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Ukraine News in brief. Tuesday 26 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:25 am
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Corruption has limited Washington's interest: a fresh outlook on Ukraine-US.  Sanctions are not enough: ex-head of the CIA called for tough restraint of Russia.  Putin stated the priority of deploying troops on the border with the West.  The question will become a rite: the reason why Putin can leave the Donbas is named.  The network was puzzled by an unusual phenomenon in the sky over the Donbas: a photo was published.  In February 2014, intelligence of Russia organized in the social networks discrediting events on Independence Square.  In Kiev operated gang which stole and killed men, police uncovered details. Despite Summons, Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned. Dodon called two scenarios of relations between Moldova and Russia.

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Corruption has limited Washington's interest: a fresh outlook on Ukraine-US relations has emerged

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:33 am
Corruption has limited Washington's interest: a fresh outlook on Ukraine-US relations has emerged

Corruption and an opaque business environment restrict US interest in Ukraine, taking into account the real "success stories" of many other countries that are more important for Washington's security and economic interests.

An expert from the International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS) Yevhen Yaroshenko told this "Apostrophe".

According to him, Ukraine has not shown itself as a "history of success".

At the same time, Yaroshenko said that the United States continues to consider relations with Ukraine as one of the instruments of pressure on Russia. Violating the issue of lethal weapons delivery to Ukraine and the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to the Donbas, the United States seeks primarily to get significant political concessions from the Russian Federation.

At the same time, Ukrainian-American relations are strongly dependent on the domestic political situation in the United States. As a result, the level of support to Ukraine is largely determined by the balance between elite groups, as well as the investigation into Russia's interference in presidential elections and other high-profile events.

"The Ukrainian-American relationship will depend on many factors in 2018. On the one hand, while supporting the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, the United States will pursue a more" anticipatory "policy towards Kyiv, with a view to strengthening internal turbulence and approaching presidential and parliamentary elections," - Yaroshenko believes.

According to the expert, the level of American support for Ukraine in confronting Russia may depend on domestic political considerations in the United States and the success of their policies in different regions (Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe).

"At the same time, Russia's more pro-active policy towards Ukraine will encourage the United States to engage in greater diplomatic engagement in the situation around our country," Yaroshenko summed up.

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Sanctions are not enough: ex-head of the CIA called for tough restraint of Russia

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:34 am
Sanctions are not enough: ex-head of the CIA called for tough restraint of Russia

Russia will continue to interfere in US domestic policy, Washington will not establish an effective containment policy against Moscow.

This was written in a joint article by The Washington Post, the ex-director of the CIA, Michael Morell and former congressman Mike Rogers.

"Each student of the specialty international affairs examines the importance of the prohibition: it prevented the Soviet invasion of Western Europe at the height of the Cold War, which prevented North Korea from invading South Korea at the same time. Today, this does not allow Iran to launch a hot war in the Middle East or warn other countries from the beginning of the cyber attack against our infrastructure", - the article says.

"Yet the United States was not able to restrain Russia from intervening in elections in 2016. We know that we failed because Russia continues to actively use the most important aspect of its 2016 instruments: the use of social networks as a platform for propaganda propaganda, designed to weaken our nation, "Morell and Rogers emphasized.

The authors emphasize that the information operations of Russia against the United States continue to this day.

"Russia's use of social media as a political weapon will continue, and more countries will follow this example, as long as there is no deterrent," Michael Morell and Mike Rogers write.

"The sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and the Congress after the 2016 election are steps in the right direction, but they are not significant enough to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin. This containment requires a policy that impedes opponents from achieving their goals, while imposing significant costs on their regimes. At the moment, we did not do this, "said the former director of the CIA and former congressman.

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Putin stated the priority of deploying troops on the border with the West

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:36 am
Putin stated the priority of deploying troops on the border with the West

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the priority for the Russian army in the near future will be the development of infrastructure on the western borders of the country and in the Arctic.

This is reported by the Rambler.

"In addition, at the end of the year, we will also see the results of the fulfillment of the orders of the President of the Russian Federation, given as the decrees of 2012, and, of course, those orders that were given to them at the May and November meetings in Sochi, which have already been ten, and mostly relate to rearmament The army, of course, has a serious mandate for the development of certain regions. In this case, I'm talking about the Arctic, I'm talking about the island part in the east (Russia) and, of course, everything that is connected with the strengthening of our western borders," - said Shoigu.

According to him, a lot of work has already been done in this area on the deployment of military alliances.

"And here I can not but note the active work of both commanding counties and builders, and of course, those who were engaged in the placement of divisions," - said the Russian ministe.

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The question will become a rite: the reason why Putin can leave the Donbas is named

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:39 am
The question will become a rite: the reason why Putin can leave the Donbas is named

One of the main reasons that Russia's President Vladimir Putin may be able to leave the Donbas is a significant deterioration in the socio-economic situation in Russia.

Such an opinion was voiced by the coordinator of the "Information Resistance" group, member of the Verkhovna Rada's Committee on National Security and Defense Dmytro Tymchuk in an interview with "Apostrophe".

"Putin will be dragging this status quo to the elections, and after the elections other talks will start, everyone understands perfectly well that the Russian economy is not in the best condition, and the fact that some social guarantees are now maintained will only last until the elections," he said.

The detention of the Crimea and the war on the Donbas are very expensive for Putin, they make themselves known and sanctions. According to Timchuk, these factors suggest that Russians are waiting for difficult times.

"Against this backdrop, Russia may have a socio-economic negative situation inside Russia in the fall of 2018. Putin will have to decide something. Crimea, of course, he will not give, but about the Donbass he will have a very urgent question: either to go with hope to lift the sanctions, plus to take off the burden of financing this campaign, or to continue the war with inexplicable consequences already within its own country, which he chooses is still unclear, but the Kremlin is well aware that this choice will soon be ", - the expert concludes, adding, what remains open is the feed about how Putin will go from Donbas.



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The network was puzzled by an unusual phenomenon in the sky over the Donbas: a photo was published

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:46 am
The network was puzzled by an unusual phenomenon in the sky over the Donbas: a photo was published

This morning, December 26, in the sky above the city of Lugansk noticed an unusual phenomenon in the sky.

Relevant photos are published by Facebook users.




In the comments under the publication it is noted that the explosion of this phenomenon was not heard.

It is noted that it was "flying" from Stanitsa Lugansk.

The user who posted the photo says that he saw a flying object. It is also said that the photo shows a second cloud, because the first did not have time to remove.

"This is a second cloud, the first was generally white and stood as it seemed to us, then it appeared," - wrote the user.

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In February 2014, intelligence of Russia organized in the social networks discrediting events on Independence Square

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:50 am
In February 2014, intelligence of Russia organized in the social networks discrediting events on Independence Square

On the morning of February 22, 2014, the Main Intelligence Unit (GRU) of the Russian Federation launched a campaign in Ukraine to discredit the new government and events on Maidan.

This writes The Washington Post, citing a secret report of the Russian department, who was in possession of publication.

It is reported that with a propaganda purpose in social networks Facebook and VKontakte created a large number of fake accounts. The publication emphasizes that in two years Moscow will make such a move also during the American elections.

The campaign was aimed at "influencing the key decision makers and the general public, which was to justify the actions of the Russian military, which on February 27, in a form without distinction marks, seized the building of the Crimean parliament."

"The characters were supposed to represent" ordinary people "from all over Ukraine, who were disappointed with the protests of the opposition on the central square of Kyiv, entitled" Maidan, "writes The Washington Post.

Separately, the creation of an account on the evening of February 22, 2014, on behalf of Ivan Galitsin, describes the situation in Kyiv as "the return of the Nazis 70 years after the Second World War." Later Galitsin also commented on other materials in English editions.

This page, according to the publication, was created by GRU staff. The profile used a photo of Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is currently serving sentences in the US prison for drug smuggling.

In general, the GRU has created more than 30 Ukrainian communities in social networks. In particular, after capturing the building of the Crimean parliament, the GRU has created four groups to incite the inhabitants of Crimea to stand up for separation from Ukraine.

"Using our pages on Facebook, we spread comments that" informed the population of the Crimean peninsula about the threat from the Nazi organizations, "quotes the report of the GRU The Washington Post.

To promote the communities of GRU used promotional posts in Facebook. It is noted that only on February 27, the group received 200 thousand views. Posts were duplicated with communities in VKontakte and LiveJournal.

The Washington Post believes that the influence of the GRU's information activities on the development of the situation in Ukraine is difficult to assess.

Earlier it was also reported that the "Trolley Factory" in St. Petersburg allocated one-third of the state for advocacy work in the presidential election in the United States.

On September 18, Facebook provided the US Special Forces Prosecutor with account information on advertising with the Russian Federation.

On September 29th, it was reported that Twitter blocked more than 200 accounts in connection with an investigation into Russia's interference with the US election.

Recall that at a hearing in the intelligence committee, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, JJ Johnson, said that Putin was personally a customer of hacker attacks during the presidential election in 2016.

Earlier CNN showed a documentary about Putin's intervention in the US elections.

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In Kiev operated gang which stole and killed men, police uncovered details

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:51 am
In Kiev operated gang which stole and killed men, police uncovered details

The police together with the military prosecutor SBU stopped the activities of a criminal gang that kidnapped and killed people in Kiev. In particular, they have been implicated in the murder of ex-director of "Ukrspirt".

Told the head of the National Police Sergei Knyazev, reports " Ukrainian Truth".

He said the operation to arrest the offender was a week ago, on 19 December.

"In the six regions of Ukraine simultaneously conducted over 60 searches and arrested five active members of the gang, organizer detained in the territory of a neighboring country," - said the head of police.

Knyazev said that criminals were "very defiant" - laid the explosives, killing metal batons, shot people.

"The criminals were arrested. By the way, no alternative chosen by the arrest," - he stated.

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Despite Summons, Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:00 am
Despite Summons, Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned

Mikheil Saakashvili, the leader of Ukraine's Movement of New Forces party and former president of Georgia, has reportedly refused to appear for questioning at the Main Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), despite being summoned for an appearance there on December 26.

Saakashvili's lawyer, Pavlo Bohomazov, initially said Saakashvili was planning to appear for questioning.

But shortly after the scheduled meeting at 11 a.m. local time, another Saakashvili lawyer, Ruslan Chornolutsky, told journalists that the former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region would "not enter the investigator's office for investigative procedures today."

Chornolutsky said Saakashvili received a summons to be questioned and to submit samples of his voice for analysis on December 26.

He said that those were two different investigative procedures, which cannot be conducted simultaneously.

"We have already asked for these two investigative procedures to be separated," Chornolutsky said. "We have submitted such a motion."

On the eve of the scheduled meeting, Saakashvili expressed concerns that Ukrainian authorities were trying to deny him temporary protection status and "create conditions" for his "expulsion from the country."

That hearing was scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Saakashvili said on December 25 that he would attend the court hearing and "invite everyone who is not indifferent to justice in Ukraine."

He maintains that he is legally a permanent Ukrainian resident and that Ukrainian authorities have "no legitimate instruments to extradite" him to Georgia -- where he is wanted on charges of abusing the office of the presidency.

Ukrainian authorities have accused the former Georgian president and ex-Odesa governor of abetting an alleged "criminal group" led by former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after his ouster in February 2014.

They have also suggested that protests led by Saakashvili are part of a Russian plot against Ukraine.

Saakashvili denies all the charges................

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Dodon called two scenarios of relations between Moldova and Russia

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:03 am
Dodon called two scenarios of relations between Moldova and Russia

President of Moldova Igor Dodon stated that there are only two scenarios for the development of relations between Moldova and Russia

He said this in an interview with Russian" Izvestia".

"There are two scenarios for returning to normal bilateral relations: the first scenario, and I very much hope that it will be realized, right after New Year's holidays," Dodona said.

According to Dodon, the second scenario involves settling after the parliamentary elections, which will take place in a few months.

Dodon stressed that his party should win parliamentary elections, and soon the government will consist of its supporters, so it will be possible to normalize relations with Russia.

Recall that the Moldovan parliament did not take into account the opposition of President Igor Dodon to the so-called law against Russian propaganda.

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