Ukraine: Daily Briefing – September 25, 2017, 4 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
September 25, 2017, 4 PM Kyiv time
Exercise Rapid Trident 17 forces roll through heavy fog during training exercise, Yavoriv, Ukraine. Photo – US Army Europe
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 and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Avdiivka, Zaytseve, Svitlodarsk and Luhanske village. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions along the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line, Maryinka, and Starohnativka. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Stanytsia Luhanska, Krymske and Novozvanikva.
2. Joint Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister and Ukraine’s President
Photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on the margins of the Invictus Games in Toronto on September 22. Following their meeting they issued a joint statement:
           Expanding Economic Opportunities: “The entry into force of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) represents a historic moment in our bilateral relations. We are committed to working closely together to ensure that Canadians and Ukrainians alike can take advantage of the benefits of CUFTA as soon as possible.
           “Through the implementation of this agreement, we are looking forward to boosting bilateral trade between Ukraine and Canada in agriculture, information technology, energy and aerospace. […]
           Enhancing Security Cooperation: “Canada is unequivocal in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada reiterates its non-recognition of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn Russian military aggression in Donbas. Canada is committed to maintaining pressure on Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to implement fully its Minsk commitments, including through ongoing sanctions. […]
           “Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration and to adopt and implement NATO standards through its ambitious agenda of reforms. Canada values Ukraine’s commitment to its relationship with NATO and its significant contributions to Allied operations. […] Canada supports Ukraine’s goal of achieving NATO interoperability by 2020, providing both tactical training and strategic advice.
          Sharing Common Values: “Canada shares a strong bond with Ukraine, rooted in generations of Ukrainian migration to Canada. We look forward to building on our strong people-to-people ties, including through the promotion of youth mobility, to forge new bonds between our countries for generations to come.
           “We recognize the strong progress made in Ukraine’s reform efforts and the launch of Agenda 2020, as well as Canada’s contribution to that progress. Sustained effort will be critical to ensuring durable institutional transformation, unblocking obstacles to reform and unlocking Ukraine’s full potential. We are guided in our efforts and in our outlook by our shared commitment to the values of inclusivity and respect for diversity.”
3. Canada’s PM says Government will put Ukraine on weapons export list
The Canadian Press reported on September 22, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canadian government will place Ukraine on a list of countries to which it will permit certain weapons exports. Trudeau made the comments after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Toronto on Friday.
           Trudeau says the government has begun to move forward with the lengthy process that would see Ukraine added to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.
           Placing Ukraine on the list would allow exporters of certain prohibited firearms, such as automatic weapons, to submit permit applications to the government for the export of the weapons to the country. There are currently 39 countries on the list. […]
           ‘Absolutely,’ Trudeau said when asked if Ukraine would be added to the list. ‘(It’s) something we’re moving forward on. There’s a process and a series of criteria that have to be reached but it is something we’re working on.'”
4. Team Ukraine wins first medal at Invictus Games in Toronto
Serhii Torchynsky during Invictus Games competitions. 
Photo – Invictus Games Team Ukraine

Ukraine’s Invictus Team athlete, Serhii Torchynsky, National Police officer and veteran of the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) won Ukraine’s first medal yesterday on the first day of competition in the Invictus Games. Torchynsky won a bronze medal in men’s IF4 shotput.
           Yesterday Ukrainian athletes Yuri Pysarchuk qualified for the IT1 400 meter final, and Oleh Zymnykov and Oleksandr Tkachenko qualified for the IT7 400 meter final.
           Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games are an international multi-sport competition in which wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans take part. The Games are being held in Toronto until September 30. Over 550 athletes from 17 countries are competing. Ukraine is participating for the first time this year.
To follow Invictus Games Team Ukraine, please see HERE

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