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As a former medic, I am especially outraged at the Russians firing on a red-cross marked ambulance in Ukraine with an anti-tank weapon, killing two – including a doctor. The Russians and their proxies have no shame, no honor, and no pride.

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INF and strategy updates. G-20 fallout. Six items on Russia’s descent. Erdogan brags S-400s to deliver in 10 days. NATO/EU update. Nordstream 2 pulls Danish route application and looks at alternative pipeline routes, adding further delays. Georgia update – 10th day of anti-Russian protests. Pastukhov is right, and Russia is creating “eternal wars” on most of its borders. Future Russian leaders will confront a very toxic regional environment where nobody will cut Russia any slack – the self fulfilling prophecy of Russia surrounded by implacable enemies.

Salisbury attack update – new Bellingcat report.

Ze heads to Canada for Ukraine conference, as does Amb Volker and many others. Another Congressional delegation visits Kyiv. Gen Petraeus interviewed by Ukrainian media and spells out some ground truths. Former pres Poroshenko on Western dealings with Russia that exclude Ukraine, and Ze’s staff blame him for the PACE debacle (that Ukraine could not stop as it was driven out of Western Europe where Russian proxies remain influential). Crimea update – the Vozhd proposes an EPW/POW swap (Ukraine needs to bag more high ranking Russian personnel). Crimean fresh water problems predicted to cause major environmental disaster.

Donbas update – Russian ATGW launched against Humvee ambulance, killing a doctor and wounding two troops, this is done to instill fear but produces furious anger instead. Sea Breeze update. Industry update – French FPBs, ammo production.

Politics and economy update.

More on the ROC’s  “Orthodox Vatican” and pushback inside Russia.


With Treaty Set to Expire, NATO Scrambles to Counter Russian Missile Threat – Defense One

A \”dangerous and entirely avoidable reality\” is just five weeks away.

Peter Layton: Beyond Balancing”: Alternative U.S. Grand Strategies for Dealing with China and Russia – To Inform is to Influence

25 Jun 2019 It’s time to start paying attention. The US–China spat is doubling down. The hardline speeches given by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and then acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue revealed that both sides are preparing to fight their corners. In this, the most exposed…

Russia perfecting gray zone operations, Pentagon report warns – To Inform is to Influence

By Ben Wolfgang – The Washington Times – Sunday, June 30, 2019 Fundamentally, the report says, Russia believes it is at war with the U.S. and is acting accordingly.“Like Russia’s perception of its competition with the US, its perception of conflict is dichotomous: one is either at war or not at war,” the study reads.…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: G-20 Now Eclipses G-7 Giving Putin and Russia a Victory at Low Cost, Khubiyev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 29 – The just completed summit in Japan shows that the G-20 has eclipsed the G-7, a forum that had declined in importance since the expulsion of Russia, and is now the major meeting ground for a far more representative group of countries than its predecessor Ruslan Khubiyev says. That represents a significant contribution toward the formation of a truly multi-polar world and gives Russia an important victory at very little cost to itself, something Moscow can both be proud of and exploit as Vladimir Putin did in his meetings with US President Donald Trump and other leaders (iarex.ru/articles/67431.html). “The G-7,” the Rex news agency commentator says, “is a survival of the past,” one that allows Washington to maintain the illusion that it is still in charge. “’The Twenty,’ on the other hand, is in essence ‘the board of directors’ of the multi-polar world” as was demonstrated in Japan. Putin’s meeting with Trump at the G-20 was especially important, Khubiyev says, the first in 2019 and the first since the end of the Mueller investigation. Trump was in a position to talk more freely because he is no longer under that constraint, although no broad agreements could have been expected or achieved because of opposition to Russia in Washington. Moscow “perfectly well understands that the Trump Administration is full of shifting members of ‘the fifth column’ and traitors and that therefore information about any serioius deal would instantly reach the press or the Congress. And considering that such deals are going to be compromises, Moscow would be accused of betrayal and Trump of a deal with the enemy.” The Putin-Trump meeting was important, therefore, not for any specific deal but for the personal discussion of problems and also for the fact that it took place at the G-20, a format which “yet again showed that the planet is standing on the brink of a transition to a multi-polar world.” “With each passing year, Trump is carrying out the intentional destruction of the existing model of American foreign policy, putting pressure on allies, conducting a cold war against China, discarding agreements like the Transpacific accord, ‘burying’ in this way globalization, and so on. Russia is “the primary beneficiary” of all this, the result of its own careful policies of course but something that would have been impossible to achieve without these major steps by Trump, Khubiyev continues. American dominance has been reduced, the world has been decentralized, and Russia is not isolated any more. “And all this has happened without any particular concessions by Moscow,” the commentator concludes with barely suppressed glee.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin has Always Opposed Liberalism, Moscow Commentators Say

Paul Goble Staunton, June 29 – Many in the West were taken aback by Vladimir Putin’s attacks on liberalism in his recent Financial Times interview, but two Russian commentators have pointed out what should have been obvious to everyone: Putin has been fighting against what he defines as liberal values his entire professional life. Petr Mezhuritsky, who lives in Israel, is blunt: “Putin from his youth has been a professional fighters against liberal values, which the USSR KGB considered a hostile ideology” even though his ascent to the highest office in Russia was possible only because of the partial victory of liberal ideas in Russia (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D17583B83F3B). According to the Kasparov commentator, Putin was clever enough “for 20 long years not to acknowledge his hatred for liberalism.” But now he feels no constraints in doing so because of changes in Russia and changes in the world and so is quite prepared to speak out against liberalism and even to take credit for being the leader of those who oppose liberalism. “Civil freedoms in Putin’s mind are imaginary,” Mezhuritsky says. “And that attitude toward civic freedoms the Muslim and Chinese worlds completely share with Putin.” Indeed, “to speak out today in defense of liberal values can only idealists as it should be noted has always been the case.” The Kremlin leader, of course, “has never been an idealist but rather a pragmatic Russian nationalist.” He knows very well that “even in the countries of liberal democracy the full and final triumph of liberalism at the level of ideology has never happened. Judaism and Christianity in themselves do not consider liberal democracy the only state system pleasing to God.” “With medical precision,” the commentator continues, “Putin has described the place of liberalism in the world today as extremely shaky” and declared that there is “a crisis in liberalism” in many countries. He didn’t directly call for the destruction of its advocates, but his ally Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has done just that. Hatred of liberalism exists in many places, and Putin is “not alone” in his feelings. Instead, he now accurately believes that the world is moving in his direction and that the liberal verities are being rejected by more and more people not only in his country but even in the bastions of democracy, the United States and the United Kingdom. Liberals, of course, have made this easier for him by not living up to their own principles. Russian blogger Mikhail Pozharsky expands on this by explaining how Putin’s hatred of liberalism grows out of his worldview, a worldview that has guided his policies first within the borders of the Russian Federation and more recently in his subversive interventions in other states (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D170219C9B3D). For Putin and those who think as he does, there are only “two forms of societal construction.” The first is “the polis (in antiquity), the nation state (in the modern era) and the society of citizens. This is what Putin calls ‘liberalism.’” The second is “the empire, ‘the old order, fascism and Nazism (in the 20th century).” In the first kind of society, the fundamental social unit is the citizen. Power is established and transferred by formal procedures and is not viewed as sacred. Instead, it is viewed as a source of rules “universal for all the citizens of the community,” something that requires “a developed bureaucratic apparatus.” In the second kind, power is “more unlimited,” isn’t based on formal procedures but on “mystical rituals” intended to cement “the unity of the ruler with the people … The basic social unit is not the individual but the group,” the rural community, the social stratum, the city or so on. These often enjoy real autonomy as long as they don’t challenge the ruler. Each of these kinds of state considers the other “evil.” For lbierals, “the paradigm is freedom of the individual to live as he wants in the framework of universal law. And no one except the law can give him orders.? “In the paradigm of imperial conservatism, freedom is freedom of the community to lvie according to ‘traditions,’ ‘customs,’ or the decisions of the majority, even if this majority wants to burn witches, throw stones at adulterers, or eat children for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Consequently, “when Putin says that the elite of Western countries is cut off from the people,” Pozharsky continues, what he is talking about is representative democratic where some are chosen to make laws but are isolated from “’real things.’” In his vision of empire, the people and the ruler unite in such things as the “direct line” program. Putin is opposed to any universal principles except the right of those with power to impose it on others. Thus, when he condemns migration in Western countries, he isn’t condemning migration as such but only the notion that migration should be allowed according to some universally recognized law. Thus, Pozharsky concludes, Putin is “a completely sincere anti-liberal and champion of ‘the old order.’ It is just that this ‘old order’ looks like present day Russia and always has.”

Putin says liberalism ‘eating itself,’ migrant influx wrong – ABC News

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Is Putin right? Is liberalism ‘obsolete’? Vote in Express.co.uk poll | World | News | Express.co.uk

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has ruffled feathers by proclaiming liberalism to be obsolete prior to meeting world leaders including Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan – but has he got a point? Vote in our Express.co.ukpoll.

UAWire – Kremlin: Russian Finance Minister and US Secretary of Treasury will meet to discuss trade increase

The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said on Russia 24 TV channel that the Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov will meet with his American counterpart Steven Mnuchin. According to him, US President Donald Trump said that the volume of the current US trade with China and Russia, is “shameful,” so it is necessary to resolve this issue.

Reports: High-Ranking Officials Of Russia’s National Guard Quitting

Several top officials of Russia’s National Guard, including deputy directors, are expected to resign in the coming days, reports say.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Ideological ‘Pedigree’ Makes Surkov’s Ideas Far More Dangerous than Most Assume, Pivovarov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 28 – For many, Vladislav Surkov is “the Uvarov of our time,” the man who updated the Uvarov triad of “Orthodoxy, Autocracy and Nationality” for Putin’s time to read instead, “sovereign democracy, the long state, and the deep people,” Academician Yury Pivovarov says. But in fact, the ideological “pedigree” of Surkov’s ideas is far more diverse and the ways in which he wants to put this new triad to work not only domestically but internationally are far more disturbing, the scholar argues (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2019/06/28/81059-ot-samoderzhavno-pravoslavnoy-narodnosti-k-glubinnoy). That is because unlike Uvarov, Surkov like Lenin believes that the political system he describes Putin as already having put in place in Russia can and should be extended to all the rest of the world, a notion that means Russia is justified as the communists thought in using all means to spread its system to other countries. Pivovarov devotes most of his 3500-word essay in Novaya gazeta today to a thorough-going demolishment of the three parts of Surkov’s notion. But arguably, the academician’s most important insights are in the last third of his article when he focuses on the ways in which Surkov goes beyond Uvarov in a horrifyingly Leninist way. For Count Uvarov, the trinity Orthodoxy, Autocracy and Naitonality was “a recipe only for Russia. More than that, the Russian triad in essence was put in opposition to the Western one, ‘freedom, equality and brotherhood,” Pivovarov says. So for him, Russians were the incarnation of good while “’they’” were everyone else and Russians should keep their distance. Surkov in contrast, the academician continues, “supposes that ‘the long state’ of Putin or in any case elements of it can be implemented in other societies. That is, the Surkov Sonderweg has expert and the sphere of its application is in principle wider than the state borders of Russia.” “What then is this ‘special path’? Simply that ‘we’ are more perfect and earlier build this perfect system. Typologically, this is simple to the old Soviet assertions that ‘we’ were the first to build a just state of the workers and peasants and are an example for the backward. This was one of the most important ideological bases for global communist expansion.” Thus, if you will, Pivovarov continues, “Surkov follows not only Uvarov but also Lenin and Trotsky (yes and Stalin and Bukharin).” Like them, he combines an idea resembling “’socialism in one country’” with “’permanent revolution.’” And that is not all, the academician continues. “’Official nationality’ (‘the deep people’ plus ‘the long state’ of Putin) approaches proletarian solidarity. Logically and typologically, of course.” At the same time, Surkov’s ideas have roots in Eurasianism and its pretentions to be the dominant system on the world continent, the scholar says. “Thus, Surkov’s ideological pedigree is much deeper than the era of Uvarov, Benkendorff and Dubelt.” The real question is whether Surkov is correct. The answer fortunately and of course is that he isn’t, Pivovarov insists, something that is to the benefit of both Russia and the world. Not only does Surkov’s vision suffer from the fundamental contradiction between an insistence on Russian exceptionalism rooted in the past and an equally held insistence on the spread of its system to everyone else, the same defect of Soviet communism, but it ignores the way in which human freedom can and does emerge even in the most unexpected places. But it is even more defective and dangerous, Pivovarov says, for another reason. “Between the worldview of ‘the deep people’ and Surkov is the very same difference as between the Slavophiles of the 19th century and the authors of the Zavtra newspaper. If behind the constructions of the Slavophiles stood love, then behind the Zavtra ideologues is hatred.” “Surkov and the publicists of Zavtra,” the scholar concludes, “see in the people a unique reservoir of anti-Western and anti-modern phobias and on this they build their ‘love of the people’ and their assertion of the messianic role of Russia.” That too makes the achievement of their goal impossible, but it makes their efforts in pursuit of it very, very dangerous.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Court Rule Makes Police Torture Almost Inevitable, Titiyev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 28 – Russian courts do rule that information extracted by torture is not admissible in legal proceedings, but they are quite prepared to accept evidence found on the basis of that information, something that makes the use of torture both inevitable and widespread, Kirill Titiyev says. In most countries, courts exclude not only the information extracted by torture but also any information collected on the basis of it, the director of the Moscow Institute on Problems of Law Enforcement points out (meduza.io/feature/2019/06/26/my-znaem-chto-pravoohranitelnaya-sistema-v-rossii-prognila-no-kak-eto-proizoshlo-i-chto-s-etim-delat). Consequently, there is little chance that the police will be penalized for using torture against those they are investigating – and a very real one that they will be rewarded for solving crimes through its use, especially given the way in which their work is evaluated in terms of convictions and the hyper-centralized and over-formalized police system in Russia. Titiyev devotes most of his 6,000-word interview to those problems, arguing that hyper-centralization undermines the ability of police to respond as they should to local conditions and over-formalization means that they spend entirely too much time filling out forms rather than fighting crime. He also details problems that are often overlooked, including the existence of separate police higher educational institutions where legal instruction is far less good than in others and where future policemen acquire attitudes toward torture and corruption that make it difficult if not impossible to improve the situation. Titiyev also says that the system fails because magistrates often repeat the investigations of the police, the courts assume that any case presented to them should result in a finding of guilty, and the population, understanding all this more or less well does its best to avoid reporting crimes. All this allows the powers that be to argue that the Russian system is more successful than others in fighting crime when in fact it is simply better at hiding what is really going on to the detriment of the population. The situation with the magistracy suffers from many of the same problems, Titiyev concludes.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow’s Efforts to Provoke Circassians into Violence Backfiring on the Kremlin

Paul Goble Staunton, June 28 – By planting drugs on Martin Kochesoko, an outspoken defender of Circassian rights, the Russian authorities hope to provoke that long-suffering nation in the North Caucasus to engage in the kind of violent protest that will give Moscow the pretext to crush its leaders with violence. But that effort is backfiring in two important ways, a new article in Novaya gazeta suggests. On the one hand, by focusing on the Circassian national movement, Moscow has unintentionally highlighted how much stronger it has become in recent months. And on the other, it has provided the occasion for Circassians to take their case to Russians more broadly. In the past, Circassian activists tell Ilya Azar of the Moscow paper, the Russian authorities have largely ignored Circassian protests, an approach that has tended to demobilize the national movement because its supporters ask why they should protest if they will only be greeted with silence (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2019/06/28/81058-v-ozhidanii-chuda). Now, because the movement is growing, Russian officials are paying attention; and their attention is highlighting the growth and strength of a movement that the authorities had earlier dismissed as marginal. But it has had another consequence as well: it has allowed the Circassians to make their case to a broader audience. Azar’s article is a clear example of this. In more than 5,000 words, the journalist details the demands of the Circassians – for the return of compatriots from Syria and Iraq, for support of their language, for recognition of the 1864 expulsion as a genocide, and for the unification of Circassians subgroups and territories into a single nation and republic. Before Moscow launched this new campaign with the trumped-up charges against Kochesoko, such an article media would have been almost unheard of. Now, with Russians drawing parallels between what the powers that be are doing to them and the Circassians, that is changing (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/russian-authorities-apply-same-tactics.html). As a result of official attacks, the Circassians are gaining support from a broader community; and both that attention and that support has encouraged them to adopt a disciplined approach that will not give Moscow any opening for the kind of broader repressive response that it has hoped for. At the end of Soviet times, it was sometimes observed that the Kremlin thought it could fight what had become a grease fire by throwing water on it, not recognizing that doing so would only spread the fire not put it out. Now, once again, the Kremlin is making the same mistake by attacking the Circassians in this way. Instead of being intimidated, they have been encouraged; instead of being marginalized, they are acquiring new allies; and instead of being defeated as Moscow had hoped they were after Sochi, the Circassians are demonstrating their capacity to pursue their goals in ways that the powers that be in Moscow are finding it ever more difficult to counter.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Stavropol and Its Neighbors – Another Set of Border Disputes Now Ready to Explode

Paul Goble Staunton, June 29 – The governor of Stavropol Kray established a commission for delimiting the borders of that predominantly ethnic Russian region with its neighbors, the equally Russian Krasnodar Kray and Rostov Oblast and the non-Russian republics of Daghestan, North Ossetia, Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Kalmykia. There are disputes between many of these and Stavropol as a result of earlier border changes, and they may prove explosive because unlike the recent cases of the Chechen-Ingush and Chechen-Daghestan borders, these are not between non-Russian entities but between an ethnic Russian one and non-Russian republics (zamanho.com/?p=9905). The most potentially explosive, perhaps not surprisingly, involve Chechnya, Ingushetia and North Ossetia. Perhaps the most sensitive is the border between Chechnya and Stavropol The Shchelovsky and Naursky districts, which before the deportation of the Vaynakhs, were part of Stavropol kray were in 1957 given to the Chechen-Ingush ASSR in compensation for the Prigorodny District of Ingushetia which Moscow gave to North Ossetia. All these federal subjects include people who think all or part of these territories should be included within their borders. Moscow has had to replace one republic head because of protests about border changes, and it has delayed further discussion of the Chechen-Daghestani border for a year to allow things to cool off there. But it may now face more flashpoints around Stavropol and be forced to back down yet again. It is difficult to see what anyone is gaining from promoting such discussions as the Kremlin has demanded – except perhaps those who want the resulting protests or chaos to be the justification for a massive crackdown by Russian forces.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘When the Archives are Open’ … They’re Full of Falsifications Too, Mukhin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 30 – One of the most widespread beliefs among analysts and ordinary people is that when the archives of the Soviet Union are opened, they will provide a true picture of what took place. But that hope is misplaced, Yury Mukhin says. These archives are full of almost as many falsifications as the open sources people have relied on in the past. That should come as no surprise: Soviet officials were incapable of the kind of double bookkeeping such a view assumes. They could not engage in lies in public and then only report honestly in materials that have ended up in the archives. Instead, the lies in one inevitably spilled over into lies in the other. Such a reality, of course, does not mean that the archives are not an important addition to the understanding of the past. Were they not, the powers that be would not be fighting so hard to limit access to them. But it does mean that they have to be approached with the same caution that most people approach the open Soviet media. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and many assume that if something is in the archives, it is necessarily true. In a commentary for FORUM-MSK, the Moscow commentator says that those who believe everything from the Soviet archives need to be reminded of that danger on a regular basis (forum-msk.org/material/news/15738490.html). “From time to time,” he says, “sensational revelations appear with the declaration that ‘the archives have been declassified!’ And everyone believes these ‘unclassified’ documents without any qualification.” But anyone who is interested in the history of the Soviet past needs to proceed with caution when such “revelations” occur. “The archives of Russia are crowded with falsifications,” Mukhin argues. “And anyone who is really interested in the history of our Motherland will encounter these falsifications on a constant basis.” No one document or even group of documents should be accepted just because “they’re from the archives.” In support of that contention, he cites a 2009 study which demonstrated just how many falsified documents could be found in a single archive (ymuhin.ru/node/1963/v-opolonke-rosarhiva-vsplyl-pakt-molotov-ribbentrop) and provides an analysis of his own of documents from the archives that were included in a 1999 book on Lavrenty Beria. Those documents may actually have been in the archives, Mukhin continues; but other sources, both archival and not, show that they are not true. Preferencing archival documents in such cases is a dangerous and self-deceiving act, although he suggests that those who use the archives may be as interested in falsification as those who put things in them in the first case. A case in point, albeit one that Mukhin doesn’t mention, concerns lists of those who cooperated with the Soviet security services. Not surprisingly, these lists contain many mistakes, exaggerations by NKVD officers in many cases designed to make them look good or to justify more money for their activities. Unfortunately, in many places that were once part of the Soviet empire, such problems are often ignored; and peoples’ lives are ruined as a result.

 

UPDATE 2-Turkey’s Erdogan: Russian missile defence system to arrive in 10 days -media – Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the first delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defence system would take place within 10 days, Turkish media reported on Sunday, a day after he said there would be no U.S. sanctions over the deal.

Erdogan says S-400s to be delivered within 10 days: media – news world | UNIAN

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the first delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defense system would take place within 10 days, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a day after he said there would be no U.S. sanctions over the deal. The Turkish president said he believed the dispute with Washington over the S-400s would be overcome “without a problem”, adding that his U.S. counterpart supported Turkey.

Trump says Obama fumbling pushed Turks to buy Russian missile system | TheHill

Erdoğan succeeded at the G-20 meeting: Trump said he understands Turkey’s decision.

 

EU to stage war games to prepare for hybrid threats

Hybrid threats can be based on a wide variety of strategies, ranging from the spread of fake news to undermining trust and cyberattacks on energy or communication systems.

NATO generates around three-quarters of forces required for Four Thirties initiative

By 2020, NATO Member States will complete work as part of the Alliance’s Four Thirties readiness initiative, known as “Four 30s,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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). Government officials from Germany and the Netherlands have signed an agreement this week to build the first-ever joint military internet. The accord was signed on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, where NATO defense ministers met this week. The name of this new Dutch-German military internet is the Tactical Edge Networking, or TEN, for short. This is the first time when two nations merge parts of their military network, and the project is viewed as a test for unifying other NATO members’ military networks in the future. The grand master plan is to have NATO members share military networks, so new and improved joint standards can be developed and deployed across all NATO states. TEN will be headquartered in Koblenz, Germany, and there will also be a design and prototype center at the Bernard Barracks in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. For starters, TEN will merge communications between the German army’s (Bundeswehr) land-based operations (D-LBO) and the Dutch Ministry of Defence’s ‘FOXTROT’ tactical communications program, used by the Dutch military. Troops operating on top of the TEN network will use identical computers, radios, tablets, and telephones, regardless of the country of origin. TEN’s deployment is expected to cost the two countries millions of euros in costs to re-equip tens of thousands of soldiers and vehicles with new compatible equipment. The two countries initially agreed to build a joint network for their militaries in May 2018. The Netherlands and Germany’s efforts to build a joint internet is the opposite approach taken by China and Russia’s isolationist efforts.

EU leaders arrive in Brussels to elect new head of European Commission

EU member countries’ leaders arrive in the Belgian capital to elect the new head of European Commission. Deutsche Welle reported that on June 30. Leading officials of the EU member states will hold consultations. Head of the European Council Donald Tusk plans to negotiate with European Parliament group leaders.

Nord Stream 2 withdrew its bid for the pipeline route in the waters of Denmark

We are talking about a route through the territorial waters of Denmark, so that the application is approved, you need the consent of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country. Other Nord Stream-2 applications suggest that the pipeline will go through international waters. Photo: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2 Nord Stream 2 withdrew a bid from 2017 on the route of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Denmark, the company said in a RBC report. This is a route south of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. Two other applications – with proposals to lay a gas pipeline to the north-west or south-east of the island, outside the Danish territorial waters – remain in force. “This step was necessary, because more than two years after the filing of this application, the former government of Denmark did not demonstrate that the decision would be made,” explained Matthias Warnig, Executive Director of Nord Stream 2. The withdrawal of the first application is needed to protect Nord Stream 2, as well as its shareholders and investors from the risks of further delay and possible financial losses, the company said. Already after the first route was proposed to Denmark, a law was passed on the continental shelf, giving the foreign minister the right to impose a veto on laying pipelines in territorial waters. Thus, before the consideration of the application by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the minister must approve it, explained in Nord Stream 2. However, no instructions were received from the Foreign Minister, and it is not known when DEA will be able to issue a permit.

UAWire – Gazprom withdraws application for Nord Stream 2 route through Denmark

Nord Stream 2 AG, the subsidiary of Russia’s oil giant Gazprom which owns the project, has withdrawn the application to lay the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Denmark, South of Bornholm island in the Baltic sea, that was submitted in 2017, RBC news agency reports. Two other applications with proposals to place a gas pipeline North-West or South-East of the island, outside Danish territorial waters, remain in force. “This step was necessary, because more than two years after the submitting of this application, the government of Denmark has not demonstrated their readiness to make a decision,” — said the Executive Director of Nord Stream 2, Matthias Warnig. On April 29, deputy head of Gazprom’s Department of Foreign Economic Activity Dmitry Handog said that the company plans to complete the construction of Nord stream 2 in 2019, despite the requirement of Denmark to apply for an alternative route. Earlier, the German newspaper Junge Welt reported that the construction of the Nord stream 2 because the route through Denmark had not been approved. On April 4, the European Parliament adopted an updated Directive extending the EU gas market rules to pipelines from the non-EU countries. “This is the end of an era of monopoly in the European gas market — a monopoly that either threatens with higher prices or the pipeline shutdown,” said the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Jerzy Buzek.

Georgian Protests Continue For 10th Day

Thousands of people joined anti-government protests in the capital, Tbilisi, on June 29. It was a 10th-straight day of rallies voicing public anger at the news that Russian State Duma member Sergei Gavrilov took the Georgian parliament speaker’s seat during a June 20 meeting of lawmakers from Orthodox countries. The communist Gavrilov is known as a supporter of Georgia’s Russian-occupied, breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Putinism is Simply a Provincial Form of Post-Imperialism,’ Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 28 – Vladimir Putin’s approach to Georgia as to the other former Soviet republics represents an unsuccessful effort to translate Russia’s enormous advantages into the power to force those countries to respect Russia rather than seek to exploit Russia and then turn to the West instead, Vladimir Pastukhov says. Many have explained the recent rise of public nastiness about Georgia as reflecting the increasing debility of the Kremlin elite or the desire of that elite to distract the attention of Russians from the problems within the country that the leadership isn’t trying to solve, the London-based Russian analyst says (mbk-news.appspot.com/sences/razmen-sily-na-dengi/). Both those elements may be present, Pastukhov says; but underlying Moscow’s approach are “completely different factors,” factors that mean what the Kremlin is doing is rational, consistent and even logical as part of the old imperial logic that the Russian leadership has followed for a long time. “Russia and not it alone has landed in our time in an ambiguous position,” he argues. “Having enormous and varied advantages relative to its neighbors and not only to them, it in fact is practically deprived of the chance to convert these advantages into something useful and practical not so much for the state and for Russia’s ruling clan.” Relative to its neighbors, Russia has overwhelming military force but it has other cards to play as well: oil and gas, money and investment, tourist flows and “simply its geographic position.” It has all this, but it isn’t happy. “No one loves Russia, and no one wants to play in its ‘political sandbox.’” Instead, Pastukkhov says, from the Kremlin’s point of view, “the ‘evil’ Georgian, Ukrainian and other ‘children are happy enough to take Russian toys (tourists, oil, gas transit and so on) in order to play with them in another ‘NATO’ sandbox.” What Moscow wants since Putin’s Munich speech in 2008 is to force its neighbors back into its own sandbox. “Russia’s main problem,” Pastukhov continues, “consists precisely in its inability to convert force into money and other material profits. The new conflict with Georgia is an obvious illustration of this.” One needed dream up additional explanations for what is so clearly the result of one that has been clear for a decade. According to the London analyst, “the cause of the conflict hasn’t changed in all these years. It remains Russia’s dissatisfaction with the fac that former satellites who remain dependent on its economically and who are not independent militarily are trying to conduct an independent foreign policy rather than following the preferences of the ruling clan in Russia.” Other leaders are doing much the same, he suggests. US President Donald Trump is trying to impose his will on China. Those who say he hasn’t occupied part of China forget that 80 years ago, the US guaranteed “’the independence’ of Taiwan.” In Trump’s case, this is a major tragedy, but “Putin’s game” is small beer, “a tragicomedy” at best. Putin in point of fact is part of a trend, Pastukhov says. What is happening in many places is “’the revolt of the strong,’” who think they should be deferred to because of their relative power rather than providing others with good things only to be disliked and ignored. And thus, “Putinism is only a provincial form of post-imperialism.” For Russia and for others as well, this is “a path to nowhere historically,” but it isn’t going to end soon until “’new thinking’” appears. Indeed, it is possible that there may even appear some “provisional ‘Entente of the 21st Century’ on the basis of this similarity of post-imperial souls.” The only real alternative for Russia’s obsession with “’converting force’” to influence will require “not simply a change in political regime but a change in civilizational paradigm, the construction of a new model of relations with the surrounding world in which Russia will find other ways to make use of its competitive advantages within the framework of the free markets and international law.” If that shift doesn’t happen, Pastukhov warns, “then whoever is in power in Russia” will continue to repeat “the history of eternal war with Georgia.”

UAWire – Apple may leave Russia after Kremlin introduces new smartphone requirements

Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media considers the possibility of requiring mandatory pre-installation of domestic applications on smartphones and tablets sold in Russia. The draft amendments to the law on communications should be published for public discussion. According to Vedomosti news agency, the Kremlin wants to demand that the smartphones and other devices which are supplied to the Russian market have applications from domestic developers installed on them. These are, for example, maps from Yandex, the social network application VKonakte, antivirus software from Kaspersky Lab. Therefore, many domestic developers will have automatic access to all smartphones and tablets sold in Russia. At the moment, all the smartphones already have pre-installed software and usually these are applications from the operating system’s developer, for example, maps from Google (Android operating system developer) or Apple (iOS developer and iPhone manufacturer). Phone manufacturers also include their applications in these packages, and external developers, including Russian ones, can agree with phone manufacturers to pre-install their apps. Domestic applications can get be installed on new smartphones only on commercial terms, and this applies only to Android phones since Apple does not pre-install other software on its equipment. At one of the meetings, Apple representatives have already warned officials that the introduction of such rules will force the company to revise its business model in Russia, says a source who was present at the discussion. Microsoft and Intel are also against these reforms, according to Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. The representative of the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment (RATEK) Anton Guskov calls the attempt of the state to control the extremely competitive applications market as an exceptional situation. He stressed that there is no such precedent in the world. At the same time, officials insist not only on the pre-installation of domestic software, but they also want to demand that the manufacturer provide the users with the opportunity to remove any applications from their smartphone, including applications of the manufacturer. Deleted apps are not allowed to be automatically restored even when the phone resets to factory settings, and these requirements are technically impossible for many manufacturers and can lead to the withdrawal of the large manufacturers from the Russian market, says Guskov. As a result, the “grey market” for such smartphones will grow, and there will be no pre-installed Russian applications on these smartphones, he believes. RATEK believes that this will affect domestic developers whose business is connected to mobile applications, for example, the Russian AppStore.

 

Bellingcat: Top GRU Officer Coordinated Skripal Attack From London

The Bellingcat investigative organization says it has obtained evidence suggesting that a senior Russian military intelligence officer worked from a hotel in central London to coordinate the March 2018 nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

The Making of a Russian Spy – Defense One

An ethnic Russian serving in Estonia’s military had something to hide. Now he’s in prison as a convicted traitor.

 

Zelenskiy Heads To Canada To Gather International Support For Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is heading to Toronto for talks with top Canadian officials.

Zelensky left for Canada – Presidential Office

President Volodymyr Zelensky has left for Canada where he will be on a three-day working visit, July 1-3, according to the president’s press service. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s NSDC says prospects of Zelensky-Putin meeting realistic – news politics | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk says the prospects for the meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin are realistic. Danyliuk said Putin has his own understanding, a picture of expectations, while Zelensky also has an understanding.

Zelensky’s Office chief: Ukraine to use international mediators in Russia talks – news politics | UNIAN

Head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s presidential administration Andriy Bohdan has said Ukraine will continue to use international mediators to negotiate with Russia. There is an opinion voiced by international partners that political talks are possible only in the Normandy format, Bohdan said.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Klimkin: “Europe’s betrayal hurts all of us” – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Europe’s betrayal when the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unconditionally let Russia return to the organization “hurts all of us,” but he rebuts rumors of secret agreements on the release of Ukrainian sailors in exchange for Russia’s reinstatement. The minister says only Ukrainians should decide on Ukraine’s future. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Europe’s betrayal when the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unconditionally let Russia return to the organization “hurts all of us,” but he rebuts rumors of secret agreements on the release of Ukrainian sailors in exchange for Russia’s reinstatement. “Many write about a probable deal between Europe and Russia, i.e. Russia’s return to the PACE for the possible release of our hostages. Europe’s betrayal hurts all of us. But do not go for it. Do not look for such kind of ‘logical’ excuses. Moreover, everybody has heard what the Russian president said in Osaka, Japan,” Klimkin wrote on Facebook on Saturday evening. “In fact, the main problem is not even this one. The worst thing will be if Russia and Europe decide that they can come to terms behind our back and try to impose a different strategy and tactics on us,” he said. According to him, even now one can hear that Ukraine is a common neighborhood of Russia and Europe, “a shared responsibility, so there must be a joint action.” “In fact, these will be Russia’s actions, and Europe will be watching,” he said. “Unfortunately, the new team’s lack of experience contributes to this.” “And before you know it, they will try to serve up an explicit capitulation as a long-awaited victory. If this happens, we’ll find ourselves in the gray buffer zone for two generations,” the minister warned. The minister says only Ukrainians should decide on Ukraine’s future. “And solutions – no matter how complex they could be – must be chosen by us. Others will help us only if we have our own stand and a strong, very strong will to defend our position,” he said. “All in all, no one but us, Ukrainians, could make Ukraine truly independent and successful. And I do not want anyone – whoever they are – to decide our future for us,” he added. As was reported, the PACE on June 26, 2019, lifted sanctions from Russia, which were in effect since 2014 over the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. All the powers of the Russian delegation to the PACE were reinstated in full. Russia captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval vessels in the international waters near the Kerch Strait in November 2018. They remain the Kremlin’s prisoners despite a ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that the sailors should be freed before June 25, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin said amid the G20 summit in Osaka that the situation around the Ukrainian sailors was in no way linked with the return of the Russian delegation to the PACE.

Rada’s Committee backs decision to suspend Ukraine’s participation in PACE – news politics | UNIAN

The Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has supported the decision to suspend participation of the permanent Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the Assembly’s work until the Russian delegation fulfills a number of conditions regarding hostages and stopping the persecution of the Crimean Tatars. The committee also supported the proposal to suspend participation until the Venice Commission, hands down a conclusion on the powers of the Russian delegation.

Zelensky to meet with Volker in Toronto on July 2

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will hold a meeting with U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in Toronto, Canada, on July 2.

Zelensky’s Office accuses ex-President Poroshenko of Russia’s return to PACE

The Head of President’s Office Andriy Bohdan stated that Russia’s return to PACE is the world’s reaction to the behavior of the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, as he said in an interview for RBK-Ukraine. “PACE’s reaction is the world’s reaction to the behavior of the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. This decision was made long ago, before our victory. He was trying to postpone it, he was not fighting against the decision, he was fighting against the date of its rendering,” Bohdan reported. As it was reported, after PACE confirmed Russia’s delegation credentials, the delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia claimed a demarche and appealed to the parliaments and governments of their states concerning the decisions of their further participation in the organization. Earlier, on Jun 26, PACE committees considered the question of Russia’s delegation credentials. After the consideration, they were confirmed without any sanctions.

Delegation of U.S. Congressmen to arrive in Kyiv on June 30 to meet with Zelensky, Kobolev

A delegation of U.S. congressmen, within the framework of the European tour, will visit Ukraine on June 30 – July 1, where it will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Andriy Kobolev, the head of the NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States has reported.

In the Donbass – not a frozen conflict, as some would like to think, – the former head of the CIA Petraeus

Russia’s aggression in the Donbass is a real hot, not a frozen conflict. This was stated in an interview with HB magazine by American General David Petraeus, the former head of the CIA, reports Tsenzor.NET. Commenting on the question of what additional types of armaments would be useful for the Ukrainian army to counter the Russian aggression on an equal footing, Petraeus noted that “sufficiently good” security with professional personnel and armament of the Ukrainian army. At the same time, he said, it would make sense to “strengthen the protection and methods of deterrence.” “This is not a frozen conflict, as in Georgia, as some would like to think. This is a hot conflict, where the exchange of fire strikes is a daily routine. Russia is trying to keep it at such a level and not to exacerbate it because sanctions effectively put pressure on it “- gave the former head of the CIA his assessment of the situation in the Donbas. Petraeus headed the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2011–2012, in the era of Barack Obama’s presidency, before that he commanded military operations in Haiti, in 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.

The request must be made for precision guided missiles and radars – US general Petraeus about the types of weapons that would help Ukraine repel Russian aggression

A request from Ukraine should be made on precision guided missiles, systems for indirect fire, counter-battery radars, missile defense radars to defeat Russian missiles. According Tsenzor.NET, this in an interview with the newspaper “New Time”, said the US Army General, the former head of the CIA, David Petraeus, answering the question of what types of weapons and military technologies Ukraine should ask the United States, based on the assessment of the modern arsenal of weapons of Russia. At the same time, according to the general, “it is important to remember that a weapon is effective if it is in safe and well-trained hands.” Therefore, he insists on the importance of staff reform in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Petraeus, at the same time, highly appreciated the “strength and resoluteness” of the Ukrainian military. “It never ceases to amaze me. The way the Ukrainian army, which has not fought for decades, has so successfully resisted the highly professional and militant Russian army for the last five years. I did not expect such courage, bravery, and such professional work,” led military operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ukraine’s most important battle is for energy independence – Forbes – news economics | UNIAN

Ukraine has an energy security problem the size of the Dnipro river. This is despite boasting the third largest hydrocarbon endowment in Europe (after Russia and Norway) and a rapidly growing renewables sector. It also has an impressive, albeit aging, Soviet-era nuclear reactor fleet, and enough power generation capacity to be a net exporter of electricity in 2018. A combination of overreliance on the Russian Federation for oil, gas, coal, and uranium, as well as a domestic energy sector in dire need of reform, are behind this precarious energy security situation.

UAWire – Kremlin: Putin and Trump discussed situation with detained Ukrainian sailors

The Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov reported that, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the United States, Donald Trump raised the issue of the release of the Ukrainian sailors, reports Interfax news agency. “President Trump started a discussion on this subject. President Putin gave the necessary explanations,” Peskov said. The meeting of the presidents during the G20 Summit was almost an hour and a half long. The American side reported that Trump and Putin discussed the topics of Iran, Ukraine, Syria, and Venezuela. Earlier ,Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Putin to release the sailors. The Ukrainian publication Evropeyska Pravda reported that the release of Ukrainian sailors was part of a broad agreement between the West and Russia, and the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was one of its components. Lawyer Ilya Novikov, who is defending the commander of the captured boat Berdyansk, Roman Mokryak, told The Insider news outlet that information about certain agreements are just rumors, and the most likely scenario for the release of the sailors is their sentencing for the term that they’ve already spent in jail

Discussion of Ukraine’s issue at Trump – Putin meeting disturbs Poroshenko

The fifth president of Ukraine and the leader of the European Solidarity Party, Petro Poroshenko, sees signs of a Russian revenge in that the presidents of the United States and Russia discussed Ukraine at the G-20 summit without the country’s knowledge or participation. This politician said in Ternopil during the presentation of his political force, according to his Facebook page. “Violation of “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” principle is part of the Russian revenge,” Poroshenko said. He recalled that earlier, before any contacts with Moscow, the European and American partners of Ukraine coordinated the position with the Ukrainian authorities, after which they were informed in detail about the results of the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “… the meeting of the US and Russian presidents at the G20 summit in Japan is the first one when no one called Kyiv. And the lack of a call is a very disturbing sign to all of us, not just the new government,” the ex-president said. We recall, on June 28, United States President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in Japanese Osaka discussed the situation in Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela, as well as the aggravation in relations with Iran.

 

Ukrainian sailors face final indictment in Russia

The inquiry into the case of 24 Ukrainian sailors arrested following the Kerch Strait incident in fall 2018 has been practically concluded, and the sailors are facing a final indictment, lawyer and coordinator of the sailors’ defense team Nikolai Polozov told Interfax.

UAWire – Putin names condition for release of Ukrainian sailors

At a press conference at the G20 Summit in Osaka Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukrainian sailors could be exchanged for Russian citizens who are detained in Ukraine, reports UNIAN news agency. Putin was asked whether the release of Ukrainian sailors was linked to the return of Russia to PACE and whether the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin rejected Russia’s proposal to release the Ukrainian military. “No, there is no connection between PACE and Ukrainian sailors. Please pay attention: in my opinion, the newly appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Force [Ruslan Khomchak] confirmed that it was a provocation organized by the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the election campaign. This doesn’t make any sense — this is a disgrace. If this is true, that means that Ukrainian side admitted that this was a provocation from their side,” Putin said. “We also have questions about some Russian citizens who are detained in Ukraine,” Putin added. According to him, the sailors followed the orders, and Russia is aware of this, but they violated Russian law. “We need to deal with this calmly in the working mode,” Putin stressed. During the press conference, Putin also said that US President Donald Trump made the issue of the release of Ukrainian sailors a priority during their meeting at the G20 Summit, but “there was no solution to this issue.”

Water is vital in Russian-occupied Crimea: Peninsula needs Dnipro water – expert – news economics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s military expert Yuriy Karin says water of the Dnipro River is vital for the Russian-occupied Crimea, since its reserves on the peninsula may be exhausted in a few years. “Water reserves on the annexed Crimean peninsula can be completely exhausted already in five to seven years. That is, they [residents] really need water from the Dnipro,” he told the Ukrainian Fakty daily newspaper on July 1. To solve this problem, Russian President Vladimir Putin may take the most desperate steps, up to the creation of another so-called “people’s republic” in Ukraine, he said. Read alsoAnimals are dying: Russian occupation authorities provoke new ecological disaster in Crimea (Photo, video) At the same time, the situation with the water supply in the peninsula is ambiguous, the expert added. On the one hand, there is information that the northern Crimea faces a real ecological disaster due to water shortage, which leads to a change in the demographic structure of the region and the extinction of settlements. On the other hand, there are statements of a different nature. According to Volodymyr Bazhenov, CEO of Voda Kryma company, the peninsula will not be able to process the Dnipro water. In any case, if the water supplies to Crimea are not restored, the Russian Federation might act in different ways. “One of them may be destabilization of south-eastern Ukraine in order to create, if not a Donbas-Crimea land corridor, then at least some kind of the ‘Kherson Republic’ to resume water supplies to Crimea,” Karin added. Noteworthy, the water coming from the Dnipro River in mainland Ukraine through the North Crimean Canal provided up to 85% of the peninsula needs. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in the spring of 2014, the supply of water through the canal was stopped by the decision of the Ukrainian authorities.

 

23 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, Russian terrorist destroyed

01.07.19 10:38 – 23 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, Russian terrorist destroyed June 30, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO position 23 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons 12 times. View news.

One Ukrainian soldier killed, two wounded in enemy attack on medical vehicle near Vodiane – JFO HQ

Russia-led forces shelled a medical vehicle of Ukraine’s Joint Forces near the village of Vodiane, Donetsk region; one Ukrainian soldier was killed, another two were wounded, one of them is in a critical condition.

Military doctor wounded in enemy attack on Ukrainian medical vehicle near Vodiane in Donbas dies – JFO

The number of the killed in an attack by Russia-led forces on a medical vehicle of Ukraine’s Joint Forces near the village of Vodiane in Donetsk region has increased to two persons after the military doctor who was in a serious condition after the hit has died from injuries, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters reported.

Loss near Vodinskoe: died a military doctor

Today, the Joint Operations Force’s press service reported that the enemy anti-tank missile had hit HMMWV, which had carried out the evacuation of the wounded from the position. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal As a result of the involvement of PTRK from injuries, a military physician of the 36th Marine Corps was killed Armed with a designated subdivision of the 36th Marine Corps there are HMMWV SUVs that were transmitted from the United States since the beginning of Russian aggression in the Donbass:

Donbas invaders shoot at medevac vehicle, killing one – news war | UNIAN

On Monday, July 1, at about 10:50, in the area of Vodiane, Donbas invaders opened fire at a medical evacuation vehicle of the Joint Forces which was transporting a wounded soldier. Ukrainian military report losses in eastern Ukraine as a result of enemy shelling.

Militants hit Joint Forces unit ambulance, one Ukrainian soldier dies

01.07.19 13:45 – Militants hit Joint Forces unit ambulance, one Ukrainian soldier dies Militants attacked an ambulance of one of the Joint Forces units. View news.

Shells detonate in occupied Donbas, fire reaches Ukrainian positions. VIDEO&PHOTOS

01.07.19 12:57 – Shells detonate in occupied Donbas, fire reaches Ukrainian positions. VIDEO&PHOTOS The ammunition stocks of armed Russian mercenaries caught fire; the wind brought the flame to the emplacements of the Ukrainian military; it took the servicemen almost 10 hours to extinguish the fire. View news.

Large-scale fire in JFO zone: Military not rule out sabotage (Photo) – news war | UNIAN

Arson is among the versions of the fire cause.

Donbas warzone update: Two Ukrainian soldiers injured as enemy uses banned artillery – news war | UNIAN

Two Ukrainian soldiers were injured on June 29 as Russian-led forces used proscribed weapons in 15 out of 31 attacks, in particular, they opened fire from 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars. Drones are also used to drop 30mm VOG-17 high-explosive rounds at Ukrainian positions near Ukraine’s Mariupol in Donetsk region.

Disengagement of forces near Stanytsia Luhanska completed – OSCE

The disengagement of forces and equipments near Stanytsia Luhanska has completed, according to an OSCE report. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyi hopes disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska will become first step towards stable ceasefire in Donbas. VIDEO

01.07.19 11:43 – Zelenskyi hopes disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska will become first step towards stable ceasefire in Donbas. VIDEO Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi says he hopes that the disengagement of forces and means near the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint will become the first step towards a sustainable ceasefire along the entire contact line in Donbas, eastern… View news.

Zelensky: Disengagement in Stanytsia Luhanska first step toward ceasefire – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the disengagement of forces and weapons in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska was the first small step toward a sustainable ceasefire in Donbas. Zelensky said he did not promise to establish peace and end the war “tomorrow,” but he believes a “fragile hope” has appeared.

Two Ukrainian servicemen wounded over 24 hours in Donbas

June 29, Russian invaders attacked Ukrainian forces in Donbas 15 times. That resulted in combat wounds for two Ukrainian fighters, reports the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation. The enemy continued using Minsk-banned weaponry, specifically 122 mm artillery, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars; on some occasions, pro-Kremlin occupants opened fire from IFV guns, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

Eight attacks on Ukrainian positions since beginning of day

June 30, Russian invaders attack Ukrainian positions in Donbas eight times

Ukrainian released from Donbas captivity faces suspicion in desertion

Ukrainian citizen Dmytro Velyky, recently released from the Russian mercenaries’ captivity in Donbas is now at the mercy of Military Prosecutor’s Office in Dnipropetrovsk region. The man is suspected in deserting his military unit; SBU, the State Security Service reported this, handing him over to the Military Prosecutor’s Office. “SBU workers found out that one of the citizens, released by militants June 28 is wanted (…) under suspicion of committing a crime envisaged in Part 4, Article 407 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code (desertion)’, reads the message.

USS Carney enters Black Sea waters for Sea Breeze 2019 drills

U.S. missile-armed destroyer USS Carney passed the Bosphorus and entered the waters of the Black Sea. An informed source told that to Interfax news agency. Currently, the warship moves across the Black Sea towards Odesa; the warship that carries Tomahawk guided missiles is about to join the annual exercise Sea Breeze co-hosted by Ukraine and the U.S.

Sea Breeze: Romanian corvettes and U.S. destroyer arrive in Odesa

As part of the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises, two Romanian corvettes and the U.S. destroyer Carney entered the port of Odesa. — Ukrinform.

Sea Breeze: Romanian corvettes, US destroyer arrive in Odesa. PHOTOS

01.07.19 10:58 – Sea Breeze: Romanian corvettes, US destroyer arrive in Odesa. PHOTOS As part of the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises, two Romanian corvettes and the US destroyer Carney entered the port of Odesa. View photo news.

UAWire – Kyiv: NATO military forces arrived in Odessa to participate in Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported about the arrival of additional units of the North Atlantic Alliance in Odessa to participate in the Sea …

Large-scale military exercises Sea Breeze 2019 kick off in Odesa

The U.S.-Ukraine multinational exercises Sea Breeze 2019 has started in Odesa today, the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports. — Ukrinform.

Sea Breeze 2019: U.S. Marines hold tactical medic training session for Ukraine troops (Photo) – news ukraine | UNIAN

U.S. Marine Corps instructors have held a tactical medic training session at the training ground near the Ukrainian city of Odesa in preparation for Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. Ukrainian Marines have worked out the procedure for the evacuation of wounded from the battlefield in the so-called “red” zone.

‘Seal our fate!’, – Pavlo Gryb’s letter to Ukrainian government

Ihor Gryb, the father of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb published the letter that his son addressed the Ukrainian government. On July 1, Pavlo marks his 21st birthday, while staying behind the bars at remand center No.4 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The text of Gryb’s letter is uploaded on his father’s Facebook page. “I, Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian patriot judged for ‘aiding terrorist activity’ and sentenced to six years of imprisonment, turn to the Ukrainian government, president of Ukraine, lawmakers of the Verkhovna Rada, the government of Ukraine – along with all political prisoners, on the behalf of all Ukrainian military, the political prisoners of Putin’s regime. Seal our fate at last!”, reads the said letter. He turned to the civil society, people of art, the military, nationalist forces, volunteers, chaplains, local communities and all those who care about political prisoners.

“Ears of Moscow” literally stick “: Statement by the press service of Yatsenyuk about fakes about the project” Wall “

For a lie and its distribution should be and will inevitably come responsibility in a manner determined by law. According Tsenzor.NET, this is stated in the statement of the press service of Arseniy Yatsenyuk regarding the appearance on the Internet of the next information provocations on the theme of the “Wall” project. Separately, the press service noted that the courts have repeatedly exposed the information provocateurs. One of them is a certain Schneider. In December last year, the court admitted that Schneider had spread a lie at his FB that Yatsenyuk allegedly “lives in a posh house on the ocean” and “brought billions from Ukraine abroad.” The court ordered this person to refute the lie. The press service states that the other day Schneider again disseminated provocative information for the purpose of discrediting the “Wall” project and personally Arseniy Yatsenyuk. And he will go to court again. Having lost once – he will lose again. Also, the relevant legal action will be received by Irina Ugryumova for spreading false information in the FB that the Yatsenyuk family lives outside Ukraine and owns illegal income.

Defence Ministry official organizes embezzlement scheme at Antonov state enterprise

Thanks to fake certificates for planes security, the official from Defence Ministry has illegally poached over $192,307 from Antonov state enterprise, as SBU reported. The Colonel of one of the military offices of Defence Ministry organized an embezzlement scheme. Fake deals were concluded at Antonov enterprise in terms of technical condition of the planes. Yet, nobody carried out any inspections. They were selling planes with fake security certificates. This led to misappropriation of over $192,307. Besides, such negligence could have led to accidents and victims. Besides, it was reported that all the poached means were withdrawn to Western Europe states. The law enforcers carried out raids and seized the drafts and projects of the deals, fake documents, computers and information carriers with the copies of the documents of the physical entities. Besides, the law enforcers have seized “secret ledgers” and documents on illegal withdrawal of money. The people involved were served with charge papers, the question of restrictive measure is being decided.

Destroyed Russian tanks T-72B3 with tank crews in Ukraine. Part 1

Posted by Ukraine History Archive June 30, 2019 Blogs, News 0 Comments Destroyed T-72B3 tanks of the Russian army in the Donbas and their tank crews. Part 1 How to distinguish the T-72B3 from other T-72 T-72B3 is a modern Russian modernization of the Soviet T-72 tank, which in December 2013 entered service with the Western Military District of Russia, which also includes the 6th Separate Tank Brigade (military unit 54096). A person who does not understand tanks can take several different modifications for one tank, take for comparison 3 similar tanks: Soviet T-72 obr.1989, Russian T-72BA and T-72B3, since this material is not about the characteristics of tanks , and about the war in the Donbass, then we give a short comparison that will help even a person who does not understand the tanks, learn to quickly distinguish them. Point 1: On the T-72B3 a characteristic multichannel sight “Sosna-U” was installed, and on the T-72 it was installed. 1989 and the T-72BA installed the old 1K13-22 (49). Point 2: The wind sensor is installed on the Russian versions of the T-72B3 and T-72BA, on the Soviet T-72 vol. 1989 he is absent. Point 3: The “Luna” searchlight was removed on the T-72B3 and an additional “Contact-5” dynamic protection unit was installed. Point 4: On the T-72B3 and T-72BA install tracks with a parallel hinge, and on the T-72 off. 1989 old tracks with a serial joint, but in the Donbas T-72 met from Russia 1989 already with new tracks. Point 5: Dynamic protection “Contact-5” is on these tanks, but T-72BA are also protected with “Contact-1”. These items will help you learn to distinguish, by external signs, some Russian modifications of tanks that Russia uses in the war against 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.

Ukraine’s State Border Guard to receive 20 French patrol boats

The Maritime Guard of Ukraine’s State Border Guard will get 20 French patrol boats OCEA FPB 98. The Ukrainian government’s press office reported that on Facebook. The vessels have enough places for 13 crew members. The maximum speed makes 35 knots, and the effective range is 1,200 miles at the speed of 12 knots. The length of OCEA FPB 98 makes 32 meters; a customer can order it coming with various combat modules and a small reconnaissance boat.

FPB 98 | Ocea SSM

OCEA FPB 98 multirole Fast Patrol Boat of 32 m is designed for maritime safety, law enforcement, smuggling and illegal immigration control, blue economy protection in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Defense Ministry buys artillery shells cheaper than Artem

The Ministry of Defense has officially announced why there are no orders from the defense department one year after the launch of the line for the production of 152-mm artillery shells at the Artem plant. Recall that the lack of orders for shells (which were called the most scarce), said general director of “Ukroboronprom” Pavel Bukin in an interview with the publication Censor. NET. “There are negotiations with the Ministry of Defense on the price of the munitions. The Ministry of Defense compares its cost with the hypothetical possibility of alternative purchasing. I say “hypothetical”, since since 2015 nobody could buy. All producer countries are known to us. There are semi-official restrictions on the delivery of lethal weapons in Ukraine. It’s all possible, of course, to buy guerrilla trails, personal relationships and trust. But in small quantities. We definitely need to launch our production in a series. I would point out that the Ministry of Defense also works with private producers in this direction. In response to this information, the official website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, reports that in order to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with 152 mm caliber shots, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has made joint decisions on the development of shots with domestic enterprises, including from Artem. “During the execution of these works, the enterprises developed an appropriate type of ammunition, which passed the defining departmental tests and were allowed to operate in the Armed Forces. In accordance with the requirements of the current legislation and based on the existing components before the shot, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine signed a state contract for the supply of 152 mm rounds at the lowest price offered by one of the suppliers. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is ready to conclude government contracts for the purchase of shots in the 152 mm caliber collection for jointly implemented solutions with the abovementioned enterprises, including with Artem, according to the current legislation. With whom the contract itself is not reported by the military department. It is also noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are equipped with ammunition of this caliber in proper volume (we remind you that one year ago they were called the most deficient). It should be noted that artillery shells of caliber 100, 152 and 155 mm, in July last year also was a private military company Rubin-2017.

Prospects for the use of wheeled tanks for the needs of the Armed Forces

June 30, 2007 | D. Dyachenko, T. Khlimantsov (VITTV NTU “KhPI”) The analysis of wars and conflicts of the last decades shows that tanks not only have not lost their role in the modern battle, but in the near future there is hardly any possibility of being replaced. About the role, place and significance of the main battle tanks in modern combat can be judged by their quantitative composition, which does not change for a long time in the armies of almost all countries of the world. However, in spite of the obvious need for tanks to be used in battle, in conditions of low-intensity armed conflicts and counterterrorist operations, a mobile wheeled tank will soon be able to provide concentration of firepower in the desired direction than bulky crawler machines. According to an unofficial classification, a wheeled tank is a light-armored combat vehicle with heavy armament. In fact, this is a heavy armored vehicle, usually 16-25 tons, with a gun, capable of destroying the armored vehicles of the enemy. Wheeled Tanks Battle Machine Type 16 (Mobile Combat Vehicles – MVC), Japan. Armament: 105mm cannon, weight 26 tons. By their own characteristics (defense and firepower), this type of armor can be attributed to both the main and light tanks. As for the protection of the wheeled tank, it will always be the main tank. Because of restrictions on weight and load on the chassis, its protection can only be at the level of a light tank – from small arms and shell fragments. However, with firepower, wheeled and light tracked tanks are already approaching the main tanks and quite often they install tanks. That is, the firepower of all three classes of tanks in modern technology can be made even, and such samples already exist, for example, the Russian “Sprut-SD”. Sputz pc PTSAU 2С25 “Sprut-SD”, Russia. Armament: 125mm gun 2A75. Weight: 18 t. Speaking about the advantages and disadvantages of wheel and crawler platforms, it can be noted that wheelbases have more inter-service life and lower operating costs, are largely compatible with civilian aggregates and are generally floating. The track technology is more expensive in operation, it has a much smaller inter-repair mileage, on the other hand, it has better cross-roads, heavier class and better protection. Unlike the main one, the wheel tank can easily and quickly be thrown over its own course at rather long distances without a sharp decrease in its resource. Compared to caterpillar machinery, this is a major advantage. Stryker M1128 Mobile Gun System (MGS) wheeled tanks, USA. Arms: 105mm gun, weight: 19 t. Thus, due to the existing advantages such as operational maneuverability, high speed travel along highways and solid ground, the ability to quickly push through water obstacles without pre-conditioning the reservoir and prompt relocation of armored vehicles for long distances, wheel tanks can be very effective in certain conditions. One of the possible forms of use may be the use of a wheel tank as a fire support vehicle for antiterror units. In this case, he, having good tactical and operational mobility using general roads, can quickly come to the aid of one or another unit and provide fire support. This is an extremely important combination of mobility and high firepower. Wheel tanks CENTAURO II MGS 120/105, Italy. Armament: 120mm or 105mm gun, weight: 30t. Summing up, we can conclude that the wheeled tank has a very specific range of tasks that are performed where its benefits can be used. This is, first of all, the use of low-intensity local conflicts, participation in peacekeeping and anti-terrorist operations, intelligence, patrols, martial arts, elimination of local breakthroughs and threats of the enemy, in conditions of flat terrain and developed road infrastructure. The authors believe that it is the presence in the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of units that have armed wheeled tanks, will enable to quickly create (build) operational groups in threatened directions. This material relates to author’s publications. The opinion of the editorial staff may not coincide with the views of the authors of the materials. Used sources: Collection of abstracts of the reports of the International Scientific and Technical Conference “Prospects for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment of the Land Forces” (Lviv, May 16-17, 2019), pp. 27-28.

Ukroboronprom to be reformed – NSDC secretary

The State Concern Ukroboronprom will continue its work, but its normal corporate governance must be ensured, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has said. — Ukrinform.

Parliament speaker Parubiy: We cannot allow Russian observers as part of PACE mission at Rada elections in Ukraine

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy hopes for Ukrainian parliamentarians’ support in efforts to prevent Russian observers at the snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine as part of the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Parubii opposes participation of PACE observers in snap parliamentary election

01.07.19 14:53 – Parubii opposes participation of PACE observers in snap parliamentary election Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andrii Parubii, is opposing participation of observers of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the snap parliamentary election over the reinstatement of the Russian Federation in the Assembly. View news.

Rada Speaker says Russian observers must not be allowed to monitor Ukraine elections – news politics | UNIAN

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy emphasizes the need to prevent Russian observers from the PACE from monitoring parliamentary elections in Ukraine in case the Russian delegation is reinstated in the PACE. Parubiy expressed his conviction he would receive support from the profile committee and all faction leaders in this matter.

Office of Opposition Platform – For Life party under attack in Kharkiv

The office of Opposition Platform – For Life party underwent an attack by far-right activists; the incident occurred in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. According to Andriy Lazurenko, the MP from this political force, the building that suffered the attack hosted both the reception office of the party and the reception office of MP Yuriy Boiko. “The first attack occurred June 27; they threatened us, hit the front facade and the doors. Then, the attacks on June 28 and 29 followed. Azov battallion representatives came here and threatened us on June 28. They introduce themselves; they do not hide”, Lazurenko said. He added that the most recent attack took place at about 3 p.m. “Young men came to the reception office and tried to break through. But they failed, because the doors are now iron-coated. They poured paint on the facade and the adjacent territory’, Lazurenko said.

We saw Poroshenko, not Zelensky in foreign policy, – Opposition Platform MP

Actions of Zelensky similar to Poroshenko are unacceptable

Servant of People Party files lawsuit against election commission over ‘clone’ candidates – news politics | UNIAN

The Servant of the People Party has filed a lawsuit against the Central Election Commission (CEC) insisting that ballot papers should include information that such “clone” candidates who lied about their membership of the party are not members of the party. The party has revealed nine candidates who have unlawfully stated their membership of the party.

Bohdan: Russian language should receive regional status in Donetsk, Luhansk regions

01.07.19 14:37 – Bohdan: Russian language should receive regional status in Donetsk, Luhansk regions Head of the Presidential Office, Andrii Bohdan, considers that Russian should receive the status of a regional language in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. View news.

Medvedchuk reportedly buys 80% of TV Channel Inter from fugitive oligarch Firtash – news politics | UNIAN

Chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin’s closest ally in Ukraine, has reportedly bought a stake in TV Channel Inter from fugitive oligarch Dmytro Firtash. The pro-Russian politician is allegedly set to buy TV channels TV Channel Pryamiy and Channel 5 from Petro Poroshenko.

UAWire – Ukraine bans import of cars from Russia

Ukraine has expanded the list of prohibited goods from Russia. According to the decree of the Ukrainian government from July 1, the import of …

Olena Holubeva | Club members only: Would foreign companies be allowed to extract Ukraine’s gas?

Foreign investors are making another attempt to break into Ukraine’s gas production industry. The competition to attract investors to the development of nine oil and gas areas on the terms of production-sharing agreements involves six foreign companies. Foreigners are taking part in the competition for the shelf area: the name of the winning company to be announced no earlier than September. Ukrgazvydobyvannia state-owned enterprise and companies owned by Ukrainian oligarchs also participate in the competition.

Ferries to run from Ukraine’s Chornomorsk to Italy’s Bari

Ferries will start running from the Ukrainian city of Chornomorsk, Odesa region, to the Italian city of Bari, according to the Government portal. — Ukrinform. “A ferry will go from Chornomorsk (Ukraine) to Bari (Italy)! This issue was discussed during the working visit of a delegation of the Ukrainian Government to Italy,” the report says. Bari is a city located on the south eastern coast of Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples (the third after Palermo if insular Italy is included), a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. Chornomorsk is one of the largest ports of Ukraine, with turnover of 21.5 million tonnes in 2018.“A ferry will go from Chornomorsk (Ukraine) to Bari (Italy)! This issue was discussed during the working visit of a delegation of the Ukrainian Government to Italy,” the report says.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Patriarchate’s Plans for ‘an Orthodox Vatican’ Attacked as Excessively Costly and Out of Step with the Times

Paul Goble Staunton, June 28 – The Moscow Patriarchate wants to transform Sergiyev Posad into “an Orthodox counterpart” to the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, a program that would cost the country as much as 140 billion rubles (2.3 billion dollars), increase centralized control over the church, and supposedly protect its hierarchs from criminal prosecution. But the idea, which has been floated before although not in this much detail, is now being attacked both for its costs, 90 percent of which would be borne by the state and thus the taxpayers of Russia, many of whom aren’t Orthodox, and for its pretensions given the Patriarchate’s loss of influence abroad and its flouting of trends affecting religions elsewhere. Its backers maintain that the Kremlin is solidly behind the Patriarchate’ss project even though it would cost the budget three times as much as Moscow now spends on urban development; and they are defending it as “a national project” for regional growth rather than support for any particular religion (tass.ru/obschestvo/6599752and znak.com/2019-06-27/v_rpc_nazvali_krupneyshim_socproektom_prevrachenie_sergieva_posada_v_pravoslavnyy_vatikan). But criticism of the idea is mounting – and may cause the church and its Kremlin backers even more problems than anyone had suspected. In an article for Nezavisimaya gazeta, Moscow financial analyst Aleksandr Razduyev asks pointedly “Does Russia need an Orthodox Vatican?” (ng.ru/blogs/razuvaev/nuzhen-li-rossii-pravoslavnyy-vatikan.php). His answer is a resounding “no.” The costs are too great, and they would fall on Russian taxpayers, many of whom are not Orthodox Christians. If the ROC MP does want to build such a place, it should get funds from those who are its followers rather than seek to extract money from Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and others. Razduyev suggests that one way forward is for religious denominations, including the Orthodox, to tax their believers as the CPSU did its members. That would help many of these religions, including Islam. “In Moscow, there are only four mosques; but in communist Beijing, there are 18 — even though there are approximately two million Muslims in Moscow.” Meanwhile, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, a church dissident, says that what the Patriarchate hopes to achieve, greater control over its hierarchy and extra-territorial legal status for its members, flies in the face of what is occurring elsewhere, including at the Vatican which the ROC MP hopes to copy (realtribune.ru/news/authority/2177). On the one hand, in today’s electronic world, religions like everything else except totalitarian sects are increasingly decentralized with those in charge interacting online with their subordinates over enough distances. And on the other, even the Vatican is no longer able to protect its officials from being charged with crimes and sitting in jail for them. That the Moscow Patriarchate thinks otherwise shows just how out of step it is with the times and how much Patriarch Kirill is promoting it not so much to make the ROC MP equivalent to other faiths but rather to build a cult of personality around himself modelled not on the papacy but on the one Stalin imposed.