Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
15 October 2015, 9 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.
- Ukraine elected to UN Security Council for two-year term
Ukraine was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and will begin its two year term on 1 January, 2016. Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign, speaking in NY on Tuesday, stated, “Election to the Security Council is of special importance […] For the first time, we have an absolutely unique and unimaginable situation … that a permanent member of the Security Council is an aggressor in Ukraine, waging a hybrid war against Ukraine.” Ukraine was elected with 177 votes, easily surpassing the 2/3 required from 193 UN member states. Senegal, Uruguay, Japan and Egypt were also elected to the Security Council as non-permanent members.
- German Chancellor: Sanctions against Russia to remain until Minsk agreements fully implemented
German Chancellor A. Merkel, speaking in the Bundestag, stated that sanctions against Russia could only be rolled back once the Minsk agreements are fully implemented. Reuters reported, “I’m speaking of a glimmer of hope, nothing more and nothing less. But this offers us the opportunity now to finally make progress on the road to a political solution. […]The indispensable keystone of Minsk is the full withdrawal of illegally stationed troops and mercenaries in Ukraine and Ukraine regaining full control over its borders,” Merkel stated.
- Ukraine private creditors agree to debt restructuring deal
Ukraine’s private creditors voted to agree to the debt restructuring deal, Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance stated. Russia, which holds $3bn in bonds, refused to restructure its part of the debt. Ukraine’s PM A. Yatsenyuk stated, “On Oct. 29 we will propose again that Russia make a choice, either they want to receive the same conditions as the other creditors, or they think they are unique. If they think they are unique, we are prepared for a court case against the Russian Federation.…Russia will not be given any other conditions,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
- US Defense Secretary: We will take all necessary steps to deter Russia’s “malign and destabilizing influence”
On October 14, US Secretary of Defense A. Carter stated, “Russia has used political, economic, and military tools to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighboring countries, flouted international legal norms, and destabilized the European security order by attempting to annex Crimea and continuing to fuel further violence in eastern Ukraine. […] We will take all necessary steps to deter Russia’s malign and destabilizing influence, coercion, and aggression. This is a new reality for us strategically, and it looks like it’s here to stay. And we will continue to make it clear that if Russia wants to end its international isolation and be considered a responsible power, it must stop its aggression in eastern Ukraine, end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, and live up to its commitments under the Minsk agreements. The 20th century NATO playbook was successful in creating a Europe whole, free, and at peace, but the same playbook would not be matched to the 21st century. We have to write a new playbook, which includes preparing to counter new challenges like hybrid warfare, and cyber, and better integrating conventional and nuclear deterrence, as well as adjusting our posture and presence to adapt and respond to new challenges and threats.”