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Ukraine News in brief. Thursday 22 February. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:07 am
THURSDAY HEADLINES:
Scouts from the United States have predicted new conflicts with Russia.  Bloomberg has learned how Trump wants to use the elimination of a large number of Russian mercenaries in Syria.  Ukraine was told how Russia is preparing new personnel for the information warfare.  The Ukrainian intelligence learned about the arrival of hundreds of military personnel from Russia on the Donbas.  Ukraine Bans Saakashvili Until 2021.  The United States has declared preparation of new sanctions against Russia.  Corruption destroys Ukraine in 5 different ways. Explanation from the US State Department.  Ukraine has outstripped Russia in the rating of overcoming corruption: published infographics.  In Moscow, the the head of the Navalny election headquarters politician Leonid Volkov was arrested.  Blood on Independence - it was Putin's plan to enslave Ukraine and seize the Crimea, - ex-ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine.  The European Union has stopped financing of 6 programs with Ukraine. EU Renews Sanctions On Russian Officials, Ukrainian Separatists. "This government has already come to an end, and I will return home, to Ukraine, very soon" - Saakashvili. In Russia, with the Ukrainian flags, they took part in the memory of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds.

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Scouts from the United States have predicted new conflicts with Russia

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:13 am
Scouts from the United States have predicted new conflicts with Russia

On the other hand, there will be more disagreements and conflicts between the US , on the one hand, and Russia and China.

This is stated in the material of the private American intelligence-analytical company Stratfor, which is at the disposal of the "Apostrophe".

"As weapon technology develops at a fast pace, arms control agreements are rapidly becoming obsolete as well. The United States has withdrawn from the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems in 2002, and under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missiles there is a tension, which should be strengthened with the strengthening of Washington's defense system,"- said in the material.

It is noted that worried by US investments in anti-missile defense and super-fire technology, Russia and China will similarly try to expand their offensive capabilities.

"As a result, the arms race is likely to kill the last nail in the coffin of the Treaty on the Red Army and may endanger the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-III)," according to Stratfor.

Meanwhile, Beijing will strive to maintain its competitive advantage in the development of hypersonic weapons to advance Washington's missile defense. Although countries will try to conclude new arms control agreements in line with the changing situation, such an agreement will interfere with the confrontation between the three different superpowers.

"The start of a new confrontation against the backdrop of the failure of arms control and the development of offensive weapons can undermine global stability. The growing arms race and non-compliance with arms control agreements undermine trust between major powers and hinder cooperation," US intelligence officials said.

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Bloomberg has learned how Trump wants to use the elimination of a large number of Russian mercenaries in Syria

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:15 am
Bloomberg has learned how Trump wants to use the elimination of a large number of Russian mercenaries in Syria

The elimination of a large number of Russian mercenaries in Syria as a result of the blow by the US-led coalition on February 7, US President Donald Trump wants to show an example of his own tough policy towards Russia.

Bloomberg reports with reference to an anonymous source informed about the situation.

It is noted that the White House spokeswoman clearly stated that the recent "incident" indicates the stiffness of Trump in Syria.

"He (the president of the United States - ed.) Has already taken a number of steps to press and to be tough with Russia: the incident that was announced in the coming days and other examples of the Russian President's rigid stance on Russia" took place last week. said spokeswoman for the White House Sarah Sanders.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", a Russian military columnist, Paul Felgengauer, said that the defeat of Russian mercenaries in Syria undermined the morale of all the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

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Ukraine was told how Russia is preparing new personnel for the information warfare

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:29 am
Ukraine was told how Russia is preparing new personnel for the information warfare

Russia constantly selects and prepares personnel for conducting an information warfare.

An ex-Ukrainian diplomat and military interpreter, well-known conductor, showman Dmitry Chekalkin, told this in an interview with the "Apostrophe".

According to him, it is possible to resist Russian propaganda by taking an active part in social networks and mass media and in communicating with other people.

"You can not be subjected to throwing, provocations that are actively spread by Russian special services," says Chekalkin.

According to him, in the administration of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych several graduates of the special propaganda faculty of the Moscow Institute worked.

"This danger can not be underestimated: my Moscow colleagues sent me the reprints of the ads: troop-recruits are recruiting new entrants to these faculties of information warfare that are expanding again." The affiliates of these faculties today have been blossomed, as they say to me, with all Moscow. It's impossible not to underestimate this danger and it's impossible to play our zakly and insidious opponents", - considers Chekalkin.



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The Ukrainian intelligence learned about the arrival of hundreds of military personnel from Russia on the Donbas

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:31 am
The Ukrainian intelligence learned about the arrival of hundreds of military personnel from Russia on the Donbas

About two hundred Russian soldiers arrived in the occupied territories of Donbas.

This on Thursday, February 22, on its page in Facebook, reports the press center of the headquarters of the ATO with a reference to the intelligence.

"In order not to lose control over the temporarily occupied part of Donbass and illegal armed formations, the Kremlin's curators recently sent an unusual humanitarian load - about two hundred officers," the statement said.

It is noted that this is probably the representatives of the regular military formations of the aggressor country, they were placed at the "East" near the settlement of Manuilivka.

"Obviously, after" acclimatization, "they will replace other war criminals who, on a rotational basis, are in positions in the so-called units and military units of the NZF," - added in the headquarters.

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Ukraine Bans Saakashvili Until 2021

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:33 am
Ukraine Bans Saakashvili Until 2021

Ukraine's border service has banned Mikheil Saakashvili from entering Ukraine for three years, days after he was expelled from the country.

Saakashvili on February 21 posted on Facebook a document from the border service that said his entry ban runs until February 13, 2021.

Ukrainian border-service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan confirmed that Saakashvili was banned on the orders of the commander in charge of the Ukrainian border section he crossed in September 2017, eluding a blockade.

Saakashvili responded defiantly to the ban, writing on Facebook, "With or without me, the end has already come for these authorities, and I will return home to Ukraine very soon now, much, much sooner than in three years."

Saakashvili, 50, was drafted in 2015 by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to head the Odesa region. But he fell afoul of his friend over corruption allegations and calls for reform and was stripped of his citizenship in July 2017.

After beginning an opposition campaign to Poroshenko, Saakashvili was detained at a Kyiv restaurant on February 12, taken to the airport, and flown to Poland, the country from which he returned to Ukraine in September.

He eventually flew to the Netherlands, his wife's home country, and vowed to continue his battle to topple Poroshenko.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Saakashvili of abetting an alleged "criminal group" led by Viktor Yanukovych, the Moscow-friendly former president who fled the country in 2014 amid massive protests known as the Euromaidan.

The authorities also alleged that the street protests he led are part of a Russian plot against the government in Kyiv......................

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The United States has declared preparation of new sanctions against Russia

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:43 am
The United States has declared preparation of new sanctions against Russia

A group of senior officials from the US administration, Donald Trump, announced that the White House is considering introducing new sanctions against Russia

Reuters reports.

At a briefing on Wednesday, February 21, the administration noted that this process is slow, because it requires a thorough legal justification and can not be accelerated.

In particular, officials explained, some sanctions have already been imposed against two Russian entities mentioned in the prosecution prepared by the team of Special Prosecutor Robert Muller in the case of Russia's interference in the US presidential election in 2016.

This is about Concord Catering and Concord Management and Consulting, which, so to speak, are controlled by the Internet Research Agency, a group that coordinated the intervention process. At the same time, according to the media, sanctions on these organizations were formally imposed in June 2017 because of Russia's actions on the territory of Ukraine.

Officials called the interference in the presidential elections of 2016 and last year's cyberattack with the help of the NotPetya virus reasons for possible introduction of new sanctions against Russia.

At the end of January, the US government stated that it had not planned further sanctions and that already existing restrictive measures led to a reduction in the volume of Russian military equipment purchased by many governments for many billions of dollars.

-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has discussed with the deputy head of the US State Department John Salivan the situation in the Donbass and introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions.

-Earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the United States could impose new sanctions on Russians.

-Prior to this, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said that Russia would soon be subject to new sanctions.

-On February 20, Petro Poroshenko discussed with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel implementation of the Minsk agreements and the release of Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners.

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Corruption destroys Ukraine in 5 different ways. Explanation from the US State Department

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:48 am
Corruption destroys Ukraine in 5 different ways. Explanation from the US State Department

The US State Department urged the Ukrainian authorities to continue their efforts to reform and combat corruption.

This was stated by deputy head of the US Department of State John Sullivan during a speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.

He noted that Ukraine's struggle against corruption is no less important than its struggle against Russian aggression.

"The two struggles are two sides of the same coin, the preference in both cases is the issue of national security. It is extremely important for Ukraine to seek deep, comprehensive and timely reforms," ​​Sullivan said.

He also described the ways in which corruption eats the fabric of Ukrainian society. Corruption, in particular:

-Constrains foreign investment and reduces GDP;

-Prevents economic initiatives and entrepreneurship;

-Killing the state tax funds paid by hard-working Ukrainians to fill the pockets of the rich;
Generates poverty;

-Suppresses the hopes of those who play according to the rules and are not corrupt;

The politician explained that the Ukrainian authorities should carry out reforms to ensure equality before the law, because that means "dignity".

Sullivan added that Ukraine also needs a truly independent Anticorruption Court, which fully complies with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

-It should be noted that on the eve of Sullivan, he discussed with President Poroshenko sanctions against Russia and the introduction of peacekeepers on the Donbas.

-He also said that a free and economically successful Ukraine is one of the biggest fears of the Kremlin.

-Sullivan stressed that the Council should adopt the bill on National Security as soon as possible.

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Ukraine has outstripped Russia in the rating of overcoming corruption: published infographics

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:04 am
Ukraine has outstripped Russia in the rating of overcoming corruption: published infographics

According to Transparency International's latest figures, Ukraine is ahead of Russia as an indicator of overcoming corruption and is ranked 130th in the world.

This is evidenced by the corruption rating posted on the organization's website .

According to this rating, Ukraine scored 30 points and Russia 29. Despite its superiority over the northern neighbor, Ukraine continues to be one of the most corrupt countries in Europe, ranking at the same level with countries such as Iran, Myanmar and Sierra Leone.



Commenting on the rating, Transparency notes the persecution of anti-corruption activists and journalists, the introduction of e-declarations for NGOs and delays in the creation of an anti-corruption court.

The first place in the ranking with 89 points is New Zealand, in the last place - Somalia from 9.

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In Moscow, the the head of the Navalny election headquarters politician Leonid Volkov was arrested

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:08 am
In Moscow, the the head of the Navalny election headquarters politician Leonid Volkov was arrested



Earlier on February 22, it was also learned about the detention of the head of the election headquarters politician Leonid Volkov. He was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport, from which he was going to fly to Ufa to meet with supporters of the "Strike of Voters" campaign.

Police arrested the oppositionist Alexei Navalny, reports Tsensor.NET. He said this on his Twitter.

The reasons for the detention are not yet known.

"I got a tooth, I went to the dentistry, I came out of dentistry - Hello, the second operative regiment, you are detained. They're getting somewhere," wrote the politician.

Russian politician Alexei Navalny, who was previously detained during the "Strike of Voters", was released from the police department under the obligation of appearance.

The Russian politician, Alexei Navalny, was previously detained during the "Voters' Strike", released from the police department under the obligation to appear.

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Blood on Independence - it was Putin's plan to enslave Ukraine and seize the Crimea, - ex-ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine Vaitiekunas

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:12 am
Blood on Independence - it was Putin's plan to enslave Ukraine and seize the Crimea, - ex-ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine Vaitiekunas



The shooting of the Maidan was the beginning of the aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and part of the Crimean seizure plan.

This was in an interview with Tsensor.NET said the Ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine in 2010-2014, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekunas.

In his opinion, the shooting of Maidan was not only a provocation.

"In my opinion, first of all, the Kremlin tried to stop the integration of Ukraine into the Euro-Atlantic structures, that is, in the EU and NATO. And the second goal of the Kremlin was the seizure of Crimea and the beginning of Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine... My conversations with the Russian leadership showed that, after the failure of the Soviet Union in the effort to create a new Soviet man, Russia is launching a new large-scale social experiment to create its own civilization in the form of an old empire, which, in principle, is impossible without the enslavement of Ukraine", - said the ex-ambassador.

"I am convinced that the blood on the Maidan was a plan by President Putin to remove President Yanukovich - this was a compulsory but insufficient condition for the capture of Crimea and the continuation of aggression. The fact that President Yanukovych was taken from Russia by Russian special services was part of the operation, it would not be possible to start the seizure of the Crimea and the aggression in the Donbass if President Yanukovych remained in any capacity in Ukraine. The split of the political elite was a top priority, it was planned to create an alternative capital in Kharkiv ve, but through the actions of the Patriots, did not work. We had to evacuate it to Russia,"- said Vaitiekunas.

In his opinion, it was politically favorable for the Kremlin to have President Yanukovych in Russia, since he had some influence not only on the east of Ukraine.

"Any of his words, said from Kiev, would not have been to the Kremlin's hand. It is inconvenient for me to say this, but the shameful escape of the President of Ukraine, during which all the state's power structures were deliberately destroyed, it was the Kremlin's plan and goal. that there is no such Ukrainian nation that Ukraine did not happen that Ukraine in Europe is a failed project and that Ukraine's place is only in the commonwealth around Russia, "said the ex-ambassador.

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The European Union has stopped financing of 6 programs with Ukraine

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:24 am
The European Union has stopped financing of 6 programs with Ukraine

6 Ukrainian cross-border cooperation programs remained without EU funding because of the delay in their implementation.

This was stated by EU spokesman Maya Kosyanchich, Ukrinform reports.

According to the spokesman, the EU financed infrastructure projects, including border crossing points where the main beneficiaries were the Ukrainian authorities.

"However, taking into account delays in the implementation of programs, based on our assessments and taking into account the concerns of member countries, the completion of the implementation of these programs was not implemented on time. Six of these projects are currently in the process of being completed. The unused money will not be allocated", - Kosianchich explained.

In particular, three programs are closed between Ukraine and Poland, as well as one with Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

The European Union, starting in 2014, has planned to provide 12.8 billion euros in support of the reform process in Ukraine, of which 10 billion have already been allocated.

-Earlier, the European Union completed a two-year project to support the National Commission, which carries out state regulation in the areas of energy and utilities due to a delay in the adoption of the necessary laws.

-On February 20, Reuters reported that the EU is suspending projects for the modernization of Ukrainian border crossing points at a cost of $ 36 million because Ukraine failed to comply with agreed deadlines.

-Subsequently, this and information was confirmed by the Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk.

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EU Renews Sanctions On Russian Officials, Ukrainian Separatists

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:26 am
EU Renews Sanctions On Russian Officials, Ukrainian Separatists



European Union ambassadors have prolonged the asset freezes and visa bans on 150 Russian officials and Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists for another six months, EU diplomats told RFE/RL. The measure was also rolled over for 38 entities on the sanctions list.

The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the record, said the measures would be formally adopted in the coming days.

Asset freezes and visa bans were first imposed by the EU on people responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity in March 2014, after Russia occupied and seized control of Crimea. Those sanctions have been extended every six months.

The EU diplomats said that Russia's new ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, remains on the EU sanctions list.

The Russians under EU sanctions also include Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Armed Forces General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov, and state TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov..................

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"This government has already come to an end, and I will return home, to Ukraine, very soon," - Saakashvili

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 am
"This government has already come to an end, and I will return home, to Ukraine, very soon," - Saakashvili



The ex-governor of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, announced his intention to return to Ukraine in the near future.

As informs Tsensor.NET, he wrote about this on his Facebook page.

"It says that the head of the Mostyskogo border detachment !! Forbade me to enter Ukraine for three years... Well, no, let's call things their names: sent me out of the country scorned by the fear of the barig that he and his gang would be removed from trough, and he for some reason thinks that it will last for another three years, "Saakashvili wrote.

He noted that millions of Ukrainian citizens are not satisfied with the lack of changes and reforms:" They think Saakashvili is the engine of the people's protest and thus they will get rid of popular indignation." Another dilemma: people are angry with the lack of reforms, lack of change, total falsity and theft of power. - just one out of millions of those dissatisfied ."

"With me or without me, this power has already come to an end, and I will return home to Ukraine already very soon, much, much earlier than three years. May I bring Peter A. to the prison, in memory of the past student years, I do not mind...", - summed up the politician.

Recall that on February 12, 2018, a politician was detained by people in a camouflage uniform in one of the institutions of Kyiv . Later, the Speaker of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan said that the leader of the Movement of New Forces party, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili returned to the country of his previous stay ( to Poland - Ed.), During his detention in Kiev, Ukrainian border guards were forced to defend themselves and apply force support.

Polish border service informed that M. Saakashvili was admitted to Poland on the basis of a statement from the State Migration Service of Ukraine on readmission.

Saakashvili announced his intention to restore his Ukrainian citizenship.

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In Russia, with the Ukrainian flags, they took part in the memory of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds

on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:36 am
In Russia, with the Ukrainian flags, they took part in the memory of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds

The inhabitants of St. Petersburg gathered near the Ukrainian Consulate to honor the memory of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds.

About this in the social network Facebook reports "Solidarity of St. Petersburg."

Russian activists handed over to the Consulate a greeting card in honor of the four-year victory of the Maidan and held a small campaign with Ukrainian flags near the Consulate. Thus, they expressed solidarity and support with the people of Ukraine, and also condemned the actions of the Kremlin during and after the Maidan.



"We condemn the political leadership of Russia and personally Putin V.V. who solved an aggressive war against Ukraine, trying to suppress the aspiration of her people for freedom and happiness, instead of providing support at the turning point of her history and moving together with Ukraine a common European future,"- said in a statement of activists.



At the fence of the Consulate, a group of activists had already been waiting for local "anti-maidanovtsi" with the flag of the so-called "Novorossiia" and accompanied by the police.

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