Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
11 November, 9 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that the situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts remains complicated. Kremlin-backed terrorists continue to deploy forces to the demarcation line. Concentrations of Kremlin-backed terrorist forces and military equipment have been identified in the north-west of Olenivka, and the north of Dokuchaevsk, Donetsk oblast. Kremlin-backed terrorists are also reinforcing and regrouping their positions on the approaches to Mariupol from the east. The RNBO reported that Kremlin-backed terrorists announced full mobilization in Torez, Snizhne, Makiyivka, Shaktharsk, Donetsk oblast, which remain under control of Kremlin-backed terrorists. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled and attacked a Ukrainian position near Berezove, Donetsk oblast; the attack was repelled. Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk airport three times. Near Debaltsevo, Kremlin-backed terrorists fired mortars and grenade launchers at three Ukrainian positions near Kamyanka, and shelled Ukrainian positions near Chornukhyne with Grads (truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers) and mortars. In the northern part of the ATO zone, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Sokilnyky, Stanytsia Luhanska, and Shchastya. Towards Pervomaisk, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Krymske with Grads and mortars. Towards Mariupol, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Hranitne. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, 5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 10 wounded.
2. US State Dept: Should Moscow continue to ignore commitments, the costs to Russia will rise
On 10 November, US State Department spokesperson J. Psaki stated, “We condemn Russia’s increased militarization of the Donbas region through the provision of tanks and other heavy equipment to separatists. […]There are no excuses for these ongoing and continuous blatant violations of the Minsk protocol by Russia and its proxies. If Russia is truly committed to Minsk and peace in Ukraine, it will stop fueling the fire with new weapons and support for separatists and withdraw all Russian military personnel and equipment from Ukraine, and it will call on its proxies to stop ceasefire violations, release hostages, and close the international border. As the White House made clear on November 3rd, should Moscow continue to ignore the commitments that it made in Minsk and continue its destabilizing and dangerous actions, the costs to Russia will rise.”
3. CEC establishes results in proportional part of elections and 196 of 198 single-mandate districts
On 10 November, the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) established the final results of the proportional party-list part of the 26 November parliamentary elections. 6 parties passed the 5% threshold. Narodnyi Front obtained 22.14 % (64 seats); Petro Poroshenko Bloc 21.82% (63 seats); Samopomich 10.97% (32 seats); Opposition Bloc 9.43% (27 seats); Radical Party 7.44% (22 seats); Batkivshchyna 5.68% (17 seats). The CEC has also established results in 196 of 198 single-mandate districts. (Elections weren’t held in Russian-occupied Crimea (12 districts) or in 15 districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast, occupied by Kremlin-backed terrorists).
4. RNBO: “Certain representatives of OSCE mission transmit information to terrorists”
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) stated that “Certain representatives of the OSCE transmit information to terrorists. The Ukrainian side is concerned about information that certain members of the OSCE special monitoring mission in the Donbas disclose information about the deployment of Ukrainian military units. We expect that the mission will act impartially and not allow any actions that may undermine the credibility of its work in Ukrainian society. The presence of international observers is regarded as an essential factor for a sustainable peace in the Donbas.” Y. Perebyinis, spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that there are currently 268 monitors from 39 states with the OSCE mission deployed to Ukraine, 18 of whom are citizens of the Russian Federation. As of 9 PM Kyiv time, the OSCE has not issued an official response.
Taras Zalusky, Executive Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress