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March 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukrainian Police Bust Online Market For Military Equipment RFE/RL 28 Mar 2018 -- Amphibious armored-personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, off-road transport trucks, tanker trucks, and trailers were among some 200 objects that have been seized by Ukrainian police after being offered for sale online.
- Ukraine Conflict Monitors Relaunch Long-Range Surveillance Drone Program RFE/RL 27 Mar 2018 -- The European security organization responsible for monitoring the deadly conflict between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine will reintroduce its long-range drone program more than a year and a half after it was dropped due to repeated shoot-downs.
- Kyiv Court Orders Two-Month Pretrial Detention For Savchenko RFE/RL 23 Mar 2018 -- A Ukrainian court has authorized the detention in pretrial custody of lawmaker Nadia Savchenko, a celebrated former military pilot accused of plotting a terrorist attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons.
- Savchenko Stripped Of Immunity In Ukraine, Detained Over 'Terror Plot' RFE/RL 22 Mar 2018 -- Ukrainian security officers have detained Nadia Savchenko, a lawmaker and former captive of Russia who is accused of plotting to blow the roof off the parliament building in a "terrorist" attack.
- Ukrainian Investigators Detain Lawmaker Savchenko in Parliament's Building Sputnik 22 Mar 2018 -- Ukrainian investigators have read out their suspicions against Ukrainian lawmaker Nadezhda Savchenko and detained her inside the Ukrainian parliament's building, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
- From Hero To Terrorist? Ukraine's Savchenko Refutes Terror Charges, But Admits To 'Absurd Plans' RFE/RL 21 Mar 2018 -- Less than two years after being celebrated in Ukraine for her defiance toward Russian captors as a prisoner of war, opposition lawmaker Nadia Savchenko is defending herself against accusations that the former military aviator was planning a terror attack on the Ukrainian parliament.
- 'War Hero' Savchenko Accused Of Terror Plot, Levels Own Accusations In Ukraine RFE/RL 15 Mar 2018 -- Lawmaker and former Russian captive Nadia Savchenko has traded incendiary accusations with senior Ukrainian authorities and faces possible arrest over what Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko alleged was a detailed plan for a devastating "terrorist" attack on parliament.
- Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers UN News 15 Mar 2018 -- Following recent shelling of water treatment workers in eastern Ukraine, a senior United Nations official has called on all parties to the conflict to protect those civilians who maintain critical infrastructure.
- Crimea Is Ukraine US Dept. of State 14 Mar 2018 -- Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated "referendum" in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory. Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops. Russia's claim that Ukrainians made a free choice in that sham "referendum" has always lacked credibility.
- Ukraine's Main Backers In EU Put Pressure On Kyiv Over Reforms RFE/RL 14 Mar 2018 -- BRUSSELS -- Thirteen of Ukraine's most enthusiastic backers in the European Union have piled pressure on Kyiv by warning that the implementation of important reforms are "just beginning or lagging behind," according to a document seen by RFE/RL.
- EU's Mogherini Says Ukraine Must Do More Against Corruption RFE/RL 12 Mar 2018 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has pressed Ukraine to do more to fight corruption and establish an anticorruption court that is in accordance with recommendations of independent experts.
- EU Extends Sanctions Against Russians, Pro-Russia Ukrainian Separatists RFE/RL 12 Mar 2018 -- The European Union on 12 March officially prolonged its asset freezes and visa bans against 150 Russian officials and Russia-backed Ukrainian separatists.
- Putin indicates Crimea will never return to Ukraine Press TV 11 Mar 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that Crimea's rejoining to Russia from Ukraine in 2014 was a move that can 'never' be reversed.
- EU's Top Diplomat Travels To Ukraine As Anniversary Of Crimea Takeover Looms RFE/RL 11 Mar 2018 -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is traveling to Kyiv on March 11 for talks with top Ukrainian government officials, ahead of the fourth anniversary of Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine Seeking NATO Membership Action Plan RFE/RL 10 Mar 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that Kyiv is seeking a Membership Action Plan (MAP), a formal step toward joining NATO.
- Kiev charges prisoner-swap negotiator with plot to kill President Poroshenko Press TV 09 Mar 2018 -- Ukraine has charged a prisoner swap negotiator with plotting to assassinate the country's Western-backed president as well as other officials by staging attacks on their homes and offices with mortar fire and grenades.
- Ukrainian Prisoner-Exchange Organizer Accused Of Plotting To Kill Poroshenko RFE/RL 09 Mar 2018 -- Ukrainian authorities have arrested a key negotiator in prisoner exchanges with Russia-backed separatists and accused him of plotting to kill President Petro Poroshenko and other top officials.
- Trust must be rebuilt to address Ukraine crisis, European security entity tells at UN UN News 08 Mar 2018 -- The conflict in eastern Ukraine is testing the core shared values, and the only way to rebuild trust between warring parties is "more dialogue, more political will and more concrete action on the ground," the chairperson of an European intergovernmental security organization told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.
- What's Ukraine Doing To Combat Russian Cyberwarfare? 'Not Enough' RFE/RL 07 Mar 2018 -- Dmytro Shymkiv fidgeted in a chair as his boss, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, testified via video linkup from a few doors down in the Kyiv trial of his exiled predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych.
- New Ukraine Cease-Fire 'Violated Almost Immediately' RFE/RL 05 Mar 2018 -- The Ukrainian military has accused Russia-backed separatists in the eastern region known as the Donbas of violating a new cease-fire agreement shortly after it went into force.
- EU Sanctions Against Ukrainian Ex-President Prolonged RFE/RL 05 Mar 2018 -- EU ministers have prolonged sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and 12 of his associates by another year, but lifted restrictive measures against former Justice Minister Olena Lukash and businessman Serhiy Klyuyev.
- Ukraine 'Stabilizes' Gas Supply Amid Fresh Energy Dispute With Russia RFE/RL 03 Mar 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says gas deliveries to Ukraine have "stabilized" after Russian gas giant Gazprom halted gas supplies to the country earlier this week in the latest energy dispute between the two countries.
- Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine Voice Concern Over Russian Presence RFE/RL 02 Mar 2018 -- Pro-EU parliamentary leaders from Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia say the continued presence of Russian troops in their countries is destabilizing.
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 02 Mar 2018
- US plans sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, complicating Ukrainian conflict Press TV 02 Mar 2018 -- The United States administration has formally notified Congress of its intent to sell 210 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, in a move deemed a major escalation in the Ukrainian conflict.
- U.S. State Department Approves 'Javelin' Missile Sale To Ukraine RFE/RL 02 Mar 2018 -- The U.S. State Department has approved the proposed sale of Javelin antitank missiles and launch units to Ukraine in a deal worth about $47 million, the U.S. military says.
- EU Ready To Mediate In Latest Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute RFE/RL 02 Mar 2018 -- The European Union is ready to mediate in the latest natural-gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia, with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic expected to contact the energy ministers of the two countries this afternoon.
- US Approves Sale of 210 Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine Sputnik 02 Mar 2018 -- The US State Department decided to approve the sale of hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles and missile launch units to the Ukrainian government on Thursday, according to an announcement from the Pentagon's arms exporting agency.
- Ukraine - Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units DSCA 01 Mar 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Ukraine Moves Closer To Anticorruption Court, But Doubts Remain RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Ukraine's parliament has approved the first reading of legislation creating an anticorruption court demanded by protest groups and the country's external backers, although critics charge the effort does not go far enough.
- Russian Authorities 'Scared,' Says Convicted Crimean Tatar Activist RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- A court in Russian-controlled Crimea has handed a suspended sentence of two years to a Crimean Tatar activist who opposes Moscow's rule over the Ukrainian region.
- EU Moves Closer To Approving 1 Billion-Euro Aid For Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- The European Commission is moving closer to approving a 1 billion-euro ($1.22 billion) financial package to Ukraine, although officials are awaiting further signs from Kyiv to ensure that its reform process remains on track before the funds will be delivered.
- Ukraine crisis 'forgotten by the world,' senior UN relief official says, urging greater global support UN News 01 Mar 2018 -- With 4.4 million people in Ukraine soon to enter a fifth year of conflict, the international community has an important role to play in supporting conflict resolution and bringing about lasting peace – the only durable humanitarian solution for the affected population, a senior United Nations official has said.
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