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Nuke update. Russia complains to UK over SAS/SBS. NATO updates. Three reports on China vs. Russia – the question is indeed how long will it take for them to turn on each other? More reports on Russia’s descent. Bukovsky book finally translated to English – now available as an eBook. Turkey update. Moldova update. EU election interference.

Dates of Ze’s visit to DC still being negotiated. Ze visits Paris. IR update – Pres Steinmeier reverses and rejects closer ties with Russia. Black Sea and Crimea updates.

Donbas update, including Mariupol. Industry update – Pivdenniye at the Paris Airshow, NS-2 helmet.

Politics and OCU updates.

Two interesting ROC reports – abandon all hope Ye who enter!


Global Nuclear Arsenal Declines, But Future Cuts Uncertain Amid U.S.-Russia Tensions

The number of nuclear weapons held by world powers declined in the past year, but future reductions look uncertain because of the “political and military differences” between Moscow and Washington,…

Here’s how many nuclear warheads exist, and which countries own them

An annual assessment of global nuclear arms finds that while the number of warheads has decreased over the past year, the modernization of nuclear forces continues to increase.

Trump Calls NYT Report On U.S. Cyberactivity In Russia ‘Treason’

President Donald Trump has blasted The New York Times for an article alleging that the United States was ramping up its digital incursions into Russia’s power grid.

UAWire – Kremlin demands explanation why UK special forces have been tasked with countering Russian special operations

The British ministries of defense and foreign affairs must explain publicly the reports in the British media that the UK special forces have been retasked with countering Russian special operations, said the spokesperson of the Russian Embassy in the UK. “As far as we understand, these are still drafts that will be presented for approval by the political leadership. We would like to hope that the relevant politicians will not allow the soldiers and special forces to implement their dangerous ideas,” he said. The Russian diplomat said that such publications are alarming. “If it is actually true, then such a decision appears, firstly, mistaken, and secondly, questionable with respect to London’s compliance with its international legal obligations,” he concluded. Recently BBC published an article claiming that a plan has been drafted to reassign the UK Special Forces from the fight against terrorism to the countering of foreign governments, especially Russia, which is believed to be conducting secret operations in the Baltic states and in Africa. If the plan is approved by the relevant leaders, the internal special forces divisions will be restructured, and several of them will start to cooperate more actively wit

UK and Russia consider May-Putin meeting to thaw relations | World news | The Guardian

More than a year after Skripal poisoning, obstacles remain to key diplomatic step

U.S., NATO Moves in Baltics Raise Russian Fears – WSJ

The U.S. and its NATO allies flexed their muscles along Russia’s western border this week with military exercises and a pledge of new troops that have deepened Moscow’s fears of U.S. intentions in the region.

UAWire – French Air Force to begin air patrols over Baltic in 2020

Chief of Staff of the French Air Force Philippe Lavigne in an interview with an American magazine Aviation Week &amp; Space Technology said that the …

Without a NATO-wide effort, the skies along the northeastern flank could be in peril

WARSAW, Poland, and BRUSSELS — Confronted by what they perceive as Russia’s increasingly belligerent activities in Eastern Europe, the three Baltic states are moving toward tightening their air-defense cooperation, and they view NATO’s air-policing mission in their skies as a major part of their security. This is perhaps a sensible approach, as local observers say that without the alliance’s support, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would be unable to field sufficient capabilities. NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission was launched March 30, 2004, one day after Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the alliance. More than 15 years later, the three states still depend on other allies, as they lack their own fighter jet fleets that could be deployed to safeguard their skies. “On a day-to-day basis, NATO air policing can react to airspace intrusions or violations of flight rules that Estonia would be unable to deal with alone — this is important for preserving territorial integrity,” Tony Lawrence, a research fellow at the Tallinn-based International Centre for Defence Security think tank, told Defense News. “But more widely, the presence of the air-policing mission … is a significant demonstration of NATO’s solidarity with its Baltic allies and its resolve to take Baltic security seriously. This is an important contribution to deterrence in the region.” Local analysts point to the noticeable increase in violations of the Baltic states’ airspace since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. “There are frequent flight violations by Russian military aircraft, for example incursions into Baltic airspace, flying with transponders switched off or failures to file flight plans,” Lawrence said. “Concerning Estonia’s airspace, these violations often happen with aircraft transiting from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad, and they are swiftly dealt with by the air-policing mission.” Lukas Milevski, an assistant professor at Leiden University and a Baltic Sea fellow at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute think tank, told Defense News that the initial rotation of four fighter jets was doubled to between eight and 10 aircraft starting in 2014 in response to Russia’s increased military activities in the region.

Calls grow louder for a fresh European air-defense push

Should NATO members in Europe band together for short- to medium-range air defense? Some argue yes, and that Germany should take the lead.

NATO looks to replace its ageing fleet of E-3A AWACS surveillance aircraft – Defence Blog

Reuters, quoting general manager of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agency that manages the AWACS fleet Michael Gschossmann, reported the alliance might switch to the E-7 Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft to replace the aging Boeing E-3A surveillance aircraft. Michael Gschossmann told Reuters NATO could follow the lead of member states Britain and Turkey in purchasing the E-7, a newer radar plane also built by Boeing. Those aircraft, he said, were large enough to add potential new capabilities, such as operating drones for expanded surveillance, in coming years. The E-7 is based on a Boeing 737-700, with the addition of an advanced Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar, and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles which can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. It is a highly advanced aircraft, providing an airborne early warning and control platform that can gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it, and distribute it to other assets.

DRAGON-19 drills kick off in Poland

DRAGON-19, the NATO drill, the largest one this year began in Poland. Polskie Radio reported this June 17. The exercise involves soldiers from twelve NATO member countries, with 11th Lublin Armored Cavalry (Poland) in the leader status. It will enjoy the support of military units from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Romania and Slovakia. 18,000 staff and 2,500 military vehicles participate in the drills.

UAWire – Latvian military claims Russian ship was spotted near the country’s border

Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) stated that the Russian warship was seen near the country’s border on Sunday. &quot;On June 16 Latvian Naval …

UAWire – Serbia begins joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

On June 14, the international exercises Slavic Brotherhood 2019 started in Serbia with the participation of Russia and Belarus. According to …

 

We Found Out What Russia Thinks of China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter | The National Interest

Does the J-20 have Russian DNA? Maybe.

China-Russia Alliance: Is The U.S. Ready? – Bloomberg

Before they turn on each other, they’re taking on the U.S.

China Eyes Russian Grain Terminal – The Moscow Times

Sino-Russian ties are deepening as China is ramping up its investment in Russian agriculture.

Will US and Iranian officials be at Russia’s Ufa meeting together? – World News – Jerusalem Post

In March, the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, said that Moscow is working with many states to “build mutually beneficial terms.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Their Language Under Attack, Tatars Turn to Islam to Defend Their Nation’s Future

Paul Goble Staunton, June 16 – One of the unintended and certainly unwelcome consequences of Vladimir Putin’s assault on the languages of the non-Russian peoples of the Russian Federation is that some of them, the Tatars of the Middle Volga most prominently, are now looking to religion and especially Islam to serve as the defense of their nations’ futures. This week, 1137 delegates from 70 regions of the Russian Federation assembled in Kazan for the tenth All-Russia Forum of Tatar Religious Leaders. The meeting dealt with a variety of issues ranging from the role of Tatar imams far beyond the borders of the republic to the role of Islam in saving the Tatar nation (business-gazeta.ru/article/428070). In many places, delegates said, the mosque is the only remaining place where Tatar is being actively used and taught. With the closure of Tatar-language schools, only the imams are now teaching the language. Saratov Mufti Mukkadas Bibarsov said that Islam must thus be part of the Strategy for the Development of the Tatar Nation, something that is not now the case. Rinat Zakirov, president of the executive committee of the World Tatar Congress told the group that everyone should remember that “before the revolution, the word ‘Tatar’ was a synonym for ‘Muslim.’ Therefore, excluding this important point from the strategy is simply nonsense,” especially now that the Tatar language is under attack. Other participants echoed this argument, but the most important support came from Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov. He reminded the delegates that “for more than a thousand years, the Tatar people has been an important part of the Muslim world, has supported the development of multi-national Russia and made possible the strengthening of our common statehood, cultural and spiritual traditions.” Most significantly, he declared that “the main strength of our national rebirth [in the 19th century] was Islam” when the great jadid theologians Marjani, Musa Bigiy, and Kusavi showed he way forward. That tradition needs to be revived and there are great hopes that the Bulgar Islamic Academy will help promote that end. “One of our basic obligations is the preservation of the Tatar nation, our native language, culture and traditions,” the president said. “In today’s complicated situations, one of the important factors for the preservation and strengthening of national self-consciousness is religion. It gives us spiritual strength to counter various problems.” Minnikhanov expressed the hope that the congress would stress this in its concluding documents and added that he hoped it would lend its support to ensuring the unity and vitality of the Tatar nation, especially “in the context of the next census of the population, which will occur in Russia in 2020.” Other speakers developed these points. Kamil Samigullin, the mufti of Tatarstan, said that Muslims needed to dispense with the misguided notion that “there is no such thing as the nation” in Islamic thought and practice. The Koran clearly indicates that the preservation of national identity is something Allah supports. “Not for nothing did the great Tatar enlightener and encyclopedist Shigabutdin Marjani write: “In religion three things do not exist but these things preserve it: national language, national dress and national customs.” Islam and the Tatar nation are thus not competitors but necessary and mutually supportive friends.

State-Approved Rally Held In Moscow In Support Of Free Media

Hundreds gathered in Moscow on June 16 to protest against violations of media freedom. The officially sanctioned rally was organized in reaction to the detention of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on a controversial drug charge, which was eventually dropped on June 11. A co-organizer of a previous rally in support of Golunov, Ilya Azar, criticized the June 16 rally as a “fake” event and called for people not to take part in it.

State-Approved Rally Held In Moscow In Support Of Free Media

The Russian Interior Ministry says nearly 1,600 people are taking part in a rally in Moscow in support of free media in Russia, which critics have described as “fake.”

Russia just had a mini popular uprising | Russia | Al Jazeera

Did the world notice?

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Some Siloviki Likely have Already Gone Over to the Side of the Kremlin Liberals,’ Ravozzhayev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 16 – It is a mistake to think that members of the force structures are completely tied to the Putin regime. If the Kremlin mistreats them as many of their members feel has been true in the Golunov case, it is “probable” that “part of the siloviki have already gone over to the side of the Kremlin liberals,” Leonid Ravozzhayev says. A member of the Left Front argues that as more confrontations between the powers that be and the population occur and as the authorities have to make concessions to the population as part of their strategy to retain power, the number of those in the power structures who will decide to shift allegiance will only grow (nakanune.ru/articles/115230/). He cites as an example of how an elite crackdown may lead to divisions within the siloviki the situation which emerged in Ukraine when another journalist Georgy Gongadze was killed. Many in the force structures might have been prepared to stay with regime had it adopted a hard line, but when it vacillated, they left. Something similar is happening now in Russia. According to Ravozzhayev, the situation is much as it was during Perestroika. The siloviki simply aren’t certain whether those in power now will be in power in a year or two, and consequently, they are thinking not only about defending their immediate positions but also their long-term interests. That creates problems of the Kremlin now because “our siloviki officers understand that something not right is going on and that it will be better for them not to commit any excessive number of crimes but rather decide on whose side they will be.” That is what happens whenever there are questions about how tough those in power are and who will be in power in the future. The speed with which the Kremlin backed down on the Golunov case and then the speed with which it used force against demonstrators in support of the journalist show just how divided the Russian elite is and suggest that divisions among it follow lines other than those many think, including within the siloviki. Some suggest, the activist says, that the Kremlin may even have launched the Golunov case to test the loyalty of the siloviki, to find out who could be counted on to obey it regardless of what it ordered. If that is so, what is learned cannot be encouraging to those in power now. And as more such cases arise, divisions among the siloviki will become even more obvious.

TikTok announces decision to cooperate with Russian government after censors began searching the app for child porn — Meduza

The mobile video sharing app TikTok has announced that it plans to cooperate with the Russian government and follow Russian law, Mediazona reported. Representatives of the highly popular app said they made the decision to collaborate with Russian authorities in order to create a “positive environment” for Russian users, adding that they would develop strategies to “eliminate inappropriate content.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Siloviki Arrest 174 People in Penza, All are Roma, None an Ethnic Russian

Paul Goble Staunton, June 16 – Local, regional and federal siloviki dispersed Russians who had been blocking a highway in Penza oblast after clashes between Russians and members of the Roma community there resulted in injuries and at least one death. The authorities have arrested 174 people, all of whom are Roma (theins.ru/news/161698and znak.com/2019-06-14/v_penzenskoy_oblasti_omon_ochistil_federalnuyu_trassu_ot_protestuyuchih). Federal officials have portrayed themselves as evenhanded and have even pledged to bring to justice local Russian officials if the investigation shows that they bore responsibility for the clashes (nakanune.ru/news/2019/6/16/22544080/). But the way in which the authorities have behaved will be read by some as meaning that it is open season on the Roma. Indeed, some ethnic Russians in Penza Oblast may have already drawn that conclusion: Last night there was a large and as yet unexplained fire in the Roman encampment near Chemodanovka. No one was injured but a great deal of property was damaged (znak.com/2019-06-16/pod_penzoy_proizoshel_krupnyy_pozhar_v_cyganskom_poselke). For the Russian authorities to tilt so far in the direction of one ethnic group and against another is extraordinarily short-sighted and dangerous, commentator Anatoly Nesmiyan who blogs under the name “El Murid” says in a new post that has been picked up by others (https://el-murid.livejournal.com/4163246.html; e.g., publizist.ru/blogs/112502/31608/-). “The current conflict with the Roma in the village of Chemodanovka in Penza Oblast,” he says, “a conflict which ended with shooting, is not national and even not ethnic. It is strictly a clash of two ways of living, which are incompatible with one another,” the commentator continues. According to him, the guilty parties in this case are “exclusively the local powers that be, from police on the beat to the governor who needed to include the Roma factor in their calculations and have a clearly designed conception of relations with this unique social category.” That the authorities “in general did not do so, Nesmiyan says, “led to the conflict, the murder and the involvement of the population which in essence was fulfilling the work of the authorities but in an extreme manner.” Now, what is certain to happen, he says, is that “unacceptable conditions” will be created for the Roma and they will be forced to move on. “Our authorities, unfortunately, are not able to quickly and effective act in the case of group conflicts be they communal or ethnic.” And what is still worse is that the Russian law enforcement bodies find it easier to accuse one side rather than find out and punish “the real criminals.” “All this,” Nesmiyan says, “is the result of the incompetence of officials and officers of law enforcement organs, itself a reflection of a negative cadres selection. Those who get prompted are not those who honestly and professionally do their jobs but those who are loyal to the bosses and powers that be as a whole.” Although the Russian blogger does not mention it, there is one even more disturbing aspect of this situation: few governments including the Russian ever get in much trouble if they attack the Roma given that all too many regimes have chosen to do so in violation of their own laws and human rights norms.

1989 ‘Gave Us The Best Europe’ Says Historian Garton Ash

It was the year the Berlin Wall fell, the death knell to decades of communist rule in Eastern and Central Europe. And according to Timothy Garton Ash, 1989 was the “best year in European history.” In a wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL’s Belarusian Service, the British historian concedes the economic liberalism that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet-led totalitarian system ushered in economic inequality. And Ash says that is partly to blame for today’s wave of right-wing populism. Overall, however, Garton Ash is a “long-term optimist,” believing, among other things, that Russia will eventually find its rightful place in Europe and the world. Back in 1989, the events that swept across Europe were a “peaceful revolution” that consigned a “nuclear-armed, post-totalitarian empire” to history’s scrapheap, explains Garton Ash. “A Europe with Poland free, most countries in Europe are now liberal democracies, most countries in Europe are members of the same political, security, and economic communities. For individuals that means that you can go from one end of the EU to the other without let or hindrance, settle down, work, live, love from one end of Europe to the other. That’s an amazing achievement.”

Judgment in Moscow by Vladimir Bukovsky – Ninth of November Press

International bestselling author Vladimir Bukovsky’s 1995 book, Judgment in Moscow, detailed Soviet meddling in Western politics in the 1970’s and 80’s, as documented in Soviet archives to which Bukovsky was given access by post-Communist Russia’s President Yeltsin—unaware that Bukovsky carried a new high-tech scanner. Originally written in Russian, Judgment was seen as a major indictment of political treachery both inside and outside the USSR. The book was funded by a grant from Margaret Thatcher. Fellow dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn paid for its publication in Russia. Bukovsky’s thesis is in the title: Just as the Nuremberg trials declared Nazism and associated actions crimes against humanity, so should the world have put Communism on trial after the fall of the Soviet Union. The goal: Not revenge, but a declaration that the world would consider a resurgence of the USSR’s form of totalitarian government intolerable and criminal, and would not allow it to rise again. Instead, Bukovsky details a pattern of cooperation with Soviet regimes that makes today’s accusations of collusion between American leaders and Moscow not only unsurprising, but expected. A controversial tome in nine other languages, Judgment has never been published in English, after the author refused to rewrite parts of the book which accused prominent Americans of behind-the-scenes collusion with the Soviets. The author quotes a Random House editor’s letter: “I don’t disagree, but I simply can’t publish a book that accuses Americans like Cyrus Vance and Francis Ford Coppola of unpatriotic—or even treacherous—behavior.” The 2019 English edition is a new translation by translator and journalist Alyona Kojevnikov, who has worked for Radio Liberty, the BBC and Prime Minister Thatcher. it includes an introduction by former Economist editor Edward Lucas and afterword by veteran Russia journalist David Satter. Published by Ninth of November press, it will also include hundreds of source footnotes to translated Communist Party documents, newspaper and book archives, plus historical context notes for today’s readers.

 

Turkey and Russia are not friends, despite appearances | TheHill

Erdogan is unlikely to walk away from Putin’s shrewd S-400 missile system offer because he fears Russian reprisal.

Turkey will not accept US requirements for the supply of Russian S-400 air defense systems, – Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Ankara does not change its position on the contract for the supply of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems (ZRK) S-400 and does not accept the requirements of Washington to abandon this agreement As Censor informs. There is no referring to Interfax-Ukraine , Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt авavuşoлуlu stated this. “Ankara will not accept the US requirements for the S-400 air defense system,” the Anadolu agency quoted the minister as saying during a visit to Hatay province bordering Syria. In addition, Cavusoglu touched upon the shelling of Turkish observation posts in the de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Idlib. The minister called inadmissible “aggressive actions of the Bashar Assad regime”, describing them as violating the agreements of Turkey and Russia on Idlib. The minister promised to give a “decisive rebuff” to the actions of the Syrian pro-government forces. The American side has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to supply F-35 fighter-bombers to Turkey, if Ankara simultaneously receives from Russia C-400. For example, last week, the American media reported that the acting head of the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan, warned Ankara about the US’s readiness to completely curtail cooperation with the F-35 fighter-bomber program if the Turkish side did not refuse to receive Russian air defense missile systems. -400. State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said that Washington could stop Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program and apply sanctions against Ankara within the framework of the CAATSA law due to purchases of the S-400 air defense system from Russia. According to observers, Washington fears that the acquisition of Ankara C-400 will allow declassifying the F-35 system, and these aircraft will be vulnerable to the Russian air defense system. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he expects the start of deliveries of Turkey’s C-400 in the first half of July. Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3132662

Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July: NTV | News | Al Jazeera

Turkey’s president says ‘the S-400 issue is settled’ after discussing it with Russia, Turkish broadcaster NTV reports.

Erdogan’s Ally Says Turkey Needs ‘New and Fair’ Currency Regime – Bloomberg

Turkey needs to work on a “new and fair” approach to managing the exchange rate that better suits the country’s economy and its people, according to a key ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

UAWire – Moldovan ‘Democrats’ flee the country

Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, the éminence grise of Moldovan politics and the primary patron of the Democratic Party that has been in power in recent years, left the country on 14 June in a black aircraft heading for Istanbul (the unusually colored private jetliner had been seen on standby at the Chisinau Airport for several days). According to other reports, he left Moldova by car through Transnistria and boarded an airplane in Odessa. Plahotniuc is currently believed to be in the USA. The Democratic Party claims that he only left for a few days to visit his family. Apparently, Plahotniuc was one of the first to leave Moldova. He did so immediately after a session of the party’s National Political Council, where it was decided that the democrats would step down from power. Moldovan President Igor Dodon accused them of usurping power in recent weeks, after the Moldovan Party of Socialists and the ACUM bloc led by Maia Sandu formed a majority parliamentary coalition. Even earlier to leave was Andrian Candu, deputy chairperson of the Democratic Party and former chairperson of parliament. A relative of Plahotniuc, Candu was the one to sign all the decrees during the period when President Dodon was temporarily suspended by a Constitutional Court ruling. Three days ago, Candu left on a mysterious visit to Washington. This was discovered only later, and nothing has been seen or heard from Candu himself since. Ilan Sor, head of the eponymous Sor party, an MP and the governor of Orhei, who has been under investigation for stealing millions from the Moldovan banking system, has also reportedly left the country. Iurie Leanca, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Integration known for his pro-Romanian orientation, has also gone on holiday abroad. “Yesterday five charter planes took off from Chisinau Airport,” Moldovan MP and political scientist Bogdan Tirdea told the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. “Ilan Sor, the man suspected of stealing a billion, flew to Israel, his family to Moscow. Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc and other gentlemen have fled. They took with them large sums of money and documents related to the theft of a billion and to illegal privatization and schemes. But the new government has promised to get them. That is, the top echelon of the Diplomatic Party and the Sor party have managed to flee the country. Prime Minister Maia Sandu has promised that they will be held accountable to the law for their numerous crimes. The same has been said by Andrei Nastase, the new Minister of Internal Affairs.” These are unlikely to be the last prominent politicians and businessmen linked to the Democratic Party and to Plahotniuc who will leave Moldova over the next few days. At the same time, the new Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, has demanded that all judges of the Constitutional Court resign “if they have an even ounce of dignity and respect for the Constitution and the citizens”. Previously, President Dodon also stressed the need to reformat the Constitutional Court, which has blatantly supported Plahotniuc and the Democratic Party in its breaches of the constitution in recent years.

UAWire – Ukraine offers Moldova help in bypassing Gazprom and importing gas from the EU

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.

UAWire – Leader of pro-Russian party Renato Usatii returns to Moldova after governmental transition of power

After the governmental transition of power, the leader of the pro-Russian “Our Party” Renato Usatii returned to Moldova. According to the news …

 

EU says Russia conducted ‘sustained’ election interference campaign

The European Union already suspected that Russia was trying to disrupt its parliamentary elections through hacks and other online interference, and now it’s dir…

Europe’s Elections Suggest US Shouldn’t Be Complacent in 2020 – Defense One

The lesson is not that elections are secure, but that Russian and other subversives are choosy about when and how they engage.

 

Date of Trump – Zelensky meeting not agreed, – White House

The date of the meeting of Volodymyr Zelensky with American leader Donald Trump has not yet been agreed. This is reported by UNN with reference to a source in the White House. “I can confirm that the invitation to the meeting was sent, but the date has not been set, and we are not announcing anything yet,” the source said, answering the question of whether the White House is considering the possibility of meeting Zelensky and Trump soon. An adviser to the president of Ukraine Borys Tizengauzen reported that a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. President Donald Trump could take place after the G20 summit, scheduled for June 28-29.

Zelensky arrives in Paris for state visit

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in France for a state visit. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky arrives in Paris on official visit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Paris on a one-day official visit.

Zelensky visiting Station F startup incubator in Paris

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to strengthen the fight against corruption by introducing innovative digital technologies. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky in Paris: Ukraine is not only agriculture, mines and metallurgy, it’s also IT industry

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is convinced that Ukraine should be associated not only with agriculture, mines and metallurgy, beautiful people, nature and food, but also with the IT industry.

Zelensky in Paris: Digital solutions priority for Ukraine’s development – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said digital solutions were a priority for Ukraine’s development. Zelensky also got acquainted with the presentation of the French project “La French Tech.”

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy To Meet With French, German Presidents This Week

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected to make his first visits to France and Germany as head of state this week, with the European capitals seeking progress on reforms in Ukraine and …

EU should not seek rapprochement with Russia, – Steinmeier

EU member countries should not seek closer ties with Russia now. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walther Steinmeier said so during the foreign policy and security conference in Finland on June 16, as Deutsche Welle reported. “The hopes for comprehensive partnership with Russia, the one with the increasing degree of integration have not been justified”, the politician marked. Both sides currently experience “deep disappointment”, as he put it.

Germany requires Russia to continue gas transit through Ukraine

Germany insists on the continuation of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine. According to Censor.NET with reference to Ukrinform , a spokesman for the German federal government Steffen Seybert said at a briefing in Berlin. “From our point of view, the continuation of the role of Ukraine as a transit state is a necessity, we demand it. There is an absolute interest in us, and this is our requirement for transit to be possible in the future,” Zaybert said. According to him, Berlin actively supports tripartite negotiations on the extension of transit between the EU, Ukraine and Russia. Speculation on the occasion of “another scenario” in Germany is not yet gathered. Zaybert admitted that the subject of the gas pipeline, which in Germany, despite all the economic considerations, but with a “political and geopolitical implication,” will be raised at a meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Tuesday in Berlin. This topic was constantly raised during meetings with his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, he noted. Annie Einhorn, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Ministry of Economy and Energy, also noted that Peter Altmacher, the head of the department and Marosz Shevkovich, deputy head of the European Commission, issued a statement on the results of their talks on this issue. She also noted that Altamar requires the preservation of transit and declares such a position at all meetings with Russian colleagues. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132711

Russia postpones negotiations on a new gas transit contract, so Europe should prepare for a gas crisis, – Zerkal

Ukraine warned the EU countries about the need to prepare for the gas crisis, as it is unlikely to agree to a new transit agreement with Russia. About this in a telephone interview with Bloomberg, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Elena Zerkal, reports Tsenzor.NET . “Ukraine warns European countries about the need to prepare for a gas crisis amid skepticism that it will agree to a new transit agreement with Russia before the expiration of the current transaction,” the report says. The probability is very high that until January 1, 2020 there will be no new contract, according to Zerkal. “As long as Russia postpones negotiations on a future contract, the grim scenario of a gas crisis should be considered seriously. That’s why every European nation, including Ukraine, is increasing its gas reserves in storage,” said the deputy foreign minister. Recall that the contract for the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine expires on December 31, 2019. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132720

Estonian FM calls for extension of sanctions against Russia due to Crimea occupation – news politics | UNIAN

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu has called for the extension of sanctions against Russia due to the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Sanctions continue to be one of the most effective tools for responding to any gross violation of international law, Reinsalu said.

Former NATO representative in Russia names conditions for Ukraine to join NATO

Ukraine must get rid of corruption and develop its own technologies so that NATO wants to accept it. This opinion was expressed by the former representative of NATO in Russia, an American officer, Harry Tabah, in an interview with Apostrof. “To do this, Ukraine needs tremendous progress – in technology, in modern weapons … But, again, corruption, eternal diseases. If you recover from them, at least a little, and start developing, NATO will say: we need such a country as Ukraine, let’s make an exception regarding Crimea or regarding some other territories, and agree, “said Tabah. He noted that it was necessary to work so that NATO wanted to accept Ukraine into its bloc. Moreover, according to him, over the past five years, Ukraine has already managed to achieve a lot, including in the military sphere, so “everything is possible.” He noted that it is not necessary for the country to be a full-fledged member of NATO, it is possible to be a member of the Alliance for some specific points. In order for Ukraine to properly ensure its development and security, the doors to the European Union and NATO must remain open for it. This was announced by the Senate of Poland MP Stanislav Karchevsky at the opening of the tenth session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada, the Seimas of Lithuania, the Sejm and the Senate of Poland “Security. Development. Democracy. Strong together” on June 7 in Kyiv. “The experience of the Baltic countries and Poland shows that only the Alliance can provide security, and development can only be given by the EU, so the doors to these organizations should remain open for Ukraine,” said Karchevsky. He drew attention to the historical experience of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, which suggests that countries should act together on security issues. The duty of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine is to avoid any mutual contradictions, especially historical ones, since they reduce the ability to cooperate for the sake of common security, the Polish parliamentarian said.

Putin sticks to wait-and-see approach toward Zelensky – spox – news politics | UNIAN

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said Vladimir Putin has taken a wait-and-see position toward President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The Kremlin still does not understand what the new president’s approaches to the main issues on the agenda will be.

125 Ukrainians have applied for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure, – the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

The first applications for Russian citizenship were received by the migration units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation from former residents of the Crimea and Sevastopol. So, as Tsenzor writes. NO , they responded to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation to the request of the Russian news agency TASS . It is reported that the consideration of documents and decision-making on them will last three months, but so far no such decision has yet been taken and not a single passport of the citizen of the Russian Federation has been issued on these applications. Recall, the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the simplified acquisition of citizenship of the Russian Federation for citizens of Ukraine living in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, was released on April 24 . Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council in connection with the introduction of a simplified procedure for admitting residents of certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions (ORDLO) to Russian citizenship by Russian President Vladimir Putin. On April 25, the UN Security Council met in connection with the illegal “passporting” of Donbass by Russia. According to its results, Yelchenko said that the result should be not only concern and condemnation, but also more decisive steps. On May 1, Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of Ukrainian citizens. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132716

Black Sea: Council adopts conclusions – Consilium

On 17 June 2019 the Council adopted conclusions on the EU’s engagement to the Black Sea regional cooperation. The Council reaffirms its long-standing commitment to fostering prosperity, stability, and resilience in the Black Sea area. It emphasises the increasing strategic importance of the Black Sea area for the EU, and calls for enhanced EU involvement in the regional cooperation, with the Black Sea Synergy initiative at its basis. In particular, it highlights the importance of harnessing the new opportunities for economic development, resilience and connectivity in the region and beyond. The Council remains concerned about the security challenges in the Black Sea area. In this context, it reiterates that respect for international law, including the principles of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, including freedom of navigation, as well as EU policy decisions and its non-recognition policy on the illegal annexation of Crimea, are fundamental to the EU’s approach to regional cooperation in the Black Sea area.

OUTCOME OF PROCEEDINGS – General Secretariat of the Council On: 17 June 2019 | Council of the European Union

Delegations will find attached Council conclusions on the EU’s engagement to the Black Sea regional cooperation as adopted by the Council (Foreign Affairs) on 17 June 2019.

EU Council: Non-recognition policy on Crimea’s annexation fundamental to EU’s approach to cooperation in Black Sea – news politics | UNIAN

The Council of the European Union has said non-recognition policy on the illegal annexation of Crimea are fundamental to the EU’s approach to regional cooperation in the Black Sea area. The Council also reaffirms its long-standing commitment to fostering prosperity, stability and resilience in the Black Sea area.

EU outlines engagement to Black Sea regional cooperation

The EU foreign ministers adopted the conclusions on EU’s engagement to the Black Sea regional cooperation, emphasizing that a nonrecognition policy on illegal annexation of Crimea is fundamental to the EU’s approach to regional cooperation in the Black Sea area. — Ukrinform.

Monitoring to be introduced at Ukraine’s de facto border with occupied Crimea – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Ministry for the Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine decided to introduce monitoring at the de facto border with the Russian-occupied Crimea. The measure is aimed at finding out more about the purpose of visits of Crimea residents.

 

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas amid 30 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 30 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action. Two occupiers were wounded, intelligence reports say.

Russian-led forces launch 30 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 30 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements twice, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Eight Ukrainian soldiers killed, 42 wounded in Donbas in May

Eight Ukrainian servicemen were killed and another 42 soldiers were wounded and injured in military operations in eastern Ukraine in May 2019. — Ukrinform.

Fake news about Ukrainian military taking positions in Donetsk rebuked

The information about Ukrainian troops taking positions in Donetsk, which has been spread by certain media, is a fake. The Joint Forces Operation HQ reported this June 17. The Command explained that hostile media spread this information to discredit the Ukrainain forces. The initial messages said that units of the Voluntery Ukrainian Corps of the Right Sector movement and servicemen of the King Danylo Detached Mechanized Brigade allegedly took positions in Donetsk. These messages contained personal data of the people who previously served with the volunteer units and then joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. ‘The goal of this information was to discredit the staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and leaders of the state in terms of political processes that are taking place in Ukraine and abroad, specifically in the view of the upcoming session of Minsk talks group and the foreign visits of Ukraine’s political leadership slated for the near future’, the Command of the Joint Forces Operation concluded.

Mercenaries of the Russian Federation are trying to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the top officials of the state by spreading a fake about the seizure of the Donetsk military by the Ukrainian military, – OS

Mercenaries of Russia are spreading false information on the Internet about the seizure by the Ukrainian military of parts of the territory of the city of Donetsk. This is stated in the Operation of the combined forces, reports Tsenzor.NET . “The Internet is spreading information about allegedly occupying positions by DUK PS subdivisions and military personnel of a separate mechanized brigade named after King Daniel directly in the city of Donetsk. We inform you that this information is not true! The purpose of this information fraud is to discredit the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and state officials in the context of political processes taking place in Ukraine and in the foreign policy arena, in particular, against the background of the forthcoming meeting I am the TKG in Minsk and the foreign visits of the political leadership of Ukraine planned for the near future, ”the OC said. It is noted that to create a fake, propagandists used the personal data of individuals who were once soldiers of volunteer divisions, but now serve in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “Hostile propaganda resources go to any steps to destabilize the situation in the information field of Ukraine. We urge media representatives to carefully check the information and use only verified and reliable sources,” the OS noted. “The command of the operation of the combined forces reports that the soldiers of a separate mechanized brigade named after King Daniel securely hold positions in certain areas of responsibility that perform combat tasks under the current legislation of Ukraine and the norms of International Humanitarian Law,” the Combined Forces added. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132669

Ukraine’s Mariupol stuck between war and Russian blockade | Russia | Al Jazeera

Mariupol is Ukraine’s principal port on the Sea of Azov and has great economic and strategic significance.

Zelensky inaugurates Demining Center in Donbas

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service has opened a demining center in Mariupol, Donetsk region, the Interior Ministry said on Facebook on Saturday.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky promises investments in Donbas

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Mariupol with a working visit, reports the website of the Ukrainian President. The President …

Thank you for saving Mariupol – President congratulated the residents on the fifth anniversary of the liberation of the city — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated the residents of Mariupol on the fifth anniversary of the liberation of the city from the illegal armed groups.

 

Zelensky congratulates Mariupol residents on fifth anniversary of liberation from terrorists – news politics | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated residents of the eastern Ukrainian strategic Azov Sea port City of Mariupol on the fifth anniversary of the liberation from terrorists. Also, the president thanked volunteer troops who had defended Mariupol.

UAWire – Italy demands more than €1 million compensation from Ukraine for reporter’s death in Donbas

On 14 June, a court in Pavia, Italy, held one of the final sessions of the trial of Ukrainian National Guard commander Vitalii Markiv, who is accused of complicity in the death of the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in the Donbas five years ago. The attorneys of the civilian plaintiffs – Rocchelli’s family and various journalist organizations – made their final addresses to the jury, Radio Svoboda reports. They voiced their support for the prosecution’s theory, which states that on 24 May 2014, the accused provided the Armed Forces of Ukraine with information about the location of foreign journalists at the Zeus Ceramica factory in Sloviansk, a city in Ukraine’s Donetsk province which was under militant control at the time. The plaintiffs’ representatives agreed with the prosecution’s assertion that Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian colleague Andrei Mironov were killed in a mortar shelling from Karachun, the mountain where the Ukrainian troops were stationed, and not by pro-Russian militants, who were also firing with heavy weaponry. The attorneys spoke positively of the separatists’ behavior, citing their own eye-witness journalists, who denied that the militants were responsible for the foreign reporters’ deaths. Attorney Alessandra Ballerini, representing Rocchelli’s family, sharply criticized Ukraine for failing to investigate the circumstances and causes of the Italian photographer’s death. She considers this an insult to the victim’s family, who have lost faith in the Ukrainian government. As compensation, the attorney advises the jury to demand €1 million, €500,000 each for the victim’s mother and father, and €800,000 for his wife. Additional compensation for the photojournalist’s sister has been proposed by another attorney. The representative of of the freelance photographer association Cesura Lab asked for €15,000 compensation from the defendant (the Ukrainian government). The funds would be used to organize professional courses for journalists in Italy. The lawyer and politician Giuliano Pisapia, representing the Italian National Press Federation (FNSI) and the Lombardy Association of Journalists, did not disclose the amount demanded by his clients, presenting it to the court in writing. He said that the money would be used to protect Italian journalists. The trial, which has been underway since 6 July 2018, will have three final sessions. Next Friday, leading defense attorney Raffaella Della Valle and Ukraine’s representative attorney Niccolo Bertolini Clerici will address the jury. On 5 July, Donatella Rapelli will present the defense’s conclusion, and the verdict will be given on 12 July. Vitalii Markiv, a 29 year-old with dual Italian and Ukrainian citizenship, has been held for nearly two years in a prison in Milan. He was arrested on 30 June 2017 by Italian law enforcement at the Bologna Airport, where he had arrived with his wife on a holiday to visit his mother.

The police found three mercenaries from Italy who fought for terrorists in the Donbas – Abroskin. Photo report

Police installed three mercenaries from Italy who fought against Ukraine in the Donbas. This was announced on his Facebook page by the first deputy head of the National Police Vyacheslav Abroskin, informs Tsenzor.NET .”Comprehensive materials have been collected that expose the criminal activities of three mercenaries from Italy, these foreigners have committed crimes against the people of Ukraine for monetary reward. It: – Palmeri Andrea (Palmeri Andrea), July 17, 1979, born in the province of Livorno, an Italian citizen. – Karugati Gabriel Karugati 28.03.1989, Italian citizen. – Cavalleri Massimiliano, born 09/11/1975, Italian citizen

An “LNR” mercernary was detained in Popasna when checking documents at the station, – National Police. VIDEO

In the Luhansk region, police at the railway station in Popasna, while checking the documents, detained a 31-year-old resident of Lysychansk, who is listed in the police database as a person who took part in illegal armed groups. Censor informs. NO with reference to the Communication Department of the National Police. According to the detainee, in 2014 he responded to the offer of a relative and joined the “Ghost” gang of the so-called “LC”. During his stay in the illegal armed groups, a man with arms in hand was serving at one of the militants checkpoints located on the bridge over the Seversky Donets River, where he illegally checked documents and vehicles of citizens. A week later, a mercenary of the Russian Federation was allegedly called to a permanent place of work, and he left the ranks of the gang. On this fact, open criminal proceedings under Art. 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine “Creating not provided for by law militarized or armed formations.” Источник:https://censor.net.ua/v3132638

United States donates medical equipment for military and children’s hospitals in Ukraine. Photos

The humanitarian aid for military and children’s hospitals was sent to Ukraine from the United States. — Ukrinform.

The JFO Commander Presented the US Delegation with Proof of Russian Aggression in the Donbas [Gen Petraeus & Amb Herbst]

JFO commander Oleksandr Syrsky informed the US delegation about the security situation in the OOS region and presented unequivocal evidence of Russian aggression in the Donbass. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the Press Center of the Joint Operations. It is reported that members of the American delegation presented unequivocal evidence of Russian aggression in the Donbass. In particular, demonstrators captured separate specimens of arms and military equipment used by the Russian occupation forces in the territory of Lugansk and Donetsk oblasts captured by the enemy. It is worth noting that the delegation included the member of the Atlantic Council’s Board of Governors, retired General David Petraeus and Director of the Eurasian Center Atlantic Council Mr. John Herbst . As it is noted, US representatives also visited Avdiivka, where a meeting was held with the Armed Forces servicemen carrying out combat tasks directly on the line of separation. Foreign guests also visited the local Memorial in honor of the dead Ukrainian military.

Marshall Center Hosts Security Sector Oversight Seminar in Ukraine | Article | The United States Army

KYIV, Ukraine — The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in cooperation with the NATO Professional Development Program, conducted a seminar entitled “Oversight of the Security and Defense Sector” for young government leaders here on May 14 and 15.

 

More than half of Ukrainians believe Russia can pose real threat to Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity – poll

KYIV. June 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – More than half of the citizens of Ukraine believe that Russia can pose a real threat to the independence and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, according to the results of a study by the Socis Center for Social and Marketing Research, released at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.

 

 

CB Pivdenne Presents its Products at the Paris Airshow (PHOTO)

On the first day of the 53rd Paris Aeronautical Aerospace Salon, which will present its achievements to world leaders in the field of aviation and space industry for seven days, the team of DP CB “Pivdenne”, headed by General Director Alexander Degtyarev, started its work. According to Defense Express , this is reported on the official page of CB “South” in Facebook. The program of work of the delegation of the company is scheduled for a number of meetings and negotiations on the establishment and development of cooperation in the field of the development of peaceful space. Particular attention will be paid to import substitution issues. It is noted that in the joint exhibition with the State Enterprise “Southern Machine-Building Plant”, the exhibits are represented by the models of the active Antares rocket carrier, the promising RN “Cyclone-4M”, “Cyclone-1M” and “Mayak-SH-5”, the layout of the space the device “YuzhSat-1” and the cryogenic fuel tank, which is made on the latest modern production facilities of CB “Pivdenne”. It is worth noting that besides SE “CB” Pivdenne “and the SE” PJSC “Ukraine also represents the state enterprise” Antonov “, Motor Sich JSC,” Ivchenko-Progress “and” Ukroboronprom “.

New safety helmet NS2 from “Ukrainian armor”

The Ukrainian Armor Company showed what their new NS2 ™ safety helmet looks like in full oblique, which includes the eardrum, ear protection and ballistic mask. Helmet material: Teijin Aramid Twaron®, standard protection area 15 dm². Protection level 1a for GOST 78-41-004-97, corresponding to IIIA for NIJ 0106.00. Basic equipment: helmet, side rails, PNB mounting (for choice in Coyote®, Ranger Green®, Multicam® or Black), helmet case and accessories. New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor The nalobnaya insert will provide 4.5 dm² of additional protection at level 1a in accordance with the GOST. Ear protection also allows the use of headphones, the level of protection is also 1a (an additional area of protection of 1,4 dm²). A ballistic mask (polyamide, polycarbonate), in addition to dust and dirt, can withstand the impact of fragments, has three replaceable lenses. New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor The cost of the kit with additional accessories on June 17, 2019: helmet – 12 586 UAH, frontal insert – 6409 UAH, protection of the ears – 5481 UAH, mask – 2668 UAH. New helmet NS2 from Ukrainian armor Weight of helmet from 1,5 kg, frontal insert – 0,5 kg, ear protection – 0,35 kg, masks – 0,14 kg.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky’s party names opponents and allies

In an interview with the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, the chief of staff of Ukrainian President Zelensky’s party Servant of the People (Sluha Narodu) Alexander Kornienko said that their party does not consider any of the “old political forces” as their allies. At the same time, the party has the same values as Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s new political party the Voice (Holos). In his opinion, the plans of Servant of the People intersect with Voice “in some regions in the West and a little in Kyiv.” “But we do not consider them as our competitors, because we stand for the same values. Here in the East, Opposition Bloc and For Life (Za zhyttya) parties are our opponents,” explained the politician. At the same time, he noted that the possibility of forming a coalition with the Voice party still needs to be discussed. “We need to discuss whether it is possible. At first, we need to look who from their party will be registered because not all the details are clear at the moment,” – Kornienko said. According to him, an Alliance with the party Strength and Honor is also possible. “The head of the Strength and Honor party Ihor Smeshko may be included to the new forces. His party previously participated in the elections, but there are new professionals in their list,” the head of staff said. According to Kornienko, the position of his party regarding the “old forces,” such as Opposition Bloc, For Life and the All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland (Batkivshchyna) not to form an Alliance with them, has not changed. “Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that such unions are impossible. He spoke about the old politicians. Party continues to stick to this position,” he said.

Saakashvili to run in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who also served as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region in 2015-16, tops the list of 10 parliamentary candidates from his Movement of New Forces party, which he announced in a 13 June news conference in Kyiv. Saakashvili created the party in 2017 after his relations with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko soured over reform efforts and the former’s fight against corruption. Speaking to the media shortly after presenting the list of candidates, Saakashvili said his part has brought together people with experience in fighting “injustice and corruption” before adding that he wants to play a substantial role in public life in Ukraine. Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in 2015. Authorities in Tbilisi stripped Saakashvili of his Georgian citizenship in December of that year on grounds that Georgia does not allow dual citizenship. Several months after Saakashvili had a falling out with Poroshenko, the latter issued a decree that stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship. New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky restored Saakashvili’s citizenship on 29 May, and the former Georgian president returned to Kyiv from Poland the following day.

Ukrainian nationalists in new Rada planning to propose breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia, withdrawal from Minsk negotiation

Abandoning the Minsk process, replacing the “Normandy format” of negotiation with a Budapest one, and severing diplomatic relations with Russia will be the first legislative initiatives to be proposed by the joint Ukrainian nationalist forces after the election of a new parliament.

Soviet culture of attention to doctors once a year – you need to change – Suprun on the celebration of the Day of the health worker

And about. Health Minister Uliana Suprun believes that the Day of the Medical Worker was inherited from the Soviet past by Ukraine and requires filling with new content. About this official wrote on her page on Facebook , reports Tsenzor.NET . “We must talk about the artificiality and falsity of certain holidays that Ukraine inherited from the Union. The day of the medical worker, which appeared in 1980 in the Soviet Union, is one of such holidays. It’s very empire-style to give people a“ holiday ”instead of dignity, financial independence and proper working and living conditions. Today, this day remains a holiday in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, “Suprun said. According to her, “the culture of attention to doctors once a year, constant declarations of intentions and eternal cosmetic repairs should be changed.” Suprun admits that this is impossible without conflicts, but, according to her, only in such conflicts can a new health system of Ukraine be born. “The system, in which every day is the day of the medical worker. Every day is the day of the patient, who could be provided with timely and high-quality assistance,” the Minister of Health emphasized. We remind you that the Day of Medical Worker is celebrated in Ukraine every year on the third Sunday of June. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132633

There is no more secure building than the Presidential Administration in Ukraine. Moving out of there in the conditions of Russian aggression is wrong, – Geletey

For the construction of a new building under the Presidential Administration, which would meet safety standards, it takes at least two to three years. This was announced on June 17 in the air of ” 112 Ukraine ” by the former head of the State Security Service of Ukraine Valery Geletey, reports Tsenzor.NET . He noted that the Presidential Administration of Ukraine is impractical to move out of the building on Bankova Street in Kiev. “I am deeply convinced that in the conditions in which we live today, in conditions of Russian aggression, this is wrong. This process will be very slow, because, given the Ukrainian legislation and the passage of public funds, this is a certain time and certain rules. I think to build a building according to all standards, including safety standards, you need at least two or three years. Unfortunately, I did not find a building that is ready now to move (we traveled around Kiev), ”Geletey said. Look also at “Censor. NO: The AP will move from Bankova, and from the old building they can make a museum of Ukrainian statehood, – Bogdan. VIDEO He added that “today there is no more protected building than the Presidential Administration in Ukraine.” “This is not only what we see outside, it’s also underground communications, and communication with the Cabinet of Ministers, the Verkhovna Rada,” Geletey stressed. Recall that before the second round of elections, Vladimir Zelensky said that he wanted to transfer the Presidential Administration from Bankova Street in Kiev. After the election, he also talked about such plans. The head of the AP Bogdan said that the AP will move from Bankova, and from the old building can make a museum of Ukrainian statehood. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132701

Filaret convened on June 20, the meeting of the local council of the Kyiv Patriarchate will not be correct, – Archbishop OCU Zorya

The archbishop of Chernigov and Nezhinsky, deputy head of the external church relations department of the CCU, Evstratiy (Zorya), states that the meeting, initiated by the honorary patriarch Philaret, “can never be the Local Council of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate. “According to the decision of the true Local Council of the UOC Kyiv Patriarchate, on December 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, as a religious association, ceased its activities by uniting and joining the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine. I was and the whole episcopate was at this Council the delegates from the clergy, the laity, were all those who later after some time took part in the Unity Council. And there are documents, there are videotapes and numerous witnesses that This decision was made openly with the consent of all. One only voted against, “Archbishop Evstratiy stressed in an interview on Channel 5 , Tsenzor reports. NO . According to him, even according to the statutes of the Kyiv Patriarchate the Local Council, the Council of Bishops is convened by the Patriarch together with the Holy Synod. “There is no Holy Synod of the Kyiv Patriarchate. All members of the Holy Synod of the KP, who were in its composition on December 15, with the exception of Patriarch Filaret and the Belgorod Mitroropolit in Russia, in no way support this development. And therefore, the meeting about which we hear from the honorary Patriarch under the name of the Local Council, in fact, this meeting is somehow unknown how the persons requested for something that can be called anything, but the Local Council of the Kiev Patriarchate will definitely not be, “said Zorya. When asked by the moderator why it was now that they started talking about the alleged split in the PCU, Evstratiy Zorya said: “Firstly, the influence in this situation increased from Russia. They began to act from the inside and, knowing the pain points for the Patriarch, through some people they just started giving him thoughts because I am absolutely convinced that here it is necessary to clearly understand: the Patriarch does not work in the interests of Moscow and what he does, he thinks that in this way he saves the unity and identity of the Ukrainian Church, but, unfortunately, his vision, which he voiced, it is very far It’s a shame to talk about it, but from many people, this is not my personal impression, but many experts have heard that their impression that what is happening is largely related to age-related changes that are characteristic of old age people. ” Archbishop Yevstratiy also commented on information in the media that Constantinople allegedly could apply sanctions against Patriarch Filaret: “I think these are just speculations. Patriarch Filaret is the hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Constantinople Patriarchate. And therefore, all decisions that concern PCU are made Ukrainian church. ” Yevstratiy also said that the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be held in late June. He noted that by that time all the Orthodox parishes in the country should be reregistered. This decision was made at the previous Synod in May, but today, according to Evstratiya, only the diocese, headed by Patriarch Philaret, avoids re-registration. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132678

Abandon Hope? Amid Church Dispute, Sign Welcomes Travelers To Russian ‘City Of Demons’

Apparently playing on a prominent media host’s remarks likening those protesting plans to build a church in a Yekaterinburg park to demons, a road sign welcomes travelers to the “City of Demons.”

Russian Orthodox Church Backs Down In Yekaterinburg Church Dispute

The Russian Orthodox Church says it has rejected “the right” to build a cathedral at a disputed site in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.

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