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NATO update – Baltics, Poland, Turkey. The Vozhd on global catastrophe – omitting Russia’s contribution. Russia updates – banking system in trouble, oil pipelines restart, mock gravestones for the Vozhd keep appearing, more descent reports, and three retrospectives on the Cold War. Persecution of journalist Golunov produces an unexpected reaction in Russia – the regime is likely to escalate its campaign against the media further if the Snob attack is any indication, as all it knows how to do is escalate without limits.

Salisbury and MH17 reports.

Moldova mayhem continues – NATO, EU and Muscovy responses. There is a real risk Russia will not only exacerbate the mess, but use it as an excuse for attempting an intervention.

Ukraine reacts to Moldovan situation with increased border surveillance, following an NSDC meeting, and a diplomat is being despatched to Chisinau. IR update. Reports Russia has caved on the gas transit contract due to delays in Nordstream 2. Hague hearings resume and Russia continues its alternate reality narrative. More Tartar arrests in Crimea.

Escalated fires in Donbas continue. AFU does some strategic signalling with readiness demonstrations of 203mm 2S7 Pion guns and BM-27 220mm MLRS. Oplot production delayed due to failures in engineering out Russian components. New passive sonar enters service. H225 helos start ops. Antonov attempts to ground four Russian owned An-124-100 CONDORs in Germany over airworthiness violations.

Politics update.

OCU update.

UAWire – Large-Scale NATO Iron Wolf 2019 exercises begin in Lithuania

The large-scale military exercises named Gelezinis Vilkas 2019 (Iron Wolf 2019) started in Lithuania. About four thousand soldiers from 10 …

In Poland, a Fixed U.S. Presence Will Warrant a Russian Response | Stratfor

Washington and Warsaw could ink a deal for a permanent deployment of troops as soon as Sept. 1, which will undoubtedly prompt Russia to build up its own military presence. The United States will likely move forward with plans to expand its military presence in Poland in the coming quarter, which could include more than 1,000 new troops and the permanent stationing of forces in the country. While Washington’s presence may not come in the form of Warsaw’s proposed “Fort Trump,” it will nonetheless establish a more fixed measure of U.S. security support for Poland as an added layer of defense against Russia. Moscow will likely respond to such an agreement with military buildups of its own near Poland’s borders, most likely by boosting defense assets in Belarus.

NATO’s New Military Commander: ‘I Suspect’ Turkish-Alliance Mil-to-Mil Ties Will Endure – Defense One

In his first sitdown interview as SHAPE, Gen. Todd Wolters said Ankara cannot have both the F-35 and S-400. BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — NATO’s recently installed Supreme Allied Commander Europe walked a delicate line on Friday, reiterating U.S. concerns about Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system from Russia yet affirming Ankara’s value as an ally. Gen. Tod Wolters, who also leads U.S. European Command, spoke at the GLOBSEC security conference here in his first sit-down interview since stepping into the job in May. Wolters reiterated other U.S. commanders’ concerns that Turkish S-400s would feed sensitive data to their Russian makers. “You cannot operate an F-35 in the vicinity of an S-400. They won’t talk to each other, and what the two systems will attempt to do, certainly the S-400 against the F-35, is attempt to exploit the F-35’s capabilities. I can tell you that we aren’t interested in sharing the F-35’s capabilities from a radar perspective, from an operational perspective, with the Russians. We’ve made that very, very clear.”

Pentagon Gives Turkey a Deadline to Cancel S-400 Deal or Lose F-35 – Defense One

By July 31, says the ASecDef, Ankara must choose between the Russian S-400 or the U.S.-led JSF.

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.

UAWire – Putin says he is concerned about the threat of global conflict

During St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists that he is worried about the danger of a new global conflict. The Russian President said that after the invention of nuclear weapons civilization lives in a state of relative peace and “it would be better not to bring it to the conflict.” “After the invention and creation of nuclear weapons, humanity is in a state of relative peace. Of course, except for regional conflicts. The state of relative global peace lasts for almost 75 years,” the Kremlin press service quotes Putin. However, he added that losing control of this “fire dragon” can lead to a global catastrophe. “Today, everyone is dealing with environmental problems – and this is right, because climate change, anthropogenic emissions, and other similar problems are a global threat. That’s the right thing to do. Children are involved in solving these problems all over the world. However, young people and especially teenagers and children don’t realize the global threat and such a serious challenge associated with the issues of possible global conflict,” Putin said. “But I have the impression that somehow these questions became common, they somehow went a little by the wayside. This is distressing and is a matter of concern,” said Russian President. American General Curtis Scaparrotti in the spring of 2019, said that Russia could use nuclear weapons for quick advantages against weaker neighbors. Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, in turn, said that Moscow could conduct a low power nuclear tests despite the existing prohibitions.


World Bank Warns Russia’s Banking Sector At Risk Despite Costly Bailouts

The World Bank says Russia’s banking sector is stabilizing but remains at risk despite recent state bailouts of Russian banks totaling tens of billions of dollars.

UAWire – Poland confirms resumption of clean oil supply from Russia

The Polish oil logistics company PERN has confirmed that the supply of clean oil from Russia has resumed, Polish Radio reports. “On the morning of 9 June, Russia resumed the supply of clean oil through Belarus to the Polish transmission system,” the report states. According to PERN spokesperson Katarzyna Krasinska, the company has implemented a mechanism to constantly monitor the quality of the oil arriving from the east. “This morning the supply of oil not contaminated with organochlorides was resumed to the PERN transmission system. Our company has implemented a quality monitoring mechanism so that we can monitor the commodity coming from Belarus,” the spokesperson noted. On 19 April, the Belarusian company Belneftekhim reported that the oil arriving through the Druzhba pipeline was exceeding the acceptable concentration of organochlorides by a factor of between 10 and 25. The Russian transit company Transneft acknowledged the discrepancy in quality, and the Russian Energy Ministry described the problem as “technical in nature”. On 22 April, the substandard oil reached European and Ukrainian refineries. According to PERN, the concentration of contaminants in the oil could be harmful to refinery equipment. On 25 April, the Ukrainian oil transport company UkrTransNafta suspended transit along the Mozyr-Brody stretch of Druzhba. European companies also refused to accept the dirty oil at the receiving stations in Budkovce (Slovakia) and Feneshlitke (Hungary). Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said previously that Russia will have to pay compensation for the costs incurred due to the contaminated oil. Belarus, which has also been affected by the substandard Russian oil, estimates its losses at $100 million.

Poland partially resumes oil transportation from Russia

Poland has partially resumed the transportation of Russian oil across Druzhba pipeline. PERN, the Polish enterprise for pipeline use reported this Monday. The oil pumping in the system was restored on early June 9. PERN stated that it had introduced the mechanism of permanent quality control, so that the crude oil quality from Belarus can be monitored anytime. The first stage of restoration of the system will last until late June; during this period, the volume of supplies will be somewhat smaller than the one PERN clients need. On April 24, Poland suspended the receipt of Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline due to pollution by organochlorine compounds. June 9, Belneftekhim company reported that 450 000 tons of poor-quality oil, which had previously been transported to Belarus via the Druzhba pipeline were pumped back to Russia.

In Russian Cities, Mock Gravestones Are Sounding Putin’s Death Knell

Activists across Russia are installing mock gravestones with the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Is it a new protest trend?

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Russia is ‘a Business Project Not a State,’ Yavlinsky Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 8 – “Russia is a business project not a state,” Grigory Yavlinsky says. “The system is structured as a corporation. And the basic goal of any business is the maximization of profit and to avoid landing in jail in the process.” Consequently, the only way to change the corporation is to seize its leadership. Unfortunately, the Yabloko Party leader told an audience in Moscow this week that at present “there are few chances” of doing so as there are too few people informed by passion and prepared to take the risks involved. But understanding the nature of the situation prevents those who are from misdirecting their efforts ( According to Yavlinsky, it is important to recognize that just as no subordinate employee can redirect a business, so too no subordinate political official in Russia can redirect the business that is Putin’s Russia. And consequently, opposition figures should focus on change at the top rather than trying to achieve “victories” at lower levels. On the one hand, this is a recognition of just how powerful Putin’s power vertical remains and how few options political figures have at the regional or municipal level not to speak of the federal one. But on the other, it is a justification for avoiding the kind of political effort that could lead to the growth of opposition sentiments from below. Indeed, as Tolkovatel’s Pavel Pryanikov points out in his report about Yavlinsky’s presentation, if the Yabloko leader now wants to abstain from any political activity except at the presidential level, one is entirely justified in asking why his political party even bothers to continue to exist. At the same time, he continues, Yavlinsky is not without courage and deserves to be admired for that compared to other Russian politicians and liberals. The Yabloko leader called for a new referendum on Crimea, one that would allow free campaigning for the possibility that the peninsula could remain Russian, be returned to Ukraine or become independent. And he called for an end to Moscow’s direct participation in and support for secessionist forces of the Donbass, for that region’s return to Ukrainian control, another position many Russian liberals hold but are, according to the Tolkovatel editor and blogger, afraid to express in public given the risk of sanction by the Kremlin.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Elite Can’t Admit Protests have Objective Causes as Doing So Would be to Question Kremlin Policies, Krasheninnikov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 6 – A significant part of the Russian political elite is very well aware that the protests spreading across Russia have objective causes and are not the work of outside agitators as the regime’s ideologists insist, Fyodor Krasheninnikov says. But there are three compelling reasons why they won’t dispute the regime’s insistence otherwise. First, the Yekaterinburg commentator says, they would be put themselves at risk of losing their positions if they did. Second, they might prompt their bosses to take truly extreme actions against the protesters. And third, they most seriously would be casting doubt on Kremlin policy ( Consequently, even though protests have spread and are likely to continue to do so, he argues, the Kremlin won’t respond not just because it does not want to appear weak but rather because it has so isolated itself from the population that it can’t face reality and instead prefers to live in its own dream world, one those around it are not going to question. That creates a truly dangerous situation in which protests are likely to continue to increase in size and number even as the regime insists that they can be ignored because they are the work of outside agitators, domestic or foreign. All this, Krasheninnikov says, reflects some fundamental changes in Russian society and politics over the last five years. “The powers that be are losing their popularity in the eyes of citizens and they no longer are prepared to quietly accept all the decisions of those above on the principle that ‘things are clearer t the bosses.’” The latter have failed to provide either obvious successes or a clear program for leading the country forward, and ever more of the Russian people can see that. And that is true not only of the powers that be in and around the Kremlin but in the regions and municipalities as well, the Yekaterinburg commentator says. What has accelerated this change is “the constant growth in the popularity and accessibility of social networks and the Internet in general, which allows citizens to obtain an unlimited amount of alternative information about life in the country and in their locality” and, more important, to come to recognize that others share their views and plan to act. That explains the trajectory of protests and official responses in Yekaterinburg and in Shiyes, he says, although the latter has been somewhat less intense because the density of population in the Russian north is far lower than in the Urals city – and has taken off largely because Muscovites have become involved. “Moscow is not only the administrative but the intellectual and communications center of Russia; therefore, the involvement of part of Muscovite society in the situation in the north of Russia significantly intensifies dissatisfaction and anger of the residents of the region. Some protest, others watch, learn and get ready.” But people in both places and elsewhere, the commentator says, are acting because of their own concerns. Moscow, however, refuses to see this. Every time there is a demonstration, those at the center insist that it is “organized and provoked artificially” by those outside and does not reflect the real feelings of the population, it and its media insist. This “search for outside organizers and participants in any local action of protest is the clearest indication of the broadening gap between the authorities and society,” Krasheninnikov continues. It shows that the powers that be are acting like a drunk who thinks that the little green men are real and that their excessive consumption of alcohol is irrelevant. “Putin and his entourage, judging from everything, sincerely supposes themselves to be loved” by the population, “and if reality contradicts their conviction, then they prefer to deny reality.” In other political systems, those near the top might seek to correct them, but in Putin’s, such people are afraid to try. The longer this attitude survives at and near the top, he concludes, “the more frequent and more widespread will be new protests because the true provocateur, guilty party and organizer of protests in Russia today is the regime itself, which does not leave citizens any other opportunities to defend their rights and their land.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Yekaterinburg Church Protests have Worked to Kremlin’s Benefit, Kirillova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 8 – Because the protests against the construction of a cathedral in Yekaterinburg’s main square lasted as long as they did, attracted the attention of the Moscow media, and prompted Vladimir Putin to intervene in a way which suggested he felt compelled to make concessions, many Russian liberals have read them as heralding a Russian Maidan. But that is a mistake, Kseniya Kirillova says, because the protests in the Urals city were about a signally local issue, and “dividing society on secondary questions is an effective tactic for warding off a revolution,” one that would challenge the power of the center rather than continue to appeal to it ( The US-based Russian journalist who comes from Yekaterinburg points out that “for an anti-system protest to reach critical mass, first, many non-indifferent citizens must unity, and second, they must come to the recognition that the powers that be are not capable of fulfilling their key demands.” “If, however, the protest activists, not able to reach agreement among themselves, will appeal to the authorities as the only means of solving problems, then their protest activity will never go beyond the limits of the ‘local’ level,” Kirillova says; and such local protests are not a threat to the regime. Indeed, they may even help it distract people from the central issues. It is uncertain whether the Kremlin in fact promoted these protests both to improve its own image relative to that of the odious Russian Orthodox hierarchy and to test out additional means of “cleansing” the streets of opposition figures or whether it simply took advantage of a situation that was presented to it. But regardless, this conclusion stands, she continues. To say that, Kirillova suggests, in no way is to minimize the courage of the Yekaterinburg residents who sought to preserve their city. “However, it is important to understand that the authorities will use any pretext to divide active citizens and clarify for the powers that be the resources of those protesting.” In that way, she says, “the powers that be will be better prepared for actions in which they see more serious threats to themselves.” No one in Moscow – neither the Kremlin nor the opposition — should have been surprised by the protests in the Urals city. People there have opposed plans to build a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg’s center for almost a decade, although this time many were struck by the willingness of people to continue their protests for many days rather than disperse quickly. “The Russian Orthodox church and the local authorities responded to the angry local residents ‘as Yanukovich did’ in Ukraine,” thus giving support to those who saw these protests as the beginning of a Maidan. And as in Ukraine, the repressive actions of the authorities only further enraged the protesters and added to their number. But what these actions did not do was change the nature of the protest from being one about a local issue into a national one. Indeed, Kirillova says, that has been the case all along, with the authorities taking actions that have focused attention on them and the church rather than on the Kremlin. There are various reasons the local authorities have behaved that way, including simple incompetence and a desire to please oligarchs close to the church. But “one can advance a more conspiratorial theory that the Kremlin consciously allowed the popular dissatisfaction to spill into the streets.” That may seem “fantastic,” but there is a compelling logic to it, Kirillova argues. From the beginning, she says, “it was obvious that the city action, called forth exclusively by local causes could not grow into an all-Russian one and therefore was relatively harmless.” More to the point, it could be used as it was to make Putin look good relative to the church. But most important, the protests could divide the population, with the protesters remaining against the church but others forming new organizations to promote it, again a division that helps the powers that be in Moscow because it doesn’t threaten them (cf.

Exclusive: American banker and Putin ally dealt in access and assets, emails reveal – Reuters

A senior American banker once secretly awarded a shareholding in powerful Moscow investment bank Renaissance Capital to one of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends and brokered meetings for the friend with top U.S. foreign policy officials a decade ago, emails show.

Russian hackers targeted them. Now states want to protect their election systems

At least three states reportedly targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election are part of a new group of states working together with the National Governors Association to enhance cybersecurity as the 2020 election cycle approaches.

‘Moscow Rules’: How The CIA Operated Under The Watchful Eye Of The KGB : NPR

When CIA officers walk out of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, they’re shadowed by Russian security. The book, The Moscow Rules, examines how they have operated with this round-the-clock surveillance.

I’ll Show You Mine… The Soviet And American Exhibitions Of 1959

The summer of ‘59 saw a brief thawing of the Cold War as the world’s two nuclear superpowers each staged an exhibition in the other’s country.

Christian Dior In Soviet Russia

When French fashion invaded the U.S.S.R.

Russian Online Journal Snob’s Offices Ransacked, Equipment Destroyed

The offices of Snob, a Moscow-based online news magazine, have been ransacked and its equipment destroyed, employees of the media outlet say. Staff members at Snob told RFE/RL on June 10 that police are investigating the incident, which took place overnight. Snob’s chief editor, Ksenia Chudinova, wrote on Telegram that the unidentified attacker, whose motives remain unknown, had also ransacked another company’s office in the same building. Chudinova also wrote that staff were unable to enter the office because investigators were working there. According to Chudinova, some Snob journalists will be working out of the offices of the Dozhd television channel for the time being.

Russian Newspapers Team Up With Joint Statement Questioning Golunov Arrest

Three of Russia’s leading newspapers have published identical front pages questioning the motives behind the arrest of investigative reporter Ivan Golunov, who was injured while in police custody.

Wave Of Support For Russian Journalist Golunov Follows Arrest On Drug Charges

Ivan Golunov, a reporter for news site Meduza, was arrested in Moscow on June 6 and sentenced to two months of house arrest pending his trial on charges of drug trafficking. Journalists and activists have rallied to Golunov’s defense, saying the charges were fabricated in retaliation for the reporter’s investigative work.

The Russian state tried to intimidate its media with the shocking treatment of a star journalist, but they just showed they’re not listening | Business Insider

The Russian government sent an obvious message to its independent media by detaining a star investigative journalist.

Ivan Golunov: Russian newspapers in rare support for charged reporter – BBC News

There is a huge public outcry after a reporter investigating corruption is charged with drug dealing.

Ivan Golunov arrested: Russian newspapers show solidarity with detained, beaten journalist – CBS News

In a show of rare solidarity, Russia's three major newspapers put out nearly identical front pages to support detained journalist Ivan Golunov

Russian Newspapers Team Up With Joint Statement Questioning Golunov Arrest

Ivan Golunov, a well-known investigative reporter with the online news organization Meduza, suffered bruises, cuts, a concussion, and a broken rib during or after his June 6 arrest on charges of drug trafficking

Russian journalist investigating corruption gets detained on drug charges | Fox News

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.

‘I/WE = IVAN GOLUNOV’ Download profile pics, headers, and poster templates to support Meduza’s arrested investigative reporter — Meduza

On June 10, Russia’s three largest business newspapers — Kommersant, Vedomosti, and RBC — released identical front pages with the headline “I/We = Golunov.” This phrase has effectively become the mantra of the protest movement against the unjust persecution of Meduza’s investigative journalist. With the following images, we invite everyone to join the campaign to demand justice for Ivan.

In historic collaboration, Russia’s three major business newspapers publish front pages for Ivan Golunov — Meduza


Support Ivan Golunov by republishing his work We’ve released all of Ivan Golunov’s writing for ‘Meduza’ under a Creative Commons license — Meduza

Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov was arrested on June 6, 2019, in central Moscow. He was charged with attempting to sell narcotic substances. Meduza’s editorial board as well as representatives of the Russian and international journalism communities believe that Ivan is being persecuted due to his investigative work. The pieces Ivan researched and wrote for Meduza contain information that is highly significant for contemporary Russian society, and the individuals he wrote about may have been involved in his persecution. Therefore, we are opening access to Ivan’s work under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. This means you may reprint the stories below in your own publication, on your own website, on your own blog, or on any other platform without requesting our permission. Just indicate that they were written by Ivan Golunov, a correspondent for Meduza’s Department of Investigative Reporting, and include the names of their translators and co-authors, which are listed at the end of each piece.

Russian media outlets begin sending complaints about Golunov case to law enforcement en masse — Meduza

Russian media outlets have begun submitting numerous complaints and requests regarding the case against Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov to the Moscow branch of Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry, the federal Internal Affairs Ministry, the Investigative Committee, and the Prosecutor General’s Office. The outlets involved include Mediazona, Novaya Gazeta, Ekho Moskvy, Dozhd, The Bell, RTVI, and Snob.

Police and prosecutors have reportedly opened investigations into Ivan Golunov’s case — Meduza

Open Monitoring Commission member Eva Merkacheva told RIA Novosti that Russian prosecutors and the internal security division of Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry have begun investigating the case against Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov. No official announcement has yet been made regarding the reported investigations.

Ivan Golunov’s former employer plans to sue outlet with troll factory ties for ‘news’ about his arrest — Meduza

The independent news outlet RBC is preparing a lawsuit against the Federal News Agency (FAN), which has reported ties to “Putin’s chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin and his so-called troll factory in St. Petersburg. According to RBC co-director Yelizaveta Golikova, the outlet objected to a brief FAN published under the headline “RBK editor-in-chief says Golunov, arrested on drug charges, should be legally answerable.”

Photos: How Moscow residents and journalists came out to support Ivan Golunov on the day of his hearing — Meduza

Late at night on June 8, Moscow’s Nikulinsky District Court placed Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov under house arrest. Prosecutors argued that Golunov “attempted to distribute narcotic substances in large amounts.” The journalist himself has insisted that he is innocent and that drugs were planted in his backpack and his apartment. He believes the criminal case against him is a response to his investigative journalism about corruption in Russia’s funeral business. Throughout the day, several hundred people stood outside the courthouse. Many were journalists who had come out to support their colleague. They were joined by solidarity pickets around Russia and in cities from Stockholm to Tel Aviv.

‘Meduza’ will work with other outlets to finish the piece that may have sparked Ivan Golunov’s persecution A message from ‘Meduza’ Editor-in-Chief Ivan Kolpakov — Meduza

Thanks to all of you for your support. We believe that Ivan Golunov is under house arrest (and not in jail) thanks to an unprecedented campaign of journalistic solidarity. Under today’s standards, what happened here was incredible — a victory, without a doubt.

Protests in support of Ivan Golunov planned for June 12 and 23 — Meduza

Russian journalists, activists, and Libertarian Party members are planning two marches in support of Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov, according to a Facebook event posted June 10. Golunov is facing dubious drug charges and is currently under house arrest


‘Scare B’n’B’: Local Council Looks To Keep Skripal House From Becoming Tourist Trap

A regional council in England is considering buying the house where ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned fearing the dwelling could be bought and used as a business looking …

MH17 crash: We considered suicide, say Australian couple who lost three children in attack | World | The Times

The Australian couple who lost all three of their children when the Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have spoken for the first time about their grief. Marite Norris, 46, and her husband Anthony Maslin told ABC, the Australian broadcaster, that when they awoke in their holiday apartment in Amsterdam to learn that the Boeing 777 carrying their children and Ms Norris’ father had been brought down by a missile they considered jumping to their deaths from the rooftop. They had despatched their children Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, 8, back to Australia with their grandfather Nick, 68, while they continued their European holiday. The Malaysia Airlines flight was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 when a Russian Buk…


NATO – News: Statement by the NATO Spokesperson on the situation in the Republic of Moldova, 09-Jun.-2019

NATO is following with concern the political crisis in the Republic of Moldova. We call on all political forces in the country to exercise calm and restraint, and to resolve their differences through dialogue, in full respect of the rule of law. The Republic of Moldova’s democratically elected leaders need to work together to overcome this crisis. We reaffirm NATO’s continuing support to the Republic of Moldova in the reform of its defence and security institutions. NATO and the Republic of Moldova have been close partners for more than 25 years. We remain committed to the Republic of Moldova’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the political situation in the Republic of Moldova – European External Action Service

The European Union takes good note of the decisions taken yesterday by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, including on the formation of the government coalition. The European Union stands ready to work with the democratically legitimate government, on the basis of a mutual commitment to reforms and to the core principles enshrined in our Association Agreement. The respect for the rule of law and democracy should remain the pillars of our relations. This is also foremost what the citizens of the Republic of Moldova expect and deserve. In light of the developments following the decisions taken yesterday by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, the European Union strongly reiterates its call for calm and restraint. Dialogue between democratically elected representatives must remain the key to finding a solution to the current political crisis.

EU recognizes new coalition government in Moldova – news world | UNIAN

The European Union on Sunday stated it recognized the new Moldovan government set up on June 8, according to a joint statement by EU High Representative and Vice-President of European Commission Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the political situation in Moldova Senior EU officials have called for “calm and restraint” in light of the latest developments in Chisinau.

Rival Moldovan Governments Meet Separately As Russia Sides With New Alliance

Two rival governments, each declaring itself legitimate, have held separate meetings in Moldova, as Russia threw its support behind a new ruling coalition between the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party and a pro-European Union bloc. The country’ Constitutional Court suspended President Igor Dodon, the former leader of the Socialists, on June 9. Prime Minister Pavel Filip then stepped in as interim president, immediately dissolving the parliament and calling for snap elections to be held in September. The court’s move came a day after the Socialists and the pro-EU ACUM bloc announced their surprise alliance with the stated goal of removing Filip’s ruling Democratic Party (PDM) from power. The Democratic Party is led by the controversial tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc, who many say has been ruling Moldova from the shadows. After inconclusive February parliamentary polls that resulted in a hung legislature, the court on June 7 ordered the parliament’s dissolution and for new elections be held under Moldovan law, which requires a government to be formed within three months of the certification of election results. But in an extraordinary parliamentary session on June 8, parliamentary leaders from the Socialists struck a deal with ACUM. The leaders of the new alliance accused the court of misinterpreting the constitution and annulling the previous poll after 90 days, not three months.

Moldovan Court Ousts President, New Elections Called

Former Prime Minister Pavel Filip appointed interim president, snap vote set for September 6

Moldova’s Interim Leader Dissolves Parliament, Calls Snap Elections

Moldova has plunged deeper into political crisis after the country’s top court suspended President Igor Dodon and his appointed replacement dissolved parliament and called for snap elections.

Analyst Vladislav Kulminski on Moldova’s Political Turmoil

Hromadske talked with Vladislav Kulminski, a Moldova expert and executive director of Chisinau-based Institute for Strategic Initiatives, to help make a clearer


Ukrainian diplomat goes to Moldova because of an aggravation of political crisis in this country, – Klimkin

Ukrainian diplomat, Ambassador Victor Krizhenievsky, will arrive in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, on Tuesday, June 11, in connection with the escalation of the political crisis. Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin wrote about this on his Facebook page, informs Tsenzor.NET. “We really care about what is happening in neighboring Moldova. We are very closely monitoring it. Tomorrow in Kishinev will be Victor Krizhenivsky, who is responsible for coordinating Transnistrian settlement efforts and understands the Moldovan context very well,” Klimkin promised. The minister expressed concern about the increasing likelihood of “good offices” from outside players. ” “Unfortunately, more mediation – less subjectivity,” he added. “We all really need a European democratic Moldova and the perspective of the new Russian bridgehead, which will pose a threat to the Ukrainian south, is not at all appropriate,” Klimkin stressed. Recall, the Parliament of Moldova approved the composition of the new government and declared the country “captured by the state”, which must be released. The Socialist Party and the right-wing bloc of the ACUM united, elected the chairman of the parliament and approved the composition of the government. Maya Sandu was elected the new Prime Minister of Moldova. However, the Constitutional Court declared the decisions of the Parliament illegal. On June 9, the court temporarily removed President Igor Dodon from office, giving the former Prime Minister Pavel Philip the authority to dissolve parliament. He immediately signed a decree dissolving parliament and setting a date for early elections on September 6. In turn, the Moldovan Parliament declared all decisions of the Constitutional Court illegal and outlawed the Government of Philip and the Democratic Party, of which he is the chairman of the parliamentary faction.

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urges to thwart Russian scenario of Moldova’s federalization

Ukraine is interested in stable, democratic and European Moldova and is ready to provide, if necessary, assistance in solving existing problems. — Ukrinform.

Рада національної безпеки і оборони України

Conducted an expanded meeting on the basis of the National Security and Defense Council on the intensification of the political crisis in Moldova. Analyzed the possible threats to the security situation in the region. Determined the task of tracking the situation and possible responses in case of aggravation.

Counterintelligence activities involving radical Russians stepped up on Ukraine-Moldova border – SBU

Ukraine’s SBU State Security Service has said counterintelligence activities against radical Russian citizens on the Ukraine-Moldova border have been increased along Ukraine’s border with Moldova. “In order to prevent the exacerbation of the situation in Chisinau related to foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Moldova, counterintelligence activities in areas of Ukraine bordering Moldova have been reinforced for radical Russian citizens,” the SBU’s press service said on Monday morning. The SBU said it is monitoring developments in the internal political situation in Moldova. “The SBU constantly exchanges information with its Moldovan colleagues to maintain calm and stability in the region,” the press service said. As reported, on the evening of June 9, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Danyliuk said that he held an extended NSDC meeting due to the political crisis that has erupted in Moldova. “We analyzed the possible threats to the security situation in the region. We identified tasks to monitor the situation and possible response measures in the event of its aggravation,” Danyliuk said on Facebook. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it is monitoring the development of the political situation in Moldova. “We urge the leading political forces of Moldova to act within the legal framework, to resolve disputes through political dialogue in order to avoid violent confrontation. It is important for the country and the security situation in the region to prevent external interference aimed at implementing Russia’s scenario of federalizing the country,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday evening.

SBU strengthens counter-intelligence regime on Ukraine-Moldova border

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) enhanced the counter-intelligence regime at the entrance to Moldova through the territory of Ukraine because of radical citizens of Russia. As reported by Censor.NET. “To prevent escalation in Chișinău related to the foreign interference in internal processes, the counter-intelligence regime at the entrance to Moldova was enhanced due to radical Russians,” the message reads. It was noted that the establishment is monitoring the internal political situation in Moldova. “Within the partnership, SBU is constantly sharing information with Moldavian colleagues to preserve tranquility and stability in the region,” SBU informed. Earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry revealed an appeal which raises a concern about the possible implementation of the Russian scenario of Moldova’s federalization. Source:

UAWire – Lithuania and Poland adopt declaration on Ukraine’s EU membership

Poland, which is celebrating 15 years of EU membership and 20 years of NATO membership this year, is willing to share its experience in this matter with Ukraine, said Polish Marshal of the Senate Stanislaw Karczewski during the 10th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Kyiv, Radio Poland reports. “We will build a stronger European Union. And a stronger EU is a union with Ukraine. A high level of security is also related to Ukraine’s membership in NATO. In Poland this year we will celebrate our 20th anniversary of membership in NATO and 15th anniversary of membership in the EU. And we are also assuredly willing to share with you our experience related to joining these organizations,” Karczewski said. The Polish and Lithuanian parliamentarians also adopted a declaration supporting Ukraine’s pro-western aspirations, and brought up the issue of security. “We have agreed to act in accordance with the 2025-2027 strategy. This is the strategy of Ukraine’s aspiration toward membership in the EU. We have jointly recognized that this period is a time of extremely great opportunity for Ukraine, because in 2025 the EU will be chaired by Poland, and in 2027 by Lithuania. This period is a window of opportunity,” said Andriy Parubiy, Chairman of Ukraine’s parliament.

Ukraine is next economic miracle, Italy’s ambassador believes

Ukraine could become the next economic miracle as it has a lot of resources, talents and space. — Ukrinform.

Volker wishes Kuchma success representing Ukraine in TCG

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has wished ex-President Leonid Kuchma success heading Ukraine’s delegation to the Trilateral Contract Group (TCG).

UAWire – Gazprom capitulates in gas dispute with Ukraine

A gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, which began with a record drop in prices in 2013 and translated into a reduction and later suspension of supply, will apparently finally end with Gazprom capitulating. The Russian gas monopoly is offering to negotiate a deal to resume the direct gas supply to Kyiv, and to extend the contract for transit to Europe that expires in 2019, said Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. The gas prices will be lower, he promised: the cost of gas for the end consumer will decrease by 25%. The transit contract, which last year Miller threatened to break off due to an arbitration ruling obligating Gazprom to pay Naftogaz $2.56 billion, may also be extended, the Gazprom CEO added. “There have not yet been any signals from the new Ukrainian president on gas matters,” Miller lamented, adding that under these circumstances, Gazprom is prepared to discuss transit and supply with members of Ukraine’s Opposition Platform – For Life party, which is led by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate, Viktor Medvedchuk. Gazprom’s bargaining position has been significantly weakened by difficulties with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Moody’s analysts wrote in April. The construction of the gas pipeline, which was supposed to replace the Ukrainian gas transport system, has been delayed by Denmark, which has not authorized pipe-laying operations in its territorial waters. This could result in the completion of the project being delayed until 2020, admitted Paul Corcoran, CFO of Nord Stream 2 AG, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. The problems surrounding the gas pipeline project may not end. In April, European Parliament adopted a directive which stipulates that the regulations of the third energy package apply to underwater gas pipelines connecting other countries to Europe. Thus the gas supplier (e.g. Gazprom) may not simultaneously be the owner of the pipe, and independent suppliers must have access to it. This means that Gazprom will only be allowed to use 50% of the pipe’s capacity. Naftogaz of Ukraine is willing to negotiate, but only in the trilateral format with EU representatives, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev told Miller. Kobolyev pointed out that the Stockholm Arbitration Institute has reconsidered the Russian-Ukrainian contract, declared a number of its provisions “discriminatory”, and ordered Russia to sell Ukraine gas in the first quarter of 2019 at $300 per thousand cubic meters, and at $221 in the second quarter. However, Gazprom has refused to do this, Kobolyev noted. Instead, the Ukrainian company has been buying gas significantly cheaper in Europe: at $259 in the first quarter, $212 in the second, and $178 in July, the Ukrainian CEO said. “Under such conditions, will Gazprom, which does not want to supply Ukraine with gas, even at a price that is very favorable to it, agree to a radical decrease? Will it… renounce all arbitration, all non-compliance with European regulations in the gas sector? Such a scenario would actually mean billions of extra profit for Russia, but for Ukraine – losses and a return to complete dependence on the Kremlin,” Interfax-Ukraine cites Kobolyev as saying.

The Hague Arbitration Court To Hear Arguments In Ukraine-Russia Sea Dispute

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Netherlands is set to begin hearings of Kyiv’s case against Moscow’’ alleged violations of its rights to coastal waters around Ukraine’s Crimea reg…

Russia in The Hague Arbitration compares proclamation of Ukraine’s sovereignty with Crimea “referendum” – news politics | UNIAN

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Integration Olena Zerkal notes that the Russian delegation at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague inappropriately compared the proclamation of Ukraine’s sovereignty in 1990 with holding a pseudo-referendum in Crimea with the participation of the Russian occupation forces in 2014. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Permanent Arbitration hearing in The Hague in the case of Ukraine vs Russia on violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in the Black and Azov seas and in the Kerch Strait, the diplomat told about the remarks of the Russian side on the Ukrainian lawsuit, made on Monday, June 10, on the first day of the hearings, which was mostly held behind closed doors. The deputy foreign minister noted that the Russian side expressed the position that the claim of Ukraine does not concern the sea, but rather the status of the Crimean Peninsula. At the same time, she says, the Russian position is false, since Ukraine does not raise the question of the peninsula’s ownership, since Crimea is part of Ukraine. “Therefore, we don’t put this question before the Tribunal, nor do we put before the Tribunal (a question) as to what status the Sea of Azov or the Kerch Strait has,” she stressed. “Russia has already submitted its comments regarding the fact that they believe Crimea changed its affiliation in 2014, after a referendum was held, which, they believe, is a sufficient basis for Crimea gaining ‘independence’ from Ukraine, and after they took Crimea ‘into their composition’,” said Zerkal. Also, from the Russian point of view, “all activity in the Black and Azov seas is military activity,” and therefore, the Russian side insists that such activities are not subject to the convention on the law of the sea. Read alsoUkraine urges UN court to reject Russia’s objections over ICERD violation “Tomorrow we will present our counter-arguments. We have them prepared,” said Zerkal. “We intend, as always, to smash Russia big time, especially with regard to the fact that Russia today raised the issue of the declaration of state sovereignty by Ukraine and compared our state sovereignty with the sovereignty of Crimea and the referendum held in Crimea in 2014. Such comparisons are, in our opinion, irrelevant, since Ukraine was recognized by all countries of the world, while Crimea’s independence wasn’t recognized by anyone but Russia.” “In addition, we will say that our case is not about this at all, that we have no reason to believe that Crimea somehow changed its jurisdiction and no longer belongs to Ukraine. That for us, it is quite understandable, as well as for the whole world, that Crimea is Ukraine,” she said. In this regard, the deputy minister clarified that Ukraine’s claim to the Russian Federation relates to the fact that Ukraine’s rights in the Black and Azov seas, and the Kerch Strait are being violated. “Russia illegally extracts our natural resources; our fishermen are deprived of the opportunity to do their traditional business in the Black and Azov seas; Russia violates the principles of freedom of navigation, and it illegally built the Kerch bridge, as well as laid cables (to Crimea) and other infrastructure without Ukraine’s consent,” she added.

Hearing in Ukraine v. Russia arbitration starts in Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague

On June 10-14, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will hold hearings on the preliminary objections of the Russian Federation in the arbitration Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait, instituted by Ukraine against Russia. — Ukrinform.

Russian occupation forces to open railway traffic on Kerch Strait Bridge on Dec 9-10 – media – news ukraine | UNIAN

Railway traffic on the illegally built Kerch Strait Bridge, which connected Russia-occupied Crimea with Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, will reportedly open on December 9-10. The price of tickets is not reported.

Russian FSB Detains Crimean Tatar Activists After Searching Their Homes

Russian security forces have detained eight Crimean Tatar activists after searching their homes in Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Crimea region, a Ukrainian human rights group says.

Searches in Crimea: Eight people detained on terrorism charges

Russian security officers detained eight people on terrorism charges after the searches in Alushta, Bilohirsk and Simferopol districts in Crimea. — Ukrinform.

Russian security officers again conducting searches in houses of Crimean Tatars

Russian security officers conduct searches in the houses of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. — Ukrinform.

26 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, 10 Russian terrorists wounded

10.06.19 10:22 – 26 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, 10 Russian terrorists wounded June 9, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 26 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons eight times. View news.

Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 26 enemy attacks warzone in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on June 9 mounted 26 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. There were no Ukraine army casualties over the period under review.

Russian-led forces launched 26 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 26 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements eight times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol comes under fire in Donbas

10.06.19 12:54 – OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol comes under fire in Donbas A patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine came under fire while monitoring the security situation in Donbas on Sunday, June 9. View news.

“Gods of War” from the “# OOS Operation of the Joint Forces / Joint Forces Operation sharpened military skills [VIDEO]

Practical training with the involvement of artillery units in districts is ongoing in the area of the United Nations Operation. At the disposal of the Commander of the Joint Force, Lieutenant-General Alexander Sirsky, regular comprehensive instructor-methodical exercises on the use of the 2C7 Pion self-propelled artillery unit, the carrying out of artillery reconnaissance with the involvement of modern UAVs, the arrangement of everyday life of the units in the district, the camouflage and repair of artillery machinery in field conditions. During the training, gunners and engineers demonstrated quick and skillful skills to evacuate equipment from the battlefield. And the military doctors worked out an emergency evacuation of the wounded and elements of provision of medical assistance. The commander of the united forces, Lieutenant-General Alexander Syrsky highly appreciated the coherence in the actions of the units involved in the exercises and was convinced of the professionalism of the subordinate personnel. He also emphasized the need for a continuous improvement of the living conditions of Ukrainian defenders in the areas of withdrawal and improvement of combat training of personnel.

The Ukrainian “Uragan” checked for readiness in the zone of JFO | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by redaction June 10, 2019 The situation in the Donbass 0 Comments On the order of the Commander of the Joint forces in the area of operation, a state-of-the-art preparedness test for the purpose of assigning artillery units to the BM-27 “Uragan” This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Based on the concept of training, the unit was brought to full combat readiness, after which it moved to a certain area to the firing positions. As reported by the press service of the OOP – the results of checking artillery units showed that they are ready to perform assignments. Video training: Such training in the Donbass is carried out continuously in order to maintain an adequate level of combat coordination and readiness for combat missions. RBC “Hurricane” is one of the most advanced and powerful rocket propellant systems in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In 20 seconds, the “Uragan” can make a full salvo of 16 jets, which is guaranteed to strike targets up to 35 km. The system “Uragan” was developed in the early 70’s in the SSPV “Splav” under the direction of General Designer AN Ganichev and in 1976 accepted the Soviet Army. RZSV “Uragan” had to replace a somewhat outdated complex BM-21 “Grad”. As a result of the development and implementation of a new control system for the flight of jet projectiles, the accuracy of the “Uragan” RSA in comparison with “Grad” was increased by approximately 1.5 times. For several years now, as the Ukrainian Armed Forces has received modernized variants of the “Uragans” – on the chassis of combat vehicles, carburetor gasoline engines of the ZIL-375YZ type are replaced with diesel engines D-245.30E2, which have a greater torque of 53.7 kgf / m compared to 47 , 5 kgf.m on the base engine and much less fuel consumption During the operation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, modernized cars received approval from the Army – the maneuvering and running capabilities rose.

The units of the main strike force of the combined forces are always ready – YouTube

Joint Forces Operation Published on June 8, 2019 The artillery divisions of the united forces are always ready to give a worthy retreat to the enemy. This was once again proved during a sudden check of their readiness to perform assigned tasks accomplished at the command of the Joint Force Commander. Art detachments, which, according to the design of the training, were brought to full combat readiness, successfully pushed from the area of concentration to fire positions, demonstrated the coherence of action during deployment in combat order and preparation for shooting, precision when hovering for certain goals. According to the results of the inspection, the units of the main strike force of the combined forces were assessed as ready to perform the assigned tasks.

Trial SHASI – ZiL-135LM (Uragan) after upgrading by Techimpex – YouTube

VISIMKA production Published on May 23, 2017 TECHIMPEX by VISIMFILM production

Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – #Plan_protective_preparation Operational command “South”

#Plan_protective_preparation Operational command “South” – at the military training ground near Mykolayiv, servicemen of the self-propelled artillery and jet divisions of a separate mechanized crew from the warehouse #OK_Soviet Ground Forces during the tactical exercises jointly worked out firing in the battery. “The actions of self-propelled artillery and jet batteries that support a mechanized brigade in defense” – this was the theme of the tactical training of artillery units. On the eve of the gun he held complex classes in batteries, where single and group standards were worked out in the BM-21 “Grad” combat vehicles and gun calculations 2C-1 “Carnation”. The next stage of field training was the control of complex classes led by division commanders. The tactical training of the self-propelled artillery division and jet battery began at the signal of training anxiety: the exit from the park of self-propelled and combat vehicles into the concentration area, where, in particular, the calculations were refined from technical, ballistic, meteorological training standards, etc. Further, pushing into the area occupy fire positions, gunners were trained to engage in trained and unprepared fire positions, the implementation of intra -position and inter-position maneuvers for elements. The final stage of tactical exercises was the implementation of fire tasks in the area of illumination to ensure the slash and defeat the enemy in conditions of limited visibility. Shooting with a fire shot began almost at dusk, at first glance, complicating the work of gunners. But, according to Major Bohdan Lisogor, the commander of the division, thanks to the combat experience of calculating the guns acquired during assignments, the combat work of the batteries is rated “excellent”. On a high level, they completed the fire task and the jet servicemen. As noted by the chief of the headquarters of the reactive division Major Oleg Marchenko, all calculations of combat vehicles accurately hit the target with a jet shot.

The 56th Brigade is transfered over to the Marines | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial June 10, 2019 Naval Force, Important 0 Comments Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine consider the possibility of the introduction of the Third Infantry Command of the Third Brigade. This is reported by the Ukrainian military portal with reference to its own sources in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine This is a transfer from the operational command “South” of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the 56th separate motorized infantry Mariupol brigade. The brigade now includes 21, 23 and 37 separate motorized infantry battalions, as well as brigade artillery division, tank company and other regular units. In the case of a positive decision by the end of 2019, the 56th Brigade will be part of the Naval Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will be the third brigade formed after the 36th brigade formed in 2015, and the 35th brigade formed last year. Photos from the training of one of the units of the 56th brigade for water obstacle press Photo Press Center OK “South” The 35th Marine Corps was created on the basis of the 137th Battalion and transfers from the Army Land Forces of Ukraine to 18 battalions, and from the Artillery Assault Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – the 88th Airborne Assault Battalion. In addition, the 140th intelligence battalion, currently located in the city of Skadovsk, has already been formed at the Naval Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Mendel explained the words of Zelensky about “Russia’s loss of control over mercenaries”

Presidential Spokesman Yulia Mendel explained the words of the head of state Vladimir Zelensky about the “loss of Russian control over the mercenaries” by saying that the Russian Federation controls the entire conflict in the Donbas. According Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN, the press secretary of the President Yulia Mendel said this at a briefing. According to her, the president’s message said that “Russia is an aggressor country that controls armed formations on the territory of the occupied Donbass”, and due to the escalation of the conflict, Zelensky called for a reduction in the number of shelling in Donbass. At the same time, the press secretary noted that “there is a legal conflict” as to how many participants are represented in the Minsk negotiation process, since Russia insists that the illegal formations of the “DNR” and “LPR” under its control are considered parties to the conflict in Donbas. “Ukraine defends such a point of view that there are only three parties in the Tripartite Contact Group,” Mendel said and stressed that this refers to Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE. “We are talking about the fact that there are no so-called“ DNR / LNR ”leaders,” said Mendel. She clarified that Russia is participating in the negotiations as an aggressor country. “With this statement, the president once again confirmed Ukraine’s position that Russia controls the entire conflict and leads to conflict in the Donbas. Therefore, we don’t see any points that could cause such interest in this phrase,” Mendel added.

Zelensky Administration recommends Lutsenko pay attention to visits of Boiko and Medvedchuk to Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Administration recommends that Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, pay attention to visits of Yuriy Boiko, who is the founder of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party, and Viktor Medvedchuk, the platform’s Political Council Chairman, to the Russian Federation.

President’s Administration surprised Lutsenko does not react to Medvedchuk and Boyko’s visit to Russia

The representatives of Presidential Administration expressed surprise that Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, has not reacted to the visits of the leaders of the political party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk and Yuriy Boyko to Russia, as Yulia Mendel, President’s Press Secretary, said at the briefing on June 10. “We are surprised that Ukraine’s Prosecutor General did not react to the fact that Yuriy Boyko and a Ukrainian citizen Viktor Medvedchuk went to aggressor state twice and meet with its representatives, and with representatives of a large company and there are no legal decisions on that,” Mendel said.

Zelensky’s adviser: Pinchuk helps to persuade Kuchma to re-join Minsk talks – news politics | UNIAN

Serhiy Shefir, the first adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, has confirmed that businessman Victor Pinchuk has helped to persuade Leonid Kuchma to join the Minsk peace talks on Donbas again. “We wanted to persuade Leonid Danylovych [Kuchma] to participate in the Minsk process, and he [Pinchuk] helped us with that,” Shefir told theBabel. “And thank God, Leonid Danylovych agreed, because we believe that chances exist. But Leonid Danylovych said that when he came back and looked into the eyes of some people [before returning there], he saw no desire to resolve the issue.” Read more on UNIAN:

There are no new Ukrainian tanks in the Armed Forces due to Russian components – the Ministry of Defense

June 10, 2019, 15:27 With a weight of more than 50 tons, “Oplot” is able to develop a speed of up to 70 kilometers per hour The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in 2019 did not conclude contracts for the manufacture of tanks BM “Oplot”, reported in the department in response to a request from the Radio Liberty Donbas. As noted by the Ministry of Defense, the reason for this is the Russian parts of the combat vehicle, which until now have not been replaced by Ukrainian or foreign counterparts. “The reason for this was the receipt of information from the state concern” Ukroboronprom “about the unwillingness to conclude a state contract in connection with the need to carry out works for import substituting certain components that were produced in the Russian Federation at the time of development of the said tank,” the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine . The department added that, in order to carry out the import substitution of Russian components, special research work has already begun. The corresponding technical task was given to the Kharkiv Design Bureau of Machine Building named after Morozov, however, the process has not yet been completed. Read more about manufacturing Oplotov for the Ukrainian Army here. Two years ago, then-day Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the Oplot tanks would be delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2017. BM “Oplot” was adopted in 2009, but the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have not yet received military vehicles.

Russia, again, trying to tar Ukraine in bid to squeeze it out of Indian arms market – news politics | UNIAN

On June 3, the An-32 of the Indian Air Force which was flying from Jorhat to Mechuka with military personnel on board disappeared from radars. The flight was complicated by precipitation over the mountainous terrain, while the Indian media noted that air crashes in the area are not uncommon. A rescue and search operation was launched immediately and, at the moment, the Indian Air Force is not aware of what caused the accident – a technical issue or a human factor, MP Dmytro Tymchuk, who is also a coordinator of the Information resistance OSINT community, wrote on Facebook. However, the Russian side initiated an information spin claiming that the incident, along with other issues experienced by the Indian Air Force, is a result of cooperation with Ukraine. The spin was launched through a “foreign media outlet”, which is worth looking at more closely, Ukraine’s OSINT expert notes. In particular, June 6, “Business Today” published a piece by a “New Zealand journalist and analyst in the field of military-technical cooperation” Rakesh Krishnan (whose previous publications are of a pro-Russian nature, and whose previous work includes pieces written for “Russia Beyond the Headlines,” a project created in 2007 by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta and since 2017 managed by a company also managing the infamous RT channel). The article claimed that the An-32 is the most problematic plane for India. At the same time, in the spirit of Russian propaganda, the events of 2014 in Ukraine are called “the U.S.-sponsored coup.” Read alsoUkrainian-Saudi An-132 targets An-32 replacement for India air force (Video) The An-32 claim is followed by a number of manipulations, for example, the fact that the Ukrainians withdrew from the contract, since India refused to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation, so further modernization of the aircraft was allegedly put to a halt. The author aims to convince the audience that it’s the Ukrainian side who is the key culprit in the An-32 modernization delay. And although one of the reasons for the lagging modernization was bureaucracy in India’s defense agencies of India, Tymchuk says, the author’s final conclusion is that India should reconsider its defense ties with Kyiv with a hint in favor of Moscow. Neither did Rakesh Krishnan indicate that the crashed plane had not undergone repairs in Ukraine under the 2009 contract for the modernization of 105 An-32s, and wasn’t certified by the Ukrainian side for flights. In addition, the author ignored the fact that the contract is actually still being executed. In April 2019, according to the press service of Spetstekhnoexport SE, the Ukrainian side ensured the delivery of another batch of components for the An-32 being modernized in India as part of the contract concluded in 2009.

The radio-acoustic system “Yatran” was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by Redevelopment June 10, 2019 News of the military-industrial complex 0 Comments The radio-acoustic system “Yatran”, designed to detect enemy ships and submarines, was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is reported by the press service of Ukroboronprom The corresponding order was signed by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak on the basis of positive results of state tests. The “Yatran” system was developed for own working capital was developed by “KNII Hydraulic Appliances”. It consists of special hydroacoustic buoys, with sensitive sensors, and a digital information processing center. In general, the system is built in such a way that it combines information from many hydroacoustic buoys, which operate in a passive mode and completely unobtrusive to the enemy. This allows you to fully control the movement of enemy ships and submarines and to transmit the coordinates of targets for destruction. Another feature of the hydro-acoustic battles of “Yatra” is that they can drop from helicopters. This allows for a minimum of time to create a network of sensors that fully cover a large area of water and see a complete picture of the location and movement of all enemy ships. Video factory trials that took place in 2018: This system was used during several international “Sea Breeze” exercises, in conditions which are as close to combat as possible. In general, during these international exercises in the Black Sea, the high characteristics of the Yatran system have been repeatedly demonstrated, which in practice increases the combat effectiveness of the anti-submarine defense of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. At present, the specialists of “CNII Hydraulic Devices” are preparing “Yatran” for serial production, which is planned to be deployed within the framework of the State Defense Order.

H225 helicopters of the DSNS of Ukraine began to perform rescue missions (video)

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 13:45 – 09/06/2019 5093 To share To comment on In order to monitor the consequences of the disaster in the Carpathian region, a mobile operating group of the SNS of Ukraine was visited by the territory of the region. Passes National Industrial Portal with reference to Wings. On May 22, the mobile operating group of the SNS of Ukraine departed in Prykarpattya to monitor the situation as a result of floods in the territory of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast. The work of the mobile operating group of the SNS of Ukraine on the territory of the Ivano-Frankivsk region On May 22, the mobile operating group # DNSU of Ukraine departed for Prykarpattya to monitor the situation as a result of floods in the territory of the Ivano-Frankivsk region. Read more about the work of our rescuers in the video ⤵️ of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Mykola Chechotkin Posted by DNSU Ukraine Wednesday, May 22, 2019 The flight was carried out on the helicopter Airbus Helicopters H225. This mission became the first for helicopters H225 in the DNSS Ukraine.

UAWire – Ukrainian court issues arrest warrant for five Russian Ruslan aircraft

Kyiv court issued an arrest warrant for five An-124-100 Ruslan transport aircraft that belong to Russian Volga-Dnepr airline, reports the press service of the Ukrainian law firm Ilyashev & Partners. It is specified that the aircraft were arrested at the request of the Ukrainian Antonov Concern, which claims that the airworthiness of the aircraft was renewed with a violation. According to the lawyers, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency illegally certified the German company AMTES for the aircraft maintenance. As a result, the safety of the aircraft “was under threat.” The Volga-Dnepr company is one of the world leaders in super-heavy cargo air transportation. In April last year, the company decided to stop cooperation with NATO. Then it was reported that Ukrainian Antonov Airlines could take over part of the traffic.

Ukrainians name best candidates for prime minister – poll – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainians have named candidates who are best suitable, in their opinion, for the post of prime minister of Ukraine. They see Yuriy Boyko, Yulia Tymoshenko or Ihor Smeshko as candidates for that post.

KIIS survey: 48.5% polled ready to vote for Servant of People party

A total of 48.5% of pollees questioned by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology who have decided on their choice are ready to vote for the Servant of the People party, 11.8% – for the Opposition Platform – For Life association; and 8.1% – for the Solidarity Bloc of Petro Poroshenko party at the parliamentary election in Ukraine. Censor.NET reports citing survey. Of those polled, 7.8% of respondents who decided on their choice are ready to vote for Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association party, 5.6% for the Holos [Voice] Party of Sviatoslav Vakarchuk. Thus, five parties will override the 5-pecent threshold at the elections, according to the poll. Of those polled, 3.8% of respondents who decided on their choice are ready to vote for the Power and Honor Party of Ihor Smeshko, 2.9% for the Radical Party of Oleh LIashko, 1.9% for the Svoboda Party, and 1.8% for the Civic Position Party. Source:

Poll: 80.9% of Ukrainians ready to vote in parliamentary elections

If the parliamentary elections were held next Sunday, 80.9% of Ukrainians would participate in voting. — Ukrinform.

Servant of the People party names first 20 candidates for Rada elections

The Servant of the People party, which held a congress in Kyiv on June 9, has introduced the first 20 candidates who will lead its election ticket. — Ukrinform.

Former president Poroshenko ready to become Ukraine’s prime minister

10.06.19 12:04 – Former president Poroshenko ready to become Ukraine’s prime minister Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has headed the election ticket of his party European Solidarity and, if the party wins early parliamentary elections, is ready to become the country’s new prime minister. View news.

Poroshenko ready to become Ukraine’s prime minister

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has headed the election ticket of his party European Solidarity and, if the party wins early parliamentary elections, is ready to become the country’s new prime minister. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko’s “European Solidarity” Party presents TOP 10 members ahead of snap election – news politics | UNIAN

“European Solidarity”, a political party led by former president Petro Poroshenko, has presented its TOP 10 members ahead of the upcoming early parliamentary elections scheduled for July 21, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Party Congress was held in Kyiv Sunday, June 9.

Members of parliament candidates for European Solidary party include Parubiy, Gerashchenko, Zabrodsky, Dzhemilev, Klympush-Tsintsadze

The top five members of parliament candidate list for the European Solidarity party includes Ukraine’s fifth President Petro Poroshenko. Number two in the list is Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy. Members of parliament candidates were presented at the party’s congress in Kyiv by Poroshenko. First Deputy Parliament Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko is number three on the list, followed by Commander of the Ukrainian Air Assault Troops Lieutenant General Commander Mykhailo Zabrodsky and musician Sofiya Fedyna. Among the top ten is MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, volunteer doctor and commander of the Hospitallers Battalion Yana Zinkevych, along with head of the Lviv Regional State Administration Oleh Syniutka, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Akhtem Chiygoz and Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivana Klympush-Tsintsadze.

Nominee for PM post to be announced after coalition formed in new Rada: Team Zelensky – news politics | UNIAN

A candidate for the post of prime minister of Ukraine will be presented after the parliamentary elections are held and the coalition is formed in Parliament, says leader of the “Servant of the People” Party Dmytro Razumkov. It would be wrong to discuss the issue today, Dmytro Razumkov suggests.

Ukraine’s Vice PM Kubiv announces holding of 2020 census via smartphone

The 2020 census of Ukraine will be held via a smartphone. — Ukrinform.

Ex-deputy NSDC secretary Hladkovsky involved in media scandal around Ukroboronprom demands to punish radical people attacking his house

Ex-First Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleh Hladkovsky demands that Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko “make order and punish” radical young people who again attacked his house.

Filaret gathers forum “For the Kiev Patriarchate!”

The honorary patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the former head of the UOC-KP Filaret is going to hold a forum of Ukrainian intelligentsia “For the Kiev Patriarchate!” In Kiev tomorrow. The event was announced on the UOC-KP website, Censor informs. “At the initiative of the general public on June 11, 2019, in Kiev, the Forum of the Ukrainian intelligentsia will be held” For the Ukrainian Orthodox Church! For the Kyiv Patriarchate. “Well-known political and public figures, famous scientists, artists and writers, journalists and representatives of the Cossacks and ATO veterans will take part in the event,” the report said. The press service of the UOC-KP Ukrinform reported that Filaret himself will participate in the forum. “Yes, Filaret will take part in the Forum,” said the spokesman. Recall, on December 15, 2018, at the Unification Council, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, was elected head of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church in Pereyaslavl and Belotserkovsky. On January 6, 2019, during the festive liturgy with the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Epiphanius was presented to the Ukrainian Church in the Church of St. George at the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople during the festive liturgy. On January 9 in Constantinople, members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. However, in May 2019, Patriarch Filaret announced his intention to restore the UOC-KP and lead it instead of Epiphanius. In response, Metropolitan Epiphanius declared: “The return of the Ukrainian church to the” Kyiv Patriarchate “means the loss of Tomos.” In response, Filaret said: “The Kyiv Patriarchate was not liquidated, the unifying council in Sofia was not Ukrainian.” He also called Epiphanius “to do nothing inside the church” without his consent and promised to fight for the church, “independent of Moscow and from Constantinople.” Meanwhile, Epiphanius declared: “There is not and never will be a split in the PCV.” In response, Filaret said that Epiphanius, the head of the PCC, is pleasing to Moscow, and also that President Petro Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphanius deceived him, violating the agreements between them during the Unity Council: “.