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on Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:53 pm
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US ready for serious talk with Russia on Donbas conflict, - Volker.  Manafort's lawyers are asked to reduce his sentence, which can be awarded for work in favor of Ukrainian politicians.  The US government demands from the RF immediate release of captive Ukrainian seamen, - the director of the agency of the Ministry of Defense of the United States McKeighy.  The Russian General Staff stated that the US is developing a plan "Trojan horse" against Russia with the involvement of the protest "fifth column".  In Europe, the true purpose of Russia's construction of the Kerch Bridge was called.  Manufacturers of ammunition and small arms in Russia suffer losses due to sanctions.  Ukrainian women soldiers have caused a furor at NATO headquarters.  Lukashenka made an unpleasant statement to Ukraine about seizing the Crimea. Lukashenko made an unpleasant statement to Ukraine about seizing the Crimea. The composition of the court in the case of Savchenko-Ruban was determined.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty US ready for serious talk with Russia on Donbas conflict, - Volker

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:57 pm
US ready for serious talk with Russia on Donbas conflict, - Volker

Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Censor_news_big3

The U.S. is interested in continuing negotiations with Russia regarding the restoration of the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity when Russia is ready for a serious talk.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, this was stated by Kurt Volker, the U.S. State Department Special Representative for Ukraine, at the 5th International Forum "The Occupied Crimea: 5 Years of Resistance".

As Volker notes, the U.S. is further interested in negotiating with Russia regarding the restoration of the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, primarily in the Donbas area. As of today, Russia has expressed no interest in resolving this issue, but the U.S. hopes it will happen someday.

He also predicts that the humanitarian situation in the region will improve, and the territorial integrity of Ukraine will be restored only when Russia starts a serious talk about ending its aggression in the east of Ukraine.

Volker promised that the U.S. will support Ukraine until it happens.

He also stresses that the United States will never recognize the annexation of Crimea, supporting the recent statement of Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State.

Last November, Kurt Volker announced his plan to meet Vladislav Surkov, the aide to Russia's president, sometime in December. However, this meeting was canceled after the Russian military attacked the Ukrainian Navy ships and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors.

He later said that the resumption of this meeting depended on whether the captured sailors would be set free.

Volker last met Surkov in Dubai on Jan. 26, 2018.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty Manafort's lawyers are asked to reduce his sentence, which can be awarded for work in favor of Ukrainian politicians

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:03 pm
Manafort's lawyers are asked to reduce his sentence, which can be awarded for work in favor of Ukrainian politicians

Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Censor_news_big3

The next week, Virginia judge plans to punish Paul Manafort on charges of financial and tax fraud. Prosecutors offer between 19 and 24 years of imprisonment.

On March 1, lawyers from the former head of the Donald Trump election campaign asked the judge to "considerably less punishable" for Manafort for work in favor of Ukrainian politicians, according to censor.NET with reference to Voice of America .

During a lawsuit in Virginia, Manafort was accused of sending money from Ukrainian oligarchs Viktor Yanukovych and Opposition Bloc abroad to avoid taxation and then resorting to bank fraud to maintain a luxurious lifestyle, in particular, trying to obtain bank loans in a fraudulent manner after the patrons of the political technologist in Ukraine lost power after the Revolution of Goodwill.

In a note filed by a Virginia judge, lawyers call punishment offered by public prosecutors "manifestly inappropriate" for bankruptcy and tax fraud offenses committed by a political technologist.

Manafort's lawyers point out that the health of their client has deteriorated, he has suffered significant financial and reputational losses.

"Mr. Manafort acknowledges that the court was fair and accepts the jury's verdict and truly repents in its behavior," the statement said to the judge, the media reported.

For the 69-year-old Manafort, the sentence of prosecution offered by the prosecutor may become livelier.

On February 15, when Paul Manaforth was present during the trial, he was disorientated. This is what CNN analyst Jeffrey Tubin says. He "could not be known", - said Tubin.

According to the indictment, Donald Trump Manafort, the ex-head of the election headquarters in the period from 2006 to 2017, received $ 30 million for counseling pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. At the same time, he led lobbying without proper registration.

In mid-September 2018, Manafort agreed to an agreement with Muller on a so-called political affair. He pleaded guilty to two allegations of seven.

Since June 15, a political technologist is held in custody. The trial of Manafort's "financial" case began on July 31st. On August 21, the jury judged Manafort guilty of eight of the 18 charges.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty The US government demands from the RF immediate release of captive Ukrainian seamen, - the director of the agency of the Ministry of Defense of the United States McKeighy

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:09 pm
The US government demands from the RF immediate release of captive Ukrainian seamen, - the director of the agency of the Ministry of Defense of the United States McKeighy

This was stated by director of the Agency for Missing Persons in Conflicts of the United States Department of Defense, Kelly McKeighy, during a meeting with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Irina Fris in the Pentagon.

During the meeting, they discussed the directions of the Agency's activity, writes censor.NET, referring to the press service of the Ukrainian department.

In particular, about the work of the laboratory for the identification of the remains of missing bodies, communication with the families of servicemen, information and education activities. Separately, they have stayed on international cooperation and attracted higher education institutions for such activities, as well as innovations in the field of research and analysis.

"Thank you for the principled position of the United States regarding the release of our prisoners of war. At present, 73 Ukrainian military servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 14 representatives of the National Guard and 5 borderguards are considered to be missing, and in 2018 the Parliament passed the Law" On the Legal Status of Missing Persons. " A registry of missing persons has been set up for the regulatory act, and the challenge for us is identification, so we need the experience of the successful laboratory's work to identify your agency, "stressed. Ila during the meeting Iryna Frisz.

She also announced the opening of the Humanitarian Training Center in Dnipro, February 18, which is intended to increase the level of personnel qualification and inter-agency coordination of all services involved in this process. It is about employees who carry out forensic medical examination, national police, as well as representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Director of the US Department of Defense Agency for Missing Persons during Conflicts assured that they were ready to advise Ukraine on the establishment of this center and expressed hope for further cooperation.

"We have a special kind of guardianship over our military, we bring them back home even many years ago, they have fulfilled their duty, and that is our honor to them and their families," said Kelly McKeighy.

Recall that on November 25, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian Federation's border ships committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships that were carrying out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol of the 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, and also lost the life raft. The Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes 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 states that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to 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. The Russian-controlled Russian court of the occupied Simferopol has chosen a precautionary measure for 24 sailors in custody until January 25, 2019.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted for the introduction of a military state for 30 days in Vinnytsya, 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. The Russian-controlled Russian court of the occupied Simferopol has chosen a precautionary measure for 24 sailors in custody until January 25, 2019.

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

On January 15 and 16, the Lefortovo Court of the Russian Federation decided to extend the term of seizure of 24 captured Ukrainian sailors for three months . Consequently, they will remain under arrest at least until the end of April.

The Russian court has decided to extend the term of 24 arrests of Ukrainian seamen detained for three months . Thus, under arrest, they will remain at least until the end of April.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty The Russian General Staff stated that the US is developing a plan "Trojan horse" against Russia with the involvement of the protest "fifth column"

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:12 pm
The Russian General Staff stated that the US is developing a plan "Trojan horse" against Russia with the involvement of the protest "fifth column"

Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Censor_news_big3

The General Staff of the Russian Federation argue that the Pentagon is developing a strategy of hostilities against Russia called "Trojan horse."

This was stated by the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, General Valery Gerasimov, informs censor.NET with reference to TASS.

Gerasimov said that this is "a fundamentally new strategy", to which the US plans to attract the protest potential of the "fifth column" to destabilize the situation in Russia. Also, the Pentagon allegedly can use high-precision weapons to strike at the most important sites in the country.

In Russia, they are confident that they are "ready to oppose any strategy", since in recent years the military has developed "conceptual approaches to neutralize aggressive actions of probable opponents."

According to the general, the United States and their allies determined the aggressive vector of their foreign policy. They process offensive military actions, such as "global blow", "multisphere battle", using technologies of "color revolutions" and "soft power". Their goal is to eliminate the statehood of unwanted countries, undermine the sovereignty, and change the legitimately elected bodies of state power.

Gerasimov added that one of the "victims" of this US policy is Ukraine.

Recall, February 12, the State Duma of Russia in the first reading, supported the bill on "sovereign Internet", which involves the autonomous work of the Russian segment of the Internet.

Subsequently, The Washington Post reported that the United States blocked the Russian "troll factory" from accessing the internet during the Congressional elections.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty In Europe, the true purpose of Russia's construction of the Kerch Bridge was called

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:20 pm
In Europe, the true purpose of Russia's construction of the Kerch Bridge was called

In the city of Kosice, Slovakia, a summit of the Bucharest Nine was held, during which a declaration was adopted on concerns about Russia's actions in the Donbass and in the waters of the Azov and Black Seas.

It is reported by " European truth".

"We are particularly concerned about the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the recent tensions in the Azov and Black Seas, which stems from the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the build-up of military resources," the document said.

Marine escalation in the declaration is called "another manifestation of Russia's neglect of international law, its confrontational model of conduct and the use of military as well as non-military measures, such as the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, to advance their geopolitical goals."

All this, the leaders of the states, demand from NATO a more coherent and strategic approach.

"We are also seriously concerned about the significant violation of the RFMM Treaty by Russia and the inability to return to complete and credible compliance, which led to the termination of the treaty and the announcement of the United States to withdraw (from the treaty, ed.)," The declaration states

Bucharest Nine is an association of NATO countries from Eastern Europe: Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. In November 2015, at a summit in Bucharest, these states signed a joint declaration declaring united efforts to provide, where necessary, a "strong, credible, balanced, military presence" of NATO in the region.

Recall, as previously reported by the "Apostrophe", Russia initially sought to block the Sea of ​​Azov when the Kerch Bridge was built.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty Manufacturers of ammunition and small arms in Russia suffer losses due to sanctions

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:34 pm
Manufacturers of ammunition and small arms in Russia suffer losses due to sanctions

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Sanctions imposed in 2014 on Russia for aggression against Ukraine led to the fact that manufacturers of small arms and ammunition in the Russian Federation lost about 50 billion rubles. revenue.

It is reported Censor NO with reference to the Russian edition of RBC. It is reported that before the sanctions, about 80% of Russian products went to the markets of the United States and European countries, where civilian weapons are allowed. In 2013, Russian media claimed that with the permission of the Pentagon, American companies bought hundreds of millions of Russian ammunition cartridges per year. In particular, in 2012 alone, five private American companies signed contracts with the Russian ammunition factories for the purchase of 900 million cartridges of various calibers.

Rifle ammunition in the Russian Federation produce Tula, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Ulyanovsk, Klimovsk and Amur cartridge factories. At the same time, in the United States in private possession there are 393 million weapons, of which tens of billions of rounds are fired annually.

The Russian market is much smaller. According to the General Directorate of State Control and Licensing and Permissive Work of the Russian Guard, as of February 2019, more than 4.5 million gun owners are registered in Russia. They have about 7.3 million weapons in their hands.

After the imposition of sanctions, Russian manufacturers of rifle ammunition lost an average of about 10 billion rubles. revenue per year. Accordingly, since 2014, total losses amounted to about 50 billion rubles.

According to RBC, the United States began to replenish the "patronized hunger" with ammunition from China and Bulgaria. Nevertheless, it is noted in the publication, the products of Russian ammunition factories are still represented in the United States, since there are still loopholes that allow legally supplying cartridges to the American market.

For Russian manufacturers of small arms, the situation is even worse. The Kalashnikov Concern, which was on the US sanctions list on July 16, 2014, and on the EU sanctions list on September 12, 2014, was forced to suspend many of its product contracts on the American market. The volume of these contracts ranged from $30 million to $50 million.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty Ukrainian women soldiers have caused a furor at NATO headquarters

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:38 pm
Ukrainian women soldiers have caused a furor at NATO headquarters

Ukrainian soldier women have conquered the hearts of NATO headquarters staff, earning endless ovations.

LB reports.

"We, the Ukrainians, fight not for the" peace at any price ", not for the" ceasefire ", but for the release and return of our land. In 2016, I participated in a raid near Mariupol, where we captured a military card made Russian officer, and on this map were marked the positions, forces and means of our enemy, including those that were officially owned by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and it was clearly written: "The Armed Forces of Russia. " Can I ask you what it looks like in the light of the continuing Russian allegations that their troops are not taking part in battles in the Donbass?"- said during a speech, soldier Elena Belozerska.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty Lukashenko made an unpleasant statement to Ukraine about seizing the Crimea

on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:41 pm
Lukashenko made an unpleasant statement to Ukraine about seizing the Crimea

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made an unpleasant statement to the Ukrainians through the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

She voiced her on Friday, March 1, during the "Great Conversation with the President," answering the question of the Russian journalist, whether the time has come for Belarus to officially recognize the entry of the Crimea into the RF.

"When I was in the inauguration of President Poroshenko four years ago or when .. Zharyche was 30 degrees. And before the Soviets, I was surrounded by Western and Ukrainian journalists and tortured me, whose Crimea is Russian or Ukrainian. I have not been preparing for this issue and not I asked them the question: "How many died Ukrainians during the seizure of Crimea by Russia?" There are no silence, but how many shots were sounded? None. So, you silently agreed that Crimea was not yours. It was a completely unexpected answer for them. , which is that if it's your dying, fight for this piece of land, "Lukashenko said.

He also added that "such a position of Belarus can be useful in this conflict".

"Tell me what will change after I now, on live broadcast, I will declare that our Crimea or Crimea is Russian, nothing." This will be news in the evening, and in the morning, they will forget, no words will be said. "In the West, well, maybe Someone will notice: Our people will think: Well, Lukashenka, why did you get to this, so much time has passed? Ukraine will say: "dog" - and spit on my side. "- said the head of state.

Lukashenko called for "to look further and deeper in these matters" and to try "at least in this case" to understand him.

"I can not be a puppet: I signed one document yesterday, but today I am climbing and start shouting. Although I always say to the Americans and the West - I really had to speak for Russia's support," he explained.



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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty 98% of Belarusians against the union with Russia, - Lukashenka

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98% of Belarusians against the union with Russia, - Lukashenka

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko declares that most of his citizens oppose an association with Russia

As Lukashenko noted at the press conference "The Great Conversation", which lasted for seven and a half hours in Minsk on March 1, 2019, 98% of Belarusians would oppose such a move to a possible referendum on association with Russia, informs Espresso .TV with reference on BelTA.

"What's wrong with building alliances, but living in their homes?" - said the Belarusian president.

He assured that in the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin they "decided" this position, and the phrase "unity at the presidents level", said earlier, was a joke.

At the same time, Lukashenka added that if we talk about the principle of equality, why the Russians do not say, for example, to join Russia in Belarus, and not vice versa.

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Ukraine News. Saturday 2 March. [Ukrainian sources] Empty The composition of the court in the case of Savchenko-Ruban was determined

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The composition of the court in the case of Savchenko-Ruban was determined

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On March 1, 2019, the Solomyansky District Court of Kiev received criminal proceedings against Nadezhda Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban.

According to censor.NET with reference to the press service of the court , according to the results of automated distribution, the composition of the court was determined, in particular: the chairman of the case was judge Sergey Agafonov, members of the board of Ada Pedenko and Olena Kurova.

Recall that on March 15, 2018, the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada three submissions : the removal of immunity, detention and arrest of people's deputy Nadezhda Savchenko. She is suspected of attempting to organize an "armed state coup by terror".

Savchenko himself, commenting on these allegations, said: " I planned to show the authorities what it might be. I began to create surrealism."

The Standing Committee unanimously voted and recommended the Verkhovna Rada to support the submission of the Prosecutor General.

On March 22, the General Prosecutor's Office published operative audio recordings and video materials on the involvement of Nadezhda Savchenko in organizing and planning a terrorist attack in the Ukrainian parliament.

The same day, the Rada revoked the immunity , as well as gave permission to detain and arrest the deputy Nadezhda Savchenko.

After such a decision, Nadia Savchenko was arrested in the premises of the Verkhovna Rada and taken to the SBU investigatory detention facility .

On March 23, Savchenko declared a hunger strike . On the same day, the court chose her preventive measure in the form of detention until May 20 . In addition, Savchenko complained to the representatives of the ombudsman on video surveillance in the cell.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, Savchenko was a partner of Vladimir Ruban, detained on March 8 at the KPVV "Mayorskie" during an attempt to transport large quantities of weapons from the territory of the Donetsk region under the control of the Russian occupation administration. On March 9, Pechersk district court of Kiev arrested Vladimir Ruban without a right to a pledge.

Ruban is suspected of illicit handling of weapons and preparing for terrorist attacks, including armed attacks on statesmen 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 prosecution.

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