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Ukraine News. Monday 24 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:38 am
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US and EU discuss additional sanctions in connection with RF aggression in the Kerch Strait. Russia will provide military assistance to terrorists in the Donbas if they are under military pressure. Russia needs an occasion for aggression in Ukraine. Russia is outraged by the use of the slogan "Glory to Ukraine". The United States warned the EU about a possible terrorist attack in the city's most popular tourists. Terrorists of the Russian Federation carry out large-scale training in the Donbas.

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US and EU discuss additional sanctions in connection with RF aggression in the Kerch Strait - Volker

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:41 am
US and EU discuss additional sanctions in connection with RF aggression in the Kerch Strait - Volker



The United States, NATO and the EU are working on a common transatlantic response to Russia's aggression against Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Among the possible options are considered additional sanctions, organization of ship visits and surveillance activities in the region.

This was stated by the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with TSN, reports Censor.NET.

"The most important thing that the United States can do is to convince us that we have a common transatlantic response to this new Russian aggression," he said, commenting on Russia's capture of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait.

"The image of this conflict, like Russian-American, will not give Russia anything, it's not Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and this is what affects the whole of Europe, and on that, on Monday, I was in Brussels and held meetings in NATO and the European Union. I spoke about the options that Europe should consider in order to build a joint response.We can take into consideration the ship's visits.By the way, the British have organized a visit to their ship and have some plans for January. You can think about surveillance activities, visits , about additional sanctions, of course. This is what we can do and what we are discussing.In addition, we have a long-term strategy for strengthening Ukraine, strengthening its society, including support for reforms, economy, information space, cybersecurity, support for the defense sector, and our financing of military procurement. that,

"I am in the negotiation process with Surkov, because he is a person assigned to this purpose from Russia, which is a communication channel, and we were in contact with him several times this summer and in autumn." According to my perception, the Russian position actually became stricter than this. But in January, I had the hope that we are finally discussing ways of resolving the conflict through the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and will see finally the return of its territories to Ukraine. But after that, Russia rushed to the previous positions, to discuss the introduction of the UN mission only for protection observers in public places of the so-called "People's Republics." And then they held these elections in November, but despite this I was going to go to Moscow this month to see if there is any ground for the emergence of new ideas. Is there a way to return in the front of the previous conversations. But after the Russian attack on Ukrainian warships and the seizure of seafarers, President Trump canceled his meeting with President Putin. And I also decided that a visit to Moscow for me at this time is impossible. Hopefully, I'll do it next year, as soon as the sailors really get fired, "Volker said.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost. The Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stressed that the intention to implement the transition was warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all three ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

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. As a result of illegal actions of Russian security forces, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy were captured and 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured. Under the control of the Russian Federation, the court of the occupied Simferopol has chosen a precautionary measure for 24 sailors to be detained until January 25, 2019.

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

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Russia will provide military assistance to terrorists in the Donbas if they are under military pressure - OSCE Secretary General Greminger

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:43 am
Russia will provide military assistance to terrorists in the Donbas if they are under military pressure - OSCE Secretary General Greminger

A new escalation of the situation may take place in the Donbas.

"I have fears that there may be a chain reaction: where there are separate cells in which there is a flame of fire, everybody will knowingly or involuntarily escalate," said the OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger in an interview , published on Monday, December 24th, in the German edition of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, reports Censor.NET with a link to dw.com.

According to Greminger, "from a separate fire cells could be a huge fire." He pointed to places of possible escalation of the conflict, such as the occupied Crimea and the line of delineation in the Donbas, and also mentioned illegal elections in the territory of self-proclaimed "LNR" and "DPR" as one of the reasons for the aggravation of the situation.

"It should be assumed that the rebellious republics, if they are under military pressure, will again receive support from Russia," the OSCE secretary general said, urging the Kremlin to demonstrate good will in order to revive mutual trust. Such a gesture of goodwill could be "the release of 24 detained seamen and the return of three seized vessels".

But Greminger does not expect a breakthrough in peace talks in the near future, because "there is no political will for reconciliation." It would be good to get new impulses from the "Norman group", consisting of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia, but "now, unfortunately, we are very far and far away," summed up the OSCE secretary general.

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Russia needs an occasion for aggression in Ukraine - Volker

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:46 am
Russia needs an occasion for aggression in Ukraine - Volker



The probability that Russia will start a new aggression is realistic.

This was stated by the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with TSN, reports Censor.NET.

"Russia for a long time has considerably strengthened its military power, surrounding Ukraine, in its territory, as well as in Crimea, and now in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov, and it has the opportunity to begin aggression." We would estimate that it was unlikely that Russia would have dared to do so But there was an incident when Russia attacked Ukrainian ships a few weeks ago, and now I think we should consider the realistic possibility that Russia will start a new aggression and we must do our best to prevent this from happening. Everything to prevent this agra AI and restrain it,"- said Walker.

"But there is a worrying thing: Russian statements that Ukraine is about to attack, use chemical weapons, this kind of misinformation, because Russia needs a reason for aggression. I would like to think that this is done in order to divert attention from aggression against Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea, but we must be very vigilant, we must monitor the situation and, ideally, avoid further escalation and aggression, "he added.

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Russia is outraged by the use of the slogan "Glory to Ukraine" by Ukrainian priests

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:49 am
Russia is outraged by the use of the slogan "Glory to Ukraine" by Ukrainian priests.



Speaker of the Federation Council called the "crime" the creation of a single Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko called the "crime" the creation of a single local Orthodox Church in Ukraine and declared the inadmissibility of the slogan "Glory to Ukraine!" For Ukrainian priests. - Heroes glory! "She said at a press conference on the results of the year, UNIAN reports.

"Look what they are doing with the church. The same crime that occurs in Ukraine when secular authorities roughly interfered in the spiritual sphere, in the activity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, when some priests gathered in their power - I no longer know if they could be called priests who shout at Nazi slogans: "Glory to Ukraine! - Glory to heroes". Moreover, nothing remains of the spiritual, Orthodox faith, which is simply trampled", - said Matvienko.

At the same time, she was upset by the decree of the President of Ukraine, according to which the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate (branch of the Russian Orthodox Church) should be re-registered and named after Moscow within four months.

"They just lead a slaughter, before a civil war. You see, in this atmosphere of fear, to register a parish that is a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, try to pour this flock of nazis into these churches, these priests, to destroy the churches, to take action - just put people under attack,"- convinced the speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.

Matvienko noted that such actions collapse Ukraine, "they divide the society on the right and left bank, they enter the state of the Russian speaking population".

It should be noted that on December 22, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on the new name of the UOC-MP.

In the Transcarpathian region, the Moscow parish passed to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Previously, it was reported that three parishes decided to join the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the Vinnytsia region.

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The United States warned the EU about a possible terrorist attack in the city's most popular tourists

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:51 am
The United States warned the EU about a possible terrorist attack in the city's most popular tourists

In the United States, they warned of a possible terrorist attack in Barcelona (Spain) during the Christmas holidays.

This is stated in a message on the State Department page in twitter, which is used to inform travelers.

"Spain: Exercise greater caution in traffic areas, including buses, in the area of ​​Barcelona's La Rambla during Christmas and New Year holidays," the report said.

Specifies that terrorists can attack any public place, without warning.

"Terrorists can attack almost or completely without warning, selecting the tourist destinations, transport nodes and other public places," warns the State Department.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", earlier in Barcelona on the central boulevard of La Rambla, a minibus driver at a high speed made a rush on a crowd of people who qualified as a terrorist attack. Then killed 15 people.

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Terrorists of the Russian Federation carry out large-scale training in the Donbas

on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:55 am
Terrorists of the Russian Federation carry out large-scale training in the Donbas

The command of the Russian occupation troops conducts large-scale command-and-staff training in the occupied territories for working out of the issues of management of the actions of the unions, units and units during the conduct of defense, with the subsequent transition to a counteroffensive with the purpose of access to the administrative boundaries of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

This was announced yesterday by the Speaker of the Ministry of Defense Dmitry Gutsulyak with reference to the message of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, reports Censor.NET.



"Most of the units of the Russian occupation troops in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are included in the training to the highest degree of combat readiness. At the same time, during the exercises, the command posts of individual units and parts of the 1 st and 2 rd Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in new areas on unprepared and unfamiliar terrain,"- said Gutsulyak.

According to intelligence, in this way, the Russian occupation command is trying to achieve the maximum approximation of the conduct of combat training to the conditions for the conduct of hostilities.

"At the same time, the Russian occupation command is carrying out among the personnel a so-called" explanatory work "that the abolition of the so-called" 13th salary", instead of which only a prize of 5 thousand Russian rubles will be paid, is due to" unpredictable expenses " to increase combat readiness "allegedly given the" tensions in the situation in Ukraine and the possible offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine", - said the Speaker of the Ministry of Defense.

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