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More on the Vozhd’s Wunderwaffe pitch, and the Su-57 PAK-FA. Lawn Dart as an Su-57 threat emulator (LOL). New FULLBACK footage dropping a KAB-1500PB bunker buster. Pantsyr S2 to Pakistan. Yekaterinburg anti-ROC protest now being labelled as the “Yekaterinburg Maidan”, and producing an apoplectic reaction from Russian nationalists, labelling it as a Western conspiracy to dismember the Motherland at the Urals. Chablin essay on military training to overcome the West’s “cultural warfare”against Russia is a must read – this is bizarre paranoia reminiscent of the Stalin era, complete with the attribution of all Russian FUBARs to wicked manipulation by the evil West.
Erdogan escalates his dispute with NATO/US by declaring his intention to proceed with procurement and co-production of the S-500 Triumfator-M / Prometey ABM system, and blames his economic mismanagement on Western manipulation.
Russia’s little helpers stumble in Austria, a sting operation by German media exposing political corruption of the Vice Chancellor. A priceless essay by Rohac on Orban, and the blindness of Western political ideologues to dictators and autocrats. EP election update – Russian meddling is working nicely it appears. Beeb to produce TV drama on the Salisbury attacks.
More on Russian UNSC stunt over Ukraine’s language law (that was reviewed by several EU bodies – this appears to be a pretense to make a ca20 pse for invasion, yet again). Crimea and Tartar genocide reports.
In Ukraine, Pres Poroshenko spent the weekend dispensing decorations, awards and grants – Amb Volker given the Order of Yaroslav the Wise. Russia not invited to inauguration. Poll shows unprecedented support for EU and NATO accession.
Donbas update – interesting comments to media by former JFO Commander LtGen Nayev. Starokramatorsk Machine-Building Plant in Kramatorsk, liberated from the Russians in 2014, about to start producing replacement main gun barrels for most Ukrainian MBTs.
Politics news dominated by inauguration, and some wicked comments by a very sceptical Portnikov. Tomorrow Ze becomes President and politics in Kyiv will change in many ways.
At a meeting on developing air and space forces in the Russian Federation, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that a new type of weapon is being developed which, in his opinion, “will determine what the Russian army and navy is capable of in the XXI century”. He also noted that previously such targeting systems were “the stuff of science fiction”, RBC news agency reports. Such weapons, according to Putin, would function as tactical-level combat laser complexes. The President of the Russian Federation proposed “that the overall development of promising weapons should be evaluated separately, including those created on the basis of so-called new physical principles.” “In addition, we will discuss the work being done on laser weapons systems using domestic optics and highly sensitive opto-electronics, including those that till recently were just “the stuff of fairytales,” Putin said, adding that he meant tactical laser combat systems. In March, the Russian President devoted a large part of his annual address at the Federal Assembly to discussing new Russian weapons. He said that a new nuclear-powered cruise missile with “an unlimited range and unpredictable flight trajectory” was created and successfully tested in the Russian Federation. During Putin’s speech, a 3D video showed the launch of a Sarmat ballistic missile equipped with an anti-missile defense system. The Russian president accused the United States of developing missile defense systems around the world and said that the Russian defense industry will not wait around, but will invent means of challenging these systems.
A presidental sale pitch?
“The Su-57 still isn’t a mature design. It lacks key combat systems. Sukhoi hasn’t set up a big, efficient production line for the type. And Moscow almost certainly doesn’t have the money to buy a large number of stealth fighters.”
Nellis Air Force Base has released footage of F-16C Fighting Falcons fighter aircraft from the Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme adapted from a Russia’s upcoming fifth-generation stealth fighter. “A new adversary has arrived. The GHOST is here! Be afraid!”, Nellis Air Force Base announced on its Facebook account. The Aggressors Squadrons F-16 liveries replicate the paint schemes, markings, and insignias of Su-57 fighter jet of Russian Air Forces. The color design, inspired by the Russian Su-57 allows pilots in training who come within visual range of these adversary jets get the same sight they would see if they were engaging an actual threat. For all we know, during a meeting with defense chiefs and industry representatives on 15 May, Putin said the air force required three full regiments equipped with the Su-57 by 2028. At present, Moscow is contracted to buy just 16 examples of fifth-generation stealth fighter by 2027, he says. “The 2028 arms program stipulated the purchase of 16 such jets,” Putin said, according to TASS news agency. “We have agreed to purchase 76 such fighters without the increase in prices in the same period of time.” During the same meeting, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu noted that the per-unit cost per aircraft and associated equipment went down by 20 percent.
News live Published on May 14, 2019 A Russian bomber dropped a one and a half-ton laser-guided KAB-1500PR. Such a bomb can hit well-fortified, deep targets, such as bunkers and underground warehouses. So, ammunition is able to break through to 3 meters of reinforced concrete. The footage shows how the projectile separates from the bomber and flies towards the ground. The moment of the explosion was not recorded on the video. It is noted that the bombs KAB-1500PR were used in Syria in 2015. Then the ammunition was dropped to the position of militants in Syrian territory.
Will Russia sell the Pantsir missile system and T-90 tanks to Pakistan?
Paul Goble Staunton, May 18 – By organizing what he calls the anti-Russian and anti-Orthodox demonstrations in Yekaterinburg, Igor Romanov says, the West is trying to split Russia along the Urals mountains, an effort that threatens to spark a civil war and that requires Moscow name a governor general to maintain control in the Russian Far East. The head of the Vladivostok-based Shores of Russia Center for Church-State Relations blames the US consulate in Yekaterinburg for the protests and is using them to split Russia in two parts. Worse, he says, the US is using its embassy and consulates everywhere to do the same (beregrus.ru/?p=12179). But the immediate goal of the Americans, Romanov says, is to divide Russia along the Urals so that it can then undermine Russian power and Russian Orthodoxy east of the Urals and take control of that resource-rich region. He calls for closing US missions in Russia before it is too late, especially in the Far East where the Americans feel “still more free than in the Urals.” Indeed, things are so serious, the Russian Orthodox nationalist says, Moscow must appoint a governor general for the Far East as a whole and name military governors in all its krays and oblasts to ensure that the center does not lose control of the country east of the Urals to the Americans (beregrus.ru/?p=12181). Romanov’s language and argument are extravagant, even if they do reflect his real fears. But others in more tempered language are talking about the way in which the events in Yekaterinburg highlight the revival of the differences that existed between central Russia and Siberia in the 1990s. The most thoughtful of these is Konstantin Dzhultayev, a political commentator for the URA news agency, who argues that “the street protests in Yekaterinburg are only beginning” and that the divide between the political system Moscow has sought to impose and Siberian imperatives for a very different one is widening (ura.news/articles/1036278079). The Yekaterinburg protests, Dzhultayev says, represent “the destruction of the system of political suppression that has existed for a decade.” That system functioned when there was no real opposition and no need for those in power to speak with the people. “But it has not withstood the first clash with reality.” “The roots of what has occurred during this week of protests extend to the end of the 2000s, the period of the destruction of the political system built in the region by former governor Eduard Rossel,” the commentator says. He “was able to deal directly with the population, frequently going out” to talk with those who were upset with one thing or another. With Rossel, Dzhultayev continues, “people had the opportunity to influence the authorities not only via organizing mass protest actions. They believed that they could influence it via elections, that the deputies, mayors and even governor elected by them would defend popular aspirations” – and that power came not just top down but bottom up as well. At the beginning of this decade, “the situation both in the region and in the country as a whole changed.” Gubernatorial elections were done away with, street protests were limited. Rossel went into retirement, and “real work with the population was replaced by interactions with formal institutions” that did not have any knowledge of what the people wanted. The Yekaterinburg government continued to have consultations, but everyone knew the fix was in and so with time, the people stopped having any confidence that they could influence things except by going into the streets. And that is what they began to do, sometimes with success and sometimes not but always with the conviction that there was no other way. “The unsanctioned protests in May 2019 were the logical extension of the previous ones. As before, the opinion of those who did not want the church built was something no one in a position of power wanted to hear in official and legal spaces” and so the population did what it had to do – and what it had succeeded in doing earlier. These protests did not have a real leader, and “the real causes of them were the desire of city residents to be heard.” Unfortunately, those in positions of authority weren’t prepared to listen. Dzhultayev says during the protests, he met with representatives of the authorities. “The majority of them acknowledged that they were scared. They admitted that the administrative mechanisms of influence they were used to were not work on the city’s population.” They fell back on ideological tropes that have no basis in reality. Only Vladimir Putin’s intervention and suggestion that there be a poll allowed them to feel confident again given that many protesters went home, but the URA commentator this that this development “will be temporary.” People now have a way to get action – and it isn’t via the official organs. “Already today, opponents of building the cathedral are saying on social networks that they will have to resume their protests if they don’t get the results they want from the poll.” And the new protests will have a far larger agenda than the current ones because the participants will want those who opposed them removed. According to Dzhultayev, “the authorities have only a single way of countering the growing threat: the complete replacement of the leaders of the domestic political blocks and the transformation of the organs of power into places for real discussion to which all interested citizens will have access.” If that doesn’t happen, the protests will turn on powers that be. But something bigger will happen as well: “the Yekaterinburg precedent will bring dangers also to neighboring regions whose residents certainly will want to use the experience of their neighbors. Whether this danger is understood in Moscow is still unknown. So far, the Muscovites are only following the situation because they don’t have a recipe for its solution.” If Dzhultayev is right, then Russia will divide into two parts just as it was in the 1990s, with the Siberian regions moving in one direction and the Muscovite center in another – something perhaps not as radical as Romanov thinks but something that would be at least as consequential.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 17 – Many are ignoring the importance of the protests in Yekaterinburg, believing them to reflect the “not-in-my-back-yard” attitudes found in many places or anti-clericalism. Both are present, but there is something else far more important: Most Russians view the church as part of the state and see protests against the one as protests against the other. The Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is a tempting target for those angry about other things that it is more risky to demonstrate against. On the one hand, the church has been mired in scandals over the last decade and has lost much of the support it had earlier because of its slavish following the Kremlin line. And on the other, the nominally secular state is less troubled by attacks on itself than it is by most attacks on the church, quite willing to sacrifice in small ways the interests of its obedient servant although not prepared to do away without the rituals if not the faith that the Kremlin has declared a central element that binds Russians together. As a result, protests against the church invariably contain elements of protest against the state – and these elements can easily become predominant especially if the powers that be as is typically the case come down on the side of the church hierarchy and radical elements of the Orthodox community. That is exactly what is happening in Yekaterinburg and other cities of Russia now. Znak journalist Ivan Slobodenyuk argues in his latest article on the Znak portal about the events in Yekaterinburg that the Russian Orthodox Church has only itself to blame by becoming mired in scandal and relying almost exclusively on the state to defend it (znak.com/2019-05-17/kak_postoyannye_skandaly_vokrug_rpc_priveli_obchestvo_k_protestam_protiv_novyh_hramov). He cites Konstantin Mikhaylov, a specialist on religious affairs, as saying that “the protest against church construction at one and the same time expresses a secular political agenda – the dissatisfaction of people with ‘the spiritual bindings’ being pushed by the government, and the ROC in this situation is viewed as a promoter of state policy.” In the first two decades after the end of Soviet times, the church was involved in far fewer scandals than it has been in the last ten years; but as early as 2012, it was clear, Mikhaylov says that anti-clericalism was spreading, all the more so because the church and state were ever more publicly linked together not only by the regime but by the population as well. Indeed, the religious affairs specialist continues, anti-clericalism has become a central part of the agenda of the Russian opposition: “If in the 2000s, it was possible for an individual with politically opposition views to relate to the ROC with sympathy and respect, then now you will rarely encounter anyone like that.” That of course means that the political opposition, which earlier largely ignored church issues, is now far more ready to take part in protests against church plans, yet another reason that demonstrations against the church quickly become protests against state support for the church and then protests against the state itself. Secularism and anti-clericalism have been growing about the world including in Russia, Mikhaylov says, but the church has not figured out how to respond. Instead, “up to now it tries to base itself on government power in order to strengthen its position.” But that, as “our pre-revolutionary experience and the experience of other countries shows” is a bad bet. The more the church relies on the state and counts on it to back it up, “the more serious will be the reaction” against both the one and the other. Slobodenyuk does not address the likelihood that both the church and the state are thinking about what they need to do to survive this crisis. The state always has the option to pull back on its support for the church, although that would undermine a major prop of the Putin neo-conservative regime. But the church is in a worse position. If it continues to rely on the state, it may become hostage to the state’s declining approval rating among the population and lose even more of the few active parishioners it has. But if it tries to move in another direction, its hierarchs at least will be lost – and that may threaten them and the church even more.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 17 – The poll about the location of a cathedral Yekaterinburg leaders plan to conduct in place of a referendum which, they say, would take too long to prepare and be too expensive (politikus.ru/v-rossii/119283-mer-ekaterinburga-soobschil-chto-provedenie-referenduma-po-hramu-oboydetsya-dorozhe-chem-opros.html) will do little to end the controversy. On the one hand, many expect that the poll will be falsified so that the outcome the government and church want will be guaranteed. And on the other, the plans the city administration appears to be committed to may lead to an opposite outcome but one that won’t be accepted by proponents of the cathedral in the center of the city. Consequently, while the shock of the proposal to have a referendum, now a poll, may have calmed the situation by its unexpectedness, ever more people are going to see it as nothing more than a tactic designed to achieve that end rather than any readiness by the regime to accept the will of the people. Many Russian commentators are already saying that no one will trust any numbers that are reported (mk.ru/social/2019/05/17/opros-o-khrame-posle-slov-putina-v-rezultaty-ne-poveryat.html), people on both sides are saying that any falsification could be “fatal” because it would recall 2012 (rosbalt.ru/russia/2019/05/17/1781709.html). (Further complicating the situation are rumors swirling around the city that some polls have already been taken. These have reached the level that Valery Fedorov, the director of VTsIOM, has felt compelled to deny them as “fake news,” although that is unlikely to end the rumors (tass.ru/obschestvo/6442074).) Yekaterinburg Mayor Aleksandr Vysokinsky is seeking to navigate this mine field, promising transparency in discussions about how the poll will be conducted, who will be allowed to take part, and its actual conduct. He even says the initial talks will be streamed live on the Internet (rusk.ru/newsdata.php?idar=84624). Moscow sociologist Grigroy Yudin says that Russians in general and Yekaterinburgers in particular have good reasons to view this poll as simply “a trick” by Russia’s political managers, a trick they have played before including in the case of Crimea “a minimum of three times.” They know how to ensure the “right” outcome (newtimes.ru/articles/detail/180620). The trick starts with Putin’s message to the people of Yekaterinburg: “You want a democratic decision: we’ll give you democracy, we’ll find out ‘the opinion of people’ … that is, in fact, we will conduct a plebiscite;” and Yudin says that he can easily predict exactly how that will work out. According to the sociologist: “the poll will show that ‘the people is for the church,’ construction will continues, people will return to their homes with the troubling sense that they are in a disappearing minority or more generally on some kind of alien planet, that it isn’t worth defending their interests, because all the same the people is always for the powers.” Everyone should know that “this poll plebiscite does not have any relation to democracy, Yudin writes in an article for The New Times; and he then lists seven things that Russians and others should recognize are involved here: 1. “The main principle of a plebiscite which has long been known in political theory is that a plebiscite is always won by those who conduct it.” 2. “The cleverest thing about a plebiscite is its unexpectedness: let’s simply ‘find out the opinion of people.’ But in order for the people to have an opinion, it must take shape” and that requires time and a free debate. 3. “The key demand of democracy is that each citizen can take part in the resolution of important issues for him. Polls are organized on a representative basis and the overwhelming majority of citizens will not get any chance to cast their vote.” 4. The authorities will ensure that the poll is only of the representative sample on which they can count to give the “correct” answer. 5. The fraudulent nature of this poll will have the effect of reducing the confident Russians have in any poll, something that works against sociologists and for the powers that be. 6. It would have been better if Putin had declared exactly what the correct answer is because it is certain that he as the one who ordered up this poll “already knows” what that is. He will get it, but it won’t matter as much as he thinks. 7. “The conflict between the two positions should be resolved with the help of a democratic referendum which everyone to whom the issue is important could take part, not by some poll conducted by who knows whom in an instant, but a normal campaign involving discussion of a key problem of the city in all urban media over at least a month.”
Yekaterinburg (Russian: Екатеринбу́рг, IPA: [jɪkətʲɪrʲɪnˈburk]), alternatively romanised Ekaterinburg, is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast, located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the Asian side of the boundary between Asia and Europe. It is the main cultural and industrial centre of the oblast. In 2017, it had an estimated population of 1,488,791. Yekaterinburg has been dubbed the “third capital of Russia”, as it is ranked third by the size of economy, culture, transportation and tourism. It is located about 1,420 kilometres (880 mi) to the east of Moscow. Yekaterinburg was founded on 18 November 1723 and named after the Russian emperor Peter the Great’s wife, who after his death became Catherine I, Yekaterina being the Russian form of her name. The city served as the mining capital of the Russian Empire as well as a strategic connection between Europe and Asia at the time. In 1781, Catherine the Great gave Yekaterinburg the status of a district town of Perm Province, and built the main road of the Empire, the Siberian Route, through the city. Yekaterinburg became a key city to Siberia, which had rich resources, and was known as the “window to Asia”, a reference to Saint Petersburg as a “window to Europe”. In the late 19th century, Yekaterinburg became one of the centres of revolutionary movements in the Urals. In 1924, after Russia became a socialist state, the city was named Sverdlovsk (Russian: Свердло́вск) after the Bolshevik leader Yakov Sverdlov. During the Soviet era, Sverdlovsk was turned into an industrial and administrative powerhouse. In 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the city returned to its historical name.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 17 – Last year, Russia’s Military University (the former Military-Political Academy) introduced a special course on psychological warfare to prepare officers to counter the West’s “culture war” against the country in general and its armed forces during hybrid wars in particular, Anton Chablin reports. That war, the Svobodnaya pressa commentator says, plays an increasing role in Western strategy which involves using non-military communications technology to change the behavior of its targets, in this case, Russian soldiers and sailors, and thus open the way to their defeat even before the battle is joined (svpressa.ru/war21/article/232972/). Leading the charge to develop the necessary skills to counter such Western efforts, Chablin says, is Ruslan Tsalikov, the first deputy defense minister, who has been pushing to elevate such abilities to the same level as mastery of more conventional weapons because as he has said, “ever more often, non-military means are used to achieve political and strategic goals.” From Soviet times onward, Russian officers have been concerned with countering such psychological operations in war-time situations. What is new is that the defense ministry now views this as a full-time focus, given that Russia’s opponents may use psychological warfare at any time. The Internet has expanded the West’s ability to produce behavioral changes in Russians. But even before the world wide web appeared, the West was able to bring down the Soviet Union, Russian military personnel believe, through the use of Western movies, consumer goods and values. As one would expect, Russian officers and commentators like Chablin stress that Moscow is developing a defensive capability in this area. But the same skills needed to defend against psychological warfare of the culturological kind can be used to practice it against an opponent. That suggests three conclusions that Chablin and his defense ministry interlocutors do not draw in public but almost certainly have drawn in private. First, ever more Russian military personnel are being trained to operate in hybrid war situations, places where their ability to counter and use psychological warfare techniques are key. That is an indication that the military is positioning itself to be the dominant Russian force in such conflicts, shouldering aside both the so-called “private military companies” and the intelligence agencies – or at least laying down an argument as to why the army rather than the others should be in charge. Second, the defense ministry is moving ever more massively into the propaganda operations of the Russian state, drawing on the principles of psychological warfare to play an ever larger role in defining the efforts acknowledged and not of Moscow to affect populations in other countries. Given that much of the Russian defense budget is classified or otherwise hidden, the Russian defense ministry may be able to play a far larger role earlier than anyone else. That in turn means that Russian spending on such subversive activities is now greater than thought and may become greater still. And third, this concern about psychological warfare now suggests that senior commanders are worried about the rapidly changing attitudes of Russians drafted into military service. Because of the consumerist values many of these young people have, officers cannot count on the same level of unquestioned obedience they received in the past. Consequently, concern about countering what Russian military theorists call “cultural warfare” may presage an expanded military presence in civilian activities like schools in order to counter unwelcome outside influences on young people even before they put on uniforms as soldiers or sailors.
In our schools and academies began to study modern “culture-centric” war | Professional Russian military in schools and academies waiting for in-depth training in the course “Psychological Defense.” Officers will be taught how in the conditions of the modern “hybrid war” to repel enemy propaganda attacks. Which in the conditions of modern armed conflicts of recent decades have become quite effective weapons of the West. The essence of such a well-established and well-thought-out information-psychological aggression is to demoralize the troops and the population of the enemy, break their will to resist and incline to surrender. Moreover, to begin work in this direction, it is not necessary to wait for the start of real hostilities. Impact on minds in cyberspace, on radio and television can be conducted in advance, in peacetime. Which is often done right now by the West against Russia. The defense ministry of our country has always been working to counter such attacks. Back in Soviet times, in the famous Main Directorate – the Main Directorate of the Soviet Army and Navy – there was a special propaganda department. There were no computers then. But special propagandists in uniform (as a rule – graduates of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the USSR Ministry of Defense) prepared texts of leaflets and newspapers in advance that were supposed to be thrown at enemy rear. They prepared scripts for television and radio programs in case of war. And they did a lot more. Structural subdivisions also worked in districts and fleets. True, most of these efforts were addressed to those who were supposed to be on the other side of the front. Today, all dramatically changed the new means of mass communication. First of all – the Internet. Therefore, the information-psychological defense of their own country and their own troops in the military department came to the fore. First Deputy Minister Ruslan Tsalikov supervises this work in the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation. On his initiative, at the Military University of the Ministry of Defense (the former Military-Political Academy), from last year began to read the profile course “Psychological Defense.” The course is designed for army and navy officers and employees of other law enforcement agencies. They are told about the essence of the modern “hybrid wars”, which are conducted, including in the cyber environment. Methods of propaganda and psychological manipulation. “Russian hackers” are looking even in Mexico Tsalikov himself, speaking in April to cadets of the Military University, said that today in the world in order to achieve political and strategic goals, non-military means are increasingly used: “Their task is to form a certain worldview in a person. And taking into account the increase in the “degree of aggressiveness”, we must be able to correctly reflect informational threats in order to ensure the security of the state. ” Suffice it to recall that the Russian embassy in the United States recently published a 120-page analytical report entitled The Case of Serious Russophobia. Experts gathered together examples of baseless accusations against Russia: starting in 2016, more than 8,000 anti-Russian publications appeared in US national editions alone. As a rule, no concrete and verified facts are not supported. Hysteria acquired such proportions that the “Russian hackers” were accused of even trying to disrupt the operation of the Vermont power station. And the former Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak , was altogether recorded as spy. It got to the point of absurdity. In particular, Herbert McMaster , adviser to the president of the United States on national security, accused Russia of trying to interfere in the election process … of the president of Mexico in 2018. This allegation was refuted not even by Russian officials, but by Mexicans – by Senate Speaker Ernesto Cordero and Mexican Ambassador to Russia Norma Pensado . Russia is the target of information attacks not only from the United States. So, recently in Montenegro ended the trial of the alleged participants in the attempted coup. And again they saw in it the “hand of the Kremlin”, which allegedly was going to change power in a half-million Balkan country preparing for entry into NATO. – In fact, it turned out that Russia cannot win the information war even from the ruler of a small Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic , who does not have billions in subsidies for information support. And there is only knowledge of how to get into the right stereotypes of the world media at the right time, ”says Maxim Samorukov, an expert at the Carnegie Moscow Center . Americans do not see beyond their nose The “Free Press” talked to Konstantin Nebytov, an expert on military psychology and Director of the Lunts Medical Center , about how Russia today should confront the information war unleashed by the West. In particular, he told: – Today, within the framework of the escalating confrontation between Russia and the USA, a well-structured complex of subversive technologies is being used. United by common design and phased applied. And in this confrontation, behavioral transformation technologies are being used more and more actively, the purpose of which is to promote various kinds of social change. “SP”: – Americans, as you think , have succeeded in this ? – Yes and no. There are various examples. On the one hand, we can recall the history of the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, the Americans were faced with the fact that when they built hospitals or schools in the occupied villages, the local population soon destroyed them. After that, the US was forced to change the strategy. They began to ask the locals what kind of infrastructure needed for them to build? And attracted the Vietnamese themselves to such construction. This has improved the image of the occupation authorities. Now let’s look at the US invasion of Afghanistan under George W. Bush . Most of the efforts of Americans on the impact of information focused on changing the Afghan language of attitudes, rather than behavior. But it was initially a big mistake. The punishment for which was the fact that these relations moved in an undesirable direction for the United States. If in 2005 68% of Afghans considered the work carried out by the American occupation authorities to be “effective”, then in 2010 this share fell to 32%. The Americans themselves have turned the local population themselves against themselves! Although in the same Afghanistan and in Iraq, the Americans were successful information and psychological operations. The first is the massive dumping of leaflets, which led to the surrender of about a thousand Taliban in the province of Kunduz. The second is the promotion of a scheme for buying up weapons from the Iraqi population. There was even the term “culture-centric war.” To win it, it is more important to know the local culture, motivation, goals, rather than seek the transformation of technology. Since perception is a reality, with the help of different informational contexts one can construct the necessary type of reality, pushing the individual or mass consciousness to the necessary choice of reality. “SP”: – And how is the “culture-centric war” being conducted today? If for poorly educated Pashtuns there are enough packs of leaflets, then it is unlikely in the case of highly developed countries that the impact on them is limited only to this . – Of course! Remember the example of the “dismantling of the USSR.” The state, which had a powerful ideological basis, fell very quickly – as soon as behavioral triggers such as jeans, chewing gum, western-made machines, western music took possession of the mass consciousness … A cultural-centric (or, let’s call it behavioral) war does not carry any signs of aggressive war. It is not just invisible, but even pleasant for the object of impact. And the methods of such exposure are becoming more diverse. Although this does not mean that such an impact will be effective. Very often, simplified, distorted ideas about relationships in a given society lead to a misunderstanding of the likely behavior of people. For example, research among the population of Muslim countries shows a clear separation: on the one hand, sympathy for Hollywood films (and this is also one of the mechanisms of “behavioral war”), and on the other, a deep aversion to US support.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia was a done deal, adding that Ankara would also jointly produce S-500 defense systems with Moscow.
Turkish leader says purchase of S-400 defence system is complete, adding Ankara will jointly produce S-500s with Moscow.
Turkey has mentioned the mysterious S-500 system before.
He says Turkey will jointly produce S-500s with Russia after purchase of S-400s (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019. Click For Restrictions – https://agency.reuters.com/en/copyright.htmlANKARA, May 18 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Er
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again insisted he will go through with the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia and would also cooperate with Moscow on producing S-500 systems i…
“As soon as Russia is ready to deliver them to us, we will be ready to accept them,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the West was putting pressure on the Turkish lira, inflation and interest rates, but that these “games” would be thwarted after a re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election in June.
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In an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets specifically touted unprecedented the damage range of Russia’s next-generation S-500 Prometey missile system, which is currently undergoing state tests. Earlier this week, Pavel Sozinov, chief engineer of the Russian defense corporation Almaz-Antey, said that Russia’s next-generation S-500 surface-to-air missile system would be able to engage targets in the upper layer of the atmosphere, 100 kilometers [62 miles] above the Earth’s surface. The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of up to 7 kilometers per second. Speaking to Sputnik, Viktor Baranets pointed, in particular, to the unique performance characteristics of the new Russian missile system. “The S-500 will be capable of hitting targets at an altitude of up to 100 kilometers above the ground, which is actually the height of near space. The system’s final tests will take place at one of the largest firing ranges in Kazakhstan, given that the S-500’s effective damage range stands at 600 kilometers. There is no other such surface-to-air missile system in the world that has the same damage radius,” he said. According to him, among other things the S-500 system is also designed to destroy combat blocks of hypersonic missiles. He noted that in terms of its characteristics, the S-500 will significantly exceed Russia’s S-400 missile system and its American competitor, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile system. In this regard, he recalled that while the S-400 system can intercept targets at an altitude of 60 kilometers, for the S-500 the figure will stand at 100. “The S-500 will also be able to quickly destroy targets flying below the 100 kilometer ceiling, including planes, helicopters and cruise missiles. As for its main competitor – the Patriot PAC-3 missile system, its main disadvantage is its short damage radius of just 20 kilometers,” Baranets said. Meanwhile, the Russian news network Zvezda described the S-500 as a whole set of measures to turn the Russian air defense system into a single information space. According to Zvezda, “it is safe to say already now that Russia has created the world’s first multi-stage air defense system, that will reliably protect the country from massive missile strikes,” Zvezda said. In early April, Viktor Bondarev, head of the Russian Aerospace Forces, said that the S-500 air defense systems will be put into service in the near future. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov, for his part, said that next year will see the start of the S-500 systems being supplied to the Russian Aerospace Forces. He declined to elaborate.
HMEIMIM AIR BASE, Syria—North from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and rounding the Arctic Circle to the east, Russia has built a ring of air defenses that threaten the reach of the U.S. military, forcing Washington to rethink its place as the world’s undisputed air power. Russia’s S-400 antiaircraft missile system, a nettlesome and potentially deadly aerial shield, is changing the calculus of the U.S. and its allies in potential hot spots, beginning with its deployment in Syria. …
After the scandal with Austria’s Vice President Strache, the counterintelligence of the Federal Republic of Germany considers cooperation with Austria to be risky due to the possibility of leaking classified information to Russia. Reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Gazeta.ru . According to the newspaper Welt am Sonnta, the head of the German counterintelligence, Thomas Haldenwang, spoke first about the risks at a closed meeting. In his opinion, the Austrian side is poorly stored secret information that it receives from partners. Haldenwang noted that, possibly, the Russian side could also receive intelligence information. Read also on “Tsenzor.NET”: One of the two ruling parties in Austria pursues a pro-Russian policy, this can not but harm Ukraine, – the founder of the festival of Ukrainian culture in Austria Saenko According to Interfax-Ukraine , last year the Austrian office with similar tasks – the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – was searched, information carriers were seized, including about right-wing extremists, in particular, a copy of the “Neptune Network” data bank. The Neptune Network is a secret database through which Austrian domestic intelligence exchanges data with its European counterparts. The searches were allegedly carried out by a tip from Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickle, who, like his resignation on Saturday, Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, represents the far-right Austrian Freedom Party. “Representatives of the party of the Minister of the Interior maintain close contacts with Russia. The European services fear that their secret information was already there,” the Austrian newspaper writes. We remind you that the vice-president of Austria Strache resigned because of the scandal with the Russians financing his right-wing populist Austrian Freedom Party.
Kurz pulls plug on coalition after far-right leader is caught on video offering to fix state contracts with a woman posing as a Russian oligarch’s niece
Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down Saturday after two German newspapers posted video footage of him appearing to offer state contracts to a potential Russian benefactor
Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is reportedly filmed talking about contracts with someone posing as niece of Russian oligarch in Ibiza in July, 2017, months before parliamentary elections
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for new election on Saturday after a the release of a video showing his far-right Vice-Chancellor, Heinz Christian Strache discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor.
A 2017 video that was secretly filmed showed Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache promising government contracts to a woman claiming to be the niece of a Russian oligarch.
Guardian News Published on May 18, 2019 Demonstrators took the streets of Vienna on Saturday to protests against the political scandal known as ‘Ibiza affair,’ after a video appeared to show far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache promising public contracts to a fake Russian backer in return for campaign help. The release of the footage led to Strache’s resignation on Saturday, after he admitted the video showed him “acting like a teenager” but insisted he had done nothing wrong
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ended his controversial coalition with the nationalist Freedom Party after a video compromised his junior partner, seeking an early election in September in a gamble he can govern alone.
Will Trump endorse Orban’s populist project in the European elections?
As illustrated by Jeane Kirkpatrick’s essay in Commentary, conservatives have been long pointing out the double standards that the political Left applies to autocracies that profess to embrace a socialist, anti-imperialist agenda.
The Classic Essay That Shaped Reagan’s Foreign Policy. I t may not always be easy to distinguish between democratic and totalitarian agents of change, but it is also not too difficult. Authentic democratic revolutionaries aim at securing governments based on the consent of the governed and believe that ordinary men are capable of using freedom, knowing their own interest, choosing rulers. They do not, like the current leaders in Nicaragua, assume that it will be necessary to postpone elections for three to five years during which time they can “cure” the false consciousness of almost everyone. If, moreover, revolutionary leaders describe the United States as the scourge of the 20th century, the enemy of freedom-loving people, the perpetrator of imperialism, racism, colonialism, genocide, war, then they are not authentic democrats or, to put it mildly, friends. Groups which define themselves as enemies should be treated as enemies. The United States is not in fact a racist, colonial power, it does not practice genocide, it does not threaten world peace with expansionist activities. In the last decade especially we have practiced remarkable forbearance everywhere and undertaken the “unilateral restraints on defense spending” recommended by Brzezinski as appropriate for the technetronic era. We have also moved further, faster, in eliminating domestic racism than any multiracial society in the world or in history. For these reasons and more, a posture of continuous self-abasement and apology vis-a-vis the Third World is neither morally necessary nor politically appropriate. No more is it necessary or appropriate to support vocal enemies of the United States because they invoke the rhetoric of popular liberation. It is not even necessary or appropriate for our leaders to forswear unilaterally the use of military force to counter military force. Liberal idealism need not be identical with masochism, and need not be incompatible with the defense of freedom and the national interest.
Le Pen is joining leaders of other nationalist parties Saturday in Italy for a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini in front of Milan’s Duomo cathedral ahead of May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections
Populist parties will achieve “an historic feat” in next week’s elections to the European Parliament, far-right French leader Marine Le Pen predicted Saturday.
The Netherlands and Russia reached an agreement on the dispute over the detention of the Arctic Sunrise ship and its crew in 2013. On Friday, May 17, the Netherlands Foreign Office in The Hague reported that as part of the final settlement of the conflict the Russian Federation will pay 2.7 million euros compensation to the international organization Greenpeace, the owner of the ship. In addition, as one of the dispute settlement points, the Netherlands and Russia agreed to conduct joint research in the Russian part of the Arctic. Both sides will allocate funds for joint expeditions. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the resolution of the conflict around the Arctic Sunrise “an example of a friendly settlement of disputes,” and indicated that this agreement was reached at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe meeting in Helsinki. In Smolensk Square in Moscow, it was noted that the content of the agreement is confidential. On September 18, 2013, Greenpeace environmentalists used the Arctic Sunrise ship under the flag of the Netherlands to protest at the Russian oil platform Prirazlomnaya, located in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation in the Barents Sea. The next day, Russian Special Forces soldiers landed aboard the Arctic Sunrise and the ship along with members of the expedition, was towed to Murmansk.
The transit of Russian oil from Belarus to Ukraine has been suspended due to the lack of free tankers in Ukraine that could store contaminated oil, reported the press service of the Belneftekhim Concern. The oil routes leading to Ukraine are unstable and pumping has been suspended due to the lack of free tankers in Ukraine that could pump “dirty” oil through the pipelines. According to the new schedule, pumping will resume on night of May 19-20,” the concern noted. Belneftekhim also said that there will be no oil transit flows to Poland either. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Lyashenko said that oil transit from the Russia to Poland along the Druzhba pipeline could resume within 7 days. The concern’s press service also said that Belneftekhim specialists and their Russian counterparts are working to create a new schedule for replacing the oil with clean oil for further transit to European destinations. “A new production schedule is being developed to replace the oil available to PJSC Transneft that has increased levels of organochlorine with clean oil for further transit to all destinations in Europe along the Druzhba, as well to Naftan JSC,” the message reads. The concern reported that the Mozyr Oil Refinery is operating as normal, despite ongoing equipment repairs. On April 19, the Belneftekhim concern reported that it received a supply of contaminated oil from the Russia. On April 24, the transit of “dirty” Russian oil to Europe was stopped.
The drama will focus on the impact of the 2018 Novichok poisonings on the community. The BBC has commissioned a two-part drama inspired by the 2018 Novichok poisonings in Salisbury. The currently untitled drama will tell the story of “how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism”. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were targeted with the nerve agent in March 2018. Dawn Sturgess was fatally poisoned in the attack which the British government have blamed on Russia. Ms Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley – who has since recovered – are believed to have come into contact with a bottle of Novichok discarded by the Skripals’ attackers. Police officer Det Sgt Nick Bailey was also contaminated with the nerve agent at the Skripal’s home, where it had been sprayed on the door handle, and needed hospital treatment.
The Russian Federation asks to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language,” spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations Oleg Nikolenko has said. “It has become known today that the delegation of the Russian Federation appealed to the President of the UN Security Council with a request to convene a meeting in connection with the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the national language. The meeting may take place on Monday,” he wrote on Facebook. Nikolenko noted that the functioning of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine in no way threatens international peace and security, the maintenance of which is the task of the UN Security Council, therefore, “there is no point in commenting on this absurd request, which has surprised not only Ukraine.” “This law is our internal question, which the Kremlin is trying to politicize,” Nikolenko said. He sees such Russia’s attempts as an attempt to marginalize the world’s key security platform, “to turn it into an evening show used to be aired on Russia’s major propaganda channel.” “The decision on the date and time of the meeting should be approved by the president. In May, it is the head of Indonesia’s delegation,” he added. As reported, on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, passed as a whole a draft law on the Ukrainian language, which provides for the mandatory use of the national language by government agencies, local self-government and in other spheres of public life. On May 15, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the document, and on May 16, the text of the law was published in the official press.
KYIV. May 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Human rights defenders have presented their report on the directed persecution of civil activists in Russia-annexed Crimea. “Since 2014 in Russia-occupied Crimea, two main groups of persons have been persecuted: ‘political’ Ukrainians and representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. They are persecuted according to various categories, these persecutions are connected with the violation of human rights, forced abductions of people, with arbitrary detentions,” said Tamila Tasheva, founder and board chairwoman of the public organization Crimea SOS (Krym SOS) at a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday. Tasheva said in the last year and a half, “an entire arsenal of tools of persecution is used” against activists of the Crimean Solidarity movement, activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement, or Mejlis. The report, titled “Combat Terrorism or Terrorize Activism,” was written after a joint monitoring mission visited Crimea to collect information on the raid, searches and detentions on the peninsula on March 27, 2019, as a result of which 23 Crimean Tatar activists were detained. It is indicated that it was the largest-scale action of Russia-occupation security officials in Crimea. The report says that on March 27, 2019, at about 06:00, Russian security forces began a large-scale coordinated operation throughout the Crimean peninsula. Dozens of armed men in masks broke down doors and entered private dwellings. Entire settlements were surrounded, and aggressive searches were conducted in the residences of “suspects,” their relatives and neighbors. The report said the searches, arrests and detentions of 23 Crimean Tatars are gross violations of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). “Those arrested apparently became subjects of the raid because of their own ethnic and religious affiliation, which violates freedom of religion (Article 9 of ECHR) and the prohibition of discrimination (Article 14),” the report says. Crimea SOS, International Partnership for Human Rights and the public organization Truth Hounds organized a monitoring mission to Crimea a week after the raids. The result of the collected materials, evidence and legal analysis was included in the report. The document provides detailed information about the raids, the context of the events, the legal analysis of the crimes committed, as well as recommendations to the international community and the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The international community is invited to continue imposing sanctions on individuals and organizations responsible for violating human rights in Crimea, as well as to urge Russia to release the Crimean political prisoners. As for the prosecutor of the ICC, he is urged to include the stated facts and arrests to the competence of the preliminary examination and to demand a full investigation as soon as possible. The report’s authors also urge Russia’s ombudswoman to investigate human rights violations set forth in the report.
Paul Goble Staunton, May 18 – Today, Crimean Tatars and their supporters around the world are marking the 75th anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of their ancestors from their homeland, an action in which tens of thousands died in Central Asian exile and from which they were only able to return in significant numbers when the Soviet system collapsed. But they are also pausing to remember something else. Stalin’s action was only part of a larger act of genocide by the Russian state against the Crimean Tatars. The tsarist authorities forced even larger numbers of Crimean Tatars to flee across the Black Sea, and Vladimir Putin’s regime, having illegally occupied their homeland, is continuing that genocide. Such “ethnic cleansing,” by forced expulsions, deportation or targeted repression, falls within the internationally accepted definition of genocide, a crime against humanity for which there is not statute of limitations and against which those who have signed the UN convention against it are required to take action. Tragically, while many are prepared to mark this anniversary, all too often they are doing so in ways that ignore the larger crime that the Russian state has visited upon this old and proud people. But this year, perhaps because it is a “round” anniversary, there have been some promising developments. Commemorations of the 1944 deportation have been especially large and widespread this year (dsnews.ua/politics/v-ukraine-i-mire-chtyat-pamyat-zhertv-deportatsii-krymskih-18052019100000). Moreover, ever more people and even one government (Latvia) are now prepared to label the deportation part of a genocide (idelreal.org/a/29946990.htmland ru.krymr.com/a/maxim-kobza-stanet-li-18-maya-v-krymu-19-m/29949294.html). And most important, many are talking not only about a crime in the past but about the continuing crimes of the Russian state against the Crimean Tatars now, demanding the end of Russian repression (belsat.eu/ru/news/nazad-v-1944-v-godovshhinu-stalinskogo-genotsida-krymskie-tatary-vnov-podvergayutsya-repressiyam/and gordonua.com/news/crimea/godovshchina-deportacii-krymskih-tatar-missiya-ssha-v-obse-prizvala-rossiyu-prekratit-repressii-protiv-korennogo-naseleniya-kryma-971343.html) and an end to Russian occupation of the homeland of the Crimean Tatars (gordonua.com/news/crimea/zelenskiy-kakim-by-dolgim-ni-byl-put-k-vozvrashcheniyu-kryma-my-proydem-ego-vmeste-s-kyrymly-971552.html). One can only hope that this will lead to an end to the genocide that continues to be visited on the Crimean Tatars. Unfortunately, that remains only a hope; and so 1944 continues to this day, not as something from the past that must never be forgotten but as a continuing reality in the life of the Crimean Tatars. As the Turan news agency puts it, “alas, 1944 continues” (turantoday.com/2019/05/1944-crimean-tatars.html). It is up to all of us to ensure that won’t be true in the future.
Dozens of Crimean Tatars have marked the anniversary of the Stalin-era deportations from the Black Sea peninsula, with police warning participants that the event was unauthorized but otherwise not …
Ridvan Bekirov was 10 years old when his family was thrown out of its Crimean home and shipped thousands of kilometers away from their native land. Speaking to RFE/RL in 2014, 70 years after the deportation, Bekirov shared his memories of the events of May 1944, which affected more then 200,000 Crimean Tatars. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)
Ali Aliyev was 14 years old when he and his family were forcibly put on a cattle train and moved out of Crimea. On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government deported more than 230,000 Crimean Tatars from their homeland as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazis. Speaking to RFE/RL in 2014, 70 years after the deportations, Aliyev recounted the horrors of that time. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)
The Russian Federation was not invited to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported The Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kateryna Zelenko on the 112 Ukraine TV channel. “The Russian Federation was not invited to these events. We invited only our partners and the countries that actively cooperate with Ukraine and who are our partners and friends,” Zelenko said. Earlier, it was reported that five presidents of Europe will come to the inauguration of Zelensky. It was noted that the ceremony will be attended by the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, and Hungary. Also, the event will be attended by Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip, Vice-President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic, head of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Sabir oghlu Asadov, the Vice Prime Minister of Romania Ana Birchall, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya Monica Juma, the Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan, Croatian Foreign Minister State Secretary Zdravka Busic, and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece. In addition to these guests the Ambassador of Israel Joel Lion, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Security Policy of NATO Alejandro Alvargonzalez, French Ambassador Isabelle Dumont are coming to the ceremony. The Verkhovna Rada determined that the inauguration of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky will take place on May 20 at 10 am.
KYIV. May 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Some 48.9% of Ukrainians would support Ukraine joining NATO in a referendum, while 57% would support joining the European Union. These are the results of a joint survey conducted by the Social Monitoring center, Oleksandr Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute of Social Research and Sociological Group Rating. Results of the survey presented at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday show that if a referendum were held on joining the European Union or resuming pragmatic relations with Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 57% would vote for Ukraine joining the EU, 19.3% for resuming relations with Russia and CIS, while 13.6% would not take part. Some 10% had difficulty answering the question. If a referendum on Ukraine joining NATO or strengthening its non-aligned status were held, 48.9% would vote for joining NATO, 23.2% for non-aligned status, while 16% would not vote. Some 11% had difficulty answering the question. In addition, 43% of respondents said Ukraine’s future course of development is European integration and growing closer to the EU, 12.3% of those polled are for restoring and expanding economic and cultural ties with Russia, and 37.8% for developing and implementing programs for Ukraine’s economic and cultural development that will use domestic opportunities and resources. Some 6.8% of respondents had difficulty answering the question. The study was conducted from April 30 through May 10 in 24 Ukrainian regions and in Kyiv. Some 3,000 persons took part. The standard margin of error does not exceed 1.83%.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko awarded U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker with the order of Yaroslav the Wise of the 5th decree. The press service of the head of state reported this. “For a significant personal contribution to the support and development of democracy in Ukraine, the restoration of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, I resolve to award Kurt Volcker, the Special Representative of the United States of America for Ukraine, with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of the 5th degree,” the decree №284 said. As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on providing of state grants named after Levko Lukyanenko to unlawfully detained in the Russian Federation political prisoners for the period of detention and for one year. In accordance with the decree, state scholarships named after Levko Lukyanenko would be given for a period of unlawful detention, and within one year after the release of Volodymyr Balukh, Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko,” the decree says.
“What’s happened is that Ukrainian issues have gotten tied up with very emotional American domestic politics,” says John Herbst, Direct of the Atlantic
Four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day amid 18 enemy attacks mounted by Russia-led forces. The enemy used banned weapons in six out of eighteen attacks.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted seven attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas on May 18, with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action. The situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation remains under control of Ukrainian troops.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the bill into law “On introducing changes to Article 8 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On Mine Action in Ukraine’ regarding the improvement of mechanisms for raising funds to finance activities of mine action.” “The law improves the provisions of the law of Ukraine “On Mine Action in Ukraine,” which regulate the financing of mine action activities by simplifying the mechanism for obtaining financial resources from donors, which will expand the possibilities for attracting non-state funds to humanitarian mine clearance in Ukraine,” the presidential website said on Friday evening. The information indicates that this law also improves the provisions of the law that regulate the financing of mine action activities by introducing rules that allow mine action operators to attract financial resources directly from donors. The implementation of the law will be carried out within the limits of expenditures from the state budget. As reported, on December 6, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada adopted at the second reading and in general the bill on mine action in Ukraine No. 9080-1. The law takes effect the next day after its publication.
The Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) is concerned that there may be a surplus of steel offered on the Russian market due to the growing imports from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) in eastern Ukraine. The company mentioned this concern in its report for the first quarter of 2019, RBC reports. MMK also drew attention to steel imports from the Donbas in its fourth quarterly report for 2018: “The price of thick plates was under pressure due to the excess supply for the Russian market from the LPR and DPR at dumping prices.” RBC notes that at the time, it really was a case of dumping, as opposed to a prediction of excess offers in Russia. Other Russian metallurgical companies, NLMK, Evras, Severstal and Mechel, declined to comment on imports from the Donbas and the expected increased steel supply in Russia. However, a source close to one of these companies admitted that “there really is a sense that the imports from the Donbas are growing”. A source from a different company estimated that the total supply from plants in the Donbas and from Russian long product plants that fall under Gaz-Alyans could be in excess of 1 million tons this year. Gaz-Alyans is responsible for distributing products from the separatist regions of the Donbas, and is linked to the fugitive Ukrainian businessman Serhiy Kurchenko. In March 2018, it became the sole supplier of coal from the DPR and LPR mines. Before spring 2017, the metallurgical and coal companies in the separatist Donbas regions were still managed by Ukrainian companies. In March 2017, the DPR and LPR announced their intention to “nationalize” these companies. Since then, the plants have been operated by Vneshtorgservis, which is also linked to Kurchenko. Vneshtorgservis is now effectively an industrial monopoly in the Donbas territories that are not under the Ukrainian government’s control. The DPR and LPR are able to supply steel more cheaply due to low production costs, owing to the Russian gas and electricity supply and low staff wages.
In the occupied territories, 60% of people consider themselves to be citizens of Ukraine, 5% – citizens of “DNR / LNR”, 3% – of the Russian Federation, the rest are undecided, – former JFO commander Nayev
Ex-commander of the environmental protection forces in the Donbass Sergei Naev believes that the majority of the population of the occupied Donbass has pro-Ukrainian views. According Tsenzor.NET, he said this in an interview with “Ukrinform.” Answering the question, “What moods prevail among the population in the occupied territory?”, Naev stressed: “About sentiments … Today, mainly pro-Ukrainian sentiments reign in the occupied territories, which, however, are not publicized due to the threat of repression from the occupying This year, the United Forces conducted a survey of citizens arriving from temporarily occupied territories through KPVV, which showed that 60% of respondents consider themselves to be citizens of Ukraine, 5% – citizens of the DPR / LPR, 3% consider themselves citizens mi of the Russian Federation and the USSR. The rest could not decide on their civil position. ” The Lieutenant-General, commenting on the question of how representative such data is, continued: “Such a survey was conducted by a special service, these are really public organizations, but the survey was also conducted by special intelligence agencies. It should be understood that in the subjects of Russian television about the anti-Ukrainian sentiments in the Donbas never you will not find the truth. I personally had the opportunity to communicate with people from uncontrolled territories on the Maiorskoe KPVV and told them that the United Forces would bring peace to all Krainsky lands on both sides of the line of contact. I did not feel any aggression or rejection from people. The fact is that time heals many wounds, including those that were formed as a result of armed conflict. People understand that the Russian Federation doesn’t it takes people to understand that Ukraine is waiting for them, and there is no other way out how to return to the bosom of Ukraine. That is why the Russian Federation today issues Russian passports in order to consolidate its influence in the temporarily occupied territory, but most about the citizens who live there, they are wary of such a step, realizing that there will be nothing but provocations behind this. ” “Personally, I and the military at the forefront believe and are confident in Ukraine’s victory, and this is the most important thing. Attracting a peacekeeping contingent is really a way to reduce tensions and a way to end the conflict. But there is a principled position – peacekeeping forces should become first of all on the border with the Russian Federation, whose territory is not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities today, and stop the supply of arms, ammunition and military to our territory. Peacekeepers must ensure a full ceasefire along the entire line and contacts. As for politics and diplomacy, this is not a question for the military, “concluded Naev.
Former Commander of the Combined Forces, Lieutenant-General Sergei Naev turned to his brother-in-arms and compatriots. As informs Tsenzor.NET, the corresponding appeal of the ex-OS commander is posted on the OS press center page on Facebook. “During the year we defended the peaceful and fulfilling life of our country. Together with you, the majority of the population of Ukraine did not know the scourge of war, the Ukrainian people were able to freely dispose of their present and build the future for their country. I am proud that I had to defend my homeland with the best sons and daughters of the people of Ukraine. I know the price of our victories. For me, like any commander, every wound or death of a subordinate becomes a personal pain and another challenge – can I prevent similar cases in the future, ”reads Naev. At the same time, the ex-commander expressed “deep respect for all veterans of the Russian-Ukrainian war, who once had defended the Ukrainian land, and today either remain in the same ranks with us, or are ready to return to the ranks of Ukraine’s defenders on the first call.” “Dear compatriots, I express my sincere gratitude to you personally and from the entire large collective of the United Forces for the incredible, disinterested and comprehensive support of our soldiers, for volunteer help, for assistance in military work to all of our units. And most importantly, we are grateful to the entire Ukrainian people for the best of its representatives, sons and daughters, who defended their land from the encroachments of their northern neighbor. And I assure all our compatriots, who were forced to remain in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, that we will soon liberate our country from the invaders and return you the right to build your future together with all the people of Ukraine. We are united and strong! Glory to Ukraine! “- emphasized Naev. Sincerely yours, Commander of the combined forces Lieutenant-General Sergey Naev. Recall, by decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Lieutenant-General Alexander Syrsky was already appointed to the place of Naev . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3125689
The ex-commander of the Combined Forces Operation Sergey Naev told about the features of his resignation from this post. According Tsenzor.NET, he said this in an interview with “Ukrinform.” Answering the question about his resignation, Naev said: “I was dismissed due to rotation at the suggestion of the military leadership. The issue of command of the combined forces is regulated by law” On the peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “According to this document, the commander of the joint forces is appointed and dismissed by the President of Ukraine on the proposal of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” To the clarifying question that rotation does not occur after a year of service in office, Lieutenant-General stressed: “If there were no submission, then there would be no decision made.” Speaking about the tenure of the new JFO commander, Naev stressed: “The newly appointed commander of the combined forces, Lieutenant-General Syrsky, will fulfill his duties until another decision is taken by the leadership of the state and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. this post. ”
Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 11:45 – 05/05/2019 PJSC “Starokramatorsky Machine-Building Plant” showed a tank-gun of its own own production during the “League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine”, which takes place in Kyiv. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the UMC. The gun went through a full test cycle, withstood firing of 700 subcalibre rounds to confirm all other requirements. The plant declares its willingness to produce the entire range of artillery barrels from 122 to 155 mm, both smooth-bore and threaded. I think it’s extremely important – given the need to replace gun barrels on our tanks and on arty systems, “wrote the military expert Sergey Zgurets. Presented at the exhibition, the KBA-3 gun is intended for installation on main battle tanks T-80UD, T-84, and BM “Oplot”. It is also used for the modernization of other tanks, in particular the T-64. It is used on the export combat vehicles BM “Oplot”.
Starokramatorsky Machine-Building Plant was founded in 1896. Since then, it is one of the most known enterprises in Ukraine and in The CIS. The plant specializes in production of the auxiliary and precision rolling, press and forging, hoisting and conveying equipment as well as the rail track repair and maintenance machinery. Our plant has the present-day casting, welding and assembly production facilities as well as the heat treatment, cladding and test equipment along with the high-skilled maintenance and operating personnel. The equipment bearing the trade mark of «SKMZ» is being successfully operated at the enterprises in Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Pakistan, India, Korea, Iran, Turkey, China, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungry, Romania etc. Today, the key trend of the plant activities is engineering of the new and updating of the existing equipment including automation facilities, setup of the machinery, training of the customers personnel (if required) and equipment servicing. In so doing various customers’ requirement, including supplies of equipment or a turn-key basis, may be met.
Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 13:12 – 05/18/2019 7611 To share To comment on Ukrainian enterprises of the defense and industrial complex have developed a new version of the missile complex “Vilkha-R”. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the UMC. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine announced the test of the Vilkha-R missile next week, there are no details of a new type of missile. At the same time, the missile “Vilkha” will be tested, which is twice as wide and can hit targets at a distance of 130 kilometers. Last year the mass production of a new powerful Vichy missile complex, which was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, began to be mass-produced, corrected missiles which hit the target exactly 70 kilometers away. The diameter of the breach of 12 rockets launched in a volley on one sighting angle of the installation is approximately 1.5 km \ Starting from “Vilkha-M” April 4, 2019 Photo: National Security and Defense Council For the first time, the president of Ukraine announced on the project “Vilkha” January 27, 2016 at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council. The missile is being developed by experts from Dnipropetrovsk Design Bureau “Yuzhnoye”. But the control system, which is most likely equipped with inertial guidance, is created by the Kyiv design bureau “Luch”.
Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 16:11 – 05/18/2019 At the State Enterprise Production Association Southern Machine-Building Plant named after. A. M. Makarov tested the details of a new carrier rocket Cyclone-4. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the Correspondent. The test was attended by representatives of the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services Ltd, which is building a launch vehicle for launching this carrier rocket. In South Ossetia, they said that the tests were successful. In the future, a prototype of the main railing will be made for the first flight tests. Family of rocket carriers Cyclone is a transport space system designed for high-precision output on circular, geostationary, solar-synchronous orbits of one or a group of spacecrafts. Possibilities of the rocket Cyclone-4 allow the launch of 500 kilometers of orbital spacecraft or groups weighing up to 5500 kg.
I already see how many different opportunists and marketers will look for their place under the sun of the “Servants of the people”, as already on May 20, officials, MPs, experts, just go through the presidential administration, all this restless greedy servant, all these village scholars from non-existent diplomas, all these fighters for the people’s happiness and justice with dirty knuckles, all this fluff … So I can guarantee you friends – this time you will not be able to adapt. It is impossible to adapt to chaos, to mutually exclusive decisions, to attempts at the same time to please patriots and collaborators, Moscow and Washington, the people and oligarchs, to incompetence, to triumphing virtuality, to childish self-confidence. In this situation, only one who will resist chaos or be able to distance himself from him at a safe distance wins. But you will never believe it, because you have an itch.
The team of President-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky suggests introducing in Ukraine a system of democracy based on the principle of “direct democracy,” which will include fair and high-quality referendums, a mandatory response to popular initiatives and a “people’s veto” on decisions taken by key authorities. “The system of people power that we suggest is a system that is called “direct democracy” throughout the world. We studied the experience of the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, and from each country we tried to take those things that would enable people to feel real control and power in this state,” Zelensky’s ideologist Ruslan Stefanchuk, who is in charge of reforming state institutions and law-making work, said on the 112.Ukraine TV channel. He noted that it is necessary to revive the system of fair, correct and high-quality referendums. “As we don’t understand why the referendum, which gave birth to Ukraine as a state, has never been used for the benefit of Ukraine after that?” Stefanchuk stressed. Zelensky’s advisor also pointed out the importance of the issue of popular initiatives. “These are not petitions which are written many times and not executed. There will be a mandatory approach to respond to all popular initiatives, both at the national and at the local level,” he explained. Stefanchuk pointed out that the third and conceptually important issue is the “response system” of the highest authorities. “When a person, people, nation have the opportunity not only to recall a deputy, carry out the procedure of impeachment of the president, but also to veto the decisions taken, that is, the system of “people’s veto,” he noted.
The president-elect of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, promised to “create inconveniences” to the Verkhovna Rada for appointing the inauguration ceremony on Monday, May 20. He stated this in his video message, which he published on Facebook. “Hello, friends! You already know that the inauguration of the president of Ukraine was appointed for May 20. You remember that we insisted it to be held on May 19, so that it would be a day off, so as not to create problems and traffic jams for Kiyivans” noted Zelensky. Also, the newly elected president said that there will be a lot of foreign guests, so a big part of the capital’s territory will be blocked. “We are sorry. Please, forgive us, forgive the Verkhovna Rada. Rada created and made inconveniences for us, we, I promise, we will make inconveniences for them,” Zelensky emphasized. We recall, in connection with the arrival of the numerous international delegations and guests at the inauguration, in the center of Kyiv the traffic would be temporarily restricted. The inauguration of the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled for 10:00 on May 20 in the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Earlier, political advisor to Zelensky, Dmytro Razumkov, said that maximum efforts would be made in order not to block the capital and, in particular, the Mariinsky Park. Zelensky’s team prepared the project on the early dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine after the inauguration of the president, as Strana reported. The publication got the text of the draft bill, which was sent by the “sources in Zelensky’s surrounding”. According to the report, the final version of the bill has not been approved yet. “There are discussions, but the bill exists. Perhaps, it will be further developed,” the source said. The ground for dissolution is the withdrawal of the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” and Union “Self Help” from the coalition, and after less than 226 MPs left in the parliament. According to the draft bill, Zelensky intends to early dissolve the Verkhovna Rada of the eights legislative term, to appoint early elections on June 14, 2019, to oblige the Cabinet of Ministers to provide funding of the early elections and to oblige the Central Commission of Ukraine to prepare and then hold the elections. At the same time, the ideologue of Zelensky’s team, Ruslan Stefanchuk, stated live on the 112 Ukraine TV channel that the team of the newly-elected president is preparing various scenarios for the development of events after the inauguration. Among them is the scenario of dissolution of the parliament.
In his video message, the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky promised to “create inconvenience” to the Verkhovna Rada for appointing the inauguration ceremony on Monday, May 20, instead of May 19. The corresponding video is posted on Zelensky’s Facebook page , informs Censor . “You already know that the inauguration of the President of Ukraine was scheduled for May 20. You remember everything that we insisted that the inauguration be held on May 19, so that it would be a day off, so as not to create problems and traffic jams for Kiev,” said Zelensky. The newly elected president apologized that due to the large number of foreign guests, a significant part of Kiev will be closed. “Sorry, please, forgive everything, forgive us, forgive the Verkhovna Rada. Rada has created and made inconveniences for us, we, I promise, we will make them,” Zelensky emphasized. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3127606
The inauguration of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky will be held with significant deviations from the traditional scenario. The Head of the State Guard Department of Ukraine Valeriy Heletey stated this on the air of 112.Ukraine TV channel. “There are many requirements to the state guard, but we will take into account those requirements and everything that is under our responsibility. I guess that we will do this at the highest level of professionalism possible. However, those changes (in the order of the inauguration, – red.) exist, and they are the important ones,” Heletey said. Besides, Heletey added that the State Guard has not refused to fulfill any of the “things” of Zelensky’s headquarters concerning the organization of the inauguration. “We will not agree if it touches upon the security matters. Here our position is the principled one, but for now everything is being carried out and no unsolved issues have appeared,” he added. Earlier, in connection with the arrival of the numerous international delegations and guests at the inauguration, in the center of Kyiv the traffic would be temporarily restricted. The inauguration of the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled for 10:00 on May 20 in the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The political advisor to Zelensky, Dmytro Razumkov, said that maximum efforts would be made in order not to block the capital and, in particular, the Mariinsky Park.
“In order to perform any transformations, we need to know the human resource, financial resource and time resource. It is recorded in our program, and we will deal with it in the first 100 days: this is the announcement of the state audit. We need to understand the situation in the state today,” he said on the 112.Ukraine TV channel on Friday evening. According to the ideologist of the team, the Ukrainian institutions, which are charged with the relevant duties, and international structures will be involved in such an audit. “It is clear that we can attract international institutions not in all areas, because it is connected with state secrets, with other things,” he said. Stefanchuk stressed that it is important to understand the state of Ukraine’s financial obligations, the state of the infrastructure, and the state of the country’s international obligations. “We need to know how many people there are in Ukraine today, since the number of deputies in the Verkhovna Rada depends on it. There are European norms, and they are far from being appropriate. We need to understand what social programs should be implemented. It’s not normal when today we do not know the amount of people in the country and their legal statuses,” he explained.
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on providing of state grants named after Levko Lukyanenko to unlawfully detained in the Russian Federation political prisoners for the period of detention and for one year, the press service of the head of state reports. “In accordance with the decree, state scholarships named after Levko Lukyanenko would be given for a period of unlawful detention, and within one year after the release of Volodymyr Balukh, Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko,” the decree says. In addition, grants for a period of one year provided to the vice-chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilma Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz. We recall that the number of political prisoners in Russia exceeded 230 people. The report of the Washington-based law firm noted that opposition politicians and public activists, representatives of religious and national minorities, LGBT activists, as well as Ukrainian citizens and pro-Ukrainian activists, are victims of persecution by the Russian authorities. Earlier Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, conveyed to Antonio Guterres the appeal of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people to the parliaments and governments of the UN on recognition of the Crimean Tatars genocide. This is reported by the Ukraine’s Representaion in the UN on Twitter. “The permanent representative V. Yelchenko conveyed to the UN Secretary General the appeal of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people to the parliaments and governments of the UN member states” On recognizing the genocide of Crimean Tatar people. “The appeal will be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and the UN Security Council,” the message says.
Outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on marking Father’s Day in Ukraine, according to which Father’s Day will be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The decree comes into force from the date of its publication.
The Petro Poroshenko Solidarity Bloc party is working on its rebranding, and its leader will soon present its updated version, Poroshenko’s representative at the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko said. “We will certainly consider this issue [the party’s rebranding]. Work is already under way on this. I think our leader, Petro Poroshenko, will present results of this work soon,” Lutsenko told journalists at the parliament. It was reported earlier that Lutsenko had tendered her resignation as the president’s representative. Ihor Kononenko, first deputy chairman of the Petro Poroshenko Solidarity Bloc faction at the Rada, had said in early May that the party planned to consolidate pro-European forces in Ukraine to run together in the upcoming parliamentary elections and that Poroshenko’s leadership of this party was being discussed. Poroshenko had said earlier that he was determined to hold primaries within the party before the parliamentary elections so that only the worthiest politicians represent it in the race.
Bail worth UAH 4.8 million, $182,510, has been put up for former Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU), Colonel General Yuriy Allerov, who is suspected of involvement in a corrupt real estate deal at the NGU, however, he is still in custody. According to the lawyer, his client should be released next week.
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