Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
24 June 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported that yesterday towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Popasne. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Avdiyivka with artillery – one civilian was injured. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Horlivka with mortars and artillery. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Krasnhorivka, Shyrokyne and several other locations. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five were wounded in action.
2. Ukraine, EU to hold consultations on effects of British referendum
The First Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Parliament, I. Herashchenko, stated that Ukraine and the EU will hold consultations regarding the effects of the referendum held in Great Britain, where Great Britain voted to leave the EU, Radio Svoboda reported. Herashchenko stated, “In the nearest time, high-level consultations will be held between Ukraine and the EU regarding the effect of the referendum on our bilateral relations,” Radio Svoboda reported.
3. Atlantic Council Senior Fellow: Ukraine should be given clear roadmap towards NATO membership
Testifying at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 23 June, at the hearingNATO: Reviewing the Agenda and Assessing the Potential Outcomes of the Warsaw Summit, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow I. Brzezinski stated, “NATO’s meeting Warsaw next month portends to be its most significant summit since the end of the Cold War. No previous summit in this era has had to address a set of challenges as complex,proximate, and forbidding and as those now present on the Alliance’s eastern and southern frontiers. The most urgent of these challenges is the destabilizing combinationof Russia’s geopolitical assertiveness and growing military power.The decisions NATO promulgates in Warsaw must present a credible deterrent to Russian aggression. […]President Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine is but one element of a revanchistpolicy that he has articulated and exercised since taking office in 1999. His central objective is clear- the reestablishment of the power, territorial control, and hegemony of the former Soviet Union. […] NATO leaders at the Warsaw Summit should embrace Ukraine’s and Georgia’s European and transatlantic ambitions, including their desire tojoin NATO. These nations should be given a clear road map toward that goal. […] The Alliance should expand the security assistance it provides Ukraine. The time is longoverdue for the United States and others to grant Ukraine the ‘lethal defensiveequipment’ it has requested, including anti-tank, air defense and other weapons. […] NATO should also conduct exercises and ISR operations in Ukraine to signal solidarity, train the Ukrainian armed forces,and provide them better situational awareness. None of these actions would threaten Russia’s territorial integrity, but they would complicate Russian military planning and increase the risk that would come with further aggressiondeeper into Ukraine. They would help erase the red line that Moscow has been allowed to draw across Europe. Failure to transform the NATO-Ukraine partnership in this waywill not avoid conflict with Russia, it will only ensure that Ukraine remains weak in the face of Russian aggression. That is not only an enticement for Putin’s revanchist ambitions, it is yet another recipe for an enduring military confrontation with Moscow.”The full testimony is available at http://www.foreign.senate.gov/
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