Ukraine: Daily Briefing – November 12, 2018, 4 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 12, 2018, 4 PM Kyiv time
 
Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER participate in Remembrance Day commemoration ceremonies. Photo – CAF Operations


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 or 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 7 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 2 and wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported that on 9-10 November, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. On 9-10 November, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 19 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 10 enemy combatants on 9-10 November.
2. Statement by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on illegal “elections” organized by Russia in temporarily occupied territories
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on November 11, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest over the illegitimate and unlawful actions by Russia in connection with sham ‘elections’ held today in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
           The current attempt by Russia to justify, organize and then legitimize a fake ‘voting’ process in the occupied Donbas represents a flagrant violation of norms and principles of international law and Ukrainian legislation and constitutes a blatant breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
           At the same time, Russia as a party to the armed conflict in Donbas and a signatory to the Minsk agreements again violated its commitments thereunder.
We reaffirm that the results of these sham ‘elections’ will be null and void, have no legal consequences, and will not be recognized by either Ukraine or the international community. The only elections that can be legally held in Donbas are elections conducted in full compliance with Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards under OSCE/ODIHR monitoring.
           We are grateful to our international partners for having reaffirmed their continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
           It is abhorrent that Russia has chosen to ignore the clear condemnation of the international community and its call to cancel the fake ‘elections.’ Russia bears full responsibility for holding these illegal actions and for their devastating effect on the peace process.
          We call on the international community to respond by stepping up political and economic pressure on the Kremlin and imposing new sanctions on the occupying state and those individuals, who were directly involved in organizing these sham ‘elections.'”
3. US condemns sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine
The US State Department stated, “The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.’ These entities have no place within the Minsk agreements or within Ukraine’s constitutional government, and they should be dismantled along with the illegal armed formations.
If Russia calculated the November 11 illegal ‘elections’ would lead to international respect for its proxies, the international reaction proves it was mistaken. The OSCE refused to monitor yesterday’s farce. Russia’s actions have been denounced in capitals on both sides of the Atlantic and on the floors of the UN Security Council and the OSCE. The United States and the European Union have spoken with one voice against yesterday’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will continue to impose Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia until Moscow fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns control of Crimea to Ukraine.”
4. Ukraine, US to restore work of Commission for Strategic Partnership
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported on November 11, “President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that within the Paris Peace Forum, about 40 meetings with world leaders took place. Speaking with media representatives, the Head of State told about his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
‘Yesterday, the meeting with the President of the United States of America was held. As a result of this discussion, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and his American counterpart – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met today,’ Petro Poroshenko stressed.
           The President said that the result of these meetings was the agreement to hold the Ukraine-US Strategic Partnership Commission at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in Washington on November 16 this year. The Head of State reminded that the Commission was founded almost ten years ago.
            ‘Today we agreed to restore its work as a symbol of the fact that the partnership between Ukraine and the United States of America is strategic in nature,’ the President of Ukraine said. The Head of State also informed that a meeting of diplomatic advisor to the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yelisieiev with advisor to the President of the United States on national security John Bolton took place in Paris.”

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