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November 2018 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- EU rebuffs Ukraine call to send ships to waters off Russia Press TV 30 Nov 2018 -- European leaders have rebuffed calls from Ukraine for greater support against Russia after Kiev urged NATO to send ships into waters disputed with Moscow.
- Russian Men Barred From Entering Ukraine Amid Escalating Crisis RFE/RL 30 Nov 2018 -- Ukraine has barred Russian male nationals between 16 and 60 from traveling to the country, President Petro Poroshenko announced on November 30.
- Lawyer For Detained Ukrainian Sailor Decries 'Political Trial' RFE/RL 30 Nov 2018 -- A lawyer for one of the Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia on November 25 off the Russia-occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea has said the case against the seamen was "a political trial."
- EU, NATO React Coolly To Ukraine's Call For New Moves Against Russia RFE/RL 30 Nov 2018 -- European leaders and NATO have reacted coolly to calls by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for new measures to strengthen defenses and penalize Russia over its capture of Ukrainian ships and crew off Crimea.
- Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea After Kerch Strait Incident Sputnik 30 Nov 2018 -- The deployment comes after three Ukrainian ships illegally entered Russian territorial waters as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait last Sunday. Moscow described the incident as a clear provocation in violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and promised to suppress any attempts to challenge its territorial integrity.
- NATO to Keep Monitoring Black Sea Following Ukraine's Kerch Strait Provocation Sputnik 30 Nov 2018 -- Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on NATO to deploy its warships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine in the wake of the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea last Sunday, when three Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia after entering Russian territorial waters.
- Ukrainian President Seeks NATO Support in Russia Dispute VOA 29 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is asking NATO allies to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to aid his country and "provide security" amid tensions with Russia.
- Trump Cancels Meeting With Putin At G20 Due To Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 29 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he is cancelling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to take place during the upcoming summit for the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations in Argentina, over Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.
- Unknown Number Of Captured Ukrainian Sailors Transferred To Moscow, Say Lawyers RFE/RL 29 Nov 2018 -- An unknown number of 24 sailors from three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in the Sea of Azov last weekend have been transferred to a detention center in Moscow, one of their lawyers says.
- Ukraine Says Only Its Citizens Will Be Allowed To Travel To Crimea RFE/RL 29 Nov 2018 -- Ukraine's border service has said that it will only allow Ukrainian citizens to travel to Crimea following the imposition of martial law.
- Russia-Ukraine confrontation in Kerch Strait adds uncertainties to regional stability People's Daily 29 Nov 2018 -- A spike in tensions between Russia and Ukraine around the Kerch Strait could inflame a volatile situation in the region and incur more Western sanctions against Moscow.
- Russia deploys S-400 air defense missile systems in Crimean Peninsula Press TV 29 Nov 2018 -- Russia has deployed a new battalion of its advanced S-400 air defense missile system on the Crimean Peninsula amid a standoff with Ukraine.
- Ukraine accuses Russia of seeking 'to rebuild empire' Press TV 29 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to rebuild "the old Russian Empire" in the midst of tensions between Kiev and Moscow over the seizure of three Ukrainian vessels in Russia's territorial waters in the Sea of Azov.
- Kiev Claims Kerch Strait Provocation Meant to Show Capabilities of Its Vessels Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- Kiev has sent naval ships to the Kerch Strait to signal its presence in the region and demonstrate the capabilities of its vessels, Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko said on Thursday.
- Ukraine to Ask Turkey to Close Bosphorus to Russian Ships Amid Kerch Strait Rift Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had discussed the possibility of mediating the crisis between Russia and Ukraine following a violation of Russia's maritime border by Ukrainian warships.
- Fourth S-400 Battalion Deployed Near Ukraine to Protect Crimea – Black Sea Fleet Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- The fourth battalion of Russia's S-400 Triumph air defence missile systems has been put into active service in Crimea near the border with Ukraine, Russian Black Sea Fleet Information Department Head Alexey Rulev said.
- Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine's Regions Enters Into Force Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- The law on the imposition of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine was published on 28 November in the governmental newspaper Uryadovy Kuryer, thus officially entering into force.
- Ahead of next year's presidential elections, Ukraine is being handed a false choice openDemocracy 28 Nov 2018 -- "The seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch strait on 25 November is not only yet another act of Russian aggression, as we understand it in Ukraine. It is reminder to the world that the annexation of Crimea is gradually becoming the new status quo in global politics; and western leaders have basically accepted this injustice."
- Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia's Word Cannot Be Trusted AFPS 28 Nov 2018 -- Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in contradiction to signed treaties and the Law of the Sea show that Russia cannot be counted on to keep its word, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Pentagon today.
- Russian FM says US encouraging provocation between Moscow, Kiev Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Moscow says the United States is encouraging provocation between Russia and Ukraine over the recent confrontation off the coast of Crimea and the seizure of three intruding Ukrainian military vessels in Russian waters.
- Russia 'to deploy new S-400 missiles in Crimea' Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Russia has announced it will deploy new S-400 defense missile systems on the Crimean Peninsula amid a standoff initiated by Ukraine.
- Ukraine under threat of 'full-scale war' with Russia: Poroshenko Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has sharply increased its military presence on the border with his country, warning that the deployment entails the threat of "full-scale war."
- Putin Accuses Poroshenko Of Electoral Ploy As Ukraine Imposes Martial Law After Sea Clash RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Martial law came into force across a large swath of Ukraine on November 28, following a clash at sea that Kyiv called an "act of aggression" by Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed was a ploy to boost his Ukrainian counterpart's popularity ahead of an election in March.
- European Court Denies Yanukovych Aide's Bid To Suspend EU Sanctions RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- The president of the European Union's General Court on November 28 dismissed Andriy Klyuyev's attempt to have the bloc's sanctions against him suspended.
- Poroshenko Wants NATO to Send Warships to Black Sea After Kerch Strait Incident Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- NATO countries could send several warships to the Black Sea to support Ukraine after the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the NBC News broadcaster on Wednesday.
- Russia Puts One More S-400 Battalion Into Service in Crimea Amid Kerch Row Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- One more battalion of Russia's S-400 Triumph air defence missile systems will be put into active service in Crimea before the end of 2018, the Russian Southern Military District spokesman, Col. Vadim Astafyev, told reporters.
- Russia Moves Fast to Deepen Kerch Crisis VOA 27 Nov 2018 -- Russia's attack on Ukrainian military vessels in the Black Sea marks the first time the Kremlin has staged open aggression against Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea four years ago, and launched a destabilization campaign in the Donbas region.
- Crimean Court Orders Captured Ukrainian Sailors Detained VOA 27 Nov 2018 -- A court in Russia-annexed Crimea ordered 12 of 24 Ukrainian sailors who were apprehended at sea Sunday by Russian naval forces following a confrontation to be detained for two months.
- Russian Court Jails Captured Ukrainian Sailors For Two Months RFE/RL 27 Nov 2018 -- A Russian court has ordered 12 of the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured by Russian coast-guard forces during a confrontation at sea off Crimea to be held in custody for two months, while the UN chief called for restraint from both Moscow and Kyiv and Estonia's president accused Russia of waging "war in Europe."
- Russia Rejects $1.3 Billion International Arbitration Ruling In Ukraine Bank Case RFE/RL 27 Nov 2018 -- Russia says it will not accept an international arbitration ruling obliging Moscow to pay Ukraine's biggest state-run bank $1.3 billion in compensation for loss of business and assets in Crimea following Moscow's annexation of the peninsula in 2014.
- North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov NATO 27 Nov 2018 -- In view of Russia's use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation.
- Ukrainian army on full combat alert over tensions with Russia in Sea of Azov People's Daily 27 Nov 2018 -- The Ukrainian armed forces were put on full combat alert over the situation in the Sea of Azov, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Monday in a statement on Facebook.
- Putin voices 'serious concern' over martial law in Ukraine Press TV 27 Nov 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced "serious concern" over Ukraine's recent move to impose martial law in the country following the seizure of three intruding Ukrainian military vessels in Russian waters.
- European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis Press TV 27 Nov 2018 -- The European Union says it will consider further sanctions against Russia next month following the seizure of three intruding Ukrainian military vessels in Russian waters.
- Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission NATO 26 Nov 2018
- NATO Secretary General's phone call with President Poroshenko NATO 26 Nov 2018 -- The NATO Secretary General and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke this morning about developments in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait, including yesterday's events involving Russian and Ukrainian naval vessels.
- Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships lawful: Kremlin Press TV 26 Nov 2018 -- The Kremlin has defended Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea, saying the move was lawful and in strict accordance with international and domestic regulations.
- Russia warns Ukraine over 'dangerous' provocation Press TV 26 Nov 2018 -- Russia has accused Ukraine of "dangerous" moves and deliberately provoking an incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea in which Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels.
- Russia's Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait US Dept. of State 26 Nov 2018 -- Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Top UN official urges Russia and Ukraine to step away from further confrontation at sea UN News 26 Nov 2018 -- An "immediate de-escalation" of tensions is needed in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, the United Nations top political official has said, underlining the importance of "earnest attempts" to find a peaceful resolution to years of simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
- Ukraine Declares Martial Law Along Borders With Russia, Black Sea VOA 26 Nov 2018 -- Ukraine's parliament approved President Petro Poroshenko's call to impose martial law in parts of Ukraine bordering Russia and the Black Sea Monday, a day after Moscow attacked and seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews in waters off Crimea.
- Ukraine Backs Martial Law After Gunfire At Sea RFE/RL 26 Nov 2018 -- The Ukrainian parliament has voted to impose martial law for 30 days after Russian forces fired on Ukrainian ships and seized 23 sailors in the Black Sea off the coast of the Russian-controlled Crimean Peninsula.
- Explainer: What The Kerch Strait Skirmish Tells Us About A Simmering European Conflict RFE/RL 26 Nov 2018 -- A dusting of snow and unease fell over Ukraine one day after Russian Coast Guard vessels fired on and detained three Ukrainian military ships and their crews off the Crimean coast, igniting rioting outside the Russian Embassy and public demands for retaliation.
- Seemingly In Unison, Moscow Cries Ukrainian 'Provocation' Ordered By Washington RFE/RL 26 Nov 2018 -- Russia has accused Ukraine of planning and staging a deliberate "provocation" for political purposes following a naval incident in the Kerch Strait that marked the first public acknowledgement by Moscow of its forces firing on Ukrainian troops since the onset of fighting in eastern Ukraine nearly five years ago.
- Ukrainian Provocations in Kerch Strait Executed on Direct Orders from Kiev - FSB Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- Provocations carried out by the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait area were coordinated by two officers from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) who were aboard the ships involved in the incident, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday.
- UN Security Council Discusses Kerch Incident Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Kerch Strait incident would be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting later in the day at Russia's request.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Declares Protest Over Kerch Strait Incident Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring a resolute protest over the recent violation of the rules of innocent passage in the Black Sea by Ukrainian Navy ships, the ministry said in a statement.
- Ukrainian Army Put on Full Combat Alert Amid Kerch Strait Standoff Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- Russia has warned Ukraine against attempts to revise the status of the Sea of Azov – in violation of international law – and urged Kiev to refrain from attempting to unilaterally establish new state borders.
- Kiev Urges Moscow to Return Servicemen Detained in Kerch Strait Incident Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- Kiev is demanding that Moscow return sailors from the Ukrainian Navy ships seized for violating the Russian state border, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Russia impounds transgressing Ukraine ships Press TV 25 Nov 2018 -- Russia says it has been forced to open fire at and impound three Ukrainian naval vessels after they illegally crossed its sea border, entering the Russian waters in the Black Sea off the Crimean Peninsula.
- Russia and Ukraine involved in Black Sea naval standoff Press TV 25 Nov 2018 -- Russia and Ukraine forces have engaged in a maritime confrontation, reflecting rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev in the Black Sea near Crimea.
- Ukrainian Lawmakers To Consider Martial Law Proposal After Russia Opens Fire On Ships In Black Sea RFE/RL 25 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian lawmakers will hold an extraordinary session for November 26 to consider a military council recommendation to introduce martial law Russian forces opened fire on a group of Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula.
- Kyiv Says Russia Attacked Ukrainian Navy Ships, Seized Three In Black Sea RFE/RL 25 Nov 2018 -- The Ukrainian Navy says Russian forces opened fire on a group of its ships in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula late on November 25, striking two warships and wounding two crew members before seizing the vessels along with a Ukrainian Navy tugboat.
- Ukrainian Forces Pound Donbass Residential Area with Heavy Artillery Sputnik 25 Nov 2018 -- The Ukrainian army on Sunday opened up with massive artillery fire, shelling residential areas of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), an RIA Novosti correspondent has reported.
- Three Ukrainian Naval Ships Depart Kerch Strait, Return to Berdyansk - FSB Sputnik 25 Nov 2018 -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Sunday it has irrefutable evidence that Ukrainian Naval Forces prepared and staged a provocation in the Black Sea.
- Three Ukrainian Navy Ships Crossed Russian Waters, Entered Kerch Strait - FSB Sputnik 25 Nov 2018 -- Three Ukrainian Navy ships crossed into temporarily off-limits Russian territorial waters, moving from the Black Sea to the Kerch Strait, the press service of the FSB's Crimean border department said on Monday.
- Russia Attacks, Seizes 3 Ukrainian Navy Vessels VOA 25 Nov 2018 -- Russia fired on two Ukrainian naval ships and rammed a third vessel in the Black Sea Sunday, accusing the Ukrainians of illegally entering what it claims as its territorial waters.
- Russia Scrambles Warplanes as Ukrainian Navy Moves on Kerch Strait Sputnik 25 Nov 2018 -- The sudden intrusion by the Ukrainian ships prompted Russia to deploy it's naval assets, along with military aircraft and combat helicopters, in order to contain the situation which Russian Federal Security Service described as "provocation."
- Russian FSB Ships Pursue Ukrainian Vessels in Kerch Strait Sputnik 25 Nov 2018 -- Moscow deployed naval and air assets in the Kerch Strait on Sunday after Ukraine sent several ships into Russia's territorial waters in what the Federal Security Service said could only be described as a "provocation" orchestrated by Kiev.
- Ukraine Marks Holodomor Anniversary, U.S. Blasts Russia's 'Ongoing Aggression' RFE/RL 24 Nov 2018 -- Ukraine has marked the 85th anniversary of the Stalin-era famine, known as the Holodomor, in which millions of people died of starvation.
- Poroshenko Says Russia Has No 'Veto' On Ukraine's EU, NATO Bids RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said changing the country's constitution to state Kyiv's aim of joining NATO and the European Union as strategic state goals will send a strong "message" to Moscow that "we are parting completely and irrevocably."
- Ukraine Marks Euromaidan's Fifth Anniversary, Amid Lack Of Prosecutions RFE/RL 21 Nov 2018 -- President Petro Poroshenko headed a delegation of top Ukrainian officials marking the fifth anniversary of the start of the Euromaidan protests, which began a series of events that tilted Ukraine's geopolitical orientation toward the West.
- UK to Send Marines, Warship to Ukraine for Sake of 'Democracy' - Reports Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will reaffirm Britain's commitment to Ukraine during a visit to Kiev.
- Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership UK MOD 21 Nov 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson meets Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak in London
- Hungary Sets Condition For Ukraine's Participation In NATO Meeting RFE/RL 19 Nov 2018 -- Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on November 19 that Budapest will continue to block meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at a ministerial level, amid a diplomatic spat between the two neighbors.
- Ukraine Threatens To Suspend Interpol Membership If Russian Elected President RFE/RL 19 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says his country will consider suspending its membership in Interpol if a Russian official is elected as the international police agency's new chief.
- Ukrainian Ex-President Yanukovych Reportedly Injured Ahead Of Kyiv Court Hearing RFE/RL 18 Nov 2018 -- A lawyer for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says that the ex-leader will not be able to make a final statement to a Kyiv court in his treason trial because of an injury he reportedly sustained on November 16.
- Pompeo: Ukraine Has 'No Greater Friend Than The United States' RFE/RL 17 Nov 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Ukraine has "no greater friend than the United States" in its struggle against "Russian aggression."
- Kremlin Warns It May Act If Ukraine Seizes Ships In Azov Sea RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Russia has warned Ukraine that it may take measures to protect Russian ships crossing the Sea of Azov should Kyiv stop or seize any.
- Separatist Leader In Eastern Ukraine Vows Closer Russia Integration After 'Sham' Polls RFE/RL 15 Nov 2018 -- The newly elected leader of an area controlled by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has promised closer integration with Russia following polls denounced as a sham by Kyiv and the West.
- EU To Sanction Five People Over Ukraine Separatist Vote RFE/RL 15 Nov 2018 -- The European Union is set to add five individuals involved in the organization of the weekend elections in the areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to its sanctions list, according to sources in Brussels.
- Ukraine: Temperatures plunge amid rising humanitarian needs UN News 15 Nov 2018 -- Amidst an ongoing active conflict that seems to have fallen off the international community's radar, temperatures in eastern Ukraine dropping well below zero and leaving millions are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, said the United Nations, calling for support.
- Ukraine ready to counter possible Russia's "aggressive actions" in Black Sea: defense chief People's Daily 13 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said his country stands prepared to counter possible Russia's "aggressive actions" in the Black Sea, Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- Ethnic Russians in Donbass region defy West criticism, re-elect acting leaders Press TV 12 Nov 2018 -- People in eastern Ukraine's ethnic Russian regions have re-elected their acting leaders in a vote viewed as illegal by the Kiev government and its Western allies.
- Condemning Sham "Elections" in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine US Dept. of State 12 Nov 2018-- "The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham "elections" in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine."
- Statement by the NATO Spokesperson on the reported elections in eastern Ukraine NATO 11 Nov 2018 -- NATO does not recognise the reported elections held on 11 November in the self-proclaimed and unrecognised "Luhansk People's Republic" and "Donetsk People's Republic." They run contrary to the letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements and undermine efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
- Ethnic Russians holding elections in eastern Ukraine Press TV 11 Nov 2018 -- Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine are holding elections to choose parliament members and a new leader, amid fresh clashes that have reportedly left two Ukrainian soldiers dead.
- Macron, Merkel, Join International Chorus Condemning Separatist Vote In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Nov 2018 -- France and Germany have called elections by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine "illegal and illegitimate," joining a chorus of international criticism over the vote.
- EU Again Condemns 'Elections' In Separatist-Held Parts Of Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- The European Union has issued a statement rejecting "elections" scheduled for November 11 in the separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine, saying that they are a breach of international law and undermine the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving the conflict in Ukraine.
- Gen. Goldfein meets with Ukrainian air force chief AFNS 09 Nov 2018 -- In the latest example of the strong ties between the U.S. and Ukraine, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein held high-level discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart, Col-Gen. Sergii Drozdov, at the Pentagon, Nov. 8.
- EU Commissioner Urges Ukraine Not To Backpedal On Reforms RFE/RL 09 Nov 2018 -- The EU commissioner in charge of enlargement has urged Ukraine to move forward on reforms, warning against any retreat from such efforts, especially on fighting corruption.
- U.S. imposes new sanctions against Russia People's Daily 09 Nov 2018 -- The United States has imposed new sanctions against individuals and entities supporting Russia's role in Ukraine issue, according to a statement issued by the Department of the Treasury on Thursday.
- US imposes additional sanctions on Russia over Crimea Press TV 08 Nov 2018 -- The United States has slapped additional sanctions on Russian individuals and a company over Crimea's re-integration with Russia in 2014.
- U.S. Sanctions Persons, Entities Over Activities In Russian-Occupied Crimea RFE/RL 08 Nov 2018 -- The United States is imposing a new round of financial sanctions related to Moscow's aggression in Ukraine, focusing on individuals and companies doing business in Russian-annexed Crimea.
- US Sanctions 9 Russian Entities, 3 Individuals Over Crimea - Volker Sputnik 08 Nov 2018 -- The United States is imposing new sanctions against three Russian individuals and nine entities operating in Crimea, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said in a telephone conference on Thursday.
- Treasury Sanctions Officials and Targets Entities Supporting Russia's Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine US Treasury 08 Nov 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today imposed additional sanctions in response to Russia's continuing malign activity and destabilizing behavior by designating three individuals and nine entities under Ukraine-related authorities. These designations include two individuals and one entity engaged in serious human rights abuses under the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (SSIDES), as amended by Section 228 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
- New US Sanctions Hit Russian, Ukrainian Individuals, Entities VOA 08 Nov 2018 -- The United States has announced additional sanctions against a number of Russian and Ukrainian entities tied to Russia's actions in neighboring Ukraine.
- Trump Blames Obama 'Regime' For Ukraine's Loss Of Crimea RFE/RL 07 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump blamed the "regime" of former President Barack Obama for Ukraine's loss of its Crimean Peninsula, which was seized and annexed by Russia in 2014.
- Ukrainian President, Patriarch Bartholomew Sign Cooperation Agreement RFE/RL 03 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have signed an agreement on cooperation and interaction between Kyiv and the Patriarchate of Constantinople that paves the way for the establishment of an independent Ukrainian church, a plan which has angered Moscow.
- Kyiv Patriarch Rejects Property Seizures, Saying They'll Give Kremlin Pretext For Incursions RFE/RL 03 Nov 2018 -- The leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate says steps toward independence from Moscow must be carried out carefully to avoid giving the Kremlin a pretext for further Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory.
- Russia slaps counter-sanctions on Ukraine's political elite, businesses Press TV 01 Nov 2018 -- Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree allowing sweeping financial sanctions against hundreds of Ukrainian politicians and authorities as well as dozens of businesses owned by Ukraine in response to the country's "unfriendly actions" targeting "citizens and legal entities of Russia."
- OSCE Mission's Drone Shot Down After Spotting Russian Missile In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Nov 2018 -- Germany and France say Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine likely shot down a drone being used by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) monitoring mission, and demand that those responsible "be held accountable."
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