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September 2021 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- EU Countries Mull Curbing Visa-Free Travel For Balkan, Eastern European States Due To 'Abuses' RFE/RL 29 Sep 2021 -- Alleged abuses perpetrated by some Western Balkan states, as well as Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine, have prompted some European Union members to raise the possibility of canceling the visa-free travel regime to the bloc, according to an internal EU document.
- Hungary Summons Ukrainian Envoy Over Criticism Of Russian Gas Supply Deal RFE/RL 28 Sep 2021 -- Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has summoned Ukraine's ambassador over what he said was Kyiv's attempts to block Budapest's new long-term gas supply deal with Russia, which was signed on September 27.
- Kremlin Sees No Reason for Ukraine to Be Hysterical About Russian-Hungarian Gas Contract Sputnik 28 Sep 2021 -- Moscow does not see any reasons for Ukraine to be hysterical about the Russian-Hungarian gas supplies contract, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
- Russia Plans To Spend $12 Billion In Separatist-Held Parts Of Ukraine: Documents RFE/RL 27 Sep 2021 -- Russia plans to spend 900 billion rubles ($12.4 billion) over the next three years on financial support in the parts of eastern Ukraine that are held by Russia-backed separatists, according to government documents obtained by the Donbas.Realities desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service.
- Belarus warns of joint response with Russia to Ukraine's drills with US, NATO Press TV 27 Sep 2021 -- Belarus has voice concerned over Ukraine's military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries near its borders, warning of a joint response with Russia to the drills.
- Kremlin Warns Over NATO Infrastructure In Ukraine RFE/RL 27 Sep 2021 -- The Kremlin has reiterated that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure in Ukraine would cross one of President Vladimir Putin's "red lines" as Belarus's authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka accused Washington of using training centers as a guise for setting up bases for the Western military alliance.
- Moscow Warns Possible Expansion of NATO Infrastructure in Ukraine Would Violate Russia's 'Red Lines' Sputnik 27 Sep 2021 -- This summer, the Western-backed government in Kiev pressured the North Atlantic Alliance to take steps to "immediately" begin the process to accept Ukraine into the alliance, with the country's ambassador to Germany warning before that that Kiev may be forced to develop nuclear weapons if NATO doesn't allow it to become a member in a timely manner.
- Ukrainian Cabinet Dissolves Naftogaz Supervisory Board, Temporarily Takes Over, Reports Say Sputnik 27 Sep 2021 -- The Ukrainian government has fired the remaining three members of the Supervisory Board of state energy company Naftogaz, taking over its functions until a new line-up is announced, the RBC Ukraine news agency reported on Monday, citing a source.
- Russia Steps Up Charges Against Jailed Crimean Tatar Leader RFE/RL 23 Sep 2021 -- Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), has ratcheted up the charges against jailed Crimean Tatar politician Nariman Dzhelyal over the alleged sabotage of a pipeline last month.
- Ukraine's Parliament Approves 'Oligarch Law,' Day After Attack On Presidential Aide RFE/RL 23 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a draft bill directed at limiting the influence of oligarchs, the day after a car carrying a top aide of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who pushed for the reform, was riddled with bullets as it traveled through a village.
- Ukraine's President Pleads With UN To 'Wake Up,' Help Resolve War RFE/RL 23 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine's president has called on the United Nations to do more to respond to the ongoing war in Ukraine's east, where government forces continue to face off against Kremlin-backed separatists in a seven-year-war that has killed more than 13,200 people.
- Gunfire Rips Through Car Carrying Aide To Ukraine's President Amid Campaign To Tackle Corruption RFE/RL 22 Sep 2021 -- A hail of bullets ripped through a car transporting Serhiy Shefir, a top aide of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in what senior officials have called an attempt to intimidate the country's leadership as it tries to tackle corruption.
- Zelenskyy's Aide Shefir Says Assassination Attempt on Him Aimed at Intimidating Government Sputnik 22 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian First Presidential Assistant Serhiy Shefir expressed the belief on Wednesday that the assassination attempt on him was aimed at intimidating top echelons of power, but emphasized that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would not be daunted.
- Gunmen Open Fire on Car of Ukrainian President's Assistant VOA 22 Sep 2021 -- Gunmen opened fire Wednesday on a car carrying a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to national police.
- US, NATO, Ukraine enhance interoperability with Rapid Trident exercise Army News 21 Sep 2021 -- Allied and partner service members from 15 nations officially started Rapid Trident 21, an annual Ukrainian-American training exercise, Sept. 20, with an opening ceremony at Central City Stadium, near Yavoriv, Ukraine.
- Ukraine Extends State Of Emergency Amid New Wave Of COVID-19 Infections RFE/RL 20 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine's government has extended the country's state of emergency until the end of the year as officials deal with a surge in coronavirus infections.
- Ukraine holds joint war games with US, NATO amid tensions with Russia Press TV 20 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine has begun joint military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries amid increased activity of the Western military alliance near Russia's borders.
- Planned Closure of the OSCE Border Observer Mission US Dept. of State 17 Sep 2021 -- The United States deeply regrets the decision by the Russian Federation to block consensus to extend the OSCE Border Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk, which was announced by the OSCE Chair in Office, in Vienna yesterday.
- Donbas Vote Seen As Key Element In The Kremlin's Election Effort RFE/RL 17 Sep 2021 -- There are few indications on the streets of Russian cities that the country is holding parliamentary elections.
- Car Explosion Kills Local Emergencies Service's Spokeswoman, Companion In Ukraine's Dnipro RFE/RL 16 Sep 2021 -- A car explosion killed the spokeswoman of a regional emergencies service and her companion in Ukraine's southeastern city of Dnipro, the country's National Police said on September 15.
- Western Diplomats Express Concern About Ukraine's Judicial Reforms After Delay RFE/RL 16 Sep 2021 -- Western diplomats have expressed concern over Ukraine's delay in implementing recently passed judicial legislation that is seen in Washington and Brussels as crucial to improving the nation's rule of law and cleaning up corruption.
- Judicial Reform in Ukraine US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2021 -- The United States, together with the Government of Ukraine, civil society, and other international partners, all recognize that judicial reform is critical to strengthening the rule of law and attracting foreign investment to Ukraine.
- Russia decision to close OSCE Observer Mission at 2 Russian border checkpoints: UK statement UK FCDO 16 Sep 2021 -- Ambassador Neil Bush says that the UK deplores Russia's decision to unilaterally close the OSCE Observer Mission at Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk.
- Human rights in illegally annexed Crimea: UK statement UK FCDO 16 Sep 2021 -- UK Deputy Ambassador Deirdre Brown condemns human rights violations by Russia in illegally annexed Crimea, including the recent detention of 5 Crimean Tatars.
- Ukraine Says It Expects Second IMF Tranche, Even As Judicial Reform Stumbles RFE/RL 14 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said Kyiv expects to receive a second tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a $5 billion loan program before the end of the year, even as the nation's crucial judicial reform stumbles.
- Prague Court Sends Russian Citizen Wanted By Ukraine To Detention Pending Extradition Decision RFE/RL 14 Sep 2021 -- The Prague City Court has remanded Russian citizen Aleksandr Franchetti, who is wanted by Ukraine on an international arrest warrant, in custody until a decision is made on his possible extradition to Kyiv.
- Who Is Aleskandr Franchetti, The Russian Arrested In Prague And Wanted By Kyiv For His Actions In Crimea? RFE/RL 14 Sep 2021 -- For years, Aleksandr Franchetti lived a double life. In Prague, his home off and on since the 1990s, information about the middle-aged Russian man arrested over the weekend for his alleged actions during Moscow's seizure of Crimea in 2014 is hard to come by.
- Ukraine's Zelensky says all-out war with Russia is possible Press TV 11 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says an all-out war with neighboring Russia is a "possibility" as he complained about Kiev not being allowed to join the US-led NATO military alliance.
- Merkel Reiterates Support For Ukraine's Gas Transit Role During Farewell Visit To Poland RFE/RL 11 Sep 2021 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Ukraine must remain a transit country for Russian natural-gas exports during her final tour of European capitals before leaving office.
- Ukraine's Crucial Judicial Reform Takes Next Step Forward As Western Backers Submit Expert Lists RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukraine's closely watched judicial reform inched forward as the nation's Western backers submitted lists of foreign legal experts who will help Kyiv choose and review judges.
- Bulgarian Fugitive Wanted In Several Countries Arrested In Kyiv After Years On The Run RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- A Bulgarian fugitive wanted in several European countries on money-laundering and drug-trafficking charges has been arrested in Kyiv after years on the run.
- Zelenskiy Says A Full-Scale War With Russia A Worst-Case 'Possibility' RFE/RL 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference he could not exclude the possibility of a full-scale war with Russia even as he said he continues to seek a peace agreement with the Kremlin to end fighting in two eastern regions.
- Ukrainian President Says Possibility of Full-On War With Russia Exists Sputnik 10 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on 10 September that there was a possibility of a war with Russia, but that would be "the biggest mistake" on Russia's part.
- Ukrainian Extradited To U.S. To Face Hacking Charges RFE/RL 09 Sep 2021 -- A Ukrainian national has been extradited to the United States, where he faces charges of hacking and stealing computer passwords, the U.S. Justice Department said on September 8.
- Another Crimean Tatar Detained In Russian-Occupied Crimea RFE/RL 08 Sep 2021 -- Moscow-imposed authorities in Ukraine's Crimea region have detained another Crimean Tatar after his home was searched.
- Ukraine Dismisses CNN Report On 'Elaborate Plot' To Detain Russian Mercenaries In Belarus RFE/RL 08 Sep 2021 -- Top Ukrainian officials have dismissed an explosive CNN report that said Ukraine's main intelligence agency orchestrated a sting operation in neighboring Belarus in 2020 to arrest Russian mercenaries wanted for crimes in Ukraine.
- Russia says Ukrainian intelligence, outlawed group behind recent Crimea gas pipeline blast Press TV 07 Sep 2021 -- Russia's security service says Ukrainian military intelligence and an outlawed representative body of the Crimean Tatars orchestrated an attack on a gas pipeline in Crimea last month.
- Russian Intelligence Accuses Crimean Tatars Of Pipeline Sabotage After Kyiv Riposte RFE/RL 07 Sep 2021 -- Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), has accused five detained Crimean Tatar activists of sabotaging a gas pipeline one day after Ukraine dismissed the charges as fabricated.
- Families Of MH17 Crash Victims Put Blame Squarely On Russia In Trial RFE/RL 06 Sep 2021 -- Families of victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 have demanded justice from Russia in testimony against four suspects - three Russians and one Ukrainian - being tried in absentia over the crash.
- Russia Jails Crimean Tatar Leader On Charges Dismissed By Ukraine As Fabricated RFE/RL 06 Sep 2021 -- A court in Russian-annexed Crimea ordered Crimean Tatar leader Nariman Dzhelyal to be held in custody for two months on September 6 on suspicion of involvement in an attack on a gas pipeline, a charge dismissed by Ukraine as fabricated.
- United States Condemns the Unjust Detention of Crimean Tatar Leaders US Dept. of State 05 Sep 2021
- More Than 50 Crimean Tatars Detained In Russia-Annexed Crimea RFE/RL 05 Sep 2021 -- More than 50 Crimean Tatars have been detained by the Russian intelligence service in Ukraine's Russia-controlled Crimea region, Ukrainian officials said on September 4.
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the termination of OSCE Observer Mission's activities at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the Russia-Ukraine border Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 03 Sep 2021 -- During a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on September 2, the Russian Federation announced its decision not to renew the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the international automobile checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk on the Russia-Ukraine border after its expiration on September 30, 2021.
- Kremlin Refuses To Extend OSCE Mission On Ukraine-Russia Border Crossing, U.S. Says RFE/RL 02 Sep 2021 -- Russia has refused to extend the mandate of international observers to monitor two border crossing points with Ukraine, a U.S. official said.
- Kremlin: US-Ukrainian 'friendship' motivated by opposition to Russia Press TV 02 Sep 2021 -- Russia has denounced the US military assistance to Ukraine, saying such American actions could make Kyiv behave unpredictably and dangerously and "can only be a cause for regret."
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Gets His White House Meeting. Was It Enough? RFE/RL 02 Sep 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made it abundantly clear what he hoped to get out of his first official visit to the White House: more guns, missiles, armor, and other U.S. equipment to aid in his country's fight against Kremlin-backed separatists.
- Blinken: US to Provide Over $45Mln in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Sputnik 02 Sep 2021 -- The United States is providing Ukraine with more than $45 million in additional humanitarian assistance for about 3.4 million people in need, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.
- United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine US Dept. of State 02 Sep 2021 -- The United States is providing more than $45 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Ukraine, bringing our total humanitarian assistance since FY 2014 to more than $351 million.
- US pledges $60mn in new military aid to Ukraine, citing 'the Russia threat' Press TV 02 Sep 2021 -- US President Joe Biden has pledged $60 million in new military and security aid to Ukraine, saying Washington is "firmly committed" to the European country's territorial integrity against what he called "Russian aggression."
- Ukraine Extends House Arrest Of Kremlin-Friendly Tycoon And Lawmaker Medvedchuk RFE/RL 02 Sep 2021 -- A Ukrainian court has extended by two months the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk, a Kremlin-leaning lawmaker and tycoon who is accused of supporting fighters in two eastern provinces.
- U.S. and Ukraine Agree to Establish a Secure Communications Link for Risk Reduction US Dept. of State 01 Sep 2021 -- The U.S. Department of State and the Ukrainian State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection signed an Agreement for a 24/7 secure communications line through the National and Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NNRRC).
- Joint Statement on the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership The White House 01 Sep 2021
- Biden Assures Ukraine's Zelenskiy of Continued US Support VOA 01 Sep 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a White House meeting Wednesday that the United States remains firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression in its eastern region.
- Remarks by President Biden and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 01 Sep 2021
- Biden, Zelenskiy Begin Meeting At White House With Talk Of Ukrainian Sovereignty RFE/RL 01 Sep 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy have begun a widely anticipated meeting at the White House in which Kyiv is expected to seek greater U.S. help building up Ukrainian defense capabilities and U.S. participation in peace talks to resolve Ukraine's war with Russia-backed separatists.
- Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the President's Upcoming Meeting with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine The White House 01 Sep 2021
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