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Russia rolling on arms control? Descent update. Skripal update – the Vozhd’s comments to the FT, UK media on C3 for the attack. POTUS meets with Erdoğan over S-400 dispute, and attempts to give Erdoğan a face saving off ramp, whether this produces the intended result remains to be seen. Progress with Nordstream 2 – application for transit through Danish waters withdrawn. NATO nations update. Georgian protests against Russian continue for 9th day – a lot of pent up anger.

Pres Macron on further negotiation with Russia. Amb Volker on Russia’s hostage games. Another Congressional delegation to visit Kyiv. The Vozhd on Ukraine at the G20. Russia’s gas and coal games.

Donbas update. Another major Russian false flag reported in preparation. Four returned hostages from Donbas, one believed to have deserted in combat. USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) high speed cat arrives in Odessa for Sea Breeze 2019. Industry update.

A brief politics update.


Putin Says U.S., Russia To Resume Nuclear Arms Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, have ordered their foreign ministers to begin consultations on nuclear arms control.

Putin Tells FT: ‘The Liberal Idea Has Become Obsolete’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes liberalism has “outlived its purpose” and “become obsolete.”

Putin: Russia’s return to PACE has nothing to do with Ukrainian sailors’ release

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the issue of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait last November has nothing to do with Russia’s participation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Economic Decline Won’t Spark a Revolution and Kremlin Sees No Need for Change, Inozemtsev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 27 – Many suggest that the continuing economic decline of Russia will prompt people to go into the streets and demand change, Vladislav Inozemtsev says; but “nowhere on post-Soviet space have we see mass protests arise as a result of economic issues.” The Russian people will come to terms with their economic situation. The Kremlin leadership understands this, the Russian economist says, and therefore Vladimir Putin isn’t worried and sees no need for the kind of changes many are advocating. He is thus not likely to make economic policy a priority anytime soon (znak.com/2019-06-27/sudba_rossii_v_blizhayshee_desyatiletie_razmyshleniya_ekonomista_vladislava_inozemceva). Instead, Inozemtsev says, the leadership clearly believes that it can do whatever it wants with the population and will face only limited challenges that it can counter either by the use of force or targeted concessions without having to address the country’s fundamental problems, something that shows that it has “finally lost a sense of reality.” It is “obvious,” he continues, that “the Kremlin itself isn’t predicting a revolutionary situation.” The powers that be are indeed increasingly inadequate as a result of the negative selection they have been subjected to, but they remain quite confident that they can and will control the situation as long as Putin is alive and in office. Moreover, they have their reasons for thinking so. The existence of open borders is one reason why the preconditions for a revolution are unlikely to grow. Every year, some 100,000 Russians emigrate. The majority of these are “politically dissatisfied,” but once abroad, they typically cease to care what is happening in Russia. And in their place, the Putin regime is bringing in “comrades from Central Asia who are getting Russian passports and will to the end of their days vote for Putin and United Russia.” But that is not the most important reason for assuming that Putin will remain in power until his death and will not face serious challenges to his position in the meantime, Inozemtsev says. Rather it is the absence of any belief in change among those in power and of any idea or program for change among those who oppose Putin. Changes like those in perestroika times happened because of a sense in the leadership that the current system wasn’t working, a sense that spread to the population and led to a revolution. Now, however, “there is no sense among those in power that the system has gone into a blind alley and must be renewed.” This pattern reflects an underlying reality, the economist continues. “Russian society strongly depends on the rhetoric and actions of the powers that be.” If they talk about change as Gorbachev or even Medvedev did, the Russian people will as well; if they don’t as Putin does not, then they are unlikely to do so either. “Putin doesn’t intend to leave,” Inozemtsev says. “Today all the decisions are taken on that assumption. Noo one is thinking about plans even five or six years ahead. I don’t doubt that we will be watching the administration of Putin until his own death. So that no ‘successor’ operations will in fact occur.” At the same time, it is important to remember that “the Putin regime is in essence a personalist dictatorship. And no such regime ever outlives its creator.” When Putin passes from the scene, Russia will change but exactly in what direction is uncertain. It will become ever more unpredictable. In the course of his long interview with Znak, Inozemtsev makes a number of other observations, two of which should be highlighted. He says that the West could but probably won’t affect the situation by imposing real sanctions on Russia by declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism, which it very much is. And he adds that Russian is not going to seize Belarus in a Crimea-type operation unless suddenly and unexpectedly Minsk opens a real drive to join the West. Short of that, the Kremlin will continue as it has been, increasing its control over its western neighbor by means of the aid it provides it.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Elite Won’t Split Because Its Members Have Achieved All Their Dreams, Skobov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 27 – It has become a commonplace in most analyses about the future of Russia that nothing major will happen until latent divisions within the Putin elite break into the open, much as divisions within the Soviet elite at the end of the 1980s did and led to the demise of the Soviet system. But if such a division is a precondition for major change, Aleksandr Skobov says, then there is not going to be “a new thaw,” “a new perestroika” or “a new détente” because the members of Putin’s elite unlike those in the late Soviet period have all achieved “everything they dreamed about” (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D1457FBE8745). As Russian commentator Andrey Piontkovsky pointed out long ago, the Moscow analyst says, “the perestroika split of the Soviet nomenklatura elite became possible because a significant part of it had a powerful stimulus for reform: the desire to live the way Western elites” do in their everyday lives. According to Skobov, “the present-day masters of Russia are people who have achieved all they could have dreamed of.” Why would any of them want change? And why would they not be concerned first of all in maintaining the system that has made the achievement of that goal possible for them? Some observers “hope for a revolt of the financial-industrial magnates (the oligarchs) who are dissatisfied that the current regime significantly limits their freedom of disposing their own financial-industrial resoures,” a hope that rests on “a right liberal myth” that major property owners will rise up “if the state limits their entrepreneurial activity.” But history shows that is rarely true. “Under Hitler,” Skobov continues, “entrepreneurial freedom was limited to an incomparably greater degree than under Putin. All financial-industrial magnates worked under the Nazi ‘Gosplan’ which was no less a Gosplan than its Soviet counterpart. And now signs of free thinking emerged” from that quarter. Some members of the old Prussian military caste did rise up against Hitler, but not the business community. There was one exception: Thyssen, who fled to France and played the role of “a German Prince Kurbsky.” But after Hitler occupied France, he had Thyssen seized and put in a concentration camp where he remained “an outcast” for the business elite. “In limiting the entrepreneurial freedom of the major owners, Hitler’s regime did not at any point touch the level and form of their ‘personal consumption,’” Skobov says. Putin has done the same – and he can expect the same lack of any challenge from that quarter whatever the commentators say.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Always Finds More Money for the Siloviki who Defend His Regime

Paul Goble Staunton, June 27 – The first rule of any authoritarian ruler is to do whatever is necessary to keep the force structures that defend him happy, including finding ever more money for them even if the entire rest of the population has to suffer in consequence. That is exactly what Vladimir Putin continues to do. At a reception in honor of the graduates of the military educational institutions, Putin said that “we will in the future also improve the system of social guarantees for those who bear military and law enforcement service and consistently raise the level of their monetary compensation” (kremlin.ru/events/president/news/60834). The Kremlin leader added that “the state will continue to improve the medical support of such employees, broaden the opportunities for the employment of the members of their families, and help resolve issues regarding housing for them.” Over the last seven years, the state has raised the salaries of 645,000 such people and the living conditions of more than two million.” Given the deterioration of the incomes and living conditions of most other Russians, such solicitude is the best possible guarantee that these siloviki will continue to defend the person responsible for ensuring that they if not others have been taken care of.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Tatar Political Elite No-Shows at Kazan Conference on 750th Anniversary of Golden Horde

Paul Goble Staunton, June 27 – Although they were invited, members of the top political elite of Tatarstan did not attend a forum organized by the Kazan Institute of History on “Pax Tatarica: The Genesis and Heritage of the Statehood of the Golden Horde,” the 750th anniversary of which is being marked in many places around the world. Their absence bothered many at the meeting given that for most Tatars, the Golden Horde is viewed as being at the genesis of Tatarstan. Fauziya Bayramova, a longtime Tatar activist who wasn’t invited but who showed up any way, expressed these feelings most clearly (business-gazeta.ru/article/429472). She told journalists that she had sent in a paper on the Siberian Tatars, who also trace their origins to the Golden Horde, but wasn’t invited. Nonetheless, she said, she had become because “I consider it a point of honor to participate in events devoted to the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde.” “This is a very big jubilee!” Bayramova continued. “It is the 750th anniversary of our statehood! Such events should not be marked at the level of rural clubs. It must take place in golden palaces.” That makes the lack of attention by officials to this event especially unfortunate. In here words, the president of Tatarstan should have been sitting in the position of chairman. “This is not some meeting of farmers; here are present scholars with world names” talking about a most important event in Tatar and world history. Uli Schamiloglu of the University of Wisconsin agreed with her. Exchanging views with scholars is one thing, he said, “but measures of such importance should occur in a more solemn state, with the participation of society and with a political context.” Alas, “the situation in Russia today is the way it is.” “If this event had occurred in Kazakhstan, it would have been a much bigger deal,” the specialist on Tatars said. In fact, last month, a meeting in Paris devoted to the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde took place at UNESCO headquarters.

‘Chernobyl on ice:’ Russia plans to tow a nuclear power station to the Arctic – CNN

Murmansk, Russia (CNN)Next month, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction. It’s part of Russia’s ambition to bring electric power to a mineral-rich region. The 144-meter (472 feet) long platform painted in the colors of the Russian flag is going to float next to a small Arctic port town of Pevek, some 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It will supply electricity to settlements and companies extracting hydrocarbons and precious stones in the Chukotka region. A larger agenda is at work too: aiding President Vladimir Putin’s ambitious Arctic expansion plans, which have raised geopolitical concerns in the United States.

UAWire – Kazakhstan’s economic growth 6 times faster than Russia’s

Kazakhstan’s economy is reaffirming its status as one of the fastest growing economies not only among former Soviet states, but even in all of …

G20: Putin talks Theresa May meeting, says Skripal spy story ‘not worth five kopecks’ – CNN

Just hours before the kick-off of this week’s G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, Vladimir Putin previewed his hopes for a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times on Thursday.

Probes show Russia staged Skripal attack from London

Probes show Russia staged Skripal attack from London

Putin says May tough on Skripal poisoning case – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he wanted to improve ties with Britain after they were strained by the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil, but said Prime Minister Theresa May was taking a tough line on the issue.

Skripal poisoning: Third Russian suspect ‘commanded attack’ – BBC News

A Newsnight-Bellingcat investigation maps the movements of a man thought to have directed the attack.

Third Russian suspect “commanded attack” on Skripal: media – news world | UNIAN

A senior Russian military intelligence officer commanded the team suspected of the Salisbury poisoning, evidence uncovered by the BBC’s Newsnight and the investigative website Bellingcat suggests. The pattern of his communications while in the UK indicates that Maj Gen Sergeyev liaised with officers in Moscow.

Putin to Britain: Let’s forget about the Skripal poisoning – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Britain’s next prime minister would forget about the poisoning of a former double agent in England last year in order to improve battered ties.

The strange similarities in narratives in the cases of Strache and Skripal

By EU vs Disinfo As a month has passed since the beginning of the scandal involving former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s time to have a look at the narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets to describe the events. Just as with the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, pro-Kremlin outlets have also disseminated numerous narratives and conspiracy theories suggesting a variety of explanations about the scandal in Austria.

Trump Seeks Resolution With Turkey Over Russian Missile Dispute – WSJ

President Trump said he is considering ways to resolve a problematic situation borne out of Turkey’s decision to purchase advanced Russian air-defense missile systems the Pentagon regards as a threat to North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s security.

Erdoğan says Trump will not impose sanctions over Russian missile deal | TheHill

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that President Trump told him he would not impose U.S. sanctions on Turkey following the country’s move to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

Turkey’s Erdogan says U.S. will not impose sanctions over Russian missile deal – Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday the United States did not plan to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying Russian defense systems, after the U.S. president said Turkey had not been treated fairly over the contract.

Turkey Erdogan says no setback in missile deal with Russia

Turkey said on Saturday there was no setback in its plan to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, despite U.S. opposition.

Trump Says Obama Treated Erdogan Unfairly on Patriot Missile – Bloomberg

Donald Trump said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was treated unfairly by the Obama administration when he sought to buy an American anti-aircraft missile system, and indicated he may reassess sanctions he’s threatened if Turkey goes ahead with a Russian purchase instead.

Trump, Erdogan Make No Progess On S-400 Standoff

U.S. President Donald Trump has met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to urge him not to proceed with the purchase of Russia’s advanced S-400 ground-to-air defense system.

Nord Stream 2 withdraws application for route in territorial waters of Denmark

Nord Stream 2 withdrew the application for the route in territorial waters of Denmark to the south of Bornholm, terminating the application process that lasted more than two years. This was stated by the CEO of Nord Stream 2 Matthias Warnig, as it was reported on the Nord Stream 2 website. “Both Nord Stream 2 and our investors need legal certainty and protection of legitimate expectations, which means a transparent and predictable decision-making process, especially against the backdrop of the advanced construction progress in the waters of the four other countries through which the pipeline stretches,” Warnig said. It was stated that withdrawal of the original application was necessary to protect Nord Stream 2’s shareholder and the European investors from Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands against the risk of further delays and financial losses. “More than 2 years ago, Nord Stream 2 submitted the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and application for the route through Danish territorial waters which follows the proven route of the existing Nord Stream pipeline preferred by the Danish authorities. Subsequently the Continental Shelf Act was amended giving the Minister for Foreign Affairs the right to veto the laying of pipes in territorial waters based on national and international considerations, meaning that the Minister has to give a recommendation on the application – positive or negative – prior to handling by Danish Energy Authority (DEA). Such recommendation has been pending since January 1, 2018, when the new law came into force. Even until today, there has been no indication as to when this process would end and thereby when a permit could be granted by DEA,” the message says. As it was reported earlier, Nord Stream 2 pipeline will run straight through the Baltic Sea, delivering Russian natural gas directly to Germany. For once, U.S. Democrats and Republicans in the US agree on that the project is a really bad idea. U.S. President Trump also considers imposing of sanctions due to Nord Stream 2 construction.

German firms slam costly US sanctions against Russia | News | DW | 26.06.2019

German companies want Angela Merkel to mitigate damage caused by years of tough US sanctions against Russia. The president of an influential German business group said the US was prioritizing its own economic interests.

Germany and the Netherlands to build the first ever joint military internet | ZDNet

Germany and the Netherlands come together to build TEN (Tactical Edge Networking).

State Department approves $122.8M missile sale to Germany – Defence Blog

The U.S. State Department on Friday said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Germany of AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missiles. Berlin had requested through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) acting as its Agent, up to 91 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Tactical Missiles, and up to 8 AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM), according to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “Also included are up to six (6) telemetry/flight termination systems, Flight Data Recorders (FDR), U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services and miscellaneous support equipment, and other related elements of logistical and program support. ”, said the agency, adding that “The total estimated cost is $122.86 million”. The U.S. government says the proposed foreign military sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally, which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe. It is vital to the U.S. national interests that Germany develops and maintains a strong and ready self-defense capability. The AGM-88E AARGM is an upgrade to the older generation AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), which Germany first purchased in 1988. The AGM-88E AARGMs, in this case, will be manufactured using a mixture of new components and older sections from Germany’s existing stock of AGM-88Bs provided as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). Germany will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.

U.S. Devil Brigade brings muscle to multinational exercise in Romania – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army has reported that some 175 Soldiers and over 50 military vehicles from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, spearheaded by 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, participated in a multinational operation to cross the Danube river, as the culminating event of Saber Guardian 2019, June 23, 2019. “Our battalion has been operating within a multinational division operation to cross a large river, [Wet Gap Crossing], and then secure the far side and follow on objectives, to enable further movement and build combat power,” said Lt. Col. Drew Conover, commander of the 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Reg. “This particular operation is just one of the offensive operations that we’re conducting within Saber Guardian, the Gap Crossing.” The Wet Gap Crossing (WGX), involved a series of events including a sling load resupply, medical training, a base defense and convoy live fire exercises, and was the culminating event for Saber Guardian, which lasted just over three weeks. “1st ID was providing the command and control for the gap crossing itself,” said Conover. “Within that responsibility is controlling all of the various units required to do that, so all the companies that provide the bridge to cross the river, the maneuver units to secure the far side and near side of the river and our battalion which is securing the objectives beyond the far side.” Complex exercises like WGX will always require constant communication, adds Conover. We conduct them in order to train how we expect to fight.

UAWire – Israel blames Russia for GPS failure over Ben Gurion Airport

Russia’s actions are responsible for the radio interference in the sky over Israel, claimed a journalist specializing in air safety in an …

Georgians Hold Ninth Night Of Anti-Government Protests

Anti-government protests continued for the ninth night on June 28 in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, amid persistent anger about police violence and the government’s policies toward Russia. The unrest was sparked last week when a Russian lawmaker was allowed to make a speech from the speaker’s chair of the Georgian parliament during an assembly of legislators from Orthodox Christian countries. The incident provoked public outrage in Georgia, where ties with Moscow remain strained after the country fought a brief war with Russia in 2008. Russian forces occupy two Georgian breakaway territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Macron announced a new meeting with Putin in Ukraine: “A change of current positions must be achieved”

French President Emmanuel Macron intends to personally meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the Norman format. According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN , Macron said this at a press conference following the G20 summit. “In the coming weeks, we will continue with the Russian president the exchange of views that took place in Japan, and in the coming weeks we will have a new bilateral meeting … With President Putin, we discussed various current crises, in particular the situation in Ukraine. I support that we make concrete progress in order to ensure the resumption of meetings in the Norman format at the level of heads of state and government, “he stressed.

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “I’m honored to lead a strong U.S. delegation for this important event that can help accelerate key reforms, foster closer economic ties, and unlock prosperity for Ukrainians.… https://t.co/I1TYvOstqs”

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “”Russia Did Not Offer to Free Ukrainian Sailors it Captured.” It’s “offer” was an affront to justice, since there was no basis to detain them in the first place, as well as an affront to the 🇺🇳 and Ukrainian sovereignty. It was a trap. Read more: https://t.co/ZzYrKUCNjp”

Russia Did Not Offer to Free Ukrainian Sailors it Captured

“The Ukrainian side not only refused to utilize the procedures for release (of the sailors) that already exist in Russian law, but, in principle, even to discuss this issue. Kyiv does not need these sailors; Kyiv needs the uproar surrounding the sailors.” Source: RIA Novosti, June 27, 2019 Misleading Russia proposed involving Ukraine in prosecuting the sailors, not immediately releasing them On June 27, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said via Facebook that while she was on vacation, she has been compelled to respond to numerous inquiries regarding Kyiv’s refusal to accept Moscow’s offer to free Ukrainian sailors. Zakharova was referring to the 24 Ukrainian sailors who, along with their three ships, were captured by Russia last November while heading to the Kerch Strait, the only passage between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov via international waters. In her Facebook post, Zakharova accused Kyiv of using the sailors to “blackmail” Russia while “caring nothing” about their fate.

Russia did not offer to free Ukrainian sailors it captured, it’s ‘offer’ was affront to justice

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said that Russia did not offer Ukraine to release the captured Ukrainian sailors, and this “offer” was an insult to justice. “Russia Did Not Offer to Free Ukrainian Sailors it Captured. It’s ‘offer’ was an affront to justice, since there was no basis to detain them in the first place, as well as an affront to the UN and Ukrainian sovereignty. It was a trap,” Volker wrote on Twitter. As reported, on June 27, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a briefing expressed outrage at the actions of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and its head Pavlo Klimkin, because the president had not been informed about the Foreign Ministry’s note on captured Ukrainian sailors. The note was received two days earlier, in it Ukraine was offered to provide written guarantees of continued criminal prosecution of Ukrainian sailors in accordance with Russian legislation in the event of their return home. For the extradition of sailors, the Russian Federation demanded their further participation in the judicial process on the territory of the occupied Crimea, thereby forcing to recognize de facto the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation over the peninsula. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the position of Moscow unacceptable.

Russian offer on Ukrainian sailors “trap” – Volker – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker believes Russia’s “offer” voiced to Ukraine on the issue of captured naval sailors was in fact a trap and an “affront to justice.” Russia refuses to comply with the ITLOS ruling, insisting the international rules do not apply to the sailors’ case.

US Congressmen Going to Kyiv to Talk to Zelensky, Discuss Corruption and Energy

In a week when the US celebrates the Independence Day, a delegation from five US congressmen plans to visit Ukraine. The visit will become a sign of support for democracy in Europe in the face of Russian aggression, says the official head of the delegation and leader of the US House of Representatives, Stan Goyer. “We must take seriously the threats of democracy from within and outside, and we will not allow Russian aggression to go uncontrollably and we must work together to strengthen our fundamental democratic institutions,” the congressman said.

U.S. Senate approves large-scale military aid to Ukraine – Defence Blog

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.

International community will continue to support reform in Ukraine – Freeland

The Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto will allow the international community to demonstrate its support for reform in Ukraine, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has stated. — Ukrinform.

UK PM Theresa May at G20 summit calls on Putin to release Ukrainian sailors

UK Prime Minister Theresa May held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Japan’s Osaka on June 28. — Ukrinform.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly — Official website of the President of Ukraine

On June 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Madeleine Moon. During the meeting, a wide range of issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Alliance was discussed, in particular the implementation of reforms aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to NATO standards.

Putin says Trump stressed issue of detained Ukrainian sailors – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the issue of Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia in 2018 had dominated his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit but no decision on the sailors’ fate had been made yet.

Putin: Trump made subject of Ukrainian sailors one of priorities during conversation

U.S. President Donald Trump raised the issue of the Ukrainians sailors at the G20 summit, but there is no decision on them yet, as the trial is ongoing, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Putin says Trump stressed issue of detained Ukrainian sailors – news politics | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the issue of Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia in 2018 had dominated his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit but no decision on the sailors’ fate had been made yet. In an interview with RFE/RL released on June 13, said that the incident near the Kerch Strait was a Russian provocation, while Putin in Osaka claimed that the Ukrainian defense official allegedly admitted that it was the then-president Poroshenko’s provocative act.

Trump at meeting with Putin raises issue of captured Ukrainian sailors

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the U.S. President all the necessary explanations concerning Ukrainian sailors

Putin on Zelensky’s appeal to release Ukrainian sailors: issue being resolved in work mode

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the issue concerning captured Ukrainian soldiers is being resolved “calmly, in work mode”

We must use all instruments to settle situation in Ukraine, including Normandy format

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to maintain the Normandy format to settle the conflict in Ukraine and expressed readiness to hold a Normandy four summit.

Naftogaz comments on Gazprom statements about direct gas supplies contract from Russia

Executive Director of Naftogaz Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko announced his intention to initiate a new arbitration against Gazprom

UAWire – Russia exporting Donbas coal to 19 countries

Coal mined in the Donbas, the separatist-controlled region of eastern Ukraine, is being exported by Russia to 19 countries, LIGA.net reports, …

Russian-led forces launch 32 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 32 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 16 times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine reports 32 enemy attacks in Donbas over past day – news war | UNIAN

On June 28, Russian occupation forces 32 times violated the ceasefire in Donbas, as reported by the press service of the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters in its morning update on Facebook. Three invaders were killed and another three – wounded in action, intelligence reports say.

Mercenaries of the Russian Federation fired positions of AFU near Novolugansky from 122-mm artillery and mortars, – the Ministry of Defense

From the beginning of the current day, as of 12:00, seven armed provocations by the Russian occupation forces were recorded in the area of the OS operation. The enemy actively uses mortars of forbidden calibers, as well as barreled artillery. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. Most of the shelling recorded today in the Luhansk direction. There, four times the positions of the Ukrainian troops at Novolugansky fell under enemy fire. From night to morning, the occupants managed to spend 38 122 mm artillery shells, two dozen 120 mines and more than forty 82 caliber ammunition. Fire the enemy led from the direction with. Dolomite, Holmovsky and Bayrak. Also, the Russian occupation forces fired seven mines of 82 mm caliber in the direction of the defenders from Zaytsevo. In Donetsk, the enemy committed one shelling. This happened in the area of n. Granite, where the invaders released five min. 120 mm caliber. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3134787

Fighters “Azov” recorded the use of Russian UAV “Eleron” in the Donbass. VIDEO

The soldiers of the Azov regiment recorded further evidence of the use of the Russian-made drone by the Russian-terrorist troops in the Donbas. According Tsenzor.NET , reported the press service of “Azov”. “At the beginning of June 2019, the technical intelligence forces of the Azov regiment revealed that the enemy was correcting the work of his artillery on the positions of our units thanks to Russian-made Eleron UAVs. The Azovs decided to raise their UAV to fix the Aileron in the air and accompany it to the landing place in the now occupied Gorlovka. Thus, irrefutable evidence was obtained of the use of weapons supplied from Russia by the occupiers in the Donbas, ”the message says. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3134783

OSCE SMM confirms demining activities near Stanytsia Luhanska

The OSCE SMM recorded demining activities inside the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area and further withdrawal of forces and hardware. — Ukrinform.

Russian special services prepare “Ukrainian DRG” for fake news about Donbass, – IP

In the near future, the Russian Federation is preparing to carry out an information campaign to discredit Ukraine, in which they are going to use the Ukrainian military, recently captured by a truck. As reported by Tsenzor.NET , this is reported by the Information Resistance . “According to the operative data of the IP group, the special services of the Russian Federation are planning a new propaganda information campaign to discredit Ukraine. So, in the coming days, representatives of one of the Russian federal channels should arrive in the so-called“ DPR ”to remove a big story about“ crimes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the civilian population ” DNR “, – said in a statement. As noted, the main protagonists of this story will be seven Ukrainian soldiers, who moved to the headquarters of the unit on a truck, whose driver deviated from the route and brought the military to the temporarily occupied territory. There they were detained by representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. “At the moment, our military are being held in Makeevka SIZO, where representatives of the Russian special services are“ working ”with them, exerting psychological pressure on them. Prisoners for learning are specially prepared texts that they will have to voice to the Russian propaganda channel’s cameras. Collaborators who have transferred to the service of the invaders in the “security agencies LDNR”, to the prisoners are not allowed to a gun shot, “- reported in the IP. According to IP, the Russian propaganda will present its version of events, according to which “Ukrainian DRG”, consisting of eight people, was sent to the temporarily occupied territory by order of the command of the EP to conduct sabotage on civilian infrastructure (water supply, electrical networks, etc.) . But thanks to the vigilance of “intelligence and counterintelligence” DNR “, it was captured at the moment of crossing the line of demarcation. According to the information provocation plan, the captured servicemen will have to tell and confirm (under the threat of life) this Russian propaganda version of the events. Documentary documents will also be fabricated proof of. As the IC reminds, the driver of the truck who was captured was recently released from captivity “as a result of the agreement of one of the candidates for deputies of BP with his godfather V. Putin.” According to the Ukrainian media, the wife of one of the prisoners accused the soldier of having promoted the capture of her husband and comrades, the IP notes. Recall, on May 22, eight Ukrainian soldiers were captured by pro-Russian militants near the village of Novotroitsk. The fighters rode on a truck for reconciliation of weapons in one of the units. On Thursday, June 27, Viktor Medvedchuk, without the knowledge of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, held talks with ORDO representatives Denis Pushilin and ORLO Leonid Pasechnik, as a result of which an agreement was reached on the release of 4 Ukrainians.

One of Ukrainians released from captivity wanted on suspicion of desertion

Ukrainian serviceman Dmytro Velyky, released today from the militants’ captivity, is wanted on suspicion of desertion

Security Service to check four Ukrainian prisoners released from so-called “LDNR”

For now, the released Ukrainians will be sent to hospital, where they will be examined and provided with medical assistance

Poltorak checks progress of construction of infrastructure of 128th separate mountain assault brigade

During a working trip to the western regions of Ukraine, Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak checked the progress of infrastructure construction for the military of the 128th separate mountain assault brigade deployed in Zakarpattia, the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports.

USNS Yuma support vessel arrived in Odessa. PHOTOS

Today, June 29, a USNS USA support ship UMA arrived in Odessa. The purpose of the visit is the logistics of the Ukrainian-American exercises “Sea Breeze-2019”. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy. In the entire history of Ukraine, the ship of the JHSV type arrives for the first time, but this is the second visit of a ship of this type to the Black Sea. The first was held in August 2018, then USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) arrived in Romania to participate in the exercise.

US high-speed landing ship will arrive in Odessa for the first time

To Odessa, to participate in international exercises Sea Breeze 2019 is a high-speed landing vessel US USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Yesterday he and the American missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) passed the Bosphorus. Photo of his transition to the Bosphorus was published by Yörük Işık : USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) during the Bosphorus transition Photo: Yörük Işık This is the second in the history of a ship’s event of this type to the Black Sea. The first took place in August 2018 , when the USNS “Carson City” (T-EPF-7) arrived in Romania to participate in the exercises. JHSV vehicles are multipurpose, designed for use in shallow ports and fairways. They can carry out humanitarian missions, transfer troops, cargoes and military equipment. Can accommodate an infantry battalion or other medium-sized subdivisions with regular equipment, including M-1 Abrams tanks. The main vessel of the series is the USNS “Spearhead” (T-EPF-1). He was enrolled in the US Navy on December 5, 2012.

USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) – Wikipedia

USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) is the eighth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport and operated by the Military Sealift Command.[1] It is the fourth ship in naval service named after Yuma, Arizona.[3] The ship was christened on 20 August 2016 by ship’s sponsor Janet Napolitano and launched at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama on 17 September 2016.[4] The Yuma completed acceptance trials on 26 January 2017[5] and its delivery was accepted by the U.S. Navy on 21 April 2017.

Three years ago, the soloist of the Paris Opera, Hero of Ukraine Vasily Slipak, was killed by a sniper’s bullet in the Donbas.

Today is the memorial day of Vasyl Slipak, a Ukrainian opera singer who died in the Donbas in 2016, defending Ukraine from Russian aggression. This is reported by Censor. NO with reference to “Ukrinform” . Vasyl Slipak – Ukrainian opera singer (bass-baritone), soloist of the Paris National Opera, volunteer, participant of hostilities during the war in Eastern Ukraine, call sign “Myth”. Born in 1974 in Lviv. His whole life was associated with singing. As a nine-year-old boy, he came to the Dudarik Lviv State Academic Choir and sang there until 1994. Together with kapelchani he performed at leading concert venues in Ukraine and the world (National Opera of Ukraine, National Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame de Paris, concert halls of Canada, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, the Baltic States). Then he graduated from the Lviv Conservatory. While still a student, he participated in many music competitions and projects. In 1997, he successfully overcame a competitive test for admission to the Paris National Opera. His voice allowed him to start a successful solo career in France and Europe. About twenty years Vasily Slipak lived abroad. He gave his last concerts on May 25-27, 2016 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Lyon (France). The most beloved aria of Basil was Mephistopheles’s part in Charles Gounod’s Faust. It was from here that the call sign “Myth” appeared, with which Vasily Slipak fought on the front line. But his favorite song was tender and lyrical “Missing Sky …” Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3134792

Zelenskiy Grants Citizenship to 14 Foreigners Who Defended Ukraine’s Territory

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree granting citizenship to 14 foreigners who fought for Ukrainian volunteer battalions and the military in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

Cabinet negotiating on joint Ukrainian-French production of patrol boats in Ukraine for needs of Ukraine’s Border Service

The Ukrainian government is negotiating a joint Ukrainian-French production of patrol boats OCEA FPB 98 in Ukraine, which will be handed over to the Sea Guard of the State Border Service of Ukraine, the Uriadovy Portal has reported.

 

Supreme Court of Ukraine allows Saakashvili’s party to run for parliament – news politics | UNIAN

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal in Kyiv, which overturned the Central Election Commission’s decision to refuse to register the candidates from the Movement of New Forces Party in the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada. The ruling is not appealable.

Ukraine among top 3 exporters of agricultural products to EU

Ukraine entered the top three countries that exported agricultural products to the EU between May 2018 and April 2019. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainians see Boiko, Tymoshenko and Groysman as future PM candidates

Among potential candidates, most often, Ukrainians see founder of the Opposition Platform – for Life MP Yuriy Boiko, leader of the Batkivschyna Party and parliamentary faction Yulia Tymoshenko of the same name and incumbent Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman as future prime minister of Ukraine, according to a poll conducted by a sociological group Rating.

President discussed the prospects for the development of science in Ukraine with NAS representatives — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the leadership of the National Academy of Sciences discussed the prospects for the development of the institution and the assistance the state can provide to scientists. The meeting was attended by President of the National Academy of Sciences Borys Paton, First Vice-Presidents of the Academy Volodymyr Horbulin and Anton Naumovets, Chief Academic Secretary of the Academy Vyacheslav Bohdanov.

Ukrainians recognized world’s sexiest nation – poll – news ukraine | UNIAN

The people of Ukraine, the birthplace of actress Mila Kunis, top a ranking of 50 nationalities, with Danish and Filipino coming second and third. At the other end of the table is Irish, in 50th, with American ranking 45th, according to the Daily Mail. The survey was carried out by Big 7 Travel, which quizzed a sample – 8,500 respondents – of its 1.5million social media users about the world’s sexiest people. Those taking part were given no specifications of the term ‘sexy’, so the interpretation of the word was up to them. Coming fourth in the ranking is Brazil, the home country of supermodels Adriana Lima and Gisele Bündchen. Australia is in fifth place followed by South Africa in sixth and Italy in seventh. The rest of the top 10 is made up of Armenia (eighth), England (ninth) and Canada (10th). Scotland comes in at 38th in the ranking while Wales is in 41st place. Other countries in lowly positions are Norway (46th), Slovenia (47th), Belgium (48th) and Croatia (49th).