Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 4 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing

4 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

 

1. Russian invasion of Ukraine

The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported that since the beginning of the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO), according to official statistics, as today, 837 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 3044 wounded. The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, Ukrainian armed forces exchanged fire 22 times with Russian units and Kremlin-backed terrorists. The RNBO stated there is a high probability of the activation of military operations by Russian units and Kremlin-backed terrorists in areas of northern Luhansk oblast and southern Donetsk oblast. In the last 24 hours, Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) forces killed over 120 Kremlin-backed terrorists and Russian soldiers. The RNBO stated that shelling of Ukrainian positions and cities and towns continued from the territory of the Russian Federation, in the direction of Stanytsia Luhanska,  Luhansk city, Dmytrivka and Pobyeda. The border crossing at Krasna Talivka, Luhansk oblast, was shelled. Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled the residential district “Druzhba” in Luhansk city.

 

2. NATO Wales Summit: Ukrainian President Meets with US, UK, German, Italian, French leaders

Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko held a joint meeting at the NATO Summit in Wales with US President B. Obama, UK PM D. Cameron, German Chancellor A. Merkel, Italian PM M. Renzi and French President F. Hollande. According to Poroshenko’s press service “the parties paid particular attention to military-technical cooperation.”

 

3. Statement of NATO-Ukraine Commission Meeting

Following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, a Joint Statement was issued, “Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence continue to be violated by Russia.  Despite Russia’s denials, Russian armed forces are engaged in direct military operations in Ukraine; Russia continues to supply weapons to militants in eastern Ukraine; and it maintains thousands of combat-ready troops on its border with Ukraine…We, the Heads of State and Government of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, stand united in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders…[D]espite the commitments it has made, Russia has, in fact, carried out direct military intervention inside Ukraine and increased its support to the militants…In the framework of our long-standing Distinctive Partnership, NATO has consistently supported Ukraine throughout this crisis, and all 28 Allies, including through NATO, are enhancing their support so that Ukraine can better provide for its own security.  Recognising Ukraine’s intent to deepen its Distinctive Partnership with NATO, we are stepping up our strategic consultations in the NATO-Ukraine Commission. NATO has already strengthened existing programmes on defence education, professional development, security sector governance, and security-related scientific cooperation with Ukraine.  We will further strengthen our cooperation in the framework of the Annual National Programme in the defence and security sector through capability development and sustainable capacity building programmes for Ukraine. In this context, Allies will launch substantial new programmes with a focus on command, control and communications, logistics and standardisation, cyber defence, military career transition, and strategic communications. NATO will also provide assistance to Ukraine to rehabilitate injured military personnel.  Allies are reinforcing their advisory presence at the NATO offices in Kyiv. Allies have taken note of Ukraine’s requests for military-technical assistance, and many Allies are providing additional support to Ukraine on a bilateral basis, which Ukraine welcomes.

 

4. Ukrainian President: Trilateral Contact Group plans to sign document implementing peace plan

Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko’s press service stated that according to preliminary information on 5 September at 14:00 a meeting of the Trilateral contact group will take place. Poroshenko stated, “It is planned to sign a document that provides for the stages of implementing the Peace Plan of Ukraine. It is crucially important that the key element of the given plan is [a] ceasefire. If the meeting takes place and the signature of the plan is confirmed, we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begintomorrow.”

 

5. NATO Supreme Commander, Europe on NATO aid to Ukraine

General P Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, in an interview with National Public Radio, responding to the question:

“We’re hearing from lawmakers here in the US and from people in the Administration, that the US may supply sophisticated Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. Can you confirm that?”

Breedlove stated, “I will not. I think that it would not be good for me to get out in front of our nations’ leaders here at the Summit. But I will tell you that many nations are looking at bilateral aid, both lethal and non-lethal, and then NATO will also be looking at its aid to Ukraine as an alliance. And all of that should be announced over the next, say, 36 hours.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taras Zalusky, Executive Director

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

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