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delft

Brigadier
Quoted from Christian Science Monitor, who also says the trouble hasn't yet caught the attention of Washington:
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Though no one knows exactly who stands behind the armed men who are blockading the rail lines and highways along the battle front, everyone names the disgruntled oligarch Igor Kolomoisky as the most likely financial backer. Mr. Kolomoisky has
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at the hands of President Poroshenko over the past couple of years, including being stripped of his governorship of Dnipropetrovsk region in a battle over control of state energy properties, and more recently seeing his most lucrative property, PrivatBank, Ukraine's largest bank,
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by the government.

A range of opposition forces, most prominently former prime minister and "Orange Revolution" heroine Yulia Tymoshenko and ex-Georgian president-turned-Ukrainian-loose-cannon
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, have come out in support of the blockaders.
 

delft

Brigadier
I have neglecting the blog by Ambassador Bhadrakumar for several days and now find a post from February 28 about Ukraine :
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that says among other things:
And all this is unfolding against the backdrop of the far-right Ukrainian nationalist groups imposing a blockade for the past month on the movement of coal from Donbass to western Ukraine, which threatens serious economic dislocation. These “neo-Nazi” elements also captured a water purification plant with the intent to cut off water supplies to the Donetsk region under separatist control. The authorities in Kiev cannot or will not crack down on the far-right groups.
and
A recent poll by the Kiev International Sociology Institute shows that in retrospect, a majority of people now see the 2014 “colour revolution” as more of a western coup d’etat and blame Kiev (rather than Moscow) for the lackadaisical implementation of the Minsk agreements. Evidently, the ground is shifting beneath the feet of the “pro-US” set-up installed in power in Kiev by the Barack Obama administration. Popular discontent is cascading with three-quarters Ukrainians estimating that living conditions have only worsened. The most worrisome factor is of course the ascendancy of the far-right groups – and they happen to be well-armed and include ex-servicemen.
 

timepass

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>> "UKRAINE INTENDS TO DEVELOP NEW MULTI-ROLE FIGHTER"

Following up on an earlier intent to reduce the Ukrainian Air Force’s dependence on legacy Russian fighter aircraft, Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, announced plans to develop a new lightweight multi-role fighter powered by two Ivchenko-Progress/Motor Sich AI-322F turbofan engines.

IHS Jane’s reports that preliminary design sketches of the fighter, designated Legkiy Boiviy Litak (LBL) – i.e. “Lightweight Combat Aircraft” – have been produced. Electronic subsystems are expected to be a mix of Western and Ukrainian systems.

Analysis :

Recurring reports have suggested that the LBL would “bear a strong resemblance to the MiG-29.” It is very unlikely that the LBL will be as large as the MiG-29 if it is powered by AI-322F turbofans. Each AI-322F will have an afterburning thrust output of 41.19 kN, two of which would provide the LBL an afterburn thrust-rating of 82.2 kN. The AI-322F has a dry weight of 560 kg and is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.

The Taiwanese F-CK-1A, which is powered by two Honeywell/ITEC F125-70 turbofans (with comparable thrust-ratings as the AI-322F), could provide an example of the LBL’s physical specifications. The FCK-1A has a ferry range of 1,100 km, top speed of Mach 1.8, and six hardpoints. Like the F-CK-1, the LBL might also see a strong use of composite materials as well as a fully-digital fly-by-wire flight control system.

The LBL may enter a saturated space (with other lightweight fighters), but Ukraine’s incentives to develop the LBL are fuelled by completing its supply-side independence from Russia, modernize its air force, and offer a high-value product for export. In fact, the LBL would round-out Ukraine’s fixed-wing product line, which comprises of the special mission An-132D and tactical transport An-178.

Considering how some of Ukraine’s defense programs rely on partial foreign funding and scale support (see Saudi An-132D program), it will be worth seeing if Kiev charts the LBL along similar lines. A funding and procurement partner would raise the LBL’s chances of succeeding through development. The extent of overseas technical support and sourcing, especially from the U.S. and Western Europea, will also be key considerations. Heavy sourcing, especially of key components (e.g. flight control system) may cut development time, but it could also add to the cost and accessibility (for third-party buyers) of the aircraft.

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delft

Brigadier
A funding and procurement partner would raise the LBL’s chances of succeeding through development.
Without such a partner, and one with deep pockets, the chances are nil. And which partner would accept the change that the regime will not survive until the end of development, say optimistically twelve years.
 
the funds of Russian banks have been instrumental for Ukrainian economy, and now (the subsidiaries of the several) Russian banks will be put up to sale "with large discount" and likely bought by Ukrainian companies ... says who?
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for РИА
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(and outrage in Russian Internet; in case you didn't know, they're Kremlin banks (EDIT
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) = Russian people money);
background (I know it's an older article, but I didn't find anything from today in English yet):
Ukraine eyes sanctions on subsidiary of Russia's Sberbank
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delft

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My Dutch newspaper wrote yesterday about heavy fighting near Avdiivka but gives no indication about responsibility except that NATO calls it "Russian aggression".
 

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