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Gen Gerasimov’s musings on color revolutions and PGMs continue to reverberate in the media. More aerial playing chicken propaganda. Latest polls show the Vozhd continues his nosedive, now down to historical lows since 2006 – the saber-rattling speech did not recreate the Krymnash euphoria of 2014. The fake news legislation and its companion Act passed by Duma.

In Turkey, Erdogan suggests a buy of the S-500 may follow the S-400. What Turkey needs a long range ABM for is mystery best known to Erdogan.

In Ukraine, FM Klimkin observes that the demise of the INF frees Ukraine from the obligation of range limited ballistic and cruise missiles. Starikov, a retired Colonel, argues that Ukraine should build deterrent weapons with the reach to hit deep inside Russia. He has a case, the Russians would be challenged to stop GLCMs and terminally guided MaRVs on IRBMs. Crimea / Kerch update – media report VP Pence asked Chancellor Merkel and Pres Macron to deploy surface combatants through the Kerch Strait and they wimped out. This is consistent with the observation that much of Germany’s foreign policy appears to be about paying tribute to Russia via gas and POL buys, and as is always the case with blackmailers, they are never satisfied and want more.

Donbas update – AFU ATGW teams score another kill. Corruption scandal produces a major political reaction in Kyiv, and may spur long overdue reforms in the defense industry. Election update – many Western media reports. Politics economy update.

Russia deports two Mormons, two more reported detained.


Gerasimov Unveils Russia’s ‘Strategy of Limited Actions’ – To Inform is to Influence

Russia developed a ‘Strategy of Limited Actions’ primarily because it cannot support any prolonged major actions or multiple simultaneous campaigns. There is no evidence to disprove the above statement, Russia cannot demonstrate otherwise. </end editorial> Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 31 By: Roger McDermott March 6, 2019 02:41 PM Age: 23 hours The Russian…

Russia news: US blamed for rising nuclear arms tensions sparking Wolrd War 3 fears | World | News | Express.co.uk

RUSSIA has warned the US is causing a fresh nuclear arms race, citing recent decisions by Trump administration and media reports.

The Week In Russia: Gerasimov’s Trojan Horse And A Tabloid’s Tip For Putin

A bizarre claim by Russian top general that the Pentagon is developing a strategy involving air strikes and support for protesters sounds like bad news for Russians themselves, or at least for thos…

Russian MoD Releases Cockpit Video Of A Su-27 Flanker Intercepting A U.S. RC-135 Over The Baltics – The Aviationist

It seems a pretty standard intercept. What’s interesting is the fact that you can see it from the cockpit of a Russian Flanker. Close encounters between Russian fighters and U.S. spyplanes and bombers (and viceversa) have occurred for decades now. For years, the way these “interactions” occurred have remained classified or rarely made the news until a few years ago. Then reports of Russian Su-27s buzzing (and sometimes performing barrel rolls over) U.S. RC-135s started to emerge and the Pentagon often protested for the “reckless” and “unprofessional” behaviour of the Russian pilots flying dangerously close to this or that American aircraft.

Су-27 перехватил самолет-разведчик США: видео

Перехват самолета-разведчика США RC-135 был осуществлен экипажем истребителя Су-27 дежурных сил ПВО ВКС РФ над Балтийским морем вблизи государственной границы России.

Latest Poll Results Say Trust In Putin Down To Historic Low

A poll by Russia’s Public Opinion Research Center, or VTsIOM, released on March 7 found that trust in Russian President Putin has fallen to 32 percent, its lowest level since 2006.

Putin’s trust rating has dropped to a new historic low

The trust rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin fell to a new historical minimum and amounted to 32 percent. This is evidenced by the survey data of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM). This figure was recorded after the president’s speech to the Federal Assembly on February 20. The Kremlin planned to halt the downgrade by a positive message from Putin to deputies, the Vedomosti newspaper wrote earlier. In February, amid a decline in the rating of Putin’s trust, the newspaper reported, citing sources, that they wanted to hold a message to the Federal Assembly in March and coincide with the fifth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, but later decided to postpone the presentation. According to one of the sources of the publication, this could be connected “with the desire to stop the drop in ratings.”

 

Putin’s public approval rating lowest in 20 years – news politics | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s public approval rating has hit a new historic low, plunging to just 32 percent, that’s according to a survey by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. “People have grown weary of missiles,” Dozhd cited one of its sources as saying.

UAWire – Putin urges Russian Security Services to search for foreign spies every day

The operational situation around Russia is changing for the worse, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech to the board of Russia’ …

Russia passes laws banning ‘fake news,’ ‘disrespect’ of government | Fox News

Russian lawmakers passed two new bills Thursday that imposes restrictions on the spreading of what the Kremlin perceives to be “fake news” and criminalizes anyone for “blatant disrespect” of the state.

Six Steps Russia Is Taking Toward Restricting Its Internet

The State Duma’s bill on “fake news” appears to be the latest Kremlin effort to silence online dissent.

Russia laws ban ‘disrespect’ of government and ‘fake news’ – BBC News

Those found guilty of “blatant disrespect” or spreading so-called fake news will face fines or even jail.

UAWire – Russia introduces fines for insulting authorities on the Internet

The Russian State Duma adopted a law that introduces punishment for disrespectful Internet publications about the government and government …

A Dark View Of Russia From U.S. NATO Commander : NPR

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti warns Russia’s objective is to “undermine NATO solidarity and fracture the rules-based international order.” His rhetoric is much harsher than President Trump’s.

Erdogan: Turkey won’t go back on S-400 deal with Russia, may buy S-500 – Business Insider

The US has warned Turkey that buying S-400 systems from Russia could jeopardize defense-industry deals between the NATO allies.

UAWire – Turkey considers purchasing Russian S-500 missile systems

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey might buy the S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia, in addition to S-400 systems, a deal which has already been approved. Kanal 24 reports that Erdogan stressed that the contract for the S-400 systems is “a done deal,” and Ankara, in any case, will not refuse it. He also demanded that the US “stop trying to put pressure on Turkey through trade restrictions.” According to him, Turkey is ready to answer in kind. Earlier the US stated that Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 systems from Russia might jeopardize the US-Turkish arms deal. Earlier, President Donald Trump canceled preferential trade with Turkey in the framework of the General System of Preferences.

Ukraine reserves right to develop missile weapons – Foreign Ministry

Ukraine reserves the right to create armed systems necessary for its defense, including relevant missile weapons. — Ukrinform. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said this in a comment in connection with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). “The potential military pressure of the Russian Federation on European members of NATO due to the withdrawal from the Treaty, aimed at establishing total control by Moscow over the broader region from Baltic to the Mediterranean Sea, poses a serious threat to the whole European continent. Ukraine retains the right to develop military weapons as necessary for defense capabilities of our country, including the relevant missile weapons,” the document reads. It notes that Ukraine, together with the American partners, condemned the development and testing by Russia of the ballistic missile RS-26 Rubezh with a range of nearly 2,200 km, as well as the extension of combat capabilities of the Tactical Operational Missile Complex Iskander-M, in particular through modernization of cruise missiles, which are its integral part. “The Іskander-М was identified during military exercises in the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the ministry said. It also recalled that the Verkhovna Rada had never ratified the INF Treaty, but Ukraine had been fully implementing the Treaty, in fact on a voluntary basis. In this regard, a breach of the Treaty by the Russian Federation, as its full-fledged party, is especially outrageous. On March 6, 2019, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko expressed Ukraine’s clear position regarding support for the United States in its decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

MFA: Ukraine reserves the right to develop missile weapons after Russia withdraws from INF Treaty – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Ukraine reserves the right to develop own missile weapons after Russia has withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). Ukraine has been fully implementing the INF Treaty on a voluntary basis.

Comment of the MFA of Ukraine in connection with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

Ukraine retains the right to develop military weapons as necessary for defense capabilities of our country, including the relevant missile weapons. On March 6, 2019, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council clearly stated Ukraine’s position in support of the United States decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). In the context of the Russian violations of the INF Treaty, the Unites States has executed its right in accordance with Article XV, which allows the withdrawal from the Treaty in exercising of its national sovereignty if extraordinary events related to the subject matter of the Treaty have jeopardized its supreme national interests. As far as the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has never ratified the mentioned Treaty, Ukraine has been fully implementing the INF, in fact on the voluntary basis. In this regard, a breach of the Treaty by the Russian Federation, as its full-fledged party, is especially outrageous. The Order of the President of the Russian Federation of 4 March 2019 on the suspension of participation in the Treaty has proved once again that the cynicism is the key principle of the Russian state policy. The real reason of the breakdown of the Treaty is blatant and repeated violation of its provisions by the Russian Federation. Ukraine together with the American partners condemned the development and testing by the Russian Federation of ballistic missile RS-26 «Rubezh» with range of nearly 2200 km, as well as extension of combat capabilities of Tactical Operational Missile Complex «Iskander-M», in particular through modernization of cruise missiles, which are its integral part. «Іskander-М» was identified during military exercises in the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The potential military pressure of the Russian Federation on European members of NATO due to the withdrawal from the Treaty, aimed at establishing total control by Moscow over the broader region from Baltic to the Mediterranean Sea, poses a serious threat to the whole European continent. Ukraine retains the right to develop military weapons as necessary for defense capabilities of our country, including the relevant missile weapons.

Russia’s undermining of the arms control system removes missile restrictions for Ukraine

It will become a strategic factor in deterring the Russian aggressor and provide new capabilities for the troops to defeat the enemy at a great distance. Russia’s undermining of the arms control system, including in the framework of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty removes restrictions and obligations that Ukraine has observed earlier. During a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, President Petro Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine understood the decision of the USA to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The President noted that Russia’s successive undermining of the arms control system, including in the framework of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, prompts Ukraine and its allies to seek adequate means for maintaining security. “ I would like to emphasize separately that it removes certain restrictions and obligations that Ukraine has observed earlier The Head of State stressed: “Under these circumstances, considering that the Budapest memorandum is blocked by Russia and therefore does not work, and we have not yet become a NATO member-state, as it was blocked until 2014, we must seriously consider the additional strengthening of the defense potential of our state”. “ Hence, I underscore our right to create modern and effective armament systems for self-defense, including powerful missile systems. It will become a strategic factor in deterring the Russian aggressor and provide new capabilities for the troops to defeat the enemy at a great distance. The President noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine received new opportunities.

UAWire – Military expert: Ukraine must create a ‘retaliation’ weapon against Russia

Ukraine can and must create a “retaliation”, “deterrence and attack” weapon in order to “adequately respond” to Russia, Oleh Starikov, a retired colonel of the Security Service of Ukraine, said on News One TV channel. According to him, “retaliation” weapons are short-range missiles with a range of 500–1000 kilometers. “This is a weapon for deterrence and attack,” Starikov said. At present, Ukraine does not possess such missiles but it can create them at the Yuzhmash plant. The former colonel of the SBU believes that only political will is required for that. In November, Ukrainian military expert Valentin Badrak said that there has been such a “surge” in the development of military technology in Ukraine since 2014 that a rocket with a range of 1.5 thousand kilometers could be created and it would “reach Moscow”. In January, Mikhail Samus, Deputy Director of the Center for Army Studies, Conversion and Disarmament, advised Ukraine to develop its own weapon to deter Russia, the Neptune rocket, which can be hit deep into Russia.

Bill obliging U.S. Federal agencies not to recognize Crimea annexation approved by House Foreign Affairs Committee – news politics | UNIAN

Members of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, March 7, unilaterally endorsed and submitted for the House consideration a Bill “To prohibit United States Government recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea” was unanimously endorsed If the initiative is approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it will be submitted to be signed by president.

U.S. approves bill prohibiting recognition of Crimea as part of Russia

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives have unanimously approved a bill that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing Crimea as part of Russia. — Ukrinform.

Pence Asked Merkel to Roil Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea – Bloomberg

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

Christopher Miller on Twitter: “At Munich Security Conference, US Veep Pence reportedly urged Merkel to send German ships through the Kerch Strait in a show of force and support for Ukraine. She’s said to have turned down the idea because of reservations from Poroshenko. https://t.co/IergTv4Uij”

Bloomberg: Merkel rejected U.S. pressure to provoke Russia’s Navy, sources say – news world | UNIAN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed U.S. pressure last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks. The German leader declined, they said, citing reservations from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Joint UN, OSCE engagement can address crisis in Ukraine, other ‘dark spots of conflict’ in Europe | UN News

What is happening in and around Ukraine is “unacceptable, the Chairperson-in-Office for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

UAWire – Italian Embassy in Ukraine still investigating reports about Italian equipment in Crimea

The Italian Embassy in Ukraine is continuing to investigate the reports of shipments of Italian-produced equipment to the Zolotaya Balka factory …

Holiday truce in Donbas: Silence observed since midnight – news war | UNIAN

After another truce was agreed after midnight March 8, enemy attacks in Donbas stopped, according to the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters. At the same time, five Ukrainian troops were wounded on Thursday, March 7.

Russia-led militants employ 1 attack on Ukrainian army positions on March 8 – Defense Ministry

Russia’s illegal armed formations mounted one attack on positions of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in eastern Ukraine on Friday, March 8, after the announcement of a holiday truce.

Day in Donbas: five Ukrainian servicemen wounded, as Russia fires 119 shells

The Russian militants violated the ceasefire regime 18 times, 14 times they used Minsk-banned weaponry

Ukrainian soldiers destroyed machine gun nest around Yasynuvatska interchange. VIDEO

07.03.19 17:44 – Ukrainian soldiers destroyed machine gun nest around Yasynuvatska interchange. VIDEO Ukrainian soldiers eliminated Russian machine gun nest with a precise ATGM shot in the area of Yasynuvatska interchange. View video news.

Ukrainian army ready for offensive operations – Joint Forces Commander – news war | UNIAN

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for all forms and methods of fighting, including offensive operations. Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Serhiy Nayev is confident in the Ukrainian army’s victory. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for all forms and methods of fighting, including offensive operations. “The Joint Forces are ready for all forms and methods of warfare,” Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Serhiy Nayev said on Channel 1+1 when asked whether Ukraine is ready for an offensive to retake Russian-occupied areas in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, the TV news service TSN reported. “I wouldn’t be a commander and my subordinates wouldn’t be soldiers of the Joint Forces if we were not ready for all forms and methods that combat suggests in general,” he said.

The SBU exposed an interregional group for the illegal storage of weapons

Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine, together with the National Police, within the framework of measures aimed at preventing the disruption of the presidential election, disclosed an organized interregional group on the illegal storage of weapons. Special service operatives found that the group illegally exported military defeats from the area of ​​operation of the United Force. From scattered weapons, malicious people made “bookmarks” on the territory of the Kiev and Zaporizhzhia regions. Employees of the SBU documented the facts of the illegal activity of the group members. Additionally, malicious people kept losing their own homes. During authorized investigations, law enforcement officers discovered in the enclosures and places of residence of the detectives of the case eleven anti-tank guided missiles MTUR Metis in a launcher, three RPG-22 reactive antitank grenades, twelve PG-7B jet grenades, thirteen hand grenades, fifty two 30-mm artillery shells, twenty-eight detonators, three grenades, over one and a half kilograms of explosives and nearly five thousand assassinations. The Security Service of Ukraine will continue to take exhaustive measures to ensure the safe and free expression of citizens in the presidential elections in Ukraine. – See more at: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://ssu.gov.ua/ua/news/1/category/21/view/5821&xid=25657,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700190,15700248,15700253&usg=ALkJrhhvghHkSCRjPLvOxCn7bNfgTy3z8A#.h0sWcZXJ.dpbs

President presents awards to Ukrainian women soldiers

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, President Petro Poroshenko has presented awards to women representatives of law enforcement agencies who participated in deterring Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, according to a statement posted on the website of the Presidential Administration. — Ukrinform.

Tennessee Guardsmen support Ukrainian female empowerment forum | Article | The United States Army

U.S. and Canadian service members participated Tuesday in an International Women’s Day event, “International Forum Regarding Gender Politics in the Defense Sector,” to speak on their experiences in the workforce. LVIV, Ukraine – U.S. and Canadian service members participated Tuesday in an International Women’s Day event, “International Forum Regarding Gender Politics in the Defense Sector,” to speak on their experiences in the workforce. This forum took place in a small, intimate setting and highlighted on personal stories ranging from Ukrainian women in politics to war veterans, and personal stories from U.S. and Canadian officers. The audience included Ukrainian students from local universities as well as Ukrainian service members. 1st Lt. Caitlin Maguire, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment Officer, provided her 10-minute speech entirely in Ukrainian and discussed her journey as an officer in the Army National Guard. “Every woman in here has her own story – a series of challenges and triumphs that define her and I’m sure some have struggled and toiled harder than others, but as women, there is a commonality,” said Maguire. “We’ve all faced people doubting us or judging us.” “While I still have a lot left to learn in this life, and I’m far from perfect, there are a couple of things I’ve learned that I think are worth sharing with you all today.” Maguire then discussed her decision to join the military and her journey becoming a U.S. Army officer. Her story was impactful and spared few details as she explained her struggles and triumphs through Basic Training and Officer Candidate School. “Every time we reach beyond our comfort zone, step outside of our bubbles, we grow,” Maguire said. “The things we experience outside of these safe zones can be difficult and sometimes miserable, but if we just keep swimming, we’ll get to the other side of the ocean.” Throughout her insightful story, Maguire used Disney Pixar’s movie, “Finding Nemo” as an analogy to her experiences. After the forum, several of the students approached Maguire, congratulating her and thanking her for her inspirational story. Many were astonished that she was able to deliver her speech in Ukrainian and some questioned her language background due to her authentic pronunciation. Maguire said she began learning the Ukrainian language just last summer. This is the first forum held in Lviv dedicated to International Women’s Day and featuring the stories of women in leadership roles. The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is deployed in Ukraine supporting the development and modernization of the Yavoriv Combat Training Center.

Ukraine to build armoured vehicle assembly plant in Myanmar – Defence Blog

Ukrspecexport, Ukraine’s military import/export agency, has signed a joint venture agreement with Myanmar for the construction of an armoured vehicle assembly plant. According to the current information, the Ukrainian side has already begun delivery equipment, special machines and started to build a factory. Ukraine’s partner delivery to Myanmar includes a production line to assemble the BTR-4U wheeled 8×8 armored personnel carrier, 2S1U self-propelled howitzer based on the MT-LBu multi-purpose chassis, according to people familiar with the talks. The new plant is due to start production in the two half of 2020. Ukrainian and Myanmar officials declined to comment on that deal, but the “Great Export Import” company, that provides access to a searchable database of import-export trade of 50 countries across five continents, confirmed delivery of fist part of future assembly plant.

Ukraine to build armoured vehicle assembly plant in Myanmar

The new plant is due to start production in the two half of 2020

Poroshenko: There is no political backing for corruption in Ukraine, losses from schemes in defense industry to be returned to budget

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assures that corruption in Ukraine does not have political backing and the losses caused by corruption schemes in the defense industry will be returned to the national budget.

Poroshenko: No one will escape responsibility for illicit enrichment

Officials should not expect a ruling of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to help them avoid responsibility for illegal enrichment. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko instructs NSDC to submit proposals for future law on transparency of state defense order

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov should provide the president with proposals that will form the basis of a future draft law on the transparency of the state defense order, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

Poroshenko: Audit of Ukroboronprom to be completed by year-end

The audit of state-run Ukroboronprom Concern will be completed by the end of the current year, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

Ukroboronprom’s international audit to be conducted by end of year, – Poroshenko

Poroshenko says international audit of Ukroboronprom company to take place by late 2019

Ukraine initiates an international audit of the UOP

Also, the President proposed to expand the supervisory board of Ukroboronprom

NABU conducts around 20 searches involving suspects in ‘defense sector’ corruption case, incl. residences of Oleh, Ihor Hladkovsky – Sytnyk

The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted a number of searches of suspects named in the investigative journalist story about corruption in Ukraine’s defense production sector. They included searches at the residences of ex-First Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleh Hladkovsky and his son Ihor, NABU Director Artem Sytnyk has said.

Anti-Corruption Bureau searches officials involved in embezzlement of army

NABU holds searches of officials suspected in embezzlement in defense

Investigative journalist reports about supplies to Ukroboronprom based on evidence from official investigation

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said reports by investigative journalists are based on materials from an official investigation of supplies to state-run Ukroboronprom Concern. He said the investigative reports were published a little ahead of procedural actions by law-enforcers.

US agrees with Yovanovitch’s statement on Kholodnytskyi replacement

07.03.19 16:46 – US agrees with Yovanovitch’s statement on Kholodnytskyi replacement U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale has supported a statement by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on the need to replace Chief of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytsky. View news.

Process of implementing intl. anti-corruption standards becomes irreversible in Ukraine – Klympush-Tsintsadze

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said that the implementation of international anti-corruption standards in Ukraine is irreversible, the website of the government portal reported.

Ukraine elections: What’s going on and why it matters

Ukraine is holding presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of March and the race is too close to call. CNBC has the lowdown on the vote and why it matters to Russia, Europe and the West.

Legacy of Ukraine Revolution Rides on March Election: QuickTake – The Washington Post

Five years after deadly street protests toppled Ukraine’s Kremlin-backed leader, voters have a chance to offer a verdict on what’s come since. Dozens of challengers are trying to unseat President Petro Poroshenko. The incumbent is weighed down by plunging popularity amid a geopolitical tug-of-war that’s reignited Cold War tensions. Before the first-round vote, scheduled for March 31, Ukrainians are considering what their revolution accomplished, and where it’s fallen short.

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils | Reuters

Before Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine, Moscow had a Ukrainian president who did much of what it wanted. Now, as Ukraine readies to elect a new leader, none of the main candidates look that enticing to Russia.

Deputized As Election Monitors, Ukrainian Ultranationalists ‘Ready To Punch’ Violators

Ukrainian vigilantes say their members might resort to violence “in the name of justice” if police fail to adequately monitor this month’s presidential election.

Ukraine’s Elections Suffer From a Manafort Hangover—And The Next President May Be Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky

People are so sick of the kind of politics Manafort played in Ukraine, they’ve made actor-comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, a fresh face, the leading contender for president.

Macron, Bolsonaro Inspire Ukraine’s Surprise Election Leader – Bloomberg

French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro are role models for the unexpected frontrunner in the race for Ukraine’s presidency, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who sees a kinship with them as bold newcomers to politics.

Ukrainian presidential candidate offered bribe to ditch election: AP – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said two people had been arrested for trying to bribe a presidential candidate, Yuriy Tymoshenko, into dropping his run. The investigation that led to the arrests started after the candidate reported the bribe attempt.

Court arrests second suspect in bribing candidate for presidency Tymoshenko

The Pechersky district court of Kyiv has chosen a measure of restraint for the second suspect in bribing a candidate for the presidency of Ukraine in the 2019 elections, Yuriy Tymoshenko, spokeswoman for the prosecutor general of Ukraine Larysa Sarhan has said.

Medvedchuk stands for direct gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine

The only solution that will provide the population and the real sector of the country’s economy with cheap gas is the return to direct supplies from the Russian Federation, according to the MP

“Budapest plus” talks format is the path to peace in Ukraine – Tymoshenko

Leader of the Batkivschyna Party, presidential candidate of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko believes that negotiations in the Budapest + format will bring the victorious peace to the country, the press service of the Batkivschyna said.

Murayev pulls out of election in favour of Vilkul – LB.ua news portal

Murayev pulls out of election in favour of Vilkul. He also announced a unification congress of parties to be held soon. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

39 candidates to run for president in Ukraine | KyivPost

Ukraine’s Global Voice

General environment in Ukraine should allow for holding of democratic elections: PACE delegation – news politics | UNIAN

A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was in Kyiv on March 6-7 to assess the pre-electoral climate ahead of the presidential election in Ukraine, scheduled for March 31. At the same time, the delegation considered that the unprecedentedly large number of presidential candidates and domestic observers might impede the smooth conduct of polling and raise a challenge on election day.

SBU lashes out at Interior Ministry over exposed bug – LB.ua news portal

SBU lashes out at Interior Ministry over exposed bug. It says the Interior Ministry disclosed classified information. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine on frontline of struggle against Putinism – Fukuyama

Ukraine is now on the frontline of the struggle against Putinism, and its victory can be an example for many other post-Soviet countries in the region. — Ukrinform.

Washington honors memory of Kateryna Handziuk at International Women of Courage ceremony – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. authorities have honored the memory of Ukrainian activist from Kherson Kateryna Handziuk at the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Handziuk died on November 4, 2018, three months after an acid attack.

UAWire – Slovak Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador over Crimea comments

The Russian ambassador to Bratislava has been summoned to the Slovak Foreign Ministry and reprimanded for publicly criticizing statements by a …

Pro-Russian propagandist from Austria refused entry to Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned the head of the Ukrainian bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Wehrschutz, from entering Ukraine with a view to ensuring the country’s national security. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Kyiv denies Austrian pro-Russian journalist entry to Ukraine

The Head of Ukrainian Bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Vershutsu has been banned from entering Ukraine.  According to …

Visa-free travel is under threat. Consequences of Ukraine-Israel “airport wars” – LB.ua news portal

Visa-free travel is under threat. Consequences of Ukraine-Israel “airport wars”. Kyiv said it may suspend visa-free regulations with Israel if its authorities do not tackle the problem of illegal employment of Ukrainians, as a result of which Israeli services cause mayhem at the border, suspecting every Ukrainian of being nothing more than an illegal labor migrant. LB.ua collected the stories of Ukrainians who experienced the attitude of Israeli law enforcers at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.  Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine’s science revolution stumbles five years on

On the five-year anniversary of an uprising that propelled Ukraine away from Russia and towards Europe, scientists say things are improving too slowly.

Vaccination drive ongoing to protect children from deadly measles outbreak in Ukraine | UNICEF Europe and Central Asia

24,000 people infected with measles during first two months of 2019

Work under way at 200MW Ukrainian wind farm | Windpower Monthly

Read Work under way at 200MW Ukrainian wind farm and other wind energy news & analysis on Windpower Monthly

Women in Kyiv march against sexism and violence

Women gathered on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv to participate in a march under the motto “Solidarity and Diversity. Together against Violence!”, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. — Ukrinform.

March held in Kyiv in support of women’s rights (Photo) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

On International Women’s Day, March 8, the Women’s March is being held in Kyiv, where activists speak up against domestic, sexual, and psychological violence. LGBT community joined the action to rally against manifestations of sexism.

Ukraine to participate in protection of dolphins in Black Sea

The scientists from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania Turkey and Monaco will participate in the project

WATCH: Lions rescued from Ukraine, delivered to SA with help from Turkish Cargo | Cape Argus

Turkish Cargo delivered the lions to their natural habitat in South Africa by transporting them on a flight from the Ukraine to Johannesburg. Cape Town – National flag carrier Turkish Airlines’ cargo company, Turkish Cargo, embarked on a rescue mission for three sister lions named Luca, Charlie and Kai and a male cub named Nathan. Turkish Cargo delivered the lions to their natural habitat in South Africa by transporting them on a flight from the Ukraine to Johannesburg with a stopover in Istanbul. The lions were saved by Director of the Lawrence Anthony World Organisation (LAEO) Lionel de Lange, in the Ukraine. “I knew that I couldn’t leave these lions behind. They were living in 35 square metres of concrete and steel. Their cage was welded shut so you couldn’t open or close or get in to clean them. So they were living in their own faeces and urine and leftover food and bones,” he said. On their journey, Luca, Charlie, Kai and Nathan were accompanied by Lionel, special veterinarians and Turkish Cargo personnel certified in transporting live animals. After a marathon flight of almost 9,000 kilometres (5,592 miles), the lions were set free in the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth. The lions’ new home is a natural habitat offering 14,000 square meters (nearly 150,700 square feet) of green coastal forest and meadows. Commenting on the rescue mission, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President of Media Relations Yahya Üstün added: “We transported four lions rescued from a 35-square-meter room in Ukraine to their natural habitat in South Africa. Now it is their turn to enjoy and discover freedom. We will continue to be a protector of nature with the special operations of our Turkish Cargo brand.”

Leap of faith: Ukraine Church gives president re-election boost

Leap of faith: Ukraine Church gives president re-election boost

Two U.S. citizens deported from Russia, two others in custody | Reuters

Russia said on Thursday two U.S. citizens volunteering for the Mormon church had been deported for violations of immigration laws and that two others, described by a church official as “in good spirits,” were in custody.

Russia Says Will Deport Two U.S. Mormons Held In Black Sea Port

Russia says two U.S. citizens detained in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk will be deported for alleged violations of immigration laws.

US Mormon church volunteers arrested in Russia, Kole Brodowski and companion, to be deported lawyer says – CBS News

Volunteers detained during meeting in southern Russia being &quot;treated well,&quot; according to lawyer, but disappointed they have to leave early

Reuters: Two U.S. citizens deported from Russia – news world | UNIAN

Russia said on Thursday two U.S. citizens had been deported for violations of immigration laws, following local media reports that identified them as members of the Mormon church, and that two other Americans were in custody. There have been several high profile arrests of U.S. citizens in Russia in recent months.

Greek Orthodox parish in US quits Constantinople to join Russian Church over Ukrainian schism — RT Russia News

The US branch of the Constantinople Patriarchate is at risk of a split after self-rule was granted to Ukrainian schismatics, a Russian priest in Texas said. One Greek parish has already quit and joined the Russian Church.

 

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