Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
23 September, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that on 22 September Kremlin-backed terrorists attacked Ukrainian positions near Adviyivka and Nikishene. The attacks were repelled. Kremlin-backed terrorists also shelled Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk airport. The RNBO stated that at about 11PM Kyiv time on 22 September, shelling and firing stopped, and that overall the night of 22-23 September was calm. 6 Ukrainian armed forces personnel, held hostage by Kremlin-backed terrorists, were freed on 22 September. The RNBO stated that at the Ukrainian-Russian border, a redeployment of Russian troops took place. Several Russian units left Ukrainian territory, but in their place other Russian units entered Ukrainian territory. The RNBO stated that the Russian side continued training of Kremlin-backed terrorists in army camps on Russian territory. The RNBO stated that the situation in Mariupol, southern Donetsk oblast, is calm and under control, and defensive positions around the city continue to be fortified. At 5PM Kyiv time the press-center of the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) stated that while the intensity of shelling by Kremlin-backed terrorists diminished, throughout the day there were incidents of shelling of ATO forces and towns. Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Hranitne; three shells hit a nearby school, which was empty at the time.
2. Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Repressions against Crimean Tatars continuing
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that repressions against Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea are continuing. The MFA stated “Russia submitted a written protest in connection with the participation of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples taking place in New York. Thanks to efforts by Ukrainian diplomats the Secretariat of the United Nations dismissed the demarche by the Russian side. […] On 16 September in Simferopol, the building of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People was surrounded and searched my men with automatic weapons. […] The next day representatives of the FSB and bailiffs sealed the Mejlis building and evicted its employees and representatives of Crimean Tatar organizations. In Crimea, lists are being created of local Crimean Tatar Mejlis representatives to be liquidated, as well as lists of banned literature. Mass searches in Crimean Muslim buildings and schools are being carried out. The so-called ‘Prosecutor’ of Crimea, Poklonska, publicly threatened to deport all those who do not agree with the occupation of [Crimea]. These facts clearly confirm the hatred and chauvinistic policies that the Russian Federation has been carrying out against the Crimean Tatar People since the beginning of the armed occupation and annexation of Crimea. The Crimean Tatars are in real danger of reprisals. This also applies to Ukrainians, who do not agree with the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The MFA of Ukraine again calls on the international community and all world human rights organizations to condemn the actions of Russian Federation, to show unanimous solidarity and take measures to stop the Russian assault on human rights and freedoms and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.” Speaking on 22 September at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Ukrainian Foreign Minister P. Klimkin stated, “Let us remind ourselves that the only way for this organization to live up to this role is to stand firmly by those suffering from aggressions, annexations and the ideology of hate. Today it is Crimean Tatars as a part of Ukraine. If the international community stands by passive – tomorrow it can be any other minority of this world.”23-September-Ukraine-briefing