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  • US Senate introduces bill on cyber infrastructure support for Ukraine
    UAWIRE February 28, 2018 3:00:27 PM

    A group of US senators submitted a bill to the US Senate on strengthening cooperation with Ukraine in the field of cybersecurity, as reported on Facebook by the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.

    "A bipartisan group of senators led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) have introduced a mirror version of the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act that passed the House of Representatives on February 7, 2018," the statement said.

    The document is aimed at helping Ukraine improve its cybersecurity strategy, and, in particular, to strengthen the protection of its federal computer networks, reduce Ukrainian dependence on Russian information and communication technology, and promote the expansion of Ukraine's participation in information exchange programs related to issues in cybersecurity as well as international efforts to counter threats in the worldwide Internet network.

    The bill confirms the US commitment to the Charter on Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United States and the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, as well as its support for Ukraine's cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    Co-authors of the bill included Republican Senator Lindsay Graham and Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.

    In order to enter into force, the document must be supported by the Senate and signed by the President of the United States.UAWire - US Senate introduces bill on cyber infrastructure support for Ukraine

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    • Ukrainian military detects Serbian snipers near Bakhmut highway in the Donbas
      UAWIRE February 28, 2018 5:00:29 PM

      A group of Serbian snipers have been noticed around the 31st checkpoint on the Bakhmut highway, according to information received by the Ukrainian volunteer organization “Come Back Alive" from Ukrainian intelligence officers.

      "They arrived a couple of weeks ago. There is information that these are Serbs for sure. In December last year, this group operated in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," one of intelligence officers said.

      These are allegedly the same Serbian mercenaries responsible for killing six Ukrainian soldiers in the Donetsk region. "I cannot disclose the details but mercenaries have already been held responsible and will continue to be held responsible for shedding blood on our land," the source in intelligence added.

      In October 2017, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas, more than 300 Serbian citizens have been fighting in the territory controlled by the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) alone. The Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia has repeatedly refused to comment on the information about the participation of its citizens in the war in the Donbas.

      The Prosecutor's Office of Serbia stated that since the end of 2014, 45 cases have been initiated against mercenaries who participated in military conflicts abroad, including in the Donbas. UAWire - Ukrainian military detects Serbian snipers near Bakhmut highway in the Donbas

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      • Media: Moscow residents were offered money to attend pro-Putin rally
        UAWIRE February 28, 2018 1:00:24 PM

        Echo of Moscow news agency reports that Moscow residents have been offered money in exchange for participating in a rally-concert in support of incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the agency’s journalists, advertisements appeared on a specialized site typically used to recruit extras. Those who chose to participate in the rally were offered 500 rubles ($9 USD). It is noted that many individuals have already responded to the proposal.

        Two of them even explained why. "I am a pensioner, and even 300 rubles is important [income] for me. I live in the suburbs. They deprived us of free transportation and so, of course, where these kinds of events take place for money, I try to attend," one willing participant said.

        "I would come for free. I would have come [anyway], but there was an application that simply gave away 500 rubles. I often go to mass meetings, at a cost. I have never been to a free [meeting] once. I like politics very much," explained another.

        Over the past 24 hours, there have also been reports that some employees at universities in Moscow and budget-funded entities are being forced to attend the Saturday rally. The demonstration will be held in support of the presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, who is the current head of the Russian Federation. UAWire - Media: Moscow residents were offered money to attend pro-Putin rally

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        • OSCE detects about 60 armored vehicles belonging to separatists in Donetsk industrial zone
          Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:00:00 PM

          On Tuesday, February 27, observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sighted a total of 28 tanks and over 30 armored vehicles in an industrial area of Donetsk. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian contingent in the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) reported this in a statement released that same day.

          According to the report, despite the requirements of the Minsk agreements regarding the withdrawal of heavy military machinery and equipment from the contact line, separatists continue to accumulate their combat potential in population centers of territories which are not under the control of Ukraine.
          Three T-64 tanks were also seen in the southwestern part of the town of Slovianoserbsk and a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher was also spotted to the north of the town of Amrosiivka. UAWire - OSCE detects about 60 armored vehicles belonging to separatists in Donetsk industrial zone.

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          • Military prosecutor reports over 518 suicides among Ukrainian soldiers
            EUROMAIDAN PRESS 2018/03/01 - 18:02

            Chief Military prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios announced that over 518 soldiers out of 313,000 participating in combat in Eastern Ukraine have committed suicide.

            “In the first two months of 2018, we’ve recorded two to three suicides per week, which means 16 soldiers have committed suicide since the beginning of this year. This information was recently issued by the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations. Most of these suicide cases involve very young boys born in 1995-1998.” said Matios.

            He added that in 2017, the budget for psychological rehabilitation allocated by the state amounted to only 0.1% of the total. In 2018, financing will be increased and 109 million UAH will be allocated for psychological assistance and PTSD treatment.

            Translated by: Christine Chraibi
            Source: Fakty
            http://euromaidanpress.com/2018/03/0...nian-soldiers/

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            • Putin blames Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews for U.S. election meddling

              ...we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others...
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              https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...e-i-don-t-care
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              • Oil stable on strong China data, but rising U.S. output caps gains
                Oil markets remain relatively weak.
                UNIAN (Reuters) 14 March 2018

                Oil prices were stable on Wednesday after posting two days of declines at the start of the week.

                Support came from a report that U.S. crude inventories are not rising as much as expected during the spring season now starting, implying healthy demand, and from strong China data, Reuters said.

                U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $60.76 a barrel at 0430 GMT, up 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous close.

                Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $64.59 per barrel, down 5 cents, or 0.1 percent.

                U.S. crude inventories rose by 1.2 million barrels in the week to March 9, to 428 million barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday. That compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 2 million barrels.

                Some support also came from China, where January-February domestic crude oil production fell 1.9 percent on the year to 30.37 million tonnes, equivalent to 3.77 million barrels per day (bpd), according to data from the National Statistical Bureau on Wednesday. At the same time, crude oil throughput rose 7.3 percent to 93.4 million tonnes, implying a need for more imports.

                Despite this, oil markets remain relatively weak. Prices have not returned to their January highs of over $70 per barrel for Brent and almost $67 for WTI.

                "The ever-expanding U.S. supply continues to pose significant downside risk to oil prices," said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia/Pacific at futures brokerage OANDA.

                UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/1004121...aps-gains.html

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                • Coins of new denominations to be introduced in Ukraine to replace respective banknotes (Photos) \ Similar undertakings were successfully implemented by Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia.
                  UNIAN 14 March 2018

                  The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has presented coins of new denominations – UAH 2, UAH 5 and UAH 10 – that will replace respective banknotes.

                  The new circulating coins of UAH 1, 2, 5 and UAH 10 denominations will be introduced in a phased manner, the NBU said on its website.

                  "The first stage begins on April 27, 2018, when coins of UAH 1 and UAH 2 denomination will be introduced into circulation. During the second stage coins of UAH 5 and UAH 10 denomination will be phased in, preliminary in 2019-2020 (the date to be specified). These coins will in time replace the respective banknotes in circulation," acting NBU Governor Yakiv Smolii said at the presentation of the coins in Kyiv on Wednesday, March 14.

                  Ukrainian citizens will make payments with both new coins and banknotes of respective denomination for an unlimited period, until the coins gradually replace the banknotes in circulation. "Thus, paper money of UAH 1, 2, 5 and UAH 10 denominations will be in circulation along with the coins until the last paper hryvnia," he said.

                  The NBU will not remove the banknotes of UAH 1, 2, 5 and UAH 10 face value from circulation, but will cease printing these banknotes and to use such to additionally replenish circulation.

                  "The replacement of banknotes of low denomination with the coins helps us align our practices with those in the European Union, where coins of EUR 1 and EUR 2 denomination have been in circulation," he said.

                  Similar undertakings were successfully implemented by Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia.

                  "Countries of the world have on average 12 denominations of the monetary unit. And we should strive to meet such criteria," he said.

                  According to the NBU head, replacing banknotes with coins will provide the best balance of quality and quantity of banknotes and coins in circulation thus satisfying the current needs of the government and the economy and conforming to the global practices.

                  The NBU estimates that such replacement can save the state over UAH 1 billion considering the lifespan of coins, since coin lifespan by far exceeds that of banknotes. Coins remain in circulation for about 20 years, when banknotes of UAH 1, 2, 5 and UAH 10 denomination are in circulation only for a small period of time (on average, about one year).

                  UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/1004211...es-photos.html

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                  • Ukraine masters production of large caliber artillery ammo (Photo, Video)
                    The new projectiles are designed for one of the most far-ranging artillery systems, Hiatsynt.
                    UNIAN 14 March 2018

                    https://images.unian.net/photos/2018...80172161840528

                    Ukraine has successfully tested the new 152mm artillery ammunition produced by a state-owned Kyiv-based Artem, which is part of the country's major arms producer UkrOboronProm.

                    Thus, Ukraine has secured own production of large caliber artillery ammunition, according to Pavlo Bukin, CEO at UkrOboronProm (UOP), according to the company press service.

                    Commenting on the results of the latest tests, Bukin said the new HE projectile is designed to destroy enemy manpower, artillery and firepower, as well as fortification structures.

                    It is designed for one of the most far-ranging artillery systems, Hiatsynt.

                    https://images.unian.net/photos/2018...73955544756094

                    Pavlo Bukin emphasized that other UOP enterprises, besides Artem, are also engaged in ammunition manufacturing, producing initiating agents, explosives, and blasting powder.

                    "Cooperation between UOP enterprises allowed us to master artillery ammunition production in the shortest time possible and to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is an important step, which further increases combat capability of the Ukrainian Army," said Pavlo Bukin.

                    https://youtu.be/6akoLwJ3o5s

                    He informed that artillery projectiles by Artem are awaiting a series of tests under the control of the Ministry of Defense representatives before their serial production is launched.

                    The latest tests were conducted at a military training ground in Chernihiv.

                    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko February 21 appointed former Ukrspecexport CEO Pavlo Bukin as head of UkrOboronProm, the country's major manufacturer of military hardware and weapons.

                    UNIAN memo. Ukraine's state-run UkrOboronProm Concern was established in 2010 to ensure the effective operation and management of state-run economic entities involved in the development, manufacture, sale, repair, modernization and disposal of weapons, military and special equipment, and ammunition. Ukroboronprom incorporates over a hundred enterprises of Ukraine's military industrial complex.

                    UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/1004234...oto-video.html

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                    • Ukraine athletes officially barred from competing in Russia-hosted sports events
                      Competitions in Russia, taking into account that country's domestic and foreign policy, are dangerous for Ukrainian athletes.
                      UNIAN 14 March 2018

                      Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov has said the ministry officially barred national teams from taking part in all sports events hosted by the Russian Federation.

                      "I signed a new order saying that, according to the recently adopted law of Ukraine on special aspects of state policy to ensure Ukraine's state sovereignty in the temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian athletes shall not take part in any competitions that take place in territory of the Russian Federation. I'd like to add that competitions in Russia, taking into account that country's domestic and foreign policy, are dangerous for our athletes," Zhdanov wrote on Facebook.

                      As UNIAN reported earlier, Zhdanov announced on March 13 that Ukraine's national biathlon team would not participate in BMW IBU World Cup 9 in the Russian city of Tyumen. Later, President of the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine and First Vice-President of the country's National Olympic Committee Volodymyr Brynzak said Ukraine was suspending participation in all sports events to be hosted by the Russian Federation.

                      UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10041...ts-events.html

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                      • Ukraine marks Volunteer Fighter Day
                        This year, Ukrainians celebrate this holiday for the second time.
                        UNIAN 14 March 2018

                        Ukraine is marking Volunteer Fighter Day on March 14.

                        On this day in 2014, the first 500 volunteer fighters of the Maidan Self-Defense arrived at the Novi Petrivtsi training ground to form the first volunteer battalion.

                        On January 17, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada adopted resolution No. 4261 on the establishment of the Day of Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters. This year, Ukrainians celebrate this holiday for the second time.

                        Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greeted the nation on this day.

                        "Today we remember the Ukrainian patriots who, since the beginning of the events in the east of Ukraine, volunteered to defend the state from the Russian aggressor, having no military background. I thank all volunteer fighters who, having acquired invaluable combat experience, joined the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard and the National Police, or take an active civil position in civil life. [I thank] all who have chosen an honorable thing – to defend their homeland," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

                        In turn, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman thanked "every fighter for their feat!"


                        UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10041...ghter-day.html

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                        • Ukraine wins seventh Paralympics bronze medal at PyeongChang
                          This is the fourth Shyshkova's medal at these competitions.
                          UNIAN 14 March 2018

                          https://images.unian.net/photos/2018...81776877500266

                          Ukrainian Oksana Shyshkova won the bronze medal in the women's 1.5km cross-country skiing, sprint classic, vision impaired, on the fifth day of the Paralympic Winter Games 2018 in the South Korean city of PyeongChang.

                          "Belarus' Svitlana Sakhanenka won the women's 1.5km sprint vision impaired. Neutral Paralympic Athlete Mikhalina Lysova took silver and Ukraine's Oksana Shyshkova bronze," according to the website of the Paralympic Winter Games.

                          This is the fourth Shyshkova's medal at these competitions.

                          In total, the Ukrainian Paralympic team has 16 awards in the overall medal standings: five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. The Ukrainian team ranks third, following the United States and the Neutral Paralympic Athletes.

                          UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10041...hang-2018.html

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                          • Poles' attitude to Ukrainians worst in last decade – poll
                            Only one in four has a positive attitude toward the Ukrainians (24%), while 40% of those polled have a strong feeling of dislike.
                            UNIAN 13 March 2018

                            The attitude of the citizens of Poland to the Ukrainians has significantly worsened in the past decade.

                            The number of citizens who have an antipathy toward the eastern neighbor significantly exceeds the number of those who are friendly toward Ukraine, according to findings of a poll conducted by the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CBOS) in Poland, the Ukrainian news outlet Europeiska Pravda reported, referring to the Polish Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper.

                            Only one in four has a positive attitude toward the Ukrainians (24%), while 40% of those polled have a strong feeling of dislike.

                            It is noted that the attitude toward the Ukrainians, as well as the Germans, has seriously deteriorated and today is the worst over the past 10 years.

                            The authors of the study argue that, in comparison with last year, the attitude of the Poles has worsened to almost all the nations included in the survey.

                            The Poles are friendliest with Czechs, Italians, Americans, Britons, Slovaks and Hungarians. They have an antipathy toward Russians, Gypsies and Arabs.

                            According to the analysis of the researchers, the attitude toward other nations is primarily connected with the level of education and the size of a city or town. More educated respondents were friendlier. Graduates of universities were also reluctant to claim antipathy. In addition, residents of large cities often showed more friendliness toward foreigners.

                            As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian-Polish relations have worsened after Poland passed a law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which, inter alia, bans the promotion of Ukrainian nationalists' ideology. The law also introduces criminal liability for the assertion that the Poles were aiding the Nazis during World War II.


                            UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10040...cade-poll.html

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                            • EUROMAIDAN PRESS Jakub Janda 2018/03/14 - 21:48
                              You can’t fight disinformation in the EU without naming its main source – Russia
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                              On 12 March 2018, the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and Disinformation released a report in which it made a series of recommendations for the EU. In it, they suggested introducing a Code of Principles that online platforms and social networks should commit to. It includes such measures as, for online publications, to ensure transparency by explaining how algorithms select the news put forward, and encouraged them to take effective measures to improve the visibility of reliable, trustworthy news and facilitate users’ access to it. The group, which consisted of 39 experts, also recommended to promote media literacy and continue researching the impact of disinformation in Europe.

                              How much does this report contribute to fighting the very real threat of pro-Kremlin disinformation in Europe? Jakub Janda, the Executive Director and Head of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Think-Tank, provides an assessment of the paper for Euromaidan Press.

                              1. This report, which was prepared by 39 experts over several months, does not bring much new knowledge or innovative policy recommendations. One positive thing is that it correctly uses the term “disinformation” instead of “fake news,” () but due to short time span dedicated to it, the report is a missed opportunity with only limited added value.

                              2. Despite focusing on disinformation, the report completely ignores the foreign and security policy dimensions of this issue. It reads like a report prepared by academics and journalists aimed at the latter and social media networks, neglecting the majority of the policy debate on this phenomenon for at least the last two years. The main source of hostile disinformation in Europe (Russia) is not mentioned at all.

                              3. As one of the dissenting authors of this report acknowledges, it even fails to mention “the link between advertising revenue policies of platforms and dissemination of disinformation,” which in some countries like Slovakia has been successfully pressured by civic action.

                              4. The report rightly mentions the need for funding research on this issue but fails to explain what types of funding are needed in practical terms. For example, while it recommends using Horizon 2020 for funding, it misses one of the core problems in practical terms – funding through Horizon 2020 can be used well for academic research, but most of the countering initiatives have problems reaching for funding which usually avoids the “countering” elements. A detailed analysis of problems with funding initiatives in countering disinformation could have been done by such a group of experts, but it is missing.

                              5. Despite the EU having a significant European Council-mandated initiative for countering this threat since 2015, the EEAS East STRATCOM Task Force is not mentioned in this report by the European Commission even once. The EEAS East STRATCOM Task Force has the only EU + EaP – wide database of disinformation with over 3800 samples that benefit numerous practitioners, but it is not used in this HLEG report.

                              6. Many senior practitioners in the field of countering disinformation were not asked to take part in the group. Most of the members of HLEG are not insiders dealing with the issue on a daily basis and have only limited experience in this highly specialized field.

                              Jakub Janda is the Executive Director and Head of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Think-Tank in the Czech Republic
                              You can't fight disinformation in the EU without naming its main source - Russia -Euromaidan Press |

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                              • The bold assassination attempt on ex-Russian spy Sergey Skripal in Salisbury, England
                                EUROMAIDAN PRESS Ksenya Kirillova 2018/03/15 - 03:19

                                A few days ago, former Russian military intelligence (GRU) colonel Sergey Skripal was found unconscious with his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Both are still in the hospital in critical condition. As British police have reported, Skripal was poisoned by a nerve agent. According to the British media, this rare substance is only produced in very few laboratories around the world. The British publication The Sun identified one of these labs is run by the Russian SVR in Yasenevo on the outskirts of Moscow, pointing out that experts have observed symptoms similar to a sarin gas attack, which is listed by the UN as a forbidden chemical weapon of mass destruction.

                                In London, on Wednesday, the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) which coordinates the actions of authorities in crisis situations, held a meeting after which the Minister of Internal Affairs Amber Rudd announced that authorities have a good idea of which substance was used in poisoning of the former GRU officer. The meeting included members of the cabinet of ministers, representatives of police and special services.

                                Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson promised to review the sanctions and potentially take additional measures against Moscow if Russian tracks are found in Skripal’s criminal case. The chairman of the parliamentary committee on internal affairs Yvette Cooper has appealed to the ministry of internal affairs to conduct an investigation of suspicious death of 14 Russian nationals.

                                Sergey Skripal was recruited by MI6 in 1995 during his business trip to Spain. After coming back from Spain he headed the HR for GRU and due to this knew the identities of Russian military intelligence officers working undercover in various countries really well. Britain intelligence received information from Sergey Skripal about several dozen Russian agents overseas. In 2004 Skripal was arrested by FSB, and in 2006 was convicted for treason. In 2010 as part of the spy exchange he was pardoned along with some others and exchanged for 10 Russian illegals that failed in the US, after which he lived in Great Britain.

                                British press is leaning toward the notion that “Russian footprint” is the most probable explanation for what occurred. The Telegraph newspaper recollects threats which Vladimir Putin made towards Russian “traitors” back in 2010. Specifically he stated that “traitors always have a bad ending”, “will twist themselves”, and that their “30 pieces of silver will stick as a bone in their throats”.

                                Yuriy Feltshinskiy, American historian and publicist, and co-author with another defector to London, Alexander Litvinenko, is certain: poisoning of Skripal is the revenge of Russian special services.

                                “The exchange incident with Skripal was a bit atypical, since the Russian government, like the Soviet one, never exchanged Russian citizen spies for their own spies abroad. Foreign spies, yes, they did, but not Russian ones. In this case apparently FSB did not have a choice. And somewhere in the depth of their souls, agents held their anger and decided that they will kill the Russian citizen who spied for the foreign government at their first opportunity. I think that’s what happened.” – he suggests. Also Feltshinsky notes that the attempt to poison the former GRU agent is designed to “intimidate” and “be a lesson” to all those who plan, are thinking of, or intending to escape by leaving Russia and going abroad. Especially those connected with Russian special services.”

                                We also managed to find a unique witness who confirmed that Russian special services have been interested in deadly poisons for a long time. Felix Kubin has been carrying out assignments from Bashir Kushtov which he calls a high-level security official which in turn was carrying out assignments from the Russian minister of internal affairs Nurgaliev and also connected with FSB counterintelligence. Later, Kubin revealed some of the provocations organized by Kushtov in the interview with Russian opposition journalist Alexander Sotnik, after which he sought political asylum in the US. Today, Kubin lives in northern California and has shared with us new details of his communication with Russian special services.

                                “Once during a conversation with Kushtov, I mentioned that I knew some chemists who had a state-of-the-art laboratory for developing various substances. Kushtov suggested that I buy, for a good sum of money, some kind of an interesting formula or technology to produce poison which he intended to test out on someone immediately. More than anything, he was interested in poisons capable of killing a person instantly even with a very light touch, or no contact at all, and also solvents able to transmit poison under a victim’s skin. Of course, I declined.” – reported Kubin.

                                The other question, no less complex, concerns the timing of the killing: why has Skripal been poisoned just now, eight years after the spy exchange, when he did not pose any obvious threat to Russian authorities?

                                Ukrainian publicist Vitaly Portnikov thinks that you should not look for any logic in the attempt at the former spy’s life; Chekists simply act this way because it is their nature.

                                “They could’ve had the murder coincide with the presidential election – to demonstrate that Russia does not forget traitors and enemies of their leader, and is ready to punish them anywhere, London, Kyiv or Moscow. They could’ve prepared the assassination attempt to coincide with the anniversary of Stalin’s death – Chekists are sensitive to dates and remember the tragic day for the intelligence apparatus well, after which the influence of their machine has sharply declined and turned out to be under the oppression of party apparatus for several decades. Or they could’ve just stung, instinctually.” – he argues.

                                British newspaper The Telegraph conjectures that Skripal could be one of the sources for the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and could’ve even collaborated with Americans during compilation of the famous “Kremlin report”. However, so far such suggestions have not been confirmed.

                                Former CIA agent with over 30 years of experience Christopher Burgess thinks that the assassination attempt on the defector could have been a “subtle message” to one of the 13 Russian nationals indicted by the American Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the American election.

                                “Russian President Vladimir Putin may be worried some of the 13 indicted by the Department of Justice may be considering cooperating with the United States, or perhaps Russian’s active measures and meddling in the elections of the West are causing more discontent within the Russian rank and file?” – he suggests.

                                The CIA veteran isn’t the only American expert who thinks the primary goal of the assassination attempt on Skripal was a message not only to special services but also to those on the “Kremlin list” of Putin-connected Russian oligarchs, as well as to individuals in possession of information that would be helpful to the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller – namely, that collaborating with American intelligence is not worth it. Moreover, in the interview with our site, Burgess did not exclude the possibility of the fact that Kremlin can eliminate the undesirables on US soil.

                                “Absolutely possible. I am thinking those who desire anonymity in the US are afforded more stringent obscurity than the UK… in this case I do not see either Gordievsky or Skripal achieving desired anonymity.” – concluded former agent.

                                Myron Fuller, an FBI veteran, agrees, and adds an ominous warning:

                                “Seems to be Russia secret services modus operandi, doesn’t it? If they can do it in London, they can do it in America.”

                                “I cannot see what else it could possibly be except for an Russian intelligence operation sanctioned by Putin. I think the more interesting question is, why now? Clearly this is a moment where sending out this kind of reminder is… well… let’s say, it’s timely.” – another CIA veteran Michael Sellers agrees.

                                This article first appeared at DefenceReport.com. A Russian version of the article may be found at SlavicSac.
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