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Ukraine News Today May 6, 2017: WWII-era U.S.-made P40 Kitty Hawk recovered from Black Sea; Ukrainian MP who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship

Ukraine News Today: WWII-era U.S.-made P40 Kitty Hawk aircraft recovered from Black Sea at Kerch bridge construction site; Ukrainian MP Andriy Artemenko who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship
Ukraine News Today May 6, 2017: WW2-era U.S.-made P40 Kitty Hawk recovered from Black Sea; Ukrainian MP who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship

Ukrainian MP who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship

Andriy Artemenko, the “back-door diplomat” who allegedly pitched a so-called plan to resolve the conflict with Russia onto the desk of Trump’s national security adviser (at the time) Michael Flynn, has been deprived of Ukrainian citizenship by a presidential decree, according to the State Migration Service, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

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The State Migration Service reported on Friday, May 5, that Andriy Artemenko was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by a corresponding decree of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

“The President of Ukraine issued a decree on the loss of citizenship of Ukraine by persons who did not fulfill an obligation to terminate foreign citizenship, as well as those who voluntarily obtained citizenship of foreign states,” the report says.

Information regarding Artemenko, provided by the Prosecutor  General’s Office of Ukraine through the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, was worked through by the State Migration Service of Ukraine and forwarded for consideration by the Commission on Citizenship under the President of Ukraine, according to the report. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine decides on the loss of Ukrainian citizenship based on the findings of the Commission on Citizenship.

Information regarding Artemenko, provided by the Prosecutor  General’s Office of Ukraine through the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, was worked through by the State Migration Service of Ukraine and forwarded for consideration by the Commission on Citizenship under the President of Ukraine, according to the report. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine decides on the loss of Ukrainian citizenship based on the findings of the Commission on Citizenship.

As it was reported earlier, Andriy Artemenko came into a global spotlight as he reportedly tried to present to Donald Trump’s team a so-called “peace plan” providing for a Ukrainian referendum on leasing Crimea to Russia for 50 or 100 years and amnesty for most of the militants in Donbas, along with the withdrawal of Russian forces from eastern Ukraine.  This was all done behind the backs of Kyiv, the State Department and most everyone else, NYT wrote. The Kremlin denied it was aware of the plan, while the Ukrainian government was livid, and prosecutors in Kyiv are probing Artemenko whether he has committed treason.

WWII-era U.S.-made P40 Kitty Hawk aircraft recovered from Black Sea at Kerch bridge construction site

In the Kerch Strait, where the construction of Kerch bridge is underway to connect the Russian-annexed Crimea with mainland Russia, the floating crane crew managed to raise from the sea bottom an American P40 “Kitty Hawk” fighter jet that crashed into the sea at the times of World War 2, according to UNIAN.

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“It was discovered on the sea bottom along the perimeter of a large construction 6 km off the Taman coast,” reads the report by Crimea Bridge information center.

The crane raised from 9 meters below sea surface a fuselage with wings and a tail weighing more than 3.5 tonnes. Six 12.7mm Colt-Browning machine guns with ammo were also recovered.

Part of the dashboard and the pilot’s seat were still in place, as well as the engine with visible markings, which will expectedly help identify the aircraft and the circumstances of its crash, as well as the fate of the pilot, according to the report.