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Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I’m going to break out the first article into a separate piece after I’ve carefully read it. It appears to have the potential of small tactical nuke.

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Dossier Center documents produced by Prigozhine’s organisation illustrate an extensive effort by Russia to destabilise racial relations in the US. Nord Stream 2 update. US LNG damaging Russia in the market, Yekaterinburg fallout, and neo-Stalinism. Erdogan’s stated intent to procure S-500 continues to resonate in the media. Russian corruption scandal sinks Austrian government. NATO update.

UNSC throws out Russian complaint about the Ukrainian language law – the language used is well worth reading, Russia got a verbal hiding. Updates on Pres Zelensky’s meetings with visiting leaders. Kuzio on the Kyiv and Washington swamps. Pres Zelensky’s inauguration a hit in Israeli media. Eidman on Zelensky. A choice collection of toxic commentary from Muscovy.

Pres Zelensky assumes post of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, dismisses Gen Muzhenko, and promotes LtGen Ruslan Khomchak to the position of Chief of General Staff of the AFU. Donbas update. PSU conducts IADS EX.

Two US supplied TPQ-36 CBRs transferred to AFU. Ukraine rejects Russian claims to international operators that only Russia has the exclusive legal right to maintain and support Soviet equipment (the treaty on the breakup of the USSR allowed all former republics to maintain the equipment).  Ukrainian industry intends to displace Russia as maintainer of Soviet/Russian equipment in Latin America. PSU testing new flight suits for fighter crews. Another refurbished FENCER D returned to service. New Biskvit-KB CBR being tested. WashPost on China’s effort to gain control of MotorSich.

Twenty eight reports on Kyiv politics – hires, fires, the upcoming parliamentary election, and the usual political speculation.


Richard Engel, Kate Benyon-Tinker and Kennett Werner | Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.

Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans to stoke unrest and even violence inside the U.S. as recently as 2018, according to documents reviewed by NBC News. May 21, 2019, 8:54 AM GMT+10 LONDON — Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans to stoke unrest and even violence inside the U.S. as recently as 2018, according to documents reviewed by NBC News. The documents — communications between associates of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked oligarch indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for previous influence operations against the U.S. — laid out a new plot to manipulate and radicalize African-Americans. The plans show that Prigozhin’s circle has sought to exploit racial tensions well beyond Russia’s social media and misinformation efforts tied to the 2016 election. The documents were obtained through the Dossier Center, a London-based investigative project funded by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky. NBC News has not independently verified the materials, but forensic analysis by the Dossier Center appeared to substantiate the communications. One document said that President Donald Trump’s election had “deepened conflicts in American society” and suggested that, if successful, the influence project would “undermine the country’s territorial integrity and military and economic potential.” The revelations come as U.S. intelligence agencies have warned of probable Russian meddling in the 2020 election.

What’s Going on With Russia’s New Stealth Fighter?

The troubled Sukhoi Su-57 gets an order boost from Moscow.

China ‘Will Never’ Join Arms Control Deal with U.S. and Russia, Says Donald Trump Has Not Even Followed Past Agreements

China warned that a “certain major country has withdrawn from one international treaty and mechanism after another while building up its own nuclear and missile power.”

 

U.S. Reiterates Threat of Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipe Sanctions – Bloomberg

The U.S. plans to sanction companies helping construct the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline being laid from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Congress is expected to begin preparing a bill, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday in Ukrainian capital Kiev. That comes a day after the Gazprom PJSC-controlled company said that none of its contractors had pulled out because of the threat of U.S. sanctions.

UAWire – US hits Russia’s Gazprom with record LNG production

The US is continuing to increase its production of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), adding to the surplus on the global market that has already caused prices in Asia and Europe to halve, finanz.ruwrites. Sempra Energy, a joint enterprise between French Total and Japanese Mitsui and Mitsubishi, has announced the launch of the first LNG liquefaction line at the Cameron LNG project. The export terminal in Louisiana has a designed capacity of 4.5 million tons of LNG per year. In 2020, the second and third lines will be opened, bringing the annual production capacity up to 13.5 million tons. In light of the existing surplus of offers on the LNG market, the launch of yet another project will probably put additional pressure on the spot gas prices this year, especially in Europe, the key export market for the Russian gas monopoly, Gazprom, observe analysts from Sberbank CIB. Bloomberg NEF estimates that a total of 33 million tons of new liquefaction capacity will be launched in 2019, whereas the demand will grow by only 17 million tons. The spot gas prices in Europe have already fallen sharply, and are at there lowest since 2006. At the start of the week, gas contracts were trading at $160 per thousand cubic meters on the Title Transfer Facility, the EU’s primary gas trading point. According to Gas Infrastructure Europe, the gas reserves in Europe’s underground storage facilities are up by 23 billion cubic meters year-on-year, and at their highest since 2014. The price collapse is a consequence of LNG originally intended for Asia ending up on the European market, write Sberbank CIB analysts Andrei Gromadin and Anna Kotelnikova. LNG on the Asian spot market became cheaper in the winter months due to the drop in oil prices in 2018, surplus gas reserves, the opening of new regasification facilities, and warm weather. The spot gas prices in Japan and Singapore are currently just over half what they were in September 2018 at $5.2 per million British thermal units, the equivalent of roughly $186 per thousand cubic meters. In the coming months, the gas market will probably remain under pressure due to the low seasonal demand. This is risky for Gazprom, because the spot component accounts for more than half of the gas price calculation for consumers in Europe, Sberbank CIB warns. On average, Gazprom will sell gas to Europe at $216 per thousand cubic meters, which is 10% lower than last year’s prices ($241) and significantly below the company’s prediction of $235. Gazprom is relying on the second half of the year, said the company’s deputy chairperson Elena Burmistrova at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. “International experts predict that the LNG segment will take off on a large scale in the next few years. And I completely agree with this assertion. LNG has a number of undeniable advantages. It is the “flexible pipe”, which will enable the gas market to become truly global,” Burmistrova remarked. “But LNG’s flexibility is both its advantage and its disadvantage. Today, most LNG supply contracts are made on FOB terms. When a tanker sets out to sea, its destination is unknown. And if a more profitable opportunity to sell on a competing market arises, the tanker will be redirected. We observed this factor at work in the fourth quarter of last year, when the decline of the Asian premium brought new LNG volumes to Europe,” she noted. “But this flexibility factor can also work the other way. In the second half of 2019, analysts predict that the gas price will increase due to the recovery of the oil price. Most gas is supplied to the Asia-Pacific Region on long-term contracts with oil indexation, and the rising oil price will cause the price of these contracts to rise, and they, in turn, affect the LNG spot prices. As a result, the Asian premium will be restored, and it will once again become more attractive to send LNG to the Asian markets,” Gazprom’s deputy chairperson believes (as cited by Interfax).

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Now Fears Russian Regionalism will Grow into Separatism, Vinogradov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 20 – Moscow fears that the increasing focus of Russians on their regions will “grow into separatism,” Mikhail Vinogradov, the head of Petersburg Politics, says, a fear that protests in Yekaterinburg and other cities over planned church construction and in the Russian North about the possible construction of dumps for trash from the Russian capital. Having experienced the disintegration of the USSR along ethnic lines, the center has always been concerned about the possibility that non-Russian republics could pose such a challenge and thus has worked hard to limit their authority. But now it faces challenges to its authority in predominantly Russian regions, places on which it thought it could always count. The combination of this old fear and these new challenges will likely determine Moscow’s response, but at present, analysts like Vinogradov suggest, the central authorities do not have a clear road map of what to do. They do not want to alienate ethnic Russians, but they also don’t want the country to fall apart. Vinogradov says that “regional patriotism exists when the territory on which an individual lives has value.” It can take many forms, including protests like those in Yekaterinburg and the Russian North. Who the winners and losers of these actions remains uncertain (vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/05/19/801760-rossii-tretya-volna). But these developments are stimulating the center’s fears of separatism in places where it has not generally thought it was possible since the suppression of regional barons at the end of the 1990s and in the first years of Vladimir Putin’s rule. So far, however, Vinogradov points out, Moscow hasn’t yet come up with a systematic answer to this challenge. Such regionalism is an indication of another and potentially more dangerous trend: the weakening of the center as far as its control over the country is concerned. Abbas Gallyamov, a former Kremlin speech writer who now works as a commentator, says that regionalism always emerges whenever the central authorities weaken. “Having become disappointed in ‘big discussions,’” he says in the same Vedomosti article which quotes Vinogradov, “the voter begins in confusion to look around in search of new guiding ideas. And the first that he sees is ‘the small motherland’” of his region. “That was the case both after the 1917 revolution and at the end of the 1980s.” Like most analysts, Gallyamov continues to argue that the non-Russian republics are the most likely candidates for the emergence of such movements because they can invest land with ethnic meaning. But it is significant that he, Vinogradov and other commentators in Moscow now are focusing on predominantly Russian regions. He suggests that one way in which the present situation could develop would be for regional elites to try to harness the anger of their populations against Moscow, pointing to that anger as a reason for the center to make concessions to them. That is what happened in the 1990s and could occur again. Alternatively, although Gallyamov doesn’t mention this, Moscow could try to play up Russian nationalism in the hopes of trumping local identities, but its ability to do so is far less than many imagine. On the one hand, its handmaiden in such an effort, the Russian Orthodox Church, is discredited; and actions like Crimea and the Sochi Games aren’t lasting. And on the other, making use of immigrants as targets could reduce their number and thus harm the economy and making non-Russian republics a focus of Russian anger could lead to a situation in which the center would be triggering the kind of separatism in them that Moscow now fears may be emerging in predominantly ethnic Russian regions. In short, Moscow is confronted by yet another situation in which it has no good choices, precisely the circumstance in which it is likely to use ever more repression and thus produce precisely what it fears.

Two Russian Cities Back Off Construction Plans After Yekaterinburg Protests

Officials in two Russian cities have suspended or scrapped plans to construct religious buildings after a project to build a church in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg triggered several days of prot…

And the walls came down Yekaterinburg dismantles perimeter at controversial construction site, ahead of citywide poll — Meduza

On the morning of May 21, crews in Yekaterinburg started dismantling a wall that went up a week earlier around the construction site for a new cathedral in one of the city’s few remaining public parks. The wall was erected after protesters repeatedly toppled the original perimeter: a chain-link fence. After nearly a week of demonstrations that attracted national news attention, at the suggestion of President Putin, local officials decided to conduct a citywide survey to determine the construction site’s future. In the meantime, the city’s diocese asked workers to remove the wall around the site, “for the sake of peace and harmony in the city.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Two Understandings of Democracy Clash in the Streets of Yekaterinburg, ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 20 – Two understandings of democracy are clashing in Yekaterinburg and other Russian cities, the editors of Nezavisimaya gazeta say, one of which is based on the notion that those in office after elections or appointment should be able to do whatever they want and the other held by the middle class that the authorities should consult it on all questions. That difference, more than anger about the possible construction of an Orthodox cathedral in a central park, explains both the energy of the protesters and the opposition of those in power to this popular challenge, the paper says in an editorial entitled “Not Against the Church but for the Voice of the Middle Class” (ng.ru/editorial/2019-05-19/2_7576_red.html). Those in the streets believe that they have a right to be consulted on all questions all the time and not just during elections, the editors say; those in government offices think that once they have been elected or appointed, they have “received carte blanche for any actions within the term of their authorities and citizens must accept this as the order of things.” “Such different ideas about the essence of political representation give rise to conflict situations,” the lead article continues. “Active citizens and social groups turn to forms of protest which the powers interpret as illegal.” But the citizens do so only because they believe that the consultations the authorities have arranged are fake. According to the paper, “the federal authorities’ proposal to conduct a survey among the residents of the city about whether they need an enormous church in the square isn’t satisfying everyone. The protesters insist on a referendum,” but the powers that be don’t want to conduct one, fearing what it could lead to. Their fears, Nezavisimaya gazeta journalist Darya Garmonenko writes in the same issue of the paper, are based on the fact that the protests in Yekaterinburg are beginning to be politicized, with various parties seeking to position themselves to take advantage of the energy of the demonstrators (ng.ru/politics/2019-05-19/3_7576_opposition.html). While a survey could be conducted relatively quickly and under the control of the authorities, any referendum would take longer to hold and give more opportunities for the opposition. It is for that reason and not because of the greater cost of holding a referendum than conducting a poll that the powers that be in Yekaterinburg and Moscow are opposed to it. But because many won’t accept the poll as definitive, the protests may continue, potentially proving an even greater challenge to the powers that be who will then have only two choices, using massive force to suppress the population or retreating before its demands. Either of these could produce a situation more revolutionary than the one the powers now face.

Cat And Mouse: Russian Lawyer Uses ‘Rehabilitation’ Laws To Confront Horrors Of Stalinism

Russian lawyer Aleksandr Busarov thought that if he asked Vladimir Putin’s government to rehabilitate some of the most notorious criminals of Stalin’s regime, they’d have to say “no.” But he was wr…

Russian Advanced Armored Vehicle Taifun to Undergo Trials at Army Games

MOSCOW — The latest armored vehicle Taifun-PO designated for transporting the personnel of Igla surface-to-air missile systems will undergo riding tests at the ‘Clear Sky’ All-Army Games, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Monday. “On the second day of the ‘Clear Sky’ stage of the All-Army Contest, the riding tests of two Taifun-PO combat vehicles will be held at the Army’s Yeisk air defense training center,” the press office said. Read also Participants in International Army Games 2018 set over 10 records during contest The new armored vehicle will raise the mobility of air defense troops and boost their efficiency to repel enemy air targets, the Southern Military District said. The Taifun is a family of enhanced protection armored vehicles developed by a pool of over 120 enterprises, which include the Urals Automobile Works, Kamaz truck maker, the Yaroslavl Motor Enterprise and the R&D Institute of Steel (the vehicle’s armor). The armored vehicles were demonstrated for the first time at a practice range in 2011 and at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, 2014 (the Taifun-K model). During the ‘Clear Sky’ contest, air defense teams will compete in their field skills of delivering fire against fast-speed air targets. The Army Contest of air defense troops will come to an end on May 25. The winner team will represent Russia’s Armed Forces at the ‘Clear Sky’ international stage in August.

 

UAWire – Turkish President Erdogan announces plans to produce S-500 missile systems with Russia

Turkey and Russia will develop an S-500 air defense system, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as reported by Deutsche Welle. “ …

Erdogan announced his intention to produce, together with Russia, the S-500 air defense system

Turkish President Erdogan in a speech to the students expressed confidence that the United States “sooner or later” will resume cooperation with Ankara on the F-35 program.

Austrian Far-Right Ministers Leave Government Amid ‘Russian Video’ Scandal

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) says that all its ministers will step down from the coalition government amid a corruption scandal.

Austrian Government Collapses Over Ibiza Video Scandal

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called time on his coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party after its leader was shown on video appearing to offer favors to a purported Russian investor

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal – BBC News

It comes after their party leader was caught on tape offering contracts to an oligarch’s niece.

Every Minister From Austria’s Far-right Freedom Party Resigns After Secret Video Involving Fake Russian

The party controls five government ministries.

Belarus, Russia agree on mechanism to resume oil transit via Druzhba pipeline, but there are technical issues – Belneftekhim

Belarus and Russia have fully agreed on the procedure of the implementation of a road map to resume transit of quality Russian oil to European countries, but “nuances of a technical nature” still remain, Belneftekhim concern head Andrei Rybakov said following talks dealing with oil issues in Moscow on Monday.

NATO to strengthen presence in Azov and Black Seas — Klympush-Tsintsadze

NATO will strengthen its presence in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to help Ukraine resolve the situation in the Black Sea region. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Estonian President condemns decision to restore Russia’s voting rights in PACE

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid heavily criticized the Council of Europe’s  intention to restore Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary …

High-tech Estonia votes online for European Parliament

In 2007, a massive cyberattack crippled Estonia’s networks following a dispute with Russia. Today the nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election.

Europe was worried Russia would mess with its elections. Now it has other fears. – The Washington Post

Domestic disinformation and U.S. money are raising alarms.

Germany’s long-awaited antimissile program is about to face politics

Government and industry officials have begun putting together the narrative for justifying a price tag billions of euros above expectations several years ago.

Harpia Programme Divided in Half

By Jakub Palowski Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Even though this solution has some advantages, it also entails some risk, as acquisition constitutes only about 30% of total lifecycle costs, so the total cost of ownership could be three times higher than the procurement cost. Skurkiewicz made his statement during a heated debate in parliament, when MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, queried the combat effectiveness of the air force, whose MiG-29 jets have recently been grounded several times due to the accidents. According to the Polish Press Agency, Kluzik-Rostkowska also suggested that only 40% of the Polish F-16s are ready to use. Responding to the questions, Skurkiewicz said that the decision to extend the MiG-29’s service life for another decade was made back in 2011. Mariusz Błaszczak, head of the MoD, recently decided to instead accelerate the Harpia program, whose goal is to replace the Soviet-era aircraft. However, the most important quote pertained to implementation of the Harpia programme itself. “For implementation of the Harpia programme, we are buying 5th generation aircraft. This is a breakthrough decision that will entirely change the Air Force’s operational capabilities. The first F-35 squadron would be procured during the current planning period, which covers modernization until 2026. The second squadron would be procured after 2026,” Wojciech Skurkiewicz, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, told Parliament. This means that, at least until the new Technical Modernization Plan is adopted, the MoD can acquire a single squadron – such is the Harpia programme budget. It should be strongly emphasized that the above does not exclude asking the US to launch acquisition of two squadrons in line with the FMS procedure, as LOA intergovernmental documents can be signed with regards to a certain portion of the equipment to be acquired.

Former Polish defense minister presses for answers on fate of US Patriot buy

Is the Patriot air-and-missile defense system buy in Poland in danger of tanking after the delivery of the first two batteries? A former Polish defense minister is demanding answers.

Bulgarian Defence Minister Calls Price of US F-16 Fighters Unreasonably High

Bulgaria is likely to halt negotiations with the US for the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, according to Bulgaria’s defence minister, instead, turning to Sweden or Italy for new combat aircraft. Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, following talks with the United States, has shared his opinion on the NOVA television network saying that the US-proposed price for F-16s was unreasonably higher than that expected by Sofia. To make the situation clear the minister of defence used the example of a price of a cup: “When you are told that something costs five levs but in fact, it costs three levs, it’s alright to ask the question: Fellas, there is no logic in that, where does the price come from?” Karakachanov said. According to the minister, Bulgaria wants to reduce the cost of fighters not at the expense of armaments, but at the expense of other components for which it makes no sense to pay. “One such example is language learning. The pilots we send have already taken language courses and been trained in the USA. Does it make sense for the country to pay again for language training, which will largely be something formal?” the minister noted. Karakachanov also reiterated that Bulgaria is continuing negotiations on payment in several parts, because a one-time payment would jeopardise the refurbishment of existing equipment and the decision to raise the salaries of servicemen. “I gave an instruction to look for such an option so that Bulgaria does not make payments for the entire amount in a lump-sum”, Karakachanov said. The defence minister previously said that if the negotiations with the United States fail, Bulgaria could return to considering proposals for the acquisition of fighters from Sweden or Italy. Former Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev expressed doubts that Bulgaria wants to buy American fighters at all. In his opinion, the negotiations “were doomed to fail from the very beginning” while Sofia really wants to buy Swedish aircraft. The decision to acquire the F-16s was made in December. The Interdepartmental Commission, as part of Bulgaria’s tender to acquire 8 new fighter jets for its Air Force to replace aging Russian MiG-29 fighters with a Western-made aircraft, also considered purchasing the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen and the pre-owned Italian Eurofighter Typhoon. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, for his part, has called the procedure for choosing aircraft a “game of democracy” and a “triumph of lobbying”. Some opposition parties in the country have sharply criticised the government’s choice. Initially, the cost that the country was willing to pay for the American fighters was 1.8 billion levs (around 920 million euros), but then the parliament agreed that more money could be allocated for the purchase.

US Deploys THAAD Anti-Missile System In First Deployment to Romania

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU (MK) AIR BASE, Romania — American troops offload a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launcher from a C-17 Globemaster III at Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base, Romania, May 3, 2019. The THAAD deployed to Romania from 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command out of Fort Hood, Texas. The deployment of the THAAD is in support of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense mission and reinforces the strong and unremitting U.S. commitment to the defense of our NATO allies. The unit arrived in Romania in April to emplace a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system while NATO’s Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense site undergoes a long-planned update in the upcoming months. -ends-

 

UN Security Council Rejects Russian Request For Ukraine Meeting

The UN Security Council has rejected a Russian request to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine.

UN Security Council decides not to discuss Ukraine’s language law, rejecting Russia’s request – news politics | UNIAN

Representatives of the United States and the European Union in the United Nations Security Council have decided not to consider the law on the Ukrainian language, rejecting Russia’s request. Russia’s call to hold the discussion is not intended for constructive dialogue but rather to paint the new President in a negative light, Delattre said. In particular, Germany’s Permanent Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen said his delegation did not apply double standards and has been consistent. It is not against holding the meeting, but merely wished to have it postponed because today marks the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky, he said, adding that holding the meeting would have been tantamount to welcoming the new President with an act of intimidation. The Russian Federation adopted its new passport law when President Zelensky was elected, on the International Day of Multilateralism, he recalled, urging Russian forces to abide by the ceasefire agreement, withdraw heavy weapons and allow observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to do their job, the UN press service said in a meeting coverage on May 20. François Delattre (France) objected to adoption of the agenda for the meeting, saying that the Russian Federation’s request for the meeting on the very day Ukraine is inaugurating a new President clearly is not intended to help resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Russia’s call to hold the discussion is not intended for constructive dialogue but rather to paint the new President in a negative light, he said, emphasizing that the situation in Donbas should be the Security Council’s focus. The issue of the language law – granting special status to the Ukrainian language – should be dealt with in accordance with existing agreements between the two countries, he said, expressing regret that no objection objections to holding the meeting were heard. Jonathan R. Cohen (United States) said there is no need for the briefing, describing it as a clear attempt to distract from the peaceful transfer of power occurring in Ukraine today. He urged other Council members vote against the agenda’s adoption.

Russia Envoy Slams UNSC Over Refusal to Hold Meeting on Ukrainian Language Bill – Sputnik International

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The decision of the UN Security Council to reject a request to hold a meeting on the Ukrainian language law is a clear demonstration of double standards, Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said at a meeting of the UNSC.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the reforms and counteraction to Russian aggression with the representatives of the United States — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a meeting with the representatives of the US Administration and US Congress who arrived in Kyiv to take part in the official ceremony of inauguration of the Head of State.

Rick Perry on Twitter: “Excited to lead @realDonaldTrump’s Presidential Delegation for the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.… https://t.co/deHODTfeDv”

 

Rick Perry on Twitter: “Today, we see a Ukraine that offers renewed opportunity to its people with the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The United States is strongly committed to the success of a stable, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.… https://t.co/DhMGVw5GNQ”

 

Rick Perry on Twitter: “Congratulations, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy! The United States looks forward to partnering closely with the Zelenskiyy Administration to advance the U.S.-Ukraine partnership and our joint efforts to promote open markets in Europe.… https://t.co/3XDCBm7Siv”

 

Rick Perry on Twitter: “Thank you to Ukraine’s Speaker of Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, for taking the time to meet with me on such a historic day. I look forward to working together to help achieve our efforts of reform and progress under the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue.… https://t.co/SnIqbuddKM”

 

Michael McFaul on Twitter: “I have no idea if President @ZelenskyyUa will be a successful leader of Ukraine. But I do know that he won a free and fair election, and just took over power peacefully. That event must be celebrated by all who believe in democracy.”

 

Groysman invites U.S. energy secretary to unite efforts to counter Nord Stream 2

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has invited U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to unite efforts to counter Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. — Ukrinform.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed cooperation between Ukraine and the EU with Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The parties discussed a wide range of issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union, as well as counteraction to the Kremlin’s aggression in Donbas, prospects of de-occupation of Crimea and holding of the next round of tripartite negotiations in the Ukraine-EU-Russia format on preparations to the conclusion of the gas contract.

Ukraine is EU’s priority – EU Commissioner Malmström

Support and partnership with Ukraine is an unconditional priority for the European Union, and the EU believes the path of reforms that already bear fruit will continue. — Ukrinform.

EU to support dissolution of Ukrainian parliament in accordance with Constitution

The European Union will support the decision to dissolve the parliament, which would meet the will of the Ukrainian people and be in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a meeting with President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė who arrived for the inauguration on May 20. The Head of State thanked Mrs. Grybauskaitė for congratulations on assumption of the presidency. He noted that the sitting President of Lithuania was a true and reliable friend of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a meeting with President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis. Mr. Vējonis arrived in Ukraine to attend the solemn ceremony of inauguration of the newly elected President.

Zelensky hopes for further strategic partnership between Ukraine and Latvia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted Riga’s contribution to reforms of Ukraine’s defense industry at a meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, who attended Zelensky’s inauguration on May 20.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Hungary János Áder discussed cooperation of the two countries in the continuation of the international pressure on Russia — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The Head of State stressed that Russian aggression in the east and Russia’s occupation of Crimea required the continuation of the international pressure on the Russian Federation. Volodymyr Zelensky is hopeful that Budapest would resume support for the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine.

Canadian defense minister once again assures Ukraine of support

Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Sajjan during his visit to Ukraine met with soldiers of the Canadian Forces. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian World Congress President Paul Grod on what diaspora expects from Zelenskiy | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Paul Grod, who was elected president of the Ukrainian World Congress in November, told the Kyiv Post on May 19 that he hopes President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy will continue the path towards Euro-Atlantic integration and will protect Ukraine against Russian aggression. The UWC, which is an umbrella organization for a number of regional organizations representing both Ukrainians living abroad and those of Ukrainian descent, has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine internationally. They say they represent the interests of 20 million Ukrainians living outside Ukraine globally. According to Grod, Zelenskiy must have a definitive position towards Russia and its ongoing aggression against Ukraine and maintain the path towards Euro-Atlantic integration. Zelenskiy will be inaugurated as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20. “We see continuous efforts by many European leaders to lift sanctions against Russia, to incorporate Russia into the international structures and that’s why President Zelenskiy and his administration have to be very clear that they oppose that,” said Grod. Grod stated that outgoing President Petro Poroshenko did a good job in rallying international support around Ukraine. Poroshenko received 54 percent of votes from the foreign constituencies during the second round of Ukrainian presidential elections which took place on April 21, while receiving less than 25 percent at home. Ukrainians living abroad, according to Grod, assess Poroshenko based on his foreign affairs and defense policies, and from those two perspectives, Grod says Poroshenko was successful, in terms of the international support that was built and the sanctions that were implemented against Russia. Grod acknowledges however that diaspora doesn’t live in Ukraine and thus doesn’t focus on economic issues, which are crucial for domestic voters. Concerning the new president, Grod says that it’s a two-way street. The UWC will be doing everything it can to support Ukraine on the global stage, by promoting sanctions against Russia and by advocating the blocking of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which if built will decrease Ukraine’s role as a gas transit country causing substantial financial losses. Another issue on which the UWC will work on is to keep Russia from rejoining international institutions including the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe, which is a statutory body of the Council of Europe and oversees human rights issues and democratic standards.

A new president wants to transform Ukraine’s politics — and stay out of America’s – The Washington Post

Volodymyr Zelensky’s inaugural speech on Monday offered some encouraging signs for his presidency — and Ukraine.

Taras Kuzio | Zelenskiy, the Washington swamp and the Party of Regions – New Eastern Europe – A bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s links to the Party of Regions lead to a trail of breadcrumbs that ends in the American capital. Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated as Ukraine’s sixth president on May 20th after winning a landslide victory supported by a high anti-establishment vote. Zelenskiy is new to politics in general and barely has an election programme. His ties to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, whose 1+1 TV channel hosts “Servant of the People”, in which Zelenskiy is the star actor, are well documented. This article investigates Zelenskiy’s ties to Ukrainian politicians, in particular leaders from the Party of Regions who have been in exile in Russia since fleeing there during the Euromaidan Revolution. Four days before the April 21st second-round election between President Petro Poroshenko and Zelenskiy, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broke news that Zelenskiy’s campaign hired a Washington lobbying firm to “elevate its profile.” News of the campaign’s hiring of Signal Group led to Zelenskiy denying co-operation with the US lobbyists. This news was curious enough, considering Ivan Bakanov, Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, was making his rounds in Washington thanks to help from Signal Group. However, even stranger was the news that the lobbying group was hired on behalf of Zelenskiy by Marcus Cohen, who was then unknown to Ukraine experts. In another apparent attempt to skirt US Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations on declaring work done on behalf of foreign politicians, Cohen, an attorney who previously worked for the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, likely maintains attorney-client privilege with Zelenskiy or a member of Zelenskiy’s campaign, which precludes him from foreign agent registration requirements according to a Washington-based lobbyist with whom I spoke. This workaround allowed Zelenskiy to initially deny to Ukrainian voters that he hired a US lobbyist as Signal Group hired lawyer Cohen on his behalf. However, this opaque registration by the Signal Group also masks the source of funding for the lobbying operation. “I wonder whether Signal Group conducted all the necessary due diligence and has a clear understanding of the origin of the funds for the contract with Marcus Cohen,” I as told by a financial intelligence expert. We have seen this opaqueness in the hiring US consultants before by Yulia Tymoshenko during her presidential election campaign when she used US limited liability corporation (LLC) laws to her advantage and concealed the source of funding for lobbying done on her behalf by Avenue Strategies and by the Livingston Group. Yet, Zelenskiy was supposed to bring a new non-corrupt style of politics to Ukraine. Right? Importantly, Signal Group is a subsidiary of Wiley Rein, a law firm hired by Tymoshenko and her husband Oleksandr for lobbying in Washington. A Ukraine expert based in Washington told me that this connection led him and other analysts to believe that the common link that is funding this lobbying in the US is oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who we know has long had close ties to Tymoshenko and Zelenskiy. According to a Washington-based lobbyist I spoke with for this investigative report, Cohen – formerly a lawyer and counsel with Sandler, Travis, and Rosenberg (ST&R) – ended his relationship with the law firm when ST&R management raised concerns about his contacts with individuals who had been sanctioned by the US government. ST&R refused my requests to comment on this. According to screenshots seen from the mobile messaging application WhatsApp, Cohen notified his sources that he was in contact with Andriy Kluyev, former head of President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential administration and secretary of the national security and defence council (RNBO), and Serhiy Arbuzov, former first deputy prime minister in Mykola Azarov’s government. Both Kluyev and Arbuzov are “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) by the US Department of Treasury, meaning any business transaction with either of these individuals requires a license; however, payments for legal services to an attorney such as Cohen, are generally exempted. According to my lobbyist contact in Washington, over the past two years Cohen was also in contact with Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko; former Ukrainian Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk; head of Ukraine’s Specialised Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office Nazar Kholodnytsky; Polina Deripaska, wife of sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska,; former Ukrainian science and education minister Dmytro Tabachnyk; and former head of the Ukrainian Football Federation (UFF) Andriy Pavelko. According to multiple sources I spoke with in the United States and Ukraine, Cohen works closely with fellow Californian Michael Gordon, an investment adviser with ties to the Russian government. Gordon, who is married to the daughter of former Tajikistan Prime Minister Abdumalik Abdullajanov, has managed the reported $180 million fortune of the Tajik politician. Ukrainian officials detained Abdullajanov at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport in February 2013 for questioning related to the assassination attempt against Tajik President Emomail Rahmon. Gordon has often boasted of his ties to Rosneft’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Igor Sechin – who is also sanctioned by the US government. According to the CV of Michael Gordon obtained during this investigation, in addition to his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “de facto deputy” Sechin, he has consulted for the Russian Agricultural Bank (RusAg); LSR Group, a Russian real estate development and construction company; and a financial government minister in the Yanukovych-era, most likely Fedir Yaroshenko. Gordon bragged to several prominent Ukrainian businessmen and political figures recently that he was largely responsible for President Donald Trump’s decision to recall US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Cohen and Gordon received a seven-figure consulting fee from Kluyev and Arbuzov for their “legal services”. My source, who is familiar with Gordon’s activities in Ukraine and Russia since the Yanukovych era, claims to have seen bank wire confirmations from off-shore LLCs paid to Cohen’s attorney trust fund account at Wells Fargo bank. Cohen contacted a US consultant asking him to obtain a letter from a prominent American official on behalf of the granddaughter of Yanukovych-era government official Volodymyr Sivkovych recommending her application for admission to the Pechersk International School in Kyiv. Cohen and Gordon have been in contact with Sivkovych since at least July 2017 and claimed to have met with him and both Russian and Ukrainian SDNs on multiple occasions in Europe. Sivkovych was known as “Putin’s man in Kyiv” and according to a former Yanukovych official cited in a Transparency International report, the mastermind behind the buying up of parliamentary deputies. Sivkovych’s ally Tabachnyk, a notorious Ukrainophobe, is notorious for his scandalous time as education minister. Kluyev meanwhile, is believed to be the one who gave the orders for Berkut to violently attack the peaceful protestors on the Maidan on November 30th 2013. Because of Cohen and Gordon’s ties with former senior Yanukovych era leaders Sivkovych, Kluyev and Arbuzov, who all live in exile in Moscow, US officials are very concerned about who is currently influencing Zelenskiy and his team. US officials have many questions for Cohen and Gordon, including how funds designated for legal services are being used for lobbying is a serious violation of sanctions law. In addition, Cohen offering legal services to sanctioned individuals Kluyev or Arbuzov is unethical. In an addendum to Signal Group’s initial registration as a foreign agent of Zelenskiy, filed through the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), Signal Group’s Chief Financial Officer Jessica Rihani signed a contract with Cohen. This includes a clause stipulating: “Cohen on behalf of Zelenskiy confirms that none of the funds to be paid for the services provided under this Agreement have been obtained from any person on the Prohibited Parties List or the Sanctioned Parties List, and that none of the funds originate from persons or entities located in or organized under the laws of the countries subject to US sanctions, where the involvement of such a person or entity would violate the sanctions laws of the United States.” This suggests that the origin of the funds is a concern for the US lobbying firm. Zelenskiy, or a representative of Zelenskiy’s election campaign, signed the contract included in the addendum which means Zelenskiy had knowledge of the lobbying activities conducted on his behalf in Washington. As with Tymoshenko, Zelenskiy has misled Ukrainian voters about his US lobbying activities and is trying to hide how those who have been hired have contacts to senior officials from the Party of Regions in exile in Russia. Ukrainian journalists will undoubtedly continue to investigate the connections highlighted in this article between the “Washington Swamp”, Zelenskiy and his team and notorious Party of Regions leaders. With anti-western forces with grudges against the US government influencing Zelenskiy’s team, there is unlikely to be the same degree of commitment to a robust US-Ukrainian strategic partnership as during the previous Poroshenko presidency. Taras Kuzio is a professor in the Department of Political Science, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and a Non-Resident Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

President of Ukraine lauds Israelis in swearing-in ceremony – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post

“We must become Icelanders in football, Israelis in defending our native land, Japanese in technology,” he said at the swearing-in, the BBC reported.

New president of Ukraine: We must defend our land like Israelis – Israel National News

Jewish actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky says as he is sworn that his nation must defend their land like Israelis.

Jewish actor sworn in as president of Ukraine says nation must defend land like Israelis – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) — Volodymyr Zelensky, a Jewish actor and comedian, was sworn in Monday as president of Ukraine and said his nation must defend their land like Israelis. Zelensky took the oath of office reportedly on a copy of the country’s constitution and a 16th-century manuscript of the New Testament. “We must become Icelanders in football, Israelis in defending our native land, Japanese in technology,” he said at the swearing-in, the BBC reported.

Ukraine’s new Jewish leader: ‘We have to defend our land like Israel’

Zelensky, a Jewish comedian, was sworn in on Monday as Ukraine’s new president. By World Israel News Staff and AP Ukrainian comedian and TV star Volodymyr Zelensky took office on Monday as the country’s new leader, dissolving parliament minutes after he was sworn in as president. Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote last month in his landslide victory, slammed parliament as a hot-bed of self-enrichment, and promised to stop the war in the east against Russian-backed separatists. Ukraine must be “like the Israelis in defending our land,” he said, noting that the first order of business was a ceasefire with Russia. Zelinsky delivered his address in Ukrainian but switched to Russian to deliver the message: “I am convinced that in order for the dialogue to begin, we must see the return of all the Ukrainian prisoners.”

Ukraine gets first Jewish president as Zelensky takes office – www.israelhayom.com

“I’m ready to lose my popularity and, if necessary, I’m ready to lose my post so that we have peace,” says new president and former comedian on his inauguration, a month after winning unlikely victory.

Israeli ambassador to Ukraine wishes successful presidency to Zelensky – news politics | UNIAN

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lyon has wished a successful presidency to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the occasion of his inauguration. Israel hopes to continue close cooperation with Ukraine.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Zelensky May Turn Out to Be a Better Ukrainian President than Many Expect, Eidman Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 20 – Many fear that the inexperienced Vladimir Zelensky may prove to be a disaster as president of Ukraine, making the kind of mistakes that Vladimir Putin and others will exploit to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence. But there are reasons to think that he may turn out to be far better than such people expect, Igor Eidman says. On Zelensky’s inauguration, the Russian commentator says that one should begin with the fact that “Ukrainians have elected as president a vital and contemporary individual, to the envy of neighbors who still have Soviet-style wax figures of former KGB officers and collective farm heads” (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2396942760368689&id=100001589654713). To determine what kind of a president Zelensky will be, Eidman continues, will require that he be given at least 100 days. That is what his predecessor Petro Poroshenko was given and the fact that people are drawing final conclusions about Zelensky already is both strange and more than a little suspicious. Those who think Zelensky will be a failure generally make one of two charges: he is someone who will capitulate to Putin or he is a puppet who will be manipulated by Kolomoysky. There are compelling reasons to think, Eidman argues, that neither of these predictions will prove true. Up to now, he continues, Zelensky has behaved toward Putin in anything but the manner one would expect of someone who will capitulate to the Kremlin. He uses tough language regarding Russia and has repeatedly declare that Crimea and the Donbass are Ukrainian, not Russian, and that he doesn’t intend to surrender them. “The Russian powers that be are trying to discredit the Ukrainian elections and their winner” for a very simple reason: Moscow has long insisted that “a democratic change of the powers in principle is impossible on the post-Soviet space and especially in ‘Banderite-fascist’ Ukraine.” If it turns out that Zelensky, who came to power by means of election, Eidman says, “this will become not only a great thing for his Motherland but the beginning of the end of Putin” who already is facing Maidan-like actions in Yekaterinburg. “If Ukraine becomes an example of a rapidly development country which changed power by democratic means,” those will spread. As far as the charge that the new Ukrainian president is a Kolomoysky puppet is concerned, those who make it do not understand politics. If Zelensky in the past was only a successful showman and “Kolomoysky an all-powerful oligarch, “today everything is different: Zelensky is president of a country and Kolomoysky is a bourgeois on the run.” “I am not a Zelensky supporter,” Eidman says. “But I sincerely wish him success as president because his success will be the success of Ukraine and any failure will be the failure of a country, love for which I took in literally with my mother’s milk having been born in Kyiv, spent my childhood in Odessa” and have remembered fondly all my life. Moreover, if Zelensky is successful, it may very well become a victory for Russia as well, precisely because it will lead to the end of the Putin system.

Over 5000 Ukrainians are illegally kept in Russia

Around 5,100 Ukrainians are being kept in Russian prisons, as Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry responded to the request of the Ukrainian News. “As of March 31, 2019 4,877 convicted Ukrainians are serving their sentences on the territory of the Russia Federation,” the establishment reports. Related: Poroshenko gives state grants to political prisoners Balukh, Sentsov and Sushchenko Besides, Russia has detained and arrested 225 Ukrainians in the first quarter of 2019. All the prisoners are receiving consul’s assistance. As it was reported, Ukraine demanded Russia to immediately release 113 Ukrainians who were illegally convicted and are kept in annexed Crimea.

 

Zelensky’s calls for tougher sanctions on Russia will not help settle Donbas conflict – Kremlin

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told this to journalists on Tuesday, according to Russia’s news agency Interfax. “We don’t see any innovations so far. This is the rhetoric about sanctions against Russia, which is not new,” Peskov said. He responded to a request to comment on statements made by Zelensky at a meeting with U.S. and other guests on May 20 regarding the need for the United States to strengthen sanctions against Russia. “The main thing is that this is the rhetoric that cannot help Ukraine deal with the problem of the southeast because the U.S. cannot implement the list of Minsk agreements,” Peskov said. “This list cannot be implemented by Russia too. It can and must be implemented by Kyiv,” he said. On May 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with representatives of the U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress who arrived in Kyiv to attend his inauguration. “The United States is a powerful and serious partner for Ukraine, first of all, in fighting Russian aggression. We will not be able to overcome Russian aggression in Donbas and Crimea alone. Therefore, we need your help. I would like to urge you that the United States keeps increasing sanctions against the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said. In addition, Zelensky and Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic discussed counteraction to the Kremlin’s aggression in Donbas, the prospect of de-occupation of Crimea and the holding of another round of negotiations in the Ukraine-EU-Russia format. Zelensky also emphasized the importance for the EU to strengthen sanctions against the aggressor country. “The strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to its aggression is indeed our great hope. I hope that the sanctions pressure on the part of the EU will continue. It is very important to us, not just in words. It is vital for Ukraine and for those people that we lose in Donbas,” he said. Earlier, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker repeatedly stated that Russia did not want to comply with the Minsk agreements that can bring peace to Ukraine.

Putin will laud Zelensky if he ends war & mends ties with Russia – Kremlin — RT World News

Vladimir Putin will send formal greetings to Volodymyr Zelensky but not until the new Ukrainian President succeeds in ending the war in Donbass and repairing ties with Russia, the Kremlin said.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Zelensky’s position against language division should apply to religion — Lavrov

According to Lavrov, «the artificially instigated church split only exacerbated the internal crisis and resulted in deeper division in the Ukrainian society»

‘Isolated’ President Zelensky Dependent on Ukrainians Voting His Party into Rada – Sputnik International

Just minutes after taking office Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked parliament to dissolve itself and call a snap election. A political analyst told Sputnik the move was an attempt to clear out a hostile legislature and get Zelensky’s party seats, but it’s unclear how much voters were for him, versus against the outgoing leader.

Did New President of Ukraine Threaten to Seize Neighboring Territory?

Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov attacked the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, claiming he threatened “to seize the territory of a neighboring state.” Ramzan Kadyrov Head of Chechen Republic “Most likely [Ukrainian President Zelenskiy’s] inaugural speech was edited overseas, otherwise the president wouldn’t be making belligerent statements on the very first day, threatening to seize the territory of a neighboring state.” Source: RIA Novosti, May 20, 2019 False Zelenskiy did not threaten to seize any foreign territory On Monday, May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as Ukraine’s sixth president, marking the second peaceful transfer of power in the country since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and fomented conflict in the country’s eastern Donbas region. During his speech before parliament, Zelenskiy said his first task would be to end the war in Donbas, which has resulted in the deaths of 13,000 people and wounding of more than 30,000 others.

New Ukrainian President Zelenskiy Takes Office, Calls to End War in East

The new leader said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia. Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated on Monday morning, saying that his first task in office will be to achieve a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where a five-year-old conflict with Russian-backed separatists has killed 13,000 people. “Our first task is to end the conflict in the Donbass,” Zelenskiy said in translated comments as he took office on Monday to applause from Ukrainian lawmakers.

 

Zelensky becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Ukraine

President Zelensky assumed the functions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Zelensky signs first presidential decree – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed his first presidential decree. The decree refers to the acceptance of powers of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Document No. 300/2019 of May 20, 2019, posted on the president’s official website refers to the acceptance of powers of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “In connection with the assumption of the presidency of Ukraine on May 20, 2019, in accordance with Paragraph 17 of Part 1 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine, from this day I accept the powers of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the decree says. As UNIAN reported earlier, Zelensky on May 20 sworn the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine and officially became president.

Zelensky appointed Khomchak as chief of the General Staff

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Lt. Gen. Ruslana Khomchak as Chief of the General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The corresponding decree was signed by the Head of State today, May 21. Another by his decree Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed from this position the General of the Army of Ukraine Victor Mozhenka, who had been in charge since July 2014.

Ukraine’s New President Replaces Chief of the General Staff: Decree | World News | US News

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday promoted Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak to be the Chief of the General Staff after sacking Viktor Muzhenko, a presidential decree said.Muzhenko was the Chief of the General Staff since 2014, heading the military through conflict with a Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region that has killed 13,000 people. Zelenskiy is expected to announce a series of personnel changes, including the foreign minister and defense minister.(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Angus MacSwan)Copyright 2019 Thomson Reuters.

10 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: Ukrainian soldier wounded, one terrorist destroyed

21.05.19 10:32 – 10 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: Ukrainian soldier wounded, one terrorist destroyed May 20, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 10 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons four times. View news.

Savage torture and 5 years of a 22 year sentence in Russia for being Ukrainian – Human Rights in Ukraine

Mykola Karpyuk turns 55 on 21 May, 2019, with this his sixth birthday in Russian captivity. Karpyuk was the first of the political prisoners seized after Russia’s invasion of Crimea essentially only because they were Ukrainian –

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces – Posts

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces, Вінниця. For two days, the Air Command Command Center trained a local grouping of air defense during the cover of troops and objects in conditions of use by the enemy of the means of electronic warfare under the command of the commander of the air commanding, Lieutenant-General Anatoliy Kryvonozhka. Representatives of the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, the REB subdivisions, the Airborne Forces Defense Forces, intelligence hardware units and Ukrspecsystems were involved in the training. Between the units of all structures, clear coordination and interaction was established, as well as a system of unified approaches to solve problem issues. Most of the practical phase of training was provided by aviation units, radio engineering, anti-aircraft missile troops, a separate communications regiment and radio equipment. Each unit performed its work, namely: the planes mimicked the attack of an air enemy, radio troops carried out intelligence and recognition of enemy targets, and anti-aircraft missile forces conditionally destroyed air targets. It should be noted that the military commanders of the Air Command “Center” used the combat experience gained in the area of conducting the OOS. Leadership and personnel successfully worked out the issues of improving the interaction and efficiency of making managerial decisions under different conditions of the air environment. Air Command Center

Colonel Rondiak. Saga of the Plastun, who got a “Purple Heart”

The material of Yuriy Yuzych about the only Ukrainian who led the legendary 10th Army Group of “Green Berets”. It should have been used in the event of a war with the USSR. “On January 27, 1967, near the area, Mr. Rang captain Rondiak led his small compound into a frontal attack on the enemy. He was wounded in the leg, and he continued to fight, destroying the communists who were defeated by gaining a lot of ammunition and valuable materials for the intelligence of the American service. ” Colonel Plaston Colonel of the Special Forces Forces Forces (USS) of the US Army Roman Rondiak is the only Ukrainian to head the legendary 10th Army Group of Green Berets. It should have been used in the event of a war with the USSR. The appointment of the 10th Special Forces Group – Airborne is the guerrilla warfare in Europe (actually against Russia). Today is responsible for the command of special operations “Europe”. The zone of responsibility includes Ukraine. “Liberate Ukrainian Brothers from the Moscow Chains” Another Roman’s father was Roman-Volodymyr Rondiak, who was born in Lviv on February 1, 1895. After graduating from high school in the summer of 1914 he volunteered for the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen. There, Roman Rondiak, Senior, became an officer of the Legion, a corngeon. He fought against Moscow and in legendary battles on Mount Lyson, part of the 2nd Hundred 1st Regiment. In 1918, he entered the Ukrainian Galician Army, and the entire war of 1918-1921 lasted with her [1]. Roman-Volodymyr Rondiak, a soldier of the USS and UGA Roman Rondiak-senior, when he got out of the Polish camp interned in Tukhol, moved to the Czech Republic, where he graduated from the High Technical School in Prague and received an engineer’s diploma. In the 1930s, he was relocated with his wife-Friesis (Francis) to his native L’viv, where they were born the first-born Roman on November 4, 1936. However, the Lviv period in the life of the newborn was short – the spouse is relocated to Czechoslovakia, where he lives 12 years in the home of his mother’s parents. Obviously, their second son – Peter was born here too. After the Second World War, in 1948, the family emigrated from communist Czechoslovakia to Germany, and then to the United States, where it settled in New Haven. Formally, this city is located in Connecticut, and in fact borders on the northern outskirts of New York. Roman Rondiak-senior, working at the father’s factory, sacrifices his savings to the Ukrainian cause. Participates in public life – in the People’s House, Plasty … The local branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee and the Ukrainian People’s Union is developing. In 1958, he became a co-founder and activist of the local department of the Association of Young Soldiers-Ukrainians of America. [2] The father of both his sons was educated by Ukrainians and in the spirit of the Ukrainian military tradition. Both of them were studying at the local Ukrainian studies school (the father was a member of the “Native school” society). Both sons became active plastans and humanitarian officers of the US Army, who successfully passed combat quenching in the war with the communist Vietnam. Obviously before his death, he was happy that in the city where his youth took place, an uprising against Moscow’s rule began. And the fact that he had two worthy officer sons. At the time of his father’s death, his son, Roman, already had the rank of Major (according to other data – the Major candidate) parachute infantry and 7 marks, while the youngest Peter was the rank of captain of the tank armies and 5 marks. The upcoming officer of the Special Forces of the US Army first military exercise took place in Plast in the 1950s. For this time Plast’s tragedy in 1960 (when 6 boys were killed during a night march-throw), was very militaristic and essentially reproduced the traditions of the Galician Plast of the 1920s. Vymarch with a shoulder pad filled with stones – was a normal phenomenon. The first stage meetings in New Haven took place in the early 1950s. Over the past 5 years, a small stratum group has developed into a powerful 19th millennium, which included two churches – boys and young men – and novice nests. Among the creators was and about. Justin Girnyak (one of the best school educators in the Galician Plast) [3]. Naval Plast Camp (Canada, 1954). Sitting in a boat Plastin Erko Palidovich and Roman Rondiak The novel was an active and exemplary member of Plast. So, for example, he participated in the first US Plast Laying Camp for young people and senior Plaststvo, which took place from December 25, 1955 to January 1, 1956. The Kurin of the older Plast-bourgeois “Burlaki”, who organized this cetacean camp, held competitions at the end of the west. So from the best in the “cool” (slalom) was the plumber-explorer Roman Rondiak [4]. Every summer, Roman became a member of almost all of the platoon youth camps in the United States and Canada. Then these camps were held mainly on the “Wolf’s Trail” house. A contemporary with enthusiasm noted in an authoritative newspaper-diary: “It is safe to say that Plastun R. Rondiak has the largest number of fugitive camps among the Plastans who are in the field of ZGA (USA – U.Y.).” As a result of this active stratum, Roman received the highest then the possible stratum of the younger degree of the senior-plastun robotic scallop (the degree of the hetman’s bracket in Plast will be restored later). [5] The novel grew up in a separate circle of boys named Simon Petliura [6]. Subsequently, in New Haven for decades, 33 smoker boys named after Petliura will act, which in October 1968 will devote their flag. I recall this fact because in the efforts of Vasilina Shramenko-Danko, the president of the UNR government in the exile, Mykola Livytsky, this flag will be exclusively marked by the Cross of the Order of Simon Petliura. A “scenery of the flag” was held in 1971 in Bund Brook, the nephew of the Chief Ataman – Metropolitan Mstislav. In the spring of 1954, the New Haven Plast Group had already 65 members. The task was to develop a group into a full-fledged campus, in which all the age-old educational parts of Plast should operate. The newly elected leader of the group entered the most active then younger boy Roman Romanyak. His active efforts during 1955 in the city was created preparatory smoker of boys named after Colonel Dmitry Vitovsky. And the liaison, that is, the educator of this chicken, was all the same Roman Rondiak (probably, later, this smoker was renamed Petlyury’s hen). Student and senior plastun Having reached the age of majority, Roman acquires engineering higher education and continues to actively plasticize. In 1956-1960 he studied at the Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York State (Rensselaer Politechnic Institute – RPI). He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanics in 1960, and then – worked for a certain time in the company “Entolete” as a design engineer. In the student years, he becomes a member of the 25 churches of the senior Plastans “Chornomorets”, which was created by Roman Shukhevych. Participates in the Anniversary Plast Meeting on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Plast’s founding, which took place in Canada on August 3-5, 1957, at the Plast Sich House. It was the first layer jam jig boring on new lands – in North America. Especially on the occasion of the anniversary here, the founder of Plast arrived from Vienna, Dr. Alexander Tysovsky. During this meeting, the VII Great Council of the Chornomorets Kuren took place, in which Roman Rondiak became a chicken treasurer [7]. Various versions of its layered pseudo, such as “Belog” or “Belos”, have been recorded in various Plast registers. However, he explains that in fact it is correct to call him “Belok” – from the Ukrainian and Plast Slang word “Belka”, that is, “deck”. The studies in polytechnics took a lot of time, but “Belok” was a conscientious plastun. Indicative is the letter to the Kuren, written in the beginning of 1957 in the form of an explanatory note: “For a longer silence, I must once again make myself known. This time I have to say that I have an excuse, because I just finished the final exam this afternoon … Having received the last issue of [the chicken issue] of Orion, I had a couple of unexpected pleasures “[8]. Roman Rondiak devoted much of his student free time to plating. Continues his youthful passion for forestry [skiing – SP ] , in particular, during the winter of 1956, he represented the “Chornomorets” at the 2nd Ukrainian Forestry Competition in America organized by the Burlaki Kuren. It took place in the Whitefences Mavens Mountains, near Wilmington in the state of New York (here in Lake Plesid – in the year 1932 the III Winter Olympics were held) [9]. It is significant that Roman Rondiak, as well as his glorious predecessor, “black monk,” Roman Shukhevych, was active not only in the field of medicine. Belko, as a representative of the restored Carpathian flying club, in 1960 became the prize winner in the “Little Olympiad” swimming competition among the Ukrainian communities of the USA and Canada, which took place in parallel with the Olympics in Rome. The “butterfly” infant, that is, the butterfly, carried out 49 seconds in a distance of 50 meters and received the award of the Union of Ukrainian-American Sports Societies (SUAST) [10]. Start a military career Student Roman successfully attended ROTC training (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). Here he was promoted to the rank of Junior Army lieutenant of the United States Army. By the 1960s, many major universities required compulsory education in this program for all male students. Today, nearly 273 programs, including Harvard, are trained by 20,000 future officers. In 1961, Roman entered the 25-year-old senior squadron in the US Army (many Plastuns at that time went to serve in the army). After completing the Intelligence Officer Initial Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he serves there as an infantry platoon commander in the 1st Battalion of the 58th Mechanized Regiment. It is noteworthy that the younger brother of Roman – Peter in the same 1961 goes to the Virgin Military Institute in Lexington, so called. “South West Point”. While studying, he organized a section of chess and easily won the commands of other universities. In the summer of 1965, he received a civil engineer diploma and a 2nd Lieutenant (Lieutenant) diploma, and works as a junior engineer at the San Bernardino County California Construction Department [11]. Major Roman Rondiak (standing on the right in the green beret) on intelligence in Vietnam In the years 1962-1965, Roman Rondiak served as deputy commander, hence commander of the A team of the 10th Special Forces Group, an Airborne Force Special Forces Group. The service runs in the Bavarian city of Bad Teltz in Germany. Here he gets a captain’s military rank. About this period in the life of Roman Rondiak (Roman Rondiak) mentions in his bestseller Henry Gol. [12] In the 1960s, the A-team trained non-traditional methods of warfare for United States-friendly countries, including Britain, Germany, France, Norway, Spain, Italy and Greece. At the same time, the novel remains – as much as possible – active in Plast. In September 1965, it migrates from the older Plast-forming to Ulad Plateau Seniorata. And “Chernomorets” in his smoking publication wrote to him: ” We send Belka, wherever he was in the army, Good wind!” [13] After Europe, returns to Fort Benning for an Advanced Infantry Officer Training Course. Having completed this course, he gets an appointment to Vietnam. Formally, his 10th group never deployed here. However, her soldiers and officers worked in this country as part of different groups of special forces. A hundred special-purpose personnel in the 2nd Airborne Battalion of the 327th Infantry Regiment (101st Division of the US Army). R. Rondiak stands 12th to the left The novel arrived in Vietnam on June 29, 1966, and during the year it fought in the US Army Special Forces. Commanded by the B-team – a hundred special forces in the 2nd Airborne Battalion of the 327th Infantry Regiment. As part of the legendary 101 Division of the US Army. Since February, 1967 in Vietnam there is also his younger brother Peter – in the engineering battalion. Although under American law, “two brothers from one family do not have to go to the Vietnamese front, but the brothers walked together because they know and understand why …”. [14] Major R. Rondiak with his brother captain Peter Rondiak. Vietnam, summer 1967 In the war brothers met only once – at the end of the first rotation of the Roman – June 29, 1967. During this year, Belko made over 50 combat missions to the enemy territory and was twice awarded for the courage of the Bronze Star Medal – the fourth most significant US Army reward. In general, at that time R. Rondiak had already 10 military awards. Here is a description of one of his battles: “On January 27, 1967, near the area, Mr. Rang captain Rondiak led his small compound into a frontal attack on the enemy. He was wounded in the leg, then he led the battle, destroying the communists who were defeated by gaining a lot of ammunition and valuable materials for the intelligence of the American service. A small compound was won by an enemy that accounted forces in one battalion … After the heroic struggle and exemplary behavior on the battlefield (the captain did not allow him to be taken from there to the hospital until the battle ended) – the award: Bronze medal for bravery. ” An important detail – to Vietnam, Roman married. Four months before the rotation of his wife Ulyana Stetsura, the daughter of a prominent Ukrainian singer-singer, Osyp Stetsuri, gave birth to his son – Petrik-Boris (about him will be discussed further). Roman Rosnyak with his wife and son, 1970s Army and Plast Upon his return to the United States, along with military service, Roman Rondiak continues his mastering and mastering program at the Faculty of Mechanics of the State University of New Mexico (University of New Mexico). In 1967 the Ukrainian diary in the USA “Svoboda” noted: “In Plasty more than three times in the summer, he had time to visit different camps, was drunk in the camp of Chornomorets, an instructor on the water and leschatars, even the commandant of the camp at Bobrovka” (this latter camp began to operate in 1956 in the state of Connecticut). In 1969, Roman received a Master’s Degree, as well as a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the years 1969-1970, there is another rotation to Vietnam, part of the 5th Special Forces Group of the United States (5th Special Forces Group). Fights in Pleiku, the Central Highlands of Vietnam, deputy commander, and hence the commander of the special forces “B”. His hundred special-purpose forces were deployed to an infantry brigade and consisted of five battalions recruited from locals – the Ganges of Dega (Montagnards). The divisions of this distinctive ethnic minority are known to the world through the film “Apocalypse Today”. Roman Rondiak in Vietnam, 1969 After returning from the war, he received, as a scientist, an appointment as head of the Army Department in Washington, DC. Here he works in the years 1970-1975 as a staff officer in the Department of Basic Research and Development at the Pentagon. As Deputy Director of Research, Development and Procurement Headquarters. Combat Major of the US Army combined his service at the Pentagon with Plast. For example, in August 1972, he became commandant of the Camp of the restored Senior Order at the Jubilee Interregional Plast Meeting (UMMP). The participants of this camp were 76 seniors, 39 sensors and 55 children under the age of 6 … It is not surprising that one of the participants of the meeting noted: “Our commandant – a young man with military experience – was more difficult to manage the camp seniors than the regiment of the American army” [15]. The camp rose daily at 6:30. At 7:40 there was a check of the participants, a prayer and an order read out about the order of the day. Many participants every other day helped in the meeting, and the rest helped Roman Rondiak to put in order the baseline. The camp was fenced, the entrance gate was installed, places for flames were arranged, which almost every day was spent by the deputy commandant – Bogdan Yatsiv (Burlaka from Toronto). [16] Roman Rondiak, member of the National Ski Patrol, Waterville Valley, 1975 In 1975, Rondiak returned to the 10th special forces group. This time – in Fort Devens, Mass. Leading the team “A” to the 3rd battalion. After raising the lieutenant colonel serves as the head of the headquarters of the entire 10th special forces group. And at the same time, on a voluntary basis, he works in Plast Static, that is, the head of the reservoir cell in Boston (the largest city in the state of Mass.). In 1977, Roman Rondiak successfully completed his studies at the Army Command-Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. It is thus assigned to the Joint Headquarters of the US Forces Command in Europe (EUCOM) – in Stuttgart, Germany. There he served as Head of Operations, Operations Group Operations Group in Europe (SOFTE) – Operational Management (J3). “Being around Stuttgart, ” says Roman Rondiak, in Germany, we drove the sons of Peter and Mark to the moonlit steps of 200 kilometers to Frankfurt. Ulyana’s wife was the Commandant of the Plast Camp around Munich during which his son, Peter, handed over the first youth plast test. ” From January 1980 to June 1982 – Commander of the 3rd Special Forces Special Forces Task Force 10th Fort Devens Special Forces Force. Anniversary edition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of US airborne forces, notes that in the years 1981-1982, Roman Rondiak was commander of the 10th Army Special Operations Force group (three battalions). [17] Colonel Roman Rodnak, 1982 In the 1980s, Roman Rondiak received an upgrade to Colonel’s degree. He was also appointed as a deputy, and hence the head of the Nationwide Military Research and Development Laboratories (NLABS), located in the same state of Massachusetts, where the 10th group was based. He then works as a Deputy Commander of the Military Research and Development Laboratory (Natick R & D Laboratories) in Maryland State (1982-85). Since 1985 he has been working as a scientific consultant and is the author of many scientific works. In this case, he continues to be active in Plast, for example, in 2003-2004, he headed the Plast Campaign’s Country Campaign in the United States. *** During 24 years of military service, Col. R. Rondiak received the Medal for Bravery (BOLL) for two hours, the Medal of the Air Forces for valor (twice), the Purple Heart for War, the Medal for Special Merit for Defense and the Medal for special services in service (1OLC). Roman Rodnak awards, 1970s He was awarded the Signature of the Army Corps (CIB), the Ranger Stamp, the Sign Masters of the Parachute and the Sign of the General Staff of the Army. In addition, he has been trained and has the right to wear signs of a parachutist from Germany, Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Vietnam. After gaining Ukraine’s independence, the son of Roman – Petr Rondiak – will move to Ukraine with his children and become the Chairman of the Board of Winner Group Ukraine (sells such well-known brands as Ford, Jaguar, Porsche, Bentley, etc.). And grandfather Roman annually flies to his father’s land “to his grandsons.” [1] Ing. Roman Volodymyr Rondiak / / The news of the combatant. – 1968. – p. 4 (35). – P. 59. [2] Annual Meeting of the Departments of the Association of Liberals and Socialists // Svoboda. – 1958. – Ch. 102 – 29 May. – P. 4. [3] New Haven (Connecticut) / Plast’s Journey to the Army: 1949-1999. – New York, 2001. – P. 143. [4] From Plast Life: Laying Camps // Ukrainian Weekly. – 1956. – Ch. 6. – 11 February. – P. 4. [5] Five years of the existence of a reservoir cell in New Haven, Conn. // Freedom – 1956. – Ch. 2. – January 5. – P. 4. [6] Plast List. – 1954. – Ch. 8 (40). – April May. – P. 32. [7] Orion. – 1957. – Ch. 47. – November. – P. 8. [8] Correspondence // Orion – Ch. 42. – February 1957. – P. 5 [9] II-g Ukrainian Tracking Competition … // Svoboda. – 1956. – p., 24 – 8 February. – P. 5 [10] The results of the floating competition on the Union. // Freedom. – 1960. – Ch. 173. – September 9. – P. 4. [11] Young Engineer with Military Education [Petro Rondiak] // Svoboda. – 1965. – Ch. 135. – July 27. – P. 7 [12] Gole Henry. Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places. – Potomac Books, 2005. [13] From the judge // Orion. – 1965. – P. 70. – October. – P. 15 [14] Captain Roman Rondiak returned from Vietnam – the hero of the anti-communist war / Svoboda. – 1967. – Ch. 138. – August 3. – P. 3. [15] Ivan Kostiuk. UMPZ-1972 by the eyes of Plast member from the distant Denver (Reportage) // Plastovy Pole. – 1973. – p. 2 (37). – April-June. – P. 46. [16] AMM Significant details from the UMMP // Svoboda. – 1972. – Ch. 177. – September 26. – P. 6 [17] Hagerman Bart. USA Airborne: 50th Anniversary, 1940-1990. – 1990. – p. 345.

 

The United States handed over two modern AN / TPQ-36 counter battery radars to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

On May 20, a ceremony for the transfer of two modern counter-battery radars of class AN / TPQ-36 for the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in the village of the Girls of Kyiv region. From the American side, Lt. Colonel Tod Goef, an officer of the US Army, handed over to the deputy head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Lieutenant-General Radion Tymoshenko certificates on possession of the most advanced means of counterattack control. Lieutenant Colonel Tod Gof emphasized that the transfer of modern weapons to Ukrainian troops is a desire of the Government and the people of the United States to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. In general, starting in 2014, US partners have transferred 13 modern counterbattery radar units to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. – The technology of these radar will provide Ukrainian army soldiers with confidence in case of danger and during hostile shelling from closed positions. These patterns will help Ukrainian defenders confidently react to the means of fire damage of the enemy and ensure the accuracy of defeating the enemy’s goals, “said Lt. Col. Tod Goef, an officer of the US Army. – We have already witnessed how such radars protect the territory of Ukraine in the East. These counterbattery stations are part of the US security assistance, which costs over $ 1 billion 100 million dollars. The United States will continue to assist Ukraine, because we are committed to protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of your state. In addition, we will help Ukraine build its defense institutions, “added Lt. Col. Tod Goef. In turn, the deputy head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Radion Tymoshenko, on behalf of the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanked the US Government and the American people for the military-technical assistance provided, which allows the Ukrainian military to conduct an effective fight against the aggressor. “The new high-tech weapon will strengthen our defensive capabilities and serve as an additional deterrent to the enemy, which continues to provoke our defenders and does not comply with the Minsk treaties,” said Lt. Gen. Radion Tymoshenko. In addition, he appealed to Ukrainian servicemen who received submissions of high-tech weapons. He emphasized the importance of mastering weapons at training grounds and the effective use of radar against the enemies of Ukraine in battle. Upon completion of the event, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted classes on the deployment of counterbalanced radars and stressed that this weapon would help them to defend their homeland from an insidious aggressor. For reference. Radar grades AN / TPQ-36 are the most advanced counterbattery combat means and are designed to detect and destroy artillery. Radar are on armed US Army. The AN / TPQ-36 counterbattery control station is designed to detect and determine the coordinates of the fire positions of mortars, artillery guns and enemy rocket propulsion systems. Information agency of the Ministry of Defense (Kyiv) Photo of the press service of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The United States handed over to the Ukrainian Army counter battery radars

Today, the ceremony for the transfer of counterbattery radar to the Armed Forces of Ukraine took place in the village of Kiev region. This is reported by the FM Army During the meeting, representatives from the General Staff and the Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received a new package of military aid from American partners. These are the most advanced counterbattery stations, the name of which has already been well studied in Ukrainian troops. The situation on the Donbass is still tense, the enemy continues to attempt to disrupt the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This creates risks and threats to national security, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, – the statement reads. Counterparadary radar help and help the Ukrainian military see every shot of Russian-terrorist troops. The detection range is up to 25 km, which allows you to timely find those who violate the Minsk agreements, use artillery, mortars, tanks, trying to shell out Ukrainian positions. Previously, two similar AN / TPQ-36 stations were transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in August 2018 . Radar grades AN / TPQ-36 are the most up-to-date means of counterattack control and are designed to detect and destroy artillery. Radar are on armed US Army. The AN / TPQ-36 counterattack control station is designed to detect and determine the coordinates of the fire positions of mortars, artillery guns and enemy rocket propulsion systems. Ukraine has no analogues of these radars. The AN / TPQ-36 station has a larger range and intelligence sector in comparison with the ARIS-1M radar station Ryss available in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and allows simultaneous exploration in an area larger than the ARC-1M reconnaissance area of 3.5-4 times

Ukraine has the full right to repair Soviet military equipment – Ukroboronprom

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 16:45 – 05/21/2019 The Russian authorities and mass media are intensely disseminating information that Russia has the exclusive right to repair and modernize Soviet aircraft. In an interview with Defense Express, Director General of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom” Pavlo Bukin stated that this was not the case. Passes National Industrial Portal with reference to Wings. “Ukraine is a strong player on the market for repair, airworthiness and airplane modernization, including those developed in other countries. We are really a powerful competitor for Russia, which is why Moscow is trying to put pressure on its friends and partners and persuade them in the opposite. Ukraine has the necessary technical documentation for current and major repairs, continuing the fleet resource of military aircraft of a wide range of models – “MiG”, “Su”, “Il”, “We”. Such rights have no retroactive effect, and Russia has no legal grounds to require additional licensing from Ukraine In addition, in the regulation of military aircraft, each operator country establishes its rules and makes changes to the design. The marker of independence is the sufficiency of scientific, technical, design and production potential of each country. Therefore, the claims of developers or producers, in this case, Russian – are irrelevant. In addition, it should be noted that the RF, unjustifiably blaming us, itself adheres to double standards. After all, Russia has taken a number of steps in the issues of self-promotion of the services of repair and modernization of the aircraft of the “An” family of Ukrainian aircraft in foreign markets, “said Pavlo Bukin, General Director of the State Concern” Ukroboronprom “.

Ukroboronprom links U.S. Venezuela sanctions against Russia with new opportunities for Ukraine in South American arms market

The introduction of new U.S. sanctions against Russia in connection with its meddling in the conflict in Venezuela has compelled South American countries to seek alternatives for Russian arms producers, opening up new opportunities for strengthening Ukraine’s position in the Latin American regional arms market, the Ukroboronprom state concern has said. “Ukraine has a unique chance to strengthen its position on the arms and military equipment market of Latin America. The introduction of sanctions by the United States against Russia for meddling in the conflict in Venezuela is forcing countries of the region to look for an alternative to Russian producers. The sanctions have complicated payment for Russian defense products and services,” Ukroboronprom Head Pavlo Bukin said, commenting on Ukroboronprom’s participation in the seventh International Conference of Technology for the Defense and Prevention of Disasters 2019 (SIDEF Peru 2019) in Lima, Peru, Ukroboronprom’s press service said, citing Bukin’s comments. Bukin said Kyiv is offering Lima military-technical cooperation, firstly in the aviation, tank armor and artillery spheres: the Ukrainian side is ready to ensure the complex modernization of Peru’s An-32 transport planes and Mi helicopters, artillery systems and other weapons. “Ukraine’s weapons, repair services and modernization are maximally adapted to the needs of countries in the region,” Bukin said. Columbia, Brazil, and Mexico are among potential clients of Ukraine in Latin America, he said. “They are traditionally oriented towards military gear produced by enterprises in the former USSR,” he said. Ukraine’s defense production capabilities at SITDEF 2019, which was held in Lima on May 16 through May 19, was presented by Ukrinmash, part of the Ukroboronprom concern. The Ukrainian delegation was represented by state-run SpetsTechnoExport, Spetsoboronmash, Maylyshev Plant, open joint-stock company Kyiv Radar Plant, Civil Aviation Plant 410 and scientific & production enterprise SPAITECH LLC. The organizer of SITDEF, which is one of the largest specialized sites in the Latin American region, is Peru’s Defense Ministry. Automobile and armored vehicles, artillery equipment, aviation and avionics systems, air defense systems, communications equipment, engineering and sanitary equipment, demining equipment, as well as means of preventing and counteracting natural disasters were shown at the exhibition. Peru is considered to be one of the promising partners of Ukraine in the sphere of military-technical cooperation in South America, considering, among other things, the presence of a solid arsenal of weapons and military equipment of the Soviet type in the armament of the Ground Forces and the Air Force of the Latin American state. As reported, Kyiv is developing plans to expand military-technical cooperation with South America countries, including Chile. In 2017, Ukroboronprom opened its representative office in Brazil.

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces – Posts

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces, Вінниця. In Kyiv region, the military pilots of the tactical aviation brigade test flying suits of Ukrainian production, which were developed in close cooperation with the specialists of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Aviators have already performed flights in experimental designs. The first impressions of the pilots are positive. They say that the new outfit is favorably different from the previous ones. One of the main advantages of flying and technical uniforms is the non-flammable material of A-KNAH of South Korean production. The material of this type is used by NATO countries for flight combat and flight equipment for more than ten years. In addition, the United States uses a fabric of this type for firefighting uniforms and infantry equipment. The manufacturer assures that material A-KNAH meets and even exceeds international and national standards for flame resistance, withstands ten seconds of exposure to open flames, does not melt and does not stick to the skin. At the moment, the manufacturer is waiting for reviews and comments from aviators. A series of refinements and changes will be made before serial production. Information edition of the Information Agency of the Ministry of Defense (Vinnytsia city)

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces – Posts

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces, Вінниця. SU-24M BOMBER REFURBISHED IN MYKOLAEV DEPLOYS TO STAROKOSTYANTINOV The fighting structure of the Starokonstantinovsky Petrograd tactical air force brigade in Khmelnitsky was replenished with another SU-24M aircraft repaired at the Nikolayev aircraft repair plant “NARP”. The company tested, repaired or replaced all units and units. After the repair, an experienced crew from the Starokonstantinovsky brigade conducted flight tests of the aircraft. Having drowned in Nikolaev yesterday, on May 16, an airplane in an hour landed on a native airfield for itself and took a place in the brigade’s combat system. – One more repaired SU-24MR reconnaissance aircraft is planned to be obtained from NARP by the end of the year, “said Viktor Kalishenko, acting deputy commander of the brigade of engineering aviation service. MOU News Agency (Khmelnytsky city)

In the south, tests of domestic missiles began

In the Odessa region, tests of domestic missile systems of the type “Vilkha” and “Neptun” started. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Today the preparatory stage has begun – land tests are under way and preparations for the start-ups from May 22 to May 24, 2019 are taking place. It is on these dates that the Black Sea region has already been blocked for future launches in coordinates: 45.5219N 30.1355E 44.5622N 31.1817E 44.3717N 30.2838E 45.1428N 30.1457E 45.4215N 29.5634E 45.5219N 30.1355E The relevant area on the map: The area is blocked for firing from May 22 to May 24, 2019 This area will be closed according to NOTAM notifications: • A1086 / 19 • A1087 / 19 • A1088 / 19 According to the test program, regular launches of the missile complex “Vilkha-M”, as well as “Vilkha-R”, which details are not currently reported, will take place. In addition, flights of the rocket complex RK-360MTS “Neptun” with terminal seeker are expected. Before launching, the seeker will be tested separately by the program of tests on the ground and in the air during the installation on the airplane (helicopter) with the development of various modes in height, flight speed, etc. The preliminary stage of the “Neptune” tests was held on April 5, 2019 at the landfill in the Odessa region. During this, the missile flew 225 kilometers at various altitudes and changing the flight path. In the course of these tests, all systems worked on the regular and appropriate technical indicators.

Field tests of counter battery radar “Biskvit-KB” are being prepared.

Ukrainian holding company “Ukrspetstekhnika” has developed a mobile counterbalanced radar “Biskvit-KB”. This is reported by the Defense and Industrial Courier Now the product is in the factory testing phase, in July-August it is expected to begin its field trials. The radar is based on a digital active antenna array and can be mounted on a car or trailer. Specifications: Frequency Range : L-Band Range of detection : up to 20 km Overview of azimuth : 360 ° Inspection at the angle of the place : up to 40 ° Weight : 80 kg Remote control operator of the domestic mobile counter-battery radar “Biskvit-KB” Photo: Defense and industrial courier According to the developers of such radar, they are not manufactured in any post-Soviet country and according to the parameters identical with foreign analogues.

Yuzhmash for the first time in history has manufactured the third stage of the medium-class “Cyclone-4” medium-sized rocket launcher without the participation of other enterprises

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 21:12 – 20/05/2019 In early May, a 7,000 product was manufactured and sent for fire test – the third stage of the medium-class “Cyclone-4” medium-sized rocket launcher. Passes National Industrial Portal with reference to Military Navigator. “For the first time in the history of Yuzhmash, all units and units of such a component of the carrier rocket were made by themselves without the involvement of other enterprises. The third grade includes the liquid rocket engine RD-861K, designed to create traction and maneuvering “, – the report said. This is the achievement of two companies – the manufacture of assemblies and assemblies were performed at the Southern Machine Building Plant under the design documentation of the CB “Pivdenne”. Fire tests are planned to be carried out in July-August this year. After testing and testing all the nodes, a third degree sample will be produced for the first flight tests. In the future, the possibility of installing the 7,000 product on the Cyclone 4M carrier as a second stage and other new mid-range rockets will be explored. It is worth adding that a few days before, the planned vibration-functional tests of the main embankment of the “Cyclone-4” launch vehicle were successfully held, attended by representatives of the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services Ltd. In the future, a copy of the main flight deck will be made for the first flight tests .

The ship “Nizhyn” has undergone a refit

Dunajsudoservis Ltd completed the overhaul of the ship of marine protection “Nizhyn” (BG-83). This is reported by the press-service of the enterprise During the works the cleaning, defecting and repair of the ship’s hull were carried out, as well as the defect and repair of the screw-steering assembly. Despite the difficulty due to the specificity of the design of the ship’s hull, the entire scope of the planned work was completed within a specified time. After carrying out all necessary work on the case was applied a camouflage cover. Ship “Nizhyn” after painting Photo: “DanubeSudoservice” Also , repairs of the ship’s guns are carried out separately. In turn, repairs of two other ships of the Marine Security “Izmail” (BG84) and “Lubny” (BG82) of the 1204 Project “Shmel”. Ships of the Sea Guard Ave. 1204 “Bumblebee” (Bumble) is a project of river artillery ships of the USSR intended to carry patrol service on rivers and lakes, support of ground forces by artillery and machine gun fire, transportation of personnel with arms during transfers and actions in the basins. rivers, as well as for actions in the coastal shallow areas of the seas. Ship “Nizhyn” after painting Photo: “DanubeSudoservice” Project ships 1204 armed with: one 76-mm gun D-56TS Twisted 25-mm artillery of AC 2M-3M four 30-mm automatic grenade launchers AGS-17 7.62mm machine gun SGMT 17 launches for RZSV BM-14-17

Ship “Nizhyn” after painting Photo: “DanubeSudoservice”
Ship “Nizhyn” after painting Photo: “DanubeSudoservice”

China has what Ukraine wants: Business for its military factories. – The Washington Post

The former Soviet republic once churned out arms and equipment for Russia. Now Beijing has a foothold that raises alarms in the West.

China eyes Ukraine as good place for military technology imports

‘Racing to upgrade its military, China has been turning to Ukraine. And Ukraine — with its economy scrambled by hostilities with Russia — has been willing to accept China’s embrace’, – The Washington Post Chinese investors and Ukraine’s leading aerospace engines enterprise Motor Sich are up to something that foresees bringing China’s military technologies and, perhaps, their possible implementation to Ukraine. ‘Motor Sich, dubbed the “Czar of Engines” in the Chinese media, has what Beijing wants: It can supply warplane engines and the know-how to one day possibly make a Chinese-built version. The Chinese, in turn, have what Motor Sich wants: reliable buyers. The company lost its biggest market — supplying engines for military helicopters and other aircraft in Russia — after war broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Now it sells mainly to China’, The Washington Post wrote. Given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine-Russia economic ties, the Ukrainian company has been seeking to diversify foreign partners. It looks like China might be a good option. “What we care about right now is the following: Is America ready to buy our goods? No. Period,” said Gennadiy Chyzhykov, president of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “China does buy our goods.” China is on pace to surpass Russia by next year as Ukraine’s biggest single-country trading partner. In 2018, Ukraine traded $9.8 billion in goods with China — a 51 percent increase over two years and more than double the $4 billion in trade with the United States’, reads the article.

 

Volodymyr Zelensky: The main argument for dissolving the Verkhovna Rada is an extremely low trust of Ukrainian citizens in this institution — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky had a meeting with the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada, parliamentary factions and groups in the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.

The meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada and parliamentary factions is being continued — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Consultations with Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, his deputies Iryna Gerashchenko and Oksana Syroyid, and leaders of parliamentary factions and groups are being continued in the Presidential Administration.

Zelenskiy Meets With Leading Lawmakers On Parliament Dissolution

A day after his inauguration, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is holding discussions with leading lawmakers on his plan to dissolve the parliament.

Zelensky, faction leaders agree on Ukraine’s parliament dissolution – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian MP, leader of the Radical Party Oleh Lyashko says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and factions’ leaders in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, have agreed to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections. “The decree on the dissolution of parliament is expected to be made public on Wednesday, May 22, or in the coming days,” he told a briefing held outside the Presidential Administration building on May 21, adding that early parliamentary elections will be held approximately on July 21. In turn, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko said early parliamentary elections would be held on July 21 or July 28. She added Zelensky had addressed his request to the Verkhovna Rada to hold an extraordinary meeting to adopt changes to the electoral legislation. As UNIAN reported earlier, on May 17, the People’s Front faction’s council unilaterally decided to withdraw from the “European Ukraine” parliament coalition. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy announced there was no more coalition in the incumbent parliament. After the move, the parliament has a month to form a new coalition. In case the coalition is not formed, the president has the right to announce the dissolution of the parliament and schedule snap elections. However, under laws, there is a moratorium on the early dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada six months before the next (regular) parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 27. On May 20, newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and early parliamentary elections.

Decree on early elections will be issued in coming days – presidential advisor

A presidential decree calling early parliamentary elections in Ukraine will be made public in the next few days. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky signs decree dissolving parliament, sets snap elections for July 21

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree dissolving the Verkhovna Rada and setting early parliamentary elections for July 21. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s President Zelensky disbands parliament, schedules snap elections (Document) – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree disbanding the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. The early parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 21, 2019.

Zelensky’s team initiates parliament’s extraordinary meeting tomorrow

The team of President Volodymyr Zelensky will offer to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday, May 22, to adopt changes to the electoral law. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky offers to abolish majority electoral system, – official

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered the leaders of the faction to replace majority electoral system and reduce the vote threshold as 112 Ukraine reported citing Vitaly Khomutynnyk, the Co-Chairman of parliamentary faction Vidrodzhennia. “The president offered to amend the law on the elections of the MPs and to make a few amendments, make a short draft law with a few amendments. The first amendment is the cancelation of the majority system. The second amendment is to reduce the vote threshold up to 3%. The third amendment was also discussed; it was offered by the factions; it is the specification of the norms on the mandatory terms of reference,” Khomutynnyk said.

Bill on impeachment almost ready – president’s advisor

The bill on impeachment has been almost developed, but before being submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, it will be put for public discussion. — Ukrinform.

Poltorak to remain defense minister until parliament decides on his resignation

Stepan Poltorak will remain Ukraine’s defense minister until the Verkhovna Rada decides on his resignation. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s defense minister decides to remain in office for now – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak who tendered his resignation says he will remain in office until the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, takes a decision on his dismissal. “I will work and fulfill my duties until the Verkhovna Rada makes a decision [on my resignation]. Because when the country is in a state of war, it is very dangerous to leave its armed forces without coordinating the command control and without leadership,” he told journalists outside the Presidential Administration building on May 21. Poltorak added he had made a decision to resign and informed newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky about this. Following that, he tendered his resignation. As UNIAN reported earlier, Poltorak on May 6 expressed his willingness to report the state of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the reforms in the defense sphere to the newly elected president. On May 20, Poltorak submitted a letter of resignation, asking Zelensky to dismiss him from the defense minister’s post.

Ukraine’s defense minister mulling to go into politics – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, who wrote a letter of resignation, has not yet decided whether he will go into politics. Poltorak said he was not surprised by the decision of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to resign. “I have not decided yet,” he told journalists, answering a question whether he plans to go into politics, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Poltorak said he was not surprised by the decision of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to resign. “He has the right to make such a decision, and this is absolutely normal,” he said. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak on May 20 tendered his resignation.

Zelenskiy says he dissolves parliament, yet it’s unclear if he can do it | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada on May 20. “I dissolve the 8th Verkhovna Rada,” Zelenskiy said in his address to the people of Ukraine after he took the oath in parliament. However, it’s not clear whether Zelenskiy has the authority to do it. The president can dissolve parliament if it was unable to form a coalition, which isn’t the case. Before that, he asked deputies to adopt a number of urgent laws and to dismiss the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, the prosecutor general, and the defense minister within two months.

Anna Nemtsova | Ukraine’s New President Volodomyr Zelenskiy Vows Reform. Or Is It Revenge?

The vast majority of Ukrainians want corrupt officials thrown out of office and, in many cases, arrested. But will this be about justice, or just settling scores?

Ukrainian PM Hroysman Announces Resignation

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has announced his intention to resign.

Ukraine’s PM Groysman announces resignation (Video) – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Prime Volodymyr Groysman has announced his decision to resign following the next meeting of the government on Wednesday, May 22. The prime minister says the newly elected president has taken charge of all future challenges being on the agenda.

50 majoritarian MPs, Kharkiv, Odesa and other mayors to unite into one political force

The co-chairman of the Revival noted that the session of the united political force would be held by the end of May

Zelensky declares villa in Italy, hotel rooms in Georgia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has updated his asset declaration for 2018. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine President Takes Office With Vow to End Russia Conflict – WSJ

Ukraine’s new leader launched his presidency with a vow to end a five-year conflict with Russia on Ukraine’s terms and a move to dissolve parliament.

Ukraine’s Comedian President Takes Office, Says He’s Dissolving Parliament : NPR

“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his inauguration speech, quoting Ronald Reagan.

Ukraine’s New Comedian President Calls for Dismissal of Rudy Giuliani-Linked Prosecutor, Dissolves Parliament

Volodymyr Zelenskiy used his new authority to dissolve parliament and call for elections, but the timing could prove controversial.

Ukraine’s New President Immediately Disbands Parliament | Time

Ukrainian television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been sworn in as president and immediately disbanded the Ukrainian parliament

Ukraine swears in TV star as new president – YouTube

CBC News Published on May 20, 2019 Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the new president and immediately dissolved parliament, which he has branded as a group only interested in self-enrichment. To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.5142447»»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWSConnect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iXFind CBC News on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WjG36mFollow CBC News on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1sA5P9HFor breaking news on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1WjDyksFollow CBC News on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Z0iE7ODownload the CBC News app for iOS: http://apple.co/25mpsUzDownload the CBC News app for Android:http://bit.ly/1XxuozZ»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.

Klitschko on Twitter: “The new President @zelenskyyua of Ukraine 🇺🇦 was inaugurated! Wish you luck leading and representing us well. We all want this to be a defining time in our country where we can evolve progress and move forward in a positive manner doing the best for the people leading by example.”

Ukraine Crisis Media Center: Inauguration of President Zelenskyi, Kolomoyskyi comes back and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #16, 13 – 19 May – To Inform is to Influence

Weekly Update on Ukraine Issue 16 – 2019 13 – 19 May Situation in the combat zone Last week Russia-backed militants kept violating the ceasefire using Minsk-proscribed 120-mm and 82-mm mortars. Russian proxies also fired upon the Ukrainian troops from the weapons mounted on infantry-fighting vehicles, antitank missiles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms. Inauguration of…

State Bureau of Investigation launches probe against Poroshenko

State Bureau of Investigation launched a probe under the application of Andriy Portnov, who accuses the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko of state treason, as the press office of the establishment reported. “The investigators of the central department of State Bureau of Investigation included information about alleged commission of crimes provided by the Criminal Code of Ukraine (actions designed to change or overthrow the constitutional order by force, state treason and abuse of power or authority) by officials, who hold particularly responsible positions in the government bodies,” the message reads. It was specified that it was about the events of November 25, 2018 when two armored boats and tugboat were captured by Russian border guards in Azov Sea. As it was reported, Andriy Portnov reported on Facebook that he filed an application with accusations against Petro Poroshenko. On the next day, State Bureau of Investigation approved the application. As it was reported, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will announce the decision on the case of three ships of the Ukrainian Navy and 24 sailors approximately on May 25. In November 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them. All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Poroshenko lost billionaire status during presidency – media – news politics | UNIAN

The fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, was stripped of his billionaire status soon after his election in June 2014. Poroshenko’s net worth has declined almost 40% to US$705 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

British Airways to halt Kyiv-London flights in autumn – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

British Airways will halt flights on its only Ukrainian route between Kyiv and London. The last flight will be on October 3.

Over 14,000 Ukrainian companies export to EU – Economic Development Ministry

The European Union remains the largest trade partner of Ukraine, with more than 14,000 Ukrainian companies exporting to the EU. — Ukrinform.

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