Friday, August 17, 2018

"If we're at war, there is no need to go there": minister on railway communication with Russia

August 17, 2018 (UNIAN) Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has explained the move proposing to cancel railway communication with the Russian Federation, in particular passenger services. He told TV Channel 5 that any normal cooperation with the Russian Federation is off the agenda at the time of war "Whether people like it or not, Ukraine's actions must be tough and adequate. One of the elements that we propose for government approval is to cancel passenger rail transportation [to and from Russia]. I believe we will protect Ukrainians in this way, those who continue traveling to the Russian Federation at their own risk, from being abducted or getting into the clutches of the FSB or other law enforcement agencies in Russia.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan
We see that such cases have become frequent," the minister told Ukrainian TV Channel 5. "Secondly, and this is key: if we're at war, there is no need to go there," he stressed. In addition, Omelyan said: "There is no Russian-Ukrainian friendship and has never been. There was either permanent occupation or just mass murders." As UNIAN reported earlier, Omelyan announced new restrictions on railway communication with Russia. "Today I signed a historic document. Only bears will go to Moscow, as in the good old days," the minister wrote on Facebook.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

US-led multinational 'Noble Partner 2018' drills wrap up in Georgia


August 16, 2018 (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) NATO forces and troops from partner countries have concluded over two weeks of combat training in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The 13-nation military exercise "Noble Partner 2018" kicked off in Georgia's Vaziani military base on Wednesday Aug. 1st.with over 3,000 soldiers taking part, the Georgian Defense Ministry said. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Britain, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States are participating in the drills. 


At the opening ceremony on the outskirts of Tbilisi, Georgia's Defense Minister Levan Izoria said the goal is to make the armed forces a full-fledged contributor to international peace and security. The two-week joint military exercise began with an air descent operation by Georgian, U.S. and German servicemen. 

The annual exercise aims to enhance participating nations' readiness and interoperability. It includes field training combined with combat shooting, as well as interaction of combat support elements in defense and attack operations. About 100 Ukrainian marines kept on training along with service personnel of NATO nations and partners within the exercise.


 “These maneuvers are designed for coordination and cooperation of NATO nations and partners, coordinated actions of multinational unit. The Ukrainian unit acts as a unitary whole”, Gen. Tabatadzi Shavleg, Georgian co-director of Exercise, said.



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Sweden to Russia: Release Hunger-Striking Ukraine Filmmaker


August 9, 2018 (https://twitter.com/margotwallstrom) Sweden is calling on Russia to release a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister, wrote on August 9, 2018 on Twitter:” Deeply concerning reports on Oleg Sentsov’s deteriorating health condition. His detention violates international law and is based on a legal process which did not meet elementary standards of justice. We call on Russia to release him & other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.”

Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike since 14 May 2018, is reportedly in a critical condition. According to his lawyer, who visited him in prison on 7 August 2018, Oleg Sentsov has a low haemoglobin level, resulting in anaemia and a slow heartbeat, and has lost 30 kilogrammes. He is refusing to be transferred to a civilian hospital as he is too weak to stand and says that medical staff there have previously been hostile towards him.