Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 14, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 14, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Sea Breeze Exercise 2017 – Clearance divers from all partner nations in Odesa. Photo – Royal Canadian Navy
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 two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Avdiivka with mortars. Towards Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne, Vodyane other locations with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions along the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne sector of the front. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars. At Stanytsia Luhanska, Novotoshkivsk, and Novooleksandrivsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. US Mission to OSCE on ongoing violations of international law by Russia in Ukraine
At a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on July 13, US charge d’affaires Kate M. Byrnes stated, “A genuine and lasting ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal of proscribed weapons, is required before work can proceed on the political aspects of the Minsk agreements. Russia is stoking this conflict, and so we, along with others, call on Russia and the forces it arms, trains, leads, and fights alongside, to take the first steps to improve security conditions on the ground and end this crisis. […]
The United States remains deeply disturbed by the escalating violence in the Donbas, and continues to fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We do not now, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.  We are deeply troubled by Russia’s continued attempts to integrate this Ukrainian territory into its civilian and military infrastructure, including the announcement this week by Ukrainian officials that Russia has more than doubled the number of its military troops and increased fivefold the number of its weapons on the peninsula since the occupation began. […]
Disturbing reports of human rights abuses continue to emerge from Crimea. We are closely following the ongoing show trials of imprisoned journalist Mykola Semena, and Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov. We note a July 5 report from the Crimea Human Rights Group detailing a worsening of the crackdown on religious freedom on the peninsula […]
We again call on the Russian Federation to immediately release Oleg Sentsov today on his birthday – as well as all other remaining hostages and political prisoners – as it committed to do in signing the Minsk agreements.
As Secretary Tillerson reiterated recently, our eastern Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia will remain until Moscow fully implements the Minsk agreements. We join our European and other partners in affirming that our separate, Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.”
3. Ukraine’s Parliament fails to consider healthcare reform legislation before summer recess
Ukraine’s Parliament failed to consider draft legislation on reforming Ukraine’s healthcare system before recessing until September. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman called on Parliament to start its fall session in September with consideration of healthcare, education and pension reforms.

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