Уряд затвердив умови приватизації готелю «Україна» та «Об’єднаної гірничо-хімічної компанії»

Фонд державного майна уточнив, що стартова ціна АТ «ОГХК» – 3 мільярди 899 мільйонів 358 тисяч гривень

Ukrainian displaced persons open businesses after relocation

Nearly 4 million Ukrainians are internally displaced since Russia’s invasion. As of early May, nearly 150,000 of them were living in the Khmelnytskyi region, west of Kyiv. Some of them say they aren’t waiting for the war to end and are building new lives where they are. Tetiana Kukurika has the story, narrated by Anna Rice. Camera: Sergiy Rybchynski.

NATO summit concludes with security guarantees for Ukraine

«Де-факто ми вже інтегруємося у структури НАТО» – Мережко

Голова комітету Верховної Ради у закордонних справах наголосив, що процес приєднання України до НАТО є вже невідворотним

Привід «уважніше слідкувати за діями Росії»: МЗС про заяви РФ щодо дамб в Україні

«Що стосується «покладання провини на РФ», то російський режим сам чудово справляється з цим завданням власними воєнними злочинами»

EU: X’s blue checks are deceptive ‘dark patterns’ that breach social media laws

EU says online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements

Офіційний курс уперше в історії перевищив 41 гривню за долар

Це другий поспіль історичний мінімум гривні проти долара

Germany: We will not be intimidated after report on alleged Russian assassination plot

BERLIN — The German government said Friday that it “won’t be intimidated” by Russian attempts to undermine the country’s support of Ukraine but refused to comment on a report that Moscow planned to assassinate the chief executive of a leading defense company. 

CNN reported Thursday, citing five unidentified U.S. and Western officials, that U.S. intelligence discovered earlier this year that Russia planned to kill Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger. It said the United States informed Germany, whose security services were able to protect Papperger and foil the plot. Rheinmetall is a major supplier of military technology and artillery rounds for Ukraine. 

Neither Rheinmetall nor the German government would comment on the report. Interior Ministry spokesperson Maximilian Kall said his ministry can’t comment on “individual threat situations” but added that, more broadly, “we take the significantly increased threat from Russian aggression very seriously.” 

“We know that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s regime wants above all to undermine our support for Ukraine in its defense against the Russian war of aggression, but the German government won’t be intimidated,” Kall said. 

He noted that German security measures have been increased significantly since 2022, and that “the threats range from espionage and sabotage, through cyberattacks, to state terrorism.” 

In April, German investigators arrested two German-Russian men on suspicion of espionage, one of them accused of agreeing to carry out attacks on potential targets that included U.S. military facilities in hopes of sabotaging aid for Ukraine. 

Germany has become the second-biggest supplier of weapons to Ukraine after the United States since Russia started its full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago. 

CNN reported that the alleged Papperger plot was one of a series of Russian plans to kill defense European industry executives supporting the Ukrainian war effort. 

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed the report. “All of this is again presented in the fake style, so such reports cannot be taken seriously,” he told reporters Friday. 

Молдова відреагувала на згадку про Придністров’я в декларації НАТО

У декларації, погодженій лідерами 32 країн НАТО 10 липня, є одне речення про виведення всіх російських військ з Молдови

Уряд Австралії оголосив про пакет військової допомоги Україні – найбільший з лютого 2022 року

Військова допомога Австралії Україні сягнула понад 1,1 мільярда доларів (австралійських) з початку повномасштабного вторгнення Росії

Australia charges Russian-born married couple with espionage

SYDNEY — Australia said Friday it had arrested a Russian-born married couple on espionage charges, alleging the woman who was an information systems technician in the Australian Army sought to access defense material and send it to Russian officials.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the couple, who hold Australian citizenship, worked to access material related to Australia’s national security though no significant compromise had been identified yet.

“We allege they sought that information with the intention of providing it to Russian authorities,” AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said during a media briefing.

“Whether that information was handed over remains a key focus of our investigation.”

The AFP said the woman, 40, traveled to Russia and instructed her husband in Australia to log into her official account to access defense materials.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese warned anyone considering acting against Australia’s national security.

“People will be held to account who interfere with our national interests and that’s precisely what these arrests represent,” Albanese told reporters. He declined to comment directly on the case saying it was before the court.

Igor and Kira Korolev appeared in the magistrate’s court in Brisbane, court filings showed, after being charged with one count each of preparing for an espionage offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail. The charges are the first under new laws introduced in 2018.

They did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody until September 20 when they are next due to appear, media reported.

The couple has been living in Australia for more than 10 years, with the woman getting Australian citizenship in 2016 and her husband in 2020.

The arrests come as Australia on Thursday unveiled an $169 million military aid package for Ukraine at the NATO summit in Washington, the country’s single largest aid package since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Australia is one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the West’s support for Ukraine and has been supplying defense equipment to Kyiv, banned exports of aluminum ores to Russia and sanctioned more than 1,000 Russian individuals and entities. 

Зеленський зустрівся з Макроном: говорили про оборонний пакет і навчання ЗСУ

Зеленський каже, що «висловив вдячність президенту Макрону та французькому народу за принципову й неослабну підтримку»

Hungary’s Orban, a NATO outlier on Ukraine, talks ‘peace mission’ with Trump

WASHINGTON — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met with Donald Trump on Thursday and the pair discussed the “possibilities of peace,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said as he pushes for a cease-fire in Ukraine.

Trump and Orban met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida “as the next stop of his peace mission,” Orban’s spokesperson said. “The discussion was about the possibilities of peace.”

Nationalist leader Orban, a longtime Trump supporter, made surprise visits to Kyiv, Moscow and Beijing in the past two weeks on a self-styled “peace mission,” angering NATO allies.

His meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin in particular vexed some other NATO members, who said the trip handed legitimacy to Putin when the West wants to isolate him over his war in Ukraine.

Orban traveled to Kyiv before visiting Moscow but did not tell Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about his mission to Russia, Zelenskiy said, dismissing Orban’s ambition of playing the peacemaker.

“Not all the leaders can make negotiations. You need to have some power for this,” Zelenskiy said earlier at a news conference at the NATO summit.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, when asked about Orban’s initiative, said Ukraine would be rightly concerned about any attempt to negotiate a peace deal without involving Kyiv.

“Whatever adventurism is being undertaken without Ukraine’s consent or support is not something that’s consistent with our policy, the foreign policy of the United States,” Sullivan said.

Orban’s self-styled peace mission has also irked many members of the European Union, whose rotating presidency Hungary took over at the start of this month.

The Hungarian embassy in Washington declined to comment on the planned meeting with Trump, which was first reported by Bloomberg.

Orban has been attending a NATO summit hosted by Democratic President Joe Biden. Hungary’s delegation voiced opposition to key NATO positions, while not blocking the alliance from taking action.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Reuters on Wednesday that Hungary believes a second Trump presidency would boost hopes for peace in Ukraine.

Orban hoped to bring an end to the war through peace talks involving both Russia and Ukraine, according to Szijjarto.

Trump has said he would quickly end the war. He has not offered a detailed plan to achieve that, but Reuters reported last month that advisers to the former president had presented him with a plan to end the war in part by making future aid to Kyiv conditional on Ukraine joining peace talks.

In the past several months, foreign officials have regularly sought meetings with Trump and his key advisers to discuss his foreign policy should he beat Biden in the November 5 election. Polls show Trump widening his lead over Biden.

One adviser, Keith Kellogg, has met with several high-ranking foreign officials on the sidelines of the NATO summit, Reuters reported this week.

NATO frustration

Orban appeared isolated at the opening of a NATO meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, sitting alone while other leaders talked in a huddle.

Two European diplomats told Reuters that NATO allies were frustrated with Orban’s actions around the summit but stressed that he had not blocked the alliance from taking action on Ukraine.

Multiple EU leaders made clear Orban was not speaking for the bloc in his discussions on the war in Ukraine.

“I don’t think there’s any point in having conversations with authoritarian regimes that are violating international law,” said Finnish President Alexander Stubb.

Hungary also diverged from its NATO allies on China, which the alliance said is an enabler of Russia’s war effort and poses challenges to security. Hungary does not want NATO to become an “anti-China” bloc, and will not support it doing so, Szijjarto said Thursday.

Після переговорів про мир з Трампом Орбан заявив про «хорошу новину»

NATO, Pacific partners strengthen ties at summit

washington — NATO set out Thursday to deepen relations with key Indo-Pacific partners, meeting with leaders from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea a day after all 32 NATO allies called out China for its support of Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine in a sternly worded communique.

During a working session, NATO and its Indo-Pacific partners strengthened plans and developed strategies to face growing threats in the Pacific region, including North Korean missile launches and China’s steady stream of technology and raw materials to Russia that have allowed President Vladimir Putin to replace his losses on the battlefield.

U.S. officials said the Indo-Pacific partners’ attendance sent a message to China that democratic alliances will stand up for the rule of law, no matter where an aggressor tries to break it.

“NATO also recognizes that threats from the Indo-Pacific, whether it’s the DPRK [North Korea] or the PRC [China] supporting Russia in their aggression against Ukraine, we cannot avoid,” Jason Israel, National Security Council senior director for defense policy, Israel told VOA.

In a final communique signed by all 32 allies, NATO called China a “decisive enabler” of Russia’s war and urged Beijing to cease its support. 

“The PRC cannot enable the largest war in Europe in recent history without this negatively impacting its interests and reputation,” the leaders wrote.

They also expressed concerns about Beijing’s space capabilities and nuclear arsenal.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told reporters that “China is propping up Russia’s war economy” and “increas[ing] the threat Russia holds to Europe and NATO security.”

“China provides dual-use equipment, microelectronics and a lot of other tools which are enabling Russia to build the missiles, to build bombs, to build the aircraft, to build the weapons they’re using to attack Ukraine,” he added.

Asked by VOA whether the statement was a strong enough message to deter China from continuing to support Russia, Stoltenberg replied in the news conference that Wednesday’s declaration was “the strongest message that NATO allies have ever sent on China’s contributions to Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine.”

Some allies on Thursday cautioned the alliance against using the narrowly worded communique as a springboard to make NATO appear “anti-China.”

“NATO is a defense alliance. … We can’t organize it into an anti-China bloc,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Hungarian state television on the sidelines of the summit.

However, defense expert Bradley Bowman, the senior director for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Military and Political Power, said calling out China was long overdue for the bloc.

“Europeans are dying in Europe in a war of aggression from the Kremlin with the support of Iran, North Korea and China, period,” he said.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said NATO must counter Russia’s ramping up of defense production — made possible by help from China, North Korea and Iran — by continuing to invest more in Ukraine’s and NATO’s own defense production.

“We cannot allow the alliance to fall behind,” Biden said. 

China insists that it does not provide military aid to Russia, despite maintaining strong trade ties with Moscow.

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian accused NATO of “breaching its boundary, expanding its mandate, reaching beyond its defense zone and stoking confrontation.”

Biden announces new $225 million military aid package for Ukraine

‘Putin shall not prevail’ in Ukraine, Norway’s foreign minister tells VOA

Зеленський каже, що не знав про план Орбана зустрітися з президентом РФ

«Ми маємо сказати, що не всі лідери можуть вести перемовини», зазначив президент України

Зеленський на саміті НАТО: «кожен крок» наближає Україну до членства

Відповідаючи на питання журналістів, голова держави висловив переконання, що Україна «дуже близька до своєї мети»

West preparing for arms race with Russia and its backers

Washington — While much of the focus at the NATO summit in Washington has been on providing additional support for Ukraine, some Western officials are equally intent on confronting another challenge unleashed by Russia’s invasion: a nascent arms race with global implications.

The officials argue it is no longer enough to try to ensure Ukraine has the weapons and systems it needs to keep pace with Russia’s unrelenting attacks. They say NATO must simultaneously prepare to outspend, outpace and outproduce the fledgling alliance that has kept the Russian military on the move.

“There is no time to lose,” a NATO official told VOA, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the growing defense cooperation among Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

“This must be a key priority for all our allies, because it is not just about spending more,” the official said. “It is also on getting those capabilities.”

Officials have repeatedly accused China of playing a critical role in sustaining Russia’s military by sending Moscow raw materials and so-called dual-use components needed to produce advanced weapons and weapons systems.

In April and May, the United States and Britain levied new sanctions against Iranian companies and officials involved in the production of drones for the Russian military.

And declassified U.S. intelligence has noted Russia’s use of North Korean ballistic missiles, while South Korean officials said earlier this year that Pyongyang has so far sent Russia at least 6,700 containers which could contain more than 3 million artillery shells. 

The NATO official who spoke to VOA said the support from China, Iran and North Korea has significantly altered Russia’s posture on the battlefield, rendering intelligence assessments that Russia’s military “will require years of rebuilding” obsolete.  

“When you look at the assessments of the pace of reconstitution of the Russian armed forces and the Russian defense industrial and technological base, those assessments were made without taking into account how much China would be stepping in,” the official said.

And there are concerns this is just the beginning. The prospect for increased cooperation between Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, “essentially underlines the urgency of the task at hand,” the official said.

Some U.S. officials have taken to calling the growing alliance a new “axis of evil.”

“We ought to act accordingly,” former commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific Admiral John Aquilino told lawmakers in March. 

Some analysts are also alarmed, seeing signs that the defense relationship between Russia and the other countries is moving beyond a series of bilateral efforts to support Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

“What we are seeing now is … an intensification, a deepening of these strategic partnerships,” said Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“Whether or not they’re 100% aligned all the time, every day, what’s important is that on the strategic capabilities that they’re building in partnership, they are aligned,” Goldberg, a U.S. National Security Council official under former President Donald Trump, told VOA. “Our response has to view them as an axis, not individual parts.”

But how quickly that axis evolves into a true rival to NATO is less certain.

“There are still significant tension points between the four countries that prevent the formation of a more cohesive alliance,” said Michelle Grisé, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.

“Within the Russia-Iran relationship, for example, friction points include competition for energy markets and for influence in the Caucasus, as well as — at least historically —divergent approaches to Israel,” Grisé told VOA.

“The Russia-China-North Korea-Iran axis poses a serious threat to U.S. and NATO interests, but I don’t think this axis is an unsurmountable rival,” she said. “To form a more cohesive alliance, they’ll have to translate their shared opposition to the Western-led international order into a coherent, shared vision for the future, which I expect they’ll struggle to do.”

NATO allies, however, are not ready to take such struggles by the evolving Russian-Chinese-North Korean-Iranian axis for granted.

In a speech July 9 at the NATO Summit Defense Industry Forum in Washington, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks noted the “rapid defense industrial expansion of our strategic competitors,” while urging NATO allies to expand cooperation on weapons procurement and development.

As an example, Hicks cited an effort by the U.S., Germany, Spain and others to produce interceptors for Patriot air defense batteries in Europe while praising a U.S.-Turkish effort to produce 155-millimeter artillery shells in the southern U.S. state of Texas.

“None of us should think it’s enough,” she said. “Expanding transatlantic defense industrial capacity is not a nice-to-do. It is a need-to-do, a must-do for the NATO alliance.”

Even if the NATO efforts to boost weapons production are not enough, some officials see them as a reason to believe the West can retain an upper hand.

“I think that the steps and the progress we’re making is really delivering results,” the NATO official told VOA, adding, they “wouldn’t be overly pessimistic.”

“On issues like ammunitions, you’re starting to see the ramping up actually materializing,” the official said. “And I think if we look at the year to come, we’re going to have much better, much better numbers.” 

Зеленський сподівається обговорити з Байденом «скасування всіх обмежень» для ЗСУ

Він подякував Сполученим Штатам за підтримку, зокрема, в посиленні української протиповітряної оборони

Germany to remove 2 Chinese firms’ components from 5G networks

Україна і Румунія уклали безпекову угоду

Загалом Київ уже підписав близько двох десятків безпекових угод у межах декларації про підтримку України, ухваленої у Вільнюсі в липні 2023 року країнами «Групи семи»

Хабарник і одночасно ексголова ВС князєв намагався втекти в Румунію

Хабарника і одночасно ексголову ВС князєва спіймали поблизу кордону: рухався в бік Румунії Наразі ексголова ВС перебуває у відділі прикордонної служби «Солотвино».

Прикордонники затримали сукиного сина князєва в закарпатському селі Солотвино сьогодні, 10 липня, о 16:40.

“Наразі дегенерат князєв перебуває на відділі прикордонної служби “Солотвино”. Уточнюється його мета перебування поблизу державного кордону та перевіряється версія щодо можливої спроби незаконного перетину державного кордону України”, — повідомили місцеві журналісти. За інформацією яких, ексголова Верховного Суду їхав як пасажир в автомобілі Voskswagen із номером АО1794YA.

Раніше повідомлялося, що всеволод князєв втратив посаду голови Верховного Суду після того, як був затриманий співробітниками НАБУ за отримання хабаря у розмірі $2,7 млн в травні 2023 року. Згодом слідчий суддя ВАКС Олег Федоров ухвалив рішення взяти Князєва під варту із альтернативною заставою в 107 млн грн. Під час засідання Спеціалізована антикорупційна прокуратура (САП) навели кілька аргументів, які переконали слідчого суддю взяти під варту всеволода князева. Прокурори повідомили, що князєв нібито намагався “закрити деякі” питання з іншими суддями Верховного Суду та змусити їх ухвалити рішення на користь дегенерата Жеваго. Таким чином князєв міг бути не останнім підозрюваним у цій резонансній справі щодо хабарництва.

Воїни Добра

ЗСУ розкритикували бронювання від мобілізації співробітників грантових організацій

Кабмін надав броню грантовим організаціям.

Як стало відомо, Кабінет Міністрів забронював від мобілізації 100% співробітників 133 громадських організацій, які отримують іноземні гранти. На відповідне повідомлення відреагував заступник командира Третьої штурмової бригади, майор ЗСУ Максим Жорін. Військовослужбовця обурило, що рятувальники, які щодня ризикують життям, не отримують бронювання, тоді як грантові організації дивним чином потрапили до переліку тих, кому уряд надав бронь від мобілізації.

“З цієї новини випливає, що у нас грантові організації важливіші за ДСНС, а проводити опитування необхідніше за роботу рятувальників, які 24/7 розгрібають завали та ризикують життям. Дуже “справедливе” бронювання”, — обурився Максим Жорін.

Майор ЗСУ додав з іронією: “Не маю часу вивчати цей список. Але підозрюю, що до наступного ЛГБТ-параду всі “ЛГБТ-військові” матимуть бронь”.

Раніше повідомлялося, що, як виявилося, значна частина громадських організацій і ТОВ, які отримали бронювання на 100% працівників, займаються дослідженням питань виборів і громадської думки за кошти іноземних партнерів, але чомусь визнані критично важливими.

Крім організацій, які є безпосередніми представництвами донорських установ із США, Німеччини, Великої Британії тощо, у цьому списку є низка вітчизняних неурядових громадських організацій та товариств з обмеженою відповідальністю, і навіть навчальний заклад.

Воїни Добра

Oil tanker held by Iran for over a year heads toward international waters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An oil tanker held by Iran for over a year after being seized amid tensions between Tehran and the United States was sailing Thursday toward international waters, tracking data showed.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Advantage Sweet traveled toward the Strait of Hormuz, where it was seized in April 2023 by Iran’s navy while carrying $50 million worth of oil from Kuwait for Chevron Corporation. That’s according to tracking data analyzed by The Associated Press, which also listed the vessel’s destination at Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates, which has been the first port of call for other vessels leaving Iranian detention.

Iran did not acknowledge the ship’s departure. It came after an Iranian court on Thursday ordered the U.S. government to pay over $6.7 billion in compensation over a Swedish company stopping its supply of special dressings and bandages for those afflicted by a rare skin disorder after Washington imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s government initially said it seized the Advantage Sweet because it hit another vessel, a claim not supported by any evidence. Then Iranian officials linked the Advantage Sweet’s seizure to the court case that was decided Thursday.

A report by the state-run IRNA news agency described the $6.7 billion order as being filed on behalf of 300 plaintiffs, including family members of victims and those physically and emotionally damaged. IRNA said about 20 patients died after the Swedish company’s decision.

Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic condition that causes blisters all over the body and eyes. It can be incredibly painful and kill those afflicted. The young who suffer from the disease are known as “butterfly children” as their skin can appear as fragile as a butterfly’s wing.

The order comes as U.S. judges have issued rulings that call for billions of dollars to be paid by Iran over attacks linked to Tehran, as well as those detained by Iran and used as pawns in negotiations between the countries — something Iran has responded to with competing lawsuits accusing the U.S. of involvement in a 2017 Islamic State group attack. The United Nations’ highest court also last year rejected Tehran’s legal bid to free up some $2 billion in Iranian Central Bank assets frozen by U.S. authorities.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, apparently sparking the Swedish company to withdraw from the Iranian market. Iran now says it locally produces the bandages.

Chevron, based in San Ramon, California, has maintained that the Advantage Sweet was “seized under false pretenses.” It has since written off the cargo as a loss.

The U.S. Navy has blamed Iran for a series of limpet mine attacks on vessels that damaged tankers in 2019, as well as for a fatal drone attack on an Israeli-linked oil tanker that killed two European crew members in 2021.

Tehran denies carrying out the attacks, but a wider shadow war between Iran and the West has played out in the region’s volatile waters. Iranian tanker seizures have been a part of it since 2019. The last major seizure came when Iran took two Greek tankers in May 2022 and held them until November of that year.