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BALTOPS EX commences, COMPASS CALL deployed to Poland. The “USS Chancellorsville incident”remains a major media topic – the most effective punishment for such Russian stunts will always be the supply of additional free-of-charge military aid to nations Russia detests, such as the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and others. Update on Turkey’s Erdogan-inflicted woes – the most likely outcome will be Turkey operating the Su-57E.

Mayhem in Moldova – Putinist President Dodon suspended by Constitutional Court, pro-Western PM Filip appointed interim president, parliament refusing to comply with decree to dissolve. Moldova has enough of its own troubles without incessant Russian meddling that has arguably been central to the current mess.

Peeved over global praise for HBO’s Chernobyl series, Russia will produce its own with a contemporary twist: “…the plot will focus on a fictional contest between an American CIA agent who infiltrates the power station to gather intelligence and a KGB counter-intelligence officer hunting him”– blame it as always on Langley! Druzhba pipeline at the center of the contamination disaster accounts for 20% of Russia’s exports, and production of POL now at a three year low. Multiple reports on Russia’s descent, notable being the Symantec report on the Troll Factory, and digests on Babenyshev and Dzhikovsky.

Kyiv hosts 10th Ukraine-Lithuania-Poland Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. CDU chastises Saxony’s Premier Kretschmer for publicly acting as a Russian proxy.

In Donbas Russian escalation persists, including banned use of MBTs and heavy arty at the contact line – they are clearly testing Pres Zelenskiy and probing for weaknesses in Kyiv and the FEBA.  61st Separate Infantry Jäger Brigade update. Updates on Vilkha and Neptun programs – Zgurets expands on the rationale. Nova Scotia spaceport get Canadian govt environmental approval.

Politics update.

ROC update – the observations on the consequences of Muscovy promoting Orthodox Russian nationalism are on target, mayhem is inevitable.


U.S. Air Force deploys electronic attack aircraft to Poland – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has announced that EC-130H Compass Call electronic attack aircraft arrived at Krzesiny Air Base in Poland. The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system that disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs offensive counter-information and electronic attack (or EA) capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces. According to a news release put out by U.S. Air Force, a EC-130H Compass Call, Airmen and support equipment have arrived at Krzesiny Air Base to participate in training with other U.S. aircraft and the Polish air force as part of an on-going series of military engagements. During this rotation, U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training focused on maintaining joint readiness and enhancing interoperability. The EC-130H and Airmen are deployed from the 55th Electronic Combat Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The EC-130H and crews will join F-16C fighter jets and Airmen deployed to Krzesiny from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. This deployment has been fully coordinated with our NATO ally, Poland. The deployment of the EC-130H to Europe demonstrates U.S. commitment to allies and partners and to enhancing regional security. Since it became operational in 1983, the EC-130H Compass Call has demonstrated its electronic combat power in tactical air operations around the world. Over its operational life, the aircraft has demonstrated a powerful effect on enemy command and control networks in multiple military operations including Kosovo, Haiti, Panama, Libya, Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan. The EC-130H, EA-6B or EA-18G, and F-16CJ, form the Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) triad. Programmed upgrades have expanded its mission by procuring a secondary EA capability against early warning and acquisition radars. The EC-130H continuously tests new capabilities and tactics to respond to emerging threats and requests from combatant commanders.

Maritime forces from 18 nations test readiness in Baltic Sea – Defence Blog

Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet, will lead the exercise on behalf of Naval Forces Europe. “No one nation can face today’s challenges alone, we are much stronger together,” Lewis said. “Our partner and NATO alliances must continue to strengthen our deterrence and defense efforts and adapt through improving readiness and responsiveness.” The focus of the exercise is for ground, maritime and air forces to work together in exercising air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, mine countermeasures and amphibious operations, to strengthen the development of joint teams across all layers of the battlespace. The exercise will include the participation of 50 surface ships, 36 aircraft, two submarines and 8,600 personnel in a joint operational environment. “I think BALTOPS represents the habit we have made in operating in a coalition environment and in a multinational environment,” said U.K. Royal Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Burns OBE. “One of the advantages, particularly in the NATO framework, as we operate together more and more we standardize our procedures so we now have a generation of military folk who are used to operating together with standard procedures.” Nations participating in BALTOPS 2019 include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. BALTOPS is an opportunity to promote partnerships, presence, and professionalism through an unambiguous display of strength in the Baltic region.

Russia: Putin warns New START nuclear arms treaty at risk | News | Al Jazeera

Russian president accuses US of shunning talks on extending the nuclear arms reduction treaty, which expires in 2021.

 

Russia Accuses US Destroyer of Creating Dangerous Situation For Its Ship in East China Sea – Sputnik International

Several parts of the South China Sea are contested by six regional states, while in fact, China controls the vast majority of the territory. The US is actively trying to contest Beijing’s dominance in the region by sending military ships there.

The USS Chancellorsville incident, and why Putin is sucking up to China

President Trump must respond to the aggressive action by a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer in the Philippine Sea on Friday. U.S. Navy video proves the Russians maneuvered towards the USS Chancellorsville in an unsafe manner. The Russians will attempt to flood the Navy’s YouTube page with troll comments, but the video speaks for itself.iFrame ObjectThe Russians clearly found their activity hilarious: In another video recorded by the U.S. Navy, Russian sailors are shown sunbathing on their helicopter deck just prior to the closing incident. Regardless, Trump cannot let this stand.

US cruiser almost collides with Russian warship 3 days after Su-35C intercepts P-8A Poseidon | World News

According to the Russian Pacific Fleet, the US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville of the US Carrier Strike Group 5 under the 7th Fleet came 50 metres in front of Admiral Nikolai Ignatevich Vinogradov in South China sea, forcing its warship to perform a dangerous manoeuvre to avoid a collision.

U.S. Navy says Russians were ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ in dangerous near collision incident – Washington Times

A U.S. missile cruiser and Russian destroyer nearly collided Friday in the Philippine Sea, with the two vessels coming within at least 100 feet of one another as the two nations traded blame for the incident.

Shanahan blames Russia’s ‘unsafe’ behavior after near-collision

“There was obviously a safety issue there. That behavior was unsafe and unprofessional. We’ll have military-to-military conversations with the Russians,” Shanahan told reporters outside the Pentagon.

U.S. to launch protest with Russia over naval encounter, Shanahan says – POLITICO

The near-collision was the latest in a series of aggressive actions by the Russian military in different parts of the world over the past two weeks.

Patrick Shanahan says Russian’s acted ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ – YouTube

Daily Mail Published on Jun 7, 2019 Russia’s Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville (top right), a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 metres (165 feet) of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (bottom right) which had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision, Russian news agencies reported. They cited a Russian Pacific Fleet statement as saying the incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the eastern part of the East China Sea at a time when a group of Russian warships was on a parallel course with a U.S. naval strike group. Main: The two ships pictured from overhead as they come within touching distance.

(1/2) USS Chancellorsville Avoids Collision with Russian Destroyer Udaloy I DD 572 – YouTube

U.S. Navy Published on Jun 7, 2019 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.

(2/2) USS Chancellorsville Avoids Collision with Russian Destroyer Udaloy I DD 572 – YouTube

U.S. Navy Published on Jun 7, 2019 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.

During showdown with US Navy, Russian sailors were caught… sunbathing? – We Are The Mighty

Videos released by the Navy appear to show Russian sailors sunbathing shirtless on the back of their warship during a close encounter at sea.

Russian sailors sunned on deck during incident with American guided-missile cruiser – Defence Blog

The U.S. Navy has reported that a Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD 572) made an unsafe and unprofessional approach against guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Phillippine Sea, June 7th. According to the statement, the incident occurred in the Philippine Sea. “While operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer (UDALOY I DD 572) [Project 1155] made an unsafe maneuver against guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.” Also, the U.S. Navy released footage showed appear to show Russian sailors were not too concerned about a close encounter with an American guided-missile cruiser. A handful of sailors were casually sunbathing on the destroyer’s helipad, while the rest of the vessel seemed to be lifeless, as the crew was apparently doing its best to avoid the collision. The U.S. Navy claims that while USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed, the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50-100 feet. “This unsafe action forced USS 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 said. The Russian military, for its part, accused the Chancellorsville of making a dangerous maneuver by crossing the path of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov. It said in a statement that the U.S. cruiser “suddenly changed direction and crossed the path of Admiral Vinogradov just 50 meters (165 feet) away,” forcing the crew of the Russian ship to make a quick maneuver to avoid collision.

USS Chancellorsville and Russian warship nearly collide in Pacific – The Washington Post

The two navies accused each other of engaging in dangerous conduct.

US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Pacific – CNNPolitics

The United States and Russian navies are at odds over an apparent near collision in the Pacific Friday with each side blaming the other.

US, Russia Blame Each Other in Near-Collision of Warships

A spokesman for the Japan-based 7th Fleet, said no one was injured and he was not aware of any damage to the ship.

WATCH: Russian Destroyer Nearly Collides With U.S. Missile Carrier After ‘Unsafe Maneuver’ | Daily Wire

The U.S. Navy says a Russian destroyer came as close as 50 feet from a U.S. guided missile cruiser in the Philippine Sea, releasing dramatic footage that showed the two massive ships nearly colliding.

Russian and US warships 50m apart | World | The Times

Russia and America were at odds yesterday after their warships came close to colliding in the East China Sea, with each side blaming the other. Admiral Viktor Kravchenko, Russia’s former navy chief of staff, accused the United States of “hooliganism” in cutting in front of its vessel. The Ameri

U.S. and Russia Trade Barbs After Warships Nearly Collide at Sea – Bloomberg

The U.S. and Russian navies sniped at each other after a near collision between warships in the Philippine Sea on Friday.

Russian and US warships almost collide

A Russian warship nearly collided with a U.S. guided missile cruiser in the Pacific.

US gives Turkey ultimatum on Russian missiles – BBC News

Turkey has until the end of July to decide between US jet fighters and Russian anti-aircraft missiles.

Turkish suppliers to be eliminated from F-35 program in 2020

Most of the work would go toward U.S. firms … at least at first.

U.S. Gives Turkey July 31 Deadline To Abandon Russian Missile Deal

The United States has given Turkey a deadline of July 31 to reverse its purchase of a Russian missile-defense system or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet project.

US Starts ‘Unwinding’ Turkey from F-35 Fighter Jet Program

The U.S. is laying out a plan to remove the NATO ally from the F-35 fighter jet program that includes halting any new training for Turkish pilots on the advanced aircraft

Trump officials pressure Turkey to dump Russian missile system | TheHill

The Trump administration has raised the stakes on Turkey over the NATO ally’s plan to buy a Russian missile defense system, threatening new repercussions that put billions of dollars on the line for both countries if Ankara goes through with the d

US starts withdrawing Turkey from F-35 programme over Russia deal | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

Pentagon tells Turkey it’s cancelling its purchase of F-35 jets if Ankara continues purchase of Russia S-400 system.

U.S. Outlines Plans to Eject Turkey from F-35 Fighter Jet Program – WSJ

The Pentagon put Turkey on notice it will cut off Turkish military pilots from training and halt Turkish purchases of the F-35 fighter jet if Ankara buys a Russian antiaircraft system.

Pentagon to stop training Turkish pilots on F-35s as dispute over purchase of Russian system escalates – The Washington Post

Shanahan said the U.S. will block the sale of 100 aircraft to Turkey if Ankara proceeds with the purchase of the air defense system from Moscow.

A messy multibillion-dollar deal between the US and Turkey just got more complicated

The U.S. will begin “unwinding” Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program, upping the ante in a messy deal over a Russian-made missile system.

This NATO Country Might Buy Russia’s Stealth Fighter and S-400 System | The National Interest

Will Turkey go through with it?

A Plane That Can Go 1100 MPH at Center of Military Controversy – 24/7 Wall St.

One of the fastest and most deadly jet fighters ever developed and deployed has become a pawn in an international battle.

 

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Moldova’s foreign policy must be defined by will of its people – Russian Deputy PM

Moldovan President Igor Dodon met with the Russian, US and EU ambassadors and informed them about the possible destabilization of the situation in the country

Acting Moldovan President Pavel Filip Says He’s Signed Decree to Dissolve Parliament – Sputnik International

Earlier on Sunday, Moldovan President Igor Dodon called on the international community to act as a mediator in the process of a peaceful transfer of power to the new parliament formed following his Party of Socialists signing a coalition agreement with pro-EU party ACUM.

The Constituional Court suspended Dodon. Powers handed over to Filip | NewsMaker.md

Maxim Andreev / NewsMaker The Constitutional Court suspended President Igor Dodon from office on June 9. Powers handed over to former Prime Minister Pavel Filip. The decision was made due to the fact that Dodon did not dissolve the parliament. The website of the Constitutional Court said that Dodon had violated the Constitution without dissolving parliament. The CC decided to temporarily delegate authority to Paul Philip. “Pavel Filip will appeal to the Constitutional Court to determine the circumstances justifying the dissolution of the parliament of the 10th convocation,” the report said. The Constitutional Court stressed that the decision is final and not subject to appeal. An hour before the dismissal, Dodon wrote on his Facebook page that “the Democratic Party is not going to peacefully transfer power to the legitimate parliamentary majority and the legitimate government. And this despite the fact that yesterday’s parliamentary processes and the newly formed government met with the support of the overwhelming majority of citizens and were recognized by our external partners from the West and the East. ” He said that he would appeal to the international community to mediate in the process of a peaceful transfer of power and / or call on the people of Moldova for unprecedented mobilization and access to peaceful protests. By: Hope Copto

Moldovan Parliament Approves New Government Over Constitutional Court’s Objections

Parliamentary leaders in Moldova have met in an extraordinary session in the latest attempt to form a government following inconclusive elections in February.

Snap elections called as Moldova crisis escalates – BBC News

An interim president dissolves the parliament – a move described as illegal by lawmakers.

Moldovan president ousted by court as crisis deepens – Reuters

A Moldovan court relieved President Igor Dodon of his duties on Sunday, deepening a standoff between rival political parties over the formation of a new government after months of deadlock.

Moldovan court removes president amid government crisis | Fox News

A Moldovan court has removed President Igor Dodon from his post after he refused to comply with its ruling to dissolve parliament following a months-long political stalemate.

Moldovan president ousted by court as crisis deepens – Reuters

A Moldovan court relieved President Igor Dodon of his duties on Sunday, deepening a standoff between rival political parties over the formation of a new government after months of deadlock.

Moldova parties form government, despite court rulings | News | DW | 09.06.2019

The courts have stepped in after two blocs signed up to an unprecendented alliance to form a government after inconclusive elections in February. The coalition said it was formed in order to rid Moldova of oligarchy.

Moldovan parties agree to form government after months of deadlock – Reuters

Moldovan parties on Saturday agreed to form a government and appoint Maia Sandu, a former education minister and World Bank adviser, as prime minister with a mandate to curb the power of oligarchs in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

Constitutional Court in Moldova sacks President Dodon – news world | UNIAN

The Constitutional Court of Moldova has effectively suspended President Igor Dodon from office. The ruling is final and not subject to appeal.

Moldavian Parliament appoints new government and Prime Minister

Leader of the right-wing opposition Maia Sandu was appointed as the Prime Minister of Moldova

 

Russian TV to air its own version of Chernobyl, which implies CIA may be to blame – ABC News

Russia is preparing to air it’s own version of the hit HBO series Chernobyl that will show a CIA agent as present during the disaster.

UAWire – Russian oil extraction hits three year low

The contamination of Urals oil with chlorides and the subsequent suspension of the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for 20% of Russia’s oil exports, has forced oil companies to drastically cut down on extraction. In the first three days of June, the average extraction of oil and gas condensate in Russia fell from 11.11 to 11.87 million barrels per day, a source familiar with the operational statistics told Reuters. Compared to March, extraction has decreased by 430,000 barrels per day (3.8%), and by 551,000 (4.8%) compared to the record high in October last year. The present level is the lowest since summer 2016. As a result, Russia has not only fulfilled, but even surpassed its obligations according to the OPEC+ deal, an agreement between the largest oil exporters to remove 1.2 million barrels of daily volume from the supply. Russia’s quota is 11.19 million barrels per day, and entails a reduction of 228,000 from last year’s October high. Before April, Russia was meeting only 50-60% of its obligation, but the capacity deficit resulting from the Druzhba incident has forced Transneft and the Russian oil companies to scale down oil transit through the pipe. At present, Russia is exceeding its OPEC+ obligations by 41%. The suspension of the Druzhba pipeline has affected Rosneft, Tatneft and Gazprom Neft the worst: their export volumes have declined by 10%, 69% and 24% respectively, according the Central Dispatch Control Center in Russia. The oil and gas company Surgutneftegas was forced to suspend its usage of the pipe and increase its sea transit by one third. The total exports through Druzhba in May fell by 37%, or 2.4 million tons, and the ports have been unable to compensate for it, selling only 15% more, or 1.8 million tons. In addition to the 1.2 million tons of dirty oil, which buyers refused to accept and which Russia is pumping back from Europe and Belarus, there are also 600,000 tons that were extracted from the surface, but did not find a buyer. “The force majeure on Druzhba has resulted in Russian oil volumes being replaced with other sources, damaging the Russian industry as a whole,” said Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin at an annual shareholder assembly on 4 June. “Transneft assures us that all losses, both the extractors’ and the buyers’, will be compensated, and that there will be no repeats of incidents like April’s,” he said, adding that he trusts Transneft. Experts estimate that the protracted downtime on the Druzhba pipeline, which has gone on for more than a month already, a record in the pipe’s history, will cost Russia at least $5 billion in lost export revenue by the end of the year.

Russia’s pivot towards China could damage ties with Europe, Belgium top official says

Russia’s blossoming relationship with China could be a mixed blessing.

UAWire – Germany and Russia sign enhanced cooperation agreement

For the first time in several years, Germany and Russia have signed a joint document to deepen their economic cooperation. During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday 7 June, German Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier and Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin entered into the Partnership for Effectiveness program. The aim of the program is to improve the effectiveness of the Russian economy through German technologies. The countries will collaborate to improve the productiveness of labor, to train and improve the qualifications of employees, and to exchange experience and information on the relevant legal regulations. Peter Altmaier said that Berlin intends to develop its economic relations with Russia, despite the sanctions, in order to “contribute to the emergence between Russia, Ukraine and Europe of well-being, which offers the prospect of economic growth and increases stability in the region”. When asked about EU sanctions, Altmaier gave his assurance that the German government will do all it can to resume negotiations in the Normandy Format on the highest level, and to continue the meetings between the foreign ministers. After adopting the new initiative, Altmaier acknowledged that there are several unresolved problems in Berlin’s relations with Moscow. “The conflicts have resulted in a colossal decrease in the development of European-Russian relations, which is why we want to intensify this cooperation, where possible,” he said. According to Altmaier, the signed document establishes the framework of the collaboration. The German minister promised to do his best to ensure that German investments in Russia receive the necessary protection from risks. He mentioned the recent opening of a Daimler plant near Moscow and the “big investment plans of other German companies”. At the same time, Altmaier emphasized that the EU’s sanctions on Russia will remain in force “until the reasons that played a decisive role in their adoption are eliminated”. Hi said that the EU is expecting a full implementation of a peaceful resolution plan in the Donbas now that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has come to power.

Germany, Russia sign document on deepening cooperation. Sanctions remain in force

For the first time in many years, Germany and Russia have signed a joint document on enhancing economic cooperation. — Ukrinform.

SPIEF 2019 MTS CEO defends Huawei decision but working with others

Russia’s top mobile operator MTS defended its decision to allow China’s Huawei to build out its 5G networks but will continue to work with other firms, the company’s CEO told CNBC Friday.

Putin Says US Unilateralism Undermines Global Trade

Speaking at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the US attempt to ‘spread its jurisdiction to the entire world’ challenges the global order

UAWire – Lavrov asks Central African Republic to speed up investigation into Russian journalists’ deaths

At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Central African (CAR) Republic Sylvie Baïpo-Temon during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, …

UAWire – Russia to send military to the Central African Republic by end of June

During a St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative on the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov told journalists that the Russian military will be sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) by the end of July to participate in the UN mission, reports TASS news agency. According to Bogdanov, 30 Russian peacekeepers will be sent to the CAR. “I think [this will happen] soon. However, I am not sure if this will happen by the end of this or next month,” said the Deputy Minister. On April 15, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed an order to send the Russian military group to the Central African Republic. According to the document, the deployment of peacekeepers in Central Africa will be financed by the UN. Withdrawal of the military from the Central African Republic will take place if their assistance “is not required because of changes in the international military-political situation.” On May 23, it became known that Russia will provide a batch of weapons to the CAR free of charge. RBC news agency reported, citing the second secretary of the Russian embassy in the CAR Viktor Tokmakov, that it should include firearms and ammunition. In March last year, five Russian military and 170 civilian instructors were sent to the country to train the local army and to ensure the supply of weapons to the local government. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out the possibility of an increase in the number of Russian military specialists in the CAR. In October 2018, it became known that 60 additional military instructors will be sent to the CAR. Last year several foreign media, including the French newspaper Le Monde, reported that employees of Russian private military structures, including the Russian Private Military Company Wagner, are present in the Central African Republic. A military correspondent Orkhan Jemal together with the film crew (Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguev) went to the CAR to investigate this information in the summer of 2018. They were killed a few days after arriving in the country by unknown persons. The deaths of journalists are being investigated both in the Central African Republic and in Russia.

U.S. Diplomats Are Corrupting Russian Students, Education Officials Say

There are signs authorities in Yekaterinburg have embarked on a campaign to circumscribe outreach work by the U.S Consulate, restricting American diplomats and visitors from access to the city’s …

CRASH OF MH17 FLIGHT: NEW EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT (VIDEO)

On the day of the shooting of flight Malaysian Airlines flight 17, 170 soldiers from the Russian Air Defense Forces were near the border with Ukraine. The flight had 283 passengers and 15 crew members all of whom were killed when the plane was shot down with a missile. Among the dead were citizens of the Netherlands, Malaysia and Australia. The Russian edition of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper studied materials on the movements of the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade in the summer of 2014. Their findings coincide with the conclusions of the international investigative group on the route of the BUK missile, from which the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down on July 17, 2014 over the occupied part of the Donetsk region. The BUK installation was brought from a military base near Kursk in Russia, where the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade is stationed.

Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign | Symantec Blogs

Internet Research Agency archive reveals a vast, coordinated campaign that was incredibly successful at pushing out and amplifying its messages.

Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign – To Inform is to Influence

Gillian Cleary, Senior Software Engineer 5 JUN, 2019 Internet Research Agency archive reveals a vast, coordinated campaign that was incredibly successful at pushing out and amplifying its messages. Key Findings The operation was carefully planned, with accounts often registered months before they were used – and well in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The…

D-Day anniversary: Putin says lack of invitation ‘not a problem’ – BBC News

The Russian president says it is “not a problem” that he was not invited to the anniversary event.

Russia lost most men in WW2. So why wasn’t Putin at D-Day commemoration? – CNN

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.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Stalin’s Collectivization – ‘the Second Civil War’ – Cut Short 10 Million Lives but Created New Soviet Man, Babenyshev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 5 – Stalin’s collectivization campaign became the Soviet Union’s “second civil war,” demographer Aleksandr Babenyshev says, “a war of the poor against the better off, the city against the countryside, and the state against rural residents” and one that formed in the minds of Soviet citizens the notion that any resistance would mean unavoidable destruction.” That attitude which first arose among the peasantry and then spread to the cities became the foundation of the new Soviet man, a personality type which persists to this day, Babenyshev, better known under his Soviet-era pseudonym Sergey Madsudov, says in his new book, Victory over the Village: Demographic Losses of Collectivization (in Russian, Moscow, 2019). His new work, the summing up of more than 40 years of research both as a Soviet dissident and a Russian scholar at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, seeks to answer the question: “How many lives did the Holodomor carry off?” The exact number is still unknown, but Babenyshev says that ten million people died prematurely during this second civil war. The HURI scholar discusses his work with Radio Liberty’s Dmitry Volchek (svoboda.org/a/29982783.html). And he suggests that “the result of this war became an unprecedented mutation – the final formation of Soviet man, ‘an individual passively prepared for the fulfilment of the absurd orders of the bosses and fearful of unexpected developments.” Those words are from a review of the new book by Boris Grozovsky who adds that this “new man” “did not like his work, did not when he could obey the laws, considered theft the only possible form for the redistribution of property and was completely lacking in self-respect … [he] trusted no one and saw life as a war of all against all”(republic.ru/posts/93820). Babenyshev’s new book makes a number of additional points and draw conclusions that are certain to spark further discussion and even controversy. Among the most intriguing are the following: · The Soviet censuses even in Stalin’s time were not useless as many assume: the overall figures even for republics are more or less reliable. Second, it is “incorrect” to use the word “died” in reference to losses. There were approximately 10 million premature deaths as a result of this second war, but the number of specific deaths from this campaign was four to five million. · The losses in Ukraine did not have “an ethnic character. In reality, Ukrainians suffered proportionately more than did the Russian residents because Russian were to a significant degree an urban population and Ukrainians were a rural one.” · The Kremlin did not have a plan to destroy the Ukrainians or the peasantry more generally. Instead, it wanted to extract the same amount of grain from the peasantry in bad years as in good. If that left the peasants with too little to survive, that was, for the Kremlin, collateral damage. · Losses among the peasants reflected not only the actions of the powers that be but also of the population. When peasants realized they would not keep any of their harvest, they simply didn’t work to the same extent. That sent the harvest down further and cost more of them their lives. Only after the confiscations happened a second and third time did the peasantry admit defeat and collect even what they could not keep. · The chief evil actor in all this was Stalin. He knew what was going on and insisted that grain confiscations continue at the same level. But Ukrainian officials like Kosior made it worse by making promises they could not keep and by the fact that they began collectivization well ahead of other republics. · “There was resistance” to collectivization, “but one should not call it serious. It wasn’t effective unlike at the time of the civil war when soldiers returned with guns. The rural population [by the 1930s] had been disarmed.” · Very quickly resistance was crushed, and the peasantry was quite prepared to hand over whatever grain the government demands. They accepted this as the new reality. Stalin recognized this and told Kaganovich that the peasantry had lost and accepted it subordination. · Another result was that “absurdity became the norm because orders weren’t discussed. Whether they were wise or not was already not our affair,” those living under Stalin understood. Moreover, the peasants lost their love for the land and for rural work. They have not recovered since.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Cossacks Must Revive Their National Language as They Seek Autonomy or Independence, Dzikhovsky Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 6 – Russian officials and most Russian scholars have long insisted that the Cossacks are not a nation but a sub-group of the Russian ethnos, a position they have been able to maintain because of the diversity of Cossack hosts culturally and because almost all Cossacks as a result of military service and Soviet policies use Russian as their language. But an increasing number of Cossack activists insist that the Cossacks are a nation with the same rights as any other and that their national language, while suppressed at present, is Cossack, a tongue with deep roots in Turkic languages and one that they are confident can be revived in a post-imperial setting just as regional languages have come back in Europe. Aleksandr Dzhikovsky is among them. The leader of the All-Cossack Social Center points out that “the ancient Cossack language was preserved in the Don as late as the beginning of the 20th century,” largely among women who remained at home even as Cossack men who served in the Russian army gave it up for Russian (voccentr.info/podumaem-o-nacionalnom-yazyke-v-budushhem-kazachem-gosudarstve/). That language, as readers of Leo Tolstoy’s Cossacks should remember, he continues, was so different from Russian lexically and grammatically that one young Cossack was proud of the fact that he could communicate easily with those who speak Crimean Tatar. A dictionary of Cossack compiled in 2003 confirms this. Its 18,000 words are mostly not from Russian but from Karachayevo-Balkar, Karaim, Kumyk, Karakalpak, Bashkirt, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen and Turkish, Dzhikhovsky continues. And the grammar of that language is the grammar of the Codex Cumanicus, which is to be found in a library in Venice (elbrusoid.org/articles/turkic/428213/). Reviving this language is not only possible but necessary, he argues, in order to strengthen the Cossack nation and help it take its place among the other nations of the world. It won’t be easy or quick and it will require state support, but it is an entirely doable process over a generation or so. Dzhikovsky argues that in this regard, the Cossacks fit into the paradigm suggested by Siberian regionalist Yaroslav Zolotaryev who has argued that after Russia ceases to be an empire, either because it disintegrates or becomes a genuine federation, people will speak “regional languages plus English” (http://region.expert/reg-languages/). As Zolotaryev puts it to Dzhikovsky’s clear agreement, this does not represent any denial of “the great Russian culture.” Just as he does not deny “the great Roman” one. After all, while a student, “we read Cicero and Vergil, but to be sure, already not so much in the original.” Cossacks will adopt the same approach to Russian, the Cossack activist says.

 

Russia Detains Journalist on Drug Charges, Rattling Media Community – WSJ

The detention of a prominent Russian journalist known for investigating corruption has rattled the media community in the country and highlights the pressure faced by news outlets fighting to preserve their independence.

Leading Russian Journalist Detained on Narcotics Charges

Supporters say the arrest is punishment for investigative work

Russian investigative reporter Ivan Golunov hospitalized after arrest

Ivan Golunov is a Russian investigative journalist who has exposed corruption among Moscow’s most powerful business and political elite.

Detained Russian Investigative Reporter Appears In Court

A prominent Russian investigative journalist has formally been charged with drug offenses in a case that Russian and international journalists and rights organization say is trumped up to punish him for his reporting. Ivan Golunov was charged with the attempted “large-scale” sale of narcotics, according to rights lawyer Pavel Chikov of the legal-aid group Agora, whose staff is defending the reporter. Golunov appeared in a Moscow court on June 8, where a judge was expected to rule on the length and manner of Golunov’s pretrial detention. Golunov, a reporter for the Latvia-based independent Meduza news site, was detained by police in downtown Moscow on June 6. Authorities said they found packets of mephedrone, a designer drug, in his backpack, an accusation the reporter denies.

 

Putin Open to Talks With Ukraine’s New President 

But Russian president says he didn’t congratulate Volodymyr Zelenskiy regarding his new position because of Zelenskiy’s references to Russia as an aggressor

Putin says he is open for talks with Ukraine’s new president | Fox News

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is open for talks with Ukraine’s newly-elected president.

“Crimea is Ukraine:” U.S. responds to Russia-controlled ‘court’ decisions on Ukrainians – news politics | UNIAN

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine says U.S. diplomats are concerned by recent decisions taken by Russia-controlled “court” in Crimea on June 6, 2019, on two Ukrainian political prisoners – Ukrainian Kostiantyn Davydenko and Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov, who is seriously ill. U.S. diplomats call on Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners.

Poland stands for openness of EU and NATO for Ukraine

In order for Ukraine to properly ensure its development and security, the doors to the European Union and NATO must remain open

Marshal of Poland’s Senate: “Alliance with Ukraine means stronger EU” – news politics | UNIAN

Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanisław Karczewski says an alliance with Ukraine will make the European Union stronger. Kyiv hosted the 10th Ukraine-Lithuania-Poland Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.

Parubiy hopes Lithuania, Poland to toughen sanction pressure on Russia

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy has expressed hope that Lithuania and Poland will ensure security in the region and back toughening of sanctions against Russia in the future.

Lithuania calls for solidarity regarding non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania calls on the global community for solidarity regarding non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. — Ukrinform.

Saxony’s prime minister calls for sanctions end CDU Kretschmer sees Putin as an “important partner” Meeting in St. Petersburg ++ Nord Stream 2 and Ukraine crisis topic ++ Kretschmer invites Putin to Saxony – Bild.de

by: Julian Röpcke published on 08.06.2019 – 12:47 There has never been anything like it! As the first CDU prime minister, Saxony’s country chief Michael Kretschmer demanded an end to the sanctions against Russia on Friday. “We have to reduce these sanctions gradually,” he said in an interview with the news agency dpa. Shortly thereafter, he went to the “International Economic Forum” in St. Petersburg, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the conversation, it was mainly about the economic sanctions against Russia and the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 gone, said government spokesman Ralph Schreiber. Kretschmer also raised the Ukraine crisis. He also invited Putin to Saxony. The president was pleased with the invitation. Putin had been working for the Soviet secret service in Dresden before the fall of the Wall. A daughter of Putin came to Dresden in the world. Kretschmer himself shared the conversation content on the short message service Twitter with: Kretschmer wanted to “put the positive in the center” Before leaving, Kretschmer had emphasized that he was looking forward to the talks and wanted to “focus on the positive”. He traveled from Berlin with a machine of the state-owned Russian airline Aeroflot. For the first time, the “President of the Donetsk People’s Republic”, Denis Puschilin, is present at the forum in St. Petersburg – at the invitation of the Kremlin. He is one of the Russian-installed leaders of the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine. Also at the conference: Konstantin Malofeyev, Russian oligarch accused of financing illegal groups in eastern Ukraine and preparing for Crimean annexation.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany condemns call by Saxony’s head to ease Russia sanctions – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has criticized a statement made by German CDU politician Michael Kretschmer, the incumbent Minister President of Saxony, who calls for rolling back anti-Russian sanctions. “It is a pity to see that Saxony’s Minister President has not only his foreign policy but also moral compass shifted,” Melnyk said, according to the Ukrainian-based European Pravda news outlet, which cites Germany’s Bild. Melnyk also said he could not understand Kretschmer’s “brazen obsession with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.” Read alsoEU to prolong sanctions against Russia over Crimea annexation for another year – media Kretschmer said in an interview to the dpa agency on Friday, June 7, “We must gradually ease these sanctions.” Shortly thereafter, he went to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where he met with the Russian president. Their meeting focused mainly on economic sanctions against Russia and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He also invited Putin to Saxony, a state in eastern Germany. For the first time in many years, Germany and the Russian Federation on June 7 signed a joint document on enhancing economic cooperation. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10579503-ukraine-s-ambassador-to-germany-condemns-call-by-saxony-s-head-to-ease-russia-sanctions.html

Leader Of Merkel’s CDU Rejects Call To Ease Sanctions On Russia

The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) rejected a call by a fellow party member to ease sanctions pressure on Russia, saying they should remain until Moscow cha…

 

Eleven ceasefire violations by invaders already recorded Sunday: Ukraine defense ministry – news war | UNIAN

From day-start on Sunday, June 9, Ukrainian government troops recorded eleven violations of the earlier established ceasefire by the Russian occupation forces, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk. On eight occasions, Ukrainian military were forced to return fire, without applying artillery and mortars, not to endanger lives of civilians, whose homes the enemy uses as a shield.

Statement by the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on the situation in the area of the operation of the Joint Force

The number of armed provocations made by the Russian-occupying forces amounted to twenty-two shelling along the whole line of delimitation. The enemy continues to violate the armistice and actively use prohibited weapons, as shown by the headquarters of the Joint Force. Yes, yesterday, the enemy carried out 28 rounds of tank guns, spent 119 shells from a 122-caliber artillery shell, and issued a total of 130 mines of mortar gauge 120 and 82 mm. Hostile mortar artillery bombardments were actively accompanied by fire from infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems, and small arms. Lugansk direction. In the last days, the invader violated the regime of silence six times, in three cases it was a shelling of mortars, the gauges of which are forbidden to use. Under the hostile mortar fire yesterday were servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who defended the NN South, May , and Gold – 4. In addition, the enemy carried a target fire towards our positions near Stanitsa Lugansk, p. Crimean and Farm Free. It should be noted that none of the six enemy bombardments carried out by the enemy in the Lugansk direction did not leave our defenders without an adequate response. The United Force units were actively responding to fire from other firefighting, including fire infantry and infantry weapons. I emphasize that artillery and mortars were not used by our defenses yesterday. Donetsk direction . In the run-up to this operational-tactical group yesterday, sixteen facts of opening the fire were recorded by the enemy towards the positions of the United Force, while the Russian-occupying troops used three artillery and mortars three times. So, about half past eight in the morning, the enemy fired at the position of Ukrainian troops near Vodyan from the 122-gauge barrel artillery and tank guns. The fire was running from the direction of . Sahanka About this same time our positions at Lebedinsky were shelled , where the occupant also used 122 guns, having lost 54 shells. Under the hostile mortar fire, yesterday we were stationed in the Novoselivka district of the Second and with. Test A few gaps of 120 and 82 caliber were recorded near the mentioned settlements, as well as shots from AGG automatic grenade launchers and large gauge machine guns. There was no calm in other areas of our defense. It is, in particular, about the np Marianka, Krasnogorovka, Bogdanivka, Starognativka, Novotroitskaya, Shirokine and Pavlopil , where during the course of the day, hostile shots were shot from almost all samples of infantry weapons. Our defenses opened the fire ten times, with the use of regular firefighters, without the use of fire prohibited gauges. Despite the sharp deterioration of the situation against the backdrop of an increase in the number of hostile armed provocations, no Ukrainian defender has died in the past 24 hours because of hostilities. However, one serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered a traumatic injury and is currently receiving qualified medical assistance. According to the operation’s headquarters, last day’s fire in response to the hostile shelling of one invader from the Russian-occupying forces was eliminated and two wounded. As of now, unfortunately, the enemy continues to attack the position of the United Force, again using prohibited weapons. So, since the beginning of this era, as of 12.00 in the area of the operation, there were already eleven facts of violation of the established regime of armistice by the Russian-occupying forces. Under the hostile bombardments of this night, our support points near Novolugansky , Novo-Aleksandrovka and Zaitsev , which is on the Lugansk direction, hit ours. There the enemy fired a mortar on the 82nd and 120th caliber, armored personnel carriers and other infantry weapons. In Donetsk direction, the current day began with hostile shelling in the area of the np Upper Petropolis, Pavlopil, Vodyane and Gnutov , where the Russian-occupying troops fired a similar weapon, additionally using easel antitank grenade launchers. As of 12.00 at the headquarters of the operation, counted 58 enemy shots from mortar banned calibers. I note that troops from the Allied forces conduct active defensive actions and arrange the opponent a decent rebuff. So, eight times since the beginning of this era, our defenses were forced to open a fire in response to suppress the enemy’s activity. I emphasize that artillery and mortars were not used by Ukrainian defenders in order not to endanger the peaceful occupants of the occupied territories, which the enemy shelters, leading the fire. As of today, the situation is fully controlled by units of the Armed Forces and other units from the Joint Force. I note that the fighting losses in the ranks of Ukrainian troops since the beginning of this age has not been recorded. Glory to the defenders of Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine! Colonel Alexander Motuzyanyk from the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Occupants over the past day 22 times attacked the positions of the JFO: no losses, one terrorist killed

On June 8, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire 22 times, seven of them – using the 122 mm artillery prohibited by the Minsk agreements, as well as 120 and 82 mm mortars and tank armaments. The enemy also shelled our defenders from the armament of infantry combat vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and automatic small arms. As informs Tsenzor.NET, reported the press center of OOS on Facebook. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “Vostok”, the enemy 16 times attacked the positions of the combined forces: – Water – from 122 mm caliber artillery systems, tank and BMP armaments, grenade launchers of various systems, machine guns, small arms; – in the area of the settlement Lebedinsky – from 122 mm of artillery systems; – Skilled – mortars of caliber of 120 mm and large-caliber machine guns; – near the settlement Novoselovka Vtoraya – 82 mm mortars and automatic grenade launchers; – twice in the area of the city of Pavlopol – from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; – Shyrokino – large-caliber machine guns; – near Marinka – from large-caliber machine guns and small arms; – twice in the area of Krasnogorovka – large-caliber machine guns; – in the area of the settlement Pavlopol – automatic grenade launchers and small arms; – twice near Bogdanovka – automatic grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms; – near Novotroitsk – a mounted anti-tank grenade launcher; – twice in the area of Starognatovka – grenade launchers of various systems, small arms. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “North”, the positions of our defenders were fired upon six times: – near the settlement Pivdennoe – from 120 and 82 mm of mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; – Travnoe – 120 mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns; – in the Golden area – from 120 and 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, machine guns and small arms; – near Stanitsa-Luhanska – small arms; – once near the Crimean – weapons BMP, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; – near the village of Vilny Farm – grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms. Owing to enemy attacks, one soldier received combat injuries. For each attack the enemy received an adequate response. According to intelligence data on June 8, one occupier was destroyed and another 2 were injured. From the beginning of the current day, the enemy fired at the positions of the United forces three times. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical group “Vostok”, the enemy made two shelling of the positions of Ukrainian defenders: near the village of Verkhnetoretsky – 120 mm mortars; Pavlopol – machine-gun anti-tank grenade launcher and large-caliber machine guns. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “North”, the enemy made one shelling in the area of Novolugansky of 120-mm mortars. The combined forces reliably control the enemy on the line of contact, while respecting the conditions of the cease-fire.

Ukraine says enemy in Donbas firing from artillery, tanks – news war | UNIAN

Over the past day, June 8, Russian-led forces in eastern Ukraine violated the ceasefire a total of 22 times. One Ukrainian soldier sustained a combat injury, according to a morning report by the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters. Russian occupation forces seven times applied weapons banned by the Minsk agreements: 122 mm artillery, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, and tanks . The enemy also opened fire on the Ukrainian Army positions from weapons installed on infantry fighting vehicles, as well as from anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various types, large-caliber machine guns, and automatic rifles. Each enemy shelling saw an edequate response. According to intelligence data, on June 8, one occupier was killed and another two – injured in action. From day-start on Sunday, June 9, the enemy fired at the positions of the Joint forces three times. Twice, Russian-backed forces used 120 mm mortars. Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian troops gained new positions on Svіtlodarska Duha bulge.

Russia-led forces fire 120 high-caliber artillery rounds to attack Ukrainian troops in Azov Sea area (Photo, video) – news war | UNIAN

Russia-led forces fired 120 high-caliber (122mm) artillery rounds to attack Ukrainian positions near the villages of Vodiane and Lebedynske in Donetsk region near the Sea of Azov on Saturday, June 8. “The invaders based in the villages of Sakhanka and Vesele opened fire from 122mm artillery systems and cannons of tanks at our positions near Vodiane and Lebedynske. The enemy lobbed more than a hundred and twenty 122mm artillery shells and about 28 tank projectiles,” the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters reported on June 8.Russia-led forces fired 120 high-caliber (122mm) artillery rounds to attack Ukrainian positions near the villages of Vodiane and Lebedynske in Donetsk region near the Sea of Azov on Saturday, June 8. “The invaders based in the villages of Sakhanka and Vesele opened fire from 122mm artillery systems and cannons of tanks at our positions near Vodiane and Lebedynske. The enemy lobbed more than a hundred and twenty 122mm artillery shells and about 28 tank projectiles,” the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters reported on June 8.

Russia-backed militants shell peaceful settlements in Donbas combat zone

Ukrainian party of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination reports about the continuation of shelling of the peaceful settlements at the demarcation line by the Russia-backed militants. The press service of Joint Forces operation HQ reports this on Facebook. Thus, the pro-Kremlin militants shelled the area near Artema settlement from Obozne settlement on June 6. The observing group Stanytsia Luhanska of the Ukrainian party of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination on ceasefire regime and stabilization of the demarcation line recorded a funnel from the shot of the anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) between Artema and Petrivka settlements during conducting the photo fixation. “Ukrainian party of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination condemns the actions of the occupational administrations and the Russia-backed militants. The occupants demonstrate once again their unwillingness to abide by the Minsk agreements and the interest in a further escalation of the conflict,” the report said. Earlier, the Pro-Kremlin militants shelled at the multi-storey building in Mayorsk settlement of Bakhmut district in Donetsk region. The press service of the JFO HQ published this on Facebook referring to the report of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination.

Occupants frustrate separation of forces in Donbas combat area

June 8, the occupants frustrated the agreements on the separation of forces and means near Stanytsia Luhasnka, which was planned on June 16. The press service of the JFO HQ reports this on Facebook. Thus, the Russia-backed militants were firing with the small arms at Stanytsia Luhanska settlement from 8:55 p.m. till 9:35 p.m. on Saturday. They fired from the occupied Mykolaivla settlement direction. “The abovementioned facts demonstrate once again the unwillingness of the Russia-backed militants and the occupational administration to abide by the Minsk agreements on the separation of forces and means at the area, which was planned on 16 June,” the report said. “Taking into account the abovementioned facts, the next possible date of the separation of forces and means at the area number 1 Stanytsia Luhanska can become June 17, if only they abide by the ceasefire regime until the appointed term,” the report added. Earlier today, Ukrainian party of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination reports about the continuation of shelling of the peaceful settlements at the demarcation line by the Russia-backed militants.

Two KIA, five WIA amid Donbas hostilities in past 24 hours

Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 28 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, including three times using 152mm and 122mmm artillery banned by Minsk agreements, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another five as wounded in action (WIA), and seven soldiers were injured in battlefield, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported. “As a result of enemy attacks, two soldiers of the United Forces were killed, five were wounded in action and seven soldiers were injured in battlefield. For each attack the enemy received an adequate response,” the JFO headquarters (HQ) said on Facebook on Saturday morning. It is also reported that the militants fired at Ukrainian positions using the armament of infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and automatic small arms. In the area of responsibility of the Vostok (East) operational-tactical group the hybrid military forces 21 times attacked positions of JFO: near Novoselivka 2 – using 152mm artillery, 82mm caliber mortars and grenade launchers; five times near Pavlopil – using grenade launchers of various systems, machine guns and small arms; four times near Vodiane – using the armament of infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank rocket launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; near Novooleksandrivka 2 – 152mm artillery, 82mm mortars; twice near Maryinka – 82mm mortars and small arms; twice near Novohryhorivka – grenade launchers and machine guns; near Hnutove – automatic grenade launchers and small arms; Mykolayivka – anti-tank grenade launchers; and Avdiyivka – automatic grenade launchers and small arms. In the area of responsibility of the Sever (North) operational-tactical group, JFO positions were shelled seven times: near Novoluhanske – using 122mm artillery and 120mm mortars and grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; Stanytsia-Luhanska – using small arms; once near Krymske – 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; twice near Travneve – using the armament of an infantry fighting vehicle, automatic grenade launchers; Zaitseve – grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms. According to Ukrainian intelligence on June 6, two militants were killed and one wounded. “From the beginning of the current day, the enemy once shelled the positions of the JFO,” the press center said. In the area of responsibility of the Vostok operational-tactical group, the militants shelled the Ukrainian positions: near Shyrokyne – using large-caliber machine guns. “The JFO forces reliably control the enemy on the contact line, while respecting the conditions of the ceasefire,” JFO HQ said.

UAWire – Kyiv: Russia deployed heavy weapons to the demarcation line in Donbas

The Command of the Russian Armed Forces, as part of the training of the units of  the First Army Corps (Donetsk) and the Second Army Corps ( …

Daily summary of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense on the situation in the area of the operation of the United forces

To your attention, the daily summary of the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine regarding the situation in the region of the repression and deterrence of Russian armed aggression in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in the past day, as well as to date, on June 07. The situation in the area of the operation of the Joint Forces has substantially aggravated. Already from the beginning of the present day, the Russian-occupying forces significantly increased the number of fire provocations, while the enemy actively used artillery and mortars, the gauges of which are prohibited for use in the area of hostilities. So, this nocturnal Russian-occupying troops carried out an air raid on the positions of the units of the United forces in the district of Novoalugansk. A hostile shelling of mortar guns of 120 caliber and artillery gauge of 122 mm was fixed at half past one night. The fire was running from the direction of. Kalininsky, and lasted for almost an hour. During this time, the enemy issued 18 artillery and 11 mortar shells in positions of the Ukrainian forces. The servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire in response, while managed to suppress the individual enemy points of fire. However, as a result of this insidious and criminal bombardment, the united forces suffered irreversible and sanitary losses – two Ukrainian defenders died heroically, four were injured and four others were traumatized . All injured and injured servicemen were immediately evacuated to hospitals, where our military doctors now provide them with emergency medical care. We express our deepest condolences to our relatives and friends, as well as to the fellow soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who gave their lives for Ukraine! Eternal memory and glory to the Heroes! The firing of the Novoalugansky was not the only hostile armed provocation that the occupants committed from the beginning of the present day. So, this night, under the enemy fire, the main points of the units of the United forces, located near the Metropolitan Teravneve (where the enemy fired twice), Zaitsev, Gnutov, Novogrygorivka and Pavlopil fell into enemy fire. The defensive fortifications of our troops in the area of the latter also fell under enemy fire at least twice. The enemy actively used weapons of infantry combat vehicles, automatic grenade launchers and small arms, including large-scale guns. As of 12.00 today, there were a total of nine violations of the Armistice regime by the enemy. Almost every shot, when it was possible, our defenders gave the opponent a decent repulse and fired in response. As of now, the situation has partially stabilized, our defenders reliably control the enemy throughout the line of collision. This is the situation on the line of combat confrontation as of now. At the same time, over the past 24 hours in the headquarters of the Joint Forces operation, a total of sixteen hostile armed provocations have been counted, most of which, namely eleven, occurred in the Donetsk direction. The hot spots there remained unchanged – it is Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Pavlopil, Vodyane, Gnutovye, Chermalik and Optinoe. Preferably, the enemy used manual and anti-tank grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms, including snipers, except for. Test, where the enemy opened fire with mortar 120 caliber with an expense of five minutes. In response to hostile siege, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine actively used similar weapons, forcing the enemy to stop the fire. In the Luhansk direction, restlessness was only near Major. There were two hostile shelling with machine guns and anti-tank grenade launchers in the past two days. As a result of yesterday’s shelling by the enemy, two soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were injured , and are currently being treated in military hospitals. According to the headquarters of the Joint Forces, in the past, with a good fire in response to hostile bombardments, one occupier from the Russian occupation forces was destroyed. According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine , the command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under the guise of carrying out combat training in units and units 1 (Donetsk) and 2 (Luhansk) army corps is taking reinforced measures to increase their readiness for use. In particular, the intensive work on the issues of subdivision into concentration areas, the deployment of control points and personnel recruitment continues. Additionally, the enemy carries out radio-electronic suppression of control channels by unmanned aerial vehicles. This is done in order to conceal the move to the forefront of the Minsk-based arms and military agreements. At the same time, the enemy continues to place additional automated interception stations in the areas of latent concentration of artillery systems and armored equipment outside the areas of their diversion. Glory to the defenders of Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine! Colonel Alexander Motuzyanyk from the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The enemy over the past day 28 times attacked the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: 2 soldiers were killed, 12 suffered injury and trauma

On June 7, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire 28 times, three of them with the use of 152 and 122 mm banned by the Minsk Artillery Agreements, as well as 120 mm mortars. The enemy also shelled our defenders from the armament of infantry combat vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and automatic small arms. As informs Tsenzor.NET , reported the press center of OOS on Facebook. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “Vostok”, the enemy fired at the positions of the combined forces 21 times: – near the settlement of Novoselovka Vtoraya – from 152 mm artillery, 82 mm caliber mortars and grenade launchers; – five times around the city of Pavlopol – from grenade launchers of various systems, machine guns and small arms; – four times in the area of the settlement Water – from the armament of infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; – near the village Novoaleksandrovka the Second – from artillery 152 mm, mortars 82 mm; – twice near Marinka – from 82 mm mortars and small arms; – twice in the Novogrigoryevka area – from grenade launchers and machine guns; – near the village of Gnutovo – from automatic grenade launchers and small arms; – near Nikolayevka – from anti-tank grenade launchers; – near Avdiivka – from automatic grenade launchers and small arms. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3131312

Russian-led forces violate ceasefire in Donbas almost 30 times, two soldiers killed

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 28 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements three times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Day in Donbas: Two Ukrainian military died, five wounded, seven more got battle injuries

Over the past day, June 7, the militants 28 times violated the ceasefire in Donbas,

Donbas warzone update: Number of attacks on Ukraine almost doubles – news war | UNIAN

The number of attacks by Russia-led forces on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, grew to 28 on Friday, June 7, with two Ukrainian soldier killed in action and five wounded in action. Two members of Ukraine’s Joint Forces were killed and five were wounded; another seven sustained combat-related injuries.

Mercenaries of the Russian Federation fired at a residential high-rise building in Mayorsk, – STsKK. Photo report

The Ukrainian side of the JCC informs about the shelling by the mercenaries of the Russian Federation of the Mayorsk settlement in the Donetsk region. Censor informs about this. NO with reference to the OS press center.

Ukrainian army reports more casualties in Novoluhanske attack – LB.ua news portal

Ukrainian army reports more casualties in Novoluhanske attack. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action and 11 wounded. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Soldiers in JFO area have full right to return fire under own decision

The command of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has denied information that JFO units are banned to return fire if lives of military personnel and civilians are endangered.

Ukrainian servicemen need no permission to return fire – General Staff

The Ukrainian military should not ask permission to return fire in response to the enemy aggression. — Ukrinform.

Ex-member of Ukraine’s intelligence says over 120,000 Russian troops in Donbas, forecasts escalation – news war | UNIAN

An ex-member of Ukraine’s military intelligence says over 120,000 Russian troops are currently deployed in occupied areas of Donbas, eastern Ukraine; he forecasts further escalation. The tension of hostilities in the Joint Forces Operation zone in Donbas traditionally increases in June and July, former military intelligence officer, volunteer and employee of NGO Back and Alive Andriy Rymaruk told the news outlet Obozrevatel. Read alsoDonbas warzone update: Number of attacks on Ukraine almost doubles “I think these are not the first and not the last casualties we and terrorists have sustained in June,” he said, commenting on recent escalation in the east of Ukraine, when the Azov battalion suffered heavy losses near the village of Novoluhanske in the early hours of June 7. “The shelling began around midnight and lasted until almost two o’clock in the morning,” he said. “The enemy has also sustained very heavy losses in that area in the past 1.5 months,” he added. “The battalion does not spare and responds adequately to every provocation.” He says the escalation has nothing to do with what was announced by new President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who said that Russia had allegedly “partially lost control over its mercenaries.” “Has Russia lost control? I don’t even know how to comment on all that. It cannot lose control. There are over 120,000 members of the Russian Federation’s armed forces in the occupied part of Ukraine. Well, how can Russia lose control of its army? This is impossible. This is insanity. They cannot lose control over their own troops,” Rymaruk said. He also mentioned that a large number of enemy drones had been spotted over Ukrainian territory. According to him, this may indicate preparations for new strikes on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “UAVs are flying for a certain reason – they want to reconnoiter what [they need] and open fire to destroy. In general, all the [Ukrainian] military are ready for this,” he said. As was reported, the number of attacks by Russia-led forces on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, grew to 28 on Friday, June 7, with two Ukrainian soldier killed in action and five wounded in action.

The newly formed Jäger brigade was equipped with “Gvozdikas”

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 12:40 – 07/06/2019 17887 To share To comment on 61 a separate infantry Jäger brigade armed with self-propelled artillery units 2S1 “Gvozdika”. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to 04141.com.ua. In particular, it was stated that for the purpose of unification of military equipment 61, the achievement of uniform indicators during marches and overcoming of water barriers as the main model of artillery armament in the military unit was adopted by SPH 2S1 “Gvozdika” on the basis of the MT-LB chassis. MT-LB is the main vehicle for the movement of infantry support units. 2S1 “Gvozdika” is a Soviet 122mm self-propelled artillery unit destined for the destruction of live power, artillery batteries, and for ensuring passage in minefields and field fences. The serial production was restored at the Kharkov tractor plant. It should be noted that SPH 2S1 “Gvozdika” has the ability to overcome the water obstacles by “swimming”.

Ukrainian army forms its first Jager brigade | Jane’s 360

Ukraine has formed its first Jager infantry brigade to operate in heavily wooded regions on the East European country’s northern borders with Russia and Belarus. The conversion of the 61st Separate Infantry Brigade from the Ukrainian Army Reserve command into its new role was announced on the brigade’s social media page on 12 May. It said the brigade had been re-roled, according to a joint directive from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the main purpose being the strengthening of Ukraine’s defences on its northern border. “The units of the brigade are intended for combat operations in forest and marsh terrain and are only equipped with contract [professional] servicemen who have experience in military operations or whose civil activities have affinity with the specifics of the brigade [such as hunters and forestry workers],” announced the brigade.

Jäger (infantry) – Wikipedia

Zelenskiy Pardons Ukrainian On A List For Possible Exchange With Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree pardoning 72-year-old, Russia-born Vyacheslav Vysotsky, a source in the Justice Ministry told Current Time.

Russian Media Repeats False Claim on Use of Force in Eastern Ukraine

Russian media has seized on comments made by the lawyer for the former chief of the Ukrainian armed forces’ General Staff, who repeated an expert commission claim that constitutionally, the Ukrai…

Russian media repeat false claim on use of force in Donbas – Polygraph – news politics | UNIAN

On May 28, Oleg Zhivotov, a lawyer for a former senior army official earlier charged with high treason claimed a state’s commission of experts appointed by the Prosecutor General’s Office for his client’s case concluded that the Ukrainian military’s actions in eastern Ukraine are illegal. “The experts found that, according to Article 17 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot be involved in any conflict within the country. They are intended only to repel external aggression,” Zhivotov said, according to Polygraph.info. Russian media seized on Zhivotov’s comments. Zhivotov’s claim, however, is false, journalists stress citing experts. Dmytro Koval, Associate Professor and Program and Legal officer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, said it was “impossible to verify” Zhivotov’s reading of the conclusion without seeing the commission’s report. However, he told Polygraph.info that any interpretation of Article 17 of Ukraine’s constitution claiming the military can only be used to “repel external aggression” is incorrect. Read alsoRussian air defense units officially deployed at border with eastern Ukraine on day of MH17 crash – Russian media “[Article 17 of the Constitution of Ukrainian] simply doesn’t say a word about expelling external aggression,” Koval said. Bogdan Bondarenko, an expert on constitutional law, legislature and elections at the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, a Ukrainian non-governmental think tank, said in the case of war, the armed forces can be used on the territory of Ukraine. Bondarenko said Article 17 is intended to keep the military from being used against the citizens or for overthrowing the government. “Cases of use of armed forces in peacetime are regulated by special legislation. In the context of the war on the territory of Ukraine, there are many legislative problems, but this is a bit of a different problem,” Bondarenko said. He added that problem was “partly solved” on January 18, 2018, when the Ukrainian parliament adopted a law describing the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as “temporarily occupied” by Russia, which is designated as an “aggressor country.” The bill is intended to help Ukraine reestablish control over those regions, while Moscow said it amounted to “preparation for war.” Volodymyr Fesenko, head of the Penta research center, an independent Kyiv-based think-tank, told the Associated Press that bill was primarily intended to defend Ukraine’s interests in international courts. Read alsoUkraine says enemy in Donbas firing from artillery, tanks As posited in that legislation, Ukrainian military forces in eastern Ukraine are being used to repel external aggression, as the Russian military has been deployed there, despite the Kremlin’s claims to the contrary. As Polygraph.info previously noted, in spite of numerous denials, the evidence of Moscow’s involvement in the Donbas war is overwhelming and has been confirmed by numerous open-source investigations, journalistic investigations by international and Russian media outlets, and even, at times, by Russian officials. Polygraph.info therefore says the claim that Article 17 of the Ukrainian constitution bans the use of the armed forces within the country is false.

Signature stamp “secret” from the state defense order of Ukraine really removed already in 2020, – Krivonos

The deputy secretary of the NSDC, the head of the interdepartmental commission on military-technical cooperation and export control under the Security Council, Sergey Krivonos, has announced the possibility of removing the “secret” heading from the state defense order (GOZ) of Ukraine next year. He stated this at a meeting with the participants of the hostilities, volunteers and public organizations on Saturday in Kiev, informs Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine. “I think that from next year the secrecy (with the GOZ. – Ed.) Will be removed,” he said. According to Krivonos, the withdrawal of the “secret” neck from the current state defense order (for 2017-2019 – Ed.) “Does not make sense”. “And the next is real,” he said. The deputy secretary of the NSDC also clarified that these plans have already been discussed at the level of the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as with Ukraine’s Western partners on MTC, and in particular with the United States. Recall, by the decision of the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on the reform of the military-industrial complex held on March 6, which was fixed by presidential decree No. 79/2019 of March 15, the Cabinet of Ministers was tasked to ensure, within a month, the preparation and submission of a bill to amendments to the current law of Ukraine “On State Defense Order”. Earlier, in May 2018, the state concern Ukroboronprom initiated the creation of a working group to develop a new version of the law of Ukraine “On State Defense Order” taking into account the requirements of the new time, as well as to ensure a balance of interests between the military customer and defense producers. Representatives of the NSDC, the Ministry of Defense, the National Guard, the SBU, a number of security forces and law enforcement agencies, as well as public organizations, including international, were invited to participate in the work of the group. According to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the volume of the state defense order for 2019 is estimated at about 25 billion UAH. In 2018, according to the department, within the framework of the state defense order for the purchase, repair and modernization of weapons and military equipment, defense R & D, the development of defense production facilities from the state budget was allocated about 21 billion USD. According to the Ukrainian military department, in the structure of the state defense contractor in recent years, more than 50% are private defense companies.

 

“Vilkha” and “Neptun” – the next launches are al soon as June 13 and 14 | mil.in.ua

Posted by Editor in June 08, 2019 News, Military-Industrial News 1 Comment During the period from June 12 to June 14, 2019, access to the Calfa, Glacialis and 1-10 km of the Marine Spit from the settlement of Lebedivka will be restricted. It is reported by the press service of the Tatarbunar district state administration On the territory of the State testing ground there will be firing firing at the next stage of factory testing of rocket complexes of the LCD-360 “Neptun” and “Vilkha” missiles. Preparations will take place on June 12, and the launches themselves – on June 13 and 14. The preliminary stage of the factory tests took place from May 22 to May 24, 2019. “The fragments of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles are explosive, so when they are detected, it is necessary to immediately inform the command of the landfill and, before the arrival of specialists, to restrict people’s access to the specified objects,” the RSA press service reports. The relevant area will be closed to notifications NOTAM: A1455 / 19 A1458 / 19 The district itself has already become traditional: It is expected that Thursday will be launched from the modernized complex “Vilkha”, and on Friday – RK-360 “Neptun”.

There are several areas where there is a risk of Russian invasion – Sergey Zgurets | Defense Express

Posted: June 07, 2019 In the near future, Ukraine may receive capabilities that can repel the landing of the Russian amphibious force. President Vladimir Zelensky appealed to the US Senate to provide Ukraine with new weapons. The American side recently announced plans to increase financial assistance to Ukraine, in particular to provide us with more lethal weapons. “About the weapon we can get from the USA, as well as what samples we can already develop by ourselves,” said Sergei ZGURETS, director of information-consulting company “Defense Express”. – Sergey, recently there were tests of Ukrainian missile systems. When we get a new Ukrainian anti-ship missile system “Neptune”. What is the current status of this project? – It was about testing three different products – it’s “Vilkha”, “Vilkha-R” and “Neptune” complex. The index “P” means that it is a repair machine, but de facto it is said that there are non-repairable control units in the Smerch type shells that are stored in our warehouses. Instead of these Soviet blocs, a control unit is being set up that was developed for the Vielha Complex. Thus, by replacing one block and leaving the rest unchanged, we significantly increase the number of combat-ready shells for the MLRS “Smerch” and give these shells absolutely other possibilities. In particular, each of these shells will be able to destroy a clearly defined separate target, and not cover the area. I think that there will be further trials, after which the production of this block and its delivery to the Armed Forces will begin. When we talk about the Vilkha-M complex, this is a direction that is associated with an increase in the missile’s range. The managed rocket of the “Vilkha” complex, which has already been adopted, operates within a radius of 70 km, and Villemah must reach 120 km. A certain cycle of developments allowed the leadership of the Ministry of Defense to declare that in September-October, we will come out on state trials. Now let’s talk about the Neptune complex. I explained in my video on Facebook what exactly was done during this time. At least five elements were made – a new starter motor, new wings and rudders, a new gyroscope unit, a new GPS receiver and a new radio altimeter that allows rockets to operate at significantly lower heights than was the case in previous trials. It is also tasked to enter the state tests in September-October. After state tests, mass production begins. According to my estimates such batteries (anti-ship missiles “Neptune” – “Apostrophe”) require at least five. Conditionally, three – will cover the Black Sea, and two – the waters of the Sea of Azov. When we get this potential, we will provide our naval forces with completely different capabilities, compared to what we have today. I think that next year will be decisive and it will be essential to finance these projects. If a new political or military leadership suddenly decides that we do not need this, then it will be a footing for this project. I think that this is an unacceptable decision neither for the General Staff, nor for the Ministry of Defense, nor for the political leadership of the country. – What decisions are expected in relation to these projects? In your opinion, will the missile program continue to be supported, since its former secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchinov was driving it, and now this post has taken another person? – In 2014, the Decree of the President of Ukraine was adopted, and the President of Ukraine is not a surname, and a position, if we are talking about weapons. It was a secret decree defining priorities. Such priorities included the intensification of work on the creation of the missile complex “Neptun” and systems “Vilkha”. From 2014 to 2016 there was a pause. Financing of projects started in 2016, due to the decisive role of NSDC secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, who took it under his own control. It was thanks to him that he managed to overcome this path ten times faster than it was, even in the Soviet Union. If we worked on the Neptun missile from 2014 to 2019, for example, the Soviet Union began its X-35 rocket launch in 1983, and it was adopted in 2003 in armament. That is, 20 years and 5 years. The pace can not be compared. The main issue now is that the new political leadership of the military would not diminish funding. After all, according to my pessimistic estimates, next year the state defense order may be reduced. And there are risks that the new leadership of the same NSDC does not understand the importance of these defense projects. These are not just defense projects, but industrial projects. For each of these projects there is a chain of enterprises that during this time received new competencies (NSDC secretary Oleksandr Danyliuk has already stated that Ukraine is not going to refuse missile work). – At the moment, we have a platform platform for the Neptune complex, and another platform is under development for it. That is, it is necessary to build at least rocket boats. What are our prospects in this matter? – The concept of the fleet is different. The Navy’s team advocates a classic approach when we have all sorts of combat capabilities – corvette, cutters, minesweepers, marines, aircraft and submarines. This is a classic approach, and it does not come from the interests of the navy command, but from the fact that those obligations imposed on the Navy and prescribed by the guiding documents can not be fulfilled unless you have all this arsenal. On the other hand, there are financial capabilities and optimal security strategies. We understand that today we have several sites that are dangerous in terms of landing landing. The most effective way to protect is to destroy the landing by anti-ship complexes. The presence of these complexes along the entire coastline of the Black and Azov Seas significantly reduces the risk of landing landing. The issue of capacity building depends on financial capacity. Although in the near future the issue of restoring the Corvet program will again arise through cooperation with a powerful foreign partner who wants to purchase a whole series of such ships that we have developed. And due to this, there will be a resuscitation of the Corvet project in Ukraine. There is also a question of providing a helicopter component, that is, maritime aviation. Similarly, there will be questions about United States assistance in addition to those boats that we will receive in the near future. But this is true: our naval forces and their potential are today the most vulnerable to the risks that the Russian Federation provokes. – It was a message from the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA that the US side plans to increase financial assistance to Ukraine to $ 300 million next year. And this list may include anti-ship missiles and means of coastal defense. Do you have any data on what might include this list? – The financial assistance the United States is going to increase, but this help does not take into account what we want and what we are offering. Not always these things are the same. The Ukrainian side is interested in increasing the number of anti-tank assets with the involvement of Javelin complexes, as well as significantly improving the manageability of troops, through the use of Harris stations. Because Harris is not the only model that can effectively counteract Russian means of the REB. The control and control system is decisive on the battlefield. You can have absolutely unique weapons, but do not hear the commander, and then the meaning of weapons is simply lost. After reviewing these issues in the Congress, the list will be agreed upon. Although, the list that the Ukrainian side had previously sent, I do not know, anti-ship missiles were not foreseen. I understand that perhaps this is the desire of the American side to help us, something related to the understanding that Ukraine has made some progress in this direction. Then they thought that they would better use our rockets rather than create a potential that we might not be able to control then. By the way, a powerful American delegation arrives soon to get acquainted with our defense and industrial potential. I think that we must very clearly approach the issues that are of interest to the American side and those issues that are related to our national security, as well as the survival of key sectors of our defense industry. – Vy z·hadaly pro te, shcho ye zatsikavlenistʹ do ukrayinsʹkoho proektu “Korvet” u inozemnykh zamovnykiv. Mozhete rozpovisty, shcho tse za zamovnyk? – Dumayu, shcho ya ne upovnovazhenyy. – A stosovno protykorabelʹnykh raket z SSHA. Tse bude PKR “Harpun”? – Protykorabelʹna raketa – tse kompleks. Yakshcho my beremo chuzhe ozbroyennya pid “Harpun”, to nam potribno bude zabezpechyty obsluhovuvannya, navchannya personalu, toshcho. My potraplyayemo v zalezhnistʹ. Navishcho tsym zaymatysya, yakshcho my vzhe zrobyly suttyevyy postup do stvorennya vlasnoho zrazka i pochaly pidhotovku vlasnykh ofitseriv. “Neptun” spromozhnyy vyrishuvaty ti zavdannya, shcho i “Harpun”. YE inshi zrazky, de u nas takoho potentsialu nemaye. Navishcho dublyuvaty te, de u nas na sʹohodni vzhe ye napratsyuvannya. – A choho chekaty tsʹoho roku na Azovsʹkomu ta Chornomu moryakh? Chy mozhna vvazhaty, shcho Rosiya ostatochno zakryla dlya nas Kerchensʹku protoku? – Yakshcho hovoryty zhorstko, to blokuvannya nashykh portiv vidbulosya, my pochynayemo vtrachaty hroshi, nesemo ekonomichni zbytky cherez blokuvannya portiv. Tomu pershe, shcho my zaraz mayemo zrobyty – tse povnistyu minimizuvaty ryzyky desantnykh operatsiy, yaki isnuyutʹ. I v tsʹomu kompleks “Neptun” ta inshi zakhody ye vkray potribnymy. YA dumayu, shcho bude vidbuvatysʹ nasychennya Chornoho morya inshymy vydamy ozbroyenʹ. Tak samo nam potribni y bezshumni ta malohabarytni pidvodni chovny, shchob stvoryuvaty zahrozu dlya rosiysʹkoyi storony. Svoyimy raketnymy kateramy nam bude duzhe vazhko vporatysʹ z potuzhnistyu Rosiyi v formati avianostsya “Krym”. – Bula mova, pro te, shcho SSHA nam podaruyutʹ shche dva katery typu Island. Ale my poky shcho ne mozhemo perehnaty z Baltimora ti katery, shcho yikh nam vzhe peredaly… – Vy hovoryte pro kilʹkisni pidkhody, a tse pomylkovo. Z kilʹkisnymy pidkhodamy my zavzhdy budemo prohravaty. U nas ne bude takoyi kilʹkosti ozbroyennya, yaka ye u Rosiysʹkoyi Federatsiyi. Tse oznachaye, shcho treba shukaty varianty, de kilʹkisni pokaznyky vidkhodyatʹ na inshyy plan. Tsi katery nam zvisno dopomozhutʹ, ale ne pryntsypovo. My hovorymo pro te, shcho systema pobudovy zakhystu morsʹkykh kordoniv bula na druhomu plani i zaraz my “vyhribayemo” cherez nash ihnoruvannya problem morya. I koly pochalosya budivnytstvo Kerchensʹkoho mostu, vzhe todi treba bulo napevne vzhyvaty zakhodiv, shchob tsey mist ne buv pobudovanyy. Pidryvaty, ne pidryvaty – tse vzhe inshe pytannya. Ale zaraz my mayemo inshu realʹnistʹ i treba shukaty vykhody z sytuatsiy, yaki chasom navitʹ zdayutʹsya patovymy. – Z·hadayemo tu amerykansʹku dopomohu, shcho vzhe nadiyshla. Tse kompleksy Javelin. U nas ye 210 raket ta 35 puskovykh system. Tsʹoho zamalo? – Potreba ye bilʹshoyu. – V kilʹka raziv? Poryadok tsyfr mozhete nazvaty? – V kilʹka raziv, tak. – Prodovzhuyuchy temu ozbroyennya. Na kyyivsʹkiy vystavtsi v zhovtni toho roku “Zbroya ta bezpeka” nam pokazaly puskovu ustanovku operatyvno-taktychnoho raketnoho kompleksu “Hrim-2”. Yakyy rozvytok u nas ye v tsʹomu sensi? – “Hrim” prokhodytʹ vyprobuvannya na terytoriyi inozamovnyka, zokrema dekilʹka puskovykh mashyn hasayutʹ po pusteli i odyn z sheykhiv, yakyy vpershe posydiv v tsiy mashyni ta proyikhavsya po pusteli, buv v zakhvati. Tomu shcho takoho plavnoho khodu i takykh mozhlyvostey vin, yak skazav, nikoly ne bachyv. Tse oznachaye, shcho ti napratsyuvannya, yaki buly zrobleni z pryvodu tsiyeyi khodovoyi diysno ye unikalʹnymy. V tsʹomu sensi, korystuyuchysʹ mozhlyvistyu, skazhu, shcho duzhe vazhlyvo, aby tsiyeyu khodovoyu zatsikavylysʹ nashi tsyvilʹni pidpryyemstva, yaki vyhotovlyayutʹ krany, inshe ustatkuvannya. Tomu shcho, za rakhunok tsyvilʹnykh zamovlenʹ, my suttyevo zdeshevymo tsey proekt i ne budemo vymusheni zakupovuvaty ti zh platformy dlya tsyvilʹnoyi tekhniky v inshykh krayinakh. Otzhe proshu zvernuty uvahu na tsey napryam, tomu shcho khodova diysno klasna. Postupovo hotuyemosʹ do vyprobuvanʹ rakety boyovykh chastyn, tezh na terytoriyi inozamovnyka. Z ohlyadu na yikh rezulʹtaty, za yakymy sposterihaye Ministerstvo oborony i predstavnyky zamovnyka, bude suttyevo zdeshevleno zakupivlyu tsʹoho kompleksu dlya Zbroynykh syl. Popry te, shcho vymohy do kompleksu, yakyy potriben dlya Zbroynykh syl, ye vyshchymy, nizh vymohy do toho kompleksu, yakyy my proponuyemo dlya eksportu. – Yoho taktyko-tekhnichni dani budutʹ rozshyreni za rakhunok dalʹnosti? – YE rechi, yaki yoho roblyatʹ i zakhyshchenym proty raketnoyi oborony. YE inshi zasoby, yaki, naspravdi, inozamovnyka ne tsikavlyatʹ. A ti napratsyuvannya suttyevo zabezpechuyutʹ spromozhnistʹ raket vykonuvaty zavdannya v umovakh system REB chy protyraketnoyi oborony voroha. Druhu chastynu intervʺyu z Serhiyem Z·hurtsem chytayte v nayblyzhchi dni Denys POPOVYCH Show more 4415/5000 – You mentioned that there is an interest in the Ukrainian project “Corvet” from foreign customers. Can you tell me what’s the customer? – I think I am not authorized. – And as for anti-ship missiles from the USA. This will be the PCR “Harpoon”? – An anti-ship missile is a complex. If we take someone else’s arms under the “Harpoon”, then we will need to provide services, staff training, etc. We get addicted. Why do this if we have already made a significant progress towards creating our own model and began to train our own officers. “Neptune” is capable of solving tasks like “Harpoon”. There are other examples where we do not have such a potential. Why duplicate those where we already have work experience. – And what to expect this year on the Azov and Black Seas? Can we assume that Russia has finally closed for us the Kerch Strait? – If to speak tightly, then our ports were blocked, we start to lose money, we carry economic losses due to the blocking of ports. Therefore, the first thing we have to do now is to minimize the risks of landing operations that exist. And in this complex “Neptune” and other activities are extremely necessary. I think that the saturation of the Black Sea with other types of weapons will take place. We also need silent and small submarines to create a threat to the Russian side. With our missile boats, it will be very difficult for us to cope with the power of Russia in the format of the aircraft carrier “Crimea”. – It was said that the United States will give us two more boats of the type of Island. But we can not outsource the boats from Baltimore, which they have already handed over to us … – You are talking about quantitative approaches, and this is a mistake. With quantitative approaches we will always lose. We will not have such an arsenal of weapons in the Russian Federation. This means looking for options where quantitative indicators go to another plan. These boats will certainly help us, but not fundamentally. We are talking about the fact that the system for the construction of the protection of the maritime borders was in the background, and now we are “clamoring” because of our ignoring of the problems of the sea. And when the construction of the Kerch Bridge began, already then it was necessary to take measures to ensure that this bridge was not built. To blow up, not to blow up is another question. But now we have a different reality and we must look for ways out of situations that sometimes even turn out to be untidy. – Let us recall that American aid that has already arrived. These are the Javelin complexes. We have 210 missiles and 35 launch systems. Is not that enough? – The need is bigger. – A few times? Can you name the order of numbers? – A few times, yes. – Continuing the theme of armament. At the Kiev exhibition in October of that year, “Weapon and Security” was shown to us by the launcher of the operational-tactical missile complex “Thunder-2”. What development do we have in this sense? – “Thunder” is undergoing testing on the territory of foreigner, in particular, several launchers are driven down the desert, and one of the sheikhs, who first sat in this car and drove through the desert, was delighted. Because he has never seen such a smooth move and such opportunities. This means that the developments that have been made on this ride really are unique. In this sense, taking advantage of the opportunity, I will say that it is very important that our civilian companies manufacturing cranes, other equipment, are interested in this course. Because, due to civil orders, we will substantially reduce this project and will not be forced to procure the same platforms for civil engineering in other countries. So please pay attention to this direction, because the running is really cool. We are gradually preparing to test missiles of combat units, also on the territory of foreigner. Given their results, which are monitored by the Ministry of Defense and representatives of the customer, it will be substantially cheaper to purchase this complex for the Armed Forces. Despite the fact that the requirements for the complex, which is needed for the Armed Forces, are higher than the requirements for the complex that we offer for export. – His tactical and technical data will be expanded at the expense of the range? – There are things that make it and defend against missile defense. There are other means, which, in fact, foreign customers are not interested. And those developments substantially ensure the missile’s ability to perform tasks in the conditions of the enemy’s ballistic missile defense system or anti-missile defense system. The second part of the interview with Sergey Zgurts read in the coming days Denis Popovich

“Slavyansk” and “Starobilsk” are the names of the Ukrainian Islands | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial June 08, 2019 Naval Force 3 Comments Ukrainian patrol boats of the type “Island” received the names and board numbers – “Slavyansk” (P191) and “Starobilsk” (P190). This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Now boats are scheduled mooring, maneuvering and speed tests conducted by Ukrainian sailors along with foreign counterparts. The crews have already completed language training and documentary preparations are currently under way – the issuance of passports, the opening of visas to the United States, etc. Already in early July, crews will begin training in the United States, which will last until the end of August. After that they will be preserved and delivered by a cargo ship to Odessa in September. Their transfer took place on September 27, 2018, at the naval base in Baltimore with the participation of the then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

U.S. delegation in Odesa studies Centaur assault boats

Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko and U.S. senior adviser on the reform of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine Donald Winter discussed the needs of the Ukrainian Navy in weapons and equipment at a meeting on Friday in Odesa. The press center of the Ukrainian Navy Command said on its Facebook page, the meeting was held on board of the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate. Some important issues regarding the further development of the Navy were discussed. The U.S. side proposed improvements of defense cooperation between the two countries. The key directions of work and primary tasks in the naval sector that require assistance of foreign partners were determined. “At the end (of the meeting), the representatives of the U.S. delegation inspected the newest boats of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, among which were the assault boats of the Centaur type, which will soon be included in the national fleet,” the press center said.

stailker | Canadian Spaceport in Nova Scotia Gets Environment Ministry Approval to Move Forward

Today Nova Scotia Environment gave the approval for Maritime Launch Services (MLS) to move forward with its plan to build a spaceport in the Hazel Hill – Canso area of Guysborough County. Maritime Launch Services is a Halifax based startup looking to build a spaceport in Nova Scotia to launch satellites. They plan on initially using a Ukrainian Yuzhnoye designed Cyclone 4M medium-class rocket which is being built by Yuzhmash, also of the Ukraine. The spaceport could eventually be home to other launch companies as well. It was just over a month ago that the Gordon Wilson was appointed as the new Nova Scotia Minister of Environment. His department provided its recommendation to the Minister two weeks ago, meaning he had to get-up-to speed on the file very quickly. For Maritime Launch Services this marks the most significant milestone to date, and one where a negative decision would have meant the the end of the project. Two of the MLS’s immediate objectives include getting the land lease approved as soon as possible, and closing an initial round of outside financing. With the environmental assessment (EA) approved, MLS hopes that the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry comes through with the land lease soon. MLS wants to begin surveying the land in preparation for construction. In a statement released by MLS this morning, Steve Matier, President and CEO of MLS said “today’s decision by Minister Wilson affirms the commitment of MLS to build and operate Nova Scotia’s spaceport with environmental sensitivity and safety as priorities. Once again, we thank the community for its overwhelming support for this initiative. This is an exciting day for the communities of Canso, Hazel Hill and Little Dover, the province, and the country. We are grateful to Minister Wilson and his staff for their rigorous and thorough environmental assessment process.” The statement also said “Canada’s first commercial spaceport is one step closer to reality today following approval from the provincial government’s Department of Environment.” The approval came with some conditions (Available below). None of which are show stoppers, according to Matier who responded to SpaceQ’s inquiry. The MLS statement also addressed the conditions saying “MLS will comply with each of the conditions of the approval and will be working with the Department of Lands and Forestry to complete the Crown Land lease with the goal of a ceremonial groundbreaking in July. The proposed commercial spaceport will become an economic engine in the region and will build upon Canada’s heritage in the global space community.” Maritime Launch Services spaceport animation. Credit: Maritime Launch Services. Facebook Twitter Google + Stumbleupon LinkedIn Today Nova Scotia Environment gave the approval for Maritime Launch Services (MLS) to move forward with its plan to build a spaceport in the Hazel Hill – Canso area of Guysborough County. Maritime Launch Services is a Halifax based startup looking to build a spaceport in Nova Scotia to launch satellites. They plan on initially using a Ukrainian Yuzhnoye designed Cyclone 4M medium-class rocket which is being built by Yuzhmash, also of the Ukraine. The spaceport could eventually be home to other launch companies as well. Maritime Launch Services Cyclone 4M rocket Maritime Launch Services Cyclone 4M rocket. Credit: Maritime Launch Services. It was just over a month ago that the Gordon Wilson was appointed as the new Nova Scotia Minister of Environment. His department provided its recommendation to the Minister two weeks ago, meaning he had to get-up-to speed on the file very quickly. For Maritime Launch Services this marks the most significant milestone to date, and one where a negative decision would have meant the the end of the project. Two of the MLS’s immediate objectives include getting the land lease approved as soon as possible, and closing an initial round of outside financing. With the environmental assessment (EA) approved, MLS hopes that the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry comes through with the land lease soon. MLS wants to begin surveying the land in preparation for construction. In a statement released by MLS this morning, Steve Matier, President and CEO of MLS said “today’s decision by Minister Wilson affirms the commitment of MLS to build and operate Nova Scotia’s spaceport with environmental sensitivity and safety as priorities. Once again, we thank the community for its overwhelming support for this initiative. This is an exciting day for the communities of Canso, Hazel Hill and Little Dover, the province, and the country. We are grateful to Minister Wilson and his staff for their rigorous and thorough environmental assessment process.” The statement also said “Canada’s first commercial spaceport is one step closer to reality today following approval from the provincial government’s Department of Environment.” The approval came with some conditions (Available below). None of which are show stoppers, according to Matier who responded to SpaceQ’s inquiry. The MLS statement also addressed the conditions saying “MLS will comply with each of the conditions of the approval and will be working with the Department of Lands and Forestry to complete the Crown Land lease with the goal of a ceremonial groundbreaking in July. The proposed commercial spaceport will become an economic engine in the region and will build upon Canada’s heritage in the global space community.” Part of an MLS community open house brochure in handed out December 2017 Part of an MLS community open house brochure in handed out December 2017. Credit: Maritime Launch Services. Matier and he said he expects to make announcement soon with regards to financing. Having the EA approved was the critical piece in getting financing in place. Matier also told SpaceQ that he made a recent trip to the Ukraine to see how the Ukrainian rocket manufacturer Yuzhmash was progressing with building initial components for the Cyclone 4M rocket MLS will use. Also on hand, according to Matier, was a key potential investor. Matier told SpaceQ that “he was impressed” with how much progress was being made at Yuzhmash and that he noted new manufacturing equipment including 3D printers which are now being used for building some components. Matier remarked that it appeared Yuzhmash has received an influx of capital since the last time he was there. Matier provided the following images from his tour. MLS has also had conversations with more than one “large” constellation manufacturer about using the spaceport to launch some of their satellites. Matier wouldn’t comment on who the discussions have been with, or details such as how many could fly on the Ukrainian Cyclone 4M rocket they’ll be using. Matier also said he hopes the official groundbreaking ceremony happens in July. Coincidentally, Global Affairs Canada and Minister Chrystia Freeland will be hosting the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto July 2 – 4. With Ukrainian Ministers in Canada in early July it would provide an opportunity for them to attend a groundbreaking ceremony sometime after the conference. http://spaceq.ca/canadian-spaceport-in-nova-scotia-gets-environment-ministry-approval-to-move-forward/

 

Thank you for continuing to stoop for whole new low’, – Zelensky to Ukrainian MPs

President of Ukraine Zelensky recorded the apply to MPs, where he said he was right to dismiss Parliament

Ukrainian parliament speaker: Ukraine will be able to join EU in 2025-2027 – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy has said Ukraine has a very good chance of accession to the European Union in 2025-2027. A resolution was signed following the 10th Ukraine-Lithuania-Poland Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.

G7 welcomes Constitutional Court’s ruling declaring e-declaration for anti-corruption activists unconstitutional

The ambassadors of the Group of Seven (G7) welcome the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine that declares e-declaration requirements for anti-corruption activists unconstitutional. — Ukrinform.

Leader of Strength and Honor party Smeshko names first ten leaders on list of candidates in parliamentary election

The five leaders of the Strength and Honor political party to participate in the snap parliamentary election include party leader Ihor Smeshko, MP from Samopomich parliamentary faction Olena Sotnyk, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars leader, MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko parliamentary faction Refat Chubarov, MP from Samopomich Ivan Miroshnychenko and Ex-Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Volodymyr Zamana, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported from the congress of the party held in Kyiv on Saturday. The top ten leaders also include former Deputy Housing and Utilities Minister Olha Romaniuk, Doctor of Economics, ex-deputy chairman of the State Property Fund Andriy Haidutsky, MP from Samopomich Iryna Sysoyenko, former first deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine — head of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service of Ukraine, lieutenant-general Volodymyr Tymoshenko and former head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Anatoliy Makarenko.

Saakashvili’s political party to run for parliament independently

The Movement of New Forces party of former Georgian president and former chairman of Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, who recently returned to Ukraine, will independently participate in snap parliamentary elections of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s international reserves shrink to US$19.4 bln – news economics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s international reserves at the beginning of June 2019 amounted to US$19.4 billion, which is 5.5% lower than at the beginning of May 2019. This is due to debt repayments totalling US$1.8 billion.

Zelensky held closed meeting with Ukrainian journalists in the woods (photos)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a closed meeting with journalists in the country residence Zalissia

Zelensky discusses launch of Anti-Corruption Court

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with Head of the Supreme Court Valentyna Danishevska and Head of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court Olena Tanasevych to discuss the launch of the Anti-Corruption Court. — Ukrinform.

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine alarmed with requirements to international supervisory board members of SOE to file declarations

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declaring -declaration requirement for anti-corruption activists unconstitutional, although the embassy expressed concern about the existing requirements to international supervisory board members of state-owned enterprises file asset declarations.

 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Is Latvia Going to Be the Next to Seek Autocephaly for Its Orthodox Church?

Paul Goble Staunton, June 6 – Today, the Latvian parliament adopted the final version of amendments to the Latvian law on all religious organizations. They require that senior churchmen be Latvian citizens and residents of the country (titania.saeima.lv/LIVS13/saeimalivs13.nsf/0/19BC262F578C1E1AC225840A002E6C67?OpenDocument). “The introduction of the criteria of citizenship and constant residence for senior officials of such religious organizations, the leadership of which is situated beyond the borders of Latvia will allow the strengthening of the autonomy of these organizations and give an opportunity to avoid potential influence from abroad,” deputy Artuss Kaimiņš says. Assuming that the measure is approved by the Latvian president, that sets the stage for a potentially serious conflict with the Latvian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate whose leading positions are filled by the decisions of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The good news, perhaps, is that the head of the Latvian Orthodox Church is Aleksandr Kudryashov who was born in Latvia in 1940 and who thus is automatically a Latvian citizen even though he was appointed by Moscow (baltnews.lv/riga_news/20190606/1023085269/eshche-odna-avtokefaliya-zachem-latviya-hochet-otgorodit-svoyu-pravoslavnuyu-cerkov-ot-rossii.html). But the new amendments do set the stage for a demand for autocephaly. They affect the 2008 law which in turn replaced the 1926 measure that specified that Riga respected decisions by churches on canonical issues and that those decisions could not be appealed in Latvian courts or to Latvian political institutions. The amendments clearly change that. Regnum religious affairs commentator Stanislav Stremidlovsky tells BaltNews that the latest measure “could represent an attempt by the leadership of the Latvian Orthodox church to shift to a somewhat more independent form of existence,” even to the point of seeking autocephaly. “Remember the experience of neighboring Estonia,” he continues. There the Estonian Orthodox church was divided with part shifting to subordination to the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople and part remaining subordinate to Moscow. “In Estonia appeared parallel hierarchies” of the two patriarchates. The same could not happen in Latvia. The Orthodox church in Latvia has 370,000 parishioners, 118 parishes, and 79 priests. Most of its followers are ethnic Russians, but there is a sizeable component of ethnic Latvians as well. That makes any change there much less fraught than the case in Ukraine, but in the current environment, Moscow civil and religious is certain to react with hostility to any challenge.

 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Rise of Orthodox Russian Nationalism will Provoke Its Nemesis in Muslim Nationalism among Non-Russians, Sokolov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 6 – “The growth of radicalism and the strengthening of ‘Orthodox nationalism’ will stimulate the development of ‘ethnic projects,’ including Chechen, Circassian, Tatar, Yakut and others” and lead to the radicalization of political Islam in Russia, Denis Sokolov writes in a new report for the Free Russia Foundation (idelreal.org/a/29984776.html). Sokolov, a specialist on ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus who is now a resident scholar at CSIS in Washington, is the latest in a long line of analysts who have viewed ethnic Russian nationalism as dangerous precisely because of the countervailing movements its appearance will inevitably provoke among non-Russians. That danger was fully understood by Soviet leaders who, with rare exceptions as in the case of Stalin during and immediately after World War II, worked hard to rein in Russian nationalism lest it lead to the rise of non-Russian nationalist movements that might have threatened the territorial integrity of the country. But Vladimir Putin, apparently convinced that with the demise of the USSR, the percentage of ethnic Russians in the population is so much greater – more than 75 percent now rather than just over 50 percent at the end of Soviet times – and the share of non-Russians that much less, he need not be so careful, has pushed Russian Orthodox nationalism. While the share of non-Russians is less, Putin’s use of Orthodoxy in this regard is dangerous to the regime not only with regard to non-Russians and especially Muslims, who constitute the overwhelming share of the non-Russians, but also to a large share of irreligious Russians who want a secular state. Consequently, the Kremlin leader is playing with fire; and every step he makes in the direction of Orthodox Russian nationalism is another in the direction of the disintegration of the Russian Federation, something he has built his presidential career on having successfully blocked for all time. Sokolov’s paper has not yet appeared on line. What appears here is based on the summary offered by Ramazan Alpaut of Radio Liberty’s IdelReal portal, who further reports that, according to the Russian analyst, “the final form of the radicalization of Vladislav Surkov’s ‘sovereign democracy’ may become ‘something like Orthodox nationalism.” That notion, he says, will inevitably “be directed against ethnic and pro-Western projects in the post-Soviet states and certain Russian regions.”

Head of Serbian Orthodox Church finds common ground with Assad regime

The Serbian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Irinej makes a controversial visit to Syria and praises Bashar al Assad.