Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
14 August, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russia’s proxy war against Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts
The active phase of the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts continues. At 12PM Kyiv time the National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) stated that in the last 24 hours Ukrainian forces exchanged fire with Kremlin-backed terrorists 20 times. Ukrainian National Guard units liberated Hirske, Luhansk oblast from Kremlin-backed terrorist control. The RNBO stated at 5PM Kyv time that Ukrainian forces liberated Novosvitlivka from Kremlin-backed terrorist control, and closed off the last remaining road connection between Kremlin-backed terrorist-controlled Luhansk and other territories in control of Kremlin-backed terrorists. At 5 PM Kyiv time, the RNBO stated that there are battles between Ukrainian forces and Kremlin-backed terrorists in areas around Horlivka, Krasniy Luch, Ilyovaysk, and Donetsk, Leninsk and Uspenka. The RNBO stated that the terrorist organization Luhansk “Peoples’ Republic” is continuing forcible mobilization into its ranks. Kremlin-backed terrorists detain men and force them to work on setting up defenses for Luhansk city – digging ditches and delivering ammunition. The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that at 2:50AM Kyiv time on 14 April a group of Russian mercenaries attacked a border patrol near Pobyeda, Donetsk oblast. The attack was repelled. Russian armed forces aviation continues to violate Ukrainian airspace – at 11:40AM Kyiv time on 14 April, 2 Mi-24 helicopters flew into Ukrainian airspace, as reported by a border unit patrol near Milove, Luhansk oblast.
2. Ukrainian aid convoy sets out for Luhansk
This morning Ukraine sent three convoys of humanitarian aid – from Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv – towards Luhansk. The first trucks will arrive today and will be turned over to the Red Cross. I. Herashchenko, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the settlement of the situation in the East, noted that “safe delivery of cargo was the main problem. Ukrainian government guarantees full security of cargo on the territory of Ukraine but there are doubts about its security on the territory controlled by militants.”
3. Red Cross makes contact with Russian aid convoy
The coordinator of public relations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kyiv, Andre Lorsch stated in an interview that the Russian humanitarian aid convoy stopped about 25 km from the Ukrainian border in Rostov oblast, Russia, and that a representative of the ICRC has made contact with the convoy.
4. Parliament adopts legislation on reform of Ukraine’s gas transit system
Ukraine’s Parliament adopted legislation in second reading “On Amendments to legislation regarding reform of the system of management of the Gas Transit System of Ukraine,” which allows for the Ukrainian government to open public bids for investors regarding the modernization and exploitation of Ukraine’s gas transit system. The legislation states that the gas transit system remains 100% owned by the Ukrainian state. The legislation allows only companies from EU member states or the United States to bid. Ukrainian PM A. Yatseniuk stated that “the so-called operator company would be controlled exclusively by the Ukrainian state – 51% is controlled by the state; 49% can be obtained by the EU or USA.”
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