Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
14 November, 12 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) reported at 12PM Kyiv time that situation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts remains tense. There continues troop movement and relocation and concentration of Russian military forces and mercenaries, primarily in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Debaltseve areas. During the night, Kremlin-backed terrorists repeatedly shelled the Donetsk airport and Ukrainian positions near the settlement of Pisky. The previous night, the Kremlin-backed terrorists attempted again to assault the airport. The attack was repelled and the Donetsk Airport remains under the control of the ATO forces. Also, the terrorists have shelled the ATO positions near the settlements of Novokalynove, Opytne, Maryinka, Berezove, Kamyanka, Nikishine [Donetsk oblast], Stanytsya Luhanska, Sokolniki, Tryohizbenka and Kryakivka [Luhanska oblast]. In response, Ukrainian military destroyed the enemy positions in the district of Spartak, near the settlements of Pisky and Krasnogorivka. In the last 24 hours, 1 Ukrainian soldier was killed, and another 6 were injured.
2. The 7th “humanitarian convoy” from Russia is postponed
The arrival of the seventh so-called humanitarian convoy from Russian Federation to Donbas has been postponed indefinitely according to RIA Novosti. The arrival of the convoy was scheduled for Friday, November 14. 82 trucks are being sent to Donbas. According to the RNBO, “humanitarian convoys” after importing equipment and products for the fighters, remove the bodies of dead soldiers.
3. US urges Russia to ‘stop fueling the fire’ in Ukraine
The United States has called on Russia to “stop fueling the fire” in eastern Ukraine with new weapons and other support for pro-Russian separatists there. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington condemned “Russia’s increased militarization of the Donbas region through the provision of tanks and other heavy equipment to separatists. On November 12 at the UN Security Council meeting Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the UN, stressed that the root of the problem in Ukraine was the Russian Federation’s flagrant violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “There must be consequences when Russia continues to flout the commitments it has made,” she said, adding that pressure could be ratcheted up to ensure that that happened.
4. Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies have joint plan to counter Russian aggression
Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have drafted a joint action plan to address Russian aggression. Advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, Zorian Shkiriak, said at a press briefing on Thursday, “The Interior Ministry, the Defense Ministry and SBU worked out a systemic model of cooperation in combating Russian aggression,” Shkiriak said. He said that in the anti-terrorist operation zone all departmental units were acting “as a single mechanism.” The advisor said that the issue concerned a whole range of measures, including holding special operations regarding the elimination of Russian subversive groups and establishing communications. He also added that Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and SBU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko were in charge of the situation in the Donbas conflict zone.