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Ukraine News. Monday 29 October. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:10 pm
MONDAY HEADLINES:
Trump is no longer afraid of Putin: Russia recognized the collapse of the propaganda of the Kremlin. The United States openly mocked the military power of the Putin Army. Russia threatens to build defense line near Sochi through "Ukraine's accession to NATO".  Russia sent the anti-aircraft missile complex "Osa" to the militants of the DPR: Even the West noticed.  I hope that the next stage of the EU-US response will be the imposition of sanctions on Russian Black Sea ports.  From Russia began to expel refugees from the Donbas and refuse to issue them Russian passports.  US Consults with NATO Allies on the Treaty on the Elimination of Small and Medium-Range Missiles, - Mattis.  US aircraft reconnoitered areas off occupied Crimea coast.  Volker supports the idea of ​​a special EU representative for Crimea and Donbas. US successfully tests its SM-3 rocket designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles. The first official ten-year US trade mission arrived in Ukraine. Merkel refused to go to the Chancellor for the fifth term.

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Trump is no longer afraid of Putin: Russia recognized the collapse of the propaganda of the Kremlin

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:13 pm
Trump is no longer afraid of Putin: Russia recognized the collapse of the propaganda of the Kremlin

The United States is not afraid of Russia because it understands that under the threats of Russian President Vladimir Putin there is no real underlying reason.

This opinion was expressed in an interview with "Apostrophe" by the Russian oppositionist Konstantin Borovyi.

"Russia has ceased to be a danger to the United States, not because Putin has abandoned the aggressive military rhetoric, but because it is clear to everyone that there is nothing behind this rhetoric. The threat of creating weapons from which Americans may suffer is the same as they did Kim Jong-il, who threatened the Americans with nuclear war, developed missiles (through Russia, by the way). However, Americans could destroy the entire North Korean nuclear and missile program in a few minutes. Approximately the same situation with Russia: the more Putin's ayetsya "and threatened, creating cartoons depicting rockets falling on Florida, the less he believes, the clearer it becomes that it fully - a bluff", - he said.

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The United States openly mocked the military power of the Putin Army

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:15 pm
The United States openly mocked the military power of the Putin Army

After the withdrawal from the treaty with Russia on the elimination of medium and short range missiles (RMSD) in the United States for several months, they can create a cruise missile ground-based medium range, closing Russia for the belt, which will not be able to answer this "casualty."

This is written by The Washington Free Beacon.

According to the publication, the US military budget for the 2018 fiscal year is written "to allow allocation of $ 58 million for measures in response to a breach by Russia DRSMD."

At the same time, it is emphasized that the Russian Federation can not afford the same.

"At any moment, Russia spends on defense as much as it allows, giving priority to nuclear systems, sanctions are severely curtailing them, as well as the cost of the war in the east of Ukraine and in Syria, they have already made the appropriate threats, but I doubt it, that we will see significant changes in their programs. The control of arms does not affect their decisions practically, since (weapons, - ed.) is taken into account as it is convenient, "the newspaper writes.

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Russia threatens to build defense line near Sochi through "Ukraine's accession to NATO"

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:33 pm
Russia threatens to build defense line near Sochi through "Ukraine's accession to NATO"

In case of possible accession of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO, Russia will build a defensive zone near Sochi
This was stated by Director of European cooperation Russian Foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin, reports " Interfax-Ukraine " .

He believes Ukraine's and Georgia's joining NATO is a huge military and economic problem. According to Kelin, Russia will have to spend enormous resources on preventing it as a possible action against the Kremlin.

" We have to build defensive zone around a third of our current capital - Sochi. I translate the edge of our defense constructions on the South Ukraine" , - he said.

He also said that " now the situation does not dictate " that the accession of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO may occur in the near future.

" But if the relationship will be launched if our Western - are partners and not name - will go towards further escalation of confrontation, of course, it can happen without a doubt. And we have this very seriously prepared", - said Calin.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko introduced the "Euro-Atlantic" amendments to the Constitution to the Verkhovna Rada . The Committee on National Security Council recommended to support the amendments made by the president. In order to amend the Constitution, at least 300 votes in the parliament are necessary.
Poroshenko explained that for the introduction of the specified amendments to the Constitution , a referendum is not required.

The draft law on Euro-Atlantic changes to the Constitution was included in the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada and sent to the Constitutional Court.

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Russia sent the anti-aircraft missile complex "Osa" to the militants of the DPR: it noticed even the West

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:39 pm
Russia sent the anti-aircraft missile complex "Osa" to the militants of the DPR: it noticed even the West

In the temporarily occupied Donbas, the OSCE air defender near the border with Russia discovered an Osama missile system.

This is stated in the operational report of the OSCE's SMM.

On October 27, at 01:18, an airplane missile system (9K33 "Osa") detected an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the far-range radar fleet near an area near Kalinove (non-controlled government, 72 km east of Donetsk) ")" - reported on the mission site.

Later, the representative of the US State Department for Affairs of Ukraine Kurt Volker in Twitter, wrote that the UAV who discovered Osu disappeared "over Russia's controlled area of ​​Donetsk Oblast."

"Osa" - a military anti-aircraft missile system developed in the USSR, designed to cover the forces and means of the infantry (tank) division in all types of hostilities.

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I hope that the next stage of the EU-US response will be the imposition of sanctions on Russian Black Sea ports

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:55 pm
I hope that the next stage of the EU-US response will be the imposition of sanctions on Russian Black Sea ports



The Ministry of Infrastructure is counting on the imposition of sanctions by EU countries and the United States on Russian Black Sea ports due to permanent stopovers by the Russian side of Ukrainian and foreign vessels in the Azov Sea.

According to Censor.NET, referring to Interfax-Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, told the journalists on the sidelines of the first US trade mission in Ukraine on Monday.

"I hope that the next stage of the reaction will be the imposition of sanctions on the Russian Black Sea ports, which I think is absolutely adequate measure that will force the Russian authorities to think twice about how much the occupation costs, how much military action is needed," said V. Omelyan.

According to the minister, shipowners, both Ukrainian and foreign, lose $15-50 thousand a day because of the simple vessels, which leads to higher prices for products for end users.

V.Omelyan also pointed out that Ukraine is determined to react rigorously to such actions by Russia, and noted that the latest statements of the US State Department, the European Parliament and the European Commission are the result of the Ukrainian authorities' efforts to provide information on what is happening, to the partners of Ukraine on anti-Russian coalition.

As previously reported by Cenzor.NET, the European Parliament on October 25 adopted a resolution calling on all EU member states in the EU Council to be ready to strengthen sanctions against Russia in case of aggravation of the situation in the Azov Sea.

In addition, the resolution expresses concern about Russia's continuing militarization in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov and condemns Russia's excessive use of inspections of merchant ships of Ukraine and EU member states in the Sea of ​​Azov.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the resolution of the European Parliament. He stressed that "the European Union, together with Ukraine, would oppose the" creeping annexation "of Russia to the Azov Sea and violations of the freedom of navigation."

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From Russia began to expel refugees from the Donbas and refuse to issue them Russian passports

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:02 pm
From Russia began to expel refugees from the Donbas and refuse to issue them Russian passports

Refugees from Donbass complained about refusals to extend a temporary asylum in Russia.

To the Editor of "Kommersant" asked citizens of Ukraine who have complained of problems with the continuation of refugee status and temporary asylum in Russia, reports Cenzor.NET.

According to them, in 2018, instead of reissuing documents in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, they began to massively issue Ukrainian passports. As Kommersant reported, on October 25, the State Duma of Russia adopted in the first reading a bill that simplifies the acquisition of citizenship for Russians and Russian-speaking citizens of the former USSR. Russian human rights activists believe that the law after the entry into force will help Ukrainians seeking asylum in Russia. According to the Committee on "Public Assistance", in practice refugees from the Donbas refuse to extend the temporary shelter and expel them to Ukraine, where some of them will be sued for participating in hostilities against the Ukrainian Army. In the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that over 100 thousand Ukrainian citizens have received temporary asylum in Russia, and citizenship of the Russian Federation since 2014 has gained more than 300 thousand Ukrainians.

In March 2017, after publication, the Staroiskolsky City Court left Luhansk refugee Olena Prokopenko to live in a local Rus Hotel, a former temporary detention facility for refugees from the Donbass War. Then she was allowed to stay in Russia until August 18, 2018, until the next term of her temporary shelter expired. At the same time Helen Prokopenko was resumed at work, where he was previously fired due to refusal to register. "After the publication, I continued my registration at the municipal hotel, I pay 5 thousand rubles a month in a room," explained Olena Prokopenko, hotel lawyer Yuri Zarichny says that they do not need a problem with me - "what we need to give." But in Migration management interviewed me and several guys with passion. "This summer, Olena Prokopenko, at the Department of Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Belgorod Region, resumed shelter until August 18, 2019. But they warned that during this time she had to issue a temporary residence permit (CTA) and report regularly to the Migration Service about the steps taken, because "the next time the refuge will not last". "The registration of an accident (Russian RVP) requires a lot of money, more than 30 thousand rubles. My salary at a factory of 12-17 thousand rubles does not allow me to postpone such a sum," - said Olena Prokopenko. At the same time, she believes that she was lucky more than other her friends who fled to Russia from the south-east of Ukraine. The refugees living in the Belgorod region said that from 2018, citizens of Ukraine, who requested the extension of this status of temporary asylum,

The family of Svetlana Blokhin escaped to Staryj Oskol from the Ukrainian Dokuchaevsk on September 1, 2014, they and her husband live in a rented apartment. Several years worked at the Slavic factory, but this year they were fired because of the refusal to continue the status and the lack of registration. "The asylum period ended in September, we filed documents in July," Svetlana Blokhin says. "We were called from the Ministry of Internal Affairs department:" Come to Belgorod, the decision was made. "We were confident of the positive outcome, but Ukrainian authorities returned to us the Ukrainian passports and issued a notice of refusal to extend the temporary shelter". According to her, Dokuchaevsk "is still being fired": "the city on the line of hostilities." In the management of migration, we began to require a certificate of fire, many of us left, but we paid lawyer 25 thousand rubles. and we are trying to challenge the refusal. It turns out the closed circle: without registration, not to find a job, without work there is no money for the execution of documents."

A resident of the Krasnyi Luch village of Luhansk region, a pensioner Elena Polegaeva returned home to Ukraine from Stary Oskol in 2016, when the refugee temporary accommodation was massively closed. "Interrupted the temporary shelter, it was not without such pressure, tired of fighting," - she explained. According to her, military actions in her city are not conducted, but often there are explosions. In Old Oshkol, until recently, her daughter and infant remained. "Migration services go home and check that the refugees live at the place of registration, are fined, but officially renting a home is very difficult," Elena Polegaeva admits. "My daughter, her husband and the child in Staroy Oskol were fined 2,500 rubles. Everyone was not living at the place of residence. Recently the son-in-law was forced to go back to Ukraine, he was returned a Ukrainian passport,

"In the Red Rays unemployment, the oldest living there, the youth went," continues the pensioner. According to her, Russia pays residents of Donbass assistance in the amount of 3100 rubles. per month, 1 thousand rubles. of which goes to pay utility bills. But this is not a shortage of funds: "We do not need privileges or free housing, we ask you to continue shelter," Svetlana Blokhina says.

Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the "Public Assistance" Committee, head of the "Migration and Law" network, said that she was receiving similar appeals from Ukrainian citizens. Svetlana Gannushkina doubts that the bill on the simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship will in practice work with Ukrainian citizens. According to her, while practice it contradicts.

In the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Belgorod region reported that in 2018, "appeals from foreign citizens to receive refugee status were not received." 12 foreign citizens applied for temporary shelter, one was granted a status. 496 foreign citizens applied for the extension of the status of temporary asylum, 220 of them were refused. Officially only 537 foreign citizens with a temporary asylum status and one foreign citizen with refugee status live on the territory of the Belgorod region.

In the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, they said that from January 1 to July 1, 2018, 35 citizens of Ukraine applied for the recognition of refugees in the territory of the Russian Federation, with applications for temporary asylum - 2806 citizens of Ukraine. As a result, 16 Ukrainian citizens were recognized as refugees and 2765 Ukrainian citizens granted temporary asylum. Ten refugees were denied recognition to Ukraine.

As of July 1, 2018, 168 citizens of Ukraine are registered as individuals recognized as refugees. 101,818 Ukrainian citizens received temporary asylum. From July 2014 to July 1, 2018, 316,938 Ukrainian citizens acquired Russian citizenship, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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US Consults with NATO Allies on the Treaty on the Elimination of Small and Medium-Range Missiles, - Mattis

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:09 pm
US Consults with NATO Allies on the Treaty on the Elimination of Small and Medium-Range Missiles, - Mattis



US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday that the US is consulting with European allies on the arms control treaty, while NATO is urging Washington to try and persuade Russia to comply with the US-US agreement.

Censor.NET informs about this, citing the Voice of America.

"We are consulting with our European colleagues. I spoke about this on the eve of the German Defense Minister and, as I said, the consultations are continuing," Mattis said in an interview with journalists accompanying him on a trip to Prague.

Mettis met with Czech officials, in particular with Premier Babish, who warned that the withdrawal from the Treaty could mean returning to the "Cold War". "It's obviously bad news, we're sorry," Babish said at a joint press conference. "American-Russian relations are not perfect, we are returning to the Cold War." "We have to talk to Russia," he added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that Moscow is preparing answers to US questions regarding the Treaty on the Elimination of the Red Army.

Recall that on October 20, President Donald Trump said that the US is leaving the Mid-Range and Small-Range Missile Treaty. This agreement was concluded in 1987 between the United States and the USSR. The document forbade the parties to have and develop ground-based missiles with a range of flight from 500 to 5,5 thousand kilometers. Washington has accused Moscow of violating this agreement and announced plans to develop systems designed to become a symmetrical response to missile developments that Russia is likely to carry out.

Moscow rejects these allegations. In turn, Russia accuses Washington of violating the pact and claims to be preparing responses to US questions under this treaty.

Mattis said earlier that NATO ministers will meet in Brussels in December, and this will become a "climax" moment to a certain extent. The European member states of NATO on Thursday urged the US not to withdraw from the treaty, but to try to persuade Russia to return to its observance, trying to avoid a split in the Alliance that Moscow could use.

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US aircraft reconnoitered areas off occupied Crimea coast

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:15 pm
US aircraft reconnoitered areas off occupied Crimea coast



U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft spent hours flying along the coasts of Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation on Sunday, Oct. 28.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Korrespondent media outlet, this was stated by Russian media referring to the monitoring data collected by Western aviation-related websites.

According to their information, the air reconnaissance was carried out by the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft and the P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft capable of conducting anti-submarine warfare.

They approached the maritime boundary in the vicinity of Sevastopol at a distance of about 13 km, Yalta - 19 km, the Kerch Strait, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik and Sochi - about 24 km.

Both aircraft took off from U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.

The U.S. UAVs already took part in reconnaissance missions in Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region.

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Volker supports the idea of ​​a special EU representative for Crimea and Donbas

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:19 pm
Volker supports the idea of ​​a special EU representative for Crimea and Donbas

US Special Representative for Ukraine on Kurt Volcker supports the initiative of the European Parliament on the appointment of a European Union Special Representative for Donbass and Crimea

"I think this is a great idea. I met members of the European Parliament about two weeks ago, and I urged them to keep Donbas and Crimea focused on their focus," Volker said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

An American diplomat expressed readiness to work together in the event of the appointment of a special EU representative.

The special representative of the State Department added that he is about to return to Ukraine in November.

-As it was reported, on October 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the EU to appoint a special envoy for the Crimea and Donbass. The deputies of the European Parliament believe that "it would be advisable to appoint a special EU envoy for the Crimea and Donbass, whose responsibility will extend to the Azov Sea."

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US successfully tests its SM-3 rocket designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles. VIDEO

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:22 pm
US successfully tests its SM-3 rocket designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles. VIDEO

The Pentagon intercepted a test ballistic missile with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA system, the second time that weapon has been successfully tested — a relief for the department following two consecutive test failures.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Defense News, the SM-3 Block IIA is a co-development between the U.S. and Japan, and is expected to be equipped on both the U.S. Aegis Ashore stations in Romania and Poland and the future Aegis Ashore stations in Japan — making it a keystone to America’s short- and intermediate-range missile defense strategies.

The system can be launched from sea or land via the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The IIA variant comes with enlarged rocket motors and a bigger kinetic warhead, according to industry lead Raytheon.



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The first official ten-year US trade mission arrived in Ukraine

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:24 pm
The first official ten-year US trade mission arrived in Ukraine



The official trade mission of the United States of America arrived in Ukraine. It consists of twelve companies representing American agriculture, energy, infrastructure and the IT sector.

This is reported by Censor.NET with reference to UNIAN.

As it was during the opening ceremony, it will last two days, for which it is planned to hold more than 60 meetings with representatives of domestic business.

The First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv expressed hope that the American business will be interested not only in the possibilities of opening new companies in Ukraine, but also will take part in the process of privatization of state enterprises.

As a demonstration of improvements in the business environment of Cubs, Ukraine has over the past few years abolished over 14,000 outdated standards, as well as plans for the introduction of European standards (1,500 per year), which should significantly improve the investment climate in the country.

According to the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic, the mission is the first such in the last ten years, which confirms the improvement of relations between the two countries.

As it was reported, the volume of direct foreign investments in the economy of Ukraine (share capital of non-residents) in the first half-year increased by 1,039 billion dollars. According to the State Statistics Service, during this period 1,259 billion USD of new investments were received, but at the same time it was 278,7 million dollars, and the positive revaluation amounted to 58,6 million dollars.

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Merkel refused to go to the Chancellor for the fifth term

on Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:26 pm
Merkel refused to go to the Chancellor for the fifth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that her current cadence is the last chancellor

With this statement, she spoke at a press conference on Monday, summarizing the results of the parliamentary elections in Hessen, reports BBC.

Merkel claimed that she was personally responsible for the "bitter" results of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She confirmed that she would not stand for election to the CDU chairman in early December.

"As the Chancellor and head of the CDU, I am responsible for both victory and defeat," Merkel said.

She also confirmed that after completing her term in 2021, she did not plan to run for the Bundestag and nominate her as a Chancellor. "This is my last term as Chancellor," she said, stressing that she did not want to hold any political post after the cadence.

Merkel noted that she was seeking renewal of the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union.

Merkel has been the head of the CDU since 2000 and has been the continuous chancellor of Germany since 2005.

The two parties that are part of the ruling coalition in Germany, the Angela Merkel Christian Democratic Alliance (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) have suffered devastating losses in the parliamentary elections of the rich federal state of Hessen.

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