Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 21, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

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Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 21, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
 
Ukraine's President meets with US President. Video - White House. To view the video please click on the image above
Ukraine’s President meets with US President. Video – White House. To view the video please click on the image above


1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with mortars. Near Verknotoretske and Kamyanka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Talakivka with artillery. At Maryinka and Hnutove, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Along the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at several locations. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Krymske with mortars and artillery. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Novozvanivka with mortars. At Stanytsia Luhansk, Shchastya and Novooleksandrivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
 
2. Ukraine’s President meets with US President
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko met with US President Donald Trump on June 20. Following the meeting, Poroshenko stated, “We received strong support from the U.S., support of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state, as well as support in the continuation of reforms in Ukraine.”
Poroshenko stated that the agenda of the meeting included US support for reforms in Ukraine, economic and energy cooperation. Poroshenko and Trump discussed Ukraine-US cooperation in the military-technical sphere.  Poroshenko stated, “The President gave clear instruction to expand our cooperation. […] The agenda was really broad. I am fully satisfied with the results of the negotiations and grateful to President Trump, Vice President Pence and the Secretaries I met for a very strong support of our state.”
 
3. Ukraine’s President meets with US Secretary of Defense
Secretary Mattis greets President Poroshenko at the Pentagon. 
Photo – US Dept. of Defense
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Washington on June 20. A Pentagon spokesperson said the two leaders “discussed recent activities by the combined Russian-separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as U.S. security assistance efforts to improve Ukraine’s internal defense capabilities and the professionalization of the armed forces.
Mattis emphasized the U.S. support of the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty […] and he encouraged Ukraine to remain committed to reforms that will make their defense enterprise more effective and efficient. Poroshenko underscored the importance of staying in close communication and further strengthening bilateral defense relations.”
Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Mattis stated, “Our two nations, as we both know, share interests.  We also share, more importantly, a commitment, and that commitment is to the principles underlying the international order.  Words like sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom from coercion come to mind.
We do not take such freedom for granted, and we recognize that 2014 was a watershed year for security in Europe.  We also recognize the severe casualties that your people have suffered. And even in the face of dangers from aggression, cyber attacks and more, a neighbor shredding trust, your country has shown a strong commitment to defend itself, and, frankly, against all odds.
The United States stands with you. We support you in the face of the threats to sovereignty, to international law, or to the international order.”
 
4. US Treasury reinforces sanctions related to Russia and Ukraine
On June 20 the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “reinforced existing sanctions on Russia by designating or identifying a range of individuals and entities involved in the ongoing conflict under four Executive orders (E.O.s) related to Russia and Ukraine.  Today’s action is designed to counter attempts to circumvent U.S. sanctions and will maintain alignment of U.S. measures with those of our international partners.  It will also provide additional information to assist the private sector with sanctions compliance.
These steps are consistent with the U.S. commitment to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine and to facilitate Crimea’s return to Ukraine.  U.S. sanctions on Russia related to the situation in eastern Ukraine will remain in place until Russia fully honors its obligations under the Minsk Agreements.  U.S. sanctions related to Crimea will not be lifted until Russia ends its occupation of the peninsula.
            In today’s action, OFAC designated 38 individuals and entities under Ukraine-related authorities, including one entity that has engaged in the evasion of existing sanctions, two Russian government officials and two individuals acting for or on behalf of a government official, two entities that are owned or controlled by an individual previously designated, and 11 individuals and entities that operate in the Crimea region of Ukraine. […]
OFAC also identified 20 subsidiaries that are owned 50 percent or more by the previously-designated AK Transneft OAO (Transneft), subject to Directive 2 under E.O. 13662, which prohibits U.S. persons from dealing in new debt of greater than 90 days maturity of the sanctioned entities.”
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated, “These designations will maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution. This administration is committed to a diplomatic process that guarantees Ukrainian sovereignty, and there should be no sanctions relief until Russia meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements.”
More information on the designated individuals and entities is available here: https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0114.aspx
 
5. Ukraine’s Ministry of Health launches eHealth pilots in three cities
As part of the reforms of Ukraine’s health care system, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health launched the pilots of eHealth in Kyiv, Cherkasy and Dnipro on June 19. The launch of the next electronic eHealth services –  registration of primary care physicians and patients – is planned for July, the Ministry of Health stated. More information on Ukraine’s eHealth program is available at https://www.ehealth-ukraine.org/

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