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Kosovo will make an independent army Breaking News, 18th of December, 2018

The UN General Assembly supported the resolution, introduced by the Ukrainian delegation, on the «militarization of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as the regions of the Black and Azov Seas.» 66 states voted ‘for’ the Ukrainian resolution. 19 voted ‘against’. 72 abstained from voting. The document expresses «serious concern about the on-going militarization of Crimea by Russia», and also condemns «the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait» and «Russian growing military presence in the Black and Azov Seas, including the Kerch Strait, and the restriction of international shipping».

Japan adopted a new program of enhancement of their national defense for the next 10 years. The implementation of the program will need significant funding, TASS reports. As it was noted in the program’s regulations, published by the Japanese Ministry of Defense on Tuesday, it is planned to spend $ 238 billions of dollars in the first 5 years of the program. In particular, Japan intends to continue their work on the creation of the first Japanese aircraft carrier based on Izumo helicopter carrier, and to acquire 18 F-35B fighter jets, with the goal of placing them on the new aircraft carrier. In the next 10 years, Japan intends to deploy 2 ground-based ‘Aegis Ashore’ missile defense systems. The program also underlines the need for the strategic rivalry with China and Russia.

The decision of the unrecognized Kosovo on the formation of an independent army violates the UN resolution, and it should be immediately canceled, said Russian permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenya, during an emergency meeting of the Security Council. “As for the resolution Number 1244, which violates the UN resolution on the creation of Kosovo’s armed forces — it should be immediately canceled” — TASS quotes his words. Vasily Nebenzia underlined that «The existence of the Kosovo armed forces is a threat to the peace and security in the region, fraught with a repeat of the armed conflict». He also said that the irresponsible EU policy towards Kosovo has crossed a dangerous line. “The EU’s response to the last decision of Pristina can’t be called anything other than toothless” — he said. On Friday, Kosovo’s parliamentarians voted to create their own army. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his regret in this regard.

The Russian parliament made a law that considers the foreign NGOs that intervene in the elections on the territory of Russia as ‘undesirable’, Interfax reports. The law provides a possibility of recognizing the activity of foreign or international non-governmental organizations as undesirable in Russia if they promote — or hinder — the nomination of candidates, lists of candidates, the election of registered candidates, the initiative to hold a referendum and a referendum itself, attempts to achieve a certain result in elections, referendums, and so on. The exception will be given to the foreign organizations participating in election and referendum campaigns as observers.

«The cyber security units of the armed forces of Ukraine entered combat mode» — said the head of the communications and information systems department of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Vladimir Rapko. “These divisions established full compatibility and interaction with cyber security agents in Ukraine. Since the declaration of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine, this cooperation has only deepened. The divisions of Ukraine, responsible for the cyber security, have been switched to combat mode ”- RIA NEWS quoted Vladimir Rapko. He said that since 2014, there is an increase in the number of cyber attacks, aimed to damage the management and communication systems of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In February, the House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a bill on helping Ukraine to confront Russia in cyberspace.

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