Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
2 January 2015, 7 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 in the last 24 hours, 1 Ukrainian soldier was killed and 5 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Kremlin-backed terrorists fired on Ukrainian positions towards Mariupol, Donetsk, Debaltsevo and Luhansk. The RNBO reported that according to reconnaissance, local militants are being replaced with regular soldiers of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, with the goal of establishing a single center of control over the Kremlin-backed terrorist gangs. The RNBO reported that according to reconnaissance, “representatives” of the so-called Luhansk “Peoples’ Republic” are carrying out mobilization among the local population aged 16-18. The press-center of the anti-terrorism operation (ATO) reported at 6:30 PM Kyiv time that throughout the day, Kremlin-backed terrorists fired on Ukrainian positions 13 times with small arms, mortars, and artillery.
2. Ukrainian President’s New Years’ Address
Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko addressed the nation on 31 December, 2014 with his new years’ address. He stated, “The year that is passing was the most difficult in the last 70 years, since 1945. The enemy has encroached on our life, territory, freedom, independence. The entire country, from small to old, rose up in defense of our Fatherland. We will surely win this patriotic war, because it is just. Truth is on our side. God is with us. […] Together with the whole country let us honor the memory of the soldiers who gave their lives for Ukraine and the memory of peaceful citizens, who died at the hands of the aggressor. I thank everyone for their contribution in defense of our country. I am proud that I belong to a great European nation. The saying of the last year were the words “United Country.” […] Great challenges have changed us. As a people we […] united even more strongly as a political Ukrainian nation. 2015 will not be easy. But I believe that it will enter into history as the year of beginning of deep reforms that will open the road for us to membership in the European Union. This is our dream, which we will accomplish together. Today I wish all of us, in the first place, long-awaited for and long-lasting peace.” The full address is available at http://president.gov.ua/news/
3. President signs budget
On 31 December 2014, President P. Poroshenko signed the Law on the State Budget 2015. The budget was passed in parliament on 29 December.