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May 2021 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- NATO Deputy Secretary General meets with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister NATO 27 May 2021 -- Deputy Secretary General Mircea GeoanÄƒ welcomed Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov to NATO headquarters on Thursday (27 May 2021).
- Iran Harassing Families Of Those Killed In Downed Ukrainian Plane, Says Rights Watchdog RFE/RL 27 May 2021 -- Iranian security agencies have harassed and abused families of the victims of the Ukrainian passenger jet shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) after takeoff from Tehran last year, Human Rights Watch said on May 27.
- Ukraine Unhappy With Lack Of Progress In Joining NATO As Kyiv Is Not Invited To Summit RFE/RL 26 May 2021 -- Ukraine has decried the lack of progress in NATO's "open-door" policy to Ukrainian membership and said it could not comprehend why it wasn't invited to the bloc's summit next month.
- After Seven Years Of Conflict, Ukraine's Frontline City Of Mariupol Is 'Just Tired' Of The Fighting RFE/RL 23 May 2021 -- Inside a small community center on the outskirts of this city in eastern Ukraine, just 20 kilometers from the front lines of Kyiv's simmering conflict with Moscow-backed separatists, residents gather to learn the basics of first aid and prepare for the possibility of full-scale war with Russia.
- Canadian court has no jurisdiction over Ukrainian airliner incident: FM spox IRNA 21 May 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday that the verdict issued by a Canadian court regarding the downing of the Ukrainian airliner is baseless.
- Canadian court has no jurisdiction to rule on 2020 Ukrainian plane crash: Iran Press TV 21 May 2021 -- Iran has rejected as baseless a recent ruling by a Canadian court on the January 2020 accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran, saying the court has no jurisdiction to rule on the case.
- Tehran Slams Canadian Court's 'Groundless' Ruling on Ukrainian Jet Crash Sputnik 21 May 2021 -- Tehran deems a Canadian court's ruling that Iran deliberately downed a Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020 to be baseless and politically motivated, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
- Ukraine Appoints New Health Minister To Speed Up COVID Vaccinations RFE/RL 20 May 2021 -- Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has named a new health minister, who immediately pledged to speed up the country's sluggish vaccination campaign.
- Zelenskiy Says Russia's Distribution Of Passports In Ukraine's Volatile East Is Step Toward Annexation RFE/RL 20 May 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called Moscow's recent move to distribute Russian passports to residents in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk - jointly known as the Donbas - "a big problem" and the first step toward the annexation of the area.
- Zelenskiy Says Medvedchuk Case 'Just Beginning' Of Cutting Oligarchs Down To Size RFE/RL 19 May 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the state's case against Viktor Medvedchuk is "just the beginning" of a process of curtailing the power of a handful of tycoons who have dominated the country's economic and political landscape for decades.
- Deputy Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister to NATO Headquarters NATO 18 May 2021 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana held talks on Tuesday (18 May 2021) with Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna. They addressed Ukraine's reform efforts and the security situation in and around Ukraine.
- Ukraine Denounces Russia's Persecution Of Crimean Tatars RFE/RL 18 May 2021 -- Ukrainian officials have marked the 77th anniversary of the Crimean Tatars' Stalin-era deportations from Crimea to Central Asia by denouncing what they called their ongoing persecution by Russia.
- Ukrainian Lawmakers Sack Health Minister Over Pandemic Response RFE/RL 18 May 2021 -- Ukraine's parliament has voted to dismiss Health Minister Maksym Stepanov over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and approved the resignations of the economy and infrastructure ministers.
- Two Ukrainian Ministers Reportedly Stepping Down In Latest Zelenskiy Cabinet Turnover RFE/RL 15 May 2021 -- Two Ukrainian ministers have reportedly submitted their resignations to parliament while a third minister is expected to be fired as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's cabinet experiences more turnover.
- Kyiv Would 'Gladly' Swap Medvedchuk For Ukrainian Prisoners In Russia, Says Top Official RFE/RL 15 May 2021 -- A top Ukrainian official did not exclude the possibility of a prisoner swap with Russia if a Kyiv court convicts a Kremlin-leaning politician of treason.
- A Powerful Kremlin Ally Faces Treason In Ukraine. Ukraine's President Faces A Political Trip Wire. RFE/RL 14 May 2021 -- It may be the highest-profile trial in Ukraine since Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the presidency two years ago -- and possibly the most consequential since another major political court case roiled Ukrainian politics a decade ago.
- Russian President Putin vows to Ukraine's prosecution of ally Press TV 14 May 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to respond in a timely fashion to a move by Ukraine to prosecute a Ukrainian lawmaker and close ally of Moscow and put him under house arrest in a case of alleged treason.
- Ukraine's President Says Former Officials Living In State Property On The Cheap RFE/RL 14 May 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says former officials who served under his predecessors are still living in elite, state-owned properties on the cheap and promised to address the situation.
- Top Ukrainian Judge's Home Searched Amid Standoff With President RFE/RL 14 May 2021 -- Ukrainian investigators have searched the house of Oleksandr Tupytskiy, the former chairman of the Constitutional Court, amid a battle with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy over control of the country's highest court.
- EU Warns Russia Is Trying To Integrate Parts Of Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 13 May 2021 -- European Union officials are calling for a stronger response by the bloc to Russian aggression toward Ukraine, warning that Moscow's ultimate aim is to absorb parts of eastern Ukraine where a war has raged for seven years.
- Ukraine Court Orders House Arrest For Kremlin-Friendly Tycoon RFE/RL 13 May 2021 -- A Kyiv court on May 13 placed under house arrest Kremlin-friendly tycoon and politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who along with another pro-Russian lawmaker is under suspicion of treason.
- World Bank Approves $90 Million Loan For Ukraine's COVID-19 Vaccination RFE/RL 12 May 2021 -- The World Bank has approved a $90 million project to help Ukraine's health sector respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ukrainian Secret Services Search House Of Kremlin-Friendly Politician Medvedchuk RFE/RL 11 May 2021 -- KYIV -- Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has searched the Kyiv home of Kremlin-friendly tycoon and politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who along with another pro-Russian lawmaker is under suspicion of treason.
- Ukraine's Kuleba Says Some NATO Members Worried About Provoking Russia RFE/RL 11 May 2021 -- Kyiv says it does not expect that next month's NATO summit will produce a Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Ukraine because some members of the military alliance worry that such a move would provoke Russia.
- USCGC Hamilton Conducts Exercises with Ukraine US Navy 10 May 2021 -- The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted a series of operational exercises with Ukraine, May 9, 2021, in the Black Sea.
- Ukrainian troops to join U.S.-led military exercise People's Daily 08 May 2021 -- Ukrainian troops will participate in a United States-led multinational exercise dubbed Defender Europe 21, the general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Friday in a statement on Facebook.
- Blinken: US Stands with Ukraine Against 'Reckless' Russia Actions VOA 06 May 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that while Russia has withdrawn some forces from the Ukrainian border region, "significant forces" and equipment remain there and the United States wants Russia to "cease reckless and aggressive actions."
- US asks Russia to cease 'reckless and aggressive actions' against Ukraine Press TV 06 May 2021 -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Russia to cease "reckless and aggressive actions" against Ukraine, ratcheting up rhetoric against the former Cold War adversary.
- US's Blinken visits Ukraine in show of support against Russia Press TV 06 May 2021 -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has traveled to Ukraine in a show of support for the Ukrainian government against Russia.
- U.S. Considering 'Additional' Military Assistance To Ukraine, Blinken Tells RFE/RL RFE/RL 06 May 2021 -- Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States is considering Ukraine's request for "additional" military assistance to help deter Kremlin aggression following a massive buildup of Russian forces near their shared border.
- In Kyiv, Blinken Calls On Russia To Cease 'Reckless And Aggressive' Actions Against Ukraine RFE/RL 06 May 2021 -- Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is on the first visit to Kyiv by a senior U.S. official from the administration of President Joe Biden, has called on Russia to cease its "reckless and aggressive actions" against Ukraine.
- Blinken Says US Will Continue to Provide Defence Support to Ukraine Sputnik 06 May 2021 -- The United States will continue providing Ukraine with support aimed at strengthening its security and defence, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Members of the Ukrainian Rada US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 06 May 2021
- Blinken To Visit Ukraine In Show Of Solidarity After Russian Troop Movements RFE/RL 05 May 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due in Ukraine on May 5 in a show of support after Russia last month amassed and then pulled back its troops from border regions and Crimea.
- Ukraine's 'Internal Threat' On Blinken's Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired RFE/RL 04 May 2021 -- When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression.
- Iran's military court denies nonsuit order for Ukraine plane crash culprits Press TV 02 May 2021 -- The Judicial Organization of the Iranian Armed Forces has denied rumors that a nonsuit order was issued for the culprits in the downing of a Ukrainian plane in early 2020.
- Russia Says Half A Million Passports Issued In Eastern Ukraine In Last Two Years RFE/RL 02 May 2021 -- Russia's Interior Ministry says that more than 527,000 people in parts of eastern Ukraine where Moscow-backed separatist formations are waging a war against Kyiv have been granted Russian citizenship over the past two years.*
- US Secretary of State to Hold Talks in Ukraine About Russian Aggression VOA 02 May 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken leaves for Europe on Sunday, where he will hold meetings in London and Kyiv.
- Kyiv Eases COVID-19 Restrictions Following Decrease In Infections RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- Ukraine's capital has eased tough lockdown measures imposed in March to prevent the rapid spread of the new coronavirus.
- Ukraine's Naftogaz Supervisory Board Resigns After CEO's Controversial Dismissal RFE/RL 01 May 2021 -- The supervisory board of Ukraine's state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz is resigning following the government's decision to replace the firm's CEO â€“ a move that has raised concerns among Kyiv's Western backers.
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