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Russia’s Arctic dreams. Inozemstev and HSE on Russia’s ongoing decline. Erdogan predictably escalates his dispute with NATO, saying S-400 delivery will be accelerated and alternatives to F-35 bought elsewhere. Update on Russia’s hostage taking. Shlosberg on Belarus and Russia’s campaign to Russify all ethnic minorities. Polish govt comments on Smolensk crash testing results indicating explosives were involved. More on Russia’s little helpers in the EU, and meddling in the US. The Vozhd comments on the Mueller report, aiming to distract from what will be a deluge of evidence on Russian meddling.
SECSTATE Pompeo has to explain why the Golan Heights is not Crimea. Russian propaganda effort over NATO support for Ukraine’s VMF – rebuttal includes claim Ukrainian crews are training on the FFG-7. Russia’s proxies in Ukraine mutually contradict each other on basic aims. Donbas update. 175 tons of US military aid being unloaded in Odessa, including 35 Humvees. 1L220UK formally passes OPEVAL. NARP delivers another overhauled FENCER D.
Another deluge of election media. Good analysis by Lévy in the WSJ. A major theme are the Poroshenko vs. Putin billboard ads – the argument being that Zelenskiy lacks the toughness and experience to tackle Putin. Poroshenko and Zelenskiy to meet with Pres Macron on the 12th April.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia will dramatically increase its presence in the Arctic region by building new ports and other facilities and expanding its fleet of icebreaker vessels, as the co…
Paul Goble Staunton, April 9 – Since Vladimir Putin came to power, Russia has become both absolutely and relatively weaker than its potential international opponents, not only because the world has changed and military force is less important than it was but also because Moscow has overseen the destruction of many branches of the Russian economy, Vladislav Inozemtsev says. Yezhednevny zhurnal has published yet another chapter from the economist’s new book, An Uncontemporary Country, in which he documents this argument, showing that Russia’s economy is now less important than it was compared to others and its military strength while sufficient to defend the country can do little to expand it beyond its immediate neighborhood. That reality, Inozemtsev says, Putin has tried to compensate for by spending more on the Russian military than ever before and engaging in regular sabre rattling; but it holds only two “cards” internationally – its nuclear arsenal and its seat in the UN Security Council – and neither is as significant as it wants to believe (ej.ru/?a=note&id=33642). On the one hand, its nuclear arsenal provides protection but can’t be readily used to expand the country’s position. There are simply too many other ways the West and China can restrict Moscow’s possibilities. And on the other, world powers can work around the Security Council to make decisions and often do so, rendering Moscow’s seat less valuable than it seems. Under these conditions, the economist continues, Russia’s “most rational choice” would be to form a close relationship with the European Union or China; but instead, under Putin, Russia has tried to act as if it can go it alone, something that will guarantee its further degradation and isolation. And Moscow’s actions are such that Russia can expand relations with China or restore ties with the West only on the conditions set by the others, something it seems constitutionally incapable of doing. And that inevitably calls attention to three unfortunate characteristics of Russian foreign policy under Putin. First, that policy is “practically completely” without values that could attract others. Second, Russia is acting as if military force alone can compensate for shortcomings in everything else. And third, the Kremlin has made foreign policy “anomalously” central to Russians, thus avoiding the choices about domestic affairs needed. As a result, Inozemtsev says, Moscow has thrown away the real possibilities it had two decades ago to become a partner of the EU, one in which it could gradually be integrated into the West, in pursuit of the false and fatal goal of being a super power standing alone, something it no longer is capable of being in the world as it is. Russia can cause trouble everywhere. It can commit aggression against its weaker neighbors. But it can’t attract support and it doesn’t have the economic base or ideological position that will attract others and allow it to be what Putin appears to want. And that, the economist suggests, is going to become ever more obvious – and dangerous – to Russia in the first instance but to the world as well.
Paul Goble Staunton, April 9 – The Kremlin has called for Russian firms to practice import substitution because of sanctions: that is, Moscow wants Russian businesses to buy more equipment produced by Russian firms and less coming from foreign ones. But ever more Russian firms are doing exactly the reverse, buying more abroad and less at home. That is the conclusion of statistics gathered in an 18-page report prepared by the Center for Conjunction Research of Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (issek.hse.ru/data/2019/03/21/1185187659/investment_activity_Russia_2018.pdf; summarized atiq.hse.ru/news/257492540.html). Thirty-eight percent of Russian industrial firms making investment now purchased machines, equipment and transportation goods from abroad in 2018, a figure up six percent from 2016. And even firms that did not purchase new equipment from abroad made use of foreign-produced goods that other Russian firms are no longer using. The appearance of new technology from abroad grew particularly in Russia’s extractive industries, rising from 43 percent in 2017 to 55 percent in 2018. Moreover, the study reports, “53percent of the leaders of enterprises intend to continue to increase the importation of basic equipment.” And they also plan to continue to use less domestically produced equipment. All these figures show, the experts say, that import substitution, much talked about by the Kremlin, isn’t happening. And it isn’t happening for a reason: managers view foreign produced equipment as better made and more efficient than equivalent equipment produced within the country. As a result, they work hard to acquire it, whatever the country’s leadership says.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Russian air-defense missile systems could be delivered earlier than initially planned, standing by a purchase that has put the NATO member at od…
Turkey warned on Wednesday that it could buy jets and additional air defense systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defense ties between Moscow and a NATO member.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also says Turkey could consider acquiring more Russian-made S-400s or other systems to meet urgent needs if it can’t purchase US Patriot systems. ANKARA — Turkey’s foreign minister says his country could look “elsewhere” if the U.S. doesn’t deliver F-35 fighter jets. Mevlut Cavusoglu also said in an interview with private NTV television Tuesday that Turkey could consider acquiring more Russian-made S-400s or other systems to meet urgent needs if it can’t purchase U.S. Patriot systems. Turkey’s moves to buy the Russian S-400 technology have heightened tensions with Washington. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that Turkey was risking its NATO membership and its participation in the F-35 program. Cavusoglu said: “If F-35s are not delivered, I would be placed in a position to buy the planes I need elsewhere.” He added that a new U.S. offer to sell Patriots was “more rational” than a previous offer, but still didn’t meet Turkey’s expectations.
The senators said Turkey would be sanctioned, as required under U.S. law, if it goes ahead with the purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems
If Turkey accepts the S-400, “no F-35s will ever reach Turkish soil,
Russia’s Moscow District Military Court has convicted former Federal Security Service (FSB) agent Dmitry Dokuchaev of treason and sentenced him to six years in prison, also stripping him of his rank as major. After agreeing to a plea bargain and testifying against his former boss, Dokuchaev received a lighter sentence than the other suspects in the case: former FSB officer Sergey Mikhailov got 22 years in prison, former Kaspersky Lab expert Ruslan Stoyanov was sentenced to 14 years, and entrepreneur Georgy Fomchenkov (who also reportedly cooperated with prosecutors) got seven years behind bars.
A former employee of the Federal Security Service (FSB) has been sentenced to six years in prison on high-treason charges in a case linked to a major scandal at Russia’s main security agency.
Russian prosecutors have demanded a 14-year prison sentence for a Norwegian citizen accused by Moscow of spying on its nuclear submarines.
Russian prosecutors say Frode Berg, held since December 2017, is accused of collecting information about Russian nuclear submarines for Norwegian intelligence
Russian investigators have called for jailed U.S. investor Michael Calvey, whose detention stunned the business community in Moscow and clouded the investment climate, to be released from pretrial …
Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee has asked a Moscow court to transfer American investor Michael Calvey and former Vostochny Bank chairman Alexey Kordichev from pretrial detention to house arrest, a spokesperson for the Basmanny District Court told the news agency Interfax. The two men have been jailed since mid-February on charges of fraudulent debt repayment. Another four suspects in the investigation are also being jailed.
A Moscow court has ordered the continued detention of Philippe Delpal, a French national and a partner at the Russia-based private-equity group Baring Vostok.
Calvey and five colleagues have been in custody since February on allegations of embezzlement involving a Russian bank where Calvey’s firm, Baring Vostok, has a controlling stake
Paul Goble Staunton, April 7 – Vladimir Putin and his entourage would like to absorb Belarus and thus open the way for the Kremlin leader to remain in power over a “new” country, Lev Shlosberg says. But the Belarusians won’t accept that arrangement and so the Kremlin will change the constitution to make Russia formally a unitary rather than a federal state. In an interview with the Kazan Reporter on the occasion of his first-ever visit to Tatarstan, the Pskov opposition politician says that Putin is a man of the Soviet past with no vision of the future other than that past (kazanreporter.ru/post/3598_lev-slosberg-putin-nesovremennyj-celovek-emu-skucno-na-dolznosti-prezidenta-rossii). “Our country has completed the period of post-Soviet modernization,” Shlosberg says. “And it has completely failed. Our country, unfortunately, has not been able to shift from the Soviet state system to a contemporary one.” And that is leading to “an objective contradiction” between the state and the needs of the population. As a result, “we are on the eve of major social and political changes,” the Pskov deputy says. “After Putin’s election,” he says, the Kremlin wanted to change Russia’s state system. But because of the regime’s “illiteracy and incompetence,” it struck out first with the pension reform and lost much of its former support. That this happened, of course, reflects the nature of Putin himself. “Putin is a man of the 20th century and of ‘the cold war,’” Shlosberg says. “He is so raised that this is his worldview and it has only intensified over the course of his rule.” His entourage, of course, wants to extend this as long as possible; and it would like to create a new union state with Belarus that he could head. But that won’t be easy or perhaps even possible. “Belarusians have a very high level of national identity … They won’t give up Belarus to Russia.” Consequently, to remain in power, Putin will change the Russian constitution and “make it officially a unitary state.” From his perspective, “the name ‘Russian Federation’ has one excess word.” Putin is “an absolute supporter that the center of power on the entire territory of Russia must be one. He can divide authority but categorically does not intend to divide power. This is his idee fixe. Therefore, the destruction of the federal bases of the state is not a mistake but intentional work.” That involves the destruction of non-Russian languages and non-Russian institutions. Putin may allow some to remain as decoration but without content. You want to call yourself a president, fine; but just don’t expect that to mean anything, Shlosberg says is Putin’s thinking. Shlosberg says that he would favor making all the heads of the federal subjects presidents and giving both them and the subjects real authority and power. But unfortunately, he continues, at present, “no one takes political decisions besides ‘the consolidated Putin.’” “Putin after all is not one man but a definite group of people. They keep for themselves the right to make decisions; everyone else is merely an executor. This is a completely dead-end model,” Shlosberg continues. But that is the direction the Kremlin has been and will continue to move under this “Putin.” “This is a very dangerous policy,” he says. One can’t rule a country as large and diverse as the Russian Federation is for long in this way. “It won’t work”
The head of a commission probing the fatal crash of a Polish presidential plane in 2010 has said that a probe has shown the top officials on board died as a result of an explosion. Macierewicz’s commission said it had analysed 2013 tests by a police forensic laboratory which revealed traces of explosives on 107 out of 215 samples taken from the crashed Polish plane. The head of a commission probing the fatal crash of a Polish presidential plane in 2010 has said that a probe has shown the top officials on board died as a result of an explosion. Senior conservative politician Antoni Macierewicz was speaking as Poland on Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the plane crash in Russia – a disaster that is still a source of controversy and recriminations, Radio Poland wrote. Macierewicz’s comments came a day after he said his commission had notified prosecutors that it suspected a team which probed the crash when Poland’s previous government was in power had falsified the truth, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/10511442-head-of-probe-says-blast-killed-officials-on-polish-presidential-jet-media.html
The explosion became the reason of wreckage of 154-Tu plane in 2010 in Smolensk. Such conclusions were confirmed by the British lab as Polske Radio reported citing Antoni Macierewicz, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the Causes of the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash. According to him, the results of the research of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory of the UK Defense Ministry confirmed the results of the committee on the reason for the destruction of the plane. Antoni Macierewicz emphasized that according to the Committee, the explosion became the reason for the wreckage of the plane. “Nor pilots, neither the actions of some people on the board led to this tragedy but the explosion. Today, thanks to British we know this. We do not determine the nature of the explosion. We know for sure that TNR was one of the reasons for explosion but it does not mean that we know that formula of the explosion,” Macierewicz said. Related: Poland re-examines Kaczynski plane wreckage in Smolensk Deputy Chairman of the Committee Kazimierz Nowaczyk specified that the study of the left wing of Tu-154M by the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory showed the presence of the explosive materials. “These studies include the schedules, which can be used for the estimation of the place, where the explosive substances were found and which substances were found. This analysis allowed us to make such conclusions and report to the prosecutor’s office, because in June, last year we informed the prosecutor’s office about these results,” Nowaczyk said. It is noted that it is also stated that the committee considered the studies held in 2013 by the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory, which showed the presence of the explosive substances at 107 samples out of 215 taken. Antoni Macierewicz added that the committee sent the appeal to the prosecutor’s office about possible commitment of the crime by ex-head of committee Jerzy Miller and members of then committee. He explained that this statement is the result of the previous studies and conclusions of his committee. Related: Smolensk tragedy: Facts, versions, and new details “Firstly, the actions of the whole commission headed by Miller. The appeal concerns the negligence, falsifications, which they made and non-fulfillment of the commitment. It concerns Mr. Miller, who committed crime, when he signed the memorandum with the Russians, in which he confirms the credibility of the black boxes and agreed to the return them to the Russians,’ Macierewicz said. As it was reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will consider a draft resolution which calls Russia to return the wreckage of the aircraft of former Polish President Lech Kaczyński groundlessly held for eight years in Smolensk. The draft resolution reads that in accordance with the Annex 13 of Chicago Convention, every country where a plane crash took place has to return the wreckage of the plane and all material values to the country it belongs after the completion of the investigation. The investigation in Russia was completed in 2011 when the report of the Interstate Aviation Committee on the accident circumstances was published.
The politicians behind a continent-wide far-right alliance share concerns about migration—and little else.
Orban’s associates are controlling a large chunk of the Hungarian media and his Fidesz party has taken total control of state media, drawing a global backlash
The Council of Elders of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, is investigating Markus Frohnmaier, a member of the ultra-right party “Alternative …
Russian authorities have lashed out at Lithuania, announcing a criminal investigation into judges at a Vilnius court that convicted dozens of former Soviet army personnel of committing war crimes a…
This January, Madagascar inaugurated President Andry Rajoelina, who defeated 35 rivals in two rounds of voting. According to a new report by the BBC Russian Service, at least six of those candidates — possibly including Rajoelina — received campaign financing from Russia.
Not content to cause political problems, Moscow’s trolls are also undermining public health.
President Vladimir Putin has finally weighed in on the finished U.S. Justice Department investigation into Russian election meddling and collusion in America’s 2016 presidential race, telling reporters on Tuesday, “The mountain gave birth to a mouse,” referring to one of Aesop’s Fables.
Vladimir Putin spoke about the Mueller report during a session of the International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, saying it was “complete nonsense” that had been invented by President Trump’s political enemies for “an internal audience” “It was clear for us from the start that it would end like this,” the Russian leader said of the Trump-Russia investigation. “A mountain gave birth to a mouse.” “I’ve been telling you this all along,” Putin said. “We said from the start that this infamous commission of Mr. Mueller’s would not find anything because nobody knows this better than us. Russia did not meddle in any elections in the United States. There was no collusion, as Mr. Mueller said, between Trump and Russia.” “It was meant for an internal audience and it was used for political purposes for internal political strife in the United States of America… Because of that the internal political situation in the U.S. has not become any better. There are attempts to find new pretexts to attack President Trump… but I think it testifies to a certain element of a crisis in the U.S. political system. Have a look at what is happening. The groups who are mounting an offensive against the legitimately elected president are simply trying to cancel the vote. They do not agree to what the people have said. And it is a crisis of the political system — something unseen before.” “We know what a witch hunt is, and it is a black page on American history,” he also said.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the difference between the situations around the Golan Heights and Crimea. — Ukrinform.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged not to compare the situation with the recognition of the Golan Heights as the territory of Israel and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Pompeo says Russia seized Crimea in March 2014 from Ukraine, which posed no threat to Russians.
The situations with the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by Russia and Golan Heights, recognized as part of Israel by the U.S., are different as Mike Pompeo, the U.S. State Secretary stated. Pompeo noted that “there can be no other more different situations” and Golan Heights turned out to be the part of Israel as the state was attacked and Israeli citizens had to defend themselves. According to the U.S. State Secretary, Israel had to seize Golan Heights to continue its protection from Syria. Related: Golan Heights status: Syria convenes extraordinary session of UN Security Council He also added that Russia did not defend from anyone and chose the moment to capture the territory of Crimea from people, “who did not pose any threat to it”. In 1967, in the results of the Six-Day War with Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Algeria, Israel defeated the forces of the Arab States and extended its territories. Particularly, Golan Heights were seized from Syria. Later, its eastern part was returned under the control of Damascus. In December 1981, the Knesset adopted the resolution on the spread of the Israeli jurisdiction over the captured part of heights.
On April 3, as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers gathered in Washington, DC to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary, the Russian state media shared a report claiming NATO support for the Ukrainian navy was “laughable” and the ships provided to Ukraine by NATO states are nothing but “junk.” The claim that the situation with Ukraine’s navy is “extremely difficult,” is no longer true, either. On April 3, as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers gathered in Washington, DC to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary, the Russian state media shared a report claiming NATO support for the Ukrainian navy was “laughable” and the ships provided to Ukraine by NATO states are nothing but “junk.” These claims, attributed to Andrei Koshkin, head of the political science and sociology department at the prestigious Plekhanov Academy, were broadcast on Sputnik radio and then republished by several other government media outlets, including RIA Novosti, according to Polygraph.info. Koshkin said it was “laughable” to try and train the Ukrainian navy on the NATO ships while they are located in Ukrainian ports, and that no training can substitute for a real service on military ships – experience that Ukraine does not have. He also claimed the military vessels NATO states are offering to Kyiv are “in essence, junk.” Koshkin’s claims are false. The claim that the situation with Ukraine’s navy is “extremely difficult,” is no longer true, the co-founder of the Military in UA web portal, Olexandr Argat, told Polygraph.info. “Ukraine has built nine vessels for the navy during the last five years: seven of them are Gurza-M class boats and the other two are Centaur-class. These are small ships but they are our own and new,” Argat said. Gurza-M class boats are small armored artillery boats used to patrol harbors, rivers, lakes, territorial waters and isolated areas. Other missions include protection of Ukraine’s borders and river ports, assistance to aircraft or vessels in distress, and combating illegal migration, piracy and smuggling on the Danube River and in the waters of the Black Sea-Azov basin. Centaur-class fast assault craft are used to provide fire support and ensure the rapid deployment of marines and Special Forces. They can also perform a wide range of missions, including maritime patrol, surveillance, search-and-rescue (SAR), safeguarding littoral and inland waters, and troop transport. “NATO does not provide ships to Ukraine,” the alliance’s press office told Polygraph.info, noting that NATO member states are independently providing vessels to the Ukrainian navy. In 2017, Ukrainian Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said that Ukraine’s navy is looking into the purchase of decommissioned NATO ships for its fleet in order to fulfill Ukraine’s role in occupying a significant portion of the Black Sea coastline. Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Tanzania and the United States have sold or rebuilt — or are in the process of negotiating the delivery of military vessels — to Kyiv. Listed among Ukrainian Navy active vessels are: One Danish Flyvefisken Class multirole vessel. Built in Denmark between 1987 and 1996, decommissioned in 1989. The Flyvefisken Class multirole vessel is based on a modular concept, using a standard hull with containerized weapon systems and equipment, which allows the vessel to change roles quickly for surveillance, surface combat, anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures/minehunter, minelayer or pollution control. The Pereyaslav, a Muna Class small reconnaissance ship built in Lithuania. Originally named GS-13 in the Soviet Navy. Launched in 1986 and transferred to Ukraine in 1995. Seven Polish ships, including the U-602 Alchevsk, a Moma Class intelligence ship; the U401 Yuri Olefirenko, a Polnochny-C Class a mid-size landing ship; three PO-2 Class training ships; the U-811 Balta, a Bereza Class degaussing ship; and the U-500 Donbas, an Amur Class command/SAR ship. Two U.S. Island Class patrol cutters. As described by the Military Navigator portal, “[t]he 110-foot Island-class Patrol Boats are a Coast Guard modification of a highly successful British-designed patrol boat. With excellent range and seakeeping capabilities, the Island Class, all named after U.S. islands, replaced the older 95-foot Cape-class patrol boats. These cutters are equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment.” Two U.S. Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigates have been offered to Ukraine, and Ukrainian Navy sailors have been training on them in the United States. John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000-2003) and to Ukraine (2003-2006), told Polygraph.info, Koshkin’s statement is “propaganda.” ”The ships that we have been able to provide to Ukraine are coast guard cutters; they are real ships, not junk, they will be of serious use to Ukraine’s navy. So, these statements are simply false,” Herbst said.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Decree “On Approval of the Annual National Programme under the Auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission for 2019.” — Ukrinform.
The Czech Republic has expressed solidarity and support to Ukraine and stated the need to strengthen the security and defense rallying of the international community, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said. “On April 9, 2019, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar met with a delegation of deputies of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic headed by the committee chairman Lubomir Zaoralek,” the message said. As noted, the sides exchanged views on the prospects for the development of cooperation in the Eastern Partnership format, discussed the election race to the European Parliament and the importance of the distribution of political forces in its new composition for the general direction of European policy. In addition, the Ukrainian side familiarized the participants with the situation around the electoral process in Ukraine, public sentiments, the dangers of Russian interference and the need to increase further joint efforts to combat hybrid threats from Russia. Also, the Czech delegation was informed about the state of Ukraine’s internal policy following the first stage of the decentralization of authorities. In addition, at the request of the Czech side, an assessment was made of Ukraine’s cooperation with the EU countries, the U.S. and China in the field of foreign policy. The delegation of the Czech parliament also plans to visit Kherson and Odesa.
Self-proclaimed “DPR” and “LPR” allegedly tentatively agreed to an option of receiving an autonomy status within Ukraine, said Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party. Earlier, Medvedchuk said he had created his own plan for resolving the conflict in Donbas, which provides for the region’s autonomy.
The Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, chairperson of the Opposition Platform – For Life party’s political council and a close associate of …
The Donetsk People’s Republic leader said its main goal is to accede to Russia like Crimea did in 2014. The head of one of eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions has said his separatist-held republic wants to join Russia as a full-fledged member. The Donetsk and Luhansk regions, collectively known as the Donbass, are combat zones between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military in a conflict that broke out in April 2014. More than 13,000 people have been killed in the war, and the sides regularly accuse each other of violating an internationally brokered ceasefire there. The head of one of eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions has said his separatist-held republic wants to join Russia as a full-fledged member. The Donetsk and Luhansk regions, collectively known as the Donbass, are combat zones between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military in a conflict that broke out in April 2014. More than 13,000 people have been killed in the war, and the sides regularly accuse each other of violating an internationally brokered ceasefire there.
08.04.2019 10:59 Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has become the biggest failure of Vladimir Putin’s policy. Christopher Robinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, said this in an interview with Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung. “Without the implementation of the Minsk Agreements there will be no improvement in relations. Ukraine was Putin’s…
10.04.19 07:16 – 13 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: no loses among Ukrainian soldiers, one terrorist destroyed April 9, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 13 times, seven times using Minsk-proscribed weapons. View news.
Russia-led forces mounted 13 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. There were no Ukrainian army casualties.
Ukrainian volunteer activist Yuriy Mysiahin has posted footage showing a successful hit by the Ukrainian army on an enemy observation post in Donbas. One occupier was killed and another one was wounded in the operation.
Russian occupation forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas fired at positions of the Joint Forces using the newest Russian artillery systems “Krasnopol”, as reported by the JFO HQ on Tuesday, April 9. The ammo used is produced by Kalashnikov Concern.
More than a third of internally displaced persons do not intend to return home after the end of the war in Donbas, said Stefano Pes, the IOM Ukraine Emergency and Stabilization Coordinator. According to the organization, 69% of internally displaced persons have been staying in their current place of residence for over three years.
Deminer killed, two wounded in Donbas. Two more servicemen were wounded. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Ukraine’s state security service, the SBU put reporter Volodymyr Skachko on the wanted list. The journalist, the author of Antifascist internet source ended up on the list of persons avoiding justice, on the Interior Ministry’s website. Skachko is claimed to have gone missing in March 2019. He is suspected of offense against the territorial integrity of Ukraine (Ukraine’s Criminal Code, Article 110, Part 2). On March 5, press secretary of the SBU Olena Hitlyanska reported that the authority conducted a search in Skachko’s apartment; this was due to the investigation action against those connected to the hostile Russian media environment in Ukraine. Volodymyr Skachko is the former editor-in-chief of Kievsky Telegraf newspaper. the author of numerous publications, in which he criticized the Ukrainian power; these articles have been widely spread across pro-Russian internet sources. He’s a frequent guest on various Russian TV channels.
10.04.19 15:55 – SBU puts pro-Russian journalist Skachko on wanted list Ukraine’s state security service, the SBU put reporter Volodymyr Skachko on the wanted list. View news.
The Canadian and Ukrainian military personnel managed to cooperate consistently during the joint exercises in the Black Sea. — Ukrinform.
The Soldiers will advise and assist the Ukrainian Army with the continued development of the Yavoriv Combat Training Center
Ukrainian Armed Forces received a new batch of HMMWVs, commonly known as Humvees, from the US. According to “Dumskay” newspaper, another batch of military equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived in the port of Odessa on 9 April. The Sea Amazon cargo ship under the flag of Malta delivered 175 tons of weapons from the United States, including 35 HMMWV off-road vehicles. “A ship docked at about 8 a.m., after which 15 ambulance vehicles and 20 Humvees left through the rear ramp,” said in Dumskay’s report. This is the third batch of HMMWV, which delivered to Ukraine after the start of the Russian aggression. The first was in 2015, the second – in the fall of 2017. In total, according to various sources, the US government donated from 230 to 300 vehicles. Ukrainian armed forces have some experience of operating Humvees brought to troops earlier. The HMMWV continues to be the vehicle of choice as the workhorse for militaries around the world. HMMWVs are used in more than 60 partner nations, continuously evolving with significantly increased mobility, protection, reliability and durability in order to meet changing military missions and threats at an affordable price. There are approximately 230,000 HMMWVs currently in vehicle fleets around the world.
The Sea Amazon cargo ship delivered from the US 175 tons of military equipment
April 10, 2019 The Counter-Batar Radar 1L220UK, which was developed by the NPC “Iskra”, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, exceeded the specified tactical and technical characteristics, which was fixed in the state-testing protocols. On the basis of these protocols signed by the members of the state commission, in the near future an act of state tests will be drawn up, in which, according to information available, it will be recommended before the adoption of 1L220UK for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the tests an experiment was conducted on the possibility of 1L220UC to work theoretically at the maximum permissible range of its action. In the course of it, artillery and reactive systems were found on a range, depending on the types of shells, in 1,3-2 times greater than the state test tasks.
The capacity of the radar’s digital active phase array antenna gives the opportunity to deploy the counter-battery radar in dozens of kilometers from the enemy position, observing the area in the sector of up to 180 degrees. The counter-battery radar 1L220UK, developed by Iskra Defense Company, which enters Ukroboronprom, will be recommended for adoption at the Armed Forces of Ukraine as Ukroboronprom reported. “The act of the state test will be provided soon and according to the present information, it will be recommended to adopt 1L220UK for service of Ukraine’s Armed Forces,” the message said. As we reported the Ukrainian military conducted successful tests of the counter-battery radar 1L220UK. It considerably surpasses those already in service. The capacity of the radar’s digital active phase array antenna gives the opportunity to deploy the counter-battery radar in dozens of kilometers from the enemy position, observing the area in the sector of up to 180 degrees. Earlier the testing of the modernized air defense systems “Kub”, “Tor” came to the end in Ukraine. Besides, we reported that Ukroboronprom together with the American company Aeroscraft will produce small arms by NATO standards.
A photo of a repaired Su-24 bomber with a flight number 08 for the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (PS of the Armed Forces) appeared on the network. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The corresponding works were carried out by the State Enterprise “Nikolaev Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “. The company’s specialists carried out repairs of the aircraft, during which a complete check of all its units and assemblies was performed, their repair or complete replacement was performed. There is no information on upgrading this board. Su-24 (from NATO codification: Fencer, Fenscer – English Fencing) is a Ukrainian front bomber with a variable jib wing, designed for rocket-bomber strikes in simple and complex meteorological conditions, day and night, including at low altitudes with a target defeat of terrestrial and surface targets. Refurbished Su-24 with flight number 08 Last year it was this enterprise that carried out repair of the reconnaissance aircraft of the Su-24MR for the needs of the AF of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Also, the State Enterprise “Odessa Aviation Plant” at an international conference, which was attended by the NATO Military Attaché, presented to foreign partners a promising project for the development of the Su-24MR Scouts.
President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos as chairman of the interdepartmental commission on military-technical cooperation and export control. — Ukrinform.
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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has expanded the list of Russian goods the import of which has been prohibited. — Ukrinform.
The overwhelming majority of Ukrainian experts (85.5%) surveyed by the Situations Modeling Agency believe that the situation in Ukraine improved over the past three years of activity of the government led by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. — Ukrinform.
MPs Yehor Sobolev and Semen Semenchenko have stated about their withdrawal from the Samopomich Union party, according to the party’s press service. — Ukrinform.
The Ukrainian incumbent Ukrtelekom plans to invest around UAH270 million (€8.9 million) in a high speed optical network with the involvement of international partners. In a statement it says that it has teamed up with the Slovenian telco Iskratel to launch the two-year project. Employing GPON technology, it will involve the construction of over 3,500km of fibre-optic lines, providing broadband access to almost 300 small towns and villages. Half of the funding for the project will be obtained in the form of an insured loan from the Slovenian Development Bank (SID), which will act as an export credit agency (ECA).
Fuel imports shipped to Ukraine in January-March 2019 were estimated at US$1.109 billion, which was 12% up year-over-year (y-o-y). Russia and Belarus were major suppliers of petroleum products to Ukraine.
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“We firmly believe that Putin is dreaming of a weak, unprepared president [of Ukraine],” Poroshenko’s campaign said. While Ukraine currently faces a difficult choice for its leadership, Russia has settled on President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Wednesday in response to campaign billboards depicting Ukraine’s president facing off against Putin. Posters showing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko opposite Putin with a caption reading “The Decisive Choice” appeared in Ukraine ahead of the country’s second-round runoff vote on April 21. The incumbent will face comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who despite his popular anti-corruption message has been accused during the campaign of being the puppet of a rich businessman whose television channel airs his shows. “We choose Putin, and as for the Ukrainians — we’ll see,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the RBC news website as saying when asked to comment on the use of Putin’s image in Poroshenko’s campaign ad. Poroshenko’s campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the posters, Ukrainian media reported, but denied that they were meant to imply that Zelenskiy is “Putin’s agent.” “But we firmly believe that Putin is dreaming of a weak, unprepared president, which will allow the Kremlin to take Ukraine under control,” Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported. During the first round of Ukraine’s election, Poroshenko attacked Zelenskiy as fundamentally unserious, a reckless choice at a time when the country is still at conflict against Russian-backed separatists. “[Putin] dreams of a soft, pliant, tender, giggling, inexperienced, weak, ideologically amorphous and politically undecided president of Ukraine. Are we really going to give him that opportunity?” Poroshenko said. While Ukraine currently faces a difficult choice for its leadership, Russia has settled on President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Wednesday in response to campaign billboards depicting Ukraine’s president facing off against Putin. Posters showing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko opposite Putin with a caption reading “The Decisive Choice” appeared in Ukraine ahead of the country’s second-round runoff vote on April 21. The incumbent will face comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who despite his popular anti-corruption message has been accused during the campaign of being the puppet of a rich businessman whose television channel airs his shows. “We choose Putin, and as for the Ukrainians — we’ll see,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the RBC news website as saying when asked to comment on the use of Putin’s image in Poroshenko’s campaign ad. Poroshenko’s campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the posters, Ukrainian media reported, but denied that they were meant to imply that Zelenskiy is “Putin’s agent.” “But we firmly believe that Putin is dreaming of a weak, unprepared president, which will allow the Kremlin to take Ukraine under control,” Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported. During the first round of Ukraine’s election, Poroshenko attacked Zelenskiy as fundamentally unserious, a reckless choice at a time when the country is still at conflict against Russian-backed separatists. “[Putin] dreams of a soft, pliant, tender, giggling, inexperienced, weak, ideologically amorphous and politically undecided president of Ukraine. Are we really going to give him that opportunity?” Poroshenko said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has commented on billboards posted in Ukraine pending a run-off between incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his rival Volodymyr Zelensky; the billboards depict a face-off between Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections is scheduled for April 21.
10.04.19 16:52 – Peskov: We choose Putin, we will see choice of Ukraine’s nation Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that “we choose Putin, we will see the choice of Ukraine’s nation” View news.
Billboards showing a face-off between incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are the official advertising product paid for from the Poroshenko campaign electoral fund. The statement says the message does not mean the team consider Volodymyr Zelensky Putin’s agent of influence.
Ukraine’s incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is pitting himself against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the second round of presidential …
The billboards with the image of President Petro Poroshenko and Russian leader Vladimir Putin do not oppose two candidates for the presidency in Ukraine as Poroshenko’s campaign headquarters reported. “The story of the board does not mean that the team of Poroshenko considers Zelensky to be an agent of Putin. Absolutely not. But we strongly believe that Putin dreams about weak, an unprepared president as it will allow Kremlin to take control over Ukraine,” the message said. Besides, it is specified that the mentioned boards are the official advertising product paid from the funds of the election fund of the candidate. “The aim of the advertising product is to remind the state that the in the terms of such external challenges, the strong president and supreme commander, professional and well-educated diplomat, skilled negotiators with high international reputation is needed,” the headquarters added. Such billboards were noticed in Kharkiv and the same pictures were published in the newspapers in Kyiv. Numerous sources state Poroshenko resorts to such smear campaigning with labeling his opponents someone’s puppets (let us recall labeling presidential aspirant Yulia Tymoshenko Putin’s agent) on advice from his new political expert Moshe Klughaft, Israeli political technologist, is assisting Poroshenko’s in his reelection. Klughaft is known for his aggressive, negative style of campaign management, Ukrainian MP Serhiy Leshchenko assures. Poroshenko’s press people denied this.
Ukrainian presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky plan to meet with French President Emanuel Macron in Paris on April 12. — Ukrinform. Spokesperson for Poroshenko’s campaign headquarters Oleh Medvedev said this at a a briefing on Wednesday, April 10, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “I know that Zelensky will probably be in Paris on Friday [April 12] and will have a meeting with Macron. Petro Poroshenko should be in Paris on the same day and will also meet with Macron,” he said. According to him, the French side coordinated with the Ukrainian side the issue of a meeting between Macron and Zelensky through diplomatic channels. In this context, Medvedev noted that, according to Poroshenko, it would be useful for Zelensky to “leave the sphere of show business and dive a little into the world of real politics, including the international one, and begin to gain some kind of experience.” Medvedev added that on April 12 Poroshenko also plans to visit Germany and hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on April 12, Oleh Medvedev, an official with Poroshenko’s election headquarters, said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s campaign staff is aware of the plans of his opponent in the second round of the election, actor and film and show producer Volodymyr Zelensky, to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s campaign staff is aware of the plans of his opponent in the second round of the election, actor and film and show producer Volodymyr Zelensky, to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. “However surprising this may seem, I am aware that Zelensky is going to meet Macron,” Oleh Medvedev, a spokesperson for Poroshenko’s campaign, said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday. France “has coordinated this issue with the Ukrainian side” via diplomatic channels, Medvedev said. Poroshenko believes it would be helpful for Zelensky “to come down from the theatrical stage, leave showbiz and dive into the real world of politics, including at the international level, to start gaining at least some experience,” Medvedev said.
The National Sports Complex (NSC) Olimpiyskiy has received requests from authorized representatives of two presidential candidates in Ukraine regarding the holding of debate. An official application for the debate at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium should be submitted by April 17.
10.04.19 12:41 – Poroshenko agrees to have drug tests taken by VADA experts Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will arrive at the Olimpiyskyi Stadium on Wednesday, April 10, to have medical tests taken by experts from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). View news.
The state enterprise National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy has received applications from the election teams of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky for arranging debates at the stadium. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the process of medical tests being taken by VADA experts is an important procedure for the nation to be sure that the president is not a drug or alcohol addict. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will arrive at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Wednesday, April 10, to have medical tests taken by experts from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), a source in the Presidential Administration has told Ukrinform. — Ukrinform.
10.04.19 11:51 – Klitschko invites Zelenskyi, Poroshenko to undergo VADA drug tests Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has called on Ukrainian presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskyi to arrive at the Olimpiyskyi Stadium in Kyiv on Wednesday, April 10, to undergo medical tests. View news.
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.
Team Zelenskyy names experts, advisers. The candidate enrolled the help of several well-known representatives of the incumbent authorities. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
The headquarters of the presidential candidate of Ukraine, showman Volodymyr Zelensky has reported that information in the media about possible personnel decisions after winning the presidential election is based on speculation and assumptions, and now there is a process of selecting candidates for appointment to the government positions.
Supporters of rival candidates in Ukraine’s presidential election clashed briefly in Kyiv on April 9. At least two people were detained.
Supporters of the two candidates in Ukraine’s April 21 presidential election scuffled in the capital, Kyiv, forcing police to intervene and detain at least two people.
Official TV debate between presidential candidates due on 19 April. Afterwards, they can hold any other debate at any venue. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
The United States has made pledges on issues involving Ukraine’s defense, because Washington is interested in the country’s integrity and lack of Russian presence on its territory, but Ukrainians decide whom to elect and how the country will be governed, U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning Kiron Skinner has said. The United States has made pledges on issues involving Ukraine’s defense, because Washington is interested in the country’s integrity and lack of Russian presence on its territory, but Ukrainians decide whom to elect and how the country will be governed, U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning Kiron Skinner has said. Skinner was cited by the U.S.-government funded Voice of America as saying that what happens in Ukraine is important to the United States. I hope you have seen that we have obligations on the issue of Ukraine’s defense, she said, adding that this took place under the U.S. Administration of President Donald Trump. According to Skinner, the result of presidential elections in Ukraine is important, but Ukrainians themselves will decide who is in charge of running the country and the form of governance. U.S. Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in an interview with U.S. Public Broadcasting Service said that irrespective of the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential election Russia would “continue to test whoever is the president of Ukraine” using weapons of hybrid war. Volker during the interview said the presidential race in Ukraine is between “a candidate who has established himself as against the establishment vs. the incumbent president, who is saying that, you know, I have worked hard, I have made a lot of accomplishments, we have more to do.” “And now the Ukrainian public is faced with this choice. Do they want someone who is just going against the establishment, promising massive reform? Or do they want someone who maybe has been disappointing to them in some respects, but has done more on reform than anyone else has in Ukraine for the past 20 years and stood up to Putin?” Volker said. In his interview with the Kyiv-based Hromandske.ua media portal, Volker said the United States would continue working with whomever Ukraine elects president and noted Ukraine’s progress over the last two years.
Petro Poroshenko’s electoral failure shows the limits of using ethnonationalism as a political strategy in Ukraine.
On March 31, the staff of StopFake, an organization that aims to debunk Russian propaganda through articles, TV, and radio shows, gathered in the low-ceilinged basement of the Mohyla School of Journalism in Kiev to watch the results of the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election. The Russian-state-owned Russia 24 TV channel played on two television screens. There were three major candidates running: President Petro Poroshenko, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the actor Vladimir Zelensky. Only two candidates would move on to the second round. The Russian channel had been covering the Ukrainian elections non-stop. It aired a documentary laden with pro-Russian conspiracy theories and reported live from regions controlled by Russian separatists. “Russia wants to portray Ukraine’s elections as illegitimate and portray it as a failed state,” Kateryna Kruk, the host of StopFake’s TV show, in which she airs and dissects the last week’s propaganda, told me in early March. “Instead of promoting pro-Russian candidates they are promoting mistrust of the entire system.”
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