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Speaking of treason ...
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has announced opening a criminal case under "high treason" in connection with damaging the military defense capability of the country as a result of actions taken by former officials at Ukraine's Defense Ministry, Member of Parliament (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) Ivan Vinnyk has said.

'There was a discussion about whether the actions of previous ministers of defense did not contain elements of a crime that qualifies under Article 111 (high treason). From the letter that the National Security and Defense Committee (NSDC) received from the PGO, we learned that the case is being pursued under Part 1 of Article 111 (high treason)," Vinnyk said at a meeting of the parliament's temporary investigative commission he heads to study information about the facts about plundering Ukraine's Armed Forces and undermining Defense Ministry capabilities during 2004-2017.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on February 4, 2019, at a meeting of the commission said actions of the chiefs of the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces and defense ministers from 1991 to 2017 contributed to a decrease in the country's defense capability and could be qualified as acts of treason.
... and the latest on peacekeepers:
 

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BTW, "happy" anniversary Crimea ... (source)
 

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Oh look what got spotted by the OSCE. Pretty sure the rebels didnt just find modern jamming kit laying around.
 

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MilEME09 said:
Oh look what got spotted by the OSCE. Pretty sure the rebels didnt just find modern jamming kit laying around.
Ukrainian Radio Shack clearance sale? ;)
 

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Three Russians and one Ukrainian to face MH17 murder charges
Four named as first to be charged over death of 298 people on flight downed over Ukraine

Luke Harding Wed 19 Jun 2019 15.17 BST First published on Wed 19 Jun 2019 12.26 BST

Four suspects will face murder charges for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three of them Russians, international investigators have said, with a trial due to start next March in the Netherlands.

Almost five years after the plane was downed over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard, prosecutors said on Wednesday there was enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

The suspects were named as Igor Girkin, a former colonel of Russia’s FSB spy service; Sergey Dubinskiy, employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency; and Oleg Pulatov, a former soldier with the GRU’s special forces spetsnaz unit. All were Russian soldiers previously sent abroad.

A fourth suspect, Leonid Kharchenko, is a Ukrainian. He led a military combat unit in the city of Donetsk as a commander, it was alleged.

Girkin was minister of defence in the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). He was the commander of the DNR when the plane was shot down on 17 July 2014. Dubinskiy served as Girkin’s deputy in the DNR, and Pulatov was Dubinskiy’s deputy. Kharchenko was under their command.

Investigators said the soldiers “formed a chain linking the DNR with the Russian Federation”. This link was how the separatists obtained heavy equipment from Russia including the Buk launcher, which was used to fire at MH17 with “terrible consequences”.

The accused did not “push the button” themselves but were responsible for bringing the anti-aircraft system to eastern Ukraine, it was alleged. They could therefore be held criminally liable for the murders of 298 people, investigators said, adding that international arrest warrants had been issued.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/19/mh17-criminal-charges-ukraine-russia

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    Three Russians and one Ukrainian to face MH17 murder charges
    Four named as first to be charged over death of 298 people on flight downed over Ukraine

    Luke Harding Wed 19 Jun 2019 15.17 BST First published on Wed 19 Jun 2019 12.26 BST

    Four suspects will face murder charges for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three of them Russians, international investigators have said, with a trial due to start next March in the Netherlands.

    Almost five years after the plane was downed over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard, prosecutors said on Wednesday there was enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

    The suspects were named as Igor Girkin, a former colonel of Russia’s FSB spy service; Sergey Dubinskiy, employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency; and Oleg Pulatov, a former soldier with the GRU’s special forces spetsnaz unit. All were Russian soldiers previously sent abroad.

    A fourth suspect, Leonid Kharchenko, is a Ukrainian. He led a military combat unit in the city of Donetsk as a commander, it was alleged.

    Girkin was minister of defence in the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). He was the commander of the DNR when the plane was shot down on 17 July 2014. Dubinskiy served as Girkin’s deputy in the DNR, and Pulatov was Dubinskiy’s deputy. Kharchenko was under their command.

    Investigators said the soldiers “formed a chain linking the DNR with the Russian Federation”. This link was how the separatists obtained heavy equipment from Russia including the Buk launcher, which was used to fire at MH17 with “terrible consequences”.

    The accused did not “push the button” themselves but were responsible for bringing the anti-aircraft system to eastern Ukraine, it was alleged. They could therefore be held criminally liable for the murders of 298 people, investigators said, adding that international arrest warrants had been issued.

    ...


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/19/mh17-criminal-charges-ukraine-russia

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Bellingcat has a long and detailed article (89 pages) about the downing of the airliner and the people involved in its destruction:

Identifying the Separatists Linked to the Downing of MH17
 

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Stand by for chaff-like counter-narratives -- this from a Twitter cynic ...
 

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An interesting article/video on open source analysis of Russian participation in Ukrainian conflict.

New evidence emerges of Russian role in Ukraine conflict
Research group Forensic Architecture collected images to use in ECHR case

Newly collated evidence documenting Russian military involvement in the conflict in Ukraine will be used to bolster legal claims against the Russian state by Ukrainian volunteer fighters.

Forensic Architecture, a London-based research group, has collected and catalogued evidence of Russian military involvement in the battle of Ilovaysk in August 2014, including the presence of a model of tank used only by the Russian armed forces at that time.

The evidence will be appended to a case to be ruled on by the European court of human rights (ECHR) and will be released on a publicly viewable online platform on Monday.

The evidence includes numerous satellite images of Russian armed convoys inside Ukraine and multiple sightings of the T-72B3 tank, a new model which at the time of the battle was operated only by the Russian armed forces.

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See rest of article and video here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/new-video-evidence-of-russian-tanks-in-ukraine-european-court-human-rights

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Wow  :nod:

After a Kerch Strait confrontation, the US beefs up Ukraine’s maritime forces

Following a December 2018 incident at the mouth of the Sea of Azov between Russia and Ukrainian forces, the United States has accelerated its assistance to Ukraine’s maritime forces.

The Kerch Strait became a flashpoint when Russian coast guard vessels first rammed a Ukrainian tugboat, then later fired on two accompanying gunboats, attempting to transit the strait. The incident resulted in 24 Ukrainian service members, along with their three boats, being taken into Russian custody. Both the sailors and boats were returned to Ukraine last fall after months in Russia.

In June, the U.S. State Department announced it had approved the sale of up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats to Ukraine. The Mark VI is the same heavily armed boat used by the U.S. Navy’s Riverines. The U.S. version packs two stabilized, remote-operated, optically guided MK 50, .50-caliber Gun Weapon Systems; two MK 38 Mod 2 (25mm) Gun Weapon Systems (also remotely operated with an advanced optics system); and two crew-served .50-caliber machine guns.

The boat can sustain a firefight for up to 45 minutes, an operator told Defense News in 2019. The deal is worth about $600 million. The sale includes 32 MSI Seahawk A2 gun systems; 20 electro-optic/infrared radar, or FLIR systems; 16 Long Range Acoustic Device 5-kilometer range loudspeaker systems; 16 identification, friend or foe systems; 40 MK44 30mm cannons; and unspecified communications and support equipment.

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/02/after-the-kerch-strait-confrontation-the-us-moves-to-beef-up-ukraines-maritime-forces/
 

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Glad to see this, the Ukrainian Navy needs all the help it can get, they lost a lot when Russia took Crimea from my understanding. Now if only we can get them some heavier ships.

If it were upto me, I'd accelerate our own CSC program and possibly a Kingston Replacement program. Then once boats are in the water sell the old ones to Ukraine. However this is my non-expert opinion I haven't been keeping up with Ukrainian events for a few months.
 

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Defence Blog is reporting that both Belarus and Russia have deployed troops to their borders with Ukraine.

Belarus deploys troops to border with Ukraine

I'd think this would be a fairly costly show of force by Lukashenko in light of ongoing internal protests and dealing with COVID-19. Also seems to be coordinated with a similar Russian build up and increased separatist activity.

Russia confirms deployment of its troops near Ukrainian border
US European command has raised its alert level, Russian troops haven't gone home after Ex. I am willing to bet this is either Saber rattling or prelude to a new offensive. Ukraine has been retooling its armed forces as fast as it can, how well they will do in a conventional fight compared to 2014 is any ones guess.
 

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Pour encourager (or discourage) les autres.
Yeah, it's more and more clear that the west doesn't have the stomach to back up their words with actions in regards to defending Ukraine and Taiwan, and if push comes to shove, China and Russia will only face (limited) sanctions.

Hong Kong and Crimea should make it absolutely clear, Ukraine and Taiwan are on their own, and should just go and get the bomb in order to properly defend themselves.
 

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I'm guessing that they were rehearsing the parade wearing the equivalent of their 'DEU' footwear, perhaps to break them in, but wearing more comfortable clothing...


Ukraine army under fire for making female cadets march in heels

Ukraine‘s defence minister is trying to walk back plans for female cadets to march in heels during independence day celebrations next month after critics called for him to kick the idea to the curb.

Defence Minister Andriy Taran had initially planned for the women to march in black pumps with heels for the parade on Aug. 24, which will mark 30 years since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

Social media users and several government officials have lambasted the idea, calling it outdated, sexist and insulting. Some even called for Taran to walk a mile in their shoes — or in this case, heels — at the parade.

 
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