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September 2015 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- OSCE welcomes Ukraine's weapons withdrawal agreement Press TV 30 Sep 2015 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has welcomed the agreement reached between Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk on the withdrawal of weapons from the front line of their conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine, Russian-Backed Rebels Agree To Withdraw Weapons RFE/RL 30 Sep 2015 -- Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and Europe reached a long-awaited agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and other weapons from the frontline in eastern Ukraine.
- Poroshenko: Russia Uses UN Veto As 'License To Kill' RFE/RL 29 Sep 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a scathing denunciation of Russian expansionism before the United Nations, accusing Moscow of exploiting its veto power on the UN Security Council as a 'license to kill' by stymying international action to punish Moscow for its 'aggression.'
- At General Assembly, Ukrainian President says country suffering 'brutal violation' of UN Charter UN News 29 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine is suffering from a brutal violation of the fundamental norms and principles of the United Nations Charter, President Petro Poroshenko told world leaders today at the annual General Assembly debate.
- Obama, Putin Clash Over Syria, Ukraine In Dueling UN Speeches RFE/RL 28 Sep 2015 -- They may have clinked wine glasses, but the pleasantries were spare between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Poroshenko Says Conflict Costing Ukraine $5 Million A Day RFE/RL 28 Sep 2015 -- President Petro Poroshenko has said the conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine costs about $5 million a day -- money that the country could be putting into development.
- Donetsk Envoy Says Local Elections 'Reasoned', Comply With Minsk Agreements Sputnik 27 Sep 2015 -- Holding local elections in the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is well-reasoned, being at the same time the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukrainian reconciliation, the DPR negotiator at the Minsk peace talks said Sunday.
- Normandy Group Should Intervene in Peace Talks Between Kiev, Militia Sputnik 27 Sep 2015 -- According to the Donetsk negotiator at the Contact group talks, the People's Republic and Kiev are unable to find a consensus in particular issues outside of the Normandy group format.
- Russia, Ukraine, EU Agree To Resume Winter Gas Supplies RFE/RL 26 Sep 2015 -- Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late on September 25 with the European Union, ending months of uncertainty and tough negotiations.
- Kiev bars Russian flights carrying military cargo, troops Press TV 25 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine has banned all transit flights of the Russian airlines carrying military equipment, soldiers or so-called dual-purpose cargo over its territory.
- Aid Groups Say Ejection From Separatist-Held Ukrainian Territory 'Unacceptable' RFE/RL 25 Sep 2015 -- Humanitarian aid organizations have sharply criticized Russian-backed separatists for kicking them out of eastern Ukraine, saying the move will put civilians in the conflict-torn region deeper in jeopardy as winter approaches.
- U.S. Ambassador Upbraids Ukrainian Prosecutors Over Anticorruption Efforts RFE/RL 25 Sep 2015 -- The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine has accused the country's Prosecutor-General's Office of obstructing efforts to combat corruption and shielding its own employees from graft investigations.
- Media Mistakes Russian Military Housing for 'Huge' Base on Ukraine Border Sputnik 25 Sep 2015 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Western media reports concerning an alleged Russia's "huge military base" under construction on the border with Ukraine, saying that the construction is just a military housing.
- Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Colonel-General Poltorak in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 24 Sep 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Ukrainian Minister of Defense Colonel-General Stepan Poltorak
- Carter Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Ukraine AFPS 24 Sep 2015 -- The United States will continue to back the Ukrainian military's right to defend itself when Russian-separatist forces attack its positions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
- Top UN relief official alarmed as aid agencies ordered to leave Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine UN News 24 Sep 2015 -- Alarmed by news that the de facto authorities in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine have ordered United Nations agencies in Luhansk to end operations and to leave the area by tomorrow, 25 September, the top UN humanitarian official urged the authorities, as well as parties "with influence over [them]" to ensure the resumption of humanitarian aid by UN and non-governmental agencies.
- Putin, Obama To Meet On Sidelines Of UN For Talks On Syria, Ukraine RFE/RL 24 Sep 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations next week - their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a year - amid festering relations between the two countries over Ukraine, Syria, and other issues.
- Cybersleuth Points To Russian Tank Unit In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 23 Sep 2015 -- An open-source researcher in Ukraine has become the latest cybersleuth to seemingly add a chink to Russia's armor of denial about troop and arms deployments to support separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- From Mickey Mouse to Juggernaut? US, Poland to Beef Up Ukrainian Army Sputnik 23 Sep 2015 -- The United States and Poland will help to improve the fighting capability of the Ukrainian armed forces with new armored vehicles and UAVs, Ukrainian media reported on Wednesday.
- Russia to build 2nd major military base near Ukraine Press TV 23 Sep 2015 -- Russia is planning to build its second major military base near the border with Ukraine, public documents show.
- Ukraine can rely on NATO, Secretary General says in visit to Kiev NATO 22 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine can count on the Alliance's continued political and practical support, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told members of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council on Tuesday (22 September 2015) in Kiev.
- Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine NATO 22 Sep 2015
- Ukraine, NATO agree to expansion of cooperation Press TV 22 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine and NATO have signed a series of agreements on increasing the Western military alliance's presence in the European country, which has been hit by conflict in the eastern regions.
- Secretary General highlights value of partnership as he opens joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise NATO 21 Sep 2015 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, opened a joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise in Yavoriv on Monday (21 September 2015), at the start of his first official visit to Ukraine which is to highlight the partnership between NATO and Ukraine.
- Lives in Ukraine being lost in accountability vacuum, warns UN rights expert UN News 18 Sep 2015 -- The Ukrainian Government and the armed groups operating in the country must implement a proper system of accountability to end the violence, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.
- NATO Chief Calls for Russia to Stop Supporting Ukraine Rebels VOA 21 Sep 2015 -- NATO's secretary general is calling on Russia to stop supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, calling a fragile cease-fire in place insufficient.
- Ukraine Seeks To Blunt Russia's UN Veto Power RFE/RL 16 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine has stepped up its effort to restrict Russia's use of its veto in the UN Security Council, which Kyiv says has enabled the Kremlin to block international action to punish Moscow for 'aggression.'
- Ukrainian Anti-Russia Sanctions Target 400 Individuals, 90 Entities Sputnik 16 Sep 2015 -- President Poroshenko said Wednesday that Ukraine had put over 400 individuals and 90 entities on Russia-related 'black list.'
- Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in troubled east Press TV 14 Sep 2015 -- At least two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes with pro-Russia forces in the restive eastern part of the country, despite a new ceasefire in the conflict-ridden state.
- Antonov Concern Leaves Russian-Ukrainian Aircraft Venture Sputnik 14 Sep 2015 -- According to reports, Ukrainian government ordered the Antonov aircraft maker to cease business contacts with the UAC-Antonov joint Russian-Ukrainian venture.
- 'Significant Progress' Reported At Ukraine Peace Talks In Berlin RFE/RL 13 Sep 2015 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said 'significant progress' had been made toward a resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Kiev Vows to Crush Donbass With Professional Unit of Volunteers Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced plans to create a new special forces brigade and deploy them to eastern Ukraine.
- Normandy Four Foreign Ministers Satisfied With Generally Holding Ceasefire Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Sergei Lavrov said that Normandy Four group foreign ministers are satisfied with the generally holding ceasefire in Ukraine's east.
- US Diplomat: Russian Sanctions to Stay Until Ukraine Truce Fully Honored VOA 12 Sep 2015 -- A top U.S. diplomat said Saturday that sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis would remain in place until a long-violated truce agreement was fully honored.
- Donbas destiny not decided by Russia: Putin Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- The Russian president has voiced support for the people in Ukraine's volatile Donabs region, but noted that the future of the violence-ravaged region "is not decided by Russia."
- Normandy Four to Discuss Withdrawal of Weapons Under 100mm Caliber Sputnik 12 Sep 2015 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that among the topics on the agenda of the Normandy Four Group meeting is the withdrawal of heavy and light weapons of up to 100-mm caliber from the contact line in Donbass.
- Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said a shaky cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels has for the first time held completely for a 24-hour period since fighting broke out 15 months ago. He warned, however, that rebel-held elections would scupper the deal and called for sustained international pressure on Russia.
- NATO Expresses Concern After Report Of New Russian Military Base Near Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Sep 2015 -- NATO has expressed concern after a news report that Russia is building a large military base near its border with Ukraine.
- Poisoned Chalice: Russian Loan Looms As Threat To Ukraine Bailout RFE/RL 09 Sep 2015 -- When Moscow gave Kyiv a $3 billion loan in 2013 as part of incentives to keep its distance from the European Union, many Ukrainians regarded it as a poisoned chalice and a further reason to get rid of then-President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Kyiv Invites ICC To Probe For War Crimes In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine has accepted the International Criminal Court's (ICC) jurisdiction to probe possible war crimes committed during Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Close to 8,000 people killed in eastern Ukraine, says UN human rights report UN News 08 Sep 2015 -- Close to 8,000 people have lost their lives in eastern Ukraine since mid-April 2014, according to the latest report by the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission.
- Ukraine, US stage live-fire joint war games Press TV 07 Sep 2015 -- US troopers have held joint live-fire military exercises with Ukrainian soldiers in western Ukraine.
- French President Urges Four-way Talks on Ukraine Peace Deal VOA 07 Sep 2015 -- French President Francois Hollande has called for a meeting with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to ensure the peace agreement for eastern Ukraine is carried out.
- Ukraine's President Says Cease-Fire Observed For Week RFE/RL 05 Sep 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that a cease-fire agreement has been observed for the first time for an entire week in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine's President Lauds Renewed Cease-Fire in War-Torn East VOA 05 Sep 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday that the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine had been respected for a week.
- Saakashvili, Yatsenyuk Spar Over Ukrainian Reforms RFE/RL 04 Sep 2015 -- A war of words has erupted between Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of Ukraine's Odesa region.
- US presence in Ukraine against Minsk deal: Russia Press TV 03 Sep 2015 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry says the deployment of US troops in Ukraine to train government forces is in violation of the Minsk agreement aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine.
- Ukraine Officially Declares Russia The Enemy, Vows To Join NATO RFE/RL 03 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine's National Security Council has approved a new military doctrine that declares Russia to be a military opponent and calls for the country to pursue NATO membership.
- A Soft Annexation In Donbas RFE/RL 03 Sep 2015 -- Separatist officials in the self-styled Luhansk People's Republic this week formally made the Russian ruble their main currency.
- Accused Kyiv Grenade Thrower Described As 'Brave' Soldier RFE/RL 02 Sep 2015 -- By all accounts, Ihor Humenyuk was a brave and selfless fighter against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Russia to Build Protective Fence on Border With Ukraine Sputnik 02 Sep 2015 -- The length of the fence is reported to reach 3.22 kilometers. The construction aims to prevent illegal activity on Russian-Ukrainian border.
- Ukraine Protest Death Toll Rises to 3 VOA 01 Sep 2015 -- Two more Ukrainian National Guard officers have died from wounds caused by a grenade blast during Monday's violent demonstrations in the capital Kyiv, bringing the death toll to three.
- Death Toll Rises To Three From Grenade Attack Near Ukrainian Parliament RFE/RL 01 Sep 2015 -- Three members of Ukraine's National Guard have died from injuries sustained after a hand grenade exploded outside parliament.
- World Powers Condemn Violence, Urge Ukraine To Affirm Reforms RFE/RL 01 Sep 2015 -- World powers have condemned deadly violence outside Ukraine's parliament.
- UN refugee agency delivers aid to non-government controlled area in Ukraine for first time in weeks UN News 01 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency announced that it managed to deliver humanitarian aid to non-Government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine for the first time in several weeks.
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