Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
6 January 2015, 4 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 Kremlin-backed terrorists continued to carry out sporadic armed provocations towards Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhansk. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one was wounded. The RNBO reported that the number of roads crossing through the demarcation line of the zone of the anti-terrorism operation (ATO) will be restricted to seven.
2. National Guard soldiers killed in road accident
The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that a crash occurred on 5 January between 2 military vehicles near Artemivsk, Donetsk oblast. As a result, 12 National Guard soldiers were killed and 21 were injured. Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko instructed the general prosecutor to establish a special commission headed by deputy military general prosecutor M. Yakubovsky to investigate the reasons of the crash.
3. US State Department: No rollback of sanctions against Russia until there is “tangible progress”
US State Department spokesperson J. Psaki stated on 5 January, that “[French] President Hollande said that sanctions [against Russia] would be lifted if, quote, ‘progress is made’ toward a lasting peace. This has been our position, as well as the position of our European and other partners from the very beginning. If Russia and the separatists implement the commitments each party made in Minsk, we’ll be in a position to begin a rollback of some of the sanctions. But there can be no rollback until there is tangible progress on the ground. As always, we appreciate the cooperation of our European partners in implementing the sanctions, and we expect we’ll continue to work lockstep with them moving forward.”
Russian Hockey Team Greeted by Anti-Putin protesters
Protesters braved Monday’s deep freeze to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine outside the Air Canada Centre where the Russian team battled Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship title. Despite temperatures hovering below -20C with wind chill, two dozen Ukrainian Canadians hoisted protest signs and shouted “Go Canada Go! Putin Hands Off Ukraine!” before the game started at 8 p.m.6-January-Ukraine-briefing