Ukraine: Daily Briefing – January 25, 2019, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
January 25, 2019, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Army 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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action, when Russian-terrorist forces attacked a Ukrainian military vehicle with anti-tank rockets near Katerynivka, Luhansk oblast. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Donetsk and Luhansk sectors of the front 9 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 5 and wounded 1 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Resolution introduced in US Senate urging strong response to Russian aggression in Ukraine
On January 24, US Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis), Richard Durbin (D-Ill) and 62 US Senate colleagues introduced a resolution that calls “for a prompt multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea and the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.”
            US Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated, “Ukraine is the front line of Vladimir Putin’s struggle against the free world. Just two months ago, Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait marked a dangerous escalation of that conflict. Yet to date, Russia has paid no price for its aggression. We must respond urgently and with strength to prevent further aggression by providing additional lethal aid to Ukraine, especially to improve its maritime capabilities, and, working with our NATO allies, maintain and enhance our presence in the Black Sea. Ukraine has never asked Americans or Europeans to do their fighting for them; they have asked only that we give them the tools they need to defend themselves and their country. Ukrainians need and deserve our help.”
The full text of the resolution is available here
3. EU to discuss more Russia sanctions over Azov Sea next month
Reuters reported on January 24, “European Union foreign ministers will discuss in February imposing more sanctions against Russia over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea, diplomats said.
           The bloc will also issue a demarche – a formal diplomatic protest note – to Moscow as early as next week over Russia’s continued detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured during the incident in November, they added.
EU members that have long taken a hard line on Russia, including Lithuania, Sweden, Britain and Poland, are now backed in proposing more sanctions by countries like Denmark and Slovakia. They argue that pressure from France and Germany on Moscow to free the servicemen has not borne fruit.”
4. EBRD supports largest windfarm in Ukraine
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) stated on January 24, “The EBRD is supporting energy security and reduced pollution in Ukraine by arranging a syndicated loan of €150 million loan for the construction of a 250 MW windfarm in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
           The loan will be extended to the local developer SyvashEnergoProm LLC, co-owned by renewable energy groups Total Eren of France and NBT of Norway, for the construction of the initial 133 MW phase.  The farm is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019. […]
          Once the project is fully commissioned, it is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 470,000 tonnes annually, and to produce over 850,000 MWh of renewable energy each year – enough to provide power to the Ukrainian municipality of Rivne, which has approximately 100,000 households.
          The wind farm is the latest investment under the EBRD’s €250 million Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility III (USELF III) framework approved by the Bank in July 2018. USELF III builds on two previous programmes co-financed by the EBRD and the Clean Technology Fund, which yielded 13 renewable energy projects in Ukraine with an aggregate installed capacity of 151 MW.
         Speaking at the signing ceremony in Davos yesterday, EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti said, ‘We are delighted to be supporting the two world class developers who will build Ukraine’s largest windfarm.  This shows that Ukraine’s commitment to carry out energy sector reforms is increasing the investor confidence needed to achieve the country’s energy transition. This project is good news for Ukraine, investors and for the planet.'”

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