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VKS PVO’s nightmare materialises – B-21 update. Two new big headaches for the V-MF – OP DEMO of the new Quickstrike64-ER, and HAAWC update. DoD bans use of satcom launched on Russian ELVs, Roskosmos objects. S.1441 on Nordstream 2 sanctions. NATO AFs update. MH17 update – Mahatir game as Muscovian proxy covered intensively by Russian propaganda platforms, and DB updates on the Troll Factory effort to blameshift Russian attack on MH17. Khodorkovsky interviewed by VOA on the Russian campaign to train African-Americans to conduct urban war. Nizhny Novgorod Krystalexplosives plant used to make aerial bomb fillers explodes, 38 injured and further missing. Russia’s revises opinion surveys to boost the Vozhd’s ratings.

Ukraine: Ze thanks POTUS for his invitation to visit DC. H.R.3047: To provide support to Ukraine to defend its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and for other purposesintroduced in the House by Rep. Engel and McCall. Pres Macron invites Ze to Paris. Russian POL embargo on Ukraine commences today.

Donbas update – Russians escalate arty fires, Russian body counts tallied (they are improving of recent, only 4:1 loss ratio rather than earlier 5-10:1), NSDC meeting held on Friday to look at energy policy. First Ukrainian Navy Islandcutter puts to sea for EX. Annual White Book of the Armed Forces of Ukraine released, projects and procurements detailed.

Politics updates. Chernobyl reports.


Air Force Maps Plan to Arm B-21 Stealth Bomber With Nuclear Weapons – Warrior Maven

Senior Air Force developers have pointed to great progress with the program

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command conducted operational demonstration of new aerial maritime mine – Defence Blog

United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) has released unique footage of operational demonstration of the newest aerial maritime mine, called the Quickstrike-ER (QS-ER). The Command had stated the B-52 Stratofortress, assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., conducted the final and largest demonstration of the Quickstrike 64-ER Naval mine project, a USINDOPACOM initiative as part of ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance military readiness throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the final and largest demonstration of the project and is part of a two-year joint effort to develop, test, and operationally demonstrate QS-ER. USINDOPACOM initiated the project as part of ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance military readiness throughout the joint forces in the Indo-Pacific region. “Current mine technology, while effective, has been largely unchanged since World War II,” said Dr. George Ka‘iliwai III, USINDOPACOM Director of Requirements and Resources. “These innovations and capabilities in the QS-ER project will allow our forces to generate more effective minefields from longer ranges and more rapidly than ever before.” The QS64-ER combines Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) technology and an additional wing kit and battery section with existing mine components. This allows it to be delivered long range and high altitude, which significantly reduces risk to the aircraft. “This aerial maritime mine is compatible, interoperable, and can be employed by virtually any JDAM enabled aircraft, including foreign partners,” said Ka‘iliwai. “These capabilities will serve as a significant deterrent in peacetime and an effective operational and strategic tool in wartime.” A B-52 bomber from the 49th Test Squadron out of Barksdale, La. carried out the exercise and released four inert QS64-ER 2000lb mine shapes on a remote shallow water location of the PMRF. “These innovations, combined with the global reach of America’s bomber fleet, enhance a joint force ready to fight and win,” said Lt Col. Joseph Little, Commander, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron The USAF is actively pursuing ways and means, along with our Joint partners, to develop and produce new technologies, like the QS-ER and the effort to modernize the B-52H, in a much more rapid capacity so that we bring the future faster.” USINDOPACOM protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. Government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness.

JDAM-ER

Longshot: A Swooping HAAWC for Torpedoes

American maritime patrol aircraft currently carry torpedoes as part of their armament, which serve as key weapons against enemy submarines. As any high-diver of cliff-jumper knows first hand, however, water can feel surprisingly solid after a long fall. Torpedoes still have to be released from low altitude, typically 100 feet or less above the waves. Two recent developments, however, are making this approach less practical for the US military. One is tests of sub-launched anti-air missile systems, using modified short-range air-air missiles that do not require radar guidance. The other is its selection of the 737-based P-8A Poseidon as its next maritime patrol and surface surveillance aircraft. The P-8A can perform low swoops if necessary, but its airframe is really optimized for cruising at altitude.  As these trends developed, someone in the US military asked the logical next question: “what if we could attach a JDAM-ER style glide kit with GPS guidance to a lightweight torpedo, launch from high altitude, then let the kit maneuver it into attack position and release it near sea level instead? Not only would this fit the P-8A’s strengths, it would also let us reduce airframe fatigue on the old P-3C fleet.” Enter Lockheed’s Longshot, aka. the High Altitude ASW Weapons Concept (HAAWC). The LongShot system is a low-cost, self-contained wing adaptor kit that can provide these capabilities to a range of existing air-to-surface munitions, including sea mines, gravity bombs, laser-guided bombs and cluster bomb dispensers. The system is self-contained and includes a flight control computer, a GPS-based navigation system, and power sources; range is up to 50 nautical miles. This makes the LongShot kit a potential competitor to Boeing’s JDAM-ER offerings.

Pentagon To Stop Use Of Commercial Satellites Launched By Russia Starting in 2023

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will stop utilizing commercial satellites launched with Russian rockets beginning in 2023 as relations between the two countries deteriorate.

Roskosmos. Announcement – News – Госкорпорация «Роскосмос»

05/30/2019 19:55 . This decision of the Pentagon may adversely affect international cooperation in organizing regular launches of spacecraft to target orbits on a commercial basis. In fact, this is an attempt to deprive American manufacturers of the opportunity to work with the Russian rocket and space industry, to artificially limit the use of Russian launch vehicles on the international market. The Pentagon wants to destroy what has been so hard created and maintained in Russian-American relations in the field of space. The Roscosmos State Corporation condemns this decision of the US military and considers it another manifestation of Washington’s unfair competition in the international space services market.

Text – S.1441 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Text for S.1441 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019

Check Out This Video Showing Russian Attack Helicopters In Action During “Aviadarts 2019” – The Aviationist

You don’t happen to see footage from inside a Russian gunship too often. Aviadarts is an yearly Russian all-Army competition attended by units of the Aerospace Forces, four military districts and the Northern Fleet (and invited foreign air arms, such as China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force – PLAAF, that took part in the previous editions). During the games, the best aircrews compete on different military specialties and conduct live firing exercises “to reinforce international military and technical military cooperation of the Contest participants; to raise the prestige of military service; to raise the level of training of the Contest participants; to demonstrate combat capabilities (military performance) of modern models of equipment, of weapons and military equipment.”

Poland Sends a Letter Of Request Concerning the F-35 Making A Step Forward In Its Effort To Acquire The Stealth Jet – The Aviationist

It looks Warsaw really wants to buy the 5th generation aircraft. The Polish MoD announced that it has sent a LOR (Letter Of Request) today, concerning the procurement of the Lockheed’s offering. Warsaw is willing to acquire the 5th generation stealth aircraft in its effort to modernize the Polish Air Force’s inventory. Head of the MoD, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced the LOR today via his twitter account.

Turkish Air Force F-4E Crash Lands at Erhac Air Base. Pilots Successfully Ejected. – The Aviationist

The nose gear of a Turkish F-4E Phantom collapsed upon landing. On May 31, 2019, a Turkish Air Force F-4E-2020 belonging to the 111 Filo (Squadron) “Panthers”, based at Eskisehir air base, crash-landed at Erhaç / Malatya air base in the east of the country. According to the reports in the Turkish media, the landing gear of the aircraft collapsed after landing forcing both pilots to eject. The Turkish MoD said that the pilots are not in danger of life. Vuslat Haber media outlet has published some shots from the site: one of the photographs shows the Phantom with a collapsed nose gear and damaged nose section. The “Spooks” have been in service with the Turkish Air Force for 45 years. Turkey decided to equip the THK with the F-4E in 1972. The first aircraft were delivered on Aug. 30, 1974. Since then, the Turkish Air Force has received several Phantoms under projects dubbed Peace Diamond I, II, III, IV, V and VI, and Kaan. Today, some 30 F-4E 2020 Terminator aircraft remain in service with the 111 Filo (and Test Filo): the “Terminator” is a modernized F-4E Phantom variant that embeds structural and avionics upgrades, including the EL/M-2032 pulse doppler radar, Mil Std 1553B multiplex databus, Elbit ACE-3 computer, a new electronic warfare system and a brand new cockpit featuring the Kaiser EL-OP wide-angle HUD (Head-Up Display), MFDs (multifunction displays), and HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) controls.

 

MH17 news: Malaysian PM says ‘NO EVIDENCE’ Russia shot down doomed plane | World | News | Express.co.uk

MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said it is unlikely Russia launched the missile that brought down doomed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in a bombshell announcement certain to send ripples throughout the world.

TASS: World – Netherlands took note of Malaysian PM’s statement on MH17 crash, media report

THE HAGUE, May 31. /TASS/. The government of Netherlands has taken note of the statement by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad concerning the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine in July 2014, the RTL channel informed on Friday, citing the Dutch Foreign Ministry. “We have taken note of these statements,” the ministry noted, adding that Malaysia “has always supported the investigation both from the angle of bilateral relations and as a member of the Joint Investigation Team.” Earlier, Mohamad claimed that the investigation of the MH17 crash had been politicized, noting that the plane may have been shot down by Ukraine. The Boeing-777 passenger plane operated by Malaysian Airlines crashed on July 17, 2014, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in the east of the Donetsk Region. As a result, 298 people, citizens of 10 states, were killed in the crash. The parties to the armed conflict in Donbass accused each other of being complicit in the tragedy. On May 24, 2018, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), consisting of representatives from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, released its update on the criminal investigation into the MH17 crash. According to the JIT, “the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile brigade (hereinafter 53rd brigade), a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.” Russia’s Defense Ministry rejected all the accusations saying that none of the Russian Army’s air defense missile systems had ever crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine.

‘Where is the evidence?’ Malaysian PM says attempts to pin MH17 downing on Russia lack proof — RT World News

Malaysia has accepted the Dutch report that a ‘Russian-made’ missile shot down its civilian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, but has yet to see evidence it was fired by Russia, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysian PM Says Probe Into MH17 Crash Politicised to Pin Blame on Russia – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his dissatisfaction over the fact that the investigation into the 2014 crash of the Malaysia Airlines-operated Boeing in Ukraine was not conducted in an impartial manner with Kuala Lumpur’s participation but was rather focused on simply pinning the blame on Russia for political reasons.

MH17: Russia Deployed Its Trolls to Cover Up the Murder of 298 People

The same Putin-backed agency that hit the U.S. elections went into conspiracy-theory overdrive when Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine blew a Malaysian airliner out of the sky.

Russian Twitter ‘false flag’ operation to blame Ukraine for MH17 broke all records – Human Rights in Ukraine

Within the first two days after the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 on 17July 2014, Russian Internet trolls had posted at least 65 thousand tweets trying to blame Ukraine for the disaster. This appears to have been a concentrated ‘false flag’ operation, but one that was already belated and, ultimately, pointless given the evidence of Russian involvement. The trolls had already, fleetingly, followed the militants in Donbas, and Russian television in boasting that the militants had shot down a Ukrainian military plane. Those reports make the record-breaking attempt by Internet trolls to shift the blame onto Ukraine even more incriminating. Two Dutch researchers, Robert van der Noordaa and Coen van de Ven, have carried out a vital study into disinformation about MH17, with the first half focusing on the Twitter activities of the so-called Internet Research Agency, otherwise known as the Russian troll factory. This ‘agency’, with something like 400 employees, is reportedly funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a person with a serious criminal record who owes his present billionaire status to his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although Twitter made 9 million tweets available in 2018 in connection with concerns about interference in the US elections, this study, published by De Groene Amsterdammer, shows that the greatest surge in troll activity was, in fact, over MH17. There has been nothing since to match the activity on the day of the MH17 downing and the next two days. It is telling, although no surprise, that the first tweets gave a quite different message. Within minutes of the plane’s downing, Russian television and other media reported that the militants in Donbas had downed a Ukrainian military airplane, and even showed the video footage. The footage began being removed, as well as some of the incriminating texts, swiftly as Moscow realized all that it had to conceal. No Ukrainian plane was shot down that day, and the footage that the Russian funded, armed and manned militants had shared, was demonstrably that of the shooting down of MH17. There was similar confusion of narratives on Twitter. The first tweets did say that a Ukrainian plane had been shot down, and that the militants were behind this. Then at 17.40 Kyiv time (18 minutes after the plane was hit), a troll retweeted a Federal News Agency report indicating that the plane that had “crashed” was a Malaysian airliner. One rather sleepy troll at 18.14 reported that a Ukrainian AN26 (military plane) had been shot down, but used the hashtag #MH17!

 

Exile: Data Dump Shows More Russian Political Meddling

Mikhail Khodorkovsky tells VOA that seemingly far-fetched plot to recruit African-Americans to guerrilla training camps in Africa warrants official investigation. A prominent exiled Russian opposition figure says recently leaked documents show Russian meddling in U.S. affairs was more sophisticated, ambitious and potentially more dire than the social media influence campaigns during the 2016 election. First reported by NBC, the documents involve Kremlin-linked oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin and other figures whom special prosecutor Robert Mueller has already indicted for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Released by Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s London-based Dossier Center, the latest communications reveal a 2018 plot to radicalize African-Americans, stoke violence and train politically disaffected ethnic minorities to carry out domestic terror attacks ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections. Khodorkovsky, a self-exiled Russian oligarch-turned-Kremlin opponent, told VOA’s Russian service in a Skype interview that the material suggests a drastic escalation of Russian meddling in U.S. affairs. “From a legal point of view, there are sufficient grounds to declare an investigation” of an international criminal conspiracy, Khodorkovsky said. “If I were an American citizen, I would say that my security rights are now being neglected.”

Russia expands response list of EU officials banned from entering its territory – news world | UNIAN

The Russian Federation has decided to expand its response list of the officials from EU member countries and European institutions that are banned from entering its territory. The Foreign Ministry’s note on this move has been sent to the EU Delegation in Russia.

UAWire – Polish Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador over Smolensk catastrophe billboards

The Polish Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador to Warsaw Sergey Andreev in connection with information boards placed at the site of the Tu-154 plane crash near Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski. Poland expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that the boards contain information from the Interstate Aviation Committee’s (IAC) report, which concluded that the aircraft’s crew was responsible for the catastrophe. Warsaw does not agree with the IAC’s findings, and for several years has been conducting its own secondary investigation, which places the blame on Russia. The Polish Foreign Ministry complained that the “contents and the actual placement of the boards in Smolensk was not coordinated with Poland”. “Poland expects Russia to provide an explanation, and to remove the signs that have been set up near the site of the catastrophe in Smolensk,” the ministry said in a statement. The Tu-154 crashed while coming in to land at the North Smolensk airport, leading to the deaths of 96 people: Polish President Lech Kaczyński, the crew, and members of the official delegation traveling to an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. In January 2011, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), published a report on the crash investigation, according to which the pilots were responsible for the catastrophe, since they rejected the advice to go to an alternate airport, despite the unfavorable weather conditions. The inadequate qualification of the crew is stated to be the indirect cause of the crash. A commission led by former Polish defense minister Antoni Macierewicz refuted the theory that the pilots were to blame. According to a report presented in the Polish Sejm, there was an explosion in the plane’s left wing at an altitude of roughly 900 meters. Just before the landing strip, there were several emergencies, and then, while the plane was still in the air, an explosion in the aircraft’s fuselage. Furthermore, the commission determined that the operators in Smolensk gave the Polish Tu-154 crew incorrect information for landing. The commission also ruled out the possibility that Polish Air Force General Andrzej Błasik was in the cockpit during the landing approach. Macierewicz said that the technical report, which, according to him, does not yet reflect the official stance of the Polish government, has been given to the Prosecutor General’s Office, which is conducting its own investigation into the aviation catastrophe. Russia has been unwilling to send the aircraft fragments and other physical evidence to Poland, claiming that the Russian investigation is not yet complete.

Two Missing, 38 Injured As Blasts Rock Russian Explosives Plant

Blasts at an explosives plant in central Russia have left at least 19 people injured and two have been reported missing, Russian news agencies reported, citing local health ministry officials.

A factory for the production of aerial bombs exploded in Russian Dzerzhinsk. VIDEO

In Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region of the Russian Federation, several explosions thundered on the territory of the State Research Institute of Crystal, which is developing and introducing technologies for the production of explosives for military purposes. Censor reported this with reference to Interfax . A spokesman for Kristall reported that a fire had occurred in one of the buildings. “The factory services worked quickly and managed to evacuate the personnel. As a result of the explosion that followed the ignition, there was destruction,” the agency’s source said. A representative of Kristall reported that five people worked in the workshop where the explosion occurred. As he noted, according to preliminary data, they were evacuated, they are all alive. A source at Interfax clarified on Saturday that bombs were being produced in the workshop where the explosion occurred. “High-explosive aerial bombs and components for them were produced in the workshop. Ammunition was stored in the same place,” he said. Fire departments eliminate the fire after the explosion at the plant near Nizhny Novgorod on an increased level of complexity, reported in the regional Directorate of the EMERCOM of Russia. “They are extinguished by a higher, third, rank of difficulty. A fire on an area of one hundred square meters. The administrative building has been destroyed,” the agency’s source said. He did not specify the data on the victims. “The disaster medicine service works at the site. All those injured — about 19 people — receive necessary medical care. Basically, we are talking about shrapnel wounds of mild to moderate severity,” the press service of the Nizhny Novgorod region reported, citing data from the region’s Ministry of Health.

Russian State-Funded Pollster Changes Survey Questions — And Putin’s Ratings Soar

A dramatically higher approval rate for President Vladimir Putin in the latest poll shortly after his trust rating had sunk to new lows appears to be the result of Russia’s leading state-owned poll…

The Kremlin’s lightning-fast flip-flop on Putin’s approval rating: A timeline — Meduza

VTsIOM, a state-owned polling agency, published a survey that placed Vladimir Putin’s approval rating at 31.7 percent, the lowest figure since Putin came to power in 2012.

State pollsters took care of Putin’s falling numbers single-handedly — by changing their questions — Meduza

UAWire – Putin extends capital amnesty program to February 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to extend the capital amnesty program. The document is published to the legal information portal. The third stage of asset and account declaration is June 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020. The first stage of the capital amnesty programs began in 2015-2016. During that time, 7.2 thousand people were able to disclose their foreign property and companies, while avoiding tax penalties. During the second stage, amnesty was extended to February 28, 2019.

 

Trump invites Zelensky to Washington

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to pay an official visit to Washington, the newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly) said on Saturday. According to the newspaper, Zelensky received the invitation on May 31 and the visit may take place in August-September, “after a meeting between the U.S. president and the Russian one.” Meanwhile, neither Washington, nor Kyiv have officially confirmed this information.

Zelenskyy invited to visit Washington – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy invited to visit Washington. The date has not been set yet. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Administration of the President of Ukraine – Posts

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is grateful to the President of the United States of America Donald Trump for an invitation to make an official visit to Washington. The Head of State also emphasizes that the draft law “On Supporting Ukraine to Protect Its Independence, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity”, presented at the House of Representatives of the US Congress, is an important signal of a strong strategic partnership between the two countries.

H.R.3047 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): To provide support to Ukraine to defend its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and for other purposes. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary of H.R.3047 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): To provide support to Ukraine to defend its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and for other purposes.

Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Посольство України в США – Posts

# News of the Embassy

The House of Representatives of the US Congress presented a draft law envisaging strengthening the support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, expanding defense assistance and granting our state the status of the main military-political alliance of the USA.

The draft law “On Supporting Ukraine to Protect Its Independence, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity” is aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of our state, including through the transfer of arms, the sale of lethal defenses of the Armed Forces, as well as the strengthening of Ukraine’s ability to withstand Russian cyberattacks.

The list of types of weapons that can be transferred to Ukraine is supplemented by anti-tank, anti-ship and anti-aircraft systems. The draft law provides for the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of US main ally outside NATO for the period from the time of the entry into force of this document to the entry of our state into the North Atlantic Alliance.

Such a status can be used to simplify the procedure for the transfer of defense resources to Ukraine. The draft says that US policy should include support:

✅ the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as the Euro-Atlantic and European integration of our state;

✅ the right of the people of Ukraine to freely determine their future and to adopt independent and sovereign decisions in the field of foreign and security policy, including on relations with other countries and international organizations without interference, intimidation or pressure from other countries;

✅ Ukraine’s right to defend against Russian aggression by providing US security assistance;

✅ Further consolidation of democratic values in Ukraine, including by strengthening the rule of law, strengthening transparency and accountability in the public sector, as well as fighting corruption. In addition, US policy should aim at:

✅ rejection of any territorial changes of Ukraine committed in a forceful way, including through the illegal invasion of the Russian Federation to the Crimea and the Donbas and the occupation of these territories;

✅ Condemning the continued detention by the Russian side of 24 members of the crew of the Ukrainian navy vessels trapped near the Kerch Strait;

✅ persistent motivation of the Russian Federation to fully implement the Minsk agreements, support the deployment of international security mechanisms in Donbass, guaranteeing the safe return of internally displaced persons and refugees.

The co-authors of the bill were the leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Democratic congressman Eliot Engel and Republican Michael McCall, as well as chairman and co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and Environment of this Committee, Democrat William Keating and Republican Adam Kinzinger. We highly value the strong bipartisan and bicameral support of Ukraine in the US Congress. The proposed bill is considered a new important step aimed at deepening the Ukrainian-American strategic partnership in the fight against Russian aggression.

Bill on strengthening support for Ukraine presented at U.S. Congress – Embassy – news politics | UNIAN

The Embassy of Ukraine in the United States says a bill has been  presented at the U.S. House of Representatives that provides for increased support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the expansion of military assistance and the granting of the major U.S. military and political ally status to the country. The document is aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s defense capability, including by transferring arms, selling lethal defensive weapons, as well as strengthening Ukraine’s ability to resist Russia’s cyber attacks.

US Congress presents draft law on granting status of main ally of USA except for NATO to Ukraine

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress presented a draft law On Supporting Ukraine to Protect Its Independence, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity, which provides for the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of the U.S. main ally except for NATO. The press service of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reports. “The bill foresees the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of the U.S. main ally except for NATO from the time of coming into force of this document until our country joins the North Atlantic Alliance. This status can be used to simplify the procedure for the transfer of defense articles to Ukraine,” the report said. Related: U.S Senate names possible sanctions for Nord Sream-2 It is reported that the bill is aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of Ukraine, including through the transfer of defense articles, the sale of lethal defense articles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the strengthening of Ukraine’s ability to withstand Russian cyber attacks. Anti-tank, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft systems are added to the list of types of weapons that can be transferred to Ukraine. Related: U.S. Congress starts procedure of budget adoption, $250 million provided for Ukraine The draft law states that U.S. policy should include support: The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as the Euro-Atlantic and European integration of our state. The right of the people of Ukraine to freely determine their future and to adopt independent and sovereign decisions in the field of foreign and security policy, including concerning relations with other countries and international organizations without interference, intimidation or pressure from other countries. Ukraine’s rights to defend against Russian aggression by providing U.S. security assistance. Further consolidation of democratic values in Ukraine, including by strengthening the rule of law, enhancing transparency and accountability in the state sector, and combating corruption. The co-authors of the bill were the leaders of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee, Democratic congressman Eliot Engel and Republican Michael McCaul, as well as Chairman and Co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat William Keating and Republican Adam Kinzinger.

Zelensky to visit France at Macron’s invitation – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accepted the invitation from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to make a visit to Paris in the near future. Zelensky thanked France for the consistent support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Zelensky to visit France in near future

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accepted an invitation from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to make a visit to Paris in the near future. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky hopes sanctions against Russia remain in place until Ukraine’s territory returned

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he hopes for the continuation of sanctions against Russia until the return of all Russia-occupied territories to Ukraine, the website of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine has said. “I thank you for the support of the sanctions policy against Russia and I hope that it will be continued… until all Ukrainian territories are returned,” Zelensky said at a meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in Kyiv on Friday. Zelensky thanked the foreign ministers for their support in defending Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for their efforts to secure the release of Ukrainian prisoners. The president also said the war on corruption, poverty and economic stagnation is “the second front” of Ukraine. The Polish and Swedish foreign ministers confirmed their steadfast support for Ukraine’s efforts to defend its territorial integrity, return Ukrainian prisoners illegally captured by Russia, as well as on issues involving Ukraine’s integration with the European Union. In the context of the 10th anniversary of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative this year, Zelensky said it is of critical importance for Ukraine to preserve positive achievements made in recent years and accelerate the fulfillment of the Association Agreement and other systemic changes. Zelensky also assured Ukraine’s European partners that the country would continue deepening integration with the European Union and NATO.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky is open to a phone conversation with Putin

Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko does not rule out the possibility of Vladimir Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin having a conversation over the phone, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine. “We have many calls planned, including, possibly, with Putin. Especially when it concerns any important questions we may have. The previous president spoke with President Putin, as you remember,” he said after Zelensky met with the foreign ministers of Germany and France. On May 23, Zelensky rejected the possibility of negotiations with the Russian Federation. In response to questions posed by journalists at the iForum 2019 in Kyiv about whether or not Ukraine would negotiate with Russia, Zelensky said, “No”. During his presidential run, Zelensky said that if he ever met with Putin, he intended to demand that all territories be returned and compensation paid to Ukraine for their seizure. On April 29, Zelensky appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request not to waste time, “trying to tempt Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports.” “I would advise the Russian authorities against wasting their time trying to tempt Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports,” Zelensky wrote on his Facebook page.

UAWire – Zelensky discussed ways to ‘revive’ the Minsk process with the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany

President Volodymyr Zelensky met with French and German Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas. The interlocutors discussed the reforms and the ways how to settle the conflict in the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine. After the meeting in Kyiv, President Zelensky said to reporters that “they support our priorities, and the priorities of my team are economical and anti-corruption issues. Also, the main priority of every Ukrainian is a ceasefire and the end of the war.” The politicians confirmed their commitment to the work of the Normandy format (which consists of France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia), as well as the Minsk agreements. According to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, German experts will discuss how to speed up the Minsk process, “because there was a small delay in its fulfillment, and this cannot be tolerated.” “We agreed that in the Normandy format … we will try to implement the Minsk agreements to establish peace in the East of Ukraine. … we want to think about how to “revive” the Minsk process again to achieve the goal of establishing peace in the East, and that is what people from that region expect,” he said. In turn, the French Foreign Minister noted that at the meeting, on the one hand, they discussed the reforms that Ukraine needs, and on the other — the desire of President Zelensky for the peace process of resolving the situation in the Donbas reached a “victorious conclusion.”

U.S. Secretary Pompeo, German FM Maas discuss Russian aggression against Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have discussed the interaction between their countries in connection with Russian armed aggression, including in Ukraine. Pompeo expressed gratitude to Germany for cooperation in the issue of sanctions punishing Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and the use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom.

Export of oil from Russia to Ukraine banned from today, June 1

Russian government decree banning the export of oil and oil products to Ukraine has come into force today, June 1. Export of such goods is carried out exclusively on the basis of permits issued by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. This is reported in the decision of the Russian government of April 18, No. 460-25. “From June 1, 2019, the export of goods from the Russian Federation to the territory of Ukraine according to the list in accordance with Appendix No. 3 is carried out exclusively on the basis of permits issued by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation “, – said in the decision. According to the text of the resolution, the list of products prohibited for importation into the territory of Ukraine includes crude oil and crude oil products obtained from bituminous rocks, ethylene, propylene, butylene and butadiene, petroleum jelly; paraffin, microcrystalline oil wax, paraffin wax and other. Petroleum coke, petroleum bitumen and other residues from the processing of oil or petroleum products derived from bituminous rocks, as well as bituminous mixtures based on natural asphalt, natural bitumen, petroleum bitumen, mineral resins or mineral tar pitch (for example, mastic, asphalt mixes for road surfaces) are also banned for import to Ukraine.

 

Russian-led forces launch 10 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, two soldiers wounded

Russian occupation forces violated ceasefire 10 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements five times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

JFO: Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas amid 10 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 10 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with two Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action. Each enemy provocation had an adequate response.

Mercenaries of the Russian Federation fired at Sentyanovka in the occupied Luhansk region and are trying to blame the Ukrainian Armed Forces for this, – the JCCC. MAP

According to the Ukrainian STsKK, the armed forces of the Russian Federation and their mercenaries fired on residential areas of Sentyanovka in the occupied part of the Luhansk region and are trying to blame the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Censor informs about this. NO with reference to the OS press center . According to the report of the OSCE CMM, published on May 31, May 29, N. The village of Sentyanovka, which is temporarily uncontrolled by the Government of Ukraine to the west of Luhansk, members of the Mission’s patrol saw damage to 6 houses, of which 3 are located on the north side of Shevchenko Street, and another 3 on the south side of the same street. At the same time, the SMM team noted that on the north side of this street, in the summer kitchen of the one-story apartment house No. 18A, two window panes were broken. Also, observers saw traces of shells on the walls of the summer kitchen and at home. In the field approximately 50 m north of the house, observers saw two funnels. According to them, the damage was recent, but it was not possible to determine the type of weapons used and the direction of fire. In addition, on Shevchenko street 18B, observers noticed that on the east side two window panes of a one-story residential building were broken, and on Shevchenko street 14 members of the Mission’s patrol saw two trails from projectiles falling and 7 broken outer glasses in two windows of a one-story residential building. Not far from home on Shevchenko Street 16, OSCE observers found the destroyed concrete foundation of a wooden power line pylon. According to the SMM, the damage was recently caused by shelling, but it was also not possible to establish the type of weapon used and the direction of fire. On the south side of the street, observers saw 2 holes in the metal gates near the one-story apartment building number 5. Members of the SMM patrol saw 22 tracks from being hit by shells on the north side of the concrete fence, about 5 meters from the one-story apartment building No. 7. On Shevchenko Street 9, observers noted another 2 cracked window glass on the north side of a one-story apartment building. According to the SMM, all of the above damage to houses caused by the hit of fragments. This was confirmed by the couple, who introduced themselves as residents of the street. They reported that they heard sounds of shelling early in the morning of May 29th. It should be noted that the occupational troops of the Russian Federation to hide the criminal intentions and shelling of peaceful buildings near Pervomaisk, opened fire from small arms in the direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE SMM. In turn, making a flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE SMM near the Pervomaisk settlement, which is beyond the control of Ukraine’s territory to the west of Luhansk, the Mission’s patrol managed to fix 20 bursts of small arms. According to them, the fire was fired in the direction of the UAV that flew about 200 m northeast of the patrol position. The observers landed safely on the vehicle and scanned the area. A detailed examination of the information contained in the report, information from the environmental protection staff, as well as the placement of the positions of the combined forces and armed units of the Russian Federation, there is reason to believe that the shelling of the settlement Sentyanovka, which is fixed by representatives of the OSCE SMM, is fake or staged to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “This is confirmed by conclusions drawn from the information below, which is the impossibility of determining the type of weapons that were used and the direction of fire, the absence of cases of opening response fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the first half of the day on May 29. And the lack of requests from the OSCE SMM from the area point on the establishment of silence or a cease-fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces “, – said in the message of STsKK. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3130089

Russian-led forces in Donbas resume use of heavy artillery amid shelling of settlements, Ukraine troops – NGO – news war | UNIAN

Information Resistance, a Ukrainian non-governmental project on information security, has said Russian-led forces in Donbas resumed the use of artillery systems amid the shelling of the advanced positions of the Joint Forces, as well as settlements near the contact line. In particular, the invaders use 122mm and 152mm artillery systems, as well as 82mm and 120mm mortars.

OSCE spots heavy weapons near civilian housing in Donbas (Video) – news war | UNIAN

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) says Russian-backed militants continue to place heavy weapons near civilian housing in Donbas, having posted a footage that shows reality of conflict in Chyhari and Pikuzy in Donetsk region. Positions and hardware are being placed in and around populated areas.

In May, the military casualties of the mercenaries of the Russian Federation in the Donbas were 4 times higher than those of Ukraine, – Butusov

In May 2019, the confirmed losses of the occupying troops of the Russian Federation in the Donbas amounted to 49 people, which is 4 times more than the losses from the Ukrainian side. The editor-in-chief Censor reported this on his Facebook page Yuri Butusov. “Ukraine in the zone of environmental protection: total losses of 14 people, of which 9 are combat, 5 are not combat. The losses are established by name and official, the data are public and verifiable. Unfortunately, our troops also lost 8 prisoners who themselves came to the enemy for some incomprehensible by coincidence. The occupation troops of the Russian Federation in the Donbass: the total loss according to the social networks of the enemy, confirmed by photos and profiles on social networks – 49 people. The data is not final, it can be assumed that 54 mercenaries were liquidated. Official reports of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation conceal data on actual losses, but evidence from the Internet allows us to present a real picture, ”writes the journalist. Confirmed enemy casualties in May amounted to 40 people, not combat – 9 (according to data that is not in doubt when full personal data, photo, burial place are known). “Thus, the ratio of the military casualties of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Donbass is 9:40. That is, at least 4 Russian mercenaries were killed for the death of every Ukrainian Warrior,” the report said. Butusov also cited statistics of the types of impact that caused the death of the Ukrainian Warriors: from sniper shots – 5, from mortar splinters – 2, in melee during reconnaissance search – 1, from undermining a mine during a reconnaissance search – 1 As noted Glavred Tsenzor. There is NO, despite the silliest incident, when 8 military men themselves were taken prisoner by the enemy, the effectiveness of the military actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in May 2019 actually increased dramatically. Losses of the enemy have become much higher.

Defense Minister announces bonuses for Ukrainian servicemen before they enter Joint Forces operation

Ukrainian servicemen, who begin an intensive phase of preparation before joining the Joint Forces operation, will receive bonuses. Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak reported this on Facebook. “I decided to grant these servicemen bonuses of $112 in order to enhance the motivation of the personnel of the Armed Forces units, who begin the final active phase of combat coordination in training centers and landfills before entering the areas of the Joint Forces operation,” Defense Minister wrote.

Zelensky holds NSDC meeting and announces new solutions

On Friday, May 31, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with members of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine concerning energy security. — Ukrinform.

Alex Danylyuk

Yesterday there was a productive meeting of the President with the members of the National Security and Defense Council and with the leaders of the energy sector. Identified some systemic problems in the field of energy that could pose a threat to national security. During the discussion, some urgent issues were resolved. In particular: 1) in the short term, arrears of wages will be paid to miners of state mines. At the same time, the Government should introduce an effective mechanism for improving the situation in this area, first of all – enhancing the security of miners. Also, on the initiative of the President of Ukraine, the issue of housing acquisition for the family of a miner who died at the mine “Forest” will be resolved. He has three children left; 2) the critical situation with the operation of the enterprise “Water Donbass” Government will install it as soon as possible. This is a rehabilitation of water supply for more than 100 thousand of our citizens. The NSDC will be involved if necessary. 3) evaluated the possible implications of the introduction of the second stage of the full-scale electricity market, which should take place on July 1 this year, and the expediency of its deferral. The Prime Minister of Ukraine assured that the Government has a solution that will prevent the increase of electricity tariffs, regardless of the date of introduction. I think that this meeting is an example of constructive interaction between different state bodies and structures.

Danylyuk says new energy market should be postponed – LB.ua news portal

Danylyuk says new energy market should be postponed. “But there was also an opinion that we should be getting ready that it will come into effect.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Danylyuk names possible consequences of Russia’s ban on oil supply to Ukraine

The new Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Danyliuk does not rule out the possibility that Russia’s ban on the supply of diesel fuel and oil to Ukraine, which should come into force on June 1, could cause problems to Ukraine. Danyliuk said this, as broadcasted by 112.Ukraine. According to Danyliuk, approximately 40% of Ukraine’s diesel fuel is exported from Russia. “That is an essential part, and, basically, the business already has to think how to diversify deliveries because of these restrictive measures, and this is actually happening,” Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council said. The NSDC Secretary does not rule out the possibility that “merely a change of supplier” can happen, and there will be no real supply constraints. “However, as a country, we should be ready for this. It means that the volumes are high, options of diversification exist; some can last for a while, some simply can lead to an increase in the value of the product. That is fuel, so all these issues need to be solved,” Danyliuk added.

Top prosecutor not invited to security council meeting – LB.ua news portal

Top prosecutor not invited to security council meeting. On 31 May, the president discussed the situation in the energy sector. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

First full-fledged session of National Security and Defense Council will be devoted to Donbas war, – Danylyuk

Today’s session was held in experimental format

More than 240 children killed in Donbas for 5 years

For five years of war in Donbas, Russian invaders killed over 240 Ukrainian children, and another 56 went missing. — Ukrinform. The press service of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this on Facebook on June 1. “Russian invaders killed more than 240 Ukrainian children in Donbas for five years. Another 56 children were missing,” the report says. Russian-led forces destroyed more than 700 schools using banned artillery systems and tanks. The report clarifies that about 15,000 minors are constantly in danger and fear of shelling by the Russian aggressor. “The psychological trauma they get now will forever remain in their lives,” the report says. ish

Where are they now? Five years ago, the bloodiest European war of the 21st century began in eastern Ukraine. Here’s what’s become of those early separatist leaders. — Meduza

Full-scale combat started in eastern Ukraine on May 26, 2014, with the battle for Donetsk airport. The Ukrainian army faced off against separatists from two self-declared “people’s republics” in Donetsk and Luhansk, and by extension the Russian military, which offered its unofficial support. The “active stage” of fighting continued until February 2015, when the Minsk II agreement was signed. According to the UN, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed at least 13,000 lives. Almost none of the figures who led the initial protests against the Ukrainian government or the subsequent fighting against Ukrainian troops remain in today’s separatist leadership. In fact, many of these men have been killed. To learn what happened to the first leaders of the Donbas, Meduza spoke to people who knew them and to others who witnessed the dramatic events of 2014.

Almost 300 cadets graduate from Kyiv’s military high school on May 31 (Photo) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Almost 300 cadets graduated from Kyiv’s Ivan Bohun Military High School on May 31, 2019. Most of graduates are planning to become officers, continue military service and protect the state.

Navy “Island” class cutter “Slavyansk” went out to sea

Patrol Naval Forces of the “Island” Navy, transmitted within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the United States and Ukraine, are at the final stage of the tests. The boats have already been upgraded and tested a number, the press service of the Navy said . At present, the Navy’s Working Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with foreign colleagues, conducts scheduled mooring, maneuvering and speed tests of the vessel after it is equipped with the latest systems and mechanisms. So, on May 30, from the Bay of Arundle, Baltimore, Maryland, a patrol boat Slavyansk (control bin P191) controlled the exit. During the campaign, the Ukrainian military, together with the Americans, inspected the updated ship equipment. Already June 8, the crew are expected to arrive in Baltimore, where their practical and final stages of training on the boats P190 and P191 will begin, with further relocation to Ukraine.

Equipment of the Armed Forces with armament and equipment in 2018.

The Ministry of Defense has issued an annual newsletter White Book. Armed Forces of Ukraine “, which contains information on testing, modernization and procurement of weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In order to re-equip the Armed Forces and other components of the Defense Forces with modern and upgraded samples (complexes, systems) of weapons, military and special equipment, in 2018 the Ministry continued work on the tasks of the State Target Defense Program for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment for the period up to 2022. Under these conditions, more than 90% of the financial resource is aimed at modernizing the existing and purchasing new weapons and military equipment, and 10% of the funds for the financing of research and development works that are at the stage of conducting state (preliminary) tests and manufacturing prototype samples. According to the publication in the interests of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2018, tests of weapons and military equipment and the development of perspective prototypes were conducted:

self-propelled howitzers caliber 155 mm Ammunition range of 155 mm caliber to artillery systems complexes of automated fire control of artillery units 60 mm mortar MP-60 mobile mortar installation BARS-8MMK 4909 120 A 40 mm grenade launcher type GP-40 PGOF-40 grenade launcher Armored personnel carriers 4-4 “ONCILLA” L2014-UD (UI) armored personnel carrier BTR-70D (GM) heavy BMP based on T-64 tank crafted armored fire truck GPM-72 devices for observing and targeting samples of armored vehicles ATRI TINDS thermal night vision system special devices for correction of shooting of small arms helicopters of type Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-24 with expanded combat capabilities Spy plane of Su-24 MR a guided air missile with an active GS LNG unmanaged 80-mm caliber air missile unmanned aerial systems (Observer-S) medium range anti-aircraft missile system a mobile automated command post for air defense Radar with automatic remote control on towers mobile laboratory for technical diagnostics of aviation equipment anti-ship missile system of coastal base Coastal mobile terrestrial complex for detecting surface targets Command-headquarters machine on the basis of different types of armored personnel carriers metal detector SMD Isolating Individual IAD-1U Breathing Apparatus mobile bath-washing unit MLPM special information and telecommunication terminal special printing and copying device explosive packet VP-1 protective gloves RZ-2U Radio and Radio Control Complex “Diagram” small-size interference transmitter “Oberig-S” multispectral camouflage net 36 models of weapons and military equipment were commissioned: automated fire artillery units complex armored medical machines special devices for correction of shooting of small arms cars sanitary and ambulances night-time thermal imaging systems unmanned aerial systems IGLA / Igl-1 MANPADS anti-aircraft shooter simulator Training-training booth “Стугна-П” Interference stations REB complexes from BPlA complexes for research on electromagnetic radiation radio communication monitoring devices of the communication system navigation equipment for consumers of satellite systems Automotive equipment of various modifications, including general ones. prizn-tion anti-ship missile system of coastal base Coastal mobile terrestrial complex for detecting surface targets removable on-board equipment without parachute landing parachuting systems of various types Armed Forces (supplied by the Army) 16 weapons: 82-mm mortar UPIK-82 60mm shot with a fragmentation mine UB60 product P624 ( missile of the complex “Velyka” – ed.) control system control system ASU-624 control and checking equipment KPA-624 helicopter Mi-8МТВ-МСБ-1 an automated command post of Army Air Defense Forces troops complex simulator of the crew of the Mi-8MSB-V helicopter KTV-8MSB-V The complex simulator of the crew of the helicopter Mi-24PU1 (KTV-24PU1) small armored artillery boat project 58155 total military mask ZVP-01U special military anti-gun SVP-01U power plant SSM-30-01 power plant SSM-60-01 regimental earthmoving machine PZM-3-01 regimental earthmoving machine PZM-3-01B special hardware SA-22U Purchased and supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2018: Ammunition of different purpose – 525 480 guided anti-tank missiles – 1,902 artillery systems of various calibers – 92 anti-tank rocket complexes – 200 automatic guns – 21 small arms and grenade launches – 2151 Antispyware systems – 7 thermal imaging devices of various types – 528 armored personnel carriers – 21 Infantry fighting vehicles – 80 armored cars – 36 armored medical vehicles, sanitary and ambulances – 119 motor vehicles (KrAZ, Bogdan (MAZ) and general purpose) – 566 airborne equipment (removable on-board equipment without parachute landing, parachuting systems, controlled systems of airborne landing of goods) – 118 training-training booth “Stugna-P” – 5 airplanes – 14 helicopters – 16 unmanned aerial systems – 75 Radar stations (upgraded, radar transmissions from the MRC) – 31 automated command-dispatching station – 1 means of helicopter protection (screen-exhaust devices) – 25 IGL / Igl-1 anti-aircraft shooter simulators – 6 Radar stations for roundabout (Naval radar) – 5 radio communication monitoring devices for communication systems – 6 Stations (Stages, Transmitters) Obstacles – 18 radio control complexes – 7 REB complexes from BPlA-13 Radio relay stations – 840 equipment for information transmission – 20 special hardware – 7 equipment for information transmission – 20 means of cryptographic protection – 1090 complexes of interference with the work of technical means of intelligence – 12 automated radio monitoring complexes – 6 complexes for the research of electromagnetic radiation – 4 navigation equipment of satellite systems consumers – 449 geodetic instruments – 7 Infantry flamethrowers – 618 Meteorological complexes – 4 Laboratory of measuring equipment – 2 technical means of the rear (tank vehicles, examination laboratories) – 19 mobile bath-washing complexes of MLPK – 13 motor graders – 5 bulldozers – 5 excavators – 10 truck cranes – 5 power plants – 14 In order to provide the Armed Forces and other components of the Defense Forces with necessary ammunition in 2018, the State target program for the creation and development of the production of ammunition and specialty products for the period until 2021 continued. Modernization and extension of the ITT resource: Modernization of rocket gun rocket systems of 122 mm and 300 mm Modernization of the radar reconnaissance complex of firing positions of missiles and artillery modernization of BTR-70 to the type of BTR-70Di Aircraft modernization to the following types: Su-25M1, Su-25M1K, Su-27-1M, Su-27-UB, MiG-29MU1; L-39M, L-39M1 modernization of helicopters to the type: Mi-2MSB; Mi-8MSB-V; Mi-24PU1 Modernization of IGL-1 MANPADS modernization of the radar station to the 35D6M type conjugation of the 35D6M radar with the S-300PS ARL modernization of radar 79K6 for its use in the “Buk-M1” spacecraft Modernization of anti-aircraft self-propelled installation of ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” modernization of the Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system modernization of the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile complex modernization of the frigate Hetman Sagaidachny means of communication, production of the former USSR Table 1. The state of procurement of basic samples of new and upgraded weapons under the state defense order in 2014-2018. Arms and equipment of the Armed Forces Table 2. Condition of restoration of armament and military equipment of the Armed Forces in 2014-2018 at the enterprises of the Defense Forces

Restrictions to joining new era of space technologies by Ukraine absurd – owner of U.S. FireflyAerospace Inc. Polyakov

Legal restrictions of post-Soviet period for the full-fledged operation of private companies of the aerospace sector in Ukraine are absurd, and NewSpace private companies will shape the space launch market in the near future, the owner and director of private U.S. Firely Aerospace Inc. Max Polyakov has said. Assessing in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine the potential of Ukraine’s space industry, as well as the factors and risks of developing full-fledged Ukrainian-U.S. cooperation in the aerospace sector in the context of the new technological and commercial NewSpace era on the market, Polyakov said that the Ukrainian aerospace sector still has a high potential. Despite the fact that almost 30 years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Soviet industrial practices and methods are still highly effective, he added. At the same time, according to him, the “practices” preserved hinder Ukraine’s entry into the new era of space technology. “Ukrainian legislation hinders the emergence of full-cycle Ukrainian companies for the production of space launch systems. Only state-owned companies are authorized to do this. This is absurd in our time. If this were possible in the United States, would SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin appear?” he said. In this regard, Polyakov said that the technical capabilities of Ukraine are excellent, and this is wonderful, because building technical capacity takes decades. As soon as the legal field changes with one stroke of the pen, development (cooperation) will not take long to come. In his opinion, it is obvious that the space companies of the “old school” in Ukraine are now in recession. Moreover, it should be noted that new private companies, such as Firefly, will shape the market in the near future, the director of Firefly said. Evaluating, at the request of the agency, the current situation in the global launch services market in connection with Elon Musk’s SpaceX challenge regarding the introduction of technological and managerial innovations in the space industry, as well as the proposed revision of approaches to the organization of space activities, Polyakov confirmed that significant resistance to the relentless pursuit of NewSpace companies to reduce the cost of launch services by “old-timers” around the world is seen. According to the founder of Firefly, part of this resistance is also concerns and doubts about the working systems and design solutions. And this is a serious problem, since many decades have passed since the advent of rocket technology. Many new methods and solutions regarding the structures, required demonstration characteristics have appeared. These innovations allow us to use more efficient and equally reliable approaches to creating space launch systems, Polyakov said, explaining that for the mastodons of the industry, the implementation of these solutions actually means to start everything from scratch, crossing the experience of previous years.

President Zelenskyi’s first 10 days: key steps to look at | UACRISIS.ORG

May 31, 2019. It’s been 10 days since the new President of Ukraine was sworn in. The new President has already initiated the early parliamentary elections (on June 4the Constitutional Court will consider if the respective order is in line with the Constitution of Ukraine) and made quite a number of new appointments in his Administration. Among the President’s first steps there are the ones that are of concern to the civil society, that’s why over 80 NGOs released a joint statement emphasizing the “red lines” that the President should not cross. Meanwhile some appointments and statements made by the President keep the society concerned. The most “disturbing” ones are the statements on the possible referendum on peace settlement with Russia. UCMC gives details.

Zelensky submits draft law for providing voting rights to military servicemen in Rada elections

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted draft law No. 10356 to parliament on amendments to the law on parliamentary elections. The changes relate to “ensuring voting rights of military servicemen.” The measure was registered in parliament on Friday, May 31, as urgent. The text of the bill is not available. Early parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 21, 2019.

Zelensky: Demonopolization of energy markets key issue in energy sector’s reform – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said one of Ukraine’s commitments to the European Union is the reform of the energy sector with the demonopolization of energy markets being the key issue. Today, the issues of energy sphere were discussed in the format of the meeting, while relevant decisions will be made in two weeks.

Government’s task is to maintain economic growth despite elections – Groysman

The task of the Cabinet of Ministers and the prime minister is to maintain stability and economic growth despite elections and a pause in dialogue with international partners. — Ukrinform.

Lawyer not allowed to Ukrainian POW Pavlo Gryb three times in Russian prison

Gryb does not receive the medical treatment he needs, according to his lawyer Dubrovina

Ukrainian captain arrested in fatal boat crash that left 7 dead, 21 missing: police | Fox News

A Ukrainian man captaining the cruise ship that collided with a Hungarian sightseeing boat Wednesday night, killing at least seven people, has been arrested on suspicions of endangering water transport, police said.

Chernobyl: How historically accurate is Chernobyl on HBO? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk

CHERNOBYL on HBO and Sky Atlantic dramatises the unbelievable true story of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion in Pripyat, Ukraine, but how historically accurate is Chernobyl?

Chernobyl: The heartbreaking story of unborn babies HARMED by nuclear disaster revealed | World | News | Express.co.uk

‘CHERNOBYL’ on HBO and Sky Atlantic depicted the heartbreaking true story of how radiation poisoning caused a firefighter’s baby to die just four hours after it was born – and studies show that numerous unborn babies were harmed by the nuclear disaster.

Dan Bongino, ‘Chernobyl’ creator spar over socialism after Stephen King compares disaster to Trump – Washington Times

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino schooled producer Craig Mazin on the “failure of socialism” Thursday after the creator and writer of HBO’s “Chernobyl” praised a tweet by horror icon Stephen King that compared the Soviet-era disaster to Donald Trump’s presidency.