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Ukraine News in brief. Thursday 9 November. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:20 am
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Ukraine to receive assistance worth $350 million as US Congress approves defense budget.  Lithuania is ready to continue to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine. Amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers order to break the diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation for the second reading of the bill on the Donbas. NATO will set up a command center for countering cyber threats.  NATO and the Pentagon are confident that Russia has violated the agreement on the elimination of ballistic missiles.  US Congress discusses expanded lists of sanctions against Russian high-ranking officials.  Putin and Trump will meet, most likely, on November 10.  Putin and Trump will meet, most likely, on November 10.  Canada has softened visa requirements for Ukrainians.  Polish President accused Ukrainian officials of worsening relations between countries. US plans to allocate about $ 5 billion to implement the initiative to contain Russia in Europe. In Lithuania, they urged Hungary to stop threats to Ukraine through the educational law. Democrats in the Senate are investigating the Russian intervention in Eastern Europe.  United States accused the Kremlin of protecting terrorists who used chemical weapons in Syria.

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Ukraine to receive assistance worth $350M as US Congress approves defense budget

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:24 am
Ukraine to receive assistance worth $350M as US Congress approves defense budget



Assistance for Ukraine worth $350 million, which includes granting lethal weapons, is envisaged by the draft defense budget for the fiscal year 2018 approved by the U.S. Armed Services Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, this is stated in official explanations made public by the committees on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

"The NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] authorizes $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance," the document reads.

It specifies that the legislation restricts half of these funds until the Secretary of Defense certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance.

In general, the NDAA authorizes $4.6 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) to reassure NATO allies and enhance the U.S. deterrent and defense postures in Europe.

In addition, it is planned to allocate up to $100 million from the European Deterrence Initiative to conduct or support a single joint program of the Baltic nations to improve their resilience against and build their capacity to deter Russian aggression. The document also authorizes to allocate $58 million for measures in response to the Russian violation of the INF Treaty.

In total, the NDAA supports a topline of $700 billion for national defense, for a total of $26.1 billion above the president's request.

For final approval, the bill should pass a general vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then it should be signed by the U.S. president.

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Amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers order to break the diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation for the second reading of the bill on the Donbas

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:29 am
Amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers order to break the diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation for the second reading of the bill on the Donbas



A group of non-factional people's deputies amended an amendment to the second reading of the bill No. 7163 on ensuring Ukraine's sovereignty in the Donbass, which proposes to oblige the Cabinet of Ministers to break diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation.

Reported Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

"This amendment exists. It is numbered 595. It was introduced by a group of people's deputies (non-factional - Ed.) From the political power of" Dill. "And they offer a three month term of the Cabinet to break diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation," said the member of the profile committee on issues National Security and Defense Andrei Teteruk ("People's Front" faction) to journalists on Wednesday in Kiev.

According to the table of amendments submitted by people's deputies to the second reading of the bill, such an amendment is contained in this document.

The group of people's deputies proposes in the transitional provisions to oblige the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine within a period of three months after the entry into force of the law to initiate a break in diplomatic relations with the aggressor country, established in accordance with the protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Russia of February 18, 1992.

At the meeting of the Committee on National Security and Defense, the secretary of the committee, Ivan Vinnik ("The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko" faction) spoke in favor of ensuring that such a norm was reflected in the draft law.

Earlier, the Russian edition Kommersant, referring to sources in the Ukrainian parliament, wrote that the Verkhovna Rada could vote next week for the severance of diplomatic relations with Russia.

Later, People's Deputy (BPP), secretary of the VR Committee on National Security and Defense Ivan Vinnik commented on Censor.NET published information from a number of Russian mass media that the second paragraph of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass (№7163) will include a clause on the severance of diplomatic relations By Russia

So, in his opinion, if Ukraine recognizes Russia as an aggressor country, it will be obliged to break diplomatic relations with it.

Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation were established on February 14, 1992. In 2014, Moscow and Kiev withdrew their ambassadors.

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Lithuania is ready to continue to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:32 am
Lithuania is ready to continue to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine



Lithuania unconditionally supports Ukraine and is ready to deliver lethal weapons to the state.
This was stated in a commentary by Ukrinforma at NATO headquarters, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis, reports Censor . NET .

"As for lethal weapons, we have already provided it a few years ago, and our position remains unchanged: we are ready to provide it in the future, but of course, based on our capabilities," said the Lithuanian Minister of Defense.

He reminded that Lithuania provides all possible assistance to Ukraine.

"First of all, our priority is to train Ukrainian servicemen and assist in defense reform. We are part of the Defense Sector Reform Advisory Group," he said.

Caroblis also emphasized that Lithuania is taking care of the wounded Ukrainian military.

Recall that in 2016 Lithuania delivered to Ukraine 60 machine guns KPVT (large-caliber machine gun Vladimirov tanks, 14.5 mm caliber, mounted on armored personnel carriers) and 86 machine guns DSHK (large-caliber machine gun Dehtyarev-Spagin, 12.7 mm gauge, used on a machine and installed on technique)

These machine guns are armed with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they are actively used in confronting Russian aggression.

In addition, the Lithuanian side delivered 150 tons of ammunition to Ukraine, which were stored in the country since the Soviet era.

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NATO will set up a command center for countering cyber threats

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:34 am
NATO will set up a command center for countering cyber threats

NATO will have a command center for countering cyber threats. This decision was made at a meeting of the Ministers of Defense of the Alliance in Brussels.

This is reported by "Medusa".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a press conference that the cyber attacks were part of the fighting. The task of the organization - to be able to resist such attacks as effectively as to defend themselves against ordinary assault, he said.

Where exactly the new center will be, Jens Stoltenberg did not specify, noting only that he will be included in the already existing NATO structure.

Another representative of the alliance said that it was not about creating a separate headquarters for fighting cyberattacks, but the military structures of the organization "should be able to effectively counter cyber threats."

Jens Stoltenberg explained the need to create a command center for cases of computer attacks - including the consequences of the WannaCry virus. The official also noted that recently many NATO countries complained about hacking attacks by Russia, but stressed that all actions of the alliance in the field of combating cyber threats are defensive and not directed against any particular country.

Recall that on May 12, a new virus requiring redemption struck tens of thousands of computers in different countries. The largest number of such cases was detected in Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.

In particular, a similar attack was experienced by the British hospitals , the Spanish company Telefonica, in Russia, such a virus struck the internal computer system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as the company MegaFon.

Later, The Telegraph reported that hackers whose virus attack blocked files probably linked to Russia .

It was also reported that a British specialist accidentally suspended a new buy-ins virus . However, later information appeared that an updated version appeared on WannaCry.

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NATO and the Pentagon are confident that Russia has violated the agreement on the elimination of ballistic missiles

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:36 am
NATO and the Pentagon are confident that Russia has violated the agreement on the elimination of ballistic missiles

Pentagon player James Matthews and NATO members discuss how to force Russia to comply with the terms of the arms control treaty
Reuters reports .

According to Mettis, he has already discussed with his counterparts with NATO a breach of the Russian arms control treaty. Now they are trying to decide how to force the Kremlin to do it.

"We have a strong conviction that the Russians have violated the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Low Range missiles," said Mettis.

-It should be noted that the relevant agreement was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in Washington December 8, 1987. The contract obliges signatories not to produce, test, or deploy ballistic and cruise missiles ground based on the average (1000-5500 km) and small (500-1000 km) distances.

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US Congress discusses expanded lists of sanctions against Russian high-ranking officials - Feigin

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:38 am
US Congress discusses expanded lists of sanctions against Russian high-ranking officials - Feigin

Lawyer Mark Feigin, currently in Washington, reports that US congresses are discussing expanded lists of personal sanctions against Russian top executives.

"A very important event in Congress! Discussing the criteria that will be included in the sanctions lists ... Washington is already discussing sanction lists for 241 article number 3364 adopted in Congress in August ..", - wrote Feygin.

Recall that at the end of October, the US State Department prepared a new package of sanctions against Russia, which concerns Russian defense enterprises . These restrictive measures have not yet been approved.

On November 1, the US Treasury Department toughen sanctions against Russian oil companies .
The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has imposed sanctions against 30 citizens of the Russian Federation in connection with the so-called Magnitsky Act.

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Putin and Trump will meet, most likely, on November 10 - Assistant President of the Russian Federation Ushakov

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:40 am
Putin and Trump will meet, most likely, on November 10 - Assistant President of the Russian Federation Ushakov



The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at the APEC summit in Vietnam is likely to be held on Friday, November 10.

This was reported to journalists by the assistant to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov, reports Tsensor. NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

"Now, at this moment it is agreed (the time of the meeting)", - said Y. Ushakov to the journalists on Thursday morning.

On the clarifying question, when the two presidents are expected to meet - on Friday or Saturday, Y. Ushakov replied: "Most likely, it will be 10 November."

Earlier, Trump declared a possible meeting with Putin at APEC Summit in Vietnam: "We need to talk about Ukraine."

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Canada has softened visa requirements for Ukrainians

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:43 am
Canada has softened visa requirements for Ukrainians



From this month, Ukrainians will need fewer documents to obtain a long-term visa to Canada.

According to the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, the simplification applies to the requirements for confirming the applicant's financial condition, reports Censor. NET with reference to Ukrinform.

So, when applying for a Canadian visa to Ukrainian applicants who have been in Canada for the past ten years or have a valid US visa and can prove it (showing a stamp on the border crossing or the visa itself), now it is not necessary to confirm their satisfactory financial condition.

This was made possible by Ukraine's involvement in the global CAN + program, which includes other states, such as Mexico, India and China.

The new changes came into force on November 1 and apply to all Ukrainian applicants who are being served at Visa Centers in Ukraine or online. However, their work does not apply to work and student visas. Changes will also not change the price of applying for a visa to Canada.

Last year, Canada began issuing multiple-entry visas to citizens of Ukraine for a period of 10 years and gradually increasing the proportion of applicants who received such long-term entry permits.

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Polish President accused Ukrainian officials of worsening relations between countries

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:50 am
Polish President accused Ukrainian officials of worsening relations between countries

Polish President Andrzej Duda said that one can not agree with the situation in which "high-level representatives of various institutions" in Ukraine behave in such a way that it does not correspond to the implementation of bilateral relations on the principle of good-neighborliness

This is what he spoke on the air of Radio Plus, reports Ukrinform.

"Historical politics is also important, and it is difficult to disagree with this because history and historical memory influence what is the foundation, how different institutions are formed, this affects the relations between people," Duda said.

He stressed that these relations "can not rely on lies, slander, silence, denial of history, especially tragic history."

Duda said: if the relations are normal, then "it is necessary to speak about history, especially its tragic moments, it is necessary to recognize the fault and to allow to honor victims".

He added that one can not agree on a situation in which "high-level representatives of various institutions in Ukraine behave in a way that does not correspond to the realization of bilateral relations on the principle of good-neighborly relations."

-Earlier it was reported that the President of Poland Andrzej Duda considers it unacceptable that people with anti-Polish views occupy important positions in Ukrainian politics, and expects President Poroshenko to remedy this situation.

-The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine stated that the Ukrainian authorities have no politicians with anti-Polish sentiment . Against the background of rigorous statements by representatives of the Polish authorities to Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko initiated an extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland.

-The Office of the President of Poland informed the Ukrainian presidential administration of readiness to host the Ukrainian delegation to the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Poland and Ukraine.

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US plans to allocate about $ 5 billion to implement the initiative to contain Russia in Europe

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:54 am
US plans to allocate about $ 5 billion to implement the initiative to contain Russia in Europe



The Senate and House of Representatives Committees agreed on the Annual National Defense Authorization Act, which is required to adopt a document defining the Pentagon's policy and budget for the next fiscal year (begun in the United States on October 1).

According to Tsensor.NET with reference to DW, extracts from the report on the results of the hearings on the Capitol Hill are posted on the site of the Senate Committee.

As the explanatory note points out, "the counteraction to aggression by Russia" is contained in the document by a separate article. Legislators, in particular, pay attention to Moscow's invasion of Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, as well as its threats to NATO Allies. The act emphasizes the "expansion of military activity" of the Russian Federation in the Arctic region and the Mediterranean Sea, the development of its nuclear doctrine, and the violation by Moscow of the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Small Range Missiles (MDMSD) and the multilateral international opencast Treaty.

In addition, the United States and their European counterparts are worried about "misinformation, propaganda, cyber attacks" and "hybrid military operations" conducted by Moscow.

About 5 billion dollars - on restraining of the Russian Federation

In this regard, Washington plans to send $ 4.6 billion to Russia's containment initiatives in Europe (about 4 billion euros). To increase the defense potential of the Baltic States, the United States will provide about $ 100 million (about 86 million euros).

In response to a disturbance in Moscow DRSMD and 58 million dollars (about 50 million euros) will be transferred to support research programs on the use of medium-range cruise missiles.

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives also offered American multichannel distributors, including satellite and cable operators, to refrain from broadcasting "content that is owned, controlled or funded by the Russian government."

Television distributors, in addition, are advised not to conclude airtime rental agreements with manufacturers of similar programs. At the same time, Russian state media, including Russia Today (RT) and the news source Sputnik, are not directly mentioned in the document.

Annual reports on the strategy of Russian information warfare

In addition, the National Defense Act prohibits Pentagon investment in bilateral military cooperation and provides for the preparation of annual reports on the strategy of the Russian information warfare.

Finally, legislators expect Defense Secretary James Mattheys and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to develop a comprehensive plan "to counteract the threat of harmful influence on the part of the Russian Federation."

Earlier, the US Defense Ministry prepared a manual for studying the experience of fighting in the Russian army in Ukraine, designed for internal use. The document "seriously admit the possibility of combat clashes between the American and Russian Armed Forces," as well as "offer specific measures on the training of personnel on actions against the Russian Armed Forces."

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In Lithuania, they urged Hungary to stop threats to Ukraine through the educational law

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:57 am
In Lithuania, they urged Hungary to stop threats to Ukraine through the educational law

The members of the Seimas of Lithuania on November 8 appealed to Hungarian parliamentarians not to block decisions that would allow Ukraine to become closer to the European Union.

It reports Delfi.

"We are unpleasantly surprised and even shocked by the ultimatum statements of the Hungarian Government with threats to block Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU or NATO, if Ukraine does not change, according to Hungary's wishes, the new Law on Education, which specifies the specifics of the education of persons belonging to national minorities", - said in a message.

Initiated by former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, the appeal was signed by 37 members of the Sejm.

"We understand that the issues of education of national minorities, their integration into the state of the state are always particularly painful and must be resolved through constructive dialogue. We see that Ukraine is so eager to solve these problems, "said members of the Sejm.

"The ultimatums are categorically inappropriate, absolutely non-European, and even less understandable when they are heard from the state of Central Europe. We all remember well how much for us, the states of Central Europe and the Baltics, our geographic integration was an important part of our own integration into the EU, "the statement goes on.

It also raises the question, "is Hungary really ready to pursue such goals in Ukraine as Putin's goals?" (Volodymyr's Russian President Ed.).

On September 28, the Law "On Education" came into force in Ukraine . The law states that the language of the educational process in the educational institutions is the state language, but according to the educational program one or more disciplines can be taught in two or more languages.

Hungarian Foreign Ministry stressed that they would block Ukraine 's European integration if the law on education does not change.

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Democrats in the Senate are investigating the Russian intervention in Eastern Europe

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:01 am
Democrats in the Senate are investigating the Russian intervention in Eastern Europe



Representatives of the Democratic Party in the Senate have been investigating Russia's intervention in Eastern Europe since last spring.

According to Censor.NET , referring to the League , The Daily Beast reports.

The Republicans do not take part in the investigation.

Officially the report has not been made public yet.

It is known that senators are considering elections in European countries, cyberattacks and doping scandals.

Democrats led by Senator Ben Kardin collect information from diplomats and ambassadors of European countries, where Russia used propaganda and pressure on voters. The report emphasizes the role of Russian state-owned enterprises in intervening, which in effect control the oligarchs close to the Kremlin.

It was noted that Republicans were invited to join the investigation, but they refused.

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United States accused the Kremlin of protecting terrorists who used chemical weapons in Syria

on Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:03 am
United States accused the Kremlin of protecting terrorists who used chemical weapons in Syria



In the White House, Russia was accused of protecting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and terrorists using chemical weapons.

According to Tsensor.NET, this is stated in the official comment of the spokeswoman of the White House Sary Sanders.

As you know, the United States and Russia have submitted to the UN Security Council two draft resolutions on the continuation of a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

According to Sanders, countries that do not support the resumption of the mission mandate and which Russia owns, "protect the regime of Assad and terrorists who continue to use chemical weapons."

"We call on Russia to change the campaign before the termination of the joint mechanism ends. We believe that all responsible countries should vote in order to extend the validity of this important instrument," she said.

Russia has previously vetoed the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The mandate of the mission ends in mid-November this year.

Recall that UN experts and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons consider the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad guilty of a chemical attack on the city of Khan-Sheikhun in April last year.

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