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November 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Report: Turkey Swapped Two Alleged Russian Spies For Crimean Tartar Leaders RFE/RL 29 Nov 2017 -- Turkish broadcaster Haberturk reports that Turkey has extradited two Russians accused of espionage in exchange for the release of two Crimean Tatar leaders jailed in Russia-occupied Crimea.
- Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency UN News 29 Nov 2017 -- As temperatures plummet across eastern Ukraine, many - including the elderly - who fled their homes following hostilities are forced to return to their original place of residence due to lack of jobs and money to pay rent in the places they were sheltering, the United Nations migration agency has reported.
- Ukraine 'Extremely Concerned' Council Of Europe Caving To Russian 'Blackmail' RFE/RL 27 Nov 2017 -- Ukrainian officials and politicians have reacted with alarm to reports that the Council of Europe is considering lifting sanctions imposed against Russia over its military intervention in Crimea out of fears that Moscow might otherwise leave the body.
- Kremlin Says Change Of Separatist Leadership In Luhansk Won't Affect Minsk Process RFE/RL 27 Nov 2017 -- The Kremlin says a change of leadership for Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Luhansk will not affect the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements.
- Secretary General and President Poroshenko discuss NATO-Ukraine cooperation NATO 24 Nov 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met on Friday (24 November 2017) to discuss ongoing security challenges in Ukraine, international efforts to find a settlement to the crisis, and the partnership between the Alliance and Kyiv. Mr. Stoltenberg reaffirmed NATO's strong political and practical support for Ukraine.
- Separatist Leader In Ukraine's Luhansk Resigns Amid Power Struggle RFE/RL 24 Nov 2017 -- The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine, Igor Plotnitsky, has stepped down amid a fierce power struggle among the Russia-backed separatists that has unfolded over the last several days.
- Ukraine's Tymoshenko Urges 'Different Negotiating Format' On Eastern Conflict RFE/RL 24 Nov 2017 -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said the Minsk process for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine has failed to produce results and needs to be accompanied by a parallel peace process based on the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
- Ukraine Says Five Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded In East RFE/RL 24 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine's military says that five of its soldiers have been killed and four wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.
- Separatist Leader Says He Is Taking Power in Ukraine's Luhansk Region VOA 24 Nov 2017 -- A senior separatist official of the Ukrainian region of Luhansk says he is taking over power from regional chief Igor Plotnitsky, who said earlier in the week that a coup attempt was trying to force him out of office.
- Texas Company Reports Selling Lethal Weapons to Ukraine VOA 24 Nov 2017 -- A U.S. company says it has been selling lethal weapons to Ukraine since last year, ahead of an expected decision by the Trump administration on whether to provide such weapons to Ukraine.
- Kremlin 'Following' Situation In Ukraine's Russia-Backed Separatist-Controlled Luhansk RFE/RL 22 Nov 2017 -- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Moscow is closely following the situation in the parts of Ukraine's eastern region of Luhansk that are controlled by Russia-backed separatists following reports that local separatist leader Igor Plotnitsky has fled to Russia.
- What In The World Is Going On In The Russia-Backed Separatist Luhansk 'Republic'? RFE/RL 22 Nov 2017 -- Residents of separatist-controlled Luhansk awoke on November 21 to an all-too-familiar and distressing scene: masked, heavily armed men on armored vehicles patrolling the streets of the war-wracked eastern Ukrainian city.
- Ukraine Marks Fourth Anniversary Of Euromaidan Protests RFE/RL 21 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine has marked the Day of Dignity and Freedom, a holiday commemorating the beginning of the Euromaidan protests that started in November 2013 and pushed President Viktor Yanukovych from power three months later.
- Masked, Gun-Toting Troops Hit Streets Of Ukraine's Separatist-Held Luhansk RFE/RL 21 Nov 2017 -- Armed men in unmarked uniforms have taken up positions in the center of Luhansk in what appears to be part of a power struggle among the Russia-backed separatists who control the city in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine Expels Belarusian Diplomat Amid Spy Scandal RFE/RL 21 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine has expelled a Belarusian diplomat amid a spy scandal between the two neighboring countries.
- Saakashvili Tells Protesters In Kyiv He Is Ready To Become Ukraine's Prime Minister RFE/RL 20 Nov 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, told a protest rally in Kyiv that he is ready to "create a new government of Ukraine" and to become the country's prime minister.
- Georgian Justice Ministry Says Not Involved In Deporting Saakashvili's People From Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Nov 2017 -- Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani says her ministry was not involved in the recent deportation of eight Georgian nationals from Ukraine.
- Belarusian KGB Says It's Holding Ukrainian Journalist, Claims He's A Spy RFE/RL 20 Nov 2017 -- The Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on suspicion of espionage, accusing him of being a military intelligence agent - a claim immediately rejected by Ukraine.
- Prisoner Swap Between Ukraine, Pro-Russia Separatists Appears to Be Moving Closer RFE/RL 19 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists appear to be moving closer to a new round of prisoner exchanges after a flurry of comments from Kyiv, Moscow, and separatist groups.
- Trump To Get Proposal To Supply Defensive Weapons To Ukraine, ABC News Reports RFE/RL 19 Nov 2017 -- Senior aides will present U.S. President Donald Trump with a $47 million plan to finance and sell high-tech defensive weapons to Ukraine to bolster its efforts to repel Russian aggression in the region, ABC News reported, quoting a State Department source.
- US to arm Ukraine with anti-missile tanks: Report Press TV 18 Nov 2017 -- Senior advisers to US President Donald Trump have decided to present him with a new plan to finance and sell more weapons to Ukraine, in an attempt to counter what they call Russian aggression in the region, a report says.
- Kyiv Welcomes 'Any Steps' By Russia To Revive Exchanges With Separatists RFE/RL 16 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine's main security agency says it welcomes "any steps" by Russia that would facilitate exchanges of people held by Kyiv and the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Putin Promises To Discuss Prisoner Swap With Separatist Leaders In Ukraine's East RFE/RL 15 Nov 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to talk with leaders of Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk regarding a potential prisoner swap with Kyiv.
- U.S., Russia Envoys Differ On Peace And Peacekeepers In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Nov 2017 -- After talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, U.S. and Russian envoys say their countries have "different concepts for how to make peace" but will continue to work to achieve that goal.
- U.S., Russia Envoys To Discuss Peacekeeping Force For Ukraine RFE/RL 13 Nov 2017 -- The U.S. envoy for efforts to end the Ukrainian conflict, Kurt Volker, is set to meet with Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov on November 13 to explore deploying United Nations peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine.
- Canada Making Diplomatic Push For Ukraine's UN Peacekeeping Plan RFE/RL 10 Nov 2017 -- Canada is making a significant diplomatic push to gather international support behind Ukraine's UN peacekeeping plan, its foreign minister has announced.
- UN Warns Of Humanitarian Impact Of Increased Hostilities In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Nov 2017 -- The United Nations has raised "extreme" concern that an escalation of fighting near water infrastructures in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk could lead to a deadly chlorine gas disaster.
- Ukrainian Lawmaker To Propose Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Russia RFE/RL 08 Nov 2017 -- A lawmaker from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's party has told RFE/RL he plans to propose legislation that would sever diplomatic relations with Russia.
- Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have 'grave' impact on population, UN warns UN News 08 Nov 2017 -- Recent escalation of fighting in close proximity of critical infrastructure and services in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, could endanger over a million lives, the top United Nations official in the country has warned.
- Ukraine Says Russia-Backed Separatists Violate Cease-Fire With Heavy Artillery RFE/RL 06 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine's Defense Ministry said on November 6 that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery in persistent cease-fire violations in the Donetsk region over the previous 24 hours. It said that two soldiers were wounded.
- Poroshenko, Tillerson Discuss UN Peacekeeping Plan RFE/RL 05 Nov 2017 -- The Ukrainian presidential office says President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have discussed the possibility of sending UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine.
- U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker US Dept. of State 03 Nov 2017 -- Special Briefing by Ambassador Kurt Volker
- Ukrainian Interior Minister's Son Released From Detention RFE/RL 02 Nov 2017 -- A Kyiv court has released the 29-year-old son of Ukraine's powerful interior minister after his arrest the day before by anticorruption officials on embezzlement charges.
- Ukraine Wants To Question Manafort, But Says Requests To U.S. Have Gone Unanswered RFE/RL 02 Nov 2017 -- Ukrainian prosecutors intend to ask the U.S. Justice Department for permission to interview President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, following his indictment earlier this week, an official said.
- 'Fancy Bear' Tried To Hack E-Mail Of Ukrainian Making Artillery-Guidance App RFE/RL 02 Nov 2017 -- An officer who developed an artillery-guidance app used by the Ukrainian military in its fight against Moscow-backed separatists was among 545 members of Ukraine's political and military elite targeted by a hacking group with alleged links to Russian security services, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.
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