Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 15 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing

15 September, 7 PM Kyiv time

 

1. Russian invasion of Ukraine

The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that Kremlin-backed terrorists continued to shell and fire upon Ukrainian checkpoints and positions, despite the ceasefire. In the last 24 hours, 73 Ukrainian armed forces personnel, held hostage by Kremlin-backed terrorists in Donetsk, were freed. The RNBO reported that on 14 September, Kremlin-backed terrorists and Russian soldiers fired artillery into two residential districts of Donetsk city, which resulted in civilian casualties. In Mariupol, Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) forces continued to fortify defenses, aided actively by volunteers and residents of the city.

 

2.  “Elections” in Crimea

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated on 14 September that they “strongly condemn the holding by the Russian Federation of so-called elections on 14 September in temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city. Crimea and Sevastopol were, are and will be a constituent part of the sovereign Ukrainian state… The elections are illegitimate.” The Ministry called on the international community to condemn the holding of these elections. They stated. “we expect the civilized world to give a proper assessment of the illegal actions of the Russian occupying authorities, which continue harassment, discrimination and repressions against Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and representatives of other nationalities.” The European Union stated that it “continues to condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and will not recognise it. In view of reports about local “elections” having taken place in Crimea and Sevastopol, we recall that the European Union recognises neither the legal framework nor the legitimacy of these “elections.””

 

3. NATO and Ukraine begin “Rapid Trident” Exercise

Exercise Rapid Trident 2014 began in Yavoriv, Ukraine, today. Rapid Trident – a Situational and Field Training Exercise,  supports interoperability among Ukraine, US, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations; 15 countries are taking part – Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the US. Approximately 1300 personnel are participating.

 

4. Second Russian “humanitarian” convoy

The RNBO stated on 13 September that on the night of 12-13 September, without customs clearance and without representatives of the Red Cross, through the border checkpoint Donetsk (Russia)-Izvaryne (Ukraine), another Russian Federation convoy illegally entered Ukraine. Ukrainian border guards and customs officials were not allowed to examine the contents of the cargo, representatives of the Red Cross did not accompany the convoy, and its contents are unknown. The European Union stated today that “Over the weekend, a second Russian humanitarian consignment has entered and left Ukrainian territory, without the consent of or inspection by the Ukrainian authorities. Fundamental international humanitarian law principles have not been observed. This way of proceeding was therefore illegal, in breach of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

 

5. EU, Ukraine to vote on Association Agreement

The European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) will vote on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including its free trade component on 16 September. The vote is scheduled for 12PM Brussels time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Taras Zalusky, Executive Director

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

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