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The major Russia topic is Turkey and the S-400 – an immense political win for Russia, possibly the biggest since Europe backed off on the invasion of Crimea, and the Obama Administration talked Kyiv out of intervening. A barrage of nonsense from Erdogan-supporting media in Turkey. Ultimately Erdogan wants to break from the West to discourage Turks from emulating the Western path of social development and turning against autocracy, therefore poking NATO and the US in the eye with the S-400 play is an easy game plan. Nine reports on Russia’s descent – the Chekist regime has without doubt pried wide open every single societal fissure in this empire.
Belarus bumps up POL transit fees. NYT on the destabilisation of Russian style populism in Europe. The first RAF P-8A flies – curiously the RAF opted for USN camo rather than the unique RAF camo used on the Nimrod MR.2 LRMPs.
Peskov comments on the discussions between Ze and the Vozhd – evidently it did not go well as neither side produced anything like a readout, not unlike the Vozhd refusing to talk to Pres Poroshenko after heated telephone arguments. The major foreign policy topic in Ukraine is explosive anger over an Italian court jailing a Ukrainian NGU officer over the death of an Italian journalist in 2014, despite evidence from Gen Muzhenko and INTMIN Avakov that the defendent was not physically present where and when the prosecution alleged – exactly why Italy has played this way is a mystery. Rome might find that antagonising the Ukrainians to curry favor with Muscovy is not a smart game plan.
Donbas update – mostly translations. Notable is Col. Girkin bemoaning a 3-4 times greater Russian loss rate since Muscovy ramped up the optempo to pressure Ze. Girkin can complain as much as he likes, but this regime has, since Crimea, repeatedly expended its troops to posture politically – it is a way of telling Kyiv that Russia is strong enough to burn up troops indefinitely and never run out of willing expendable committed volunteers who will die for the cause. Hitler played this game intensively – the end result being that his Waffen SS became a majority foreign legion by 1945 as the ethnic German demographic was burned out, sustained 30% – 95% loss rates do that. Industry update – notable the Chinese reported to have reverse engineered Ukrainian and US gas turbines for their new warship engines.
Politics update – most interesting report is an RPG attack on 112.ua TV studio, owned by a pro-Russian proprietor. We often cite 112.ua in this series, noting that some of their editorials are highly biased, but a lot is unbiased. Chernobyl update.
Lara Seligman on Twitter: “A rare on camera Pentagon press briefing on Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 has been postponed indefinitely, DOD says. Nothing from State or WH. So even though the missile system was delivered this morning, it seems no one in the US administration is prepared to comment.”
A full work day after Turkey received the S-400 system, only Congress has responded.
No one is talking at DoD, State or the White House about today’s delivery of the Russian weapon system. Is the president considering looking the other way?
The Trump administration on Friday had little to say publicly after Turkey received a Russian air defense missile system, despite months of threats from the U.S. that doing so might lead to sanctions against the NATO ally.
Turkey ignored repeated warnings and purchased the S-400. Now, the US is trying to figure out how to respond.
Top senators on Friday called on President Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally accepted delivery of a Russian air defense missile system, a purchase U.S.
"It’s a problem. There’s no question about it," says a senior administration official.
The US administration has been silent, so far, on the delivery of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to Turkey. The opposite is true for Congress, where there has been bipartisan condemnation and demands for sanctions.
The United States moved closer to a full-blown crisis with fellow NATO member Turkey after Ankara said the first parts of the S-400 Russian missile defense systems had been delivered on July 12 and…
Key congressional committees express dismay after air defense systems begin arriving in Ankara, say Erdogan chose Putin over NATO
Blue and White MK warns that Turkey, Iran can ‘learn how to neutralize America’s most advanced weaponry’ if delivery of stealth fighters goes forward
Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defence equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally.
(Bloomberg) — By taking delivery of Russian air-defense systems, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has crossed a second political Rubicon in as many weeks at the risk of lasting damage to his country’s economy and relationship with the West. That’s partly by design: Erdogan has long sought to transform the Westward-facing Turkish republic that emerged from the former Ottoman Empire. His aim is to reshape Turkey as a distinctively Muslim power, less dependent on U.S. weapons systems and security guarantees, and no longer in thrall to Western credit markets and values. Buying the S-400s, as one Turkish cabinet minister has put it, amounts to a declaration of independence. Turkey sees the balance of power shifting away from Europe and the U.S. and envisions itself as a more independent actor in a changing global order, according to two senior Turkish officials who asked not to be named discussing government strategy. “Turkey has decided the U.S. is no longer an indispensable partner,’’ said Soli Ozel, professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University, describing the Russian missile purchase as a strategic break. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just about Erdogan.’’
Erdogan’s decision to go ahead with Russian S-400s is likely to rile the US
In the end, the transfer of the first parts of the Russian S-400 air defense systems to Turkey has begun as the Turkish government officially announced the shipment on July 12. The delivery of the systems has been publicized through separate statements of the Defense Ministry and Defense Industry Presidency.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and acting U.S. counterpart Mark Esper late Friday night discussed issues related to Turkey’s acquisition of…
The arrival of Russian S-400 missile systems to Ankara on Friday indicates that the United States has failed to dictate its will to Turkey, one of NATO’s key members, according to Andrei Kortunov, director general of Kremlin-founded think tank the Russian International Affairs Council. Turkey received its first delivery of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles systems despite Washington’s repeated warnings that it will face U.S. sanctions if it goes ahead with plans to acquire the Russian systems. “It is a victory after Ankara came under so much pressure that many, even in Russia, didn’t believe Erdogan would go through with it as it will entail severe consequences for Turkey,” Kortunov told Bloomberg by phone.
Turkey should not receive the F-35 fighter jets that it has purchased, and it should be expelled from the F-35 programme if Ankara accepts delivery of Russian S-400 missile systems, said U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday. U.S. officials say the S-400 is incompatible with NATO defences and have repeatedly threatened Turkey with sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and expulsion from the F-35 fighter jet programme if it installs the Russian systems. “If confirmed, my recommendation would be to discontinue the transfer of F35 aircraft to Turkey and unwind Turkey from the F-35 program if Turkey accepts delivery of the S-400,” current Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Milley will replace Gen. Joseph Dunford to become the United States’ highest ranking military officer if he is confirmed as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sympathetic statements from Trump about the S-400 crisis with Turkey during the G-20 summit in Osaka last month were interpreted by Turkish officials as a sign that sanctions could be avoided. However, several analysts have argued that Trump has limited options to save Turkey from U.S. measures. Once the Russian missile systems are delivered to Turkey, the CAATSA legislation states that the U.S. President shall impose sanctions and the president must choose five of 12 proposed sanctions. Related Articles Küçük resim Turkey to take delivery of S-400s in three instalments – report Küçük resim Do Turkey a favour Mr. Trump – impose sanctions for S-400s now
ANKARA: At a critical junction in bilateral relations, the new US ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, arrived in Ankara on Wednesday just as S-400 Russian air defense systems were delivered to Turkey. The American diplomat will now look to bring US-Turkey relations back on track, defusing complicated bilateral issues in Syria and derailing Russian-Turkish military
As short-term risks are building for Turkish equities with the delivery of a Russian missile defense system that has drawn the threat of U.S. sanctions, option traders are bracing for losses.
Earlier on Friday, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said in a statement that Ankara received the first batch of components for the S-400 air defence systems.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – A Russian aircraft delivered on Saturday another batch of Russian S-400 air defence system components to a Turkish air base, according to the NTV broadcaster.
Turkey has begun taking delivery of a Russian missile system that has irked US officials but serves as a win for both President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kremlin. Turkish television showed scenes of three Russian cargo planes arriving at a military airport in the Turkish capital, Ankara, reportedly
Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defense equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally.
The arrival of the Russian missile defence system in Ankara could mark a major rupture between Turkey and the US.
Two years ago, Turkey declared it would buy Russia’s S-400 missile defense system because the United States had dragged its feet in selling an American alternative.
The purchase of the sophisticated S-400 antiaircraft equipment was fiercely opposed by NATO and by Washington, which is expected to respond with sanctions.
Ankara takes delivery of the first parts of a Russian missile defence system despite US opposition.
The Russian and Turkish defense ministries said on July 12 that Russia had delivered the first parts of an S-400 air defense system to Ankara, rankling the US, which has said the deal indicates NATO member Turkey’s growing ties to Russia. The US had said it would block deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey and cut off Turkish military pilots from training should they proceed with the Russian deal, and also warned that Turkey could face economic sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the Washington Post , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the deal, saying Turkey had the sovereign right to defend itself. Both the Russian Ministry of Defense and Turkish Ministry of Defense released footage on July 12 of cargo arriving at the Murted Air Base in Ankara. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense via Storyful
Turkey took its first deliveries of the Russian S-400 air defense system on Friday, a development likely to trigger U.S. sanctions on Ankara and escalate tensions between Turkey and its Western partners in the NATO military alliance.
Defying threats from the USA that it would be cut from the F-35 stealth fighter programme, Turkey took delivery of the first batch of components for the Russian-built S-400 surface-to-air missile system on 12 July. The Russian defence ministry and the Turkish defence ministry each released videos of an Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy cargo transport landing at Turkey’s Mürted Air Base, with several military green trucks rolling out of the airlifter’s nose door ramp. Those trucks are said to hold the initial delivery of S-400 parts.
Here’s how the Kremlin handled devastating flooding, the second-deadliest submarine disaster since the Kursk, and an expletive-laden tirade targeting President Vladimir Putin.
The arrest of a powerful law enforcement official highlights the deepening rivalries of the country’s security services as President Vladimir V. Putin approaches another term limit.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 11 – “No one controls the world entirely and completely, Alina Vitukhnovskaya says; but many Russians from the Kremlin on down want to believe that forces behind the scenes in fact do, a perspective that shifts responsibility away from themselves by suggesting individuals don’t matter and one that provides a focus for their anger. And despite expectations, increasingly widespread access to the Internet has not reduced this proclivity but intensified it because Russians like others turn to the web to find confirmation for what they already believe rather than to test their beliefs against the evidence (newizv.ru/article/general/10-07-2019/krugom-vragi-konspirologiya-stala-osnovoy-rossiyskoy-ideologii). As a result, the Russian commentator says, conspiracy thinking has become “the main Russian ideology” of the Putin era. Recognizing this danger, she suggests, is the necessary first step to overcoming it or at least to avoid becoming caught in the trap and lost in a maze of half-truths that others are only too willing to manipulate. Archaic conspiracy thinking has always been characteristic of many Russians, but what is especially troubling now, Vitukhnovskaya says, is that it has spread to the elite which uses conspiracy thinking to distract attention and deflect blame from itself by positing a foreign conspiracy and then comes to view the world through the same lens and act on this vision. “One example of the pseudo-state structures for the production of conspiracy myths is the so-called Izborsky Club,” the commentator says. The “hallucinatory constructions” that organization offers, taken “directly” from the German models of Hitler’s time, have become “the ideological foundation of the present-day Russian statehood.” Kseniya Kirillova, a Russian journalist based in the US, says that no one should be surprised by this. Putin and his entourage have only “reproduced the model which existed in Soviet times” which posited a worldwide conspiracy directed at the destruction of the first “workers and peasants state” (svoboda.org/a/30025319.html). So widespread and influential is this conspiracy-based vision of the world that those who want to influence Putin or other senior leaders cast their arguments in terms of the existence of a conspiracy, knowing that their views are more likely to be accepted if they are put in terms of the world conception that the Kremlin leader and his entourage already have. “In the chekist consciousness,” she continues, “any serious activity is viewed as the result of someone’s special operation, carried out on the basis of someone’s order and someone’s money,” she writes. And there must always be “a curator” in charge be it the CIA, the State Department, the Bilderberg Club, or some even more shadowy organization. Kirillova’s comments are in response to a recent article by Mark Galleoti, a Western specialist on Russian politics, who suggests that Putin himself is the victim of a conspiracy of conspiracy thinkers in his own regime (theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/20/west-putin-russia-spymaster-spies-ukraine-us). At one level, of course, Putin is a victim of such conspiracy thinking; but as Kirillova points out, Putin is a willing one given that he shares the perspective of those offering up such ideas – they are his appointees after all — rather than being a rational actor who is being misled by others as The Guardian commentary implies. Presenting Putin as victim of the conspiracy thinking by others is perhaps the latest Western attempt to suggest the top man in Moscow is better than those around him, a view that traces its origins to Gorbachev’s time when the Soviet president was often given credit for anything positive in the USSR and absolved, via this means, of any responsibility for everything bad. Putin in fact is not a victim in this case: he is a co-conspirator — or even more a prime believer in and orchestrator of this conspiratorial worldview.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 12 – The Russian economy has been in stagnation for eleven years, the longest such period without economic growth in the history of the country, and a slump that appears likely to continue to for some years to come, according to Rosbalt commentator Sergey Shelin. Russians have seen their standard of living fall much more sharply than this at many points in the past, “but such a long period of economic stagnation is something that the country has never seen, not even once,” he continues – and that means Russia is entering into uncharted territory (rosbalt.ru/blogs/2019/07/12/1791925.html). While there are disputes about aspects of this situation, Shelin continues, “the fact of economic stagnation is generally recognized including at the top of the Russian political system.” And he surveys the earlier periods of stagnation both at the end of the tsarist period and in Soviet times. The latter, being closer to Russians’ consciousness, are especially instructive. One can describe the first 30 years of Soviet power in various ways, but no one would categorize them as a period of stagnation, Shelin says. In 1948, the Soviet economy began to expand significantly. At first, its fruits were devoted to the military in the first instance but after the death of Stalin some of them were shared with the population. Khrushchev’s experiments interrupted this growth, but after his ouster, economic growth resumed. “That which it is customary to call the Brezhnev stagnation, from the middle of the 1970s to the middle of the 1980s,” at least a year less than the current Putin one. The standard of living stagnated and at the end actually declined. Then came Perestroika and “the transition to the second Russian capitalism” period. Its price was high but “incomparably less than the Lenin-Stalin leap to socialism,” even though by the end of the 1990s, the real incomes of the population had fallen by half. But after that began “the legendary Putin flourishing,” which lasted from 2000 to 2008. Over that nine-year period, disposable incomes increased 2.5 times, a leap comparable to what happened in the 1950s and 1960s,” two periods of rapid growth for which there are no other precedents in Russian history, Shelin says. Memories of that growth are “one of the main causes for the stability of the Putin regime.” But because that growth was fueled by the export of oil and gas rather than industrial development and because the Kremlin used it once again to build up its military capacity, a new period of stagnation was almost inevitable. And so it has happened but with a twist as far as the population is concerned. Because Russians have suffered so often from economic decline, Shelin points out, many in the population viewed “stagnation Putin-style almost as a good thing, a solution of immemorial Russian problems.” That has meant so far that its length has not become the political problem may have expected it to be. The Kremlin has counted on this and even played to it, “but every bluff has its expiration date,” Shelin continues, and today’s record stagnation is no exception. “It may still last for awhile longer, but already people aren’t considering it a good thing any more” and aren’t going to back those they think are responsible for it, however much they did earlier.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 11 – Russians no longer believe the powers that be or the opposition, the research team headed by Mikhail Dmitriyev which predicted the 2011-2012 protests, says in a new study of public opinion based on the use of focus groups involving 129 people in 10 regions this spring. According to the study, “86 percent of the respondents said that they did not see among Russian politicians people who are talking about the real situation” in the country and therefore they “did not see any politicians they could trust.” Such negative attitudes were even greater regarding opposition figures (rbc.ru/politics/11/07/2019/5d25ae649a79476966730afc). The researchers conclude on the basis of this that the so-called “Crimea consensus” has collapsed and that Russians are more concerned about political freedoms than about their material standard of living. That opens the way, they say, to larger “all-national protests” (ehorussia.com/new/node/18849). According to Dmitriyev’s team, “in place of the Crimean consensus has arisen a new, post-materialist one in which the demand for civic and political freedoms and human rights are rated as more important than material needs. Almost 60 percent of the respondents,” the team said, now give preference to freedom over an increase in pay. The scholars link this shift to the increasingly negative views the respondents have about the government. Nearly three out of four (72 percent) say the situation has deteriorated since the presidential elections. Twenty-six percent say it is much the same, and only two percent – just one in 50 Russians – say things are getting better. According to the Dmitriyev group, “dissatisfaction with the powers that be has intensified ‘the feel of shame [among citizens] concerning their own failure to act and the striving to unite for such actions.” Ever more Russians now say they feel responsible for the situation, 84 percent now compared to only about two-thirds last October. The researchers argue these findings show that “the paternalistic conception of the powers that be is beginning to give way to a democratic one in which the primary source of resources and authority belongs not to the authorities but to the people.” A new consensus, the scholars say, could lead to further erosion of the authority of those in power in the short and medium term. That is all the more likely because of certain values that the Russians in these focus groups expressed. “For example,” they continue, “more than a third of respondents are afraid to hear the truth about the real situation in the country.” If conditions continue to get worse, that alone could “accelerate the weakening of any new consensus and stimulate an intensification of populist attitudes or a new unification against a foreign opponent.” This last point is especially important. Many see growing distrust in the powers that be as a vector that will not change and that the authorities will have to respond to by making concessions. But the possibility of another “good little war” is all the greater, the Dmitriyev group implies, because it would likely bring the Kremlin real benefits.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 12 – Vladimir Putin is “part of the worldwide ultra-conservative trend,” a reaction of the rural “backwoods caught in the middle of the 20th century against the world metropolis which lives in the 21st,” Igor Eidman says. But in contrast to the situation in Europe and the US, the rural population has a different enemy. “The chief enemy for the Russian backwoods in contrast to the American and European is not immigrants, people of different faiths, liberals, gays or leftists who have destroyed the traditional patriarchal provincial world but rather the Moscow elite” of whom Putin is viewed as the leader (rusmonitor.com/igor-ehjjdman-obe-nogi-putinskogo-rezhima-stoyat-na-shatkojj-poverkhnosti-strategicheski-on-ne-mozhet-operetsya-ni-na-megapolisy-ni-na-glubinku.html). Evidence of this is that in recent times, the most active protests have taken place mainly in the regions,” Eidman says. “Of course, illusions of the kind that ‘the boyars are bad but the tsar is good’ still exist” there, and the falsification of elections especially in rural areas hides the erosion of the position of Putin and the party of power outside Moscow. But recent polling data by the Belanovsky team suggests that “the regions are gradually escaping from such ideas (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-civic-culture-emerging-in-russia.html). And that means, the Russian sociologist continues, that Putin can’t rely on the people who support right-wing leaders. None is backed by the cities – Erdogan can’t win in Istanbul or Ankara, and Trump is disliked far more in California and New York than in Kansas or Oklahoma – but these leaders are still able to count on “the backwaters.” That Putin no longer can – and he is increasingly disdained in the major cities as well – will profoundly affect Russian politics in the near term.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 12—Nearly a third of all Russians (31 percent) say that there is a real possibility that ethnic conflicts in their country could turn violent, up from only 19 percent who made similar declarations two years ago, according to a new report by the Levada Center (levada.ru/2019/07/11/20954/). But 64 percent say that they do not expect them in their cities or regions. But 15 percent say they could occur there, up from eight percent in 2017. Many link these possibilities to the influx of those they consider outsiders, either immigrants from Central Asia or the Caucasus or Roma. Indeed, it is entirely possible that the jump is a reflection of all the coverage of the Chemodanovka clashes between Russians and Roma and that with the passage of time, the share expecting violent ethnic clashes will again decline. But the share of Russians expressing such concerns now is a reflection of just how on edge many of them are in the current environment.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 12 – After walking more than 2,000 kilometers over the last four month, Sakha shaman Aleksandr Gabyshev reached his first major Russian city, Chita, where he told a crowd of more than 300 that they should no longer take orders from Vladimir Putin, that the Kremlin leader is “a demon,” and that as a shaman, he will drive Putin out of Moscow next year. He and his supporters had hoped for an even larger turnout, and pictures of the crowd suggest that many in attendance were there more from curiosity than to show support. But local media nonetheless say his rally was the largest ever in that city’s designated protest area (chita.ru/news/132439/; cf.m.activatica.org/blogs/view/id/7392/title/shaman-idushchiy-izgonyat-putina-dobralsya-do-chity-i-sobral-massovyy-miting-na-ploshchadi-truda, region.expert/shaman-chita/ and mbk-news.appspot.com/region/putin-demon-i-ya-dolzhen/). More people might have attended had it not been for a campaign unleashed by the Chita bishopric of the Russian Orthodox Church which declared that the shaman’s appearance would be “a provocation” and that the shaman himself was mentally ill. The church was especially upset that the shaman had scheduled the rally at on the Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul. “God told me,” the shaman told those who came to hear him, “that Putin isn’t a human being but a demon and that I must exorcise him.” He said that he would use “peaceful methods like popular assemblies and meetings,” but that if those don’t work, Gabyshev continued, then “other methods” will have to be considered. During his remarks, the shaman declared several times that “the main force in Russia at all levels must be the popular assembly” and that from now on, Russians must live freely and not take orders from Putin. At the end of the meeting which was conducted and dispersed peacefully, the crowd joined him in singing a Cossack hymn. (For background on the Sakha shaman and the attention he has already attracted, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/07/will-shaman-from-sakha-do-what-russian.html.)
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The U.S. Air Force has released new details on a B-52 Stratofortress bomber emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall, England. American long-range, subsonic bomber was forced to make an emergency landing on the outskirts of Cambridgeshire after a mid-air emergency. According to a statement released by the 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs, a B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, made an unexpected appearance on the RAF Mildenhall flightline June 17, 2019, after experiencing an in-flight emergency, but landed safely and no one was injured. The aircraft had been operating in the European theater in support of several exercises in the region. Members from throughout Team Mildenhall were put into action – maintenance, command post, air traffic control from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, a B-52 subject matter expert from the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, and more. The first into action was the 100th Air Refueling Wing Command Post, along with the 100th Operations Support Squadron control tower and the controllers who disseminated information across the base, from wing leadership all the way to the lowest ranking Airmen. When Tech. Sgt. Jose Valdez, 100th ARW senior emergency actions controller, Senior Airmen Kalie Lyons and Rebecca Taube, 100th ARW command post controllers, received word the aircraft would be diverting to Mildenhall, they were ready to get the job done. “We train for situations like this in the command post all the time,” Valdez said. “It’s critical we take our checklist, run through them step-by-step to ensure we take all necessary actions and make notifications to leadership. “Once we knew the aircraft was headed our way, we had the wing commander, vice commander and operations group commander all together and briefed them about the ongoing situation,” Taube said. “Our team was instrumental in the initial call and coordinated the who, what, where, when and why of the emergency, and helped put the aircraft safely on the deck.” With command post being the eyes and ears on the ground, the air traffic controllers of the 100th OSS were the eyes and ears to the sky. Their effort to help coordinate a safe flight plan for the B-52 to arrive on station took proper planning, and those members attribute success in the mission to the training they receive each day. When the tower received word the B-52H was inbound, the team enacted emergency action checklists and began relaying all pertinent information to the fire department, command post and all other necessary assets on base. To make sure this occurred, Staff Sgt. Nathan Rodriguez, 100th OSS tower watch supervisor, Staff Sgt. Patrick Quinlivan, 100th OSS air traffic controller, and Senior Airman Stephon Simpson, 100th OSS air traffic control journeyman, answered the call. “Staff Sgt. Quinlivan was in the local control position and was communicating directly with the aircraft and ensured a clear runway was available to them,” Rodriguez said. “Senior Airman Simpson took care of ground control and passed vital information to the appropriate facilities and coordinated with emergency response vehicles to be on scene. “Since an emergency situation can be extremely stressful for an aircrew, it’s important for us to remain calm and collected in all communications with the aircraft,” Quinlivan expressed. “Our job was to coordinate efforts between both controllers and other facilities to make sure everyone involved was on the same page to get the mission done.” Once the aircraft came to a complete stop, firefighters from the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron put out the engine fire, while another four firefighters assisted the aircrew with egress and then manually extinguished the engine area. Crews then cordoned off the area so a safety investigation could begin. “We were immediately on the move after getting the call from air traffic control and the emergency communications center,” said Tech. Sgt. Bryan Tafoya, 100th CES assistant chief of operations. “The training we undergo each and every day, especially extinguishing fires on our training apparatus here, allows for us to respond as quickly as we did for this real world situation.” After firefighters were able to complete their part of the mission, maintainers from across Team Mildenhall came together to make sure the aircraft was handled properly and removed from the runway in an efficient manner. “I was enjoying time at home when I recognized a familiar engine sound in the sky, and I knew immediately it was different from all the other aircraft on RAF Mildenhall,” said Master Sgt. Andres Anello, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sortie support flight chief. “It wasn’t too long after I received a phone call to quickly make my way to base and respond to a B-52H landing.” Anello and Master Sgt. Lucas Hartsuff, 95th RS lead production superintendent, who were already familiar with one another after working together on B-52 aircraft at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, were tasked in leading the team of maintenance professionals who were to remove the aircraft in a safe and timely manner. Hartsuff was the first senior noncommissioned officer on the scene and began contacting leadership to notify them of equipment needed to move the plane and assemble a team who could successfully tow the aircraft off the runway. “There was never any hesitation, even though the majority of the team never had experience working on a B-52. Stepping into this situation required trust in leadership and knowing the job needed to be done. “It takes quite a bit of motivation and manpower for a tow bar to work properly,” Hartsuff explained. “Our team completed the mission by stepping up and everybody was willing to help in any way they could. Anello agreed. “This whole scenario showed how Team Mildenhall can come together at a moment’s notice,” Anello said. “Whether it be maintainers, firefighters, command post or any unit across this base, we take every mission seriously and allow for it to always remain the main focus each and every day.”
Royal Air Force on Twitter: “The first of Britain’s new fleet of nine maritime patrol aircraft is airborne on its maiden flight. ️ Poseidon MRA1 ZP801 is flying to Boeing Field Seattle for fitting out prior to delivery in October! @P8A_PoseidonRAF @BoeingUK… https://t.co/daqoFnQjZF”
The first British P-8 Poseidon MRA Mk1 multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped with sensors and weapons systems for anti-submarine warfare, performed its maiden flight on Friday from Boeing Field in Seattle. The newest ZP801, the first Royal Air Force Poseidon – which will also carry the name Pride of Moray, a successful maiden flight on 12 July. The Poseidon is based on the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, the supply chain for which is already supported by UK industry, providing several hundred direct UK jobs. UK manufacturers also provide specialist sub-systems for the P-8A, for example Marshalls (auxiliary fuel tanks), Martin Baker (crew seats), GE (Weapon Pylons) and GKN Aerospace (windshields). A contract for P-8 development was granted in June 2004 and first flight followed on April 25, 2009. The US Navy announced initial operating capability on November 29, 2013 and the P-8 is now been widely delivered not only to US units, but also to the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force. The P-8A’s comprehensive mission system features an APY-10 radar with modes for high-resolution mapping, an acoustic sensor system, including passive and multi-static sonobuoys, electro-optical/IR turret and electronic support measures (ESM). This equipment delivers comprehensive search and tracking capability, while the aircraft’s weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets. The first Poseidon MRA Mk1 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Air Force, initially at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, in October 2019 and is due to arrive in the UK in early-Spring 2020. Concurrently, the build of the Strategic Facility at RAF Lossiemouth is progressing well and by March the construction of the three-bay hangar has changed the skyline at the station. The facility is on schedule to be ready for use in the autumn of 2020. The RAF will procure a total of nine aircraft which will be based at RAF Lossiemouth from late 2020.
12.07.19 17:45 – Peskov calls Zelenskyi-Putin conversation pragmatic The initial phone call between Ukrainian and Russian Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Vladimir Putin on July 11 was pragmatic and lasted for 20 minutes, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said. View news.
The initial phone call between Ukrainian and Russian Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin on July 11 was pragmatic and lasted for 20 minutes, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said. — Ukrinform.
Representative of Ukraine in the working group on political issues of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Roman Bezsmertny denies the participation of the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk in the work of the TCG, but is sure that Medvedchuk will parasitize on the subject of prisoners for his rating.
Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, does not understand why UN Secretary-General António Guterres completely ignores the crimes of militants of illegal armed groups in Donbas.
The European Union and the European Commission are ready to facilitate the establishment of a dialogue between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the issues of gas imports. — Ukrinform.
According to verified data, a border ship of the Coast Guard of the FSB of Russia “Don” (353), which participated in an attack on Ukrainian warships on November 25, 2018, was discovered south of the island of Dzharylgach in the waters of the Karkinitsky Bay, near the Bakal bank. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal This ship arrived in Karkinitsky Bay on June 28. On board “Don” is a person suspected of the SBU in solving and conducting an aggressive war – the commander of the PSKR “Don” (353) captain 2 rank Selyayev Alexei Mikhailovich. He is one of the organizers and participants of the assassination attempt on the life of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25, 2018 in the neutral waters of the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. It was he who gave orders to ram the raiding tugs “Yana Kapu” and made him (on the record “Mihalych”):
Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office to return the National Guard warrior Vitaliy Markiv to Ukraine — Official website of the President of Ukraine
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy commissioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office to immediately take up the issue of the return of the National Guard warrior Vitaliy Markiv who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for the alleged involvement in the murder of an Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli in Donbas in 2014. “I ask you to forget about the political differences between the new government and the unchanged heads of these departments and make every effort to return former warrior of the Kulchytsky Battalion of the National Guard Vitaliy Markiv. Until then, I commission the Ukrainian diplomats in Italy to constantly stay in touch with our veteran,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has addressed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) to immediately take up the issue of the return of Ukrainian guardsman Vitaliy Markiv to Ukraine. Ukrainian guardsman Vitaliy Markiv, accused of involvement in the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas in 2014, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison by the Italian court in the city of Pavia.
Italian verdict in Ukrainian ex-serviceman’s case to be challenged – ambassador. An appeal will be filed after the motivation is received. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
An Italian court has sentenced Ukrainian National Guardsman Vitaliy Markiv to 24 years in prison for his role in the deaths of an Italian photojournalist and his translator during fighting near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk in 2014.
An Italian court has sentenced Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv to 24 years in prison for involvement in the 2014 death of Italian freelance photographer Andrea Rocchelli during Russia’s war in Donbas. Rocchelli was killed in May 2014 on the outskirts of the city of Sloviansk together with his interpreter, Russian human rights activists Andrey Mironov, during an exchange of fire between the two sides. Markiv denies that he is guilty. Markiv’s lawyer claim that the national guardsmen did not have any heavy weapons and, thus, could not be involved in the deaths of Rocchelli and Mironov.
Former Ukrainian soldier sentenced to 24 years in Italian prison. The verdict will be challenged, the Ukrainian interior minister said. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Twenty-four years for Vitaliy Markiv is an unfair and shameful decision of the Italian court. It will be appealed, Arsen Avakov
12.07.19 16:54 – National Guard Markiv sentenced to 24 years in prison in Italy An Italian court found Vitaliy Markiv, an employee of the National Guard of Ukraine, guilty of the death of an Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli in 2014. He is sentenced to imprisonment for 24 years. View news.
Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded on Friday, July 12, as Russia’s hybrid military forces in Donbas 24 times violated the ceasefire, including 13 times with the use of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements. Each enemy attack saw an adequate response from Ukraine’s Joint Forces.
n the Luhansk region as a result of shelling from a large-caliber machine gun from the side of the temporarily occupied Golden-5, the house of a 75-year-old woman in Golden-4 was damaged. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3137343
The Russian terrorist Igor Girkin announced an increase in losses of 3-4 times among the mercenaries of the Russian Federation over the past months of fighting in the Donbas. Corresponding video posted on Twitter user Necro Mancer, informs Censor.net . According to Girkin, the occupation units in the Donbas have serious problems with recruiting, since the recruits “break the contract” after the first shelling. Only those who fought from 2014–15 remain in the ranks, but they are becoming ever smaller.
On the official page of the software “Dill – Software of the Modern Battle” was published a video of the results of the fire facility Operation Combined Force to eliminate militants This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal No information is available on the location of the topography in the video. The shooting was carried out from an unmanned aerial vehicle, which revealed the movement of the enemy’s personnel between their positions. Go to the video at 3:08: It was recorded that at least three of the four militants are found in an unconscious state after being hit, and during the flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle no signs of life are presented: Of what type of weapons fire damage is also not reported, so far nothing is known about the fate of the fourth militant. Recall that on the eve of the fire in response was destroyed self-propelled artillery installation 2C1 “Carnation” n-terrorist troops , which was firing the village Vodyane, not far from Mariupol. Exactly near Vodyanogo, on July 1, the senior sailor Mayboroda Sergey Grigorievich and Sergeant Shevchenko Irina Victorivna died in the car HMMWV as a result of the strike of the enemy anti-tank missile . Also, on July 10, near the Granite enemy, a strangling of the PTRK in KrAZ killed a native of Mykolayiv , a serviceman of the 406 th UAB. General Khrunzhey Alexei Almazov, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, younger Sergeant Anton Fak, and later it became known that another wounded 32-year-old soldier of this part died at the Mečnikov Hospital in the Dnieper.
In the village of Vodyane, near Mariupol, the work of the enemy, banned by the Minsk accords of self-propelled artillery units 2C1 “Carnation” was discovered, which was decided by the command on its liquidation. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal According to the results of counterbattery fire on the enemy’s firefighters, one enemy of the AU was liquidated. First, with the help of an unmanned flying machine, the location of enemy guns was detected, and then a fire damage was inflicted on the enemy. Realizing that they were discovered, the enemy began evacuating from artillery positions. During the escape, one of the self-propelled guns stopped the traffic due to a breakage, and its crew moved to the multi-purpose armored tractor MTBL. The ASU itself was towed by the KET-L wheeled evacuation tractor, on the Ural 4320 chassis, and the forest bands were supposed to wait for the fire of our armies in response.
In the area of Operation of the Joint Forces, the fighters BTGr “Azov” in the area of responsibility of the unit at the advanced positions of the Svetlodar arc was shot down unmanned captive of the occupants of the “Eleron-3” type. This is reported by the press service of the Azov “Azov” This UAV is part of the Unmanned Intelligence Complex “Eleron”, which has been manufactured since 2013 exclusively in the Russian Federation, namely in Kazan, and is intended for exploration and adjustment of fire artillery shells. His presence in the Donbass is another testimony to the direct participation of the Russian Federation in aggression against Ukraine. The UAV corrected the work of the enemy artillery artillery, the bombardments of which have recently increased significantly. The same UAV type “Eleron-3” was already shot down by air defense “Azov” in the first days of March this year . Then the aiming fire of the Azovites was destroyed when trying to adjust the fire of the artillery by a civilian object – an agrarian complex. According to the Azov people, it was the pilot of this type who corrected the enemy’s fire a month ago, when the fighters “Azov” with the callous Round and Maxon , and during the firing of the np Novoaluganskaya, when 152 mm caliber ammunition was hit by residential buildings in the village. Finding and destroying this device was a matter of honor for our fighters. By operational channels, information was received on the preparation of another artillery raid, which had to be corrected with the help of the said UAV. Thanks to the interaction of the infantry units BTGr and special technical means, after the enemy’s UAVs entered the airspace of BTGr, it was forced to land. The device was transferred to Azov’s technical intelligence in a fully operational technical condition, as a result of which information about the features of its application, telemetry data, information about the place of start of the apparatus and its servicing personnel were obtained.
Probable scenarios for the emergence and development of military situations in the medium and long-term perspective are considered within the framework of the defense review. This was stated in the report during the meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group on July 11. The Ministry of Defense notes that four out of eight scenarios provide real protection for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The most dangerous scenario is the full-scale use of military force by Russia against Ukraine in order to change the state structure and constitutional order or to change the military-political leadership. According to the military experts, the second scenario is the armed conflict inside Ukraine, which is created and supported from the outside. The third danger scenario is Ukraine’s involvement in armed conflict, and the fourth one is the border armed conflict. At the same time, the latter can only be a trigger for a large-scale military operation against Ukraine. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense has already begun to create a unified operational concept of the use of the Armed Forces, which should be ready in a few months. During the meeting, the members of the Interagency Working Group discussed and agreed on the document “The Future of the Security Environment 2030: Strategic Vision (Preliminary Description)”, which is the result of the work on the first task of the main stage of the Defense Review. The head of the Interdepartmental Working Group, First Deputy Minister of Defense Ivan Rusnak noted that starting from July 15, 2019, the implementation of the second and third tasks of the main stage of the defense review begins, namely: a review of the capabilities of their functional groups of capabilities and the planning of forces. In the course of these tasks, it is foreseen to specify the composition and content of the functional capacity groups, the creation of a Unified List (Capacity Catalog) of the capabilities of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the defense forces. To this end, it is planned to implement the following measures: defining the requirements for the capabilities of the forces of defense; clarification of the necessary common defensive capabilities of the defense forces in the probable scenarios of their application, the development of which requires planning for the medium and long-term prospect and the formation of their list; the definition of insufficient capacity to be created, as well as the existing capabilities that need to be developed; Determining excessive capabilities that you need to get rid of to release resources.
The modern radar landing system was put into operation at the military airfield in Lutsk. The station will work in pairs with an automated command dispatch center. This is reported by the information agency of the Ministry of Defense ArmyInform . – Today the Lutsk airfield is equipped with state-of-the-art communication and radio equipment, “said Volodymyr Manaenkov, a leading specialist of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. – We have connected the new landing system to the automated command dispatch center, which was also purchased and installed this year. An earlier system of light-signal equipment was installed. Aviators from the novelties are delighted. It provides an opportunity not only to provide flights in difficult weather conditions, to exchange data with other radars, to implement automatic support of the trajectory of airspace movement, but also obstacles to obstacles. You can not help but enjoy the additional options – the installed air conditioner and automatic switching on the power units. The system operates according to ICAO standards, supports frequencies determined by the international civil aviation organization. This allows you to receive information about any aircraft in the area of the aerodrome, its flight altitude, fuel balance, board number, etc. modernized landing system of RP-10MA of Ukrainian production The modernized radar landing system RSP-10MA is designed to provide aircraft and helicopter flights in the aerodrome zone, to obtain information about aircraft, their withdrawal into the landing, direct control and control of landing in simple and complex weather conditions. The RSP-10MA combines primary and secondary radar, as well as a landing radar (PRL). Produced by Aerotechnique-MLT. Adopted for the arming of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by order of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine dated 21.01.11 No. 43. The primary channel RP-10MA operates in the L (ICAO) band, the secondary channel uses the standard frequencies of the RBS system (request – 1030 MHz, response – 1090 MHz), and ATC (request – 1030 MHz, response – 740 MHz). Primary and secondary channels operate on one common antenna. The secondary channel supports RBS, ATC and Mk XA. A landing radar (PRL) includes a course channel and a glide path and runs in the X range. As a result of modernization, the detection characteristics are improved, automatic maintenance of aircraft trajectories is realized. The station provides reception of data from other radars, exchange of radar information occurs on any data exchange channels in the agreed exchange protocol.
NSC Iskra is working on the creation of advanced counterbattery radar. This includes two types of products – 1L220E and 1L221E, the main difference being the type of transmitter and the base. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to its own sources. Recall that in April it became known that the counterbalanced radar 1L220UK, which was developed by the Communist Party “NSC” Iskra “, completed the field stage of state tests . Upon completion of state trials, the enterprise is ready to begin mass production of a new radar to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 1L220UK consists of two transport units: an antenna-hardware machine and a control machine with workplaces for the personnel. At the same time, the radar itself was made on the basis of a semi-trailer and tractor 6×6 KrAZ. In its turn, KP “NVK” Iskra “is working on the creation of a more advanced family of counterbalanced radar. It consists of two types of products – 1L220E and 1L221E, the main difference being the type of transmitter and the transport base. In the radar 1L220E used a central transmitter, in which the main element is the electric vacuum device (multi-klystron). Transmitter radar 1L221E is based on solid state modules built on the basis of GaN amplifying elements. NSC “Iskra” develops two variants of counterbattery radar – with different transmitters and chassis The antenna hardware of the radar 1L221E is made on the basis of a 8×8 high passage chassis and has a full drive, which provides a high permeability of the product and reduces the time of deployment / collapse. So, in this radar, the rather high speed of deployment / collapse time does not exceed 5 minutes. Thanks to this, the 1L221E radar can be reliably categorized as high-tech. NSC “Iskra” develops two variants of counterbattery radar – with different transmitters and chassis Judging by the project, the main carrier of the new radar, should already be known domestic platform KrAZ-7634НЕ 8х8 , load-carrying capacity of 27 tons. This chassis is used as a platform for launching rocket complex LCD-360MTS “Neptun” . Also on this base was seen radar “Burshtyn-1800” , produced by Aerotechnique-MLT. In addition, KrAZ-7634NE 8×8 is considered as a carrier of the RZSV “Velyka”, and on EDEX-2018 showed a prototype of a heavy evacuation machine . Also on this basis PJSC “AvtoKrAZ” offers a multipurpose armored car (MRAP) Hurricane.
Ukraine’s Kozak-2M1 armored multipurpose wheeled combat vehicle has successfully completed state tests, the Ukrainian League of Defense Companies said in a statement on its website.
Almost a hundred new trucks Bogdan-6317 were sent July 11 to parts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Central Automobile Base Storage and Repair station located in Khmelnytsky. Recall that within the framework of the state defense order for 2018, Bogdan Corporation transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine 200 bogdan-6317 trucks. Also, at the beginning of the year, Ukrainian Military Pages reported that Bogdan Motors had entered into a new contract with the Ministry of Defense for the supply of Bogdan-6317 cars. Moreover, the production facilities of Cherkasy Automobile Plant Corporation allow to make up to 500 units of such trucks, which significantly exceeds the volume of the order. Bogdan-6317 is a multipurpose vehicle equipped with a 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine WP10.380E32 with a capacity of 9,726 L and a power of 380 hp. The use of these engines allowed to improve the dynamic and performance characteristics of cars, as well as to refuse the components of Russian production. Also, cars are equipped with Fast Gear gearbox from China and Turkish Hummer Kupplungen coupling. The truck is capable of speeding up to 85 km / h with a load of 11 tons and has a range of 1,447 km. The car can carry 50 people in an equipped body, tow trailers with all types of roads with hard and soil cover, as well as off-road. Each car is provided with a 10-year warranty from the manufacturer. Note that the Weichai Power engines also complete KrAZ trucks – cars of both manufacturers in this configuration were commissioned in the Armed Forces of Ukraine for a special period in 2017.
The newest Chinese destroyers of the project 055 will become the first ships to receive gas turbines of their own production, a prototype for the creation of which served Ukrainian samples. Ships of Project 055 (Nanchang class) will use a combined COGAG unit, consisting of four gas turbines QC280, according to the Chinese Soho site. COGAG (English COmbined Gas Turbine And Gas Turbine, Combined Gas Turbine and Gas Turbine) is a combined gas turbine ship power plant in which two gas turbines work together on one propeller shaft. In the period of warming relations between China and the United States, Chinese destroyers were equipped with gas turbines LM2500, which have proven themselves well. However, later, Washington introduced an embargo on military supplies. Construction was blocked, and China turned to Ukraine, where it purchased 10 UGT25000 turbines along with a complete set of technical documentation, according to the publication. On the basis of the gas turbine UGT25000 of Mykolayiv Scientific and Production Complex of Gas Turbine Building “Zorya” – “Mashproekt”, the Chinese gas turbines QC280 were developed. The performance has been improved in comparison to the UGT25000, including through the use of LM2500 technological solutions, and the working power has been increased to 30,000 kW. It is reported that the localization of QC280 production today exceeded 95% The project team 055 Exiters of Project 055 will be the largest in the world after the American destroyers “Zumwalt”. They will become the basis of the military protection of aircraft carrier groups. The total displacement of the destroyer is 12,000 tons, the weapon is the installation of vertical launches of missiles of various classes, artillery, 2 Z-18 helicopters.
One of the African countries sent a batch of armored cars of high passage KrAZ-Shrek-M, a class MRAP with the bottom of the V-shaped, on the chassis of the KrAZ-5233 4×4 truck. The cars are intended for inspection of dangerous sites, search and disposal of explosive devices. They are equipped with a crane manipulator of Italian manufacture with special equipment for demining. The demining system (US production) includes a high-quality camera, special light equipment, gripping device. Control – from the inside of a secure armored body. Car reservation provides protection against inflicting small arms and fragments of grenades, undermining mines and meeting the level of ballistic protection STANAG 4569 level2; Protective equipment – STANAG 4569 level 2a, 2b. The car is equipped with a 380-horsepower engine, a 9-speed RS. The customer chose a simple combination of power unit to facilitate service in the field.
Audio recordings of talks by officials of the Ministry of Defense, which allegedly procured for the army poor-quality body armor at an overpriced price, are fabricated by the DBR to discredit the Ministry of Defense. This was announced during a briefing by the Chief of the Main Department for Development and Support of Material Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major-General Dmitry Marchenko, reports Tsensor. NET , referring to Ukrinform . Marchenko Dmytro Marchenko, Head of the RSMC of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (demonstration photo) “I emphasize that this audio cinematography is fabricated in order to form a public opinion. I know all the negotiations, and I want to emphasize that in the given audio, which is put out, it is first of all about the batch of body armor, and then there is added information that does not apply to this party. The information we provided during the development of the technical specifications for the new armor-piercing kit, where we checked it, is added here, “the head of the department said, explaining that it was an episode of conversation, which discusses the poor-quality side fragments of experimental samples of vests that were not purchased for the army . According to representatives of the Defense Ministry, the installation of audio recordings is aimed at discrediting the work of the defense department and connected with the elections. Marchenko also expressed surprise at why the law enforcement agencies did not set out the whole record of the conversation. “Why DDB did not put all the audio, from start to finish, is a very big question for me,” said Dmitry Marchenko. These words were confirmed by the lawyer in the case of Vladimir Okhrimenko, who stressed: “All this is clearly compiled to form a public opinion in order to create the impression that poor quality body armor was put up. It does not. We ask the DBR to publish all conversations without fragment phrases, so that everyone is convinced that it was a question of other circumstances. ” Responding to journalists’ questions regarding the examination carried out by the DBR, the Defense Ministry representative said that he had not seen and did not know exactly what kind of body armor was checked by the investigators of the DBR – from which parties, how exactly they were checked, from what distance they were shot, by an ammunition, etc. An exit from a scandalous situation in the Ministry of Defense is seen in an open, independent examination. “I insisted on this and I insist now: when there will be an official examination, I would ask to split it into three parties. Make a hatch of three batches of body armor for five pieces and send it to three independent laboratories that have accreditation. Because if it will be in the DBR with closed doors, and there will be fragments, then I understand that they will blame me … I do not know for what this is done, but it is done only on a political motive “, – said Marchenko. Answering the question whether they are planning to contest the actions of the State Bureau of Investigations in the Ministry of Defense, lawyer Okhrimenko said that the complaints had already been filed to the Pechersk District Court according to the location of the pre-trial investigation body – the territorial administration of the DBI. “The appeal is not yet scheduled, we expect the distribution and appointment of a court session.”
Ukrainian authorities say they are investigating a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on a building that houses the Kyiv office of Ukrainian television Channel 112.
Security Service of Ukraine responded to the fact of shelling of the 112 Ukraine
Two unidentified men opened fire from a grenade launcher on a building that houses the Kyiv office of 112 Ukraine TV channel overnight July 13. The police said there were no injuries but classified the attack as a terrorist act.
Statement of 112 Ukraine International Editorial Board on terrorist act against TV Channel
On July 12, 2019 a publication that contains appeals regarding the allegedly unauthorized protest near the building of the 112 Ukraine TV channel was posted in open source and on the Facebook page of Serhiy Sternenko, the head of the Nebaiduzhi (the Indifferent, – translation from Ukrainian) non-governmental far-right public organization
112 Ukraine owner: Shelling of the channel is another threat to independent media
The Group of Seven countries’ ambassadors to Ukraine have expressed caution about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s proposal to lustrate Ukrainian officials who held office after the Maidan…
The G7 Ambassadors to Ukraine consider that prosecution of those guilty or abusing their office is the right step, noting that the current situation in Ukraine is not comparable to that after the Revolution of Dignity. — Ukrinform.
Zelenskyi’s lustration draft: pre-election populism or a step towards political repressions?
The Central Election Commission of Ukraine registered 658 official observers from foreign states and international organizations at Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections scheduled for July 21. — Ukrinform.
The nation is on its honeymoon with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Eight weeks after becoming president, Zelensky has an approval rating of 70 percent, according to recent surveys. His Servant of the People party leads the polls with up to 50 percent support. Following the July 21 parliamentary elections, Zelensky is expected to bring at least 120 people into the Verkhovna Rada on his party ticket — and many others through single-member districts, out of 422 total seats. Very little is known about the people who will ride into the Verkhovna Rada on his coattails, yet voters — still in the mood for change — don’t seem to care. Zelensky promised to bring new faces into politics, and his party list reflects it. There are no former lawmakers or top officials among his candidates. Most of them are little-known even to political observers. “Even Google knows little about them,” said Vita Dumanska, coordinator of the Chesno civic watchdog, which analyzed the list. “They’re betting on a well-known brand.” The party claims to have chosen its candidates through an open competition based on professionalism after viewing more than 3,500 applicants. But the list reveals that many of the chosen candidates are associated with Zelensky or people from his circle. A closer look at the names also shows some controversial figures. They include a friend of notorious pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, a relative of Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes and a businesswoman who still runs a firm in Russian-occupied Crimea.
After 17 unsuccessful attempts, on 11 July the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally passed a new Election Code. It significantly changes the current election system. The document comes into force on 1 December 2023, meaning that both the snap parliamentary elections scheduled for 21 July 2019 and the next elections after that, which should take place in October 2023, will take place according to the old rules, if no amendments are made. The election reform was a key element of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement ratified in September 2014. Already in November 2014, the adoption of a new Election Code was outlined in the coalition agreements of the new post-Euromaidan Ukrainian parliament, and representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the Venice Commission, pointed out the importance of this step for Ukraine in the complex election reform which has prime significance for the strengthening of democratic institutions. But the parliament dragged its feet on this important promise for nearly five years. The project of the new Election Code was developed in 2015 but was adopted in the first reading only in November 2017, thanks to societal pressure.
Ukrainian political prisoner Serhiy Litvinov – who was kept in a penal colony in Kharkiv after the transfer from Russia in March – has been pardoned by the
Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka has said the SBU Security Service of Ukraine banned Ukrainian MP Nadiia Savchenko from crossing the contact line in Donbas for election campaigning. Savchenko is running for the Verkhovna Rada in single-mandate district No. 51 in Donetsk region.
The first Ukrainian telemedicine center has been opened at the Odesa Regional Clinical Hospital. — Ukrinform.
A new protective structure for the fourth block of the Chernobyl power plant has been installed in Ukraine. The new sarcophagus, officially dubbed “New Safe Confinement” (NBK), is designed to contain radiation in the block for 100 years.