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May 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine Blames Separatists For Bombardment That Injures Eight Civilians RFE/RL 29 May 2017 -- Ukrainian authorities are blaming Russia-backed separatists for a hail of artillery fire that injured at least eight civilians, damaged buildings, and interrupted water supplies in the front-line town of Krasnohorivka over the weekend.
- Ukraine Security Service Searches Yandex Offices In 'Treason' Probe RFE/RL 29 May 2017 -- Ukraine's security service said searches of the Kyiv and Odesa offices of Russian internet giant Yandex as part of a treason investigation found that company management had "illegally collected" personal data on local citizens.
- NATO to Continue Strengthening Partnership With Ukraine, Secretary General Says Sputnik 26 May 2017 -- NATO will keep providing practical support, political support and support for implementing the Minsk agreements to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press briefing Thursday.
- Kiev Builds Up Military Contingent in Donbass - Russian Envoy Sputnik 24 May 2017 -- Kiev is openly building up its military contingent along the separation line in Donbass, the Russian envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Navy's Flagship Frigate Breaks Down Immediately After Costly Repairs Sputnik 19 May 2017 -- The Hetman Sahaydachniy, Ukraine's sole frigate and the flagship of the country's Navy, has broken down almost immediately after undergoing costly repairs. Speaking to Sputnik, military observer Alexander Perendzhiev said all the signs point to officials having simply stolen the money allotted for repair work.
- Poroshenko Hails 'Historic Day' As Visa-Free EU Travel Deal Is Signed RFE/RL 17 May 2017 -- Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council have signed a document in Strasbourg formalizing a long-awaited visa-liberalization deal with Ukraine.
- Public Sharply Divided Over Ukraine's Ban On Russian Social Networks RFE/RL 17 May 2017 -- KYIV -- Censorship and a blow to freedom of expression, or a long-overdue move in defense of national security?
- Poroshenko Restricts Access To Russian Websites, Social Networks RFE/RL 16 May 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has imposed sanctions on several leading Russian social networks and search engines, ordering access to the sites to be restricted or blocked entirely in Ukraine.
- With barely enough money for food, conflict-displaced Ukrainians struggling to survive - UN UN News 16 May 2017 -- Two-thirds of internally displaced Ukrainians are struggling financially; many without even enough money for food, according to the latest report by the United Nations migration agency on the situation in the crisis-torn country.
- Shelling leaves casualties in east Ukraine Press TV 14 May 2017 -- New violence in eastern Ukraine has reportedly left new casualties, as the unresolved conflict in the region enters its fourth year.
- Artillery Fire Kills 4 in Ukraine's Restive East VOA 13 May 2017 -- Ukraine officials blamed pro-Russian separatists in the country's restive east for the killings of four civilians Saturday by artillery fire in a government-controlled area near the Russian border.
- Poroshenko: Visa-Free EU Travel Marks Ukraine's 'Divorce From Russian Empire' RFE/RL 12 May 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a visa-liberalization deal with the European Union marks his country's "divorce from the Russian Empire."
- Ukrainians allowed visa-free travel to EU's Schengen area Press TV 11 May 2017 -- Ukrainians have been allowed to make visa-free travel to the European Union's Schengen Area, amid tensions between the Western-backed country and Russia.
- Tillerson Tells Lavrov Sanctions to Stay Until Minsk Deal Implemented Sputnik 10 May 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington that US sanctions on Russia will remain until the Minsk agreement is fully implemented, the Department of State said in a press release on Wednesday.
- 'Peace Plan' Lawmaker Stripped Of Ukrainian Citizenship By Presidential Decree RFE/RL 05 May 2017 -- Andriy Artemenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker whose plan to resolve the three-year-old conflict in Ukraine reportedly wound up on the desk of then-U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn, has been stripped of his citizenship by presidential decree, the State Migration Service says.
- Ukraine Tries Ex-President Yanukovych In Absentia For Treason RFE/RL 04 May 2017 -- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is being tried in absentia on high treason charges in Kyiv.
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