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SECSTATE Russia visit. More on the NKVD. Orban to meet with POTUS – can he be drawn away from his Russian handlers? Russian meddling in the EU. NATO/EU updates. Cato Institute argues Russia’s case again.

Ukraine launches its campaign to support Russian minorities suffering from the  “systematic violation of the rights of indigenous peoples”. Pres Poroshenko in Brussels. Leshchenko on documents given to Giuliani. IR and Crimea updates.

Former JFO commander LtGen Nayev interviewed on TSN TV observes that the AFU could overrun Russian occupied territories in less than 24 hours, and states that there are 75,000 Russian troops in occupied areas, plus locally recruited mercenaries. Donbas update, and RN/VMSU EX. MGen Kryvonos on Zelensky Adminstration dealings with the US.

Yuzhnoe to employ 3D printing for rocket engine components. 1L221E digital AESA Counter Battery Radar brochure published. New pneumatic rapid fire cannon detailed. Lviv Armored Plant presents new heavy ARV.

Politics and industry reports. OCU update.


Pompeo Heading To Moscow, Sochi To Raise ‘Aggressive’ Russian Actions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Russia — his first visit as the top U.S. diplomat — for talks with President Vladimir Putin amid persistent tensions between the two countries.

Pompeo to hold talks on Iran in Brussels en route to Russia – Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cancel the Moscow leg of his Russia trip, but will meet President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort of Sochi as planned on Tuesday, a State Department official said.

UAWire – US Secretary of State heads to Russia for talks with Putin and Lavrov

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week. Pompeo’s visit to Russia will take place in a time of discord between the two countries on a number of critical issues, including the situation in Venezuela and Iran as well as Russia’s interference in the 2016 US elections. Pompeo left for Moscow on Sunday. This will be his first visit to Russia as the leading representative of American diplomacy. Top US officials, including Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, accuse Russia of countering the efforts of Venezuelan interim president Juan Guaido, the democratically elected opposition leader, to overthrow regime of Nicolás Maduro. The United States accuses Russia of using Venezuela to try and gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere. “We are concerned by Russian actions in Venezuela and believe that supporting Maduro is a lost cause. Therefore, we will continue to support the Venezuelan people, and this will be one of the topics for discussion,” said a senior State Department official the other day. Pompeo will arrive in Russia on Monday. The same date he will meet with American diplomats at the US embassy in Moscow and with leaders of the American business community. He will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in memory of those who fought against Nazism. On Tuesday, he will travel to Sochi where he will hold talks with Putin and Lavrov. Pompeo’s visit will take place a few weeks before the G20 Summit in Japan’s Osaka which US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend. “An improved relationship with Russia is in our interests,” the State Department spokesman said. “When a concern arises, we will discuss it directly, overcoming differences and finding areas in which we can cooperate.” The official declined to say whether Trump and Putin plan to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. The State Department announced that Pompeo is expected to raise the issue of Americans in Russian custody, including former marine Paul Whelan and founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund Michael Calvey. Whelan was charged with espionage, a charge he rejects. He will remain under arrest until May 28 while investigators continue to examine his case. Calvey was arrested in February and is awaiting trial on fraud charges, which he denies. “The administration makes it a top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of US citizens abroad. We are ready to provide the necessary consular assistance in cases of American citizens being detained,” said a senior State Department official.

Pompeo heading to Brussels before Russia trip | TheHill

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his planned trip to Moscow Monday and headed to Brussels to meet with European allies to discuss “threatening actions and statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the State Department said.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Lawyer who Conducted ‘Secret Nuremberg’ against Stalinists Brings Archive to the West

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – A Russian lawyer who posed as a Stalinist and sought the rehabilitation of Stalin criminals, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, in order to conduct what he calls “a secret Nuremberg trial” against the Soviet system has brought his archive to the West. It shows that the Soviet secret police were every bit as much a criminal group as were Hitler’s Gestapo and SS and that there should but probably will never be a real Nuremberg trial in which those who participated in its activities and the system which supported them could be held accountable. Aleksandr Busarov described his project, code-named “Nemesis,” to Radio Svoboda’s Dmitry Volchek (svoboda.org/a/29933733.htmlhttps://echo.msk.ru/news/2424481-echo.html). It was brilliant in its cleverness and simplicity and was designed to force the Russian legal system to do the real work in exposing its Soviet predecessors. Busarov’s plan, Volchek reports, was to have “the legal machinery of Putin’s Russia,” without understanding what it was doing, acknowledge the guilt of the Chekist system and bring sentences of a kind to those who were its participants by calling for the rehabilitation Stalinist criminals who had not yet received such vindication. The Russian lawyer expected that the Russian military prosecutors would be forced to conclude that those who had not been rehabilitated really were criminals and therefore not qualify for rehabilitation and that the authorities would specify that even while dropping the original charges against them of being Trotskyites or other deviationists. For this plan to work, Busarov had to pose as a committed Stalinist who wanted justice for other Stalinists so that they would view him not as some kind of democratic activist but as one of their own; and he had to make sure that nothing about his plans surfaced in the media which could have brought down the entire effort. The lawyer began his effort in 2012 and sought the rehabilitation of senior secret police officials linked to Stalin and Beria. He chose a variety of people from a variety of periods so that his plan would not be apparent to anyone. And he was convinced that “the procuracy would take up the old criminal cases and confirm that the killers couldn’t be exonerated.” But as he confirmed and as Volchek notes, things didn’t work out that way. His appeals at first led the Russian military court system to rehabilitate many of these people, albeit in secrecy rather than in public even though the individuals involved had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Soviet people. In the course of 2012-2013, Busarov was told that about 30 of those whose cases he raised had been rehabilitated. It appears, the lawyer says, that after Putin’s re-election and the suppression of popular protests against election fraud, the military justice system felt free to take these steps, assuming that it had properly sensed the direction things were going in the Russian Federation of today. And so Busarov decided to exploit this. Continuing to pose as a Stalinist, he was delighted by these rehabilitations and resolved to make sure that the entire country found out about what its rulers were doing. To that end, he began sending letters to various government offices demanding that the rehabilitated be give back the honors and awards they had received and then lost. For better or worse, this one-man campaign was noticed, and other officials began to ask of the military prosecutors what did they think they were doing. That led to cases in which the system walked back the rehabilitations that the military justice system had issued in response to Busarov’s original efforts. “This was a completely unprecedented case,” Busarov says. “There had never before been such a flood of de-rehabilitations in the history of the procuracy.” And it had consequences for those who had reached the decisions to grant these rehabilitations: they were in many cases punished in one way or another. But not all those Chekists who were rehabilitated in 2012-2013 had their cases reversed, and Busarov began to send more demands for the rehabilitation of other Chekists. But now things began to work out differently. The prosecutors, perhaps warned about what such rehabilitations could lead to, refused to rehabilitate any of them. What was striking, Busarov continues, is that no one asked what he was doing or why. The system treated his requests as entirely legitimate even though what he was doing was a kind of legal hooliganism designed to set the system against itself. And that prompted him to expand his program in two ways. On the one hand, he began to seek justice not only for Chekists but also for their victims. And on the other, he began to demand the rehabilitation of those charged not by the Stalinist regime but by its Soviet successors. But in both cases, he was turned down: the victims and especially the more recent ones weren’t going to get justice. However, he did gain one important victory: the creation of a personal archive of the correspondence he had with official agencies, including sometimes secret materials that the Russian military prosecutors sent to him to explain what they were doing or not doing. However, the possession of such an archive became a problem. Fearful that it would be confiscated and he would be arrested or worse, Busarov decided to come to the West and bring his archive with him and to share it with researchers in the West who want to understand how the Soviet system operated and how its post-Soviet successors are functioning as well. His archive, Busarov says, shows that the Soviet security police were “a criminal organization exactly like the SS and Gestapo which were condemned at the Nuremberg tribunal.” And while no such trial has been held or is likely to be held for the Soviet criminals, his archive provides the legal basis for it. He expresses the hope that “this archive will be of interest not only to historians but to legal specialists who could make the necessary conclusions and recognize the NKVD as the criminal organization it was.” Busarov doesn’t say but clearly intends that they will also draw conclusions about the nature of the Putin system as well.

 

‘America First’ meets ‘Hungary First,’ but White House wary of love fest – POLITICO

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orb&aacute;n, Europe’s fiercest anti-immigration leader, visits the White House on Monday —&nbsp;but it’s unclear how friendly his welcome will be.

Viktor Orban visit to Washington could be a new chapter for Hungary – Washington Times

The Hungarian government recently announced that President Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orban will soon meet in Washington, D.C. The visit will mark the end of a decade-long period of high-level diplomatic isolation of Hungary. The meeting is widely applauded by friends of Hungary, like myself, who hold that keeping our allies close should be a prime strategic goal of U.S. foreign policy.

In a Reversal, U.S. to Host Hungarian Prime Minister – WSJ

Viktor Orban’s visit with President Trump at the White House on Monday comes as the administration worries that the Central European nation is slipping away from Washington’s orbit.

President Trump To Welcome Hungrary’s Viktor Orban To The White House : NPR

When the Hungarian prime minister meets with President Trump on Monday, it will mark a coming together of two leaders known for their nationalist worldviews and hardline immigration policies.

Viktor Orban hopes for White House blessing | World | The Times

President Trump will welcome Viktor Orban to the Oval Office today as the White House seeks to consolidate ties with an emerging network of conservative strongmen expected to make gains in European elections this month.Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister and Mr Trump, 72, have made declarations o

Trump To Welcome Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán : NPR

As president Trump prepares to receive Viktor Orbán at the White House, we look at the Hungarian prime minister’s so-called “illiberal democracy.”

Mr. Orbán Goes to Washington by Anne-Marie Slaughter & Melissa Hooper – Project Syndicate

By hosting a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House, US President Donald Trump has already handed a victory to yet another authoritarian leader. Judging by Trump’s record, Orbán will leave with everything he came for, and US interests and national security will have been further undermined.

Exit from mainstream looms after Orban rejects EU conservative – Reuters

The leader of Germany’s conservatives said she expected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party would quit Europe’s main center-right group after he withdrew support for the bloc’s candidate to head the European Commission.

EPP chief says group will kick out Orbán if he continues anti-EU campaign – POLITICO

Joseph Daul says Orbán and Fidesz are ‘free people,’ adding: ‘If he decides to leave, we will inevitably respect democracy.’

Trump Is Letting Orban Walk All Over the United States – Foreign Policy

It is time to protect U.S. interests by avoiding deals with Hungary.

Another kindred spirit comes to Trump’s White House | TheHill

Hungary’s Viktor Orban is exactly the kind of person who should not be invited: an autocrat who undermines democracy.

Trump favors democracy’s enemies. An Oval Office meeting Monday makes the point. – The Washington Post

The president welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the White House.

 

Half of European voters may have viewed Russian-backed ‘fake news’ – POLITICO

More than half of Europeans may have seen some form of disinformation promoted by Russian actors on social networks ahead of the parliamentary election later this month, according to an analysis reviewed by POLITICO. The report — by SafeGuard Cyber, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm — coincides with criticism that tech companies, notably Facebook, are not doing enough to thwart false reports and that European voters may be subject to efforts to manipulate their views on immigration and the European Union. With the bloc-wide election on May 23-26, researchers found a vast network of automated social media accounts, allegedly controlled by Russian actors, that foment extremist views by amplifying content produced by the hard-right Alternative for Germany, as well as various supporters of the United Kingdom leaving the EU. The goal of such efforts, according to the analysis, is to amplify divisive issues in European countries to undermine democratic institutions and create domestic tensions in a way that ultimately favors the Russian state. “They’ve created narratives in all of the countries specifically about the European elections,” said Otavio Freire, co-founder of SafeGuard Cyber, the firm that carried out the analysis across the EU over a ten-day period ending on May 10. He said topics like opposition to the European Union and to leaders like Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, as well as around controversial topics like Brexit, had garnered particular attention from Russian-backed automated social media accounts. “From a tactical perspective, they have been successful in spreading these messages,” Freire said.

POLITICO: Half of European voters may have viewed Russian-backed “fake news” – news world | UNIAN

More than half of Europeans may have seen some form of disinformation promoted by Russian actors on social networks ahead of the parliamentary election later this month. Kremlin-backed campaigns are promoting extremist views and amplifying them to sow discord, says cyber firm.

Lithuania election: PM Saulius Skvernelis to quit after poor result – BBC News

Saulius Skvernelis fails to qualify for the second round in the country’s presidential election.

The Latest: Lithuania heads to runoff vote to pick president | Fox News

The latest on the presidential election in Lithuania (all times local): 1:10 a.m.

Turkey holds its second largest naval training exercise in the year

In Turkey, the nation’s largest naval training began in Denizkurdu-2019. This is reported by Anadolu The exercises involve 131 ships, 57 planes and 33 helicopters. They will simultaneously take place in the waters of the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean seas. These exercises exceed the scale of the February maneuvers Mavi Vatan-2019 , which involved 103 Turkish Navy warships and naval aviation. The goal of the Denizkurdu-2019 exercises is to improve the coordination of joint flotilla operations during times of crisis. Also, within the framework of the exercises, it is planned to work out the Navy’s actions in the event of a military conflict, strikes on the objects of a conditional enemy on land and at sea. In addition, air defense defense on ships and the work of Turkish naval aviation will be worked out. It is planned to work out the implementation of the landing landing, to work out the evacuation of wounded troops from the territory of the enemy. The training will last until May 25.

Berliners celebrate 70th anniversary of lifting of Soviet blockade; Utah’s ‘candy bomber’ in attendance – The Salt Lake Tribune

Berlin • Berliners on Sunday celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets lifted their blockade strangling West Berlin in the post-World War II years with a big party at the former Tempelhof airport in the German capital. Among the invited guests of honor was 98-year-old U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen, who dropped hundreds of boxes of candy on tiny parachutes into West Berlin during the blockade. Halvorsen came to Berlin from Utah with his two daughters on Friday, the German news agency dpa reported. On Saturday, a baseball field at Tempelhof airport was named after him — the “Gail S. Halvorsen Park – Home of the Berlin Braves” in honor of his help for Berliners during the Cold War.

Air Force pilot, 98, known as the ‘Candy Bomber’ receives a hero’s welcome in Germany | Daily Mail Online

Gail Halvorsen (pictured), 98, has arrived in German as a guest of honor, donning his military uniform, signing autographs, and posing for photos with Berlin residents.

EU Foreign Ministers possibly not to pass declaration after Eastern Partnership

Eastern Partnership jubilee summit is possible to be over without any concluding statements made by EU Foreign Ministers. This is due to Azerbaijan’s dismissive position. Rikard Jozwiak, the correspondent of Radio Liberty tweeted that Monday. ‘EU ambassadors are meeting this morning ahead of the foreign ministers meeting to discuss the Eastern Partnership declaration. Seems like it will be downgraded to a so-called chairman’s statement as Azerbaijan is unhappy about the text’. Later, Jozwiak confirmed that the status of the document was actually downgraded. No information has been immediately available regarding the reason why Azerbaijan is disappointed about the document. In March, the European Parliament has approved the resolution on the state of EU-Russia political relations, which states that the 1994 Agreement on Partnership in Cooperation should be reconsidered as parliamentarian website reported. The resolution notes that illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, its direct and indirect participation in the armed conflicts in the eastern part of Ukraine and its constant violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and Moldova represent its intentional violation of the international law. The European Parliament emphasized that the EU cannot return to business as usual until Russia does not fulfill Minsk Agreements and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Striking a Deal with Russia on Spheres of Influence | The National Interest

All great powers seek to enforce their writ in their immediate neighborhood, and the avoidance of needless conflict requires a decent respect for that reality.

 

UAWire – Ukraine accuses Russia of violating rights of indigenous peoples

The Ukrainian political party the “Petro Poroshenko Bloc” intends to approach the UN, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO and the OSCE, and various national parliaments, to urge them to condemn Russia’s “systematic violation of the rights of indigenous peoples”. A draft of the corresponding resolution will be put on the agenda of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on 14 May. The document was authored by MPs Refat Chubarov, Oksana Yurynets and Artur Gerasimov. They want to call on international institutions to condemn “the oppression of indigenous peoples in Russia”. The peoples in question are those of North Caucasus, Idel-Ural, Siberia and a number of other Russian regions, the MPs explain. They believe that the “political and assimilating pressure” on these peoples has intensified since 2014. According to the resolution, the indigenous peoples are persecuted for their political convictions, including “their stance on Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea”. Furthermore, the document talks about “killings and assassinations of people who stand up for… the rights of indigenous peoples”, and claims that Russian law enforcement prevents the holding of peaceful protests, and that national organizations and societies are banned from operating. Russia’s Accounts Chamber reported last year that around 80% of Russia’s indigenous minority peoples’ organizations were not involved in government support programs. According to the department’s estimates, between 2013 and 2018, 2.8 billion rubles (around $42.7 million) was spent on events to support these organizations, with 1 billion rubles coming from the federal budget. This means that 85% of the subsidy was spent without any involvement of the indigenous peoples themselves.

Poroshenko to meet with Juncker and Stoltenberg in Brussels

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will make a working visit to Brussels on May 13-14. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko meets with Stoltenberg in Brussels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. — Ukrinform. “Ukraine’s membership in NATO is a strategic goal of our foreign policy. I am glad to discuss further steps of our integration with the secretary general of the alliance,” Poroshenko said. Poroshenko is on a working visit to Brussels on May 13-14, where he will take part in the ten anniversary of the foundation of the Eastern Partnership initiative.

Pavlo Klimkin, Heiko Maas discuss Russia’s ‘passport aggression’

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin during a meeting with Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas discussed Kremlin’s decision to simplify the procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in occupied territories in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

MP Leshchenko promises to publish materials about Giuliani, Party of Regions ‘black ledger’ mentioning Manafort on Monday

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy (Bloc of Petro Poroshenko) Serhiy Leshchenko has said he would publish documents, which were allegedly given to U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on Monday. He said he would also publish a page from the so-called “black ledger” of the Party of Regions mentioning Trump’s ex-2016 Presidential Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. Leshchenko said on Facebook on Sunday that he would publish the information after Kyiv District Administration Court ruled on his appeal to a verdict in a case initiated by parliament deputy (Bloc of Petro Poroshenko) Boryslav Rozenblat, which is scheduled for 11:20 on May 13. Leshchenko said Lutsenko gave Giuliani false information about the case, namely that he was “convicted of interfering in U.S. presidential elections.” The deputy called on all journalists, “western and Ukrainian” to attend the court hearing on Monday. “Afterwards, I will give a briefing and a script-plan that Lutsenko passed on to Giuliani, as well as a full page from black ledger mentioning Manafort. The court hearing starts at 11:20 on Moskovska Street 8, Building 30. Judge Hubska is the presiding judge,” Leshchenko said.

MP Leshchenko claims Lutsenko invented story about Biden, Zlochevsky to remain prosecutor general

Member of Parliament Serhiy Leshchenko claims Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko invented a conspiracy around ex-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and ex-Ukrainian Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky for Lutsenko to remain prosecutor general under Volodymyr Zelensky’s future presidency.

If EU removes sanctions against Russia, Minsk agreements no longer in force | Censor.NET

Ukraine is ready to stop abiding by the Minsk agreements if certain European countries succeed in removing sanctions pressure on Russia, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said. Censor.NET reports citint Interfax. “They asked me yesterday how the Council of Europe [will act on sanctions against Russia]. I told them honestly that if they do what several countries want to do, then I would stand up the same day and say that, firstly, we no longer have the Minsk accords and, secondly, the agreement was killed not only in Moscow but by you as well,” Klimkin told journalists in Brussels on Monday. Klimkin said his position was understood by Ukraine’s French, German, Dutch and other partners. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3126585

EU has no plans to impose sanctions over distribution of Russian passports in Donbas – media – news politics | UNIAN

The European Union does not intend to introduce new sanctions against the Russian Federation over the Kremlin’s move to start issuing Russian passports to residents of the occupied Donbas. It should be noted that Ukraine’s position on the issue differs.

EU extends mandate of advisory mission in Ukraine for two years

The European Union has extended the mandate of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until May 31, 2021, according to a statement posted on the website of the European Council. — Ukrinform.

Linkevičius advocates strengthening sanctions against Russia over passportization in Donbas

Russia’s decision to “hand out” its passports in the occupied territories of Donbas is a gross violation of international law, and the European Union should take additional measures of counteraction, perhaps, new sanctions against this country. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Estonia calls on EU to respond to Russia’s ‘anti-Ukrainian actions’

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu takes part in a meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs in Brussels May 13, ERR news agency reports. As noted, he plans to call on European colleagues to respond to the “anti-Ukrainian actions” of Russia. According to Reinsalu, the recent decision of Moscow to grant passports to residents of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s using a simplified procedure is another “destabilizing” step. He added that he intends to raise this issue at the meeting. According to him, Moscow is not interested in taking steps to implement the Minsk agreements. “The EU must be ready to confront it decisively,” Reinsalu stressed. Earlier, it was reported that Estonia will ask to impose new sanctions against Russia.

Victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars commemorated in Kyiv

Commemoration of the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people is essential to prevent the recurrence of such catastrophes. — Ukrinform.

Separated: Life for Family Members of Political Prisoners From Crimea

Five mothers, two wives, a father and a sister traveled from occupied Crimea to Kyiv to share what it’s like in the family of a political prisoner. Their loved

 

Military action to liberate occupied territories would take under 24 hours – ex-commander – news war | UNIAN

A military campaign to liberate occupied territories of Ukraine would take less than a day, that’s according to ex-Commander of the Joint Forces, General Serhiy Nayev. Answering a TSN reporter’s question on how long it would take to liberate Ukrainian territories from invaders, Nayev noted that this would require “very little time.” “The very military action to liberate the territory would take very little time – less than a day. The key thing in this case is to act very rapidly to get to the Ukrainian border and gain a foothold there. Then, in the liberated territory, the National Guard, the National Police, and other law enforcers should immediately start their special measures,” noted the general noted who was recently dismissed from the top JFO post as part of rotation. Also, he added that now in the Russian-occupied Crimea, there are about 40,000 Russian military, and another 35,000 in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “In the occupied areas of Donbas, Russians occupy all leading military posts and are part of the units of the so-called point action. There are special divisions, instructors from Russia there… A total of 2,100 to 2,300 people. And there are about 11,000 Russian citizens in ‘army ranks’ (that’s before the issue of passports), while the rest of the manpower are local residents,” said Nayev. He added that the commanders of the so-called 1st Army Corps or the 2nd Army Corps are nevered shown on camera, which “partially confirms” that these posts are occupied by “Russian generals.” Nayev noted that the enemy has immediate plans for offensive action. “We are aware of high-risk directions along the contact line – there are more than ten of them. We foresee actions in response — all means remain prepared to strike back. We also monitor the high-risk parts of the border with Russia in Luhansk region and those in the Sea of Azov within the JFO zone. In all these areas, troops are ready to respond to the pro-active moves of the enemy,” said the former head of Joint Forces Operation. As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 16, 2018, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Lieutenant-General Sergey Nayev to the post of Commander of the Joint Forces. On April 30 of the same year, the President signed a decree on the completion of the Anti-Terrorist Operation and ordered the launch of the Joint Forces Operation. In early May 2019, Poroshenko, as part of rotation, dismissed Serhiy Nayev and appointed Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrskiy new JF commander.

Liberation of occupied Ukrainian territory will take less than a day – Nayev

Servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will need less than a day to liberate the Russian-occupied part of Ukraine’s territory, former Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev has said in an interview with the TSN television news service. — Ukrinform.

Ex-commander of Joint Forces: About 75,000 Russian soldiers stationed in Crimea and Donbas

About 75 thousand ranking members of the Russian military are now stationed in occupied Crimea and certain areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Former Ukrainian Joint Forces commander: Russia has more than 70,000 regular troops in Crimea and Donbas

There are nearly 75,000 Russian career soldiers in Crimea and the Donbas, Serhiy Nayev, former commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces, told TSN in an interview. “In Crimea there are 40,000 Russian soldiers, and 35,000 in the Donbas, where Russians hold all the leading military positions and are part of the so-called precision divisions. The special divisions and instructors are also from Russia. There are generally between 2,100 and 2,300 of them there. In the ‘army ranks’, there are around 11,000 Russian citizens, the rest of the personnel are local residents,” Nayev noted. In addition, the fact that the Russian Armed Forces do not mention the names of the commanders of the so-called first (Donetsk) and second (Luhansk) army corps is a partial confirmation that these positions are held by Russian generals. When asked whether the Russians who are sent to the Donbas view it as a punishment or a promotion, Nayev said that opinions differ among the Russian officers. “The senior leaders, the generals, understand that the front will not move, and so they sit at ease in their positions. But among the junior officers, the attitudes are not very positive,” he explained. After annexing Crimea in 2014, Russia has conducted regular military exercises on the peninsula and in the waters of the Black Sea. The General Staff of Ukraine considers this Russian military activity in Crimea illegal. The armed conflict in the Donbas has been raging since 2014. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of providing armed support to the separatists. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied this, and claims that the only Russians in the Donbas are there as “volunteers”. The UN estimates that around 13,000 had been killed and 30,000 wounded in the conflict by December 2018.

Ex-commander of Joint Forces Naiev: Over 75,000 Russian soldiers stationed in Crimea and Donbas

13.05.19 11:38 – Ex-commander of Joint Forces Naiev: Over 75,000 Russian soldiers stationed in Crimea and Donbas About 75 thousand ranking members of the Russian military are now stationed in occupied Crimea and certain areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. View news.

 

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas amid 16 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 16 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action. Two occupiers were wounded on Sunday, intelligence reports say.

Ukrainian military repel enemy Russian infantry attack on newly gained positions in Donbas. VIDEO

13.05.19 15:52 – Ukrainian military repel enemy Russian infantry attack on newly gained positions in Donbas. VIDEO In the first part of the video, Ukrainian soldiers engage in a shootout on May 9, while its second part was shot two days later. View video news.

Ukrainian military repel enemy Russian infantry attack on newly gained positions in Donbas (Video) – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian soldiers have gained new positions at one of the frontline sectors in Donbas and successfully repelled an attack of Russian army infantry and their mercenaries. In the first part of the video, Ukrainian soldiers engage in a shootout on May 9, while its second part was shot two days later.

Ukraine’s former JFO chief says commanders have learned to make well-informed decisions – news war | UNIAN

Ex-Commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Serhiy Nayev has said the main achievements over the past year were a significant increase in combat capability and an improvement in commanders’ skills to adequately respond to enemy threats. According to him, tactical and operational level commanders learned to make well-informed decisions and clearly respond to the invaders’ moves, TSN reports. “I have always set the task before commanders and demanded that they be able to fight using quality rather than numbers. We’d been using all necessary means provided by the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, which gave us relevant intelligence, electronic warfare, which made impossible the influence of hostile means, as well as an integrated approach to all other means, including fire destruction,” Nayev said. “In addition, I thoroughly studied each case where we suffered losses to take into account all possible mistakes and not to repeat them in the future. Soldiers of the Joint Forces learned to effectively use new Ukrainian weapons – these were both anti-tank missile systems and counter-sniper weapons. Altogether, this made it clear to the enemy that our warriors are highly trained and skilled,” Nayev said.

JFO Headquarters on mine clearance: Over 60 ha of land cleared in Donbas over past week

Military engineers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine have cleared over 60 hectares of land and disposed over 70 explosive objects in Donbas over the past week, according the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters press center. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian mine clearance specialists remove mines from more than 60 hectares in Donetsk, Luhansk regions during a week – JFO

Specialists of the State Service for Emergency Situations from the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) have inspected and cleared more than 60 hectares of the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions during the week, while seizing 74 explosive objects, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.

Russian proxy forces in Donbas “officially” seize homes of Ukrainians who fled from war – news ukraine | UNIAN

The so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” are wrongfully seizing apartments and claiming the act is “justified” after property owners fail to respond to “summons.”  Many locals who moved out of the occupied territories never return to challenge “court” decisions in fear of prosecution.

Ukrainian missile boat, British ship conduct exercises in Black Sea (Photo) – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Pryluky missile boat of the Ukrainian Navy conducted a series of PASSEX NATO exercises in the Black Sea area with the Royal Navy HM Naval Base Devonport’s HMS Echo multi-role hydrographic survey ship. During a joint exercise, the Ukrainian rocket boat and the British ship completed tactical maneuvering tasks, air defense exercises, as well as communications training in accordance with NATO standards, as reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook. A helicopter of the naval aviation brigade was also involved in the exercise. In particular, the Mi-14 sea multi-purpose helicopter performed the tasks of covering the surface situation in the training area.

Ukraine spec-ops unit trains to seize enemy vessels on high seas (Video) – news ukraine | UNIAN

The General Staff press service posted a spectacular video from the recent drills held in the Black Sea where units of the Maritime Special Purpose Center of the Special Operations Forces Command worked out the seizure of vessels on the high seas as part of VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) exercises. Boarding groups were deployed both by air and sea.

Ukrainian marines train to seize vessels in open sea

The boarding parties of the 73rd Naval Special Purpose Center have worked out the seizure of vessels on the high seas as part of the VBSS exercises (visit, board, search and seizure), the center has reported on its Facebook page. — Ukrinform.

The first Ukrainian officer in history is a full knight of the Order of Bogdan Khmelnytsky

On March 23, 2015, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky to the First Class of the Armed Forces Officer with the Call of Mike. Informs the National Industrial Portal. This is the first case in the history of the modern Ukrainian army, when the general knight of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky (I, II and III degrees) becomes not a general but an officer. Maxim Mirgorodsky (Mike) during the awarding of the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky to the 1st degree ‘Mike’, the real name of Maxim Mirgorodsky, is today the commander of the 95th assault and assault brigade. He received this position in 2018. During the years of the war, along with his battalion, he liberated Krasny Lyman, Slavyansk and a number of other Ukrainian cities. He took an active part in the defense of the Donetsk airport, from where many wounded men fired. Also, a large contribution of the combatant is in the defense of Savur-Mohyla and breaking the blockade of Debaltsevo from the Russian occupation troops. In December 2018, the military officer of the Armed Forces, Maxim Mirgorodsky, was promoted to Colonel. So, starting the war with the commander of 1 battalion of the 79th assault brigade, thanks to his own heroism and courage, Mike won the post of commander of the 95th brigade. He does these duties to this day.

Friz to meet with leadership of Canada’s Ministry of Veterans Affairs

Minister of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine Iryna Friz will meet with the leadership of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Canada in July this year. — Ukrinform.

Military-technical cooperation with U.S. will depend on Zelensky’s political appointments – Dpty NSDC Secretary Kryvonos

U.S. officials are satisfied with the level of defense and military-technical cooperation with Ukraine and are counting on the continuity of Kyiv’s policy in this area, including in personnel matters, said Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Serhiy Kryvonos. Speaking to the U.S.-government Voice of America media outlet, Kryvonos said meetings with representatives of the U.S. military-political leadership confirmed that bilateral defense cooperation “is actively continuing.” “Developments over the last five years have produced fairly good results,” he said, adding, “There is no such understanding that something will get worse. Of course, time will tell,” Kryvonos said the future nature and level of partnership with the United States in the defense sector will depend, first of all, on the personnel decisions of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. “It will depend on what people will join the team, how much they understand the situation and how professional they are,” he said.

KB “Yuzhnoe” has mastered technologies of 3D-printing for creation of future rocket engines

State Enterprise “Design Bureau” Southern them. Yangel “(KBJ, Dnepr) successfully implements innovative 3D printing technologies in the creation of new rocket and space technology (RKT). As reported on Monday by the press service of the CBJ, for today the enterprise has mastered the application of modern technologies so-called. selective laser melting, commonly known as 3-D seal, for the creation of promising liquid rocket engines (LFR). As the press service notes, the application of new 3D printing technologies in the creation of LNG, has significantly reduced the mass of products and eliminated from the production process a number of technological processes, including stamping, welding and milling. At the same time, the use of modern technologies provides a tangible saving of time and materials of production, reduction of waste, as well as a significant reduction in the influence on the production of human factor. “Selective laser melting allows us to solve complicated technological tasks of experimental and small-scale production of parts of the RCT, refusing to design and manufacture special equipment”, – underline in the KBJ. State Enterprise “KB” Yuzhnoe “is the main scientific center of Ukraine, which owns advanced space technologies, the world’s leading developer of rocket and space technology. Today, KBJ exports about 80% of its products and services, among its main partners, the United States and the EU.

stailker | 1L221E Counter Battery Radar

stailker | Pneumatic ballistic system with a caliber of 50 mm. Developer: SE ’45 EMZ’, Vinnytsia.

The system should carry out firing and massive jamming fire, destroy mortar, machine gun and cannon calculations and snipers, and hit the armored vehicles. Nothing is usual, if you do not take into account that it is done with compressed air. It is alleged that the system should outperform the gunpowder analogues in terms of technical, economic and operational characteristics. The acceleration of the projectile by compressed air to a speed at the barrel muzzle is not less than 270 m / s in subsonic mode and at least 360 m / s in supersonic mode. The specified initial speeds of the shells at a caliber of the system of 50 mm provide a practical range of shooting at a distance of 3 and 5 thousand meters, respectively. Rate of fire – up to 300 shots per minute. The mechanism of reloading the shells has a high speed due to the small speed and the lack of sleeves of the projectile. The system can be executed with the number of shafts from one to six, which converts them into sets of salvo fire. The development is interesting. After the event – I will tell in more detail about this idea, which has been wandering for a few years at the plant, but now ‘shot’ and to the public arena.

LBTZ REPRESENTED A NEW ARV “ZUBR” (VIDEO)

The State Enterprise “Lviv Armored Plant”, a part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, has developed a new armored repair and evacuation machine (BREM) “Zubr”. This became known during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian company, which was celebrated on May 10 this year, reports Defense Express . ” BREM” Zubr “was created for technical support of tank units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “, – said the chief engineer of the LBTZ German Smetanin. ” It was developed by LBTZ in 2018. At present, the organization of its defining departmental tests is being organized. Maybe by the end of this year it will be put into operation in the Armed Forces , “he said. The representative of the Lviv plant said that the new model was created on the basis of the Soviet tank T-55. It can also use the T-54 or BTS-4 (Soviet armored tractor based on the T-44 medium tank), as the basis of the chassis. ” That is, the base of the machine can be used differently, ” – said German Smetanin. According to him, the new car has a 12-ton crane-arrow and 25-ton traction winch, which provides evacuation of damaged equipment from the battlefield. 190513 Zubr 1 It should be added that at the solemn events in Lviv was attended by a representative of the Central Armored Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Alexander Gordienko. He told the journalists that the repair equipment created by the company’s team, such as the new BREM “Lion” and “Zubr”, is extremely necessary in the troops. Colonel Gordienko expressed confidence that these developments, including the “Zubr”, will successfully pass the test and will soon be armed with military units. Related topics: LBTZ Advertising

 

Ze!Team will have to play subtle game with U.S. officials – Permanent representative of Ukraine’s mission to Council of Europe

Permanent Representative of Ukraine’s mission to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba has said the team of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky (Ze!Team) will have to make complicated decisions in its relations with U.S. officials.

Parubii: Rada to consider resolution on Zelenskyi’s inauguration date this week

13.05.19 14:00 – Parubii: Rada to consider resolution on Zelenskyi’s inauguration date this week The Verkhovna Rada plans this week to adopt a resolution setting the date for the inauguration of Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyi. View news.

Rada to consider resolution on inauguration date this week – Parubiy

The Verkhovna Rada plans this week to adopt a resolution setting the date for the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. — Ukrinform.

Samopomich not against early parliamentary elections – Sadovyi

The Samopomich Union supports the position of Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on the holding of his inauguration on May 19, Samopomich leader Andriy Sadovyi has written in his blog on the website of the Ukrayinska Pravda news site. — Ukrinform.

President’s envoy in parliament reacts to Zelensky’s demand to set inauguration date for May 19 – news politics | UNIAN

President’s envoy in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Artur Gerasimov has reacted to the demand of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky to set the inauguration date for May 19. “I cannot ignore the recent appeal of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky to the Verkhovna Rada. There is a separation of branches of power in democratic countries and there is respect between the branches. It’s only our northern neighbor where parliament is told what it should or should not do,” he said at a meeting of the Conciliatory Council of faction leaders and chairmen of parliamentary committees, according to a UNIAN correspondent. According to Gerasimov, this style of appeals introduces a “dangerous tradition because democracy is, above all, about procedure and respect.” As UNIAN reported earlier, on May 10, Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky urged the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, to set the inauguration date for May 19.

Poroshenko ready to hand over power at any time, accepts any inauguration date: envoy – news politics | UNIAN

President’s envoy in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Artur Gerasimov has said outgoing President Petro Poroshenko is ready to hand over power to President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky at any time, and that he does not reject any inauguration date. The process of power handover should take place in accordance with the law and in compliance with key democratic traditions, Gerasimov said.

Tymoshenko initiates discussions on creation of new coalition in VR

Head of the Batkivshchyna faction Yulia Tymoshenko has called on MPs to start discussions on the creation of a new coalition in the Verkhovna Rada and the composition of a new government. — Ukrinform.

Nowhere man: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Lutsenko wants to join Zelensky’s team

The other day, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Yuriy Lutsenko, has stated that he sees “neither moral nor legal” grounds for his resignation. But he is “ready for this.” “As far as I know, the collection of signatures for my resignation has begun, and, according to the data for the past week, 19 signatures have been collected,” the Prosecutor General ironized. “As soon as 150 signatures are collected, let’s talk then. I am ready for a report in parliament and ready for any decision of the parliament,” Lutsenko added. Also, the Prosecutor General has noted that, if necessary, he is ready to cooperate with newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky. Lutsenko admitted that over the past year, there were meetings between him and Zelensky. The Prosecutor General described them as “not too public,” “not too frequent, but regular.” Lutsenko said that he was ready to provide Zelensky with his advice in the fight against corruption if only the newly elected president would like to. But the fact is that Zelensky does not want anything from Lutsenko. And even more. Zelensky’s adviser Oleksandr Danylyuk made it clear: it’s time for someone to leave. “A separate position regarding Yuriy Lutsenko. I understand that the establishment wants to maintain its status quo. But during the announcement of the election results (exit polls), Zelensky has made an important statement: he believes that Lutsenko is a man of the past. And if he (Lutsenko) wants, he can return to politics, but he should definitely quit the post of Prosecutor General, where people who come to carry out a real reform should come,” said Danylyuk. Related: ZeTeam wants to replace Prosecutor General Lutsenko with one of anti-corruption activists However, Yuriy Lutsenko doesn’t understand the hints (as well as direct imperatives). Although he is right here: there are no legal grounds for his dismissal. After all, the appointment of Lutsenko to the post took place on May 12, 2016, and the Attorney General’s cadence lasts for six years. Theoretically, Lutsenko could stay at his post until 2022, handing out advice on anti-corruption measures. But will he succeed? Establishing the character Yuriy Lutsenko “stated that he would not retire, although he had previously said that he would leave with Poroshenko,” Taras Berezovets, director of Berta Communications, notes. The configuration of the intentions of the Prosecutor General has really changed: it is now obvious that the official is struggling to shift his ground. Ruslan Bortnyk, the director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, adds: “Lutsenko understands that Zelensky does not have votes in parliament now, and as long as the new president is weak, he will use the time to develop some guarantees for the next political cycle.”

Tymoshenko initiates creation of national commission for investigation of corruption of officials from ‘old government’

Leader of the Batkivschyna parliamentary faction Yulia Tymoshenko is in favor of creating a national commission to investigate corruption crimes of officials associated with the “old government.”

PrivatBank case: PGO probes Poroshenko’s alleged “pressure” on judges – news economics | UNIAN

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine has begun a pre-trial investigation regarding the possible pressure of outgoing President Petro Poroshenko on judges in the high-profile PrivatBank case. The investigation was initiated at the request of judges of Kyiv’s District Administrative Court regarding possible interference by senior state officials.

Court fines Zelenskyi for demonstrating his ballot

13.05.19 16:17 – Court fines Zelenskyi for demonstrating his ballot Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv has fined Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyi for showing his ballot during the second round of presidential elections on April 21. View news.

Ukrainian exports grew by nearly $1 billion in 1Q 2019

As of the end of the 1st quarter of 2019, Ukrainian exports will total at least $12.3 billion, showing an increase of almost $850 million compared with the same period last year. — Ukrinform.

Netherlands, Britain and Poland among largest importers of Ukrainian berries

In 2017, Ukraine’s revenues from the export of berries made up $11.6 million, AgroPortal reports. — Ukrinform.

Soviet housing was famously drab. This Ukraine complex is all about color – Los Angeles Times

Unlike the drab housing of the Soviet era, a housing development in the Ukrainian capital is colorful, based on the block development principle.

 

Ukraine’s top Orthodox cleric explains possibility of unification with Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church – news ukraine | UNIAN

Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy has said dialogue must first be held between Ukrainian Orthodox churches of the Eastern and Western rites to study the issue of their possible unification. The primate said he had raised the issue of uniting two confessions during his meeting with the UGCC head. Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy has said dialogue must first be held between Ukrainian Orthodox churches of the Eastern and Western rites to study the issue of their possible unification. “In general, many strive toward this and say these churches should unite in the future. But they need to come to a dialogue to unite. Now we are working closely. We are jointly implementing certain projects, participating in joint events,” he told Espreso.TV on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Read alsoHead of Ukraine’s new church tells of first Zelensky meeting According to the primate, he raised the issue of uniting two confessions during his meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. “At the meeting with His Beatitude Sviatoslav [Shevchuk], we talked about further deepening our cooperation. We will come to dialogue in this cooperation, and the dialogue will determine whether we can unite. Theoretically, this is possible in the future. But it depends on how we cooperate, support this friendship, and strive for this unity. All Orthodox believes should unite in a single Church in the future,” Epifaniy said.

Head of Ukraine’s new church tells of first Zelensky meeting – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky made a positive impression on the head of the recently-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy when the two met for the first time. Speaking with Espreso.tv, Epifaniy said: “Yes, I had my first personal meeting with President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. He made a very positive impression on me as a person. He enjoyed a substantial vote of confidence in the Ukrainian society as people have high expectations.” According to the cleric, during their meeting, the two discussed issues of further cooperation. “We spoke of how we would be cooperating further. As the Ukrainian church, we will support both the president and the Ukrainian state in constructive actions. On all that will concern unity and development of the Ukrainian state, we will work as partners. I believe that in the future, we will do everything to ensure that these relations remain good,” added the OCU head.

Patriarch Filaret admits split in newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine – news ukraine | UNIAN

Honorable Patriarch Filaret admits a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and claims he has the authority to convene a council. According to Filaret, he talked with Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy no more than five times since the establishment of the OCU. “Is this communication? You need to manage the church daily. Therefore, there is no communication. Due to the fact that there is no communication, while there should be one, the church has been divided, so now my task as a patriarch is to preserve the Ukrainian church,” he told Ukrainian TSN news service. At the same time, he argues he has the authority to convene a council as a church primate. Answering the question on whether he admits a split in the OCU, Filaret said: “I admit this. But we will create a single church.” In addition, he stressed the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) had not been liquidated. “It exists. It does not need to be restored. Is there a patriarch? If there is a patriarch, there is patriarchy. It’s the Kyiv Patriarchate. Therefore, there is no need to restore the patriarchate. It exists, and it should exist… And there will be patriarchy. And it will not be unrecognized. Time will come when it is recognized,” Filaret said. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture said the statements about the alleged resumption of activities of such a religious association as the UOC-KP in Ukraine were not true. Earlier, the media published reports claiming there were serious misunderstandings and even a serious conflict between Filaret and Epifaniy. In particular, Filaret seems to seek to restore the structure of the UOC-KP and his influence on the church, while Epifaniy’s associates tend to support the “Greek system” of the OCU proposed by the Phanar. On May 14, Filaret invited the OCU’s hierarchs to the traditional UOC-KP prayer celebration in honor of holy martyr Makariy to St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kyiv. Invitations were sent on the UOC-KP’s forms and signed by Filaret. In addition, the patriarch refused to recognize the UOC-KP as liquidated as a result of the creation of the OCU. As UNIAN reported earlier, the Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine. On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received the tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey.

Filaret supposes split in newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine

The Honorable Patriarch Filaret concedes a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine and states that he has the authority to convene a council, as TSN reports. According to Filaret, since the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, he talked with Metropolitan Epiphany not more than five times. “Is this a communication? Because every day there is a need to manage the church. Therefore, there is no communication. And because there is no communication – and it should be -, the church is divided now. My job as a patriarch is to preserve the Ukrainian church,” he said. However, he noted that both he and the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, he can convene a council. Asked if he supposes the division of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Honorable Patriarch Filaret stated: “I concede it, but we will create a single church.” In addition, he stressed that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate was not liquidated. “There is no need to return Kyiv Patriarchate back. It still exists. If there is a patriarch, then there is a patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Kyiv, so it is not necessary to return the patriarchate. And it will not be unrecognized. The time will come when it will be recognized,” Filaret said. According to the Ministry of Culture, statements about the alleged restoration of the activities of such a religious association as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate in Ukraine not true. Earlier it became known, that there are misunderstandings between the Honorable Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epiphany. In particular, Filaret seems to want to restore the structure of the liquidated UOC-KP and his influence on the church, while the circle of Metropolitan Epiphany is inclined to support the “Greek system” of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, proposed by Fanar.

Filaret says OCU split possible

Honorary Patriarch of Kyiv and All Russia-Ukraine Filaret has said a split in the Orthodox church is possible, adding that he is authorized to convene a council meeting.

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