Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
25 November, 6 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) stated at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that Kremlin-backed terrorists continue to shell Ukrainian positions. Shelling by Kremlin-backed terrorists has diminished somewhat compared to previous days. The RNBO stated that a troop rotation of Kremlin-backed terrorist forces is taking place. A partial withdrawal of Russian units has been identified, but, according to operational information, at the border crossing Izvaryne (Luhansk), yesterday nearly 80 vehicles, mostly cars and buses with personnel and ammunition, crossed into Ukraine and moved towards Luhansk city. Towards Donetsk, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Pisky and Tonenke with Grads (truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers) and mortars. Kremlin-backed terrorists fired artillery, mortars and small arms on Ukrainian positions near Krasnohorivka, Slavne, Berezove, Adviyivka, Vesele and Mayorske. Ukrainian forces repelled attacks by Kremlin-backed terrorists on the Donetsk airport. Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled a residential area of Donetsk city, killing two civilians, injuring 8, and damaging a school and several surrounding buildings. Towards Debaltsevo, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions with Grads and mortars near Olkhatovka and Olenivka, and fired grenade launchers on Ukrainian positions near Nikishyne. Towards Luhansk, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Verkhnya Vilkhova and Nyzhnoteple with Grads and mortars. Kremlin backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions with artillery, mortars and grenade launchers near Shchastya, Stanytsia Luhanska and Makarove. Near the Bakhmutivka highway, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Krymske, Troykhizbenka and Kryakivka with artillery and mortars. Towards Mariupol, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near Novotroitske, Mykolaivka, Chermalyk and Pavlopil with artillery and mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, 1 Ukrainian soldier was killed and 5 wounded.
2. US delivers radar systems to Ukraine
On 21 November, the US Department of Defense stated that they had delivered three “lightweight, counter-mortar radar systems” to Ukraine’s armed forces, the first of 20 that will be delivered in the next few weeks. US military will begin training Ukrainian armed forces in mid-December, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. S. Warren said. “The radar systems see incoming mortar fire and quickly calculate the point of origin of a mortar round fired by the enemy, and allows friendly forces to react appropriately,” Warren said.
3. Delivery of first mistral from France to Russia postponed “until further notice”
The President of France stated that the situation in eastern Ukraine does not allow for the delivery of the first Mistral warship to the Russian Federation. The delivery is suspended until further notice.
4. First session of new parliament to take place 27 November
The first session of Ukraine’s new parliament will take place on 27 November at 10 AM Kyiv time. Newly-elected MPs will be sworn in to office.
5. Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on another Russian “humanitarian” convoy
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted to a statement by the Russian Minister of Emergency Situations in the media that Russia is planning to send yet another “humanitarian” convoy to Ukraine by the end of the week. Ukrainian MFA spokesman Ye. Perebiynys stated, “Russia has not officially asked, through diplomatic channels, to obtain the consent of the Ukrainian side for the delivery of this humanitarian aid. We note that once again, the preparation of the shipment is being carried out without the consent of the Ukrainian side, without the agreement of the Red Cross, contrary to accepted international practice, contrary to Ukrainian laws, and the agreements reached earlier. […] There are numerous reports that point to the use of these ‘convoys’ as a channel for the supply of fuel, ammunition and other support to illegal armed formations in the Donbas.”
6. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President: Seeking NATO membership is up to Ukraine, no one else
Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on 24 November, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President I. Kanerva stated, “We have all been shaken this year by the conflict in and around Ukraine, as the crisis has serious consequences for the wider European security landscape. Key OSCE commitments have been swept aside. The territorial integrity and sovereignty of one of the OSCE’s participating States has been violated. […]I also must comment on the recent rhetoric from Moscow stating that Ukraine should never seek NATO membership. According to 1975 Helsinki Final Act – the founding document of the OSCE – participating States ‘have the right to belong or not to belong to international organizations, to be or not to be a party to bilateral or multilateral treaties, including the right to be or not to be a party to treaties of alliance.’ Simply put, it’s up to Ukraine and no one else.”