Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
17 September, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that the Ukrainian armed forces continued to honor the conditions of the ceasefire. Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed terrorists continued to fire and shell Ukrainian positions; the RNBO reported that there were no casualties on the Ukrainian side. The RNBO reported that Kremlin-backed terrorists fired artillery into the villages Nyzhna Krynka, Khanzhenkove, Verkhnya Krynka, Spartak, Yasynuvata city and Pervomaisk city.
2. President Poroshenko visits Canada
Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko visited Canada. Poroshenko met with Prime Minister S. Harper, Poroshenko and his delegation had a working meeting with the PM and members of the Cabinet, addressed a joint sitting of the House of Commons and Senate, spoke to a United For Ukraine rally in front of Parliament, and met with the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency David Johnston. He also had a chance to meet with representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community. Poroshenko’s speech to Parliament can be found at http://president.gov.ua/en/
3. US Senators Corker, Menendez introduce Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the bill on 18 September. Among other measures, the legislation requires the US President to apply sanctions against several US companies, and authorizes the President to provide military aid, to include “Providing defense articles, defense services, and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-armor weapons; crew weapons and ammunition; counter-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries; fire control, range finder, and optical and guidance and control equipment; tactical troop-operated surveillance drones, and secure command and communications equipment. It authorizes $350 million in fiscal year 2015 to carry out these activities.
4. Russian security services search Crimean Tatar Mejlis in occupied Crimea
According to several reports, on 17 September the Russian State Security Service (FSB) searched the Mejlis, the supreme representative body of the Crimean Tatar People in Simferopol. H. Coynash, of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, the search lasted 11 hours and the FSB removed minutes from several meetings of the Mejlis, six computer processors and hard disks, and religious books and personal items of Crimean Tatar leader M. Dzhemiliev. Both Dzhemiliev and the Chairman of the Mejlis, R. Chubarov, are banned from entering Crimea.
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