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US to test this August a new GLCM, yet to be disclosed whether it is a derivative of an existing cruise missile or a new design, and new LRSO progressing. Buffs to deploy to RAF Fairford. SACEUR labels Russia as a “primary threat to Euro-Atlantic security”.US negotiates with Poland over “Fort Trump” – whatever the base ends up being called, the “Fort Trump” label will stick. Dempsey on Euro security. Estonian security report. EP wants more EU funding for East StratCom Task Force counter-propaganda effort.
Gricius on Wagner PMC in Africa. Update on RuNet. Hardliner Polyakov calls for an “impenetrable iron curtain” to keep Western influences out of Russia, and Russian oligarchs inside Russia. Inozemtsev bemoans Russia’s catastrophic and accelerating brain drain. Davydov on the failure of Russian propaganda intended to vilify Ukrainians, with Russian public attitudes shifting to envy as Russia sinks and Ukraine slowly rises – Putin’ agenda in Ukraine once the invasion failed was to portray democracy as chaos and Ukraine has fallen to a “fascist junta”, yet the reality of today is a fascist Russia and a tumultuous democracy in Ukraine. Kirillova on the blowback of 5 years of Russian media focus on Ukraine, as the Russian public sees a genuine election campaign in progress, she notes Davydov’s comment on ‘the Ukrainian occupation of Russia.’This is the total failure of everything Russia sought to achieve by invading Ukraine.
NATO annual report reaffirms the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision to support Ukraine’s entry to NATO, although we have yet to see a MAP produced. European Parliament recommends the appointment of EU Special Representative for Ukraine. UK Foreign Office video on Ukraine. Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency Ashley meets with Ukraine GUR Commander Col-Gen Burba. WSJ on US effort to enhance AFU Navy. State HRP report on Crimean repression.
A fascinating interview with historian Dr. Plokhii, who concludes that Russia is now treating Ukraine more like the Baltic states or Poland than another post-Soviet republic. Ukrainian MFA provides OSCE with major report on Minsk violations by Russia. Concerns over gas pipelines.
Donbas update. PSU developments and FIS update. Capability and industry update – US supplied IT equipment, AFU procured fifty BMP-1AK from the EU. Lutsk depot now manufacturing parts for Russian fighter engines. Russia’s campaign to block Ukrainian exports to Indonesia and Kazakhstan. Blowback from defense procurement corruption case, as the public exposure of the secret exploitation of corruption inside Russia to procure spare parts, has resulted in the FSB plugging this hole in the Russian embargo on parts supply to Ukraine (possibly why Ukraine’s law enforcement turned a blind eye to this corruption in the first place).
Politics update – notable that now approx 85% of Ukrainian social media users migrated from Russian platforms to Facebook and other Western platforms. Poroshenko statements (very good), and election update.
SBU arrests Russian propagandist for inciting religious hatred.
Currently prohibited by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the missiles will no longer be banned once U.S. withdrawal from the pact is complete this summer.
The Pentagon plans this summer to test a ground-launched cruise missile of the type that has been banned for three decades by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, U.S. news agencies …
The missiles were banned by the 1987 INF Treaty, but the U.S. is pulling out due to allegations of Russian cheating.
The United States aims to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 km (620 miles) in August, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday, after Washington announced last month it plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing received a potential contract to help the U.S. Air Force integrate an air-launched cruise missile system, which will replace the AGM 86 nuclear cruise missile, on a B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft, according to U.S. Department of Defense. The contract, from U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and announced on Wednesday, is valued at $250 million. The DoD has reported that this contract provides for aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, engineering, testing, software development, training, facilities, and support necessary to fully integrate the Long Range Stand-Off Cruise Missile (LRSO) on the B-52H bomber platform. “Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2024,” said in a DoD’s statement. The Air Force will obligate $6.3M in fiscal 2019 research and development funds at the time of award. Whilу, Senate defense and intelligence lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein early said that LRSO is a modern proposed nuclear weapon system. “I believe it is in fact a new nuclear weapon,” Feinstein told Mattis, saying much of what informed her opinion was classified. The new nuclear cruise missiles designing to strike targets that neither an intercontinental ballistic missile nor a submarine launched ballistic missile can strike. The B-52 cannot penetrate adversary air defenses; therefore, without the LRSO, the B-52 will cease to play a role in the nuclear mission once the AGM-86 is retired, and the retirement of this weapon might occur before the B-21 is operational in the nuclear role in significant numbers. If the AGM 86 nuclear cruise missile becomes obsolete well in advance of retirement, then the B-52 could become irrelevant in the nuclear role by the late 2020s.
The U.S. Air Force reported the deployment of B-52 Stratofortress long-range strike bombers to Europe. According to a news release put out by U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs, a Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, have arrived in the U.S. European Command area of operations for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training. “The aircraft will operate out of RAF Fairford, England. The deployment of strategic bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as United States Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers,” said in news release. The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the U.S. European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges. The B-52 is one of the oldest airframes that the Air Force still operates. The Stratofortress bombers have been in every conflict since the Vietnam War. As to date, B-52s have been modified for low-level flight, conventional bombing, extended-range flights, and transport of improved defensive and offensive equipment — including ballistic and cruise missiles that can be launched hundreds of miles from their targets.
TASS news agency reported, citing a source in the Russian defense industry, that Russia intends to launch its new hypersonic missile Zircon from …
The commander of NATO forces in Europe, U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, has said that Russia continues to be the “and voiced concern about Moscow’s milita…
Defense Undersecretary Rood visited Warsaw to negotiate a controversial permanent presence.
The Donald Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.”
Editor’s note: GMF’s Rosa Balfour, along with a selection of experts, respond to Judy Dempsey on “Is Europe Doing Enough to Protect its Democracy?”
The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service warned in its new annual report "International Security and Estonia" that “The only serious threat to …
The response of the United States and the European Union to Russian aggression against Ukraine is insufficient, but sanctions remain critical for the Kremlin. — Ukrinform.
A recommendation by the European Parliament calls Russia “the main source of disinformation in Europe” and appeals for increased funding for the European Union’s antipropaganda East StratCom Task F…
The European Parliament strongly condemned Russia, China, Iran and North Korea’s increasingly aggressive actions, “which seek to undermine the foundations and principles of European democracies as well as the sovereignty of all Eastern Partnership countries.” MEPs urge the EU to expand its East StratCom Task Force, set up in 2015, into a fully-fledged structure within the European External Action Service, to address Russia’s hostile propaganda.
It is easy to get distracted in today’s information abundance. It might be even easier in the disinformation space. ‘I will think about it tomorrow’ – have you quoted Scarlett O’Hara at some point in your life, just looking for a distraction from a problem you were facing? If you did, you might have fallen victim to Western propaganda, according to pro-Kremlin outlets. Fashionable Distraction Blaming Russia for everything that is going wrong in the West is a good distraction technique, claim pro-Kremlin outlets. One of the pretexts to do that, they claim, was the European Parliament report about Kremlin interference in elections in Europe and the US. In spite of in-depth research on interference and meddling, the Russian government has repeatedly denied any responsibility. But it also went further. Pro-Kremlin outlets try to convince the audience that blaming the Russian government for everything is fashionable in the West now.
Gabriella Gricius uncovers how Russia’s global ambitions are increasingly handled by mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East While many Western countries have a tradition of private military corporations (PMCs), Russia’s own history of PMCs and mercenaries is distinct. Furthermore, the distinction between the two leads to complex questions, particularly relating to the Wagner Group, an organization which acts as a PMC, but is in fact a mercenary outfit. From 2017 onwards, it has been slowly making its way into Africa, in countries such as the Central African Republic, Sudan and Libya. Founded in 2013, the Wagner Group has gained significant name recognition over the past few years. It is headed by Dmitry Utkin, a former colonel of Russian military intelligence (GRU). And it is suspected to be funded and supported by Yevgeny Prigozhin. They are operational in the Central African Republic, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan, where they work both with the Russian government as well as independently. Unlike well-known companies such as DynCorp and Blackwater, Russia does not have the same domestic rules and regulations that the USA requires for PMCs and private security companies. In fact, according to Maria Zabolotskaya, a member of the Legal Division of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “under Russian law, it is not possible to set up a PMC or use one abroad.” This is because PMCs are not regulated under Article 359 of the Russian Criminal Code, as mercenaries and their financing are not allowed. Furthermore, Article 208 prohibits the formation of armed groups – which is backed up by Article 13 of the Russian Constitution. However, these laws are neither followed nor enforced nor clearly understood by Russian law. Even an effort to pass a law in the Russian Duma in 2018 that would have defined PMCs in Russia was rejected by the Ministry of Defense. How then does one explain the so-called Wagner Group or another well-known Russian private military company, the RSB Group? The answer lies in the distinction given between PMCs and mercenaries. Yet, it is not easy to answer given that it can be hard to distinguish between Russia’s legal private military contractors (PMCs) and state-sponsored mercenaries.
The Russian Defense Ministry has begun to the first stage of developing a multi-service telecommunication network, which will be the basis for the Russian autonomous internet or RuNet, Zn.ua reports. According to the Ministry, the first phase will be finished by the end of the current year and the network will be fully operational by 2021. The Ministry plans to lay fiber-optic cable through the Arctic. The Ministry’s own search engine, cyber action log and user identification system are expected to be developed for RuNet. The network will be completely isolated from the World Wide Web. Traffic exchange with the global internet will be blocked. All information will be stored on the Defense Ministry’s servers. Funds for the “sovereign internet” of the Russian Federation have already been included in the State budget of 2019-2021. A monitoring system will be developed this year to control the public communication network. On February 4th, 2019, the Russian government supported a bill on developing Autonomous Internet, but the bill was sent back for further revision. On February 12, the Russian State Duma adopted the bill in the first reading with all amendments. Testing of the network will continue until April 1. Approximately fifteen thousand people participated in a rally for Internet freedom in Moscow on Sunday, March 10th.
Paul Goble Staunton, March 13 – It had to happen: Only a few days after another blogger argued that the Iron Curtain played a positive role in Soviet times, another blogger is arguing that Russia today desperately needs to erect a new iron curtain to block the influx of all kinds of evil forces from the outside world – and to keep Russian elites from running abroad. In Soviet times, Russians dealt with the iron curtain as a fact of life, rarely accepting Moscow’s claims that it was intended to keep people out of the socialist paradise; but now it appears there are a growing number of people in Putin’s Russia who view an even more impenetrable iron curtain as something that country needs to have now. And such people argue that a barrier of this kind is needed not only to keep out Western influence but to prevent Russian elites from following the siren song of the West and thus to keep them and their wealth inside the country where it can be used to the benefit of the Russian people. One Moscow commentator making this argument is Mikhail Polyakov who says that the new iron curtain must be so impenetrable that no Western influences can come in and no members of Russia’s nouveau riche will be able to get out and take their money with them. Instead, they and it will remain inside the country (publizist.ru/blogs/111086/29960/-). Indeed, he argues, the second task is even more important than the first because most Russians have been immunized against the worst forms of Western influence but Russian elites, having stolen so much from the people, have learned that they don’t need to develop the country to have a better life but can simply go abroad and use their money to buy what they need. “As a result,” Polyakov continues, “Russia has been cast aside: the economy is in ruins, agriculture has degraded, and giant Soviet-era factories have been wrecked and sold off for their metal – and those which nonetheless remain put so much junk into the atmosphere that they make local residents sick.” But the oligarchs and officials don’t care: they don’t breathe this aid: they breath the clean air of the Alps or the Mediterranean coast where they have built expensive villas. That has to stop, he says, and “only an iron curtain will be able to force them to work for their country” because they obviously do not have any consciences of feelings of duty before it. Such a new iron curtain would not be needed for all time, however. Once the country returns to socialism and develops, it could have open borders again.
Paul Goble Staunton, March 13 – Many Russians are concerned about the impact of the departure of hundreds of thousands of talented young Russians and the brain drain their exit means, Vladislav Inozemtsev says; but many comfort themselves with the idea that after Putin, these people will return and help build a modern new Russia. The prospects for any mass return, however, are slight, the Russian economist and commentator says; and while it is possible that a few will come back and be able to play the role that some Russians now predict for them, most will not for at least three compelling reasons (echo.msk.ru/blog/v_inozemcev/2387433-echo/). First of all, Inozemtsev says, one must keep in mind that “emigration is a difficult choice and that today people make it either for economic or political reasons.” If their reasons are economic, then they will need five to ten years in their new environment to be successful, and by the time they are, they will be “connected to the new society by dozens of threads.” To think that such people will give all that up to return to some “’new Russia’” is “quite naïve,” the economist says, all the more so because the economy of Russia at the end of the Putin era will be “decades behind the West” and thus will not be in a position to offer them the kinds of possibilities that staying abroad will. According to Inozemtsev, “Russia will not be able to modernize itself on its own; and under the new conditions, it will need Western capital and technology more than individual specialists who earlier left the country.” Some may come back, but they will pay a high price – and there won’t be a mass return. Second, “people who leave Russia because of disagreement with the regime and as either a mark of protest or fearing repression as a rule during the time of their stay beyond the borders of the country are radicalized.” Their hatred for the current regime in many cases becomes hatred for the country and people as a whole. The return of emigres and their children to Central European countries and the Baltic states after the end of communism does not contradict this because those people viewed their countries as having been occupied by the Soviet Union and therefore they kept their focus on that rather than developing negative feelings toward their countries or their populations. But in the case of Russia, emigres thinking about returning would have to confront a society which for two decades has followed a KGB lieutenant colonel back to some of the most horrific features of the past. Thus, for the emigres, the people and the country bear some of the responsibility for what has gone wrong. And third, Inozemtsev says, one must not forget that there is not and cannot be “any guarantee that the reformers who will seize power from Putin (if they do so) will be prepared to share power and authority with those people who left the country and over the course of many years did not take part in the holy struggle with the regime.” Unfortunately, there is little reason to think that these three things will suddenly be repealed and allow today’s emigres to be “a cadres reserve” for a new Russia. History, economics and personal experiences all militate against that possibility.
Paul Goble Staunton, March 13 – Many people have been struck by new polls showing that Russians have remarkably positive attitudes about Ukrainians and wish to live in peace and harmony with them, results that suggest the Kremlin’s propaganda efforts are no longer obtaining the results they did earlier, Ivan Davydov says. But these Levada Center poll results, which are echoed by polls showing an equally positive view of Russians by Ukrainians, represent good news for the Russian and Ukrainian people but extraordinarily bad news for the Kremlin, the head of the Open Media Foundation says (openmedia.io/exclusive/pochemu-perestala-rabotat-antiukrainskaya-propaganda/).That is because, Davydov says, they in the Russian case that people are tired of the regime’s continuing obsession with Ukraine to the exclusion of almost everything else and want their government to focus on Russian problems rather than talk about Ukraine as if that could serve as a distraction. The Kremlin and its propagandists achieved remarkable success early on it getting Russians to have a negative attitude toward Ukraine, often by suggesting the implicit question to them: “You don’t want to live the way they do in Kyiv, do you?” and getting the response the regime wanted. But now, the analyst says, Russians are responding somewhat differently and that is “bad news” for the propagandists and the regime they represent. Russians now say “In general we do not want to be equated with Kyiv. We want you to remember that you live in Russia and have tried to solve our problems.” “The next step,” Davydov says, “one which a year ago seemed unthinkable but now does not appear impossible at all is for them to answer: ‘Yes, we want things here to be like they are in Kyiv. We want that citizens can change their rulers.” The powers that be in Moscow “don’t have an answer to that,” and their propaganda doesn’t have a new trick up its sleeve. Moscow TV tells Russians about poverty in Ukraine, but Russians can see poverty around themselves. And that makes it more difficult for Russians to view Ukrainians as their chief enemy. They want television to talk about their own problems, and they want their rulers to address them, not spend all their time talking about another country.
Paul Goble Staunton, March 13 – Anyone who watches Moscow television would assume the country was in the midst of an election campaign – there are learned discussions of who will win and why, what participation is likely to be, and what role if any outside players have in determining the outcome, Kseniya Kirillova says. And he or she would be right, the Russian media is in the midst of an election campaign but it is a campaign taking place not in Russia where competitive elections for president haven’t occurred in decades but in Ukraine where they have become an entirely normal phenomenon, the US-based Russian journalist says (day.kyiv.ua/ru/blog/politika/ukrainskie-vybory-v-rossii). To be sure, Kirillova continues, the Russian commentators put their own spin on events in Ukraine about which as things stand now they must say only bad things of nothing at all; but it is clear that they are taking a certain vicarious pleasure in the kind of competition a real election offers and that they haven’t seen in their own country in some time. What is not known is whether Russians are receiving the message the Kremlin wants delivered or whether they are seeing in all this reporting a system that they can easily recognize is likely to be far more responsive to the demands of ordinary people than is the case in their own country. In a word, the journalist says, “Ukraine yet again has give Moscow the chance to play at the imitation of the political process” it doesn’t allow at home, a dangerous game to be sure because some of its audience may decide that a competitive democracy is exactly what they themselves would like to have. As a result, Kirillova continues, “one cannot but agree with the precise ironic commentary of Ivan Davydov about ‘the Ukrainian occupation of Russia.’ By means of the Kremlin’s efforts, Ukraine already for six years has successfully controlled the Russian information space and defined the worldview of Russians and their agenda.” According to the Russian journalist, “the Kremlin will do everything possible to extend this occupation for as long as possible,” clearly not aware that it is engaged in something that could backfire on it in ways exactly the opposite of what it clearly hopes for and even expects.
The man was protesting against a bill on Russia’s internet, saying it threatened freedom of speech.
NATO has reaffirmed its commitment to the open door policy regarding its enlargement, as well as the decision of the NATO Bucharest Summit of 2008 that Ukraine and Georgia will become NATO members once they meet all the necessary requirements. — Ukrinform. A respective clause is contained in the NATO Secretary General’s Annual Report for 2018, in the section devoted to NATO enlargement, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented the report at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday . “At the Brussels Summit, NATO leaders reconfirmed the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision that Georgia will become a member of the Alliance. In light of Ukraine’s restated aspirations for NATO membership, Allies also stand by their decisions taken at the Bucharest Summit and subsequent Summits,” the report reads. At the same time, while commenting on the prospect of Ukraine getting a Membership Action Plan, Stoltenberg said at a press conference that Ukraine and NATO already have all the tools that are necessary for effective partnership. “When it comes to Ukraine, I think we have already in place many different tools. We have the Annual National Program, the NATO-Ukraine Commission, different partnerships, activities. So, we have already in place a lot of tools that can be used to strengthen our partnership and help Ukraine move towards Euro-Atlantic integration,” Stoltenberg said. As reported, amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine securing the country’s course for membership in the European Union and NATO came into effect on February 21. The Verkhovna Rada on February 7 passed the law introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the law in the Verkhovna Rada on February 19. According to the document, the transitional provisions of the Constitution exclude a clause that provides for the use of existing military bases on Ukrainian territory for the temporary stationing of foreign military formations under lease terms in accordance with international treaties.
NATO’s commitment to assisting Ukraine’s security and defence sector reforms remains high. — Ukrinform.
The North Atlantic Alliance made efforts to build strategic partnership with Russia but suspended all practical cooperation with it following the illegal annexation of Crimea and aggression against Ukraine in 2014. — Ukrinform.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg confirmed Ukraine’s aspirations towards full membership in the Alliance
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says there are already a lot of tools in place to help Ukraine move toward Euro-Atlantic integration. The NATO chief recalled of the Annual National Program, the NATO-Ukraine Commission, and other mechanisms to strengthen Ukraine’s partnership with the Alliance.
A resolution was adopted at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to recommend the appointment of an EU special representative for Ukraine. A resolution was adopted at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to recommend the appointment of an EU special representative for Ukraine. The document says the special envoy will deal mainly with the subjects of Crimea and Donbas. He or she will also be responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in Russian-occupied territories, the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, reducing tension in the Azov Sea region and protecting internally displaced persons’ rights, the EP said in the resolution.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution that recommends appointing a special representative of the European Union for Ukraine, who would …
14.03.19 14:44 – Russia’s actions in Ukraine jeopardize international norms, – UK Foreign Office. VIDEO Russia’s actions in Ukraine present a serious threat to international norms.
March 14, 2019 This was discussed during the official visit of the Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine to the U.S. capital. During the negotiations with the Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency Robert Ashley, the leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency and the high officials of the U.S. intelligence community, Colonel General Vasyl Burba put emphasis on Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in the occupied territories of Ukraine and in the region of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. In the course of the meeting, the Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine discussed with American colleagues irrefutable evidence of further intentions of the Russian Federation to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, in European countries and in other regions of the world. According to the results of the meeting, a number of agreements regarding the cooperation and assistance of the American side in strengthening capabilities of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine to counter Russian armed aggression was reached.
Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR) Vasyl Burba and Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Robert Ashley discussed Russia’s further intentions to destabilize Ukraine, Europe, and other regions of the world. Among other things, the GUR chief focused on Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in the occupied territories of Ukraine and in the Azov-Black Sea region. Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR) Vasyl Burba and Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Robert Ashley discussed Russia’s further intentions to destabilize Ukraine, Europe, and other regions of the world. Top military intelligence officers met in Washington DC as part of Burba’s official visit to the United States, according to the GUR. Burba also met with the leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency and senior intelligence community officials. “During the meeting, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine discussed with his American colleague’s irrefutable evidence of Russia’s further intentions to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, European countries, and other regions of the world,” the statement reads. Among other things, Burba focused on Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in the occupied territories of Ukraine and in the Azov-Black Sea region. Following the visit, a number of agreements were reached on cooperation and U.S. assistance to Ukraine in enhancing GUR capabilities to counter Russia’s armed aggression.
The U.S. is channeling support to Ukraine’s navy to help counter Russian efforts to choke Kiev’s economy and destabilize its pro-Western government by blocking port access.
Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Alliance of Allies in Europe, American General Curtis Scaparotti, at a hearing in the House of Representatives of the US Congress announced his intention to transfer two more Icelandic boats to Ukraine. “We have worked and will continue to work on the maritime direction with their Naval Forces. We have good relations with them. And now there is an increase in the funding that we have been asking Congress to transfer to Kiev marine resources, especially the two ships – the patrol boats of the class of Island, to begin to replenish their navies. It is also about other means, ” – said Scaparotti. The prospect of obtaining two more boats is confirmed by the sources of the Ukrainian Military Portal in the Naval Force. Recall that on September 27, 2018, the US Coast Guard at the naval base in Baltimore, in the presence of the President of Ukraine , transmitted two patrol boats of the type “Island” to Ukraine .
In February 2014 Russian forces entered Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and occupied it militarily. In March 2014 Russia announced the peninsula had become part of the Russian Federation following a sham referendum that violated Ukraine’s constitution. The UN General Assembly’s Resolution 68/262 on the “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” of March 27, 2014, and Resolution 73/263 on the “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”of December 22, 2018, called on states and international organizations not to recognize any change in Crimea’s status and affirmed the commitment of the United Nations to recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine. In April 2014 Ukraine’s legislature (Verkhovna Rada) adopted a law attributing responsibility for human rights violations in Crimea to the Russian Federation as the occupying state. The United States does not recognize the attempted “annexation” of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Russian law has been applied in Ukraine’s Crimea since the Russian occupation and purported “annexation” of the peninsula. For detailed information on the laws and practices of the Russian Federation, see the Country Reports on Human Rights for Russia. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A local authority installed by the Russian government and led by Sergey Aksyonov as “prime minister” of the “state council of the republic of Crimea” administers occupied Crimea. The “state council” is responsible for day-to-day administration and other functions of governing. In 2016 Russia’s nationwide parliamentary elections included seats allocated for purportedly annexed Crimea, a move widely condemned by the international community and that contravened the Ukrainian constitution. Russian authorities maintained control over Russian military and security forces deployed in Crimea. Russian security services continued to consolidate control over Crimea and restrict human rights. Occupation authorities imposed and disproportionately applied repressive Russian Federation laws on the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Human rights issues included: disappearances; torture, including punitive psychiatric incarceration; mistreatment of persons in detention as punishment or to extort confessions; harsh prison conditions and removing prisoners to Russia; arbitrary arrest and detention; political prisoners; pervasive interference with privacy; severe restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, including closing outlets and violence against journalists; restrictions on the internet, including blocking websites; gross and widespread suppression of freedom of assembly; severe restriction of freedom of association, including barring the Crimean Tatar Mejlis; restriction of freedom of movement and on participation in the political process; systemic corruption; and systemic discrimination against Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians. Russian-installed authorities took few steps to investigate or prosecute officials or individuals who committed human rights abuses, creating an atmosphere of impunity and lawlessness. Occupation and local “self-defense” forces often did not wear insignia and committed abuses with impunity.
Jakub Mielnik, journalist: At what stage is Ukraine now? Has it finally left the Russian sphere of influence or not? Serhii Plokhii: Annexation of Crimea and the beginning of Donbas war became the turning point. These events have set a lasting trajectory of the movement: the Ukrainians have formed a new picture of their country and the people, based on a protest against Russian aggression. Meanwhile, in the short term, we can still expect for various steps backward. In this regard, the current year will be especially important, since Ukraine will hold presidential and parliamentary elections. They can reverse the changes that have occurred in Ukraine over the past four years, right? Of course, there are such fears, although I personally believe that in a country whose residents decided to take up arms in order to protect it from Russian aggression, this is unlikely to happen. It will be difficult for Russia too. Why? After four years of active anti-Ukrainian propaganda, it would not be easy for the Russians to return to the model, proposed by Putin at the beginning of the conflict. He said that Russians and Ukrainians were essentially one people. Moscow’s steps in its foreign policy show that there has been a sharp reversal in its approach to Kyiv. Of course, it is trying to interfere in Ukrainian politics, sow chaos, but Ukraine belongs to a new category for it: this is not a typical category of the post-Soviet states, but of the Baltic countries, Poland or Hungary. Related: Putin in 2008 called Ukraine “mistake of history,” – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Do you think the Russians have accepted the fact that Ukraine is an independent state? Any official statements on this topic have been voiced, so I cannot quote them. Perhaps Moscow has not verbalized this idea, but if we analyze Russian stocks, we can see that the approach to Ukraine has changed. There is no strong pro-Russian candidate in the Ukrainian presidential race, there are no politicians who would be openly supported by Putin, as it happened in the past. I cannot say how deliberate is this step and is it a result of a practical approach to the current political games, but the changes are obvious. It’s hard to believe because Ukraine is of great importance for the Russian national identity. Has Moscow refused from referring to Kyivan Rus, which have been served as the foundation of the empire? This is a two-level process. At a practical level, Russia is trying to build a nation-state. Operation “Russian World,” where the Russian Federation acted as a defender of the Russian language and cultural community, has lost its significance, and ethnic origin came to the fore. This was corroborated by Crimean case, with its predominantly Russian population: the peninsula was annexed, and its inhabitants were quickly integrated. Those who are culturally Russians (not ethnically), such as Donbas citizens, have been suspended: Russia does not really want to incorporate their lands. And what about the second level? This is about changing the concept of the entire Russian history, but this is a very long process. The myth of the origin of the Russian state, closely related to the history of Kyiv, has been forming for several centuries. Its transformation during the digital age could be done faster, but it still takes time. There are some signs that Russians are considering different options, moving away from linking Russia exclusively with Kyivan Rus. Some Russian historians are increasingly emphasizing the importance of Novgorod as a source from which the modern Russian state emerged. Everyone is now wondering what would happen with Belarus when Alexander Lukashenko is gone. The fate of this country is sealed, will Russia incorporate it? …I think the Russians will not turn Belarus into one of their regions, it will retain formal independence, remaining in the Russian sphere of influence. Only a large-scale geopolitical event can change the course of events, for example, the collapse of the modern Russian state. Nothing, however, augur it. Would some changes happen in Belarus itself? The basis of Belarus’s existence is the rejection of those steps taken by the other post-Soviet countries. It has refused not only from the free market (it appeared in the entire post-Soviet space in one form or another) but also from nationalism, which has become an important element of self-awareness in many countries that have arisen on the ruins of the Soviet Union, including Ukraine and Russia. Now Lukashenko has begun to promote certain elements of national mythology, but his country is very different from the Russian or Ukrainian state. Belarus remains a conserved part of the Soviet Union, which stubbornly refuses to realize that it has ceased to exist. Let us go back to Ukraine now. Ukrainian church has gained independence from the Moscow Patriarchate; was it a great blow to Russia? The concept, which calls Kyiv the mother of Russian cities, appeared at about the same time as the thesis about the necessity of subordinating the Kyiv church to the Moscow Patriarchate. The history of Moscow was first recorded by monks from Kyiv monasteries, thus trying to enlist the support of the Moscow kings and guarantee their protection from the Polish Catholic kings. They should not have done this, because they thus laid the foundation for the empire, which now claims to have control over Kyiv. It is not surprising that these two mythologies (unity of nations and unity of religion) have cracked simultaneously. This was especially painful for the church because conservative religious organizations do not tolerate change. The question is whether the Ukrainian autocephalous church will survive. The transformation of the church is a difficult process, but if the changes have already taken place, they can determine the destinies of countries and peoples for many years. Now the majority of church parishes in Ukraine are subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate, but for the first time since the seventeenth century, Ukrainians received an independent, internationally recognized church. Given what is happening with the Ukrainian state and society in the context of the war with Russia, Moscow can easily imagine that a new small church organization will very soon become the church for the majority of Ukrainians. It would be much more difficult for the Moscow Patriarchate to spread its influence. It has to be admitted that this was a very clever move: Moscow quarreled with its traditional allies because of the Ukrainian autocephaly, in particular, with the Greeks, who supported Ukraine, not Russia. How did it happen? Ukrainian Church has made several attempts to gain autocephaly, but each time they ended in failure. President Poroshenko has achieved success, which would certainly help his election campaign. Although, if you look at the situation from a western perspective, you can say that we have witnessed an unimaginable situation: literally a barbarous violation of the principle of separation of church and state, which operates in developed democracies. After all, how else to describe the president’s personal presence at the Council of Churches, which made decisions on the key church issues? At the same time, this is a very Western approach: in the countries with developed democracies, politicians are often engaged in affairs, which are of particular importance for the society, and then use them for their own political purposes. Ukrainians are also greatly helped by the fact that Russia is rapidly creating enemies on all fronts – from the political to the cultural or religious. Only because of this, Ukraine, as a victim of Russian aggression, receives such outside assistance, which Ukrainian diplomats or political elites failed to provide.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will meet in Brussels on March 20.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has sent to the OSCE a note on the attacks by Russian occupation forces in Donbas. That’s “so that everyone sees who is who”, MFA Ukraine says.
Executive Director of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko warns that if Ukraine loses its transit role, it will also forgo a security barrier to Russian aggression. Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to Europe.
Russia’s Gazprom Export has informed Bulgarian officials about plans to stop gas transit supplies via the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline from Ukraine to Turkey as of January 2020. Now Bulgaria is almost completely dependent on Russian gas.
First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the humanitarian team of the Tripartite Contact Group on the Donbas settlement, Iryna Gerashchenko, says the Ukrainian side is ready to hand over to Russia 25 Russian nationals and grant pardon to 72 militants in exchange for 19 civilians and soldiers held in Donbas. Ukraine demands the release of 19 Ukrainian civilians and military servicemen illegally held in the occupied areas of Donbas.
According to the statement published by Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sent a note of …
On the fifth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, spoke about the latest developments on the occupied peninsula. For Russia, Crimea is a territory which it could use to exert influence on NATO’s southern flank extending across the Black Sea region and all the way to the Mediterranean.
On March 13, Russian occupation forces twice violated the cease-fire, according to the press service of the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters. According to intelligence data, three militants were wounded and another one was killed.
Servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle of the invaders near the village of Vodiane in the Mariupol sector, according to the Facebook page of the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters. — Ukrinform.
14.03.19 15:31 – Ukrainian soldiers pranged hostile drone in Donbas. PHOTO The Ukrainian soldiers have downed Russian drone in Donbas near the positions of the Joint Forces Operation. View photo news.
Two militants were eliminated in the attack.
Overnight Thursday, Ukrainian border guards, together with the national police, detained a citizen who was crossing in from Russia-occupied Crimea. Border guards stress they are concerned about the trend of Russia sending recruited militants to Ukraine’s peaceful areas.
Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed in a grenade explosion in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in Donbas, the Ukrainska Pravda news website reported, citing the JFO chief military prosecutor, Oleh Tsitsak.
Some 45 aerial bombs have been destroyed by bomb disposal specialists in Ukraine since the beginning of the year, the State Emergency Situations Service of Ukraine has said.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has greeted the Ukrainian military on Volunteer Fighter Day, the NSDC press service has said.
Almost 170,000 citizens of Ukraine joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine under a contract from 2014 to 2018, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko has said.
The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Justice, Denys Chernyshov, announced that 286 prisoners were transferred from the penitentiary institutions in …
The Cabinet of Ministers has passed a decree “On the relocation of military units of the Ukrainian Air Force”, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry …
In Lutsk, the construction of hostels for the servicemen of the contract service of the 204th brigade of the tactical aviation of the air command “West” continues. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine In general, there are four improved planning booths for 120 seats each. The accommodation for servicemen of the contract service is being built on the territory of two military towns of the Lutsk garrison. As the deputy commander of the tactical aviation brigade from the rear, Lieutenant Colonel Vitaliy Umrysch, said, works are scheduled. Works on the construction of the roof of a building of one of the hostels in Lutsk Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine It is planned that their putting into operation and construction of the adjoining territory will be held this year. Let’s remind that in November 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the redeployment of 204 Sevastopol brigades of tactical aviation to them. Pokryshkin of the Ukrainian Air Force from Nikolaev to Lutsk. In addition to the dormitories for the aviation crew, the work on designing a squadron and technical building and the next line building at the Lutsk airfield was carried out last year.
The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine has refuted reports spun by some media outlets on the alleged appointment of Ukrainian analyst Anatolii Baronin Rector of FIS Institute. In connection with the disclosure of classified information, the agency’s internal security unit has already launched an investigation, the report reads.The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine has refuted reports spun by some media outlets on the alleged appointment of Ukrainian analyst Anatolii Baronin Rector of FIS Institute. At the same time, the agency confirms that since November 13, 2018, Baronin has been employed by the FIS as a leading analytical advisor to the FIS Chairman. From February 12, 2019, along with his main functions, he was additionally tasked with “performing the duties” of a chief of FIS Institute. “The main task facing him is to implement the reform of the educational institution in accordance with NATO standards, turning it from an ineffective structure that only eats up budget funds to a modern specialized postgraduate educational facility to train professionals, using best practices of the CIA , MI 6, and MOSSAD,” the report reads. “It is also important that Anatolii Baronin, in contrast to the previous heads of FIS Institute, speaks a foreign language, which significantly contributes to gaining NATO’s best practices in the field of training intelligence officers. Read alsoUkraine’s Foreign Intel Service: Russia to spend US$350 mln for meddling in Ukraine elections Baronin is the grandson of a legendary Ukrainian intelligence officer, the agency notes, adding that he is a “brilliant analyst who, from the beginning of Russian aggression volunteered to counter the Kremlin’s hybrid aggression. It is stated that in 2000s, Baronin was discharged from service in the Ukrainian intelligence “for health reasons” to be “replaced in the analytical department by new ‘talents’ who have already been or about to be thrown at the dumpster of the independent Ukraine’s history.” While being a fake report, the information originally published by “Antikor” contains certain data about the FIS personnel, which is not subject to disclosure. In connection with the disclosure of FIS data, the agency’s internal security unit has already launched an investigation, the report reads. Disclosure of such information entails criminal liability, according to the Ukrainian legislation, the press service concludes.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dismissed Yehor Bozhok as head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine will test the latest missile weapons produced by the national defense industry at ranges in Chernihiv region, President Petro Poroshenko said. Ukraine will test the latest missile weapons produced by the national defense industry at ranges in Chernihiv region, President Petro Poroshenko said. “It’s very important that these tests of our latest missile technology be conducted here, on Chernihiv soil,” Poroshenko said at a meeting of the Chernihiv regional development council on Wednesday. “Ukraine has started its tests […] And Ukraine is now getting absolutely new modern capabilities for increasing the accuracy, range, and power of our potential response to aggression,” he said. Poroshenko said earlier that Ukraine had no intentions of replaying the mistakes of the Budapest Memorandum and would be developing precision-guided weapons. On March 11, the president tasked the national design bureaus and defense manufacturers with developing precision-guided missile weapons with an increased range.
The press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that its personnel hosted a presentation as part of the United States government’s program which intends to provide support to the technology-based solutions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The ceremony was attended by the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Jovanovich, the Chief of the General Staff and the commanding officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and representatives of the U.S. armed forces. “The equipment that is installed today should become the core of the control system that is being implemented in the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” noted Muzhenko. Ukraine plans to equip the Cybersecurity Incident Response Center, the Operational Control and Monitoring Center of the Joint Operational Headquarters and the Main Command Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The program also includes the creation of logistic and medical information systems cores, technology solutions for the Special Operations Forces, the modernization of the IT infrastructure to ensure the functioning of the above-mentioned systems and personnel training. “This assistance will contribute to the Armed Forces of Ukraine acquiring compatibility with NATO, and will also enable Ukrainian units to better prepare for the current challenges in the east of Ukraine,” said Ambassador Jovanovic. Previously, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe, General of the U.S. Army, Curtis Scaparrotti announced that the United States intends to provide Ukraine with new types of weapons.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine has received 50 secondhand BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles in 2018, according to a news release put out by SpetsTechnoExport. In 2018, the SE SpetsTechnoExport, which is a part of the State Concern UkrOboronProm, delivered to Ukraine fifty BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, the deficient for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “The delivered BMPs have never been in service and were stored at the capacities of licensed enterprises of the European Union. During 2017-2018, BMP-1 completed a major overhaul with the replacement of all the necessary units, in accordance with the technical specifications of the EU repair factories,” said in a news release. Also added that the last batch of the contracted infantry fighting vehicles was delivered to Ukraine in December 2018: all armored vehicles are delivered on time, there are no claims for completeness and quality. As of today, armored vehicles are already operated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and participate in combat missions. Notably, the Armed Forces of Ukraine ordered newly overhauled BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from the Czech company Excalibur. According to a source familiar with the deal said, the purchase of a batch of overhauled BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) is intended for operational strengthening the combat capacity of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The BMP-1AK (AK – Anti Kumulyativnaya or protect against HEAT attacks in English) is a special variant of Soviet-made infantry fighting vehicle developed for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Externally, the BMP-1AK is almost no different from the Soviet one. The major differences between BMP-1AK and bases version in the assembly quality and onboard equipment. The BMP-1AK IFV is equipped with optical devices, periscopes and night vision, modern radio station and has more capable of operating in all weather conditions as well as at night. The crew is protected against nuclear, chemical and biological weapons by means of special fi lter-ventilating equipment.
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During the past year, Spetstechnoexport, a part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, supplied to Ukraine fifty BMP-1s, whose shortage is stored in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is reported by the press service of the State Enterprise DPSP “Spetstechnoexport” . The supplied military vehicles were not in operation before and were stored at the capacities of licensed enterprises of the European Union. During 2017-2018, these BMP-1s were completely overhauled by replacing the necessary units and units, in accordance with the technical specifications of the EU repair factories.
SE “Lutsk repair factory” Motor “updates the production base of high-precision equipment and implements a program of import substitution of high-tech components for aircraft engines Lutsk Enterprise is the leader among the enterprises of Ukraine for the repair of aircraft engines of the third and fourth generations. The enterprise is unique in terms of completeness of the complex of capital repairs of aircraft engines on their own production areas. For the realization of measures of the program of import substitution, the company buys new precision equipment. This year’s update accelerated thanks to the successful work in 2018. Over the past year, the volume of sales exceeded UAH 830 million, the company paid over UAH 300 million in taxes and payments, and the average monthly wage at an enterprise, which employs almost 1200 specialists, amounted to more than UAH 15,200. Thanks to the development of the production base, the plant managed to further master the production of high-tech components for aviation engines. The number of assimilated in its own production of items nomenclature exceeded 5500 items. Also, in cooperation with other enterprises, LRZ “Motor” began manufacturing the so-called “Basic” parts of aircraft engines, in particular those made of special heat-resistant alloys. It should be noted that more than 70% of all orders executed by the company are orders from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the restoration of engines for the Ukrainian Su-24 bombers, Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters. At the same time, the Lutsk Remazvod for the purpose of reloading of production capacities carries out a wide range of works for foreign partners, among which there are NATO member states: Major repair of aviation engines and all components of their units: AL-21F-3, are installed on the aircraft Su-17, Su-20, Su-22, Su-24); AL-31F, are installed on the Su-27, Su-30; RD-33 for MiG-29 aircraft GTD-117, GTDE-117 (-1), are installed on MiG-29, Su-27, and Su-30 aircraft. Overhaul of the removable boxes of the units, which are installed on the aircraft Su-27, Su-30; repair of engine units D30-KP (12 items) for IL-76; manufacture of spare parts for repair of aviation engineering. The enterprise is certified according to the International Standard of Quality ISO 9001 and has certificates and permissions of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the right to repair aviation equipment (Certificate of Approval of Maintenance and Repair Organization No. UA.145B.0416).
State Enterprise “Plant named after V.O. Malyshev “within the framework of the strategic state program, the renewal and modernization of production equipment is continuing. It is reported by the press service of the State concern “Ukroboronprom” Among the last important revenues are high-performance machines and coordinate-measuring machines, which recently received a branch of State Enterprise “Plant named after V.O. Malyshev “-” Aggregate plant “. On the illustration to the new equipment, an electrically-driven machine with numerical control was demonstrated – the Mitsubishi MV1200R Connect. It performs precision machining of the workpiece with a wire electrode. Machine tool presentation from the manufacturer:
The most predictable risk of the recent scandal around Ukroboronprom is the complication of Ukraine’s military-technical cooperation with a number of foreign partners with simultaneous strengthening in these areas of the Russian Federation. Mainly, it is the countries that have a long history of relations with Moscow. Ukraine repairs aircraft and other equipment for Astana, including S-300 air defense systems and 2S3 Acatsia self-propelled howitzers.
A specialized information resource Military Aviation has prepared material on Ukrainian military aircraft, which were sold to private companies in the United States during the period 2005-2009. IL-78 – serial number 0083485558, flight number UR-76759, 1988 issue, service began in Uzin. Current registration – N78GF. Supply of Ukrainian military aircraft to the United States Nikolaev, 2006 On September 02, 2005, between the State Enterprise “Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “and DG3IF” Ukrinmash “, a framework agreement # 4/142-D was signed and additional agreements were signed to it according to which the plant” NARP “undertook to complete a complex of works on pre-sale preparation Il-78 aircraft, factory number 0083485558. On May 23, 2006, the plane crossed the state border of Ukraine, having flown to the final operator North AmericanTactical Aviation Inc. in the United States of America. Subsequently, the board was resold to the American company Air Support Systems, which in turn handed it over to Tactical Air Defense Services. Supply of Ukrainian military aircraft to the United States Sawyer Airport, 2016 According to some reports, several years after the sale of the aircraft, its servicing was carried out by NARP specialists, while in 2009, during landing at Sawyer Airport (Michigan) for refueling, 5 Ukrainians were not detained for violating US immigration laws. In the period 2010-2012, the aircraft was registered by TEMCO INDUSTRIES INC. In January 2015, it was tested . At present, it is located in Sawyer Airport (Michigan) and is registered under the BANK OF UTAH TRUSTEE.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) last week closed all channels for supplying component parts for Ukraine’s defense industry, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said that Russia’s Federal Security Service last week blocked all known schemes for the transportation of defense-related components to Ukraine. Ukraine’s newest medium-range missiles were made including due to the fact that the country’s defense industry acquired certain spare parts within a similar scheme, According to the official. Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said that Russia’s Federal Security Service last week blocked all known schemes for the transportation of defense-related components to Ukraine. The statement came during a Wednesday meeting of the Interim Investigation Commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine probing reports on embezzlement in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and on the state’s defense capability in the period from 2004 to 2017, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Read alsoCorruption in Ukroboronprom: Journalists claim anti-corruption watchdog, prosecutors involved “I think I won’t be telling you a big secret, but for those who sport camo and yell about the need to destroy those terrible smuggling schemes for delivering components and spare parts from Russia, I’ll say it anyway: the newest Ukrainian medium-range missiles have been made, including due to the fact that Ukroboronprom purchased part of devices required within a similar scheme,” said Lutsenko. He added that “the FSB last week blocked all transportation schemes, at least those of which we’re aware.”
Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) blocked the supply of the details of the military use to Ukraine, as Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said during the session of the Temporary Investigation Commission on the investigation of deals in the national security sector, Pravda reports. “Brand new Ukrainian medium-range missiles were made out of elements Ukroboronprom purchased by such schemes. FSB has blocked everything last week, at least those transportation schemes we know,” Lutsenko said. According to him, there is no other way Ukroboronprom can get the required details. Related: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic ‘political’ As it was reported, First Deputy Secretary General of Ukroboronprom Sergiy Omelchenko said that the enterprise did not purchase details and spare parts from Russia. As we reported earlier, Kremlin commented on the scandal with smuggling of military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The press secretary of the president of Russian Federation Dmitry Pesov claimed this to be absurd, as such equipment is under special control. Related: Ukroboronprom’s international audit to be conducted by end of year, – Poroshenko February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them. Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov (former advisor of “Ukroboronprom” Director, the member of supervisory council of “Meridian” company till 2013, former assistant of Yuriy Tereshchenko, ex-Head of State Service of export control, Oleg Gladkovsky’s friend, – ed.) and Andriy Rogoza (CEO of “Inter Steel Ltd.”, – ed.) were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones. Related: National Security and Defense Council instructs to conduct international audit of Ukroboronprom Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company. “Ukroboronprom” called the investigation of the journalists of “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) show on the embezzlements by concern’s officials “manipulations”.
The son of ex-First Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleh Hladkovsky, Ihor Hladkovsky, participated in illegal schemes in the defense industry, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said. “As for the probable participation of Mr. Hladkovsky or Mr. Svynarchuk [former family name of the Hladkovskys], correspondence does not indicate that he was involved in either production activity or transfer of cash without paying taxes, but it is obvious for us that he was a participant in this scheme,” Lutsenko told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday. “We are now working to receive the necessary evidence in order to widen the circle of the suspects,” the prosecutor general said, replying to a question about the role of Ihor Hladkovsky in illegal defense industry deals. Lutsenko said there is a case at the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) on embezzlement, which Andriy Rohoza, a business partner of Ihor Hladkovsky, committed with his acquaintances at Ukraine’s SBU State Security Service. “During the special operation with SBU counterintelligence agents we detained all three suspects and now they are in the dock. Telephones and messages with [Vitaliy] Zhukov – and only with Zhukov [a suspect in the case] – were discovered while detaining Rohoza. From the correspondence between the two it is evident that Rohoza was the de facto owner of LLC OptimumSpetsDetal. Together with Zhukov they supplied equipment and parts to the state-run Ukroboronprom Concern and further cashed out funds received for the products,” Lutsenko said. The prosecutor general said it is a legal fact that Rohoza and Zhukov had committed tax evasion. As reported, journalists from Bihus.info on March 11 aired parts four and five of a five-part investigative report that alleged Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service, the Military Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) knew about illegal schemes in Ukraine’s defense industry used by Ihor Hladkovsky with his business partners Zhukov and Rohoza.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that Ukroboronprom state concern should be audited by one of the four well-known foreign auditing companies. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that Ukroboronprom state concern should be audited by one of the four well-known foreign auditing companies. “An audit is required so that international partners can trust it. It is desirable that one of the four world-known auditing companies should do this since the others have a lower level of trust,” he told the Fakty Tyzhnia program on ICTV Channel. Poroshenko also noted that the Ukrainian government audit service, the Accounting Chamber “and any other agencies that have the right to check” will be involved in the audit of each contract within the inspection of Ukroboronprom’s work.
Numerous state agencies, including Ukraine’s Security Service, State Fiscal Service, Military Prosecutor Office and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, aided
The corruption scandal around the State Concern “Ukroboronprom” has a negative impact on Ukraine at the international level but will not stop military-technical cooperation with the West in order to counter the Russian aggression. — Ukrinform.
Following the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine has introduced a “blacklist” of foreign nationals who are considered a “threat to national security”, according to Ukranian authorities. The Ministry of Culture also has a “whitelist” of foreign public figures.
The vast majority of Ukrainian citizens use Facebook, but there is still a share of those who use forbidden Russian social media, according to a survey conducted by the Socis Center for Social and Marketing Research from March 5 to March 10, 2019. — Ukrinform.
Anti-vaccination messages, often seen in the social networks are spread across the Russian accounts, says Ukrainian foreign minister
On Friday, March 15, the Boris Nemtsov public garden will be opened in Kyiv near the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) has expressed gratitude to the Canadian Government for its continued assistance to Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The reform of decentralization of power introduced by the Government of Ukraine – the transfer of powers and financial resources to the level of territorial communities – has united the country and become a real and effective alternative to the idea of federalization of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Investigative journalists of the Slidstvo project have scrutinized video footage from February 18, 2014, identifying five locations where a man resembling Ukrainian National Guard General Volodymyr Hrynyak appears to be actively involved in riot police’s violence against Maidan protesters. A leading prosecutor noted that the assertion made by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov that the general was innocent could in itself be viewed as pressure on the court.
14.03.19 12:05 – Presidential Administration employee Oleksandr Bukhtatyi found murdered in Kyiv. PHOTO 18+ His body was found this morning in the Lukianivka district in Kyiv. View news.
A senior consultant with the information policy department at the Presidential Administration of Ukraine was assaulted and murdered in Kyiv. His body was found near a church in the city center in the early hours of Thursday.
After a former Georgian president and ex-chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration, Mikhail Saakashvili, announced his intention to arrive in Ukraine on April 1, 2019, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine noted Saakashvili had been banned from entering the country until 2021. There are no legal grounds for the former official to return to Ukraine.
The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection has received from Hong Kong the requirements for fish and seafood exports. — Ukrinform.
During a speech at the meeting of the Regional Development Council in Chernihiv region, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized the importance of supporting the Ukrainian army as a guarantee of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. He stressed that over the past five years he had managed to create a modern, combat-capable, one of the best armies in Europe. “Both ancient and new history teach us that Ukraine must have a strong army to survive. The army is not an attribute, but a guarantee of statehood. The army is the guarantor of our independence, not the papers of memorandums. Today we know this clearly and rely on one of the most powerful armies in Europe,” the President said. The Head of State stressed that the army had been created not restored. “They say that we restored it. No. We created it. Together with you. And low bow to you for our joint work. Congratulations on this result,” the President said. “For me, the army and the security of the state are definitely a priority,” he added. “Russian aggression once again reminded of this truth, forgotten by the statesmen after independence. You remember the times when the army was robbed, destroyed and liquidated… And in 2014, the President faced a huge responsibility when we had to heal the wounded servicemen in mobile hospitals, in tents,” the President said. “In an unprecedentedly short time, we have resurrected the army. The Ukrainian army is one of the best armies in the continent, and our allies learn our experience of victories in the hybrid warfare,” the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces emphasized. The President stressed that the strength of the army was increasing day by day – the Ukrainian army receives new weapons of Ukrainian production, samples of modern weapons and military equipment from the partner countries of Ukraine, in particular Turkish UAVs, which will be tested by the Ukrainian military in the near future. “We increase the security and salary of our soldiers and officers. It is prestigious again to be a military. Thousands and thousands of boys and girls associate their future with the army,” the Head of State emphasized. “The army liberated two-thirds of Donbas, stopped the enemy and firmly holds the line on the eastern borders. We now have the real guarantees of our independence – our warriors, armed and trained in the liberation struggle, modern weapons, which we didn’t have before. And the most important guarantee of the force of Ukrainian weapons is the nationwide support of the army,” the President emphasized.
“Putin cannot overcome the power of our new Ukrainian army. But I am concerned with the attempts to hit our army from the rear. For this end, the enemy uses the entire arsenal of information warfare. It is precisely on the eve of the elections that the army and society are heavily shelled with all this negative,” President Petro Poroshenko said during a speech at the Chernihiv Regional Development Council. “I am not going to reject all materials from journalists as false or politically motivated. The freedom of speech exists for the authorities and society to see the problems,” he added. “But I consider it a cynicism when we are taught to love the army by those presidential candidates who had been destroying the Armed Forces of Ukraine holding the high government office. By false care, they want to conceal their active role in destroying our defense capability. Instead of visiting TV shows, they should repent. Come to our soldiers and ask how we defended the country in 2014,” Petro Poroshenko said. The President expressed hope that the interim investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine would properly evaluate the facts of plundering and undermining the defense capability and call the names of the persons involved. “No lie will help state-mongers who must bear responsibility for the destruction of the army. And there is no period of limitations here. Since 2014, we have paid a very high price for that. No one will avoid liability either political or criminal,” the Head of State added. “My job as of Supreme Commander-in-Chief is to protect the army in the rear while it holds the line on the front. Protect it from the state-mongers who dishonor the work of the whole defense industry complex. It is also important to protect the army and the defense complex from the attempts of various dealmakers and their partners in the government to profiteer off the military budget,” Petro Poroshenko said. He stressed that “zero tolerance to corruption is required for that”. “Neither posts, nor acquaintances will cover those who illegally profiteer off the army. You, state-mongers who robbed the army, will bear responsibility. We will not forgive you,” the President said and reminded that he had personally supported the Ukrainian army in the amount of almost 1.5 billion UAH. The President stressed that a number of measures were being implemented to strengthen the country’s defense capability. “But the best decisions remain on paper if they are not fulfilled by people capable of that,” the Head of State said. At the same time, he announced his decision to appoint Colonel of the Special Operations Forces Serhiy Kryvonos to the post of Under Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, “a person who has repeatedly proved his courage and fortitude”. “A person who knows the needs of the soldier and the requirements for the weapons not from the Internet, but from his own combat experience,” he added and recalled that he had got acquainted with Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos in 2014, when the military had been defending the Kramatorsk airport. “As he says, he will continue the warrior’s path and make every effort to stop corruption in the army. I guarantee maximum support for his efforts,” the Head of State stressed and warned the presidential candidates against lies and speculation on the issue of the army. The Head of State said that he had instructed Serhiy Kryvonos to “protect the army and the defense complex from distrust, to intensify the rearmament of the troops, including by enhancing military-technical cooperation with NATO partners”.
President Petro Poroshenko notes that over the past five years, Ukraine has changed and embarked on the path of development. He emphasizes the importance of preserving the processes of reforming the country and their continuation. President Petro Poroshenko notes that over the past five years, Ukraine has changed and embarked on the path of development. He emphasizes the importance of preserving the processes of reforming the country and their continuation. Speaking at the Chernihiv Regional Development Council, the Head of State noted that the direction of Ukraine’s development had been clearly defined by the Revolution of Dignity and millions of people who had come to the streets with a clear demand of integration into the European Union. “We have made up a clear plan along this path, and this plan has already brought credible results: the creation of the army, the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union, including the DCFTA, that compensated for the devastating consequences of the Russian aggression, the hybrid war, when Russia closed its markets for Ukrainian goods and blocked the access to the markets of Central and East Asia,” Petro Poroshenko said. Among the achievements, the President recalled the economic growth over the last 12 quarters in a row, the Tomos of autocephaly and the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine recognized by the Ecumenical Orthodoxy, the decentralization, launched by the President in 2014 and supported by the Ukrainian Government and Parliament, which has obvious success among all the reforms. “All this has fundamentally changed our entire state. Figuratively speaking, in place of slogans and declarations, we have created a solid foundation for the Ukrainian state. The Church is a spiritual foundation. The army is a security foundation. The economy is a foundation of the welfare of Ukrainian citizens. I emphasize – all this was done during the war and the repelling of the Russian aggression,” Petro Poroshenko stated. However, the Head of State noted that this foundation had been tested to the limit by Russian troops and irresponsible politicians inside the country over the last 5 years. “But the foundation withstood and we can say that we have created a chance for Ukraine – a great chance to become a great state of free, prosperous and happy people,” the President emphasized. Petro Poroshenko expressed firm conviction that these steps should be continued, despite massive criticism. “We will not allow anyone to destroy our achievements and mess with Ukraine’s freedom and independence. For this end, we must remind ourselves and the people that the rate in the choice we have to make is extremely high and the price of the mistake is also extremely high,” the President emphasized.
On the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer, President Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Operations Battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine named after Hero of Ukraine, Major-General Serhiy Kulchytsky on the 5th anniversary.
President Petro Poroshenko says that the Ukrainian volunteers were the first to defend the state in the beginning of the Russian aggression and became the basis of the new Ukrainian army. It was stated during a speech on the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer in the Operations Battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine named after Hero of Ukraine, Major-General Serhiy Kulchytsky.
The Ukrainian Constitutional Court has decided not to assess the legality of the Verkhovna Rada’s decision to support the request for autocephaly made by the country’s president to the Constantinople patriarch. The Ukrainian Constitutional Court has decided not to assess the legality of the Verkhovna Rada’s decision to support the request for autocephaly made by the country’s president to the Constantinople patriarch. Forty-seven Ukrainian deputies earlier asked the Constitutional Court to recognize as contradicting the Constitution the Rada’s decision supporting the tomos, which they believe violates the principle of separation of state and church. In the meantime, the Constitutional Court found that the issues addressed in the Rada decision are “political and should be resolved within the terms of reference and political expediency of the relevant bodies of state authority.” The Constitutional Court judges found that the parliament “can make political decisions to express its position ad evaluate specific events, facts and circumstances.” “Adopting this decision, the Verkhovna Rada expressed its political position on supporting the request made by the Ukrainian president to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant a tomos on autocephaly to the Orthodox church in Ukraine,” the court said in its decision. Thus, it follows from the Constitutional Court’s verdict that the issues addressed in the Rada decision “cannot be considered by the Constitutional Court as they are political, not legal in nature.” For those reasons, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declined to initiate proceedings in the case.
Some 23.1% of Ukrainians polled who said they planned to vote in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections said they would support showman Volodymyr Zelensky in the first round, Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko would enjoy the support of 14% and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko 12.4%. These are the results of a survey conducted by the Sofia Social Research Center from March 4-11.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with Azov fighters at the Svitlodarsk Bulge, one of the most dangerous areas at the front, First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko has reported on her Facebook page. — Ukrinform.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and representatives of the Civil Network OPORA discussed preparations for the upcoming elections. — Ukrinform.
Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy will lead Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine as concerns mount that Russia may interfere in the country’s democratic process, CBC News has learned. Canada will provide funding to counteract the “negative impact of disinformation” in the electoral process.
Russian journalist who represents Canadian television company was denied entry Ukraine
Ukraine’s MP accuses officials of leaking secret data to Hilary Clinton in 2016
NABU Head Sytnyk stated he helped the headquarters of the U.S. presidential candidate Clinton in 2016
The Security Service of Ukraine reports its operatives have blocked the distribution of provocative anti-Ukrainian material aimed at inciting religious hatred. The Cherkasy-based “writer,” who is a Russia native, had been working under a supervision of Russian curators, the SBU press service notes. The Security Service of Ukraine reports its operatives have blocked the distribution of provocative anti-Ukrainian material aimed at inciting religious hatred. The detainee, a Cherkasy-based “writer,” who is a Russia native and a member of the Writers’ Union of the Russian Federation, had been working under a supervision of Russian curators, the SBU press service notes. Among the materials distributed on Russian-language online resources were articles condemning the creation of the new independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Constantinople’s move to provide the Tomos of Autocephaly to the OCU. During a search of the perpetrator’s home, security officials revealed and then sent for forensic examination computer equipment with provocative materials stored on it. Investigative actions are under way.