Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
12 September 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 fired on Ukrainian positions at Novooleksandrivka. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka, Luhanske village and Novohorodske. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions along the Vodyane-Shyrokyne sector of the front with mortars and artillery. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Maryinka. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action. The RNBO reported that on 9-10 September, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
2. Ukraine’s MFA issues strong protest against Russia’s attempts to hold elections in Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) stated, “Ukraine’s MFA expressed strong protest to the occupier regarding the intention to hold elections on temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city. Such actions by the Russian side violate fundamental norms and principles of international law and Ukrainian law […] The MFA addressed the Russian side with the demand not to hold elections on temporarily occupied territories. In the same context we have emphasized that holding elections in Russian diplomatic and consular premises is impossible. Pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Russian diplomatic missions must respect Ukrainian legislation […]. We have also emphasized that holding elections to the State Duma of Russia in premises of Russian diplomatic missions on Ukrainian territory is possible only after the refusal of the Russian side to hold elections on occupied Ukrainian territories, and also after the removal from federal lists of candidates for MPs presented by Russian political parties that are included in regional groups that cover Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. Ukraine’s MFA once again calls on the Kremlin to stop its aggression against Ukraine and calls on the international community to strengthen its diplomatic support for Ukraine, aimed at de-occupying the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, and also certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.”
3. Ukraine’s President meets with G7 and EU Ambassadors
Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko met with the Ambassadors of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) and the EU. President Poroshenko emphasized that currently the main efforts should be focused on ensuring that Russia implement the security components of the Minsk agreements. President Poroshenko stated, “Sanctions pressure on Russia is demonstrating its effectiveness and must remain in place until the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state.” President Poroshenko called on the G7 and the EU “not to recognize the legitimacy of Russian parliamentary elections that Moscow is trying to hold in Crimea and Sevastopol – Ukrainian territories, that are temporarily occupied,” the President’s press service reported.
4. Ukraine’s PM: Ukraine must become energy independent in next 5 years
Ukraine’s PM V. Groysman stated that Ukraine’s goal is to increase domestic natural gas production by 7 billion cubic metres, which will allow Ukraine to stop importing gas and become energy independent. “We can produce enough electricity, we can extract the necessary amount, and we can decrease consumption through energy efficiency and become and energy independent state,” Groysman stated.