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Mini-nuke debate ramps up in the House. Excellent analysis by Blank of Russian nuclear strategy, that is dangerous, foolish, and guaranteed to spin out of control. BEAR H flight violates Japanese airspace. As Russia descends, the Vozhd’s approval rating seems to also descend.

Much on MH17, especially interesting comments by Ukrainian law enforcement who will likely make a good effort to bag any of the suspects if they step inside Ukraine. The Ukrainians argue that the whole chain of command to the top should be prosecuted. Col. Girkin makes a media statement saying essentially “it wasn’t us [the mercenary force]”, putting the blame on the 53rd Bde and its handlers in the GRU – in a sense he is correct as the PVO SV elements in Donbas were Russian Army under Army C3. This also shows rodents jumping off the sinking ship, and we should expect more to jump. NATO, STATE, UK FO respond to JIT brief. The most interesting reports of all are however about the statement by Malaysia’s PM Mahatir, who firmly backs Russia’s position – Mahatir has been reported to be negotiating for new Russian fighters, and is famous for his loud public spats with Canberra, and other Western nations. He is evidently convinced the political price for backing Russia is lesser than his political gains at home.

A short update on Turkey.

Ukrainian media have been saturated with MH17, Ze’s visits to Paris and Berlin, and the tragic loss of Tymchuk. Sen Portman proposes more lethal aid for Ukraine. Poland offers gas to Ukraine via a pipeline connection. PACE and Crimea.

Donbas and industry updates. Many tributes to Tymchuk.

Politics and OCU updates.


HASC Chair on Mini-Nukes: ‘We’re Not Trying to Manage a Nuclear War’ – Defense One

House Democrats don’t want to fund variable-yield nukes. The new chairman just explained why.

Stephen Blank | Arms Control and Russia’s Global Strategy After the INF Treaty | RealClearDefense

The INF treaty regime collapsed due to Russian cheating. Although China’s massive buildup of intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles played no small role in galvanizing U.S. opinion and…

Time to Terminate Escalate to De-Escalate — It’s Escalation Control

“Escalate to de-escalate” is catchy, it rhymes, and it rolls off the tongue. Unfortunately, it is also wrong — but not for the reasons experts usually

Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95MS bombers violated Japanese airspace – Defence Blog

Three nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Force have violated Japanese airspace on 20 June, according to NHK. Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, quoting Japan Air Self-Defense Force officials, reported that Japan’s airspace was violated in the southern prefecture of Okinawa and Hatidze Island in the Philippine Sea. It is reported that Japan had scrambled military jets to intercept Russian military aircraft that entered the country’s airspace several times through the day. The Russian military denied flying over Japanese airspace. On this on Thursday, June 20, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Russia. The military department noted that Russian planes at certain stages were escorted by Japan Air Self Defense Force fighter jets. The report also notes that this was a planned flight over neutral waters. The flight duration was more than 14 hours.

Esper heads to NATO during first week on the job as top Pentagon official

The newly minted acting secretary of defense will be spending some time in Europe.

Mission No. 1: Esper Will Attend NATO Meeting Next Week – Defense One

Avoiding international embarrassment, soon-to-be Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper will attend a regularly scheduled defense ministers meeting.

Live Blog: Putin Takes Questions In Annual Call-In

Russian President Vladimir Putin is fielding questions from across the country on June 20 in an annual call-in show that usually lasts several hours, one of a handful of live performances he holds …

Questions, Demands, And Pleas For President Putin

Vladimir Putin holds an annual session on national television in which citizens can call in and ask the president questions. Ahead of the event, Current Time TV asked Russians what they would like to ask Putin, given the chance, while local activists were holding demonstrations to address their concerns directly to the president.

Russia’s Putin Faces Growing Discontent During Public Q&A

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun his annual call-in television program, Direct Line, with more than 1.5 million questions submitted from across Russia amid rising public discontent, a sta…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Nearly One Percent of Russians have Sent Questions for Putin’s ‘Direct Line’ – Will That Help or Hurt Him This Time Around?

Paul Goble Staunton, June 19 – More than a million Russians – nearly one percent of the population — have sent in questions for Vladimir Putin’s “direct line” program tomorrow (sovsekretno.ru/news/rossiyane-otpravili-bolee-milliona-vopros-na-pryamuyu-liniyu-s-putinym/). That allows him and his staff to be highly selective in what queries he will respond to. In the past, the Kremlin leader has used such occasions to reinforce his status as the good tsar who can intervene and correct the mistakes of the bad boyars; and there will certainly be examples of this given that many of the appeals request him to do just that (e.g., idelreal.org/a/30008089.htmlidelreal.org/a/30008131.html and business-gazeta.ru/article/428405). But in the current environment where his support in the population is clearly ebbing (censoru.net/36469-putinskij-rezhim-slabeet-na-glazah.html), Putin’s effort to continue to portray himself as sufficiently powerful to assume responsibility for everything could backfire, regardless of the carefully selected questions he will chose to answer. On the one hand, many Russians may dismiss this as simply the latest “political show.” And on the other, it is entirely likely that many will view any steps Putin does make to try to address the problems of the country as a measure of how many problems he has not addressed and even bears primary responsibility for. To the extent they make such reflections, this show may not work as intended but instead further inflame the anger of many who are suffering from policies that have Putin’s name on them. And if that happens, they may decide that there really should be a genuine “direct line” between their anger and Putin himself.

Putin says accusations of occupation of Donbas “total nonsense” – news politics | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin declares that Russia does not intend to reconcile with the West, while accusations of Russia having occupied Donbas are “total nonsense.” The president said that as a result of sanctions, Russia had lost $50 billion since 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin declares that Russia does not intend to reconcile with the West, while accusations of Russia having occupied Donbas are “total nonsense.” The comment came during today’s national live Q&A session, according to an UNIAN correspondent. “Reconciliation with the West is not on the table. If we give up completely, spit on our national fundamental interests, will there be any changes [in relations with the West]? There will be some external signals, but nothing will change radically,” Putin said, answering the question on what will happen if Russia fulfills all the requirements put forward by Western powers. “What does it mean to reconcile? We didn’t get into a quarrel with anyone,” he said.

Putin is loosening his grip as his popularity falls – The Washington Post

Recently, Putin has chosen to avoid conflict amid protests. The concessions, however, only go so far.

Russia and Putin: Is president’s popularity in decline? – BBC News

Debate rages about Putin’s real level of support after one poll suggested trust was below 32%.

Flurry Of U-Turns In Russian Criminal Cases Raises Questions About Kremlin’s Intent

Ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in show, a handful of politically charged criminal cases have taken unexpected turns. Is something changing, or has the Kremlin just been seeking to …

Malaysia: ‘No proof’ of Russian involvement in MH17 downing | Stuff.co.nz

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says he doesn’t think the findings of the international investigative team “is true at all”.

Malaysia discounts Russian involvement in Flight 17 downing

Mahathir says he doesn’t think the findings of an international investigative team “is true at all” as it was based on hearsay.

‘One-way street’: MH17 probe says nothing of Ukrainian government’s responsibility — RT World News

The Dutch-led investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over a rebel-held Ukrainian region appears to be going “just one way” and ignores Kiev’s responsibility, aviation lawyer Heiko Van Schyndel told RT.

‘It was to blame Russia from the beginning’: Malaysia PM fires back at MH17 probe — RT World News

Malaysia is “unhappy” about the findings of the Dutch-led inquiry into the MH17 crash, which pointed the finger at Russia even before the probe began, the country’s PM said, noting that there was more politics than fact-finding.

MH17 crash: Russia hits out at ‘baseless’ investigation after four men charged with murder | The Independent

An international investigation team looking into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014 has made the strongest accusation yet of Russian involvement – conclusions that immediately provoked an angry response from Moscow.

Malaysian PM Mahathir says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of MH17 | World News, The Indian Express

“We are very unhappy, because from the very beginning it was a political issue on how to accuse Russia of the wrongdoing,” Mahathir Mohamad told reporters at a government event.

Malaysia’s Mahathir says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of MH17 – Reuters

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday Russia is being made a scapegoat for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and questioned the objectivity of the investigations into the 2014 disaster.

PM: MH17 findings ‘politically-motivated’, no proof Russia to blame | Malaysia | Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, June 20 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that the recent findings on the culprit behind the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was a “politically-motivated” conclusion to solely blame Russia. In a press conference, Dr Mahathir also demanded proof…

Foreign Ministry statement – Новости – Министерство иностранных дел Российской Федерации

…The statements made by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) at a news conference on June 19 about the alleged involvement of Russian servicemen in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash were utterly regrettable. The Russian Federation once again finds itself the target of completely unfounded accusations intended to discredit it in the eyes of the international community. As was the case at its previous news conferences, the JIT did not produce a single shred of concrete evidence to back up its groundless statements. The JIT continues to put forward not entirely reasonable arguments, some of which are based on dubious information sources. Meanwhile, the data submitted to the investigation by Russia continues to be willfully ignored. Moreover, the JIT representatives accuse Russia of withholding full cooperation. We categorically deny such accusations. From the very first day of the tragedy, Russia has been vitally interested in finding the truth and willing to help the investigation in every respect. Russia actively cooperated with the Netherlands and presented all information it had on the MH17 crash. In the process, Russia’s relevant agencies carried out an enormous amount of unprecedented work: from declassifying information on Russian military equipment and conducting a meticulous experiment in collaboration with Almaz-Antei, to providing primary radar data and documents showing that the missile that downed the Malaysian Boeing belonged to Ukraine, as well as precision expert analysis proving that the video clips supporting the JIT’s conclusions were fabricated. Moreover, Russia has suggested working together from the outset. Instead, international investigators excluded Russia from full participation in the JIT, reducing Russian efforts to a secondary role. Meanwhile, they made Ukraine a full participant in the JIT, giving it an opportunity to falsify evidence and completely evade responsibility for failing to close its air space. Under the circumstances we continue to raise justified questions about the quality of the JIT’s performance. All this confirms the apprehensions we voiced earlier regarding the biased, one-sided nature of the inquiry. Nevertheless, the Russian Federation will continue assisting the investigation so that the truth about the MH17 crash is established and the real culprits are duly punished.

Leonid Bershidsky | Russia’s Dumb Denials on the Downing of MH-17 – Bloomberg

The first charges in the case of the jetliner shot down over Ukraine highlight the vast body of evidence against Russia.

Press Release | Press Releases | Newsroom | U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement renewing his call for the State Department to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, following the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands announcing that it will prosecute and seek international arrest warrants for four individuals, including three Russian nationals, responsible for the rocket attack that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. The decision was made on the basis of the investigation conducted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is made up of law enforcement agencies of five countries: Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. Gardner recently introduced the bipartisan Stopping Malign Actions from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act, which requires a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism and the designation of the Russian-backed rebels in the Donbas region of Ukraine as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). “Despite continued denials from the Kremlin and the Russian-backed rebels on their involvement in the downing of MH17, the international community remains united to uncover the truth and bring justice for the 298 innocent people murdered on MH17, including an American citizen. It is my hope that today’s report and action by the Dutch authorities brings some closure to the families of the victims of this barbaric violation of international law,” said Sen. Gardner. “Russia’s abhorrent actions around the world, including support for terror groups in Ukraine and Syria, the chemical weapons attacks on the soil of a NATO ally, and interference in elections around the world, should be more than enough to formally label Putin’s Russia what it is – a state sponsor of terrorism. With this bill, Congress is demonstrating firm bipartisan resolve against Kremlin’s mendacity and I hope it will move quickly to pass the Senate.” According to the State Department, the penalties for the designation include “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.” On November 20, 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, pursuant to reporting requirements under the Gardner-supported Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) legislation, which was signed into law on August 2, 2017. Learn more on Senator Gardner’s actions toward Russia here. Read Senator Gardner’s Op-ed in the New York Times on why the State Department should consider if Russia is a state sponsor of terror. ### Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

Opinion | Was the Downing of Flight MH17 State-Sponsored Murder? – The New York Times

International investigators tied three Russians and a pro-Russian Ukrainian to the crime. They — and their sponsor — must be called to account.

U.S. senator calls for designating Russia as state sponsor of terrorism – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday released a statement renewing his call for the State Department to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, following the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands announcing that it will prosecute and seek international arrest warrants for four individuals, including three Russian nationals, responsible for the missile attack that downed MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. Russia’s abhorrent actions around the world, including support for terror groups in Ukraine and Syria, the chemical weapons attacks on the soil of a NATO ally, and interference in elections around the world, should be more than enough to formally label Putin’s Russia what it is, the senator believes.

The US, Australia, and the Netherlands should catch the MH17 suspects

The U.S., Australia, and the Netherlands should establish a joint task force to find, capture, and render suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 so that they will face charges issued on Wednesday by Dutch prosecutors.

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “It is time for Russia to cease its lies surrounding the shooting down of MH17 and stop its callous disinformation campaign. Russia should cooperate with the investigation and adhere to UNSCR 2166 (2014) and ensure that any indicted individuals currently in Russia face justice.”

Петро Порошенко on Twitter: “The truth is like the sun, one cannot hide it with a palm. Our obligation before the memory of the 298 victims is to establish the names of sponsors and executives responsible for the tragic downing of the #MH17, as well as to bring them to well-deserved accountablity.”

Garry Kasparov on Twitter: “Russian forces, Russian weapons, but the Russian dictator who sent them all to invade Ukraine and murder 298 people on MH17, and thousands of others, is not charged. https://t.co/5BdEbLYeMx”

John Schindler on Twitter: “There will never be a day in court but it’s important to bring this Kremlin atrocity on the record. This could (and should) have been done years ago, with USG’s lead. Intel’s never been lacking about #MH17. https://t.co/bl1XjU27OS”

Volker calls on Russia to stop lying about causes of MH17 tragedy

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has called on Russia to stop the campaign of disinformation about the causes of the MH17 tragedy. — Ukrinform.

U.S. Hails MH17 Indictments, Urges Moscow To Ensure Russian Suspects ‘Face Justice’

The United States has welcomed the indictment of four individuals for their alleged roles in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, calling it an “important mile…

Pompeo ups pressure on Russia over four MH17 accused | World | Malay Mail

WASHINGTON, June 20 — Moscow must ensure that those charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 face justice, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, after international investigators accused three Russians and a Ukrainian over the disaster. The trial of the four men…

Britain calls on Russia to fully cooperate in MH17 probe – news world | UNIAN

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on Russia to cooperate fully with investigators following the announcement by the MH17 Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch National Prosecutor that they will charge four suspects with the murder of 298 people and causing the crash of flight MH17 over Donbas, eastern Ukraine. The UK continues to support Australia and the Netherlands in their call on the Russian Federation to accept state responsibility for the downing of MH17.

NATO – News: Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH17 investigation, 19-Jun.-2019

I welcome today’s announcement by the Joint Investigation Team that four suspects will be prosecuted for crimes in relation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014. This is an important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth and ensure that justice is done for the killing of 298 people from 17 countries.

NATO chief Stoltenberg welcomes announcement of four suspects in MH17 probe – news world | UNIAN

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he welcomes the announcement of first four suspects in the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Russia-occupied Donbas in July 2014. NATO’s head says all countries should cooperate with efforts to establish the truth.

Dutch prosecutors on MH17: Russia aware of Buk use but doesn’t want to provide information – news world | UNIAN

Dutch prosecutors say there is evidence that Russia is aware of the use of the Russian Buk anti-aircraft missile system from the 53rd Russian anti-aircraft missile brigade amid the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas in July 2014, but does not provide the requested information. The Joint Investigation Team will probe into who ordered to send the Buk system from Russia to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to admit responsibility for supply of weapons used to down MH17

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls on Russia to admit its responsibility for the supply of weapons to the militants in Donbas, which were used to down flight MH17, and to cooperate with the investigation. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine to arrest Kharchenko suspected in MH17 flight tragedy – Lutsenko

Ukraine intends to arrest Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko, a suspect involved in the MH17 tragedy, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said. Lutsenko said this on Wednesday responding to a question asked at a press conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, during which the names of four suspects involved in the downing of the MH17 airliner over Donbas in 2014 was held. “We will attempt to arrest this person. We will do everything we can. If we are successful, we will organize a court hearing in the Netherlands and, in accordance with our international agreement with the Netherlands, will fulfill the decision of the court with respect to this person,” Lutsenko said.

UAWire – Russia’s leaders could face charges in MH17 murder case

Charges could be brought against high-ranking Russian officials and military officers in the MH17 murder case, said Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine. “We will start with the soldiers and end with the generals and politicians,” he remarked. Lutsenko noted that, at a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) press conference in the Netherlands, relatives of the victims had asked whether it would be possible to press charges against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lutsenko’s Dutch colleague reportedly said that this possibility “cannot be ruled out”. Lutsenko was unable to specify the precise number of possible suspects, but noted that Ukraine and the Netherlands are currently working to identify the direct perpetrators of the crime. On 19 June, the JIT announced the first names of the persons accused of complicity in the downing of the Boeing over the Donbas. The suspects include Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, former defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR); Sergey Dubinsky, former head of DPR’s intelligence branch, and his subordinate Oleg Pulatov, all three of them Russian citizens. In addition, charges will be brought against Pulatov’s subordinate, the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. The Security Service of Ukraine began an investigation into the mentioned persons one day before the JIT’s official conclusions were announced. Dutch journalists and the Bellingcat group have also published their own lists of suspects. In July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine’s Donetsk province. All 298 people on board were killed. The Joint Investigation Team that was formed to investigate the catastrophe includes representatives of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine. The trial has been scheduled for 2020.

The Netherlands has taken a number of diplomatic steps towards Russia because of its unwillingness to “respond adequately to inquiries,” Rutte MH17

The Netherlands took a number of diplomatic steps toward Russia because of its unwillingness to cooperate in investigating the crash of flight MH17. According to Tsenzor.NET , reported this “European Truth” with reference to the NOS. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the government resorts to such steps only at the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office in order to prevent the role of political motives: “This is not a political process.” He did not indicate exactly which steps in question. The government of the Netherlands reported its actions to the House of Representatives. Prosecutors believe that “the Russian authorities did not adequately respond to requests for legal assistance.” Earlier today, the Netherlands Prosecutor’s Office said it suspects Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov and Kharchenko of involvement in the crash of a Boeing 777 Malaysian airline in Donbas in June 2014 . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133188

Ukraine welcomes the findings of the investigative group on MH17, – Zelensky 

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky hopes that those responsible for the murder of passengers on flight MH17 will be punished. According Tsenzor.NET, this is stated in the official Twitter of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. “Ukraine welcomes the findings of the international investigation team (JIT) on MH17. The President of Ukraine hopes that not only those whom the SBU has declared suspicion today, but all those who are guilty of the daring murder of innocent children, women and men) will be in the dock of the international tribunal. – said in a statement. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133180

Poroshenko on the investigation of the crash of MH17: The next will be the tribunals over Russia for crimes against the Ukrainian people in the Crimea and the Donbas

The Kremlin will not agree with the results of the investigation of the investigation of the crash in the Donbas of the passenger airliner of the Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines published by the Netherlands. This was written on Facebook by the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, reports Tsenzor.NET . “The first suspects were named, as were the first criminal cases. There is one more concrete evidence of the direct criminal involvement of the Russian aggressor in this tragedy. In addition to previous reports by the group, which already confirmed that the plane was shot down by a Russian missile from the Russian Buk system, It was delivered from Russian territory and returned to Russian territory. Everyone who is familiar with military affairs and Russian realities is well aware of the fact that such maneuvering of advanced military equipment is not oglo happen without the knowledge or orders of higher Russian leadership “, – he stressed. Poroshenko noted that Russia will not agree with the results of the investigation published by the Netherlands and will continue to block the process. “We shouldn’t indulge ourselves with illusions, Russia will continue to dodge and block this process with a pathological inability to admit guilt. Understanding this five years ago, I did not hesitate to contact Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands and we agreed to transfer all powers to the Netherlands to coordinate an international investigation. For a second he did not doubt the correctness of his decision. He was grateful to the professional team of Ukrainian diplomats for translating the agreements reached, as well as effective work to establish the truth and debunking the Russian myths, “- said the leader of” European Solidarity. “Bringing the truth in court is a long matter, but the punishment is inevitable. We will walk this path with international partners. This will be the first international legal process for bringing Russia to justice. I have no doubt that the international tribunals of Russia for crimes committed against the Ukrainian people in the Crimea and the Donbss. We will prove that the letter of international law is stronger than the bullet of the Russian machine gun, “Poroshenko concluded. Recall, the Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 aircraft, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on July 17, 2014 in the area of ​​Torez (Donetsk region). As a result, 298 people died. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133100

The focus of the investigation of the MH17 case is the Russian military and politicians who carried out and organized the crime – Lutsenko. VIDEO

oday, the General Investigation Team (JIT) has compiled the first four notifications of suspicion and has announced an international search. This was written on Facebook by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, reports Tsenzor.NET . “By carefully reading the text of the suspicions to the first four persons, looking at the published conversations of the suspects, one can understand the roadmap of the followers – the Russian military and politicians who carried out and organized this crime are in the focus of the investigation,” Lutsenko said. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3133101

The circle of suspects in the destruction of MH17 will be expanded, – the deputy head of the GPU Storozhuk

The circle of suspects in the involvement in the destruction of a passenger plane of flight MH17 in the Donbas will be expanded, said Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Dmitry Storozhuk. According to Tsenzor.NET , he stated that in Radio HB’s commentary. “I can say that he (the circle of suspects – Ed) will be expanded, but after the joint international (investigative) group will be ready to provide this information to the public,” he said. Storozhuk also noted that the report of the International Investigation Group and the circumstances of the crime it described were as detailed as possible. On June 19, the Netherlands Prosecutor’s Office said it suspects Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov and Kharchenko of involvement in the crash of a Boeing 777 Malaysian airline in the Donbas in June 2014 . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133193

MH17 crash: The downing of the airliner rallied the West against Russia. Now, not so much. – The Washington Post

A push to drop European sanctions against Russia gained momentum as Russia-friendly populists made inroads into European politics in recent years.

The MH17 Charges, Explained – The New York Times

Four men were charged with murder for an attack on a plane in 2014. What happened then, who are the defendants and what does it have to do with Russia?

MH17 crash investigators say four suspects face murder charges – CNN

Four people will be charged with murder and causing the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, five years after the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people, international investigators said Wednesday.

MH17 Suspects Named By International Investigators

A team of international investigators have named four suspects and charged them with murder, in connection with the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. They said the men, three Russians and a Ukrainian, would face trial in The Hague in March next year.

Behind The Four Suspects Who Face Murder Charges For Shooting Down MH17

On July 19, international investigators announced plans to try three Russians and one Ukrainian for murder in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which killed 298 people.

Here’s what we know about the four suspects charged with downing Flight MH17 – The Washington Post

A Dutch prosecutor implicated three Russian nationals and one Ukrainian in the downing of Flight MH17, which killed 298 people in July 2014.

MH17 suspects charged with murder over over 298 deaths will likely escape justice | The Independent

The charges against four men over the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is meant to show that the efforts to find those culpable for the deaths of 298 passengers and crew five years ago have not been abandoned.

Evidence shows Russia supplied missile used to shoot down MH17: investigator – Reuters

Investigators have collected enough evidence to show that Russia provided the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, they said on Wednesday.

Ukraine president: I hope MH17 crash suspects will stand trial – Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday he welcomed murder charges brought against four suspects over the 2014 downing of the MH17 passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, and said he hoped they would stand trial.

Ukraine will try to arrest Ukrainian MH17 suspect: Interfax Ukraine – Reuters

Ukraine will try to arrest a Ukrainian suspect, Leonid Kharchenko, in relation to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Interfax Ukraine quoted General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko as saying on Wednesday.

Australia will help overcome obstacles to making MH-17 attackers face court: FM – AM – ABC Radio

AM spoke to Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne on the phone from Port Moresby to discuss the MH-17 case and her current trip to Papua New Guinea.

Khashoggi, MH17, the West and the problem of impunity – BBC News

New information emerges about the death of Jamal Khashoggi and the downing of flight MH17.

Why Trump doesn’t want to punish Turkey over its Russia dealings, after threatening Germany for the same thing last week | Markets Insider

The US is mulling sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. US President Donald Trump also threatened to sanc…

Trump Has Options to Punish Turkey Beyond Cutting Off F-35 – Bloomberg

The Trump administration is weighing three sanctions packages to punish Turkey over its purchases of the Russian S-400 missile-defense system, according to people familiar with the matter.

The US Congress is preparing to adopt a law on providing Ukraine with new weapons | VOA

Soon Ukraine may receive additional lethal weapons from the United States. This was announced at a Senate hearing by Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. “I am pleased to see that Ukraine has received the lethal protective weapon, which we provided to it in 2017. And soon it will receive more. You will see this in the law, for which we will soon vote in Congress, there will be additional ideas. I will not clarify, because we are still working on it. But, I hope, we will have good news soon, “said Senator Portman. In response, the Special Representative of the State Department for Ukraine, Kurt Volker added: “From the perspective of priorities, the anti-naiper systems were very important, as well as Javelin anti-tank missiles. We must now focus on air defense, coastal defense, marine and coastal capabilities. All this is very important. ” Recall that on June 18, the US Senate held hearings on the situation in Ukraine, during which the speakers briefed senators on the challenges and challenges facing Ukraine today. That same day, the US Department of Defense announced that it plans to allocate $ 250 million to Ukraine for security cooperation to build Ukraine’s armed forces. See also: Why William Taylor was appointed US Ambassador to Ukraine? Video

Putin’s “passport plan” for Donbas to be discussed at today’s EU Council summit – news politics | UNIAN

The agenda of the European Council Summit scheduled for June 20-21 includes the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine. The EU heads of state and government will call on Russia to release Ukrainian seamen captured near the Kerch Strait Nov 25, 2018.

Poland ready to connect its gas pipeline to Ukraine’s gas transmission system

He said that his country, if needed, was ready to launch the gas pipeline that would connect the Polish system with the Ukrainian gas transmission system in Hermanowice. “Its capacity is two billion cubic meters. It’s not much, but when Ukrainians need urgent assistance, we are ready to provide it,” Ukraine’s Mirror Weekly newspaper quoted Naimski as saying. He also said that Poland was currently waiting for a decision from Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier discussed a project to transport liquefied natural gas from Poland during a meeting with a U.S. delegation.

I leave you, I leave you not. How Russia tricked the Council of Europe into self-amputating its powers |Euromaidan Press |

On 24 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will vote on a resolution which will severely limit the continent’s largest human rights organization to sanction its violating member states. It’s an open secret that the resolution is being pushed through to accommodate Russia, whose delegation was sanctioned from participating in PACE after the country occupied Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and stirred up a war in Donbas in 2014. Over the three years that Russia has been trying to get reinstated in PACE, it has pursued different narratives. And it seems that the one of repeated threats to leave the Council of Europe altogether is what broke the camel’s back. But is there any substance behind the threats? And would unilaterally admitting Russia back to PACE really help dialogue and the promotion of human rights, as Russia’s advocates insist?

The Golunov case and why Russian activists cannot ignore the war in Ukraine |Euromaidan Press |

The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale.

Crimean Tatar leader Dzhemilev going to meet with president Zelensky to dot the i’s

The team of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky “is not fully aware” of the topic of annexed Crimea but the statements of the president are “very adequate.” — Ukrinform.

Team Zelensky “not fully aware” of Crimea issues but president’s own statements “very adequate”: Dzhemilev – news politics | UNIAN

The team of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are “not very aware” of all the issues related to the Russian-occupied Crimea, while the statements voiced by the Ukrainian leader himself are “very adequate,” believes Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatars. The Crimean Tatar leader announced preparations for his meeting with the head of state.

Invaders violate ceasefire in Donbas 24 times, one Ukrainian soldier killed

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 24 times in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Donbas warzone update: One Ukrainian soldier killed, another wounded on Wednesday – news war | UNIAN

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed in action and another one has been wounded in action in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, since the beginning of Wednesday, June 19. There were four enemy attacks over the period under review.

Donbas war update: Soldier killed as Russian-backed forces violate ceasefire 24 times in past day – news war | UNIAN

On June 19, Russian occupation forces violated the ceasefire 24 times, according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action over the last 24 hours, while intelligence reports say one occupier was killed and another one – wounded.

SBU thwarted 28 terrorist attacks last year – Hrytsak

Employees of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service have investigated criminal proceedings against 176 Russian citizens since 2014, among them terrorists and spies. — Ukrinform.

Italian prosecutor demands more than 1 million euros from Ukraine for Italian reporter’s death in Donbas |Euromaidan Press |

On June 14, the Pavia court in Italy held another session of the trial of Ukrainian National Guard commander Vitaliy Markiv, who is accused of complicity in the death of the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas five years ago.

Antonov state enterprise discuses cooperation in import substitution with western partners at Le Bourget 2019

Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) is preparing plans to develop cooperation in the sphere of import substitution with western partners in promising programs of the national aircraft building. The press service of the enterprise told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday that during the first day of Le Bourget 2019 International Paris Air Show, a delegation of the enterprise held several meetings with western companies to discuss cooperation in the programs of the An-1×8 passenger regional jet family, medium transport An-178 and An-188 military transport aircraft with a short take-off and landing capability. “The development of cooperation in the sphere of import substitution was discussed during the past negotiations,” the press service said. Antonov State Enterprise is the leading Ukrainian developer and manufacturer of aircraft equipment, the recognized world leader in the niche of transport aircraft of the widest use. By decision of the Ukrainian government, Antonov in 2015 became part of state-run Ukroboronprom Concern.

Ukrainian Armed Forces to get super-fast unmanned aerial vehicles

Skaeton Aviation Production Company will supply the ACS-3 unmanned aerial vehicles of its own development and production to the Ukrainian Air Force. — Ukrinform.

“TEMP-3000” COMPANY HAS PRODUCED 400 HELMETS AT DUBA 

Temp-3000 company almost completely restored the rate of production of protective helmets for the Armed Forces after the fire in a month. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the League of Defense Enterprises. After the restoration of the main areas of production affected by the fire at the end of April this year, the company Temp-3000 aims to restore production levels and reach their previous level. 190619 Temp3000 1 Starting the recovery of the company from a zero, but actually with a minus sign, when it was necessary to bring the production output to 2015, before it was necessary to restore the affected equipment, to dismantle the fire and dismantle irreversibly lost items of machine tools and other equipment. Already in May, during the execution of the state order for the Armed Forces, the company was able to produce up to 400 helmets per day. Such tasks of the team have to be fulfilled not for the first time – in the years 2014-2015, at the cost of practically round the clock, at the front went up to 500 helmets and 1,000 bulletproof vests each day. News on the topic: AFSWELLS PURCHASES 160 THOUSAND AMMUNICATIONS FOR MORE THAN 390 MILLION HYVENES Although now the troops are fully staffed with standard samples of personal protective equipment, restoring the previous level of production has become not only a matter of principle, but also a component of mobilization readiness of our country for any further development of events. News by topic: FIGHTS 95 OBSHBR PROTECT NEW SUMMER BIRDERS, BROWNERS AND BALLIST SHALLS Of course, at the moment the production rates do not reach the maximum indicators, but absolute figures are now no pursuit, and this result is achieved in conditions of increased requirements of the technical control department and the planned further transition to new technologies of manufacture of ZIBZ .

Ukraine, China to cooperate in military education and science

As part of a working visit to Ukraine, a delegation of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) met with the representatives of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry to discuss prospects for cooperation in military education. — Ukrinform.

Information Resistance OSINT Group releases statement on death of coordinator Dmytro Tymchuk – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian MP, coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT Group, Lieutenant-Colonel (Reserve) of the Ukrainian Army, and military journalist Dmytro Tymchuk tragically died on June 19, the statement says. In this regard, Information Resistance Group and the staff of the Center of Military-Political Studies say Tymchuk “managed to gather like-minded allies who have since the very beginning of Russia’s aggression been defending Ukraine on the information battlefield,” according to the group’s coordinator Yuriy Karin. “We will continue the work that was the meaning of his life,” the Group says, adding that it will “do its utmost to defend Ukraine’s national interests.” The Group is sincerely grateful to all who have expressed words of support and condolences. Addressing the Ukrainian and foreign mass media, as well as all those who have not been indifferent to this tragedy, we ask not to distribute assumptions about its causes and circumstances. We consider it is necessary to wait for the official results of the investigation. Please, accept this request with understanding and respect.

Tymchuk was not depressed. It can not be suicide, – Teteruk. VIDEO 

People’s Deputy Andrei Teteruk does not believe that Dmitry Tymchuk committed suicide. According Tsenzor.NO , Teteruk said this on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada, Espresso.TV reports “The last time I saw Dmitry, we talked about his professional activities in the Information Resistance, he did not have depression. I emphasize that this cannot be suicide. This is a man who systematically worked on his work: he actively argued the Russian aggression against Of Ukraine. Tymchuk is a professional military man with more than half of his life, there are certain things that are gained on automatism. I just don’t believe for many reasons that an officer with many years of experience died as a result of negligence . Nia with its own weapons 99%, it is not true “, – skazalTeteruk. The people’s deputy reminded that Tymchuk professionally covered the participation of the Russian military in the war against Ukraine, and admitted the involvement of the special services of the Russian Federation to his death. “He was a key player in protecting the information space and argued that the Russian Federation uses its special services as regular troops in aggression against Ukraine. We have an enemy – the Russian Federation. Russia has repeatedly planned and carried out terrorist attacks against key players of Ukraine’s resistance against the Russian Federation. Our military and journalists. This gives us reason to believe that we will have a version of the murder disguised as a suicide. I would like the investigators to carefully study this case and give an answer as soon as possible what actually happened If we receive the murder of Dmitry Tymchuk, all those involved will be punished severely, “Teteruk added. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3133091

If the parliament of at least one convocation consisted in half of such people as Tymchuk, Ukraine would be a self-sufficient state, – the reaction of journalists to the death of the people’s deputy

Journalists and activists express condolences over the death of people’s deputy Dmitry Tymchuk. This informs Censor . NO . “It’s simply hard to believe. Now his calm, prudent voice sounds in his head. He was a great patriot of Ukraine, loved our country and loved people. He was sincere in principle in everything – it was a reflection of Russian aggression, or the investigation of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on fires Ukrainian warehouses. I’m sure if our parliament at least one convocation consisted of at least half of such people as Dmitry, Ukraine would be a strong, self-sufficient state. There are few such people at all, and even fewer in power. thinly. RIP “, – wrote Vitaliy Ryaboshapka . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133138

Turchinov, Yatsenyuk and NF colleagues expressed condolences over the death of Tymchuk: He defended Ukraine from the information aggression of Russia

Oleksandr Turchinov, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and party colleagues expressed their condolences in connection with the death of Dmitry Tymchuk, the founder of “Information Resistance”, people’s deputy from the “Popular Front”. According to Tsenzor.NET , the ex-secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov wrote on his Facebook page : “Dmitry Tymchuk has passed away – a true patriot of Ukraine. We met Dmitry in stormy times in early 2014, when the Russian aggression against our country began. It was not a classic war, but its dirty hybrid form, when Ukrainians were killed not only at the front, but also tried to deform their consciousness using a huge arsenal of information technologies and provocations. Dmitry was one of the first to start helping to protect the country on the information front. Having created the “Information Resistance”, he actively opposed the technologies of the Russian special services, who tried to sow panic, depression, aggression against the Ukrainian authorities and the state. He was one of the first to launch a powerful movement of defenders of Ukraine against the information aggression of Russia. Big loss for our country. My deepest condolences to all the families and friends of Dmitry Tymchuk. Everlasting memory”.

Tymchuk opposed the information operations of the special services of the Russian Federation long before the invasion of the Crimea and the Donbas, – Butusov

Dmitry Tymchuk is one of the heroes of the Ukrainian resistance of 2014-15. Unlike many, Dmitry entered the war with Russia together with a small group of Ukrainian servicemen long before the invasion of the Crimea and the Donbas began. Since 2008, Tymchuk has opposed the information operations of the Russian special services as a serviceman of the Ministry of Defense, as a volunteer. About it on the page on Facebook the chief editor Tsenzor writes. Is NOT PRESENT Yury Butusov. “During Yanukovych’s time, Ukraine’s surrender times, his work seemed hopeless, but he didn’t break. He was one of the few in Ukraine who truly understood that modern war is a complex of information and combat operations. Information mobilizes society to war, information motivates the fighters to fight, information determines the level of foreign policy support. Without effective information support, Ukraine’s mobilization to repel Russian aggression would be impossible. And Dmitry was one of those who personally limited the direction of the information war and the defense of Ukraine “, – said the journalist. “Tymchuk’s blog was one of the key sources of information about the war in Ukraine, and was of tremendous importance from a military point of view. The enormous resources of Russian propaganda were thrown at to discredit Tymchuk, the enemy perfectly understood the enormous importance of high-quality and pro-Ukrainian coverage of events, the enormous potential influence of Tymchuk in social networks and in the media. We had a public disagreement with Dmitry on one of the events, but we together figured out and made conclusions, and I had great respect for Dmitry’s activities as a folklore confused, established friendly relations. He acted honestly, fundamentally, he was not a politician and demagogue, he took place as a true professional in the defense sphere. The authorities did not raise him a crown on his head, as many people do, he continued to work to protect our Motherland, and gave all his strength, physical and emotional, “said Butusov. “The investigation will make its conclusions, it is their work. In my opinion, Dmitry Tymchuk deserves the highest award from the state. And we all should honor the memory of Dmitry for whom the memory of the War of Independence will always be sacred, who every day in the most difficult moments read reports of Tymchuk … Light memory “, – summarized the editor-in-chief” Censor. NO “. Recall, in Kiev on Wednesday, June 19, the coordinator of the Information Resistance (IP) group, the people’s deputy of the People’s Front faction Dmitry Tymchuk was found dead . Upon the death of Tymchuk , criminal proceedings are commenced . Police are considering several working versions of what happened.

Ukrainian MP and “Information Resistance” coordinator Dmytro Tymchuk found shot dead |Euromaidan Press |

Dmytro Tymchuk, a military journalist, colonel in reserve who at the very onset of Russia’s aggression against eastern Ukraine in 2014 founded the “Information Resistance” group to expose Russian military tactics, and MP of the People’s Front, was found shot dead in Kyiv, Ukrainian police have confirmed. Artem Shevchenko, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, told on air of the Priamyi TV channel that Tymchuk’s wife had found him with a gunshot wound to his head. Right now, law enforcers are examining three versions: murder, suicide, and careless handling of weapons. An investigating and operational team is in place to find out the circumstances. Anton Herashchenko, an MP from Narodnyi Front, had earlier written in a FB post that the tragedy happened while Tymchuk was cleaning his award gun at home. But this version has not been confirmed. Herashchenko has since edited his post. Tymchuk had served in various departments of the Ministry of Defense. in 2008, he became the editor-in-chief of the internet project “Fleet-2017” and headed the NGO “Center of military-political studies.” After Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the start of the conflict in Donbas, he became the coordinator of the group “Information Resistance,” thanks to which he became one of the most influential opinion leaders on the internet in Ukraine. During Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections, he was elected an MP from the People’s Front political party. Euromaidan Press had translated and covered many of the first works of Tymchuk’s Information Resistance Group in the first days of its activity. Here is our first article telling about the foundation of the group on 10 March 2014: Ukrainian Army Reserve Officers Create Information Resistance. Dmytro Tymchuk described the work of the group thus: “The initiative group is made up of the recently retired reserve officers such as myself. This means that we do not have bosses, we do not get paid for our work and, therefore, depend on nobody. We are working on pure enthusiasm and the only force motivating us is patriotism,” writes Tymchuk.“Incoming information is checked by at least two, but normally three independent sources. […] Each message we transmit is backed up by the work of many people,” said Tymchuk. “There is no point in lying. Aggressors need lies to cover up their vile intentions. Only an idiot would answer lies by lying. As we see, the Russian propaganda nonsense is easy to rebuke (it suffices to recall the fable about the crowd of “defectors” from the Ukrainian military units, or about the “Hetman Sahaydachniy” [flagship] leaving Sevastopol). Our weapon is the truth,” he says. Information Resistance proceeded to cover the military action in eastern Ukraine based on their network of contacts in the military.

Zelensky renames Presidential Administration to Presidential Office

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has renamed the Presidential Administration to the Presidential Office and ordered a reduction in the number of its employees. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky decides to move Administration HQ to Ukrainian House on Khreshchatyk – news politics | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to move the Presidential Administration HQ to the building of the Ukrainian House on Kreshchatyk within a year, the presidential press service told UNIAN. The Administration has also been renamed to become the President’s Office, according to a presidential decree signed Thursday, June 10. Team Zelensky posted a video on Facebook where developer Andriy Vavrysh presents to the head of state and his entourage the concept of the presidential administration at the Ukrainian House. Vavrysh believes this is an excellent location exactly designed for the presidential office. “The object itself has the necessary space for realizing the potential of the [president’s office] functioning. For example, there is an assembly hall that is able to host almost up to 500 people, and there is also a certain open space there… There is about 8,000 square meters for 650 people – that is, it is a very comfortable, good indicator,” he added. In a comment to UNIAN, the press service of the head of state said that they expect that the President’s Office will move from the building on Bankova Street to the premises of Ukrainian House before the end of this year.

Half of Ukrainians unhappy about Zelenskyy – poll – LB.ua news portal

Half of Ukrainians polled are satisfied with the performance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, while 14% of respondents are of the opposite opinion, according to a survey conducted by the Rating sociological group on 8-12 June. Another 38% of respondents have failed to make up their mind about the new head of state. According to UNIAN, some 22% said that the work of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is satisfactory, whereas 65% pointed out that it is poor. Almost 90% of the polled Ukrainians are dissatisfied with the work of Ukraine’s parliament, while a mere 5% consider it to be good.

Zelenskyy tells journalists he met Akhmetov – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy tells journalists he met Akhmetov. “This was not political stuff, no deals.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

‘Inconvenient’ Ukrainian Journalist Dies After Attack

An investigative journalist in Ukraine’s central city of Cherkasy has died six weeks after being attacked by an unknown assailant.

Vice PM Kubiv: Development of intellectual property is driver of Ukrainian innovations

The reform of the intellectual property field is a guarantee of positive changes in the development of Ukrainian innovations, startups and digitalisation. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian specialists arrive in Israel within framework of temporary employment agreement. Photos

The first group of Ukrainian specialists arrived in Israel within the framework of the implementation of the agreement on temporary employment between the two countries. — Ukrinform.

Filaret’s efforts to restore Kyiv Patriarchate “irreversible aging symptoms”: OCU cleric – news ukraine | UNIAN

Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), Deputy Chairman of the Department for OCU External Relations Yevstratiy (Zorya) says Honorary Patriarch of the OCU Filaret is in favor of maintaining the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) due to his “irreversible aging symptoms.” “First of all, in my opinion, there’s one logical explanation of what I saw. These are irreversible aging symptoms. The Patriarch is so accustomed to a certain course of events, so accustomed to his exclusive responsibility for what is happening with the church that, as a person of a respectable age, 91, he has not accepted the new reality,” the Archbishop told the news outlet Novoye Vremya on June 19, as reported by Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda. “He believes it was unfair that he was not allowed to be a candidate for the top post in the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine. But that was the Ecumenical Patriarch’s requirement. Therefore, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew granted the tomos [of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine], and his requirement was that the leaders of the churches before the Unification Council, did not nominate their candidates,” the Archbishop said.According to Zorya, Patriarch Filaret agreed to this before, but now he changed his mind. As UNIAN reported earlier, Patriarch Filaret said on April 27 he was not satisfied with the OCU’s status as a metropolis. On May 14, Filaret invited the OCU’s hierarchs to the traditional UOC-KP prayer celebration in honor of holy martyr Makariy at St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kyiv, using invitation blanks of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, in defiance of the newly-created OCU which received a tomos of autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Only four of the 60 clerics invited eventually showed up. Earlier, Filaret refused to recognize the UOC-KP as “liquidated” as a result of the creation of the OCU. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture assures that the UOC-KP was dissolved on December 15, 2018, during the Unification Council.