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March 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Arms export to Ukraine worsens crisis, violates peace deals: Russia Press TV 31 Mar 2016 -- Russia says the supply of arms to Ukraine will not help settle the conflict gripping the East European state and will rather complicate the implementation of the Minsk peace deals.
- Russia Says It Detained Ukrainian Spy RFE/RL 31 Mar 2016 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has captured a Ukrainian security officer who volunteered to spy for Moscow and will send him back because they believe he is a double agent.
- Russian FSB Detains CIA-Trained Ukrainian Spy Sputnik 31 Mar 2016 -- Ukrainian Security Forces officer was detained by the Russian Federal Security Services, the FSB said Thursday.
- Ukrainian Parties Fail To Form New Governing Coalition RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- Last-minute demands raised by former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland party quashed hopes for a new governing coalition in Ukraine on March 29.
- Top Ukrainian Parties To Form New Coalition Led By Hroysman RFE/RL 28 Mar 2016 -- Ukraine's three major parliamentary parties have agreed to form a new coalition on March 29 and nominate parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Hroysman to be Ukraine's new prime minister, party officials said.
- Ukraine MPs approve top prosecutor's resignation over corruption Press TV 29 Mar 2016 -- Ukrainian parliamentarians have accepted the resignation of the country's prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, amid public anger at the failure of the government to properly tackle corruption.
- Ukraine: UN experts urge accountability for human rights violations by foreign fighters UN News 22 Mar 2016 -- Today in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on mercenaries called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by foreign armed actors during the conflict that has plagued the country since 2014.
- Ukraine's Economy Plummeted By Nearly 10 Percent In 2015 RFE/RL 22 Mar 2016 -- Ukraine's battered economy shrank by 9.9 percent in 2015 due to implosions in the financial sector and consumer demand, the state statistics service reported on March 21.
- US Providing Ukraine 'Most Effective' Hybrid, Conventional Warfare Training Sputnik 22 Mar 2016 -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter explained that the United States is providing to Ukraine training "both against what you might call symmetrical, or traditional kinds of combat operations, and also helping them with this unique brand... of hybrid warfare."
- Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Pilot to 22 Years in Prison VOA 22 Mar 2016 -- A Russian court Tuesday found captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko guilty of complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists covering the war in eastern Ukraine and sentenced her to 22 years in a Russian prison.
- Administrative Chaos, Corruption Prompted Crimea to Leave Ukraine Sputnik 21 Mar 2016 -- According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Crimean Peninsula Residents chose to reunioin with Russia because of the arbitrariness of the Ukranian authorities, corruption and red tape.
- Britain Expected to Sign 15-Year Defense Deal With Ukraine Sputnik 19 Mar 2016 -- The United Kingdom will sign a 15-year defense treaty with Ukraine providing for an increase in the number of joint training missions and British military instructors, Ukraine Presidential Administration spokesman on military operations Andriy Lysenko said Saturday.
- Two Years After Annexation, Crimeans Wait On Russia's Unfulfilled Promises RFE/RL 18 Mar 2016 -- For many in Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula's takeover by Russia two years ago was a cause for joy and great expectations.
- Russia Celebrates Crimea Grab, Critics Denounce 'Climate Of Fear' RFE/RL 18 Mar 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine two years ago as a long-awaited moment of "historic justice," while Western governments assailed Moscow over the annexation and Human Rights Watch described a "pervasive climate of fear and repression" on the peninsula.
- UK relationship with Ukraine strengthened by Defence agreement UK MOD 18 Mar 2016 -- The UK's relationship with Ukraine has been strengthened by the signing of a new Defence agreement.
- Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial RFE/RL 17 Mar 2016 -- Ukraine has identified nearly 50 people it considers responsible for the 'illegal detention and falsified trial' of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko and has urged the European Union to impose sanctions against them.
- Ukraine: UN calls on all parties to ensure access to safe drinking water in eastern region UN News 17 Mar 2016 -- Ukraine: UN calls on all parties to ensure access to safe drinking water in eastern region Concerned about the continuing impact of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine on civilians, the United Nations today called on all parties to ensure access to safe water in Donetsk, after security concerns forced the evacuation of staff from a water treatment facility that serves thousands of people in the area.
- NATO-Ukraine Regional Airspace Security Program progress NATO 16 Mar 2016 -- Following a successful demonstration, the NATO-Ukraine Regional Airspace Security Programme (RASP) is progressing through its next phase, a feasibility study, with meetings of experts from NATO, EUROCONTROL, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and Poland in Odessa, Ukraine on 16-17 March 2016.
- Top U.S. Official: Ukraine Reforms Endangered By Oligarchs Fighting Back RFE/RL 15 Mar 2016 -- A top U.S. administration official has taken pointed aim at the wealthiest Ukrainian tycoons, known as oligarchs, accusing them of undermining the country's anticorruption reform efforts.
- Obama: Ukraine 'Vulnerable' To Russian 'Military Domination' No Matter What U.S. Does RFE/RL 10 Mar 2016 -- President Barack Obama said in remarks published on March 10 that Ukraine 'is going to be vulnerable to military domination by Russia no matter what' the United States does.
- Two Years After Crimea Annexation, Tatars' Resentment Growing VOA 09 Mar 2016 -- Two years after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, resentment is building among the region's Tatars. The Muslim minority group is native to Crimea. But many have been leaving the peninsula, saying Russian authorities are running them out of government jobs and taking away the autonomy that they once enjoyed under Ukrainian rule.
- UK beats target for training Ukrainian Armed Forces UK MOD 09 Mar 2016 -- The UK has already met the target of training 2,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) by the end of the financial year.
- Russian 'Former Fascist' Who Fought With Separatists Says Moscow Unleashed, Orchestrated Ukraine War RFE/RL 08 Mar 2016 -- In early March 2014, veteran Russian ultranationalist Anton Rayevsky stood near a demonstration in St. Petersburg against Moscow's forceful annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula that was under way at the time. He held a placard that read: 'Russians support sending Russian troops to Ukraine.'
- Ukraine: Hard Choices in a Forgotten War VOA 07 Mar 2016 -- Two years into Ukraine's war, many of the people caught in the midst of it see the conflict as frozen and forgotten by the rest of the world. With diplomatic efforts thus far failing, many see either an escalation or the relinquishing of territory as the only alternatives to ending the war.
- Ukrainian Protesters Attack Russian Embassy, Demand Pilot's Release RFE/RL 06 Mar 2016 -- Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on March 6 to demand Moscow release Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.
- Ukraine PM Says Opponents Fail to Offer Alternative Plan to End Crisis Sputnik 06 Mar 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk prioritized job creation, tackling poverty, economic growth and continuing to pursue reforms introduced two years ago.
- Innovations Kiev-Style: Ukraine Starts Testing Its 'Invincible' Tank Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- The Ukrainian military has begun testing its new 'superweapon', which was designed by National Guard grunts.
- Turkish Military Instructors Gather Near Crimea to 'Train Mercenaries' Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- Deputy prime minister of Russia's Republic of Crimea said that Turkish military instructors have gathered in Ukraine's southern region of Kherson, which borders Crimea.
- Paris Talks On Ukraine Peace Fall Flat RFE/RL 04 Mar 2016 -- Progress was seen but no breakthrough made during talks aimed at jumpstarting a fragile peace deal in Ukraine, ending with Moscow and Kyiv failing to agree on a proposal to hold elections in eastern Ukraine this year.
- Juncker Says Ukraine Not Likely To Join EU, NATO For 20-25 Years RFE/RL 04 Mar 2016 -- It will take Ukraine at least 20 to 25 years to join the European Union and NATO, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said March 3.
- Ukraine FM: Russia Not Ready to Talk in Detail VOA 03 Mar 2016 -- Ukraine's foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, reported no breakthrough after Thursday's talks in Paris on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying he believes the Russians are not ready to discuss anything in detail.
- Ukraine: growing despair among over three million civilians in conflict zone - UN report UN News 03 Mar 2016 -- Despite a decrease in the number of civilian casualties in the east of Ukraine over the past few months, a new United Nations report shows that the conflict is severely impacting on the daily life of civilians, with a growing sense of despair and isolation affecting those living in the conflict zone, especially in the areas controlled by the armed groups.
- Disillusioned, Ukrainians Lose Faith in Quick End to War VOA 03 Mar 2016 -- When Russian-backed forces seized public buildings in eastern Ukraine, unleashing the ongoing conflict, many Ukrainians thought the crisis would not last very long. Two years later, with western sanctions and two peace agreements failing to stop Russia's intervention, the war continues and many of those displaced see little hope that they will get to go home anytime soon.
- Minsk Deal Legitimizes Ugly Facts on the Ground, Critics Say VOA 02 Mar 2016 -- Western and Russian diplomats are meeting this week to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues between Russia-backed separatists and government forces despite attempts for a truce. While top U.S. officials are touting the importance of a full implementation of the Minsk agreement, critics say that the peace deal is a way to legitimize ugly facts on the ground.
- Pentagon: Despite Minsk II, More Than 400 Ukraine Troops Killed VOA 02 Mar 2016 -- More than 400 Ukrainian troops have died in fighting since the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was adopted one year ago, with Russia playing a major role in the violence.
- Ukrainian Contact Group Prohibits Military Drills 30 Km From Contact Line Sputnik 02 Mar 2016 -- The Contact Group for Ukrainian reconciliation prohibited military exercises within a 30-kilometer radius from the line of contact in Donbass.
- For Ukrainians, Minsk Agreements 'Poison' VOA 02 Mar 2016 -- Two years after the start of the Ukraine conflict, Ukrainians are coming under pressure from the West and Russia to comply with the Minsk agreements, and many here doubt the country will be able to enact the overdue constitutional reforms required to implement the peace deal.
- Ukraine Raises Electricity Rates For Households RFE/RL 01 Mar 2016 -- For more than 10 ten years, electricity rates for consumers hardly changed, and costs for power generation and distribution were passed on to industry, small businesses, and government agencies, Vasyl Kotko, the chairman of Ukraine's National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC), explained.
- Gen. Breedlove: US Begins Training of Ukraine Defense Ministry Forces Sputnik 01 Mar 2016 -- The United States has started training of Ukrainian Ministry of Defense forces in the western part of the country, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
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