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November 2021 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- US threatens Russia with 'serious consequences' over Ukraine Press TV 30 Nov 2021 -- The United States has threatened Russia with "serious consequences" if it launches any military action in neighboring Ukraine, despite the fact that Moscow has rejected Washington's allegations of preparing to invade the country.
- Putin warns US, NATO against crossing Russia's red lines in Ukraine Press TV 30 Nov 2021 -- President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will act if the US-led NATO military alliance crosses its red lines in Ukraine.
- NATO: Any Russian Aggression Against Ukraine To Come At 'High Price' RFE/RL 30 Nov 2021 -- Amid growing concern over a Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border, NATO allies have warned Russia that it would pay a heavy price for any new military aggression against its neighbor, while Moscow cautioned the Western military alliance against crossing its "red lines."
- Foreign Secretary warns a Russian incursion into Ukraine would be strategic mistake UK FCDO 30 Nov 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will underline the UK's ongoing commitment to NATO as an essential defence, at her first meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers today.
- Blinken Warns Russia Against 'Renewed Aggression' in Ukraine VOA 30 Nov 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Russia against taking any "escalatory actions" toward Ukraine, saying Tuesday that "any renewed aggression would trigger serious consequences."
- Kremlin: Gas Sale is Primary Issue, Transit via Ukraine is Secondary One Sputnik 30 Nov 2021 -- The topic of gas transportation through Ukraine is a secondary issue, the fuel must first be sold, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
- Iran says all aspects of 2020 Ukrainian plane crash 'adequately' investigated Press TV 30 Nov 2021 -- Over a week into the launch of a hearing process over the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran, Iran has defended its investigations into the case and said it has provided "adequate" attention to all aspects of the deadly tragedy that happened early last year.
- Iran FM issues statement on downed Ukrainian plane IRNA 30 Nov 2021 -- Public relations of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday which noted that all the dimensions of the crash of the Ukrainian plane over the Iranian sky have been reviewed in three rounds of negotiations.
- Turkey Offers To Mediate Between Ukraine, Russia RFE/RL 29 Nov 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is ready to act as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia, even with strained relations between Ankara and Moscow over the sale of armed drones to Kyiv earlier this year.
- Russia refutes US, allies' accusation that it seeks to 'invade Ukraine' Press TV 27 Nov 2021 -- Russia has once again debunked allegations by the United States and its allies that Moscow could be preparing to invade neighboring Ukraine.
- NATO chief warns Russia of 'costs' over moves against Ukraine Press TV 27 Nov 2021 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that Russia will face "consequences" for any attempt to invade Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Moscow and its former Soviet neighbor.
- Zelenskiy Says Coup Plot Uncovered, Ukraine Ready For Any Escalation With Russia RFE/RL 27 Nov 2021 -- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine's intelligence service has uncovered plans to stage a coup involving people from Russia that was due to occur next week.
- Biden Hints At Talks With Russian, Ukrainian Leaders As West Warns Moscow Over Ukraine RFE/RL 26 Nov 2021 -- U.S. and NATO officials have issued fresh warnings of the possible consequences of any new Russian aggression against neighboring Ukraine, with Washington suggesting that "all options are on the table" if the alliance is forced to respond to an escalation by Moscow.
- 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 26 Nov 2021
- The President And The Tycoon: Could A Fight Between Ukraine's Leader And Its Richest Man Lead To Real Change? RFE/RL 25 Nov 2021 -- For over a year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had been in a battle with renewable energy producers after his government slashed tariffs and failed to pay the companies in a timely fashion.
- What's Behind The Russia-Ukraine War Fears -- And What Might Actually Happen? RFE/RL 25 Nov 2021 -- Talk of war is again in the air. When Russia massed thousands of troops along its border with Ukraine last spring, reports and rumors swirled that the Kremlin might launch a big new offensive seven years after it seized control of Crimea and fomented a separatist war in the Donbas region that continues to this day.
- Merkel Urges EU Unity On Russia, Assures Poland, Ukraine Amid Border Tensions RFE/RL 25 Nov 2021 -- Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the European Union needs to be ready to increase sanctions against Russia if the situation worsens near either the Ukrainian border or the Belarus-Poland border.
- Biden Vows 'Unwavering Support' For Ukraine Amid Heightened Tensions With Russia RFE/RL 24 Nov 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden has reiterated "unwavering support" for Kyiv as Russia and Ukraine both launched military exercises near their border amid rising tensions between the two neighbors.
- U.S., Russian Military Chiefs Speak On The Phone Amid Heightened Tensions Over Ukraine RFE/RL 24 Nov 2021 -- The United States' and Russia's top military officers spoke over the phone on November 23, amid heightened Western concerns over Russian military moves near the Ukrainian border.
- U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' After Bulgarian President Refers To Crimea As 'Russian' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2021 -- The United States has voiced serious "concern" regarding Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's recent statement that Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, a region forcibly annexed by Moscow in 2014, was currently "Russian."
- Iranian Military Court Begins Hearings Into Downing Of Ukrainian Airliner RFE/RL 22 Nov 2021 -- An Iranian military court began a hearing over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020 that killed 176 people, the judiciary's Mizan Online agency said.
- As Gas Prices Surge, Bioenergy Could Help Heat Ukraine. So Why Is It On The Back Burner? RFE/RL 21 Nov 2021 -- A five-minute drive from the center of Zhytomyr, a city 140 kilometers west of Kyiv, local and foreign officials gathered on November 18 to celebrate the opening of a new plant to supply heat and hot water to dozens of nearby apartment buildings.
- Kremlin Raises Rhetoric After U.S. Cites 'Real Concerns' Over Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine RFE/RL 21 Nov 2021 -- The Kremlin has gone on a verbal offensive amid Western concerns over its military buildup near Ukraine, while stressing the importance of an unconfirmed Russian-U.S. presidential summit Moscow says is in the works.
- Ukraine's Defense Minister Says He Made Request For New U.S. Military Assistance RFE/RL 19 Nov 2021 -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said he requested military assistance during his first trip to the United States in his new capacity amid growing concern of possible Russian aggression.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks Welcoming Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov to the Pentagon DoD 18 Nov 2021
- Austin: U.S. Will Work With Ukraine, Allies to Counter Russian Aggression DoD News 18 Nov 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, to the Pentagon today reaffirming America's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Putin: West escalating situation in Ukraine, providing Kiev with lethal weapons Press TV 18 Nov 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of escalating the situation in Ukraine by providing Kiev with "lethal modern weapons" and holding drills in the Black Sea region.
- France, Germany Accuse Moscow Of Diplomatic Breach For Publishing Ukraine Correspondence RFE/RL 18 Nov 2021 -- France and Germany have accused Moscow of violating diplomatic protocol by publishing confidential correspondence related to efforts to resolve the conflict in parts of eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Endorses Sanctions On 28 Russian Intelligence Officers RFE/RL 18 Nov 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has endorsed the imposition of sanctions on 28 members of Russia's intelligence and special services, as well as six other individuals alleged to be responsible for human rights abuses in Crimea.
- UK signs deal to help boost Ukraine's military amid tensions with Russia Press TV 17 Nov 2021 -- The United Kingdom has finalized an agreement with Ukraine that allows Kiev to buy British warships and missiles to enhance its naval capabilities, a move that Russia will likely view as a new provocation as tensions continue to grow between the two countries.
- U.S., U.K. Express Concern Over Russian Military Activity Near Ukraine RFE/RL 17 Nov 2021 -- The United States and United Kingdom once again expressed concern about a large buildup of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine as concerns grow over the Kremlin's endgame.
- Cybersleuths Say Zelenskiy's Office Postponed Russian Mercenary Sting Operation After Cease-Fire Pact RFE/RL 17 Nov 2021 -- An alleged plot by Ukrainian intelligence agencies to capture almost three dozen Russian mercenaries fell apart after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office requested a postponement, according to an investigation by the open-source research group Bellingcat and the Russia-focused media outlet The Insider.
- Ukraine Offers Cash Incentive To Get COVID-19 Vaccination RFE/RL 16 Nov 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that people will be offered a cash incentive to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Kyiv Blasts Putin Decree On Trade With Separatists In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 16 Nov 2021 -- Kyiv has assailed Moscow over a presidential decree allowing goods produced in areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists to be sold more easily in Russia, calling it "gross interference" in the country's internal affairs and a violation of international law.
- Joint statement by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Ukraine Defence Minister Oleksii Yuriyovych Reznikov UK MOD 16 Nov 2021 -- A joint statement during the visit of Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to Ukraine on 16 November 2021.
- Press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba NATO 15 Nov 2021
- NATO Warns Russia Over 'Large, Unusual' Troop Build-Up Near Ukraine RFE/RL 15 Nov 2021 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to be "transparent" about its military activities amid what he called a "large and unusual concentration" of Russian forces close to Ukraine's borders in recent weeks.
- Ukraine, NATO countries hold naval drills in Black Sea People's Daily 14 Nov 2021 -- The Ukrainian Navy held a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Black Sea with the naval forces of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states, namely the United States, Turkey and Romania, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
- Ukraine Plans To Speed Construction Of Berdyansk Base Amid Tensions With Russia RFE/RL 14 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine's new defense minister says the country will speed construction of a naval base at the port of Berdyansk amid tense relations with Russia in the unstable region.
- U.S., EU Warn Russia Against New Threats To Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Nov 2021 -- France has added its voice to concerns expressed by the United States and the European Union over Russia's reported military movements in the vicinity of Ukraine and warned Moscow that any aggressive actions would have "serious consequences."
- Ukraine To Send Personnel To Border With Poland To Share Intel On Belarus Migrant Crisis RFE/RL 12 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine says it is sending some of its border guards and national guard officers to its border with Poland to to share intelligence on the handling of the Belarus migrant crisis.
- U.S., Ukraine Sign Updated Text To Strategic Partnership Document RFE/RL 11 Nov 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba have signed an updated text to a charter on a strategic partnership that reaffirms that the relationship between the United States and Ukraine is based on shared and common values.
- Top U.S., Ukrainian Diplomats Discuss Russian Troop Buildup RFE/RL 10 Nov 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Russia would be making a "serious mistake" if it were to try to repeat what it did in 2014 in Ukraine, and he said Washington was concerned by reports of "unusual Russian military activity" near the Ukrainian border.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2021
- U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2021 -- The following is the text of the U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership signed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2021.
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meeting with Ukrainian Officials The White House 10 Nov 2021
- Blinken To Host Ukrainian Delegation For Relaunch Of Strategic Partnership Talks RFE/RL 10 Nov 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart in Washington as the Biden administration seeks to demonstrate support for the country in the face of Russian aggression while also pushing its leaders to carry out Western-backed reforms.
- US Wants Russia to Explain 'Military Buildup' Near Ukraine's Border Sputnik 10 Nov 2021 -- The US wants Moscow to give more information and explain the buildup of military forces near the Russian border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
- Blinken: US 'Concerned' About Russian Military Activity Near Ukraine VOA 10 Nov 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the U.S. was concerned about Russian military movements near Ukraine's border.
- Ukraine COVID Deaths Spike As EU Expected To Remove Safe-Travel Designation RFE/RL 09 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine has reported a record daily number of coronavirus deaths as Brussels is expected to remove it from the bloc's "white list" of travel-safe countries.
- Ukraine's Former President Sells TV Channels Following Passage Of 'Oligarch' Bill RFE/RL 09 Nov 2021 -- Ex-President Petro Poroshenko says he has sold two television stations to current and former employees to comply with a controversial new law targeting Ukraine's wealthiest individuals.
- Ukrainian Arrested and Charged with Ransomware Attack on Kaseya US Dept. of Justice 08 Nov 2021 -- The Justice Department announced today recent actions taken against two foreign nationals charged with deploying Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware to attack businesses and government entities in the United States.
- Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and FBI Director Christopher Wray Deliver Remarks on Sodinokibi/REvil Ransomware Arrest US Dept. of Justice 08 Nov 2021
- Statement by President Joe Biden on Today's Counter Ransomware Actions The White House 08 Nov 2021
- U.S. Charges Ukrainian, Russian For REvil Ransomware Attacks RFE/RL 08 Nov 2021 -- The U.S. Justice Department has charged a Russian and a Ukrainian for their role in a July ransomware attack on the Florida-based software firm Kaseya that impacted up to 1,500 businesses around the world.
- Reward Offers for Information to Bring Sodinokibi (REvil) Ransomware Variant Co-Conspirators to Justice US Dept. of State 08 Nov 2021 -- The Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to the identification or location of any individual holding a key leadership position in the Sodinokibi ransomware variant transnational organized crime group.
- Treasury Continues to Counter Ransomware as Part of Whole-of-Government Effort; Sanctions Ransomware Operators and Virtual Currency Exchange US Treasury 08 Nov 2021 -- Continuing the Administration's whole-of-government effort to counter ransomware, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced a set of actions focused on disrupting criminal ransomware actors and virtual currency exchanges that launder the proceeds of ransomware.
- Ukrainian, Russian Charged in US Ransomware Attacks VOA 08 Nov 2021 -- U.S. prosecutors on Monday said they had charged a Ukrainian man with launching a July ransomware attack on an American firm that had infected 1,500 businesses throughout the world.
- Ukraine Receives Nearly 3 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses From UN Fund RFE/RL 07 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine has received nearly 3 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine through a UN fund amid a surge in new cases in the country.
- Ukrainian President Signs 'Anti-Oligarch Law' RFE/RL 05 Nov 2021 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed into law a bill intended to curb the political influence of the country's oligarchs.
- Russian Military Maneuvers Near Ukraine 'Unusual,' US Warns VOA 05 Nov 2021 -- The United States is keeping a close watch on Russian troop movements near the country's border with Ukraine, describing the activity as "unusual."
- Ukraine Reaches 3 Million COVID-19 Cases Amid Vaccination Skepticism RFE/RL 04 Nov 2021 -- The number of coronavirus infections in Ukraine has exceeded 3 million with more than 70,000 deaths, the Health Ministry said on November 4, as Eastern Europe continues to struggle with a surge in COVID-19 cases amid low inoculation rates prompted by vaccine skepticism and disinformation.
- Study Traces Ukrainian Separatists' Arms To Russia RFE/RL 04 Nov 2021 -- Most of the ammunition and nearly all the weapons used by Ukrainian separatist forces was produced in what is today Russia, according to a detailed weapons-tracing study.
- Ukrainian Lawmakers Approve Reznikov As New Defense Minister RFE/RL 04 Nov 2021 -- The Ukrainian parliament has approved the appointment of the former deputy prime minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, to the post of defense minister.
- Triple Threat? Russia Halts Coal Exports To Ukraine, Cancels Power Auction Amid Gas Crisis RFE/RL 04 Nov 2021 -- For months, critics have accused Russia of withholding additional natural-gas shipments to Europe via Ukraine in order to pressure Brussels to fast-track its new Baltic Sea export pipeline, Nord Stream 2.
- Ukrainians Protest Against Coronavirus Restrictions As Cases Spike RFE/RL 03 Nov 2021 -- More than 1,000 people rallied in central Kyiv against Ukraine's tough COVID-19 restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
- Ukraine Says 90,000 Russian Troops Stationed Near Border RFE/RL 03 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine says Russia has kept tens of thousands of troops near its border following military exercises, in what Kyiv described as part of Moscow's attempts to exert pressure on its neighbor.
- US Not Yet Alarmed by Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine, Top General Says VOA 03 Nov 2021 -- Russia's military buildup along its border with Ukraine is not yet setting off any alarms in Washington.
- Ukraine's Defense Minister Resigns Ahead Of Expected Cabinet Reshuffle RFE/RL 02 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine's Defense Minister Andriy Taran has submitted a letter of resignation, the fourth senior official to do so in the past 24 hours, amid media reports saying parliament plans to discuss a government reshuffle this week.
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy US Dept. of State 02 Nov 2021
- Russia's Gazprom Declines To Book Extra Capacity On Ukraine, Poland Pipelines RFE/RL 02 Nov 2021 -- Russia's state-controlled Gazprom declined to book more pipeline capacity via Ukraine and Poland to ship gas to Europe in the first three quarters of next year, in a sign it may be waiting for approval of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.
- Kyiv Mayor Defends New Restrictions As COVID-19 Numbers Soar RFE/RL 01 Nov 2021 -- Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has warned that a large number of people are getting severely sick and the capacity of hospitals is more than 80 percent full, as the Ukrainian capital implemented tough new restrictions to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths attributed to low vaccination rates.
- Ukraine aims to drag Russia into conflict through Donbass provocations: foreign minister Lavrov Press TV 01 Nov 2021 -- Russia has accused Ukraine of trying to create a "provocative situation" aimed at dragging Moscow into a conflict in the country's eastern region of Donbass, amid an escalation between the Kiev government forces and pro-Russia separatists in the volatile region.
- Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Submits Resignation RFE/RL 01 Nov 2021 -- Ukraine's deputy prime minister for the reintegration of eastern regions controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists has submitted a letter of resignation.
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