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  • In some army marine infantry protect whole coast not only navy facilities, and I believe that this is case in Ukraina. They have strong arty to "cover" landing zone on coast in case of landing.


    • Originally posted by JohninMK View Post
      WTF is this all about. Surely 'marines' are soldiers that are delivered by ships or protect naval facilities. This looks way over the top for that given the state of the UNavy. Is it a way of creating more senior officer positions?
      *sigh* just another way of sticking it to the man (in the Kremlin). Doesn't have to make sense. Or have any positive benefit at all.


      • In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder

        from The New York Times
        KIEV, Ukraine — Though she had taken on many clients as a human rights lawyer and anti-corruption activist, Iryna Nozdrovska became famous fighting for justice for her own sister, killed two years ago when she was struck by a car driven by the nephew of a powerful judge.
        Ms. Nozdrovska eventually succeeded in putting the driver behind bars, winning praise in the Ukrainian news media for achieving an important victory for the rule of law. But the case took a grim turn on New Year’s Day, when her body floated to the surface of an icy, shallow river outside Kiev. She had been stabbed.

        The new anti-corruption court demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other Western donors would threaten the Soviet-legacy system of “telephone justice,” in which a phone call from a politician is all it takes to fix a verdict. In exchange for fealty to the executive branch, judges are given carte blanche to take bribes, rule in favor of relatives and run businesses on the side, said Mr. Zhernakov.

        In a survey last year, an almost impossibly low 0.5 percent of Ukrainians said they trusted Ukraine’s judges. In recent rulings, judges have let off a string of officials charged with seemingly solid evidence of corruption, like the prosecutor who was caught with a trove of diamonds and cash at home.
        In her work, Ms. Nozdrovska had looked into corruption in state tenders and testified against a member of Parliament, making plenty of enemies along the way and exposing the rot still in the judicial system years after Ukraine’s pro-European swivel. She did much the same in her struggle for justice for her sister.
        Ms. Nozdrovska vanished on her way home from work on Dec. 29. Anastasia Nozdrovska, her 18-year-old daughter, became alarmed immediately when her mother did not answer her phone. “An hour went by, and we understood something was wrong,” Ms. Nozdrovska said.


        • How 'Russiagate' Helped Secure a Dangerous Arms Deal

          This year’s budget-busting National Defense Authorization Act reflected the Russia panic that gripped Washington. The legislation was filled with provisions for expensive new programs aimed at countering Russian influence and even ferrying Ukrainian soldiers to American hospitals. Though the shipment of Javelins had been left out, the pressure on the White House was about to rise again.
          In November 2017, Schiff summoned J.D. Gordon, the former Trump campaign aide, to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee. Citing House staffers, Politico reported that Schiff was investigating “whether Trump campaign officials made the Republican Party platform more friendly to Russia as part of some broader effort to collude with the Kremlin.” Robert Mueller, the leader of the federal investigation into Russian meddling, was also expected to probe Gordon for answers about the platform change.
          At the time, Trump was under pressure from his envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, to send the Javelins to Kiev. A veteran neoconservative activist, Volker was still listed as the executive director of the McCain Institute for International Affairs when he was installed in Trump’s State Department. Among the McCain Institute’s financial backers was the BGR group, whose designated lobbyist, Ed Rogers, was a lobbyist for Raytheon—the company that would reap a windfall profit from the Javelin sale.
          Cornered, Trump risked inviting more allegations of collusion by refusing to arm Ukraine. As Andrew Weiss, a Russia analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told reporter John Hudson, “Overall, I see this discussion [on Trump-Russia collusion] as fitting within a broader effort by people within the national security bureaucracy to box Trump in on Ukraine.”
          In November, just weeks before caving in to the pressure to send the Javelins to Kiev, Trump was widely ridiculed when he warned that “people will die” because of Russiagate. But in Donbas, where a war-weary population lives on the brink of another bloodbath, the president could prove his critics wrong in a way they never imagined.


          • PRANK CALL: Ukrainiant President Poroshenko Gets Owned by Two Russian Pranksters - Saakashvili is a Russian Spy!



            • Al Jazeera has disclosed a secret Ukrainian court ruling.
              The ruling has exposed exactly how former President Viktor Yanukovich stole nearly $1.5bn from the country. It has also revealed that President Petro Poroshenko's former financial advisers played a role in the fraud, embarrassing the government.

              In short: Ukraine's Central Bank governor Hontareva helped to launder stolen from Ukrainian budget money by Yanukovitch and General Prosecutor Lutsenko confiscated them using shady schemes.


              • Just from articles I've read recently, I kinda think that Poroshenko's days are numbered. I wouldn't be surprised to see him charged with breaking the law.

                Ruling exposes Poroshenko allies’ ties to Yanukovych
                By Oleg Sukhov.
                Published Jan. 12. Updated Jan. 12 at 9:36 am
                President Petro Poroshenko congratulates Valeria Gontareva on her appointment as head of the National Bank of Ukraine on June 19, 2014. Gontareva ran investment bank ICU when it brokered tycoon Serhiy Kurchenko’s deals in 2013. (UNIAN)
                A secret court ruling leaked to Al Jazeera and published on Jan. 10 has exposed the involvement of allies of President Petro Poroshenko in an alleged $1.5 billion corruption scheme run by his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych.
                The document reveals the secret behind Ukrainian authorities’ most-touted alleged success of the past year: The confiscation of $1.5 billion in assets linked to Yanukovych.
                While Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko boasted about the confiscation many times, no details were revealed at all. The court ruling that allowed it — issued by the Kramatorsk City Court in March — was classified as secret.
                Now that this ruling was leaked to Al Jazeera, it offers a look into why it could have been made secret: It reveals that an investment bank associated with Poroshenko helped Yanukovych’s allies launder the money stolen through corrupt schemes.

                According to the court ruling, Ukrainian investment bank ICU, which provides services to Poroshenko, served as a financial broker for several offshore companies that belonged to Serhiy Kurchenko, a now-exiled oligarch who was dubbed “Yanukovych’s wallet.”

                ICU helped Kurchenko’s offshore companies invest the money into Ukrainian state bonds in late 2013, just months before Yanukovych and Kurchenko had to flee the country in the wake of the EuroMaidan Revolution.

                ICU was co-founded by Makar Paseniuk, who is known to manage Poroshenko’s finances. The other co-founder was Valeria Gontareva, whom Poroshenko appointed governor of the National Bank in 2014.

                Among others things, the confiscated funds were spent on Poroshenko’s ally and tycoon Yuriy Kosyuk, who got 42 percent of all agricultural subsidies allocated by the government from January to June.

                Onyshchenko has been charged by the NABU with embezzlement worth $64 million in a separate case and fled Ukraine in 2016.
                He has claimed that he was an intermediary in Poroshenko’s alleged efforts to bribe lawmakers, and paid bribes to Poroshenko allies for lucrative contracts with state firms. The president denied the accusations.
                Onyshchenko admitted having previously been a tool of Poroshenko in an interview with Al Jazeera. However, he denied charges of corruption, saying he had merely done what Poroshenko instructed him to do.

                more at link....


                • Anders Åslund‏ @anders_aslund

                  My article today on Ukraine's economic prospects. Unfortunately, it does not look great. Ukraine needs investments but they require real property rights, which ought to be the focus of Ukrainian politics.

                  Anders Aslund: Why Ukraine’s economy will not take off in 2018
                  By Anders Aslund.
                  Published Jan. 12. Updated Jan. 12 at 10:52 am
                  Ukraine's economy has still not recovered from losing half of its gross domestic product since 2013, when it peaked at $183 billion. The combined effects of deep recession and hryvnia devaluation shrunk the economy to $91 billion in 2015. Ukraine hopes to hit the $100 billion GDP mark in 2018. (UNIAN)

                  Will Ukraine be the year when the Ukrainian economy finally takes off? I doubt it.

                  That should have happened in 2017, but it did not. After a promising recovery of 2.3 percent in 2016, with a growth of 4.8 percent in the last quarter, Ukraine seemed ready for substantial growth in 2017, but the growth is likely to have stopped at 2 percent.

                  In the second half of 2017, Ukraine should have 6–7 percent growth, but instead alowed down. For 2018, most forecasters predict a miserable growth rate of 3 percent, slower than the International Monetary Fund’s forecast for 3.7 percent growth in the global economy. After a combined output fall of 17 percent in 2014–2015, Ukraine should be recovering at twice that global rate. These growth problems are homemade.
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                  Anders Åslund
                  ‏ @anders_aslund
                  Jan 10
                  Ukraine: : Steel production fell by 12% to 21.3 Mt in 2017: effect of Ukraine's blockade against trade with Donbas.

                  Anders Åslund
                  ‏ @anders_aslund
                  Jan 10
                  Ukraine: With Poland, Czech and Slovakia recruiting workers across Ukraine, employers complain that retaining employees is now a top challenge. (Ukraine Business Journal <>)

                  Anders Åslund
                  ‏ @anders_aslund
                  Jan 10
                  Ukraine: Inflation last year was 13.7% (Ukraine Business Journal <>)

                  Anders Åslund
                  ‏ @anders_aslund
                  Jan 10
                  Azerbaijan accounted for 85% of oil imports to Ukraine last year, followed by Iran -- 8.5%; and Kazakhstan – 4%. (Ukraine Business Journal <>)


                  • Ukrainian general staff requested 800 "Stugna-P" and "Korsar" ATGM launchers and several thousand missiles for them.
                    Finally a wise decision.

                    They should have started purchasing those in large quantities long time ago, not waiting for miracle called "Javelin".


                    • What is budget for UAF for 2018?


                      • Ukraine develops hypersonic cruise missile

                        The Yuzhnoye State Design Office is jointly developing with the State Space Agency of Ukraine the new hypersonic cruise missile.
                        The press-service of “Yuzhnoye” design bureau released video footage showing a new concept of high-altitude hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicles, includes the project of a hypersonic cruise missile.
                        The development of new hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicle is an ongoing process of search for new technological solutions. It was reported that, to date, “Yuzhnoye” develops the components of new hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicles and has been carrying out important work into high-temperature materials applicable to hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicles.
                        The new missile would constitute a maneuvering, high-altitude hypersonic cruise missile. The missile will be equipped with the solid-fuel engine for booster stage accelerates it to supersonic speeds and supersonic combusting ramjet engine for hypersonic flight.
                        Publicly available reports indicate that the new Ukrainian hypersonic cruise missile will be able to reach hypersonic speeds and to exceed a speed of 1,700 m/s. The range of the new missile is estimated to be 300 to 1750 kilometers.The hypersonic weapon’s immense destructive power will result from kinetic energy. This phenomenon makes hypersonic weapons well suited to attacking hardened or deeply buried targets such as bunkers or nuclear and biological-weapon storage facilities.
                        Unlike the ballistic path followed by an ICBM plummeting toward its target, a hypersonic cruise missile have very high-speed, high-altitude flight profile, and maneuverability.
                        According to the HuffPost News, hypersonic missiles increase the speed of precision-guided munitions dramatically. One change they introduce is tactical, making it hard to defend a target. The other change is shifting the tempo of war by eliminating some of the delays imposed by the weight and quantity of weapons and supplies. The development of hypersonic missiles systems is, however, problematic from a geopolitical perspective.

                        Headline is very optimistic. Any ideas in how many years such a thing might be deployed? This would be a major deterrent even against Russia, if it actually happens.


                        • Originally posted by Fly By View Post
                          Headline is very optimistic. Any ideas in how many years such a thing might be deployed?
                          Judging by 3M22 Zircon and Boeing X-51, around 20-25 years, even if they stumble over Soviet X-80 designs somewhere in Kharkov.


                          • Originally posted by marat View Post
                            What is budget for UAF for 2018?

                            $3.1 billion for UAF:


                            Increase of 25% over 2016.

                            (toital budget for security will be $6.1 billion but this includes police, interior ministry, and special services)


                            • Thank you, well not bad.


                              • Ivan Katchanovski
                                January 14 at 12:55pm ·
                                Another classic case of witch hunters becoming targets of the very witch-hunt which they unleashed. Poroshenko, who launched and promoted political witch hunt and spymania in Ukraine during his presidency, is accused by the Saakashvili-linked Georgian TV channel of purportedly writing in 2007 a letter to the Russian FSB with assurances that he is not involved in anti-Russian activity and is loyal to Russia. This is typical kompromat.


                                SUSFU: Ukrainian nationalists clash with police outside Rada in Kiev


                                google translate

                                Police have been injured in a fight under the Council, there is a detained police officer
                                The protesters under the Verkhovna Rada applied tear gas to law enforcement and threw in them a pavement.
                                This is reported by the press service of the Kyiv police.
                                Police say that about 11:00 am near the walls of the parliament protesters set fire to their 5 car tires.
                                "The police explained to the participants of the action the wrongfulness of their behavior in terms of tire fire, and the staff of the SNSS tried to extinguish the burned objects. At this time, the protesters used tear gas to the police, began to throw a pavement, tires and other foreign objects," the report said.
                                According to the National Police, one law enforcement officer was injured as a result of the incident, in addition, one participant of the action was taken to the police for violation of public order.
                                "As at 11:30, the tires managed to extinguish. Currently, the situation is under control, law enforcement officers are in an enhanced regime", - the press service concludes.
                                As you know, on Tuesday under the walls of the Verkhovna Rada, where the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas is being considered, the protesters burned together with the bulletins the flag of the Russian Federation, there was a rift between them and the law-enforcers.
                                On January 16, Parliament considered in its second reading, in general, the draft law "On the peculiarities of state policy regarding the state sovereignty of Ukraine in temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts", which is recognized by the RF as an aggressor state.
                                In the morning of the Verkhovna Rada a campaign titled "Stop Rematch" is taking place, demanding adoption of a number of laws aimed at fighting Russian aggression.