Ukraine: Daily Briefing – November 13, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 13, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Members of Operation Unifier and their Ukrainian counterparts inspect a T-80 tank at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Lviv during Operation UNIFIER. Photo- Joint Task Force-Ukraine

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 one Ukrainian soldier was 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 9 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 1 and wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Canada condemns illegitimate elections in Russian-occupied Ukraine
Canada’s Department of Global Affairs stated, “Canada joins its European allies and the United States in unreservedly rejecting the illegitimate and illegal November 11, 2018, elections in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. These ‘elections’ are an attempt to validate the rule of Moscow-imposed Russian proxies. In the absence of a recognized legal basis or any credible international monitoring, the international community will not recognize these ‘elections.’ Canadians continue to stand steadfastly with the people of Ukraine.”
3. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko launch U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue
President Poroshenko and Secretary Perry. 
Photo – US Embassy, Ukraine

The US Embassy in Ukraine reported on November 12, “Today, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry launched the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue, which will facilitate closer cooperation between the United States and Ukraine both in the government and private sector.
           The United States and Ukraine have successfully implemented a number of energy projects and initiatives relating to nuclear energy, natural gas and coal, to date and the Secretary expressed to President Poroshenko that the U.S. looks forward to seeing this energy partnership continue to grow and benefit both of our nations’ economies.
           In meetings today, Secretary Perry discussed with the President, the Prime Minister and other Ukrainian officials, the importance of Ukraine taking action on matters such as Production Sharing Agreement, data sharing, regulatory predictability, and legal transparency as necessary steps for further U.S. investment.
           This is a historic time in Ukraine, a country that has tremendous potential in the field of energy. The United States government and the United States private sector stand ready to partner and cooperate with Ukraine to increase its energy security.”
           Speaking at the Diplomatic Academy in Kyiv, Secretary Perry stated, “To the people of Europe, including Ukraine, I am here to reaffirm our support for actions that will advance energy security by increasing energy diversity, thus reducing dependence on Russian energy supplies, especially their gas.
           We believe no nation should dominate the supply of natural gas to Europe as a whole, or to any country. And we certainly believe that no one nation should use domination to coerce or pressure others, as Russia has been trying to do to Ukraine.
           So, I am also here to reaffirm my country’s opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to its TurkStream counterpart. Those pipelines would transport a single source of energy, from a single country, using a single route to deliver that supply. They would cut off countries from each other, while further exploiting energy-dependent nations.
           And finally, I am here to reaffirm the continued support of the U.S. Department of Energy for initiatives with Ukraine. We continue to work with our Ukrainian counterparts on improving energy resiliency and cyber security. […]
          Let’s work together. Let’s work together to unleash economic prosperity like this country has never seen. Let’s work together so that you can have the energy security you deserve, the national security that you deserve, so that Ukraine may continue to stand proud and free and pass on this priceless legacy to future generations. God bless you, and our friendship, and this extraordinary country of Ukraine. Slava Ukraini.”
Secretary Perry’s full remarks are available here
4. Court arrests suspect in acid attack on murdered activist Handziuk
The Kyiv Post reported, “Igor Pavlovsky, a former aide to lawmaker Mykola Palamarchuk, has been detained on suspicion of abetting the murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, Prosecutor General’s Office spokeswoman Larisa Sargan announced on Nov. 12.
          She said Pavlovsky had been arrested on Nov. 10 in Kherson. A court ordered his detention without the right to bail. He is suspected of co-organizing an attack on Handziuk, who was doused with a liter of acid on July 31 and died in a hospital three months later on Nov. 4 from chemical burns and multiple organ failure.
          Pavlovky’s name as a suspect in the case had leaked to media last week. Handziuk’s friends claimed that he was an intermediary between those who ordered the murder and the hitmen.
          In August, police arrested five people suspected of being involved in the attack on Handziuk – all former veterans of the war in the Donbas. Four of them were detained for 60 days. The fifth suspect was placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring.
          After Handziuk’s death, the case was reclassified from attempted murder to premeditated murder and transferred to Ukraine’s SBU security service for investigation. The SBU was reported on Nov. 10 to have raided the apartment of a member of Kherson Oblast council, Mykola Stavitsky.”

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