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September 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine Prosecutor Says Suspects Detonator Triggered Munitions Blast RFE/RL 30 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko said investigators are operating under a theory that saboteurs may have used a detonator to trigger a massive explosion and fire at a munitions depot in central Ukraine this week.
- Russia's intelligence agency arrests two for spying Press TV 29 Sep 2017 -- Russia's intelligence service has detained two citizens, including a member of the armed forces, who allegedly passed military secrets to Ukraine.
- European Lawmakers To Consider Resolution On 'Rights Abuses' In Crimea RFE/RL 29 Sep 2017 -- The European Parliament is scheduled to debate and vote on a resolution highlighting what European lawmakers say are human rights abuses by Russian-installed authorities in Ukraine's occupied Crimean Peninsula.
- Ukrainian President to Sue Russia Over Crimea Bridge Construction Sputnik 29 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is going to sue Russia over the alleged environmental damage from the construction of the Kerch bridge to Crimea.
- Moscow Court Authorizes Arrest of Two Russians Suspected of Spying for Ukraine Sputnik 29 Sep 2017 -- The FSB operatives detained two Crimea's residents, suspected of collecting data on the activities of the units of Russia's Black Sea Fleet and passing it to the Ukrainian security services.
- Ukraine rules out sabotage after blasts at ammo depot Press TV 28 Sep 2017 -- Ukraine's military officials have described blasts at an ammunition depot as a "huge blow," but dismissed reports of foreign sabotage in the incident that forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
- Ukraine Security Chief Says Depot Blasts Dealt 'Big Blow' To Combat Capability RFE/RL 28 Sep 2017 -- Explosions at two large Ukrainian military depots this year have caused losses of ammunition so high that they represent the biggest blow to Ukraine's combat capability since the start of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in 2014, a senior security official said on September 28 in Kyiv.
- U.S. Military Chief Says Recommends Providing Ukraine With Lethal Defensive Aid RFE/RL 27 Sep 2017 -- The top U.S. military commander has said he recommended that the United States provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine to help the country "protect [its] sovereignty" amid a conflict with Russia-backed separatists.
- Thousands Evacuated In Ukraine After Huge Ammo-Depot Blast RFE/RL 27 Sep 2017 -- Massive explosions at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine have prompted the evacuation of more than 30,000 people and the closure of airspace over the region, the country's emergency response agency has said.
- Russian Court Convicts Crimean Tatar Leader Umerov Of 'Separatism' RFE/RL 27 Sep 2017 -- A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has convicted prominent Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov of separatism after a trial Human Rights Watch called "ruthless retaliation" for his opposition to Moscow's takeover of the peninsula.
- DPR Warns US Lethal Weapons Won't Help Kiev 'Win Civil War' in Donbass Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) spokesman Alexander Kostenko said Wednesday that the potential delivery of US lethal weapons to Ukraine on the pretext of the so-called "Russian aggression" is appealing to populism, adding that those arms won't help "win the civil war" waging in Donbass.
- Situation Around Burning Munition Depot 'Under Control' - Ukrainian PM Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- The local media reported that after an ammunition depot in Ukraine's Vinnytsia region detonated at nearly 10 p.m. local time (19:00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday Ukrainian authorities had to close the aerospace in the radius of 31 miles from the fire.
- Ukraine, Canada Discuss 2018 Military Equipment Imports to Kiev Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- Moscow has repeatedly warned against supplies of lethal arms to Ukraine saying that this would result in escalation of the military conflict in the country's eastern Donbass region. Although this stance has also been supported by a number of European officials, apparently not all countries share this point of view.
- Hungary Threatens 'Pain' For Ukraine Over Controversial Language Law RFE/RL 26 Sep 2017 -- Hungary has pledged to block Ukraine's further integration with Europe after Kyiv enacted a controversial education law that critics say will restrict the study of minority languages in schools.
- US Envoy: Russia's Proposal to Send Peacekeepers to Ukraine Shows Desire to Negotiate VOA 25 Sep 2017 -- Russia's proposal for United Nations peacekeepers to be sent to Ukraine shows that the Kremlin is interested in negotiating a resolution to the three-year-old conflict, said the United States special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker.
- UN Says Russia Committing 'Grave Human Rights Violations' In Occupied Crimea RFE/RL 25 Sep 2017 -- Agents of the Russian state have committed serious human rights abuses, including torture, since Russia occupied and seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, a UN human rights report says.
- New UN report details grave human rights violations in Crimea UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- The human rights situation in Crimea has significantly deteriorated under Russian occupation, a United Nations report says, detailing how residents there were affected when Ukrainian laws were substituted by those of Russia, including the imposition of Russian citizenship.
- Dissent, Criticism Stifled in Russia-occupied Crimea, UN Says VOA 25 Sep 2017 -- A United Nations report finds a sharp deterioration in the human rights situation in Crimea since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in March 2014, triggering the biggest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
- Moscow Concerned Over Possible Supply of Canadian Lethal Weapons to Kiev Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- The Russian lawmaker of the parliament's state lower chamber expressed concerns over potential shipments of lethal armament to Ukraine. The statement came a day after reports appeared that Canadian government is mulling deliveries of lethal weapons to Kiev.
- Calling Russia 'Aggressor' Hardly Leaves Room for Compromise - Kremlin Sputnik 21 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian draft resolution on peacekeeping in Donbass for the UNSC includes the wording "Russia's role as an aggressor". The Kremlin commented on the issue.
- In Kyiv, Saakashvili Demands Documents That Stripped Him Of Ukrainian Citizenship RFE/RL 19 Sep 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, has arrived in Ukraine's capital, where he vowed to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship.
- Russia says US, Ukraine reject its UN proposal for eastern Ukraine Press TV 18 Sep 2017 -- Washington and Kiev have expressed reluctance to consider a proposal by Moscow for the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, where government troops and pro-Russia forces are engaged in a long-running conflict, the Russian ambassador to the UN says.
- U.S. Ukraine Envoy Welcomes Russia Proposal For Peacekeepers, But Sees 'Obstacles' RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- The U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine has called a Russian proposal to send United Nations peacekeepers to the region a "step forward" but warns there are still many "obstacles" to the plan suggested by Moscow.
- Ukraine's Prosecutor Says Saakashvili Won't Face Arrest Or Extradition RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- Ukraine's top prosecutor has said former Georgian President and Ukrainian regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili will not be arrested for defying authorities with his dramatic return to the country after his citizenship was canceled.
- Ukraine's Defense Budget to Increase by Almost 15% in 2018 Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The ratio of Ukrainian military expenditures to its GDP is the highest in Europe and in 2018 Ukraine's defense spending is likely to rise.
- Russia's Digital Weapons Refined on Virtual Battlefield' of Ukraine VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- It was a Friday in June, a short workday before a public holiday weekend in Ukraine, and cybersecurity expert Victor Zhora had left the capital, Kyiv, and was in the western city of Lviv when he got the first in a torrent of phone calls from frantic clients.
- A Russian Ruse, or Real Policy Shift on Ukraine? VOA 15 Sep 2017 -- The Kremlin appears to be touting a major shift in policy on east Ukraine and possibly preparing local pro-Russian separatists for the reintegration of the disputed region of the Donbas into Ukraine.
- Saakashvili Rallies Supporters In Western Ukraine, Vows To Help Solve Country's 'Political Crisis' RFE/RL 13 Sep 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili has told a rally in western Ukraine that he had returned to the country to help solve the country's "political crisis" and that he intends to travel to Kyiv next week.
- Former Georgian Leader, Ukraine President Face Off in Charged Political Standoff VOA 12 Sep 2017 -- Former governor of Odessa and onetime Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was served Tuesday with a legal notice to appear before a Ukrainian court to explain why he broke through a cordon of police and border guards to enter the country from Poland.
- Ukraine launches joint war games with US, NATO forces ahead of Russia drills Press TV 12 Sep 2017 -- Ukraine is holding joint war games with the US and a number of NATO member countries in the western city of Yavoriv near the Polish border as neighboring Russia gets set for its own drills in the Balkans.
- UN Peacekeepers' Deployment in Donbass May Prevent Kiev's Provocations - DPR Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic commented on the plan on the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbass proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and supported by Kiev.
- Ongoing tensions pose continued dangers for civilians in eastern Ukraine, notes UN report UN News 12 Sep 2017 -- Last month saw a decrease in the number of civilian casualties due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office, which added that the sudden flaring and easing of tensions continues to make daily life dangerous for civilians living close to the so-called "contact line."
- Saakashvili's Ukrainian border breach sparks row as president slams ex-governor Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- The Ukrainian president has lambasted former Georgian leader and Ukrainian governor Mikheil Saakashvili for illegally crossing into Ukraine to reclaim his citizenship.
- Putin Says UN Peacekeepers Could Be Deployed Throughout Ukraine Conflict Zone RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled his willingness to look into the idea of deploying UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine not only along the conflict line separating Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists, but also in other areas where monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) work.
- Saakashvili Faces 'Serious' Criminal Charges After Entering Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- KYIV -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Mikheil Saakashvili is wanted on "serious" criminal charges after entering Ukraine illegally on September 10 and sparking a brawl on the border with Poland.
- Saakashvili Defies Border Blockade To Force Entry Into Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Sep 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-president of Georgia and former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has forced entry into Ukraine, helped by hundreds of his supporters.
- Georgia's Saakashvili Forces His Way Into Ukraine VOA 10 Sep 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and later a Ukrainian citizen, crossed from Poland into Ukraine in a crowd of his supporters Sunday.
- Situation in Donbass far From Sustainable Peace – Ukrainian President Sputnik 09 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that there is still a long way to go to establish sustainable peace in Ukraine's Donbass region despite all efforts made by Ukrainian diplomats to settle the issue by political and diplomatic means.
- Ukraine Braces For Saakashvili's Possible Return RFE/RL 08 Sep 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the feisty former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, is gathering forces in Warsaw ahead of an attempt to reenter Ukraine from Poland -- a move that could escalate the showdown between him and his former ally, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- Poroshenko: Peacekeepers Must Not Preserve 'Russia's Occupation' RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the purpose of a proposed UN-mandated peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukrainian must be to foster peace, not to cement what he called "Russia's occupation" of a chunk of his country.
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