Ukraine: Daily Briefing – September 12, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
September 12, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian soldiers participate in urban terrain 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 on the Kamyanka-Pisky line and near Horlivka. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions on the Chermalyk-Shyrokyne line, Bohdanivka and Starohnativka. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars.
2. EU insists Russia immediately release illegally imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chyigoz
The European Union External Action Service stated on September 11, “Today the so called ‘Supreme Court’ of Simferopol sentenced the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chyigoz, to eight years of imprisonment for ‘organising mass disturbances’ in February 2014. The European Union has consistently followed the case of Mr Chyigoz and insisted upon his release, a call which we reiterate today.
            The banning of the activities of the Mejlis, their self-governing body and the persecution of its leaders, constitute serious and unacceptable violations of their rights. We expect charges against another Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, Mr Ilmi Umerov, to be immediately dropped, and reiterate our longstanding position that all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in the Crimean peninsula and in the Russian Federation must be released immediately.”
3. Canadian Armed Forces combat engineer on his experience training Ukrainian soldiers on Operation UNIFIER
Canadian soldier instructs Ukrainian soldier on prodding techniques. Photo – Joint Task Force-Ukraine

In an article published by Canada’s Department of National Defence, a CAF combat engineer shared his experience on training Ukrainian soldiers. The CAF member wrote, “Canada and Ukraine have maintained strong ties for decades. In the military realm, Canada most recently brought its battle-tested knowledge and training experience to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER. I am a CAF combat engineer and have been deployed on this operation for almost seven months. […]
           My job here as a combat engineer was, and continues to be, to work with the Ukrainian Army’s Rotational Training Unit (RTU) during their 55-day training cycle at IPSC. In so doing, my fellow engineers and I found ourselves teaching a wide variety of engineering skills to a large and diverse audience. Our primary focus was to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) engineers attached to the Canadian-led company.
            Starting from the basics and working our way up, we worked with the UAF to develop their skills and adapt their techniques to a high standard. Topics such as minefield laying and breaching, obstacle construction, basic demolitions, tactical explosive breaching, building and personnel search are just a handful of the skills we were tasked to deliver in a short period of time.  […]
            When the mission began, Canadians were teaching and delivering lessons to the UAF members directly, while working with the in-house UAF instructors of the IPSC’s Combat Training Center. Since arriving, our transition from Canadians teaching material to enabling the Combat Training Center instructors to teach has seen progress. We have shifted to the background, being here to support the CTC when needed, but letting them steer the ship, so to speak. The past two years have taught them valuable skills including a new methodology for teaching soldiers.
            Our rotation wraps up in the coming weeks. It is hard to believe this many months have passed so quickly. The stories and experiences that I have had here will stay with me for the rest of my life. I have made a lot of good friends here and many of those friendships will come back to Canada with me.” The full article is available HERE
4. Ukraine’s President urges MPs to adopt medical reform
On September 11, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko urged Members of Parliament not to delay the adoption of medical reform.
            Poroshenko stated, “We cannot further delay the situation with the medical reform. This is also an issue of the national security of the state. A significant part of the Ukrainian nation is simply deprived of the right to receive high-quality medical services, as the inefficient Soviet system has been conserved. […]

The National Council of Reforms has approved the given draft and I would like to address our people’s deputies, not only those from the coalition, to make every effort to avoid delaying the adoption of the medical reform. […] The worst possible decision is to freeze the status quo.”

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