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Two chunks of news reports really caught my eye.  

First, a supposed Russian mercenary committed suicide by grenade rather than surrendering. Hey, kid, I’m sorry to break the news to you but the Armed Forces of Ukraine are not going to harvest your organs when you’re captured.  Also, you might spend a few months or years in prison, but you will go home. Now?  

Second, despite Kremlin efforts to rebuild a ‘cult of personality’ around Stalin’s legacy, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in Moscow appears to be calling for a dose of reality into the process.  This is sort of a double-whammy, we may also be witnessing a schism between the ROC and the Kremlin. Perish the thought…

FYI, I am still catching Eurasian sources using Donbas with a double “s”, the Russian spelling. This contributes to Russian propaganda.  I edited every instance I found.

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SECSTATE Russia visit. NE19 EX update. SFRC members draft Nordstream 2 sanctions bill. Seabed fiber cable concerns. SSJ-100 update. GULAG debate in Russia, regime supporters claim it benefited the economy, economists dispute claim.

Much on Orban’s visit to DC – unclear whether POTUS was successful in turning him away from Muscovy’s embrace. Much on Giuliani’s abortive visit to Kyiv, including a public slanging match between MP Leshchenko and AG Lutsenko – in true Kyiv tradition.

Pres Poroshenko in Brussels – Tusk and Juncker receive decorations, NATO meeting. Ukraine’s strategy to legally entangle Russia. Russia to reactivate captured Ukraine military gear in Crimea (e.g. FULCRUMs).

Donbas update – cornered Russian merc blows himself up with grenade, likely believing the Ukrainians would harvest his organs. Controversy over Pres Poroshenko promoting the head of his personal guard to a 2-star intel posting. Former Commander of NGU Allerov arrested for corruption.

Very intensive argument over the inauguration date, while MPs try to position around the change in the presidency.

OCU update, Ze’s religious appeal to occupied Donbas appears to be a propaganda play, Russian religious repression update, and ROC surprises all by objecting to the revived Stalin personality cult.


Pompeo Seeks ‘Way Forward’ With Russia In Putin Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 14 that the United States has to “find a way forward” in its relations with Russia.

Iran Tensions on Agenda as Pompeo Meets With Putin, Lavrov in Sochi

Ahead of the talks, Britain, France, Germany voice support for 2015 international deal to curb Iranian nuclear weapons development

Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier takes part in exercise Northern Edge, for the first time in 10 years – Defence Blog

The U.S. largest joint training exercise Northern Edge 2019 kicked off on May 13 in Alaska. According to a news release put out by the U.S. Navy, a feature of these exercises will be the participation of a Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier. The officials said that for the first time in 10 years, a Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier participating in the exercise. “Personnel from U.S. military units stationed in the continental United States and from U.S. installations in the Indo-Pacific will participate with approximately 250 aircraft from all services, and five U.S. Navy ships,” also added in a statement. Northern Edge 2019 is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2019 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific. The exercise is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships, and to develop interoperable plans and programs across the joint force. Major participating units include: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and U.S. Naval Reserve. NE19 is the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year with virtual and live participants from all over the United States exercising alongside live players.

Senators Draft Bill to Sanction Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline – Bloomberg

Two U.S. senators plan to introduce a bill targeting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would take natural gas from Russia to Germany, according to two people familiar with the plans.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline – Foreign Policy

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

U.S. senators draft bill to sanction work on Nord Stream 2 – Bloomberg – news economics | UNIAN

Two U.S. senators plan to introduce a bill targeting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would take natural gas from Russia to Germany, according to two people familiar with the plans. Opponents of the new pipeline say it hurts the EU’s cohesion and weakens the bloc’s energy union strategy aimed at integrating gas and power markets, diversifying energy supplies and improving security.

What’s Great Power Competition? No One Really Knows – Defense One

It’s the “trillion-dollar question,” one Marine Corps planner says.

Plumbing the depths of the seas in the hidden battle for the internet 

Tourists to the scenic port city of Valparaiso, on the Pacific coast of Chile, have plenty to admire.

Hungarian Gripens intercept Russian military plane in Baltic airspace – Daily News Hungary

Gripen fighters of the Hungarian Armed Forces intercepted a Russian AN-26 military plane in Baltic airspace, the defence ministry said on Monday. The Gripens received an alert from a NATO air command centre in Germany that an unidentified aircraft had entered the protected airspace, the ministry said. They identified the aircraft and escorted it out of the airspace. The ministry noted that from May 1, the Hungarian Armed Forces is leading the airspace patrol mission of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in partnership with Spain and Britain under NATO command. Hungary will carry out the mission with four JAS-39 Gripen aircraft and some 100 soldiers for four months, the ministry said. Read more at: https://dailynewshungary.com/hungarian-gripens-intercept-russian-military-plane-in-baltic-airspace/

European Union’s defense-collab push could fizzle, report warns

Think tank: Europe’s sprawling PESCO projects could use a weeding.

All victims of Sukhoi Superjet 100 disaster at Sheremetyevo identified — Meduza

The bodies of all those who were killed when a Sukhoi Superjet 100 made a rough emergency landing and caught fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on May 5 have been identified, RIA Novosti reported.

Samara-Bound Superjet Flight Turns Back To Moscow Shortly After Takeoff

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane has unexpectedly turned back to Sheremetyevo Airport shortly after taking off, increasing concerns over the safety of the aircraft after a similar jet crash-la…

 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Prison Labor Didn’t Spark Economic Growth under Stalin and Wouldn’t Under Putin, Experts Say

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – Recent suggestions that law enforcement agencies can play a significant role in boosting Russia’s economic growth has been sharply criticized as flying in the face of both international and Russian experience (zen.yandex.ru/media/drfaust/recept-ot-siluanova-pravoohranitelnye-organy-kak-dvigatel-ekonomicheskogo-podema-5cade7fe2c72a400b361f4c1). But even more interestingly, it has led to the opening of a new debate between those who say that Stalin’s GULAG helped the Soviet economy to develop and those who argue that the GULAG cost more than it benefitted the country not only ethically but economically as well (russian7.ru/post/pochemu-gulag-zarabatyval-menshe-chem-s/). In a survey of these discussions, historical writer Konstantin Baranovsky comes down on the side of those who say that the GULAG whatever political benefits it may have brought Stalin was economically a disaster, costing more than it produced and thus making it a poor model for Russia or any other country now. There are two views on the economic consequences of the GULAG, Baranovsky says. According to the first, this was a perhaps unfortunate but forced measure that allowed the Soviet Union to build its economy “a minimal cost.” According to the second, it was an economic mistake that cost more than it generated in incomes. If the GULAG in the 1920s was first and foremost a prison system intended to punish those who violated Soviet rules, in the 1930s, it became part of the country’s economic system, supposedly capable of paying for itself and costing the regime far less than it produced, he continues. Because Moscow assumed this was the case, the GULAG continued until 1956 and certain parts of it into 1960. But it was never as productive or as economically efficient as most Soviet leaders thought. Yes, the state spent relatively little on the prisoners and many of them died; but the productivity of the inmates was shockingly low. According to Moscow State University historian Leonid Borodkin, the productivity of GULAG inmates in the best case was less than 50 percent of those working in other parts of the Soviet economy; and despite the exponential growth of the Soviet political prison camp system, it never produced more than four percent of the Soviet GDP. And because of the costs of the guards and other control mechanisms, the actual cost of production by GULAG laborers was five or more times that of production by workers in the “free” part of the Soviet economy. Consequently, anyone who thinks that this is an appropriate model for Russia today is misinformed and, if listened to, would sink the country’s economy.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: As the Putin System Weakens, It is Increasing the Centralization of Power, Perm Analyst Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – The Putin system is becoming ever weaker, Pavel Luzin says, prompting the Kremlin to further centralize decision making and budgetary control, something that creates a vicious circle from which the Russian Federation has ever fewer chances of escaping and moving toward greater economic growth and political stability at all levels. The basis for this trend, the Perm-based analyst say, was laid in 2003 when Moscow adopted its law on local self-administration, a law that it immediately began to gut by transferring ever more decision making from localities to the regions and from the regions to the center (region.expert/zemstva/). This has meant that ever more decisions are passed up the line, requiring governors to rule on things that should be handled locally and Moscow on others that could best be handled by the regions, leading to a breakdown in the ability of officials at all levels to do their jobs, slowing down of decision making and implementation, and causing ever more people to blame the center. Centralization gives Moscow the sense that it is in control of everything, Luzin says; but that is based on the false assumption that having the power to rule on everything means that it is actually in control. Instead, ever more things simply aren’t done at all, leading to ever more problems even as Moscow assumes that it really is in charge. Luzin documents the way this works in budgetary terms, in the drawing of administrative districts, and in the location of actual decisions on various issues; but it is his over all control that as the system weakens, the centralization of power is increasing that is the most important of his insights. That is because centralization gives Moscow the sense that it is in charge without allowing it to appreciate that it in fact is capable of being in real charge of ever more issues and that the economy and the political system are rapidly suffering as a result. The population can see this even if the Kremlin can’t.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Will the Polygraph Save Lukashenka – or Hasten His Demise?

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – The Belarusian government is now studying proposals to introduce a requirement that officials and those applying to be such pass a polygraph examination, a plan ostensibly designed to combat rising corruption but in fact likely to be intended to identify those within the regime who are disloyal to Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Corruption among officials is a real problem, Belarusian prosecutors say; and polygraph examinations are a useful tool to combat it (belta.by/society/view/proverku-na-poligrafe-mogut-vvesti-pri-prieme-na-dolzhnosti-s-povyshennymi-korruptsionnymi-riskami-346864-2019/and by24.org/2019/05/11/mandatory_polygraph_test_for_belarusian_authoritys/). But coming in the wake of a case when one of Lukashenka’s key security aides has been removed and arrested because of suspicions that he was disloyal to the Belarusian leader and was even involved in organizing a coup plot against him, this move almost certainly is about more than just corruption: it is about loyalty. That is certainly how it will be viewed by many officials and many Belarusians more generally; and because that is the case, it will suggest to them that Lukashenka is becoming ever more isolated or at least ever more paranoid – and any such conclusions will have the effect of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Consequently, by adopting a policy designed to defend his regime, the Belarusian leader may in fact hasten its end. At the very least, the spread of the use of polygraph tests will have the effect of angering many who will now be subject to them and that in itself will be corrosive of the authority of the top over them.

 

Trump Hosts Hungary’s Orban at White House

Ahead of talks, group of US senators and members of Foreign Relations Committee write letter to President Trump, urging him to discuss concern over Hungary’s ‘downward democratic trajectory’

Trump speaks to press while meeting with Hungarian PM – YouTube

Fox News Premiered 2 hours ago President Trump takes questions from the media before a bilateral meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. #FoxNews

Trump says Hungary prime minister Viktor Orban doing ‘tremendous job’

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban is accused of being an authoritarian who has cracked down on press and judiciary.

Trump-Orbán bromance takes off – POLITICO

US president praises Hungary’s controversial leader in White House meeting.

Viktor Orban, Hungary prime minister, to be welcomed at Trump’s White House – CNNPolitics

He’s rolled back democratic checks on his power, mused about creating a European ethnostate and erected a razor-wire fence to keep migrants out, angering the rest of the European Union.

George Soros, Viktor Orbán, and the War on CEU – The Atlantic

As the Hungarian prime minister systematically undermined his own country’s education system, one institution stood defiant: a university in the heart of Budapest, founded by George Soros.

Viktor Orbán’s anti-Semitism problem – POLITICO

Trump’s guest at the White House is no friend to the Jews.

Trump Hosts Hard-Right Hungarian Leader Viktor Orbán At The White House : NPR

Critics say Trump’s hosting of Viktor Orbán fits a pattern of his preference for authoritarian leaders in Turkey, Brazil, the Philippines, Russia and Egypt.

Bernard-Henri Lévy Interviews Viktor Orbán – The Atlantic

After 30 years, I spoke with Viktor Orbán again.

Orban’s brand of populism blinds him to reality | Comment | The Times

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s pugnacious prime minister, created the template for the populism sweeping western democracies. This former anti-communist activist has taken pride in the creation of an “illiberal state”. It draws on fears that have become hideously familiar: scapegoating of refugees, scar

Jewish Democratic lawmakers to Trump: Cancel Orban meeting – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON (JTA) — On the eve of a summit between President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, five Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged Trump to cancel a meeting with a leader they say is anti-Semitic. “Prime Minister Orban represents so many things that are antithetical to core American values,” said the letter spearheaded by Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the Jewish chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “He has overseen a rollback of democracy in his country, used anti-Semitic and xenophobic tropes in his political messaging, and cozied up to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.” Of the nine Democrats signing the letter, five are Jewish: Engel and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida; David Cicilline of Rhode Island; Steve Cohen of Tennessee; and Jamie Raskin of Maryland. The other four are Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus; Debbie Dingell of Michigan; and Albio Sires and Tom Malinowski, both of New Jersey.

Nine Democrats ask Trump to cancel meeting with Hungarian leader – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post

Trump and Netanyahu have warm relations with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Furious about Viktor Orbán’s White House visit, Democrats prove they’re not too worried about Russia

Democrats claim that they are tougher than President Trump in countering Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But they really aren’t.

Hungary Mocks Media Comparisons of PM Orban to Stalin and Pol Pot

The Hungarian govt ridiculed the mainstream media’s comparison of Viktor Orbán to Stalin and Pol Pot ahead of a meeting with Donald Trump.

James Kirchick: Trump should be isolating Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orban, not feting him at the White House

President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orban to the White House days ahead of European parliamentary elections. This sends a really really bad message.

 

Team Zelensky comment on Giuliani’s canceled Ukraine trip – news politics | UNIAN

Dmytro Razumkov, a spokesman for Volodymyr Zelensky’s headquarters, said that it was from media reports that the president-elect learned about the plans of Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani to arrive in Ukraine. “The fact that Rudolph Giuliani Zelensky was set to arrive was something Zelensky learned from the media, and the fact that he’s not coming was also something he learned from the media. That is why the reports that emerged in the U.S. media claiming someone from the team gave some comments on certain pitfalls surprises me. This is not true. Let us hope that this misunderstanding will be settled in the relations between Team Zelensky and U.S. representatives,” the representative of Zelensky’s headquarters told ICTV, according to Ukrayinska Pravda. When asked if someone from the Team Zelensky was working on settling the issue, Razumkov replied: “I think such issues should remain confidential, this is No. 1, and No. 2 is Zelensky is ready to hold such meetings not only with official representatives of the United States, but also with representatives of certain political forces or those not affiliated with politics who will be interested in further deepening relations between the two countries, those with a positive attitude, helping us in our struggle for independence.” As UNIAN reported earlier, The New York Times said Giuliani, who had intended to arrive in Kyiv and meet with President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, called off the visit amid harsh criticism of such intention. He was accused of seeking help abroad for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in 2020. In turn, Giuliani accused the Democrats of trying to distort the purpose of the trip. Earlier, The New York Times reported that Giuliani had allegedly intended to call on Zelensky to continue to investigate in Ukraine cases that, according to White House allies, could shed more light on the two issues in which Trump was interested.

Ukraine Prosecutor Made Up Biden Claim, Kiev Lawmaker Says – Bloomberg

A Ukrainian lawmaker accused his country’s top prosecutor of manufacturing a “conspiracy” about U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, adding to a political intrigue playing out from Kiev to Washington.

Biden calls Giuliani’s now-canceled Ukraine trip ‘inappropriate’ | Fox News

Joe Biden is criticizing Rudy Giuliani – President Donald Trump’s personal attorney – for threatening to travel to Ukraine to push the Eastern European country to open investigations into the former vice president and his son.

Rudy Giuliani openly acknowledges the plot against Biden: “We’re meddling in an investigation” | Salon.com

“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do”

Interference in the elections of the president of the USA was carried out by American citizens and officials from the territory of Ukraine, – Lutsenko

Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, states that interference in the US presidential elections was carried out from the territory of Ukraine by American citizens “I take the opportunity, I deny it (Ukrainian interventions), my point of view was that interference in the American elections was from the territory of Ukraine, but by officials and citizens of the United States of America who held one or another post on our territory,” Yu said .Lutsenko at a briefing on Tuesday in Kiev, reports Tsenzor.NET, with reference to Interfax-Ukraine. According to him, such persons attracted to the campaign to discredit one of the presidential candidates of the United States of Ukraine, “who were favorites of the United States embassy.” At the same time, Y. Lutsenko stressed that US law enforcement officers should give an assessment of such actions. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126815

Lutsenko apologized to Giuliani for the words of Leshchenko and looks forward to his visit to Ukraine

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, apologized for the words of Deputy Sergey Leschenko in relation to the personal lawyer of the US President Donald Trump, Rudolf Giuliani, and is counting on his early visit to Ukraine. According Tsenzor.NET with reference to “Interfax-Ukraine” , said Yuriy Lutsenko at a briefing in Kiev. “I think that the statements of a single citizen Leshchenko are his personal attitude and cannot influence our interstate relations. I would like to apologize to Mr. Giuliani for the assessments that Leshchenko admits publicly, and especially not publicly, in respect of Mr. Giuliani … I I very much hope that Mr. Giuliani will soon be in Ukraine and will meet with the officials he deems necessary. If necessary, he will meet with me, “said Lutsenko. According to Lutsenko, Giuliani phoned him the next morning after the cancellation of his visit to Ukraine, was emotional and stressed that this is “not a question of Julian-Leshchenko, but a question of Ukraine-USA.” Read also on “Tsenzor.NET”: Lutsenko “pulled Ukraine into a dirty game” to save his post, – Leshchenko. VIDEO Speaking about the reasons for the cancellation of the trip of Giuliani to Ukraine, the Prosecutor General noted that he could not disclose everything, but “this is not about the usual cancellation of the visit of one of the US lawyers.” Recall, the lawyer of US President Donald Trump Rudolf Giuliani was going to fly to Ukraine to meet with the newly elected President Vladimir Zelensky. But after it became known about the visit, American Democratic politicians attacked Giuliani with fierce criticism. He decided to cancel the visit . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126800

“Leshchenko is an example of a political skunk,” Lutsenko. VIDEO

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko compared the people’s deputy Sergei Leschenko with a skunk. According Tsenzor.NET , it happened during a briefing on which Lutsenko commented on Leshchenko’s statements about the contacts of the Prosecutor General with US officials to save the position of the head of the GPU. “There is such an animal in the world – it is called a skunk. It is known neither for mental abilities, nor for some fighting qualities, but only because it can spoil the air so much that it is not possible for any normal people to remain around it. Sergey Leshchenko is an example such a political skunk, “said Lutsenko. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3126814

Lutsenko personally told me about the data of the pre-trial investigation in one of the most important cases – Leshchenko

Extra fractional MP Sergey Leshchenko said that the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko disclosed to him information on the resonant case of the country’s top leadership. According Tsenzor.NET , this Leshchenko said at a briefing . “Yuriy Lutsenko within the walls of the Ukrainian parliament personally told me about the data of the pretrial investigation in one of the most resonant cases of the past five years, which concerned the country’s top leadership, which led to a conflict within the coalition and which led to serous political consequences in Ukraine,” he said. The MP noted that Lutsenko knows what business he is talking about. Leshchenko also noted that he was ready to testify in this case. Read also on “Tsenzor.NET”: Leshchenko demands from Lutsenko to remove from him parliamentary immunity Recall, the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that the people’s deputy Sergei Leshchenko would be summoned to the Prosecutor General’s Office, and there, probably, they would give him a suspicion. He noted that Leshchenko may announce suspicion for disclosing pre-trial investigation data in his publications about the so-called Yanukovych’s black box office. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126830

Leshchenko accused Lutsenko of drawing Ukraine into opposition in the American elections

People’s Deputy Sergei Leshchenko accused Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko of drawing Ukraine into a political standoff at American elections. According Tsenzor.NET , this Leshchenko said at a briefing . “I urge Yuriy Lutsenko not to be engaged in throwing the Ukrainian state into the conflict like wood into the fire, which is now inflaming between the two parties in America,” the people’s deputy said. “One of the country’s high-ranking officials, representing the country in international relations, represents the entire law-enforcement system, which should be out of politics, in fact threw the Ukrainian state into this hell of opposition in the American elections,” Leschenko added. Recall, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that the interference in the US presidential election was made from the territory of Ukraine by American citizens . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126834

I hope that the qualification-disciplinary commission of prosecutors, – Leshchenko about “skunk” from Lutsenko

MP Sergey Leshchenko commented on the statements of the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko, when he called Leshchenko a “political skunk”. According Tsenzor.NET , this Leshchenko said at a briefing . He noted: “The insulting remarks remain on his conscience, and I hope that this will be the subject of research by the prosecutors’ qualification and disciplinary commission, which in such cases should react and which, unfortunately, is controlled by Lutsenko himself, who refused to pass any prescriptions to him earlier. ” Read also on “Tsenzor.NET”: “Leshchenko is an example of a political skunk,” Lutsenko. VIDEO Recall, the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that the people’s deputy Sergei Leshchenko would be summoned to the Prosecutor General’s Office, and there, probably, they would give him a suspicion. He noted that Leshchenko may announce suspicion for disclosing pre-trial investigation data in his publications about the so-called Yanukovych’s black box office.

 

Poroshenko, Stoltenberg note importance of developing practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasize the need to increase pressure on the Russian Federation to make it free captive Ukrainian sailors.

Poroshenko meets with Stoltenberg in Brussels. VIDEO&PHOTOS

13.05.19 18:02 – Poroshenko meets with Stoltenberg in Brussels. VIDEO&PHOTOS Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. View photo news.

Poroshenko, Stoltenberg discuss security situation in Black Sea, Sea of Azov

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, strengthening security in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and pressure on Russia to release captured sailors. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko says Ukraine will not change its course for joining NATO

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is taking part in events marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership program in Brussels, has said that Ukraine will resolutely and consistently move towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Zelensky does not intend to change Ukraine’s course to NATO

Adviser on the Defense of a newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Ivan Aparshin outlined the priorities and political course of the new head of state, including in relations with Russia. On the air of Hromadske television Aparshin called the conflict in the Donbas as the “war with Russia” and promised that Zelensky won’t change the attitude to this situation. Besides, one of the main priorities under the new leadership will remain Ukraine’s accession to NATO, as well as the eradication of corruption in the defense sector and the creation of a professional army with an operating reserve. “We are not changing the course regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO. However, we didn’t discuss deadlines. We do not change course on the attitude to war with the Russian Federation, because it’s a war,” said Aparshin. Also, the Adviser noted that he didn’t manage to discuss many subjects with Zelensky during a personal meeting. However, he called a position on them as “well-known.”

Poroshenko awards EC President Tusk with Prince Yaroslav the Wise Order – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has awarded President of the European Council Donald Tusk with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The head of state thanked Tusk for his deep understanding and reliable support of Ukraine. “I’m proud to present the highest state award of Ukraine – the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise – to a great friend of Ukraine, European Council President Donald Tusk. Mr. President, we sincerely thank you for the deep understanding and reliable support of Ukraine and Ukrainians on our common way to return to a single family of European nations, and upholding our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he wrote on Facebook on May 13. As UNIAN reported earlier, Poroshenko awarded the “Hero of Ukraine” title, the highest national title that can be conferred upon an individual citizen by the President of Ukraine, to Chief of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak. The president also awarded him with the Golden Star Order.

Poroshenko awards Juncker Yaroslav Wise order, 1st Degree. VIDEO

14.05.19 13:03 – Poroshenko awards Juncker Yaroslav Wise order, 1st Degree. VIDEO Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded an Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 1st Degree, to the Wise to President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker. View video news.

Poroshenko thanks European Commission President for assistance, presents state award. Photo

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his personal contribution to progress in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, functioning of the deep and comprehensive free trade area and the introduction of the visa-free regime. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko presents awards to Tusk and Juncker

President Petro Poroshenko has presented Ukraine’s state award, the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, to European Council President Donald Tusk. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko on extending of sanctions against Russia: There are grounds to be optimistic

The sanctions can be extended on EU summit in June

Poroshenko announces ambitious agenda of EU-Ukraine summit

Ukraine will consistently follow the path of European integration. In particular, a “very ambitious” agenda is already being formed for the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit. — Ukrinform.

EU, European People’s Party to further support Ukraine, EPP President tells Poroshenko – news politics | UNIAN

During a working visit to Brussels, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with President of the European People’s Party Joseph Daul, who assured him the European Union and his party would continue supporting Ukraine. Poroshenko met with the President of the European People’s Party.

Ukraine must continue decisive actions for release of sailors — president

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine should continue taking steps to free its sailors captured by Russia during the aggression in the Black Sea. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine is not a prisoner of U.S. presidential elections, – Ukraine’s MFA

Ukraine has not become a prisoner of the upcoming presidential elections in the U.S., but there is such threat, as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said at the briefing of Eastern Partnership Summit, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine. “In theory, there is such a threat, I don’t see any practical one. We are working on preventing this. If it happens, this is not the worst thing for our partnership and friendship with the U.S.,” Klimkin said. Related: U.S. will not negotiate rights of Ukrainian people, – Volker As it was reported, 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. “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.

Kyiv working via courts to ‘return Russia to framework of international law’Euromaidan Press |

The Ukrainian government has been working quietly but consistently through international courts to “return Russia to the framework of international law,” Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal says, an effort that has not attracted as much attention as it deserves but one that promise a good outcome even though Moscow is studiously ignoring it Ukraine has brought charges against Russia to the UN Tribunal on Sea Rights regarding Moscow’s illegal seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors in the Kerch Straits and expects the court to rule in its favor on May 26 even though Moscow has chosen, as is its right, not to take part in the hearings. Russia’s legal position in this regard is extremely weak, Zerkal and other experts say, not only because it is a signatory to the international convention it has violated but also because it has signed an agreement with Ukraine that specifies the body of water in question is one open to the free passage of all, including Ukrainian vessels. In this case and in similar ones Ukraine has launched, it is entirely possible that Moscow will ignore the findings of the court and any fines that court does impose, although that will open the way to possible seizure of Russian ships by other countries in order to sell them and pay the fine imposed. But more than that, Zerkal and other Ukrainian observers say, Russia will by such actions show itself in violation of the UN Charter which requires that all decisions be made via peaceful means. “Courts are the only legitimate path for the resolution of conflicts,” the Ukrainian diplomat says. “Therefore, we expect that together with the international community, we will be able to return Russia to the framework of international law,” an extraordinarily important step that many do not recognize is one of Ukraine’s central strategies in countering the consequences of Russian aggression. Boris Kuznetsov, a specialist in international law agrees. He argues that Russia’s failure to take part in such cases reflects the fact that legally it is in a very weak position. By using the international courts in this way, Ukraine is laying the groundwork for broader international cooperation against Russian actions. He says that he expects the court will find in favor of Ukraine and levy a significant fine on Moscow. Russia may choose not to pay it; but if it does, every single one of its ships putting into a foreign port will now legally be at risk of being seized – and such seizures will be fully in line with international law.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kyiv Working via International Courts to ‘Return Russia to Framework of International Law’

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – The Ukrainian government has been working quietly but consistently through international courts to “return Russia to the framework of international law,” Deputy Foreign Minister Elena Zerkal says, an effort that has not attracted as much attention as it deserves but one that promise a good outcome even though Moscow is studiously ignoring it Ukraine has brought charges against Russia to the UN Tribunal on Sea Rights regarding Moscow’s illegal seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors in the Kerch Straits and expects the court to rule in its favor on May 26 even though Moscow has chosen, as is its right, not to take part in the hearings (ru.krymr.com/a/mejdunaronıy-trıbunal-ısk-ukraıny-zahvat-korabley/29934953.html). Russia’s legal position in this regard is extremely weak, Zerkal and other experts say, not only because it is a signatory to the international convention it has violated but also because it has signed an agreement with Ukraine that specifies the body of water in question is one open to the free passage of all, including Ukrainian vessels. In this case and in similar ones Ukraine has launched, it is entirely possible that Moscow will ignore the findings of the court and any fines that court does impose, although that will open the way to possible seizure of Russian ships by other countries in order to sell them and pay the fine imposed. But more than that, Zerkal and other Ukrainian observers say, Russia will by such actions show itself in violation of the UN Charter which requires that all decisions be made via peaceful means. “Courts are the only legitimate path for the resolution of conflicts,” the Ukrainian diplomat says. “Therefore, we expect that together with the international community, we will be able to return Russia to the framework of international law,” an extraordinarily important step that many do not recognize is one of Ukraine’s central strategies in countering the consequences of Russian aggression. Boris Kuznetsov, a specialist in international law agrees. He argues that Russia’s failure to take part in such cases reflects the fact that legally it is in a very weak position. By using the international courts in this way, Ukraine is laying the groundwork for broader international cooperation against Russian actions. He says that he expects the court will find in favor of Ukraine and levy a significant fine on Moscow. Russia may choose not to pay it; but if it does, every single one of its ships putting into a foreign port will now legally be at risk of being seized – and such seizures will be fully in line with international law.

Poroshenko expects EU sanctions on Russia in June – LB.ua news portal

Poroshenko expects EU sanctions on Russia in June. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Klimkin: Meeting Russia’s demands for lifting sanctions in Council of Europe to destroy Minsk accords – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says that meeting Russia’s demands for lifting sanctions in the Council of Europe will destroy the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving an armed conflict in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The minister said his position had been heard and noted, in particular, by German, French and Dutch colleagues.

Ukraine to ignore Minsk agreements if Council of Europe lifts Russia sanctions – Klimkin – LB.ua news portal

Ukraine to ignore Minsk agreements if Council of Europe lifts Russia sanctions – Klimkin. He said that Ukraine’s partners in France, Germany, the Netherlands noted his position. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Russia should end occupation of Crimea – Austrian MP

Violence in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea should be stopped immediately, and EU sanctions are needed to make that happen. — Ukrinform.

Estonian Foreign Minister: EU should expand sanctions over Russian passports in Donbas

The European Union should extend sanctions against the Russian Federation over the issue of Russian passports to Ukrainians living in occupied territories in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

Terrorists under pecacekeepers’ guise: ex-security official comments on Putin’s “passport” plan for Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

With his “passportization” move in Donbas, Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to grant Russian citizenship primarily to terrorists of the so-called “LPR/DPR” formations to be able to make use of them in the future under the guise of “peacekeepers,” suggests former deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Stepan Havrysh. The ex-deputy NSDC secretary believes that by easing naturalization of Donbas residents, Russia pursues the aggressive policy of “creeping annexation.”

Russia intends to utilize Ukraine’s hardware in Crimea

Russia will be forced to utilize the Ukrainian hardware left in Crimea after annexation in 2014 if Kyiv does not take it away during ten years as TASS reported. “It is, first of all, the task of the leadership of Ukraine (on the Ukrainian hardware left in Crimea, including vessels and planes, – 112.internationa). based on the international norms, they should take away the hardware during 10 years or we will be forces to utilize it as it is not used, declines and short out,” Vladimir Shamanov, the Chairman of State Duma Defense Committee. According to him, modern samples “were not found in Crimea and the present are not interesting for Russia”. Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.

UAWire – Russia jamming Ukrainian radio stations in northern Crimea

The Russia-controlled Crimean authorities are deliberately jamming the signals of Ukrainian radio stations in the north of the peninsula, …

Empty promises flushed down the toilet as Ukrainian MPs seem ready to abandon Kremlin hostages – Human Rights in Ukraine

After two years of empty assurances about support for the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages and POWs, Ukraine’s lawmakers could be on the point of passing a bill that gives the Security Service unwarranted power to determine who counts as a hostage, while not helping any of the ever-increasing number of political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia. Small wonder that relatives of the political prisoners who gathered in protest outside the Verkhovna Rada on 13 May had a toilet into which they flushed MPs’ promises of support for a proper draft law with real mechanisms for helping the hostages. Over the past two years, five draft bills were drawn up, with two having been tabled in parliament. The authors of draft bill No. 8205 include people directly involved in efforts to secure the release of political prisoners and the families of political prisoners and human rights activists are convinced that this bill should be adopted in its first reading. While this bill has, however, been gathering dust in parliament, another, No. 8337, has just been added to the parliamentary agenda. Everything about No. 8377 is of concern, including the fact that apparent measures to provide social benefits to hostages have been prepared as amendments to the Law on Fighting Terrorism. In an appeal to MPs to reject the bill, the families of hostages and human rights NGOs call it “a populist bill which only imitates defence of all categories of the Kremlin’s hostages, while in fact protecting neither political prisoners, nor prisoners of war, nor civilians, and also not defending their families over the entire period of the Kremlin’s illegal imprisonment of Ukrainian citizens”. While purporting to resolve the problems which the families of prisoners face, the bill could deprive them of fundamental state support, while not solving any of the issues they now face.

 

Nine attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, one terrorist destroyed

14.05.19 10:17 – Nine attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, one terrorist destroyed May 13, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions nine times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons twice. View news.

Ukraine reports nine enemy attacks in Donbas warzone in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on May 13 mounted nine attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas. Ukraine Army reported no casualties over the period under review.

Russian-led forces fire banned weapons in Donbas, no casualties reported

Russian occupation forces violated ceasefire nine times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements twice, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

AFU carried out successful operation on the Luhansk region and fixed on new positions, – the volunteer Mysyagin

As a result of a successful operation, the infantry battalion of one of the brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine improved its position in the environmental protection zone in the Luhansk region. According to Tsenzor.NET , this is reported on a Facebook page by a volunteer Yury Mysyagin. “As a result of a long-planned military operation since the end of winter and its excellent conduct in April, May, the infantry battalion of one of the APU brigades in the Luhansk region advanced and entrenched in new positions,” he wrote, adding that the complexity of the operation was in that it was simultaneously conducted on the right and left flank. According to Mysyagin, as of May 14, the battalion will advance on one of the flanks by 1,500 meters, on the other – by 900 meters. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126795

An infiltrator “tested” the positions of the 30th Brigade

This morning, soldiers of one of the units of 30 separate mechanized brigade them. Prince Konstantin Ostrozky was disarmed by an armed militant of illegal armed units, who tried to covertly move towards the positions of the unit. This is reported by the press service of the 30 brigades on Facebook On a voice warning of Ukrainian fighters to stop and fold weapons, the grief-guy opened fire on our soldiers, who in turn responded adequately with equivalent weaponry. In the course of a short shootout, an uninvited guest was injured. Realizing that to help their “Tavaresh” can not count the wounded, and the first medical care will be provided as usual only “evil dill,” he decided to heroise himself and immortalize his surname: slammed a grenade under a body armor in an attempt to blow up all who were next. Automatic attacking adventure Automatic attacking adventurer Photo: 30 oBBr That grenade detonated the previously conceived. However, if the deceased believed less “politrukov” and Russian propaganda media about the “bloodthirstiness of the Benders” and knew that the wounded Ukrainian side would ALWAYS provide medical care in accordance with the Geneva Conventions (as it was on February 19 in the same direction when the wounded enemy was qualified first person was given to a hospital and taken to the hospital), then the wounded would have all the chances to live instead of shortening his age, “the press service wrote on the Facebook page. Recall that 30 individual mechanized brigade them. Prince Konstantin Ostrozhsky is in the district of Svitlodar arc. In early March, it became known about the elimination of enemy fire point fighters part .

A Russian mercenary, a native of Gorlovka Varganov, blew himself up with a grenade when he was surrounded by Ukrainian soldiers. PHOTO (updated)

On Monday, May 13, the fighters of the 30th Mechanized Brigade. Prince Constantine Ostrozhsky witnessed how a militant in the Donetsk region was blown up on his own grenade. This was reported by the press service of the brigade on the page on Facebook , reports Tsenzor.NET . It is noted that a member of illegal armed groups tried to move in the direction of the subdivisions hidden. “The voice warning of the Ukrainian fighters to stop and lay down their arms, the unfortunate fighter opened fire on our servicemen, who in turn responded adequately from the equivalent weapon. During a brief skirmish, an uninvited guest was injured. Understanding that maybe only the “evil fennels” will provide first aid, as always, he decided to glorify himself and perpetuate his last name: put a grenade under his armor in an attempt to blow up everyone who decides to come closer and will try to help the unfortunate, “- said in a statement. However, the grenade was detonated before the fighter planned. “If the deceased had less faith in his“ political leaders ”and Russian propaganda media about the“ bloodlust of Banderites” and knew that the Ukrainian side always provides medical assistance to all the wounded, observing the Geneva Convention, the wounded would have every chance to live on,” said the 30th Bde troops. As the blogger Necro Mancer reported later, Konstantin Varganov, a native of Gorlovka, turned out to be the blown-up mercenary.

OSCE records mobile phone jamming system near Horlivka in Donetsk region

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded a military-type truck (Ural) with mobile phone jamming systems atop on the outskirts of Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39km north-east of Donetsk). — Ukrinform.

US reconnaissance RPV operates over the Donbas

US Air Force RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is flying along the collision line at Donbas. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Fleet RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk is based on the Sigonella Air Base in Italy. The flight on the Donbas began at about 10:00 on a regular route: Flight route RQ-4B-30 Global Hawk on May 14, 2019 Flight Routing RQ-4B-30 Global Hawk May 14, 2019 Map: PlaneRadar RQ-4 Global Hawk is a strategic reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. The first flight took place on February 28, 1998 from the United States Air Force Air Base in California. The first device, Global Hawk, was handed over to the US Navy in 2004, and began launching combat missions in March 2006.

As the military cars ‘Bogdan’ carry out tasks in the zone of JFO

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 13:22 – 05/12/2015 10555 To share To comment on Another cargo of humanitarian aid sent troops from the Joint Force to the villages on the line of collision. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the press service of Bogdan Motors Corporation. For the sake of securing the lives of ordinary people, the military deliberately is at risk, because the humanitarian aspect of the Operation is paid special attention to the command of the united forces. The villages are supplied not only with basic necessities, but also medical assistance is provided by crews using the sanatorium Bogdan -2251. Medical teams not only conduct reviews and initial consultations, but also provide patient sets of medicines. In general, Bogdanov humanitarian raids are conducted in the direction of those settlements, where, in addition to military local residents, there is no where to get help in solving life issues. As part of the Strategic Humanitarian Initiative, the humanitarian convoy, which consisted of Bogdan-2251 and Bogdan-2351 cars, was recently visited by the Lobachev and Loparkino villages.

UAWire – Kyiv: Russian passports will be issued primarily to ‘power structures’ of LPR and DPR militants

Russian passports in LPR and DPR will be issued primarily to representatives of the “power structures” of militants, said the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine for European Integration Anatolii Petrenko. “We have reasons to believe that first of all passports will be issued to the so-called “power structures” of the occupation administrations. Therefore, both de facto and de jure, the use of weapons in the illegally occupied territories will be carried out by citizens of the Russian Federation, who will now have Russian passports,” reads Petrenko’s statement published on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s website. According to him, it was a major concern during the meeting of the UN Security Council. The result was a condemnation of such illegal actions and an appeal to the Russian Federation to resolve all issues in line with international law. On 24 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree “On the determination for humanitarian purposes the categories of persons who have the right to apply to obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure”. The decree grants such a right to permanent residents of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are not under Ukraine’s control. On 29 April, the Russian media reported that the first of these passport centers had been opened in Novoshakhtinsk and had already received 80 applications from residents of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic. Another center was opened in the village of Pokrovskoye on 30 April. Kirill Alzinov, a spokesperson for Russia’s migration authority, said that only residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic could obtain passports at this center. “For the time being, two such centers will operate in the region. Taking into account the fact that considering an application can take up to three months, we expect that the first passports will be issued ahead of the specified deadline,” he said.

The new hunter brigade will defend the northern borders

In order to strengthen the defense on the northern frontiers in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a 61-th separate infantry hunter brigade was created that is intended for combat operations in the forest and marsh terrain. The brigade was transferred to the reserve from the Reserve Corps in accordance with the general directive of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as of 25.04.2019, the press service of the section reports . ” According to the joint directive of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 25.04.2019, 61 separate infantry brigade of the Reserve Corps was transferred to combat structure as 61 separate infantry hunter brigade with the main purpose of strengthening Ukraine’s defense on the northern border. It is reported that the new brigade is completed only by contracted servicemen who have experience in military operations or whose civil activities are related to the specifics of the brigade (hunters, game wardens, forestry workers). Priority is given to the active and former servicemen of the Special Operations and Military Intelligence Forces.

SBS SOF “Dozor” successfully uses 9-mm Turkish MP-5 light submachine gun. VIDEO

The tenth separate detachment of the operational response of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine is re-equipped with modern pistols-machine guns of the Turkish production MP-5. Reports the program “Police Wave” on the channel “Espresso”, reports Tsenzor.NET . Mortar battery of the State Border Service of Ukraine opened fire on the enemy. The border guards recorded that the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group on armored vehicles illegally broke into the territory of Ukraine. According to this legend, the final phase of the command and staff exercises of the border guards was held at the main training center for the personnel of the State Border Service of Ukraine in Cherkasy region. The training lasted three weeks, and in the final, the Ukrainian “green berets” demonstrated the ability to restrain the enemy. “We took out the border service departments, divided them into border service departments, as we used to have outposts, we brought them directly to the border and reduced the service area for each department. If the department used to serve the site somewhere from 80 to 120 km, today the office serves about 20 km of the border “, – said the chairman of the State Border Service of Ukraine Peter Tsigikal. The fighters of the special unit of the border service, Dozor, demonstrated their skills. His fighters are now performing tasks of increased complexity on all parts of the state border. They neutralize criminals, armed smugglers and terrorists. “We are going through a separate training program because our tasks are different from those that carry out linear units. The detachment as a whole is used in cases where predictably the use of linear units of the SPSU does not give the desired result,” said the special unit commander Maxim Balagura. Since 2018, the fighters of the Dozor are re-equipped with modern rapid-fire pistols-machine guns of the Turkish production MP-5. The caliber of the weapon is nine millimeters. And this, unlike the usual 5.45 caliber, is more convenient for the work of the unit in the city. The Patrol fighters use submachine guns of two modifications: with or without an integrated silencer. The weight of the weapon along with the magazine for thirty rounds of no more than three kilograms. “The specifics of our special forces work is to work in urban environments, that is, working in homes, working with vehicles, and not in open areas at long distances. The effectiveness of this weapon is up to 50 meters. Its main advantage is replacing the ammunition from the pistol” told the fighter “Watch” with the call sign Lawyer. In addition to weapons in the near future, border guards will receive modern French-made Airbus H-125 helicopters. Of the 55 helicopters that Ukraine should receive, 24 will be allocated to the State Border Service. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3126788

The council unblocked the signing of the law on punishment for crimes in the defense

BP unblocked signing of the law on liability for violations of law in military procurement. In accordance with the relevant draft resolution 1793-P “On the abolition of the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the adoption of the Law of Ukraine” On Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine regarding the establishment of liability for violations of legislation in the field of conformity assessment, manufacturing, production, sale, purchase of products, works and services in the military sphere “in general, taking into account the proposals of the President of Ukraine” only 12 deputies voted, the correspondent of Ukrinforma reports. “The decision is not taken. The ruling was rejected, which allows me to sign this law, “said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy. As it was reported, the Law “On Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine regarding the establishment of liability for violations of the legislation in the field of confirmation of conformity, production, production, sale, purchase of products, works and services in the military sphere”, taking into account the proposals of the President of Ukraine, was approved by the Verkhovna Rada Council in 2016. Read also: The Committee recommends that the Council consider draft resolutions on the abolition of the “linguistic” law After that, the draft resolution of the secretary of the parliamentary committee on national security and defense of Ivan Vinnik 1793-P on the abolition of the decision of the Verkhovna Rada on the adoption of the law was registered. Therefore, before the consideration of this draft resolution, the law could not be signed by the chairman of the parliament and the president and, accordingly, come into force. The Law supplements the Criminal Code of Ukraine with an article establishing criminal liability for violation of the legislation in the field of conformity assessment, manufacturing, production, sale, purchase of products, works and services in the military sphere. For these actions punishment for up to 10 years of imprisonment is foreseen. ukrinform

NSDC deputy secretary meets with British Ambassador to Ukraine

Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Serhiy Kryvonos held a meeting with British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough, according to the NSDC press service. — Ukrinform.

The ex-commander of the National Guard was presented with suspicion notice

The detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office reported suspicion of the former National Guard Commander Yuriy Allerov and other people in the squandering of almost 100 million hryvnias. This is reported by “Word and Dil” According to the interlocutors of the publication, Alerov himself was not detained, however, he was presented with a statement of suspicion of committing a criminal offense, stipulated by part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (theft of property). At the same time, law enforcement officers detained Oleg Miboroda, General Director of UkrBud Development, in the same proceeding. Interlocutors also said that suspects would be asked to take custody with a pledge alternative. Earlier today, on May 14, NABU conducted searches at the place of work and residence of employees of NSU, as well as in a number of private companies. Earlier, NABU and SAP began to investigate the possible loss of almost 100 million USD by employees of the National Guard. So law enforcement officers investigated the decision of Allerov to exchange 50 apartments with an area of more than 4 thousand square meters. m and 30 parking spaces in the residential complex “Aristocrat” in Pechersk for 65 apartments in the residential complex “Oberig”, which is located a few kilometers from the metro station “Chervony Khutir”, which had to withdraw from the military. Initially, according to the agreement that was concluded between the then headquarters of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the military unit of 2260, on the one hand, and FSK “Pagoda” – on the other hand, under construction were given almost a hectare of land on the street. Shchors, 34. Under the terms of the contract, the National Guards had to receive 20% of the finished apartments and part of the parking space. But in the fall of 2016, when the developer “UkrBud Development” already completed the LCD, the commander of the National Guard Allerov signed an additional agreement, which NSU refused apartments and car places on Pechersk, but instead they receive 65 apartments in the LCD “Oberig”. According to preliminary estimates, for this exchange, the National Guard lost more than UAH 100 million. According to the journalist investigation “Our money”, in an additional agreement such an exchange of apartments was not just equivalent, but even beneficial for the National Guard. The assessment was carried out by Alfa P. Hryshchuk, who, according to journalists, appears in several criminal proceedings on the facts of underestimating the value of objects of evaluation. In addition, according to the State Property Fund, in early 2017 Grinchuk was deprived of the right to assess real estate.

NABU detains former National Guard commander Allerov – journalist

Employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), under procedural control of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO), have detained former Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine Yuriy Allerov, journalist Yuriy Butusov has reported on Facebook. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko transferred the head of his guard, Fedorov, to the Defense Intelligence Agency of the Defense Ministry to give him the rank of lieutenant general and classify the decree, Butusov

The appointment of the guard Poroshenko to the post in the GUR MO – arrogance and insult to the officer corps. This opinion is shared by the chief editor of Censor . NO. Yuri Butusov . He recalled. that on May 3, President Poroshenko dismissed the post of the head of the security department of the president of the State Security Directorate, Major-General Yuri Fedorov. “It turns out that this dismissal was made to please Fedorov. By his decree, the president appointed Fedorov deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. May 13 secret decree Yuri Fedorov awarded the rank of lieutenant-general. Fedorov is currently close to the president and continues to lead his guard. But his position is Major General, he cannot be given a higher rank. And in order to please the closest little man, Poroshenko translates Fedorov into military intelligence to a higher position! Although Fedorov has nothing to do with military intelligence at all, ”the journalist writes. Butusov singles out several cynical details: Fedorov is presented to the rank of lieutenant-general by the decision of the Minister of Defense S. Poltorak, and not his now immediate superior – the head of the GUR V. Burba. Fedorov never appeared in the PAS, he continues to protect the president. In GUR Fedorov issued with only one purpose – to classify the decree, and not to publish. “It turns out that proximity to a high-ranking body is the most convenient career, you don’t have to risk, don’t serve in the army, carry out risky operations. military intelligence, it turns out, is not necessary to do all this. It is better to protect the one who distributes titles. I just received a present for the state account, a pension a little higher, and what you can, it means Outrageous arrogance and insult to the officer corps in Ukraine. Shame on the one who so ineptly distributes state titles, and on the one who has the audacity to take such handouts, Fedorov has no idea about the officer’s honor. This is the 28th general’s rank awarded by the president in May. This is probably the youngest serviceman, Lieutenant-General in Ukraine, this is someone who has a grueling service, “Glavred Tsenzor summarizes. NO. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126831

 

The first contest of defense technology projects in Ukraine was launched

The first competition of defense technology projects started in Ukraine, which takes place at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kiev Polytechnic Institute”. This platform brought together scientists, developers and inventors with enterprises of the defense industry, potential investors and the Ukrainian army. For the contest, the efforts were united by Ukroboronprom, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Central Scientific-Research Institute of Arms and Military Equipment, the League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine, the State Innovation Finance and Credit Institution, the KPI them. Igor Sikorsky, Science Park “Kyiv Polytechnic” and Innovation holding “Sikorsky Challenge”. In total, 132 projects were sent to the competition, which were developed by scholars throughout the country. In the final there are 43 developments that cover all areas of Ukraine’s defense, ranging from laser medical equipment and secure communication systems, to the project of creating a grouping of space microsatellites and the use of nanocomposite materials. “We make every effort to ensure that cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies come into real production as soon as possible and strengthen our country’s defense capability. And the latest developments of Ukroboronprom’s enterprises are a real proof of the productive symbiosis of the Ukrainian science and defense industry. Now in this hall there are representatives of defense companies and special exporters of the Concern who have already shown practical interest in realizing the presented developments in real production. First of all, given the priority tasks performed by the Concern, we are talking about a technology to reduce the cost of manufacturing artillery shells and increase productivity of production, “said Pavlo Bukin, General Director of Ukroboronprom during the event. Also in the final of the competition were presented developments in the field of implementation of nanocomposites in military technology in order to increase the strength of traditional materials, the system of detection of UAVs due to powerful laser radiation, the technology of producing high-performance powdered varnish type for small arms, the creation of laser equipment tactical medicine and other projects.

 

Acting president advises successor to ‘take the same road as President Poroshenko’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has advised his successor, President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, to follow his example.

Acting president advises Zelenskyi to ‘take the same road as Poroshenko’

14.05.19 13:59 – Acting president advises Zelenskyi to ‘take the same road as Poroshenko’ Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has advised his successor, president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyi, to follow his example. View news.

Zelensky accused [Speaker] Parubiy of lying, since the Rada on May 14 did not consider the date of inauguration

The newly elected President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, accused Speaker Parubiy of lying, because the BP on May 14 did not consider the issue of setting a date for the inauguration of the new president. According Tsenzor.NET, this is stated on Facebook Zelensky. The text says: “Andrew Paruby: “We promise you that on May 14 we will precisely set the date of inauguration” (WITH) ̶Ц̶и̶т̶а̶т̶и̶ Lies ̶V̶e̶l̶i̶k̶i̶h̶ Small Scammers Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine – shortly I LIE. I LIE – their life motto. Remember the names of the deputies of this convocation. And in the next parliamentary elections – draw conclusions. Let’s make them together! ” Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126829

More proposals for presidential inauguration date appear in parliament, for May 17 and May 26

Member of Parliament Vitaliy Kupriy (non-aligned) has proposed swearing in Ukraine’s new president on May 26, while MP Volodymyr Kurennoy (Bloc of Petro Poroshenko) has proposed holding the ceremony on May 17.

Two proposals for presidential inauguration date appear in parliament

14.05.19 11:45 – Two proposals for presidential inauguration date appear in parliament More proposals for presidential inauguration date appear in parliament, for May 17 and May 26. View news.

Regulation Committee to consider decrees on Zelenskyi’s inauguration date on May 15

14.05.19 12:27 – Regulation Committee to consider decrees on Zelenskyi’s inauguration date on May 15 Acting Chairman of the Regulation Committee of the Verkhovna Rada announced consideration of draft decrees on cancellation of voting for the language law and green tariffs today, on May 14 at 12 pm View news.

UAWire – Zelensky’s team publishes video petition to dissolve Ukrainian parliament

President-elect of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky’s team uploaded a video petition to the administration’s official YouTube channel asking Ukrainians …

Poroshenko says interested in Zelenskyy’s inauguration – LB.ua news portal

Poroshenko says interested in Zelenskyy’s inauguration. The president-elect insists on holding it on 19 May. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Poroshenko interested in early inauguration of Zelensky – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is interested in making a decision by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on holding President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration as soon as possible. Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky urged the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, to set the inauguration date for May 19.

National Front party suggests holding Zelensky’s inauguration on May 28

Zelensky insists to hold the inauguration on May 19

Team Zelensky explain grounds for Rada’s possible dissolution – news politics | UNIAN

Dmytro Razumkov, a spokesman for Volodymyr Zelensky’s headquarters, has said the decision of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on whether to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, will depend on “what the parliament’s actions will be.” “If we are talking about parliament dissolution, it’s about what the parliament’s actions will be,” he told a Svoboda Slova [Freedom of Speech] panel show on Ukraine’s ICTV channel, according to Hromadske. Razumkov said an example of a negative step by the lawmakers was a bill on president, which Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Oksana Syroid at a meeting on April 22 urged to pass. According to Razumkov, such a law would significantly limit Zelensky’s powers and prevent him from fulfilling promises made to voters. “Certain lawmakers, representatives of the parliament’s leadership said it was possible to try to pass this law, which in fact not only restricted the rights and duties of the president, but also to a certain extent violated the Constitution. After all, many of these functions, which they wanted to streamline with a potential law, belong to the constitutional powers of the president – and thus the institution of presidency would be liquidated, almost to an extent of shifting to a parliamentary Republic,” Razumkov said.

People on the move: New officials of Zelensky’s team

The first appointments will be announced after the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky. We will tell you about the applicants for positions of ministers and the head of Presidential Administration. Groysman remains in the same office? Most likely, the main chair of Ukraine’s Cabinet would remain the same before the parliamentary elections. According to our sources in Zelensky’s team, acting Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman would remain at his post until the autumn. Groysman has already publicly admitted that he is not in a hurry to resign. “I do not understand the basis of the question of the resignation of the government. The election of the president is not the basis for the resignation of the government,” the head of government noted. But the wave of resignations might hit his subordinates. According to our sources in the coalition factions, there are negotiations on replacing five ministers, appointed by the quota of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction. According to our interlocutors, Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko, First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan might lose their cabinets. In addition, according to our interlocutors, Minister for Veterans Affairs Iryna Friz, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk are also under threat of dismissal. “The parliament is preparing the ground for personnel changes in the government,” our interlocutors say. According to 112.uasources in the team of the newly elected president, “results grid is regularly changing.” The interlocutors add that Volodymyr Schulmeister, the former first deputy head of department, could become a new infrastructure minister. But it is quite possible there would be no changes in the foreign policy part of the government. According to our sources in Zelensky’s team, current Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin might keep his post “with a probability of 60%.” The minister himself said he would offer his own resignation to the newly elected President of Ukraine. Law enforcers’ shuffle The power vertical seems to be waiting for at least a partial update. There are some negotiations between Zelensky’s team and current First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Serhiy Kryvonos for the post of Minister of Defense. Earlier, the winner of the presidential election publicly admitted that he had already invited Kryvynos to join his team, but he decided to play in favor of Petro Poroshenko. It is possible that the current head of department Stepan Poltorak will remain in office. In a comment to journalists, the head of the defense department said he was ready to meet with the newly elected President of Ukraine. A new or “new old” person might head the Security Service (SBU). According to 112.uasources at Zelensky’s headquarters, former presidential candidate and former SBU head Ihor Smeshko could return to his office. Officially, such proposals were denied by his representatives. Related: Ukraine’s presidential election: Surprise results of ex-head of state security service Smeshko There might be also changes at the Prosecutor General’s Office. At a briefing after the announcement of the exit poll results, Volodymyr Zelensky announced Prosecutor General would be changed. Moreover, Yuriy Lutsenko himself has repeatedly stated his intention to return to public politics and take part in parliamentary elections. And although in early May, the Prosecutor General stated that he did not see “legal and moral grounds for resignation,” changes in the Prosecutor General’s Office are only a matter of time. Prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulik, who became widely known for his criminal case against Poroshenko’s entourage, as well as former Deputy Prosecutor General Vitaly Kasko, another ex-deputy David Sakvarelidze are among the contenders for the post of head of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Serhiy Gorbatyuk, the head of the special investigations department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, has publicly declared his ambitions to head the body. Related: Nowhere man: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Lutsenko wants to join Zelensky’s team According to our sources in Ze!Team, Arsen Avakov will continue to be the main “policeman” of Ukraine. The interlocutors point out this was one of the conditions for cooperation between the minister and Zelensky’s team. And one of the speakers close to Zelensky, his business partner Serhiy Shefir, said that Ukraine’s MIA head is “the most effective minister” in the current Cabinet. On the sidelines of the parliament, there are rumors that Avakov might become a new parliamentary speaker, and a part of the American political elites have nothing against this idea. Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, often associated with Zelensky, did not rule out that Arsen Avakov would preserve a place in his current office. Zelensky claimed he wanted to move the presidential office from Bankova Street. “We do not want to be in this administration. The place should be open, we want to reduce the presidential administration,” he said. The intrigue about the appointment of the head of the Presidential Administration is still unveiled. Business partner and Zelensky’s old friend Serhiy Shefir, as well as Andriy Bogdan, lawyer of Ihor Kolomoysky, are among the applicants for this position are. Officially, Zelensky’s team does not voice the name of the new head of the presidential office, noting that “all personnel issues will be resolved after the inauguration.”

Vice Prime Minister: Government has single request to Zelensky

The Government is proud of holding free and democratic elections in Ukraine and has the only one request to the president-elect: to continue the reforms launched in Ukraine and support its path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. — Ukrinform. “We are all proud that we have managed to conduct very competitive, free and democratic elections. I have the only one request to the next president: the European and Euro-Atlantic integration must not be discredited, since we all paid a very high price for the ability to have a free choice,” Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said at a high-level conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. She reminded that the request of society for the continuation of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration was reflected in the provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine, the guarantor of which is the President of Ukraine. “I think it will be a proper legal basis, it will allow us to continue the reforms we have launched. Such are the expectations of our society. We hope that they will be heard and the government will be able to work successfully with the new president in order to ensure a constructive transfer of authority and continuation of the reform agenda that we have been carrying out all these years,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

Tymoshenko calls for new Rada coalition, new government – news politics | UNIAN

Leader of the Batkivshchyna faction Yulia Tymoshenko has called on parliamentary factions to create a new coalition and appoint a new government. According to Tymoshenko, the question is whether the current parliament is ready for the changes that “people expect.”

Constitutional Court again postpones consideration of lustration law

The Constitutional Court has again postponed the consideration of the law on government cleansing. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s Parliament unblocks signing of Ukrainian language law

Ukrainian MPs unblocked signing of the law on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language

Parliament Speaker Parubiy signs Ukraine’s language bill – news politics | UNIAN

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy has signed draft law No. 5670-d on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the national language. It is yet to be signed into law by President Poroshenko.

Parliament Speaker Parubiy signs draft law on Ukrainian language

Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy has signed the draft law on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the national language.

Parubiy signs language law

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy has signed the law on ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as a state language. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko appoints two new members of High Council of Justice

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has appointed two new members of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Naftogaz offers to decrease price of natural gas for households

NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine has sent to contractors the additional agreements containing the new price of natural gas for deliveries within the imposition of special duties, the company’s communications department has reported. — Ukrinform.

Court rejects NBU’s appeal in Privatbank ex-shareholder’s case – LB.ua news portal

Court rejects NBU’s appeal in Privatbank ex-shareholder’s case. The National Bank intends to file an appeal. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Cyber police close down over 30 unauthorised online cinemas – LB.ua news portal

Cyber police close down over 30 unauthorised online cinemas. They opened 19 criminal cases. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukrainians invent floating waste recycling plant for cleaning ocean. Photos

The NiceCube creative group from Mykolayiv city, Ukraine, designed a unique project of a floating waste recycling plant at the request of the Ocean Polymers British environmental company. — Ukrinform.

The Institute of History prepares the Encyclopedia of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921

Ukrainian historians are working on the Encyclopedia of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921. As the correspondent of Tsensor.NET reports , the book is being prepared by the Department of History of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921 at the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. “It’s very much written about the Ukrainian revolution, it can be debated how long or short texts should be.” Encyclopedia is just that genre that allows you to briefly, but expressly talk about some local things. This is important for students, schoolchildren, teachers, but as well as for the general public “, – said the head of the department, Doctor of Historical Sciences Vladislav Verstyuk. The historian stressed that similar publications also aim to solve the question of controversial terminology: “Russian historians, for example, scaryly deny that there was some kind of Ukrainian revolution, they believe that there was only one Russian, with pure secession there, and Hrushevsky was completely crazy.” Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126680

Donbas beyond the war. Preserving the steppe marmot |Euromaidan Press |

Striltsivskyi Steppe is a nature reserve in the north of Luhansk Oblast, one of four divisions of Luhansk Nature Reserve. It is the only one of four untouched by war. Two other parts of Luhansk Reserve, Prydintsivska Zaplava and Tryokhizbenskyi Steppe, are situated near the war-torn settlements of Stanytsia Luhanska and Krymske just at the frontline. Finally, Provalskyi Steppe is the deep rear of the occupied territory.

 

Volodymyr Zelenskiy (VIDEO)

The result of meetings with religious leaders was a message of peace for the inhabitants of the Crimea and the Donbas. Thanks to everyone who agreed. We are with you! We are together! We are one country!

Zelensky posts “peace message” of Ukraine’s religious leaders to residents of occupied Crimea, Donbas – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has published a peace-seeking video message of the leaders of Ukrainian religious denominations to Ukrainian nationals living in the illegally annexed Crimea and temporarily occupied territories of Donbas. “The result of my meetings with religious leaders was a peace message to residents of Crimea and Donbas. Thanks to everyone who agreed. We are with you! We are together! We are one country!” Zelensky signed the video posted on his Facebook page. The video shows redacted appeals from Honorable Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav [Shevchuk], Head of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Onufriy, Mufti of Crimea Ayder Rustemov, Chief Rabbi of Odesa and southern Ukraine Avraham Wolff, Mufti Ahmad Tamim, Mufti Said Ismagilov, Chief Rabbi of Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk region Shmuel Kaminetsky, Chief Rabbi of Kharkiv and eastern Ukraine Moshe Moskovich, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv Moshe Reuven Azman, and Chief Rabbi of Donbas Phinehas Vishetsky. Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy was not shown in the video. According to BBC sources close to Epifaniy, the latter declined an offer to take part in the effort. The cleric was allegedly worried that it would seem if he was calling for talks with militant leaders. The hierarch did not like the piece he was offered to voice, calling on parties to stop “speaking the language of the cannons”. The publication notes that the head of the church was worried that his participation in the video along with OCU’s honorable patriarch Filaret would lead to speculations over who is a top figure in the OCU.

UAWire – Ukraine’s muftis and rabbis to Donbas residents: lay down your weapons

Ahead of his inauguration, Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has held a meeting with a number of prominent religious leaders. During the meeting, Ukrainian priests, mullahs and rabbis recorded a joint video message to the pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas who have declared autonomy in Luhansk and in Donetsk. In the video, the religious figures highlight the need to be filled with love, to set aside weapons, and to engage in peaceful dialog. The clip begins with a statement by Patriarch Filaret of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine: “Dear brothers and sisters! Residents of Crimea and the Donbas! I hope the Lord will lead us to peace as soon as possible.” Chief Rabbi of Odessa and southern Ukraine Avraham Wolf also speaks in the video: “The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors. We and you are one nation. We are praying for you, we love you very much.” The video concludes with a message from Metropolitan Onufriy, head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine: “I appeal to you with a word of love, and for God’s sake, I ask all the people on whom this depends to stop talking to each other using guns and automatic weapons. We believe that God will defeat all evil. We believe that, in the end, we will sit like civilized people around the negotiating table, and be able to resolve all conflicts, all the issues we have with each other, through human wisdom,” Onufriy said. In addition to those mentioned above, the video featured Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the chief rabbis of the Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, the Donbas and Kyiv, and muftis Said Ismailov and Aider Rustamov (mufti of Crimea). Judging by this video, Zelensky intends to take the “apolitical” stance of the universal peacemaker. However, after his inauguration, he could find this image difficult to maintain in practice.

Epiphanius refused to participate in the appeal of religious leaders to the residents of ORDLO because of the text – it looks like a call for negotiations with terrorists, – “All-Ukrainian Council Council of Churches”

The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PCU), Metropolitan Epiphanius, refused to take part in the filming of the video with appeals of Ukrainian hierarchs of various denominations to residents of the temporarily occupied regions of Donbas and Crimea, although the primate of the PCU offered this. Reports about it with reference to sources in an environment of Epifaniya “All-Ukrainian Council Council of Churches”, reports Tsenzor.NET . Video May 13 published the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. In it, in particular, the honorable patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Onufry, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Svyatoslav (Shevchuk), the mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine “Umma” Sheikh Said Ismaghilov, the mufti of Crimea Ayder Rustem , Chief Rabbi of Odessa and the South of Ukraine Avraam Wolf, Chief Rabbi of the Dnieper and Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Shmuel Kaminetsky, Chief Rabbi of Kharkov and Eastern Ukraine Moishe Moskovich, Chief Rabbi of Kiev Moshe R uven Asman and Chief Rabbi of Donbas Pinchas Vishetsky and mufti Ahmed Tamim. According to the “All-Ukrainian Council Council of Churches”, Epiphanius did not like the text proposed for dubbing, that “it is necessary to speak not in the language of guns.” The head of the PCC “was worried that it would look like he was calling for talks with the militant leaders.” Also Epiphanius, according to the interlocutors of “All-Ukrainian Council Council of Churches”, worried that his participation in the video message together with Filaret would lead to different interpretations of who is more important in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

There was an inconsistency, – Epiphanius explained why he did not appear in the appeal of religious leaders

The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Epiphanius, explained why he did not take part in the filming of a video message from religious leaders of Ukraine to the residents of Donbas and Crimea. “If you know, the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches operates in Ukraine, and by this time we often gathered, sometimes argued and addressed with certain general statements on behalf of all Ukrainian churches and religious organizations,” Epifany told Donbas News , reports Tsenzor.NET . According to the head of the PCU, this time “there was an inconsistency,” because before that members of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches did not make appeals in video format. “We have so far made appeals only on paper. For example, the All-Ukrainian Council Council of Churches appealed for the release of prisoners,” he added. When asked what he would say in his address to the residents of the annexed Crimea and the regional districts of Donbas, Epiphanius replied: “We must believe that victory will be on our side, that the time will come when we will be united when Ukraine will rule world”. “I would also tell them that we have to wait patiently. We will unite and continue as a united Ukrainian state, so I want the Lord to give them strength, patience and inspiration to wait for this blessed time when peace will truly reign and we will further build our common future together, “added the head of the CCE Epiphanius also said that in order to achieve a “just peace”, it is necessary to “defeat the aggressor.” On May 13, the elected President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, published a video message by religious leaders of Ukraine of various denominations to the residents of Donbas and Crimea. Honorary Patriarch Filaret took part in the video from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

“Discord gift for Kremlin”: Activists rally outside Filaret’s residence calling for church unity – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian activists have called on Honorable Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret and Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy to reach understanding. A rally was held by members of the “Corps of Defenders of the Revolution of Dignity” public organization on Pushkinska Street in Kyiv outside the residence of Patriarch Filaret, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The activists were seen holding posters saying “We call for unity!”, “United Orthodox Church means united Ukraine,” and “Orthodox Church of Ukraine basis of national security.” They read out a letter calling on the clergy to reach understanding and unity. “Recently, we have received alarming news on an attempt to ‘restore’ the Kyiv Patriarchate and the convening of separate meetings for changing the statute of the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine.” “We emphasize the discord in the finally created united Ukrainian Orthodox church poses a threat to national security and that it would be the best gift to the Kremlin. Millions of Ukrainian believers may become hostages to misunderstandings of Ukraine’s top clergy. Therefore, today we call on all church representatives to reach understanding and unity for the sake of preserving the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” the letter says. No one came out of the residence to receive the letter. A participant in the rally, Olesia Horiainova, said this letter would be sent to Filaret by email and by post. Read alsoPatriarch Filaret admits split in newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine Horiainova also said she and her public organization do not intend to assess what is happening in relations between Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epifaniy, only urging the two church leaders to reach understanding. “We ask both Honorable Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epifaniy to find a common language and show unity because times have not been easy for Ukraine, while internal discord could play into the hands of the enemy. We came with no demands, but a simple request,” she said.

Failure of Filaret’s “coup”? Only 4 bishops accept invitation: BBC – news ukraine | UNIAN

On Tuesday, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kyiv is hosting a prayer celebration in honor of the hieromartyr Makariy. The event, traditional for the UOC-KP Patriarchate, was in the center of the scandal amid reports on Filaret’s intentions to resume operations of the UOC-KP despite the creation of a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine greenlighted by Constantinople. Invitation to the celebration were printed on the lanks of the Kyiv Patriarchate and signed by “Patriarch of Kyiv and All Russia-Ukraine” Filaret, the BBC reports. Moreover, the invitations said that the holiday was celebrated by the UOC-KP, while not a word was mentioned about the OCU. Head of the OCU Epifaniy did not immediately receive his invitation. Filaret sent it him only after information about the event appeared in the media. With the creation of the OCU, a spat emerged between Filaret and Epifaniy over the influence on the church since honorable patriarch Filaret is not content with his purely symbolic status and is trying to get a decisive influence on the church. Some considered the planned celebration as a kind of “parade of forces,” where Filaret had to check how many hierarchs would support his idea of restoration of the UOC-KP. And this is supposedly one of the stages on the way to the revolutionary events in the church – the Council, on which Filaret, supposedly, seeks to formally restore the Kyiv Patriarchate, to restore the statute and the synod of the UOC-KP, with him governing the church as a patriarch. In this scenario, Epifaniy would supposedly be only given the role of church representation abroad. According to BBC sources, the Ecumenical Patriarchate unequivocally supports Epifaniy and even does not rule out the abolition of tomos in the event of the implementation of a scenario for the restoration of the Kyiv Patriarchate. On the eve of the celebration, a number of eparchies of the OCU made open statements in support of Epifaniy. At the same time, the number of supporters of such a scenario, obviously, was insignificant. In response to the invitation to the celebration, only four bishops of over 60 arrived: Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Klement, as well as a group of hierarchs from the former parishes of the UOC-KP in Russia, Metropolitan of Belgorod and Oboyansk Ioasaf, his vicar Peter, and Bishop Adrian. According to BBC sources, Klement came out of his respect for Filaret. One of the most influential hierarchs of the OCU, Metropolitan Mykhail, who at the unifying council was Epifaniy’s main rival for chairmanship in the new church, did not arrive. Earlier, sources named him one of Filaret’s possible allies. Metropolitan Epifaniy did not arrive at the Cathedral either. On this day, he has a scheduled visit to Mariupol. During the liturgy, Filaret mentioned in the diptych of the primates of the local Orthodox churches Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy. This means Filaret recognizes Epifaniy’s reign.

 

Religious Freedom Roundtable in Ukraine | RESOLUTION On religious freedom in the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas occupied by Russian Federation

The annexation of Crimea led to numerous violations of religious freedom. The forcibly imposed Russian legislation is widely used to persecute religious communities and individual believers. There have been documented a lot of cases of punishment for “reading the Bible and prayers”, “distributing leaflets with an invitation to a prayer house”, “religious songs” and other activities that are equated with the missionary ones held outside the designated places. Under the pretext of searching for extremist materials, representatives of law enforcement agencies in Crimea are constantly conducting searches in libraries, prayer houses, Muslims schools (madrassas, mosques), as well as at lawyers, journalists and public activists. At least 16 cases of attempted arson, robbery, desecration of mosques were documented, while only in one of them they managed to find a guilty person. In mosques, cameras are installed to monitor Muslims. The number of criminal cases for membership in religious organizations recognized in the Russian Federation as the terrorist or extremist ones is growing, although they freely carry out their activities in Ukraine. Russia’s so-called anti-extremist legislation contravenes international standards and is used for groundless accusations and persecutions of believers and religious communities. 24 Crimean Tatars were imprisoned on the charge of belonging to Hizb ut-Tahrir only during the last arrests on March 27, 2019. The arrests of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses began, whose activities are prohibited in Russia, and their number in Crimea is about 8,000. In all court proceedings of these years there is no evidence of preparation or conduct of terrorist acts. Amnesty International recognized one of the most prominent participants in the fabricated cases Emir-Usein Kuku as a prisoner of conscience. Churches and religious organizations associated with Ukraine are in critical condition. Due to seizure or the decision of the occupation courts they were deprived of the right to ownership of religious buildings. Thus, before the occupation, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (now the Orthodox Church of Ukraine) had about 50 religious organizations in Crimea. As of March 2019, their number has decreased to 9. Now the occupation authorities are trying to deprive the OCU of the premises of the Cathedral and the Diocese in Simferopol. Even worse is the situation with the observance of freedom of religion in the occupied part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (Donbas) in eastern Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, the illegal armed formations created by the direct participation of the Russian Federation proclaimed the Orthodoxy of the Moscow Patriarchate as the main religion of the region and began the persecution of other religious denominations. Dozens of temples, prayer houses and places of worship have been captured.

The Russian Federation is responsible for the harassment of religious freedom in the occupied territories of the Crimea and Donbas, – the resolution of the Round Table on religious freedom

Full de-occupation of the Ukrainian territories of the Crimea and Donbas will allow to stop the brutal persecution of believers of various confessions, inspired by the occupation authorities of Russia, and restore religious freedom. This was announced by the participants of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine in a resolution promulgated on May 14, 2019 in Kiev at the press center of the UKMC, according to the Institute for Religious Freedom , Tsenzor reports. NO The resolution notes that the occupation authorities in Crimea do not recognize freedom of religion, but consider it as a collective category, which depends on the level of loyalty to the Russian authorities. Therefore, the Russian law enforcement agencies in Crimea continue to persecute Muslims from the Crimean Tatars, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and individual evangelical churches of Ukraine. “The occupation of Crimea led to numerous violations of religious freedom. Enforced Russian legislation is widely used to persecute religious communities and individual believers. Russia’s so-called anti-extremist legislation contradicts international standards and is used for unfounded accusations and persecution of believers and religious communities,” the resolution says. At the same time, the situation in the occupied territories of Donbas is even worse – most religious communities simply ceased to exist, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion is absent as a phenomenon. In some places, like the times of the Soviet regime, believers of certain confessions are forced to gather in secret in order to have the opportunity for joint prayers, learning the basics of dogma and performing religious rites. Dozens of temples, prayer houses and places of worship have been seized and are now under the control of illegal armed formations of the so-called “DPR” and “LPR”, supported by Russia. The practice of abduction, torture and extrajudicial executions of clergymen and individual believers of most confessions, with the exception of the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, is widespread. “As a result of the conscious policy of terror on the part of the occupying authorities, which replicates judicial arbitrariness and the repressive laws of Russia, most of the clergy, together with their families, left the occupied Donbas,” say human rights activists and religious leaders of Ukraine. The initiators of the resolution require the Russian Federation to take measures to de-occupy the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas and to stop the attacks on freedom of religion, as well as to immediately release all citizens of Ukraine convicted of their religious beliefs, which is in direct violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights person In addition, the Resolution calls on the UN member states to initiate the preparation of a public report on the state of ensuring freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the Russian occupied territories of the Crimea and Donbas in order to present it at specially organized hearings in the UN, Council of Europe, OSCE, EU and USA. Also, the initiators of the resolution are asked to appoint a special EU representative for the occupied Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas to monitor the situation with human rights violations and periodic public reporting to the EU Council on the state of affairs. The resolution was supported by 50 participants of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine, including 25 churches and religious organizations and 25 human rights and other public organizations. Recall that the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine was founded on April 16, 2019 in Kiev by the participants of the first meeting, who decided to combine the efforts of the religious community and human rights activists, with the involvement of scientists and government representatives, in promoting religious freedom and the development of the world. Organizational support for the activities of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine is provided by the Institute for Religious Freedom in partnership with the Center for Civil Liberties with the support of UCSJ. The full text of the resolution is available at the links: Ukrainian , English , Russian . The press conference, at which the Resolution of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine was promulgated, was attended by: Archbishop Evstratii (Zorya), Pastor Anatoly Kozachok, Fr. Oleksa Petriv, Gennady Biloritsky, Sheikh Rustam Gafuri, Alexander Zaets, Alexander Matviychuk, Yevgeny Zakharov, Olga Skrypnyk. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3126773

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Patriarchate’s Opposition to New Stalin Cult Draws Fire from Russian Nationalists

Paul Goble Staunton, May 12 – Metropolitan Ilarion, head of the Synodical Department of External Relations and generally viewed as second only to Kirill in the Moscow Patriarchate, says that Russians should not give Joseph Stalin credit for victory in World War II or revive the cult of personality around the late Soviet dictator. In a televised interview, the senior Orthodox churchman says that the church has already made “very clear” its attitude toward Stalin’s repressions in the 1920s and 1930s by canonizing as “new martyrs” many of those who fell victim to his regime (znak.com/2019-05-11/v_rpc_prizvali_ne_stavit_pobedu_v_velikoy_otechestvennoy_voyne_v_zaslugu_stalinu). With regard to Stalin’s role in the war, Ilarion reminds his listeners that Stalin shot many senior commanders leaving the country’s defenses in far worse shape and that the Kremlin leader ignored warnings from Soviet agents, like Richard Zorge, that Hitler was about to attack, something that made the situation even worse. “Therefore,” the metropolitan continues, “there is simply no reason to declare that the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Fatherland War was the result of Stalin’s work. I think this was the to the credit of the entire people, something mistakenly given to Stalin as a result of the cult of personality.” “I do not think that there is any need to revive this cult of personality in our time.” Given how often the Moscow Patriarchate as marched in lock step with the Kremlin, Ilarion’s words are striking. But for some Russian nationalists, they are deeply offensive. And they are responding with anger. Mikhail Khazin, one of their number, says “it would have been better” if Ilarion had kept his mouth shut” (publizist.ru/blogs/26/31006/-). That the metropolitan made these remarks is not entirely surprising given how much the Church suffered as a result of Stalin’s crimes. They almost certainly reflect what many Orthodox believe. But they may be more important as a sign of something else — a debate within the upper reaches of power in Moscow about just how far to rehabilitate Stalin. Ilarion’s words serve notice that if the Kremlin or his supporters go too far in deifying Stalin, the Church will part company with such an effort, a threat that may be more important now than it might have been two or three years ago as a result of the decline in the ratings of Vladimir Putin and his regime.

Police Clash With Protesters At Construction Site Of Russian Orthodox Church

Police have clashed with protesters demonstrating against plans to construct a Russian Orthodox cathedral in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.