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Ukraine News in brief. Monday 11 September. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:34 am
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Giving weapons to Ukraine: Two positions are discussed in the Trump administration.  NATO military training was officially launched in Ukraine.. The EU has taken sharp steps towards Ukraine.  Saakashvili in Ukraine: A video of the breakthrough moment.  What to expect from the Kremlin in the Donbas: Putin's three scenarios were named in the USA.  Russian opposition beat the Putin polling station. The Pope has broken his face in Colombia.  Russian airplanes strike a civilian strike in Syria, more than 30 people were killed.  The opposition wins the elections in 10 districts of Moscow. Only with the district where Putin votes.  Ruling Party Dominates Russian Elections Amid Low Turnout.  

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Giving weapons to Ukraine: Two positions are discussed in the Trump administration

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:40 am
Giving weapons to Ukraine: Two positions are discussed in the Trump administration

Richard Weitz, Senior Researcher and Director, Center for Military-Political Analysis at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, Richard Weitz said that the administration of US President Donald Trump considers the issue of supplying Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons , but at the same time the risks that it might entail are under consideration.

This analyst told in an interview with "Apostrophe".

"The discussion continues and I do not know what the decision of the administration will be. The argument in favor of the solution is that it will increase the price of support (militants and the war on the Donbass -" Apostrophe ") for Russia, since with the stronger Ukrainian Armed Forces it is necessary more persistent intervention, "says Weitz.

According to him, the provision of weapons to Ukraine would show solidarity and US leadership and would increase NATO support for Ukraine.

"The moral argument is that Ukrainians are ready to die for their land, and the United States must give them the means of defense they want," he said.

At the same time, the counterargument for the delivery of lethal weapons is the reluctance of the West and the United States to be subjected to Russian threats and provoke escalation.

"And because of its geographical proximity and asymmetry in opportunities, Ukraine will lose in direct contact, and the United States will not interfere. And everything will end in the likeness of the scenario we have seen in the past: in 1956 in Budapest, in 1968 in Prague, what was after the war in Iraq and can happen now in Syria, and what happened in Georgia in 2008. You express support, which then evaporates, "says Weitz.

According to him, both arguments are worthy. At the same time, the analyst did not begin to name which of the options is correct.


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What to expect from the Kremlin in the Donbas: Putin's three scenarios were named in the USA

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:43 am
What to expect from the Kremlin in the Donbas: Putin's three scenarios were named in the USA

To date, the Russian Federation is satisfied with the status quo in the Donbas, but it is impossible to exclude other scenarios - the complete withdrawal of Russia from the east of Ukraine or vice versa - attempts to annex these territories.

A senior research fellow and director of the Center for Military-Political Analysis at the Hudson Institute in Washington, an expert on the issues of the Asia-Pacific region, US national security issues, arms control, non-proliferation and other issues, Richard said in an interview with "Apostrophe". Weitz

"In my understanding of the goals and policies of the Russian leadership, the current situation (in Donbas, ed.) Is seen as favorable for Russia: it is not very expensive, in the majority of cases, the Russian influence is realized with the help of puppets, indirect means, losses seem modest," he said.

Weitz said that at the same time, the war on the Donbas complicates Ukraine's accession to NATO and the EU, weakening in some way the Ukrainian government, since it creates difficulties in state planning, there may be internal opponents who call for an agreement with Russia.

"The alternative could be Russia's complete withdrawal from Donbas, the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty could lead to improved relations between Ukraine and Russia, the main source of sanctions support in the West would disappear, but it seems to me that for Russia, the possible dividends are less than the risk of losing their leverage impact on the whole of Ukraine", - said the expert.

He added that there is another alternative - Russia's great persistence in an attempt to annex these territories or to declare them independent, as in the north of Georgia. But this could mean for Russia a higher price for the direct support of the "republics", will strengthen anti-Russian policy, not even so much in the US, but in Europe.

"But I would still not exclude any of the options. I think Russia is satisfied with the status quo, but under appropriate conditions, it can go one way or another, however, while they do not look like the best options," he summed up.

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The EU has taken sharp steps towards Ukraine

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:47 am
The EU has taken sharp steps towards Ukraine

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peeter Syyarto summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and ordered the Hungarian diplomats to suspend Ukraine's support in international organizations.

Radio Liberty reports.

Peiter Sjyrto ordered that Hungarian diplomats do not support any Ukrainian initiative in international organizations, and that Hungary will no longer support important decisions for Ukraine, the newspaper writes.

The spokeswoman for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tamas Menzier, said that the reform was a reform of education in Ukraine, which "makes it impossible to get Ukrainian minorities, including 150,000 Hungarian minorities, education in their native language."

"At all the UN, OSCE and European Union forums, Budapest will raise the issue of amending the language article of the Law of Ukraine on Education," Menzer said.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", the Government of Hungary expressed a strong protest against the new law "On Education", adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.

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Saakashvili in Ukraine: A video of the breakthrough moment

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:53 am
Saakashvili in Ukraine: A video of the breakthrough moment

The video posted on the network since the break-up of the ex-president of Georgia, the leader of the Movement of New Forces (MNS) Mikheil Saakashvili has been politicized in Ukraine through the checkpoint "Shegini".



After a breakthrough across the border, Saakashvili said he intends to go to Lviv. It is known that the politician went to a car, which, surrounded by other cars, went deep into the country.

The spokeswoman for the MNS, Marian Poshtar, said that the politician plans to meet with his supporters in the center of Lviv on the Market Square near the city council.

It is also reported that activists who met Saakashvili at the border do not leave the territory near the border crossing point.

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NATO military training was officially launched in Ukraine

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:55 am
NATO military training was officially launched in Ukraine

On Monday in Lviv, an official ceremony for the opening of Ukrainian-American command-and-staff exercises with the involvement of troops Rapid Trident
This is reported by the Joint Press Center for exercises Rapid Trident-2017, reports Interfax-Ukraine .

The event was held on the basis of the International Center for Peacebuilding and Security of the National Academy of Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Sagaidachny

It is known that the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovich, the head of the National Academy of Army Land Force Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk arrived at the opening ceremony.

As it was reported, US partners from one of the aviation bases of the US arrived in Ukraine in order to teach Ukrainian colleagues-pilots methods of interaction with other types of troops in different conditions.

Recall that Moldovan military, despite the prohibition of President Dodona, arrived in military training in Ukraine to the Lviv region.

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Russian opposition beat the Putin polling station

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:57 am
Russian opposition beat the Putin polling station

In Moscow, united opposition candidates won in elections to municipal councils in 10 districts of the Russian capital, including in the Gagarin district, where Russian President Vladimir Putin was registered
This is reported by Meduza .

In general, according to preliminary data, the opposition received 141 place in 37 districts. At the same time, the pro-government "United Russia" did not receive any mandate in Khamovniki.

Head of the United Democrats, Maxim Kats, said that 250 candidates from the Yabloko party (the party itself reports about 180), which participated in the coalition, passed the municipal councils.

Now in Moscow there are 12 districts, which include 125 districts and 21 settlements. Each administrative district is responsible for one municipal entity. In order to ensure the required number of signatures in the elections of the mayor of Moscow in 2018, it is necessary to have the support of deputies in at least 110 different regions.

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The Pope has broken his face in Colombia

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:00 am
The Pope has broken his face in Colombia

Pope Roman Francis suffered a personal injury during his visit to Colombia
Reuters reports.

The incident happened because of a sharp braking - the driver was forced to maneuver in the crowd of believers who surrounded the car of the pontiff. Pope Francis damaged his cheek and an eyebrow about the car's glass.

Having met the scum, the Pope wiped his blood out of his face and went on business.

Recall, earlier, Pope Francis Francis admitted that at age 42 he went to the psychoanalyst.

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Russian airplanes strike a civilian strike in Syria, more than 30 people were killed

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:03 am
Russian airplanes strike a civilian strike in Syria, more than 30 people were killed



On September 10, Russian air strikes in Syria carried a ferry strike that carried civilians across the Euphrates River near the city of Diyar-ez-Zaur.

It is reported by AFP , informs Tsensor.NET.

According to preliminary data, 34 peaceful people died, among them, according to the head of the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Center Rami Abdel Rahman, there were 9 children.

"Dozens of people were injured as a result of the air strike," he said.

The human rights activist added that "over 40 ferries" had been struck by the air strike, who left the city of Al-Bouilli to the north-west of the city of Diyar-ez-Zaur and traveled to the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.

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The opposition wins the elections in 10 districts of Moscow. Only with the district where Putin votes

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:04 am
The opposition wins the elections in 10 districts of Moscow. Only with the district where Putin votes



According to preliminary results, in the local elections, the candidates from the united opposition received the majority in ten municipal councils of Moscow.

As informs Tsensor.NET, this is reported by Medusa.

Such preliminary results for those electoral districts where officially processed more than 90 percent of the votes.

In particular, the opposition received all mandates in the Gagarin district, where Russian President Vladimir Putin was constantly registered and voted.

In total, according to preliminary data, the opposition received 141 seats in 37 different regions.

In order to secure the required number of signatures in the Mayor's election in 2018, it is necessary to have deputies no less than in 110 different regions.

At the same time, the head of the headquarters of the United Democrats, Maxim Kats, said that 250 candidates from the "Apple" (the party itself reports about 180) that took part in the coalition met in the municipal assembly. Katz acknowledged that there might be problems with the passing of the "municipal filter" in the Mayor's election.

On September 10, municipal elections were held in 125 districts of "old Moscow". The elections took place at a record low of about 15 percent.


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Ruling Party Dominates Russian Elections Amid Low Turnout

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:09 am
Ruling Party Dominates Russian Elections Amid Low Turnout

The ruling United Russia party has dominated a slew of regional and local elections marked by low turnout and claims of voter suppression, but liberal opposition candidates appeared to gain a toehold in Moscow with a strong showing in races for district councils, according to early results, media reports, and statements by politicians.

The September 10 elections, the last major vote before a presidential ballot in March 2018, were a test of President Vladimir Putin's grip on the country and of a new strategy for opponents sidelined after years of increasing Kremlin control over the political system.

Incumbent Kremlin allies and United Russia candidates were headed for victory in many of the races for governorships and regional and local legislatures in dozens of regions across Russia, from the western exclave of Kaliningrad to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East.

But opposition leaders, including prominent Kremlin critics, claimed victory in several Moscow districts, including Putin's own voting precinct southwest of the Kremlin. The newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that opposition candidates were on track to win a majority of seats in 14 of the dozens of administrative districts of the capital.

Partial returns indicated that nearly 180 candidates supported by liberal former State Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov and the Yabloko party won seats in Moscow district councils, and opposition activist Ilya Yashin said he and his allies won seven seats in one of the councils while United Russia won three.

Moscow Election Commission Chairman Valentin Gorbunov said preliminary results suggested United Russia won about 77 percent of the 1,502 district-council seats being contested in the capital, while Yabloko could win nearly 12 percent and independent candidates about 7 percent. "Muscovites' political preferences are changing," he said.

Pushed out of national politics since Putin came to power in 2000 and tightened control over elections, opposition activists and groups such as Gudkov, Yashin, and the Yabloko party are focusing on municipal issues and mounting a grassroots campaign to claw back. In Moscow, they have their eye on a mayoral election due in September 2018.

The projected opposition victories in Moscow were exceptions in elections in which the newspaper Vedomosti said that "representatives of the party of power won almost everywhere."

Officials said the incumbent head of the Buryatia region, Aleksei Tsydenov, was on track to win more that 87 percent of the vote. Thousands of kilometers to the east, in Kaliningrad, regional election officials said acting governor and United Russia candidate Anton Alikhanov won 81 percent of the vote.

The election came six months before a March 2018 vote in which Putin, who has been president or prime minister for 18 years, is widely expected to seek -- and, given his popularity and control over the levers of power -- easily win news six-year term.

Putin, 64, would be barred from running again in 2024 because of a constitutional limit of two consecutive presidential terms.

Voter turnout in the September 10 elections was a "record low," the Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported.

Citing official figures, it said turnout exceeded 40 percent in only three regions -- Mordovia, Saratov, and Belgorod -- and was 12.7 percent in the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok.

Election commission officials, using data from two hours before the polls closed, said early on September 11 that about 15 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Moscow........................



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