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Nuke update – is Russia cheating on the test ban treaty as well? Sadly, it would be consistent with the regime’s philosophy of seeing itself above the rest of the planet. Su-57E export drive ramps up. NATO / Russia update – Ukraine and Georgia call for UNSC veto changes, S-400 update, IADS EX in Poland, Russia-Turkey-Iran schisms in Syria, will Grybauskaite replace Tusk in the EU? Russia domestic update – eleven reports spanning the “dirty oil scandal”  to the now widely expected breakup of Russia.

Amb Volker spells out some ground truths on Russia and Ukraine. IR and Crimea updates – Ze to visit EU and NATO HQ in Brussels, and a truly bizarre proposal by turncoat Matvienko in Muscovy.

Donbas update. Commemorations for 2014 NGU / militia losses. A bizarre argument over the alleged disappearance of NSDC computers containing class records. Gen Zamana speaks out, putting blame for the bogus prosecution on treason charges on Turchenov, Poroshenko and Matios, the latter having an established history of dubious prosecutions. Defense industry update.

Saakashvili returns to Ukraine, is told he cannot stand for parliament due to insufficient duration of prior residency – he has a legion of enemies he made previously in Ukrainian politics. Politics update – arguments continue, with some very sharp comments on the bogus prosecutions and lawsuits aimed at the previous administration.

OCU update – the EP in Constantinople weighs into the sorry debate, warning about Russia.

ROC update – The Economistlooks at Russia’s fusion of the ROC with the military – “God’s army”with Chaplains replacing Zampolits. This gives new meaning to the Russian joke about the “Orthodox Taliban”.

U.S. Says Russia Likely Conducting Low-Yield Nuke Tests, Defying Test Ban Treaty – WSJ

Russia has likely been carrying out low-yield nuclear tests to upgrade its nuclear arsenal, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment, challenging Moscow’s claims that it is adhering to an international treaty.

U.S.: Russia Likely Conducting Low-Yield Nuke Tests

Defying its commitments to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Russia’s Massive Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Is a Threat | The National Interest

And America needs to take notice.

New START Must Be Extended, With or Without China | The National Interest

The baffling non-answers from the senior administration officials strongly suggest that the president’s impulse for a grand U.S.-Chinese-Russian arms control bargain is not backed up with a realistic plan.

The U.S. Officially Begins Building Its New Missile Submarine

The Columbia-class submarines will serve more than 40 years and carry hundreds of nuclear warheads to sea at a time.

Russia to Show Fifth-Gen Su-57 Fighters to Foreigners for First Time – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s advanced Su-57 fifth-generation fighters will be shown to foreign delegations for the first time at the MAKS-2019 air show, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport told reporters.

Meet ‘Ural,’ Russia’s New Nuclear-Powered Icebreaking Behemoth

The Ural will be able to smash through ice ten feet thick.

Ukraine, Georgia call for limiting veto power in UN Security Council

Ukraine and Georgia sent a joint letter to co-chairs of the intergovernmental talks on reforming the UN Security Council at the current session of the General Assembly, calling for limiting the use of veto power if one of the permanent members is a party to the conflict. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Russian experts will arrive in Turkey to install the S-400 air defense systems

On Monday, during broadcast on Haberturk TV, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said that Russian technical personnel will be arriving to the country to install the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. “Purchase of the S-400 is a done deal. Case closed. Everyone needs to understand that. Our president has said this multiple times. Technical personnel will be arriving from Russia to install the S-400,” Akar said, without specifying the exact time the Russian specialists planned to arrive. As for when the Russian systems would be delivered to Turkey, the head of the Ministry of Defense noted that “they may not yet be delivered [to Turkey] in June, but they will arrive in the coming months.” According to him, “the process has already started.” A TV reported asked how Turkey would react if the United States refused to send it fifth-generation F-35 fighters, whether Ankara is ready to consider Russian Su-57 as an alternative. “If the United States changes its stance within the framework of the agreement, then we will create our own rules,” the minister said. Akar denied all media reports that Washington is demanding Ankara cancel its purchase of the S-400 systems by the end of the first week of June. “I did not receive such information,” he stressed. It was first reported that Russia and Turkey were negotiating the delivery of S-400 systems in November 2016. On September 12, 2017, Russia confirmed that a deal had been reached. Akar said that the deployment of the S-400 systems would begin in October 2019. In December 2017, the CEO of the Russian defense concern Rostec, Sergey Chemezov reported that the cost of the S-400 system delivery to Ankara is $2.5 billion. S-400 Triumf is a long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles. The S-400 can also be used against ground targets.

UAWire – NATO Air Defense Forces exercises to be held in Poland in June

NATO troops will hold a military exercise in Poland called “Tobruq Legacy – 19” from June 3 to 19. Air defense activities will be practiced during the maneuvers, reports news portal. About 4,800 troops from Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, the USA, the Czech Republic, and the UK will attend the exercise, and 1,200 units of equipment will be involved. It is expected that during the maneuvers Patriot missile systems will be used, as well as several short-range systems such as Kub and Osa. It is reported that the purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate the capability of the multinational ground-based air defense systems of NATO to cooperate under one command following the procedures of the Alliance. During the training, it is planned to conduct maneuvers at the staff level, as well as tactical exercises, shooting, use of various early warning systems, liaison, and communication.

Russia Summons Spanish Envoy Over Minister’s ‘Old Enemy’ Remark

Russia has summoned Spain’s ambassador to Moscow after acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell referred to the country as an “old enemy.”

Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria’s Aleppo international airport, local media reported. In the aftermath, several Iranian militia leaders were arrested in what was seen as the latest episode of tensions between Iranian and Russian forces in Syria. Since the beginning of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Russia and Iran have built a strong military presence in the country in support of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Iran has since deployed thousands of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and allied Shiite militias to Syria, while Russia officially entered the Syrian conflict in September 2015 to help Assad’s regime. But as the war is waning, with Syrian regime forces reclaiming most of the territory once controlled by rebel forces, Russia and Iran seem to be vying for influence in the war-torn country.

Turkey and Russia are Bitter Frenemies – Foreign Policy

The United States doesn’t need to fear their partnership. It will crumble soon enough.

Russia Has Won the Information War in Turkey – Foreign Policy

The Kremlin doesn’t even need fake news to push its agenda on Turkish social media. Because domestic disinformation is rampant, Moscow has managed to infect both sides of the debate.

In the EU, the division of posts begins: the seven strong and weak qualities of Grybauskaite – RU.DELFI

EU leaders (EU) begin negotiations on candidates for senior positions on Tuesday most important structures. Dalia Grybauskaitė, Emmanuelis Macronas, Angela Merkel Dalia Grybauskaitė, Emmanuelis Macronas, Angela Merkel © AFP / Scanpix The final term of office of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is called by diplomats and politicians among candidates for the post of European Council President instead of former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Related articles: Grybauskaite promised support to her future Lithuanian president and her team (165) Grybauskaite: Lithuanian residents were lucky (78) The negotiations also decide who will lead the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank and the EU foreign affairs agency. During the discussions, both the quality of candidates and their state of origin will be evaluated. BNS cites strong and weak qualities D. Grybauskaite: EXPERIENCE. D. Grybauskaite has a great European experience – she has been participating in meetings of EU leaders for 10 years, before that she worked as European Commissioner for the budget and represented Lithuania in Brussels as Minister of Finance. REGION. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe should get at least one high post. In addition to D. Grybauskaite, Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva, Slovak diplomat Maroš Šefčović, ex-prime minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis are mentioned among candidates from the region. Critics may raise the question of whether it will be fair if a representative of a neighboring country replaces a Polish politician in the same position. FLOOR. In European politics, gender equality is important, so at least one senior position should be held by a woman. In addition to D. Grybauskaite and K. Georgieva, politicians from Denmark, Margret Vestager and Helle Thorning-Schmitt, head of the International Monetary Fund – Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde, can claim important posts. RUSSIA. D. Grybauskaite is the most harsh critic of Russia among the EU leaders, once she loudly called Russia a “terrorist state”. Most European politicians are disposed towards dialogue with Moscow. On the other hand, if a more pro-Russian politician becomes the chairman of the EC, then the two leaders could balance each other. CHARACTER. D. Grybauskaite is known in Brussels for its directness and harsh rhetoric. Its supporters may call an alternative to unpopular bureaucratic speeches, but critics doubt whether it will be able to reconcile different positions in search of a compromise. Non-partisan. D. Grybauskaite’s non-partisanship may become an obstacle if European parties try to push their candidates, but if they cannot agree that a non-party candidate can become the only compromise. D. Grybauskaite is visible in Europe as a center-right politician, although she is not a member of the right-wing European People’s Party. STATE. When discussing candidates, the principle of rotation is important, so the argument “for” may be that the representative of a large country be replaced by a smaller politician from a country.

Lithuania Expels Chief Editor Of Sputnik’s Local Branch

The chief editor of Sputnik’s Lithuanian branch has been kicked out of the Baltic nation amid growing concerns in the West over Russian state media influence.

Lithuania arrests local ‘Sputnik’ editor-in-chief, barring him from country for five years as ‘national security threat’ — Meduza

Marat Kasem, the editor-in-chief of the Russian state media network Sputnik Lithuania, was arrested at when arriving at the airport in Vilnius, where he was informed that he’s been barred from entering the country for the next five years. Kasem told the news agency RIA Novosti that the Lithuanian authorities have designated him as a national security threat.

PACE committee calls for re-opening of Nemtsov murder investigation – news world | UNIAN

PACE’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee has called on the Russian authorities to “re-open and continue” their investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, listing a number of “serious concerns” over its independence and effectiveness. The report is due to be debated by the plenary Assembly Strasbourg on June 27.

UAWire – Russia denies possibility of supplying ammunition to the US

Russian defense concern Corporation Rostec, commenting on the reports about the Pentagon’s intention to buy ammunition for Russian weapons, said that the supply of Russian ammunition for the needs of the United States is currently impossible. The ammunition of the Russian production can be delivered to the United States only in the case of lifting the sanctions, reports Interfax with reference to Rostec. Earlier, the publication Defence Blog reported that the Pentagon unit plans to purchase ammunition for weapons that NATO doesn’t use. In particular, the US government webpage mentions ammunition for Kalashnikov rifles, as well as ammunition for Tokarev and Makarov pistols; PKM, PKT, DShK, and YakB machine guns, are also included in the list. As Rostec explained to the news agency, rifles and machine guns, mentioned in the list, are Soviet and Russian weapons, which were previously supplied to many countries. These weapons, as well as their replicas, were produced not only in the USSR and Russia but also in other countries. At the same time, the company noted that the US continually buys these types of ammunition. Today these ammunitions can also be purchased in the countries where these types of weapons are made without the Russian license, specified Rostec.

NATO to integrate offensive cyber capabilities of individual members

The head of the alliance has said NATO members must be willing to use cyber capabilities.

UAWire – Dirty oil scandal to cost Russia $5 billion at least

The crisis surrounding the Druzhba oil pipeline, which was contaminated with organochlorine compounds at the end of April, is turning out to be more serious than even the most pessimistic predictions. The resumption of oil transit to Poland and Germany, initially promised within a week, and later by 21 May, has once again been delayed. The new date is 9 or 10 July, said a source familiar with the outcome of the negotiations between the Russian oil transport company Transneft and the Polish companies PERN, Orlen and Lotos. According to the Polish companies, the deadline is more than a month away. The discharge of all the pipelines will only be completed by 1 July, PERN said in a statement. Additional time will be required to remove the substandard oil from the pipes. Initially it was presumed that the dirty oil would remain at the refineries that had purchased it, where it would be mixed with high quality oil and refined. However, this plan failed. The Leuna refinery in Germany began the process, but was forced to halt all operations due to a malfunction. Attempts to dilute the oil have also failed. In Poland, 200 tons of the Russian oil were mixed with pure oil, but the result was even more dirty oil – around one million tons, an informed source told the Vedomosti news agency. Now, the plan is to pump the dangerous mixture back to Russia. This is scheduled to start on Monday, said Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas after meeting with his Russian colleague Dmitry Medvedev. For the first time, the Druzhba pipeline, which was built in the 1960s to supply Soviet oil to countries under the Warsaw Pact, will have to be used in reverse. Russia will take back around 1.2 million tons of substandard oil, announced Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who oversees the energy industry. “Appropriate containers have been produced, and there is an understanding of where we will put it,” he noted. The downtime on the Druzhba pipeline alone, which has gone on for a month already, the longest in its history, will cost Russia at least $5 billion in lost export earnings by the end of the year, estimates Dmitry Dolgin, chief economist for Russia and LNG at ING. Given the current account surplus of roughly $100 billion, the situation is “not so critical”, he notes. The effect will also be partially mitigated by alternative shipments. The long-term risks, however, are far more dangerous. The chief danger is the metal corrosion that could be caused by the dichloroethane that ended up in the oil, observes Ralph Besler, an expert from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and energy. The greatest risk arises when the compound meets water – it starts to decay and to give off chlorides, which cause corrosion. “Classic metal pitting begins – the destruction of its surface. And it doesn’t stop, even if standard quality oil starts to flow again,” the German expert explained. Water is always present in oil, and chlorides will accumulate in batches where there is a particularly large amount of it. A month of downtime for a pipeline full of chloride-contaminated oil cannot be called a critical period, Besler believes: the corrosion of the inner walls of regular steel pipes will accelerate slightly, but no more than that. A critical situation will arise when oil with a high chloride concentration enters an oil refinery, where the temperature of several processes is significantly in excess of 100 degrees Celsius, which speeds up chemical reactions. The incident has affected one third of Russia’s oil experts that are performed by Transneft, observe analysts from S&P: 1.6 million out of 4.37 million barrels per hour. When it comes to paying compensation, which Poland and Belarus have already demanded, the company has $4.46 billion in cash and short-term financial investments. However, one third of this amount is de facto reserved for repaying short-term debt that is due within the next 12 months ($1.5 billion). “However, being an organization linked to the government, Transneft has good access to funding from the major Russian banks,” S&P notes.

Nearly Half Of Russian Families Can Afford Only Food, Clothing

Nearly half of all Russian families say that they only have enough money for food and clothing and cannot buy items of longer-term use such as furniture and appliances, media reports cite data from…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Russians Don’t Want to Be Proud but Naked,’ Polls Suggest

Paul Goble Staunton, May 28 – Since the oil boom ended, Vladimir Putin has operated on the assumption that Russians will put up with a low standard of living in order to see their country return to the first ranks of world powers with other countries fearing it because of its awesome military power and its willingness to use it against weaker neighbors. But that bases for that assumption are fraying given the economic problems Russians now face: Nearly half of them have only enough money for food and clothing (, more than 80 percent are having to economize (, and most are drinking just as much but turning to ever cheaper kinds ( Moreover, and perhaps equally important, ever more analysts are pointing out that while the consumer sector of the Russian economy has always been smaller than in Western countries, widespread poverty by lowering demand from it will make any recovery extremely problematic ( As a result, new surveys show that Russians who five years ago defined being a superpower in terms of having superior weapons now say that that status belongs only to countries which have well-off populations, a situation that Putin’s Russia cannot now claim ( To put things bluntly, as does the headline of a new Rosbalt commentary, Russians no longer want to be “proud” of their country’s military power but “naked” as far as how they have to live at home. Instead, they would like to see Moscow devote more attention to their clothing than to its missiles ( But as the commentators the news agency survey suggest, this demand is not yet focused and organized and consequently it is unlikely to have any immediate impact on Kremlin policy. Instead, the regime is likely to continue on its current course, taking more money away from the population and spending it on arms. That will work until it doesn’t, they say; and when it doesn’t, the entire arrangement could end with a popular explosion, the Russian “bunt” that many talk so much about and that the country has suffered from many times in the past, one that might change things for a time but that would be unlikely to fundamentally alter the situation.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia Must Undergo a Cultural Revolution More Profound than the Soviet or Face Disintegration, Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 28 – In a Znak interview about his new book, Revolution and Constitution in Post-Communist Russia, Vladimir Pastukhov says Russia must undergo a cultural revolution more profound than the Soviet one and create a constitutional nation state or alternatively face the more or less rapid disintegration of its autocratic empire. There are many compelling reasons for that conclusion, the London-based Russian scholar argues, but perhaps the most important, the historical record suggests, is that over the longer term empires and modernization are “incompatible things” ( It is true, Pastukhov says, that empires can be “much more effective than democracies” in the short term but that over the long haul, “such a society dies from the fruits of that very modernization” because by “initiating the process of modernization, it will encounter challenges to which it is unprepared to cope.” Those Russians who say that it can survive for a long time because of its military might forget that most of its arsenal is from the Soviet era and that the modernization of weaponry in other countries is rapidly making much of what Moscow has irrelevant, something that will become completely obvious in 10 to 20 years. To be effective, the cultural revolution Russia needs will not have to affect a large segment of the population; but it will have to transform the way critical minorities think and act, Pastukhov continues. Once these minorities are changed, they will “begin to impose their stereotypes on others and under favorable circumstances become dominant and change society.” Znak noted that in his book, the London-based scholar said that “all Russian history and culture is hostile to the Western liberal idea of constitutionalism,” that “constitutionalism requires sending to the trash heap of history all the customary arrangements of Russian life, radically changing the Russian mentality, and thus doing away with centuries-old tendencies.” Pastukhov says that is exactly what he believes and that “the leap to constitutionalism” in Russia “presupposes a revolution of a size that Russia has never before encountered.” That will involve “convulsions, compared to which the Bolshevik revolution … will seem like child’s play.” If this revolution occurs, he says, “we in reality will never become Swiss or British or French, but we will become Russians very different from what we are today.” And despite what some say, such a revolution is “completely possible,” Pastukhov insists. And for a very simple reason: “Between those Europeans as we know them today and those Europeans who lived in the 11th century, there is approximately the same difference as between us now and those Russians which ought to be” if Russia is to become a liberal constitutional state. “The European experience shows that a cultural transformation is possible.” “Those who speak a lot about patriotism and the defense of Russian values, that is those who one way or another are in the Prokhanov-Dugin paradigm (and in in the absence of anything better are the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin personally) are the main Russophobes,” not as they think their critics. “’We have a special culture,’” such people insist; “’we cannot become other than we now are.” And thus they assume that the Russian people are condemned to remain what they were in the 11th through the 16th century. It is true Russians have a distinct cultural “code,” but it is not true that it hasn’t changed and cannot change more – and more quickly now than in the past. According to Pastukhov, “present-day Russia is in such a position that if it does not take serious steps, if everything remains as it is, then I do not see a single argument” that it would become successful or that it would be able to hold the lands beyond the Urals 50 years from now “under Russian jurisdiction and control.” Consequently, he says, “Russia has only two paths: the first is to accept this as given” and face submersion by an expanding Chinese culture and the second, “to become part of the Western world and, operating on its technological power, attempt to preserve itself in its existing borders.” If it doesn’t choose the second path, it will fall apart and be reduced to something on the order of the Vladimir-Suzdal principality. In calling for Russia to move toward becoming a nation state, Pastukhov says that he wants to be very clear about his views of the relations between ethnic Russians and non-Russians within its borders. Of course, the Stalin-imposed ethno-territorial divisions should be dispensed with because this “prevents the formation of a single political space.” But at the same time, he argues, he says that he opposes a forced assimilation of peoples. “On the contrary,” Pastukhov says, “I consider that this would be simply disastrous.” Indeed, the non-Russians should be protected from being assimilated by the Russians lest that process get out of hand and destroy democracy or the state. “In general,” he observes, “one must take into account all the negative and positive lessons which such an experimental space as Ukraine offers.” According to Pastukhov, “the main problem which we must resolve will be not the Caucasus but relations of those centers which created the great Russian state, Moscow and Kazan. A union of the Russian and Tatar ethnoses clearly is for Russian something fundamental. This must be recognized and people must learn to live with it.” If Russians choose to undergo such a revolution and if it works out, then “in 50 to 100 years, Russia will become a flexible combination of self-administrated units having great potential for autonomy but connected with each other in a common cultural, political, and economic space which in its turn will be part of a larger Euro-Asiatic civilizational platform.” “The alternative to this beautiful picture will be the dividing up of the space into several dozen if not hundreds of protectorates under the influence of various neighbors, German, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and so on” and there involvement in fights among one another “with two or three dominant megalopolises, each of which will be a mix of Macao and Mexico.” No one should think as many do that the recent events in Yekaterinburg are the beginning of this revolution. “From my point of view, the flexible reaction of the Kremlin and Putin personally demonstrated rather that he is confident in himself and controls the situation in the country rather than that he is weak and losing control.” Protests are useful as educational experiences, but “a revolution begins not when people go into the streets but when those who must drive them back begin to be plagued with doubts.” There is no evidence that that is yet the case – and until there is one should not get ahead of oneself in evaluating events.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Arkhangelsk Protesters Clash with Siloviki and ‘There Are Victims’

Paul Goble Staunton, May 27 – Protests in the Russian North have passed another red line. First, people there protested without permission Moscow’s plans to dump trash from the capital in their backyards. Then, they tore down the wall that had been erected around the site. And now, they have clashed with police. As Novaya gazeta laconically puts it, “there are victims.” The paper’s correspondent, Tatyana Britskaya, says that “in spite of the protests of local residents,” those committed to building a dump for Moscow trash have erected a wall around the site. Local people have assembled to protest, and “a group of men in guard uniforms have attacked them” ( The guards had been pushing people away from the site in order to allow construction equipment to enter. When the builders began to unload the trucks, “the police, OMON, and the private guards” attacked the protests. At least three demonstrators were seriously wounded as a result. The police and OMON are now keeping people away from the site. According to Ivan Ivanov, vice president of the Committee for the Defense of Vychegdy, the region where officials want to build the dump, “this is the first case when the OMON moved against the local residents.” That action transforms the situation. Either the population will back down, or there is likely to be more violence.

Russia wants to introduce new sanctions against its inhabitants: to ban the import of products from abroad for personal needs

The National Meat Association of the Russian Federation proposes to prohibit Russians from importing from abroad meat and dairy products for personal use. The head of Rosselhoznadzor supported the idea. This is Tsensor. NET reports with reference to the Russian television channel ” Rain “. The head of Rosselgoznadzor Sergei Dankvert claims that the bans on the import of dairy and meat products are “in all civilized countries”. He stated that dairy and meat products could pose a threat regardless of the volume imported. At the same time, Dankworth insists that it is not necessary to question this issue “to politicize and to make a big problem from this.” “Why did everyone decide that this is a Hamon and Parmesan? For example, let’s say sausages with African plague, which we detained recently in Transbaikalia,” said the head of Rosselhospnaglyad. The draft amendments to the Veterinary Law stipulate that Rosselhoznadzor will be able to organize at border crossing points the destruction of products found in hand luggage of Russians. At the same time, it will be possible to import 5 kg of products per person “in the condition of well-being in the epizootic plan of the producer country”. Джерело:

UAWire – Russian National Guard soldiers forbidden from traveling to 237 countries

Members of the Novosibirsk Russian National Guard do not have the right to take vacations to Israel or 236 other countries, RBC Novosibirsk reports, citing a publication by the “Ombudsmen Police”. The Ombudsmen Police claims to be in possession of a copy of an order signed by police colonel Rovshan Kurbanov, head of the Directorate for Extra-Departmental Safety of Troops of the Russian National Guard in the Novosibirsk Province. The order lists the countries and regions that are considered safe for members of the National Guard to visit, in light of the military and political situation, the level of crime, the climate, and the situation surrounding sanitation and epidemics. The list is very short: Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Vietnam, Indonesia (Bali island), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Cuba, the UAE, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and South Ossetia. “Kurbanov’s requirement stipulates that the list must be used as a guide when considering vacation reports, and third countries that are not mentioned… are prohibited,” the news outlet observes. Legal expert Ekaterina Semenova from Novosibirsk explains that the document has the status of a normative act of the local Russian National Guard. “However, the provisions of such acts may not contravene the legislation of the Russian Federation or the provisions of the constitution, in this case, Federal Law 114 on the procedure for leaving and entering the Russian Federation,” the expert notes. “To propose that absolutely all personnel of the Russian National Guard have access to state secrets is absurd. The situation looks like this: the point prohibiting travel to a number of countries is mentioned not in the order, but in the briefing which the employee must sign. This means that travel is not banned; the employee imposes the ban on himself and consents to it. Employees cannot refuse to sign the briefing, and very few resolve to dispute such an act,” Semenova explains. The document’s list of countries and regions with favorable conditions that will ensure a safe stay is extremely dubious, the legal expert notes. In her opinion, it does not comply with the relevant legislation, since it does not clearly delineate the criteria for classifying a region as favorable or unfavorable. Representatives of the National Guard directorate in Novosibirsk commented that the requirements and the list are “advisory in nature” and “intended to preserve the lives and health of Russian National Guard employees and their family members”. Russian legislation stipulates that travel abroad can be restricted for personnel with access to state secrets only if their names are listed in the report by the Interdepartmental Commission for Protection of State Secrets.

Khabarovsk governor says deadly fire aboard emergency landed SSJ100 in Moscow was caused by pilot error, but Aeroflot says baloney — Meduza

Khabarovsk Governor Sergey Furgal announced on Wednesday that the deadly fire aboard an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 on May 5 at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport was the result of pilot error. “We’ve received the official findings that the aircraft was technically in perfect condition… The commission’s official conclusion is that the plane was technically fully operational. It was 100 percent human error,” the governor said in an interview with the TV station Guberniya.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Connecting the Dots – Volga Drying Up Because of ‘Imperial Policies,’ Expert Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 28 – In Soviet times, the rule for the media was that journalists could criticize but not generalize; now, something similar obtains. Reporting on problems is typically all right, as long as those doing so do not connect the dots and link specific shortcomings and mistakes to problems with the system as a whole. But just as in Gorbachev’s times, when glasnost allowed journalists to report and Soviet citizens to see that the problems they knew about were not in isolation but part of the system, so too now, ever more experts and journalists, on the one hand, and ordinary Russians, on the other, can see these links and draw conclusions. An example of this is provided by a report Sergey Gogin and Maksim Fedorov of Radio Svoboda have prepared on the drying up of a reservoir on the Volga River. They say that everyone can see that the cause of this dangerous ecological situation lies with mistakes committed by an interagency commission ( The problems these mistakes have caused are serious: water shortages and a decline in the quality of water available to the population. But if observers left it at that, there would be little reason to talk about something that has been happening again and again across the Russian Federation. Now, one of the closest observers of this situation, Yevgeny Burdin who has written numerous books on Russia’s waterways, has connected the dots, linking this failure directly to the Putin system as a whole. “The fact that we do not have fish or pure water,” he says, “is the result of imperial policies.” They have their roots in Soviet times, he says, noting that two decades ago, he warned that the current disaster was on its way to occurring. No one paid attention at that time. Instead, officials continued to act on the basis of decisions taken above them that ignored what the people in the specific region need. Unless that system changes, Burdin suggests, the problems people are now upset about have no chance of being resolved, exactly the kind of conclusion that animated people at the end of Soviet times to try to overthrow that system and one that could easily become the basis for people now to do the same with the overcentralized imperial system of the Putin regime.

Years after disappearing from network TV, Ksenia Sobchak is reportedly poised to return to Russian state television — Meduza

Ksenia Sobchak, the television personality and socialite who ran for Russian president in 2018 as the election’s token “liberal” candidate, might be returning to primetime. Sources told the magazine RBC that Sobchak is in talks with the state-owned TV network Pervyi Kanal. Spokespeople for the station have confirmed the meetings with Sobchak, but they refused to reveal any further details.

Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade – Defense One

For sensitive communications, the Russian government aims to replace the ubiquitous Microsoft operating system with a bespoke flavor of Linux, a sign …

U.S. Envoy Calls Russian Activities In Eastern Ukraine An ‘Occupation’

The U.S. special envoy on Ukraine has called Russian activity in eastern Ukraine an “occupation” and has called on Moscow to start implementing its obligations under the 2015 Minsk accords.

Volker: U.S. open to military sales to Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says the United States is open to foreign military sales, including to Ukraine. “As you know, we’ve provided foreign military financing approved by the Congress. That has produced support for systems such as anti-tank systems and anti-sniper systems. And just as we do with many countries, we’ll be consulting with Ukraine about what their legitimate needs are. We will be looking at what capabilities we can help provide. We also are open to foreign military sales, that is to say, Ukraine [is] purchasing military equipment from the United States,” he said during a press briefing on May 28. “And this is all part of the normal course of business for a country developing its own defensive capabilities. And in Ukraine’s case, it is particularly important because it is under attack every day, and so it has a desperate need to strengthen these defensive capabilities and prevent any further loss of territory, hold the line, and hopefully create the conditions where peace can again be negotiated,” he said. According to him, Ukraine, as any other country in the world, has a right to self-defense. “That is a right enshrined in the UN Charter. For some reason, there was a decision here in a previous administration not to help Ukraine with its defensive capabilities, at least lethal defensive capabilities. That is something that has now been lifted, and the United States is prepared to work with Ukraine, just as we do with countries around the world in supporting their legitimate defense needs,” he said. When asked to specify the names of the weapons that the U.S. intends to send to Ukraine next year under the U.S. defense aid worth US$300 million to Kyiv in the fiscal year 2020, he answered: “I wish I could, but unfortunately, I do not know the names of the specific systems. I do know that the process here is one where the Congress appropriates the funding, the Pentagon sits down Ukrainian defense leadership, we talk through exactly what the needs are, how they should be addressed and what systems are best in doing so. I don’t have any specific systems to talk about today.”

U.S. ready to cooperate with Ukraine in improving its military capabilities

Kurt Volker, the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, has noted that the United States is ready to cooperate with Ukraine in further providing it with defensive lethal weapons, the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States has reported.

U.S. to continue cooperation with Ukraine to improve its defence capacity

The U.S. will continue cooperating with Ukraine to improve its defence capacity, as Special Representative to Ukraine said, Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. reports on Facebook. Volker noted that the U.S. was ready to work with Ukraine to provide it with defence lethal equipment. “Congress adopted international military funding which provides support for Ukraine in a form of different types of weapons including anti-tank and counter-sniper systems. We will continue consulting with Ukraine concerning its defence needs. Besides we are ready to military sales abroad, so Ukraine can purchase all military equipment from the U.S., Volker said at the briefing. ” According to him, Ukraine needs to enhance its defence capacity as the country comes under attacks daily so there is a need to prevent further occupation of the territories. The U.S. defence budget provides $100 million for Ukraine for lethal equipment. In particular, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services approved the draft law “On the U.S. budget for 2020 for the needs of national security”, which authorized allocations to Pentagon for Ukraine in the amount of $300 million, which is by $50 million more. $100 million out of that sum is to be spent for lethal weaponry.

U.S. envoy: It’s provocative step for Russia to issue passports to citizens of another country – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says that it is a very provocative step for the Russian authorities to issue Russian passports to citizens of Ukraine in Russia-occupied Donbas. “Well, first off, that’s a very provocative step for Russia to take to go forward and say we will give passports, Russian passports, to the citizens of another country,” he said during a video conference for European journalists on Tuesday, May 28, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

The State Department will identify the passports of the Russian Federation, which it will issue in the Donbas – Volker

The Kremlin’s statement on the distribution of Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in the Donbas is a common provocation, but despite this, Ukrainians in the occupied territories are in no hurry to receive Russian citizenship. Such a conviction was expressed during an online conference on Tuesday by the US special representative in the negotiations on Ukraine Kurt Volker, reports Tsenzor.NET, citing Ukrinform. “First of all, it was a very provocative step on the part of the Russian Federation, which stated that it would issue Russian passports to citizens of another country. I do not think that Ukrainians will rush to get these passports, they are suffering under the Russian occupation in Donbas,” the American diplomat said. He also noted that the United States Department of State, for its part, will track these documents. “We will see if we can identify and identify these passports (issued to residents of Donbass), just as we did with issuing passports in Crimea,” the US special representative emphasized. Источник:

Russia has no reason to hold Ukrainian sailors, ships, must release them immediately

The United States calls on Russia to comply with the decision of the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships, said Kurt Volker, the special representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Negotiations. “We completely support the court decision. There is no legal reason for Russia to continue to hold these sailors,” he said during an online conference on Tuesday. He recalled that Ukrainian sailors “were attacked illegally in international waters, then they were taken illegally to Russia.” “They should be treated as members of a foreign government’s military forces. There is no basis to hold them inside Russia, and we do urge their immediate release,” Volker said. At the same time, he stated that Russia has no intentions to implement this decision of the Tribunal, and “there’s no force that’s going to be applied to Russia to make them follow the rule of law and to make them follow this court decision. As reported, on May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) made a decision obliging the Russian Federation to release three Ukrainian vessels and 24 Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 and allow them to return to Ukraine. A total of 19 judges voted in favor of this decision, one judge – Ruslan Kolodkin (the Russian Federation) voted against the decision. The tribunal ordered the Russian Federation to report on the implementation of this decision until June 25, 2019, and also obliged Ukraine and Russia to refrain from any actions that could aggravate or prolong the dispute.

Russia must immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships – Volker

The United States of America calls on Russia to comply with the decision of the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships. According Tsenzor.NET with reference to “Interfax-Ukraine” , said the special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker. “We fully support the decision of the tribunal, and for Russia there are no legal grounds to continue to retain these sailors,” said Volker. The ambassador recalled that the Ukrainian sailors “illegally attacked in international waters, then they were illegally transported to Russia.” “They should be treated as representatives of foreign government forces. There is no reason to keep them in Russia. We call on (Russia, – Ed.) To release them immediately,” Volker marked the US position. At the same time, he stated that Russia has no intentions to implement this decision of the Tribunal, and there are no “forces” that will force it to do so. Recall, on May 25, the UN International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea made a decision according to which Russia should immediately release the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait. The Russian Federation also obliged to return to Ukraine captured ships . The Russian Foreign Ministry said it did not recognize the right of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to consider the seizure of seafarers . The decision of the court itself, obliging Russia to release the sailors and return the vessel, was not commented by Russian diplomats. But they promised to continue, unlike today’s meeting, to take part in the hearings. Источник:

Volker: Hungary makes mistake by blocking NATO-Ukraine meetings

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker believes that Hungary makes a mistake by blocking high-level meetings between NATO and Ukraine because of the language law adoption. — Ukrinform.

Hungary uses NATO as pressure tool, – U.S. Special Representative Volker

The U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker believed that Hungary makes a mistake using NATO to pressure Ukraine with language issue, as Hromadske reported. “I think Hungary makes a mistake using NATO as a pressure tool in this regard. Ukraine faces some serious challenges – intervention and Russia’s occupation. This should worry every NATO member including Hungary. And I think that blockage of NATO-Ukraine commission is a mistake though I support negotiations and solution of the question concerning the language of the Hungarian language in Ukraine,” Volker said. He expressed hope that President Zelensky will manage to resolve the issue of Hungary’s blockage of NATO-Ukraine commission. As it was reported, at the meeting with President of Hungary János Áder Volodymyr Zelensky stated he hoped for restoration of the support of European and Euro Atlantic integration for Ukraine from Budapest. After Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the language law, Hungary’s MFA informed that they hope President Volodymyr Zelensky will resolve the “problematic issues”. As it was reported earlier, on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one in the second reading and in general. The status of Ukraine’s state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program.

Volker: Hungary mistakes by blocking NATO-Ukraine meetings

The US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker believes that Hungary makes a mistake by blocking high-level meetings between NATO and Ukraine because of the language law adoption. Censor.NET reports citing Hromadske. “I think that Hungary is making a mistake by using NATO as a tool to try to put pressure on this issue. Ukraine faces important external challenges — the attack, the invasion, and the occupation by Russia. That is something that should be of concern to every NATO ally, including Hungary. And blocking high-level meetings between NATO and Ukraine, I believe, is a mistake,” Volker said during a video conference on Tuesday. He noted that no progress had been made so far in that issue. “I do hope that with the election of President Zelenskyi, and let me remind that he is a native Russian language speaker who also speaks Ukrainian, there needs to be an agreement between Hungary and Ukraine on how to deal with the question of national minorities, the rights of those minorities to speak and have the education in their own language and at the same time to ensure that the citizen of Ukraine, all of them, also learn and use Ukrainian as part of their communication in the official language in the country,” the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations added. As reported, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called the language law, which was passed by the Parliament of Ukraine on April 25, “unacceptable.” The Hungarian government warned NATO that it would further block the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in response to the Parliament’s adoption of the language law. The Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language” takes into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding the consideration of the interests of national minorities in accordance with the international obligations of Ukraine.

“From a clean slate”: in Russia they offered Ukraine to reset the relationship

Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, stated that Russia is interested in establishing “normal good-neighborly relations” with Ukraine. She said this in an interview with the Russian news agency TASS , reports Tsenzor.NET . Matvienko believes that “the same request exists in Ukrainian society.” “And we would very much like the same signals today to come from the new president, who received, by the way, the strong support of the population. This is the mandate of the trust of the people who want peace in the Donbas, who are tired of the russophobia being forced, on the actions of the nationalists and so on “, – said Matvienko. She suggested that Zelensky either implements the “content of the mandate” or will lose support. “We are ready to work on the restoration and normalization of Russian-Ukrainian relations. But without dictation, without any invented conditions on their part. Let’s start with a clean slate. Let’s look at what we have come to and how to fix it. And we will move on together” – added Matvienko. Recall that on May 20, the inauguration of the sixth president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, took place. He named among his priorities the ceasefire in the Donbas and the return of the lost territories. The next day, the head of the presidential administration, Andrei Bogdan, proposed bringing to peace the question of peace with the Russian Federation . Источник:

Foreign ministers of Poland, Sweden, France and Germany this week will visit Ukraine and meet with Zelensky, – Klimkin

The foreign ministers of Poland, Sweden, France, Germany will visit Ukraine this week. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine . “There will be a series of visits. France, Germany and Poland, Sweden,” he said. According to Klimkin, there will be meetings of foreign ministers in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, as well as with President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. Источник:

UAWire – Ukraine demands that Russia set a date for the release of 24 captured sailors

In an interview on Ukrainian Radio HB, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European integration Olena Zerkal said that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had prepared a protest note, which requires Russia to set the date and place of release of the captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and three warships. “We have already prepared a diplomatic note to the Russian Federation. Today it will be sent to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The questions are asked on how we can take our ships back and when, where, and how our consuls can take our people back from Lefortovo”, said Zerkal. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that Ukraine, in its note, refers to the order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. “Today we urge Russia with the fact that they have to do it immediately,” said Zerkal. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea at a meeting in Hamburg on the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia on May 25, ordered Russia to release warships and return them Ukraine immediately. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier that the Russian Federation’s implementation of the order of the International Tribunal of the UN on the liberation of the occupied Ukrainian sailors and ships “may become the first sign from the Russian leadership about their willingness to end the conflict with Ukraine.”

President of Ukraine to make a visit to the EU and NATO institutions in Brussels — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will make a working visit to the EU and NATO institutions in Brussels on June 4-5.

Zelenskyy to pay first foreign visit to Brussels – news portal

Zelenskyy to pay first foreign visit to Brussels. The president will hold talks with EU, NATO leaders on 4-5 June. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Zelensky to visit Brussels next week – media – news politics | UNIAN

New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is reportedly visiting Brussels next week. This will be the new president’s first official visit abroad.

“No need for brotherhood, friendship, empty words”, – first President Kravchuk on air of Pulse TV show

The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk supported direct talks with Russia which will consider Ukraine’s interests, as he said on air of Pulse political talk show. “Speaking of peace, after Minks format was renewed, the first step is a dialogue with Russia. We can’t avoid that, we should not be afraid of dialogue. As when we start a dialogue it doesn’t mean we surrender something. This is a dialogue, proposals, discussion. When people talk, guns are silent. We were also afraid that the situation turned out the way that a part of Ukrainian policy is scared of Moscow and screams: “Get away from Moscow”. How? While we have 2250 km of the border? Where to go? We have to live in such a situation where we live and forge links relations with them,” he said. Kravchuk stressed: relationships with Russia have to be based on the international right. “We don’t need brotherhood, we don’t need friendship, no need for empty words. We need normal international relationships, which are based on international law. We need to start with that,” he explained. Leonid Kravchuk is the first leader of Ukraine who headed the state in 1991 when it gained independence from the USSR. He served in this office until 1994, succeeded by his former Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma. Kravchuk also held the post of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the member of the Parliament serving in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) faction.

Berlin calls on Kremlin to enforce International Tribunal’s order

Berlin considers that Moscow must comply with the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and release 24 illegally captured Ukrainian sailors. — Ukrinform.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kyiv to Seek to Have Kerch Strait Declared an International Waterway

Paul Goble Staunton, May 28 – Following its victory at the UN arbitration court that ruled Russia must release the 28 Ukrainian sailors it illegally seized and still holds, the Ukrainian government has announced that it will seek to gain worldwide recognition of the fact that the Kerch Strait is in fact an international waterway and not the internal waters of Russia as Moscow insists. Yelena Zerkal, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, said that such a step would eliminate the legal uncertainties which arose after Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 and that Kyiv would take it even though Russian officials have already indicated that they will oppose any change ( Katerina Zelenko, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian foreign minister, says that “Ukraine has always insisted [on such a status] while Russia in denying it has sometimes acted as if the straits were an international waterway and sometimes not. This creates confusion, and Ukraine wants to do what it can to end it. She added that in her view, “international status for the Kerch Straits does not contract the 2003 agreement between Russia and Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov. This agreement has its own function,” but it supplements rather than contradicts the UN Law of the Sea Convention. According to that agreement, Zelenko continues, “the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait are the internal waters of the two state,” using the definitions established by the Law of the Sea. But subsequent events have changed the conditions that obtained at that time as have Russian declarations and actions. Not all Ukrainians agree with this proposal. Bogdan Yeremenko, head of the Foreign Affairs Maidan Foundation, says he does not support making this proposal. “The Kerch Strait is the territorial waters of Ukraine. If we see to return Crimea to within Ukrainian control, why should we change that status?” He adds that there is no possibility of discussing the status of the sea and the straits because that would require raising the issue of the status of Crimea, something Moscow has consistently refused to do. Issuing a call for a change when there is little or no possibility for forward movement does not help the Ukrainian cause, Yeremenko suggests.

Russia has already stolen 9.2 billion cubic meters of gas in the Ukrainian fields in the occupied Crimea, – Naftogaz

Russia illegally uses gas fields belonging to Ukraine in the occupied Crimea and produced 9.2 billion cubic meters of gas there. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine. Now Russia uses the subsoil of 9 fields belonging to the Ukrainian company Chernomorneftegaz. “The Russian Federation is still producing gas. And today, the Russian Federation is illegitimate from all fields belonging to Ukraine, has already produced 9.2 billion cubic meters,” said Svetlana Nezhnova, general director of the Chernomorneftegaz state joint-stock company. These volumes would be enough for a year of work of the entire industry of Ukraine. “When I saw our drilling sites, Peter Godovanets and Ukraine, the names were painted over them. Visually, the drilling rigs are in very poor condition compared to what they looked like in 2014. Russians don’t invest in fields, equipment — everything works exhaustion, “- said Nezhnova. After the occupation of the Crimea NAK “Naftogaz Ukrainy” lost there rigs, gas pipelines, its own fleet and administrative building. “Losses are estimated at $ 5 billion, which is why Naftogaz filed a lawsuit against Russia for the recovery of damages to the arbitration tribunal in The Hague in accordance with a bilateral agreement on mutual protection of investments between Ukraine and Russia,” the NAC said.

Crimean traitors: the network began to publish their data

Facebook appeared on the page Crimean Traitors – Crimean Traitors – Crimean Traitors where the data of former Ukrainian military men betrayed the military Oath and passed on the side of the occupier. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal In addition to the data itself, there is also information on the current location of the service. The page publishes data on all the military units of Ukraine that were at that time in the Crimea. Some Traitors:

11 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: Ukrainian soldier wounded, three terrorists destroyed

29.05.19 10:21 – 11 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: Ukrainian soldier wounded, three terrorists destroyed May 28, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 11 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons six times. View news.

Russia-led forces mount 11 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia-led forces mounted 11 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on May 28. One member of Ukraine’s Joint Forces was wounded in action.

One Ukrainian serviceman goes missing after skirmish near Popasna in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

One member of Ukraine’s Joint Forces has gone missing in action after a skirmish near the town of Popasna, Luhansk region, two enemy troops have been killed. Search is currently under way.

The soldiers of the regiment “Azov” destroyed the position of the occupiers and two Russian terrorists. Drone video

The soldiers of the regiment “Azov” with the help of guided missiles destroyed the position of the invaders and two Russian terrorists. The video is not recommended for people with unstable mentality! According Tsenzor.NET , a video of a successful attack Ukrainian soldiers published on your page in youtube . Источник:

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy heard the report on the circumstances of capture of 8 servicemen of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that everything necessary would be done to return captive warriors. “We will act as fast and efficient as possible to free our men,” the Head of State emphasized.

Capture of Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas: no high treason established

The internal investigation into the capture of eight Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas did not establish the facts of high treason. — Ukrinform.

Internal investigation into eight MIA soldiers reveals no evidence of treason

29.05.19 13:42 – Internal investigation into eight MIA soldiers reveals no evidence of treason Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has received a report about the circumstances in which eight soldiers of a motorized infantry battalion of the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade were taken prisoner last week by Russia-occupation forces in… View news.

President Zelensky to take prompt action to release captured Ukrainian soldiers

President of Ukraine Volodmyr Zelensky promises to take prompt action to release eight Ukrainian soldiers of the 53rd brigade captured in Donbas. As President’s Administration reported, Zelensky was informed about the conditions of their capture. Internal investigation of this incident, carried out under the request of Joint Forces Commander, did not establish the fact of state treason,” President’s Administration reported. The representatives of the press office stated that the investigation defined violations of control order over movement through the demarcation line by the personnel from Novotritske, Berezove-1 and Berezove-2 checkpoints. Zelensky stressed that everything possible will be done to return imprisoned soldiers. “We will act as fast as possible and effective to release our guys,” he said.

The command of JFO held a meeting with the Swedish military. A PHOTO

On May 28, a working meeting of the Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces, Major General Bogdan Bondar, with the Swedish delegation led by the Defense Attache at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Ukraine Lieutenant Colonel Peter Liden took place in Kramatorsk. This Censor. NO reported in the press center of the OOS. The report notes: “During the meeting, Major General Bogdan Bondar acquainted the foreign guests with the situation and the current operational situation in the area of the United Force operation. He spoke about the complex use of electronic suppression and fire destruction systems by the enemy, about the intensity of shelling the positions of Ukrainian units and the violation of the cease-fire by the Russian occupation forces, about the situation in the Black and Azov Seas … Also, the deputy commander noted that the Joint Forces are working closely with international organizations in the framework of humanitarian demining, are conducting targeted work on the restoration of civilian infrastructure and provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable segments of the population. At the end of the meeting, Major General Bogdan Bondar thanked Mr. Lyden for his support of Ukraine, as well as for the opportunity to visit the area of the combined forces operation. ” Источник:

Now 347 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine take part in 8 international peacekeeping and security operations – Colonel Levchik

Representatives of Ukraine perform tasks in UN missions, NATO and joint peacekeeping forces. The deputy chief of the Main Directorate of Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Valentin Levchik, informed during the briefing about this, Csenzor informs. NOT referring to the Office of Public Relations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine . “Now 347 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine take part in 8 international peacekeeping and security operations under the leadership of the UN, NATO and as part of joint peacekeeping forces. Of this number, two national contingents and national personnel perform missions abroad on an ongoing basis,” the officer said. . See also “Tsenzor.NET”: Ukrainian peacekeepers, who previously served in the area of hostilities, went on rotation in the Congo. A PHOTO The first contingent is the 18th separate helicopter detachment of 250 people, deployed and performs tasks as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The second national contingent is a 40-person engineering unit that performs tasks in Kosovo, Republic of Serbia. Representatives of Ukraine perform tasks in UN missions, NATO and joint peacekeeping forces, including the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (13 people), the UN Mission in Kosovo (2 people), the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (4 people), Temporary UN security forces in Abyei (6 people), UN peacekeeping forces in Cyprus (1 person), NATO’s Resolute Support Training and Advisory Mission in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (21 people), and Joint Peacekeeping Forces in the zone safely the Transdniestrian region of the Republic of Moldova (10 military observers). Источник:

Ukraine pays tribute to late General Kulchytsky, hero of Donbas conflict

May 29, Ukrainians remember Major General Serhiy Kulchytsky, the top-rank military officer and the participant in Donbas conflict. It is the fifth anniversary of his death in the skies over Donbas in May 2014. Kulchytsky had a military upbringing. His father served with Soviet forces stationed in East Germany. Kulchytsky graduated from the Ussuriysk military college in the Soviet Far East in 1981. He went on to train at the Far Eastern Higher Military Command School in the city of Blagoveshchensk, attaining a distinction in 1985. His military career began with the role of marine platoon commander at the Soviet Northern Fleet, based in Murmansk. Kulchytsky served in the Soviet Northern Fleet until the dissolution of the Union. Once Ukraine became an independent state, Kulchytsky moved to western Ukraine and became deputy commander of a National Guard battalion in Ternopil in 1992. Moving up the ranks, he became the battalion’s commander in 1994. In 2010 he was appointed deputy commander of the Western Command of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s troops by President Viktor Yanukovych. On May 29, 2014, Kulchytsky and another 14 soldiers were on board of Mi-8 transport helicopter, which carried them to Karachun mountain in Donetsk region. They were supposed to be deployed for a military operation there. On its way to the designated location, the helicopter was downed by an anti-aircraft missile. It was fired by Russian militants who controlled the adjacent area. Kulchytsky and his companions deceased. The Ukrainian Parliament paid tribute to the Major General with the moment of silence. On the morning session on May 29, Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy said the following: ‘It’s the fifth anniversary of the death of the hero of Ukraine, General Serhiy Kulchytsky. I’m honored to have known him in person. Together with him, in spring 2014, we created the first volunteer battalion from the Self-Defense of Maidan. He was a true father to our boys. The General knew what responsibility means; he personally reported for his fighters and the state. A great Ukrainian and a great warrior. Eternal memory and glory to the loyal son of the Ukrainian people, General Kulchytsky’, Parubiy said.

Over 5 years in the east of Ukraine, 83 soldiers of the Donbass battalion died, – Avakov. PHOTOESSAY

Exactly five years ago, the Donbass volunteer battalion was created in Ukraine. Today, May 29, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov congratulated the servicemen on the anniversary and presented awards to the best fighters who have been performing combat missions as part of the National Guard since 2014. This is reported by Censor. NO with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “Karlovka, Artyomovsk, Popasna, Lysychansk, Zolotoe, Pervomaisk, Ilovaisk, Debaltsevo, Mariupol Slavyansk – we remember each of these words. These are not just cities and villages, they are milestones of dishonest and cruel war. You and I have the honor to defend Ukraine. With May 2014 and to this day, the NSU battalion “Donbass” performs combat missions in hot spots. Ukraine called volunteers at the most difficult time and they became the force that fought off the enemy, “the Interior Minister recalled. The minister noted that at that time there was not enough experience and weapons, but there was an irrepressible desire to protect his native land. “In the east of Ukraine, 83 died, 141 Donbas soldiers and our comrades were injured. 294 of your siblings received state awards, 74 posthumously. I am sure that you will continue to defend Ukraine with honor! Glory to you, glory to Ukraine!” – said Avakov. The Acting National Guard Commander Nikolai Balan noted that on May 30, 2014, by order of the Commander-in-Chief, the Donbass battalion was created, but on May 25 most of the servicemen received the first baptism of fire in Karlovka. Источник:

The Public’s Radio – Ukraine ex-president accused of taking key servers with him


Disappearance of monitors, servers from situation room of presidential administration is investigated

The State Investigation Bureau (SIB) opened investigation due to the disappearance of the monitors and servers with secret information from the situation room of the Presidential Administration as bureau reported. “The investigators of the SIB territorial unit situated in Kyiv has begun the pretrial investigation of the possible loss of the material carriers of the secret information containing state secret by the officials of the Administration of the President of Ukraine,” the SIB reported. On May 28, the video of National Security and Defense Secretary Oleksandr Danylyuk was published. He stated about the disappearance of the servers with secret information from the situation room at the presidential administration. The criminal proceeding is registered due to the loss of the documents, which contain the state secret as it led to the grave consequences.

Servers disappear from situation room of Ukraine’s National Security Council, – Danylyuk

All servers that contained classified data about decisions of the National Security and Defense Council have disappeared from the situation room. Oleksandr Danylyuk, the newly appointed Secretary of the Council said that in his video message that he put on Facebook. The official said that he could not find any monitors and servers in the situation room. ‘No monitors, no servers. I don’t think it looks like a civilized transfer of power’, Danylyuk said. May 28, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Oleksandr Danylyuk as the National Security and Defense (NSDC) Secretary of Ukraine as presidential website reported. Head of the Administration of the President Andriy Bohdan stated that he saw Danylyuk at the post of the NSDC Secretary. According to him, Danylyuk is a ‘professional, who can hold a number of the necessary reforms’. On June 7, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dismissed Oleksandr Danylyuk from the post of the Finance Minister of Ukraine. 254 MPs supported this decision.

Danylyuk’s video on missing servers has nothing to do with National Security Council situation room, – Turchynov

The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC)’s situation room is guarded and works as scheduled. Oleksandr Turchynov, the ex-Secretary of the Council said that, commenting on the recently uploaded video. In it, his successor Oleksandr Danylyuk showed that data servers disappeared from the place that he claimed to be the situation room – never explaining where he actually shot this video. ‘I’d like to stress that Danylyuk’s video does not concern the National Security and Defense Council. It was shot in separate rooms of the Presidential Administration in Ukraine, at Bankova street’, reads the message. Turchynov added that people could get confused. ‘The Chief Situation Centre of the NSDC, located at Bolbochan street and the facility in the offices of NSDC workers are duly guarded and are now working as scheduled. When Oleksandr Danylyuk gets to his office in that building, he will be able to see it himself’, Turchynov said. As we reported, Oleksandr Danylyuk, the newly appointed Secretary of the Council uploaded a video message on Facebook, saying that all servers that contained classified data about decisions of the National Security and Defense Council have disappeared from the situation room. The official said that he could not find any monitors and servers in the situation room. ‘No monitors, no servers. I don’t think it looks like a civilized transfer of power’, Danylyuk said.

Ukraine’s new National Security and Defense Council secretary: What is known about Danylyuk

Volodymyr Zelensky, head of the Ukrainian state, held a number of key personnel appointments in the first days of his presidency. One of his recent appointments is a secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukraine’s former Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk has come to head the NSDC office. General information Oleksandr Danylyuk is 43 years old. He was born on July 22, 1975, in the Moldavian city of Grigoriopol. However, the family moved to Ukraine and settled in Kyiv. Danylyuk graduated from the National Technical University in 1998 as an electrical engineer, and in parallel studied finance at the Kyiv Investment Institute. In 1999, he decided to study at Indiana University (USA) Business School. He graduated in 2001 with an MBA. Danylyuk speaks five languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish, and French. Career Danylyuk began his career in 1995 as a broker at TEKT investment company, then he proved himself to be the head of the investment banking department at Alfa Capital and a junior investment manager in the US Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF). Over the next three years, Danylyuk worked at the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company in London and Moscow. In 2006-2010, he headed the Rurik Investment fund in London and Luxembourg. This is how his private sector career has ended. Danyluk was appointed first as an economic adviser to Yuriy Yekhanurov, the then Prime Minister, and then as a freelance advisor to President Viktor Yanukovych. And working in the public sector has become more attractive to him. In addition, in 2010, Danylyuk won the competition for the position of head of the Coordination Center for the implementation of economic reforms – an apolitical structure to develop and implement reforms to improve the investment climate, strengthen the rule of law and develop relations of Ukraine with the International Monetary Fund. After Euromaidan, he has lost the position of presidential adviser but was soon appointed to another state post –president Poroshenko’s representative in the Cabinet of Ministers. Then, in September 2015, Danylyuk was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, and a year later he entered the renewed Cabinet of Ministers Volodymyr Groysman as Minister of Finance of Ukraine. However, on June 6, 2018, the head of government asked the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Danylyuk from his post, and the parliament immediately did it. In 2019, Danylyuk became an adviser on international politics and economics to presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky. Family Danylyuk is married and has two sons. His wife Olga, a native of Lviv, studied at the British College of Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, and also defended her thesis at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as a theater designer in New York and Moscow. Since autumn 2017, he has been heading the Theater Laboratory at the Artistic Arsenal in Kyiv. The eldest son Richard is 15 years old. He is currently studying at Winchester College, the UK. The youngest son Volodymyr is 8 years old and he lives with his parents in the suburb of Kyiv. Property declaration According to the declaration for 2018, Danylyuk, together with his wife, owns the house in Vyshenky village (Boryspil district, Kyiv region) with a total area of 290 square meters and the adjacent land with a total area of 984 square meters. In addition, the family has an antique silver watch and the Athos icon of St. Nicholas of the 20th century. Danylyuk does not have his own car. He rented Volvo XC60 (2017). The total family income over the past year is 40,000 USD. At the same time, they have 357 USD in bank accounts, 150 EUR and 5297 UAH (190 USD), 56,000 USD and 9,000 pounds in cash.

Ex-Chief of General Staff Zamana says Poroshenko, Turchynov behind case against him

KYV. May 28 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ex-Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymyr Zamana, who is accused of treason, has said ex-National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov and ex-President Petro Poroshenko ordered his criminal prosecution, adding that Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios is “a master at fraud.” “I am actually the only security official from the times of Yanukovych who remained on the territory of Ukraine, therefore I became the object of persecution,” he said. Zamana said he was not ordered to bring the army to high alert during Russia’s annexation of Ukraine. As reported, on February 25, 2019, law enforcement officers detained Zamana and notified him of suspicion of high treason. Kyiv’s Pechersky district court on February 26 remanded him to pretrial custody without bail until March 27, 2019. On May 16, 2019 the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine completed its pretrial investigation against Zamana, who was released from custody on May 24, 2019. Zamana served as Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces from February 18, 2012 to February 19, 2014.

The former chief of the General Staff Zamana considers Poroshenko and Turchinov to be the perpetrators of his prosecution, and called Matios the “master of fraud”

Kiev. May 28th INTERFAX-UKRAINE – The former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladimir Zamana (February 18, 2012 – February 19, 2014) accused of high treason believes that the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the ex-secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov, who ordered the criminal prosecution, Prosecutor Anatoly Matios is a “master of fraud.” “I am actually the only security official of the times of Yanukovich who remained on the territory of Ukraine, therefore I became the object of persecution. Most likely, the customers are the president (Petro Poroshenko – IF) and the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (Oleksandr Turchinov – IF), with whom I have a personal conflict and tensions, and he is interested in this so that inactivity during the annexation of the Crimea to pass on to other people, “he said at a press conference on Tuesday in the Interfax-Ukraine agency. Zamana stressed that during the annexation of the Crimea, he did not receive a command from the then political leadership of the country to bring the army on alert. “Today I am accused of not having decided at the end of January-February 2014 to bring the Armed Forces into full combat readiness or to increase combat readiness. I have no right to do that. It must be a political decision. Why? Because I would start to bring the troops on high alert, when everything in the society was electrified and people on Maidan would not understand what was going on, “he explained. At the same time, Zamana noted that at the end of January 2014 he conducted, within his authority, exercises of permanent readiness forces: highly mobile assault forces, special forces regiments, personnel of the units that had been appointed according to plans to strengthen the Ukrainian army in the Crimea. The former Chief of the General Staff indicated that after five years it is still unknown why the then acting president. President Alexander Turchinov “today says that the annexation of the Crimea began on February 20, 2014, and until February 27, neither the Minister of Defense nor the Chief of the General Staff was appointed.” Zamana indicated that on February 22, 2014 he was appointed authorized by the Verkhovna Rada to control the activities of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, although he “was ready to lead the Armed Forces and protect the Crimea.” “Turchinov personally told me that the coalition decision did not support Zaman’s candidacy for the post of Minister of Defense. I asked who. He said that Admiral Tenyukh. He is an excellent decent person, a patriot, but he served his whole life in the navy, and for him, the Ground Forces, the Air Force is a big question mark. I then told Turchinov that this was a big mistake, “he stressed. Zamana also claims that the General Staff on March 1 had developed and prepared operations for the transfer of personnel to the territory of Crimea to unblock military units. “Personnel were trained, loaded onto aircraft that had risen and reached the sea coast of mainland Ukraine, after which the pilots received a command, turned around and returned to the home airfields,” he said. According to him, in those days when the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was seized, it was necessary to act as quickly as possible. “There were enough forces to apply them in Crimea. I’m sure that Russia didn’t want open confrontation, and we would have turned this situation in our favor. But there was no desire and political will,” the former chief of the General Staff said. As reported, on February 25, 2019, law enforcement officers detained Zaman and notified him of suspicion of high treason, as reported by the Chief Military Prosecutor Matios. On the night of February 26, the Pechersk court of Kiev decided to detain Zaman for a term of March 27, 2019 without an alternative to bail. Speaker of the Prosecutor General’s Office Andrei Lysenko on May 16 reported that the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine had completed a pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings against Zaman. On May 24, the Kyiv Court of Appeal released Zaman from custody.

DanubeSudoservice has refitted a second boat for the SBGS

The ship repair company “Dunaysudoservis” completed the dock repair and launched the second marine project of the marine protection project 1204 (artillery boat) BG82 “Lubny”. According to the press service of the company, the complexity of repair was significantly higher compared to the previous ship “Nizhyn” in view of the worst condition of the ship’s hull and parts of the propeller-steering complex.

UAWire – Ukraine develops carrier rocket without Russian components to replace Zenit

Ukraine has developed its own carrier rocket, the Mayak-3.9S, that outstrips the Zenit, which requires Russian components, announced Oleksandr Dehtyarev, CEO of the Yuzhnoye Design Office, during a press conference. “The Yuzhnoye Design Office has developed the Mayak 3.9S rocket, which quite seriously outstrips the Zenit in its characteristics,” Dehtyarev said. He specified that the rocket was designed to be launched from Baikonur or Sea Launch, as well as from a possible new launch site. To replace the RD-171, the first stage engine of the Zenit rocket, the Design Office has developed the RD-815 engine, which has 250 tons of thrust. Three engines make up the first stage of the Mayak 3.9S, he noted, adding that the overall specifications are slightly superior to the RD-171. The CEO admitted that there are still several issues with production. The most recent Zenit launch took place at the end of December 2017 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It successfully launched the Angolan satellite, Angosat, into orbit. The rocket has been used for more than 80 launches since 1985. The Zenit is a two-stage intermediate-class launch vehicle. The RD-171 first stage engine was developed by NPO Energomash in the Soviet Union. The RD-120 was developed for the rocket’s second stage. In May, Energomash announced that it would be resuming serial production of the RD-120, which had been serially produced at the Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant in Ukraine.

Press Conference of the VII International Conference “Space Technologies: Contemporary and Future” – YouTube

Yuzhnoye SDO Published on May 26, 2019 Press Conference of the VII International Conference “Space Technologies: Contemporary and Future”. May 21, 2019, the city of Dnipro, CB “Pivdenne”.

In Kiev, a future reconnaissance ship of the Navy was burning

At the Kiev shipyard “Smith on Rybalsky”, during the welding works, an average reconnaissance ship was built, which is being commissioned by the Navy. According to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on May 29, at 09:24, an operational-coordination center of the SSUU of Ukraine in Kyiv received a notification of a fire on the street. Electricians, 29-A. The nearest fire and rescue units were immediately sent to the place of the event. Upon the arrival of fire fighters, it was found that a hold on a moored ship on an area of 100 square meters was lit. m. Without time, the rescuers immediately proceeded to extinguish the fire. At 10:33 the fire was localized. The liquidation of the fire continues. Previously, the ship was welded. Before the fire was extinguished, 4 units of basic and special equipment, as well as 20 personnel of the Kiev garrison were involved.

The military does not accept uncertified BTR-4

Zhytomyr Armored Plant stopped manufacturing of BTR-4 hulls due to the refusal of the military admittance to allow the use of armored personnel carriers of EU countries. The problems are standardization, the press service of the DK “Ukroboronprom” reports. The existing system of standardization in the defense industry is still partly based on GOST standards, adopted more than 30-40 years ago and no longer meet current requirements. At the same time, due to divergences in GOST with international and European standards, it is necessary to conduct a recertification of imported defense products purchased for defense purposes. Accordingly, EU-purchased bronze steel (used in the NTA BTRs) has to undergo a new certification in Ukraine. And this, noted in the concern, requires a lot of money and time. The management of the concern “Ukroboronprom” sees a solution to the problem in coordinated actions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and a number of state bodies on revision of standards.


In the Dnipro CB “Pivdenne” began to use the innovative technology of selective laser melting (SLM) – more commonly known as 3D printing. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the state – owned enterprise. A special machine for manufacturing complex shapes and structures of products from metal powders for rocket and space technology for CB “Southern” was created in Germany. According to the company’s employees, the new 3D-printer spends one piece from a few tens of times to several days, while creating similar pieces in a classic way took several months of work. It looks like this: the mathematical model of the product “breaks down” on many layers. In the chamber of construction of the 3D-printer parts the metal powder is poured and a thin layer is distributed on the construction board. Then the laser beam selectively melts the particles of the powder material, they crystallize and form a solid mass of the desired shape and size. After that, the plate is lowered to one layer, and the cycle is repeated – until the completion of the creation of the part. It should be noted that selective laser melting allows solving complex technological problems of experimental and small-scale production of parts of the RCT , refusing to design and manufacture special equipment. At the same time, the weight of products decreases, certain technological processes (such as punching, welding and milling) are reduced or completely removed from the production process, time and materials are saved, the amount of waste is reduced, and the impact of the human factor is significantly reduced.

Ukroboronprom appoints new CEO of Kharkiv-based Malyshev Plant – news economics | UNIAN

The management of Ukraine’s state-run Ukroboronprom Concern has appointed Oleksandr Chursin as CEO of the state-owned Malyshev Plant located in Ukraine’s city of Kharkiv. Chursin’s appointment will make it possible to use the plant’s scientific, technical and production potential more effectively.


Saakashvili arrives in Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

The Movement of New Forces led by ex-president of Georgia and ex-Governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili has arrived at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport from Warsaw, Poland. Before flying to Kyiv, Saakashvili announced he had received an ID card for returning to Ukraine from the consul in Warsaw.

New Ukrainian President Reinstates Saakashvili’s Citizenship

Volodymyr Zelenskiy annuls portion of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko’s July 2017 decree that stripped former Georgian president and Ukrainian opposition figure of his citizenship

Ukrainian President Reinstates Saakashvili’s Citizenship

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has reinstated the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region in 2015-16.

Saakashvili Hails Ukraine’s ‘Courageous’ New President For Restoring His Citizenship

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region in 2015-16, has welcomed the restoration of his Ukrainian citizenship by President Volodymyr Ze…

Saakashvili says he has no political ambitions

29.05.19 11:07 – Saakashvili says he has no political ambitions Ex-president of Georgia, ex-head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili declared that he has no political ambitions in Ukraine. View news.

Saakashvili’s party to run for Ukraine’s parliament – news politics | UNIAN

The Movement of New Forces led by ex-president of Georgia and ex-Governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili will run for Ukraine’s parliament. Sakvarelidze says the party backs Zelensky’s decision to hold early parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

“Servant of the People” party leader Razumkov tells whether Saakashvili can join party list

Mikheil Saakashvili can not get into the party list of “Servant of the People” party on the snap elections primarily because he was not in Ukraine for a long time, as Dmytro Razumkov, the leader of the party, said on air of Pulse political talk show on 112 Ukraine. “I think, if I am not mistaking, there are some restrictions. He can’t enter the list of any party as under the current legislation he has to live in Ukraine for five years. He lived here four years and probably less because this period of time falls out of this circle of time. One doesn’t have to be a member of some party to enter party lists or the movement on the single-mandate constituency, but other restrictions play a very important role,” he explained. Related: Ex-President of Georgia Saakashvili has no political ambitions in Ukraine He noted that such questions are detailed in the law: “The admission or non-admission of a Ukrainian in some NGO, including a party, is ensured in the legislation of Ukraine, the statute and other normative documents developed by some political forces”. Mikheil Saakashvili got his Ukrainian citizenship – again. This is mentioned in the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky who reinstated the citizenship of the former Georgian president.

“Traitor”, – Lutsenko spoke about Saakashvili

Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko called the ex-head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Mikheil Saakashvili, a traitor and assured that the prosecutor’s office still suspects him of assisting Kurchenko’s criminal gang. About this head of the GPU said in the comments on Facebook , informs Tsenzor.NET . So, journalist Sergei Shcherbina asked Yuriy Lutsenko’s opinion that President Vladimir Zelensky returned Ukrainian citizenship to Mikheil Saakashvili. “Yury Vitalyevich, and your position on the issue of receiving Saakashvili’s money from Kurchenko and the charges of assisting a criminal grouping remain in force, or has the concept changed?” He wrote on the social network. Lutsenko answered the question in the comments of the publication. “No. Traitor,” he said. Recall, President Vladimir Zelensky overturned Poroshenko’s decision to deprive the ex-president of Georgia, the ex-head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship. Источник:

“Zelensky’s presidential decision on conferring citizenship did not affect foreign volunteers,” – Biletsky

The leader of the political party “National Corps”, Andrei Biletsky, criticized the decision of the new president Vladimir Zelensky to return Ukrainian citizenship to the former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Mikheil Saakashvili. The politician noted that in Ukraine there are more worthy applicants for citizenship. As an example, Andriy Biletsky named 150 foreign volunteers fighting for Ukraine in the environmental protection zone, who could not obtain Ukrainian citizenship during the presidency of Petro Poroshenko. The leader of the National Corps, MP and ex-commander of the Azov Volunteer Regiment, Andrei Biletsky, reported this on his Telegram channel on May 28. The politician stressed that the procedure for assigning Ukrainian citizenship to foreign volunteers – participants of the ATO (now – CCA) is complex and overly bureaucratic. In support of his words, the leader of the National Corps told the story of a 25-year-old Russian, Artem Shirobokov, an OOS veteran with the call sign Yesenin fighting in the Donbas for Ukraine. Andrei Biletsky recalled that Artem Shirobokov took an active part in the Revolution of Dignity, and then – in the battles of Ilovaisk, in the liberation of Mariupol, Marinka and Shirokino. During the fighting, a volunteer was seriously wounded, but he was able to save a comrade. The politician emphasizes that after the hospital the young man did not lose his fortitude and returned to the front to defend Ukraine. At the same time, the combat merits of the fighter could not influence the decision of Petro Poroshenko, who refused to give Ukrainian citizenship to Yesenin and another 149 foreign volunteers. According to Andriy Biletsky, this decision of the former president was a vivid demonstration of his political priorities and values, because, on the one hand, he presented Ukrainian citizenship to a fugitive politician Mikhail Saakashvili, but refused to perform the same procedure for 150 foreigners who essentially protected others for them country. At the same time, the MP expressed concern that the current status of “illegal immigrants” for foreigners – participants of the ATO carries many threats. For example, many of them can no longer return home to their own country. As a solution to this problem, Andrey Biletsky proposed to adopt a law on the simplified acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship for participants in the ATO. Responsibility for the adoption of this law, according to the leader of the nationalists, should be placed on Vladimir Zelensky. Biletsky asserts that one signature of the new president will be enough to approve this law. The leader of the political party National Corps also stressed that Vladimir Zelensky is well acquainted with the history of Yesenin and other foreign volunteers, since this issue was discussed during the iForum, which was attended by the president. It should be noted that Vladimir Zelensky then responded coolly to stories about the problems of foreign fighters, making a comment that this information is not relevant to the forum topic. We will note, the other day Vladimir Zelensky issued a decree that reversed the decision of the fifth president, Petro Poroshenko, about depriving the former president of Georgia and the former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship. The decree was published on the website of the President of Ukraine. Recall that Saakashvili lost his Ukrainian citizenship in July 2017. The reason was a criminal case opened against him in Georgia.


Ukraine’s Zelensky in Russian media: Rhetoric shift

A part of Ukrainian society has labeled Volodymyr Zelensky as a politician with pro-Russian inclinations, Moscow “exposed” him as an ardent Russophobe. The true Rubicon was the inaugural speech of the new president. The compatriots reprimanded Zelensky for the fact that the phrase “Russia is an enemy and an aggressor” was not clearly articulated by him, while the Russian Federation voiced its complete disappointment in the Ukrainian leader. Although we recall the chronology of the last month, it’s worth starting with the fact that Russian President Putin did not congratulate his Ukrainian colleague on his election. Petro Poroshenko received from Moscow all the proper graduations. Why Zelensky did not receive the same? Russia decided that the compliments are premature, because “it is necessary to judge on specific cases, on concrete steps,” Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, stated, as quoted by the Russian Vedomosti outlet. Other Russian media,, wrote immediately after the second round that “Zelensky’s victory gives grounds for cautious optimism.” Related: Political tango of Zelensky and Tymoshenko In the last six months, the general discourse of Vzgliad outlet has changed radically. It should be noted that Vzgliad pays the utmost attention to Ukrainian issues. The portal complained that the copyright holder of the Servant of the People TV show (where Zelensky played the main role of Ukraine’s president, – ed.) has blocked all the series for the Russian YouTube users. Moreover, Zelensky’s Kvartal 95 studio refused to answer Interfax about the reasons for such a decision. Vzgliad didn’t like the fact that Andriy Bogdan, the head of Zelensky’s administration, promised to conduct “a carrot and stick policy” concerning Moscow. Related: Zelensky’s first foreign visit to take place in Brussels June 4-5 It is interesting to follow the evolution of Russian notorious TV propagandists Dmitry Kiselev and Vladimir Solovyov towards Zelensky. At the beginning of the presidential race first, candidate Zelensky was rather a positive hero. Everything changed before the publication of the official voting results. Now the Russian federal channels criticize him as sharply as they used to do it with Petro Poroshenko. However, what exactly did Zelensky infuriate the Russian community? First of all, the Russian media are very impressed with the inaugural speech of president Zelensky, who said that he was ready for unpopular decisions and dialogue with Russia to end Donbas war. Related: Giacomo Sanfilippo: President Zelenskiy and Orthodoxy in Ukraine The recent visit of Volodymyr Zelensky to the hostilities area has finally undermined the faith of the Moscow media in his pro-Russian nature. Russia Today commented on the visit: “Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, for the first time after taking office, visited the positions of the Ukrainian military in Donbas (…) At the same time, Zelensky stated that he was ready for anything to end Donbas conflict in the. However, the new head of state will not rush to implement the Minsk agreements. ” Russian media didn’t like the fact that the idea of a referendum on ways to achieve peace with Russia (Zelensky and the head of his administration spoke about it) is gradually coming off the agenda. Related: Is Ukraine’s President Zelensky a libertarian? An interesting point: no matter how the Russian media evaluate the events in Ukraine, a certain degree the envy of what is happening in our open spaces could be obviously felt. This mainly concerns the internal politics, not economic, but one that characterizes the level of Ukrainian democracy.

The widows of the warriors who died in the Donbas came to the Presidential Administration in protest against reconciliation with Russia. Photo report

To the Presidential Administration came the widows of the dead servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Women brought portraits of their dead husbands and called for the prevention of a referendum on peace with Russia. According Tsenzor.NET with reference to “Ukrinform” , women met under the AP one of the employees and invited to a meeting with President Vladimir Zelensky. The press service of the head of state promised that during the meeting the widow of fallen soldiers would be able to openly express their position. They promise to inform the President about the results of the negotiations. As one of the women participating in the picket told, the recent statement by the new head of the AP, Andrei Bogdan, about bringing the issue of reconciliation with Russia to an all-Ukrainian referendum , came under the walls of the Administration of the widows of dead soldiers. Women declare that they are not against negotiations on de-occupation of Donbass, but against reconciliation with the aggressor country, otherwise it will be disrespect for the memory of the victims. On the stairs at the entrance to the AP building, as well as around the room, there are photos of several hundred dead soldiers in the Donbas. Источник:

Lviv legislators urge Zelensky not to speak Russian publicly

Legislators from Lviv Regional Council have issued an address to President Volodymyr Zelensky, asking him not to ignore the status of the official language and to use it in his public appearances at all times.

Zelensky submits impeachment bill to parliament – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a draft law to the Verkhovna Rada on a special procedure for removing the president from power. During his election campaign, Zelensky promised voters to submit the impeachment bill to the Verkhovna Rada.

Parubiy: Parliament to start considering Electoral Code next week

The Verkhovna Rada will start considering the new Electoral Code next plenary week, after it completes considering the bill on the Temporary Investigation Commissions. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Ukrainian Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against dissolution of parliament

The Supreme Court of Ukraine has refused to consider a lawsuit that would seek to invalidate President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decree to dissolve …

Zelenskyy not to ask parliament to dismiss top prosecutor – news portal

Zelenskyy not to ask parliament to dismiss top prosecutor. The president does not think MPs will support the decision. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Snap elections: “People’s Front” to take part within “European solidarity”

MPs from “People’s Front” will participate in snap elections to Verkhovna Rada within “European solidarity”

Truba dismisses four SBI officials

Director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Roman Truba has signed orders to dismiss four SBI officials, SBI spokesperson Iryna Vynokurova has reported on Facebook. — Ukrinform.

Four senior officers of State Investigation Bureau fired – news portal

Four senior officers of State Investigation Bureau fired. They did not pass the probation. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine continues cooperation with the International Monetary Fund – the results of the meeting between the President and the IMF mission — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a meeting with the mission of the International Monetary Fund in Ukraine headed by Ron van Roden in Kyiv. The meeting was also attended by Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smolii and Minister of Finance Oksana Markarova.

Danyliuk: Declaring default in Ukraine not an option – news economics | UNIAN

Newly appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Danyliuk says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team does not even consider declaring a default in Ukraine as an option. The Ukrainian government’s position is to protect citizens’ interests.

IMF positively assesses NBU’s monetary policy – Smoliy

The mission of the International Monetary Fund positively assessed the monetary policy of the National Bank of Ukraine, NBU Governor Yakiv Smoliy has said. — Ukrinform.

Volker denied that he advised Zelensky not to appoint Bogdan as head of the AP

Kurt Volker, the special envoy of the US State Department for Ukraine, said that he did not give advice on specific individuals when communicating with President Vladimir Zelensky. He said this during an online briefing on Tuesday, May 28, Censor reports. NO with reference to UNIAN . Volker noted that in his communication with Vladimir Zelensky he raised the issue of the president’s obligations in the plane of reforms, and not personalities. “During our meeting with President Zelensky, we also made it clear that he should pay special attention to his own reputation and his own ability to carry out these tasks,” Volker said. He denied media reports that he had made recommendations to Zelensky about the appointment of individuals to his administration. “We didn’t give any specific recommendations regarding individuals, since we are focusing on the principles of governance and the program policy that it implements,” the US envoy assured. Volker added that the United States supports the course of Vladimir Zelensky on reforms in Ukraine. “We are amazed at the declared dedication of President Zelensky to reforms and the further implementation of reforms in Ukraine – fighting corruption, creating leadership in Ukraine that serves the interests of the people of Ukraine,” he said. As Censor reported. NO , the earlier edition of The Mirror of the Week, citing sources, said that Volker called Zelensky with a persistent recommendation not to appoint Bogdan to the position as a person connected with oligarch Igor Kolomoisky . Источник:

Servant of the People (Series) – TV Tropes

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Portnov’s complaints against Poroshenko are legal trolling, – lawyer Golovan

The lawyer of the fifth president of Petro Poroshenko, Igor Golovan, believes that the statements made to the State Bureau of Investigation by the former deputy head of the presidential administration of the Yanukovych period, Andrei Portnov, about the alleged commission of Poroshenko’s crimes are legal trolling that does not entail real legal consequences. As Censor informs. NOT with reference to Interfax-Ukraine , lawyer Igor Golovan said this at a press conference on Tuesday. According to the lawyer, the purpose of this Potnova campaign is to discredit not only Poroshenko, but also the whole of Ukraine. “This whole campaign of legal trolling, its pilot documents are aimed at supporting the Russian Federation … It does not have a goal to be held accountable, everyone understands that there is no crime there … So there should be a lot of statements,” said the lawyer. Answering the question of whether any investigative actions and interrogation of Poroshenko are planned, the lawyer said: “I don’t know anything about the investigative actions. I very much hope that the only possible investigative action … will be the interrogation of the applicant himself.” According to him, he sent the corresponding statement to the State Hydrology Unit. Golovan is convinced that the interrogation of Portnov will be the basis for the closure of the proceedings on the facts stated by him. In turn, the people’s deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, the representative of European Solidarity, Vladimir Aryev, expressed the opinion that Europe’s reaction to Portnova’s actions would be “extremely negative”: “I think political persecution will be perceived very negatively … I feel that there will be a lot of support for Poroshenko and all those who carried out the reforms.” According to Aryev, the appropriate reaction of President Vladimir Zelensky should be made about Portnov’s statements, otherwise it will worsen Ukraine’s relations with European partners. “It sends very bad signals to our European friends that the situation with democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Ukraine can turn in the other direction,” Aryev said. At the same time, on May 28, Portnov himself, in his Telegram channel, called on deputies and socially active citizens not to send to law enforcement agencies statements about “Poroshenko’s crimes that cause debate in society or are controversial.” “Because it gives Prosecutor Lutsenko political and informational opportunities to continue to cling to the chair, talk about revenge, attack the army, religion and language, explain why he should remain a prosecutor and why his department does not authorize the arrest of assets of members of his own political team”, – says Portnov. He proposes “to focus only on the most disgraceful, dirty and indisputable crimes of Poroshenko.” Источник:

Ex-journalist wants to run on propresidential party list – news portal

Ex-journalist wants to run on propresidential party list. If the party agrees. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Teteruk: Shufrich’s statements against Turchinov are an attempt to curry favor with Putin. VIDEO

The appeal of the pro-Kremlin Oppoblok to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Security Service of Ukraine demanding that a criminal case be opened against the former Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Acting President of Ukraine in 2014, Oleksandr Turchynov is nothing more than an attempt at a rematch and receiving political bonuses from Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the political force , this was stated by the first deputy head of the Popular Front faction Andrei Teteruk during a speech from the parliamentary rostrum. “Former comrades-in-arms of Yanukovich demand that Oleksandr Turchynov, one of the leaders of the People’s Front, be brought to justice for the fact that in the 14th year during Russia’s open aggression against Ukraine, he, as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, ordered our soldiers to defend Ukraine, territorial integrity and Ukrainian citizens from the Russian occupier. The name of this former “regional” is Nestor Shufrich, “Teteruk said. “Shufrich is known for having been running errands for Putin’s godfather Medvedchuk for many years. This is a man who, for the sake of his boss and boss of his boss, Putin, is ready to tolerate kicks and disregard from Ukrainians, so that only with a puppy squeak deserve the master’s hand on the back of his neck” – stressed the MP. According to Teteruk, it was thanks to the preparation, courage and state position of Turchinov that the enemy was repulsed in 2014. Otherwise all Ukraine could fall. The Kremlin planned to break through on land to the occupied Crimea and force our independence to capitulate. “This order Turchinov defended peaceful Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, the entire Left-Bank Ukraine from the occupation and the flame of war. It was an order that allowed residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions to live in their native Ukraine. This order gave time to form an international anti-Putin front. It was on this order that tens of thousands of volunteers stepped onto the line of defense, protecting our land. The world saw the will of the Ukrainians for freedom, democracy and movement towards the European family of nations, “said Teteruk. “Today you decided that your time has come. That revenge can take place. Some circumstances after the presidential election gave you hope. However, Ukraine paid dearly for its freedom. Too expensive. And this is a price that will never allow us to forget who Putin is Medvedchuk, Shufrich and the whole anti-Ukrainian camarilla, “said the first deputy head of the NF faction. “The Popular Front warns collaborators: take your dirty hands from Ukrainian statesmen, defenders of Ukraine. Otherwise, one day you will be followed by Russian Rostov after Yanukovych,” concluded Teteruk. Источник:

Turchynov on Shrufrych complaint to PGO: If history was repeated, I would do the same thing

Ex-Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said Opposition Bloc faction parliament deputy Nestor Shufrych is a dupe for an attempt by pro-Russia forces to take revenge on Ukraine by filing a complaint against him to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and SBU State Security Service. “Shufrych requested criminal proceedings against me be opened for an order I gave in 2014 to destroy enemies and defend his country from Russian invaders. For Shufrych, defending Ukraine is a crime, but I am sure that it is a duty for every Ukrainian to protect his state from the rubbish that seeks to deprive us of our land, our freedom and our independence. If I had it to do all over again, I would give the same orders,” Turchynov said on Facebook on Wednesday. Turchynov said Shufrych’s complaint is not uncommon these days. “[Ex-President Viktor] Yanukovych’s entourage is the pro-Russia “fifth column.” They are raising their heads these days, looking for a rematch. But I am convinced Ukrainian patriots, wherever they work, in government or non-state institutions, will quash their attempts at revenge, in the rear and on the battlefield,” he said.

“The patriots of Ukraine will not allow revenge by any trash that seeks to deprive us of our land, of our freedom,” Turchinov said about Shufrich’s statement.

Yanukovych’s entourage, the pro-Russian “fifth column,” are raising their heads, hoping for a rematch. Oleksandr Turchynov wrote about this on Facebook , commenting on the statement of high treason against Petro Poroshenko and Oleksandr Turchynov that had been submitted to the GPU Nestor Shufrych. “Former” regional “Nestor Shufrich filed an application to the GPU, the State Security Bureau and the Security Service of Ukraine on opening criminal proceedings against me for an order in 2014 to destroy enemies and defend their country against Russian invaders. For such shufrichy, the defense of our native country is a crime, but I am sure that for every Ukrainian it is the duty to protect our state from any trash that seeks to deprive us of our land, our freedom, our independence. If those events were repeated again, I would not hesitate to do the same, “wrote Turchinov. According to him, such statements are not uncommon now: “Yanukovych’s entourage, the pro-Russian“ fifth column ”are raising their heads, hoping for a rematch. But I am convinced that the patriots of Ukraine, no matter where they work – in government or non-government positions – will never allow this revenge neither in the rear, nor on the battlefield! Let them not hope! ” Источник:

Committee recommends VR to approve bills on renaming Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk regions

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy has recommended the Parliament to approve bills on renaming Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk regions to Kropyvnytskyi and Sicheslavsk regions, respectively. — Ukrinform.

SBU, France secret services seized international drug group. PHOTOS

29.05.19 13:10 – SBU, France secret services seized international drug group. PHOTOS The Security Service of Ukraine, the National Gendarmerie of the French Republic, the Central Bureau of Investigation of the Police of the Republic of Poland under the auspices of Europol and Eurojust, suppressed the activities of an international… View photo news.

Mariupol to cooperate with French company in the field of sustainable development

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko and President of the French company Beten Ingenierie Jean Roche have signed an agreement on cooperation in implementing the sustainable green development strategy, according to the press service of the Mariupol City Council. — Ukrinform.

The real Chernobyl HBO’s hit miniseries is ending, and here’s how its characters compare to their real-life counterparts — Meduza

There’s just one episode remaining of “Chernobyl,” the HBO miniseries about the catastrophic nuclear accident that rocked the Soviet Union in April 1986. As the show comes to an end, many are left wondering how much of the dramatization is historically accurate, where the showrunners learned what they did about the events, and how people can find out more about the disaster. Meduza suggests some places to start.


Philaret, on behalf of the UOC-KP, banned the priesthood of Epiphanius’s successor as the Rector of the Kiev Theological Academy, Alexander Trofimlyuk. DOCUMENT

The honorable patriarch Filaret (Denisenko) issued a new decree on behalf of the UOC of the Kiev Patriarchate, banning the priesthood of the rector of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy, Archpriest Alexander Trofimlyuk. This is stated on the website of the Kiev Patriarchate, reports Tsenzor.NET . Filaret decided to punish the archpriest for violating the oath of the priest and disobedience to spiritual leadership. Facebook Trofimlyuk states that he is a cleric of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and the UOC of the Kiev Patriarch ceased religious activities on December 15, 2018. Therefore, any orders issued on behalf of the UOC-KP, the archpriest considers invalid. “Today on the website” “the Decree on the” prohibition “of me in the priesthood was promulgated. The document was published on the letterhead of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, stamped by the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate and signed by the Patriarch of Kyiv and all Russia-Ukraine. Motivation” of the ban “is allegedly a violation of the oath of the priest, in particular” … I will carry out my ministry … for the benefit of my Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate. “In this regard, I inform the following. According to the decision of the Local Council of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarch Ata on December 15, 2018 under the chairmanship of the Patriarch of Kiev and all Russia-Ukraine Philaret to terminate the activities of the religious association of the UOC-KP by merging and joining the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and after the Unification Local Council on December 15, 2018 and the emergence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine objectively there is no religious association called “Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate”. In accordance with this, as a cleric of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) any order, published on behalf of the UOC-KP considered invalid, “- he said. Trofimluk was appointed rector of the academy by the decision of the first meeting of the synod of the CCU on February 5 in connection with the election of his predecessor Epiphanius as head of the church. Recall Filaret insists that the UOC-KP still exists and he is its patriarch. At the beginning of May 2019, it turned out that Filaret continues to use the official forms of the Kyiv Patriarchate, issues orders and medals on behalf of this structure, publishes orders on behalf of the Kyiv Patriarchate and demands their execution from the bishops and priests of the newly established PCU. Recall, on December 15, 2018, at the Unification Council, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, was elected head of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church in Pereyaslavl and Belotserkovsky. On January 6, 2019, during the festive liturgy with the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Epiphanius was presented to the Ukrainian Church in the Church of St. George at the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople during the festive liturgy. On January 9 in Constantinople, members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. However, in May 2019, Patriarch Filaret announced his intention to restore the UOC-KP and lead it instead of Epiphanius. In response, Metropolitan Epiphanius declared: “The return of the Ukrainian church to the” Kyiv Patriarchate “means the loss of Tomos .” In response, Filaret said: “The Kyiv Patriarchate was not liquidated, the unifying council in Sofia was not Ukrainian .” He also called Epiphanius “to do nothing inside the church” without his consent and promised to fight for the church, “independent of Moscow and from Constantinople . ” Meanwhile, Epiphanius declared: ” There is not and never will be a split in the PCV .” In response, Filaret said that Epiphanius , the head of the PCC, is pleasing to Moscow , and also that President Petro Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphanius deceived him, violating the agreements between them during the Unification Council: ” If I knew that it would be so, I would not have put Epiphanius at the cathedral “.

Ecumenical Patriarch: The presence of the Moscow Patriarchate undermines the interests of the Ukrainian nation | Glavcom

“We consider the great blessing of God that we were able to restore the canonicity of an entire multimillion nation” Since the adoption by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the decision to grant Tomas on autocephaly, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has already passed more than a year. This follows from an interview by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Bulgarian Information Agency of BGNES, which is published by Glavkom . In it, the PM, in particular, explains the reasons and gives evidence of the canonicality of this ultra-important decision for Ukrainian Orthodoxy, which eventually restored historical and ecclesiastical justice. According to Bartholomew, the creation of a local church is also an important aspect of the process of creating a new Ukrainian state. That is why speculations continue to be held on the canonical nature of this decision of Constantinople; they are generated by the Russian Orthodox Church, which can not reconcile with it. Your Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is known for its openness and commitment to the development of relations between national confessions in the Orthodox world. Proclamation of the Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly was a rather bold step, which some Orthodox Christians regard as the reason for the split in Orthodoxy. Could you explain how this decision was made? Thank you for inviting to a very important spiritual and church conversation, which will undoubtedly cover many aspects of the Ukrainian church question and not only. To reveal the reasons why the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to provide an autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church on April 22, 2018 after a very serious discussion, we must first consider the history of the Kyivan Metropolitanate, although it is unlikely that this can be done within one interview. But before this, before God and the people, we must recall some historical truths. As you know, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, after the baptism of Prince Vladimir and the Kievan state in 988, founded the Kyivan Metropolitanate. The Kyivan Metropolitanate was canonically belonged to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, even after the creation of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1589. After the liberation of the Ukrainian lands from the Mongol yoke in 1685, Moscow Patriarch Joachim (1674-1690) invaded the diocese of the Kievan Metropolitanate, which, as we have said, was canonically belonged to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and elected Bishop Gideon Metropolitan of Kiev. Thus, the 700-year-old church structure of the Kievan Metropolitanate, which operated since 988, was changed by a coup. This happened in violation of the sacred and holy canons in favor of the Moscow Patriarchate and at the expense of the Constantinople Church. Despite this, the Kievan Metropolitanate has never been canonically transferred to the Moscow Patriarchate. There is no official document confirming such submission or act by the Church of Constantinople. The well-known letters of the Ecumenical Patriarch Dionysius IV only gave a canonical permission to the Moscow Patriarch to appoint a Metropolitan of Kiev, who, at the same time, remained subordinate to the Patriarch of Constantinople. Since then, and until April 2018, when the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to provide the Ukrainian Church with autocephaly, many attempts were made to obtain the Church’s independence of Ukraine from Russia, but none of them was successful, for which the Moscow Patriarchate is fully responsible. In fact, not only these attempts were unsuccessful, but also the splits that were created in the last century and are mainly related to the desire of the Russian Church to prevent the Church’s independence of Ukraine. There is no need to return to the historical events of the last century, because they are well known to all of us. We note only that until recently in Ukraine there were three church jurisdictions: one under the Moscow Patriarchate, as an autonomous church of Ukraine headed by Metropolitan Onuphrius; another under the leadership of the self-proclaimed Patriarch Filaret as the Kyivan “patriarchate”; the third, under the leadership of the self-proclaimed Metropolitan Macarius, as the autocephalous church of Ukraine. On October 11, 2018, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, after the long requests of Filaret and Macarius, restored the canonicality of the two leaders of the canonical groups, recognizing their archbishops, but not their rank. This means that Filaret is no longer a Kyiv patriarch but a former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Macarius is not an archbishop of Lviv, but rather a former Lviv archbishop. The good news in the decision of the mother church is that the two church jurisdictions of Filaret and Macarius are united under the spiritual guidance of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. They took part in the Cathedral, who chose the Metropolitan Epiphany as the head of the new Ukrainian Autocephalous Church. We consider it to be a great blessing from God that the Ecumenical Patriarchate managed to restore the canonism of an entire multimillion nation that was outside the church without any dogmatic reason. Thank God! Thus, the decisive factor that made the Ecumenical Patriarchate to give Ukraine autocephaly is the healing of the split and the restoration of church unity. Bartholomew I, the Most Holy Patriarch of Constantinople and the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epiphanius (photo: Bartholomew I, the holy patriarch of Constantinople and the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epiphanius. Photo: hellenicnews.comDoes consensus among other national Orthodox churches require the proclamation of Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly? Even in the first millennium, the decision of the Ecumenical Councils established the boundaries of the five ancient patriarchs (Old Rome, New Rome – Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem) and the Cyprus Church. During the following years, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, guided by the Sacred Canons (including the 9th, 17th and 28th canons of the IV Ecumenical Council, the 36th Canon Trullo-Cathedral and the 1 Canon of the Cathedral from 879/880, which was held in the Church of the Holy Sophia in Constantinople) took responsibility for giving Tomos an autocephaly to all newly created churches, turning them into archbishops or patriarchates, without discussing or co-operating in this matter with other churches. In the case of Ukraine, we have not done anything else. We used the same practice that we adhered to in recognizing all newly created autocephalous churches. Obviously, after the collapse of the USSR and the proclamation of Ukraine’s independence, Russia is trying to preserve its domination in the post-Soviet space. What is the policy of your holiness on Russia’s interference in the religious affairs of Orthodox Ukrainians? Speaking about religious issues, we mean any institutional intervention of the Russian Orthodox Church in the religious affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy. We believe that the Ukrainian people need to provide autocephaly and church independence – something that he sought to receive for centuries. Autocephaly granted to the Ukrainian Church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, provides an opportunity for internal self-government, which always supports the development of the local church. At the same time, do not forget about the latest socio-political changes that have created new conditions. In addition to the country’s independence and the creation of a new state of Ukraine in 1991, after the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, conditions for Russia’s presence in Ukraine have become even more complicated. The shocking political events through which new, completely different geopolitical conditions were formed, made the Moscow Patriarchate (in Ukraine, ed.) Unwanted and harmful to the interests of the Ukrainian nation and the unity of the Ukrainian people. For this reason, it is quite clear why a large part of the Ukrainian people wants church liberation from the church, which helps or even serves the interests of a state that is in conflict with Ukraine. A similar situation is observed in relations between other national Orthodox confessions, which is very similar to the “proclamation” of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Both Ukrainian and North Macedonian autocephaly raise issues related to the status of the national Orthodox clergy and their property. For example, the Ecumenical Patriarchate urged the Bulgarian Orthodox Church not to interfere in the spiritual affairs of Northern Macedonia, and your holiness was said to be personally following it. Does this mean that this is part of the appeal? The request for a challenge is a privilege and a great responsibility given to Constantinople Church IV by the Chalcedon Cathedral in 451. 9 and 17 of the canon of that Cathedral rule that if a bishop or priest is valued by his metropolitan or local synod and considers that he is offended, then canonically he may appeal to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, who is responsible for reviewing his petition and making a final decision. This prerogative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been used repeatedly in the history of bishops’ questions from other patriarchs and autocephalous churches. In this context, the Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses its great pain in connection with the internal split experienced by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the 1990s. Similarly, she considered the request of Filaret and Makarios, who used to be metropolitans of Kiev and Lviv. The Ecumenical Patriarchate also received a request from Metropolitan Stefan, the head of the “Macedonian Church.” In fact, each case is unique; The mother church examines each case in the spirit of love and unity, always pursuing the spiritual benefit and salvation of believers. And she will always continue to move with love in the same spirit over the next few years. Lyubcho Neskov ( BGNES ), Igor Fedyk, for the “Glavkom”

“Philaret is no longer the Kiev Patriarch, but the former Kiev Metropolitan,” – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate explained the status of the former head of the UOC-KP Philaret and the former head of the UAOC Macarius. Patriarch Bartholomew told about this in an interview with the Bulgarian news agency BGNES, Censor reports. NO referring to Glavkom . “On October 11, 2018, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, after lengthy requests from Philaret and Macarius, restored the canonicity of the two leaders of canonical groups, recognizing their hierarchs, but not their rank. This means that Filaret is no longer the Kiev patriarch, but the former Kiev metropolitan, and Macarius is not the archbishop of Lviv, but rather the former Lviv archbishop, “explained Bartholomew. According to the Ecumenical Patriarch, the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine restored church unity and healed a centuries-old schism. “The Moscow Patriarch Joachim (1674-1690) invaded the diocese of the Kiev Metropolis, which, as we have said, canonically belonged to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and elected Bishop Gideon as the Metropolitan of Kiev. Thus, the 700-year-old church system of the Kiev metropolis, which operated from 988 The year was changed by a coup. It was in violation of the sacred and holy canons in favor of the Moscow Patriarchate and to the detriment of the Church of Constantinople, ”explained Bartholomew. The Ecumenical Patriarch added that the presence of the Moscow Patriarchate harms Ukraine. “After the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, the conditions for the Russian presence in Ukraine became even more difficult. The shocking political events, due to which new, completely different geopolitical conditions were formed, made the presence of the Moscow Patriarchate (in Ukraine. – Ed.) Undesirable and causing damage to the interests of the Ukrainian nation and the unity of the Ukrainian people, “he said. Источник:

“They create confusion”, – Epiphanius declared invalid the documents and instructions issued on behalf of the UOC-KP

The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Epiphanius, called invalid the documents issued by Patriarch Filaret on behalf of the Kyiv Patriarchate, since they “bring unrest among the clergy of the city of Kiev.” This is stated in the decree of the head of May 29, informs Censor . “Any documents and orders on behalf of the UOC-KP religious association, which ceased its activities issued after January 30, 2019, are invalid and are not enforceable in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine),” the document says. By the same decree, Epiphanius took into his personal subordination the parish of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Solomensky district of Kiev, the prior of which is Archpriest Alexander Trofimlyuk. Recall, on December 15, 2018, at the Unification Council, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, was elected head of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church in Pereyaslavl and Belotserkovsky. On January 6, 2019, during the festive liturgy with the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Epiphanius was presented to the Ukrainian Church in the Church of St. George at the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople during the festive liturgy. On January 9 in Constantinople, members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. However, in May 2019, Patriarch Filaret announced his intention to restore the UOC-KP and lead it instead of Epiphanius. In response, Metropolitan Epiphanius declared: “The return of the Ukrainian church to the” Kyiv Patriarchate “means the loss of Tomos .” In response, Filaret said: “The Kyiv Patriarchate was not liquidated, the unifying council in Sofia was not Ukrainian .” He also called Epiphanius “to do nothing inside the church” without his consent and promised to fight for the church, “independent of Moscow and from Constantinople . ” Meanwhile, Epiphanius declared: ” There is not and never will be a split in the PCV .” In response, Filaret said that Epiphanius , the head of the PCC, is pleasing to Moscow , and also that President Petro Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphanius deceived him, violating the agreements between them during the Unification Council: ” If I knew that it would be so, I would not have put Epiphanius at the cathedral “.


Religious zeal is surging in Russia’s military forces – God’s army

Having built up close relationships with all parts of the defence establishment, especially the triad of forces which stand ready to deliver land-, sea- and air-launched nukes, the Russian Orthodox church is now reinforcing its role at the apex of the country’s military machine. In a weird historical turnaround, uniformed clerics may increasingly be reproducing the function exercised in the Soviet era by a caste of officers known as zampoliti. Their job was to maintain morale, check for any signs of dissident thinking and keep fanning the flames of Marxist zeal. Bits of the story on the church’s military role can be pieced together from news bulletins. For example, it was announced in February that priests embedded with the airborne troops would learn to drive armoured cars. But the entire tale has now been presented in methodical detail by an Israeli scholar, Dmitry Dima Adamsky. In his new book, “Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy”, he shows how church-military relations have evolved in the three decades since atheistic communism fell. Mr Adamsky portrays what he calls a decade of “genesis” when various ad-hoc forms of synergy emerged; a decade of “conversion” when the different parts of the armed forces, including the navy and air force, regained strength with much moral support from the church; and a decade of “operationalisation” when church-military relations became more entrenched. These relations have taken many spectacular forms. They include the building of prayer spaces large and small in defence installations of all kinds, not least on nuclear submarines; the blessing of missiles in their silos, and of fighter-aircraft as they are about to go on combat missions; and aerial manoeuvres corresponding to a “procession with the cross”, an Orthodox ritual in which the faithful sanctify a piece of territory by marching round it with crosses and banners.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Yekaterinburg Protests May Resume, Krasheninnnikov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 28 – Protests against the construction of a cathedral in the center of Yekaterinburg may very well resume in the near future because it appears that the civil and religious authorities have no intention of keeping promises not to build the church there, Yekaterinburg commentator Fyodor Krasheninnikov says. In fact, he suggests, those who thought they had won a final victory are likely to be even more enraged when they discover that they achieved only a “tactical” one, designed to get them off the streets and their story out of the media while officials and church hierarchs do what they want ( “The Yekaterinburg history of the struggle of citizens for the preservation of the square reflects many of the problems of present-day Russia,” Krasheninnikov continues; “but above all, it shows the unbelievably low authority of the regional and municipal authorities and their complete inability to interact with society.” This conflict, which began nine years ago, was entirely within the legal competence of the municipal powers that be if they in fact had the power to act. But the system has evolved to the point where the city is only “a relatively unimportant sub-office in the gubernatorial chancellery.” The city couldn’t decide on its own, and citizens have protested three times. Finally, however, when the authorities tore down the wall and promised not to build there, it looked like the citizens had won. But “the more time that has passed since the fence came down, the stronger is the sense that the authorities this time around to do not intend” to give up on their plans to build the church in the central park. Vladimir Putin’s intervention in which he called for the authorities to take stock of the opinion of the population can be read in many ways, Krasheninnikov continues, especially given that “when Putin speaks about honest elections to the Duma, it is obvious to all officials which party must win.” The same thing is true in this case. City and regional officials have continued to meet with citizens and make promises, but it is important to recognize that the authorities have not taken “any legally significant decisions” that are enforceable. Instead, they appear to be playing for time, hoping that the protesters will finally give up, allowing officials to do what they have always wanted. “Why is this happening?” the commentator asks rhetorically. There are only two possibilities: Either the authorities simply haven’t figured out a method for ending the problem juridically, or “on the other hand, they are cynically playing for time in order to return to their former positions” and ignore the people and their own promises. Moreover, he says, there is another problem in this situation: There is no individual in the city sufficiently authoritative or respected who could “’sell’ a compromise, that is, come up with something that would satisfy at one and the same time the authorities, the church, and the dissatisfied people.” There is no one of this kind among the authorities, and there is no one among the opposition either because those who could emerge as such leaders “understand all too well that out of representatives of the protesters it is too easy to be transformed into an organizer of mass disorders with all the ensuring consequences.” (Such feelings are no doubt being reinforced by the fact that in recent days, the FSB has been calling in many of those who took part in the protests against the building of the cathedral for “informal conversations” which send precisely that message to those who have been in the streets ( The protesters went home after the wall the authorities had put up was taken down, and for a time it looked like they had won. The governor declared that the square was no longer on the list of places where the church might be built. But “soon Vice Governor Sergey Vidonko said that the square all the same must be included in the list of places to be discussed.” The church hierarchy has made it clear that it wants the church to be built precisely where the protesters don’t want it and has “actively interfered” in the discussions about a poll or the locations which might be included in any list of options. As a result, officials have been meeting with the citizenry but not issuing the kind of formal decision that would end the uncertainty. And any poll that is conducted by the authorities must end with their victory, everyone understands; and any one that involves the church must avoid its defeat lest people begin to ask whether Russia is really an Orthodox country, as Russians also understand, according to Krasheninnikov. Because that is the case, he says, “despite the optimistic reports about the successes of civil dialogue in Yekaterinburg, the situation with regard to the square and the church has not been resolved. Orthodox society and a number of influential officials consider themselves to be on the losing side and seek revenge at any price.” And city residents “ever more sharply feel that officials aren’t attempting to find a way out of the situation but simply playing for time and seek a means to deceive them and will soon return to building their project in the city square.” Consequently, it is entirely possible that they will soon go into the streets once again — but perhaps with more anger than before.