Ukraine: Daily Briefing – August 11, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

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Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 11, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
 
Ukrainian army artillery units participate in training exercises. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence


1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Mayorsk. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne with mortars. At Vodyane and Talakivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Novotoshkivsk and Krymske with mortars. At Stanytsia Luhanska, Shchastya and Novooleksandrivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. Human Rights Group reports on Russia’s illegal trial of Crimean Tatar Leader Akhtem Chiygoz
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) reports on the illegal “trial” of Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, who has been illegally imprisoned by Russian occupation “authorities” in Russian-occupied Crimea. KHPG states, “The sentence is expected on August 11 of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and recognized political prisoner.
          He and other Crimean Tatars are on trial, as Chiygoz said in his final address, for upholding the law and for defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity, with Russia’s prosecution carried out by people who themselves turned traitors. Although Chiygoz has officially not been convicted, he has already been held in custody for two and a half years on openly lawless charges and an acquittal is not anticipated.
          Akhtem Chiygoz is himself clear not only that a prison sentence is awaited, but also that this is ‘a sentence directed against the entire Crimean Tatar people on behalf of the Russian Federation which has occupied my Homeland.’
His words were spoken from the SIZO or remand prison since Russia is too scared of publicity and has prevented Chiygoz from attending his own trial since July 2016.  He was prevented from being at his own mother’s funeral and was allowed to see her before her death for only ten minutes. […]

Nothing has crushed the will of the people, nor could anything destroy their sense of identity, their love for their Homeland, passed on from generation to generation.” The full report from KHPG is available at Sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz a “sentence against the entire Crimean Tatar people”

3. Ukraine’s National Investment Council publishes mid-year investment climate outlook report
Ukraine’s National Investment Council published the mid-year review, Ukraine: Turn to Growth – Investment Climate Outlook. In the introduction, Yuliya Kovaliv, Head of the Office of the National Investment Council, states, “The Office of the National Investment Council provides analytical coverage of the key sectors of Ukrainian economy, highlighting sectors potential for investments, key regulation and issues related to investment in these sectors. We are focusing on practical steps needed to address investors’ needs and concerns enhancing public private dialogue and promoting actions to strengthen the business climate in the country.  […]
          This Report is a brief outlook which reflects the changes of the Ukrainian economy and investment climate in the first half of 2017, covering macroeconomic indicators, key improvements of business regulation as well as some of the trends of FDI coming to the country.” The report is available at Ukraine: Turn to Growth – Investment Climate Outlook

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