Ukraine: Daily Briefing – May 10, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
May 10, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Army tanks participate in Strong Europe Tank Challenge in Germany. 
PHOTO – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense

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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions 70 times in total, including at least 24 times with heavy weapons. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka and Horlivka with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions on the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line with mortars and tanks. At Maryinka, Novotroitske and Vodyane, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrianian positions with mortars. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Stanytsia Luhanska and Popasne.
US Secretary of Defense Mattis visits Lithuania. PHOTO – RFE/RL
2.US Criticizes Russian Build-Up Near Baltic States
Reuters reported, “U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was ‘destabilizing’, and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.  U.S. allies are jittery ahead of war games by Russia and Belarus in September that could involve up to 100,000 troops and include nuclear weapons training — the biggest such exercise since 2013. The drills could see Russian troops near the borders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Russia has also deployed Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, its enclave on the Baltic Sea. It said the deployment was part of routine drills, but U.S. officials worry that it may represent a permanent upgrade. […] U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, raised the possibility that a Patriot missile battery could be deployed briefly to the Baltic region during NATO exercises in July that focus on air defense, known as Tobruk Legacy. The officials stressed that the Patriots, if deployed, would be withdrawn when the exercises were over. That would most likely happen before the Russian drills began, they said. Mattis declined to comment directly on the possible Patriot deployment to reporters after talks in Vilnius. ‘The specific systems that we bring are those that we determine necessary,’ Mattis said, saying that NATO capabilities in the region were purely defensive. It was Mattis’s first trip to the Baltic states, which fear Russia could attack them in the same way that it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014. The states are concerned about their lack of air defenses and considering upgrading their military hardware.”
3. Ukraine’s Prime Minister to visit Israel May 14-16
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported, “Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman on May 14-16 shall pay an official visit to the State of Israel. Among key topics of the negotiations are applying in Ukraine of the best practices of Israel in the agricultural production sector and reforming of the healthcare system, as well as the establishment of cooperation in high technologies. During the trip the Head of Ukrainian Government is to hold talks with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein. Besides, Volodymyr Groysman shall meet with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel Uri Ariel and visit the Agricultural Research Organization Volcani Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In the course of the official visit it is planned to sign a number of bilateral documents, such as: Memorandum of cooperation between the ministries of healthcare of Ukraine and Israel, Memorandum on the statistical data exchange between customs administrations of Ukraine and the State of Israel, Joint Declaration between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel on cooperation in preventing emergency situations and eliminating their consequences, as well as Implementation Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the State of Israel and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the temporary employment of Ukrainian workers in specific labour market sectors in the State of Israel. Moreover, the programme of the visit includes a meeting of the Prime Minister of Ukraine with the business community, the leadership of the Teva Learning Center and CEOs of leading Israeli biomedical engineering companies, as well as members of the Ukrainian community of Israel.”
Members of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade, 
PHOTO – Ukraine’ s Ministry of Defense
4. US soldiers share operational experience with Joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported,Military instructors from Illinois National Guard hit the ground of Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Command to share their knowledge and expertise in the field of planning and executing operations, from 9 to 19 May 2017. The workshop, which will last approximately two weeks, is organized in Lublin. In the theoretical part the North American instructors will deliver lectures and facilitate discussions in the actual workshop fields. The practical part will introduce Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian officers to Illinois National Guard approach in terms of running military decision making process aimed at successful military operations.”


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