Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 11, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 11, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces participate in Saber Guardian 2019 training exercises in Romania. 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, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Donetsk and Luhansk sectors of the front 17 times in total, including at least 5 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Protest against “capitulation and revanche” takes place at Presidential Administration
Report from Ukraine's Channel 5 on yesterday's protest at the Presidential Administration. To view video please click on image above
Report from Ukraine’s Channel 5 on yesterday’s protest at the Presidential Administration. To view video please click on image above
Radio Svoboda reported on June 10, “A protest took place at the Presidential Administration. Demonstrators voiced their opposition to ‘capitulation and the revanche of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine’ and burned a white flag.
          Demonstrators demanded the removal of Ukraine’s head representative at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk Leonid Kuchma. […] Similar protests took place in other cities of Ukraine.
         One June 5, for the first time in a month and a half a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place. Leonid Kuchma made a proposition to revoke the economic blockade of the occupied parts of the Donbas. […]
        On June 7, following shelling in the Donbas, the Presidential Administration reported that President Zelenskyy spoke about ‘the loss of control over mercenaries by Russia.’ He stated his expectation that Russia will renew control over these units.”
3. Parliament dissolution: President Zelenskyy hopes Constitutional Court will make fair decision
President Zelenskyy at Ukraine’s Constitutional Court. 
Photo – Presidential Administration

Ukrinform reported, “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expects the Constitutional Court to make a fair decision in the case on the constitutionality of a presidential decree on the dissolution of the Verkovna Rada.
            He said this in his speech at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. ‘Society is following this matter very carefully. You are definitely aware of it and, I think, you will make a fair decision, of which we will not be ashamed before our people, before our children, before all Ukrainians,’ Zelenskyy said.
           At the same time, he said that the decree on the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada fully corresponds to the spirit and the letter of the law. ‘Our legal position is undeniable and flawless,’ the head of state said.
          On Tuesday, at 10:00, the Grand Chamber of the Constitutional Court started considering the case on the compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine of the presidential decree ‘On the early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation and the calling of early elections.’ The case will be heard in the form of oral proceedings.”
4. Ukraine slams Russia’s complete disrespect for International Maritime Law
Deputy Minister Zerkal
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Kyiv has urged an international arbitration panel in the Netherlands to hear its case about alleged Russian breaches of a United Nations maritime convention, accusing Moscow of ‘wholesale violations’ of its rights in waters around Ukraine’s Crimea region.
           Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal on June 11 told the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague that Russia’s objections to the panel’s jurisdiction were ‘without legal merit.’
           Alleged Russian violations in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait showed Russia’s ‘complete disrespect for the international law of the sea,’ Zerkal said. […]
          Ukraine filed the case at the PCA in September 2016, accusing Russia of violating the Convention on the Law of the Sea concerning its rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait. […]
          The deputy foreign minister reiterated Ukrainian and Western accusations that Russia is illegally restricting passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait — the sole passage from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.
         ‘Russia built an illegal bridge across an international strait. It harasses ships of all countries as they navigate to and from Ukrainian ports,’ Zerkal said. ‘It steals our energy resources within our maritime areas,’ she continued. ‘It excludes our fishermen from the waters they have always fished.’ Zerkal accused Russia of acting like an imperial power, adding, ‘Russia believes that it alone can make the rules, but it can’t.’
         It is not clear when the PCA, the world’s oldest institution for the arbitration and resolution of disputes involving states, will issue a decision on jurisdiction.”

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