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Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country (Jen Judson, Defense News)

A Ukrainian soldiers fires a missile with a man-portable air defense system during drills near the city of Shchastya, north of Lugansk, on Dec. 1, 2014. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)

Congress is keen to support Ukraine as the country tries to fill an air and missile defense capability, and lawmakers want to know how the Pentagon can help the ally.

The House Armed Services Committee, in its markup of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill, said the U.S. “remains a steadfast partner of Ukraine and it is in the United States national security interest [to] assist the Government of Ukraine in countering Russian military aggression.”

Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country (defensenews.com)

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Kyiv Airing Disappointment With Western Policies (Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is reverting to his earlier, forlorn hopes of improving relation with Russia through a personal meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian president is eager to meet Putin “any time, any place”—whether bilaterally or in the framework of a “Normandy” summit (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France). The chief of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak, is negotiating the conditions for a Zelenskyy-Putin meeting in either of those formats. This track ended badly for Zelenskyy in 2019 (see EDM, October 31617December 5, 2019).

Kyiv Airing Disappointment With Western Policies – Jamestown

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Ukraine. Ukraine’s Zelenskyy vows to fight for judicial reform (Halyna Chyzhyk, Atlantic Council)

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy vows to fight for judicial reform

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has this week vowed to prevent judicial reform from being derailed. (Stefanie Loos/Pool via REUTERS)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced an extraordinary meeting on September 16 in a bid to prevent his flagship judicial reform drive from being sabotaged. Zelenskyy himself will host Thursday’s meeting, which will be attended by the heads of Ukraine’s judicial bodies including the chairman of the Council of Judges along with representatives of the country’s Supreme Court, members of parliament, and G7 ambassadors.

“I will keep from derailing the main reform of the country, which I promised Ukrainians and which I initiated,” Zelenskyy commented in a strongly worded statement released on Monday to announce the forthcoming meeting. “Every illegal action aimed at blocking judicial reform will be immediately evaluated and rebuffed. I will not allow judges who hamper the reform and cleanup of the judicial system to deprive Ukrainians of the right to justice. And judges who want to work in a transparent system should have our full support.”

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy vows to fight for judicial reform – Atlantic Council

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Russia/Ukraine. How Russia Could Recalibrate Its Relationship With Ukraine (Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center)

The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has prompted some in Russia to claim that the United States is no longer a superpower, and that with time, it will also abandon Ukraine to its fate. This would suggest that all is not lost for Moscow in Ukraine, and that the time may be approaching when the Americans will give up on Ukraine, and it will return to Russia’s geopolitical pull.

How Russia Could Recalibrate Its Relationship With Ukraine – Carnegie Moscow Center – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Ukraine. Economic dynamics vs “well-being” of Ukrainians (Vasyl Yurchyshyn, Razumkov Centre)

Significant economic complications and the introduction of anti-coronavirus restrictions, which have already been going on for a year and a half, have understandably (precipitated) a deterioration of the socio-economic situation in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine once again has managed to avoid (this time, a coronavirus) collapse. Moreover, even in the context of “delayed” vaccination, a number of indicators provide positive signals for some improvement in the economic situation of households.

Economic dynamics vs “well-being” of Ukrainians (razumkov.org.ua)

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Russia/Ukraine. Was Russia’s April Exercise a Practice Run for a Ukraine Invasion?

Satellite imagery shows Russian use of smoke operations in Crimea, part of an April 15 exercise.

Satellite imagery shows Russian use of smoke operations in Crimea, part of an April 15 exercise. ORBITAL INSIGHT / PLANET / ALLSOURCE ANALYTICS

Moscow’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 isolated Russia internationally, but also secured a foothold that could be used to attack the rest of Ukraine. New analysis shows that a recent exercise on the peninsula may have been practice for a wider invasion.

Data analysis firm Orbital Insight used a new tool, dubbed GO, to analyze satellite imagery, cell phone pings, and other pieces of open-source information from Crimea during the exercise, which ran from mid-March until May.

Was Russia’s April Exercise a Practice Run for a Ukraine Invasion? – Defense One

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Ukraine/USA. Ukraine’s president finally gets a White House visit (John E. Herbst, Melinda Haring, Oleh Shamshur, Atlantic Council)

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made his long-awaited first visit to the White House on Wednesday to meet with US President Joe Biden, and both leaders can say they walked away with victories. Zelenskyy—whose country is in its eighth year of war following Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine—received a renewed US commitment to help boost Ukrainian security. For Biden, the meeting was a chance to prove the United States is a good partner amid sharp criticism of the way the US withdrew from Afghanistan. What message does the get-together send to Moscow? What further hurdles must these allies overcome? Our expert breakdown is below.

FAST THINKING: Ukraine’s president finally gets a White House visit – Atlantic Council

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USA/Ukraine. US commits to $60 million in aid to Ukraine before WH visit ( Eric Tucker, The Associated Press, Defense News)

Ukrainian soldiers attend a military drill in the east of the country on Nov. 29, 2018. (Sega Volskii/AFP via Getty Images)

The United States is promising up to $60 million in military aid to Ukraine in advance of a White House meeting on Sept. 1 between President Joe Biden and his counterpart in Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Biden administration said in a notification to Congress that the aid package for Ukraine was necessary because of a “major increase in Russian military activity along its border” and because of mortar attacks, cease-fire violations and other provocations.

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USA/Ukraine. Biden Will Announce $60M Security Aid to Ukraine To Counter Russia (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskyy exit the Pentagon on Aug. 31, 2021.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskyy exit the Pentagon on Aug. 31, 2021. DOD / U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. BRITTANY A. CHASE

President Joe Biden is expected to approve an additional $60 million to help Ukraine fend off Russia on Wednesday after meeting with Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy at the White House, a senior administration official said.

At the meeting, Biden is also expected to receive an update on Russian aggression in the region and to reaffirm the strong security partnership between the two countries after a turbulent 2019 in which former President Donald Trump pressured Zelenskyy to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, leading to Trump’s first impeachment.

Biden Will Announce $60M Security Aid to Ukraine To Counter Russia – Defense One

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