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Ukraine News. Tuesday 24 July. [Ukrainian sources]

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:57 pm
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US Congress recommended extending assistance to Ukraine, including $ 250 million in lethal weapons.  Hackers working for Russia could host a large-scale blekout in the US.  Merkel and Lavrov discussed in Berlin the situation in Ukraine and Syria.  Unlawful checks of vessels in Sea of Azov continue: Russians stop for inspection Dutch ship en route to Mariupol port.  Russian military build-up in Black Sea led to increased presence of NATO ships in the region.  US Ambassador Haley on Russia: "They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact".  Over the past year, Ukraine has shown significant progress in implementing reforms, - Volker.  A referendum in the occupied Donbass is impossible, - Volker.  Savchenko refused to interrogate the lie detector because of questions with a "shade of guilt".

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US Congress recommended extending assistance to Ukraine, including $250 million in lethal weapons

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:00 pm
US Congress recommended extending assistance to Ukraine, including $250 million in lethal weapons



The US Congress recommended to continue to help Ukraine in fiscal year 2019.

According to Censor.NET, referring to the Crimea. Realia, according to the report on the defense budget for the next fiscal year, which will begin on October 1, 2018. The draft budget was agreed by both chambers of Congress.

"Financing the presidential request, including the allocation of $250 million in lethal defense weapons," the document said.

Congress also extended the ban on cooperation with the Pentagon with the Russian Ministry of Defense. The document, in particular, recommends that funding for military cooperation between Moscow and Washington be banned. The exception will be certain orders of the US Secretary of Defense.

Last week, the US Department of Defense confirmed the decision to grant Ukraine $ 200 million in the framework of a program of cooperation to strengthen the security of the state. According to the US military, these funds should be directed "to carry out additional training of Ukrainian military personnel, purchase of military equipment and the work of military advisers to strengthen the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian Army."

Thus, the total amount of US military assistance to Ukraine will reach $1 billion, if counted from 2014.

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Hackers working for Russia could host a large-scale blackout in the US

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:03 pm
Hackers working for Russia could host a large-scale blackout in the US



Hackers from a group known as Energetic Bear, which is funded by Russia, last year got access to computers of US electrical network control services.

According to Censor.NET with reference to Inopress , the newspaper The Wall Street Journal writes, referring to sources from the United States Department of Homeland Security

"As federal officials say, hackers working for Russia last year carried out a colossal and long-term campaign with" hundreds of victims, "during which they penetrated into the US power grid, where they could provoke massive power outages. Officials said the campaign was likely to, continues,"- writes Rebecca Smith, a journalist.

"According to Interior Ministry officials, Russian hackers who worked on a secret government-sponsored group, previously identified as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, were relatively easy to invade allegedly protected" airspace "or insulated networks owned by utility networks, since hackers first entered the network of key hardware vendors,

"They came to a point where they could knock off the knobs" and cause power outages, said Jonathan Homer, head of the analysis of the industrial control systems of the MVD.

"The ministry has warned cops of communal enterprises that have access to classified information from 2014 that the Russian group is threatening critical infrastructure." But at a briefing on Monday, the ministry first spread non-secret information that is so rich in details. reveals the names of the organizations that have fallen victim to the attack, but now states that the victims were hundreds, not several dozen, as claimed earlier, "the newspaper reports.

Russia denies that it selects the key infrastructure for the target, the author of the article recalls.

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Merkel and Lavrov discussed in Berlin the situation in Ukraine and Syria

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:05 pm
Merkel and Lavrov discussed in Berlin the situation in Ukraine and Syria



Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Foreign Minister Gaiku Maas received the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov and head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Berlin.

This is stated in a statement on the website of the German government, reports Censor.NET.

"The center of the talks was the situation in the Middle East, in particular in Syria, and the issue of the conflict in eastern Ukraine was raised," the statement said.

On the occasion of the meeting, President Putin agreed with Merkel last week, the press service said.

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Unlawful checks of vessels in Sea of Azov continue: Russians stop for inspection Dutch ship en route to Mariupol por

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:16 pm
Unlawful checks of vessels in Sea of Azov continue: Russians stop for inspection Dutch ship en route to Mariupol por

Coast Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) detained another vessel in the Sea of Azov that was heading to the port of Mariupol.

"The Coast Guard of the Russian FSB detained a Dutch vessel ZUIDVLIET (IMO: 9629809, DWT 3850 t) about 20 miles / 37 km south of the Berdiansk Spit at 11:30 a.m. The ship was on its way to Mariupol after spending 24 hours waiting for the clear passage through the Kerch Strait. It was previously stopped for inspection on May 19, 2018," wrote Andrii Klymenko, Maidan of Foreign Affairs project head, the BlackSeaNews media outlet chief editor, Censor.NET reports.



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Russian military build-up in Black Sea led to increased presence of NATO ships in the region, Commander Boots says

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Russian military build-up in Black Sea led to increased presence of NATO ships in the region, Commander Boots says



A significant increase in Russia's military presence after illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula led to the decision of the NATO Warsaw Summit to increase the Alliance's presence in the Black Sea.

Commander of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) Boudewijn Boots told a press conference on Monday, July 23, on board HNLMS De Ruyter, the frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We see a build-up in the military power of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea and a significant increase in Russia's military presence after illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which in fact led to the decision of the NATO Warsaw Summit to increase our presence in the Black Sea region. So when they ask if there is a link between frequent visits by NATO ships in the Black Sea, we can say affirmatively - such a link exists," Boots said.

The SNMG2 commander also said that he was not aware of the deployment of NATO's standing forces in the Black Sea region.

When asked whether NATO will facilitate the restoration of shipping in the Azov Sea if Russia blocks the passage of merchant ships through the Kerch Strait, Boots said: "I understand the relevance of the question, but you ask the wrong people. We carry out military operations in accordance with instructions from the NATO command. Here we need a political decision of the alliance. I note that we represent a defensive organization and will act only when our ships are attacked," Boots said.





As reported, six ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) are on a friendly visit to Odesa. They include Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS De Ruyter, Turkish Navy frigate TCG Fatih, Romanian Navy frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand, the German Navy's auxiliary vessel Rhein, Turkish Navy minesweeper Anamur, and Romanian navy minesweeper Lupu Dinescu.

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US Ambassador Haley on Russia: "They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact"

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:25 pm
US Ambassador Haley on Russia: "They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact"



The United States will never trust Russia and Vladimir Putin.

As reporte by Censor.NET, this was said by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in an exclusive interview with CBN News.

"We don’t trust Russia, we don’t trust Putin, we never will," Ambassador Haley says.

"They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact," the U.S. diplomat added.

However, Haley does acknowledge the need for dialogue: "What I do think is, whether it’s the President sitting down with [North Korea’s Dictator] Kim or whether the President sits down with Putin, those are things that have to happen. You can’t get to the end of the other side if you don’t have those conversations."

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Over the past year, Ukraine has shown significant progress in implementing reforms, - Volker

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:34 pm
Over the past year, Ukraine has shown significant progress in implementing reforms, - Volker

Kurt Volcker stated that since he was appointed a special representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine a year ago, he noticed a lot of changes.

He stated this on air 112 Ukraine , informs Censor.NET.



"First, we have seen much more transparency with regard to the international community, which is aware of Russia's responsibility for the conflict. I think it was a bit amorphous in the past, it is now much clearer about Russian aggression." The United States has now tightened its sanctions, lifted an arms embargo Ukraine has made remarkable progress on reforms, we see progress in educational, medical reforms, anticorruption trial, and I think it was a good year for Ukraine, "Volker remarked.

Recall that the second international conference on reforms in Ukraine took place on June 27 in Copenhagen. Participation in it was taken by the Foreign Ministers of the NATO member states, the EU and the G7. The main goal of the current event was to familiarize international partners with the achievements of Ukraine in implementing systemic reforms, as well as to identify further directions of cooperation and practical assistance to Ukraine on this path. The next such event will take place in 2019 in Canada.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman stated that the reform conference, which took place in Copenhagen, met Ukraine's aspirations.

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A referendum in the occupied Donbas is impossible, - Volker

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:39 pm
A referendum in the occupied Donbas is impossible, - Volker



A referendum in the temporarily occupied Donbas is impossible, as the White House Administration has already confirmed, reminds Kurt Volker, US Special Representative of the United States Department of State for Ukraine.

"The White House has already made a statement, and he rejected this proposal," he said in an interview with "112 Ukraine" on Tuesday, reports Censor.NET.

K. Volcker stressed that without the control of Ukraine over temporarily occupied territories, people live in a dangerous situation, there is no freedom of movement, many people left - "there can not be any referendum, and it can not be legitimate".

Earlier, US State Department spokeswoman Gieser Nauert confirmed that the US administration did not consider supporting a possible referendum on independence in eastern Ukraine.

"The administration does not consider the issue of supporting a referendum in eastern Ukraine - such a referendum would be illegitimate," wrote G. Nauert on Twitter.

A similar statement was made by the head of the US National Security Council Garrett Marquis.

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Savchenko refused to interrogate via the lie detector because of questions with a "shade of guilt"

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:47 pm
Savchenko refused to interrogate via the lie detector because of questions with a "shade of guilt"



Today, July 24, Nadezhda Savchenko, who was suspected of preparing the state coup and massacres, refused to re-interrogate the "lie detector", as she thought that the question of investigators was formulated "with a shade of guilt."

According to Censor.NET, referring to the League , her sister Vira Savchenko told about it on the channel "112 Ukraine".

According to the sister, the lawyer's deputies did not allow the interrogation room.

"Nadezhda looked at the question, they are the same ... distorted and with a shade of guilt. She refused it," sister Vera Savchenko said.

On March 22, the Verkhovna Rada deprived the People's Deputy Savchenko of immunity and granted permission for her detention and arrest.

She is charged with crimes stipulated by the articles: "actions aimed at violent change or overthrow of the constitutional system or the seizure of state power", "preparation for a crime", "committing a crime by a group of persons, a group of persons by prior conspiracy, an organized group or a criminal organization" "encroachment on the life of a state or public figure", "terrorist act", "the creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization", "the illicit handling of weapons, combat supplies or explosives".

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, Savchenko was a member of Volodymyr Ruban, who was detained on March 8 at the KPVV "Mayorskoye" during an attempt to transport large quantities of weapons from the territory of the Donetsk region under the control of the Russian occupation administration. Savchenko had previously stated that he planned not a terrorist act, but only a "political provocation."

Ruban is suspected of illicit handling of weapons and preparation of terrorist acts, including armed attacks on state officials and political leaders, including President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov. Ruban himself rejects the allegations.

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US will relax sanctions on countries that will buy American weapons instead of Russian ones

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:21 pm
US will relax sanctions on countries that will buy American weapons instead of Russian ones

The House of Representatives of the US Congress decided to weaken sanctions against countries that refuse to supply weapons from Russia and move on to weapons from the United States.

This is reported by The Hill.

The sanctions relief initiative was previously included in the 2019 defense budget bill on the proposal of Defense Secretary James Mattheys, but after the meeting between US and Russian presidents, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, they began to revisit her. The initiative was finally approved by the lower house of the US Congress.

The possibility of easing sanctions against countries that renounce Russian weapons in favor of American has been agreed upon at the level of profile committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The final version of the bill will contain criteria for relaxing sanctions against such countries.

Earlier, the Pentagon asked the Congress not to extend sanctions on cooperation with Russia to some countries.

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Erdogan called Israel "a racist country" through a new law

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:37 pm
Erdogan called Israel "a racist country" through a new law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the new Israeli law on a nation state "legitimizing oppression" and "showing Israel as a fascist and racist country."

Jerusalem Post writes about it.

Erdogan said in particular that "Israel has shown itself to be a terrorist state in attacks on the Palestinians," and that "Adolf Hitler has reappeared, now in the Israeli government."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the words of the Turkish president:

"Erdogan destroyed the Syrians and Kurds, and also tens of thousands of his fellow citizens had been imprisoned. The truth is that the attack of Erdogan's "great Democrat" on the law of a national state is the greatest compliment." - Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) on July 24, 2018

"Turkey, under Erdogan's rule, is becoming a dark dictatorship whereas Israel scrupulously maintains equal rights for all its citizens both before and after introducing this law." - Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) on July 24, 2018

Earlier, the European Union expressed concern over the new Israeli law of a "national state" that recognizes the right to self-determination of the people for the Jews.

On July 19, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) adopted a constitutional law on the Jewish character of the state of Israel. The law, in particular, establishes the status of a single state language in Hebrew as well as the exclusive right of Jews to self-determination.

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German special services have accused Russia of espionage and attempts to interfere in German politics

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:40 pm
German special services have accused Russia of espionage and attempts to interfere in German politics

The Federal Service for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany has included Russia, along with China and Iran, among the number of espionage states on the territory of the country.

This is stated in the annual report of the agency , published on its official site.

"Russian intelligence agencies have invested a lot of organizational and financial resources to conduct spy operations against Germany," the document says.

The agency emphasizes that Russian espionage affects all spheres, including politics and the economy.

"With the help of cyberspace, the scale of espionage has increased many times," added the German secret service.

It is also noted that the main efforts of the Russian forces are focused on the foreign policy of Germany and its alliances with NATO and the EU. In particular, the subject of a possible withdrawal from the Russian Federation of sanctions for aggression against Ukraine is of particular interest to spies.

In addition to spyware, Russian intelligence services are also working on attempts to influence political and public opinion in Germany. Among the tools that, according to the German intelligence service, are used by Russia to propagate in Germany, include social networks, state-sponsored funds and institutions, as well as Russian state-owned media, including TV channels, radio stations and Internet publications.

It is emphasized that disinformation and propaganda campaigns are aimed at destabilizing Germany and weakening its position as one of the main proponents of the extension of sanctions against Russia.

Let's remind, as earlier reported "Apostrophe", in Washington detained the Russian woman Maria Butina, who is accused of unregistered activity in the USA as an agent acting in the interests of the Russian Federation.

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Fans who stayed after the 2018 World Cup in Russia are trying to illegally enter the EU via Ukraine

on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Fans who stayed after the 2018 World Cup in Russia are trying to illegally enter the EU via Ukraine

After the World Cup in Russia, there are several thousand "fans" from countries of migration risk.

According to Igor Malakhov, Deputy Head of the Department for Combating Crimes Related to Trafficking in Persons, these foreigners are aiming to illegally enter the European Union through Ukraine.

"In the near future, it is expected to send large groups of illegal migrants to Ukraine from Russia at the border of Luhansk, Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv regions. Upon arrival in our state, the transit of illegals will continue to its western frontiers. Only in the last two weeks 17 groups of illegal migrants were arrested, which included 75 foreigners", - Malakhov told.

First Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovyy said that from July 26 to August 31, a special operation "Migrant" will be held in Ukraine, aimed at monitoring the implementation of legislation in the field of migration. The State Border Guard Service, the National Police and the State Migration Service will be involved in its implementation.

At the National Police, it was recalled that from 5 February to 30 April 2018 similar measures were taken in Ukraine, which resulted in the detention of 579 illegal migrants and the denial of entry of 971 potential illegals.

According to Yarovoy, since the end of 2017 and during the first half of 2018, Ukraine has witnessed a significant increase in illegal migrants' movements, their detentions and non-transit through the state border.

"State Border Guard Service - an increase of 22%. 1 432 illegal people were arrested, including 417 people - for illegal crossing of the state border. State Migration Service - an increase of 46%. 4 806 illegal migrants were detained against 3 293 - for the same period in 2017. The number of illegal migrants detained in groups also increases. From the beginning of the year, 472 migrants were detained in 102 groups, "Yarovy said.

The World Cup in Russia lasted from June 14 to July 15. The winner of the tournament was the French national team.

Ukrainian national team at the FIFA World Cup was not represented. It should be noted that Ukraine has urged not to conduct the World Cup in Russia, as this country holds political prisoners and wages war.

In Russia and in the annexed Crimea, there are 64 Ukrainian political prisoners, 27 of which are in Russia.

58 - detained in the Crimea or in cases related to the Crimea. These figures do not take into account the prisoners held in the territory of self-appointed republics.

In April, 46 members of the European Parliament called on EU governments not to attend the World Cup that will take place this summer in Russia. In the European Parliament, they called for ignoring the World Cup in the Russian Federation.

Earlier, Ukrainians were urged not to go to him because of the danger of detention and possible aggression. However, about 5 thousand Ukrainians have bought tickets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also said that Russia should be deprived of the right to host the World Cup in 2018.

The National Public Television Company of Ukraine (NSTU) decided not to broadcast the FIFA World Cup.

Members of the royal family and British ministers will not go to the 2018 World Cup in Russia because of Russia's possible involvement in the poisoning of the former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.

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