Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
12 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 near Tryokhizbenka with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions south of occupied Horlivka and west of occupied Donetsk with small arms and grenade launchers. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Bohdanivka with small arms. The RNBO reported that yesterday no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action.
- Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the escalation of the situation in the Donbas
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that “From 1 to 11 November, militants shelled Ukrainian positions over 240 times, along the line of contact, including with 82 and 120 mm mortars, which were to be withdrawn according to the Minsk agreements. In the immediate vicinity of the contact line, on territory temporarily not controlled by Ukraine, there is a large build-up of heavy weapons, including artillery and tanks; the deployment of new artillery units; increased activity of reconnaissance and diversionary groups; increased delivery of munitions, etc. […] We qualify these actions as a deliberate attempt to disrupt not only the process of withdrawal of heavy weapons under 100 mm, which was recently completed by the Ukrainian side, but also the implementation of other aspects of the Minsk agreements. […] We call on the international community to increase its influence on the Russian Federation with the goal of ensuring adherence to the ceasefire and full implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”
- Parliament recognizes Deportation of Crimean Tatars as a Genocide
Ukraine’s Parliament recognized the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People by the Soviet regime as a Genocide. May 18 was established as the annual Day of Remembrance of the Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People. In May of 1944 the Crimean Tatar People were exiled by Stalin to the Soviet east. Almost half of the exiled Crimea Tatars lost their lives during the first year of exile. The Crimean Tatar people were not allowed to return to their homeland for almost 50 years. Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemiliev stated, “the Russian Federation, inheriting the legacy of tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, ignoring all norms of international law and human rights, on 28 February 2014, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. From then to this day, Russia is implementing a systemic policy of ignoring the fundamental rights of Crimean Tatars; their forced emigration from Crimea; and assimilation, using methods of pressure, killings, imprisonment and deportation of those who resist these actions. This continuation of the Genocide must be stopped.”
- Parliament passes anti-discrimination amendment to Labor Code
After several attempts over the last week, Ukraine’s Parliament passed an anti-discrimination amendment to the Labor Code, as part of the action plan on EU visa liberalization. The amendment prohibits any workplace discrimination, including “violation of the principle of equal rights and opportunity, direct or indirect restriction on the rights of workers according to race, color, political, religious or other convictions, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic background, age, health condition, disability. […]”
- Parliament establishes State Bureau of Investigation
Ukraine’s Parliament established the State Bureau of Investigation, which will take over some responsibilities from the Office of the General Prosecutor, including the investigation of crimes committed by criminal organizations, cases of crimes committed by law enforcement officials, senior officials and civil servants, except where those crimes fall within the jurisdiction of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. The Director of the State Bureau of Investigation will be appointed by the President after selection by a special commission, based on the recommendation of the PM.