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British Air Force charts a rise in Russian activity around Baltic states

There have been 13 intercepts with Russian planes since British Typhoons arrived in Estonia in May.

The US Is Unprepared to Mobilize for Great Power Conflict – Defense One

In an era of lightning wars and easy-to-reach civilian populations, U.S. planners are giving mobilization far less attention than it requires.

U.S. to expand and upgrade runways of old Cold War base in Iceland – Defence Blog

The U.S. government is planning to expand runways and platforms of old Cold War base in Iceland so the base can handle heavy aircraft up to and including a C-5, according to a U.S. government’s main contracting website notice issued earlier this month. In a notice posted on the Federal website, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC LANT) intends to issue a request for proposal for expand and upgrade runways located at Keflavik base in Iceland. Naval Air Station Keflavik is a U.S. Navy base located at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland. It is located on the Reykjanes peninsula on the south-west portion of the island. Built during World War II by the United States Army, it served to ferry personnel, equipment, and supplies to Europe. The U.S. Armed Forces operated the Naval Air Station in Keflavík as a NATO base from 1951 to 2006. Its location was considered to be of great importance during the Cold War. Once an air station home to U.S. Airmen, the permanent military presence at Keflavik ended in 2006, but the basic infrastructure needed to patrol the skies remains. In 2017 the United States announced its intention to modify the largest hangar on the airbase in order to house the new Boeing P-8 Poseidon ASW aircraft being introduced. And now, the U.S. government has plans to boost the facilities at Keflavik so that one squadron of aerial refueling tankers can be stationed there and wider effort to boost the US presence in key maritime passageways into the high north. Expected that will construct a full-depth concrete pavement/subbase aircraft parking apron expansion that supports powered on and off operations for a squadron of US Air Force or North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aerial refueler equivalent aircraft. Also will construct a 40,000 square meter graveled area consisting of a full-depth aggregate base course with crushed stone drainage course enclosed by a perimeter security fence. Dangerous Cargo Pad will construct full-depth concrete pavement/subbase dangerous cargo pad (DCP) with paved asphalt shoulders sized for aircraft up to and including a C-5 Galaxy. A full-depth asphalt pavement/subbase taxiway will be provided for access from the primary taxiway to the DCP. According to Breaking Defense report, the new work adds to a growing list of US-funded projects at Keflavik, where the Navy has already spent about $36 million over the past several years to renovate hangars to accommodate American P-8 surveillance planes, which have started using the base more frequently for short rotations. It is also regularly used by both the US and NATO fighter aircraft patrolling the far north.

Russian navy orders additional two Yasen-M submarines | The Independent Barents Observer

Instead of seven, a total of nine of the most advanced nuclear-powered multi-purpose submarine of the 4th generation will sail with the Northern- and Pacific fleets by 2028.

Russian Navy requests two new Yasen-M subs

Russian Navy orders two more Yasen-M subs, to be laid down in 2020 and 2021

French Minerve submarine is found after disappearing in 1968 – BBC News

Fifty-two sailors were on board when the Minerve vanished over 50 years ago in the Mediterranean.

Russia’s intelligence agency hacked, exposing secret internet projects – INSIDER

Hackers breached a contractor for Russia’s intelligence agency, stealing 7.5 terabytes in a historic leak that exposed several secret projects.

Oscar winning director Oliver Stone asks Vladimir Putin to be his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather | Daily Mail Online

The Platoon director, pictured left with Putin and inset with his daughter, spoke to Putin on June 19 for his latest film about Ukraine.

Podcast: Political Shifts In Ukraine, Political Protests In Moscow

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia Now has ‘Capitalism with an Inhuman Face,’ Nikolayev Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 19 – At the end of Soviet times, some talked about creating “socialism with a human face.”. But now, Russia instead has created “capitalism with an inhuman face,” a system in which the worst features of capitalism have been exacerbated and its best minimized or eliminated, Igor Nikolayev says. There is simply no other way to characterize economic arrangements in which the rich get richer, the poor poorer, while the economy as a whole seems permanently stuck in stagnation, the Moscow economist says ( This has happened, Nikolayev argues, because of the nature of the Russian state and its relationship to the economy, a relationship that is defined by the fact that in Russia today, there is very little purely private economic activity and also very little purely state economic activity. Instead, each is a “quasi” phenomenon with private and state elements intermixed. That has given rise to “a new form of property, state corporation property,” which is neither state nor private and in which few decisions can be made without the state being involved but in which at least nominally those at the top of these institutions are more concerned with their own interests than they are with the interests of the country as a whole. What this means, Nikolayev continues, is that “with us, private property is quasi-private and state property is quasi-state as well,” something that makes discussions about how large the role of the state is in the economy problematic: it is enormous but at the same time not totally in control. “The role of the state in the Russian economy is not simply large but very large, and this state, judging from its unsatisfactory economic results concerning the development of the country is not an effective property owner,” Nikolayev says. “No one is saying that the state should not play a role in the economy,” he continues, “but if it is so large and the results so poor – the economy almost isn’t growing and real incomes of the population are falling – this means that it is necessary to change something.” And that means it has to make capitalism possible by making private ownership real. Many in Russia condemn the liberals, Nikolayev says; but those who do have erected “an economy with the de facto dominance of the state form of property,” something that contradicts Article 35 of the 1993 Russian Constitution and means that Russia now has “capitalism with an inhuman face” because it is not really capitalism at all. Nikolayev concludes his commentary with an approving quotation from Aesop’s fables. “In relation to the state, one should behave as toward fire: not too close so as not to burn but not so far away so as not to freeze.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Arctic Another Place for Kremlin to Divert Tax Money to Its Friends without Benefiting Russia, Kovalenko Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 18 – Even though Western sanctions mean that Russia lacks the equipment to develop oil and gas fields in the Arctic anytime soon, Moscow is using Arctic development as the occasion to divert enormous sums of tax money from ordinary Russians to the Kremlin’s friends, Aleksandr Kovalenko says. What that means, the analyst who blogs under the screen name Zloi Odessit says, is that for the next decade or more, the Kremlin’s friends will benefit from Arctic development but the Russian economy and the Russian people won’t ( reposted at According to Kovalenko, “the Russian Federation is not capable at present of developing the Arctic shelf because of it lacks the necessary technologies, practically all of which are Western and currently under the sanctions regime.” Indeed, the Russian natural resources ministry admits as much. In a new planning document, the ministry says that the major oil and gas fields in the Arctic it has already identified won’t begin to produce “until 2030,” more than a decade from now, the blogger continues. And that means that they will not be able to compensate for the exhaustion of other Russian fields on the mainland now projected to occur in 2020-2021. Kovalenko says that there are reasons to be pleased about this and also reasons to be very concerned. On the one hand, it means that Moscow will have less oil and gas income to spend on its “hybrid” wars. But on the other, it means Moscow assumes sanctions will remain in place until at least 2030 – and won’t change its policies in ways that would lead to their lifting. Moscow has no intention of pulling back from its pretensions in the Arctic even if it won’t be able to develop the region soon. It will instead focus on two things – expanding its military presence there and using the prospects of economic development of the North to divert even more tax moneys from the population to its friends and supporters. This week, for example, Igor Sechin, the Rosneft head, asked Vladimir Putin to give Russia’s oil companies “an unprecedented tax break of 2.6 trillion rubles” (40 billion US dollars) in the name of Arctic development on top of even more money that the Kremlin has committed to sending to these allies. Thus, the blogger says, Arctic development, even if it isn’t going to produce any benefits to the Russian economy or the Russian people anytime soon, is already bringing serious “profit” to those who support the Putin system and know how to exploit its underlying reverse Robin Hood policy of taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

Why Didn’t Russia Ever Make It to the Moon?

A new video delves into the history of the Soviet space program and all the reasons it was never able to put a person on the moon.

Influence or profit? Russia’s defense industry is at a crossroads

Russia is willing to sell arms to just about anyone, but the Kremlin does have a line drawn in the sand.

Russia to Turkey: While you’re at it, would you like some jets?

Russia is prepared to sell Turkey some of its most advanced fighter jets, according to the head of Rostec.

Will US F-35s ever operate from Turkey? The US Air Force’s top general won’t rule it out.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein says the military relationship between the U.S. Air Force and its Turkish counterpart remains strong.

Five things to know about Turkey’s rift with Trump | TheHill

The United States’ relationship with Turkey hit a low point this week after a rift over a Russia missile system that has taken the two nations’ alliance to a new level of animosity.

Ukraine Envoy To U.S. Says Replacement Should Come As Soon As Possible

Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador in Washington, says that given the importance of the United States as a country, his replacement “should come sooner than later.”

I am going with a proudly raised head, at the peak of my results – the ambassador to the United States Chalia commented on the release. Interview

Valerii Chaly, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States after the parliamentary vote, visited the Chas-Times studio to comment on the complicated voting procedure for Ukrainian citizens in the United States, news of the release and preparation of the visit of the President of Ukraine.

Canada congratulates Ukraine on holding parliamentary elections – news politics | UNIAN

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development has congratulated the people of Ukraine on holding parliamentary elections. Canada has reiterated its pledge of support for Ukraine.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: restoration of Russia’s rights in PACE undermines Kyiv’s trust in Berlin

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, in an interview with Welt news outlet, said that restoration of the rights of the Russian …

UAWire – Kyiv: Budapest wants to create a Hungarian enclave in Zakarpattia

Acting Minister of Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Yegor Bozhok in an interview with the Voice of America said that Hungarian authorities are trying to create a Hungarian enclave on the territory of Ukraine. “Ukraine didn’t complicate the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations. The main problem is the so-called Hungarian reunification of the territory, which blinded Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his associates,” – said Bozhok. Hungary has already achieved this in Serbia. Slovakia and Romania are also facing this issue, Bozhok added. According to him, in recent years this issue has created a problem not only for Ukraine but also for several EU member States. “The key difference between Kyiv and Budapest now is that we call those who live in the Zakarpattia region as citizens of Ukraine of Hungarian origin, but Budapest considers them Hungarians who live in Zakarpattia. And I want to emphasize that they call this region Zakarpattia, not a Zakarpattia region of Ukraine”, – said the diplomat. The escalation of the conflict between Ukraine and Hungary occurred this week when Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó arrived in Zakarpattia. Later, Szijjártó said that he did not understand why Ukraine reacted so negatively to the visits of Hungarian officials to Zakarpattia on ahead of elections to the Verkhovna Rada.

MFA of Ukraine: Hungary is trying to create an enclave in Transcarpathia | VOA

Before the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, relations between Kyiv and Budapest intensified again. The cause was …

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky hopes for mutual understanding with Putin

After the announcement of the first exit poll data of early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope for a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Deutsche Welle. “During the telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin it seemed that we can find mutual understanding,” said the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky at a briefing. Zelensky confirmed that he had discussed with Putin the exchange of prisoners and detainees. The President of Ukraine stressed that Ukraine does not withdraw either from the Minsk agreements or from the Normandy format negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine again calls on Russia to resume gas transit talks immediately

Ukraine proposes not waiting until September to begin talks regarding a new contract on the transit of Russian gas on the basis of the terms set out by European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, Naftogaz Ukrainy Executive Officer Yuriy Vitrenko wrote on Facebook.

Russia denies access to Crimea to UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission

The Russian Federation continues to deny access to the occupied Crimea to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Russian troops spotted in Chernobyl zone

There is currently a large number of Russian soldiers and military equipment in the Belarusian portion of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine’s 61st Jager Infantry Brigade announced on Facebook. “… the fact of the presence of Russian troops near Ukraine’s northern border in the Belarusian part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is already being verified,” the brigade’s press service stated. Information is being distributed on Facebook that there are Russian troops in the Belarusian part of the exclusion zone, close to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. The information has already been brought to the attention of all levels of command. “If this is confirmed, the 61st Jager Infantry Brigade will be ready in moments to defend Ukraine on the said portion of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border and to properly fight back against the aggressor,” the brigade promised. The brigade noted that the information is currently being verified by “the relevant intelligence organs”. Recently the volunteer and activist Volodymyr Martyniuk wrote on Facebook that Russian soldiers have told locals that their objective is to rapidly capture Kyiv. “I just spoke to a local from the Ivankivskyi district who lives near the border with Belarus. He claims that the Belarusian part of the Chernobyl Zone is currently full of Russian soldiers and military equipment. When talking to the Ukrainians who traditionally cross the border to Belarus, these soldiers have said that their objective is to rapidly capture Kyiv,” he wrote. According to Martyniuk, the locals say that the soldiers are always practicing breaching the Ukrainian border. However, they are mostly Yakuts or Buryats, and should not be confused with Belarusians. “Batu’s horde is once again outside the walls of Kyiv, waiting for the gates to be opened for it,” the volunteer remarked.

UAWire – Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic claim they are ready to observe ceasefire in Donbas

Media channels in Donetsk and Luhansk that are controlled by the Russian militants issued statements about their readiness to observe an …

No attacks on Ukrainian army recorded in JFO zone since Monday midnight – Defense ministry

Russia-led mercenaries haven’t violated the ceasefire regime since Monday midnight, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported.

On the ceasefire on the Donbas since July 21

The JFO headquarters reminded that at about 8:25 am on July 21, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed

JFO report: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, another two – got injured

22.07.19 10:25 – JFO report: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, another two – got injured The invaders launched one attack on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. View news.

Two Ukrainian Soldiers Killed On First Day Of Brokered Cease-Fire

Ukraine’s military on July 22 said that two soldiers were and killed and as many wounded on the previous day when an unknown explosive device was set off by an “enemy sabotage and reconnaissance gr…

Ukraine reports one enemy attack in Donbas on Sunday amid “harvest” ceasefire – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on July 21 mounted one attack on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, as the so-called “harvest” ceasefire started at 00:01 local time on July 21. Under attack came Ukrainian positions near the village of Khutir Vilniy.

They reported to me: there were no shots. We are waiting for the situation to become more stable, – Zelensky about the truce in the Donbas

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky noted that on the morning of Sunday in the Donbass, according to his information, there were no shelling, and hopes that the situation will gradually become more stable. “The truce was supposed to start at midnight. They reported to me: there were no shots. But we have one problem there – there are dead due to the mines,” he said after voting at the polling station on Sunday, answering the question of Interfax-Ukraine ” about the situation with the implementation of the armistice agreements in the environmental protection zone in the Donbas, reports Censor. NO Zelensky noted that the incident with the undermining of military personnel began an investigation into the circumstances of the incident. He noted that as a result of a mine blast, two servicemen were killed and two wounded. Answering the question of what the overall situation is currently in the zone of the environment, the president said: “I pray to God that the situation was at least a little more stable, we are waiting.” Источник:

Ukraine marks fifth anniversary of Sievierodonetsk, Popasna liberation in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

Five years ago, the Ukrainian army liberated the towns of Sievierodonetsk and Popasna in Luhansk region from Russian invaders. Local residents greeted Ukraine’s army with national symbols.

Danyliuk directs competent state agencies to ensure necessary compliance with sanctions against Russian social networks

The National Security and Defense Council Secretary (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has drawn attention of certain government agencies to the need to ensure compliance with these sanctions and monitor their effectiveness until their expiration or cancellation. He did this amid reports about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russian social networks.

Danyliuk directs competent state agencies to ensure necessary compliance with sanctions against Russian social networks

22.07.19 16:50 – Danyliuk directs competent state agencies to ensure necessary compliance with sanctions against Russian social networks The National Security and Defense Council Secretary (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has drawn attention of certain government agencies to the need to ensure compliance with these sanctions and monitor their effectiveness until their expiration or… View news.

The 80th air assault brigade received 20 Bogdan-6317 trucks 

July 22, 19 The 80th brigade of DSW received 20 trucks Bogdan-6317 80th separate assault and assault brigade received two dozen new trucks of high passage Bogdan-6317, reported by the press service of the brigade. “These new cars will significantly increase our combat capabilities, stand in boxes or parking lots, we will not need new cars, because the brigade is constantly engaged in combat training and engaged in combat missions in the area of ​​the operation of the United Force,” says Deputy Commander of the Army Brigade . In general, in July, the Central Automobile Base to the military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine transferred almost one hundred of such trucks previously supplied by Bogdan Motors in the framework of the execution of the state defense order.

Be Afraid, Russia: Ukraine’s Military Is Becoming a Force to Reckoned With | The National Interest

Thanks to America?

“Be afraid, Russia”: Ukraine’s military becoming a force to be reckoned with – media – news war | UNIAN

Ukraine’s Armed Forces entered the war in Donbas with Russia and its proxy forces in a decrepit state; in the words of Ukrainian General Viktor Muzhenko, as “an army in ruins.” However, U.S. military aid to Ukraine has been strategically, and even tactically, inconsequential, the report suggests.

Rocked by scandal: Can defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom regain some legitimacy?

Kickbacks, smuggled military equipment, and allegations of industry and government corruption have rocked Ukrainian politics and Ukroboronprom.

Head of Ukroboronprom: Ukraine’s defense industry is adapting to the global security environment

In today’s global security environment, the ability of military units to be effective depends to a large extent on combat equipment and the pace of transition to new and upgraded systems.

PGO, SBU conducting raids in government as part of defense industry probe – news ukraine | UNIAN

Prosecutors and officers of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service are conducting raids in the premises of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine’s government, amid a probe into a corruption scheme in the defense industry. The searches are being carried out to investigate embezzlement of US$6.739 million.

Ukroboronprom embezzles over $6 million in purchases

Outboard early warning system was acquired for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Purchase of a foreign station for early detection for border guards caused damage to the state – the SBU

July 22, 19 Purchase of a foreign station for early detection for border guards caused damage to the state – the SBU “Spetstekhneexport” without real needs entered into a contract with a foreign company to supply the Suspension system of early detection to protect the Russian-Ukrainian border. The fact of abuse is set by the Department of counterintelligence of the SBU, reports her press service. It is reported that due to the unjustified introduction of additional expenditures to the state defense order, the losses of the state budget were inflicted by almost $ 6.8 million. USA. At present, in the office premises of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and the State Enterprise DHSP “Spetstechnoexport”, investigative actions are carried out to remove the originals of documents and other things and items that have probative value in the criminal proceedings. Probably the purchase of radar companies Aeros (Worldwide Aeros Corporation). The relevant memorandum was signed in January 2016, and in February the first station was received, which was put into operation in Mariupol in December of that year. However, according to information from open sources, further procurement of these stations was not carried out, and Mariupol station for a long time was repaired. The same company planned to jointly organize Ukroboronservis production of automatic carbines M4 – WAC-47. We remind that this year the administration of the State Border Guard Service has concluded a state contract with the Scientific-Production Company “Tekimpeks” for the supply of 5 kits of fixed radar systems for the coverage of the surface conditions in order to modernize the posts of technical observation of the Berdyansk border detachment.

The “Photon” system is installed at domestic airfields

Posted by: Editorials July 22, 2019 News 0 Comments Aerodromes of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to be equipped with the national system of light-signal equipment “Photon” This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine The system has already successfully completed state trials and was tested on the International Clean Skies 2018 exercises that took place in October 2018. Currently, it is equipped with aerodromes in the Khmelnytsky, Cherkassy, ​​Kharkiv and Volyn regions. The novelty meets NATO standards, it is confirmed by foreign colleagues during joint international exercises. – At the present stage of technical development of light-signal systems “Photon” – the most promising option. The system allows the pilot visually view the flight at a distance of more than forty kilometers. At the same time, the complex is still quite mobile. Especially nice that it is Ukrainian equipment and we are not dependent on anyone, because all the necessary spare parts are in place. In addition, the equipment has a warranty of five years, or five thousand hours. By the way, at the Khmelnitskiy aerodrome the equipment is working properly, almost without shutdown, for more than three years, “said Volodymyr Manankov, a leading specialist of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

CEC counts 57.01% of vote in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections

22.07.19 13:34 – CEC counts 57.01% of vote in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections The Central Election Commission (CEC) has processed 57.01% of electronic voting protocols in Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections, according to data posted on the CEC website. View news.

Ukrainian Parliamentary Election: Exit Poll Results And Reactions

Exit polls showed the party of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Servant of the People, was on track to win 43.9 percent of the vote for party lists in a July 21 snap parliamentary election. Four other parties also reached the 5 percent threshold for seats in parliament.

Servant of the People may form one-party majority for first time in Ukrainian parliament history

The party Servant of the People can apparently form in the new parliament a one-party majority without involving self-nominees, which will be the first such situation in the history of independent Ukraine.

Servant of the People may become majority in parliament

The pro-presidential Servant of the People party will be able to form a majority in the Verkhovna Rada of the ninth convocation without the involvement of partner parties. — Ukrinform.

Servant of the People may get enough seats in parliament to form ‘mono majority’ – CEC data – news politics | UNIAN

As Ukraine’s Central Election Commission had processed 35.51% of the ballots in the parliamentary elections by Monday morning, the Servant of the People Party gained 42.19% of the vote with 121 places on the party lists and 106 in majoritarian districts, which is 227 seats in total. At least 225 mandates are needed to form a parliamentary coalition.

Servant of People has enough options to appoint people for leading offices, – Razumkov

Servant of the People party has a few candidates to the leading offices in the Parliament and the government

Zelenskiy’s Party Set For Big Victory As Voters Approve Reform Agenda

At least five parties are slated to gain seats in Ukraine’s parliament following the July 21 pre-term elections.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Promises ‘Victory Over Corruption’ As Party Leads Snap Parliamentary Vote

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised “victory over corruption” after his political party was on course to win a majority in the new parliament. Zelenskiy is a former actor and he has invited a start-up party led by Ukraine’s biggest pop-music star to begin coalition talks.

Ukrainian President’s Party On Course To Win Majority In Parliamentary Poll

Servant of the People, the party of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, appears on course to win a parliamentary majority after more than 62 percent of votes have been counted, according to da…

Decisive Win: Five Key Takeaways From Ukraine’s Parliamentary Vote

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Servant Of The People party won big — bigger than any party in a Ukrainian election since independence in 1991, partial results indicate.

Zelenskiy Celebrates And Wants A ‘New Face’ For Prime Minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy celebrated after exit polls showed his party, Servant of the People, was on course to win most seats in a snap parliamentary election. Speaking to supporters in Kyiv on July 21, he said he wanted a “new face” to serve as Ukraine’s next prime minister.

No Experience? No Problem: A Look At Some Of The New Faces In Ukraine’s Parliament

A Greco-Roman wrestler whose Rwandan father died in combat is just one of the new faces elected to Ukraine’s parliament in snap elections on July 21. Here’s a look at him and a few others.

Ukrainians Vote For New Parliament

Ukrainian voters headed to the polls in snap parliamentary elections on July 21 after comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, dissolved parliament in a bid to get a legislative mandate for his reforms. Exit polls showed Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party was expected to win the largest share of the vote.

Former Comic Wins In Ukraine Election Again, His Party Gets Bigger : NPR

President Volodymyr Zelensky, who gained fame by playing a fictional president on television, hopes a new parliament will give him the clout to follow through on his promise to tackle corruption.

Voter turnout at Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections stands at 49.84% – CEC data from all 199 constituencies

Voter turnout at Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections as was 49.84% in all 199 country’s constituencies, according to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC).

Czech Republic congratulates Servant of the People party on winning elections

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš states that Ukrainians have given the Servant of the People party a strong mandate to lead them through difficult times. — Ukrinform.

Five parties make it to Ukraine’s parliament: Half of protocols processed – news politics | UNIAN

The Servant of the People Party continues to be in the lead in the parliamentary elections after 51.29% of the protocols (6,878,879 votes) have been processed. The Opposition Platform – For Life ranks second, being followed by Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna.

Ukraine to become de-facto presidential republic after parliamentary elections – media – news world | UNIAN

Balázs Jarábik, a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who focuses on Ukraine, has said Ukraine will become a de-facto presidential republic after the parliamentary elections. Holding the majority in parliament means Zelensky will likely be able to get a prime minister of his choosing and other Cabinet positions approved with relative ease.

Razumkov: Too early to speak of coalition before official results come out

22.07.19 12:47 – Razumkov: Too early to speak of coalition before official results come out Leader of Servant of the People Party said they were ready to cooperate “with all political forces, which would have the same mindset and vision of Ukraine’s development”. View news.

Servant of the People Party’s leader says early to talk about coalition – news politics | UNIAN

Leader of the Servant of the People Party Dmytro Razumkov has said it is early to talk about the coalition. Razumkov said it is necessary to wait for the final results.

Servant of the People Party already drafting coalition agreement – news politics | UNIAN

Leader of the Servant of the People Party Dmytro Razumkov says the party has already begun drafting a coalition agreement. According to Razumkov, the Servant of the People Party is ready to discuss an agreement with parties that share its values.

Poroshenko’s European Solidarity Party wins elections in foreign constituencies – news politics | UNIAN

The European Solidarity Party led by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has won parliamentary elections in foreign constituencies as 100% of the ballots were processed. In total, 102 polling stations were opened abroad.

Servant of the People Party wants to hold first meeting of new parliament as soon as possible – news politics | UNIAN

Campaign chief of the Servant of the People Party Oleksandr Kornienko has expressed the hope the new parliament will start its work as soon as possible. The party is not going to wait for the deadline stipulated by law, i.e. September 9.

Five parties coming to new Parliament in Ukraine, final exit poll confirms – news politics | UNIAN

The final National Exit Poll with data released as of 20:00 Kyiv time, that’s when polling stations closed, says 44.2% of the voters supported pro-president’s Sluha Narodu [Servant of the People], which secured the party’s huge lead. Some 44.2% of Ukrainian citizens cast their votes for the Servant of the People.

Snap parliamentary elections held freely and democratically – Klitschko

Snap elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were held freely and democratically, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has stated. — Ukrinform.

OSCE special co-ordinator: Ukraine’s parliamentary elections free and competitive

Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections of July 21 were free and competitive and demonstrated respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. — Ukrinform.

OPORA: Minor irregularities during parliamentary elections didn’t affect voting process, votes count

22.07.19 11:21 – OPORA: Minor irregularities during parliamentary elections didn’t affect voting process, votes count Violations in the extraordinary elections to the Verkhovna Rada did not have a systemic nature and did not affect the course of the voting, as well as the debriefing. View news.

Ukrainian World Congress admits Parliamentary elections democratic

Ukrainian World Congress admits the snap parliamentary elections were held according to the democratic standards

Sanctions against Russia will return peace to Ukraine – Poroshenko

Keeping sanctions against Russia in place will make Russian President Vladimir Putin finally withdraw troops from Ukraine and this will bring peace to the country, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with German television channel ZDF. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskiy Casts Ballot In Ukrainian Parliamentary Vote

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, joined other voters in Kyiv to cast ballots in Ukraine’s snap parliamentary election. The July 21 vote came after Zelenskiy dissolved parliament early in a bid to get legislative mandate in order to push through reforms. Zelenskiy won the country’s presidential vote three months ago after portraying Ukraine’s president in a hit TV show. Ahead of the vote, polls showed his party, Servant of the People, was expected to win the largest share of the votes. Yuriy Boyko, the leader of the pro-Russian party Opposition Platform — For Life, also cast his ballot in Kyiv.

Here’s 53 percent of Ukraine’s new parliament, based on party lists | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

If exit polls hold showing President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party with a commanding victory of 43 percent on the party lists, where a little more than half of Ukraine’s parliament is chosen, that would translate into 126 seats. Only 225 members of parliament are elected on party lists; the other 199, for a total of 424, are chosen by voters from geographic districts. But those results won’t be known until much later. Here are the top 120 members on Zelensky’s party list and what we know about them; here’s the party’s complete official list on the Central Election Commission website. The pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform — For Life finished in second place, with 12.5 percent of the party vote, translating into 33 seats. Here are some of their top-tier candidates likely to have won seats, and a look at the top 10 here. And this is the party’s complete official list on the CEC website. In third place is ex-President Petro Poroshenko’s rebranded European Solidarity, with 8.8 percent according to exit polls, translating to 26 seats. Here are Poroshenko’s top 10 on the party list. Here is the party’s complete official list on the CEC website. In fourth place is ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivschyna party, celebrating its 20th year since its formation after the collapse of ex-Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko’s Hromada party. Exit polls put her party at 7.7 percent or 22 seats. Here are a handful of Tymoshenko’s top party members. And here is the party’s complete official list on the CEC website. Also making the cut, based on exit polls, is rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s Voice, or Holos in Ukrainian, party. His party looks to secure 1 percentage point higher than the minimum 5 percent threshold, gaining 18 seats. Here are the top 10 members on Voice’s party list and the complete official list on the CEC website.

Ukraine election: President Zelensky’s party triumphs – exit polls – BBC News

Volodymyr Zelensky hopes to have a greater mandate for reform and sweep away the old guard of MPs.

Ukraine’s Election: Zelenskiy Looks Like a Winner Again – Bloomberg

He stands to gain near-dictatorial powers, but there’s no knowing what he’ll do with them once out of campaign mode.

Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election – Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party took a commanding lead in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, consolidating the power of the novice politician whose stunning rise has upended traditional politics in the war-scarred nation.

Ukraine election: Zelensky’s Servant of the People poised for big win – The Washington Post

Volodymyr Zelensky called the snap elections to gain the support he needs for his new party.

In Ukraine Snap Elections, New President Aims to Consolidate Power – The New York Times

Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian who was elected in April, is seeking to strengthen his position by leading his party to control of the country’s Parliament.

Exit polls: Zelensky’s party wins 44 percent of vote | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party, Servant of the People, will win the parliamentary election in Ukraine with 43.9 percent of the vote, according to the results of the National Exit Poll. Exactly three months after he won a landslide victory in the presidential election, Zelensky has secured control of the parliament. It is too early to say how many seats Zelensky’s party will end up with. Roughly one half of the Ukrainian parliament is elected on party tickets. The rest are elected in 199 individual local races, which are not reflected in the national exit polls. If Zelensky’s party is successful in the local races, it could form a single-party majority and would not need to form a coalition with other parties. For that, it will need to win 226 seats or more. Zelensky showed national strengthen, according to the national exit poll, gaining 39 percent in the west, 45 percent in the center, 50 percent in the south and 38 percent in the east. Pro-Russian party Opposition Platform — For Life took second place with 11.5 percent support, according to the National Exit Poll. Former President Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party is coming in third with 8.9 percent. Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna party will receive 7.6 percent. Voice, a new party led by rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, is getting 6.3 percent in the National Exit Poll, meaning that it will make it into parliament.

President signs decree on development of Carpathian region

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Decree “On the Development of the Carpathian Region of Ukraine”. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian president signs decree on fight against raider attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree on measures to combat raider attacks in Ukraine, the press service of the head of state has reported. — Ukrinform.

Servant of the People Party signs declaration of intent with Ukrainian Business Council, think tanks

The Servant of the People Party, the Ukrainian Business Council (UBC), and a number of think tanks have signed a declaration of intent that declares a course towards de-oligarchization, de-monopolization of the country, combating corruption in the economy and tax liberalization.

UAWire – Kyiv: China is ready to invest $10 billion in Ukraine

Representatives of the Ukrainian President's Office held a meeting with Chinese investors who are ready to invest $10 billion in the projects in …

Ukraine buys nuclear fuel worth US$69 mln, most supplies arrive from Sweden – news economics | UNIAN

Ukraine in January-May 2019 imported US$68.665 million worth of fuel assemblies used as fuel for nuclear power plants, , according to the country’s State Statistics Service. Sweden accounts for about 75% of nuclear fuel supplies to Ukraine.



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