Ukraine: Daily Briefing – January 23, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
January 23, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine: Canadian soldiers share expertise in Winter Warfare with Ukrainian counterparts. 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 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 four times in total. Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on civilian areas near Chermalyk with automatic weapons. No civilians were injured. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 2 and wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine, Israel to develop cooperation in security and defense
photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense

Ukrinform reported, “A memorandum of cooperation between Ukraine’s State Concern Ukroboronprom and Elbit Systems Ltd, an Israel-based international company for the development and modernization of various types of weapons, was signed in Israel, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine has reported.
           Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak having got acquainted with advanced defense technologies from Elbit Systems expressed interest in deepening cooperation with the Israeli company.
          ‘As a result of the meeting, the memorandum of cooperation between Ukroboronprom and Elbit Systems Ltd was signed. The document defines further development of joint projects in the following areas: communications, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for the Ground and Air Forces, air rescue equipment, radar stations, equipment for port protection, modernization of armored vehicles,’ the report says.
          The memorandum provides that the implementation of further projects will be carried out using mechanisms for the exchange of technologies and practical experience in the use of new weapons.
          During the meeting, the parties also noted that the memorandum was a real breakthrough in the relationship between the defense agencies of the partner countries.
          The Ukrainian delegation included the representatives of the National Security and Defense Council, the Defense Ministry, the State Concern Ukroboronprom and the State Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport.”
3. Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands sign Memorandum on financing prosecution of MH17 perpetrators
Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of understanding regarding financial support for prosecuting the perpetrators on the downing of Flight MH17 in July 2014. The Memorandum states, “The Signatories arrange to jointly finance the proceedings connected with the prosecution in the Netherlands of those suspected of downing flight MH17 in light of the international nature of the tragedy and the goal of capturing the harm done to all victims and making the legal proceedings as accessible as possible to all next of kin of the victims.”
May 24, 2018 - CBC report . Flight MH-17 shot down by Russian missile, investigators say. To view video, please click on image above
May 24, 2018 – CBC report . Flight MH-17 shot down by Russian missile, investigators say. To view video, please click on image above
In May, 2018, the international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into the downing MH-17 concluded that “the Buk-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from the 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia. […] The 53rd Brigade is part of Russia’s armed forces.'”
4. Ukraine’s Vice PM: Policy of appeasement is wrong path to peace
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported, “The path to peace is neither policy of pacification or withholding the truth. Such approaches undermine democracy and make aggressor states only stronger. We must recognize one uncomfortable truth – a war is on the European continent. Hybrid, dirty, using all possible means of influence. Russian aggressive behavior is now a major challenge to Europe’s security, Russia is violating international law, jeopardizing the unity and integrity of the European Union. This was announced by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze at the conference ‘Global Women’s Leadership and Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities’ held at the Ukrainian House in Davos (Switzerland).
            ‘Unfortunately, we see that Russia’s appetites are growing and it’s a pity that some European countries put economic interests over the values and security by lobbying the Nord Stream 2 project. I am convinced that appeasement policy is a wrong way to peace,’ the Vice Prime Minister emphasized.
            She also stressed that Russia will use Nord Stream 2 as a tool to influence Europe, as it has been using for decades the gas issue against Ukraine.
            ‘Ukraine does not see readiness of many European countries to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2. Unfortunately, the arguments of Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic countries are not heard by other capitals. It is a pity that even the proposal of the European Commission to apply to underwater gas pipelines the same rules that are currently being applied to land pipelines are not approved by the European Council,’ the Vice Prime Minister said.”

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