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October 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine's Anticorruption Agency Reportedly Detains Interior Minister's Son RFE/RL 31 Oct 2017 -- Reports from Ukraine say anticorruption investigators have detained the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
- Manafort Indictment Welcomed In Ukraine, Long Plagued By Rampant Corruption RFE/RL 30 Oct 2017 -- Ukrainians long angered by Paul Manafort's work to bring what they regard as a kleptocratic, pro-Russia administration to power in Kyiv celebrated news of the American political consultant's indictment on October 30.
- Inside 'Satan's' Lair: The Lock-Tight Ukrainian Rocket Plant At Center Of Tech-Leak Scandal RFE/RL 28 Oct 2017 -- Some of Ukraine's most highly classified military secrets lie within the 4-meter-high, razor-wire topped walls that ring an otherwise nondescript compound on the edge of this gritty industrial city.
- In Kyiv, U.S. Envoy Meets Freed Tatar Leaders, Ukrainian Leaders RFE/RL 28 Oct 2017 -- Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has met with Crimean Tatar leaders Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, who were released from custody in their Russian-occupied homeland this week.
- Saakashvili Rallies Supporters As Kyiv Moves To Extradite Him RFE/RL 24 Oct 2017 -- Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has called upon his supporters in Ukraine to protect him from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- Poroshenko Vows Push To Create Anticorruption Court By Year's End RFE/RL 21 Oct 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to push for legislation creating an anticorruption court by the end of the year, in an apparent response to demands from Western allies as well as protesters camped outside parliament in Kyiv.
- Ukrainian Deputies Send Immunity Bill To Constitutional Court In 'Small Victory' For Protesters RFE/RL 19 Oct 2017 -- Protesters calling for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to enact anticorruption reforms or step down notched a small victory on October 19 as parliament sent a bill on lifting lawmakers' immunity from prosecution to the Constitutional Court for review.
- Saakashvili leads mass anti-government rally in Ukrainian capital Press TV 17 Oct 2017 -- Former Georgian president and Ukrainian governor Mikhail Saakashvili has led a mass anti-government rally in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
- Minor Clashes Reported At Kyiv Anticorruption Demonstration RFE/RL 17 Oct 2017 -- Protesters calling for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to enact anticorruption reforms or step down scuffled with police in front of Ukraine's parliament at a rally organized by firebrand politician Mikheil Saakashvili and other opposition leaders.
- Ukraine's Security Service Warns Of Potential Violence; Saakashvili Pledges Peaceful Protest RFE/RL 16 Oct 2017 -- Ukrainian's main security agency has claimed it averted potential violence planned during a protest in front of the country's parliament, an action organized by controversial firebrand politician Mikheil Saakashvili.
- Millions of People in Ukraine Are in Desperate Straits as Winter Approaches VOA 14 Oct 2017 -- The United Nations warns some 4 million people across Ukraine are facing a desperate situation as winter approaches and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance to survive the bitterly cold months ahead.
- Russia Puts Crimea Themes On New Banknote RFE/RL 12 Oct 2017 -- Russia is introducing a new banknote showing images of Ukraine's annexed Crimea region.
- PACE Criticizes Ukraine Over New Law On Education RFE/RL 12 Oct 2017 -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has expressed concerns over articles in Ukraine's new education law relating to teaching in minority languages.
- Ex-NATO Chief Says Putin's UN Peacekeeper Proposal For Ukraine Needs 'Reshaping' RFE/RL 11 Oct 2017 -- Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia's proposal to send UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine is "a Trojan horse" but that it would be worth trying to "reshape" the plan, since it presents the first opportunity in a long time to resolve the conflict.
- Erdogan Pledges Support For Ukraine's Territorial Integrity During Kyiv Visit RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- During a visit to Kyiv, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- U.S. Ambassador To Russia Cites Ukraine As Key To Improving Ties RFE/RL 08 Oct 2017 -- The new U.S. ambassador to Russia says restoring Ukrainian sovereignty over all its territory will be a key issue in his dealings with Moscow as he begins his tenure amid a period of high tensions between the two world powers.
- Poroshenko Signs Bill Extending Special Status of Donbass for 1 Year Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Ukrainian president has signed a bill extending the special status of Donbass for a year.
- Ukraine's Exploding Munition Depots Give Ammunition To Security Concerns RFE/RL 06 Oct 2017 -- It was dusk when the chain of explosions began, feeding a towering fireball that would force the evacuation of 30,000 locals and send 1,200 firefighters scrambling to the arms depot situated outside the central Ukrainian town of Kalynivka.
- Amid Scuffles And Smoke, Bills On East Ukraine Conflict Advance In Parliament RFE/RL 06 Oct 2017 -- KYIV -- A Ukrainian parliamentary debate on legislation addressing the conflict in the country's east was interrupted by scuffles and a smoke grenade that was tossed into the auditorium.
- Donbass Status Bill to Enhance Kiev's Position on UN Peacekeepers - Poroshenko Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- Earlier in the day, Ukraine's parliament adopted on the status of Donbass. President Poroshenko has commented on Kiev's move.
- US Envoy for Ukraine Says Minsk Deal Not Working Efficiently Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- The US special representative for Ukraine has commented on the extension of a law on the special status of Donbass, as well as the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
- European Parliament Condemns Russia's Prosecution Of Crimeans RFE/RL 05 Oct 2017 -- The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian verdicts against dozens of Crimeans who opposed Moscow's seizure of the peninsula and demanding the release of those who are behind bars.
- Ukrainian Activists Celebrate Anticorruption Court 'Victory,' But Cry Foul Over New Judicial-Reform Bill RFE/RL 05 Oct 2017 -- While activists in Ukraine have welcomed news that Petro Poroshenko conceded to their demand to create an anticorruption court on October 4, their enthusiasm was curbed knowing that legislation that could hinder corruption investigations is awaiting the president's signature.
- U.S. Calls On Russian To Release Crimean Tatar Leader Umerov RFE/RL 03 Oct 2017 -- The United States has called on "Russian occupation" authorities in Crimea to release prominent Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov and vacate his conviction for separatism.
- Kyiv, Activists Cry Foul As Russian FSB Detains Crimean Tatars RFE/RL 02 Oct 2017 -- Lawyers say the authorities in Russia-controlled Crimea have detained four Crimean Tatars on suspicion of extremism in what activists and the Ukrainian government said was part of a discriminatory campaign targeting members of the Muslim group.
- Ukrainian Army Lost More Shells in Ammo Depot Fire Than in 3 Year Civil War Sputnik 02 Oct 2017 -- Officials have calculated that last week's massive fire at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine has caused $800 million in damage, destroying over a quarter more ammo than Kiev has used over the course of its three-year war with independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.
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