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Ukraine: Munitions depot fire destroys $800 mln of weapons

The fire at munitions depots in the village of Kalinovka in Ukraine’s central Vinnitsa region has destroyed weapons worth $800 million, said Ivan Vinnik, a secretary of the Ukrainian parliament’s committee on national security and defense.

“Today, munitions worth approximately $800 million have been destroyed by fire in Kalinovka. Therefore, suppose we speak that nothing has happened and say that tank ammunition had not been needed there since they would have been recycled… And in this case, we should have sold them and received $800 million in hryvnia equivalent in the budget,” he said.

“It would have been worthless to declare a victory saying we had efficiently evacuated the population, which Ukraine’s Armed Forces boast a lot,” Vinnik was quoted as saying by the UNN agency.

The defense ministry said that 70% of the munitions had been unaffected by the fire.

“At least 30% have been destroyed… Taking into regard, that the depot stored 60,000 tonnes, we derive the cost of ($800 mln),” he said.

On Tuesday, at about 22.00 local time, Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service was alerted after munitions had begun exploding at the depots in the Vinnitsa region. The Kalinovka munitions depot is reported to store over 83,000 tonnes. The military say the fire destroyed about 30% of the depots.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from the area, and the evacuations are still underway. The latest reports say that two people sustained wounds and remain in hospitals. The projectiles inflicted damage on four households. Roads are cordoned off and air space is closed to all aircraft in an area of 50 kilometers. tass.com

Pentagon and State Dep. Said to propose arming Ukraine

The Pentagon and State Department have proposed to the White House a plan to supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and other arms, according to Defense Department officials.

The proposed transfer — which also would include antiaircraft arms that would be defined as defensive weaponry — comes as fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists has increased in recent days, and the United States is taking steps to deter aggressive military actions by Moscow.

The plan by the Pentagon and State Department has been presented to the White House, but no decision has been made, said a Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a proposal still under review. It was not clear if President Trump had been briefed on the proposal.

Whether to provide more substantial weaponry to Kiev’s beleaguered forces has embroiled American policy makers for several years.

Two years ago, eight former senior American officials urged the Obama administration to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine, including anti-armor missiles, reconnaissance drones, armored Humvees and radars that can determine the location of enemy rocket and artillery fire.
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President Obama ultimately decided against providing such lethal assistance, despite a series of striking reversals that Ukraine’s forces suffered on the battlefield.

Fearing that the provision of defensive weapons might tempt President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to raise the stakes, the Obama administration limited American aid to “nonlethal” items, including body armor, night-vision goggles, first aid kits and engineering equipment. nytimes.com


Donald Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.

“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea,” Spicer said at a daily news briefing. “At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia.”

The new tone is a departure from opinions Trump expressed last year on the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. In an interview with ABC in July, Trump did not back away from a suggestion he had made earlier to recognize Russia’s claim on Crimea, CNN reported. “I’m going to take a look at it,” Trump said. “But you know, the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”

Creating some confusion, Trump also told ABC that Putin won’t invade Ukraine, despite the fact that the Russian leader had already done just that in 2014. “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down,” Trump said. haaretz.com

Ukraine assassinations part of a new phoenix program?

A prominent separatist commander has been killed in eastern Ukraine, four days after another pro-Russian military leader was blown up by a car bomb.

Mikhail Tolstykh, known as Givi, was killed when a rocket was fired into his office in what rebel authorities in Donetsk are calling a terrorist attack.

Eastern Ukraine has seen its bloodiest period of clashes since 2015, with at least 35 deaths in little over a week.

Rebels have blamed Ukraine’s security services for both bomb attacks.

Oleg Anashschenko, who was de facto defence minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), had been driving in Luhansk when his car blew up on Saturday. bbc.co.uk

AZOV of pro EU Euromaidan movement take to the streets

Dozens of members of the far-right Azov battalion marched on the streets of Kiev on Monday, to commemorate the third anniversary of Euromaidan.

During the march, first commander of the Azov battalion Andrуi Biletski organised an action dubbed “Ask the President”, with the protesters holding signs with questions addressed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

People holding sings with questions to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko including (Ukrainian): “Where is our Crimea”, “Why have you signed the capitulation in Minsk” and “Are you ready to explain what was signed in Minsk”

Via their media site you will see they have various types of military equipment;
Including automatic rifles, grenades, artillery, & tanks.

Ross Kemp – Extreme World 4 ep1 – Ukarine – Far right.

Putin: Why should EU tolerate what’s dictated by US?

It definitely wasn’t casual Friday for President Putin, who spoke for hours at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on the hottest topics on the global agenda, including Russia’s relations with the EU and Washington.

When asked about his opinion of the candidates for US president, Putin explained his attitude towards “probably the only superpower,” as the president called it. “America is a great state… We accept it, and we want to and are ready to work with the United States,” he said, adding that no matter who is elected as America’s next leader, Russia will work with him or her. Yet, the Russian President hinted that Donald Trump’s foreign agenda might be more preferable to Moscow, “Mr. Trump has stated that he is ready to restore full format Russia-US relations… We all welcome it.” rt.com

Victoria Jane Nuland is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and
Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.

Germany on the 2011 Libya intervention

Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.

A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if US-NATO takes over control from the U.S.

The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.

Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.

But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’. dailymail.co.uk

Libya Crisis Leaves Berlin Isolated

Criticism of Germany’s absention from the Security Council vote on Libya continues to grow, as more and more members of the foreign policy community slam Berlin’s decision to abandon its allies. Amid fears of lasting damage to Germany’s international role, Merkel’s administration now welcomes any bad news from Libya that suggests its partners were wrong to intervene. By SPIEGEL Staff. spiegel.de

Germany agrees to supply bomb parts for Libya mission dw.com

“Our response, which I think was smart power at its best, is that the United States will not lead this,” she said during the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13, 2015. “We will provide essential, unique capabilities that we have, but the Europeans and the Arabs had to be first over the line. We did not put one single American soldier on the ground in Libya.” – Cinton politico.com

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Ukrainian guard killed in protests against Donbas autonomy

Demonstrators have brawled and lobbed grenades outside Ukraine’s parliament, killing one officer from the interior ministry’s National Guard and injuring up to 100.

The violence was in protest against a parliamentary vote to grant concessions to territories held by Russian-backed rebels.

The interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said one officer died from shrapnel wounds and around 10 more were seriously injured. Most of the protesters appeared to come from Svoboda, a far-right political party that was part of the Maidan movement which overthrew the president Viktor Yanukovych last year but did badly at the polls and only has a handful of MPs. theguardian.com

U.S. soldiers arrested in Vienna airport heading to Ukraine

The soldiers carried assault rifles in their luggage, but had no approval, Kurier reported.

A few days ago, a group of American soldiers caused a security alert at Vienna’s Schwechat airport. The men were stopped while trying to travel with army weapons to Ukraine without any necessary permits, the newspaper wrote.

The Austrian police had to intervene and remove the weapons. An investigation into the case was launched.

The nine US soldiers were on their way from Washington to Ukraine, where they were to be deployed.

“However, since there were problems with their connecting flight after a stopover in Schwechat, they had to rebook their flight and, therefore, leave the transit area,” Colonel Michael Bauer, Defense Ministry spokesman said.

M16 assault rifles and pistols were discovered in the luggage of the American soldiers at a security checkpoint. The incident caused huge shock, because the weapons were not declared and registered and, thus, carried illegally.sputniknews.com

Ukraine gay pride march attacked by Right Sector, 10 injured

At least 10 people have been injured and 25 arrested in Kiev as scuffles broke out between members of a rare Ukrainian gay pride march and members of a radical right wing group.The socially conservative country — locked in a bruising war with pro-Russian insurgents — is seeking a closer alliance with Europe and remains keen to promote civil liberties freely enjoyed in much of the West.

The March of Equality parade, staged at a scenic stretch of the Dniepr River on the capital’s northern outskirts, was scheduled to last only 10 minutes out of security concerns. The event was only the second in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history and immediately generated intense public debate.

Members of the Pravy Sektor (translated as Right Sector) nationalist organisation — once central to the demonstrations that toppled a Russian-backed president last year – promised to disrupt the protest and defend more conservative values. abc.net.au

Right Sector nationalist politician and volunteer battalion leader Dmytro Yarosh
has been appointed to Ukraine’s Defence Ministry.

Dep DM completely rules out war between Russia & Ukraine

A top Russian defense official has said in an interview that Ukraine was not an enemy of Russia and ruled out even a theoretical possibility of war between the countries.

“We will not start a war with Ukraine under any circumstances. Ukraine is not our enemy. I cannot allow for even a theoretical possibility of such a development,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. “I think that Kiev will have enough sense and won’t provoke us,” he added.

Antonov also said that Russian authorities expected Germany and France to use their influence on the Kiev regime to prevent a new escalation of conflict in southeastern Ukraine.

When reporters asked him why Ukraine didn’t take part in the international conference of security in Moscow in mid-April, the Russian deputy DM answered that it was because Russian commanders thought their Ukrainian colleagues were concentrating all efforts on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. “We did not want to make either ourselves or our Ukrainian colleagues dependent on the event,” Antonov said.

“I hope that the conflict in Ukraine will be settled by peaceful means and Ukrainian experts will be able to take part in future Moscow conferences and share their experience,” he noted. rt.com

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