Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing – 6 June 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
6 June 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported that yesterday towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Stanytsia Luhanska. At Novozvanivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces attacked a Ukrainian position at Mayorsk. The battle lasted three hours. Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Yasnobrodivka (15 km from the front) with artillery. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Horlivka, Avdiyivka and the Donetsk airport with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Maryinka, Shyrokyne and several other locations with mortars. As a result of mortar shelling by Russian-terrorist forces, a civilian was injured in Krasnohorivka. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven were wounded in action.

2. Dutch Prosecutors’ Office: Investigation into shoot-down of MH-17 “at a very advanced stage”
The Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands reported, “After this summer, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will present the first results of the criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17. It concerns the weapon which was used to shoot down the aircraft and the exact launch site of the weapon. Earlier this year, the JIT announced that before the second half of this year they expected to be able to conclude that part of the investigation that concerns the weapon which was used to shoot down flight MH17 and the exact launch site of the weapon. This investigation is at a very advanced stage, but a few issues take more time than expected. In particular, these issues concern some points in the analysis of the forensic investigation and information which has been requested through several requests for legal assistance. The JIT is still waiting for information from the Russian Federation about BUK installations. […] The JIT consists of the [Public Prosecution Service] and Police of the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium and Ukraine. These countries work together in the criminal investigation, that is aimed at tracking down the persons who are responsible for the crash of MH17 and bringing them to justice.”

3. Ukraine’s President approves Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine
Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko signed a decree approving the Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine. The President’s press service reported, “The Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine is a document of defense planning elaborated under the results of the defense review in order to ensure the main directions of the implementation of military policy of Ukraine and the development of defense forces until 2020.The Bulletin is aimed at ensuring practical implementation of the Military Doctrine of Ukraine and the Concept of Development of Security and Defense Sector of Ukraine; defines strategic and operative goals of the defense reform and expected results of their achievement taking into account topical military and political threats and challenges. The document provides for the active participation in the implementation of the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union and active cooperation with NATO in the achievement of criteria necessary for the full membership in NATO. The Strategic Defense Bulletin is a road map of the defense reform based on NATO principles.”

4. NATO, Ukraine hold first joint seminar on reform of defense industry
Ukraine and NATO held the first joint seminar on the transformation of the national defense industry and NATO-Ukraine cooperation, Ukraine’s state defense company Ukroboronprom reported. Members of the NATO International Staff, representatives of the Ministry of Defense and General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and representatives of Ukroboronprom took part in the seminar. “Mechanisms of collaboration between companies of the military-industrial complex of NATO countries, national defense ministries and other government bodies, implementation of appropriate standards in production of military equipment in Ukraine were the main subject of the seminar,” Ukroboronprom stated.


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