Archive for September 2015

Authorities of occupied Lugansk confiscated medicine from storehouses of Doctors Without Borders

Yesterday on September 15 representatives of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) got into storehouses of international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF). They claimed that they found medicine that was not certified in Ukraine or in LPR, so they “had to confiscate” that medical supply for verification. Just few days ago on September 9 this humanitarian organization brought a lot of medicine to the territory which is not under Ukraine control now. See Doctors Without Borders delivered 22 tons of medical supplies to occupied Donetsk So the situation that happened yesterday looks more like a robbery.

Representatives of LPR opened a box of vitamins at storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR opened a box of vitamins at storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR got into storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR got into storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

At the same time representatives of LPR went “to check” storehouse of International Committee of Red Cross located in Lugansk. They claimed that conditions inside storehouse were not appropriate for keeping medicine there. But nothing was confiscated according to representatives of ICRC in Ukraine.

ICRC storehouse in Lugansk

ICRC storehouse in Lugansk

Representative of LPR in front of ICRC storehouse

Representative of LPR in front of ICRC storehouse

This is not the first time when new authorities of Lugansk put pressure on international humanitarian organizations that are trying to help local residents there, see Pro-Russian “activists” protest against the International Committee of Red Cross in Lugansk

Below is the video report made by local media of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic

US Department of Defense approved $9,049,306 contract to supply RQ-11B Raven UAV for Ukraine

On September 14 US Department of Defense posted a list of contracts at www.defense.gov. According to that information $9,049,306 contract was approved for Aerovironment Inc. The company will manufacture 30 RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems for Ukraine by May 11, 2016.

UAS: RQ-11B Raven

UAS: RQ-11B Raven

Aerovironment Inc.,* Monrovia, California, was awarded a $9,049,306 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Ukraine) for the small UAV RQ-11B Raven analogy system.  Work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of May 11, 2016.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Fiscal 2010 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,049,306 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-15-C-0102).

– US Department of Defense, Contracts.

The information about RQ-11B Raven drone is available at Aerovironment Inc. website here http://www.avinc.com/uas/small_uas/raven/ You can also see more information and specifications on this UAV at http://www.bga-aeroweb.com/Defense/RQ-11-Raven.html

Primary Function: Tactical reconnaissance and surveillance (low-altitude operation)
Prime Contractor: AeroVironment, Inc.
Power Plant: Electric Motor with rechargeable lithium ion batteries
Wingspan: 4.5 ft (1.37 m)
Length: 36 in (109 cm)
Weight: 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)
Weight (ground control unit): 17 lbs (7.7 kg)
Payload: Mantis i23 EO/IR Gimbaled Payload with high-resolution day/night camera and thermal imager
Speed: 26-52 kts/30-60 mph (48-96 km/h)
Operating Altitude: 100-500 ft above ground level (30.5-152.4 m)
Range: 4.9-7.5 miles (8-12 km)
Endurance: 60-90 minutes
System Cost: $300,000 (in FY 2012)
Price/Unit Cost: UAV: $34,000 (in FY 2012)
Deployed: 2004

If the numbers provided by www.bga-aeroweb.com are accurate that means that there will be 30 reconnaissance systems of this type manufactured for Ukraine with $300,000 for each system. A full RQ-11 system has 3 UAVs, ground control station, video terminal. Each aerial vehicle costs $34,000 and is equipped with high-resolution day/night camera and thermal imager.

On the video below you can see RQ-11 Raven UAV Drone Hand Thrown Launch & Break-apart Landing.

Members of terrorist group coordinated by Russian secret service were detained in Odessa

Security Service of Ukraine detained members of terrorist group that planned several attacks and killings in Odessa Region. The group was coordinated by Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU). Terrorists were going to attack Ukrainian military objects, volunteers and civic pro-Ukrainian organizations.

Member of terrorists group coordinated by Russian secret service

Member of terrorists group coordinated by Russian secret service

The group was organized by former officer of Russian secret service who was living on temporary occupied territory of Crimea. Their 1st task was to kill the leader of Odessa Euromaidan.

Officers of Security Service of Ukraine documented facts of planning and coordinating of activities of the terrorist group with representatives of Russian secret service. Terrorists had detained plan of killing Euromaidan activist on his way home in Odessa. They planned to murder him in September 2015. Members of Communist party of Ukraine were going to take part in the killing.

Police detained all 6 members of the terrorist group who were going to take part in the killing. Security Service found documents that confirm their plans coordinated by a foreigner.

Reported bu Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

20 kids from Lugansk Region returned from German Gschwender Hof Summer camp located in Bavarian Alps

20 Ukrainian kids victims of military actions in Lugansk Region visited Germany. Children were living in Gschwender Hof Summer Camp located in Bavarian Alps in Immenstadt city which is about 140 km away from Munich. They were invited there by Bavarian Red Cross and with the support of Ukrainian Red Cross and Department of Education and Science of Lugansk Region children got an opportunity visit Germany for rehabilitation.

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Children took a flight to Germany on August 24 from Kiev to Munich at 6:40 am, that was a big holiday for Ukrainian people who were celebrating the Independence Day of Ukraine.

The trip lasted from August 24 to September 7. German friends took good care of kids. Everyday there were interesting activities, kids enjoyed Bavarian nature, met wonderful people and learnt rich culture.

Children visited Ghosts Canyon Leutaschklamm and Nebelhorn mountain and famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Good lesson of cooperation and team work was “Adventure Tour”, children learnt survival skills in wild nature. They also had a chance to spend last warm summer days at beautiful lake of Großer Alpsee.

Children learnt a lot of interesting things when they visited regional Air Ambulance division of German Red Cross. But the most important and emotional part of the program was for sure August 29. On that day the owners of Skyline Park invited children to visit that entertainment park for free. They also met with the
president of the Bavarian parliament Barbara Stamm and the Consul of Ukraine in Bavaria Vadym Kostiuk. During the meeting children sang Anthem of Ukraine.

Children of Lugansk Region met Consul of Ukraine in Bavaria Vadym Kostiuk

Children of Lugansk Region met Consul of Ukraine in Bavaria Vadym Kostiuk

The Day of National cuisine of Ukraine was also a symbolic moment. Children cooked Ukrainian borsch and vareniki for volunteers of Bavarian Red Cross and for the owners of the camp and they also invited them to visit Ukraine.

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Children of Lugansk Region visited Bavaria

Reported by Lugansk Regional State Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

Security Service of Ukraine blocked 75 mln UAH on accounts of Donetsk terrorists received from Russia

Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of SSU

Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of SSU

Security Service of Ukraine together with State Committee for Financial Monitoring of Ukraine blocked multi-million channel of financing of terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. Businessmen from Donetsk Region developed multistage mechanism of converting money they got from Russia into cash via banking system.

During June and July of this year several Russian companies using fake contracts transferred about 100 million UAH to one Joint Stock Company from Donetsk Region. The money that they received they transferred to another limited liability company that they controlled. Both companies were located on temporary occupied territories, but they also re-registered based on Ukrainian laws.

After that in order to convert money into cash they were transferred to personal accounts of 30 different people, those accounts were opened in a branch of one bank. After that criminals planned to take part of the cash to temporary occupied territory and they planned to use part of the money for financing terrorist groups.

Personal accounts and accounts of those companies were blocked, in total there are 75 mln UAH on those accounts now.

Criminal case was started based on Article 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Investigation continues.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Ukrainian border guards detained two Russian military in Lugansk Region

Today early in the morning of September 12 Ukrainian servicemen of Lugansk border guard unit detained two Russian citizens who illegally crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine near Milove. Russians were spotted with the help of night vision device. Detained men were dressed in military uniform without any insignia. One them had a passport of Russian Federation citizen and another one had military ID, according to that ID he is a serviceman of Armed Forces of Russian Federation and his unit is located in Voronezh Region that borders Lugansk Region.

Ukraine border guard post

Ukraine border guard post

Detained men were taken to border guard unit base. Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine were informed about the incident. Russian side was also informed about that. Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

It is quite possible that Russian guys accidental crossed the border. The Russia-Ukraine border in that area goes just along the streets of Ukrainian village Milove and Russian village Chertkovo. See location on Google Map

Border between Russian and Ukraine in Milove and Chertkovo

Border between Russian and Ukraine in Milove and Chertkovo

Russian side already told their version of events. Russian news agency TASS reports that Russian contract soldier Viktor Barsukov was kidnapped by officers of Ukrainian secret service at about 6 am from Chertkovo village and taken to the territory of Ukraine. This information was provided to TASS by press-office of the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation. They also say that Viktor Barsukov’s brother Nikolay Barsukov who is civilian was also taken to Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense those guys were visiting their relatives who live in Cherkovo.

Ukraine, USA, Romania and Turkey ships take part in Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Active stage of Ukraine-USA exercise See Breeze 2015 goes on in the North-West part of the Black Sea in Mykolaiv and Odessa Regions. On September 10 tactical groups of ships of participants from Ukraine, USA, Romania and Turkey took part in join training on international sea operations based on NATO standards.

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Participants trained to organize all types of defense in an open see, monitor situation on the surface, search submarines and so on. Ukrainian Navy’s frigate “Hetman Sahaydachniy“, missile boat “Pryluky“, ships of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine “Grigoriy Kuropyatnikov” and “Pavlo Derzhavin” completed artillery firing at see and air targets. Harbor minesweeper U-360 “Henichesk” secured deployment and tactical group of ships that consisted of artillery boat “Skadovsk” and patrol boat “Balaklava” provided fire support for marines deployment from landing craft tank U-401 “Kirovohrad” on a coast line.

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Marines deployment was also secured by cadets of Military Academy of Odessa who acted as scouts using speedboats, they located and “eliminated” illegal armed groups and warehouses with ammunition. After that cadets unit took part in searching activities together with a unit of Armed Forces of Moldova Republic that landed from U-401 “Kirovohrad” on their vehicles.

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

At the same time division of Ukrainian Navy marines landed at the certain area and artillery unit of Ukrainian Navy hit the sea targets. Another unit of National Guard of Ukraine secured a bridge near a village.

The aviation was defending ships, hit bases of illegal armed groups and secured parachute landing of marines.

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Oleksiy Neizhpapa, Ukrainian Navy Deputy Commander and the head of training mission, said that is was important to train coordination of units from different countries. He thinks that the main achievement of the active stage of the exercise is the increase of coordination of the units when performing certain tasks.

Active stage of exercise will continue till September 11.

See Breeze 2015 exercise started on August 31 and will finish on September 12. The main goal of such training is to improve coordination in multinational security operations in crises area.

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Sea Breeze 2015 exercise in Black Sea

Reported by Ministry of Defense of Ukraine at www.mil.gov.ua

Security Service of Ukraine detained terrorist spy in Lugansk Region

Security Service of Ukraine detained a spy who worked for terrorists in Lugansk Region. The criminal was a serviceman of Armed Forces of Ukraine, but at the beginning of Russian aggression she went to insurgents side and joined one of terrorist groups of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

Terrorists spy detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Lugansk Region

Terrorists spy detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Lugansk Region

Officers of Russian secret service who work in so-called Lugansk People’s Republic recruited the traitor for saboteur activities, she was recruited for “spy” tasks.

21 years old girl is good looking and she was supposed to get in contact with a person who had access to secret information about forces that take part in anti-terrorist operation. She was detained when she was trying to get secret information.

Criminal case started according to Article 111 (High treason) of Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Ukrainian border guard unit got under mortar fire near Donetsk while moving on Kuguar APC

Today Russian-terrorists troops shelled Ukrainian border guard unit that was on patrol near Novotroitske village of Donetsk Region. Border guards were moving to one of the checkpoints on Kuguar APC. On the cross-road Novotroitske-Dokuchajevsk-Berezove (47.754491, 37.593545 on GoogleMaps) it got under mortar fire. One of the mines exploded near the vehicle, but the armor protected all border guard who were inside the APC. Kuguar was hit by shrapnel.

Kuguar APC of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Kuguar APC of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Also because of the shelling Ukrainian checkpoints “Bugas” and “Berezove” stopped all traffic in order to protect local population.

Crater left after mortar mine exploded near Kuguar APC

Crater left after mortar mine exploded near Kuguar APC

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Doctors Without Borders delivered 22 tons of medical supplies to occupied Donetsk

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported today that 3 vehicles of medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders passed by Ukrainian checkpoint “Zaytseve” located on the contact line in ATO zone. The trucks were going from Dnipropetrovsk city to Donetsk which is currently occupied by insurgents of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. There were about 22 tons of medical supplies and representatives of humanitarian organization did accompany the trucks. Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at dpsu.gov.ua

Projects of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ukraine

Projects of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ukraine

.Also read Ukraine: MSF vehicles stolen by armed men in Donetsk