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January 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- In Ukraine, Ultranationalist Militia Strikes Fear In Some Quarters RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- The gathering was large and formidable, with hundreds of mostly young men in fatigues keeping tight ranks on Kyiv's central Independence Square before marching in formation to a torch-lit fortress on a hillside in the Ukrainian capital.
- U.S. Envoy: 'More Openness' From Russia, But No Ukraine Peacekeeper Deal RFE/RL 29 Jan 2018 -- Russia has shown more "openness" to U.S. suggestions on a possible UN peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, but Washington and Moscow remain far from striking a deal, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine says.
- At Raucous Hearing, Saakashvili Fights For Ukrainian Citizenship RFE/RL 29 Jan 2018 -- Opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili was in Ukraine's Supreme Court on January 29 to seek the restitution of his Ukrainian citizenship, which was revoked by President Petro Poroshenko last year.
- Russia 'Will Study' New U.S. Proposals For Ukraine RFE/RL 27 Jan 2018 -- U.S. suggestions on deploying a UN mission in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine look quite feasible and Russia will study them carefully, Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov was quoted as saying by Russian media after meeting with his American counterpart, Kurt Volker.
- Protesters Disrupt Kyiv Court As It Imposes Curfew On Saakashvili RFE/RL 26 Jan 2018 -- Protesters have disrupted a crowded Kyiv courtroom as it imposed a curfew on Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili by placing him under house arrest every night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- US imposes sanctions on Russian firms, individuals Press TV 26 Jan 2018 -- The United States has expanded its sanctions against Russia by adding more individuals and companies to its blacklist because of what Washington calls Moscow's continued interference in Ukraine.
- U.S. Imposes New Sanctions Over Ukraine Conflict As U.S., Russian Envoys Set To Meet RFE/RL 26 Jan 2018 -- The United States hit 21 people and nine companies linked to the Russia-backed conflict in eastern Ukraine with new economic sanctions, the latest effort by Washington to put pressure on groups most actively involved in the nearly 4-year-old conflict.
- Treasury Sanctions Additional Individuals and Entities in Connection with the Conflict in Ukraine and Russia's Occupation of Crimea US Treasury 26 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated 21 individuals and 9 entities under four Executive Orders (E.O.s) related to Russia and Ukraine, including three individuals and two entities related to Russia's transfer of four turbines made by a Russian-German joint venture to Crimea.
- US Slaps New Sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian Separatist Officials VOA 26 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Treasury has announced new sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian citizens involved in the Russian annexation of Crimea, barring them from doing business with Americans and freezing any assets they hold under U.S. jurisdiction.
- Ex-U.S. Army Commander Warns Of Russian Capabilities In Ukraine RFE/RL 24 Jan 2018 -- The former top U.S. Army commander in Europe said Russian battlefield tactics in eastern Ukraine show sophisticated integration of drones, electronic warfare, and mortar and artillery, posing major challenges for Ukrainian forces.
- U.S. Envoy: Lack Of Political Will In Moscow Thwarting Ukraine Peace RFE/RL 24 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. special envoy for Ukraine said the country's new law on reintegrating its conflict-torn regions has "regularized" the country's military operation against Russia-backed separatists, but doesn't change anything on the ground.
- Kazakhstan Defends Offer To Host Ukraine Peace Talks RFE/RL 22 Jan 2018 -- Kazakhstan has responded to Belarusian criticism of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's offer to move the venue of peace talks on Ukraine from Minsk to Astana.
- Kyiv Rebrands Its War In The East RFE/RL 19 Jan 2018 -- Ukraine's "antiterrorist operation" is officially over. But since the fight against Russia-backed separatists that most Ukrainians know as the "ATO" grinds on, what is still up for debate is: under what name?
- EU Calls For Release Of 'Illegally Detained' Ukrainians In Crimea, Russia RFE/RL 19 Jan 2018 -- The European Union has called for the release of Ukrainian citizens being held "illegally" in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula whose 2014 seizure by Moscow triggered international condemnation and Western sanctions targeting Russia.
- Ukraine seeks 'new war' by calling Russia aggressor: Kremlin Press TV 18 Jan 2018 -- Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing for a new war after Ukrainian legislators described the conflict with pro-Moscow forces in the east of the country as a "temporary Russian occupation."
- Ukraine passes bill to retake control of eastern regions from Russia-backed forces Press TV 18 Jan 2018 -- Ukrainian lawmakers have passed a bill to take back control of the country's eastern territories from Russia-backed forces.
- Five Issues With Ukraine's 'Occupied Territories' Bill RFE/RL 18 Jan 2018 -- Passing legislation that sets a course to bring areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists back into the fold was no formality for Kyiv.
- Ukraine Passes Bill To Restore Control Over Separatist-Held Areas RFE/RL 18 Jan 2018 -- Ukraine's parliament has passed a bill that backers, including President Poroshenko, say will help Kyiv restore control over areas in the east that are held by Russia-backed separatists.
- Police, Protesters Clash Near Ukrainian Parliament RFE/RL 16 Jan 2018 -- Police and protesters have clashed near the Ukrainian parliament, where lawmakers discussed legislation on the "reintegration" of regions held by Russia-backed separatists.
- Russia deploys new S-400 missile division to Crimea: Russian media Press TV 14 Jan 2018 -- Moscow has deployed a new regiment of its advanced S-400 air defense missile system to Crimea amid simmering tensions with Kiev over the security situation in the Black Sea Peninsula.
- New S-400 Air Defense System Battalion Put on Combat Duty in Crimea Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The second battalion of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems was put on combat duty in Russia's southwestern the Crimean Peninsula near the city of Sevastopol, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.
- 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed in renewed violence in east Press TV 11 Jan 2018 -- A renewed wave of violence in the war-torn eastern territories of Ukraine has left three army soldiers dead.
- New OSCE Chairman Vows To 'Intensify' Efforts To End Ukraine Conflict RFE/RL 11 Jan 2018 -- Italy's foreign minister says he will visit Ukraine and Russia in the coming weeks to "intensify" efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as he took up the post of chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Saakashvili Questioned By Ukraine's Security Service RFE/RL 10 Jan 2018 -- Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili has been questioned by Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), his lawyer says.
- US Has No Plans to Sell, Transfer TOW Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine - Pentagon Sputnik 10 Jan 2018 -- The United States has no plans to either sell or transfer TOW anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, US Department of Defense spokesman Johnny Michael told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- S-400 Deployment in Crimea Aiming to Ensure Russia's Security - Kremlin Sputnik 10 Jan 2018 -- Russia's taking measures to ensure its security should not be perceived as a threat to anyone, the Russian side has the right to such steps, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked to comment on reports on the deployment of the second S-400 air defense missile system division in Crimea.
- Georgia Ex-president Vows to Fight Tbilisi if Extradited From Ukraine VOA 06 Jan 2018 -- Ex-Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili is vowing to fight the Georgian government if Ukrainian officials move to extradite him to Georgia in light of his conviction by a Tbilisi court Friday.
- Germany Calls For Setting Up UN Peacekeeping Mission In Ukraine Before Russian Election RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- Germany's foreign minister is calling for the establishment of an armed UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine before Russia's March presidential election.
- Saakashvili Says Russia's FSB Involved In Fabricating Evidence Against Him For Kyiv Trial RFE/RL 03 Jan 2018 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the leader of Ukraine's Movement of New Forces party and the former president of Georgia, has accused Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) of involvement in the fabrication of evidence used against him at a trial in Kyiv.
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