Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 28, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 28, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Combat first aid training, Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Video - US 7th Army). To view video, please click on image above
Combat first aid training, Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Video – US 7th Army). To view video, please click on image above
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 five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Zaytseve and Novhorodske. At Avdiivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne and Talakivka. At Pavlopil and Vodyane, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces attacked a Ukrainian position near Novotoshkivsk. Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. Near Popasne, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. At Novozvanivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. US Senate overwhelmingly adopts Russia sanctions bill; sends bill to President
Reuters reported on July 27, “The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and infuriate his own Republican Party. […]
The Senate backed the bill, which also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, by a margin of 98-2 with strong support from Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.
The bill, which includes a provision that allows Congress to stop any effort by Trump to ease existing sanctions on Russia, will now be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.[…]
If Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law. The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3. […]
Republican Senator John McCain, a leading congressional voice calling for a firm line against Russia, said before the vote: “The United States of America needs to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and any other aggressor that we will not tolerate attacks on our democracy.”
3. IT sectors of Canada and Ukraine poised to benefit from free-trade deal
In the Globe and Mail, Nataliya Mykolska, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, wrote about IT opportunities arising out of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). The CUFTA comes into force on August 1. Mykolska stated, “Canadian businesses are uniquely positioned to benefit from the opportunities offered by the CUFTA and the vibrant Ukraine IT sector. Building on the existing ties, Canada and Ukraine can greatly strengthen their relationship for mutual benefit.” The full article is available here:
4. Combat first aid training in Ukraine
US Army Europe reported, “Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have taken yet another step toward accomplishing the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine mission-the first entirely Ukrainian-led, -planned and -coordinated combat first aid course is currently being conducted at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine.
Over the past seven months, the 45th IBCT and allied forces have trained and mentored Ukrainian Observer Coach Trainers through the CFA course, helping them to train more than 600 Ukrainian soldiers.
Ukrainian OC/Ts at Yavoriv CTC have worked diligently with their foreign partners within the JMTG-U for the last two years to incorporate their battlefield medical knowledge and techniques into a training plan that works well for the Ukrainian army.
‘Their qualification standards come from a hodgepodge of American, British and Canadian standards,’ said Canadian Armed Forces Warrant Officer Tim Stackhouse, a medic with 1 Field Ambulance, based out of Edmonton Alberta, Canada deployed to Ukraine with Operation Unifier. ‘They take the best of what they view; it’s not our combat first aid, it’s not American combat life saver training, it’s Ukrainian combat first aid.’ […]
‘This is the first rotation that [the Ukrainians] are leading,’ said Sgt. Chad Kopensky, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 279th Inf. Regt. ‘They are taking the lead on all the instruction and hands-on training. We’re just making sure all the bullet points are being hit, so far they are doing excellent.'”

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