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July 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- U.S., U.K., Ukraine, Others Begin Massive Military Drills In Georgia RFE/RL 31 Jul 2017 -- Some 2,800 troops from host Georgia, the United States, and six other countries have begun a major military exercise in the South Caucasus nation.
- Pentagon Reportedly Devises Plan to Arm Ukraine With Antitank Missiles Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- The US Defense and State Departments have come up with a plan to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry and are awaiting White House approval, US media reported on Monday.
- US, for First Time, to Sell Coal to Ukraine VOA 31 Jul 2017 -- The U.S. said Monday that for the first time it will sell coal to Ukraine, easing its reliance on Russia and Moscow-back separatists in eastern Ukraine to meet its energy needs.
- Saakashvili's Options Limited After Losing Ukrainian Citizenship RFE/RL 28 Jul 2017 -- One-time Georgian president, former Ukrainian governor, and current U.S. denizen Mikheil Saakashvili is a man without a country.
- Ukrainian Marines to Take Part in NATO Noble Partner 2017 Drills in Georgia Sputnik 28 Jul 2017 -- Ukrainian marines, along with servicemen from 10 other countries, will participate in NATO multinational military exercise Noble Partner 2017 in Georgia, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service said in a statement Friday.
- Saakashvili Lashes Out, Says He Will Fight To Return To Ukraine RFE/RL 27 Jul 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and Odesa regional governor who has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, is vowing to resist what he called the "cowardly" move and to "continue fighting for a real European Ukraine."
- Ukraine Strips Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili Of Citizenship RFE/RL 26 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine's migration agency says Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who later served as governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship.
- Poroshenko Strips Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili of Ukrainian Citizenship Sputnik 26 Jul 2017 -- President Petro Poroshenko has issued a decree on revoking Ukrainian citizenship of the former leader of Georgia, ex-governor of the Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili, Ukraine's State Migration Service said on Wednesday.
- UK Destroyer visits Ukraine after completing multi-national naval exercise UK MOD 26 Jul 2017 -- HMS Duncan visited the Ukrainian port of Odessa this week in the first visit by a Royal Navy ship in eight years – the latest in a series of port visits and exercises conducted by the state of the art warship in the region.
- U.S. Special Operations Forces Train With Ukrainian Counterparts AFPS 25 Jul 2017 -- Across southern Ukraine, U.S. special operations forces trained with Ukrainian special operators and conventional U.S. and Ukrainian naval forces during Sea Breeze 2017, July 10-21.
- Any US decision to send arms to Ukraine hinders peace talks: Russia Press TV 25 Jul 2017 -- Russia has warned that a possible US decision to funnel lethal weapons to Ukraine would set back peace efforts and fuel Ukraine's persistent civil war.
- New Envoy Volker Says U.S. Considering Sending Arms To Ukraine RFE/RL 25 Jul 2017 -- The new U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says Washington is considering sending Kyiv weapons to help government forces defend themselves against Russia-backed separatists.
- Kremlin Comments on Claims of Russian Reinforcements Near Ukrainian Border Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Monday on the Ukrainian military's claims of Russian reinforcements near its borders.
- U.S. Envoy Says 'Astonishing' Number Of Cease-Fire Violations In Ukraine 'Hot War' RFE/RL 23 Jul 2017 -- The new U.S. special envoy for Ukraine peace negotiations said he was stunned by the number of cease-fire violations in the ex-Soviet nation's war-torn east after making his first visit to the region.
- Poroshenko Blames Russia For Recent Deaths Of Eight Soldiers In Country's East RFE/RL 21 Jul 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has blamed Russia for the recent deaths of eight Ukrainian soldiers in its eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, where Moscow-backed separatists have intensified shelling of Ukrainian forces.
- Worst flare-up in months kills 9 Ukrainian troops Press TV 20 Jul 2017 -- Nine Ukrainian troops have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian militias and a mine blast in the volatile eastern border frontline in the bloodiest incident in recent months.
- Navalny Clashes With Ex-Commander Of Russia-Backed Separatists RFE/RL 20 Jul 2017 -- Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and a prominent former commander of Russia-backed separatists sparred over patriotism and the war in Ukraine in a debate that stoked widespread discussion and criticism among political players and watchers after it was announced last week.
- U.S., Russian Envoy, OSCE Dismiss Ukraine Separatists' 'Little Russia' Declaration RFE/RL 19 Jul 2017 -- The U.S. State Department, Russia's envoy to Ukrainian peace talks, and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe all voiced concern about the declaration of a "Little Russia" in Ukraine by Russia-backed separatists on July 18.
- Pro-Russians announce new state in east Ukraine Press TV 18 Jul 2017 -- Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukrainian territories have announced the creation of a new state, further complicating efforts to put an end to a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.
- Ukraine Separatists Criticized Over Call For Creation Of 'Little Russia' RFE/RL 18 Jul 2017 -- Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region have announced what they say is the creation of a new state called Malorossia, or Little Russia, a declaration that was swiftly condemned by Kyiv.
- Donetsk Republic Leader's 'Malorossiya' Proposal His Own Initiative - Kremlin Sputnik 18 Jul 2017 -- The proposal of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, on the establishment of the Malorossiya state is his personal initiative, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
- Kremlin Not Commenting on Malorossiya State Proposal, Vows to Respect Minsk Deal Sputnik 18 Jul 2017 -- It is too early to comment on the proposal of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, to create a new state of Malorossiya, as it has to be thoroughly analyzed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
- Donetsk Republic Declares Creation of New State of Malorossiya Sputnik 18 Jul 2017 -- The Donetsk People's Republic has declared the establishment of a new country - Malorossiya - which the local leadership described as a successor state to Ukraine.
- MH17 Victims Remembered Three Years After Jet's Downing RFE/RL 17 Jul 2017 -- More than 2,000 relatives gathered in the Netherlands to unveil a memorial to family members who were killed when a passenger jet was shot down by a missile over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.
- UK extends training of Ukrainian Armed Forces UK MOD 17 Jul 2017 -- The UK is expanding its training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with new military courses covering threats like countering attacks from snipers, armoured vehicles and mortars.
- Three Years On, Families of MH17 Victims Still Seeking Justice RFE/RL 16 Jul 2017 -- Zijtveld doesn't want to talk about the 2014 plane crash in eastern Ukraine that took the lives of his two teenage children. He wants justice.
- EU's Juncker calls 'corruption' main problem in Ukraine Press TV 13 Jul 2017 -- European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has cited "corruption" as the main factor hampering the European Union's efforts to build trade ties with Ukraine.
- Ukraine-EU Summit In Kyiv Focuses On Bolstering Ties RFE/RL 13 Jul 2017 -- At an EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, both sides have hailed strengthening relations in the wake of the European Union's final approval of an Association Agreement with Kyiv earlier in the week and the bloc's decision to grant visa-free travel to Ukrainians last month.
- EU Formally Approves Ukraine Association Agreement RFE/RL 11 Jul 2017 -- The European Union's 28 member states have formally endorsed the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the final step in the ratification process after years of political twists and turns.
- NATO Secretary General stresses Alliance's strong support for Ukraine NATO 10 Jul 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ended a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday evening (10 July 2017), during which he reaffirmed the Alliance's strong political and practical support for Ukraine.
- Joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko NATO 10 Jul 2017
- NATO Chief Calls On Russia To Remove 'Thousands Of Troops' From Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Jul 2017 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has affirmed the alliance's "unwavering support" for Ukraine's territorial integrity and has called on Russia to remove its "thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants with command-and-control and military equipment."
- Ukraine Abandons Short-Term NATO Membership Goal to Focus on Reforms Sputnik 10 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine does not yet plan to apply for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership and will instead focus on security and defense reforms to comply with the alliance's standards, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday.
- Ukraine to Begin Talks on NATO Membership Action Plan VOA 10 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine will begin discussions on a membership action plan with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday.
- Top US diplomat says Russia must reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine Press TV 09 Jul 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on Russia to end the violence in eastern Ukraine and says that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed policy in the region.
- UN chief Guterres calls on Ukraine, pro-Russians, to adhere to ceasefire Press TV 09 Jul 2017 -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia forces in the east to respect the terms of a ceasefire reached last month.
- Tillerson Delivers Blunt Message to Russia During Ukraine Visit RFE/RL 09 Jul 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a blunt message to Russia during a trip to Kyiv on July 9, saying the Kremlin must take the first step to ease tensions in Ukraine and that sanctions against Moscow will remain until it does so.
- US has Told Russia to De-escalate Ukraine Eastern Violence VOA 09 Jul 2017 -- During his first official visit to Kyiv Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. has told Russia it must take the first steps to de-escalate violence in Eastern Ukraine.
- Germany, France, Russia stress Ukraine truce implementation Press TV 08 Jul 2017 -- The leaders of Germany, France and Russia have underlined the importance of implementing a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was agreed under the Minsk agreements.
- Merkel, Macron, Putin Agree On 'Comprehensive' Implementation of Ukraine Peace Deal RFE/RL 08 Jul 2017 -- The leaders of Germany, France, and Russia have agreed that the Minsk agreements on ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine "should be comprehensively implemented," a German official tells RFE/RL.
- Tillerson, Newly Named Envoy for Ukraine Crisis Head to Kyiv VOA 08 Jul 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has named former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker to serve as Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.
- Suspects In Downing Of MH17 To Be Prosecuted In Dutch Court RFE/RL 05 Jul 2017 -- The Dutch Foreign Ministry says the suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be prosecuted in a Dutch court.
- UK trains over 5000 Ukrainian Armed Forces UK MOD 05 Jul 2017 -- UK has directly trained over 5000 members of Ukraine's Armed Forces, 1000 more than initially targeted, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.
- U.S., Ukraine Near Agreement On Increasing Military Equipment Sales, Ties RFE/RL 01 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine and the United States are close to signing new defense agreements enabling Kyiv to purchase more defensive U.S. military equipment and play a role in manufacturing such equipment, a Ukrainian defense executive said on June 30.
- Ukraine Security Service Blames Russia For Recent Cyberattack RFE/RL 01 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine's state security service (SBU) says that the Russian security services were involved in a recent cyberattack that hit Ukraine.
- Ukraine Blames Russia for Massive Cyber Attack VOA 01 Jul 2017 -- Ukraine has blamed Russian security services for a massive cyber attack that started in the last week in Ukraine and eventually spread to computers across the world.
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