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March 2021 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Kyiv To Close Schools, Kindergartens, Restrict Transport Amid Sharp Rise In Infections, Deaths RFE/RL 31 Mar 2021 -- Kyiv authorities say they will close schools and kindergartens and restrict public transport from April 5, as the Ukrainian capital faces a dramatic rise in coronavirus infections and related deaths.
- Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary Among States With Highest Number Of ECHR Cases RFE/RL 31 Mar 2021 -- The Council of Europe says states across the continent last year continued to make "progress" on implementing judgments from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) despite the coronavirus pandemic.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba US Dept. of State 31 Mar 2021
- U.S. General Calls Ukrainian, Russian Counterparts Over Reported Russian Troop Movements RFE/RL 31 Mar 2021 -- A top U.S. general called his counterparts in Russia and Ukraine on March 31 amid reports of a buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine's border and in Crimea, the Pentagon confirmed on March 31.
- Canada Sanctions 2 Individuals, 4 Entities Over Crimea Rejoining Russia Sputnik 29 Mar 2021 -- Canada has imposed sanctions on two Russian executives and four entities in response to the decision of the people of Crimea to rejoin Russia, Global Affairs Canada said on Monday.
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Call with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine The White House 29 Mar 2021
- Ukraine's President Sacks Constitutional Court Head In Deepening Crisis Over Anti-Graft Reform RFE/RL 27 Mar 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has dismissed two judges from the Constitutional Court, deepening a feud with the top court over anti-graft reform.
- Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed By Separatist Shelling RFE/RL 26 Mar 2021 -- The Ukrainian military says four of its soldiers have been killed in shelling in the country's east, where fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 13,000 people since April 2014.
- US Cargo Ship Carrying 350 Tonnes of Military Equipment Docks in Ukraine's Odessa, Reports Say Sputnik 25 Mar 2021 -- A US cargo ship docked in Ukraine's Odessa port carrying 350 tonnes of military equipment and vehicles for the country's armed forces, local media reported on Thursday.
- Ukraine, Bulgaria Report Record-High COVID-19 Deaths, Infections RFE/RL 24 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine has reported a record daily number of coronavirus-related deaths, while Bulgaria registered the highest daily rate of infections since the start of the pandemic, as European countries battle a new wave of COVID-19 cases.
- Ukraine Places Sanctions On Dozens Of Russian Officials, Entities RFE/RL 24 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine has placed sanctions on dozens of Russian officials and entities, including businesses and media.
- Ukraine Welcomes Chinese With New Visa-Free Regime RFE/RL 24 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine has introduced a temporary visa-free regime for Chinese tourists.
- Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada to NATO Headquarters NATO 22 Mar 2021 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea GeoanÄ welcomed the Chairman of the Verkhova Rada of Ukraine, Dmytro Razumkov, to NATO Headquarters on Monday (22 March 2021).
- Ukrainian Court Seizes Aerospace Company Motor Sich From Chinese Investors RFE/RL 20 Mar 2021 -- A Ukrainian court has seized the assets and all shares of aerospace company Motor Sich, one of the world's largest producers of engines for helicopters and planes.
- Ukraine Slaps Sanctions On Ex-President Yanukovych, Ex-PM Azarov, And Others RFE/RL 20 Mar 2021 -- Ukrainian security and defense officials have imposed sanctions against exiled former President Viktor Yanukovych, ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and nearly two dozen other individuals active under the administration that fell when Yanukovych fled to Russia under pressure from street protests in 2014.
- Ukrainian PM Reiterates Kyiv's Plans To Join EU, NATO RFE/RL 19 Mar 2021 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says his country has accelerated reforms as it continues to move toward its goal of membership in the European Union and NATO.
- Meeting on socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol President of Russia 18 Mar 2021 -- Vladimir Putin held a meeting on the socio-economic development of the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol, via videoconference.
- Meeting with public representatives of Crimea and Sevastopol President of Russia 18 Mar 2021 -- The President held a meeting, via videoconference, with public representatives of the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Ukraine US Dept. of State 18 Mar 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- G7 Blasts Russia's 'Temporary Occupation' Of Crimea On Annexation's Seventh Anniversary RFE/RL 18 Mar 2021 -- The G7 group of nations has marked the seventh anniversary of Russia's forcible annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula by reaffirming their "unwavering support" for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
- U.S. Denounces Repression In Russian-Controlled Crimea After Journalist Arrested On Spying Charge RFE/RL 18 Mar 2021 -- The United States has called the arrest of a journalist in Russian-annexed Crimea for allegedly spying on behalf of Kyiv "another attempt to repress those who speak the truth about Russia's aggression in Ukraine."
- Defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine UK FCDO 17 Mar 2021 -- Joint Statement Following Russia's Arria-formula Meeting on the Situation in Crimea
- Iran Aviation Body Says Air Defense Mistake Caused Shooting Down Of Ukraine Airliner RFE/RL 17 Mar 2021 -- Iran's civil aviation body has blamed a mistake by an air defense operator for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner last year that killed all 176 people on board.
- Canada Calls Iran's Report on Downed Ukrainian Jet 'Incomplete', Vows to Release Own Results Sputnik 17 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8, 2020 was shot down by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) after taking off from the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. The passenger plane was bound for Kiev.
- Joint statement on the release of flight PS752 safety report UK FCDO 17 Mar 2021 -- Joint statement from the International Coordination and Response Group for the victims of Flight PS752 on the release of Iran's final safety investigation report.
- Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Fresh Cyberattack RFE/RL 16 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) said on March 16 it had prevented a large-scale cyberattack by Russian hackers targeting classified government data.
- Russia-Controlled Crimea Temporarily Lifts Pandemic Restrictions To Mark Annexation Anniversary RFE/RL 16 Mar 2021 -- Authorities in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea have temporarily lifted coronavirus pandemic restrictions to mark the seventh anniversary of the region's annexation by Moscow.
- Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova's comment on Ukrainian authorities' planned action against Russian Crimea Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 15 Mar 2021
- Ukraine Plans To Nationalize Jet Engine Producer Motor Sich From Chinese Investors RFE/RL 12 Mar 2021 -- Ukraine plans to nationalize Motor Sich, an aerospace manufacturer that is majority-owned by Chinese companies, due to its strategic importance to national defense.
- Too Big For Sanctions? Why U.S. Didn't Hit Ukrainian Tycoon Kolomoyskiy With Economic Penalties RFE/RL 10 Mar 2021 -- When President Joe Biden's administration declared tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy persona non grata, formally barring him from entering the United States over corruption concerns, the decision was generally cheered by people pushing for economic and political reforms in Ukraine.
- Two Ukrainian Nationals Extradited to U.S. on Money Laundering Charges US Dept. of Justice 05 Mar 2021 -- Two members of an international organized network that provided cash-out and money laundering services to cyber actors were extradited from the Czech Republic to Dallas.
- Public Designation of Oligarch and Former Ukrainian Public Official Ihor Kolomoyskyy Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption US Dept. of State 05 Mar 2021 -- "Today, I am announcing the public designation of oligarch and former Ukrainian public official Ihor Kolomoyskyy due to his involvement in significant corruption."
- U.S. Sanctions Ukraine Oligarch Kolomoyskiy, Family Over Alleged Corruption RFE/RL 05 Mar 2021 -- The United States says it has banned powerful Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy from entering the country in another sign that President Joe Biden's new administration is taking a tougher stance on endemic corruption in Ukraine.
- Crimean Tatar Leader Barred From Entering Crimea Until 2034 RFE/RL 05 Mar 2021 -- Russia has barred long-time Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering Crimea for the next 13 years.
- Russia's 'Open Skies' Plane Inspects Camouflage of Military Facilities in Crimea, Source Says Sputnik 05 Mar 2021 -- A Russian Tu-214ON plane designed for carrying out reconnaissance missions under the Open Skies Treaty has carried out a flight as part of performing its new tasks to inspect the camouflage of Russian military facilities in Crimea and the Krasnodar Region, a military and diplomatic source told Sputnik.
- Ratings, Russia, Reforms: What Is Driving Zelenskiy's Moves Against Medvedchuk? RFE/RL 04 Mar 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy got heads turning last month when his administration imposed what it described as sanctions against individuals and entities with strong ties to Russia, including three television stations and an influential tycoon who is close to President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise show of force.
- Seven years of illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation: UK statement UK FCDO 04 Mar 2021 -- Ambassador Neil Bush speaks about Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 at the OSCE Permanent Council.
- Ukraine Faces COVID-19 Vaccine Delays Amid Record Numbers Of Hospitalizations RFE/RL 03 Mar 2021 -- A record number of COVID-19 patients were taken to hospitals in Ukraine over the past 24 hours amid warnings from officials that there may be delays in the delivery of the vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinovac.
- Russian Court Sentences Pro-Ukrainian Crimean Activist To Five Years RFE/RL 03 Mar 2021 -- A Russian court has sentenced a pro-Ukrainian activist from Moscow-annexed Crimea, Oleh Prykhodko, to five years in prison on terrorism charges that he and his supporters have dismissed as politically motivated.
- EU Envoys Agree To Prolong Asset Freeze On Former Ukrainian President RFE/RL 03 Mar 2021 -- European Union diplomats say ambassadors to the bloc have approved an extension of asset freezes imposed on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and seven people in his inner circle over the embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds.
- A Letter on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine The White House 03 Mar 2021
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine The White House 03 Mar 2021
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on new US anti-Russia sanctions Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 02 Mar 2021 -- "The US Administration, teamed up with the EU, has made a hostile move towards Russia by announcing new sanctions "to punish Moscow.""
- Defense Department Announces $125M for Ukraine DoD 01 Mar 2021 -- The Department of Defense announces a new $125 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine's forces preserve the country's territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.
- Pentagon Announces $125-Million Defense Aid Package For Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Mar 2021 -- The Pentagon has announced a $125-million military aid package for Ukraine that includes two armed patrol boats to help the country defend its territorial waters.
- US Sending Patrol Boats, Equipment to Ukraine VOA 01 Mar 2021 -- The Pentagon appears to be making good on Washington's pledge to help Ukraine stand up to what the United States has described as "Russian aggression."
- Ukrainian Diplomats Accused Of Smuggling Gold, Cash, And Goods RFE/RL 01 Mar 2021 -- The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says it has disrupted a ring of former and current Ukrainian diplomats accused of smuggling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods -- including gold and foreign currency.
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