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Ukraine / Russia Ad Hoc Media Update (218)


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Russia bails from INF. Baltics aerial incursions continue. Russian Losharik submarine accident becomes a major topic in Russian and Western media. Unusual report by Debka claiming a Russian SSN sunk a USN SSN, with no substantiation – if this is a Russian play to distract from the Losharik accident it has failed, if it is not fake news Russia is in the deepest trouble it has been since the Cold War. More on Russia’s descent. NATO / EU update – Rhodes does appear not to have a clue.

Ze’s visit to Canada continues to dominate Ukrainian media. Most notable is the agreement for Canada to supply APCs to Ukraine – most likely Canadian Army surplus AVGP Grizzly, Cougar and Husky 6×6 APCs that are similar in weight and size to the widely used by the AFU Soviet 8×8  BTR-60/70/80 series. Russia blocks all proposals at Minsk meeting. NATO EX Sea Breeze 2019 update.

Donbas update – one Russian KIA, Italy jails three mercs for joining Russian proxy force. Malyasov says Ukraine ditched a plan to buy surplus US LAVs.

Politics update.

Russia illegally funding ROC enclaves outside Russia.


Putin Signs Law Suspending Russia’s Participation In INF Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that suspends the country’s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Moscow and Washington.

The Last Arms Race

What would the map look like if Russia and the United States go back to openly deploying intermediate-range missiles?

Over the Baltic Sea six Russian aircraft were intercepted

For the past week, NATO air policing mission fighters in the Baltics six times captured Russian military aircraft. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania Part of the Russian aircraft, for identifying and tracking NATO fighter jets, flew with off transponders. In addition, they did not have a flight plan and did not support radio communication with the Regional Flight Control Center. Last week was intercepted:

  • Il-76 aircraft
  • An-12 transport
  • Su-27 fighters
  • Tu-214 aircraft
  • Il-22 aircraft

The NATO Air Forces mission in the Baltic States is based on military bases located in Lithuania and Estonia.

aThe two Typhoons involved in the COMLOSS exercise with a Lithuanian C-27J. (All images: Michał Prokurat)

Close up on one of the two “Tiffies” involved in the intercept.
Aircraft involved in this BAP rotation sport a large NATO’s 70th Anniversary logo on the tail
Breaking left with air brake on!

Air-to-Air With The RAF Typhoons Guarding the Baltic Skies – The Aviationist

Here’s what it looks like to be intercepted by RAF Typhoons deployed to Estonia for NATO Baltic Air Policing. Last week our fellow photographer, Michał Prokurat, had an opportunity to participate in a COMLOSS sortie over the Baltic states, with involvement of the RAF Typhoons. The journalists were boarded on a Lithuanian Air Force C-27J that simulated a loss of communications with the ATC over Estonia. Then, the RAF Typhoons stationed at the Amari AB in Estonia were scrambled to intercept the Lithuanian Spartan and escort it back to Siaullai. The media event organized by NATO aircom has given the journalists a chance to capture the British jets in action. Close up on one of the two “Tiffies” involved in the intercept. Baltic Air Policing is a NATO operation whose purpose is to safeguard NATO airspace over the Baltic States. The weekend two weeks ago (Friday Jun. 14 and Saturday Jun. 15) was especially intense. On Friday the RAF Typhoons were launched in the air to intercept a Russian Su-30. On Jun. 15. a Su-30 and an Il-76 were intercepted by the RAF assets. As the official RAF release reads, during both intercepts, the aircraft were flown at a safe distance and operated in a professional manner throughout.

 

Moscow Times: 14 Russian Sailors Killed in Fire on Nuclear Sub — Reports – To Inform is to Influence

This is a tragedy and we must mourn these sailors. The latest reports say the sailors died of smoke inhalation. The submarine is now in Severomorsk, near Murmansk, off the Barents Sea. This is near where the Kursk submarine was lost in August 2000. A very good update with unique operational details: Fire on ‘top secret Russian mini-submarine’ kills 14 sailors, Vladimir Putin demands Defence briefing This particular phrase repeatedly pops up in the latest reports: “The Losharik is carried under the hull of a mother submarine, the nuclear-powered Orenburg.” Obviously the classified mission of this submersible, with capabilities of diving to a depth of a reported 6,000 meters, includes bottom analysis. The unique nature of this vessel is due to internal construction using titanium spheres. There is a competition for what to call the AS-12 deep-sea nuclear submarine nicknamed Losharik, to call it a submarine or a submersible. It can hold up to 25 crew members, so probably it should be categorized a submersible. Notice this boat was also designed for “special military operations”, so also expect it to be used for infiltration by Spetsnaz in future operations. </end editorial>

A Fire Engulfs Top Secret Russian Submarine, Killing 14 Sailors

Named for a cartoon horse, Losharik was built to carry out top-secret spy missions.

Russia accused of cover-up over lethal submarine fire – Reuters

Russian officials faced accusations of trying to cover up the full details of an accident on board a military submarine that killed 14 sailors, but the Kremlin on Wednesday defended its record.

Russia’s Putin orders inquiry into accident with submarine – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an inquiry into an accident with a submarine, he told a meeting with his defense minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday.

Did A Deadly Fire Break Out On A Secret Russian Spy Sub? Here’s What We Know About ‘Losharik’

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the deaths of 14 sailors in a submarine fire, but gave no details as to the ship in which the incident occurred. Multiple Russian media outlets say it appears…

Late Reports, An Article Scrubbed: Details Scant Following Deadly Russian Submarine Fire

With 14 sailors confirmed dead in a fire that broke out aboard a Russian military submarine, a delayed official response and scant news reports are causing some to recall a far deadlier submarine tragedy in 2000.

Blaze on ‘spy submarine’ kills high-ranking Russian sailors

Fourteen Russian sailors died when a fire broke out on a top-secret deep-sea submarine that President Putin said was carrying several high-ranking naval officers.

Russia Mourns Sub Losses Amid Many Questions

As Russia mourns the loss of 14 sailors in a submarine incident, officials have provided few details about the victims and how they died.

Deceased Russian Submariners To Receive State Awards

Commenting on investigations into a deadly fire involving a Russian deep-sea submarine, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the 14 sailors who died in the July 2 incident as “unique milita…

Major Russian Submarine Accidents Since 2000

A list of major accidents and fires involving Russian submarines.

Interview: ‘There’s An Incident Involving A Russian Submarine Every Five Or Six Years’

Dmitry Gorenburg, a U.S.-based expert on the Russian Navy, says there is an incident such as a fire or systems failure aboard a Russian submarine once every five or six years, more than three times…

Russia says submarine involved in deadly fire is a top secret vessel – ABC News

Kremlin says submarine on which a fire killed 14 sailors is top secret and it will not identify it, as Russian media reported it was a nuclear-powered reconnaissance sub

Kremlin refuses to reveal details about fatal Russian submarine fire, declares it ‘state secret’ | Fox News

Two days after a mysterious fire aboard a Russian submersibles killed 14 people, little details have emerged as the Kremlin continued Wednesday to shroud the incident in secrecy.

Russia says details of fatal submersible fire are ‘state secret’ – BBC News

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says details about 14 deaths aboard a navy vessel are “totally classified”.

Russian Kilo-Class Sub May Surface Through NATO Anti-Submarine Exercise – The Moscow Times

The Kilo-class Vladikavkaz is en route to St. Petersburg from the Kola Peninsula.

Urgent consultations in Washington, Moscow on reported US-Russian submarines in firefight – DEBKAfile

First reports reaching DEBKAfile’s military sources say that a US submarine intercepted a Russian nuclear sub in American waters opposite Alaska. The Russian sub escorting the nuclear submarine responded with a Balkan 2000 torpedo and scuttled the US vessel. Urgent consultations in both the White House and the Kremlin were taking place on Tuesday night. US Vice President Mike Pence called off an appearance in New Hampshire after being recalled to Washington for a conference called by President Donald Trump without explanation. Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled an engagement and headed for the Kremlin to confer with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and military chiefs, after learning that 14 submariners died in a fire that broke out on a nuclear-powered “experimental submarine in Russian waters.” This account carried in Russian media varies in most respects from the first reports reaching this site and may refer to a separate incident. They report between 14 and 17 members of an AS-12 nuclear powered submarine died of poisonous fumes caused by a fire aboard the vessel. The submarine was described as experimental and unarmed but often used in spy missions. It is unclear how many of the 25 crew survived. Local media suggest four or five are receiving treatment in Severomorsk’s military hospital for poisoning and concussion injuries. Another news account said the majority of the officers died in or on their way to hospital. These reports do not cite the cause of the fire.

 

Russia Warns U.S. Politicians Against Blaming It for Anything During 2020 Race

A senior official complained that anti-Russian sentiment was based on “completely artificially made up, manufactured and fabricated facts.”

Russian Troops Will Be Getting Tactical Bomb Drones – Defense One

Having learned from ISIS attacks in Syria, Russia is rushing to put armed drones on the front lines.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin has Built East German-Style Totalitarianism in Russia Today, Shiropayev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 1 – One of the most common mistakes Russians make is to assume that if the Putin system is not just like Stalin’s, with the latter’s “mass terror, slave labor, White Sea Canal, and iron curtain,” it can’t be totalitarian, Aleksey Shiropayev says, because such a view ignores other totalitarian systems like the East German which Vladimir Putin has copied. “In comparison with Stalin or Mao or Pol Pot,” the Russian commentator says, “Putin is a real liberal.” But if one compares what he has done with the German Democratic Republic, a country in which he worked as a KGB officer three decades ago and which was a real totalitarian state, a different conclusion arises (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D19233159AF0). The GDR like Russia today had a multi-party system and even a private sector. “But nevertheless, the GDR remained an absolutely totalitarian state whose remarkable security service, the Stasi, spread terror not only in its own citizens but also in the entire world,” Shiropayev says. Russia today looks much like the GDR did, the commentator argues, and that means that “totalitarianism is more productively considered not from the point of view of what is permitted but from that of the level of control. And from this point of view, undoubtedly a totalitarian system has been built in the Russian Federation.” Here “control is total, and all the rest are details and nuances.” Shiropayev hastens to add that he can’t take credit for this insight. Fifteen years ago, Pavel Svyatenkov pointed out the Putin, an admirer of the East German system, was copying it in Russia. Shiropayev says that he can only add that now “this totalitarian system has finally been put in place.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Regional Separatism Now Most Horrifying Threat for Moscow,’ Matveyev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 1 – Over the last six months, Pavel Matveyev says, not only has the worst not happened but there are signs of real improvement in the mentality of Russians, many of whom are shifting from being merely residents of Russia who accept whatever is done to them to being citizens who demand a say in what the authorities do. This process is still in its infancy, the Moscow commentator says; and the powers that be will certainly try to strangle it in its cradle. But no one can deny it is occurring and increasingly becoming something the authorities cannot fail to take note of. It may even explain why some of the worst things haven’t happened (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D190E2400E12). On January 1st of this year, Matveyev recalls, he suggested that Russia’s future was likely to develop along one of three paths, “the very bad, the not very bad, and the quite not bad” (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5C27B167D4E12). He says that then he didn’t really believe in the second or third but now has changed his mind. “It is completely obvioius,” he says, “that the situation in Russia is moving along the second of these variants, that is, along the not very bad path,” and that there are even signs of the “quite not bad” variant. Among the positive signs are mostly negative developments: “Repression remains selective and open terror has not occurred. The borders as before remain pen. The Constitution hasn’t been formally replaced. Monarchy hasn’t been legally declared.” And the regime’s desire to shut off links to the world wide web has remained declarative rather than real. More positive developments include the collapse of the economy. That has forced people to focus on their problems rather than being distracted by regime propaganda. It has even made them suspicious of what the authorities are saying. And this has completely killed off “the Crimea is ours” euphoria of the past. Even more positive has been the emergence of “the first signs of the rebirth of regional separatism” in Shiyes, Yekaterinburg, and Suktyvkar most prominently. “This is a very important and extremely dangerous process for the Kremlin regime.” Indeed, it is now “the most horrible threat” for the FSB and thieves in the regime. The Kremlin will try to destroy it “if it can” and is ready to use real violence because otherwise it won’t survive. That is because the end of the time when chauvinist propaganda can distract people and when talk about grand plans can keep people from focusing on local problems no one is addressing has passed. The mentality of Russians is changing. Put in simplest terms, Matveyev says, “the residents of Russia are becoming citizens of Russia.” Of course, this process is only at its beginning. “One can say that it is at the stage of incubation” and no one can say how long this process will take or whether something will reverse it. But the last six months have featured positive moves in this direction. For a country as badly arranged “as neo-Soviet Russia,” change for the better will require many changes. The three most important of these are the formation of a political elite which cares about the people, the rise of a civil society ready to demand their needs be addressed, and the recognition by the Russian people that thievery cannot be tolerated. “The first is impossible without the second. The second is unreal without the third. And the third will be realized only when there is the second and thus when the first appears.” This might appear to be a vicious circle without any exit. But the last six months give hope that all three can be changed, albeit not quickly and not all at once.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Remains President but He is No Longer the National Leader He Once Was, Gaaze Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 30 – Polls showing that Vladimir Putin has lost the support of a majority of Russians means that while he is still president, he is not the national leader he once was and could return himself to that status only by taking steps that would contract the method of rule he has developed over 20 years in office, Konstantin Gaaze says. While on can be president and not a national leader regardless of one’s standing in the polls, the Moscow commentator says in an essay for the Moscow Carnegie Center, Putin faces the task of trying to recover the status of national leader while remaining president, one difficult because of how and how long he has ruled (carnegie.ru/commentary/79343). Russia is “still not ‘a country against Putin,’” Gaaze continues; “but it is definitely a country which is little interested in the president and ever more frequently talks with the authorities at various levels in a demanding tone.” “One must not say that Russia is already on fire, but one can say with precision that it is headed in that direction and one of the causes is the lack of Kremlin hegemony in the direct sense of the word, in the sense of the absence of strategic leadership, and the absence of an ability to somehow organize things over the next five years.” According to Gaaze, “leadership presupposes a multitude of things, but the most important of them are the ability too set the agenda and not follow someone else’s, the effectiveness of one’s apparatus which transforms instrumental advantages into the political status of the leader, and a motivated and regularly renewed coalition of support.” All three things are compromised in Putin’s case at present. Since 2014, Putin has watched the rise and fall of the Crimean majority but also has gradually lost any “strategic initiative.” Others are setting the agenda and Putin is responding, or he approves some agenda and then it disappears like water in sand. And he gets blamed and so retreats from the issue at hand. And this is compounded by something else: Putin’s subordinates are increasingly afraid to show initiative on domestic issues even though it is precisely there that the president needs them given his continuing focus on foreign affairs. As a result, he and his team appear to be reactive rather than leaders. But underlying all this is what one can call the third repartition of property in the country (the first two being in the 1990s and the second at the start of Putin’s reign). Now all near the top are focusing almost exclusively not on his standing but rather on how much the pie they will get after 2024. That too keeps them from coming up with inspiring new ideas. All of this is giving rise to more protests by the population which now calculates not just how much repression the regime may use but also how likely it is that the regime will back down. There are “dozens” of these feedback loops, all encouraged by the regime’s uncertain and varied reaction. Could Putin regain the status of national leader? Yes, because he has a certain “’dark matter’” of support against certain kinds of things like the Roma case in Chemodanovka; but it isn’t infinite and it too is dissipating, Gaaze suggests. The alternative, of course, is to start to “reform the siloviki themselves.” Today, that is “the only scenario of an all-national campaign which society and part of the elite would support.” And there may even be within the FSB and other force structures people who would also like a different Russia after 2024. There is a trade off for the president. “He has one chance for a great report which would return him the status of national leader for a certain time. But the problem is that after 20 years of rule, he must propose to society something more solid than the national projects” he thinks will work. “Crudely speaking, the following reform must in a certain sense liquidate that means of rule which the president has practiced” while in office. He could do nothing, Gaaze says. “But then we will very quickly find out whether citizens now are prepared to put up with the excesses of the ruling class which is no longer protected by the authority of a national leader.”

 

Despite Turkey’s assurances, U.S. still eyes sanctions, F-35 exit – Reuters

The Trump administration still plans to impose sanctions on Turkey and remove it from a critical fighter jet program if the NATO ally acquires Russian air defenses, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Turkish president’s assurances to the contrary.

 

UAWire – Turkey ready to transport Azerbaijani gas to EU

All of the transport infrastructure for the Southern Gas Corridor in Turkey has become operational. From 2020, the corridor will enable …

U.S. Army’s Avengers took part in joint exercise with Osa and Kub air defense systems – Defence Blog

American self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems, called the Avenger, took part in a joint live-fire exercise in Bulgaria with Soviet-made Osa and Kub mobile surface-to-air missile systems. The Avenger air defense system assigned to the 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment participated at a live-fire missile training near Shabla, Jun. 19, 2019 during exercise Shabla 19. SHABLA 19 is a bilateral, Joint Air Defense Live Fire exercise hosted by Bulgarian Armed Forces in Shabla, Bulgaria, from June 10-14, 2019. The peculiarity of the exercise was the participation of both American Avenger systems and Osa (SA-8 Gecko) and Kub (SA-6 “Gainful”) of the Bulgarian Armed Forces. SHABLA 19 is a designed to improve readiness and interoperability between the Bulgarian Air Force, Navy and Land Forces, and the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Europe. The Avenger was originally developed for the United States Armed Forces and is currently used by the U.S. Army. The fully automated, short-range Boeing Avenger air defense system is the Army’s premier shoot-on-the-move air defense weapon. It is a lightweight, highly mobile, easily transportable surface-to-air missile fire unit with eight Stinger missiles in two missile pods. It acquires, identifies, tracks and engages targets (low-flying helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft) from a stationary or moving position. Mounted on a high-mobility, multipurpose wheeled vehicle, the Avenger can operate in extreme weather conditions. Its infrared system, computer, communications equipment and laser rangefinder locate targets in daylight and at night.

UAWire – Sweden strengthens air defense systems on Gotland island to counteract Russia

On July 1, Swedish Armed Forces reported that Swedish authorities had strengthened air defense on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: In Baltic Resistance to Soviet Occupation, ‘There Were Forest Sisters Too,’ New Vilnius Exhibit Shows

Paul Goble Staunton, June 30 – Participants in the popular resistance movement to Soviet occupation during and after World War II have generally been called “The Forest Brothers,” and they have been the subject of numerous histories and films both produced in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and in the West. Over the years, the author of these lines both in the Window on Eurasia series and elsewhere has written and spoken about these remarkable heroes who provided inspiration there and elsewhere (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2017/08/west-backed-forest-brothers-in-baltic.htmland windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2017/07/baltic-forest-brothers-did-in-1940s.html). But he, like almost all those who have dealt this subject, have made the mistake of assuming that “the forest brothers” in fact were all brothers. In fact, as a new exhibit in Vilnius prepared by the KGB Documents Division of the Lithuanian Special Archive, “there were Forest Sisters too” and their role deserves to be celebrated (virtualios-parodos.archyvai.lt/lt/virtualios-parodos/34/moterys-lietuvos-partizaniniame-kare-1944-1953-m.-lya/exh-137and draugas.org/news/there-were-forest-sisters-too). Introducing this exhibit, the division’s director, Vilma Ektytė writes as translated into English by Draugas that “When the second Soviet occupation of Lithuania began in 1944, a partisan war lasting ten years ensued, seeking to restore an independent Lithuania. The traumatic experience of the first Soviet occupation, the repression and terror, deportations, and forced mobilization into the Red Army, energized the national resistance movement. “Patriotism and love for the homeland and the belief in eventual Western aid led thousands to join the armed resistance. While most of the partisans were men, women were also actively involved in this struggle. They belonged to the armed resistance units, gave oaths of allegiance, carried weapons, and lived in the underground. Many of the female partisans were related to the men, who were their brothers or fiancées. “Seeking to avoid arrest and deportation, or worse, the women partisans hid in the bunkers, in huts in the forest or at the homesteads of loyal friends. Women occupied important posts in the partisan military structure. Besides being involved in combat operations, they produced and disseminated printed materials, were responsible for collecting intelligence, managing economic affairs, finances, and were involved in uncovering spies and Soviet party activists. “Many female partisans were killed during military operations conducted by the Soviet security. Some of them, not wanting to surrender to the Soviets when discovered in their hiding places, blew up their bunkers and themselves. Other women who joined the partisans did not participate directly in the armed struggle; instead, they prepared meals, washed and provided clothing, and worked as medical nurses. To protect the women partisans from persecution by the Soviet forces, the partisan leadership helped them acquire needed documents so that they could live legally. “Many girls and women worked as partisan assistants – liaisons and supporters. Liaisons maintained contacts between partisan leadership, districts, units, and individual squads, organized meetings, transmitted intelligence and documents, distributed printed information, and sought out individuals who could provide needed secret information. “Supporters of the resistance constructed underground shelters for the partisans on their farms and monitored the movements of the secret police, troops, and local collaborators, called stribai. The patriotic farmers provided partisans with food, clothing, medication, and helped distribute the partisan press. “Over the course of almost a decade, 1944-1953, Soviet repressive structures killed more than 20,000 and arrested about 19,000 of them and 12,000 of their aides. Female partisans suffered the same hardships and atrocities of partisan warfare: arrests, torture, prison camps, exile, and death. “Although the freedom fighters did not reach their most important strategic goal – they did not restore an independent democratic state of Lithuania – the significance of the resistance struggle is huge. In 1940, the freedom fighters proved that Lithuania was joined to the USSR against the will of the nation, and it left aspirations for the freedom of the nation for future generations. “In 1990, after the restoration of the independence of Lithuania, the 1944-1953 partisan war was recognized as one of the historically significant foundations of the restored State. The women in the history of the partisan war left impressive examples of courage, endurance, and sacrifice. Many women partisans were awarded Lithuanian State Awards – Orders of the Cross of Vytis, Medals of Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces for their heroism and dedication to the freedom of their homeland.” This exhibit corrects an important misunderstanding. I will not refer to the resistance in the Baltic countries as the Forest Brothers in the future without noting that there were Forest Sisters as well. I want to express the hope that others will do the same and that those who follow this and other movements which resisted Soviet power do the same.

CBS: Ben Rhodes: “We could have done more” to explain Russia’s information war – To Inform is to Influence

A few key things emerge out of this interview. Rhodes says the Obama administration “could have done more” to explain Russia’s information war. The Obama administration categorized this as a cyber incident and not as a greater information war waged by Russia against the United States. Clearly, the Obama administration did not adequately address greater Russian information war against the US and the West, only the hack of the DNC. Only now, nearly three years after the fact is a weak admission of “we could have done more” emerge. Ben Rhodes held the position of the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriter, he clearly was THE person most responsible for addressing Russia’s Information Warfare against the United States. He clearly failed. He did not publicly identify the greater issue. He did not clearly identify that we were under a large, organized, and well-funded attack. He did not point out that our very foundations were under attack – our culture, our democracy, and our way of life. Notice that the Obama administration does not admit fault and does not accept responsibility for their inaction against Russian information warfare. The fault does lie clearly at their feet and especially the fault of Ben Rhodes, as I have repeatedly noted since 2014. We continue to subordinate information warfare against the United States under cyber, which clearly does not address the greater attack. Cyber is merely an enabler, information warfare is the greater weapon and tool against everything that is American. We don’t even have a Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications on the NSC Staff, the slot is vacant, but we’re pouring billions of dollars into the US Cyber Command, their component commands, and all things cyber. </end editorial>

Russia not to recognize results of MH17 crash probe, Putin tells Rutte – news world | UNIAN

Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, told Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that Russia would not recognize the results of the probe into the crash of the MH17 flight over Ukraine’s Donetsk region in July 2014. “I can confirm this conversation: it was a very brief conversation on the run, on the sidelines. In addition to the prime minister of the Netherlands, Putin had such conversations with almost all participants in this summit,” Peskov told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. “Indeed, the question of the president’s position, the position of the Russian side was raised. It is absolutely clear, it is consistent, and, of course, it is based on the fact that it is hardly possible to accept an investigation, which is being carried out without the participation of the Russian Federation. These are the theses constantly brought to our counterparts’ attention in the Netherlands and other countries at various levels,” he said. As UNIAN reported earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the MH17 disaster with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday.

 

Zelensky: Ukraine, Canada to sign agreement on supply of military hardware – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine and Canada will sign an agreement on defense cooperation for the supply of military equipment and weapons to Ukraine. More details will be provided after the signing of the agreement. Ukraine and Canada will sign an agreement on defense cooperation for the supply of military equipment and weapons to Ukraine. “A strategic decision has been made on the possibility of supplying defensive weapons and advanced military hardware,” he said at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Read alsoZelensky promises Ukrainian Canadians to defend Ukrainian language, keep course towards EU, NATO According to Zelensky, the point at issue is the supply of armored vehicles, according to the TV news service TSN. The Ukrainian president promised to give other details after the signing of the agreement. “Canada is indeed a friend of Ukraine. It has confirmed this with real steps to support our country in the sanctions policy against Russian aggression, as well as in [helping Ukraine to] preserve sovereignty and protect its territorial integrity,” Zelensky said. As UNIAN reported, Zelensky is on a working visit to Canada.

Canada adds Ukraine to list of buyers of Canadian weapons

Canada has added Ukraine to the list of countries, to which the country is authorized to sell Canadian weapons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

Zelensky promises Ukrainian Canadians to defend Ukrainian language, keep course towards EU, NATO – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised Ukrainian Canadians to defend the Ukrainian language, protect the sovereignty of Ukraine and maintain the course towards Europe and NATO. Zelensky is on a working visit to Canada.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress pleased that Ukraine keeps its course towards EU, NATO

The Ukrainian Canadian community is pleased that Ukraine’s course towards integration with the EU and NATO remains. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyi: Ukraine moving toward Europe, bringing the country, its army closer to NATO

03.07.19 11:05 – Zelenskyi: Ukraine moving toward Europe, bringing the country, its army closer to NATO President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi declares that Ukraine will go to Europe and strive for European standards, will bring itself and its army closer to NATO and the standards of the alliance. View news.

Zelensky: Ukraine moving toward Europe, bringing the country, its army closer to NATO

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky declares that Ukraine will go to Europe and strive for European standards, will bring itself and its army closer to NATO and the standards of the alliance.

Zelensky: Ukraine, Canada to work on extending bilateral FTA – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine is interested in strengthening trade, economic and investment cooperation with Canada. Zelensky also noted he and his team were working to ensure comfortable conditions for doing business in Ukraine.

Canada to ban entry to Ukrainians with Russian passports issued in occupied Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

Canada strengthens its commitment to Ukraine and says it will ban entry to Ukrainians with Russian passports issued in occupied Donbas. Canada and the international community stand with the people of Ukraine on their journey toward a secure, sovereign and prosperous future.

Canada to ease visa requirements for Ukrainians, Zelensky says – news ukraine | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said the Ukrainian and Canadian authorities are starting the work toward easing entry requirements for their citizens. The president announced a number of steps aimed at simplifying visa regime between the two countries.

U.S. Envoy Demands Russia, ‘Forces It Backs’ Immediately End Fighting In Ukraine

The U.S. charge d’affaires in Kyiv has condemned Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine after reports of deadly attacks on medical personnel and called on Moscow and the “forces it backs…

Volker: Zelenskyi commits to peace in Donbas, but Russia needs to do its part

03.07.19 15:00 – Volker: Zelenskyi commits to peace in Donbas, but Russia needs to do its part The US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has a clear commitment to establishing peace in Donbas, while the Russian side is yet to do its part. View news.

US, Poland agree on joint efforts to support Ukrainian reforms – Volker

The United States and the Republic of Poland are making joint efforts to support reforms in Ukraine, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has stated. — Ukrinform.

Poland, US agree on joint support of reforms in Ukraine

03.07.19 13:06 – Poland, US agree on joint support of reforms in Ukraine Poland and the US are interested in a strong and secure Ukraine, integrated into the transatlantic community. View news.

Zelensky commits to peace in Donbas, but Russia needs to do its part – Volker – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has a clear commitment to establishing peace in Donbas, while the Russian side is yet to do its part. Volker met with Zelensky in Toronto on July 2.

Zelensky, Linkevicius agree that Lithuania to host next conference on supporting reforms in Ukraine

The next international conference on reforms in Ukraine will be held in Lithuania, Minister of Foreign Affairs of this country, Linas Linkevicius, said following a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Toronto (Canada).

Ukraine disinvites PACE election observation mission – news politics | UNIAN

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy has signed a letter addressing President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier to disinvite a PACE observation mission at early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Ukraine’s parliament speaker says that it is unacceptable to have “agents of Putin’s hybrid war” as part of an international mission.

 

Peace in Donbas can be achieved by political and diplomatic means – Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that progress in establishing peace in the east of Ukraine can be achieved only by political and diplomatic means. — Ukrinform.

Russia showing no goodwill toward Donbas settlement: Zelensky – news politics | UNIAN

Russia is showing no goodwill toward Donbas settlement, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who during his visit to Canada met with U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker. In particular, the Russian Federation failed to support the “Harvest” truce suggested by Ukraine.

Russia in Trilateral Contact Group blocks introduction of ‘harvest ceasefire’ in Donbas

The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas failed to achieve any progress both on the introduction of the so-called “harvest ceasefire” and the release of detained persons. — Ukrinform.

Participants in Minsk talks fail to agree on new, ‘harvest’ truce, POW swap – news politics | UNIAN

Representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at Minsk peace talks on Donbas on July 2 failed to agree on the so-called “harvest” ceasefire and the swap of prisoners of war (POWs) over the Russian delegation’s position. No progress was achieved during the latest round of the peace talks on Donbas.

UAWire – Russia presses final charges against Ukrainian sailors

Russia has announced the final version of its charges against the 13 Ukrainian sailors who are being held as prisoners of war, attorney Nikolai …

Russia convenes UN Security Council on Ukrainian language law

Russia is convening a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ukrainian language law, spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations Oleh Nikolenko has said.

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 …

 

UAWire – Russia to monitor NATO’s actions during Sea Breeze exercises

Russian National Defense Management Center stated that Russian Black Sea fleet carries out a set of activities to monitor the actions of NATO …

UAWire – Ukraine and NATO change plan of Sea Breeze military exercises because of Russia

The plan of joint Sea Breeze—2019 exercises with participation of Ukraine, the USA, and NATO countries was changed due to Russia's actions in …

Three NATO ships heading for Sea Breeze drills. PHOTOS

03.07.19 17:54 – Three NATO ships heading for Sea Breeze drills. PHOTOS The HMCS Toronto frigate of the Canadian Navy, British air-defense destroyer HMS Duncan and Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis have transited the Bosphorus and are heading for Odesa to participate in the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. View photo news.

 

13 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: Ukrainian soldier got injured, Russian terrorist destroyed

03.07.19 10:31 – 13 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: Ukrainian soldier got injured, Russian terrorist destroyed July 2, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO position 13 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons eight times. View news.

One Ukrainian soldier wounded in Donbas amid 13 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 13 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action. One occupier was killed and another two were wounded, intelligence reports say.

“That’s for our medics!” Ukrainian troops destroy enemy positions in Donbas (Video) – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian volunteer Yuriy Mysyagin says Ukrainian troops from K-2 combat reconnaissance unit of the Joint Forces’ 54th Brigade have destroyed two of Russian-backed militants’ positions on the Donbas frontline. A high precision hit was a result of an effective drone spotting.

“That’s for our medics!” Ukrainian troops destroy enemy positions in Donbas. VIDEO

03.07.19 17:01 – “That’s for our medics!” Ukrainian troops destroy enemy positions in Donbas. VIDEO Ukrainian troops from K-2 combat reconnaissance unit of the Joint Forces’ 54th Brigade have destroyed two of Russian-backed militants’ positions on the Donbas frontline. View news.

Restoration of Donbas infrastructure to cost over 10 billion Euros, – Zelensky

It will take more than 10 billion Euros to restore the ruined infrastructure of Donbas

Italy Jails Three Men For Joining Separatist Fighters In Eastern Ukraine

A court in Italy has handed prison terms to three men found guilty of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, local media report.

Three mercenaries fighting in Donbas against Ukraine convicted in Italy. VIDEO&PHOTOS

03.07.19 15:44 – Three mercenaries fighting in Donbas against Ukraine convicted in Italy. VIDEO&PHOTOS A court in the Italian city of Genoa has sentenced three Italians who were fighting in Donbas against Ukraine to different prison terms, according to Italian newspaper Il Tirreno. View news.

Three mercenaries fighting in Donbas against Ukraine convicted in Italy

A court in the Italian city of Genoa has sentenced three Italians who were fighting in Donbas against Ukraine to different prison terms, according to Italian newspaper Il Tirreno. — Ukrinform.

Secretary Danyliuk names priorities of National Security Council

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) must be reformed in order to counter challenges, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Danyliuk has stated. — Ukrinform.

L-39 training plane crashes down near Chuhuyiv – LB.ua news portal

L-39 training plane crashes down near Chuhuyiv. The incident possibly happened due to an engine failure. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Poll reveals attitude of Ukrainians toward joining EU, NATO, direct talks with militants, peacekeepers in Donbas – news ukraine | UNIAN

Voters of Ukraine’s four political parties that have every chance to be elected to the new Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, generally support Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. That’s according to a nationwide survey by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Studies. Sociologists say voters of Vyacheslav Vakarchuk’s Holos (Voice) Party (86%), Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity (85%), Dmytro Razumkov’s Servant of the People Party (62%), and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna Party (59%) believe that Ukraine should join the European Union. However, voters of the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya (For Life) Party prefer either joining the Eurasian Economic Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (39%), or non-alignment with either the European or the Eurasian unions (44%). Read alsoFresh poll: Half of Ukrainians satisfied with President Zelensky’s work Voters supporting European Solidarity (80%), Holos (75%), Servant of the People (47%), and Batkivshchyna (47%) say NATO membership would be the best security option for Ukraine. Voters of Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya prefer either non-aligned status (50%) or a military alliance with Russia and other CIS countries (25%). At the same time, voters of European Solidarity (58%) and Holos (48.5%) consider it unacceptable to hold direct talks with the “leaders” of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (“DPR” and “LPR”). However, 44% of respondents from the electorate of Servant of the People and 46% of those of Batkivshchyna support such negotiations, while 39% and 38% oppose this move, respectively. Voters of Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya definitely support direct talks (75%). Voters of Holos (72%), European Solidarity (71%), Batkivshchyna (59%), and Servant of the People (54%) support the idea of introducing international peacekeeping forces on the territory of “DPR” and “LPR.” Some 50% of respondents, who support Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya are against this proposal. UNIAN memo. The survey was conducted on June 13-20, 2019, in all regions of Ukraine except for Crimea and the occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 2,017 respondents aged 18 and older were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%. The survey was carried out with the financial support of the MATRA program of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

Zelensky announced the delivery of armored vehicles from Canada

During the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to Canada, a number of agreements were reached on cooperation of the states in the field of defense. “I think we can frankly say this: we have agreed on the supply of armored vehicles and that we will develop cooperation in this area,” Zelensky said in Toronto. He also noted that he does not want to make details at this time: “Let’s sign the deal. I’m sure it will happen soon. And then let’s talk about this news. ” The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, in turn, confirmed the progress on the support of Ukraine in protecting its territory and sovereignty. “Yes, we are moving forward in discussions on Ukraine’s armed support. In addition to the military mission to which Canada is involved, we also added Ukraine to the list for the purchase of Canadian weapons. And this is a positive decision “, – he stated. Zelensky announced the delivery of armored vehicles from Canada photo: www.president.gov.uaThe Ukrainian military portal says that according to military experts, the purchase of armored personnel carriers such as AVGP (pictured), developed in 1977 on the basis of the Swiss three-armor armored car MOWAG Piranha I, is made in three variants – Grizzly, Cougar and Husky. In the Canadian Army in 2005 they were replaced by LAV III combat vehicles

AVGP – Wikipedia

The AVGP (Armoured Vehicle General Purpose) is a series of three armoured fighting vehicles ordered by the Canadian military in the 1970s.[4][5][6][7] The vehicles, which are the Grizzly, Cougar and Husky, were based on the six-wheeled version of the Swiss MOWAG Piranha I. The Canadian Army retired all AVGP variants beginning in 2005; however, a number of the retired vehicles were transferred to other militaries and police forces, where they continue to serve.[6][8] The AVGP had propellers and trim vanes for amphibious use, like the eight-wheeled Bison, which was the vehicle family’s immediate successor. Recent retrofits have removed the marine drive system, as it was seldom used and maintenance was costly. The Canadian Army’s LAV III, the United States Marine Corps’ LAV-25, and the US Army’s Stryker are other variants of the LAV family and directly evolved from the Canadian designs.

Ukraine has abandoned US Stryker APC

In 2017, Ukraine abandoned more than a hundred modern American armored personnel carriers such as “Stryker”, whose negotiations have been ongoing since early 2015. Dylan Malyasov , founder of The Defense Blog, one of the world’s most popular online media outlets , reported on this in a facebook. ” I think it is now possible to say openly that starting from 2015, active negotiations were conducted on the possible sale by Ukraine of a batch of modern armored personnel carriers of the “Stryker” family: up to 100 units M1126 and up to 6 units of M1133. The American side offered to sell within the framework of the Foreign Military Sales program with partial repayment within the framework of the state aid package. The estimated cost of one armored personnel carrier was $ 3.5 million per unit, with the United States covering 60% of the cost; Ukraine still had to pay the balance and delivery. Ukraine has abandoned US Stryker BTR M1133 Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV) Currently, American combat vehicles of this type are contracted for the benefit of Thailand and are also offered to US partner countries in South America (Peru, Colombia). ” PS at that moment, it seemed to me that’s the right decision, but now, knowing how things are going with our BTR-4, then it seems that we are losing a great opportunity … as in their time with the German caterpillar BMP “Marder”, which Sergey Pashinsky tried to contractize. Ukraine has abandoned US Stryker BTR M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Recall that yesterday, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the delivery of armored vehicles from Canada . Although no details are disclosed, experts believe that the talk is about the 6×6 AVGP floating armored personnel carriers that were developed in the 1970s and were equipped by the Canadian Army until 2005.

Air force is getting new samples of engineering equipment and special equipment (photo)

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 16:45 – 02/07/2019 5495 To share To comment on During the gathering of the Air Force leadership, Colonel Alexander Vozniy, Colonel Alexander Vozniy, head of the engineering staff of the Air Force command post, at the broad phase of large-scale training exercises at the “Shiroky Lan” range, told about new designs of engineering weapons that are already used by troops or which are at the final stage of the tests. Passes National Industrial Portal with reference to Defense Express. “All new products exclusively domestic production, which significantly facilitates repairs and maintenance, as well as reduces maintenance costs, – says the officer. – These are both engineering weapons and camouflage equipment of various shapes and purposes, which are made both directly in military units and factory conditions, as well as volunteers. This is about the excavator EO-650A, excavator-scheduler UDS-114, automobile cranes of the type KTA-28. They are faster at work, more powerful, ergonomic, and, moreover, they spend less fuel. ” Also, on the “Broad Lan” showed the work of small cumulative charges. Each of them weighs 55-66 grams. They are intended for the destruction of ammunition during the demining work. Compared to trotlins, which are used to lay ammunition for destruction, their weight is very small. Also among the new products – a set of engineers, by appointment is able to replace almost the entire range of existing tool. And this is more than 8 units, including a sledgehammer. Also, it consists of more than half a dozen modifications of “cats” for demining, in addition, the weight of the kit does not exceed 7 kg, the soldier carries it in a special tactical backpack.

 

Law on military standards unification takes effect in Ukraine

The law No.2742-VIII “On military standards’ unification” took effect in Ukraine on July 3. It stipulates that the Defense Ministry of Ukraine is supposed to define the body of military unification of standards – from among the subordinate authorities. The law also defines such categories as “military standardization”, “military standard”, “NATO standard”, and the “standard in the security of NATO member country”. Preparation measures of the state to defend itself in a peaceful time includes the unification of the military standards. The Defense Ministry will define which body will be responsible for standardization; General Staff of the Armed Forces and legal armed units will be developing and implementing these standards. Within six months, the government is obliged to develop and implement the respective legal framework so that military standards developed by the Defense Ministry could start working. The Ukrainian Parliament passed the law last month.

 

Rally held in Kyiv in protest against registration of pro-Russia candidates running for parliament (Photos) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

A rally was held on Kyiv’s Independence Square on July 2 in protest against the registration by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) of ex-head of the presidential administration during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency Andriy Kliuyev and pro-Russia blogger Anatoliy Sharij as candidates running for parliament. Protesters said that they gave two days for the CEC to repeal the decision.

U.S. Embassy concerned about attack on party volunteers of political candidates involved in election campaign to Rada

The U.S. Embassy to Ukraine is concerned about the recent attacks on volunteers involved in the election campaign to the Verkhovna Rada.

Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Parubii requests data on Kliuiev, Sharii whereabouts over last 5 years

03.07.19 14:34 – Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Parubii requests data on Kliuiev, Sharii whereabouts over last 5 years Andrii Parubii turned to Prosecutor General’s Office, State Security Service and State Border Guard, asking to check the MP candidates who were recently registered for running during the parliamentary election. View news.

Ukraine wants to cooperate with IMF and make reforms with new parliament – NBU

Ukraine is determined to continue cooperation with the IMF and to implement structural reforms with a new parliament. — Ukrinform.

EBRD continues cooperation with Ukraine regardless parliamentary campaign – Zubko

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will continue to cooperate with Ukraine regardless of the parliamentary campaign and formation of a new government in the state. — Ukrinform.

 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Cities Divert Tax Money to Orthodox Church Activities Abroad, Open Media Study Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 30 – The city government of Moscow has used one of its companies to send more than 75 million rubles (1.2 US dollars) in the course of the last seven years to Russian Orthodox churches outside of Russia, becoming at least the second city — St. Petersburg was the first – according to Open Media researchers. Not only is this a violation of Russian law but it appears, the researchers say, that at least part of the funds were diverted corruptly, adding yet another means by which the Russian powers that be transfer government funds into private hands (openmedia.io/exclusive/meriya-moskvy-tratit-desyatki-millionov-na-podderzhku-rpc-za-rubezhom/). Evidence of this activity, both aid to the churches outside of Russia and the possible diversion of funds, is on the city’s own website (mos.ru/dvms/documents/subsidii-iz-biudzheta-goroda-moskvy/view/226880220/), yet another reminder of how difficult it is to hide everything once some things begin to be reported.