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February 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Poroshenko Expects Sophisticated U.S. Weapons 'Within Weeks' RFE/RL 28 Feb 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the first delivery of lethal defensive weaponry from the United States is expected in weeks.
- Ukraine's Military Chief Warns Of 'Wide-Scale Aggression' By Russia RFE/RL 23 Feb 2018 -- The commander of Ukraine's armed forces has warned of possible "wide-scale aggression" by Russia against his country.
- Poroshenko Calls Russia 'Aggressor' In Yanukovych Trial RFE/RL 21 Feb 2018 -- During testimony at his ousted predecessor's treason trial, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called Russia "an aggressor country" that planned "a well-coordinated hybrid war against Ukraine."
- EU Renews Sanctions On Russian Officials, Ukrainian Separatists RFE/RL 21 Feb 2018 -- European Union ambassadors have prolonged the asset freezes and visa bans on 150 Russian officials and Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists for another six months, EU diplomats told RFE/RL. The measure was also rolled over for 38 entities on the sanctions list.
- Ukraine Bans Saakashvili Until 2021 RFE/RL 21 Feb 2018 -- Ukraine's border service has banned Mikheil Saakashvili from entering Ukraine for three years, days after he was expelled from the country.
- 'Poroshenko Signs 'Occupied Territories' Law Deeming Russia An 'Aggressor' RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- KYIV -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has signed into law a bill that supporters say will help Kyiv restore control of territory held by Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.
- Ukraine's President Signs Donbass Reintegration Law Sputnik 20 Feb 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed on Tuesday the law on Donbass reintegration. Ukraine's parliament adopted the document, which dubs Russia "an aggressor", and Donbass territories not controlled by Kiev "occupied," last month.
- Sweden offers soldiers for potential UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine Press TV 18 Feb 2018 -- Sweden has offered to provide troops for a potential United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine to help resolve the years-long deadly conflict between the government in Kiev and ethnic Russians in the east.
- OSCE warns against truce violations in E Ukraine, urges renewed peace efforts Press TV 17 Feb 2018 -- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warns against an alarming number of truce violations in Ukraine’s east, which has been the scene of deadly fighting between Kiev’s troops and pro-Russia forces, calling for a renewed peace process to prevent the outbreak of a “major conflict” there.
- NATO Chief Sees Little Progress On UN Peacekeepers For Ukraine RFE/RL 17 Feb 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he has seen little progress in talks about a UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine.
- Poroshenko Accuses Moscow Of 'World Hybrid War,' Denounces 'Russian World' RFE/RL 16 Feb 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had delivered a fierce denunciation of Russia before a high-profile security conference, accusing Moscow of waging a "world hybrid war" and urging the West to ratchet up pressure on the Kremlin over its expansionism in Ukraine.
- US Delivers 2,500 More Night Vision Devices to Ukraine Sputnik 15 Feb 2018 -- The United States has supplied Ukraine with 2,500 more night vision devices, adding to $850 million in security assistance it has provided to Kiev since 2014, the US Embassy in Ukraine said on Wednesday.
- Putin Personally Ordered Crimea Annexation, Ex-Duma Deputy Testifies RFE/RL 14 Feb 2018 -- A Russian former lawmaker has testified before a Kyiv court that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.
- Saakashvili Arrives In Netherlands After Expulsion From Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Feb 2018 -- Mikheil Saakashvili has arrived in the Netherlands, his wife's home country, after being expelled from Ukraine into neighboring Poland.
- U.S. Accuses Russia Of Stoking Conflict In Ukraine RFE/RL 13 Feb 2018 -- The United States has accused Russia of stoking the conflict in Ukraine by disregarding its commitments under peace accords.
- 'Poroshenko Hasn't Much Time Left,' Banished Saakashvili Says RFE/RL 13 Feb 2018 -- Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to push ahead with his struggle against Ukraine's leadership in defiant remarks in Warsaw, a day after he was seized in Kyiv and banished to Poland in a dramatic expulsion he has blamed on President Petro Poroshenko.
- After Dramatic Expulsion From Ukraine, What's Next For Saakashvili? RFE/RL 13 Feb 2018 -- Mikheil Saakashvili has left Ukraine in much the same dramatic fashion that he returned in September after being stripped of Ukrainian citizenship: hauled across the Ukrainian-Polish border.
- Momentum Builds for UN Peacekeeping Force in E. Ukraine VOA 13 Feb 2018 -- A U.N. peacekeeping force in eastern Ukraine could pave the way for local elections within a year, according to a new report that aims to build on international momentum behind establishing such a mission.
- 20,000 UN forces needed to resolve Ukraine's crisis: Report Press TV 12 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations should mull the deployment of some 20,000 peacekeeping forces in Ukraine to help resolve the long-standing crisis in the country's volatile eastern regions, says an official report to be presented at a security conference in Germany.
- Deported Saakashvili Accuses Putin, Poroshenko Of 'Wanting To Get Rid Of Me' RFE/RL 12 Feb 2018 -- Opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili has accused Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine of "wanting to get rid of" him and urged his supporters to remain calm after he was deported from Kyiv to Poland.
- Ukraine Opposition Leader 'Kidnapped', Deported to Poland VOA 12 Feb 2018 -- Ukraine opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported to Poland, officials said Monday, after he claimed to have been kidnapped by "unknown people in masks" in Kyiv.
- Russian FSB Detains Ukrainian In Crimea On Suspicion Of Spying RFE/RL 12 Feb 2018 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has detained a Ukrainian national in Russian-controlled Crimea on suspicion of espionage.
- Belarus Puts Ukrainian Journalist On Trial For Espionage RFE/RL 12 Feb 2018 -- The Supreme Court of Belarus says it has started the trial of a Ukrainian journalist charged with espionage.
- Ukraine Court Rejects Saakashvili's Plea For Protection From Extradition RFE/RL 05 Feb 2018 -- A Kyiv court has rejected opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili's appeal for protection against possible extradition, a ruling his lawyer says increases the chances he will be deported or handed over to the Georgian authorities.
- U.S. Troops Training Ukrainian Soldiers, Mattis Says AFPS 02 Feb 2018 -- Military trainers from the United States, Canada, Poland and Lithuania are training Ukraine service members at a training base in western Ukraine, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon this morning.
- Readout From Secretary James N. Mattis' Bilateral Meeting With Ukraine Minister of Defense DoD 02 Feb 2018
- At OSCE, U.S. Says Russia 'Fomenting, Perpetuating' War In Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Feb 2018 -- The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a harshly worded statement accusing Russia of "ongoing violations of international law" in Ukraine.
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