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Russians fly intercepts in Baltic region. TNI on Putin’s PRC play. Turkey update – Erdogan needs an escalation and will exploit this to a maximum. Golunov arrest blowback. Russia’s police quitting in large numbers. Pension age changes disrupt job markets. Muscovy meddles in Kabul. NATO updates.
Moldovan “Gridlock” continues. Platoshkin on the wave of instability across the former Soviet world.
Lavrov yet again insults Kyiv. Ukraine further boosting security along Moldovan and especially Transnistrian borders. UNCLOS update. Levada poll in Russia shows that a third of Russians would like to annex Donbas, but few want Russia to pay the bills. Russia classifies data on companies in Crimea to shield them from sanctions.
Donbas update – Russian fires continue. Rada releases report on thefts from the military between 2004-2018.
Politics update. OCU update – former UOC-KP patriarch Filaret continues his ill considered campaign to destroy the new independent church despite having previously agreed to its creation.
Russia has scrambled Su-27 fighters in the Baltic to intercept the U.S. and a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft, the defense ministry said. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, ground airspace control facilities detected two air targets over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea having approached the state border of the Russian Federation. “In order to intercept the targets, a Su-27 fighter of Russian Baltic Fleet’s Air Defence on-duty forces took off. It approached the air objects at a safe distance and identified them as a U.S. Air Force’s RC-135 and a Swedish Air Force’s Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft,” said in a statement. Also noted that Russian fighter pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures. “The flight of the Russian Su-27 fighter jet was carried out strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace,” stressed in Ministry of Defence.
While the trade war between Washington and Beijing continues to flare up, Chinese president Xi Jinping traveled to Russia this week for three days to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin. For Moscow, this visit could not have come at a better time. In his public remarks while in Moscow on Wednesday, the Chinese leader spoke of the growing ties between Russia and China, while also offering thinly veiled criticism of the United States. Xi lauded Putin as “one of my closest friends and a great colleague.” He also stressed the importance of Sino-Russian solidarity at a time when “protectionism and unilateral approaches are on the rise, and a policy of force and hegemonism is increasingly taking hold.” Xi arrived at the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday, an annual event aimed at attracting foreign investors to Russia, with a delegation of one thousand people. The United States was noticeably absent at the forum after announcing that it was boycotting the event over the controversial imprisonment of American investor Michael Calvey by Russian authorities. Beyond symbolic gestures of unity, the two countries signed a number of high-profile deals. Huawei and Russian telecom company MTS reached an agreement to develop a 5G network in Russia. The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Investment Corporation established a $1 billion fund to support research and technology innovation. Russian and Chinese state energy companies also set up a joint venture to sell Russian liquefied natural gas in China. According to the South China Morning Post, the value of the deals signed during Xi’s visit was $20 billion. While a Sino-Russian convergence has been taking place since at least the 1990s, it gained significant momentum after 2014. Faced with mounting Western sanctions over its annexation of Crimea and support for Eastern Ukrainian separatists, the Kremlin made pivoting to China a top foreign-policy priority. Russian political elites hoped that drawing closer to China would provide their country with an alternative source of trade and investment, as well as send a message to Washington and Brussels that Moscow did not stand alone.
Preserving the ballistic-missile ban would reduce the danger of leaving the treaty — and light a path to its replacement.
Turkey said on Tuesday a U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution condemning Ankara’s purchase of Russian defense systems and urging potential sanctions was unacceptably threatening. Relations between the two NATO members have been strained on several fronts including Ankara’s plans to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense systems, the detention of U.S. consular staff in Turkey, and conflicting strategy over Syria and Iran. The standoff threatens to bring U.S. sanctions, which would hurt Turkey’s already recession-hit economy, and raise questions over its role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The resolution, introduced in May and entitled “Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance”, was agreed in the House on Monday. It urges Turkey to cancel the S-400 purchase and calls for sanctions if it accepts their delivery, which may come as soon as July. That, the resolution said, would undermine the U.S.-led transatlantic defense alliance. In response, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its foreign policy and judicial system were being maligned by “unfair” and “unfounded” allegations in the resolution. “It is unacceptable to take decisions which do not serve to increase mutual trust, to continue to keep the language of threats and sanctions on the agenda and to set various artificial deadlines,” it added.
Washington cancels training of NATO ally’s F-35 pilots over Ankara’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 missiles.
At first glance, the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov seemed to be the latest in a string of attacks on the free press in Russia. But the response to his detainment took the Kremlin — and Russian society — by surprise.
The sense that the police manufactured drug charges against a muckraking journalist, Ivan Golunov, has drawn rebukes from activists, celebrities and citizens.
Ivan Golunov has reported on unscrupulous landlords and shady businessmen. He was arrested in Moscow on Thursday on drugs charges, which he denies, and lawyers allege police brutality.
The international media freedom advocate, Reporters Without Borders, ranks Russia at number 149 in its 2019 World Press Freedom Index, just between Venezuela and Bangladesh and about 100 positions below the United States – which was ranked 48th. In this report narrated by Philip Alexiou, Ricardo Marquina and Olga Pavlova in Moscow look at cases that show the difficulties that reporters are living while trying to exercise independent journalism in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Lawyers for Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov have appealed against his pretrial house arrest on a narcotics charge he denies.
Russian police say they have detained a suspect in the ransacking of a Moscow-based online news magazine’s offices.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 9 — Police officers are quitting their jobs because of low pay and deteriorating working conditions, creating a situation in which many units are significantly understaffed and not in a position to fulfill their responsibilities, according to Mikhail Pashkin, the head of the union that represents them. Some are shifting to the FSB and other law enforcement agencies where conditions are better, but many are leaving the public sector altogether, choosing to work as private security guards in many cases or joining the criminal world that they had been responsible for combatting (ura.news/articles/1036278214 and ura.news/articles/1036278249). This trend means that there will be fewer officers on the beat to combat crime and that the regime will be forced to rely more heavily on FSB and military units to control demonstrators, units that typically act even more harshly against protesters than do the police who often know those they are sent to regulate. That in turn means that relations between the regime and the population are likely to deteriorate still further. In reporting on this development, Mikhail Bely of the URA news agency says that low salaries are only one of the problems. Many officers are fed up with the constant checks that the authorities make in their ranks and their lack of control over schedules and lives. In some places, this exodus involves 15 percent or more of the total number of slots. Guarding a supermarket or other store is far easier and the pay is a good or better. But unfortunately, some of the police who are quitting are going to work for the criminal groups that they had been fighting, recapitulating some of what happened in the 1990s, former interior ministry officials tell Bely. That has reduced the effectiveness of the police significantly. According to Kirill Kabanov, head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, “the effectiveness of the police today does not exceed 40 to 50 percent” of the expected norms. There are too few police, and those who have left are in many cases “helping” the wrong people.
aul Goble Staunton, June 9 – There have been hundreds of anonymous bomb threats across the Russian Federation over the past two years, with several million people having been forced to evacuate; but in most cases, the central Russian media have remained silent or extremely sparse in covering a trend that has left many on edge. (For the history of this plague which until recently has hit the regions and republics of the country harder than the city of Moscow and of the restricted coverage of it in Moscow news outlets, see the sources cited in windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/telephone-bomb-threats-force.html.) But now the anonymous callers say they have placed bombs in Lenin’s Mausoleum on Red Square as well as at the Duma, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the Ostankino television tower, something the central news agencies clearly can’t ignore even if as they say none of the reports have been confirmed (tass.ru/proisshestviya/6530896).ss Over the past week, Interfax reports, citing “informed sources,” some 50 locations in the capital have supposedly been mined, according to anonymous telephone calls. All have had to be checked out, forcing evacuations in many of them, but as of now, none has been confirmed, the news agency says (interfax.ru/moscow/663818). Not only does this new wave of “mining” create inconveniences for some and fears of more, but it inevitably raises questions among Russians as to why the authorities can’t do more to stop it by bringing to justice those responsible, yet more questions that the Kremlin certainly doesn’t want people to be asking.
Will Facebook and Twitter be next?
Paul Goble Staunton, June 9 – Raising the pension age has claimed yet another class of victims: those over 40 who are looking for work but can’t find it given that those whose places they might have been able to occupy are still in them because they must work longer before retiring, according to a Novyye izvestiya blogger. The blogger, whose screen name is Avroraiwa, says most Russians recognized that the regime’s claim that boosting the pension age would have no impact on the working age population was “a pure lie.” But now they are finding just how untrue such assertions were (newizv.ru/news/society/09-06-2019/lichnyy-opyt-posle-40-let-nayti-rabotu-v-moskve-prakticheski-nerealno). In fact, the blogger says on the basis of a survey of older adult work seekers, those who are finding difficulties obtaining employment because those somewhat older than they can’t retire are becoming ever younger, with people in their 40s even in the capital now saying that it is “practically unrealistic” to expect to find a job at the present time. Last fall, the Duma passed and Vladimir Putin signed a law banning age discrimination in employment (agediscriminationinemployment.com/tag/russia/), but few workers have been successful in bringing cases of this to trial. And when there are no vacancies because of the pension changes, this law does not prevent employers from refusing to hire others. Indeed, it would apply only if employers began to hire people in their 20s or 30s in preference to those in their 40s or 50s. And in fact, the Russian anti-age discrimination measure may now be used by older workers to hold on to their jobs given that the ages at which they can get pensions have gone up.
Russia’s embrace of the Taliban is increasingly coming at the expense of Afghan President Ghani’s government.
Peace remains a distant prospect. But when an opportunity comes along, the United States must seize it and nurture it.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze in Washington on June 11 to discuss “a range of bilateral issues.”
NATO's large-scale naval military exercises in the Baltic sea named BALTOPS-2019 that have started on Sunday, "are not directed against third …
American troops sent the EC-130H Compass Call to practice offensive operations in Poland. It is planned to be used in joint exercises with the Polish army. As reported on the US Air Force website in Europe, the plane arrived at the Koszecin airbase. It is assigned to the 55th electronic combat group based in Davis-Monthan, Arizona. Members of the technical team also arrived to Poland. They will join the crews of F-16C aircraft from the 52nd wing of US Air Force fighters in German Spangdahlem. The EC-130H Compass Call is designed to suppress the enemy’s electronic warfare and attacks against its electronic infrastructure. Earlier, it was reported that the number of US military personnel stationed in Poland could reach 5.5 thousand.
On Tuesday, June 11, the Government of Latvia seeks to approve a plan for mobilizing the National Armed Forces (NAF). LETA news agency reports, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense, according to the law, the government approves the military-drafted plan for mobilizing the NAF every year. The mobilization plan is drawn up in case of exceptional circumstances or war. It explains how to have the NAF at partial or full combat readiness as well as establishes the leadership, duties, order and logistical support for the mobilization process. The plan serves as the basis for subsequent military planning. Its elements are honed through various NAF exercises. The day before, Latvia’s Ministry of Defense ordered € 4 million worth of anti-tank munitions for its Carl Gustav anti-tank weapons. In 2018, SAAB Dynamics AB concluded a deal to supply various types of ammunition to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for a period of seven years. In August 2018, the Latvian Ministry of Defense was the first to place an order after the conclusion of the deal, ordering € 16.2 million worth of Carl Gustav ammunition. The Carl Gustav anti-tank grenade launcher provides both anti-tank and anti-personnel defense and is widely used in NATO member states.
Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu was officially charged with crimes against humanity by the country’s top prosecutor on Monday as it finalized an inquiry into the chaotic and bloody anti-Communist revolution of 1989. Iliescu, 89, has repeatedly said he was innocent. He enjoyed widespread popularity after the revolt against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was deposed and executed in December 1989. But hundreds of people died in the ouster and Iliescu’s opponents accused him of stealing the revolution from the people.
The hidden history of the Fialka espionage machine.
Almost four months after parliamentary elections it is still unclear who will govern Moldova, a small Eastern European country and former Soviet republic. Disputes over a coalition government mean that there are now competing claims of legitimacy that have caused political gridlock. Although representatives from the pro-Russia Socialist Party and the pro-European Union ACUM bloc reached an agreement on June 8 to form a coalition government, the deal was challenged by the Democratic Party, which argued to the Constitutional Court that it was formalized after the official deadline, meaning snap elections needed to be called. The Constitutional Court temporarily stripped President Igo Dodon of his presidential office on June 9 in order to give Prime Minister Pavel Filip the power to call new elections. Supporters of the coalition government recognize Maia Sandu from the ACUM bloc as the new prime minister, while the Democratic Party—led by oil and media businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc—argue that Filip is still ruling on an interim basis until new elections are held. Dodon—the former leader of the Socialist Party—is supporting Sandu’s new coalition government, reflecting the curious alliance of pro-EU and pro-Russia parties in a country that has often been politically divided between pro-Russia and pro-Europe stances. Both Dodon and Sandu called the Court’s action illegitimate and argued that it is improperly influenced by Plahotniuc. “Those who over the last years have controlled the state institutions do not want to give up power in the Republic of Moldova,” Dodon argued. Although conceding that he is not qualified to determine the merits of the specific technicalities of the Constitutional Court’s ruling, Michael Carpenter, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center explained that “Moldova’s politicized courts have unfortunately used technicalities in the past to overturn democratic decisions, most recently by invalidating the election for the mayor of Chisinau.” A US Department of State spokesperson called on “all Moldovan parties to show restraint and to agree on a path forward through political dialogue.” The parliamentary elections in February “were competitive and respected fundamental rights,” the statement continued, maintaining that “the will of the Moldovan people as expressed in those elections must be respected without interference.” The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn issued a joint statement on June 9 saying that “the European Union stands ready to work with the democratically legitimate government.” They urged “calm and restraint” as “dialogue between democratically elected representatives must remain the key to finding a solution to the current political crisis.” According to Carpenter, “the United States and the EU should immediately send senior envoys to make clear that all actors in Moldova are expected to adhere to the rule of law.” Carpenter cautioned that “the international community cannot serve as a surrogate for Moldova’s own Constitutional Court, but it can and should press all parties in Moldova to follow the Constitutional order.” With dueling claims to power, it remains unclear how Moldova’s political players will be able to break the deadlock, or if voters will have to return to the polls once again in 2019. David A. Wemer is assistant director, editorial at the Atlantic Council. Follow him on Twitter @DavidAWemer.
Two of Moldova’s largest parties formed a coalition to oust the third from power. Only one problem: Its officials have refused to vacate their offices.
Five European nations have joined NATO in appealing for “calm and restraint” in Moldova, where a court installed an interim president who immediately dissolved parliament and rival governments are fighting for control.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 9 – The election in Kazakhstan and the political turmoil in Moldova, both reflecting the expansion of Western clout in the post-Soviet space, Nikolay Platoshkin says, highlight the Kremlin’s lack of a policy toward the CIS countries and its “ostrich-like” approach to its loss of influence there. The specialist on international relations at Moscow’s Humanities University argues that “if Russia will continue its ostrich-like policy in the CIS countries, sticking its head in the sand where it seems everything is warm and good,” things are going to get worse because “Russia now has no policy for the CIS” (https://svpressa.ru/politic/article/235077/). “We support some odious regimes which the people then overthrow as in Armenia,” he says. “Thus, we have problems. And we bet on such strange figures who are not pro-Russian.” Moscow should be openly supporting pro-Russian people like Dodon in Moldova especially in the upcoming parliamentary elections given the weakness of the office of the president there. Russia is losing influence not only because the US and the EU are seeking to expand theirs but because the Kremlin isn’t fighting for it. “Our ruling elite … lives in another world: they live in Miami, on the French coast or somewhere else. What is some Kazakhstan for them? They are interested only in having money and spending it in the West. Much could be done if there were political will and a desire to do so, Plastoshkin says, but there isn’t much of either. Moscow talks about imposing sanctions on Ukraine but it hasn’t gone very far lest its business types lose money, and it has failed to respond to Nazarbayev’s decision to shift to the Latin script and discriminate against Russian speakers. Many people in the Russian government like Gref and Golikova, the Moscow specialist says, “want to spit on the CIS. They are anti-Soviet; for them, the Soviet Union is something hateful. And they view any integration processes in the CIS as moves toward the restoration of the USSR. They are against that.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Russia is not going to “make a gesture” for new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team to resolve the situation in Donbas. “As for the question whether it is possible to make a gesture to get the process off the ground. You know, we have made so many positive gestures that it would be probably enough for other normal partners to start reciprocal movements,” he said at the Primakov Readings international scientific expert forum, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. “Everyone must be honest. Everyone signed those Minsk agreements – they clearly state what actions the government of Kyiv and what actions Donetsk and Luhansk or as they are called ORDLO [Russia-occupied districts in Luhansk and Donetsk regions] should take. And it’s impossible to blame someone else for the lack of progress,” Lavrov said. At the same time, he said that Western countries had “artificially created” a crisis in relations with Russia under the pretext of “what happened in Crimea and in the east of Ukraine.”
Lithuania must continue to provide unconditional support to Ukrainians amid Russian aggression, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said. — Ukrinform.
The MPs are throwing their support behind a new report that names 16 individuals in Russia as responsible for the persecution of 296 political and religious prisoners, and calls on Canada to sanction all of them.
Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that situation in Moldova is a possible threat for the south of Ukraine as he reported on Facebook. “We all really need European democratic Moldova and the prospect of the new Russian springboard, which will create threat for the Ukrainian south does not seem to be appropriate,” Klimkin said. Foreign Minister emphasized that the department follows closely the situation and will send its representative there tomorrow. “Tomorrow, in Chisinau, Viktor Kryzhanovsky will come; he responds for the coordination of the efforts on Transdniester settlement and he knows the Moldovan context well. The fact concerns that today, the possibility and risks of “good services” from the side of the external players increase,” he emphasized.
After a session of National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service (SBGS) has intensified its security measures along the border with Moldova in light of a recent deterioration of the situation there. The size of border detachments has been increased, and sniffer dogs are being used, said SBGS Spokesperson Oleh Slobodyan, as cited by 112 Ukraine. “Border guards, within their competence, have reinforced the protection of the entire Ukrainian-Moldovan border. We are devoting special attention to the Transnistrian segment, the central segment of the Ukrainian Moldovan border. The border detachments on the green border and at the border crossing points have been reinforced, the use of service dogs has increased, and we have increased the number of border guards in border detachments. For now, the reinforcement is being done by forces and reserves from the southern regional office, for now we are not considering the need to maneuver with other regional offices,” Slobodyan said. The SBGS has also increased its level of cooperation with the National Police, National Guard, and Security Service of Ukraine. “There have been no incidents or provocations, but the situation in the neighboring country is really forcing Ukraine to react, and this is completely natural, because each country protects itself first and foremost at the entry, and so the monitoring of the entry from Moldova has been intensified, well, and accordingly, other actions are being taken, which we have already mentioned,” Slobodyan noted. Recently the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern regarding developments in Moldova. The department stressed the inadmissibility of external interference by Russia to bring about the Russian scenario of federalizing the neighboring country.
MFA of Ukraine 🇺🇦 on Twitter: “O.#Zerkal:RU cannot avoid most basic rule of #UNCLOS-that this Tribunal has jurisdiction over any dispute on interpretation or application of Convention.This case concerns wholesale violation of 🇺🇦rights under UNCLOS.🇺🇦people put faith in this Tribunal to protect rule of law #PCA… https://t.co/2mK2rpDOis”
Kyiv has urged an international arbitration panel in the Netherlands to hear its case about alleged Russian breaches of a United Nations maritime convention, accusing Moscow of “wholesale violation…
The Permanent Court of Arbitration has the jurisdiction to consider the dispute concerning Russia’s violations of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait. — Ukrinform.
10.06.19 17:45 – Zerkal reveals details of hearing at PAC behind closed doors The Permanent Court of Arbitration has started to hold hearings in the arbitration Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait, instituted by Ukraine against Russia. View news.
Russia built a bridge across the Kerch Strait on its own authority. It stops and harasses the vessels in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. — Ukrinform.
Almost a third of Russians support the occupation of the so-called “southeast of Ukraine” [a Russian propaganda term for Donbas, which is in the east of Ukraine], while another third would like to have an “independent state” there. Read alsoVerdicts of international courts to force Russia into talks on Crimea – Klimkin Answering the question, “What do you think about the political future of southeastern Ukraine,” 29% of respondents said they would like it to become an independent state, while 27% said they would like it to become part of the Russian Federation, according to a public opinion poll conducted by Russian NGO Levada Center, an UNIAN correspondent in Russia said. Some 17% of respondents said they would like the “southeast of Ukraine” to remain part of Ukraine, but it should be more independent from Kyiv. Only 14% of respondents said they would like to see Donbas as part of Ukraine under the same conditions as it was before the crisis. At the same time, 13% could not answer the question. Answering a question about costs Russia must pay in connection with the occupation of Crimea and to what extent they are “personally ready to pay,” only 7% said “in full,” 9% chose the answer “to a large extent,” while 26% said “to some extent.” A total of 36% of respondents are absolutely not ready to pay for the occupation of Crimea, 17% do not believe that this burden will fall on ordinary citizens, while 5% could not answer. The survey was conducted on May 24-29 on a representative all-Russian sample of the urban and rural population. A total of 1,616 people aged from 18 were questioned in 50 regions of Russia. The poll was conducted through personal formalized (face-to-face) interviews. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10582161-almost-third-of-russians-support-occupation-of-southeast-of-ukraine-poll.html
The verdicts of international courts will force Russia to take part in the negotiations regarding Crimea. — Ukrinform.
11.06.19 13:42 – Klimkin: Verdicts of international courts to force Russia into talks on Crimea Klimkin said Ukraine had offered the Russian Federation various formats and platforms for negotiations on Crimea after its annexation. View news.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that provides an opportunity to classify information on companies operating in Crimea in the Russian Unified State Register of Legal Entities. — Ukrinform.
11.06.19 07:07 – 17 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, two terrorists wounded June 10, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO position 17 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons seven times. View news.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 17 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements seven times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.
Russia’s hybrid military forces on June 10 mounted 17 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. There were no Ukraine army casualties over the period under review.
11.06.19 11:01 – OSCE spots Russian surveillance radar system in Donbas The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded a Russian ground-based surveillance radar system on the outskirts of the occupied Pervomaisk. View news.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said it spotted a Russian surveillance radar system in non-government-controlled areas of Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine condemns the fact of delivery of modern weapons by Russia to the occupied territories of Donbas.
Another member of Russia-led forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, Ivan Moiseenkov aka ‘Maz’ was eliminated on June 9. The terrorist was killed on June 9, 2019.
Posted by Redaction June 11, 2019 Situation in the Donbas 1 Comment In the area of operation of the Joint Forces in the Donbas there was a comprehensive inspection of the use of self-propelled artillery unit 2C7 “Pion” This is reported by the press center of the United forces The training was carried out on the orders of the Commander of the Defense League, Lieutenant General Alexander Sirsky During the conduct of regular comprehensive instructor-methodical exercises on the use of the self-propelled artillery unit 2C7 Pion, the carrying out of artillery reconnaissance with the involvement of modern UAVs, the arrangement of the life of units in the area of withdrawal, the camouflage and repair of artillery equipment 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. 2С7 «Pion» 203 mm – self-propelled artillery unit, designed to destroy certain particularly important objects and the destruction of fortification structures. Maximum firing range: Ultra-high explosive projectile: 37.5 km Active rocket: 55 km Nuclear projectile: 30 km
On June 10, a war criminal died in the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General of the Russian Army Sergei Yudin, who led Luhansk terrorists in the Donbas. This is reported in Facebook by the officer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Anatoly Stefan, reports Tsenzor.NET. It is known that Yudin (Tambov) commanded 2 AKs (Lugansk, Ukraine) of the Center of the Territorial Forces of the Southern Supreme Soviet of the Russian Armed Forces in 2015. Yudin also participated in the armed conflict in Chechnya. From 2004 to 2015 he held senior positions in the Russian army. The causes of the death of the Russian military are not reported.
Ukraine still has much to do to meet the criteria for NATO membership. MAPs are intended to serve as guides for prospective members to fulfill those criteria. Objectively, Ukraine is as far along as countries that received MAPs in 1999. It is unlikely that Kyiv will get NATO membership in the near term, but this doesn’t mean Ukraine will never join the Alliance.
The Head of Ukraine’s Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak awarded military grade to his First Deputy Ivan Bakanov, simultaneously with his admission for military service to SBU, as Pravda reported referring to the answer of the establishment for the journalistic request. “The rank of lieutenant was awarded by the decree of the Chairman of Ukraine’s Security Service simultaneously with Bakanov’s admission for military service to Ukraine’s SBU under the contract of commissioned staff,” the answer reads.
Ukraine and Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development of civil aviation security, which provides access for Ukrainian aviation products to the Turkish market, according to the State Aviation Service of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
June 11, 19 investigation into the plunder of the Armed Forces Full text of the Report of the Temporary Investigation Commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for conducting investigations into the facts of theft in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and undermining the state’s defense capability in the period from 2004 to 2018. full report content (list of applications) ▼By Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dated June 7, 2018, 2455-VIII, the Temporary Commission of Inquiry of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was established to investigate the information about thefts in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and undermine the state’s defense capability from 2004 to 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the Temporary Investigation Commission and / or the Commission). The chairman of the Interim Commission of Inquiry was elected People’s Deputy of Ukraine Vinnik Ivan Yuliyovych (parliamentary faction of the Party “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”), Deputy Chairman of the Interim Commission of Inquiry – People’s Deputy of Ukraine Linka Dmitry Vladimirovich (parliamentary faction of the Radical Party Oleg Lyashko). The number of members of the commission is 12 deputies (Bereza Yuriy Nikolaevich (People’s Front political party faction), Alexander Briginets (deputy faction of the Party “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”), Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Zubik (“Renaissance party” party), Pavel Nikolayevich Kyshkar (non-factional), Ivan Krulko (faction of the political party “All-Ukrainian Association” Fatherland “), Miroshnichenko Yuriy Romanovich (faction of the Political party” Opposition bloc “), Molotok Igor Fedorovich (group” Will of the people “), Pastuk Taras Timothy Ovych (faction of the Political Party of the “Self-help Association”), Rychkova Tetiana Borisovna (parliamentary group of the Party “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”), Andriy Teteruk (“People’s Front” political party faction).
Materials with evidence of corruption in Ukroboronprom were transferred by the military prosecutor’s office to NABU as early as March 2016. According Tsenzor.NET, about this in a special video message told the chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios and accused the NABU in the dissemination of false information. “On June 5, NABU spread false information that the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office did not give access to criminal proceedings about corruption in Ukroboronprom. The fact that during the supply of spare parts to defense enterprises was carried out corruption actions. I’m paying attention is absolutely not true. that, in March 2016, I personally personally handed over 87 pages of evidence to this director, Artem Sytnik, to the director of the NABU. persons, as well as detectives of NABU directly to corruption actions and possible taking of bribes, that is, to commit grave and especially grave crimes. Such cases according to the law should be done exclusively by NABU, but after three long years of inactivity and stories that , this institution and its management issued a new portion of lies to the general and military prosecutor’s office. ” – said Matios.
Early parliamentary elections, PrivatBank against Kolomoyskyi and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #19, 3 – 9 June
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) intends to attract about 850 long-term and short-term observers during early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Russia did not nominate its representatives to participate in the team of long-term OSCE observers during the early parliamentary elections on July 21. This was announced at a press briefing on Tuesday by the head of the OSCE / ODIHR mission, Ambassador Albert Jonsson, Tsenzor reports. NOT referring to Ukrinform. “No, (Russia) this time did not file,” said Jonsson. In response to a clarifying question from journalists, he explained that the ODIHR appeals to all OSCE participating States with a proposal to nominate their candidates for the team of long-term and short-term observers. “Until now, Russia has not submitted its candidates to the team of long-term observers. When the request to submit candidates for short-term observers is announced within ten days, we will know whether Russia will offer its candidates this time or not,” the head of mission noted. As it is known, the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Ukraine are scheduled for July 21, 2019.
At a session on 9 June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party unveiled its program for the upcoming snap parliamentary elections. Its priorities include purging and renewing the country’s government system, eradicating corruption, establishing attractive conditions for business, reforming the social sector and building an innovative economy, the party wrote on Facebook. “Ukraine needs radical changes. This was confirmed by the voting for Volodymyr Zelensky in the 2019 presidential elections. However, the old political system, a system of corruption, lies and abuses of power, does not want to change anything and is incapable of changing. We need to consolidate all branches of government,” the program’s text states. “The Servant of the People party is running in the snap parliamentary elections in order to bring to the Verkhovna Rada decent people who will serve Ukraine and its voters. We will implement President Zelensky’s course in concrete laws and political decisions, we will form a professional government, which the people of Ukraine will trust, and together we will introduce radical changes, which will help us to make Ukraine the free, independent and successful country of [our] dreams,” the document stresses.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s envoy to the Cabinet of Ministers Andriy Gerus says the president has submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, to postpone the launch of a new electricity market from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020. The move is designed to prevent a sharp rise in power rates.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Ivan Kutsyk as head of the State Affairs Department and his deputy, Yevhen Sarnatsky, and appointed Serhiy Borzov acting head of the agency. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expects the Constitutional Court to make a fair decision in the case on the constitutionality of a presidential decree on the dissolution of the Verkovna Rada. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a motion for Ukraine’s parliament to dismiss Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. The document will soon be delivered to the parliament.
11.06.19 12:50 – Zelenskyi dismisses Kutsyk as head of State Affairs Department, entrusts duties to his deputy Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has dismissed Ivan Kutsyk as head of the State Affairs Department and entrusted the fulfillment of duties to his deputy, Serhii Borzov. View news.
Founder and first commander of the Azov regiment, leader of the National Corps party Andriy Biletsky, leader of the Diya national movement, ex-leader of the Right Sector, independent MP Dmytro Yarosh and current leader of the Right Sector Andriy Tarasenko have been included in the top five of the election list of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Association.
Inflows of Ukrainians to Poland, where they’ve been key to avoiding the acute labor shortages endured by other parts of eastern Europe, may soon be set to end.
Inflows of Ukrainians to Poland, where they’ve been key to avoiding the acute labor shortages endured by other parts of eastern Europe, may soon be set to end. Looser regulations in Germany could lure away 20%-25% of Ukrainian workers in Poland in the next four years.
In 2018-2019, Ukraine has a steady trend towards the expansion of a network of airline routes, in particular low-cost airlines and airlines with a mixed business model. — Ukrinform.
Six people have died as fire swept through a psychiatric hospital in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa, authorities say.
Honorable Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) Filaret has set a date for an urgent local council, during which he wants to officially resume the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP). “We are convening the local council, which will not approve the decision of the council of December 15, 2018. So, it is not mandatory for us. By this, we will show that the Kyiv Patriarchate did and will exist. We will hold the council on June 20,” he said before the forum “For the Ukrainian Orthodox Church! For the Kyiv Patriarchate!” the BBC’s Ukrainian Service reports. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10582422-filaret-urgently-calls-local-council-to-resurrect-kyiv-patriarchate.html
Honorable Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret said he did not accept the tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) since he had not known its content prior to the receipt of the document. “We do not accept this tomos since we did not know the content of the tomos we were given,” he said at a Ukrainian intelligentsia forum, according to the news outlet Hromadske. “If we had known the meaning, we would not vote for autocephaly on December 15. Because we do not need to move from one dependency to another,” Filaret said. “The Moscow Patriarchate serves the interests of Moscow, the OCU serves the Greeks. And who will serve Ukraine?” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Patriarch Filaret said on April 27 he was not satisfied with the OCU’s status as a metropolis. The Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox Church in Ukraine. On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul the tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy was inaugurated as Primate of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine at Kyiv’s Saint Sophia Cathedral on February 3.
The honorable patriarch Filaret announced the decision to convene the Local Orthodox Council, although the statute of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine does not give him that right. He said this in response to a question from journalists before the forum “For the Ukrainian Orthodox Church! For the Kyiv Patriarchate!”, Reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to the BBC. “We convene a local council, which will not approve the decision of the cathedral, which was December 15, 2018. It means that it is not mandatory for us. By this we show that the Kyiv Patriarchate was, is and will be. We convene the council for June 20.” said Filaret. The local council is a collection of church hierarchs, priests and laity who can approve strategic decisions in the church and overturn the decisions of the synod. The convening of such a council by Filaret is contrary to the statutes of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, because the head of the church, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphanius, can do this. 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.