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April 2020 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Some Citizens Chafe, Businesses Push Back As COVID-19 Lockdown Lengthens In Ukraine RFE/RL 30 Apr 2020 -- Bohdan Starchenko's job - head barman at Hangover, a popular Kyiv nightclub - is hardly one conducive to social distancing. And when Ukraine first introduced self-isolation measures on March 12, he suddenly lost it, at least temporarily: the club closed its doors and the entire staff was sent on unpaid leave.
- Yanukovych Ready to Cooperate With Ukraine's Investigators on Euromaidan Killings, Lawyer Says Sputnik 30 Apr 2020 -- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is ready to cooperate with Ukrainian investigators regarding the killings during the Euromaidan protests in 2014, lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk said on Thursday.
- Reports: Top Russian FSB General Linked To 2014 MH17 Disaster Over Ukraine RFE/RL 29 Apr 2020 -- Open-source researchers have linked a top general in Russia's main security and intelligence agency to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine Continues Fighting Fires Near Defunct Chernobyl Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 27 Apr 2020 -- Firefighters in Ukraine continue to battle a series of fires near the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant nearly a month after they broke out.
- UN Says Consequences Remain More Than Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster RFE/RL 26 Apr 2020 -- The United Nations says persistent and serious long-term consequences remain more than 30 years after the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
- Bushfires in Chernobyl Area Destroy Over 27,200 Acres of Forest - Ukrainian President Sputnik 26 Apr 2020 -- Ongoing bushfires in the exclusion zone near the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant have destroyed more than 11,000 hectares (27,200 acres) of forest, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday, exactly 34 years after the worst nuclear disaster in history.
- Zelenskiy's First Year: He Promised Sweeping Changes. How's He Doing? RFE/RL 25 Apr 2020 -- A year ago, a beaming Volodymyr Zelenskiy strolled into his campaign headquarters to the theme song of the popular TV sitcom in which he played an accidental president. Confetti showered from the rafters and a crowd of supporters erupted in applause. He had just won Ukraine's presidential runoff election with 73 percent of the vote, the largest tally in the country's history.
- Ukraine's Job Offer To Saakashvili Angers Georgia RFE/RL 24 Apr 2020 -- The government of Georgia, led by former President Mikheil Saakashvili's longtime foes, has voiced objection to his possible appointment to the post of deputy prime minister of Ukraine, saying such a move would negatively affect relations between the two countries.
- Chernobyl forest fire still smoldering as nearly 1,400 rescuers work at site People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- A total of 1343 rescuers and 299 vehicles are still working on putting out the smoldering remaining at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) stated on its official website on Tuesday.
- Ukraine Offers Saakashvili Post Of Deputy Prime Minister RFE/RL 22 Apr 2020 -- Ukraine's government has offered former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili the post of deputy prime minister to supervise reforms.
- Counted Out: Separatist-Held Areas Of Eastern Ukraine Don't Factor In Global Coronavirus Tally, But Face 'Considerable' Threat RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- In a far corner of Eastern Europe lies a war-torn territory roughly the size of Belgium and occupied by around 4 million people where coronavirus cases aren't being counted in global tallies, yet health experts warn the situation there is bad and likely to grow worse.
- Firefighters Battle New Blazes In Ukraine's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- More than 1,000 firefighters have been sent to extinguish new fires that broke out in the radiation-contaminated area around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant.
- UN, EU, US Welcome Release, Exchange of Prisoners in E. Ukraine VOA 17 Apr 2020 -- The United Nations, the European Union and the United States welcomed the release and exchange of prisoners in eastern Ukraine, which has been torn by a 6-year-old armed conflict.
- Arrested Top Ukrainian Security Officer 'Planned Interior Minister's Assassination' RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- A top security official in Ukraine who was arrested for alleged collaboration with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is suspected in plotting the assassination of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
- Ukraine, pro-Russia forces start first 2020 prisoner swap Press TV 16 Apr 2020 -- The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine have started the first prisoner swap in 2020 as part of measures aimed at easing tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
- Ukraine, Russia-Backed Separatists Begin New Round In Prisoner Swap RFE/RL 16 Apr 2020 -- Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country have begun another prisoner swap.
- Russia Claims To Break Up Ukrainian Spy Group In Annexed Crimea RFE/RL 15 Apr 2020 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) claims to have uncovered a Ukrainian intelligence "sabotage and terrorism" group in annexed Crimea that included a female Russian military officer who allegedly divulged "state secrets."
- Ukrainian Spies Trying to Stage Terror Attacks Enlist Russians Detained in Crimea - Security Service Sputnik 15 Apr 2020 -- Russian law enforcers have detained in Crimea a group of Ukrainian intelligence officers recruiting Russians, trying to organise terror attacks and to steal information containing state secrets, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Official Says Wildfires In Chernobyl Area Extinguished RFE/RL 14 Apr 2020 -- Emergency crews have extinguished wildfires that had been burning near the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
- Fire in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Put Out, Several Days Needed to Douse Afterburn - Emergency Service Sputnik 14 Apr 2020 -- Hundreds of Ukrainian firefighters and local volunteers have been involved in extinguishing forest fires in the abandoned regions surrounding the site of the infamous nuclear disaster.
- Top Ukrainian Security Official Detained For Alleged Collaboration With Russia's FSB RFE/RL 14 Apr 2020 -- The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says one of its top officials has been detained on suspicion of collaborating with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Ukraine Wildfires Approach Chernobyl Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 13 Apr 2020 -- Fires raging for more than a week in Ukraine are less than a kilometer from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but emergency services say the situation is under control.
- Ukraine's Emergency Services Continue to Battle Chernobyl Wildfires 1 Week On Sputnik 12 Apr 2020 -- WIldfires in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone continue to rage one week into emergency service's efforts to contain them and after hundreds of tonnes of water was sprayed onto the blaze, the State Emergency Service (SES) said Sunday.
- On The Front Line In Ukraine, Soldiers Brace To Fight A Silent, Deadly Enemy RFE/RL 09 Apr 2020 -- Ukraine's war-weary soldiers have fought a grinding trench war against Russia-backed forces for six years. By now, said Bohdan Petryk, a soldier in the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade based near the eastern city of Volnovakha, they know their enemy's tricks, they can sense when an assault is coming, and they know how to defend themselves.
- Ukraine, Russia-Backed Separatists Agree On Pre-Easter Prisoner Swap RFE/RL 09 Apr 2020 -- Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country have agreed to another prisoner swap ahead of Orthodox Easter celebrations.
- Procurement Nightmare: The Wasted Weeks Of Ukraine's Coronavirus Response RFE/RL 08 Apr 2020 -- When the coronavirus began bearing down on Ukraine in early March, Arsen Zhumadilov was in a key position to take action -- and he thought he was ready.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Phone Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andrii Taran DoD 08 Apr 2020
- Level of Radiation in Ukraine's Chernobyl Spikes Above Normal Rate Amid Forest Fires - Lawmaker Sputnik 06 Apr 2020 -- Ukrainian firefighters continue to combat a fire that originated in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, established after the nuclear disaster of 1986, with the fire reportedly covering 20 hectares.
- Ukraine Says Fire Extinguished Near Contaminated Site Of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- Emergency authorities in Ukraine say there are no signs of any fire still burning in the uninhabited exclusion zone around the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant after firefighters mobilized to put out a blaze.
- Ukraine Says It Uncovered Spy Channel Between Naval Officer, Russia's FSB RFE/RL 01 Apr 2020 -- Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) says it has breached an espionage communication channel between a high-ranking Ukrainian naval officer and staff from Russia's main spy agency, the FSB, in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.
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