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Ukraine. Turkey. Georgia. Czechia. Russia is getting B-slapped everywhere, it has to be a huge ego-killer for Putin. I wonder how this will play out in Russia, if Putin will soon be perceived as “bad” for Russia. Everything Russia does is in the shadow of 1991, even now… Russia is over-reaching in everything they do. Even Venezuela is not seen as a success.
Even worse, every ally and friend Russia has ever had has been backstabbed and dealt a bad hand by Russia.
“Russia. How not to win friends and still piss off enemies.” My apologies to Dale Carnegie for completely missappropriating his quote.
NATO update – capabilities, EX activity. More on SAS/SBS vs. LGMs.
More bizarre statements from Muscovy. Galeotti and Bildt interpret why Muscovy is delusional. More on Russia’s descent.
A major debate under way as PACE decides whether to re-instate Russia despite intensive opposition by Baltic States, Ukraine, Poland and others.
Russia ramps up another major propaganda campaign, including lots of meddling in the UK. Buzzfeed on HBO Chernobyl’s impact in Russia.
Anti-Russian protests continue in Georgia and Muscovy works hard to blame it all on Tbilisi.
In Prague, largest demonstration since the fall of the USSR, against the erosion of democracy, the latter diligently sponsored by Muscovy.
Turkey update, more pronouncements on the S-400, and Erdogan crashes and burns in the Istanbul election.
Ukrainians brag about the AFU 140th Special Operations Forces Center gaining NATO certification. Muscovy plays more gas contract games. IR and Crimea updates.
Donbas update, major escalation on the weekend with two Russians KIA. More on the 2A6 ZSU-23-4M-A1 SPAAGM upgrade including a nice animation on Youtube.
Politics update, especially election matters.
OCU update – Filaret stripped of all offices held in the OCU, for creating chaos.
U.S. arms makers say European demand for fighter jets, missile defenses and other weapons is growing fast amid heightened concerns about Russia and Iran.
The U.S. military and its NATO allies conducted a gap crossing operation over the Danube river in Romania. The 126th Public Affairs Operations Center has announced that on Saturday, June 22, 2019, distinguished visitors, civilian and military media outlets witnessed an opposed wet gap crossing over the Danube river, Europe’s second longest river, after the Volga. U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli and Romanian Joint Force Commander Maj. Gen. Dorin Ionita had front row seats for the event. Working under an unrelenting sun with a blistering 94 degrees Fahrenheit, service members made final preparations for the technically challenging river crossing. Heavy machinery, personnel carriers and tanks were scheduled to cross. All was quiet until the Romanian 72nd Engineer Battalion, 10th Engineer Brigade called friendly forces forward at approximately 11 a.m. On cue, the Romanian air force engaged enemy targets on the far side of the bridge. The Romanian Naval Artillery and the 325th Field Artillery Battalion provided support by fire as Romanian Puma SOCAT helicopters gave close air support. Meanwhile, allied force Chinooks sling loaded and delivered the final piece of the bridge, allowing ground forces to cross. A follow-on convoy of American and allied military vehicles crossed the floating bridge while air force MiGs, F16s, Apaches and Blackhawks soared through the sky offering support. Additionally, Romanian infantry marines patrolled the Danube on zodiac inflatable boats, countering simulated opposing force attacks. They performed strafing runs along the riverside with bigger gunships adding extra intimidation. This combined demonstration of land, air and sea lethality was something to behold.
How will this end?
The Estonian Defense Investment Center (RKIK) and the German company EuroSpike GmbH signed on Thursday, June 20, in Tallinn a framework agreement on the supply of long-range anti-tank systems to the Defense Forces with a total value of 40 million euros. According to RKIK, the agreement for seven years was signed by Priit Soosaar, Head of the Center’s Supply Department, and EuroSpike GmbH Executive Directors, Gunther Lauer and Roman Palaria. “The system being procured will significantly improve the anti-tank power of infantry brigades, as it will increase the range of the shot and the ability to influence the enemy even if he is not directly in sight,” the RKIK said. In the first delivery – 18 new generation anti-tank systems with ammunition. The agreement, with a total cost of 40 million euros and a period of seven years, also provides for the purchase of additional equipment, technical support and training of personnel. The first EuroSpike systems will arrive in Estonia in the second half of 2020, they will be in service with anti-tank companies of the infantry brigade. Training for military personnel for the use of long-range anti-tank systems will begin at the end of next year. According to Soosaar, the Defense Forces will adopt the new system in the third quarter of 2020. “The defense forces will get a simple and good system that will give our units efficiency and flexibility,” said Priit Soosaar, head of the supply department. According to Soosaar, since the same systems are used by all friendly neighboring states, in a crisis situation one system can be replaced by another, this will also give an opportunity in the future to jointly purchase, for example, anti-tank ammunition. Editor: Nadezhda Bersenyova
DELFI.lt Saturday, June 22, 2019 13:12 The Lithuanian Army plans to allocate about 300 million euros to purchase new helicopters. This became clear after the announcement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense of a competition in which they plan to hire a company that can prepare an investment project for the purchase of universal helicopters. 300 million euros is considered as the preliminary price of aeronautic devices. Representative of the Ministry of Public Relations Asta Galdikayte said that at this time the market is being analyzed and the decision has not yet been made on how much and which aircraft to buy. Universal helicopters can perform military tasks, the task of transporting the military, search rescue operations.
“In two years from now, the Indian Air Force’s frontline Sukhoi-30 fighters may be re-armed with Israeli Derby air-to-air missiles after the jet’s Russian-made R-77 missiles were found wanting in air combat operations over the Line of Control on February 27 this year.”
Washington’s deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a standoff comparable to the Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. Russia has been fiercely critical of U.S. plans to deploy missile systems in eastern Europe, and of Washington’s withdrawal from the INF arms control treaty.
The New York Times reported that American intelligence had secretly inserted software that could allow it to disable the Russian energy system.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that at the moment it is necessary to fight in a new way, focusing on the fact that the conflicts …
Russian mercenaries have been killed fighting in Syria yet private military companies (PMCs) are still illegal under Russian law: they cannot operate in Syria without permission from Russia’s Def…
Russia’s risky policies may be a sign of the security services’ sway over the president, says Mark Galeotti, author of We Need to Talk About Putin
While the European Union gears up for new leadership in the northern autumn and US President Donald Trump gets his 2020 re-election campaign going, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sitting steady in the saddle with a mandate stretching to 2024. But what, exactly, does Putin intend to do with his next five years in the Kremlin? Like leaders of all major powers, Russia’s elite must regularly try to divine the future in order to shape the country’s strategic priorities in a way that anticipates likely challenges. The United States conducts such assessments every four years under the direction of the National Intelligence Council; the EU does so every five years, and has just published a semi-independent study of likely global trends between now and 2030. In Russia’s case, geostrategic forecasting is one of the activities of the semi-official Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), which has published a global outlook for 2035. Generally speaking, its assessment of future trends is similar to that of the US and the EU. Where the report gets interesting is in its appraisal of the implications for Russia. The authors identify several strategic dilemmas the country will face. For example, according to the report, Russia’s top priority is ‘preserving and improving its position in the world hierarchy of powers and responsibility’. But achieving that will require a ‘structural reconstruction of the Russian economy’. Without far-reaching economic reforms—or what the authors describe as ‘radical changes’—Russia’s international standing will almost certainly decline. The same point is made with great force in Anders Åslund’s acclaimed book Russia’s crony capitalism.
Attacking an nongovernmental organization ambulance in western Syria, warplanes from the Syria-Russia axis killed four innocent civilians on Thursday, June 20 — International Refugee Day. Three were paramedics and one a wounded civilian. The symbolism of the attack should not be discounted: it took place on international refugee day, a day that remembers, in part, the 5 million Syrian refugees forced from their homes since the commencement of the civil war in 2011. Sadly, this latest horror is just standard fare aggression from Russia and its dictator ally Bashar Assad. Russia will deny any involvement, but it shouldn’t be believed. After all, the town of Ma’arat al Nu’man where the airstrike occurred is just 45 miles from Russia’s air base near Latakia. Russian warplanes from that base have played a significant role supporting Assad’s terror campaign against the civilian population of Idlib province. A last redoubt of the rebellion against Assad’s rule, Idlib suffers a brutal campaign of terrorism from the sky. This has involved escalating attacks against medical infrastructure in order to maximize the suffering of civilians. The Syrians and Russians hope that this suffering will compel the rebels to surrender. Sadly, thus far, neither Assad nor Vladimir Putin have suffered any significant consequences for their atrocities. That should change. You can watch the scene of Thursday’s massacre below.
ASPEN, Colo. — Two influential leaders in science for the first time publicly condemned a Russian biologist who said he plans to produce gene-edited babies but conceded that it was beyond their organizations’ authority to halt him from doing so. In separate interviews with STAT over the weekend, Margaret Hamburg, co-chair of an international advisory committee on human genome-editing, and Victor Dzau, president of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, said they were deeply concerned by the plans outlined by Russian scientist Denis Rebrikov. Still, said Hamburg, “I don’t know where we get the teeth to do some of what may ultimately need to be done’’ to respond in such situations. The Russian scientist, Hamburg said, “has been very public and explicit but we’re not in any kind of position to enforce or even provide assessment of what the nature of the work is and how it’s going to move forward.’’
Russia’s plan to spend tens of billions of dollars from its rainy-day fund to revive stagnant economic growth threatens to undermine the tight-budget policies that have made it a favorite among bond buyers.
He’s facing embarrassing failures at home and abroad, and the Russian public is pushing back.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 22 – Moscow scholars continue to ignore Novgorod’s creation of a truly effective Russian democratic state preferring instead to draw their models of such a system from antiquity or Western Europe, thus failing to make clear that Russians can build a democracy because they already have, Viktor Sbitnev says. By their silence, they implicitly accept the Muscovite view that the only kind of Russian state possible is a highly centralized and authoritarian one, despite the fact that in Novgorod the Great for more than 500 years there was more liberalism “than in Ancient Greece and the Venetian Republic taken together,” the Literaturnaya Rossiya commentator continues. This is part and parcel of a bigger problem, Sbitnev says. Moscow scholars and their progeny elsewhere devote almost all of their attention to the development of the Muscovite state and almost none to the varieties of development of the Russian nation as a whole (litrossia.ru/item/pochemu-moskovskie-uchjonye-molchat-o-novgorodskoj-demokratii). Thus, they continue to reflect and reproduce “the hatred of despotic tsarist Muscovy to republican Novgorod which exceeded its Asiatic neighbor by a large margin in terms of the level of life of ordinary citizens” and they accept rather than criticize the fact that Moscow destroyed Novgorod not so much to get its wealth as to “destroy the democratic form of the existence of the Russian nation.” Novgorod showed that “our ancestors” could and did “built a state based on a republic form of governance, healthy nationalism and Orthodoxy,” none of which, especially the republic form of governance by the people themselves, has been characteristic of Moscow-dominated Russia elsewhere to this day. According to Sbitnev, “the state-imperial stereotype” the Muscovite state has always insisted upon claims that “the Russian people without Moscow would not be a people, but Moscow without the Russian people all the same would be the Third Rome.” It is certainly true that “the Novogoroders did not unite Rus or establish an empire. They saw their purpose in a completely different direction. They were able to build a society which they were prepared to defend for centuries” but not one predicated on the idea that they should enslave others. “The citizens of the Novgorod Republic did not want to unite with anyone or conquer anyone for one simple reason: they viewed that possibility as a threat to their own well-being and way of life.” That way of life was well off, educated – the Novgorod residents were more literate than any other Slavs – and for its time amazingly egalitarian. In Novgorod, the boyars were hereditary but not the bureaucracy. In Muscovite and its progeny the reverse has been true. Ass a result, “by its political mentality, a significant part of the Muscovite aristocracy was already prepared to be the foundation for the creation of an empire.” That mentality stood in complete contrast to the political consciousness of the Novgorod boyars who were essentially “national (Orthodox) and alien to the ambitions of imperial thought.” Novgorod was prosperous not because of its natural resources or even its people but because of its system. Other Russian regions had talented people and even more natural wealth, but Novgorod used its system not to pursue unrealistic projects and war but to develop the population and see its people become more educated and wealthier instead. “The Novgorod Republic,” Sbitnev says, “in many respects exceeded the Muscovite principality. Then why did Moscow defeat Novgorod the Great?” For much the same reasons that “the wild Germans defeated enlightened Rome” and the “godless hordes of Baty Khan settled Orthodox Rus.” Sbitnev continues: “In a military-political struggle those state win are not the ones with a high culture and an ideal social-economic system but vital powers who are able to respond to the challenges of the day.” But that does not mean that the successors of those who won these battles should not learn from those they defeated. The great Tartu scholar Yury Lotman once observed that “Pushkin’s times are our time,” by which he meant that the issues Pushkin faced constantly recur and should be an inspiration. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t. In the 1990s, Russians should have been inspired and informed by Novgorod. Tragically, they weren’t and even now aren’t. “To be sure,” Sbitnev says, “the Novgorod Republic his long gone; but its historical experience remains and will always have a chance to be useful for the life of the Russian nation. [And] if the Russians in Novgorod felt so comfortable with their system, then is it not worthwhile to study that reality most carefully?” “Especially as such periods of freedom in the history of the Russian people are so rare.”
Paul Goble Staunton, June 22 – Vladimir Putin did not deign to respond to a video appeal from people in the Russian North who do not want dumps constructed at Shiyes and other sites for Moscow trash and residents of that region who do not believe his regime’s promises to stop building the dumps will simply continue their protests, Oleg Borovikov says. “Shiyes, if you like,” an activist with the Pomorye is Not a Trash Can movement, “is today the clearest indicator of the attitude of society toward the powers that be and also of the attitude of the powers that be toward society” (region.expert/deadlock/). It reflects the lack of trust of the people in Putin and the fear Putin has of them as a result. Since the trash protests began last summer, Borovikov continues, officials have promised again and again that everything will be done according to the law, but “I like thousands of other residents of the region have completely lost any trust in the powers that be” because they have lied or not been responsive in other ways. Consequently, Putin’s failure to respond in his “direct line” program – on that, see also region.expert/tsar/ and t.me/SerpomPo/3336– is no surprise. “It turns out that the president is afraid of his own people, the same ‘ordinary people’ on whom the Kremlin political technologists are always placing their bets on.” But that won’t keep people from continuing the protests: indeed, it may even add energy to their efforts. “Our people swallowed the raising of the pension age, but they can’t swallow train loads of Moscow trash.” Those who say that Moscow’s approach to the North in this case reflects a “colonial” attitude are “close to the truth,” Borovikov says. Not just in the notion that the center can do what it likes but that it will employ force against any on the periphery who oppose what it wants to do. Asked about the appearance of regional flags at the protest, the activist says that the informal flag of the Komi Republic has been at the protests for a month, a flag that is popular because it was created two decades ago when that republic became part of the Russian Federation. There has thus been time enough for it to enter popular consciousness. The alternative flag for Arkhangelsk Oblast promoted by the Pomors, on the other hand, is something new and hasn’t yet had the same impact on people’s thinking. But Borovikov adds, “I see in the Russian flag at demonstrations a symbol of real patriotism,” not loyalty to the Kremlin rulers but “a real readiness to stand up in defense of our lands.” “I would like to note the following,” he continues. “Our protest is formed horizontally and there does not exist any organ which has the right to prohibit people from coming out with symbols which express their ideas” – including communist ones, although Borovikov makes clear he doesn’t share those. Borovikov says that the powers that be in Moscow have driven themselves “into a dead end.” At present, there is no good way forward for them. If they proceed with what they want to do, they will be compelled to use more force against the population, sparking anger and more protests. But if the powers that be back down, he continues, many others will come out to protest what is being done to them and the protests will also spread and intensify. The likelihood is that the authorities will choose the first path but lie about it, fabricating cases against those who oppose them. That too is a mistake for the regime, but Putin and his people have no other ideas on how to proceed. Unfortunately for it, Borovikov concludes, the Russian people see this as well and are already drawing conclusions.
With his arrest in early June 2019, investigative journalist Ivan Golunov became a symbol in Russia of resistance to police misconduct. His case was perhaps the first time in the country’s modern history that civil society forced the law-enforcement system to retreat. Over the five difficult days it took to free Ivan, no one was closer to him, his family, and Meduza’s editorial staff than documentary filmmaker Sergey Erzhenkov and the camera crew who assisted him. In this new film from the “Black Flag,” we bring you the Golunov case through the eyes of those who were at the epicenter of these events.
Hundreds of people attended a sanctioned rally in the Russian capital on June 23 to denounce what they called fabricated cases against activists and journalists.
PACE on Twitter: “The Assembly has just rejected a request for an urgent debate on “The obligation of all States to make sure that the people who downed flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 are brought to justice”.”
PACE on Twitter: “A request for an urgent debate on “Putting an end to Russian blackmail: request to the Committee of Ministers to hold the Russian Federation accountable for its non-payment of membership fees” has just been rejected by the Assembly.”
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) may allow Russia to return to the continent’s main human rights body in its opening summer session due to be held later on June 24.
Ukraine has warned that the Council of Europe will lose all legitimacy if it restores voting rights to Russia, in what would be the first case of penalties on Moscow being lifted since the annexation of Crimea.
Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament’s delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Ariev has warned that members of the EU member states’ parliaments will share responsibility for criminal decisions made against Ukraine. At least four of Russian delegates’ candidacies submitted to the PACE are under EU sanctions over Russian aggression against Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
The Ukrainian delegation to the PACE found itself in much more difficult conditions than in 2014, because the number of pro-Russian legislators was significantly increased due to the rise of populists and radical forces across the EU, that’s according to Chairman of delegation of the Verkhovna Rada in PACE Volodymyr Ariev. The official states that the task of the Ukrainian diplomats has become more complicated.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Estonia Mariana Betsa said the return of the Russian aggressor’s delegation to PACE could not be allowed. “PACE session starts today. Don’t let Russia come back. Ru is an agressor [sic] state, which occupied parts of Ukraine, killed thousands of our people. It does not abide by law and has not fulfilled any @Pace @Coe resolutions/decisions, no Minsk implementation,” Betsa tweeted, using a hashtag #SaveCouncilEurope. As UNIAN reported earlier, in April 2014, PACE deprived the Russian delegation of the right to vote and excluded its representatives from all governing bodies of the Assembly in connection with the annexation of Crimea. Russia has not paid contributions to the Council of Europe since June 2017.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria, Oleksandr Scherba has called for preventing the Russian delegation from returning to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe without Moscow fulfilling the relevant requirements put forward. At the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened on Monday, the return of the Russian delegation could be authorized.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has rejected proposals to hold debates on violations by Russia of the principles of the Council of Europe, in particular, Russia’s blackmail and its responsibility for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Both motions failed to make it to the Assembly’s agenda.
24.06.19 15:51 – PACE refuses to discuss report on MH17 Парламентская ассамблея Совета Европы (ПАСЕ) отклонила предложения о проведении дебатов относительно наказания виновных в катастрофе… View news.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that Russia has great chances of returning to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Chances are significant, the foreign minister admitted, as many European countries seek to “buy predictability” in relations with Russia.
Lithuanian lawmaker Emanuelis Zingeris warns that members of Russia’s State Duma may use a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) resolution to bypass EU personal sanctions. The resolution is expected to be adopted on Monday, June 24.
The ongoing disinformation campaign spread rumours and falsehoods, including about a remainer plot to assassinate Boris Johnson across 30 online networks. But it has totally failed
The ongoing disinformation campaign spread rumours and falsehoods, including about a remainer plot to assassinate Boris Johnson across 30 online networks. But it has totally failed By GIAN VOLPICELLI and WILL BEDINGFIELD Sunday 23 June 2019 Researchers have uncovered a network of likely Russia-based fake profiles promoting disinformation on online forums and social platforms as…
Suspected spy operation was designed to provoke tension in the west, says new study
Suspected Russian spies floated a series of fake stories on social media including a claim that Remainers were planning to kill Boris Johnson and that the novichok used in the Salisbury attack came from the Real IRA, a new study shows. The operation was a classic influence campaign, known as “active measures”, designed to provoke tension in the west, says a new study.
Disinformation campaign believed to be first co-ordinated effort targeting Irish divisions
Forged email to Barnier purports to show DUP leader’s support for EU’s Brexit position
“We have found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces” to sway the Brexit referendum, Facebook’s Nick Clegg said Monday.
It’s ironic that a show about narratives, and the way they can turn sour, caused Russia’s own narrative machine to show its fragility.
RUSSIA has revealed their newest war weapon during a secretive missile firing demonstration to display the capabilities of their anti-tank Mi28 helicopter.
“I may if you’d like me to do it, I’ll do that,” he told Chuck Todd.
President Trump in a new interview would not commit to addressing foreign election interference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet at the G20 summit later this month.
Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist convicted in the United States for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, had her prison sentence reduced by 10 days, the state-run TASS news agency …
The latest demonstrations followed a decision by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to cancel all flights from Russia to Georgia starting on July 8.
Protesters gathered on June 22 for a third consecutive night of rallies in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, demanding justice for activists who were injured or detained earlier. The protests erupted on June 20 in reaction to a Russian lawmaker’s appearance in parliament.
President Putin bans Georgian airlines from flying to Russia following a surge of violent unrest.
Georgia’s largest network of cinema theaters suspends showing films in Russian language
Following anti-Russia unrest in Tbilisi, Moscow says it will suspend Georgian airlines from flying in its territory.
LGBT parades have been attacked before in the nation of Georgia, and this one has been postponed. The Orthodox Church, encouraged by Russia, aids and abets the persecution.
Georgia’s ruling party has announced electoral changes in line with demands of protesters who have taken to the streets of the capital Tbilisi in the past days.
‘Handlers speaking the American version of the English language were guiding the Georgian journalists’ Sergey Gavrilov, the Russian lawmaker who sparked outrage and protests in Tbilisi, says he was framed by ‘radical liberals’ and ‘fake news’ — Meduza
It’s completely obvious that this is a prearranged provocation by Georgia’s radical liberal anti-patriotic forces. The attacks on the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy were used as a pretext to try to discredit Orthodoxy, seize the Parliament, and launch a coup d’état. We conducted the assembly meeting correctly. I sat where the hosts invited me to sit. I can work from side stool if need be — I’m a modest man, and I’m not seeking any honors here. We have witnessed extremist activity. Dozens of people took to the streets with earlier prepared banners against Russia, its president, and Orthodoxy. Many Georgian media outlets systematically disseminated fake news that I took part in the fighting in Abkhazia. This is a lie and a provocation. By the way, our deputies saw how handlers speaking the American version of the English language were guiding the Georgian journalists. It’s a shame that Georgia has no independent media. Without this, a mature civil society is impossible. I love Georgia. My grandfather is buried here, and I’m very sorry that I wasn’t able to visit his grave, because of this provocation.
Russian tourists in Georgia do not see the reason for the quick return home. According to them, the situation in the country is calm, despite …
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Czechs held their largest protest since the fall of communism, as hundreds of thousands gathered Sunday in Prague to try to prevent the country from joining what organizers see as the increasingly autocratic direction of the region.
Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in Prague to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign, assembling from across the Czech Republic for the capital’s biggest anti-government protest… World News Summaries. | Newser
Tens of thousands of Czechs took to the streets of Prague on Sunday, taking part in what its organizers described as “the biggest protest since the fall of Communism.”
THE Czech Republic faces a political crisis as an estimated quarter of a million people marched on Prague to demand the resignation of the country’s prime minister this weekend.
Tens of thousands take to the streets of the Czech capital calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
Hundreds of thousands of Czechs have staged the biggest anti-government protest in Prague since the Velvet Revolution that overthrew communism 30 years ago. An estimated 250,000 people joined the rally demanding the resignation of their prime minister, the culmination of a series of demonstrations in recent months.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Prague demanding that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis resign.
An estimated quarter of a million Czechs rallied in Prague on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in the biggest show of public discontent since the 1989 Velvet Revolution which overthrew Communism. Many families brought children to the rally, which was peaceful.
Turkey has purchased Russian missile defenses and is discussing a delivery date irrespective of any U.S. sanctions, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding the United States is isolated as it also squeezes Turkey on F-35 jets.
ANKARA Turkey’s foreign minister on Monday defied the U.S. sanction threats over Ankara’s purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia. “No matter what sanctions decision, no matter which statement comes from the U.S., we have already bought the S-400,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said following a bilateral meeting with his Rwandan counterpart. “Now we are talking about when the S-400 will be delivered to Turkey. It is not possible for us to give up on the purchase of the S-400,” he added. On recent U.S. steps to take Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet program — claiming that the two are incompatible — he said other partners in the F-35 program do not support these steps. “All decisions should be taken by consensus,” Cavusoglu said, reiterating that Turkey is also a partner to the program and has made large contributions. “These kinds of steps taken by the U.S. are not compatible with the partnership agreement or the law,” he said, adding that Washington failed to agree with any of Turkey’s proposals to resolve the issue. Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have escalated in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile defense system, which Washington said will jeopardize Turkey’s role in the F-35 program and could trigger sanctions. Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400. U.S. officials advised Turkey to buy the U.S. Patriot missile system rather than the S-400s from Moscow, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge. Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance. Turkey has urged formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the U.S. has failed to respond to this proposal.
BRUSSELS Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles is an issue concerning the bilateral relations between Turkey and the U.S., not NATO, said Turkey’s envoy to NATO. “S-400 is not a NATO problem, it is a bilateral problem, the U.S. including of NATO to this [issue] and harming the coherency of the alliance would be a mistake,” Basat Ozturk, Turkey’s permanent representative to NATO, told Anadolu Agency at the headquarters of the bloc. Ozturk said the U.S. is expected to be in cooperation and unity in accordance with the shared values of NATO, and comply with the spirit of alliance. Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have escalated in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile defense system, which Washington said will jeopardize Turkey’s role in the F-35 program and could trigger sanctions. Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400. U.S. officials advised Turkey to buy the U.S. Patriot missile system rather than the S-400s from Moscow, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge. Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance. The country has urged formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the U.S. has failed to respond to this proposal.
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan Even as the U.S. has reiterated its reservations about Turkey and India’s purchase of the S-400 missile system, Indian and Pakistani military experts believe that it was the best available air defense system in the world. They maintained that American alternatives at present were no match to this tested Russian system. Former Deputy Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF) Kapil Kak and ex-Director General of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Gen. Ehsanul Haq told Anadolu Agency that the U.S. attempts to foist its interests on sovereign countries, would prove counterproductive. Both of them believed that the U.S. behavior was in a way an attack on the strategic autonomy of these countries. “My view is that Turkey and India will very jealously protect autonomy in their strategic decision making. They will find it very difficult to align with the U.S. dictate on the S-400 issue. The U.S. administration should find a diplomatic solution to the issue and retain its political and military linkages with Turkey,” said the former ISI chief. A U.S. government official on Monday warned against purchase of the Russian equipment while speaking to Indian journalists in Washington ahead of an expected visit by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to New Delhi as part of preparations to arrange a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan later this week. “With respect to S-400, we are urging all our allies and partners, India included, to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) … This is a time we will be encouraging India to look at alternatives,” said the official, according to Indian media reports. Retired Air Vice Marshall Kapil Kak, who has commanded fighter jets and is involved in strategic planning in India, said in terms of tracking and scanning of radars, height parameters and the area it can cover, the S-400 system was the best in the world. He said the U.S. offer to supply American Patriot missile defense system was not an alternative to match their strategic requirements. “My back up on calculation is that S-400 is superior than any other system, be that the American Patriot. It also depends on Patriot derivate that is on offer. For S-400, we know exactly what it means. We are not sure, when Americans talk us about Patriots. It has been used in the Gulf war and upgraded subsequently. But as far as the configuration, we know, it is not superior to S-400. I do not think, it will either interest Turkey or India,” said Kak, who has also served as chief instructor at the Defense Services Staff College at Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
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Ekrem Imamoglu’s victory in the rerun of the mayor’s race is a ‘win’ for democracy supporters say and a blow to Erdogan.
President Erdogan has lost control of Istanbul for the first time in 25 years in a significant blow that his opponents say marks the start of his political decline.Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, the candidate for the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), took 54 per cent of the vote in yesterday’s mayora
The decisive result of the re-run mayoral election is a major setback for President Erdogan.
The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke the long hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party had on leading Turkey’s largest city.
The scale of the defeat for his party’s candidate was much larger than in the March election, which was canceled, reflecting anger among voters.
Outside pick for opposition party built on voters’ good faith shown in March elections
As Turkey announced reforms in its judiciary branch in late May and promised to do more to preserve freedom of speech in the country, some analysts and rights groups are skeptical about the government’s seriousness. “The announced Judicial Reform Strategy document seems like a way to avoid the problem. They are aware of the problem, but they are postponing its solution,” Veysel Ok, a human rights lawyer and co-director of Istanbul-based Media and Law Studies Association, told VOA. “More than 150 detained journalists are currently in prison, and more than 500 lawyers are in prison.
For the first time in history, a unit from a country which is not a member of the North Atlantic Alliance was able to pass certification as an SOF unit. The 140th Special Operations Forces Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was certified as a SOF unit and has the right to be involved in NATO Response Force, the NRF. “The 140th Special Operations Forces Center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces passed the corresponding examinations in Lithuania,” the Ukrainian Military Portal reported. Launched in 2002, the NRF consists of a highly capable joint multinational force able to react in a very short time to the full range of security challenges from crisis management to collective defense. NATO Allies decided to enhance the NRF in 2014 by creating a “spearhead force” within it, known as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).
First Deputy Head of the Russian government office Sergei Prikhodko has said Russia is ready to maintain gas transit via Ukraine after 2019 only on economically viable terms and if court disputes between Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and the National Joint-Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine are settled fairly. The concept of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project did not stipulate a halt to natural gas transit “along the routes via Ukraine as well as other countries,” a Russian official clams.
The Council of Europe (COE) is prepared to consider rejecting Russian passports issued to Donbas residents in breach of the Minsk Agreements. …
In the near future, Ukraine plans to initiate a new wave of pressure on Russia to release the sailors who were captured at the end of November 20 …
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. in Ukraine William Taylor wished the Equality March participants in the center of Kyiv a safe and enjoyable day, adding that the United States supports Ukrainians who strive for no discrimination.
Klimkin said that the lack of “breakthrough” decisions following the meetings of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “expected.” It was a real “reconnaissance in force”.
The transit of Ukrainian goods by road and rail to third countries via Russia will be resolved once their traceability with GLONASS-based seals is ensured, according to the amendments to a presidential decree on the application of special economic measures over Ukraine’s unfriendly actions in respect of Russian citizens and legal entities signed in October of last year.
A recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry about the threat of a “cholera epidemic” in Kherson region due to Ukraine’s halting of water supplies to Crimea is false, as stated by former permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Borys Babin. Such an epidemic actually threatens the occupied peninsula, Babin said, according to Obozrevatel. “The Russian Foreign Ministry allowed itself to threaten us with what essentially is bacteriological weapons. They threaten us with an epidemic in Kherson region, although it is clear that there can be no logical links between the blocked channel and the epidemiological situation. It is in Crimea that there is a connection between these things, in particular for residents of Simferopol region,” said Babin. According to the expert, the threat arose due to the onset of a dry weather period in Crimea.
Civilian infrastructure in the north-western part of the Black Sea is being converted into military outposts, which was made possible following an order of the Russian transport ministry on creating “safety zones” around artificial structures located on the Black Sea shelf. The only goal is to ensure complete control over the assets seized from Ukraine using military force, Information Resistance OSINT group reported. Surface monitoring systems were procured and installed on the drilling platforms at sea. The supplier was CJSC Morskie Kompleksy i Sistemy, which is based in St. Petersburg. Neva-BS type monitoring systems (radars) installed on the rigs are intended for radar detection and tracking of ships and low-flying targets. It is noteworthy that, the radar receives and intercepts data through the channels of the International Automatic Identification System, which is subject to mandatory use by all countries of the International Maritime Organization. Information is transmitted in real time to the Border Guard Department of the Federal Security Service in the occupied Crimea, and also gets into the intelligence system of the Black Sea Fleet of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation. Such placement of systems and configuration of drilling locations provide the aggressor with almost complete control over the traffic of commercial ships and warships that sail to the ports of Ukraine. Thus, in fact, it is possible to talk about the blockade of maritime traffic using civilian infrastructure. Such a strategy is designed to weaken the effect of the presence of NATO military contingent in the Black Sea, which was a response to the occupation of Crimea and the militarization of the Black Sea region, and weaken the shipping capabilities of the Black Sea region’s countries, which is a flagrant violation of the 1982 Convention, to which Russia is a party. Moreover, the system of hydroacoustic control of the underwater situation was put on combat duty. Such systems are deployed and operate 61 km off Cape Tarkhankut at the facilities of the Golitsyn field, 72 km off the same cape at the Shtormovoye field, 66 km north-east off Zmiyiny Island at the Odessa field. The supplier is the same.
Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 34 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action, the press centre of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
24.06.19 10:40 – 34 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: three Ukrainian soldiers wounded, two terrorists destroyed June 23, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO position 34 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons eight times. View news.
On June 23, Russian occupation forces 34 times violated the ceasefire, including eight times with the use of 152 mm artillery systems, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, all proscribed by the Minsk Agreements, that’s according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ press service. Two occupiers were killed in action as Joint Forces responded to the escalation.
Ukrainian law enforcers shut down illegal supply route to occupied Donbas
Interior Ministry to change response to bomb alerts. Hoax bomb alerts have become a major disturbing factor recently. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Ukraine’s President fired the Head of Crimean Security Service
Experimental sample of modernized anti-aircraft self-propelled installation ZSU-23-4M ( anti-aircraft artillery complex 2A6 “Shilka” ) was undergone departmental tests. This is reported by Censor. NET According to the decision of the Ministry of Defense 3СУ-23-4M-A1 is ready for experimental exploitation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Modernization of 3СУ-23-4М-А1 was carried out by the State enterprise “Plant” Arsenal “” for its own working capital and provides three variants of modernization: New radar station Installation of an anti-aircraft artillery installation of the new multifunctional radar station “Rokach-AS” instead of the existing radar and the replacement of a specialized analog computer system to modern digital. Also, the installation is equipped with a navigation system, a security system and a unit of digital-to-analog converters. “Rokach-AS” is capable of working in circular review, search and auto-support modes. The radar confidently detects and accompanies even UAVs with an effective scattering surface of about 0.01 square meters at distances up to 7 kilometers. The new radar far exceeds the capabilities of its predecessor. So, if the sector of scanning of the old radar was 15 degrees, and with the accompaniment of the width of the direction diagram was 1 degree, then in the new radar space review is carried out simultaneously in the sector of 18 degrees both in azimuth and in the corner of the place. This feature allowed to solve an important problem, which was associated with the operation of the previous staff radar – long time searching and target identification both in the direction of targeting, and in offline mode. If earlier the 1RL33M radar occupied the entire perimeter of the tower inside the “Shilka”, then it is now a small device placed on top of the container. There was a lot of space in the middle of the car, not only creates comfortable conditions for the presence of the crew, but also allows you to install additional equipment, for example, the life support system of the crew. Installation of an optical electronic station The second version of the modernization, in addition to the new radar, involves equipping the “Shilki” optoelectronic system, which includes television and television channels, as well as a laser rangefinder.It is intended for detection, automatic maintenance, issuance of coordinates and target parameters in a digital computing system in automatic or semi-automatic modes. The system allows monitoring of airspace, as well as monitoring the impression of goals. It is able to provide capture goals and their automatic support at a distance of up to 10 km. The whole system can detect up to 12 km. Installation of anti-aircraft guided missiles The third version of the modernization is the modernization with the installation of low-range anti-aircraft guided missiles. In addition, a missile canal appeared on the anti-aircraft artillery facility – a modernized 2А6 has a module with 4 anti-aircraft guided missiles, the target range of which is 5 km.
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State Enterprise Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviacon” received a certificate of approval of the organization for maintenance and repair of helicopters of the “Mi” line, their modifications and components. In particular, the head of the State Aviation Control Authority of Ukraine, Major General Nikolai Kushniruk, on May 30 handed to the director of the state enterprise Igor Marchenko a certificate of approval of the organization for maintenance and repair of helicopters Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-24 and their modifications, helicopter Mi-24PU1 and their components. Mykola Kushniruk noted that the enterprise and specialists of the Office carried out a large amount of work, as a result of which the company confirmed the compliance with the requirements of the Regulations for maintenance and repair organizations (Parts-145B).
Kharkiv aggregate plant, which is a branch of the state enterprise “Plant named after VO” Malyshev “(ZiM) received new turning and milling machines. Modern equipment will improve the quality of products. Two turning and milling machines, which were installed on the aggregate floor, were purchased. The new equipment has several advantages and new features. Specialists will be able to process, drill, mill the part and get a fully finished product at the output, the press service of ZiM reports.
Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) suspects Kyiv Tank Factory in embezzling and pocketing costs during the purchase of spare parts and repair works on these parts. The amount of money embezzled is claimed to be about 350,000 U.S. dollars. Pechersk district court issued the respective decision. In 2018, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine made an order for Kyiv Tank Factory, requesting new BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles for the Armed Forces. Related: Restarting National Agency for Prevention of Corruption: Important issues to consider Kyiv Tank Factory made a deal with the Partset company, which was worth 350,000 U.S. dollars; in order to mask the real technical conditions of the obsolete parts, workers of the factory repaired and refreshed the previously used parts. In July 2018, Partset supplied some spare parts to Kyiv Tank Factory, which included the obsolete ones. This month, the State Bureau of Investigation searched the office of Kyiv Tank Factory, which was due to the decision of the court. During the checks, the agents revealed some of the spare parts that Kyiv Tank Factory bought from Partset company. The investigation confirmed that the parts were of poor quality and unknown origins. The seized parts were arrested.
In the message of the Ukrainian President Zelensky that was published on his website on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, Zelsnsky said that …
24.06.19 12:59 – Central Election Commission refuses to register candidates from Saakashvili’s party The representatives of the Central Election Commission noted that the Commission refused to register Bohomazov who wanted to become a representative of the political party in the Central Election Commission with a consultative vote View news.
24.06.19 14:03 – Zelenskyi Approves New Composition Of National Investment Council, Appoints Arakhamia Its Secretary President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has approved new composition of the National Investment Council and appointed David Arakhamia as its secretary. View news.
Ukraine could at least triple the volume of foreign investment in the country, according to newly appointed Secretary of the National Investment Council, IT businessman, public figure and volunteer, fourth in the list of the Servant of the People party, David Arakhamia.
Exclusive interview with Martin Claessens, U.S. Senior Commercial Officer, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, for Interfax-Ukraine
A Ukrainian rock star is moving back into politics. Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, frontman of one of Ukraine’s biggest bands, Okean Elzy, has launched a new anti-corruption party called Holos (Voice) ahead of July’s parliamentary elections. Vakarchuk was previously elected to parliament in 2007, but resigned after a year.
Organisers say around 8,000 attended the Kiev parade – up from 5,000 last year.
Thousands of supporters of LGBT rights marched in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv under a heavy police presence on June 23.
Thousands took part in a gay-pride parade in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on June 23. The march had the highest turnout ever. It was heavily guarded by police, who had to intervene at one point when counterprotesters attempted to engage in scuffles with the gay-parade participants.
The Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine has stripped Honorary Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko) of his canonical rights and duties related to the management of the Kyiv eparchy. All the parishes and monasteries of Kyiv which until 15 December 2018 had been managed by the now disbanded Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate were transferred under control of Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy (Dumenko). Filaret will remain a member of the eparchy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine for his outstanding service to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church but his allies – Metropolitan of Bilhorod and Oboyan Iosaf (Shybayev) and Valuysk Bishop Petr (Moskalev) – were removed from the eparchy. Filaret was also granted the right to ask the Synod to review his future status in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Synod of the Orthodox Church ruled that the church meeting, which Filaret held on 20 June, did not have any authority to decide on the restoration of the Kyiv Patriarchate. The entire UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate, like the entire Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, merged into the local Orthodox Church of Ukraine on 15 December 2018. Accordingly, no decisions, orders or other documents issued on behalf of the Kyiv Patriarchate or its statutory bodies after the registration of the Kyiv Metropolis of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on 30 January 2019, have no canonical or legal force and are not enforceable. On 20 June, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, headed by Filaret, was restored in Kyiv. Two senior clergy members from Russia joined him in his dissent from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine – Archbishop Iosaf of Belgorod and Oboya (Shybayev) and Valuysk Bishop Petr (Moskalev). The same day, two more future bishops of the UOC-KP – Archimandrite Andriy (Marutsak) and Hieromonk Ilya (Zelensky) were elected.
The Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on Monday decided to deprive Filaret of the right to govern the Kyiv diocese, and, accordingly, to control local temples and monasteries. The corresponding decision of this collegial executive authority of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was adopted after the Filaret convened a so-called “council” to restore the activities of the Kyiv Patriarchate in defiance of the new church independent from Moscow influence and recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, BBC reports. Before the start of the Synod, asked by the BBC whether a radical decision will be made today about the Filaret’s excommunication, Metropolitan Epiphany said “no”. “We will not be like the Moscow church and pass such decisions,” said Epifaniy, who heads the OCU. Former patriarch Filaret did not recognize the fact that the Kyiv Patriarchate self-disbanded on December 15, 2018, to immediately enter the newly formed autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. According to him, the new church is “Greek” and too dependent on the Ecumenical Patriarch, who in January 2019 gave the church “tomos of autocephaly.” Speaking of tomos, Filaret said that he would not have agreed to it had he been aware of the contents of the document in advance. The OCU believes that the decision to dissolve the UOC-KP came into force immediately after the adoption, and after that Filaret himself became a member of the governing body of the new church, the synod, and always recognized the primacy of Metropolitan Epifaniy. On June 20 in Kyiv, Filaret convened a council of hierarchs, priests and laymen of the former Kyiv Patriarchate. Only two bishops, both from Russia, came to the council to support Filaret. The participants called it a “local council” and decided to “restore” the activities of the patriarchate. The council also decided that the “restored” patriarchate shall own all property of the former UOC-KP. Read alsoReligious scholar: Patriarch Filaret may be laicized over defiance of new independent church The Orthodox Church of Ukraine does not recognize the authority of the council, appealing to the fact that Filaret has no right to convene a council, nor under the Charter of the OCU, nor according to the statute of the former UOC-KP. Archbishop Yevstraty (Zorya) of Chernihiv and Nizhyn declared that the participants of the meeting “split” from the OCU. According to him, Filaret “will have no relation to the OCU and will not occupy any positions.”
The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) has suspended two priests for attempts to split the Church when they supported honorary Patriarch Filaret who convened a local council to reinstate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP). “Archimandrite Andriy (Marutsak) from June 22 and hieromonk Illia (Ihor Zelensky) from June 21, 2019 have been banned in the priesthood for actions aimed at dividing the Church,” the OCU said on Facebook.
24.06.19 12:22 – Filaret asks Ukraine’s Interior Minister to protect Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate The Head of the Church fears cases of raiding Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. View news.
June 24, a meeting of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to be held – this would be a reciprocal step by Epifaniy, Metropolitan of newly-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). The church leader is forced to react to the actions of his current opponent, honorable Patriarch Filaret, who organized a local church council on June 20. The meeting was little – all the present were hosted in the yard of St. Volodymyr Cathedral. But the decision made by the cathedral could not fail to spoil the mood of Epifaniy, after all, Filaret’s people made their intention and proclaimed the restoration of the Kyiv Patriarchate. In other words, the unity of the OCU, which was created just six months ago, was put at risk. Filaret would die in “renegadism” June 20, honorable Patriarch Filaret convened a local church council. Only two bishops were present at this event. Plus a hundred believers who crowded under the Cathedral. First, Filaret proclaims the restoration of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. Secondly, he still considers himself its leader. Thirdly, it claims the property and the temples that have passed to OCU. Fourth, it cancels the position of the Unification Council of Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which was held on December 15, 2018. Fifth, he accuses “the so-called OCU” of “serving the interests of the Greeks” and once again emphasizes that Tomos about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church is an unprofitable church itself and an extremely erroneous step.