Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 7, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 7, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
 
Ukraine's Ministry of Defense briefing on escalation of attacks by Russian-terrorist forces in last 24 hours (in Ukrainian)
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense briefing on escalation of attacks by Russian-terrorist forces in last 24 hours (in Ukrainian). To view video, click on image above


1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that attacks by Russian-terrorist forces on Ukrainian positions significantly escalated. In the last 24 hours, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and ten Ukrainian soldiers were 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 16 times in total. Near Novohulyanske, Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy shelling of Ukrainian positions with 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery.
2. Lithuania recognizes 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatar People by Soviet regime as an act of genocide
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on June 6, “Lithuania’s parliament has recognized the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 by the government of the Soviet Union as an act of genocide.
 A resolution on the issue, approved by Lithuanian lawmakers on June 6, calls the deportation ‘crimes committed by the Soviet Union against Crimean Tatars’ and calls on the world community ‘to express solidarity with the Crimean Tatars and continue’ the policy of nonrecognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea’ by Russia in 2014. Seventy-seven lawmakers voted for the resolution, while one abstained.
          A similar resolution was adopted by another Baltic nation, Latvia, last month. Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, recognized the Crimean Tatars’ deportation as an act of genocide in November 2015.”
3. NABU: Constitutional Court of Ukraine eliminated an effective tool for liquidation of corruption schemes at state enterprises
 
Head of NABU Artem Sytnyk's statement on June 5 Constitutional Court ruling. To view video, click on image above
Head of NABU Artem Sytnyk’s statement on June 5 Constitutional Court ruling. To view video, click on image above
On June 5, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled unconstitutional provisions in the Law “On the National-Anti Corruption Bureau of Ukraine” that grant authority to the Bureau to file civil claims for the invalidation of transactions of persons under investigation for high-level corruption.
           The ruling satisfied a complaint to the Constitutional Court by Joint Stock Company Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant, an enterprise controlled by Ihor Kolomoisky’s and Hennadiy Boholyubov’s Privat Group, reported Ukrainian media.
           The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) stated, “The decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to deprive the National Bureau of the authority to invalidate illegal agreements in court protects the organizers of corruption schemes and actually legitimizes the embezzlement of funds of state enterprises during the procurement of goods, works and services at inflated prices. The Constitutional Court ruled on June 5, 2019, based on the lawsuit of the ‘Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant.’
           The NABU authority to file claims for invalidation of agreements, envisaged by the Law from the beginning of its foundation and it has become an effective tool for the liquidation of corruption schemes at state enterprises. During four years of the NABUs work, the courts satisfied 35 claims of the National Bureau, canceling 97 illegal agreements. The relevant decisions came into force and became the basis for the return of more than 6 billion UAH to the state. […]
           In all these cases, the NABU proved in court that the relevant agreements signed by the state-owned companies caused damage or shortfall in income. Due to the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, the most of these enslaving agreements can be restored in court.
           In addition, the court decisions on the illegality of agreements and their invalidation are the elements of the evidence base on criminal proceedings as of the facts of corruption at state enterprises, investigated by the NABU Detectives. Due to the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, this evidence may be declared inadmissible in the criminal process.
           Therefore, in its consequences, the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine can be fatal for the entire anti-corruption reform of the country. It significantly strengthens the position of the organizers of corruption schemes and in fact deprives state enterprises of the opportunity to return stolen resources.”
4. US Energy Secretary: We will not allow anyone to coerce another country using energy as a weapon
 
Secretary Perry at 3 Seas Initiative Summit. Photo – 3 Seas Initiative Summit


Ukraine Business News (UBN) reported, “US LNG reserves are ‘massive’ and will compete for head to head in Europe with Russian pipeline gas, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry vowed Wednesday at a business conference in Slovenia. ‘This idea that somehow…LNG can’t compete with pipelined gas is just false,’ said Perry, a former governor of Texas. ‘The U.S. supply, the U.S. reserves of natural gas are massive…the pressure downward on the price of LNG is going to continue.’
           Perry, who represented the Trump Administration at the May 20 presidential inauguration of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, told the gathering in Ljubljana: ‘For us not to support Ukraine in every reasonable, feasible way that we can is an irresponsible act…We are not going to allow anyone to coerce another country, particularly using energy as a weapon. It will not stand.'”

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