Sunday, September 13, 2020

Belarus protests: Opposition keeps up pressure on Lukashenko

September 13, 2020 (BBC Europe) Tens of thousands of people have been marching in the capital Minsk and other cities, in the latest of several weeks of mass protest against President Alexander Lukashenko. Large numbers of police have been deployed, blocking key areas. Police said they arrested about 400 people ahead of and during the protests, dubbed the March of Heroes. 
The protests have been triggered by a widely disputed election a month ago and subsequent brutal police crackdown. Demonstrators want Mr. Lukashenko to resign after alleging widespread ballot-rigging. But the Belarusian leader - in power for 26 years - has denied the allegations and accuses Western nations of interfering. The 66-year-old has promised to defend Belarus.
Most opposition leaders are now under arrest or in exile. It is the fifth successive Sunday of mass protests, with about 100,000 rallying each week. Eyewitnesses said the center of Minsk was flooded with people. They marched on the elite residential area of Drozdy, where the country's top officials including President Lukashenko live, but were blocked by police.
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Monday, September 7, 2020

U.S. B-52 bombers escorted by Ukrainian fighters fly over Ukraine

 September 7, 2020 (Interfax-Ukraine) B-52 bombers of the United States Air Force have entered Ukraine's airspace for the first time, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Friday evening.


"American strategic bombers were escorted by Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter jets of the tactical aviation brigade of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement on its website. "On the morning of September 4, the bombers took off from Fairford Air Force Base in the United Kingdom, flew over Europe, where they were accompanied by fighter jets from NATO and key allied partners. Ukrainian military pilots met the B-52 on the Polish border, escorted it through the territory of Ukraine to the coast of the Sea of Azov and back," the report says. "The patrol is planned and aims to achieve interoperability between NATO and partner states. It is likely that such cooperation in the field of collective security will continue," it says.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship maneuvering missile system goes into service

September 1, 2020 (Ministry of Defense of Ukraine) As reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the head of the Ministry of Defense, Andriy Taran, signed an order to adopt the RK-360MC Neptun anti-ship maneuvering missile system into service with the Ukrainian armed forces. The first missile squadron of the Ukrainian Navy is to be re-armed with this system next year. The introduction of this system into service is to allow the reconstruction of the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian navy in the field of coastal defense, and more specifically in the fight against distant naval targets, lost as a result of the annexation of Crimea.
In 2014, the Ukrainian armed forces lost the base of the 25th Independent Missile Squadron, which was armed with the 4K51 Rubież system with P-20 and P-22 missiles with a range of approx. 40 km. After the delivery of the first squadron module, a contract for more coastal missile squadrons is expected. The aim is to strengthen the coastal defenses, but also to increase the destruction capacity of land targets that can be fought by Neptune cruise missiles. Each of them consists of six USPU-360 launchers; six TZM-360 transport and loading vehicles; six TM-360 transport vehicles and one command post of the RKP-360 squadron.
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https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2020/08/30/ukrainian-neptune-anti-ship-maneuvering-missile-system-goes-into-service-video/

Could a Color Revolution be Possible in Belarus?

September 1, 2020 (American Herald Tribune) The political crisis in Belarus is getting worse day after day. As a result of elections in the country, a violent wave of protests began in several cities. The focus of the demonstrations is Minsk, the country's capital. In the most violent night so far, 40 more policemen and 50 civilians were injured, some seriously. More than 1,000 were arrested, according to data from the Ministry of Interior.
The western media is doing great coverage of the events, however, the news is always published with strong ideological rhetoric, in which Aleksandr Lukashenko (elected for a new mandate with 80% of the votes) is appointed as a “terrible dictator”, against who, according to media agencies, there is a major popular uprising. The truth, however, is that the situation is much more complex than that and it is not a mere conflict between dictatorship and democracy, but a real geopolitical clash.
Lukashenko accused Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom of coordinating the protests in Belarus. This Monday at a meeting with the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States observation mission, Sergei Lebedev, Lukashenko said he had found links between the protesters and the authorities in these three countries, saying the groups involved in the protests were controlled by foreign nations. According to the Belarusian leader, these three European countries continue to order people to leave and negotiate with the authorities the voluntary surrender of power. Lukashenko went further and assured that there are also forces in the protests in Russia and Ukraine, giving no details on how he would have access to such information.
For its part, the Polish government has denied the allegations of being behind the protests, saying that these are unfounded and unproven allegations. The country's foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, said that the European Union is debating the approval of sanctions against Lukashenko, while the prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, demanded an urgent meeting of the European Council, but involvement in the demonstrations was not admitted. The United Kingdom and the Czech Republic have yet to comment on the serious accusations. In line with Poland, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described the violent unrest in Minsk as "cruel reprisals against peaceful demonstrators", while European Council chief Charles Michel demanded policies from Lukashenko to guarantee freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and fundamental human rights.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The first plane An-178 without Russian parts was assembled at the Antonov campaign's plant

August 26, 2020 (Ukrvision.com) The plane was ordered by the Peruvian government for the national police. As planned, the Ukrainian aircraft assembled without Russian components will fly to South America next year. This is the first serial "An-178". It could have appeared earlier, the state-owned enterprise agrees, but the constructors had to recalculate hundreds of components and units for Western electronics and avionics."The state-owned Antonov was accused of not producing serial aircraft for several years. There were objective reasons for that. It took a long time for import substitution, ”said Oleksandr Los, president of the Antonov campaign.
The Antonov An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158. It was announced on 5 February 2010, rolled out on 16 April 2015 and made its first flight on 7 May 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Belarus protests: defense minister warns of army use, Lukashenko shows resolve in propaganda video

August 24, 2020 (UNIAN) Lukashenko on Sunday afternoon arrived in the presidential palace sporting an assault vest and holding an automatic rifle without a magazine, along with his 15-year-old son Nikolay in full tactical gear. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin has warned of the possible use of army to disperse protesters rallying under the flags he claims were once used by Nazi troops.
"We can't watch rallies being organized in sacred places today under flags once used by Nazis when they carried out their massacres of Belarusians, Russians, Jews, and people of other nationalities. Therefore, from now on, we're taking these locations under our protection," reads Khrenin's statement posted by the ministry's press service via Telegram. The statement was unusually politicized for a defense agency and emotionally charged through caps lock. It came as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday, August 23, as citizens continue challenging the results of the latest presidential election that gave Alexander Lukashenko another term in the top office after 26 years of continuous rule. Meanwhile, a helicopter brought to the presidential palace in Minsk Alexander Lukashenko sporting an assault vest and holding an automatic rifle without a magazine, along with his 15-year-old son Nikolay in full tactical gear, also armed. In a series of videos spun by Telegram channels on Sunday night, Lukashenko was first shown flying over Minsk, landing near the presidential palace, and then approaching to and addressing riot police officers with the words of praise for their support – met with massive applause. "We will deal with them," Lukashenko was heard saying in front of the police, obviously meaning protesters. "We're with you till the end," officers were heard telling Lukashenko.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Congratulations of the Council of Europe on the Independence Day of Ukraine!

August 24, 1991 - Ukraine's Independence Day - is one of the most important dates in recent European history. Finally, the Ukrainian people realized the original desire to create an independent conciliar democratic Ukrainian state and live freely, sharing common national and European values, caring for the security and well-being of the people, as befits a great European nation. It is appropriate that in the first year of independence Ukraine announced its intention to join the Council of Europe. It testified to its democratic choice, its desire for reforms aimed at protecting human rights, strengthening democratic institutions and ensuring the rule of law. And this year Ukraine celebrates the 25th anniversary of joining the Council of Europe, which became an essential milestone in the European progress of the independent Ukrainian state and the development of the Council of Europe. We sincerely congratulate Ukrainians on the main national holiday and wish them peace, happiness, joy and prosperity!