Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
28 October 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 near Popanse. Towards Donetsk, mortar and artillery shelling by Russian-terrorist forces on the Avdiyivka-Opytne line increased substantially. At Avdiyivka, Russian-terrorist forces attacked Ukrainian positions. Ukrainian forces repelled the attack. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Maryinka and Shyrokyne with mortars and artillery. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
2. Ukraine’s President speaks with President of European Commission, European Council on Association Agreement, visa-free regime
Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko spoke with European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker and European Council President Donald Tusk. During Poroshenko’s phone call with Junker, “the parties discussed the situation on the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU by the Netherlands. Jean-Claude Juncker emphasized that the Agreement remained in force, including the free trade area. The President of the European Commission once again confirmed that Ukraine had fulfilled all the criteria necessary for the provision of the visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. The parties discussed the agenda of the next Ukraine-EU Summit that will take place in November.” During Poroshenko’s call with Tusk, “the Head of State and the President of the European Council exchanged views on the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Herewith, Donald Tusk expressed full support for Ukraine and noted that the Agreement must remain in force. The President of the European Council emphasized that Ukraine had fulfilled all the criteria necessary for the introduction of the visa-free regime. According to him, the EU must complete certain internal procedures to provide the right to travel to the EU without visas for Ukrainians,” Poroshenko’s press service reported.
3. Canadian soldiers visit local Ukrainian schools in honour of Defenders’ Day
In an article published by the Canadian Army, a Canadian Armed Forces Joint Task Force- Ukraine Medical Technician and Instructor wrote, “On the occasion of Defender of Ukraine Day, several Lviv area schools invited Canadian soldiers currently deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER to visit with their students and staff. Upon volunteering to participate in a visit, a colleague and I were assigned to School #98 which teaches approximately 1000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 11. […] The students were very happy to have us there and, much like Canadian children, were full of questions; they asked about our jobs and hometowns, our impressions of their beautiful city, and if we enjoyed working with Ukrainian soldiers. […] One of the senior female students who guided us on the tour told me that she was so glad to see a female in the military, and it had cemented her desire to continue studying languages. She expressed how nice it was for her to see a woman in a non-traditional role. At the end of the morning, we parted ways with hugs and promises that we would keep in touch following this wonderful experience. A common thread that inspired me about the Ukrainians we met at the school was their intense national pride and hope for the future, and their love for the soldiers serving in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. We were humbled by the gratitude they showed to us, and toward Canada and our mission here. We will not forget the experience we had at School #98; it was a reminder of the strong bonds between Canada and Ukraine, both within the military context and in general.” The full article is available athttp://www.army.gc.ca/en/news-
publications/western-news- details-secondary-menu.page? doc=canadian-soldiers-visit- local-ukrainian-schools-in- honour-of-defenders-day/ iumuvql4
4. OECD experts to help Ukraine in reforming public governance system, deregulation, privatization, anti-corruption policy
Ukraine’s PM V. Groysman and Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) J. Gurria reached agreement on “Ukraine’s cooperation with OECD experts along a series of directions, in particular, the formation of anti-corruption institutions in Ukraine, a reform of public governance and implementing deregulation measures, the execution of the project ‘Decentralization in Ukraine’, management of public enterprises and privatization […]It was agreed that the OECD would render expert assistance to the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption, in particular the analysis of corruption risks, preparation of anti-corruption programs and protection of whistleblowers. Following the talks, it is expected in December this year there will commence joint work on the implementation of the project ‘Decentralization in Ukraine’,” Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported.