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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 070100UTC Apr 14

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  • European Commission news aggregator   “Protesters Storm Government Offices”
  • Interfax Ukraine (independent Ukrainian wire service)  “Pro-Russian protesters smashed windows on the second floor of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, and then about 30 people climbed through it into the building.  As the agency “Interfax-Ukraine”, they took the hall of the second floor of the building, came to the canopy over the entrance to the building where the banner hung the banned organization “Donetsk Republic” and three Russian flag.  They shout from the visor to other protesters, “go”, but let no one inside the building so far failed.  After some time, the 11-floor building was thrown Ukrainian flag. On this floor there are offices of Chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration Sergey Taruty and his deputies.  In turn, the protesters left on the street, was removed from the flagpole in front of the regional administration and the Ukrainian flag hung Russian ….” (UkrainianGoogle English)
  • ITAR-TASS (main Russian Government information agency)  Supporters of the idea of Ukraine’s federalization have the building of the regional administration in the city of Kharkov, in Eastern Ukraine, local media report on Sunday.  It took the protesters about ten minutes to shove back law enforcers, who were safeguarding the entrance to the building, and get inside.  Now, one of the activists is holding a Russian flag from a window on the second floor, where the governor’s office is located. Protesters are chanting, “The police are with the people.” Some of the policemen stepped aside.  About 2,000 people gathered in Kharkov’s central Freedom Square late on Sunday to “support Donetsk and Lugansk, where protesters seized administrative buildings earlier in the day,” ….”
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defence  “Interim Minister of Defense evaluates field drills – Sunday, April 6. CHERNIHIV OBLAST – Colonel General Mykhaylo Koval, Ukraine’s Interim Minister of Defense, evaluated the actions of the participants of field drills namely the active phase of complex tactical exercise. Tank, artillery, air defense, and aviation units completed in mutual cooperation combat tasks, accomplished manoeuvres, hit targets in defined sectors, and practiced combat interoperability.  The land forces component was, primarily, formed by mobilized forces. Through intensive combat training they refreshed their military experience, enhanced shooting skills and worked out cooperation elements …. ” (Ukrainian-language version)
  • Russian Ministry of Defence  “In the period from 7 to April 12 as part of the international Open Skies Treaty joint mission Hungary and Canada will perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on the Hungarian observation aircraft AN-26.  During the flight on an agreed route Russian specialists on board the observation aircraft will monitor adherence to the agreed flight parameters and application of the Treaty of surveillance equipment ….”  (RussianGoogle English)

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6 April 14 at 21:00

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 010055UTC Apr 14

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  • European Commission news aggregator  “Russia pulls back a battalion from Ukraine border”
  • ukrinform.ua (“national news agency of Ukraine”)  “Ukraine’s Defence Ministry continues to negotiate with the Russians the withdrawal of the Ukrainian militaries along with the military hardware from the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea by the end of the weekDeputy Chief of the Armed Forces Main Command Center Major General Oleksandr Rozmaznyn said at a press briefing, when asked about the fate of Ukrainian troops in Crimea.  “This week will be decisive in terms of the final determination of the schedule of removing our troops from the temporarily occupied territory,” he said.  Rozmaznyn also noted there is a problem with the financial security of our troops in Crimea.  “Unfortunately, the cards on which we had transferred funds for our troops cannot be activated in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” he said, adding that the Defence Ministry takes the situation under control and “with the help of those how are not indifferent” small amounts of money in the cash equivalent “had been sent to our militaries.”  ….” (Ukrainian Ministry of Defence statement on pay issue, in Ukrainian)
  • ukrinform.ua (“national news agency of Ukraine”)  “Sufficient funds will be provided to the Armed Forces and the National Guard in order to ensure Ukraine’s effective defense capabilityActing Ukrainian President and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov said this, while speaking with reporters on Monday after his visit to the National Guard of Ukraine’s training center in the village of Novi Petrivtsi in Kyiv region, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reported.  “We will allocate significant funds to our Armed Forces and National Guard, creating a strong potential for the defense of our country,” Turchynov said.  He said that financing the Armed Forces and the National Guard would be a priority even in the current difficult economic situation and the need for significant saving ….”
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defence  “Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate transferred to the account of the Ministry of Defence 500 thousand (~CDN $50,000) to support the Armed Forces”  (UkrainianGoogle English)
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defence  “The servicemen of the Feodosia Detached Marine Battalion of the Ukrainian Navy gave lesson of courage to Kyiv pupils.  This event was attended by school leaders and pupils of 7-8 forms. Bogdan Tsybulenko and Ivan Kozmich who represented their battalion felt warmth and respect from teachers and pupils. The guests answered different questions related to their service in the Ukrainian Navy and watched the concert prepared by pupils.  Such meetings develop patriotism and respect to the Motherland.”
  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defence  “Since first days of blockade of Ukrainian servicemen in Crimea, the Letters of Support Campaign started: it is possible to send letters with warm words and words of support for Ukrainian army at special email liniyamo@gmail.com. This campaign was initiated by the Directorate of Press and Information of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Since then, there have been received about 5,000 letters in different languages from various countries of the world, including Canada, Poland, and Spain. There are even posters, video, photo and audio materials ….”
  • ITAR-TASS (main Russian Government information agency)  “Kiev’s plans to use private military companies to maintain law and order in the country testify to its inability to ensure security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, March 31“Mass media reports mention plans of the present Ukrainian authorities to hire foreign private military companies to ‘ensure law and order’, in other words, to preserve the Kiev regime and suppress civil protests and discontent,” the ministry said. “The Barbados-registered company Greystone Ltd., which is part of the Academi Corporation, is named among the candidates for such police role. This is an analogue or probably an affiliated structure of the Blackwater private army, whose personnel have been repeatedly accused of cruel and systematic violations of human rights in different trouble spots around the world.”  “Obviously, this practice, if it is employed in reality, will violate Ukrainian legislation which bans the participation of foreign citizens in the work of even private security companies in Ukraine ….”
  • ukrinform.ua (“national news agency of Ukraine”)  Russian soldiers from the former Vostok battalion in some of Crimean cities began to accommodate themselves in private houses and apartments for permanent residence, Director of the Information Policy Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday“The Russian Federation continues to enhance its military presence in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Former soldiers of the Vostok battalion began settling in private houses and apartments in Armiansk, Krasnoperekopsk, they intend to move there their families for permanent residence in Crimea,” he said ….”
  • Statement, President of Russia  “Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Measures for Ensuring Social Guarantees for Particular Categories of People Serving in the Republic of Crimea and City of Sevastopol.  The Executive Order makes provisions for social guarantees for military personnel serving in armed forces command bodies and armed forces units in Crimea and Sevastopol, whether contract or conscripted personnel, as well as for employees of the law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices. In particular, the Executive Order’s provisions concern wage increases. Wages will be brought up to the level set by Russian Federation law for the relevant categories of military personnel and employees.”
  • Russian Ministry of Defence  “Today at the National Center of the Russian Federation defense management Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu has held a conference call with the leadership of the Armed Forces …. Russia’s defense minister said that “in order to examine the state of affairs on March 24 defense officials working in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, where they met with the leaders of the new subjects of the Russian Federation, as well as the commanders of formations and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who have expressed their desire to continue to serve in the Russian the army.”  In addition, a meeting was held with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the Southern Military District on the siting and development of forces in the Crimean peninsula, which identified key areas for further work ….” (RussianGoogle English)
  • Russian Ministry of Defence  “GOMU chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant-General Vasily Tonkoshkurov told reporters about the peculiarities of spring conscription campaign – Today in the Russian Defense Ministry led by Chief Organization and Mobilization Directorate (GOMU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Vasily Tonkoshkurova held a press conference for local media devoted to the peculiarities of spring conscription for military service.  The press conference was also attended by Deputy Chief of the Main Military Medical Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry Colonel Konstantin Jars, Head of the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office Major General Alexander Nikitin.  Chief of General Staff GOMU told reporters that the spring and summer of this year, military service is planned to call 154 thousand citizens. Conscription campaign will be held in all regions of the Russian Federation, with the exception of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol ….” (RussianGoogle English)
  • ukrinform.ua (“national news agency of Ukraine”)  “The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is concerned about “strange” maneuvers of Russian troops on the border with UkraineDirector of the Information Policy Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.  “We have information that the Russian Federation is conducting strange maneuvers on the border with Ukraine. Troops are being pulled back in some areas, and in other areas, quite the contrary, they are being brought. Such movements of armed forces cannot but cause concern,” he said ….”
  • Interfax Ukraine (independent Ukrainian wire service)  There are 49 observers from 24 member states of the OSCE in Ukraine at the moment, reads the statement on Twitter page of the organization“Forty-nine people from 24 OSCE member States are currently taking part in the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine,” reads the statement ….”
  • ITAR-TASS (main Russian Government information agency)  “The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) is ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (national parliament), Nikolai Kovalev, chairman of the Duma Security Committee, said after a meeting between Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin and a delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday, March 31.  He said the situation was complex, but Russian MPs were “experiencing no problems in contacts, meetings and discussions with Rada deputies”.  “The Rada is working and this is probably one of the partly legitimate bodies in Ukraine. We will work with them, we will meet and try to bridge the gap in our positions on different issues,” Kovalev said ….”

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31 March 14 at 20:55

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 230020UTC Mar 14

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 191145UTC Mar 14

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19 March 14 at 7:45

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 190230UTC Mar 14

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18 March 14 at 22:30

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 021530UTC Mar 14

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  • Latest from Canada (1)  From the PM’s Info-machine  “In response to the very serious developments today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper convened a meeting of Cabinet Ministers (yesterday), and spoke with President Obama, to discuss the situation in Ukraine. After the meeting, Prime Minister Harper issued the following statement:  “We join our allies in condemning in the strongest terms President Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine. These actions are a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law.  Canada recognizes the legitimacy of the Government of Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereign territory must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future.  We call on President Putin to immediately withdraw his forces to their bases and refrain from further provocative and dangerous actions.  Canada has suspended its engagement in preparations for the G-8 Summit, currently planned for Sochi, and the Canadian Ambassador in Moscow is being recalled for consultations. Canada supports the immediate deployment of international monitors from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to Ukraine.  We are also engaged in discussions aimed at developing a financial aid package for Ukraine.  We will continue to cooperate closely with our G-7 partners and other allies. Should President Putin continue on this course of action, it will lead to ongoing negative consequences for our bilateral relationship.” “
  • Latest from Canada (2)  From Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister  “Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (Friday) wrapped up a successful mission to Ukraine, where he and the Canadian delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of the Ukrainian community met with key members of the new government.  Baird met with acting president Oleksander Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, acting foreign minister Andriy Deschytsya, Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform leader Vitali Klitschko, All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok, Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Volodymyr Polochaninov, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as other opposition and civil society members.  He also met with the major organizers of Maidan civil society, representatives from Ukraine’s religious communities including Crimean Tatars, and visited the medical centre at St. Michael’s Monastery, where he announced increased financial support for providing medical care to injured protesters.  Members of the Canadian delegation walked through the Maidan and paid their respects to the fallen protesters who died for the cause of democracy. “Their sacrifice in the defence of their democracy and freedom has brought change to this country,” said Baird. “They will not be forgotten.” ….”
  • “Ukraine calls up reserves, wants forces combat-ready as soon as possible”
  • “Ukraine withdraws coast guard from Crimea”
  • “Russia Launches Media War to Win Support for Ukraine Action”
  • New Russian narrative message  “If Russia deploys forces in Crimea, it would only be to prevent war”
  • “NATO warns Russia to cease and desist in Ukraine”
  • “Pope hopes dialogue can prevail in Ukraine”
  • Since I’m going offline for the next few days, feel free to check in here for links to help you keep track of whazzup in Ukraine.

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2 March 14 at 10:30

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If you haven’t already ….

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…. and you live someplace that changes the clocks in the fall, it’s time to “fall back”.

Set you clocks back an hour before you go to bed, and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

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2 November 13 at 21:00

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Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

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Hope you’re having a good long weekend …

See ya here tomorrow!

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14 October 13 at 8:00

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What’s Canada Buying? – August 9, 2013

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9 August 13 at 13:00

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – August 3, 2013

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  • Since a lot of media aren’t including this caveat with these first two stories, I thought I would here:  Under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “any person charged with an offence has the right …. to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal”
  • On the day of Ottawa stabbing victim Melissa Richmond’s wake, her Canadian Forces husband was told he would be charged in her killing.  Howard Richmond, 50, is to appear in court (today) by video to face a murder charge, on the same day of his wife’s funeral. Richmond will be charged with first-degree murder, police said Friday night.  The Citizen has learned that Richmond voluntarily came into the police station on Friday. He was driven to 474 Elgin St. with friends who were on their way to his wife’s wake. His friends were told not to wait. Richmond was subsequently arrested at the police station before he was interrogated by homicide detectives.  During a search warrant executed at the family home outside Winchester Friday, police towed away his vehicle for forensic examination ….” - more here at Google News and here at Milnet.ca (DISCLOSURE:  I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
  • A Royal Canadian Air Force student at CFB Borden faces dozens of firearm charges after police on both sides of the border busted what they’re calling a major online gun-trafficking ringPolice from five departments presented their findings from their year-long investigation Tuesday morning. They say the gun and gun-enhancement manufacturing and distribution ring reached across five continents.  Police said they seized more than 200 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, silencers, as well as devices that could make semi-automatic guns fully automatic and other devices that could allow a gun to use a magazine that holds more rounds, police said.  David Theriault, 36, of Lyster, Que., faces multiple counts of several gun offences including importing or exporting and trafficking firearms and firearm components ….” – more here at Milnet.ca
  • In other news (and well done to the reporter for sharing the documents talked about)….  “The Canadian military created its Joint Personnel Support Unit almost five years ago to give hope and help to the flood of physically and mentally injured soldiers coming home from Afghanistan and those still damaged from previous missions. Eight regional JPSUs would oversee 24 troop support centres and dozens of smaller satellite facilities scattered across the country. The ill and injured would be assigned to Support Platoons.  The 24 new units, or Integrated Personnel Support Centres, would be holistic and offer well-staffed programs that would support and enable troops posted into the unit to get proper medical mental health treatment and the chance to resume their careers or, more likely, be “transitioned out” into the civilian world with sellable skills and jobs to go to …. But increased demand, burned out and departed staff and lack of resources means that many of the support units have gone from good to bad to worse to dysfunctional, according to …. several …. serving and retired Canadian Forces members. Documents obtained by the Citizen confirm their assessment ….”

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3 August 13 at 8:00

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