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NASKEF reboot and Rapid Forge EX. Almost a dozen very interesting reports on Muscovy’s descent. UK OfCom hits RT, and Latvia shuts down another propaganda website.

Much on Turkey – while the Administration tries to de-escalate, Erdogan actively escalates his game, threatening a more extensive commitment to Russia. This is consistent with his earlier play that appears to be breaking from the West to appeal to his core political support base. Erdogan is aiming to isolate Turkey to enhance his domestic position. Ultimately his agenda is to dismantle everything Ataturk accomplished building a modern and globally engaged Turkey.

US Ambs Volker and Sondland visit Kyiv and meet with Ze. Amb Sondland comments to media on close engagement between POTUS and Ze – the media traffic reads like a mutual appreciation society chorus. This is important in several respects. Ukraine now has very strong bipartisan support in Congress, and is building a stronger relationship with the Administration. This enhances the US strategic position in Eastern Europe, filling a vacuum left by an internally conflicted EU, and it enhances Ukraine’s position in a multiplicity of ways. Most importantly, it is accelerating the transition of Ukraine from the Russian colonial past into a Western centred political, cultural, economic and military future. Russia’s loss is the West’s gain.

Ukraine sends sailors from detained Russian tanker back home.

Donbas update – ceasefire violations continue. Industry update – NARP now overhauling two FENCERs concurrently, and a CANDID. Three updates on domestic systems and weps manufacturing.

An extensive political update.

ROC update.


U.S. Air Force deploys F-16 fighter jets to Cold War base in Iceland – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter jets to Keflavik Air Base in Iceland also know as old Cold War base. An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, on July 25, 2019. Over 100 Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, are in Iceland in support of NATO alliance commitments. Other NATO allies have also conducted this mission in the past, including France, Denmark, and Italy. “Conducting missions with our NATO allies demonstrates our shared commitment to peace and better prepares us to respond to a range of potential security and humanitarian emergencies,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Air Force. Throughout the Cold War, Iceland hosting a U.S. military presence in Keflavík Air Base from 1951 to 2006. During the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, Keflavik hosted rotational E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from CONUS to support the air defense mission and rotational HC-130 Hercules aircraft from RAF Woodbridge from the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron to support their detachment of Keflavik-based HH-3 Jolly Green Giant and later HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in their search and rescue mission. Now the United States again began to actively use the base in Keflavik Air Base in Iceland. The U.S. government also 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.

Unique 10-day operation Rapid Forge concluded – Defence Blog

Operation Rapid Forge concluded July 25, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, according to Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope. The 10-day operation helped ensure U.S. forces’ ability to fulfill the European Deterrence Initiative, a policy to assure and defend NATO allies, while promoting deterrence in an increasingly complex security environment. Members of the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, set up a mobile command and control facility in a simulated austere environment. The 4th FW and the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, used the C2 node throughout the operation for sorties as the U.S. forces practiced interoperability with NATO partners. “Rapid Forge is assuring our NATO partners,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Donn Yates, 4th FW commander. “Rapid Forge is developing interoperability between 4th and 5th generation aircraft, F-35A and F-15E, and it is also rapidly projecting airpower into the theater using amazing capabilities that we have, and then being able to test and experiment with command and control, in accordance with a flexible mindset.” The operation was a collaborative effort between European and U.S. Forces. “European forces from NATO member nations of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland participated alongside Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe, F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th FW and F-35A Lightning II from the 421st EFS,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Maxwell Cover, 421st EFS F-35A pilot. A key part of Rapid Forge was testing the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate in an austere environment. “The U.S. Air Force had been looking to explore its ability to deploy a light and lean force to rapidly stand up a C2 facility anywhere in the world,” Yates said. “This ability prevents U.S. forces from being restricted to a fixed site, while demonstrating we are a credible and capable competitor with any adversary.” Operating this way has resulted in the concept of the multifunctional Airman, an Airman who is trained to perform a variety of tasks, not just those within their specific specialty. Cover said the 421st EFS had a team of highly trained maintenance personnel at each training location for Rapid Forge. Airmen were cross-trained into all the different F-35A maintenance functional areas. Instead of having seven to nine personnel to operate all the functional areas, two personnel can do all the F-35A servicing. The 4th FW also discovered the concept of the multifunctional Airman to be beneficial. Yates said his base built their team towards the multifunctional Airman concept prior deploying to Rapid Forge. He said for his team, the concept involved training Airmen to fuel jets, marshal aircraft, provide security, and lead troops, among other skills. This concept makes expeditionary operations like Rapid Forge possible. “The multifunctional Airman concept is key to operating in an austere environment,” Cover said. “We want to minimize our footprint and change the calculus of where a potential adversary thinks we can operate. To do that, we are going to need to cut down the number of people we need to accomplish the mission and have more of a middleweight fighting force that is highly capable.” The continued change in strategy and policy during Rapid Forge was intended to strengthen the deterrence effect of U.S. forces. Cover said it is important the U.S. Air Force maintains a strategy that seeks a continuing advantage to deter aggression and assure our NATO allies. Operation Rapid Forge was built upon a strategy that allows us to promote deterrence of possible aggressors by operating in remote locations with a minimal footprint, while still maintaining the strength of our fighting force. The lessons and skills learned from Rapid Forge resulted in a successful operation. “We came here to accomplish three objectives,” Yates said. “Get the team here in a very quick timeline, establish our air expeditionary wing and achieve training, and get everyone home safe. We have accomplished the first two objectives and are working on the third, so I consider Rapid Forge to be a huge success.”

 

A Russian soldier said his unit was asked whether they’d be willing to shoot protesters. A Defense Ministry general made him take it back. — Meduza

Artur Yepifantsev, a former soldier in the Russian military, made headlines when he said his unit had been asked in a survey about whether they would be willing to shoot at protesters. He later took back that report on the Defense Ministry’s television channel. Now, the news and investigative outlet Znak.com has reported that Yepifantsev was forced into that retraction by Major General Viktor Miskovets, the deputy chief of the Russian military’s Wartime Politics Division. According to Znak, Yepifantsev himself provided the outlet with a recording of a conversation between himself and Miskovets. Znak summarized the recording but did not publish it.

Russia’s Defense Ministry displays cluster bombs at exhibit on Syrian war despite denying its forces were using them — Meduza

A new exhibition at the Patriot military exhibition park near Moscow features cluster bombs among weapons that Russian forces have deployed in the Syrian conflict. The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a Russian investigative journalism organization, reported on the display after visiting Patriot.

Russia displays cluster bombs at exhibit on Syrian war despite denying using them – news world | UNIAN

A new exhibition at the Patriot military exhibition park outside Moscow features cluster bombs among weapons that Russian forces have deployed in the Syrian conflict. These types of weapons put on display practically prove that Russian airborne troops are using cluster explosives in the Syrian conflict.

Russia May Limit Foreign Ownership Of Top Internet Companies To 20 Percent

Russia may limit foreign ownership in its most important Internet companies to 20 percent in the latest in a series of steps by the government to tighten online control.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Criteria for Including Territories in ‘Historic Russia’ Leaves Out Some Already In, Illarionov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 24 – The term “historic Russia” began to be used after the Bolshevik revolution by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad to refer to the territory of the former Russian Empire, and it has become an important part of the vocabulary first of Russian nationalist thinkers and then Vladimir Putin in the last decade, Andrey Illarionov say. For the Kremlin leader, this term is part and parcel of his policy of “extending the territory of the Russian Federation to the borders of historical Russia,” the Russian analyst says; and consequently, it is important to recognize what it includes beyond the current borders of the Russian Federation and what it doesn’t (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D38099B6BB31). But at the same time, because the criteria Putin uses to define “historic Russia” mean that significant parts of the current Russian Federation are not within the borders of that country, it carries within it the potential for the disintegration of that country even if that is something its author completely rejects. According to Illarionov, who traces Putin’s thinking on this point from his 2021 article on the nationality question (ng.ru/politics/2012-01-23/1_national.html) to his recent interview with Oliver Stone (kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61057), the Russian president uses “three main criteria for including this or that territory in big, or historical, Russia.” These are first, those territories “which were included in the Russian Empire by the end of the 18th century,” the peoples of which spoke and speak Russian, and who were and are Orthodox by religion. That set of criteria, he says, explains why Putin doesn’t include in this space the Trans-Caucasus, most of Kazakhstan and all of Central Asia, or the Baltic countries and Moldova; and most immediately, they explain why Putin includes only those areas where there are Orthodox Ukrainians but not those where Ukrainians are Catholic or Uniate. The latter group of Ukrainians and their territory “must not be used in the project of ‘historic Russia,’ and therefore these Ukrainians do not especially interest him.” (Illarionov does not say but this also explains Putin’s (and the Moscow Patriarchate’s) obsession with “canonical territory” of the Russian Orthodox Church.) “In Putin’s conception of historical Russia,” Illarionov says, “there is no Western Ukraine. Being populated by Greek Catholics, and a large part of which was not included in the borders of the Russian Empire at the end of the 18th century, Western Ukraine became for neo-imperialist dreamers including Putin ‘the dynamite’ which exploded the Soviet empire.” And the current Kremlin leader clearly sees its inclusion into the USSR by Stalin not only as “a major mistake” but as a lesson about what steps must be avoided in the future when Moscow claims or better reclaims what Putin views as “historic Russia.” And that in turn suggests where he hopes to advance and where he has no plans to do so. After examining the history of the question, Illarionov says that in Putin’s treatment, “big, or historical, Russia includes the following territories beyond the borders of the current Russian Federation” – northeastern Estonia, Eastern Latvia, all of Belarus, eastern, southern and central Ukraine, and Transdniestria (“but without Moldova”). “At the same time, using these criteria, certain parts of the present-day Russian Federation are not included in Putin’s historic Russia.” These are the southern parts or Krasnodar and Stavropol kray, “all the territory of Adygeya, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Ingushetia, a large part of the territories of North Ossetia, Chechnya and Daghestan, the southern districts of Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, and Omsk oblasts, the Primamurye, a large part of Khabarovsk and Primorsky krays, Sakhalin, the Kurile islands, and East Prussia – Kaliningrad.” Putin clearly has no inclination to give up the latter even if he wants to include the former in his “historic Russia.” But the Kremlin leader’s efforts to come up with a superficially objective standard to define his imperial goals is fraught with dangers both for those who live beyond Russia’s current borders and for those who live within them.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Most Russians Don’t Feel Responsible for Regime’s Actions, New Levada Center Poll Finds

Paul Goble Staunton, July 24 – A new Levada Center poll shows that 60 percent of Russians say that “people do not bear moral responsibility for the actions of their government” given that they have no control over what it does, while at the same time, 96 percent say they feel responsible for what happens to their families because they can profoundly affect those. In reporting these figures, Elena Mukhametshina of Vedomosti spoke with Lev Gudkov, the director of the Levada Center, and Dmitry Badovsky, the head of the Moscow Institute for Social, Economic and Political Research about their meaning and implications (vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/07/24/807239-rossiyan-otvetstvennost). Gudkov says that people “consider that the actions of the authorities do not correspond to their interests and threaten the little man with serious consequences. People don’t want to be responsible for the war in Syria, relations with Ukraine or the West and so one.” They focus only on their families, a reflection of the fragmentation of society. As a result, ever more of them reject any idea of some common good or taking part in social life to achieve it. That may make it easier for the powers that be to do what they want, but it also means that tensions between state and society are on the rise as each goes in its own direction with little thought of the other. Yes, Gudkov acknowledges, there is much talk about the need for social justice. But – and this is the critical point – it has arisen “more as a hope for a miracle” than as the basis for any collective action. Balovsky for his part stresses with regard to the issue of social justice that the responses in this poll in part reflect the fact that “certain mass ideas about what is correct and what is not are changing.” But this shift in attitudes to a greater concern about social justice has not yet had an impact on public action. “The weak point here,” he continues, “is the lack of willingness to struggle for justice.” In his view, this link is also connected with the responses about not feeling responsible for what the government is doing or what is going on in society beyond one’s family and members of one’s immediate circle. Underlying all of this, the researcher says, is the view people have that “they can hardly be responsible for that over which they do not have any special influence.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Finally Finding Out Just How Poorly Paid They Are, Shelin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 24 – Russians have long been accustomed to hearing that the average wage in Russia is 47,700 rubles (800 US dollars) a month, Sergey Shelin says; but now they are learning that the median wage – the one where half receive more and half less – is only 34,300 rubles (560 US dollars), a far lower figure. And that shift to more accurate figures is only beginning, the Rosbalt commentator says. This week, several experts have pointed out that the “modal” wage, that is the one most typical for Russians, is even lower, 23,500 rubles (380 US dollars), less than half of what Russians had been accustomed to assuming (rosbalt.ru/blogs/2019/07/23/1793644.html). Moreover, with income taxes taken out, these three figures are lower still: 41,500 rubles (660 US dollars) for the “average,” 30,000 (480 US dollars) for the “median,” and 20,400 (330 US dollars) for the “modal,” figures so much lower than Russians had thought that the revelation is certain to have an impact on their attitudes. The source of these figures, Shelin says, is not some opposition outlet but the government’s own statistical agency, Rosstat, in the report it issues every other year on incomes in Russia every two years. The latest of these compilations has just been released (gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_main/rosstat/ru/statistics/publications/catalog/11c4980041c1bcbf9ee9fe27f9898572). This report provides a correction to the much-ballyhooed numbers about average wages that are released every month and that pro-Kremlin media like to talk about. And it provides other important data as well on income inequality in a country where “two-thirds of workers get less than ‘average pay.’” And what is still worse, Shelin continues, is that median pay in Russia as a share of average pay is falling, an indication that income inequality is continuing to rise in the sixth year of economic stagnation, something that Russians are now being told by their own government and about which at least some of them are going to react.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Reported Jump in Number of Immigrants to Russia This Year Likely Reflects Undercount Last Year, Experts Say

Paul Goble Staunton, July 23 – Reports that the number of immigrants increased by 98,000 in the first four months of 2019, 40,900 more than in the same period a year earlier, have led to claims that Russia is again a more attractive magnet for immigration and even that is economy is taking off and people from other countries are now interested in moving there to work. But N. Mkrtchyan and Yu. Florinsky, the two specialists at the Russian Academy of Economics and State Service who reported this jump, say it is “anomalous” and likely reflects a significant undercount of immigrants last year when their number was said to be the lowest in a decade (ranepa.ru/images/News/2019-07/22-07-2019-monitoring.pdf, pp. 15-19). There are three main reasons why undercounts are a constant problem in this area in Russia. First, many officials understate the number of immigrants lest they spark xenophobic reactions by the population. Second, there are difficulties in deciding who is to be classed as an immigrant and who is only a visitor. And third and most important, the Russian system of monitoring immigration assigns the counting of those it classes as immigrants to one bureaucracy and those it counts as visitors regardless of how long they stay to another. The figures of the two sometimes correspond but often do not. For more on these possibilities, see meduza.io/news/2019/07/23/pritok-migrantov-v-rossiyu-dostig-maksimuma-za-10-let-v-2018-m-on-upal-do-minimuma-za-ves-postsovetskiy-periodand ranepa.ru/sobytiya/novosti/novyj-vypusk-monitoringa-ekonomicheskoj-situacii-v-rossii-ranhigs-i-instituta-gajdara-13.

 

Russia bans the Atlantic Council, a U.S. think tank — Meduza

On Thursday, July 25, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that it has designated the Atlantic Council as an illegal “undesirable organization” in Russia. “It’s been established that the activities of this organization pose a threat to the fundamentals of the Russian Federation’s constitutional system and security,” the Russian agency said in a public statement, offering no details to explain why exactly the U.S.-based think tank has been banned.

UAWire – Russia deems U.S. Atlantic Council ‘undesirable organization’

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has declared the activities of the Atlantic Council of the United States as undesirable, reports …

Post-post-truth How the Russian translation of Harari bestseller ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’ took out a chapter on Putin’s lies and put in a chapter on Trump’s instead — Meduza

On June 21, the Russian publisher Sindbad released a new translation of the latest book by popular Israeli writer and historian Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is the third book in a series that began with the runaway bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2011) and continued with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015). As Harari writes in the introduction to his most recent book, 21 Lessons fits between its predecessors: rather than describing the past or the future, it concentrates on the present.

 

 

 

British regulator fines Russian RT GBP200,000 for breaching impartiality rules – news world | UNIAN

The Kremlin-funded news channel, formerly known as Russia Today, was found to have broken the British broadcasting code on seven occasions in the six weeks after last year’s Salisbury novichok poisoning. Despite the fine, it will be allowed to retain its license and continue broadcasting in the UK. Ofcom stops short of revoking Russian broadcaster’s license for “serious failures”.

U.K. Media Watchdog Fines Russia’s RT For Breaking Impartiality Rules

Britain’s media regulator has fined Russia’s RT 200,000 pounds ($248,740) for violating broadcasting regulations, a move Russia’s Foreign Ministry called part of “an anti-Russian campaign.”

UAWire – Latvia blocks Kremlin-linked website because of threat to Ukraine’s sovereignty

Latvian domain administrator blocked the bestnews.lvwebsite that is associated with the Russia Today news agency, reports RIA Novosti news …

UAWire – France accuses Russia of ‘space espionage’

The Russian satellite “Luch-Olymp” could have spied on eight satellites belonging to other countries and provoked failures in them, stated the Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly. According to Russian TASS news agency, she also called for “vigilance” as France’s rivals “militarize space.” In September, Parley accused a Russian satellite of dangerously approaching the French Athena-Fidus satellite. She assumed that it was trying to intercept French line of communication.

 

Trump softens stance on S-400, but is rebuffed by Erdogan

Earlier this week, senior US officials—starting with President Donald Trump—began to propose an unusual way out of the dilemma created by Turkey’s acquisition of the advanced Russian air defense system, the S-400.

Erdogan says Turkey will turn elsewhere if U.S. will not sell F-35s – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Erdogan, speaking publicly about Ankara’s strained ties with Washington for the first time in 11 days, said he hoped US officials would be “reasonable” on the question of sanctions.

Erdogan says Turkey to turn elsewhere if U.S. will not sell F-35s – Reuters

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey would turn elsewhere for fighter jets if the United States will not sell it the F-35 jets, adding that a U.S. decision to cut Ankara from the program would not deter it from meeting its needs.

Turkey Discusses Domestic Production of S-400s With Russia Amid Equipment Deliveries – Sputnik International

Moscow has just finished shipping the first S-400 air defence systems to Turkey despite pressure from Washington on Ankara to abandon the deal and buy Patriot missile systems instead. Turkey has called Russia’s offer more interesting than the US proposal.

Turkey Says Ready to Find Replacement for US F-35 Jets Amid Row Over S-400 – Sputnik International

Washington has been threatening Turkey with sanctions and stopping supplies for F-35s over the country’s decision to buy Russian S-400 air defence systems since Ankara inked a contract in 2017. The US has already halted training programmes for Turkish pilots on new jets.

Turkey might ‘rethink’ Boeing plane orders if US proceeds with more sanctions – Erdogan — RT World News

Turkey’s president has urged the US to be “reasonable” over sanctions against the country, issuing a thinly-veiled threat that Ankara might reconsider the purchase of 100 Boeing passenger jets if relations deteriorate further.

Turkey May Rethink Boeing Plane Orders, Erdogan Says

(Bloomberg) — Turkey’s president said his government may have to “rethink” existing orders for Boeing Co. airplanes worth about $10 billion, in comments that reflect the country’s strained ties with the U.S.Turkey’s hesitation on the Boeing order adds to tension created when the country ordered a missile

Trump says he does not blame Turkey for buying Russian air defense system – Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he does not blame Turkey for buying a Russian missile defense system, which prompted his administration to remove the NATO ally from the F-35 fighter jet program.

Trump downplays Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system

Under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Turkey faces economic sanctions for buying the Kremlin’s missile system.

Mike Pompeo: Turkey could face more sanctions for acquiring Russian defense system – Washington Times

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Turkey could face more sanctions following their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, which administration officials say is incompatible with NATO defense systems and specifically cannot be used in the conjunction with American F-35 fighter jets.

U.S. plans to prevent Turkey from activating S-400s – Pompeo | Ahval

MOHAMMED AYOOB. An ally, a partner and American unilateralism: on the U.S. response to Turkey’s S-400 deal with Russia (The Hindu) | John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations

There are major differences but also similarities in the U.S.’ response to Russia’s S-400 deals with Turkey and India The decision by the United States to terminate Turkey’s participation in the F-35 joint strike fighter project and its threat to impose economic sanctions on Ankara under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in response…

Turkey’s row with America over Russian military hardware – The Economist explains

The Trump administration has cancelled the sale of fighter jets

Turkey turning into Russia’s buffer zone?

All world powers create buffer zones around themselves, and this is primarily to protect their territories. For example, NATO expansion is a kind of creation of new buffer zones of the North Atlantic Alliance against Russia (the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – the USSR)

The Growing Rift Between Turkey and NATO

In today’s IntelBrief, a look at the complicated relationship between Turkey and the U.S. over the F-35 and beyond.

Turkey is not the center of the world — but it has our attention | TheHill

Erdogan has an opportunity to remold the nation by adding freedoms, reforming the judiciary and centralizing the practice of Islam.

Greece Is Getting Good at Geopolitics – Foreign Policy

How souring ties between Ankara and Washington benefit Athens.

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab – Foreign Policy

Ankara is eyeing the gas reserves around Cyprus, causing yet more international tensions.

 

Ambassador Sondland on Twitter: “Honored to meet my good friend @ZelenskyyUa. US 🇺🇸 &amp; EU 🇪🇺 united to support #Ukraine 🇺🇦 &amp; reject #Russia’s occupation of #Crimea, aggression in the East, manipulation of Ukrainian energy, and detention of its servicemen. Secure Ukraine=Secure Europe. @USApoRusski @UA_EUMission https://t.co/VjCETmgIS1” / Twitter

 

U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “.@SpecRepUkraine Volker and @USAmbEU Gordon Sondland met with President @ZelenskyyUa to discuss U.S.-Ukraine cooperation and to express unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s democracy, security, and prosperity. https://t.co/YvCy0Net7e” / Twitter

 

Ambassador Sondland on Twitter: “Great dinner last night in #Kyiv with @SpecRepUkraine Volker, Ambassador Taylor, and Secretary of @NSDC_ua Oleksandr Danylyuk! We reiterated U.S. 🇺🇸 commitment to #Ukraine 🇺🇦 and our support for its sovereignty. https://t.co/V2bVOrQdHC” / Twitter

 

U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “Ukraine’s handling of yesterday’s ship incident suggests the new administration is focused on protecting the country’s interests not only firmly, but also in accordance with international norms and humanely. This sets a good precedent for the peaceful resolution of disputes.” / Twitter

 

U.S. Embassy Kyiv on Twitter: “Maritime security affects us all! CDA Taylor discussed the importance of Ukraine’s maritime security and how the U.S. is supporting the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service’s modernization efforts. Read his remarks here: https://t.co/hBD23JX4XC https://t.co/eEU5bBP6KR” / Twitter

 

  1. Clarke Cooper on Twitter: “Discussing #Ukraine election outcomes with @SpecRepUkraine and applying #US assistance to support development of a stable, democratic, prosperous, and #free Ukraine. @USEmbassyKyiv @StateDeptPM @usosce https://t.co/889WRfRWbc” / Twitter

 

The US ambassador to the EU spoke about the talks between Zelensky and Trump | Radio Liberty

US Permanent Representative to the European Union Gordon Sundland believes that the Presidents of Ukraine and the US have found common ground. An American diplomat said this to Radio Liberty after a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on July 26. “Yesterday, President Zelensky talked with President Trump (telephone – editorial) for quite some time, they met. I communicated with both before and after this conversation. The conversation was very successful, they immediately found a common language. At the end of the conversation, President Trump invited Zelensky to the White House for a term that is appropriate for both parties in the near future, ”the diplomat said. On July 26, Vladimir Zelensky met with Gordon Sundland and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in Kyiv. Gordon Sundland told Radio Liberty that they discussed, among other things, the war, energy security issues, the situation in Naftogaz, the rule of law. According to him, now under the initiative of US President Donald Trump, a team with the participation of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, ambassadors Kurt Walker and William Taylor, other representatives of the US State Department, which focuses on various aspects of relations with Ukraine, is working. The office of the Ukrainian president reported the telephone conversation between Vladimir Zelensky and his American counterpart Donald Trump the day before. In particular, the presidents agreed to “discuss substantially the issues of Ukrainian-American interaction” during Zelensky’s visit to the United States. The exact date of Vladimir Zelensky’s visit to the United States is currently unknown. Earlier, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Valery Chaliy, announced two possible dates for Zelensky’s trip to the United States: either August (when the President of Ukraine will visit Washington only) or September (when this visit will be combined with participation in the UN General Assembly session). On June 25, the United States Interim Attorney William Taylor said that the date of the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States to meet with President Donald Trump has not yet been determined, but the United States is keen to determine the date and agenda as soon as possible.

U.S. ambassador to EU: Zelensky and Trump find common language

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland has stated that the presidents of Ukraine and the United States found a common language. — Ukrinform. “Yesterday, President Zelensky had quite a long [telephone] conversation with President Trump, they got acquainted. I spoke with both of them before and after this conversation. The conversation was very successful. They found a common language immediately. President Trump invited Zelensky to visit the White House in the timeline suitable for both parties in the near future,” the American diplomat told Radio Liberty after a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on July 26 in Kyiv. On July 26, President Zelensky met in Kyiv with Gordon Sondland and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker. Gordon Sondland told Radio Liberty that they discussed, among other things, the war, energy security issues, the situation in the NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, the rule of law. A team with the participation of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, ambassadors Kurt Volker and William Taylor, and other representatives of the U.S. Department of State currently works at the initiative of US President Donald Trump focusing on various aspects of relations with Ukraine, Sondland added. Yesterday, the Presidential Office reported that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation. According to the report, the presidents, in particular, agreed to “substantively discuss the practical issues of US-Ukraine cooperation” during Zelensky’s visit to the United States.

The governments of the United States and Ukraine are studying the needs of the Ukrainian army in new weapon systems, Volker The US special envoy notes that there are no obstacles for Ukraine to supply lethal defensive weapons.

27.07.19 13:52 – Kurt Volker, Special Representative of the United States Department of State for Ukraine, states that the US and Ukrainian government defense departments are studying the needs of the Ukrainian army for new weapon systems. About this Volker said at a press conference in Kiev, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN. He said that, according to the publicized content of a telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine, Donald Trump and Vladimir Zelensky, the question of selling American weapons to Ukraine was not raised. At the same time, Volker recalled that back in 2017, the Trump administration lifted the ban on the supply of defensive weapons of Ukraine, which the previous administration of Barack Obama adhered to. “Now there are no longer any obstacles to the supply of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine,” Volker said. He also said that now cooperation with Ukraine in this matter is happening on a similar basis, as with other close partners of the United States. “We also opened the possibility for Ukraine to acquire defensive weapons, which Ukraine wants to buy,” added Volker. In addition, the US special representative noted that this year Ukraine had made changes to its own legislation, which now allows the purchase of foreign military equipment. “And the next steps in this process are a direct discussion between the US and Ukrainian governments, between the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about what Ukraine has needs, and what systems the United States has in order to meet these needs, and for Ukraine to have the opportunity to acquire them, “added Volker. At the same time, according to him, this question is “on the normal trajectory for such processes – needs are assessed, what is being proposed is evaluated.”

USA getting ready to meet Zelensky, – Volker

The USA government are preparing for the meeting of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the U.S. Donald Trump. This was reported by special representative of the U.S. State Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker during the briefing as RBK-Ukraine writes. “We are working on the preparation to the visit of Ukraine’s President Zelensky to the USA,” he stated. According to him, now the schedules of the Presidents are being agreed. “Firstly, there are no conditions. President Trump confirmed Zelensky’s invitation on this Thursday. Of course we want to make this session as useful as possible. Ambassador Taylor is keeping in close contact with the team of President Zelensky to develop such an agenda. We do not know what particular date can be suitable for both Presidents. But Ambassador Taylor is working on it. I guess we will soon find it out,” he said. We recall that Presidents of Ukraine and the United States had a phone conversation on July 25. Donald Trump congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart on the victory of his political force in the parliamentary election. He also expressed hope that the corruption cases that worsened Ukraine-U.S. relations would be investigated and solved fast.

Volker: No conditions put forward by Washington for Zelensky-Trump meeting – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker says Washington has not put forward any conditions to be fulfilled by Ukraine before President Donald Trump meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “As you know, President Trump congratulated President Zelensky on his election. They spoke again on Thursday of this week. We are working on a visit for President Zelensky to White House,” Volker told a Kyiv briefing on Saturday, July 27. At the same time, the diplomat stressed that no conditions had been put forward by Washington for such meeting to take place. “First off, there are no conditions. The invitation stands. President Trump reiterated that invitation to President Zelensky on Thursday. And we look forward to welcoming President Zelensky in the United States,” said Volker. Read alsoU.S. delegation led by Volker visits Donbas warzone (Photo) He added that “we want to develop an agenda so that this meeting is as productive as possible.” Volker said William Taylor, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine, as well as other American diplomats, are in close contact with Team Zelensky to develop this agenda. The envoy added that it was necessary to synchronize schedules of the two presidents. We don’t know today exactly what date is going to work for both of them but Ambassador Taylor is working on that and I’m sure we’ll have news soon,” Volker concluded.

Volker doesn’t exclude Trump’s visit to Ukraine, but says preparation of such visits requires much time

Kurt Volker, the Special Representative of the U.S. Department of State for Ukraine Negotiations, did not rule out the possibility of the visit of Donald Trump to Ukraine in the future, but stressed that the preparation of such visits takes time.

Ukraine has already demonstrated initiatives to achieve peace in the Donbas. Russia must also take action – Volker

27.07.19 13:28 – The United States expects Russia to respond in a peaceful way to resolving the situation in the east of Ukraine, Kurt Volker, the Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, said. “Ukraine has already demonstrated initiatives to achieve peace in the Donbass. I think that Russia, for its part, should also take measures that would be mutual,” Volker said at a briefing on Saturday in Kiev, reports Tsenzor. . At the same time, he added that one would expect the withdrawal of forces and assets in additional zones in the Donbas. Read also on “Tsenzor.NET”: We do not hear anything from Russia that would indicate readiness to release the Ukrainian sailors, – Volker “Opening additional checkpoints, for example, in Gold, for which Ukraine is ready, but Russia does not demonstrate a desire. I should also note the need for a stable ceasefire,” the US special representative added. Volker also noted the exchange of prisoners and the restoration of critical infrastructure.

Kurt Volker: No signals of Russia’s readiness to release captured Ukrainian sailors

There are no signals that would indicate Russia’s readiness to release illegally seized Ukrainian sailors and ships. — Ukrinform.

U.S. delegation led by Volker visits Donbas warzone (Photo) – news politics | UNIAN

On July 26, a United States delegation led by Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker paid a visit to the Joint Forces Operation zone. Kurt Volker and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor met with Joint Forces Commander Oleksandr Syrskiy.

Danyliuk invites members of American Chamber of Commerce to develop national security strategy

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has invited members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine to take part in the development of a new national security strategy, according to the NSDC website.

Danylyuk invites American business to elaborate Ukraine’s national security strategy

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk has invited members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine to participate in the elaboration of a new National Security Strategy of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Members of American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine invited to partake in developing new National Security Strategy – news economics | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Danyliuk, has invited members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine to participate in the development of a new National Security Strategy. A favorable business climate is a prerequisite for the progressive development of the domestic economy.

U.S. company wins bid to extract gas from Ukraine’s Black Sea shelf – news economics | UNIAN

The interdepartmental commission under the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine has selected the U.S.-based Trident Acquisitions winner of the competition for hydrocarbons development on the Black Sea shelf within the Delfin section. Trident Acquisitions is set to invest $200 million in the site, which is 3.5 times more than the minimum price stipulated by the competition.

Ukrainian human rights commissioner, head of UN mission discuss political prisoners, Crimea and Donbas

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova discussed with Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner the situation in Donbas, reprisals against Crimean Tatars and trials of political prisoners held by the Kremlin. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Putin won’t agree to peace in Donbas

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin considers it impossible to reach an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a peaceful …

Ukraine could miss last chance to hop on train of EU membership, Ukraine’s FM Klimkin

t will depend on the dynamic of Ukraine’s European integration aspirations over the next few years whether Ukraine becomes part of the European Union, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said, Interfax reported. “There is a possibility that we might never make it to the last train car because the EU is increasingly becoming complicated, euro-skeptical, skeptical about its enlargement. So, whether we can get in there at all or not could depend on how we are moving in the next three to five years,” Klimkin said in Kyiv on Thursday. Joining the EU would take Ukraine at least 15 years, he said. As for NATO, there is no unity about Ukraine’s membership either, he also said. “Even we do achieve NATO standards for security and defense, say we are a stable democracy and have the rule of law, there will still be attitudes towards us from some European countries which will be looking back on Russia for example. So today we have to say honestly: there is no consensus within NATO about our membership,” Klimkin said. With NATO, Ukraine has a chance of becoming a member in less than 15 years, he said.

 

Sailors from Russian tanker detained in Ukraine return home to Krasnodar

All crewmembers of the Russian tanker Neyma detained in the port of Izmail, the Odesa region, have returned to Krasnodar, a representative of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) told Interfax.

 

Russian-led forces break ‘harvest’ ceasefire in Donbas

Over the past day, the Russian occupation troops adhered to sustainable ceasefire regime in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in eastern Ukraine. Today, they have shelled Ukrainian positions, using an automatic grenade launcher. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian serviceman wounded as Russia-backed forces violate truce – news war | UNIAN

From day-start on Saturday, July 27, Russian-controlled forces breached the “harvest truce”, opening fire on Ukrainian positions in one occasion. Ukraine positions were shelled near the settlement of Krymske.

SBU blocks illegal bus routes from Odesa to occupied Donbas – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Security Service of Ukraine says its operatives have blocked the mechanism of illegal transportation of passengers from Odesa to the occupied Donbas via Russia. Bus drivers violated the rules for the crossing into the areas beyond government control.

 

For the Armed Forces, an Su-24M and Su-24MR are being overhauled | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial July 27, 2019 News 0 Comments In Nikolayev, at the State Enterprise “Nikolaev Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “, two aircraft of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Su-24M and Su-24MR – are currently undergoing repairs to be completed by the end of the year This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal They were delivered to the company by trucks, and by the time the 7th Brigade of Peter Franko Tactical Aviation in Starokonstantinov would return by air. During repair of the front Su-24M bomber and the Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft, a complete check of all its units and assemblies is performed, their repair or complete replacement is performed. Topic of Channel 5 on repair of Su-24M and Su-24MR at the enterprise of SE “Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant” NARP “: In April 2019, the company has already repaired one such bomber for Old Constantine aircraft, and in 2018, a scout. Last year, during an international conference, with the participation of NATO military attaches, the State Enterprise “Odessa Aviation Plant” presented a promising project for the development of Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft with several options for upgrading the machine, which involves the installation of new radioelectronic systems, which should provide new, more wider possibilities of conducting intelligence. During the development of the project, the specialists of SE “Odessa Aviation Plant” put the greatest emphasis on: • Increase the detection distance of land targets • Provision of navigation, communication and landing facilities to ICAO (NATO) and NATO requirements • Increasing the quality of objective control of onboard systems • operational intelligence information At that time, the company completed the first stage of development work and promised in the near future to show the first prototype of a new product.

Reanimating “wheels” and “wings” of the Armed Forces: how in Nikolaev they restore military planes and armored vehicles – YouTube

Channel 5 Published on July 26, 2019 Upgrade wheeled combat equipment and return military planes to the runway. From the beginning of the war in the east defense enterprises of Mykolaiv region restored and returned to the Ukrainian army 400 combat vehicles and about 10 aircraft. Nowadays, experts not only give a second life to old military equipment, but also have some of their own developments.

Over 5 Years “UkrSpetsTekhnika” Delivered 50 Malakhit Radars [Digital SPOON REST]

Posted: July 26, 2019 190726 Ukrspectehnika Holding Company “Ukrspetstehnika”, which is a member of the “League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine”, since 2014, managed to increase production by 10 times and put about fifty radars “Malachite” in the Armed Forces. Vera Koshova, the head of the board of Ukrspectehnika, told this in an interview with the Defense Industrial Courier, Defense Express reports. According to her, the production cycle of a large number of products for the defense forces is continuous. The head of the company noted that, in particular, the Malachite radar has a production cycle of 6 months. But the company manages, in the framework of the state order, to significantly accelerate the production of such complexes and supply the radar to these radars within a month. The manager of HC “Ukrspettekhnika” informed that the most massive product of the enterprise is radar “Malachite”. During the war about 50 such stations were assigned to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to her, about 96 units of such complexes are needed to meet the needs of air defense. In addition, such stations may also be required by the Navy, and the same order for the Defense Force may increase significantly. Vera Koshova also reported that over the past 5 years the Armed Forces have adopted several new products developed by a domestic company. These include the modern mobile radar systems “Lis-2M” and “Badger-A”, as well as the mobile suppression system “Enclave”. In addition, the Ukrainian military and simulators for this equipment were created and delivered. Separately, the head of the holding company noted that for 4 years, another product of Ukrspetstekhnika has been successfully working at the State Border Service of Ukraine – the mobile ground-based reconnaissance complex and the Jeb electronic warhead.

“AutoKrAZ” and SE “Impuls Scientific-Technical Complex” Developed a New Special Role Van for the Needs of the AFU [C3 Vehicle]

Posted: July 26, 2019 190726 Kraz 0The company “AvtoKrAZ” shipped a batch of automobile chassis KrAZ-63221 for mounting the superstructure – products SA-10U (special hardware unified) for the needs of the Armed Forces. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the company. We will remind, the automobile chassis KrAZ-63221 – high passability, intended for installation of arms and military equipment, installations of the special and industrial purpose, and also towing of the trailer by all kinds of roads, off-road and any terrain. The car is made in a military modification, equipped with a system of pressure control in the tires, with the control is carried out from the cabin of the moving car, and places to attach the personal weapon of the driver and passengers. The 6 × 6 KrAZ-63221 chassis with WP10.380 engine, transmission is mechanical, nine-speed, power steering, with hydraulic booster. The SA-10U is a specially equipped body van on the KrAZ-63221 car base, intended for accommodation, round-the-clock work and rest of staff. According to the wishes of the customer, the van can be equipped to mount a variety of communications, such as radio relay, troposphere, space, radio for field use. The CA-10U product provides: moving, timely deployment and roll-out and operation of units; storage and handling of documents and technical means of restricted access, if necessary, the possibility of their emergency destruction; exchange of information via VHF radio for march and battery operation; access to an external telephone network; access to the local area network (LAN) of the control points; organization of the rendered automated workplace of the operator of the transfer of information; Guaranteed uninterrupted (with automatic protection) of the power of the placed equipment.

Ukrainian Thermal Imagers, NVGs and Small Arms To Be Supplied to the AFU

Posted: July 26, 2019 190726 Zbroya 0 The Ukrainian Armed Forces units are supplied with automatic machines, thermal sights and night vision devices manufactured by domestic enterprises. The interim acting director of the Department of military-technical policy, development of the weaponry and military equipment of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Colonel Andriy Myasnikov informed about it at a briefing held yesterday, July 25 this year, in the information agency ArmyInform . «Today, in Ukraine mass-produced special Vulcan machine guns of caliber 5,45 and 7,62 mm, 7,62 mm sniper rifles UAR-10 and UBR-008, digital thermal sights, monoculars and binoculars Archer of different types, and also Archer NVGA-15 and NVMA-14 night vision devices. These samples are made at the domestic enterprises of LLC InterProInvest, LLC Ukrop, LLC TermalVizhnTeknolodzhis, – said Colonel Andrey Myasnikov. According to the officer, these weapons are planned to be purchased and delivered to the troops.

Some 254 MPs enter Rada from Servant of the People, 124 MPs from other parties, 46 MPs self-appointed

Some 130 of 199 member of parliament candidates who won majoritarian races in early parliamentary elections came ran on the Servant of the People ticket, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has said.

Reagan Made History, and Zelenskyy Can Too. Here’s How.

In April, Ukrainians made actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy president. Immediately, comparisons began between Zelenskyy and Ronald Reagan, America’s two-term president who was also a former actor. However, Reagan succeeded not because of his acting, but rather for the achievements he delivered. There are other important differences: Reagan has served as governor of California and crossed the country as a motivational speaker for General Electric, learning the issues of the day. But regardless of their similarities and differences, Zelenskyy can learn from Reagan’s example. Reagan was consistently principled toward the USSR. In spite of the Soviet Union’s crimes against humanity, Reagan was always willing to talk with its leadership about ways to bring peace. However, he was also principled enough to walk away from bad offers. Reagan practiced the doctrine of “peace through strength,” and the lesson for Ukraine holds true today. While Reagan’s international achievements were historic, the American people loved him because he improved their bottom line. His quick and decisive action during his first days in office delivered a controversial tax cut. While opponents predicted economic catastrophe, the results were a 92-month economic expansion, the second longest at the time. How can Zelenskyy deliver similar economic growth for Ukraine? Here are five recommendations based on Reagan-like principles for modernizing and improving Ukraine: 1. Bring capital back to Ukraine. Since 1991, much of the country’s wealth has been plundered and moved offshore. The past is the past, and today Ukrainians need jobs and livable wages. A one-time tax amnesty could help to achieve these goals; however, the amnesty must have two conditions. First, there can be no questions about the source of the earnings except verification that they are not from sanctioned Russian sources. Second, a one-time flat tax on capital should be applied to bring revenues to the state budget. The return of capital itself will accelerate economic growth, and the simultaneous increase in the state budget will help pay for infrastructure and other priorities. Reagan brought capital back to the United States but unleashed it through tax cuts; Zelenskyy can do that through a tax amnesty. 2. Bring Ukrainians back to Ukraine. As Zelenskyy noted, there are more than 65 million Ukrainians in the world. However, antiquated Soviet laws prevent Ukrainians from holding dual citizenship. For a country that has seen its population decline from 52 million in 1991 to just 42 million today, it is clear that Ukraine is doing something wrong. By legalizing dual citizenship, Ukraine can begin to stem the tide of brain drain. In short, Ukraine needs more Ukrainians. Not only will this increase the tax base, it will improve the economy as well. Reagan didn’t need to bring Americans back; instead, he created an economy and society where Americans and foreigners wanted to live. Zelenskyy must do the same in Ukraine. 3. Bring infrastructure to Ukraine through a designated fund. Investment in Ukraine is helpful, but having the infrastructure to support it is crucial. Historically, infrastructure projects have been boondoggles which produced poor roads, unsafe transportation, and outdated buildings. Money from Western donors has often been wasted by populist politicians providing social benefits, rather than its intended purpose. Ukraine needs to create a designated infrastructure fund under international supervision that can only be used for projects in the national interest like roads, bridges, educational institutions, and transportation systems. A portion of the state budget and all Western donor money must be specifically designated for this fund, and the monies cannot be spent on other expenses. Reagan increased the fuel user fee, but in doing so ensured that it was paid only by those who used the roads, and that the proceeds went specifically to interstates and transportation infrastructure. This model has proven effective, and will work in Ukraine. 4. Bring energy to Ukraine. Ukraine has made strides in energy independence from Russia through reverse supplies and attracting foreign investment into the renewables sector. However, Ukraine must honor its contracts in the electricity and energy sector and do everything to demonstrate that it is a trusted country to do business in. This is the only way to develop Ukraine’s domestic oil and gas market. Transparent tenders for the development of existing deposits/assets must be issued, incentives need to be created to liberalize the market, and protections for international investors must be developed. Ukraine must be serious about improving the cost of heat and electricity, and protecting investors from corruption, raiders, and enemy nations. When Reagan took office, the United States was being held hostage by OPEC for its energy needs. However, Reagan’s determination to develop domestic energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the US becoming an energy exporter by the time he left office. Zelenskyy needs the same determination and vision to develop Ukraine’s energy industry, starting with a comprehensive national energy strategy, including a growing allotment for domestic renewable development. 5. Bring justice and a functional legal system to Ukraine. The Ukrainian people have long hated their politicians because they live under a separate set of laws from ordinary folks. There is no justice in the legal system, and anyone can be hauled into court at any time for any allegation. Ukraine’s legal system is broken and tweaking the current system is the equivalent of rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic. The broken system needs to be replaced with a modern system based on English law. Just as Reagan restored faith in the federal system of government, Ukrainians need faith that their legal system will deliver justice. If Zelenskyy wants to make a real impact, he must fix the broken legal system. Reagan was a decisive leader. Because of this, many hated him and opposed his policies. However, history has vindicated Reagan for his boldness and strong leadership. Zelenskyy would be wise to follow Reagan’s example and be equally bold and decisive in his efforts to improve the lives of ordinary Ukrainians and bring Ukraine to its rightful place in the world. Michael Yurkovich is president of Refraction Asset Management, based in Calgary, Alberta.

Atlantic Council: Zelensky can learn from Reagan’s example

During the election campaign, Zelensky was compared with Reagan, and these comparisons may be appropriate if the new President of Ukraine takes advantage of the legendary American leader’s experience. — Ukrinform.

Lawmaking 101: Before Parliament Convenes, Ukraine’s Incoming Freshman Class Is Getting Schooled

Most schools are out for the summer, but these newly elected Ukrainian lawmakers are cramming for the fall term. A Kyiv university is opening its doors to teach the neophyte party of Ukrainian Pres…

Ukraine’s politics reloaded: key opportunities and risks | UACRISIS.ORG

Ukraine’s politics reloaded: key opportunities and risks

Kyiv Mayor Klitschko Sues Tycoon Kolomoyskiy’s TV Channel Amid Pressure Over Position

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says he has filed a libel lawsuit against the 1+1 TV channel for “launching a widespread campaign” to discredit him and his former boxing champion brother Wladimir.

Corrupt judges interfered to lift arrest off Yanukovych property, investigators say – news ukraine | UNIAN

Sytnik stated that cases of organizing influence even on judges of the CCU / photo of UNIAN were recorded Read also the Head of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv turned it into a commercial organization for making money – Sytnik The statement comes following a raid of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, conducted earlier today by Ukraine’s anti-corruption watchdog, NABU.

PGO: Judges of Kyiv’s District Administrative Court meddled in Constitutional Court, SBI operations – news ukraine | UNIAN

Head of the Special Investigations Directorate at the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Serhiy Horbatiuk, claims that the PGO is investigating the unlawful influence of the Kyiv District Administrative Court on decision-making by the Constitutional Court, the High Qualification Commission of Judges, the High Council of Justice, as well as the impact on activities of the country’s ministries and agencies, and the work of the State Bureau of Investigation. Horbatiuk says such influence on other government bodies has nothing to do with justice, so there must be an immediate reaction.

Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament – Total victory

But will Ukraine’s comedian president be able to complete his revolution?

Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament

Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Zelensky’s Impeachment Would be More Dangerous for Ukraine than His Authoritarianism, Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 25 – When a country is at war, there is nothing more dangerous than confusion in its political elite, Vladimir Pastukhov says; and consequently, Vladimir Zelensky’s concentration of power in his hands so that he can act is less dangerous than would be his impeachment. That is because any impeachment would make decisions even more difficult to take, the London-based Russian analyst says, and because in contrast to Russia, Ukraine enjoys a certain immunity against excessive authoritarianism and will condemn any effort to maintain it for long a failure (echo.msk.ru/programs/personalnovash/2470057-echo/). Many are now asking, as does Inessa Zemler of Ekho Moskvy’s “Yours Personally” program does, whether Zelensky’s victory in the parliamentary elections is good or bad for Ukraine. Pastukhov responds that in his view it is a “good” thing because it will allow the Ukrainian president to act now. Its “bad” aspects will arise only in the medium and longer term. “It is impossible to argue forever,” the analyst says. One must act, and Ukraine, whose culture is a mix of the Russian and the Polish, has too often been given over to disputes which become an obstacle or excuse for not acting. Zelensky’s victory in the presidential elections and now the parliamentary ones may lead to new votes on regional and city governments as well. These steps need to be taken quickly, Pastukhov suggests, before disappointment sets in. Challenged by Zemler who points out that similar arguments were made in Russia two decades ago in support of Putin amassing power so as to be able to act, the London-based analyst says that while Ukraine shares many characteristics of Russia, it is fundamentally different as Leonid Kuchma pointed out in his book Ukraine is Not Russia. “Sooner of later,” Pastukhov says, “someone will write the second volume, Why Ukraine All the Same is Very Similar to Russia. But while many of the processes in one country happen in the other albeit at different times and speeds, Ukraine enjoys the advantage that it is far less tolerant of authoritarianism than Russia is – and will block its rise or at least survival. At some point, he continues, Ukraine may come to a fork in the road because of that, turning either to the impeachment of Zelensky or tolerance for a time at least of “a Hetman Zelensky.” The latter would present problems, but the first would be “worse,” Pastukhoov argues. Ukrainians remain committed to democracy, but at the same time, “Ukraine today simply needs a certain consolidation of power.” Ukrainians understand this, the analyst says, and he cites the words of Kyiv commentator Yury Kochura who says what today what we are observing is “the third Maidan.” In important ways, Pastukhov says, “what Zelensky is doing is the next qualitative leap to the cleansing of the post-Soviet elite. This certainly will be one of the main missions at least in the first stage of this government,” the final elimination of those from the past who somehow managed to survive the first two Maidans.

Not even 42 million: How many people actually live in Ukraine?

Before the last parliamentary elections, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) counted 35.5 million voters in Ukraine. Including those who reside in the occupied territories. The CEC has registered 34.5 million electoral address. At the same time, taking into account those citizens who dropped out (and this is another million), it turns out 33.5 million. In order to calculate how many people live in Ukraine, it is necessary to add to the 33.5 million mentioned the number of persons under 18 years old. The number of these people is not known, because, as it turned out, the statistics take into account the “able-bodied” and “disabled” age, that is, from 15 years. Therefore, we can only talk about what percentage of the total number is the proportion of the population aged 0 to 14. And it is 14.8%. The data, however, is old (as of 2014), but there is simply no fresh one. So, there should be around 5.8 million, who have not reached working age children. 33.5 + 5.8 = 39.3 million. There is still a small number of people aged 15 to 18, but hardly even together with them, we will reach the figure of 42.3 million, which is allegedly fixed now. Related: Ghost voters: Why Ukraine’s authorities are afraid of the population census We say “allegedly,” because all such calculations are very conditional. Only the census could provide correct data, but it has not been conducted since 2001. Twenty years ago, the Ukrainians were persecuted by the slogans “there must be 52 million of us,” that is, at least as many as at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. But the “record” could not be repeated, and the next two decades took another 10 million. And this is without taking into account those citizens who, fortunately, did not die, but simply went abroad. These are, according to some (unverified) data, another 5-6 million. Getting ready for winter “The first thing that needs to be done is to urgently appoint a census of the population,” Halyna Klymovych, the former investigator of the Prosecutor General’s Office (GPU) for particularly important cases, advises Zelensky. “Does Ze!Team understand that demography is not only a science about the composition and movement of the population but also a factor that directly affects the development and security of the state? How many of us are left?” Klymovych asks. Related: Why Ukraine should conduct a population census For the five-year cadence former president Poroshenko did not hurry up to conduct the census. However, in April 2018, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman wrote on his Facebook page that “we must prepare for a census of the population.” The state of preparation meant that in December 2019 a “test census” would be held, which would cover individual districts of Kyiv and the region. Actually, less than half a year remains until December, but by the prime minister will be replaced, and the different government will be formed. So, will the new government take over the initiative?

 

Sacred procession dedicated to Christianization of Rus’ to start from Volodymyrska Street

Believers are slowly approaching to Volodymyrska Street where the sacred procession dedicated to the Christianization of Rus’ will begin. This the journalist of 112 TV channel reports. As it is reported, the movement is free on the street for now, but the roads are going to be blocked at 11 a.m. Particularly, the road will be blocked on Volodymyrska and Khreshchatyk Streets, between Sofia and Mykhailo Squares, European Square, between Mykhailo Hrushevskyi and Ivan Mazepa Streets. “On security measures, the law enforces are actively working here. They are grouping and standing on positions to provide with to ensure order during the process,” the journalist added. It stands to mention that the religious procession will start from the payer service on Volodymyrska Street, after that the believers are planning to move to the Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra with relics where the Divine Liturgy will take place. We recall that This will be the first religious procession for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It will be held by the Primate of the Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphany.

20,000 people to join Kyiv Crusade, – National Police

National Police expects 20,000 people to join Crusade in Kyiv