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Ukraine News in brief. Tuesday 19 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:55 pm
TUESDAY HEADLINES:
"Innovation and Opportunity": CNN shows promotional video about Ukraine. VIDEO.  Ukrainian scouts say Serbian mercenary snipers join Donbas militants, lawmakers vow to inform NATO PA.  The OSCE mission commented on the withdrawal of Russian military personnel from the SCCC.  Siemens has signed an agreement with Russia to supply gas turbines.  Tymoshenko leads the presidential rating, - KIIS poll.  Russia can be excluded from the Council of Europe for non-enforcement of ECHR decisions.  Terrorists "LNR" want to create "representation" at the SCCC in connection with the recall of Russians.  The number of shelling in the Donbas has increased to 16 thousand per week, the OSCE.

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"Innovation and Opportunity": CNN shows promotional video about Ukraine. VIDEO

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:01 pm
"Innovation and Opportunity": CNN shows promotional video about Ukraine. VIDEO

Ukraine’s Information Policy Ministry has started showing a 30-second promotional video about Ukraine on CNN.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the press office of the ministry, the video is aimed at promoting Ukraine’s investment attractiveness.



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Ukrainian scouts say Serbian mercenary snipers join Donbas militants, lawmakers vow to inform NATO PA

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:06 pm
Ukrainian scouts say Serbian mercenary snipers join Donbas militants, lawmakers vow to inform NATO PA



Ukraine is set to inform the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on a group of Serbian mercenary snipers who have arrived in the Donbas to join the ranks of the combined Russian and terrorist forces.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) headquarters press center said that a group of Serbian mercenary snipers has arrived in the Donetsk sector.

“They are led by Dejan Beric, nom de guerre Deki, who has repeatedly visited Donbas to join the Russian occupation troops fighting against Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Read more: Russian Foreign Ministry: servicemen monitoring cease-fire in Donbas to leave Ukraine Dec. 19

“The Serbian mercenary snipers will reportedly be tasked to "eliminate the Ukrainian soldiers" along the contact line and commit provocations against civilians. They are betrayers of conscience and human values. They've been hired by the Kremlin for thirty pieces of silver to shed the blood of patriots and defenders of the Ukrainian soil. But the Ukrainian Army has people capable of offering a warm welcome to the uninvited guests and send them back where they belong to at the expense of the Russian Defense Ministry," the agency said.

See more: Massive artillery strike leaves war-torn Avdiivka without power, - Governor Zhebrivskyi. PHOTOS

Ukrainian Ambassador to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (Petro Poroshenko Block fraction MP) Iryna Friz wrote in this regard on the social media: "We draft an appeal to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly regarding this issue and I am sure that it is necessary to inform all international institutions on the shameful participation of Serbian mercenaries in hostilities against our state on the side of the Kremlin puppets.”

The lawmaker also expressed confidence that the mercenaries’ actions will be condemned by the international community. "I also expect the Serbian authorities to expand the list of 45 criminal cases filed against Serbian mercenaries fighting in the Donbas by adding into it more supporters of the ‘Russian world’ including their leader Dejan Beric, call sign Deki," the MP said.

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The OSCE mission commented on the withdrawal of Russian military personnel from the SCCC

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:08 pm
The OSCE mission commented on the withdrawal of Russian military personnel from the SCCC

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission is aware of the announced withdrawal of servicemen from the Russian Federation Armed Forces from the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center (SCCC).

This was stated by the OSCE PMM press service in a comment to the Gromadsky.

"We evaluate the situation on a permanent basis. Appropriate observations will be highlighted in our reports. The SCCS plays an important role in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The Joint Center is charged with promoting a complete ceasefire and general coordination of mine-clearing operations ", the press service informed.

The mission also added that the SCCC has a number of key functions to ensure the security of the OSCE's observer missions. In addition, the Joint Center has been mandated to facilitate prompt response to possible obstacles to monitoring and verification by the OSCE MFA.

Recall that on December 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has announced the  withdrawal of Russian representatives of the  Joint Center for the control and coordination of the ceasefire.

In Russia, they said that their representatives of the SCCC allegedly "faced serious difficulties because of the position of the Ukrainian authorities."

At the same time, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Iryna Fries stated that the withdrawal of Russian officers from the SCCC "testifies to the desire of the Russians to ruin the control of the ceasefire".

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine  called the "next provocation" of  Russia's withdrawal from the SCCC.

December 19 in the self-titled "DPR" said that the Russian side of the Joint Center for the control and coordination of the ceasefire came out of the Donbas .

The joint control and coordination center for the issues of ceasefire and stabilization of the line of delineation of the parties  was established in 2014 with the headquarters in the Donetsk region. This is a joint group of Ukrainian and Russian officers who control the observance of the Minsk accords.

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Siemens has signed an agreement with Russia to supply gas turbines

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 pm
Siemens has signed an agreement with Russia to supply gas turbines

The German concern Siemens has signed a contract with Tatarstan for the construction of a power plant. The deal amounts to 380 million euros.

This is reported by the press service of Siemens.

The construction contract was signed by Dietrich Meller, president of the German company, and Azat Bikmurzin, Director General of the Daughter of the Russian holding TAIF, Nizhnekamskneftekhim.

Under the agreement signed, Siemens will build a turnkey power plant with a capacity of 495 MW. The subcontractor in construction is Turkey's construction company Enka.

Siemens has pledged to install two SGT5-2000E gas turbines and one SST-600 steam turbine, as well as power distribution equipment.

It is noted that the power plant is planned to be launched in May 2021. The contract price also includes 13 years of service.

July 5, Reuters reported that Russia sent gas turbines to the Crimea of ​​the German concern Siemens to Crimea , despite the EU sanctions. Concern Siemens denied supplying turbines to the Crimea .

Later, the CEO of the Russian partner Siemens was dismissed. The Russian company acknowledged the supply of modernized Siemens turbines to Crimea.

Subsequently, new sanctions against Russia were approved by the EU through Siemens turbines. It was also reported that Russia threatened Siemens with sanctions due to EU restrictions.

On September 24, Siemens announced changes in the work with Russian customers after the delivery of turbines to Crimea.

In November, the Ministry of Energy of Russia stated that Siemens continues to take part in contests for the supply of equipment.

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Tymoshenko leads the presidential rating, - KIIS poll

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:16 pm
Tymoshenko leads the presidential rating, - KIIS poll

Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko ahead of the current President Petro Poroshenko almost 5%.

This is evidenced by the  data of the  sociological poll presented today by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

As if the presidential elections in Ukraine were held in the middle of December, the votes of those who determined their preferences and would come to the elections would be distributed as follows:

• 20.5% would vote for Yulia Tymoshenko,
• 16.9% - for Petro Poroshenko ,
• 12.8% - by Anatoly Gritsenko,
• 9.5% - by Yuriy Boyko,
• 9.2% - by Oleg Lyashko,
• 8.5% - by Andrew Garden,
• 7.8% - by Vadim Rabinovich ,
• 3,6% for Volodymyr Groisman,
3,2% for Oleg Tyagnibok,
1% for Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Sociologists point out that it is precisely these indicators (without taking into account those who are not determined by the choice and do not plan to go to the elections) are as close to possible results of real elections.

Party leader Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna is also in party ratings. If the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine took place in the middle of December, then among those who determined and would come to the polls, the votes would be distributed as follows:

• 17.2% would vote for the party "All-Ukrainian Association" Batkivshchyna ",
• 13.4% - for the party "Petro Poroshenko Bloc",
• 10.7% for the opposition Opposition bloc party,
• 10.2% for the party "For Life",
• 10.2% for the Radical Party O. Lyashka,
• 8, 8% for the Civic Position Party,
7.4% for the Self-Polling Party,
5.4% for the All-Ukrainian Association Svoboda party,
3.7% for party "UKROP" • 3,

• 1.8% for the People's Front party,
1.4% for the Renaissance party,
1.4% for the Socialist Party.

The survey was conducted from December 2 to December 14, 2017, by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, at the request of the client, by means of a personal interview. 2039 respondents, who live in 110 settlements of all regions of Ukraine (except the Crimea), were interviewed for a 4-step stochastic sample representative of the population of Ukraine over 18 years of age. The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and a design effect of 1.5) does not exceed 3.3% for indicators close to 50%, 2.8% - for indicators close to 25%, 2.0% for indicators , close to 10%, and 1.4% - for indicators close to 5%.



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Russia can be excluded from the Council of Europe for non-enforcement of ECHR decisions, - Petrenko

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:22 pm
Russia can be excluded from the Council of Europe for non-enforcement of ECHR decisions, - Petrenko



The Russian Federation risks being excluded from the Council of Europe if it does not comply with the European Court of Human Rights.

This was stated by Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko, informs Tsensor.NET with reference to the press service of the department .

"If Russia does not comply with the ECHR, then it risks being excluded from the Council of Europe. History shows that one way or another states comply with ECHR rulings, even those that they disagree with," said Petrenko.

According to him, if the European court complies with the statement of Ukraine, then, firstly, there will be certain violations of the articles of the Convention by the RF, and secondly, it is about just satisfaction or compensation in the case of violation of property rights.

Petrenko reminded that from 2014 Ukraine submitted to the ECtHR 5 lawsuits against Russia for the occupation of the Crimea and unlawful actions in the Donbas. The Minister of Justice is convinced that "Ukraine has a very high chance of winning a case, and Russia will be compelled to be held accountable for its actions."

In the opinion of the minister, it will be possible to predict exactly the length of consideration of cases concerning Crimea and Donbas after the ECtHR will draw up procedural schedules, that is, it will be determined by the procedure of consideration of these cases in substance.

The minister emphasized that similar processes with the participation of Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey lasted for decades, despite the fact that they refer to relatively short periods of time, a maximum of a month, while in the case of Ukraine, events with a duration of one year or more are described. Because of this, Petrenko said, this will also be a new practice for the European Court, because his representatives will have to look for new algorithms for studying such a large amount of evidence base.

"In my opinion, it's about 5-7 years, not less, because the volume is very large, but I think that we will be able to get the European Court's answer to the procedural timetable in two major cases - in the first case concerning Donbas and the second case concerning the Crimea, concerning the events of 2014 ", - said Petrenko.

He also said that now the ECtHR is considering about 4,000 individual applications filed by citizens who suffered as a result of Russian aggression in the Crimea and the Donbas.

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Terrorists "LNR" want to create "representation" at the SCCC in connection with the recall of Russians - "Donbas News"

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:41 pm
Terrorists "LNR" want to create "representation" at the SCCC in connection with the recall of Russians - "Donbas News"



The LNR group decided to establish its representation at the Common Control and Coordination Center for the ceasefire (SCCC). Such a decision in the group was explained by the fact that Russian officers left today an uncontrolled territory and no longer participate in the work of the SCCC.

As informs Tsensor.NET, this is written by "Donbass News" with reference to the resources of separatists.

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"In connection with the withdrawal of the representatives of the Joint Control and Coordination Center for the ceasefire (SCFC) and the situation on the collision line, namely the numerous destruction of the housing stock and infrastructure and the presence of three wounded in the past day, it was decided to create a representative office LNR at SCCC, its function will include fixing violations of the cease-fire regime by the SCU, as well as the consequences of the bombardment", - said" law enforcement officers of the LNR".

As you know, the task of the SCCC was not only to fix violations of the "silence regime", but also to establish contact between the parties to the conflict to eliminate the consequences of the bombing.

The CACC does not formally include representatives of the "LNR" and "DNR" groups.

Denis Pushkin, a representative of the DPR group, previously said that members of the illegal armed groups from the "DPR" (he called them "Donetsk representation") in the Joint Center are ready to continue working.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Russian military personnel in the Central Executive Committee on December 19 from the territory of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called provocation and an attempt to withdraw from Russia the responsibility of the SCCC.

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The number of shelling in the Donbas has increased to 16 thousand per week, the OSCE

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:47 pm
The number of shelling in the Donbas has increased to 16 thousand per week, the OSCE

During the last week from December 11 to December 17, the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in the Donbass recorded 16 thousand shelling

The OSCE press service reports.

According to observers, compared with the previous week, the number of bombardments increased by 35%. In connection with the escalation in the ATO zone, OSCE PMM Chairman Erturul Apakan made a statement calling for full compliance with the cease-fire regime.

"We are worried about the sharp deterioration of the security situation. The number of violations of the cease-fire regime reached a level that we did not record since February this year," said Apakan.

The OSCE notes that the escalation of hostilities occurs after the parties have confirmed their commitment to comply with the cease-fire regime.

-Recall that during the day from December 11 to December 12, OSCE observers recorded 3,000 violations of the cease-fire regime.

-On December 18, Russian mercenaries fired from the rocket systems of the BM-21 "Grad" volley fire in the residential area of ​​the Novoalugansk Donetsk region, wounding civilians and damaging fifty houses.

-Investigators have found fragments of shells that have never been armed with the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the shelling of the Novoalugansk Donetsk region.

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Trump Counselor McMaster accused Russia of "sophisticated blasting campaign"

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:32 pm
Trump Counselor McMaster accused Russia of "sophisticated blasting campaign"

Advisor to President of the United States of America Donald Trump Herbert McMaster accused the Russian Federation of "sophisticated subversive campaign"

He said this in an interview with the BBC .

"It is necessary to take a look at what Russia actually does. Of course, we must resist its destabilizing behavior and a sophisticated campaign of misinformation and propaganda," McMaster said.

According to him, the efforts of the Russian Federation are clearly directed at setting up the community against each other and confronting them.

"Especially in a democratic world, free and open societies, Russia uses the openness and freedom of other countries to weaken them, to cast doubt on their decisions," he added.

According to McMaster, the actions of the RF during the American presidential election were aimed at both sides of the political struggle in the United States.

-Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Russia of "malicious tactics against the United States and Europe."

-Tillerson also said that the United States would not cancel the sanctions until Russia complies with the Minsk agreements.

-Russia and China are among the main threats to the interests and power of the United States , according to the American national security strategy published on December 18.

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Prepare Russians for war? The network was aired by Vladimir Putin's video

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:38 pm
Prepare Russians for war? The network was aired by Vladimir Putin's video

The network actively discusses the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow at the final forum "Russia, aimed at the future."

A corresponding post on its Twitter page was published by a journalist from the Kremlin pool Dmitry Smirnov.

"Putin: After the collapse of the USSR, we heard a lot of sweet speeches, but nobody really helped us, but we did not expect it. We do not need any help from us." We built a new country, restored independent Russia, we learned to firmly stand up their interests", - wrote Smirnov.


TRANSLATION:
Vladimir Putin: After the collapse of the USSR, we heard a lot of sweet speeches, but nobody really helped us. Yes, we did not count on it. We do not need any help from outside. We built a new country, rebuilt an independent Russia. We have learned to defend our interests

It is worth noting that the journalist's post is actively commenting on the network.

"He still believes in someone? He alone can push sweet speeches, and at the end of his rule, half of Russians are on the poverty line. Mortality exceeds birth rate," "Who can escape from the country." Frightens the enemy - who? Whoever wanted , bought everything, one was drinking a second country, "Real Russia's help is Swan Lake on all channels from morning to night, from morning till evening," bloggers write.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", earlier users of the network actively discussed the news that from the pages of dead people published posts with hashtag
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Russia recalled representatives from the SCCC to exacerbate the Donbass, Volker

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:53 pm
Russia recalled representatives from the SCCC to exacerbate the Donbas, Volker

The United States Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, drew attention to the fact that Russia had withdrawn its officers from the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center (SCCC) before the escalation of the breach of the ceasefire

Volker wrote about this on Twitter.

"Russia recalled its officers from the SCCC, an instrument to establish a cease-fire regime, against a severe escalation of the ceasefire, and Ukraine has just been among the worst hostilities since February 2017," he wrote.

Volker also stressed that the decision on peace should be approved by Russia.

"The decision on peace lies in Russia," he stated.



-Recall,  Russia recalled its officers  from the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center in the Donbas, after which they  left the occupied territories.

-On December 19, Ukrainian officers who worked at the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center for the ceasefire in the Donbas,  departed from the temporarily occupied territories.

-International organizations are ready to take part in negotiations  on conducting humanitarian operations in the Donbas through the withdrawal of the Russian side from the SCCC, said the Minister for Temporary Occupation Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadim Chernish.

-Russian officers from the CTSK in the evening of December 19 crossed the border with Ukraine and returned to Russia.

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Volker intends to meet again with Surkov: the term is named

on Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:00 pm
Volker intends to meet again with Surkov: the term is named

Special Representative of the United States Department of State in Ukraine Kurt Volker said that he plans to meet with the assistant to the President of the

Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov in January 2018.

This is reported by RIA Novosti.

"I think we should keep open channels of communication with Russia. I asked for a meeting with my Russian partner, and I expect that we will be able to meet in January," Volker said.

According to him, the place and the exact date of the meeting are not yet agreed.

Earlier in mid-November, Surkov and Volker held talks in Belgrade to resolve the situation in the Donbass. This was their third meeting.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", it became known earlier that Russia is making efforts to form peacekeepers for sending to the Donbas from the member states of the Organization of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

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