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Ukraine News in brief. Thursday 2 November. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:48 am
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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
Ukraine willing to share all available information in Manafort's case with US.  Putin used social networks for his neo-imperial ambitions. This is part of his US-weakening campaign.  "Secondary sanctions": US will persecute all over the world for cooperation with banned Russian sectors and individuals.  US Justice Ministry is preparing to officially accuse Russia of breaking the servers of the Democratic Party.  Russia has set up headquarters in Scotland to promote the idea of ​​voting for independence from Great Britain.  Ukrainian Army launches AA missile tests in Kherson region, - General Staff. Russian hackers tried to open mail from Poroshenko, Avakov, Leshchenko and other Ukrainian politicians. Kadyrov called on the Russian authorities to bury the body of Lenin. The IOC has for life disqualified famous Russian skiers.

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PM Groisman: Ukraine willing to share all available information in Manafort's case with US

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:53 am
PM Groisman: Ukraine willing to share all available information in Manafort's case with US



Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman says the government is willing to submit to the United States all relevant information in probe against U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, Hroisman said in an interview in Ottawa, Canada, where he held a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"We have received no requests from the U.S. authorities regarding this case so far. But if we do, we will definitely provide all available information," he said.

Groisman also specified that the Manafort case was connected to ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's tenure.

"The government I head has absolutely nothing to do with this row," he stressed.

Manafort, surrendered to federal authorities after he was indicted Monday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits.

On May 31, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Serhii Leshchenko and journalists Anton Marchuk and Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk published some of the documents proving the existence of Party of Regions' slush funds. According to the materials, the Party of Regions spent $66 million on political corruption over the second half of 2012.

Even earlier, ex-Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak said he had passed the information about Party of Regions' slush funds to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau.

NABU Director Artem Sytnyk confirmed the acceptance of 841 files related to the slush funds and covering the period between 2008-2012. Sytnyk announced the start of identification of all persons indicated in the documents, adding the NABU would take measures to prevent their possible escape from the country. He noted the involvants will be charged under the "offering of undue profit" article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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Putin used social networks for his neo-imperial ambitions. This is part of his US-weakening campaign, - McCain

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:59 am
Putin used social networks for his neo-imperial ambitions. This is part of his US-weakening campaign, - McCain



The senator noted that these neo-imperial ambitions prompted Putin to invade Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. And he called the interference in the elections only one stage of Putin's campaign to weaken the United States.

Russia has used social media to sow chaos and divide Americans during the 2016 election, Senator John McCain said, referring Censor. NET with reference to Voice of America.

"This week Facebook, Twitter and Google testify to the Senate and House of Representatives committees about Russia's attempts to spread misinformation and to sow chaos among the American people during the 2016 elections, and they were more than expected," the senator said in a statement.

Facebook shows that advertising supported by Russia reached 126 million users. This is in addition to about 288 million views of Russia-sponsored tweets created over the past three months of the campaign, as well as more than 1,000 Russian-sponsored YouTube videos hosted during the election, which together amount to 43 hours of content.

"Obviously, Russia has taken advantage of outdated American laws to finance political campaigns in order to intervene in the 2016 election and to strengthen the division within our country." All of us must deeply worry about Russia's actions, "McCain said.

He expressed the hope that high-tech companies will support a bill that expands the requirements for the disclosure of customers of political advertising on digital platforms.

"We should consider Russia's attempts to influence the results of our elections in the context of Putin's neo-imperial ambitions that prompted him to invade Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimea, the damage to democratic values ​​and institutions of Europe, the restoration of Russia's influence in the Middle East, and the assistance of Bashar al-Assad in the murder of hundreds of thousands We need to stop seeing it through a distorted lens of politics and seeing Russia's attacks on our democracy as they are. It's just one stage of Putin's campaign to weaken the United States, tough mobilization of Europe, the NATO alliance destruction, the destruction of social values ​​and reduce drag this dark and dangerous world ", - stressed McCain.

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"Secondary sanctions": US will persecute all over the world for cooperation with banned Russian sectors and individuals

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:01 am
"Secondary sanctions": US will persecute all over the world for cooperation with banned Russian sectors and individuals

The law on the extension of anti-Russian sanctions (CAATSA) provides for the introduction of "secondary" sanctions - measures against non-US individuals who cooperate with forbidden Russian sectors, projects and individuals.
In what cases and to whom the secondary measures will be applied, the Foreign Intelligence Agency (OFAC) explained to the US Department of the Treasury, according to Cenzor. NET , referring to RosBalt .

Read also: There is no reason to weaken sanctions against Russia, - Harms

Now, banks and companies around the world, and not just American ones, risk being subject to sanctions if they cooperate with the Russians that are on the sanctions lists. Among other things, they are faced with a ban on the opening or maintenance of correspondent accounts in the US, that is, the actual isolation from the US dollar system.

Thus, the law obliges the US president to impose sanctions against foreign financial institutions (banks, brokers, investment companies, clearing houses, etc.), which the finance minister is aware of as contributing to "significant financial transactions" in the interests of Russian individuals included in the list of sanctions SDN in connection with RF aggression against Ukraine.

"Assistance" provides for the provision of currency, financial instruments, securities, any "transfer of value", as well as the provision of services of any kind, including the provision of personnel, software, technology.

At the same time, the US secretary of state can block the punishment of a foreign financial institution for the help of Russians from the SDN list, if it decides that such a punishment is contrary to the national interests of the United States.

Earlier, a list of Russian companies and organizations that was part of the law on new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, signed by its Trump in August this year, was published in the United States.

In particular, the law requires the United States financial intelligence for 180 days to provide information about Western assets of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the Kremlin.

The document also reduces the maximum term of lending to Russian banks subject to sanctions, up to 14 days, and for oil and gas sector companies - up to 30 days. The US president can impose sanctions on individuals who intend to invest more than $ 5 million per year or $ 1 million in construction of Russian export pipelines once. The law obliges the US president to agree in advance with the Congress any relaxation or lifting of sanctions. The head of the White House can not remove the restrictive measures by a personal decree, as it was before.

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US Justice Ministry is preparing to officially accuse Russia of breaking the servers of the Democratic Party

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:04 am
US Justice Ministry is preparing to officially accuse Russia of breaking the servers of the Democratic Party

The US Department of Justice has gathered enough information to prove the involvement of six representatives of the Russian government to breaking the servers of the Democratic Party, which took place before the presidential elections in 2016

About it with reference to own sources informs The Wall Street Journal.

The names of the suspects are not disclosed, but according to the publication, it is about hackers working in the military departments and intelligence in Russia. US law enforcement agencies are hoping to bring this case to trial next year.

According to the newspaper, the US Department of State is confident that Russian high-ranking officials are directly involved in the activities of these hackers.

The American prosecutors and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are about to charge the charge of evil servers, despite the fact that the publicity of their names will lead to the fact that they will not be able to travel and are unlikely to be detained by US authorities.

However, the report notes that the discussion in this case is at an early stage.

The press secretaries of the US Department of Justice and the FBI did not comment on this data, the newspaper said.

This investigation is not related to the activities of the federal special prosecutor Robert Muller , who is studying the possible intervention of the Kremlin in the last election of the American president at the level of individuals and the environment of the acting head of state Donald Trump, including the leaders of his electoral headquarters and his family members.

During the 2016 election, the Wikileaks server of journalistic investigations unveiled thousands of documents from Democratic Party servers, the authenticity of which was confirmed by political force.
US intelligence agencies believe that these files were deliberately abducted by the FSB and other Russian state structures that tried to prevent the victory of Democrat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Russia has set up headquarters in Scotland to promote the idea of ​​voting for independence from Great Britain - US senator

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:07 am
Russia has set up headquarters in Scotland to promote the idea of ​​voting for independence from Great Britain - US senator



The US Senator warned that Russian cyber-terrorists set up headquarters in Scotland to support the idea of ​​a second referendum on independence.

As informs Tsensor.NET with reference to the League, according to the publication The Telegraph.

Senator Angus King said in Washington during a hearing on Russia's interference with last year's US presidential election that Scotland also fell into the Kremlin's target list.

"We know that the Russians were involved in the French election, we know that they participated in the elections in Germany, and now we learn that they participated in separatism in Spain ... And I understand that they created the headquarters in Scotland, to promote the idea of ​​voting for independence from Great Britain, is a complicated global strategy, it has not stopped and it will not stop, "King said to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On September 7, 2017, Facebook's security services suggested that Russia could use Facebook ads to influence its users during the US election campaign.

On October 30, social network Facebook upgraded the coverage rates for the last two years of American voters by the Kremlin political advertising. The statistics department of TechnoGigant states that there were about 80,000 messages posted by Russians and their bots, and about 126 million Americans saw them.

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Ukrainian Army launches AA missile tests in Kherson region, - General Staff

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:14 am
Ukrainian Army launches AA missile tests in Kherson region, - General Staff



The Armed Forces of Ukraine test-fired medium-range guided anti-aircraft missiles in the Kherson region.

Censor.NET reports citing a statement by the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"The flight tests of medium-range guided anti-aircraft missiles were launched at the temporary facility in Oleksandrivka village in the Kherson region. The tests are being held under supervision of Ukrainian Air Force Commander Colonel-General Serhii Drozdov. The military aircraft, units of anti-aircraft missile troops, radio-radar troops, and unmanned aircraft troops of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are involved in the test-firing," the report reads.

The anti-aircraft missile troops' units will carry out combat training launches of the anti-aircraft guided missiles to practice hitting airborne targets, namely VR-3 Reis unmanned aerial vehicles.



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Russian hackers tried to open mail from Poroshenko, Avakov, Leshchenko and other Ukrainian politicians

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:16 am
Russian hackers tried to open mail from Poroshenko, Avakov, Leshchenko and other Ukrainian politicians



The Fancy Bear hacking group controlled by the Kremlin, implicated in Russia's attempts to influence the presidential election in 2016 in the United States, also hacked the mailboxes of Ukrainian officials, Russian oppositionists, Pentagon contractors and "thousands of others", who are among the interests of Moscow.

According to Tsensor.NET with reference to LIGA.net, this is stated in the article of the agency The Associated Press, whose employees refer to their existing, previously unpublished, "digital blacklist" of Russian hackers' purposes.

"The list contains the most detailed evidence that hackers and the government of Russia are closely linked to each other. An operation that stretches back years ago, including attempts to penetrate the mailbox of 4,700 Gmail users around the world - from the Pope's representative to In Kiev to the punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow, "- said in a statement.

Russian soldiers of the information front of the Russian war against Ukraine tried to reveal 545 accounts, including the e-mail of President Petro Poroshenko, his son Alexis, the head of the Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov, People's Deputy Sergei Leshchenko, and many other politicians and officials, both former and current.

Among the Russian citizens on the list are Fancy Bear - ex-oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, oppositional Alexei Bulk and his associates, more than 100 public activists, including a member of the Pussy Riot group, Mary Alohin.

In the United States, Russian hackers tried to break at least 573 mailboxes - at that time, Secretary of State John Kerry, former head of the State Department Colin Powell, US Air Force General Philip Bradlava and one of his predecessors, General Wesley Clark. "Black hackers" under the supervision of the Russian intelligence services acted against the employees of the largest Pentagon contractors - Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

According to the AR, the list covers the period from March 2015 to May 2016, with most of the hacker's goals in Ukraine, the United States, Russia, Georgia and Syria.

According to the director of the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Cambridge, Kira Giles, one of five experts involved in analyzing the AR's list of hacking targets, this data array is "a powerful list of individuals for whom Russia would like to monitor, discredit, or force shut up".

Most of the "goals" have nothing in common, except that they all may somehow interfere with the Kremlin's policy or affairs, the agency writes. So, Fancy Bear "broke" the mail of an eco-activist in Murmansk, a small political journal in Armenia, a Vatican representative in Kiev, an educational organization in Kazakhstan, and so on.

"Hacking these goals is a huge loss of time. If you're not Russia, of course," said Michael Kofman, a Russia's military expert on the Washington Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Fancy Bear ("Funny Bear", also APT28, Sofacy, Pawn storm, Sednit and Strontium) - a group of cybersphere connected with the Russian intelligence services, has been operating since 2004.

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Kadyrov called on the Russian authorities to bury the body of Lenin

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:18 am
Kadyrov called on the Russian authorities to bury the body of Lenin

Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov called for the burying of Vladimir Lenin's body, which is still embalmed, is in the Kremlin's Mausoleum.

Kadyrov wrote about this in his Telegram channel, commenting on the words of the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who suggested holding a referendum on the burial of Lenin.

"It's enough to contemplate the corpse," the statement reads.

He explained his arguments to the fact that it is wrong to have a coffin with a dead man standing in the center of the country.

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The IOC has for life disqualified famous Russian skiers

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:19 am
The IOC has for life disqualified famous Russian skiers

The International Olympic Committee has decided to permanently ban Aleksandr Lekhkov and Yevgeniya Belova from participating in competitions for violation of anti-doping rules.

"The IOC Disciplinary Commission under Oswald's leadership, after hearing, found guilty of two Russian skiers - Oleksandr Lekhkov and Yevgeniya Belova - in violating anti-doping rules at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. The results of both athletes should be canceled, they are not allowed to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games. does not include a ban on regular competitions conducted under the auspices of the International Ski Federation (FIS) ", - said in a statement attorney athlete Christoph Vishemann.

Thus, Ledgkov and Belov will not be able to participate in all competitions held under the auspices of the IOC. In addition, the results of athletes were canceled. In particular, Legkovo will have to return two medals of the Olympics-2014.

At the Olympic Games in Sochi, Llegkov won the gold medal in the race for 50 kilometers, as well as "silver" in the relay 4x10 km. The best result of Belov became the eighteenth place in the race 15 + 15 kilometers.

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In Britain, after a sex scandal, retired Defense Minister

on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:21 am
In Britain, after a sex scandal, retired Defense Minister

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon has announced his resignation. The reason was the statements about the free behavior of an official with a journalist 15 years ago.

This is written by The Guardian with reference to the British Ministry of Defense.

Earlier, there was information that Fallon had been struggling journalist Julia Hartley-Breuer 15 years ago. The Minister admitted that this fact was true and added that he had long ago apologized for his behavior.

The journalist himself noted that the issue for her is closed and she does not keep an evil on the official.

Meanwhile, Fallon stated that "he was thinking about his behavior and is now resigning."

It was also reported that 31-year-old activist Tory, Kate Malthi, was accused of sexual harassment by First Secretary of the Government of May Damian Green. She claims that he put her hand on her knee during one of the meetings and sent her a message that "leads to meditation."

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