Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
10 November 2015, 8 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 towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions and residential areas of Popasne with prohibited 120-mm mortars. Northwest of occupied Horlivka, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions with small arms and grenade launchers. West of occupied Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions with small arms and grenade launchers. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne with small arms. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four were wounded in action.
- Parliament passes several EU liberalization laws; Fails again to adopt changes to labor code on anti-discrimination
Parliament adopted several laws as part of the benchmarks of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalization with the EU – the law on establishing a National Agency on Asset Recovery; changes to the Criminal Code on asset freezes and confiscation; changes to the Criminal Code as to jurisdiction of state organs on criminal investigations. Parliament again failed to adopt changes to the Labor Code prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, a part of the EU visa liberalization package. 207 MPs supported the legislation; 226 is necessary for adoption. Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko tweeted after the closure of today’s Parliamentary session, “Today’s voting brought Ukrainians significantly closer to a visa-free regime. […] I expect that MPs will act responsibly and pass all laws necessary for a visa-free regime, including the anti-discrimination amendment.”
- Savchenko lawyer to publish all materials in Savchenko case
Mark Feygin, one of Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyers (the Ukrainian pilot and MP who has been illegally imprisoned in Russia since June 2014) stated in an interview with UkrInform news service that he will publish all materials in her case. He stated that this will be done so that the public has accurate information about the so-called “evidence” against Savchenko.Savchenko 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.
- Parliament schedules local elections in Mariupol, Kransoarmiysk
Parliament scheduled local elections for 29 November in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiysk, Donetsk oblast, where voting didn’t take place on 25 October. The runoffs for local elections are scheduled for 15 November.
- Russian Supreme Court upholds Putin decree classifying “peacetime” military casualties
Russia’s Supreme Court upheld President Putin’s decree on classifying information on casualties among military personnel in “peacetime,” the UNIAN press service reported. The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit against an earlier Supreme Court decision upholding the decree filed by several Russian politicians, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists. According to the decree, divulging of Russian military losses, now considered a “state secret” could result in criminal charges. Reacting to the Russian court decision, O. Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) stated, “Attempts to hide their crimes always force tyrants to prohibit speaking the truth. Aggression, fear and lies are the essence of the Putin regime.”