Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 28 March 2016, 6 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
28 March 2016, 6 PM Kyiv time
 
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported that yesterday towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Popasne. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces attacked Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka. Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions in the area with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Zaitseve with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Novotroitske with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Maryinka, Taramchuk and Shyrokyne. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven were wounded in action. The RNBO reported that from March 24-26, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 18 were wounded in action.
2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine statement on significant deterioration of Nadiya Savchenko’s health
On 25 March, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “strong protest with regard to the continuation of the illegal detention by the Russian authorities of illegally sentenced citizen of Ukraine – Nadiya Savchenko, which led to significant deterioration of her health and constitutes a danger to her life. We are outraged by the unfounded refusal of the Russian side to allow qualified Ukrainian doctors to visit Nadiya Savchenko, which indicates an attempt of the Russian authorities to conceal her real health condition and deceive the international community about the so-called satisfactory state of health. We reiterate that under the existing prolongation of the detention of illegally sentenced Nadiya Savchenko, the Russian side bears full responsibility for her health and life. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine urges Russia to immediately allow Ukrainian doctors to visit Nadiya Savchenko and to release her without delay, as stipulated by the Minsk Agreements, which the Russian Federation is a signatory to. We call upon the entire international community to continue its pressure on the Russian Federation with the aim of saving life of the illegally sentenced citizen of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko and her return back to Ukraine.”
3. Sentsov, Kolchenko sentences challenged in Russia’s Supreme Court
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov’s and Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko’s defense attorneys have filed an appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court, Radio Svoboda reported. In August 2015 Russian court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in prison and Kolchenko to 10 years in prison on fabricated charges and despite the fact that key prosecution witness G. Afanasyev recanted his testimony in court, stating that the evidence he gave was obtained under torture. The international community has repeatedly called on Russia to immediately release Sentsov and Kolchenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners illegally imprisoned in Russia.
4. Parliament to consider dismissal of General Prosecutor tomorrow
Ukraine’s Parliament is expected to consider the dismissal of General Prosecutor V. Shokin tomorrow. Parliamentary speaker V. Groysman stated that the vote would take place during tomorrow’s morning session of Parliament. Shokin resigned in February 2016, but his resignation requires parliamentary approval.

 


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