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August 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Pro-Russia leader killed in eastern Ukraine Press TV 31 Aug 2018 -- The leader of pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion blamed on the government in Kiev.
- Ukrainian Separatist Leader Zakharchenko Killed In Cafe Bombing RFE/RL 31 Aug 2018 -- The leadership of the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine has been thrown into disarray after the head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic was killed in an explosion at a cafe designed to honor the separatists.
- Separatist Leader Zakharchenko Was A Thorn In The Side Of Both Kyiv And Moscow RFE/RL 31 Aug 2018 -- He was a local boy from coal-dusted Donetsk who grew up to be a mine engineer. Aleksandr Zakharchenko quit that life to become a separatist warlord whose Russia-backed insurgents carved out a "republic" roughly the size of the state of Delaware.
- Eleven Casualties in Zakharchenko Assassination Explosion Sputnik 31 Aug 2018 -- Nearly a dozen individuals died or sustained injuries in the explosion at a cafe in downtown Donetsk that killed Donetsk People's Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko on Friday, a local source tells Sputnik News, among them the republic's finance minister, who is in grave condition.
- Donetsk People's Republic Head Zakharchenko Killed in Bomb Blast Sputnik 31 Aug 2018 -- The Donetsk People's Republic Operational Command said Friday that exits and entrances to Donetsk have been closed following a blast that left the republic's head Alexander Zakharchenko dead and three more injured.
- Pro-Russian Rebel Leader Assassinated in East Ukraine VOA 31 Aug 2018 -- Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of Russian-backed separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic was killed on Friday in a blast at a cafe in downtown Donetsk.
- Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Appears To Ease Amid School-Year Truce RFE/RL 30 Aug 2018 -- Ukraine's army and Russia-backed separatists have accused each other of breaching a new truce agreement coinciding with the start of the school year.
- U.S. Blasts Russian 'Harassment' Of Shipping In Sea Of Azov RFE/RL 30 Aug 2018 -- The United States has condemned what it calls Russia's "harassment" of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, saying it is a further example of Moscow's attempts to "destabilize" Ukraine.
- Ukraine Successfully Tests New Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Sputnik 30 Aug 2018 -- Ukraine's state-run defense firm Ukroboronprom announced a successful test of a new cruise missile, dubbed Neptun, in August. One DC think tank says it's "visually similar" to the Russian Kh-35.
- Russia's Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov US Dept. of State 30 Aug 2018-- "The United States condemns Russia's harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports."
- Kyiv: Two Ukrainian Soldiers, Three Separatists Killed In Fighting RFE/RL 27 Aug 2018 -- Ukraine says two of its soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east.
- Poroshenko Declares Ukraine 'Has Cut All Ties With Russian Empire' RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- President Petro Poroshenko has marked Ukraine's Independence Day by announcing at a military parade in Kyiv that his country "has cut all ties with the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union."
- Five Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Fighting In Bloodiest Day In Months RFE/RL 23 Aug 2018 -- Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Crimean Tatar Leader Says Turkey's Erdogan Promised 'To Talk To Putin' Regarding Ukrainians Jailed In Russia RFE/RL 22 Aug 2018 -- Ukrainian lawmaker Mustafa Dzhemilev, a veteran leader of the Crimean Tatars, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised "to talk" to Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situation for Ukrainian nationals jailed in Russia.
- Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Activists Hail Manafort's Conviction as 'Victory of Sorts' VOA 22 Aug 2018 -- Anti-corruption activists in Ukraine welcomed the conviction of Paul Manafort on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud, saying they hope his trial will give fresh impetus to Ukrainian probes into politicians and oligarchs in Kyiv who paid millions of dollars to U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager.
- Aide Of Ukrainian Prime Minister Goes On Trial As Alleged Russian Spy RFE/RL 22 Aug 2018 -- An aide to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman who is charged with spying for Russia went on trial on August 22.
- Ukraine Launches Probe Into Suspected Business Dealings Between Ex-Officials, Manafort RFE/RL 21 Aug 2018 -- Ukrainian authorities have launched an investigation into whether former state officials paid Paul Manafort for political consulting work, the country's prosecutor-general says.
- Italy Moves To Crack Down On Its Fighters In Ukraine's Donbas RFE/RL 16 Aug 2018 -- For years they traveled with ease from Italy to take part in the Russia-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Many boasted of their martial exploits on social media and in videos, often decked out in camouflage fatigues and brandishing weapons.
- Monitor Posts Video Of Truck Convoys Between Russia, Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- The official European monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine has for the first time posted video footage showing convoys of trucks crossing from Russia into Ukraine and from Ukraine into Russia through a back road that has no border guards.
- Ex-Manafort aide testifies his boss hid income in Cyprus Press TV 08 Aug 2018 -- A close associate and business partner of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has testified at a trial that his former boss ordered him to conceal information about payments from Cyprus-based accounts that held millions of dollars in earnings from consulting work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
- Manafort Deputy Details Delinquent Ukraine Payments; Defense Accuses Him Of Multiple Affairs RFE/RL 08 Aug 2018 -- Rick Gates, the U.S. government's star witness in its financial-fraud prosecution of Gates' former boss, Paul Manafort, has concluded three days of testimony and often withering cross-examination, detailing how a Ukrainian political party failed to pay $2.4 million in 2015, pushing Manafort into dire financial straits.
- Poroshenko Confirms 2014 Meeting With Manafort Team RFE/RL 08 Aug 2018 -- Before he became the victor in Ukraine's 2014 snap presidential election, businessman Petro Poroshenko was scrambling to put together a winning campaign.
- Gates Claims Manafort Did Political Work For Ukraine's Poroshenko, Who Denies It RFE/RL 08 Aug 2018 -- Rick Gates, a former business partner of lobbyist and political consultant Paul Manafort, said he and Manafort did consulting work for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko -- something which the Ukrainian leader has denied.
- Sea Of Troubles: Azov Emerging As 'Tinderbox' In Russia-Ukraine Conflict RFE/RL 07 Aug 2018 -- One recent summer morning, four Ukrainian Sea Guards peered out from a speeding patrol boat nicknamed Little Boy. Bubbly pop hits from the 1990s blared over the hum of the engine propelling them through the choppy swells of the Sea of Azov.
- Star Witness In Manafort Trial Details Ukrainian, Russian Money Ties RFE/RL 07 Aug 2018 -- A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has detailed how he helped Paul Manafort hide millions of dollars that he earned from Ukrainian clients.
- Ukrainian Leader Poroshenko Looks To Sue Russia Over Donbas, Crimea RFE/RL 01 Aug 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the creation of a body to prepare a lawsuit against Russia for damages caused by separatists whom Moscow supports in the Donbas region and for its illegal annexation of the Crimea Peninsula.
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