Ukraine: Daily Briefing – April 09, 2019, 7 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
April 09, 2019, 7 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian military training. Picture courtesy of Canadian Forces/Kristopher Reeves, Jeff Day
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that on April 8, one service member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was killed in action and three service members were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire thirteen times on Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk and Luhansk sector using heavy weapons seven times.
According to the Ukrainian military intelligence report seven invaders were killed and six were wounded as a result of returning fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on April 8.
2. Ukraine Develops 1,000 km Range Cruise Missiles and Counter-Battery Radars
Ukraine made counter-battery radar 1L220UK. Photo courtesy of UkrOboronProm
Ukraine has successfully tested high-precision cruise missiles with a range of over 1,000 kilometers and capable of carrying a 150-kilogram payload, as reported by Ukrainian media. The new cruise missile is made in Ukraine. Now the country has cruise missiles capable of hitting targets behind enemy lines and Neptun missiles that can destroy small and medium size warships at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. Currently, the Ukrainian Armed Forces undergo training, learning to operate newly developed weapon systems.
In addition, Ukraine’s Armed Forces have recently conducted successful field tests of Ukrainian-made counter-battery radar [1L220UK] as reported by the defense production concern UkrOboronProm. “The device is able to track incoming enemy shells with its microwave band radar, calculate their trajectories, and allows for the detection of precise locations of hostile cannons, mortars, multiple launch missile systems, as well as air defense systems and tactical missiles, at distances of dozens of kilometers away,” reported the defense concern press service.
3. Foreign Interference ‘Very Likely’ in Canada’s 2019 Election, Federal Security Agency Warns
Badge of the Communications Security Establishment.
Yesterday’s story by Janice Dickson in the Globe and Mail suggests that with federal election approaching Canada should be on the lookout for cyber threat. “It is “very likely” Canadian voters will encounter foreign cyber influence before and during the fall federal election,” as reported by Canada’s national cybersecurity agency.
Political parties, candidates and political staff may be facing cyber threats, according to the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).
According to CSE, the amount of cyber threat activity has increased almost threefold between 2015 and 2018 and the upward trend is expected to continue.
Read Janice Dickson’s story here
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland shown at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 3, 2019.  The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick
Previously, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland stated that malign foreign actors will likely try to meddle in Canada’s federal election in October. “Canada has learned important lessons from countries such as Ukraine, which is seen as a veritable laboratory for malign Russian cybermeddling and disinformation,” noted Minister Freeland while attending a G7 ministers’ meeting in France on April 5.
4. Foreign Policy’s Guide to the Ukrainian Election
Photo by Ukrpravda
Ukraine is approaching the second round of presidential election which is to take place on April 21. Meanwhile, Foreign Policy’s editors have put together top eight reads that offer some background and preliminary forecast as to Ukraine’s possible future.
The list of articles includes the pieces by journalist Paul Hockenos, political science professor Alexander J. Motyl, journalist Michael Colborne, policy analyst and journalist Tej Parikh, assistant professor at the Fletcher School Chris Miller, journalist Justin Lynch, and IRI President Daniel Twining.
Each of the articles offers a valuable insight into Ukraine’s political environment, explains what is happening right now and why. The articles give a deeper overview of the top candidates and their campaign focus as well as Russian disinformation campaign tactics.
Read more here

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