Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
30 June 2015, 7 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine stated at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy artillery and mortar shelling of Ukrainian positions near Mariupol – along the Novotroitske-Shyrokyne line. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Pisky and Avdiyivka. Towards Luhansk, Kremlin-backed terrorists fired on Ukrainian positions at several locations. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three were wounded. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported just after 9AMKyiv time that in the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions 83 times.
- Nadiya Savchenko’s defense begins publication of Russia’s “evidence” against Savchenko
Nadiya Savchenko’s defense attorneys have begun publication of the 40 volumes of Russia’s “evidence” in the fabricated criminal case against Savchenko It is available on her attorney’s, Mark Feygin’s, website http://advokat-feygin.ru/index.php?id=1. Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and Member of Parliament, was serving in eastern Ukraine, when abducted by Kremlin-backed terrorists in June 2014 and taken to Russia, where she has been illegally detained and imprisoned since that time. Russia has ignored repeated calls from the international community for her immediate release.
- Canada imposes additional sanctions on Russia
On 29 June, Canada imposed economic sanctions and travel bans against 3 Russian individuals and economic sanctions against 14 Russian entities. The individuals include Aleksandr Dugin, a leader of the Eurasian Youth Union. The entities subject to economic sanctions are: Gazprom; Gazprom Neft; Surgutneftegas and Transneft. Eurasian Youth Union; Marshall Capital Fund; Night Wolves motorcycle club; JSC United Aircraft Corporation and 6 subsidiaries of Defence Company Rostec. Canada also imposed an import/export ban on Russian-occupied Crimea – prohibiting import and export of goods; investment; provision or acquisition of financial or other related services and on the transfer, provision or communication of technical data or services; provision or acquisition of financial and other services related to tourism; the docking of cruise ships. Canada’s Prime Minister S. Harper stated, “Until there is real peace, until occupying forces are withdrawn, and until Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is restored, there must be ongoing consequences for President Putin’s regime. […] We stand with our partners in calling on President Putin to end his invasion of Eastern Ukraine, to withdraw his soldiers, tanks and heavy weapons, and to cease providing military aid to insurgents. We support current efforts for a diplomatic solution and call for Russia and its proxies to fully implement their commitments under the Minsk agreements.”
- Ukraine’s Parliament authorizes arrest of head of Kyiv Court of Appeals
Ukraine’s Parliament authorized the arrest and taking into custody of A. Chernushenko, head of the Kyiv Court of Appeals, as requested by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Chernushenko is suspected of illegal interference in the automatic document-processing system of the court, and issuing knowingly unlawful court rulings.