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20 April 2019 – Ukraine / Russia Ad Hoc Media Update (151) – Election Endgame

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NATO update – Turkey and Baltics. Russia to scrap an SSN and three SSBNs. Interesting insights by Yavlinsky, Medvedev, Volchek, and Kozlov.

Black Sea and Donbas updates. MoD to conduct first direct procurements of imported military equipment. NSDC progresses reform of defense industry, engaging assistance of Gen Hodges and Dr Karber. Rotary wing programs surveyed. Political and economic news dominated by Privatbank rulings.

The election campaign dominates media traffic on Ukraine. Western media reports number more than 50 items, nearly twice the number of English language Ukrainian reports. While many of the Western reports border on the utterly inept, some are very good. This election is a propaganda calamity for Russia as much of its 5 years running propaganda house-of-cards has been collapsed – the Kyiv Nazi junta (including Jewish oligarchs and presidential front runners), the absence of democracy, the deep love of Russia by ordinary Ukrainians, etc. To add insult to injury, Vedomosti report 2 million Russian Internet users watching the stadium debate live, which means many more actual viewers.

The stadium debate started in a very civil manner but devolved into a very Ukrainian head butting contest in the final 15 minutes. Zelensky is riding on, as Trump did in 2016, the anger of large numbers of disaffected, disenfranchised, demoralized and angry voters. His tactics have been trivially simple – hoover up the complaints of these voters and throw them at his opponent, whether these are his fault or not. So Poroshenko becomes the scapegoat for everything that has not worked over the last five and indeed twenty-five years in Ukraine, whether it is Poroshenko’s fault or not, and whether he attempted to fix it or not. Poroshenko’s tactics have been to expose Zelenskiy’s limitations, inexperience, and naivete.

Zelenskiy blundered badly describing the Russian mercenary force in Donbas as “rebels / insurgents”, and Poroshenko tore him up flatly stating that Russian paid mercenaries cannot be rebels / insurgents, and that to say this, Zelenskiy must be incompetent, and has therefore proven Poroshenko’s case that he does not have what it takes to be a good president in a time of crisis.

But this problem of illiteracy in current affairs was not limited to the Donbas, and Poroshenko very adeptly used it repeatedly in the debate – most Western media were simply too clueless to see this or appreciate its significance. Media appraisals that Zelenskiy and Poroshenko ended up in a draw at the end of the debate are simply silly – in classical debating terms Poroshenko cut Zelenskiy to ribbons, leaving him to resort to name calling. But this theatre was not about rational policy debate, it was about Zelenskiy giving a voice to the disaffected, disenfranchised, demoralized and angry voters, and confronting Poroshenko with this head to head. Poroshenko did understand this and argued the case bluntly and directly – whether he will be listened to is another matter. As we observed in the 2016 US election, disaffected, disenfranchised, demoralized and angry voters will vote against anybody they see as symbolzing the perceived cause of their misfortune.

Zelenskiy did not attend the second agreed debate.

Late Sunday we should have a reasonable idea of whether Poroshenko’s endgame play produced the intended effect in the audience.

Notes: Russian propaganda included for completeness.

Turkey is ‘taking into account’ NATO concerns over S-400 | USA News | Al Jazeera

US and Turkey have argued for months over Turkey’s order of the advanced S-400 missile defence system.

Russia would be Turkey’s ‘first best choice’ for fighter jets if its F-35 plan flops

The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the multinational program if it buys the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

France rotates its contingent in Estonia | MIL.IN.UA

Author: Revision April 19, 2019 Baltics 0 Comments Next week in the NATO multinational battalion in Estonia, a rotation of the French contingent will take place. The Embassy of France in Estonia reports this In addition to the personnel, the base will come and the French armored vehicles – 5 tanks Leclerc, 13 armored personnel carriers VBCI, as well as other equipment. A 300-member combat group will include troops from the second Brigade of the French Army and the Foreign Legion troops. They will be here until August, and then they will be replaced by another group of military personnel from France. In total, in Estonia, at the Taupa military base, an international contingent of NATO has been stationed in 1200 military personnel from Britain, France and Denmark. NATO Multinational Base in the Baltics As you know, the formation of 4 multinational combat groups in the Baltic and Poland was completed in April 2017 and became NATO’s response to threats that arose on the eastern flank of the Alliance through the aggression of Russia in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.




France to Deploy Hundreds of Troops, Tanks, on Russia Border

Moscow has long argued against the NATO buildup on its borders.

World War 3: Macron sends French troops and tanks to Russian border | World | News |

EMMANUEL Macron is deploying tanks and hundreds of troops to Estonia to boost NATO’s defences along the Russian border in a move which is certain to raise already heightened tensions with Moscow.

British Army decides to reduce its tank fleet size by a third – Defence Blog

The UK army’s fleet of Challenger 2 main battle tanks is to be stripped by a third, according to The Times. According to the sensationalist media report, the British Army is planning to revamp only 148 of its 227 Challenger 2 tanks because of cost constraints. Also notes that the remaining main battle tanks would be used for spare parts, though it said that some tanks could be patched up for deployment in an emergency. This statement was a real shock to a number of military experts who voiced concerns over plans to cut British tank fleet. The “new” British Army would have 87 times fewer tanks compared with Russia. In the decade after the end of the Cold War, Great Britain lost its tanks production and can now lose most of its tank fleet, which in 1991 consisted of nearly 800 combat vehicles. Challenger 2 is a heavily armoured, highly mobile Main Battle Tank, designed for use in the direct fire zone. Its primary role is to destroy or neutralize armour. However, it has the ability to engage both hard and soft targets and can operate across a spectrum of high-intensity conflict, counterinsurgency and peacekeeping roles. The vehicle is equipped with an L30 120mm rifled tank gun, firing both long rod penetrator and High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) ammunition natures. Secondary armaments are provided with a 7.62mm co-axial chain gun and a 7.62mm pintle mounted General Purpose Machine Gun. The UK needs to upgrade its fleet of Challenger 2 tanks to be able to compete with a new generation of highly dangerous Russian tanks.

UAWire – Russia to scrap four more strategic submarines

Russia continues to dismantle its nuclear submarines fleet, which was build half a century ago allowing the Soviet Union to achieve nuclear parity with the United States. According to the Izvestia newspaper’s source in the Main Command of the Russian Navy, four more submarines were declared unsuitable for modernization and will be cut for scrap in the next three years. These are the three strategic submarines of the 667BDR Kalmar (Squid) project, each carrying 16 R-29R intercontinental liquid-fueled ballistic missiles: K-221 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, K-433 Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets (St. George the Victorious) and K-232 Podolsk. Russia will also dispose of the Shchuka (Pike) class submarine B-414 Daniil Moskovsky, nicknamed by the NATO the ‘Black Prince’, which was the main multipurpose submarine of the Russian Navy in the 1980-1990s. Two heavy nuclear-powered 1144 Orland class missile submarines, the Admiral Ushakov, which was launched in the 1980s, and the Admiral Lazarev, which was suspended already in the 1990s, will also be cut into metal scrap. They share the fate of two of the world’s largest Akula (Shark) class strategic nuclear submarines of the Project 941 (the NATO classification –Typhoon) Severstal and Arkhangelsk, which were decided to be disposed of in January 2018 due to the unprofitability of their operation. All these submarines are planned to be replaced by the Borei class strategic nuclear submarines. At the moment, Russia has three such vessels in the fleet and four more are being built. On April 17, the head of the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Rubin, Igor Vilnit, announced that the new Borei-A submarines will no longer be built as the nature of the challenges and tasks that they are expected to solve has changed.

Russian company plans to create a federal Internet of things network — Meduza

A company called GLONASS-TM that is controlled jointly by Igor Rotenberg, Rostekh, and GLONASS has announced plans to create a federal network using Internet of things (IoT) technology. IoT technology establishes remote connections among objects that would typically lack Internet access, enabling them to exchange data and be controlled remotely.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin has Moved Russia from ‘Market Bolshevism’ to ‘Capitalism with a Stalinist Face,’ Yavlinsky Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – No one should be surprised that polls show that the Russian people have a positive attitude about Stalin, Grigory Yavlinsky says. After all, it reflects the survival of Soviet values, the continuation of the “end justifies the means” during what he calls “market bolshevism’ in the 1990s, and Vladimir Putin’s drive to create “capitalism with a Stalinist face.” The opposition politician who founded the Yabloko Party says this new-old system is based on a lack of respect for human rights, an authoritarian power, conditional rather than absolute property rights, “grayness among the powers that be,” corruption, and a readiness to charge anyone with any crime at any time ( “The current powers that be,” Yavlinsky continues, “feel themselves to be the heirs of the Bolsheviks” and views Stalin as the central figure of that inheritance. “To the point of mass repressions, the situation has not yet gone, but all the preconditions” for such aggression against the Russian population “are present.” According to Yavlinsky, “repressions may begin under the banner of the struggle against corruption or with lack of respect to the authorities or with terrorism … Under conditions of rightlessness, one can always think up something. The atmosphere in the country, judging from the polls, is suitable.” It must be “repeated again and again,” he says, that “Putin is leading he country along a path which leads nowhere” (see his article on this and that “Stalinism is one of the darkest dead ends along this path. Many other Moscow commentators are making similar points and even extending the analogy between Stalinism and Putinism still further. One who does so with particular force is Maksim Shevchenko who discusses what “Stalinized Putinism” is likely to lead to in the first instance with regard to the regime’s opponents ( Polls showing positive feelings about the Soviet dictator, he argues, of course, “are not about Stalin but about Putin.” They reflect the work of Kremlin propagandists who have sought to portray Stalin as “the gravedigger of revolution and any troubles, the defender of the Russian world, and secret White Guard, and almost an Orthodox monarchist.” In short, these propagandists have presented Stalin as someone who supposedly overcame the consequences of the 1917 revolution, just as Putin supposedly is overcoming the consequences of the 1991 overthrow” and the time of troubles which followed in the ensuing decade. According to Shevchenko, “the present-day left opposition which really represents a problem for the regime will be presented in the Kremlin media as the anti-state and anti-national Trotskyite opposition who undermined the tasks of national and economic development of the country. After all, “who was against Stalin? The Trotskyites. And who is against Putin? The present-day Trotskyites.” And these people are being fought by Putin and the neo-Stalinists who include all “the true ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ servants of the regime who “have been solving the tasks’ of strengthening the vertical and carrying out national projects.” In this way, the journalist argues, Putin sets the stage “for repressions against the real left,” after all, “Stalin repressed them” to the same ends. But just like Stalin, Putin will go even further to “destroy or discredit the nationally thinking social opposition” and “keep the people in the position of a herd of consumers.” As a result, Shevchenko suggests, “the international press will curse Putin for ‘tyranny’ and the rehabilitation of Stalin.” But those who want him to control the situation for the benefit of international capital will be pleased and Russian elites will not see their standard of living affected. And that points to one fundamental difference between Stalin and Putin, he argues. Stalin was “a Bolshevik, a revolutionary, a socialist, a fighter for justice and the construction of a never before seen social state of a union of peoples.” But those things, which many Russians admire, aren’t going to inform Putin. With “the new Putin-Stalin,” all those things will be jettisoned. What will be left will be cruelty alone and without a purpose besides enriching Putin and his cronies.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Unless West Totally Stops Buying Russian Oil and Gas, Putin Likely to Be in Power until 2042, Sergey Medvedev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 20 – Vladimir Putin is unlikely to be pushed out of power by his own citizens and thus will remain in charge until at least 2042 when he will be a still-vigorous 90, Sergey Medvedev says. Almost the only thing that could change that would be if the West completely stopped buying Russian oil and gas. In an interview with Konstantin Eggert for Lithuania’s DELFI portal, the Russian political analyst and television personality says it is a mistake to talk about “the 2024 problem” and Putin’s successors because the Kremlin leader almost certainly will be around for a long time ( “I do not believe in a successor to Putin. He cannot be a successor,” Medvedev says. “In Russia, there is no politics, no institutions, no government and no civil society.” There is only Putin, and surrounding him “a scorched earth territory. If Putin disappears from the political arena, Russian politics will be reduced to nothing.” Therefore, the Russian analyst says, “I believe that this system will continue as long as the biological life of Putin does.” And given the flexibility of the Russian political system, Putin can so orchestrate things that he will be in power, if not necessarily in the office of president, until 2042. Despite the attention the Russian “opposition” gets and growing popular unhappiness, Medvedev continues, there is little reason to think that they will combine to force Putin out. There is no possibility that there will be protests like in France or a Maidan like in Ukraine. Russians simply do not act in that way. The reason is because “there are nations which changes the circumstances of their life and there are nations which change themselves [only] inside themselves.” Russia is one of the latter: its people drink and talk; but they do not take action to change whatever the situation is around them in the absence of some foreign shock. “I do not like determinism,” Medvedev continues. “But the heritage of serfdom really is very, very heavy. There exists a longer political horizon.” People like Aleksey Navalny can affect things at the margin, but in the Kremlin, they understand very well that “Navalny can’t bring out a million people” into the streets. According to the Russian analyst, “in general, the political regime in Russia can be changed only from the outside. Of course, I do not have in mind a NATO occupation. More likely, a decline in the price of oil as was the case in the 1980s.” New sanctions won’t be enough to achieve that. Instead, “the West must completely stop purchasing oil and gas from Russia.” That is, it must adopt “the Iranian variant of sanctions.” In that event, the foundations of the Putin regime would be shaken. But even that might not be enough to achieve Putin’s ouster and with it regime change. “To change the Kremlin’s line,” he suggests, “only some strong global confrontation, connected with the Islamic world, a catastrophic terrorist act, significant climate change, or the arrival of extraterrestrials.” In other comments, Medvedev says that Moscow’s antagonism toward NATO is for the long haul, a commitment that has been part of the genetic code of Russian leaders since the 1950s and an enemy that serves the Kremlin’s domestic needs for legitimation and its desire to be treated as co-equal to the West. Even though Russia should be working with NATO to counter threats from the south and the east, the analyst says, Putin is only comfortable with a sharpening of tensions with NATO because then he is in a position to “trade in fear.” But at the same time, the Kremlin leader doesn’t believe NATO matters as much on the ground as many think. “I do not think that he believes that NATO will all its might would ‘come to the aid’ of Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia” in the event of a Russian attack. Instead, Putin and those around him believe that “Russia now has military superiority in tanks, for example” and that it has a stronger “martial spirit” and therefore the West would back down. On the matter of Ukraine, “the Kremlin hopes that five or ten years from now, everything will be forgotten, and the West will talk with Russia” about arms control and other issues, that the West will drop sanctions as part of this process, and that it will begin to reach agreements with Moscow. At the same time, Medvedev says that Moscow does not fully understand that it has lost Ukraine forever, that there cannot be a pro-Russian president there, and that this has happened because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military actions in the Donbass. Putin truly deserves a monument as a creator of Ukrainian “national independence.” “In his dreams,” the commentator continues, “Putin sees himself in a white tunic in the role of generalissimus at Yalta in 1945 when a 15-million-strong Soviet army stood in Europe and he dictates his conditions of peace. All Russia lives in this unceasing May 9th … and “therefore we must go back to that point, to 1945, and speak with the West as Russia did then.” At the end of his interview, Medvedev says that he hopes he is wrong about the ability of Russians to change the situation with regard to Putin. Russians did so at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s and perhaps can do so again. But without outside action, it is clear, he clearly doesn’t think that is likely.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: FSB Officer Warns West about Repression in Russia While Continuing to Work in Moscow

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – Many officers of the KGB in Soviet times and the FSB in Russian ones have defected and described how their agencies operate and are used by the Kremlin to repress all opposition; but now, an FSB officer who is still on active service in the Russian Federation has chosen to do so to Radio Svoboda, understandably on condition of anonymity. The anonymous officer tells the station’s Dmitry Volchek that he had “long suspected that he was working in ‘a system’ which was strengthening the totalitarian structure of society,” but he had his eyes opened when he read Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism ( When he was first hired by the FSB, the man says, he felt a certain “euphoria.” But later he “understood that the goal of this agency’s messing around was the preservation of power and the struggle against dissidence.” But his full understanding came with the reading of Arendt’s book, which showed he was “strengthening a secret totalitarian structure” underlying the regime. The officer said he decided to speak about this because Russia is “skittering back to Sovietism of the worst kind” and many are deceived about that. “For a small amount of carrots, “they have become slaves;” and they don’t even recognize what is going on. Tragically, there are ever more Russians prepared to snitch on others. Snitching doesn’t work with every group, he continues. It doesn’t with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group he worked with “long before the ban … The official version is that this is a totalitarian sect of extremists. In fact, these are people who because of the strength of their faith are not affected by propaganda and can’t be recruited.” “The system sees them as a threat, since they are organized and independent … and their leadership is in the US.” Moscow is fighting with them because they “potentially threaten the powers that be, and hardly because they refuse to give blood for transfusions.” As for the Russian Orthodox Church, the FSB officer says, that denomination is “almost our branch.” They cooperate all the time and appointments to senior church positions are coordinated with the FSB. The officer said he didn’t know of any “convinced” anti-Putinists in the organs but cynics and hypocrites were common. If anyone said anything negative about Putin, others would raise their eyebrows in surprise and then turn the offending officer in. He said that the organs could penetrate just about any organization or group and that they “listen, watch, read and document” everything. “The technology and possibilities to do so are now very good, and there are practically no limitations as far as the territory of Russia is concerned.” He says people should avoid using VKontakte and Tor. Because of the FSB, the officer says, he does not see any potential for a challenge to the regime” (emphasis supplied). Nor are people within the organs especially unhappy: Most are well paid, and few are prepared to be dissidents or to violate the rules on travel and the like. The officer concludes by saying that “I would like that all our ‘agents’ understand that they are ordinary stoolies and that our country in less than five minutes could be North Korea. The only real enemy of Russia is the system of special services which has become the state.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Post-Soviet Countries Increasingly Diverging Demographically, New Study Documents

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – There are two common errors Western observers made about the Soviet Union and now make about the post-Soviet space. Some of them treat that region as if it was far more homogeneous than it ever was, while others do make a distinction but only between Russia on the one hand and all the others, on the other. In fact, the USSR was and the post-Soviet states are vastly more diverse. They now are o very different and increasingly diverse trajectories and ever less affected by the increasingly distant Soviet past. That can’t be said too often lest people in the West accept Vladimir Putiin’s neo-imperialism as justified by a commonality that doesn’t exist. Thus, one can only welcome reports like the one Russian demographers Vladimir Kozlov and Konstantin Kazenin prepared on demographic divergence among the post-Soviet states for a recent international conference at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics ( They point out in particular that in these countries, “reproductive behavior is modernizing at varying speeds. In Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, the process is going faster” with an increase in the age of first childbirths rising into those aged over 30, while in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, women continue to give birth far earlier. In the middle of the current decade, Kozlov and Kazenin say, women aged 15 to 24 in Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine contributed fewer children to the coefficient of summary fertility than did these same age groups only two decades earlier. In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, there was no significant change. In Kazakshtan, there was a slight decline in the share of firstborns from women under 24, but in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan, the share produced by mothers aged 15 to 19 “even increased,” exactly the opposite of what has occurred in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, the demographers say. They argue that this pattern reflects the impact of Islam both as a matter of personal belief and as a social regulator, and they point to data from the North Caucasus republics in the Russian Federation as confirmation. There too younger women are still responsible for a large share of firstborns. Indeed, in Daghestan and Ingushetia, their share is even increasing.

Poroshenko and Pompeo discussed threats to renationalize PrivatBank

Apr 19, 2011 23:26 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The Head of State’s press service reports. “US Secretary of State congratulated the President of Ukraine on free, competitive and democratic elections during the first round.” Michael Pompeo assured Ukraine’s support for Ukraine’s reform and counteraction to ongoing Russian aggression. “The interlocutors discussed the threats of privatization of Russia’s renationalization and the need to preserve Ukraine’s macroeconomic stability,” reads in the message. Read also: The IMF commented on the decision of the court regarding PrivatBank The US Secretary of State has assured that Washington will continue to stand side by side with Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity. In this context, the rejection of blocking by the Russian side of the declaration of the Easter Armistice in the Donbass was voiced. Poroshenko also condemned the use of the term “DPR / LNR rebels” against their Russian occupation troops in their Donbass region as their opponent. Read also: President: Zelensky should explain why he called terrorists “rebels” The President of Ukraine expressed his gratitude for Washington’s strong support and called for more active efforts, in particular regarding the release of Ukrainian hostages and seamen who are illegally detained in Russian prisons. Michael Pompeo wished success to Petro Poroshenko during the second round of the presidential election.

Poroshenko, Pompeo discuss threats of renationalization of PrivatBank

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which discussed the threats of renationalization of PrivatBank, the press service of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine has reported.

U.S. envoy Volker on further support of Ukraine: U.S. here for long haul – news politics | UNIAN

United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says the United States will continue to support Ukraine. The U.S. supports a peaceful, strong, democratic, prosperous, secure, Ukraine.

Ukraine will regain control over its borders – Volker

The United States supports a democratic Ukraine and is confident that it will regain control over its territories, including the territory of Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said. — Ukrinform.

The British intelligence ship went through the Dardanelles | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial April 20, 2019 Black Sea Region 0 Comments The multi-purpose hydrographic and oceanographic ship of the British Royal Navy HMS Echo (H87) passed through the Dardanelles Strait. This is reported by the Turkish edition of Anadolu The ship HMS Echo (H87) took the course on the Marmara Sea. The destination port is not known at this time. In December 2018, the HMS Echo (H87) ship of the Royal British Navy entered the Black Sea via the Bosphorus and arrived in Odessa in a few days. HMS Echo (H87) is a multi-purpose hydrographic ship of the ocean, one of two of the British Royal Navy project (the other – HMS Enterprise (H88) has already entered the Black Sea in early 2018). Short tactical and technical characteristics: Displacement: 3740 tons Length: 90.6 m; Width: 16.8; Draft: 5.5 m; Power plant: diesel-electric, 3 diesel generators (4.8 MW) and 2 diesel generators in azimuthal engines (2×1.7 MW) and one maneuvering propulsion engine (0.4 MW); Speed: up to 15 knots (28 km / h), economic course – 12 knots; Range of run: 9300 miles (17200 km) at 12 knots; Autonomy: 35 days; Crew: up to 72 people (48 people permanently on board) Arms: 2 20-mm AU Oerlikon, 3 7.62-mm machine guns M134 Minigun, 4 7.62-mm machine guns FN MAG These are the first ships of the British Navy equipped with azimuthal engines, which give them extremely precise handling and low-speed maneuvering, up to independent mooring without tugboats. Also, thanks to these engines and the bow thruster, it is possible to locate at one point for a long time, regardless of the current or the wind, which is important for underwater activities. HMS ECHO AT ANCHOR in Plymouth Sound The main purpose of the HMS Echo (H87) is to carry out experimental hydrographic or geodetic operations (including in the interests of the submarine fleet) and support amphibious operations, as well as the use of marine management operations as a ship, misuse (with an increase in the crew of up to 81 ), search and identification of underwater objects. The ship has increased comfort conditions for the crew, which is located in double cabins (except for the commander and his assistant living in single cabins). To carry out the assigned tasks, Enterprise is equipped with state-of-the-art systems, including side scanners, multi-beam and single-beam echo sounders, equipment for researching water samples at various depths and soil, magnetometers, mapping and seabed survey systems, and others. There is also a hydrographic boat that can operate in a certain autonomy from the carrier vehicle.

Russian landing ship broke down in the Black Sea | MIL.IN.UA

Author: Revision April 20, 2019 Naval Force, Situation around Crimea, Black Sea Region 0 Comments The large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, “Caesar Kunnikov” broke during exercises in the area of ​​the Cape Chersonese. This was reported by UNN with reference to the Russian TASS According to the press service of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, a malfunction with the steering gear arose at sea, which caused the ship to be towed to a point of departure in the annexed Russia of Crimea. In order to exclude possible emergency situations during the event and mooring at the point of departure, the regular services decided that the ship should go to the harbor using the tugboats of the auxiliary fleet. On April 18, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service informed that the crew of the “Caesar Kunikov” ship at combat training ground, together with units of a separate Guards Marine Corps, worked out the organization of loading of military equipment and personnel on the ship.

Ukrainian positions in Donbas attacked ten times over previous day

Russian militants violated the ceasefire ten times

Militants mount four attacks on Ukrainian Armed Forces’ positions, no casualties reported – Defense minister

In the Donbass, from the beginning of Saturday, as of 12:00, the militants mounted fire on the positions of the Ukrainian military four times, no casualties are reported, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

First serial production Mi-28NM attack helicopter has been spotted in Rostov-on-Don – Defence Blog

Russian aircraft spotting enthusiasts Erik Romanenko has released photos reportedly a first serial production Mi-28NM helicopter of Russian Armed Forces. “Right now. It was managed to take a picture again of the new Mi-28NM in the sky above Rostov-on-Don during a test flight,” Erik Romanenko wrote on his Instagram page. A first serial production Mi-28NM attack helicopter has been spotted around Rosvertol” helicopter factory in Rostov-on-Don during a test flight. The Mi-28NM is a deeply modernized version of the Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ helicopteк with new onboard radar equipment comprises innovative helmet-mounted imaging and pointing system. The advanced Mi-28NM can be identified by new radar at the nose of the helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with an N025 radar station, which makes it possible to carry out round watch. The upgrade also has a new EW system. In addition to that, the Mi-28 NM helicopter has a modified fuselage and modernized engines; a radio-electronic onboard system and a target sight system; an auxiliary power plant and equipment for communication with unmanned aerial vehicles. The Mi-28NM is expected to be fitted with a new guided missile with a range of more than 25 kilometers. At the moment, the maximum range of guided missiles used by Russian combat helicopters does not exceed 15 kilometers. The missile will be guided by the onboard inertial navigation system. Information about the target’s location will be uploaded into the system during the launch. The helicopter, in its turn, will receive the information from its own detection systems or from the integrated troop and weapon management system. According to media reports in recent weeks, the prototype of Russian advanced attack helicopter, known as Mi-28NM also was spotted in Syria for in March. The improved Mi-28NM has been seen in a video attributed to the Syrian militants that are fighting in Northern Hama on March 21.




UAWire – Russia prepares 500 thousand forms to issue passports in LPR and the DPR

Five thousand forms have already been prepared for the distribution of Russian passports to residents of the occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, reports in the article “Operation passportization”: the motivation behind Kremlin distribution of Russian citizenships to residents of the LPR and the DPR”. “According to sources in law enforcement agencies, the estimated number of forms appears to be 500 thousand. Local security officials (“siloviki”) were told that passport distribution would begin in May,” according to the article. It also surfaced that 9 thousand rubles are being collected in the LPR and the DPR for every issued passport. Possession of a “DPR / LPR” passport is a prerequisite for obtaining a Russian passport. Moreover, it has been insinuated that with a Russian passport, members of armed formations can be quickly transformed into “peacekeeping forces.” The only thing left to do would be providing them with the appropriate symbols. The issuing of Russian passports is in a state of limbo as the Russian administration is still deciding when it should start. “The topic of passportization emerged because it was widely believed that Poroshenko would win the election. It was decided that after his victory, Russia would not recognize the legitimacy of the election and the next move would be to start the passportization campaign. Now, as the situation is in limbo, no concrete decisions have been made. We are hitting pause, largely, because of Zelensky. This is to access all the risks and threats and then move to a final decision,” an informed Russian interlocutor told

Since start of war we return over 3,270 captives, hostages, but since Dec 2017 Russia stops releasing, exchanging them – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that since the start of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian state over 3,270 Ukrainian hostages, prisoners of war and political prisoners have been released.

TV council backs extension of analog signal broadcasting for local companies in border areas close to Russia until Dec 31

The National Council on the use of radio frequency spectrum of Ukraine regarding the extension of the term of analog signal broadcasting for local TV broadcasters and the territories adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border, drawn up by the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection.

The Ministry of Defense is preparing the first contracts for the import of weapons

April 20, 2007 The Ministry of Defense completes negotiations and preparation for the conclusion of the first procurement contracts for the Ukrainian Army with the defense agencies of the partner countries. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak informed at the landfill in Yavorov on April 17. “We are already holding talks with our partners from the United States and other countries on the purchase of anti-aircraft defense, anti-tank assets, the purchase of electronic warfare, surveillance equipment, as well as the modernization of our Air Forces, our aircraft … Such negotiations are ongoing and I I think that in the near future the first contracts between the ministries of defense will be concluded We remind that at the beginning of the year the Verkhovna Rada approved the bill # 9122, which enables state customers to buy products, works and services from outside the country directly without the help of intermediaries and special exporters. Regarding the types of weapons, it is known that Ukraine is negotiating the purchase of attack helicopters, as reported by the Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak, and subsequently by the President of Ukraine, who also said that it is a question of attack helicopters Airbus Helicopters. According to Poltorak, talks are ongoing on the procurement of arts systems abroad, because “the Ukrainian Bohdan AU” Bohdan “, which is preparing for the test, needs to be put into operation, and it does not close the entire line of artillery needed by our troops”, – said the minister. Negotiations are continuing on the purchase of unnamed air defense systems in the United States. We also remind that the United States Department of Defense, in a press release dated July 24, 2018, disclosed information about a contract for the production of Javelin anti-tank missile systems for supplies abroad worth $ 307.5 million. According to the information provided, Javelin is intended for Australia, Estonia, Turkey, Taiwan and Ukraine. Deadline until August 31, 2021. In addition, as Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko informed, in 2019 new Canadian sniper rifles of large caliber should be launched in Ukraine.

Combat-hardened special forces officer vows to reform UkrOboronProm

It’s been a month since President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos as a deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council. His nomination was a pleasant surprise for many: The senior Special Operations officer, with long combat experience and a sparkling reputation, replaced Oleh Hladkovskiy, Poroshenko’s long-time business partner, who was fired in March amid yet another headline-making corruption scandal involving alleged massive embezzlement and smuggling in the defense sector. Now, with just days to the April 21 runoff election that may put Poroshenko out of power, Kryvonos is vowing to finally bring the country’s scandal ridden and disorganized defense production sector to order. Within the next months, he promises to launch a long-overdue international audit of the national military production giant UkrOboronProm, consisting of over 130 enterprises, then transform it, weeding out the corruption that has corroded the concern from within for years.

Combat-hardened special forces officer vows to reform UkrOboronProm | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos, a large, bald and grisly-bearded man in his late 40s, seems to feel a bit out of place in the quietness and comfort of his new office in central Kyiv. Even though his office is richly furnished, in the best traditions of senior Ukrainian bureaucracy, he continues to wear his usual everyday camouflage clothing, as though he was still somewhere in the Donbas war zone. It’s been a month since President Petro Poroshenko appointed Kryvonos as a deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council. His nomination was a pleasant surprise for many: The senior Special Operations officer, with long combat experience and a sparkling reputation, replaced Oleh Hladkovskiy, Poroshenko’s long-time business partner, who was fired in March amid yet another headline-making corruption scandal involving alleged massive embezzlement and smuggling in the defense sector. Now, with just days to the April 21 runoff election that may put Poroshenko out of power, Kryvonos is vowing to finally bring the country’s scandal ridden and disorganized defense production sector to order. Within the next months, he promises to launch a long-overdue international audit of the national military production giant UkrOboronProm, consisting of over 130 enterprises, then transform it, weeding out the corruption that has corroded the concern from within for years. Other than that, Kryvonos, formerly a presidential candidate, intends to carry out part of his own election program: Grant unrestricted firearms possession to tens of thousands of members of territorial defense units to be set up throughout the country. ………….Total transformation Shortly after the appointment of Kryvonos, Poroshenko on March 16 approved a decree of the National Defense and Security Council to conduct a comprehensive audit of UkrOboronProm and its enterprises. This was presented as the president’s effort to tackle the Hladkovskiy scandal. However, a tender for a Hr 130 million ($4.8 million) contract for a comprehensive audit of the concern had been declared on the Prozorro e-procurement system as far back as November 2017, but had come to nothing. Kryvonos said a contractor would be found this time, and the audit would be held soon. “The audit will reveal all the dark sides (of UkrOboronProm) not seen by society and the international community,” he said. “Holding the audit and bringing the problems to the surface, as well as the recommendations the audit could give, will raise the interest of our strategic partners – and they are indeed interested. That’s why they insist on the audit.” Other than that, based on the audit results and the overhaul of top management, UkrOboronProm’s bureaucratic machine will be drastically reduced in size. “Our main task is to make our enterprises more competitive,” Kryvonos said. “We must regain the people’s trust in UkrOboronProm. Reducing bureaucracy makes enterprises work quicker and better. There have been lots of times when decisions that should have been made within a day, or even an hour, took several months to make. This impedes the functioning of the whole system.” Once the audit results are available and all necessary legislative acts passed by parliament, Kryvonos says he can complete the reform of Ukraine’s defense industry within six months.

American general will oversee the reform of Ukroboronprom

April 19, 19 The American general will oversee the reform of the UPS US Army Colonel General Ben Hodges, President of the Potomac Foundation, Phillip Karber and other international experts have been invited to the Ukroboronprom Supervisory Board. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, along with Deputy Chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission for Policy of Military-Technical Cooperation and Export Control Sergey Krivonos, met on Thursday a meeting with ex-commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and President of the Potomac Foundation Phillip Karber. Turchynov invited Ben Hodges and Phillip Karber as well as other international experts, to join the Ukroboronprom Supervisory Board, and “after his reformation and the creation of a central government body on defense matters, to the public council under a new body.” “We need to accelerate the reform of the defense industry, its development and modernization, because without new technologies, powerful investment resources, we will not be able to effectively resist the aggressor and produce weapons of the new generation,” said Oleksandr Turchinov. In turn, the ex-commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and president of the Potomac Foundation, Phillip Karber, emphasized that Ukraine has already gone a long way in reforming the security and defense sector. “Everyone in the West understands this,” said Ben Hodges. “NATO needs Ukraine in the same way as Ukraine needs NATO,” added Karber. The American general will oversee the reform of the UPS The Potomac Foundation was founded in 1988, an analytical independent non-profit organization with headquarters in Vienne (Virginia, USA). The fund’s experts are studying the development of the military-industrial complex of the post-Soviet countries, the problems of the competitiveness of national economies, the military growth of China, the issue of Euro-Atlantic and Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In particular, the fund organized more than 1 thousand trainings for leaders of these countries, as well as more than ten visits of members of the US Congress in different regions.

Oleksandr Turchynov invited top international military experts to participate in the reform of “Ukroboronprom” – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov together with Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation and Export Control Serhiy Kryvonos held a meeting with former Commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and President of the Potomac Foundation Philip Karber. During the meeting, Mr. Turchynov informed about the NSDC decision on reforming the defense-industrial complex and increasing the level of transparency in the execution of the state defense order. The NSDC invited former Commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and President of the Potomac Foundation Philip Karber, as well as other international experts to enter the “Ukroboronprom” Supervisory Board, and “after its reforming and the establishment of a central government authority on the issues of defense industry, – to the public council at that authority”. The interlocutors also discussed intensification of military-technical cooperation between our countries and attraction of investments to the Ukrainian defense-industrial complex. “We need to bolster the reform of the defense complex, its development and modernization, because without new technologies, powerful investment resources, we will not be able to effectively counter the aggressor and produce new-generation weapons”, – Mr. Turchynov noticed. In his turn, former Commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and President of the Potomac Foundation Philip Karber emphasized that Ukraine has already gone a long way in reforming the security and defense sector. “Everyone in the West understands this”, – Ben Hodges said. “NATO needs Ukraine in the same way as Ukraine needs NATO”, – the President of the Potomac Foundation added.

  1. Turchinov invited top international military experts to participate in the reform of “Ukroboronprom” | National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, along with Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission for Policy of Military-Technical Cooperation and Export Control Sergey Krivonos, met with Ben Hodges, former Commander of the US Army in Europe, and Philip Carber, President of the Potomac Foundation. . During the meeting, O. Turchinov spoke about the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to reform the defense industry and increase the level of transparency in the implementation of the state defense order. The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine invited former US Army Commander Ben Hodges and President of the Potomac Foundation, Philip Carber, as well as other international experts to join the Ukroboronprom Supervisory Board, and “after his reformation and the creation of a central state authority on defense issues, to the public council at that body “. The interlocutors also discussed intensification of military-technical cooperation between our countries and attraction of investments to the Ukrainian defense industry. “We need to accelerate the reform of the defense complex, its development and modernization, because without new technologies, powerful investment resources, we will not be able to effectively resist the aggressor and produce weapons of the new generation,” said O. Turchinov. In turn, the ex-commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges and president of the Potomac Foundation, Philip Carber, emphasized that Ukraine has already gone a long way in reforming the security and defense sector. “Everyone in the West understands this,” said Ben Hodges. “NATO needs Ukraine in the same way as Ukraine needs NATO,” added President of the Potomac Foundation.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine O. Turchinov, along with Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine S. Kryvonos, met with leading international military experts | National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Photogallery

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The “Boeing” company: the possibility of cooperation with the industrial complex of Ukraine | MIL.IN.UA

Author: Revision April 19, 2019 News, Military-Industrial News 0 Comments Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov met with Stanley Prusinsky, Director of Defense and Space Safety at Boeing. The press service of the National Security and Defense Council reports During the meeting, the interlocutors discussed issues of cooperation between the Ukrainian enterprises of the defense industry complex and the space industry with Boeing, as well as prospects for cooperation in the military-technical sphere, in particular, the projects of the modernization of the fighter and assault aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to O. Turchinov, the company “Boeing” is a leading enterprise in the aerospace industry, “and its military aircraft and helicopters far outperform the Russian counterparts.” “We are interested in effective military-technical cooperation with Boeing, which will significantly strengthen the capabilities of the Air Force of our state,” said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. In addition, the sides discussed cooperation in the field of aircraft and rocket science.


Ukraine expanding its capacity to develop, build, and upgrade helicopters. The ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in Ukraine crisis, and the termination of collaborative economic ties between the two countries have marked a major milestone in the aviation industry development in Ukraine. The urgent need to end reliance on Russia has motivated Ukrainian industries to pursue some initiatives that have already brought about certain positive results. Ukraine’s helicopter industry, having suffered a major blow after a break-up of traditional economic ties with Russian counterparts, has over the past five years not only been able to keep on its feet, but to grow further and to expand its business frontiers. In Ukraine, several industries, both Government-run and privately-owned, are proposing initiatives pursuing comprehensive modernization of the country’s existing helicopter fleet while promoting own products for marketing on markets in Ukraine and beyond. This could open up new opportunities for these industries, especially in the light of the urgent need for Ukraine to have aviation fleets of its Armed Forces and other national security services modernized up-to-date at the time of Russia’s continued military intervention in eastern Ukraine. JSC ‘Motor-Sich’ Motor-Sich was one of the first to come with initiatives on indigenous development of helicopters for the country’s Armed Forces and public security services. In the helicopter modernization area, Motor-Sich has pursued the following avenues: Comprehensive, MSB/MSB-V upgrade to the Mi-8 helicopter Mi-2 helicopter’s refurbishment, overhaul, and upgrade to the MSB/MSB-V standard Development and manufacture of the new helicopters ‘Nadiya’ and MSB-2. Development of the new MSB-6 ‘Otaman’ helicopter in a collaboration with international partners. The MSB/MSB-V upgrade package includes a new engine, avionics and self-protection systems developed through collaborations with top leading domestic manufacturers. The MSB/MSB-V will be powered by new, 2 x TV3-117VMA-SBM1V Series 5 electrically started engines rated for 2,500 horsepower each. The engine provides more power while consuming less fuel. It enables a cruising speed of 270 km/h and the maximum usable altitude of 7,500 m. The MSB/MSB-V will be able to carry payloads of 5 to 6 tons depending on the type and layout of the cargo carried. For the Mi-2, the upgrade is proposed with 2 x AI450M, 465 hp engines enabling a maximum takeoff mass of 3,700 kg, a maximum speed of 220 km/h, and a maximum usable altitude of 5,000 m. Re-engining is only one of the Motor-Sich’ proposed improvements to the Mi-8 and Mi-2 helicopters, to be followed by the replacement of the avionics kit and other mission systems as requested by the Customer. Ukrainian-manufactured systems or foreign brand alternatives can be used depending on the Customer’s needs and budget. In a configuration tailored for the operational needs of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, the Mi-8MSB/MSB-V is fitted with an Adron’s self-protection system and Photoprylad’s PM-LKT podded, integrated target detection and aiming system. Both systems are suitable for use also on the Mi-2 helicopter.










UAWire – Ukrainian court orders Ukroboronprom to pay 5 million rubles to Russian MiG corporation

The Economic Court of the Khmelnytskyi region supported the Russia in a dispute between the Krasilovsky Aggregate Plant (part of the Ukrainian …

Ukrainian court sides with Russian MiG in dispute with Ukroboronprom

A commercial court in Khmelnytsky region has supported Russia in a dispute between Krasyliv–based Krasylivsky aggregate plant, part of the state defense concern Ukroboronprom, and Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, the concern’s press service said. “On April 18 the Ukrainian court fully satisfied the legal claims filed by the Russian company and ordered the Ukrainian enterprise to pay over UAH 5 million to MiG, one of the core enterprises of the Russian defense industry,” the statement said. The decision fully contradicts to the Ukrainian presidential decree enacting the National Defense and Security Council resolution of March 19, 2019, entitled “On the application, cancellation and modification of the personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions),” which placed MiG on the list of sanctioned companies, the concern said. Ukraine’s anti-Russian sanctions, extended by President Petro Poroshenko, were aligned with similar measures imposed by the European Union and the United States. Ukroboronprom is planning to appeal against the ruling. MiG is part of the United Aircraft Corporation fully owned by the Russian state. MiG “is one of Russia’s main defense enterprises which operates a full cycle involving the creation, repair and upgrade of fighter aircraft, supplies the army with MiG-29 fighter aircraft and their upgraded versions, Ukroboronprom said.

Court obliges Ukroboronprom’s plant to pay over UAH 2 mln to Russian corporation

The Economic Court of Khmelnytsky Region has supported an aggressor country in a dispute between Krasylivka Aggregate Plant, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, and the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, the concern’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

‘Maidan killings’ cases to be transferred to SBI in Nov – Poroshenko

Incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that the cases related to the killings of Maidan activists during Revolution of Dignity will be transferred to the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) in November.

Transformation of PrivatBank is achievement of reforms conducted in Ukraine – French ambassador

French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont has said that the transformation of PrivatBank is one of the markers of the rehabilitation of the banking sector and achievements of Ukrainian reforms.

Administrative court cancels NBU decision on list of persons related to PrivatBank

Kyiv’s District Administrative Court on April 18 overturned the decision of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) of December 13, 2016, which determined the list of individuals and legal entities related to PrivatBank, the NBU’s website reports.

Ukraine stunned after court rules PrivatBank nationalization illegal | News | DW | 18.04.2019

A Ukrainian court has ruled that nationalizing the country’s largest bank was illegal, dealing a blow to President Petro Poroshenko ahead of key elections. Returning the bank could prompt a deep crisis, Poroshenko said.

Ukraine reverses nationalization of Israeli tycoon’s bank | The Times of Israel

Court rules 2016 move by President Petro Poroshenko was illegal and that Privatbank must be returned to Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Ukraine tycoon crows ‘I won’ after PrivatBank nationalization ruled illegal – Reuters

Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky won a major victory on Thursday in his battle with the government over the nationalization of the country’s largest bank as a court ruled the change of ownership was illegal.

Kyiv court issues another ruling in favor of PrivatBank’s ex-owner Kolomoisky – news economics | UNIAN

Kyiv’s District Administrative Court has issued another ruling in favor of a former owner of PrivatBank, which was nationalized in 2016, and revoked a decision taken by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) on the list of the bank’s affiliated entities. The decision has not become effective yet.

President on ensuring the smooth work of PrivatBank: Interests of people should not be affected. We must act quickly and efficiently — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the National Bank to ensure the smooth work of all branches of PrivatBank, to provide them with the necessary amount of cash and prevent any failures in the functioning of the bank. It was stated by the President following the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council as regards the situation with the court decision of the first instance, which could abolish the nationalization of PrivatBank.

Ian Bateson on Twitter: “After Zelensky called fighters controlling eastern Ukraine “rebels” in debate, Poroshenko’s Telegram accuses him of being anti-Ukrainian. In Ukraine usually referred to as “Russian occupiers” or “terrorists”…”


inna shevchenko on Twitter: “Just watched the “presidential debates” between Poroshenko and Zelensky. I have only one thing to say: Ukrainians didn’t deserve this cheap comedy to become their reality. So bitter. #ukraine #UkraineElections2019 #ukraineelection…”


Simon Ostrovsky on Twitter: “Poroshenko speaking on Maidan, at perhaps his last rally there as president, warns supporters that a Zelensky presidency would mean Ukraine being a colony of Russia.…”


Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election | Fox News

Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested presidential election, Ukraine is observing a so-called “day of silence” in which campaigning is forbidden.

Ukraine Readying for Sunday’s Presidential Election

Incumbent Poroshenko faces political novice and comedian Zelenskiy

Mueller Report Draws Blanket Denials From Moscow 

Russia continues to deny that it sought to influence the 2016 US election, brushing aside hundreds of pages of evidence from the Mueller investigation

Ukraine Quiet Ahead of Presidential Election

Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested presidential election, Ukraine is observing a so-called ‘day of silence’ in which campaigning is forbidden

 Leading in Polls, Political Novice Tells Ukrainian President ‘I’m the Result of Your Mistakes’ 

Debate was one of last opportunities for candidates to sway voters ahead of Sunday’s historic run-off election

Steven Pifer | How Ukraine’s comedian-candidate could disappoint the Kremlin – The Washington Post

If Ukraine voters elect television star Volodymyr Zelensky president Sunday, that should please the Kremlin — in theory. But it’s possible he’ll disappoint the Russians.

Euan MacDonald: Ukraine’s unenviable choice | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Ukrainian voters have been left with an unenviable choice to make on April 21. A crowded field of 39 political non-entities, has-beens, charlatans, crooks, populists, self-promoters and dummy candidates vying for the post of the country’s president has been reduced to just two: Ukrainians must now choose between a failure and a fool. While it can be argued that President Petro Poroshenko has achieved much over the past five years, indeed much more than any of his predecessors, his poll numbers unambiguously read out the measure of his failure. Swept into power on public hopes of real change in Ukraine, just months after Ukrainians died on the streets to overthrow the increasingly authoritarian regime of former President Victor Yanukovych, Poroshenko had a real chance to break with the past. That, he failed to do. He failed to give up his business interests in favor of the national interest. He appointed business partners and cronies to important positions. High-level corruption festered under him – even, shockingly, disgracefully, in the defense sector of a country at war. He broke his election pledge to end the war swiftly. A member of Ukraine’s old political elite, he failed to renew himself. Now Poroshenko’s worst political liability is simply that he is Poroshenko. His achievements do not outweigh this baggage. Ordinary Ukrainians have seen their lives worsen under Poroshenko’s rule. The president’s victory in gaining a visa-free regime with the Schengen Area for Ukrainian citizens means little to the many of them who can’t afford to travel. A Tomos of autocephaly for an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a fine thing, but it does not put food on the table. Little wonder the majority of Ukrainians don’t want live for another five years under Poroshenko. But that leaves them no choice but to vote for the fool – comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who, given his commanding lead in the polls, is practically certain to be the next president. Calling Zelenskiy a fool is not a reference to his intelligence, which is obviously keen – it is a reference to the role he has taken as a fool, or court jester, who uses his humor and feigned naivety to speak truths to the king that none of his courtiers dare utter. Zelenskiy has voiced the frustrations of the public, and used his youthful social media savvy to gambol around the Poroshenko campaign, at once humiliating the incumbent president and making him appear tired and weak. Through issuing challenges through a series of videos, Zelenskiy goaded Poroshenko into petulant and un-presidential reactions – over the last three weeks the president was constantly forced to respond to Zelenskiy’s antics, rather than taking the initiative himself. Zelenskiy, meanwhile, has reassured nobody who seriously questions his ability to lead the country, avoiding contact with the media as much as possible, and saying little of substance about his program. There are genuine concerns that a President Zelenskiy might be influenced by the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. The candidate only revealed possible members of his administration and government three days before the second round vote. The fool remains enigmatic even as he prepares to become king. This should be of great concern to any responsible Ukrainian voter. However, the old saying that “the people get the government they deserve” does not hold here. Ukraine’s political class was not able to produce a realistic opponent for Poroshenko. That is not the fault of Ukraine’s voters. The problem is that in the five years since the EuroMaidan Revolution, Ukraine’s post-Soviet, oligarchic system of government has remained largely in place, and successfully resisted all efforts to dislodge it. The system is still personality based, rather than ideologically or party-based. As ever, the party makeup of parliament changes radically from Rada to Rada, as politicians jump ship and clamber aboard freshly launched political vessels to continue their journey to power. The traditional left, right and center political divisions are blurry and indistinct in Ukraine, and old parties and ideologies like the communists are thoroughly discredited and increasingly irrelevant. New parties come and go in tandem with the forging and breaking of alliances between the top political players. There are no party structures to encourage political participation by ordinary citizens. Instead, in Ukraine parties are simply the means for the rich to become powerful. They are organizations for the promotion of top politicians – that’s why they are so often named after them. This could have, should have changed after the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution. While under Poroshenko reformers in the government were marginalized, demoralized and neutralized, there are plenty of young reformers in civil society who could have come forward and stood for the real change that the Ukrainian electorate has long been crying out for. The lesson of the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election is that anyone, literally anyone who is not a member of Ukraine’s tired old political elite could have trounced Poroshenko in the way Zelenskiy is doing. It is a massive failure of Ukraine’s political class that not one serious, reform-minded candidate came forward to do so.

Ukraine rivals’ bizarre stadium showdown – POLITICO

Petro Poroshenko took on challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy two days before the second round of election.

Ukraine’s Presidential Contenders Clash In Raucous Stadium Debate

Ukraine’s two leading presidential contenders clashed in an epic stadium debate before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, hammering one another on everything from the economy and rampant c…

Ukrainian President, Challenger Face Off In Preelection Debate

The candidates for the presidency of Ukraine held a debate in front of thousands of supporters at a stadium in Kyiv on April 19, two days before the second round of voting. The incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko, attacked his rival, actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, for his lack of experience, a point Zelenskiy has used to cast himself as an outsider willing to take on the establishment.

‘It Wasn’t A Debate’: Six Takeaways From The Poroshenko-Zelenskiy Stadium Showdown

In the end, the two candidates squared off on the same stage, not from opposite ends of a stadium. But it looked and sounded less like a debate than a name-calling match that lacked substantive discussion — and may not have done much to sway voters.

Comedian Zelensky faces down Petro Poroshenko in fiery Ukrainian presidential debate: “I’m not your opponent, I’m your sentence” | The Independent

One of the least presidential campaigns in history came to close with aplomb on Friday night, when most of Ukraine paused for 60 minutes to watch a fierce  head-to-head between incumbent Petro Poroshenko and the overwhelming favourite for Sunday’s elections, Volodymr Zelensky.

Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate – BBC News

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and President Petro Poroshenko clash in Kiev’s Olympic stadium.

Ukranian comedian, incumbent clash in ‘unorthodox’ football-stadium presidential debate

The two finalists in the weekend’s Ukrainian presidential election, President Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, are set to debate Friday evening in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, capping a bitter, unusual campaign season.

Ukrainian Presidential Candidates Clash in Bad-Tempered Debate – Bloomberg

The two candidates for Ukraine’s presidency squared off in a long-awaited and often bad-tempered debate in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, their last chance to sway opinion before Sunday’s runoff.

A referendum on Poroshenko but also a very Ukrainian election | Shaun Walker | World news | The Guardian

Some question whether rival is also shackled by old system that reasserted itself despite hopes of Maidan revolution

Why a new era of anti-politics will probably help a TV comedian win Ukraine’s presidential election | The Independent [Pro-Russia]

The nearer the train comes to Kharkiv on its five-hour journey east from Kiev, the more national politics is replaced in the conversations buzzing around me by the daily rounds of work, family and making do.

Ukraine’s presidential rivals trade insults in TV debate – YouTube

Sky News Published on Apr 19, 2019 Ukraine could soon have a comedian as its president. Volodymyr Zelenskiy hasn’t held political office before but when people go to the polls he’s the clear favourite to beat the man currently in the job, Petro Poroshenko. The two contenders took part in a televised debate at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Sky correspondent Diana Magnay reports from Kiev

Ukraine election: presidential candidates trade barbs in stadium debate – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Apr 20, 2019 Ukraine’s presidential election candidates have taken part in a stadium debate with polls showing TV comedian Volodmyr Zelensky ahead of Petro Poroshenko… READ MORE :

Ukraine poised to step into the unknown with election runoff – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Apr 18, 2019 Comedian and TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy looks set to win by a landslide – but what does he stand for, and how could Ukraine change if he wins the presidency?… READ MORE :… What are the top stories today? Click to watch:… euronews: the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe!… euronews is available in 13 languages:… In English: Website: Twitter: Google+: VKontakte:

Ukraine Election: Poroshenko, Zelenskiy trade insults in debate – YouTube

TRT World Published on Apr 19, 2019 Ukraine’s presidential rivals have traded insults in front of tens of thousands of people during their first and only debate. Incumbent Petro Poro-shenko attacked Volo-dymyr Zelensky’s inexperience and claimed he was dangerously pro-Russia. In turn, Zelensky accused his rival of being corrupt. Francis Collings reports now from Kiev ahead this weekend’s election.

Ukraine comedian vows to break old system in pre-vote debate

A comedian tipped to take over Ukraine’s presidency vowed on Friday to dismantle the old political system as he went head-to-head with his incumbent rival in an extraordinary stadium debate before this weekend’s vote. The hour-long debate at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium capped a weeks-long sensational

Ukraine election: Comedian Volodymry Zelensky still holds the edge in polls – The Washington Post

Polls predict Volodymyr Zelensky will beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s runoff.

The Quick Read About… Ukraine’s Run-Off Presidential Elections

Here’s what you need to know about the Ukrainian presidential election run-off between insider candidate and a popular comedian.

Rivals in Ukraine’s presidential runoff debate at stadium | The Times of Israel

Comic Volodymyr Zelensky, who is believed to be Jewish, tells President Petro Poroshenko he is ‘a simple man who has come to break’ the system of Ukrainian politics

Ukraine may elect its first Jewish president. Here’s why it’s not an issue – Europe –

Jewish comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is leading the polls as Sunday’s vote approaches. Does that suggest that the anti-Semitism of yore is fading?

Ukraine presidential runoff to pit young Jewish comic against unlucky reformer | The Times of Israel

Poll shows incumbent Petro Poroshenko heading for a spectacular defeat in the second round on Sunday, with 73% of voters ready to support comedian Volodymyr Zelensky

Jewish comedian on track to become president of the Ukraine – Israel National News

41-year-old Volodymyr Zelensky, a Ukrainian Jewish actor, in the lead for April 21st run-off vote in presidential election.

Ukraine, with a centuries-long history of persecution, could elect a president with Jewish heritage – Los Angeles Times

Volodymyr Zelensky’s Jewish heritage rarely comes up in debate about this country’s presidential election. Experts say it’s a remarkable turn for Ukraine, with its centuries-long history of persecution of Jews.

Zelensky: Ukrainian clown or political wonder boy? | The Times of Israel

The Jewish TV star has capitalized on citizens’ despair over mainstream politics, war with Kremlin-backed rebels, poverty and corruption

Alisa Sopova | Maybe We’ll Be Better Off With a Clown as President – The New York Times

Ukraine’s absurd election may turn out well for its people.

Could this comedian be the next president of Ukraine? – YouTube

Guardian News Published on Apr 19, 2019 Until recently Vladimir Zelenskiy was known for playing the part of an accidental president in the popular Ukrainian television show Servant of the People. Then on New Year’s Eve he announced that life would be imitating art with his candidacy in this year’s presidential elections, the first round of which is on 31 March. Zelenskiy has a 10-point lead in some opinion polls No joke: comic takes centre stage in race for Ukraine presidency

Ukraine’s TV president prepares for the real thing | World | The Times

Below the golden spires of St Michael’s monastery in Kiev a wall is covered with portraits of the so-called Heavenly Hundred.These are the scores of men and women who died in 2014 during the wave of protests that followed Ukraine’s decision to back away from an economic deal with the European Union.

Volodymyr Zelensky: Ukrainian isn’t first to go from comedy to politics – The Washington Post

Comedians have become politicians in countries from Guatemala to Iceland. The results aren’t always funny.

Ukraine election: What a TV box set may tell us about the future – BBC News

The likely winner of Sunday’s presidential election once played the Ukrainian president in a TV show.

Potential victory by Ukraine’s ‘Donald Trump’ prompts uncertainty | CBC News

Volodymyr Zelensky has run a substance-free campaign, using the internet and comedy to win over disaffected Ukrainians in his bid for the presidency. But with victory in Sunday’s run-off election appearing imminent, many worry about the implications for Ukraine’s security.

Ukraine election: comedian challenger poised to have last laugh after stadium showdown

Ukraine’s president has faced his comedian challenger for a grandiose, vitriolic debate at Kiev’s Olympic stadium on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to win a second term.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy being president of Ukraine would be like Ant McPartlin becoming prime minister | World News | Sky News

The comedian who is a shoe-in for the Ukrainian presidency is a comic but is much closer to the average person than the oligarchs.

Kiev stadium showdown offers last chance for Poroshenko | Financial Times

Ukraine polls point to landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine election: The TV series “Servant of the People” tells us lots about Ukraine — and its presidential race – CNN

“Servant of the People” is a TV series about a fictional Ukraine, but its plot mirrors reality and the show’s star, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, may become Ukraine’s next president.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky set to be elected president, and Ukraine hopes it’s not the punch line | National Post

Zelensky, 41, has zero political experience — unless you count playing the president of Ukraine on a popular television sitcom

Ukraine poll leader Volodymyr Zelensky sees Putin as an enemy | World | The Times

The comedian who is expected to be voted president of Ukraine in a landslide on Sunday has said that he sees President Putin of Russia as an “enemy”.Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, has faced insinuations that he is pro-Moscow from supporters of his opponent, President Poroshenko, 53, with whom he will debat

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko.

Comedian Who Played President on TV Might Actually Become Ukraine’s President

In retrospect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s show served as a long-running campaign ad.

This Ukrainian candidate is challenging language divisions in runoff

As Russian-speaking Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads in the presidential runoff, his challengers have made his mother tongue a subject of debate.

Ukrainian Presidential Front-Runner Pledges To Hold Referendum On NATO

Ukrainian presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelenskiy has pledged to hold a referendum on whether or not Kyiv should join NATO if he is elected president.

Ukraine’s Upcoming Election Pits a Deeply Unpopular President Against a TV Comedian | The Nation

For millions of Ukrainian citizens mired in economic corruption, this election is anything but funny.

Incumbent Ukrainian president pleads for support as comedian looks set to win the presidency

In a televised address the incumbent pleaded with voters to support him.

Ukraine election: comedian Zelensky may be next president – Vox

Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who played the president on TV, on verge of defeating Poroshenko in Sunday’s Ukraine election.

Ukraine president begs for forgiveness, second chance after facing defeat

Poroshenko pleaded with voters to support him over Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience who has surged ahead in the polls.

The Oligarch Battle Behind Ukraine’s Presidential Election | The New Republic

The run-off between incumbent Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine-watchers say, is part of a struggle going back years.

Comedian expected to crush incumbent in Ukraine’s presidential election – Los Angeles Times

With the latest polls showing a comedian with no political experience with a 45-point lead going into Sunday’s presidential election, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko started throwing Hail Marys.

Poroshenko, Zelensky hold debate at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium Photoreport

Poroshenko, Zelensky hold debate at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium. UNIAN pictures











Vitaliy Portnikov | Putin’s plan for UkraineEuromaidan Press |

Representatives of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky say that the expansion of the “Normandy format” negotiations to resolve the conflict in the Donbas would be among his first initiatives if he is elected president of Ukraine. The candidate would like to invite the United States and Great Britain to participate in the negotiations. This is a nice idea since the participation of these countries could increase the pressure on Russia. However, the problem is that the format for the negotiations is not determined by Ukraine. Not even Ukraine with Germany and France. The format and enlargement of the negotiations is determined by all the participants. And that means Russia, as well. This may come as a surprise to Zelensky’s team, but Russia and Putin also have their own interests. And the main one is the surrender of Ukraine and its return to the Russian sphere of influence. Putin even went to war with Ukraine to address this problem. And his interest will not disappear after the presidential elections. Then what is the point of enlarging the format even on the odd chance that the potential participants would agree to it? In fact, the prospective participants may have their own considerations. The US is negotiating with Russia in a bilateral format and this format is not working. The Normandy format is not working too well either. It is clearly not in Washington’s interest to demonstrate its own diplomatic powerlessness. And it is not simple to talk about the interests of London right now: After “Brexit,” Great Britain is literally paralyzed as a result of the same “people’s power” that Zelensky wants to introduce in Ukraine. This is why no one should harbor any illusions. The war will calm down and will flare up again but it will not disappear — the same way that Russia’s desire to recapture Ukraine will not disappear. The main responsibility of the president of Ukraine is to resist this objective and to defend the sovereignty of the country by working together with countries that support this sovereignty. In a country at war, this is what is meant by the words “guarantor of the Constitution.” Everything else – the fight with corruption, people power and other weighty concepts are very admirable, of course. But in the event of military defeat or political capitulation these words will have no meaning. Because if that happens, we will live not according to Zelensky’s plan or Poroshenko’s plan but according to Putin’s plan.

Presidential candidates’ debate in quotes – news portal

President Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy have held a public debate at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium ahead of the 21 April presidential election runoff. Below are some of their quotes. Poroshenko “I will accept any choice of the Ukrainian people on 21 April. Life will go on the 22nd.” “Millions of Ukrainians will fight for the future of Ukraine, will protect the achievements of the past five years. They will protect the Ukrainian soil… We will not allow anyone to ruin our state which we love above all. You will not succeed, Mr Volodymyr. And I will protect it in any role – as the president or candidate.” “It is the right of the Ukrainian nation to know what exactly a presidential candidate of the country at war is going to do? And what is he going to do, not his HQ, consultants or advisers.” He does not think that Zelenskyy “dreams of surrendering Ukraine to Russia”, however Putin has such a dream. “Your team said that you were already receiving basic military training. This is a good thing. However, you should have started four years ago, in 2014, when the country need volunteers but Volodymyr was dodging summons to a military recruitment office.” Zelenskyy “Petro Poroshenko has had many achievements: visa-free travel, the tomos, language and army, everything you have mentioned on hoardings. But it seems to me that for some reason you have claimed all these achievements as your own only.” “It seems to me that the Ukrainian language was before you. As for visa-free travel, yes, this is a victory, but it is not only yours. This is a victory of Ukrainian diplomats, the Ukrainian diaspora who fought for visa-free travel even before you became president. As for the tomos, this is a victory for Ukraine, but it seems to me that it was a victory first and foremost for Filaret, who fought for the Ukrainian church before you became president, even when you were a member of the Moscow Patriarchate. And the army is first of all a feat of Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian volunteers, the Ukrainian people.” “As for Mr [Ihor] Kolomoyskyy, I will tell you. All the Svynarchuks, Hladkovskyys… and even if Kolomoyskyy is among them will go to prison. But this is not a matter of two weeks. They will be locked up if they violate the law”. “This is not a promise. It is a serious matter. It is a matter for Ukrainian court. They will be locked up when they violate the law.” “I am ready to kneel down in front of every mother whose son never returned from the front line. I kneel down in front of every child whose father did not come home. I am ready to kneel down in front of every woman whose husband did not return home. And I invite you to follow suit.”

I am going to win the presidential elections and continue our path to the EU and NATO – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko assures that he will do everything possible to prevent scenarios of destabilization of the political and economic situation in Ukraine. The Head of State stresses that he is going to win the presidential elections in order to continue the path of Ukraine towards the European Union and NATO.

We do not have “rebels”, Mr. Zelensky. We have Russian aggression – President at “Public Television” — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During the television debate in the studio of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko condemned the statement of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky who called the Russian mercenaries and the regular forces of the Russian Federation fighting in Donbas “rebels of LNR and DNR”. The Head of State stressed that the given position was extremely important. “During five years, with the efforts of the diplomatic team, with my efforts, we have been forming the international coalition in support of Ukraine. For five years we have been proving to the world that there is Russian aggression in Ukraine, that Russia ensured direct invasion of regular armed forces and came to seize Ukrainian land and kill Ukrainians,” Petro Poroshenko said. “The term “rebels of LDNR” means that we do not have Russia, that Ukrainians are fighting with themselves, that LDNR has a certain legitimate status. And that there is a civil war in Ukraine,” the President of Ukraine noted. “And I offer Mr. Zelensky to choose how he will explain that to Ukrainians. And not only to Ukrainians, but also to the whole world,” Petro Poroshenko added. “This is either a total lack of incompetence, because he might recognize “green men” as rebels as well. Or we have a position, just a block, that is used exclusively under Russian stock phrases,” the Head of State emphasized. “We do not have “rebels”, Mr. Zelensky. We have Russian aggression. We have the enemy – Putin. We need a powerful and strong Supreme Commander-in-Chief, we need a pro-Ukrainian President who can protect Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko noted. “We need a competent person who will not allow such mistakes. It was an outrage to me,” he added.

Head of State: April 21 is not a reason for experiments and jokes. One should not experiment with the post of President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During a speech to the participants of the

President on the importance of resisting the revenge of pro-Russian forces: In the next five years Putin will face a complete flop in Ukraine — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses that in the event of his victory in the presidential elections, plans of Russian president Vladimir Putin in Ukraine will fail.

We must unite to protect Ukraine, return Crimea, protect the Ukrainian Donbas – Petro Poroshenko — Official website of the President of Ukraine


President to Ukrainians: Be very careful about the threats to Ukraine and do not diminish them — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During the participation in the television debate in the studio of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine faced challenges and threats no less dangerous than in 2014.

There are no international meetings where I did not talk about the release of our prisoners of war and political prisoners – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

“There are no international meetings at the highest level where I did not talk about the release of our prisoners of war captured as a result of the military aggression in the neutral waters of the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, as well as the issue of Crimean Tatars,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

Head of State: There should be more progress in the affairs of Maidan. They must be transferred to the court — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses the importance of completing the Maidan investigation and transferring all materials to the court. The Head of State said this during the participation in the television debate in the studio of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine. At the same time, he warned against the risk of ruining these cases in case of the change of power.

I am the only President who not only did not extend my powers, but also significantly limited them – Petro Poroshenko — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is proud that during his presidency, the powers of the President were significantly reduced.

President to small business: I guarantee the preservation of the existing simplified taxation, accounting and reporting system — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During a meeting with representatives of domestic and foreign business, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko assured that the course on business protection would remain unchanged.

Poroshenko: Zelensky too weak to counter Russia

Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko said that his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky will be a weak president and unable to counter the risk of Ukraine returning into “Russian Empire.”

UAWire – Zelensky’s comments on ‘LPR and DPR insurgents’ outrage Poroshenko

After the debate with the presidential candidate Zelensky that was held before the second round of the elections, President of Ukraine Petro …

Poroshenko views Zelenskyy’s remarks on Donbas “rebels” – news portal

President Petro Poroshenko has shared his impressions of the debate with election frontrunner Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Olympic Stadium. Speaking in the studio of the UA:First public TV, Poroshenko noted that the atmosphere at the stadium was fantastic. However, he was shocked, he added. “When I hear from the presidential candidate two days before the election the phrase about “rebels of the LPR/DPR [self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics”, this attests either to Russian cliches or total incompetence. Because it clearly shows that we have no Russian troops, no Russian aggression. We have rebels who allegedly live on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and that Ukrainians kill themselves, and that we leave Russia outside of this aggression. And I am absolutely sure that this is Zelenskyy’s position,” Poroshenko said. During the debate at the Olympic stadium earlier in the day, Zelenskyy said at the beginning of the Q & A session that he was asking questions that his HQ had received from voters on the Internet. “Why are your sweets still easily available in Moscow stores in Moscow? is it true – I’m not saying – that Roshen candies are in the rations of LPR and DPR rebels?” Zelenskyy asked.

I am not your opponent – I am your verdict! – Zelensky to Poroshenko at presidential debates –

I supported Mr. Poroshenko, but I was wrong. All of us were wrong. Could we imagine that his “live in a new way” (Poroshenko’s slogan, – ed.) would actually become our survival? I am not your opponent – I am your verdict! Related: Ukraine is almost the poorest state under the richest president, – Zelensky Here is a question from the people: “Why do all your people have both hands?” (president Poroshenko promised to “cut off the hands” of those, who steal defense budget, – ed.) The president should be a man from the people. Together with the people of Ukraine! I’m ready to fall on my knees not to put Ukraine on the knees. Zelensky: “Aren’t you ashamed?” Related: Poroshenko and Zelensky knelt at NSC Olimpiyskyi Poroshenko: “No!” How could you, having all your life served as a public official, become the country’s main oligarch? Why did you accredit all the achievements that you wrote on billboards to your name? Army is a endeavor of Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers. Related: Debates at the stadium: Poroshenko debated Zelensky, – video What can I say about our roads? There is nothing to say – there are no roads.

UAWire – Zelensky to Poroshenko: I am the result of your mistakes

In 2014, Presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky voted for Petro Poroshenko. However, this was a mistake, said Zelensky, who is leading the …

Presidential debates 2019, Zelensky v. Poroshenko – Ukraine is almost the poorest state under the richest president, – Zelensky –

Presidential candidate Zelensky has voiced other questions from the Internet users during the debates. How did it happen that Ukraine is almost the poorest state under the richest president in all of history? Why were the arsonists of the Roshen stores found in a few hours, and the arsonists of ammunition depots are still not found? And those who blew up journalist’s Sheremet’s car have not been found for several years? How do you sleep at night? Why no one is imprisoned for battles of Ilovaisk and Debaltseve? Why after five years, we still do not know the names of the killers on the Maidan participants? Would you like to take part in the experiment and try to survive on 1500 UAH (53 USD) of pension? How was it possible for the fifth year of the war, realizing the danger, Ukraine’s 24 sailors were sent to the Kerch Strait for certain death? Related: Zelensky and Poroshenko shake hands before debates How much money do you need to take from the country’s budget to be stuffed? Where are our Carpathian forests? Why are Yanukovych’s minions still not punished? How big was a bribe for Rotterdam +? Why did you cancel the law on illegal enrichment? Why is immunity from the MPs not removed?

Poroshenko says another Maydan possible after Zelenskyy’s win – news portal

President Petro Poroshenko does not rule out that if the showman Volodymyr Zelenskyy wins the presidential election, the old forces are likely to take a revenge, which in the future may provoke popular unrest and another Maydan. He pointed out that he did not like this scenario. The head of state said this during a national debate on the UA:First public TV. “The country is facing the threat of revenge… because under this wrap, under this “sheep’s skin”, the real “wolves” will come. And I am against Ukraine paying such a price, bringing people to Maydan. And this will be a different Maydan,” Poroshenko said, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine. “I am proud that during my presidential term we have managed to avoid it,” he added.

Zelenskiy: ‘If I fail, I will leave’ | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Comedic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy is preparing for a major transition in his life: from being a popular television fixture to becoming the president of Ukraine. The actor, who has no political experience, won the first round of the vote on March 31, leaving veteran politicians in the dust. Currently, he holds a huge lead in the polls over his opponent, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, just days before the runoff election on April 21. The two are set to face off in a presidential debate before a live crowd of thousands of people at Kyiv’s Olimpiysky Stadium on April 19. “I’m having a hard transition period,” Zelenskiy said during a rare appearance on television after the first round of the election. On April 18, he came to the late-night political talk show, Pravo na Vladu (“Right to Power”) on 1+1, the channel for which he has produced a wide range of comedy shows and sitcoms for over six years. “I have my business, Kvartal 95, in which I’m transferring the powers (to others). I have children. I’m a living person. And I’m going into politics as a person. I don’t have experience; I don’t know a lot but I’m just like everyone else,” he said.

Russia creates new difficulties in Ukrainian-Russian relations to show liberalization after presidential election – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Russian Federation deliberately creates new problems in relations with Ukraine to show the semblance of improvement of relations between the two countries after the Ukrainian presidential election.

Zelensky says Poroshenko took credit for Ukraine’s achievements in past five years

Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has accused his rival, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko of taking credit for all of Ukraine’s achievements of the past five years.

Zelensky on “visa-free, Tomos, language, army:” Achievements of Ukrainians not Poroshenko only – news politics | UNIAN

Volodymyr Zelensky, a presidential candidate of Ukraine, says that such achievements as visa-free travel for Ukrainians and the Ukrainian language do not belong to incumbent Petro Poroshenko only, while the Tomos, a historic document granting the Orthodox Church in Ukraine independence, is an achievement, first of all, of ex-head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch of Kyiv and all of Russia-Ukraine Filaret. Poroshenko has been campaigning for a new term under the “Army! Language! Faith!” slogan.

Could we imagine that Revolution of Dignity would be used by indignants? – Zelensky

Hello! So, we have gathered here at the stadium. I feel like Vakarchuk a bit (Ukraine’s popular singer, – ed.). Thank you all for your applause. Thank you for your support, Ukraine. Thank you! You know this is a very interesting situation. People are shouting loudly. The whole world is watching us. Please, do not shout. We are very fashionable, fair, clean, and democratic Ukraine. I am standing on this stage now. Could I ever imagine that I, a simple guy from Kryvyi Rih, would fight for Ukraine’s presidency against a person whom in 2014 we confidently and unquestionably elected president of Ukraine? And what is interesting about it, I supported Mr. Poroshenko, it is true. Related: I am not your opponent – I am your verdict! – Zelensky to Poroshenko at presidential debates But I was wrong. We all were wrong. Let us be frank: could we then imagine that Poroshenko’s “living in a new way” would become our “survive?” Could we then imagine that your “I will end the war in two weeks” would result into Battle of Ilovaisk and Debaltseve? Could we then imagine that his “enrichment of the people” would result in enriching his team? Could we then imagine that the Revolution of Dignity would be used by indignants? I will explain to you why we were wrong. Big mistake. Why? I’ll tell you: we voted for one Poroshenko, and chose another one. This is true because there are two Poroshenkos. The first is an excellent speaker, specialist, financier, economist, he knows everything, he usually appears if there are cameras. And then, when the cameras are turned off, another Peter II appears. Related: Ukraine is almost the poorest state under the richest president, – Zelensky First Petro Poroshenko on Mykhailivksa Square (Kyiv downtown, – ed.) shouts “Putin, just hold on!” And the second Petro Poroshenko quietly sends compliments to Moscow through Mr. Medvedchuk. The first one says that the bills for communal services would be lower, and the second Poroshenko quietly implements Rotterdam +. The first one says “I am opening a new school,” and the second one is constantly opening Roshen stores. The first opens 12 (!) km of a new road, and the second closes the Nasirov’s case (Ukrainian corrupted official, State of Fiscal Service, – ed.). First Petro Poroshenko says, “I shield my business to a blind trust,” and second Poroshenko increases its income by 82 times a year! Tell me, please, maybe, let us give the budget of Ukraine to a blind trust? Maybe it would work that way, right? First Poroshenko tells us: “Dollar rate would be 10 UAH by 1 USD,” and the second one sets 1 to 30. Therefore, Mr. Poroshenko, I’m here. Therefore, I am here with my team. I am not a politician, not a politician at all, I am just a man, a simple man who came to break this system. I am the result of your mistakes and promises, Mr. Poroshenko. And you realize it.

Zelensky: We cannot lead Ukraine somewhere, because Ukraine is going towards Europe

Candidate for the presidency of Ukraine, showman Volodymyr Zelensky declares that the Ukrainian state, regardless of the personalities of its leaders, follows the European way of development, for which Ukrainians sacrificed their lives on the Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.

Poroshenko calls Zelensky “colorful wrapper” for “fugitive oligarchs” and “fifth column”

Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko has called his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky a “colorful wrapper” filled with fugitive oligarchs and Russia.

Zelensky, Poroshenko kneel in sign of respect for families of Donbas dead

The Ukrainian presidential candidates, Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky, at the latter’s urging, went down on their knees in sign of respect for the families of people killed in Donbas.

Zelensky and Poroshenko kneel to commemorate Ukrainians killed in Donbas war (Video) – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko have knelt to commemorate Ukrainians killed during the war with the Russian Federation in Donbas. Zelensky explained the words of his old address to Putin were taken out of context.

Donbas warzone update: Ukraine reports 10 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia-led forces mounted 10 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. No casualties were reported among Ukrainian troops.

Poroshenko speaks against arms legalisation – news portal

President Petro Poroshenko has spoken against arms legalisation and in favour of tightening the procedure for its registration. He was speaking on the UA:First public TV channel where he arrived to take part in an election debate. “Today there is a huge amount of arms in Ukraine because of the war. This creates huge risks to security in the streets. As the president and supreme commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I emphasise that the presence of short-barrelled arms in Ukrainians’ hands will not help security. The risks which can be posed by the use of weapons in the streets of Ukrainian cities, villages and towns are absolutely unjustified. Today the availability of weapons is absolutely illegal. Registration of weapons should even be tightened. I firmly believe that weapons must be removed from Ukrainian streets. My political position: I am against the legalisation of short-barrelled weapons in Ukraine,” he said. Poroshenko added that the legalisation of weapons in any country of the world did not lead to a decrease in crime, but rather had the opposite effect of increasing the number of victims. He was answering the question about what he was prepared to do to ensure that Ukrainians could protect their lives and health because “gangsters on the black market can buy short-barrelled arms and use them against law-abiding but unarmed citizens”. This question came from the former head of the Odessa branch of the Right Sector, Serhiy Sternenko, who killed one of the two attackers in Odesa in May 2018.

Zelensky, Poroshenko get on their knees during presidential debate

Ukrainian presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko have got on their knees on the stage of the Olimpiyskiy Stadium during a presidential debate. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyi, Poroshenko get on their knees during debates. VIDEO

19.04.19 20:40 – Zelenskyi, Poroshenko get on their knees during debates. VIDEO Ukrainian presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Petro Poroshenko have got on their knees on the stage of the Olimpiyskiy Stadium during a presidential debate. View news.

Zelensky says he voted for Poroshenko in 2014

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has confessed that in 2014, he cast his vote in the presidential election for Petro Poroshenko, but said he had made a mistake. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky says he will imprison Kolomoisky if he violates law

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has said that if he is elected head of state, he will imprison everyone who violates the law, including his business partner, oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky: Kolomoisky will incur appropriate punishment if appears among lawbreakers

The candidate for the presidency of Ukraine, showman Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that businessman Ihor Kolomoisky would face jail if he appears among those who broke the law and must be punished accordingly.

Poroshenko not planning to disband parliament – news portal


Economists: Ukraine’s financial system ‘at risk if Zelenskiy is president’ | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Ukraine will soon choose its sixth president, and polls indicate it will almost certainly be comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Although he has no previous background in politics, economics or national financial decision-making, Zelenskiy will most likely be one of the few people calling the shots in these spheres for the nation of 42-million people starting next month. Many questions remain to be answered about how Zelenskiy and his team will handle Ukraine’s financial system, what changes to expect in the banking sector and what the worst-case scenario could be. Recent journalistic investigations pointing to the candidate’s business links to Ihor Kolomoisky, a billionaire Ukrainian oligarch who currently manages his huge Ukrainian business empire from Israel, have added even more questions.

Poroshenko spent on his campaign almost twice as much as Zelensky between April 7 and 13 – reports

Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) has approved an analysis of interim financial statements concerning the receipt and use of funds by the presidential candidates.

According to the law, TV debates shall be held on the last Friday before the day of repeat voting between 19:00 and 22:00 live

According to the law, TV debates shall be held on the last Friday before the day of repeat voting between 19:00 and 22:00 live

Police: 22,000 People attended debates at NSC Olimpiiskyi

19.04.19 21:08 – Police: 22,000 People attended debates at NSC Olimpiiskyi 22,000 people are present at the debate at the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy (NSC Olimpiyskiy) in Kyiv, the situation is calm. View news.

Kremlin comments on Medvedchuk’s statement about Moscow’s “readiness” to strike deal on Donbas with Zelensky – news politics | UNIAN

The Kremlin commented on the statement of head of the political council of the political party Opposition Platform – For Life, Viktor Medvedchuk, about Moscow’s alleged readiness to consider “striking a deal” on Donbas settlement with Volodymyr Zelensky if he is elected head state. Peskov noted that the settlement of the situation in Donbas is based solely on the Minsk agreements.

‘I’m not your opponent, I’m your sentence!’ Ukraine presidential hopefuls trade jabs in last debate — RT World News

Ukraine’s incumbent president Petro Poroshenko and hard-hitting frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky faced off in a much-hyped big stadium debate, exchanging harsh accusations yet revealing little of their plans for the country.

Ukraine election reality TV: Puppets and chopped-off hands in final debate warm-up — RT World News

As the pre-election debate in the surreal Ukrainian presidential race draws close, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent Petro Poroshenko are warming up before a final debate, cranking up the levels of absurdity.

TASS: World – Deception of Ukrainians continues — Russian foreign ministry on presidential debates

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. The presidential debates between candidates Pyotr Poroshenko and Vladimir Zelensky have shown that the deception of Ukrainian citizens continues, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on her Facebook page. “I’ve seen the debates in Kiev,” she noted. “The deception of Ukrainians continues. On the other hand, what if they love living like this?” “How lucky that the people of Crimea have come to their senses on time and managed to get out of this circus,” Zakharova added. The Ukrainian presidential debates have been held on Friday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The runoff of Ukraine’s presidential elections is scheduled for April 21 and will feature head of the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky going up against incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko. The first round took place on March 31 and saw Zelensky receiving 30.24% of the votes, almost twice as much as Poroshenko, who got 15.95%.

TASS: World – ‘Better to be a cat in a bag than a wolf in sheep’s clothing,’ Zelensky says to Poroshenko

KIEV, April 19. /TASS/. Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has compared presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky to “a beautiful wrapper”, covering former Ukrainian political forces that want a rematch. “Vladimir is a great actor, perhaps, a good person, but today he’s not a cat in a bag, he is a bright wrapper covering those who had run from the country since 2013, and who now want to return to Ukraine to have a rematch. We will not let this happen. <…> And we won’t let those cats in a bag, or, so to say, the devils in your wrapper, destroy our country,” Poroshenko said during the debates held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. “I think it is better to be a cat in a bag than a wolf in a sheep’s clothing,” Zelensky quipped in response. Read also Poroshenko-Zelensky presidential election debate begins at Kiev’s Olympic stadium Around 22,000 people attended the presidential debates held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Friday evening. The runoff of Ukraine’s presidential elections is scheduled for April 21 and will feature head of the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky going up against incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko. The first round took place on March 31 and saw Zelensky receiving 30.24% of the votes, almost twice as much as Poroshenko, who got 15.95%. More:

TASS: World – Zelensky to Poroshenko: ‘I am not your opponent, I am your sentence’

KIEV, April 19. /TASS/. Ukrainian presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky has told incumbent president Pyotr Poroshenko that Zelensky is not his opponent, but his sentence, during the debates at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. “I am not your opponent, Pyotr Alexeyevich [Poroshenko], I am your sentence,” he said. “You ask me about war. We are currently at war. And you, as commander-in-chief, must answer it: why is the war not over yet?” In response to Poroshenko’s claim that Zelensky is a partner of Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, he reminded that Poroshenko is an oligarch himself. “You’ve said that I am Kolomoisky’s partner… I will live with this. I want to say that here in Ukraine, traditionally, all TV channels belong to the oligarchs: Kolomoisky, Pinchuk, Firtash, Akhmetov and you, Pyotr Alexeyevich!” Zelensky said. “In my opinion, an oligarch cannot be president, a president needs to come from the people,” Zelensky stressed. Around 22,000 people attended the presidential debates held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Friday evening. The runoff of Ukraine’s presidential elections is scheduled for April 21 and will feature head of the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky going up against incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko. The first round took place on March 31 and saw Zelensky receiving 30.24% of the votes, almost twice as much as Poroshenko, who got 15.95%. More:

Putin ally to Ukraine’s probable new leader: Reconcile with Moscow and get territory back

Viktor Medvedchuk, a prominent figure in Ukraine’s Russia-leaning opposition, outlined the prospect in an interview before a presidential election runoff in Ukraine on Sunday which polls show political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy should easily win. “They don’t have any expectations in Moscow

Kevin Rothrock on Twitter: “Vedomosti summarizes Russia’s Odnoklassniki/YouTube major stream audiences for Ukraine’s Poroshenko-Zelenskiy “debate”: Odnoklassniki, 1.5mil; NTV, 480k; Rossiya 24, 30k; Dozhd, 38k; RT, 13k; Navalny Live, 60k.”


Broadcast debates Zelensky and Poroshenko gained in RuNet more than 2 million views

Several Russian TV channels conducted a live broadcast of the debates of presidential candidates on their Internet resources, YouTube channels and the Odnoklassniki social network. The representative of “Odnoklassniki” told “Vedomosti” that in all broadcasts the debate gained about 1.5 million views. The NTV television company reported that 480,000 views of debates were recorded on its YouTube channel at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The TV channel “Russia 24” had two broadcasts on YouTube: a live broadcast with a translation and an on-air program “60 minutes,” where guests of the studio commented on what was happening. The first broadcast gained more than 30,000 views, the second – 40,000. The TV channel “Rain” showed the debate live on its website, and the broadcast was open for free viewing. The television channel reported to Vedomosti that 38,000 people watched the broadcast, excluding mobile applications and SmartTV. RT Broadcasting Company was broadcasting both on the site and on the channel on YouTube. The data on the views on the site “Vedomosti” did not call, on YouTube, the number of views of the ether amounted to more than 13,000. In addition, nearly 60,000 views scored on the YouTube channel of oppositionist Alexei Navalny “Bulk Live”. The second round of presidential elections in Ukraine will be held on April 21.

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