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INF update – much being said by Muscovy but nothing of substance. Russia/NATO update – sanctions, floating Chernobyl, propaganda, capabilities and Russia’s little helpers in the EU.  Russia / Turkey / Syria developments.

Eighteen reports on the unrest in Muscovy – the regime is losing its credibility and every move it makes accelerates this process. Marx-Leninist doctrine has never been a good model for predicting population behaviour. Good points by Skobov and Yakovenko.

Update on Siberian depot fire.

Ukraine IR update, Crimea update. SECGEN NATO should get a better read speechwriter – Muscovy’s agendas where wholly domestic and the notion the West played a major role was a Muscovian myth.

Donbas update – four AFU KIA in Russian arty bombardment. More on command shuffle. Capability update – AFU evaluating the Brazilian Super Tucano for ISR patrol and light attack roles, with Gen Drozdov flying one in Brazil, these aircraft compare well against early WW2 fighters for performance. RFE/RL on defense industry reforms.

Politics update.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Addresses INF Treaty Collapse as US Exits Accord – Sputnik International

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov takes part in a briefing on the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with the US.

US fails to rectify INF violations, senior Russian diplomat says – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

Russia vowed to counter threats should the US deploy missiles to the Asia-Pacific Region

Russia Says It Would Respond to U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia – The Moscow Times

Russia would respond defensively to any threats, the Deputy Foreign Minister said.

Russia threatens retaliation if US deploys missile posts in Asia following withdrawal from Cold War treaty | The Independent

Russia said on Monday it would take measures to defend itself if the United States stationed missiles in Asia following the collapse of a landmark arms control treaty, and that it expected Japan to deploy a new US missile launch system. US defence secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia

Russia to take deployment of US missile systems to Japan into account — senior diplomat – Military & Defense – TASS

The diplomat implied the MK-41 launching systems that could be used for firing intermediate-range cruise missiles

Putin calls for talks after Trump pulls out of nuclear arms agreement | TheHill

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for arms talks with the U.S., saying Moscow would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if Washington does as well.

Putin urges arms talks with US after nuclear pact demise

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the United States does and called for urgent arms control talks to…

Putin urges new arms talks with US after nuclear pact collapses | The Times of Israel

Russian president warns of ‘dangerous consequences’ and ‘chaos’ that could ensue if powers don’t engage in ‘serious dialogue’

Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid ‘chaos’ –

Moscow and Washington tore up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty on August 2, triggering fears of a new arms race.

Putin warns Russia will be ‘forced’ to develop new missiles if the US does the same | Daily Mail Online

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Russia will develop new missiles if the US does first. Days after the US withdrew from a 1987 arms deal, Putin issued a warning to ‘avoid chaos.’

INF Treaty: Putin says new arms race possible – news world | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his statement on the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles said that a new arms race could start worldwide. The Russian leader instructed the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Intelligence Service to monitor in the most thorough manner future steps taken by the United States to develop, produce and deploy intermediate-range and medium-range missiles.

Putin to Trump: We’ll develop new nuclear missiles if you do

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing the same after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty. The U.S. formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty

U.S. pulls out of INF treaty with Russia, says it will start building new missiles | War Is Boring


Timothy A. Walton | America Could Lose a Real War Against Russia – The New York Times

With Putin and Trump having torn up a Cold War pact that lowered the risk of nuclear war, America should build more conventional missiles to catch up with Russia and China.

Chris Miller | The INF Treaty Is Dead, and Russia Is the Biggest Loser – Foreign Policy

In a future arms race between Beijing, Moscow, and Washington, the Kremlin will never be able to keep up.

Trump’s Reckless New Missile Race | The New Republic

His withdrawal from the INF Treaty will spur a rush to build new arsenals with no plan for how to use them.

The New Nuclear Arms Race: Russia and the United States Must Pursue Dialogue to Prevent War

Unless Russia and the United States resume some form of regular diplomacy and dialogue, any sudden crisis might escalate into nuclear war.

Moving on from INF: Let’s harness the potential of the Missile Technology Control Regime

The tenure of INF is at its end. But MTCR should be vibrant for many years to come – so long as it can evolve to meet changing technologies and circumstances.

With China, Russia in Mind, Pentagon Adding Stealthy Cruise Missiles – Defense One

Lockheed Martin is building a new factory to accommodate the military’s demand.


UAWire – Kremlin: US sanctions powerless to punish Russia

The new round of US sanctions aimed at banning American banks from participating in the initial placements of Russian government eurobonds demonstrates the “failure” of Washington’s attempts to pressurize Moscow, said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova. The sanctions that make it harder for the Russian government to acquire new dollar-denominated debt are “nothing particularly new”, said Zakharova in a comment published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. “For a long time already, the US authorities have restricted their banks from issuing loans and have obstructed Russia’s cooperation with international financial institutions for development, and they have also blocked the sale of many technologies and goods,” Zakharova noted. By her calculation, the new round of sanctions is the 72nd since the start of 2011. “In recent years, the initiators of sanction pressure on Russia have tried many things, but none of it has worked for them. The course to force Russia to change its foreign and internal policy and relinquish its own interests in favor of the US’s claims to world dominance has utterly failed,” Zakharova claims. “Every time, Washington is merely flaunting its impotence,” she added. Russia, Zakharova emphasizes, “is continuing to develop, strengthen its economy and defensive capabilities, and expand its influence in the international arena, despite the mentioned sanction blackmail”. A new round of sanctions that will come into force on 26 August was introduced as a response to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergey Skripal in Salisbury, England. The formal basis of the new sanctions is the chemical weapons prohibition law of 1991, which requires the US government to limit its financing of and cooperation with countries that have been caught using prohibited substances in wartime and against civilians. Alongside the ban on buying Russian foreign currency bonds at auctions, the sanctions package includes additional restrictions on the sale of dual purpose technologies and materials that could be used to produce chemical weapons. The US will also “prevent the issuance of loans or any financial or technological assistance” to Russia by international financial organizations such as the IMF or World Bank. The restrictions do not include ruble-denominated Federal Loan Bonds (OFZs) which, according to the Bank of Russia, foreign investors have invested $11.8 billion in since the start of the year, growing their portfolio to a record 2.56 trillion rubles (around $39 billion).

New Russia Sanctions: Justified, But Feeble and Awkward

Late on August 2, under pressure from the US Congress and nearly seven months later than the law allows, the Trump Administration imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its attempted assassination-by-nerve-gas of a former Russian intelligence officer on British soil in March 2018. The US State Department announced the sanctions, accompanied by an executive order to give the Department of the Treasury authority to implement two of the three sanctions and action by the Department of Commerce to implement the third. The sanctions included the following, all drawn from the menu of steps outlined in the Chemical and Biological Weapons (CBW) Act: US opposition to loans or other assistance to Russia from international financial institutions (IFIs), such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund (IMF); A prohibition on US banks (1) participating in the primary market for non-ruble denominated bonds issued by the Russian sovereign after August 26, 2019, and (2) lending non-ruble denominated funds to the Russian sovereign after August 26, 2019; and Additional licensing restrictions on the export to Russia of US goods and technology on the Commerce Department-controlled list. The State Department used waiver authorities in the CBW Act to weaken the sanctions from those outlined in the Act, particularly the prohibition on US bank loans to Russia, which will not apply to ruble transactions or to loans to state owned enterprises. On one hand, the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin deserves the hit. Russia has used violence before to go after its perceived enemies in and out of Russia. So, holding it to account is the right thing to do, particularly as the administration should abide by the law Congress passed in 1991 that mandated sanctions. It is also useful for the administration to have demonstrated that sanctions against Russia have not plateaued; that there will continue to be consequences for Putin’s aggression, whether against Ukraine, directly against the United States through interference in its elections, or in response to Russia’s use of violence against those it considers to be enemies. These latest sanctions will at least lower the level of speculation that the United States—perhaps due to some special understanding between US President Donald J. Trump and Putin—will give Kremlin aggression a pass. But, consistent with the pattern of uneven policy implementation generally and especially with respect to Russia, the US administration has undercut what might have been a solid move. The administration prepared these sanctions many months ago, but since at least January they have sat unsigned, and the administration appeared to act only under pressure from Congress. The Democratic Chairman and Republican Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote the administration a letter on July 29, pushing the administration finally to impose some sanctions, as required under the CBW Act. Thus, the warning to the Kremlin was to some extent vitiated by the hesitation and appearance of a making only a grudging move. To be fair to the administration, it acted swiftly after the attempted 2018 nerve-gas assassination attempt—in coordination with the United Kingdom and other European governments—to expel Russian intelligence officers from the United States and shutter the Russian consulate in San Francisco, steps it took in March 2018. But this shaky rollout—an executive order issued late on August 1, the sanctions announced late the next day, and the implementing tools from Treasury rolled out the day after that—and no effort to provide larger context, further diminished the potential strength of the move. The steps by themselves are not strong. Of the three reported measures, the United States voting against IFI assistance to Russia is insignificant, because there is little such activity and Washington would have voted against it anyway. Similarly, the prohibition on non-ruble denominated new loans will put barely a scratch on Russia’s financing needs. The measure won’t affect any of Russia’s outstanding $22.2 billion in foreign-currency bonds and $40.54 billion in ruble-denominated bonds, nor future ruble-denominated bonds or loans, nor financing to state-owned enterprises. The licensing restrictions for exports are narrow, limited to items for chemical and biological weapons proliferation. Additional restrictions on technology transfer to Russia and especially moves against Russian sovereign debt issuance are important tools and should be used to best advantage. But these sanctions steps were weakened and then pushed out the door on a Friday night in August, without explanation or context, in what appears to be nothing more than an effort to deflect inside-Washington political pressure. A better practice would have been for the administration to prepare additional technology transfer restrictions and the option of a real ban on US banks participating in purchases of Russian sovereign debt (bonds and other instruments), without the carve outs of this current step, working in parallel with European governments. It could then use these powerful contingency sanctions to deter the Russians from further interference in US or European elections, or to push for a diplomatic settlement that gets Russian forces and proxies out of eastern Ukraine. Those are the big Putin-regime misdeeds that deserve a concentrated US and European response. Maybe that’s what some in the Trump administration were trying to do: push out minimal sanctions to satisfy the CBW’s requirements while withholding full sovereign debt sanctions and additional technology transfer restrictions for future use where they can count. But that’s just a guess. Muddied signals, weak sanctions, and uncertain rollout are no way to respond to Putin’s continuing misdeeds. Daniel Fried is a distinguished senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center. He was the coordinator for sanctions policy during the Obama administration, assistant secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia during the Bush administration, and senior director at the National Security Council for the Clinton and Bush administrations. He also served as ambassador to Poland during the Clinton administration. Brian O’Toole is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program. He is a former senior adviser to the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the US Department of the Treasury. Follow him on Twitter @brianoftoole. David Mortlock is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He is chair of the Global Trade & Investment group at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he focuses on sanctions, export controls, and other international trade issues. Formerly, he was Director for International Economic Affairs for the National Security Council.

Russia insists sea-going nuclear power plant dubbed ‘floating Chernobyl’ is perfectly safe | Daily Mail Online

Russia has shown off its new floating nuclear power station as it tries to persuade the world that the vessel is safe ahead of its maiden voyage through the arctic circle later this month.

Russia Built A Floating Nuclear Power Plant, Now It’s Making An Arctic Journey Despite ‘Chernobyl’ Comparisons

The Akademik Lomonosov is a one-of-a-kind floating power unit that will provide nuclear energy to a remote Russian town in the Arctic, but critics have made comparisons to historic disasters.

Soviet Propaganda Park Turns 80

A famous Soviet-era exhibition venue in Moscow, the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, known by its acronym VDNKH, is marking 80 years since its opening. It covers a space larger than the Principality of Monaco.

Russian Rhetorical Tactics Mirror Soviets – To Inform is to Influence

Russia appears to be on track to replicate Soviet tactics of endless loops of provocation, denial, accusation of provocation, increase in aggressive posture, and so on. Highly provocative missile tests by Russian submarines in port are only in response to increased Western radar surveillance, they’re certainly not intended as a provocation, says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova. This mirrors Soviet rhetorical tactics. </end editorial>

Nordic countries see Russia flex its missile muscles

Russian ships have started testing missile launches while docked in port on the Kola Peninsula, which borders Norway and Finland.

Balkan countries boost their air defense capabilities, albeit for different reasons

Regional rivalries, coupled with a fear of Russia, drive spending in the region.

Anthony Cordesman | ’Burden-sharing’ and the 2 percent of GDP Solution: A Study in Military Absurdity | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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UAWire – Italian Deputy Prime Minister calls Putin ‘a great President’

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini said that Vladimir Putin is “a great President”, reports ANSA news agency. …


Russian Hmeimim airbase shelled in Syria – news world | UNIAN

A Hmeymim military base in Syria, which hosts Russian troops and equipment, was mortared on Monday, Aug 5. As UNIAN reported earlier, the said base was twice shelled on May 6, 2019.

Pentagon chief: US would prevent ‘unacceptable’ Turkish invasion of Syria | TheHill

TOKYO – Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the United States would find a Turkish incursion into northern Syria “unacceptable” and would seek to prevent such an operation.

US urges Turkey to halt announced offensive into Syria that threatens US allies and ISIS jails – ABC News

A U.S. military delegation is in Turkey to meet with Turkish officials and negotiate an alternative to a military operation that could also threaten U.S. troops in Syria.

US v Turkey: US v Turkey: Trump launches desperate bid to stop Turkey invading Syria | World | News |

DONALD TRUMP is set to enter a fresh round of crunch talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to stop Ankara invading Syria.

Any Turkish incursion into Syria ‘unacceptable,’ will prevent it: Pentagon chief – Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be “unacceptable” and the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin’s Increasing Repression Reflects Nature of Putin Regime Rather than a Response to Protests, Skobov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 3 – Many commentators suggest that the Kremlin’s increasing repression reflects panic or anger about protests against the Putin regime, Aleksandr Skobov says; but in fact, it has “objective causes” within the regime and won’t be affected by any change in the behavior of the opposition. According to the Moscow commentator, “the regime is instinctively seeking to overcome the contradiction between its fundamental essence which is ever more obviously fascist and ever more hardline and its packing which as before completely imitates Western liberal parliamentary democracy” ( As the latter “packaging” ever more often gets in the way of what the regime is really about, Skobov continues, it will dispense with that and use force. This “tightening of the screws” will not be affected by what the opposition does but only by what the regime sees as its own inherent needs. “Political force by the regime inevitably will grow to the extent that the impact of official propaganda is weakening and the mechanisms of the moral corruption of society with conformism and subservience cease to work,” the commentator says. The regime has no other choice but to increase repression to maintain itself. No one should hope or expect that if the opposition avoids angering the Kremlin that it will be “possible to preserve some comfortable marginal ghetto in which the opposition has been driven for a long time and where it won’t be especially bothered but rather allowed to play in its sandbox.” Now, as should be obvious to everyone, “the regime has moved to the complete cleansing of the remaining political reservations, and the opposition as a result as no other path except resistance – precisely resistance and not simply protest.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putinism has Now Given Birth to ‘Pogrom Sociology,’ Yakovenko Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 2 – Pro-Kremlin commentators celebrated today when the VTsIOM polling agency reported ( percent of Russians backed the idea police should use harsh measures against proteters who break the law and only slightly fewer the idea that the authorities shouldn’t register those who violate the rules (e.g., These figures were trumpeted as evidence of support for Putin’s hard line (e.g.,, but a careful analysis of the actual reports of the poll showed that the sociologists had asked leading questions in order to get the results the powers that be wanted. However, it didn’t take long for analysts to show that these figures were collected in ways inconsistent with polling norms and had been manufactured by the polling agency to give its clients exactly what they wanted to hear (, Perhaps the most savage critique of the polls VTsIOM and others provided the authorities was offered by Moscow commentator Igor Yakovenko who suggested that the Putin regime which has given rise to many obscenities has now given birth to what he calls “pogrom sociology” ( VTsIOM has been lying since 2003, he says, the year Yury Levada was replaced by Valery Fedorov. The latter’s agency has often been caught in the act, including most notoriously when the Kremlin complained about its ratings of Putin and Fedorov changed them almost instantly. At the present time, the commentator continues, “VTsIOM often fulfills the functions of a sociological special forces unit.” Recently, for example, its sociologists polled residents of Yekaterinburg about where a new cathedral should be without including among the possible answers that no church should be built in the central square. “But all that was bug a prelude to the development which took place today. Along with the change of Kremlin policy in the direction of tougher measures, the status of its servants is changing as well. VTsIOM has been transformed from a PR and political technology company into a pogrom organization, that is, a body which serves those who carry out pogroms.” As Yakovenko suggests, “it is one thing to manipulate public opinion about the construction of a church or the ratings of the president. But it is quite another when one is speaking about slander on people being beaten … Putinism has given birth to many disgusting phenomena like ‘sovereign democracy’ and ‘the policy of forcing others to peace.’” But now it has exceeded even its past “achievements.” It has established “’pogrom sociology’” in the form of VTsIOM and other pollsters who are ready to take money and orders from the Kremlin and to provide it with the “correct” answers that may affect the lives and wellbeing of Russians.

Retired Tennis Star Kafelnikov Joins Growing Group Of Russian Celebrities Supporting Protests

Olympic tennis gold medalist and former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov has joined a growing number of Russian celebrities and athletes to speak out against a police crackdown against oppositio…

Moscow Prosecutor’s Office Wants To Remove Parental Rights From Protesting Couple

The Moscow city prosecutor’s office wants to revoke the parental rights of a couple that brought their one-year-old son to an unsanctioned rally in front of the Moscow mayor’s office on July 27.

Podcast: More Protests, More Beatings, More Arrests — And Will Medvedev Meet Berdymukhammedov?

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Lies and logical fallacies How Russian state TV covered Moscow’s election protests for the first time — Meduza

On August 3, more than a thousand people were arrested during Moscow’s latest unsanctioned protest for fair citywide elections. Similar protests have been a regular sight in the Russian capital since mid-July, but this week represented the very first time Russian federal television stations all covered the demonstration in their weekend roundups. In those segments, state TV hosts and writers all took on a critical stance toward the August 3 protesters, and many of them made similar or identical claims. Meduza fact-checked those arguments.

Moscow State University rector tells students to be ‘very careful’ when deciding to attend protests — Meduza

Moscow State University Rector Viktor Sadovnichy called on the prestigious university’s students to be “very careful” after journalists asked him about student participation in mass protests. “It’s one thing when you have the ability and the talent to express your opinion. The best thing is for one to speak competently,” Sadovnichy said. “But if you’re doing something else, something, say, I don’t know about, I’d call on our kids — I think this is the most important thing — study hard, become experts in your field, and defend your point of view if your beliefs call for that.”

Moscow prosecutors ask court to take custody of young child away from parents who protested for free elections — Meduza

Moscow prosecutors are conducting a probe regarding the participation of underage individuals and parents with small children in the city’s July 27 and August 3 election protests.

Moscow investigators searched home of parents whose custody rights are under threat following protest — Meduza

After Moscow prosecutors released a statement saying they intend to take away custody rights from two Moscow parents who brought their infant to an election protest, the child’s father said his family’s home had been searched the previous night.

Moscow officials had the means and the precedent to turn off cellular Internet connections during Saturday’s election protest — Meduza

Protesters who marched to demand fair elections in downtown Moscow on August 3 reported that Internet connections stopped working on their mobile devices during the event. Journalists who reported on the protest also reported a lack of service.

In a series of felony cases against protesters, this is what Moscow investigators are calling ‘mass riots’ — Meduza

In the wake of Moscow’s July 27 unpermitted protest (not to be confused with more recent unauthorized demonstrations on August 2), Moscow’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal inquiry into alleged mass rioting. The new investigation is based on a handful of criminal cases against protesters who supposedly used violence against the police officers and National Guard troops ordered to disperse the crowds. Meduza reviewed the charges and evidence in these cases, and summarizes the inquires below. This information was obtained from Grigory Chervonnyi, who works with the “Agora” human rights group.

Cyberpunk in Petersburg: Historic statue gets a security camera for a head — Meduza

A street artist who works under the pseudonym lonesome_grass has turned a sculpture framing the entrance to St. Petersburg’s historic Kirillov House into a comment on public surveillance.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Signs Law Allowing Police Commanders to Serve Longer

Paul Goble Staunton, August 3 – Even though Russia has four times as many police per capita as the United Nations recommends – and that number doesn’t include internal troops, security agencies and the armed forces ( – Vladimir Putin clearly feels the need to have even more. Not only has he in recent months boosted pay and benefits for those who are on the front line of defending his regime against the population, but now the Kremlin leader has signed a new law with allows the senior officers, majors and above, to stay on the job for an additional five years ( The measure also allows those who do retire to work as contractors for the police and thus receive salaries as well as pensions, measures that the interior ministry says will ensure that the “qualified cadres nucleus” of the police will be “preserved” rather than undermined by retirements ( The latest Putin action is intended both to keep police commanders happy and thus not think seditious thoughts like following the Constitution rather than obeying the orders of their Kremlin bosses and to ensure that there is a sufficient number of officers available to organize and carry out the suppression of the population.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: All-Cossack Social Center and Assembly of Peoples of the Caucasus Form a Common Front

Paul Goble Staunton, August 2 – From the nineteenth century to the present, Russian governments have sought to maintain control over the North Caucasus by playing the Cossacks and the indigenous non-Russians against one another, a strategy that Vladimir Putin has continued to this day with his pseudo-Cossack formations. But in a development that may mean Moscow’s efforts in that regard are coming to an end, the All-Cossack Social Center and the Assembly of the Peoples of the Caucasus have concluded an alliance in which they stress their shared traditions and opposition to outside control ( “Historically, the mountain peoples and the Cossacks have been set against once another by the powers that be of Russia which have acted according to the principle ‘divide and rule.’ However, in spire of the imperial policy of divisions, there have been cases of good neighborliness, fraternal friendship and even mixed marriages.” According to the joint declaration which was signed in Pyatigorsk on June 22, “the Cossacks and Mountaineers have a common history and common interests as well as a similar approach to issues of morality and worldview which are based on feelings of justice and respect for the concept of honor and human dignity.” “Today, we must put an end to the promotion of hostility and conflict between us. In order to achieve these goals, we commit ourselves to the fulfillment of this Declaration.” We are the All-Cossack Social Center which represents “the interests of all sub-ethnoses of the Cossack People” and the Assembly of Peoples of the Caucasus which reflects the interests of “the peoples of the North Caucasus and also those living outside of it but who consider the North Caucasus their historical motherland.” The two sides commit themselves not to enter into any outside agreement without the approval of the other. Moreover, “in the event of establishing a Cossack national-state formation bordering with the territories of the people of the North Caucasus, all border disputes will be resolved exclusively by peaceful negotiations … and referenda.” Further, “in the event of the creation of a Cossack national-state formation, the citizens of this formation” who live beyond its borders “will have all the rights and freedoms called for by the legislation of these national-state formations for their citizens,” just as the rights and freedoms of these people will be guaranteed in the Cossack entity. “Historically, the Cossack People and the peoples of the North Caucasus were closely connected with each other by their common living space, economic activities … and even families ties. Therefore, if there is a mutual desire of the two to create a common confederal or federative state formation, this desire will be fulfilled.” This is a landmark development not only by creating the basis for cooperation rather than conflict between the Cossacks and the mountaineers of the North Caucasus but also by making reference to a Cossack national-state formation, something Moscow has consistently opposed and used as a scarecrow to keep the North Caucasians at odds with the Cossacks. By suggesting that the two groups can approach even this issue in a peaceful way is thus remarkable even though many problems will have to be resolved before the ideas in the declaration can be fully realized. It certainly means that Moscow and its agents in the region will now work overtime to divide those that this agreement joins together. But perhaps equally important, the Declaration specifies that the peoples of the North Caucasus include not only those who live there now but those who view the region as their national homeland. This is a reference in the first instance to the more than five million Circassians who live in the Middle East, Europe and even farther afield.


Explosions Erupt From Military Arms Depot In Siberia

Explosions at an arms depot sent balls of fire into the sky near the Siberian city of Achinsk on August 5, forcing thousands to evacuate. One person was reported missing and at least six wounded. The blasts had died down by the following day, but officials warned that it was not safe for residents to return home.

Russia arms dump fire: Huge blaze in Siberia extinguished – BBC News

Russian military planes water-bomb a Siberian depot to stop more shells exploding.

Fire at Siberian arms depot triggers massive explosions; 8 injured, one missing | Fox News

Massive explosions at a Russian military ammunition depot in Siberia injured at least eight people and prompted the evacuation of thousands Monday.

Huge Russian Ammo Explosion Sends Shockwaves for Miles

Russian soldiers were handling artillery powder charges when the incident occurred.

Russian Ammo Depot Blasts Stop; One Person Missing, Six In Hospital

No more explosions have occurred at an ammunition depot in Siberia, local authorities and residents say.

Explosions Rock Arms Depot In Russia

A series of explosions at an arms depot at a Russian military base in Siberia injured at least eight people and prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. The incident took place in the Achinsk district of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region on August 5. Dramatic videos of the explosions were captured by residents of neighboring towns.

Huge Explosions Rock Russian Ammo Dump

Thousands of people were evacuated after huge explosions at an ammunition depot in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region sent shells flying for many kilometers on August 5. The authorities said explosions had ceased on August 6, but that it was still too dangerous for residents to return to their homes.

Explosions Stop At Russian Ammo Depot, 12 Hospitalized

The local government administration in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region said on August 6 that explosions at an ammunition depot have stopped, TASS news agency reported.

Thousands Evacuated Following Huge Explosions At Russian Ammunition Depot | TIME – YouTube

TIME Published on Aug 5, 2019 Massive explosions at a Russian military ammunition depot in Siberia injured at least eight people and prompted the evacuation of thousands Monday.


Zelensky calls on Macron, Merkel, Putin to hold Normandy meeting as soon as possible

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on leaders of the Normandy Four participant countries to meet for talks as soon as possible after the death of four Ukrainian soldiers in recent shelling in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

U.S. thanks Ukraine for support after recent shootings in Texas, Ohio, Illinois – news ukraine | UNIAN

The United States has thanked Ukraine for its support following recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio, and Illinois. Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemned mass shooting acts.

UAWire – Ukraine asks US for more Javelin anti-tank missile systems

Ukraine has asked the US to sell it more Javelin anti-tank missile systems, William Taylor, US chargé d’affaires in Ukraine, told Radio Liberty …

Ukraine President Zelenskiy Congratulates U.K. Prime Minister Johnson Ahead of Turkey Trip

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 5 congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the United Kingdom’s new prime minister in a phone conversation.

Jagland has been blocking Ukraine’s initiative to compensate for Russia’s fees to PACE – diplomat – news politics | UNIAN

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland opposed Ukraine’s initiative to compensate for the lack of Russian membership fees after Russian delegation was expelled from the PACE, according to Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba. The targeted policy of the CoE secretary general to block this plan discouraged other countries that were ready to support Ukraine.

UAWire – European Commission steps in to save Russian gas transit through Ukraine

The European Commission has proposed a 10-year contract for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine as of January 1, 2020. The initiative …

Lithuania wants EU no to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

Lithuanian diplomats are working towards a coordinated EU policy of not recognizing Russian passports issued to residents of the occupied territories of Donbas. — Ukrinform.

Lithuania wants EU no to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

06.08.19 15:24 – Lithuania wants EU no to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents Lithuanian diplomats are working towards a coordinated EU policy of not recognizing Russian passports issued to residents of the occupied territories of Donbas. View news.

Lithuania, following Estonia, seeks non-recognition in Brussels of Russian passports given to ORDLO residents

Lithuanian diplomats are asking the European Union not to recognize Russian passports issued to residents of Russia-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) and, if that’s not possible, could take unilateral actions, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has said.

UAWire – Ukrainian President Zelensky to meet with Erdogan and Patriarch Bartholomew in Turkey

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Turkey on August 7-8, reports the website of the Ukrainian President. During the visit, …

Crimean Tatar leader elaborates on Zelensky’s upcoming visit to Turkey – news politics | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during his upcoming visit to Turkey will discuss cooperation on the release of Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and the occupied Crimea, says head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov. According to the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Turkey remains Ukraine’s strategic ally.

Dzhemilev to join Zelensky on visit to Turkey

The national leader of the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, will join Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his visit to Turkey on August 7-8. — Ukrinform.

Supplies of fuel from Russia to shorten twice after imposing of duties

Less Russian diesel, gas to be supplied to Ukraine


NATO – Opinion: Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, 05-Aug.-2019

Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Dr Capie, for the warm welcome and it is really a great pleasure to be here this evening and to see all of you. And it’s great to be back in New Zealand because I’m from Norway and I feel very much at home in New Zealand, for different reasons; partly because we are two relatively small nations, around five million inhabitants; partly because we are two very beautiful nations, with the mountains and the fjords; and also because we have some great explorers. The last time I was here in 2011, I was here on my way to the South Pole, to celebrate the first man to set foot on the South Pole, and that was a Norwegian of course; Roald Amundsen. But then I also learned that the first man to be at the top of the Mount Everest was Sir Hillary. So, it’s always great to be back in New Zealand.

Stoltenberg: Annexation Of Crimea Is Consequence Of Increased Great Power Competition

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 was the result of increased “great power competition,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on August 5.

Great power competition led to illegal annexation of Crimea – Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is convinced that Russia’s annexation of Crimea occurred as a result of competition between great powers. — Ukrinform.

Courts in occupied Crimea hand down 17 unlawful sentences to locals for “evading draft” in Russia – rights activists – news politics | UNIAN

In 2019, the so-called courts in the occupied Crimea issued 17 unlawful sentences to local residents for “evading draft” in the Russian Federation. Three more hearings are pending.

Ukraine’s Embassy to Canada appeals to IMAX on activity of cinema in Crimea | Censor.NET

06.08.19 13:31 – Ukraine’s Embassy to Canada appeals to IMAX on activity of cinema in Crimea Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andry Shevchenko appeals to the Foreign Ministry of Canada and IMAX Headquarters in Toronto due to the activity of Saturn IMAX in Yalta, Crimea. View news.


Termination of INF Treaty: Implications for Ukraine and beyond – news world | UNIAN

On August 2, the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles was terminated.

Russia-led forces violate “harvest” ceasefire twice in Donbas on Aug 5 – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on Monday mounted two attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Joint Forces reliably control the enemy along the contact line, while adhering to the conditions of the truce.

Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Clashes With Russia-Backed Separatists

Kyiv says four Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives in the latest clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east.

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in enemy shelling near Pavlopil

06.08.19 14:19 – Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in enemy shelling near Pavlopil Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Tuesday, August 6, after Russian occupation troops fired at the positions of the Ukrainian Joint Forces near Pavlopil. View news.

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in enemy shelling near Pavlopil

Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Tuesday, August 6, after Russian occupation troops fired at the positions of the Ukrainian Joint Forces near Pavlopil, Donetsk region, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Hutsuliak has said. — Ukrinform.

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas since Tuesday midnight amid “harvest” ceasefire – news war | UNIAN

Spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been killed in Donbas since Tuesday midnight amid the ongoing “harvest” ceasefire. The Russian invaders attacked Ukrainian positions near the villages of Bohdanivka and Pavlopil.

NSDC secretary comments on death of four Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk has commented on the death of four Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas. According to Danyliuk, this shelling is a gross violation of the ceasefire agreements, which will not be ignored. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk has commented on the death of four Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas. Read alsoRussia-led forces violate “harvest” ceasefire twice in Donbas on Aug 5 “Tragic news from the Joint Forces Operation zone. Four Ukrainian servicemen were killed today as a result of shelling near the village of Pavlopil. The fighters of the 36th marine brigade were engaged in engineering works at a platoon fortified position when the terrorists insidiously opened fire from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher,” he wrote on Facebook. According to Danyliuk, this shelling is a gross violation of the ceasefire agreements, which will not be ignored. He also expressed condolences to the families of the victims. As UNIAN reported earlier, spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak said four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed in Donbas on Tuesday amid the ongoing “harvest” ceasefire.

Russian-led troops deny SMM full access to disengagement areas in Donbas – OSCE

Over the weekend, the armed formations of the Russian occupation forces denied access to the OSCE SMM patrols at checkpoints in non-government-controlled areas five times. — Ukrinform.

“DPR” leader likely to be eliminated – Ukrainian blogger – news war | UNIAN

A blogger whose pen name is Fashik Donetskiy predicts that “head” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Denis Pushilin is likely to be eliminated. By autumn, Pushilin is likely to be replaced by another leader who will “improve the ‘DPR’ economy.”

Ukrzaliznytsia launches commuter rail service in Ukraine-controlled Donbas after five-year break – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian state-owned railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) on August 4 re-launched the commuter rail service on the Melitopol-Pivdennodonbaska section, which has not been carried out since 2014. Ukrzaliznytsia’s regional branch, Donetsk Railways, and specialists from the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters have checked and prepared the relevant infrastructure.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Names New Commander In Donbas Conflict Zone

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed Lieutenant General Volodymyr Kravchenko to lead the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in eastern Ukraine where Kyiv has been fighting Moscow-backed …

Zelensky appoints Kravchenko commander of Joint Forces instead of Syrsky – decrees

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Oleksandr Syrsky from the post of commander of the Joint Forces and appointed Volodymyr Kravchenko to that post.

Zelensky appoints Oleksandr Syrsky as commander of Ukrainian Ground Forces

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Oleksandr Syrsky as commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian president sacks two deputy heads of State Border Guard Service

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed two deputy heads of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine, U.S. sign memorandum on search for POW, MIA

Representatives of Ukraine and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding between the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA reports on Facebook. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine, U.S. to exchange experience in searching POW, MIA soldiers – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine and the United States will exchange experience in searching prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) soldiers. The respective memorandum was signed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lifting of Russian social networks’ blocking in Ukraine inadvisable – Zelensky’s IT advisor

Lifting the ban on the access of Russian social networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte (both are owned by Group) is inexpedient, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s IT advisor Mykhailo Fedorov said, noting that he is speaking out for its extension.

Ukraine is targeting the Super Tucano light attack aircraft

A delegation of the Air Force, led by the commander, arrived in Brazil to study the possible purchase of lightweight Embraer EBN-314 Super Tucano turboprops. Ukrainian Militarily Portal reports , citing Demonstration flights were organized to demonstrate the capabilities of the aircraft. The delegation also visited the production facilities of Embraer Defense & Security, discussed possible cooperation and various conditions for the purchase of aircraft. EMB 314 Super Tucano / A-29 – Developed by Brazilian Embraer. It was designed as a training aircraft, but was later refined for use as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft has single (A-29A) and double (A-29B) versions. The first flight was made in 1999, in operation since 2003. Cruising speed 520 km / h, combat radius 500 km, practical range 1330 km. A runway length of 900 m is sufficient for the take-off and landing of the aircraft. The payload is 1550 kg. Super Tucano Super Tucano weapons include two 12.7mm FN Herstal M3 machine guns with ammunition of 200 rounds. The aircraft also has five weapons suspension points and can carry a 20mm cannon, 2 AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (MAA-1 Piranha, Python 3/4), 4 × 70mm HAP units, regular or corrected bombs. Super Tucano is in service with nearly twenty countries, including the purchase of aircraft in the United States, where the aircraft was competitively selected and tested.

Ukraine evaluates the acquisition of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano – Noticias Infodefensa América

A delegation of the Air Force of Ukraine headed by Commander Sergey Drozdov arrived in Brazil to evaluate the acquisition of Embraer EBN-314 Super Tucano light turboprops. About it reports infodefensa.comFor them, demonstration flights were organized on the basis of the 3rd / 3rd Aviation Squadron (3º / 3º GAv) of the 5th Wing, armed with the Embraer EBN-314 Super Tucano. The Ukrainian delegation was briefed on the organizational and staff structure of the unit and how the aircraft maintenance work was organized. The Air Force also visited Embraer Defense & Security to discuss possible cooperation and various terms and conditions for the acquisition of the aircraft. In particular, the program LAS (Light Attack – light attack aircraft), which allows to involve Ukrainian enterprises in the manufacture of weapons on aircraft. EMB-314 Super Tucano – developed by Brazilian company Embraer. Initially, it was planned that the aircraft would be used as a training aircraft, but later it was refined with a light turbo-propeller. The first prototype of the aircraft went up in 1999. The Super Tucano’s payload is 1550 kg, and its flight range is up to 8 hours when using outboard fuel tanks. The runway is 900 meters long for takeoff and landing. EMB-314 weapons include two .50 caliber machine guns with 200 rounds of ammunition, each in the wing.

The Armed Forces will introduce online control of fuel movement at the bases

In order to control the accounting of fuel and lubricants at the Odessa Joint Security Center, it is planned to equip all tanks with a uniform system by the end of the year. During a briefing in the ArmyInform, said Deputy Colonel Vyacheslav Martsenyuk, Deputy Head of the Main Department of Security of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The system will allow the online monitoring of the presence of PMM by four indicators – the level of filling the tank, the temperature of the product, its density and the content of fresh water. Sensors equipped with fuel storage tanks will operate by ultrasound, and the measurement error will be up to a millimeter. All information will be collected by a single server that can be accessed by a limited number of people. Constant monitoring of fuel availability and movement will prevent documented unreported removal of fuel and lubricants from the base and losses in the event of tank damage. Combining the system with special software, it is planned to combine in one process the extraction of documents, sending them by e-mail to the consumer and the fuel base, as well as automatic recording of the number of issued stocks.

Arms and Security 2019 exhibition from October 8 to 11 in Kyiv

On October 8-11, the 16th International Specialized Exhibition “Weapons and Security” will take place in Kyiv, traditionally held at the International Exhibition Center on Brovarsky Prospekt, 15. The holding of the exhibition on the eve of the Defender of Ukraine Day will be of great practical and public importance. After all, the exhibition is a unique tool for deepening military and military-technical cooperation with partner countries, enhancing domestic economic potential and uniting around the idea of building a new strong Ukraine. The Arms and Security exhibition is organized in two main sections: weapons and military equipment for the army and law enforcement weapons for civilians International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security The military and law enforcement part of the exposition will have the following segments: weapons and individual equipment of the soldier equipment and armament of the ground forces arms and equipment of law enforcement officers means of border control military aviation International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security The civilian part will traditionally feature a wide variety (in the price range and in terms of the number of internationally known brands) of hunting, sporting, historical and cold weapons, hunting and outdoor activities. International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security International Exhibition Weapons and Security The pavilions and open areas of the International Exhibition Center have the opportunity to provide full-scale demonstrations of large-scale military equipment, as well as to provide the highest level of exposition construction, comfortable working conditions, reception of delegations, conferences, negotiations, ceremonies and other exhibitions.

Comic Or Commander In Chief? Reform Of Ukrainian Defense Industry Giant Tests Zelenskiy’s Will

Ukraine’s politically inexperienced new president was swept to power on an anti-corruption agenda. How Volodymyr Zelenskiy tackles the bloated state military concern Ukroboronprom may reveal how serious he is about ending graft, attracting investment, and joining NATO.


Servant of the People to set up training center for its MPs – news politics | UNIAN

The Servant of the People Party has said a party office will be set up as a training center for Members of Parliament representing the party, who will undergo training every three months. The party plans to present the center’s curriculum at a party forum in autumn.

Return of Yanukovych-era politicians to Ukraine a test for new government – Zhadan

The return to Ukraine of odious politicians who worked under President Viktor Yanukovych is a test of the “strength” of the new authorities and Ukrainian society itself, well-known Ukrainian writer and poet Serhiy Zhadan has said in an interview with Ukrinform. — Ukrinform.

Kolomoyskyi: Restoration of Donbas possible if Russia leaves | Censor.NET

06.08.19 16:06 – Kolomoyskyi: Restoration of Donbas possible if Russia leaves Businessman Ihor Kolomoyskyi stated that there is no sense to invest in the solution of the conflict in Donbas because it is impossible. View news.

Kolomoyskyi’s airlines win tender for presidential flights

06.08.19 17:05 – Kolomoyskyi’s airlines win tender for presidential flights Windrose airlines which are connected with Privat group of Ukrainian oligarchs Igor Kolomoyskyi and Hennadii Boholyubov, won the contract worth $14 million for performing special flights on transporting officials. View news.

European Solidarity Party: Poroshenko always crossed border legally

06.08.19 18:09 – European Solidarity Party: Poroshenko always crossed border legally Ukraine’s fifth President Petro Poroshenko always obeyed Ukrainian laws while crossing the state border, including when he traveled to the Maldives in 2018. View news.

Tymoshenko seen as PM by majority of respondents – opinion poll

KYIV. July 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Leader of the Batkivschyna Party and the parliamentary faction of the same name, Yulia Tymoshenko, is seen as Ukrainian premier by the largest number of Ukrainians (15.7%), according to a sociological survey conducted by Social Monitoring Center and the Oleksandr Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute of Social Research.

Ukraine’s SBI opens case against Poroshenko over trip to Maldives – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened criminal proceedings against former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over his trip to the Maldives in 2018. The relevant information was posted to the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations on August 5.

SBI checking whether Poroshenko violated border crossing rules during trip to Maldives

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened criminal proceedings regarding the possible organization by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of illegal crossing through the border with the use of fake documents, the SBI has reported on its Facebook page. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian Court Rules Against News Outlet That Called Violent Far-Right Group ‘Neo-Nazi’

A Ukrainian court has ruled in favor of a violent far-right organization labeled a “nationalist hate group” by the U.S. State Department that claimed a news outlet damaged its reputation when it la…

Kyiv to start building new animal welfare center in autumn – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Kyiv authorities plan to start building a new animal welfare center this autumn. The center will house an animal hospital able to service 55 cats and 108 dogs.