Ukraine will not become a nuclear power, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes. The daily notes that Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has pointed out that no one will allow Kiev to arm itself with nuclear weapons – and that includes its western allies.
The Rossiyskaya Gazeta reminds that the discussion on the possibility of Ukraine becoming a nuclear-weapon state stems from the statement made by Ukraine's Defense Minister Valery Geletey to reporters at a news conference in Kiev: "If today we cannot defend [Ukraine], if the world will not help us, we will be forced to return to creating this weapon, which will defend us against Russia.“ Political issues and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty by which Ukraine is bound aside, the newspaper highlights that according to interviewed experts, Ukraine would have a hard time producing nuclear weapons if it decided to go ahead with the plan. While the country is capable of producing carriers, as it has soviet missile technology, producing payload – enriched uranium, is much more complicated.
At the same time, Ukraine's president is set on expanding the country's arsenal of conventional weapons, Moskovskiy Komsomolets writes. The daily reports that Poroshenko has asked American congressmen for 'lethal and non-lethal weapons' along with further clampdown on Moscow in the form of anti-Russian sanctions. The daily notes that in order to justify supplying Ukraine with weapons under technically legal pretexts, Poroshenko asked for Ukraine to get granted a special status – a major non-NATO ally. The list of such countries includes Australia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. In 2014 the US congress submitted a bill to grant this status to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; however, it has not been passed yet, the article notes. The newspaper writes that the Ukrainian president admitted that his country's army is incapable of winning a war or even keeping peace – they need weapons, and as much as possible. The president insisted that Ukraine wanted peace, but “needed to be sufficiently strong.” He added that there were no plans of military action against Crimea, but he did plan to resolve the issue in the long term with non-military methods.
Guinea officials said that they have found eight bodies after a team of health workers went missing during a push to raise awareness of the outbreak of Ebola which started in the country nine months ago, The Guardian writes. The daily notes that six members of the team – three journalists and the director and two senior doctors of the regional hospital – were set upon by angry residents in the remote village of Womey. In such villages many remain in denial about the disease, or suspicious of foreign health workers. The six have been missing since Tuesday, the newspaper reminds. Officials said all six were held captive, although attempts to reach them stalled after angry residents destroyed bridges leading to the village. The district of Nzérékoré, where the team disappeared, exploded in clashes after health workers tried to spray the local market last month, the daily highlights. Around 50 people were arrested, and two dozen police officers sent in to quell the riots were injured. However, a sluggish international response to the crisis has picked up in recent days, with several countries promising significant assistance.
The Telegraph writes that John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has declared Syria had breached its commitments to stop using chemical weapons in the civil war by using chlorine gas in attacks earlier this year.Following an investigation conducted by the Telegraph, which established that chlorine gas was used in attacks on the villages of Kfar Zita and Talmenes in April, Kerry confirmed that the attacks amounted to a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the newspaper notes. The daily reminds that a fact-finding mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found “compelling confirmation” that a toxic chemical was used “systematically and repeatedly” as a weapon in the villages in northern Syria last week. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former British army officer who led the Telegraph investigation, told the daily that Kerry’s comments showed that war crimes were continuing to take place in Syria. The article reminds that Syria’s declared stockpile of chemical munitions has either been destroyed in country or exported for destruction as part of a deal agreed a year ago.
The Moscow Times writes that Russia's Federal Bailiffs Service has released an interactive game in which it appears to simultaneously poke fun at itself and show the frustrations inherent in the agency's work, supposedly, to raise awareness of the challenges facing the governmental body. The game, titled simply "Try Yourself as a Bailiff," lets users create either a male or female character. The man is said to "move slowly and process documents slowly" but "he is not afraid of homeless people or dogs, and he gets a 20 percent bonus for collecting cash from the population." The female character, on the other hand, "moves quickly (15 percent more quickly than the man), processes documents quickly (20 percent better than the man), but is afraid of dogs and homeless people." Once a character is created for the game, the user begins the tedious task of processing stacks of paperwork that seem to never end. The newspaper highlights that the game invariably ends with the user losing, greeted with the message: "You failed to process the minimum amount of required paperwork."