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May 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Nothing New Under The Gun: Ukraine Deploys Old Ruse In Babchenko's Staged Slaying RFE/RL 31 May 2018 -- While the staged assassination of journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kyiv this week sent shock waves through Ukraine and Russia, the stunt deployed by the Ukrainian Security Service in the operation is nothing new in either country.
- Back From The Dead, Russian Journalist Vows To Live To 'Dance On Putin's Grave' RFE/RL 31 May 2018 -- A dissident Russian journalist has blasted "the keepers of morality" who criticized his faked assassination by Ukrainian authorities, and vowed to live long enough to dance on President Vladimir Putin's grave.
- Lawyer, Ukrainian Authorities Name Alleged Organizer Of Plot To Kill Babchenko RFE/RL 31 May 2018 -- Ukrainian authorities have identified the Ukrainian citizen accused of being recruited by Russia's secret services to organize a murder plot against self-exiled Russian reporter and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko.
- Ukraine Says It Faked Journalist's Death To Thwart Russian Plot RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- Ukrainian security officials said they faked the death of a dissident Russian journalist in an effort to catch people it says were involved in a Russian plot to kill him.
- 'What About The Blood?' Joy, Then Confusion, After Russian Journalist Turns Up Alive RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- Outside the apartment where Arkady Babchenko wasn't killed, people wept as though he was.
- The Photo That Fueled The Hoax: Behind The Gruesome Image Of Babchenko's 'Death' RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- The killing of Arkady Babchenko did not happen. But you'd certainly be forgiven if, in the hours after the first reports emerged late on May 29, you had glimpsed a photograph of his body lying face down in a pool of blood and concluded that this was proof that another Russian reporter had been murdered.
- Russia Under Fire At UN Over Downing Of MH17 RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- Russia has rejected calls at the United Nations to accept responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine after an investigation found that a Russian Army missile caused the explosion that killed all 298 people on board.
- Russian Journalist Babchenko, Thought Dead, Appears after Sting Operation VOA 30 May 2018 -- Ukraine's security chief now says his organization planned to have a prominent Russian war correspondent and Kremlin critic fake his own death as part of a ruse to save the reporter's life.
- Russian Journalist, Kremlin Critic Who Fled To Ukraine Shot Dead In Kyiv RFE/RL 29 May 2018 -- Police in Kyiv say Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who fled his country to escape what he called "political harassment," has been shot dead in a killing that Ukraine's prime minister blamed on Moscow.
- UN calls for 'new political energy' to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine UN News 29 May 2018 -- The United Nations top political affairs official on Tuesday stressed the need to breathe life back into ongoing efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its fifth year, which has killed and injured thousands of civilians, plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis.
- Ukraine Claims Moscow Brought 1 Million Russians Into Crimea RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Russia has relocated up to 1 million people to the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea, according to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for Crimean Tatar affairs.
- Russia Seeks 14-Year Term For Ukrainian Journalist Accused Of Spying RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Russian prosecutors are seeking a 14-year prison term for Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who is on trial in Moscow on espionage charges in a case viewed by Kyiv and rights activists as politically motivated.
- Ukraine Charges Moscow Has Brought Up To 1 Million Russians Into Crimea RFE/RL 27 May 2018 -- Russia has relocated up to 1 million people to the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea, according to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the long-time leader of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for Crimean Tatar affairs.
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH17 investigation NATO 25 May 2018 -- The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.
- Russia's Lavrov says 'no facts' support accusations on MH17 Press TV 25 May 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Netherlands has provided "no facts" to support its allegation that Moscow was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014.
- Bellingcat Links High-Ranking Russian GRU Officer To Downing Of MH17 RFE/RL 25 May 2018 -- Researchers from the British-based group Bellingcat have published a report that, for the first time, establishes what they say is the involvement of a high-ranking Russian military intelligence officer in connection with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
- Bellingcat Allegations of Russia's Role in MH17 Crash Based on Fakes - MoD Sputnik 25 May 2018 -- Russian Defense Ministry stated Friday that the country's officers mentioned in the report issued by Bellingcat had long retired from the Russian military.
- It Was 'Certainly' Not Russian Missile That Downed MH17 - Putin Sputnik 25 May 2018 -- There are different versions of the MH17 crash, but nobody takes them into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
- Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 US Dept. of State 25 May 2018
- UN chief notes 'with concern' report holding Russia liable for downing airliner UN News 25 May 2018 -- Following the conclusion of an investigation that holds Russia responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in 2014, the United Nations chief said on Friday that he "has taken note with concern of the latest report".
- Russia Rejects Report Blaming Russia for Downing of Civilian Airliner VOA 25 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed an international investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over east Ukraine in 2014 as deeply flawed, after investigators concluded Russia's military provided the missile used in the attack that killed all 298 people aboard.
- Ukraine president paid Trump lawyer $400K to land White House meeting Press TV 24 May 2018 -- US President Donald Trump's long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, has allegedly been paid $400,000 dollars to secure a meeting between his boss and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a new report states.
- Moscow says no Russian missile involved in MH17 plane crash over Ukraine Press TV 24 May 2018 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has strongly rejected fresh claims by an international investigation team that the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed by a missile launched from a Russian unit, stressing Moscow has nothing to do with the tragic event in which some 300 people lost their lives after the plane was downed over eastern Ukraine.
- Investigators: Buk Missile From Russian Antiaircraft Brigade Downed MH17 RFE/RL 24 May 2018 -- A Dutch-led international criminal investigation has concluded that the Buk missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia's 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade.
- RIA News Agency, Tycoons Added To Ukraine Sanctions List RFE/RL 24 May 2018 -- Ukraine has banned Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti, according to a recently expanded list of prominent Russians and entities subjected to Ukrainian sanctions.
- Investigation of MH17 Crash in Ukraine Biased - Russian Foreign Ministry Sputnik 24 May 2018 -- According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia is ready to contribute to the international investigation of the MH17 crash in Eastern Ukraine.
- The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 US Dept. of State 24 May 2018 -- "The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk."
- US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers Press TV 24 May 2018 -- The US says it has seized an internet domain that directed a Russian botnet of half-million hacked users at American infrastructure.
- U.S. Says Disrupted Major Russian Cyberattack, Possibly On Ukraine RFE/RL 24 May 2018 -- The U.S. Justice Department says that it has seized an Internet domain controlled by a hacking group tied to Russian military intelligence that was planning a major cyberattack, possibly in Ukraine.
- Justice Department Announces Actions to Disrupt Advanced Persistent Threat 28 Botnet of Infected Routers and Network Storage Devices US Dept. of Justice 23 May 2018 -- The Justice Department today announced an effort to disrupt a global botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected home and office (SOHO) routers and other networked devices under the control of a group of actors known as the "Sofacy Group" (also known as "apt28," "sandworm," "x-agent," "pawn storm," "fancy bear" and "sednit"). The group, which has been operating since at least in or about 2007, targets government, military, security organizations, and other targets of perceived intelligence value.
- Ukrainian President: BBC Report On Secret Payment To Trump Lawyer 'Blatant Lie' RFE/RL 23 May 2018 -- Ukraine's president has lashed out at a BBC report that asserted a secret $400,000 payment was made to U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer last year to set up talks between the two leaders.
- Ukraine Showcases Javelin Firepower From United States RFE/RL 22 May 2018 -- Ukraine has showcased the firepower of the Javelin antitank missile systems given to it by the United States last month in a performance President Petro Poroshenko called "a dream come true."
- Deadly Spike In Fighting Reported In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 22 May 2018 -- Monitoring officials say clashes between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have escalated in recent days to some of the fiercest fighting of 2018.
- Russia's FSB Accuses Crimean Tatars Of 'Extremist' Plot RFE/RL 21 May 2018 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused Crimean Tatar activists of orchestrating and carrying out attacks with Kyiv's support, allegations described as "fantasy" by the Ukrainian Security Service.
- Poroshenko Recalls Ukraine's Envoys From CIS Bodies RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree recalling Kyiv's envoys from bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose grouping of former Soviet republics that he said Ukraine no longer has any use for.
- Poroshenko Signs Decree Recalling Ukrainian Representatives From CIS Bodies Sputnik 19 May 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that he had a signed a decree recalling all Ukrainian representatives from the constituent bodies of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS).
- Polish President Asks UN To Deploy Peacekeepers In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 18 May 2018 -- Poland's president has asked the UN Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping force in eastern Ukraine throughout the zone of conflict with Russia-backed separatists and along the border with Russia.
- Putin drives truck over bridge linking Russia to Crimea Press TV 16 May 2018 -- Russia President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated a road-and-rail bridge connecting southern Russia to the Crimean Peninsula by driving a heavy truck on it himself.
- Putin Says New Russian Missiles, Bombers To Be Deployed This Year RFE/RL 16 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has touted new weapons that he says are ready for deployment, stating that they will significantly increase Russia's military capabilities and "ensure a strategic balance for decades."
- Putin Opens Crimean Bridge Condemned By Kyiv, EU RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened the country's newly built bridge to the annexed Crimean Peninsula, driving a truck across the span and drawing angry condemnation from Kyiv, the European Union, and the United States.
- EU Sanctions Five Who Helped Organize Russian Presidential Election In Crimea RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- The European Union on May 14 sanctioned five people who, according to the bloc, helped organize the Russian presidential election in the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea in March.
- The Opening of the Kerch Bridge in Crimea US Dept. of State 15 May 2018
- Germany concerned over truce breaches in Ukraine: Merkel Press TV 12 May 2018 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed grave concern over continued violations of a ceasefire between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukrainian Separatists Parade Banned Heavy Weapons In Donetsk RFE/RL 10 May 2018 -- Russia-backed separatists who control the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have held a Victory Day parade despite a ban on that type of celebration in Ukraine as well as on the tanks and other heavy weapons featured in the parade.
- UNICEF Says War In Eastern Ukraine Takes 'Devastating Toll' On Education RFE/RL 04 May 2018 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the war between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has taken a "devastating toll" on the region's educational system, forcing more than 200,000 children to learn in "militarized environments."
- Ukraine: 200,000 children forced to learn in bullet-riddled classrooms UN News 04 May 2018 -- Some 200,000 girls and boys in eastern Ukraine are commuting to schools whose classroom walls are often riddled with bullets, and playgrounds scattered with metal remnants of war.
- Ukrainian President To Expand Sanctions Against Russians, Paralleling U.S. RFE/RL 02 May 2018 -- Ukraine will expand financial and other sanctions against Russian individuals and companies, paralleling U.S. efforts to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.
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