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Ukraine News in brief. Saturday 23 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:39 pm
SATURDAY HEADLINES:
The US State Department confirmed the supply of defense weapons to Ukraine. US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine: social networks were annoyed by Russia's reaction.  The Russian Foreign Ministry has called for the United States to give Ukraine a weapon of "provoking war".  "The US has, in a sense, crossed the line" - the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine.  The United States imposed sanctions against a suspect in the murder of Voronenkov.  "The approaching war" - General Neller - US Marines on the upcoming conflict with the Russian Federation. Lithuanian MP deprived of the mandate for ties with the Russian Federation. Sobchak presented a plan for Crimea and Donbass in the election program. Russians violate Christmas truce on Donbas. The GRP opened a disciplinary case against Judge Tsokol, who liberated Saakashvili. Merkel was responsible for the possible exacerbation of the Donbass on Russia.

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The US State Department confirmed the supply of defense weapons to Ukraine

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:42 pm
The US State Department confirmed the supply of defense weapons to Ukraine



US assistance is purely defensive, said the State Department.
According to Tsensor.NET with reference to 112, the United States will provide Ukraine with "enhanced defense capabilities." This was reported by the State Department of the United States, reports Reuters.

The statement said that weapons will be provided to combat separatists supported by Russia in the eastern part of the country.

"US assistance is of a purely defensive nature and, as we have always said, Ukraine is a sovereign country and has the right to defend itself," the statement said. As reported, US President Donald Trump will announce his approval of the plan to sell anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.

As the American television channel ABC News with reference to the interlocutor in the State Department, the total cost of the defense package will be $ 47 million. It will include 210 anti-tank missiles and 35 launchers.

Previously, the State Department approved a commercial license that allows the export of sniper systems Model M107A1, ammunition and related accessories and accessories to Ukraine for $ 41.5 million. USA.

The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, managed to threaten the bloodshed on the Donbass in case of delivery of lethal weapons from the USA to Ukraine.

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US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine: social networks have annoyed Russia's reaction

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:45 pm
US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine: social networks have annoyed Russia's reaction

Ukrainian bloggers were outraged by Russia's reaction to the US decision to give Ukraine a weapon.

In particular, in the network pay attention to the recording of the representative of the Committee of the Federation Council on international affairs Kostiantyn Kosachev on Facebook.

"The false (more precisely, perverted) interpretation of the situation in the south-east holds in the hostages of the Russophobic ambitions of Kiev and Washington the millions of people who are waiting for the politicians of peace, not the war." The current decision of Washington - unfortunately, once again in favor of the war, not the world "- said Kosachov in his post.

In response to this thesis in Twitter, InfoWise Ukraine published a photo collage with evidence of the presence of Russian weapons from militants in the Donbas.



"Russian tanks, SAUs, howitzers, rocket-propelled artillery, military personnel, shells and fuel are, of course, a" step toward the world. "But the DEFENSE lethal weapon for Ukraine is a" step toward the war, "says the record.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has called for the United States to give Ukraine a weapon of "provoking war"

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:47 pm
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called for the United States to give Ukraine a weapon of "provoking war"

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the US of "fueling the war" in connection with the decision of the White House to provide Ukraine with defense weapons.

This is stated in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"The United States has, to a certain extent, crossed the line by announcing its intention to give Ukraine an arsenal of direct, spectacular action. Now it's no longer within the framework of commercial contracts that American companies make a long way, but on a state line, "the statement reads in the Foreign Ministry.

Russian diplomats blamed the United States for organizing the "coup d'etat in Kiev," and also said that the Americans gave their weapons "to Kyiv rebels to shell Donbas."

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the eyes of "Russophobia" are appealing to American politicians.

"Washington is trying to imagine itself as a" mediator". He is not a mediator, he is an accomplice in the intensification of the war, "the statement reads.

On December 23, the United States stated that it was ready to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defense capabilities. "The United States stated that this decision was part of the US attempt to help Ukraine protect its territorial integrity and "hold back Russia's further aggression."

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"The US has, in a sense, crossed the line" - the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:07 pm
"The US has, in a sense, crossed the line" - the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine



Russia condemns the intentions of the United States to transfer lethal weapons to Ukraine.

This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov, informs Tsensor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

"The US has, in a sense, crossed the line by announcing its intention to give Ukraine a direct, impressive action, and now it's not within the framework of commercial contracts that American companies make a long, but state-run, line-up." To begin, "talked about Javelin missile complexes. What's next?" - said the Russian diplomat.

In his opinion, American weapons will lead to new casualties.

"The Kiev revanchists are firing Donbass every day, not wanting to negotiate peacefully, and dreams of coping with disobedient populations, and the United States decided to give them this weapon," said the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Ryabkov also considers it inappropriate to urge American politicians to turn their attention.

"Rusophobia is so much in the eyes of many of them that they are happy to applaud the punishers of Ukrainian nationalist battalions," the official said.

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The United States imposed sanctions against a suspect in the murder of Voronenkov

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:19 pm
The United States imposed sanctions against a suspect in the murder of Voronenkov



The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against Volodymyr Tyurin's criminal authority, which the GPU suspects in organizing the murder in Kyiv of an ex-deputy of the State Duma.

The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against a number of Russian criminal authorities and two companies, informs Tsensor.NET with reference to the League.net. Among those who fell under sanctions - Volodymyr Tyurin, a suspect in organizing the murder in Kiev of an ex-deputy of the State Duma Denis Voronenkov, is reported on the site of the American department. The list includes 10 people suspected of "serious transnational crimes."

The decision of the Office for the control of foreign assets of the Ministry of Finance prohibits Americans from conducting financial or other operations with persons who are subject to sanctions and freezing any assets that Russian criminal authorities have under US jurisdiction.

"Thieves in the law - this is a Eurasian criminal syndicate, which is associated with a long list of illegal activities around the world," - said in the American department. March 23, an ex-deputy of the State Duma Voronenkov, who received Ukrainian citizenship, was killed in Kiev.

On October 9, the GPU announced the alleged customer of the murder of Voronenkov's Russian criminal authority, Tyurin, who for several years was a civilian husband of Maria Maksakov, wife of Voronenkov. The investigation established that Tyurin acted under the leadership of the FSB of the Russian Federation.

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"The approaching war!" - US Navy General Neller - US Marines on the upcoming possible conflict with the Russian Federation

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:31 pm
"The approaching war!" - US Navy General Neller - US Marines on the upcoming possible conflict with the Russian Federation



US Navy Corps Commander General Robert Neller warned his subordinates of approaching the war and encouraged them to prepare for this. A relevant statement was made by Neller during a visit to US Marines stationed in Norway.
Tsensor.NET informs about this , citing the Voice of America.

The Morphs of the United States are based in Norway on a rotating basis on the invitation of the government. Neller said that the marines should be ready for war at all times and said that in the future they would face a significant battle. He pointed to Russia and the Pacific region as a conflict zone in the future.



"I hope I'm wrong, but the war is approaching... You are already taking part in the battle, being here - in an information battle, a political one," quotes the words of the general edition Military.com.

Russia has repeatedly denied the presence of naval infantry in the United States in Norway. The publication notes that the US marines in Norway previously banned the use of the word Russia in dealing with the media. At the same time, Major General of the Marine Corps (Marine Corps-specific leadership position - ed.) Ronald Green, who also visited US troops in Norway, reminded them that they were closely following them.

"Remember, why are you here. They watch, just as you follow them, they are watching you." Now there are 300 sea fish, we can increase the number from 300 to 3000 per day, "the military said.

Green, not using the word "Russia", reminded the US military of dissatisfaction with their presence in Norway.

"They do not like the fact that we are opposed to them, and we like the fact that they do not like it. We are here 300, they surrounded us. What - they hit us in a trap, right? We are already in such a situation".

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Merkel was responsible for the possible exacerbation of the Donbas on Russia

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:45 pm
Merkel was responsible for the possible exacerbation of the Donbas on Russia



If Russia does not reconsider the decision to withdraw its officers from the Joint Coordination and Control Center for the ceasefire in the Donbas (SCCC), it will be entirely responsible for the possible intensification of hostilities in Ukraine.

As informs  Tsensor.NET  with reference to "Ukrinform", this was stated on Friday, December 22, at a briefing in Berlin, the representative of the government of Germany Ulrike Demmer.

Berlin's statement sounded after a telephone conversation between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The federal government hopes that the Russian side will reconsider its decision and refuse this step; otherwise, any further aggravation of the situation and the related victims will be Russia's responsibility," Demmer said.

In Berlin, once again, they reminded that they consider the Russians' withdrawal from the SCCC to be a wrong move.

Demmer stressed that the center made a major contribution not only to support the truce, but also to ensure the work of the OSCE observers.

Earlier, the  RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Russian troops from the SCCC would leave the territory of Ukraine on December 19.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed indignation by the  unilateral decision of the Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from the SCCC, considering it "a provocation that essentially undermines the Minsk agreements and the desire to remove from it any responsibility as a party to the conflict for the consequences of armed aggression against our state."

December 19, Ukrainian and Russian servicemen -  representatives of the SCRC left the Donbas area, temporarily occupied by militants.

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Lithuanian MP deprived of the mandate for ties with the Russian Federation

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:06 pm
Lithuanian MP deprived of the mandate for ties with the Russian Federation

Member of the Sejm of Lithuania Mindaugas Bastitis violated the oath and grossly violated the Constitution, hiding his ties with a former KGB officer Peter Voeiko
According to the Lithuanian portal Delfi , such a decision was approved by the Lithuanian Constitutional Court.

In particular, Bastits broke the oath when he concealed his ties with former KGB staff members Peter Voyeiko, and also mediated the organization of non-public meetings of representatives of Rosatom with heads of state authorities of Lithuania.

The MP himself does not agree with such conclusions.

After announcing the conclusion of the Constitutional Court, the Sejm should consider the deprivation of Bastiz's deputy mandate. However, this decision should be supported by at least three-fifths of the members of the Sejm.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Sejm, Victor Parsekettis refused to give Bastia permission to work with classified information through his suspicious ties.

As noted, Bastiz was elected to the parliament in a single-member constituency. If he refuses or loses his mandate by impeachment, new elections will be held in this constituency.

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Sobchak presented a plan for Crimea and Donbas in the election program

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:14 pm
Sobchak presented a plan for Crimea and Donbas in the election program

Russian TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak presented her election program, which has points on the end of the war on the Donbas and holding a referendum in the Crimea.

UNIAN reports.

"We must stop the hybrid war that our country is leading in the east of Ukraine, and we insist on the immediate return to their homeland of Russian servicemen, who are now in any state present on the territory of Ukraine and Syria, and it is necessary to immediately publish the lists of all those who perished in unclaimed wars," - says the document.

The program also proposes a solution to the situation with the annexed Crimea through a referendum and coordination with other countries.

"Crimea, in accordance with international law, is the territory of Ukraine. Perhaps most of its inhabitants today are Russian-speaking Russian citizens who perceive their republic as the subject of the Russian Federation. A referendum may be held to resolve the situation, the order of which must be agreed upon by Russia, Ukraine and the international community, "the program notes.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", presidential candidate, TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak said that he could go to the waiver of elections in order to achieve the unity of the opposition.

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Russians violate Christmas truce on Donbas: arranged a powerful shelling near Kalinovka at the Svitlodarsky arc

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:08 pm
Russians violate Christmas truce on Donbas: arranged a powerful shelling near Kalinovka at the Svitlodarsky arc

The Russian-occupying forces in the Donbass violated the New Year's and Christmas armistice and fired Ukrainian positions at the Svitlodar Arc on Saturday, December 23, about noon

This is reported on the press-center of ATO's Facebook page.

"Today, at around 11:30, Russian mercenaries have been firing in the direction of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Svitlodarsky arc. Armed provocation from grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and armament of the BMP was carried out from the uncontrolled Ukrainian government of the Kalinovka settlement, and the ATP forces did not open the fire in response," - said in a message.

The headquarters was reminded that, according to the intelligence of the ATO headquarters, armed groups have accumulated ammunition stock near the line of combat collision in various directions.

"The purpose of the creation of these arsenals is open provocations against the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the alleged shelling of temporarily occupied front-line settlements in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts during the New Year's Eve truce to provoke a fire in response and to accuse the ATO forces' I", - say in the headquarters.

The Ukrainian side regards such actions by Russian mercenaries and their Russian curators as an indication of interest in further intensifying the conflict and demonstrating the reluctance to abide by the cease-fire regime and comply with the Minsk accords.

"All this happens, despite the fact that the OSCE constantly monitors the regime of the New Year-Christmas truce," added the headquarters.

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The GRP opened a disciplinary case against Judge Tsokol, who liberated Saakashvili

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:20 pm
The GRP opened a disciplinary case against Judge Tsokol, who liberated Saakashvili



The High Council of Justice opened a disciplinary case against a judge of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv, Larisa Tsokol, on a complaint lodged against her in March 2017.

Tsensor.NET informs about it, referring to the press service of the GRP.

The first disciplinary chamber of the GRP December 22 opened disciplinary proceedings against four judges, including concerning the judge of the Fund.

The GRP notes that complaints about the actions of the judge Tsokol came to the GRP in March and April 2017 and are in no way connected with the trial of Mikheil Saakashvili.

Thus, a disciplinary complaint by a citizen of Kharchenko M. about the unlawful conduct of a judge of the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv. The colony entered the GRP on April 11, 2017. In addition, on March 14, 2017, a petition filed by the citizen O.Pikalov was received from the GRP.

Read also "Tsensor.NET": Judge Tsokol, who fired Saakashvili, filed two complaints to the GRP

"The First Disciplinary Chamber decided to refuse to open a disciplinary case on the complaint of a citizen Kharchenko M. and open a disciplinary case on a citizen's complaint, Pikalov O." - reported in the High Council of Justice.

Recall, Larysa Tsokol , a judge of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv , December 11 refused to satisfy the prosecutor's request for round-the-clock house arrest at the time of the investigation for the leader of the Movement of New Forces, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.

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Chairman of the Supreme Court of Poland accuses the authorities of "a coup d'état"

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:20 pm
Chairman of the Supreme Court of Poland accuses the authorities of "a coup d'état"

The head of the Supreme Court of Poland Malgorzata Gersdorf has published an open letter accusing the authorities of "implementing the coup" against the proceedings

This happened after the government approved the controversial reforms that, according to critics, threaten the rule of law in Poland, the Air Force reports .

Hersdorf said that the government is on the "edge of the abyss", which could lead to a whole country collapse.

"There is a coup against the structure of one of the country's most important institutions, it goes without the use of troops or security structures, and abuse of legislative institutions," wrote Gersdorf in his letter.

She urged the government of the ruling party in Poland "Right and Justice" "not to violate a social contract written in the form of a constitution."

"You walk the edge of the abyss, which the whole nation can fall into," said Gersdorf.

Before this, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, who is also a member of the "Right and Justice" party, has signed two laws: on the reform of the Supreme Court and the National Council for Justice. One of them allows politicians to elect members of the Judicial Council that appoints judges.

Another law reduces the retirement age of judges of the Supreme Court, which will result in the simultaneous release of 40% of judges.

In "Justice and Justice," they stated that the purpose of these changes was to fight corruption and to overcome the influence of the former communist elites.

In turn, the European Commission launched a procedure for the imposition of unprecedented sanctions against Poland, stating that the planned judicial reform in the country threatened the rule of law. According to the European Commission, 13 new laws allowed the Polish government to "significantly interfere" with the work of the judiciary.

Poland gave three months to respond to these warnings.

The resulting procedure may eventually lead to Poland's being deprived of the right to vote in the European Council, the EU's highest political body. These are the sanctions provided for in Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, which is intended to protect its fundamental values.

However, Polish leaders said they were not going to comply with the EU guidelines and the government will continue the judicial reform launched.

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An attempt was made to detain former Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk at Geneva airport at the request of the Russian Federation on "atrocities in Chechnya"

on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:27 pm
An attempt was made to detain former Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk at Geneva airport at the request of the Russian Federation on "atrocities in Chechnya"



Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former prime minister of Ukraine, was detained at the airport of Geneva (Switzerland).

According to Tsensor.NET, this was written on his Facebook page by the press secretary Yatsenyuk Olga Lappo.

"No matter how absurd was the prosecution of the Russian officer, they have real consequences.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who arrived in Geneva with his younger daughter, was stopped at the passport control on Russia's request - for all the already known absurd accusations of participating in hostilities in Chechnya. In ten minutes everyone found out and missed. Having warned that a similar procedure is possible during departure. This again confirms who is afraid of the Kremlin, "said Lappo.

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