Ukraine: Daily Briefing – September 28, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
September 28, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian forces participate in training exercises, 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 or wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka, Kamyanka, the Donetsk airport, Pisky and Nevelsk. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Maryinka, Hnutove and Shyrokyne. At Talakivka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Krymske, Lobachev and Stanytsia Luhanska.
2. International forces wrap up Exercise Rapid Trident 17
Exercise Rapid Trident 17 closing ceremony. Photo – US Army Europe

US Army Europe reported, “Exercise Rapid Trident 17, a multinational training exercise conducted between Ukraine, other Partnership for Peace nations, the United States and its NATO allies ended during the official closing ceremony at the International Peacekeeping Center [in Yavoriv, Ukraine], Sept. 22, 2017.
           Rapid Trident is a planned, annually reoccurring exercise focused on defensive operations, validating training of units attending the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine program, improving collective regional security operations, and enhancing joint and combined interoperability amongst participating nations.
           To begin the official closing ceremony, Col. David Jordan, commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine program, as well as co-commander of the exercise, addressed the multinational formation. […]
           ‘Over the last two weeks, nearly 2,000 soldiers, airmen and civilians from 14 different countries came together to execute both a computer-simulated command post exercise, a situational training exercise and a force-on-force field training exercise,” he added.
           The nations that participated in each portion of the international training exercise included Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
           As part of Rapid Trident, each nation got the opportunity to share experiences to develop combined standard operating procedures and work alongside bilateral counterparts to enhance the capabilities of the unified force.
           ‘Rapid Trident was full of events that required making quick decisions and taking personal responsibility, which allowed us to acquire new knowledge and skills,’ said Ukrainian Col. Serhiy Litvinov, co-commander of Rapid Trident 17. He added that he appreciated the attendees ‘diligence to synchronize our efforts while working shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners.’
           One of the main objectives of this training exercise was to enable partnered nations from across the world to work together to accomplish one mission: increasing interoperability amongst 14 different nations to build on the goal of establishing a unified and strong Europe.”
3. Ukraine: Owning the Reforms
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published an interview with Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk on Ukraine’s ambitious reforms agenda. Read the interview here: Ukraine: Owning the Reforms
4. Atlantic Council: How to Keep the Russian Bear out of Ukraine’s Energy Sector
Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anders Aslund and Ukrainian MP Olga Bielkova report on Russia’s use of energy as a weapon against Ukraine, and steps that need to be taken to solidify Ukraine’s energy independence. Read the report here: How to Keep the Russian Bear out of Ukraine’s Energy Sector 
5. Ukraine’s President speaks with German Chancellor
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The President’s press service reported, “Poroshenko congratulated Angela Merkel on the victory of her political force in the parliamentary elections held in Germany on September 24. […]
           The parties shared views on the developments in Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In particular, they coordinated approaches to the implementation of the initiatives on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in the occupied part of Donbas and uncontrolled part of the Ukraine-Russia border.
           President Poroshenko underscored the necessity of immediate steps for preventing the execution of the so-called ‘sentence’ against a leader of the Crimean Tatars – Ilmi Umerov, as well as consolidation of the international support for speeding up the liberation of Ukrainian hostages.”
6. Invictus Games Update
Ukraine’s Invictus Team warrior-atheletes participate in archery competition. 
Photo – Invictus Team Ukraine
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.
For more information on how to attend the Games and cheer on Team Ukraine and Team Canada, please see here
Follow Team Ukraine on twitter at @invictusgamesua and #InvictusGamesTeamUkraine
Follow Team Canada on twitter at @IGTeamCanada and #InvictusGames
For information on tickets to this event, please see HERE

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