Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 28 June 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
28 June 2016, 7 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 posit28ions near Popasne and Sokilnyky. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka with mortars and grenade launchers. Near the Donetsk airport, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne with mortars and artillery. At Novotroitske, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with artillery and grenade launchers. At Maryinka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. At Krasnohorivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.

2. Ukraine’s President: Changes to Constitution on decentralization will be voted on only when security conditions are met
Addressing Parliament on the occasion of Constitution Day, Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko stated, “A full and lasting ceasefire must be implemented. Russia – the aggressor state, the occupying state – must withdraw its armies, weapons and materiel from Ukraine’s territory. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission must have full access to all territory not under Ukrainian control, and also establish complete monitoring of the temporarily uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border. Further, there must be a real disarming of all illegal groups on this territory. […] An important guarantee against armed provocations and of the implementation of a ceasefire, as well as the security of a future election process should be an armed OSCE police mission. […] I stress – local elections – not under the guns of militants, but held according to Ukrainian law and OSCE criteria and standards must identify who will administer the new opportunities presented by decentralization in the interests of the communities. […] Only when these conditions are met will I be ready to appeal to the Parliament to vote for amendments [to the Constitution on decentralization] in second reading. And I want to reassure you – this will not be today, not tomorrow […] but when all security conditions are met! […] As with the de-occupation of the Donbas, the issue of the return of Crimea is on the agenda.” A transcript of President Poroshenko’s address to Parliament is available in Ukrainian at http://www.president.gov.ua/news/vistup-prezidenta-petra-poroshenka-na-urochistomu-zasidanni-37473

3. Ukraine, Eurojust sign Agreement on Cooperation
Ukraine and the European Organization for Justice (Eurojust) signed an Agreement on Cooperation on 27 June. President Poroshenko’s press service reported, “The conclusion of the Agreement is a criterion of the Plan of Actions on the liberalization of the visa regime by the EU. It meets the intentions of Ukraine and the EU to develop relations in the sphere of justice and internal affairs. The entry into force of the Agreement will create a legal framework for the use of Eurojust capabilities by Ukraine and provides real efficiency for competent authorities of Ukraine and the EU in the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes of transnational character, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption, cyber crime, money laundering, fraud and other crimes involving cross-border criminal organizations.”

 


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