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Please excuse me while I enjoy a belly laugh.  “Sex with Stalin” computer game and the Communist Party of Russia is responding and defending Stalin as a “great statesman”?  Now would be a good time for them to just suffer the indignation and not suffer the Barbara Streisand Effect.  No publicity is good publicity when defending a mass murderer.  Details and two hilarious pictures, below. More online.

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Russia again offers Su-57E to Turkey, while Erdogan continues to reject the US’ position. Russia’s new satcom, Arctic update, new T-90M to go to operational units, nuke debate in US. Nordstream 2, Druzhba disaster, Russia to censor Tinder, five reports on Russia’s descent.

While the Netherlands formally asks Malaysia for a “please explain”, Malaysian media propagate Russian propaganda on MH17. SECSTATE Pompeo comments to RTL on MH17.

European Defense Fund update. Russia offends Czech and Slovaks with alternate reality history statement. Bulgaria offered F-16C/D Block 70/72 with new AESA.

Five Russian statements to Ukraine, and a DW analysis. Ze visits Brussels. Russian POL embargo against Ukraine commences. Crimea update. Russia in ICJ, Zerkal rips them to shreds in a statement. Donbas and force structure updates – new 61st Bde formed.  Initial R-360 ASCM build planned to be 120 rounds (likely two batteries plus full set of reloads). Ukraine seeks US help with defense industry reform.

Ze appoints Mendel as new press secretary – controversy in the US as she was an NYT contributor and wrote about Biden. Politics update.

EP / GOC update. ROC update – some of it is bizarre.


Russia Ready to Sell Su-57 to Turkey if Ankara Quits F-35 Programme – Rostec CEO – Sputnik International

US officials have repeatedly threatened to withhold deliveries of F-35 fighter jets and to impose sanctions on Turkey if Ankara moves forward with the delivery of Russian-made S-400 air-defence systems.

Russia to Showcase Su-57 Stealth Fighter at Air Show | The Diplomat

Russia’s first purported stealth fighter will demonstrate its capabilities at an airshow outside Moscow at the end of August.

No Backtracking On Turkey’s S-400 Deal With Russia, Erdogan Says

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will not cancel a deal with Russia to buy an S-400 air-defense system despite pressure from fellow NATO member the United States.

UAWire – Russian Defense Minister: Russian Army to launch new Meridian-M satellites

In six years, the Russian Armed Forces have received more than 115,000 pieces of modern communication equipment, which now accounts for 68%, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu at a board meeting. He added that modern digital telecommunications equipment has been installed in more than 1,400 of the department’s facilities, ensuring “the full range of modern communications services, including protected high-resolution video conferencing on all management levels – from the General Staff to the individual military unit or recruitment office”. Shoygu also said that two upgraded Meridian-M communications satellites will be launched for the Defense Ministry by the end of the year. Various media outlets have pointed out that this is the first mention of the existence of “modernized” Meridian satellites. Four satellites will form the “Blagovest” military communications orbital group, Shoygu noted. This will expand the zones that can access satellite communication within Russia and outside of it, including the Arctic zone, the general explained. Seven Meridian satellites were launched between 2006 and 2014. The first was critically damaged when the hermetically sealed container was punctured by a piece of space debris; the second was put into an unplanned orbit, but still functions correctly, and the fifth was not put into orbit at all. Meridians are designed to function for at least seven years. The Blagovest telecommunications configuration is supposed to include four satellites and provide global coverage. Its purpose is to ensure that the Russian military has access to high-speed data transmission, TV and radio, internet, telephone, and other forms of communication. The satellites will use the Ka and Q frequency bands.

Russia Heats up Race for the Arctic

The Kremlin is pushing ahead with efforts to boost Russia’s presence in the Arctic. U.S. intelligence officials have been warning that Moscow’s military and economic activity in the region has reached levels not seen since the Cold War. President Vladmir Putin this year said his country will significantly expand its Arctic cargo lanes linking Russian ports to China. Ricardo Marquina reports from St. Petersburg. Jeff Custer narrates.

Russian Army set to receive first T-90M ‘Proryv-3’ tanks – Defence Blog

The Russian Army will receive the first batch of modern T-90M ‘Proryv-3’ main battle tanks already this year, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Russia’s Defense Minister said: “This year, over 400 new and upgraded armored vehicles are due to arrive for the troops. They include T-72B3M tanks with the domestic sighting and observation system, T-90M ‘Proryv-3’ and T-80BVM tanks and BMP-1AM infantry fighting vehicles.” Earlier in February, military expert Alexey Khlopotov reported that the first batch of T-90M main battle tanks will take delivery to Russian Army by the end of 2019 and will be ready for warfare by 2020. “The T-90M – a modernized version of the T-90A tank, also known as the “Object 188M”, created during the research and development (R&D) “Proryv-3,” a military expert explained, adding that production of upgraded tanks will be started by the end of the year. Compared with T-90A, the improved version will feature a new all-welded turret design protected by the Relikt ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) armour fitted at the front and on each side of the turret. Additionally, turret equipped with add-on armor kit to counter the threat of rocket propelled grenades. The new main battle tank is powered by a V-92S2 engine developing 1,000 hp, producing a top road speed of 60 km/h and a cruising range of 550 km. The main armament is complemented by a one 125 mm 2A46M-4 smoothbore gun able to fire standard ammunition but also Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Refleks NATO Code AT-11 Sniper-B.

New, More Usable Nukes for Trump? No. – Defense One

Congress should use the new defense authorization bill to bar the deployment of new, dangerous, and redundant nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Experts Beg Congress to Push Back on Trump Administration’s ‘Dangerous Impulses’ – Defense One

A letter asks House and Senate Armed Services leaders to defund small nukes and support an extension for New START.

Letter to Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Adam Smith, Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. Mac Thornberry

Pompeo urges Europe not to connect its energy base with Russia

This statement was made against the background of the ongoing construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Nord Stream 2 now 57% complete, 1,391 km built

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is now 57% complete, with 1,391 kilometers of two branches built, Gazprom has said.

U.S. Congress publishes list of sanctions over provision of vessels for Nord Stream 2 construction – news economics | UNIAN

The United States Congress has published a bill to impose sanctions with respect to the provision of certain vessels for the construction of Russian energy export pipelines, including Nord Stream2, and for other purposes. The sanctions may concern companies that provide the relevant services.

How the oil industry and Russia trivialize the Druzhba pipeline disaster | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 03.06.2019

The Russian government and European oil refineries have reported only sparsely and misleadingly about a big pipeline disaster that has sent customers scrambling for alternative supplies and led to refinery outages.

Poland partially restores Russian oil transportation on June 10

Since June 10, Poland will partially restore oil transportation through “Druzhba” pipeline from Russia, as PERN reported. “Moscow meeting of the producers, distributors and consumers of oil, which is being transported through “Druzhba” pipeline to Poland and Germany is over. The parties have agreed on the procedure of consideration of the claims of refineries who receive raw materials from Russia. Moreover, restoration of oil supply through “Druzhba” pipeline was confirmed,” PERN informed. It was noted that PERN was ready to restore oil transportation. “Transneft” company confirmed readiness to pay compensation for the transportation of polluted oil and it is cleaning polluted parts of the pipeline.

Russia’s federal censor will require dating app Tinder to make all user correspondence available to law enforcement — Meduza

Internet users in Russia will soon have someone looking over their shoulders, when they flirt online. On Monday, June 3, the federal censor added the dating app Tinder to its list of “information-dissemination organizers.” What that means in practice is that Tinder will now be required to store all user correspondence for six months and make the data available to law enforcement, upon request. There are currently 175 different websites and online services named on Roskomnadzor’s “information-dissemination organizers” list. Telegram is perhaps the most popular social network in Russia to be listed and then refuse to comply with the registry’s requirements. As a result, Russian officials have tried to block the instant messenger since April 16, 2018 — mostly without success.

Russia tells Tinder to share messages and pictures with its spy agencies – CNN

Tinder users in Russia have a new online partner: The country’s intelligence agencies.

Russia Orders Dating App Tinder To Comply With Internet Laws

Russian regulators have ordered the popular dating app Tinder to comply with the country’s new Internet data laws, raising concerns that the country’s security services could get access to citizens…

Kremlin: U.S. Investor Calvey, Under Arrest For Financial Fraud, Should Attend Flagship Economic Forum

A spokesman has said the Kremlin would like to see prominent American investor Michael Calvey, who is under house arrest on financial fraud charges, attend Russia’s flagship annual economic forum i…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Renaming Airports Attracts Attention: His Destruction of Airports Doesn’t

Paul Goble Staunton, June 2 – Vladimir Putin’s renaming of 44 airports in Russia after a public campaign to have people suggest what names from Russian history, carefully circumscribed to be sure, they would like has attacked widespread given some of the names (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/11/authorities-wanted-airports-to-have.htmland thebarentsobserver.com/en/travel/2019/06/putin-renames-airports-throughout-russia-now-nikolai-ii-murmansk-international). But that has only served to obscure the real and vastly more important story: the collapse of the system of airports in the Russian Federation over the last decades and of the network of flights within the largest country on earth and between it and the countries it hopes to keep under its control. Putin’s renaming campaign, the Narodny zhurnalist portal says, is only the latest example of “the imitation of stormy activity,” part of the Kremlin’s “strategy of distracting attention from real problems,” including n this case, “the problems of the degradation of civil aviation” that have cut off parts of the country already (narzur.ru/pulkovo/). In 1991, the Russian Federation had 1450 functioning airports. Now it has only 228, less than half as many as Papua New Guinea and less than two percent of the 13513 airports in the United States. As a result, it is now impossible to fly from many places in Russia to others or to fly from the regions to neighboring countries. This collapse in the number of airports has been paralleled by the collapse of regional air services in many parts of the country where flying is the only way to get from one place to another. Much of that is the result, Russian experts say, of massive corruption and profiteering from the sale of regional carriers (regnum.ru/news/economy/2635738.html). What is even more surprising and disturbing because it flies in the face of claims about integration with neighboring countries has been the collapse in the number of flights between the Russian Federation and members of its Eurasian Economic Community, a trend that undercuts its possibilities (ritmeurasia.org/news–2019-06-02–tolko-samoletom-problemy-transportnogo-soobschenija-mezhdu-regionami-eaes-42988). But at least some Russians will be pleased and some foreigners amused by the fact that Russia now has an airport named for Nicholas II.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Why Did Moscow Publish Molotov-Ribbentrop Facsimile Now? A Russian and a Ukrainian View

Paul Goble Staunton, June 2 – The publication of the facsimile of the Russian original of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact now is no accident, a Russian and a Ukrainian analyst argue. Instead, it is intended to send a message to the West that it must make concessions to the Kremlin’s position in order to avoid a new and this time nuclear war. While the text of the Hitler-Stalin pact has been available from the German originals since the 1940s and the Russian text has been transcribed and published before, the appearance of the facsimile has attracted wide attention. (See historyfoundation.ru/2019/05/31/pakt/; and for a discussion, windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/for-first-time-moscow-publishes.html). The biggest question on the minds of most is why did Moscow decide to publish this now. Boris Sokolov, a Russian commentator (graniru.org/opinion/sokolov/m.276512.html), and Ukrainian analyst Aleksandr Kovalenko (sprotyv.info/analitica/zachem-rossiya-imenno-sejchas-rassekretila-pakt-molotova-ribbentropa) have provided some early answers. According to Sokolov, it might appear that the publication of this facsimile now would be of “purely academic interest,” but “the context in which this publication has appeared is very curious.” And it is made more so by the accompanying Russian commentaries which suggest that the events of 1939 have “parallels with today.” The Grani commentator says that these commentaries suggest that in 1939 Stalin did everything he could to achieve collective security in Europe against Hitler but that the West let him down and so forced him into this deal to buy time to build up the Soviet Union’s defenses before Hitler’s inevitable attack. That is the position Moscow has long taken, ignoring that the deal with Hitler allowed Stalin to occupy significant portions of Eastern Europe and that after Molotov-Ribbentrop, Hitler not only had a free hand to attack other European countries but was provided with massive assistance from the Soviet Union of various kinds. “But the most interesting thing here is something else” in the current context, Sokolov says. Those who have published the facsimile are “in fact threatening the Western powers with a new world war, following Putin who already had threatened the West with a thermo-nuclear Armageddon.” The message to the West is straightforward, he continues. You “didn’t capitulate to us on our conditions in 1939 and you got World War II. And now if you do not agree to form collective security on our conditions by forgetting about the occupation of Crimea and the Donbass, you will get a Third World War, which will be a thermo-nuclear one.” Kovalenko, an analyst for the Information Resistance Group in Ukraine, argues in a similar vein but suggests that the publication of the facsimile now is all about what Moscow hopes to achieve in Ukraine by using its right-wing nationalist agents in place in Europe whose visions of international relations recall those of many in the 1930s. Publication of the facsimile of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and especially of its secret protocols serves as a reminder about a world that was based on the delimitation of spheres of influence in Europe, exactly what Stalin wanted then and exactly what Putin wants at the present time. According to Kovalenko, “the declassification of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is one of the elements of Moscow’s operation intended to promote the federalization (dismemberment) of Ukraine” not only by suggesting the West must accept Russian aggression in Ukraine but by promoting the designs of Moscow-financed East European nationalists on Ukrainian territory. The actions of these people, the Ukrainian analyst continues, “will distract the West from Moscow’s actions in the east of Ukraine and give Moscow the basis to say to the West that you see the western territories just like the eastern ones and Crimea, which were artificially included in Soviet times with present-day Ukraine, want to be restored to their motherlands.”

“Show your mustache what true love is!” – In the Russian Federation announced the release of the computer game “Sex with Stalin.” The communists are outraged. PHOTOS

Online video game service Steam announced the release in October of the game called “Sex with Stalin.” About this with reference to the “Gordon” reports Tsenzor.NET. “You, the young time traveler, had the opportunity to meet with Stalin, the greatest dictator of all time. What next? Everything is in your hands! Share tips and help the leader to come to world domination. ” – it says in the description. An alternative plot is offered to the players: “Hit the leader in the stomach, connect the electricity to his nipples! Jump on his boots!” The chairman of the Communists of Russia party, Maxim Suraykin, said that he would turn to the prosecutor’s office with a demand to ban the game. “One name already sounds outrageous and perverted. It seems to me that this could only occur to a person with a very sick psyche. No matter how anyone treats Stalin, he is a statesman, personifying a great era in our country. ..This kind of game is likely to fall under the propaganda of pornography, this is a criminal article. It’s just a mockery of our Soviet history and a great leader, “he said on June 4 in the comment of the radio station” Moscow Speaks ”

Kiev has no new proof Russia involved in MH17 shoot-down, UN court hears | The Malaysian Insight

BUK missile system brought down Malaysia Airlines aircraft on July 17, 2014, killing 298 people.

MH17 relatives, Dutch government, ask Malaysia to explain Russia comments – DutchNews.nl – Live

Relatives of people killed in the MH17 plane disaster have asked Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad to explain comments he made to reporters in which he said he doubted a ‘highly disciplined’ party such as Russia could have downed the plane five years ago. ‘His comments are not only bizarre and disturbing, but they are counterproductive to the hunt for the truth about the murder of 298 people, including 43 Malaysians,’ the Werkgroep Waarheidsvinding MH17 said in a press release. ‘Ultimately, we experience his comments, with all respect for the prime minister and his job, as a betrayal of all the victims and their families in mourning.’ Mohammad made the comments at a press conference with the Japanese Foreign Correspondents Club last week. ‘They are accusing Russia, but where is the evidence?,’ he said of the JIT investigation. ‘We know the missile that brought down the plane is a Russian type missile but it could also have been made in Ukraine. ‘You need strong evidence to show it was fired by the Russians. It could be by the rebels in Ukraine, it could be the Ukrainian government because they too have the same missile.’ Liability Last May the Netherlands and Australia said they are holding Russia liable for its role in the shooting down of flight MH17 in July 2014. The decision to hold Russia responsible follows on from a report by investigators looking into the crash, who said the Buk missile which brought down the plane was fired by a weapons system in the hands of a Russian brigade. Russia has consistently denied any involvement. The Dutch government has also written to the Malaysian prime minister asking him to explain his comments.

UAWire – The Netherlands demands that Malaysia clarify its position regarding Russia’s responsibility of MH17 air disaster

The Dutch government demanded that Malaysia clarify the latest statements made by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad questioning Russia’s responsibility the MH17 air disaster, as reported by the Dutch news outlet NOS. The Dutch government made an appeal to Malaysia, demanding that it clarify the latest statements issued by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. This week in the Malaysian media, he questioned Russia’s responsibility for the MH17 catastrophe, NOS reports. Previously, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad demanded more solid evidence against Russia in the case of the MH17 crash. The prime minister said that Malaysia agrees with the investigative report released in the Netherlands, but only to the extent that the plane was shot down by a missile made in Russia. “This does not mean that Russia launched the missile.” “You need strong evidence that the Russians launched the missile. It could have been the Ukrainian military volunteers or the Ukrainian government since they had the same missiles,” Mohamad said. The Netherlands filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation in an international court after Moscow refused to negotiate compensation for the families of the victims.

Russia must report on MH17 crash – Pompeo

Russia does not cooperate sufficiently in the investigation of the downing of flight MH17 over Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in July 2014 and must report on what happened, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. “They [Russia] need to do more,” he said in an interview for the Dutch company RTL. “Russia needs to account for what took place there, and I think that’s the process that’s being engaged in now. I’m hopeful that Russia will see that it’s in their best interest to account for what took place in this horrible loss of life,” he said. “We had a chance to talk earlier today with the foreign minister [of the Netherlands] about this issue and the work that’s being done to continue to hold – try do their level best to hold the Russians accountable for what took place there, this horrific tragedy. The Netherlands can count on the United States to continue to support them in that effort,” he added.

Pompeo: Russia must report on MH17 crash

Russia does not cooperate sufficiently in the investigation of the downing of flight MH17 over Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in July 2014 and must report on what happened. Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform. “They [Russia] need to do more,” the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview for the Dutch company RTL. “Russia needs to account for what took place there, and I think that’s the process that’s being engaged in now. I’m hopeful that Russia will see that it’s in their best interest to account for what took place in this horrible loss of life,” he said. “We had a chance to talk earlier today with the foreign minister [of the Netherlands] about this issue and the work that’s being done to continue to hold – try do their level best to hold the Russians accountable for what took place there, this horrific tragedy. The Netherlands can count on the United States to continue to support them in that effort,” he added. Censor.NET has been reporting about the investigation of the crash investigation progress and published exclusive photos of the hangar and the submunitions of Russian missile Buk-M1-2, featured in the criminal investigation. Prosecutor’s Offices of the Netherlands and Australia have prepared convincing evidence. It was established that submunitions that hit the Boeing exactly match those from the warhead of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile Buk-M1-2. The system was developed in 1997, put into service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 1998, and was never delivered to Ukraine. In addition, independent experts from Germany, England and Poland studied the fragments of the debris and concluded they were part of a Russian Buk missile. Modern chemical analysis has identified the composition of the metal and found parts of the glass and skin of the same downed Boeing that had been cut by these elements prior to hitting the people. In November 2015, President Poroshenko visited the Netherlands and said that Ukraine was employing its membership in the U.N. Security Council for investigation of the MH17 tragedy. In May 2016, Australian law firm LHD filed a lawsuit against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the European Court for Human Rights on behalf of relatives of those killed in the Malaysian Boeing MH17. The lawsuit names Putin as accused defendant and demands $10 million for each killed passenger. On May 24, 2018, Joint Investigation Team said it managed to ascertain that the BUK system used to bring down MH17 was in service with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Namely, it belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the city of Kursk, the Russian Federation.

MH17 tragedy: U.S. continue pressuring Russia

The U.S. continue pressuring Russia in the investigation of MH17 crash, as Ukrinform reported. “We had a chance to discuss this question with the Foreign Minister and the work to do everything possible to bring Russians to justice for this horrible tragedy. The Netherlands can count on the U.S. supporting them,” the U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said. He noted that Russia had to show more cooperation and make respective steps. “Russia has to be brought to justice for what happened there, and I think this process is underway,” he added.

UAWire – US gives EU ultimatum for defense cooperation

The US has demanded that European countries make changes to their defense policy, otherwise Washington will discontinue its joint military development projects with the EU, El Pais reports, citing documents in its possession. According to the news outlet, the parties met on 22 May to discuss matters relating to the European Defense Fund, which will finance military technology research and procurement. The US believes that the European rules are too restrictive with respect to intellectual property and export control, and could prevent American companies from working on defense projects in Europe. “When a crisis emerges and your defense fails, your citizens will not be very impressed by the fact that the acquired weapons were only from European countries,” said Michael Murphy, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Unless the restrictions are changed, the EU will have two choices: to stop using the “best technological capabilities”, or to make its own, Murphy explained. He added that, if there is a serious crisis, the EU will need assistance from the US, UK, Canada and Norway. However, such assistance may not be possible if Brussel’s military plans prevent the US and Europe from working together in the weapons industry. The US State Department representative did not specify exactly what steps Washington will take if its demands are not met. At the end of April, US President Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the trade of tanks, armored vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, military aircraft, helicopters, ships and missiles, firearms and small arms. Trump claimed that withdrawing from the treaty is a step towards the protection of Americans’ rights. The EU did not support Trump’s decision, and commented that by doing so, it will make it harder for the US to fight against the illegal arms trade.

Czechs, Slovaks Irked by Russian Revisions on 1968 Invasion

Led by Soviet troops, the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in August 1968 to crush political reforms and anti-Communist protests

Prague Criticizes Russian Legislation On 1968 Czechoslovakia Invasion

The ministry statement came amid reports that Russian lawmakers were proposing to amend existing laws for veterans, stating that Soviet troops participated in the 1968 invasion to suppress “an atte…

Stoltenberg Visiting NATO Hopeful North Macedonia

Former Yugoslav republic likely to become Western military alliance’s 30th member if move is ratified by all 29 current NATO allies

NATO Ready to Welcome North Macedonia as 30th Member

In February, Skopje signed a protocol that could see the former Yugoslav republic become the alliance’s 30th member if the move is ratified by all 29 NATO allies

U.S. Army conducts “breach training” at a range near Camp Trzebień in Poland – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army has announced that Combat Engineers with 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division successfully deployed an M60 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge system and crossed an 85-class bridge as part of a day of breach training they conducted at a range near Camp Trzebień, Poland. The bridge system was used to cross a tank ditch, which would be too wide and deep to cross without the bridge system deployed. For the combat engineers, this is referred to as a trench breach. Practice deploying and crossing this type of bridge is an essential part of the readiness mission of the 1st Engineer Battalion. The 1st Engineers were joined by units with the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment for the day’s training.

Bulgaria – F-16C/D Block 70/72 Aircraft with Support | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight (8) F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten (10) F110 General Electric engines (includes 2 spares); ten (10) Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) (includes 2 spares); nine (9) Improved Program Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 1 spare); nine (9) AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (includes 1 spare); four (4) AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Targeting Pods; nine (9) Modular Mission Computers (MMC) 7000AH (includes 1 spare); nine (9) LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (EGI); nine (9) M61 Vulcan 20mm Cannons; sixteen (16) AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); one AIM-120C7 Spare Guidance Section; twenty-four (24) AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles; eight (8) AIM-9X Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); four (4) AIM-9X Spare Tactical Guidance Sections; four (4) AIM-9X Spare CATM Guidance Sections; forty-eight (48) LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers; fifteen (15) GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II Kits; fifteen (15) GBU-54 Laser JDAM Kits; twenty-eight (28) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB-1); twenty-four (24) FMU-152 Fuzes; twenty-four (24) MK-82 Bombs (Tritonal); six (6) MK82 Bombs (Inert); and thirteen (13) MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Group (ECCG). Also included are nine (9) AN/ALQ-211 Internal Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (including 1 spare); nine (9) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers (including 1 spare); 4,140 Infrared Flare countermeasures, with impulse cartridges; 8,250 each of PGU-27A/B 20mm training and combat munitions; thirty-six (36) MK-124 Signal/Smoke Illumination devices; nine (9) APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) units with Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques; eighteen (18) AN/ARC-238 UHF/VHF SATURN Radios; sixteen (16) AIM-120C AMRAAM training CATMs; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) with software, training and support; twenty (20) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II with Night Vision Goggle compatibility; ten (10) Night Vision Devices; two (2) Remote Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) 6i units, plus 1 ground station; ground training device (flight and maintenance simulator); one (1) Avionics I-level Test Station; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support; Cartridge Actuated and Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) support; Common Munitions Bit-test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) support with Computer Test Set Adapter Group; communications equipment; software delivery and support; facilities and construction support; spares and repair/replace parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; containers; munition support and test equipment; aircraft and munition integration and test support; studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $1.673 billion.

Meet the F-16V: The Most Technologically Advanced 4th Generation Fighter in the World | Lockheed Martin

The Lockheed Martin F-16V is the latest and most advanced F-16 on the market today. The F-16V configuration includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security, strengthening its position as the world’s foremost combat-proven 4th Generation multi-role fighter aircraft.

State Department OKs possible sale of F-16 fighters to Bulgaria – Reuters

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of eight F-16 aircraft and related equipment to Bulgaria at an estimated cost of $1.67 billion, a Pentagon agency said on Monday.

US State Department approves $1.7 billion sale of F-16s to Bulgaria

The Bulgarian government reportedly expects a draft deal within weeks, though officials have previously complained about the high cost.

US prices Bulgarian F-16V deal at $1.67 billion

$1.7 billion sale to Bulgaria of 8 F-16 fighter jets approved by US

The US State Department approved the $1.673 billion sale to Bulgaria of eight F-16 fighter jets and associated equipment, weapons and training. According to the DSCA, the government of Bulgaria requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft, better known as the F-16 Viper, and a wide range of associated equipment, weapons, training and support. Included are nine Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, which uses technology derived from F-22 and F-35 radars, and four AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Targeting Pods. Weapons include 16 AIM-120 C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); 24 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles; nine M61 Vulcan 20mm cannons; 15 GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb kits; 15 GBU-54 Laser JDAM guided bomb kits; 28 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB-1); and 24 MK-82 Bombs (Tritonal). Defensive systems include nine AN/ALQ-211 Internal Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites, countermeasure dispensers and 4,140 Infrared Flare countermeasures. Other systems and services include a flight and maintenance simulator, communications equipment, facilities and construction support, spares parts, training and U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistical support services.

Demolishing of Marshal Zhukov’s bust in Kharkiv is new challenge for President Zelensky, – Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry is sure that the demolishing of the bust of Marshal Georgy Zhukov is the challenge for new President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky as Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson reported on Facebook. “…the demolishing of the bust to Zhukov in Kharkiv is a serious challenge for a new authority,” Zakharova wrote. Besides, she condemned the putting of Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner on the list of Myrotvorets website. She emphasized that the new Ukrainian authority “will have to put punctuation marks in the sentence “to condemn or to keep quite”. Meanwhile, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation stated that the new Ukrainian authority should find and prosecute vandals, who demolished the bust as TASS reported. “We urge a new political leadership to stop to appease the citizens, who stick to the radical technologies. It is necessary to condemn publically these actions as well as to find these vandals to make them to be prosecuted with the full force of the law,” Chamber’s representative Elena Sutormina reported.

Spokesman for Zelensky, Mendel: The situation in Kharkiv around the monument to Zhukov is a vivid example of the ill-conceived humanitarian policy of recent years

The situation in Kharkov around the monument to Marshal Zhukov is a vivid example of the ill-considered and imperfect humanitarian policy that has been pursued in recent years. According to Tsenzor.NET, this was reported on the Facebook page by the press secretary of the head of state Vladimir Zelensky, appointed today by Julia Mendel. In her opinion, this situation is also evidence of the “urgent need to introduce procedures for democracy and a new quality of dialogue between the government and society.” The “Law of Ukraine” On Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and the Ban on Propagating Their Symbols ”creates a legal conflict. resistance and expulsion of the Nazi invaders from the territory of Ukraine. (Paragraphs d) and e) of part 4 of article 1 of the Law). Thus, the law does not require the demolition of the monument. But the legal conflict associated with it – as well as with the renaming of the prospectus – is present. Moreover, in the absence of a public consensus on this issue in the city of Kharkov. The President believes that the solution of such conflicts within the framework of the law is a matter exclusively for the territorial community of the city. What provides for public consultations and hearings and the achievement of an optimal solution that would satisfy all interested parties. The mayor, as the leader of the territorial community, should be the arbiter in this confrontation and organize the process of finding the optimal solution, and not take sides. The President regards the reaction to the situation by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation as yet another interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and warns the Russian side against repeating such steps. The President urges the city authorities of Kharkov to hold a broad discussion of the situation in the territorial community. He also calls on the national police and the prosecutor’s office to give a legal assessment of the events that took place on June 2, ”Mendel wrote.

UAWire – The Kremlin names conditions for Putin’s meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky

The Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in the Normandy format would be possible only when the specific conditions will be met, reports TASS news agency. Kremlin’s representative noted that after the change of power in Ukraine, the discussion of the fact that the Minsk agreements have not been implemented resumed. Peskov stressed that it is necessary to discuss this, including at the highest level in the Normandy format. However, for the meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany to take place, the specific conditions must be met. One of these conditions, according to Putin’s Press Secretary, is Ukraine’s readiness to implement the Minsk agreements, as well as to communicate directly with the representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. “All this requires further clarification,” Peskov said, adding that so far there is “no specific schedule” concerning the summit in the Normandy format.

The Kremlin is waiting for the official position of Kiev to start new negotiations in the “Normandy format”, – Peskov

Russia is waiting for the formation of the official position of Ukraine for holding talks in the “Norman format.” According to Tsenzor. There is no, referring to RBC, said press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the resumption of dialogue in the “Norman format.” Putin’s press secretary stressed that it’s too early to talk about the date of a possible meeting, since Ukraine’s position has not yet been defined. “The position of the Ukrainian side and the team of the Ukrainian side are not completely formed either. Therefore, in this case, we need some homework. So far there is no concrete estimate of the time of this summit,” said Peskov. According to the Speaker Putin, Ukraine should fulfill the “homework” because “it is at the stage of forming and formulating its positions.” Earlier, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexander Danyluk, suggested that the meeting in the “Norman format” could take place in mid-July.

Kremlin comments on Kuchma’s return to Minsk peace talks on Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, who announced his return to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at the peace talks on Donbas in Minsk, is an “authoritative figure,” but the position of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is important for the settlement in Donbas. The next TCG meeting with Kuchma as Ukraine’s envoy is scheduled for June 5.

Why Putin wants to make ′new Russians′ out of Ukrainians | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 31.05.2019

The Kremlin is offering Russian citizenship to Ukrainians — and not only to those in Crimea and the contested Donbass regions. What problems is Moscow looking to solve?

EU to prolong sanctions against Russia over Crimea annexation for another year – media – news politics | UNIAN

The European Union is going to prolong restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia for another year. The measures expire on June 23.

Arrived in Brussels Ahead – a series of meetings at the highest level. … – Володимир Зеленський

Arrived in Brussels Ahead – a series of meetings at the highest level. But the head does not go 5-year-old Cyril. And still hundreds of children who died from adult bullets in eastern Ukraine. According to the monitoring mission of the UN, on June 1 this year in the Donbass lost 147 young Ukrainians. 98 boys. 49 girls. 363 children were injured. About 200,000 children are internally displaced persons. The status of the victims of the war was almost 23 thousand children. For tens of thousands of years this war has turned into violence – psychological, sexual, physical. Today, on the International Day of Innocent Children, I take the opportunity to once again remind our European friends of these horrible figures and call on Russia to end the war. In order to save lives, especially children. Of course, there are not enough calls. Therefore, my conversations with Europe’s leaders will start today on the question of how we will put pressure on the aggressor together? How will we force him to peace? I believe that together we will find a solution. Let it not today, but we will definitely find it. Obliged to find – for the sake of children.

On First Foreign Visit, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Aims To Show Wary Europeans That He’s Serious

In Brussels, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has a chance to set a new tone in foreign policy and show key partners he’s serious about European integration — and aggressively pursuing reforms.

Press Secretary of the President outlined the details of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Brussels — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Iuliia Mendel outlined the details of the visit of the Head of State to Brussels scheduled for June 4-5. “Tomorrow, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will begin his first foreign visit to Brussels to declare once again the unwavering position – Ukraine’s course towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration,” the Speaker of the Head of State noted during the briefing on June 3. According to the Press Secretary, Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet with a series of officials from the EU and NATO – Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Press Secretary Iuliia Mendel emphasized that Volodymyr Zelenskyy was planning to reiterate Ukraine’s immutable compliance with the European and Euro-Atlantic course, as well as continuation of profound reforms, in particular, uncompromising struggle against corruption. According to her, the President is hopeful that the EU will continue to support Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression and provide financial and technical assistance in the implementation of reforms.

Ukraine’s New President Due In Brussels For First Trip Abroad

New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to meet with European Union and NATO leaders during a visit to Brussels this week — his first foreign trip since his inauguration last month.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukraine will not trade its territory and sovereignty — Official website of the President of Ukraine

On June 5, the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas will take place presenting concrete proposals of Ukraine. It was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the briefing on June 3 in Kyiv.

Ukraine won’t trade away territory and sovereignty, – Zelensky

At a meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas on June 5, the Ukrainian side will announce specific proposals from the state. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky during a briefing on June 3 in Kiev, reports Censor. NO with reference to the website of the head of state. Zelensky recalled that he met with representatives of the United States, France, Germany and other countries of the European Union. “We discussed a very important issue for every Ukrainian – this is the end of the war in the Donbas. We have a common position – the resumption of negotiations on the Donbas in the Norman format and unblocking of the Minsk process. We do not have many years to end the war. We have specific proposals and new I want all proposals to be combined with clear deadlines for the fulfillment of one or another item. No one is going to trade the territory, the sovereignty of Ukraine, “Zelensky stressed. The President also thanked Leonid Kuchma, who led the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group. For his part, the ex-president noted that he is ready to contribute to the work of the TAG. “I’m used to making decisions, implementing them and being responsible for them. Today’s meeting with the President shows that I have such an opportunity in the group that was created to contribute. And if we make agreed decisions, Ukraine should also implement them” , – emphasized Kuchma. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3130322

Zelenskyi will declare Ukraine’s firmness for EU and NATO course in Brussels

03.06.19 17:00 – Zelenskyi will declare Ukraine’s firmness for EU and NATO course in Brussels President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi during his first foreign visit to Brussels on Tuesday, June 4, will declare that Ukraine’s course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains unchanged. View news.

Zelensky meets with Juncker in Brussels

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky to meet with Stoltenberg in Brussels

The first official meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will take place at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, June 4. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky to meet with his Polish counterpart in Brussels on June 4 – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to meet with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda in Brussels on Tuesday, June 4. “This will be the first meeting of the presidents of Poland and Ukraine in a new personal configuration,” head of the Polish President’s Office Krzysztof Szczerski said at a briefing, Radio Poland reported. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10573026-zelensky-to-meet-with-his-polish-counterpart-in-brussels-on-june-4.html

Zelensky: U.S. bill to strengthen support for Ukraine is important signal of strong strategic partnership

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for inviting him to pay an official visit to Washington.

Ex-Ukraine Ombudswoman to replace Gerashchenko at negotiations in Minsk – news politics | UNIAN

Former Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska will replace Ukraine’s Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for the Donbas settlement Iryna Gerashchenko. Lutkovska held the post of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights from April 2012 to March 2018.

Ukraine MP declares high probability of Russia’s return to PACE in June – news politics | UNIAN

Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Ukrainian MP Mariya Ionova has said there is a high probability that Russia’s delegation may take part in the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Russia’s return to PACE depends on the members of the delegations of different countries.

If Russia returns to PACE, Ukraine to reconsider its attitude to Assembly, – Foreign Ministry

Ukraine to reconsider attitude to PACE if Russia returns to it

Russia limits diesel fuel, liquefied gas supplies to Ukraine – LB.ua news portal

Russia limits diesel fuel, liquefied gas supplies to Ukraine. The agreed volume is 30-50% lower than the current level. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ban on shipments of Russia’s coal, oil products to Ukraine comes into force – news economics | UNIAN

A ban on shipments of coal and oil products from Russia to Ukraine came into force on June 1, 2019. Subject to the ban are crude oil, lubricants, petroleum jelly and coke, bituminous and asphalt mixtures, etc.

Trump, Zelensky can meet after G20 summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will most likely meet with U.S. President Donald Trump after the G20 summit (June 28-29, 2019), a freelance advisor to the Ukrainian president, Boris Tisenhausen, has told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky, Trump may meet after G20 summit – Ukraine president’s adviser – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s freelance adviser Boris Tisenhausen has said the president of Ukraine and U.S. President Donald Trump may meet after the G20 summit, which will take place on June 28-29. The fact that Trump’s administration was the first to invite Zelensky to Washington for a meeting means “Zelensky has been given a certain credibility from the United States.”

Kyiv denies reports on possible dates of Zelenskyi, Trump meeting

04.06.19 13:45 – Kyiv denies reports on possible dates of Zelenskyi, Trump meeting Recent reports concerning possible dates of a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and U.S. President Donald Trump are misleading, and Borys Tisenhausen, who voiced this information, is not a member of Zelenskyi’s team View news.

Presidential administration refutes fake report about date of Zelensky-Trump meeting

The administration of the Ukrainian president has described as fake a news report about the probable date of a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, the presidential press service has told Ukrinform. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Kyiv calls on international community to increase pressure on Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin reported on his Twitter that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine &quot;submitted a request and called on all …

Russian Aerospace Forces hold drills in annexed Crimea

Annexed Crimea, Russia holds drills

Blogger posts photos of empty beaches in Crimea – news ukraine | UNIAN

Blogger RoksolanaToday&Crimea25% has posted photos of Russian-occupied Crimea, which show the absence of a tourist flow and empty beaches. Tourists are in no hurry to visit Russian-annexed Crimea.

UAWire – Russia wants to estimate ‘damage to the Crimea’ between 1991 to 2014

A tender for the so-called study to “assess the damage” caused to the Crimea during the period from 1991 to 2014, when the annexed Peninsula was under the control of Ukraine, was published on the Russian Procurement webpage, reports Krym.Realii. The initial cost of the study is 10 million Russian rubles (more than 150 thousand dollars). The commissioner of the study is the State Duma of Russia (Russian Parliament). The purpose of the study is “a comparison of socio-economic and legislative regulation of key areas of life in the Crimea during the three periods: while it was part of USSR, as part of Ukraine and while being a part of Russia.” It is specified that applications are accepted until June 27. The contractor must be chosen on July 11 at the end of the competition. In March, the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to “demand that Ukraine pay for the Crimea.” He stated that the Peninsula was annexed not by Russia, but by Ukraine. The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in March of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. The Kremlin has faced international condemnation for its annexation of the Peninsula, leading many western countries to impose economic sanctions against Russia. In the United Nations, only Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria recognize Crimea as a legitimate federal subject of Russia.

UN Court To Hear Arguments In Crimea Occupation Case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to hold public hearings this week in Kyiv’s case over Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its support for separatists in eastern Ukra…

Russia Rejects Ukraine’s Case Over Separatist Support In UN Court

Russia has argued that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) lacks jurisdiction in Kyiv’s case over Moscow’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia rebuffs Ukraine’s case over rebel support at U.N. court – Reuters

Russia told a hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday that the court lacks jurisdiction in a case filed by Ukraine against Moscow over its alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

UAWire – Kremlin: International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction in Ukraine’s case against Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry has promised to prove that the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague does not have jurisdiction in the “Ukraine versus the Russian Federation” case. “In particular, we deny the existence of a dispute between our two countries according to the mentioned conventions in principle, and we intend to prove that Ukraine is unscrupulously trying to use their dispute resolution mechanisms in order to achieve political goals,” the ministry said in a statement. The Russian foreign policy department claims that the allegations against Russia in these disputes cannot be linked to any of the relevant conventions. The ministry also alleged that Ukraine has not tried to resolve the disputes through negotiations or arbitration “in good faith”, or appealed to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was established in accordance with the convention. In April 2017, the ICJ issued a preliminary ruling on Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia in connection with the Terrorist Financing Convention, finding no grounds to impose additional restrictions on Russia. However, in a second case where Ukraine accused Russia of violating the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the court partially satisfied Ukraine’s demand, and ordered Russia to refrain from infringing the rights of Crimean Tatars and to provide opportunities for education in the Ukrainian language in Crimea. Ukraine has filed lawsuits against Russia in connection with the conventions on financing terrorism and on racial discrimination. Ukraine claims that Russia has violated the former by providing material assistance to the self-declared Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, and the latter by infringing the rights of Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians in Crimea after its unrecognized annexation by Russia.

Ukraine v. Russia: Public hearings in ICJ start today

The hearings on preliminary objections of the Russian Federation (jurisdiction) in the case of the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination start in the International Court of Justice in The Hague today. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian delegation arrives at public hearings in International Court of Justice. Photos

The Ukrainian delegation has arrived at the Peace Palace in The Hague, where the International Court of Justice is sitting. — Ukrinform.

Zerkal in the UN International Court of Justice: The Russian version is nonsense. Russia is trying to create an alternate reality and manipulate facts. VIDEO

Oleksandr Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for European Integration, called Russian objections regarding the jurisdiction of the UN International Court of Justice on the claim of Ukraine for the Russian Federation violating the conventions on combating the financing of terrorism and the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination by dragging out the process to avoid responsibility. “Yesterday, Russia showed its attitude to international law. This is disregard for the law and people of Ukraine. This is a dragging out of the process in order to avoid responsibility for its illegal behavior. This is a disfigurement of the principles of international law in order to legitimize its destructive activities. And finally, when all this is not it works, the process of denial of all known facts comes into play, “Zerkal said during her speech at the court in The Hague on Tuesday, reports Censor. NO referring to Interfax-Ukraine . The Deputy Minister stressed that Russia has already committed numerous violations of international law, and now seeks to avoid responsibility for everything, without exception. The diplomat also drew the attention of the judges to the fact that the order of the Court to restore the activity of the Mejlis in the Crimea, as well as education in the Ukrainian language, remains unfulfilled by the Russian side. “Russia does not want this court to consider the case of Ukraine on the merits. But it is trying to create an alternative reality and manipulate the facts. Let be frank: the version of the facts you heard yesterday is nonsense. Russia prematurely demands to discuss the facts this week, because at the consideration on the merits, with a full and proper examination of all the evidence, Russia will not be able to protect its behavior, “the diplomat said.

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister: Russia trying to manipulate International Court of Justice

When considering objections to the lawsuit of Ukraine at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Russia is trying to manipulate the court and consider the case on merits under its own conditions, instead of considering the issues of jurisdiction. — Ukrinform.

Russia’s comments about jurisdiction of UN’s ICJ shows its contempt for law, delaying hearing – Zerkal

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal has said Russian objections regarding the jurisdiction of the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on violating terrorism financing conventions and radical discrimination an attempt to drag out the process in order to avoid responsibility. “Yesterday, Russia showed its attitude to international law. This is disregard for the law and people of Ukraine. This is a dragging out of the process in order to avoid responsibility for its illegal behavior. This is a disfigurement of the principles of international law in order to legitimize its destructive activities. And finally, when all this doesn’t work, the process of denial of all known facts comes into play,” Zerkal said, speaking at the court in The Hague on Tuesday. Zerkal said Russia had already committed numerous violations of international law, and now seeks to avoid responsibility for everything, without exception. The diplomat also drew the attention of the judges to the fact that the order of the court to restore the activity of the Mejlis in Crimea, as well as education in the Ukrainian language had not been implemented by Russia. “Russia does not want this court to consider the case of Ukraine on the merits. But it is trying to create an alternative reality and manipulate the facts. Let’s be frank: the version of the facts you heard yesterday is nonsense. Russia prematurely demands discussing the facts this week, because consideration on the merits, with a full and proper examination of all the evidence, Russia will unable to defend its behavior,” she said. Zerkal said Russia continues to distort the case, presenting it as politically motivated and contrived. “This week you are faced with a single question – this is a question of jurisdiction. Mr. Chairman, the lawyers of Ukraine will present clear arguments, our case is presented for your consideration properly,” she said. As reported, on January 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit with the UN International Court of Justice to hold Russia accountable for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination during its illegal aggression against Ukraine. “Ukraine claims that Russia violates the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by providing weapons and other forms of assistance to illegal armed groups that committed a number of acts of terrorism on the territory of Ukraine. The most tragic terrorist attacks of Russian puppets include the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shelling residential areas of Mariupol and Kramatorsk, the destruction of a civilian passenger bus near Volnovakha and a deadly explosion during a peaceful meetings in Kharkiv,” Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said, stating the essence of the claim. In addition, Ukraine claims Russia violates the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by participating in a campaign of discrimination against non-Russian communities living in the occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula, in particular, ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. “Starting with an illegal ‘referendum’ conducted in an atmosphere of intimidation, Russian occupation authorities pursue a policy of cultural destruction of these communities. Such a discriminatory policy was condemned by the UN General Assembly and manifested itself in prohibiting the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the wake of disappearances, murders, unauthorized searches, detention, attempts to stop broadcasting of media, as well as the restriction on the teaching of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar language,” the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads.

Zerkal at ICJ: Russia persecuting ethnic groups in occupied Crimea

04.06.19 12:55 – Zerkal at ICJ: Russia persecuting ethnic groups in occupied Crimea Russia, as the occupying power in the Crimean peninsula, practices collective punishment of ethnic groups. View news.

Zerkal at ICJ: Russia persecuting ethnic groups in occupied Crimea

Russia, as the occupying power in the Crimean peninsula, practices collective punishment of ethnic groups. There are numerous violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. — Ukrinform.

Mejlis chairman Chubarov: Russia in ICJ tries to justify invasion of Crimea

During the public hearings at the International Court of Justice, the representatives of the Russian Federation tried to justify the invasion of Crimea and divert the attention of judges from accusations put forward by Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

13 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers

04.06.19 10:21 – 13 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers June 3, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 13 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons six times. View news.

Russian-led forces launch 13 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 13 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements six times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine reports 13 enemy attacks in Donbas warzone in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on June 3 mounted 13 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. There were no Ukraine army casualties over the period under review.

Five attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers

03.06.19 07:13 – Five attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers June 2, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions five times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons three times. View news.

Russia-led forces use banned weapons in three out of five attacks on Ukraine in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia-led forces used banned weapons in three out of five attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on June 2. Ukrainian troops fired back in response to every enemy attack.

Four Russian military were blown up on their own minefields in Donbass, – Intel

The command of the Russian occupation forces is building up engineering equipment for the positions of formations and units 1 (Donetsk) and 2 (Lugansk) of the Russian Armed Forces. As Censor informs. NO, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reports with reference to the data of the steering. In particular, the work on equipping the positions of the “second line of defense”, which are supposed to be strengthened by reserves formed including at the expense of the forces and means of the “republican ministries of internal affairs and emergency situations”. “These positions along the entire perimeter of their location are equipped with mine-blast barriers using anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. At the same time, the enemy’s haste to mine the territory, in the absence of interaction between the units, leads to numerous explosions of Russian troops on their own mines. Thus, during the last three days, four servicemen of the Russian occupation forces were killed for the reasons stated, “the GUR said.

Ukrainian trooper Vadym Zabava dies in Donbas. PHOTO

03.06.19 16:34 – Ukrainian trooper Vadym Zabava dies in Donbas. PHOTO One Ukrainian soldier perished away in Donbas combat zone on June 3. View news.

JFO: 69 trucks with humanitarian aid sent to occupied Donbas

Sixty nine trucks with humanitarian aid have crossed the Novotroitske checkpoint in Donbas, the press center of the Joint Forces Headquarters reports. — Ukrinform.

120 captured Ukrainians kept in Russia, occupied Donbas

120 Ukrainians wait for the release in Russia, Donbas

Zelensky appoints Kuchma as representative in Trilateral Contact Group

The second president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, will represent Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk. — Ukrinform.

Kuchma announces return to Minsk peace talks on Donbas – news war | UNIAN

Former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005) has announced his return to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at the peace talks on Donbas in Minsk. The next TCG meeting with Kuchma as Ukraine’s envoy is scheduled for June 5.

Tymoshenko calls for starting talks on freeing Ukrainians arrested in Russia ‘from scratch’

Leader of the Batkivschyna faction at the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Yulia Tymoshenko has called for holding negotiations on returning Ukrainian citizens held behind bars in Russia and in the Ukrainian territories currently not controlled by Kyiv “from scratch.”

UAWire – Ukrainian troops rehearse Russian invasion scenario from Azov Sea

Troops from Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) practiced repelling a virtual enemy landing force coming from the Azov Sea, the JFO …

The unit of the Ukrainian paratroopers participates in SABER GUARDIAN | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by redaction June 04, 2019 News, Neighbors, Black Sea Region 0 Comments On the territory of one NATO military base in Romania, international training “SABER GUARDIAN-2019” started in which the unit of the 25th brigade of the SSU of the Armed Forces of Ukraine takes part. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine In general, representatives from 16 countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Germany, Poland, Romania, the USA and Ukraine take part in the exercises. Ukraine on international military maneuvers is a combined rotative-tactical group of the 25th separate airborne brigade of the Airborne Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The training will take more than two weeks, in several stages, at different parts of the military training ground.

Ukrainian paratroopers take part in drills in Romania

Ukrainian military are taking part in the multinational exercise Saber Guardian 2019, which has begun in Romania and will last for two weeks, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. — Ukrinform.

New brigade: an increase of 3,5 thousand, service – a year and a half

The year of the service will be credited to one and a half, plus a monthly supplement in the amount of 3,5 thousand hryvnia. In general, a soldier-contractor will receive roughly 14 thousand hryvnia per month. Ruslan Kolesnikov, an officer of the Personnel Management Division, told about such conditions of service in the newly formed 61st individual infantry yoghurt brigade. “We are completing the brigade by contract servicemen who have experience in combat operations. Priority is given to the existing and former military forces of special operations forces and military intelligence. We also recruit hunters, seamstresses, forestry workers who were not involved in the operations of the united forces, but their civil activities are related to the specifics of the brigade. Ideally, we need locals who know all forests and swamps. He also said that there is a lot of people who want to be rigorous, and that the military unit itself will be stationed in Zhytomyr. The page of the brigade in the facebook regarding the place of deployment indicates Novograd Volynsky, and in particular confirms the officer’s words about the large number of people who wish.

Chief Military Prosecutor to investigate news article assuming occupation of Ukraine by Romania in 2022

Anatoliy Matios, the Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine promised to start the investigation into the recent scandalous article. In it, the author assumed the occupation of some western and southern regions of Ukraine by Romania in 2022. Matios posted this on Facebook. ‘I hereby report that tomorrow (June 4, – 112 International), I’l put it on the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations, this data on preparation (…) to especially tough crimes that aim to disrupt the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state’, he wrote. He referred to the original story at Information Resistance NGO’s website; that included references to possible occupation of Chernivtsi region and part of Odesa region. They border Romania. Due to these allegations, Matios claimed he planned to convene a session with the leading officials of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the State Security Service and the Foreign Ministry.

Russian propagandists detained at Odesa airport (Photo) – news ukraine | UNIAN

A citizen of the Russian Federation, who carried out information and subversive activities against Ukraine, has been detained at Odesa International Airport. The woman publicly expressed separatist views, as evidenced by the publications on her pages in social networks. Ukrainian border guards exposed a Russian woman on May 3 during the registration of passengers of the Minsk-Odesa flight, the press service of the Odesa Border Detachment of the Southern Regional Directorate of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine told UNIAN. “There was information regarding her, according to which this woman carried out information and subversive activities against Ukraine, publicly expressed separatist views, as evidenced by the publications on her pages in social networks,” the press service said. The citizen of the Russian Federation, born in 1985, was denied crossing the state border of Ukraine. The relevant information has been transferred to the officers of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine.

The state order for the R-360 missile, which is part of the missile system of the RK-360MTs “Neptun”, will be 120 units (VIDEO)

The state order for the R-360 missile, which is part of the missile system of the RK-360MTs “Neptun”, will be 120 units. Such information was made public during a speech at the round table at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on May 29, 2007 Director of corporate rights and investment projects of PJSC “Motor Sich” Volodymyr Semenov, reports Defense Express. “That’s what the Neptune missile created. Fine shot … State order (on missile R-360) today 120 pieces “, – he noted. Volodymyr Semenov added that Motor Sich produces the main engine for these missiles (this is probably a small MS-400 turbo-jet engine or an upgraded version of the P95-300 that was used previously on the old kh-35s, see DE) . In this case, the representative of Motor Sich noted that the production capabilities of LCC “Luch” allow producing about 50 such missiles a year, as it is not a serial enterprise, but a design bureau. Stand test of one prototype of the missile R-360 during the visit of the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov to the LC “Luch”, held on May 15, 2008 He also expressed doubts about the possibility of serial production of these missiles at the “Artem” SAC. Recall that during the last tests of the domestic complex RK-360MTS “Neptune”, held on May 24 this year At the State Testing Ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, “Alibey”, director of Defense Express Sergei Zhuretz said that the output of the Ukrainian anti-ship coastal complex for state trials is scheduled for the end of 2019.

Ukraine interested in cooperation with U.S. to improve effectiveness of domestic military-industrial complex – Groysman

Ukraine is interested in the efficiency and transparency of the domestic military-industrial complex, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a meeting with U.S. senior adviser on the reform of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine Donald Winter. Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and head of defense and aerospace enterprises was appointed senior adviser as part of the Pentagon’s active cooperation with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on May 28. This is his second visit to Ukraine, the Department of Information and Public Relations of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine said on Tuesday. “Without a doubt, you have an important role, and we are interested in combining efforts, knowledge and experience to make the Ukrainian military industrial complex as efficient as possible,” Groysman said. And it is an honor for me to assist those who are at the forefront and are holding back aggression. I hope I can use my experience, which is 45 years of work in various positions, to give advice for the development and reform of the defense sector of Ukraine, said Winter. Groysman noted that the reform of the Ukrainian defense sector is one of the fundamental priorities of the government, which has been unchanged in recent years.

Ukraine interested in cooperation with U.S. to improve efficiency of military-industrial complex

Ukraine is interested in cooperation with the United States of America in the issue of improving the efficiency and transparency of the national military-industrial complex. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine acquired the AK-176M gun turret in Poland | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial June 04, 2019 Baltics, Naval Forces, Neighbors 1 Comment The site of the United Nations Register of Conventional Weapons has published information on the export of two 76-mm ship artillery units AK-176M from Poland to Ukraine in 2018 This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Information on their condition – whether stored or used is not specified, is not the same known implementer in Poland and the buyer in Ukraine The ship’s artillery unit AK-176M was developed in the Soviet Union at the Central Scientific Research Institute “Burevestnik” and was adopted in 1979. Serially manufactured at the Gorky Machine-Building Plant. In addition to the USSR, it was used by the navies of the Warsaw Pact countries and other countries of the world. Publication of the export of AK-176M from Poland to Ukraine in 2018 year:

Newly appointed director general of Malyshev plant Chursin, his family threatened with violence – Ukroboronprom

The Ukroboronprom state concern is alarmed with attempts of destabilizing the situation at the Malyshev Plant (Kharkiv) in connection with the replacement of the director general of the enterprise. The concern said that these attempts would be immediately assessed by law enforcement agencies. As the press service of the state concern reported on Monday, Oleksandr Chursin, recently appointed to the post of director general of the base enterprise of the Ukroboronprom armor cluster, faced with the “tough resistance of the ex-director general of the plant Oleksandr Khlan, who was dismissed after the termination of his contract.” The press service said that last week at the entrance of the plant a rally was organized in support of the ex-director general, and he himself filed a lawsuit in Kominternivsky district court of Kharkiv. “Today, the court recognized the legitimacy of Khlan’s dismissal. However, Chursin and his family members faced threats that come by phone. Unknown people promise to apply violence to Chursin and his family if he does not give up his position,” the press office said. “The state-owned concern is convinced that such lawlessness, threats and attempts to intimidate the new head of the company’s strategic Ukrainian defense industry are unacceptable, the situation requires the immediate intervention of law enforcement officers who are obliged to identify the criminals,” the press service said, adding that the court is to assess their actions and impose an appropriate punishment.” The press service said that the corresponding application has already been submitted to law enforcement agencies. “In addition, the concern requires law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of Chursin and his family,” the press service said. The Ukroboronprom concern called on the ex-director general of the enterprise “not to put their personal ambitions above the interests of the enterprise and the armored industry.”

VTOL demonstrates possibilities – YouTube

A.Drones Published on May 29, 2019 Demonstration of the capabilities of the VTOL device: vertical takeoff, freeze at a specified point, vertical landing

President of Ukraine appointed journalist Iuliia Mendel his Press Secretary — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed Iuliia Mendel to the post of his Press Secretary. Respective Decree № 350/2019 was signed by the President on June 3. She took this office as a result of the competition announced by Volodymyr Zelenskyy on April 30. “If you want changes — make them. I am glad to join Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s team. We will do everything possible to be as open to the media and society as we can,” Iuliia Mendel commented on her appointment. In total nearly four thousand contestants, examined by a separate HR team, ran for the office of the Press Secretary. Candidates were assessed under the following criteria: Ukrainian and English language proficiency, literacy, experience in related professions, higher education, diction, eloquence, reaction rate, awareness of political processes in Ukraine and the world, stress tolerance, mindset and a sense of humor.

Reporter behind NY Times Biden-Ukraine story becomes Ukrainian president’s spokeswoman | Fox News

A freelance reporter who helped break a story for The New York Times on former Vice President Joe Biden’s questionable ties to Ukraine is now joining the new Ukrainian president’s administration.  A freelance reporter who helped break a story for The New York Times on former Vice President Joe Biden’s questionable ties to Ukraine is now joining the new Ukrainian president’s administration. Iuliia Mendel announced on Monday that she was selected to become a spokeswoman for Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling it a “big honor” and vowing that the administration would be “as transparent as possible.” Mendel, however, had co-authored a May 1 report laying out Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s role in a natural gas company that was involved in a corruption investigation in Ukraine and how the former vice president allegedly put pressure on Ukraine’s top prosecutor to end its probe. Biden was hammered over the controversy repeatedly by President Trump and his supporters. The Times acknowledged the “conflict of interest,” with a spokesman saying the paper was unaware the Kiev-based contributor had applied for the Ukraine job before she submitted her most recent Times piece. Critics called out the reporter’s sudden employment shift, some considering it “awfully problematic.” “Last week, The Times learned that she had applied for a job as spokesperson to the President of Ukraine on May 3 and has now accepted this position,” New York Times Communications Director Ari Isaacman Bevacqua told Fox News on Monday night. “Ms. Mendel wrote one story for The Times in May while she was a candidate for the government position, about the dissolution of Parliament. Had she informed editors of her job application, they would not have given her that assignment and we would have stopped working with her immediately given this serious conflict of interest. All reporters, including freelance reporters, must abide by our ethical journalism guidelines.” The spokeswoman continued, “Editors are confident that despite the conflict that should have been disclosed, her reporting — including her work on our recent Hunter Biden story — was fair and accurate.”

Journalist Yuliia Mendel becomes Zelenskyi’s press secretary

03.06.19 13:34 – Journalist Yuliia Mendel becomes Zelenskyi’s press secretary Journalist Yuliia Mendel became the winner of the competition for the position of the Press Secretary of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. View news.

Journalist Yulia Mendel becomes press secretary of president Zelensky

Journalist Yulia Mendel became the winner of the competition for the position of the Press Secretary of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. — Ukrinform.

Verkhovna Rada does not include impeachment draft law to agenda

04.06.19 14:46 – Verkhovna Rada does not include impeachment draft law to agenda Only 110 MPs voted for this decision, while at least 226 votes are needed. View news.

Zelensky to hold briefing outside Presidential Administration’s building on June 3 – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is to hold a briefing outside the Presidential Administration’s building in Kyiv on June 3, 2019. Leonid Kuchma, the second president of independent Ukraine, is expected to participate.

Zelensky submits bill on liability for illegal enrichment to Ukraine’s parliament – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, a draft law on the confiscation of illegal assets of officials and the punishment for the acquisition of such assets . The bill has been developed together with national and foreign experts.

PM Groysman: IMF program may be updated with “serious” requirements for Ukraine – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said the program of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can be updated with new requirements from the country’s key lender. The prime minister says Ukraine has no other alternative now rather than further cooperation with the Fund.

President Zelensky dismisses deputy head of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service Viktor Kononenko. Kononenko had held the post since July 2017.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy requires the Acting Head of the Security Service of Ukraine to report on the first results of work in two weeks — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasizes the importance of combating smuggling and requires the Security Service of Ukraine to demonstrate the first results of work in two weeks. The Head of State told this during a meeting with Ivan Bakanov, Acting Head of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Ex-leader of Right Sector Yarosh runs for Ukrainian Parliament again

Ukrainian MP Dmytro Yarosh will runs for Parliament again, plans to join Svoboda far-right party

Ukraine Crisis Media Center: Russia’s new sanctions against Ukraine, the IMF mission and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #18, 27 May – 2 June – To Inform is to Influence

Weekly Update on Ukraine Issue 18 – 2019 27 May – 2 June Situation in the combat zone Situation in the combat zone. Russia-backed militants kept violating the ceasefire using Minsk-proscribed 122-mm artillery systems as well as 82-mm and 120-mm mortars. They were also firing upon Ukrainian troops from the weapons mounted on infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers,…

Poll: Four parties may enter Parliament of Ukraine

If parliamentary elections were held next Sunday, the parties “Servant of the People”, “Opposition Platform – For Life”, “European Solidarity” and “Batkivshchyna” would enter the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine overcoming the 5% threshold. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant disconnects another power unit for repairs – news economics | UNIAN

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (NPP), which is part of state-run enterprise Energoatom, has disconnected its unit No. 5 from the power grids for scheduled repairs. Four out of six power units are in operation at Zaporizhia NPP as of June 3.

Handziuk murder case: All five suspects plead guilty – news ukraine | UNIAN

All five suspects in the case of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk’s assassination have pleaded guilty and made a plea deal with the prosecutor. The relevant statement was made at a hearing in the Pokrovskiy District Court in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region on May 3.

Organizer of attack on activist Handziuk pleads guilty

The organizer of the attack on Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, Serhiy Torbin, has found himself guilty and started to cooperate with investigators. — Ukrinform.

Protesters topple statue to Soviet-era General Zhukov in Kharkiv (Video) – news ukraine | UNIAN

Participants in a protest rally against a recent congress of the Doviriay Spravam (“Trust the Deeds”) Party have toppled the statue of Soviet-era General Georgy Zhukov in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At least one person was injured in clashes outside the local Palace of Sports building.

Bullet Fired By Drunk Off-Duty Cop Kills 5-Year-Old Boy In Ukraine: Officials

A police chief has resigned after authorities said a 5-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet when two drunk off-duty officers were firing at aluminum cans in the yard of a home late last week.

Police officers suspected of murder of 5-year-old boy in Kyiv region arrested – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ivan Prykhodko and Volodymyr Petrovets, two police officers who are suspected of the murder of a 5-year-old boy in Kyiv region, have been arrested. On June 4, Kyiv’s Holosiyivsky district court chose a measure of restraint for them in the form of arrest for 60 days, until July 30 without the possibility of bail.

Ukrainian viewer spots “time capsule from the future” in HBO’s Chernobyl drama miniseries – news ukraine | UNIAN

A Ukrainian viewer has spotted “a time capsule from the future” in HBO’s Chernobyl (2019) drama miniseries, pointing out that one of the scenes in episode 4 of the series features “a time capsule from the future” – the Kyiv-based monument to Chornobyl cleanup workers. HBO’s Chernobyl is currently ranked as IMDB’s highest rated TV series in history with 9.6 points.

Will Georgian Orthodox Church recognize Patriarch Bartholomew’s Primacy in Orthodox World? – Modern Diplomacy

The Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church is about to convene in next few days. A group of hierarchs allegedly led by Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere

How the Russian Orthodox Church survived communist rule | Arab News

The Church has done its bit to earn this privileged position, by sanctifying state policy and Putin himself. In 2012, just before Putin’s re-election to the presidency, the patriarch described his rule as a “miracle of God,” and compared the complaints of his opponents to “ear-piercing shrieks.” Priests who fail to toe the party line are defrocked or demoted. The Church has also sought to lend legitimacy to Russia’s military adventurism. It described Russia’s intervention in Syria as a “holy war” (a term that it has since expanded to describe the global fight against terrorism). This choice of words was not lost on the Islamist fighters who believe the same. During the invasion of Georgia in 2008, then-Russian Patriarch Aleksy appealed for peace and continued to regard the breakaway territories as part of the jurisdiction of the Georgian Church. But his successor was fully behind Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, describing those fighting against the separatists in Ukraine’s east as “uniates” (under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church). He later said Ukrainians and Belarussians belong to the “Russian world.” Ultimately, this full-throated support for Russian policy led to a schism with the wider Eastern Orthodox churches in 2018. Despite appearances, church attendance is not particularly high in Russia. A 2017 Pew survey put it at 6 percent of the population. But the Church itself is perhaps in its strongest political position in centuries, all thanks to its close embrace of Putin’s rule. In the calculations of the Church’s leadership, the benefits of this embrace are worth the cost, even of a split in Eastern Orthodoxy. And from Putin’s point of view, the Church’s support is a crucial plank of his claim to legitimacy.

Russian cleric receives government anti-extremism award for leading attacks against stagings of Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ — Meduza

Alexander Novopashin, the abbot of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk, has received an award “for counteracting extremism.” The head of Russia’s federal Anti-Extremism Center (Center E) personally gave Novopashin the award at a ceremony in Novorossiysk. Novopashin gained fame for his efforts to shut down local performances of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser in Novosibirsk. The production, directed by Timofei Kulyabin, included scenes imagining the descent of Christ into sin. It earned a wave of positive reviews and viewer popularity but faced accusations from clerics that the production “offended the feelings of believers,” a criminal offense in Russia. Novopashin led prayer meetings against the opera and attempted to trigger a legal investigation. The resulting scandal led to the firing of the Novosibirsk Theater of Opera and Ballet and the removal of Tannhäuser from the company’s repertoire.

Russia Spending 2.5 Billion US Dollars A Year On Orthodox Church Construction – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Russia is currently spending 150 billion rubles (2.5 billion US dollars) on the construction of Orthodox Churches, an enormous sum at any point and an increasingly insupportable one at a time of economic malaise and the closing of thousands of schools and hospitals. The ROC MP has been anything but forthcoming about how much it is spending and where the money is coming from, but Lyudmila Butuzova of Novyye izvestiya says that church affairs experts have been able to come up with that figure on the basis of the prices the Patriarchate gave for churches in 2010. At that time, ROC MP officials said a large church for 500 parishioners would cost 250 to 500 million rubles (four to eight million US dollars), a small one for 250 parishioners 90 million rubles (1.5 million US dollars), and village ones 9.9 million rubles (150,000 US dollars) (newizv.ru/news/society/30-05-2019/ekonomika-hramostroitelstva-kto-i-kak-platit-za-duhovnye-skrepy).TheROC MP has been equally reluctant to release figures on where all this money is coming from, preferring to live behind the myth that parishioners are paying. But most of them are older and poorer and certainly can’t come up with that kind of money, Butuzova says calculations show. And the money isn’t coming from the state except in the case of the restoration of some major church buildings. More than 90 percent in fact is coming from business interests and contributions, with wealthy people seeking to solidify their standing in Russian society by building a church The Novyye izvestiya journalist lists some of the major companies and wealthy individuals who have paid for the construction of churches, but she notes that about half of the money coming in is given anonymously, raising serious questions as to just how private much of that is. Because of this influx of money, the ROC MP has grown enormously at least in terms of the buildings and lands it has. In 1988, the ROC MP had 76 bishoprics and 74 hierarchs, 6893 churches (to be sure only 12 percent of the pre-1917 number), 6674 priests and 723 deacons, two monasteries, two spiritual academies and three seminaries. Today, Butuzova reports, the ROC MP has 293 bishoprics, 354 hierarchs, 40,000 priests, 944 monasteries, five spiritual academies, three Orthodox universities, two theological institutes, 38 spiritual seminaries and nine spiritual schools. Extraordinarily impressive growth of a kind to be sure.

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