Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
10 December, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) stated at 12:30 PM that the “regime of quiet,” announced yesterday, has brought “preliminary results.” No Ukrainian soldiers were killed and no soldiers were wounded in the last 24 hours, the RNBO reported. The frequency and intensity of shelling by Kremlin-backed terrorists significantly decreased. 16 incidents of shelling by Kremlin-backed terrorists were recorded since the “regime of quiet” was implemented. The RNBO reported that 7 civilians were injured in the last 24 hours as a result of shelling by Kremlin-backed terrorists.
2. Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade: Ukraine would like to expand IMF program
Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavicius, stated that Ukraine would like to expand the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program (Stand-by) in Ukraine, which totals $17.1 billion USD. Abromavicius stated, “We’ve discussed the difficult economic situation in Ukraine, we’re making calculations.” The IMF mission is working in Ukraine until 18 December. Abramavicius stated after meetings with the mission that the positions of the IMF and the Ukrainian Government generally coincide. The Ministry stated that several questions were discussed during meetings, including reform of the administration of state companies, “which, in the opinion of the IMF, is now being undertaken ineffectively and needs strengthening of transparency and de-monopolization of entire sectors.”
3. Secretariat on Security and Civilian Cooperation established at State Security Service of Ukraine
A Secretariat on Security and civilian Cooperation was formed at the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Evhen Marchuk (former Prime Minister, former Defense Minister, former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council) will head the Secretariat, which will “coordinate implementation of the agreements reached by the President of Ukraine at the international level to give the new impetus to the advanced partnership with NATO member-states. The top priorities of the new structure are: higher level of collaboration within the Ukraine–NATO and Ukraine-EU formats, resumption of security sector reforms and civilian control of all security organizations.”
4. Ukraine receives 500 million Euro loan from EU
Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavicius, stated that Ukraine has received a 500 million Euro loan from the EU, which comes due in 2029, with an interest rate of 1.375%.
5. Merkel: Our goal is a territorially intact Ukraine
As reported by Bloomberg, German Chancellor A. Merkel, speaking at the convention of her Christian Democratic Union, stated that “what’s been happening for months in Ukraine threatens Europe’s peaceful order,” accusing Russia of violating international law. “Our goal is a territorially intact Ukraine that can decide about its future in a free and self-determined way.”