Contents tagged with Turchynov

  • Former Ukrainian Finance Minister appointed as Secretary of National Security and Defense Council

    Former Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk has been appointed as a Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), as reported on the website of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ruslan Ryaboshapka said earlier that the decree has already been signed.

    Danyliuk left the post of Finance Minister in June 2018 after the decision of the Verkhovna Rada. The reason for his dismissal was a conflict with Prime Minister …

  • Ukraine has successfully tested newest Vilkha missiles

    The former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov reported on his Facebook page that the tests of the Ukrainian missile systems Vilkha took place at a military test site in the Odesa region.

    He noted that launches of long-range missiles Vilkha-M and missiles with a cluster warhead Vilkha-R were held.

    According to Turchynov, the tests will continue until the end of the week when the launches of cruise missiles of the mobile system Neptune …

  • Turchynov resigns from National Security and Defense Council and promises to protect Ukraine from Russia

    The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov wrote a letter of resignation, reports the NSDC press service.

    “Given the ongoing armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, I am ready to further defend the country directly in military service in any military unit or military structure”, reads the statement addressed to President Petro Poroshenko.

    Among the Turchynov’s achievements, the National Security and Defense Council …

  • Turchynov: Russia preparing for a full-scale war in Europe

    The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, said that Russia is preparing for a large-scale war in Europe and Ukraine will be its first foothold, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    According to him, Moscow is not just investing billions in the development of military infrastructure but is preparing for full-scale military operations. “The first bridgehead they will try to take is our country,” he said.

    Turchynov added that a strong Ukrainian army, as …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko orders polygraph test for Ukroboronprom leadership after corruption scandal

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to have the leaders of the state-owned defense concern Ukroboronprom take polygraph tests, the president’s press service reported on Tuesday.

    The decision was made by Poroshenko during a meeting with Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, and his deputy Serhiy Kryvonos.

    “We ask the government to ensure that a polygraph test is organized for all of the leaders of the state concern …

  • Ukraine unveils new Neptune anti-ship cruise missile

    Ukrainian Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport presented its Neptune anti-ship cruise missile during International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2019 and revealed the weapon’s characteristics. 

    The company claims that the export version of the missile is capable of hitting targets 280 kilometers away. It can sink surface vessels with a displacement of up to five thousand tons. Each missile weighs 670 kilograms, including a 145-kilogram high-explosive fragmentation warhead. 

    The …

  • Ukraine and EU to hold exercises to prevent cyber threats from Russia

    The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov stated that before the presidential election, Ukraine would hold exercises to prevent cyber threats from the Russia.

    According to data available to the National Security and Defense Council, Russia intends to “use its entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic tools to influence the democratic will of the Ukrainian people.” During the exercises, conducted with the support of the European Union, “ …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports on monthly basis

    After a visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that he expects NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports nearly every month in 2019.

    “This year, NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea will be significantly stepped up. Nearly every month, ships both from NATO’s permanent naval groups and those of key allies will visit Ukrainian ports, also for the purpose of conducting joint exercises with Ukraine’s Navy,” Poltorak explained.

    He noted that ships …

  • President Poroshenko signs decree allowing Ukrainian Armed Forces to buy arms directly from foreign manufacturers

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko signed the decree enabling the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the General Staff to purchase arms directly from foreign manufacturers, as reported on the President's website. 

    The law enables Ukraine to purchase weapons which NATO partners are ready to supply. “Today the opportunities for effective purchases abroad are increasing... The Armed Forces have been waiting for this for a long time,” Poroshenko said. 

    In July, the …

  • Ukrainian General: Kyiv has a plan for liberation of Donbas

    The Lieutenant General of Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence, Vasily Bogdan stated in an interview with the news outlet Fakty that Ukraine has a plan to liberate the territories of the Donbas which are held by the pro-Russian militants, and the country’s leadership hopes this will be achieved without the use of force. 

    “As far as I know, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces prepared a plan for the return of Donbas to Ukraine. A military operation is also being considered. However, …