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February 2019 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Crowdsourcer In Chief: Ukrainian Funnyman Takes Unorthodox Path To Top Of Presidential Pack RFE/RL 28 Feb 2019 -- Staring straight into his smartphone and speaking in the guttural voice that has helped distinguish him as Ukraine's top funnyman, Volodymyr Zelenskyy asks his 2.7 million Instagram followers: "Who likes when the president appoints his cronies or army comrades to top positions? Why has this been happening for 28 years?"
- Poroshenko Proposes New Anti-Graft Bill After Court Annuls 2015 Law RFE/RL 28 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed fresh legislation to fight corruption, a day after the country's Constitutional Court threw out a previous anti-graft law -- a move that raised concerns the country is backtracking in the battle against corruption.
- Tymoshenko Accuses Parliament's Leadership Of Blocking Presidential Impeachment RFE/RL 28 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian lawmaker and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has accused the leadership of parliament -- the Verkhovna Rada -- of intentionally impeding an impeachment process against President Petro Poroshenko just a month before Ukraine's presidential election.
- Ukraine's Law Enforcement System Broken, Lawmaker Warns VOA 28 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian lawmaker and presidential hopeful Vitaliy Kupriy survived two violent attacks in the past – and he is taking no chances now. One attack involved an assailant coming at him with a hammer.
- Russian Black Sea Fleet Officer, Partner Jailed As Spies For Ukraine RFE/RL 28 Feb 2019 -- Russian authorities say an officer of Russia's Black Sea fleet and his partner have been imprisoned on charges of spying for Ukraine.
- 'Crimea Must Be Returned To Ukraine,' U.S. Tells Russia RFE/RL 27 Feb 2019 -- The United States has reaffirmed that it will maintain sanctions on Russia until it returns control of Crimea to Ukraine, nearly five years after Moscow annexed the peninsula.
- Crimea is Ukraine US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2019 -- "Five years ago, Russia's occupation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula fueled an escalation of Russian aggression. Russia attempted to upend the international order, undermined basic human freedoms, and weakened our common security."
- Weeks Ahead Of Ukraine Vote, Poroshenko Under Fire Over Smuggling Claim RFE/RL 26 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has called for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of treason after a media outlet aired a program alleging that people close to the incumbent enriched themselves by smuggling spare parts for military equipment from Russia.
- Death Toll Up To 13,000 In Ukraine Conflict, Says UN Rights Office RFE/RL 26 Feb 2019 -- Some 13,000 people have been killed, a quarter of them civilians, and as many as 30,000 wounded in the war in eastern Ukraine since it broke out in April 2014, the United Nations says.
- Ukrainian Presidential Hopeful Starts Impeachment Process Against Poroshenko Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- Yulia Tymoshenko, the head of Ukrainian pro-European Batkivshchyna party and a presidential candidate, announced that her party, along with other factions, would launch impeachment proceedings against Petro Poroshenko in light of the publication of a journalistic investigation into large-scale fraud in the country's defence sector.
- From 'Not Us' To 'Why Hide It?': How Russia Denied Its Crimea Invasion, Then Admitted It RFE/RL 26 Feb 2019 -- In the darkness of the morning on February 27, 2014, heavily armed men wearing green uniforms with no identifying insignia stormed the regional parliament in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, and raised the Russian flag atop the building.
- Ex-Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief Of Staff Detained For High Treason RFE/RL 25 Feb 2019 -- The former chief of staff for Ukraine's armed forces has been detained on charges of high treason.
- Poroshenko Wants UN To Move Ahead With Peacekeeping Mission In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the UN secretary-general to draw up options for a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, saying such a mission could be a "decisive factor" in ending the conflict there.
- Ukraine President Signs Constitutional Amendment On NATO, EU Membership RFE/RL 19 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a constitutional amendment committing the country to becoming a member of NATO and the European Union.
- Sources Say EU Ready With Sanctions Over Russia's Detention Of Ukraine Seamen RFE/RL 15 Feb 2019 -- EU diplomats have agreed to impose asset freezes and visa bans on a number of Russians involved in the capture and detention of 24 Ukrainian seamen during an incident near the Kerch Strait in November, several sources familiar with the negotiations who are not authorized to speak on the record have told RFE/RL.
- Ukrainian Official Charged With Ordering Anticorruption Activist's Killing RFE/RL 15 Feb 2019 -- A high-ranking regional official suspected of organizing the killing of Ukrainian anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk last year has been arrested.
- Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan's Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak DoD 14 Feb 2019
- Ukraine Deports Russia-Aligned Priest, Strips Citizenship, In Church Rift RFE/RL 14 Feb 2019 -- Ukraine has taken the extraordinary step of deporting a senior cleric of the Moscow-aligned Orthodox Church and stripping him of his citizenship, marking a political escalation in the historic rift that has shaken the Eastern Orthodox world and further raised tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.
- UN Official Says Peace Negotiations For Ukraine Have 'Lost Momentum' RFE/RL 13 Feb 2019 -- A top UN official said the negotiations aimed at implementing the 2015 Minsk accords and ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine have lost momentum.
- Moscow Court Upholds Prolongation Of Ukrainian Sailors' Pretrial Detentions RFE/RL 12 Feb 2019 -- A Moscow court on February 12 upheld the extension of the pretrial detention of four of 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by Russian forces along with their three naval vessels in November near the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
- 'Banderite' Rebrand: Ukrainian Police Declare Admiration For Nazi Collaborators To Make A Point RFE/RL 11 Feb 2019 -- Across social media, Ukrainian police and law enforcement officials are apologizing for one officer's slur aimed at far-right ultranationalists and making it known: They, too, are "#Banderites." Or, to be clear, supporters of militant Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
- Ukrainian President Vows To Push For EU, NATO Membership As He Launches Reelection Campaign RFE/RL 09 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Kyiv must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia as he officially launched his reelection campaign.
- Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland Give $14 Million To UN Aid For Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 09 Feb 2019 -- The governments of Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland have announced they will pledge some $14 million over the next three years to a UN project to promote social cohesion and strengthen regional governance in eastern Ukraine.
- Russia Agrees To Talks With Netherlands On Downing Of MH17 RFE/RL 08 Feb 2019 -- Moscow is ready to engage in talks with the Netherlands about the 2014 downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko.
- Record 44 Candidates To Run In Ukraine's Presidential Race RFE/RL 08 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian election officials said a record 44 candidates have registered to run in the country's March presidential election.
- Crimea Is Ours: Russia Up In Arms After Google 'Incorrectly' Maps Peninsula RFE/RL 08 Feb 2019 -- Amid threats of being suspended in Russia, Google has become embroiled in a series of disputes with the Kremlin that may be causing the international technology company to bend to Moscow's pressure and adhere to its growing demands.
- Ukrainian Parliament Passes Constitutional Amendment To Reflect EU, NATO Aspirations RFE/RL 07 Feb 2019 -- The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has approved in its final reading a constitutional amendment that reflects the country's strategic goal of becoming a member of NATO and the European Union.
- After Slip In Polls, Tymoshenko Goes Low In Ukraine Campaigning RFE/RL 07 Feb 2019 -- As she slipped from the top spot in preelection polls, Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has offered explosive and seemingly unsubstantiated claims this week in an apparent effort to climb back atop an expanding field.
- Ukraine Moves To Bar Election Monitors From 'Aggressor State' Russia RFE/RL 07 Feb 2019 -- Ukrainian lawmakers have voted to ban Russian citizens from serving as election monitors in the country.
- EU To Call For Ukraine Support Ahead Of Elections, In Document Seen By RFE/RL RFE/RL 07 Feb 2019 -- Eighteen European Union member states have called on the bloc to be "ready to act" in support of Ukraine in case Russian tries to undermine the country's presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, according to a document seen by RFE/RL.
- 'Lies And Hatred': Ukrainian Ex-President Yanukovych Slams Treason Conviction, Blames Europe RFE/RL 06 Feb 2019 -- Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's pro-Russia former president, has again rejected his conviction by a Ukrainian court on charges of high treason over attempts to quash a 2014 pro-Western uprising known as the Maidan protests.
- Ukraine Opens Treason Probe Against Pro-Russian Politician RFE/RL 05 Feb 2019 -- Authorities in Ukraine say they are investigating allegations that Viktor Medvedchuk, a shadowy Ukrainian political operative with close personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has committed high treason and sought to undermine the country's territorial integrity.
- Ukraine Election Commission Receives 83 Filings For Presidential Candidates RFE/RL 04 Feb 2019 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) has completed acceptance of registration documents for the March 31 presidential election, saying 83 candidates have put forth their names.
- Ukrainian Orthodox Church Enthrones Epifaniy As Leader RFE/RL 03 Feb 2019 -- The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) has installed its first metropolitan, Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Kyiv on February 3, in a process that further establishes the new church body's independence.
- UN Needs $162M for Most Vulnerable in E. Ukraine This Year VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- The United Nations is appealing for $162 million to provide protection and life-saving assistance to 2.3 million of the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine, which is in its fifth year of civil war.
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