Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 6 March, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
6 March, 6 PM Kyiv time
Soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group _1 CMBG_ headquartered in Edmonton depart for _OpUNIFIER training mission PHOTO - Department of National Defence
CAF personnel depart for #OpUNIFIER training mission PHOTO – Department of National Defence

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions 110 times in the last 24 hours, including 50 times with heavy weapons – artillery, tanks, and mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy artillery, tank and mortar shelling of Ukrainian positions near Svitlodarsk. Near Horlivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. At Avdiivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with tanks and mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions along the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line. Towards LUhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrianina postions near Popasne and Krymske.
2. International Court of Justice begins hearings in case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation
The International Court of Justice began hearings today in the case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation. Ukraine instituted proceedings against Russia with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 9 December 1999 and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 21 December 1965. At the hearing today, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal stated, “Ukraine has come before this Court to defend the basic human rights of its people, faced with the Russian Federation’s violations of international law.  Today, I ask the Court to indicate provisional measures to prevent those rights from being irreparably harmed while this case is pending. Thousands of innocent Ukrainian civilians have already suffered deadly attacks, and millions remain under imminent threat. Their peaceful and simple day-to-day routines have been ruined, and their fundamental rights have been blatantly violated by one of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation continuously violates international law and abuses human rights. […] In occupied Crimea, the Russian Federation wholly disregards human rights, while implementing policies of cultural erasure and pervasive discrimination. […]  The Russian Federation’s tactics include support for terrorism and acts of racial discrimination, as well as propaganda, subversion, intimidation, political corruption, and cyber-attacks. […]Today, I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of the Ukrainian people. We seek justice and accountability under international law, while the Russian Federation continues to demonstrate disregard for its obligations under international treaties. […] Even in the last few weeks, the stakes have been raised.  Russian-backed armed groups have again escalated their attacks and intimidation of civilians. In the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, just within the week between 29 January and 5 February 2017, independent OSCE monitors have confirmed at least 8 deaths and 30 injuries among civilians. As a result of indiscriminate shelling, the city has suffered widespread destruction of residential buildings and critical infrastructure, leaving civilians without electricity, water supplies, and even heat at harsh temperatures far below zero. […]The attacks on Ukrainian civilians are the logical conclusion of the Russian Federation’s support for groups that engage in terrorism.  The destruction of Flight MH17 with a Russian Buk system did not stop Russian financing of terrorism.  […] While in the east of Ukraine civilians continue to suffer indiscriminate attacks, in occupied Crimea the Russian Federation continues to implement a Soviet-style approach to human rights, suppressing groups it sees as its enemies.  Just recently, eleven Crimean Tatars who were peacefully protesting against arbitrary searches were forcefully detained. This is yet another example of how the Russian regime silences those it disfavors. In this case, Ukraine seeks relief for Russia’s continuous violations of two treaties: the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.” The full statement is available at
3. IMF reaches staff-level arrangement with Ukraine on third review of Extended Fund Facility
On March 4, Ron van Rooden IMF Ukraine Mission Chief, stated, “”The IMF staff has reached agreement with the Ukrainian authorities on an updated Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies. This paves the way for consideration of the third review of the arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) by the IMF’s Executive Board, together with the 2016 Article IV consultation, in the second half of March.” The IMF stated, “The completion of the third review will enable the disbursement of SDR 734.05 million (about US$ 1 billion), which would bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 6,178.26 million (about US$ 8.32 billion).”
4. Kyiv court hears motions in graft case against Tax Chief
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “A court in Kyiv heard motions on March 6 in the corruption case against Roman Nasirov, Ukraine’s tax and customs service chief. Nasirov was suspended from his post on March 3 amid a graft investigation that marks a rare attempt to prosecute a senior official on suspicion of corruption. A special prosecutor tasked with fighting corruption has sought Nasirov’s arrest on suspicion of ‘abuse of office leading to serious financial losses,’ citing concerns that he could try to flee the country. Nasirov’s suspension came a day after the National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) said it attempted to serve the 38-year-old, who was in a Kyiv hospital at the time, with a document identifying him as a suspect in the case of fraud and embezzlement of the equivalent of more than $100 million in tax revenues from natural-gas delivery contracts.”


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