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Russia update – sanctions in Congress, RD-180s, Kuriles, PACE, and Russia’s descent. Muscovy is clearly destabilizing. Russia blames Georgia for the mayhem it caused in Tbilisi. Turkey update – S-400s and today’s Istanbul re-vote. MH17 and NATO updates.

In Kyiv, Chargé d’Affaires Taylor talks military aid, State Dept’s Logsdon talks energy. EU extends sanctions due to Minsk non-compliance by Muscovy. EU military delegation visits Donbas FEBA. More on intel sharing with NATO, and AFU CNS briefs NATO on Black Sea. More Russian insults aimed at Ze, while Russia re-equips captured Black Sea gas production platforms (MSP-4 of the Golitsyn field, MSP-17 of the Storm field, BK-2 of the Odessa field) as ISR platforms with radar and SIGINT equipment.

Donbas update – fires continue, multiple AFU EXs detailed (photos attached ATGW and AT gun EX), multiple reports on 2014 and new photos of Luhansk AP after the Russian overran it. Scandal over education bureaucracy trying to rewrite textbooks to reframe Russian invasion as a civil war – the perpetrators might be charged for any number of offenses. ZSU-23-4M-A1 Shilka SPAAGM OPEVAL video – the ZSU from hell. LSARP overhauls another FULCRUM.

Politics – Ze criticised for backflipping on all conciliatory Russia and Donbas statements during election. Western media reporting on Ze and election. Communist Party banned from standing due to violations of the law “On the Conviction of the Communist and National-Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their symbols and propaganda”.

The biggest political story may be Ze relocating the President’s office from the pre-WW2 Bankova St fortress to the late Cold War period Ukrainian House convention center building, the HQ and sanctuary of the Maidan revolution in 2014. As he did in the TV series.

OCU discord continues. Religious repression in Russia.


House Democrat Caucus Proposes Russian Sanctions Compromise

A group of House Democrats has proposed a broad range of sanctions against Russia, including its sovereign debt and wealthiest citizens, to punish the Kremlin for interfering in U.S. elections.

UAWire – Russia ready to ship a batch of rocket engines to US

The user acceptance commission has given the green light to a batch of RD-180 rocket engines bound for the US, announced NPO Energomash, the Russian rocket manufacturer. “In June, representatives of Pratt & Whitney, United Launch Alliance and RD Amross signed the forms for three engines. Over the course of two weeks, representatives of the aforementioned companies carried out an external inspection of the engines and the SPTA, and [filled in] the accompanying documentation,” the Energomash’s announcement reads. The company noted that this is the first shipment of engines in 2019. The RD-180 engines were developed by Energomash in the mid 1990s on the basis of the Soviet-era RD-170, which at the time was the most powerful rocket engine in the world, and was used on the super heavy-lift launch vehicle “Energia”. Russia exports RD-180s to the US, where they are used in launches of the Atlas family of rockets. At the start of April, US Space Commander John Raymond announced Washington’s plans to stop buying RD-180s after 2022. He said that the discontinuation has been prescribed by law and will be complied with in a timely manner. He also commented that the US should pursue its strategy to increase its competitiveness in providing satellite launches. In September last year, Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin remarked that Roscosmos has become highly dependent on exporting rocket engines to the US, since these contracts provide the income needed for Russia’s space sector.

UAWire – Putin: Russia has no plans to hand over South Kurils

Speaking on the program “Saturday news with Sergey Brilev” on Russia 1 TV channel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is not going to hand over the South Kuril Islands to Japan. Answering the question of the host, whether it would be necessary to lower the Russian flag that is raised in the South Kurils, President Putin said that “we do not have such plans,” reports Interfax news agency. The USSR annexed the South Kurils in the end of the World War II. According to the Soviet–Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956, the Soviet Union promised to return Shikotan and Habomai Islands after the peace treaty between the countries is concluded. In 2019, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that the requirement to return the Southern Kuril Islands to Japan is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe offered to sign a peace treaty with Russia in exchange for returning two Islands to his country instead of four — Shikotan and the Habomai Islands.

Lithuanian lawmaker warns Russian MPs may use PACE resolution to bypass EU personal sanctions – news world | UNIAN

Lithuanian lawmaker Emanuelis Zingeris warns that members of Russia’s State Duma may use a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resolution to bypass EU personal sanctions. “On Monday, during the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, it will be voted on a resolution that would open the way for a unilateral return of the Russian delegation to the PACE – i.e. full voting rights will be returned to the Russian delegation. The Russian delegation’s rights were limited due to annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and violations of the Council of Europe Statute in 2014 and 2015,” he said on Facebook on June 23. According to him, it appears that four of 18 members of the new Russian delegation – i.e. Igor Lebedev (List No 114 of Decision 2014/145), Leonid Kalashnikov (List No 110 of Decision 2014/145), Svetlana Sergeevna (List No 116 of Decision 2014/145) and Leonid Slutsky (List No 18 of Decision 2014/145) – are under EU personal sanctions over Russia’s aggression against Ukraine – a ban on entry into the EU (not valid for international organizations). “It is obvious that Russia tries to use the PACE to bypass these EU personal sanctions,” he said. “I want to remind that Russia has not fulfilled no one PACE resolution on the situation in Ukraine, does not comply with the Minsk agreements and continues its aggressive behavior in respect of Ukraine.” He adds that Ukrainian seamen seized in the Kerch Strait continue to be held in prison. Illegal “passporting” is carried out in Donetsk and Luhansk where Russian passports are issued to the residents of eastern Ukraine under a simplified procedure. “It is, therefore, very important that the members of the PACE would remain principled and not support the resolution allowing the Russian delegation to return to the PACE. Otherwise, it would not only undermine the authority of this organization, but would also provide an additional argument for Russia to seek the cancellation of EU sanctions,” he said. As UNIAN reported earlier, the PACE on April 10, 2014, deprived the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the body over Russian aggression against Ukraine. The Russian delegation also lost the rights to be represented in the Bureau of the Assembly, the PACE Presidential Committee, the PACE Standing Committee, and the rights to participate in election-observation missions. Russia in June 2017 cancelled its annual payment to the Council of Europe for 2017 after claiming its 18 delegates were being “persecuted” in response to the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. The Russian side warned that no future payments would be made until the rights of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe “are fully restored.”

UAWire – Russian Prime Minister Medvedev demands officials urgently accelerate the economy

At a meeting to discuss national development goals, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the growth of the Russian economy does meet …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Hybrid War, Like World War I but More Slowly, Creating a Revolutionary Situation, Shtepa Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 21 – Like many authoritarian leaders, Vladimir Putin has assumed that he could use aggression abroad to shore up support at home, only to discover that after the passing of a certain amount of time, the burdens of war are exacerbating the domestic situation and even creating a revolutionary situation, Vadim Shtepa says Just as many Russians in 1914 enthusiastically supported the tsarist regime’s participation in World War I in 1914 only to turn on the tsar and drive him and his system from power three years later, so too history may be about to repeat itself, the Tallinn-based analyst continues (icds.ee/ru/imperskaja-geopolitika-vzryvaetsja-iz/). Putin’s “hybrid” war has not yet created a revolutionary situation of that dimension – it has affected Russia far less than did World War I at least so far – but it is putting in place the very same factors: Russians no longer are distracted by war or happy to sacrifice for it in the name of glory, and again today they want domestic change, including at the top. As a century ago, Russians are protesting about ever more things, from church construction to trash dumps to language rules to pensions, and also like a century ago, many see these as separate from one another, but, Shtepa argues, all of them reflect a growing distrust of the authorities and their ability to respond in a positive way. There is another parallel with that past, one that the Kremlin so far appears to be misreading. In 1917, most of the protests came to be led by the far left; in that case, by the Bolsheviks. Now, increasingly demonstrations across Russia are led by the KPRF, their successor. But what is striking, Shtepa continues, is that many KPRF deputies, if not the pocket leadership of the party, are increasingly informed not simply by social protest of a traditional kind but by anti-colonial attitudes of the periphery of the country toward the dominance of Moscow, the regionalist theorist says. And in this regard, the current situation contains an echo of another part of Russia’s past, the period of the late 1980s when the CPSU which contained within its ranks the “most varied social forces over a remarkably short period of time dissolved into regional parties that broke the USSR and became the basis for many of the new countries which emerged out of its wreckage. Concurrently, and again a reflection of that past, some members of United Russia which purports to be the ruling party are planning election campaigns for September voting in which they will conceal their party membership because a party associated with the Putin regime has become increasingly toxic to their chances. The regionalization of Russian protest will only continue to grow, Shtepa says, because the center no longer offers anything that Russians beyond the ring road view in a positive way. A new war offers them nothing but more losses to their standard of living, and new federal programs only mean that more money will be taken from them and go to Moscow. Consequently, again like in 1917 and in 1991, Russians will see to defend themselves because they see no other basis for retaining even what they have, and as Moscow analyst Mikhail Vinogradov says, such “regional patriotism” is already more important than the “all-Russian kind” (old.davydov.in/region/regiony-udarilis-v-patriotizm/regiony-udarilis-v-patriotizm/). In this situation, Putin lacks any other vision but to try to do what he has done before, increasing aggression and aggressive propaganda; but neither he nor his regime has the vision or the opportunity or the resources to be successful. However, many now think that the only place he could do so would be to arrange the Anschluss of Belarus. But in what may prove to be the ultimate paradox of Russian history, Shtepa concludes, such “’a new Crimea,’” an act designed to save the empire, could have exactly the opposite effect and lead to its final dissolution. After all, the Beloveshchaya pushcha where the leaders of three Soviet republics put an end to the USSR is located in Belarus.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s ‘Direct Line’ Underscored Yawning Gulf between Kremlin and the Population, Analysts Say

Paul Goble Staunton, June 21 – Analyst after analyst say that the 81 questions Russians posed to Vladimir Putin during his “Direct Line” program and the responses of the Kremlin leader show the growing gap between him and Russian society, a gap that many have pointed to in recent months but that Putin by repeating this ritual has highlighted and perhaps made worse as a result. The After Empire portal features three comments in this regard. Aleksandr Kynyev, an instructor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, says that the authorities had no good choices once they decided to go ahead. To take an upbeat position given all the problems would make them look stupid; to admit them would only open the way to more anger. The Kremlin clearly decided that it had to make a choice between “listening and doing nothing,” Kynyev continues, and “making concessions.” It feared doing the latter and so it showed that it recognizes how bad things are but is not prepared to do anything about them, underscoring how out of touch they are (afterempire.info/2019/06/21/pryamaya-liniya/). Abbas Gallyamov, a Moscow political analyst, says that Putin showed that he clearly believes his personal intervention on specifics is enough when in fact what the country needs is new policies and new leadership.” “People understand that the need systemic steps toward the change of the existing political model.” And Ilya Ponomaryev, a former Duma deputy and rights activist, put it bluntly: “The very tone of the questions sounded on ‘the direct line’ shows the growing abyss between Putin and society.” With each repetition of this ritual, Putin has shown himself less willing to be open and honest and thus his rating and that of his regime will continue to fall. But such judgments of experts about popular attitudes are likely to be less important for the future of the Putin regime than the judgments, which are hardly going to be trumped in public just yet, by members of his government who now can see even better than they did 48 hours ago that the emperor now has no clothes and that more than “one little boy” can see it. As isolated as the Putin elite is from the population – and large segments of it may be even more separated from the population than he is – many still have ties and thus are certain to be thinking about what they must do to save themselves if indeed the system they have relied is on the way out. What happened at the end of Soviet times is suggestive in that regard. While it was certainly true that the most senior members of the communist establishment had not set foot on the streets of Moscow for many years – they were cosseted by the regime and kept from having to face what others did – an ever larger fraction of them recognized that things couldn’t continue. Sometimes that awareness came from their staffs, more often from their families, and sometimes unintentionally from the news reports of Soviet television and of Soviet leader speeches which in an effort to suggest things were getting ever better showed that they were in fact bad and getting worse. With his “open line,” Putin has made yet another contribution toward that understanding and that end

Putin’s ‘Direct Line’ earns lowest Moscow TV ratings in six years — Meduza

Moscow TV ratings for Vladimir Putin’s “Direct Line” event with Russian voters have fallen to their lowest level since 2013, preliminary data from the data firm Mediascope showed. 6.8 percent of the city’s population was found to have watched the program, and they accounted for 52.5 percent of TV viewers in that time slot.Moscow TV ratings for Vladimir Putin’s “Direct Line” event with Russian voters have fallen to their lowest level since 2013, preliminary data from the data firm Mediascope showed. 6.8 percent of the city’s population was found to have watched the program, and they accounted for 52.5 percent of TV viewers in that time slot. About one million Muscovites watched the program, with most viewership going to the second half of the event. The 2018 rating for the Direct Line in Moscow was 8.1 percent, and the viewership percentage was 54.1 percent. Nationwide viewership data is forthcoming. RBC noted that the total number of Direct Line viewers reached an 11-year low last year.

Experts: Kremlin Yielded to Protests for Political Self-Preservation  | Voice of America – English

This story originated in VOA’s Russian service.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Deportation of Peoples Casts Darker Shadow on Russia than Even the GULAG, Dyukov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 21 – Aleksandr Dyukov, the historian who heads Moscow’s Historical Memory Foundation, says there are three reasons why Stalin’s deportations of whole nations, while often less fatal for those involved that confinement in the GULAG, nonetheless continue to cast a darker shadow on Russia to this day. In the course of a discussion on the history and meaning of deportations organized by the Lenta news agency, Dyukov lists three reasons for that conclusion: First, deportation unlike GULAG incarceration was not the result of actions by institutions constituted to establish individual guilt, however falsely (lenta.ru/articles/2019/06/18/deportation/). Instead, it was the result of administrative decision by the Kremlin or by subordinate ministries and was and remains something that many view as more political, making any reckoning about it far more difficult for the successor state. There simply aren’t as many possibilities of a narrow legal rehabilitation in this case. Second, those who were sent to the GULAG by the Stalinist troikas were at least treated as individuals even when they fit into a particular class of enemies of the regime. But those who were deported were deported not as individuals but as members of a class as such. Once you were identified as a Crimean Tatar, a kulak or a Jehovah’s Witness, you were to be deported. And third, while the GULAG was a mass phenomenon, its inmates were all individuals, “the hostages of individual fates each of which had passed through various degrees of caricatured quasi-judicial organs” who treated them as individuals with “first names, patronymics, and last names.” Those deported were never accorded even that mark of respect. “It is well-known,” Dyukov continues, “that an individual may change his social status, but it is practically impossible to change his ethnic one. Therefore, purges and repressions carried on an ethnic basis always are viewed as more serious because an individual becomes the victim of that which he cannot change.” According to the historian and activist, “this approach gives rise to problems which last far longer than deportations on the basis of social status because this community supported from within does not disappear and memory about these actions continues” even after the last immediate victims pass from the scene. That reality has forced Russian officials to turn again and again to the challenge of rehabilitating those deported on an ethnic basis, actions that inevitably help keep these memories alive and call attention to the especially criminal nature of the Stalinist state and its analogy to other totalitarian regimes.

 

Russia, Georgia Trade Barbs After Clashes, Parliamentary Resignations | Voice of America – English

This story originated in VOA’s Georgian service.  WASHINGTON – Georgia and Russia are blaming each other for series of Thursday overnight clashes that erupted in Tbilisi after a visiting Russian lawmaker, Sergei Gavrilov, addressed Georgia’s parliament from the speaker’s chair, outraging protesters gathered outside the building who breached police cordons and raided the chamber. Police tried to quell the melee, but as news of the Gavrilov’s action spread, thousands flooded surrounding streets to call for the speaker and interior minister’s resignations and early parliamentary elections. By

Putin temporarily blocks passenger flights to Georgia — Meduza

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order forbidding passenger planes from flying between Russia and Georgia following an outbreak of mass unrest and anti-Russian protests in Tbilisi. Beginning on July 8, Russian airlines will not be permitted to transport passengers from Russia to Georgia.

Russia suspends flights to Georgia after violent clashes – BBC News

President Vladimir Putin bans airlines from flying to the country following a surge of violent unrest.

Putin halts Russian flights to Georgia – CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued the temporary ban, state news agency TASS reported on Friday. It added that Putin has also ordered the repatriation of Russian citizens temporarily living in Georgia.

Putin suspends passenger flights from Russia to Georgia – media – news world | UNIAN

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to suspend passenger flights carrying Russian citizens from Russia to Georgia. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny condemned the move, saying it will punish Russian citizens.

Second Night Of Protests Outside Georgian Parliament

Thousands of protesters returned to the Georgian parliament to demand early legislative elections and the resignation of the country’s interior minister. The June 21 demonstration came a day after violent clashes between opposition protesters and riot police on the streets of Tbilisi. The unrest was sparked by a Russian member of parliament being allowed to sit in the speaker’s chair of the Georgian Parliament during an assembly of legislators from Orthodox Christian countries.

Georgians Say New Protest Planned In Push For More Demands, Early Elections

Anti-Russian demonstrators in Georgia demanding the resignations of some top officials and early elections are set for a third day of protests in the capital, Tbilisi, which they say will be peacef…

Georgia’s Parliamentary Speaker Resigns After Violent Protests

Georgia’s parliamentary speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze, resigned following violent clashes on the streets of the capital, Tbilisi. The June 21 resignation came a day after protests were sparked by Kobakhidze’s decision to let a Russian member of parliament sit in his speaker’s chair during an assembly of legislators from Orthodox Christian countries. Kobakhidze did not comment as his resignation was announced by the Secretary General of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Kakha Kaladze.

Georgian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Protesters Trying to Storm Parliament | Voice of America – English

Riot police in Georgia fired rubber bullets and tear gas Thursday at demonstrators who tried to storm parliament, furious that a Russian-speaking lawmaker from Moscow addressed lawmakers from the speaker’s chair. Clashes between police and protesters continued into the evening, well past the end of the parliamentary session. An adviser to Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said 39 policemen and 30 demonstrators were taken to the hospital. Earlier, about 10,000 demonstrators broke through police barriers and made their way into the parliament building’s courtyard.

 

Erdogan Does Not Expect US Sanctions on Turkey Over Russia Deal | Voice of America – English

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he did not expect the United States to impose sanctions on Turkey over its planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system, but would retaliate if it did. Speaking at a rare news conference for foreign media in Istanbul, Erdogan repeated that the purchase of Russian S-400 systems was a ‘done deal’ and said the United States should think carefully before imposing sanctions on Turkey, a NATO member. “I say this very openly and sincerely, our relations with [President Donald] Trump are at a place that I can call really good …

Turkish President Erdogan Faces Existential Threats | National Review

Growing public disaffection and deepening rifts in Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s coalition present an existential threat to his 16-year rule.

Turkey: Istanbul votes in ‘historic’ rerun of mayoral vote | News | Al Jazeera

The result of March 31 polls was a big blow to AK Party, which also lost control of Ankara and Izmir.

Istanbul Goes Back to Polls in Critical Vote | Voice of America – English

Istanbul votes again in a mayoral election Sunday, after authorities voided an opposition victory in March that ended 15 years of control by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP Party. The CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu, a once-obscure opposition figure, pulled off the political upset, but it was eventually undone by Turkey’s president, who cited mistakes in the appointment of polling station officials. Imamoglu was booted out of his office and Turkish officials ordered a re-run.

Istanbul Again Votes for Mayor in Test for Turkish Democracy | Voice of America – English

Millions of Istanbul residents voted Sunday in a re-run of a mayoral election that has become a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and a test of Turkey’s ailing democracy. In the initial March 31 vote, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate secured a narrow victory over Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) in Turkey’s largest city, a rare electoral defeat for the president. But after weeks of AKP appeals, Turkey’s High Election Board in May annulled the vote citing irregularities.

Erdogan Turns to Kurds to Win Istanbul Election | Voice of America – English

In what is being seen as a last-minute bid to win Sunday’s Istanbul mayoral election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking to an imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader in an effort to deny the opposition key Kurdish votes.  Jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, in a handwritten letter, called on Kurds to remain “neutral” in Sunday’s vote.

Turkish Court Hands Down Life Sentences in Coup Trial | Voice of America – English

A Turkish court has sentenced 128 people accused of being among the ringleaders of the failed military coup in 2016, to life terms in prison, according to Turkish media. In total, Haberturk television said 128 people, most of them former military officers, were given life terms for their roles in the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, which resulted in the deaths of some 250 people and which according to Turkey was carried out by followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Some 30 coup-plotters were also killed.

151 Life Sentences Handed Down at Turkey Coup Trial | Voice of America – English

A Turkish court sentenced 151 people to life in prison on Thursday in a trial over a 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

Russia was drilling troops in Ukraine on how to down aircraft on the same day it was accused of MH17 plane crash – The Sun

RECKLESS Russia was drilling troops in Ukraine on how to down aircraft the day it was accused of blasting a passenger plane. Vladimir Putin’s commanders ordered four days of military exercises in annexed Crimea with S-400 surface-to-air missile launchers.

Malaysia prime minister decries charges in MH17 downing

An international investigative team looking in to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has charge four individuals with murder.

In the end, Putin is to blame for the downing of MH17

What everyone knew about the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got more official this week, as an international team of prosecutors charged three…

Tom Sear | #MH17: Initial observations of Russian influence operations relating to Australia UNSW Canberra Cyber

Executive Summary Australian democracy functions within a digital information environment where citizens are confronted by threat actors with a global reach, in an era of persistent long-term state competition. Initial analysis suggests that, in this new environment, Australia’s actions in the international community might correlate with activity from adversarial actors in online media used by Australians. In an internet where a revisionist power can easily reach into Australian society online, it is likely adversaries will experiment with influencing discourse generally as well as psychographically, targeting individuals and groups associated with interest groups and, potentially, populations associated with cyber vulnerable minor parties. This report explores one particular example of international concern, style of interference, and nation-state actor: Russian-generated social media activity around the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Early data implies that Australian military and diplomatic efforts might have correlated with increasingly coordinated interventions into Australian political social media. Australian responses to the downing of MH17 may have seen – admittedly, minor – interference in Twitter #auspol and Australian topic content from known disinformation operations. It is wise to be cautious and not overstate either the scale or the effect of these measures. However, when they are known to operate amongst a broad spectrum of coordinated efforts, it may be worthwhile the Australian Government explore ways to monitor and check these emergent effects. While these interventions have been comparatively small, they require an agile ongoing response and situational awareness from government. Current Commonwealth arrangements are not well configured to deal with tactical or strategic information operations in our democracy. A sustainable interoperable, interagency whole of government response is required.

 

UAWire – Two people convicted of spying for Russia in Lithuania

Two men were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment in Lithuania on charges of espionage for Russia. Both defendants were found guilty of transmitting information to Russian intelligence and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison each, reports Deutsche Welle. The message of the General Prosecutor’s office in Vilnius reports that two men, who were born in 1966 and 1961, for several years were taking photos of the area and communication structure of a military airfield in Šiauliai and then transferred these pictures the Russian intelligence service. They were detained at the end of 2017. Both men pleaded guilty at a closed hearing, reports Baltic News Service, with reference to the representative of the court. NATO aircraft that patrols the airspace over Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are deployed in Šiauliai.

Norway’s Air Force tests Sidewinder missile

The AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missile was launched for the first time using a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, according to a Raytheon announcement.

How to Save the Transatlantic Alliance

When U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at this year’s Munich Security Conference, he seemed to speak not to the audience facing him—the leaders and representatives of important U.S. allies around the world. Rather, his “America first” rhetoric seemed like a courtesy for his boss in the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump. Pence’s performance in Munich was symptomatic of the state of transatlantic relations. At the highest administrative level, U.S. rhetoric toward Europe alternates between silence and verbal assault. Constructive dialogue, cooperation on common interests, and a commitment to shared values are all on the retreat. The damage need not be permanent, but simply waiting out the current U.S. administration will not do. The repercussions of Trump’s tenure will outlast his term of office, and the United States will be a different country for it. To save the transatlantic alliance, both sides must make a significant effort. The United States needs to understand that to blame and threaten allies while withdrawing from multilateral agreements provides no basis for cooperation and trust. Europe, for its part, needs to develop a common foreign and security policy, and that will, at the very least, require real investments in its defense capabilities. If both sides do their part, the relationship could emerge from the current crisis more balanced and therefore stronger.

Czechs Alarmed as Populist Leaders Take Aim at Public Media | Voice of America – English

Czech journalists and media analysts are raising alarm over the “threat” to the country’s public media from mounting pressure on the press by populist politicians. Members of the bodies supervising the Czech news agency CTK, Czech Television and Czech Radio are elected by lawmakers and now press watchdogs warn that some nominees might affect the quality of their coverage. Next week, the Czech parliament is likely to propel Michal Semin, a journalist and writer who has blamed American elites for the 9/11 terror attacks, onto the CTK council. “There is a big risk that a man with very extravagant

Askold Krushelnycky | Why Germans want the Nord Stream 2 pipeline | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

But O’Donnell believes that America has the ability to actually stop the project dead which has upset Putin and caused tension between Berlin and Washington. Trump said on June 12 he was considering sanctions over Nord Stream 2 which he warned would make Germany dependent on Russia for energy. “We’re protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars from Germany… .it really makes Germany a hostage of Russia if things ever happen that were bad” Trump said after meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. Poland vigorously opposes the new pipeline. Typically, Washington warns international companies carrying out work on projects it opposes that they will be banned from operating in the vast and lucrative U.S. market. “I think it’s legitimate that everything be done to stop this project. But if you’re going to stop this project, then you have responsibilities,” O’Donnell said. America can provide liquefied natural gas to replace much of the Russian gas but realistically needs 10 years before it can to secure European needs. He said in the meantime America “must find ways to help the Ukrainians and Europeans to make the transit work though Ukraine.” Meanwhile, he said, Gazprom’s transit contract with Ukraine will expire in January 2020 and Moscow has put unacceptable preconditions on negotiating a new one so that Europe must brace itself for a possible gas-supply crisis. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last month that a sanctions bill targeting companies and owners of vessels involved in the project was coming shortly. That was something that was applauded by the head of Ukraine’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Hanna Hopko, who led an inter-party group of Ukrainian politicians talking to American politicians and officials, including at the Department of Defense Pentagon headquarters, last week. She called the construction of the pipeline an existential danger to Ukraine and said she had been dismayed after being told that the German ambassador to the U.S. had been going from door to door in the Congress offices to lobby politicians against supporting sanctions against the pipeline. Hopko said many in the European parliament had labelled the pipeline as a threat for European security: “It’s not the export of gas to the European Union, it’s the export of corruption.” She said other topics discussed by the Ukrainian delegation and their American hosts included sanctions against Moscow and economic support to the Azov Sea region, measures to prevent Russia from closing the Azov Sea, the release of 24 Ukrainian Navy sailors illegally held since last November by Russia and a draft bill to provide Ukraine with a major non-allied status – an important step towards achieving NATO membership.

‘Candy Bomber’: What Berlin Airlift Teaches Us Today | Voice of America – English

Out of the cloudy skies over Wiesbaden, Germany, on a warm June day, gifts descend from the heavens, dropping like rain onto the fields below, much to the delight of hundreds of children waiting on the ground. The “candy bombs,” delivered by vintage planes similar to those in service long ago, bring Germans and Americans together to commemorate an event 70 years ago that was a matter of life or death for the people of Berlin. “It was a good feeling to give people something they had to have to stay alive,” said retired U.S.

 

Trump gives Vladimir Putin a sharp, weaponized rebuke on Ukraine

President Trump often appears delusional in his personal interactions with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. But the opposite is true of Trump’s Russia policy. Indeed, Trump is far tougher on Putin than President Barack Obama ever was. We saw this again on Tuesday in the form of $250 in military support to the Ukrainian military and security services. The new supplies bring the total provision of U.S. military support to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014. And they include elements clearly designed to deter and defeat Russian aggression. These include “sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and counter-artillery radars” and “electronic warfare detection.” Those systems will help Ukraine’s military to challenge Russian combat forces in their keystone competencies. The electronic warfare disruption issue is especially important. The $250 million also notably entails increased “support for Ukraine’s Navy and Naval infantry.” That’s a countermeasure to escalating Russian aggression against Ukraine’s maritime sovereignty. It also offers the Pentagon an indirectly lethal means of rebuking Russia’s escalating harassment of the U.S. Navy. So as I say, Trump would be well advised to judge his personal relationship with Putin far more skeptically. But Trump’s policy has been spot-on — proportionate, well-judged, and commensurate with our best ideals.

Parubiy, Taylor discuss support for Ukrainian army and navy

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy thanked U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in Ukraine William Taylor for the US assistance provided to the Ukrainian army and navy. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, U.S. delegation discuss energy cooperation

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal has met with a U.S. delegation to discuss cooperation in the energy sector, in particular the supply and transportation of energy resources, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported. — Ukrinform.Zerkal had a meeting with a U.S. delegation headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources in the Department of State Kent Logsdon. During the meeting, the sides discussed a number of issues of Ukrainian-American cooperation in the energy sector, the strengthening of Ukraine’s energy security, including the response to external challenges, the continuation of the Ukrainian energy sector reform, and the improvement of Ukrainian legislation in the context of the implementation of the European integration course of the state, the report said. According to the ministry, particular attention was paid to regional issues related to the supply and transportation of energy resources. Zerkal expressed gratitude for consistent and principled support for Ukraine from the United States. The parties stressed their determination to further strengthen Ukraine-U.S. strategic partnership, particularly in the energy sector.

EU Extends Sanctions on Russia Over War in Ukraine

The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in eastern Ukraine and demands Russian cooperation with the probe into the shootdown of a Malaysian passenger jet. “Russia sanctions are unanimously extended for another six months because of a lack of Minsk Agreements implementation,” an EU spokesman said Thursday. He was referring to the 2014 deal that was intended to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces. Separate sanctions banning the EU from doing businesses in Russian-annexed Crimea were renewed for another year. The EU also says it is considering a measure to refuse to recognize Russian passports issued in eastern Ukraine. EU leaders are also demanding Russia “cooperate fully” with the Dutch-led investigation into the 2014 shootdown of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine that killed 298. Prosecutors Wednesday charged three Russians — Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov — and a Ukrainian, Leonid Karchenko, with murder. “The European Council reiterates its full support for all efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability for the victims and their next of kin,” EU leaders said, adding they had full confidence in the independence and professionalism of the investigators.

Russia sanctions unanimously extended for another six months because of lack of Minsk Agreements implementation – Tusk’s press secretary

The decision to extend the sectoral economic sanctions of the European Union against Russia was unanimously made by EU leaders, press secretary of President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Preben Aamann, wrote.

EU military delegation visits Joint Forces Operation zone in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

A European Union military delegation led by Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano, has paid a visit to the zone of the Joint Forces Operation. JF Commander Oleksandr Syrskiy briefed EU officials on the security situation in the warzone.

EU delegation shown evidence of Russian troops’ presence in Donbas. Photos, video

The military delegation of the European Union led by Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano visited the area of conduct of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

The intelligence agencies of the NATO member states will intensify cooperation with the military intelligence of Ukraine

June 21, 2019 Enhancement of interaction was approved during the official visit of the Chief of the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to the Baltic States During talks with the leaders of the intelligence agencies of the member states of the North Atlantic Alliance, Colonel-General Vasily Bourba unveiled yet another proof of Russian military activism in the occupied territories of Ukraine and near the borders of European countries. In order to identify in a timely manner signs of Russia’s preparations for expanding armed aggression against our state and possible military actions by the Russian Federation in the Black and Baltic Seas, the military intelligence chiefs of the North Atlantic Alliance and Ukraine agreed on a significant increase in the volume of exchange of intelligence information. At present, joint intelligence assessments are being prepared on the actions of the aggressor country by representatives of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and NATO. A Memorandum of Understanding in the field of intelligence activities was signed. According to the results of the meeting, Colonel-General Vasily Burba with the heads of military intelligence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has established an exchange of experience in countering Russian aggression in key areas of intelligence activities, in particular in the field of cybernetic intelligence.

UAWire – NATO strengthens cooperation with Ukraine’s military intelligence

The intelligence structures of NATO member countries are intensifying cooperation with the Military Intelligence of Ukraine, reports the press …

The VMF’s Commander participates in the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting on the situation in the Azov-Black Sea region

On June 21, in Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, commander of the Navy of the Ukrainian Armed Forces took part in the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of Deputy Permanent Representatives on the situation in the Azov-Black Sea region. The main objective of the event was the need for Western partners to assess the security situation in the Azov-Black Sea region. According to Defense Express , the press center of the Naval Forces Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports . During the visit, the Navy Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces informed foreign representatives about the situation in the Azov-Black Sea region, the existing threats from the Russian Federation, the constant increase of the military potential of the Russian Federation with the sole aim of dominating the region, the violations of the Russian Federation’s international law of the sea, agreements with Ukraine, manipulating the Montreux Convention and dealing with 24 captive military seamen. Also, the head of the national fleet provided the parties with information on the prospects for the development of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanked for the help of the Allies, and emphasized the important role of NATO in the restored stability in the region.

Ukrainian Security Service chief preparing Zelensky’s visit to U.S.

Acting Ukrainian Security Service Chief Ivan Bakanov has discussed the pending visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States during his U.S. trip. “Emphasis has been put on preparing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington DC, which is scheduled to take place shortly at the invitation of U.S. President Donald Trump,” the Ukrainian Security Service said in a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday. Bakanov conveyed strategic messages of the Ukrainian chief of state to the U.S. side. He reiterated the unwavering foreign policy of Ukraine and deepening of its Euro-Atlantic integration at a meeting with George Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. The commitment of the new Ukrainian administration to the course of political and economic reforms, which will help Ukraine comply with the best European standards, was noted. The sides focused on military-technical and energy cooperation and stressed the importance of the U.S. Congress’ continuous support for the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine. A meeting with Fiona Hill, the Special Assistant to the U.S. President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, addressed practical steps taken in the bilateral strategic partnership.” Ukraine counts on the continuous and more intensive dialogue with representatives of the White House and the U.S. Department of State,” Bakanov said. Congresswoman and Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-chair Marcia Kaptur assured Bakanov of the support of U.S. lawmakers for Ukraine in the context of further deepening of bilateral security cooperation. United States Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said earlier that the precise date of Zelensky’s visit to U.S. was unknown. According to Volker, President Trump had invited Zelensky to visit the White House but the visit date had yet to be coordinated. He also said that a U.S. delegation might visit Kyiv shortly.

Giuliani Asked Ukrainian For Dirt On Biden | Talking Points Memo

Telizhenko, 28, gave TPM more detail in a phone call on Tuesday about his conversation with Giuliani.

Zelenskyy snubs European Games opening in Minsk – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy snubs European Games opening in Minsk. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

 

‘Not a comedy, it’s a tragedy’: Putin slams policies of Ukrainian funny-man president Zelenesky — RT World News

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is a good comedian, but his approach to the settlement of the conflict in Donbas isn’t funny at all, Vladimir Putin said during his annual Direct Line Q&A session.

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

By Igor Mantsurov, Director of Scientific Research for the Institute of Economics at Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade . Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky team over Petro Poroshenko signalled the sharp disappointment of current politics and a massive call from Ukrainian society for a total reconstruction of the country. The most popular demands are peace in the country, as well as an economic and social revival, and the normalisation of a sound domestic and foreign policy. All of those requirements are reflected in Zelensky’s team which has now been named after the new president’s popular satirical television show – the Servant of the People. This means that the new president and, hopefully, Ukraine’s parliament and government, will be in place to tackle the public’s demands after snap elections take place in late July. This is giving most of the country a sense of hope that it hasn’t had for years. Despite these expectations, positive results remain not so obvious. This is partially explained by the sharp political divisions inside Ukraine and the country’s stagnating economy, but foreign interference still remains the most powerful negative factor in Ukraine’s reality. Despite a major reduction in its ability to sway Ukrainian public opinion since 2014, residual Russian influence remains strong due to Moscow’s occupation of several districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as well as the whole of Crimea. Even today, more than five years after fighting began in Eastern Ukraine, the Russian Federation is hastily moving to fundamentally transform the facts on the ground in areas that are under either their direct control or are administered through their local – mostly Stalinist and neo-Soviet – collaborationist proxies. In both areas, they are taking steps to make irreversible gains when it comes to fundamentally influence local politics, the economic situation in each occupied region, and the local demographics – all at an ultimate structural cost to Ukraine. In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree proclaiming that Russian citizenship would become immediately easier for those Ukrainian citizens who wish to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship in favour of becoming one of his subjects. Putin’s proclamation was primarily aimed at those individuals who live in the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics – the two internationally unrecognized puppet states in Eastern Ukraine that have been under the Kremlin’s control since April 2014. The Kremlin had originally declared the Putin’s decree was meant “secure their freedoms and rights”, in reference to Donetsk and Lugansk, but later Moscow later amended its decision and Putin publicly declared that he would make it easier for all Ukrainians to become Russian citizens. This initiative by Putin and the Russian authorities violates countless international laws, including UN Security Council Resolution #2202, which was specifically referenced in the internationally brokered 2015 Minsk Agreement, that was supposed to end the war. Putin’s directive specifically takes aim at Article 47 of the 5th Geneva Convention, which specifically makes reference to depriving those who inhabit the occupied territories of the Donbas of their Ukrainian citizenship rights. Furthermore, the Kremlin’s decision makes a mockery of the Minsk Agreement as it blatantly ignores the EU’s demand that Russia stops its aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, Putin’s decree bares a hidden threat to the concept of Ukraine’s national sovereignty. Judging by the experience of the 2008 Russian-Georgian War, one might easily recall that Russia will never shy away from using the full scale of its power, including its armed forces, to protect Russian citizens who live outside of Russia’s borders – even if that use of force completely and utterly violates both the security and territorial integrity of independent sovereign states. The creation of a mass of Russian passport holders from the local Ukrainian population would create the perfect pretext for Moscow to launch a full invasion of Eastern Ukraine to protect what would certainly be a small minority of people, but who are now “their” citizens. Even if this possibility remains just a potential threat, it would play a major role in the way Putin would apply pressure on Kyiv to acquiesce to Russia’s demands during any future negotiations when mapping whatever the potential relationship between the two countries will be for years to come. Moscow is also using the pretext of easily granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians as a way to combat the Russian Federation’s still negative demographic statistics, which, like all other former Soviet republics, has sharply declined since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This generally happened in Russia, as well as all around the former Soviet Union, because of the very low birthrates in most of the 15 former republics, mass immigration abroad to places like the US, Europe, and Israel, and the harsh social conditions of the post-Soviet 1990s. The Kremlin is likely hoping that a huge influx of ethnic Slavs from Eastern Ukraine into areas of the Russian Federation where the population is in serious decline, especially its Siberia and the Far East, will help improve the country’s demographics while giving Putin a chance to boost his sagging popularity after two decades in power by importing a group of people who would then be perceived as being personally thankful to him. But what would all of this mean for Ukraine? It would be the absolute opposite result than what Russia hopes for – the exodus of highly qualified engineers and skilled workers. This would endanger the future revival of Ukraine’s industrial capacity, which is of the utmost importance for the restoration of the country’s economy and social system. By essentially robbing Ukraine of its skilled labour force, Zelensky, or any subsequent Ukrainian government, won’t be able to enact measures that would help bring back to life the country’s massive manufacturing potential, particularly in the areas of technologically advanced goods that include its famed rocket, aerospace, machine tool, and shipbuilding industries. Moscow would be able to use this labour force to accomplish the Kremlin’s key economic strategy of replacing its lost population with a socially acceptable group of imports who would then help make Russia even more immune from any future trade, economic, or political sanctions that could be imposed by the West. In simple terms, this would make Russia an even more complex threat, not just to Ukraine, but for the European Union as well. The less vulnerable the Russian economy is to the West’s sanctions and the more power and influence that the Kremlin can wield in Ukraine creates the conditions whereby it would be impossible for any Ukrainian government to achieve the national consensus it would need to bring the country ever closer to Europe and to the Western institutions that it so deeply desires to be a part of. A resolute and consolidated reaction by Europeans is essential if the West is going to help Ukraine thwart Putin’s citizenship initiative and thereby prevent even bigger, and potentially far more dangerous problems, in the future.

“Boyko Towers” are used by Russia for radio intelligence, – IP

The Russian Federation has re-equipped Ukrainian towers for oil and gas production on the Black Sea shelf, known as “Boyko towers”, into military facilities to provide control over the seized assets of Ukraine. The coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Konstantin Mashovets, reports this, Csenzor informs. NOT with reference to Interfax-Ukraine . “Surface monitoring systems were purchased and installed on drilling platforms … Neva-BS type observation systems used in drilling drilling systems (in the form of radar stations) are intended for radar detection and tracking of ships, vessels and low-flying targets … The radar has received and intercepted data through the channels of the International Automated Ship Identification System (Automatic Identification System), which is subject to mandatory use by all countries belonging to the International Maritime Organization, “the report says. In the IS group, they say that such systems placement and configuration of drilling platform locations provide the aggressor with almost complete control over the traffic of commercial ships and warships that follow to the ports of Ukraine. “We can talk about the blockade of maritime communications using civilian infrastructure. A similar strategy of the Kremlin is intended to weaken the effect of the presence of NATO military forces in the Black Sea,” the report says. Also, the Russian Federation put on duty the installation of hydroacoustic monitoring of the underwater situation: 61 km from Cape Tarkhankut at the facilities of MSP-4 of the Golitsyn field, 72 km from the same cape at MSP-17 of the Storm field, 66 km north-east of Zmeiny Island on BK-2 of the Odessa field. The IP notes that the Russian Federation is implementing an offensive strategy of economic and military isolation of the region in the Black Sea and thus forms a testing ground for practicing the suppression of economic freedom of navigation and merchant shipping as a whole. Recall in 2011-2012. Chernomornaftogaz acquired two fifth-generation drilling rigs (Pyotr Godovanets and Independence, produced in Singapore by Keppel), paying for them two times the actual cost. The deal was dealt with by the Ministry of Energy Yuriy Boyko (that’s why they are also called “Boyko towers”) and its managers at Naftogaz of Ukraine, Yevgeny Bakulin and Sergey Katsuba. During the occupation of the Crimea, Russia seized these towers. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133775

“We were shafted by the state,” the builders of the Crimean Bridge owed money for six months. VIDEO

15 companies involved in the construction of a bridge from the Kuban to the occupied Crimea, owed about 400 million rubles (166 million hryvnia). The company, from which they can not receive payments, is a subcontractor of Putin’s friend Arkady Rotenberg’s firm. This Censor.NET reports with reference to “Radio Liberty” . The affected companies are small construction companies from the Krasnodar Territory of Russia. The leaders of several of them recorded a video message to Putin. “More than 40 organizations have not received funds for the amount of work completed. The debt amounts to more than 400 million. Firms, understanding the complexity and deadlines for commissioning the bridge, used their funds, and sometimes borrowed ones. As a result, they are forced to stand on the verge of bankruptcy. We appealed to many instances, but they didn’t receive any help in understanding, ”the statement says. The victims blamed their problems for DECO, which, in turn, is a subcontractor of SGM-Most to Putin’s friend Arkady Rotenberg. “Everyone, including Rotenberg, was told about our difficulties, that we were not paid money. I personally did not talk to him, but colleagues, our“ brothers in misfortune, ”said that through his deputies they brought this information to him “- said the representative of one of the affected companies, Alexei Boretsky. We remind you that on May 15, 2018 , Russia officially launched traffic on the bridge across the Kerch Strait from the Krasnodar Territory to the occupied Crimea . The entire civilized world has condemned the opening of the Kerch Bridge and regards it as another violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine.

 

One Ukraine soldier killed, eight wounded as number of Russia-led forces’ attacks grows to 31 on Saturday – news war | UNIAN

One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another eight were wounded in action as the number of Russia-led forces’ attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, grew to 31 incidents on Saturday, June 22. Ukrainian troops fired back, using weapons that are not banned by the Minsk agreements.

The occupiers yesterday 31 times attacked the positions of the JFO: a soldier was killed, the enemy’s UAV was destroyed

Over the past day, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire 31 times. Of these, eight times – with the use of mortars of 120 and 82 mm prohibited by the Minsk agreements. As informs Tsenzor.NET , this is stated in the message of the OS press center on Facebook. “The enemy opened fire on our defenders from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms,” the report said. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “Vostok”, the enemy fired at the positions of the combined forces 21 times: three times near Water – from a mortar of 82 mm caliber, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; three times in the area of the village Starognatovka – from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; three times near the village Shyrokyne – from grenade launchers of various systems and small arms; Krasnogorovka environs – a 120 mm mortar and an automatic grenade launcher; near Gnutovo – from an easel anti-tank grenade launcher; three times in the area of Pavlopol – from grenade launchers of various systems and small arms; near Novotroitsky – from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher and small arms; twice in the vicinity of Lebedinsky – from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; Twice near the settlement Skilled – from mortars of caliber 120 and 82 mm, large-caliber machine gun; in the Avdeevka area – from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher and large-caliber machine gun; near Sands – from 120 mm mortar. See also: The 24th OMBR Warrior exploded on an explosive device and died in the Olenovka area In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “Sever”, the positions of the Ukrainian defenders were fired ten times: near the village of Peschanoe – from 82 mm of mortar, heavy machine gun and small arms; in the vicinity of Pivdennogo – from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; in the Novolugansky area – from large-caliber machine guns; four times near Lugansky – from a mortar of 82 mm caliber, automatic grenade launchers and small arms; in the vicinity of Maiorsk – from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms; near the town of Zaitsevo – from 82 mm mortar, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine gun and small arms; in the Novoaleksandrovka area – from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher. Over the past day, one Ukrainian soldier died, eight soldiers were injured. For each firing, the enemy received an adequate response from weapons that do not contradict the Minsk agreements. According to intelligence data, on June 22 one occupier was wounded, the enemy’s UAV was destroyed and the armored vehicle was damaged. Read also: It is impossible to continue the war without specifying its goal to the society, without defining the postmins reality, – Butusov Since the beginning of the current day, the enemy has fired three positions of the united forces. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical group “Vostok”, the enemy made one shelling: near the settlement of Pavlopol – from a 120-mm mortar. In the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical grouping “North”, the invaders twice fired at the Ukrainian positions: in the vicinity of Shumov – from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher and a large-caliber machine gun; near Pivdennogo – from automatic grenade launchers. “The combined forces reliably control the enemy on the line of collision, while adhering to the terms of the cease-fire,” the report says. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133751

Russian-led forces launch 25 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 25 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements seven times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Donbas invaders violate silence 25 times in past day, Ukraine reports – news war | UNIAN

Over the past day in Donbas, invaders violated the ceasefire 25 times. One Ukrainian military sustained a combat injury, reads a morning report by the press center of the Joint Forces Operation. From day-start on Saturday, June 22, the enemy fired three times at JF positions near Vodiane, Starohnativka, and Shyrokyne.

OSCE drone revealed 30 Grad MLRSs in the Luhansk region

The patrol of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) recorded 30 Grad multiple rocket launchers deployed in violation of the branch lines in the Russian-occupied districts of the Luhansk region. This is stated in the report of the mission, reports Tsenzor.NET . “On June 20, the long-range SMM unmanned aerial vehicle discovered 8 BM-12 Grad multiple-launch rocket systems at the Miusinsky range and 22 BM-21 Grad systems near the Crystal,” the report says. Also on June 20, the SMM recorded several dozen other heavy weapons in the occupied territories of Donbas, located along the right of way, but outside the designated storage areas. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133753

“Armor hunters”: in the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighters competed in the ability to destroy enemy equipment. Photo essay [SPIGOT, SPANDREL, SPIRAL, Stugna-P ATGWs and MT-12 Rapira]

Two-day competition among combat crews of anti-tank missile systems and anti-tank artillery of the United Force operation took place on one of the military grounds of Donbas. It reports the press center of the EP, informs Tsenzor.NET . The ATGM operators from the United Forces competed in two categories: sports and professional. On the first day, the environmental protection officers were supposed to overcome half a kilometer distance with numerous obstacles as part of combat crews. Difficult passage of the band that the exercise was performed in full combat gear. It was necessary not only to quickly run certain stretches of distance, but also to combine strength and anaerobic exercises. In particular, carry boxes with ammunition, in a gas mask to overcome the conditionally infected area, hit the target with a machine gun, throw grenades at accuracy and carry out medical evacuation of the injured person from the damaged equipment at the end of the distance. The second day was completely devoted to the demonstration of professional skills and the implementation of practical shooting. Combat crews and ATGM “Sturm”, “Konkurs”, “Fagot”, and “Stugna-P” ATGMs, as well as MT-12 “Rapier” anti-tank artillery guns, alternately carried out practical shooting at specified targets. During the competition, anti-tankists demonstrated a high level of combat readiness for the use of anti-tank systems and artillery against enemy armored targets. See also: In the Donetsk region was the final competition for the best combat crew of anti-aircraft gunners ZU-23-2 Forces of environmental protection. Photo report Lieutenant-General Alexander Syrsky, commander of the United Force operation, stressed the importance of maintaining a high level of practical skills of anti-tank personnel and awarded the participants with letters of appreciation. And those who won prizes, in addition to certificates, also received cash certificates. For the first place – 5,000 hryvnia to each member of the crew. For the second and third place, respectively, three and two thousand hryvnia.

MILITARY GATHERING WAS HELD WITH THE LEADING UNITS OF AVIATION, EDUCATION, RADIO ENGINEERING BRIGADES (PHOTOS)

At the “Shiroky lan” (Mykolayiv oblast) ground under the command of the Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Serhiy Drozdov, a gathering took place with the leadership of the aviation, anti-aircraft missile, radio-technical brigades and regiments. As previously reported by Defense Express , this is reported on the official page of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook. The officers took part in practical measures on the use of units and parts of the species with the help of modern means of command of the troops, as well as acquainted with modern weapons, procedures and methods of their application. The operational phase involved assault, fighter, bomber, military transport aircraft, helicopters, anti-aircraft missile systems, radar stations, advanced radio-intelligence and electronic warfare.

Zelensky: “War must not become the norm” – news politics | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has said that people today must remember the feat of those who defended Ukraine, and make efforts so that war does not become the norm for future generations. The president issued a statement on Day of Grief, in the memory of WW2 victims.

President’s appeal on Sorrow and Remembrance Day: We must do everything so that war doesn’t become common thing for next generations

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, on the Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War, stressed that contemporaries should remember the feat of those who defended the country.

Terrorist artillery spotter sentenced in Ukraine – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Primorsky District Court of Mariupol has handed down a verdict against an artillery spotter who had sided with Russia-backed occupation forces in Donbas. He is complicit in the killing of 30 and injuring another 117 civilians in Mariupol in a shelling in January 2015.

UAWire – Ukraine’s Defense Minister refuses to stop returning fire in Donbas

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue to return fire in the Donbas, reports UNIAN news agency. “We used to respond to the enemy’s fire, we are doing it now, and we will continue to respond,” he said. According to Poltorak, the Ukrainian Army will continue to adhere to the Minsk agreements but has the right to “adequately respond” if the positions or lives of its military are under threat. “We won’t surrender a single piece of our land to the enemy,” said Poltorak. Earlier, the representative of Ukraine in the contact group for the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma suggested that the counterattacks should stop in the region. According to him, the restrictions should be prescribed legally. Many Ukrainian politicians criticized the initiative. The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy also opposed this proposal. “The prohibition against shooting back is not the way to peace. This is the way to surrender,” he claimed.

Failed sensationalism: Russian propaganda caught lying about “masterminds” beyond warlord assassination in Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

Russian propaganda media recently reported that “French intelligence” reportedly “revealed the secret behind the murder” of the former leader of the “DPR” terrorist organization in Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko. At the same time, the reports cite a retired French military intelligence veteran, who has long suffered from Parkinson disease and faced accusations of genocide of the Rwandan population, Apostrophe reported with reference to Odesa Courier. It is noted that the French ex-spy Paul Barril, 73, shared his views on the developments in the occupied territories of Ukraine in an interview with the OffGuardian outlet – the one publishing anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian materials in English.

GRU commando Belyankin, killed in a fight with Armenians, turned out to be a participant in the battles in Zaitsevo and near Avdeevka, – Butusov

The corporal of the 24th brigade of the GRU special forces from Novosibirsk, Nikita Belyankin, who was killed in a mass brawl with Armenians in the Moscow region in early July, took part in the battles in the Donbas in 2016. About this glavred Tsenzor.NET NO Yuri Butusov wrote on Facebook . 24-year-old Belyankin died a few months after the completion of a four-year contract with the GRU special forces brigade from Novosibirsk. “But we are interested first of all with the instructions of the“ military way ”, about which the friends and acquaintances of the deceased write. It turns out that Belyankin took part in the battles in the Donbas – specifically in Zaytsevo and near Avdeevka, in the“ industrial zone. ”Another evidence that in the war in the Donbas of the Russian Federation is still widely used “vacationers” – or more simply, personnel units of the military, acting under the guise of “militias”, “- writes Butusov. Contact battles in the industrial zone Avdiivka began in 2016, so that the 24th brigade of the GRU was used not only in 2014, the journalist stressed. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133760

Kyiv court rules Russia must compensate nearly US$35,000 in moral damage to IDP, Crimean journalist – news ukraine | UNIAN

Kyiv’s Solomiansky district court has ruled that the Russian Federation must compensate UAH 1.044 million, or nearly US$35,000, in moral damage to internally displaced person and Crimean journalist Anna Andriyevska. Over US$3.5 billion has already been seized from the Russian Federation to ensure compensation on such claims.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky: Restoration of Donbas will cost more than $11 billion

At a meeting with the representatives of Ukrainian large business, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the economic recovery of the Donbas will cost more than 300 billion Ukrainian hryvnias ($11.4 billion), reports Interfax-Ukraine. The President stressed that the authorities will not wait for the end of the military conflict but will start working on the territories controlled by Kyiv. Zelensky also invited businesspeople to join the restoration of the region. Earlier, the Advisor to the former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Alexander Paskhaver noted that the restoration of the Donbas would cost much more than $50 billion. According to his estimates, it will take more than ten years to restore normal life in the region.

Special Operations Center “A” of the Security Service of Ukraine celebrates its 25th anniversary

During the years of independence, the fighters of the TsSO “A” conducted many special operations and saved the lives of thousands of civilians. And with the beginning of the Russian aggression, they became the vanguard of opposition to the enemy. With the 25th anniversary of the center of special operations “A” congratulated the acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, informs Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the department . “For twenty-five years, Alpha’s fighters have been at the forefront of protecting Ukrainian statehood and giving their own lives for the peace of peaceful citizens,” said Ivan Bakanov. According to him, the feat of none of the employees of the Center for Special Operations “A” who died while performing combat missions has been forgotten. In the fight against the aggressor, twenty-seven officers of the Security Service of Ukraine, including nine fighters of TsSO “A”, laid down their lives. Two of them, Alexander Anischenko and Ruslan Luzhevsky, were posthumously awarded the title Hero of Ukraine. “For us, it’s a matter of honor to keep the memory of our Heroes and tell the public about their feat. Keep us and God bless you. Only together we are strong,” said Ivan Bakanov. Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3133779

New photos from Luhansk airport for August-September 2014 year

One of the mercenaries of the private military company “Wagner” in September, 2014, posted on his page a photo album from the Lugansk airport after his capture by Russian troops and mercenaries. The photo shows the left positions of our military, the destroyed technique, the remains of ammunition (in particular from the “Tochka-U” missiles) issued by Russians on Ukrainian defenders and much more. The fighting for the control of the flight of the Lugansk International Airport lasted from April 2014 in full surroundings without land-based communications. In July, Ukrainian troops blocked the way to the airport, unlocking it. As a result of the August offensive of Russian regular troops, the airport again got into the surroundings. The airport buildings were completely destroyed by Russian artillery. On the night of September 1, 2014, Ukrainian defenders left the ruins of the airport, after 146 days of its defense.

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Not “Russian-Ukrainian war”, but “civil war” – Grinevich declared pro-Russian pressure on the authors of school textbooks. VIDEO

Authors of school textbooks on the history of Ukraine call with recommendations to call the war on the Donbas civil conflict, since “the situation is ideologically changing.” This was stated by the Minister of Education and Science Lilia Grinevich in an interview with the Espero channel , informs Censor . NET . According to her, propagandists of revanchist ideas come out of the shadow and are eager to influence Ukrainian education, media and politics. “For example, yesterday one of my colleagues, the author of the” New History of Ukraine “- a textbook for the 11th grade who has already received the decree of the ministry – called and said:” You must change in your textbook “Russian-Ukrainian war” to “civil conflict” ” When he said, “I will not do this, and my textbook has already received the decree of the Ministry of Education, he was answered:” But now the situation is ideologically changing! “- The minister said. According to Grinevich, the situation is alarming, since evidence of a possible revenge is more and more with each passing day.

 

The upgraded “Shilka” has undergone DoD tests

The pilot sample of the modernized anti-aircraft self-propelled 3СУ-23-4M-A1 “Shilka” unit was undergoing departmental testing and was ready for controlled operation. This is reported by Censor . NET . The modernization carried out by the state-owned enterprise Arsenal involves the installation of a new multifunctional radar with a digital antenna array instead of analogue radar and the replacement of a specialized analog computer system to the modern digital. Also, the installation is equipped with a navigation system, a security system and a unit of digital-to-analog converters. Arsenal, under an agreement with the Ministry of Defense, conducts research and development work on the modernization of the “Shilki” from 2015. The modernization is provided in three variants. The second option, in addition to the innovations of the first, involves the installation of equipment for the installation of opto-location system, which has in its composition television and thermal imaging channels, as well as a laser rangefinder. The third variant adds a missile channel with four missiles “Igla” (“Igla”). Work on the second and third variants is now underway.

ZSU-23-4M-A1 Trials [VIDEO]

LSARP flew another refurbished MiG-29UB

The Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, successfully completed the flight tests of the training aircraft MiG-29UB. In the near future, the aircraft will be accepted by the customer and after the completion of some mandatory procedures (documentation, inspection flight, transfer of aviation equipment and ground equipment to the military, etc.) another MiG will stand on the restored wing. LARARZ put one more MiG-29U aircraft on the wing It is these training planes that are now most needed for the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, because they have the opportunity to train young pilots and cadets, as well as improve their combat skills and enhance the experience of their mentors.

Two American Island cutters, which will soon be sent to Ukraine, not the last. There will be more – Navy headquarters

Two Island type patrol boats will be sent from the USA to Ukraine after completing the training of Ukrainian crews. This was told by the head of the staff of the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy, Alexander Shevchenko, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to “Information resistance . ” “We had a competitive selection for positions in the crews of Island. Thus, our crew, respectively, consists of three officers and a certain number of contract servicemen. They underwent appropriate testing, psychological testing, as well as prospects for service, those who wish further to serve, because these are the two Islands that we will receive now, this is not the last. We will still receive, and they will. This is the team that will receive training to train the next crews, “Shevchenko said. Training of Ukrainian crews will begin in July and will last ten weeks. 32 soldiers will leave for the USA. They have already passed the necessary psychological and linguistic training.

 

Zelensky’s first month: I promised you peace in Donbas? Forget it

The war in Donbas is a key question for Ukraine and for its every citizen. This fact does not require proves, confirmed by all sociological polls and obvious. It is so evident that Volodymyr Zelensky before the elections put this issue in priorities of his campaign. With this thesis that we need to achieve a ceasefire in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and restore peace, he won the elections. Moreover, he said that return of all prisoners of war is his main task. So people were bound to vote for him, as they believed that Zelensky out of all candidates, were capable of bringing the country together. Zelensky spoke a lot about Donbas and that he can and wants to do for it. For example, he said he was ready to talks with Putin and claimed it was necessary, even though the “witnesses” – the United States and European Union, would watch over it. Remember how at his inaugural speech he said: “I can assure you that I am ready for everything to stop our heroes from dying. I’m definitely not afraid to make complicated decisions. I am ready to lose my popularity, my ratings, and if necessary, I am ready to lose my position without hesitation, so that peace would come.” It sounds nice and you want to believe him, right? However, what do we have in fact after the first month of Zelensky’s presidency? The controversial appointments, overtures with NATO in Brussels, public rhetoric that Ukraine is not ready for negotiations with “LNR and DNR” about the return of the territories and that Russia is an aggressor country on which more sanctions must be imposed. And at the same time, lunches at gas stations, interview on fitness cycle and splashing in a fountain. Does it have anything to do with peace in Donbas? I guess not. Moreover, Ukrainian political analysts are saying that Zelensky continued the external policy of Poroshenko. He became a Poroshenko 2.0, but a little worse, as he does not speak foreign languages. One could say that he did not have an opportunity, that little time has passed or that Russia rejected the initiatives of Ukraine. But it is not true. As a president, Zelensky is responsible for the external policy and he has these powers. However, he did not propose any initiatives to Russia at all. Even though, when your priority is ending the war, you have to negotiate. Instead, Zelensky refused from services of Viktor Medvedchuk seen by the Kremlin at the only mediator who deserves trust. Zelensky went to Brussels to the NATO headquarters, where he promised to lead the country to the Alliance (though earlier he said it was only possible through a referendum). The new president also stated that Russia was an aggressor, that there will be no talks with the Donbas. Regardless that French President Emmanuel Macron clearly urged to negotiate. Do you think that the Kremlin would want to talk with Zelensky after such first 30 days? In fact, Zelensky for this month has ruined all opportunities to establish contact with the Kremlin to bargain the profitable conditions for both sides. For just one month! I am sure, the Kremlin has already deemed Zelensky as a person who is impossible to talk to. Because the public rhetoric of the Ukrainian president is no different from that of Petro Poroshenko. And this is a wrong move by Zelensky, which will eventually lead him to a dead end, as it did the previous president. But after all, Zelensky had opportunities to somehow establish contact with the Donbas and the Russian Federation. Almost immediately after the inauguration, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed him. He invited the Ukrainian president to make an “all for all” exchange. This is what Poroshenko did not do, but what the Ukrainians were waiting for. If Zelensky had agreed, 62 Ukrainians could already be at home. But he simply ignored the proposal of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. But now he loudly publicly declares that the Russian Federation must comply with the decision of the International Tribunal and return the Ukrainian sailors home. He says he believes it. Faith is a good thing, but very naive if you are the president of a country. When it was possible to return all the prisoners to Ukraine, having increased public trust to himself, Zelensky, apparently, was too busy playing table tennis or planning the relocation of the Presidential Administration from Bankova. Otherwise, his entourage simply does not understand diplomacy. A moment that could turn the story in a different direction was missed. Now Volodymyr Zelensky answers the critical questions of journalists with something like “oh, and I was joking.” I joked about lowering the tariffs, I joked about readiness for a dialogue with Russia. We got it wrong, we misunderstood Zelensky. Well, we have not heard such excuses from the Ukrainian politicians yet. These are truly new approaches. To sum up, what do we have in Donbas? Half a dozen promises of President Zelensky, which he either forgot or refused from. Ukrainians are still in captivity. And in Donbas combat zone, there is an escalation – not only military servicemen but also civilians are getting killed and injured. It seems that the parliamentary elections will correct the level of public trust in Zelensky team.

Can Ukraine’s Comedian President Volodomyr Zelensky Seriously Shake Things Up?

Volodymir Zelensky is vowing to break the old molds—from his personal appearance and the people he’s appointing, to his hard pro-NATO stance and speaking Russian in East Ukraine.

‘New blood’ in Ukraine parliament will ease reform path: Zelenskiy party chief – Reuters

Ukraine can pass reforms to make politicians more accountable and lift a ban on the sale of farmland after lawmakers hostile to change are tossed out in a July snap election, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party told Reuters.

Understanding Ukraine’s Jewish President – WSJ

He plays down his ethnic roots, stressing national and political identities instead.

Ukraine Election: It’s Amateur Hour, and That’s Good – Bloomberg

Now that an early election has been confirmed, President Volodymyr Zelensky is about to take over the parliament with an army of novices.

Poroshenko: Zelensky can count on my advice, help, shoulder. VIDEO

The European Solidarity team in its political activities is ready to help the new power team in all matters of public interest: ensuring Ukraine’s preparation for joining the European Union and NATO, as well as resisting attempts by anti-Ukrainian forces to turn the state back to Russian slavery. This was the leader of the party, Petro Poroshenko, said on the TV channel “Ukraine”, reports Tsenzor.NET . “I am a person who definitely does not profess the principle“ the worse, the better. ”In matters that constitute public interest, President Zelensky, if necessary, can definitely count on my advice, my shoulder, and my help. Zelensky, I help Ukraine. As a patriot, as a person for whom Ukraine is above all, I will firmly continue this line in the future, ”Poroshenko said. He also noted that his team will precisely support the personal vote of people’s deputies. In addition, Poroshenko stressed that the European Solidarity party will definitely not cooperate in the parliament of the next convocation with political forces that profess populism or the idea of Ukraine’s return to the “Russian world.” Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3133699

Central Election Committee refused to register communists for snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine

The Central Election Commission reports refusing to register candidates of the Communist Party of Ukraine in the nationwide multi-member electoral district for the snap parliamentary elections to the Verkhovna Rada on July 21 It is noted that the decision was made after meeting of the CEC on June 22. The CEC also denied registration of the CP representative with an advisory vote. As it was reported earlier, the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal rejected to hear the claim of the head of the Communist Party of Ukraine Petro Symonenko against the Central Election Committee of Ukraine. Symonenko, together with the Communist Party of Ukraine initiated the suit, demanding to cancel the decision of the Committee not to register him as a presidential candidate. They also demanded the Committee to re-examine the documents and to register Symonenko. The Central Election Committee of Ukraine refused to register Symonenko, because he has been nominated as the candidate from the banned Communist Party, what contradicts the law “On the Conviction of the Communist and National-Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their symbols propaganda”. Communists claimed this decision to be politically motivated and unconstitutional.

A fan of the USSR from the “Servant of the People”, the man of Medvedchuk and the namesake of the head of the AP go to the Rada from the 25th district in Dnipropetrovsk

n district 25, blogger Max Buzhansky, who does not like Maidan and longs for the USSR, is running for parliament in Rada. This is what Tatyana Nikolaenko writes in an article on Tsenzor. There is NO on the “Servant of the People” candidates in the majority districts. “In 2014, the candidate for mayor of Dnipro, Maxim Kuryachy, was elected for him (25th district). Despite the fact that he was a competitor to Boris Filatov, it appears that the mayor of Dnipro will support Poroshenko’s representative,” she adds, “ there is simply no other choice. ” In addition to Kuryachi, blogger Max Buzhansky, a “principled opponent of Maidan,” who “is nostalgic for the USSR,” is running in the 25th district. Buzhansky was one of those whom the party announced at the congress, and the “Servant of the People”, despite criticism in social networks, did not change its mind to remove him from the elections. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133780

CEC on Friday registered 184 majoritarian candidates, 139 parliamentary candidates on two parties’ lists

The Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) at its meeting on Friday registered 184 candidates for parliamentary deputies in single-mandate electoral districts, as well as 139 candidates included in the lists of political parties in the nationwide multi-member electoral district.

‘A state in a smartphone’ concept discussed at presidential administration

On June 21, the Presidential Administration of Ukraine held a discussion of the concept of “A state in a smartphone” as one of the important components of the digital economy. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyy on petition to fire Avakov: not up to me – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy on petition to fire Avakov: not up to me. The president has no legal power to dismiss government members, except for the foreign and defence ministers. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

President’s aide denies putting pressure on judges – LB.ua news portal

President’s aide denies putting pressure on judges. He denies calling judges. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine’s fuel market seeing no shortage of petroleum products over Russia’s restrictions – official – news economics | UNIAN

Fuel market in Ukraine is not seeing a shortage of petroleum products or price hikes as a result of Russia’s oil and petroleum products import restrictions, which entered into force on June 1, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Mykhail Blyzniuk, told UNIAN. “The Russian side has introduced the quota principle and redistributed these quotas among companies. That is, today the supply of light petroleum products and diesel fuel have been stabilized in Ukraine. Therefore, the market is not seeing a deficit, and there is no price increase, that is, everything remained at the same level as it was in early June,” the official said. According to Blyzniuk, the market is stable, while deliveries are carried out on schedule, since many meetings have been held regarding diversification of fuel supplies. With regard to restrictions on coal imports, Blyzniuk called the issue very complicated politically, but noted that Ukraine remains within the schedule of supplies required. Read alsoBan on shipments of Russia’s coal, oil products to Ukraine comes into force “Most of all, we consume gas grade coal, which is mined in the territory controlled by Ukraine government, a lot of power units are being transferred from anthracite to gas grade coals, so today we are within the schedule of deliveries on both grades,” the deputy minister explained. As UNIAN reported earlier, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Danyliuk, said that Russia’s restrictions on the supply of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine from June 1 could become a serious challenge for the country, therefore businesses must be ready to diversify their supplies. Earlier, Russia restricted the export to Ukraine of Russian oil and petroleum products. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that such goods as fuel and energy products, including coal, oil, and petroleum products, from June 1 this year shall be exported to Ukraine only based on individual permits.

Ukraine, Switzerland talk cooperation on sustainable energy development, investment – news economics | UNIAN

The Ukrainian government delegation has paid a visit to Switzerland to discuss new economic opportunities for partnership in energy efficiency, green enedgy, and energy processing of waste, that’s according to the Ukrainian Cabinet website. The report says Switzerland is already engaged in joint bioenergy projects with Ukraine.

UAWire – Ukrainian Police to Kyiv Pride Parade organizers: Russian flags and calls for peace with Russia are unacceptable

During a meeting in the Main Department of the National Police of Ukraine on June 21, the Chief of Kyiv Police Andriy Kryshchenko said that police warned the participants of KyivPride about the inadmissibility of using the national symbols of the Russian Federation or calls for peace with the Russia during the march, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Kryshchenko stressed that the situation could change very quickly. Therefore, local police chiefs will have to respond quickly to any calls, and also not to allow the participants to use the symbols forbidden in Ukraine. “This is a very dynamic event, and the situation can change very quickly, so I urge the chiefs to make decisions quickly and according to the situation. To pay particular attention to attempts to smuggle prohibited items or substances that may stain people. Also, we warned the participants of the march about the inadmissibility of using national symbols of the Russian Federation or calls for peace with Russia. This is unacceptable,” said the Chief of the Kyiv Police. He warned that the police will limit access on the areas where the event is to take place. Also, the metal detectors will be installed. “To prevent potential crimes, we will limit access to the areas of the march. A sufficient number of checkpoints with metal detectors will be installed to create a free passage for citizens and media representatives,” Kryshchenko assured. The First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Serhiy Yarovyi declared that the goal of law enforcement agencies remains unchanged. In the first place, the police has to ensure safety of citizens. Therefore, security measures will be strengthened in the city.

State Bureau of Investigation is getting closer to exposure of Poroshenko’s fraud schemes

The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv granted all 14 petitions of the State Bureau of Investigation on seizure of documents in connection with criminal cases initiated on on the sale of”Kuznia na Rybalskomu” by Petro Poroshenko to Serhiy Tyhypko, and the purchase of the Pryamyi TV channel (which is also linked to Petro Poroshenko). “Now, investigators will receive full access to the documents of both enterprises in the context of investigation into possible corrupt money laundering related to the acquisition of the Pryamyi TV channel, as well as investigation into money laundering and non-payment of taxes during the “Kuznia na Rybalskomu” purchase and sale deal. The company was sold by Petro Poroshenko in 2018. The buyer was Serhiy Tyhypko,” said a source in the SBI. It should be reminded that during the time of Poroshenko’s presidency “Kuznia na Rybalskomu” helped Poroshenko earn tens of millions of hryvnias. In particular, on trade with the Russian Federation. Only in 2015, it exported to the RF goods for at least 1.5 million UAH. In addition, Petro Poroshenko, together with his partner Ihor Kononenko, introduced his company into public procurement and earned 97 million hryvnias. “Kuznia” always won tenders, because in fact, it had no competitors.

Opposition Bloc lawmakers push power grab investigation against Poroshenko, Groysman, Parubiy | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

The State Investigations Bureau has opened a probe into an alleged power grab by former President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy. According to the Dzerkalo Tyzhnya (Mirror of the Week) news site, which first reported the investigation, the case concerns the absence of a legal coalition at the time of Groysman’s appointment. The Kyiv Post could not reach Poroshenko, Groysman or Parubiy for comment. Nestor Shufrych and Vasyl Nimchenko, two lawmakers from the Russia-friendly Opposition Bloc party, filed the appeal to open the case, Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reported. The Kyiv Post could not reach either lawmaker for comment by press time. The State Investigations Bureau is a law enforcement agency that was launched in November to fight corruption among Ukraine’s top officials. It has not officially confirmed the existence of the investigation. However, Anzhelika Ivanova, a spokesperson for the agency’s director, told the Kyiv Post that the State Investigations Bureau has several open cases against current and former top officials, but did not provide their names.

SBU searches ex-head of Kherson regional administration – LB.ua news portal

SBU searches ex-head of Kherson regional administration. The murdered activists’ friends and family suspect he is behind the attack. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

State Commission on memory perpetuating initiates investigation into crimes against Ukrainian people in 1930-1940s

The State Interdepartmental Commission on the perpetuation of the memory of participants in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), victims of war and political repression initiates an investigation into crimes against the Ukrainian people in 1930-1940s.

Backlash in Ukraine as president says beautiful women ‘our brand’

Backlash in Ukraine as president says beautiful women ‘our brand’

Voices of Ukraine Remembers Dmitry Tymchuk: “Thank you all for translating Mr. Tymchuk’s blog.” | Voices of Ukraine

06.22.2019 (June 22, 2019) Written by Sophia Isajiw, Voices of Ukraine English editor-in-chief and edited by Voices of Ukraine editor and translator Maria Stanislav, representing the Voices of Ukraine Team It is with the greatest sadness in our hearts that we write about the passing of Dmitry Tymchuk as the result of a gunshot wound to his head on 19 June 2019, the strange circumstances of which are still under investigation. Dmitry has been a trusted friend to us at Voices of Ukraine (VoU) for the past 5 years, during which time we translated over 555 of his iconic Information Resistance (IR) group military summaries and articles, daily for over 3.5 of those years, after making an agreement with him we would act as the official English language translators for their full summary reports beginning in March 2014. Dmitry very graciously agreed to be a specialist in our advisory group from the early days of Maidan, and always gave us very succinct and solid advice when asked. Not long after, NATO wisely approached him to advise them. Dmitry was inspirational – a true professional on the outside and a quick-witted creative thinker on the inside – the working definition of a reformed, professional Ukraine. He was solid, honest, truthful, candid, precise, an excellent observer, respectful and generous with his time – answering our many questions, sharing insightful reflections, making time to meet with us. In person, his real-life personality matched his online voice. He was poetic; when we would message him with “Dmitry, are you here?? We have more questions, please,” he would write back: “Yes, of course, for you, even a star from the sky.” He had a finely developed, intelligent and subversive humour we couldn’t get enough of. As one reader wrote in early 2014: “I found the term ‘Orthodox Communists’ amusing, a true oxymoron. Thank you all for translating Mr. Tymchuk’s blog.” All of us at VoU fell in love with those early writings and posts of his about the situation in Ukraine before he settled into the military summaries – before he had to reign in the historic nuances and ironic subtle entendres to be more widely understood by NATO and a diverse public who had by then (April 2014) started following him from all over the world. But it would still slip into his summaries from time to time: “Let the Opposition Block concern themselves with giraffe husbandry!,” he wrote in late November of that year.

Thousands Join Pride Parade In Kyiv

Thousands of supporters of LGBT rights marched in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv under a heavy police presence.

Kyiv hosts Equality March – LB.ua news portal

Kyiv hosts Equality March. The estimates by the organisers and police vary. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

March of Equality in Kyiv ends, participants departing via safe routes (Photo) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

The March of Equality in Kyiv has ended; participants are departing from the area of the event via safe routes. Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk was spotted among the marchers.

Nationalists gather downtown Kyiv amid March of Equality (Photo, video) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Representatives of nationalist organizations and other organizations who oppose a KyivPride 2019 march have gathered in the center of Kyiv to counterbalance those who are taking part in the March of Equality on June 23. Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration says police must guarantees the safety of all Ukrainians amid the event.

The upcoming neo-Nazi concert in Ukraine that no one is talking about – Europe – Haaretz.com

Saturday will see up to 1,500 people attending a gig in Kiev headlined by notorious U.S. neo-Nazi group Blue Eyed Devils. Even an expert on the far-right music scene is shocked how open Fortress Europe is being

Chernobyl: The shocking cost of homes in Ukraine’s exclusion zone revealed | World | News | Express.co.uk

THE Chernobyl nuclear disaster saw more than 1,000 square miles surrounding the power plant made into an “exclusion zone”, however, a small community still exists, a documentary revealed.

 

Bye, Bye, Bankova: Like The President He Played On TV, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy To Relocate His Administration

Ukraine’s new president says relocating the administration offices will help dispel a reputation for corruption in government and encourage transparency. Critics worry about the cost and say the move to a busy Kyiv intersection may make traffic jams worse.

Transfer and reorganization of AP | This is the President of the People’s Servant – YouTube

Ze, the president Published on June 20, 2019 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky together with the team reorganizes the Administration. The principle is simple – fewer people, less public funds, more efficient.

Ukrainian House – Wikipedia

Ukrainian house – international exhibition and congress center in Kiev

Ukrainian house – the center of the national idea. International exhibition centre in Kiev: exhibitions, fairs, conference events. ✔Afisha✔Kalendar exhibitions. Str. Khreshchatyk 2

Information about Ukrainian house – international congress сenter in Kiev

Ukrainian house – the international congress center: conferences, exhibitions, forums, presentations. ✔Showrooms✔9 conference halls ✔Concert hall

Presidential Administration of Ukraine – Wikipedia

Presidential Administration Building (Kiev) – Wikipedia

Bankova Street – Wikipedia

Former patriarch threatens future of new Ukraine church

Kiev (AFP) – The former head of Ukraine’s breakaway independent church held a rare conference of clerics Thursday with the aim of restoring his religious leadership, threatening the future of Ukraine’s new unified Orthodox Church. Archbishop Filaret, 90, brought together some 100 clerics in Kiev’s Saint Vladimir Cathedral, in a bid to annul a decision that merged the Kiev patriarchy that he previously led with another Orthodox church. The joining of the churches paved the way for the creation of a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church independent of Moscow created last year — a historic decision after Moscow controlled the Ukrainian church for more than 300 years. Despite the meeting threatening the unity of the new church, Filaret on Thursday said “there will nevertheless be an independent Church”. The newly unified church said the meeting had no official character and that it had no legal or ecclesiastical value. In a statement, it called on Filaret and his supporters to “stop undermining the unity of the Church and of the Ukrainian people”. The charismatic Filaret had been widely tipped to become the head of the united church but a Metropolitan, Yepifaniy, 40, was chosen to the post last December.

“We have done everything to make Patriarch Filaret feel comfortable and spiritually, materially and physically in the bosom of the new church, but this turned out to be not enough for him”, – Epiphanius

The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Epiphanius, has repeatedly tried to convince the honorable Patriarch Philaret that he is mistaken, and there is no way to return to the old times. About this Epiphanius told in an interview with the newspaper “New time” , informs Censor . NO . “But in response, the venerable patriarch said that someone was behind me. But only the young church and the people were behind me. Philaret does not hear us,” the head of the CCU described the essence of the conflict. Metropolitan Epiphanius noted that Philaret’s position is not supported in the church. “There is practically no such support. I say this, relying on the support of the episcopate, the clergy and the faithful Ukrainian people,” he said. According to him, the Cathedral of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which was not yet held at the time of the interview, collected by honorary Patriarch Filaret (not yet. – Ed.) Will not be legitimate and recognized. “And those who have gathered will only punish themselves by moving away from a single Orthodox local church, remaining outside its borders,” added the head of the PTsU. Epiphanius believes that the possible outcome of the honorable Patriarch Filaret of the PCU “will not bring the church noticeable harm, but it will undoubtedly bring sadness.” “We did everything to make Patriarch Filaret feel comfortable and spiritually, physically and physically, in the bosom of the new church, but this turned out to be not enough for him,” concluded Metropolitan Epiphanius. Recall, on December 15, 2018, at the Unification Council, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, was elected head of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church in Pereyaslavl and Belotserkovsky. On January 6, 2019, during the festive liturgy with the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Epiphanius was presented to the Ukrainian Church in the Church of St. George at the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople during the festive liturgy. On January 9 in Constantinople, members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church.

The OCU suspended the two clerics who participated in the “conclave” of Philaret. DOCUMENT

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine suspended Hieromonk Illya (Igor Zelensky) and Archimandrite Andrew (Marutsak), who supported Filaret’s decision to abandon Tomos. The relevant decrees are published on the page of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on Facebook , informs Censor.NET . “Archimandrite Andrew (Marutsak) since June 22, and hieromonk Ilya (Zelensky) from June 21, 2019 are prohibited in the priesthood for actions aimed at dividing the Church,” the report said. According to the text of the decree, Archimandrite Andrew is banned in the ministry for three months for “directly participating in activities aimed at the separation of the Church, an attempt to seize the leadership of the monastery.” Hieromonk Ilya was banned in the ministry for six months and dismissed from his post as the head of the parish of St. Michael the Archangel in the Barvinkovo Kharkiv region for “participating in actions aimed at dividing the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, violation of the Charter of the Church.” Recall, on June 20, the honorable Patriarch Filaret held a meeting in the Vladimir Cathedral, which he calls the “Local Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate”. Its participants canceled the decision of the Council of Bishops on December 15, 2018 on the liquidation of the UOC-KP . After that, Filaret issued a decree to which he appointed a new primate of the Holy Theodosiev Monastery . However, the temple belongs to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and has its own superior – Father Macarius. The dispute over the property led to a police call.

Filaret asks Avakov to “protect” the UOC-KP from the “raider actions” of the OCU. DOCUMENT

The honorable patriarch Filaret appealed to the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov with a request to protect the believers and the property of the Kyiv Patriarchate from the “unlawful actions of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.” A photocopy of his official appeal was posted on his Facebook page by Archpriest Nikolai Lagodich, reports Tsenzor.NET . The document states that the representatives of the PCU allegedly seized the premises of the Holy Feodosia Monastery of Kiev by force. In this regard, Filaret asks the minister to give an assessment of such actions and to do everything so that no one interferes with the activities of the UOC of the Kiev Patriarchate. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133756

 

Small religious communities are being discriminated against in Crimea and in the Donbas region, – Department of State

Religious minorities suffer from discrimination in Crimea and the Donbas region, the US State Department report says. According to the State Department, the Russian-controlled separatist regime forces all another from the Moscow Orthodox Church to acquire a “government religious expert estimate”. In particular, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are prohibited in the occupied territories of Ukraine. It was noted that Russian-controlled illegal regime forces continue seizing religious minorities’ buildings and using them as military facilities in Donbas region. “Russian occupant authorities harassed and discriminated the Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate, the Muslim Crimean Tatars and minor religious groups,” the report says. It was also emphasized that activists of religious communities in Crimea were subjected to torture.

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom – United States Department of State

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of State submits the reports in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.