By Dmytro Tymchuk
Third Gas War: Prologue
On June 13, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordered Naftogaz Ukraine, relevant ministries, and regional state administrations to prepare for a complete suspension of Russian supplies of natural gas as of Monday, June 16. The PM also ordered the National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC) to establish economically viable rates for the transit of Russian natural gas through Ukrainian territory.
In turn, Gazprom boss Alexei Miller announced that Ukraine would be moved to a system of advance payment for natural gas as of 10:00 a.m. on June 16: “No payment, no deliveries.” In addition, Miller emphasized that this extension was the final one and was made solely at the request of the European Commission, while Kyiv was resorting to “outright blackmail.”
Such is the current state of the latest round of trilateral negotiations among Ukraine, Russia and the EU. Essentially, there has been no progress. Continue reading
by Vitalii Usenko and Mat Babiak
As reported by witnesses to InfoResist, two new tanks with a complete set of armaments arrived in the Varna district of the town of Snizhne, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Local residents identified that the crew is from Russia. Details have yet to be specified.
As previously reported by InfoResist, the recruitment of airplane and helicopters pilots and tank crews for T-72 tanks is being conducted through the internet. The T-72 tanks are produced by Uralvagonzavod, Nizhniy Tagil, Sverdlovsk region, Russia and are used in the Russian army; Ukraine does not produce or use this model of tanks. In addition to this, the so-called “army of the south-east” is recruiting operators for grenade launchers and flamethrowers, as well as operators of anti-tank rocket complexes, mobile air defense complexes, anti-aircraft rocket complexes, and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. Continue reading
Performance being staged once again in Sevastopol
The Russian ‘titushki’, who were actively buying Ukrainian military uniforms yesterday, will swear allegiance to the people of Crimea, simulating defected soldiers. Dmytro Tymchuk, director of the Center for Political and Military Studies, reported this in his FB status.
“It is now clear why yesterday the occupiers were in such dire need of Ukrainian military uniforms that they were shopping en masse at Crimean ‘Voentorg’ Army shops and looting from pillaged depots of the Ukrainian Navy,” he wrote. “In particular, in Sevastopol Russian ‘titushki’ are being massively dressed in Ukrainian uniforms. Simulating defected Navy soldiers, they will swear ‘allegiance to the people of Crimea’,” added Tymchuk. Continue reading