Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
3 December 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 towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Zaytseve, Mayorsk and near the Donetsk airport with small arms and grenade launchers. There was no combat at the Luhansk or Mariupol sectors of the front. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three were wounded in action.
- US, partners support extension of sanctions against Russia until Minsk fully implemented
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister P. Klimkin met with US Secretary of State J. Kerry at the OSCE Ministerial meeting. The State Department reported that Kerry “made clear that, until the Minsk Agreement is fully implemented, the U.S. and our partners, continue to support the extension of existing international sanctions on Russia. The Secretary reaffirmed U.S. commitment to Ukraine and to Ukrainian sovereignty. He praised Ukraine’s reform progress, and urged the continuation of anti-corruption efforts.”
- RNBO Secretary: Ukraine should establish visa regime with Russia in 2016 Turchynov, Secretary of the RNBO, stated that in 2014 the RNBO took a decision to implement a visa regime with Russia, and that the first part of this plan has been implemented – Russian citizens must have a foreign passport to travel to Ukraine. Turchynov stated, “In the new year, we should implement real and sufficiently rigid visa controls, a visa regime with the Russian Federation.”
- European Commission to provide Ukraine with 100 million Euros to support decentralization
The European Commission will provide Ukraine with 100 million Euros to support decentralization reforms, the BBC’s Ukraine service reported. The deputy head of the EU’s delegation to Ukraine T. Frellesen stated that the European Commission decided to provide the support yesterday.
- US VP to address Ukraine’s Parliament on 8 December
US Vice President J. Biden will travel to Kyiv on 6-8 December. He will meet with Ukraine’s President and PM on 7 December and address Ukraine’s Parliament on 8 December. In a background briefing a senior White House official stated, “the Vice President aims to provide a strong signal of our support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued military intervention […] The Vice President will also underscore that we categorically opposed and continue to oppose Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. The Vice President will discuss what additional economic, governance, and rule of law reforms are necessary with Ukraine.” A transcript of the background briefing is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/02/background-press-briefing-senior-administration-officials-vice-president
- EU publishes weekly Russian disinformation review
The EU’s External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force published its fifth weekly Russian disinformation review. “The main aim of this product is to raise the awareness about Russian disinformation campaign. And the way to achieve this goal is by providing the experts in this field, journalists, academics, officials, politicians, and anyone interested in disinformation with some real time data about the number of disinformation attacks, the number of countries targeted, the latest disinformation trends in different countries, the daily basis of this campaign, and about the coordination of the disinformation spread among many countries.” The weekly Disinformation Reviews are accessible at http://eeas.europa.eu/euvsdisinfo/