Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 11 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing

11 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

1. Russian invasion of Ukraine

The National Defense and Security Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, Kremlin-backed terrorist shelled or fired upon checkpoint and positions of Ukrainian forces almost 20 times. Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk airport were shelled three times. Kremlin-backed terrorists also shelled Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast and Pisky, Luhansk oblast, attempting to imitate fire from Ukrainian forces’ artillery. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, there were no casualties among Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) forces. The RNBO reported that Kremlin-backed terrorists of the so-called Luhansk “Peoples’ Republic blocked the delivery of coal from 5 Ukrainian companies to Ukrainian consumers, and are transporting coal to Russia. The RNBO stated at 5PM Kyiv time that throughout the day there were sporadic violations of the ceasefire, and provocations. Overall, the ceasefire is holding, with no significant activity of Kremlin-backed terrorists observed in the areas of Mariupol and Novoazovsk.

2. EU and US announce further sanctions against Russia

The Council of the European Union announced that on 12 September, strengthened sanctions will be implemented against the Russian Federation. “Restrictions on Russia’s access to EU capital markets have been strengthened. EU nationals and companies may no more provide loans to five major Russian state-owned banks. At the same time, trade in new bonds, equity or similar financial instruments with a maturity exceeding 30 days, issued by the same banks, has been prohibited. The same restrictions have been extended to three major Russian defence companies and three major energy companies. Providing services related to the issuing of the above financial instruments, e.g. brokering, is also included in the prohibition. In addition, certain services necessary for deep water oil exploration and production, arctic oil exploration or production, and shale oil projects in Russia may no more be supplied, for instance drilling, well testing or logging services. At the same time, the ban on exporting dual use goods and technology for military use in Russia has been extended to also include a list of nine mixed defence companies that must not receive dual use goods from the EU. 24 persons will be added to the list of those subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze. They comprise persons involved in actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, including the new leadership in Donbass, the government of Crimea as well as Russian decision-makers and oligarchs.”

US President B. Obama stated that together with the EU the US “will intensify our coordinated actions on Russia in response to its illegal actions in Ukraine. […] We are implementing these new measures in light of Russia’s actions to further destabilize Ukraine over the last month, including through the presence of heavily armed Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. […] We will deepen and broaden sanctions in Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors. These measures will increase Russia’s political isolation as well as the economic costs to Russia, especially in areas of importance to President Putin and those close to him. My Administration will outline the specifics of these sanctions tomorrow.”

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