Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 5 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 5 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces 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 six 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 30 times in total, including at least 11 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 2 and wounded 1 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. “Schemes” program investigates electoral list of candidates from Servant of the People Party
The investigative journalism program “Schemes” (a joint project of Radio Svoboda and UA:Pershiy) investigated candidates running on the party list of Servant of the People Party in the July 21 parliamentary election. The investigation can be viewed by clicking the image above (in Ukrainian)
3. Rating Group publishes public opinion polls ahead of July 21 election
The polling company Rating Group published a poll of voting intentions ahead of the July 21 parliamentary election in Ukraine. According to the poll, among decided, likely voters, 5 parties clear the 5% barrier for entry into parliament – Servant of the People (Razumkov) has 42.3% support; Opposition Platform (Boyko) – 13.4%; European Solidarity (Poroshenko) – 8.3%; Holos (Vakarchuk) – 7.2%; Fatherland (Tymoshenko) – 7.2.%.
The full results of the poll are available here
4. Canada hoping other countries will support its ban on Russian passports issued to Ukraine citizens
The Canadian Press reported on July 3, “Canada is courting international support for its plan to reject Russian passports given to Ukrainian citizens in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Kremlin-backed separatists.
          Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has presented technical details of a plan to allies attending this week’s Ukraine reform conference in Toronto so they can follow suit.
         ‘We very much encourage our partners who share our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity to join us in taking this step,’ she said Wednesday.
          Canada won’t allow anyone travelling from Ukraine’s occupied eastern Donbass and Luhansk regions to use a Russian passport to enter the country, Freeland said.
          ‘People who are citizens of Ukraine, which is the case for people living in occupied Donbas and Luhansk, are very welcome to apply for a visa to come visit Canada using their Ukrainian passport,’ she said. ‘Canada, however, considers the issuance of Russian passports to these people to be a further act of aggression against Ukraine.’
          Freeland didn’t have details on whether anyone from eastern Ukraine has tried to travel to Canada on a Russian passport. It is also not clear how Ukrainian citizens living under Russian occupation might leave the region to travel abroad. Freeland says Canada has a duty to denounce the Kremlin’s passport scheme because it represents one more attack on Ukrainian sovereignty. […]
          Freeland has been hosting the international conference that is trying to help Ukraine build its battered economy in the face of its five-year-old conflict with Russia. Participants include political representatives from more than three dozen countries as well as representatives from the world’s leading financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund. […]
          The Kremlin offensive into Ukraine in 2014 came at a time when it was poised for deeper integration with the European Union and Putin wanted to keep Ukraine in Russia’s sphere of control.
          Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations and a former NATO ambassador, said Ukraine could eventually resist the pull of the Kremlin if it stays the course and pursues its Western ambitions with the help of its allies.
         ‘Ukraine should be a stable, secure, growing, prosperous democracy that is connected to Europe. And the more that’s true, the more Russia is losing at its principal goal: it wants to make Ukraine a subservient part of a Russian sphere of influence again,’ Volker told a small group of journalists on the margins of the summit.
          ‘That’s not going happen. The more Ukraine is successful, the more it is apparent to Russia it is failing in that objective,’ he said. ‘And then the idea of continuing this war is pointless.'”
5. Ukraine’s President met with members of the Canadian Parliament
The Office of the President of Ukraine reported on July 3, “President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with members of the Canadian Parliament, representatives of the group of friendship with Ukraine.
           The Head of State expressed gratitude for the consistent and powerful support for Ukraine by all political parties represented in the Canadian Parliament.
He also expressed gratitude to the members of the parliament for participating in the observer mission during the recent presidential elections in Ukraine. The President praised the intention of Canada to send the same mission to the parliamentary elections.
           In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the active position of Canadian parliamentarians in counteracting Russian aggression and introducing powerful Canadian sanctions against the Russian Federation.
          ‘I want to thank the Canadian Parliament for the consolidated support for the issues concerning Ukraine,’ the President said. The Head of State expressed hope for the continuation of active inter-parliamentary contacts after forming a deputy group on relations with Canada in the new Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”

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