Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
9 October 2015, 7 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that yesterday, Russian-terrorist forces did not violate the ceasefire. No Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded.
- UK to increase training for Ukrainian forces
At the NATO Defense Ministers Meeting on 8 October, UK Defense Secretary M. Fallon announced that the UK will increase the number of training personnel based in Ukraine by a third. “19 UK teams have operated in Ukraine to train nearly 1,600 members of the UAF at eight training sites. The operation remains on course to have trained more than 2,000 UAF troops by the end of the financial year,” the UK Ministry of Defense stated.
- Ukraine Finance Minister calls for increased commitment to Ukraine; says no “special deal” for Russian bond
In an interview with the Financial Times, Ukraine’s Finance Minister N. Jaresko “called for the US, EU and other donors to double their financial commitment to the conflict-torn country next year, warning that a $40bn rescue led by the International Monetary Fund would do too little to guarantee long-term economic stability.[…] Jaresko also warned that Kyiv was not prepared to offer Russia any ‘special deal’ over a $3bn bond that matures in December, insisting that it had to be a part of a debt restructuring agreed with other creditors over the summer. The government in Kyiv has won plaudits from the IMF and donors such as the US for making significant progress in implementing economic reforms[…] But Ms. Jaresko said the government also needed more help from the international community to help finance infrastructure and other investment and demonstrate progress to its own citizens. And for that it needed greater bilateral help from donors such as the US which collectively have given $7.5bn to Kyiv this year. The minister said that figure should be doubled with the new funds focused on encouraging investment in Ukraine.”
- US Mission to OSCE: Imprisonment of Savchenko, others, by Russia violates Minsk agreements
Speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council on 8 October, US Ambassador D. Baer stated, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russia. Ms. Savchenko was captured in Ukraine by Russia-backed separatists over a year ago and taken to Russia, where she has remained in prison ever since. Her detention is a violation of the commitments Russia made under the Minsk Package of Measures in February, when it pledged it would ‘ensure release and exchange of all hostages and unlawfully detained persons.’ Yet, on October 5, the Rostov regional court upheld a previous ruling to extend Ms. Savchenko’s custodial detention by six months. […] The charges against Ms. Savchenko should be dismissed, and Ms. Savchenko should be released immediately and allowed to return to Ukraine. We note that Ms. Savchenko is not alone. There are at least eleven Ukrainians being held in detention in Russia based on politically motivated cases, including Oleg Sentsov and Oleksander Kolchenko, who in August were given harsh sentences in a Russian court on baseless charges. We call upon the Russian Federation to adhere to all of its Minsk commitments and release Ukrainian hostages without delay.”
- US destroyer docks in Odesa as part of NATO mission
The USS Porter (Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer) of the US Navy docked in Odesa as part of a patrol mission supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, “a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine specifically,” US European Command stated.