Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 16, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 16, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian paratroopers participate in exercises. Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence
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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy artillery shelling of Ukrainian positions near Pivdenne. At Avdiivka, Pisky and Novoluhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with tanks. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krasnohorivka, Shyrokyne and several other locations. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Katerynivka, Shchastya and Krymske with mortars.
2. Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother
photo – KHPG


The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) reported,
“There appear to be no depths that Russia and its court lackeys will not stoop to.  Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz has been refused permission to see his mother who is critically ill, and has not seen her son for two years.
Chiygoz has been in detention since January 2015, facing legally nihilistic charges concerning a demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction.   Although the outcome is predetermined, the ‘trial’ is in such flagrant breach of fundamental principles of law and Russia’s own legislation that it probably suits Moscow for it to drag on. This delays the inevitable judgement in Chiygoz’s favour from the European Court of Human Rights, while Russia sees no problem with simply jailing the Crimean Tatar leader without any conviction.
52-year-old Chiygoz has not been allowed out of the SIZO or remand prison for almost a year, following the lawless decision to prevent him from attending the court hearings in his own ‘trial’.   His lawyer Nikolai Polozov explains that Chiygoz’s family had tried to conceal his elderly mother’s illness as long as they could, however Aliye Abduraimovna’s condition has sharply worsened, and doctors say that no treatment is possible, only palliative care. It is therefore imperative that Akhtem Chiygoz be allowed to see his mother, probably for the last time. […]
The defence prepared an application which was ‘considered’ by presiding judge Viktor Zinkov, together with judges Igor Kryuchkov and Alexei Kozyrev on June 7.  Remember their names, together with that of ‘prosecutor’ Anastasia Supryaga, who opposed the application.
The ‘judges’ first refused to consider the application, demanding medical documents confirming Aliye Abduraimovna’s condition and Chiygoz’s relationship to his mother. They then started trying to pull holes in the medical documents.
Although that had not worked, and they could not deny that Chiygoz’s mother is critically ill and bedridden, they simply turned down the application for Chiygoz to be allowed, under police convoy, to briefly see her.  Polozov notes that Zinkov showed particularly foul cynicism in claiming that there was nothing to stop his mother coming to the SIZO ‘if she so wants to see her son.'” For the International Appeal from the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, please see Demand Russia let jailed Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz see his dying mother!
3. The US Senate Just Passed a Monumental New Russia Sanctions Bill – Here’s What’s In It
Edward Fishman, Atlantic Council Fellow and former official at the US State Department’s Office of Sanctions Policy, analyzed the Russia sanctions amendment adopted by the US Senate on June 14. Read the analysis here

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