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More on SECSTATE visit to Russia. Resuscitating the NPT Russia killed in Crimea. Sen on Russian misconduct. DPRK TBM appears to be an Iskander clone. Russia’s civil aviators departing to China in droves. Russia govt rehabilitating NKVD officers with criminal track records. A major update on the oil contamination problem, and Belarus – Lukashenko now states he is invulnerable to a coup, the language sounds increasingly like Ukraine in 2014. Russian and proxy meddling in the EU elections. Can Orban be bought off? Berlin airlift retrospectives – Halvorsen to attend in Berlin.
Giuliani’s aborted trip to Ukraine produces much argument in DC and Kyiv. Black Sea and Crimea updates – AFU SOF practice VBSS and CQB, nice clip. Donbas update, Russians hack Gen Muzhenko’s FB page, and Russians decorating Army personnel who fought in Donbas in 2014. NGU tests PSRL-1, a US built enhanced and backward compatible RPG-7. FIS releases 1919 documents from the Ukrainian People’s Republic, overrun and destroyed by the Sovs.
Politics update – Ze is unfortunately on a collision course with the parliament it seems.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin as President Trump hopes to repair relations after the domestic political pressure.
U.S. military assets are threatening Russia, Moscow’s top diplomat alleged just days before a high-profile visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads for Russia on Sunday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials.
The Trump administration has “put real money into our Defense Department,” Pompeo says, adding that “Vladimir Putin can’t possibly think that’s a good thing for him.”
Pompeo leaves for Moscow on Sunday, with Trump again calling for improved ties now that Mueller has finished his investigation.
The final preparatory meeting for next year’s review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has ended with deep divisions
All around the world, Russia is increasingly asserting itself, propping up dictators, and, in some instances, posing a direct challenge to US interests. Russian President Vladimir Putin held his first-ever meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok on April 25. Kim’s visit to Russia, an old ally, came as diplomacy with US President Donald J. Trump has faltered. Trump and Putin spoke on the phone for over an hour on May 3. Venezuela and North Korea were among the topics the two leaders discussed. We take a look at some areas of confrontation, what is driving Russian interests, and how the United States is responding to this challenge.
The May 9 parade is, among other things, an opportunity for Moscow to demonstrate military power. Russia has set itself the goal of modernizing the armed forces, but “the decline in oil prices has reduced Russia’s inflows, while reducing spending on armed forces has taken place at a time when Russian arms manufacturers are losing their competitive edge in the world,” according to a April report by the American analytical agency Stratfor . The researchers at Stratfor analyzed what military equipment was displayed by the Russians during the 9 May parade. The Russian armed forces account for almost a million people, and despite the outdated equipment and weak industrial base, they still remain powerful, the researchers note.
TOKYO (AP) — The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a controversial and widely copied…
Paul Goble Staunton, May 11 – Russian civilian pilots are leaving the country to work abroad in ever greater numbers, according to the airlines and pilots’ union, and ever more are planning to leave in the next several years, a trend that, if nothing is done, will leave Russia with only about half of the pilots it needs to service current routes, let alone expand. In the first instance, URA.ru journalist Mikhail Bely reports, the pilots leaving to work for Asian airlines and especially Chinese ones where both pay and working conditions are far better. Russian pilots make “at a minimum” 50 to 60 percent more when working for foreign airlines, Vladimir Kurochkin, head of the pilots’ union says (ura.news/articles/1036278019). Some Russian airlines, the union head says, are already suffering from a shortage of pilots, but most are compensating for the flight of Russian pilots by hiring pilots who have been working for carriers in the former Soviet republics. Hires by Russian airlines are thus cutting into the number of pilots these countries have. One pilot, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Bely that Asian carriers not only pay more but threat their pilots better. Those companies keep to a schedule so pilots can plan. IN Russia, “a pilot at any moment can be called to work even if he is on vacation.” That leads to all kinds of problems. Yury Sytnik, a member of the Presidential commission on civil aviation, agrees that pilot flight is a warning sign and means that there are “ever fewer high-class” airmen in Russia. Most of those who leave go to China, South Koreaa, Cambodia, the UAE, and Vietnam; and what is worse, Russia pays for the training of pilots other countries then benefit from. Another problem, Sytin says, one much on the mind of Russians since the Sheremetyevo disaster, is that the pilots who remain working in Russia are either people with less experience or who have had problems in their careers that make them unacceptable to foreign carriers. That is “a catastrophe” for Russian airlines whenever something unusual arises in flights.a Sergey Melnichenko, the head of the Flight Security Analysis Agency, says that not all Russian pilots who want to work abroad can get jobs because they lack the training or experience foreign carriers require, including much higher levels of English-language competence than most Russian pilots have. Bely cites two figures which show just how difficult it is going to be for Russia to maintain an adequate stable of pilots over the next decade. On the one hand, few carriers have the funds needed to train civilian airmen up to the level of co-pilots. And on the other, ever more Russian pilots want to leave the country. According to one study, some 2500 pilots plan to leave Russia for work elsewhere; and over the next decade, something like 6700 will be forced to retire. Those two factors mean that in five to ten years, “more than 42 percent” of pilots now working for Russian carriers will potentially be leaving the branch. That will put severe constraints on the ability of Russian airlines to operate existing routes let alone open new ones and mean that in many cases, those flying Russian planes may have far less experience and expertise than their counterparts elsewhere.
Russian director Pavel Lungin’s new film Brotherhood is out in Russian theaters today, but its journey to this point has not been easy. The pacifist film, which depicts the withdrawal of Soviet troops at the close of the brutal Afghan war, struggled to attract funds despite approval from prominent veterans. After a successful premier, the film raised hackles among some government officials, most prominently Senator Igor Morozov, who called the movie “unpatriotic.” After Morozov’s criticism came to light, Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky asked for the film’s government-approved public release date to be pushed back by a day so that it would not coincide with Victory Day, which is celebrated on May 9. In advance of the film’s release, Sasha Sulim spoke with Lungin about making Brotherhood and watching Russian society grapple with its demons.
For another 7 years, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation secretly rehabilitated dozens of NKVD employees who participated in the repressions. This became known thanks to the Russian lawyer Alexander Busarov, informs Censor. NO with reference to Radio Liberty. A few years ago, Busarov decided to prove that the NKVD was a criminal organization, the same as the SS and the Gestapo. To this end, he began to impersonate Stalin. Busarov sent to the prosecutor’s office requests for the rehabilitation of notorious sadists from the NKVD – allegedly to return them to his “good name”. The lawyer was amazed when he learned that dozens of these people had already been rehabilitated without his request. In 2012–2013, there were about 30 similar rehabilitations. Upon learning of the rehabilitation of the executioners, Bussarov behaved as a real Stalinist would have done in his place. He began to appeal to the authorities with demands to return state awards to these NKVD officers. And when he was refused – he wrote complaints to the military prosecutor’s office. The flow of appeals was noticed, and the chief military prosecutor’s office began to partially cancel its previous decisions on the rehabilitation of the NKVD employees. “It is amazing that the mechanism worked flawlessly. No one asked:” And who is this Busar? Why are he sent materials about security officers without secret surnames, archival materials on secret and top secret matters? Such questions did not arise. For several years I have been doing this completely unhindered, ”recalls Busarov. Fearing exposure, the lawyer eventually went abroad and took out all the documents. “I just piled the folders with things and drove away by car,” he says. Now Busar lives in Europe. He hopes to use the evacuated documents in order to prove that the NKVD was a criminal organization. “In the aggregate of judicial material, it can be argued that this is a case of a criminal organization, exactly the same as the SS and Gestapo convicted at the Nuremberg trial. knowingly innocent people. There will be no court like the Nuremberg trials in Russia, but legally it can already be said that we are dealing with a criminal organization, “he believes.
Dmitry Zhdannikov, Olga Yagova MOSCOW / LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – The international trading companies Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura cannot get rid of polluted Russian oil shipped from the Baltic port of Ust-Luga, as end users refuse to accept it, fearing for the safety of their oil refining equipment. According to the data of traders and Refinitiv Eikon terminal, at least ten tankers with a total volume of about one million tons of Urals are located in different parts of Europe in search of new buyers, as traditional consumers, including Eni, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, PKN and Repsol, refuse to take a variety with extremely high content of organic chlorine. “This is a catastrophe and a huge blow to Russia’s image as a reliable supplier. We hear promises from the Russian government that the problem will be solved soon, but nothing has happened so far, ”said a major buyer of Russian oil. Trading companies declined to comment. On Tuesday, Energy Minister Alexander Novak promised that net Russian export oil will reach Ust-Luga on May 8. However, five sources in trading circles told Reuters on Wednesday that the level of organic chlorine in Ust-Luga remains high – about 60-75 ppm at a rate of 10-15 ppm. “I asked our processing specialist if we could buy this oil? He said that these are big risks for equipment, ”said a source at a company buying Urals in the Baltic to be delivered to refineries in Europe. Pollution of Urals oil with organo-chlorine was detected at the end of April, which forced the Russian Federation to suspend deliveries of raw materials through Belarus to Europe via the Druzhba pipeline. If the break in the supply of raw materials for “Friendship” is delayed, then European plants will have to reduce processing, traders believe. In addition, simple tankers with substandard Urals on board will exacerbate the shortage of raw materials on the market, and may also create a shortage of ships, they add. The Kremlin did not see the fault of the leadership of the pipeline monopoly of Transneft and the oil companies of the Russian Federation in the situation with chlororganic contamination of export oil flows, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
The head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, estimated the loss of his country from the flow of contaminated oil from Russia to hundreds of millions of dollars. This is damage from damaged equipment and lost profits. Lukashenko told this to journalists on May 11, Tsenzor reports. NOT referring to the Belta news agency in Belarus. “Laxity and laxity on the territory of Russia (and this is thousands of kilometers) – and the huge pipe was contaminated with poisonous oil. For a week, even the pipe through which oil is pumped, 4-5 mm, as experts say, eats,” said Lukashenko. The specific amount of damage will be clear after calculation. “This is a huge damage to the pipeline, the equipment itself on the pipelines (the same pumps at the stations themselves and everything else) and the refinery. … We did not receive a certain profit, foreign exchange earnings, transit – we lost huge money. This is hundreds of millions of dollars. Journalists often call this amount, they are not far from the truth, “said the President of Belarus. Lukashenko stressed that the issue of a specific amount and mechanism for compensating losses to the Belarusian side from the supply of poor-quality Russian oil was not discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As Tsenzor reported earlier. NO , on April 19, 2019, the Belneftekhim concern announced a sharp deterioration in the quality of oil flowing through the pipeline from Russia. On April 22, the Mozyr Oil Refinery was put out of action due to poor-quality Russian oil, as reported by the press service of the company. On April 23, Belarus suspended the export of light petroleum products from the Russian Federation to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. On the night of April 24, Poland indefinitely stopped the transit of Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline, April 2 , Ukraine resorted to the same step on 2 April . On April 26, Russia declared that the oil in the pipeline was deliberately contaminated. The source of contamination was found in Samara, at the site of the local private structure Samaratransneft-Terminal. According to preliminary estimates, the volume of substandard oil in the Druzhba system pipelines at sites in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland amounts to about 5 million tons. On April 30, Belarus completely stopped accepting oil from the Russian Federation until the polluted raw materials were completely expelled from the Druzhba pipeline. On May 2, BelTA reported that pure oil was delivered to the border of Belarus via the Druzhba pipeline. On May 7, four people in the Russian Federation were arrested in connection with the oil pollution case in the Druzhba pipeline. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126404
The situation with the supply of contaminated oil to the Druzhba pipeline is expected to be normalized in the first half of May by cleaning the lines one by one in each of the main export destinations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said during a government meeting, interfax.byreports. “As for the normalization of the situation, we expect it in the first half of May, the work continues. The normalization means clearing the lines one by one in each of the main export destinations,” – he said. “At the current moment, on May 4, ahead of the two-day plan, standard oil arrived at the Mozyr Oil Refinery (Belarus), on May 6, we started pumping of standard oil to the Brody metering unit to deliver it to European consumers. In the near future, we expect an agreement on pumping standard oil towards Poland. The pumping of standard oil to the port of Ust-Luga also continues, and we expect it to arrive to the port in the morning of May 8,” – the Russian minister reported. Commenting on the measures that have been taken to normalize the situation in the early stages, Novak said: “We efficiently isolated the source of pollution from the trunk pipeline system, reorienting the flows in order to clean one of the Druzhba pipeline lines at the earliest. I also wanted to thank the companies – Russian Railways, Sovcomflot – for responding promptly to eliminate the consequences.” Transneft (MOEX: TRNF) transferred all tests of oil regarding the content of organochlorine compounds from the category of periodic – once every 10 days – into the category of delivery and acceptance, that is, it is a daily monitoring regime,” – he added. “We held two rounds of negotiations with partners from the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary. An action plan on eliminating the consequences was agreed upon,” – the Russian minister said.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes it is impossible to overthrow the power in his country by force, TASS reports. In his words, it is impossible to shift the power in Belarus, for example, as in Venezuela. As an example, Lukashenko also cited Libya and Syria. “We have experienced all this: hybrid and heated clashes, and an attempt to overthrow the constitutional system and the current leadership. Starting from this street, where the traffic police cars were turned over, from Independence Square, where the monument to the first head of our state Lenin was desecrated, to the last action in 2010, when they tried to overthrow us, storming the Government House,” the President said. Lukashenko believes that now only the negative trends in the economy present a threat to the country. “If every person would look at himself before asking the President and the government, if we approach this fundamentally, think about the economy, we will not be afraid of anything,” Lukashenko said.
Why did “Assassin” Vtyurin want to kill “good man” Lukashenka? This was stated by the coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign Dzmitry Bandarenka in his interview to Charter97.org, commenting on unexpected resignations and arrests of top-ranking law enforcers in Belarus. – Is Lukashenka really fighting the Russian plot in Belarus? – So far, the situation is reminiscent of the story of the famous film “Brigade”, where the main character Alexander, the leader of a criminal gang, is regularly involved in various troubles. But the end of the story is the moment when the personal guard of this bandit, who repeatedly saved his life, his family, gets the order to destroy all friends of Alexander and who wants to kill him. We see that sometimes films sometimes coincide with a real of life. Specifics of Russian security services are well revealed in this film. Nothing unusual is happening and, perhaps, now Lukashenka is fighting for his life and for his power. – That is, may there be any real plot? We are not talking about Russia’s influence. Is a plot in the Belarusian law enforcement agencies against Lukashenka possible? – I am sure that there was a plot against Lukashenka, I believe that arrests of Vtyurin and other people are not the last. I also believe that Vtyurin was tied to Russia and Ambassador Babich. But the thing is that Lukashenka’s entourage; all his law enforcement agencies, are filled with Russian agents like watermelon filled with seeds. And it is not even because they are recruited by Russia. Who was recruited by Lukashenka for his security services? A Belarusian patriot couldn’t get there, a person who speaks the Belarusian language couldn’t get there; a person who knows the Belarusian history and acts in interests of Belarus couldn’t get there either. This is not a version, this is knowing. When I and other Belarusian opposition members were in the KGB prison and other prisons, we managed to talk to many leaders of the Lukashenka group. We met with the former KGB chairman Zaitseu, the current Interior Minister Shunevich, and the security service of Lukashenka, headed by Vtyurin that time. We know that tortures of opposition leaders, presidential candidates, their heads of staff, journalists, women, were carried out with the help of the security service of Lukashenka. This information comes from the law enforcers, who were jailed with us. Another proof is the note of the editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva Andrei Dynko, who was in Akrestsina prison after Square-2006; the head of Lukashenka’s personal security service was in his ward. Vtryurin was about to tear off people speaking Belarusian. – The leader of the Belarusian National Congress Mikalai Statkevich also told that Vtyurin visited him in the KGB pre-trial detention center in 2010. – Yes, Mikalai also mentioned it. The same people, Vtyurin and Shunevich told us about their strong ties in Lukashenka’s Administration. At that time, the Administration of Lukashenka was then run by notorious “liberal” Makei. Therefore, it is filled with Russian agents. We see Shunevich in the form of the NKVD who worships the Tsarist city. It is an idol and a guiding light for him. In 2011, the head of prison Orlov made a pother about Putin. It was obvious that Putin was a hero for this despicable man. Officers who interrogated us had Kolchak, Denikin, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the First as heroes. They did not know the Belarusian history at all. I had a feeling that they were some kind of mutants. After all, they are not Soviet people, but not Belarusians either. They talked about Putin, mythical and non-mythical Russian heroes and money – that’s all they were interested in. There’s one more thing. We also jailed with law enforcement officers: employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Traffic Police, the Serious Fraud Office, the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption, the KGB, border guards, customs officers and former employees of the State Department of Corrections. And the one thing they all had in common was absence of knowledge of the Belarusian history; their heroes were Putin, they watched Russian films, knew only Russian authors. In fact, they are not Belarusians. Few of them know our history and language. – Does it mean that if Lukashenka was fighting the Russian plot, he would have to remove the entire top of his law enforcement agencies? – It’s still an unsolvable task, because a clan fight is on. Lukashenka is not fighting the Russian security services. Yes, he is aware of the threat, but there are clans and groups there. Why do they exist? Because they protect different objects. Someone is protecting Belaruskali, delivery of goods and equipment; someone is protecting MTZ, or businessmen from Lukashenka’s entourage. And it gives the ground for various gangs. From time to time Lukashenka pit them against each other, but now it looks like Russia is behind Vtyurin. It seems that Putin has no other way but to remove Lukashenka. – Why now? – Putin is aware of the real situation in Belarus. And it is as follows: 80% of Belarusians hate Lukashenka and they long for changes. If he nominates himself for the seventh term, it will cause a social upheaval, which the Kremlin can’ t control. Putin knows that the Belarusians have strong pro-European sentiments. 30% of Belarusians have always voted for representatives of the national democratic forces, while at different times 30-60% supported the accession of Belarus to the European Union. The Belarusian elite has good sentiments for Ukrainians, because the Ukrainians have served as an example of how to defend their independence. And Putin realizes that if Lukashenka runs for the seventh term, it will end in a riot. For sure. Plus, the Belarusian dictator is getting old, he is inadequate, his actions are the best proof, he has repeatedly deceived Putin in various financial schemes, and Russia itself faces hardships. Illegal trade with the West and Ukraine is going through Belarus. Inadequate Lukashenka, who steals at every opportunity, cannot satisfy Putin. – It is obvious that the Belarusian opposition will resist the possible scenario of the Kremlin. But there are patriots among the Belarusian nomenclature and law enforcement officials. What will you recommend them? – There are more patriots among officials than in law enforcement agencies. There are a lot of educated people, they are more intelligent who have to contact people; meanwhile, law enforcement officials see everything through a baton, aiming sight or handcuffs. Officials, especially in Western Belarus, or in the border areas with Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine, go to these countries, participate in bilateral projects, know how people live there. They know the history, understand that officials have nothing to fear when the regime changes. These people are well organized, they have ties and when changes occur, as in Eastern Europe, they feel good. They know that it’s dangerous to go too far. It comes first. Secondly, officials are the main target of repressions and bullying by security services. Enforcers are also hit by this machine, but officials suffer most. I also mean the directorate of enterprises and joint-stock companies, because they are state-owned. Therefore, officials would also like to change the situation in Belarus, because they will eventually be gainers by it. – What should they do? – I would not like to make any calls. It seems to me that Belarusian character and decency can be present in all sectors of society, even among security officials and the military. Of course, there are differences between the layers of the society, but patriots are everywhere. Today, Belarusians just need to see that the situation is pretty good for us in terms of marketing. Most Belarusians hate Lukashenka, and the regime has become obsolete. The new generation wants to live like their peers in the European Union. We also know the history, we are part of our common great state Lithuania, and then the Rzeczpospolita. Those countries that were in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland — are already in the EU, Ukraine is striving to go there. And what about Belarus? Will it not be in Europe? It’s impossible. – It has often been said lately that the situation in Belarus resembles the late USSR, that perestroika has started in Belarus. Changes are inevitable, right? – Changes are inevitable, but they always depend on the activity of those people who live at this time, on their actions, on the awareness of their subjectivity. The situation in Belarus is similar to the agony of the USSR. Today, Lukashenka and his clique are hated more than the Communists during the perestroika period. They say that Lukashenka is wise, he has a strategy. And what was the strategy? There was a desire to get into the Kremlin, there was a “Slavic alliance” – these are his sincere feelings and beliefs. Recently, they began to talk (the leaks from special services reveal this) that “we, the people of power, must balance, pass between Scylla and Charybdis, nationalists and Russians”. I would say that this is not a strategy, but the dangling of a certain substance in an ice-hole – when you are neither with Russians, nor with Europe, nor with your people. The strategy of “dangling” has come to an end. The actions of Utsiuryn, that conspiracy – this is just the beginning. Putin has no other way out; he voiced his goals: to hand out passports to residents of the “DNR” and “LNR”, plus in the Crimea. This has already been done. Plus he wants a common state with Ukraine. Why is he shouting about it? Russian women stopped giving birth, and, probably, half of Central Asia would like to move to Moscow and St. Petersburg. And I think that the fifth part has already moved. This is not bad, because Russia needs manpower, but if it continues like this, then it will be necessary to change the religion to Islam. They are not ready for this yet. This means that in this empire you need to find new slaves and close the Internet so that no one knows what is happening in the outside world. To recruit new Orthodox slaves from Ukraine, Belarus, turn off information about the whole world and close the border. After all, Putin’s regime is also archaic and worn out. This is Putin’s strategy; he urgently needs these people. And the point is not even in the Soviet Union, it can only be a bait, because no one will abandon the brand of the Russian Empire for the sake of something incomprehensible. This is only an attempt to pull the wool over eyes during the period of active operations. – What should the West do in this situation? – Today’s policy of the West touches. A question comes up: what would happen if the failed “assassin” Utsiuryn realized his plan and physically eliminated the “warm-hearted person” Lukashenka? What would the West and Ukraine do in this situation? Where are their tools? After all, Ukraine is also threatened by the “northern balcony”. Russia has military bases, dozens of TV channels, Hrodna Cossacks who grew up like mushrooms after the rain, Sputnik and other sites in Belarus. It seems to me that it is time for the West to see that the problem of the Belarusian regime is not only the problem of the Belarusian people, but also the security of entire Europe. The comparison with perestroika is real. What plans the Soviet General Staff had in those times! What plans the ideologists of the CPSU cherished! How many troops there were! The millionth Army in East Germany, 200 thousand in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary each. But everything collapsed like a house of cards. Because people do not want to be slaves. Belarusians face the following choice: either we will fall under the Russian yoke, or become Europeans. By and large, it depends on us. If popular strength and self-consciousness awakens, then no one can do anything about it. In addition to the numbers I mentioned, we have our own leaders: Statkevich, Aleksiyevich, Sannikov, Pazniak, Niakliayeu, Seviarynets. These are people who are known in the world and by their life have proved that Belarus and values mean a lot to them. The fact that everything will be decided in the very near future is dead set, inevitable.
– You wrote on Facebook in the comments, that “Since 1994, Lukashenka’s guard has been formed of the Russian citizens, Russians headed the KGB, it was a total phenomenon, and having a Russian nationality was considered a big advantage in personnel issues. In the apparatus of the Council of Ministers (later – Cabinet of Ministers), Belarusians were replaced not just by Russians, but by the citizens of the Russian Federation.” Could you provide more details of this? – After Lukashenka was elected president in 1994, Uladzimir Yahorau was appointed to the post of KGB chairman, and Yury Zakharanka became the Minister of the Interior. These appointments were made through our Supreme Councils, and the majority of deputies voted for them. We knew these people, they were citizens of Belarus. But then strange things started happening. Some personalities began to emerge who were in no way related to Belarus. A very important person in the then Lukashenka administration (I don’t want to give his last name so as not to create problems for him) told me that people were recruited into Lukashenka’s security service and that such structures and special services were created that were not controlled by the Supreme Council. And it was not the KGB, but other structures, which included Russian citizens as well. Having a Russian origin was considered a big plus. I want to say starightaway that we need to draw a line here. If a person, who has a Russian nationality, came from Russia, received Belarusian citizenship and became a Belarusian patriot, this is one thing. For example, the greatest “minstrel” of our time, Uladzimir Mulyavin was born in the Urals. He was Russian, but nevertheless – this is our outstanding cultural figure. However, those people who began to lead the special services and who treated the whole of Belarus and our national idea with hatred are something completely different. I remember this famous episode of beating deputies in the Supreme Council, when some of my colleagues, including Mikalai Kryzhanouski, tried to contact the people who beat us, harassed and dragged us out of the Oval Hall. There was an impression that these people simply did not understand the meaning of the Belarusian words. And the second point: look at the biographies of those who until recently had led the KGB and the security agencies. If we take the Ministry of Defense, these are only the graduates of the Russian military schools or military academies. If we take other structures, here we had a paradox: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was headed by Ivan Ivanovich Antonovich, a Russian citizen. When the law on citizenship was passed, he did not live in Minsk and did not receive Belarusian citizenship. He, at least, retained Russian citizenship. See where some of the KGB chairmen have gone after the completion of their heroic combat path. They went to Moscow and settled well there. For what merits were they taken there? Let’s start with the first head of the KGB in independent Belarus, Colonel-General Eduard Sharkouski, who swore that he was supposedly a patriot of Belarus. I cannot say that we had perfect relations with him, but when we passed the law on the KGB, there was a certain cooperation, we found a common language – but in the end he left to live out his life in Russia. There is an opinion that such staff were clapped on to Lukashenka … True or false, who knows, but in principle Lukashenka himself selected staff. Lukashenka is not so naive a person whom you can clap something on to. He hasn’t got any naivety: he formed a team for himself, he recruited these people, he squeezed Belarusians out of positions in power structures. Now, when he came to his senses and wants to see Belarus independent (I don’t have much faith in it, but I can admit it), he has become a hostage of this position (on the selection of Russian personnel – ed.). The second big problem, if we talk about the special services, is the lack of parliamentary control over them. In our time, when I was a deputy in the early 90s, there were some elements of parliamentary control, although the ideal was far away. Now there is no parliamentary control, although such control, the society’s control over the special services, paradoxically, is primarily in the interests of the KGB officers themselves. I mean junior and middle managers. After all, then all these Senior Lieutenants, Majors, Colonels, Generals will not be sent to any illegal operations. They will not be runninmg around catching oppositionists for the white-red-white flags and the Belarusian language, they will not spy upon the opposition. They will do what any normal special service should do: it is tracking the manifestations of terrorism and protecting the independence of the country. What kind of protection of the independence of our country can we talk about, if only recently the KGB and the special services were people who questioned this independence and advocated a political union and unification with Russia. – In the light of such facts, how do you assess the detention and dismissal of Andrei Utsiuryn, and the version voiced by “Rosbalt”, that he leaked information to the Russian FSB? – It’s hard for me to evaluate this. It is clear that if a person is not found guilty by a court, then he is innocent. For me, there is an absolute presumption of innocence, no matter what this Utsiuryn is accused of. In a broad sense, I want to remind you that the KGB of Belarus and the FSB of Russia long ago signed whole sets of agreements on the inadmissibility of any mutual actions on the territory of one and the other country, on the inadmissibility of any kind of intelligence. We know that they have established close cooperation. Therefore, blaming someone for a separate “collaboration” is simply ridiculous. For decades, this brotherhood in arms strengthened. So this is just amazing. However, it is absolutely clear that the Belarusian special services should have a civilized character. I want to remind again the beginning of the 90s, the officers of the KGB and the guards of the Speaker of the Parliament Stanislau Shushkevich. They were 5 or 6 people. These were young guys, truly devoted to Belarus and its independence. I think that all of them are already retired, and I will not spoil their careers now. Then, I think, the KGB of Belarus developed towards a civilized model of the special services. Unfortunately, since 1994, we have seen the opposite process. However, I want to say that it is necessary to start not with the special services: it is vitally important to first restore constitutionality in Belarus, to restore the legislative and controlling functions of the parliament, free elections. And if Lukashenka really wants to see Belarus independent, it is impossible without the return of what he stole from the people. Without the return of “Pahonia” and the white-red-white flag as state symbols, without the return of the status of the Belarusian language as the only state language. Because, I emphasize, independence is not protected by tanks. It’s the people who protect independence. And when the people, the special services, the army have the “Russian world” in their heads, they will give away Belarus and anyone easily.
On April 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the Russian ambassador to Minsk and his special representative for the development of trade and economic relations with Belarus, Mikhail Babich. By another decree, he appointed Senator Dmitry Mezentsev to the post of ambassador. Usually, the decree on the appointment of an ambassador is preceded by the consideration of his candidacy in the international committees of the State Duma and the Council of the Federation, but there is no information that it has been done. Earlier, a source in the Federal Assembly spoke of Babich’s resignation to Vedomosti. He noted that Babich could hardly stay in this position for a long time: “Babich played as a catalyst to identify problems in bilateral relations, but at the same time created many conflict situations in Russia and Belarus.” Babich’s resignation was not connected with the supply of polluted Russian oil – the decision on his dismissal was made much earlier, a source close to the Kremlin told to Vedomosti. The real reason for the conflict between the Belarusian authorities and Babich is that he helped to cut off the $ 3 billion worth illegal supply of various goods from Belarus, the source said. Moscow has no issues with Babich as in their opinion he has fully completed his task, he notes. The interlocutor of Vedomosti did not rule out that Babich could return to work in the presidential administration of the Russian Federation, or, alternatively, to the position of Putin’s assistant or adviser.
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Digital fingerprints link pro-Russian and anti-European websites, part of an online ecosystem that is sowing discord ahead of European elections this month.
Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked to Russia or far-right groups is spreading disinformation, encouraging discord and amplifying distrust in the centrist parties that have governed for decades.
President Trump’s audience with Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be a meeting of like minds. It’s also an effort to get Mr. Orban to prioritize U.S. interests.
US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will hold talks in the White House on May 13. According to the representative of the US President’s administration, the United States is concerned about the fact that Hungary is trying to bring the dispute with Ukraine to the international level. The US suggests Hungary resolve all issues directly with the authorities in Kyiv and “through diplomatic channels.” The official also noted that Hungary should act “more responsibly” in this matter. The tension between Ukraine and Hungary arose because of discussions on the Ukrainian law on education, which significantly reduces the possibility to study in the languages of national minorities. The law came into force on September 28, 2017. It will be put into effect in several stages over the period up to 2020. Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary, Gergely Gulyas said earlier that the Ukrainian authorities adopted a “semi-fascist” education law and violate the rights of minorities. Also, Gulyas expressed the hope that the authorities of Hungary will be able to establish relations with the new administration of Ukraine because Budapest was not able to establish communication with the current government.
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Satellite imagery released by military enthusiast shows Soviet-era S-300PT surface-to-air missile system at the military range in the United States. Enthusiast posted imagery of surface-to-air missile system on social media that looks like elements of the Soviet-designed S-300PT system. A 30N6 fire control system and semi-trailer arrangements of 5P85 Transporter Erector Launchers (TEL) have been seen in satellite imagery of the U.S. military range. All these vehicles are part of the S-300PT surface-to-air missile system. S-300PТ system is designed for the defensive purpose of administrative, industrial and military buildings and objects against all kind air attacks. The S-300PT system was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979, designed for the air defense of large industrial and administrative facilities, military bases, and control of airspace against enemy strike aircraft. The project-managing developer of the S-300 is Russian Almaz corporation which is currently a part of “Almaz-Antei” Air Defense Concern. According to Air Power Australia, the missile of S-300PT deployed and handled in a sealed cylindrical launch tube/canister, with a cold start gas generator used to eject the missile vertically before its motor was initiated. The 5P85 TEL was a semi-trailer arrangement, with the forward booms splayed when deployed as stabilisers. The four launch tubes were mounted on a hydraulically elevated frame, retained in later TEL designs. The U.S. military commonly practices air assault with Russian-style air defense systems during training exercises. It uses styled or real combat vehicles and air defense systems to add extra realism to various exercises.
Analyst of the American Center Atlantic Council Anders Aslund made a sharp critique of Rudi Giuliani’s actions against Ukraine. In particular, according to Aslund, the lawyer of the president of the United States joined the dismissal of the US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovich. ‘Rudy Giuliani, through various intrigues, sought the release of a model ambassador Mariya Jovanovich in Ukraine for two weeks, which simply outraged,’ said Aslund in a commentary to journalist of the Ukrainian service ‘Voice of the Americas’ Tatiana Vorozhko. He also emphasized that Giuliani does not hold a position in the USA, but is a private lawyer. ‘Rudy Giuliani is a private lawyer from Donald Trump and does not have any official posts,’ the analyst says. ‘Rudy Giuliani would never have been able to pass any approval in Congress through his international clients whom he refuses to name,’ he says. Among the clients, Juliani Aslund named Mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes. Aslund also called absurd accusations against former vice president Joe Biden, whose work attracted Juliani’s attention. ‘The only point is that Vice President Biden fully agrees with the international consensus, sought to dismiss Prosecutor General Victor Shokin, who is generally perceived as completely corrupt, while during his tenure, the Attorney General did not conduct any serious investigation or prosecution,’ – said Aslund, stressing that the current Attorney General Lutsenko went the same way. Aslund called on the newly elected Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky not to meet with Giuliani. According to Voice of America, Giuliani canceled his visit to Kyiv under a deluge of criticism.
Kiev’s elite will look for ways to use U.S. domestic politics to their advantage. They have plenty of practice in their dealings with Russia.
Comments by Giuliani stoke concern among allies of Ukrainian president-elect.
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has reversed course and said that he will no longer travel to Ukraine to push for that country to investigate Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.
Democrats denounced a plan by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, saying it was an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a U.S. election. But lawyer Rudy Giuliani has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine, citing concerns about who he would be dealing with there. “I’ve decided … I’m not going to go to the Ukraine,” Giuliani told Fox News on Friday night. “I’m not going to go because I think I’m walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president … in some cases enemies of the United States, and in one case an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 election.” Giuliani had said earlier that he would to travel to Kiev in the coming days to urge the government to investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that Congress should take up legislation banning political campaigns from working with foreign governments in an effort to influence U.S. elections.
Joe Biden’s campaign has offered its first response after President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said he would make a now-canceled trip to Ukraine to urge the country to investigate the Democratic presidential candidate.
The lawyer of U.S. President, Rudolph Giuliani, who canceled his trip to Ukraine “because of the enemies of Donald Trump and the USA” from Zelensky surrounding, voiced one of their names. This is MP Serhiy Leshchenko, who on the eve of the presidential elections in Ukraine joined Zelensky’s team. The name of Leshchenko Giuliani called in an interview with Fox News. “Based on what I heard from two very reliable people tonight, I am convinced that the president (Zelensky, – ed.) is surrounded by people who are the enemies of the president (Trump, – ed.), and people who at least in one case are clearly corrupt and involved in this scheme, “said Giuliani. In particular, he noted that one of the very active opponents of President Trump and supporters of Hillary Clinton was the MP Serhiy Leshchenko. Leshchenko is suspected of deliberately promoting the interests of the Hillary Clinton’s headquarters in the scandal with the Party of Regions book, which led to the arrest of political strategist Paul Manafort and hurt Trump himself. “He (Leshchenko – ed.) was already found guilty in relation to our elections in 2016. Under these circumstances, the meeting would be ineffective and could be in the hands of those who would want to distort its essence,” said Rudolf Giuliani. Also, Trump’s attorney claims that his goal was to share information, “to help the investigation about the Ukrainian officials who assisted Clinton in the U.S. presidential election. “This investigation can reveal some people who initiated and spread allegations that were deemed to be false as a result of two investigations by the FBI. This false charge did not arise from the air. If this charge did not arise in Ukraine, there is evidence that pushed it to life, and pushed it by illegal means, “said Giuliani. Leshchenko himself believes that Rudolf Giuliani’s statements are made due to the fact that he realized he was systematically deceived by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.
Comments by Giuliani stoke concern among allies of Ukrainian president-elect.
Supporters of Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky — who is expected to take office in the coming weeks — said in interviews Saturday that they feared they were being pulled into a domestic political conflict in the United States, potentially at Ukraine’s expense. As U.S. President Trump and his inner circle appear increasingly focused on Ukraine as a potential tripwire for Joe Biden and other Democrats, officials about to take power in Kyiv are pushing their own message: Leave us out of it. Supporters of Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky — who is expected to take office in the coming weeks — said in interviews Saturday that they feared they were being pulled into a domestic political conflict in the United States, potentially at Ukraine’s expense. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Friday that he was canceling a trip to Ukraine during which he was planning to push for investigations that include Biden’s son, Hunter, and his time on the board of a Ukraine gas company, The Washington Post recalls. Giuliani said he was calling off the trip because there were “enemies” of Trump on the team of Zelensky, a comedian with no previous political experience who toppled President Petro Poroshenko in a runoff election last month. For Zelensky, U.S. support is critical, WP says. Many Ukrainian officials see U.S. support as a key deterrent preventing Russian President Vladimir Putin from encroaching further on their territory. Western diplomats in Kyiv have voiced concerns that Zelensky, given his lack of political experience, could be outmatched in negotiations with Putin. Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian member of parliament and a prominent Zelensky backer, said Ukraine was being drawn into a “dangerous game.” A person close to Zelensky, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the president-elect’s team viewed Trump’s interest in the investigations as a domestic U.S. matter and was determined not to let it distract from his agenda. “This is definitely not our war,” the person close to Zelensky said. “We have to stay away from this as much as possible.” The person said Zelensky would rule out using political pressure to lean on Ukrainian law enforcement to achieve any White House aims. One investigation that has attracted Trump and Giuliani’s interest involves a Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served while his father was vice president. Trump said Friday that it would be “appropriate” for him to talk to Attorney General William P. Barr about opening an investigation over the matter into Joe Biden, the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens,” Trump told Politico. There is no evidence that Biden’s conduct as vice president was improper while his son served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Giuliani also has pushed for Ukrainian officials to investigate unproven allegations that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to dig up incriminating information about Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. The DNC has denied those allegations.
A naval standoff between Russia and Ukraine will be heard before an international sea tribunal in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. Last November, Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and captured dozens of sailors, sparking outrage in Ukraine. The case is now being heard at a UN sea tribunal in Hamburg, but Russia has vowed not to show.
The stay of foreign ships in the Ukrainian ports is a factor in deterring the Russian naval presence in the Black Sea. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine on European integration, Anatoly Petrenko, writes Tsenzor. NO with reference to the department’s website . “The issue of the offshore waters of the Azov and Black Seas is a difficult one. The Russian Federation permanently blocks significant areas under the pretext of exercises, especially the activity of the Russian Federation in the western part of the Black Sea, namely around the illegally seized our oil and gas fields on the underwater shelf, which is constantly guarded by the forces and equipment of the Black Sea Fleet. And as regards our exclusively economic zones, it is also constantly under the control of the warships of the Russian Fed eratsii “, – he said. Read on “Tsenzor.NET”: The response to the aggression of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea was insufficient: the EU’s indecision only encourages the Russian Federation to new provocations, – Klimpush-Tsintsadze According to the deputy minister, the passage of the Kerch Strait remains the prerogative of the Russian Federation, and thus violates international law regarding free civil navigation. “At the same time, to protect the economic activities of our ports in Berdyansk and Mariupol, a set of forces and means of the Ukrainian Navy is deployed, which performs tasks that eliminate the threats that may arise from the sea direction,” he said. Anatoly Petrenko stressed that for the naval activity of Ukraine, the fact of increasing the intensity of stay of foreign ships in the Ukrainian ports and in the Black Sea is significant. “Yesterday in Odessa, the ship of the British Navy completed its stay, which has come to us for the second time in the last five months. During this time, we also had a NATO permanent naval group consisting of two frigates of Spain and Canada, there was also a US missile destroyer” – he said. According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine on European integration, this allows solving three main tasks: first, it is a factor of deterrence and balancing the dominant naval presence that the Russian Federation has in the Black Sea. Secondly, it helps domestic Navy in education and training, because every time there are events, both with the cadets of the Odessa Academy, and with officers of the Naval Forces Command, which allows them to improve their professional skills. And the third is what concerns the actual fulfillment of the tasks of defense reform for the deployment of new naval command and control and the creation of military-technical capabilities that will allow responding to threats from the sea direction in the early stages of their occurrence. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126418
May 12, 19 photo description The boarding groups of the 73rd Maritime Special Purpose Center of the SOF of the Armed Forces of Ukraine work out the seizure of vessels on the high seas as part of the VBSS training (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure). During the capture of the vessel, the departure of the groups was carried out by air from different heights with a system of non-parachute landing “Kanat” (which replaced the system “Adapter-M1”) and waterways on high-speed boats. In the holds and on the deck, the conditional enemy was arrested and destroyed in the close quarters battle (CQB). Video from the press service of the center:
The training is carried out in the framework of VBSS. Boarding groups 73 of the maritime center of a special purpose of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Command are training capturing of ships in the open sea. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this on Facebook. According to the report, the groups were withdrawn by air from various heights by the Kanat system and by water on high-speed boats during the training of capturing of the vessel. Related: Donbas War: Pro-Kremlin militants open fire three times today “The hypothetical enemy was seized and destroyed in the prisons and on the deck under close combat conditions” the report added. “In the holds and on the deck, a conditional enemy was detained and destroyed in the conditions of close combat,” the General Staff added.
Ukrainian servicemen conducted an exercise on the high seas and successfully destroyed a conditional enemy and “captured” the enemy vessel. The training video is posted on the General Staff’s Facebook on Facebook, informs Tsenzor.NET. The boarding groups of the Maritime Special Operations Center of the Special Operations Forces Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces worked on seizing ships on the high seas as part of VBSS training sessions (visit, board, search and seizure). It is noted that during the training sessions of the vessel, the withdrawal of groups was carried out by air from various heights by the Kanat system and by water on high-speed boats. “In the holds and on the deck they detained and destroyed the conditional enemy in the conditions of close combat,” the report said.
Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine. 0K views · 10 hours ago · ACTIONS ON WATER. PART V. The navy teams of the MARITIME CENTER work out the capture of ships on the high seas within the framework of the VBSS training (visit, board, search and seizure). During the capture of the vessel, the departure of the groups was carried out by air from different heights system “CANAT” and waterways on high-speed boats. In the holds and on the deck, the conditional enemy was arrested and destroyed in the middle combat (CQB). Thanks ANNA / ANNA for the opportunity to make the video even more dynamic # 73MTSSpP #SSO #SSU #SOF #UASOF
The signal of seven Ukrainian radio stations in 20 settlements in the north Crimea is completely or partially jammed by a signal of Russian radio stations. This is evidenced by the Crimean Human Rights Group monitoring, conducted in March-April 2019. In the course of the monitoring, specialists checked 13 frequencies of seven Ukrainian radio stations, which received permission from the National TV and Radio Company to broadcast in the North Crimea from the Chongar and Chaplynka villages controlled by Ukraine. “The monitoring is organized with the help of car stereos in the settlements of North Crimea, located near the checkpoint Chaplynka”, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group. The checking was carried out in 20 settlements. Earlier it was reported that providers in Crimea completely block 12 Ukrainian information websites. As we reported the Ukrainian media that broadcast to the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as to the territory of the annexed Crimea, will conduct 75% of their broadcasting in the Ukrainian language. The member of the National Council of Ukraine on TV and Radio Broadcasting Serhiy Kostinsky told about it. Also, the volume of Ukrainian-language broadcasting content on TV became 98% after language quotas were adopted that is 23% more than the established quotas required.
The signal of seven Ukrainian radio stations in 20 settlements across the northern part of the Russian-occupied Crimea is completely or partially jammed, according to a monitoring report by Crimean Human Rights Group. Their frequencies are used to broadcast Russian radio stations over them, activists say.
The occupation authorities of Crimea deliberately jammed the signal of Ukrainian radio stations, including on the same frequencies of the radio station of the Russian Federation. This conclusion was made by experts of the Crimean human rights group, reports Tsenzor. In March – April, they monitored 13 frequencies of 7 Ukrainian radio stations, which received permission from the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine to broadcast in the Northern Crimea from the Chongar and Chaplink villages in the Kherson region. The monitoring was conducted in 20 points of the Northern Crimea, located near the checkpoint “Chaplinka”, with the help of car stereos. The monitoring results showed that as of early April 2019, at seven frequencies, it was possible to catch the signal of two of these seven stations (Army FM, Radio Crimea Realy, Radio NV, UA Radio Promin (NSTU), Meydan FM, Pepper FM, Stylish , UA: Radio “Culture” (NSTU) and only in two settlements from 20 studied. Read on Censor. NO: The memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatars on May 18 will honor a minute of silence, – Chubarov Based on the results of the monitoring, noted in the KPD, it can be concluded that recently the Russian authorities of the Crimea have specifically muffled the signal of Ukrainian broadcasters, including by turning on Russian radio stations on the same frequencies.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 11 – Two days ago, the Latvian Seima became the first foreign parliament to adopt a resolution recognizing Soviet treatment of the Crimean Tatars as an act of genocide, an action in advance of the 75th anniversary of their deportation in 1944 and a response to an appeal by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. On April 23, the Mejlis issued an appeal to the parliaments and governments of UN members states to recognize the deportation of May 18, 1944 as an act of genocide. Latvia is the first to respond positively to this development, something Crimean Tatars welcome as a breakthrough. The Latvian resolution is available at saeima.lv/lv/aktualitates/saeimas-zinas/27934-saeima-pienem-pazinojumu-par-krimas-tataru-deportaciju-75-gadadienu-atzistot-notikuso-par-genocidu. It reads in part “Recognizing the entire seriousness of this declaration, we call the deportation and ensuing Soviet terror an act of genocide.” The resolution also takes note of the fact that “five years ago, Russia illegally annexed Crimea and is carrying out the Russian policy of oppression and force in relation to the Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea.” “It should have been impossible to imagine that the Crimean Tatars for the second time in 75 years are being subjected to harsh repressions and persecutions and have been forced to leave their motherland,” Latvian deputy Richards Kols added. One can only be deeply concerned that “history could be repeated in this way.” Crimean Tatar leaders are extremely pleased Latvia has taken this step and are calling on other countries to follow its lead. On that, see qha.com.ua/novosti/medzhlis-krymskotatarskogo-naroda-poblagodaril-latvijskij-sejm-za-priznanie-genotsida-krymskih-tatar-eto-pervyj-v-mire-zarubezhnyj-parlament-kotoryj-poshel-na-etot-shag/. Given the international support that Latvia and its two Baltic neighbors received during the Soviet occupation, many groups not surprisingly have looked to them for support against oppression since that time. Baltic actions have been mixed, reflecting the tension between what they would like to say and what they can given their proximity to Russia. One very much hopes that the two other Baltic countries and then all countries around the world concerned with justice will adopt similar resolutions in support of the Crimean Tatars and against Russian crimes of genocide past and present against them.
Russian occupants violated the ceasefire regime 11 times, including the Minsk-banned weaponry, in Donbas combat zone. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, as a result of the attack. The Joint Forces Operation (JFO) HQ reported this on Facebook. “The Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire regime 11 times, and they used five times the Minsk-banned weaponry, including 120 mm and 82 mm mortar,” the report. The enemy fired the Ukrainian positions with the grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns, and small arms. In Donetsk region, the occupant fired seven times near Opytne, Avdiivka, Pisky, Kharchovyck and Mariinka settlements. In Luhansk region, the enemy opened fire four times near Novooleksandrivka, Zolote-4 and Zaytseve villages. Two servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were wounded as a result of the attack. The soldiers of the Joint Forces operation stopped the fire by opening fire as well. According to the surveillance, one occupant was killed and two more were wounded.
Over the past day, May 11, two Ukrainian troops were wounded in action in eastern Ukraine as Russian-controlled forces 11 times violated the ceasefire. Joint Forces returned fire following the attacks by Russian-backed forces.
Russia-backed militants do not fulfill their obligations to divert heavy weapons along the entire demarcation line of the parties in the Donbas combat zone. The press service of Joint Forces operation reported this. “The Ukrainian party of the joint center for monitoring and coordination on the cease-fire regime and stabilization of the demarcation reports that the armed forces of the Russian Federation are concentrating dozens of tanks, howitzers and anti-aircraft missile systems, which are located in the lines and permanent storage sites with violations,” the report said. According to the air surveillance data, the presence of 14 multiple-launch rocket systems was detected at the so-called test field near the town of Miusinsk. OSCE representatives also found 12 tanks near Shymshynivka settlement, 12 tanks, 7 self-propelled howitzers, and 13 towed howitzers, as well as 3 anti-aircraft missile systems near Miusinsk, and 24 tanks near the village of Kruhlik.
Russian-supported armed formations are amassing in certain locations in the Donbas warzone dozens of tanks, howitzers, and anti-aircraft missile systems in violation of the agreement withdrawal lines and permanent storage sites, according to the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination and Contact Line Stabilization (JCCC). In a statement published on the Facebook page of the Joint Forces Operation, the JCCC recalls an earlier report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission of May 4 where the monitors say the Mission’s UAV spotted 14 multiple rocket launchers at the so-called testing ground near the settlement of Miusinsk. SMM observers also revealed weapons deployed beyond the withdrawal lines, but outside the designated storage areas in non-Ukraine-controlled areas. In particular, they spotted 12 tanks at a training range near Shymshynivka; 12 tanks, seven self-propelled howitzers, and 13 towed howitzers, as well as three anti-aircraft missile systems at the testing ground near Miusinsk; and 24 tanks at a testing ground outside Kruhlyk.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry claims that the Russian command has ordered the militants fighting for the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics …
The facts of the filing of documents for obtaining Russian passports by citizens of Ukraine who live in ORDLO become known to the Ukrainian authorities. About it on the page on Facebook the member of committee of BP on national security Dmitry Tymchuk (NF) wrote, reports Tsenzor.NET. He recalled that on May 7, the “DPR” officially launched the paperwork process for those who want to obtain Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure provided for by the Presidential Decree of April 24, 2019. “Many representatives of ORDLO from among Ukrainian citizens wishing to obtain Russian citizenship sincerely hope that they will be able to conceal the fact of obtaining a Russian passport,” Tymchuk notes and warns that they will not be able to hide this information. As an example, he cites a copy of the “passport of a citizen of the DPR”, VA Talakina, filed in a package of documents for obtaining citizenship of the Russian Federation. “Victoria Talakin is the“ beloved woman ”of Denis Pushilin, that is, his common-law wife. It is also worth“ congratulating ”Pushilin on the birth of his son on 13.11.2018 – Talakin Yevgeny Denisovich, who was recorded as his mother,” the people’s deputy said.
For participation in the “civil war in Ukraine” several dozen Russian military men became Heroes of Russia. Among them, the commander of a tank battalion of the 200th motorized rifle brigade of the Russian Armed Forces Vitaly Romanov. His exposure is another evidence of the involvement of the 200th brigade of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the war crimes in the Donbas. This is written in Facebook by the chief editor of Censor. There is no Yuri Butusov. “The war is in one country, and the heroes of the war are awarded in another, which allegedly does not fight at all. Here is a picture of the Russian war criminal Captain Vitaly Romanov – currently acting commander of a tank battalion of the 200th motorized rifle brigade of the Armed Forces. Russian Armed Forces Officer Vitaly Romanov became the Hero of Russia for the war in Ukraine under the guise of a local militiaman, Butusov 01 Romanov is a Hero of Russia, the Northern Fleet newspaper “Guarding the Arctic” and the website of the Omsk Automobile and Armored Engineering Institute state. But the strange thing is that there is no description of his “heroism” and references to his heroism in any other information resource of the Russian Federation, nor on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, and even in the database of heroes of Russia and the Soviet Union there is no official hero . Obviously, Vitaliy Romanov and the Russian authorities are hiding “heroism” because Romanov, as part of the 200th brigade, took part in the invasion of Ukraine and the battles near Lugansk in 2014, which was precisely proved by Ukrainian researchers. The 200th brigade participated in the offensive of the Russian troops in the area of the Lugansk airport, suffered losses there, and in the reports of the Russian media, Russian servicemen there were called, of course, “local militiamen,” the journalist said.
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko says his Facebook page has been compromised. The breach was used by perpetrators posing as General Muzhenko to post a provocative politically-charged statement.
The page of the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko in the social network Facebook has been hacked. Unknown on behalf of Muzhenko spread information on her “provocative political content.” About this Victor Muzhenko himself said on Facebook after regaining control of the page, informs Censor. NO. “Once again my page was hacked and the publication of provocative political content was distributed. I remind everyone that the military does not interfere in the political processes in the country. The hybrid war continues and we will traditionally give a fitting rebuff to the enemy,” wrote the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Posted by Editor May 11, 2019 News 0 Comments In 235, the interdepartmental center for the training of military units and units completes the construction of the first stage of the brigade camp. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal At the moment, work is being done on interior decoration of barracks’ premises and the necessary equipment is installed. The premises of the barracks are being built in accordance with the needs of the personnel at the camp assembly, therefore each room provides: • shower rooms for staff cleaning • equipped laundry room for personnel • drying facilities for personnel • recreational facilities Altogether, eleven such barracks are being built, besides, a stationary brigade camp at the polygon will include: • Headquarters • a dining room with a food unit • medical centre • sports complex The construction of the sports complex was carried out by the personnel of the State Special Transport Service and was completed at the end of 2018. The rest of the buildings were repeatedly suspended due to an unscrupulous builder who started operations in 2017, and broke the deadlines set by the project. With the rest, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine broke deals with him and in the fall of 2018 a new construction company entered the site and eventually restored construction. Upon completion of the construction, the construction of the second stage – fleet, warehouses, recreation and entertainment complexes for the personnel will be started.
Author:Vladislav Khristoforov -13:11 – 05/11/20197796To shareTo comment onPhoto: Ministry of DefenseIn January this year, a helicopter with a fairly interesting and legendary history was delivered to the armed forces of the Ukrainian national contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in DR Congo. The helicopter Mi-8 arrived on the African continent, which in the East of Ukraine received 74 bullets, was restored and returned to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.Transmits the National Industrial Portal with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.On August 7, 2014, one of the tragic, but at the same time heroic pages of the Ukrainian-Russian war for Ukraine was unfolding – there were fighting for Savur-Mohyla. That day, the Mi-8 crew under the leadership of Major Volodymyr Shlyukharchuk was tasked with the evacuation of the severely injured military in an area of strategically important heights. In those days, Ukrainian pilots performed dozens of combat flights daily, but for one officer, the flight was the last … Near the evacuation area, a hostile sabotage group was waiting for a Ukrainian helicopter. Our Mi-8 then “caught” 74 hits, 24 of which – amazed the cabin of the crew. The last words of the pilot-navigator captain Dmitry Artsilenko then became: “Something is not here, let’s go to the right of 500”. It was this maneuver that allowed the commander of the crew to pull the ship from under the fire, despite the bullet wounds in the arm and leg, who refused to work, and onboard arrows – to suppress the enemy with fire. As a result, Volodymyr Shlyukharchuk was able to get on a relatively safe landing site and land a helicopter, which at one moment refused one of the engines, the connection disappeared, there were holes in the fuel system. This was the board number 90. Captain Dmitry Artsylenko died of a mortal wound in five days, without consciousness, at the Dnipro hospital. The on-board technician and commander of the crew were rehabilitated after injuries and successfully returned to the ranks.As far as the helicopter was concerned, the aircraft was restored and a year later it was returned to the Army in one of the Army Army Brigades of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.Today, the “Rotor Winged Bird” successfully performs all the tasks of the Ukrainian national contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in DR Congo, now with an onboard number 861. All in all, for the first few months, he has scores of completed tasks and hundreds of hours of raids. On this helicopter Ukrainian crews worked out a variety of tasks of varying degrees of gravity and ironically, including the evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield.
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Soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine tested a PSRL-1 grenade launcher obtained from the United States of America. This is stated in the message of the National Guard on Facebook. The military noted that the U.S. weapon has advantages over the RPG-7 hand grenade launcher. PSRL-1 strikes armored vehicles, fortifications and manpower of the enemy with a single shot of a grenade of 40 mm caliber. The National Guard is currently armed with a batch of RSRL-1 40 mm anti-tank grenade launchers manufactured by the United States. Besides a personnel training program and methods for operating the PSRL-1 manual grenade launcher have already been developed. Earlier it was reported that Ukraine successfully conducted state tests of the counter-battery radar 1L220UK and “NPK Iskra” is ready for serial production of the complex for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukraine’s defense industry companies have successfully developed the production of electromagnetic weaponry. The cutting-edge kind of weapon is supposed to damage various kinds of enemy communication devices, power supply systems and data exchange systems. Spetstekhnoexport enterprise, which is a part of Ukroboronprom state-run defense concern posted this on Thursday. ‘The Ukrainian scientists and developers received proper funding, which let them produce new knowledge and implement in the new products. Thanks to this project, Ukraine joined the closed club of the countries that are working on highly effective electromagnetic weaponry’, said Vladyslav Belbas, the CEO of Spetstekhnoexport company. The new weapon creates a powerful electromagnetic ray, which impedes or incapacitates the enemy radio-electronic devices set on the enemy armament, vehicles and infrastructure objects. Such weapons are considered non-lethal for people and, thus, falls under the respective category of non-lethal defensive weaponry.
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Enterprises of the defense complex of Ukraine have developed and mastered the production of electromagnetic weapons. This weapon is intended for the defeat of various types of military electronic equipment, including energy supply systems and data transmission systems. Taking into account the high level of knowledge and considerable financial expenses that were required for the development of a new type of weapon, Spetstechnoexport, a part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, in 2014-2015, has been working to find foreign partners who were ready to invest in Ukrainian development and made an agreement with a defense company from Asia. The attracted foreign funds were directed to the creation of scientific and technical documentation and the production of prototype samples. According to the operation of the new electromagnetic weapon creates a powerful electromagnetic radiation, which leads to the failure of electronic equipment that is in the arms and military equipment, or creates significant obstacles to its regular functioning. “Thanks to the work done, Ukrainian scientists and developers have received the appropriate funding, which allowed them to produce new knowledge and make them new, cost-effective products, and through this project Ukraine joined a closed club of states working on the creation of high-performance electromagnetic weapons.” – said the director of the DPGPP “Spetstechnoexport” Vladislav Belbas. This kind of weaponry uses only the energy of electromagnetic radiation, therefore its effect does not have a lethal effect on people, but it is able to disable any equipment or infrastructure objects equipped with electronic systems. Electromagnetic munitions can be located on both rocket and aircraft carriers, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Thus, a new electromagnetic weapon can effectively be used against strategically important enemy targets, including command and administrative centers, communication centers, power stations, air defense facilities, etc., without the risk of causing damage to civilians. It should be noted that in February 2019 the company “Spetstechnoexport” has already delivered to the foreign customer the first batch of a new type of weapon and is negotiating for the supply of an additional batch of these products. At the same time, the defense enterprises of Ukraine are ready, in the case of interest from the security forces and the sending of the corresponding order, to deploy serial production of electromagnetic weapons for the Ukrainian army. It should be noted that about 10% of its annual income Spetstechnoexport company receives from the implementation of research projects. In general, in 2018, the company completed foreign economic contracts with a total value of $ 152.6 million. USA, which is 27% more than in 2017. At the same time, in 2018, 148 new defensive contracts were signed for a record amount of 282.5 million dollars over the past 5 years. USA. Significant growth has been shown both by the export and import directions of the company’s operations.
May 12, 19 Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine has declassified exclusive materials on the activities of the UPR Almost 350 documents: originals and copies of UNR documents, diplomatic documents, orders, resolutions, letters, photographs and much more, which opens new pages for the struggle for Ukraine. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, the Branch State Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine prepared archival documentaries on the activities of the UPR in the 20-30 years of the XX century. – the time when its formation took place and the struggle for the sovereignty of Ukraine continued. The documents of the foreign and counterintelligence departments of the State Political Administration of the USSR from 1919-1936 were taken from archival files held in the SZRU Branch State Archive and were still inaccessible to the general public. Exclusive materials contain almost 350 documents that open new pages of the Ukrainian national liberation struggle. In the materials you can find documents on normative legal activity of the UPR, diplomatic efforts of the Government of the UNR on the international scene and materials about the then leaders of Ukrainian state institutions. They also cover the activities of the emigration Government of the UPR, correspondence between the leadership of the Republic and measures to restore the Cossacks in Ukraine, the status and activities of the Military Organization and formed military formations, and financial documents. Of particular interest are the materials related to the assassination of Simon Petliura. In the case of the revival of historical truth, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine will continue to disclose unknown documents relating to the multifaceted struggle of the Ukrainian people for independence.
Among priorities for Volodymyr Zelensky’s first 100 days at the post of Ukrainian President, former finance minister Oleksandr Danyliuk, who is now an advisor to the president-elect, called anti-corruption measures and bringing order to the judicial system. Danyliuk says there is a plan to “restart the anti-corruption bodies” and “restart the recruitment and certification of judges,” Liga.net reports. Among other priorities are “the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine and the creation of the Financial Investigation Service.” “The latter will take some of the functions from the Security Service and the National Police. It is also necessary to completely eliminate the Tax Police,” said Danyliuk. In response to the remark that the Tax Police had already been liquidated, he said: “It has been eliminated by law. Now it turned out that it remains in the Cabinet’s decree on the State Fiscal Service. The Prime Minister decided that he too should have his own baton and so he wouldn’t let me remove it completely, blocking the adoption of changes to the SFS regulations.” Danyliuk disclosed no other initiatives, only noting that “there are still many innovative ideas. For example, on how the Presidential Administration will work.” According to him, the advisors of the president-elect are busy with the key issue, which is “developing an action plan for the first 100 days and forming a team.” “I would say it [the plan] is 95% ready,” the advisor added.
The team of the presidential election runoff winner Volodymyr Zelensky need the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, to “make important decisions” while a non-performing parliament must be dissolved, that’s according to Zelensky’s advisor, former Finance Minister Volodymyr Danyliuk. “We need to go to the Verkhovna Rada with personnel appointments and priority bills, submit them and insist that they vote! President Zelensky is going to act like that. What if they don’t vote? Then… we need to make sure that after refusing to support some good initiative, an MP pays a high political price for this. He should explain to his voters, why he stands against anti-corruption laws and personnel upgrades,” Danyliuk told Liga.net. According to Danyliuk, there are several models of the president’s interaction with the Verkhovna Rada. “The first path implies under-the-table deals. This is what the Rada expects from us: to come and try to make deals and bargain… I’m confident in a different kind of approach. Zelensky has … support and trust of 73% of the voters, and this is the only thing he needs rely on in his work with the Rada,” said Zelensky’s advisor. “We need important decisions to be taken. Why dismiss a working parliament? However, a non-working one just needs to go,” he added. Danyliuk believes that, in case the Rada refuses to cooperate with the president, “it is possible to make their low trust turn into their loss in the next elections, and to enlist the support of civil society, which has learned how to put pressure on the authorities.” As UNIAN reported earlier, Danyliuk also named President Zerlensky’s priorities for his first 100 days in office.
There are no grounds for announcing early parliamentary elections. Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada Oksana Syroyid stated this, as Interfax reported. “I do not see the reasons for announcing early parliamentary elections,” Syroyid stated. According to the report, that such elections are announced when the parliament does not work. Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine emphasized that if the parliament is not able to make decisions, only then there are grounds to appoint an early election. As we reported earlier, President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky recorded a message to the parliament, where he called on the MPs to appoint the date of the inauguration on May 19 in order to cease the staff activity of the current President Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said it is inexpedient to conduct early parliamentary elections.
The superior of Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy told journalists about his impression and the topics of conversation during the meeting with the newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. Epifaniy wrote this information on Facebook. “…we have discussed the ways of fighting corruption and poverty,” Epifaniy wrote. The Metropolitan pointed out that Volodymyr Zelensky made a positive impression on him. He stressed that the church is the spiritual foundation of the Ukrainian state, especially during times of war for Ukraine. Epifaniy expressed the hope that his first meeting with the President-elect would form the basis for further cooperation between the church and the state. As we reported earlier, President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky and the superior of Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy met in Kyiv. The press office of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine reported that on Facebook April 30. Zelensky and Epifaniy met at the Golden-Domed Monastery in the Ukrainian capital.
The Ministry of Culture declares that there is no religious association in Ukraine called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate. We are talking about this in a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Culture, informs Censor. NO. ‘By the decree of the Local Council of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, which was adopted on December 15, 2018, on the eve of the All-Ukrainian Orthodox Unification Council, the activities of such a religious association as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP) were terminated by merging and joining the educated Orthodox Church of Ukraine ‘, – said the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture states that on January 30, 2019, decree No. 54 registered the charter of the religious organization ‘Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine)’. By the same decree, earlier decrees on the registration of the statutes of the UOC-KP were declared invalid. Read on Censor. NO: Philaret calls Epiphany for a joint service: ‘For the sake of unity and strengthening of our Church.’ DOCUMENT ‘In connection with the above, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine notes that the statements about the alleged resumption of activities in Ukraine of such a religious association as the UOC-KP are not true,’ the report said. On May 8, Filaret invited the hierarchs to the feast on behalf of the non-existent UOC-KP. On May 10, it became known that the honorary patriarch of the UOC-KP Filaret wants to restore the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, which at the end of last year entered the newly-established Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Epiphanius, said that the return of the CCP to the structure of the Kyiv Patriarchate would mean the loss of Tomos and all the achievements of church independence. According to the unified register of legal entities, the UOC-KP and the UAOC have not yet been liquidated.