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April 2015 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Eucom Chief: Europe Faces Security Challenges from East, South AFPS 30 Apr 2015 -- With Russia to the East and Islamic extremist fighters infiltrating from the south, Europe is facing a much more challenging security environment, the commander of U.S. European Command said today.
- Breedlove Warns Congress of Russian Aggression AFPS 30 Apr 2015 -- A new and challenging security environment with significant, lasting implications for U.S. national security interests has plagued Europe in the last year, with Russian aggression the top concern, the commander of U.S. European Command said on Capitol Hill today.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by General Breedlove in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 30 Apr 2015 -- Presenters: General Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S. European Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- NATO Commander: Russia May Be Preparing New Ukraine Offensive VOA 30 Apr 2015 -- The NATO supreme allied commander said Thursday that the alliance needs better military intelligence on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where he said Russian forces appeared to be fortifying military gains despite a two-month cease-fire.
- NATO Commander Backs US Providing Offensive Weapons to Ukraine Sputnik 30 Apr 2015 -- NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove said that he supports the idea to provide offensive weapons to Ukraine.
- Carter Pleased with Russia's Embrace of Minsk Agreement VOA 30 Apr 2015 -- Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says he is pleased with Russia's commitment to implement the Minsk agreement.
- A Sticky Situation For Poroshenko As Russians Seize Candy Assets RFE/RL 29 Apr 2015 -- The past year alone saw one of the confection industry's largest acquisitions, with the Swiss-based chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli spending upward of $1.4 billion to purchase U.S. candymaker Russell Stover. But nearly a year after it went on the market, there are no such sweet deals for Roshen, the confectionery owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- Poroshenko Warns Of War Threat As Truce Violations Continue RFE/RL 28 Apr 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the threat of war is 'hanging over' the country as cease-fire violations continue in eastern Ukraine.
- Riga Summit Likely To Disappoint Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine RFE/RL 28 Apr 2015 -- The latest draft of the Eastern Partnership declaration prepared for the bloc's Riga summit next month contains little good news for EU hopefuls Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, and highlights the shrinking ambitions of the European Union in its eastern neighborhood.
- EU Calls for More Reforms in Ukraine VOA 28 Apr 2015 -- Ukraine's military reported Tuesday pro-Russia separatist rebels fired rockets on a government-held town in eastern Ukraine, in what appeared to be the latest violation of a shaky ceasefire. The news came just hours after the Ukrainian government and the European Union held their first formal summit in almost a year.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine Will Be Ready to Join EU Within 5 Years VOA 27 Apr 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday that his country will be able to meet the conditions to apply for European Union membership within five years, while European Union officials rejected his request call for an EU peace-keeping mission to eastern Ukraine, where a year of fighting between government and Russia-backed separatist forces has killed more than 6,100 people.
- OSCE monitors report intense shelling in eastern Ukraine Press TV 27 Apr 2015 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says its observers have witnessed heavy shelling in the volatile eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne despite a ceasefire.
- Ukraine Seeks EU Help As Shelling Continues In The East RFE/RL 27 Apr 2015 -- European Union leaders have resisted Ukraine's demands for peacekeepers, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city in the east.
- Battalion of Ukrainian Nationalists Refuses to Come Under Army's Command Sputnik 26 Apr 2015 -- According to Commander Nikolai Kokhanivsky, the decision was made taking into account that battalion forces were roughly disarmed and dismissed in violation of all the agreements with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says VOA 24 Apr 2015 -- A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says recent military moves by Russia show that President Vladimir Putin's 'minimal goal is to destabilize the current government' in Ukraine.
- In Leaked Letter, Steinmeier Urges EU To Ease Russian Concerns On Ukraine Deal RFE/RL 24 Apr 2015 -- A leaked letter from German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urges the European Union to quickly ease 'Russian concerns' regarding the implementation of a free-trade agreement with Ukraine.
- Pentagon: Russian Claims of US Military Trainers in E. Ukraine 'Ridiculous' VOA 23 Apr 2015 -- The U.S. Defense Department has dismissed as "ridiculous" and "propaganda" comments by a Russian military official that American troops are training Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict zone in Ukraine's east.
- US Drills Ukraine Army in Urban Fighting Skills on Edge of Conflict Zone Sputnik 23 Apr 2015 -- The joint military drills held by the US paratroopers and the Ukrainian National Guard are taking place in urban environments in eastern regions of Ukraine close to the conflict zone, a Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said.
- U.S. Says Russia Ramping Up Military Presence In Ukraine RFE/RL 22 Apr 2015 -- The United States says Russia has deployed more air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and is involved in training exercises of separatist forces in the area in breach of a cease-fire agreement.
- Lavrov Says Ukraine's Neutrality Important, Lambasts U.S. RFE/RL 22 Apr 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Ukraine's unity and neutrality are in Russia's best interest.
- In phone call, Ban and Ukraine President discuss peace efforts amid ongoing conflict UN News 21 Apr 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and continuing international efforts to mediate a peace in the war-torn region, a United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.
- It's Tax Time In Ukraine, And Financial Discrepancies Suggest Corruption Endures RFE/RL 21 Apr 2015 -- Yulia Tymoshenko didn't have much of an income in 2014. The former Ukrainian prime minister spent part of the year in prison, part of it rehabilitating in the hospital, and much of it in back-to-back campaigns for president and parliament.
- U.S., Kyiv Launch Joint Training Exercises In Western Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and Ukrainian troops have begun joint training exercises in western Ukraine in a bid to strengthen government forces that are fighting Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Number of Ukraine IDPs tops 1.2 million: UN Press TV 20 Apr 2015 -- The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine has exceeded 1.2 million, the United Nations says as the crisis in the country's eastern parts enters its second year.
- Crimea to get separate unit of Information Operations Forces this autumn - source TASS 17 Apr 2015 -- The Russian Defense Ministry is creating in Crimea a separate unit of the Information Operations Forces, a Defense Ministry source told TASS on Friday.
- Black Sea Fleet ships drill marines landing in Crimea - Defense Ministry TASS 17 Apr 2015 -- Russian Black Sea Fleet's (BSF) large landing ships have landed marines on the coast of Crimea during manoeuvres, BSF spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Nikolay Voskresensky said on Friday.
- Western troops in Ukraine destabilize situation: Russia Press TV 17 Apr 2015 -- Russia says the presence of Western troops in Ukraine will only further complicate the situation in the country.
- UN says Ukraine death toll exceeds 6,100 Press TV 17 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations says the estimated death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surpassed 6,100, warning against the worsening human rights situation in the region.
- Kremlin Criticizes Arrival Of U.S. Military Trainers In Ukraine RFE/RL 17 Apr 2015 -- Russia has criticized the arrival of 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train troops from the National Guard, saying their presence could destabilize the situation in the conflict-torn country.
- Kremlin says US military instructors' presence in Ukraine destabilizes situation TASS 17 Apr 2015 -- The arrival of US military instructors in Ukraine is destabilizing situation in the inter-Ukrainian settlement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.
- 'Dire' human rights situation in Ukraine likely to deteriorate further - UN UN News 17 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations human rights office said today that it is increasingly worried that the dire situation in parts of the east of Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further due to breaches of the ceasefire and violations of the Minsk Agreement.
- UN relief wing says 1.2 million Ukrainians uprooted by conflict, calls for more funding UN News 15 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.
- G7 Calls on Russia to Stick to Minsk Accords VOA 15 Apr 2015 -- Foreign ministers from the world's seven leading industrialized countries have called on Russia to rein in Ukrainian rebels and abide by two peace accords reached in Minsk designed to end the conflict. The call came in a communiqué at the end of a Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in Luebeck, Germany.
- OSCE Says Cease-Fire Violations In Ukraine Increase RFE/RL 15 Apr 2015 -- The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine says it has seen a 'massive' increase in the number of cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine in recent days.
- ICRC Fears Breakdown of Ukraine Cease-fire VOA 15 Apr 2015 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it fears the shaky Ukraine cease-fire deal agreed to in February will breakdown. The ICRC is expressing concern about the recent intensified fighting between Ukrainian and Russian-backed rebels.
- Ukrainian President Poroshenko Dismisses Envoy To U.S. RFE/RL 14 Apr 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dismissed his ambassador to the United States, whose tenure in Washington began under ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych and spanned the duration of Kyiv's year-long conflict with Russia.
- Canada Joins Ukraine National Guard Training Program AFPS 14 Apr 2015 -- The Defense Department announced today that Canada will be joining the DoD-State Department initiative to help train members of the Ukrainian National Guard which was announced last month.
- Clashes kills 6 government troops in east Ukraine Press TV 14 Apr 2015 -- Fresh clashes in eastern Ukraine have left six soldiers dead as concerns grow over the repeated violation of a shaky ceasefire aimed at ending the conflict in the volatile area.
- Canada Announces Deployment of Military Instructors to Ukraine Sputnik 14 Apr 2015 -- Canada will deploy 200 troops to Ukraine as part of a training mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.
- Kiev Moves Military Equipment Closer to Donetsk - DPR Sputnik 14 Apr 2015 -- More than 100 pieces of military hardware have been deployed in the vicinity of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said Tuesday.
- Donetsk Ready to Withdraw Tanks, Arms From Contact Line to Ease Tension Sputnik 14 Apr 2015 -- The eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is prepared to withdraw tanks and weapons with 100-millimeter caliber or less from the contact line in order to ease tensions in the region, DPR negotiator Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Talks On Ukraine Conflict Set For Berlin RFE/RL 13 Apr 2015 -- Talks to assess the implementation of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine are due to take place in Berlin on April 13.
- UK to Increase Military Supplies to Ukraine - Defense Minister Fallon Sputnik 10 Apr 2015 -- The United Kingdom will increase the supply of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine, Defense Minister Michael Fallon said in London on Friday.
- Ukrainian Fleet Should Be Compatible With NATO Systems - Poroshenko Sputnik 10 Apr 2015 -- Ukrainian Navy ships should be domestically-built, modern and compatible with the NATO infrastructure, spokesperson Svyatoslav Tsegolko quoted President Petro Poroshenko as saying Friday.
- Pro-Russia leader warns war may resume in east Ukraine Press TV 09 Apr 2015 -- The head of Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) has accused Kiev of ignoring the truce deal it inked with pro-Russia forces in February, warning that fighting might resume in the country's volatile east.
- Polish President, In Rada, Pledges Support For Ukraine RFE/RL 09 Apr 2015 -- Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski voiced strong support for Ukraine in a speech in the neighboring country's parliament on April 9, urging Western nations to back Kyiv as it struggles against Russian interference.
- Ukrainian Parliament Bans Communist, Nazi Propaganda RFE/RL 09 Apr 2015 -- Ukraine's parliament has voted to ban 'propaganda of the totalitarian communist and Nazi regimes,' a major rebuke to the country's Soviet-era masters in Moscow and to Russia.
- Poland Supports Sending Peacekeepers to Ukraine - President Sputnik 09 Apr 2015 -- Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Wednesday that Warsaw supported the idea of sending a UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine.
- Caught Red Handed: Ukraine Exposes Smuggling of Military Aircraft Engines Sputnik 08 Apr 2015 -- Ukrainian authorities exposed an attempt to smuggle military aircraft engines from the country. The engines, having no export permit, were seized at the 'West' customs post in Kiev.
- UN relief wing spotlights deteriorating health situation for conflict-affected Ukrainians UN News 07 Apr 2015 -- The deteriorating health situation for internally displaced and others impacted by the conflict in Ukraine has drawn the serious concern of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a UN spokesperson reported today.
- Ukrainian military import substitution less costly for Russia than Mistral - Rogozin TASS 07 Apr 2015 -- The program of import substitution for products of Ukrainian defense enterprises will cost Russia less than one Mistral helicopter carrier, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told TASS in an interview on Tuesday. He did not specify the program's cost, but answering the question how many Mistral warships could be bought with this money, said: 'None.'
- Far-Right Leader Named Ukrainian Military Adviser RFE/RL 06 Apr 2015 -- The controversial leader of Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector paramilitary group has been named an army adviser.
- Ukraine Decentralization May Now Be on the Table - After Year of Civil War Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- the issue of defense, national security, foreign policies, fight against corruption, protection of rights and freedoms regarding guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Six troops killed in restive east Ukraine: Military spokesman Press TV 05 Apr 2015 -- At least six soldiers have been killed in two separate violent incidents in Ukraine's restive east, military sources say.
- Russia's Lavrov Calls For Pullback Of More Weapons In Ukraine RFE/RL 04 Apr 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has proposed that both sides in the conflict in Ukraine withdraw weapons of under 100 mm caliber from the line of contact as a way of boosting confidence in a February cease-fire.
- Gazprom Chief Confirms New Deal With Ukraine RFE/RL 02 Apr 2015 -- The head of Russian gas giant Gazprom has confirmed the signing of an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine for the next three months.
- Gazprom Signs New Contract With Ukraine for 2Q15 Gas Supplies Sputnik 02 Apr 2015 -- Russia's gas giant Gazprom has signed a new contract with Ukraine's Naftogaz on fuel deliveries for the second quarter of 2015, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Thursday.
- US Uses Ukraine Conflict to Get Intelligence on Russian Military Technology Sputnik 02 Apr 2015 -- The US Army is hoping to benefit from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine in perhaps one unexpected way: by collecting what they say could be useful intelligence about Russian military technology.
- Russia Claims 'Take Or Pay' Gas Deal With Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Apr 2015 -- Russia's energy minister says his country has a 'take or pay' deal for natural gas with Ukraine that, in the absence of any fresh agreement, comes into effect on April 1.
- Ukraine's Right Sector Ready to Be Transformed Into Army Assault Unit Sputnik 01 Apr 2015 -- the Ukrainian volunteer corps – could join the armed forces. According to him, the Right Sector would become part of the Ukrainian army only as an autonomous unit, coming under command of Yarosh and corps commander Andrei Stempitsky, refusing to join the National Guard of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
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