Ukraine: Daily Briefing – August 22, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 22, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian army artillery units 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 shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces shelled residential areas of Zaytseve with mortars. Several residential buildings were destroyed as a result of the shelling by Russian-terrorist forces. At Novhorodsk and Svitlodarsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Vodyane and Shyrokyne with mortars and grenade launchers. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske, Novotoshkivsk and Troitske with mortars.
2. Working Group into NY Times North Korea allegations finds no veracity to report; President instructs Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take issue to UN Security Council
Working Group headed by RNBO Secretary Turchynov briefs President Poroshenko. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was debriefed on the findings of the Working Group into the allegations published by the NY Times on August 14 about the supposed delivery of missile technologies to North Korea.
          The head of the Working Group, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO), Oleksandr Turchynov, stated, “Based on materials provided by the state agencies and following the result of conducted work the Working Group has established that existing state system of export control over the transfer of military and dual-used goods excludes any possibility for transfer of such goods to the countries under the sanctions introduced by the UN Security Council. […]
          Today Russia conducts aggression against Ukraine in terms of a hybrid warfare, during which Russia, apart of combat operations, massively uses well-planned information provocations to discredit Ukraine as a reliable and predictable partner, in particular, in such a sensitive area for the international community as military-technical cooperation. […] That said, the Working Group considers The New York Times’ publication as an element of information smoke screen and an attempt to distract attention of the international community from alleged participation of the Russian Federation in the development of a ballistic missiles program in the North Korea.”
         President Poroshenko stated, “Taking into account the findings of the commission I instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to arrange a group of experts and to initiate the consideration of this issue by the UN Security Council at a closed meeting. In addition it is necessary to make public the conclusions of the Working Group and Inter-agency Commission, as well as to inform our international partners of the findings and to initiate a similar investigation by respective countries. First of all, the same level of transparency shall be demonstrated by the Russian Federation.”
         The conclusions of the Working Group are available in Ukrainian on the website of the RNBO –
3. CUTIS launches CUFTA: Opening Doors for Canadian Business in Ukraine
The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project announced the launch of CUFTA: Opening Doors for Canadian Business in Ukraine, “a series of cross-Canada networking events to help Canadian Business benefit from opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).
          The CUFTA: Opening Doors networking events will take place in Edmonton –September 25, Calgary – September 26 and Winnipeg – September 28, and Ottawa –October 11, Montreal – October 12 and Toronto – October 16, 2017.  Presentations will be made by the GAC Regional Trade Commissioner, the President of Canada-Ukraine Chambers of Commerce, The Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada, and senior Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) team members.
          The CUFTA was signed on July 11, 2016, entered into force August 1, 2017. This represents an important milestone in the Canada-Ukraine bilateral relationship. In addition to generating commercial benefits for Canadian businesses, CUFTA will support the economic reform and development efforts of the Government of Ukraine, strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership for peace and prosperity, and help pave the way for long-term security, stability, and broad-based economic development in Ukraine.”
          For more information, please see: CUFTA: Opening Doors for Canadian Business in Ukraine

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