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August 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine Rejects Claims It Supplied Rocket Engines To North Korea RFE/RL 22 Aug 2017 -- Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has rejected reports that Kyiv supplied missile technology to North Korea, saying that such claims amounted to Russian disinformation.
- Kremlin Aide Says Discussed 'Fresh Ideas' With U.S. Envoy To End Ukraine Conflict RFE/RL 22 Aug 2017 -- A Kremlin aide has made upbeat remarks after talking with the new U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying they discussed "fresh ideas" in a "constructive" meeting.
- Kiev Finds No Evidence of Ukraine's Involvement in N Korean Missile Program Sputnik 22 Aug 2017 -- Ukraine's working group studying the New York Times article on Kiev's involvement in the acquisition of missile technologies by North Korea has confirmed that the country was not involved in the alleged transfer, according to a report of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to President Petro Poroshenko.
- U.S. Envoy On Ukraine Conflict Meets With Russia's Surkov In Minsk RFE/RL 21 Aug 2017 -- The new U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kurt Volker, has met with a Kremlin aide in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
- US Defense Chief to Visit Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine VOA 18 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine next week for talks with the leaders of all three nations.
- U.S. Defense Chief To Visit Ukraine Amid Ongoing Standoff With Russia RFE/RL 18 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to Ukraine next week to meet with President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine's defense chief, a visit Kyiv has said could involve the signing of new defense agreements.
- India to Buy $75 million Ukrainian Engines for Russia Made Frigates Sputnik 18 Aug 2017 -- After Crimea fallout, Russia and Ukraine suspended all defense ties which rendered the under-construction Admiral Grigorovich class frigates of limited operational use to Russian Navy until they were re-engined with Russian alternative which is expected to be ready only by 2020.
- Yanukovych's State-Appointed Lawyer Quits, Treason Trial Adjourned Till September RFE/RL 17 Aug 2017 -- The state-appointed lawyer defending former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in his in-absentia treason trial has quit.
- Gore, But No Glory For Russia's Ukraine War 'Veterans' RFE/RL 17 Aug 2017 -- Russian volunteer Andrei Kamayev arrived in war-torn eastern Ukraine in late September 2014, bursting with patriotic bravado and convinced that he was following in the footsteps of his grandfather -- a Soviet intelligence officer in World War II -- by fighting against "fascists and Nazis."
- Rogozin: Ukraine Could Have Sold Missile Engines Directly to North Korea Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday it is possible that either details about Ukrainian missile engine technologies were leaked to North Korea or Kiev sold the engines to Pyongyang directly.
- Total of Six Kiev Soldiers Killed in South of Donetsk People's Republic - DPR Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- DPR operational command said that Ukrainian forces lost at least six people when trying to enter the "gray zone" in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
- Ukraine Scrambles to Quash Fallout From North Korea Allegations VOA 16 Aug 2017 -- Ukrainian officials and analysts were quick to deny allegations that the Soviet-era Yuzhmash arms factory was a likely source of engine technology used in North Korea's missiles and to redirect suspicions to Russia.
- Report: North Korea Makes Own Rocket Engines, Does Not Need Ukraine Technology RFE/RL 16 Aug 2017 -- The Reuters news agency is quoting U.S. intelligence officials as saying they believe North Korea can produce its own missile engines and does not need to import the technology from Ukraine.
- Russia arrests 'Ukrainian agent' in Crimea during act of sabotage Press TV 15 Aug 2017 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained an alleged Ukrainian agent who was planning acts of sabotage in the Black Sea Crimean Peninsula.
- Former UN Ambassador Testifies At Yanukovych Treason Trial In Kyiv RFE/RL 15 Aug 2017 -- A retired senior Ukrainian diplomat has testified at the in-absentia treason trial of former President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Russia Claims Ukrainian Reconnaissance Officer Detained In Crimea RFE/RL 15 Aug 2017 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has detained a senior reconnaissance officer from a Ukrainian military unit and claims he was planning acts of sabotage in Crimea.
- Ukrainian PM Says Transfers of Missile Technology to North Korea 'Impossible' Sputnik 15 Aug 2017 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman denied on Tuesday reports suggesting a possible transfer of Ukraine's military technologies for ballistic missiles to North Korea.
- Kiev in immediate denial of reports that N. Korea used Ukrainian engines for missile 'success' RT 14 Aug 2017 -- Western experts have suggested that Pyongyang's "astounding progress" with its missile program might be directly linked to an illegal acquisition of engines produced by a Ukrainian factory. Kiev appeared to be extremely infuriated with the reports, with top officials and agencies releasing official disclaimers.
- Ukraine denies supplying missile technology to North Korea Press TV 14 Aug 2017 -- Ukraine says it has never supplied defense technology to North Korea as tensions have increasingly ratcheted up between the North and the US in recent weeks.
- Ukraine Denies Supplying North Korea With Missile Technology, Alleges Russia To Blame RFE/RL 14 Aug 2017 -- An anxious Kyiv has denied a story in The New York Times quoting an expert as saying North Korea may have obtained rocket engines from a Ukrainian state-run factory known as Yuzhmash, and instead alleges Russia is to blame.
- Report on Ukraine Military Supplies to DPRK 'Does Not Suggest Kiev Involvement' Sputnik 14 Aug 2017 -- The report claiming that North Korea acquired military technology from Ukraine does not suggest that the government in Kiev or KB Yuzhnoye executives were involved, a representative from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) press office told Sputnik on Monday.
- Pentagon Declines to Comment on Reports of Ukraine Selling Arms to N Korea Sputnik 14 Aug 2017 -- The US Department of Defense declined to comment on reports of Ukraine selling military technology to North Korea.
- Ukraine Security Council Denies Reports of Arms Supplies to N Korea Sputnik 14 Aug 2017 -- Ukraine's military and industrial sector did not supply North Korea with arms and military technologies, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday.
- Road To Dispossession: Locals Pushed Aside For Trans-Crimea Highway RFE/RL 13 Aug 2017 -- For years and even decades, residents of the Crimean city of Kerch have tended orchards and gardens in the green dacha community of Zaliv.
- UN: Displaced in Ukraine's Rebel-held East Lack Basic Services, Benefits VOA 12 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is appealing to the government of Ukraine in Kyiv and Russian-backed authorities in eastern Ukraine to provide basic services and pension benefits to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people struggling to survive in the rebel-held parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
- After four years of conflict, uncertainty lingers for displaced Ukrainians - UN refugee agency UN News 11 Aug 2017 -- As the conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced people are struggling to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
- Experts Debate Pros and Cons of Lethal Arms for Ukraine VOA 10 Aug 2017 -- U.S. military experts are lining up on either side of a debate on whether to supply lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, a move that would mark a turning point in U.S. policy on Kyiv's 3-year-old conflict with Russian-backed separatists.
- Ukraine cancels deal with Russia on joint military exports Press TV 09 Aug 2017 -- Ukraine has scrapped an inter-governmental military agreement with Russia that prevented unauthorized export of jointly developed weapons and equipment.
- Donbass, Three Years On: Ukraine Army Loses 3,000 Troops Since Start of Conflict Sputnik 08 Aug 2017 -- The Ukrainian Armed Forces' losses since the start of the operation in Donbas have exceeded 3,000, Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff Chief Viktor Muzhenko said.
- Seabees Break Ground on Maritime Operations Center in Ukraine NNS 07 Aug 2017 -- Seabees held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakiv Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25.
- 'Significant Accomplishment': US Starts Building Major Naval Facility in Ukraine Sputnik 07 Aug 2017 -- The US Navy has kicked off the construction of a major maritime operations center in Ukraine, which will serve as a major planning and operation hub during future military drills hosted by the country.
- German FDP Party Head Says May Need To Accept Crimea Annexation 'For Now' RFE/RL 06 Aug 2017 -- The head of Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP) has said in an interview that Germany may need to accept the 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region as a "permanent provisional arrangement."
- US, Russian Envoys to Hold Talks on Ukraine Violence VOA 06 Aug 2017 -- Russia said Sunday that the U.S. is soon sending its envoy for negotiations over unrest in eastern Ukraine to Moscow for talks about the ongoing violence.
- Russia slams new EU bans over Crimea gas turbines as 'unfriendly' Press TV 05 Aug 2017 -- Russia has denounced as "unfriendly and unjustified" a European Union decision to expand its anti-Moscow sanctions list over Moscow's delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Crimea.
- Pentagon Reportedly Recommends Lethal Aid Package For Ukraine RFE/RL 05 Aug 2017 -- The U.S. Defense Department has recommended sending a package of lethal military aid to Ukraine worth about $50 million, the U.S. NBC television network has reported.
- DPR Deputy Commander Accuses US, NATO of Unofficially Supplying Arms to Kiev Sputnik 04 Aug 2017 -- Deputy Commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Operational Command Eduard Basurin accused the US and NATO of illegally supplying the Ukrainian forces with arms.
- Arming Ukraine to escalate conflict, Russia tells US Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Russia has warned that a reported plan by the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons will further escalate the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Saakashvili Lashes Out At Poroshenko And Vows To Return To Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and Odesa regional governor who was recently stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, says he intends to return to Ukraine.
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