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December 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Mattis Says New U.S. Weapons For Ukraine Shouldn't Concern Moscow RFE/RL 30 Dec 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said that the U.S. role in Ukraine is not changing and Russia has no cause for concern about a U.S. decision last week to supply new weapons to Kyiv.
- UN chief welcomes exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine UN News 29 Dec 2017 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the recent exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine and commended all those who helped bring about the exchange.
- Return Of Ukrainians Held By Russia RFE/RL 28 Dec 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has ordered his government to "immediately" resume talks with Moscow on the release of Ukrainian citizens from Russian custody following a prisoner swap between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists.
- Detainee Exchange Between Ukraine and Russia-Led Forces US Dept. of State 28 Dec 2017-- The United States welcomes yesterday's exchange between the government of Ukraine and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine of more than 300 detainees.
- Kyiv, Russia-Backed Separatists Prepare For Prisoner Swap RFE/RL 27 Dec 2017 -- Russian media reports say that Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have sent captured Ukrainian soldiers to the site of a planned prisoner exchange between the separatists and Kyiv.
- Despite Summons, Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned RFE/RL 26 Dec 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the leader of Ukraine's Movement of New Forces party and former president of Georgia, has reportedly refused to appear for questioning at the Main Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), despite being summoned for an appearance there on December 26.
- Washington 'Hawks' Attempt to 'Raise Price of Donbass Conflict' - Moscow Sputnik 26 Dec 2017 -- Ukraine is effectively expelling rather than reintegrating the breakaway Donbass region by terminating social and pension payments and suspending supplies of water and electricity, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin told Sputnik.
- Kyiv, Separatists Agree On Prisoner Exchange In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 25 Dec 2017 -- Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatists have confirmed that a major prisoner exchange will take place between the two sides of the conflict on December 27.
- US crossing the line by supplying lethal arms to Ukraine: Russia Press TV 23 Dec 2017 -- Russia has warned that the United States is "crossing the line" by providing Ukraine with "lethal weapons," saying Washington is practically pushing Kiev into "new bloodshed."
- US to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to deter 'aggression' Press TV 23 Dec 2017 -- The US plans to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons and enhanced military capabilities amid rising tensions in the country's east, which has been the scene of deadly fighting between Kiev's troops and pro-Russia forces.
- U.S. Says It Will Enhance Ukraine's Defensive Capabilities; Russia Derides Move RFE/RL 23 Dec 2017 -- The United States says it will provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" to help it "deter further aggression," a move that deepens U.S. involvement and prompted an angry rebuke from the Kremlin as Kyiv battles Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- US Crossed Line By Announcing Decision to Provide Ukraine With Weapons - Moscow Sputnik 23 Dec 2017 -- The United States crossed the line by announcing a decision to provide Ukraine with weapons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Saturday.
- 'Entirely Defensive in Nature': US Agrees to Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine Sputnik 23 Dec 2017 -- The US State Department said Friday that the United States plans to give Ukraine military assistance to help protect its territorial integrity, in a move that is purely defensive and will not violate Minsk accords
- Ukraine Grateful, Russia Critical of US Providing Lethal Weapons to Kyiv VOA 23 Dec 2017 -- Ukraine's president thanked the United States Saturday for its decision to provide lethal weapons to the country, while diplomats in Russia warned that the move would only cause more bloodshed.
- Poroshenko, Merkel Agree On Need For Quick Prisoner Exchange In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 22 Dec 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed on the need to expedite an exchange of prisoners held on both sides of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Merkel's office says.
- Provision of US arms to Ukraine can mean more bloodshed: Russia Press TV 22 Dec 2017 -- Russia has warned the United States about the consequences of supplying arms to Ukraine, saying that the provision of weapons may cause new bloodshed in the country's troubled east.
- U.S. Approves License For Ukraine To Buy Light Weapon RFE/RL 21 Dec 2017 -- The U.S. State Department says it has approved an export license for Ukraine to buy certain types of light weapons and small arms from U.S. manufacturers.
- US Approves Sale by US Manufacturers of Lethal Weapons to Ukraine VOA 21 Dec 2017 -- The United States has approved the sale by U.S. manufacturers of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine.
- Ukrainian PM's Aide Detained On Suspicion Of Being Russian Spy RFE/RL 21 Dec 2017 -- An aide to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has been detained on suspicion of being an agent of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Conflict sharply escalates in east Ukraine: Monitor Press TV 20 Dec 2017 -- A European organization, which monitors the implementation of peace in eastern Ukraine, has warned about a sharp deterioration in the security situation in the region.
- UN Approves Measure Condemning Rights Violations In Russian-Annexed Crimea RFE/RL 20 Dec 2017 -- The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution strongly condemning human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and referring to Russia as an "occupying power" there.
- EU's Mogherini Warns Situation In Eastern Ukraine Deteriorating RFE/RL 20 Dec 2017 -- The European Union's top diplomat has warned that the humanitarian and security situation has "deteriorated abruptly" in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting Kyiv government forces since 2014.
- U.S. Envoy Says 2017 Deadliest Year In Ukraine Conflict, Warns Of Spiking Violence RFE/RL 19 Dec 2017 -- The U.S. special envoy for the Ukraine conflict has said 2017 was the deadliest year in the region since the outbreak of violence three years ago, and warned that hostilities are again ratcheting up.
- Ukraine: UN agencies stepping up aid to most vulnerable as temperatures plummet UN News 19 Dec 2017 -- As temperatures plummet across Ukraine, the United Nations refugee and migration agencies said Tuesday that they are stepping up assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in the country's east.
- Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned By Ukraine's Prosecutor-General RFE/RL 18 Dec 2017 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili appeared at the Prosecutor-General's Office in Kyiv on December 18 but refused to answer questions from investigators.
- Dozens Of Crimean Tatars Fined Over Protests On Russian-Controlled Peninsula RFE/RL 18 Dec 2017 -- Courts in Russia-controlled Crimea on December 18 fined dozens of Crimean Tatars over single-person demonstrations, in a move which Amnesty International called "a brazen crackdown."
- Skirmishes In Kyiv As Protesters Demand Poroshenko's Impeachment, Top Prosecutor's Resignation RFE/RL 17 Dec 2017 -- Police and protesters have skirmished in central Kyiv as several thousand people took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital to call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko and the resignation of the country's top prosecutor.
- Russia regrets EU decision to prolong sanctions Press TV 15 Dec 2017 -- Russia has regretted a decision by the European Union to renew economic sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin says.
- Russia Criticizes EU Decision To Extend Ukraine-Related Sanctions RFE/RL 15 Dec 2017 -- Russia has hit back at a decision by leaders of the European Union to extend for another six months the economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its "destabilizing" actions in Ukraine.
- Russia's Selective Takedowns Of Critics Of Its Crimea Seizure RFE/RL 14 Dec 2017 -- Since its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Russia has used a statute criminalizing public calls for separatism to jail at least a half dozen people for criticizing that land grab. It appears presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak, who has voiced similar dissent, won't be added to that list.
- EU Leaders Agree To Extend Ukraine-Related Sanctions For Six Months RFE/RL 14 Dec 2017 -- European Union leaders have agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for six months over Moscow's aggressive actions in Ukraine.
- Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict 'never really stopped,' says UN rights wing UN News 12 Dec 2017 -- An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.
- UN Says Fighting Fuels 'Dire' Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Winter Sets In RFE/RL 12 Dec 2017 -- The United Nations says daily cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine have led to more civilian deaths and "further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation" as temperatures drop.
- Saakashvili: Corruption -- And Russia -- Are Ukraine's Enemy RFE/RL 12 Dec 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian leader who is now an ardent opponent of Ukraine's president, said corruption had inflicted far greater damage on Ukraine than Russia had.
- Kyiv Court To Rule On Pretrial Restrictions For Saakashvili RFE/RL 11 Dec 2017 -- A Ukrainian court is set to decide whether to impose pretrial restrictions on Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who dismissed the allegations against him in defiant remarks just before the hearing.
- Ukrainian Opposition Demands Saakashvili's Release, Poroshenko Be Impeached RFE/RL 10 Dec 2017 -- Thousands of people have demonstrated in the center of the Ukrainian capital to demand the release of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili from custody and to call for the impeachment or resignation of President Petro Poroshenko.
- Russian General Named In Bellingcat MH17 Report Plans To Sue RFE/RL 09 Dec 2017 -- A senior Russian general who was accused in a recent investigation of being a coordinator of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and of possibly playing a role in the downing of a civilian airliner in July 2014 has said he plans to sue the authors of the report for defamation.
- Saakashvili Declares Hunger Strike Following Arrest In Kyiv RFE/RL 09 Dec 2017 -- KYIV -- Ukrainian opposition politician and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has declared a hunger strike, his lawyer told journalists on December 9.
- Bellingcat Report Alleges Senior Russian General 'Figure Of Interest' In MH17 Downing RFE/RL 08 Dec 2017 -- A respected international investigative group says it has identified a senior Russian general as a figure of interest in the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
- Ukrainian Agents Detain Saakashvili, Hours After He Called For March RFE/RL 08 Dec 2017 -- Law enforcement officers have detained Mikheil Saakashvili, hours after the firebrand Ukrainian opposition activist and former Georgian president called on Ukrainians to demonstrate in the capital against the government.
- Saakashvili Vows To March To Kyiv's Maidan RFE/RL 08 Dec 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody shortly after law enforcement authorities raided his apartment in Kyiv earlier this week, is calling on Ukrainians to demonstrate in the center of the capital on December 10.
- Mogherini Defends Ukraine's Territorial Integrity As EU Weighs Russia Sanctions Extension RFE/RL 08 Dec 2017 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief reiterated the EU's "unwavering" support for Ukraine's territorial integrity as the bloc considered moves to extend economic sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine.
- How Saakashvili And Poroshenko Got Themselves Into This Mess RFE/RL 07 Dec 2017 -- The adventures of Mikheil Saakashvili reached new heights this week when masked Ukrainian security agents broke down his apartment door and eventually apprehended him on the building's rooftop, where he screamed insults about onetime ally President Petro Poroshenko to supporters on the street below.
- Ukrainian Reform Activists Derail Effort To 'Destroy' Anticorruption Body RFE/RL 07 Dec 2017 -- Ukrainian activists and reformist lawmakers worked tirelessly overnight to remove a bill from parliamentary consideration that they say would "destroy" the country's only independent investigative body by dismissing its chief.
- Ukraine: UN and partners seek $187 million amid humanitarian crisis that is 'worse than it's ever been' UN News 07 Dec 2017 -- The humanitarian situation in war-torn eastern Ukraine is worse than ever, and people are at breaking point, the senior-most United Nations aid official in the country said on Thursday, as he launched a response plan.
- Worsening Ukrainian Crisis Suffers from Severe Lack of Funding VOA 07 Dec 2017 -- The United Nations is appealing for $187 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to 2.3 million of the most vulnerable Ukrainians who, it says, have reached the limits of their endurance after four years of conflict.
- FBI Says Its Support for Anti-corruption Unit Abides by Ukrainian Law VOA 07 Dec 2017 -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging suggestions of illegal conduct in an undercover sting operation targeting allegedly corrupt government officials in Kyiv, which the FBI conducted in concert with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).
- In Vienna, Tillerson Spars With Lavrov on Ukraine Conflicts VOA 07 Dec 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States will not lift sanctions against Russia until Moscow withdraws its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
- Ukrainians free Saakashvili from police van after hours of standoff Press TV 06 Dec 2017 -- Several hundreds of supporters of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, now a Ukrainian opposition leader, have managed to free him as he was being arrested by Ukrainian police in the capital, Kiev.
- Saakashvili Defiant As Police Clash With Supporters At Kyiv Protest Camp RFE/RL 06 Dec 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned Ukrainian opposition leader, has vowed that he will continue to resist arrest after his supporters dramatically freed him from custody in Kyiv.
- Botched Saakashvili Arrest Seen as Tarnishing Ukraine's Image VOA 06 Dec 2017 -- High drama degenerated into farce with the attempted arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili by Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday, leaving international experts puzzled about the motives behind the move but in agreement on one point–the mishandled operation has so far served mainly to tarnish the image of Ukraine's government.
- Former Georgian president Saakashvili detained in Ukraine Press TV 05 Dec 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, has been detained by police at his home in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
- In Kyiv, Saakashvili Freed From Custody, Calls For Poroshenko's Resignation RFE/RL 05 Dec 2017 -- Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has called for the resignation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a defiant impromptu rally in front of parliament in Kyiv, shortly after his supporters freed him from police custody.
- U.S. Cites 'Concerns' Ukraine May Be Backtracking On Fight Against Corruption RFE/RL 05 Dec 2017 -- The U.S. State Department is raising "concerns" about signs that Ukraine may be backtracking on its commitment to fight corruption, jeopardizing support for Kyiv in the West.
- Ukrainian Opposition Holds Kyiv March In Support Of Presidential Impeachment Law RFE/RL 03 Dec 2017 -- Thousands of Ukrainian opposition activists have rallied in central Kyiv, calling on parliament to adopt legislation on presidential impeachment.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Says NATO, EU Referendums To Be Held Soon RFE/RL 01 Dec 2017 -- Ukraine will hold referendums in the near future on whether to seek NATO and European Union memberships, President Petro Poroshenko said.
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