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Russia, sowing provocations around the world. Some things never change.
Evidently not wanting to be eclipsed in the media by D-Day, Russia played some foolish games in the Pacific. Zakharova states that “Normandy Landing Did Not Have a Decisive Impact on the Outcome of World War II”– much like the commonly held belief in Russian leadership circles that vast volumes of Lend-Lease equipment, fuel, food and other materiel was of no relevance to the outcome. Evidently the only thing of relevance was Russian sacrifice, but not that of the minority nations of the USSR, or the Western Allies.
NATO/EU update. More oblique threats from the Vozhd. Energy update – Schroeder speaketh. Multiple reports on Russia’s descent.
The Vozhd makes a multiplicity of insulting remarks about Ze and Ukraine.
Ukraine IR update – Amb Pifer is too polite to call European nations blocking Ukraine’s NATO entry by their proper name – Russian proxies. Crimea update.
Donbas update – Russians launch banned arty bombardment of NGU positions, killing several Ukrainian troops. Ze responds, and a political argument in Kyiv follows. SBU bags a Russian covert operator in Mariupol. Defense industry update.
Politics update – pro-Russian parties merge to try to hold on to votes. HBO Chernobyl series produces very toxic reactions in Muscovy.
SBU bags Russian covert operator in Zaporozhiye who was tasked with a false flag op to assassinate a vocal ROC cleric known to be very anti-Ukrainian – if you are truly dedicated to the Russian cause, you are wholly expendable!
Major arrest of JW believers in Russia.
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 07, 2019) – At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision. We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.
A Russian destroyer came within 100 feet of a U.S. cruiser operating in the Western Pacific in an incident the U.S. Navy is calling, “unsafe and unprofessional.” USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) was attempting to recover a helicopter when it was approached by the Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, according to a Friday statement from 7th Fleet. “While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” read the statement. “We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), ‘Rules of the Road,’ and internationally recognized maritime customs.” The statement from 7th Fleets follow reports in the Russian state-controlled press that Chancellorsville had in fact cut in front of Admiral Vinogradov. “The U.S. cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed its course and crossed the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer’s course some 50 meters away from the ship,” read the statement from the Russian military. “In order to prevent a collision, the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew was forced to conduct an emergency maneuver.” The Friday incident wouldn’t be the first time Washington and Moscow have been split on at sea incidents. In 2016, Russian and U.S. officials offered conflicting accounts on an incident between Russian Navy frigate Yaroslav Mudry (FF-777) and the guided-missile cruier USS San Jacinto (CG-56). Mudry multiple erratic maneuvers near the cruiser while coming within 150 yards of carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during flight operations. Days earlier, the same Russian frigate had published a video edited in a way that seemed to show guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) cut in front of it. The Friday incident in the Pacific follows an unsafe aircraft interaction between a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter. Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov and USS USS Chancellorsville The following is the complete 7th Fleet statement. At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision. We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.The statement from 7th Fleets follow reports in the Russian state-controlled press that Chancellorsville had in fact cut in front of Admiral Vinogradov. “The U.S. cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed its course and crossed the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer’s course some 50 meters away from the ship,” read the statement from the Russian military. “In order to prevent a collision, the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew was forced to conduct an emergency maneuver.” The Friday incident wouldn’t be the first time Washington and Moscow have been split on at sea incidents. In 2016, Russian and U.S. officials offered conflicting accounts on an incident between Russian Navy frigate Yaroslav Mudry (FF-777) and the guided-missile cruier USS San Jacinto (CG-56). Mudry multiple erratic maneuvers near the cruiser while coming within 150 yards of carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during flight operations. Days earlier, the same Russian frigate had published a video edited in a way that seemed to show guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) cut in front of it. The Friday incident in the Pacific follows an unsafe aircraft interaction between a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter.
The U.S. Navy has released a video of what is says is a Russian destroyer almost colliding on June 7 with a U.S. cruiser in the Philippine Sea. The U.S. Navy called the incident involving the USS Chancellorsville and the Russian destroyer, the Admiral Vinogradov, “unsafe and unprofessional.” The press service of Russia’s Pacific Fleet claimed the USS Chancellorsville had “unexpectedly changed course” in what it called a “dangerous maneuver.” (This video has no audio.)
Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behavior.
Moscow says USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 meters of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov
Russia has accused a U.S. cruiser of what it called a “dangerous maneuver” in the East China Sea.
The U.S. Navy on Friday said that a Russian destroyer nearly collided with one of its guided missile cruisers after an “unsafe and unprofessional” approach in the Philippine Sea.
A Russian destroyer challenged a US warship to an unusual showdown in the Pacific on Friday, forcing it to take sudden evasive action.
The United States and Russian navies are at odds over an apparent near collision in the Pacific Friday with each side blaming the other.
The U.S. Navy says one its warships was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision with a Russian destroyer in the East China Sea.
The USS Chancellorsville and the Admiral Vinogradov came close to collision in the western Pacific.
Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War II and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated. Moscow’s comments might irk war veterans in Britain where the 75th anniversary on Wednesday of the largest seaborne invasion in history was marked at a ceremony in Portsmouth attended by Queen Elizabeth and world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a tribute to those who died on the western front of World War II and said Moscow appreciated the Allied war effort. “It should of course not be exaggerated. And especially not at the same time as diminishing the Soviet Union’s titanic efforts, without which this victory simply would not have happened,” she said. The Soviet Union lost over 25 million lives in what it calls the Great Patriotic War, and Moscow under President Vladimir Putin has taken to marking victory in the war with a massive annual military parade on Red Square. “As historians note, the Normandy landing did not have a decisive impact on the outcome of World War II and the Great Patriotic War. It had already been pre-determined as a result of the Red Army’s victories, mainly at Stalingrad (in late 1942) and Kursk (in mid-1943),” Zakharova told reporters.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the efforts of the western Allies “should of course not be exaggerated.”
Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War Two and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated.
THE Kremlin has told Western states on Wednesday that the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 did not play a “decisive role” in ending World War Two and that the West’s war effort should not be “exaggerated”.
D-Day’s importance in winning World War II against Nazi Germany has been “exaggerated” in American and Western history in the decades since the landmark assault, Russian diplomats said Wednesday as President Trump and European leaders gathered to mark the historic landing.
Russia says the D-Day invasion “did not have a decisive impact” on World War II and its significance “should not be exaggerated”.
Among the world leaders who joined Queen Elizabeth II and other heads of state to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, one was conspicuously absent: Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The European Union is committed to renewing economic sanctions against the Russian Federation for its aggression against Ukraine, as stated by the Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defense Policy and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service, Pedro Serrano during a security forum in Washington. “The European Union is firmly committed to supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity. We support Ukraine politically and economically, including support by upholding sanctions (against Russia), and we will continue to do that,” said the European diplomat as quoted by Ukrinform. He stressed that the European Union will stand by this policy. “We will demand that Russia respect and implement the Minsk agreements. This policy adopted by the European Union will endure,” Serrano stressed. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that the permanent representatives of the European Union agreed that Russian sanctions should be renewed for another year. Sanctions will be in effect until June 23, 2020.
Due to Russian cheating on the 1991 Presidential Nuclear Initiative, the U.S. retains only about 180 aged tactical nuclear gravity bombs bunkered in Germany and Turkey. Gone are virtually all 15,000 U.S. tactical nuclear weapons, dismantled more or less unilaterally. Today, Russia’s advantage in tactical nuclear weapons is overwhelming, outnumbering the U.S. by at least 10-to-1, and perhaps much more. (While most U.S. analysts assume Russia has 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, others estimate 7,000 or more, giving Russia an advantage of 35-to-1.) The U.S., to address this crisis, plans deploying the W76-2 tactical nuclear warhead on Ohio and future Columbia ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The Heritage Foundation’s Michaela Dodge, in her excellent report “New START and the Future of U.S. Nuclear Strategy,” notes the very grave implication of using the W76-2 to convert SSBNs into a tactical nuclear weapons platform: “To understand the seriousness of the issue, one must realize that uploading a low-yield warhead on a Trident II D5 SLBM means that the United States is not able to use these particular missiles for its higher-yield nuclear warheads, thus trading off part of its strategic nuclear weapons capability for tactical nuclear weapons. Yet, the Trump administration judged the developments in Russia’s doctrine to be so serious that it was willing to make that trade.”
The decision comes amid a pattern of Russia jamming or disrupting all sorts of communications vital to Western forces in recent years.
A force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland. Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units work together. Training in Zagan will include defence against enemy tanks and infantry, finding and destroying mines as well as artillery practise. To start the exercise, the NATO force assembled and then deployed quickly across European borders. Some 1,700 German troops and 600 vehicles and 70 tanks from bases in Germany deployed to Oberlausitz training area near Chemnitz. At the same time, hundreds of troops and tanks from the Norwegian Army’s Telemark battalion also deployed. All forces then linked up at Zagan in Poland. The rapid speed of the deployment of forces from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway shows the progress that has been made in recent years to increase the readiness and mobility of NATO’s military forces. The VJTF is provided by allies in rotation and includes several thousand troops, ready to respond where needed with air, sea and Special Forces support. It is part of the Alliance’s larger NATO Response Force (NRF). This year, the 1st German / Netherlands Corps is in charge of the VJTF’s land forces. Admiral James Foggo commands the entire NRF from NATO’s Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy. NATO Heads of State and Government agreed to create the VJTF at the Wales Summit in 2014, in response to a changed security environment, including Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine and instability in North Africa and the Middle East. Noble Jump 2019 runs from 24 May to 14 June.
The U.S. Air Force announced that B-52 Stratofortress has entered European airspace on a mission to participate in the Astral Knight 2019 exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The mission, scheduled to take off and land from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, has been closely coordinated with allies and partners in the region. Astral Knight is an exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, involving over 900 Airmen and supports the collective defense and security of NATO allies and U.S. forces in Europe. The exercise is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting defense of key terrain. Training will involve a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios. The participation of strategic bombers in exercises like Astral Knight demonstrates U.S. commitment to assuring allies, deterring adversaries and enhancing regional security. The B-52 is assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB. Also, the U.S. and Italian Air Forces aircraft consisting of F-35 Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-52 Stratofortress and a KC-135 Stratotanker, flew in formation over the Adriatic Sea during Astral Knight 2019 exercise.
The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets, U.S. officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara’s plans to purchase Russian air defenses.
In a far-ranging discussion on foreign policy, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is prepared to drop the New START arms control treaty if the United States is not interested in renewing it.
The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova said that the events in Turkey dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea by the Soviet authorities and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Caucasian war were “anti-Russian.” “In May, Turkey hosted a series of events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Caucasian war. Unfortunately, we note that most of these activities were politicized and had an openly anti-Russian nature,” said Zakharova at a briefing of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. Earlier, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People called on the UN and other international organizations to recognize the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. According to official data, 183 144 Crimean Tatars were deported in 1944, according to other sources – 400 thousand people were deported, and 46% of them died within the first year and a half. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine continues to record violations in Crimea and says that there have been no improvements on this matter in the occupied Peninsula in recent months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asserted that the United States is seeking to “spread its jurisdiction” worldwide, accusing Washington of risking the eruption of trade wars and real wars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States on Friday that what he described as unbridled economic egoism was a recipe for trade and maybe even real wars.
The body of Alexey Kudryashov, who was fired on 31 May from his position as the head of the financing department that oversees command bunkers for Russia’s high-ranking political and military leaders, has been found in Moscow. The 55 year-old financier’s corpse was discovered in the yard of a 15-story house, RBC reports, citing its own sources. The cause of death appears to be a fall from a great height. A source in the Interior Ministry said that on the day he died, Kudryashov had been at his son’s apartment, which his son had recently taken a mortgage on. A source in the Main Directorate of Special Projects (GUSP), where Kudryashov had worked, said that the department would be carrying out an internal investigation into his death. RBC also notes that in April, the Federal Security Service (FSB) carried out searches in the legal department of one of the GUSP’s military facilities, as part of an investigation into land fraud. The FSB believes that 35 hectares of land in Moscow’s Chekhovsky District has been misappropriated. The GUSP is responsible for Russia’s readiness to mobilize, and oversees a network of underground tunnels and bunkers for the senior political and military leadership and other secret facilities throughout Russia. The department is led by Alexander Linets. In 2015, former Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin died under mysterious circumstances. His body was found on 6 November in The Dupont Circle Hotel in the center of Washington. The RIA Novosti news agency reported that Lesin, co-founder of Russia Today and former head of Gazprom Media, had died of a heart attack. An autopsy showed that the former official’s causes of death were multiple blunt force injuries to the head, neck, torso, upper and lower extremities, and a neck fracture. However, experts were unable to reach a unanimous conclusion on whether he had been murdered.
The head of Russia’s largest state-owned oil company has claimed the United States is using sanctions against energy-producing countries to find markets for growing output from Texas.
On June 7, agents of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine prevented an attempt on a representative of was formerly known as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan of Zaporizhia and Melitopol Luka. The perpetrator, who has been apprehended, sought to blow up the metropolitan’s car using an improvised explosive device. Luka’s bodyguard, Oleksandr Kurnikov, was also set to be killed in the hit, the Ukrainian ZIK news outlet wrote. Metropolitan Luka, one of two Ukrainian hierarchs who participated in the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, got into a spotlight for his clear anti-Ukrainian rhetoric. Kurnikov, his bodyguard, better known in Zaporizhia as a leader of the local Union of Berkut [Yanukovych-era riot police] veterans, was also an infamous figure. It is reported that Metropolitan Luka has recently filed an application with the local police with a request to start criminal proceedings into “incitement of interfaith hatred.” He was allegedly offended by a Facebook posting saying that “during the years of independence, men in cassocks seized a bunch of churches or land plots to build more churches.” “However, it turned out that the statement was not enough get the hype needed. To add fuel to fire, they initiated an attempt on life to once again raise the topic for another report in the Russian Vesti TV program titled ‘Priests are being killed in Ukraine’,” ZIK wrote. Fortunately, there were no real victims and pretexts for the Russian media to spin their propaganda, according to the publication. Journalists suggest it is not the last attempt of the aggressor state to scold the topic of religion. The local website Zanoza reports early on June 7, a bomb was found between apartment buildings and garages in one of the districts of Zaporizhia. Security officials who arrived at the scene evacuated residents of nearby houses and cordoned off the area. The law enforcers are working on the scene. It is known the explosives were planted overnight under a garage with a car parked in it, whose owner was supposed to drive off the in the morning.
Moscow is developing a ‘sovereign’ web that critics say will enhance official power to silence dissent Thousands of protesters had gathered outside government headquarters in Magas, the capital of the heavily Muslim republic of Ingushetia in Russia’s north Caucasus. They were there to oppose concessions in a years’-long bitter border dispute with neighbouring Chechnya, but when they…
On June 10, The Russian State Duma will consult with the leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about sending a …
A judge in southern Russia halted proceedings in a case late last month to hold a special hearing to discuss a 1488 Dutch Renaissance painting. The painting in question, The Judgment Of Cambyses by Gerard David, depicts in graphic detail an executioner flaying alive the corrupt Persian judge Sisamnes. The painting is also known by the title The Flaying Of The Corrupt Judge. According to Greek historian Herodotus, Persian Emperor Cambyses II ordered Sisamnes skinned alive for delivering an unjust verdict after accepting a bribe. He further ordered that the unfortunate judge’s skin be used to upholster the chair from which his successor — Sisamnes’s son — would hear future cases. A small vignette in the upper right-hand corner of David’s painting shows the son dispensing justice in the macabre chair. Apparently, Krasnodar regional Appellate Court Judge Andrei Garbovsky was a bit taken aback when a creditor in a bankruptcy case, Stanislav Golubyov, sent the court some documents in an envelope decorated with an image of David’s gruesome painting. According to a document posted on the court’s website, “the court believes that this circumstance demands an explanation from S.V. Golubyov, including determining whether it was a display of disrespect to the court and consideration of whether there are grounds for imposing a fine….” A hearing on the matter was held on June 5, at which Garbovsky determined that there was no intent to disrespect the court on Golubyov’s part. According to Interfax, Golubyov did not appear at the hearing but sent a written apology (presumably in a different envelope) and explained that the envelope with the painting on it had come from the office of his lawyer, Aleksei Avanesyan. Avanesyan attended the hearing and told the court that the painting was not, in and of itself, offensive. Lawyers for the firm undergoing bankruptcy, Sochi-Absolyut, argued that Golubyov should be fined for violating the intellectual-property rights of the artist (who died in 1523) or of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium, where the painting hangs today. The judge proclaimed the matter closed. Nonetheless, David’s painting has a history of being used to send political messages. It was originally commissioned by the authorities of Bruges to hang in the town hall in a bid to foster honesty among officials. In 2012, supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unfurled a large poster of the painting at a hearing where she was appealing a seven-year prison term for alleged corruption. The unamused judge ordered the poster removed and threatened to have the protesters expelled as well. In December 2012, protesters brought a reproduction of the same painting to Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky district court just days after a judge sentenced Maksim Luzyanin to 4 1/2 years in prison for participating in the May 2012 Bolotnaya Square protest against Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin for a third presidential term. Activists Sergei Davidis and Maria Arkhipova were detained while trying to present the painting to Judge Andrei Fedin.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – Preventing the publication of something or suppressing it after it has been published are all too familiar forms of censorship and the imposition of ideological control in Putin’s Russia. But there are other means as well, including forcing the reorganization of research staffs and the forced firing of critics of the regime. An example of this more insidious form of repression is occuring at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, where the political science department is being folded into the department of government and municipal administration and some scholar critics losing their positions as a result (the-village.ru/village/city/news-city/352639-hse-censorand golosinfo.org/ru/articles/143454). According to Andrey Klimenko, who is in charge of research work in this section of the Higher School of Economics, the decision to combine the departments was taken last fall on financial grounds and in no way reflects the controversies some scholars in the political science department have found themselves caught up with in recent months. But in reality, several of those scholars say, the decision was taken to find a way to get rid of researchers who are in the Kremlin’s bad book. Aleksandr Kynev, for example, says that his course load was eliminated and thus his position will be “liquidated.” The same thing is happening to others who have criticized the powers that be. In an appeal to the students, faculty and administration of the Higher School, the Golos rights organization calls on everyone to refrain from actions, however dressed up as rational, that in fact are a response to complaints from the powers that be and ensure that the organization continues to live up to its code of conduct. That code, Golos reminds, specifies that “we will not allow any manifestation of deception, corruption, double standards or discrimination, we are part of Russian society not as observers but as active participants of its development, [and] we use our organizational experience and potential for spreading out experience and knowledge across the country.” What is happening now, the organization argues, is a clear violation of those provisions. “We hope that our concerns about the existing situation will be heard and that the Higher School in the future will operate according to its own declared values,” Golos says.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – In Russia as in many countries, most people without direct experience of a military conflict come to view it not via TV news or government propaganda at the time but as a result of novels and films. Americans, for example, view World War II more via movies like “The Longest Day” or “Saving Private Ryan” than from any official history. Russians are no exception to this pattern, and that makes any film Russian producers release about Moscow’s war in the Donbass important, given that there is a near certainty that viewers will select out of it elements different than even those who produced it may want to communicate. The classic example of this, of course, is a television show the Soviet government broadcast in 1986. Called “The Man from Fifth Avenue,” it was intended to show just how difficult life was for homeless people in New York, but viewers focused not on the homeless man but on the windows of the stores he passed and how much was in them, In five days, such a film will be publicly released across Russia. Dmitry Steshin, a Komsomolskaya pravda correspondent who has worked in southeastern Ukraine since March 2014 when the Russian invasion began has had the chance to view it in advance and provides an advance review (kp.ru/daily/26985/4045275/). He suggests that “Donbass. The Border Region” is “the first real, ‘adult’ film about the events of 2014,” one that reflects the complexities of that conflict in a more serious way than the various books and songs that have appeared before even if many Ukrainian viewers choose to interpret it as anti-Ukrainian because it focuses on the Russian side. Renat Davletyarov, the director of the film, says that any honest treatment of those events requires that both the pluses and minuses of the situation be included, something that makes a film like this potentially more threatening to the Kremlin’s black and white version of events than even Ukrainian reporting to the contrary. It will thus be quite interesting to see how Russians do react, what they will select out of it, and how that will shape their views about this war. It is almost certain that their conclusions won’t be as neat and clear as the Kremlin would like – and that will have consequences even if many will view the film as a “pro-Moscow” production. Since Lenin, Russians have recognized the power of film to define how people view things. And the leadership in Russia today is certainly aware of this not only with regard to this film on the war in the Donbass but in another case that could have equally important consequences in redefining how Russians view Kremlin policies and actions. Some Russians are pushing for making a film on the role of the Russian “private military companies” in Africa and especially what led to the death of three journalists from the Russian Federation. Indeed, a scenario for a documentary film on this has already been prepared (mbk-news.appspot.com/suzhet/zatknut-chast-rtov/).
Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – The Government of Tatarstan in Exile is asking the Free Russia Forum to recognize the independence of the republics of the Middle Volga (Idel-Ural), thus challenging the largest gathering of Russian liberals to live up to their principles and back the realization of those principles for others (idelreal.org/a/29982468.htmland region.expert/free_idel-ural/). Meanwhile, Andrey Romanov, emigre head of the Free Urals movement, has declared in a Ukrainian outlet that “the Urals will be free even if the West will save Moscow,” a recognition that once again as in 1991 the West will stay with the status quo until someone else changes it (sichovyk.com.ua/svitovid/1246-ural-will-be-free; in Russian at region.expert/free-ural/). Some may be inclined to conclude that these are voices of despair, but in fact, they are indications of the growing influence and maturation of regionalist challenges to Moscow among both Russians and non-Russians and their recognition that they may be able to count on Russian liberals who after all are victims of similar oppression but not on the West. In this, history is repeating itself. In the last years of the Soviet Union, many nationalist movements did reach out to and gained support from Russian liberals opposed to communist oppression, and some of them hoped for active support from the West, only to be disappointed even in the case of the Baltic countries let alone elsewhere. But those in the West, especially those who take credit for the demise of the USSR which in fact they did not work to promote, need to remember that that form of the Russian empire collapsed not because but in spite of them and that its successor will follow the same path (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-wests-failure-in-1991-must-not-be.html). That is something that the leaders of the republics and regions of Russia as these two new moves demonstrate have learned and are acting on; and they merit the closest attention from those in the West who say they are committed to the rights of individuals and nations and the rule of law but who appear to be even more dismissive of those things now than 30 years ago. Earlier this year, a group of Tatar émigré politicians, led by Vil Milziyanov, formed a government in exile, to promote their goal of freedom for Tatarstan and the other nations of the Middle Volga (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/tatar-leaders-in-exile-appeal-to-west.html). They first appealed to the West; now they are seeking support from Russian liberals. In this latest effort, they declare that “the task of the Tatar government in exile and the social-political organizations of Idel-Ural is the achievement of real sovereignty of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Chuvashia, Udmurtia, Mari El and Erzyano-Mokshania (Mordvinia)” (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2105827323044046&id=2090818191211626). “We want to live in friendship and agreement with the peoples of Siberia and the Caucasus, to be free like the majority of peoples in Europe! In pursuit of this goal, we ask You [the representatives of Russian liberalism at the Free Russia Forum] to recognize the independence of the republics of Idel-Ural!” The Idel-Ural movement is growing, the government in exile says, because “repressions for political and religious reasons have increased and become transformed into open terror. As a result of this and various other causes arising from this form of rule, thousands of people are leaving Russia having lost hope for justice.” The organization notes that the Ukrainian parliament has expressed its support for the peoples of Idel-Ural and other nations within the current borders of the Russian Federation and asked international organizations and governments in the West to do the same. (For background on this, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/ukrainian-parliament-calls-for-new.html.) The appeal is likely to be discussed by the Forum’s panel on “The Future of Russia: Disintegration or the Preservation of a Single State?” that will take place on Sunday at 1630 Vilnius time. This session is currently scheduled to be carried live at youtube.com/watch?v=ANYVliu0NnI. Meanwhile, in a related development, Romanov, who heads the Free Urals movement from emigration in Finland, describes both the repression Moscow continues to visit upon his group and others like it and the hopes that those involved nonetheless have for the future, a future they believe they will have to make on their own without outside help. Because of Moscow’s oppression, he continues, the Urals movement today “is not able to have any structured form – it consists of individuals who are advancing the idea on their own and as they can” despite the Russian secret services’ moves against them not only in Russia itself but abroad as well. The situation in the Urals is deteriorating and people there increasingly recognize that their problems will not be solved by Moscow or by anyone but themselves. Hence they are seeking ways in which they can do so. But they are limited by Moscow’s confiscatory tax policies, its repression and the lack of understanding and support from the outside. The peoples of the Urals welcome support from Ukraine and they hope to gain it from Kazakhstan as well. “For the Urals,” Romanov says, “it is a very important subject from a geopolitical point of view,” as the closest foreign state and “one of the main trading partners of our region.” “If the Russian Federation disintegrates, the influence of Kazakhstan on the Urals will only grow, above all because this country will be considered as a very convenient transit link.” (For background on that and how it could accelerate the demise of the current Russian empire, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/11/orenburg-corridor-threatens-russia-more.html.) But at present, Romanov concedes, any alliance with Ukraine or other independent countries is impossible,” not only because Moscow is engaged in active propaganda against the regions of Russia abroad but also because it is oppressing regionalists within the borders of Russia and in other countries as well. But despite this, he continues, time is working against Moscow and for the regions. “Moscow it seems clear has already long ago understood that the RF is not a living organization and that everything the Putin regime is doing today is making its approaching end and complete collapse ever more rapid, just as was the case 30 and 100 years ago.” “When we, people of the Urals, travelled to Moscow in 2012 and took part in the anti-government demonstrations, then each of us gave the RF 30 years of life. Today, we give it 15.” Thus, in just seven years, the Putin regime by its actions has shortened the life of the empire it heads by half. Everything suggests that Putin will continue to accelerate this process. “History again shows that it does not teach anyone anything,” a bitter truth but one that must be recognized, Romanov says. But this lack of learning from the past extends far beyond Moscow and includes most of the West. “The West is not coming to the support of regionalists in any case by the paths which some expect. In Russia, Putin patriots love to say that the West day and night thinks about how to divide up Russia.” But that is not the case: “the countries of the West always are in defense of the status quo” – and that means supporting the existing regime in Moscow. And so Romanov concludes: “the peoples of the Urals understand that they must count only on themselves, on their own strengths and possibilities and not dream that the West will come and help.” But in doing so, they can take courage from the fact that the USSR fell apart “completely unexpectedly for the West.”
Here are some of the key developments in Russia over the past week and some of the takeaways going forward.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that sooner or later he will get acquainted with the new Ukrainian president, adding that he has heard of Volodymyr Zelensky as a good actor but does not know him as a statesman.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky yet. “No, there are no plans yet,” Peskov told journalists on the margins of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, RIA Novosti reported. “… After we understand what Kyiv really means in terms of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in terms of normalization of bilateral relations, then it will be possible to talk about something specific. So far, there are no specifics,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared Kyiv must fulfill the agreements reached in the Normandy format before the negotiations could start between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said it is hardly possible to talk about the expansion of the Normandy format. “The format itself has been very unproductive so far,” he said, adding that “Kyiv was in no hurry to fulfill Minsk agreements,” RIA Novosti reported. “…And in such low-efficiency conditions, it’s hardly possible to talk about any expansion. On the other hand, everything depends on the position Kyiv will take now. We do not know yet,” Peskov said. Earlier Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had no plans to meet with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky yet.
Ukraine is the only member of the Normandy Four that wants this format to be expanded. — Ukrinform.
The president of the aggressor state, Vladimir Putin, said he did not congratulate the head of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, on his victory in the presidential election because of the latter’s rhetoric. He stated this when speaking at the international economic forum in St. Petersburg, Tsenzor reports. NO referring to UNIAN . To the moderator’s question why he did not congratulate Zelensky on his election, Putin replied: “You see, he still continues certain rhetoric, calls us enemies, aggressors. He somehow has to decide what he wants to achieve, what he wants to do. “. “We do not refuse contacts, we will work,” Putin assured. To the remark that Zelensky won the election with a “huge rating”, and why Putin did not want to meet him without conditions, the Russian president said: “Did I really refuse? No one offered to me.” “I don’t know this person. I hope we will meet someday. Apparently, he is a good specialist in the field in which he has worked until now – he is a good actor. I’m serious,” Putin said to the audience in applause. “One thing is to play someone, and another thing is to be someone. In order to play, you need talent, that’s for sure, and one of these talents is reincarnation talent. You can change roles every 10 minutes: Prince and a beggar. You have to be convincing there and there, “Putin believes. According to him, in order to do public affairs, we need “other qualities.” “We need experience, knowledge, we need to be able to find the main problems and see them, find the tools to solve these problems, and be able to gather capable people in one team,” said the President of the Russian Federation. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3131261
At a meeting in Normandy on June 6, U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation in the Middle East, Libya and Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the co-founder and co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, says that Ukraine is ready to write the next chapter of its long history. Portman visited Ukraine late in May 2019.
Ukrainians want membership, but obstacles abound. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Brussels on June 4 and 5, where he met with the leadership of the European Union and NATO. He reaffirmed Kyiv’s goal of integrating into both institutions—goals enshrined earlier this year as strategic objectives in Ukraine’s constitution. Author Steven Pifer Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Center on the United States and Europe, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative steven_pifer At their April meeting to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary, NATO foreign ministers noted their commitment to the alliance’s “open door” policy for countries that aspire to membership. Russian aggression over the past five years has only solidified domestic support within Ukraine for membership, though the path to achieving that objective faces serious obstacles.
Ukraine still has much to do with security and defense reform to get NATO membership, but this process is also being hampered by Russia’s hybrid war and the attitude of some allies still listening to Moscow. — Ukrinform.
07.06.19 11:57 – Zelenskyi: No plans of Putin-Zelenskyi meeting as of yet There are no plans of a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyi. View news.
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NATO plans to conduct military exercise in the Black Sea with the Ukrainian army in July, said Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg at a …
Russia must take steps to ensure a lasting ceasefire in Donbas, withdraw its troops and heavy weapons and disband the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” so that eastern Ukraine could be able to move toward peace and stability. — Ukrinform.
The Russian Federation must comply with the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and release 24 illegally captured Ukrainian sailors until June 25. — Ukrinform.
The public hearings in Ukraine v. Russia case in the International Court of Justice have ended today. — Ukrinform.
All the arguments of Russia regarding the lack of a subject matter of the dispute with Ukraine in the International Court of Justice must be overruled because of their irrelevance. — Ukrinform.
07.06.19 15:05 – Zerkal disappointed by Russia’s attitude to MH17 tragedy There is new evidence in the case on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donbas, but Russia neglects it. View news.
There is new evidence in the case on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donbas, but Russia neglects it, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal has said. — Ukrinform.
The Lithuanian Seimas acknowledged the crimes committed by the Soviet Union against the Crimean Tatars in 1944 and called on the international community to stand by the Crimean Tatars and continue the policy of treating Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian Crimea as illegitimate, reported the press service of the Seimas reported . According to the resolution adopted on June 6, “The Seimas condemns the eradication and deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their homeland, the Crimean Peninsula, to deserted areas of Central Asia which resulted in the majority of them perishing from starvation, disease, torture and hard labor”. This operation was planned and carried out by the totalitarian Soviet regime in 1944. Concurrently, the Seimas resolution condemns the illegal occupation and annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the discrimination against the civilian population and the Crimean Tatars on the basis of language, culture, religion and nationality as well as the abolition of the Crimean Tatar self-governing body. It was reported that on the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944, Latvia’s Seimas adopted a statement in which it recognized the operation as a genocide.
Lithuania’s parliament has recognized the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 by the government of the Soviet Union as an act of genocide.
The Ukrainian National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting appealed to Google Corporation with a request to stop blocking of broadcasting on YouTube of materials of the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, reports the press service of the National Council. Earlier, YouTube asked to remove some programs of the channel after the complaint of the Russin media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which claims that the posted materials violate Russian legislation on the information. “The National Council in its letter to the Google Corporation emphasizes that the broadcasting of Ukrainian media is under the jurisdiction of Ukraine, and the only regulatory organization that has the right to contact third parties regarding the content posted by them is the Ukrainian National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting,” says the report. The regulator assured the American company that the content of the Atlant-SV TV company complies with the requirements of Ukrainian and European law, and there are no legal grounds for blocking the content of the channel. Such a precedent may be dangerous for the freedom of speech both in Ukraine and in the world. The National Council recalled that Roskomnadzor had previously tried to influence the content of Ukrainian TV channels posted on YouTube. In particular, it has demanded to remove the program about the recollections of the Ukrainian volunteer who fought in the East of the country, and the story about the political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku, who was involved in the so-called Yalta case of Hizb ut-Tahrir. “The National Council is convinced that by such actions the Russian Federation uses Google Corporation and its subsidiary company YouTube in their interests to conduct a hybrid war against Ukraine,” says the Ukrainian regulator’s website. Since the beginning of 2019, there have been 30 recorded cases of use of force to journalists in Ukraine. This was reported by the monitoring data of “Index of physical safety of journalists,” which the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine conducts together with partnering public organizations.
Ukraine says fresh clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east have claimed the lives of two of its soldiers, raising to six the number of Ukrainian troops reported killed this wee…
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said six of its soldiers were killed in the last week after fresh fighting erupted against Russia-backed separatists in the eastern region of Donetsk. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service captured footage of a firefight on June 5 near the city of Horlivka.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 16 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements once, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.
07.06.19 10:28 – 16 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: four Ukrainian soldiers died June 6, the armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 16 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements once. View news.
Russia’s hybrid military forces on Thursday mounted 16 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action, and another two –as wounded in action. “Two Ukrainian members of the Joint Forces were killed in action and another two were wounded in action [before Friday midnight]. Each enemy provocation saw an adequate response. According to intelligence reports, one occupier was killed,” the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation said in an update posted on Facebook as of 07:00 Kyiv time on June 7, 2019. On Thursday, Russian occupation forces opened fire from 120mm mortars, weapons installed on infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns, and sniper rifles and small arms.
Two servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine “Azov” (military unit 3057) were killed and eight more were injured in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area during attacks by Russia-occupation forces in Donbas on Friday night, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has said. Two servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine “Azov” (military unit 3057) were killed and eight more were injured in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area during attacks by Russia-occupation forces in Donbas on Friday night, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has said. “The enemy mine of 120 mm caliber hit the dugout near the village of Novoluhanske, Bakhmut district, at night on June 7. Two soldiers of the Azov National Guard (military unit 3057) were killed during the shelling, another eight soldiers received injuries of varying degrees of severity,” the Interior Ministry said on Facebook.
As of 16.00, three more servicemen arrived at the hospital. It is a victim of a night-bombardment of the positions of the united forces near Novolugansk. We remind that at night, the enemy insidiously fired our positions, resulting in the death of two soldiers and 11 fighters were traumatized and wounded of varying severity. We have unquestionable evidence of the use of an artillery enemy of 122 mm, forbidden by the Minsk accords. As soon as the enemy battery turned out to be a fire, the combined forces immediately applied fire-fighting equipment to the reaction. We emphasize that the fire of the Russian invaders does not remain unpunished. The forces and means of the CIA are in complete alertness and give an immediate rebuff to the aggressor. We, united forces, outside of politics, are guided in their actions by military oath, by the law of Ukraine, by the Minsk agreements and by international humanitarian law. True to us, we will defend our native land, so victory will be behind us. Glory to Ukraine! Commander of the United Force Lieutenant-General Alexander Syrsky
The Commander of the Joint Forces, Lieutenant General Alexander Syrsky, said that JFO means are in full combat readiness and give an immediate response to the aggressor. As informs Tsenzor.NET, this is stated in the message of the JFO press center on Facebook. “As of 4:00 pm, three more servicemen entered the hospital. These were injured as a result of night shelling of positions of the combined forces near Novolugansky. We remind you that tonight the enemy insidiously shot at our positions, as a result of which two soldiers were killed and 11 soldiers were injured and injured in various gravity. We have irrefutable evidence of the use of 122mm enemy artillery, which was prohibited by the Minsk agreements. As soon as the enemy battery found itself to be fire, the combined forces immediately It is a weapon of destruction in return. We emphasize that the fire of the Russian invaders does not go unpunished, “said Syrsky. “The forces and means of environmental protection are in full combat readiness and give an immediate response to the aggressor. We, the combined forces, outside of politics, in our actions are guided by a military oath, the law of Ukraine, the Minsk agreements and international humanitarian law. For us, though, we protect our native land, therefore, victory will be ours “, – summarized Syrsky. As previously reported, on June 6, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire 16 times, of which once – using mortars of 120 mm banned by the Minsk agreements. The enemy also bombarded Ukrainian defenders with weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank systems, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns, automatic rifle and sniper weapons. The soldiers of the regiment of the NSU “Azov” Dmitry Pruglo (Round) died; he was 28 years old, and also 23-year-old Maxim Oleksyuk (Maxon).
Three more Ukrainian soldiers have been brought to hospital after a recent attack by Russia-led forces on Ukrainian positions near the village of Novoluhanske in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action and another 11 were wounded in action near the village.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the artillery shelling near Novoluhanske, Donetsk region and other settlements on the night of June 7, which resulted in two Ukrainian soldiers killed and eight wounded, testify to Russia’s loss of control over mercenaries. “The blatant violation of the Minsk agreements – the use of artillery – demonstrates, at least, the partial loss of control over mercenaries. We are hopeful the Russian side will regain control over these units,” the Head of State said. Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and thanked for the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian servicemen who were attacked. He stressed that at the diplomatic level, Ukraine would continue to insist on the ceasefire and the release of the captives. “The shelling of the Ukrainian military is an obvious attempt to once again undermine the process of negotiations on the ceasefire. Whoever gave the orders – Ukraine’s Armed Forces will respond rigorously and according to the situation. And at the diplomatic level, our position on the necessity to cease fire and release the captives will remain firm and immutable,” the President said.
07.06.19 11:41 – Zelenskyi: Armed Forces to respond tough, according to situation The president of Ukraine reacted to the artillery attacks in Donbas; four Ukrainian servicemen were killed over the last 24 hours. View news.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky believes that latest shelling near Novoluhansk and other settlements in Donetsk region overnight Friday, June 7, which resulted in two Ukrainian soldiers being killed and eight injured, testifies to Russia’s loss of control over its mercenaries. “A blatant violation of Minsk agreements, the use of artillery, testifies to at least a partial loss of management and control over the mercenaries. We hope that the Russian side will restore control over these units,” said Zelensky, according to his press service. The president also expressed condolences to the families of the victims and thanked Ukrainian soldiers who had come under attack for their courage and resilience. He noted that at the diplomatic level, Ukraine will continue to insist on a ceasefire and prisoner release, the president stressed. “The shelling of the Ukrainian military is an obvious attempt to once again disrupt the ceasefire negotiations. Whoever gives any orders, Ukrainian Armed Forces will respond harshly and in accordance with the situation. And at the diplomatic level, our position on the need for a ceasefire and the release of prisoners remains strong and inviolable,” said Zelensky. As the press center of the Joint Forces Operation reported earlier, Russian-backed forces in Donbas applied artillery, which resulted in two Ukrainian soldiers being killed and 10 – injured.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that artillery shelling near the village of Novoluhanske in Donetsk region and other settlements in the early hours of June 7, in which two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight more were wounded, shows that Russia has lost control over mercenaries, the press service of the head of state has reported. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine’s Government demands President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to explain his statement – earlier he said that Russia had lost control over militant in Donbas. Besides, it was reported that Ukraine hopes that Russia would restore control over the occupants, as Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze reported on Facebook. “If the President thinks that something might happen on the occupied territory in east of Ukraine without Kremlin knowing it, this is a catastrophe. It is terrible that in President’s statement Russia looks like almost a stabilizing side. This is what Putin wants to hear,” she noted. Klympush-Tsintsadze added that the statements of the Head of the State “should be quick and extensive”. Otherwise, it is a capitulation which society will not understand. As it was reported, on June 7 Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the artillery attack of the Ukrainian positions in Donbas and said that it means Russia had lost control over the militants.
The fifth president of Ukraine and leader of the European Solidarity Party Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s intelligence services to inform incumbent state leaders that Russia is in total control of occupied territories of Donbas.
The fifth president of Ukraine and the leader of the European Solidarity Party, Petro Poroshenko, believes that the current head of state, Vladimir Zelensky, is not sufficiently informed about how things are going in Donbas. He stated this in an appeal to Facebook, reports Tsenzor.NET. “Today we heard a very dangerous statement by President Zelensky – allegedly Russia ceased to control the armed forces located in the occupied territory. This is absolutely not true! It sounds like an invitation from Russia to the Donbass to legitimize the occupation,” Poroshenko said. He called on intelligence to inform the leadership of the state that in every position, starting with the platoon commander, there are personnel officers of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. “Russia fully controls everything that happens in the Donbass: the ruble goes there, the Russian military are there, they hand out Russian passports. I stress that the Russian commanders are responsible for the death of two Ukrainian heroes and six wounded,” the party commander said. European solidarity. ”
In response to the statement by President Vladimir Zelensky that Russia lost control over the mercenaries in the occupied Donbas, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that only officers of the Russian armed forces were in positions of platoon, company and battalion commanders. According Tsenzor.NET, he said this in a video message. “In recent days, I’m just not allowed to sleep by several reports of our representatives in Minsk, and now from the government offices about a completely different reaction to these events. Today I was surprised to find out that the Russians turned out to have lost some kind of control over terrorist groups in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. It is not so. It is enough to take one of these white government phones, call the head of the intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense and find out that from positions of platoon, company, battalion and higher commanders Only officers of the armed forces of the Russian Federation are serving. Our GUR knows them by name. All this has long been known to everyone who is really engaged in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. To say that these are some kind of separatists who go out of control of the Russian Federation is not true. I am outraged by the proposals of representatives of the Ukrainian side in the Tripartite contact group to ban fire towards the enemy, “said Lutsenko. Lutsenko also said that he had registered three criminal proceedings in the register of pre-trial investigations about preparing for financing terrorism, about preparing for obstructing the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a special period and for treason – after appeals to ban back fire in Donbas and restore trade relations with terrorist organizations . As previously reported, on the night of June 7, as a result of targeted fire from 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortar positions of the special units “Azov” near the settlement of Novoluganskoye on the Svetlodar arc, two soldiers with the call sign Round and Maxon were killed. Another 8 Ukrainian soldiers were injured and injured. In turn, as reported by the presidential press service, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky believes that shelling near Novolugansky in the Donetsk region and other settlements on the night of June 7, as a result of which two Ukrainian soldiers died and eight were injured indicate the loss of Russian control over mercenaries.
Artillery attacks in Donbas on June 7 lasted for an hour, militants launched 18 artillery shells, as Defence Ministry Spokesperson Oleksandr Motuznyak said at the briefing, the press office of the establishment reported. “At night Russian occupation troops performed attack at the positions of the Joint Forces Operation near Novoluhanske. Enemy’s shelling from 120mm mortars and 122mm tube artillery was recorded at 12:30 am. Fire was directed at Kalynivske village and lasted for an hour. The enemy launched 18 artillery and 11 mortar shells,” the message reads. Related: ‘Armed Forces to respond tough, according to situation’, – Zelensky’s response to escalation in Donbas The Defence Ministry confirmed that two Ukrainian servicemen died in that attack, eight more sustained wounds. “All the injured soldiers were evacuated and hospitalized, our army doctors take care of them,” Motuznyak noted. He added that for now, the situation is rather stable.
Posted by: Редакція June 07, 2019 Important, The situation in the Donbass 0 Comments One of the units of the 30 Brigade them. Prince Konstantin Ostrozky destroyed the KamAZ truck and the combat vehicle of the enemy infantry. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The truck provided logistical support for enemy positions, and the BMP attempted to evacuate KamAZ from the site of the defeat. A video was posted to confirm this information: The video captures an impact from the anti-tank rocket complex.
Ukrainian military will not be fully prohibited to open fire in Donbas, while economic restrictions on trade with the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions would be removed only under certain conditions, according to Yulia Mendel, a press secretary for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Leonid Danylovych [Kuchma] allegedly stated that the Ukrainian military cannot return fire when shelled. It seems to me that no president could wish such thing for his country. I don’t know where this is coming from, but today we spoke with Leonid Danylovych and he told me it was just a phrase pulled out of context,” Mendel told a panel show on 1+1 TV channel, TSN reports. “First, the whole explanation was about the ceasefire commitments being spelled out in the Minsk agreements. However, it’s about mutual commitment. Ukraine can’t just stop shooting for its part. It’s just impossible. What exactly it was all about? Very often, Ukrainian military are confronted with provocations where they get shot at from some residential building, a kindergarten, a school, or a hospital, any location where there are civilians. And then that house is shelled, too. This way, our people, our Ukrainians get killed. Therefore, it was about not falling for provocations,” said Mendel. A spokeswoman for the head of state added that “today we should talk about the need to move to a course of pragmatic and calm diplomacy. And in the center of this diplomacy should be the most important thing – the value of human life. And what President Volodymyr Zelensky is trying to do is to start anew, to resume the Minsk process, which has in fact stalled.” The spokesperson also commented on another resonating report of Thursday – on the possible lifting of the economic blockade off the occupied Donbas. “In 2017, restrictions were imposed on trade with the occupied territories. And this actually happened for several reasons. Of these, the main ones are the fact that a ruble zone appeared there and the fact that pseudo-nationalization took place there of enterprises and private property owned by people living there. We simply cannot talk now about lifting these restrictions, unless the conditions are met, unless the ruble zone is removed and the so-called pseudonationalization is lifted,” Mendel said. She stressed that during the negotiations, Ukraine’s position should be taken into account, and all parties should fulfill certain obligations, not only Ukraine. “When the Minsk process is underway, negotiations are underway, then, of course, the position of Ukraine is included, as well as what Russia must do. We cannot be demanding things solely from our own selves. But we are very disappointed that while we were in Brussels [the first foreign visit of President Zelensky], these basic messages were manipulated,” the press secretary said, suggesting that “certain political parties are just trying to win some political benefits for themselves ahead of parliamentary elections.” “And it’s a shame that this is being done at the expense of such painful topics as war. See, we have no contradictions here: neither the government, which has been out there for five years unable to do anything, nor the government, which has now come to power and is going to do something. We have the same red lines – we can’t say Ukraine’s territorial integrity will be altered. Crimea is Ukraine, Donbas is Ukraine,”said Mendel.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s press secretary has commented on the outcome of the recent peace talks in Minsk. “The lives of …
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, has reported that he has registered three criminal proceedings in the register of pretrial investigations – on preparations for financing terrorism, on preparations for obstructing the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a special period and on high treason – after appeals to prohibit return fire in Donbas and resume trade with Russia-occupied districts in Ukraine’s east. “Today I have personally registered a notorious case in the register of pretrial investigations: in fact, about preparing for financing terrorism, that is, actions committed to financially support a terrorist group, committed by a group of people in preliminary agreement. This is for those who think it is possible to resume trade relations with terrorist organizations that seized Ukrainian property, public or private, allegedly collect taxes, but we will trade with them, taking responsibility for over four billion [hryvnias] in debts for electricity and water in the occupied districts,” Lutsenko said in his video statement, released on Friday. “One more case concerns preparations for obstructing the legitimate activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations during a special period of an anti-terrorist operation. And one more case relates to the fact of high treason, that is, actions deliberately committed by a citizen of Ukraine to the detriment of sovereignty and territorial integrity, immunity, defense, state, economic and information security of Ukraine, assisting a foreign state, a foreign organization or their representatives in subversive activities against Ukraine. These are cases opened on facts [not against persons],” the prosecutor general added.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has simplified the process to apply for a Ukrainian citizenship for foreigners and stateless persons who defended …
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine have exposed and detained in Mariupol an agent of the Russian FSB. The perpetrator also gathered intelligence on the movement of military equipment and troops.
The fourth Ukrainian Naval Forces base is built in Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region, reports Dumskaya news outlet. The first three bases are in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Berdyansk. The Ukrainian government decided to relocate four units of the Ukrainian Navy from Odesa to Ochakiv base. Mid-size landing ship Yuri Olefirenko, Korets tugboat, artillery boats AKA-02 and Rivne will be transferred to Ochakiv. Previously Olefirenko was part of the 5th brigade in Mykolaiv. In the summer of 2017, the US Navy reported that US naval construction battalions began the construction of the operational fleet management center for the Ukrainian Navy in Ochakiv.
Posted by Redevelopment June 07, 2019 News of the military-industrial complex 0 Comments In 2018, 16 sets of 2P25-2L launches from 2Q12M1-2L “Square-2L” anti-aircraft missile complex (export name 2K12M1-2L “Cube-2D”) were exported from Lithuania to Angola. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal 2K12M1-2L “Kvadrat-2L” (export name 2K12M1-2L “Cube-2D”) is a modernization of the Soviet ZRK 2K12 “Cube” The relevant information is contained in the United Nations Register of Conventional Weapons Database in the 2018 report: Information on the export of 16 start-up 2P25-2L from Lithuania to Angola in 2018 The modification of the launching gear 2P25-2L was developed by the Ukrainian enterprise “Aerotechnique-MLT” in the framework of the modernization of the Soviet ZRK 2K12 “Cube” to the level 2K12M1-2L “Cube-2D” (2K12M1-2L “Kvadrat-2L”). This modernization allows to improve the technical characteristics and expand the functionality of the ARM due to the implementation of new algorithms for processing and displaying information by devices, the use of digital signal processing on a modern element base, with digital (software) selection of moving targets and automatic removal and processing of information. In Lithuania, works on modernization were carried out at the company “LiTak-Tak”. The 2P25M2 launches themselves were imported from Poland in the amount of 8 units in 2016 year: Information on the import of 8 launches 2P25M2 from Poland to Lithuania in 2016 Another three start-up 2P25M2 from Poland was imported in 2017, and in the same year one of the 2P25M1 imported into Lithuania from Ukraine: Information on the import of 3 launches 2P25M2 from Poland and one 2P25M1 to Lithuania in 2017 This modernization of the CJSC “Cube” is already interested in Ukraine, as we have reminded that last year there were tests of modernized complexes at the State testing ground “Yagorlik” in the Kherson region. As a result of which the decision was made to return them to the arsenal of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
June 07, 19 Corps BTR-4 The content of harmful elements – sulfur and phosphorus up to 30 times the norm, even for low quality steels. The content of alloying elements that make metal armor is critically low. Steel with such parameters could not reach the conveyor belt where NATO supplies armored vehicles, because the use of such components is a real crime. During the BTR-4 shells, manufactured as allegedly “Native” steel, they received a lot of non-standard lesions (breakthroughs), the official website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports. And now from the beginning … Ukrainian media now circulate fairly biased and distorted information on the use of imported armor steel by Ukrboronprom enterprises in the production of BTR-4 and other equipment. It is a fact that the military unit of the Ministry of Defense refused to accept ready-made armored vehicles from the manufacturer, in which armored components purchased abroad were used. They say, due to the position of the military reception and outdated standards of standardization, the process of production of armored vehicles has now been blocked, and specially created production lines have stopped. Indeed, at first glance, this “anger” is “righteous”, since it is logical to assume the existence of a certain nonsense. In other words, how can it be that the armored components of materials that make military vehicles for NATO countries suddenly become unfit for the production of such equipment, but in Ukraine? It is in this nuance that lies the manipulative moment that substitutes the very essence of the problem. So, it is worth considering, is it really true that the military is responsible for delaying the delivery of armored vehicles to the Armed Forces and whether such standards are already retrograde to ours that do not give the green light for its intended purpose. Representatives of the military department during the reception found a very simple thing – import steel used by manufacturers does not meet the necessary constructive parameters. Simply put, instead of rolling, which was supposed to have some characteristics and armor properties, the intermediary, who was going to supply such steel to Ukraine, “strangely” put materials with considerably worse properties. Also, it is surprising that the initiators of the “armored scandal” avoid references to the fact that the state-owned steel sheets do not meet the EU labeling requirements and do not have a proper certification of their origin. Moreover, the results of the test of armored vehicles, shells of which were fired from various types of weapons, gave rise to doubts about their ability to ensure the claimed requirements for bulletproofness. And here the focus of the problem is not exactly in standards that undoubtedly need improvement, but the fact that in the process of supplying the armored car there was, to put it mildly, an “incorrect” substitution for unfinished conditional products. At the moment, a complex of research is under way, the first results of which will certainly be of interest to the competent authorities responsible for the legal assessment of such manipulations. After all, this is ultimately a matter of national security, the lives of our troops and the effective use of combat units equipped with domestic armored vehicles. Purchased in winter 2019, the batch of imported metal rolling “MiiluxProtection 500” for the Kharkov Design Bureau for Machine-Building named after O. Morozov (KMDB) was intended for the production of BTR-4. It is important to understand that the design documentation for the product in question involves the use of such grades of steel: the main one is the 71 grade, the permissible replacement is 7, 1, 2P – (Poland), MiiluxProtection 500 (Finland), ARMSTAL 500 (Poland) Brand HB500MOD (Belgium). So, the military adjudication found that the content of harmful elements in the steel MiiluxProtection 500, such as sulfur and phosphorus in certain samples, up to 30 times exceeds any norms, even for low quality steels, moreover, armored. At the same time, the content of alloying elements that give metal armor properties is defined as critically low. Consequently, steel with such parameters, albeit theoretically, could in no way get on a conveyor belt, which makes armored vehicles for the same NATO or other country. Why? And because the use of such components is a real crime, because such “armpit” will not perform its main protective function. Also, many Ukrainians who are interested in the issue of dispute about import steel, it is interesting to know that neither Miilux nor the supplier confirm the use of the mentioned steels in the production of military armored vehicles. And just one of the conditions for the use of imported armor for the issue of domestic armored vehicles is confirmation of its use in the manufacture of similar products abroad. For a more thorough look at the so-called “NATO” certificates for steel MiiluxProtection 500, we see a lack of certainty of the lower marginal limit of the content of alloying elements. When checking the chemical composition of Finnish steel at the entrance control, in the process of launching steel rolling into production, the absence of two chemical elements that should have been in the chemical composition of steel in accordance with European requirements was revealed. That is, it turns out that the supplied Finnish steel does not correspond to the “NATO” standards! It is noteworthy that the State Enterprise “KMDB” did not produce any BTR-4E case from MiiluxProtection steel. And shells made in 2017 at the Zhytomyr Armored Plant, and without the participation of military representation, during the tests on fire received a lot of non-standard lesions (breakthroughs). Now they are kept in the insolvent of a lack of enterprise. Obviously, on the surface there are signs that there are attempts to disguise by far-fetched reasons the very essence of the disruption of the implementation of the state contract for the manufacture of armored personnel carriers BTR-4E and shift its responsibility to the “shoulders” of military missions. And it’s not even an import armor, because for the assembly of BTR-4E actually used steel grade 71, ordered and manufactured in 2017-2018 in the required amount. So, in order to use foreign-made metal rolling in the production of BTR-4E, the KMDB should only purchase the MiiluxProtection 500 steel containing the chemical elements specified by the design documentation. It is also important to understand that the cost of rolling steel grade 71 in the tempered state is approximately 62 thousand hryvnia per ton, and hardened metal rolling MilexProtection 500 – about 180 thousand hryvnia. Finally, it should be recalled that all design documentation developed by the State Enterprise “KMDB” contains references to the standards of the former USSR that still exist in Ukraine. And the absurdity of their cancellation was repeatedly stated by the representatives of “Ukroboronprom”. It remains to hear the answer to the question when they were sincere: when they talked about the archaic system of standardization in the “defense” or when it was defended?
One of the promising areas for the Yuzhnoe design office is the creation of satellites. The cost of the device today can reach up to 200-300 million dollars, and, of course, the case of manufacturing satellites for third-party customers, the company would receive greater benefits. However, despite the fact that the Yuzhnoe design office has a modern “clean” laboratory for building satellites with the eighth purity level, the last launch of the Ukrainian satellite of remote sensing of the earth was carried out in 2011. Since that time, no satellite has been launched. At the same time, in 2005-2014, 620 small satellites were launched worldwide (or an average of 62 satellites per year). In 2015 – 2019, 510 small satellites were launched and scheduled for launch (about 100 per year). Valeriy Borovyk, head of the board of the New Energy Alliance of Ukraine, published these data in the Mirror of the Week outlet. The market volume of launches SMALLSATS (small satellites) is estimated at approximately $ 1.5 billion. Related: Ukraine, Nigeria to begin joint research in space sphere Ukraine now has the only satellite in orbit, created by students and professors of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Igor Sikorsky, – PolyITAN-2-SAU nanosatellite. It performs a single function, it gives a signal. “For a country with such a developed industry as Ukraine, this is a rather weak indicator. On the other hand, the PolyITAN case is proof of a consistently high level of engineering and space education in Ukraine,” Yevhen Rokytsky, the head of the board of the Dnipro space cluster, says. The satellite was launched into orbit in 2013 along with satellites from other universities in the world. Of the 38 put into orbit, it is the only one that continues to function. Due to the absence of its own satellites, Ukraine has to buy information from other countries. The Sich 2-1 satellite, which Yuzhnoe is now developing for the benefit of both law enforcement agencies and civilian issues, has a capacity of 8 meters. “Law enforcement agencies do not need such a satellite,” Valeriy Borovyk said. According to him, the New Energy of Ukraine Alliance, which in 2015 manufactured the engine for the Singapore satellite, in collaboration with German, English, and Italian companies, proposed the creation of a remote sensing satellite with 0.7-0. 8 m capacity. At the same time, its cost could reach 30 million euros. Not allowing private companies to create remote sensing satellites, nor to rocket and space technologies, the state itself does not finance the Ukrainian space industry. If you compare the volume of budget investments of other countries in the space sector in relation to their GDP, you can see that the US spends a record $ 18 billion (0.1% of the country’s GDP), Europe – $ 5 billion (0.03% of GDP), Japan – more than 2 billion dollars (0.07% of GDP). At the same time, Russia, which invests $ 2.5 billion in space, spends a record 0.23% of GDP, which significantly affects its economy. China’s investment in the space industry is classified. On a number of issues, our country is still ahead of both the United States and European countries. An average salary at Yuzhnoe design office is 530 USD per month. In the face of lack of money, the space rocket industry, like the aviation industry, continues to lose numerous specialists. In general, around 700 thousand employees are employed in the space industry worldwide (Ukraine has about 20 thousand, and this number is reduced by about 10% annually). At the same time, in many countries (Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others that are included in the space race) the demand for industry professionals is growing at a tremendous pace. Ukrainian specialists go abroad, as they are in demand there. For example, one of the software developers for the Falcon-9 rocket control system (USA) is a Ukrainian, a recent migrant.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Head of the Supreme Court Valentyna Danishevska and Head of the Supreme Anticorruption Court Olena Tanasevych. During the meeting, the parties discussed the beginning of the functioning of the Anticorruption Court. The participants also discussed the state of readiness of the Supreme Anticorruption Court to the beginning of its work on September 5, in particular the problems with the premises and workplaces for judges.
The representative of the Ukrainian President in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during an interview on 1+1 TV channel, said that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to propose to the Ukrainian Parliament to dismiss the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko next week. He will also offer to dismiss the Foreign, Defense, and Security Ministers. He also noted that negotiations on new candidates for the posts continue. However, the representative of the Ukrainian President refused to mention the names of possible candidates, reports TSN TV channel. Zelensky’s draft resolutions on the dismissal of Pavlo Klimkin from the post of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Stepan Poltorak from the position of Minister of Defense of Ukraine and Vasyl Hrytsak from the post of head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) were registered in Parliament on May 30. However, Parliament refused to accept their resignation. All three positions belong to the so-called presidential quota – only the President has the right to propose candidates for these positions. On May 20, during the inauguration ceremony, newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, who had been in their positions since October 2014. Shortly after that, the Ukrainian Defense Minister wrote a letter of resignation.
07.06.19 16:29 – Opposition Bloc, Peace and Development, Vidrodzhennia, Ours and Trust Deeds parties declare unification to participate in Rada snap elections The political parties of Opposition Bloc, Peace and Development, Ours (Nashi), Vidrodzhennia and Trust Deeds (Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov’s Doviryay Dilam) have agreed to unite to jointly participate in the snap elections to the Verkhovna Rada View news.
Leaders of the pro-Russian party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk (Russian President Vladimir Putin is a godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter) on Friday, June 7, arrived in St. Petersburg to meet with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. Miller complained about the “lack of signals” from Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who recently returned to Ukraine, has turned down Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko’s invitation to run in Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections on the list of candidates representing Klitschko’s UDAR party, the online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda said.
07.06.19 14:41 – Saakashvili refuses to run in Verkhovna Rada elections with Klitschko’s UDAR party Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who recently returned to Ukraine, has turned down Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko’s invitation to run in Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections on the list of candidates representing… View news.
The first ten persons on the list of the Groysman’s Ukrainian Strategy political party to participate in snap parliamentary elections were presented at the party congress on Friday. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine’s parliament intends criminal liability for crimes against humanity and to abolish the statute of limitations for crimes involving torture.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s representative to the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk has called for “rebooting” the entire political system in the country.
A court in Ukraine’s eastern Dnipropetrovsk region has sentenced five men to prison terms in the high-profile case surrounding the death of anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk.
A lawyer for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has disclosed some details of the corruption charges his client is facing in the high-profile case.
Traditional weddings in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine mean ornate costumes and exhaustive preparations. Organizers of an annual wedding festival that brings together villagers from across the region hope to keep the distinctive traditions alive.
HBO has finished airing its critically acclaimed miniseries about the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On the website IMDb, “Chernobyl” is currently the highest rated television program of all time, surpassing even other hits from the same network, including “Game of Thrones” and “The Wire.” In Russia, many journalists and film critics have praised the miniseries as a haunting and beautiful, albeit not entirely historically accurate, retelling of the 1986 accident. But HBO’s “Chernobyl” also has many critics in Russia, especially in the state media and various “patriotic” news outlets, where commentators have accused the show’s American filmmakers of trying to “reprogram” viewers and blacken the USSR’s historical memory. Meduza looks at some the the angriest reviews.
On June 7, agents of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine prevented an attempt on a representative of was formerly known as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan of Zaporizhia and Melitopol Luka. The act was aimed to spark religious tensions and feed Russian propaganda narratives on alleged “violence” toward priests of the Russian-controlled church.
The security service determined that the customer of the terrorist attack in Zaporizhia, which was prevented today, is the so-called “MGB DNR”. About it it is spoken in the message of special service, transfers Tsenzor.NET. “The intelligence agents established that the customer of the terrorist attack was the so-called DPR MGB. According to the supervisors’ plan, the explosion should have resulted in numerous human casualties and destabilization of the social and political situation in a peaceful region,” the SBU said. Earlier today it became known that the SBU prevented a massive terrorist attack in Zaporizhia.
Religious scholar Liudmyla Filipovych has confirmed the earlier statement of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that the Kyiv Patriarchate had never existed in legal terms. According to the expert, self-determination of a part of Orthodox believers regarding the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate unfolded in 1992, the Obozrevatel online outlet reports. However, their non-canonical existence, which finally ended with the recognition by the Constantinople Patriarchate, was finally halted. According to Filipovych, the idea of creating a Patriarchal Throne in Kyiv will exist as a distant prospect for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine because the believers who are part of what today is metropolis would like to see its status raised to a Patriarchate. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists in Istanbul last week that the Kyiv Patriarchate had never, in fact, existed.
Russia has detained 15 members of Jehovah’s Witnesses amid a crackdown against the religious group.