Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 5, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 5, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
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 fired on Ukrainian positions at Zaytseve, Avdiivka and Opytne. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions along the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Kryakivka and Stanytsia Luhanska.
2. Ukraine’s PM visits United Kingdom
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman arrived today on an official visit to the United Kingdom. Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers stated, “In the framework of the trip the Head of Ukraine’s Government plans to have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain Boris Johnson, to participate in the meeting of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and also to hold a meeting with President of the EBRD Sir Suma Chakrabarti and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland.
A landmark event of the visit is a large business forum dedicated to reforms in Ukraine during which the Prime Minister shall meet with leaders of prominent British companies and investment funds. Besides, Volodymyr Groysman is to take part in the Dragon Capital investment conference.”
3. Suspects in downing of Flight MH-17 to be prosecuted in Dutch court
Reuters reported, “Suspects in the downing of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, will be tried in a Dutch court and under Dutch law, the Netherlands’ foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The move to choose the Netherlands was agreed to by the five countries which have been conducting a preliminary criminal investigation.
Victims of the disaster, which occurred over territory held by pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces, came from 17 countries, and included 196 Dutch citizens. The Dutch Safety Board, which investigated the cause of the crash, concluded in October 2015 that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made ground-to-air rocket. […]
The decision follows attempts, blocked by Russia in 2015, to set up an international court over the incident. The extent to which Russia will cooperate with a Dutch court if prosecutors name Russian suspects or request information is not clear. […]
The Dutch-led team of international investigators, which also included Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and Ukraine, concluded in September that the rocket was fired from territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russia separatists.
No suspects have been named, though Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said last year his office has identified 100 ‘persons of interest’ in the investigation, including those who organized the arrival of the rocket and oversaw its transport from Russia to Ukraine and back.”
4. US Secretary of State to travel to Ukraine July 9
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Ukraine on July 9. “President Petro Poroshenko will have a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State in Kyiv to discuss the enhancement of strategic partnership between Ukraine and USA and further coordination of efforts aimed at countering Russian aggression against Ukraine. The parties will also consider the implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of the Ukrainian President to the United States on June 20-21,” President Poroshenko’s press service stated.

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