Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 15 August 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
15 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 attacked a Ukrainian positions near Novoleksandrivka. Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. At Popasne, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars and artillery. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Avdiyivka, Verkhnotroitske and Luhanske village with mortars. At Mayorsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions with grenade launchers and small arms. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Maryinka, Taramchuk, Novotroitske and Talakivka with mortars. At Novoselivka, Russian-terrorist force shelled Ukrainian positions with artillery. Russian-terrorist forces fired on several Ukrainian positions along the Mariupol sector of the front with small arms. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action.

2. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: “We have seen no evidence to support recent Russian accusations”
On 13 August, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs S. Dion stated, “I am concerned by the heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and by the actions and rhetoric that are contributing to these tensions. We have seen no evidence to support recent Russian accusations. At this critical time, Canada urges all sides to intensify their diplomatic efforts and make every effort to avoid provocations. Canada continues to condemn Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we are resolute in our position that we do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. We also underscore, as have our partners and allies, the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, in order to end the violence and bring about a peaceful and durable solution in eastern Ukraine.”

3. Operation UNIFIER: Ukrainian instructors in charge of first aid training

In an article published by Canada’s Department of National Defence on 12 August, Sergeant Y. Gauthier, Chief Instructor, Medical Training, Joint Task Force Ukraine, wrote, “With 45 instructors trained by medical personnel of the Joint Task Force in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER is ready to switch into high gear to intensify its training efforts and concentrate on mentoring. On July 29, Ukrainian instructors gave the entire combat first aid training session to 36 of their Ukrainian fellow soldiers. The latter are now ready to put what they have learned into practice owing to the teachings of these Ukrainian instructors. This achievement is evidence of the Ukrainian Forces’ capacity to provide quality training in line with NATO standards. This effort is an important milestone that marks the beginning of the mentoring phase of OP UNIFIER’s medical training stream. Each of these Ukrainian instructors has followed a rigorous two-week training session to test their medical knowledge and hone their instructional techniques. During those days, they received instruction from Canadian medical technicians on the new national combat first aid standards. In the end, 45 soldiers from the four corners of Ukraine passed the training and were certified as instructors. They will be part of the multinational effort to qualify all Ukrainian troops in combat first aid. […] Ukrainian and Canadian instructors are planning new courses together. As a result of the greater number of Ukrainian instructors, our Canadian medical technicians of the next rotation will be able to concentrate on their work as mentors. The future of medical training is certainly promising and the medical team can leave with their heads held high.” The full article is available at


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