Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 7, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 7, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Basic Leader Training Course, Ukraine. Photo – US 7th Army

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 8 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk, Donetsk and Mariupol sectors of the front 85 times in the last 24 hours, including at least 33 times with heavy weapons. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Stanytsia Luhanska with mortars. At Krymske, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars and artillery.  Near Popasne, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars and artillery. At Troitske, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars, artillery and tanks. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Svitlodarsk. At Zaytseve and Verkhnotoretske, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Near Avdiivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Vodyane and Shyrokyne. Near Chermalyk and Maryinka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions.
2. Trial of Crimean Tatar leader begins in Russian-occupied Crimea
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov, Photo – RFE/RL
The trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov begins in Russian-occupied Crimea today, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported. Umerov is the deputy chairman of the Mejlis, the self-governing body of the Crimea Tatar People. The Mejlis has been illegally banned by the Russian occupation authorities.
RFE/RL reported, “Umerov, 59, was charged in May 2016, after he made public statements opposing Russia’s armed takeover of Crimea in March 2014. He denies the charges, saying he has the right to express his opinions freely. Umerov’s lawyer, Mark Feigin, told RFE/RL on June 7 that it was likely to be a lengthy trial. He said that despite health problems, his client wanted an open trial so that he can speak publicly about the problems faced by Crimean Tatars under Moscow’s rule. […] The majority of Crimean Tatars opposed the annexation, and human rights organizations say members of the Muslim minority group have faced a campaign of abuse and oppression under Russian rule.”
3. Atlantic Council: Dr. Ulana Suprun – Transforming Ukraine’s Health Care
Acting Health Minister of Ukraine Dr. Suprun 
Photo – Andriy Kravchenko
Writing for the Atlantic Council, Melinda Haring stated, “For nearly a year, Dr. Ulana Suprun has been pressing for a complete revamp of Ukraine’s health care system, and she is finally close to seeing it replaced by a brand-new set of policies. She’s got a firm deadline: the current parliamentary session ends on July 14. If she can’t get the bill passed in the next six weeks, Suprun, the acting minister of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, believes health care reform will likely be postponed until after the 2019 presidential election. […]
Ukraine’s sclerotic health care system hasn’t been reformed since 1991 and its problems are manifold. Stories of fraud, misdiagnosis, and poor care abound. […] More than 90 percent of Ukrainians are afraid they’ll be financially ruined by an emergency. She wants to change that. […]
Suprun and her team have designed a system that reforms palliative, emergency, and primary care simultaneously. The new National Health Service would be an independent body in the executive branch under the Cabinet of Ministers, much like the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine. […]
She’s also been working on changing medical education. Her bill will introduce medical licenses for individual doctors. Currently a doctor needs just a diploma to practice; only medical practices are licensed. […]
After lawmakers refused to take up health care reform on May 18, a special parliamentary working group studied the issue and simplified the number of bills from four to two; in the end, President Petro Poroshenko gave Suprun’s reforms his full support. ‘The working group worked to optimize the [bills] and to communicate to the MPs what’s actually in them,’ said Suprun.
On June 6, the legislation was added to the parliamentary agenda, and a vote is expected on June 8, followed by a second, final vote later in June. Suprun thinks the new legislation will pass. But she is also counting on international donors and western capitals to visibly support passage of the reforms.” The full report is available at

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