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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Wednesday 28 June. [Ukrainian sources]

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:34 am
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Manafort admitted that his company received $ 17 million from the Party of Regions. Russians distort the facts, - the press-secretary of the State Department about the conversation Lavrov and Tillerson.  US Department of State warns US citizens against all travel to the occupied territory of Ukraine.  Placing 4 thousand NATO military in Poland and the Baltic countries in proportion to the actions of Russia.  The car blew up from SBU in Donetsk region: one dead.  Ukraine will strengthen NATO assistance in countering cyber attacks. The Daily Vertical: Putin's Next Spectacle. "The war will stop when the Russians refuse to kill neighbors" for Putin".

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"The war will stop when the Russians refuse to kill neighbors" for Putin "- former State Duma deputy Gudkov of captive Ageev

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:37 am
"The war will stop when the Russians refuse to kill neighbors" for Putin "- former State Duma deputy Gudkov of captive Ageev

In Russia, the flow goes Anonymous "cargo 200", and since the Pskov paratroopers nothing has changed.

As Tsenzor.NET , writes about a Facebook former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov Russia.

"On the captive Russian soldier (Ageev - Ed.) You want to read this one Ukrainian post. Text terrible, but worse than a war that continues." The destruction of the Russian Intelligence Group Pryshybom under the eyes of the enemy, the captain and his companion Shcherbak cut throat fighter 22- Special Forces brigade of the Armed Forces Viktor Ageev taken captive. "So, no need to repeat the federal media lies about" media who wrote about captured .... "Two Russians killed were killed in the battle, and another - captured "- said Gudkov.

"Every morning ribbon agencies povnyatsya information night fights. Corpses, corpses, corpses. Just this time the story through captive out loud. In Russia, the flow goes Anonymous" cargo 200 " and since the Pskov paratroopers nothing has changed. but the Russians themselves continue to go kill - and die. They know about the war with Ukraine. They are ready for it, their parents then confused saying "we have something suspect, but he was silent, well happen - Rostov region. "For these be atkiv compromise with conscience rotating slain children. How much they pay for them, beneficial deal? Stop the war should not Putin, it unleashed. The war will stop only when the parents are not allowed "in the Rostov region" children, and themselves "children" refuse to kill neighbors "for Putin, according Kharchenko." Otherwise, we will be in the background reading about the battle, and once a year dread that near killed miners and tractor found Russian military flights ", - says ex-deputy of the State Duma.

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Manafort admitted that his company received $ 17 million from the Party of Regions

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:39 am
Manafort admitted that his company received $ 17 million from the Party of Regions



The former head of the election headquarters of US President Donald Trump Paul Manafort in 2012-2013 received 17 million dollars from the Party of Regions.

Reported Tsenzor.NET with reference to the BBC .

The fact of receiving money Manafort to work for the Party of Regions of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to the documents that are filed in the US American Ministry of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Consulting firm ex-head of the electoral staff of Trump had to create a foreign agent because of work on the Ukrainian party. Failure to register can be prosecuted.

Of the completed form, which is submitted to the Ministry of Justice Manafort, it follows that in 2012-2013, his firm, for example, wrote election program for the Party of Regions, implemented the strategy of the election campaign, the party has developed a platform and to conduct international election observation.

It is noted that the company has entered into a deal with the Acting Chairman of the Party of Regions Volodymyr Rybak - from 2012 to 2014 Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The questionnaire submitted to the Justice Ministry, the aim of the firm Manafort to the Party of Regions in 2013-2014 called "decentralization of power to deliver maximum power to the regions, the construction of Western-style political party, and the transformation of Ukraine into the most attractive country for investment in the region. "

The company has received from the Ukrainian party of $ 17 million. Consultants, job questionnaires agencies and other services Manafort company has spent more than $ 4 million, including patrols and travel - US $ 2.1 million.

Documents passed by the US Justice Department, published in the newspaper Washington Post.

June 26 the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Holodnitsky said that the signatures Manafort was not on one of the pages of "ledger" the Party of Regions and its wine information - this is a PR technique.

However, in November 2016 it reported that the NABU detectives obtained additional evidence of illegal payments from the "black cash" Manafort Party of Regions.

Recall, May 31, 2016 MP Serhiy Leshchenko released data showing the allocation of the Party of Regions of large sums to the party activities "Our Ukraine" and the Communist Party, as well as for the work of the Central Election Commission in 2012.

The documents also was an American lobbyist and political consultant Paul Manafort, who was forced to withdraw from the election headquarters of the US presidential candidate Donald Trump because of the scandal with the "black accounting".

Later, people's deputy of Ukraine Serhiy Leshchenko in his article "Manafort Yanukovych and laundered money through Kyrgyzstan," he said that the Party of Regions to pay for services spin doctor Paul Manafort using offshore jurisdictions and banks of dubious reputation.

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US Department of State warns US citizens against all travel to the occupied territory of Ukraine

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:44 am
US Department of State warns US citizens against all travel to the occupied territory of Ukraine

US Department of State continued to recommendations for avoiding visits to the United States citizens in the occupied Crimea, and in the occupied territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk region of Ukraine.

As the Tsenzor.NET with reference to Ukrinform, it said in an official agency report , released on Tuesday.

"US Department of State warns US citizens for the avoidance of any travel to the Crimea and eastern regions (Ukraine - Ed.) - Donetsk and Lugansk," - the document says.

Thus, the State Department continued to warn of the dangers of travel in these regions, which operated from December 14, 2016.

"The separatists controlled by the Russian authorities continue to monitor the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where as a result of violent clashes killed more than 9 thousand people.", - the report says.

It emphasizes the danger of a "regular artillery and rocket attacks" in the vicinity of the boundary line.

"Individuals, including US citizens, have been threatened, detained or abducted for several hours or days after stopping on separatist checkpoints, and one citizen United States, who has worked in the Special OSCE observation mission in Ukraine, was killed in an uncontrollable state region Donetsk region ", - reminded the State Department.

In addition, the ministry stressed that the situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and fleeting.

"US citizens in Ukraine should avoid large crowds, be prepared to stay indoors in case of aggravation of protests and demonstrations", - noted in the State Department.

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Russians distort the facts, - the press-secretary of the State Department about the conversation Lavrov and Tillerson

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:48 am
Russians distort the facts, - the press-secretary of the State Department about the conversation Lavrov and Tillerson

The State Department noted that the Russian side distorts the private diplomatic conversations between the heads of the US and Russian foreign ministries.

According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to Ukrinform , so he reacted State Department spokesman Heather Nauert to post Russians that Tillerson reportedly warned Lavrov preparing the US on Syria statement.

"The Russians often divulge information that they sometimes committed wrong to characterize things," - said the spokesman of the State Department during the regular briefing on Tuesday.

She stressed that the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "Russians always spoke clearly about how we feel about certain things."

In addition, she said, Tillerson prefers "to carry out his diplomatic work in the private format during these conversations, because he believes that we can be most effective in this direction."

Nauert has refused to comment on the statements by the Russian media, but noted that the head of the US State Department Rex Tillerson "has in the past expressed its concern towards Russia, and it continues to do so. "

As reported, the White House issued a statement in which it denounced the preparation of the regime of Bashar al-Assad for a possible chemical attack on civilians, threatening "a high price" for the regime and its troops.

In addition, the US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Heyli on Tuesday posted a statement on the official Twitter page on the subject.

"In any further attacks on the Syrian people will be blamed Assad, as well as Russia and Iran, which support the killing of his own people", - said the representative of the United States.

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Placing 4 thousand NATO military in Poland and the Baltic countries in proportion to the actions of Russia, - Stoltenberg

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:51 am
Placing 4 thousand NATO military in Poland and the Baltic countries in proportion to the actions of Russia, - Stoltenberg

NATO's actions in the Baltic States and Poland are defensive in nature, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine , about it he said on Wednesday, 28 June, at a press conference in Brussels.

"Somewhere around 4 thousand troops in total (located in these countries as part of a plan to strengthen the presence of NATO - Ed.) In addition, there are national armed forces.. and the US forces present in the framework of bilateral agreements in Poland and some other countries ", - he said at a press conference in Brussels.

"The fact that NATO is doing, is defensive in nature and in proportion to the tens of thousands of Russian troops, which we see on the other side of the border and I think that what we are doing in the Baltic States and Poland -. It is a proportionate response," - said Stoltenberg.

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The car blew up from SBU in Donetsk region: one dead

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:52 am
The car blew up from SBU in Donetsk region: one dead

In the Constantine district of Donetsk region on Tuesday it was blown up the car with the SBU.

Reported Tsenzor.NET citing its sources.

The explosion occurred in a car, where there were four employees of the SBU. One of them was killed and three were wounded.

Judging by the nature of the explosion, the explosive device was laid under the vehicle floor.

The case is investigating the military prosecutor.

Recall, June 27, 2017 at about 8:00. 10 min. in Kiev on the street. Mekhanizatorov (the intersection with Str. Solomenska) unidentified persons terrorist act by detonation of an explosive device, which was laid down (from the available information) in the passenger compartment of the brand "Mercedes-Benz", registration № 6609 AA AB.

The blast killed an officer of the Main Intelligence Department of Defense Shapoval Maksim Mihaylovich Ukraine.

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Ukraine will strengthen NATO assistance in countering cyber attacks - Stoltenberg

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:54 am
Ukraine will strengthen NATO assistance in countering cyber attacks - Stoltenberg

NATO is increasing its assistance to Ukraine in countering cyber attacks similar to those that occurred on June 27.

This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, transmits the "European truth."

"We have seen new global cyber attacks in May and in recent days, it only confirms the need to intensify efforts in the field kiberoborony, including the revitalization of the partner countries", - he said.

Stoltenberg said that NATO is already helping Ukraine and for this purpose trust fund was established to cybersecurity.

"The attack we have seen, greatly increases the importance of supporting Ukraine. We will continue to do so is an important part of our cooperation ", - he added.

Recall, June 27, a computer virus attacked bleeder Ukrainian banks , public and private companies, media and government departments. The National Bank of Ukraine called it the most "hacker" attack.

Upon cyber police opened criminal proceedings .

Of cyber attacks as stated in European companies and the US .

The virus runs through malicious links or program updates MEdoc. Back in 2016, the year the German company heise Security found a new type srypto-extortionist Petya. A new virus that attacked the Ukrainian institutions can be a modification of last year Petya.

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The Daily Vertical By Brian Whitmore (VIDEO report): Putin's Next Spectacle

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:56 am
The Daily Vertical By Brian Whitmore (VIDEO report): Putin's Next Spectacle



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Poroshenko's visit with Trump, experts pointed out another interesting point

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:08 am
Poroshenko's visit with Trump, experts pointed out another interesting point

Political experts shared their opinions on how to be linked to the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to the US leader Donald Trump and statement of CAP Nazar Holodnytskoho on Paul Manafort.

This, they said the comments "apostrophe".

"At first, a year ago, they declared their involvement Manafort, said going investigation, and now they say the opposite. The image of the country this is suffering. I have said earlier, if there were any documents they need to continue the investigation," - said the international expert and lobbyist Nikolai Vorobyov, adding that after the scandal Manafort resigned and it was a serious blow to Trump as a presidential candidate.

"Now they give back and say they are investigating is not, in fact, it shows lack of seriousness Ukrainian law enforcement and anti-corruption prosecution" - said the expert.

Vorobyov also suggested that such statements are directly related to the visit Poroshenko in the US.

"Without additional leverage over the White House, I believe the Administration of the President makes certain overtures toward Trump in order not to escalate the situation and worsen relations with the White House, as I recall, Trump is very vindictive. And in Ukraine, Ukrainian politicians and almost unilaterally played into the hands of Hillary Clinton" - he said.

In turn politekspert Taras Zagorodny sure that it Manafort and investigation of ambarniy book does not end.

"I originally said that it came to nothing lead. I want to ask: where ambarniy results throughout the book? What are the results in other cases? There is alleged signatures of others. But there are no results," - he said. The expert added that Manafort remained close to Trump personally and any action in his side will be unprofitable for Ukrainian authorities.

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In Russia offering to block foreign media

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:59 am
In Russia offering to block foreign media

The Federation Council of Russia plans to introduce to block foreign Russian-language media.

The chairman of the interim committee of the Chamber to protect state sovereignty of Russia Andrei Klimov, sends federal agency TASS.

He said the need to develop a legal framework, "which will regulate the Russian media with audiences in Russia, even if they are registered abroad."

"To oblige such media to disclose their sources of funding for the Ministry of Justice and report on their activities in accordance with the law on foreign agents. Failure to block legislation to authorize such Roskomnadzor media in Russia ", - he said.

According to him, these proposals are currently being developed. The possibility also give the Ministry of Justice to conduct investigations to determine the sources of funding mass media registered in Russia.

"If are found signs of foreign funding and in the interest of a foreign state media are obliged to report on their activities in accordance with the law on foreign agents" - said Klimov.

Note that the monitoring committee attempts of external interference in the internal affairs of Russia was established June 14, 2017 year. It is designed to track the activities of "foreign states, international organizations and international organizations to implement the intervention in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres of activity in Russia."

Note also that Russia may ban messenger Telegram. The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov  appealed to the administration Telegram  and Durov requested to register as a distributor in Russia. In case of failure  Roskomnadzor threatened to block the messenger  Telegram in.

By Telegram Durov , for his part, said that the statement is Roskomnadzor "as sabotage state interests" of Russia.

Then, June 26, the Russian FSB said that the terrorist attack in Metro St. Petersburg on April 3 was prepared  using messenger Telegram . In turn, the Telegram issued instructions to bypass the blocking messenger in Russia.

Creator Telegram Pavel Durov said that demand Roskomnadzor transmit  user data Telegram  contrary to the laws of the Russian Federation.

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Moscow Church say that Jews prepare the arrival of the Antichrist

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:35 pm
Moscow Church say that Jews prepare the arrival of the Antichrist

That is the original, but far from the truth, the theory of the origin of the name " Ukraine " can be found on the site pochaev.org.ua . It would seem that this is not surprising, because the Internet lacks pro-Russian chauvinist sites. A number of them  Ministry recommends ban informpolityky even as those who are a threat Ukrayiny.Odnak, striking that the aforementioned resource is one of the official sites ... Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). And everything in order.

If you want to search networks to find some information about the UOC MP, I immediately see a resource church.ua - the official portal of the official websites of official agencies of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In church.ua, you can find data on temples, monasteries, Cathedrals UOC MP and therefore such information.

In particular, on this site and the page dedicated to the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, which is located in the region, and its official resource pochaev.org.ua .

It should be noted that the Pochaiv Lavra is one of the pillars of Moscow Church in Western Ukraine. For example, here in 2016 began on the so-called "religious procession" in Kyiv , which was accompanied by a series of scandals and provocations.

But the articles on this site forced to take up the head. Here the mixed Russian imperalizm, chauvinism, Ukrainophobia, banal ignorance of history and has a number of things that a detailed study would be the subject of study and the relevant authorities.

In particular, material called "Monk Lawrence of Chernigov poslednyh of time (1868-1950)" tells us about the theory of the origin of the name "Ukraine" and Jews are Orthodox prytisnyaly, and which, as it turns out, was the secret capital of Poland:

"Poland bыla tainai yudeyskaya Capital. Yudey ponuzhdaly Poles zavoevыvat Russia. When Poles zavoevaly part Rus, the otdaly yudeyam for rent Orthodox monasteries and churches. Orthodox priests and people could not commit without permission nykakyh s necessary. Tesnyly and co vseh prytesnyaly Orthodox parties, Patronizing Poland, katolychestvu and unyy.

Very Yudeyam not nravylys words: Russ and Russian, named snachala Therefore zavoevannыe Poles and otdannыe in th rent n Malorossyya earth. Opomnylys sweat, there something here Ross word, and called Okraynoy. Word outskirts - is pozornoe and unyzytelnoe word! Cocoa outskirts? Cheho, outskirts why ?! After all, for эtoy mnymoy yudo-polskoy okraynoy others are back country and state. And Later in the same s pointer Poles legalized we sell concepts and ukrayntsы, Avto We ohotno Russian Title Forgot own way, forever and otorvalys from Holy Orthodox Rus".

Here you can read the instructions and the unity of the "brotherly Russia":

"And Father else said:" As impossible Section Presvyatuyu Trinity, father and Sыna, and the Holy Spirit, God Edin This is because Section impossible Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. This Together Holy Rus. Know and remember not zabыvayte."

At the site you can find interesting material about the so-called "Dulles plan" with the eloquent name: "inner Russia, hrany veru pravoslavnuyu in Nei Salvation same you! Dulles' Plan for the USSR ".

As a material it is about chips and the treacherous Jews prepare the arrival of the Antichrist, and more about the different things that a normal person will seem ridiculous. But, remember, it's all on the official site of one of the largest religious communities in Ukraine, the center is located in the Russian capital Moscow.

Also on the site is "interesting" materials dedicated to children's cartoons and books. That's the most original quotes from them:

"Did you know that the animated series" SpongeBob "- a primitive and propaganda of homosexuality?"

"Children series" pokemons "(monsters, demons) propagates occultism and violence, because the essence of the cartoon - a brutal destruction Pokemon"

"Mulserial" Shrek "pidshtovhuye children to sadism and perversion"

"Japanese cartoon style" anime "and" Manga "Ukrainian encourage children to change sex (this is called gender-bender) and promoting sexual perversion as the norm."

Inherited from filling site and the material Harry Potter "Harry Potter Orthodox eyes."

This may look funny. But some of the above materials are nothing more than incite ethnic and religious hatred. And what ends such calls to a common hatred today we can see the Donbas.

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Ukrainian SBU Colonel Killed By Blast In Donetsk Region

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:49 pm
Ukrainian SBU Colonel Killed By Blast In Donetsk Region

Ukraine says a security service (SBU) colonel was killed and three others injured when a car exploded in the Donetsk region on June 28.

The SBU said in a statement that Yuriy Vozny was killed when the car he was traveling in with three others exploded in the Kostyantynivka district of a Ukrainian-controlled portion of the Donetsk region.

Vozny's death came a day after Ukrainian Colonel Maksim Shapoval was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv.

The three people injured in the June 28 blast were hospitalized with varying injuries.

The SBU said that Vozny is the 23rd officer in the security service to have been killed since fighting began in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian General Staff said on June 28 that its forces had killed two Russia-backed separatists in a clash in eastern Ukraine, including a Russian captain named Aleksandr Shcherbak.

The general staff said it had also captured a Russian citizen in the same incident.

The BBC's Russian Service identified the captive as Viktor Ageyev.

Russia denies it has active soldiers fighting in Ukraine.....

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Ukraine, Russia, Poland Still Grappling With Major New Ransomware Attack

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:57 pm
Ukraine, Russia, Poland Still Grappling With Major New Ransomware Attack

Companies across the world are still grappling with the effects of a major new ransomware cyberattack that struck their computer systems, with Ukrainian firms and government sites among the worst hit.

Ukraine initially seemed to be the target of the cyberattack, which started on June 27, affecting websites of banks and major industrial enterprises, but it also hit other countries and international companies around the world.

The virus's pace appeared to slow by June 28, partly because the malware seemed to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.

However, businesses in the Asia-Pacific region reported some disruptions on June 28 with the operations of several European companies hit.

Mysterious Shadowbrokers

Like last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry, the new attack spread by using the EternalBlue intrusion tool that cybersecurity experts believe was created by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and released online by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.​

The malicious software freezes the user's computer until an untraceable ransom is paid in the digital Bitcoin currency.

Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab said it had traced some 2,000 attacks -- most of them in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.

Ukraine reported heavy disruption from the malware, with computer networks of the government, banks, the state power distributor, the postal service, and Kyiv's international airport being affected.

Radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility had to be performed manually due to a related systems failure.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman said on June 27 that his country was suffering an "unprecedented" cyberattack but that "vital systems" were not being affected.

The Ukrainian government said on June 28 that it had managed to restore its computer networks after they went down.

"The situation is under the full control of cybersecurity specialists," a statement said. "They are currently working on recovering lost data."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 28 that the cyberattack caused no serious problems at a corporate or state level in Russia.

Other Countries Hit

Russia's central bank said there were isolated cases of lenders' IT systems being infected. One consumer lender, Home Credit, had to suspend client operations.

Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company and one of the world's biggest crude producers by volume, said its servers were attacked but that oil production was not affected because it switched over to backup systems.

Elsewhere, British advertising firm WPP, U.S. law company DLA Piper, and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also infected.

The White House National Security Council said government agencies were investigating the attack and that the United States was "determined to hold those responsible accountable."

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised those targeted by the attacks not to pay the ransom, saying there was no guarantee that access to files would be restored. It said it was monitoring the attacks and coordinating with other countries.

Speaking on June 28 at a press conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the cyberattack "underlines the importance of strengthening our cyberdefenses and that is exactly what NATO is doing."...................

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Russian contract soldier captured while fighting in Donbas. Russia denies everything

on Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:47 pm
Russian contract soldier captured while fighting in Donbas. Russia denies everything

Another Russian soldier whose active combat in Ukraine is denied by Moscow has been captured in the Luhansk oblast after a battle in which his fellow Russian soldier was killed. Russia’s attempts to deny that Viktor Ageyev is a current contract soldier are refuted by the 22-year-old’s mother, friends and former soldier colleagues. They have informed the BBC Russian Service that Ageyev returned to the Russian Army after military service, and signed a contract in March 2017.

Sources in Ukraine’s Defence Ministry report that Ageyev was captured on June 24 near the village Zhelobok in the Luhansk oblast, after a clash between Ukrainian soldiers and a sabotage and intelligence unit from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic [LPR].

According to the commander of the Ukrainian unit, Vladyslav Klochkov, the LPR sabotage group was led by a Russian officer, Captain Aleksandr Shcherbak (codename Alex). It attempted to penetrate the area where the Ukrainian brigade was located, with this detected and prevented. Klochkov reports that the fighters were ordered to surrender, but that Shcherbak and a sniper attempted to shoot their way out and were killed. Four men were captured, including the 22-year-old Russian citizen from the Altai region, together with his weapons, used only in the Russian Army.

The BBC has tried to track Ageyev’s military background and run up against evasive answers or been told to put their requests in writing.

It has spoken with two former colleagues of Ageyev, one of whom agreed to speak to them on condition of anonymity. He confirmed that both had finished military service in 2016, but that Ageyev had later gone on to serve under contract in military intelligence. He says that the young man had wanted to sign a contract for a different unit, and he doesn’t know how that worked out.

Ageyev himself wrote on his VKontakte page on April 1 this year that he had become a contract solder. The BBC explains that he did not have an account under his own name, but that his friends had confirmed that the post was from him. He was, for example, in an LPR fighters’ group.

Under his own name in the social network ‘Odnoklassniki’, he posted photos in April and May with military intelligence symbols, as well as several photos in military gear without insignia but with weapons.

The BBC has also seen correspondence between Ageyev and a former co-conscript. In it, Ageyev is directly asked if he is in Ukraine and says yes. When asked what he’s doing there, he answers: “I’m a contract soldier. They pay enough”.

Svetlana Ageyeva recognized the documents made public by the Ukrainian Military as being from her son. She told the BBC that she is worried because he hasn’t been in touch for a long time, and says that she spoke with him last on May 30.

According to her, Ageyev signed a contract on March 18, with the place where he was to be posted – Bataisk in the Rostov oblast (which borders Ukraine).

She told the BBC that nobody from the military command had been in touch with her.

This has doubtless changed by now. Judging by many other occasions, it is likely that pressure will be put on Svetlana Ageyeva to either change her story or to stop communicating with the press altogether.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Russian Defence Ministry, which had earlier refused to comment, had denied everything in the BBC’s report. They claim that Ageyev ended his military service in May 2016 and never served as a contract soldier.

They also seem to have sped into action to cover up their and Ageyev’s tracks. InformNapalm asserts that on June 28 Russia’s security service [FSB] changed Ageyev’s page on VKontakte to the name of Vitaly Popov, with a few other changes, including to date of birth made, and some photos removed. The InformNapalm journalists have used the Yandex search engine’s cache to recover and take screen shots of some of the deleted / edited items, which can be seen in their video here. Indeed, if you press on the Google address for Viktor Ageyev, an updated page appears in the name of Popov.

In May 2015, two Russian military intelligence officers - Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov – were also seized after a battle in the Luhansk oblast, during which a Ukrainian soldier was killed. The two men told all those who visited them in hospital, including a Russian Novaya Gazeta journalist and a member of the Russian Human Rights Council, that they were serving Russian military officers. They gave this information freely and without Ukrainians present in the room.

Both men were devastated by the effective isolation, with their families back home not answering the phone. Gradually, first one (Yerofeyev) and then both changed their story to fit that given by the Russian Defence Ministry. They were later exchanged for Ukrainian MP and political prisoner Nadiya Savchenko (details here).

Valentina Melnykova, Head of the Union of Russian Soldiers’ Mothers Committees, recently told Ukraine’s TV 112 that the war in Donbas is the first war she is aware of where the families of young men killed are not approaching the committees for help. She suggested that the families were probably getting ‘insurance’ payments, but said that for her it was hard to understand “why Russian families agreed so easily to this silence, to this anonymity”............

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Money Not Likely Main Motive Of Cyberattackers, UN Cybercrime Chief Says

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Money Not Likely Main Motive Of Cyberattackers, UN Cybercrime Chief Says

Investigators still don't know who launched the latest global cyberattack, but the attackers' strategy suggests money was not the main motive, the top United Nations cybercrime official said on June 29.

The ransomware software was very advanced and more sophisticated than the software used in the previous WannaCry attacks, said Neil Walsh, head of the UN Global Program on Cybercrime in Vienna.

But the current attackers showed little skill when it comes to collecting ransom from victims in exchange for unlocking their computers, which were frozen up by infected malware sent by the attackers.

Walsh said the perpetrators only set up one e-mail address for receiving ransom payments in Bitcoins, making it easy for the e-mail provider to shut down their account on June 28 and cut off the ransom payments.

The botched attempt at collecting ransom suggests the hackers had little criminal experience and points to a state-run or amateur operation, Walsh said. But he added that the identity of the attackers remains unknown.

"This could be anything from one kid sitting in his basement... to a nation state," he said.

The ransomware was able to spread quickly especially in Ukraine because it infiltrated the Kyiv tax authority's software, he said.

Cybersecurity experts are still examining whether Ukraine was deliberately targeted, Walsh said..................

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