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October 2020 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Ukraine's President, Top Court Clash Over Anti-Corruption Ruling RFE/RL 30 Oct 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Constitutional Court have clashed over a ruling to abolish some anti-corruption laws, as hundreds of protesters gathered in the streets of Kyiv over the decision.
- Ukraine Gas Chief Urges U.S. To Add More Sanctions Against Russian Pipeline RFE/RL 30 Oct 2020 -- Ukraine's natural-gas chief has urged the United States to expand sanctions aimed at stopping construction of a nearly complete Russian energy pipeline that would bring gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
- G7 'Alarmed' By Ukraine 'Undoing' Anti-Graft Reforms RFE/RL 29 Oct 2020 -- The Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries says it is "alarmed" by the rollback of reforms in Ukraine after the Constitutional Court stripped the country's anti-corruption agency of some of its critical powers.
- Ukraine's Top Court Deals Critical Blow To Anti-Corruption Agency RFE/RL 28 Oct 2020 -- Ukraine's Constitutional Court has stripped the country's anti-corruption agency of some of its critical powers.
- U.S. Congressional Ukraine Caucus Worried Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill Could Be Dropped RFE/RL 28 Oct 2020 -- Members of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus are concerned a U.S. bill to expand sanctions on a Russian natural-gas pipeline to Europe could be dropped from the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
- Monitors Say Ukraine's Local Vote Was Generally Transparent, Cite 'Widespread' Allegations Of Vote-Buying RFE/RL 26 Oct 2020 -- International observers say local elections in Ukraine, in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Servant Of The People party appear to have suffered a blow, were "well-organized and transparent," but cite concerns such as "widespread" allegations of vote-buying and lack of objectivity in the domestic media.
- Hold Your Tongue: School Incident Plays Into Sensitive Issue Of Language In Ukraine RFE/RL 25 Oct 2020 -- For a speaker of either language, it may be hard to listen to the recording without wincing: An elementary-school art teacher in Odesa berates a pupil for responding in Ukrainian, rather than Russian, quickly driving her to tears in front of her classmates.
- Ukrainians Vote In Historic Local Elections RFE/RL 25 Oct 2020 -- Voters across Ukraine have cast ballots in local elections held under a new Electoral Code that decentralizes power from Kyiv to local governing bodies.
- Ukrainians Go to the Polls in Historic Local Elections VOA 25 Oct 2020 -- Voters across Ukraine are casting ballots in local elections being held under a new Electoral Code that decentralizes power from Kyiv to local governing bodies.
- 'New Faces' For Ukraine: Local Elections Mark A Big Step Toward Decentralization Of Power RFE/RL 24 Oct 2020 -- In Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's hometown of Kryviy Rih, 440 kilometers south of Kyiv, things are about to change - as they are across the country.
- 'Suspects Involved In Downing Ukrainian Plane Over Tehran Face Three Years In Jail' Radio Farda 23 Oct 2020 -- Ukraine's Prosecutor-General is seeking a sentence of "three years in prison" for the suspects involved in the downing of a Ukrainian plane outside Tehran.
- Caught in America's Election Battle, Ukraine Hopes for More US Military Support VOA 21 Oct 2020 -- Ukrainians are watching with added interest as Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden enter the final days of the U.S. presidential race. Ukraine has taken on huge strategic importance for the United States and its NATO allies since Ukraine's ongoing 2014 war with Russia, while allegations of corruption linked to Ukraine continue to cloud the election campaign.
- Next round of Iran-Ukraine talks on plane crash due in Kiev in November IRNA 21 Oct 2020 -- Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Manouchahr Moradi said on Wednesday that the third round of Iran-Ukraine talks on January 8 crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane will be held in November in Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
- We Seek the Truth, Says the Head of Ukrainian Delegation in Tehran Radio Farda 21 Oct 2020 -- Under no circumstances will Ukraine accept money in exchange for covering up the truth, the head of the Ukrainian delegation in Tehran, Yevhenii Yenin, told Radio Farda.
- Zelenskiy Says Those Who Gave Up Crimea Without A Fight Must Be Held Responsible RFE/RL 20 Oct 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says those who allowed Russia to illegally annex Crimea in early 2014 must be held responsible.
- Iranian, Ukrainian diplomats hold new round of political talks ISNA 20 Oct 2020 -- Ranking diplomats from Iran and Ukraine held the second round of political talks between the two countries in Tehran.
- Iran to release its report on Ukraine plane crash soon: Deputy FM Press TV 20 Oct 2020 -- A deputy Iranian foreign minister says the Islamic Republic will soon release its report on the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January, saying the country has done its utmost to ensure that the report avoids all bias.
- Iran, Ukraine start 2nd round of talks on plane crash in Tehran IRNA 19 Oct 2020 -- Iranian and Ukrainian officials started the second round of talks on the passenger plane crash on October 19 expected to continue until October 21.
- Cooperation key to success in Ukraine plane crash talks: Zarif Press TV 19 Oct 2020 -- Iran's foreign minister says cooperation among all the involved parties is key to the success of ongoing talks over the unintentional shooting down of a Ukrainian plane by the Iranian air defense in January.
- Iran, Ukraine In New Round Of Talks Over Downed Plane RFE/RL 19 Oct 2020 -- Iran is hosting officials from Ukraine in a second round of talks over compensation for a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January after being struck by two missiles, killing 176 people.
- Russia to abandon trilateral MH17 talks, calls investigation biased People's Daily 16 Oct 2020 -- Russia will no longer participate in the trilateral consultations on the downing of the MH17 flight in 2014, describing them as biased and meaningless, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
- Russia leaves MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia for anti-Moscow bias Press TV 16 Oct 2020 -- The Dutch and Australian governments have urged Russia to return to negotiations over its alleged involvement in the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airline flight over Ukraine after Moscow withdrew from the talks while accusing it of being "biased" and "politicized" against Russia.
- Switzerland Imposes Sanctions Against Russian Entities Over Crimean Bridge Construction Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- Switzerland has adopted sanctions against Russian individuals and companies involved in the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait that connected the Crimean Peninsula with continental Russia, the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs said on Friday.
- Russia Halts Talks On MH17, Dutch Say They 'Regret' Kremlin Move RFE/RL 15 Oct 2020 -- Russia says it has decided to halt consultations with Australia and the Netherlands on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight over eastern Ukraine more than six years ago, after the Dutch government took Russia to court in July for its alleged role in the tragedy.
- Russia Urged To Stop Forced Military Conscription, Other Violations of International Law In Crimea RFE/RL 15 Oct 2020 -- The European Union has denounced forced military conscription of residents in the Russian-occupied Crimea region and called on Moscow to "stop all violations of international law" in the peninsula.
- Ex-U.S. Diplomat Steps Down From Naftogaz Board, Citing Ukrainian Corruption Concerns RFE/RL 13 Oct 2020 -- A former U.S. State Department official said he is stepping down from the supervisory board of Ukraine's state-owned gas company amid concerns about a slowdown in reform and creeping corruption.
- Suburban Chicago Businessman Charged with Illegally Exporting Arms to Ukraine US Dept. of Justice 09 Oct 2020 -- A suburban Chicago businessman has been indicted on federal criminal charges for allegedly illegally exporting gun parts and other defense articles from the United States to a company in Ukraine.
- Britain, Ukraine Sign Partnership Deal With Eye On Russia's 'Malign Influence' RFE/RL 08 Oct 2020 -- Britain and Ukraine have signed a bilateral agreement to support Kyiv's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's "malign influence," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office says.
- From Portsmouth to Odesa, UK and Ukraine naval cooperation on show as Ukrainian President visits HMS Prince of Wales UK MOD 08 Oct 2020 -- The UK and Ukraine underlined their commitment to future defence cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Intent on Wednesday aboard aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.
- In The Cross Fire: Ukraine's Outsized Role In The Race For The White House RFE/RL 04 Oct 2020 -- Ukraine's role in the U.S. presidential campaign has been more a matter of politics than of policy.
- Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko Hospitalized With COVID-19 Related Pneumonia RFE/RL 03 Oct 2020 -- Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia after he tested positive for COVID-19, his wife said on October 3.
- EU Sanctions Russian Entities, Individuals Responsible For Kerch Strait Rail Bridge RFE/RL 01 Oct 2020 -- The European Union on October 1 announced asset freezes on four companies and two individuals responsible for the construction of the Kerch Strait railway bridge.
- Ukraine, U.S. Forces train for urban operations Army News 01 Oct 2020 -- Armed Forces Ukraine Soldiers honed their urban operations skills as Task Force Illini advisors lent their expertise at Combat Training Center- Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 30.
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