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Ukraine News in brief. Saturday 25 November. [Ukrainian sources]

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:20 pm
SATURDAY HEADLINES:
British PM to warn EU leaders to be open-eyed to 'actions of hostile states like Russia. The censorship is growing: Putin signed the law in response to US actions.  A prominent political scientist gave an interesting forecast on the timing of US delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine.  Manafort may be involved in the refusal of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement in 2013.  Clashes in Odessa: ex-leader of "Right Sector" arrested on bail of 600 thousand UAH.  Terrorist Khodakovsky threatens ‘DPR’ leader Zakharchenko, plots coup similar to recent one in Luhansk.  Plotnitsky resigns for health issues caused by old injuries, concussion, - ‘LPR’ terrorists’ statement.  NATO: 60% of Russian-language Twitter pages are bots.  US State of Michigan recognized the Holodomor Day in commemoration of 25 November.  European Union will allocate 1.1 million euros a year to combat Russian disinformation.  

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British PM to warn EU leaders to be open-eyed to 'actions of hostile states like Russia

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:24 pm
British PM to warn EU leaders to be open-eyed to 'actions of hostile states like Russia



At the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, UK's Prime Minister Theresa May intends to warn the EU leaders to be wary of "hostile states like Russia" and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit.

As reported by Censor.NET citing BBC, in Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to "protect our shared values and ideals". She will also discuss Brexit with European Council President Donald Tusk.

"From agriculture in Ukraine to the tech sector in Belarus - there is a huge amount of potential in the Eastern neighborhood that we should nurture and develop.

"But we must also be open-eyed to the actions of hostile states like Russia which threaten this potential and attempt to tear our collective strength apart.

"This summit highlights the crucial importance of the European countries working together to protect our shared values and ideals.

"The UK may be leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe, and we are unconditionally committed to maintaining Europe's security."

Last week Mrs May accused Russian President Vladimir Putin's government of trying to "undermine free societies" and "sow discord in the West," the PM's speech reads.

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The European Union will allocate 1.1 million euros a year to combat Russian disinformation

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:27 pm
The European Union will allocate 1.1 million euros a year to combat Russian disinformation



The EU special task force dealing with countering Russian disinformation will receive funding of 1.1 million euros per year from the EU budget.

Tsensor.NET informs about this, citing Ukrinform.

"The budget implies the allocation of funds annually for three years, starting in 2018," the report said.

The East StratCom Task Force Operational Task Force on Strategic Matters was created by the European Union in 2015 to counteract the misinformation campaign from Russia. Prior to that, it was financed from an existing budget dedicated to EU strategic communications.

The East StratCom Task Force is currently publishing a weekly "Disinformation Review". This is a collection of materials that tells about cases of distortion or manipulation of facts in the materials of the Russian media. The group is also preparing texts and videos explaining EU policy in the Eastern Partnership region, as well as publishing EU official information in Russian.

Now East StratCom employs 14 regular staff from different European countries. The materials are prepared by a network of 400 experts, journalists, officials, NGOs and think tanks in more than 30 countries.

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The censorship is growing: Putin signed the law in response to US actions

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:29 pm
The censorship is growing: Putin signed the law in response to US actions

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that allows foreign media to be equated with foreign agents.

Interfax reports.

The Russian media, including those with a share of foreign capital, do not apply the law.

This bill was approved by the Federation Council on November 22.

Earlier, parliamentarians noted that this rule was introduced in response to the US government's actions regarding Russian media, namely the RT channel and the agency Sputnik.

This bill was actively criticized by the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for Human Rights (RPL), proposing to send it for revision.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", a former editor of the Club of Merry and Wise (KVN), the captain of the "SOC" team Dmitry Kolchin spoke about censorship on the Russian Channel One, through which a lot of jokes did not hit the screen of the audience.

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A prominent political scientist gave an interesting forecast on the timing of US delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:32 pm
A prominent political scientist gave an interesting forecast on the timing of US delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine

Russian political scientist and publicist Andrew Piontkovsky believes that Ukraine will receive lethal weapons from the United States not directly today, but in case of further Russian escalation.

He stated this in an interview with the "Apostrophe".

Piontkovsky said that Javelin is an ideal weapon for displaying tank attacks.

"All decisions on Ukraine in Washington have been taken, including financial ones, by Congress. But one or a half people are Donald Trump (US president, ed.) With Rex Tillerson (US secretary general, ed.) - while they are relying on it", - he said.

However, Piontkovsky added that Trump and Tillerson's positions are weakening.

"With regard to weapons, then, firstly, with the slightest signs of some sort of escalation - for example, the movement of Russia to Mariupol or elsewhere - weapons will be handed over to Ukraine immediately. Secondly, even without this, I think Trump and Tillerson can do the resistance is not more than a few months, "he concluded.

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Manafort may be involved in the refusal of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement in 2013

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:36 pm
Manafort may be involved in the refusal of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement in 2013

Former head of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, political man Pol Manafort may be involved in the fact that in 2013 Ukraine refused to sign the Association Agreement with the EU

This is reported by the McClatchy Information Service.

It is noted that in July 2013, Manafort, along with former adviser to Yanukovych Konstantin Klimnik, flew to Frankfurt on a private plane owned by deputy Andriy Artemenko.

American experts from Russia said privately that they suspected that the trip was preceded by the expansion of Russian influence in order to deny then President Viktor Yanukovych the signing of the Association Agreement. According to experts, this decision opened the door for Russia's invasion of Donbas in 2014.

Artemenko was deprived of the parliamentary mandate of a deputy, in particular for handing over to the former adviser to US President Donald Trump of national security and defense Michael Flynn, who is also suspected of liaison with the Russian Federation, the draft resolution of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. One of the points of the plan is the organization of an all-Ukrainian referendum on the transfer of Crimea to Russia for a period of 50-100 years.

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Clashes in Odesa: ex-leader of "Right Sector" arrested on bail of 600 thousand UAH

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:39 pm
Clashes in Odesa: ex-leader of "Right Sector" arrested on bail of 600 thousand UAH

Seaside district court of Odesa has taken into custody former former Odesa-based "Right sector" Sergei Sternenko, who is suspected of organizing the riots on Nov. 18 in the City Garden.

This is reported by "Dumskaya".

During the meeting, lawyer Sternenko and he himself filed a petition for a summons to the victim's court in disturbances of the head of the Central Economic Union of Odesa region Dmytro Golovin.

However, the judge satisfied him partially, reading the statements of the Chief of Police from the interrogation protocol.

According to Golovin, the activist "beat him with his feet." At the same time, the newspaper "Dumskaya" notes that video clashes are not noticeable.

As a result, Sternenko was chosen as a preventive measure in the form of detention with the right to be released on bail in the amount of 608 thousand hryvnia.

The defense intends to appeal the decision.

Recall that on November 18 in Odesa near the Summer Theater there were clashes between the protesters and the police. There was an action to protect the greenery in the City Garden and against the construction of high-rise buildings.

It was reported that Dmitry Golovin, Chief of Police of the Odesa region, was injured during the action in the battles.

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Terrorist Khodakovsky threatens ‘DPR’ leader Zakharchenko, plots coup similar to recent one in Luhansk

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:42 pm
Terrorist Khodakovsky threatens ‘DPR’ leader Zakharchenko, plots coup similar to recent one in Luhansk



Chieftain of the terrorist Vostok battalion Alexander Khodakovsky was authorized by the Russians to intensify and sharpen criticism of ‘DPR’ leader Alexander Zakharchenko.
Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.

"Leaders of a Donbas-based detachment of the Russian mercenaries Alexander Khodakovsky directly threatens 'DPR' head Zakharchenko, and plots a coup following Kornet's example in Luhansk," he wrote.

Read more: 'LPR' terrorists' leader Plotnitsky left for Russia, - media

"The situation in Donetsk is not much better," Khodakovsky says of Zakharchenko's regime. Given that Plotnitsky's authority in Luhansk was challenged by the detachments loyal to Igor Kornet, Khodakovsky is Zakharchenko's main public opponent in Donetsk. He has the influence and loyal commanders in the 100th brigade of the Republican Guard subordinate to Zakharchenko, as well as in the 11th motorized rifle regiment and in several battalions of territorial defense. Therefore, Khodakovsky has capability to use force," Butusov said.

"In his statements he intentionally stressed Zakharchenko's mental instability: "Zakharchenko's detachments received an order to storm the building of 'MGB'!" (MGB is 'LPR's 'Ministry of State Security' - Ed.) He wants to show that Zakharchenko jeopardizes the security system which is directly run by the Moscow supervisors as long as 'DPR's 'MGB' is just a branch of Russian secret services. The Russians authorized Khodakovsky to intensify and sharpen criticism of Zakharchenko. The atmosphere in Donetsk is growing increasingly charged," Butusov summed up.

On Nov. 24, leader of self-styled terrorist organization 'Luhansk People's Republic' ('LPR') Igor Plotnitsky allegedly voluntarily resigned for health reasons.

On Nov. 21, the 'green men' cordoned off the heart of occupied Luhansk in violation of 'LPR' leader Plotnitsky's order to lay down arms.

As reported, the members of the self-styled republic's 'Interior Ministry' arrested all the 'Prosecutor General's Office' employees. A total of 20 members of the agency were arrested including 'Prosecutor General' Vitaly Podobry, 'Military Prosecutor' Sergei Rakhno and their 'deputies.' The detainees were taken to the building of the 'people's council.' Other sources said the 'LPR Prosecutor General's Office' was stormed by the combined task force of the 'LPR Interior Ministry' and the Russian mercenaries from the 'Donetsk People's Republic'-based ('DPR') Vityaz detachment.

The 'prosecutors' were arrested after sacked 'interior minister' Igor Kornet, who challenged his dismissal, offered 'LPR' terrorists' leader Plotnitsky to hand over the 'prosecutor general,' the 'military prosecutor general,' and their 'deputies' as well as 'LPR secretariat head' Irina Teitsman, 'LPR security service' chief Yevgeny Seliverstov and head of the 'LPR State Broadcasting Company' Anastasia Shurkaeva. Plotnitsky refused to hand these persons over despite Kornet's allegations that these individuals were involved in subversive activities and espionage in favor of Ukraine.

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Plotnitsky resigns for health issues caused by old injuries, concussion, - ‘LPR’ terrorists’ statement

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:46 pm
Plotnitsky resigns for health issues caused by old injuries, concussion, - ‘LPR’ terrorists’ statement



Leader of self-styled terrorist organization ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ (‘LPR’) Igor Plotnitsky allegedly voluntarily resigned for health reasons.

Censor.NET reports citing the 'LPR' terrorists-run media.

"Igor Plotnitsky resigned for health reasons today: his ill health was caused by numerous combat injuries, concussion. According to his decision, I assume office of the head of the republic until the upcoming elections," said 'LPR' member Leonid Pasechnik, who was appointed acting head of the terrorist organization.

He added that Plotnitsky "is a signatory of the Minsk agreements and today he was appointed LPR's envoy on implementation of the Minsk peace deal."

"I also declare my commitment to the Minsk agreements," Pasechnik said.

According to the report, the so-called "authorities" in the occupied Luhansk region continue operating as usual.

On Nov. 21, the 'green men' cordoned off the heart of occupied Luhansk in violation of 'LPR' leader Plotnitsky's order to lay down arms.

As reported, the members of the self-styled republic's 'Interior Ministry' arrested all the 'Prosecutor General's Office' employees. A total of 20 members of the agency were arrested including 'Prosecutor General' Vitaly Podobry, 'Military Prosecutor' Sergei Rakhno and their 'deputies.' The detainees were taken to the building of the 'people's council.' Other sources said the 'LPR Prosecutor General's Office' was stormed by the combined task force of the 'LPR Interior Ministry' and the Russian mercenaries from the 'Donetsk People's Republic'-based ('DPR') Vityaz detachment.

The 'prosecutors' were arrested after sacked 'interior minister' Igor Kornet, who challenged his dismissal, offered 'LPR' terrorists' leader Plotnitsky to hand over the 'prosecutor general,' the 'military prosecutor general,' and their 'deputies' as well as 'LPR secretariat head' Irina Teitsman, 'LPR security service' chief Yevgeny Seliverstov and head of the 'LPR State Broadcasting Company' Anastasia Shurkaeva. Plotnitsky refused to hand these persons over despite Kornet's allegations that these individuals were involved in subversive activities and espionage in favor of Ukraine.

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NATO: 60% of Russian-language Twitter pages are bots

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:48 pm
NATO: 60% of Russian-language Twitter pages are bots

A study titled Robotrolling notes that its findings are based on an analysis of the tweets that NATO was referring to in the Baltic States and Poland.

60% of all Russian-language accounts in the social network Twitter have the form of automated, that is, bots. This is stated in a report by the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Strategic Communications Center (NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence), based in Riga, Latvia, a research center that promotes the transformation of the alliance, writes Voice of America .

"Russian-language bots create about 70% of all Russian notifications about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland, with 60% of active Russian-language accounts being automated." For comparison, 39% of English-language accounts are bots, "the report said.

A study titled Robotrolling notes that its findings are based on the analysis of the Twitter data collection, which concerned the military active in the country of the Baltics and Poland.

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US State of Michigan recognized the Holodomor Day in commemoration of 25 November

on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:51 pm
US State of Michigan recognized the Holodomor Day in commemoration of 25 November

The US State of Michigan, in a resolution issued by the House of Representatives, has recognized the Holodomor Victims Day on November 25.

According to Tsensor.NET , this is stated on the facebook of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States .

"It is important that in the text of the resolution the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 is explained through the term genocide, and we thank the authorities of Michigan for the attention and memory of the victims of this terrible tragedy of the Ukrainian people and help in efforts to restore historical justice," the statement reads. embassies

According to diplomats, on the eve of the state of Wisconsin joined the recognition of the Holodomor in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people .

Previously, it was also done in the states of Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Last week, the US Department of State condemned attempts to deny the historical fact of the Holodomor in Ukraine. In Washington, they said they supported Ukraine in honoring the memory of the victims of the past and remain its supporters in the context of current security and freedom from "external aggression and occupation."

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