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November 2019 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Chief of Ukraine's Naftogaz Says Ready to Consider Gazprom's Proposals to Repay $3 Billion Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's Naftogaz is prepared to discuss with Russia's Gazprom how the Russian gas giant plans to repay its nearly $3 billion debt to the Ukrainian gas company, as well as possible compensation Gazprom would pay Naftogaz for Kiev to drop its $12.2 billion claims, Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko said.
- Russian woman arrested on suspicion of spying for Ukraine in Crimea Press TV 29 Nov 2019 -- Russia says it has arrested a woman in Crimea for allegedly trying to obtain Russian military secrets on behalf of the Ukrainian government.
- Russia Detains Woman Suspected Of Spying For Ukraine In Crimea RFE/RL 29 Nov 2019 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says a Russian woman has been detained on suspicion of state treason for allegedly spying for Ukraine in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.
- Russian Black Sea Fleet Staffer Spying for Ukraine Detained in Sevastopol - Lawmaker Sputnik 29 Nov 2019 -- A Russian woman who tried to obtain national secret military information at the request of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has been detained in Russia's southern city of Sevastopol, the country's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday.
- Kremlin Aide: Putin-Zelenskiy Tete-A-Tete 'Likely' At Paris Summit RFE/RL 28 Nov 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is "likely" for the first time to have a face-to-face dialogue with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy next month in Paris, where a summit is planned with the leaders of France and Germany aimed at resolving the armed Donbas conflict.
- Lviv Mayor To Appeal Ukraine Bail Ruling In Abuse-Of-Office Case RFE/RL 28 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's High Anti-Corruption Court on November 27 set bail at $44,000 for Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy, who is accused of abusing his office in a case involving construction of an industrial park, dispossessing land, and causing nearly $4 million in damages to the state.
- Ukraine's Central Bank Accuses Kolomoyskiy Of Campaign To 'Create Chaos' RFE/RL 27 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's central bank has accused tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy of organizing an attack on it and spreading "lies" in the media to "create chaos" at the institution.
- Naftogaz CEO Touts Ukraine's First Receipt Of U.S. Liquefied Gas RFE/RL 27 Nov 2019 -- The head of the state-owned Naftogaz oil and gas conglomerate, Andriy Kobolyev, has lauded the fourth consecutive year that Ukraine hasn't imported natural gas from its neighbor, Russia.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Offers Award For 'Godfather' Of Smugglers RFE/RL 27 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy acknowledged on November 26 that an Odesa businessman and reputed trafficker managed to evade capture during a police roundup of 10 suspects related to a corruption case in the State Customs Service.
- U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity US Dept. of State 27 Nov 2019
- Ex-'Mayor' Of Separatist-Controlled Town Was Ukraine Informant RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- The former "mayor" of Horlivka, a town in the Donetsk region controlled by Russian-backed separatists, has been a Ukrainian military intelligence agent.
- Ukrainian Soccer Association Seeks Probe Into Millions Of Allegedly Embezzled UEFA Funds RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian soccer's governing body has called on law enforcement agencies to investigate its former president, who is now a lawmaker, on suspicion of embezzling up to 380 million euros ($418 million).
- Ukrainian Forces in Donbass Claim Being Attacked 3 Times During Day Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The Ukrainian Joint Forces operating in Donbass claimed on Sunday that their positions had been shot three times by alleged Russian armed groups.
- Ukraine's Naftogaz CEO Ready For Closed Door Testimony in US in Giuliani Probe - Report Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The CEO of Ukraine's energy giant Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev, is, if asked, reportedly ready to testify in the federal US probe launched by investigators earlier this year against US President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, over alleged financial campaign violations and illegal lobbying.
- Analysts See Pitfalls for Ukraine in Coming Peace Talks VOA 23 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian officials are warily watching the U.S. impeachment inquiry as they prepare for a crucial four-way negotiation with Russia, France and Germany next month.
- Ukrainians Mark Anniversary Of Movement That Drove Out Pro-Moscow President RFE/RL 22 Nov 2019 -- Several thousand Ukrainians rallied in Kyiv and other cities to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the pro-democracy protests that eventually led the Moscow-backed president to flee the country.
- In Symbolic Move, Ukraine's Zelenskiy Opens Rebuilt Bridge In War-Torn East RFE/RL 21 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a symbolic move that highlights efforts to rebuild Ukraine's war-torn east, has reopened a bridge in the Luhansk region that has sat in ruins the past four years.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Names Four Key Issues For Upcoming Peace Summit on Donbas RFE/RL 21 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said he will advance four key issues during an upcoming four-way meeting with the leaders of Germany, France, and Russia on a potential peace settlement in the Donbas conflict.
- Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs Over Condition of Returned Naval Ships VOA 21 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine says three captured naval vessels returned by Russia earlier this week were in poor condition and stripped of key components.
- Russia Arrests Soldier Suspected Of Spying For Ukraine RFE/RL 21 Nov 2019 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a military serviceman on suspicion of spying on behalf of Ukraine in the Rostov region.
- Ukrainian Navy Says Moscow Returned Three Ships To Kyiv In Bad Condition RFE/RL 20 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's navy says that the three ships captured by Russia almost a year ago and released on November 19 have been returned in very poor condition and are not able to make it back to port under their own power.
- Germany's Maas Cancels Trip To Donbas Front Line Ahead Of Peace Summit RFE/RL 19 Nov 2019 -- Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has canceled a trip to the front line of the Donbas conflict in eastern Ukraine due to adverse weather conditions, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
- Zelenskiy Appoints U.S. Lawyer As Adviser Amid Outreach To Ukrainian Diaspora RFE/RL 18 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a U.S.-born lawyer as an adviser with a mandate to build relations with ethnic Ukrainians living abroad.
- Ukrainian Investigators Want Ex-President Poroshenko's Immunity To Be Stripped RFE/RL 18 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigations (DBR), a newly established law enforcement body tasked with investigating high-level crimes, has requested that former President Petro Poroshenko be stripped of immunity.
- France Says Return Of Ukrainian Ships Builds 'Trust' Ahead Of Putin-Zelenskiy Summit RFE/RL 18 Nov 2019 -- France has welcomed Russia's return of three Ukrainian naval vessels that were seized by Moscow in the Black Sea last year, saying that the move would facilitate a planned December summit in Paris on resolving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
- Head Of Ukraine State Import-Export Bank Arrested On Money-Laundering Charges RFE/RL 18 Nov 2019 -- Officers of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) have arrested the chairman of the state-owned Ukreximbank, Oleksandr Hrytsenko, on suspicion of creating an organized crime group, embezzlement, and money laundering.
- Ukraine Court Releases Head Of State Bank Suspected Of Money Laundering Amid IMF Visit RFE/RL 18 Nov 2019 -- A Kyiv court on November 18 released the chairman of a Ukrainian state-owned bank accused of money laundering while setting bail at $120,000 that the suspect must pay in five weeks.
- Russia Returns Seized Ukrainian Naval Vessels VOA 18 Nov 2019 -- Russia has returned three captured Ukrainian navy ships, in what is being billed as a goodwill gesture to Kyiv ahead of international peace talks aimed at ending the war between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east.
- Kremlin Adviser Says Summit On Ukraine Conflict May Happen In 2019 RFE/RL 17 Nov 2019 -- A senior Kremlin adviser said that a major summit aimed at resolving the more-than-five-year-old conflict in Ukraine could be held before the end of the year.
- Impounded Ukraine Vessels Held By Russia Disembark For Handover RFE/RL 17 Nov 2019 -- Russia plans to return three seized Ukrainian naval vessels sometime within the next 24 hours, the press service of the border-security unit of the Federal Security Service (FSB) told Interfax.
- Russia Never Denied It Could Return Ukrainian Warships Seized During Kerch Strait Incident - Moscow Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- On November 25, 2018, Russia's Federal Security Service seized three Ukrainian Navy ships after the vessels illegally entered Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait and proceeded to engage in dangerous manoeuvres while on route from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol.
- Ukrainian Cabinet OKs Purchase of 20 Patrol Ships From France to Boost Border Security Sputnik 16 Nov 2019 -- The Ukrainian government has green-lighted a project to boost the maritime border security that will see the country purchase 20 patrol vessels from French shipbuilding company OCEA within three years, the Interior Ministry said.
- Putin, Zelenskiy To Meet Next Month To Discuss Ukraine Conflict RFE/RL 15 Nov 2019 -- The French presidency says Paris will host a four-way summit on December 9 seeking to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, following months of diplomatic efforts to get all sides to agree on new talks.
- Ukraine Detains Top Islamic State Commander RFE/RL 15 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's main security agency says it has arrested a key figure in the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
- Arms Depot Blasts Kill Two Ukrainian Soldiers, Injure Four RFE/RL 15 Nov 2019 -- Two Ukrainian mining engineers have been killed and another four injured in explosions at an arms depot near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine's military says.
- Two Sappers Killed in Explosion at Ammunition Depot in Ukraine - General Staff Sputnik 15 Nov 2019 -- Several people were injured in an explosion during the liquidation of an ammunition depot in the city of Balakliya in eastern Ukraine, according to spokesman for the Ukrainian General Staff Bogdan Senik.
- Ukraine To Fire Prosecutor Who Led Probes Into Burisma Holdings RFE/RL 14 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka says the prosecutor who led investigations into a local gas company where Joe Biden's son served on the board will be fired.
- Dutch-Led Investigators Probing MH17 Crash Release New Russia-Linked Intercepts RFE/RL 14 Nov 2019 -- The Dutch-led team investigating the 2014 downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine has released new phone intercepts, saying they show ties between Russian military and political officials and separatists in eastern Ukraine were much closer than previously known.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Signs Law On Corruption Whistle-Blowers RFE/RL 14 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a corruption-whistle-blower law that parliament adopted last month.
- Ukraine Moves To Lift Ban On Farmland Sale RFE/RL 13 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's parliament has passed a bill in its first reading to remove a ban on the sale of farmland, a move supported by the country's foreign backers and hailed by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk as a step away from "feudalism."
- Ukrainian Detectives Detain Bribery Suspect In Presidential Office RFE/RL 13 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian anti-corruption detectives on November 12 have detained the head of one of the main departments at the presidential office for allegedly demanding a $300,000 bribe, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) said on Facebook.
- Six Crimeans Get Lengthy Prison Terms On Extremism Charges RFE/RL 12 Nov 2019 -- A Russian court has handed lengthy prison terms to six men from Ukraine's Crimea region, five of whom are Crimean Tatars, for being members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group.
- Kremlin Lukewarm On Zelenskiy Meeting Proposal By Former Kazakh President RFE/RL 12 Nov 2019 -- Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has proposed face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to ease tensions between the two countries as a conflict pitting Kyiv against pro-Russia separatists rages in eastern Ukraine.
- High-Ranking Ukrainian Defense Official Arrested In Faulty-Bulletproof-Vest Case RFE/RL 12 Nov 2019 -- A Kyiv court during a custody hearing on November 11 ordered a major general at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to six months in pretrial detention or be released on bail set at $3.1 million in a public-procurement embezzlement case involving substandard bulletproof vests.
- Ukraine Ex-Central Bank Official Among Seven Detained Over Loan To Troubled Bank RFE/RL 12 Nov 2019 -- The former first deputy chairman of the central bank is among seven people who have been detained on suspicion of embezzling $49 million that was part of a loan the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) gave to stabilize a struggling bank owned by one of the country's biggest agricultural producers.
- Ukrainian Forces, Separatists Complete Pullback From Frontline Area RFE/RL 11 Nov 2019 -- Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists say they have completed a pullback of troops and weapons from a frontline area in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine army, pro-Russians launch last phase of withdrawal from eastern regions Press TV 09 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia forces have launched the last phase of withdrawal from conflict-ridden regions in eastern Ukraine amid hopes that a complete pullout can usher in key talks between the two countries.
- Moscow Expects UN Court To Reject Ukraine's Terrorism-Financing Complaints Against Russia RFE/RL 09 Nov 2019 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says it expects the International Court of Justice to "take full regard" of the Kremlin's arguments in a case filed against Russia by Kyiv and will "eventually reject all of Ukraine's claims."
- Ukrainian Forces, Russia-Backed Separatists Begin Pullback From Donetsk Village RFE/RL 09 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine's military says its forces and Russia-backed separatists have begun a planned pullback in a village in eastern Ukraine, a key condition that could lead to a peace summit.
- Moscow Hopes ICJ to Reject Ukraine's Claims in Lawsuit Against Russia Over Donbass, Crimea Sputnik 09 Nov 2019 -- Moscow expects the International Court of Justice to turn down claims made by Ukraine against Russia over the latter's alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
- Militia of Donetsk People's Republic Starts Troops Disengagement Near Petrivske Sputnik 09 Nov 2019 -- The people's militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) began disengaging forces on a site near the contact line in the Donbass near the village of Petrivske, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.
- UN Court Rules It Can Judge Ukrainian Complaints Against Russia RFE/RL 08 Nov 2019 -- The International Court of Justice has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear Kyiv's terrorism-financing complaint against Russia over Moscow's activities in eastern Ukraine.
- Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations UN News 08 Nov 2019 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.
- 5 Things to Know About the U.S.-Ukraine Defense Relationship DoD News 07 Nov 2019 -- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura K. Cooper and Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Alina Frolova co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Defense Consultations today in Kyiv.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Says Potential U.S. Buyer For Aeronautics Firm Motor Sich News To Him RFE/RL 07 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy first heard of reported U.S. interest in buying the country's only and one of the world's top makers of engines for military cargo aircraft and helicopters by reading the news.
- Lithuanian FM: Russia 'Biggest Obstacle' To Ukraine Peace RFE/RL 05 Nov 2019 -- Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says Russia represents the biggest obstacle to the peace process in Ukraine, as it misleadingly represents itself as a "neutral party" in the conflict.
- Amid Shelling, School Evacuated Near Ukrainian Town Where Troops Withdrew Ahead Of Peace Talks RFE/RL 05 Nov 2019 -- A primary school has been evacuated amid an artillery barrage 13 kilometers from Zolote, a town in the easternmost Luhansk region where Ukraine and Moscow-backed separatists have withdrawn their forces ahead of a pending summit to find peace in the Donbas conflict.
- Kyiv Plans To Boost Defense Spending To $9 Billion As Peace Talks Remain Elusive RFE/RL 05 Nov 2019 -- Ukraine plans to increase annual spending on defense and security next year by 16 percent to more than $9 billion even as Kyiv gradually moves forward to securing talks to end the Donbas conflict in the eastern part of the country.
- HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law RFE/RL 02 Nov 2019 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Russian authorities are continuing to conscript men in occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces in violation of international law.
- Kyiv Says Date For Four-Way Peace Talks Depends Upon Russia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko says the timing of a four-way summit aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine depends upon Russia.
- Ukraine Parliament Votes To Arrest Fellow Lawmaker On Embezzlement Charges RFE/RL 01 Nov 2019 -- Sixty-two days after being sworn in, Ukraine's new parliament on October 31 voted in a lengthy procedure to arrest one of its own members on suspicion of masterminding a million-dollar embezzlement scheme.
- Moscow Accuses NATO of Intensifying Tensions in Ukraine, Acting Destructively Sputnik 01 Nov 2019 -- NATO acts destructively and contributes to rising domestic tensions in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Friday, commenting on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's recent visit to the country.
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