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INF expiry. Senate FRC pushes Nordstream 2 sanctions bill forward – much to the chagrin of Russia’s little helpers in the US media. Analyses on Muscovy’s alliance-of-convenience with Beijing. More on OneWeb, Mayak radiation leak and the Su-57.

Much again on the Moscow protests and the campaign to harass, detain and torment the protesters. The symbolism of 17 year old Olga Misik challenging a wall of OMON riot police speaks for itself – this is where reality transcends contrived propaganda every time.

Nine reports on Turkey – including apologists and Erdogan appeasers. Unchecked Erdogan will do what he can to destroy Turkey’s relationship with the West. Bulgarian and Slovakian procurement of F-16C B70 appear to be proceeding, removing some of the last remaining Soviet era FULCRUMs operated by NATO nations. An excellent essay by Grashkin at the Foreign Policy Research Institute on Russia’s neo-imperialism.

Ukraine IR reports: US Democratic candidates on Ukraine, notable observations by LtGen Bogdan on the need for deterrent strike capability against Muscovy, former Pres Poroshenko on the failure of defensive IO in Ukraine, and more dubious Western media commentary on Ukraine. Black Sea / Crimea update – notable comments by Canadian commander on SEA BREEZE 2019 provocations.

Donbas update – ceasefire unravelling by the day. Interesting report on NGU using Chernobyl zone for urban combat training. Industry update – more on 90K6E (Ukraine’s GM400 lookalike), and ADA programs.

Politics update including six Western commentaries on the new parliament and infighting in Kyiv politics.

OCU update.


The INF Treaty Expires Tomorrow. Trump & Putin Should Save It – Defense One

Stability will ebb and danger rise if the U.S. and Russia allow the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to lapse on Aug. 2.

Senate panel backs Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions bill – Reuters

A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday to slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow’s economic grip on Europe.

Senate Panel Advances U.S. Sanctions for Nord Stream 2 Pipeline – Bloomberg

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday that would impose sanctions on undersea construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for shipping gas from Russia to Germany.

Eugene Rumer | The U.S. Might Sanction a Russian Pipeline to Germany. That’s a Terrible Idea. – POLITICO Magazine

The new pipeline is not as scary as some U.S. lawmakers seem to think.

Why Russia and China Are Joining Forces – WSJ

The past few years have witnessed a marked increase in American power.

Is Russia Worried About China’s Military Rise? | The National Interest

Strained relations between Moscow and Washington are making Russians more accepting of Chinese military power.

Russia denies OneWeb’s satellite internet request – BBC News

OneWeb, which is based in the UK, was seeking to use a certain band of radio frequencies in Russia.

Mysterious radiation leak traced to Russian facility – Big Think

The nuclear leak occurred in 2017 and was recorded by scientists in multiple European countries. No nation or organization has ever claimed responsibility for the leak, which, while massive, is not believed to have harmed anyone. The new study used more than 1,300 measurements to trace the likely source of the leak to Russia’s Mayak nuclear facility.

Su-57 Stealth Fighter Enters Production | Sukhoi 57 Stealth Fighter

Moscow’s first fifth-generation fighter is mysteriously cheaper but might be too little, too late.

Russia Launches Mass Production of Sukhoi Su-57 Fighter Jets – News18

The fifth-generation stealth Su-57, formerly known as T-50, is a single-seat twin-engine jet featuring super manoeuvrability and supersonic flight capability.

Naval Su-57 Stealth Jet Likely for New Russian Aircraft Carrier

Defense, aerospace, news, exhibitions, C4ISR, aircraft, procurement, pentagon, contracts, companies, categories, events, interviews.

Olga Misik: Teenage girl reads constitution in front of Putin’s riot police during Moscow protests | The Independent

She is a lone teenage girl sat cross-legged and armed with nothing more than the Russian constitution. They are a line of Moscow’s notoriously brutal riot police, equipped with shields, batons and helmets.

Protesters’ Homes Searched After Moscow City Council Rally

Police in Moscow have searched the home of Aleksei Minyailo, who trains signature collectors for the headquarters of opposition leader Lyubov Sobol, reports independent watchdog OVD-Info.

Moscow opposition activist is re-arrested as he exits jail — Meduza

Police officers arrested Oleg Stepanov, the coordinator of Alexey Navalny’s Moscow headquarters, as he exited the city’s No. 2 Detention Center, where he’d just finished serving an eight-day jail sentence. According to MBKh Media, Stepanov now faces new misdemeanor charges for violating Russia’s laws on public assemblies.

Navalny Associate Detained Immediately After Serving Jail Term

A coordinator for Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s team was immediately detained by police as he left a Moscow jail after servicing an eight-day jail term.

‘I’d be willing to work against this government with Satan himself’ We talked to a suburban Russian policeman who spied for the CIA, fought in eastern Ukraine, and got sentenced to 13 years for treason — Meduza

In 2015, former police officer Yevgeny Chistov was sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason. While Chistov was working in law enforcement in the Moscow suburbs, he passed confidential information about Russia’s police force as well as a number of other government agencies to the CIA. Meduza special correspondent Pavel Merzlikin made contact with Chistov, who is serving his sentence in a prison colony. Told in a combination of traditional reporting and directly transcribed dialogues, this is his story.

Has a Color Revolution Come to Russia? Probably Not. | The National Interest

What do the latest protests in Moscow mean for Russia?

Searching in vain for the ‘soul’ of modern Russia | The Spectator

Searching in vain for the ‘soul’ of modern Russia on The Spectator | It would be hard to have better travel-writer credentials than Sara Wheeler. Here the…

Two Suspected IS Supporters Arrested In Russia’s Tatarstan

A court in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has arrested two men suspected of supporting the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and planning a terrorist attack.

 

Trump Can’t Stop Putin From Poaching U.S. Allies – Foreign Policy

The United States failed to stop Russia’s S-400 sale to Turkey despite having the tools to do so. Don’t be surprised if the Kremlin continues to use arms sales to extend its influence.

Turkey to have complete control over S-400 defense system, official says – Daily Sabah

The command of the Russian S-400 defense systems will entirely be in the hands of Turkey and nothing will be done against the country’s authority, the head…

Turkey Stockpiled F-16 Parts Ahead of Getting the Russian S-400 Anti-Air System | The National Interest

What happens now?

Turkish Official Says US Cannot Legally Exclude Turkey From F-35 Programme Amid S-400 Row – Sputnik International

The US has repeatedly warned Ankara against purchasing the Russian air defence system, which Washington claims is incompatible with NATO systems and may attempt to exploit the capabilities of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet.

Putin news: Turkey close to Russia’s grasp amid Trump fury after Venezuela ruling | World | News | Express.co.uk

VLADIMIR PUTIN appears to be growing ever closer to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan – much to the dismay of the Trump administration.

Ankara and Washington must work to salvage strategic relationship – analysis | Ahval

Ankara and Washington must begin to work on their essential strategic relationship, which can still be salvaged despite the current deterioration over Turkey’s purchase of Russian defence systems, wrote retired U.S. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges in an article he penned for the non-profit Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Ankara’s procurement of the S-400 air defence missiles from Russia has strained its ties with Washington, which maintains the systems are not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its F-35 fighter jets. Washington has removed Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet programme over the purchase and warned of possible U.S. sanctions to follow. If relations continue to deteriorate, Hodges wrote, Ankara could buy additional Russian systems or even close U.S. access to İncirlik Air Base located in southern Turkey. However, this does not mean that this essential strategic relationship is permanently ruptured, he said.

The West is underestimating Turkey’s united front over national defence

The EU and US are misinterpreting Turkey’s actions as a whim of President Erdogan, but buying the S-400 missile defence system and drilling for oil in the eastern Mediterranean are supported across the political spectrum.

The Future of Turkey-Russia Relations Post Shipments S-400 Missile System

Washington says the entry of the S-400 system into the NATO defense net can reveal the weaknesses of the parties to the treaty

Should Turkey be kicked out of NATO? – Opinion – Jerusalem Post

The case of Turkey’s possible departure from NATO necessitates the examination of three burning questions.

Bulgaria Gives Final Green Light To Biggest Military Acquisition Since Fall Of Communism

Bulgaria is purchasing eight U.S.-made F-16 multirole fighter jets, munitions and related equipment, the State Department said in a statement on July 30.

RFE/RL: Bulgaria gives final green light to biggest military acquisition since fall of communism – news world | UNIAN

Bulgaria has given the final green light to a $1.67 billion package deal to purchase eight F-16 fighter multirole jets from the United States – the country’s biggest military procurement since the fall of communism in the early 1990s. The eight F-16 jets are expected to be delivered to Bulgaria in 2023 and 2024 to replace the Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Soviet-built MiG-29s.

Lockheed Martin awarded $800M for Slovak Republic F-16 jets – Defence Blog

The U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force, said the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday. Lockheed has won a contract valued at as much as $799,9 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets (12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models) for Slovak Air Force. “Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2024,” said in DoD. The first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022. In December 2018, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said his country will pay over 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) for the aircraft. The deal also includes ammunition, the training of pilots and other personnel and logistics services. The F-16 Block 70/72 is a is the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration, combining numerous capability and structural upgrades developed by Lockheed Martin. According to the company, the Block 70/72 builds on its thousands of predecessors and proven combat experience, while also bringing new technology to the forefront. The F-16 Block 70/72 provides advanced combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16 Block 70/72 configuration is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. Operational capabilities are enhanced through a Link-16 Theater Data Link, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, advanced weapons, precision GPS navigation, and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS).

UAWire – Russia and Belarus to strengthen control over import of products from EU

Russia and Belarus will strengthen control on the common border of the Eurasian Economic Union with the EU countries due to the outbreak of African swine fever in Eastern Europe, reads the message of the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision). Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, will provide additional control measures. Special attention will be given to the products that are transported in hand luggage. “The measures are taken as a result of widespread African swine fever in the member states of the European Union, in particular in Poland and the Baltic States,” the Rosselkhoznadzor explained. As Rosselkhoznadzor’s Kaliningrad office noted, now cases of African swine fever were recorded in ten EU countries. Slovakia was the last country to report the outbreak. Also, the virus was previously recorded in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Belgium. The Ukrainian government also reported several cases of African swine fever. In Poland, eight new outbreaks were reported on farms, including a farm with more than 3,300 pigs.

Andrey Grashkin | Russian Neo-Imperialism in Ukraine and Greece – Foreign Policy Research Institute

The modern imperialist motives of the Russian Federation are often integrated into the notion that Russia is a revisionist power that behaves in line with its traditional national security interests. However, this argument oversimplifies the Kremlin’s foreign policy strategy as a status quo power, which attempts to manipulate nations with historical, religious, and cultural similarities to those of Russia through the use of hard power and soft power. The examples of Ukraine and Greece demonstrate how Russia has attempted to use this strategy in different situations. In the case of Ukraine, Moscow has pursued an invasive hybrid strategy of soft power and hard power elements through the energy diplomacy of the 2000s, annexation of Crimea in 2014, and support of military separatist groups in Donetsk and Luhansk. On the contrary, the Hellenic Republic has experienced the personalized touch of the Kremlin’s hand solely through a soft power approach—based on the geopolitics of faith and pipeline diplomacy, with the goal of gaining an ally within European institutions and provoking divisions therein.

 

The Democratic Candidates on Russian Aggression Against Ukraine | Council on Foreign Relations

What, if any, steps would you take to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine? CFR invited the Democratic candidates to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues before the second set of presidential debates. The questionnaire was sent to all candidates on July 8. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly as they were received. View all questions here.

Evolution of Zelensky’s stance on occupied territories – news politics | UNIAN

During the election campaign, Volodymyr Zelensky and his team had no concept of actions toward the occupied Donbas and Crimea. At that time, Zelensky very technologically evaded any issues related both to geopolitics and the country’s life in general.

Rudy Giuliani about Kyiv mayor Klitschko: bright light shining in relative darkness

Vitaly Klitschko has met with Rudolph Giuliani

Ukraine needs missiles to strike at Moscow – general | Observer [LtGen Bogdan]

Ukraine should start producing medium-range missiles that will be able to hit targets in Russia , including Moscow and St. Petersburg . “These missiles should not necessarily be nuclear-powered. But this should be the prospect,” said foreign intelligence veteran, Lieutenant-General Vasily Bogdan , told OBOZREVATEL . According to him, given the fact that Russia actually withdrew from the treaty on medium-range and shorter-range missiles, then the United States left the treaty, “Ukraine has its hands free to design and produce medium-range missiles that could reach the strategic points of the aggressor country , that is, the Russian Federation, so that these missiles could reach both Moscow and St. Petersburg. ” Ukraine should start producing medium-range missiles that will be able to hit targets in Russia , including Moscow and St. Petersburg . “These missiles should not necessarily be nuclear-powered. But this should be the prospect,” said foreign intelligence veteran, Lieutenant-General Vasily Bogdan , told OBOZREVATEL . According to him, given the fact that Russia actually withdrew from the treaty on medium-range and shorter-range missiles, then the United States left the treaty, “Ukraine has its hands free to design and produce medium-range missiles that could reach the strategic points of the aggressor country , that is, the Russian Federation, so that these missiles could reach both Moscow and St. Petersburg. ” “In my opinion, the highest military-political leadership of the state should work intensively on this,” the general is convinced. In this context, he noted that in the implementation of this task, Ukraine could count on the help of “our allies and partners in the pro-Ukrainian coalition,” who could “take the path of active military-technical cooperation” with Ukraine, in particular, sell “appropriate weapons , military equipment, etc. ” At the same time, the general stressed: Ukraine needs such weapons exclusively as a tool for deterring the aggressor country. As OBOZREVATEL wrote, earlier Vasily Bogdan declared : the fact of publication in the Hungarian newspaper of a map on which part of the territory of Ukraine is painted in the national colors of Hungary is another proof that the current government of the country pursues a policy agreed with the Kremlin .

UAWire – Ukrainian General: Kyiv needs missiles that can strike Moscow

Ukrainian Lieutenant-General, a veteran of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Vasyl Bogdan in an interview with the newspaper Obozrevatel said that Ukraine must develop and adopt missiles that can hit targets in Russia. According to him, these missiles do not have to be equipped with nuclear weapons, but Kyiv should have a plan of creating such missiles. “Ukraine is free to design and produce medium-range missiles that could reach the strategic points of the aggressor country – Russia. So, these missiles could reach both Moscow and St. Petersburg,” he said. Bogdan says that the reason for the creation of such weapons is the upcoming termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The Lieutenant General is sure that “allies and partners in the Pro-Ukrainian coalition” can help Kyiv. Since 1996, Ukraine has been among the countries that share the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Ukraine has stopped producing nuclear weapons after the collapse of the USSR. In April, the former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine had developed a cruise missile with a range of more than 1 thousand km. According to him, its combat load is 150 kg.

Poroshenko reflects on mistakes made during cadence – news politics | UNIAN

Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko described the lack of effective protection of Ukraine from Russian propaganda and fake news the weak point of his presidential policies. The fifth president of Ukraine reflected on mistakes made during his cadence, speaking with Ukrayinska Pravda. “If you really need Poroshenko to find something and say in the interview that I’m to be blamed, Sevgil [Musayeva, the interviewer], then I do bear the blame. For my public communication policy. This was our weak spot: we failed to protect ourselves against Russian information aggression. It was a weak point: we failed to protect ourselves and you failed to protect yourself from fake news,” the ex-president said.

Poroshenko: “We failed to protect ourselves against Russian information aggression.” – To Inform is to Influence

Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko took blame for his lack of a defense against Russian information aggression. In an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda, Poroshenko admitted the lack of capability to protect against Russian propaganda, fake news, disinformation, and other malign information. Ukraine President Ze has stated he wants to counter Russian propaganda. Russia’s President Putin is increasingly vulnerable if Ukraine ramps up their counter-Russian-propaganda efforts. This is Putin’s nightmare. Ukraine, indeed, created the position of Minister of Information. Their focus was on cyber, however, not information. Ukraine was effectively crushed under an avalanche of propaganda, fake news, disinformation, and other malign information from 2014 until 2016, and still suffers today. Today there is a Ukraine Media Crisis center, augmented by the EU vs. Disinformation center, and numerous private efforts, such as InformNapalm. There is, however, no integrated information strategy. I submitted a draft information strategy to members of Ukraine’s Rada in late 2015, as well as to the Ministry of Information. I am willing to assist again. </end editorial>

Doug Bandow | Time for Ukraine—and America—to Make a Deal With Russia | The American Conservative [Pro-Russian]

In any case, Washington should move ahead and make a deal that best serves America’s interests. That will require minimizing U.S. military commitments to Ukraine, which might be a worthy friend but should not remain a defense dependent. It will also mean not treating Russia like an enemy.

Kenneth Rapoza | There’s No Real Reason To Sanction Russia Anymore

The Special Counsel report is behind us. Russia has largely been “exonerated.”

 

Russian forces tested NATO’s ‘resolve’ during recent Black Sea exercises, says Canadian commander | CBC News

NATO warships faced a stiffer test of mettle by Russian forces than in the past during two recent exercises in the Black Sea, the Canadian commander of the alliance’s task force in the region told CBC News today.

Occupation authorities conduct 73 raids, 67 arrests in Crimea since year-start – rights group – news politics | UNIAN

Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, head of the board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariiev has said that since year-start, Russian security forces have conducted 73 raids, 69 detentions, and 67 arrests in the occupied Crimea. A human right to a fair trial was violated 381 times, including 261 times in relation to the Crimean Tatar population, in 2019.

Ukrainian sailors could be released in near future – lawyer

The release of Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian security forces in the Kerch Strait last November is a prospect for the near future, their lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, has said. — Ukrinform.

Russia may release Ukrainian sailors soon, lawyer predicts – news politics | UNIAN

The release of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia’s FSB may happen in a short-term outlook. The lawyer says continuing keeping the sailors in detention will not be in the Russian authorities’ interests.

How will Kremlin respond to Ukraine seizing Russian tanker – news politics | UNIAN

On Thursday, July 25, the Security Service of Ukraine together with the Military Prosecutor’s Office seized Russia’s NEYMA tanker, which in November 2018 blocked Ukrainian naval boats from passing through the Kerch Strait.

Ukraine’s Naftogaz Seeks $5.2 Billion In Damages From Russia Over Seized Crimea Assets

Naftogaz Group, Ukraine’s state-run oil and gas conglomerate, on July 31 filed a lawsuit for a $5.2 billion damage claim over assets that Russia seized during its annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

Russia disagrees with compensation for seizure of Naftogaz assets

Russia appealed against decision which obliges the country to compensate $5,2 billion for seizing assets in Crimea

 

Russian-led forces violate ceasefire in Donbas 13 times

On Wednesday, July 31, the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated the ban on usage of any weapons 11 times in the Joint Forces Operation area in eastern Ukraine. Today, the invaders have violated ceasefire twice. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine reports 11 enemy attacks in Donbas warzone on July 31 – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on July 31 mounted 11 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. There were no Ukraine army casualties over the period under review.

3,000 people left without water due to Donbas militants’ shelling in Luhansk region

As a result of militants’ shelling, water supply was damaged in the Luhansk region

OSCE envoy Sajdik says ‘harvest’ ceasefire in Donbas yields significant results – news war | UNIAN

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik says that the so-called “harvest” ceasefire in Donbas, which began on July 21, has yielded significant results. The number of ceasefire violations dropped significantly.

OSCE records 34 explosions in Donbas over past day

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded eight explosions in Donetsk region and 26 ones in Luhansk region over the past day. — Ukrinform.

OSCE RECORDED THE MILITARY HELICOPTER OF THE RUSSIA ABOVE THE DONETSK ACCESS POINT

On July 29, OSCE observers recorded the flight of a Russian military Mi-8 helicopter over the Donetsk border crossing at the border with Ukraine. According to Ukrinform , this was reported in the report of the Observation Mission at Russian checkpoints (PE) “Gukovo” and “Donetsk” in the Rostov region at the border with Ukraine. “On July 29, at 12:50, an observer team at the Donetsk border checkpoint noticed a Mi-8 military helicopter flying over the Donetsk checkpoint in the Russian Federation airspace. The helicopter flew from the north and continued its flight south, ”the report said. According to him, during the week 12,844 border crossings were recorded at these two border crossing points at the Russian-Ukrainian border, at which Russia allowed international observers to stay (at present, the mission is 21 people). In particular, 945 trucks, including 65 fuel trucks, crossed the border at these points. In addition, during the week, 31 trains were heard crossing the railway track near the checkpoint: 19 in the Russian Federation and 12 in Ukraine.

Large arms cache found in Luhansk Region – LB.ua news portal

Large arms cache found in Luhansk Region. Law enforcers suspect weapons were to be used for terrorism. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Demining near bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska begins on August 1 – Sajdik

The mine clearance operation near a bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska will begin on August 1, which is a prerequisite for the repair works. — Ukrinform.

Red Cross sends over 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid to occupied Donbas

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sent nine trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, according to the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Russian-backed forces block OSCE SMM’s access to occupied part of Donbas, Ukraine envoy says – news war | UNIAN

Members of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement during the latest round of Minsk talks noted that Russian-controlled forces were hindering access of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers to the occupied part of Donbas. Since the proclamation of the latest armistice from midnight on July 21, no casualties were reported among civilians.

UAWire – Arrested DPR anti-air commander denies involvement in MH17 air disaster

Vladimir Tsemakh, a former anti-air commander in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), denies any involvement in the downing of the Malaysia …

LITPOLUKRBRIG partakes in the Agile Spirit 2019 exercises

The Multinational Exercise Agile Spirit – 2019 was initiated on 27 July 2019, in Georgia.

Ukraine troops hold target practice in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 01.08.2019

In the course of filming in Pripyat, DW reporters learned that the Ukrainian national guard holds target practice in the radioactively contaminated city. Why there, and how dangerous is it?

Far-Right Extremists Have Been Using Ukraine’s Civil War as a Training Ground. They’re Returning Home. – VICE News

“I believe Europe is in great danger”

Zelenskyy wants Cherkasy airport back in operation – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy wants Cherkasy airport back in operation. During a visit to the region he visited the reconstruction area. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

More air defense missiles will protect our skies

The Air Force raised personnel training, increased the number of ready-to-complete units, and formed and continues to form new anti-aircraft missile units. A new phase of air defense expansion is currently underway, involving the involvement of the Land Forces, the Navy, the Assault and Forces, as well as the bases, arsenals, and depots where weapons are stored, which will perform the state’s air defense missions as a whole. This was announced by the commander of the Air Force, Colonel-General Sergei Drozdov during the summing up of the work for the first half of the year. In order to expand the radar field, radio troops form two new battalions and two separate companies. It is also planned to receive four more radar kits this year, which will provide threatening directions with the latest surveillance tools. Anti-aircraft missile troops continue to return to combat storage of complexes in storage. Last year there were firings of the modernized S-125 SAM and one division was formed. A second division, which has an S-300V1 anti-aircraft missile system, is also being formed, which also successfully fired last year. In addition, the combat capability of the S-300PT, S-300PS anti-aircraft missile systems, and Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile divisions that are in service is being restored and maintained. With regard to the aviation component, the modernization of aviation equipment, in particular the MiG-29, Su-27, continues to consider the Su-25 and Su-24, continues the development of the aviation personnel training system – Ukraine is one of the countries with a complete training cycle for pilots with graduation flight training on a combat aircraft. Also, the Air Force is expecting to be armed with new transport aircraft – the An-178, the An-77, as well as long-range radar. And further, there are plans for space surveillance complexes to have full control of their territory at all heights.

There will also be no simulators for the S-300 SAM – cost cutting

Due to cost reductions following the refusal to buy multimedia simulators for Buk-M1 SAM, the Air Force also abandoned simulators for the S-300P SAM operators. The 38th Combined Air Force Training Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has abandoned the purchase of five multimedia complexes to train operators of the S-300P anti-aircraft missile system due to the reduction of expenses for the purchase of goods, works and services. The relevant minutes of the tender commission meeting of the military unit A0704 were made public on July 30. The tender procedure started on July 6, with an estimated cost of UAH 2.56 million. We will remind that earlier for the same reason the other military unit refused to purchase multimedia simulators of services of the division of SAM «Buk-M1» with a total cost about 8 million UAH.

Production of the first batch of Bars-8 armored vehicles has begun

Recently adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, after two years of testing, the Bars-8 armored car has gone into series – the first batch is already being assembled at the Cherkasy plant. As Ukrainian Military Pages has learned, the first order consists of six armored vehicles that will collect at the Bogdan Motors Cherkasy Automobile Plant for three months – two cars a month, at the same time as the production of other motor vehicles ordered by the Ministry of Defense. Recall that Bars-8 became the second armored car in Ukraine after the armored car Kozak-2 from NGO “Practice”, which passed the program of state tests. The Leopard-8 is based on the Dodge Ram chassis, equipped with a 6.7 liter 385 hp Cummins diesel engine.

Upgraded Tanks for Ukrainian Soldiers (VIDEO)

New paint has just dried and the heavy machinery is ready for combat. Now it’s being tested by the crews that will take the machine to the front line in the east of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs terminated the contract with the head of the plant “Fort”

Ministry of Internal Affairs dismissed the head of KNTO “Fort”, which is engaged in the manufacture of weapons, ammunition and special equipment for the National Police and military formations of Ukraine The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs informs about it According to official information, Victor Pisarenko was fired and terminated his contract early because of his “ineffective management decisions”. The decision to dismiss was made after the inspection of the company. “Inspection of the activity of the State-owned Scientific and Technical Association“ Fort ”of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has established the adoption by the head of the enterprise of inefficient management decisions. In connection with non-fulfillment of the conditions of the concluded contract the head of KNTO “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Viktor Pisarenko was dismissed from his position and terminated the contract concluded with him early, “- said in an official message of the Ministry of Internal Affairs The press service did not provide any information related to the release of the head of the company with the recent detention in Iraq of a large batch of smuggling pistols manufactured by KNTO “Fort” , which according to the customs declaration were designed as “bicycles”. The state-owned scientific and technical association “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine is an enterprise of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine, which is engaged in the development and production of small arms, ammunition and special means. To date, a licensed release of several types of small arms has been established at its production facilities. Not so long ago, the company launched a full cycle of production of cartridges for pistols 9×18 mm and 9×19 mm. The CTO “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine was founded in 1991 for the development and implementation of personal protective equipment for the employees of law-enforcement bodies on the basis of the special department of the Department of Internal Affairs of Vinnitsa region for the production of special equipment.

Putin’s friend sues Ukrainian media – LB.ua news portal

Putin’s friend sues Ukrainian media. The lawsuit marks his return to parliament. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Klitschko appeals to NABU over statements by Presidential Office head

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has appealed to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) over statements made by Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Bohdan. — Ukrinform.

Klitschko asks anti-graft watchdog to launch probe following President Office chief’s “bribe offer” claim – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has asked the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to verify the statement of Head of the President Office, Andriy Bohdan, about the alleged bribe the unnamed mediators allegedly offered him in the former world boxing star’s interests. The Kyiv Mayor said all details must be cleared out.

Treason probe launched over possible abuse by ex-NBU officials damaging defense capabilities – news economics | UNIAN

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) at the request of the Office of the President of Ukraine has opened a case over possible abuses by officials of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) that could undermine Ukraine’s defense capabilities. “The State Bureau of Investigation has registered a criminal case based on the consideration of a letter from the Office of the President of Ukraine on possible abuse of power by officials of the National Bank that could yield serious consequences and undermine national defense,” SBI Press Secretary Anzhelika Ivanova said. “The pretrial investigation will be carried out under Part 1 of Article 364 (abuse of authority or official position) and Part 1 of Article 111 (high treason in terms of undermining defense),” she added.

Portnov subject of case involving state treason enabling occupation of Crimea

Ex-deputy head of the Presidential Administration under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych Andriy Portnov is a subject of a criminal case, in which the SBU State Security Service for Crimea is checking his participation in preparing documents enabling the Russian occupation of Crimea.

Portnov says SBI probing theft at Ukroboronprom, siphoning of assets at Poroshenko’s instructions

The former deputy head of the Presidential Administration under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, Andriy Portnov, has said Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) has opened a criminal case to probe facts of embezzling funds from state-run Concern Ukroboronprom and siphoning them off into offshore accounts, and suspects in the case “could include dozens of ex-President Poroshenko’s allies.”

Poroshenko says he spent UAH 2 bln in his own funds on Ukrainian army

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he spent UAH 2 billion as his own funds on the Ukrainian Armed Forces. — Ukrinform.

US Treasury ex-adviser heads Privatbank’s supervisory board – LB.ua news portal

US Treasury ex-adviser heads Privatbank’s supervisory board. The supervisory board met for the first time in its new composition. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy opens boot camp for his 254 rookie lawmakers – Reuters

What’s your biggest weakness and could it get you into trouble?

Ukraine pundit who predicted Zelenskiy’s rise now forecasts his fall – Reuters

A once-obscure Ukrainian regional pundit who gained national attention for predicting the unlikely rise of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is now predicting the new leader’s popularity will swiftly evaporate.

John Bruton: Ukraine’s precarious quest to be democratic

Headline John Bruton: Ukraine’s precarious quest to be democratic

Timothy Ash: Ukraine’s best shot for transformational change | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

I spent a few days in Kyiv this week, and obviously all the discussion was about what the new administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky will look like both in terms of personnel and policies. Before moving on to a discussion of these, it’s perhaps useful to set the stage a bit, and herein I feel the urge to make the point that this year’s elections have the potential to be game changing for Ukraine. The operative word there is “potential” and whether this “potential” will be realized is the $50 billion question – see below as to how I got to this figure. But I think it is important to note that because of the elections and a number of other factors, Ukraine faces a situation where transformational change is really possible. And Zelensky herein has a unique opportunity to deliver really meaningful change to the electorate who voted for him. I really hope he – and his closes advisers (Andriy Bohdan, the head of the presidential administration, to be very specific) – realize this. Indeed, such an opportunity might not come around for a generation or more to come. Why do I think this? First, for the first time in Ukraine’s post-independence history, the newly elected president has a majority in the Rada, with his party, Servant of the People, having secured 250-odd seats in the 420-odd seat Rada (excluding seats not allocated from the Donbas).

Inside Ukraine’s museum of electoral trash | openDemocracy

Ukrainian voters are regularly offered free food, medicine, haircuts and concerts in exchange for their loyalty at the ballot box. A new exhibition shows the evolution of election campaigning in the country.

How journalists in Ukraine have turned Telegram into a preferred source of news » Nieman Journalism Lab

“If you post something on a Facebook, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will see your message. With Telegram, you can really reach the entire audience of the channel.”

Vanity Fair: doctoral dissertations on sale in Ukraine – New Eastern Europe – A bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs

Ukraine is frequently labeled as an emerging democracy that still struggles with high levels of political corruption. Politics aside, corruption in the country plagues many other sectors of social and economic life. State bureaucracy, courts, police, healthcare, and education are all effected by corruption. Ukrainian society and the media pay significant attention to academic corruption, focusing mostly on bribery in admissions and irregularities in standardised testing; they look less at fraud, embezzlement, cheating, plagiarism, and ethics misconduct. However, corruption in education is not limited to corruption in admissions and undergraduate studies. The conferral of doctoral degrees may also be affected by corruption. Unfortunately, the discussion of corruption in doctoral education in Ukraine thus far has been weak and limited to just a few public scandals that involved top politicians. Many believe that having a doctorate is considered almost essential for politicians and top-level state bureaucrats.

Culture Ministry confirms Kyiv patriarchate disbanded – LB.ua news portal

Culture Ministry confirms Kyiv patriarchate disbanded. The Kyiv patriarchate merged with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Patriarch Filaret complains to Zelensky, OSCE over liquidation of Kyiv Patriarchate – news ukraine | UNIAN

Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret, appealed to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe over the liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. Despite having voted for the autocephaly of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret now seeks reinstatement of Kyiv Patriarchate he led earlier.

Filaret sues Ministry of Culture because of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate de-registration

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) – Patriarch Filaret sues the Ministry of Culture because of the de-registration of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate. He stated this at a press conference, RBK-Ukraine reports. “We sued the Ministry of Culture, which illegally de-registered the Kyiv Patriarchate of the UOC. There was no hearing yet, but we filed a lawsuit. I want to emphasize that without the consent of the head of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture have no right to de-register it,” Filaret said.