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Ukraine News in brief. Wednesday 20 September. [Ukrainian sources]

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 13:43
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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
United States has already decided to give Ukraine weapons. Pence - Russia undermines the sovereignty of countries in eastern Europe.  "We were attacked, we are waging war," American actor Freeman called on Trump to defend US democracy from Russia. Poroshenko on consequences of Russian aggression: 10 thousand people were killed, 25 thousand wounded. Poroshenko showed in the UN documents of the military RF who took part in the occupation of the Donbas.  "We have 600 facts of torture in the Donbass - skin removal, scalp, castration, casting of lead in the throat,".  "Do not expect any attack from us, especially in Ukraine", - Lukashenka.  Russia uses Donbas to dispose of obsolete munitions and weapons.  Russia explained the situation with Putin's nuclear blackmail. Ukrainian kidnapped teehager Gryb might be swapped for captured Russian soldier, Ageev.

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United States has already decided to give Ukraine weapons: the reason why it hasn't been announced yet

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 13:46
United States has already decided to give Ukraine weapons: the reason why it hasn't been announced yet

In the United States, there has already been a decision to transfer the weapons of the Armed Forces, but it will not officially announce it yet.

This was written by a diplomat, head of the "Majdan Foreign Affairs" fund Bogdan Yaremenko in his column on "Apostrophe".

"They will not announce it, most likely, waiting for the results of the elections in Germany, in order not to create a problem for Angela Merkel, who opposed it categorically. Therefore, this may be one of the positive news that will be announced - obviously, with the condition of no hurry to announce this is to President Poroshenko, "said the expert.

According to Yaremenko, this step of the United States will not help Ukraine to return the occupied territories because of the lack of a vision of a clear strategy on this issue in the Ukrainian government itself.

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Pence in the UN Security Council - Russia undermines the sovereignty of countries in eastern Europe

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 13:49
Pence in the UN Security Council - Russia undermines the sovereignty of countries in eastern Europe

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence accused Russia of undermining the sovereignty of the countries of Eastern Europe

Mike Pence said this during a speech at the UN Security Council, reports Espresso.

"We are now in a situation where political leaders are trying to undermine the peace that we have been building so hard. In Eastern Europe, Russia continues to undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors by sending troops," Pence said.

In the issue of destabilizing peace on the planet, US Vice President also mentioned the ID and North Korean terrorists.

"Islamic State" continues terrorist attacks - Barcelona, ​​Paris, London. In the Middle East, sponsors of terrorism are doing everything to destabilize the situation in the regions and blow up peace in the world. The DPRK's regime is developing nuclear weapons and is doing its utmost to threaten the whole of mankind, "Pens added.

Recall, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the UN Security Council to deploy a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.  

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"We were attacked, we are waging war," American actor Freeman called on Trump to defend US democracy from Russia

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 13:57
"We were attacked, we are waging war," American actor Freeman called on Trump to defend US democracy from Russia

The American actor Morgan Freeman recorded a video that claimed that the US was in a state of war because of Russia's "intervention in the presidential election."

The record has been published by the "Investigation Committee of Russia" on Twitter , reports Tsensor. NET.



"We were attacked, we are waging war." Imagine such a scenario: the former KGB spy, angry with the collapse of his homeland, decides to take revenge. Taking advantage of chaos, he quickly makes a career in post-Soviet Russia and becomes president. He establishes an authoritarian regime, and then aims at his sworn enemy - the United States. And as a true KGB spy, he secretly uses cyber-weapons to attack democratic states around the world. Using the media to spread propaganda and false information, he persuades the inhabitants of democratic countries to question their media, their political processes and even their neighbors. And he is winning, "Freeman said.

"This agent - Vladimir Putin. And this is not a script for the film," - he stressed.

The actor calls on US President Donald Trump to recognize interference in elections and protect democracy. Morgan Freeman added that free countries are counting on American leadership. According to him, since the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, US democracy was "a brilliant example of what needs to be sought all over the world." The actor noted that Americans are obliged to those people who perished in order to protect their nation and preserve democracy. "And we must continue to fight for the sake of future generations," Freeman summed up.

The signature of a video posted on Twitter is: "Many generations of people fought defending democracy. Now is our turn. See Morgan Freeman explaining Russia's scenario of US destabilization."

Recall that US authorities in 2016 formally accused Russia of trying to intervene in the presidential election with the help of hackers, and then imposed sanctions on employees of the GRU and a number of Russian IT companies. Russia has denied its involvement in the cyberattack.

Yesterday, the United States announced the launch of the non-profit organization "Committee to Investigate Russia" (Committee to Investigate Russia). She plans to inform Americans about the threat to national security from Russia, according to a press release. The board's expert council included former US National Intelligence Director James Klepper, as well as political scientists and members of both American parties.

Among his members are former head of the National Intelligence Agency James Klepper, as well as actor and director, Rob Rainer. Its purpose is to inform members of the United States of Russia's serious US intervention in the United States, which continues, and to gather "hundreds of sources" to "unite the points" in the investigation.

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Poroshenko showed in the UN documents of the military RF who took part in the occupation of the Donbas

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 14:01
Poroshenko showed in the UN documents of the military RF who took part in the occupation of the Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko demonstrated in the UN documents of Russian military personnel who participated in hostilities in the Donbas.

The press secretary of the President Svyatoslav Tsyogolko told this on his Facebook page . Tsensor.NET reports . "The President demonstrated in the UN Security Council military tickets to Russian invaders: Russia creates, leads, monitors and sponsors terrorist operations in the Donbass," the statement said. Also, see: "Today we need a UN peacekeeping arm," Poroshenko told the UN Security Council on the introduction of "blue helmets" on Donbass. VIDEO "To restore the world by the spring of 2015, I officially asked the President of the Council of Europe to initiate procedures for the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass," Poroshenko quoted his press service.



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Russia explained the situation with Putin's nuclear blackmail

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 14:19
Russia explained the situation with Putin's nuclear blackmail

Russian opposition Konstantin Borovyi believes that the possibility of using nuclear weapons on joint Russian-Belarusian exercises "West-2017" can be explained by the Kremlin's desire to convince the West of the ineffectiveness of sanctions and preserve tensions.

This opinion was expressed by politicians in the column on "Apostrophe".

"The exercises" West 2017 "solve two tasks: the first one is an advocacy aimed at internal Russian problems, which is a mobilization task: the presidential elections are approaching and it is necessary for citizens to adjust to the same parameters with which Putin came to power - this is aggressive behavior, aggressive politics and, as a consequence, such a mobilization ideology, a mobilization state of society", explains Borovyi.

The second task, he says, is to support tensions on the western borders of Russia for the sake of influence on EU policy.

"The fact is that this type of provocation is a Moscow way of persuading European politicians to ineffectual sanctions. Instead of liberating the territory of Ukraine (Donbass, Crimea), Moscow believes that it is necessary to maintain tensions which, from the Kremlin's point of view, are an argument against the imposed sanctions, "Borovyy said.

Nuclear weapons on training politics calls nothing more than blackmail, a political weapon. At the same time, he points out that Russia will not be using nuclear weapons on its territory, or in conditions of direct contact with the enemy.

"It is clear that there will be nobody to use nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian conflict or possible future conflicts, but as political weapons, weapons of blackmail and threats, the hypothetical possibility of using nuclear weapons is an additional component of the Kremlin's political provocation. Russia has specifically demonstrated that it can use nuclear weapons. weapons in conflicts with the western community, and this, of course, is not defensive, but offensive, which is also very important, "Borovy emphasizes.

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Poroshenko about the consequences of Russian aggression: 10 thousand people were killed, 25 thousand wounded, 1.8 million were forced migrants

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 14:27
Poroshenko about the consequences of Russian aggression: 10 thousand people were killed, 25 thousand wounded, 1.8 million were forced migrants



During the aggression of Russia in Ukraine, 10 thousand people were killed, 25 thousand were wounded, 1.8 million were internally displaced persons.

As Tsensor.NET informs with reference to UNIAN , this was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

"Three-year Russian aggression cost Ukraine more than 10 thousand people dead, about 25 thousand injured and about 1.8 million internally displaced persons," he said.

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Fire in Odesa children's camp: activists and police scuffle outside mayor's office, detentions reported

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 14:59
Fire in Odesa children's camp: activists and police scuffle outside mayor's office, detentions reported

A rally is taking place outside the Odesa city hall demanding to punish those guilty of the fire in Viktoria camp, which left three children dead.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Dumskaya, some 500 people have gathered near the city hall building.

Leader of the Svoboda party cell in Odesa, ex-MP Pavlo Kyrylenko addressed the audience. He said that Odesa mayor Hennadii Trukhanov should retire, and the city council should voluntarily dissolve.







At 10:50 a.m., a fierce fight with the police occurred at the mayor's office side entrance. The session that was taking place in the city hall was adjourned. Activists in the street fired up flares and started chanting "Away with Trukhanov!"

At 11:10 a.m., a new fight broke out. The police used gas. Several activists were detained while some got injured.



Three girls aged 8, 9, and 12 were reported dead in the fire that destroyed a building in Viktoria children's camp in Odesa. The bodies of two girls were found at the fire site, the third girl was announced missing. Some remains that might belong to the third girl, 12-year-old Snizhana, were later discovered at the site.

The fire in the camp erupted at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 15. 150 children were staying in the camp, including 42 in the building that caught fire.

Following the incident, it emerged that the facility's fire alarm and extinguishing system had not operated properly despite significant investments in its refurbishing in 2016. The investigation into the tragedy has been launched. The camp's director and fire safety manager have been indicted and detained.

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Naftohaz files $5B lawsuit against Russia over seizure of assets in occupied Crimea

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 15:12
Naftohaz files $5B lawsuit against Russia over seizure of assets in occupied Crimea



NJSC Naftohaz Ukrainy and its six subsidiaries Chornomornaftohaz, Ukrtranshaz, Likvo, Ukrhazvydobuvannia, Ukrtransnafta, and Haz Ukrainy have filed a lawsuit with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague) for damages caused by the illegal seizure of the group's assets in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Censor.NET reports referring to the Naftohaz Ukrainy press service.

"The losses of the Naftohaz group after the occupation of Crimea are currently estimated by experts at about $5 billion. The court's decision in the case is expected before the end of 2018. In October 2016, Naftohaz and its subsidiaries initiated this arbitration proceedings in accordance with with the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on the promotion and mutual protection of investments, better known as the Russian-Ukrainian bilateral investment agreement. To protect the rights and interests of the group in this process, Naftohaz has hired the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP that has succeeded in protecting clients' interests in cases against the Russian Federation and Russian state companies. In particular, it represented the investors of the oil company YUKOS in a dispute against the Russian Federation in which court decided on the reimbursement of $60 billion in favor of the company," the message says.

Since Crimea was occupied back in 2014, Ukrainian companies such as Ukrnafta, Oshchadbank, Belbek Airport, PrivatBank, Luhzor, Stabil Company, and Everest as well as Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky have filed seven lawsuits against Russia to protect their investments in the annexed peninsula.

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"We have 600 facts of torture in the Donbas Russian occupation - skin removal, scalp, castration, casting of lead in the throat," - Lutsenko

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 15:20
"We have 600 facts of torture in the Donbas Russian occupation - skin removal, scalp, castration, casting of lead in the throat," - Lutsenko

The General Prosecutor's Office investigates 600 cases of torture by militants and Russian occupation troops in the Donbas.

This was stated by the Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee of the Association between Ukraine and the EU in the Dnieper, reports Tsensor.NET with reference to Radio Liberty .

According to Lutsenko, prosecutors know about 600 precedents of torture against Ukrainian citizens by terrorists in the Donbass.

"We have 600 facts of torture - skin removal, scalp, castration, throwing of lead, dismemberment, crucifixion, sending on the minefields, which are involved in Russian-terrorist troops, 600 people," he said.

Lutsenko added that the GPO suspects in the commission of war crimes in the Donbas, two dozen Russian military officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"The prosecutor's office is fighting at the same time on all fronts - on the fronts of the war on the Donbas, because, as you know, thousands of dead, including civilians, mean thousands of criminal proceedings. It is also our task to assess the facts of Russia's war crimes and we have declared suspicion Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and 20 generals and admirals of the Russian army, who are accused of crimes against humanity and other war crimes, "he stated.

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Ukrainian teenager, Pavlo Gryb kidnapped in Belarus, can be swapped for Russian officer Victor Ageev

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 15:28
Ukrainian teenager, Pavlo Gryb kidnapped in Belarus, can be swapped for Russian officer Victor Ageev

Ukrainians Pavlo Gryb, kidnapped in Belarus, can swap Russian officer Victor Ageev, who was captured by the ATO during the battle in the Luhansk region.

This was stated by the military expert Oleg Zhdanov in a comment to the "Apostrophe".

"Russia can not allow us to have evidence of their military presence in temporarily uncontrolled territories in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, so they will do everything to exchange their soldier for our citizen," he said.

Zhdanov believes that such an exchange will take place by the end of this year.

In turn, the representative of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Mykhailo Chaplyga, stated that the Mushroom became a problem for Russia, since it did not even participate in the ATO, which would allow Russian authorities, within the framework of the traditional rhetoric, to see some "evidence" of its involvement to "terrorism".

"It seems to me that as soon as the case is transferred to court, the court will say that there is no crime, and let it go, and now it's a problem for Russia. They did not take into account or did not know about the health of the boy, and now they are full problems, including image. The purpose of the provocation is achieved, now the guy just needs to be released, because he does not represent any value. Another thing is that they now have to save their faces, "- he said.

At the same time, other experts are less optimistic about the state of affairs. So, lawyer Alexander Plakhotnyuk believes that the FSB will develop a theme of terrorism or an attempt on someone.

"And they will demand confession from him that he is really a terrorist. And now everything depends on how Paul will lead himself: he will agree to go to an agreement with the investigation or will hold on," he said.

Russian lawyer Mykola Polozov emphasized that the affairs of Ukrainians in Russia, the occupied Crimea, have never been positively made.

"Never let go of anyone. Therefore, in my opinion, it would not be worthwhile to expect miracles," he said.

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"Do not expect any attack from us, especially in Ukraine", - Lukashenka

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 17:03
"Do not expect any attack from us, especially in Ukraine", - Lukashenka



President Alexander Lukashenko has called on the West and Ukraine not to wait for an attack on the part of Belarus.
Tsensor.NET informs about this , citing UNIAN . "Let them live calmly in the West, we will not fight against anyone, if nobody touches us." This is the greatest guarantee. "We are worried about the war, we are not an aggressive state, we do not want to fight." We never came out of war. I just wanted to have our people understand that if something suddenly happens, we have something to protect our families and children, I want ordinary human security, and do not expect any attack from us, especially in Ukraine" , - said Lukashenka. Read also on "Tsensor.NET": Learning "West-2017" is a rehearsal of aggressive scenarios of attack on neighboring states - Grybauskaite

He added that if Belarus would have to attract Russians to help them, they would do it instantly. "And we have worked on these exercises, we do not hide it, but we are not going to attack anyone, but if we are given a face, we will answer," Lukashenka said.

Recall that the Russian-Belarussian military exercises "West-2017" take place from September 14 to 20.

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WikiLeaks spoke about the surveillance of Putin's intelligence services over mobile networks

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 17:07
WikiLeaks spoke about the surveillance of Putin's intelligence services over mobile networks

The Russian company "Peter-Service", which was the main provider of software for the mobile telecommunication network in the Russian Federation, worked with Russian intelligence services, helping to monitor citizens.

This is reported by the WikiLeaks organization, which has published the first 200 documents within the framework of the announced series "Spy Files Russia", reports Russian edition of DW.

It is noted that the company "Peter-Service" offered technologies that affected not only ordinary billing, but also could provide control and surveillance of individuals. The volume of data provided by the company was very large - from conversations to cellphone information.

About other companies that could engage in such activities, nothing is said.

The company "Peter-Service" was founded in St. Petersburg in 1992. At present, more than 1000 people are employed in its structures throughout Russia and Ukraine. The company itself says that its technology can handle up to 500 million connections per day.

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Russia uses Donbass to dispose of obsolete munitions and weapons

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 17:53
Russia uses Donbass to dispose of obsolete munitions and weapons

The Russian Federation uses the occupied territories of Donbass as a landfill for the disposal of obsolete munitions and weapons, the storage and use of which endangers.

According to Tsensor.NET , referring to Ukrinform, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, the Speaker of the Ministry of Defense on the issues of ATO, told a briefing on Wednesday.

"In the so-called" 3rd "and" 5th brigades "of the enemy, a large number of Russian munitions (shells and mines) were found unsatisfactory, their use may cause self-detection, which confirms the use by Russia of the occupied territories of Ukraine as a landfill for the disposal of outdated ammunition and weapons, storage and use of which is a threat, in particular the life of the local population", - said Lysenko.

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Russia can profit from North Korea’s missile tests

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 20:25
Russia can profit from North Korea’s missile tests

One of the people most hated by Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, was the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein, who proclaimed that “the ultimate aim of socialism is nothing, but the movement is everything”. In Soviet schools we had to study Lenin’s fierce criticism of that view, which he saw as revisionist.

Lenin’s concept was the opposite — to achieve a goal as fast as possible, whatever the cost. Russia has long since ditched Leninism, and adopted the Bersteinian approach — that process is more important than the result, which is shown by Moscow’s approach to North Korea. Ironically, Pyongyang still officially follows Lenin’s teaching that the goal justifies any means.

The North Korean nuclear missile crisis has no easy solution, but managing it is both possible and necessary. And if Russia does this skilfully it will strengthen its position in Asia-Pacific and mark another step away from US hegemony in international affairs. Moscow sees this, and it explains some controversial statements by the country’s officials.

Russia supported the UN Security Council’s resolution to toughen sanctions on North Korea (followed by the latest missile launch, fired towards Japan), but Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, warned that “no further new sanctions . . . can help avert the deepening threat from the Korean peninsula”.

Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Russian foreign ministry’s department for non-proliferation and arms control, “unequivocally” rejected Pyongyang’s conduct, but emphasised: “in the absence of truly reliable international legal guarantees for its national security, North Korea relies on nuclear missile weapons, treating them primarily as a deterrent tool”.

Settlement of the North Korean issue would bring new opportunities for the Russian economy, because promising energy and transportation projects (such as the gas pipeline to South Korea and the extension of the Trans-Siberian route) are blocked by the isolation of North Korea and the risk of escalating regional conflict....................

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Poroshenko and Pence left the room for Lavrov's speech at the UN Security Council

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 20:53
Poroshenko and Pence left the room for Lavrov's speech at the UN Security Council

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and US Vice-President Michael Pence left the UN Secretary General's UN Secretary-General's Peacekeeping Room for Sergey Lavrov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

This is reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Poroshenko spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council and left the room after speaking Pence. Vice President of the United States left the hall in a few minutes.

"The Russian delegation, in turn, was present at the speech of Poroshenko, but Lavrov at that time was not in the hall," the statement reads.

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United States and Britain, disappointed with the release of Naftogaz Supervisory Board members

on Wed 20 Sep 2017 - 22:43
United States and Britain, disappointed with the release of Naftogaz Supervisory Board members

In the West, the response was negatively affected by the release of independent members of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz, Paul Vorwick and Marcus Richards.

So, a former Pentagon high-ranking official at the Barack Obama administration, Michael Carpenter writes that this is a "bad sign."

"Bad sign. The remaining (independent) members of the Naftogaz board were released, arguing that the government is blocking reforms, " he said on Twitter.

The British Embassy expressed its concern about the release, noting the positive role played by the Board of Governors in the reform of the company.

The embassy urged the Ukrainian government "to actively support the reforms and allow Naftogaz to go ahead."

"It is important to preserve the independence of the members of the supervisory board and the transparency of their appointment," the British statement states.



Paul Warwick and Marcus Richards have filed a resignation claiming that no progress has been made in reform over the past five months, despite statements by the authorities.

They also noted the growth of political influence on the company's work.

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