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August 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Rights Groups Say 13 Released From Secret Ukrainian Jail, Allege Torture RFE/RL 29 Aug 2016 -- Thirteen civilians who were allegedly held incommunicado, interrogated, and tortured after being rounded up "abduction-style" have been released from a secret jail run by Ukraine's domestic security service, two prominent human rights groups say.
- Saudis Revealed as Possible Secret Buyer of Ukraine's 'Grom' Missile System Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- Earlier this month, Ukrainian media reported that significant progress had been made on the development of a Grom-2, a new tactical ballistic missile system meant to compete with Russia's Iskander SRBM. Now, new information has become available regarding the weapons system, including its secretive financier.
- Two soldiers killed as fresh clashes erupt in eastern Ukraine Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in a fresh wave of fighting between government forces and pro-Russia militants in the east of the country.
- Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings RFE/RL 24 Aug 2016 -- More than a decade ago, Viktor Medvedchuk became known as the "Gray Cardinal" because his low profile masked unparalleled clout in the halls of power in Ukraine.
- Dueling Indictments As Russia, Ukraine Target Each Other's Military Leaders RFE/RL 24 Aug 2016 -- Russia and Ukraine traded salvos this week with dueling criminal investigations against each other's top military brass, a new front in the ongoing conflict between the two countries.
- Ukraine should rely on own might to counter Russia: Poroshenko Press TV 24 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has underlined the need for Kiev to stand on its own feet rather than relying on Western support as it copes with resurging conflict in its eastern region.
- Ukraine Celebrates 25 Years Of Independence As Tensions With Russia Worsen RFE/RL 24 Aug 2016 -- Ukraine marked 25 years of independence from the Soviet Union on August 24 with a massive parade of soldiers and heavy weaponry through central Kyiv, in a show of force designed to boost the morale of the country's servicemen and reassure Ukrainians amid heightened tensions with Russia.
- US, Ukraine Inspectors to Fly Over Russia Under Open Skies Treaty Sputnik 22 Aug 2016 -- US and Ukrainian inspectors will fly over Russian territories this week under the Open Skies Treaty, the acting head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said.
- Erdogan Tells Poroshenko Turkey Won't Recognize Crimea As Russian RFE/RL 20 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reassured his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Ankara will continue to recognize the Crimean Peninsula, which was illegally annexed by Russia, as Ukrainian territory.
- Biden, Ukraine's Poroshenko Urge End to Conflict With Pro-Russian Forces VOA 20 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called Friday for a resolution in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Russia 'conducting drill in Crimea' amid tensions with Kiev Press TV 19 Aug 2016 -- Russian military forces are engaged in naval and logistical exercises in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, the Russian Defense Ministry says.
- Putin Criticizes Ukraine At Crimea Security Council Meeting RFE/RL 19 Aug 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has chaired a session of the Security Council in Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed in 2014.
- Report: Trump Aide Did Not Disclose Lobbying For Ukraine's Yanukovych RFE/RL 19 Aug 2016 -- The Associated Press (AP) said it has obtained e-mails showing that a company run by Donald Trump's campaign chairman lobbied for Ukraine's Russian-backed president and did not meet legal requirements that it disclose those activities.
- Ukraine Shows Evidence Of Secret Payments Allegedly Made To Trump Aide RFE/RL 19 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities have published excerpts from secret accounting ledgers of former President Viktor Yanukovych's political party documenting more than $12.7 million in under-the-table payments that were earmarked for Paul Manafort, who chaired U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign until his resignation on August 19.
- DPR Claims Kiev Deploying Heavy Weaponry Near Contact Line in Donbass - DPR Sputnik 18 Aug 2016 -- The Ukrainian authorities are deploying heavy weaponry, including howitzers, mortars and tanks, near the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, the deputy defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR), Eduard Basurin, said Thursday.
- Russian Military Buildup in Crimea Not Directed Against NATO Sputnik 18 Aug 2016 -- The Russian military buildup in Crimea is not directed against NATO, Russia's envoy to the alliance said.
- Ukraine's President Not Excluding Martial Law, Total Mobilization Sputnik 18 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that he cannot rule out the introduction of martial law and a total mobilization.
- Ukraine says seen heaviest shelling by pro-Russians in one year Press TV 18 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian officials claim that pro-Russia forces operating in the east of the country have carried out the heaviest shelling of government positions in a year.
- Report Ties Trump Manager To U.S. Lobbying Funded By Yanukovych Government RFE/RL 17 Aug 2016 -- The Associated Press reports that political consultant Paul Manafort, the chairman of Republican candidate Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, may have helped former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's government funnel millions of dollars to U.S. lobbyists in a way that obscured the source of the funding.
- Crimea Calls on EU to Stop Violating Helsinki Accords Ensuring Free Movement Sputnik 17 Aug 2016 -- The European Union must stop violating the Helsinki accords by preventing Crimean people from meeting their relatives, who live in the EU countries, Georgy Muradov, Crimea's permanent representative with the Russian president, said on Wednesday.
- Canada Launches Flight Safety Training Program for Ukrainian Armed Forces Sputnik 16 Aug 2016 -- The goal of the three-week program is to train up to 60 Ukrainian flight safety specialists and their commanding officers before April 2017.
- Russia ready to show more proof of Ukraine incursion: Lavrov Press TV 15 Aug 2016 -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia is ready to provide the West with more evidence about armed Ukrainian incursions into the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
- In Ukraine, Attacks On Journalists Chill Media Landscape RFE/RL 15 Aug 2016 -- At a bustling Kyiv intersection lined with storefronts selling coffee and pastries, a pile of red roses surrounds a black-and-white photograph of Pavel Sheremet, an intrepid journalist who was killed by a car bomb here on July 20.
- EU vows to back Kiev amid escalating tensions with Russia over Crimea Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- The European Union has vowed continued support for Ukraine amid growing tensions between Kiev and Moscow around the Crimean Peninsula.
- US urges Ukraine-Russia restraint over Crimea Press TV 12 Aug 2016 -- The United States has urged Ukraine and Russia to show restraint after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko deployed all forces near Crimea apparently in preparation for a confrontation with Moscow.
- Kyiv Accuses Russia Of Provocations As Moscow Deploys Missiles RFE/RL 12 Aug 2016 -- Kyiv accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow has bolstered separatist forces in the region with fresh deliveries of ammunition and military hardware.
- Foiled Crimea Terrorist Attacks 'Crime Against Russian State, People' - Medvedev Sputnik 12 Aug 2016 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmintry Medvedev called the recently prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea "a crime committed against the Russian state and the people of Russia living on one of the territories belonging to the Russian Federation."
- Ukraine-Russia Tensions Flare as Russians Rebuild Military in Crimea VOA 12 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian troops are on high alert as tensions rise with Russia. Kyiv has accused Moscow of increasing its troop presence on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia two years ago. Moscow is accusing Kyiv of an incursion into Crimea. Some experts say the timing is ripe for a conflict because the world's attention is elsewhere.
- Russia deploys S-400 missile system to Crimea Press TV 12 Aug 2016 -- Russia has deployed a regiment of its advanced S-400 air defense missile system to Crimea as a dispute deepens between Moscow and Kiev over the security situation in the Black Sea peninsula.
- Ukrainian president puts troops on alert near Crimea, in Donbass amid Kiev-Moscow tensions Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has put all military troops and units near Crimea and in the east of the country on the highest level of alert, amid growing tensions and fears of military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow.
- Ukraine Puts Troops On Alert As Tension Rises After Russia's Crimea 'Terror' Claim RFE/RL 11 Aug 2016 -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have escalated one day after Moscow claimed it thwarted an incursion into Russia-held Crimea by Ukrainian saboteurs, with Kyiv putting troops near the peninsula on highest alert and Russia announcing increased security measures and new naval exercises in the Black Sea.
- Ukraine Builds Up Armed Forces on Crimea Border Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- Ukraine has built up its armed forces on the border with Crimea in accordance with President Poroshenko's combat readiness order, the country's chief of the general staff said.
- Russian Envoy: There Is No Going Back on Crimea VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Russia's U.N. envoy said Thursday the issue of Crimea's annexation "will never be revisited."
- Russia says Ukraine incursion into Crimea thwarted Press TV 10 Aug 2016 -- Russia's Federal Security Service said Wednesday it has thwarted an incursion by Ukraine's military into Crimea, saying two Russians were killed in the incident.
- Putin Accuses Ukraine Of Choosing 'Terror' Over Peace RFE/RL 10 Aug 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine's government of choosing the path of "terror" over peace, and warned that Moscow will take "serious" measures to ensure security on the Crimean Peninsula.
- Ukrainian MoD Refutes Russia's FSB Reports on Foiling Terror Attacks in Crimea Sputnik 10 Aug 2016 -- The Ukrainian Defense Ministry refuted information revealed by the Russian Federal Security Service on preventing terrorist attacks in Crimea organized by the Ukrainian authorities.
- Putin: Foiled Attack in Crimea Worrying, Ukraine Starts to Resorts to Terror Sputnik 10 Aug 2016 -- Ukraine's authorities have resorted to terrorism instead of looking for peaceful solutions to the conflict in the east of the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
- Attempts to Destabilize Crimea Will Be Met With Tough Response Sputnik 10 Aug 2016 -- Attempts to destabilize the situation in Crimea will be met with stringent measures, Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov said after the announcement of foiled terrorist and diversionary plots Wednesday, reaffirming the safety of the peninsula's residents and visitors.
- Putin Accuses Ukraine of Choosing Terror Over Peace VOA 10 Aug 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of choosing terror over peace following "attacks" in Crimea that he says were orchestrated by Ukrainian military and intelligence forces.
- Fears Mount of Full-Scale Ukraine-Russia Clash VOA 10 Aug 2016 -- The sound of battle has long gone. But the ghosts remain in Ukraine's Independence Square, where more than two years ago police and protesters clashed for weeks amid acrid black fumes billowing from burning tires.
- Guns Of August: Fears Of Full-Scale War Return As Casualties Mount In Ukraine RFE/RL 09 Aug 2016 -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker, this particular piece of no-man's land is tinted a blood-reddish orange by the setting summer sun.
- Tensions High Amid Russian Military Buildup In Crimea RFE/RL 08 Aug 2016 -- Tensions are reportedly high among residents of northern Crimea as long convoys of heavy Russian weaponry continue to be sighted not far from the occupied peninsula's border with the Ukrainian mainland.
- Activists: Russian Military Hardware Sighted Along Northern Crimea Border RFE/RL 07 Aug 2016 -- Crimean Tatar activists have reported armed checkpoints being erected at scattered sites around the Russian-occupied peninsula, and unusually large concentrations of Russian hardware in northern regions.
- 'Like Being A Slave': Workers On Russia's Bridge To Crimea Report Abuse, Deceit RFE/RL 07 Aug 2016 -- The Kerch Strait Bridge is Russia's top-priority infrastructure project. At a cost of at least $4.5 billion, the 19-kilometer car-and-rail bridge will tie Russia to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine after sending in troops and staging a referendum dismissed as illegitimate by 100 countries in a UN vote.
- Leader of Luhansk People's Republic injured in car bombing Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine was injured in a car bombing on Saturday.
- Lugansk People's Republic Head Accuses Ukraine of Assassination Attempt Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- Head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky accused the Ukrainian government on Saturday of the failed attack against him.
- Attacked Lugansk People's Republic Head Receives Non-Life Threatening Wounds Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- The condition of Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic whose car was hit by a blast earlier in the day, is stable, there is no danger to his life, according to the chairman of the republic's Council of Ministers, Sergei Kozlov.
- Separatist Leader in Eastern Ukraine Survives Assassination Attempt VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- The Russian-backed leader of a separatist region in eastern Ukraine was seriously wounded Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt, Russian and Ukrainian media reported.
- UN convoys reach thousands affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine UN News 05 Aug 2016 -- For the first time in five months, convoys from the United Nations refugee agency have reached non-Government controlled areas in Luhansk, in the easternmost part of Ukraine, carrying much- needed construction materials, kitchen sets and items for use in winter for thousands of people affected by the conflict.
- UN: Homes Damaged in E. Ukraine Conflict to Be Repaired VOA 05 Aug 2016 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports it has received the go-ahead from the de facto separatist rulers in eastern Ukraine to help repair thousands of homes damaged or destroyed during the military conflict there.
- Canada Sending 200 Troops to Ukraine to Continue Military Training Sputnik 04 Aug 2016 -- Ottawa has started the deployment of some 200 troops to Ukraine to continue military training, Canadian Armed Forces said in a press release on Thursday.
- Russian Troop Buildup Along Ukraine Border Raises War Fears VOA 04 Aug 2016 -- Russia's steady buildup of military forces along its border with Ukraine is raising concerns that Moscow, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and then began backing separatists in eastern Ukraine militarily – including with Russian troops – may be considering an overt military campaign against its southwestern neighbor.
- Civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine hit highest annual record Press TV 03 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations has recorded the highest number of civilian casualties in a year in eastern Ukraine as a result of continued fighting in the region.
- UN warns of escalating tension in eastern Ukraine as casualties hit highest since last August UN News 03 Aug 2016 -- Civilian causalities in eastern Ukraine spiked in June and July, prompting the United Nations human rights chief to call on the parties to the conflict to make protection of civilians a priority and take urgent steps to de-escalate the increasingly tense situation at the contact line.
- Ukrainians Denounce Trump's Comments on Ukraine, Crimea VOA 02 Aug 2016 -- It is probably no surprise that the recent comments by U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, including Moscow's annexation of Crimea, have not been well received by Ukrainian politicians and analysts.
- OSCE Official Says Monitors Need 'Unfettered' Access In Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Aug 2016 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is demanding unfettered access across eastern Ukraine after one of its monitoring missions there was threatened at gunpoint by Russia-backed separatists.
- Trump Says He Would Consider Recognizing Crimea As Part Of Russia RFE/RL 01 Aug 2016 -- The Republican candidate for U.S. president, Donald Trump, has said that, if elected, he would consider recognizing Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
- Russia to Deploy Airborne Forces Battalion in North Crimea in 2017 Sputnik 01 Aug 2016 -- Russia will deploy a battalion and a regiment of its airborne forces in Crimea.
- Ukrainian Interior Minister Slams Trump as 'Dangerous Outcast' Sputnik 01 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has called US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a "dangerous outcast" over the billionaire's promise to look into recognizing Crimea as Russian territory.
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