Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
13 January 2016, 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 Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Krymske and Tryokhizbenka with grenade launchers. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Mayorsk, Troitske and Pisky with small arms and grenade launchers. There was no combat on the Mariupol sector of the front. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded.
- Russian court refuses to admit defense documents in illegal trial of Nadiya Savchenko
Hearings in Russia’s illegal trial of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko resumed today. The court refused to admit documentary evidence submitted by her defense, Radio Svoboda reported. Savchenko is in the 28th day of a hunger strike. Savchenko was serving in eastern Ukraine, when abducted by Kremlin-backed terrorists in June 2014 and taken to Russia, where she has been illegally detained and imprisoned since that time. Russia has ignored repeated calls from the international community for her immediate release.
- Ukraine’s President addresses Ambassadors to Ukraine
Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko addressed Ambassadors to Ukraine on 12 January. He stated, “2015 was a year of challenges and aspirations – bigger than anything we faced in previous years. Russian citizens, under Russian flags, with Russian weapons kept killing Ukrainians on Ukrainian soil. The ugly story of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine was written in Volnovakha, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, and many other frontline towns – despite the ceasefire. Written in blood. It was a story of cruelty and betrayal. While Russia’s one hand signed the peace documents in Minsk, the other one flooded in blood Ukrainian town of Debaltseve. 2015 also became the year when the world saw: Ukraine’s will is not to be broken. […]There are two reasons of our success. First – the readiness of Ukrainians to defend and to sacrifice for their country. Second – the support from many people worldwide. […] Our key goal in 2016 is clear – to bring peace back to Ukraine and justice back to the international order. […] Pressure must be maintained until Moscow ultimately buries the hatchet and starts respecting the sovereignty of its neighbors. Yet, sanctions alone will take far too long to reach their objective. That is why it is crucial to couple them with wide and efficient international presence in Donbas to help implement the Minsk peace plan as soon as possible. […] In the same vein, it is vital not to put the Crimean issue on the back burner and to launch an international mechanism for de-occupation of the peninsula. […] Let’s be honest. A year ago, many doubted Ukraine’s chances for survival. However, the reality proves the opposite: Ukraine stands. A lot is yet to be done to make Ukraine a better nation. We will not change this way. We won’t be allowed to. Too many good men and women sacrificed their lives for this to happen. […] Too much depends on it for Europe – and worldwide.”
- EU publishes weekly Russian disinformation review
The EU’s External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force published its tenth 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/