Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
24 April 2015, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 1:30 PM Kyiv time that Ukrainian servicemen had spotted 5 UAVs along the frontline. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a terrorist of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” in Dnipropetrovsk on charges of gathering intelligence on Ukrainian Forces positions and another of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” terrorist was detained in Mykolaiv for attempting to smuggle arms from terrorist-held territory into Ukraine. Another 6 terrorists were detained in Kharkiv. The RNBO reported that there were no casualties and 1 Ukrainian armed forces soldier was wounded in the last 24 hours.
2. US Instructors Give Ukraine’s National Guard Firing Drills
On 24 April, US forces are continuing their training of Ukraine’s National Guard, giving Ukrainian servicemen firing drills. The Pentagon refuted allegations by the Kremlin US troops were training Ukrainian forces not only in western Ukraine “but directly in the combat zone in the area of Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Artyomivsk and Volnovakha”. Approximately 300 US Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade are taking part in the training for members of the Ukrainian national guard, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in the city of Yavoriv, near the Polish border.
3. OSCE mission reports seeing heavy weaponry in east Ukraine in breach of Minsk accords
Observers from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) registered movement of heavy weaponry across the military-operation zone in eastern Ukraine from where it was supposed to have been removed under the Minsk agreements and fire of these weapons towards Shyrokine from areas held by Kremlin-backed terrorists.
4. INTERNATIONAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: PROGRESS ON REFORMS, SECURITY, AND A EUROPEAN UKRAINE IN TORONTO
On April 25, 2015 in Toronto ON, at 2:00pm, there will be a roundtable discussion on the “Progress of Reforms, Security and a European Ukraine” held at the Taras Shevchenko Home located at 482 Horner Avenue, Etobicoke, ON. Participating individuals will include:
Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian MP for Volnovakha, Donetsk Oblast; Vira Savchenko, sister of illegally imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko; Serhiy ” Foma” Fomenko, civic activist and leader of rock-folk group “Mandry”; Michael Shchur, journalist and TV persona, the Jon Stewart of Ukraine and Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor at Odesa National University. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.