Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 27 February 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
27 February 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Canadian combat engineers teach explosive demolition techniques to Ukrainian partners during #OpUNIFIER. Photo – Canadian Forces
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. On February 24-25, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 20 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with mortars and tanks. As a result of shelling by Russian-terrorist forces, Avdiivka is without electricity for a fourth straight day. Near Svitlodarsk and Horlivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with heavy weapons. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Popasne, Lobachev and Orikhove with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Maryinka with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Pavlopil and Vodyane. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions 62 times in total, including 21 times with heavy weapons.
2. US Condemns Attack by Combined Russian-separatist forces on Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine
The US State Department stated on February 26, “The United States is closely monitoring the growing violence in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks and the continuing failure of the combined-Russian separatist forces to honor the cease-fire called for under the Minsk agreements. We condemn Friday’s targeting of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) monitors and the seizure of a SMM unmanned aerial vehicle by combined-Russian separatist forces. It is imperative that these forces halt their attacks on civilian infrastructure, including the Donetsk water filtration station. We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the cease-fire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors.”

3. EU adopts conclusions on EU priorities for UN Human Rights Fora in 2017
The Council of the European Union published its priorities for UN Human rights fora in 2017 ahead of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, being held February 27-March 24. The EU stated, “The EU does not recognize and continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. In light of the deeply concerning human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and the serious human rights violations and abuses linked to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the EU will continue to support initiatives led by Ukraine addressing these issues within the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, as well as to lend full support to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. It will continue to call for the unrestricted access to Crimea and eastern Ukraine by established regional and international human rights monitoring mechanisms in order to overcome the current obstacles impeding them from carrying out their mandate.”


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