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January 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine's forces open fire on positions of pro-Russia fighters in Donetsk: Report Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's forces on Saturday opened fire on positions of pro-Russia fighters in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine, reports say.
- 300 Military Vehicles 'Missing' From Ukrainian Army Warehouses Sputnik 29 Jan 2016 -- While Kiev's allies keep sending military vehicles to the Ukrainian Army, things continue to get lost in Ukraine. According to Russia's OSCE envoy Alexander Lukashevich, 300 military vehicles have "vanished" from Ukrainian Army warehouses over the past two months.
- Russia to Deploy More Su-30 Interceptor Jets in Crimea Sputnik 29 Jan 2016 -- A number of new planes will be added to the squadron of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole interceptors deployed in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet Commander, Admiral Alexander Vitko, said on Friday.
- Separatist Leader Admits To Razing Ukrainian Village, Hails 'Good' Soviet Ideology RFE/RL 27 Jan 2016 -- A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has admitted to burning down a village at the height of fighting more than a year ago, while praising a proposal for restoring the place.
- Ukraine Leader Advocates Domestic Missile, Munition Production Sputnik 27 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday the country needs its own rocket and ammunition manufacturing capabilities.
- Ukraine Adopts New Military Administrative Territorial Division Sputnik 27 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council approved new military and administrative territorial division.
- Too Corrupt Not to Fail: Ukrainian Economy Won't Recover Soon Sputnik 27 Jan 2016 -- Despite its free trade agreement with the EU, the Ukrainian economy remains in a dire state, mostly due to rampant corruption and widespread tax evasion.
- Donetsk Proposes Compromise on Ukrainian Constitution Amendment Sputnik 27 Jan 2016 -- Donetsk People's Republic proposed to the Contact Group to review a compromise to the amendment in the Ukrainian Constitution that provides actual guarantees for Donbass's special status, according to DPR delegation head of the Contact Group Denis Pushilin.
- Joint Polish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian Force to Become Operational in 2017 Sputnik 25 Jan 2016 -- According to Polish Defense Minister, a joint brigade of units from the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian armies will become fully operational next year.
- US Spent $266Mln on Military Equipment, Training in Ukraine Since 2014 Sputnik 25 Jan 2016 -- US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt said that Washington provided military equipment and training at more than $266 million to help the Ukrainian forces improve border control and security, act more efficiently and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
- Confronting bitter winter, UN agency steps up food aid in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine UN News 25 Jan 2016 -- With food security expected to worsen in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine during the cold winter months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it would extend its emergency operation to help feed more than 260,000 people until the end of June.
- Poroshenko Says 'Torpedoing' Minsk Deal Could Lead To Full-Scale War With Russia RFE/RL 24 Jan 2016 -- President Petro Poroshenko has warned Ukrainian politicians that the collapse of the Minsk agreements aimed at ending a war with Russia-backed separatists could set off a 'full-scale conflict' with Russia.
- Ukraine's Prime Minister Calls For Referendum On New Constitution RFE/RL 24 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for a referendum to be held on a new constitution for the country.
- Poroshenko Vows Not to Postpone Vote on Ukraine's Decentralization Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that Kiev is not going to postpone a vote on constitutional amendments on the country's decentralization.
- Interpol Explains Removal Of Yanukovych Figures From Public Wanted List RFE/RL 23 Jan 2016 -- Interpol says it has removed the names of several suspects from the time that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was in power from its public wanted list in response to a legal complaint Yanukovych has filed.
- Almost 150 Pieces of Military Equipment Disappear From Ukrainian Depots Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The Russian envoy to the OSCE said that over the past month almost 150 pieces of military equipment, missile systems, and other large-caliber artillery have disappeared from Ukraine's depots.
- Swine Flu Causes Deaths In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 22 Jan 2016 -- An outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus has killed 26 people in the territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, Russian news agencies reported on January 22.
- Swine flu has killed 39 in Russia Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Swine flu has killed nearly 40 people in Russia since last month, with one of the cases reported in the capital, Moscow.
- Ukraine Contact Group Brings No Results, Minsk Deal Implementation Stalled Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- There is no progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the most recent Contact Group meeting on Ukraine did not yield any significant results, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told RIA Novosti.
- Ukrainian Forces Shell Donetsk Region Settlements in Violation of Ceasefire Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian forces have shelled several settlements in the southeastern Donetsk region, despite the ceasefire agreed upon in Minsk, the Donetsk News Agency reports.
- Former Commander Of Pro-Russian Separatists Says He Executed People Based On Stalin-Era Laws RFE/RL 19 Jan 2016 -- For most of his 42-minute appearance on a radio talk show, former Russia-backed separatist commander Igor Girkin sounded like nothing more than a fanatic discussing a dream now widely dismissed as fantasy.
- Defence Secretary announces more support to Ukraine Armed Forces UK MOD 18 Jan 2016 -- The Defence Secretary has today announced the UK will gift around £500,000 worth of first aid kits to the Ukraine Armed Forces (UAF).
- EU Document Reflects Concerns About Pace Of Reforms In Ukraine RFE/RL 15 Jan 2016 -- Kyiv has touted the promise of a visa-free regime for Ukrainians traveling to the European Union as evidence of its success in carrying out reforms, but behind the scenes several key EU member states are bemoaning the country's slow progress of implementation and lack of engagement both with its citizens and with Brussels.
- Poroshenko Says No More Power For Crimea Until Rejoins Ukraine RFE/RL 15 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine is prepared to restore electricity to Crimea after more than a month of severe outages, but only if the peninsula annexed by Russia rejoins Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko: Restoration of Sovereignty Top Priority for 2016 VOA 14 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, said on Thursday he expected territory in the east held by Russian-backed rebels to return to Ukrainian control before the end of the year. At the same time, he said he hopes to set into motion mechanisms that would lead to the "de-occupation" of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
- New truce deal agreed between Ukraine conflicting sides Press TV 14 Jan 2016 -- The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia forces have struck a new truce deal, following the failure of a previous agreement.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine To Restore Control Over East This Year RFE/RL 14 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to regain sovereignty over the country's separatist east in 2016.
- White House: Obama's Puzzling Ukraine Comment Referred To Kremlin Ally Yanukovych RFE/RL 13 Jan 2016 -- The White House has clarified U.S. President Barack Obama's puzzling reference to Ukraine in his final State of the Union address, in which he said Russia is "pouring resources in to prop up" its ex-Soviet neighbor.
- Dozens Killed By Deadly Swine Flu Virus In Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Jan 2016 -- An outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus has killed more than 50 people in Ukraine this winter - an increase of 10 percent over last year, Ukrainian authorities said.
- Many Puzzled By Obama's Reference To Ukraine As Russian 'Client State' RFE/RL 13 Jan 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama raised eyebrows around the world with a difficult-to-interpret reference to Ukraine in his final annual State of the Union address that lumped the post-Soviet state and its West-leaning government together with Syria as Russian 'client states.'
- Some 200 Canadian Military Trainers Sent to Ukraine - Defense Ministry Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- About 200 Canadian military trainers will be deployed to Ukraine to conduct UNIFIER operation aimed at training Ukrainian soldiers and officers, Canadian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.
- Russian Hacker Sandworm Blamed For Ukraine Power Outage RFE/RL 08 Jan 2016 -- U.S. cyberintelligence firm iSight Partners said it is certain that a Russian hacking group known as Sandworm caused last month's unprecedented power outage in Ukraine.
- Russia Suspected in First-ever Cyberattack on Ukraine's Power Grid VOA 07 Jan 2016 -- In the last months of 2015, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea's annexation and continuing strife in Ukraine's east appeared largely to be in stalemate. But now, with the new year, it appears the conflict is heating up again, and playing out on the region's electric grids.
- U.S. Suspects Russia Behind Cyberattack On Ukraine Power Grid RFE/RL 07 Jan 2016 -- U.S. security agencies are investigating whether Russian government hackers were behind a cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid last month.
- Russia's Cursing Crimea Chief Says He's 'Starting To Get Stalin' RFE/RL 05 Jan 2016 -- Angry at officials he said have failed to cope with severe power outages, the head of Russian-controlled Crimea said that he is "starting to understand" Josef Stalin, the Soviet dictator who purged millions, including his own loyal henchmen.
- Russian Soldiers Said Involved In Downing Of MH17 Airliner RFE/RL 05 Jan 2016 -- Dutch prosecutors are investigating a claim by a citizen-journalist group that at least 20 Russian soldiers were involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
- Cyberattack On Ukrainian Power Grid Looks To Some Like An Apocalyptic First RFE/RL 05 Jan 2016 -- For years, experts have warned with mounting concern that critical infrastructure virtually anywhere in the world is vulnerable to cyberattack.
- Deployment of Peacekeepers in Donbass Unacceptable - DPR Leader Sputnik 04 Jan 2016 -- Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said that the deployment of any peacekeeping missions in Donbass remains unacceptable as the presence of a third force will only escalate the conflict.
- No Thanks: Ukraine Won't Allow US Military Base on Its Soil Sputnik 04 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine doesn't want a US military base established on its soil, according to a top defense official.
- More Crimean Power Shortages Likely With End Of Ukraine Supplies RFE/RL 02 Jan 2016 -- Residents of Crimea face several more months of power shortages as Russia appears to have ended a contract with Ukraine to deliver electricity to the peninsula it annexed in 2014.
- Ukrainian Police Blame Second Crimean Power Outage On Sabotage RFE/RL 01 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian police are blaming saboteurs yet again for blowing up an electricity pylon that shut down electricity for at least one-quarter of the residents of Crimea.
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