U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): “Russia’s cyber aggression against Ukraine cannot stand unchecked…“We must support Ukraine’s efforts to defend against these harmful cyberattacks and stand up to Russian aggression.”  

 

 

Photo: General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak talks with Chairman of Finland Parliament Defence Committee Ilkka Kanerva in Finland. 

A new indictment has accused former Trump aide Paul Manafort of paying some €2 million to European politicians to support a pro-Russian government in Ukraine. The lobbying group was led by a "former European chancellor."

 

Photo: Former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer

UBO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using strong pressure against Paul Manafort, who served for some time as campaign manager of Donald Trump, in what appears to be an attempt to force Manafort to divulge details of whether the approximately $75 million that Manafort allegedly illegally laundered is related to Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, illegal funds being laundered for Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions – or some of both. With Manafort’s long-time associate Rick Gates reported to have made a deal with Mueller for cooperation, the insider bets are that Manafort will eventually capitulate. No matter what happens when Manafort begins what are expected to be multiple hearings for the U.S. House and Senate committees, the results are expected to be echoed in Ukraine’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

 

Photo: The guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) underway in the Caribbean during a training exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Vincent J. Street 

UBO: While the article below relates to alleged Russian meddling in US elections, we believe it important to note that US and Ukrainian intelligence officials believe that Russia has been even more egregiously involved in election meddling in Ukraine. With presidential and parliamentary elections on the agenda in Ukraine, it will be imperative that Ukraine avail itself of all possible assistance in thwarting Russian efforts. We can only hope that North American and European countries will see it in their own best interests to provide the technical assistance Ukraine is certain to need.

 

Photo: Herbert Raymond McMaster [pictured], U.S. National Security Advisor speaks at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

 

After months of President Donald Trump telling Americans that the investigation of Russian meddling was a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller produced today a 37-page indictment that should make it almost impossible for Trump to continue parroting the charges few people accepted – even before the exquisitely detailed indictment was made public. The ringleader of the Russian effort was Yevgeny Prigozhin, [pictured] a businessman famously known by the nickname, “Putin’s banker”.

 

Analyst: “…we expect the Kremlin will continue to use the war in Donbas as a lever to pressure the Ukrainian government, and influence the public, throughout this year’s election campaign and during next year’s elections.”

 

Photo: US Director of Daniel Coats delivering the annual report to a Congressionl committee

Despite Vladimir Putin’s upbeat treatment of Russia’s economy – and the echoes of his view by others – stories coming out of Russia show that his optimism is at least misplaced if not simply an outright falsification of reality. 

A Russian pilot who was shot down in Syria has been posthumously honored after reportedly killing himself with a grenade. Russian warplanes have been ordered to fly higher as they intensify attacks in Idlib.

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