Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2015 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas VOA 30 Jun 2015 -- Ukraine suspended its purchases of Russian natural gas after European Union-mediated price talks collapsed Tuesday.
- All In: We're Reforming Ukraine to Prepare for NATO Referendum - Poroshenko Sputnik 30 Jun 2015 -- Ukraine continues to ask the US for lethal weapons and cooperates with US intelligence, Petro Poroshenko said, adding that a referendum on joining NATO may occur in seven years.
- Ukrainian Army Must Repair 'Old Junk' as It Lacks New Military Hardware Sputnik 29 Jun 2015 -- Due to the lack of support from the country's military-industrial complex, Ukraine has to repair "old junk" and use it as its military hardware, said Yuri Biryukov, a senior adviser to President Petro Poroshenko.
- Prisoners of Transnistria: Russian Peacekeepers Under Ukrainian Blockade Sputnik 29 Jun 2015 -- Hundreds of thousands of people, including a group of Russian peacekeepers, became stranded in Transnistria, a de-facto independent region of Moldova, after Ukraine passed the law on the full blockade of the region, Russian TV channel Zvezda reported.
- Most Ukrainian Armored Vehicles Have Manufacturing Defects Sputnik 28 Jun 2015 -- Only one-third of armored vehicles that the Ukrainian Army received in 2014 and 2015 are currently in service, Ukrainian weekly Zerkalo Nedeli (ZN) reported.
- Constitution Reforms to Help Ukraine Join 'Successful' States - Poroshenko Sputnik 28 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that constitutional amendments, including decentralization of power, were necessary for the country to join the ranks of 'successful countries.'
- UN Tribunal Eyed To Prosecute Those Who Shot Down MH17 In Ukraine RFE/RL 26 Jun 2015 -- The five countries investigating last year's shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine are calling for an international tribunal established by the United Nations to prosecute those responsible.
- Some 60,000 Troops Take Part in Special Operation in Eastern Ukraine Sputnik 26 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that number of government troops deployed in eastern Ukraine has reached 60,000 servicemen.
- NATO Defence Ministers express strong support for Ukraine NATO 25 Jun 2015 -- Allied Defence Ministers reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Thursday (25 June 2015).
- Moscow must stop backing pro-Russians in Ukraine: NATO Press TV 25 Jun 2015 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Moscow to stop "supporting" pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine.
- UK to Train 250 Ukrainian Troops in August - Defense Ministry Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- The United Kingdom will train some 250 Ukrainian servicemen in August as part of an infantry, logistics, tactical intelligence and medical training program, the British Ministry of Defense said.
- NATO Tells Ukraine Country Must Reform Before Membership Can Be Considered Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- NATO Secretary General said that Ukraine will not be eligible to apply for a membership action plan to join NATO until it completes certain reforms.
- NATO Stepping Up Practical Aid to Ukraine in New Trust Fund - NATO Chief Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO is increasing practical aid to Ukraine to include regional airspace security and a new trust fund to demine the country.
- Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal VOA 24 Jun 2015 -- Overnight talks on the Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris and with little sign of progress on a February peace deal agreed on in Minsk.
- Exiled Yanukovych Accepts Some Responsibility For Maidan Killings RFE/RL 23 Jun 2015 -- Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych has said that he accepts some responsibility for the killings that led to his fall in February 2014.
- Ukraine nationalist Right Sector party rejects Minsk truce Press TV 21 Jun 2015 -- Ukraine's Right Sector political party has reiterated calls to disregard the Minsk ceasefire agreements between Kiev and pro-Russia forces.
- Lithuanian PM Denies Any Arms Supplies to Ukraine Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Lithuania has not made any decisions about supplying arms to Ukraine, the country's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Sunday.
- Two Ukraine troops killed, 6 injured in Donbass clashes Press TV 21 Jun 2015 -- Two Ukrainian government soldiers have been killed and six others injured in fighting with pro-Russia forces in the country's restive eastern region of Donbass, a presidential aide says.
- Ukraine receives 55 personnel carriers from Britain Press TV 21 Jun 2015 -- Britain has delivered 55 Saxon armored personnel carriers to Ukraine despite a shaky truce in the eastern parts of the former Soviet country.
- Equipment on Ukrainian Flagship Is so Poor, Described as 'Hellish Hell' Sputnik 21 Jun 2015 -- Equipment on the Hetman Sahaydachniy frigate, the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, is old and most of it doesn't even work, said Yuri Biryukov, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- Kiev Deploying Grad Rocket Launchers Along Frontline - DPR Sputnik 21 Jun 2015 -- Kiev-led forces deployed two BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems near the southern-eastern border of Novotroitskoye, DPR military spokesman Eduard Basurin said.
- Ukraine Receives More Obsolete Armored Vehicles From UK Sputnik 21 Jun 2015 -- A second batch of redundant Saxon APCs arrived in Ukraine earlier this week, a senior adviser to President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.
- One Year In, Ukraine's President Faces Huge Challenges VOA 20 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spent his first year in office struggling against Russia-backed rebels in the east, a crumbling economy and deep-rooted corruption. While facing unprecedented challenges, Poroshenko has put Ukraine on a European path. But political analysts say more reforms are needed to satisfy supporters in the western part of the country while winning over the Russia-leaning east.
- U.S. Senators Call For Arming Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Senator John McCain has again called on the United States to send weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country.
- Ukraine's Tornado Battalion Resisting Disarmament, Shoots Police Drone Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- A drone was used to prevent any massive military actions and to disarm the Tornado battalion which was dissolved by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. The UAV came under fire near the battalion base in the city of Severodonetsk, according to Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios.
- Ukraine: UN warns number of displaced persons and refugees on the rise UN News 18 Jun 2015 -- The number of people fleeing their homes in Ukraine continues to rise, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
- Khodorkovsky Says Putin Fabricated Conflict With West As Distraction RFE/RL 18 Jun 2015 -- The Russia-Ukraine conflict has no short-term solution and is part of a fabricated conflict with the West to distract everyday Russians from corruption and incompetence, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
- US Sent $140Mln Military Aid to Ukraine - Assistant State Secretary Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- The United States has provided $140 million in 'defensive' military equipment to Ukraine as Washington continues to debate whether or not to supply lethal weapons to Kiev, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Monday.
- Donetsk People's Republic Will Never Be Part of Ukraine – Leader Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) head Alexander Zakharchenko said that DPR is an independent state and will never be a part of Ukraine.
- Donbass on Brink of Major War, Conflict May Escalate Any Time - DPR Sputnik 14 Jun 2015 -- The conflict in southeastern Ukraine can escalate at any time, representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the Minsk peace talks Denis Pushilin said Sunday, pointing to a threat of a major war between Kiev forces and independence supporters amid a ceasefire enforced in the region.
- 6 Ukraine soldiers killed, 14 injured in new clashes Press TV 13 Jun 2015 -- Clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces have left six Ukrainian soldiers killed and 14 others wounded in the east of the country.
- 'Shame': How Did New Ukrainian Armored Car Get Its Nickname? Sputnik 13 Jun 2015 -- The Ukrainian Army was due to receive 'Dozor-B' armored cars in March, but only one trial model has been manufactured so far... and it broke down.
- OSCE Hopes for Demilitarization of Shirokino in Eastern Ukraine Sputnik 13 Jun 2015 -- The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's chief urged the warring parties in Donbass to stop shelling 'comprehensively and completely.'
- Ukraine Coking Plant Caught in Crossfire VOA 13 Jun 2015 -- A coking plant in Ukraine, one of Europe's largest, has been caught in the front-line fire between Russia-backed rebels and government forces hundreds of times. In recent weeks, the plant appears to have become a direct rebel target, and some fear the separatists may try to seize it.
- War in Ukraine Leaves Many Elderly in a Vulnerable Position VOA 10 Jun 2015 -- In eastern Ukraine, the elderly are left especially vulnerable by the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists.
- Fresh clashes in eastern Ukraine kill 2 Press TV 12 Jun 2015 -- At least two people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured in fresh clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces in 24 hours, officials say.
- Ukraine to Produce New Tanks as Hostilities in Donbass Intensify Sputnik 12 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security Council said that Ukrainian defense's top priority is to supply Ukrainian army with modern weaponry and military equipment.
- Ukraine army shelling kills 5 civilians: DPR Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- At least five civilians have been killed in the Ukrainian army's shelling of a residential area in the volatile eastern city of Gorlovka.
- Ukraine Hints At Calling Debt Moratorium This Summer RFE/RL 11 Jun 2015 -- A top Ukrainian official has warned that she may invoke a moratorium on the country's debt payments before reaching an agreement with creditors to restructure debts.
- Power Urges Ukrainian People to Keep Pressing for Reform VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power urged the Ukrainian people to move from demanding change in their country to helping create it.
- 878k people flee Ukraine, 1.3m internally displaced: UN Press TV 10 Jun 2015 -- The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the country and made well over a million others internally displaced, according to the UN released data.
- Joint Statement by Breakaway Ukrainian Republics Claim Wish to Join Russia Sputnik 10 Jun 2015 -- In a joint statement the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in eastern Ukraine said that they would like to join Russia.
- Ukraine to place S-300 antiaircraft missiles on border with Transdniestria TASS 10 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian authorities will deploy S-300 antiaircraft missile complexes on the border with Transdniestria - a mostly Slavic-populated breakaway region of Moldova that has existed as an unrecognized Dniester Republic since the early 1990.
- Ukraine: UN reports uptick in internal displacement as country's conflict grinds on UN News 09 Jun 2015 -- The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine has soared to over one million due to the ongoing conflict in the country's eastern regions, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today.
- Ukrainian Engines Get the Boot From Russian Navy, Home Grown Preferred Sputnik 08 Jun 2015 -- According to United Shipbuilding Corporation spokesman, new Russian Navy destroyers, originally intended to be equipped with Ukrainian gas turbine engines (GTE), will receive Russian-made engines exceeding the Ukrainian analogues.
- Kiev forces violate truce deal 29 times in single day: DPR Press TV 07 Jun 2015 -- The Ukrainian government forces have violated the Minsk truce accord 29 times in a single day by launching live-fire attacks against pro-Russia forces in the country's eastern Donbas region.
- Obama: Ukraine's Territorial Integrity Necessary for Conflict Settlement Sputnik 07 Jun 2015 -- US President Barack Obama said the conflict in Ukraine can be solved peacefully only if country's territorial integrity and sovereignty is ensured.
- Ukrainian Border Guard Gunboat Explodes Off Coast of Mariupol Sputnik 07 Jun 2015 -- A border patrol vessel belonging to the Ukrainian Security Service has blown up in the Sea of Azov off the coast of Mariupol; the country's Border Security Service has reported two injuries and heavy damage to the vessel.
- UNSC alarmed on Minsk deal violations in Ukraine Press TV 06 Jun 2015 -- A senior UN official has briefed the world body's Security Council on the Ukraine conflict, pointing to the persisting non-implementation of the Minsk deal as well as the heavy human cost in the country resulting from such violations.
- Carter: New Steps Needed To Counter Russian Aggression In Ukraine RFE/RL 06 Jun 2015 -- The United States needs to take new steps to respond to the Ukraine conflict because economic sanctions and other Western actions have failed to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to reverse course, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said June 5.
- At Security Council, senior UN official urges continued political efforts to resolve Ukraine conflict UN News 05 Jun 2015 -- The tremendous human cost of the Ukraine conflict must be first addressed through mutual respect of the Minsk ceasefire agreement and the fulfilment of its political, economic, social and humanitarian provisions, the top United Nations political official affirmed today as he briefed the Security Council on the situation in the conflict-torn Eastern European country.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine Will 'Do Everything' To Retake Crimea RFE/RL 05 Jun 2015 -- President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to seek Crimea's return to Ukrainian rule, and reiterated that his country faces the threat of a major Russian invasion in the east.
- OSCE Calls for Urgent Negotiations Amid Intensifying Fighting in Donbass Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- The OSCE mission noted increasing ceasefire violations in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region.
- Donetsk Leader Reports 'Huge Losses' of Kiev Forces Amid New Clashes Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- New clashes erupted in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after Kiev troops had launched an offensive against local independence supporters along the separation line in eastern Ukraine.
- US Defense Officials to Meet on Ukraine Following New Fighting VOA 05 Jun 2015 -- Top U.S. defense officials and diplomats are gathering Friday in Stuttgart, Germany, to discuss how to counter Russian military actions in Ukraine and address concerns among allies about Moscow's aggression, following an upsurge of fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russia-backed rebels.
- 'Underground Clinic' In Russia Reportedly Treating Ukrainian Rebels RFE/RL 04 Jun 2015 -- Training bases, border crossings, and burials on the sly - the southern Russian region of Rostov has been buzzing with reports of covert military activity since conflict broke out in neighboring eastern Ukraine last spring.
- Poroshenko Admits Failure to Fight Corruption in Ukraine Sputnik 04 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko admitted Thursday that the country has failed to successfully fight corruption, and asked for help from the public.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Warns Of 'Colossal Threat' RFE/RL 04 Jun 2015 -- Ukraine's president has warned his country there is a 'colossal threat' that large-scale fighting could resume in the east, and said the military should be prepared to defend Ukraine against a possible invasion along its border with Russia.
- More Than Dozen Reported Killed in E. Ukraine Fighting VOA 03 Jun 2015 -- A major battle flared Wednesday outside a main separatist stronghold in war-torn eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to push the country back into full-blown civil war.
- Renewed Ukraine clashes leave 17 people dead Press TV 03 Jun 2015 -- At least 17 people have been killed in the latest round of fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces in the country's restive east.
- Russia Defence Ministry reinforces its naval task force in Mediterranean TASS 03 Jun 2015 -- A large group of the Russian Navy ships has been included in the country's naval task force in the Mediterranean.
- Lack of Ukrainian components stalls construction of ships for Russian Navy - deputy PM TASS 03 Jun 2015 -- Russia cannot complete the construction of some naval ships as Ukraine has suspended supplies of gas-turbine engines, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.
- Russian Missile Maker Points Finger At Ukraine In MH17 Shootdown RFE/RL 02 Jun 2015 -- The Russian maker of the Buk surface-to-air missile system says it has concluded that the Malaysian Airlines jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine last summer was hit by a version of the missile that is used by Ukraine but not by Russia.
- MH17 Was Downed by Guided Missile - Buk Manufacturer Sputnik 02 Jun 2015 -- Russia's air defense systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey presented its report on the 2014 flight MH17 disaster at a press conference on Tuesday.
- Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - 16 February to 15 May 2015 UNOHCHR 01 Jun 2015
- Clashes in east Ukraine kills five, including civilians Press TV 01 Jun 2015 -- Three soldiers and two civilians have reportedly been killed during an army operation against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country.
- East Ukraine death toll surpasses 6,400: UN Press TV 01 Jun 2015 -- More than 6,400 people have been killed during the conflict between Kiev forces and pro-Russia fighters over the past 13 months in Ukraine's restive east, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
- Mixed Feelings In Odesa Over Saakashvili As Governor RFE/RL 01 Jun 2015 -- To say that Mikheil Saakashvili's appointment as governor of Odesa Oblast took Ukrainians by surprise would be an understatement. Local residents were stunned to learn on May 31 that Georgia's former president had been selected to run the troubled southern Ukrainian city and its surrounding region.
- 'Persistent and grave' human rights violations in eastern Ukraine - UN report UN News 01 Jun 2015 -- Serious human rights violations and abuses persist in eastern Ukraine, including shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and accountability, as well as deprivation of economic and social rights, deeply affecting the 5 million people living in the conflict-affected areas, a new United Nations report said today.
- Evidence Grows of Russian Military Involvement in Ukraine VOA 01 Jun 2015 -- U.N. human rights monitors say there is growing evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine. The U.N. human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has just launched its 10th report on the situation in Ukraine, covering the period from February 16 to May 15.
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list