Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
22 July 2016, 6 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 shelled Ukrainian positions at Stanytsia Luhanska, Popasne and Troitske with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Horlivka, Opytne, Pisky and several other locations. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces attacked a Ukrainian position near Maryinka; Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krasnohorivka and Shyrokyne with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
2. Thousands gather in Kyiv to mourn murdered journalist Pavel Sheremet
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, “Thousands of mourners strode in a solemn procession through Kyiv’s Ukrainian House on July 22 to honor journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed in a car bombing that has shaken Ukraine’s media community and sent shock waves into Russia and Belarus. Sheremet, a journalist at news website Ukrayinska Pravda, was driving to a radio station to do a morning show two days earlier when the bomb exploded. The Interior Ministry said the explosives were ‘skillfully’ planted underneath the car and that the blast may have been set off by a ‘remote-controlled or delayed-action’ detonator. […]Europol and the FBI are assisting Ukraine in investigating Sheremet’s slaying. […] Mourners included family, friends, colleagues, lawmakers, and government officials, among them President Petro Poroshenko. […] Some carried carnations of yellow and blue — Ukraine’s national colors. Others brought red and white roses. Mourners brought the flowers in even numbers, as is customary for grieving and funerals, and mounds of them spilled off a table. […] Sheremet’s body was to be repatriated to Belarus, where a funeral service will be held in the capital, Minsk, on July 23. Sheremet will be laid to rest beside his father.”
3. Canada’s Department of Defence: Logistics Modernization Efforts moving forward in Ukraine
In an article from 21 July, Canada’s Department of National Defence stated, “At the end of June 2016, a team of Canadian military logisticians from Op UNIFIER instructed the first edition of the Logistics Operations Course at the Odessa Military Academy in southern Ukraine-the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) equivalent of Canada’s Royal Military College. Identified as the operation’s sixth line of effort (LoE 6), this group’s role is to assist in developing and modernizing Ukrainian Armed Forces’ logistics skills and capabilities. […] The three-week ‘Logistics Operations Course 001’ took place this June in Odessa, and was offered to 50 third-year students in the fields of maintenance, food services, armament, and material support. The Canadians gave lessons on the general conduct of operations in the NATO context, and delved into more detailed specialty training on maintenance, supply, transportation, ammunition management, and sustainment planning. […] This training session was not only an excellent opportunity to test a brand new course package, but also a small window in time during which the Canadian logisticians had the opportunity to mentor potential future leaders of the UAF. After just a three-week impression, it is clear that if these 50 students are any indication of other junior UAF officers, the future is undeniably bright.” The full article is available athttp://www.forces.gc.ca/en/
news/article.page?doc= logistics-modernization- efforts-moving-forward-in- ukraine/iqqtqkc2
4. Former US Prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney Bohdan Vitvitsky to assist in reform of Ukraine’s Prosecutors’ Office
Former Federal Prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney Bohdan Vitvitsky will assist in the reform of the Office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine. Vitvitsky also served as Resident Legal Advisor at the US Embassy in Ukraine (2007-09). During a meeting with Vitvitsky on 21 July, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko outlined priorities – organization of the work of the General Inspectorate; increasing efficiency of cooperation with other law enforcement bodies; utilizing best-practices in the fight against corruption among high-ranking officials and the recovery of stolen assets. Vitvitsky stated that he is “ready to utilize all my experience to facilitate positive changes in the agency. […] The time of diplomatic courtesy is over, it is time for radical actions,” the Office of the General Prosecutor reported.