Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 2, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

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Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 2, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
 
Canadian Armed Forces personnel training Ukrainian soldiers, Operation UNIFIER
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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Zaytseve, Avdiivka and Verkhnotoretske. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Pavlopil with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions on the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line, Novtroitske and Hnutove. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Krymske.
2. Ukraine’s Invictus Games Team returns to Kyiv with 14 medals
Ukraine’s Invictus Team arrives in Kyiv. Photo – Invictus Team Ukraine
Ukraine’s Invictus Games Team returned to Kyiv today after winning 14 medals – 8 gold; 3 silver and 3 bronze. The Invictus Games are an international multi-sport competition in which wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans take part. The Games were held in Toronto, September 23-30. The 2018 Games will be held in Sydney, Australia, October 20-27, 2018. For more information on the Games, please see HERE
3. EU trade preferences for Ukrainian exports enter into force
On October 1, autonomous trade measures of the EU for Ukraine entered into force. European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Trade Representative of Ukraine – Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade Nataliya Mykolska said in a joint statement, “This is good news for Ukrainian exporters. Several important agricultural and industrial goods will now get better access to the EU market, as they can be exported tariff-free.
            This is an important sign of the EU’s continued, tangible economic and political support for the Ukrainian people, the country and its reform efforts.
            The EU Regulation on autonomous trade measures will top up the quantities of agricultural products that Ukraine can export to the EU under the Association Agreement without paying customs duties. It will also accelerate the elimination of EU import tariffs for several industrial products, as foreseen in the Association Agreement.
            In terms of agricultural products, Ukraine will have an opportunity to export bigger quantities of wheat, maize, barley, oats and barley groats and pellets to the EU without customs tariffs. The proposal creates opportunities to export bigger amounts of processed tomatoes, natural honey and grape juice duty-free to the EU. These trade preferences will also benefit industrial sectors, for example Ukrainian producers of footwear, fertilisers, aluminium products and consumer electronics.
            We welcome the positive effects of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which constitutes a blueprint for reform and fosters trade and investment. In the first half of this year – according to Eurostat – trade in goods between the EU and Ukraine increased by 23% and the EU continues to strengthen its position as the first trade partner of Ukraine.”
4. Atlantic Council report on the new American Russia sanctions law
In the Atlantic Council’s report, The New Russia Sanctions Law-What It Does and How to Make It Work, “authors Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former coordinator for sanctions policy at the US State Department, and Brian O’Toole, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, explain that Congress primarily adopted the law to block a unilateral lifting of sanctions, which was under consideration in the early days of the Trump administration.
           Fried and O’Toole add that, by passing the act, Congress was able to demonstrate its determination to resist Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere and to penalize Russia for hacking the 2016 US presidential election. This paper includes an analysis of the law’s key sanctions provisions, suggestions to the administration about how to implement them, and key areas for the business community to watch, from two former US government officials who helped design and run US sanctions on Russia until earlier this year.”
5. United States to provide over $5 million to Ukraine for cyber security
The US Embassy in Kyiv reported, “The United States and Ukraine conducted the first United States-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29, 2017.
           As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber assistance to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to cyberattacks.
           The dialogue strengthened whole-of-government bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity and cyber policy matters. Recognizing the important nature of cyber threats, participants shared approaches on organizing cybersecurity policy structures and cyber incident response procedures. They discussed ways to protect critical infrastructure and military systems, and exchanged views on cyber confidence building efforts at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
           Participants also reviewed on-going U.S. cyber assistance efforts in Ukraine.
Both sides also affirmed their commitment to an internet that is open, interoperable, reliable, and secure. They also expressed a shared concern that the most serious malicious cyber activities have the potential to undermine peace, prosperity, and the stability of the international community.”
6. Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff: Russia has left troops in Belarus following Zapad exercises
Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Victor Muzhenko told Reuters in an interview on September 29 that Russia has left troops behind in Belarus after the Zapad exercises.
           Reuters reported, “In an interview on a military plane on Thursday evening, Muzhenko said Russia has withdrawn only a few units from Belarus and had lied about how many of its soldiers were there in the first place. […] ‘We had information that they had withdrawn only a few units of the declared 12,500 troops, of which 3,000 were Russians, but there were significantly more of them there,'” Muzhenko stated.

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