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Rogan hits it in one. Russian comments on the enhancements of US posture in Poland are priceless. ARRW flight testing. DW interviews VADM Lewis on Baltic ops. Sen Barrasso introduces the “ESCAPE Act” (S. 1830) that “Authorizes mandatory U.S. sanctions on the development of Russian energy pipeline projects, such as Nord Stream II”. EU report on Russian disinformation. Shtepa on Muscovy’s delusions of grandeur (must read). Moldova and NATO updates.

Erdogan continues his escalation game with no regard for the cost to his nation. Sixteen reports on Russia’s continuing descent.

NATSEC Advisor Bolton on Ukraine. IR update. Gazprom rolls on Ukraine debt. Crimea update.

Donbas update – Russians lob arty fires on civilian area. Ze appoints new heads of the NGU and SBS. A major Russian organiser in 2014 Donbas invasion captured and detained by SBU. UN report on torture. Commemoration of the 2014 loss of the PSU Il-76MD at Luhansk Airport, and SBU discloses high level Russian involvement in setting up the MANPADS ambush. Vilkha and Vilkha-R IOC imminent. A excellent survey of Ukrainian heavy military vehicles. Industry updates.

Politics updates. More on HBO’s Chernobyl.

OCU objects strongly to Patriarch Filaret’s destabilisation campaign.


Tom Rogan | Putin has only himself to blame for poor US relations

Speaking to Mir state TV on Thursday afternoon, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that U.S.-Russia relations are “deteriorating, getting worse by the hour. In recent years, the current U.S. administration has already taken several dozen decisions on sanctions with regard to Russia …”

Putin says relationship with U.S. ‘getting worse by the hour’ – POLITICO

Putin praised his country’s trade relationship with China.

Putin and Trump: Putin says U.S.-Russia relations “are getting worse and worse” – CBS News

&quot;Our relations with the United States, they are going downhill, they are getting worse and worse,&quot; Putin said

 

Russia warns NATO over US-Poland troop move | News | DW | 13.06.2019

Russia has warned NATO that US President Donald Trump’s pledge to send 1,000 US troops to Poland will “destabilize” Europe. NATO forces in member Poland already include a rotating pool of 4,500 US soldiers. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday Moscow was “very closely” tracking US planning outlined at the White House during a visit by Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday. Trump told Duda he would send 1,000 US troops from Germany into Poland, whose leaders have long wanted an installation they have code-named “Fort Trump.” A joint US-Polish declaration said drones of a US Air Force squadron, MQ-9, would also be deployed to Poland. Poland would provide “jointly determined infrastructure” for the initial package of additional projects “at no cost to the United States,” it added in a post relayed by US European Command in Stuttgart. Last October, former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told DW “Russia is the only conceivable existential threat to Poland.” ‘Destabilizing’ move Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Russian news agencies on Thursday as saying the US move reflected “aggressive” intentions and had a “destabilizing and escalating character.” The Russian Foreign Ministry said the planned US boost to Poland was a betrayal of Russia’s deal with NATO reached in 1997 under which the Western alliance would not permanently site significant forces inside the territories of its newer members. The importance of NATO’s headquarters in Poland would increase, the Russian ministry said, adding that Moscow would “take this into account in its own defense planning and its practical actions.” “We see in this signs of preparation for further large-scale deployments,” it said, adding: “Such actions undermine one of the few remaining documents designed to ensure military stability in Europe.” ‘Dangerous moment’ Vladimir Shamanov, ex-commander of Russia’s special forces and now a Russian lawmaker, said he was concerned that US drones, if deployed in Poland, would be capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The world was drifting toward a “dangerous moment” akin to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, warned Shamanov. Reacting to Trump’s pledge, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted late Wednesday that the troop move showed “the strong commitment of the US to European security & the strength of the transatlantic bond.”

Joint Declaration on Defense Cooperation Regarding United States Force Posture in the Republic of Poland | The White House

The United States of America (the United States) and the Republic of Poland (Poland) share a history of friendship based on common efforts, shared values, and mutual respect. We have fought shoulder-to-shoulder around the globe, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, to secure peace and security for our nations and the world. This friendship underpins an increasingly close strategic and defense relationship focused on threats to the security, peace, and prosperity of each country and of the North Atlantic Treaty area. Both the United States and Poland reaffirm their commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including the commitments made in Articles 3 and 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, as the cornerstone of our defense relationship. The United States and Poland believe that the presence of United States military personnel in Poland strengthens NATO’s deterrence efforts, and the defense of the United States, Poland, and the Alliance, and therefore the United States plans to enhance the United States military presence in Poland. We share key values, including a strong commitment to democracy, freedom, individual rights, free markets, and a mutual respect for the independence and sovereignty of each other’s country. I. The United States plans to enhance its current military presence of approximately 4,500 rotational United States military personnel in Poland. This enduring presence is expected to grow by about 1,000 additional United States military personnel in the near-term, and would focus on providing additional defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland. II. With the understanding that the increased United States force presence in Poland is made sustainable due to Polish support, Poland plans to provide and sustain jointly determined infrastructure for the initial package of additional projects listed below, at no cost to the United States and taking into account the planned level of its use by United States forces. Poland also plans to provide additional support to United States forces, above the NATO host-nation standard. A. Establishment of a United States Division Headquarters (Forward) in Poland. B. Establishment and joint use by the United States Armed Forces and Polish Armed Forces of the Combat Training Center (CTC) in Drawsko Pomorskie, and eventually in a few other locations in Poland. The United States intends to continue to provide United States advisors to support the Polish Armed Forces in the establishment of the CTC. C. Establishment of a United States Air Force MQ-9 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance squadron in Poland. The United States intends to share information derived from this squadron’s operations, as appropriate, in support of our defense objectives. D. Establishment of an aerial port of debarkation to support the movement of forces for training or contingency. E. Establishment of an area support group to support current and future United States forces in Poland. F. Establishment of United States special operations forces capability in Poland to support air, ground, and maritime operations. G. Establishment of infrastructure to support the presence of an armored brigade combat team, a combat aviation brigade, and a combat sustainment support battalion. III. Both countries seek to conclude international agreements and other arrangements necessary to realize the common vision for enhanced defense cooperation, including the streamlining of the functioning of the United States forces in Poland. The United States and Poland are to have a regular process to consult and plan for potential force posture adjustments and related infrastructure requirements for the United States forces deployed to Poland. We look forward to growing and enhancing our defense cooperation in the years ahead.

Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter: “I welcome today’s announcement that the United States will increase its military presence in Poland. This shows the strong commitment of the US to European security & the strength of the transatlantic bond.”

 

What Trump Promised Duda – Foreign Policy

A transcript of the U.S. and Polish leaders’ remarks in the Rose Garden.

‘Fort Trump’ for Poland? Not Quite. – Foreign Policy

Trump will send 1,000 noncombat troops to Eastern Europe amid signs of a Russian buildup.

U.S. Air Force conducts first flight test of newest air-launched hypersonic missile – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has conducted a successful flight test of the newest air-launched hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, called the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW. AGM-183A ARRW was flown aboard a B-52 Stratofortress bomber at Edwards Air Force Base, California. on Jun. 12. A sensor-only version of the ARRW prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data. The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test. This type of data collection is required for all Air Force weapon systems undergoing development. “We’re using the rapid prototyping authorities provided by Congress to quickly bring hypersonic weapon capabilities to the warfighter,” said Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. “We set out an aggressive schedule with ARRW. Getting to this flight test on time highlights the amazing work of our acquisition workforce and our partnership with Lockheed Martin and other industry partners.” The Air Force is leading the way in air-launched hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts. As one of two rapid prototyping hypersonic efforts, ARRW is set to reach early operational capability by fiscal year 2022. “This type of speed in our acquisition system is essential – it allows us to field capabilities rapidly to compete against the threats we face,” Roper said. The flight test serves as the first of many flight tests that will expand the test parameters and capabilities of the ARRW prototype. The ARRW rapid prototyping effort awarded a contract in August 2018 to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, for critical design review, test and production readiness support to facilitate fielded prototypes.

AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon

On August 13, 2018 the Air Force awarded a contract not to exceed $480,000,000 to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype. This contract seems to have come out of nearly nowhere. FedBizOpps has never heard of anything by this name. In May 2018 the US Air Force launched an ambitious campaign to expedite development of a hypersonic weapon amid concerns expressed by US officials about tismlar efforts in China and Russia. “I am working with the team on acceleration and I am very confident that a significant acceleration is possible,” Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, told Warrior Maven 08 May 20188. The service is willing to move forward with an effective “90 percent” solution instead of waiting many more years for a “100 percent,” the acquisitions official told the news outlet. Still, he “was clear not to pinpoint an as-of-yet undetermined timeline,” Warrior Maven reported. A hypersonic weapon or vehicle is one whose speed exceeds five times the speed of sound, or upwards of 3,800 mph, a limit that present propulsion technology can barely reach. The fluid dynamics of air at those speeds behave radically differently than at the slower speeds at which most missiles and jet aircraft travel, presenting unique problems for designers. Roper said the USAF is developing a prototype for an air-launched “boost glide” weapon that accelerates into space before using the force of gravity to hit targets at higher speed on its descent. Further, engineers are developing a second demonstrator for a future “Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon” that relies on more mature technology. The Air Force is collaborating with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on both projects. “The two systems have different flight profiles, payload sizes and provide complementary offensive capabilities,” the spokeswoman told Warrior Maven. This contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). “We are going to go fast and leverage the best technology available to get hypersonic capability to the warfighter as soon as possible,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson. The ARRW effort is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts being pursued by the Air Force to accelerate hypersonic research and development. The Air Force is using rapid prototyping authorized by Section 804 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act to explore the art-of-the-possible and to advance these technologies to a capability in 2021. Leaders from the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Air Force, Navy and Army signed a memorandum of agreement June 28 to work cooperatively on hypersonic boost glide technology development. “The Joint Team requires the right mix of agile capabilities to compete, deter and win across the spectrum of competition and conflict,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. “We must push the boundaries of technology and own the high ground in this era of great power competition and beyond.” This undefinitized contract action allows the government to meet urgent needs by authorizing the contractor to begin work before reaching a final settlement on contract terms and conditions, to include a final negotiated price. The contract is expected to be definitized within 180 days of award. The Air Force’s other hypersonic weapon rapid prototyping effort is called the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW). The ARRW and HCSW efforts are developing unique capabilities for the warfighter and each has different technical approaches. The ARRW effort is “pushing the art-of-the-possible” by leveraging the technical base established by the Air Force/DARPA partnership. The HCSW effort is using mature technologies that have not been integrated for an air-launched delivery system. The Armament Directorate of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is providing program management of these prototyping efforts.

NATO and Russia: Maneuvers and countermaneuvers on the Baltic Sea | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 14.06.2019

NATO is again running Baltic Sea drills — but now, the exercise is headed by the US Navy’s 2nd Fleet, a key force during the Cold War era. Fleet commander Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis spoke to DW about NATO’s objectives.

Barrasso Bill Helps NATO Allies Increase Energy Security and Escape Bullying by Russia – News Releases – United States Senator John Barrasso

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced legislation to give North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members an escape from Russia’s political coercion and manipulation. The Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act, or the “ESCAPE Act,” (S. 1830) enhances the energy security of NATO members by providing those countries with reliable and dependable American energy. It also mandates sanctions on the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, along with other Russian energy export pipelines.

U.S. Senators Submit Bill With Sanctions Targeting Russian Gas Pipeline

A group of U.S. Republican senators has introduced a bill to sanction entities involved with a Kremlin pipeline project as Washington seeks to force its European allies to reduce their dependence o…

U.S. senator introduces bill to impose sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 – news economics | UNIAN

U.S. Senator John Barrasso has introduced a bill that would impose sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and expedite the export of American natural gas to NATO allies. The bill also provides for expanding American natural gas exports.

Ambassador Chaly: Issue of Nord Stream 2 unlikely to advance by year end

The strong stance of the United States against the construction of Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the high-level recognition of this project as a geopolitical one cast doubt on its implementation by the year end. — Ukrinform.

EU Probe Finds ‘Continued, Sustained’ Online Disinformation By ‘Russian Sources’

The European Union says that it has gathered evidence of “continued and sustained” disinformation activity by Russia aimed at influencing the results of May’s elections for the European Parliament.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Views Russian Federation as Successor to USSR, Not to RSFSR, Shtepa Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – By dismissing the 1920 Tartu Treaty between the RSFSR and the Republic of Estonia as being of only historical interest, Moscow underscores its view that the Russian Federation of today is the successor to the USSR rather than to the RSFSR, according to Vadim Shtepa. In Tallinn’s Postimees, the editor of the Region.Expert portal says that he bases that conclusion on Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Mariya Zakharova’s statement that any reference to the Tartu treaty is “a provocation” rather than being part of Russia’s legal record (arvamus.postimees.ee/6702498/vadim-stepa-kas-venemaa-on-olemas; in Russian at region.expert/russr/). This suggests, Shtepa argues, that “the current Russian authorities do not recognize their historical predecessors” and that “present-day Russia considers itself the heir not of the RSFSR but of the USSR which arose only in 1922 and later included in itself both the RSFSR and all the other ‘union republics’ that the Bolsheviks initially promised the right of self-determination.” Zakharova said specifically that “the Tartu Treaty long ago belongs to history. Its effect like that of other international agreements which Estonia had including with Soviet Russia in the period of 1920 to 1940 ceased on August 6, 1940 with the inclusion of Estonia into the USSR. For us, this subject is forever closed” (rbc.ru/politics/15/05/2019/5cdc404e9a7947298ac8c566). “With these words,” Shtepa continues, Zakharova “in fact recognized that [the Tartu Treaty] had been replaced by another, the sadly well-known Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact” which made the inclusion of Estonia into the USSR possible. “For Zakharova, this pact continues to remain in effect.” “Even the USSR in the era of Perestroika in 1989 recognized the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols as ‘legally baseless and without effect from the moment of their being signed,’” the Russian regionalist says. “But the present, as it were ‘post-Soviet’ Russia is again making references to this pact!” That shows that the current Kremlin regime “considers itself to be the legal successor namely of the Stalinist USSR and that in turn means that it does not see itself “as one of he post-Soviet countries but as a ‘reduced USSR.’ Such an imperial mentality, dangerous for the country’s neighbors, is actively being promoted by its propaganda.” By so doing, however, Moscow leaves itself in a paradoxical situation. “In this case, the Russian Federation as a state denies itself, as politically it appeared on June 12, 1990 when the RSFSR proclaimed its sovereignty and declared that its laws were more important than those of the union.” “The Kremlin’s official ideology today is built on a combination of the ults of two historical empires, the tsarist and the Soviet,” Shtepa continues; and that has consequences for how one should evaluate the current “Russian Federation.” It did not become a democratic federation and so may be called “a failed state.” “No contemporary development in an empire can happen,” he suggests. All that it can do is try to seize neighboring territories in the hope of restoring its past “’imperial greatness’” – and do with to the accompaniment of “loud anti-Western propaganda which recalls the position of late Stalinism.” According to Shtepa, “a repressive and aggressive empire does not have any chances for survival. This is already being demonstrated by Russian citizens themselves in various regions who have come out against the Kremlin’s colonial policies” be they in Arkhangelsk and the Komi Republic or closer by in the Pechora district of Pskov Oblast. The last is especially interesting because that district was assigned to Estonia by the 1920 Tartu Treaty that Moscow doesn’t want to view as part of Russia’s historical and legal record. Zakharova’s words strongly suggest that that the Putin regime is “very much concerned” that Pskov residents will begin to call for “the restoration of historical borders.” They will certainly do so, Shtepa says, “when the empire falls apart the next time.”

Moldova’s Dual-Power PM Sandu Urges Democratic Party To Accept Opposition Status

As Moldova approaches its second week of dual power, the cabinet backed by parliament has called for a public show of support on June 16.

Moldovan Police Chief Fires Six Officers Amid Political Standoff

Moldova’s police chief has fired six officers for publicly backing a rival government amid a political standoff that has heightened tensions in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

Joseph Rollwagen & Justin McCauley | NATO’s Essential Minnows and the Russian Threat | The Strategy Bridge

Instead of simply meeting budgetary recommendations, an analysis of small state security potential and funding of smarter, more cost-effective contributions to the alliance is needed. Furthermore, using a few of NATO’s “minnows” as examples of how to make limited means count in the face of an expansionist Russia, it becomes apparent that the continued existence of the alliance is of paramount importance. Ultimately, conventional “hard power” alone is not an effective strategy for combating current Russian security challenge facing Europe. For the small, frontline states on NATO’s eastern flank, a focus on special operations forces and intelligence are a better use of limited resources.

 

Turkey Threatens To Retaliate Against Any U.S. Sanctions Over Missile Deal With Russia

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Ankara will retaliate against any possible sanctions imposed by Washington over Turkey’s deal to buy the S-400 surface-to-air defense missile…

Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system | Fox News

Turkey’s foreign minister says his country won’t bow to “ultimatums” after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program overs its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system.

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s – Reuters

Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 defenses, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday, marking the latest step toward a standoff between the NATO allies.

What Turkey’s S-400 missile deal with Russia means for Nato – BBC News

The two Nato allies are on collision course over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian air defence system.

Turkey vs USA: Turkey issues huge THREAT to US over Russia’s S-400 missiles | World | News | Express.co.uk

TURKEY issued a stern warning to the US over Washington’s decision to impose sanctions for purchasing Russian missile systems.

Turkey Turns to Russia and Not U.S. or NATO for Help in Syria

The move comes as Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. deteriorates.

 

Putin fires police officers involved in journalist’s case | Fox News

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a crime.

Putin Fires Two Moscow Police Generals Over Golunov Drug Case

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired two police generals over a drug-trafficking case launched against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who was released on June 11 amid a public outcry …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Many Russian Police Officers Said Ready to Resign after Kremlin Fired Two MVD Generals

Paul Goble Staunton, June 13 – Whether or not Vladimir Putin’s decision to fire two senior MVD generals over the Golunov case costs him support among the siloviki is still an open question (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/golunov-case-outcome-could-cost-putin.html), but there is no doubt that it is prompting more junior officers to quit lest they be ousted as well. The Russian police have been losing cops on the beat for some time as a result of low salaries and poor working conditions (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/russian-police-regimes-first-line-of.html), but now, Mikhail Bely and Leonid Fedorov of the URA news agency say, more are leaving because of the generals’ dismissal (ura.news/articles/1036278271). “If they bosses are being fired,” these former policemen say, what hope can there be for “simple mortals?” According to the police union, “Many are ready to resign” because they feel that the interior ministry and the police are no longer being protected by the powers that be and that they too may be thrown to the wolves. Union leader Mikhail Pashkin says that the police are demoralized and those who can are leaving and seeking to join the Russian Guard. There, they say, “there is order” and officers get better pay and more support from above. “Apparently, our government no longer ocunts on the police and thus isn’t investing in it.” The numbers of police seeking to leave are growing, former and present policemen say, speaking on conditions of anonymity because they fear reprisals or the possibility of getting new work elsewhere in government service. One former senior officer says police are often tightly connected to their bosses, and if the bosses are sacrificed, they won’t stay. This exodus will create problems for the police and those above them who rely on their efforts. But some observers like Krill Kabanov, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, says that this trend is a positive one. The police need to know that they aren’t above the law.

The Week In Russia: One Step Forward, At Least 530 Steps Back

There was euphoria in Moscow as journalist Ivan Golunov walked free after a historic climbdown by the Russian law enforcement authorities, who dropped a drug charge widely seen as fabricated. But it was back to business as usual the next day, with police detaining hundreds of peaceful demonstrators

“Glory to Ukraine!”: Ukrainian journalist Tsymbalyuk is welcomed on the streets of Moscow. VIDEO

In Moscow, while filming a story on a street by a Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsimbalyuk, a man passing by on a bicycle greeted him with the words “Glory to Ukraine!”. This is reported by Censor. NO with reference to the Facebook page of Cymbalyuk. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3132477

Stalin-Fest Draws Admiring Crowds In Siberia

A city festival in Novosibirsk celebrated the 140th anniversary of Josef Stalin’s birth with dancers, DJs, and discussions. The Soviet dictator was responsible for millions of his people’s deaths, but Russian officials have often sought to whitewash his legacy, and many admirers showed up for the party.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Systemic Liberalism’ Undermines Opposition and Strengthens Putin Regime, Illarionov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – “Systemic liberalism,” or as it is known by Russian commentators who speak of it, sislibism, is “an ideological trend using quasi-liberal and completely liberal rhetoric that provides support for the illiberalism of the regime and helps to strengthen it,” as Andrey Illarionov has observed in the past (aillarionov.livejournal.com/1064663.html). There have been two horrific examples of this in recent days, one Illarionov himself cites and another pointed out by a Circassian commentator, both of which must be condemned if they are to be overcome and if the opposition is going to have any chance of gaining in effectiveness rather than constantly subverting itself. The first and the more glaring example is what has happened in Moscow with regard to the case of Igor Golunov. Thousands of Russians of a liberal persuasion were prepared to demonstrate on his behalf and even go into the streets in a half-hearted effort to secure their victory, Illarionov says (aillarionov.livejournal.com/1126324.html). But these very same people, the Russian commentator points out, have said nothing about the 549 people the regime detained at that protest. “This is not blindness,” he says. “This is a completely conscious decision. This is an absolutely recognized choice, the choice to be on the side of the regime” rather than on the side of right. Whatever justifications people come up with – fear, a desire to stay with the crowd, or simple shamefulness – he says, cannot hide the fact that this is the latest manifestation of sislibism (“systemic liberalism”). “Look around,” he invites Muscovites, “and you will have no difficulty identifying this phenomenon.” Another example, one with even deeper roots among Muscovites than the first, is a case Illarionov himself, a Muscovite, doesn’t site. One again Muscovites have protested against something done to their own but not about the same crimes being visited by the Russian authorities on Russian citizens elsewhere in the country. In an article for St. Petersburg’s Gorod 812 portal, Sofiya Kodzova, a historian and representative of the Kabardin community of the northern capital, points out that Circassian activist Martin Kochesoko has been arrested and treated in exactly the same way as Igor Golunov, with one major exception. Golunov’s case attracted much attention, but Kochesoko’s has largely been ignored in all but the North Caucasian regional media. (Her article at gorod-812.ru/borba-protiv-politseyskoy/has been reposted at region.expert/kochesoko/). For background on the activist and official actions against him, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/russian-authorities-apply-same-tactics.html.) The Kabardin historian makes the indisputable but often ignored point that “opposition in the capital is not more important or valuable for society than is its regional counterpart.” Unless that is recognized and acted upon, the powers that be will continue to play one against the other and survive to continue their repression against both.

Poll Shows Fewer Russians See Ukraine, U.S. As Enemies

Fewer Russians consider Ukraine and the United States to be enemy states as they shift their attention toward growing domestic problems, according to a new poll.

UAWire – Two thirds of aircraft in Russia may be banned from flying

Two thirds of the foreign aircraft belonging to Russian aviation companies have been placed in the “risk group”, Vedomosti reports. Nearly 400 airliners do not comply with the new demands of the Federal Air Transport Agency (RosAviation) and the Prosecutor General’s Office, and 10 aircraft belonging to Nordwind and Azur Air have already stopped flying. Three Boeing 777s belonging to Royal Flight are also at risk. Aviation companies in Russia have a total of more than 600 medium and long-range airliners produced abroad. Earlier this year, RosAviation began demanding that Russian aviation companies certify in Russia all changes to the structures of aircraft registered in foreign countries, especially in the Bermuda Islands, according to sources in the Ministry of Transport and employees from several aviation companies. Air carriers make these custom modifications to used airliners leased on the secondary market. Most frequently, the cabin is rearranged, for example, the number of seats in business class is reduced and the passenger capacity of economy class is increased, the number of kitchens is reduced, and the number of radio stations may change. According to Article 83-bis of the Chicago Convention, which Russia is party to, such changes must be certified in the country where the aircraft is registered, e.g. the Bermuda Islands or, less frequently, Ireland. That country is responsible for the airworthiness of the airliner. However, RosAviation, which was granted certification powers in 2015, has started to demand that such changes be certified in Russia. The agency put forward these demands after verification by the Prosecutor General’s Office. The supervisory department ruled that the Chicago Convention is not applicable, and that RosAviation must be responsible for the airworthiness of these aircraft and the safety of the changes, said a senior manager of a Russian aviation company. However, the Chicago Convention, as an international agreement, has priority over national laws, and it stipulates that changes to the structure must be certified by the country of registration, noted a source close to the Russian Ministry of Transport. RosAviation is responsible only for aircraft in the Russian registry, such as domestically produced SSJ100 airliners and Soviet-era Tu-154 and Tu-204/214s. Essentially, it will be necessary either to suspend all aircraft, or to admit that RosAviation’s demands are excessive, remarked a source at one of the aviation companies. What is happening at the moment is that individual aviation companies are being “given a hard time”, the source said.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: 60 Percent of Russian Families Having Problems with Repaying Debts, Threatening a Banking Crisis and Recession

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – In an attempt to maintain their standard of living at a time of falling incomes, ever more Russians are going into debt and spending more than half of their income to service these loans with 60 percent of Russian families report having difficulties paying back loans, often taking new ones to cover the old or borrowing from family and friends. As a result, according to a new study prepared jointly by the World Bank and the Russian government, there is a great danger that ever more Russians will not be able to pay back the loans they have taken, something that could trigger a banking crisis and lead to a new recession (thebell.io/u-60-rossiyan-problemy-s-vyplatami-po-kreditam-polovine-oni-pryamo-protivopokazany/). Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina warned last week that “people are taking credits not as a result of a good life. People with low incomes are applying for credits to support their current standard of living.” But some are acquiring debts in that pursuit beyond their ability to pay them back (polit.ru/article/2019/06/12/credits/). Antono Siluanov, the Russian finance minister, however, plays down the problem. He argues that “life on credit is normal” and that people around the world are going into debt to support their lives. He says that people aren’t as overextended as the study says. People simply want to get things faster than they did. Some in the Kremlin, however, are very worried. Andrey Belousoov, assistant to the president for economic issues, says that the rapid growth of consumer credit carries with it “the threat of a recession” and argues that the government must work to draw down the level of consumer debt.

Russia’s Ryabkov To Visit Venezuela ‘In Next Few Weeks’

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said he planned to visit Venezuela, a close Moscow ally, in “the next few weeks.”

Russian Investigators Say Superjet Crash Caused By Lightning

Russian aviation investigators have blamed last month’s crash of a Sukhoi Superjet 100, which killed 41 people, on lightning that disabled its autopilot system and caused the plane to descend too q…

Sea Launсh redeployment from U.S. to Far East threaten to transform spaceport into scrap metal – Pivdenne design bureau

Pivdenne Design Bureau (Dnipro) is perplexed by the plans to redeploy the Sea Launch spaceport that has no technical analogues in the world from the Pacific area in the United States to the Far East. “Today they say different things … The Russian Space Agency has decided to transfer it [the Sea Launch spaceport] to the Far East,” Oleksandr Degtyarev, the director general of state enterprise Pivdenne Design Bureau, said, evaluating the prospects for the resumption of the Sea Launch commercial international project, previously implemented with the participation of space industry companies from the U.S., the Russian Federation and Ukraine and frozen in the new geopolitical situation. “Something [from the equipment] will be removed. It will be scrap metal. It will come [to the new spaceport] and stay for a while,” he said. Degtyarev noted that the new owner of Sea Launch, Russia’s S7Group, in April announced that it had suspended the previously announced plans to restart the launch activity of the maritime spaceport based in the U.S. port in Long Beach (California) in connection with the tragic death of one of the founders and shareholders of S7Group, Natalia Fileva, in March.

Russian Charged With Trying To Obtain F-16 User Manuals To Avoid U.S. Trial

A Russian software developer charged by U.S. authorities with trying to obtain user manuals and instructional materials for F-16 fighters jets will forgo a scheduled jury trial to enter a plea.

Google, VPN services could fall under 5 mln fines for repeat refusal to filter content in Russia

A bill imposing fines of up to 5 million rubles on search engine companies could affect Google, virtual private network (VPN) services, and web resources, should they further refuse to filter prohibited content, an informed source told Interfax on Thursday.

Twitter Removes Accounts Linked To Iran, Russia

Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 accounts which it believes “are associated with — or directly backed by — the Iranian government” and archived them to its public database.

UAWire – Belarusian government faces problems with $600 million loan from Russia

Belarus has had problems arranging a $600 million government loan from Russia, said Belarusian Finance Minister Maxim Yermolovich, as cited by BelTA. The finance minister explained that Minsk had planned to repay its foreign debts this year using a $600 million loan from the Russian government, a $200 million tranche from the Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund, a $700 million budget surplus, and funds borrowed on the internal market. “In principle, it was enough to completely close the debts. Plus the equivalent of a $150 million entry on the Russian lending market. As it turns out, problems have arisen in the soliciting of the $600 million Russian loan, and the decision concerning the $200 million tranche from the ESDF is stuck for some reason, even though Belarus has met all the conditions,” Yermolovich noted. He added that, under the circumstances, the government has started to investigate alternative borrowing options. $500 million has already been raised on the internal market through the issuing of bonds nominated in dollars and euros. The ministry of finance also plans to find replacements for some of the Russian sources on the Chinese market, having already reached provisional agreements with the China Development Bank to borrow around $500 million. Belarus expects to borrow around $1 billion externally each year, and planned to borrow $600 from Russia this year. The Belarusian Ministry of Finance also announced that it would be placing ruble-denominated government bonds on the Moscow Exchange.

 

John Bolton on Twitter: “Amb Volker and I met today to discuss Ukraine negotiations and agreed that President Zelenskyy’s election creates new opportunity to push for peace in Donbas – a key step to improving U.S.-Russia relations – but it’s critical that Russia do its part and engage seriously.… https://t.co/K0M6bodY3n”

 

Bolton: Zelensky’s election creates opportunity for peace in Donbas

The election of President Volodymyr Zelensky creates a new opportunity for peacemaking in Donbas, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has informed on Twitter. — Ukrinform.

Trump adviser: Zelensky’s election creates new opportunity to push for peace in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s election creates new opportunity to push for peace in Donbas. This is a key step to improving U.S.-Russia relations.

UAWire – US promises to help Ukraine prepare for possible gas transit shutdown in 2020

In an interview with an Interfax-Ukraine News Agency, the Counselor for Economic Affairs in US Embassy in Kyiv John Paul Schutte said that the …

Zelensky, Lajčák discuss ceasefire and return of peace to Donbas

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has stressed that the return of peace to Donbas is a key priority of his activities. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine negotiating in United States on release of sailors and support for defense

The delegation of the Ukrainian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee holds talks with colleagues in the US Congress and government agencies on the release of Ukrainian captives from the Russian Federation and increase in support for Ukraine, including in the security and defense sectors. — Ukrinform.

United States to help search for Ukrainian veterans of Vietnam War

Ukraine and the United States will jointly search for Ukrainian veterans of Soviet times who fought or served in Vietnam. — Ukrinform.

Merkel to meet Zelensky with military honours

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with military honours. Afterwards, the leaders will hold talks. — Ukrinform.

Berlin’s stance on sanctions against Russia remains unchanged

The policy of the Kremlin towards Ukraine has not changed, so there is hardly any reason to lift sanctions now. — Ukrinform.

OSCE supports Kuchma’s initiatives in Minsk – Lajcak

The OSCE welcomes the restoration of the working atmosphere at the latest meeting in Minsk of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas and supports the initiative voiced by Ukraine’s representative Leonid Kuchma. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Gazprom offers to settle $2.6 billion dispute with Naftogaz of Ukraine

The Russian state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom has offered to sign a settlement agreement with the Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz in …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Finally, for US, It’s Kyiv Not Kiev – And Moscow Laughs at Washington’s ‘Renaming’ of Ukrainian Capital

Paul Goble Staunton, June 13 – The United States Board of Geographic Names has announced that from now on, US officials will use the name Kyiv as the Ukrainian capital is called when transliterated from the Ukrainian and not Kiev as it is designated when transliterated from the Russian. Although this move comes almost 28 years after Ukraine achieved its independence and can hardly be called precipitous and is consistent with US policy of using names taken from the official language of the country involved and cannot be called an exception, Russian officials, commentators and ordinary Russians are making dismissive comments and jokes about it. Many are saying that Washington may “’rename’” the Ukrainian capital but Russia is not going to follow it in doing so (forum-msk.org/material/news/15703644.html,stoletie.ru/lenta/sovet_ssha_pereimenoval_kijev_333.htmand ura.news/news/1052387450). But others are treating it as the occasion for asserting Russia’s special role and derisive laughter. The US decision, which will go into effect on June 17, comes after a campaign by Ukrainian officials and diplomats under the hashtags CorrectUA and Kyiv not Kiev. But for the time being, the change affects only US officials. Russian officials say they will not change the way they write the name of Ukraine’s capital (newsru.com/russia/13jun2019/kyiv_no.html). The Russian government both on its own and via the Inter-Governmental Council on Geodetics and Cartography of the CIS Countries maintains its own list of the proper spelling and transliteration of names. It has declared that regardless of what the Americans do, for Russians, Kiev will remain Kiev (rbc.ru/rbcfreenews/5d021f209a79472748fbf829). Other Russian officials reiterated that and dismissed the change as a Ukrainian-American absurdity. Olga Kovitid of Russia’s Federation Council working group on the defense of state sovereignty said the obsession with names was one more way Ukrainians were avoiding facing up to real problems (russian.rt.com/ussr/news/640693-kiev-ssha-nazvanie-izmenenie). Another Russian senator, Aleksey Pushkov, said that this change in the US was of a piece with Ukrainian orthographic changes requiring Russian last names be rewritten. With Kiev becoming Kyiv, he says, “Dmitry Donskoy will be some kind of Dmytro Dons’ky,” the price Ukraine must pay to get IMF loans (twitter.com/Alexey_Pushkov/status/1139088067426496513). The Russian blogosphere rapidly filled up with even more dismissive comments about both Ukraine and the United States, although some bloggers offered learned disquisitions on the history of the name of the Ukrainian capital (mk.ru/politics/2019/06/13/polzovateli-socsetey-vysmeyali-pereimenovanie-kieva-amerikancami.html).

Russia plans to bring Crimean MPs to PACE session

Russia intends to add lawmakers from Crimea and Sevastopol, when joining the PACE session on June 25

Russian occupation forces build first rail track on Kerch Strait Bridge (Photo) – news ukraine | UNIAN

Russian occupation forces have built the first rail track on the illegally built Kerch Strait Bridge, which connects Russia-occupied Crimea with Russia’s Krasnodar Krai. Thus, another stage of construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge by the occupiers has been completed.

Freedom House calls occupied Crimea not free territory

International human rights non-governmental organization Freedom House has called the occupied Crimea not free territory. — Ukrinform.

New searches in annexed Crimea: Crimean Tatar detained

The Russian law enforcers held the search in the house of Crimean Tatars in Krasnivka, Simferopol region, annexed Crimea. Emirkhan Murtazaev was detained and transferred to Simferopol as Crimean Solidarity reported. It is reported that the search took place at the house of Bekir and Emine Murtazaev; their son Emirkhan was detained. All of them were at the house at the moment of the search. One of people present during the search of the house provided his data: Interior Ministry of Republic of Crimea, Shmanin Anton Petrovych. “Murtazaev family could call the lawyer; they were deprived of the judicial help; they could not report anyone that the search takes place in their house,” the message said.

 

Russian-led forces launched 29 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 29 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements three times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas amid 29 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded on Thursday, June 13, as Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 29 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. One enemy troop was wounded, military intelligence reports say.

Four people injured, incl. child, as Russia-led forces shell Maryinka (Photo, video) – news war | UNIAN

Four citizens have been injured, including a nine-year-old child, as a result of mortar shelling by Russian-led forces of residential areas in the town of Maryinka. The child suffered mild concussion.

Shelling of Marinka in Donbas: four injured, including a child. Photos

Four people were injured, including a 9-year-old child, as a result of shelling of Marinka town in Donetsk region by Russian occupation forces. — Ukrinform.

First group of Donbas residents arrive in Russia for passports – Russian media – news politics | UNIAN

“Leaders” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) say the first group of residents have crossed the border with Russia to obtain Russian citizenship. Thirty-four people reportedly went to get Russian passports.

OSCE offers steps to resolve conflict in Donbas

A cease-fire should be the first step to resolving the situation in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

NSDC secretary meets with UK delegation to discuss military cooperation

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk held a meeting with United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Director for International Security Policy Nick Gurr, the NSDC press service has reported. — Ukrinform. During the meeting on Thursday, the parties discussed the topical issues of bilateral relations in the security and defense sector and enhancing military cooperation. The interlocutors also considered the situation in eastern Ukraine, which has developed as a result of the hybrid war waged by Russia against our country. In this context, the NSDC secretary stressed the importance of intensifying the “Minsk process” with a focus on humanitarian and human security issues. “Achieving progress in the “Minsk process” is one of the key priorities for the state authorities,” he said, expressing hope that the negotiations of the updated Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group would be successful. The parties also discussed the security situation in the region, taking into account recent developments in some Eastern European countries, in particular, in the Republic of Moldova. In his turn, the UK MOD Director for International Security Policy reaffirmed the UK’s consistent support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He also positively assessed the reforms in the security and defense sector of Ukraine and expressed confidence in the further successful development of partnership between our countries.

NSDC secretary meets with US Charge d’Affaires a.i. in Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk held a meeting with U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. in Ukraine Kristina Kvien, the NSDC press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

Klimkin explains why Russia hinders separation of forces in Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

By preventing further separation of forces and means in Donbas, the Russian side is trying to worsen Ukraine’s position and, in particular, that of President Volodymyr Zelensky ahead of his visits to Germany and France, says Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Russian side is trying to coerce Ukrainian authorities to engage in direct political communication with the occupiers, the foreign minister stresses.

Demolishing of Zhukov bust in Kharkiv: police hold searches

Police hold searches due to demolishing of Zhukov bust

Zelenskyy appoints National Guard commander – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy appoints National Guard commander. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Zelensky appoints Mykola Balan as Commander of National Guard

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Mykola Balan as Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine as the presidential order #407/2019 stated. The other order of Zelensky preliminary dismissed Balan from the position of the Deputy Commander of the National Guard. After the dismissal of Yury Allerov, Mykola Balan served as the Acting Commander of the National Guard. Balan was born on December 12, 1968, in Ivano-Frankivk region. He graduated from the Saratov Senior Military Command School. In 2003, he graduated from National Academy of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine with distinction. He was Head of Crimean Department of Internal forces of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine up to 2010. On April 18, 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the National Guard of Ukraine. Volodymyr Kondratyuk appointed as First Deputy Head of the National Guard, Ruslan Dziuba and Yury Lebed are Deputy Commanders. Besides, Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Oleg Kulik from the post of the Deputy Head of the Commander.

Zelensky appointed Balan commander of the National Guard of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky appointed Lieutenant-General Nikolai Ivanovich Balan to the post of commander of the National Guard of Ukraine. According Tsenzor.NET , this is stated in the relevant decree on the website of the president. In addition, Zelensky, with his decrees, dismissed the deputy commander of the NSU, Oleg Kulik , appointed Vladimir Kondratyuk as the first deputy and deputies – Ruslan Dziub and Yuriy Lebed . Career In 1992 Balan graduated from the Saratov Higher Military Command Red Banner School. In 2003, Nikolay Balan graduated from the Academy of Border Troops of Ukraine, with honors. Passed officer positions from the platoon commander to the head of the department of the Crimean territorial command of the Interior Troops of Ukraine. Since 2010, he was appointed head of the Crimean territorial command of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. April 18, 2014 by decree of the President of Ukraine appointed deputy commander of the National Guard of Ukraine. In 2017, he graduated from the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine with honors. By decree of President Petro Poroshenko on May 7, 2019, he was appointed Acting Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine. Awards He was awarded the Order of Merit II and III degrees, the medal “For Military Service to Ukraine.” Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132432

Zelenskyy appoints State Border Service chief – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy appoints State Border Service chief. It is the commander of the Luhansk border detachment. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Zelensky appointed Deineko head of the State Border Service

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, by his decree, appointed Sergey Deineko as head of the State Border Service of Ukraine. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the AP , reports Tsenzor.NET . “To appoint Sergey Vasilevich Deineko as Chairman of the State Border Service of Ukraine,” says Decree No. 403/2019, published on Friday, dated June 13. Sergey Deineko – Colonel, State Border Service of Ukraine. In 2014, for personal courage and heroism shown in the defense of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, loyalty to the military oath during the Russian-Ukrainian war was awarded the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky II degree. In June, the Lugansk frontier detachment under the leadership of Sergei Deineko held for several days the defense of the Lugansk border base from the attacks of mercenaries of the Russian Federation.

Zelensky appoints Serhiy Deineko as head of Ukraine’s State Border Service

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Serhiy Deineko as head of the State Border Service of Ukraine.

UAWire – Ukrainian Armed Forces form a new tank battalion in the Chernihiv region

A new and separate tank battalion is being formed in the Chernihiv region, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Operational Command North  …

 

For the first time since Independence, pilots on An-26 flew in formation

For the first time in the years of Independence of Ukraine, in the brigade of transport aviation in Vinnytsia built military order from four aircraft. This is reported by the Command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine The aviators performed the flight task, which included the training flight of the detachment in combat order on a tactical background. According to the deputy commander of the flight training crew of Colonel Andriy Sidash, the construction of the combat order was carried out in the area of the aerodrome.

 

Senior Donetsk separatist figure detained – LB.ua news portal

Senior Donetsk separatist figure detained. He was involved in organising the so-called “referendum” in 2014. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

‘It’s Time To Pay’: Ukraine Detains Donetsk Separatist Referendum Organizer

KYIV — The chief organizer of a 2014 Donetsk separatist “independence” referendum in eastern Ukraine condemned by the international community has been detained by Ukrainian authorities, Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced. “Citizen Lyagin is accused of treason,” Lutsenko wrote in a Facebook post, which included a profile photograph of a man handcuffed and sitting at a desk. Lutsenko said Lyagin had been detained by the Prosecutor-General’s Office and Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU). Lyagin is believed to be Roman Lyagin, a Donetsk separatist figure who declared himself the head of the separatists’ makeshift election commission in the early days of the conflict that still grinds on between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has promised to come up with creative solutions to end the war, which has claimed the lives of some 13,000 people since April 2014. He has said he is ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to do so. Lyagin organized a slapdash “independence” vote on May 11, 2014, as the conflict was deepening. The poll was so rushed that many voting booths were still being erected the morning of the vote and some of the ballot boxes used were still adorned with Ukraine’s coat of arms — a blue and yellow trident — instead of the black, blue, and red flag of the Donetsk “people’s republic” movement. Later, Lyagin announced that some 90 percent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region had chosen self-rule. The poll was not monitored by any reputable international group and condemned by the international community, except for Russia. His role in the vote — as well as his role in blocking the official Ukrainian presidential vote from taking place in Donetsk later that month — earned Lyagin a spot on the U.S. sanctions list in 2015. It has also led the Prosecutor-General’s Office to accuse him of treason and open a pretrial investigation into his activities, which an official statement released alongside Lutsenko’s on June 14 said had included working “in the interests of the Russian Federation to the detriment of the public interest of Ukraine.” If tried and convicted, Lyagin could face 12 to 15 years in prison. Lyagin served as the Donetsk “people’s republic’s” minister of labor and social policy from May 16 to September 26, 2014. After that, he again headed its election commission and organized a local leadership vote that November, which he told this reporter would “lend legitimacy to our power, and give us more distance from Kyiv.” Rumors of Lyagin’s detention first circulated in March, when a Ukrainian lawmaker claimed to have information that he had fled Donetsk and turned himself in to Ukrainian authorities under an SBU program. That program, known as “Someone’s Waiting for You Back Home,” offers separatists who have committed crimes under Ukrainian law the opportunity to turn state’s witness in exchange for leniency. Lyagin is believed to have spent time in a Donetsk separatist detention facility after falling out with and criticizing its leadership. He reportedly fled to Russia before moving to annexed Crimea. In its own statement, the SBU said Lyagin had been detained as a result of a special operation that brought him to Ukraine. It did not provide more details. Lutsenko made no mention of the SBU program in his Facebook post or Lyagin possibly cooperating with Ukrainian authorities. But he did have a message for Lyagin: “It’s time to pay.”

Ukrainian law enforcers detain ‘DPR’ CEC chief responsible for organizing 2014 sham referendum

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and SBU State Security Service have detained the head of the “Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Roman Liahin, who organized the sham May 2014 ‘referendum,’ Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said.

Ex-head “CEC of DNR” detained

The General Prosecutor’s Office together with the Security Service of Ukraine detained the former head of the Central Election Commission of the so-called “Dnieper” Roman Lyagin. This was announced by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on the Facebook page In May 2014, he organized and conducted a so-called referendum on the DPR. The case of absentee prosecution Lyagin in treason treats the court. “Citizen Lyagin is charged with treason,” said Mr. Lutsenko. In March this year, the SBU denied the information that the former “head of the Central Election Commission of the DPR” Liehan gave the program “You are waiting at home”.

More Than 500 Torture Cases Documented By UN In Ukraine Conflict

 

Ukraine commemorates airborne troops who perished in IL-76 downing in June 2014

Ukrainians pay tribute to 49 airborne troops who deceased in the downing of Ilyushin IL-76 over Luhansk in June 2014

Ukrainian president honors Il-76 plane crash victims

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has taken part in a ceremony to honor the memory of Ukrainian servicemen who died in the crash of an Il-76 transport aircraft over Luhansk in 2014. — Ukrinform.

SBU says Wagner PMC involved in Il-76 crash in Luhansk – LB.ua news portal

SBU says Wagner PMC involved in Il-76 crash in Luhansk. The airlifter was shot down this day five years ago. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

SBU establishes involvement of the Kremlin before the loss of the Ukrainian IL-76 military transport aircraft | Press Center of the Security Service of Ukraine

08:57, 14-06-2019 Five years ago, on June 14, 2014 in the sky over Luhansk, Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers shot down a military transport aircraft of the Ministry of Defense IL-76. In this terrible accident, 49 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed. The crime that struck with its cynicism then shook not only Ukraine, but the whole world community. The Security Service has irrefutable evidence that the decision to knock down was taken in the Kremlin and activated by a freelance subdivision of the General Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, known as the “private wagon company Wagner”. Investigators of the SBU found that the commander of the 58th Army of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Major-General Eugeny Nikiforov, was sent directly to the criminal commission, who was sent to the Donbas to carry out a military invasion and occupation of part of the territory of a sovereign country. Moreover, the executors of the murder of Ukrainian warriors – Dmitry Utkin, Andriy Guralov and Andriy Lebedev – were returned to Russia after being awarded official state awards by “Putin Courage”. During the briefing on October 7, 2017, SBU Chairman Vasyl Hrytsak informed that Security Service investigators issued a statement of suspicion to Dmitry Utkin, the head of the “Wagner” WCP. Despite the fact that Russian war criminals are constantly on the territory of an aggressor country or part of the secret contingents of the RF military intelligence units in Syria and in Africa, the Security Service is doing everything in its power to bring them to justice. In addition, on June 5, a panel of judges of the Zaporizhzhia Appeal Court found the death of the commander of the pilot IL-76 Alexander Beloy as a result of the armed aggression of the RF against Ukraine. This practice becomes a guarantee for the families of Ukrainian Heroes, who perished from the hands of the Kremlin for state aid and social protection. Press center of the Security Service of Ukraine

Ukraines’s SBU finds Kremlin involved in downing IL-76 over Luhansk in 2014

Ukraine’s State Security Service, the SBU found that the Russian military command was behind the downing of Ilyushin Il-76 of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, which took place over Luhansk airfield five years ago. The SBU press office reported this June 14. ‘The Security Service has hard evidence that the decision to shoot it down was made in the Kremlin, and brought into life by the off-the-record unit of the Chief Department of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces, known as ‘Wagner private military company’, reads the message. The investigation team found that Russian Army Major General Yevgeniy Nikoforov was the one who gave the criminal order. The commander of Russian Armed Forces’ 58th Army ‘arrived in Donbas to perform the military invasion and occupation of part of the territory of the sovereign state’. ‘Besides, when the assassins of Ukrainian warriors, Dmitriy Utkin, Andrei Guralev and Andrei Lebedev returned to Russia, Putin decorated them with the official state-level awards, the Orders of Courage’.

Ukraine names Russians who downed Il–76 with 40 paratroopers near Luhansk in 2014 – news war | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has disclosed the names of the Russian military who shot down the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Il-76 military transport aircraft near Luhansk in 2014, as a result of which nine crew members and 40 paratroopers were killed. The Ukrainian security service says it will do its best to hold them liable.

 

Vilkha MLR systems set to be accepted for service with Ukraine Army: defense minister – news war | UNIAN

In the near future, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak plans to sign an order on the acceptance of the Vilkha missile system and the Vilkha-R multiple rocket launcher for the service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Also, the top defense official said that by the end of the year, the ministry plans to have completed state tests of ammo for Vilkha-M as well as Neptun cruise missiles.

Danyliuk, Poltorak participate in tests of modernized missiles of Vilkha multiple launch rocket system

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk and Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak took part in the tests of modernized missiles of the Vilkha multiple launch rocket system, the NSDC press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

The Spectator-M1 was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The modernized and improved unmanned aeronautical complex Spectator-M1, according to the results of successful state tests, 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. Spectator-M1 rises to a height of up to 3,600 meters, has a top speed of 120 km / h, the speed at which the task is performed, – 70 km / h. In the air, an unmanned aerial can stay for more than two hours. The complex is capable of transmitting video information digitally encoded, and the range of Spectator-M1 flight is up to 150 km. During the modernization, the unmanned system received a new thermal imager, a better control station, and a reduced weight, which allows it to stay in the air for more time. Given the small size of the Spectator-M1, a specially selected fuselage color, as well as a small effective area of scattering, it remains invisible to the enemy. And an efficient system of control and communication allows you to perform tasks even when the opponent actively uses electronic warfare means. Video of the Spectator-M1 UAV tests that took place in the winter of 2019: The modernization also concerned various UAV systems, in particular, software that allows working with different coordinate systems and converting them, identifying the exact coordinates of the goal. In addition, the UAV received a new parachuting system, which reduced the landing speed to 3 m / s. Spectator-M1 – an upgraded version of the Unmanned Spectator from OJSC “Meridian” them. SP Koroleva “. Spectator-M1 is designed for air reconnaissance both day and night. Currently specialists of OJSC “Meridian” them. SP Korolyova “are preparing Spectator-M1 for serial production, which is planned to be deployed within the framework of the State Defense Order. The first unmanned Spectator complex for the Ministry of Defense and State Border Guard Service of Ukraine was put in place in 2015. In the Ukrainian army, he was subjected to controlled operation, and the border guards, thanks to these unmanned aerial vehicles, managed to almost completely close the Ukrainian border.

Heavy wheeled chassis for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The armed forces of Ukraine are at the stage of active reformation. One of the components of the military reform is the upgrading of armaments and military equipment. For the development of the armament of the Ukrainian Army, modernization of existing models is needed, and the development of promising types of equipment. One of the types of military equipment, in which there is a significant need for the Armed Forces, is a heavy wheeled chassis. At present, Ukrainian military basically exploit weapons of mass destruction created on the base of MAZ and BAZ wheeled chassis, which were created in the Soviet Union. These samples almost worked out their resources, and factories producing spare parts for them remained abroad. That’s why the problem of creating a domestic heavy wheeled chassis for the Ukrainian Armed Forces was acute. Why do the army need heavy wheeled chassis? New heavy wheeled chassis are needed first of all for the creation of weapons samples within the framework of the Ukrainian missile program. It is a chassis for the anti-ship missile complex “Neptun”, RSZO “Velyka”, a promising anti-aircraft missile complex, mobile radar for various purposes and other weapons. For which weapons model a heavy wheelbase is needed? – OTRK – anti-ship missile complex – a promising anti-aircraft missile complex – the chassis of the rocket complex of cruise missiles ground-based – mobile radars for different purposes – heavy engineering machines – tractors for armored vehicles – self-propelled artillery systems – the system of the REB and other

Ukroboronprom’s Civil Aviation Plant 410 boosting aircraft repair in interests of Armed Forces, foreign customers

State-owned enterprise (SOE) Civil Aviation Plant 410, a leading enterprise of the aircraft building cluster of the Ukroboronprom state concern, is boosting the volumes of aircraft repair in the interests of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and foreign customers, the press service of the concern reported on Thursday. According to the report, the main priority of the aircraft repair plant in wartime conditions is the renewal of the fleet of transport aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “In 2019, the Armed Forces have already received two upgraded An-26 aircraft. The next step is a few more aircraft that will be handed to the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the state concern said, adding that the ongoing modernization of the An-26 aircraft includes communications, navigation, instrumentation and other onboard equipment, allowing Ukrainian aircraft to participate in joint operations with NATO forces. In addition, the press service said that jointly with the Antonov State Enterprise, the enterprise is currently preparing for the overhaul and modernization of the An-32P aircraft for the needs of the State Emergency Service. Also, the implementation of a large-scale contract of about $400 million concluded in 2009 in the sphere of military and technical cooperation for the modernization of 105 An-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force continues. “In 2019, under the contract, the Indian side has already been supplied with spare parts worth $27 million. Currently, negotiations are underway with India to deepen Ukraine’s participation in the modernization of the Indian military transport aviation fleet. The capacities of Civil Aviation Plant 410 allow us to accelerate this process and in a short time to upgrade all An-32 aircraft to the level of An-32RE,” the state concern said. In addition to the military aircraft repair services, today Civil Aviation Plant 410 also performs maintenance of civil aircraft of western production: maintenance work has already been completed on the first Boeing-737 under an order of domestic airlines. McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft after maintenance is being prepared for the transfer to the customer, the press service said.

Member of Ukroboronprom’s supervisory board Abromavicius discuss defense reform in Ukraine with U.S. officials

Aivaras Abromavicius, a member of the supervisory board of state-owned Concern Ukroboronprom, has met with retired United States Army general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus and former U.S. Ambassador John Herbst. “It was a pleasure to exchange views about Ukraine’s defense sector reform with General David Petraeus and Ambassador John Herbst. Lots of challenges ahead!” Abromavicius said on Twitter on Thursday. He attached a photo of all those present at the meeting. As reported, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on June 12appointed Abromavicius as a member of Ukroboronprom’s supervisory board.

NSDC expects advancing anti-corruption reform in defense industry with arrival of Abromavicius to Ukroboronprom’s supervisory board

Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Serhiy Kryvonos has expressed the hope that the appointment of former economic development and trade minister of Ukraine (2014-2016) Aivaras Abromavicius a member of the supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom state concern would help accelerate the pace of the anti-corruption reform in the defense sector and reduce corruption risks in the defense industry management system.

 

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky may visit the US after Ukrainian parliamentary elections

Valeriy Chaly, the Ukrainian ambassador to Washington, believes that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky could visit the US and meet with …

88% of Ukrainians support holding of snap parliamentary elections

The number of supporters of snap parliamentary elections has increased from 72% to 88% over the past month, while 67% of Ukrainians believe that the newly elected parliament will be more effective than the previous one. — Ukrinform.

Number of supporters of early parliamentary elections growing in Ukraine – poll – news politics | UNIAN

The number of supporters of early parliamentary elections in Ukraine has increased from 72% to 88% over the past month. Some 58% believe the presidential decree on dissolving parliament is consistent with both the Constitution and the mood of citizens.

Fresh poll: Servant of the People Party leads in upcoming Rada elections – news politics | UNIAN

The Servant of the People Party remains the leader in the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, scheduled for July 21. The party has an overwhelming 51.3% of supporters so far among those who intend to vote and have made up their mind.

Top 50 on Poroshenko’s party list includes five govt members, seven People’s Front MPs

The European Solidarity party on Thursday unveiled a list of 50 MP candidates running from on the party ticket in Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections.

Poroshenko’s party names top 50 candidates running for parliament

The European Solidarity party has named top 50 MP candidates running on its election list in Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections on July 21, 2019. — Ukrinform.

United nationalist forces running for Rada to resist revenge by pro-Russia forces, achieve peace on Ukraine’s terms

KYIV. June 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The united forces of Ukrainian nationalists are running in early parliamentary elections to prevent the revenge of pro-Russia forces and facilitate an end to the war on Ukraine’s terms, leaders of the group have said.

Saakashvili, Party Colleagues To Run In Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

The party of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region in 2015-16, has presented its list of top 10 candidates for Ukraine’s July 21 parl…

Separate provisions of Ukraine’s law recognized unconstitutional, Constitutional Court rules

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized separate provisions of the law of Ukraine “On National Commission which deals with state regulation in the energy and public services sectors”, as the press office of the court reported. As it was informed, by the decision of Constitutional Court of Ukraine indicated that the formation of constant independent state collegial body which by functions, by the area of activity, by the mandate has signs of central body of executive power, but does not report to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and does not belong to the system of the bodies of executive authority, does not comply with the Constitution of Ukraine. By this decision, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine noted that the mandate of the President of Ukraine and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are defined by Ukraine’s fundamental law and can not be expanded by the law or another legal and regulatory act. At the same time, the Law of Ukraine does not give the Verkhovna Rada the right to define the mandate of the Parliament and the Head of State in its acts, beyond those set by the constitutional norms.

Ukrainian central bank’s net intl reserves shrink to over US$9.2 bln in May – news economics | UNIAN

Net international reserves of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in May 2019 shrank by 7.1%, to US$9.202 billion. Since the beginning of the year, the net international reserves have decreased by 4.6%.

Ukraine issues first euro-denominated Eurobonds in 15 years – LB.ua news portal

Ukraine issues first euro-denominated Eurobonds in 15 years. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

 

HBO Series Fuels Chernobyl Tourism Boom

Tourists are flocking to explore Chernobyl’s exclusion zone in Ukraine after the HBO miniseries dramatized the 1986 meltdown at the doomed nuclear plant.

Chernobyl, With Helping Hand From TV, Becomes an Unlikely Tourism Magnet – The New York Times

The rising popularity of visits to the nuclear site, attributed partly to the hit HBO show “Chernobyl,” has led to concerns about some guests’ behavior.

 

In the OCU, Filaret was warned that they were ready to excommunicate him from the church if the Kiev Patriarchate held a council.

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine warned Patriarch Filaret against holding the Kiev Patriarchate Cathedral. As informs Tsenzor.NET , reported the press service of the Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (KTSU). “In connection with the distribution of a number of statements in which information on the autocephaly of the Local UOC, about Tomos about its autocephaly, and about the intent to” convene the Local Council of the UOC of the Kiev Patriarchate “is tentatively, distorted or even completely presented, it is also reported about intentions to” convene the Local Council ” With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, Epiphanius reports the following. 1. The local Ukrainian Orthodox Church has a full status of autocephaly, that is, full administrative independence. It is not the “Metropolitan Patriarchate of Constantinople” and does not submit to it, retaining the same prayer and canonical connection with the Ecumenical Patriarchate as the other Local Churches. 2. The conditions under which Tomos will be granted (in particular, to receive the Holy World, from the jurisdiction in the diaspora and the right of appeal) were known from the draft Statute of the CCA, proposed by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, even before the Local Council of the UOC-KP (12/15/2018) , the unifying Council (December 15, 2018) and the actual provision of Tomos (January 6, 2019). The text of Tomos itself became known over 5 months ago. It is not fundamentally different from a number of similar Tomos, provided in the past by autocephalous Local Churches. Therefore, the proclamation of negative assessments just now, quite consonant with the propaganda against Tomos on the part of the Moscow Patriarchate, causes surprise and profound rejection in the Church and society. 3. In accordance with the decision of the Local Council of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate on 12/15/2018, which took place in Malaya Sofia before the Uniting Council, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate ceased its activity as a separate religious association by joining and joining the educated united local Orthodox Church of Ukraine. By the same decision of the Local Council of the UOC-KP, the activities of the statutory bodies of the association and the Statutes of the UOC-KP are terminated, ”the message says. Read on “Tsenzor.NET”: Filaret actually fought and is fighting not for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but for his own Church, – Priest of the PTSU Dudchenko The press service also noted that the local Sobor of the UOC-KP was convened by Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Russia-Ukraine, together with the Holy Synod, the delegates of the Local Council were the same persons who immediately after its completion participated as delegates in the Unification Council. Before the meeting of the Local Council, the draft decision was announced and approved by the members of the Sobor of Bishops of the UOC-KP. The signatures of the Decree of the Local Council of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret and the permanent members of the Holy Synod of the UOC-KP, elected representatives of the clergy and laity who, together according to the Charter, are members of the Presidium of the Council, demonstrate compliance with the procedures defined by the Charter. All this is confirmed by the video of the event. “A personal refusal of some of the participants several months after the event to recognize the decisions of the Council, declaring them to be“ situational ”, that is, supposedly made with the conscious intention to mislead someone — cannot cancel or suspend these decisions. Due to the fact that the decision of the Local Council of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate on 12/15/2018, which took place in Malaya Sofia before the Uniting Council, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate ceased its activity as a separate religious association by joining and forming the united single Orthodox Church of Ukraine , holding any events on behalf of the UOC-KP, in particular under the names of its statutory bodies (the Holy Synod, the Bishops’ Council and the Local Councils) is illegal. The honorable Patriarch Filaret has no right to convene “the Local Council of the UOC-KP” alone either under the Charter of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, or even under the terminated Charter of the UOC-KP. Unauthorized and non-statutory holding of a meeting of an unspecified group of unauthorized persons, assigning the name “Sobor” to this meeting, means the church separation and separation of the organizers and participants of such meetings from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine with all canonical and legal consequences. Therefore, we urge all hierarchs, clergy and believers who wish the good of the Church and Ukraine not to take any part in events and actions that destroy the unity of the Local Orthodox Church, ”the press service of the Communist Party of Ukraine emphasizes.

Ukraine’s Orthodox Church on Filaret’s call for council: Any ex-UOC-KP events illegal – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) has reacted to Honorable Patriarch Filaret’s call for an urgent local council, saying any events held by the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) are illegal. The UOC-KP ceased to exist as a separate religious association by merging and joining the newly-created local Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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