Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 31, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 31, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Operation UNIFIER training exercises. Photo – Joint Task Force-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 and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions 10 times on the Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors of the front. Russian-terrorist forces shelled residential areas of Vodyane with mortars.
2. Ukraine’s PM at Toronto Global Forum: It’s time for investors to take a fresh look at Ukraine
PM Groysman speaks at Toronto Global Forum, October 30.
 Photo – Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine’s economy has overcome the downturn of 2014-15 and is growing again, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman stated yesterday at the Toronto Global Forum. Groysman stressed that not many countries have undergone transformations on such as scale as those taking place in Ukraine today. Reforms in decentralization, deregulation, and the banking and energy sectors were introduced in the last three years.
           Prime Minister Groysman stated, “Today we are talking about further deregulation as well as the creation of a favorable business climate in order to ensure the success of each investment. […] Next thing on the agenda is the question of large-scale and transparent privatization. We are currently elaborating a new law that will enable us to build an effective system of selling non-strategic state assets,” Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported.
          Prime Minister Groysman is in Ottawa today where he will meet with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and testify at the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.
3. CBC interview: Passing Magnitsky Act “opens the floodgates” for other countries
Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War Against Ukraine, and Bill Browder, Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, were interviewed on CBC about the significance of the recent adoption in Canada of the Magnitsky Act. To view the video, please click here – Passing Magnitsky Act ‘opens the floodgates’ for other countries 
4. US Senators McCain, Cardin: Administration’s guidance for implementation of Russia sanctions legislation “step in right direction”
On October 26, US Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued a statement following the US Administration guidance for implementation of the Russia sanctions legislation adopted in July by the US Congress.
           Senators McCain and Cardin stated, “The administration’s announcement is a step in the right direction toward holding Russia accountable for its attack on our election. By issuing guidance for the implementation of the sanctions legislation, the administration is slowly but surely carrying out the law that Congress passed overwhelmingly this summer.
           We are encouraged that the sanctions list includes many targets from the Russian defense and intelligence sectors that Congress previously identified and look forward to more closely reviewing the list to ensure that it is comprehensive. As the implementation moves forward, Congress will continue to conduct oversight of each step to ensure the administration is following both the letter and the spirit of the law-including persuading entities to stop doing business with those on the list, coordinating with European allies and other key partners, and briefing and consulting Congress on a regular basis.”

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