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This picture is powerful. One tiny girl against armored and masked thugs of RosvGardia. This is the perfect illustration of an authoritarian government that is terrified of free speech.

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VKS and AV-MF ADIZ probe updates. Roxburgh OpEd. An unflattering appraisal of the Russian V-MF. Russia deploying military mobile cellular network.

More than twenty reports and articles on the nuclear accident – there appears to be an emerging consensus this was a failed test of the 9M370 Burevestnik / SSC-X-9 SKYFALL, especially following a Novaya Gazetareport by Latynina claiming so. In Russian media now being labelled the  ‘Flying Chernobyl’. Official reports are detailed in the Moscow Timesarticles and are mostly contradictory or nonsensical. Col. Mashovets at InfoResist is less charitable and suggests that other than a genuine accident with the SKYFALL, the Russians could also be deceptively using the claim of an accident to promote the idea that the SKYFALL is progressing in development, despite multiple reported test failures.

More that thirty reports on the protests in Muscovy. The Vozhd’s contempt for the protesters is a recurring theme. In an encouraging sign, a riot policeman who brutally punched a female protester was outed following a public offer of a reward for his name. An unrelated photo, below, captures the reality of today’s Russia. Some good analyses by multiple Russian authors. Muscovy threatens Google over Youtube.

NATO update: US Army Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon, Polish AABMDS, and reports in Russian media that Erdogan is negotiating with Russia to procure the Su-35SE FLANKER E.

Ukraine IR: Amb Volker on discussions with Germany and France. UK Minister for Europe and the AmericasPincher backs Ukraine. Crimea update.

Donbas update – sniper attacks, water contamination, and other Russian transgressions. Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory overhauls and upgrades 150 T-64B MBTs, doubling overhaul capacity. Ukraine starts production of enhanced 23mm gun barrels for the 2A13 / KBA40 / ZSU-23-2 gun, claiming better ballistic performance than Soviet originals. Ivchenko-Progress supply engines for new Turkish RPV prototype.

Politics update – the amber trade routes brought Ukraine into existence in 100AD.

U.S. F-22s, Canadian CF-18s Intercept Russian Tu-95s Inside Alaska ADIZ. RAF Typhoons Intercept Tu-142s near UK and Estonia – The Aviationist

Significant Intercepts in International Airspace Produces Remarkable Photos. In a dramatic aerial intercept reminiscent of the Cold War, a pair of USAF F-22 Raptors, two Canadian Forces CF-18s, a USAF E-3 Sentry AWACS supported by a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker and C-130 tanker under NORAD control intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers over the arctic Beaufort Sea’s international air space on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. The intercept happened early Thursday north of the Alaskan and Canadian coasts. The F-22s involved in the intercept wore the “AK” tail code of the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the very first Air Force Reserve Command F-22 Raptor unit. The likely squadron involved in the intercept was the 302nd Fighter Squadron. The encounter produced some dramatic photos from crews, likely on both sides. These exciting photos from U.S. and Canadian flight crews were shared on social media only hours after the successful intercept. It’s likely we’ll begin seeing photos taken from the Russian Bear Hs in a few more hours.

Russia says its bombers escorted by US jets over Bering Sea

The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the Bering Sea, where they were escorted by U.S. fighter jets.

Ambassador to Russia: Who would want this Trump administration job? – CNNPolitics

President Trump searches for a new ambassador to Russia, Republican plans on Obamacare, Trump’s summer break plans, and Democratic confusion on impeachment. That and more in this week’s Inside Politics forecast.

Putin began by embracing the west. Now, he wants revenge | Angus Roxburgh | Opinion | The Guardian

There’s little hope of an improvement in relations so long as the Russian president’s 20-year reign continues, says former Moscow correspondent Angus Roxburgh

The Russian fleet is most threatening to itself |

The Russian Navy (Navy) is in dire straits and is the world record holder for accidents and deaths of sailors – with 294 deaths in the 21st century. sailors – 156 Russian. According to the Polish journal Polityka , which analyzed the fleet crashes in the 21st century. and concluded that the Russian fleet was most threatening to itself. The reason for the study of the condition of the Russian Navy was the last fire, which occurred on July 2 on the top-secret submarine AC-31, better known as “Losharik”. The author of the analysis, Michal Fischer, is convinced that the catastrophe “made the world realize that the Russian Navy is a real threat. But not because of his fighting capabilities, but because of his condition. It is primarily a threat to itself, but in adverse circumstances it can lead to global problems, ”the weekly’s expert said. Polityka recalls that Russia holds the deserved first place in the number of casualties in the Navy in the 21st century. Of the 294 dead sailors – 156 are Russian. Followed by the Russian Navy are China (70 deaths), Argentina (44) and India (19), with the Indians killed on a ship made in Russia. Two sailors also lost the United Kingdom and one each by the United States, Canada and Ecuador. The fires on Soviet and then Russian ships happen surprisingly often, which in itself proves their technical condition. The most common are leakage connections from a variety of plants, including flammable liquids (such as hydraulic fluid or, worse, rocket fuel) with short circuits in the electrical system. As a result, there is a breakdown that the crew usually patches in the sea, but it does not always succeed. As it probably was on the submarine K-278 “Komsomolets”, the causes of the fire on which have not yet been established. The ship sank, 42 people were killed. The boat is still at a depth of more than 1500 m 250 km south of Norwegian Bear Island. The Polish weekly also reports the statistics of sunken nuclear boats (APH): of the nine catastrophes, seven occurred in the Soviet or Russian fleet, two in the US. Today, there are 11 nuclear reactors (two US and nine Soviet) on the ocean floor. The Soviet submarine K-219, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, has 16 strategic missiles with warheads. In the 21st century, only two nuclear submarines sank, both Russian. In particular, the well-known crash of K-141 “Kursk” when, on August 12, 2000, killed the entire crew (118 sailors), and K-159, which sank on August 30, 2003, and brought with it 9 lives. The K-159 entered service in 1963 and was one of 13 ships of the 627 Whale, the first Soviet nuclear submarines. As early as 1965, a leak of radioactive steam emerged from the reactor cooling circuit and the turbine drive. After repair, the boat returned to service. In May 1989, he was withdrawn from the Navy and taken to the port of Ostrovny a few tens of kilometers from Murmansk, which until the end of the USSR was known as “Murmansk 140”. The ship has been rusty for 14 years along with 15 similar debris. Even nuclear fuel was not removed from the reactors. In 2003, five Scandinavian and Baltic countries gave Russia $ 200 million to dispose of these floating nuclear bombs. But during the towing to the Snezhnogorsk Shipyard, a pontoon, which kept him on the water, broke away from the K-159, and the ship sank, and with it 9 out of 10 people aboard. As the investigation later showed, pontoons dating back to the 1940s did not hold the air, and shipyard workers tied them to the rusty parts of the ship. It is a wonder that only one of 16 ships sank, by the way, 13th in line. According to the magazine, “The Russian Navy is just a shadow of the navy of the former USSR, the pride of which until recently was the only aircraft carrier” Admiral of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov Fleet “built in Ukrainian Nikolaev.” But the ship nearly sank on October 30, 2018, being repaired in a floating dock PD-50, which was built in Sweden at the behest of the USSR in the 1980s. As a result of the incident, the dock sank and the aircraft carrier, which was in a non-floating state (part of the underwater cover of the hull removed) miraculously rescued, although it gained a lot of water. The cause of the event is amazing – unplugging the shore and turning off the pumps that offset the dock. It is unknown whether this was a failure or the result of unpaid bills (this is the case with the Russian Navy). One way or another, diesel generators were not started because … fuel was not purchased as part of the savings! Today, the pride of the Russian fleet stands at the pier of the repair yard, paved, so as not to sink to the end. And the valuable dock, which was one of the largest docks of this type in the world, lies at the bottom. It is unknown when and whether the aircraft carrier repair will be completed at all. The official version – 2021 no one believes. They are talking about shipping a dock from the Pacific Ocean built for the USSR in Japan. “I can already imagine how it will be towed through the half-world …” – says the author of the analysis, Michal Fischer. When many large Russian warships go to distant seas, they are accompanied by an ocean-going tugboat in addition to the tanker and the supply ship. This is a rather unusual practice, but it is the result of a real assessment of the situation. It may be that one of the valuable ships will have to be towed back to base. Incidentally, recently Putin has stated that the Russian Navy “is capable of repelling any aggressor.” Well, unless of course it burns or sinks.

PS We also advise you to read that during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War , brave Russian sailors were panicked with all available weapons, including two anti-ship missiles, on a Moldovan ship with Russian cargo and occasional fishermen.

At one time, when the famous Yellow Sea incident occurred in 1904, the British press called the Russian squadron a “fleet of madmen” (“this fleet of lunatics”) [Ed: Battle of the Yellow Sea]. ” So the story repeats itself. In the twentieth century, Russians “repelled” torpedo attacks by Japanese destroyers, and in the XXI – missile attacks by Georgian boats. The handwriting is the same, with the features of madness – loss of atmosphere, panic, chaotic use of all weapons in the “white world”, not understanding where.

Russian troops will have local cellular communications

The Russian Army is forming units that will create local cellular networks in areas where cellular infrastructure is missing or damaged. The mouths, equipped with mobile relay transmitters and antennas, are formed by management teams. The first two companies have already been formed in units stationed in Khabarovsk and Novosibirsk, Russian media reported citing the Russian Defense Ministry. These units are able to create local area networks (including closed to the enemy), connecting to the signal of cellular operators within a radius of 30-40 km from the mobile tower. The unit includes ten KAMAZ off-road vehicles with equipment.

Russian Air Force repel drone attack on Khmeymim base

Russian military downed six UAVs upon attack attempt in Khmeymim airbase (Syria)


Col. Konstantin Mashovets, UA | Monkey with an atomic grenade, or New information attempts of the Kremlin – Информационное сопротивление

At the testing ground of the Russian Navy (near the village of Nenoksa, Arkhangelsk region) on August 8, according to official reports of the Russian Ministry of Defense, “… an explosion occurred while testing a liquid propulsion system …”. As a result of this, 5 people died (2 immediately, 3 subsequently due to hurricane radiation), at least 15 were “injured” (6 of them with significant doses of radiation). Among the victims, both representatives and employees of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, and the development company from the Rosatom corporation. Rosatom, however, said that the victims were exclusively “his people.” They also reported that the explosion occurred during work related to the engineering and technical support of isotopic power sources in a liquid propulsion system. Although, according to Interfax, as a result of the “ignition of an experimental liquid propulsion system”, both Rosatom employees and the Ministry of Defense experts were killed at the training ground. And it began … Local residents began actively buying up iodine in pharmacies, and a message appeared on the site of the local administration about a “short-term increase in the radioactive background” (subsequently, the message was “sharply” removed). According to local sources, since yesterday the Dvinskaya Bay was completely and completely closed (according to one version, the explosion occurred on board one of the Russian warships), all vessels were withdrawn from the bay, including fishing schooners and small boats … Later it was confirmed that the tests were valid took place on a certain “offshore platform” According to the stories of local residents – the area is cordoned off by troops, and rescue teams and liquidators (including doctors) working at the scene all use radioactive and chemical protection means in total. According to unconfirmed rumors, we are talking about the newest Russian Burevestnik rocket, the development of the Novator production association (GRAU index – 9M730, NATO code designation – SSC-X-9 Skyfal, “Nebad”) – some promising Russian intercontinental cruise missile supposedly unlimited range with a nuclear power plant. In fact, the very one that Putin intimidated the whole world during his last “appeal to loyal subjects” … In turn, let me remind you who forgot … On July 1, on the Russian deep-sea “station” (or, more simply, a sabotage submarine of project 10831) AS-12 (in the world – “Losharik”), like in Russian territorial waters, during some “barometric studies”, some kind of fire. As a result, 14 Putin’s conquerors of the depths (among whom were 7 captains of the first rank and 2 Heroes of Russia) rested forever. According to a report by Putin’s combat chief, Tuvin, by the name of Shoigu, the “apparatus” was returned to the base, and its nuclear power plant is completely isolated and uninhabited. Plus, the crew allegedly carried out all the necessary measures to protect the installation, and it is fully operational. After that, the dead were buried very quickly and very secretly, all information about the incident was “abruptly cut off” and classified … The media demonstration of the meeting between Shoigu and Putin about the incident was the ultimate information guide on this issue. Further, this topic was clearly “not welcomed” in the federal media … I think that in the case of Nenoksa everything will be in the same way and scenario … And now, mentally close our eyes, sit, shut up and … think. What is going on in that Mordor? By and large, in this case we can talk about two things, or, if you want, versions: – We are dealing with a big bluff, which is designed to convince the “world community” that “intensive development of a new superweapon” is allegedly being conducted in Mordor. Some comments and materials in the media very much “push” it. – Or, in the Russian Federation, certain developments are really underway. But due to the technological, organizational and other weaknesses of the current Kremlin security and criminal regime, or, one might say, scientific and industrial collapse, they are carried out through the stump of the deck, with numerous violations. The consequence of which is all these explosions and fires at all kinds of “special facilities” and “special installations” … Everyone is free to choose a version for themselves and according to their beliefs. But the common for both, in my deeply subjective opinion, emphasizes the well-known Ukrainian proverb – “Not such a terrible damn thing, like a little …”. Here at least an owl on a stump, at least a kick on an owl … But an atomic grenade from a hypocritical and deceitful monkey should be taken away, at least until it blew itself up … Konstantin Mashovets, coordinator of the group “Information Resistance”

Translation: “Russia the Nuclear State – although it looks like a monkey with a grenade”


Russian nuclear center employees killed in rocket blast to be recommended for awards – Emergencies – TASS

The accident occurred at a military testing range near Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region on August 8

Accident near Severodvinsk occurs when testing missile on sea-based platform – Rosatom – Emergencies – TASS

А spokesman of Rosatom said, that “the concourse of factors was present, which often takes place when testing new technologies”

Experimental ‘isotope & liquid-propellant’ engine blast kills 5 Russian nuclear experts – Rosatom — RT Russia News

Five staff of Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom were killed and three suffered serious burns in the blast during a test of a liquid-propellant engine that resulted in a brief spike of radiation around the military testing site.

‘They were thrown into sea as it blew up’: Rosatom gives details of deadly experimental engine blast — RT Russia News

The powerful explosion of a secretive missile engine with an “isotope power source” blew the device into pieces and threw workers off a sea platform, Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said. Searches for the missing went on all day.

Arkhangelsk Region Blast Victims Recommended for Posthumous State Awards – Rosatom – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Employees of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center – All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF) who were killed in an explosion during a rocket engine test at a training ground in the Arkhangelsk Region will be recommended for posthumous state awards, the Rosatom state corporation said.

UAWire – Russian nuclear agency provides details of explosion during missile tests

The press service of Russian State company Rosatom reported, that a missile exploded during testing on a marine platform, and in the end of the test the rocket fuel caught fire and caused the explosion, reports RBC news agency. As a result of the explosion, five employees of Rosatom, who were working with the radioisotope power source of the rocket, were killed, said Rosatom. “There was a confluence of various factors, which often occurs when new technologies are tested. Of course, our employees were aware of the importance and potential danger of the carried work, specialists often work in conditions of the potential risk. Farewell ceremony for the killed workers will take place on August 12,” reads the message of Rosatom. Rosatom noted that the financial responsibility for the future of the families of the victims rests with the company. “It’s not just about one-time help. It’s is a small part of what we can do as a sign of appreciation for the dedicated work of the testers who gave their lives for the safety of all of us.” On Thursday, August 8, the Russian Defense Ministry reported an explosion on the territory of a military testing site in the Arkhangelsk region, in which two people were killed and six injured. After the accident, the Severodvinsk administration website published a report on a short-term increase in the radiation. It was noted, that at the time of publication, the radiation went back to normal, and the sensor readings do not exceed the maximum permissible. However, later, the message was removed, and city administration said that the initial statement was removed, “because the Ministry of Defense is working on this situation.” Senior researcher of the Federation of American Scientists Ankit Panda in a conversation with Reuters news agency said that conventional liquid fuel missiles do not emit radiation. He also noted that previously Russia has reported about the development of a rocket with a nuclear engine. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the Federal Assembly about the development of a nuclear-powered Burevestnik cruise missile.

Russia Holds Memorial Service for Nuclear Workers Killed in Mysterious Accident – The Moscow Times

Officials have been drip-feeding information about the blast that caused a radiation spike in a nearby city.

What We Know About Russia’s Mysterious Rocket Explosion So Far – The Moscow Times

Russian officials have been slow to release details about the incident, drawing comparisons to the handling of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up in Deadly Accident – Bloomberg

The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear reactor, according to a top official at the institute where they worked.

Russia: Small nuclear reactor involved in explosion that killed five scientists | TheHill

A small nuclear reactor was involved in the failed missile test last week that ended in an explosion killing five scientists, Bloomberg News

Russia honours ‘national heroes’ killed in mysterious rocket blast | Euronews

Russia honours ‘national heroes’ killed in mysterious rocket blast

Russia honours ‘national heroes’ killed in mysterious nuclear rocket blast | World news | The Guardian

Five scientists died during suspected secret testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile

Explosion fuels speculation Russia is testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile | The Times of Israel

7 were killed in blast that Moscow’s TASS news agency reports was related to a ‘radioisotope power source’

U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians – The New York Times

Intelligence officials suspect that the explosion involved a prototype of a nuclear-propelled cruise missile that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has boasted can reach any corner of the earth.

Experimental Russian ‘superweapon’ kills five in Nyonoksa

When an experimental missile exploded at a secret Russian base, things were immediately odd. Children from the nearby city of Severodvinsk were sent home from school. Its 185,000 residents were told to stay indoors. Doses of Iodine were distributed. All shipping was barred from the area for at least 30 days.

Russia radiation spike ‘caused by test of Putin’s new missile dubbed Flying Chernobyl’ | World | News |

RUSSIA was testing the nuclear engine of a deadly ‘unlimited range’ cruise missile nicknamed the ‘Flying Chernobyl’ when it exploded killing at least five, a leading Moscow journalist has claimed.

Russia indicates rocket engine exploded in test of mini nuclear reactor | World news | The Guardian

Test failure symptomatic of wider escalation of US-Russia nuclear tensions, expert says

Russia was ‘testing its Flying Chernobyl missile’ when it exploded killing five – World News – Mirror Online

A leading Moscow journalist claims the deadly explosion, which has caused a radiation spike, happened during a test of the cruise missile’s nuclear engine

US blames Russian nuclear cruise missile test for huge explosion that killed five at military base – The Sun

AMERICAN nuke experts say the testing of a Russian nuclear cruise missile was to blame for a huge explosion at a military site that killed five of its workers. Russia’s state nuclear agency confirmed the deaths were caused by Thursday’s blast, which left a further three people injured and sparked radiation fears.

UAWire – Media: Victims of missile engine explosion in Russia were exposed to radiation

The victims of the explosion during the tests of a new type of engine on the ship in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk region, Russia) were exposed to …

Siberian Ammo Depot Explosions Killed 1 and Wounded 32, Officials Say – The Moscow Times

Several blasts ripped through the site over the past week, prompting the authorities to evacuate 16,000 residents from nearby areas.

Toll From Siberian Ammo Explosions Reaches One Dead, 32 Injured

The casualty toll from two waves of explosions at a Russian ammunition depot in Siberia has risen to one dead and 32 injured.

Almost 1,000 Siberian Residents Seek Compensation After Russian Arms Depot Blasts

More than 800 residents of the Siberian town of Achinsk have asked for monetary compensation after two explosions at an arms depot killed one person and injured dozens more, causing as many as 16,0…

Russian Reserves March Toward $600 Billion As Sanction Threats Loom, Fitch Says

Russia will continue to build up its foreign currency and gold reserves to protect its economy as threats of more U.S. sanctions loom, a top financial firm said.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Imitation Democracy is Self-Destructing, Klyamkin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 9 – The chief result of Vladimir Putin’s 20 years in power has been the institutionalization of imitation democracy and an imitation state of law, but such imitations, however much stronger than those offered by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, carry within themselves the seeds of their own destruction, a process that now is very much on public view. In a Kasparov commentator, the senior Moscow commentator says that Russians are no longer willing to live with imitations: they want the real thing and have voted against the Kremlin’s candidates in elections and want the Kremlin and all Russian officials to obey the laws they claim to be defenders of ( The authorities now see that “even within the limits of their own illegal legality, they cannot deprive undesirable (from their point of view) candidates and have been forced to go beyond these limits into illegality.” And they have discovered that there are in Moscow at least “not a few people who are prepared to demand that the authorities obey what they say the law is. In this situation, the powers that be have responded with force and repressions, acting not as defenders of imitation democracy and imitation rule of law but by accusing their political opponents of being “agents of hostile foreign forces and enemies of the state” in the hope that this will make the authorities’ actions seem “routine” and within the law as they understand it. But that subverts the approach they have adopted in the past and raises the serious question of just how long such imitations can exist in Russia. At present, they appear to be dying in the minds of Russians and on the streets of Russian cities. That creates a new and potentially more explosive situation than anyone thought possible only a few months ago.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: To Cope with Growing Protests, Moscow Siloviki Forced to Bring in Reserves from Regions, Expert Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 9 – At the end of Soviet times, the interior ministry often brought in militiamen from outside Moscow to counter protests in the capital. Most assumed that they did so because the regional police could be counted on to treat protesters with less deference than would their Moscow counterparts. That may still be true, but a special on political psychology who earlier served as an advisor to a CPSU Central Committee secretary, speaking to Snob on condition of anonymity, says that there are at least two other reasons that the powers that be are bringing in police from the hinterlands ( “First of all,” he says, “there is a need to provide instruction for the provincial structures: if where they serve is quiet, this means that they need to be trained in a place where it isn’t.” That certainly describes Moscow today. And it is also likely, he suggests, Moscow forces are overstretched and don’t have enough cadres. So they bring in people from the regions. The political psychology expert expressed his opinion about a variety of other questions as well. He suggested that the protests taking place now are a trial run for both the opposition and the authorities in anticipation of what may happen in the runup to the 2021 Duma vote and the 2024 presidential elections. As to why Russians are coming out to the protests now, he continued, there are three categories of people at the meetings and a fourth that should be but isn’t. The first wants the adrenalin rush of taking part in a mass meeting, the second seeks to be involved in whatever is going no, and the third comes out of pure curiosity. According to the expert, there should be a fourth category but so far there isn’t. This would include those who have made a conscious choice to take part in support of “a definite political line.” The problem is “not in people, but in the absence of such a line.” The issue of registering candidates can’t be that: it will be irrelevant after September 8. The siloviki are using force as part of “a reconnaissance by force” of what they may be up against in 2021 or 2024 as well as because different segments of the force structures are in competition with each other and officers within any one service are seeking the approval and preferment from their superiors. In another comment, the expert says that there are several reasons why the siloviki go after journalists. “Frightening journalists is never harmful,” he begins. Some who are frightened won’t come to future protests and that will limit the coverage such actions get. Moreover, going after one journalist may be a test of where his support lies. And sometimes, he says, “the purely personal” may play a role. “It is possible that a specific journalist may have crossed the line of one of the siloviki and an order ‘from above’ is given to arrest him.” Or the whole thing may be “more prosaic: a policeman dispersing the meeting may simply not like a particular correspondent.”

Leonid Radzikhovsky – Beatings and police arbitrariness: what kind of Russia did Putin build in 20 years | Апостроф

Leonid Radzikhovsky about the “achievements” of the era of Putin’s rule in Russia. The first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, on August 9, 1999, in a televised address to the nation, called the name of a person who “is able to consolidate society and ensure the continuation of reforms.” This person was former FSB lieutenant colonel Vladimir Putin – later prime minister and president of the Russian Federation. And 20 years later, on August 10, a rally will be held in Moscow against the police state created by Putin . The Apostrophe asked the Russian publicist Leonid Radzikhovsky to comment on the stage of Putin’s reign and predict the future fate of Russia. These were very different 20 years. The first 8 years – from 2000 to 2008 – were the most effective, maybe for 100 years, maybe for a longer period in the history of Russia. It did not depend on Putin – exactly the same rise was in all commodity countries and CIS countries. But since this happened under Putin, then this is recorded in his asset board. The economy is growing, the standard of living is growing, and such a ruler is considered as efficient as possible. In those same years, Putin eliminated at least some freedom of television and created all the prerequisites for his irremovable power – in fact royal, unlimited. And he formulated Putin’s foreign policy doctrine – the very “Munich speech” (Putin’s speech at the Munich Conference on Security Policy on February 10, 2007. In it, he spoke of the unacceptability of a unipolar model of the world and the right of Russia to pursue an independent foreign policy. “Munich Speech” is considered the beginning of a new confrontation between Putin’s Kremlin and the West – the Apostrophe), opposition to the West, and so on. Russia is back on track. It was very popular and very popular in society – that we are a great power, no worse than America, that we are proud of this and are not going to give way to anyone. Then, as you know, there was a crisis. And now stagnation. Now we have all the same things: unlimited power, anti-Western rhetoric – because Russia, in general, has no politicians – but without economic growth. There is social and economic stagnation. Here are the results for today. When Putin came to power, he was 47. After this age, people no longer radically change. They are stiff. The same thing happened with Putin. Plus, rampant flattery, which is very harmful to the adequacy of any person. It’s hard to preserve it when absolutely everyone around you — journalists, politicians, Western politicians — constantly flatter you. Without end, they look at you from the bottom up. Putin now considers himself king. And who else? Putin will be in power until 2024. During this time, nothing grand will happen in the country. There is stagnation in Russia now. If we recall the Brezhnev era – from the late 1970s until the death of Leonid Brezhnev, then this time people lived very poorly in the Soviet Union – there were problems with food, there was no meat, industrial goods, clothes. In the modern world there are no such problems. But there are other problems – it is almost impossible to move forward, create a new business, make a career. In addition, people get tired of political stillness. A change of leader is needed, among other things, to give a new energy, a new drive. Successful, adequate or not is another question. When Putin arrived, he gave this drive. And now he not only does not do this, he simply leads to ossification around himself. It will continue, and inside it, the state apparatus will begin to decompose actively. In Russia there is no public political competition, so there is non-public competition. What Winston Churchill called the bulldog fight under the carpet. But this will not lead to any separatism or loss of power. Russian foreign policy is very slightly profit-oriented – otherwise there would be no point in cursing with Europe, annexing Crimea, and getting into Ukraine and Syria. These are absolutely unnecessary things from an economic point of view. The main goal of Russia is prestige. Putin’s personal prestige and Russia’s state prestige. This is a demonstration to the whole world and its citizens that Russia is a great country that can compete on equal terms with the States. It is impossible to achieve Putin’s departure or change of the political course of Russia with the help of peaceful rallies. At a rally to be held in Moscow on August 10, we will talk about the right of people to walk quietly in the streets, about police arbitrariness (the rally agreed upon by the authorities will take place after a hard crackdown on unauthorized “walkers” of supporters of independent opposition candidates for elections to the Moscow City Duma, “Apostrophe”) . I can say why I will go there: I am wildly annoyed by police arbitrariness. What worries me is that peaceful unarmed people are beaten, arrested and threatened with imprisonment for many years. Something will come out of this rally or not – I can’t judge. There is such an expression – do what you should, and be what happens. It is possible to ensure that innocent people are not beaten and no longer arrested. I do not think, Leonid Radzikhovsky , Russian publicist, specially for the Apostrophe

Russia Protests Present New Challenge to Putin’s Dominance – WSJ

A surge in Moscow’s protest movement has presented the biggest challenge in nearly a decade to President Vladimir Putin’s heavy-handed political system, giving Russians the chance to air an array of grievances over economic stagnation, lack of political choice and the Kremlin’s geopolitical isolation.

Putin’s electoral rating fell to a minimum in 18 years – BBC News Русская служба

Sergey Goryashko BBC Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support has declined – only 43% are ready to vote for him in the election, a poll by the POF showed. Experts attribute the downgrade to protests over the Moscow City Duma elections and predict a further drop in Putin’s support. If the presidential election took place next Sunday, Putin would have supported 43%, found the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM). This is the lowest indicator recorded by sociologists over the past 18 years. Only in April 2001, less were ready to vote for Putin – 42%. At the same time, as the FOM survey showed, the ratings of other politicians have not changed – as before, 10% would support the candidate from the Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin, 11% would support LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Poll: almost 40% of Russians do not want to see Putin as president after 2024 Peskov asked experts to explain what is happening with Putin’s ratings. They explained Putin’s rating fell again, despite the new VTsIOM methodology For others, the level of electoral support does not exceed 1%. Also, 3% would spoil the ballot, and 13% would not go to the polls. The rest (15%) found it difficult to answer. In March 2018, Putin was re-elected to the presidency for the fourth time (and the second time in a row). According to the current constitution of Russia, he does not have the right to run for president again in the 2024 election. At the same time, according to the FOM, the number of those who believe that Putin’s post works well has decreased – from 64% in July to 60% now. 27% told sociologists that the president on the post works poorly, and 12% found it difficult to assess. This is the level of December-January 2018-2019, at that time Putin’s ratings experienced another decline. Also, 36% said they began to trust the president less in the last month – and only 15% had confidence in the head of state. 49% were unable to answer this question. At the end of July, Levada Center sociologists found that more than a third of Russians (38%) would not want Putin to remain president after the end of his current term in 2024. According to FOM analyst Grigory Kertman, despite the fact that “formally, Putin’s downgrade is almost kept within the statistical error (2.5%),” the data indicate that people are dissatisfied. He believes that both natural disasters (fires and floods in Siberia) and protests in Moscow could lower the presidential rating. Forest fires and floods in Russia called 40% of FOM respondents the main event of the past week, and rallies in Moscow were in second place (8%). “For the general general ill-being, the president has a very different responsibility,” Kertman summarized in a conversation with the BBC. He found it difficult to answer whether Putin’s rating would continue to decline. Protests Trigger Putin’s ratings fell amid mass protests in Moscow, which began with opposition candidates failing to register for elections to the Moscow City Duma. Every weekend over the past five weeks, disgruntled Muscovites take to the street rallies; on Saturday, August 10, a rally will be held on Sakharov Avenue. According to Kertman, Putin’s downgrade is associated not only with support for protests. “There are people who are quite loyal, for whom stability is the highest value and the image of instability is mass protests and clashes between protesters and the rule of law. One of the reasons for maintaining a high assessment of the president’s work is that we don’t, but now the picture shows that we have it “- Kertman noted. – Images of instability appeared, it causes great concern, discontent is addressed to the country’s leadership and Putin personally as a guarantor of stability.” “Protests are a trigger, and the reason is electoral fatigue and unfulfilled expectations after the presidential election, 20 years is a very long time,” political analyst Konstantin Kalachev explained Putin’s downgrade. According to him, the demand for systemic changes is growing among citizens, and the authorities are not able to generate them themselves. “[Downgrade] is a trend that is difficult to reverse, Putin has ceased to amaze, has become too predictable, his switch to the agenda of internal development has not been convincing enough. And the topic of foreign policy is no longer warming, although it’s still being discussed,” he said political scientist of the BBC. Kalachev believes that Putin’s rating will continue to go down, including due to the natural change of generations. The expert drew attention to the fact that assessments of Putin’s work are higher than his electoral rating, but this, according to him, is an assessment of the past. “And he lost his reaction to the protests. He would leave on time and act as a defender of the electoral rights,” the political scientist suggested. “But aging authoritarian regimes act as they are accustomed to. Excessive violence from the average person does not calm, but frightens.” Moscow protests are not so much the reason for Putin’s downgrade, but another consequence of long-term negative trends, political analyst Abbas Gallyamov said. “This is not a situational reaction to some external irritant. It began to come to people that under the guise of” strong power “hid the usual authoritarianism and corruption,” he told the BBC. “The country has matured a request for a new course.” According to Galliamov, Putin’s downgrade under these conditions is a natural process, and it will continue.

UAWire – Putin’s rating falls to 18 year low

The rating of a Russian President Vladimir Putin has fallen to a record low. Only 43 % of Russians are ready to vote for him, reports BBC with reference to the survey of the Public Opinion Foundation. According to the experts, if the presidential elections were held now, 43% of citizens would vote for Putin. Experts associate this with protests in support of unregistered candidates for the Moscow city Duma. Also, forecasts say that Putin’s rating will continue to fall. Putin’s rating was lower in 2001 – only 42 % were ready to vote for him. According to the survey, 40% of Russians wouldn’t like to see Putin as the Russian President after 2024. On July 27, during an unauthorized protest in Moscow to demand that unregistered candidates could take part in the elections to the Moscow city council, a record number of people was detained.

Russia news: Vladimir Putin brands protests ‘illegal’ as pressure mounts on Kremlin | World | News |

VLADIMIR PUTIN lashed out at Google for advertising “illegal” demonstrations on YouTube after a surge in Moscow’s protest movement sent shockwaves through the Kremlin.

Moscow’s peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin because its only tool is violence | Alexey Kovalev | Opinion | The Guardian

Thousands are calling for opposition candidates to be allowed to stand in the city’s election, says Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev

Vladimir Putin defies tens of thousands of protesters in Moscow by riding a motorcycle | Daily Mail Online

Vladimir Putin rode his Ural bike with the patriotic Night Wolves bikers on the tenth anniversary of their annual bike show in Sevastopol, Crimea.

Putin poses with bikers as thousands of Russians take to streets | World | The Times

Tens of thousands of people defied a police crackdown to stage Moscow’s biggest protest for almost a decade as President Putin’s ratings slumped to their lowest since 2001.Up to 60,000 protesters took part, according to an independent monitoring group. The crowd, waving white, blue and red Russian f

Two Russians submit complaints against Putin for riding motorcycle without helmet during nationalist bike show — Meduza

Maxim Chikhunov, an attorney from Vladivostok, has asked the traffic safety department of Sevastopol, Crimea, to charge Vladimir Putin with an administrative offense after the Russian president was recorded riding a motorcycle there without a helmet.

Russian Lawyer Offers Reward For Identifying Officer Who Punched Female Protester

A Russian civil rights lawyer has offered a 100,000 ruble ($1,300) reward for help identifying a National Guardsman who punched a female protester.

A masked Moscow riot cop gut-punched a woman last Saturday. Now there’s a 100,000-ruble reward for information leading to his name. — Meduza

Following Moscow’s mass opposition protest on August 10, some demonstrators decided to stage a march through the center of the city. Many of these people were arrested in the Kitai-Gorod region, and police arrested a total of 256 activists before the end of the day. Replaying scenes from multiple protests in recent weeks, police responded with overwhelming force, pinning protesters’ arms behind their backs, dragging them into police vans, and officers beat at least one person in custody.

New polling shows that Moscow’s opposition protesters are far more local than the government wants people to believe — Meduza

A group of specialists organized a survey of the demonstrators who attended Moscow’s August 10 protest at Sakharov Prospekt and determined that 80 percent of the people live within the city limits, and another 17 percent live in the Moscow region. More than half (56 percent) of the permanent Moscow residents said they were born in the capital, the survey’s organizers told the newspaper Vedomosti.

Police officer who gut-punched woman during Moscow protest reportedly identified — Meduza

The Telegram-based investigative outlet Baza has submitted a request to the Moscow branch of Russia’s police force asking for a probe into the actions of Sergey Tsyplakov during Moscow’s August 10 election protest. The outlet suspects Tsyplakov of being the officer who punched protester Darya Sosnovskaya in the abdomen, after which she required a medical examination. Baza’s journalists said they received some information about Tsyplakov’s service from his colleagues, but the officer himself did not respond to their questions. Sosnovskaya was arrested during the August 10 protest after she objected to the arrest of another protester who has limited mobility. A police officer punched her after accidentally dropping his baton. Sosnovskaya has submitted a complaint askingfor charges to be brought against the officer involved, and leading human rights advocate Pavel Chikov offered a 100,000-ruble ($1,525) reward for identifying information about the officer. Baza Editor-in-Chief Nikita Mogutin declined the reward, leaving it to be transferred to Sosnovskaya’s attorney.

Ян Кателевский on Twitter: “Мент бьет кулаком в живот девушке.” / Twitter

Russian National Guard Denies Ties To Officer Who Punched Protester

Russia’s National Guard is distancing itself from video footage that shows a uniformed officer punch a detained female protester in the stomach during an August 10 demonstration in Moscow.

‘Comrade Major’ An anonymous Telegram channel leaked the personal data of 3,000 ‘Navalny supporters.’ Here’s how it happened and who was behind it. — Meduza

On Friday, August 9, a day before a massive political protest at Sakharov Prospekt in Moscow, the Telegram channel Comrade Major (@MayorFSB) wrote the following: “Listen to this: these idiots in the Team Navalny chat group have completely lost it. Right in their chat group, they accidentally uploaded the WHOLE database of their supporters’ information that they use for mobilizing people for rallies. It’s got everything: passport and telephone numbers, addresses, everything! There’s not even anything left for us to do! These guys screwed themselves over. Jesus, what a bunch of idiots!” …….. The file’s properties indicate that it was created on July 27, and last modified on August 9. The “company” field reads “Moscow Interior Ministry Main Directorate.” The spreadsheet contains 3,198 fields with personal information: telephone numbers, full names, registered addresses, birth dates, and passport numbers. Not every data field is complete: for some individuals, there’s only a full name and phone number, and in some places there’s no registered address. Of the 1,794 telephone numbers listed, 1,406 have prefixes from the telecom MTS (though not everyone with these numbers is a current customer, as some have migrated their old numbers to new service providers).

Russian election official’s grandson reportedly bought luxury apartment worth half a billion rubles when he was just four years old — Meduza

The Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was founded by Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, has released a report regarding real estate that formerly belonged to Artur Ebzeyev, the grandson of Central Election Commission member Boris Ebzeyev. The apartment in question included 274 square meters (2,949 square feet) of floorspace and is currently valued at about half a billion rubles ($7.6 million).

Russia’s Opposition Has a Long Way to Go – The Moscow Times

Opinion | Despite Moscow’s record protest, the Kremlin’s position is still strong.

Jailed oppositionist calls on central election commissioner to postpone Moscow’s City Duma vote — Meduza

Ilya Yashin, one of the most prominent opposition candidates whom Moscow election officials refused to register for September’s City Duma race, has published an open letter on Facebook calling on Central Election Commissioner Ella Pamfilova to cancel the September 8 elections and reschedule them for later in the fall. Yashin says Pamfilova should act “in the name of the Constitution and in the interests of the people.”

Russian Internet Watchdog Urges YouTube to Refrain From Promoting Unauthorised Rallies – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Sunday it had sent a letter to Google, saying that YouTube, owned by Google, must refrain from publicising unauthorised mass events.

Not YouTube’s business: Russian telecom watchdog tells Google to stop promoting unsanctioned rallies — RT Russia News

Russian regulator Roskomnadzor told Google it must curb use of its video platform YouTube for promotion of opposition rallies, after sanctioned protests in Moscow ended up with some activists being spurred to take illegal action.

Google Put On Kremlin’s Growing List Of Alleged Moscow Rally Promoters

Russia has added California-based Google to its growing list of alleged Western culprits whom it accuses of calling on Muscovites to attend protests, some of which have been held without official a…

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications For Protest Livestreams | Gizmodo Australia

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest…

Russia threatens Google for promoting ‘illegal mass events’ on YouTube – CNET

State communications watchdog Roscomnadzor takes issue with push notifications for demonstration livestreams.

Russia warns Google to stop promoting ‘illegal mass events’ on YouTube | TheHill

The Russian government is asking Google not to advertise “illegal mass events” on YouTube in the wake of ongoing demonstrations protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the September ballot

Russia accuses YouTube of interfering in its sovereign affairs | World news | The Guardian

Moscow says US-based firm has spread information about unsanctioned protests

Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal events’ on YouTube in wake of anti-Putin protests | Daily Mail Online

A Russian watchdog has demanded that Google stops advertising ‘illegal’ events through Youtube after a landmark protest swept through Moscow yesterday.

Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events after election protests – Reuters

Russia’s state communications watchdog has asked Google to stop advertising “illegal mass events” on its YouTube video platform, it said on Sunday.

Who Turned Out to Moscow’s Opposition Protest? – The Moscow Times

A survey of Saturday’s protest contradicts state television’s claims that protesters were largely “bums, gypsies and outsiders.”

Capturing A Drone In Moscow – YouTube

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Published on Aug 12, 2019 This video sows a Russian police officer capturing a drone at a protest rally in Moscow on August 10. It was not immediately clear who owned the drone, and some online comment suggested the incident was staged for TV cameras.

Capturing A Drone In Moscow

This video shows a Russian police officer capturing a drone at a protest rally in Moscow on August 10. It was not immediately clear who owned the drone, and some online comment suggested the incident was staged for TV cameras.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘It’s Better Not to Joke with Siberians’ – A Real Popular Protest is Emerging in the Regions

Paul Goble Staunton, August 9 – Novosibirsk commentator Nikita Isayev notes that protests in the regions are often dismissed as being about specific issues rather than general political principles like those in Moscow, but he suggests that is wrong ( In his city, the authorities lost a gubernatorial election because they thought they could ignore the people. Now, they are doing the same thing again, pushing for an almost nine percent price hike for communal services, something residents there are not about to put up with. “It’s better not to joke with Siberians,” he says, noting that ever more of them are taking to the streets. What is now clear, he says, is that “tomorrow not 400 people will go into the streets” if the authorities continue to ignore the population. “The day after that a thousand, the day after that, three thousand, and then five – and finally everyone.” And this will extend throughout Siberia and then the entire country. The Kremlin will lose not just a governor as it did with Gorodetsky in 2017. It will lose something more, the possibility of remaining in power except by repression because it will face a people fighting to defend their standard of living rather than some abstract principle. That may not attract as much attention from the Moscow-centric media; but it is far more powerful. The Moscow protests get the most attention, but focusing on them is to miss the point, Isayev says. “The political system of the country as a w hole is beginning to change.” If the opposition had good leaders, it might get in the Duma in the 2021 elections. But an opposition based on people’s interests as in Siberia will change things even if that doesn’t happen. “A year of protests will begin in the regions this fall, and next year, 2020, will be a year of real protests.” But, and this is Isayev’s point, “this will not be the liberal protest of Navalny of 2017 or 2018 or the KPRF protests of 2018.” It will be something else and something the powers that be can’t simply ignore or totally suppress. This new protest wave, he concludes, will be “a real one, a popular one which will give birth to a new opposition which knows its own people and is capable of defeating the powers that be.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Under Putin, Russia’s Muslims have Suffered Far More than Other Russians, ‘Golos Islam’ Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 9 – Russia’s Muslims suffered all the ills that other Russians have during the 20 years of Vladimir Putin’s rule as the Kremlin leader has moved from “hard authoritarianism” to “soft totalitarianism,” Ikramkutkin Khan says. But they have suffered many additional ones because Putin has built his power by attacking them. Putin rose to power by unleashing a war against Chechnya with the apartment bombings in 1999, winning support from Russians as the man who kept the Russian Federation from falling apart by fighting “Islamist terrorism.” And he received “carte blanche” from Russians and others after the September 11 attacks on the US ( From the beginning of his rule and even during the “fat” times of high oil prices, Putin began “to prohibit Islamic organizations which up to now freely operate in the majority of Western countries, began a paranoidal witch hunt for Saudis, Qataris, and Turks and closed foundations, educational institutions and publishers with international ties.” Indeed, over the last 20 years, the Kremlin leader has conducted what cn only be ““a real cover war against the Islamic sector of civil society” not only when he was treating the rest of Russia relatively well but especially when he was cracking down as he has been most of the time. (The Russian Muslim commentator points to an article on the Golos Islam site ( Putin’s crackdown against Muslims almost year by year after the last 20, a crackdown that all too often goes unnoticed against the general trends in Russian life.) For Russia’s Muslims, the 1990s which many Russians now view with particular distaste thanks to Putin’s propaganda were a much better time, “when in the country like mushrooms after a rain, Islamic organizations and foundations grew, when Muslims freely travelled abroad to study and their co-religionists came to Russia.” They even had representatives in the Duma. And for them, Khan continues, the 1990s were a time “when republics had significant authority, elected their own presidents, had a flourishing social, national and religious life, and their representatives like Aushev, Shaymiyev and others defended their interests in Russian politics.” Putin took all this away from the Muslims of Russia just as he deprived all Rusisans of “many of their freedoms which had they had gained after the fall of the totalitarian regime,” the commentator continues. But Putin’s attack on Islam has not been limited by the borders of the Russian Federation, Khan says. He has supported Asad’s anti-Muslim regime in Syria, he has seized Crimes, “whose indigenous Muslim population has been transformed into a pariah on its own land,” and he has supported “anti-Islamic forces and attitudes in many countries with Muslim minorities.” Things would have been very different for both Russians as a whole and Muslims in particular if someone other than Putin had been in power in Moscow. But he and his entourage “wanted to keep power at any price and therefore chose” not to defend the interests of Russia’s citizens and peoples but to engage in “war and terror.” As a result, the Russian Muslim commentator says, Putin does have the chance “to remain in power to the end of his days,” just as other dictators like Ceaucescu and Qaddafi did but he won’t be able to pass on his system to someone else any more than either of those notorious figures did.



U.S. Army discloses ground-launched hypersonic weapon development – Defence Blog

The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) has disclosed initial details of a new ground-launched missile during the 22nd Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville this week. The new weapon system is called the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon, or LRHW. The RCCTO is charged with delivering the Army’s LRHW, working in close coordination with PEO Missiles and Space and the Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team. Going faster than the speed of sound, the LRHW is a strategic weapon that will introduce a new class of ultrafast, maneuverable, long-range missiles with rockets that can launch from ground platforms. The LRHW system is a universal solid-propellant medium-range All-Up Round, or AUR, ballistic missile, equipped with a universal maneuverable and therefore, unpredictable, the hypersonic warhead of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in the execution of Block 1. Both of these system components are developed by the Sandia National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy with the participation of the United States Missile Defense Agency. The C-HGB hypersonic warhead is being developed as a whole to equip weapons systems of three types of the U.S. armed forces (Army, Air Force, and Navy). The AUR missile will also be used by the U.S. Navy. The AUR missile has a case diameter of 34.5 inches (887 mm). The missile will be launched from a transport and launch container with a length of about 10 m from a ground-based towed two-container mobile launcher with an Oshkosh M983A4 tractor unit (8×8). The launcher semi-trailer is a modified M870 semi-trailer of the Patriot SAM launcher. The missile system will use the standard American fire control system for missile forces and artillery AFATDS in version 7.0. The battery of the LRHW system will include four dual-container launchers and one Battery Operation Center. According to RCCTO officials, the U.S. Army expected to develop and deliver one experimental prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon battery by FY2023.



U.S. missile shield site in Poland taking shape – Defence Blog

The newest U.S. anti-missile station in Redzikowo, Poland, will be home to the Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense System(AABMDS) mission in the coming years and is expected to be completed sometime in late 2020. Located in the northwestern part of Poland, the Navy’s land-based missile defense system is being built just outside the town of Redzikowo and is a result of the 2009 initiative called the European Phased Adaptive Approach(EPAA). The EPAA calls for using Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities to defend Europe against threats originating from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. Naval Support Facility Redzikowo is a tangible demonstration of the U.S. commitment to collective security in Europe. It is the Navy’s newest installation, the first U.S. installation in Poland and is co-located with the Redzikowo Force Protection Battalion at the Redzikowo Military Base. The Aegis Ashore site at Redzikowo is Phase III of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, the United States’ voluntary national contribution to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense. Aegis Ashore in Poland expands the defensive capability that protects NATO European territories, populations and forces from ballistic missile threats emanating from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. The system is designed to detect, track, engage and destroy ballistic missiles in flight. It uses the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor, which does not carry an explosive warhead, to intercept and destroy an enemy missile by colliding with it at high speed.

Turkey mulling purchases of Russian Su-35 fighter jets – media – news world | UNIAN

Turkish authorities are considering purchases Russian Su-35 fighter jets after the United States expelled the country from the F-35 fighter jet program. Ankara has not yet provided official comments on the possible deal.

The media learned about the consideration in Turkey of the Russian proposal for the supply of Su-35 – RIA Novosti

ANKARA, Aug 12 – RIA News. Turkish authorities are evaluating Russia’s proposal for the purchase of Su-35 multipurpose fighters, the Yeni Safak newspaper reports citing a military source. As stated earlier by the head of Rostec state corporation Sergey Chemezov, Moscow is ready to sell the Ankara Su-35 if it has the corresponding desire. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, said that Ankara would take action in the event of a US refusal to sell her the latest F-35 fighters, she would look for the same equipment elsewhere.


Envoys of U.S., Germany, France to hold consultations on Normandy format soon – news politics | UNIAN

Representatives of the United States, Germany, France plan to soon hold consultations on the Normandy format, involving Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. The next round of the consultations should be held in the coming week.

US, Germany, France to hold consultations on Normandy format

The representatives of the United States, Germany and France are going to hold another round of consultations on the Normandy format this week. — Ukrinform.

U.S., Germany, France to hold consultations on Normandy format – Volker

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said that representatives of the United States, Germany and France plan to hold another round of consultations on the Normandy format early next week, Voice of America (VoA) has reported.

The USA will hold consultations with Germany and France concerning the Normandy format, – Volker

Representatives of the United States, Germany and France plan to hold consultations regarding the Norman format early next week. About this informs the Censor. NO with reference to the Voice of America . The US representative at the talks, Kurt Walker, confirmed that he is in close contact with European partners, and the next round of consultations should take place next week. Источник:

Scoop of the weekend: Donbas on international agenda – news portal

The USA, Germany and France will hold consultations on the Normandy format of negotiations on Donbas, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker has said, according to the Voice of America. The Horlivka meat packing plant and the Khartsyzk cable plant Silur, which ended up on the separatist-controlled territory and were seized by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, have changed hands and are currently controlled by dubious Russian firms, according to Vostochnyy Variant. Russia’s decision to relax citizenship rules has not caused rush demand among Ukrainians on the separatist-controlled territory, according to Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories Heorhiy Tuka. “Russians are clearly disappointed because of this,” he said. Pro-Russian separatists carried out 13 attacks on 10 July. One Ukraine serviceman got killed and one wounded.

Christopher Pincher on Twitter: “As Minister for Europe and the Americas at the ⁦@foreignoffice⁩ , I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our international friends on many important global issues.” / Twitter

Christopher Pincher: UK will continue to stand with Ukraine

The Government of the United Kingdom will continue to support Ukraine in its confrontation with Russian aggression. — Ukrinform.

Britain to continue supporting Ukraine in countering Russian aggression: Minister – news politics | UNIAN

British Minister for Europe Christopher Pincher assures that his country will continue to support Ukraine in countering Russian aggression. Ukraine remains among the priorities for the British Foreign Office, according to Pincher.

Netanyahu To Be First Israeli Prime Minister To Visit Ukraine In 20 Years

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Ukraine on August 18-20, the first foreign leader to visit the country since Volodymyr Zelenskiy ascended the presidency.

Ukrainian ships to visit Turkey until Aug 17

A tactical group of Ukrainian ships, including three Ukrainian Navy speedboats Nova Kakhovka, Smila and Chyhyryn, which were scheduled to complete their visit to the Turkish Navy’s Golcuk naval base on August 12, will stay there until August 17, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. — Ukrinform.


U.S. Embassy supports Ukraine’s protest over Putin’s trip to occupied Crimea

Travels by Russian officials to the occupied Crimea are an unacceptable violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has stated. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine Triggered After Leather-Clad Putin Attends Biker Rally In Crimea | Zero Hedge

A “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

Ukraine rips Putin’s visit to pro-Kremlin motorcycle club in Crimea | TheHill

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry protested Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Crimea.

Russian “constitution” for children promotes anti-Ukrainian propaganda, lies on Donbas war – rights group – news world | UNIAN

A new Russian textbook in verse for children claims that Ukraine “has stirred up war and vengeance” and that people have been banned from speaking Russian.  If this book is used in the occupied Crimea where Russia has been breaching international law by imposing conscription, children will also learn about they may lose their lives “defending Russia”. It also blames “America” for the sanctions imposed on Russia.

Ukraine-Russia trade turnover drops threefold

Ukraine-Russia trade turnover has dropped almost threefold since 2014 and totaled $6.9 billion for the first half of 2019. — Ukrinform.

Failure of propaganda: Russia was unable to disrupt the deal between Ukraine and Turkey on drones

As I always said, any Kremlin informational attack against Ukraine should have a reason, which may not immediately become known, but one way or another, we will find out about it. This was the case with the sketches on the destruction of Ukrainian Il-76s in Libya, to which they tried to tie smuggling with weapons , thereby discrediting Ukraine in the eyes of Western partners, especially with the United States, with whom the conclusion of a contract for the supply of lethal weapons is being discussed. This happened during the visit of Vladimir Zelensky to Turkey, when fakes began to appear that Ukraine had agreed in exchange for the Turkish Altay tanks, which, attention, even in Turkey were not accepted for service, to transfer the Yuzhnoye missile developments to Ankara that the USA obviously would not like. Today it became known exactly what Russian propagandists pursued with this discredit, namely, to disrupt a very useful and important deal between Ukraine and Turkey. Thus, the company Ukrspetsexport and the Turkish manufacturer of UAVs Baykar Defense created a joint venture, one of the first projects of which will be the development of a new generation of unmanned aerial vehicles. It is noteworthy that the launched fake with tanks did not justify itself as did the large-scale wave with the Il-76TD, in which almost all Russian media of federal significance were involved, but the output was zilch. And therefore, dry the oars, gentlemen hybrids, again – by! Military-political observer Alexander Kovalenko


Russian proxies violate ceasefire in Donbas eight times: Ukrainian soldier wounded

12.08.19 10:34 – Russian proxies violate ceasefire in Donbas eight times: Ukrainian soldier wounded Aug. 11, the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated ceasefire in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas eight times. View news.

Russian-led forces violate ceasefire in Donbas 8 times. One Ukrainian soldier wounded

On August 11, the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated ceasefire in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas eight times. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine reports one WIA amid eight enemy attacks in Donbas on Aug 11 – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on August 11 mounted eight attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA). Since Monday midnight, Russian-led forces haven’t attacked Ukrainian positions yet.

OSCE records multiple launch rocket systems in occupied Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded eight multiple launch rocket systems in a training area near Kruhlyk (65km south-west of Luhansk), as well as dozens of tanks and howitzers in the occupied Donbas in violation of the Minsk agreements. — Ukrinform.

Water reservoir in Russia-occupied Donetsk contaminated, mass death of fish reported – news ukraine | UNIAN

Residents of Russia-occupied Donetsk report on social networks about a mass death of fish in the Kalmius River because of possible water contamination. Indicators of the Lower Kalmius reservoir do not reportedly meet standards.

Enemy sniper fires at Ukrainian positions near Zaitseve

Today, Russian-led forces have already launched two attacks on positions of the Ukrainian Joint Forces near Pyshchevyk and Zaitseve in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Kyiv: Donbas residents do not show interest in obtaining Russian passports

Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories Georgiy Tuka, in an interview on Pryarmiy TV channel, said that most of the …

In Lviv, dogs were decorated, who served together with the handlers in the war zone in the Donbass. A PHOTO

12 dogs, who, along with their owners, were at the front, received awards at the Lviv Cynological Festival. It is reported by Censor.NET with reference to the Army Inform . The French bulldog with the call sign Chupacabra has a military fragmentation wound, and on his account 27 saved lives of Ukrainian soldiers, whom he found under the rubble of houses in Maryinka. Aidar, while serving at a checkpoint near Stanitsa Lugansk, helped to neutralize the enemy reconnaissance and sabotage group and found two Kalashnikovs that were hidden in the car of the violators.


Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory starts upgrading T-64 tanks. VIDEO&PHOTOS

12.08.19 14:13 – Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory starts upgrading T-64 tanks. VIDEO&PHOTOS Lviv Armor Vehicle factory, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, has launched the mass modernization of T-64 tanks produced in 2017, which foresees their equipment with thermal imagers, digital radios, satellite navigation and new dynamic… View photo news.

Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory starts upgrading T-64 tanks

Lviv Armor Vehicle factory, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, has launched the mass modernization of T-64 tanks produced in 2017, which foresees their equipment with thermal imagers, digital radios, satellite navigation and new dynamic protection, the concern’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

Lviv Armored Plant Establishes Serial Upgrade of T-64 Tanks – YouTube

State concern “Ukroboronprom” Published on Aug 11, 2019 State Enterprise “Lviv Armored Plant”, which is a part of SC “Ukroboronprom”, has adjusted the serial modernization of T-64 tanks of the 2017 model, which are equipped with thermal imagers, digital radio stations, satellite navigation and new dynamic protection. As a result, the T-64, which is the main combat vehicle of the armored units of the Ukrainian army, has been able to significantly expand its combat capabilities and has excelled in confronting the aggressor in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, the modernization of T-64 tanks to this level was carried out only by “Kharkiv Armored Plant” “Ukroboronprom”, which has already sent more than one hundred and a half of the T-64 sample in 2017 to the Ukrainian army. And thanks to the facilities of the Lviv Armored Plant, the process of re-equipping Ukrainian troops with modernized vehicles will be much faster. The capabilities of these two tank companies allow, in the presence of a stable order and customer financing, to upgrade all T-64s in the near term.

LBTZ has upgraded the T-64 series to the 2017 model year.

The Lviv Armored Plant has made a major upgrade to the T-64 tanks for the 2017 model modification, which is currently the main one for tanks of this type in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The 2017 T-64 tank is equipped with a new sighting system with an imager, thermal imaging surveillance for all crew members, digital radios, satellite navigation and new dynamic protection. LBTZ has launched a serial upgrade of the T-64 sp. 2017 Previously, the modernization of T-64 tanks to this level was carried out only by the Kharkiv Armored Plant “Ukroboronprom”, which has already sent over one hundred and a half hundred T-64 samples to the Ukrainian army in 2017. Due to the capacity of the Lviv plant, the process of re-equipping troops with modernized machines will be much faster. The capabilities of these two tank companies allow, in the presence of a stable order and customer financing, to upgrade all T-64s in the near term.

KBA40 – 23mm barrel for anti-aircraft installation

SE “CB Artillery Weapon”, which is a part of SC “Ukroboronprom” for the implementation of the program of import substitution, for its own working capital, developed and mastered the production of barrels 23 mm – KBA40 for anti-aircraft gun ZU-23-2 (2A13) ). The implementation of the program required CB Artillery to develop new production cycles to enhance the ballistic characteristics of automatic guns.  Photo from booth at XIV International Specialized Exhibition “Weapons and Security 2017″ In December 2018, full departmental product tests were carried out. The tests showed an improvement in the TTX of the prototype compared to that of the Soviet production. According to the results of the tests, the commission made the Act dated 22.02.2019. «About carrying out the check of the LCD of 23 mm of the barrel of KBA40 for assignment of the letter” O “.  The result of the tests was the signing by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine of 05.06.2019r №279 “On the admission to operation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine of individual models of military equipment”, with the assignment of NATO nomenclature number – 1005 43 001 0822. The KBA40 will quickly replace the similar Soviet barrels used today in the ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun, which has proven to be an effective means of destroying both air and ground targets due to its high rate of fire and range. At the adjacent enterprises-participants of the Ukroboronprom SC, the development of combat modules with the use of KBA40 barrels to equip them with Ukrainian armored vehicles is already underway.


The Air Force will extend the service life of 23 / 30mm ammo

The Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has announced a tender for the extension of resource indicators (service life, storage life) of 23mm and 30mm rounds of ammunition to aircraft guns. In particular, it is planned to purchase research and determination services, as well as conditions for extending the assigned service life until 2024 for 23 mm cartridges 1982-1989 and 30 mm cartridges 1988-1990 (hereinafter referred to as products). It is also stipulated in the contract that if the performance of the technical condition of the products results in unsatisfactory results or impracticality of further work, the contractor is obliged to suspend their performance, notifying the customer within 10 calendar days after the suspension of work. The estimated cost is 1.6 million hryvnias. The auction begins on August 20.

The National Guard will purchase 25 crew accommodation MAZs

The National Guard of Ukraine has announced a tender for the purchase of specialized watch vehicles on the MAZ chassis (or equivalent, although only MAZ initially wanted) for almost 63 million UAH. The following requirements are imposed on the chassis: a hatchless 2/3 seat cab, 4×2 wheel formula, wheel base of at least 4 100 mm, frame mounting length of at least 5 800 mm, engine capacity of at least 130 hp. Euro-2 standard or higher, load capacity not less than 5450 kg, full weight not more than 10 100 kg, fuel tank volume not less than 200 l, wheel size not less than R20. The van should be equipped with at least 26 soft seats, with adjustable backrest angle, heating and air conditioning systems, at least 24-32 inches diagonal LCD TV, and a compartment with a socket for connection computer (laptop). In addition, the van must contain compartments for the placement of Shield Fort ShPA type shields. All windows of the van are intended to be fitted with a protective lattice of woven metal mesh (with the possibility of their rapid dismantling). Expected contract value is 62 810 000 UAH. The auction begins on August 12. It is worth noting that initially the terms of reference contained direct requirements for the brand of car – MAZ-5340, but after several complaints from participants were made to it. In particular, one of the complaints noted that “the requirements are significantly overstated and close to the only car on the market with such parameters, namely the MAZ 5340 Euro 2 with the YaMZ engine (which is in the sanction list as a product of production of the Russian Federation)”.

Ukraine, Turkey to jointly develop weapons and aerospace technologies

Ukrspecexport, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, and Turkey’s Baykar Defense, one of the leading drones manufacturers, have set up a joint venture in the sphere of precision weapons and aerospace technologies, according to a report posted on the website of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC). — Ukrinform.


Zaporizhzhya made engines for Turkish RPV | MIL.IN.UA

Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by Baykar, will install turboprop engines manufactured by SE “Ivchenko-Progress” About it reports the Ukrainian military portal with reference to import-export information. Two AI-450T engines have already been manufactured and delivered for the UAV prototype. The work is being carried out within the framework of a joint Ukrainian-Turkish joint venture between SE “Ukrspetsexport” and Baykar Defense . According to the customs declarations, engine deliveries were made in April and August 2018:

NSDC defines reform model for Ukroboronprom, reaches consent on state concern audit

Participants in the coordination council on reforming the military-industrial complex, which was chaired by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk, have defined a model for reforming state-run Concern Ukroboronprom and achieved consent to conduct its comprehensive audit.


Zelensky preparing address to new parliament – news politics | UNIAN

Campaign chief of the Servant of the People Party Oleksandr Kornienko has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a message to the new parliament on the first day of its work. According to the regulations, the president delivers a formal address at the opening of the first session of each new convocation of the Verkhovna Rada.

Zelensky orders that SBU, police heads be changed in Rivne, Volyn, Zhytomyr regions

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed Acting Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Ivan Bakanov to replace the heads of SBU departments in Rivne, Volyn and Zhytomyr regions, and Head of the National Police Serhiy Kniazev to change nine heads of regional police departments in these regions.

Poroshenko: SBI biased in investigating cases opened upon Portnov’s request

The fifth president of Ukraine, the leader of the European Solidarity Party, Petro Poroshenko has accused the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) of bias.

Zelensky urges SBU, police chiefs in Zhytomyr region to quit due to situation with illegal amber extraction – news ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged heads of the Main Directorate of the National Police and the SBU Security Service of Ukraine in Zhytomyr region to quit due to the situation with illegal amber extraction across the region. The president also called on a chief of the National Police to dismiss heads of the regional police offices in two districts of Zhytomyr region.

Poroshenko’s lawyer says SBI questionings part of show staged for Russian propaganda – news politics | UNIAN

Ihor Golovan, lawyer of Ukraine’s fifth President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that his client’s questioning sessions at the State Bureau of Investigation have been “inspired” from Russia. The ex-president was questioned in cases related to the Pryamiy TV channel, Kuznia na Rybalskomy factory, and another case where detectives also told Poroshenko he was seen as a witness.

People tried to egg Poroshenko after questioning at State Investigation Bureau

Unknown attack Poroshenko with eggs after questioning

Lie detector could be used during next Poroshenko questioning – SBI – news politics | UNIAN

Chief of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of Ukraine Roman Truba has suggested that a lie detector could be used during the next round of questioning of former President Petro Poroshenko. Today, the ex-president testified in the case of possible tax evasion during the acquisition of Pryamiy TV channel.

Poroshenko arrives in State Bureau of Investigation HQ for questioning (Photo) – news ukraine | UNIAN

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in the State Bureau of Investigation for questioning. The ex-president’s supporters, including his son Mykhailo, gathered outside the SBI office.

Poroshenko ready to take lie detector test live on TV

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he does not trust the leadership of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and is ready to take a lie detector test live on the Priamyi television channel. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko Questioned In Tax Evasion Case

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been questioned as a witness by the State Bureau for Investigations (DBR) in a tax evasion case.

President: Illegal amber mining grows into nationwide environmental disaster

The illegal amber mining in Ukraine has become a war of the criminal world against the state. — Ukrinform.

Amber miners damage over seven thousand hectares in three Ukrainian regions

Amber miners have damaged more than 7,000 hectares of land in three Ukrainian regions: over 6,200 hectares of forest land and more than 1,000 hectares of agricultural land. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian Becomes Europe’s Youngest Diving Champ

Thirteen-year-old Ukrainian Oleksiy Sereda became the youngest European aquatics diving champion on August 11 by winning the 10-meter platform event in the European Diving Championships in Kyiv.

Kyiv supermarket selling school diaries with Ukraine’s map without Crimea – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Kyiv’s Metro hypermarket is selling school diaries where the map of Ukraine is drawn without the Crimean peninsula. According to an eyewitness, almost a month has passed since the moment he first spotted the faulty products on the shelves.

Traditional Ukrainian festival Uketoberfest held in Chicago. Photos, video

Ukrainian festival Uketoberfest traditionally took place in Chicago. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian in Australia awarded for promotion of multicultural relations

The president of the Association of Ukrainians in South Australia, Frank Fursenko, has been awarded for the development of multicultural communities. — Ukrinform.