inspire fear before ‘a return to the 1990s’ and total distrust to the West in general and democratic values in particular.” The Kremlin’s playing on the disappointment of Russians in Western ideas has been extremely useful for the Kremlin not only because disappointment is one of the strongest emotions but also because “in contrast to ideology, it is a feeling which appeals to personal experience,” something that for most people is “more important than any logical system.” One can argue about the latter but almost by definition one can’t about the former, Kirillova says. This feeling of cultivated disappointment is especially strong among “’the children of the 1990s,’” Kirillova says of her own age cohort. Because its members so strongly believed in Western values before 1991, their disappointment has been all the greater, their unwillingness to discuss their feelings more intense, and the readiness to become “hurrah patriots” more frequent. Restoring their faith in the West or in democracy will thus be far harder among this rising generation than among those who are older, were less invested in Western values and therefore less disappointed by what they have come to believe about the 1990s. The older generation has a broader context to put this propaganda in and so is less affected. Because the Putin regime can always point to numerous examples in the West where its declared values and its actions are at odds, it will be able to maintain this attitude of disappointment especially among younger people unless and until some of its members decide to try to institute genuine democracy in Russia on their own. When that happens, when people can see that not everyone steals and that not everyone misuses democracy, then they will shift in their attitudes; but until it does, they will remain prisoners of the disappointment they felt as a result of the 1990s, a disappointment that the Kremlin by its propaganda seeks to structure for its own benefit every day.

UAWire – Russian journalists in Central African Republic may have been killed by mercenaries from Donbas

The people who killed the Russian documentary filmmakers Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko in the Central African …

Russia’s Veterans Take Pride In Soviet Afghan War : NPR

Thirty years ago, the Soviet Union withdrew from a disastrous nine-year war in Afghanistan. “Those who fought are being looked up to again,” says one Russian veteran.

‘T-34,’ Russia’s Jingoistic New WWII Movie, Is a Big Hit With Putin’s Public

‘T-34’ glamorizes the militaristic, backward-looking nationalism that Vladimir Putin counts on to mobilize ‘real’ Russians against their ‘fascist’ enemies.

Moscow Fires Broadside Amid Ukrainian Campaign Against Russian War Film In U.S.

The film is a tribute to the Soviet tank that was key in the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The latest in a series of government-funded flicks lionizing Russia’s war effort, it’s swept t…

General James Clapper: Russia uses techniques tested in Ukraine to meddle in US elections

The techniques, which the Kremlin used to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, had been previously tested in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

bellingcat – The Search for Denis Sergeev: Photographing a Ghost – bellingcat

In the previous part of this report, Bellingcat and its investigative partners The Insider (Russia) and Respekt (Czechia) identified Denis Sergeev, the GRU officer who was present in the UK during the poisoning of the Skripals in March 2018, and was also in Bulgaria during the poisoning, with similar symptoms, of a Bulgarian arms dealer in April 2015. Following the report, Bulgarian authorities have announced that in October 2018 they re-opened investigations into the 2015 poisoning incident, and that they are now working in close cooperation with British police. In the meantime BBC Russia contacted by telephone Denis Sergeev’s wife, who denied her husband was a GRU officer but declined to answer what his actual job was. She told reporters that her husband would decide whether he wishes to speak to the press, after which she has not been reachable at the telephone number. As of press time, a different person was answering her phone, who claimed not to know the Sergeevs’.

Third suspect in Skripal case is figured out – Skripals’ poisoning: Bellingcat publishes photo of third suspect Sergeev – 112.international

Suspect in Skripal case figured out by Bellingcat

The Russian Sleuth Who Outs Moscow’s Elite Hackers and Assassins | WIRED

Roman Dobrokhotov has been playing a dangerous game for a Russian reporter: identifying agents of the GRU military intelligence agency.

Volker’s stance in Donbas-related negotiations is personal, so no one talks to him, – Medvedchuk

Pro-Russian politician Medvedchuk says Volker took side in peace negotiations regarding Donbas conflict

Amendments to Constitution of Ukraine aim to destroy Minsk agreements, – Lavrov

The amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, which stipulate the country’s membership in the EU and NATO, ‘are supposed to destroy Minsk agreements’. Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia reported that at a press conference Thursday, as TASS quoted him. ‘The way President Poroshenko approved the law, which obliges Ukraine to join NATO, with the pride and solemnity, made me wonder more than before if he actually wants to live up to the Minsk agreement. Because people who live in Donbas… they are demanded to reunite in the state based not on Minsk agreements, but on the Constitution which, from now on, obliges [the country] to join NATO; it is a provocation aimed at direct destruction of Minsk agreements’, Lavrov said. Related: Law on amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution on EU, NATO integration takes effect ‘President Poroshenko and his team want no settlement, only making the situation worse’, he added. ‘So we would like our French and German colleagues to pay attention to that and subject all these obvious, logical claims to the Ukrainian leaders. Apparently, it has to be done after the election [in Ukraine],’ Lavrov said.

Kurt Volker on Twitter: ““The US will stand with Ukraine and against Russia’s efforts to redraw international lines by force.” – Vice President Mike Pence ⁦@ #MSC2019 ⁩ ⁦@poroshenko⁩ + ⁦@VP⁩… https://t.co/02kboJBbE4”

Volker presents website about Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has presented a website with information about Russian aggression in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “Please see our new website “Countering Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine” – an innovative effort to use satellite imagery, maps, & stats to detail impact of 🇷🇺 aggression in 🇺🇦. Thanks to ⁦@CSOAsstSec⁩ and team for hard work! https://t.co/bWE8WdFMw1”

 

Countering Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

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UAWire – US again pledges support for Ukrainian Army

Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and Donald Winter, a strategic adviser on the improvement of the …

Pavlo Klimkin | Five years have passed, and Russia is still occupying territory in Ukraine – The Washington Post

The policy of appeasement has brought no results. This month marks five years since Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula was invaded and subsequently occupied by Russia. The occupiers who came from across the border would come to be known as “Putin’s little green men” — Russian troops with their military insignias hidden. Russian President Vladimir Putin at first brazenly denied his country’s involvement, then later admitted that he had lied to the world. The Kremlin held a sham referendum and installed a puppet government. It was the first time since the 1940s that a European country had dared to seize territory from a neighbor by force. Today Crimea is a human rights black hole. The occupation regime is harshly persecuting the indigenous Crimean Tatar population, which enjoyed considerable freedom under Ukrainian rule. Now dissidents are routinely abducted and tried in kangaroo courts. Russia has imposed a ban on all international monitors and aid agencies. Russia has consolidated its stranglehold over Crimea. The lack of international attention has clearly emboldened the Kremlin — as demonstrated by its recent attacks on Ukrainian ships in international waters in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Twenty-four Ukrainian servicemen are now being held as prisoners of war, languishing in Russian jails. The Russian occupation of Crimea was the prelude to a broader campaign of aggression that continues to play out across eastern and southern Ukraine. To date, more than 1.5 million Ukrainians have been displaced and almost 13,000 others have been killed. This human tragedy gets minimal coverage in a media landscape preoccupied by political events in Western Europe and North America. For the people of Ukraine, however, the war and the suffering go on. Ukraine’s economy also suffers. Thanks to the latest Russian restrictions of freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov, trade to two key Ukrainian seaports of Mariupol and Berdyansk is down by at least 30 percent. At the start of the invasion back in 2014, many in the international community pressed Ukraine to engage in “dialogue,” telling us that both sides “needed to sit down and talk” to end the conflict. But what exactly should Ukraine be discussing? How much sovereignty should it concede — as a gun is held to the country’s head? Where does this end, and which other nation will be next? In the years since its occupation of Crimea, the Kremlin has pursued a relatively simple strategy: It has attempted to normalize the situation and to obfuscate when challenged by the international community. It relentlessly tells the world this is a “domestic issue” between Ukraine and Russia. Maintain the lie long enough and the world gets weary. This is exactly what has happened. The lackluster response by some in the international community risks long-term consequences — and not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe. History reminds us that appeasement and weakness in the face of rampant aggression have grave consequences. The contagion always spreads. At this five-year milestone, our top priority is the release of Ukraine’s 24 captured servicemen, as well as the 70 Ukrainian political prisoners who are suffering in Russian jail cells. These include the seriously ill Edem Bekirov, 58, a disabled Crimean Tartar activist now suffering in jail after being abducted on Dec. 12, 2018. Pavlo Hryb was kidnapped by Russian agents in Belarus in 2017 after posting comments on social media criticizing the occupation. He was 19 at the time. He was subsequently forced to confess to trumped-up “terrorism” charges during a show trial. He is also seriously ill and being denied medical treatment. The courage of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker, has made his name a symbol of the fight for his native country. Sentenced by the Russians to 20 years in prison for his moral opposition to the Russian occupation regime in Crimea, he has refused to give up. In May 2018, he declared a hunger strike, simultaneously protesting Russian repression and demanding the release of all Ukrainians held by Russia under politically motivated charges. He maintained his strike for 145 days, until the deterioration of his health forced him to stop. He is still recovering. We urge the international community to acknowledge the inherent dangers of a weak response to Russian aggression. If you value democracy and the rule of law, and if you genuinely believe the international rules-based system makes us all safer, you will increase pressure on the Kremlin to start adhering to international law. Increasing sanctions is the next logical step. Russia should be dealt with from a position of strength, not from a position of appeasement.

Pavlo Klimkin | Myth of Russian Crimea built on propaganda and distortion of history

Five years ago, Russia started its occupation of Crimea. For the first time in the post-war history of Europe, Moscow seized part of the territory of another sovereign state, thus destabilizing the European and global security. Five years ago, the world has almost unanimously condemned annexation of Crimea and since then, it has not changed its position, although the Kremlin was sure that Crimea would have been soon forgiven, as it was the case with Georgia in 2008. All conscious politicians, analysts, and lawyers agree that Moscow has grossly violated international law; no one has doubts that from the legal point of view Crimea belongs to Ukraine. And, of course, this is very good. Unfortunately, many people still believe that President Vladimir Putin’s act could be understood, because, as they have heard somewhere, “Crimea has always been Russian.” It is hard to find a more absurd and less reasonable myth, but strangely enough, it laid deep roots around the world and did penetrate the international consciousness. Related: Russian FSB bans Ukrainian photographer from entering Crimea for 10 years The reason, obviously, lies in the fact that Russian propaganda began to slowly launch this misinformation immediately after the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union when the war was nowhere near. But when the war came, the “unofficial” international opinion had been already processed. Here I would like to present easily provable historical facts that refute this myth about Russian Crimea. So, what the facts look like. Crimean Tatars are indigenous people to Crimea who had their own state — Crimean Khanate. Moreover, it was a strong and highly cultured Muslim state. As for the Russians, they simply never existed on the peninsula, except for the prisoners of war. At the beginning of the 18th century, due to the reforms of Peter the Great, Tsardom of Russia transformed into a Russian empire, gaining strength and conquering neighboring European countries. It took Estonia and Latvia in 1721, Lithuania and part of Poland, including Warsaw — in 1795, Finland — in 1809. Today these countries are sovereign states, members of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO (except for Finland). And it is unlikely that someone will have the heart to say they “have always been Russian.” Related: British politician expelled from party for intention to visit occupied Crimea The Crimean Khanate found itself in the list of Moscow-conquered states in 1783, which is, from a historical point of view, relatively recently. Thus, talking about some sort of primordial belonging of the Crimea to Russia is pure absurdity. It is simply one of the countries, one of the peoples, which the Russian Empire in those days enslaved. The only difference between Crimea and the other states mentioned above is that after the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917, the Tatars failed to defend their own independence. Crimea, like Ukraine, was captured by the Bolsheviks and remained part of all the same Russian empire, but now under the name of the Soviet Union. However, in the Soviet Union Crimea was “lucky” even less than Ukraine. Ukraine became a “union republic” with formal features of state sovereignty, while Crimea in 1921 got only the status of autonomy, moreover in the Russian, and not in the Ukrainian union republic. Such Kremlin’s decision contradicted reasonable reality, because the Crimean Peninsula is geographically a part of Ukraine, while Russia has no territorial connection. The administrative affiliation to Russia with territorial adjacency to Ukraine greatly complicated the economic development of the peninsula, with all the supplies to Crimea being almost entirely carried out from Ukraine. Related: Russia says Crimea’s return is “out of question” Geographical and geo-economic realities forced Moscow later rectify the situation. In 1954, the Kremlin initiated the transfer of Crimea from Russia to the Ukrainian republic. The Kremlin could not at that time imagine that Ukraine would once become independent. So for the Soviet leadership of Crimea, like all of Ukraine, still remained Russian. I would like to make a separate emphasis: The transfer of Crimea was carried out in full compliance with the laws and procedures of the Soviet Union. Russian myth that “Crimea was a gift to Ukraine by silly Khrushchev” is a blatant fiction. In 1954, Khrushchev did not yet have enough power for such a self-initiative. Well, we came to an understanding of what actually means a call “Crimea has always been Russian.” It turns out that this is not even about half a century in the captivity of the Russian Empire (1783-1917), because then such claims would apply to the rest of the former colonies and now independent states. The Russian Crimea can only be referred to the Soviet Crimea of 1921–54, which is only 33 years of recent history! Related: Crimean “parliament” orders medals dedicated to fifth anniversary of annexation It looks like since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian leaders have been maddened by the thought that if not 1954, Crimea would have remained with Russia. At the same time, they have not been embarrassed by the fact that if not 1921, Crimea would remain part of Ukraine, and if not in 1783, Crimea would have always been an independent state with 0% of the Russian population. And in 2014, an imperial insurrection took over – the Kremlin went on to frankly bandit seizure of the Crimea, giving up on international law, historical logic, and justice. As an anecdote, I will give another Russian myth about Crimea, which in 2014 was launched personally by the Russian President. He stated that “for Russia, Crimea has a sacred significance and that it is where a spiritual source of formation of the Russian nation and state lies”, as it was in Crimea that Knyaz Volodymyr accepted Christianity, and then baptized Rus. Knyaz Volodymyr was indeed baptized in 988 in Crimea (at least as the Chronicle says) and in the same year, he baptized his state. But he was a Kyivan, not a Moscow, Knyaz, and he baptized Kyivan Rus, not Russia. As for Moscow, Russia and the Russian ethnic group itself, at that time they simply did not exist. In the forests on the site of Moscow dominated the Finno-Ugric tribes, which only after a few centuries were assimilated by the Slavs and became the nucleus of the modern Russian nation. So again, absurd! Nevertheless, even such an extraordinary historical fake is being launched into the international information space today. There is, obviously, as always, an assumption that no one will look into Wikipedia. Related: Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea jailed for much longer than murderers However, the myth of the “Russian Crimea” was built, unfortunately, not only on propaganda and absurd distortion of history. In May 1944 Moscow carried out a large-scale criminal operation aimed at completely clearing Crimea from indigenous people and replacing them with ethnic Russians. The Stalinist regime blamed the Crimean Tatar people in collaboration with the Nazis who occupied the Crimea in 1941-44, and in just two days sent all 191 thousand Crimean Tatars, including infants, to remote Asiatic regions of the USSR. The fact that this was a pure ethnic cleansing, and accusation of betrayal was only an excuse, was evidenced by the fact that families of 9,000 Red Army Tatars, who at that time fought on the front with the Nazis, and then – the fighters themselves, were also sent in exile. In addition, after the Tatars, other ethnic groups were exiled – Greeks, Bulgarians, and Armenians, who had lived on the peninsula for centuries and were not accused of betrayal. On the peninsula remained only Slavs, that is, local Russians and Ukrainians. After that, mass resettlement of people from the Russian mainland to Crimea began. They settled in 80,000 homes that were empty after an exile of the indigenous people. It is the descendants of these Russian colonists that form today the basis of the part of the Crimean population, who support the Russian annexation of the Crimea and whose will the Kremlin so much likes to refer to. Related: Google promises Russian State Duma to correct Crimea’s belonging to Ukraine Moscow persevered to prevent the Crimean Tatars from returning to their homeland. Their mass repatriation began only with independent Ukraine. Ukraine itself assumed all the expenses and care for settling the whole people. By 2013 266,000 Tatars returned to their homeland, which made up 13,7 % of the population of the peninsula. Russian occupation of 2014 became a real national catastrophe for Crimean Tatars. They escaped from the Gulag, but the Gulag again came to them on their native land. Therefore, practically all Crimean Tatar people are in opposition to Russian invaders and remain loyal to Ukraine. It is precisely because of this that the Crimean Tatars became today the main victims of persecution and repression by the invaders. Up to 25 thousand Tatars were forced to leave Crimea again and emigrate to mainland Ukraine. The Kremlin has banned the Mejlis, Crimean Tatar national parliament, Tatar media, education, culture, and religion have been harassed, dozens of patriots are thrown into jail. In December 2018, when entering the Crimea, occupiers arrested a Tatar public figure Eden Bekirov who wanted to visit his 78-year-old mother. Related: Health situation of Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekirov is critical Bekirov is a physically disabled person, suffers severe diabetes, had one leg amputated, and 4 shunts on the heart after last year’s heart attack. Detention without necessary medication and medical care is essentially a death sentence for him. Nevertheless, Russian “justice” keeps him under arrest. And they accuse him that he allegedly had someone to hand over a bag of 15 kilograms of explosives, although his health did not allow him to lift even 2 kilos. The absurdity of accusations and the insolent pursuit of legal tyranny speak for the fact that the Russian repressive machine is trying to intimidate and demoralize the Crimean Tatars. I will note that victims of repressions are not only Crimean Tatars. The whole world already knows the name of an illegally imprisoned film director, an ethnic Russian and a true patriot of Ukraine Oleg Sentsov, who openly protested against the annexation of Crimea. Volodymyr Balukh, an ethnic Ukrainian, became a symbol of courage, thrown behind bars for raising the Ukrainian flag over his home in occupied Crimea. As we can see, honest and courageous people of Crimea, regardless of nationality, protest against the brutal seizure of their land by Russian invaders. Violations of human and national rights on the peninsula by Moscow have been repeatedly convicted by the United Nations and other international organizations. But I am convinced that the international community should triple efforts for the immediate release of political prisoners. Related: Kyiv asks ECHR to appoint new date of hearing in Ukraine v. Russia case on Crimea As we can see, the current crime against the Crimean Tatar people is a direct extension of the crime of 1944, that entered the world history under the name of “deportation”; this definition is used today by all scholars, politicians, and journalists. However, this in itself terrible term is, in fact, a political euphemism which gives the wrong softened picture of the reality. Facts indicate that only during the first 4 years in exile 46,2 % of the Crimean Tatars died because of extremely difficult living conditions. And this is not just deportation, it’s a real genocide. Due to the substitution of the notions, Crimean Tatar genocide, the same way as the Ukrainian Holodomor, perished from the historical memory of humanity, which, we must admit, is another dark victory of Soviet-Russian propaganda. Consequently, the myth “Crimea has always been Russian” is also needed in Moscow in order to preserve the results of the Crimean Tatars genocide and the settlement of Russian colonists. This is also one of the main goals of current annexation of Crimea. Thus, de-occupation of Crimea and its return to the sovereignty of Ukraine, apart from political and legal aspects, has also a powerful moral imperative. The international community has no right to allow at least one genocide to “pay off” so that those who carried it out could not achieve their goal even after many decades. Read the original text at Aktualne.cz.

Poroshenko, Grybauskaite, Duda meet with LITPOLUKRBRIG staff

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and President of Poland Andrzej Duda met with the staff of Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade (LITPOLUKRBRIG). — Ukrinform.

OSCE PA Vice-President: Russia responsible for persecution, terror and oppression in occupied Crimea

Russia, as an occupant, is responsible for ethnic persecutions, terror, kidnapping and killing of people, oppression of minorities and persecution of human rights defenders on the territory of the occupied Crimea. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko Builds Support Among Ukrainians Abroad in Visit to U.S. – The New York Times

The president is facing an election in which the diaspora vote is seen as pivotal. His popularity, dented by accusations of corruption, has dipped at home.

Poroshenko Wants UN To Move Ahead With Peacekeeping Mission In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the UN secretary-general to draw up options for a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, saying such a mission could be a “decisive factor” in ending the conflict there.

Petro Poroshenko presses UN for peacekeeping force in Ukraine | CBC News

Ukraine’s president says a UN-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in the east with Russian-backed separatists — and says Secretary General Antonio Guterres should send a mission to come up with options.

Ukraine says Nazi display at mall part of Russian ‘information warfare’ – International news – Jerusalem Post

“We regard this outrageous incident with the hacker attack in the Gorodok Gallery shopping mall as part of a hybrid information warfare, which Ukraine has faced since 2014.”

Poroshenko says he expects NATO MAP with exact date – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he expects a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) will be provided to Ukraine with the exact date when the country is able to become the thirty-first member of the Alliance. Ukraine, in turn, must meet certain NATO criteria. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he expects a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) will be provided to Ukraine with the exact date when the country is able to become the thirty-first member of the Alliance. “The concrete step that we expect from the leaders of NATO and the member states is to provide Ukraine with a MAP with the exact date when Ukraine is able to become the thirty-first NATO member, as NATO has been constantly expanding, and we welcome it,” Poroshenko said at a joint press conference with Presidents of Poland Andrzej Duda and Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite after visiting the LITPOLUKRBRIG military unit in Lublin, Poland, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10457022-poroshenko-says-he-expects-nato-map-with-exact-date.html

Poroshenko: Russia seizes 27% of eastern Ukraine’s industrial potential – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Russia has seized 27% of eastern Ukraine’s industrial potential. Some 33 local industrial giants have been affected.

Russia preparing military strike against Ukraine. Escalation to full-scale war real, – Poroshenko at UNGA

21.02.19 17:32 – Russia preparing military strike against Ukraine. Escalation to full-scale war real, – Poroshenko at UNGA Further escalation of Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine to the level of a full-scale war is no longer unrealistic due to the concentration of a large group of armed forces near the Ukrainian border. View news.

Victims of Ukraine’s deadly revolution remembered five years on | Euronews

The revolution happened after protesters hit the streets to demonstrate against the government’s sudden decision to pull out of signing an association agreement with the European Union.

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine will organize a number of joint exercises in the near future with the European Union (EU) to develop appropriate response models to possible Russian cyber threats designed to interfere in Ukrainian presidential elections that will be held on March 31

Speech by President Donald Tusk at the Ukrainian Parliament in Kyiv – Consilium

Following the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Maidan, President Donald Tusk delivered a speech at the Verkhovna Rada.My fourth piece of advice: work together to build an honest country. I will not stand here and give a lecture on corruption; you have already shown that you are ready to fight against it. I only ask you all to believe that authority must be honest and transparent, not because that is what the European Union requires, but because it is in the interests of your citizens. Do not hold back from making positive changes, even if for some they may be painful. My fifth and last piece of advice. Believe in young people. A few days ago I welcomed a group of students to Brussels, among them a number of Ukrainians. They asked me to tell you today that their generation is already prepared to take on the responsibility of Ukraine’s future. Because after all, they are the future. Five years ago young Ukrainians passed a test, and some of them paid the ultimate price. If they believe in themselves, today you can believe in them too. Long live the memory of the heroes of your history! Long live the solidarity and unity of Europe! Long live the independence and security of Ukraine!

Ex-Yanukovych Aide To Be Removed From EU Sanctions List: Sources

The European Union is set next week to remove Andriy Klyuyev, the head of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential administration, from its sanctions list.

Klimkin: We hope to surprise Russia in Kerch Strait – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said a new passage of Ukrainian warships through the Kerch Strait temporarily controlled by Russian invaders will be carried out under the supervision of foreign military. The minister added the foreign ministry would thoroughly, although not publicly, instruct Ukrainian sailors on how they should act if the invaders manage to capture them.

Moldova does not recognize Crimea’s annexation – Foreign Ministry

The Republic of Moldova does not recognize the annexation of Crimea and supports Ukraine’s efforts to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity. — Ukrinform.

Russia resettled about half a million of its citizens to occupied Crimea – expert

Russia has resettled about half a million of its citizens to Crimea over five years of occupation of the peninsula. — Ukrinform.

Russia’s mercenaries committed 13 attacks yesterday: one JFO soldier deadly wounded

21.02.19 17:15 – Russia’s mercenaries committed 13 attacks yesterday: one JFO soldier deadly wounded Feb. 20, Russian occupying forces violated the cease-fire 13 times, of which 11 times – with the Minsk-proscribed weapons (125 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber). The enemy also employed infantry fighting vehicles, various types of grenade… View news.

Three Ukrainian soldiers wounded in action in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted seven attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action. Three invaders were killed and another four were wounded on Thursday, intelligence reports say.

Russian-led forces’ tank, dugout destroyed in Donbas (video) – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian volunteer activist Yuriy Mysiahin says one of the dugouts made by Russian-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, as well as their main battle tank, were destroyed by the 54th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Earlier, the video was released showing Ukraine army’s crushing strike on enemy positions along the contact line.

So-called “DPR leader” mocked as old photo emerges – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian journalist Denys Kazansky has posted an archive photo a self-styled “leader”of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Denis Pushilin. The photo was made at the time when Pushilin was part of the MMM, a notorious financial pyramid scheme that scammed millions across the CIS region in 1990s.

SBU detains organizer of fake elections in ‘DPR’

Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has detained in Donetsk region a woman who organized fake “election” of the “head of the DPR” and “deputies of the people’s council” last year, according to a statement posted on the website of the Donetsk regional civil and military administration. — Ukrinform.

Russians boast of “destroying” Ukrainian tank (video) – news war | UNIAN

“Bulat” is one of the main battle tanks in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Oleksandr Turchynov: Successful tests and live-firing exercises of missile systems took place – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

Systematic work on strengthening the missile potential and air defense of our country is ongoing; it is one of the priorities set by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. This was stated by Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov after live-firing exercises of the S-125, “Kub”, “Rokach” and “Tor” anti-aircraft missile systems at the “Yagorlik” proving ground. According to him, the Ukrainian industry was tasked to “conduct complete restoration and deep modernization of existing anti-aircraft missile systems, increase their combat characteristics to meet the modern requirements” within the shortest time and at relatively low cost. “During the firing, the tasks of destroying air, surface and ground targets were successfully worked out”, – Mr. Turchynov said adding that the deep modernization of the complexes allowed to significantly expand their combat capabilities and combat effectiveness in difficult conditions of the radiо-electronic and interfered environment by all targets. Also, according to the NSDC Secretary, thanks to the efforts of the manufacturers, reliability has been enhanced and energy consumption has been significantly reduced, comfortable living conditions have been created, ergonomic characteristics have been increased, and a smaller number of people are now required to service the equipment. “The results of the firing confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of these systems”, – Mr. Turchynov said adding that the level of performance of domestic enterprises shows a significant increase in their production and technological capabilities. “The defense budget for 2019 provides for the further increase of the country’s missile potential, strengthening of air defense and protection of the Black Sea and Azov coast of our state”, – the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.

Turchynov: Ukraine conducts successful tests, live-fire exercises of missile systems – news ukraine | UNIAN

Also, according to Turchynov, manufacturers significatnly reduced unreliability and energy consumption, while the composition of operation and maintenance crews was reduced. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said Ukraine conducted live-firing exercises of the S-125, Kub, Rokach and Tor anti-aircraft missile systems at the Yahorlyk proving ground. He said systematic work on strengthening the missile potential and air defense of the country is ongoing; it is one of the priorities set by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the agency’s press service said. According to Turchynov, the Ukrainian industry was tasked with “completely restoring and deeply modernizing existing anti-aircraft missile systems, increasing their combat capabilities to meet modern requirements” within the shortest time and at relatively low cost.

Radar AMBER-1800 receives the domestic KrAZ chassis – Український мілітарний портал

During the testing of the upgraded “Tor” and “Kub” anti-aircraft missile systems at the State testing ground “Yagorlik” in Kherson region a new Ukrainian radar station VHF of the AMBER-1800 range was observed. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal. It is intended for automatic detection of airborne objects, detection of their current coordinates on azimuth and range, as well as the issuance of radar information to the user. Unlike the previously presented station, this was mounted on the domestic chassis KrAZ-7634: Self-propelled chassis KrAZ-7634NE, carrying capacity 27 tons, is intended for installation of heavy equipment. From its predecessors, it differs more powerful – 460 hp – engine and automatic transmission, with a maximum torque of 2500 N / m. Such aggregation together with a passing transmission allows to realize high traction-dynamic characteristics of the vehicle. The car, with the “booth in front of the engine”, has an installation length of the frame 8080 mm, the outer minimum overall radius of rotation is 14 m. The chassis has the first and second controlled axles, all bridges are leading. The steering mechanism is an integral type with a built-in hydraulic booster, which reduces the force on the steering wheel to 10 kgf, which significantly reduces fatigue of the driver. A full drive of all wheels ensures the operation of this self-propelled vehicle in impassability conditions. Previously, this chassis was selected for the launch of the Missile System Neptune, and later became aware of the use of KrAZ-7634NE as a carrier for the missile system “Vilkha” in the future. Before that, a sample was mounted on a semi-trailer: The station was developed by the Ukrainian specialists of “Aerotechnique-MLT” company. The AMBER-1800 radar station performs the following functions:

  • Detection, mapping and automatic coordinate determination of azimuth and range of airspace
  • Automatic maintenance of airway tracks and calculation of their parameters
  • Automatic control of radiometer equipped with extractor A-1000N, calculation and attachment of altitude to coordinate plane
  • Automatic the provision of radar information through a telephone channel to the user
  • documenting radar information
  • monitoring the technical condition and diagnostics of the main components of the radar The radar station uses a solid state transmitter and receiver.

Chassis KrAZ-7634NE 8×8 becomes popular in the military

During the firing of anti-aircraft missile systems for the first time the “radiated” radar was mounted on the KrAZ-7634NE 8×8 chassis , which is also selected for the PKR “Neptun” and RSA “Velyka” complex. We remind that at the Yagorlik field, the anti-aircraft missile complexes S-125, “Kub”, “Rokach” and “Tor” were fired, modernized by domestic enterprises. In particular, yesterday we already wrote about the 2K12-2D “Cube” and 9K330 “Tor” , which are planned to return to service. Regarding the new all-wheel drive KrAZ-7634NE 8×8, in the early 2019, AvtoKrAZ shipped an order for Ukrainian military personnel. And the base chassis has undergone some modifications at the request of the customer. It differs by the Weichai Power engine 460 hp, an automatic transmission, with a maximum twisting moment of 2500 N / m, two 165-liter round tanks instead of 350 liters of rectangular tanks, and the placement of an exhaust system between 1 and 2 bridges from Exhaust to the right side in the course of the car’s motion. On firing “radar” was lit on a new chassis KrAZ-7634NЕ. Recall that IDEX 2019 showed models of launchers for the ASCM “Neptun” complex and MLRS ” Vilkha ” , and on IDEX-2018 the prototype of a heavy evacuation machine that is located on this chassis. Also on this basis PJSC “AvtoKrAZ” offers a multipurpose armored car (MRAP) Hurricane. In addition, it is known that on the basis of the KrAZ-7634NE 8×8 chassis it is planned to place a number of other models of military equipment.

VHF-band Radar AMBER-1800 | www.litak-tak.eu

Ground-based mobile VHF-band radar AMBER-1800 provides automatic deployment on prepared sites and is designed for detection of air targets, determination of their coordinates and distribution of radar information to consumers. Transmitter and receiver of AMBER-1800 radar are solid-state. Introduction Mobile VHF-band radar AMBER-1800 is designed on the basis of automatically deployed multi-section antenna system. The antenna itself represents a stacked array of dipole-slot antennas with linear horizontal polarization. Performance characteristics of the stacked array antenna: elevation of the antenna phase center – 6 meters; operational frequency band from 140MHz to 180 MHz; output impedance – 50 ohms; beamwidth – 6 degrees; level of sidelobes – minus 20 dB; antenna rpm – 3 to 6. Time of deployment (stowing down) and leveling of the antenna mast assembly after vehicle positioning on prepared site does not exceed 12 minutes. Radar design Hardware cabin with main electronic equipment – vehicle No. 1; Vehicular platform with leveling system carrying antenna mast assembly (AMA) and deployment system, antenna-feeder system, two electric power plants – vehicle No. 2.

Ukraine tests upgraded Kub, Tor anti-aircraft missile systems (Video) – news war | UNIAN

Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko has announced completion of tests of upgraded Kub and Tor anti-aircraft missile systems. According to the top Army official, this will provide an opportunity to form new units, enhance the potential of both anti-aircraft missile forces of the Armed Forces and the national air defense system as a whole.

Ukrainian government must finally implement reforms required by people – U.S. Embassy

Five years ago, EuroMaidan protesters succeeded in expelling a corrupt government, but corruption still remains a pressing issue for Ukraine in achieving economic and political progress, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has reported. — Ukrinform.

Hungarian government official brands Ukrainian education law “semi-Fascist” – news politics | UNIAN

Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Office, claims Ukraine authorities have adopted “a semi-Fascist” education law. Budapest is accusing Kyiv of neglecting minority rights.

Ukraine, Israel diplomats meet to resolve airport row – news economics | UNIAN

On February 21, Deputy Foreign Minister Serhiy Kyslytsia received the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ukraine, Joel Lion, as part of the regular dialogue between the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the Israeli diplomatic mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports. Ukrainian and Israeli diplomats agreed to deepen cooperation between competent authorities to ensure the interests of citizens during their visits.

Ukraine, Israel interact to protect interests of citizens when visiting both countries

Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya and Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lion agreed to work on deepening interaction between the relevant authorities of both countries in order to ensure the interests of citizens while visiting Israel and Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine refutes fake Russian statement about ECHR

Ukraine has refuted a statement by the Russian Justice Ministry regarding the alleged refusal by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to grant the request of the Ukrainian authorities for new interim measures in the case on the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, Ukraine’s deputy justice minister and commissioner for the ECHR Ivan Lishchyna has reported on his Facebook page. — Ukrinform.

Belarus reportedly sells coal from Russian-occupied Donbas to Ukraine – media – news economics | UNIAN

Belarus reportedly sells coal from Russian-occupied eastern Donbas to Ukraine, according to journalists. Ukraine’s State Statistics Service does not mention coal purchases from Belarus in its reports.

70 percent of Ukrainians intend to vote in presidential election

About 70 percent of Ukrainians are going to vote in the presidential election, which is scheduled for March 31, 2019. — Ukrinform.

Legally Bound: House Arrest For Jehovah’s Witnesses In Russia

The legal onslaught by prosecutors against Jehovah’s Witnesses continues across Russia. In Kirov, two members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been placed under house arrest after being released from jail to care for sick relatives. Russia’s Supreme Court banned the organization in April 2017.

 

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