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NATO update. Strategy essays. Russian defense industry in difficulty.

Turkey update – cost of suspending Turkish participation in F-35 program is US$500M+.

Russian meddling in Europe updates – the Italy case is fascinating as the Italian politicians appear to be blaming Ukraine for Russian sins.

Over twenty reports on the MH17 anniversary – Ukraine has captured and detained two of the 2014 participants.

The Vozhd expands his citizenship offer to any Ukrainian who ever resided in Donbas. Ze responds by suggesting Ukrainian citizenship for the overseas diaspora, over 7M of which reside in Russia alone. Senate adopts S.Res.74 on Ukraine. Amb Volker comments on Ukraine and Russia. Canada slams slow reforms in Ukraine’s defense sector. Prisoner swaps.

Language law update – it appears Hungary has become more brazen breaking the law with impunity – Muscovy is evidently paying them well.  Kerch / Crimea updates.

Donbas update. Extensive defense industry update – AS-14 KEDGE ASMs being upgraded, new R-677 Sektor ESM, radar updates, T-Rex 14.5 mm anti-materiel rifle, export of Vulkan bullpup assault rifle, and many other reports.

Politics update. OCU update.

NATO Chief Says Time Running Out To Save INF Treaty, Blames Russia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says time is running out to save a key Cold War-era arms-control treaty and that he sees no indication Russia intends to meet Western demands on compliance w…

US nuclear weapon locations in Europe accidentally exposed in NATO committee report | TheHill

A report from a NATO committee that has since been deleted reportedly exposed the the secret locations of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe.

Secret locations of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe accidentally included in report from NATO parliament – The Washington Post

Details of the weapons, long considered an open secret, were later removed from the report.

Outgoing Estonian air chief: NATO needs to improve its response time

Estonia is confident NATO will react to a threat, but how quickly?

In Russia’s growing shadow, Lithuania modernizes its defenses

Lithuania is meeting NATO defense spending goals with plans to increase that spending in the coming years, which could mean additional infantry fighting vehicles, new helicopters and more humvees.

A necessary rise: Lithuania bolsters its cybersecurity, catching the attention of other nations

Lithuania’s recent efforts to build up cybersecurity are catching the attention of the international community and putting the country at the forefront of cybersecurity development.

Lithuania’s new Boxer combat vehicle packs a punch

Lithuania is embarking on a path to more power in its mechanized force as it receives its first of its Boxer infantry fighting vehicles.

Estonian defense policy official on alliance relations and Russian stability

On the front line of any conflict with Russia sits the Baltic nation of Estonia.

NATO Must Not Forget Central Europe’s Energy Needs In Countering Russian Influence, U.S. Senator Says

The United States and NATO should invest in the energy infrastructure of former Warsaw Pact members as they seek to counter growing Russian power, a U.S. senator has said.

With an eye to Russia, Europe focuses on hybrid warfare response

With potential attacks against Baltic nations by Russia fresh in the minds of European allies, both NATO and the European Union are focusing on strategies to either prevent or respond to “gray zone” warfare.

U.S. Field artillery back to learning manual methods after Russian intervention in Ukraine – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army Field artillery going back again to manual methods of fire direction and gunnery after lessons of Russian intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. Army has not had to contend with electronic warfare during the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region showed an increase of electronic attack threat levels. With the growing threat of cyberattacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods. “Bringing back the charts is a big deal,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Payne, an instructor for the 13J fire control specialist course. “If you don’t understand the chart, you won’t actually understand what the automated system is doing for you.” About a decade ago, the school began reducing its emphasis on teaching manual methods, said Col. Samuel Saine, assistant commandant. That’s because improvements to the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System enabled AFATADS to be used effectively in all situations, he said, and it dramatically sped up the firing process. Then electronic warfare in Crimea and Ukraine shut systems down there, and at the same time, cyberattacks began disabling automation systems at civilian firms. These attacks “woke some people up,” Saine said. Over the past year, the Field Artillery School commandant has made it a priority to reinsert manual or degraded operations back into the program of instruction for all courses, Saine said. The renewed emphasis is not only in advanced individual training for new Soldiers, he said, but also in all of the officer courses from basic up to the pre-command course for colonels. Now students begin AIT using maps to plot and they learn the math behind firing solutions. “They’ll do manual operations until we know they fully understand the basics,” Payne said, explaining only then do students move on to the automated system. This method provides students with a better appreciation of the concepts, he said, enabling them to “hit the ground running” at their first units. They are also better prepared when electronic warfare takes the AFATADS system offline, he said, and degraded operations are now part of the scenario during AIT field exercises. When systems go down, Soldiers are now trained on how to transition between the automated and manual methods, confirmed Pvt. Cynthia Antaya, a 13J student at the school. EW can affect communications, automated systems and access to GPS. So 13J Soldiers break out their charts, pencils, plotting pins and protractors for degraded operations. “It’s going to be important to know your charts and darts and how to go manual and still be able to continue on with your job, even when everything’s down,” Antaya said. It’s essential that artillery sections “never sway from our No. 1 task,” Saine emphasized, “and that No. 1 task is to provide uninterrupted fires to the maneuver elements of our Army — the infantry and armor.” Manual or degraded operations for firing howitzers are actually a 20-level task for the gunner and primarily only 10-level tasks are taught at AIT, said Staff Sgt. Rodrick Stone, an instructor for the 13B cannon crewmember course. Some instructors, however, still demonstrate manual sighting for the students, Stone said. “I believe it’s very important that they learn both ways, because in the event that the digital goes down, you have to have a failsafe — a backup plan,” he said. The Field Artillery School has helped work degraded operations into the program of instruction for the Advanced Leadership Course, Saine said. Since howitzer gunners are by doctrine sergeants, learning how to manually sight howitzers is emphasized in ALC, he said. With degraded operations, the gunner switches to a panoramic telescopic sight, Stone said. Aiming poles and firing stakes are used. “We already have an additional primary aiming reference that’s set up; he instantly sights in off of that,” Stone said. Then the traverse hand wheel is spun manually to raise or lower elevation of the howitzer tube, he explained. “When I was coming in, degraded operations was the only thing that was going on,” Stone said. “There was no digital systems at the time.” Now the threat of cyber warfare once again makes degraded operations of paramount importance, he said. “We have more capacity and capability than they do,” Saine said of the enemy, “so they’re going to try to find creative ways to degrade and deny some of our systems.” The emphasis on degraded operations is not only happening in the schoolhouse, it’s in the field as well, Saine said. Doctrine has been updated and so have performance standards. Training Circular 3-09.8 for fire support was recently updated with increased performance standards for manual gunnery and degraded operations. The chief of field artillery emphasizes degraded operations at fires conferences and at quarterly meetings with division artillery commanders, Saine said. “It’s not just a Fort Sill thing,” Saine said. “He believes very strongly it needs to be informed by the operational force.” Preparing for EW is not only practical, he said, but it also creates a more well-rounded force.

Rapid Forge 2019: Four F-35A Aircraft Land In Powidz Airbase As Part Of The Stealth Jet’s First Deployment To Poland – The Aviationist

For the first time, F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft landed in Poland. Four F-35As (15-5200, 17-5239, 17-5245, 17-5251) flying from Spangdahlem, accompanied by two F-15Es and C-130Js landed at the Polish Powidz Airbase on Jul. 16, 2019, around 13.00LT. They spent around an hour at the Powidz AB: the visit took place within the framework of Operation ‘Rapid Forge’ and its objective was to conduct refueling and re-arming operations using inert munitions. The operation takes place simultaneously in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia. The F-35s visiting Powidz belong to 388th and 419th Fighter Wings based at the Hill Air Force Base, UT, while the F-15Es were from the 4th FW out of Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. Both are currently deployed to Spangdahlem, Germany.

Confronting the Russian Challenge | Institute for the Study of War

Russia poses a significant threat to the United States and its allies for which the West is not ready. Its unconventional warfare and information operations pose daunting but not insuperable challenges. The West must act urgently to meet this threat

Play to Win: Sticking to a Playbook in the Competition with Russia – Modern War Institute

Russia docks a warship in Havana knowing it will provoke a response from the United States. How dare they. The US Navy dispatched a destroyer to shadow the vessel; after all, the United States has the Monroe doctrine to enforce. A few weeks prior, Russia sent around a hundred troops to Venezuela. This also provoked a response, albeit rhetorical. Despite these US reactions, Russia continues to play strategic games. Why did the United States respond to these actions in these ways? And what is the most appropriate response? After all, what real threat is a single ship or a company of soldiers? America, as it is said, is the leader of the free world. But what does it mean to lead in practice? For starters, the United States should actively work to avoid simply reacting to adversaries’ actions. Then it should execute its National Security Strategy. Russia is a regional power in decline. Long gone are the days the country extended its influence over vast chunks of the world and could credibly claim to be a superpower. Sending bombers into other nations’ airspace and acting provocatively at sea represents the limit of Moscow’s resources. Even its annexation of Crimea and continued destabilization of eastern Ukraine is relatively low-hanging fruit. Colonizing the uncontested arctic is another small win the Kremlin can use to relive the glory days of superpower status. How should the world respond? With respect to the United States specifically, Russian revanchism offers arguably the most significant ongoing test of US leadership in the world since the end of the Cold War. What options does the United States have to avoid appearing weak while also not allowing Russia to constantly shape environments? Is a reactive approach the best? Can the United States continue to afford small losses such as the breakaway regions in Georgia, Crimea’s annexation, or continued trouble in eastern Ukraine? How best can the United States respond to Russia’s hybrid warfare? Kremlin-directed actions that stay just below a threshold, or “redline,” are really difficult to generate responses to. Will creative options solve the problem? Maybe. But smart people have already determined a way to undermine Russia’s objectives; America just needs to follow through with its own strategy. America and its allies continue to take Russia’s bait but lack adequate deterrent solutions. They are responsible world actors who realize escalation is the least preferable option. The world heavyweight champion has everything to lose when he steps in the ring with a challenger. The challenger has everything to gain. And yet, this is not a boxing ring. This is geopolitics. Russia will continue to use all the foreign policy tools at its disposal to act like a superpower. It doesn’t have to follow the rules of the liberal world order. In fact, President Vladimir Putin is transparent about this. He claimed that “the liberal idea has become obsolete” during a recent interview. This is his attempt to undermine the West. The only response to this claim should be to demonstrate what the liberal order is capable of. The United States doesn’t need creative solutions. It is the keystone of the international order it helped to create nearly seventy years ago. Ignoring its own playbook—its own strategy—will only leave it in a reactive state. The other team has this playbook and has crafted its own plays to better advance the ball. But perhaps the United States should simply double-down on its strategy.

The Thucydides Fallacy: Misdiagnosing Today’s Challenge to the International System | The Strategy Bridge

The rise of China is not the only distinguishing structural factor for the strategic environment in which the United States finds itself. Many scholars will discuss the role of terrorism, increased globalization, and non-state actors in the current strategic environment. These are all important, but from a classical view of the structure of the international system, what the U.S. today is facing is not just a rising power, or even a bloc of powers: it is also facing a declining power—Russia.

UAWire – Russia considers using National Wealth Fund to finance defense industry

The funds in the Russian National Wealth Fund (NWF) should be used to give long-term and cheap loans to the defense industry, said Andrei Klepach, formerly the Russian deputy minister of economic development and currently an economist and vice chair of the board at Vnesheconombank (VEB). “The government should provide the resource of long-term, cheap funds, which would enable us to solve the defense industry’s problems,” said Klepach. “In my understanding, the money in the National Wealth Fund could even be such a resource, because we have to invest them not only abroad in the assets of the US and other countries, we could also invest them in projects where we see return. Such projects definitely exist.” Klepach emphasized that this possibility is currently being considered. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who oversees defense, also lobbies in favor of extensive financial support for the arms industry. Last week he lamented that the portfolio of loans taken out by the defense industry is in excess of 2 trillion rubles (around $32 billion), and that repayments use up all the profit generated by the industry, forcing the companies to “live from hand to mouth”. Borisov resents that these factories which produce “real products” are forced to feed banks, which “don’t produce anything”. He noted that plans to support the military-industrial complex with a loan of around 700 billion rubles ($11.1 billion) have been sent to President Putin. It is not yet clear what the president will decide, Klepach noted. “But I hope, the understanding should prevail, that if we want our defense industry to be a driver, and not a sore point, we need to invest in it in different ways,” he said, adding that the investment repayment in defense projects could be 5-7 or even 10-15 years. Another reasons the funds are so badly needed is that the Russian defense industry is under severe US sanctions that block dollar transactions and restrict access to American technologies. “They are designed primarily to stall and to harm the development of the defense industry, and not only in the area of defense technologies,” said Klepach. “Essentially, it’s a consistent set of measures designed to strangle Russia technologically.” The vice chair of VEB believes that the correct response would be to intensify the financing of the defense industry, which could become “a powerful technological driver, in the interests of the civilian population”. “There are very good technological backgrounds and abilities here, and one can simply marvel at the enthusiasm and boldness of our engineers, scientists and managers, for dealing with these tasks, despite the rather difficult financial conditions,” observed Klepach. As of 1 July, Russia’s NWF was officially worth 3.76 trillion rubles, or $59.6 billion. Around 40% of this amount has already been spent on support for banks, lending to Ukraine, and infrastructural projects. The liquid part of the fund, in the form of foreign currency, includes $15.3 billion, €13.5 billion and £2.5 billion. The real value of the NWF is significantly larger. Since 2017, the Finance Ministry has been buying foreign currency on the Moscow Exchange with the budget’s oil and gas earnings from prices significantly above $40 per barrel. Last year the intervention enabled the ministry to acquire $66.5 billion, which will be transferred to the fund in September. Between January and June this year, the ministry bought another $25 billion, and it could acquire another $28 in the second half of the year. Thus the effective value of the NWF is actually around $150 billion, and will reach $178 billion by the end of the year, which is 10% of the GDP. According to the budget rules, the fund can only be spent once it exceeds 7% of the GDP.

TOP-10 of the facades of the military-industrial complex of Russia for the year (VIDEO)

The Kremlin does not want to solve the problems of its own people, but it spends a lot of money to intervene in the affairs of other countries and to produce weapons. But economic sanctions work! Loud projects like “Armat” and the Su-57, at one time worked well in favor of propaganda, but in five years nothing went wrong. And these are enough every year. In the video of the failure of the military industrial complex of Russia for 12 months … 00:00 Losses of ammunition producers across the United States 00:50 Army’s refusal from “Precision” rifle 01:42 Family “Armat” without a series 02:36 Repair of “Admiral Kuznetsov” 03:24 Navy will not receive submarine “Kazan” 04:16 Unlucky plane IL-112V 05:08 Braking tests MIG-35 05:59 Fighter SU-57 nobody needs 06:46 Termination of the development of the unmanned aerial “Altair” 07:34 Russia reduces state defense orders The project “TOP VPK from Sergei Kaminsky” from time to time tells about actual and interesting ratings from the sphere of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine and the world.


Turkey officially kicked out of F-35 program, costing US half a billion dollars

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program, and Turkey will lose its production work on the jet by March 2020, following its acceptance of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system last Friday. However, a top Pentagon official would not close the door on Turkey rejoining the program in some form, should it reverse the decision to buy the S-400. The White House issued a statement Wednesday confirming the move, which Washington had threatened for months. “Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible,” the White House statement read. “The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities.” “Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO Allies made to each other to move away from Russian systems,” the statement continued. Shortly after the statement was released, the Pentagon held a rare on-camera press conference to explain the process moving forward, with Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Ellen Lord and Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg. “Turkey cannot field a Russian intelligence collection platform in proximity to where the F-35 program makes repairs, and houses the F-35,” Lord said. “Much of the F-35′s strength lies in its stealth capabilities, so the ability to detect those capabilities would jeopardize the long term security of the F-35 program. We seek only to protect the long term security of the F-35 program.” Turkey, a partner in the F-35 program that helped fund the development of the jet, planned to buy 100 F-35As. Its first jet was rolled out in June 2018 in a festive “delivery ceremony.” Though Turkey formally owns its jets, the U.S. has said it has the power to keep the planes from moving to Turkish soil and intends to keep all four existing Turkish jets from leaving the U.S. Lord avoided saying that the door was shut on Turkey returning to the program should the S-400 be removed from its soil and repeatedly used the term “suspension” to characterize Turkey’s status in the F-35 program. When asked twice whether Turkey could be welcomed back if the situation changes, Lord did not give a direct answer one way or the other. “At this point, the Turks have made a decision. We have said the F-35 and S-400 are incompatible. We will work forward at this point to unwind the relationship,” she said. All Turkish F-35 personnel have been informed they must leave the U.S. by July 31, including 20 individuals assigned to the Joint Program Office. Neither official would comment on if any of those individuals have requested asylum. By March 2020, Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 program, which includes production on about 900 parts for the stealthy fighter, will be “unwound.” Lord said the projection is this will cost Turkey’s economy around $9 billion over the life of the program. American suppliers will initially fill those production roles, but the goal is to eventually farm some of it out to other partners.

Ejecting Turkey from the F-35 Effort Will Cost At Least Half a Billion Dollars – Defense One

That’s the Pentagon’s low estimate for replacing Turkish suppliers of more than 900 parts. It will cost the U.S. Defense Department between $500 million and $600 million to remove Turkey from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon acquisition chief said Wednesday. That’s the cost of finding and setting up U.S. suppliers to make the 900-plus components currently made by ten Turkish manufacturers, Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary of acquisition and sustainment, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday. Lord described Turkey’s removal as having “minimal impact on the larger F-35 partnership.” She spoke just hours after the Trump administration said it would remove Turkey from the multibillion-dollar stealth fighter project because Ankara purchased S-400 missile interceptors from Russia. Related: Looks Like Turkey Is Getting Booted from the F-35 Program Related: US Could Use Turkish F-35 Parts Contracts to Entice New Customers Related: Send Turkey’s F-35s to Eastern Europe “We have worked on alternate sources for the over 900 parts — we have been working since 2018 on this,” Lord said. “We are proceeding with a very orderly wind down through March 2020 … so we expect minimal impact to the program.” Asked if Turkey would be reimbursed for planes they have purchased, Lord said, “We are discussing the specifics about the aircraft they have purchased so far as we speak.” Turkey has ordered 30 F-35s, four of which are at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where they are being used for pilot training. The rest are in various stages of production, according to a person with knowledge of Ankara’s orders. Turkish military pilots and maintenance workers were told Wednesday they must leave the United States, Lord said. “[W]e doubt there’s a significant impact on the F-35,” Byron Callan, an analyst with Capital Alpha Partners, said in a note to investors shortly after the formal announcement was made. Lord said the ten Turkish manufacturers had been slated to make about $9 billion on F-35 parts contracts. As of July, they already had about $1 billion in commitments, she said. “Turkey will certainly and regrettably lose jobs and future economic opportunities from this decision,” she said. Initially, the Pentagon plans to use U.S. suppliers to fabricate the Turkish-made parts, but will eventually open that work up to companies in countries buying the F-35, Lord said. In addition to making parts, an F-35 engine maintenance facility was supposed to be based in Turkey.

U.S. Removing NATO Ally Turkey From Stealth Fighter Jet Program

The United States has said that Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 stealth fighter jet program after its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile-defense system.

Trump Balks At Cancellation Of F-35 Jet Sales To Turkey, Blames Obama

U.S. President Donald Trump has deplored the inability of the United States to sell Turkey F-35 fighter jets because it has chosen to purchase a Russian air-defense system.

Turkey Calls U.S. Action To Exclude Ankara From F-35 Program ‘Unfair’

Turkey condemned as “unfair” a U.S. move to exclude it from the American-led F-35 stealth fighter jet program following Ankara’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.

U.S. officials wonder: Did Turkish leader’s coup memories drive Russia arms deal? – Reuters

For some U.S. officials, the Trump administration’s failure to persuade Turkey not to buy a Russian air defense system may have its roots in a coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan three years ago this week.

America faces a critical test in its relationship with Turkey – The Washington Post

The U.S. must protect its F-35 fighter jet without severing ties to a crucial Middle East partner.

US removes Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme – BBC News

This follows deliveries of the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system to Turkey.

Russian S-400 air missile defense system parts arrive in Turkey at the risk of sanctions. – The Washington Post

Here’s what you should know about the continued delivery of the missile defense system to the NATO member state.

How Turkey is planning to handle US blowback over S-400s

Some parts of the Russian made S-400 missile system arrived in Ankara in the last several days, but none of the shipment included missiles.

U.S. to Withhold F-35 Fighters From Turkey, Trump Says – WSJ

President Trump said the U.S. would withhold an order of F-35 stealth jet fighters to Turkey after Ankara received a new air-defense missile system from Russia, calling it a “very tough situation.”

Trump blames Obama as he reluctantly bans F35 sales to Turkey – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump says Turkey will be banned from purchasing American F-35 fighter jets after it acquired a Russian air defense system, but made no mention of sanctions that the US is legally required to impose in response, worrying lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Looks Like Turkey Is Getting Booted from the F-35 Program – Defense One

After months of threats, Washington appears poised to drop Ankara from the multibillion-dollar project.

How US sanctions on Turkey over Russian S400 deal could backfire

U.S. officials see the deal as a threat to NATO, for which Turkey provides the second-largest military.

Trump’s response to Turkey and Russia’s air defence deal shows he has no idea what Putin is up to

Turkey has chosen to walk Russia’s path. In insisting to stay the course of buying the Russian S-400 air defence system, it has handed the thread tip of the west to the unshaken hands of Vladimir Putin.

Pakistani JF-17 Thunders and Turkish ELINT/SIGINT C-160D Transall Among The Highlights Of Anatolian Eagle Exercise – The Aviationist

Let’s have a look at Anatolian Eagle 2019 at Konya, Turkey. Exercise Anatolian Eagle, is a very well-known series of exercises hosted by the Turkish Air Force held at the 3rd Main Jet Base – Konya, in central Anatolia, south of Ankara, Turkey. It is inspired by the U.S. Red Flag and Maple Flag series and its goal is to train fighter pilots for the first few days of a modern conflict (its Greek counterpart is Ex. Iniochos – read here about the 2019 and 2018 edition of the drills held at Andravida AB, Greece). The exercise provides the participating Turkish and foreign nations air forces an interesting opportunity to perform joint combat training in real-world scenarios that include Combined Air Operations (COMAOs) on tactical and strategic targets defended by Aggressors aircraft and Surface to Air Missile (SAM) threats of all types scattered across an airspace of 120 by 216 NM that allows some +60 aircraft to employ their tactics away from the effects of any (civilian or non AE traffic) around.

Russia Fines Google For Failing To Remove Links To Banned Websites

Russia’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has fined Google for failing to filter traffic in accordance with strict Russian Internet laws.

Bulgaria Links Hacking Attack To Plans To Buy Military Jets From U.S.

A massive hacking attack in Bulgaria via a Russian website might be linked to Sofia’s decision to buy military jets from the United States, the Balkan country’s interior minister said, as the gover…

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen – BBC News

A hacker targeted the Balkan country’s tax agency and reportedly offered local media access to stolen data.

5 Million Bulgarians Have Their Personal Data Stolen in Hack – The New York Times

The data of more than five million people was stolen from Bulgaria’s tax agency. Someone emailed a claim of responsibility to news outlets, writing, “The state of your cybersecurity is a parody.”

In systemic breach, hackers steal millions of Bulgarians’ financial data – Reuters

Bulgaria’s finance minister apologized to the country on Tuesday after admitting hackers had stolen millions of taxpayers’ financial data in an attack that one researcher said may have compromised nearly every adult’s personal records.

Italy’s Salvini To Address Parliament On ‘Russiagate’ Funding Allegations

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini says he will address parliament on allegations that his far-right League party has sought illicit funding from Russia.

The Ukrainian group of neo-Nazis was preparing an attempt on me with the use of a rocket, – Italian Deputy Prime Minister Salvini

Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that “Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups” were preparing an assassination attempt on him. According to Tsenzor.NET, with reference to the Mirror of the week, the Italian edition ANSA reports this. “The intelligence services told about the Ukrainian group that was preparing an attempt on my life,” said Salvini. He said that a cache of weapons was found in Turin in the north of Italy, which even had an air-to-air missile, as well as neo-Nazi symbols. The publication recalled that earlier law enforcement officers seized weapons and neo-Nazi symbols from right-wing radicals in Turin, but as part of the investigation into the case of mercenaries who fought on the side of the militants in the Donbas. This week, July 10, Salvini became involved in the scandal about the financing of his party by the Kremlin. The American edition of BuzzFeed News published a record of secret negotiations between representatives of the right-wing Liga Severa party and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini with Kremlin officials at the Moscow Metropol hotel in October 2018. Italians, according to the publication, agreed to receive tens of millions of dollars of “Russian oil money” on the eve of elections to the European Parliament.

UAWire – Italy seizes air-to-air missile from Neo-Nazis who fought in Donbas

The Italian police have uncovered a network of Neo-Nazis and seized an arsenal of weapons that includes automatic rifles, pistols and objects …

Qatar: Missile found among arms seized in Italy sold 25 years ago | Qatar News | Al Jazeera

Doha says the seized air-to-air missile was sold to a ‘friendly’ third country that wishes not to be named.

Int’l inquiry into MH17 crash not objective – Peskov

Russia does not consider the international inquiry into the crash of a Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine to be objective because it has been barred from it, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

UAWire – Council of Europe: Russia must take responsibility for MH17 catastrophe

The Council of Europe has adopted a declaration which asks Russia to admit responsibility for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 …

Victims’ Families Mark Fifth Anniversary Of MH17 Tragedy

Families of victims and their countries’ embassies are marking the fifth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, amid mounting evidenc…

How A Hunch, A Farmer, And A Scorched Field Led Me To The MH17 Missile-Launch Site

An obscure blogger claimed to have triangulated the general location from a photograph. On a hunch, a fellow journalist and I followed it — and found the exact spot from which international investigators later concluded that Russia-backed forces fired the Buk missile that brought down MH17.

5 Years Since MH17 Downing: Following the Footsteps of Russia’s Involvement

What were the Russian anti-aircraft gunners doing near the Ukrainian border on the day of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777?

Russia must be punished for downing MH17: Ukraine’s envoy to EU – news politics | UNIAN

On this day five years ago (July 17, 2014) the Malaysian flight MH17 was en route to heading to Kuala Lumpur with 298 passengers on board when suddenly a Russian BUK missile, launched from the part of Donbas beyond the Ukrainian government control, hit the plane. From the very first days of the MH17 tragedy Russia’s propaganda machine poured all resources and tools available to hide the truth, mislead and manipulate.

SBU identifies over 150 persons involved in transporting Buk missile launcher from Russia to Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has identified over 150 persons who partook in the transportation from Russia to Donbas of the Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher, which shot down the Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing flight MH17 in July 2014. Criminal cases against the suspects are being transferred to the competent authority of the Netherlands for their further criminal prosecution.

SBU detains driver of truck transporting Buk involved in MH17

17.07.19 16:18 – SBU detains driver of truck transporting Buk involved in MH17 The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has identified and detained the driver of the truck that transported the Russian Buk anti-aircraft missile system used to down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas in July 2014. View news.

MH17 investigation: SBU detained driver of towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher

Workers of the SBU, Ukraine’s State Security Service detained the driver of a towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher across Donetsk; this particular vehicle is considered to be the same the Russian mercenaries used to shoot down Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines (flight MH17) in July 2014. Vitaliy Mayakov, Deputy Head of SBU’s Chief Investigation Department said so as quoted by UNN news agency. The driver was identified thanks to a video record from the cell phone, as one of the witnesses filmed Buk being moved across occupied Donetsk. Back then, the driver had no idea that the Ukrainian side was aware of his involvement in this action. “We detained him, currently he serves time here, in Ukraine”, Mayakov said. He explained that the people responsible for this transportation of Buk missile launcher will be judged as terrorists. Mayakov added that the SBU suspects 150 people who could be more or less involved in the crime.

MH17: SBU says truck driver who transported Russian Buk now serving sentence in Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Deputy Head of the SBU’s Main Investigation Department, member of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Vitaliy Mayakov has said a militant involved in the transportation of the Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher, which shot down flight MH17 over Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, was earlier detained and is now serving his sentence in Ukraine. According to Mayakov, the role of other persons targeted by the probe is being verified.

MH17 crash: Tsemakh knew operation details

Volodymyr Tsemakh who was the commander of air defence of Slovyansk brigade of Girkin militants, has information about the commanders of the occupants and operation details, as the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Defence and Security Council Oleksandr Danylyuk reported on Facebook. Danylyuk stated that Tsemakh witnessed the operation during which the militants hit Boeing MH17 in Donetsk region. He even knows that the rocket was launched from man-portable air-defence system Buk. Besides, the message reads that Tsemakh knew all the warlords of the militants, he knew the details of the operation and movement of weapons. Related: MH17 investigation: SBU detained driver of towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher “The testimony of the detainee will be another argument against Russia and the militants it controls,” Danylyuk wrote. Five years ago, the world witnessed the tragedy of MH17. On July 17, 2014, Boeing 777, the civilian aircraft of Malaysian Airlines was downed over the Russian-occupied area in Donetsk region. An anti-aircraft missile hit the plane, killing all 298 people aboard. The aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur; there were citizens of several countries aboard, most of them were Dutch. Governments of Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands agreed to fund and conduct the joint investigation into the tragedy.

MH17: Representatives of Netherlands, Australia, Russia to meet this summer

The Netherlands, Australia and Russia are to hold another meeting within the framework of the investigation into MH17 crash this summer. — Ukrinform.

Australia’s government resolute in commitment to pursuing accountability for downing of MH17 – joint statement

Australia’s Foreign Senator, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Minister for Home Affairs and MP Peter Dutton have made a joint statement on the fifth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas, saying that Australia’s government remains resolute in its commitment to pursuing accountability for the tragedy.

Ukrainians in London honour memory of MH17 crash victims. Photos, video

Ukrainians have gathered near the Embassy of the Netherlands in London to commemorate the victims of MH17 crash.  — Ukrinform.

SBU detains militant suspected of transporting Buk that downed MH17 – news portal

SBU detains militant suspected of transporting Buk that downed MH17. He is serving a sentence in Ukraine. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine says transport organizer of missile that shot down MH-17 plane in jail – Reuters

Ukraine said on Wednesday a rebel who organized the trailer carrying the missile that shot down a Malaysian airliner in 2014 had been captured two years ago and was now serving a sentence in Ukraine.

With no justice for MH17 victims, what’s to prevent the next attack? (Opinion) – CNN

Michael Bociurkiw writes that without the strong and unified backing of the international community, achieving justice for the MH17 victims will be next to impossible.

It’s been 5 years since MH17 was shot down, killing 298 people. Here’s what happened, and why nobody has yet been held officially responsible. | Business Insider

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board and spawning an ongoing political battle.

Five years on, flight MH17 families call for justice – Reuters

Family members of those aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 called on Wednesday for those responsible to be brought to justice, as they marked the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.

Five years after MH17 tragedy a ray of hope for justice | Malaysia News | Al Jazeera

Families, investigators urge Russia to cooperate, five years after plane shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine.

Sunflowers From Ukraine Memorialize Dutch MH17 Victims

Five years ago, on July 17, 2014, flight MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. In the Dutch city of Hilversum, home to 15 of the victims, residents have planted memorial gardens of sunflowers grown from seeds gathered near the crash site.

Putin Widens Citizenship Offer To All Residents Of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk Regions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree expanding the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for all residents of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

UAWire – Putin extends Russian passports to entire Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Ukrainians who have previously resided in the Luhansk or Donetsk regions to obtain Russian passports through a simplified procedure, Kommersant reports. “This is related to the large number of applications for Russian citizenship from the inhabitants of these regions,” the news outlet notes. According to Kommersant, as of 17 July, 10,000 residents of the regions of eastern Ukraine which are not under Kyiv’s control had obtained Russian passports. On 24 April, Putin signed a decree allowing residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure. On 1 May, he signed a new decree making the passport acquisition process easier for Ukrainians who resided in Crimea or the Donbas before spring 2014. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said that Russian passports issued to Donbas residents will be considered invalid. The ministry declared Putin’s decree “null and void”. Ukraine is seeking to have additional sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with this “passport aggression”.

Zelenskyi initiates dual citizenship for Ukrainians living abroad

18.07.19 11:50 – Zelenskyi initiates dual citizenship for Ukrainians living abroad President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi ordered the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to develop the procedures of the provision of the second Ukrainian citizenship to the Ukrainians, who live abroad. View news.

Response to Putin: Zelensky mulls dual citizenship for Ukrainian diaspora – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine could start providing second citizenship to Ukraine for ethnic Ukrainians living abroad. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs develop a relevant mechanism, the President’s Office reported on Facebook. “It is with sadness and outrage that the President’s Office met the news of the prolongation of the custody term for 24 Ukrainian sailors, as well as the signing by the president of the Russian Federation of a decree on a simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians,” the statement reads. The President’s Office says the decree targets “our citizens who are forced to reside in the temporarily occupied territories”. “We believe that this step creates additional obstacles to conflict de-escalation and reintegration of Donbas, to which Russian leadership has repeatedly declared commitment,” says the statement. For its part, the president of Ukraine has instructed the foreign ministry to develop a mechanism for granting Ukrainian citizenship, as the second one, “to ethnic Ukrainians from friendly countries who are seeking to join the efforts to develop their historic Homeland”, according to the President’s Office. Also, Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered that the mechanism be developed for a simplified granting of Ukrainian citizenship to people suffering from the violation of rights and freedoms in their home countries. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, July 17, extended his decree on simplified procedures for granting Russian citizenship to all residents from Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, also known as Donbas.

Text – S.Res.74 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): A resolution marking the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity by honoring the bravery, determination, and sacrifice of the people of Ukraine during and since the Revolution, and condemning continued Russian aggression against Ukraine. | | Library of Congress

Text for S.Res.74 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): A resolution marking the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity by honoring the bravery, determination, and sacrifice of the people of Ukraine during and since the Revolution, and condemning continued Russian aggression against Ukraine.

U.S. Senate adopts resolution condemning Russian aggression, construction of Nord Stream 2 – news politics | UNIAN

The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution on the 5th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity and the memory of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes, as reported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States. The U.S. Senate expects peaceful, free and fair parliamentary elections to be held in Ukraine, and congratulates the Ukrainian people on the occasion of the successful holding of free and fair presidential elections.

Volker: Kremlin uses Ukrainian sailors to influence parliamentary elections

18.07.19 13:56 – Volker: Kremlin uses Ukrainian sailors to influence parliamentary elections Russian authorities seek to use the illegally detained Ukrainian sailors and provision of expedited Russian citizenship to residents of Donbas to have an impact on the results of Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections. View news.

Volker: Russia’s move to extend remand of Ukrainian sailors attempt to pressure Zelensky ahead of election – news politics | UNIAN

By prolonging the Ukrainian POW sailors’ term of remand, as well as by simplifying the granting of Russian passports to residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russia attempts to put pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for July 21, according to Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations. The envoy expressed doubt that such a step would work.

U.S. envoy Volker hopes Russia will agree to POW swap with Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says he hopes that Russia will agree to a swap of prisoners of war (POW) with Ukraine. Preliminary agreements on the exchange were announced by the Ukrainian President’s Office.

European Parliament Urges Russia To Release ‘Illegally And Arbitrarily’ Detained Ukrainian Citizens

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to pass a resolution calling on Russian authorities to immediately release and return “all illegally and arbitrarily detained Ukrainian citizens” he…

Zelensky, Merkel hold phone talks on Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone ways to further accelerate peaceful settlement in Donbas. The President’s Office has elaborated on the details of the conversation.

Reforms and defence policy first, weapons later, Canada tells Ukraine

Ukraine needs to carry out deep structural reforms and develop a clear defence policy before it goes on a shopping spree for sophisticated Western and Canadian military equipment. This was stated by the Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan according to the Radio Canada International. The issue of Canadian Ukrainian military and defence industry cooperation was one the topics discussed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto last week. Speaking to reporters after their first meeting at Royal York Fairmount Hotel, Zelenskiy said Ukraine is particularly interested in acquiring Canadian armoured vehicles. Canada will continue “to stand with Ukraine against Russian interference and aggression,” Trudeau said, adding that they discussed Canada’s mission in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian military as well as the sale of lethal weapons to Kyiv. Trudeau said a Canadian company has already invested in an ammunition factory in Ukraine without providing additional details. But speaking to Radio Canada International, Sajjan said before Ukraine and Canada deepen their defence cooperation further, Ukraine needs to figure out what kind of a military it wants. Instead of focusing on immediate equipment needs, the Ukrainian government needs to invest its efforts in building its defence institutions, he said. “I’ve been there and seen other nations’ donated equipment but they’re sitting in sea containers,” Sajjan said. “If you go and have chunks of this and that, it doesn’t really work very well. What we’re trying to do while we’re there is helping them to come up with the appropriate plan.” Michael Carpenter, managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a former high-ranking Pentagon official with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said Sajjan’s approach is “absolutely right.” Ukraine needs to get serious about deep structural reforms to its defence institutions, Carpenter said. The Obama administration had spent a lot of effort to help Ukraine develop a roadmap for defence reform. The result was a document called the Strategic Defence Bulletin, Carpenter said. “It’s a very comprehensive plan to make Ukraine’s military more capable and more NATO-interoperable,” Carpenter said. “But the real problem with that roadmap was that there was a lot of resistance amongst the senior members of the General Staff, who operated according to a much more Soviet logic.” Carpenter said he hopes the new government will work to move aside these old Soviet-trained cadres and promote bright, Western-educated officers, who genuinely want to pursue reforms. Once the new Ukrainian government is formed following parliamentary elections on July 21, they will decide the mission for their military and what kind of equipment they need, Sajjan said. “And then from that we can look at progressing some of these conversations forward, but what we have done here is making sure that we are ready to be able to support the plan that they will create,” Sajjan said. Having placed Ukraine on its list of countries allowed to buy Canadian military equipment and weapons and having signed a defence cooperation agreement with Kyiv, Ottawa has already created the legal foundation for eventual arms sales or defence technology transfers, Sajjan said. “The Russian military has modernized and reformed especially over the last ten years rather prodigiously and prolifically. Ukraine needs capabilities that can match Russia’s new sophisticated weaponry to be able to defend itself,” Carpenter said. Defence cooperation with Canada could give the once neglected Ukrainian defence industry access to state-of-the-art Canadian and Western technology, particularly in modern communications, electronics, night vision equipment, precision guided munitions, as well as target identification and acquisition systems. But Western companies are feeling leery of investing in Ukraine because of the business climate rife with corruption and an opaque defence industry, dominated by a giant parastatal company, Ukroboronprom, comprising over 130 separate entities and more than 80,000 employees, Carpenter said. This has been the prime impediment to Western defence companies setting up shop in Ukraine, he added. Until Ukroboronprom is thoroughly reformed, there is little chance of substantial Western investment in the Ukrainian defence industry, he said.

Ukrainian Official Says Agreement Reached On Prisoner Swap With Separatists

Advisers to the leaders of Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine have reached an agreement on a prisoner swap between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists, a senior Ukrainian official has said.

TCG in Minsk agrees to start procedure for POWs swap – Bezsmertnyi – news politics | UNIAN

Representative of Ukraine in the political subgroup at the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Roman Bezsmertnyi, says the parties n Minsk yesterday agreed to launch the procedure for the exchange held persons: 69 citizens of Ukraine for 208 people from the swap list provided by another side. It’s 69 for 208.

UAWire – Ukraine extends embargo on Russian goods

The Ukrainian government has extended the embargo on a number of Russian products until 2020, the press service of the Ukrainian cabinet of …

ISW Blog: Russia in Review: Exploiting Transition in Ukraine

Author: Nataliya Bugayova Key Takeaways The Kremlin is exploiting new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s political inexperience and desire to end the war in Eastern Ukraine to achieve its preferred outcome in Ukraine – a risk previously outlined by ISW. The Kremlin will likely attempt to link Ukraine and Europe’s urge to pursue peace in Ukraine with its recent diplomatic gains in parts of Europe to push for a settlement that starts lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014. Zelensky has reaffirmed Ukraine’s commitment to closer relations with the West. He likely does not voluntarily intend to empower Russia’s interests in Ukraine. His administration’s actions and inactions nevertheless create a favorable environment for the Kremlin, including a tolerant atmosphere for the return of Kremlin-linked actors displaced by the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution. The Kremlin’s success in Ukraine is not inevitable. The upcoming 2019 Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections will provide an opportunity for reform-oriented professionals to unite and serve as a counterbalance to Russia in Ukraine. The U.S. should expand its support for reformists in both the Zelensky Administration and the Ukrainian Parliament. The U.S. should also work with its partners in Europe to prevent Zelensky from blindly walking into a deal with Russia that compromises Ukraine’s sovereignty. The U.S. must not allow the Kremlin to legitimize its aggression by playing mediator to a conflict in which it is an active belligerent. The new Government of Ukraine might be setting conditions for future reconciliation to end the war in Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ran for office on a core promise to end the conflict with Russia in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine. He and his associates are now taking rhetorical steps towards that goal. Ukrainian National Security Council Secretary Oleksandr Danilyuk stated on July 1 that the Government of Ukraine is “ready to integrate Donbas” under certain conditions including the disarmament of separatist militias led by Russia.[1] Danilyuk dismissed concerns that the reintegration could result in an enclave controlled by Russia inside Ukraine – a risk previously highlighted by ISW.[2] Meanwhile, Ihor Kolomoyskyi – a key oligarch who backs Zelensky – minimized the war in Eastern Ukraine as an “internal civil conflict” on July 4, mirroring the propaganda of the Kremlin.[3] Kolomoyskyi funded militias to counter the Kremlin in Eastern Ukraine in 2014 but he is likely now hedging his bets in anticipation of restored influence for Russia in Ukraine.[4] Zelensky and his associates have also stated that they would consider lifting the economic blockade on the Donbas.[5] Zelensky called for businesses to reinvest in the Donbas on June 20.[6] Ukraine’s Ukrzaliznytsia – the state-owned railway – included the potential restoration of service to the Donbas in its outlook for 2023.[7] Zelensky is also setting conditions on the ground for a potential reconciliation with the Donbas. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) withdrew from the contested town of Stanytsia Luhanska in Eastern Ukraine on July 1 under a deal first signed by Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016.[8] The U.S., Europe, and Russia all welcomed the move, which Zelensky framed as a “fragile hope” for peace in the Donbas.[9] The deal nonetheless raised concerns among military officials and civil activists in Ukraine. One senior commander warned that the withdrawal created a tactical disadvantage for the UAF that the Kremlin and its proxies could exploit to escalate the conflict yet again in Eastern Ukraine.[10] Zelensky has also attempted to build new momentum for a diplomatic deal over Eastern Ukraine. Zelensky and Putin held their first telephone call to discuss the War in Donbas on July 11.[11] He offered on July 8 to meet with Putin in the presence of the U.S., Britain, Germany and France.[12] Putin and Zelensky also both separately discussed resuming the Normandy Four Talks between Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany in June 2019.[13] Putin has expressed a cautious willingness to work with Zelensky.[14] Ukraine and Russia have been discussing a meeting between the two leaders.[15]

Ukraine’s state enterprise Hydrography asks UK, Norway to help remove Russia’s maps of Ukrainian waters

Ukraine’s state-run enterprise Derzhhydrographia (State Hydrography) has asked the Embassies of Great Britain and Norway, as well as the International Hydrographic Organization, for assistance in removing Russian maps of Ukrainian waters from international circulation.


Ukraine’s Constitutional Court Upholds Law Equating Communism To Nazism

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has upheld a law that equates communism to Nazism and bans the dissemination of its symbols, a law that has prompted angry protests from Moscow.

There are Ukrainian schools in Australia, Argentina, Slovakia, and in Russia, where almost 7 million Ukrainians live, there are none, – Yelchenko in the UN Security Council. VIDEO

Attempts to put the Ukrainian language law on the discussion of the UN Security Council are hypocrisy on the part of Russia, which has made many efforts to suppress the Ukrainian language. This was the permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Vladimir Yelchenko said during a meeting of the UN Security Council regarding the “language law”, reports Censor. There is no referring to Gromadska. “A country that has put so much effort into suppressing the Ukrainian language and forcing it into Russian has no right to tell us what to do. In Australia, Argentina, Slovakia there are Ukrainian schools, and in Russia, where almost 7 million Ukrainians live, there is no no Ukrainian school “, – he stressed. Yelchenko reminded that before the annexation in Crimea there were 7 Ukrainian and 15 Crimean Tatar schools – now all Ukrainian and half of the Crimean Tatar are closed. The representative of Ukraine called Russia hypocritical and one that does not see a straw in the eye. “We will solve our problems ourselves,” he stressed. Yelchenko also said that the discussion of language law in the Security Council is an attempt by Russia to divert attention, in particular from its actions in the Donbas, where Russia has been violating the ceasefire for the 5th consecutive year. “Russia pursues its aggressive goals in Ukraine. The situation in the Donbass is worsening, the occupation of the Crimea is not stopped, Moscow’s Ukrainian citizens continue to use as hostages in the war against Ukraine, despite the binding decisions of international courts – it does not fulfill them. Russia further denies that she is involved in this conflict, but in spite of this, it kindles and kindles him, “Yelchenko concluded. Recall, the delegation of the Russian Federation convened a meeting of the UN Security Council on July 16 to discuss the law of Ukraine on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language, which has entered into force today. The meeting is scheduled for 5:00 pm Kyiv time. Earlier, Russia had already tried to convene such a discussion in May, but then its holding was blocked by Ukraine’s partners, citing its manipulative goal. Also read: 12 thousand children studied in Ukrainian in Crimea before the Russian occupation, – the representative of the USA Hunter in the UN Security Council The Ukrainian delegation has consistently stated that the functions of the UN Security Council primarily include the maintenance of international peace and security, and the functioning of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine does not fall into this category.

Ukraine’s envoy to UN: “Russia not in position to tell us what language we should speak” – To Inform is to Influence

Russia is waging a total hybrid war on Ukraine, using every tool available as a weapon. Now Russia is trying to use the UN to attempt to manipulate the use of the Ukrainian language inside Ukraine. It boggles the mind that Russia would even attempt this. Says Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko: “A country that for centuries suppressed the Ukrainian language and forcefully replaced it with the Russian in all spheres of public life is not in a position to tell us now what language we should speak and write.” Russia, of course, will lose, but they continue picking away at Ukraine, in every office, every occasion, and making most certain to be applying pressure to Ukraine in as many ways as is possible. Russia, of course, avoids taking responsibility, avoids exceeding blatant thresholds, and denies, denies, denies. They still hold Ukrainian sailors hostage. They still avoid taking responsibility for shooting down MH-17. The list is almost endless of tragedies caused by Russia, all of which they deny. Now this. Russia is a demented child and needs to be spanked. Hard. </end editorial>

Only Ukrainians can decide which language policy to implement, – the representative of France Rivière at the UN Security Council

The war in Ukraine has already claimed more than 13,000 lives, and this has nothing to do with the law on the Ukrainian language, which has nothing to do with peace and security, and only Ukrainians have to decide which language policies to implement. This was stated by the Permanent Representative of France to the UN Nicolas de Rivière at a meeting of the Security Council on “language law”, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Ukrinform. “Ukraine is in a very difficult situation as a result of the conflict, which has already claimed more than 13 thousand lives. And this situation is in no way a consequence of the adoption on April 25 of the law on the use of Ukrainian as a state language. This law in no way threatens international peace and security. This is only a matter and the choice of the Ukrainians themselves regarding language policies – in a manner that complies with the European and international obligations of Ukraine, “said de Rivière. France is loyal to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Ukraine and never recognizes the occupation of the Crimea. France condemns the distribution of Russian passports, considers it an undermining of the Minsk agreements. The French diplomat recalled that tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the Russian crashing of a flight MH17. France also demands the release of seafarers, as required by the UN International Tribunal. “Over the past days and weeks, there has already been progress – and this is the result of the actions of the new President Zelensky,” said the French diplomat about the diplomatic efforts of the new Ukrainian president for a peaceful settlement. He noted that it was precisely at the initiative of the new Ukrainian government that the separation of forces in the Village of Lugansk was already taking place and said that he “applauds” the establishment of direct contacts between Putin and Zelensky on July 11 and believes that, on the basis of these first signs of progress, a moment must be found for greater trust. Also read: What language to speak is the subject of internal discussion in Ukraine, and not in Russia at the UN, – Pristayko Recall, the delegation of the Russian Federation convened a meeting of the UN Security Council on July 16 to discuss the law of Ukraine on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language, which has entered into force today. The meeting is scheduled for 5:00 pm Kyiv time. Earlier, Russia had already tried to convene such a discussion in May, but then its holding was blocked by Ukraine’s partners, citing its manipulative goal. The Ukrainian delegation has consistently stated that the functions of the UN Security Council primarily include the maintenance of international peace and security, and the functioning of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine does not fall into this category.

UNSC discusses Ukraine’s law on language, no decision taken – news politics | UNIAN

Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at a July 16 meeting initiated by Russia discussed the law of Ukraine on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language. The UN Security Council meeting ended without any resolutions or decisions.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto violated Ukrainian legislation by participating in the Transcarpathian region in the events of the candidate for Brenzovych’s people’s deputies, – the Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will contact the competent authorities of Ukraine for a legal assessment of the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siyarto in public events in Transcarpathia at the invitation of the candidate for people’s deputies Vasily Brenzovich. This is stated in the comments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, informs Tsenzor.NET. “Ignoring the relevant recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Minister of External Economy and Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Siyarto, visited the city of Beregovo of the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine on July 16, where he took part in a number of public events. It was noted in an official note of the Hungarian embassy in Ukraine that this visit was made by Siyarto People’s Deputy of Ukraine V. Brenzovich, who is a candidate for people’s deputies in special elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, ”the message reads. The Foreign Ministry emphasizes that, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Article 74 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Election of People’s Deputies of Ukraine,” intstrans are prohibited from participating in election campaigning, including in public events held in support or with the support of the party – the subject of the electoral process or candidate deputy. In addition, persons with diplomatic immunity must respect the laws of the host country and not interfere in its internal affairs.

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Szijjártó says he comes on scheduled, agreed visit to Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday visited the Ukrainian town of Berehove (Beregszász) where he met with leaders of Transcarpathian Hungarian organizations; this happened right after the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had recommended the Hungarian authorities refrain from travelling to Ukraine’s Zakarpattia region and from other measures that could be considered meddling in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The Hungarian official assured that his country is interested in an improvement in bilateral relations.

MFA Ukraine accuses Hungarians’ Union of separatism over altered map publication – news politics | UNIAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine to investigate into the Society of Hungarian Culture of Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia)  publishing a map with the altered borders, showing certain territories in western Ukraine as part of Hungary. The scandalous image appeared on the front page of the Karpatalja newspaper.

Ukraine’s Security Service opens case over map depicting Zakarpattia region as part of Hungary. Photo

Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings over publishing a map, which depicts a part of Zakarpattia region painted the colors of the Hungarian national flag, in a local newspaper. — Ukrinform.


Team Zelensky intend to get into “normal negotiation process” with Russia – news politics | UNIAN

The Office of the President of Ukraine hopes to get into a “normal negotiation process” with Russia, that’s according to Serhiy Shefir, Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief aide. A lot has been said about halting the shooting, withdrawing troops, but the main thing is to start talking, according to Shefir.

Kremlin comments on prospects for Zelensky-Putin meeting – news politics | UNIAN

No agreements have been reached yet on holding a personal meeting between presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Thursday. Putin’s spokesman says it would be better to wait until the “election campaign hype” is over in Ukraine.

Russian lawyer lists three options how captive Ukrainian sailors may be freed – news politics | UNIAN

Ilya Novikov, a Russian lawyer from the group of defenders of 24 Ukrainian sailors who are prisoners of war held in Russia, says there are several options how they may be freed. The third option is an appeal against a recent ruling taken by a Russian court.

Denisova asks Russia to release sailors under her guarantee – news portal

Denisova asks Russia to release sailors under her guarantee. There is a mechanism for this in Russian law. Political – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Moscow Court Extends Pretrial Detention Of 24 Ukrainian Sailors

A Moscow court has prolonged by three months the pretrial detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by Russian forces along with their three naval vessels in November near the Kerch Strait, which …

Moscow Court Extends Detention For Captured Ukrainian Sailors

A Moscow court has extended the pretrial detention of 6 captured Ukrainian sailors by 3 months. They are among 24 Ukrainian sailors currently being held by Russia after they and their 3 vessels were seized last November in the Kerch Strait.

Moscow court extends custody term for 12 POW Ukrainian sailors until Oct 24 – news politics | UNIAN

Moscow’s Lefortovo district court has extended the custody term for 12 POW Ukrainian sailors until October 24. The judges said the decision could be appealed at the Moscow City Court.

People as bargaining chips: Russia using Ukrainian POWs to get concessions from Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

On Wednesday, July 17, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow ruled that the Ukrainian POW sailors shall be remanded in custody until October. Thus, the Kremlin once again demonstrated that the demand of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to “immediately and unconditionally” release Ukrainian ships and their crew, is just an empty sound for Russia. Russia is further upping the stakes on the issue of releasing Ukrainian POWs. The latest episode in the dramatic story is the extension of custody term for Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait on Nov 25, 2018.

Russia extends arrest of Ukrainian sailors for another three months

Moscow’s court has extended the arrest of Ukrainian sailors-prisoners of war for another three months until October 24, 2019. — Ukrinform.

Six EU member countries demand that Russia release Ukrainian sailors

17.07.19 12:11 – Six EU member countries demand that Russia release Ukrainian sailors The joint statement was published by the envoys from Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Estonia and the UK. View news.

Scythian Gold, Crimean Treasures

A Dutch appeals court has postponed a verdict on the ownership of a collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014, saying it needed more information.

Ukraine reports 15 enemy attacks in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on July 17 mounted 15 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Shelling brought no casualties over the period under review.

15 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, four Russian terrorists wounded

18.07.19 10:36 – 15 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, four Russian terrorists wounded July 17, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO position 15 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons twice. View news.

Ukraine reports eight enemy attacks in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on July 16 mounted eight attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Shelling brought no casualties over the period under review.

As Soldiers Disengage, ‘Fragile Hope’ For Peace Appears In One Front-Line Ukrainian Town

In a season of elections and political change in Ukraine, a cease-fire and troop pullback in the battle-scarred town of Stanytsya Luhanska show peace in the east is possible, even as fighting flares elsewhere along the rest of the 400-kilometer-long front line.

Additional Mariupol-Kyiv train to be launched in two months

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has announced the launch of an additional train en route from Mariupol to Kyiv in two months. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Ukrainian Security Service unmasks Russian special ops soldier who killed LPR ringleader and got rid of Plotnitsky

The counter intelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has unmasked the Russian special forces soldier Alexander “Gray” Sadovy, who has been one of the most active participants in Russian special operations in the occupied Luhansk province since 2014, TSN writes. Sadovy was born in Russia on 13 November 1969. A colonel, he is the director of the so-called “Special Forces Center of the LPR Interior Ministry”. He was sent by Russia’s intelligence agency to occupied Luhansk to create and oversee a special forces police division. Sadovy’s unit was initially called the “special rapid response unit”, but was soon renamed the “Special Forces Center”. It was outfitted with the best weaponry and equipment. The division also included mine experts and technical specialists. Subsequently the division’s true purpose was revealed. Sadovy’s primary function was actually to plan and personally lead a “purging” of the armed groups, which the occupiers had started to lose control of by the end of 2014. However, the “Special Forces Center” was not limited to disarming a few unruly fighters, primarily from the Cossack groups. As of 2015, Sadovy regularly took an active part in specific incidents in the LPR. On 1 January 2015, Alexey “Batman” Bednov, commander of the “rapid response group”, was brutally killed for “insubordination” towards the LPR Interior Ministry. His car was shot at with a large caliber weapon and apparently even a Shmel rocket launcher. On 23 January 2015, Yevgeny Ishchenko, the so-called “commandant” of occupied Pervomaisk, was shot shortly after openly threatening LPR ringleader Igor Plotnitsky. On 23 May 2015, Alexey Mozgovoy, commander of the “Ghost” brigade, was taken out. The previous day, he had directly accused the Kremlin of betraying the “Donbas militia”. Mozgovoy had frequently expressed opinions on the “independence” of the self-declared republic that Moscow considered seditious, and openly refused to submit his armed group to the Russian military command. On 12 December 2015, Sadovy’s special forces gave no chance to the Cossack Ataman Pavel Dremov, commander of the Platov Cossack Regiment. His car was blown up as he was leaving a petrol station. “After a series of high-profile killings, effectively no one in the LPR had a choice any more. The occupiers made it clear what awaited defiant people and free thinkers. Sadovy’s cutthroats never even considered the lives of completely uninvolved bystanders during their hit jobs,” the article observes. In November 2017, the supervisors at Russia’s Federal Security Service orchestrated a military coup in the LPR. Sadovy’s special forces division and “little green men” from Russia disarmed the groups under Plotnitsky’s control and his personal bodyguards, blockaded him at his residence, and had fun throwing grenades over the fence. Having learned from his predecessors’ experiences, Plotnitsky took the hint quickly and left for Russia a few hours later.

Ukrainian Armed Forces get radio direction finder

Proton Central Design Office has developed and produced a modern automated short-wave radio direction finder Sector R-677, which has recently been transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported. — Ukrinform.

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RFE/RL Urges Release Of Ukrainian Journalist Held By Separatists For Two Years

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has urged Russia-backed separatists to release blogger Stanislav Aseyev, who has been held in eastern Ukraine since July 2017.

Ukraine upgrades X-29 guided missiles

Last week, we reported on the launch of the X-29 airliners at the Polursk field in the Volyn region, in today’s press release, ArmyInform talks about launching missiles for their further modernization. This is informed by the Ukrainian Military Portal We remind that rockets X-29L and X-29T were firing for the first time in the last 23 years. The launches were carried out from the front bomber of the Su-24M flying crew of the State Research Institute for the Testing and Certification of Arms and Military Equipment in the test pilot pilot, Colonel Sergei Chizha, and the pilot-in-command of Lieutenant-Colonel Vitaly Shuliak. The representatives of the institute are tasked to perform a series of tests for the further modernization of the aforementioned weapons. “During the years of the armed conflict with Russian mercenaries in the East Ukraine, the issue of improving the effectiveness of the means of defeating highly protected enemy objects was acute. There was a need to upgrade the air-to-surface airborne X-29 missile “, – representatives of the institute told” ArmyInform “specially. There is no information on the direction of work yet, but it is worth recalling the experience of Russia, which carry out the modernization of the laser system for launching the X-29L missile and put a new head for homing for the X-29T, new versions of missiles got the indices X-29ML and X-29TM. In addition, modernized missiles have increased the range of applications. Also, in open sources there is information on other versions of missiles that have thermal imaging cameras (X-29TD), which allow the use of a rocket at night, and with a passive self-tipping head – X-29MP. Rocket X-29L Photo: Wikipedia The X-29 air missile belongs to the class of air-ground rockets of small radius of action. It is intended for the destruction of military equipment, defensive structures (base posts, headquarters, observation points, etc.), infrastructure objects (bridges, concrete runways), as well as ships and vessels with a displacement of up to 10,000 tons. The development of the 1970s was carried out by the NGO Lightning and the Vimpel NGO, adopted by the Soviet Army in 1980. Rocket X-29T Depending on the modification, it uses different self-referential systems. In X-29L – semi-active laser 24H1, in X-29T – passive television “Tubus-2”. The weight of the combat unit is 320 kg, the range is from 2 to 10 km in the X-29L and from 3 to 12 in the X-29T.

Su-24M launches Kh-29 missiles, that are being upgraded

For the first time in 23 years, the Ukrainian tactical Su-24M worked on ground targets with air-to-surface guided missiles X-29L and X-29T. Missile launchers at the aviation ground “Povursk” carried out the crew of the DNII testing and certification of weapons, the agency’s information agency ArmyInform reports . At the polygon, pilots conducted a series of tests in the framework of the planned modernization of X-29 missiles, in order to increase the effectiveness of defeating highly protected enemy objects, which requires the experience of a five-year Russian-Ukrainian war. The video of the range was published by the Organization of Volyn Airmen “Oval”. X-29 (such as 9-A-721, AS-14 Kedge) is a high-precision short-range air-to-surface air missile. The starting mass of the rocket is 660/680 kg, the explosive-penetrating combat unit is 317 kg, of which 116 explosive substances. The missile is designed to damage reinforced concrete structures, concrete runways, bridges, ships with a displacement of up to 10,000 tons. Developed in the 70’s of the last century, adopted by the USSR Air Force in 1980. Version X-29L (“Product 63”, Kedge-A) – modification with the laser system of self-guards 24H1. Starting range is 2-10 km. The target is highlighted by the laser. The missile launch range is determined by the capability of capturing the target head, with the important role played by weather conditions and air transparency. Scientists will test rockets X-29 with a view to their modernization Version X-29T (“Product 64”, “Kedge-B”) – modification with the TV head of the homing “Tubus-2”. The guidance system is passive and completely autonomous, implements the principle “shot-forgot” – after launch, the aircraft can immediately leave the shooting zone. Starting range is 3-12 km. Scientists will test rockets X-29 with a view to their modernization We remind that at the exhibition “Weapons and Security 2018”, “Radionix” presented a number of different systems for equipping combat aircraft and aircraft missiles , including active radar heads for air-to-air and ground-air missiles.

The BTR-3DA satisfied Ukrainian paratroopers

The 95th Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has tested the BTR-3DA armored personnel carriers (APC) from the Ukroboronprom State Concern during tactical exercises. Ukrinform reports citing the Concern’s press service. “The 95th Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has used BTR-3DAs from the state-owned enterprise Kyiv Armored Plant, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, during tactical exercises. BTR-3DAs are mass-produced at Kyiv Armored Plant and are supplied to the Ukrainian army on a regular basis. Several hundred BTR-3s were supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard, and other security agencies of Ukraine, and they received approval from fighters at the front line,” the report read.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine got a modern mobile ESM

The Armed Forces of Ukraine received the modern mobile automated radio-detector of the short-wave range “Sector P-677” from Kharkiv Central Design Bureau “Proton”. The radar detector, designed and manufactured by the State Enterprise “Central Design Bureau” Proton “, successfully passed the acceptance tests and transferred to the troops, the press service of the DK” Ukroboronprom “reports. The station automatically detects, performs digital processing and determines the direction of radio sources, in particular short-wave radio stations, registers and analyzes the parameters of received radio signals. Thanks to special software algorithms, the Sector P-677 can effectively detect the work of all modern and promising KH radio stations. And a network of several such radio-detectors, capable of determining the location of the transmitter. The Armed Forces of Ukraine got a modern mobile radio detector It is noted that the station is used in combat conditions since 2014, but earlier it was made in a stationary version. The radio-leak detector was highly evaluated by the military, and in the beginning of 2015 successfully passed state tests and was accepted for use in armament . For the years of the war, the Central Design Bureau “Proton”, established a mass production and placed in the army a significant number of stationary “Sectors.” Deep modernization of the system was carried out on the basis of combat experience and cooperation with military specialists. The Armed Forces of Ukraine got a modern mobile ESM Due to minimization of systems and widespread use of modern digital technologies, the advanced radio finder is located on a high-speed chassis and requires less space for deployment of the system. It takes several hours for the mobile “Sector” to start, while the deployment of old radio bearings took up to a day or more. In addition, the system can be operated autonomously, which is provided by the work of the installed diesel generator.

Composition and characteristics of ASCM RK-360MTs Neptun

About general tactical and technical characteristics of the complex of cruise missiles “Neptune” (non-secret), as well as its composition and assignment of individual components. The director of information-consulting company “Defense Express” Sergey Zgurets has told. Sergey Zhoretz ” As promised, some details about the new missile complex “Neptune”, the regular factory tests which took place on April 5, 2019. This time – only general technical things. I bring the correct names of the components of the complex for further correct writing by our journalists in their materials. The data presented in the material are not secret. The LCD-360MTS is a complex of cruise missiles ground-based with an anti-ship missile R-360. The complex is intended for the defeat of cruise ships, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, landing ships, tank ships and vehicles operating independently, in the composition of ship’s groups and landing units, and coastal radio contrasts in simple and difficult meteorological conditions, in any -any time of day and year, with active fire and electronic counteraction of the enemy. On April 5, 2019, in the Odessa region, the first public shooting of the new Ukrainian coastal complex of cruise missiles took place. In December this year, the first complexes will be required to equip the military units of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The main executor of the research and development work on the creation of a new weapon complex – the State Enterprise “Design Bureau” Luch “, to the cooperation on development and production involved: SE” Orizon Navigation “, KP” Shostkinsky state-owned plant “Impulse”, SE “Zhuliansky machine-building plant “Vizar”, State Enterprise of Special Instrumentation (KP SPB) “Arsenal”, leading defense private companies: PJSC “Motor Sich”, Open Society “AvtoKrAZ”, LLC “Radionix”, “Telekart-device”, LLC “Ukrinmash”, LLC “Ukrainian armored vehicles”. Tactical and technical characteristics Range of shooting – from 7 to 280 km The distance from the starting position from the coastal strip is no more than 25 km The maximum number of rockets R-360 in one volley – 24 units Start interval in volley – from 3 to 5 seconds Time to deploy the complex in a new position – up to 15 minutes The stock of the movement of the complex on the ground – up to 1000 km Composition of the complex (division) The composition and characteristics of the PKR 360 MC Neptune The composition and characteristics of the PKR 360 MC Neptune Proposed structure of 360MTS rocket complex: command post three start-up batteries (2 USPU-360s) technical battery (6 TZM-360 and 6 TM-360) security units The maximum ammunition of the RC-360MTS complex, taking into account all transport and launch platforms in the proposed staff structure, is 72 units of PCR R-360. Rolling command post RCP-360 Rolling command post RCP-360 photo: Alice Biryukova Designed for automated control of the components of the 360MTS complex, ensuring a stable connection with the senior boss and elements of the complex. Communication types: satellite, CD, VHF. Calculation – 5 people. Maximum deployment time is no more than 10 minutes. Read also: “Neptune” is omnipotent: how the Odesians take part in the creation of a missile shield of Ukraine Located on the basis of the KrAZ-63221 chassis. Inside Kung – five jobs, two of which are assigned to the commander and chief of staff of the division. The first one sits on the right in the direction of the car, the second one on the left. КШМ РК-360МЦ Нептун LCD 360Mc Neptune Rolling command post RCP-360 Rolling command post RCP-360 photo: Mikhail Palinchak, Alisa Biryukova The R-360 rocket in the TPK-360 transport and launch container The R-360 rocket in the TPK-360 transport and launch container The mass of the rocket R-360 is 870 kg Mass of combat unit – 150 kg The diameter of the rocket is 380 mm Maximum start range is 280 km Range of heights of flight R-360 over the crest of waves – from 3 to 10 m Unified launcher USPU-360 Unified launcher USPU-360 Unified launcher USPU-360 Unified launcher USPU-360 Rolling command post RCP-360 photo: Sergey Zgurets (Defense Express), Alisa Biryukova The unified launching device of USU-360 is intended for the placement, temporary storage, transportation, preparation for the launch and launch of the R-360 missiles. USU-360 is mounted on the all-wheel drive Chassis KrAZ-7634NE (KrAZ N27.3EH) wheeled formula 8×8, cargo capacity 27 tons. Transport and charging machine TZM-360 Transport and charging machine TZM-360 Transport and charging machine TZM-360 Transport and charging machine TZM-360 The TZM-360 is designed to accommodate, temporarily store, transport and overload four TPK-360s with R-360 missiles. Deployment time – up to 10 minutes. Time of overload – up to 20 minutes. Calculation – 3 persons. Transport vehicle TM-360 Transport vehicle TM-360 The transport vehicle TM-360 is intended for the placement, temporary storage and transportation of TPK-360 with rockets R-360. TZM-360 and TM-360 are also based on the KrAZ-63221 car chassis.

New T-Rex 14.5 mm long-range rifle from “XADO”

The brand “SNIPEX” belonging to the Kharkov chemical concern “XADO”, presented a new long-range large-caliber rifle for high-precision firing with a caliber of 14.5×114 mm. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the company. The “XADO” Concern founded the “SNIPEX” brand and entered the arms market in 2016 with a long-slip gun with a 50-gauge gun. BMG, which had a trunk of its own production. Next year was SNIPEX M75 in a caliber of 12.7×108 mm and a semi-automatic rifle 14.5×114 mm . In 2018, the M75 evolved into the flagship model of the series – the SNIPEX M100 . It is noted that during the creation of the Snipex T-Rex rifle the designers relied on the wishes of the military: it should be a classic “bolt”, the minimum possible weight, without automatics, simple and trouble-free, designed for rigorous operation. Due to the impressive power of the embankment and thanks to the characteristic figure of the rear support (monopod), this model received the working title “Tyrannosaurus” or “T-Reh”. The new 14.5mm long-range T-Rex rifle from XADO Snipex T-Rex is designed to meet all the requirements for high-precision firearms. The new 14.5mm long-range T-Rex rifle from XADO The clarity is provided by the floating trunk, which is at the moment of departure of the ball in the free rollback. Some other constructional features are influenced by quantity, reports the press release. The weapon provides a target fire and the density is not worse than 1 mega. The rifle shows an acceptable level of kickback when shot. The deflection is extinguished at the expense of the chamber muzzle brake compensator (DHA), the action of the isolation valve, a short rollback and an optimally balanced weight. The new 14.5mm long-range T-Rex rifle from XADO Bowpup layout: The shutter group is located behind the trigger. The closing of the barrel is carried out by a longitudinally sliding swing gate, 13 battles located in three rows and provide a tight closure of the barrel. During charging, the nabia is enclosed in a box with an open shutter. The new 14.5mm long-range T-Rex rifle from XADO The rifle has a height-adjustable padlip, a Picatini rack, and sophisticated females that are mounted on a skid barrel. The rifle “hung” on the pods – the axis of the barrel is below the fastening of the soup. The additional tailgate of the special design is adjustable, providing for the possibility of precise adjustment. The rifle also has an ergonomic handle for carrying. The new 14.5mm long-range T-Rex rifle from XADO The surface of the rifle is covered with special weapon paint Serakote. Tactical and technical characteristics

Motor Sich completes the creation of a helicopter made of composite materials

In 2020, Motor Sich will complete the creation of a fully composite helicopter of Ukrainian production. About the President of “Motor Sich” Vyacheslav Boguslayev told at a meeting with young motor-builders Most likely, it is the helicopter of the MVB-2 Nadiya, which has already completed its first flight and was presented to “Weapons and Security 2018” last year . Last year, the SME-2 “Nadiya” was certified by the State Aviation Service of Ukraine and the Interstate Aviation Committee. “Next year we will launch a completely composite helicopter,” said Vyacheslav Boguslaev During the “Weapon and Security 2018”, samples of the composite details of the helicopter MVB-2 “Hope” were also shown as a fuselage’s nose: The nose part of the fuselage MVB-2 is made of composite material Photo: Ukrainian Militarian Portal In the portfolio of the company “Commonwealth Avia Bud” Ltd. there is also a photo of this part of the ready-to-mount on a helicopter: The nose piece of the fuselage of the SMB-2 with the lid of the meteorological radar is made of composite material ready for mounting In addition, composite doors that also mastered at the enterprise are also presented: Doors MVB-2 made of composite material are ready for mounting Other composite parts for this helicopter model: Композитні елементи гелікоптеру МСБ-2 At the same enterprise, composite parts are manufactured for the Mi-2 SME and Mi-MVB. Already this year, with technology from the United States, the production of composite blades for the helicopter will start, and the rest of the components are already being manufactured at the enterprise – this is the fifth generation engine, and a gearbox with increased resource and many other details. MVB-2 “Nadiya” belongs to the class of light helicopters, it can carry from 7 to 9 passengers. Expected practical ceiling is 5000 m, and the flight range with main tanks is 730 km. On this model, the engines of the “Ivchenko-Progress” AI-450M-P (with a take-off capacity of 465 hp) and a new transmission on the basis of the main gearbox ВР-442П of the development of JSC MOTOR SICH are installed. To accomplish various tasks, it is planned to equip the helicopter with a complex of target equipment, which includes various variants of passenger seats, a rescue winch, a fire extinguishing system, a searchlight, sanitary and medical evacuation equipment, an external cargo suspension, optoelectronic systems.

Navy amphibious aircraft will be overhauled

State Enterprise “Nikolaev Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “won a tender for repair and maintenance of two aircraft of the Air Force” Be-12 “Aviation Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine This is reported by Wings The corresponding application was posted on ProZorro Public Procurement The cost of services for the technical maintenance of air transport and related equipment, as well as additional services. In particular, there will be ongoing repair and evaluation of the technical condition, verification of the elements of the airframe, the implementation of control and maintenance with the determination of the possibility of individual appointment of the term of service of military aircraft of the Be-12 PL-№602004 and Be-12 Substation # 2602603 The transaction value is estimated at 1,762,850.00 UAH. The term of the works – from September 2 to December 1, 2019. Last year, the Navy of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has already tried to repair these aircraft and announced an appropriate tender, but for a number of reasons, work has not been carried out.

About half of the medevac transport of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been updated, and by the end of the year the army will receive 180 more ambulances.

uthor: Vladislav Khristoforov – 21:10 – 17/07/2019 3321 To share To comment on As of mid-2019, almost half of the vehicles of medical companies and mobile hospitals are sanitary cars Bogdan-2251 and American HMMWV (“Hamvi”). Passes the National Industrial Portal with reference to the VNU. This was announced by the Chief of the Main Military Medical Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine – Chief of the Medical Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Major-General of the Medical Service Ihor Khomenko. Also, by the end of the year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive more than 180 sanitary cars. It should be reminded that in April, 15 HMMWV sanitary SUVs were delivered to Odessa in the United States in addition to the 45 delivered earlier. Thus, in the United States, in the 2016-2019 period, 60 medical care vehicles costing $ 355,000 each. At the same time, Cherkassy Automobile Assembly Plant No. 2 of Bogdan Motors Company for the 2017-2019 year released more than two hundred sanitary cars Bogdan-2251. Sanitary “Bogdan-2251” high passage on the GreatWall Wingle 5 chassis is designed to meet the current requirements and best practices in provision of pre-medical assistance to servicemen. Each vehicle can transport up to seven wounded. The “daughter” of AK “Bogdan Motors” – “ASZ №2” (Cherkassy) acts as the developer and producer of Bogdan-2251, which is intended to replace in the Ukrainian army morally and technically obsolete UAZ-3962 of Russian production.

The new technology of radar troops, according to individual characteristics, exceeds the old samples ten times

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 16:45 – 17/07/2019 4431 To share To comment on Specialists of the Airborne Radio Troops, who are the main operators of radar stations, claim that the new Ukrainian RTV equipment is almost at an order of magnitude better than the Soviet one. Passes National Industrial Portal with reference to Defense Express. It is noted that the new generation of radar weapons of Ukrainian production is five times higher than the old Soviet models on the basis of resource indicators and is much more reliable. In particular, the work on the refusal of new radar has increased by more than ten times! Much increased range of airborne target radius, range of working heights, mobility and noise immunity. And thanks to the new ACS, the transfer of air data to the command posts is instantaneous. Radar P-18 Malakhit Specialists of the Airborne Forces radio troops underline that domestic designers managed to achieve a high level of energy efficiency (electricity consumption decreased several times) and automation. Now practically all processes of the station are performed in automatic mode, so the human factor is minimized. Service and repair have been considerably simplified. The station constantly monitors its work and warns the operator of the errors in work and the existing problems. Professionals only need to replace problem modules if necessary. In total over the past five years, more than half a hundred new and upgraded RLO models have been received by the radio troops. This is 6 times more than in all previous years of Ukraine’s independence. This became possible due to the creation of a closed production cycle at the domestic enterprises of the defense industry complex.

State Enterprise “Aviacon” will restore the keel beams for the Ukrainian Mi-24P

Author: Vladislav Khristoforov – 22:05 – 16/07/2019 6768 To share To comment on Aviacon, part of the Ukroboronprom concern will carry out work on the restoration of the beams for the Mi-24P helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the UN mission. Passes the National Industrial Portal, with reference to the information that was published on the website of the Konotop Airline recognized the winner of a tender for such a task, as no other company participated in the tender procedures. That is, AviAkon is the only enterprise in Ukraine that belongs to the management of DK “Ukroboronprom”, and is able to provide capital repairs for aircraft and technical assets to provide repair of Mi-24 helicopters during their operation. The enterprise will carry out work on repairing a milled beam from the helicopter Mi-24P with the manufacture of logos, with white paints and inscriptions in accordance with the UN Mission and the provision of services for negligence. The total amount of the contract is UAH 379,767.92.

Several private companies were allowed to sell military products abroad

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, at a meeting held yesterday, July 17, granted permission to export its own military products to several private enterprises. In particular, the right to sell its products abroad until 2024 was received by Interproinvest, Ukrspettstekhnika and Ukrspecsystems. Interproinvest Ltd is a developer of the 5.45 / 7.62mm assault rifle (automatic machine) “Kalyuk” , which is a deep modernization of the Kalashnikov rifle according to the bootstrap scheme. Adopted for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2017, as a special automaton “Volcano”. PJSC “Holding Company” Ukrspetstekhnika ” is today one of the leaders of the domestic radar industry. Among the products of the radar company “Malakhit”, the reconnaissance complex and REB “Jeb”, radios of the millimeter range “Lys-2M”, “Borsuk”, “Borsuk-A” , the suppression of signals of GPS and GLONASS “Enclave” , counterbattery radar “Biskvit- KB » . LLC “Ukrspetsissements” is engaged in the development and production of BplLA, coppers, gyrostabilized platforms, ground control stations, among its products BplLA PD-1, which is supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

To complete the construction of the corvette it is necessary to UAH 5.8 billion

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak made a proposal to President Volodymyr Zelensky to complete the first Ukrainian corvette project 58250 at the facilities of the State Enterprise “Nikolaev Shipbuilding Plant”. This is reported by inshe.tvThe currently unfinished ship is located on the territory of the Black Sea Shipbuilding Plant, where it was laid in 2011 and built at different rates until 2013. The design of the ship began in 2007. The Ministry of Defense has proposed to complete the welding works on the territory of the “Black Sea Shipyard” where to rent its area, to lower the corvette corps on the water and then to drain on the State Enterprise “Nikolaev Shipbuilding Plant” where to complete the ship. As of today, the case is ready for 80%, and the corvette is generally up to 32%. After suspension of the program in June 2014, up to one billion hryvnias will be needed to resume work. Total completion of construction and full equipment with a variety of equipment with completion requires a 5.8 billion hryvnia for the main corvette. If domestic equipment and weapons are used, the cost will be lower. Its short technical characteristics: Displacement : full: 2650 tons Length : maximum: 112.0 m by KVL: 100.0 m Width : maximum: 13.5 m Draft : 3.5 m Power : main diesels and diesel generators Engines : Gas turbine installation Speed : not less than 30 high schools. Range of swimming : 4000 miles (14 high schools). Autonomy : 30 days Crew : 110 people During the conversation, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine specified that the needs of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces make up 4 such corvettes.

Unfinished cruiser will be disassembled over two years

Once again, the issue of demilitarization of an unfinished missile cruiser for the project 1164 (Atlas code), which is in storage in the Nikolaev Shipyard. The proposal to demilitarize the cruiser and disassemble it for spare parts was announced by Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to the plant. ” He is currently in a state in which weapons and equipment are unsuitable for use. It is equipped with weapons and equipment only of Russian production, which, in principle, is outdated even for Russia. The tasks assigned to the cruiser are the support of long-distance strike groups. There are no such tasks in Ukraine, therefore, it is inappropriate to use it as a cruiser, and we propose to consider its possibility to demilitarize Director of the plant Valery Kalashnikov said that it would be possible to disassemble the cruiser in two years if such a decision was made. Unfinished cruiser About the demilitarization of an unfinished rocket cruiser on the project 1164, the code “Atlant” (a former cruiser “Ukraine”, even earlier “Admiral fleet of the Lobov”) has been talking for a long time. Moreover, in May 2017, the first deputy head of the Mykolayiv Regional State Administration Vyacheslav Bon, stated that such a decision was supposedly adopted by the president and the preparation of a government resolution is underway, the project of which has already been agreed without the remarks of the Ministry of Defense and “Ukroboronprom”, in turn, the consideration in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice. Then it was reported that under the plan of demilitarization, all arms and equipment of the cruiser will be transferred to the Ministry of Defense, and the body and turbines will be put up for sale.

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The lawsuit “UOC KP” with the requirement to cancel its liquidation will be considered in a simplified production, – the press service of the court

The Kyiv District Administrative Court opened the proceedings at the suit of the liquidated Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, which asks the Kyiv District Administrative Court to cancel its liquidation. According Tsenzor.NET, reported the press service of the court. The case will be considered in the order of the simplified action proceedings without notifying (calling) the parties and without holding a court hearing on the materials in the case, the report says. As recalled in court, the UOC-KP filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine to cancel the order of this department in part, which indicated that the orders of the Ministry to register the new edition of the charter of the Kiev Patriarchate religious organization of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but also on the new edition of the UOC KP charter. “Together with the statement of claim, a petition was filed to secure the claim, where the claimant requested to immediately suspend the contested order regarding the termination of the Ministry’s orders on the statutes of the UOC-KP. circumstances that would indicate an obvious danger of harm to his rights, freedoms, interests and which would make it impossible to protect them without taking appropriate measures before taking sheniya on business “, – said in a statement.