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Russia / G20 updates – the Vozhd’s pronouncements on Western politics do not align with trends well, and in many ways reflect the opposite of trends in many former Soviet Bloc nations. Russia denies messing with GPS over Israel. More on Russia’s descent.
PACE update – Europe has blundered badly. Muscovy is gloating.
Ukraine offers to contribute its SOF operators to NATO operations despite not yet being a member (note the SOF motto: “I am coming for you”, first uttered by Kyivan Viking ruler Sveinald / Sviatoslav circa 970AD).
Senate boosts NDAA appropriation for Ukraine to $300M. IR update – Ze and FM Klimkin clash over how to deal with Russian manipulation. Russia plays POW games, and gas supply games.
Donbas update – elevated optempo continues. Sea Breeze 2019 ramps up. Industry update – Yagorlik range progress, another Crimean FULCRUM back on line, cruiser woes.
Tymchuk decorated posthumously by Ze. Politics update.
Russia is finalizing an advanced air engagement system combining “fire-and-forget” guidance and “single-shot kill” ability within a single air-to-air missile. The system aims to frustrate any missile evasion maneuvers enabling a target to escape.
Theresa May has used her first full meeting with President Putin since the Salisbury novichok attack to warn that a normal relationship is impossible until Russia halts its “irresponsible and destabilising activity”.The prime minister remained resolutely unsmiling as she met the Russian leader. They
British Prime Minister Theresa May has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that their countries can only have a different relationship if Moscow stops the behavior that threatens to undermine int…
Theresa May has told Vladimir Putin that there could be no "normalisation" of relations between Britain and Russia until Moscow halts "irresponsible" activity around the world.
British Prime Minister Theresa May met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Osaka (Japan) where she called for de-escalation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and release of Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia near the Kerch Strait in November 2018. The Prime Minister called on Putin to stop destabilizing activities.
In an exclusive interview with the FT, the Russian president trumpets growth of national populism
President Putin of Russia has proclaimed the death of liberalism in the West as he meets foreign leaders in Japan, saying that the concept is “obsolete” and has “outlived its purpose”.In an interview with the Financial Times before today’s G20 summit in Osaka, Mr Putin said that multiculturalism had
Speaking before the G20 summit, the Russian leader says the political ideology has “outlived its purpose”.
Liberal values embraced by many in Western nations have been destabilizing and clash with the best interests of most citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Thursday.
Russia’s largest Internet company by value confirmed it was subject to a cyber attack at the end of last year but said no user data was compromised. Yandex, sometimes called “Russia’s Goo…
Russia’s largest Internet company by value confirmed it was subject to a cyberattack at the end of last year but said no user data was compromised.
The UN has asked Russia for detailed information on how it has been using the location coordinates of hospitals in Syria. The demand was …
Israeli officials believe Russia is responsible for disturbances to the Global Positioning System (GPS) signal covering the airspace at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, Israeli radio reported Thursday.
Aircraft have been forced to use alternative navigation systems to land at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.
The Russian Interior Ministry has accused the Moldovan businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc, former leader of the Moldova’s “Democratic Party”, of running a drug syndicate. The investigation claims that he has been involved in the smuggling of Moroccan cannabis to Russia through Spain, RBC news agency reports. Despite the fact that, for many years, Plahotniuc was considered the most influential person in Moldova, he has now been charged with 28 counts of drug smuggling and distribution on a large scale, and could face life imprisonment in Russia. His current location is not known with certainty, however. “Plahotniuc, having the opportunity to influence the political situation and organs of state governance, using criminal methods to pressurize those who opposed him, for personal enrichment joined a criminal collusion with the leaders of organized crime in the Moldovan Republic, including top people in the criminal hierarchy,” the ministry noted. The investigators believe that the criminal organization was founded in summer 2012, and was led by the crime boss Oleg “Borman” Pruteanu and other persons native to Moldova and Spain. The Russian police claim to have proof that Plahotniuc joined the organization shortly after it was founded. Charges are also being brought against Moldovan MP Konstantin Tutu for involvement in it. As part of a joint operation between August 2012 and June 2019, the law enforcement agencies of Russia, Moldova, Belarus and Spain reportedly confiscated more than a ton of marijuana and arrested more than 60 members of Plahotniuc’s drug syndicate. In addition, the organization is believed to be guilty of human trafficking, pimping, hit jobs, bank and company takeovers, and embezzlement from the banking and finance system. Plahotniuc has also been accused of organizing schemes to withdraw more than $37 billion from Russia. Between 2013 and 2014 he allegedly transferred money from Russian banks to Moldovan ones under the pretext of currency sales. When the funds arrived in the country, however, they were written off through spurious court rulings.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – There are 5.1 million immigrant workers, mostly from Central Asia, in Moscow and Moscow oblast, where they form roughly one-quarter of the population, and 3.3 million of them in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, where they form nearly half, Russian government statistics show. But because such numbers are explosive in the current economic and political situation, the Moscow authorities have claimed that the number of new immigrant workers from Central Asia is falling when in fact it is going up, Aleksandr Shustov says (ritmeurasia.org/news–2019-06-26–migracija-iz-srednej-azii-priobretaet-ugrozhajuschie-masshtaby-43461). A major reason why the regime is able to make such claims, the commentator says, is that statistics about immigration are maintained not by one agency but by two. Rosstat maintains the figures for permanent immigrants, while the interior ministry’s chief administration for migration does so for temporary ones. Rosstat thus counts all migrants who have come to Russia and remained there for nine months or more while the interior ministry counts only those who have been there less than nine months. In the last year, the figure for the first of these categories has fallen from 211,900 to 124,900 while that for the second has shot up by 800,000 to 12.7 million. Over the last year, there has always been a shift in the most important donor countries. The number of immigrant workers from Moldova, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Georgia has fallen by 96,200; while the number from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and the Baltic countries has gone up by a total of 864,300. The greatest increases between 2017 and 2018 came from Uzbekistan, up 416,800, and Tajikistan, up, 224,200. As a result, the face of immigration in Russia is increasingly Central Asian, with people from those countries amounting to 8.5 million, a number far larger than the entire population of St. Petersburg. Indeed, the total number of migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan – 877,000 – is greater than the population of Karelia, Nizhny Novgorod, Pskov, or Murmansk oblast. Theoretically, those registered as being in Russia for nine months or less leave, but that is not always the case, Shustov continues. Many remain but are not counted by either service. And interior ministry officials say there are approximately two million “illegal migrants” who have stayed longer (rg.ru/2018/12/21/v-mvd-nazvali-chislo-nelegalnyh-migrantov-v-rossii.html). Most of these “illegals” are Central Asians, and that means that people from Central Asia in Russia now number as many as 10 million, twice the population of St. Petersburg and a figure comparable to that of Moscow. Adding to them are about 1.3 million new arrivals from the Transcaucasus. Almost a third of all these migrants are in Moscow and Moscow oblast and a fifth are in St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast, while in most other parts of the country, the number of Central Asians is extremely small. Thus, in the current climate of intensifying ethnic conflicts and economic stringency, their presence is becoming a serious problem. And that explains why officials prefer to talk about the decline of one kind of immigrant – those seeking permanent residence – and to ignore the other and more numerous kind – those who at least in terms of registration are short timers and will be going back to their homelands soon. Unfortunately, Shustov concludes, “if migration policy is not changed, new political and economic cataclysms, connected with the growing influx of labor migrants from the Asian countries of the CIS are practically inevitable,” given that population in those countries is growing while that in the Russian Federation is falling.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – Ever more demonstrations and protests are taking place in Russia beyond the ring road around Moscow, but a large share of the oblasts and republics remain quiescent, and Kemerovo activist and blogger Vyachesav Chernov says there are few reasons to think that is going to change. In a cri de coeur on his blog that Novyye izvestiya has reposted, the Kemerovo man says that people in the regions are overwhelmed with the problems of survival and do not see that any civic action is going to change anything for them or their children (newizv.ru/article/general/26-06-2019/grazhdanskiy-aktivist-provintsiya-spit-i-probuzhdatsya-ne-sobiraetsya). People in his region and others like it, Chernov says, simply do not believe that any actions by themselves will change anything. “The authorities will simply ignore you, the law enforcement organs will kick you around in a circle, and your fellow residents will make fun of you for what you are doing.” Even if you are fighting for truth and justice and even if you achieve some success individually, “no one will joint you, no one will write, and no one will telephone and suggest that we should work together. Instead, everything will remain just as it was” Russia’s provinces have not risen to the level of public activity. “People in the provinces are occupied with entirely different things,” he says. And “it is easy to understand the lack of demand for truth in the provinces.” After long days at poorly paid work, “there is no desire to listen to reports about trash in Shiyes, the arrest of the unknown Golunov, or watch stories about calls for freeing of political prisoners in Moscow.” For such people, it is much more pleasant to watch how “Putin has outplayed everyone, how rockets find their targets in Syria and how in Ukraine they are turning off the gas. The province is sleeping and doesn’t intend to wake up. The Russian provincial is against only one thing: don’t kill me here and now. But gradually you can.” Protests take time and money, and activists have to come up with most of it in the provinces. They ask themselves why they should do so given the absence of public response and given that they could live much better if they stopped their social activism and spent the money on themselves and their families. Their closest allies may live 160 kilometers away, and so there is little mutual support, Chernov continues. But what is especially disturbing, he says, is that a recent visit to Moscow convinces him that people there aren’t that much different and that there aren’t going to be any fundamental changes there let along any peaceful revolution. “Moscow doesn’t provide an example of civic opposition to the ruling mafia and the struggle for civil rights.” As a result, he suggests, “we are in a very lousy position. Before our eyes, an enormous country which has inexhaustible potential is dying and being transformed into rot,” a criminal and inhuman result. In this situation, civic activism is “not a light which illumines the darkness.” Rather, it is an effort to save a dying ember in the hopes that eventually something will change.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – To mark the International Day of Support for Victims of Torture, the Levada Center has released a 76-page study on the experience Russians have had with that crime, a study commissioned by the Russian Committee Against Torture and that involved a survey of 3400 people in 53 federal subjects of the Russian Federation. The full report, online at pytkam.net/sites/default/files/analiticheskiy_otchet_final.pdfis summarized in today’s Kommersant by Anastasiya Kurilova (kommersant.ru/doc/4012224). Its findings are truly depressing: one in ten Russians has experienced torture at the hands of the siloviki, and nearly one in three approve the use of torture in law enforcement. The use of force by the authorities, the report found, typically arises out of a clash between the siloviki and the population. Those who have clashed with the police frequently are more likely to become victims of torture than those who have not, with the group most at risk being men between 25 and 55. Muscovites report being the victims of torture more often than do other Russians, possibly, the Levada Center suggests, because they know their rights better than do others. But the most likely candidates for victimization are those with less than secondary education who live in smaller cities. The report specifies that “every third conflict with the siloviki is accompanied by force or the threat of its use.” That means, the Levada Center analysts write in the study, that the authorities are accustomed to using force against those they come in contact with or have detained. While only ten percent of those surveyed say they have been victims of torture, a remarkable 75 percent say they know about the application of torture from acquaintances and recognize that it is used to secure guilty pleas or to get evidence A third of the sample said they viewed torture as a form of punishment. Commenting on the report, Dmitry Kazakov, a lawyer with the Committee against Torture, said “about 60 percent” of Russians consider torture to be impermissible but “only a third are ready to stand up for their rights and that “almost 30 percent” consider the use of torture appropriate in the law enforcement with slightly more (39 percent) saying the struggle against it allows some criminals to go free. These findings, Kurilova says, are consistent with others that the Moscow Institute of Sociology has collected in the past and that the Committee against Torture has gathered in the recent past. Two comments on the report, one by a human rights expert and the other by the editor of a pro-communist portal, merit note. Ilya Milshteyn says it is “curious” that the report was conducted by one organization the Kremlin has identified as a foreign agent at the request of another that it has also placed that label on (graniru.org/tags/torture/m.276742.html). But however that might be, he continues, the fact that so many Russians have experienced torture and that such a large share of them feel that torture is just “the way things are” is troubling because it means it will be extremely difficult for Russian society to overcome its deference to the powers that be, out of fear if nothing ese. Milshteyn suggested there was only one bright spot in the report: “90 percent of our compatriots, just imagine, have never been tortured.” Perhaps they will take the lead in helping to reduce the share who have. And Anatoly Baranov of the FORUM.msk portal says that the report captures only part of the problem: Torture is used to extract confessions or information, but the powers that be in Russia use violence against those they can do with impunity just because they have gotten used to doing so (forum-msk.org/material/news/15731103.html). Thus, the real share of Russians who have suffered violence at the hands of the powers that be is much higher than the Levada Center study suggests and the fact that few complain should not surprise anyone. After all, he says, few Russian women complain to the police when they have been raped. Instead, they remain silent.
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – In Soviet times, no honest discussion of the terror famine Stalin unleashed on the population in the early 1930s was possible. Since 1991, with the independence of Ukraine and Kazakhstan, the governments and scholars of those countries have described the horrors of this act of genocide and attracted international attention to it. But those who suffered from this particular Stalinist crime but who do not have a government to support scholarly research or work to attract international condemnation have had a harder time of it. Often heroic individual researchers have done a great deal, they have not had the impact of the Ukrainian and Kazakh efforts. One of these peoples which was very much a primary victim of Stalin’s terror famine but which does not yet have its own state and therefore lacks equally powerful means to attract attention to its victimhood in this case are the Cossacks who like the Ukrainians were targeted not only because they were peasants but also for ethnic reasons as well. On the All-Cossack Social Center portal, Cossack activist Aleksandr Dzikovitsky surveys the increasingly rich literature on the way in which the Soviet state carried out collectivization and the terror famine in Cossack regions, killing hundreds of thousands and deporting tens of thousands of others (voccentr.info/umershhvlenie-kazakov-golodom/). This research shows the Soviets applied many of the same tactics against the Cossacks that they had against Ukrainians and Kazakhs as well. But what is especially important, given the continuing controversy about whether Stalin was animated by class or nationality, these sources provide additional evidence that ethnic concerns animated him almost as much as class ones. Ye.N. Oskolkov, a Rostov historian who died in 1995, concluded that “the leadership of the party and the state sought to give their forcible actions in the North Caucasus Kray an anti-Cossack character,” treating Cossacks far worse than the surrounding ethnic Russian areas (rslovar.com/content/профессор-евгений-осколков-ростовский-историк-аграрник). Understanding this is important not only for any serious assessment of Stalin’s crimes but also for the Cossacks themselves, Dzikovitsky says. As Obninsk activist V.N. Salazkin argues, “Don and Kuban Cossacks must put the question just as Ukrainians do” lest they be led astray and fight for Russian forces in the Donbass “against a Ukraine striving for democracy.”
EU Council prolongs sanctions on Russia by February 2020. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – The decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Congress of Europe to readmit Russia as a full member despite Moscow’s failure to make any changes in the policies which caused PACE to suspend its membership earlier is not only shameful but thoroughly undermines the existing international system. Those who voted to seat Russia – and fortunately for the continent’s reputation – many national delegations did not – were swayed not only by the prospect of gaining money the organization needs from Moscow but also by two arguments both of which must be rejected, Aleksandr Skobov says (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D12588C22D4D). Some who voted to reseat the aggressor said that “punishing the Russian Federation for aggression is not part of the responsibilities of the Council of Europe,” the Moscow analyst says. Other organizations exist for that purpose; but it was not so long ago, that PACE itself voted to suspend Russia’s membership precisely on that basis. And others who voted to reseat Moscow declared that “no aggression by the Russian Federation must deprive its citizens of the possibility of appealing to the European Court.” But in fact, Skobov says, that is precisely what must happen: “Citizens of an aggressor state must deal with the consequences of aggression by their country.” The citizens of such countries must lose not only that benefit but also “immunity from the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty,” Skobov says. They must recognize that what their government is doing abroad is putting their lives and welfare at risk. Otherwise they will have little reason to reject the arguments of the Kremlin that might makes right. But Skobov’s most important and damning observation is the following: “When existing international institutions begin to act in such a horrific contradiction with their declared principles, the international order based on them is irretrievably destroyed. And any new one will have to be built from zero after the results of a global international crisis.” That is how the international system functions. No other possibility exists. “To correct the mistakes of the present-day European establishment and organize a new international order” is not going to be easy, and the system that appears most likely to emerge in the near future will not be an order based on laws but rather a jungle in which unpunished violence will rule. There is little positive anyone can say about what PACE has done in following the wishes of the leading countries of old Europe to go back to doing business with Russia as if its aggression in Ukraine had never happened and ultimately to ending the sanctions regime as Moscow now expects. But some in Europe, especially in the countries neighboring Russia, were not willing to go along. The resolution readmitting Russia to full membership passed by a vote of 116 for, 62 against, with 15 abstentions. (On the distribution of votes by country, see the map at svobodaradio.livejournal.com/4044879.html.) And seven delegations – from Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine, all countries with sad experience of Russian actions past and present – have asked their governments to recall them from the Parliamentary Assembly in protest over when that body has done (rbc.ru/politics/26/06/2019/5d13ce139a794774b3321415). But despite that protest, Putin and those like him who do not think that there should be any law higher than brute force have won, aided and abetted in old Europe by those who refuse to remember what happened the last time that principle was accepted and by the current leadership of the United States which wants all the powers of a hegemon without any of its responsibilities.
Estonia should have discontinued membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe after the powers of the Russian delegation were fully restored. This opinion was expressed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Estonia, Mart Helme, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Postimees . “Western Europe needs to give a powerful signal that state-law nihilism is unacceptable. Estonia should stop its participation in PACE, cooperation with countries of Eastern Europe that voted unanimously or for the most part against the return of the Russian delegation,” he said. According to Helme, such a decision taken in relation to a country that committed a military attack on two European Council member states showed what the reaction of European institutions would be to a possible military aggression against the Baltic countries. “There will be censure and symbolic punishment, which will be canceled after the expiration of five years in order to maintain a dialogue with the aggressor,” the Estonian politician is convinced. Recall that on June 26, at the PACE session , a resolution was adopted , according to which the credentials of the delegation from Russia are fully confirmed. 7 Council of Europe member countries announced a demarche in PACE in protest against the unconditional return of Russians, among them: Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3134691
Canada worried about PACE decision to bring Russia back
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is ready to cooperate with a new secretary general of the Council of Europe and called the conditions for their joint work. — Ukrinform. “We expect the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to take specific steps to ensure that Russia fulfills the requirements stipulated in the Council of Europe’s decisions on stopping Russian aggression against Ukraine, including the release of illegally captured Ukrainian sailors, Ukrainian political prisoners who are illegally detained in the occupied Crimea and in the Russian Federation, systematic persecution of the Crimean Tatar people and lifting of the ban on activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars on the temporarily occupied peninsula,” the press service of the Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday, June 27. The Ukrainian diplomats noted that “they will closely monitor the actions of the new Secretary General, analyze them and decide whether they can create prerequisites for restoring confidence in the organization and then returning it a leading role in promoting standards of democracy, the rule of law and human rights on the continent.” The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on June 26 elected Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric as the new head of the Council. Buric – who received 159 votes in the first round of the election – will serve as secretary general for the next five years.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that during his visit to Europe he raised the issue about Russia’s return to the PACE but “such a decision was made a long time ago.” — Ukrinform.
Thirty years after the collapse of communism, Bulgarian high-school students are finally getting history textbooks that cover the totalitarian era in their country. But critics say the proposed textbooks contain “candid propaganda cliches” and ignore the fear and oppression of daily life.
Ukraine’s government has long aspired to join NATO. Despite the fact that Ukraine is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country may soon send military contingents to join NATO missions in Iraq and the Mediterranean Sea, according to officials. “We have completed drafting documents that will enable us to join the NATO mission in Iraq — that’s our specialists with actual combat experience — and also to join NATO’s maritime operation Sea Guardian” in the Mediterranean Sea, Lieutenant General Anatoliy Petrenko, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister for European integration, told journalists on Thursday. Petrenko added that the missions would aid with “situation awareness in the Black [Sea] and the Sea of Azov,” where Ukraine forces recently had a military standoff with Russia. Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been especially acrimonious since 2014, when a pro-Western movement ousted the notoriously corrupt pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia subsequently annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and supported pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east.
Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – For the first time ever, a #SOF unit from a country which is not yet a member of the North Atlantic Alliance successfully passed the #NATO certification as a SOF unit and has the right to be involved in NATO Response Force, the #NRF.
The certification of the Ukrainian unit was carried out in order to ensure the Alliance’s confidence in the capability of the unit involved in the NRF to complete the full range of tasks assigned to it in NATO-led operations. Ukrainian SOF servicemen demonstrated the full range of task execution capabilities at the Flaming Sword 2019 international exercise, during which the NATO evaluation took place. The evaluation of the Ukrainian Special Operations Land Task Group (SOLTG) was conducted in accordance with the procedures and requirements of the NATO SOF Evaluation Standards and was formalized in the NATO Senior Observer’s final evaluation report (SOF EVAL). The commander of the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces, Lieutenant-General Ihor Lunov, expresses gratitude to the representatives of the partner countries assisting Ukrainian SOF to become closer to the global SOF team, and thanks the personnel of the SOLTG. NATO Response Force (NRF) The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces components, that are rapidly deployable. It provides collective defence and a rapid military response to an emerging crisis. In addition, it can perform peace-support operations, provide protection to critical infrastructure and support disaster relief. The NRF was created in 2002. Overall command belongs to Supreme Allied Commander Europe – SACEUR. NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum and Allied Joint Force Command Naples – JFCNP assume the operational command on a rotational basis, with Brunssum leading for 2018. The NRF structure is comprised of 4 parts: 1) Command and Control element: based on a deployable Joint Task Force HQ 2) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) – Following the Wales Summit in 2014, Allies decided to enhance the NRF by creating a Spearhead Force within it. The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force was formed to better respond to the changing security environment to the east and south of the Alliance’s borders. 3) Initial Follow On Forces Group: These are high-readiness forces that can deploy quickly following the VJTF, in response to a crisis 4) Response Forces Pool: NATO retains a broad spectrum of military capabilities encompassing command and control, combat and support units through the Responses Forces Pool (RFP). The forces are drawn from the much wider pool of Allied or Partners National deployable forces. Allies and partner nations have to meet strict standards to participate to the NRF. As a result, during the 6-18 month period prior to assuming the role of an NRF high-readiness unit, various training and exercises are held to integrate the national contingents and standardize their procedures. Прес-служба Командування Сил спеціальних операцій ЗС України #SpecialOperations #EuropeStrong #WaytoNATO #WeAreNATO NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) NATO in Ukraine Mission of Ukraine to NATO U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Посольство України в США U.S. Special Operations Command Europe NATO Special Operations Headquarters – NSHQ United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Lietuvos ambasada Ukrainoje / Посольство Литви в Українi Ukrainos Ambasada Lietuvoje / Посольство України в Литві Lietuvos kariuomenė Lithuanian Special Forces AITVARAS
Kyiv has assured NATO member states that Ukraine’s strategic course towards NATO integration remains unchanged.
The U.S. Senate has adopted a draft National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which foresees the expanded assistance to Ukraine in the sphere of security and defense in 2020 compared with 2019, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States has reported.
U.S. Senate approved the draft law on defense budget for 2020, which provides the allocation of the military aid to Ukraine in the sum of $300 million as Ukraine’s Embassy to U.S. reported on Facebook. It is noted that the bill provides allocation of $100 million for the lethal kinds of the armament. Moreover, the draft law offers to extend the direction of the U.S. aid to the enhancing of the defense capacity of the Ukrainian Army by including the funds for the coast guards, anti-ship missiles and systems, which promote the increasing of the efficiency of the managing of the troops, particularly, air defense and coast guard.
The U.S. Senate approved increasing up to $300 million and significantly expand assistance to Ukraine’s security sector in the U.S. defense budget for 2020, the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA said on Friday. Senators included about $300 million in new spending for security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. A draft law has been providing to send 100 million dollars. with $ 300 million exclusively for lethal weapons. It is proposed to expand the direction of US assistance in strengthening the defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by including coastal defenses, anti-ship missiles, and systems that enhance the effectiveness of command and control, in particular, air defense and coastal defense. The law on the 2020 U.S. budget for the needs of national defense will come into force after its adoption by the House of Representatives and after it is signed by the president of the United States. Washington’s assistance escalated under the Trump administration, which agreed to provide the Ukrainians with more advanced lethal weapons like anti-tank missiles, a move that his predecessor in the White House wouldn’t take.
In the occupied areas in eastern Ukraine, according to US estimates, there are several thousand Russian troops. About this in an interview with NV said the American general, the former head of the CIA, David Petraeus, informs Censor . NO . Petraeus headed the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2011–2012, during the presidency of Barack Obama, and before that he commanded military operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Today he is among the managers of the KKR investment fund and is one of the key analysts of the US military assistance programs. NB asked Petraeus to comment on the current amount of US military support for Ukraine: Congress allocated $ 200 million this year and another $ 250 million next. “Let us explain at once that this US aid budget forms together with NATO, whose support for Ukraine is systematic and constant. And we support the development of Ukrainian military potential in the face of the invasion of forces supported by Russia, where, according to our calculations, several thousand Russian soldiers are fighting” – responded to the question Petraeus. He also called the provision of Dald Trump’s anti-tank Javelin complexes to Ukraine a “positive step” and stressed the importance of the Obama administration’s efforts to make this possible. “$ 200 million together with the amount that other allies provide, this will be quite a serious amount of money,” Petraeus estimated the amount of funds allocated to Ukraine. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3134708
Russian-backed separatists from Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region have released four Ukrainian citizens from captivity in Minsk. The freed men were transported from the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don to the Belarusian capital.
MINSK — Russia-backed separatists from Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region have released four Ukrainian citizens, who have been flown to the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
They will soon fly from Minsk to Kyiv in the nearest time
Four Ukrainian citizens who were held captive in Russia-occupied Donbas and lately freed arrived in Kyiv from Minsk by plane on Friday.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky proposed that the journalists ask Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the political council of the Opposition Bloc – For Life party, why he was negotiating with Russian-controlled militants to release Ukrainian prisoners held in the occupied Donbas. The president noted he had never spoken with the Opposition Bloc – For Life Party leader.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is indignant at the fact that Ukraine’s parliament is reluctant to back the resignation of Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Pavlo Klimkin and to appoint the presidential nominee, Vadym Prystaiko, therefore the president learns about important steps of Ukraine in the international arena from the Internet.
Zelenskyy criticises Foreign Ministry’s efforts on prisoners’ release. He called on Putin to release Ukrainian sailors. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in actions that could disrupt the process of the liberation of Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia near the Kerch Strait in November 2018. The president suggested that the foreign ministry and its chief “hid” from him the corresponding note that came from Russia.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry rejects president’s criticism. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin believes that his ministry had full authority to send a response to a Russian note on the trial of Ukrainian POW sailors without the president’s consent. The minister insists that MFA Ukraine is in full right to exchange such correspondence without further consultations.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin called Russia’s note on the prosecution of sailors to be primitive trap and scam, which caught someone from the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky as Klimkin reported on Facebook. “To eliminate all issues I demonstrate you two diplomatic notes. The first one is the Russian trap, by the way, it is very primitive; the second one is our response, revealing the hidden motives of the Russian Federation. However, why hidden? Russia does not hide that it does not want to fulfill the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Instead, it a) demands from us to recognize that our sailors could commit a crime; b) induces us to recognize the legitimacy of trial over them according to the Russian legislation; c) invites us to be overtaken before the Criminal Procedure Code of Russia and recognize occupation of Russia indirectly,” Klimkin stated. Foreign Minister emphasized that Russia can without any problems finish all inner processes necessary for release of the sailors, including within the multilateral documents, which act in Ukraine and Russia. “The trap was prepared for our sailors, our judicial and diplomatic team, leadership of the country. Unfortunately, it seems that someone in the Office of the president was obviously caught. To be caught by the Russian diplomatic “scam” is to defame the sailors, who insist before the Russian trial for six months that Russia has no right to judge them,” the minister added. The decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is unequivocal: Russia should immediately and surely release sailors and vessels. “And of someone would like to guarantee himself comfortable meetings in Osaka; it will not take place. We do everything to make these meetings to be efficient first of all, and Russia explained the world how it will fulfill its international commitment and return Ukrainian sailors home,” the minister added. Earlier Volodymyr Zelensky was distraught that he got to know about response of Foreign Ministry to Russia’s note from the internet but not from the ministry. Now the President of Ukraine demands public explanation of the ministry.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin after a briefing of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday posted notes of Russia and Ukraine regarding Ukrainian sailors who were captured by Russian forces in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 in the Facebook social network. “To lift all the questions, I call your attention to two diplomatic notes. The first is the Russian trap, by the way primitive, the second is our response, which reveals the hidden motives of the Russian Federation,” Klimkin wrote on his Facebook page. So, Klimkin said that Russia does not want to implement the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. “Instead, it: a) requires us to admit that our sailors could commit a crime, b) persuade us to recognize the lawfulness of the judicial process against them under Russian law, c) invites us to bend over to the criminal procedure code of the Russian Federation, and at the same time indirectly recognize the occupation of Crimea,” the foreign minister of Ukraine wrote. Klimkin said that the Russian Federation can “without problems” complete all internal processes for the release of Ukrainian sailors. “The trap was prepared for our sailors, for our legal and diplomatic team, for the country’s leadership. Unfortunately, someone in the President’s Office fell for the oldest trick,” Klimkin said. He said that the decision of the International Tribunal is unambiguous: Russia is obliged to immediately and without conditions release the sailors and ships. At the same time, Klimkin noted problems with communication from the side of the president. “The whole diplomatic world knows where to look for me. As they say, I am easy to find, hard to lose and impossible to forget,” he wrote. As reported, on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he is indignant at the fact that Ukraine’s parliament is reluctant to back the resignation of Klimkin and to appoint the presidential nominee, Vadym Prystaiko, therefore the president learns about important steps of Ukraine in the international arena from the Internet.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has congratulated Jeppe Kofod on his appointment as Denmark’s foreign minister and expressed hope for further cooperation in the fight against Russian aggression. — Ukrinform.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has noted that the EU’s economic growth was achieved thanks to developed trading relations with countries around the world, including Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The U.S. president drew a red line when 24 Ukrainians were seized last year. Now his sit-down with the Russian president is back on.
United States President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan discussed, in particular, the situation in Ukraine, the White House has posted on Twitter. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday made an “emotional” plea to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to free 24 sailors captured last November near Crimea. “I want to appeal to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” the recently elected Zelensky told journalists during a briefing. “We all have children. Return children to their parents,” he said, adding that he was “very emotional”. Russia last year fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, capturing Ukrainian sailors near the Kerch Strait as they tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. At the end of May the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, located in Germany, called on Russia to release the sailors “immediately” and to allow them to return to Ukraine. Russia does not recognise the tribunal’s jurisdiction to rule in the affair and did not send representatives to the hearing. Zelensky also denounced the decision this week by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to readmit Russia to the Strasbourg-based group. The president said he did “everything that I could” during a recent trip to Europe to convince leaders to oppose the move.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian prisoner of war sailors and return them to their parents. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine does not need mediators for exchanging and liberating captives in Donbas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
German companies want Angela Merkel to mitigate damage caused by years of tough US sanctions against Russia
Alexey Miller, the head of the Russian Gazprom, said that Ukraine would not have time to sign a new gas contract before the end of 2019, RIA Novosti reports. According to Miller, Ukraine will not be able to sign a new contract for gas transit until the end of the year under the laws of the European Union. Miller said Gazprom was ready to extend a transit contract with Ukraine. “We say: we are ready to extend the current contract for transit. As for another aspect, of course, we say that this contract should be economically viable for the Russian side,” said the head of Gazprom. Earlier, Naftogaz responded to Gazprom’s statements on transit and gas discounts for Ukraine. Yuri Vitrenko said that in the absence of a transit contract by Gazprom from January 1, 2020, he could offer the Russian company a reserve option – the “swap” of gas. According to Vitrenko, such contracts are customary for the European market. Related: May met with Putin at G20 summit for the first time after Skripals poisoning Earlier Russia named the condition, under which it would be ready to keep the gas transit across Ukraine. According to Sergei Prikhodko, Deputy Head of the Russian government, all Ukraine-Russia court litigations in the gas sector must be regulated. “As for the transit of the Russian gas across the territory of Ukraine, we’re ready to keep it on the economically profitable conditions, but [also] in case of the righteous solution of all litigations between Gazprom and Naftogaz”, Prikhodko said as quoted by TASS. He also reiterated that the concept of the Nord Stream II does not foresee cutting the transit of fuel on the existing routes. As we reported, the work of the gas transporting system of Ukraine may be under threat after June 24 due to the lack of funds. It is reported that the company initiated the talks with the creditors, including Naftogaz Ukraine, which is a parent company, about debt restructuring. The National Security and Defense Council was also informed about the situation.
Russia resumes supplies of liquefied natural gas to Ukraine
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Volodymyr Zelensky was elected on a platform of compromise with Russia and public support seems to be firmly on his side, but other problems restricting his political latitude remain.
Seven Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in hostilities in Donbas amid 39 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas in past 24 hours, the press service of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 37 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, including 13 times using 152 mm artillery systems and 120 mm and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk agreements, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action, another two sustained combat-related injures the press centre of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 37 times in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. The last three attacks were launched at night. — Ukrinform.
Three Ukrainian soldiers were injured as Russia-led forces mounted 34 attacks in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday, June 27. Since Friday midnight, Russia-led forces have already mounted three attacks on JFO positions.
Luhansk militants pull back from Stanytsya Luhanska bridge. In case of threat, Ukrainian servicemen are ready to return to the previous positions. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
From day-start on Thursday, Russian occupation forces in Donbas 18 times violated the ceasefire. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action.
Russian occupation forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas have completed the first step of disengagement of troops and weapons in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska. Ukraine says that while disengagement is underway, reserve forces in the area will remain in full combat readiness, prepared to regain positions if the enemy fails to continue steps toward disengagement.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Ruslan Baranetsky First Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and Head of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has granted citizenship of Ukraine to some foreigners who took part in defending territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
Zelensky grants Ukrainian citizenship to 14 people who fought against Russian aggression
On June 18, 2019, Russian Consul-Adviser in Lviv Andriy Griekalov was sent from Ukraine. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Grikalov carried out espionage activities against Ukraine. The Ukrainian counterintelligence documented the facts of his espionage activity and in accordance with Article 23 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine was declared Griekalov as a non-gratuitous person in Ukraine. Andrei Griekalov Andrei Griekalov was born on June 5, 1980 in Baku (Azerbaijan SSR), married (his wife – Svitlana Nirkova, December 14, 1986). In Ukraine Andriy Griekalov served as acting head of the consular department of the Russian embassy in Moldova.
The American aircraft C-130J Hercules and the British A400 Atlas delivered equipment, equipment and the first participants in international exercises in Sea Breeze 2019 to Odessa. This is reported by Dumskaya Airplanes arrived in Ukraine yesterday, June 27, first arrived at 14:16 am. After unloading the equipment, about half an hour later, the C-130J Hercules took a reverse course at Rammstein Air Base in Germany. The four-engine turboprop A400 Atlas of the British Royal Air Force landed at 17:08. He sent the fighters of the British Special Forces to Ukraine. Special equipment, equipment and supplies came from the British detachment of divers Special Boat Service. Sea Breeze Training is an annual multinational training held in Ukraine since 1997. In addition to Ukraine, the organizer of exercises is the United States.
By the end of 2020, in the south of the Kherson region, the construction of a state-of-the-art state testing ground suitable for firing from the entire existing range of land forces, Air Forces and Navy armaments, as well as the testing of long-range weapons of long range, will end. MULTIMEDIA, INTERACTIVE AND SUNNY ELECTRICITY Implementation of the project started at the end of last year: they developed the concept, prepared project documentation, conducted a series of tenders, signed contracts with contractors. Leading experts of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are engaged in the creation of a training ground. A number of infrastructure objects, including a control point, have already been built. Work is finished on equipping workplaces for managing aviation and conducting an antiaircraft battle with modern technical equipment that is in the armament of the Ukrainian army. The module of the educational building is also installed, and the soil runway is equipped. The Air Force Command assures: construction continues in accordance with the schedule, and funding is rhythmic. The full readiness of the landfill will be planned by the end of next year. – By the end of 2019, we will have to build and equip a number of infrastructure objects of the State testing ground “Yagorlik”, – says Deputy Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on combat training Lt. Gen. Pavel Zuev. – In particular, we plan to complete the construction of a solar power plant, an artesian well, to equip the training classes with multimedia and interactive means. At the same time, the staffing process continues with the construction process. Already appointed management of the testing ground, which is engaged in the selection of candidates and the formation of units in accordance with the approved state. THE MINISTERS CHANGE THE SOLUTION OF THE “MILITARY-LAND” QUESTIONNAIRE UNDER THE SNCBO DOCUMENT However, it does not do without barriers. Despite the urgent decision of the CNSDU to create a new infrastructure facility, local officials continue to delay the consideration of the issue of transferring military land plots in the Odesa Oblast necessary for the construction of several landfill sites and a launch pad for launching air targets. The solution to this problem is currently being dealt with by military lawyers at relevant instances. There is already a court decision in favor of the military, it is still time to wait for its execution. The state testing ground “Yagorlik” is built using the best technologies of energy efficiency and autonomy. It will have its own power plant that generates electricity through the sun and wind and artesian wells. It will be equipped with modern measuring and computer complexes. According to the project, its infrastructure will be formed by two and a half hundreds of people, a 100-person dormitory, an educational building, baths, dining-rooms, parking lots, a control station, a polygon headquarters and a checkpoint. It is foreseen and construction of a technical warehouse zone with food and industrial warehouses, a fire station, awnings for trucks, as well as two helicopter platforms. Alexander OLEKHNOVICH, ArmyInform
The repaired MiG-29UB arrived at the tactical aviation brigade in the Kyiv region. It was this fighter in 2014 that was taken out of the territory of the occupied Crimea. Recall that “Crimean” aircraft had far from the best technical condition, as they were deliberately damaged by Russian invaders. The aviation bird is currently undergoing the practice of senior students of the flight faculty of the Kharkiv National University of Air Forces. Therefore, not only the aviators of the brigade, but also their future replenishment were pleased with the new technology. In addition, cadets are likely to have time to fly on a repaired fighter. – Repair of aircraft equipment – a long process. Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant has restored the fighter for more than a year, – said the Chief of the Department of Operation of Aircraft, Helicopters and Engines, – Deputy Chief Engineer of the Air Force Command Colonel Boris Bondarchuk commented. – The main thing is that the resource indicators of the technology have been restored. I am convinced that the aircraft will now last for at least ten years. Anastasia OLEKHNOVICH, “ArmyInform”
The detention of a cruiser “Ukraine” in Nikolaev, which has been unfinished there for 28 years, requires from the state about 15 million hryvnyas per year. This information was disclosed by the Director General of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom” Pavlo Bukin in an interview with Tsensor. NO , says Defense Express . At the same time, this money should be paid by the Concern, because the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has ceased funding since 2014. News on the topic: MINIBORONI OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED THAT KRISERER “UKRAINE” IT IS NOT NEEDED ” In 2012-13, under the agreement with the Ministry of Defense, 600 thousand hryvnias were paid for the month. At today’s prices – about 15 million hryvnia per year. He is connected to electricity, it is necessary to keep the power of all systems. However, in 2014, the Ministry of Defense has stopped paying “, – said the head of the State Concern.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has awarded Order For Courage of the 3rd Class to MP Dmytro Tymchuk posthumously.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky awarded the Order “For Courage” of the Third Degree of People’s Deputy Dmitry Tymchuk (posthumously). This is stated in the decree # 470/2019 on the awarding of the Day of Constitution of Ukraine, reports Tsensor. NET. The award was presented for “significant contribution to the socio-economic, cultural and educational development of the Ukrainian state, long-term conscientious work and significant professional achievements.” Also, this decree Zelensky awarded a further 26 people, and also conferred 38 honorary titles. Recall that in Kyiv, on Wednesday, June 19, a coordinator of the Information Resistance (IC) group, the People’s Deputy of the faction “People’s Front” Dmitry Tymchuk, was found dead . On the fact of the death of Tymchuk criminal proceedings were started . Police review several working versions. According to the prosecutor’s office in Kiev, the main version of the death of Tymchuk is suicide . He was in a depressed state and did not leave the house in the last week before his death. The following is a complete list of the award winners in the original language:
The people’s deputy was in a depressive state and in the last week before his death he did not leave the house. About this “Gromadsky” said the press secretary of the Kiev prosecutor’s office Nadezhda Maksimets, informs Tsenzor.NET. “Based on the testimony of close persons, the investigation has information that recently the deceased was in a depressed state, and in the last week he did not leave the house at all, as he did on the day of death,” she said. A spokeswoman for the Kiev prosecutor’s office also noted that a number of forensic examinations would be appointed as part of the investigation, in particular, forensic, ballistic and others. “In addition, we expect a written opinion of experts who today conducted a comprehensive study of the body of the deceased,” said Maximets. On the day of death, June 19, an inspection was conducted in Tymchuk’s apartment, the material evidence was seized – a pistol, a magazine with ammunition, a cartridge case. “Were selected washouts from the hands, body parts, clothes of the deceased and the woman who was indoors – to identify traces of powder gases,” – said in the prosecutor’s office. Maksimets confirmed that there were two people in the apartment – “the deceased and a woman, this was installed from surveillance cameras — in the corridor at the entrance to the apartment. There were no other persons in the apartment.” Recall, in Kiev on Wednesday, June 19, the coordinator of the Information Resistance (IP) group, the people’s deputy of the People’s Front faction Dmitry Tymchuk was found dead . Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3133438
Representative of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk has said that the most important and urgent changes to the Constitution of Ukraine must be made within coming year.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Ukraine to know, and the main thing to respect and comply with the Constitution of Ukraine.
Most voters rely on TV to form opinion – Gluzman. “It’s very hard, sad and disgusting to watch and listen to what’s happening on political talk shows today.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Paul Goble Staunton, June 26 – Since independence, Ukraine has renamed 52,000 streets, dropping Soviet-imposed ones in favor of names drawn from Ukrainian history or entirely apolitical sources. But two recent cases have reversed street name changes in Kyiv and Kharkiv, an indication that toponymy is again becoming a place of political struggle. A Kyiv district court this week overruled a decision by the Kyiv city council two years ago and restored the names Moscow and Vatutin, a Soviet general, to streets that now bear the names of Stepan Banderea and Roman Shukhevich, two leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists during World War II. An appeal is pending. Last week, the Kharkiv city council restored the name of Georgy Zhukov to a street there. Two years ago, the same council dropped the Soviet officer’s name and gave the street the name of Petro Grigorenko, also a Soviet general but a man who fought for the rights of the Crimean Tatars and other minorities. These changes have triggered discussions both about the past these various figures represent and about who and what is behind the current efforts to reverse earlier renaming, with some suggesting that pro-Russian forces are behind it and are exploiting the lack of clarity in the position of the new Ukrainian president on this point to act now. Whatever the exact facts turn out to be, Moscow commentators are celebrating those who have pressed for these changes as human rights activists and saying that the restoration of the Soviet names in place of Ukrainian nationalist ones represents a triumph of “historical justice” (e.g., vz.ru/world/2019/6/26/984277.html). But Ukrainian officials and activists say that what is happening now not only insults Ukrainians who want to recover their own past, one often submerged by the Soviet authorities, but is part of Moscow’s war effort against Ukraine now and thus must be opposed to the full extent of the law (svoboda.org/a/30022021.html). Vladimir Vyatrovich, the head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, says that he believes that the effort to reverse the earlier renaming is an attempt by “pro-Russian forces” to use the uncertainties of the presidential changeover in Ukraine and represents another example of Russian revanchism. He suggests that the Kharkiv case is especially offensive. Grigorenko was someone who “struggled for a free and democratic Ukraine, in contrast to Zhukov who fought for a totalitarian communism one. Grigorenko was also an official of Soviet times, also a general, but he found in himself sufficient bravery to speak out against the Soviet regime.” In particular, Vyatrovich says, Grigorenko “defended the Crimean Tatars, and at present, when the Crimean Tatars are under Kremlin pressure, it is very important to remember those people who often on their own struggled for the freedom of the Crimean Tatar people.” With regard to the Kyiv court decision, he continues, “Moscow” as a street name doesn’t fall under the Ukrainian law about de-communization, but thousands of Kyiv residents asked for the change because in their minds it symbolized Russian occupation. Vatutin, however, does fall under the law beyond any question.