Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Situation in Ukraine remains 'volatile,' warns senior UN human rights official UN News 29 Jun 2016 -- Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.
- NATO starts massive war games in Ukraine Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including forces from the US, have launched a large-scale military exercise in westerns Ukraine.
- Ukrainian Forces Shell Lugansk People's Republic Militia Sputnik 26 Jun 2016 -- Ukrainian security forces began shelling the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) militia located near the village of Veselohorivka in Perevalsk area on late Saturday, local media reported Sunday.
- Ukraine Looks to US for Anti-Drone Weapons, Radar Sputnik 23 Jun 2016 -- The Ukrainian military wants anti-drone weapons and other equipment, and is pushing for lethal military aid from the United States.
- Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in clashes in troubled east Press TV 19 Jun 2016 -- The Ukrainian military has announced the death of three of its soldiers in new clashes between government troops and pro-Russia forces in the country's troubled east.
- Russia's Putin slams West over backing 'coup d'etat' in Ukraine Press TV 17 Jun 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly criticized the West's support for 'a coup d'etat' in Ukraine in 2014, blaming it for the bloodshed that plagued the country.
- Ukrainian PM: Maintain Western Sanctions Until Russian Withdrawal RFE/RL 16 Jun 2016 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman urged Western governments to maintain tough sanctions on Russia until it withdraws forces from eastern Ukraine and cedes control of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow seized from Kyiv in 2014.
- Minsk Implementation Seen as Key to EU-Russia Relations VOA 16 Jun 2016 -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's trip to Russia this week has raised further speculation that EU sanctions against Russia, over its actions in Ukraine, are wavering just ahead of a vote on whether to extend the punitive measures.
- U.S. Official Confident EU Will Continue To Back Russia Sanctions RFE/RL 16 Jun 2016 -- The U.S. State Department's chief sanctions-policy coordinator is confident the European Union will maintain its travel and economic restrictions against Russia until Moscow fulfills the terms of a peace agreement to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- White House Gives Ukraine $220 Million In Aid For Reform Efforts RFE/RL 16 Jun 2016 -- The White House says it will give Ukraine $220 million in new aid this year to support Kyiv's economic, political, and energy reform efforts.
- Moscow Slams NATO-Kiev Talks on Increased Military Presence in Black Sea Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- Moscow is concerned about NATO-Ukraine discussions on Kiev's role in the Alliance's increased military presence in the Black Sea region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Wednesday.
- Debate Over Free Press in Ukraine Suffers From Old Stereotypes VOA 15 Jun 2016 -- A heated debate over freedom of the press versus state security erupted in Ukraine after the pro-government hacker group Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) published a list containing the personal information of thousands of journalists who had received accreditation from the separatist, Russian-backed "Donetsk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine.
- NATO steps up support for Ukraine with Comprehensive Package of Assistance NATO 15 Jun 2016 -- Defence Ministers agreed on Wednesday (15 June 2016) to boost NATO's support for Ukraine with a Comprehensive Package of Assistance.
- Flood Of Weapons Makes Eastern Ukraine Ripe For Arms Trade RFE/RL 14 Jun 2016 -- Awash with arms and facing a breakdown in law and order, war-torn eastern Ukraine has all the elements required to become a major illicit international weapons market.
- Ukrainian Says 'Tortured' In Russia As Moscow, Kyiv Exchange More Prisoners RFE/RL 14 Jun 2016 -- Two Ukrainians have lambasted Russia after being freed from jail there and flown home in the second high-profile prisoner exchange in weeks, with one saying he was tortured and another predicting the two countries would be "enemies" as long as Vladimir Putin is in the Kremlin.
- Ukraine's Savchenko: Without Peace, The War 'Will Last Forever' RFE/RL 11 Jun 2016 -- Since her release from Russian captivity last month after nearly two years, Ukrainian airwoman Nadia Savchenko has called for talks with Russia-backed separatists about the war in eastern Ukraine and further prisoner exchanges.
- White House Aide Says Deal To End Ukraine Conflict Possible By Year's End RFE/RL 10 Jun 2016 -- The White House is pushing for implementation of a deal to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine before President Barack Obama leaves office, national-security adviser Susan Rice has said.
- Russia's Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Arrives at New Home in Sevastopol Sputnik 09 Jun 2016 -- Black Sea Fleet's spokesman said that Russia's Admiral Grigorovich frigate has arrived at its permanent base in Sevastopol.
- Savchenko Says Willing To Hold Peace Talks With Separatists RFE/RL 08 Jun 2016 -- Ukrainian airwoman Nadia Savchenko says she is willing to talk with Russia-backed separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine to try to end the nation's two-year-old conflict.
- Crimean Tatars Face Russian Crackdown VOA 05 Jun 2016 -- Topuz Bakhtiyar's large family was fast asleep in their first-floor apartment in a five-floor building on Tsvetochnaya Street in the city of Yalta, Crimea, early in the morning of February 12 when a group of heavily armed masked men broke the windows and stormed the apartment. Shouting commands in Russian, the raiders locked the women in one room, the kids in another, and searched the house. They then handcuffed Bakhtiyar and took him away, leaving the family in shock and with some bloody scratches from broken glass.
- Poroshenko Urges Media Not To Publish 'Negative Articles' About Ukraine RFE/RL 03 Jun 2016 -- President Petro Poroshenko has urged journalists not to publish "negative articles" about Ukraine while condemning the leak of personal data about thousands of reporters that has triggered international concerns about press freedoms in the country.
- After two years of conflict, situation in eastern Ukraine remains 'grim' – UN report UN News 03 Jun 2016 -- A new report by the United Nations human rights office shows that, after two years of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights, especially for those living near the contact line and in territories controlled by armed groups.
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