Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 7, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 7, 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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Troitske with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Avdiivka and near the Donetsk airport. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne and Pavlopil with mortars. At Maryinka and Novotroitske, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.  Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Stanytsia Luhanska, Krymske, and other locations.
2. Canada reiterates support for democratic reforms, human rights and peace in Ukraine
On July 6, Canada’s Department of Global Affairs stated, “Canada is unequivocal in its support for the people of Ukraine. We continue to call for the protection of their rights, safety and security and respect for the sanctity of Ukraine’s borders.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded her participation in the Opportunity Ukraine conference, in London, United Kingdom, where she reiterated Canada’s support for Ukraine’s efforts to implement economic and democratic reforms. Canada welcomes the progress made in a number of areas since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, notably, key achievements in stabilizing the economy and fighting corruption.
The Minister announced today an additional $6.89 million in funding to Ukraine through five new initiatives that will primarily focus on continued support of human rights monitoring, conflict resolution, and mine awareness, surveying and clearance. These initiatives, funded by Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs), build on and reinforce previously announced Canadian investments in police reform and support to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.”
Minister Freeland stated, “Since the beginning of the crisis in 2013, Canada has been at the forefront of the international community’s support for Ukraine. Canada applauds reform efforts undertaken by Ukraine and believes that these new projects will help address Ukraine’s immediate national security and peacebuilding needs as its people pursue a secure, stable and prosperous future.”
            A backgrounder on the announced support is available here
3. NATO Secretary General to visit Ukraine July 9-10
NATO reported on July 6, “At the invitation of the Ukrainian authorities, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) chaired by NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will visit Ukraine on 9-10 July 2017. A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission with the President of Ukraine, Mr. Petro Poroshenko will take place on 10 July.
During the visit, the Secretary General will deliver an address at the Parliament of Ukraine. The North Atlantic Council and the Secretary General will also meet the Speaker of the Parliament and Heads of the Parliamentary Factions. The Secretary General and the NATO Ambassadors will visit an exhibition presenting achievements of 20 years of NATO-Ukraine co-operation.
Outreach activities will also be organized, during which NATO Ambassadors will engage with members of the civil society. During the visit, the Secretary General will also have a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Groysman. The same day, the Secretary General and the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration will inaugurate the new premises of the NATO Representation to Ukraine.”
4. US Secretary of State appoints Ukraine envoy
The US State Department stated, “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced today his appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker to serve as the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. Ambassador Volker, who has served previously as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO as well as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council, will take responsibility for advancing U.S. efforts to achieve the objectives set out in the Minsk agreements. He will accompany the Secretary to Kyiv on Sunday, July 9, and is expected to continue to hold regular meetings with Ukraine and the other members of the Normandy Format: Russia, Germany, and France.”

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