Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 5 July 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
5 July 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time
 
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported that yesterday three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and thirteen Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Novozvanivka with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Troitske and Luhanske village. Russian-terrorist forces shelled residential areas of Toretsk with mortars and artillery, damaging residential areas. No civilians were injured. The heaviest combat throughout the day yesterday was near Avdiyivka and the Donetsk airport. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy mortars shelling along the Hnutove-Shyrokyne line.

2. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: Duration of Sanctions imposed on Russia directly related to an end to Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and full implementation of Minsk
In its Resolutions adopted at the Tbilisi Session (July 1-5), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) “Underlines respect for the principles of the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes, equal rights, and self-determination of peoples as stated in the Helsinki Final Act, and calls on the Russian Federation to restrain its aggressive practices and reverse the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; […] Recognizes that the duration of political and economic sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation for its illegal occupation and attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and armed intervention in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, is directly related to an end being brought to the illegal occupation of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine and full implementation by the Russian Federation of its commitments under the Minsk Agreements.” The resolutions adopted at the OSCE PA’s session are available at http://www.oscepa.org/documents/all-documents/annual-sessions/2016-tbilisi/declaration-24/3371-tbilisi-declaration-eng/file

3. Ukraine’s Parliament removes immunity from MP suspected of corruption
Ukraine’s Parliament voted to remove immunity from prosecution and allow the detention and arrest of MP Oleksander Onyshchenko, at the request of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Onyshchenko is a member of the Volya Narodu faction in Parliament. According to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Onyshchenko is suspected of misappropriation of state funds and embezzlement in the gas trade. Prosecutor General Y. Lutsenko stated that Onyshchenko fled Ukraine on 2 July, and an international warrant for his arrest would be filed by Ukraine.

4. Atlantic Council on Ukraine at NATO Summit
A. Polyakova, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, stated, “Ukraine will likely be at the center of the NATO summit in Warsaw. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014 has brought renewed importance to NATO’s core mission. Vulnerable NATO member states, particularly the Baltics and Poland, are looking east at President Vladimir Putin’s growing aspirations to destabilize countries in Russia’s near abroad and beyond, using conventional and non-conventional tools of warfare. Ukraine has suffered tremendous losses as a result of Russian aggression: 7 percent of Ukraine’s territory is under occupation, more than 9,000 Ukrainians have died, and with over 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). In fact, Ukraine faces the largest IDP crisis in Europe since World War II. […] Kyiv will look to NATO to commit to a comprehensive assistance package beyond the 5.3 million euros NATO allocated in 2015. Ukraine is seeking continued political support, as well as strengthened NATO engagement with the Ukrainian defense and military sector, including joint exercises and training. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has signaled that the Alliance is ready for that conversation when he sets the agenda on Ukraine for the Warsaw summit as an opportunity to ‘provide a basis for [NATO] discussing how [the Alliance] can provide practical support for Ukraine.’ As Ukraine looks to the Warsaw summit to bring reassurances of the Alliance’s continued commitment to bolstering NATO’s eastern flank, one thing is clear: ensuring security in Europe starts with supporting Ukraine.” The full article is available at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/nato-summit-special-series-ukraine

 


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