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February 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine military forces shell Donetsk airport, Luhansk Press TV 28 Feb 2016 -- The Ukrainian army has shelled the airport in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in violation of a shaky truce in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
- Plans underway in Ukraine to 'regain Crimea' Press TV 27 Feb 2016 -- Kiev is preparing a special military unit in a bid to retake Crimea, the Ukrainian premier says.
- Poroshenko Signs Law Ratifying NATO Representation Status in Ukraine Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- NATO status in Ukraine is to be a diplomatic mission.
- Two Years After Uprising, Ukraine Still Battling Corruption VOA 25 Feb 2016 -- Two years after the Ukraine's Euromaidan, the mass uprising that toppled the Russia-backed regime in 2013 and brought a pro-Western government to power, the country is still battling the corruption that the Euromaidan sought to purge.
- U.S. Envoy Urges Ukraine To Become Agricultural 'Superpower' RFE/RL 25 Feb 2016 -- Ukraine has signed a deal with U.S. agriculture giant Cargill to build a major grain-export terminal that Washington's ambassador said could help turn the embattled country into an agricultural 'superpower.'
- Russian Military Command Found Linked To MH17 Downing RFE/RL 24 Feb 2016 -- A team of open-source researchers investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has published a report it provided to Dutch prosecutors linking the commanders of a Russian military unit to the plane's downing.
- US 'Deeply Concerned' About Spike in East Ukraine Fighting VOA 24 Feb 2016 -- A senior official said the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about an escalation in the conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in recent weeks in eastern Ukraine, despite a series of cease-fire attempts.
- Ukraine, Canada in Talks on Providing Kiev With Lethal Weapons Sputnik 24 Feb 2016 -- Canada and Ukraine are in talks on providing Kiev with lethal weapons, the Ukrainian parliament's press service said Wednesday.
- Germany Urges Kyiv To Implement Reforms Under Minsk Accord RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said that infighting among political parties in Ukraine's governing coalition cannot be allowed to prevent the government from carrying out its reform obligations under the Minsk accords.
- France, Germany Urge Kyiv To Overcome Turmoil, Enact Reforms RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- The foreign ministers of Germany and France have urged Ukraine to overcome its political turmoil and move ahead with reforms needed to revive the economy and carry out the Minsk peace agreement.
- Ukraine Investigates Attacks Against Russian Banks Amid Maidan Commemorations RFE/RL 22 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities say they have launched a criminal investigation into multiple attacks on Russian banks during this week's commemorations of the deadly 2014 antigovernment Euromaidan protests.
- NATO-Kiev Special Ops Cooperation to Focus on Ukraine Defense Reforms Sputnik 22 Feb 2016 -- NATO plans to help Ukraine reform its military capabilities as part of last week's deal on cooperation in special operations, a source in the military bloc said Monday.
- UN: Children Biggest Victims of 2-Year Conflict in E. Ukraine VOA 21 Feb 2016 -- The U.N. children's fund calls the daily suffering endured by more than 500,000 Ukrainian children victimized by two years of conflict intolerable.
- Luhansk People's Republic to Hold Local Elections on April 24 - Decree Sputnik 20 Feb 2016 -- Local elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine will be held on April 24, according to a decree by LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky.
- Russia Re-Activates Mothballed Military Airfield in Crimea Sputnik 20 Feb 2016 -- Russia has started the renovation of a 'conserved' airfield on the Crimean Peninsula to deploy Black Sea Fleet's naval helicopters and drones after 2017, a source in the Sevastopol city administration said Saturday.
- Two years on, Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children - UNICEF UNICEF 19 Feb 2016 -- The conflict in Ukraine has deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the front line in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today. Of these, 200,000 – or one in three – need psychosocial support.
- Ukraine, NATO Sign Document on Plans to Cooperate in Special Operations Sputnik 19 Feb 2016 -- The head of Ukraine's General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko, said that a letter of intent was signed regarding cooperation in special operations between NATO Special Operations Forces and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- Ukraine vows to fight Russia's 3-billion debt demands Press TV 18 Feb 2016 -- Ukraine has vowed to "decisively" fight Russia's demands for Kiev to fully repay a $3 billion (2.7-billion-euro) loan it failed to return last year.
- Fascists And Evil Americans: Ukrainian Separatists Launch Magazine For Kids RFE/RL 18 Feb 2016
- Putin: Ukraine Should Implement Minsk Agreements First of All Sputnik 17 Feb 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that the Ukrainian side should fulfill the Minsk agreements on reconciliation in Ukraine's war-torn eastern region.
- Ukraine's Government Faces Fresh Problems, at Home, Abroad VOA 17 Feb 2016 -- Ukraine's government faced fresh challenges at home and abroad Wednesday, when a major political party withdrew from the governing coalition and Russia filed suit against the country over a $3 billion Eurobond debt.
- Ukraine government survives no confidence vote Press TV 16 Feb 2016 -- The government of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has survived a no confidence vote, hours after the president asked him to step down.
- Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk Survives No-Confidence Vote In Parliament RFE/RL 16 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, hours after President Petro Poroshenko called on him to resign 'in order to restore trust in the government.'
- Kremlin-Backed Prosecutor In Crimea Seeks Closure Of Tatar Mejlis RFE/RL 15 Feb 2016 -- The prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has filed a request with that territory's Supreme Court to ban the Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis.
- Petro Poroshenko Bloc Faction Backs Ukraine Cabinet Dismissal - Lawmaker Sputnik 15 Feb 2016 -- The Petro Poroshenko Bloc's faction in the Ukrainian parliament considers the work of the Ukrainian cabinet in the past year as 'unsatisfactory' and will support the vote to dissolve the government, a Ukrainian lawmaker said Monday.
- Ukraine Faces Crucial Test as Resignations Dent Anti-corruption Drive VOA 15 Feb 2016 -- Ukraine's political crisis deepened Monday with the resignation of the deputy prosecutor general, who accused his superior of 'running a dead institution with no independence.'
- Observers: Fighting Flares In Eastern Ukraine, Residents In 'Dire' Situation RFE/RL 14 Feb 2016 -- Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government forces has flared in eastern Ukraine and the humanitarian situation is 'dire,' the head of Europe's main security organization has told RFE/RL.
- Russia sanctions to remain until Minsk deal fully implemented: US Press TV 13 Feb 2016 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says economic sanctions against Russia will continue as long as Moscow does not implement all aspects of the Ukraine peace agreement reached a year ago in Minsk, Belarus.
- Foreign Ministers Discuss Eastern Ukraine Conflict, Minsk Deal RFE/RL 13 Feb 2016 -- Senior diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France met in Munich on February 13 to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and implementation of the Minsk II agreement on steps to end the conflict there.
- OSCE Official Warns Of Worsening Rights Situation In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Feb 2016 -- A top OSCE official has warned that the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening and the transatlantic security organization is still barred from entering the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula to investigate alleged abuses there.
- Moldova Indicts, Sentences Individuals Who Fought As Mercenaries In Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Feb 2016 -- Moldovan prosecutors say Russian-backed separatists in southeastern Ukraine have been hiring Moldovan mercenaries to fight on their side, sometimes promising as much as $3,000 monthly.
- Putin: Modernization of Defense Industry in Crimea Starts in 2016 Sputnik 12 Feb 2016 -- President Vladimir Putin said that Russian government will start financing of modernization of defense industry enterprises on the Crimean Peninsula in 2016.
- Poroshenko Signs Ukraine-NATO 2016 Cooperation Plan Sputnik 12 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the Ukraine-NATO cooperation plan for 2016 that should ensure the coordinated development of comprehensive cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in all areas of cooperation between our country and the alliance, according to Poroshenko's press service.
- IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko RFE/RL 11 Feb 2016 -- A stinging rebuke from the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has underscored the precarious spot in which Ukraine finds itself despite Kyiv's repeated pledges to tackle corruption and enact major reforms.
- HRW: Hundreds Of Schools Destroyed In Ukraine War, Military Use Must Stop RFE/RL 11 Feb 2016 -- Hundreds of schools have been destroyed during the war in eastern Ukraine, including many that were used for military purposes by both sides in the conflict, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a new report.
- Poroshenko Assures IMF He's Committed To Reform After Warning RFE/RL 10 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assured the International Monetary Fund (IMF) he remains committed to pursuing economic reforms and purging corruption from his government.
- IMF may cut aid to Ukraine over corruption Press TV 10 Feb 2016 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has threatened to cut financial aid to Ukraine because the country has shown little progress in tackling corruption.
- Ukrainian Army Expects 'Timely' Tripling of Western Assistance Sputnik 10 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine has close cooperation with states, including member states of the NATO alliance and the financial aid of these countries could be tripled.
- Ukraine Minister Says IMF Aid On Hold Until Political Crisis Over RFE/RL 09 Feb 2016 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has put aid to Ukraine on hold until it becomes clear whether the current government survives, the country's finance minister says.
- Kiev's Loss From Ending Military Deals With Moscow Estimated at $2.2Bln Sputnik 09 Feb 2016 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin estimated Ukraine's losses from terminating contracts in the space and military spheres with Russia are 12 times higher than the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) projections.
- Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power RFE/RL 08 Feb 2016 -- Nearly 30 years after Chernobyl spewed nuclear dust across Europe and sparked fears of fallout around the globe, a strapped, war-torn Ukraine is opting for 'upgrades' rather than shutdowns of its fleet of Soviet-era nuclear power reactors.
- Ukraine soldier killed as clashes intensify in volatile east Press TV 05 Feb 2016 -- A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and three others wounded amid escalation of clashes between government troops and pro-Russia forces in the country's restive east.
- IMF Chief 'Concerned' About Corruption Charges In Ukraine RFE/RL 05 Feb 2016 -- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said she is concerned about the sudden resignation this week of Ukraine's reformist economy minister, citing government corruption.
- MEPs Condemn Russia's 'Unprecedented' Abuses Against Crimean Tatars RFE/RL 04 Feb 2016 -- The European Parliament in Strasbourg has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning Russia for its treatment of the Crimean Tatar population in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.
- Ukrainian Forces Intensify Military Activity in Lugansk Region - LPR Sputnik 04 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian forces are assembling devices for artillery fire correction in southeastern Ukraine, a representative of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) told RIA Novosti.
- Ukrainian Economy Minister Resigns; West Deeply Disappointed VOA 03 Feb 2016 -- Ukraine's economy minister tendered his resignation Wednesday, citing political pressure and corruption.
- Poroshenko: Economy Minister Should Stay At Post RFE/RL 03 Feb 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the economy minister, who earlier resigned citing political pressure and corruption, should stay at his post and push ahead with reforms.
- Ukraine: UN official urges Government to keep checkpoints open for access to medicines, food UN News 03 Feb 2016 -- The senior United Nations humanitarian official in Ukraine today called on the Government to keep checkpoints open in conflict-affected areas in the country's east to prevent hardship for thousands of mostly elderly people seeking access to medicines, and food and other items.
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