Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
11 December 2015, 6 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PMKyiv time that towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Shchastya with grenade launchers. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Zaytseve and Krasnohorivka with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Novhorodske, Pisky, Avdiyivka, Opytne, and Maryinka. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Hranitne with small arms. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne with artillery and mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action.
2. Ukraine’s PM reports on year of work of government; outlines priorities for next year
In Ukraine’s Parliament during a session, “Hour of Questions to the Government,” Ukraine’s PM A. Yatsenyuk reported on the government’s work in the past year and outlined the priorities for next year – educational and medical reform; transparent privatization; continuing decentralization reforms; and judicial reforms. During his address, Yatsenyuk was accosted by MP O. Barna, who grabbed Yatsenyuk and attempted to drag him from the rostrum – a brawl ensued. Barna has been expelled from the Poroshenko bloc faction. President Poroshenko stated that he supports the decision to expel Barna from the faction. Parliamentary speaker V. Groysman condemned the MP’s behavior, and Poroshenko bloc faction head Y. Lutsenko apologized on behalf of the faction.
3. Ukraine’s Parliament passes resolution calling on international community to strengthen sanctions against Russia
Ukraine’s Parliament passed a resolution, “On the appeal of the Parliament of Ukrainian to Parliaments of foreign states, the European parliament and international Parliamentary assemblies regarding the continuance and strengthening of sanctions against Russia for organizing terrorist acts in Ukraine.” The resolution states, “the Russian Federation continues to flagrantly violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Russian Federation is becoming a terrorist state.” The resolution points to the increase in detained terrorists who underwent training “on carrying out terrorist acts in Ukraine in special training camps for diversionary groups in Russia, which threaten the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Ukraine’s Parliament called on Parliaments of foreign states to continue and strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation.
4. US Army Europe Commander: US hasn’t been distracted by what is happening in Syria
Speaking at the Pentagon on 10 December, US Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. B. Hodges stated, “I think it’s important, when we talk about Ukraine, I’m glad that the vice president was in Ukraine earlier this week to remind everybody — the Ukrainians, as well as the rest of Europe — that we have not been distracted by what’s happening in Syria, that we still expect Russia to live up to its obligations, and in fact, the rest of the alliance expects Russia to live up to its obligation.” Speaking about Russian offensive capabilities, Hodges stated, “They have kept the capability there to be able to do that on a very short notice. It’s indisputable that they have got equipment and providing command and control.”
5. UN Security Council meets on Ukraine
The UN Security Council is meeting today to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The results of the meeting are unknown as of this writing.