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Ukraine News. Thursday 20 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:34 am
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Putin commented on the possibility of returning Donbas to Ukraine.  Putin indirectly confessed in the military aid to the DPR-LNR militants.  Putin told a "sweet fairy tale" about Russia's innocence in the Kerch Strait.  Ukraine, Putin, Trump and others: EU diplomats correspondence broke up by hackers.  41 US Senator proposes to conduct an international operation against the Russian Federation in the Black Sea.  A group of US senators urged Trump to increase military assistance to Ukraine to strengthen the maritime direction. Russia and fighters of the DPR-LNR blocked the "New Year's" offer of Ukraine.  The Putin Patriarch cynically spoke about the only church in Ukraine.  Ukraine will start negotiations on a free trade zone with Britain.  Poland has signed a new 20-year gas supply contract from the United States. US ambassador to Germany urged German government to stop support for North Stream-2: Moscow will send billions to destabilize.

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Putin commented on the possibility of returning Donbas to Ukraine

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:36 am
Putin commented on the possibility of returning Donbas to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "attempts by Ukraine to force the return of the occupied Donbas" are doomed to failure

He stated this at a press conference, reports Espresso.

"There are almost every day people die there, peaceful people, we are helping, and humanitarian, people living in this territory, only in order not to eat them ultimately, have not been crushed or broken, and we will do it further. that an attempt to resolve the political issue with the help of force, and we see it for several years by the Kiev authorities, are doomed to failure, this must be understood, "Putin said.

He said that Ukraine remains one of the largest economic partners of Russia and that Russia stands for "peace and prosperity" throughout the territory of Ukraine, including the Donbas.

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Putin indirectly confessed in the military aid to the DPR-LNR militants

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:47 am
Putin indirectly confessed in the military aid to the DPR-LNR militants

President Vladimir Putin at the annual final press conference said that Russia provides "assistance" to the so-called DPR and LNR.

He said this, answering the questions of the Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsimbalyuk.

Prior to this, Putin did not want to give a word to the Ukrainian journalist, saying that he was advised not to do such a thing to avoid a scandal.

"Do you want to start a scandal?" - Putin asked Roman Tsimbalyuk.

The Ukrainian journalist replied that there would be no scandal, as never before, but there would be a specific issue.

"You are preparing for a nuclear war with the United States, but how much do you spend money on the occupied Donbas? People there live in poverty, these are the slaves of Russia," Roman Tsymbalyuk asked.

In response, Vladimir Putin said that Russia did not start the war and destroyed the Donbass, but blamed Ukraine for its blame.

"You consider the inhabitants of the Donbas to be Ukrainian citizens, but at the same time, the Ukrainian authorities have imposed an economic blockade on the territory and shot at peaceful citizens, and we provide humanitarian and other assistance to these people, so that they can not be crushed, eaten or completely broken. And we will continue to do this", - Putin declined deplorably.

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Putin told a "sweet fairy tale" about Russia's innocence in the Kerch Strait

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:50 am
Putin told a "sweet fairy tale" about Russia's innocence in the Kerch Strait

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the situation in the Kerch Strait

He told about this during a press conference, reports Espresso TV.

"It is proving that provocations are always bad, the provocation is intended to exacerbate the situation. I mean the current president, the current government, but this is bad, it is ultimately to the detriment of the interests of his people, "he said.

Putin drove the situation in the Kerch Strait for the upcoming elections in Ukraine.

"Although it is possible without any provocations to move calmly, as it was before. Whether it succeeded or not? Well, from the point of view of raising the rating, it may be. The rating at Petro Olexiyovych seems to have grown, he now moved from 5 positions somewhere in 2-3, fluctuations around 15%, Yulia Volodymyrivna - she has 20, and all the rest - Zelensky, and Boyko has 12% of them in this sense, he fulfilled his task at the expense of the country's interests. This is a bad way to raise the rating, "he said.

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Ukraine, Putin, Trump and others: EU diplomats correspondence broke up by hackers

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:52 am
Ukraine, Putin, Trump and others: EU diplomats correspondence broke up by hackers

The hackers broke the correspondence of the diplomats of the countries of the European Union and, for several years, had access to the messages they exchanged.

The evil was detected by the American cyber security company Area 1, according to The New York Times .

According to available information, hackers copied the diplomatic deliveries from the secure network of COREU and uploaded them to a specially created website for this.

Area 1 handed NYT about 1.1 thousand messages from those who were kidnapped. The correspondence includes letters, reports on briefings and negotiations. Among them were the results of negotiations with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries.

It is noted that information abducted by hackers was not under the trimester TRÈS SECRET UE / EU TOP SECRET or SECRET UE / EU SECRET. These stamps store data that may cause extremely serious damage to the EU's interests.

In particular, in a statement, European diplomats described the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki as "successful (at least for Putin)."

Another report contained a detailed report and analysis of discussions between European officials and China's President Xi Jinping, quoting his words that the "trampling" of Tramp over Beijing can be compared to a "boxing fight without rules."

Also in the correspondence mentioned the theme of the war on the Donbass. In particular, a statement was made to the Director of the Department of Policy and Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Alexei Makeyev, who called the disaster a meeting in December 2017 by the Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian Assistant Vladislav Surkov.

Also, in a note on the consultations held in February 2018 by Slovakia and Ukraine at the level of directors of the political departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is argued that Kyiv does not place great hopes on the Norman format.

According to experts, hackers used methods that resemble those used by the elite division of the People's Liberation Army of China.

A number of other organizations, including the United Nations, are also reported to have suffered hacker attacks and since then have strengthened their cybersecurity.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", a hacker who hacked computers around the world caught up in Ukraine before.

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41 US Senator proposes to conduct an international operation against the Russian Federation in the Black Sea

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:54 am
41 US Senator proposes to conduct an international operation against the Russian Federation in the Black Sea



41 American senator introduced to the upper house of the US Congress a bill on the Black Sea international operation against the Russian Federation.

According to Censor.NET, the document is published on the website of one of its founders, Republican senator Ron Johnson

"The United States and our allies must immediately take decisive and powerful counter-measures in connection with the military aggression of Russia in the Kerch Strait," said Sen. Johnson.

Among the worthy answers, it is proposed to organize an international operation on freedom of navigation in the Black Sea, as well as to put an end to the construction of the pipeline "North Stream 2".

The document also states that the United States should increase the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, especially to expand its maritime capabilities.

"Weakness only provokes further aggression," the senator summarizes.

On December 19, Oleksandr Turchynov , Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, announced an attempt at a new passage of the Armed Forces warships through the Kerch Strait. According to him, such an action is essential for Kyiv, because "if we stop and retreat, Russia will actually fulfill its task of seizing the Azov Sea." In Moscow, respondents said that Turchinov's words could be regarded as announcing another provocation.

As reported, on November 25, the Russian Federation border battleships committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transfer from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. Special Forces of the Federal Security Service of Russia seized all three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors, three of whom were injured.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted for the introduction of a military state for 30 days in Vinnytsa, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernihiv regions, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

The decision to introduce a martial law was taken in connection with the act of aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.

In occupied Simferopol, all Russian sailors captured were arrested. They are threatened with up to 6 years' imprisonment.

The Crimean Prosecutor's Office has admitted captured Russian FSB of Ukrainian sailors to prisoners of war.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", three wounded - in "Sailor's silence".

50 Crimean and Russian lawyers expressed their willingness to defend them. The actions of defenders are coordinated by Mykola Polozov.

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A group of US senators urged Trump to increase military assistance to Ukraine to strengthen the maritime direction

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:57 am
A group of US senators urged Trump to increase military assistance to Ukraine to strengthen the maritime direction



The US Senate presents a resolution calling for increased defense assistance to Ukraine and increased presence in the Black Sea.

Cenzor.NET informs about this, citing a page in the Facebook Facebook Embassy of the United States.

In a document presented by a group of senators from the Republican and Democratic parties, legislators urge the US president to take advantage of the provisions of the law on "US budget for 2018 for national defense needs" to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and provide additional support to the security sector through our respective programs of the State Department and the Pentagon. countries, especially with the aim of strengthening the maritime capabilities of Ukraine in preventing and reflecting further Russian aggression.

"The Senate urges the US President to urgently conduct a joint operation with the US Allies to ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea to demonstrate support for internationally recognized borders, bilateral agreements and the principle of safe passage by the Kerch Strait and the Sea of ​​Azov." Senators appeal to NATO to strengthen the presence and Alliance capabilities in the Black Sea, including monitoring of the situation at sea and coastal defense. Separately, lawmakers call on allies and partners in Europe to deny Russian Navy ships in the entrance to their ports for refueling and resupply,"- said in a statement.

The document stresses that sanctions against the Russian Federation, which are a direct consequence of the actions of the authorities of this country, will remain valid and strengthened until Russian behavior changes properly.

The senators also congratulate and support the resolution of the European Parliament of December 12, 2018, which condemns Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait and calls for the abolition of the North Stream 2 project due to its threat to Europe's energy security.

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Russia and fighters of the DPR-LNR blocked the "New Year's" offer of Ukraine

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:59 am
Russia and fighters of the DPR-LNR blocked the "New Year's" offer of Ukraine

The proposals of Ukraine on the exchange of prisoners and the "New Year" regime of silence on the Donbass were blocked during the talks in Minsk.

This was stated by the representative of Ukraine on security issues in the Trilateral Contact Group Yevhen Marchuk in an interview with "Direct".

As it is noted, on December 19 the last meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group and all working groups took place this year.

"At this meeting, Ukraine proposed the following: to introduce a silent regime during the period of Christmas and New Year holidays, but Ukraine has made this proposal with such additional circumstances. Since today our troops are in captivity, they are prisoners of war in Russia, in Moscow, we have proposed that in order to begin the silence, the Russian side must demonstrate, first and foremost, the immediate and unconditional release of our military seamen, their return home and the return of military property and documentation, "said Marchuk.

According to him, Ukraine was ready to give in exchange for 19 citizens of Ukraine, who are in jail militants, 66 people.

"We offered to exchange 66 to 19. What does this mean? We give 66 people who are serving sentences or are under investigation, and we receive 19 of our citizens in the prisons of the ORDLO." This is absolutely real. "And the Ukrainian side - we also stated it is officially fully prepared for such an exchange... And documented... There is a lot of such slow and specific work there, but we declare that we are fully prepared in such a way that somewhere in the 27-28th - and how do you see that it is can coincide with the silence regime - this exchange took place. The Russian side and representatives of the PR LO virtually disagreed with the proposal. Put forward various counter-proposal, which the parties are not prepared fully. That is the real exchange that can occur before the New Year - 66 to 19 - now virtually blocked. Our offer is not accepted,"- concluded Marchuk.

He linked this stop in the talks with the recent statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be no diplomatic solutions to Ukraine before the presidential election.

"So, we can sum it up. Two proposals of Ukraine and one proposal of the ORDL themselves are blocked today, and this personally immediately caused me to associate with the famous statement of Russian President Putin that before the end of the election, the Russian side will not resolve anything with the Ukrainian side. I can not explain otherwise, there are no other arguments... today we met with a very strange argument that does not fit into human understanding, nor into human dimension, nor diplomatic or political. Three proposals - all three have been banned Forged, all three could be realized", - summed up Marchuk.

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The Putin Patriarch Cyril cynically spoke about the only church in Ukraine

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:03 am
The Putin Patriarch Cyril cynically spoke about the only church in Ukraine

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Cyril, said that people who supported the unification of churches in Ukraine are "dead".

According to Russian propagandists from TASS, with such a statement the clergyman made a speech during the ministry in the Mykolay-Ugresh monastery.

He said that Russia is experiencing "everything that is happening in Ukraine".

"Here is a clear illustrative example of how a lie drives people out of the way," said Cyril.

At the same time, speaking about the creation of a single church in Ukraine, he said that Ukrainians "offer their soul to be given to pretenders and the confessional community perceived as a blessed church."

"Here is this path in spiritual nowhere, this way to death," - said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", on December 15, a local Orthodox Church was created in Ukraine , independent of the Russian, .

On December 17, the UOC (MP) held a Synod, declaring that it does not recognize the creation of a unified church in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, several councils of the UOC-MP have announced joining a unified Ukrainian church.

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Ukraine will start negotiations on a free trade zone with Britain

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:06 am
Ukraine will start negotiations on a free trade zone with Britain

The Ukrainian government will begin negotiations on the establishment of a free trade zone with Britain in 2019

This was stated by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubov during a press conference on the results of 2018, according to Gromadskoe.

"In 2019, we will begin talks on concluding an agreement on political cooperation and free trade with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," Kubov said.

According to him, in 2018, Ukraine has already completed negotiations on the establishment of a free trade zone with Israel.

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Poland has signed a new 20-year gas supply contract from the United States

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:10 am
Poland has signed a new 20-year gas supply contract from the United States

The Polish state-owned oil and gas company PGNiG has signed a 20-year contract with the American company Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, for the supply from 2023 of liquefied natural gas from the United States

This is reported by "Polish Radio".

"Based on the signed agreement, PGNiG will buy 2 million tons of LNG each year (about 2.7 billion cubic meters of gas after regasification), delivery will be made in 2023," the Polish company informs.

Commissioner for the Polish Government on Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimskiy said that Poland simultaneously continues to expand the gas terminal in Swinoujscie, where American gas will be leaked. His first stage ends in 2021, the second - in 2023.

"This agreement is an important step towards the energy independence and security of Poland," quotes the US energy secretary Rick Perry of Associated Press.

As noted, the purchase will be made according to the FOB (Free On Board) formula, under which the buyer is responsible for transporting liquefied gas.

Port Arthur LNG will only deal with the transportation of natural gas to the export terminal, its liquefaction and loading. This will enable PGNiG to either deliver gas to Poland, or sell it anywhere on the global LNG market.

As noted by the Deputy Chairman of the Board of PGNiG, Maciej Wozniak, this is the third long-term contract signed in recent months with US partners. He emphasized that from 2023 the Polish company will have a total of 7.45 million tons of liquefied gas, which after re-gasification will amount to more than 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

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US ambassador to Germany urged German government to stop support for North Stream-2: Moscow will send billions to destabilize

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:13 am
US ambassador to Germany urged German government to stop support for North Stream-2: Moscow will send billions to destabilize



US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell urged the German government to cease support for the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline.

As informs Censor.NET, DW reports.

The project is "an unreasonable attempt by the Russian government to exacerbate the suffocation of European allies and partners in terms of energy supply," writes Grenell in the author's column for the newspaper Rheinische Post, published on Thursday, December 20. At the same time, the Russian side "continues its campaign to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he adds.

The pipeline will allow Russia to strengthen its influence on Europe, says the diplomat. In his view, Moscow will send the billions of euros earned to "destabilizing foreign policy and support on NATO's eastern flank of its behavior," in which "aggressiveness is increasing."

Recall that in June, US President Donald Trump called Germany a "hostage" of Russia and linked his words to Berlin with the construction of the North Stream-2. Germany is counting on protection from Russia, but concludes very large oil and gas operations with Moscow and pays billions of dollars annually, "Trump said.

It should also be noted that on December 11it became known that the US Congress passed a resolution against the North Stream-2.

On December 12, the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing the construction of the North Stream-2.

"North Stream-2" is the second gas pipeline to unite Russia with Germany on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The length of the route - more than 1200 km, the capacity of the new pipeline will amount to 55 billion m³ of gas per year. The cost of the project - € 9.5 billion, it is financed in half by Russian Gazprom and five European companies. Gazprom predicts that the North Stream 2 will be put into operation by the end of 2019.

Germany, Finland and Sweden allowed to pipeline through their territory, Denmark - no. The project operator proposed laying a pipeline bypassing Denmark.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia regard North Stream 2 as a threat to Europe's energy security.

On November 12, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and an American delegation led by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry agreed that the countries would jointly counteract the North Stream 2 project.

After an incident involving the Russian law enforcement agencies of Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea, the State Department noted that the US will talk to the European Union about the possible closure of the North Stream-2.

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Putin said that it would not interfere with the passage of ships in the Kerch Strait

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:19 pm
Putin said that it would not interfere with the passage of ships in the Kerch Strait

Russia will not prevent the passage of vessels, including the military, in the Kerch Strait

This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the final press conference, reports Espresso.

"On September 11, last year, Ukrainian ships, including the military, fulfilling all the requirements, were calmly carried out by our pilots in the Sea of ​​Azov and then in the port, nobody interrupted. This time everything was different, this was a purposeful provocation during the pre-election Poroshenko's campaign.... Without pilotage posting, it is unknown what may happen, the more publicly some figures in Kyiv today announce their intention to blow up the city (Crimean city, ed.). We can not allow it, it would be foolish for us."- he said.

Putin added that the Russian Federation is ready to abide by the 2003 agreement with Ukraine on the Azov Sea and does not prevent passage, including military ships.

"We are ready to adhere to these agreements and not to declare unilateral actions," he said.

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Putin said that relations between Ukraine and Russia will not depend on who will be in the Kremlin

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:27 pm
Putin said that relations between Ukraine and Russia will not depend on who will be in the Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said relations between Ukraine and Russia will not depend on who will be in the Kremlin

This was stated by UNIAN correspondent in Moscow Roman Tsymbalyuk on Espero.TV.

"I would like to draw attention to his answer to my question, where he said that the relations of our countries will not depend on the personalities and on who will be in the Kremlin. Perhaps this is very important because some of us think that Putin is bad , songs are sung about him, they think that he will go and something will change, in fact, it will not change, because from the point of view of Russian national interests, our state, for some reason, should not exist, "he emphasized.

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It became known who will accompany Ukraine in the Kerch Strait

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 pm
It became known who will accompany Ukraine in the Kerch Strait

Ukrainian warships intend to cross the Kerch Strait with the support of NATO ships.

On this in the column for the "Apostrophe" is paid attention by the military observer Alexander Kovalenko.

He notes that the head of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchynov not only declared Ukraine's intention to return to the Kerch Strait again, but also noted that Kiev had requested support from its Western partners.

"In essence, this passage will involve, as a minimum, the support of one of the partner ships of Ukraine on NATO," Kovalenko convinced.

In this context, he reminded that a ship of class Echo of the Royal Navy of Great Britain arrived in Odessa days .

"There may be some arrangements for such a passage accompanied by NATO ships. It is also known that the United States intends to send some of its ships to the Black Sea, which is a little permanent presence," the expert believes.

He emphasizes that Russia, having attacked Ukrainian ships in neutral waters and captured sailors , "unleashed an entire aspen nest in the form of NATO".

"The Alliance is well aware that in the Black Sea area of ​​the Russian Federation, at the moment, is the dominant force that one country alone can not stand against. Other non-aligned countries such as Ukraine and Georgia are in the first place in serious danger. Therefore, compliance with the law is subject to more serious pressure and is likely to be the primary goal of such a possible pass, "he concluded.

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Putin came up with an absurd explanation of the attack in the Sea of ​​Azov

on Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:09 pm
Putin came up with an absurd explanation of the attack in the Sea of ​​Azov

Russia's attack on Ukrainian ships in the Sea of ​​Azov was an answer to the alleged threat of undermining the Kerch Bridge from Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced this at a press conference on Thursday, December 20.

According to him, on September 11, Ukrainian courts, including the military, met all the requirements - and Russian pilots carried them to the ports of destination, and on November 25 was a "purposeful provocation."

"We have already shown the on-board journal, it is written directly:" to break through secretly. "Well, what is this? Without a pilot's posting, it is not known what may happen, especially since some figures who rule the ball in Kyiv today publicly declare their willingness to explode ( Kerch city), "he added.

At the same time, Putin assured that Russia would do everything in Crimea for its protection, although it does not intend to do "superfluous".

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