Ukraine: Daily Briefing – September 1, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

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Ukraine: Daily Briefing
September 1, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
 
 
Ukrainian forces participate in RPG training, Yavoriv. 
Photo – Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine
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 or wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Zaytseve and Avdiivka. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Maryinka with tanks. At Shyrokyne, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Krymske with grenade launchers.
2. EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force
Today, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully entered into force. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko spoke on the occasion. To view President Poroshenko’s remarks, please click on the image below:
3. European Commission President: Today is a day of celebration
On the occasion of the full entering into force of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated, “Determination is a virtue. Today, in spite of all the challenges, we have made it. With the entry into force of the Association Agreement with Ukraine, the European Union is delivering on its promise to our Ukrainian friends. I thank all those who made it possible: those who stood on Maidan and those who are working hard to reform the country for the better. This is a day of celebration for our European continent.”
           European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johanness Hahn stated, “Generations of Ukrainian citizens to come will reap the benefits of closer association with the EU. The first concrete results of implementation of the Agreement can already be seen: Ukraine’s exports to the EU have increased and the EU has confirmed its position as Ukraine’s first trading partner. Ukraine’s recent reform efforts have been unprecedented, while much work remains such as in the fight against corruption, which must be pursued. The European Union will continue its support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, with both expertise and financial support.”
         The full press release from the EU on the entering into force of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is available here: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force


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