Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 14, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 14, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
 
Ukrainian armored units training exercises.
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions 33 times in total, including at least 8 times with heavy weapons – artillery and mortars.
2. European Parliament urges Russia to immediately release over 70 unlawfully jailed Ukrainian citizens
The European Parliament passed a resolution, in which the Parliament “strongly condemns the judgment handed down against Oleg Sentsov in the court in Rostov-on-Don on 25 August 2015, which sentenced him to 20 years in prison on charges of terrorism;
          equally condemns the 10 year sentence handed down to Oleksandr Kolchenko at the same trial and the ongoing trial of Volodymyr Balukh who is on hunger strike since March 2018; considers their cases to be in breach of international law and of elementary standards of justice; urges the Russian Federation to act in accordance with its international obligations, and to immediately release Oleg Senstov and other unlawfully detained Ukrainian citizens, now numbering over 70 individual cases; […]
          underlines that from the very beginning Oleg Sentsov was not afforded the right to a fair trial and that procedural concerns, including the allegations of torture, merit a thorough investigation, open to international observers; deplores that he was tried in a military court and points out that statements and testimonies gained through torture and other illegal methods should be inadmissible in court proceedings; […]
           calls for the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, […]; .emphasises that Russian courts, both military and civilian ones, are not competent to judge acts committed outside the internationally recognised territory of Russia, and points out that the judicial proceedings in this case cannot be regarded as legitimate; calls on the Council and the Commission to address this and the many similar cases in contacts with the Russian authorities and to report back to Parliament; calls on the Member States to do the same in bilateral meetings; […]
          calls on the Council to consider a European Magnitsky Act under which further Russian officials, responsible for systematic human rights abuses, should be added to an extended EU list of those under an EU-wide visa ban and with assets frozen that they, or their immediate family, may hold within the European Union; commends Lithuania, Estonia and the UK for adopting Magnitsky Act national legislation which allow sanctions to be imposed against individuals suspected of involvement in human rights violations and urges other Member States to follow suit.”
The full text of the Resolution is available here
3. Centre for European Policy Analysis report on Nord Stream 2
In a new report, Europe and Nord Stream 2: Myths, Reality and the Way Forward, the Centre for European Policy and Analysis states, “Right now, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline represents one of the greatest threats to European solidarity and energy security.
          Promoted by one of the largest gas suppliers in the world- Russia’s state-owned Gazprom-this pipeline is a direct challenge to European law, the principle of fair play in the market, existing regulatory protections for consumers, and the bedrock political cohesion that has united U.S. and European interests for decades. Should the Russian government succeed in completing Nord Stream 2, the negative consequences for Europe will be many, and the benefits few.” The full report is available here: Europe and Nord Stream 2: Myths, Reality and the Way Forward
 
4. EBRD provides 250 million Euro loan to support sustainable energy development
Ukraine Business Journal reported, “The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is preparing the new Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF-III) of EUR 250 million, the bank’s website reports. EBRD launched USELF in 2009 to support and finance the first non-large hydropower renewable energy projects in Ukraine.
          The original USELF expires on 30 June 2018. Since inception, the facility has invested more than EUR 100 million to finance over 150 MW across all renewable energy technologies, Interfax-Ukraine reports.”

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