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

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 2, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time02
Training exercises during Operation UNIFIER, Ukraine. 
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, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions 17 times on the Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors of the front.
2. Space Agencies of Ukraine and Canada sign Memorandum of Understanding
Photo – Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers


On November 1, the State Space Agency of Ukraine and the Canadian Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in the framework of the Canadian-Ukrainian Roundtable on cooperation in the aerospace sector in Montreal. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman attended the signing ceremony.
           Groysman stated that the document opens new opportunities and will become a new page in the cooperation between Canada and Ukraine. Grosyman said, “It’s a good sign that today our agencies are signing such key document. I will be glad to welcome our cooperation in aircraft construction as well. We can combine capabilities of Ukraine and Canada and create a competitive product which could then be introduced on the world market.”
3. US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations interview with Hromadske
US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker was in Ukraine recently, where he was interviewed by Hromadske TV. The interview can be viewed here:
4. US Mission to OSCE: sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine and fully implements Minsk commitments
The US Mission to the OSCE stated, “We call again on Russia, as the initiator of the conflict, to use its leverage and cease the hostilities, and to begin the disengagement of forces and withdrawal of weapons. […]
           The United States again calls upon Russia to end its repressive actions in occupied Crimea and return control of Crimea to Ukraine. The United States welcomes the release of Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Heads of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, who had been wrongfully convicted on politically-motivated charges in connection with their opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. We again call on the Russian Federation to end the ongoing campaign of politically-motivated legal action against the Mejlis and release the dozens of Ukrainian political prisoners it holds in Russia and in occupied Crimea. […]
           The United States fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. Crimea-related sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We join our European and other partners in restating clearly that our sanctions against Russia for its aggression in eastern Ukraine will remain until Russia fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements.”

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