Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 27, 2017, 7 PM Kyiv time

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Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 27, 2017, 7 PM Kyiv time
 
 
Operation UNIFIER Exercises. Photo – Canada’s Department of National 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 or wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions on the Kamyanka-Avidiivka line with mortars. Near Svitlodarsk and Luhanske village, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.  Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Pavlopil and Vodyane. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Shchastya with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Popasne.
2. Ukrainian Banks, State Power Distributor Hit By Cyber Attack
Reuters reported, “A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said.
The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in late-2016 and repeated attacks on Ukraine’s power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defenses.
The central bank said an ‘unknown virus’ was to blame for the latest attacks, but did not give further details or say which banks and firms had been affected. ‘As a result of these cyber attacks these banks are having difficulties with client services and carrying out banking operations,’ the central bank said in a statement. ‘The central bank is confident that the banking infrastructure’s defense against cyber fraud is properly set up and attempted cyber attacks on banks’ IT systems will be neutralized,’ it said. Oschadbank, one of Ukraine’s largest state-owned lenders, said some of its services had been affected by a ‘hacking attack’ but guaranteed that customer data was safe.
Ukrainian state power distributor Ukrenergo said its IT system had been hit by a cyber attack, but the disruption had no impact on power supplies or its broader operations. Ukraine has blamed Russia for previous cyber attacks, including one on its power grid at the end of 2015 that left part of western Ukraine temporarily without electricity. Cyber security experts consider Russia one of the world’s most advanced cyber powers.”
3. Ukrainian Military Intelligence Colonel Killed in Car Bombing in Kyiv
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “A colonel in Ukraine’s armed forces has been killed in a car bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack. A Defense Ministry statement on the June 27 explosion identified the victim of the blast as Colonel Maksim Shapoval. Police said law enforcement officers received a message at 8:16 a.m. in Kyiv saying a Mercedes had exploded at a crossroads in the Solomyansky district, killing a man inside the car and wounding a passerby. […]
‘The national police, rescuers, as well as explosives and forensic experts are working at the scene,’ the Defense Ministry said. ‘The event has been qualified as a terrorist act.’ […] Artem Shevchenko, chief of communications for the Interior Ministry, told RFE/RL that Shapoval had recently returned from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine and that the authorities believe the motive for what he called a ‘targeted assassination’ was his ‘professional service.'”
4. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council strengthens counterterrorism measures
Olekandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) held an operational meeting with security and defense officials “devoted to working out adequate measures to counter Russian hybrid threats,” the RNBO reported.
Turchynov stated, “Today, as a result of a terrorist act in Kyiv, one of the best Ukrainian military intelligence officers, Maxim Shapoval, was killed; he took an active part in defending the Ukrainian state from Russian invasion. […]There is every reason to believe that these murders were planned and organized with the direct involvement of Russian secret services. […] [T]his terrorist act is aimed at intimidating and destabilizing the situation in the state. […]It is not without reason that the terrorist attack coincided in time with a large-scale cyberattack, which also has a Russian trace.”
The RNBO stated, “As a result of the meeting, and taking into account the high level of terrorist threat, a range of measures were approved to strengthen the counterterrorism and counterintelligence regime in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine.”

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