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November 2015 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Kyiv Says Russia Cuts Coal Deliveries To Ukraine RFE/RL 27 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's energy minister has told the parliament in Kyiv that Russia has begun to restrict coal supplies to Ukraine, days after the Kremlin threatened to punish Kyiv for a power blackout of Russian-annexed Crimea.
- Canada to Supply Ukraine With $2.5Mln-Worth Military Equipment Sputnik 27 Nov 2015 -- Canada will provide Ukraine with $2.5 million worth of demining equipment.
- Crimea Boiler Stations to Get Diesel Generators Amid Blackout - Crimea Head Sputnik 27 Nov 2015 -- Boiler stations in the Republic of Crimea will be equipped with diesel generators amid electricity shortages caused by Crimea having been cut off from electricity supplies from Ukraine, the republic's head Sergey Aksyonov said.
- Russia's Gazprom halts gas delivery to Ukraine Press TV 25 Nov 2015 -- Russia's state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has announced halting natural gas supply to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
- Ukraine: UN humanitarian agencies step up aid deliveries as bitter winter takes hold UN News 25 Nov 2015 -- United Nations agencies are stepping up aid deliveries to non-Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine where more than 100,000 people, cut off from assistance for months, are now facing added hardship with the approach of the bitter east European winter.
- Russian Gas Supplies To Ukraine Halted RFE/RL 25 Nov 2015 -- Russia's state-controlled natural-gas giant Gazprom has stopped deliveries of gas to Ukraine because of Kyiv's alleged failure to make the required prepayments.
- Crimeans Putting On Brave Faces, But Frustration Mounting Over Blackout RFE/RL 25 Nov 2015 -- As Russian authorities in Crimea scramble to restore power after a massive blackout over the weekend, residents are learning to live with thawing fridges, pitch-dark highways, and shuttered schools.
- News Analysis: Crimean Tatars Push Kyiv's Hand On Recovering Crimea RFE/RL 24 Nov 2015 -- When activists prevented authorities from repairing destroyed power lines that sent electricity from the Ukrainian mainland to Crimea - which was annexed by Russia in 2014 - they threw down a serious challenge to Kyiv.
- Russia Threatens to Cut Off Gas, Coal to Ukraine VOA 24 Nov 2015 -- Russia threatened Tuesday to cut off natural gas and to halt coal deliveries to Ukraine, worsening a dispute over a power blackout in Crimea.
- U.S. Begins Second Phase of Ukrainian Training, Equipping Mission AFPS 23 Nov 2015 -- The United States has begun the second phase of its Fearless Guardian mission to train and equip Ukrainian forces, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.
- Ukraine Suspends Cargo Traffic To Crimea Amid Blackout RFE/RL 23 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine has temporarily suspended cargo traffic to the Crimean Peninsula as the territory illegally annexed by Russia continues to deal with a power blackout after electricity pylons were destroyed by explosions over the weekend.
- Ukrainian Interior Minister Says Too Dangerous To Repair Damaged Power Towers RFE/RL 23 Nov 2015 -- The Ukrainian Interior Minister says just one of the four damaged transmission towers carrying electricity to Crimea can be repaired at the moment.
- Russia interested in resolving east Ukraine crisis: Foreign Ministry Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Russia has dismissed speculations that its anti-terror campaign in Syria has turned its attention away from the crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow is in fact the "most interested" side in resolving the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russia forces there.
- Crimea declares state of emergency following power outage Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- The Crimean Peninsula, which seceded from Ukraine and rejoined Russia in March last year, has declared a state of emergency after its major electricity power lines from Ukraine were "blown up," causing a power outage there.
- Crimea Left With 29 Days of Backup Fuel After Ukraine Power Explosion Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Crimea started to rely on reserve power generation on Sunday morning after a mysterious accident in Ukraine caused 1.9 million of the peninsula's 2.3 million residents to lose power.
- Power Transmission Towers 'Blown Up' Causing Blackout in Crimea Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Power transmission lines in southern Ukraine were damaged, cutting off electricity to Russia's Crimea.
- State of Emergency in Crimea After Power Lines Blown Up VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Crimea has declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up, leaving more than 1.6 million people on the disputed Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness after the second such attack in as many days.
- Poroshenko Hails EU Parliaments' Ratification Of Association Agreement RFE/RL 21 Nov 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the parliaments of all European Union member states have completed the process of ratifying the bloc's Association Agreement with Ukraine.
- UN agency and partners distribute food to 7,000 vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine UN News 20 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the start of food distribution to about 7,000 hospital patients and school children in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine.
- UK provides further support to Ukrainian Armed Forces UK MOD 19 Nov 2015 -- The UK will provide nearly £1 million worth of equipment to the Ukraine Armed Forces (UAF) to support them through the colder months.
- Russia Proposes Ukraine Debt Restructuring RFE/RL 17 Nov 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to restructure Ukraine's $3 billion debt to Moscow.
- Russian Strikes in Syria Leave Kiev Desperate to Organize Own Air Defenses Sputnik 17 Nov 2015 -- The successes of the Russian campaign of airstrikes in Syria appears to be giving authorities in Kiev the cold sweats, leaving them desperately trying to think of ways to reorganize the country's run-down air defense network.
- Klitschko In Again As Kyiv Mayor, But It's No Knockout RFE/RL 16 Nov 2015 -- In a one-sided affair days ahead of their runoff vote, challenger Boryslav Bereza was reduced to debating a life-sized cardboard cutout of Kyiv's incumbent mayor on television.
- Ukraine PM Presses for Weapons, Aid From West VOA 14 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has again called for defensive weaponry and strong economic support from the West, saying the help is needed to defend national borders against Russian aggression.
- Five Ukrainian soldiers die in Donetsk clashes: Army Press TV 14 Nov 2015 -- The Ukrainian army says five of its soldiers have been killed in new clashes with pro-Russia forces in the restive eastern part of Ukraine over the past 24 hours.
- Flurry Of Claims Spells Trouble For What's Left Of Ukraine Cease-Fire Regime RFE/RL 12 Nov 2015 -- Far from international front pages, the situation in eastern Ukraine is once again on the verge of open warfare.
- Russia Sends 44th Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Donbass – Emergencies Ministry Sputnik 12 Nov 2015 -- A humanitarian aid convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry started off for Ukraine's crisis-hit southeast (Donbass) early on Thursday, a ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
- DPR, Kiev Forces Submit Mortar Withdrawal Docs to OSCE SMM in Ukraine Sputnik 12 Nov 2015 -- The Ukrainian Armed Forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the country's southeast have submitted documents verifying the completion of mortar withdrawal from the line of contact, the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) deployed in Ukraine informs.
- Ukrainian Warplane Crashes During Training Flight RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's Defense Ministry says a Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 military plane crashed during a training flight near Zaporizhzhya on November 11, killing the 23-year-old pilot.
- Congress Passes Bill Giving Lethal Aid To Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- Congress has passed a defense policy bill that authorizes up to $50 million in lethal military aid for Ukraine and mandates a White House response if Russia is deemed to be violating a key arms control treaty.
- UN refugee agency delivers aid to eastern Ukraine for first time in months UN News 09 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency has managed to deliver aid for the first time in over two months to areas of eastern Ukraine beyond Government control where two million people are in urgent need of assistance, reaching 12,000 people – a "small drop in the ocean of needs" – with plans to expand greatly as the harsh winter sets in.
- Ukraine Military Completes Light Weapons Withdrawal From Frontlines RFE/RL 07 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's military says it has finished a withdrawal of light weapons from frontlines with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, where clashes erupted in recent days despite a cease-fire.
- Lugansk Republic Completes Weaponry Withdrawal From Line of Contact Sputnik 07 Nov 2015 -- The Lugansk People's Republic fully completed the removal of weapons and military equipment from the 15-km [9-mile] security zone ahead of schedule in eastern Ukraine, according to the deputy chief of staff of the LPR people's militia.
- US to Start Training Six Ukrainian Battalions in November Sputnik 07 Nov 2015 -- The next stage of the drills where the US military will train six battalions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, is going to start on November 23, 2015, according to Ukrainian Presidential Administration spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
- US-Ukrainian Military Drills End in Lviv Region - Ukraine's National Guard Sputnik 07 Nov 2015 -- The US-Ukrainian Fearless Guardian-2015 joint military exercises have ended in Ukraine's western Lviv region, Ukraine's National Guard's press service said in a statement Saturday.
- Ukraine, Baltic Leaders Slam Russian-German Pipeline Plan RFE/RL 06 Nov 2015 -- Ukrainian and the Baltic leaders have criticized a planned second Nord Stream pipeline to funnel natural gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
- Lavrov Says Ukraine's Minsk Deadlines Should Be Extended Into 2016 RFE/RL 06 Nov 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is clear that deadlines on political reforms in Ukraine under the Minsk agreements need to be extended into 2016.
- Ukraine's Ex-Justice Minister Detained In Probe Of Maidan Killings RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's Security Service says former Justice Minister Olena Lukash has been detained in connection with an investigation into deadly shootings during opposition protests in 2014 that brought down the pro-Russian government of then-President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Ukraine: UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent, sustained access to vulnerable communities in east UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- Wrapping up a three-day visit to Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian chief is calling for sustained and unimpeded access to the vulnerable communities caught in the middle of the crisis and who urgently need humanitarian aid.
- Can Ukraine Kick Its Russian Gas Habit? RFE/RL 04 Nov 2015 -- The head of Ukraine's state-owned gas company, Naftogaz, dropped a bombshell this week, vowing that the country could stop buying gas from neighboring Russia as soon as early 2016 if Kyiv is not offered a better price.
- Council Of Europe Blasts Ukraine's Investigations Into Odesa Violence RFE/RL 04 Nov 2015 -- The Council of Europe says the Ukrainian government's investigations into violence that killed 48 people amid separatist tensions in the southern city of Odesa in May 2014 have fallen short of European standards.
- Five Questions: The Arrest Of Ukrainian Oligarch Hennadiy Korban RFE/RL 03 Nov 2015 -- The arrest of a close associate of one of Ukraine's most powerful oligarchs has pundits and the public wondering whether President Petro Poroshenko is finally cracking down on corruption or merely trying to silence political opponents.
- Poroshenko Signs Bill Allowing Foreigners to Serve in Ukrainian Army Sputnik 03 Nov 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill into law allowing foreigners to serve on a contract basis in the country's armed forces, the Ukrainian Parliament reported on its official website Tuesday.
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