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December 2016 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- 'Tornado' Trial Tests Kyiv's Ability To Rein In Rogue Paramilitaries RFE/RL 30 Dec 2016 -- PRYVILLIA, Ukraine -- Eighteen months after the last of the Kyiv-backed militiamen vacated this weary town near the front lines of Europe's only active war, School No. 32 is a crime scene.
- Millions in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance, UN relief wing reports UN News 30 Dec 2016 -- According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 3.8 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance and 2.2 million are suffering as a result of no access to quality health services.
- Ukrainians Reflect Bitterly On 'Betrayed Hopes' Of Euromaidan RFE/RL 29 Dec 2016 -- Between classes in Kolkata, India, 17-year-old Svyatoslav Yurash was glued to a video stream of almost a million of his compatriots rallying in Ukraine's capital when he decided to join the protest that would soon swell into a revolt.
- Indonesia Rethinks Ukrainian-Built Combat Vehicle After Unsuccessful Trial Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- Indonesia is reconsidering plans to acquire more Ukraine-built BTR-4 8x8 amphibious armored personnel carriers (APC) after issues cropped up during training activities.
- Pilot jailed in Russia begins movement for change in Ukraine Press TV 27 Dec 2016 -- Nadiya Savchenko, the popular female Ukrainian pilot who served for a while in Russia's jails, has launched a movement opposing Ukraine's pro-Western government.
- Ukraine's Fragile Cease-Fire Holds For Third Day Despite Violations RFE/RL 26 Dec 2016 -- A new cease-fire negotiated between Ukraine's government and Russia-backed separatists in the east held by a thread for a third day as both sides reported clashes near the strategic town of Debaltseve.
- Ukrainian President Raises 2017 Defense Spending Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on 2017 state budget of Ukraine, that envisages 3 percent deficit of national GDP and a raise in defense expenditures to 5.2 percent of GDP.
- Over 450 Ukrainian Servicemen Died in Donbass Operation in 2016 Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- The amount of combat casualties of Ukrainian servicemen in Donbass in 2016 amounted to 211, non-combat – to 256, according to official statement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- Ukrainian Army, Separatists Trade Accusations Of Cease-Fire Violations RFE/RL 25 Dec 2016 -- The Ukrainian army and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have accused each other of violating a cease-fire that took effect just a day ago.
- Pro-Russia forces say will respect 'indefinite' truce with Kiev Press TV 24 Dec 2016 -- Pro-Russia forces have reportedly agreed to abide by a ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Kiev, which is aimed at stopping violence in eastern Ukraine ahead of the Christmas and New York holidays.
- OSCE SMM Observers Record 75% Spike in Donbass Ceasefire Violations Sputnik 23 Dec 2016 -- Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) Alexander Hug has reported a huge spike in ceasefire violations in Ukraine's breakaway Donbass region with up to a thousand of mortar tank artillery and multiple launch rocket systems explosions in the last week.
- OSCE monitor warns of unprecedented surge in Ukraine violence Press TV 22 Dec 2016 -- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a fresh warning that a surge in violence in Ukraine's east is pushing the conflict to levels not seen in months.
- Report: Russian Hackers Tracked Ukrainian Artillery Units RFE/RL 22 Dec 2016 -- A Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear has likely used a malware implant on Android devices to track and target Ukrainian artillery units, a new report says.
- US sent Ukraine useless low-tech analogue drones: Report Press TV 21 Dec 2016 -- A report says US-supplied drones to Ukraine to use against pro-Russia forces utilize "stone age" technology that makes them ineffective against jamming and hacking.
- Open-Source Sleuths Document Extensive Russian Shelling Of Ukraine In 2014 RFE/RL 21 Dec 2016 -- Open-source investigator Bellingcat says Russia launched "systematic" artillery and other barrages against Ukraine in 2014 that were "essentially an act of war" against its smaller neighbor.
- Fugitive Ukrainian Lawmaker Hits Back At Poroshenko Allies With Profiteering Claims RFE/RL 21 Dec 2016 -- A fugitive Ukrainian lawmaker, whose accusations of top-level corruption have sparked a political furor, has charged that President Petro Poroshenko's allies are profiting from supplying troops fighting Russia-backed separatists.
- EU Lauds Nationalization Of Ukraine's Largest Bank RFE/RL 19 Dec 2016 -- The European Union has praised Ukraine's leadership for its decision to nationalize the country's biggest bank, calling it a "bold and courageous" move and a key component of broader reforms that the West is pressing Kyiv to carry out.
- UK extends training for Ukrainian troops to counter 'belligerent Russia' Press TV 18 Dec 2016 -- The British government has announced that it is extending the ongoing training program for Ukrainian troops in the face of a "more belligerent Russia."
- Ukraine: Five Troops Killed In Clashes With Separatists RFE/RL 18 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine says five of its troops have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian separatists, in some of the worst fighting to hit the eastern Donbas region in months.
- UK to Keep Providing Military Training for Ukrainian Army Until 2018 Sputnik 18 Dec 2016 -- The United Kingdom will continue to provide training for the Ukrainian military until early 2018, according to UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.
- FBI Met With Poroshenko Accuser; No Further Talks Planned RFE/RL 17 Dec 2016 -- The U.S. Justice Department has cut ties with a fugitive Ukrainian member of parliament who said he had turned over damning evidence proving the corruption of Ukraine's president, a spokesman told RFE/RL on December 16.
- Dutch PM Confident Parliament Will Pass EU-Ukraine Association Agreement RFE/RL 16 Dec 2016 -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is confident parliament will approve a compromise he secured from other European Union leaders on an EU-Ukraine pact.
- Netherlands, EU Reach Deal On Ukraine Association Agreement RFE/RL 15 Dec 2016 -- European Union leaders have reached an agreement about a demand from the Netherlands on a deal that would establish closer ties between the EU and Ukraine.
- Kiev agrees to release 15 imprisoned pro-Russia forces Press TV 15 Dec 2016 -- The Ukrainian government has agreed to release over two dozen prisoners it captured during the fighting in the country's east in an effort to set the stage for prisoner swap with the pro-Russia forces active in the restive region.
- EU Deal Aims for Closer Ties With Ukraine VOA 15 Dec 2016 -- European Union leaders on Thursday agreed to a compromise with representatives from the Netherlands that will allow increased cooperation and trade with Ukraine.
- Russia's Black Sea Fleet Forms Full-Strength Su-30SM Squadron in Crimea Sputnik 14 Dec 2016 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet has formed a full-strength squadron of 12 advanced Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in the country's southwestern region of Crimea, the fleet's spokesman said Wednesday.
- Dutch Court Rules Crimean Treasures Must Be Returned To Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Dec 2016 -- A Dutch court has ruled that a priceless collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that were on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia occupied the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine.
- Savchenko Quits Ukrainian Party, But Plans To Continue Politics RFE/RL 13 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine's Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party said on December 13 that Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko resigned from the political party at the end of October.
- Savchenko Meets Russia-Backed Separatist Leaders, Stirring Outrage RFE/RL 12 Dec 2016 -- KYIV -- Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko has confirmed that she met with the leadership of Russia-backed separatists for consultations on prisoner swaps. The move triggered rebukes from her party for what it called "negotiating with terrorists."
- Ukraine Searches For Culprit After Cyberattacks On Finance Ministry, Treasury RFE/RL 12 Dec 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities are still looking for the culprits nearly a week after troublesome cyberattacks against official financial institutions that appeared to be designed to inflict maximum chaos on end-of-the-year payments.
- Kiev says 3 troops killed in eastern Ukraine clashes Press TV 11 Dec 2016 -- Kiev says fresh clashes between its soldiers and pro-Russia fighters have left three Ukrainian soldiers dead and two wounded in Ukraine's east.
- Ukrainians Want to Make a Deal with Trump VOA 09 Dec 2016 -- Ukrainians trying to figure out what to expect from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may be having trouble.
- Ukraine's Antonov Offers Trump Its Plane as Presidential Jet Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine's aircraft maker Antonov has offered one of its planes to US President-elect Donald Trump for use as Air Force One instead of Boeing.
- US to Help With Training Up to Four Ukrainian Battalions in 2017 Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- The United States will advise on training up to four battalions in Ukraine throughout 2017, 7th Army Training Command spokesperson Lacey Justinger told Sputnik.
- Conflict in Ukraine continues to take civilian toll - UN human rights report UN News 08 Dec 2016 -- A new United Nations report out today has confirmed that Ukrainians living close to the "contact line" – the area between Government-controlled and armed group-controlled territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions – not only suffer due to fighting near their homes but also face the threat of landmines and unexploded ordinance as well as have to contend with severe restrictions on movement.
- Ukrainian President Rejects Fugitive Lawmaker's Corruption Accusations, But Shock Waves Extend Abroad RFE/RL 07 Dec 2016 -- More than two years after his election to the Ukrainian parliament on a wave of popular anger over political and economic rot in the corridors of power, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, by his own account, got his hands plenty dirty.
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Meeting with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze DoD 06 Dec 2016
- Ukraine, Poland Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- A defense agreement between Ukraine and Poland, signed by Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz on the Polish side, was reached after bilateral talks between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.
- 600k could face severe water crisis in eastern Ukraine Press TV 02 Dec 2016 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has warned that about 600,000 impoverished people in eastern Ukraine could face a severe water and power crisis this winter following a move by Kiev to cut off supplies.
- Ukraine Military Ends Guided Missile Tests Near Crimea Amid Russia's Protests Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine has announced an end to its missile drills near Crimea.
- Ukraine launches missile tests near Crimea Press TV 01 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine has declared the start of a two-day, major missile test near the Crimean Peninsula, stirring tensions with Russia, which regards the region as part of its territory.
- Investigative Chief Alleges Ukrainian Lawmaker May Have Spied For Russia RFE/RL 01 Dec 2016 -- The head of investigations in Ukraine's Security Services (SBU) has charged that Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko may have been spying for Russia.
- Ukraine Starts Drills in Black Sea Despite Russian Concerns Over Crimea Security Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine launched early on Thursday two-days missile drills in the Black Sea, triggering Russian concerns over Crimean security.
- Ukraine Conducts 16 Missile Launches During Dec.1 Drills Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Ukraine conducted a series of 16 successful missile launches during announced drills on Thursday, according to presidential press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko.
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