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Russia update – VMF loses 14 sailors on deep diving submarine due to fire. PACE fallout continues – especially good commentaries by Kasparov and Portnikov. Speculation that the Western Europeans cut a deal with Muscovy behind Ukraine’s back. Turkey and Sweden updates. Multiple reports and essays on Russia’s propaganda campaigns.

Ze arrives in Canada and meets with FM Freeland. Russian ATGW attack on ambulance produces major blowback. Sea Breeze, Black Sea, Crimea updates.

Donbas update. AFU plinks two Russian EW/SIGINT systems. Russian body counts reported. PSU L-39 trainer crashes, student ejects.

Telenko surveys the revival of ethnic nationalism and martial tradition in Ukraine – a must view Youtube collection. BARS-8 enters service, Korsar ATGW performance in theatre.

Politics and economy updates.


Fourteen Killed In Fire On Russian Navy Submersible

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a fire on one of its deep-sea research submersibles has killed 14 crew members.

RFE/RL: Fourteen killed in fire on Russian Navy submersible – news world | UNIAN

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a fire on one of its deep-sea research submersibles has killed 14 crew members. The sailors died as a result of inhaling combustible fumes.

In Russia, 14 military submariners were killed

During the fire on the deep-sea submarine of Russia’s navy killed 14 sailors This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Russia Russian navy soldiers died as a result of a fire due to combustion products. This event occurred in Russian territorial waters. The fire was destroyed by the forces of the crew. Now the submarine is at the navy base of Severomorsk where the incident continues to be investigated. According to preliminary information, the catastrophe occurred either on the AS-12 “Losharik”, or on the BS-64 “Moscow suburbs”, which are special purpose submarines for sabotage tasks at a great depth in the oceans.

Russian submarine Losharik – Wikipedia

Losharik (Russian: Лошарик) is the nickname of a Russian submarine. A popular but incorrect name (which many media sources still use) for this submarine type is “Project 210”. The real name is AS-12 (Russian: АС-12, where “АС” stands for “Атомная Станция” from the official Russian naval term “атомная глубоководная станция”, “nuclear deepwater station”) of Project 10831. It is powered by a nuclear reactor and is believed to be able to operate at a depth of many 1000s metres due to the unique spherical construction elements. The exact operational depth is unknown but it is known that this submarine operated at about 2000–2500 m depth in the Arctic in 2012.[1] NATO reporting name for this submarine is NORSUB-5. Laid down in 1988, it was launched only in August 2003 due to financial problems that Russian military experienced in 1990s. Losharik is designated for research, rescue and special military operations[2] (speculated to include planting underwater listening devices, removing those of an opponent, sub sea cable tapping[3] and cutting[4]). The nickname was hinted at by the multi-spherical hull construction and was taken from a Russian cartoon character Losharik [ru], a toy horse consisting of small spheres – the name losharik is a portmanteau of Russian: “лошадь” (“loshad'”) – horse and Russian: “шарик” (“sharik”) – small sphere.

UAWire – Putin promises to ‘do everything possible’ to improve relations with US

At a press conference in Osaka, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Kremlin will do everything possible to improve relations with the …

Russian Man Detained On Treason Charge

A court in Moscow has sent a man to pretrial detention on the charge of high treason.

U.S. Embassy Concerned Over Health Of American Jailed In Moscow

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has tweeted that its request for an outside physician to be allowed to examine U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, who has been jailed in Russia on espionage charges, has been denied.

European Court Says Russia Violated Activists’ Right To Protest

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian state to pay 75,000 euros ($84,900) to nine activists detained at protest rallies in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Russian Activist Compares Mental Care Facilities To Gulags

A Russian activist has compared care units in the country to gulags. Nyuta Federmesser, of the Vera Hospice Charity Fund, has visited psychiatric units and orphanages in 20 Russian regions and was so appalled that she says those hindering reform are advocating genocide.

Kaspersky Complies With Kremlin Blacklist As Other VPN Services Remain Defiant

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has begun complying with restrictive Kremlin legislation on web use by blocking access for users of its VPN service to websites blacklisted by the Russia…

UAWire – Russia to pay Kazakhstan $76 million for ‘dirty’ oil

The Russian state-owned company Transneft will pay a compensation of about $76 million to the Kazakh national oil transporter KazTransOil for …

 

Garry Kasparov | Europe is for sale and Putin is buying | Euromaidan Press |

Two days ago, the Council of Europe voted to ignore its own warnings about Russian aggression and human rights violations. Putin invaded Georgia and Ukraine, illegally annexed Crimea, and has spent 20 years destroying democracy in Russia. The CoE, including French and German support, has rewarded Putin by lifting sanctions on Russia. This move exposes the institution as hopelessly corrupt. Worse than useless, it has become a willing conduit for helping Putin spread his corrupting influence across Europe. According to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) website: “THE CONDITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ARE PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY, THE RULE OF LAW AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.” None of those things have existed in Putin’s Russia for well over a decade. As with Russia’s membership in the G-7, it was still in the CoE as a legacy of the Yeltsin years, our brief taste of democracy before it was strangled by Putin’s mafia. Putin’s demolition of civil society in Russia and his invasion of Ukraine ended the charade. Russia was finally ejected from the G-7 and suspended by the CoE. Now PACE has welcomed Putin back, despite Russia still claiming Crimea and maintaining a huge invasion force in Eastern Ukraine (and occupying parts of Georgia). Most pathetically, supporters of this betrayal of the CoE’s mission have tried to paint is as being made on behalf of Russian civil society, instead of a crushing blow against it. This is absurd and misguided at best, and an attempt to hide their pro-Putin corruption at worst. The only real way to help what is left of Russian civil society is to do whatever possible to end Putin’s dictatorship. This move instead empowers him in Russia, validates his foreign aggression, and legitimizes his dictatorship. The excuse that a handful of persecuted Russians can use the CoE and the Court of Human Rights to sue Putin for a few dollars is like putting a bandage on stage four cancer. Why does the PACE leadership think Putin wants to be back in the CoE when he is against everything it supposedly stands for? Because he knows the legitimacy and ability to spread corruption in European institutions is worth far more than paying a little blood money to his victims or their survivors. European officials invoking Russian civil society to cover up their corruption and lack of principles adds insult to injury. Speaking for Russian civil society forced to live in exile, anyone making such claims can go to Hell. Other friends and colleagues have been murdered by the Putin regime PACE is so eager to embrace and are unable to speak out on the matter. In my eyes, this is a worse betrayal than Munich 1938 for several reasons. The foe here isn’t a mighty Nazi war machine, threatening to inflame the continent. PACE is kneeling before Gazprom and Rosneft (Chairman, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder). Neville Chamberlain and Édouard Daladier were very wrong, but they were desperate and had no idea what was going to happen. But Putin is a known quantity with a long track record. Two decades of destroying human rights and democracy in Russia, invading Russia’s neighbors, assassination on foreign soil, propaganda and hacking attacks on elections across Europe and the globe, shooting down the MH17 airliner over Ukraine—this is the behavior PACE just endorsed. Rewarding a dictator’s aggression encourages more of it, it always has and always will. Engagement has backfired badly, with no liberalization or influence on Putin while opening lines for Russian money and energy blackmail to spread corruption and Putin’s oligarchs to infiltrate the circles of power. Engagement funds Putin’s oppression and legitimizes his power, making him even harder to challenge. (Similarly, see China, where engagement has done nothing to liberalize the dictatorship, which has become harsher and more centralized under Xi Jinping.) Some European representatives see favoring Putin as a form of tactical anti-Americanism and pushback against Trump, which is as stupid as it sounds. This isn’t the Cold War, where you can easily pick a side. Putin is Trump’s greatest ally, and he actively supports the fascists in Germany and France as well as leftists and extremists on all sides of the political spectrum. Putin isn’t an ideologue; he wants chaos and extremism. Others, like Macron, have been relatively honest about openly craving Russian money and investment and to hell with human rights and standing up to Putin. This is the “green light for greenbacks” model that has turned European politics into a playground for Putin’s oligarchs. Europe’s values are now written in rubles, not in the declaration of human rights. Europe is for sale and Putin is buying.

Vitaly Portnikov | Russia scores important victory over Ukraine | Euromaidan Press |

The decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to readmit the Russian delegation without any preconditions despite Russia’s annexation of a neighbor’s territory by force is a serious defeat for the West and Ukraine.

Freeing Ukrainian Navy sailor POWs part of West’s deal to return Russia to PACE – media |Euromaidan Press |

This is troubling confirmation of the first deal between the West and Russia behind Ukraine’s back. In November 2018, Russia attacked three Ukrainian warships heading to their port in the Azov Sea and took 24 sailors as POWs. The UN Maritime Tribunal ruled Russia must release them, and the deadline for the release expired on 25 June. According to the outlet, even before Ukrainian President Zelenskyy came to power one month ago, a non-public plan existed between the West and Russia, in which Russia’s return of the captured seamen and ships was supposed to be part of a wider agreement, despite the fact that Moscow was supposed to release the sailors according to the decision of the UN Maritime Tribunal. Moscow had traded preferences for itself for complying with the decision of the Tribunal, European Pravda writes. According to the plan, the West was to return Russia’s powers in PACE without any exceptions. In return, Russia should have elaborated a scheme to free the sailors and allowed the Council of Europe’s monitoring mission to occupied Crimea. And, of course, Moscow should have resumed payments to the budget of the Council of Europe, which it already owes EUR 70 mn. According to European Pravda’s sources, Ukrainian diplomats received signals about this plan at the end of the presidency of former president Petro Poroshenko, but it appeared as an ultimatum only last month, during newly-elected President Zelenskyy’s visits to France and Germany. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron did not receive Zelenskyy’s agreement to such a plan. Between the two rounds of voting for Russia’s unconditional return to PACE, on 25 June Russia indeed sent a diplomatic note in which it asked for Ukraine to provide written guarantees that Ukraine will continue the criminal persecution of the sailors according to Russian law, to which the Ukrainian MFA answered that Russia’s proposals are unacceptable and urged Russia to unconditionally release the sailors as required by the UN Tribunal. It is because of this note that a public spat surfaced between President Zelenskyy and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Summoning an urgent briefing, Zelenskyy accused Klimkin of not agreeing the answer to the Russian note with the President’s Administration. This, European Pravda writes, is evidence of Russia acting upon the plan agreed with the West, and evidence of Zelenskyy agreeing to play along with some elements of it. The Russian proposal itself is problematic because, in the words of Pavlo Klimkin, Russia demanded Ukraine to accept that the Ukrainian sailors could have committed a crime; urged Ukraine to accept the legality of the court proceedings against them according to Russian law; and invited Ukraine to bow before Russia’s Criminal Code, indirectly recognizing the occupation of Crimea. Zelenskyy’s spat with Klimkin and indirect criticism of the answer suggest that Zelenskyy was entertaining using some elements of this agreement between Russia and the West. The agreement itself is a disturbing testimony of the first agreement about Ukraine behind Ukraine’s back, even if it is not acknowledged publicly. During Poroshenko’s presidency, the principle “Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” was the cornerstone of foreign policy, and all of Ukraine’s partners agreed to this, including the Germans, French, and Americans. Kyiv knew about all the negotiations of its partners with Putin and Lavrov and OK’d the key signals which were voiced on them. This limited the West in their actions, they did not like this – but everyone kept to the agreements, European Pravda writes. It is now undeniable: this principle is no longer unquestioned. The formalities that worked under the previous president have been rejected with the change of power in Ukraine – and the accession of a president who is neither experienced in foreign policy nor expresses a desire to get actively involved in it.According to the outlet, even before Ukrainian President Zelenskyy came to power one month ago, a non-public plan existed between the West and Russia, in which Russia’s return of the captured seamen and ships was supposed to be part of a wider agreement, despite the fact that Moscow was supposed to release the sailors according to the decision of the UN Maritime Tribunal. Moscow had traded preferences for itself for complying with the decision of the Tribunal, European Pravda writes. According to the plan, the West was to return Russia’s powers in PACE without any exceptions. In return, Russia should have elaborated a scheme to free the sailors and allowed the Council of Europe’s monitoring mission to occupied Crimea. And, of course, Moscow should have resumed payments to the budget of the Council of Europe, which it already owes EUR 70 mn. According to European Pravda’s sources, Ukrainian diplomats received signals about this plan at the end of the presidency of former president Petro Poroshenko, but it appeared as an ultimatum only last month, during newly-elected President Zelenskyy’s visits to France and Germany. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron did not receive Zelenskyy’s agreement to such a plan. Between the two rounds of voting for Russia’s unconditional return to PACE, on 25 June Russia indeed sent a diplomatic note in which it asked for Ukraine to provide written guarantees that Ukraine will continue the criminal persecution of the sailors according to Russian law, to which the Ukrainian MFA answered that Russia’s proposals are unacceptable and urged Russia to unconditionally release the sailors as required by the UN Tribunal. It is because of this note that a public spat surfaced between President Zelenskyy and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Summoning an urgent briefing, Zelenskyy accused Klimkin of not agreeing the answer to the Russian note with the President’s Administration. This, European Pravda writes, is evidence of Russia acting upon the plan agreed with the West, and evidence of Zelenskyy agreeing to play along with some elements of it. The Russian proposal itself is problematic because, in the words of Pavlo Klimkin, Russia demanded Ukraine to accept that the Ukrainian sailors could have committed a crime; urged Ukraine to accept the legality of the court proceedings against them according to Russian law; and invited Ukraine to bow before Russia’s Criminal Code, indirectly recognizing the occupation of Crimea. Zelenskyy’s spat with Klimkin and indirect criticism of the answer suggest that Zelenskyy was entertaining using some elements of this agreement between Russia and the West. The agreement itself is a disturbing testimony of the first agreement about Ukraine behind Ukraine’s back, even if it is not acknowledged publicly. During Poroshenko’s presidency, the principle “Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” was the cornerstone of foreign policy, and all of Ukraine’s partners agreed to this, including the Germans, French, and Americans. Kyiv knew about all the negotiations of its partners with Putin and Lavrov and OK’d the key signals which were voiced on them. This limited the West in their actions, they did not like this – but everyone kept to the agreements, European Pravda writes. It is now undeniable: this principle is no longer unquestioned. The formalities that worked under the previous president have been rejected with the change of power in Ukraine – and the accession of a president who is neither experienced in foreign policy nor expresses a desire to get actively involved in it.

UAWire – Seven countries to draft resolution against Russia’s return to PACE

Seven countries from central and eastern Europe intend to draft a special resolution against Russia’s reinstatement in the Parliamentary …

Sweden joins protest against Russia’s return to PACE – Aryev – LB.ua news portal

Sweden joins protest against Russia’s return to PACE – Aryev. A statement on joint actions will be signed by eight countries. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Sweden reportedly joins seven countries’ protest against Russia’s return to PACE – Ariev – news politics | UNIAN

Swedish delegates to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have reportedly joined a statement by seven countries on joint actions in protest against the unconditional return of the Russian delegation to the PACE. Ariev says Poland supports an initiative to draw up a new resolution against the reinstatement of the Russian delegation.

Ukrainian delegation to PACE calls on Zelensky to hold consultations

Deputy member of the Permanent Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP Boryslav Bereza has called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to make a public statement regarding the delegation’s unchanged course. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s parliament speaker ready to withdraw PACE members’ invitations for snap elections

Ukrainian snap elections: PACE representatives to be withdrawn

Russia’s return to PACE is bad news for the human rights situation in Russia – Nikolai Polozov |Euromaidan Press |

On 26 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted to lift all sanctions on the Russian delegation which were imposed on it after Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014. Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who had defended Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin and currently coordinates the team of lawyers defending the rights of the 24 Ukrainian Navy sailor POWs seized by Russia after an attack in the Black Sea in November 2018, says this step, despite being justified by the desire to improve the human rights situation in Russia, will achieve exactly the opposite.

 

Turkey Stockpiles Weapons Parts Anticipating U.S. Sanctions – Bloomberg

Turkey, girding for the worst despite encouraging messages from President Donald Trump, has stockpiled crucial spare parts for American-made weapons in case Congress sanctions it over a contentious Russian missile purchase.

Sweden has intensified air defense on Gotland island in the Baltic Sea

Due to the tense relations with the Russian Federation in the Baltic region, Sweden has intensified its air defense on the island of Gotland, which is in the Baltic Sea. On the island, a new anti-aircraft missile system RBS-23 “Bamse”, developed by the Swedish company “Saab”, was posted, according to the press service of the country’s defense department. “Due to the geographical location, the island provides significant military benefits in terms of the protection and control of navigation and airspace over the Baltic Sea, the placement of military equipment and weapons systems,” said Mikheil Büden, Commander in Chief of the Army of Sweden. Sweden has intensified air defense on the island in the Baltic Sea photo: Tomas Ängshammar / Försvarsmakten Recall that defense of Sweden will also be strengthened by anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems “Patriot”, the corresponding contact cost $ 692.9 million has already been received by Raytheon. The RAMS-23 “Bamse” is intended for the destruction of air targets at a range of up to 20 km and at altitudes of up to 15,000 m. It is capable of effectively detecting and striking targets with a small effective surface of scattering, cruise missiles and aviation munitions (missiles, bombs, etc.). ) Battery RBS-23 “Bamse” includes a battery control station and a 2 to 4 towed missile launchers MCLV (Missile Control and Launch Vehicles). The battery control unit is mounted on the chassis of the high-rise vehicle and equipped with a monopulse triple-coordinate Giraffe AMB radar with phase antenna array (FAR) operating in the range of 5.4-5.9 GHz. The MCLV combat module is equipped with a double armored control compartment, on top of which are six TPKs with missiles and a masthead (capable of hanging 8 m high) with a multifunctional LPI guidance radar, a meteorological detector, a thermal imaging device and a “one’s alien” recognition device. The RBS-23 complex uses a high-speed two-stage missile with a maximum flight speed of Mach 3. The combat part of the rocket is a fragmented directional action, can be equipped with both non-contact and contact detonators. The RKR radio command instruction, which is carried out using a radar guidance LPI, operating in the frequency range 34-35 GHz and can simultaneously bring up to two missiles on one target. Sweden has intensified air defense on the island in the Baltic Sea Startup units can be remote from the command post to a range of up to 10 kilometers. The combat work of the complex is as automated as possible. Tactical and technical characteristics of the RBS-23 “Bamse” Range of target defeat is 20 km Maximum defeat height is 15 km The maximum flight speed of the rocket is 3 Mach Giraffe AMB Surveillance Radar: Maximum detection distance is 120 km Maximum target detection height is 20 km Frequency range – 5.4-5.9 GHz (C-band) Sector for viewing the angle of the place – 70 deg LPI guidance radar: Effective range – 30 km Frequency range – 34-35 GHz (Ka-band)

 

MH17 crash days: Russian trolls generated over 100K tweets, at least 65K to blame Ukraine |Euromaidan Press |

Analysis by De Groene Amsterdammer shows that on the day of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and two consecutive days, Russian state-run troll farm – the Internet Research Agency – produced as many as 111,486 tweets. Out of this number, at least 65,000 tweets were blaming Ukraine for downing of the MH17 plane. The MH17 crash was the time of the biggest activity of Russian trolls ever.

Whataboutism strikes again in Russia’s disinformation campaign to discredit the MH17 investigation |Euromaidan Press |

On June 19, the Public Prosecution Service of The Netherlands announced it will prosecute four suspects, three Russian and one Ukrainian, for aiding in the shooting down in 2014 of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing all 298 persons on board.

Renewed Focus on MH17: Russian disinformation review |Euromaidan Press |

Pro-Kremlin disinformation seemingly has no limits. In Russia’s war on truth, no topic is too taboo, no claim too outrageous. But even so, amid the endless web of lies and misrepresentations, the disinformation campaign surrounding Russia’s downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 – a crime that took 298 innocent lives – stands out for its viciousness.

How Kremlin media in Serbia infiltrated a disinformation hub in Bosnia and Herzegovina |Euromaidan Press |

Although most of the sources of political disinformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are local media, a large disinformation hub is formed by an alarmingly high number of media from neighboring countries, potentially used by foreign political actors. Serbian edition of Kremlin’s Sputnik is the only foreign-owned media in this hub. These are the findings of the recently published report “Disinformation in the Online Sphere: The Case of BiH”, prepared by the internationally recognized fact-checking platform “Raskrinkavanje.”

Power of story-telling in Chernobyl miniseries and Russian propaganda | Euromaidan Press |

The TV show ”Chernobyl,” produced by HBO and Sky, has been getting attention in different parts of the world, from the US to Russia. The five-part miniseries tells the dramatized story of the nuclear accident that happened in Chernobyl in 1986, which resulted in a reactor blow-up, evacuation of the city of Pripyat, 31 immediate deaths and vast numbers of people and animals suffering from acute radiation syndrome. The TV series covers the catastrophe and the investigation of its causes. It also tells the story of the indolence of the Soviet administration before the accident and its attempts to cover it up.

 

Ukrainian President Seeks International Support At Conference In Canada

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is due to address a conference in Toronto on July 2 about the progress Ukraine has made combating corruption under a reform program launched in 2014.

Zelensky arrives in Canada (Photo) – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Canada. The president has a tight schedule for July 2.

Zelenskyi, Freeland underline importance of intl coalition consolidation for countering Russia’s aggression

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland stressed the importance of consolidating the international coalition to counter Russian aggression. As reported by Censor.NET. “The President thanked Canada for the consistent comprehensive support of Ukraine at the bilateral level and as part of multilateral cooperation formats, in particular, the G-7 and the UN. Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Chrystia Freeland stressed the importance of consolidating an international coalition to counter Russian aggression,” reads the report. Zelenskyi arrived in Canada on an official visit. According to the Presidential Office, the head of the Ukrainian state will also meet with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, representatives of the Ukrainian World Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, as well as attend a ceremony to commemorate the Holodomor victims and some other events. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3135244

Zelenskyy must consider the opinion of international partners, and they must consider Zelenskyy’s position as President – Canadian Ambassador |Euromaidan Press |

An important International Conference on Reforms in Ukraine will be held in Toronto, Canada on July 2-4. It will be a platform uniting different organizational efforts to implement democratic reforms in Ukraine. Dynamic changes in the country call for adjusting plans and time frameworks; this will be made possible through agreements between Ukrainian authorities, civil society and international partners. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk told the Reanimation Package of Reforms how the Conference can influence reforms in Ukraine, become a platform for consensus “on betrayal and victory”, as well as a great potential force for Canadian-Ukrainian cooperation.

Zelenskyy urges EU, USA to react to Donbas escalation – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy urges EU, USA to react to Donbas escalation. He says it is a “treacherous attempt to disrupt the difficult negotiation process”. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Zelensky on attack on Ukrainian medical vehicle: “Sordid attempt to disrupt peace talks” – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that a recent attack on a Ukrainian medical vehicle in Donbas is a “sordid attempt to disrupt peace talks.” The president calls on international partners to duly respond to the attack.

Volker says he looks forward to meeting Zelensky in Canada – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says he looks forward to meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. envoy leads a U.S. delegation for the Ukraine Reform Conference.

Volker condemns shelling of Ukrainian medical vehicle in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has condemned the shelling by Russian-backed forces of a medical evacuation vehicle of Ukraine’s Joint Forces, which was set to transport a wounded soldier from the frontline near the village of Vodiane in Donetsk region. One soldier was killed on the spot and another two were injured in the attack. One of them, a military doctor, later died of injuries and burns sustained.

Shelling of ambulance in Donbas to be discussed in Minsk, – Ukraine

Attack of ambulance in Donbas will be discussed at Minsk Talks

Trilateral Contact Group’s session takes place in Minsk

02.07.19 17:26 – Trilateral Contact Group’s session takes place in Minsk It was announced that the shelling of ambulance by militants in Donbas will be discussed at the session. View news.

Russia enhances its readiness for offensives in Ukraine, – National Security and Defense Council

Russia prepares something like offensives in Ukraine

Czech Republic probing almost 20 citizens for fighting against Ukraine forces in Donbas – envoy – news war | UNIAN

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis has said the Czech Republic is probing almost 20 Czech citizens who could take part in hostilities on the Russian side in Ukraine’s Donbas. So far, only one of them has been found guilty.

Czech Republic investigates participation of its citizens in Donbas Conflict at Russian side

Czech citizens’ participation in Donbas Conflict is investigated

How Ukraine will try to prove Russia finances terrorism |Euromaidan Press |

Following the hearing in the International Court of Justice regarding Russia financing terrorism in Donbas, the court has until the end of the year to decide whether the case falls within its jurisdiction. Throughout the protracted hearing — marked by complicated juridical arguments — the 17,500 pages of Ukraine’s extensive memorandum were overlooked. Moreover, they will not be considered until the court makes its determination on jurisdiction. Nonetheless, the facts are documented and were recently made public. What then is there and what evidence can Ukraine use if the court proceeds further? Grad missile shellings and frequent bombings of residential neighbourhoods, together with numerous killings of the opposition — all by Russian weapons — clearly demonstrate that Russia did finance terrorism in Donbas and is guilty of killing civilians.

A UK ship participates in Sea Breeze for the first time

For the first time in the history of international exercises Sea Breeze 2019 they will take part in the ship of the Royal Navy of Great Britain This is reported by Dumskaya Prior to this, Britain only participated in the ground component of maneuvers and in the training of diving specialists. Will represent Britain with HMS Duncan (D37) AAW Destroyer Type 45 project. It is the sixth ship of the Daring class, the construction of which began on January 26, 2007, the launch of the Duncan water was held on October 11, 2010. Introduced into the fleet – September 26, 2013 year.

Sea Breeze 2019: Russia has blocked one of the areas of exercises

As expected, Russia resorted to interference with provocations during the international exercises Sea Breeze 2019 conducted by Ukraine together with 19 countries This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Before the very beginning of the exercise, Russia’s international prescription 0698/2019 blocked an area of 8,000 square kilometers in the Black Sea where one of the locations of international exercises was to be located. Defined area on the map: The closed area in the Black Sea according to 0698/2019 It was done a couple of days before Sea Breeze 2019, which prompted organizers to adjust the plans for sea maneuvers. “Currently, maneuvers are territorially re-planned and will take place according to the plan of the headquarters of exercises,” said Ihor Voronchenko, Commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in a speech during the ceremonial opening of exercises This year, in the maritime component of the exercise, participants will carry out artillery firing, landing missions and engage in improved interaction between special units. Also, the innovation of the exercises will be the development of a river element on the Danube River. Ships, aviation technology and military personnel from both NATO member states and their allies will take part in Sea Breeze 2019 maneuvers. The first groups will be represented by the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Norway, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, the second one is OAU, Sweden, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia. The annual military multinational Sea Breeze training has been held since 1997. The organizers are Ukraine and the USA.

UAWire – Russia to reconvene UN Security Council regarding Ukraine’s language law

The Russian delegation has once again called for discussion of Ukraine’s language law in the UN Security Council. Another session on the matter …

Russia again calls UN Security Council over Ukrainian language law – news politics | UNIAN

Russia is again calling a UN Security Council meeting over the Ukrainian language law. The Russian side already tried to gather a council meeting on the law on Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration day on May 20.

UAWire – Russian Defense Ministry to shoot ‘truthful film’ on annexation of Crimea

Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to create its own film studio in the “Patriot” park near Moscow, where it will shoot a “truthful film”, Defense …

Organizer Regrets Same-Sex Kissing Performance At Crimea Youth Festival

The organizer of a youth theater workshop in the Russian-controlled territory of Crimea that included a performance featuring same-sex intimacy at a Moscow-funded event has expressed regret for the…

U.S. never recognizes Russia’s occupation and annexation of Crimea – Taylor

The United States will never recognize Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in Ukraine William Taylor has stated. — Ukrinform.

 

25 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: two Ukrainian soldiers died, another two – wounded, three Russian terrorists destroyed

02.07.19 10:36 – 25 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: two Ukrainian soldiers died, another two – wounded, three Russian terrorists destroyed July 1, armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 25 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 13 times. View news.

Two KIAs, two WIAs amid 25 enemy attacks in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 25 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA). Each enemy attack saw an adequate response, Ukraine’s Joint Forces report.

Two Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Clashes With Russia-Backed Separatists

Ukraine says two of its soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a battle with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Two volunteers wounded as Russian-led forces hit their car in Donbas

02.07.19 15:31 – Two volunteers wounded as Russian-led forces hit their car in Donbas Two volunteers were wounded in Donetsk region July 2 as a result of enemy shelling. View news.

Russian-led forces shell Avdiyivka, civilian property damaged (Photo) – news war | UNIAN

There are no casualties among civilians.

Russia-Backed Separatists Attack Ukrainian Medical Vehicle, Killing Soldier

Ukraine says one of its soldiers has been killed after Russia-backed separatists opened fire at a medical vehicle in the eastern region of Donetsk.

Photos released of Ukrainian medical vehicle hit by enemy in Donbas. PHOTOS

02.07.19 12:32 – Photos released of Ukrainian medical vehicle hit by enemy in Donbas. PHOTOS Russian occupation forces opened fire at the Joint Forces 36th Brigade’s medical evacuation Humvee truck near Vodiane. View news.

“Burned down to a frame”: Photos released of Ukrainian medical vehicle hit by enemy in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

The medics were set to evacuate from the frontline a soldier wounded by a sniper.

Ukraine’s Security Service investigates shelling of ambulance by militants in Donbas

Investigation of attack at ambulance in Donbas is held by Security Service

Russian-led forces still present near Stanytsia Luhanska despite disengagement start – intel – news war | UNIAN

Russian-led forces are still present near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska following statements about the “disengagement” of their troops, accordng to a spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, Dmytro Hutsuliak. Enemy troops pose as local residents and sport civilian clothes.

OSCE records Russian jamming system in Donbas

02.07.19 11:50 – OSCE records Russian jamming system in Donbas The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded an automated jamming system (R-378A) in occupied Kadiivka in Luhansk region. View news.

OSCE records Russian jamming system in Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded an automated jamming system (R-378A) in occupied Kadiivka in Luhansk region. The OSCE SMM informed this in a report, based on information received as of 19:30, June 30, 2019. “The SMM saw an automated jamming system (R-378A) in Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov, 50km west of Luhansk),” the report says. ish

AFU Destroyed Two New Russian EW/SIGINT Systems In Donbas (Video)

Today, July 2, video files of the defeat on the Donbass of the Russian intelligence station, which included the newest stations of electronic intelligence and combat, were made public. A video of the destruction of hostile targets was published by the AFU officer, who writes in Facebook under the pseudonym Dmitriy Müller, reports Defense Express with reference to InformNapalm . In the description to the video, the author pointed out that one of the units of the Armed Forces on June 29, 2019, near the village of Mayorov (Donetsk region), two Russian TORN-MD intelligence stations were destroyed.

Russian “Torn-MDM” system was liquidated in Donbass

The modern Russian automated mobile complex of tactical control radio control “TORN-MDM” was destroyed on Donbass. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal Today video of the elimination of two cars published by Dmitriy Müller. Video Elimination: Update 17:10 According to colleagues from InformNapalm , there are reasons to say that the damage was not to the two complexes “TORN”, as indicated in the video message, but only one. And the second destroyed system is also the Russian station R-330Ж “Resident”. Volunteers recorded on June 29 their own interception channels that the damage actually happened, but it can be said about two different complexes. One of them is in fact a modern Russian automated mobile complex of tactical control radio control “TORN-MD”, and the second one is the Russian station of interference R-330Ж “Resident”. Both of these systems work together. “TORN” – conducts intelligence, and “Resident” is suppressing. To keep two complexes “TORN” in one position does not make sense, it’s another fact in favor of insider sources InformNapalm. Note that these hardware are complex systems that can only be managed by specialists. Therefore, we can assume that in addition to defeating the enemy’s valuable systems, Russian military personnel could also be destroyed. Also, volunteers InformNapalm conducted a geolocation on the specified video and determined the exact coordinates of the destruction of these Russian systems: 47 ° 29’50.2 “N 37 ° 58’31.6” E. As the author writes, the destruction of the hostile system took place last Saturday, June 29, 2019. In addition to the destruction of expensive equipment, it is known to eliminate two fighters and three wounded. Since this technique is quite difficult to use, it is likely that the collapse of armed formations from Ukrainian citizens and Russians that Russia created in the Donbass, and directly the Russian army, suffered losses. The “Thorne” complex is designed for searching, express analysis and signaling in the range of 1.5-3000 MHz, as well as positioning and positioning by their geometric methods of their sources, located at a distance of up to 70 km. ” It is noted that the range in the VHF range reaches up to 30 km, and in the KH-range – up to 70 km. Complex “TORN-MDM” This is not the first mention of these complexes, so on February 10 this year, during the planned monitoring of the UAV, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine revealed the latest Russian electronic warfare complex “Thorn” in the temporarily occupied Donbass area in Novogrudok near Debaltsevo.

Ukrainian officer reveals enemy death toll in Donbas over June (Photo) – news war | UNIAN

Officer of the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy Shtefan has published data on the enemy death toll in Donbas in June 2019. “In June, some 34 occupiers who had been part of the units of Russian occupation forces of the so-called ‘Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics’ were killed in action, while about 62 mercenaries sustained injuries of varying severity,” the officer wrote on Facebook. Shtefan says terrorists suffered seven non-combat losses (violations of safety measures, death due to illness, suicide). Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10603215-ukrainian-officer-reveals-enemy-death-toll-in-donbas-over-june-photo.html

Ukrainian sappers continue mine clearance operations in Donetsk region

A total of 73 explosive devices have been removed in Donetsk region over the past weekend, the State Emergency Service’s main department in the region reported on July 2. — Ukrinform.

Training of the Combat Search and Rescue group in Nikolayev region

In the Mykolaiv region, the training of the rescue and search paramilitary group took place. This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Specialists of the rescue and search assault group unit landed on the AN-26 aircraft of the 10th Marine Aviation Brigade and completed the task of finding, providing first medical care and evacuating the “group of victims” in the coastal zone. According to the legend of training, the area of evacuation is defined as dangerous, because of the probable activity of a conditional enemy. Specialists of the rescue and search assault group unit Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Therefore, while a part of the RAPD specialists provided assistance to the “victims”, another was assigned the task of protecting and defending the site prior to the evacuation. Under the surface and ground conditions, during the training of the training tasks, the crew of the helicopter Mi-14 observed.

L-39 training plane crashed in Chuguev

In the course of practical flights of cadets of the Kharkiv National University of the Air Force named Kozhedub, a training aircraft L-39 fell This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The cadet, who completed the study flight, managed to catapult and search his quest. The plane fell into a field near the village of Starovyrivka of the Kupyansk district in the Kharkiv region. According to preliminary information on the plane L-39 with the flight number 08 refused the engine. Update 17:50 There was official information from the press service of Kharkiv National University. Kozhezhda: “After crash and landing, the cadet independently contacted and reported that there was no damage, and the state of health was satisfactory. A group of searchers left behind him urgently, “the command of the university said This L-39 from the 203th training aviation brigade was undergoing major repairs to the state-owned enterprise Chuguevsky Aviation Repair Plant and was transferred to the March 2014 part . Aero L-39 Albatros (Aero L-39 Albatros) is a training and training aircraft of Czech production.

Trent Telenko | Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » Blood Lands Rising! — A Music Video Tour of Modern Ukrainian National Identity

Back in January 2015 I wrote the column “Ukraine’s Viking Revival”on the shape of the emerging Ukrainian Nationalism caused by the Putin regime’s invasions of Crimea and the Donbas. It is a phenomena that will be seen in coming decades as one of the formative event of the 21st Century.

Blood Lands Rising! — A Music Video Tour of Modern Ukrainian National Identity – To Inform is to Influence

Posted by Trent Telenko on July 1st, 2019 (All posts by Trent Telenko) Ukraine’s “Viking Revival” complete with top knots, war cats and Tartar warriors. For reasons best known to my writing muse, I revisited it Sunday for the lyrics and video of “100 BIYTSIV.” (100 Warriors) Translated to English Lyrics: Flowing / like blood…

The “Bars-8” MRAP was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine

According to the results of the two-year cycle of state testing on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, by the order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the armored car “Bars-8” was adopted. The press service of Bogdan Motors, a developer and manufacturer of cars, reports. During the 2017-2018 Bars-8 successfully overcame all stages of the program of state tests – running tests, passing wanderings, overcoming impassability, climbing and descents, ease of landing, fire, subversion test, ballistic stability and a number of other important tests that have been completed. at the beginning of this year Armor “BARS-8” became the second BMM in Ukraine after the armored car “Kozak-2” (NGO “Practice”), which passed the program of state tests. The Bars-8 armored vehicle was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine The family of special armored cars based on “Bars-8” provides the possibility of installing various combat modules, weapons or other equipment. The transport version carries up to 10 people in full outfit. The design provides comfortable landing and landing of the crew and landing through wide side and rear doors. Also provided for the possibility of evacuation through the hatch on the roof. We remind that at the Exhibitions “Weapons and Security” in 2017 and 2018 the artillery intelligence machine “Bars-8AR” and the fire machine of the 120-mm automated mobile mortar complex UKR-MMС , based on the armored car “Bars-8” were presented.

Korsar ATGW Demonstrates 84% Effectiveness in the JFO Area

The lightweight 107 mm Corsair, developed by the “Luch” DCC , during its use in the EOS zone, showed a productivity of 84%. This was announced during a report at the XI International Scientific and Technical Conference “Prospects for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment of the Ground Forces”, held in Lviv on May 16-17, 2008, Defense Express reports referring to the Ukrainian Military Pages . ” The lightweight” Corsair “, equipped with mostly assault units, was adopted in 2017, showed efficiency at the level of 84% ,” the report said. News on the topic: IN THE DONBASI, ANTI-TANKICS HAVE DETERMINED THE BEST CALCULATIONS OF ANTI-TANK COMPLEXES AND HARMAT (VIDEO) It is noted that the efficiency of the more powerful complex “Stugn-P” was 71%.

Deregulation, canceled school uniform, and new old faces — Zelenskyy’s moves in the first month of presidency |Euromaidan Press |

One month after the inauguration, President Zelenskyy’s team published a video list of 20 main achievements thus far. How important are these achievements? Is Zelenskyy indeed pushing a Russia-tolerant foreign policy as his opponents alleged prior to the election, or is he pursuing promising anti-corruption and deregulation reforms, as his supporters hoped? Let’s consider the first decisions of this unexpected president whose motto in the campaign was “no promises and no excuses.”

Can Ukraine escape the post-communist trap? |Euromaidan Press |

The last six months in Ukraine have generated a level of optimism not seen since the 2014 Maidan revolution. The country is about to enter a parliamentary election with a new President who is a fresh face in Ukrainian politics yet has been satirizing the country’s chronic corruption throughout his career. His electoral success seems to have breached Ukraine’s strong West-East divide, winning over bastions of Ukrainian nationalism and predominantly Russian-speaking regions alike. Yet many Ukrainians are justifiably wary of optimism. The Maidan revolution was followed by war, annexation and severe economic collapse. Meanwhile, the 2014 parliament and Petro Poroshenko’s government are widely perceived to have returned to old corrupt practices despite the inclusion of civil society activists and reformers. Unlike neighboring Russia and Belarus, Ukraine has seen multiple handovers of power since its independence in 1991. Yet none have had any success in reforming Ukraine’s stagnant system. How can Ukraine prevent history from repeating itself and break free of endemic corruption? It is important to understand that Ukraine’s oligarchic system is substantially different from “elites” which are often discussed in the West. The root of this lies in Ukraine’s communist legacy. It is often assumed that the mistake of post-Soviet countries was to crash from communism to neoliberal capitalism on steroids, with a society ruled by wealthy oligarchs. This is a misrepresentation. In fact, Ukraine remains in a limbo between communism and capitalism, with devastating consequences.

Zelensky urges Verkhovna Rada to immediately consider dismissal of Lutsenko and Klimkin

President Volodymyr Zelensky has again called on the Verkhovna Rada to immediately consider motions for the dismissal of Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and for the appointment of Vadym Prystaiko as head of the Foreign Ministry. — Ukrinform.

President Rada dismissal: Zelenskyi asks Rada to consider dismissal of Lutsenko, Klimkin, nomination of Prystaiko to head Foreign Ministry (02.07.19 13:34) « Ukrainian Politics | Censor.NET

02.07.19 13:34 – Zelenskyi asks Rada to consider dismissal of Lutsenko, Klimkin, nomination of Prystaiko to head Foreign Ministry Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has again asked parliament to consider voting on the dismissal of Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, as well as to consider his nomination of Vadym Prystaiko to replace the… View news.

Zelenskyi wants to bring Foreign Minister Klimkin to responsibility

01.07.19 16:56 – Zelenskyi wants to bring Foreign Minister Klimkin to responsibility Pavlo Klimkin did not inform on Russia’s note about Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait in November, 2018 View news.

Zelensky’s envoy to Rada: Russian language for Donbas “Bohdan’s personal position” – news politics | UNIAN

President’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, has said that the words of the head of the President’s Office, Andriy Bohdan, suggesting the idea of granting the Russian language official regional status in Donetsk and Luhansk regions should be interpreted as his personal opinion. The statement earlier voiced by the chief of the President’s Office does not correlate with the pro-presidential Sluha Narodu [Servant of the People] party’s program.

Ukraine FM Klimkin to take leave from July 3 – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will take a leave from July 3. Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal will be fulfilling his duties.

CEC registers former Party of Regions MP Klyuyev as candidate for parliament

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered former MP from the Party of Regions and former head of the ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration, Andriy Klyuyev, as a candidate in Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections scheduled for July 21. — Ukrinform.

Putin crony Medvedchuk gains hold of Ukrainian TV channel ZIK, causing uproar in media community |Euromaidan Press |

Another big media acquisition in Ukraine on the eve of the parliamentary elections has provoked heated discussions and led to mass resignations of journalists. The cause of this uproar in the Ukrainian media world relates to another media acquisition by the controversial Viktor Medvedchuk. His description in the country usually varies from that of “grey cardinal” to “Mephistopheles of Ukraine’s politics.” Medvedchuk is recognized as the main Kremlin voice in the country. After the Euromaidan Revolution, the US introduced sanctions against him, as his actions were perceived as a threat to peace, security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. So who is Medvedchuk, why is his persona perceived negatively and what might his recent activities mean for Ukraine?

Ukraine opens Honorary Consulate General in Hungary’s Szeged

Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop and representatives of the Hungarian Government opened the Honorary Consulate General of Ukraine in the city of Szeged, the Embassy of Ukraine in Hungary has reported. — Ukrinform.

Operations launched at new gas, oil fields in Ukraine – news economics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s largest state-owned gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya has started works at new oil and gas fields in Kharkiv and Poltava regions, the company press service reported. Over the past 3 years, Ukrgazvydobuvanya has opened eight new fields, of which six in 2018.