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The article, William R. Graham, R. James Woolsey & Peter Pry | The Criticality of EMP Protection Guidelines | RealClearDefense, addresses my single greatest fear – an EMP attack. Life as we know it would cease to exist, and it would be a slow, lingering death for millions. I am shocked we are still so susceptible. 

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Excellent EMP essay by Graham, Woolsey and Pry. SECGEN NATO on INF. Georgia update. Romania blocks Russian weps to Serbia. Russia threatens UK over RT fine (Russian “media” should be obviously afforded immunity from the law!). More on Litvinenko hit. GRU cyber-attacks Bellingcat. Nordstream 2 and Russia’s proxies.

Trofimov essay in WSJ on Russia’s global campaign of mayhem, spelling out to public what analysts have argued for 5 years now. Russia’s Caracas debt problem. The Vozhd attends the St Petersburg naval review, while Muscovy explodes with the largest protests for a decade, around 1,400 arrests, and unprecedented riot police brutality on the streets. How to induce your very own Maidan. China’s deforestation of Siberia.

Ukraine IR update – Western media commentaries. Crimea update – USN ISR sorties (actual tails depicted). Donbas and industry updates.

Politics update – including six Western media reports.

OCU update – 1031st anniversary of Christendom in Ukraine, services and a procession of 15,000 through Kyiv.

Worth observing the contrast with Muscovy – while over 15,000 Ukrainians celebrate love of their fellow man, in Russia 15,000 Russians are being clubbed into submission by OMON and RosGvardiya riot police. It speaks for itself.

William R. Graham, R. James Woolsey & Peter Pry | The Criticality of EMP Protection Guidelines | RealClearDefense

President Donald Trump deserves America’s gratitude for his Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses, signed on March 26, 2019. This White House executive order, coordinated with all relevant departments and agencies of the U.S. Government, culminates 20 years of effort by scientists and strategists to protect the national electric power grid and other life-sustaining critical national infrastructures—for example, communications, transportation, business and finance, food and water—from the existential threat of a natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP). EMP threatens the foundations of modern electronic civilization that sustains the lives of millions:

Stoltenberg warns NATO members about termination of missile treaty because of Russia

General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg warned the NATO member countries have to be ready for missile Agreement break down of the medium and short-range missiles. The statement was said by Stoltenberg during the interview to Der Speigel, as Deutsche welle infroms. “Unfortunately we do not see any Russia’s intentions to implement international commitments within the medium and short-range missiles Agreement,” Stoltenberg said. He predicted the Agreement termination in case of Moscow’s non-performance of its obligations until August 2. We recall that Russia developed and placed a new mid-range missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads. “This is a mobile missile system, it can be easily concealed from tracking systems. German cities like Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich are within its efffective range”, Stoltenberg stated. NATO reminds Russia has only five weeks left until August 2 to return to the implementation of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. During this period, Moscow must destroy its cruise missiles that violate the treaty.

Agile Spirit 2019 drills launched in Georgia with Ukraine’s participation – news world | UNIAN

Multinational military exercises Agile Spirit 2019 are starting in Georgia Saturday, July 27. More than 3,000 soldiers from 14 NATO countries and partner states will take part in the exercises.

‘No Political Force in Georgia Can Be Pro-Russian and Win Elections’ – Foreign Policy

A conversation with Ani Chkhikvadze, a Georgian journalist based in Washington.

Romania says Russian military equipment for Serbia blocked

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has blocked a Russian military shipment of battle tanks and armored vehicles to Serbia because of international sanctions that are in place against Russia over…

UAWire – Romania doesn’t allow Russia to deliver military equipment for Serbia through Danube river

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania reported that Romania had not allowed the transit of Russian military equipment for Serbia through the Danube river, as it is prohibited by European sanctions imposed on Russia because of its aggression against Ukraine, reports the Romanian newspaper Mediafax. The Romanian Ministry explained that to issue a transit license for the transportation of military products, which under the law can be issued only to the Romanian transporter, it is necessary to comply with several conditions. One of them is that operator’s services should not directly or indirectly meet the interests of individuals or entities from Russia which fall under under the EU sanctions imposed on Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. “This condition was not fulfilled in this situation, so the Romanian authorities could not issue the license,” the Romanian Foreign Ministry said. According to Serbian media, Russia should transport 30 tanks and 30 BRDM armored reconnaissance vehicles, which Belgrade is expected to receive according to a contract between Serbia and Russia. The Danube river is the cheapest way to transport equipment from Russia to Serbia. Both countries are part of the 1998 Convention on the navigation in the Danube. Serbia refers to article 27 of the Convention, that says that a country may inspect goods transported through its Danube sector, but it cannot prevent them from passing. This requirement applies to civilian and military cargo. On July 23 media has also reported that Serbia received six MiG-29 air fighters, four Mi-17 helicopters, and four Mi-35 helicopters from Russia.

Austria orders arrest of Russian in colonel spying case – BBC News

Police say 65-year-old Igor Egorovich Zaytsev recruited a colonel who spied for Moscow for decades.

Russian broadcaster RT fined for repeated rule breaking in UK – CNN

UK media regulator Ofcom has fined RT for repeatedly breaking impartiality rules in its coverage of the Skripal poisonings and the conflict in Syria.

UAWire – Russia warns British media of repercussions if RT news agency is penalized in the UK

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned the British media working in Russia about the potential response after the Russian state …

Russia Linked To Cyberattacks On Bellingcat Researchers Investigating GRU (Updated)

According to a new report, Russian hackers—likely associated with GRU military intelligence—have mounted a highly-sophisticated cyberattack on the end-to-end encrypted accounts of journalists covering the country’s activities.

Russia linked to cyberattacks on Bellingcat researchers probing GRU – news world | UNIAN

Bellingcat—the online investigations site—has become synonymous with investigations into crimes committed by Russia’s military, including the downing of Malaysia’s MH17, the Skripal poisonings, the bombing of civilian targets in Syria. Russian hacking group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, is believed to be controlled by the GRU and is the most likely culprit, although that will be difficult if not impossible to substantiate.

Bellingcat Says Staffers Targeted In Cyberattacks Over Russian Investigative Work

The Bellingcat investigative news organization says staff members have been targeted in sophisticated cyberattacks through their ProtonMail accounts, hours after the e-mail service provider said ev…

Russia attack: Litvinenko thought he would be safe from Putin in Britain | UK | News |

POISONED spy Alexander Litvinenko did not believe Russia would be brazen enough to murder him on British soil, despite living under a death sentence for more than five years, letters reveal.

Nord Stream 2 asks European Court to stop discriminations against project

Nord Stream 2 AG has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to put an end to discriminatory measures against its pipeline project, the company said in a statement. This message was published on the website of Nord Stream 2 project. The Nord Stream 2 filed a suit for annulment before the General Court on July 25, 2019. “Nord Stream 2 requests that Directive (EU) 2019/692 amending the EU Gas Directive be annulled because of an infringement of the EU law principles of equal treatment and proportionality. This would lead to the cancellation of Directive (EU) 2019/692 as the amendment was clearly designed and adopted for the purpose of disadvantaging and discouraging the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” the statement said. “We as a prudent investor are committed to protecting our investments. But the amendment to the Gas Directive is not only harmful to Nord Stream 2. Such obvious discrimination against an individual commercial investment also undermines the ability of the EU’s internal market to attract investments for making the energy transition a reality”, Matthias Warnig, CEO of Nord Stream 2 AG, was quoted as saying in the statement. Related: Zelensky, Trump to discuss construction of Nord Stream II Furthermore, Nord Stream 2 reserves the option to defend its rights under international law by proceeding separately with arbitration against the EU pursuant to the investment protection guarantees of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). As it was reported earlier, Nord Stream 2 withdrew the application for the route in territorial waters of Denmark to the south of Bornholm, terminating the application process that lasted more than two years.

Nord Stream 2: Rand Paul Fights Sanctions on Russian Pipeline

The Trump ally has quietly moved to postpone efforts to hit the Russian project, and is lobbying his colleagues against a new sanctions bill.

RT host denies credibility of Mueller indictment against Russian troll factory – To Inform is to Influence

July 27, 2019 By Polygraph Murad Gazdiev Reporter, RT International “The Mueller report did not provide any proof of the troll factory’s ties with the U.S. election interference.” Source: RT False The Mueller report contains 30 pages of detailed information about the Russian “troll factory” activities that resulted in a grand jury indictment. During live…

Yuval Noah Harari self-censors Russian translation of latest book – World News – Jerusalem Post

He said he agreed to some changes so “ideas in the book reach the Russian readers, specifically because the book still contains a lot of criticism of the Putin regime,” Harari told Haaretz.


Yaroslav Trofimov | Gap Between Russia’s Dreams and Means Feeds Adventurism Abroad – WSJ

President Vladimir Putin struggles to recapture glory of former empire with risky forays abroad, but now as a second tier power. MOSCOW—Russia’s elites think of themselves as heirs to the Soviet Union’s imperial glory. Problem is, they only possess the resources of a second-tier power. This fundamental conflict between aspirations and means—and between how Russia views itself and how it’s perceived by others—shapes President Vladimir Putin’s high-risk strategy in international affairs, from the Ukraine invasion to the Syria intervention to election interference in the U.S. to more recent forays in Venezuela and Africa. …

Venezuela Borrowed $10 Billion from Russia to Pay for Jet Fighters and Tanks. It Can’t Pay It Back. | The National Interest


Video Alert: Watch a Russian Su-27 Intercept a Navy P-8A Poseidon | The National Interest


Putin Attends Annual Naval Parade In St. Petersburg

President Vladimir Putin said the Russian Navy is ready to fight back against “any aggressor,” as he led a naval parade in St. Petersburg.

Russia’s Navy Day parades in pictures – BBC News

Warships line up off St Petersburg in one of the highlights of the annual show.

Moscow’s ‘Disproportionate’ Use Of Force Condemned After 1,300 Detained During Opposition Protests

Police in Moscow detained more than 1,300 people in a day of protests against alleged irregularities in the run-up to local elections, according to an independent group that monitors crackdowns on demonstrations.

Russian Police Arrest More Than 1,000 in Moscow Protest | Time

Russian police wrestled with demonstrators and arrested hundreds of people in central Moscow on Saturday.

Nearly 1,400 detained in Moscow protest; largest in decade – To Inform is to Influence

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow, a Russian group that monitors police arrests said Sunday, adding that was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade. OVD-Info, which has monitored the arrests since 2011, said the…

Moscow Opposition Rally Turns Violent As Police Detain Protesters

Police in Moscow detained and beat opposition politicians, along with protesters, in an attempt to disperse a July 27 demonstration against the refusal by officials to register several dissident figures as candidates in municipal elections.

Russia protests: Thousand arrests at Moscow rally – BBC News

Russia’s capital sees one of the biggest crackdowns in years as police seek to break up a rally.

Police Beat, Detain Protesters And Opposition Figures At Moscow Rally

Police in Moscow have detained and beaten opposition politicians, along with protesters, in an attempt to disperse a demonstration against the refusal of election officials to register several opposition figures as candidates in municipal elections.

Moscow City Councilor Clubbed By Police In Opposition Rally Crackdown

Moscow City Councilwoman Aleksandra Parushina, from the opposition A Just Russia party, says she was struck in the head by police who “brutally” dispersed protesters near Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s office on July 27. She is calling for the resignation of Sobyanin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Demonstrators were protesting the refusal of election officials to register some opposition figures as candidates in Moscow’s municipal elections.

Russian Authorities Raid Campaign Offices Of Opposition Politicians

Russian law enforcement searched the Moscow offices of opposition politicians a day before they were due to hold an unauthorized rally to demand free and fair elections.

Moscow prosecutors open investigation against 15 independent politicians, ahead of Saturday’s unauthorized protest — Meduza

Moscow prosecutors have launched an administrative investigation against 15 independent City Duma candidates who have called for an unauthorized protest outside City Hall on Saturday, July 27, against the authorities’ refusal to register them on September’s ballot. Officials have not specified what the specific misdemeanor charges are.

Moscow City Hall announces plan to hunt down draft dodgers among election protesters on July 27 — Meduza

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny was jailed for 30 days on July 24: he had called for a mass protest for fair elections outside Moscow City Hall on July 27. Now, City Hall is giving potential protesters even more reason to expect harsh retribution. TASS reported that the Moscow government’s Department of Regional Security and Resistance to Corruption plans to organize “special groups” to catch young men at the unauthorized protest who managed to avoid Russia’s mandatory draft. “An analysis of mass public actions conducted recently in Moscow shows that a large proportion of the individuals in attendance have not complied with the military draft,” a department representative said. The announcement came after all journalists who plan to cover the July 27 protest were asked to provide identifying information in advance, sparking predictions that Moscow police are preparing to arrest civilians en masse. According to a survey by the Petersburg Politics Foundation, 11 percent of Moscow residents say they are willing to protest for free and fair elections for the Moscow City Duma.

Moscow opposition candidate is arrested at the City Election Commission, carried out on the couch where she was staging a hunger strike — Meduza

Anti-corruption activist Lyubov Sobol’s protest inside the Moscow City Election Commission building has been cut short. On Thursday, July 25, Sobol moved her hunger strike against the commission to the agency’s office, but the authorities removed her — and the couch she sat on — and then promptly escorted her to the Tverskoy District police station, where she was denied access to a lawyer for several hours. Sobol broadcast the entire ordeal live on her Periscope channel.

Moscow election officials want independent candidate Lyubov Sobol charged with a felony offense — Meduza

Moscow’s City Election Commission says it will report Lyubov Sobol to the Investigative Committee for impeding the agency’s work by appearing at an official meeting on July 25. Election officials want the unregistered independent City Duma candidate prosecuted on felony charges.

No food and literal couch surfing Twenty-four hours in the life of an opposition candidate for the Moscow City Duma — Meduza

A Moscow City Election Commission working group rejected Lyubov Sobol’s appeal of a local commission’s decision not to register her as a candidate for the Moscow City Duma elections in September. Sobol, an attorney for Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, attended the working group’s hearing. She said her arguments were not considered in the commission’s decision.

Russia’s Navalny Hospitalized With ‘Severe’ Allergic Reaction

A spokeswoman for Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who is serving a 30-day jail term, says he has been hospitalized with a severe allergy attack.

Alexei Navalny: Jailed Russian opposition head develops ‘allergy’ – BBC News

Alexei Navalny is taken from jail to a hospital in Moscow with an acute allergic reaction.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Free Media a Defense against Fascism Only if It Reaches the Population, Mukhin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 25 – A country may have a free media or have sectors of the media which are free or relatively so but not be defended by it against fascism because the population does not consume by reading or watching the free media but only the media that the regime controls, Yury Mukhin argues. Instead, this free media may reach only a tiny portion of the population and thus be no defense against a population that consumes almost exclusively the unfree media offered by the state. That is the condition of Russia today where there is a free media but it isn’t a defense against fascism because it isn’t consumed ( Indeed, he argues in a second part of his discussion of media freedom and fascism – for a discussion of the first, see– the Moscow analyst says that in some ways the less free media under the Soviets was a better defense against fascism than the freer media in Russia today. To be sure, Mukhin says, “not everything could be printed in Soviet newspapers, but about Soviet people, their needs and interests was printed a hundred times more than today. And – and this is the main thing – these newspapers were read by those whom they concerned. They were read!! And this is the key word when it comes to media freedom.” Today it is possible to find in portions of the electronic and print media stories that couldn’t be published in Soviet times, but these doo not play the role as a bulwark against fascism that a genuinely free press does because most of the media isn’t free and what is, isn’t read by a large share of the population. This is something Putin’s fascist regime understands perfectly well even if its opponents and those analyzing it do not. It doesn’t matter how free this or that media outlet is if few read or view it. What matters is that the media the population at large does consume is controlled by the regime. In fact, a fascist regime may benefit as Putin’s has by allowing certain free media “reservations.” Not only does that confuse Russians and outsiders as to what the current Russian system is all about but it has the additional value from the point of view of the Kremlin of keeping the opposition cut off from the people and thus marginalized.


Putin Regime Relies Less on Direct Use of Force than on ‘Moral Corruption,’ Skobov Says – To Inform is to Influence

Read the entire article, it is worth the time and effort. Moscow and Russia have been deliberately cowed into submission. The fact that we are seeing protests of 8,000 and 20,000 people indicates that the authorities do not have the iron grip they believe they have, thus the protests can conceivably grow until the authorities are overwhelmed. Putin will not let that happen and will deploy the pretorian National Guard to prevent that. Once Putin’s private force is deployed, that will mark the point where the opposition to Russian corruption, but not necessarily Putin, has reached a point where the people desperately want to see change. Of course Putin is the face, the figurehead, of Russian corruption. Putin has systemized corruption in Russia to the point where it is, quite literally, a kleptocracy. Moral inversion, indeed. </end editorial>

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Regime Relies Less on Direct Use of Force than on ‘Moral Corruption,’ Skobov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 25 – Compared to the average authoritarian regime, Aleksandr Skobov says, Putin’s rule depends “not so much on the direct use of force as on the moral corruption of society,” on the cultivation among the population of a sense that any resistance is both senseless and hopeless and that people simply have to find ways of going along. As long as the Russian people and especially those who position themselves as opposition groups buy into that view, the Russian analyst says, Putin and his regime don’t need to use much force to keep everyone in line. They can count on the population and the elites to do that for them ( The arrests this week after the protest in Moscow have led many to suggest that the Putin regime is getting ready to shift “to a qualitatively new level of repressiveness,” Skobov says, in many cases forgetting that “up to now the Putin pakhanate has presented itself as a most liberal form of authoritarian regimes and hasn’t gone beyond the framework of ‘imitation democracy.’” Until now, the amount of “direct internal political force” the Putin authorities have employed has been much more modest than any average authoritarian dictatorship of the 20th century both in terms of the number of political prisoners and the level of criminalization of opposition activity,” the Russian analyst says. The Kremlin hasn’t had to, he continues, because of what he calls “the pathological law-abidingness of those Russians who are protesting.” The leaders of the protests seem to believe that their goals can be achieved by reaching agreements with those in power and being allowed a few seats in city councils or the Duma. The powers that be can’t tolerate any expressions of opposition in these venues, Skobov says, and have systematically worked to exclude them, first in the Duma and now in the Moscow city council, a reflection of its own “egotism” and something made possible by the willingness of so many to go along. “Putin’s Russia,” Skobov reminds, “is ‘a mafia state’ based on a system of illegal agreements, illegal because they presuppose agreement with the actions of the authorities when they act directly in opposition too formally existing laws.” Any agreement with them is one of “a bandit with his ‘victim.’” “The mafia system is reproducing feudal social relations … based on unequal agreements,” he says, a system which represents reviving in a radical way “the medieval strata-corporative model” as the fascists did in the 20th century. Putin both instinctively and quite consciously is seeking to restore “a medieval model of the state.” But there is one distinction, Putin’s medievalism is intended to ensure his unlimited power and insulation from any direct criticism in the halls of parliament or of power. He has succeeded as far as he has because his system isn’t based on direct use of force but rather “the moral corruption of society” by promoting the notion that only he and not society can act. Negotiating with someone who has that goal is a path to nowhere. And yet that is what some who protested against being excluded as candidates for the Moscow city council are doing by reducing their demands as they have in the hopes of getting an agreement with powers that have no plans to yield on anything. “If the present leaders of the protest allow themselves to become involved in such ‘a compromise,’ this will be their political suicide. They will automatically cease to be leaders of protest” and the powers that be will treat them as what they have becoming willing or unwilling co-conspirators with those in power. These leaders have concluded that they have to play by the rules the regime sets or “things will be worse.” But they need to recognize that 24,000 protesting on Sakharov Prospekt is apparently today the limit of Moscow’s protest potential.” And that isn’t enough to force the authorities to make any real concessions. “But it is already too much for the powers that be to fail to take notice of it. It has become too noticeable for others,” and so the authorities have arrested more. Moreover, the powers that be will continue to do so in order to show who is boss. Among the additional steps may be the complete criminalization of protest, allowing them to detain people much longer. The authorities can disperse a meeting of 20,000, “and even if they do this much more harshly than they have done up to now, the angry masses will not get rid of them the next day.” And that leads to the most important lesson Russian opposition leaders need to learn, Skobov concludes. “Victory will come only to those who are ready to go into battle without the hope of victory. As a first step in that direction,” the commentator says, they must show themselves willing to break some windows to call into question the image Putin has promoted of himself as all-powerful and the people as totally dependent on him.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Finns and Russians Don’t Mean the Same Thing when Each Talks about ‘Return of Karelia,’ Region.Expert Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 25 – A report in Helsingin Sanomat last Sunday said that Boris Yeltsin in 1991 was planning to “sell Karelia to Finland” for 15 billion US dollars is neither new nor true, Region.Expert says, even though as one would expect it touched off the latest media denunciations of the first Russian president and “the wild 1990s.” Although it isn’t new – the former Russian official who made this claim had said the same in 2007 – or accurate — no one in the Finnish government knows anything about it — the Russian regionalist site says, but the reaction in Moscow highlights something important that is often overlooked ( And that is this: when Russians talk about Karelia, they mean the Republic of Karelia with a capital in Petrozavodsk; but when the Finns do, they mean “Kariala, the territories which they lost after World War II and which are partially located in Russian Karelia and partially in Leningrad Oblast. That difference inevitably produces misunderstandings, but the reality is that “when the Finns speak about ‘Karjala takaisin’ (‘the return of Karelia’), the Russians think that they are talking about the Karelian Republic as a whole” when in fact they are talking about something altogether different and smaller. No one in Finland aspires to occupy Petrozavodsk, but many Finns, but not parliamentary parties, speak about their desire for a return of the territories Moscow occupied. Helsinki officials know that Russia isn’t about to give these areas back and that, if it did, it would cost the Finns enormous amounts of money to bring those areas up to Finnish standards. If there is no movement on this issue, why then has it surfaced now? One possibility, Region.Expert says, is that Moscow wants to win sympathy among the Finns about Vladimir Putn’s new “peaceable” approach and openness to discussion and thus limit any possibility that Finland will join NATO, something ever more Finns have been thinking about. At the same time, it is important to note, the regionalist portal says, that few Karelians want to become part of Finland. They are interested either in greater autonomy or independence, both of which would open the way for closer contacts with but not integration into their Western neighbor.

As the Chinese Cut Down Siberia’s Forests, Tensions With Russians Rise – The New York Times

Moscow welcomes the investment from Beijing, but locals say it mostly benefits China, and they bemoan deforestation and the risk of accidents.


Volker: We are waiting for President Zelensky in the United States

The Ukrainian and American sides are agreeing on the date of the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States. — Ukrinform.

U.S. Embassy: Incident with Russian sailors is good precedent for peaceful resolution

The SBU has not recorded any violations of maritime law or Ukrainian legislation by the tanker’s crew and therefore saw no reason to detain the sailors

Hunter Biden’s Ukraine job raises conflict of interest questions – Axios

His business dealings will get more scrutiny if Joe Biden wins the nomination.

Ukraine’s Rookie Leader Ups the Ante in Match-Up With Putin – Bloomberg

Best known as a TV comic before he shot to power this spring, Ukraine‘s leader isn’t joking any longer.

UAWire – Two American aircraft conduct reconnaissance flights off the Crimean coast

On Saturday, July 27, two U.S. planes conducted reconnaissance off the coast of the annexed Crimea, as reported by the air traffic monitoring service PlaneRadar. “A patrol anti-submarine aircraft Boeing P-8A with a tail number 169004 flew from Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, Italy. It began cruising along the Black Sea coast of Crimea,” the statement reads. Also, at about noon, a U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3E Orion (Aries II) electronic reconnaissance aircraft with the tail number 156511 took off from the Souda Bay airbase in Crete, Greece. At about 15:50 the aircraft approached the Crimean Peninsula at a distance of 32 kilometers from the port of Sevastopol

Two USN aircrafts surveil occupied Crimea

Two military USN aircrafts from the USA has done reconaissance flights off the coast of the Crimean peninsula. Such data were recorded by the monitoring source PlaneRadar and reported in the microblog on Twitter page. “The USA patroller antisubmarine aircraft Boeing P-8A Poseidon of the United States Navy (USN) bearing the number 169004 took off from Naval Air Station Sigonella on Sicily island in Italy. The patrolling of the Crimean Black Sea seaside has begun,” the message reads. The second electronic support measures aircraft of the USN Lockheed ЭР-3Е Orion (Aries II) bearing number 156511 took off from the US Naval Supoport Activity Souda Bay on Crete isalnd in Greece. Near 3:50 p.m. Moscow time its destination to Sevastopol was equaled to only 19,88 m what was the closest one allowing to approach to the peninsula. Earlier the USA patroller antisubmarine aircraft Boeing P-8A Poseidon of the USN has done the reconaissance flight over the water zone of the Black Sea.

Ukraine’s MFA expresses protest over Medvedev’s visit to occupied Crimea

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest in connection with the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Crimea and Sevastopol, which are temporarily occupied by Russia. The visit was not with the Ukrainian side. This is stated on the website of the Foreign Ministry. “This trip is taking place despite repeated warnings from Ukraine. The goal of the “visit” – participation in the parade of the occupying fleet of Russia — is cynical, the statement said. The Foreign Ministry also stressed that Russia’s attempts to interpret such “visits” to Ukraine as domestic travel are insignificant and indicate a frank disregard for generally accepted principles and norms of international law. We recall, Dmitry Medvedev today began a “working trip” to the occupied peninsula. There, in particular, he plans to attend a parade of ships and a military sports festival in honor of the Day of the Russian Navy. Earlier Ukraine urged countries of the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia due to its aggression in the Sea of Azov as Iryna Lutsenko, representative of the Ukrainian President at the Verkhovna Rada, reported on Facebook. “We urge the EU countries to impose the additional sanctions against Russia for the violation of the norms of the navigation in the high seas, attack at our vessels, injuries of our soldiers,” Lutsenko noted. The coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Kyiv demands from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them are in the critical condition.


One Ukrainian soldier wounded as Russia-led forces violate “harvest” ceasefire in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

One Ukrainian soldier was wounded on Saturday, July 27, as Russia-led forces violated the so-called “harvest” ceasefire in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Enemy troops used grenade launchers to shell Ukrainian positions.

Militants shelled Marinka checkpoint

The crossing point Marinka was shelled by Donbas militants

JFO rescuers neutralized 167 explosive items in Donbas over the week, – JFO HQ

Joint Forces rescuers neutralized 167 explosive objects in Donbas conflict zone

UAWire – Head of DPR Pushilin claims that 5,000 residents of Donbas received Russian passports

In an interview with the Parliamentary newspaper, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, stated that more …

“I dare you. Come on!”: MP says ready to test out Ukrainian body armor – news ukraine | UNIAN

MP Viktoria Siumar of Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party says she is ready to personally test out a Ukrainian armored vest. Viktoria Siumar reacted to the video message posted by Azov veteran who earlier sought to hand over to ex-president Poroshenko a “defective” armored vest.

An IL-76 aircraft is being overhauled for the Armed Forces | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Jul 28, 2019 News 0 Comments At the State Enterprise ‘Nikolaev Aircraft Repair Plant’ NARP ‘repairs Il-76MD for the needs of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal This aircraft has not been operated for 19 years and should be operational in the 25th Air Transport Brigade from Melitopol by December 1, 2019. From 2014, this will be the third Il-76MD, which has undergone repairs at the ‘Nikolaev Aircraft Repair Plant’ and will receive gray coloring. The aircraft was replaced by electrical wiring, oxygen and oxygen pipelines, as well as rubber products. In addition, a system for flights abroad and an on-board registration system were installed. The previous IL-76MD, with flight number 76697 (serial number -0063470118) of the 1986 issue, which was repaired at the ‘Mykolaiv Aviation Plant’, was transferred to the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine last October. IL-76 is a Soviet heavy military transport aircraft designed by Ilyushin OKB. By codification of NATO: English. Candid – ‘Frank’. Il-76 military transport aircraft is intended for transportation and landing of personnel, equipment and cargoes of various purpose. It is the first in the history of the USSR a military transport aircraft with turbojet engines. The aircraft is intended for operation from concrete and ground aerodromes with a strength rating of not less than 0.6 MPa and is capable of delivering cargoes with a maximum mass of 28-60 tonnes over a distance of 3600-4200 km with a cruising speed of 750-800 km / h (maximum mass of cargo carried , and flight range depends on the modification). IL-76MD before Operation North Falcon-2019 Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine All IL-76 cabins are sealed, allowing the transport of 167 (245 – double deck) soldiers with personal weapons or the ejection of 126 troopers. The aircraft can transport the entire range of combat vehicles of airborne units and most of the equipment of motorized infantry divisions. The cargo cabin is 24.5 m long (of which 4.5 m is a ramp), 3.45 m wide and 3.4 m high. The aircraft is capable of taking up to 109,500 liters of fuel and can travel up to 6,700 km with an average fuel consumption of 9 tonnes per hour. Run-off acceleration length is 1700 m (1500 m in practice) – 1800 m (2000 m at full load and air temperature from +25 ° C) meters, and the landing run at 930-1000 m. Il-76MD (NATO-Classified Candid-B English) is a modified version of the Il-76M. Strengthened design of the glider and chassis. Capacity increased to 48 tons. Maximum take-off weight increased to 190 tonnes. Flight range of 40 tonnes has been increased to 4200 km. To enhance the runway characteristics at the ground aerodromes, the carts of the main chassis are located across the body. The battery life has been increased to two months. Up to four additional pylons for hanging bombs and beacons are provided. First flight March 6, 1981.

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Outrage in Ukraine over video showing SWAT detain patrol cops for stopping general’s car – news ukraine | UNIAN

A bodycam video that captured an incident involving a driver of chief of Dnipropetrovsk region’s Police Department Gen. Vitaliy Hluhover and patrol police officers who stopped the general’s car for a traffic violation has gone viral in Ukraine in recent days. President Zelensky demands that the interior minister sack the police chief ‘s driver who violated traffic rules and then called for armed “help” to deal with patrol cops who dared to stop his car.

Head of the Department of Internal Affairs detained patrol officers who stopped his car for violating traffic rules | – YouTube Published on Jul 26, 2019 Employees of the patrol police stopped the car of the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Dnipropetrovsk region, General Vitaly Glukhoveya, for violating the rules of traffic rules, as a result of which the law enforcement officers themselves were detained on the spot by an armed unit of the Interior Ministry Kord. The corresponding video appeared at the disposal of the “Country”. According to our sources, the video, made in the early morning of September 12 last year, was carefully concealed by the leadership of the Department of Internal Affairs. As can be seen on the record, the stopped driver refused to present his documents and entered into an argument with representatives of the patrol police, explaining the disobedience to the fact that this was General Glukhover’s car. The patrol officers, in turn, explained to the driver that there had been a traffic violation. At the same time, the man did not have an operational coupon with him, which allows him to freely violate the rules of the road when conducting operational search activities. At the moment, while the trial is underway, an armed unit of the Kord Ministry of the Interior unexpectedly arrives and arrests the patrol officers.

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Service held at Kyiv’s St Sophia Cathedral to mark 1,031 years of Christianization of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

A religious service was held at Kyiv’s Saint Sophia Cathedral to mark 1,031 years of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine. The event was attended by Ecumenical Patriarchate representative, His Eminence Metropolitan Emanuel of Gaul.

Christianization of Kyiv Rus’ Day: first sacred procession of Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Kyiv

The religious procession of Orthodox Church of Ukraine dedicated to the Chrisitanization of Kyiv Rus’ Day has started in Kyiv. The procession is headed by the Primate of the Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphany. It starts from Sofia Square and is heading to Volodymyrska Hill. In the ,orning on July 28 Metropolitan Epiphany held a sacred service on the occasion of 1031st anniversary of Christianization of Kyiv Rus’. As we reported earlier, the prayer service and religious procession of Orthodox Church of Ukraine were held on July 27. The traffic will be limited today in the centre of Kyiv due to the holiday. 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. In 2018, the traffic was restricted on the holiday in the capital, and the country’s authorities, including the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, participated in the event.

Ukrainian Holy Procession 2019. Sofia – YouTube

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Some 15,000 people take part in Kyivan Rus Christianization celebration, no incidents reported – news ukraine | UNIAN

Some 15,000 people have taken part in religious events to mark 1,031 years of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine in the city of Kyiv on July 28; no incidents have been reported, the police said. The events in the center of Kyiv took place without violation of public order.

Up to 15 thousand believers took part in the procession of the Orthodox Church in Kiev, – the Ministry of Interior

28.07.19 13:51 – On July 28, mass religious events were held in Kiev on the occasion of the 1031th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus in which about 15 thousand believers took part. This is reported by Censor. NO with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. First Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Yarovoy noted: ‘About 15 thousand believers took part in religious events on the occasion of the 1031th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus. Up to 2 thousand law enforcement officers provided the rule of law. Events in the center of the capital were held without disturbing public order.’ To ensure order during the procession, all units of the Kiev police were involved: experts of the explosives service, dog handlers with dogs, special forces, as well as officers of preventive communication. On July 27 and 28, no violations of public order or provocations were recorded at events related to the celebration of the baptism of Russia.

Epiphanius congratulated the Ukrainians on the 1031st anniversary of the baptism of Russia: ‘We are fighting against evil in ourselves and the surrounding world’ | Цензор.НЕТ

28.07.19 11:27 – The head of the OCU (PTsU) Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphanius congratulated Ukrainians on the Day of Remembrance of Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir and the 1031st anniversary of the baptism of Russia. According to Censor. There is no congratulation posted on the official page of Metropolitan Epiphanius on Facebook on Sunday morning. ‘Today, we, like many generations before us, enjoy the fruits of the deeds of St. Vladimir, perhaps without properly thinking about what role this saint played in the life of our people, which means each of us,’ the message reads. According to the metropolitan, Prince Vladimir deliberately became a Christian, a model of moral life and virtues. ‘Prince Vladimir left a great power to his descendants, a good relationship with which was considered a blessing to receive all neighboring countries. He proved that a person’s will to know the truth and the desire to embody it in his life is stronger than the circumstances of time and place. Although, unfortunately, more than once we justify the fact that we do not properly fight evil in ourselves and in the surrounding world. The example of the saint proves that you can defeat your sinful passions and just negative life habits and direct others to good, ”Epiphanius noted. The head of the PCU stressed that in order to choose the right path to the future, you need to know your past well. ‘Those who sincerely seek to know the truth and bring it to life can do it! Whoever sincerely desires to reject sinful life and attain holiness will not be stopped on this path by any circumstances. We are working today for the development of the church and Ukraine, fighting evil in ourselves and the world the world, knowing that no good deed is in vain, and everything that we ourselves lack will be strengthened and complemented by His grace. On the holiday! ‘, Epiphanius concluded.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew congratulated Ukrainians and OCU on the anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus | Цензор.НЕТ

28.07.19 12:32 – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conveyed to the Ukrainians greetings for the 1031th anniversary of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine. The message of the Patriarch Bartholomew to the Ukrainian people was read out by the head of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, Metropolitan of Gallia, Emmanuel, who attended the liturgy for the Day of the Baptism of Russia, Censor reports. NOT referring to Ukrinform. ‘From the Church of Constantinople, which bore and revived the whole Ukrainian people and its quintessence – the church consciousness, being a few meters away from the place where holy Princess Olga was baptized, with extraordinary honor and joy we send patriarchal blessings and our wishes to all the people of God and greet the saints with the kiss of the Most Blessed Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphanius, the tender pastor of the Church of Ukraine and all the holy hierarchs gathered here without exception, ‘read the greeting of Patriarch Bartholomew the Metropolitan IT Gallic. The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphanius, in turn, thanked Patriarch Bartholomew and the delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople for the words of welcome and blessings.

The Greek (Hellasian) Church de facto recognizes the autocephalous OCU, – Epiphanius

Representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church took part in the Divine Liturgy in the 1031th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, which suggests that the Greek Church practically recognized the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This was stated by the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphanius, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Ukrinform. ‘We are working to recognize other Orthodox churches in our autocephalous HCF. And today representatives of the Orthodox Orthodox Church as well as our bishop took part in the liturgy. In fact, the Greek Orthodox Church practically recognizes the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, ‘said Epiphanius. Read on ‘Tsenzor.NET’: Bartholomew: Greek (Hellas Church) will recognize PCU in the near future He noted that at the last meeting of the Holy Synod, it was decided to open a vicariate for Romanians who want the liturgical Romanian language to sound in their parishes and communities. ‘Therefore, we are doing a lot to gradually, church after church, recognize our autocephalous status. Probably everyone expected it to be right away, but we see that this process is a long one. But today we are talking about the fact that for 30 years we went to receive the patriarchal and synodal Tomos on the recognition of our autocephaly ‘, – said the Metropolitan of the CPU.

There is no schism in the OCU, there is only the dissenting opinion of Filaret, – Epiphanius

28.07.19 15:24 – The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, Epiphanius, commented on the attempts of Patriarch Philaret to restore the UOC-KP. Reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to Ukrinform. “In general, we must state that there is no split in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. There is only a special opinion and the will of one person, one hierarch – honorary Patriarch Philaret, who remains now the acting bishop of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” Epiphanius stressed during a conversation with journalists after prayer in honor of the 1031 anniversary of the baptism of Russia. The head of the OCU noted that the Ukrainian people support the already recognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine. “Therefore, the will of one person will not dictate the conditions of the whole church, how to further develop its future. Therefore, we see support for the process that is taking place, and we believe that in the future more and more Orthodox Ukrainians will participate in our recognized Orthodox Church Ukrainy ‘, – said the metropolitan.

Володимир Зеленський on Twitter: “Congratulations on the Day of Baptism of Kievan Rus-Ukraine! This historic event was a powerful impetus for the unification of the ancient state, its strengthening and development. I urge church leaders to engage in dialogue so that faith unites rather than divides Ukrainians. In unity, our strength and our future!” / Twitter

Klimkin: Russia will do everything possible to achieve revanche on the religious front | Цензор.НЕТ

28.07.19 14:43 -The baptism of Russia is the turning point in the history of Ukraine, when the Ukrainian people joined the space of European values. According to Tsenzor. ‘For decades, the significance of the baptism of Russia-Ukraine, the anniversary of which we celebrate today, was hushed up and diminished, but even after the lifting of the ban on its celebration, this event, unfortunately, did not take its place in our national consciousness (another one of the numerous traumas of historical memory) I would like that we all finally understood that baptism is in fact the turning point in our history when Ukraine joined the space of European values. Without exaggeration, this is the starting point of our Europeanness. For the first time, we made our European choice back then, ‘said Klimkin. He stressed that since then Christianity has determined our historical path, moral values and culture, civilizational affiliation. ‘The current 1031 anniversary seems to be not round, but this unit is extremely important. Indeed, during this last year, there have been truly momentous changes in our religious and national life, which are not without reason even compared with independence in 1991. Getting Tomos about autocephaly and creating a local Orthodox Ukrainian churches have become a landmark victory that restored historical justice, ‘Klimkin said. The minister stressed that this victory is especially important for us because it opened the way to overcoming the painful split in Ukrainian Orthodoxy, to reconciliation and unity, to freeing millions of believers from doubt and spiritual torment. According to Klimkin, we need to understand that we are only at the very beginning of a great and painstaking work on the development of our own Church and the peaceful unification of all Orthodox Ukrainians under its omofor. “We must also remember that Russia, striving to destroy Ukraine as an independent state, will do everything possible to achieve revenge on the religious front. Therefore, religious provocations have not become less, manipulations become more aggressive and sophisticated in the choice of means and targets ‘- said the Minister. Klimkin stressed that the spiritual sphere is not a space for compromise and noted that one cannot be indifferent to the spiritual orbit of which Ukrainians move. “With the bright holiday of the Baptism of all. This is important. We started with this as Ukraine,” Klimkin said in a greeting.

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On Saturday, July 27, a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was held, chaired by Metropolitan Epifaniy. Honorary Patriarch Filaret, who has been challenging the dissolution of the Kyiv Patriarchate, did not attend.