Ukraine: Daily Briefing – August 2, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 2, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces armored units training exercises. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 21 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 5 and wounded 4 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine’s President: The path to the establishment and operation of the Supreme Anticorruption Court is fully open
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported, “President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law ‘On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On the Judiciary and Status of Judges due to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine ‘On the Supreme Anticorruption Court.’
            The amendments made to the Law ‘On the Judiciary and Status of Judges’ and the Law ‘On the Supreme Anticorruption Court’ allow to ensure the effective launch and further functioning of the Supreme Anticorruption Court, including its Appeals Chamber, which will become a significant step in the fight against corruption in Ukraine.
            The law resolves some issues related to the organization of the work of the Supreme Anticorruption Court and guarantees of the activities of its judges, in particular, it provides for the specification of the work of the chambers of higher specialized courts and consolidation of certain institutional, organizational, personnel and financial autonomy of the appeals chamber of a higher specialized court.
            At the same time, the law envisages that the advocation of cases of top corrupt officials will be carried out exclusively by the Appeals Chamber of the Supreme Anticorruption Court.
            President Petro Poroshenko noted: ‘With the adoption of this Law, the path to the establishment and operation of the Supreme Anticorruption Court is fully open, so I appeal to the High Qualification Commission of Judges with a request to conduct a competition as soon as possible. I also request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to request our international partners as soon as possible to delegate representatives to the Public Council of International Experts. I also appeal to all worthy lawyers – take part in the competition. The speed and effectiveness of combating corruption in Ukraine will depend on your principled position.'”
3. US Senate adopts 2019 NDAA, authorizing $250 million in security assistance to Ukraine

Ukrinform reported, “The U.S. Senate has passed the final National Defense Authorization Act, which foresees the allocation of $250 million in security assistance to Ukraine.
            ‘The U.S. Senate has passed the final National Defense Authorization Act that was earlier approved by the House of Representatives. The act provides for allocation of $250 million to the U.S. Department of Defense for providing security assistance to Ukraine, including $50 million for defensive weapons,’ Ukraine’s Embassy in the United States announced on August 2.
            As noted, the document includes the main provisions of the draft law on cybersecurity cooperation with Ukraine. […] In addition, the U.S. State Department is instructed to report to the Congress on progress of cybersecurity cooperation with Ukraine. The National Defense Authorization Act will come into force after it is signed by US President Donald Trump.”
4. Ukraine, Israel complete legal examination of Free Trade Agreement text
Ukraine’s embassy in Israel reported, “On July 30 – August 1, 2018, the negotiating groups of Ukraine and Israel completed the legal examination of the text of the Free Trade Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel.
            During the talks held in Tel-Aviv and in Jerusalem, a joint check and harmonization was made on the use of the terms of the entire draft text of the Agreement, including the final proposals of the parties, with appropriate editorial changes. Another important step has been taken to finalize the draft text of the Agreement before signing.”

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