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October 2015 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Russia Blasts 'Politicized' Rule Change IMF Mulling For Ukraine RFE/RL 31 Oct 2015 -- Russia's finance minister expressed concern about a possible rule change by the International Monetary Fund that would enable it to keep lending to Ukraine even if Kyiv defaults on its debt to Russia.
- Two killed in east Ukraine ammunition depot explosions Press TV 30 Oct 2015 -- Several explosions at an ammunition depot have killed two civilians and injured eight others in eastern Ukraine.
- NATO Commander: Russia's Syria Deployment Aimed To Take Eyes Off Ukraine RFE/RL 30 Oct 2015 -- NATO's top commander says Russia's military deployment to Syria was aimed at showcasing Moscow's resurgent armed forces, but also to distract Western attention from the simmering conflict in Ukraine.
- Explosions at Ukrainian Depot With Over 3,500 Tonnes of Munitions Sputnik 29 Oct 2015 -- Over 3,500 metric tonnes of munitions are kept at a military depot caught in a blaze after two gun rounds in the Kiev-controlled town of Svatove in eastern Ukraine, a local official said Thursday.
- Luhansk Separatists Lift Ban On UN Humanitarian Agencies RFE/RL 28 Oct 2015 -- Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Luhansk region have agreed to lift a ban on humanitarian aid deliveries by UN agencies, an official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said October 27.
- Exit Polls Show Ukraine Divided For, Against Poroshenko Rule RFE/RL 27 Oct 2015 -- Four exit polls from Ukraine's local elections released on October 26 indicated the government of President Petro Poroshenko would retain its dominant position in the west and center of the country.
- Ukrainian Vote Tests Government's Strength Against Oligarchs RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Local elections held across much of Ukraine are shaping up as a test of the strength of President Petro Poroshenko's government against oligarchs used to running their own regions.
- Ukrainian Ballot Count Begins In Vote That Tests Government RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- The vote count has begun a day after Ukrainian elections for mayors and council representatives that are seen as a survival test for President Petro Poroshenko's fragile ruling coalition.
- Polls Close In Ukraine Vote Seen As Test Of Poroshenko Government RFE/RL 25 Oct 2015 -- Polls have closed across Ukraine on a day when voters chose mayors and council representatives in local elections that were seen as a survival test for President Petro Poroshenko's fragile ruling coalition.
- Ukraine Local Elections To Test Poroshenko's Strength Amid Multiple Crises RFE/RL 24 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainians vote on October 25 in local elections that will test popular support for pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko amid the country's deep economic crisis and war in the east.
- Fears Strong, Hopes Faint As Ukrainian Front-Line City Votes RFE/RL 23 Oct 2015 -- Six days before Ukraine holds its most extensive local elections since the Euromaidan revolution and the start of a war with Russia-backed rebels, antitank grenades slammed into an apartment house in the heart of this port city.
- Moscow dispatches humanitarian convoy to Ukraine's east Press TV 22 Oct 2015 -- Russia has sent a humanitarian aid convoy to the residents of Ukraine's crisis-hit east, where a relatively stable ceasefire is holding following months of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia forces.
- Kiev Withdraws Weapons in Donetsk Region, to Complete Pullback in November Sputnik 22 Oct 2015 -- According to a military spokesman, Ukrainian military has pulled back weaponry with a caliber of over 100mm from the line of contact in two regions of the Donetsk People's Republic.
- UN agency reaches Donetsk after months of restricted humanitarian access UN News 20 Oct 2015 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that after a three-month suspension, it has restarted humanitarian activities in the non-Government-controlled area of Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine.
- DPR Begins Withdrawal of Weaponry With Less Than 100mm Caliber Sputnik 21 Oct 2015 -- According to RIA Novosti correspondent reports, the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has begun withdrawing weaponry carrying less than 100mm in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
- Ousted President Yanukovych Takes Ukraine to European Human Rights Court Sputnik 19 Oct 2015 -- Yanukovych was ousted from power and had to flee Ukraine in a February 2014 coup followed by a snap election. Yanukovych has repeatedly said that Ukrainian courts had failed to investigate several attempts on his life.
- Ukrainian Forces Begin Withdrawal of Mortars in Lugansk Sputnik 15 Oct 2015 -- According to Ukraine's General Staff, the country's armed forces are coordinating the withdrawal of mortars in the Lugansk region with the OSCE.
- Ukraine Vows To Challenge Russia During Stint On UN Council RFE/RL 15 Oct 2015 -- Ukraine is expected to win a seat on the UN Security Council in an October 15 vote and is vowing to stand up to Russia, which has used its veto power to wage a strategic tug-of-war with Ukraine and the West.
- The Russian People Saw A Strikingly Different Picture Of MH17 Findings RFE/RL 14 Oct 2015 -- As Western media broadcast somber footage from a darkened room in the Netherlands dominated by an assembly of dented, shrapnel-riddled pieces of a passenger jet shot down over Ukraine's conflict zone last year, the pictures on Russian TV on October 13 were dramatically different.
- Russia Requests UN Open New MH17 Probe VOA 14 Oct 2015 -- Russia has asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency, to open a new investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 last year over eastern Ukraine.
- Moscow Court Gives Ex-Head of Ukraine Defense Plant Six Years for Espionage Sputnik 14 Oct 2015 -- A former head of Ukraine's Znamya defense enterprise who holds Ukrainian citizenship was sentenced to six years in prison for espionag e by the Moscow City Court.
- How Dutch Investigators Rebuffed Russia's Alternative MH17 Theories RFE/RL 13 Oct 2015 -- the quality of the MH17 flight crew, the state of the Boeing 777, the nature of the shrapnel holes, among many other things. But they also state clearly in the report that they looked at other theories and then ruled them out.
- Dutch Safety Board's final report on flight MH17 crash in Ukraine welcomed by UN UN News 13 Oct 2015 -- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) today welcomed the Dutch Safety Board's final report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.
- NATO Secretary General statement on Dutch Safety Board's report into MH-17 crash NATO 13 Oct 2015
- MH17 inquiry criticizes Ukraine for 2014 crash Press TV 13 Oct 2015 -- The Dutch Safety Board investigating last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has criticized the Ukrainian authorities for not closing the airspace above the country's volatile east.
- Dutch Report: MH17 Downed By Buk Surface-To-Air Missile RFE/RL 13 Oct 2015 -- Dutch investigators say that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was brought down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile.
- Dutch MH17 Commission Presents Crash Report Sputnik 13 Oct 2015 -- The Dutch Safety Board released its report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Tuesday at the Gilze-Rijen air force base.
- Dutch Probe: Buk Missile Brought Down MH17 VOA 13 Oct 2015 -- The Dutch Safety Board confirmed that a Russian-made missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last year, placing blame on governments and airlines, and saying no one gave any thought to the risk of flying commercial airliners over eastern Ukraine where a conflict between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces was raging.
- Russian Missile Maker Counters Dutch MH17 Report VOA 13 Oct 2015 -- The Russian state arms manufacturer of the missile system believed to be behind the downing of Malaysian Air flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year says its own investigation into the crash contradicts findings from a Dutch probe into the tragedy.
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Dutch Safety Board Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 The White House 13 Oct 2015
- Defence Secretary announces more support in Baltics and Ukraine UK MOD 08 Oct 2015 -- Michael Fallon has announced persistent UK troop deployments to the Baltic states and increased training for the Ukraine Armed Forces.
- British Group Presents Evidence Russian Buk Shot Down MH17 RFE/RL 08 Oct 2015 -- A British NGO has published a summary report claiming that a Russian Buk surface-to-air missile system shot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet on July 17, 2014, over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard.
- Moscow Calls for Increase to 1,000 OSCE Monitors in Ukraine Sputnik 08 Oct 2015 -- Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that there are currently less than 600 OSCE monitors in Ukraine and that Moscow is calling "for an increase in the number of the special monitoring mission to its allowable number of 1,000 in accordance with its mandate."
- Poland Trains Ukrainian Instructors Under NATO Program Sputnik 07 Oct 2015 -- Polish Defense Ministry spokesman said that Poland is training some 30 military instructors for the Ukrainian Armed Forces under NATO development program.
- Chornobyl Teems With Wildlife 30 Years After Disaster RFE/RL 07 Oct 2015 -- even in the wake of the world's worst nuclear accident,' said Jim Smith, a specialist in earth and environmental sciences at Britain's University of Portsmouth.
- Ukraine's eastern region of Donbass postpones local elections Press TV 06 Oct 2015 -- Pro-Russia fighters in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have postponed disputed local elections to the next year.
- Foreigners Can Serve In Ukrainian Army RFE/RL 06 Oct 2015 -- Lawmakers in Kyiv have legalized the service of foreigners in the Ukrainian armed forces.
- Ukraine Adopts Law Allowing Foreigners to Serve in the Country's Army Sputnik 06 Oct 2015 -- Over the past year, foreigners have been engaged in Kiev's military operation in Donbass as part of 'volunteer battalions'.
- Pro-Russian Donbas Rebels Agree To Postpone Elections RFE/RL 06 Oct 2015 -- Pro-Russian separatists say they have decided to postpone disputed local elections in territory they control until next year, a move the European Union called a 'fundamental step' toward full implementation of an accord aimed at resolving the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Majority of Tanks Withdrawn From Contact Line in East Ukraine's Lugansk Sputnik 06 Oct 2015 -- According to a spokesman from the special operations headquarters stationed in the LPR, the majority of tanks on the line of contact in the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic has been withdrawn.
- East Ukraine Rebels Postpone Local Polls VOA 06 Oct 2015 -- Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine agreed on Tuesday to postpone unofficial elections planned for October 18 and November 1 until February 2016, backing off a move that could have derailed a shaky peace deal.
- Pro-Russians in Ukraine's Lugansk start pulling back tanks Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Po-Russia forces operating in Ukraine's eastern region of Lugansk say they have begun pulling back tanks from the frontline with government troops.
- Kyiv, Rebels Begin Pulling Back Small-Caliber Weapons RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing small-caliber weapons and tanks from the front lines in the east of the country on October 3.
- Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note VOA 02 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that he felt 'cautious optimism' following talks in Paris with the Russian, French and German leaders on reviving the peace process for eastern Ukraine.
- Poroshenko, Putin Meet On Ukraine With German, French Leaders RFE/RL 02 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have begun meeting in Paris with the leaders of France and Germany in an effort to solidify a fragile peace agreement in eastern Ukraine.
- Normandy Quartet Agrees on Heavy Weapons Withdrawal in E. Ukraine - Merkel Sputnik 02 Oct 2015 -- The Normandy Four talks resulted in an agreement on the procedure of the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine.
- Hollande Demands Better Humanitarian Access to Donbass Sputnik 02 Oct 2015 -- The French leader said that a serious progress was achieved in the implementation of the Minsk agreements in terms of security and called for improving the humanitarian access to the region.
- Kiev Preparing to Withdraw Heavy Arms of Less Than 100mm From Donbass Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Kiev is preparing to withdraw heavy artillery of less than 100mm caliber from the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said Thursday.
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