Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
22 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 Krymske with mortars. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Zaytseve and Avdiyivka. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krasnohorivka with mortars and tanks. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions south of Maryinka with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action.
2. Canadian forces train Ukrainian forces in flight safety as part of Operation UNIFIER
Canada’s Department of National Defence stated, “After many months of preparation and discussion between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) flight safety authorities, a three-week Ukraine Flight Safety Course (UFSC) took off smoothly on November 7, 2016 at the National Land Forces Academy in Lviv, Ukraine. Thirty-four candidates from the Air Force, Army, and Navy are attending this course specifically designed to meet the needs of the UAF. […] A specialized agency of the United Nations, the [International Civil Aviation Organization – ICAO] helps states cooperate together in support of the safe, secure and efficient operation of the global air transport network by codifying the principles and practices of international air navigation, flight inspection, border-crossing procedures, and air accident investigations. […] The course is divided in two distinct segments: Part 1 is delivery of the Online Safety Management Course on behalf of the ICAO, while Part 2 covers a series of aviation safety related topics explaining how the CAF is implementing the standards and practices recommended by ICAO. This arrangement is a first for the ICAO in partnering with military organizations. The CAF specialists will facilitate delivery of the online course and will administer the five mandatory tests needed to receive the ICAO certificate on their behalf. […] The flight safety initiative is one of seven different Operation UNIFIER lines of effort to build capacity within the UAF. As of November 2016, the Canadian Armed Forces have provided more than 2300 training opportunities to UAF soldiers and officers on Operation UNIFIER.” The full article is available at http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/
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3. Atlantic Council publishes report – The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses
The Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center published a report, The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses. The Atlantic Council stated, “Western European democracies are not immune to the Kremlin’s tactics of influence, which seeks to turn Western liberal virtues-free media, plurality of opinion, and openness-into vulnerabilities to be exploited. Russia’s meddling in other counties’ politics, while shocking to some, is part and parcel of the Kremlin’s toolkit of influence. This report documents how the Russian government cultivates relationships with ideologically friendly political parties, individuals, and civic groups to build an army of Trojan Horses across European polities. This network of political allies, named in the report, serves the Kremlin’s foreign policy agenda that seeks to infiltrate politics, influence policy, and inculcate an alternative, pro-Russian view of the international order.” The report can be downloaded at http://www.atlanticcouncil.