War in the neighborhood: IPN updates

Nothing is forgotten

For the harmonization of the “Kharkov Agreements” two former members of the government were suspected of high treason in favor of Russia. As Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation informed, these are ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs Konstantin Grishchenko and former head of the Ministry of Justice Alexander Lavrinovich.

According to the investigation, in April 2010, suspected by prior conspiracy by a group of persons with the former president (Yanukovych) and prime minister (Azarov), acting to the detriment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense capability, state and economic security of Ukraine, the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine , without actually considering the draft agreement and conducting a mandatory legal examination, agreed on it without comment.

As a result of such actions by the suspects and other persons, in April 2010, an agreement was agreed, signed and ratified, which was extended for 25 years period of stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine.

According to operational information, the defendants are abroad, so the suspicions were announced in absentia.

While Moldovan MiGs are gathering rust...

Bratislava is ready to discuss transferring its 11 MiG-29s to Kyiv in the near future. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of Slovakia Jaroslav Nagy. He added that his country isn’t big enough to afford such gifts as warplanes to Ukraine. Therefore, Slovakia is considering the option of replacing fighter jets with newer ones, or selling them.

He said each MiG-29 is worth about € 35 million. The 11 jets were set to stop being operated by the Slovakian Air Force from the end of August, with Czech and Polish aircraft expected to take over protecting Slovakia’s air space from the start of September.

“We are open to a discussion concerning those MiG-29s transferring to Ukraine, but certainly this will require, I would say, a broader discussion about taking into account financial aspects and all other aspects of delivery, so no decision has been made yet,” he stated.

The minister made such comments during a joint news conference with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

They wasted taxpayers’ money to polish their image

The FSB recruited almost a thousand agents in Ukraine. The GRU formed a parallel network of agents, consisting of up to 300 agents.

The leading investigator of the Bellingcat group, Hristo Grozev, said that about 120 officers from the fifth service of the FSB and up to 40 from the GRU worked against Ukraine, but their forecasts turned out to be an illusion and that service is losing the trust of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Grozev said this in a comment on LIGA.net.

NATO in favor of strengthening Ukraine’s defense capacities

The North Atlantic Alliance will provide Ukraine with hundreds of portable anti-drone systems, stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“NATO will provide a comprehensive package of assistance that will include secure communications, fuel, medical supplies and protective vests, equipment to protect against mines, chemical and biological threats, as well as hundreds of portable anti-drone systems,” Stoltenberg said. He did not specify which complexes are in question.

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that Ukraine will be able to receive F-16 aircraft after the airfields are re-equipped. “We have a chance that our pilots will begin to master the modern generation of aircraft. And what kind of aircraft will they be … Everyone dreams of the F-16, I would also dream of them, but something will have to be done with the airfields,” Reznikov said. “I think that we will be able to receive planes of this class.”

Ports ready to start loading wheat

Ukraine is preparing to start grain exports via the Black Sea ports this week under the grain deal signed last week in Turkey. Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the movement of ships from the Black Sea ports is due to start by the end of the current week.

The demining process will be carried out exclusively in the corridor for the passage of cargo ships, and all ship caravans will be accompanied by Ukrainian rescue vessels, Kubrakov said.

As part of the grain export agreement, the Ukrainian authorities plan to export about three million tons of agricultural products every month, said the head of the Department of Agrarian Policy of Odessa OVA Alla Stoyanova.

According to her, the export of goods will be carried out through sea corridors from three ports – Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdenny. At the same time, the first two will work this week, the last – the next.

Kazakhstan close to rethinking policies

Kazakhstan is significantly increasing its defense spending and seeking closer ties with China and NATO countries amid fears of Moscow’s geopolitical ambitions spreading beyond Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Kazakh official.

The Central Asian country will commit an extra 441 billion tenge ($918 million) to its defense budget, a nearly 1.5-fold increase over last year’s budget of $1.7 billion, WSJ reported. Part of the additional funds will be spent on strengthening its military reserves.

The weakening of ties with Russia has seen Kazakhstan draw closer to China, the United States and NATO member Turkey in recent months, WSJ reported.

“Imagine if they [Russia] don’t have Ukraine to abuse. Are we going to be next?” the unnamed official told WSJ.

”Classic Russian schizophrenia”

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said that Moscow was determined to help Ukrainians “liberate themselves from the burden of this absolutely unacceptable regime.”  “Russian and Ukrainian people would continue to live together, we will certainly help Ukrainian people to get rid of the regime, which is absolutely anti-people and anti-historical,” he said.

The head of the OP of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak replied: “Classic Russian schizophrenia: in the morning you declare that Moscow is striving for negotiations, and in the evening that your goal is to “get rid of the anti-people Kyiv regime.”

According to Podolyak, the words belong to the subject representing the aggressor country, which, for no reason, invaded foreign territory and brutally kills Ukrainians.

“So, “regimes” – this is something in Russian prisons, but in Ukraine there is a legally elected government that has won fair, competitive, democratic elections. So many unfamiliar words for the Russian elite in one sentence, isn’t it?” noted the adviser to the head of the OPU.

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