Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
16 December 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 yesterday towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Pisky, Avdiyivka, and Opytne with small arms, high-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Horlivka. There was no combat on the Mariupol and Luhansk sectors of the front. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in action and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in a tripwire explosion.
- NATO and Ukraine sign Roadmap for Defence-Technical Cooperation
NATO Assistant General Secretary for Defence Investment P. Auroy and First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine O. Gladkovskyi signed the Roadmap for NATO-Ukraine Defence-Technical Cooperation.“The roadmap sets out key activities to implement the priorities listed in a corresponding Declaration of Intent signed in September 2015. Those priorities include improvement of the capabilities of the Armed Forces; Co-operation in standardization and codification; transformation of Ukraine’s defence industry; Ukraine’s participation in NATO’s Smart Defence initiative; deepening co-operation between NATO and Ukraine in defence science and technology; and professional development of the Ukrainian staff involved in defence-technical co-operation with the Alliance,” NATO stated.
- Ukraine’s Government bans trade with Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukraine’s Government prohibited the supply of works, goods and services to and from Russian-occupied Crimea, Ukraine’s Prime Minister A. Yatsenyuk announced today. The Government’s resolution enters into force 30 days after its adoption. Personal belongings, socially important food products and humanitarian assistance are exempted. Electricity can be delivered to Russian-occupied Crimea based on a decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Yatsenyuk stated.
- Ukraine’s National Police locate archive of documents of Yanukovych and his “family”
The Cabinet of Ministers stated that in the course of a special operation, the National Police and the State Fiscal Service have found “the largest archive of Yanukovych and his ‘family,’ including the stamps of over 30 offshore companies, bank documents which show illegal schemes of stealing state funds.” The cache also contained original documents regarding the acquisition of the Mezhyhirya residence by the former President. The deputy head of the National Police O. Vakulenko reported that National Police investigators and representatives of the General Prosecutors’ Office are carrying out procedural work with the evidence. “I expect that the analysis of these documents will enable investigators to significantly advance the investigation and promote the return of embezzled assets to our country,” Vakulenko stated.
- Ukraine’s President reacts to row at National Council of Reforms
In a statement regarding Monday’s incident at the National Council of Reforms where Ukraine’s Interior Minister A. Avakov and Odesa Governor M. Saakashvili traded insults and accusations and Avakov threw a glass of water at Saakashvili, Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko stated, “The discussion in this forum is often tough and heated. […] But coarse language and insults are inadmissible at the National Council of Reforms […] The fight against corruption is not show business. […] It is not those who speak better, but those who provide evidence to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau who will be more convincing. […] It is high time to move from the anti-corruption show to anti-corruption cases.”