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June 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Four Kiev troopers killed in hostilities in Eastern Ukraine Press TV 30 Jun 2018 -- Ukraine say four of its soldiers have been killed in heavy clashes with pro-Russia forces in the country's volatile eastern region over the past 24 hours.
- Trump Doesn't Rule Out Recognizing Russia's Annexation Of Crimea RFE/RL 29 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to rule out recognizing Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula only days ahead of a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Ukraine Cyberpolice Chief Alleges Russian Hackers Preparing Massive Strike RFE/RL 27 Jun 2018 -- The head of Ukraine's cyberpolice has claimed that Russian hackers are infecting computer systems of Ukrainian firms with malware to establish "back doors" for a large-scale coordinated attack.
- EU's Mogherini Urges Ukraine To Implement More Reforms 'Now' RFE/RL 27 Jun 2018 -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has called on Ukraine to continue on its path to reform, despite what she called the "huge challenges" posed by Russia's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.
- U.S., IMF Praise Ukrainian Anticorruption Law But Say More Work Needed RFE/RL 21 Jun 2018 -- The United States and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are praising Ukraine for enacting legislation to establish an independent anticorruption court, but say more work is needed to complete the reforms and secure more IMF loans.
- Ukrainian Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Announces Presidential Run RFE/RL 20 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko says she plans to run for president in 2019, setting up a possible showdown with incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
- Ukraine's Anti-corruption Court Legislation US Dept. of State 20 Jun 2018 -- "The United States commends Ukraine for adopting a law to establish an independent anti-corruption court. We were pleased to see this important piece of legislation passed with broad support in the Verkhovna Rada."
- Ukraine Says Second Suspect Detained In Alleged Babchenko Plot RFE/RL 15 Jun 2018 -- The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) says a second person has been detained in an alleged plot to assassinate Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, an outspoken Kremlin critic, in Kyiv.
- Ukrainian Militia Behind Brutal Romany Attacks Getting State Funds RFE/RL 14 Jun 2018 -- Amid a recent wave of far-right attacks against minority groups, human rights activists have questioned how Ukrainian police could stand and watch the violence and destruction unfold.
- Massive Power Outage Hits Crimea RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- A total blackout temporarily hit Crimea after what Russian officials said was an automatic shutoff at a substation providing power to the Russian-controlled Black Sea peninsula.
- FMs of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France hold talks on Ukraine truce, UN force Press TV 12 Jun 2018 -- The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France have held talks in Berlin on the execution of a fragile truce deal for Ukraine as well as the deployment of UN peacekeepers there.
- Germany, France Hopeful Of More Lasting Cease-Fire In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Jun 2018 -- Germany and France are voicing cautious optimism that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but said no agreement was reached on deploying a UN peacekeeping mission there.
- Ukraine, Russia Views 'Far Apart,' As Berlin Hosts Peace Talks RFE/RL 11 Jun 2018 -- The German, French, Russian, and Ukrainian foreign ministers were meeting in Berlin late on June 11 for talks on bringing an end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Signs Law On Anticorruption Court RFE/RL 11 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill on an anticorruption court, an institution the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Western governments say is crucial for Kyiv.
- Ukrainian Lawmakers Dismiss Finance Minister, Pass Anticorruption Court RFE/RL 07 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian lawmakers have voted to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk after a public spat with the country's prime minister, in a move expected to raise concern among the country's foreign backers.
- UN Council Calls For Return To Cease-Fire In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 07 Jun 2018 -- The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the "continuous violations of the cease-fire" in eastern Ukraine and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
- Prime Minister Says 'Don't Worry,' But Scientists Concerned About Chernobyl Wildfires RFE/RL 06 Jun 2018 -- Scientists have been concerned for decades about potentially catastrophic wildfires inside the exclusion zone around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine -- the site in 1986 of the world's worst nuclear accident.
- 'Dingo' Arraigned: Ukraine Prosecutors Drop 'Russian Trail' In Alleged Hit Attempt On Chechen Exile RFE/RL 06 Jun 2018 -- When a Russian ex-con with a colorful past last year allegedly tried to kill a Kyiv-based Chechen man accused by Russia of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's interior minister saw a trail leading back to Moscow.
- UN Security Council condemns 'continuous' ceasefire violations in Ukraine UN News 06 Jun 2018 -- Expressing grave concern over the recent deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and its "severe impact" on civilians, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday underlined the need to scale up efforts to support the civilian population affected by the conflict.
- In Ukraine, Prominent Journalists Targeted By 'Russian Hit List' Question Its Authenticity RFE/RL 05 Jun 2018 -- The leak of an alleged "Russian hit list" has stirred anxieties and raised more questions about the bizarre Ukrainian staging of journalist Arkady Babchenko's death after journalists on the list said they doubt its authenticity.
- Washington Highlights Importance Of Ukraine Anticorruption Court RFE/RL 05 Jun 2018 -- The United States has highlighted the importance of establishing an independent anticorruption court in Ukraine as it called on Kyiv to implement comprehensive reforms and put an end to systematic corruption in the country.
- The Importance of an Independent Anti-Corruption Court for Ukraine US Dept. of State 05 Jun 2018 -- "The United States calls on the government of Ukraine to implement deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that reflect the demands the people of Ukraine made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all Ukrainians."
- Ukrainian PM Vows To Resign If Corruption Court Not Created RFE/RL 04 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has promised to step down if an anticorruption court is not established in the country.
- Moscow court gives Ukrainian journalist 12 years for espionage Press TV 04 Jun 2018 -- A court in Russia has sentenced a Ukrainian journalist to 12 years in prison after convicting him of spying for his native country, a move that could further sour ties between Moscow and Kiev.
- Moscow Court Sentences Ukrainian Journalist To 12 Years In Prison For Espionage RFE/RL 04 Jun 2018 -- A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko to 12 years in prison after convicting him of spying in a case that Kyiv and rights activists say is politically motivated.
- Ukraine Claims Found List Of 47 Russian Assassination Targets RFE/RL 02 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian authorities claim they have uncovered a hit-list of 47 people - mostly journalists - who are potential Russian assassination targets as a result of their sting operation staging the faked murder of exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.
- Poroshenko, Pompeo Discuss Boosting Ukrainian-U.S. Defense Cooperation RFE/RL 02 Jun 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed ways to boost defense and security cooperation between the two countries during a telephone call, the Ukrainian presidential office said on June 2.
- Ukraine Arrests Suspect In Alleged Babchenko Assassination Plot, Prosecutor Names 'Hit Man' RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Borys Herman, the man suspected of overseeing a plot to assassinate journalist Arkady Babchenko, has been remanded in custody by a Kyiv court.
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