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April 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Interview: In Eastern Ukraine, 'Too Many Troops Willing To Fire' RFE/RL 30 Apr 2016 -- Violations of a fragile internationally brokered cease-fire between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are at their highest level in months. Paul Quinn-Judge, a senior adviser to the International Crisis Group who just returned from the demarcation line that separates the two sides, attributes the volatile situation to the numbers and proximity of troops along the line of separation, and their willingness to fire on one another.
- Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave VOA 30 Apr 2016 -- A top Ukrainian official said that elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine's sovereignty is renewed in the region and the Russia's presence is eliminated in those territories.
- Monitors: 'Alarming' Number of Cease-fire Violations in E. Ukraine VOA 28 Apr 2016 -- Violations of a tense cease-fire in eastern Ukraine between Kyiv and Russian-backed rebels have reached "alarming numbers" not seen in months, international monitors told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.
- Ukraine Says Stronger Cease-Fire Needed To Make Political Progress RFE/RL 29 Apr 2016 -- Ukraine told the UN Security Council that its cease-fire with separatists in the east must be strengthened before progress can be achieved on a political solution to the two-year conflict.
- No Slouch: Crimean Shipyard Can Build Mistrals Sputnik 28 Apr 2016 -- A shipbuilding plant in Crimea is capable of building large Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the region's Industry Minister Andrei Vasyuta told RIA Novosti news agency.
- Ukraine: Security Council meets on situation with sense of 'urgency and hope' UN News 28 Apr 2016 -- As the conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine enters its third year, the United Nations Security Council today met with both a sense of urgency and hope, as described by a senior UN political official.
- Ukraine truce violations highest in months, OSCE says Press TV 28 Apr 2016 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says the violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreement in the violence-wracked eastern Ukraine have reached their highest level in months.
- OSCE: Cease-Fire Violations In Eastern Ukraine At 'Worrying Levels' RFE/RL 28 Apr 2016 -- The security situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening, with cease-fire violations at their highest level in months, the chief OSCE monitor warned on April 28.
- 5 killed in fresh surge of violence in east Ukraine Press TV 27 Apr 2016 -- At least 5 people have been killed in a fresh surge of violence in the war-torn regions of eastern Ukraine.
- Nuland: No Deadline For Ukraine Vote, Sanctions To Stay Until Minsk Fulfilled RFE/RL 27 Apr 2016 -- The United States is not setting a precise deadline for Kyiv to hold disputed elections in war-wracked eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. official on European affairs says.
- US Urges Ukraine to Jail Corrupt Officials VOA 27 Apr 2016 -- The United States is urging Ukraine to start jailing corrupt officials, after months of political turmoil that has delayed billions of dollars in foreign loans.
- Chernobyl: with disaster's effects still being felt after 30 years, UN renews commitment to a safer future UN News 26 Apr 2016 -- Marking 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident, senior United Nations officials today underlined the need to take stock of the lessons learned from the disaster and the many problems that still linger, while renewing their commitment to a safer future.
- US Pledges Support for Ukraine's New Cabinet VOA 26 Apr 2016 -- The United States pledged its support for the new Ukrainian government as it embarks on the road of major reforms and changes in the country.
- Russian Court Bans Crimean Tatar Executive Council As Extremist RFE/RL 26 Apr 2016 -- A Russian-run court in the annexed Crimean Peninsula has branded the executive council for the region's Tatar minority an extremist organization and ordered it banned.
- 30 Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn Return to 'Death Zone' VOA 25 Apr 2016 -- In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then Soviet-controlled Ukraine exploded, releasing huge amounts of radiation into the air.
- Chernobyl's Ring Of Fire: Signs Point To Rising Risk RFE/RL 24 Apr 2016 -- Canadian scientist and leading Chernobyl researcher Dr. Timothy Mousseau says the potential for fresh catastrophe is hidden in the forests of the exclusion zone around the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.
- New clashes kill three army soldiers in east Ukraine: Kiev Press TV 24 Apr 2016 -- The Ukrainian military has announced the death of three of its soldiers in a fresh wave of clashes with pro-Russia forces in the country's troubled east.
- Obama: Russia Sanctions Must Remain Until Moscow Complies With Minsk Deal RFE/RL 24 Apr 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree that Ukraine-related sanctions targeting Russia should only be lifted if Moscow complies with a deal to end fighting between Kyiv's forces and Russia-backed separatists.
- Russia, In Nod To New Kyiv Government, Suspends Debt Demands RFE/RL 23 Apr 2016 -- Russia said it temporarily suspended its demand for full repayment of a $3 billion loan to Ukraine to give the new government in Kyiv time to decide what to do about it.
- Ukraine Hopes to Sign Open Skies Treaty on Aerial Surveillance Sputnik 22 Apr 2016 -- Kiev is looking forward to sign an Open Skies EU deal in July on monitoring EU's military forces and activities, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry said Friday.
- New Suggestions of Russia-Ukraine Soldier Swap Deal VOA 19 Apr 2016 -- A long rumored "soldier swap" between Moscow and Kyiv seemed to gain new traction Tuesday, with Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko claiming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin had produced an "algorithm for freeing" an imprisoned Ukrainian pilot turned national cause celebre, Nadezhda Savchenko.
- Russia Suspends Crimean Tatar Mejlis For 'Extremist Activities' RFE/RL 18 Apr 2016 -- The Russian Justice Ministry has suspended the Crimean Tatars' highest ruling body due to what it called "extremist activities," a fresh escalation in Moscow's crackdown against a group that has broadly opposed Russia's forcible annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
- Ukrainian Court Sentences Two Russians On Terrorism Charges, Setting Up Possible Prisoner Swap RFE/RL 18 Apr 2016 -- A Ukrainian court has sentenced two Russian citizens to 14 years in prison each on charges of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow reaffirms support for Ukraine at Kyiv Security Forum NATO 14 Apr 2016 -- Speaking at the Kyiv Security Forum on Thursday (14 April), NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow focused on NATO's response to Russia's aggression and on the Alliance's support to Ukraine's efforts to reform its defence forces and democratic institutions.
- Ukrainian Parliament Approves Government Shake-Up RFE/RL 14 Apr 2016 -- Ukraine's parliament has approved Volodymyr Hroysman as prime minister and his cabinet in the biggest government shake-up since a 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.
- Ukraine MPs step up talks on new ruling coalition Press TV 12 Apr 2016 -- Ukrainian lawmakers have doubled efforts for reaching consensus on establishing a new ruling coalition as disagreements still remain over key appointments.
- Analysts: Ukraine Government Shake-up Raises Hopes, Concerns VOA 12 Apr 2016 -- The resignation of Ukraine's embattled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, made official Tuesday, raises hopes for ending a political crisis that has delayed Western financial support and led many to question Ukraine's path to reform.
- Talks On Forming New Ukraine Government Continue RFE/RL 12 Apr 2016 -- Lawmakers in Ukraine are continuing efforts to agree a new coalition to end a political deadlock that has stalled billions of dollars in foreign loans.
- Volodymyr Hroysman: Ukraine's Likely Next Prime Minister Is Loyal Poroshenko Ally RFE/RL 11 Apr 2016 -- The man identified by Ukraine's outgoing prime minister as his successor, Volodymyr Hroysman, is a 38-year-old loyalist of President Petro Poroshenko who was thrust onto the national scene after the Euromaidan unrest that toppled a government.
- Poroshenko Expects Forming Coalition in Ukraine's Parliament on Tuesday Sputnik 10 Apr 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday he expected forming the coalition in the Ukrainian Parliament as early as on Tuesday.
- Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk announces resignation amid political crisis Press TV 10 Apr 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation after weeks of a political crisis in the Eastern European country.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Tenders Resignation RFE/RL 10 Apr 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation in a televised address.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Announces Resignation Sputnik 10 Apr 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced that he had resigned, local media reported Sunday.
- Embattled Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigning VOA 10 Apr 2016 -- Ukraine's embattled prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said Sunday he is resigning, opening the way for a new government to be formed in an effort to end Kyiv's political crisis.
- Dutch Voters Reject European Union Pact With Ukraine RFE/RL 07 Apr 2016 -- The Dutch government says it may have to reconsider ratifying a treaty establishing closer European Union ties with Ukraine after a strong majority of voters rejected an Association Agreement in a nonbinding referendum.
- Dutch Vote On Ukraine Deal Could Reverberate Throughout Europe RFE/RL 05 Apr 2016 -- When Dutch voters head to the polls on April 6 they could say a lot about the future of the European Union. Technically, they will be voting in a referendum on whether to approve or reject the bloc's Association Agreement with Ukraine, a pact that would bring the country closer politically and economically to the EU that has been ratified by all members aside from the Netherlands.
- Two years of conflict leaves 1.5 million people hungry in eastern Ukraine - UN agency UN News 04 Apr 2016 -- The two-year long conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 1.5 million people hungry, including almost 300,000 people who are severely food insecure and in need of immediate food assistance, the United Nations food relief agency said today.
- Poroshenko Predicts Win In Dutch Vote On Ukraine Pact With EU RFE/RL 02 Apr 2016 -- The United States has urged Dutch voters to approve Ukraine's cooperation agreement with the European Union in a referendum on April 4, even as Ukraine's president predicted victory.
- Washington pledges more security aid to Kiev Press TV 01 Apr 2016 -- The United States has pledged hundreds of millions in security assistance to Ukraine.
- Spike In Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Threatens Fragile Cease-Fire RFE/RL 01 Apr 2016 -- International monitors in eastern Ukraine have reported an intense spike in fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists as the second year of a shaky truce begins.
- US to Provide Ukraine With Additional $335M in Security Aid VOA 01 Apr 2016 -- The White House says the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $335 million in security assistance.
- Russia security agency arrests CIA-trained Ukrainian spy Press TV 01 Apr 2016 -- Moscow says it has captured a CIA-trained Ukrainian officer, who attempted to infiltrate Russia's main security agency.
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