Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
16 November 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 Novozvanivka and Novooleksandrivka with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Avdiyivka with mortars and grenade launchers. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Luhanske village. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne with artillery. At Vodyane, Talakivka and several other locations Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
2. UN Third Committee Adopts Resolution recognizing Crimea temporarily occupied territory, reaffirming non-recognition of annexation
On 15 November the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine). Ukraine’s Mission to the UN stated, “For the first time in official documents of the UN, the Russian Federation is recognized as an occupying power and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as a temporarily occupied territory. In addition, the resolution confirmed the territorial integrity of Ukraine and reaffirmed the non-recognition of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. The document also urges the Russian Federation to grant international human rights mechanisms, in particular the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, unimpeded access to Crimea in order to monitor human rights situation and asks the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a separate thematic report on the situation in the peninsula. […] The approval of the resolution is planned at the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in December 2016.” The full text of the resolution is available at https://documents-dds-ny.un.
3. Ukraine’s President speaks with US President-elect
Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko held a phone conversation with US President-elect D. Trump. President Poroshenko’s press service reported, the “President of Ukraine congratulated the President-elect on winning the presidential election and emphasized readiness to work with Trump’s administration and to further strengthen the Ukraine-U.S. strategic partnership. Petro Poroshenko also stressed the need for the Washington’s resolute support of Ukraine in countering the Russian aggression and implementing crucial reforms. They agreed to maintain contacts, including to hold bilateral meeting.”
4. Briefing by Anders Aslund – “Does Ukraine get the aid it deserves?”
Anders Aslund, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, stated in his brief, “Does Ukraine get the aid it deserves?” (published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation), “Ukraine has now carried out radical economic reforms. In a single year, the government cut its budget deficit by eight percent of GDP. […] The next big tasks are to reform prosecution and the judiciary to establish reasonable rule of law and property rights, to implement the civil service reform and carry out a pension reform. The West has engaged intensely with Ukraine in its reforms since February 2014. While Western advice has been economically sound, Western financing has been quite limited. The West should boost Ukraine through substantial investment funding to offer the nation a reasonable chance of success.” The brief is available at https://www.cigionline.org/