Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
3 June 2015, 7 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Kremlin-backed terrorists launch offensive against Mariyinka
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported at 4:50 PM Kyiv time that overnight, Kremlin-backed terrorist forces launched an attack on Ukrainian positions near Mariyinka-Krasnohorivka, Donetsk oblast. Following heavy shelling, up to 1000 Kremlin-backed terrorists, supported by tanks, armored vehicles and artillery, attacked Ukrainian positions. Ukraine’s Minister of Defense, S. Poltorak stated that as of 3 PM Kyiv time, the offensive was repelled. Poltorak stated, “The losses of the enemy are being established. The coordinated actions of our troops forced the enemy to stop.” The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that as a result of the shelling of Mariyinka by Kremlin-backed terrorists, one civilian was killed and four were injured. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PMKyiv time that yesterday, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne and Chernenko (near Mariupol) with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions at Svitlodarsk with artillery and a battle took place near Vesela Dolyna. Battles also took place on the western outskirts of Horlivka and near Pisky. Towards Luhansk, Kremlin-backed terrorists carried out a series of attacks with small arms near Zolote, the Bakhmutska highway and Schastya. The RNBO reported that on 2 June, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three were wounded. The Head of the Luhansk oblast State Administration, H. Moskal, reported that at approximately 7am Kyiv time, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled a road near Troykhizbenka, killing two civilians.
- Ukraine’s PM: Russia has again violated the Minsk Agreements
Ukrainian PM A. Yatsenyuk stated that on the eve of the G7 Summit, Russia has once again breached the Minsk II Agreements and instructed Kremlin-backed terrorists to begin military operations. “I expect that the international community will give an adequate response at the summit. Today, Russia has once again violated the Minsk agreements. Ahead of a meeting of the Group of Seven, yesterday Russia deliberately scuttled a meeting of the trilateral contact group, and today it has instructed its terrorists to begin a military operation. This is another challenge for the world community. I am hopeful that the international community will give a proper and adequate response to Russian aggression at the G7 summit,” Yatsenyuk stated.
- Ukraine’s Parliament removes immunity from prosecution of 2 MPs
Ukraine’s Parliament, at the request of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, removed the immunity from prosecution of MP Serhiy Kliuyev, the brother of former head of the Yanukovych Presidential Administration. Kliuyev is suspected of fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement and abuse of power or position. 287 of 322 MPs present voted to strip Kliuyev of immunity. Parliament also removed the immunity from prosecution of MP Serhiy Melnychuk, who is suspected of several offenses, including racketeering, with 262 MPs of 313 present supporting the motion.
- State Security Service of Ukraine registers criminal proceedings against Russian officials responsible for abduction and imprisonment of Nadiya Savchenko
The State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) began criminal proceedings against representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian Penitentiary Service and other Russian officials who falsified the criminal case against Nadiya Savchenko and are involved in her illegal detention. V. Vovk, head of the Investigative Department of the SBU, stated that “The SBU has documented facts and identified specific Russian officials, involved in various phases of the falsification of Savchenko ‘case.’” Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force pilot, who was serving in eastern Ukraine, was abducted by Kremlin-backed terrorists in mid-June 2014 and taken to Russia, where she has been illegally detained and imprisoned since that time. She was elected to Ukraine’s Parliament in October 2014 and appointed a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Russia has ignored repeated calls for Savchenko’s immediate release from the international community.