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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Saturday 24 December. [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Saturday 24 December. [Ukrainian sources]

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America will provide lethal weapons neighbor Ukraine

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Poland and the US signed an agreement to supply cruise missiles Republic

Poland and the US signed an agreement providing for the supply of cruise missiles ASSM-ER.

Reported Polish Ministry of National Defence.

"Recently an agreement was signed between Poland and the United States, which guarantees the supply of Polish missile ASSM-ER. The contract value is 940 million zlotys ($ 235 million)", - informed the agency.

ASSM-ER - US high-precision cruise missile "air - ground". It can hit targets at a distance of 980 kilometers from the start.

Recall, on the eve of US President Barack Obama signed into law the country's defense policy with the cost at $ 611 billion. It said in a statement the Embassy of Ukraine in Facebook.

The law provides for increasing military salaries by 2.1% and other improvements. For example, benefits for military personnel and their families. Also document easier methods to combat cyber attacks and hostile unmanned vehicles.

In 2017, the US also intend to send to the "containment of Russia" $ 4.3 billion. This money will be used for political, economic and public diplomacy. Thus the Pentagon will also provide support to NATO allies.

According to the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States, the document also envisages to allocate funds to help Ukraine in the field of security, including lethal defensive weapons. Estimates of such assistance to Ukraine in the budget 2017, according to Obama signed the law, increased to 350 mln. USD. compared with 300 mln. USD. The US, which were laid in the same document for 2016.

"List of switching with enhanced tools and support for the development of an integrated system of monitoring the state border of Ukraine, as well as assistance in preparing staff officers and senior military command of the Armed Forces".

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Trump Advisor - a good friend of KGB spy

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Trump Advisor - a good friend of KGB spy



Candidate for councilor elected US president Donald Trump on national security Michael Flynn was a partner technology company Brainwave Science, headed by a businessman who pleaded guilty of trying to sell stolen scientific material in the 1980s the former Soviet secret service KGB

Retired Lieutenant General Flynn joined the advisory board of Brainwave Science in February, showing documents of the company. Company of Massachusetts is developing a technology discussion to assess whether people are lying during interrogations by measuring brain waves.

One of the two board members Brainwave Science was Sabu Cat, software engineer of Indian origin, who in 1996 pleaded guilty to selling stolen material biotech FBI agent pretending to be Soviet spy. According to prosecutors, sales data proves the fact that Cat had learned a secret military technology to the KGB from 1985 to 1990, according to the US Department of Defense.

Brainwave Science cats removed the name of the site sometime between Thursday and Friday, when the publication of Bloomberg News published a report on relations firm of Flynn, referring to the stored data Google. Members of the transition team Trump did not respond to requests for comment on Friday the situation in Kota also ignored the message.

Kota lawyer denies that he had any connection to espionage, and the Cat said Bloomberg, that criminal charges were due to misunderstanding of a patent dispute. Bloomberg also quoted a representative of the transition team Trump, who said that Flynn did not have anything to do with a cat on his work with Brainwave Science and he ended his cooperation with the firm.

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Obama Signs New Law Restructuring U.S. International Media

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Obama Signs New Law Restructuring U.S. International Media

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved legislation that would consolidate oversight of U.S. nonmilitary broadcasting in the hands of a single chief executive, an overhaul that supporters laud as a much-needed reform but critics warn could endanger journalistic independence.

The legislation, part of a larger bill on U.S. defense spending in 2017 that Obama signed into law on December 23, restructures the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees civilian government broadcasting and media operations such as RFE/RL and Voice of America.

The new law will replace the BBG's bipartisan board with a presidentially-appointed advisory board that will not have decision-making powers. Instead, those powers will be placed in the hands of a CEO appointed by the White House and subject to Senate confirmation.

Proponents of the law, which was spearheaded by Representative Ed Royce (Republican-California) and backed by Obama's administration, say it will improve performance of U.S. international broadcasting by scrapping a board consisting of members who served part-time and met infrequently.

But critics have raised concerns that it could damage the journalistic integrity of the media outlets under the agency's umbrella. Such powers in the hands of a White House-appointed CEO, they argue, could impinge on editorial firewalls between the outlets and the government.

The BBG's current CEO, John Lansing, remains in that position, which was created last year. But opponents of the bill have warned that President-elect Donald Trump -- who has had a contentious relationship with the press -- could seek to install a loyalist who would wield the agency as a tool of Trump's agenda................

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Donbas militants violate ceasefire four times on Saturday

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Donbas militants violate ceasefire four times on Saturday

Speaking at a news briefing in Kyiv on Saturday, Lysenko pointed out that an open-ended Christmas ceasefire had taken effect in Donbas at 0:00 am December 24, and the militants had violated these agreements four times as of 11:00 am Saturday.......

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New Moldova leader vows neutrality between EU and Russia

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New Moldova leader vows neutrality between EU and Russia

New President of Moldova vowed to unite the divided country and keep it neutral between the West and Russia, Igor Dodon said during the inaugural ceremony in the capital, Chisinau on December 23, according to RFE/RL.

While he was being sworn in, Dodon addressed the crowd that had gathered outside the Palace of the Republic, vowing to serve his time in the office as President of all Moldovans.

Dodon declared restoring the country's territorial integrity to be his main goal, aiming to reunite with Transnistria, a self-proclaimed republic, landlocked between the rest of Moldova and Ukraine...........

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"Singing trucker" harassed by Russian in Peru for mocking Putin

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"Singing trucker" harassed by Russian in Peru for mocking Putin

Donetsk-born Vadim Dubovsky, who lives in U.S., is known for his songs making fun of Russian President

American truck driver with Ukrainian background Vadim Dubovsky, known for his songs ridiculing Vladimir Putin, has had an unpleasant encounter with a Russian-speaking individual in Machu Picchu, Peru.

Mr. Dubovsky, who was born in Donetsk and now lives in the U.S., was wearing a provocative shirt with a known in Ukraine insulting slogan, aimed at Putin, which emerged after the Kremlin annexed Crimea and instigated the war in Donbas.

In a video, published by Dubovsky on Facebook, he is trying tell the obnoxious man, who has taken issue with the songs and the shirt, to stay away, in a futile attempt to end the argument.

While the video ends abruptly, Dubovsky says there was more than just the quarrel.

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Rise in pensions in Ukraine to be funded at expense of privatization

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Rise in pensions in Ukraine to be funded at expense of privatization

"Let's now, when we are talking about privatization, think that funds from privatization should be used only to replenish the Pension Fund," she said on the air of the 112.ua TV channel.

According to her, such a step would allow covering the deficit of the Pension Fund, increasing pension payments and avoiding an increase in pension contribution rates.......

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Marine Le Pen called Frexit part of its policy

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Marine Le Pen called Frexit part of its policy

Leader of the "National Front" in an interview with "Dimokratiya" said the conduct policy France's withdrawal from the EU, which "is a knife to the heart of national sovereignty" in Europe

«Frexit (French withdrawal from the EU) will be part of my policy," - said Le Pen, who plans to participate in presidential elections in France.

"What is the EU? - Asks the politician. - An organization created without considering the views of European nations consists of oligarchy banks and technocrats such as (European Commission President Jean-Claude) Juncker and others have never picked no nation acting in the interest of German and French banks that hold their own economic policies when faced with complete contempt nations whom they blackmailed."

According to leader of the "National Front", "The EU is the knife into the heart of national sovereignty of European countries, the euro is not the currency, but a tool of blackmail used by Brussels for its policies."

Le Pen said that "NATO is no longer necessary." "The block was created when there was a threat of the Warsaw Pact and the expansion of the communist Soviet Union", - he reminded. "The USSR no longer exists, as does not exist and the Warsaw Pact - continued policies. - Washington supports the existence of NATO to achieve their goals in Europe."

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Trump aide partnered with firm run by man with alleged KGB ties

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Trump aide partnered with firm run by man with alleged KGB ties

Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, partnered this year with a controversial technology company co-run by a man once convicted of trying to sell stolen biotech material to the Russian KGB espionage agency, according to Bloomberg.

Subu Kota, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to selling the material to an FBI agent posing as a Russian spy, is one of two board directors at the company, Boston-based Brainwave Science. During years of federal court proceedings, prosecutors presented evidence they said showed that between 1985 and 1990 Kota met repeatedly with a KGB agent and was part of a spy ring that made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling U.S. missile defense technology to Russian spies. Kota denied being part of a spy ring, reached a plea agreement in the biotech case and admitted to selling a sketch of a military helicopter to his co-defendant, who was later convicted of being a KGB operative, Bloomberg wrote. Flynn served more than three decades in the military and rose to become director of the Defense Intelligence Agency before he was fired by President Barack Obama in 2014 over policy disagreements. He formed a private consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, which has sought business with an array of cyber security firms and defense contractors. He began collaborating with Brainwave Science last spring............

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Savchenko suggested that the current government no less criminal than the previous

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Savchenko suggested that the current government no less criminal than the previous
According to her, now increase the power of the current president Poroshenko

Needless to strengthen the presidency Petro Poroshenko, if the current government no less criminal than the previous one? This question sounded MP Hope Savchenko on the air "112 Ukraine" on Saturday, December 24.

"Now, increase the power of the current president. But if people perceive themselves that the current government no less criminal than the previous one, is it necessary to reinforce this president? What would happen if we increased the Yanukovych? We would have suffered two years? What happens if we endure it now?" - Said Nadezhda Savchenko.

She expressed the opinion that there is no state position.

"I'm already starting to realize that people are right. We have written in the Constitution that the people - is power. And someone to delegate his authority nothing because delegates are unworthy" - said Savchenko.



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Gingrich mocks Russia over Israel vote

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Gingrich mocks Russia over Israel vote

In a jab at Russia that could also be taken as one against President-elect Donald Trump, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich mocked Russia for its vote Friday in the U.N. Security Council.

"So Russia having illegally occupied Crimea and eastern Ukraine votes to condemn Israel for "occupied lands." We are supposed to be impressed," he tweeted Saturday morning.

The U.N. Security Council, a frequent source of anti-Israel resolutions and rhetoric, voted 14-0 on Friday to condemn Israel for settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem that Israel occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967.

The United States abstained on the measure. Russia — which like the United States has veto power in the Security Council as a permanent member — voted against Israel.............

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US President Barack Obama extended action "Magnitsky Act" in ALL countries

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US President Barack Obama extended action "Magnitsky Act" in ALL countries



The president can impose sanctions on any foreign person who violated human rights

Following US President Barack Obama a bill to finance the Pentagon in 2017 approved the action "Global Magnitsky act on accountability in human rights." Thus the effect of "Magnitsky Act" applies to all countries, whereas previously it concerned only the citizens of Russia, says DW.

The document, in particular, allows the US president "to impose sanctions on any foreign person" about whom there are "compelling reasons" for its allegations of "extrajudicial killings, torture and other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." In addition, the law allows to impose sanctions against government officials or members of their entourage involved in acts of corruption and bribery.

The sanctions include the denial of entry to the United States and getting US visas and freezing of assets, which are in US jurisdiction.

Action statutes apply to the six-year period, but the same restrictions on individuals with permanent and can be removed only by a decision of the American head of state.

The US Senate on Thursday, December 8, approved legislation to expand the "Magnitsky Act" in the world.

US adopted the "Magnitsky Act" at the end of 2012. Restrictions impose personal sanctions on citizens who US officials believe involved in violations of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. The sanctions restrict entry into the United States and can block the financial assets in some banks.

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Russia threatens Poland, after the dismantling of the Soviet monument

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Russia threatens Poland, after the dismantling of the Soviet monument



Foreign Ministry called "another act of demonstrative cynicism" dismantle the monument of gratitude that is installed in the Polish city of Lancut to commemorate the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who liberated Poland from the Nazi occupation.

It is said in comments posted on the website dypvidomstva.

"This is another act of demonstrative cynicism. The Polish government not just ignored again interstate treaty on good-neighborly friendship and cooperation of 1992, an intergovernmental agreement on burial places and the memory of victims of war and repression of 1994 that require care of monuments", - the dypvidomstvom.

Foreign Ministry warned the Polish government to accept amendments to the legislation that actually open the way to the destruction of Soviet and Russian monuments in the country.

"We know about preparing amendments to the Polish law prohibiting" propaganda of communist or other totalitarian system. "Their decision will open the way for the mass extermination of Soviet / Russian monuments in Poland. We would strongly warn the Polish side of this rash step to avoid additional complications to our already complicated bilateral relations", - stated in the comments.

In dypvidomstvom stressed that no consultations with Russia on dismantling, as required by international legal obligations of Warsaw, was carried out. "We and the entire civilized community shows in Poland related to the tragic recent history when the people of Europe at great sacrifice and effort managed to defend their freedom and independence. This year alone, this fate befell Poland Seven monuments to Soviet soldiers, there were fifteen acts of vandalism at the Soviet memorial sites in t. H. Nine - in cemeteries,"- noted in the comments.

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We are trying to punish: Lavrov to give a tough response to US new sanctions

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We are trying to punish: Lavrov to give a tough response to US new sanctions

The new sanctions, the administration of President Barack Obama is trying to harm Russia.

This is stated in the comments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published on the site office.

"We will not take penalties. Russian companies related to the Crimea, agricultural enterprises, energy and defense industry," Tempbank "that interacts with Syrian partners and other structures against which serves American administration, which is to continue to normal work. But she again appears in the form of unattractive, leaving a nasty memory of himself, "- said the Foreign Ministry.

Also, Moscow has accused Washington of aiding terrorists.

"We are trying to" punish "government support for Syria ... has long been observed that the current Washington administration in its quest for regime change in Syria is ready to help any destructive forces. Protects and conceals terrorist group" Al-Nusra Dzhabhat "which is nothing but a division of "al-Qaeda", who made the worst terrorist attacks in US history, "- said in a commentary.

As reported by the "Observer", the United States introduced sanctions against 23 Russian companies and management "Tempbank", which is based in Moscow, because of the war in Ukraine and Syria.

It was also aware of US plans to impose sanctions against the GRU, Russia.

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"We pray to the friendship with Russia", Putin propaganda launched a new technology Ukraine media

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"We pray to the friendship with Russia", Putin propaganda launched a new technology Ukraine media

Russian propaganda due to "throw" the media calls "every means to restore economic relations" between Ukraine and Russia.

This writes the "Media Detector".

Technology for months by implementing a number of websites, including "Timer", "Comments", "112 Ukraine", "Ukrainian News", "Podrobnosty.ua" "Holos.ua" "Korrespondent", "AIF in Ukraine" , Vesti.ua "and others.

"With the end of summer in Ukrainian and Russian media had posted a series of statements Ukrainian deputies who called to restore economic relations with Russia", - stated in the material.

Among those who spoke with such appeals - MP from "Oppobloka" Nikolay Skorik, individual deputies Eugene Murayev and Jacob Bezbakh, representative of the parliamentary group "Renaissance" Anton Zoltan, an MP from the MFP Oleg Recently played, the deputy of the Odessa regional council "Oppobloka" Victor Baranskii.

In October, Russian resource "Ukrayna.Ru" published an interview with the oligarch Dmitry Firtash, which he deems necessary to restore economic ties with Russia, otherwise "Ukraine will collapse."

"News with the same headings and text, as at" Timer ", regularly published in the Russian media, primarily - on the site" Lenta.ru "where news of Ukrainian deputies statement word for word repeating Ukrainian news" TASS "and at" Russian newspaper "," Vzhlyad.ru "and others, until" Layf.ru "and" First channel ". also note this" petition "paid personally Viktor Medvedchuk, who in his LJ described in detail, how many and which companies "turned" to Poroshenko, "- the author writes.

In statements MPs, the media began to appear appeals and petitions to the President of Petro Poroshenko from various labor groups and companies from the requirement to "establish economic ties with Russia."

Some public "petition" was published on sites created just days before placing them information such petition Kharkiv JSC "Industrial science and technology company" Inteko "treatment group" Karpatnaftokhim "(Ukrainian" daughter "of Russian" Lukoil ") or a petition of "Yevronasinnya" on its website.

However, the company "Karpatnaftokhim" "pedigree cattle" Stepnoy "and" Lyhachovskyy bakery, "petition" were published, said that nothing is signed and gave denial, but these rebuttal "on the local press did not go."

"In December sites of regional councils Poltava, Chernihiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions and at the City Council Kropivnitskogo were petitions, which are residents of areas allegedly calling urgently restore relations with Russia. All the petitions quickly collected the required number of votes and passed the threshold to for discussion at meetings of the council. but the site "StopFeyk" ?? notes that petitions regions are signs that residents were not created in these regions, and the election results were rigged, "- said in the article.

As reported by the "Observer" on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope for normalization of relations with Ukraine.

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