Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
30 November 2015, 6 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Troykhizbenka with grenade launchers. West of Donetsk, Russian terrorist forces shelled positions at Krasnohorivka with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Novotroitske with small arms. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded.
- Canada’s PM meets with Ukraine’s President
Canada’s PM J. Trudeau and Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko met on 29 November in Paris, France. According to Poroshenko’s press service, “Justin Trudeau assured full support for the people of Ukraine in the struggle for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He underlined that Canada was ready to further put pressure on Moscow and comprehensively assist Ukraine, in particular through the reinforcement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The parties emphasized the importance of deepening special partnership between the states, particularly in trade-economic and military-technical spheres.” They also discussed the need to promptly prepare the Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement for signature and ratification. […] Poroshenko thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for solidarity with the people of Ukraine when the world honours the memory of Holodomor victims in Ukraine. The parties also discussed the issue of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens.
- Prime Minister of Canada’s statement on Holodomor Memorial Day
On Holodomor Memorial Day, 28 November, Canada’s PM J. Trudeau stated, “One of the darkest chapters of human history, the Holodomor, occurred over eighty years ago between 1932 and 1933. The Holodomor was the systemic and horrific genocide of millions of Ukrainians by a totalitarian Soviet regime. […]Today, we stand with Ukrainians in denouncing the historical atrocities committed against them, and in support of their enduring right to self-determination, freedom, and democracy. To this end, the Government of Canada stands firmly against Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine. We believe that, along with the international community, Canada can play an important part in bringing this conflict to an end. […]On this sombre anniversary, we pause to remember the victims, families, and communities who suffered as a result of the Holodomor, and we strengthen our resolve to continue promoting and upholding basic freedoms, rights, and dignity to help ensure that atrocities like this never happen again.” Trudeau’s full statement is available at http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/28/statement-prime-minister-canada-holodomor-memorial-day-0
- Human Rights Group: Russian military and mercenaries directly implicated in torture of Ukrainians
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) reported that “Ukrainian human rights activists believe that over 87% of Ukrainian soldiers and 50% of civilians taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed, pro-Russian militants in Donbas have been subjected to torture or ill-treatment. What is more, in over 40% of the so-called ‘interrogations’ and control over them, key roles were played by mercenaries from the Russian Federation or people who identified themselves as Russian military personnel. The Coalition ‘Justice for Peace in Donbas’ issued a report entitled Those who Survived Hell.The study is based mainly on a survey of 165 people held prisoner by the militants.” The full report is available athttp://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1448852051
- Ukraine will not renew electricity delivery to Russian-occupied Crimea without agreement from Crimean Tatar activists
Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal V. Demchyshyn stated that the government has asked Crimean Tatar activists to allow repairs to the Kakhovka-Titan electricity line to Russian-occupied Crimea, but would only resume power supplies to the occupied territory at a time agreed to with the activists, the Ministry reported. The Minister stated that resumption of electricity supplies along the Kakhovka-Titan line would deliver 20% of Russian-occupied Crimea’s power supply.
- Anti-corruption prosecutor appointed
Ukraine’s General Prosecutor V. Shokin appointed Nazar Kholodnytsky the Director of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutors’ Office (anti-corruption prosecutor), on the recommendation of two candidates by the commission responsible for interviewing the candidates.
- NATO to “reconfirm political support” for Ukraine at meeting of Foreign Ministers
Speaking ahead of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (1-2 December), NATO Secretary General J. Stoltenberg stated, “we will reconfirm our political support to Ukraine. And we will review our practical support, to help Ukraine modernise its command and control, cyber and logistic capabilities. These projects have an impact on Ukraine’s ability to defend itself and to reform its institutions. Foreign Minister Klimkin will update us on Ukraine’s reform path and we’ll meet in the NATO-Ukraine Commission. It is key that Ukraine remains committed to implementing ambitious reforms.”