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Zelenskiy is mystifying. He is a political neophyte, some say he is “inept”. 

According to a friend, “there is no compelling evidence he is a Russian proxy”, although it can’t be completely ruled out.

Also, “He tells good jokes and does great impersonations of Tymoshenko and Poroshenko. His evasiveness on all policy matters will likely kill him. If he wins it will prove the average Ukrainian voter is delusional, which many analysts are saying”.

Don’t laugh, we have a Senator Al Franken in the US…

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Russia and NATO updates. Egypt warned over the Su-35S buy – CAATSA forces the US to sanction Egypt if they proceed. Baev on the timing of the Libya play. Solovyeva and Yermakov on the divergence of Russia outside Muscovy, and the “de-assimilation” of minorities across Russia’s previous conquests. More on censorship.

Much on Erdogan’s self serving campaign to realign Turkey away from the NATO to Russia, destroying what is left of Attaturk’s legacy. Sens Inhofe, Reed, Risch and Menendez spell out some ground truths to Turkey and effectively plead for common sense, a scarce commodity in the AKP.

Crimea update – Russians fly HOKUM and HAVOC gunships in formation along the Crimean border with mainland Ukraine. Donbas update – Russians again using the Krasnopol PGAP with laser terminal guidance, last used frequently five years ago.

A surprising report that might be media misreading Poroshenko in an interview is the widely reported claim that Ukraine is testing a cruise missile with a range in excess of 1,000 km or 540 nmi, i.e. Tomahawk class. If correctly reported, this would suggest that significant progress has been made on the Korshun program, reported to active at least two years ago. Update on the Hrim-2 TBM program, the shorter ranging export variant of the Sapsan TBM. Much more data on the Neptun ASCM/GLCM. And confirmation that Coast Guard vessels will be retrofitted with the Neptun ASCM as well, reverting them into defacto Osa and Tarantul missile boats.

A very lively debate on the election. Ukrainian hackers acquire email from Russian occupied areas suggesting, inconclusively, that Zelenskiy might be receiving funding from Russia, and the Myrotvorets volunteer group publicly pleaded for the SBU to determine the veracity of the data. Zelensky makes political mistakes, that Poroshenko exploits – in terms of traditional political discourse, Poroshenko outclasses him, in terms of public appeal and charm Zelenskiy is hard to beat. Zelenskiy’s strategy appears to be to evade direct engagements with Poroshenko to avoid losing credibility, and the ongoing game around the debates reflects this. The risk Zelenskiy runs is that voters expecting solid and well argued policy might just vote the other way on the 21st.

Putin Flexes Russian Muscle Abroad

Through military campaigns in Georgia (2008), Crimea (2014) and Ukraine (2014-present), Putin’s Russia has reasserted itself as regional hegemon

US warns Egypt over Russian Su-35 fighter jets deal – Defence Blog

US senior administration official has warned Egypt against buying a Russian Su-35 multi-role air-defense fighters and air-launched weapons. “In terms of the expanding Russian influence in the region, that’s obviously something which we are quite concerned. We don’t see a lot of material benefits to engagements with the Russians”, the official said on Monday. “We just would encourage the Egyptians to turn more toward the West, toward the United States”. According to him, Washington has already faced the same situation with China, India, and Turkey. The official explained that Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA (the law on countering America’s opponents through sanctions) is in effect in the United States. The document provides for retaliatory measures for those countries that enter into transactions with the Russian defense or intelligence sectors. “The president views the relationship with Egypt, as he does all of our … relationships with foreign countries … through the lens of America First and what serves our interest,” the official said. The official said the administration was encouraging Egypt to develop democratic institutions while being mindful of U.S. security interests. According to media reports in recent weeks, Egypt would buy “over two dozen” Su-35 fighter jets from Russia. Egypt has reportedly signed a $2 billion deal with Russia to buy more than 20 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets, as well as weapons for the aircraft. Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on March 18, the acquisition will significantly boost the Egyptian Air Force’s potential alongside deliveries of the MiG-29M/M2, which are ongoing. Moreover, the United States wants to expand its counterterrorism partnership with Egypt given that terrorism remains a significant threat to that country’s stability, a senior administration official said in press briefing. “Terrorism is a very significant threat to Egypt’s stability, from Libya, Sinai and the South, so they are kind of uniquely positioned to be responding to a whole range of threats in that theater. For us, it’s a very, very important partnership that we want to expand,” the official said on Monday. The official noted that Egypt plays an important diplomatic role in negotiating with Hamas, and is working to persuade the Palestinian movement to comply with the conditions that would move them out of being considered a terrorist organization.

UAWire – Putin sends birthday wishes to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

President Vladimir Putin sent birthday wishes to former German Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian oil, giant Rosneft, …

UAWire – Putin intends to dispel Estonian security fears

In meeting with Estonian President  Kersti Kaljulaid, Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to dispel Estonian security concerns about its …

Pavel K. Baev | Russia Sets an Anniversary Ambush for NATO – Jamestown

The meeting of 29 foreign ministers from member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in Washington, DC, last week (April 3–4), marking the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Alliance, was not a joyful occasion for Russia. During the celebration, Russia was duly identified as the main disruptor of regional security. The allies asserted unity in deterring Moscow’s provocative behavior and confirmed their resolve to increase defense expenditures accordingly. In response, mainstream Russian commentators spared no sarcasm while questioning NATO’s determination, and they magnified every symptom of ostensible crisis in transatlantic relations (, April 4). What caused particular outrage in the Kremlin was NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s address to the United States Congress, in which he emphasized that freedom had enemies that could not be deterred by dialogue, specifically lumping together Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and the Islamic State (Kommersant, April 4). Moscow’s urge to spoil the “hostile” celebrations of NATO’s lasting success was irresistible, but the readiness to directly challenge the security of the Alliance’s frontline states or even partners was clearly absent. Russia found a near-perfect place for an ambush in Libya, where the civil war had appeared deadlocked but was in fact in a precarious balance. NATO took on a key role in the defeat of the dictatorial Muammar Qaddafi regime in October 2011, but was not able to contribute to post-war reconstruction. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused NATO repeatedly of overstepping its mandate for establishing a “no-fly zone,” issued by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, and of deliberately targeting Qaddafi, who was ultimately killed by rebel forces (RBC, April 6). In the subsequent chaotic struggle for power in Libya, Russia put its stake on Khalifa Haftar, a veteran of the 1969 coup that had originally brought Qaddafi to power. In January 2017, this self-declared “field marshal” visited the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which was sailing home after combat deployment in Syria. Haftar then made several visits to Moscow, the latest occurring last November (, April 5). A steady supply of Russian arms helped Haftar consolidate control over eastern Libya, around his stronghold in Benghazi; and the arrival of several hundred Russian mercenaries from the notorious Wagner Group empowered his motley army to capture oilfields in southern Libya a month ago (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 2). Haftar’s decision to march on Tripoli, which remains under control of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, came as quite a shock (Kommersant, April 6). At the time, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in Tripoli seeking to facilitate peace talks scheduled for mid-April; he had to leave in haste to attend a UN Security Council session that was ultimately only able to request that Haftar stop his offensive (RIA Novosti, April 5). The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied any involvement in the sudden escalation of hostilities and expressed support for a peaceful resolution (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, April 5). It is entirely unclear whether Haftar’s forces will be able to capture Tripoli. But it is rather improbable that he will be able to establish effective control over all of western Libya, even with backing from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which he visited in late March (RBC, April 5).

NATO launches cyber-defense drill simulating elections under attack

A team built around the alliance’s Communications and Information Agency, NCI, is the defending champion at this year’s

UAWire – NATO’s largest cybersecurity exercises begin in Estonia

From April 8 to 12, 2019, the world's largest cybersecurity training exercises Locked Shields are held in Tallinn, reported the NATO Cyber …

VOA Interview: Czech FM Tomáš Petříček

Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček talks to VOA about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Former Lithuanian ambassador to Russia arrested on allegations of helping Russian banker get Schengen visa — Meduza

Lithuania’s Special Investigation Service has arrested Rimantas Šidlauskas, the country’s former ambassador to the Russian Federation. The Lithuanian news outlet Delfi reported that the diplomat is suspected of “influence trading”: law enforcement agents believe that he promised to acquire a Schengen Zone visa for a Russian citizen in exchange for that individual’s efforts to “influence a particular group of people.”

Last chance for Kremlin: Will Russia return to PACE? – news politics | UNIAN

The latest developments in the Council of Europe around the issue of returning a Russian delegation to the CoE Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) actually appears rather concerning.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Entire North, Russian and Non-Russian, Now Protesting ‘Moscow’s Colonial Policy,’ Solovyeva Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 8 – The massive and widespread protests in the Russian north, New Times journalist Elena Solovyeva says, constitute a challenge to “Moscow’s colonial policy,” a formulation that deserves attention because it highlights the fact that the Kremlin is treating predominantly ethnic Russian regions as colonial subjects just as it does non-Russian republics. That formulation which she offers in the title of her report today about yesterday’s demonstrations ( is important not only because it confirms what many regionalists say but also because it suggests that Moscow cannot build “a Russian world” domestically because it is treating Russians outside the capitals like second class citizens. The arrogance of officials in Moscow in thinking that they can send their city’s trash wherever they like and that people beyond the ring road will simply have to accept it is now backfiring, with ever more people in the regions and republics alike coming together to denounce the imperial attitudes of the center. Such a movement and such an alliance may have seemed improbable only months ago, but now the Kremlin has found a way to unite those outside of the capital in a way that will make the center’s control of the country more difficult. If ethnic Russians see Moscow views them as colonials, the country will be unmanageable except at levels of coercion too horrible to imagine. At some point and probably not in the too distant future, some in the Russian opposition will recognize this movement against Moscow especially among ethnic Russians and seek to mobilize it for their purposes. If they do, the Kremlin will face a far greater challenge than it did even in 2011 and 2012 – indeed a greater one than it has since 1991.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘I Always Knew I was an Izhor’ – Submerged Finnic Identities Re-Emerging in Russia’s Northwest

Paul Goble Staunton, April 8 – Ever more young residents in St. Petersburg with Finnish roots are seeking to recover and affirm them, Dmitry Yermakov says, undercutting Russian insistence that such people are fully assimilated and giving new support to regionalist and nationalist movements in the northern capital and its environs. The BBC journalist interviewed numerous Finno-Ugric young people in St. Petersburg about their past – their ancestors were deported to Siberia or killed under Stalin, and many have lost their language and been russified – and about their present in which they are trying to recover and reaffirm their identities ( Their comments say a great deal not only about the ethnic scene in the northern capital but also more generally about the numerous peoples who were submerged often by force into the Russian nation and are now resurfacing and taking pride in their separate identities. Below are a few of their comments: · Vladimir Lekhtinen, a Finnish musician: “In school, it seemed to me that I was an alien” in Volgograd oblast … then I found out that I was a Finn from Vyborg. In me is the blood of the Volga Finn-Ugric peoples” but “my grandmother was afraid, even after the end of the USSR, to talk about that. She was afraid of a knock on the door.” · Dmitry Kharakka-Zaytsev, an Izhor lawyer and rights activist. “I always knew I was an Izhor.” There are few Izhors left and our activism makes Russians nervous and angry. “Happily, dialogue continues, and under the influence of all this unfriendly milieu, people are beginning to study anew their history, books, and family archives. My grandmother said that in Russia it is better to be a Russia because you never know what will happen tomorrow.” · Yura Korobkov, an Ingermanland Finn. “In my circle of friends, there are many peple who know that they have Finnish roots and are proud of them. But if there is national unity, it is more because of religion since the Finns are Lutherans.” But further mixing of nationalities and assimilation seems to be the fate of such groups. · Anton Pukkonen, an Ingermanland Finn. Native Petersburgers know there are Finns about, but the many people who have migrated to the northern capital don’t and are often upset that there is anyone in the city but Russians. · Nadya Pavlova, a Karelian guide. In Soviet times, “it was dangerous to say that you are a Karelian, a Wepsy or an Izhor.” As a result, her parents didn’t talk about their origins. But now, she says, she is proud of her background and is seeking to find out as much about it as she can. · Liza Yeremeyeva, an Ingermanland Finn who works at the Russian Museum. She grew up as a Russian but now says she is seeking to regain her family’s language and identity. · Toivo Pumalainen, an Ingermanland Finn who works as a historian. “I love [St. Petersburg] but I see it as a dying city.” · Olya Uimanen, an Ingermanland Finn who works in a museum. “That I am an Ingermanland Finn, I knew from childhood. My father didn’t hide that we are not Russians and in my first passport, when there was a nationality line, it listed me as a Finn.” · Yuliya Idrisova, an Ingermanland Finn who works as a linguist. “I am married to a Tatar and don’t know what my grandmother would say if she were here. If he were a Russian, she would certainly have been against the marriage.” Her ancestors were deported to Siberia, and later her grandmother moved to Finland. · Tanya Pugonen, an Ingermanland Finn student. She says her name ought to be written as Pukkonen, “but as in the USSR, things were very bad with passport workers, it was transformed into Pugonen. But I am proud that I have a Finnish nae and that people understand that. I very much love Petersburg … but I regret that my mother didn’t take me to Finland when there was the possibility of this in 2000.”

Russia Now at Risk of Losing Crimea, Kaliningrad, Far East and Even Middle Volga, Former Head of KGB Analysis Says – To Inform is to Influence

Don’t hold your breath.  It’s a nice theory but I categorize this under…  wishful thinking. </end editorial> Russia Now at Risk of Losing Crimea, Kaliningrad, Far East and Even Middle Volga, Former Head of KGB Analysis Says Paul Goble Staunton, Nikolay Leonov, a KGB lieutenant general who headed that organization’s analysis department from 1973 to…

Duma votes to require those preparing and distributing foreign news in Russia to have Moscow’s permission – Euromaidan Press |

The Duma on first reading has voted to approve amendments to the administrative code that would impose fines on anyone preparing or distributing foreign news on the territory of Russia if they do so without permission from the Russian authorities. If passed, the amended provision of the administrative code would impose fines on individuals of up to 3,000 rubles (50 US dollars) and on companies or offices of up to 30,000 rubles (500 US dollars) for each violation. The Russian authorities could certainly make use of these fines to set the stage for the closure of offices of foreign media and especially foreign broadcasters, by setting up a superficially legal arrangement they could employ rather than the more informal pressures they apply now. Such actions by Moscow, of course, could ultimately cut off Russians from news and information that did not follow the Kremlin line; but even before that, it could have a deleterious effect on the stories that foreign media and foreign broadcasters prepare and broadcast inside Russia. The impact on broadcasters like Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and VOA is likely to be especially severe. During the Cold War, these and other stations like them broadcast to Soviet audiences via shortwave. The transmission sites were abroad and thus beyond the reach of the Kremlin. But with the end of communism and the USSR and changing media consumption habits, most of these Western broadcasters shifted from shortwave to FM radio band. On the one hand, that change has made it far easier for audiences to listen to them as anyone with experience of short-wave knows. But on the other, it has meant that in most cases, these outlets had to locate their transmission sites inside the countries to which their broadcasts were directed, something that has given some post-Soviet governments a whip hand over them. Because these regimes can deny broadcast facilities, those who want to reach the population sometimes hold their fire lest they be closed down and not able to reach their intended audience at all. That has had two unfortunate consequences, both of which will be exacerbated by the new Russian measure. On the one hand, it sometimes means these stations do not criticize the authoritarian regimes in Russia and elsewhere as they deserve, thereby subverting their own raison d’etre and allowing the regime to point to such broadcasts, when they echo the official line, as evidence that the regimes are telling the truth and that foreigners are on their side, not the people’s.

Jim Inhofe, Jack Reed, Jim Risch and Bob Menendez | Turkey Must Choose Between the U.S. and Russia – The New York Times

If Turkey accepts delivery of a Russian S-400 missile system, it will be sanctioned as required by American law. By the end of the year, Turkey will have either F-35 advanced fighter aircraft on its soil or a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. It will not have both. The choice made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will have profound consequences for his country’s place in the world, its relationship with the United States and its standing in NATO.

Turkey: A U.S. Fighter Jet or a Russian Missile System. Not Both. – To Inform is to Influence

If Turkey accepts delivery of a Russian S-400 missile system, it will be sanctioned as required by American law. By Jim Inhofe, Jack Reed, Jim Risch, and Bob Menendez Mr. Inhofe and Mr. Reed are the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr. Risch and Mr. Menendez are the chairman and ranking member of the Senate…

Jim Inhofe | A U.S. fighter jet or a Russian missile system. Not both.

Turkey has to choose between U.S. F-35 stealth fighter and Russian S-400 anti-aircraft defense system. By the end of the year, Turkey will have either F-35 advanced fighter aircraft on its soil or a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. It will not have both. The choice made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will have profound consequences for his country’s place in the world, its relationship with the United States and its standing in NATO. The F-35 program is the world’s largest fifth-generation fighter aircraft program, with more than a trillion dollars in investment from a dozen international partners, including Turkey, and customers. In large part, the ability of the United States and its allies to maintain a military advantage in the skies is riding on the program. In July 2017, Turkey announced that it would purchase the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system from Russia. The S-400 is the most advanced system produced to date in Russia’s quest to defeat stealth technology — the system Russia built to shoot down the F-35 fighters. Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 would be incompatible with its commitments to NATO and reduce its interoperability with allies. Purchasing the S-400 would create an unacceptable risk because its radar system could enable the Russian military to figure out how the F-35 operates. That threat compelled the Pentagon to suspend some activities associated with Turkey’s F-35s last week. Turkey has legitimate air defense needs. The United States, since 2012, has offered the Patriot air defense system as an alternative to the S-400, but Turkey has rejected that offer. With the S-400 scheduled to arrive in Turkey in July and the F-35s scheduled to arrive in November, it is time for President Erdogan to choose. It is our hope he will choose to abandon the S-400, defend Turkish skies with the Patriot system and save the F-35 arrangement. If President Erdogan fails to make this choice and accepts delivery of the S-400, Turkey will be sanctioned as required by United States law under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Sanctions will hit Turkey’s economy hard — rattling international markets, scaring away foreign direct investment and crippling Turkey’s aerospace and defense industry. Further, no F-35s will ever reach Turkish soil. And Turkish participation in the F-35 program, including manufacturing parts, repairing and servicing the fighters, will be terminated, taking Turkish companies out of the manufacturing and supply chain for the program. We are committed to taking all necessary legislative action to ensure this is the case. Turkey is an important partner in the F-35 program, but it is not irreplaceable. Abandoning the F-35 will have severe consequences for Ankara. Turkey has already invested more than $1.25 billion in the F-35 program, and that will be squandered. It will not receive the more than 100 F-35s it planned to purchase, and it will be forced to settle for a less-capable fighter aircraft that will not arrive for many years. Turkish companies that produce parts for the F-35 will see their orders dry up completely. Its F-35 engine maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade facility will see all its work go to other facilities in Europe. President Erdogan’s hope to make the Turkish defense industry a key pillar of economic growth for the future will be dashed. medium We do not seek to harm our Turkish friends. Indeed, we hope it will be possible to enhance American-Turkish cooperation on Syria, the Black Sea, counterterrorism and other issues of mutual concern. We seek only to protect the F-35 program and the capabilities of the NATO alliance, including allies like Turkey. We understand that Turkey has a relationship of necessity with Russia — on Syria, energy, agriculture, tourism and more. If President Erdogan walks away from the S-400, Mr. Putin may retaliate in one or more of these areas. In that unfortunate event, we commit to do all we can to assist Turkey as it weathers the storm. Paying tribute to the Kremlin with the purchase of the S-400 is not in Turkey’s interests. Mr. Putin is not an ally of Turkey any more than the Soviets or the czars. His aggression in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria has made Turkey less safe. Now Mr. Putin is trying to divide Turkey from the West with the S-400s. If he succeeds, what little regard he has for Turkey’s interests will shrink further. The more isolated Turkey is from its allies, the more power Mr. Putin will have in the relationship: Russia does what it can, Turkey suffers what it must. Mr. Putin fears and respects Turkey strategically anchored in the West and committed to NATO. We hope President Erdogan will choose that future for Turkey by rejecting Mr. Putin’s divisive S-400 ploy, meeting its air defense requirement with the Patriot system and moving forward as a critical partner in the F-35 program.

Amid Turkey’s pending Russia defense system purchase, some question Trump’s ability to push back: Sources – ABC News

Turkey is moving forward with the controversial purchase of Russia’s most sophisticated and advanced air defense system.

Erdogan Vows to Buy Russian Missiles Despite U.S. Warnings – WSJ

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday his country would forge ahead with the purchase of an air-defense system from Russia despite U.S. warnings that using the equipment would jeopardize Ankara’s role within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Putin wants to produce “high-tech” weapons with Turkey – Defence Blog

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Ankara may embark on joint development and production of “high-tech” weapons, according to state news agency TASS. “We may well embark on joint development and production of high-tech military equipment,” he said at a press conference following his talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He did not elaborate. It is worth noting that Turkey and Russia are already cooperating in the development of armored vehicles and even supplying Kornet anti-tank missile systems. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday agreed to implement their contract to deliver the Russian S-400 missile systems to Turkey as planned. “Our countries face the task of strengthening cooperation in the military-technical sphere. First of all, we are talking about completing the implementation of the contract for the supply of Triumph S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems,” Putin said in a statement following his talks with Erdogan. Touching upon other industries, the president noted the participation of Turkish companies in the construction of facilities in Russia. “Turkish companies implemented projects worth $70 bln in recent years – just think about these numbers! These are good numbers,” he said. “A large number of facilities have been built, both as part of a preparation for the Sochi Olympics and for the World Cup,” he added. Putin also said that good opportunities for cooperation between the two countries are opening up in chemistry, the metallurgical industry, in the production of fertilizers, road transport and the car making industry.

Russia, Turkey Have Other Arms Agreements In Addition to S-400 Deal – Putin – Sputnik International

The Russian president met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, who arrived in Moscow for talks about the state of Russian-Turkish relations.

Erdogan Says Russia Defense Deal `Done’ as Putin Urges More Ties – Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he’s going ahead with the controversial purchase of a Russian air-defense system over U.S. objections as Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin urged even closer military links between their two countries.

Putin hosts Turkey’s leader to discuss weapons deal, Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart in Moscow on Monday, discussing how to coordinate their next moves in Syria and how to deepen business ties, including the sale of advanced Russian missiles to Turkey that has riled the United States.

Putin and Erdogan discuss ‘strengthening military cooperation’ | Daily Mail Online

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer military cooperation with Turkey when the country’s president visited Moscow.

TASS: World – Three agreements expected following talks between Putin and Erdogan

During the talks, trade, economic issues, and other topics are expected to be discussed, including international and regional issues

Turkey and Russia step up military ties, despite increasing US concerns – YouTube

CGTN America Published on Apr 8, 2019 Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin put on a show of friendship Monday, despite increasing U.S. concerns about the relationship. CGTN’s Dan Ashby reports.

Pentagon Nixes Turkish Offer to Address S-400 Fears | RealClearDefense

Pentagon Nixes Turkish Offer to Address S-400 Fears | RealClearDefense

Turkey, Russia seek new ways to reach $100B in bilateral trade – Daily Sabah

President Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed guidelines for the expansion of mutually beneficial economic ties and ways to bring the bilateral trade volume up to $100 billion, the figure previously set by the two leaders

NATO at 70 and the S-400 dispute – Burhanettin Duran – Daily Sabah

Washington’s move to pressure Turkey on the S-400 deal by talking about its NATO membership is not only a serious mistake but also damaging NATO itself

Spike in Aegean Sea dolphin deaths may be linked to Turkish navy, conservation group says | Fox News

The Aegean Sea has seen a “very unusual” spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, a Greek marine conservation group said Monday, adding that the rise could be linked to massive Turkish naval exercises in the area.

More dolphins die in Aegean Sea; group suspects navy drills – Business Insider

A Greek conservation group says a “very unusual” increase in Aegean Sea dolphin deaths in recent weeks may be linked to Turkish naval exercises.

Ukrainian justice minister: Russia ignores ECHR decisions on captured Ukrainian sailors

The Russian Federation, which initiates criminal proceedings against Ukrainian servicemen, in particular, the sailors who were captured in November last year, is trying to conceal its own crimes against Ukraine and against humanity. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Russia sends warships to the Black Sea to monitor NATO exercises

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s reconnaissance and attack ships as well as coastal missile systems have been put in combat readiness state in …

Ukrainian Activist Placed In Solitary Confinement In Russian Prison

Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who is serving a five-year prison term in Russia on charges he and his supporters say are politically motivated, has been placed in solitary confinement.

RoksolanaToday&Крым on Twitter: “In the skies of the resort Dzhankoy Oy followed Galya by the water? but not Galya but water!… “

13 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: one Ukrainian soldier killed, seven terrorists destroyed

09.04.19 10:37 – 13 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: one Ukrainian soldier killed, seven terrorists destroyed April 8, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 13 times, seven times using Minsk-proscribed weapons. View news.

Russian occupants use 152 mm guided artillery shells in Donbas

Russian forces used the cutting-edge kind of ammunition against the Ukrainian military in Donbas. The Joint Forces Operation HQ reported that on Facebook. On April 5, the enemy used 152 and 122 mm artillery to shell Ukrainian positions in the combat area. ‘The analysis of the shell debris confirmed that the occupants used Krasnopol shells – the 152 mm guided artillery shells. These are in service of Russian regular army’s artillery units. Kalashnikov concern is responsible for the serial production’, the HQ reported. ‘Deliberately breaching Minsk agreements, the occupants have once again shown their criminal intentions to use our territory as the test firing range for testing and demonstration of the newest features of the Russian military industry’, the HQ reported.

Russia testing new weapons in Donbas

Russian armed formations continue to use the “novelties” of the Russian defense industry in eastern Ukraine, in particular, 152mm Krasnopol artillery weapon systems, the press center of the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported. — Ukrinform.

Invaders in Donbas mortar Vodiane, killing Ukrainian soldier, injuring two – news war | UNIAN

Russian occupation forces in Donbas eight times violated the ceasefire on Monday, April 8. Militants also shelled Ukraine troops from anti-tank missiles and anti-tank grenade launchers near the settlement of Opytne.

OSCE spots tanks of invaders at former Luhansk airport

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has recorded seven tanks and six surface-to-air missile systems at the former Luhansk International Airport, according to a report published by the OSCE on April 8. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian officer posts raw video of another strike on enemy position near Avdiyivka – news war | UNIAN

Officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy “Stirlitz” Shtefan has shared a video of a strike on the position of Russian occupation forces near the town of Avdiyivka in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The enemy position was destroyed near the Avdiyivka industrial zone.

One pyrotechnics expert dies, two injured amid blast in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

One pyrotechnics expert of the State Emergencies Service has died and another two have been injured in a blast near the village of Zaitseve, Donetsk region. The blast occurred at about 10:30 during the mine clearance of the area near the water pipeline of the Siverskiy-Donets – Donbas pumping station.

The SBU detained a propagandist who called for the creation of a “Zaporozhye People’s Republic”

04/09/2019 17:36 Employees of the SBU stopped the illegal activity of a pro-Russian internet propagandist, who called on social networks to create a so-called “Zaporizhzhya People’s Republic”. This was reported at the SBU Press Center. “Special service operatives found that the Zaporozhye resident was administering the Zaporizhzhya People’s Republic resource and distributed pro-Russian destructive publications, including materials calling for Ukraine to leave Azov and Black Seas through the creation of the” Novorossiia “fake” in the south-eastern regions ” , – said in a message.

Russia’s FSB detained member of Right Sector near Moscow

The officers of the FSB and Russian Interior Ministry detained Ukrainian Ihor Pirozhok. He is considered to be an active participant of the Right Sector organization as TASS reported. According to the message, it was established during the preliminary investigation that detained entered the Right Sector in 2014 under a pseudonym Roman Chyrka and created “Borzi” battalion for holding of the guerrilla warfare. The FSB states that Pirozhok came to the territory of Moscow region in January 2018 and lived at different secret addresses, “held events in the interests of the Right Sector, spread its ideological and agitation and propaganda materials”. It is noted that the literature, symbols and materials of Right Sector were confiscated during the searching of his home. The FSB has opened the criminal proceeding due to the organization of the activity of the extremist organization; the suspected was arrested. On March 26 Russian border guards detained two Crimean Tatars Remzi Bekirov and Ruslan Suleymanov near Kalanchak checkpoint. Later, they were released. Earlier, we reported that the Russian Security Service raided ten houses of the Crimean Tatars in an occupied village of Strohonivka, Simferopol region.

Over 150 American paratroopers to train Ukrainian fighters

More than 150 servicemen from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division will arrive in Ukraine over the next few days to train Ukrainian military personnel at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly has reported on Facebook. — Ukrinform.

9 years in prison were given to a soldier who stole a unique system for payment in bitcoins

April 08, 2007 9 years in prison were given to a soldier who robbed a unique complex to house the bitcoists Bogun District Court of Zhytomyr sentenced a military prisoner of up to nine years for the abduction of computer equipment to a unique complex of simulation combat operations. Contractor – operator of the simulation group, had access to a computer class with unique equipment, illegally seized his parts worth 850 thousand UAH, which he sold, and for the money he wanted to buy a “farm” for the production of bitches. The guilty of a soldier has been brought to court by the Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Zhytomyr Garrison. In addition to 9 years of imprisonment for violation of Part 3 of Art. 410 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, is also pleased with civil action, according to which theft should compensate part of the pecuniary damage in the amount of 597 thousand UAH. The remaining losses were returned in the course of investigation and search operations – objects of crime amounting to 370 thousand hryvnias were detected and seized from businessmen in Kiev and Lviv. Recall that the JCATS (Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation) imitation simulation group began its work in 2017 at the 199th Training Center of the SSU of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The complex provides the ability to prepare units for the purpose of assignment, to simulate the tactics of combat operations in separate groups and units, on different terrain, including urban development areas, etc.

Ukraine develops cruise missiles with range of over 1,000 km – Poroshenko – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that high-precision cruise missiles with a range of over 1,000 kilometers and capable of carrying a 150-kilogram combat load were developed in Ukraine. Ukrainian military can now destroy any enemy ship within a radius of 300 kilometers. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that high-precision cruise missiles with a range of over 1,000 kilometers and capable of carrying a 150-kilogram combat load were developed in Ukraine. “We’ve started the most important tests of cruise missiles… We have a missile, which have successfully passed tests, which is capable of shooting over 1,000 kilometers and carry a 150- kilogram combat load. This is a high-precision [weapon], which was created by Ukrainian specialists. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are now training how to use them,” he told a Svoboda Slova [Freedom of Speech] panel show on Ukraine’s ICTV channel on April 9. “We can now destroy any ship within a radius of 300 kilometers that would dare to approach and attack us, and a small and middle class ship will not be able to resist this missile. This is a sharp increase in our defense capability,” the president added. Poroshenko noted Ukraine had previously “given up” cruise missiles that could carry nuclear warheads. The president also reiterated Ukraine had conducted final tests of the Vilkha-M (“Alder”) missile system. “Today we have Smerch and Uragan [multiple rocket launcher systems] with a range of no more than 65-70 kilometers, and now they will be precise with a range of 130 kilometers,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, in early December 2018, the Ukrainian military successfully tested the domestic new ground-launched cruise missile Neptun (“Neptune”). Completion of the development and commencement of tests of the ground-based cruise missile complex to hit the coastal targets within the Neptun project is scheduled for 2019. The national budget for 2019 provides for more than UAH 102 billion (US$3.8 billion) for the needs of the Ukrainian army. On April 5, Ukraine successfully tested the Neptun anti-ship missile defense system in Odesa region amid the Russian Federation’s opposition by electronic warfare weapons.

It is capable of flying more than a thousand kilometers: a new cruise missile was created in Ukraine — 5 канал

04/09/2019 09:52 Also, the country conducted the final tests of the missile complex “Vilkha-M” On the topic > Cruise missiles “Neptune” will be placed on ships of the Navy and Coast Guard: what is known President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the program “Freedom of Speech” on the ICTV channel announced that Ukrainian engineers have created new high-precision cruise missiles with a range of flights more than a thousand kilometers. They are capable of carrying a combat load of 150 kilograms. “We began the most important tests of cruise missiles … We got a missile that successfully passed the test, capable of firing more than a thousand kilometers and capable of carrying a combat load of 150 kg – all of which was created by Ukrainian specialists. The ZSU is now learning to use them” , – said Poroshenko. “We were given the opportunity to destroy any ship within 300 km radius, which will dare to approach us and attack us – this missile will not survive the small and medium-sized ship, which is a sharp increase in defense,” the President added. In addition, Petro Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine had previously “given away ” cruise missiles that could carry nuclear warheads [Ed: Soviet Kh-55SM KENT warstock returned to Russia, less examples stolen by Iran and China 20 years ago]. Also, the President reminded that the final tests of the missile complex [Ed: GMLRS]  “Vilkha-M” took place. “For today,” Smerch “and” Uragan “fly no more than 65-70 km, but now they will be 130 km”, – summed up the Commander-in-Chief.

Poroshenko: We now have a missile with a [destructive] range of more than one kilometer

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine now has a high-precision missile with a radius of destruction of more than 1 kilometer. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine now has a high-precision missile with a radius of destruction of more than 1 kilometer. “Today we have a rocket, which has successfully passed tests, is capable of hitting a target more than 1 kilometer away. It can carry a warhead weighing 150 kilograms. In Soviet times, it was 80 kilograms. It is a high-precision missile created by Ukrainian specialists and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who are now learning to use it,” Poroshenko said during the Freedom of Speech program aired on the ICTV channel on Monday. Poroshenko also said Ukraine has another anti-ship cruise missile system, the “Neptun” (“Neptune”) capable of hitting targets within a radius of 300 kilometers. As reported, on April 5, Ukraine’s Armed Forces at the Alibey testing range in Odesa region successfully tested Ukraine’s “Neptun” coastal missile system. As reported, Ukrainian Defense Ministry advisor Yuriy Biriukov on April 9 said on Facebook that Ukraine is currently testing another missile system, the “Grim-2,” which will be capable of hitting targets within a 300-kilometer radius. The land-to-air missile system has a range of up to 300 kilometers. The presidential adviser said the range of the “Grim-2” complies with The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as well as Ukraine’s obligations under the Missile Technology Control Regime, according to which Ukrainian missiles manufactured for export cannot exceed a 300-kilometer range.

Ukraine to develop new ground-launched cruise missile – media | UNIAN

Ukraine to develop new ground-launched cruise missile – media. View news feed in news about politics for 09 January from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine to develop new ground launched cruise missile – Defence Blog

Ukrainian recognized scientific and design company Yuzhnoye (Pivdenne) Design Bureau has announced plans to develop a KORSHUN missile family included new ground launched cruise missile. The Yuzhnoye Design Bureau has released promo video footage showing the model of new ground launched cruise missile from KORSHUN missile family. The company, however, has not provided any details or documents about the new missile. An unnamed Ukrainian defence industrial source says that the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau develops terrain hugging missile at their own initiative. It can be launched from mobile land or optional underwater platforms.

Ukraine to develop new ground launched cruise missile

It can be launched from mobile land or optional underwater platforms

Ukraine’s shield and sword: defense industry’s main achievements in 2017. Part IV – (English)

We have reviewed 2017 performance of more than one hundred Ukroboronprom production facilities, dozens of plants represented in the Ukraine Defense Industry League, Ukraine Munition and Military Equipment Manufacturers Association, some Ukrainian developers and defense industry plants.

First tests of Grim-2 tactical missile system with foreign customer scheduled for 2019

First tests of the “Grim-2” (“Thunder-2”) tactical missile system within the framework of military technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia are scheduled for 2019, Ukrainian Defense Ministry advisor Yuriy Biriukov has said. The land-to-air missile system has a range of up to 300 kilometers. First tests of the “Grim-2” (“Thunder-2”) tactical missile system within the framework of military technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia are scheduled for 2019, Ukrainian Defense Ministry advisor Yuriy Biriukov has said. The land-to-air missile system has a range of up to 300 kilometers. Biriukov said on his Facebook page that Russian media over the past several days were upset about the successful test of the anti-ship “Neptun” (“Neptune”) cruise missile system, which was designed by the Kyiv-based Luch Design Bureau. That missile system has a range of up 300 kilometers. He said Russians a year ago were surprised by Ukraine’s new artillery rocket system “Vilkha” (“Alder”) with a range of 120 kilometers. “Let’s imagine how the Russians will react when this year we test the “Grim-2,” Biriukov said, adding “the ‘Grim-2’ is being produced for a foreign customer, for now – Saudi Arabia.” The presidential adviser said the range of the “Grim-2” complies with The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as well as Ukraine’s obligations under the Missile Technology Control Regime, according to which Ukrainian missiles manufactured for export cannot exceed a 300-kilometer range. “The declared range of the system is 300 kilometers,” he said, adding that the potential range could be increased to up to 300 kilometers. As reported, on April 5, Ukraine’s Armed Forces at the Alibey testing range in Odesa region successfully tested Ukraine’s “Neptun” coastal missile system.

Сергій Згурець – New Neptun. For the first time in all its glory

As promised, some details about the new missile complex “Neptune”, the regular factory tests which took place on April 5, 2019. This time – only general technical things. I bring the correct names of the components of the complex for further correct writing by our journalists in their materials. The data presented in the material are not secret. Also, some photos for use – with reference to the source (either on this personal page or on the Defense Express). So: The LCD-360MTS is a complex of cruise missiles ground-based with an anti-ship missile R-360. The complex is intended for the defeat of cruise ships, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, landing ships, tank ships and vehicles operating independently, in the composition of ship’s groups and landing units, and coastal radio contrasts in simple and difficult meteorological conditions, in any -any time of day and year, with active fire and electronic counteraction of the enemy. The LCD-360 MC system has the tactical and technical characteristics claimed by the developer. Range of shooting: from 7 to 280 km. The distance from the starting position from the coastal strip is no more than 25 km. The maximum number of rockets R-360 in one volley – 24 units. Start interval in volley – from 3 to 5 seconds. Time to deploy the complex in a new position – up to 15 minutes. The stock of the movement of the complex on the ground – up to 1000 km. The complex includes: 1. Moving command post RCP-360. It is intended for automated control of the components of the 360MTS complex, ensuring a stable connection with the senior manager and elements of the complex. Communication types: satellite, CD, VHF. Calculation – 5 people. Maximum deployment time – no more than 10 minutes. 2. The R-360 rocket in the TPK-360 transport and launch container. The rocket R-360 has a mass of 870 kg, the weight of the combat unit is 150 kg; rocket diameter – 380 mm; maximum start range – 280 km. The range of heights of flight R-360 over the crest of waves – from 3 to 10 m; 3. Unified launch unit USPU-360. It is a destination for placing, temporary storage, transportation, preparation for the launch and launch of the R-360 missiles. 4. TZM-360 transport and charging machine. The TZM-360 is designed to accommodate, temporarily store, transport and overload four TPK-360s with R-360 missiles. Deployment time – up to 10 minutes. Time of overload – up to 20 minutes Calculation – 3 men. 5. Transport vehicle TM-360. It is intended for the placement, temporary storage and transportation of TPK-360 with rockets R-360. 6. A set of ground equipment of the KMO. Proposed structure of 360MTS missile complex: command post, three start-up batteries, technical battery, security units. Each starter battery contains two USU-360s. The technical battery includes six TZM-360s and six TM-360s. The maximum ammunition of the RC-360MTS complex, taking into account all transport and launch platforms in the proposed staff structure, is 72 units of anti-ship missiles R-360. The main executor of the research and development work on the creation of a new weapon complex – State Enterprise “GosKKB” Luch “. In cooperation with the development and production of the highly sought-after country of arms, enterprises of the DK “Ukroboronprom” included, among others, the State Criminal Code “Luch”: “Orizon Navigation”, “Impulpus”, “Vizar”, National Space Agency of Ukraine – “Arsenal” CCB, leading defense private companies – Radionix, Telekart-device, Ukrinmash, Ukrainian armored vehicles, Motor Sich PJSC, KrAZ.

Composition and characteristics of the 360MTs Neptun ASCM

About general tactical and technical characteristics of the complex of cruise missiles “Neptune” (which are non-secret), as well as about its composition and the appointment of individual components. The director of information-consulting company “Defense Express” Sergey Zgurets has told. Sergey Zhoretz ” As promised, some details about the new missile complex “Neptune”, the regular factory tests which took place on April 5, 2019. This time – only general technical things. I bring the correct names of the components of the complex for further correct writing by our journalists in their materials. The data presented in the material are not secret. The RK-360MTs is a system of cruise missiles ground-based with an anti-ship missile R-360. The complex is intended for the defeat of cruise ships, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, landing ships, tank ships and vehicles operating independently, in the composition of ship’s groups and landing units, and coastal radio contrasts in simple and difficult meteorological conditions, in any -any time of day and year, with active fire and electronic counteraction of the enemy. The main executor of the research and development work on the creation of a new weapon complex – the State Enterprise “Design Bureau” Luch “, to the cooperation on development and production involved: SE” Orizon Navigation “, KP” Shostkinsky state-owned plant “Impulse”, SE “Zhuliansky machine-building plant “Vizar”, State Enterprise of Special Instrumentation (KP SPB) “Arsenal”, leading defense private companies: PJSC “Motor Sich”, Open Society “AvtoKrAZ”, LLC “Radionix”, “Telekart-device”, LLC “Ukrinmash”, LLC “Ukrainian armored vehicles”.

Prospects for the development of the communications system of the SSO units

07.04.19 | S. Brigadir, A. Mishchenko Prospects for the development of the communications system of SRO units SSU of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received reliable and secure radio communication thanks to new individual radio stations and specialized software of Ukrainian production. The system for the management of special purpose military units was based on the use of digital direct line satellite communications between the control points, with the further deployment of a network of information exchange and digital integrated communication network, which enabled the timely exchange of information between management bodies. Due to the fact that the complexes and means of communication used by the units of the Special Operations Forces (CSO) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not meet the requirements regarding the provision of countermeasures against the detection of radar means of reconnaissance groups and protection against the enemy’s REB, the staff of the Scientific Center was developed one of the variants of construction of the network topology of the communication and automation system for the special purpose units of the SSU of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the use of the newest secured digital radio communication facilities. In analyzing the practical experience of using an existing communication system in the area of ​​the anti-terrorist operation (ATU), a number of significant disadvantages were identified:

The executive service arrested all the property of ZhBTZ April 07, 2007

The state executive service imposed seizure on all movable and immovable property of the Zhytomyr Armored Plant and openly implemented the implementation of 7.5 million USD. It is reported by the press service of the State Agency of Ukraine’s Reserve. Representatives of the State Reserve during the unscheduled inspection of the availability of material assets of the mobilization reserve, which are in the responsible storage of ZHBTZ, recorded the fact of the unauthorized use of unreleased material assets and an act was drawn up. Defendant acknowledged the fact of alienation without obtaining the proper permission. However, the voluntary return of the engines to the mobreserve refused. That is, about 20 engines of UTD-20, which in the period from 1983 to 1985 were laid by the State Reserve for responsible storage on ZHBTZ. Contrary to the law on the State Material Reserve, in October 2014, without the Government’s decision, only on the written instruction of the former director of the plant the motors were issued at the polling station No. 2 for reinsurance and not returned. According to this fact, the Criminal Investigation Department of the GPU in the Zhytomyr Oblast instituted criminal proceedings on the grounds of a criminal offense, stipulated in Part 5 of Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, as well as the State Reserve, a corresponding suit was transferred to court. On June 11, 2018, the Commercial Court of Kyiv ordered the State Enterprise “Zhytomyr Armored Plant” to return 20 engines of UTD-20 to the state-owned reserve, as well as to pay penalties and court fees for the total amount of UAH 842,490 thousand to the State Agency of Ukraine’s Reserve. The factory tried to appeal the decision in the court of appeal. “In the Court of Appeal, the defendant tried to prove that the fact of the bookmarks of material assets was not held by the State Reserve. Consequently, the claims of the State Reserve, including the return of the values ​​themselves and the payment of penalties, are unfounded. However, the fact that the State Reserve places the mortgage property in a mobbler, as, in fact, the fact that the plant improperly fulfilled its obligations and, as a consequence, the failure to ensure the preservation of the values, was proved by the court in court, “said the Chairman of the State Reserve. According to the Chairman of the State Reserve, among the weighty arguments proving the transfer of material possessions is the fact that the respondent sent annually information indicating the quantitative and qualitative state of the assets of the mobilization reserve. In addition, at the end of November 2017, the Zhytomyr Armored Plant was pleading to the State Reserve to recover expenses related to the responsible storage of material assets of the state mobilization reserve. On February 28, 2019, the Northern Economic Court of Appeals allowed the State Reserve’s appeal, according to which ZhBTZ should pay 6.8 million UAH of penalties for failure to secure the material assets of the mobilization reserve.

Diaspora calls on Ukraine to consider introduction of dual citizenship

Ukrainian diaspora calls on the authorities to consider a possibility of the introduction of dual citizenship. — Ukrinform.

European Commission proposes signing of Ukraine-Russia gas transit contract for next 10 years

The European Commission intends to convene soon a trilateral meeting with representatives of Ukraine and Russia to discuss the gas transit through Ukraine and propose signing a gas transit contract for 10 years at least. — Ukrinform.

Record high remittances of $14 bln sent to Ukraine in 2018 – World Bank

In 2018, the amount of remittances sent home by Ukrainian labor migrants reached $14 billion. — Ukrinform.

Vice PM Klympush-Tsintsadze: European integration gives Ukrainian goods a chance

European integration gives Ukrainian goods a chance to become a full-fledged participant in the market of the European Union and other world markets. — Ukrinform.

Kyiv-Warsaw train enters CNN’s list of best European sleeper trains – infrastructure minister – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Ukrainian national railways company PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia’s Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper train has been included into the CNN’s list of the best European sleeper trains. Passengers get the opportunity to sleep in a three-person compartment, double sleeper or single.

SBU gets appeal from Myrotvorets about possible funding of Zelensky’s campaign by Russia

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has received an appeal from the Myrotvorets Center for Research of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Humanity, and the International Law, which states that the election campaign of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky could be funded by Russia. — Ukrinform. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has received an appeal from the Myrotvorets Center for Research of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Humanity, and the International Law, which states that the election campaign of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky could be funded by Russia. SBU spokesperson Olena Hitlianska told this to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We received an appeal yesterday. We’ll study it,” she said. On April 7, 2019, the Myrotvorets Center posted a copy of the appeal to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which points to the alleged funding of the election campaign of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky by Russia and the intervention of the aggressor country in Ukraine’s electoral process.

Mail hack suggests Russian funding of Zelenskyi campaign, NGO states |Euromaidan Press |

Ukrainian volunteers of the Myrotvorets Center, a Ukrainian NGO running an online database of personalities linked to Russian aggression, have shared a dump of a hacked email box belonging to a former member of illegal military formations of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), who owns a cryptocurrency trading platform. One of the email messages sent by an FSB operative informs that they “have approved the budget for the actions of the comedian” and orders to withdraw 200,000 (the currency isn’t mentioned, allegedly US dollars) and “hand them over as we had agreed,” another confirms the plan to fulfill it on the next day, one more email informs a local office of Zelenskyi campaign on the amount. Euromaidan Press tried to verify the information. It turns out that the hack is most probably authentic, but it is impossible to completely verify the most compromising messages. Hack and finds On 7 April, NGO Myrotvorets Center published the fourth part of their “Operation Regata” alleging they have discovered and confirmed the fact that the campaign of the leader of the Ukrainian presidential race, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, was partially funded by Russia via a cryptocurrency trading site owned by a former pro-Russian mercenary in the Donbas. The proof came from an e-mail box on the Russian webmail service, which Myrotvorets hacked and monitored for an unknown period of time. The NGO shared the dump of the email account so that anyone can check and validate the e-mail messages. Moreover, Myrotvorets provided videos showing the process of the validation of the messages which contain a DKIM e-signature and explaining how to validate messages when the email body was reformatted during forwarding. Sample headers of a signed email sent from sent in 2017. A valid DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) signature proves that the email was really sent from the claimed domain and its text wasn’t modified. This means that a properly signed message isn’t spoofed and wasn’t modified during its delivery. It’s not fully clear in which particular cases the Russian email provider uses the DKIM, but its usage seems irregular. For example, the messages sent were signed with DKIM back in 2017, however, at least since August 2018, all the outgoing messages were sent unsigned. The e-mail box belongs to Dmitry Khavchenko, who was born in Crimea and later had a business in Kyiv. In 2014, he helped the Russian occupation forces in Crimea and later joined the pro-Russian terrorist forces in the Donbas. There, Myrotvorets claims, he was one of the pro-Russian militants who handed over the black boxes of Malaysian flight MH17, shot down over the occupied territory of the East-Ukrainian region on 17 July 2014, to Malaysian experts. In 2015-2016, Khavchenko served as “an officer of the special operation department of the DNR prosecutor general’s office.” In 2017, Khavchenko moved to occupied Crimea where he established and headed the local office of the so-called “Union of the Donbas Volunteers” (SDD). In the second half of 2018, Khavchenko became an owner of a bankrupted cryptocurrency exchange BTC later renamed into WEX. Myrotvorets states that he acquired the platform with the assistance of the Russian secret service – the Federal Security Service (FSB). “My idea is to make Wex a platform for funding the unrecognized republics [of DNR, LNR, Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia]. Our goal is fighting the dominance of the dollar,” according to Khavchenko’s explanation why he had bought the service as cited by the Russian service of BBC. The email dump contains correspondence dated starting from 2006 to 23 March 2019. And among the messages throughout the years up to 2019 were personal letters to friends and family members, confirmations of orders in internet stores, medical test results from a lab in Kyiv, lots of sent and received photographs from vacation travels. Newer messages contained DNR operational documents, photos, and personal details of members of the illegal armed formations in the Donbas. And the newest messages show Khachenko’s activities as an SDD leader. One of the addressees is, who signs his letters as Andrey Yurievich. Myrotvorets identifies him as Andrey Pinchuk (Yurievich is a patronymic, not the last name), an FSB colonel residing in Russia, who earlier worked in the “MGB of PMR” or “the Ministry of State Security by Transnistrian Moldovan Republic” and later as a “DNR MGB deputy minister,” according to Myrotvorets. The NGO states that the frozen funds of WEX were used to back FSB operations starting from late 2018 and that Khavchenko executes “immediately, fully, in full obedience” the orders of Pinchuk about managing the funds. .”..Khavchenko’s email box we had control of wasn’t main, but a reserve [communication channel],” states Myrotvorets, and the several important messages got there “due to either glitches or temporary disruption of the standard communication channels between [Khavchenko] and Pinchuk. It often happens when Pinchuk visits a locality with an unstable connection, and he travels much, from Yekaterinburg to Havana, and from Belgrade to Aleppo.” Three above-mentioned messages dated 25 February 2019 contain what is allegedly an order to cash and hand over money to representatives of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi for campaigning, confirmation of the readiness to execute the order, and notification one of the local offices of the amount of money. Here are the screenshots and translation of the messages:

Hacked 2014 docs from Russia’s LDPR party outline plan eerily similar to Zelenskyi campaign |Euromaidan Press |

When on 3 April, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Russia’s third-largest party LDPR, declared that he will recognize Ukrainian elections only if the winner is comic-turned-candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi, it came as no surprise. After all, during the election campaign, Russian media made his opponent, incumbent President Poroshenko, the key target of hate speech, as revealed by prevailing sentiments on the Russian VKontakte social network. The reason for that is that Poroshenko, who came to power after the Euromaidan revolution ousted his pro-Russian predecessor in 2014, has taken a hardline stance against Russia and despite the blow of Russia’s occupation of Crimea and war in Donbas led Ukraine westward. This has made many analysts suppose that Russia prefers anyone but Poroshenko to win the election. Taken together with Zelenskyi’s vague statements on Russia and total inexperience in politics, this makes one suppose that Zelenskyi is the preferred candidate for Ukraine’s huge, aggressive neighbor. However, what does come at least as a striking coincidence, is a plan to get someone like Zelenskyi elected which came allegedly from the servers of LDPR in September 2014. The plan, obtained by a group of anonymous hackers from the LDPR servers within a roughly 3Gb tranche of documents, tells a Russian political technology plan to plant a comedian-led-party into the Ukrainian Parliament. It was again brought to the light of day after the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections, which took place on 31 March 2019, by journalist Christo Grozev.

Scenario No 2. What if Zelenskyy becomes president of Ukraine – news portal

Scenario No 2. What if Zelenskyy becomes president of Ukraine. One of the problems of democracy is that random people can come to power using its mechanisms. They can even head countries. But democracy is still the best option available. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Macron to meet Poroshenko, Zelensky ahead of Ukraine election runoff – media – news politics | UNIAN

Ahead of the second round of Ukraine presidential elections, French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky. This week, Poroshenko is also set to meet with Germany’s Merkel.

Candidates must come to official debates, other formats of meeting possible after them, – National TV Company

Official debates should take place despite the desire of the candidates for the presidency in Ukraine

Election debate must be held at Olimpiyskiy April 14, at public broadcaster’s studio April 19 – president’s envoy – news politics | UNIAN

President’s envoy in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Artur Gerasimov has said the debate between presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky must be held at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium on April 14 and at the public broadcaster’s studio on April 19. Gerasimov stressed incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had agreed to a debate format at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

Team Zelensky turn down option to hold debate with Poroshenko at public broadcaster’s studio – news politics | UNIAN

On April 8, representatives of the campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky met with the team of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine to discuss the possibility of holding a debate with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko at the broadcaster’s studio on April 19. The presidential election hopeful’s campaign say they prefer to have the debate set up at the Olympiysjiy Stadium.

UAWire – Zelensky promises to maintain Ukraine’s course toward NATO and EU and protect foreign investments

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky from the Servant of the Nation party has promised to maintain the country’s course toward …

So Far, Zelenskiy Is High On Charisma And Light On Policy. Do Ukrainians Care?

Coming off a first-round election victory, first-time candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been vague about what he stands for. But a blank canvas might not be enough, even for voters frustrated by in…

UAWire – Media: former NATO Secretary General promised Zelensky to help establish contacts with world leaders

Former Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, promised the presidential candidate from the Servant of the People Party of Ukraine, …

Zelensky’s representatives discuss fight against corruption, e-government with Estonian ambassador, director of Estonian president office

Representatives of the team of candidate to the post of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, political advisor Dmytro Razumkov and Head of the election headquarters Ivan Bakanov on Monday met with Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Gert Antsu and Head of the Office of the President of Estonia Teet Reensalo.

Fox News: FBI investigating Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoyskyi over alleged financial crimes

09.04.19 15:07 – Fox News: FBI investigating Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoyskyi over alleged financial crimes The FBI is reportedly investigating Ukrainian business tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi for financial crimes, including money laundering, as part of a wide-ranging probe. View news.

FBI investigating Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky over alleged financial crimes: reports | Fox News

The FBI is investigating Ukrainian business tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky for financial crimes including money laundering as part of a wide-ranging probe that has been under way for some time, according to U.S. media reports.

Billionaire Ukrainian Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky Under Investigation by FBI

Ihor Kolomoisky, who’s been accused of ordering contract killings and is said to be behind the comic who may win Ukraine’s presidency, is being probed for alleged financial crimes.

UAWire – Poroshenko warns Zelensky about the risk of being left without US and EU support

Actor Volodymyr Zelensky, who is currently the front-runner in the presidential elections in Ukraine, could jeopardize relations between Kyiv and the rest of the world, announced the incumbent president Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, speaking on ICTV. “His first statements begin with ” I [Volodymyr Zelensky] will negotiate with the leaders. He did not say if they are the so-called LPR and DPR. What does this mean? This means that Russia is no longer an aggressor and there is no need to impose sanctions against Russia. And the negotiations with these mercenaries sends a message to the world that it is a civil war in the middle of Ukraine,” said Poroshenko. Poroshenko reproached Zelensky for not mentioning Ukraine’s international partners. “Where are our partners of the Normandy format, where is the European Union, the United States? If you move forward and remain without allies, everything that has been previously done collapses. As if saying that the Minsk agreements do not suit us. However, all the sanctions are based on them, and if Ukraine itself withdraws from them, then there will be no sanctions or instruments of pressure [on Russia],” said Poroshenko. Earlier, Zelensky expressed his readiness to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the conflict in the Donbas. The showman stressed that the meeting should take place in the presence of the “Western representatives.” At the same time, he noted that “Ukraine should have permanent integrity” in future negotiations with Putin. Zelensky also developed a plan to end the conflict in the Donbas. According to him, the first step is to stop the clashes and shelling on both sides, and then to resume social payments to the residents of the region by the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine’s presidential campaign goes showbiz as Poroshenko attempts to rebound after first round |Euromaidan Press |

After the results of the first round of Ukrainian elections were announced on 31 March, it seemed incumbent President Poroshenko with his 16% result has little chances of outrunning showman Zelenskyi, who has 30%, at the second round which will take place on 21 April. However, Zelenskyi’s first steps in the second round have now given reason for doubt, giving Ukrainian voters a glimpse into the real character of the virtual candidate best known for his role of president in the TV-series “Servant of the People.” Here is what took place in the first week after the first round.

Petro Poroshenko: I do not and did not claim that Zelensky is a drug addict — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses that he has never claimed that presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky is a drug addict. The Head of State told that during the program

It is impossible to bracket out the state foundations of Ukraine – President on the danger of creating artificial offences and setting people by the ears during the elections — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that in his policy of state development he did not pursue the desire to please someone. He was engaged in what, in his opinion, was the most important for the whole Ukrainian society. The Head of State said that during the

We have to demonstrate greater openness, dialogue and change – President about his conclusions from the results of the first round of elections — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko notes that after the first round of the presidential race he heard a powerful message from Ukrainian citizens and made conclusions from it.

President on the importance of the debate of candidates: A 45-million country cannot buy a “pig in a poke” — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the debate of presidential candidates was not only a legal requirement, but also a necessary precondition for the conscious choice of Ukrainians. It was stated during the “Freedom of Speech” program on ICTV channel. “I am not interested in discussing the form of the debate. I believe that the debate is a key element of democracy. A 45-million country cannot buy “a pig in a poke” – vote for the virtual person, which it sees only on TV, in the movies. You have the right to ask questions and get answers to them. You have the right to hear the position of this candidate on the key aspects of the state’s existence: security, foreign policy, citizens’ rights and freedoms, economy, fight against corruption, struggle with oligarchs,” the President emphasized.

We must protect and preserve Ukraine – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses that both the authorities and Ukrainian citizens should unite in order to preserve our state from the challenges and threats facing our country and its further development.

No business partners will be appointed to a post during the second term – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During his participation in the “Freedom of Speech” program, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that he had taken into account the mistakes made in strategic communication and human resources policy.

President: Grievances of people against authorities absolutely fair

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the grievances of Ukrainian citizens against the authorities, in particular, regarding the relatively slow pace of reforms, living standards, corruption and problems in the judiciary, are absolutely fair. — Ukrinform. “I heard the message of the society in the first round of the elections on March 31, 2019. People are not happy, because the reforms are moving too slowly, the living standards do not satisfy a larger part of Ukrainian citizens, corruption is invincible, it is difficult to seek justice in the judicial branch. People’s grievances against the authorities are absolutely fair,” Poroshenko said on the Freedom of Speech program in the air of ICTV channel. The Head of State thanked three million citizens, who had voted for him in the first round, and noted that he was ready to listen to the criticism of those, who had not supported him. “I understand and thank you for the message sent to the authorities: do something, make changes, we are not going to endure it in this format. I want to repeat: friends, I thank you for this. It is a very strong message that motivates the authorities to change. For me, it is probably the most painful, but important lesson I learned from the first round of elections. We need to change our personnel policy, we must show greater openness, hold the dialogue starting with civil society and activists and ending with understanding the problems of an ordinary citizen. We must take a series of measures that would help people find the answers that satisfy them. This is a conclusion I made from the first round of elections,” the President explained. It is also important to continue to strengthen the security and defense sector, he added. “Ukrainian President must be strong, competent and professional because his main function, being the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, is security and defense of the state. Every citizen of Ukraine should feel safe. Not because our northern neighbor will extend mercy. In 2014, the mercy was not extended to us, and Russian troops occupied Crimea against the background of non-alignment. Since then, more than 13,000 Ukrainians have been killed as a result of Russian aggression. We must continue to strengthen the defense and security sector. We must preserve and expand the international coalition, which is formed in support of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said. At the same time, he added that it was important for the continuation of Ukraine’s European integration. “We are all citizens of Ukraine. The absolute majority of us love Ukraine above all. So our common task is to protect Ukraine from the ruin, to prevent the weakening of our country so that we could continue this historic way of returning Ukraine to the family of European nations,” Poroshenko emphasized.

Poroshenko: I will not appoint business partners to important posts

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised not to appoint his business partners and cronies to positions of the highest importance any more.

Poroshenko promises to stop appointing business partners and cronies to important state positions

09.04.19 14:05 – Poroshenko promises to stop appointing business partners and cronies to important state positions President Petro Poroshenko has promised not to appoint his business partners and team fellows to any state positions anymore, inter alia after his possible re-election. View news.

Law enforcers at Olimpiyskiy stadium discuss possible presidential debate. Photos

Law enforcement officers are preparing to ensure public order and security at the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy, where a debate between presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko may take place. — Ukrinform.

Law enforcers boost security at NSC Olimpiiskyi as presidential debates approach. PHOTOS

09.04.19 12:52 – Law enforcers boost security at NSC Olimpiiskyi as presidential debates approach. PHOTOS Law enforcement officers are preparing to ensure public order and security at the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskyi, where a debate between presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Petro Poroshenko may take place. View news.

Last gasp of Ukraine’s elections: Campaigning tricks of Poroshenko and Zelensky

Prior to the second round, Volodymyr Zelensky was considered the best sparring partner for the current head of state

Zelensky-Poroshenko debates cost some $220 000, – UA:PBC CEO

Television debates at Olimpiyskiy stadium will cost around $220 000

Precise cost of debates cannot be determined, – Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium debates between Poroshenko and Zelensky: price cannot be called yet

First round of Ukrainian presidential elections overall fair but issues in Donetsk Oblast, statistics show |Euromaidan Press |

The first round of the Ukrainian 2019 presidential elections was overall fair and democratic. However, the statistically perfect picture on the national level was marred by falsifications in the Donetsk Oblast, most of which are in favor of Petro Poroshenko. Nevertheless, these falsifications were minor and were unable to significantly affect the results of the first round.

Peter Dickinson | Ukrainians are world champions at coping with crisis

Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s stunning victory in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31 would have sparked scenes of mass panic in virtually any other European country. With a novice comedian poised to take over the country’s top job and assume responsibility for an ongoing war with Russia, many people would have begun packing their bags, stockpiling tinned food, and preparing for impending catastrophe. There was little evidence of this in Ukraine in the first days of April as the dust settled on Zelenskiy’s triumph. The majority of Ukrainians simply shrugged and got on with their daily lives, perhaps pausing to gossip about the latest political circus as they enjoyed the fine spring weather. The economy did not crash and there was no rush on the country’s banks. Instead, the Ukrainian national currency actually strengthened slightly against the dollar. Once again, Ukrainians had provided a reminder of why they are the undisputed world champions when it comes to coping with the crisis. The truth of the matter is that while Zelenskiy’s rise has generated breathless international media coverage, in the broader Ukrainian context it is not such a big deal. For a country that has witnessed decades of chronic political instability topped by two post-Soviet revolutions and a five-year war with a global superpower, electing a clown as president is hardly the end of the world. Admittedly, many Ukrainians believe Zelenskiy’s rise is a huge and untimely gamble, but only few doubt that Ukraine will survive. After all, Ukraine always survives. The ability to recover from national crises is plugged into Ukraine’s DNA. This quality shines forth from the first lines of the country’s national anthem, and it remains as evident today as it was back in the early 1860s when those rousing lyrics were first penned. Ukraine’s post-Soviet travails are comparative trifles when compared to the apocalyptic events of the twentieth century, which saw the country facing genocidal onslaughts from both sides as it found itself at the epicenter of the entire totalitarian epoch. If Hitler and Stalin failed to extinguish Ukraine’s dream of statehood, untested political adventurers such as Zelenskiy and totalitarian tribute acts like Vladimir Putin’s have comparatively little chance. Ukraine’s crisis coping skills are ultimately unwelcome if necessary attribute. They are the product of a tragic history that has fueled division and dysfunction while scarring and traumatizing the nation in ways that will take many more decades to heal. Nevertheless, anyone wishing to understand today’s Ukraine must take this unique record of resilience into account. To international observers, the country can often appear hopelessly chaotic. Indeed, foreign politicians, journalists, and investors looking in from the outside could be forgiven for assuming that the odds remain heavily stacked against Ukraine. Such negative perceptions come as no surprise but miss the point. In reality, contemporary Ukraine only makes sense when viewed within the context of the almost inconceivable fortitude displayed by successive generations of Ukrainians. For the Ukrainian nation, history has been the ultimate stress test. The country’s continued survival may at first glance appear miraculous, but perhaps we should really expect nothing less.

“We’re not on TV right now — we can tell the truth,” says Russian TV host off-air |Euromaidan Press |

In the middle of a live-streamed marathon coverage of Sunday’s elections in Ukraine, Russian state TV host Olga Skabeyeva told her co-host, Yevgeniy Popov: “We’re not on TV right now — we can tell the truth.” Was this a Freudian slip? A sincere confession? Or did the host by mistake think the camera was off? Deny – and hide behind a joke The comment was quickly noted by Julia Davis, an American expert in Russian disinformation who translates and analyses Russian state TV in real time on her Twitter.

UCC: Parliamentary elections in Canada not to affect support for Ukraine

Ukraine enjoys the support of all the parties represented in the Parliament of Canada, and the upcoming elections will not change that. — Ukrinform.


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