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November 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- No breakthrough reached at Minsk talks on Ukraine: Lavrov Press TV 30 Nov 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says no visible progress has been made in a recent quadrilateral meeting on the peace process in conflict-stricken eastern Ukraine.
- Russian Forces In Crimea on High Alert Ahead Of Ukraine's Planned Missile Tests RFE/RL 30 Nov 2016 -- Russia's state-run TASS news agency reports that Russian air-defense forces in Crimea have been placed on high alert on the eve of planned Ukrainian missile tests near the Black Sea peninsula.
- Ukraine's Planned Missile Launches Near Crimea Violation of Int'l Law - Kremlin Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- Russia would not like to see Ukraine violating international law and threatening international flight safety with planned missile launches west of the Crimean peninsula coastline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
- Russia's Bastion Defense Systems Arrive to Crimea Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- A battalion of Russia's Bastion coastal defense system is arriving in Crimea to replace the systems that are protecting a naval task force in Syria, a source in the Crimean uniformed services told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
- Latest Minsk Talks Fail To Reach Breakthrough On Ukraine Conflict RFE/RL 29 Nov 2016 -- Talks in Minsk on resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine have ended with the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany all saying no new breakthroughs were made.
- Kyiv Says Russia Has At Least 5,000 Troops In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 29 Nov 2016 -- Ukraine's Defense Ministry has said Russia has between 5,000 and 7,500 regular military troops inside Ukrainian territory, not counting the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea.
- Massive Chernobyl Containment Shield Moved Into Final Position RFE/RL 29 Nov 2016 -- The huge structure that will prevent further leaks of radiation from Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been moved into its final position.
- Kiev Puts New Restrictions on Airspace Use Around Crimea Sputnik 29 Nov 2016 -- Rosaviatsia said that Kiev has issued new warnings on introducing new restrictions for flights over the Black Sea near the Crimean peninsula without consulting with Moscow.
- Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Ukrainian Military Commanders RFE/RL 28 Nov 2016 -- Prosecutors in Russia have launched a criminal case against Ukrainian security agencies for alleged war crimes committed in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region.
- Yanukovych Denies Ordering Euromaidan Shootings; Kyiv Announces Treason Charge RFE/RL 28 Nov 2016 -- Exiled former President Viktor Yanukovych has told a Ukrainian court via video link that he never ordered police to fire on protesters during Euromaidan demonstrations that roiled the country nearly three years ago.
- State Corruption Watchdog Flip-Flops On Ukrainian President's Spanish Villa RFE/RL 28 Nov 2016 -- KYIV -- A Ukrainian corruption watchdog has changed its position on whether President Petro Poroshenko should have declared ownership of a Spanish seaside villa, raising questions about the state agency's independence from the presidential administration.
- Saakashvili Holds Rally In Support Of New Political Movement In Ukraine RFE/RL 27 Nov 2016 -- A diverse crowd of about 1,000 people turned out in central Kyiv for a rally in support of a new political movement headed by Mikheil Saakashvili, the reformist former Georgian president who has launched a second political career in Ukraine.
- Ukraine Calls For Holodomor Famine To Be Recognized As 'Genocide' RFE/RL 26 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for the Holodomor, the Ukraine famine of the 1930s, to be recognized as "genocide."
- Russia Protests Ukraine's Plan to Fire Missiles Above Crimea Waters Sputnik 26 Nov 2016 -- Russia protested on Friday Ukrainian military's plan to fire missiles in airspace above Crimean territorial waters in the Black Sea.
- Ex-President Yanukovych Says Supports Ukraine's Territorial Integrity Sputnik 26 Nov 2016 -- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he was dreaming of the end of the war in Donbas and its restoration.
- Russia protests Ukraine's planned missile drill over Crimea Press TV 25 Nov 2016 -- Russia has lambasted Ukraine's "unilateral decision" to carry out training launches of missiles over the Crimean Peninsula, saying Kiev's military exercise will be a violation of Russia's sovereign airspace.
- Ukraine's Ex-President Accuses Kyiv Of Sabotaging His Testimony RFE/RL 25 Nov 2016 -- Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych has accused the Kviv government of "setting up a provocation" to "sabotage" his video testimony in a Ukrainian court trial of five former policemen charged with fatally shooting scores of antigovernment protesters in Kyiv in 2014.
- Russia detains ex-naval officer suspected of spying for Ukraine Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Russia's security service has arrested a former naval officer in the Crimean peninsula for allegedly spying for Ukraine.
- Russia's Ex-Black Sea Fleet Member Detained for Passing State Secrets to Ukraine Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- According to Federal Security Service, a former service member of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been detained in Crimea on suspicion of gathering intelligence on the fleet's activities and passing state secrets to Ukraine.
- Ukraine Releases Video Of Detained Russia Soldiers As Kyiv, Moscow Trade Accusations RFE/RL 22 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities have released a video showing what they say was the detention of two military deserters who had defected to Russia, escalating a standoff between Kyiv and Moscow over the fate of the two men.
- Russia accuses Ukraine of kidnapping soldiers, urges their release Press TV 22 Nov 2016 -- Russia says two of its servicemen have been abducted by Ukraine's security officials in Crimea, demanding their immediate release.
- Recording Appears To Tie Serbian Nationalist To Crimea Seizure RFE/RL 22 Nov 2016 -- A Serbian nationalist leader who is accused of plotting to kill Montenegro's prime minister may have helped send fellow Serbian militants to Crimea to support Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, a recorded conversation suggests.
- Obama Wants Ukraine Deal, 'Not Optimistic' Over Syria RFE/RL 21 Nov 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he wants to reach a negotiated peace settlement in Ukraine before he leaves office in January.
- Ukraine Marks Third Anniversary Of Euromaidan RFE/RL 21 Nov 2016 -- Thousands of Ukrainians have marked the Day of Dignity and Freedom, a holiday commemorating the 2013 beginning of the Euromaidan protests that ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Poroshenko Calls For Support of Efforts to Unify Pro-European Forces in Ukraine Sputnik 21 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called Monday for unification of Ukraine's democrats, taking pro-European stance, as well as to refrain from turning political struggle into a war without rules.
- First Ukrainian President Says Sanctions Not Enough, Must Negotiate For Peace RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- Ukraine's first president, who help usher in the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, said Ukraine's leaders today must find a similarly peaceful resolution of the separatist conflict in the east.
- UN Panel Condemns Rights Abuses In Crimea, Calls For Monitoring RFE/RL 16 Nov 2016 -- Russia's," said U.S. deputy UN ambassador Sarah Mendelson. "States should not have to fear that a neighbor, however powerful, will seize their territory."
- NATO-Ukraine Commission discusses situation in eastern Ukraine NATO 15 Nov 2016
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Calls On Trump To Help Counter 'Russian Aggression' RFE/RL 15 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for Washington's "resolute support...in countering Russian aggression," as he and President-elect Donald Trump spoke by telephone for the first time since the U.S. election.
- Hague Prosecutor's Finding On Ukraine Conflict Gives Kyiv Legal Heft, But Little Else RFE/RL 15 Nov 2016 -- The lead prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has for the first time said the simmering conflict in Ukraine should be considered an international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
- Kyiv Locked Down As Hundreds Protest Ukraine's Government RFE/RL 15 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities locked down the heart of the capital on November 15 as hundreds of demonstrators protested outside government buildings over poor economic conditions and rising prices for vital necessities such as natural gas and bread.
- Investigation Uncovers Poroshenko's, Allies' Spanish Coastal Villas RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Along the picturesque shores of Estepona in southern Spain's Costa del Sol lie some of Europe's most elegant resorts and luxury estates, whose owners and residents include Hollywood actors, superstar athletes, and some of the continent's political elite.
- Saakashvili Announces New Political Force, Calls For Early Ukraine Elections RFE/RL 11 Nov 2016 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, a onetime Georgian president who resurrected his political career in nearby Ukraine, has announced the launch of a new Ukrainian political party and called for early elections just days after resigning his governor's post in Odesa.
- Ukrainian sabotage group detained in Crimea: Russia Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia says it has arrested a group of Ukrainian saboteurs suspected of planning attacks against military sites and vital infrastructure in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
- Ukrainian Defense Ministry Sabotage Group Detained in Crimea - Security Service Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia's Federal Security Service stated that an Ukrainian Defense Ministry's secret subversive group has been detained in Sevastopol on suspicion of preparing acts of sabotage on military sites in Crimea.
- Ukrainians Awake To 'Nightmare' Of Trump Victory RFE/RL 09 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainians have expressed disbelief and worry after they awoke to discover that a U.S. election outcome many had feared - a Donald Trump presidency - had become reality.
- 'It's Time for Trump to Keep His Pledges on Recognition of Crimea Referendum' Sputnik 09 Nov 2016 -- The time for Donald Trump to keep his campaign pledges on recognizing the Crimea referendum has come, Russian lawmaker Natalia Poklonskaya said on Wednesday.
- Saakashvili Lashes Out At Poroshenko, Quits As Odesa Governor RFE/RL 07 Nov 2016 -- KYIV -- The boisterous former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has resigned as governor of Ukraine's turbulent Odesa region, accusing the Ukrainian president of dishonesty and the central government of sabotaging crucial reforms.
- Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide To Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 03 Nov 2016 -- Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail account linked to Vladislav Surkov, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, releasing documents they say add to mounting evidence of the Kremlin meddling in Kyiv's affairs.
- Poll Shows More Ukrainians Support NATO, Dislike Russia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2016 -- The number of Ukrainians who support their country becoming a member of NATO has increased while their feelings toward Russia are "cold," according to a new opinion poll.
- Ukraine Hopes Law to Reveal Lawmakers' Wealth Will Aid EU Path VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- A new law in Ukraine forcing senior officials to declare their wealth has revealed the scale of riches held by those in power. Members of the Cabinet alone hold $7 million in cash. Other lawmakers declared luxury cars, expensive watches and artwork. Analysts say the revelations show how far Ukraine still has to go to eradicate corruption.
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