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Helsinki talks, as expected, flopped. K-278 Komsomolets / MIKE wreckage leaking radioactive material. Unprecedented: the Vozhd’s approval rating collapses to the lowest in 18 years, “Levada Centre also showed that around 53 percent of citizens in Russia wanted the President removed from office”. Shelin on the failure of Muscovy’s revanchism. Khot and Nemtsova on theft in Russia (pure moral inversion). Ingermanland to secede? Russia pitching Su-57E to India, again. More on meddling. NATO update.
Congress likely to invite Ze to address a joint sitting. IR update. Kirillova on how European ambivalence feeds Russian revanchism. Commander-in-Chief of the AFU Lt. Gen. Khomchak announces another Kerch FONOPS. Sea Breeze 2019 and Crimea updates.
Donbas update. Russians attack convoy with ATGW, and employ UR-83P mine clearing systems against Ukrainian troops and civilians. Industry update.
Lengthy politics update. Chernobyl update – HBO produced a larger impact than even they might have expected.
U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale has met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Helsinki and discussed “U.S.-Russia relations and the impact of regional challeng…
Experts say there is no alarm, despite a high level of caesium at a Soviet-era submarine wreck.
A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 is still emitting radiation, researchers said on Wednesday following an expedition that used a remotely controlled vehicle for the first time.
The wreck of a Soviet nuclear submarine which sunk in the Barents Sea after a fire in 1989 is emitting high levels of radiation, a joint Russian and Norwegian investigative team has reported. The Komsomolets was a nuclear-powered titanium-hulled attack submarine capable of deep-diving and equipped with two torpedoes carrying nuclear warheads.
A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 is still emitting radiation, researchers said on Wednesday following an expedition that used a remotely controlled vehicle for the first time.
The wreck of the K-278 Komsomolets sits around one mile under the Norwegian Sea in one of the world’s largest fishing grounds.
K-278 Komsomolets was the only Project 685 Plavnik (Плавник, meaning “fin”, also known by its NATO reporting name of “Mike”-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine of the Soviet Navy. On 4 August 1984 K-278 reached a record submergence depth of 1,020 metres (3,350 feet) in the Norwegian Sea. The boat sank in 1989 and is currently resting on the floor of the Barents Sea, one mile deep, with its nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads still on board. The single Project 685 was developed to test technologies for Soviet 4th generation nuclear submarines. Although primarily intended as a developmental model, it was fully combat capable, but sank after a fire broke out in the aft engineering compartment on its first operational patrol. The Komsomolets was able to surface after the fire started and remained afloat for approximately 5 hours before sinking. Of the 42 crewmembers who died, only 4 were killed by the fire and smoke, while 34 died of hypothermia and drowning in the frigid waters while awaiting rescue that did not arrive in time. Because of this shocking loss of life a very public enquiry was conducted and, as a result, many formerly classified details were revealed by the Soviet news media.
Britain’s new multi-billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was forced to cut short sea trials this week after springing a leak.
The leak on HMS Queen Elizabeth is believed to have been from a ruptured pipe, the BBC is told.
RUSSIAN leader Vladimir Putin’s approval rating hit its lowest point since he first came to power as he endured a punishing popularity dip.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 10 – For almost 30 years, Russian leaders have been plotting to restore the empire, but their various projects in this regard have all failed or are failing – and even the one thing they point to as an obvious “success” – the annexation of Crimea – only intensifies the commitment of the surrounding countries not be reabsorbed, Sergey Shelin says. “The norm of relations between Russia and its former brothers in the USSR is hostility,” the Rosbalt commentator says, something that only varies according to the specific features of the unfriendly attitudes on both sides depending on particular circumstances (rosbalt.ru/blogs/2019/07/09/1791224.html). Over the post-Soviet decades, Moscow has come up with one restoration project after another. “The majority of them have gone into a dead end or suffered obvious failure, but not one of them has been completely disbanded.” And “present-day, Russian policy is conducted through the ruins of these undertakings.” The most prominent of these projects, of course, is the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), an institution which “long ago outlasted its role as the liquidation commission of the Soviet Union” but one that continues a shadowy existence event though it is impossible to say exactly which countries are members. Ukraine says it is leaving but hasn’t done so officially. “In practice,” Shelin argues, “there of course is no ‘Community’ any more, but the officials who ensure its ‘functioning’ earn their bread from this specter.” But the hopes and dreams that the CIS would be a space for the application of Russian soft power by drawing on the economic and human ties left over from Soviet times haven’t been realized. The old economic links have broken down and the new ones that have emerged are much weaker. Inn 1995, 23 percent of Russian trade was with CIS countries, including 11 percent with Ukraine. Now, in the first quarter of this year, only 11.6 percent of Russian trade is with its CIS “partners” – and only 2.1 percent with Ukraine. The movement of people has also not had the effect Moscow hoped for. In 2018, immigrants from the CIS to Russia sent home 13.3 billion US dollars, while Russians in the CIS countries sent back 3.6 billion. Russia thus lost in this way as well, and except possibly for Tajikistan, hasn’t made any of the others dependent on it in this way. Despite Moscow’s expectations, Shelin continues, “Ukraine and Georgia like the Baltic countries before them, have not collapsed as a result of the breakdown of ties accompanying their divorce with the CIS or their initial decision not to enter it.” Meanwhile, the Russian government’s efforts to take part the empire by seizing or supporting parts of its neighbors hasn’t worked out to Moscow’s advantage either. Not only has this project further alienated everyone else, but none of these projects, Transdniestria, Abkhazia or South Ossetia has been a great success. And Crimea hasn’t really been either. It like the others has reminded the other post-Soviet states of why they must fear Moscow and why any claims of friendship from the Russian capital are to be dismissed as completely insincere. Moscow’s efforts to promote “a Russian world” are not identical to the projects of imperial restoration but the two do overlap, the Rosbalt observer says. But they too are proving a failure not only because of the problems the promotion of a narrowly ethnic Russian state at home presents but also because ethnic Russians in others are now mostly loyal citizens of them. Even Moscow’s efforts to form around it a smaller group of countries that it can integrate haven’t worked. The Eurasian Economic Committee was dead on arrival – only eight percent of Russia’s trade is with these partners — and “the fictional Union State of Russia and Belarus” has not brought Moscow the benefits it expected. The Kremlin still talks about absorbing Belarus and Belarusians still fear that possibility, “but the chances for success are less than half,” Shelin suggests. As a result, that project too is likely to prove a failure even though it will continue to echo for some time because in Putin’s Moscow no project ever really is allowed to die even if it is a failure.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 10 – Moscow publicist Aleksandr Khots says he doesn’t interact much with the Russian masses and doesn’t talk politics when he does, but sometimes he can’t avoid one or the other. And he says one recent interaction with a representative of “the deep people” who uncritically back Vladimir Putin’s regime was extremely instructive. Challenged as to how she could support a candidate who so openly steals, Khots’ interlocutor responded with the following words: “You think, ‘they steal’?” she said. “And when haven’t they stolen? All of us would behave in exactly the same way in their place. You and I as well” (newizv.ru/news/society/09-07-2019/vorovat-i-gorditsya-dve-cherty-glubinnogo-naroda). The only difference, she continued, is that her clients give her chocolates while the officials get millions. So what? If you are so honest, then become a bureaucrat and change things.” If the way things are makes you angry, she concluded, then emigrate and go live in some other country. For her, Khots says, stealing is something she and others like her, who form “the servile Russian ‘majority,’” accept as “a universal model of behavior” and even something to be proud of rather than something anyone should criticize. Moreover, she suggested, everyone must respect those the Russian people have elected even if they are stealing the country blind. Their skills in that regard, she even suggested, were something one could respect. After all, they were more successful at stealing than others. She certainly wasn’t going to vote against them for that.
A recent spate of arrests shows elite FSB units and senior officers shaking down businesses for huge bribes and even robbing banks.
A recent spate of arrests shows elite FSB units and senior officers shaking down businesses for huge bribes and even robbing banks. Anna Nemtsova Published 07.10.19 4:35AM ET MOSCOW—Crime scandals involving Russia’s most powerful law enforcement agency have rocked this capital, exposing some phenomenal corruption at the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s power structure. Ranking officers of…
The dispute between Rosneft and Transneft is not a matter for Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene in because it is a corporate matter, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 10 – For many years after 1991, people in Europe and even in Russia talked about the possibility that Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) would become the fourth Baltic republic. Now, there is a new contender for that honor, Ingria or Ingermanland, whose residents first proclaimed their state independence a century ago this week. On July 9, 1919, Ingrian activists proclaimed the formation of the Republic of North Ingria and elected a provisional government with pretensions to much of the region between Estonia and Finland that is now in the Russian Federation around St. Petersburg. (For background, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-ingermanlanders-punished-people.html.) To mark this anniversary, Paul Ingrian, who has been forced by Moscow to emigrate, issued an appeal calling for the Ingrians to become “the Fourth Baltic Republic,” reviving all the attributes of independent statehood that they had elaborated in 1919 on the basis of historical traditions (facebook.com/groups/freeingria.org/permalink/2848560648550611/). “The Republic North Ingria,” he continues, “was located on the Karelian isthmus, on portions of the present-day Priozersk and Vyborg districts of Leningrad Oblast” and had a total area of only about 30 square kilometers. The provisional capital of the Ingrian state was the “now already non-existent settlement of Kiryaskalo Its head and military commander in chief, Georg Elfvengren had a remarkable career: A tsarist colonel from Finland, he later served as a diplomat in Helsinki for the Belarusian Democratic Republic before being shot by the Soviets in 1927. He attacked St. Petersburg several times without success, although his moves led Lenin to move the capital to Moscow. Finnish leader Karl Gustaf Mannerheim asked Admiral Kolchak to provide support to the Ingria forces but the White Russian leader refused to do so. He wasn’t even willing to recognize the independence of Finland or Estonia and “never recognized Ingria.” Nonetheless, Ingria held out for two years. Its forces in the field were never defeated but the state ceased to exist as a result of the Tartu Peace Treaty between Soviet Russia and Estonia which defined Ingria as being part of the former. The original Ingrian flag has been carefully preserved in Helsinki’s Military Museum, from which supporters of Ingria hope to retrieve it and erect it over their own country. Last year, Ingrian says, “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania marked the centenary of their independence. The fourth independent Baltic Republic must become Ingria. And the flames of freedom which were ignited there 100 years ago burn in Ingria to this day.” For many, this may seem some kind of fantasy. But Moscow is taking it completely seriously and in recent months has attacked Ingrian activists, blocked an Ingrian website, and denounced all efforts to discuss the events of 1919-1920 in an honest manner. (See windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/situation-in-regions-deteriorating.html, windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/02/regionalist-movements-now-under-kremlin.html, andwindowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/06/moscow-still-refuses-to-recognize.html.)
The Belarusian government is concluding negotiations to borrow $600 million from China, announced Belarusian Deputy Finance Minister Andrei …
Paul Goble Staunton, July 9 – The Russian language is the only “big language” whose home state claims to control it, opposes the development of country-specific varieties, and uses ethno-linguistic language to promote Russian influence not only in the former Soviet space but more broadly, Tomasz Kamusella says. That attitude and the policies it generates, the University of St. Andrews historian says, “stand in sharp contrast to other ‘big languages’ of the world: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese are not a seen as an exclusive property belonging to a single ‘mother’ country” (neweasterneurope.eu/2019/05/08/estonian-russian-if-or-when/ andispan.waw.pl/journals/index.php/ch/issue/view/92). The Russian notion and claim to a “linguistic empire” over time has come to be “increasingly and unabashedly Russian in an ethnic and political sense” and must be opposed not only by negative steps such as bans and restrictions but by the positive one of promoting a nationalized Russian. A dozen years ago, Moscow established the Russian World Foundation, “ostensibly to popularize the Russian language worldwide in emulation of the British Council or Germany’s Geothe-Institut but in fact copying “China’s Confucius Institute” and “weaponizing language to overhaul the soft power of culture into a rapidly hardening instrument of projecting power.” Moscow used ethno-linguistic arguments with effect when it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, Kamusella continues. And such arguments “could easily be extended for justifying any grabbing of the eastern halves of Estonia and Latvia, together with the two countries’ heavily Russian-speaking capitals.” Most of the countries with sizeable Russian-speaking populations have struggled to “de-weaponize” the Russian language as “an instrument of hybrid warfare,” most often by restricting publication in Russian, insisting that Russian materials are viewed as foreign, and working to counter Moscow television. – and are “insufficient.” Such negative measures along, Kamusella argues, are often counter-productive – they anger Russian speakers and spark international criticism by Moscow and other governments who see them as a form of unacceptable discrimination. “Proactive ones must complement them, especially” in places with large Russophone populations. One of the potentially most effective but as yet little developed is the promotion of a codified and “country-specific” Russian. In 2014-2015, some in Kyiv called for that as a means to separating Russian speakers in that country from Moscow. “But this idea was pushed to the back burner and forgotten.” Codifying a county specific Russian “is increasingly easier and cheaper with the plethora of online resources available for automating this process,” and “no budgerary concern justifies not following down this easy lane, if it could effective de-weaponize the offensive potential of monocentric Russian.” To show what he believes needs to be done to nationalize Russian, he gives Estonia as an example. “First of all,” Kamusella says, “a governmental Institute of the Estonian Russian Language should be founded in Tallinn, complete with a team of scholars and experts knowledgeable about Estonian, Slavic languages, English, and online linguistic solutions.” “Second,” he continues, “a corpus of such a country-specific variant of Estonian Russian should gather vocabulary and phrases employed in publications, radio and television programs produced on the territory of Estonia during the last two or three centuries, perhaps beginning with Muscovy’s seizure of the Swedish provinces of Estland and Livonia in the early 18th century.” And “third, on this basis an authoritative dictionary and grammar of Estonian Russian need to be compiled, alongside bilingual dictionaries, pairing this language with the national and official language of Estonian and with English.” Such an Estonian Russian could even be written in Latin script and its syntax could follow Estonian and pre-1917 Russian patterns. “Republishing all the pre-1917 Russian-language classics for school use in Estonia could be another useful measure for enriching Estonian Russian. During the Soviet times all the re-published literary texts from the imperial period had to be “modernized” in order to comply with the new revolutionary spelling.” And, Kamusella suggests, “yet another way of bolstering Estonian Russian could be drawing at the cultural and linguistic resources of nearby Belarus. The 1995 introduction of Russian as a co-official language in this country effectively pushed the national language of Belarusian to social and cultural margins.” “Luckily,” the St. Andrews scholar argues, “the considerable tradition of Belarusian-language literature and other publications produced between the late 19th century and today is meticulously preserved, researched and made available both in print and online.” Indeed, “what is all too often forgotten is the fact that, until the mid-20th century, Belarusian-language writers and publishers regularly used the Latin alphabet, alongside Cyrillic. As a result, like in the case of Serbo-Croatian, Belarusian also boasts its own two parallel alphabets. All the country’s intellectuals know the Belarusian Latin alphabet, or Łacinka.”
Rostec and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the makers of Su-57, had already applied for exporting the fighter and are awaiting clearance from Russian President Vladimir Putin before officially offering the jet to potential customers.
After nearly a year of being at an impasse, Russia’s arms deal negotiations with India have moved forward. Moscow and Delhi have agreed to a …
European Council President Donald Tusk says Russia’s move to ban direct flights to Georgia was “unjustified and disproportional.”
U.S. administration officials have warned of “active threats” to the 2020 presidential elections as they briefed Congress on measures that the government has taken to improve security following wha…
The experts that testified at this hearing were credible, well informed, but, quite frankly, they overwhelmed the committee. The topic of Russian Information Warfare waged against the United States and the West is much more complicated than the briefing could handle. It was obvious the questions posed to the experts were written by staffers. With all the experts on hand, they still did not nearly cover the breadth and depth of the tools and weapons used in their war against the West in the information realm nor all the tools and weapons we have available to counter but, to date, have not done so. Though Congress has been provided the recommendations on multiple occasions, it was quite obvious the lessons had not been learned, quite possibly they had not even been read. Most certainly, very few people in the room understood the multi-faceted approach which must be taken to not only detect incoming and inbound information bomblets, but even fewer know how to counter them. Unfortunately the Global Engagement Center is not and should not be the central focus, but it is recognized as such, further hindering US efforts to counter malignant foreign disinformation, propaganda, misinformation, and fake news. Not pointed out was that there is no Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, who should be the person responsible for synchronizing, coordinating, and reaching out to other governments for their assistance and lessons learned from the corporate world, academic, the military, and other governments and entities around the world. It was good to see John Lansing, the CEO of the USAGM, there, but, again, they are but one tool in what should be a very large toolbox. I’ve written dozens of papers on the subject that are comprehensive, I’ll share with anyone needing copies. </end editorial>
Italy’s deputy prime minister has denied that his party sought money from Russian investors after reports that one of his close aides discussed a secret oil deal in Moscow.
CEO of Ukrainian national railways company PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia Yevhen Kravtsov has announced Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania have launched a new container train. The train will run twice a week from Lithuania’s Draugyste railway station to the Ukrainian city of Brovary.
Awesome footage straight from the Cold War. After WWII and through the Cold War some countries (especially in eastern Europe) developed the concept of highway strips: a section of a highway, motorway or other form of public road used as a runway to get rid off one of the basic drawbacks of combat planes – runway dependency. In fact, airstrips and their coordinates were not secret, neither in the West nor in Soviet Russia and they would be destroyed or at least targeted at the beginning of any conventional or nuclear conflict. As we have already explained in the past, the German Autobahn, designed in the 1920s and 30s, had sections that could be used as runways by tactical jets as well as military cargo planes: for instance, the A-29 between Ahlhorn and Groβenkneten is one example of highway where, during the Cold War, NATO planners built a road to accommodate NATO aircraft in case of war. In that period, even Warsaw Pact countries had several highway strips: Poland had as many as 21 DOLs, Drogowy Odcinek Lotniskowy, which is a Polish name for highway strips: improvised runways made of hightway section with wider ends to provide parking spaces for the planes. One of these is still located near Stettin (Szczecin) on the Voyvodeship Road 142 near the S3 State Road on the German-planned highway towards Kaliningrad. This highway was built in the 1930s by Adolf Hitler and was a part of the Reichsautobahn network which emerged before the WWII; the remaining ones are mostly out of use. Highway operations were part of the standard training conducted mainly in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe during the Cold War until the collapse of the Warsaw Pact made highway take-offs and landings less frequent. Actually highway operations have been carried out in Asia too, for instance in Singapore and North Korea.
VHÚ MOVIES Published on Aug 29, 2018 The documentary “Highway” was shot by the Czechoslovak Army Film in the fall of 1980 during a military exercise between the 136th and 139th kilometers of the recently completed D1 motorway connecting the two largest Czech cities, Prague and Brno. This part of the highway at Stránecká Zho was deliberately built so that it could be used as a take-off and landing runway for military fighters that were in service with the Czechoslovak People’s Army after the removal of crash barriers and traffic signs.
The government of Bulgaria on Wednesday approved a plan to purchase eight new U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter jets in a bid to bring the country’s air force up to NATO standards.
American legislators believe that by inviting Ukraine’s President at the joint session of Congress, they will give a strong message to the Russian authority: Americans stand side by side with the Ukrainian nation. Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform. A group of American parliamentarians wants to invite President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi to deliver speech at the joint meeting of the American Congress. The co-chairs of the Ukrainian caucus in the Congress appealed to the Spokesperson of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelos. “As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, we respectfully urge you to invite President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, to address a joint meeting of Congress,” the letter reads. The US Congress members Marcy Kaptur, Andy Harris, Brian Fitzpatrick and Mike Quigley signed the letter. The document reads that Zelenskyi should visit the US under the invitation of the White House. “We welcome the high-level engagement, and ask that Congress extend a hand of friendship to the newly elected President with such an invitation,” the letter reads. The US Congress noted that Ukraine has to deal with such challenges as fight against Russian aggression, counterwork against inherited corruption, provision of economic growth and prosperity of the Ukrainian nation. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3136864
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yegor Bozhk received a delegation from the US Department of Defense, where he discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation in the security sector, in particular, US assistance in strengthening the capabilities of the security and defense sector of Ukraine and reforming Ukraine’s defense industry in Ukraine. According to Defense Express , the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports . The United States Department of Defense’s Senior Advisor for Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia, Katherine Sendak, was headed by a delegation from the United States. During the meeting, special attention was paid to improving coordination in preventing aggressive actions of the Russian Federation, including modalities of a possible future monitoring mission in the Black Sea, strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of cyber security. Yegor Bogzok informed the US side about the situation in the area of the OEC, the efforts of the Ukrainian side in order to eradicate forces near the village of Stanitsa Lugansk and release of Ukrainian seamen who are illegally detained in the Russian Federation, as well as measures to resolve the issues on the agenda of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.
The visit of the North Atlantic Council of NATO to Ukraine, which was previously scheduled for July, will take place in late October, NATO headquarters told Interfax-Ukraine in Brussels on Thursday.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the Law “On Ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel.” — Ukrinform.
The Ministries of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Israel signed a declaration on the intensification of cooperation, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has stated. — Ukrinform.
Russia is ready for negotiations on Ukraine in any format, but the meeting should be well-prepared, and a government should be formed in Kyiv, Russian President Vladimir Putin says. The Russian president says he is ready to negotiate on Ukraine in any format.
11.07.19 11:18 – Klimkin’s advice to Zelenskyi on Putin talks: Only together with friends and partners On July 8, Zelenskyi offered Putin to meet in Minsk to discuss the conflict in Donbas with the participation of the leaders of France, Germany, UK, and the US View news.
The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has declined a draft resolution on discharging Pavlo Klimkin as foreign minister of Ukraine.
Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan has said the European Court of Justice may soon lift sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies. Sargan said the current EU sanctions against 12 former Ukrainian officials and their closest associates were prolonged in March 2019 and would remain in force.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 10 – The decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to reseat the Russian delegation despite no changes in Moscow’s behavior and despite the fact that most European countries continue to maintain a sanctions regime against Russian actions is not the only mixed signal the West is sending, Kseniya Kirillova says. And while it has received vastly more attention, this may not be the most significant one or the one most likely to lead the Kremlin to conclude that it can divide the West and even get away with a new round of aggression against Ukraine, the US-based Russian journalist continues (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D24A17C3A17A). That more dangerous mixed signal may come from a decision to have a NATO naval exercise near Ukraine, something that infuriates Moscow without providing any guarantee that the alliance would in fact come to Ukraine’s rescue. On that point, she quotes the words of Andreas Umland, an expert at Kyiv’s Institute of Euro-Atlantic Cooperation. Umland observes that he does not entirely understand “the logic of NATO’s presence for Georgia and Ukraine because, on the one hand, they are not members of the Alliance and correspondingly, NATO has not assumed any obligation to defend them. But on the other, their cooperation with NATO in the Black Sea angers Russia.” “In order to escape this contradiction,” he continues, “the countries of NATO should give Ukraine and NATO some kind of alternative guarantees of security, possibly not via full membership in the Alliance but for example at the level of bilateral treaties as in the relations of the US and South Korea or in the framework of the Bucharest 10 or the Intermarium concept.” And Umland concludes that “to approach the borders of Ukraine with forces without giving any guarantees of help looks in my view inconsistent.” And such inconsistencies are exactly the kind of thing that leads Moscow to assume it can exploit them to its advantage (ru.krymr.com/a/evropejskim-politikam-ne-udastsa-zabyt-o-kryme/29984345.html). Indeed, Kirillova points out, Moscow is doing two things which suggest it is more than ready to do so in order to launch a new campaign against Ukraine from occupied Crimea. On the one hand, it continues to build up offensive forces there that have no purpose except to be used to carry out such attacks. And on the other, the Russian authorities refuse to address the serious water shortages in Crimea, quite possibly so that they can use this to justify a move into southeastern Ukraine. All too many people in the West might be quite willing to accept Moscow’s argument that it had no choice but to attack in order to get water that Kyiv was denying the people of Crimea. The Russian journalist cites the words of Ukrainian political analyst Taras Berezovets on this point. “Perhaps,” he says, “Putin is not hurrying to develop alternative sources of supply of potable water precisely because he needs a pretext for a future invasion.” Many would see that as a sufficient reason not to oppose Moscow (ru.krymr.com/a/taras-berezovec-dzheyson-smart-ob-obostrenii-situacii-v-krymu/29994959.html). And at the same time, he adds, perhaps ominously, “Ukraine does not have a sufficient number of forces on its southern border because our main military formations are concentrated in the Donbass.”
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak announced the upcoming naval transitions of the navy forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine through the Kerch Strait He spoke about this in a Novelty interview Earlier such transitions were already announced by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine answering the questions about the passages through the Kerch Strait said: – Specifically, at this moment – no. And in general – of course, we plan. Because the Kerch Strait is ours, as if the Russians did not shout that it was theirs. In the future, we will plan passages through the duct. But at the moment we do not plan such, – answered Ruslan Khomchak Regarding the creation of a Ukrainian group on the Azov Sea by the lieutenant general, it was confirmed that the base of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Berdyansk was established: – Continues in Berdyansk. Of course, not as fast as we would like. In Mariupol – no. As for Berdyansk, the decision has already been taken, said Khomchak It should be recalled that last year the creation of the navy grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had to take place in three stages. The first – in September 2018, two small armored artillery boats, Kremenchuk (P177) and Lubny (P178), were delivered to Berdyansk by land. At the second stage, with the passage through the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait , from the port of Odessa to the port of departure Mariupol, on September 20, the search and rescue vessel Donbass (A500) and the Marine tug “Korets” (A830) traveled with the West Military- the naval base of the Navy of Ukraine in Odesa to the port of landing Mariupol. On September 23 they crossed the Kerch Strait and arrived at the port of departure in Mariupol on September 24. The third stage began on November 23, 2018, then two small armored artillery boats “Berdyansk” (P175) and “Nikopol” (P176), as well as a racetrack “Yana Kapu” (A947), departed from the port of Odessa to the Azov Sea. On the morning of November 25, 2018, they arrived in the Kerch Strait where they were scheduled to move with the subsequent movement to one of the ports of departure on the Azov Sea. Actions of the Ukrainian MBAK Berdyansk and Nikopol in the area of the incident of ram However, on that day Russia made a number of provocations against our ships, and when the command of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decided to return ships to Odessa, they committed an act of aggression in the Black Sea waters and captured Ukrainian ships . Chronology of those events on the video:
There was a spectacular video of the training of a joint squadron of the warships participating in the international exercises Sea Breeze-2019 (Sea Breeze-2019). The video of the exercises was made public on the YouTube channel “Television and Radio Breeze of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine”, reports Defense Express . News on the topic: On the “SI BRIZZ-2019” TEACHINGS READED “REPAIR” INFRASTRUCTURE It is noted that during the second practical phase of the exercises “Sea Breeze – 2019″ in the sea a squadron of military ships participating in maneuvers was lined up and conducted training like ” FOTEKS “. In addition to the ships, large-scale training at sea was also involved in naval aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the US Navy. News by topic: COMPLETED AIR TRAINING COMPONENT “SI BRIZZ-2019” (VIDEO) COMPLETED Recall that this year, the international team-wide exercise Sea Breeze-2019 involves almost 3 thousand troops from 19 countries. 900 military personnel represent Ukraine. The trainings involved about 30 ships and 30 aircraft. News on the topic: MINIMUM CALCULATIONS OF THE UKRAINIAN AND US-UKRAINIAN MARINE BODIES ON THE “SEA BREEZE-2019” (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Studies take place from July 1 to July 12 in the south of Ukraine in four stages. The main efforts during the training are directed at the development of control and protection of maritime communications, as well as important coastal infrastructure. 190711 Foteks 1
At one of the training grounds of the Odesa region, the Marine Corps divisions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for the next operational duty as part of the European Union’s combat tactical team, Helbrok . This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During training, soldiers work out elements of stabilization actions in the crisis region. 190711 Helbroc 1 As Senior Lieutenant Sergei R. told the commander of the unit, in one day the Marines carried out an assault on the command-and-control station of the enemy using the airborne delivery method of the assault group, worked out the actions on a stationary checkpoint reflecting the attack on the object and evacuating the wounded, improving skills from fire training. 190711 Helbroc 2 The actions of the Ukrainian Marines were observed by Brigadier General Georgios Basmalis , Commander of the EU Battlegroup Helbruck . He gave positive assessments to the level of training of military personnel, the training and motivation of personnel. 190711 Helbroc 4 It is worth noting that Cyprus is now facing a further intensification of relations between the EU and Turkey in connection with the illegal drilling of gas and oil in the economic zone of Cyprus (Cyprus is part of the EU). In this regard, the European Union plans to impose sanctions against Turkey. Reference: Helbroc is a reduction from the English names of the countries – Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus ( HELBROC – HEL las, B ulgaria, RO mania, C yprus), which are part of the European Union Military Task Force.
“The Crimea issue for him [Putin] is a matter of principle. As long as he is in the Kremlin, nothing will change. Crimea will be returned over Mr. Putin’s dead body,” Ponomarev told the ATR Crimean Tatar TV channel. “But another issue is the issue of Donbas. Donbas for Putin is a dilemma. He needs to save his face in any way to tell citizens of the Russian Federation that there was a certain task there and it has been completed: the Russian language and something else, i.e. we have won. Russia may leave Donbas, but it will not return Crimea until Putin is in the Kremlin,” he said.
Police in Moscow have detained dozens of demonstrators who rallied in front of the Supreme Court to show solidarity with four Crimean Tatars sentenced to lengthy prison terms on terrorism charges.
About 50 Crimean Tatars detained for rally in Moscow as lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported on Facebook. The law enforcers noted that the Crimean Tatars came to the building of the Supreme Court of Russia, where the appeal in Hizb-ut-Tahrir is considered. “The mass detentions of Crimean Tatars, who came as listeners at the Supreme Court of Russia, have begun in Moscow! At least 50 Crimean Tatars detained in Moscow,” the lawyer reported.
Ukraine’s foreign intelligence veteran, Lieutenant General Vasyl Bohdan has said Russia will be forced to release captive Ukrainian sailors for a number of objective reasons. Bohdan said Putin should be interested in the implementation of the ITLOS decision.
A Russian military vessel entered a zone closed-off for firing practice during the Sea Breeze 2019 exercise, the press service of Ukraine’s …
Russian military ship provoked a dangerous situation
The government in Kyiv says one of its soldiers has been killed and nine others wounded in a battle with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
11.07.19 10:22 – 42 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: Ukrainian soldier died, nine – injured July 10, armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 42 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 28 times. View news.
Russia’s hybrid military forces on Wednesday mounted 42 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another nine as wounded in action (WIA). Each enemy attack saw an adequate response from Ukraine’s Joint Forces.
Ukrainian serviceman killed as militants hit army lorry. One more serviceman was wounded. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Near the southern part of the Hranitne village in eastern Ukraine, an anti-tank missile system destroyed a KrAZ truck belonging to one of the …
Yesterday at about 15:00 near the Granit in the Donetsk region a military truck KrAZ-5233 was fired from an anti-tank missile complex. This was announced by the official website of the President of Ukraine As a result, one soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was killed and one was injured. The deceased is a native of Nikolaev, a 406th soldier of the OAB. General Khrunzhey Alexei Almazov, Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Junior Sergeant Anton Fak.
Prosecutor’s Office of Donetsk region investigates the attack at the cargo vehicle of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the Russian hybrid troops as terrorist act as the prosecutor’s office reported on Facebook. “Under the procedural direction of Volnovakha Prosecutor’s Office, the investigators of Chief Department of the National Police in Donetsk region provide the pretrial investigation of the criminal proceeding qualified as terrorist act,” the message said. The law enforcers specified that on July 10, about 3:30 p.m. the illegal armed formations of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) shelled military vehicle of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with anti-tank guided missile at the exit from Graninte. Related: 5,000 residents of Ukraine’s East suffer from armed conflict, – UN “In the result of the attack a 21-year-old senior sailor-spotter died and a 32-year-old operator of unmanned aerial systems squad sustained numerous shrapnel wounds of chest, abdomen, lower limb and neck,” the prosecutor’s office reported. The pretrial investigation in this case continues. As we reported one Ukrainian serviceman died as the anti-tank guided missile hit the body of the cargo vehicle in the south suburbs of Granitne, Donetsk region. Another serviceman is moderately wounded.
One soldier was killed and one wounded on July 10 after an anti-tank missile hit a military truck, which was traveling in a motorcade with the head of the state administration of thе Donetsk Oblast. The incident took place on July 10 at the village’s exit in the direction of Hnutove checkpoint. The shelling of the vehicle of the Ukrainian Army in Hranitne village is an attempt to undermine the Minsk process and endanger the restoration of negotiations in the Normandy format. It was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky when commenting on the shelling of the AFU vehicle. One soldier was killed and one wounded on July 10 after an anti-tank missile hit a military truck “This blatant attack clearly showed who really doesn’t want peace in Donbas. I consider the shelling in Hranitne an attempt to undermine the Minsk process and endanger the agreements on the restoration of negotiations in the Normandy format. However, the expectations of the provocateurs will not come true. Our commitment to diplomatic solutions is immutable,” Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized. The President commissioned Chief of the General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak to intensify the activity of the AFU on the detection and elimination of subversive groups and provide an immediate tough response to any attempts of armed provocations against Ukrainian civilians and servicemen. Volodymyr Zelensky also expressed condolences to the family of the warriors killed in the AFU vehicle. He also wished fast recovery to the wounded defender/
Militants of the Russian hybrid army in the Donbas posted a video, showing a live deployment of fuel air explosive mine sweeping system UR-83P against the Ukrainian defenders in reckless neglect of the lives of civilians. A single charge of UR-83 contains 1,500 kg of TNT, it is designed to provide an elongated blast area. The system is also colloquially known as “Zmey Gorynych”, a fire-spewing dragon from the Slavic folk tales. InformNapalm investigators have repeatedly written about sightings and locations of such mine-sweeping systems, which were used by Russian troops in assault role in Chechnya and more recently in the storming of the Donetsk airport in the Donbas. A video of the recent use of UR-83P was posted by one of the occupiers who made the footage with a mobile phone, the press service of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports.
Militants of the Russian hybrid army in the Donbas posted a video, showing a live deployment of fuel air explosive mine sweeping system UR-83P against the Ukrainian defenders in reckless neglect of the lives of civilians. A video of the recent use of UR-83P was posted by one of the occupiers who made the footage with a mobile phone, the press service of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports. The video shows a rocket launched from the side of militants, then the charge dropping in the middle of the built-up area followed a powerful explosion with a visible shock wave. The effect of detonation of the UR-83P charge is equivalent to the use of a one-ton aerial bomb. “The video confirms that the hybrid Russian-terrorist troops are shooting right from the residential streets of the village of Oleksandrivka, hoping that the Armed Forces of Ukraine would yield to the provocation and return fire, which will enable them to continue spreading their propaganda. We record the facts of a intentional destruction of civilian buildings by the militants on the temporarily occupied territories. The video and other materials about this incident have been handed over to the JCCC”, — said the representative of the 24th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The launch video was apparently shot in late June. On June 29, 2019, a report appeared on the page of the 24th Brigade showing parts of the recovered booster engine from this system.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation continue to grossly violate the Minsk agreements by deploying surface-to-air missile system, multiple launch rocket systems, tanks and howitzers in Donbas in violation of withdrawal lines. — Ukrinform.
Since August 2017, almost 1,057 war-damaged private houses have been restored in Donetsk region, using funds from the regional financial reserve, according to the press service of the Donetsk Regional State Administration. — Ukrinform.
10.07.19 17:11 – Belarusian citizen sentenced to two years in jail for participation in Donbas Conflict Brest Court of Belarus delivered a verdict to a 44-year-old citizen of Belarus in accusation of the participation in the armed conflict in Donbas at the side of the terrorist formation Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). View news.
A German citizen who was born in Kyrgyzstan has received a suspended sentence for joining Russia-backed forces in eastern Ukraine. The trial is the second case in which a participant in the conflict is being prosecuted in Germany.
Military counterintelligence agents from Ukraine’s SBU State Security Service have uncovered a National Guard lieutenant colonel with Russian citizenship, who earlier collected information on a USB flash drive in the then Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters about National Guard battle missions.
The servicemen of a separate engineering and aerodrome battalion from the Khmelnytsky region take part in command-and-staff training in which part of the runway will be restored as part of the exercises. Informs the Army As part of the maneuvers, the Pogolians carried out more than 250-kilometer march to the designated place on regular equipment. According to the commander of a separate battalion, Colonel Alexander Katiukha, the personnel should fulfill the tasks determined by the Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Instructing personnel of Khmelnytsky separate engineering and aerodrome battalion before the march Photo: Army Inform March technology of Khmelnytsky separate engineering and aerodrome battalion Photo: Army Inform In particular, military engineers will recover part of the runway at one of the airfields. – The battalion’s military already has a great experience in replacing metal coverings for military flights. Before that, they successfully repaired a number of runways at the airfields of Western, Central and Northern Ukraine, “said the commander of a separate engineering airfield battalion, Colonel Alexander Katiukha. Similar exercises also take place within the framework of the international military exercise Sea Breeze 2019 , where fighters of the 133rd Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 assist in restoring the runway of the Military Airfield in Nikolaev. American military builders, using their equipment, dismantled the destroyed plates. Completion of dismantling of destroyed aerodrome runway slabs in Nikolayev Photo: US Navy / Lt. Amanda Caffey And already in place of the dismantled formed a reinforcing grid and poured it with concrete, for the formation of a new concrete slab in the runway aerodrome. Work of the 133rd Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 at the Kelbakino Aerodrome Photo: Facebook / Sea Breeze exercise The American side has already completed work on the aerodrome within the exercise.
Radio troops of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are actively re-armed with the latest radar weapons of domestic production. Informs the Army Among the new samples is the three-coordinate radar station of the round-the-clock 79K6 “Pelican” manufactured by Iskra, and the ground-moving, maladorated radar P-18 “Malakhit” from the company “Ukrspetstekhnika”. How many new stations came to the troops during the first half of 2019 in the Command did not report the species, but assure that their number allowed to re-equip several units at once. “Today, we focused on rearmament of the most remote radio engineering units covering the state border of Ukraine,” said Major-General Sergei Vishnevsky, the chief of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Sergey Vishnevsky says that during the war years the level of equipment and equipment has increased significantly, mobility and combat capabilities of the RTU units have increased. – The newest radar stations can detect possible air threats several hundred kilometers from Ukraine’s airspace. They are more powerful and efficient, – said Vishnevsky All Ukrainian radar stations are also integrated into a single airspace monitoring system and form a solid radar field along the entire state border. So, if the enemy dare to attack the air, this will not be a surprise to our troops. Video presentation of radar station 80K6K1 (export name for 79K6 “Pelican”) produced by Iskra NPC:
For the expansion of the capabilities of small armored artillery boats for the 58155 project in the interests of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine developed an unmanned aerial vehicle “F-2M” This is reported by the Television and Radio studio “Breeze” of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine The complex was demonstrated in Odessa on the Day of the Ukrainian Fleet, which was celebrated on July 7th. Currently, state tests are being conducted and the issue of setting up “F-2M” for the Armed Forces of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being solved. Also in the plot were presented tactical and technical characteristics of the unmanned aerial aircraft “F-2M”: Practical ceiling : 5000 meters Flight Duration : up to 12 hours Speed range : 70-150 km / h Maximum take-off weight : 18 kg Cruising speed : 90-110 km / h Weight of payload : up to 4 kg Flight radius : up to 80 km The launch of the UAV will be carried out from a small armored artillery boat with a catapult, and landing – parachuting to the water from where it will take the team. Unmanned aerial vehicle “F-2M” is equipped with an internal combustion engine. The Ukrainian enterprise “Unmanned Technologies”, LLC, which has the relevant experience in the UAV samples manufactured, is engaged in the development and production of the complex.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in 2014-2016 Aivaras Abromavicius has been elected head of the supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom state concern, which he joined on June 12 under a decree of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a source in the government told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.
The Ukrainian company Motor Sich, whose president was awarded Ukraine’s highest national title, the Hero of Ukraine, MP and four-time member of …
The Servant of the People Party remains in the lead in the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, scheduled for July 21. Four other political forces clear the 5% threshold and confidently enter the Verkhovna Rada.
The most prepared technocrat candidates for the post of prime minister are ex-Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavičius and Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (Board member) Vladyslav Rashkovan, UkraineAlert blog editor for the Washington, D.C.-based Atlantic Council Melinda Haring has said.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has passed a new Electoral Code. The code provides for a proportional electoral system for the election of members of parliament with a single nationwide electoral list, which is formed by political parties.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has approved the new Electoral Code (bill No. 3112-1) at second reading, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed that the lustration law be extended to former President Petro Poroshenko and senior official during his presidency. Zelensky expressed confidence the actions of all these people would receive a “fair legal assessment” in the future.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed introducing the purge of the president, the parliament speaker, people’s deputies, the SBU chief, the NSDC secretary and other high-ranking officials who held positions between February 23, 2014, and May 19, 2019. — Ukrinform.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has summoned former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for questioning on July 17. The SBI has not yet reported either the time when the interrogation starts or the case in which the ex-president is summoned.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy booted a regional government official with a criminal record from a meeting that was broadcast on live television. “Get out of here, rogue!” Zelenskiy shouted at Yaroslav Hodunok, a Boryspil city council secretary and parliamentary candidate. Zelenskiy was attending the meeting in the Kyiv region on July 10. Zelenskiy, a comedian and actor who took office in May, has vowed to root out entrenched corruption that has plagued Ukraine for decades.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has kicked a regional government official with a criminal record out of a meeting broadcast live on television.
10.07.19 17:56 – Zelenskyi says he will not allow Medvedchuk to monopolize Ukrainian television Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has said that the monopolization of television space, especially by people with pro-Russian views, is unacceptable during the war. View news.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has adopted a law introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine to strengthen liability for crimes committed in respect of a juvenile, a minor, and a person who has not reached puberty. — Ukrinform.
11.07.19 14:08 – Bust of Zhukov restored in Kharkiv. PHOTOS Bust of Soviet Marshal Georgiy Zhukov was restored in Kharkiv. View news.
The budget of the Ukrainian Startups Fund is UAH 400 million, and it plans to issue grants in the amount of $25,000-75,000 at early stages, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said.
New confinement commissioned at Chornobyl NPP. It is expected to operate at least for the next 100 years. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Ukraine is working on a strategy to develop the Chernobyl zone as a tourist attraction, and also plans to give the EU and NATO the opportunity …
The site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster is set to officially become a tourist attraction, Ukraine announced Wednesday.
The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is to be developed, Ukraine’s president says.