Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
4 November, 12 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported that Russia continues to increase its military presence on the territories controlled by Kremlin-backed terrorists. The Russian Federation continues transferring military equipment to Ukrainian territory through the uncontrolled border. Yesterday, Kremlin-backed terrorists in Luhansk oblast near the settlement of Krymske and Hirne [Popasna region, Luhansk oblast] shelled positions of the ATO forces with ‘Grad’ truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers. At a checkpoint near the settlement of Frunze [Luhansk oblast] there have been troop rotations and currently checkpoint. RNBO also reported that Kremlin-backed terrorists had shelled Ukrainian positions at the Donetsk airport 4 times using grenade launchers, mortars and small arms. In the past 24 hours no Ukrainian servicemen have been killed, and 3 soldiers were wounded.
2. For the 6th time a Russian humanitarian convoy has illegally invaded Ukraine
The vehicles of the sixth Russian humanitarian convoy have crossed Ukrainian border. The spokesman for the RNBO Andriy Lysenko stated “Today, from 7:25 a.m. tо 7:45 a.m., the Russian side, having violated international and interstate agreements and having not informed Ukraine, has moved to Ukrainian territory 10 vehicles of the next so-called humanitarian convoy.”
3. Dutch experts found new human remains at MH-17 crash site
New human remains have been found at the crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. This was reported by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice on its website. A Dutch team together with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe went to the crash site with local disaster relief workers. They found the remains in a field where aircraft parts had been on fire on the day of the crash. The remains will undergo an initial forensic check in Kharkiv, and will then be transported to the Netherlands for further examination. “The members of the mission left the crash site, but, they will make every effort to return” said the Ministry.
The United States expressed concern over Russian troops movement close to the border with Ukraine, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. “We remain concerned about reports, although I do not have independent confirmation of those. Certainly, we often work closely with NATO as you know on these types of issues and tracking, but we are concerned about any reports that Russia is taking escalatory actions of which troop movements would certainly be one of them. And that would certainly be a violation of the Minsk protocols of which we continue to press all parties to abide by,” Psaki said. Speaking in a news conference with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance has seen the recent troop movements as Moscow continues to support separatists with equipment and special forces in eastern Ukraine.