Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 9 August 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
9 August 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 positions at Novotoshkivsk, Zolote and Popanse. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Horlivka, Avdiyivka, and Opytne with mortars. At Luhanske village, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with artillery. Toward Mariupol, Russian-terrorist force carried out heavy mortar and artillery shelling of Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne, firing 114 artillery shells and nearly 100 mortar shells. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krasnohorivka, Hnutove and Vodyane with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.


2. Change of Command of CAF Personnel for Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine

Canada’s Department of National Defence stated, “The new commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U), Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault today during a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine. As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Niven commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with the mission to conduct training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as Small Team training, which consists of individual weapons training; marksmanship; communication; survival; and ethics training.” Outgoing Commander Lieutenant Colonel Arsenault stated, “The troops and I leave Ukraine with a strong sense of accomplishment. Since the beginning of this mission, Canadian soldiers have not only contributed significantly to building capacity within the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but have also served to clearly represent Canada’s engagement towards Ukraine and commitment towards its allies.” Incoming Commander Lieutenant Colonel Niven stated, “My soldiers are looking forward to exchanging expertise and experience with our Ukrainian partners to the mutual benefit of our armed forces. We will build on the high standard of training established by previous rotations and continue to develop the effectiveness and professionalism of the Ukrainian troops on operations.”


3. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, “On 9 August Ukraine along with the international community marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Reaffirming its commitment to the principles of respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, as expressed in particular in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ukraine guarantees the preservation and promotion of ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of all national minorities of the country. Ukraine guarantees the protection and enjoyment of the inherent right to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people within the sovereign and independent Ukrainian State and recognizes Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the executive body of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, as the competent authority of the Crimean Tatars. Ukraine once again draws the world’s attention to the facts of systemic pressure on the Crimean Tatars, of reprisals against the Ukrainian citizens on the ground of nationality, of the organization of ethnically and politically motivated persecutions in the temporarily occupied part of the territory of Ukraine by the state authorities of the Russian Federation, which had started from the date of the temporary occupation of Crimea and which embody a conscious policy of the ethnocide of the Crimean Tatars. We call on the international community to condemn the actions of the occupying authorities, to make necessary efforts to protect the Crimean Tatars from discrimination and harassment by the Russian Federation and to prevent the occurrence of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, who have already experienced the tragedy of forced deportation 70 years ago. We are convinced that all those responsible for the occupation and the illegal attempt of the annexation of Crimea as well as for systematic and widespread violations of human rights in the temporary occupied territory of Ukraine will be brought to justice. Ukraine will not cease to exert its utmost efforts for the complete de-occupation of the territory of Crimea and the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, and calls on the partners to reinforce their pressure on the country – invader.”


4. Ukraine to open Investment Promotion Office, Government appoints Commissioner for Investment

Ukraine’s Prime Minister V. Groysman announced on 8 August at a Cabinet of Ministers meeting that Ukraine will open an Investment Promotion Office and appoint a Commissioner for Investment. The Cabinet of Minister stated, “The office will engage in development of the investment potential of Ukraine, in promoting the country in the world, attracting top international investors and supporting their investment.” The Office will be established before 1 September as an advisory body to the Prime Minister, and a Director of the Office will be submitted to the Government for approval. The NIS Enterprise Fund has agreed to provide organizational and financial support for establishing the office. The Cabinet of Ministers also approved the introduction of a Government Commissioner for Investment, “who will coordinate the activities of the future Office and be responsible in the Government for the issues related to investment support. The duties of the Government Commissioner are entrusted to First Deputy Finance Minister Oksana Markarova. […] The Office will cooperate with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, trade missions, business-ombudsmen […] as well as business associations, including international ones such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Business Association and embassies,” The Cabinet of Ministers stated. 

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