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NYT reports on a major campaign by US Cyber Command to implant malware into the Russian electricity grid – if true this is an inappropriate disclosure of likely highly classified data that would both allow the Russians to purge the malware and provide them with a major propaganda coup to dissipate the damage done to Russia’s reputation by its cyber campaigns. POTUS labels this as “a virtual act of Treason”, which is polite as others would say actual. Reports Russians attempting penetration of US electricity grid.
Updates on HAWC and ARRW hypersonic weapons. Nuclear debate update.
Fourteen Russia reports – maritime, Arctic, Africa, disinformation, domestic meltdown, and other topics.
Turkey update – Erdogan determined to escalate. NATO/EU update – BALTOPS, AWACS, SAS and SBS to be retasked with Russia, Poland, Germany, PACE, meddling and Russian propaganda (must read). Moldova update – Ukraine offers gasline and storage reservoir access to Moldova to cut out Russian gas supplies. MH-17 update – JIT to disclose suspect names this coming week.
Ukraine IR update – POTUS invites Ze to visit DC, Amb Volker comments, Russian insults and ultimata to Ze, Donbas passports, Crimea update, and gas wars.
Donbas update – Russians against drop arty fires on civilian areas. Ze visits Mariupol. Industry update. Politics update.
OCU update – UOC-KP dispute continues. ROC update – Russia’s campaign to topple the Ecumenical Patriarch, ROC nuclear involvement, and public rejection of the ROC.
The Trump administration is using new authority to take more aggressive digital action in a warning to Moscow and in a demonstration of its abilities.
A few thoughts on this article, none good. The headline starts it off. “Escalates” means attacks on Russia’s power grid have already happened in the past. This is an admission of a probable Top Secret operation, mostly likely even SAPed. Right away this means security has been compromised, with CRITICAL damage caused to America. This discloses a previously classified incident and, quite surely, nobody involved had declassification authority. As seems to be the norm, some people believe they have the right to reveal classified information because they disagree either with the operation itself, or, as is usually the case, they wish to cause harm to President Trump and his administration because their darling lost the 2016 election. Not once but twice. If the source of this information of this information revealed a current attack, they also disclosed a previous attack. Both are most likely in the Top Secret realm. Capabilities and operations are usually classified top secret, which means grievous harm to the United States will be caused by the disclosure. In this case, no actual capabilities or vulnerabilities are disclosed, but the target of an attack has been revealed. This also reveals a source exists within the operational chain at the US Cyber Command, someone at the National Security Council with military or cyber background, or somewhere within the ‘cyber’ staff at the Pentagon. The language of the article indicates the authors are definitely anti-Trump and wish to cause the public to undermine his and the Pentagon’s strategy against Russia. This, alone, indicates a treasonous agenda from the source. Some seniors, commenting on a closed forum about cyber, indicated this is psyop against Russia. Perhaps, but more than likely this is an effort to undermine the Trump administration’s efforts to warm Russia not to interfere in the West. This is an article deliberately intended to harm the Trump administration by disclosing current and past US operations against Russia. This is treason, plain and simple, and must be absolutely squashed without prejudice. This leak is injurious to the United States at the highest levels and must be eliminated immediately. </end editorial>
The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Officials that the publication spoke with characterized the move as a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US is willing to operate more aggressively in this arena.
The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.”
The US is escalating cyber attacks on Russia’s electric power grid and has placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The U.S. is reportedly stepping up incursions into Russia’s power grid to warn Putin.
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…..”
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “…..ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
Trump called the story "a virtual act of Treason."
A hacking group linked to the Russian government has been attempting to breach the U.S. power grid. The hackers have been tracked by security experts who warn that the group has been probing the grid for weaknesses, searching for ways that they could access the systems.
Opinion: Russia and Iran’s decisions to build isolated, domestic internets represent a new form of internet fragmentation—one that is far more physical than what we’ve seen before.
Pentagon and industry developers are now testing a new series of hypersonic weapons prototypes
The flight test collected data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon and the B-52 Stratofortress carrying it.
U.S. government “has assessed that Russia conducted nuclear weapons tests that have created nuclear yield,” Defense Intelligence Agency says in statement.
n its annual consideration of the defense policy bill this week, the House Armed Services Committee narrowly rejected efforts to permit the Department of Defense to deploy low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBM. The committee’s decision sets up a likely fight with the Senate later this year — the outcome of which could impact Moscow’s potential use of low-yield nuclear weapons in a future conflict. To address an important gap in America’s nuclear deterrent, the U.S. should deploy without delay a submarine-launched low-yield nuclear ballistic missile. In its fiscal 2020 budget request, the Trump administration requested funding to deploy a low-yield SLBM in order to deter Russia’s potential employment of a low-yield nuclear weapon. Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testified in February 2019 that this capability was “necessary to our strategic deterrence mission and will serve to disabuse any adversary of the mistaken perception they can escalate their way to victory.” Sometimes characterized as “escalate to de-escalate,” Moscow has developed a war-fighting strategy and doctrine that emphasize the first use (or threat of use) of low-yield tactical nuclear strikes against conventional military targets. Such an approach would aim to coerce the U.S. and its NATO partners into backing down and accepting Moscow’s new gains achieved through aggression. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review assessed that this Russian nuclear strategy increases the chances of “dangerous miscalculation and escalation.” The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission specifically addressed a scenario in which Moscow used false reports of atrocities against Russian populations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to justify an invasion of these NATO member countries under the guise of a “peacekeeping” mission. In this scenario envisioned by the commission, “As U.S. and NATO forces prepare to respond, Russia declares that strikes against Russian forces in those states will be treated as attacks on Russia itself — implying a potential nuclear response.” Would Moscow actually use a low-yield nuclear weapon against NATO conventional forces responding to Russian aggression in the Baltics? Facts and prudence do not permit ruling that out. NATO leaders would be forced to decide whether Moscow was engaging in a nuclear bluff. If the fear of Russia’s potential use of a low-yield nuclear weapon prevented a NATO response, Russian President Vladimir Putin would achieve his leading grand strategic goal — the effective end of NATO as a collective-defense alliance. Yet, if NATO did honor Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty and responded by sending conventional forces to push Russian forces out of NATO territory, Moscow might be tempted to employ low-yield nuclear weapons if it thought it could get away with it. It seems certain that some Russian military planners would assess that the U.S. would not risk global nuclear war by responding to Moscow’s tactical nuclear strike with a high-yield nuclear weapon, thereby increasing the chances Moscow might employ a low-yield attack in the first place.
Analysts say Moscow is watching on warily as Beijing’s military might grows.
The targets moved in different directions and at different altitudes. They were all successfully eliminated, the military representatives say. It was a show of force and capability as the Russian Northern Fleet this week tested its new Tor-M2DT missile system (SA-15 Gauntlet). The testing took place at the Kapustin Yar shooting range in the south of the country. The belt wagons painted Arctic white made it into the flat landscape that resembles of a tundra. Several missiles were launched. The shooting was conducted under conditions of “active radio disturbance” and the targets imitated the behavior of enemy air objects, the Northern Fleet informs. The targets moved in different directions and at different altitudes. They were all successfully eliminated, the military representatives said. Following the exercise, the servicemen involved “will return to their permanent bases and remain on combat alert duty.” The Tor-M2DT is based on the Tor-M2 missile system (SA-15 Gauntlet) and is attached to a DT-30 belt wagon. Its missiles have a range of 15 kilometers. The system was first displayed in public during the May 9 military parade in Moscow in 2017.
When Moscow sees a vacuum in Africa left by Europe or the United States, it increasingly steps in with trade and business agreements, military sales and cooperation, and political and paramilitary support. What it lacks in China’s means it makes up for with muscle, writes Fred Kempe of the Atlantic Council.
Exclusive: Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin leading push to turn continent into strategic hub, documents show
A scandal has hit Russia’s media environment following late May’s public exposure of censorship at one of the country’s leading privately owned daily newspapers, Kommersant. Events escalated when two journalists were forced to resign after they had authored an article which relayed inside information about upcoming reshuffles in the top of Russia’s most powerful political circles. Censorship is not a problem which is isolated to Russia. However, the Kommersant case offers first-hand access to the special mechanisms which allow Russian authorities to secure an uncritical narrative in the media; the same mechanisms which allow for disinformation to flourish.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 15 – Like its Soviet predecessor, the Russian government has not provided regular and reliable reports about combat losses, denying or falsifying the numbers when it has released them or hiding such losses in broader categories like deaths from industrial and highway accidents. The state statistical committee, Rosstat, has punctiliously followed this approach in the past. But now, for the first time ever, in its annual report about mortality in the Russian Federation during 2018, it has listed as separate category deaths from wounds received during military action (https://www.rbc.ru/society/15/06/2019/5d0383139a7947a86e1d87f6and znak.com/2019-06-15/rosstat_vpervye_nazval_chislo_pogibshih_v_rezultate_voyn_v_2018_godu). The committee reported that in 2018, there were four such deaths, three involving urban residents and one from a rural area. Rosstat acknowledged that such deaths earlier had been included in the losses from accidents column, but its officials did not explain why they had made the change. The appearance of the category is intriguing in and of itself, even as seems certain it will be no more accurate or reliable than earlier figures. According to the head of the Federation Council’s defense and security committee, Viktor Bondarev, Russia suffered 112 combat fatalities in Syria alone, many of them in the first nine months of 2018. If that is the case, the figures in the new Rosstat category should be much higher than they are.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 14 – The Golunov case shows that the force structures are like Frankenstein’s monster, Abbas Gallyamov says. They were created by the regime for its defense but like Frankenstein’s monster, they have taken on a life of their own and threaten their creator which is being forced to take steps to defend itself against them and show who is in charge. In one sense, of course, this is the problem all authoritarian regimes face, the political scientist suggests; but in this case, it has assumed particular urgency for the Kremlin because it has lost much of the other bases of legitimation and power and become increasingly reliant on the use of force and that is the siloviki to control the situaiton. By firing two senior MVD generals, Gallyamov says, Putin has shown that he wants to “impose order in his own force structures so that the siloviki will know their place,” something they have forgotten and have been acting “as if” they and not the Kremlin are the most important (echo.msk.ru/programs/personalnovash/2444181-echo/). By its actions in the past, the Kremlin has given the siloviki reasons for thinking they are more important than the regime can afford them to become. On the one hand, it clearly relies on them ever more often. And on the other, the courts back them up. Whatever they do, “fewer than one percent” of those they bring charges against are exonerated. In this situation, Gallyamov says, the silooviki are undermining Putin “not because they wish him evil but simply because that is the way things are arranged. “Each of them and this is the problem is pursuing its own interests,” and the interests of the siloviki, not surprisingly at a time of “institutional collapse,” have diverged from those of the Kremlin. The force structures “do not understand political questions,” he continues. “They are administrators not politicians.” For them discrediting, killing or jailing are something they do understand but dealing with popular forces or larger goals aren’t. Sooner or later, this creates “political problems” for the regime. Indeed, this consequence of de-institutionalization with regard to the siloviki is “the problem of the regime as a whole. And if there is a problem with the regime, then one won’t correct it by modifying specific elements of the existing system.” It must be replaced – and there are several ways that can happen. Happily, Gallyamov says, this can happen “without any revolution.” In Russia, the classes “needed for the normal functioning of a contemporary society” already exist. “What is needed is only the rearrangement of the political superstructure.” That can happen if a reformer comes to power, if an authoritarian dies, or if the sense things must change spreads wide enough. In the last case, if enough people come to believe that things must change, the regime will not have more than a few “hardliner freaks” left to defend it. “They always exist but they really at a certain moment marginalize themselves.” That will happen in Russia again as it has happened before. Some liberalization will eventually take place in Russia, Gallyamov says. “The question is when, who will head it, how thorough-going will it be and will the opposition seize the initiative. If it does, this may lead to a revolution If the regime does, then the country may experience a mega-transit.” At present, however, the opposition lacks a consolidating leader and the ability to move from moral protest to a political one which would challenge those in power. When the regime is divided as now, it may retreat in the face of public opposition but it will not thereby reform itself at least not yet. Thus, the opposition can succeed when it engages in “moral protest” which doesn’t raise the question of power. “The powers that be are not able to work” with that kind of protest because it is about “the struggle with injustice,” an injustice that many within the regime feel is unacceptable too. Indeed, by reacting as it did in the Golunov case, the Kremlin suggested that it too is “for justice.” That kept the overwhelming part of the population loyal. Had it done otherwise, they might have shifted over to the opposition. That is particularly likely in the current situation when the authorities have lost legitimation through economic success. As a result, ever more Russians are focusing on the other form of legitimation which is procedural and where the regime is in clear violation of expectations. As long as economic conditions were improving, most accepted the violation of procedures; but now, they increasingly are focusing on those. And that too is a challenge for the regime. As Russians turn to the Internet and learn how many violations of procedural norms the regime has allowed itself, they are growing angry, Gallyamov says. One must remember that there are real limits to how much falsification of elections the authorities can permit themselves if for no other reason that “the simple human factor.” Those who count the votes are not going to be willing participants if among them there is a growing proportion of those who feel that one can no longer live in the same way as in the past. “They will not make a revolution, but they will suddenly refuse to falsify ballots.” And that too is a challenge the Putin regime now faces, the political scientist concludes.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 15 – The number of senior officials now under arrest is greater than at any point since the death of Stalin, Igor Dmitriyev says, noting that the list includes two federal ministers, the owners of several major banks and corporations, senior FSB officers, the former head of the investigation body for regions, governors and a plenipotentiary representative. This “unprecedented” development, the Russian commentator suggests, is “not simply the intensification of the struggle among ‘the Kremlin towers’ but rather the beginning of a reformation of the entire Russian elite,” something Lev Gumilyev and others say happens in Russia ever twenty years (afterempire.info/2019/06/15/cikly/). Dmitriyev provides a long list of other Russian officials now being bars, but his primary focus is to argue that Gumilyev’s theory about elite renewal every 20 years in Russia, something the late scholar documented for earlier periods of tsarist and Soviet history continues to be true today. Few would dispute that there was a wholesale turnover in the elites of the Russian state in 1918 as a result of the Bolshevik Revolution and in 1938 as a result of Stalin’s Great Terror. And most would accept that there was yet another turnover in 1958 following Nikita Khrushchev’s attack on Stalin and the cult of personality. The subsequent waves Dmitriyev sees, in 1978, 1998, and 2018 as start of the latest changeover, are more controversial. In 1978, Gorbachev was elevated to the Politburo and the USSR entered a new and troubled period which ended with the collapse and disintegration of the Soviet Union. Then, in 1998, the commentator continues, a new changeover in the elite began with the rise of Sergey Kiriyenko as prime minister and Vladimir Putin as head of the FSB. The first ten years overseen by this group was relatively successful but then things began to go wrong in 2008. And now a decade later, Dmitriyev argues, times are ripe for another turnover. “We cannot specify precisely which social stratum now will rise up the heights of the state pyramid. But judging by the reaction of ‘those at the top’ to the scandalinvoolving the falsification of accusations against journalist Ivan Golunov, ‘the systemic liberals’ will remain in the ruling duumvirate.” The clearest indication of that is not the dismissal of two MVD generals but “the reaction of the government media and officials who always have their finger in the wind. And they, from Simonyan, Khinshteyn, and Maria Zakharova to Moskalkova, Matviyenko and presidential advisor Anton Kobyakov all decisively supported the social protest.” If they are the obvious “winners” in this round, Dmitriyev says, there are some obvious losers as well, including first and foremost Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin whose city has been an island of stability and who has attracted ever more support as a possible successor to Putin. Now, in the wake of the protests, his star is in eclipse. Obviously, the siloviki have also suffered as well. But “who then remains among the winners besides ‘the systemic liberals’?” He suggess that the list includes many people in or from the Federal Protective service, including the presidential plenipotentiary for the North Caucasus, the emergency services minister, and the governors of Tula, Yaroslavl, and Astrakhan. If this analysis is correct, Dmitriyev says, “this means that the Russian state is entering into an era like that of late Rome. There and then,” he continues, “came to power members of the praetorian guard, that is, to use the language of the present day, the very same ‘party of the adjutants.’” How things ended for the Roman Empire as a result is well-known, the commentator observes. Whether Moscow will follow suit in its capacity as “’the third Rome,’” very much remains to be seen.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 14 – “The majority of Russian dissidents,” US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova says, “do not understand that they will not be able to achieve any significant changes in their country as long as they continue to ignore the Kremlin’s foreign policy” because that policy is inextricably connected with many of Russia’s domestic problems. In a commentary for Kyiv’s Den newspaper, Kirillova suggests that the recent protests regarding Ivan Golunov show two things. On the one hand, when they want to, Russians are capable of coming out to defend victims of the Putin system’s arbitrariness. But on the other, such desires manifest themselves quite rarely (day.kyiv.ua/ru/blog/politika/v-ramkah-dozvolennogo). Many commentators on the Golunov protest have already noted, she continues, that it was a safe issue for Russians because the issues the journalist worked on “did not concern Vladimir Putin and his closest entourage directly.” Thus, they could be tolerated by the regime and were less likely to land those who protested in serious trouble. Other victims of the system’s arbitrary and repressive policies are more dangerous as possible objects of opposition concern; and perhaps none more than Ukrainians given the sensitivity of their issue for the Kremlin leader. Russian opposition figures have generally shied away from addressing this issue although there have been some happy exceptions. But conversations with participants in the Free Russia Forum in Lithuania “shows that the majority of them really prefer not to get involved in their activities with the policies of their country regarding other states,” viewing such issues as unpopular or dangerous especially at this stage in the protest movement. In this way, Kirillova argues, “the majority of Russian liberals continue to view the ‘Ukrainian’ theme as ‘foreign,’ not very useful in their political activity inside Russia and chiefly as too dangerous to take up.” They view any involvement with Ukrainian issues as “pure altruism” rather than fundamental politics. This is completely natural, she continues. “Any society is fundamentally egoistic, and in any country the majority of people prefer to speak out on behalf of ‘their own’ rather than for ‘others.’” One can criticize this, but one can’t say it is in any way unexpected. Unfortunately, if Russia is to change, this attitude must be overcome. As Kirillova points out, “Putin propaganda doesn’t deny pollution, corruption or other social problems. Yes, these issues are typically minimized in Russia media, but they aren’t totally blocked.” The same is true of bribery and official incompetence. And so all these things can be discussed and become the basis of protests without much fear of serious repression. “But not one of these themes is capable of giving rise to a genuinely serious protest movement at the federal level, capable of generating systemic changes and threatening Putin personally because the fear the Kremlin promotes influences Russians more strongly than anger about the illegality and declining standard of living around them.” While protests continue to focus on these issues, the Kremlin can make use of its propaganda tools to promote the idea that Putin deserves support as the defender of Russia against foreign threats even if his officials are guilty of this or that crime or abuse. They can always be sacrificed and Putin saved as a result. Consequently, “issues of trash, corruption, building churches in squares and other such ‘permitted’ actions always will remain local protests until Russians recognize” that “Putin is not the defender of the country from moral danger but the guilty party” in the problems domestic and foreign that Russians suffer from. “The understanding that it is precisely the federal authorities who are intentionally killing them, leaving them without work and medicines and sending their money off to unnecessary wars of consequent not only will eliminate the strongest fears on which Putin propaganda is based but also open the way for protests against Putin himself.” Kirillova concludes: If Russians continue to view Putin’s wars as a ‘foreign’ theme,” they will live under the kind of illusion the Kremlin has sought to promote. For a long time, it has “shifted foreign policy into domestic Russian discourse, having made it the basis of its ‘information operations’ directed at the consciousness of the population.” If the Russian opposition is going to get serious, she suggests, it will have to address Putin’s aggressive foreign policy fearlessly – and in the first instance his continuing war of conquest against Ukraine.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 14 – A new Levada Center poll finds that Russians’ antipathy toward the US and Ukraine has fallen significantly over the last year while their attitudes toward immediate neighbors have improved, the result in large measure, experts say, of declines in Russian interest in geopolitics and increases in their attention to domestic problems. The poll found that negative attitudes toward the US and Ukraine have fallen sharply over the past 12 months from 78 percent to 67 percent and 49 percent to 40 percent respectively, while positive views of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan have all increased (levada.ru/2019/06/14/soyuzniki-i-vragi-sredi-stran/). When Russians feel they are isolated, Levada Center director Lev Gudkov says, they look to those nearby whom they feel closer to. As for Ukraine and the US, the shift in attitudes reflects both lack of news about violence in Ukraine and continuing hopes that Donald Trump will improve ties (vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/06/14/804146-vragami-ssha-ukrainu). Russian attitudes toward Ukraine and the US also reflect domestic developments inside the country, he says. Many feel the Kremlin has been stealing from them to pay for its foreign adventures and thus are less likely to accept its narrative about the hostility of the US and Ukraine than they were. Andrey Makarkin, a Moscow political analyst and commentator, agrees. He says that the share of Russians expressing negative attitudes toward the US and Ukraine has fallen “because the interest of people in geopolitics has: they are more agitated by prices and pay and not by what is happening in the world.” When people become less interested in geopolitics, he suggests, they also want to identify those abroad who remain on their side, the explanation, he suggests, for why Russians are more positive about their immediate neighbors than they were a year ago.
It is old news that Russian state-controlled media outlets have little focus on Russia and that they are almost obsessed with Ukraine. But just how serious is this fixation with Russia’s neighbor country? And can it be measured? The state news agency RIA Novosti’s own website turns out to offer quite concrete answers to these questions. Ukraine coverage in numbers In a discussion on Twitter initiated by Alexey Kovalyov, an editor at Meduza, commenters used the search function on RIA Novosti’s website to quantify the agency’s focus on Ukraine. It turns out that in 2014 – during the first year of Russia’s war in Ukraine – 29% of all RIA Novosti’s reporting – national and international – contained the keyword “Ukraine”; an impressive total of 50,019 individual news items devoted to the country. Since then, Ukraine’s share in RIA Novosti’s reporting has calmed a bit down; the total number of reports during the last 12 months has been 26,720 stories or around 12% of all articles published in this period. The discussion thread was triggered by a statement made on Telegram by Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of RT, Sputnik and RIA Novosti, in which she said that “Ukraine is becoming interesting again” – even if audiences, according to Ms. Simonyan herself, have become “sick and tired” of hearing about Ukraine. Why bash Ukraine? Since the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine in 2014, Russian authorities have been caught in a communication limbo. On the one hand, Moscow has tried to deny its responsibility, e.g. by claiming that Russian soldiers in Crimea were just “little green men“. At the same time, as overwhelming proof of Russia’s involvement has surfaced, the authorities have needed to find ways of justifying their aggression. This has been done through denigrating Ukraine as a nation; through systematically misrepresenting events in the country; and e.g. through framing Ukraine’s partnership with the EU as sharing features with Nazi German aggression in the Second World War. Finally, if the Russian media narrative about Ukraine is not steered with guidance from the Kremlin, more and more Russians could potentially begin to see their neighbor country as a source of inspiration; as a place where, for example, the style of governance is different from what they know in Russia – as was illustrated in a video from last week, which compared president Zelenskyy’s recent inauguration ceremony with that of his Russian colleague.
Article by: James Oliver This year marks the 75th anniversary of the landings at D-Day and the beginning of the Liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany. As is custom on such an anniversary, world Leaders from the participating nations gathered in Normandy to commemorate those who fell. Despite the Red Army not participating in the landings, Vladimir Putin was nonetheless invited to the 70th anniversary back in 2014. This year however he was not invited. Bitter and angry at this diplomatic snub, the Russian government has now taken to blasting D-Day as an irrelevance. Maria Zakharova put the following words on twitter which are worth a quick response. https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/1136256630021087233The call to open up a second front against Hitler was made by Stalin to Churchill repeatedly through their correspondences, even as early as July 1941. Not to mention that Stalin begged Churchill for aid as the Germans advanced. A couple of examples: On 18 July 1941, Stalin sent a message to Churchill with the following request: “It seems to me, furthermore, that the military position of the Soviet Union, and by the same token that of Great Britain, would improve substantially if a front were established against Hitler in the West (Northern France) and the North (the Arctic). A front in the North of France, besides diverting Hitler’s forces from the East, would make impossible the invasion of Britain by Hitler. Establishment of this front would be popular both with the British Army and with the population of Southern England. I am aware of the difficulty of establishing such a front, but … it should be done, not only for the sake of our common cause but also in Britain’s own interest. The best time to open this front is now…” On September 3, 1941, Stalin sent an even starker message after complaining that he had lost half of Ukraine at this point and that the Germans were approaching Leningrad:
In an apparent dig at Elon Musk, Russia sent a tiny toy car with a cutout of Roscosmos’ Dmitry Rogozin in the driver’s seat into space.
Condos in Siberia?
Turkey is determined to buy a Russian air defense system. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan no longer respects NATO. It’s a dangerous decision — especially for the alliance, Peter Sturm writes.
With Turkey buying a Russian missile system, its alliance with the U.S. and its position in NATO may be under threat, writes Ian Bremmer.
The two Nato allies are on collision course over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian air defence system.
Turkey expects the delivery of the S-400 surface-to-air defense missile system from Russia to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on June 16.
U.S. and Spanish marines conducted a training mission in the Baltic Sea.
MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 take part in the exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. According to the U.S. Navy, the squadrons used the modern Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) and the Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) for the first time in the Baltic Sea and the Naval Forces Europe area of operations. The ALMDS uses pulsed laser light and streak tube receivers housed in an external equipment pod to image the entire near-surface volume potentially containing mines. ALMDS is capable of day or night operations without stopping to stream out or recover equipment and without towing any equipment in the water. With unteathered operations, it can attain high area search rates. This design uses the forward motion of the aircraft to generate image data negating the requirement for complex scanning mechanisms and ensuring high system reliability. ALMDS also provides accurate target geo-location to support follow on neutralization of the detected mines. The ALMDS pod is mechanically attached to the MH-60S with a standard Bomb Rack Unit 14 (BRU-14) mount and electrically via a primary and auxiliary umbilical cable to the operator console. Data is stored on a mass memory unit for post mission analysis. The operator’s consol is common to all MH-60S AMCM systems. The squadrons use of the are a first in the Baltic Sea and the Naval Forces Europe area of operations. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations.
The U.S. Army has announced that Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, successfully completed their border crossing during Saber Guardian 2019 traveling from Várpalota, Hungary to Cincu, Romania, June 15, 2019. According to a news release put out by 2d Cavalry Regiment, Saber Guardian 2019 is an exercise co-led by the Romanian Land Forces and U.S. Army Europe as part of the summer 2019 series of exercises to improve the integration of multinational combat forces; support from host nations fosters longstanding partnerships with our NATO allies, Hungary and Romania. “I am the chalk leader of the movement from Germany all the way through Hungary and Romania,” said 1st Lt. Connor Meyer, infantry officer and platoon leader, Apache Troop, 1/2CR. “I make sure we link in with the personnel that we need to link in with, make sure we make the right route and make the right turns.” Serving as the movement’s chalk leader was not the only mission for Meyer. “I am in charge of a platoon, and I listen to my troop commander and guide my platoon towards the mission,” said Meyer. “For us to complete our mission, I make sure my platoon conducts the attack or defense.” SG19 would be Meyer’s first tactical road march across countries.
NATO faces significant costs if it does not act soon to choose a successor for its ageing fleet of 14 Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft, often called the alliance’s “eyes in the sky”, senior officials said.
A plan to be considered by ministers involves changing the tasks of the SAS and others, Newsnight learns.
THE SAS and other UK Special Forces could be sent on new missions to tackle Russia and other foreign powers. They would take on a more prominent role as action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria winds down. Ministers are set to consider the Special Forces Operations Concept plan. The SAS and SBS (Special Boat Service) would take a less aggressive direction and work closer with intelligence agencies and MI6 in a bid to counter Russian influence across the globe. The Special Reconnaissance Regiment, tasked with covert surveillance, would also take a more prominent role. The MoD does not comment on Special Forces but a Whitehall source told BBC’s Newsnight: “The need to confront dangerous international behaviour by peer adversaries is increasing.”
Russian aggression is bringing back centuries-old fears, and a huge U.S. military presence may be needed soon.
Trump will send 1,000 noncombat troops to Eastern Europe amid signs of a Russian buildup.
A new natural gas pipeline into Europe from Russia is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, worries leaders in Eastern Europe, has put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the hot seat and has stirred the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump. Now the pipeline could become the target of new U.S. sanctions.
The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG has agreed to buy 1.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually from the American company …
The Polish court sentenced the former Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Tomasz Arabski. He was responsible for coordinating the last flight of Polish President Lech Kaczynski to Smolensk in 2010, reports RIA Novosti News Agency. Arabski was found guilty of failure to perform his official duties while organizing the flight. According to the prosecution, the Tu-154M aircraft was not supposed to land at the airport, and the pilots did not have relevant landing maps and information. Arabski was given a 10-month prison sentence that is suspended for two years. The Tu-154 crashed while coming in to land at the North Smolensk airport, leading to the deaths of 96 people: Polish President Lech Kaczyński, the crew, and members of the official delegation traveling to an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. In January 2011, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), published a report on the crash investigation, according to which the pilots were responsible for the catastrophe, since they rejected the advice to go to an alternate airport, despite the unfavorable weather conditions. The inadequate qualification of the crew is stated to be the indirect cause of the crash. A commission led by former Polish defense minister Antoni Macierewicz refuted the theory that the pilots were to blame. According to a report presented in the Polish Sejm, there was an explosion in the plane’s left wing at an altitude of roughly 900 meters. Just before the landing strip, there were several emergencies, and then, while the plane was still in the air, an explosion in the aircraft’s fuselage. Furthermore, the commission determined that the operators in Smolensk gave the Polish Tu-154 crew incorrect information for landing. The commission also ruled out the possibility that Polish Air Force General Andrzej Błasik was in the cockpit during the landing approach. Macierewicz said that the technical report, which, according to him, does not yet reflect the official stance of the Polish government, has been given to the Prosecutor General’s Office, which is conducting its own investigation into the aviation catastrophe. Russia has been unwilling to send the aircraft fragments and other physical evidence to Poland, claiming that the Russian investigation is not yet complete.
Whether being busy with internal power battle or having a purposeful long-term ease-on-Russia-strategy, Ukraine weakens its grip on the conscience of the EU power elites over the basic principles of justice. It results in situations, where rule-based societies help the Kremlin pursue the path of disrespect for international law. German minister for economic affairs Peter Altmaier and Russian minister for economic development Maksim Oreshkin signed a declaration on bilateral cooperation “Partnership for efficiency” which foresees exchanges of workers, study tours, mutual support for energy efficiency and digitalization, as well as identification of SMEs that want to cooperate for achievement of their goals. This political declaration should help Russian economics adapt to future challenges thanks to German technologies. During this visit of the German delegation to Russia, Siemens seized an opportunity to get a EUR 1.1 billion order from Russia to manufacture 13 trains.
Nataliya Kanevska The summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will begin in Strasbourg at the end of June. The main issue on the agenda is whether PACE will return Russia’s voting rights, which it was deprived of shortly after the occupation and annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in eastern Ukraine. In 2016, Moscow slammed the door on PACE, and one year later, it stopped paying its membership fees to the Council of Europe.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the legislative arm of the continent’s largest human rights organization, is steps away from lifting Russian sanctions, which were slapped on the Russian delegation after the country occupied Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and stirred up a war in Donbas. The most recent step towards this scenario was made on 3 June, when PACE’s Rules and Regulations Committee approved changes to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) procedures which drastically cut back PACE’s capabilities for sanctioning violating delegations. Now, these changes need to be voted for in the Assembly session on 24 June. Read more: No limits for Russia: how PACE agreed to lift sanctions on the aggressor France and Germany are leading the efforts to “forgive” the Russians, who have turned to blackmail, threatening to leave the CoE altogether if sanctions on their delegation are not lifted. Although the main push to restore the Russian delegation is most certainly materialistic and originates from the desire of western Europe to get back to “business to usual” with the aggressor, the campaign also has a human rights component. If Russia were to leave the CoE, it would also withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights, and its citizens would be prevented from lodging appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In 2018, Russian human rights activists issued a Memorandum asking the CoE to loosen sanctions against the Russian delegation to prevent such a scenario. According to Euromaidan Press’ sources, this Memorandum has been influential in convincing PACE Assembly Members in the need to lift sanctions on Russia. However, it was not signed by one of Russia’s most reputable and authoritative human rights organizations – the Memorial Human Rights Center, which among other activities, helps political prisoners in Russia, including the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin. In 2018, Memorial issued a statement explaining why it did not support the mentioned Memorandum. There, they explain that Russia is unlikely to actually leave the CoE and that the loud statements in this regard are directed at the domestic audience. As well, they warn the CoE that “By appeasing a serious breach of international law and ignoring Russia’s human rights obligations, the CoE will trigger devastating consequences for international protection mechanisms. In the long run, such actions are bound to harm our country.” Euromaidan Press talked to Svetlana Gannushkina, a prominent Russian human rights defender and Board member at Memorial to understand Memorial’s position. Although Ms. Gannushkina could not speak on behalf of Memorial, she explained her perspective on Russia’s international actions and the situation in PACE.
Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing further highlights the ongoing partisan debate over Robert Mueller’s findings.
Security commissioner reveals disinformation acts aimed at influencing EU elections
In a report published Friday, the EU found evidence of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on online platforms ahead of the European Parliament elections last month.
Russia conducted a “continued and sustained” disinformation campaign against Europe’s recent parliamentary elections, the European Union reported Friday in the latest sign that Russia’s high-tech efforts to influence democratic votes have not slowed down.
A misinformation campaign by groups linked to Russia tried to depress turnout in last month’s parliamentary elections, a European Commission review said.
The comments of President Trump regarding foreign governments offering negative information about a political rival have renewed fears as old as the republic itself.
nosmi.ruis the Russian state media holding Rossiya Segodnya’s service for translating media content to Russian. It’s part of the same media conglomerate as Sputnik, RIA Novosti, and a few other disinformation outlets, managed by Dmitriy Kiselyov, the Überpropagandist of the Kremlin. The scope of Inosmi is impressive: media outlets from Australia to Zimbabwe, languages from Azerbaijani to Norwegian are translated to Russian. Neither language barriers, nor paywalls stop the translators from Inosmi.ru. EU vs Disinfo wrote about Inosmi in 2016, after a study from Ghent University. In theory, the concept of Inosmi.ru could be a good idea. It offers a Russian reader first-hand insights in International Media, and not only from the big media outlets like The Washington Post or the major News Agencies. Here – all media are equal. Stories from Washington Post are translated a couple of times a week, just as Le Monde, El Pais or Neue Zürcher Zeitung, side by side with Alaska Public Media, Diario Cordoba and Brussels Express. Here Chinese media are published, Nigerian, Mexican. The professional translators of Inosmi.ru make news in Farsi, Hausa, Japanese or Swedish available for a Russian speaking public. The inosmi.rucould function as a window to a larger world. But the focus of the site is entirely Russian. The tag-line of the site is “How Foreigners Picture Russia. We translate. You decide.”
Stronger ties with the European Union and bringing to justice those who abused power, including a controversial tycoon, are top priorities of Moldova’s new government.
Moldova’s Constitutional Court has overturned all of its decisions that led to the existence of the dual authorities in the country and non-recognition of the new government at an extraordinary meeting that lasted no longer than five minutes on Saturday.
Caretaker PM resigns, ending crisis which saw two rival governments jostle for power after an inconclusive election.
Moldova’s Democratic Party (PDM) says Prime Minister Pavel Filip’s government is resigning, signaling that a standoff with an incoming coalition cabinet is coming to an end.
Moldova’s new prime minister Maia Sandu consolidated her power on Friday as her predecessor resigned, appearing to ease a crisis that shook the country for the past week as two rival governments jostled for control.
Vlad Plahotniuc has few defenders
Leaders of Moldovan opposition fled country after Pavel Filip announced resignation
The new Moldovan government has gathered for its first meeting after the political crisis in the country on Saturday morning; the meeting is being broadcast live for the press at the briefing room.
The Ukrainian national oil and gas company Ukrtransgaz sent Moldova a proposal to delay the construction of the Romania-Moldova interconnector, which makes the Moldovan side vulnerable during its next meeting with Gazprom, as stated in Ukrtransgaz’ press release. It was noted that taking advantage of the Ukrainian gas transmission system would minimize the potential risks associated with possible interruptions in the transit of natural gas from the Russian Federation and guarantee gas security to Moldovan consumers. Today, the Ukrainian GTS provides flexible and reliable transportation of large volumes of gas to Europe at competitive prices. For more than three years, Ukraine has been meeting its needs when it comes to natural gas without Gazprom’s participation. Thanks to the GTS, Ukraine imports all the gas it needs from EU countries. With the support of the Ukrainian GTS, Moldovan suppliers can take a similar approach which would allow Moldova to independently import gas from the EU if necessary. In addition, Ukrtransgaz offered Moldova the opportunity to create its own gas reserve in Ukrainian underground storage facilities in order to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to Moldovan consumers during the winter of 2019/2020. The total capacity at the junction points between Moldova and Ukraine allows up to 15 million cubic meters of gas to be transported per day, which fully covers the needs of consumers in Moldova.
Ukrainian Ukrtransgaz proposed Moldova to use the Ukrainian gas transport system to transport gas from Europe and to create its own reserve of gas in the Ukrainian underground storage facilities
MH17 crash investigators to present new evidence next week
Investigators will next week announce criminal proceedings against suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 five years ago, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists, two leading Dutch broadcasters reported on Friday.
Read more about Investigators to reveal new MH17 probe findings next week 5 yrs after crash on Business Standard. Relatives of the 298 people killed will be informed first next Wednesday, followed by a media briefing, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team said in a statement
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the international investigation group probing the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing flight MH17, is set to deliver a press conference on Wednesday, June 19, on the latest developments in their criminal investigation. The researchers at Bellingcat will also release new information about MH17 on Wednesday. The group has prepared a 100-page report and claims to have traced almost all the names of those directly involved. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the international investigation group probing the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing flight MH17, is set to deliver a press conference on Wednesday, June 19, on the latest developments in their criminal investigation. The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has not elaborated further on the matter, according to NOS. The JIT is expected to announce who will be held accountable for downing the plane. Earlier, the international research group Bellingcat discovered names of various Russian soldiers who could have been involved in firing the deadly Buk surface-to-air missile that took down the jet. Families of the victims are to be briefed behind closed doors prior to the press conference. “I am assuming that there are important new findings,” says Piet Ploeg, chairman of the MH17 air crash foundation. “Apparently there is progress in the investigation.” Ploeg hopes that the JIT will announce Wednesday that suspects will be prosecuted. “That is the prelude to a lawsuit. But this starts from an interim report, in the run-up to a decision about prosecution.” The researchers at Bellingcat will also release new information about MH17 on Wednesday. The group has prepared a 100-page report and claims to have traced almost all the names of those directly involved. This information has also been shared with the JIT, the founder of Bellingcat told AD. The JIT is an international judicial investigation team comprised by representatives of the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and Ukraine. It was established in 2014, more than a month after the Malaysian Airlines aircraft was downed from the skies over Ukraine with a Buk missile. All 298 passengers on board were killed. The JIT previously concluded that the Buk missile that was used to bring down the aircraft was shot from a launcher belonging to a Russian army brigade. The Netherlands therefore held Russia liable in May last year for its share in the downing of the plane.
Relatives of victims of the passenger Boeing 777 MH17 airliner downed over Donbas in July 2014 have protested near the Russian embassy in the Netherlands and condemned the position of Moscow, which continues to deny involvement in the tragedy, the Kyiv-based ZN.UA(Mirror Weekly) ezine has said, citing the Dutch ezine NOS.nl. “In front of the Russian embassy in The Hague relatives of the victims symbolically set 298 white chairs symbolizing the 298 MH17 passengers who were killed. The seats were arranged like they were in the plane, and included aisles,” said the report. Relatives and friends of the victims also hung placards, reading “Justice for MH17” and “Humanity over politics.” The protesters want Russia to answer for the crime it committed. “We want to call Russia to accountability. It’s abundantly clear that Russians played a certain role in the MH17 catastrophe… Russia’s silence is politically motivated. If you are silent and do not take responsibility then you cannot call yourself a great nation,” Sander van Luik, a representative of the working group investigating the tragedy, said. On July 17, 2014, the Boeing 777 belonging to Malaysia Airlines on the MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from the radar screens over Shakhtarsk in Donetsk region. All passengers and crew aboard the plane died, including 80 children. After almost four years, in May 2018, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) at a press conference at The Hague demonstrated fragments of the rocket, which downed the plane. The missile was launched from the BUK system belonging to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile based in the Russian city of Kursk. The next day, Australia and the Netherlands officially announced that it was Russia that was responsible for shooting down the Malaysian plane. The European Council also called on the Russia to take responsibility and fully promote all attempts to establish the truth, justice and guilt of specific individuals involved in the crime. Russia still denies any involvement in the tragedy – almost five years after the downing of the airliner.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump on his 73rd birthday. — Ukrinform.
President of the United States of America Donald Trump invited his Ukrainian counterpart, the recently elected Volodymyr Zelensky, to visit Washington, the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA recalls. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker reiterated the unswerving U.S. policy of supporting Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Embassy in the United States reported this on its Facebook page following a meeting with United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia Laura Cooper. “The issues of the current state and further development of security cooperation prospects between Ukraine and the United States, cooperation to ensure energy security, as well as the situation in the Azov and Black Seas were discussed. The importance of increasing pressure on Russia with a view to the speedy release of the Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018 was noted,” the embassy said in a statement. The parties also noted the importance of strengthening the U.S. security support for Ukraine and the need to send noticeable political signals indicating that the U.S. remains committed to Ukraine against the backdrop of ongoing Russian aggression. In turn, the U.S. side assured that it would provide the necessary support so that Ukraine had the opportunity to protect itself from external threats both on land and at sea.
Kurt Volker on Twitter: “Five years ago this week, Ukrainian defenders liberated Mariupol which has been peaceful (except for when Russian forces shelled it killing dozens) ever since. The lesson for Donbas is that when Russian forces leave, peace begins. We want #peace4Ukraine… https://t.co/7QRV5ZFpK2”
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said that the example of Mariupol could become a lesson for Donbas: peace begins when Russian forces leave.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yehor Bozhok has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to develop strategic deterrence capabilities in the Black Sea region. MFA Ukraine expressed readiness to support such project. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yehor Bozhok has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to develop strategic deterrence capabilities in the Black Sea region. During his meeting with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner on the sidelines of the Black Sea-Balkan Security Forum in Constance (Romania)Bozhok said: “NATO should develop strategic deterrence capabilities in the Black Sea region, and Ukraine is ready to support such project,” the diplomat wrote on Twiter. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10586649-ukraine-calls-on-nato-to-develop-strategic-deterrence-capabilities-in-black-sea.html
President Volodymyr Zelenskyyy reinstated former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma to the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine-Russia-OSCE, TCG) on the Peace Settlement in Eastern Ukraine. And Kuchma’s statements after the most recent TCG meeting in Minsk have already raised questions whether Zelenskyyy is going to make concessions to Russia to settle the conflict in the Donbas. Meanwhile, Kuchma’s son-in-law, oligarch Viktor Pinchuk had already presented his “peace plan” for the Donbas back in late 2016, and the plan was to fulfill key Russian demands.
Russia has announced that Ukraine must grant autonomy to the occupied territories in the Donbas and legalize the puppet regimes created by Putin before there can be any talk of further meetings of the Normandy Four to resolve the war in eastern Ukraine. Vitaly Portnikov Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his interview with Russia’s RBK channel warned that it would not be possible to “continue the work of the Normandy Four” “with a clean slate.” Lavrov is demanding that the new Ukrainian leadership implement the agreements that have been reached before any renewed contacts among the leaders of the participating nations are possible — even contacts at the level of the ministers of foreign affairs. At the same time, the Russian foreign minister argues that it is not Moscow but Kyiv that is not implementing these agreements. According to Lavrov meetings can take place only after the new Ukrainian leadership executes these agreements – including the decision to ”establish procedures for implementing the law on the special status of Donbas by holding elections in these territories.” In short, Zelenskyy must first grant autonomy to the occupied territories and legalize the criminal puppet regimes created by Putin and only then will the Russian president decide if it is worth meeting in the “Normandy format.” Against this background the proposals made in Minsk by former president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma take on a different meaning. They become the first step by the new Ukrainian leadership towards implementing Russia’s ultimatum. It is no coincidence that Sergey Lavrov welcomed Kuchma’s return to the Minsk process as well as his statement that “Ukraine must comply with a number of provisions in the Minsk agreements regarding the legislative framework” (obviously I’m quoting not Kuchma himself but Lavrov’s restatement of his words). Now, at least, we understand clearly what the Kremlin is expecting from its longtime partner, from the Ukrainian oligarchs and the new Ukrainian president. At the same time, even if all of Kremlin’s conditions are met and Ukraine’s capitulation takes place to the sound of the enthusiastic applause of the collaborationist and disoriented segments of our country’s population, this by no means guarantees peace or even relative sovereignty for Ukraine. Indications of Russia’s readiness to continue the dismantling of Ukrainian statehood can be found in the same interview with Lavrov. The Russian foreign affairs minister claims that the “authorities in Kyiv are strangling Russians” when they “pass laws on education, on Ukrainian as the state language, and when they repeal legislation protecting the rights of Russian speakers and other national minorities.” And he warns that “the protection of Russian speakers and of Russian culture and language is policy, and we can never distance ourselves from this policy…Moreover in this instance these are millions of our compatriots. They are Ukrainian citizens but many of them are Russian citizens. There will be more of them given the decision made by the president’s decree.” In this way Lavrov has demonstrated once again that Moscow not only does not treat Ukraine as an independent state but that it will do everything to erode its institutions to prove that those who live in our country are not only Russian speakers but citizens of the Russian Federation whom the Kremlin must protect. And from this perspective Putin and his compatriots will justify any aggressive action regarding the further occupation of our country and the “protection” of Russian citizens who live here. And the number of these citizens will continue to grow regardless of how many people actually agree to accept Russian passports. For Putin and Lavrov what is important is propaganda not statistics. And not peace with Ukraine but the destruction of Ukraine – no matter what childish illusions are concocted in this regard by the supporters of Volodymyr Zelenskyy or what fairy tales Leonid Kuchma spins for us in Minsk.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin is now in a waiting position. He needs to understand the approaches of the new president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, to the main components of the agenda of Russian-Ukrainian relations before meeting him. According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to Espresso , the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said this in the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on the Russia 1 TV channel. “This is, firstly, the generally unfriendly line of Ukraine towards Russia. And, secondly, this is Ukraine’s position on the Minsk agreements,” Peskov explained. “There is still no understanding how Zelensky will relate to this. Therefore Putin takes a wait-and-see attitude. ” Peskov added that “the overall approach is positive,” and there are “expectations of restrained optimism.” “But no one has clear clarity on what will happen in Kiev, so far, unfortunately,” he said. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132625
Granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is a violation of a number of international treaties, as well as the de facto recognition by Russia of the fact that it is a party to the conflict, according to coordinator of the Information Resistance (IR) OSINT Group Dmytro Tymchuk. “Having made a decision on issuing passports in Donbas, the Kremlin violated everything possible in international law: in fact, they recognized themselves a party to the conflict. [They violated] UN Security Council Resolution 2022 (2015) On the package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and Art. 47 of the 4th Geneva Convention regarding the possibility of classifying such actions as depriving residents of the occupied territories of their citizenship,” he said. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10587330-kremlin-in-fact-admits-it-is-party-to-conflict-donbas-expert.html
Russia has begun handing out Russian passports to Ukrainians from separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, a move condemned by Kyiv as “legally void.”
The 200-square-meter document represents Russia’s fast-track passport offer, one Luhansk activist said. Activists in eastern Ukraine’s separatist republic of Luhansk marked Russia Day by carrying a gigantic Russian passport through the streets. Russian President Vladimir Putin in April signed a decree to expedite the process of naturalization for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said Putin enacted the measures to protect the rights of the area’s 3.7 million residents, a majority of whom are Russian speakers. Video footage from Wednesday’s celebrations of Russia Day in Luhansk shows dozens of people parading the larger-than-life symbol of Russian citizenship through the city’s main square. The 200-square-meter document represented Russia’s fast-tracked passport offer, one activist was quoted by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency as saying.
Leaders of the European Union will discuss the issuance of Russian passports to residents of Russia-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the next couple of weeks, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli has said.
A draft statement expected to be issued at an upcoming EU-Ukraine summit will express Brussels’ continued recognition of Ukraine’s European aspirations while dropping criticism of the country’s edu…
Paul Goble Staunton, June 14 – Despite Moscow’s insistence to the contrary and Vladimir Zelensky’s suggestion during presidential campaign that there is a party of war in Ukraine, Andrey Piontkovsky says, Ukraine “by definition” does not have “a party of war.” As the victim of Russian aggression, it has only “a party of resistance and a party of capitulation.” The only “party of war” in this conflict is in “the criminal military political leadership of Russia,” the Russian émigré commentator says. “Ukraine is the victim of aggression by a military superpower which has seized part of its territory and does not hide its goal of destroying Ukraine as an independent state” (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D03861814F31). “Ukraine is not capable by military means of recovering the territory seized by the enemy. But Ukraine has been able by increasing the military capacity and making use of the political support of its friends and allies to stop Russia from further aggression.” Thus, there are “only two parties [in Ukraine]: the Party of Resistance and the Party of Capitulation.” What is worrisome, Piontkovsky continues, is that Zelensky is presenting himself in words as a member of the party of resistance but acting via his appointments as a follower of the party of capitulation, a combination that will disorder Ukraine and give those in the West who want to sell out Kyiv to Moscow a new opening. After all, as he points out, the West will never be more “pro-Ukrainian” than the government in Kyiv. Too many politicians in Western countries simply want an excuse too back away from Ukraine and cozy up with Moscow. Consequently, when the deeds of Zelensky overwhelm his words, they will be ready to act – and Ukraine will be the victim. To avoid this outcome, Piontkovsky says, requires two moves, one foreign by the Ukrainian government and a second domestic by the opponents of both the physical and political technological “Zelensky.” Ukraine must demand “not simply a cease fire but the establishment of a demilitarized zone and the introduction of international peacekeepers.” Only by defining its task in this way will Ukraine be able too “stop the bloodletting, minimize the chances for further Russian aggression, and at the same time not make any political concessions to the aggressor.” Moscow for its own reasons will find it more difficult to oppose these ideas than many suppose. And having achieved that, Ukraine, “by preserving its principled position on the issue of illegally occupied territories will be able to concentrate on the most important tasks of its domestic development, the very same on behalf of which the best people of Ukraine died at the Maidan.” “The occupied Donbas will be returned to Ukraine immediately after the death (biological or physical isn’t important) of ‘the good Hitler.’ Crimea will be returned later after the death of the Russian imperial project. And that event is not so far away.” A country run like Putin’s Russia can’t survive forever. Consequently, “what a tragic mistake it would be for Kievan Rus after so many centuries of heroic resistance to the Horde to capitulate today before this zombie.” But the party of resistance must also work at home: It was seriously contest the party of capitulation. That would not be hard given that the party of capitulation reflects only a tiny minority (less than 10 percent) of the Ukrainian population were it not for the influx of Russian money and Russian political technology. Tragically, under the guise of “the collective Zelensky,” this money and this technology could mean that the results of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine would be a victory for that minority and its entirely “hybrid” leaderships rather than for what most Ukrainians want, a strong and independent Ukraine. There is now hope that the party of resistance will not allow that to happen. It is gaining new leaders from a new generation “not connected with the traditional Ukrainian political class and weighted down by its mistakes. Among the is Svatoslav Vatkarchuk who can certainly “mobilize the country in opposition to the capitulators, obvious and hybrid.”
The speaker of the occupying parliament of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, believes that Crimea does not need to resume the supply of water from the Dnieper. He told this to journalists on June 14, Tsenzor reports. NO with reference to Crimea . Realia . “We don’t need water from Ukraine. It was terribly polluted. Experts told me recently that the water that flowed to the Crimea contributed to the growth of oncological diseases. Nobody controls what is there … Now they should deal with their problems themselves,” Konstantinov. Ukraine provided up to 85% of the freshwater needs of the Crimea through the North-Crimean Canal, which connects the main channel of the Dnieper to the peninsula. After the occupation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014, the supply of water to the peninsula was stopped. The reserves of water in the Crimea are replenished from reservoirs of natural runoff and underground sources. According to environmentalists, the regular use of water from underground sources led to soil salinization on the peninsula. The occupation authorities of Crimea regularly call on the inhabitants of the peninsula to save water. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132565
After the Russian annexation of Crimea in February 2014, Russian security services began arresting suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Their attorneys argue that the arrests are due to religious persecution against Crimean Muslims. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center reports that, since the beginning of 2019, Russian authorities have arrested 35 Crimean Tatars on suspicion of involvement and subversive activities in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation.
Ukraine is warning European nations to prepare for a gas crisis amid skepticism it will agree on a new transit contract with Russia before the current deal expires.
The mercenaries of the Russian-terrorist forces violated the cease-fire 21 times, one Ukrainian soldier was injured According to Tsenzor.NET , reported the press center of the Joint Operation headquarters on the page on Facebook . “On June 15, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire 21 times. Of these, four times they used 120 and 82 mm mortars forbidden by the Minsk Agreements. The enemy also bombarded our defenders with BMP weapons, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms … For the current day, one soldier was injured, “- said in a statement. Terrorists used weapons banned by the Minsk agreements. “In the area of responsibility of the Vostok operational tactical grouping, the enemy fired at the combined forces position 13 times: Lebedinsky twice – from grenade launchers of various systems and large-caliber machine guns; four times the outskirts of the settlement Avdiivka – from mortars of 120 mm and 82 mm caliber, and also grenade launchers various systems, large-caliber machine guns, small arms; Novotroitskoye – from small arms; Krasnogorovka – from large-caliber machine guns, small arms; three times Water – from weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers x systems and small arms; near Verhnetoretskogo – easel with antitank grenade, near the village of Sands – with a 82 mm grenade launcher and machine-antitank grenade “, – noted in the headquarters of the CAB. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132596
On June 15, Russian occupation forces in Donbas 21 times attacked the positions of Ukraine’s Joint Forces, including four times – with the use of 120mm and 82mm mortars proscribed by the Minsk agreements, as reported by the JF Operation press center. Luckily, no losses have been reported amid the attacks.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 24 times in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas on June 14. Today, Russian-led forces have already launched four attacks on the Joint Forces positions. — Ukrinform.
Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 24 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action. Each enemy provocation had an adequate response.
On June 13, the mobile group of the Ukrainian STsKK photofixed the shelling of the eastern outskirts of the village of Borovskoye, Severodonetsk district, Luhansk region. Censor informs about this. NO with reference to the OS press center . On June 13, at about 00:30, the armed forces of the Russian Federation from of the settlement of Pervomaisk in the direction of the eastern outskirts of the settlement of Borovskoye made shelling from an artillery system of 152 mm caliber. In the course of photofixation, the mobile group of the Ukrainian side of the STsKK installed two sites of explosions of 152 mm caliber artillery shells with a remote fuse. “The Ukrainian side of the JCCC calls upon the occupation administration and the armed forces of the Russian Federation to recall all the norms of humanitarian law and to stop neglecting the Minsk agreements,” the report says. Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3132556
The mercenaries of the Russian-terrorist forces fired at the building of the existing school in occupied Mikhailovka, which is located 58 km west of Luhansk. According to Tsenzor.NET , this is stated in the report of the OSCE mission . “Observers found fresh bullet holes in the double-glazed windows of windows on several floors of the building. The damage was caused by small-arms fire,” the OSCE report said. The school principal reported that the damage occurred on the night of June 13th. People are not affected. According to the Mission, the nearest militant positions are located 700 meters north of the damaged school. In addition, in the occupied Mikhailovka, observers found damage to the local store due to the shelling of small arms. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132616
Ukrainian forces document consequences of Russian attack on living area in Mariinka
Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander, Lieutenant General Oleksandr Syrsky has informed a U.S. delegation about the security situation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area and presented irrefutable evidence of the Russian aggression in Donbas. — Ukrinform. “Members of the American delegation were presented with irrefutable evidence of the Russian aggression in Donbas. In particular, some pieces of armament and military equipment captured from the enemy were demonstrated. This weapon is used by the Russian occupying forces on the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” the JFO press center reported on its Facebook page. The JFO commander met with member of the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors David Petraeus and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center John Herbst. As noted, the American delegation also visited Avdiivka, where they met with the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who perform combat missions directly on the contact line. The foreign guests visited the local memorial in honor of the fallen Ukrainian soldiers.
Ukrainian minister Chernysh says leaders of Russian armed gangs in Donbas will be first to get Russian passports
At one of the ranges of the Donetsk region there were competitions for the best tank crew. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. Participants competed in overcoming the obstacle course, which included practical training on fire, tactical, engineering training, training in radiation, chemical and biological protection and some special elements – loading and unloading ammunition, evacuating a wounded crew member and providing first aid.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has instructed to take urgent measures to provide drinking water to residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to take part in activities to mark the fifth year of the city being liberated from Russia-backed separatists.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with families of Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in November 2018, the press service of the head of state has reported. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, June 14, met with the families of Ukrainian naval sailors who had been detained by Russia last year near the Kerch Strait, as reported by the press service of the head of state. The president has assured he is keeping the situation under control.
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.
On the joint-stock company “Dunaysudoservis” Ltd the dock repair of the marine guard “Amethyst” (BG-58) from the structure of the Danube flotilla of the Marine Protection of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine was completed. As Ukrainian Military portal informs, the press service of the company reports. In the course of work, repair of the body, main deck and falshburt throughout the perimeter of the ship was carried out.
Modern military conflicts are marked by widespread use of tube and rocket artillery. Therefore, the question of the timely detection and exact defeat of their fiery positions (counter-tank warfare) over long distances is very relevant today. In Ukraine, the KP “NSC” Iskra “, which is part of the State Enterprise” Ukroboronprom “, created the domestic radar 1L220UK, which is designed to solve these problems. In the spring of 2019, at one of the Ukrainian landfills, a counter-radar radar 1L220UK was field-tested, which determines the location of hostile equipment at a distance of several dozens of kilometers. Radar 1L220UK (version for the Armed Forces of Ukraine) was developed by the Communist Party “NSC” Iskra “and successfully completed the field stage of state tests. 190614 OPERATING PRINCIPAL Principle of operation of counterbattery complex from Communist Party “NSC” Iskra ” The main functions of the radar are: – reliable and precise determination of the coordinates of the enemy’s fire positions for the entire depth of fire weapons, – recognition of classes of shooting systems (mortars, artillery, tactical missiles), – issuance of targets for automated fire control systems; – Correction of artillery and rocket systems firing by determining the coordinates of landing sites for mines, shells or missiles; – determination of the coordinates of the fall of the shells. The 1L220UK thanks to its powerful microwave antenna array detects rockets that run toward their forces, and a powerful digital system builds up trajectories for their flights. This allows you to determine the exact location of enemy guns, mortars, rocket propellant rocket systems, and missile defense air defense systems and tactical missiles at tens of kilometers. 190614 DATA DISPLAY MAIN WINDOW Main window of information display in the workplace operator counterbattery complex 1L220UK consists of two transport units: an antenna-hardware machine and a control machine with workplaces for the personnel. Such a separate construction greatly enhances the protection of personnel from the damage by antiradar missiles and shells in the context of hostilities. The peculiarity of such a construction is that they are able to perform their functions without a control machine due to a remote workplace that can be in a secure place. It should be noted that KP “NVK” Iskra “is working on the creation of a family of counterbalanced radars for export. It consists of two types of products – 1L220E and 1L221E, the main difference being the type of transmitter and the transport base. In the radar 1L220E used a central transmitter, in which the main element is the electric vacuum device (multi-klystron). Transmitter radar 1L221E is based on solid state modules built on the basis of GaN amplifying elements. There are two variants of construction of an antenna-hardware machine 1L220E, namely, a performance on the basis of a semi-trailer and a tractor or on the basis of a 10×10 chassis manufactured by TATRA in the product line of the KP “NSC” Iskra “. The second version has an increased permeability through the use of a solid base with a drive on all wheels. In these two variants, the antenna-hardware car has an additional workplace compared to the model 1L221E. All modifications of counterbalanced radar can be operated in any weather in different climatic conditions and in conditions of intense radio-collision. 190614 PKAP 1 Antenna-hardware machine of the complex 1L221E, Machine control unit with workplaces for staff The antenna hardware of the radar 1L221E is made on the basis of a high-throughput chassis and four-wheel drive 8×8, which ensures high product permeability and reduces the time of deployment / collapse. So, in this radar, the rather high speed of deployment / collapse time does not exceed 5/5 minutes. Thanks to this, the 1L221E radar can be reliably categorized as high-tech. Increasingly, during military operations, UAVs that carry out exploration and can be used as shock agents are used. Therefore, the issue of UAV detection is becoming more and more important. For this, the radar 1L221 (compared with the predecessor 1L220) added the function of detecting and maintaining aerodynamic targets with low EPR, such as UAVs. Both types of radars, 1L220E and 1L221E, are intended for use in large-scale conflicts when a large concentration of weapons is created, in a complex radio-electronic and targeted environment, as well as, if necessary, limited interventions to suppress widespread firefighting and determine the firing sites of “lethal” firearms. They can be involved in peacekeeping operations to monitor compliance with a ceasefire regime on a large area. TTX The use of counterbalanced radars of the type 1L220E and 1L221E allows reducing the cost of shells while maintaining a fixed level of performance of firing or at fixed costs of shells to increase the effectiveness of shooting. As part of the reconnaissance and shock complexes, radar will significantly increase the effectiveness of combat operations of rocket and artillery units. Comments : https://defence-ua.com/images/Content_2019/04/18/190418-counter_battery_radar.jpegYuriy PASHCHENKO, director of the Communist Party “NSC” Iskra “: “The stations of counter-battery fighting are engaged in quite a few companies in the world. The most famous manufacturers from the US, Germany, Sweden, Russia and China. Today, Ukraine with our station 1L220UK “Zoo-3” is among the leading manufacturers of such weapons. And this is a really significant achievement of the group of engineers who worked on this station in the specialized design bureau at the KP “NSC” Iskra “. In the spring of 2019, the counterattacked radar successfully passed a fairly rigid state test because the military often went beyond the test program. Now is the stage of fulfillment of wishes of the customer. By the end of June 2019, we will complete the work on the adjustment of documentation and we plan to go to the letter “О1”. Then the case is under the Ministry of Defense. Today we are negotiating with the defense department to buy this radar. I expect that for a certain number of radar we will conclude an agreement in the near future. In general, we have serious plans for the future in terms of counter-battery fighting. We are talking about the creation of multifunctional radar based on the experience gained, which is simultaneously a counterbalanced vehicle and an overhead radar station, depending on the tasks set. This is a trend today, this way are our competitors and well-known world producers. We want to create a parametric range of such products in different capacities and range. ” https://defence-ua.com/images/Content_2019/03/26/190326-Zoopark3-1.jpg https://defence-ua.com/images/Content_2019/03/26/190326-Zoopark3-2.jpg Testing of the radar complex of counterbalanced combat 1L220UK in Chernihiv region by specialists of DNII / Photo by Aleksandr Shtupun Oleksiy ZALEVSKY, chief designer of the product “Zoo-3″ of the Communist Party “NSC” Iskra “: “We began to revive the direction of the counterattack fight from 2016. For two years we have made design documentation, produced a prototype and successfully passed all kinds of tests. These are really record terms. Today, the process of technical re-equipment is underway. After all, the product “Zoo” is quite specific. It requires the creation of specialized sites equipped with special equipment, which is not possible to use for other productions. As for the characteristics obtained during the state trials of the “Zoo”, they surpassed our expectations for range and accuracy. The station successfully cope with the definition of the point of the shot, its coordinates and the correction of fire artillery units. According to available indicators, in principle, we are at a decent level compared with existing competitors. And this is a very good signal for us that such a product will be ordered by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where such technology has been waiting for a long time. However, we do not stop there. We began to move on and develop more advanced counterbalanced radars of the next generation. And now our main efforts are focused on this. These are mobile versions of the radar with different configurations. We will strive to arrive at the kind of station that fully meets current and perspective trends regarding the range of detection, accuracy of determination of coordinates, speed of rolling / deployment on the ground, and also presence of a solid state transmitter. Some things are already present in our radar, some of us, let’s say, will be implemented in newer versions. ” Anton MIKHENKO
Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – In State Enterprise “Design Bureau” South “them. Yangel “optimistically assess the potential of Ukrainian-American cooperation in the field of missile engine construction and work out plans to create rocket engines in the United States. This was announced by the Director General of the CB Yuzhnoye them. Yangel “Alexander Degtyarev during a press conference. Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the Economic Truth. Assessing the current state of dialogue with the United States on the revision of the filling of the bilateral partnership in the space sphere, launched by Ukraine in the new geopolitical situation, Degtyarev said: “America without space in Ukraine will live, but this does not mean that we do not have any prospects.” According to Degtyarev, the aggravation of relations between the United States and Russia led to a political “unacceptability of the Russian presence in American space.” First of all, it is a question of Russian engines RD-180, said Degtyarev, noting that this situation opens additional opportunities for the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the field of missile engine construction. “We have both ambitions and experience to replace the RD-180 on the RD-815” (a new Ukrainian march engine with a draft of 250 tons), “said Degtyarev. According to the general director of the CBP, in addition to the marching RD-815, a new Ukrainian march RD-870 with a traction of up to 100 tons is also of great interest to potential customers. “In our plans – to create in the USA production of engines of Ukrainian development. We see in this perspective, because it gives many political privileges and many opportunities, “- said Degtyarev.
Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 08:45 – 14/06/2019 The Aerocopter Company conducted a series of demonstrative flights on the AK1-3 helicopter for journalists and potential customers. Informs the National Industrial Portal. The flights took place at the aerospace of the company “Aeropact”, located in the village of Nalyvaikivka in the Kiev region. During the presentation of the helicopter, the crew of the aircraft were made aerobatics, demonstration of the capabilities of equipment in different flight modes, rapid passages at ultralight, etc. Each of the guests during the presentation had the opportunity to independently verify the capabilities of the helicopter AK1-3 and to conduct a survey flight on an airplane under the supervision of an experienced instructor. At the end of the survey flights, representatives of the company “Aerocopter” told guests about the AK1-3 helicopter and noted its main advantages. First and foremost, this is compactness and low price, which is the best in terms of price-quality ratio on the market of ultralight helicopters. Also AK1-3 is able to fly at hot temperatures, up to 35 degrees Celsius. Today, the company is working on an improved version of the helicopter for African countries that can fly at a temperature of 48 degrees. Engine and blade resources – 2000 flying hours. However, the developer was discovered during the test operation of factory machines that the nodes and aggregates do not wear out for the specified time. This will enable Aerocopter to increase the life of helicopter aggregates to 3,000 flight hours. The AK1-3 helicopter produced by the company Aerocopter In general, the test has left positive feedback from potential customers. The guests noted the ease of managing the helicopter, a glass cabin with the possibility of viewing large areas and the best price for the helicopters of this class. It reaches about 170 thousand dollars.
The new party set up by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who took office last month, could win a majority in a parliamentary election due on July 21, an opinion poll showed on Friday.
It looks like Ukraine’s future parliament will be defined by Zelenskyyy’s enigmatic Sluha Narodu and the “party of revenge,” representing the ex-Party of Regions of Viktor Yanukovych. Estimates on which political parties will make it to the Verkhovna Rada, or Ukrainian parliament, in the 21 July snap elections are ongoing. So far, according to the polls, there are five forces which can safely expect to get seats in the Verkhovna Rada. The ultimate leader is Sluha Narody, the party of newly-elected president Volodymyr Zelenskyyy – this high popularity is considered the main reason why early elections are being held in the first place. However, the composition of the rest of the future parliament is no less important. The latest poll was presented by the Sociological Group Rating. It was conducted from 29 May to 3 June.
Five years after the Euromaidan Revolution, the hopes of Ukrainian society for the renewal of the generation in power started to gradually fulfill themselves. The parties predicted to enter the next parliament have included well-known volunteers and representatives of respected reform-minded NGOs in their ranks. Although MPs guided by oligarchs will probably still prevail in the composition of the next Verkhovna Rada (parliament), the number of changemakers might increase as never before.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Ihor Sagach as ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden. — Ukrinform.
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said that Ukraine would have a real chance of getting the European prospect after 2025, and maybe by 2035 the country could become a member of the European Union (EU).
Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine, leader of the Popular Front Party Arseniy Yatsenyuk completed his first income declaration back in 2001. According Tsenzor.NET , he told about this in an interview with Dmitry Gordon “I filled out my first declaration in 2001. Even then, I knew that the time would come, they would take a calculator, all the documents and say: what are you living for, where did you get it from?” He stressed that in the modern world $ 10,000 could not be secretly transferred anywhere, “there is nothing secret in this world, which then does not become obvious.” “And for people like me, all the intelligence services of the whole world were following. I never had an offshore company. That is why I have never been in any Panama papers,” said Yatsenyuk. He recalled that even during the presidency of Yanukovych, being a people’s deputy, when introducing amendments to the legislation on combating corruption, advocated that government officials declare all assets, including valuables and cash. After the discrediting campaign, Yatsenyuk stressed, “there are a lot of myths and lies” left: “Somewhere it appeared that Yatsenyuk celebrated the“ stolen billion ”. Then the person who wrote this message apologized. Nobody read the apologies He was misinformed, and the whole country is discussing it. This is also “24 villas in Miami”. And dozens of passports. I also do not live in Ukraine. And my whole family lives either on some island or in the United States America. I could not believe that people would buy it. He, notes Yatsenyuk, all his life “as hell of incense” was afraid of any corruption schemes. However, this is exactly what he said was “stuck on his forehead” to him. “There is no proof, all is a clean lie,” he said. “I have never had an offshore company. That is why I have never been in any Panama papers,” said Yatsenyuk. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132560
KYIV. June 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Around 70% of Ukrainian citizens believe that the situation in the country is tense, according to poll conducted by the Socis Social and Marketing Research Center presented at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on June 14.
A month ago, Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi seemed to have reached a dead end, having been deprived of his bank, falling under investigation in the US and UK with his companies finally forced to pay normal bills to Ukrainian state enterprises, and his assets frozen by a UK court. However, upon his return to Ukraine after Zelenskyyy’s victory in the presidential elections, Kolomoyskyi dared to recommend to the Ukrainian government that the country default. He didn’t conceal his happiness with the results of the presidential elections. How powerful are the Ukrainian oligarchs, what schemes do they use to enrich themselves, and how is Ihor Kolomoyskyi trying to take revenge after being suppressed by Poroshenko?
In eastern Ukraine, a massive salt-mining operation is hoping to crack Western markets after Russia blocked its imports.
Most museums deliberately create a curious and intriguing atmosphere to arouse our senses and emotions. However, other museums do not need to invent anything. The horror seeps through every crack in the walls, through each floor tile. Such horror and terror do not belong to a distant past, but to the early years of the 20th century. The National Memorial Museum of Victims of Occupation Regimes, or Prison on Lontskoho (Ukrainian: Тюрма на Лонцького) is a former detention centre in Lviv that was primarily used as a political prison of the Polish, Soviet and Nazi regimes throughout the 20th century. Today, the museum houses the main office of the Research Centre for the Study of the Ukrainian Liberation Movement. The whole history of these premises is penetrated by apocalyptic images that are difficult to imagine.
Communists Of Russia, a Marxist-Leninist communist party, said Thursday that it has asked Russia’s TV regulator, Roskomnadzor, to block local access to “disgusting” HBO miniseries Chernobyl. The party, not to be confused with the bigger, more powerful Communist Party of the Russian Federation, went on to call for a libel lawsuit against the writer, director and producers of the series, claiming that the program “turned a tragedy into an object of ideological manipulation,” “demonizing the Soviet regime and Soviet people.” (The party’s Sergey Malinkovich, who made the statements, admitted that the series for the most part portrayed correctly the chronology of events and key moments of the nuclear disaster.)
Paul Goble Staunton, June 15 – The recent controversy over a new film about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 has prompted many who were alive at that time to recall what is meant for them. Vladimir Pastukhov, a London-based analyst of Russian affairs, says that for him and many others, it was a turning point to led to the end of the USSR. Mikhail Gorbachev has said that Chernobyl contributed to the demise of the Soviet Union by its impact on the economy, Pastukhov says; but that is not the case. Instead, it did so by destroying the trust between the population and the regime and dividing them permanently between “us” and “them” (republic.ru/posts/93943). “With Chernobyl,” the historian says, “began my alienation from everything that was in any way connected with the state and with those who worked for it. From that moment to the last day of the existence of this system as only ‘I’ and ‘they’ – and the two things were always separate and in opposition to each other. Consequently, when the regime began to disintegrate, Pastukhov continues, he looked on without any desire to get involved in saving it. Trust, he points out, is something that can dissipate overnight and that is what happened because of Chernobyl, a development that many underrate. “Regimes die in the last analysis not from wars, catastrophes or even more from economc difficulties. All of those things in fact may help them unite and survive if there is trust. Instead, regimes die from actions that cause a large part of their populations to be politically alienated” – and that is something one must always remember and look for. The American film about Chernobyl has pluses and minuses, Pastukhov says. “But from my point of view, the main thing in it is that it captures the atmosphere of lives which surrounded us then.” In an appearance via Skype on Ekho Mosvky’s “2019” program, the London-based analyst suggests that what is going in Russia today in many ways represents a slow-moving Chernobyl in which any remaining trust between the population and the regime is being destroyed (echo.msk.ru/programs/year2019/2444781-echo/). As a result, when the crisis comes as it must, the regime will not be able to count on the people, not because of economic problems or political failures but because like its Soviet predecessors, it has lost the trust of the people. They are thus highly unlikely to come to its defense.
HBO’s “Chernobyl” miniseries became a true success for its creators. [The show tops the IMDB TV top-250 – Ed.]. The story of the world’s biggest man-made disaster has appealed to both the audience and the critics – the miniseries has been watched by about a million viewers, it has received lots of reviews internationally. “Chornobyl” (or “Chernobyl” as transliterated from Russian) skillfully reenacts the atmosphere, is dramatic and has an eye for detail so that the Soviet daily routines are recreated with much accuracy. Shortly after it premiered, the viewers started discussing how accurate it is in transmitting the spirit of the time and the disaster details. The Ukrainian Crisis Media Center published an analysis, which we republish here.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s administration says a mural will be painted on the station’s eastern wall. The relevant competition has been completed to name the winner project.
Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret ignored the earlier warning by the OCU and proceeded to sending bishops invitations to attend the council he has scheduled for June 20. Earlier, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine declared that the so-called “Council” of the now non-existent Kyiv Patriarchate announced by Filaret would mean a split in church and entail “canonical consequences” for its participants.
On June 20, the Honorary Patriarch of the PTsU Filaret plans to hold a “local council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate”. This is stated in the invitations sent to the bishops of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Tsenzor reports . NO with reference to Cerkvarium . “I invite you to take part in the local council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which will be held at the St. Vladimir Patriarchal Cathedral of the city of Kiev on June 20, 2019 at 11:00,” the invitation says. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/p3132592
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.
Recently, a statement was published in social networks by Bishop Qais of Erzurum, Vicar of Patriarch John X of Antioch, claiming that Orthodox churches could convene an all-Orthodox Council without the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew, aiming to dismiss the latter. The bishop suggests that Patriarch Bartholomew made a mistake by granting a tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and that he could not be removed from his post “for the sake of peace,” Information Resistance OSINT Group reports citing Dukhovniy Front [Spiritual Front] online news outlet. In fact, such statements being voiced once are yet another evidence of the fact that Moscow has been implementing its plan to seize primacy in the Orthodox world, the report says. To this end, Russia also manipulates the ambitions of OCU’s Honorable Patriarch Filaret and tries to split the OCU to discredit Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and actually grab his historic place in Orthodoxy. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/10587366-russian-orthodox-church-through-its-satellites-trying-to-overthrow-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew.html
It’s impossible to fully understand the strategic reality in Russia today without scrutinizing the remarkable conjunction between the Kremlin, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the nuclear weapons community. ……. A LASTING INFLUENCE That the Russian Orthodox Church has so deeply penetrated the country’s nuclear complex will likely have significant and lasting effects. When nuclear organizations compete for resources within and outside the Russian military, the church may become a tool of influence. It already helps recruit qualified youth to elite units, and nuclear corps commanders may come to see Orthodox draftees as particularly reliable and motivated, and so to seek them out. Indeed, the Orthodox faith has become so associated with national identity and patriotism that those seeking the fast track to promotions within the military and foreign policy communities may see fit to profess the faith. Ambitious military officers and even politicians can similarly enhance their careers by associating with influential senior clerics within the Kremlin’s court. There are, of course, limits to the influence of religion within Russia’s foreign policy establishment. But the theocratization of Russia’s military and foreign policy establishment is real and significant, and the trend has flown under the radar for too long. We can no longer understand the Kremlin’s political mentality and strategic culture without factoring in the influence of the Orthodox Church and faith.
Orthodox Christianity—and Vladimir Putin—are at the center of the country’s newest culture war.