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Burns’ reminiscences on Russia, and especially on meetings with the Vozhd, are priceless – the early phases of Russia’s progressive descent into the abyss, the leadership increasingly resorting into blaming everybody else, but especially the US for their self inflicted woes.

EU draft resolution on Russia released – an indictment for a decade of ever-escalating toxic and rogue behavior.

Feeble institutional pushback on the fake news legislation, more on the protests. Good observations by Sear and Ponomarev. The fake Putin gravestone incident. Congress invites NATO SECGEN to deliver a joint address. Defense appropriation. Salisbury update.

Pres Poroshenko’s statements on long-range deterrent missiles in detail. AF sharing Global Hawk ISR product with Ukraine. More on lethal aid, Crimea and Donbas updates.

AFU Navy strategic plan.  Problems with supply of many Russian made aircraft and armor components. Updates on corruption case, election (visit to 95th Airborne recommended), politics and economy.

More reports on Russia’s fusion of church and state.


William J. Burns on Putin and Russia – The Atlantic An American diplomat tells the inside story of Yeltsin, Putin, and opportunities lost.

‘Chaos Serves Putin’s Interest’: A Veteran Diplomat Takes Stock – Defense One

A 3-decade Foreign Service officer weighs in on Russia, Trump, and America’s place on the world stage.

REPORT on the state of EU-Russia political relations

  1. whereas the EU is a community based on a key set of common values that include peace, freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for fundamental and human rights;
  2. whereas it acknowledges that the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and the 1990 OSCE Charter of Paris represent the cornerstones of a peaceful European continent;
  3. whereas those values form the basis of the EU’s relations with third parties;
  4. whereas the EU’s relations with Russia must be based on the principles of international law, respect for human rights, democracy and peaceful conflict resolution, and, as a result of Russia’s disregard of these principles, the EU’s relations with Russia are currently based on cooperation in selected areas of common interest as defined in the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions of 14 March 2016 and on credible deterrence;
  5. whereas the EU remains open to a stronger relationship and to dialogue leading thereto, and wishes to return to cooperative relations with Russia, once the Russian authorities have met their international and legal obligations and have proven Russia’s genuine commitment to restore broken trust; whereas a constructive and predictable relationship would be mutually beneficial and ideally in the interest of both parties;
  6. whereas the Russian Federation, as a full member of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, has committed itself to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights; whereas continued serious violations of the rule of law and the adoption of restrictive laws over the last few years are increasingly calling Russia’s compliance with its international and national obligations into question; whereas Russia has failed to implement more than a thousand judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR);
  7. whereas a number of governmental reports show the sharp increase in hostile spying activity by Russia in recent years, reaching levels not seen since the Cold War;
  8. whereas the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements and broader respect for international law remain key preconditions for closer cooperation with Russia; whereas in reaction to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the hybrid war against Ukraine by Russia, the EU has adopted a series of restrictive measures that should remain in place until the Minsk Agreements have been fulfilled;
  9. whereas new areas of tension between the EU and Russia have arisen since 2015, including: Russian intervention in Syria and interference in countries such as Libya and Central African Republic; large-scale military exercises (Zapad 2017); Russian interference aimed at influencing elections and referenda and stoking tensions in European societies; Kremlin support for anti-EU parties and far‑right movements; restrictions on fundamental freedoms and extensive human rights violations in Russia, the spreading of anti-LGTBI sentiment; the crackdown against political opposition; the systemic targeting of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society in Russia, including the arbitrary detention of Oyub Titiev, head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial (HRC Memorial) office in Chechnya or the case of Yury Dmitriev from the Karelian branch of Memorial; the stigmatisation of civil society activists by labelling them as ‘Foreign Agents’; gross violations of human rights in the North Caucasus, in particular in the Chechen Republic (abductions, torture, extrajudicial executions, fabrication of criminal cases, etc.); discrimination against the Tatar minority in occupied Crimea, and the politically motivated persecution of Alexei Navalny and many others, as well as killings, the most notable cases being those of Boris Nemtsov and Sergei Magnitsky; cyber and hybrid attacks and assassinations on European soil carried out by Russian intelligence agents using chemical weapons; the intimidation, arrest and imprisonment of foreign citizens in Russia in breach of international law, including the 2018 Sakharov Prize laureate Oleg Sentsov and many others; the organisation of illegal and illegitimate elections in the Donbas; the holding of non-democratic presidential elections lacking any real choice and with restrictions on fundamental freedoms; disinformation campaigns, the illegal construction of the Kerch Bridge; large-scale militarisation of illegally occupied and annexed Crimea, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov; restrictions on international navigation in the Sea of Azov and through the Kerch Strait, including ships sailing under the flags of EU Member States; the illegal attack on and seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and the arrest of Ukrainian servicemen in the Kerch Strait; violations of arms control agreements; the oppressive climate for journalists and the independent media with continued detentions of journalists and bloggers; and the World Press Freedom Index ranking of Russia at 148 out of 180 on media freedom in 2018;
  10. whereas by 1 March 2018, HRC Memorial had recorded 143 cases of political prisoners, including 97 who were being persecuted on religious grounds; whereas an analysis of HRC Memorial’s list of political prisoners shows that in 2017, there were 23 cases of people being prosecuted for crimes relating to public events (mass riots, violent actions against a public authority), and there were 21 cases, mostly linked to publishing posts on the Internet, of prosecutions being initiated under the ‘anti-extremist’ articles of the criminal code;
  11. whereas Russia is directly or indirectly party to a number of protracted conflicts in the common neighborhood – in Transnistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Donbas and Nagorno Karabakh – that constitute serious impediments to the development and stability of the neighboring countries concerned, undermine their independence and limit their free sovereign choices;
  12. whereas the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has lasted more than four years and claimed over 10 000 lives, almost one-third of them civilians, and thousands of conflict-related civilian injuries;
  13. whereas the current persistent tensions and confrontation between the EU and Russia are not in the interests of either party; whereas the communication channels should remain open in spite of the disappointing results; whereas the new division of the continent jeopardizes the security of both the EU and Russia;
  14. whereas Russia is currently the EU’s most important external supplier of natural gas; whereas energy continues to play a central and strategic role in EU-Russia relations; whereas Russia uses energy as a means to protect and promote its foreign policy interests; whereas the EU’s dependency on Russian gas supplies has increased since 2015; whereas the EU’s resilience to external pressures can be built up through the diversification of energy supply and a decrease in its dependence on Russia; whereas the EU must speak with one voice and show strong internal solidarity when it comes to its energy security; whereas the EU’s strong dependence on fossil fuels undermines the development of a balanced, coherent and value-driven European approach vis-à-vis Russia; whereas there is a need for a more reliable and strategic energy infrastructure in the EU, Member States and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in order to enhance resilience to Russian hybrid activity;
  15. whereas the irresponsible actions of Russian jet fighters near the airspace of EU and NATO Member States are jeopardizing the safety of civilian flights and could be a threat to European airspace security; whereas provocative large-scale military maneuvers have been conducted by Russia in the immediate vicinity of the EU;
  16. whereas Russia continues to ignore judgments of the ECtHR, as well as binding awards by the Permanent Court of Arbitration such as in the case of Naftogaz, which undermines the international trade dispute settlement mechanisms;
  17. whereas Russia’s polycentric vision of the concert of powers contradicts the EU’s belief in multilateralism and a rules-based international order; whereas Russia’s adherence to and support for the multilateral rules-based order would create the conditions for closer relations with the EU;
  18. whereas the Russian authorities continue to treat illegally occupied regions as if they were an internal part of Russian territory by allowing the participation of representatives of these territories in the legislative and executive bodies of the Russian Federation, which is in violation of international law;
  19. whereas on 21 December 2018, the Council, having assessed the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, prolonged the economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2019;
  20. whereas Russia’s actions are in breach of international law and commitments and good neighborly relations;
  21. whereas in the strategic documents of the Russian Federation, the EU and NATO are portrayed as Russia’s primary adversaries;

Russia cannot be EU’s strategic partner due to its aggression against Ukraine – European Parliament draft report

11.03.19 17:12 – Russia cannot be EU’s strategic partner due to its aggression against Ukraine – European Parliament draft report Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner of the European Union due to its ongoing aggression against Ukraine and occupation of Crimea View news. Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner of the European Union due to its ongoing aggression against Ukraine and occupation of Crimea This is stated in a draft report of the European Parliament on the state of EU-Russia political relations, which will be voted on Tuesday, March 12, reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform. “[The European Parliament] underlines that Russia’s illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, a region of Ukraine, its direct and indirect involvement in armed conflicts in the eastern part of Ukraine and its continuous violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and Moldova constitute a deliberate violation of international law, democratic principles and fundamental values,” reads the draft document. The European Parliament stressed that under the present circumstances, Russia can no longer be considered a “strategic partner.” Thus, MEPs propose revising the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The draft report notes that the EU cannot envisage a gradual return to “business as usual” until Russia fully implements the Minsk Agreement and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In this regard, the draft report calls for a critical, comprehensive re-assessment by the EU of its relations with the Russian Federation. The draft document also stresses the necessity for consultations to be advanced within the Normandy format process, including a stronger EU role. The EU also reiterates its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In addition, MEPs express deep concern about the links between the Russian Government and the extreme right and populist nationalist parties and governments in the EU, such as in Hungary. The European Parliament also condemns the Russian Federation for its responsibility in the shooting down of flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine in 2014, as proved by an international team of investigators, and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice. In its draft report, the EU Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov in so far as they constitute a breach of international maritime law and Russia’s international commitments, as well as the building of the Kerch Bridge. The author of the draft report is Latvian parliamentarian Sandra Kalniete.

European Parliament: Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’

Russia can no longer be considered a “strategic partner” of the European Union, and the EU cannot envisage a gradual return to “business as usual” until Russia fully implements the Minsk Agreement and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Russia cannot be EU’s strategic partner due to its aggression against Ukraine – draft report

Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner of the European Union due to its ongoing aggression against Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. — Ukrinform.

Don’t Pass ‘Fake News’ Bill, Kremlin Human Rights Council Urges Parliament

The Kremlin human rights council has urged Russia’s upper house of parliament to reject bills that would outlaw online “fake news” and material deemed insulting to the Russian state or society.

‘We’ve got no alternative but our hatred’ Thousands protest in Moscow against the ‘isolation’ of the Russian Internet — Meduza

Over the weekend, Russia’s Libertarian Party staged a public demonstration at Sakharov Prospect in Moscow in support of Internet freedom, as two controversial bills outlawing “fake news” and “insults against state officials” make their way through Parliament. According to monitors from “White Counter,” 15,200 people attended the event. (As usual, the estimate from police was smaller: 6,500 people.) Law enforcement detained more than a dozen demonstrators before the rally even began, including eight activists carrying armfuls of blue balloons, which the authorities seized as “unmanned aerial vehicles.” By the end of the day, 28 people had been detained. Similar demonstrations also took place on March 10 in other cities across the country.

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest – ABC News

Putin signs law to stop soldiers divulging proof for the Hague about Russia’s war against Ukraine – Human Rights in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into force a law which is clearly aimed at preventing divulgence of information about Russia’s military engagement in Ukraine and other countries. Had the law been in force in July 2014, crucial information about the secret transportation to Ukraine of a Russian BUK missile carrier and its use in downing Malaysian Airliner MH17 would have never come to light. The same applies to other revelations that can serve as evidence of war crimes at the International Criminal Court at the Hague. The bill on amendments to Russia’s Law on the Status of Military Servicemen, signed on 6 March, 2019, introduces a very long amendment to Article 7 (‘Freedom of Speech’). This prohibits soldiers, including young men doing military service [conscripts] from using smartphones and similar devices connected to the Internet, or from revealing information to the media and social media about their location and movements. The extent of the ban on divulging information has also been broadened, with the term ‘military secrets’ being replaced by the rather vague ‘secrets protected by law’. Soldiers and conscripts will now be prohibited from revealing any information to the media or on social media about which military unit they belong to, or where they are serving, and about their activities or those of any other servicemen, military units, etc, with this including individuals dismissed from the military; The ban on smartphones and such electronic devices does not apply to the ordinary mobiles which do not take photos and in other ways circulate incriminating evidence via social media. The law is likely to increase the already alarming level of impunity with respect to hazing and other forms of ill-treatment within the military. Its primary objective, as mentioned, almost certainly lies elsewhere, namely in the serious weight of evidence amassed on the social media, as well as information passed to the few independent media willing to touch the subject in Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry had long been seeking such restrictions, and back in February 2018 issued directives “of a recommendatory nature”. The draft bill to legislative against such revelations was first tabled in September 2018 and has now passed into law. The explanatory note to the original bill avoided any mention of Ukraine, but did refer to the deployment of military personnel in Syria. It states that “military servicemen are of particular interest to the security services of certain countries, terrorist and extremist organizations. Information posted by military servicemen on the Internet or mass media is used for information or psychological influence, as well, in particular cases, to form a biased assessment of the Russian Federation’s state policy”. It is likely that security measures are applied in other countries to protect military servicemen, and it is doubtless true that careless divulgence of information can put people in danger of abduction or terrorist attacks.

Tom Sear | The internet is now an arena for conflict, and we’re all caught up in it | The Conversation

Nation states are covertly working against each other on the very same digital platforms they use to collaborate in areas such as trade and manufacturing.

Ex-member of Russia’s Duma explains why “Maidans” impossible in Russia – news world | UNIAN

Former member of the Russian State Duma Ilya Ponomarev has explained why “Maidans” protests are impossible in Russia. Another factor behind Putin’s permanent stay in power is the lack of any alternative.

Russian Jailed Over Mock Gravestone Reading ‘Putin 1952-2019’

A Russian court has sentenced an activist to four weeks in jail for putting up a mock gravestone for President Vladimir Putin.

Russian social media network caught deleting photos of mock Putin grave — Meduza

On March 10, in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, activists affiliated with the group Unlimited Protest installed a sculpture designed to be a mock grave of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The sculpture consisted of a black gravestone with Putin’s photograph and the engraving 1952-2019, and it was created as part of broader protests against the separation of the Russian Internet from the World Wide Web. A channel on the social platform Telegram published the first known photograph of the piece alongside the caption, “Putin buried the free Internet — the residents of Naberezhnye Chelny buried Putin.”

U.S. Calls On Russia To Allow More Access To Ex-Marine Whelan

The United States has called on Russia to permit increased access to ex-Marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Moscow on an espionage charge his supporters say is unfounded.

Norway accuses Russia of jamming its military systems

The Norwegian government has decried what it calls continued “electronic harassment” of critical communications systems and networks by the Russian government.

Pelosi, McConnell to invite NATO’s secretary-general to address Congress – POLITICO

But Pelosi’s invitation comes at a perilous time for the United States’ relationship with NATO.

As Europe worries about Trump, congressional leaders invite NATO head for joint address – The Washington Post

The invitation comes as the president’s nationalistic foreign policy and his push for more funding from allies has rattled NATO members.

Trump asks Congress to provide $500 mln to counter Russia’s “malign influence” – news world | UNIAN

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Congress to allocate $500 mln to counter Russia’s “malign influence,” that’s according to the U.S. administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request. In particular, it is allocated to “advance shared security; safeguard the territorial integrity of U.S. allies; support partner countries’ efforts to transition away from Russian military equipment”. U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Congress to allocate $500 mln to counter Russia’s “malign influence,” that’s according to the U.S. administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request. “The Budget provides over $500 million for assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia to: advance shared security; safeguard the territorial integrity of U.S. allies; support partner countries’ efforts to transition away from Russian military equipment, particularly through Foreign Military Finance lending; and address weaknesses in the macro-economic environment that the Government of Russia seeks to exploit, such as dependence on energy and trade,” the document reads, according to TASS. “The Budget enhances the military’s readiness and lethality, prioritizing strategic competition with China and Russia,” the document adds. As UNIAN reported earlier, Donald Trump extended Russia sanctions for another year, until March 2020.

Here’s What We Know About the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request – Defense One

Money to extend border barriers and lavish use of the war fund are already drawing bipartisan fire.

White House Proposes Loan Fund to Help Allies Buy US Arms – Defense One

It’s the second try for an idea shelved in 2017 when lawmakers disapproved.

House to vote on series of bills targeting Putin – POLITICO

House Democrats will also seek to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s report public.

Kremlin says it’s not Putin’s place to answer Briton whose mother died in poisoning | Reuters

President Vladimir Putin will not reply to a letter from the son of a woman killed by a suspected Russian nerve agent near the English city of Salisbury last year because Russia’s ambassador to Britain has already done so, the Kremlin said on Monday.

We need high-precision missile weapons capable of striking targets far into the rear of the enemy – President set the task for the designers and the defense industry — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine had already made progress in strengthening its defense capabilities and set the task for the defense industry to work on the creation of high-precision missiles. “We should talk about our success and prospects in strengthening the defense capability of the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian state. I want everyone, from a soldier to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, to see the goals, strategy of our transformations,” Petro Poroshenko said during the visit to the 95th separate assault brigade in Zhytomyr region. The Head of State said: “Until recently, we were obliged to adhere to various restrictions in connection with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. And now we see that Russia has destroyed this Treaty. Everyone, including our partners, makes the necessary conclusions”. “We set the task for the design bureau and the defense industry: we need high-precision missile weapons of increased range of operation, capable of striking targets far into the rear of the enemy in response to the aggression,” the President noted.

Creation of high-precision missile weapons of increased operational range will strengthen the army and increase security of Ukrainians – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During a meeting of the Zhytomyr Regional Development Council, President Petro Poroshenko stressed the importance of the development of the Ukrainian missile industry, especially in the face of new threats from the aggressor country. “Here, in the homeland of Sergei Korolev (a scientist in the field of rocketry and astronautics, designer – ed.), I want to remind that Ukraine has a rich rocketry experience. In fact, we remembered him five years ago. And you have already heard the results of these trials that we have held now,” the President said. He recalled that Ukraine had adhered to certain restrictions imposed by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which had been in force since the Soviet Union’s time. “Now, Russia has destroyed this treaty by consistently creating new threats to European security,” the President emphasized and stressed that “the conclusions from the new situation are made by all our partners”. “The US legally withdrew from this treaty. We also made conclusions. Our design bureaus, our industry are not bound by any restrictions on the flight range of missiles anymore,” Petro Poroshenko said. “Hence, the issue of creating a high-precision missile weaponry of an increased radius of action that can strike targets far into the enemy’s rear is on the agenda. We will strengthen our army even more, we will increase the security guarantees of every Ukrainian,” he said. “These proper security guarantees are a prerequisite for our goal of turning Ukraine into a great country of happy, prosperous and free people. And we are going to this goal in our own way,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

For the first time in history, we have got not paper, but real guarantees of our independence – President about the Ukrainian army — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that due to the reforms we managed to create a combat-capable and effective army, which is the guarantor of our state independence. The Head of State told this in a meeting of the Regional Development Council in Zhytomyr. According to him, now is the time when Ukraine chooses its future. “It is very important that we are now relying on a solid foundation built over the past five years. We have built a Ukrainian army in a record time. Not restored, not modernized, but built a new army, which is now among the ten best armies in the continent. Our NATO partners learn combat experience from the Ukrainian Army,” the President said. “The army liberated two-thirds of Donbas, the army stopped the enemy and firmly holds the line on the eastern borders of the state. For the first time in history, we have got not paper, but real guarantees of our Ukrainian independence. And these guarantees are in the hands of our Ukrainian soldiers. Trained, well-armed, raised on the traditions of the Ukrainian liberation struggle,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized. The Head of State thanked the residents of Zhytomyr for the support and assistance they provided and keep providing to the Ukrainian military units located in Zhytomyr, in particular the legendary 95th separate assault brigade. The President thanked the residents of Zhytomyr for their courage and heroism in defending the state and paid tribute to 217 fallen heroes from Zhytomyr region who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.

Ukraine will develop long-range missiles

President Poroshenko said that Ukraine had already made progress in strengthening its defense capabilities and set the task for the defense industry to work on the creation of long-range missiles. The Head of State said: “Until recently, we were obliged to adhere to various restrictions in connection with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. And now we see that Russia has destroyed this Treaty. Everyone, including our partners, makes the necessary conclusions”. “We set the task for the design bureau and the defense industry: we need high-precision missile weapons of increased range of operation, capable of striking targets far into the rear of the enemy in response to the aggression,” the President noted.

Ukrainian Design Offices will develop “long-range” missiles

The design bureaus and the Ukrainian defense industry have been tasked with developing high-precision missiles of increased radius of action, capable of striking targets far in the rear of the enemy. During his visit to the 95th separate assault brigade in Zhytomyr, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine has already made progress in strengthening its defense capabilities and set the task of the defense industry to work on the creation of a high-precision missile weapon of increased radius of action. ” Until recently, we were obliged to adhere to various restrictions in connection with the operation of the Treaty on the Limitation of Medium-Range and Smaller Missiles . And now we are witnessing that Russia has destroyed this Treaty. All, including our partners, make the necessary conclusions

Russia sends note to Ukraine with list of Friendship Treaty “violations” – news politics | UNIAN

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a note to Ukraine with a list of “violations” of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership. Moscow has also criticized EU- and NATO-related amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a note to Ukraine with a list of “violations” of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership. In particular, the Russian Foreign Ministry accuses Ukraine of allegedly violating the 2004 treaty by ratifying a memorandum on support for NATO operations, as well as by amending the Military Doctrine, which declared its accession to NATO as a strategic goal of the state, according to the ministry’s website. Read alsoUkraine mulling over termination of about 40 bilateral agreements with Russia Moscow also criticizes the amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution on Ukraine’s path to the European Union and NATO. In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry claims the Ukrainian authorities “are conducting a targeted offensive against the Russian language and the rights of the Russian-speaking population.” As UNIAN reported earlier, on December 10, 2018, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law on non-prolonging the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia. On December 11, the law was published in the parliament’s bulletin Holos Ukrainy. On December 12, the law on non-prolongation of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia from April 2019 came into force. The Treaty is expiring on April 1, 2019.

Klimkin comments on Russia’s list of Friendship Treaty “violations” – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has commented on Russia’s note sent to Ukraine with a list of “violations” of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership. Klimkin stressed all 12 pages stipulated that only Ukraine had allegedly systematically violated the treaty.

The United States shares with Ukraine the intelligence gathered over Donbass – the US Air Force

United States Air Force provide Ukrainian side intelligence that manages to collect during flights over the Donbas strategic reconnaissance UAV RQ-4 Global Hawk, the press service of the command of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa at the request Donbas.Realiyi, RFE project. However, the Pentagon refused to report any details of cooperation, limiting the information that all flights are consistent with the Ukrainian side. “Information gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance carried out by the US Air Force, providing sufficient information to make decisions with our allies and partners … Since the issue concerning the political and security, we can not discuss operational details. We use tools for information gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance, based on threats in areas that come to us for help. All missions are carried out in full coordination with the host country “- said the representative of the United States Air Force Captain Christopher Boyer-Mider.

U.S. congressman expresses strong support for Ukraine’s accession to NATO – news politics | UNIAN

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel has expressed strong support for Ukraine’s accession to NATO. The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 7 endorsed the Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act and recommended it for approval. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel has expressed strong support for Ukraine’s accession to NATO.

More lethal aid from U.S.: How Ukraine can respond to Russia’s aggression – news economics | UNIAN

The United States is ready to provide Ukraine with additional lethal weaponry, except for Javelin ATGMs. It’s about naval and sniper systems, as well as ammunition, that’s according to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti, who recently spoke at a meeting of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Amid the escalation of Russian aggression in the Black and Azov Seas, the United States is considering providing Ukraine with more lethal defensive weapons. UNIAN learned about the possible options of supplies and whether to expect a “response” on the part of the Kremlin. Amid the escalation of Russian aggression in the Black and Azov Seas, the United States is considering providing Ukraine with more lethal defensive weapons. UNIAN learned about the possible options of supplies and whether to expect a “response” on the part of the Kremlin. The United States is ready to provide Ukraine with additional lethal weaponry, except for Javelin ATGMs. It’s about naval and sniper systems, as well as ammunition, that’s according to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti, who recently spoke at a meeting of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. If the relevant decision is taken, the purpose of providing new weapons to Ukraine is to deter Russian aggression against the background of the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait zone. According to Scaparrotti, supported by the new arms, the Ukrainian Navy will be able to prevent new crises in the Black and Azov Seas. Scaparrotti says the issue should still pass a stage of political discussions. A positive moment here is the fact that Ukrainians proved to be responsible users of the earlier provided Javelin anti-tank missile systems. “The Ukrainians, in my view, have trained very well for the use of that, they’ve been responsible in the security and the deployment of it and we watch that closely,” Scaparrotti told the Committee. David Hale, United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, during his recent Kyiv visit, also declared Washington’s support for Ukraine in deterring Russian aggression. He assured that the U.S. would continue providing material and technical assistance to the Ukrainian defense ministry. The first U.S. official who spoke up for the provision of lethal aid to Ukraine was U.S. Senator John McCain. Starting from 2015, he repeatedly said that the free world should give Ukraine whatever the country needs to defend itself from Putin’s war. Back then, the Kremlin immediately responded with blackmail — an escalation of the conflict in Donbas. Nevertheless, the same year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Defense Appropriations Act where, among other things, financing of lethal aid to Ukraine was laid down. However, the-then U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the document. In December 2017, the U.S. Presidential Administration – already led by Donald Trump – approved supplies of defensive weapons to Ukraine. The aid included large-caliber sniper rifles, ammunition, and related technical support. At the same time, no permission was given to supply heavy weapons, including FGM-148 Javelin ATGMs. Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/10475727-more-lethal-aid-from-u-s-how-ukraine-can-respond-to-russia-s-aggression.html

Russia orders 11 captured Ukrainian sailors to undergo mental health assessment

Russian investigators have ordered 11 captured Ukrainian sailors to undergo mental health assessment. — Ukrinform.

Relatives of captured Ukrainian sailors to tell about Russian aggression in UN

On Monday, March 11, the relatives of captured Ukrainian sailors, Natalia Mokriak and Olha Oprysko, will tell about Russian aggression in Ukraine and the fate of their relatives at the UN Headquarters in New York. — Ukrinform.

ImageSat Intl. on Twitter: “#Crimea: S-400 system at #Dzhankoy #airport isn’t operational due to disappearance of several main elements – 3 launchers, 2 radars (high-altitude detector, fire control radar) and auxiliary vehicles. ISI suggests 3 main possibilities: Training, Redeployment or Maintenance.… https://t.co/Nuyjtz3bWa”

Russian proxies once violated ceasefire near Avdiivka, no losses among Ukrainian soldiers

12.03.19 10:44 – Russian proxies once violated ceasefire near Avdiivka, no losses among Ukrainian soldiers March 11, Russian occupying forces violated the ceasefire regime one time. View news.

General Staff reports on arms supply of units – LB.ua news portal

General Staff reports on arms supply of units. The Joint Forces are almost fully equipped. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

The government has approved the redeployment of military air defense units

The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine regarding the redeployment of military units of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In order to increase the state’s defense capability and ensure effective air defense of Ukraine, in accordance with the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated March 06, 2019, No. 115-р, two anti-aircraft missile divisions armed with the Buk-M1 and S-300PS, as well as a separate radar company, will be re-deployed. and its subdivisions. “To agree with the proposal of the Ministry of Defense on the redeployment of the military unit A1659 from the military camp № 35 (Mariupol Donetsk region) to the military town № 8 (Zolotonosha Cherkasy region), the anti-aircraft missile division of the military unit A2800 from the military town # 6 (with- still Radysne Bilyaivsky district of the Odessa region) to the military town № 13 (the village of Nerubayskaya Bilyaivsky district of the Odessa region), military unit A3737 from the military town № 2 (Mukacheve of the Transcarpathian region) to the military town № 91А (Pavnovno village of Mukacheve district of Transcarpathian region), a separate radar platoon of the military unit A3737 from the military town № 2 (Mukacheve, Transcarpathian region) to the military town № 91А (Pavnino village of Mukacheve district of Transcarpathian region), a separate radar platoon of the military unit A3737 military town № 2 (Mukacheve, Zakarpattia oblast) to the military camp number 21 (Starokonstantinov, Khmelnytsky region), the point of aviation from the military town № 2 (m. Mukacheve of the Transcarpathian region) to the military town № 91А (Pavnovno village, Mukacheve district of the Transcarpathian region). ”

UN: 55 civilians killed in Donbas in 2018

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine recorded that 55 civilians were killed and 224 civilians were wounded as a result of the armed conflict in Donbas in 2018. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Kyiv: 3,233 people released from militants’ captivity since the beginning of war in Donbas

The Anti-Terrorist Center of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that since the beginning of the armed conflict in the Donbas, 3,233 …

Ukrainian sailor from Crimea detained for deserting in Kherson

The detainee can get up to five years imprisonment if the court finds him guilty

UAWire – Russian militant explains how Russia started war in Donbas

Without the Russian invasion, there would have been no war in the Donbas, because the local population did not want to be separated from Ukraine. They had neither the human resources nor adequate leaders to stage a full-fledged rebellion, writes the Russian militant Alexander Zhuchkovsky in his book “85 days of Sloviansk”. The book states that Russia needed the Donbas in order to divert the world’s attention away from the occupation of Crimea and to further destabilize the situation in Ukraine. According to the author, no one in the Kremlin intended to annex the separated territories. “In summer 2014 everything happened literally how Strelkov predicted: the militia squads were nearly crushed, cut off from the Russian border, hundreds of thousands of refugees flowed into Russia. And Russia still had to send in troops, although unofficially,” the militant writes. According to Zhuchkovsky, the “militia” were few in number and would not have lasted long if Russian troops had not been brought in to support them. “Without Russian support, the militia would not have lasted until autumn. The long-awaited assistance arrived only in the middle of August. Shortly before this, on 15 August Strelkov was forced to leave the Donbas – apparently this was one of the conditions for Russia’s military assistance,” he added. The author says that at the start of August 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin met behind closed doors with fifty Russian journalists in the Kremlin. During the meeting, they all “asked him literally in unison to send troops into the Donbas”. While there was a delay before Russian troops were sent in, Zhuchkovsky notes that Russia started supplying the local Donbas militants with munitions as early as May-June that year. During this time alone, around 10 convoys of equipment and weaponry were sent in. In his blog, the Russian journalist Denis Kazansky describes Zhuchkovsky as an “odious character” who holds Nazi views. “Where others lie and use all kinds of euphemisms, the fanatic will be straightforward and sincere. For this reason, Zhuchkovsky’s book is particularly valuable to us. The author is completely fixated, but it is this fixatedness that makes his book honest and clearly shows us the intentions of the people who came from Russia into Ukraine in 2014 to kill Ukrainians,” Kazansky observes. Recently another former Donbas militant gave valuable evidence about Russia’s involvement in the war in the Donbas – the former tank battalion commander woman Svetlana “Veterok” Dryuk, who was evacuated from the occupied territory in a Ukrainian counterintelligence operation.

Cabinet appoints State Secretary of Ministry for Veterans Affairs

The Cabinet of Ministers has appointed Liudmyla Darahan to the post of State Secretary of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, according to the ministry’s press service. — Ukrinform.

Kryvonos appointed Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council – decree – news politics | UNIAN

Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos has been appointed Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine. Kryvonos was running for president in Ukraine but withdrew in favor of Poroshenko.

Onetime Russian Hero Selling Gold Crimea Medal Bearing ‘Despised’ Putin

Igor Girkin was once seen as a hero in Russia for his role in the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Now he’s selling his gold medal celebrating Crimea’s “reunification with Russia.”

Onetime Russian hero selling gold Crimea medal bearing ‘despised’ Putin – media – news world | UNIAN

The Russian former commander of militants in eastern Ukraine is out of cash and out of favor with the Kremlin, leading him to sell a gold medal he was awarded in 2014 for his role in the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. It says the starting bid is 1 million rubles, or about $15,000. The Russian former commander of militants in eastern Ukraine is out of cash and out of favor with the Kremlin, leading him to sell a gold medal he was awarded in 2014 for his role in the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Igor Girkin, a 48-year-old self-described Russian nationalist who goes by the nom de guerre Strelkov, says he is selling the medal because he needs the money and has no respect for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is depicted on the medal triumphantly wearing a laurel wreath, RFE/RL reported. Girkin is under U.S. and European Union sanctions both for his role in the seizure of Crimea and as the onetime military leader of pro-Russian separatists fighting against Kyiv’s forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Since 2014, Girkin has been a critic of the Kremlin and has largely fallen off the media radar, though he was spotted in February riding alone on the Moscow subway and has held single-person protests. Girkin told followers on his page on the popular Russian social-media site Vkontakte on March 8 that he was selling his Crimea medal because he now faces financial problems. Read alsoFSB preparing Girkin’s return to Donbas – expert “I never felt reverence for this award because it’s a nonstate medal,” Girkin wrote. The award is not given for combat service, he said, and “bears the image of a person I never respected, excluding for a very short period of time in 2014, and who I have sincerely despised since 2015.” Girkin confirmed in the post that the award was given to him in the spring of 2014 by Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeyev, a key figure linking the pro-Russian forces on the ground in eastern Ukraine to the political establishment in Moscow. Coins and Medals, a Moscow-based numismatics firm conducting the sale, says the auction will take place on April 13 at Moscow’s StandArt Hotel. It says the starting bid is 1 million rubles, or about $15,000. The firm says the gold medal includes the inscription “In memory of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014,” with Putin’s profile on the front and a map of Crimea on the back. It also says the award was presented by Malofeyev’s Charitable Foundation of St. Basil the Great because Girkin was among “those who made the greatest personal contribution to the Crimean events of 2014.” Girkin reportedly worked for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) from 1996 until early 2013, including service in Chechnya from 1999 to 2005 during the second Chechen war. His alleged Russian security-service ties also include work during the early 1990s in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniester. Girkin has been linked to allegations of war crimes that include kidnapping, torture, and murder. In 2016, he admitted to executing four people in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk on the basis of laws from the era of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. He also has boasted that he single-handedly fanned the flames of war in eastern Ukraine – hoping to create “Novorossia,” a New Russia stretching across much of Ukraine, from Kharkiv to Odesa. Ukraine blames Strelkov for numerous war crimes in eastern Ukraine, where about 13,000 people, about a quarter of them civilians, have died since fighting broke out in April 2014. In his VKontakte post Girkin said he was awarded his Crimea medal before the war in eastern Ukraine began. The Prosecutor-General’s Office in Kyiv has opened a criminal case against Girkin, accusing him of creating a terrorist organization, organizing mass riots, and committing terrorist acts. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/10476021-onetime-russian-hero-selling-gold-crimea-medal-bearing-despised-putin-media.html

 

Ukraine’s Navy Has Plans for 2035 Involving Russia—and NATO | The National Interest

The Ukrainian Navy has published its developmental strategy through 2035, here are its strengths and weaknesses.

Ukrainian “smart” helmet for tank crews inks UAE contract – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian company LimpidArmor, which created a smart helmet for tank crews based on Microsoft HoloLens smart glasses, has signed a contract with IGG, a recognized leading supplier to the UAE Armed Forces and high-end defence and security solutions provider The real-time “friend/foe” identification allows to avoid the friendly fire loses in the combat zone, giving a significant advantage to the Armed Forces equipped with such a kit.

The Coast Guard announced new ship repair tenders

Odesa Marine Corps of the SBGS (Military Division of 1485) announced re-tenders for the repair of river armored vehicles of the type “Shmel” and “trophy” ship of special purpose. It is planned to purchase services for the repair of three ships of marine protection (artillery boats) of Project 1204 “Bumblebee” (Heads Nos. C-666, C-660, C-347) for UAH 5.7 million, and a special maritime security ship “Amethyst” of the project “Trophynei” (formerly a poacher fisherman’s schooner) for almost 3.1 million UAH. All purchases will be conducted through negotiation procedures for defense purposes. Deadline for submission of proposals by March 19, 2019. Recall that the previous bidding failed because of the lack of proposals. Photo of the ship of special protection of the ship “Amethyst” of the “Trophy” project

Ukroboronservis sent Bars-8MKK to Spain

According to the open export / import database Great Export Import , the state-owned company “Ukroboronservis” sent a 120 mm mobile mortar Bars-8MMK to Spain. According to the declarations, in January 2019, the state company “Ukroboronservis” was sent by sea to Spain for Everis Aeroespacial Y Defensa SL: experimental sample number 3 (Bars-8MMK) – 1 pcs. according to the form 4909-3902002-00; Chassis number – 3c7wrnal2fg626873 Mobile Mortgage System ALAKRAN UKR-MMC (Head No.alk-ukr-mms-2017-0001), intended for installation on a pilot sample number 3 (Bars-8MMK), supplied separately.

Elon Musk acknowledges Ukraine’s “major role” in Soviet cosmonautics – news world | UNIAN

U.S. businessman and inventor Elon Musk has said Ukraine played a major role in the Soviet cosmonautics. Russia still uses the old Soviet cosmonautics legacy.

Musk: Ukraine played a major role in Russian space industry

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has admitted that Ukraine played a major role in the formation of the Russian space industry, which started back in the Soviet period. — Ukrinform.

 

Ukrainian army in need of Russian spare parts, – Armed Forces

It is about the devices of ultra-high frequency, details of the infantry fight vehicle, armored personnel carriers, T-72 tanks, and man-portable air defense systems

Ukraine Army official specifies demand for Russian spare parts for military hardware – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Army requires spare parts for military equipment that are produced exclusively in Russia, among them – ultra-high-frequency devices, components for infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, T-72 tanks, anti-aircraft missile systems, helicopters, and warplanes, that’s according to a head of the Armament Department of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Major General Mykola Shevtsov. The situation with helicopter rotor blades and warplane spare parts is most critical. Ukrainian Army requires spare parts for military equipment that are produced exclusively in Russia, among them – ultra-high-frequency devices, components for infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, T-72 tanks, anti-aircraft missile systems, helicopters, and warplanes, that’s according to a head of the Armament Department of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Major General Mykola Shevtsov. Over the past five years, the country’s defense companies overhauled nearly 5,500 units of weapons and military equipment and more than 12,500 units and assemblies (engines, transmissions, etc.), the official told a Kyiv briefing Monday, according to an UNIAN correspondent. In line with the State Defense Order, more than 4,000 units of the main types of weapons and military equipment and more than 1 million units of other devices and armament was delivered to the Ukrainian Army. “We have mastered the average repair of about 20 samples of weapons and military equipment, including the repair of all artillery systems, the overhaul of units and assemblies of individual types of weapons,” Shevtsov said. However, the official stresses the fact that, despite the measures taken, issues remain with certain spare parts and assemblies. These parts, the chief of the Armaments noted, unfortunately, are manufactured exclusively in the Russian Federation: these are ultra-high-frequency devices, components for infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, T-72 tanks, and anti-aircraft missile systems. “The most critical is the situation with helicopter rotor blades and spare parts for warplanes,” Shevtsov added.

Journalist show final part of probe into defense corruption with Poroshenko’s inner circle. VIDEO (in Ukrainian)

12.03.19 12:08 – Journalist show final part of probe into defense corruption with Poroshenko’s inner circle. VIDEO (in Ukrainian) The final episode of the probe by Nashi Hroshi (Our Money investigation project) into a massive corruption in Ukraine’s State Concern Ukroboronprom shows the role of NABU, SBU and the prosecutor’s office View news.

President: No one involved in plundering of army will hide behind statute of limitations

President Poroshenko assured that no one involved in plundering of the army will hide behind the statute of limitations. — Ukrinform.

No one involved in plundering in the army will manage to hide behind the statute of limitations, because Ukrainian soldiers paid with their blood for these crimes – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko underscored the danger of attempts to hit the Ukrainian army from the rear. President Petro Poroshenko underscored the danger of attempts to hit the Ukrainian army from the rear. “No one involved in plundering in the army will have an indulgence or hide behind the statute of limitations, because Ukrainian soldiers paid with their blood for this criminal plundering,” Petro Poroshenko said during the meeting of the Regional Development Council in Zhytomyr. “No enemy can overcome the strength of our new Ukrainian army,. But, unfortunately, the attempts to hit our army, our defense from the rear are continued,” the President said. “On the eve of the elections, a massive shelling from all cannons of the information warfare is aimed at the army and society. The shells for this bombardment are willingly presented by those presidential candidates who have been previously destroying the Ukrainian army, selling it out when being senior officials,” the President said. The Head of State expressed hope that the temporary investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine would properly evaluate the facts of plundering and subversion of defense capabilities and call the names of those involved in it. The President appealed to the audience: “As long as the army holds the line, we must protect the army from the rear, protect it from the state-mongers who dishonor the work of the entire defense-industrial complex”. “And it is no less important to protect the army from dealmakers and their partners in government positions that steal money from the military budget. I emphasize again – neither surnames, nor positions, nor ties will help those who illegally profiteer off the army,” the Head of State summed up.

Corruption in Ukroboronprom: Journalists claim anti-corruption watchdog, prosecutors involved – news ukraine | UNIAN

The National Anti-сorruption Bureau and the Prosecutor General’s Office are involved in the Corruption schemes in Ukroboronprom, Ukraine’s defense giant, that’s according to the fourth part of a large-scale journalistic probe by Bihus.info. Also, the investigation suggests that military prosecutors watered down the probe into suspected embezzlement.

Poroshenko meets with paratroopers of 95th Air Assault Brigade

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked the military for serving Ukraine and their dedication, noting that there are few armies in the world with such skills and experience. — Ukrinform.

You stand in defense of the independence of our state as a rock – The Head of State presented state awards to paratroopers of the 95th brigade — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During the working visit to Zhytomyr region, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the 95th separate assault brigade. The President presented state awards to the servicemen for personal merits in defense of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, selfless actions and exemplary fulfillment of military duty. “I want to tell you, as President and as Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I am proud of the Ukrainian army, I am proud of such warriors as you. Very few armies in the world have such skills, experience and such ability to gain victories in the most difficult conditions. Thank you for serving Ukraine, for your courage and dedication,” the President addressed the Ukrainian paratroopers. The Head of State reminded the heroic way of the brigade during the battles against the Russian aggressor and mercenaries of the Kremlin in the east of Ukraine. “You did everything for the sake of freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state,” Petro Poroshenko said and mentioned a unique military raid of the 95th brigade by the enemy’s rear, which allowed not only to liberate the Ukrainian territory, but also to withdraw other Ukrainian units that were in a hostile environment. “On behalf of the Ukrainian people, as President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I express my sincere gratitude to the 95th brigade, to the entire staff of the assault troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. You stand in defense of the independence of our state as a rock. Thanks to you, thanks to our army, the Ukrainian people can work and change the country – a great, authoritative country of free, prosperous and happy people,” Petro Poroshenko noted. The President noted that many heroes – paratroopers sacrificed their lives protecting the homeland. The attendees honored the memory of the fallen soldiers with a moment of silence.

I wish happiness and pride for Ukraine to reign here – President inspected the premises of a new dormitory for the contractors of the 95th brigade — Official website of the President of Ukraine

As part of the working visit to Zhytomyr region, President Petro Poroshenko visited the 95th separate assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the military camp in Zhytomyr, the Head of State got himself acquainted with the implementation of measures for the construction, reconstruction and overhaul of the military objects of the brigade in 2018. As part of the working visit to Zhytomyr region, President Petro Poroshenko visited the 95th separate assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the military camp in Zhytomyr, the Head of State got himself acquainted with the implementation of measures for the construction, reconstruction and overhaul of the military objects of the brigade in 2018. Petro Poroshenko inspected the premises of one of the four new dormitories and talked with the soldiers who would live here. Also, the President visited the dining room and had a dinner with the military. “As the first priority, I said we would build an ammunition production plant, produce up-to-date weapons, including for airborne assault troops, and launch a program of construction of 184 dormitories for 23 thousand contractors . And today, the first line is put into operation. I hope that most of you will have an opportunity to settle in comfortable rooms,” Petro Poroshenko said. “I wish happiness and pride for Ukraine to reign here. Great patriotism is a hallmark of the assault troops,” he added. Petro Poroshenko thanked the military for their service and wished them a peaceful sky. At the same time, he stressed that peace should be based on the national interests of the state. “The Ukrainian soldiers, the Ukrainian President and the Ukrainian people have never and will never kneel down before anyone. And our army gives me a firm conviction that we will eventually gain victory thanks to such warriors as you,” the President noted. The President emphasized that the implementation of the housing program, the reform of the military food system and many other changes in the Armed Forces became possible due to the efforts of the Minister of Defense, the leadership of the General Staff and the team of volunteers.

The SBU disclosed the activities of a special information unit and an intelligence network set up by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (video) – 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/2/view/5834&xid=25657,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700190,15700248,15700253&usg=ALkJrhgziaLFf8Rgt0blkkCj7e9hENivsQ#.O7BNn1yC.dpbs

Employees of the Military Counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine expounded and documented the activities of the head office of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia in Luhansk, a special information unit and an intelligence network of special services of in the territories controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. This was announced at a briefing by Sergei Levchenko, the head of the SBU’s military counterintelligence. Special service operatives have documented that the group under the code name “Sapphire” under the orders of the Russian curators organized the preparation and conduct of anti-Ukrainian information campaigns. The group also engaged in collecting and analyzing information regarding senior management of Ukraine, the Armed Forces and other military formations, gathering intelligence information about the forces and means involved in the operation of the united forces. “We have recorded a significant increase in the activity of this group on the eve of the presidential elections in Ukraine”, – said Sergey Levchenko. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_33966677.jpg Employees of the military counterintelligence of the SBU identified the “curator” of this information unit, a staff member of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander A. Sazonov, the operative pseudonym “Pavel Bodrov”. “We found that he was the head of the operational group in the intelligence center of the Russian military intelligence in Lugansk”, – said the head of the military counterintelligence SBU. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_94174404.jpg Law enforcers documented that the Sapphire division included fifteen identified members of the illegal armed formation of the so-called “People’s Militia” LNR “. The head of the group is a Ukrainian citizen recruited by military intelligence – Kateryna Vasilina Gennadyivna. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_83373988.jpg Representatives of the Russian military intelligence used the “government advisor to LNR”, a citizen of Ukraine Timokhin Andrey Volodymyrovych, nicknamed “Prince”, for recruiting the “Sapphire” group with the so-called “authorities and authorities” of the LNR and facilitating its work. To discredit the highest military-political leadership of our state, the members of the group “Sapphire” carried out the preparation and distribution of fake materials in social networks. In particular, the fake order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine supposedly suspending the payment of all additional payments to servicemen of the Armed Forces. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_17387891.jpg Agitators also posted in the social networks fake calls on behalf of supposedly patriotic forces to anti-government actions aimed at combating corruption and impeachment of the President of Ukraine, including on the eve of the elections. “About the work done on the publication of articles and demotivators, Vasilina personally reported Sazonov,” – said Sergey Levchenko. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_41867190.jpg In addition, one of the main tasks of the group was to stir up interfaith hostility. In particular, they systematically disseminated materials for the formation of public opinion about the impossibility of giving Ukraine Tomos on autocephaly. The “Sapphire” group has been constantly engaged in discrediting the SBU Program “Waiting for you at home” and creating a negative image of the Service in the society, as evidenced by the received fragments of the tasks and reports on implementation. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_82473533.jpghttps://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_92929313.jpg The Russian intelligence team tasked the group with the help of specially registered in social networks pages as pro-Ukrainian and separatist, creating in total more than fifty accounts and one hundred thirty groups in social networks. Malicious users used specially developed sites to distribute fake messages, IP-telephony messengers and e-mail boxes were used. “The attackers also sent leaflets and SMS messages of provocative content to the Ukrainian military,” said the representative of the SBU.https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_78367298.jpghttps://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_92671717.jpg The service documented that the military intelligence of the Russian Federation sets clear targets for posting postcards to discredit Ukraine, reports with accusations of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as allegedly concealing military losses. According to the curators’ plan, this should lead to a decrease in the moral and psychological state of Ukrainian servicemen who are on the line of collision, and their intimidation. Law enforcers established accounts in social networks that the Sapphire group used to penetrate into the Internet community of the Armed Forces units of Ukraine, which systematically distributed fake materials that are advantageous to the Russian side, which discredit Ukrainian statehood. Currently, in cooperation with the State Department for Counter-Intelligence Protection of the State’s interests in the field of information security of the SBU, a set of measures is being implemented to block these resources. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_48846925.jpghttps://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_35648769.jpg Their “achievements” group “Sapphire” reflected in the monthly reports to the General Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of. In general, during their existence, almost twelve thousand fake information materials of an anti-Ukrainian nature were fabricated and published in social networks on the Internet. Currently, the SBU is taking a series of measures to block the activities of the “Sapphire” group. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_97796759.jpg The Service also established that for the direct collection of intelligence information from the territory under the control of the Ukrainian authorities, the intelligence agency of the Russian Federation, consisting of four persons, was involved with the curators from the Russian Federation. The network was used by the military intelligence officers of the Russian Federation Alexander Sazonov and the recruited resident Andriy Timokhin. For secrecy in transmitting intelligence about the military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, its quantity, routes and places of disposition, enemy agents, following the instructions, used special terminology and conventions. https://ssu.gov.ua/uploads/n_5834_16933866.jpg Employees of the military counterintelligence of the SBU together with the Main Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk regions detained informants agents of the General Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. While conducting searches at the place of residence of intruders, law enforcement officers removed more than twenty communication devices used for spying activity, means of photo and video fixation with information on military equipment posted thereon, engineering defense structures of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military information, as well as almost twenty SIM-cards of Ukrainian and Russian operators and flash drives. Also removed the symbols of the Russian Federation and so-called “People’s Republics.” Within the framework of criminal proceedings initiated under Part 1 of Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, individuals involved in the case were declared suspicious of a crime and a preventive measure was taken in the form of detention. Investigative actions are ongoing.

Recognizing Ukraine elections illegitimate: OSINT expert reveals Kremlin’s plan on Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Moscow’s public outrage over the non-admission of Russian observers to monitor Ukraine elections is part of the general plan to discredit the very election campaign and recognize the results of the presidential election illegitimate. Moscow is trying to play the scenario that might help bring pro-Russian forces to power in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections.Moscow’s public outrage over the non-admission of Russian observers to monitor Ukraine elections is part of the general plan to discredit the very election campaign and recognize the results of the presidential election illegitimate. To this end, Moscow even involves Western pro-Kremlin journalists, the Segodnya newspaper reported referring to a Ukrainian MP and coordinator of the “Information Resistance” OSINT Group Dmytro Tymchuk. It should be noted that recently, Christian Verschyutts, a journalist with the Austrian television channel ORF, attempted to get into Ukraine to cover the elections. However, he was banned from entering for a period of 12 months due to the fact that during the past four years, he had visited the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea crossing in from Russia through checkpoints not controlled by Ukraine authorities. “The next step (and it is already being taken) is provoking Ukraine’s obvious and expected negative reaction to the arrival in our country of odious Western journalists who were spotted in Crimea and occupied Donbas, as well as representatives of Russian propaganda media. This is all about preparing the international community to Moscow’s tough stance on recognizing the presidential election in Ukraine as ‘illegitimate.’ That is, not just recognizing it as that which allegedly passed with some violations of democratic norms, but recognizing it as “not reflecting the will of the citizens of Ukraine,” Tymchuk wrote.

Hrytsenko demands resignation of SBU chief

Ukrainian presidential candidate Anatoliy Hrytsenko has demanded that SBU Chief Vasyl Hrytsak tender his resignation due to the introduction of the highest level of terrorist threat in Mariupol on March 13-14. — Ukrinform.

SBU startled over National Corps leader’s “assassination plot” statement – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on Monday appealed to the State Bureau of Investigation to open the probe in connection with a recent statement by MP Andriy Biletsky, the leader of the National Corps Party, alleging that the assassination of his party leaders is being prepared. The agency urged Mr Biletsky to disclose the specific data on which the allegations are grounded. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on Monday appealed to the State Bureau of Investigation to open the probe in connection with a recent statement by MP Andriy Biletsky, the leader of the National Corps Party, alleging that the assassination of his party leaders is being prepared. “The Security Service of Ukraine was surprised to learn about the statement of National Corps Party leader Andriy Biletsky about the alleged preparation by the SBU of physical elimination of organization leader. It’s a shame that a Ukrainian MP and leader of the National Corps, Andriy Biletsky, allows himself to manipulate his persona,” the SBU said in a statement delivered via Facebook.

UAWire – US State Department announces a tender to promote Internet freedom in Ukraine

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs published  tender requirements for programs that promote …

Ukrainian ambassador asks Budapest to support Kyiv’s EU and NATO aspirations

Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop met with Defence Minister of Hungary Tibor Benkő and asked Budapest to support the implementation of Ukraine’s policy of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine, U.S. agree on further fight against biological threats

Chairman of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa and representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program have discussed the plan for future cooperation, the agency’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

U.S. Jabil to launch second electronics manufacturing site in Zakarpattia region

U.S. Jabil Circuit is building a second electronics manufacturing site in the village of Rozivka, Zakarpattia region. U.S. Jabil Circuit is building a second electronics manufacturing site in the village of Rozivka, Zakarpattia region. According to the company, with the expansion of manufacturing in Uzhgorod the facilities of the Ukrainian division of the company would double. Mobile phones, media players and PCs for exports to the European Union will be assembled at the new site. Jabil Circuit is among top three global leaders among companies offering supply chain solutions. Electronics for Nespresso, Ceragon, Sagemcom, SIAE Microelettronica, DUCATI Energia, SIT and TeleTec brands is assembled at the Uzhgorod site Jabil is an electronic product solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, production and product management services to global electronics and technology companies.

Ukraine’s economy growing 13 quarters in a row – President Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko has said that the economy of Ukraine has been growing for 13 quarters in a row. — Ukrinform.

Exhibition of Ukrainian artist opens at UN headquarters

An exhibition, entitled “The River of Life,” by Ukrainian artist Olga Kondratska has opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. — Ukrinform.

HBO announces premiere of ‘Chernobyl’ historical drama miniseries – news world | UNIAN

HBO TV channel has announced the premiere of the “Chernobyl” miniseries telling about the events in Ukraine in 1986 and posted the first trailer on YouTube. The release is scheduled for May 6.

Ukrainian Ambassador on Wehrschutz’s entry ban: He did not abide by Ukrainian legislation

Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria Oleksandr Scherba says that the ban on Austrian journalist Christian Wehrschutz’s entry into Ukraine has nothing to do with the freedom of speech.

Ukraine Pivots, Says Austrian Journalist Barred ‘For His Own Safety’

The Ukrainian Security Service first said Christian Wehrschuetz had been banned for violating laws on entering Russia-annexed Crimea. Now, citing the reporter’s own public concerns, they say they w…

Right-wing groups involved in 34 violations of rights to freedoms in Ukraine – UN

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine documented 164 violations of the rights to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in Ukraine last year, and in at least 34 cases perpetrators were members of extreme right-wing groups. — Ukrinform.

 

A Ukrainian Priest’s Fight Club

When Orthodox priest Andriy Korobkov is not ministering to his small parish in western Ukraine, he’s serving the community in a different way: by teaching kids martial arts.

 

Russia’s FSB goes after followers of new Ukrainian church – news politics | UNIAN

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation has stepped up measures to identify Ukrainian citizens who actively support the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Security officials interview them at border checkpoints, exerting psychological pressure, directly or indirectly, regarding the need to revise their position of supporting the OCU.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Favorite Orthodox Hierarch Writing a Play about Crimea

Paul Goble Staunton, March 11 – In yet another demonstration of the ways in which the Russian Orthodox Church and the Putin Kremlin are intermixing, Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov says he is writing a play (that is already slated to become a movie) about Crimea and its history (mk-pskov.ru/politics/2019/03/11/pskovskiy-mitropolit-tikhon-shevkunov-pishet-pesu-pro-krym.html). Tikhon, widely reputed to be Putin’s spiritual guide and publicly close to the Kremlin leader, clearly doesn’t need to curry favor with the Russian president. The metropolitan, on the outs with Patriarch Kirill, is already the favorite to succeed the current head of the church when the time comes. What this latest Tikhon action does point to is an effort by him that is undoubtedly supported by his friend Putin to make the church more popular and accessible by adopting populist methods and messages. One can hardly imagine any previous patriarch writing a play about such a political subject. And that may pay the Pskov metropolitan big dividends; but it is certain to have negative consequences as well, offending many more traditional believers who despite their caesaro-papist values won’t want to see their church as nothing more than an echo chamber for whatever the Kremlin is saying now. And that in turn opens the way not only to splits within the ROC MP but also to having some of its believers fall away into the catacomb church or to Protestantism or Catholicism. Tikhon and Putin may assume they can block this; but the experience of other faiths whose leadership has become overly populist suggests they will not succeed.