Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 19, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 19, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Training of Ukrainian paratroopers. 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, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donettsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions on the Kamyanka-Avdiivka line, and near Luhanske village and Svitlodarsk. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions on the Chermalyk-Shyrokyne line with mortars. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions along the Krymske-Troitske line with mortars. At Stanytsia Luhanska, Shchastya and other locations, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. EU Extends Crimea Sanctions for One Year
The European Union extended sanctions put in place in response to Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea until June 23, 2018.
The European Council stated, “The measures apply to EU persons and EU based companies. They are limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol. The sanctions include prohibitions on:
–        imports of products  originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU;
–        investment in Crimea or Sevastopol, meaning that no Europeans nor EU-based companies can buy real estate or entities in Crimea, finance Crimean companies or supply related services;
–        tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol, in particular, European cruise ships cannot call at ports in the Crimean peninsula, except in case of emergency;
–        exports of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors and related to the prospection, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources. Technical assistance, brokering, construction or engineering services related to infrastructure in these sectors must not be provided either.
As stated in the declaration by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on behalf of the EU on 17 March 2017, the EU continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and remains committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy.”
3. Ukraine’s President travels to United States
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, “President Petro Poroshenko has left Ukraine for a working visit to the United States, his press secretary says. Svyatoslav Tseholko made the announcement in a message on Twitter on June 19, after media reported that Poroshenko would meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this week for their first face-to-face meeting. Poroshenko’s trip to Washington comes days before Trump’s expected meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8.”
4. Atlantic Council Event: Naftogaz and the Future of Ukraine’s Energy Sector
Today at 3:30 PM EDT, the Atlantic Council is holding an event, Naftogaz and the Future of Ukraine’s Energy Sector, with Naftogaz Group CEO Andriy Kobolyev. The event will be live-streamed at

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