Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 2, 2017, 5 PM Kyiv time
Canadian and US soldiers participate in training of Ukrainian non-commissioned officers at Ukrainian army base near Zhytomyr. Photo – US Army Europe
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with mortars. At Zaytseve, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Chermalyk and Maryinka with mortars. On the Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars. Near Stanytsia-Luhanska and Popasne, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. CUFTA Granted Royal Assent
On June 1, Governor General of Canada David Johnston signed the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (C-31). The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement will enter into force 30 days after the exchange of ratification documents.
3. US Mission to OSCE on ongoing violations of international law by the Russian Federation in Ukraine
Speaking at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on June 1, US charge d’affairs Kate Byrnes stated, “The level of violence in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate. Ukrainian casualties, both civilian and military, continue to increase. The number of Ukrainian soldiers killed in action is one third higher this year compared to the same period in 2016. The fighting is getting worse, not better. Russia and the so-called “separatists” it backs demonstrate – on a daily basis – their willful disregard for civilian lives, which have been lost at dramatic rates. […]
[OSCE Special Monitoring Mission] reports of shells fired by Russia-led, trained and equipped “separatists” near a hospital and school in government-controlled territory are deeply troubling. […] Indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas is unacceptable, and the targeting of school children unthinkable. We reiterate our demand that Russia take steps to implement fully the Minsk agreements, the first of which is to uphold a genuine and lasting ceasefire. […]
The United States and the international community have consistently raised concern about the deterioration of the situation in Crimea since the Russian Federation occupied and purported to annex the peninsula in 2014. Crimean Tatars and others who oppose the occupation have been subjected to serious abuses. For three years, Russia has relentlessly weakened and dismantled authentic institutions, including the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ representative body. Courts are corrupt and trials are mostly predetermined theater, albeit theater of the absurd. […]
Crimea remains an integral part of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We call on all OSCE participating States to reject Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of Crimea. Sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea and returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We also join our European and other partners in restating that our sanctions against Russia for its aggression in eastern Ukraine will remain until Russia fully implements its Minsk commitments.”
4. Military staff training in Ukraine: Shaping professionals throughout the ranks
US Army Europe stated on June 1, “Proper planning is the foundation of military success. Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, ‘In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.’
While Ukrainian soldiers of the 1st Airmobile Battalion, 79th Air Assault Brigade practice gunnery and movement techniques in the field at the combat training center near Yavoriv, Ukraine, 1-79th staff officers are hard at work in the classroom each day perfecting the art of planning.
Staff officer education is one of the significant efforts the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine is making towards professionalizing the Ukrainian army.
The goal of staff training is to familiarize Ukrainian units with the organization of a NATO staff and help them understand how each staff section contributes to the operation’s process.
While the rotational unit’s companies are in the field training on individual and collective tasks, the battalion staff are completing their military decision making process training, explained Capt. Kurt Jarvis, the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s simulations officer assigned to JMTG-U. […]
JMTG-U mentors from the U.S., U.K., Poland, Lithuania, and Canada provide feedback, based on their observations, to the CTC instructors to ensure that all gaps are identified before the CTC instructors debrief the students. […]
In the future, mobile training teams will conduct this staff training at the incoming units’ home stations ahead of their rotation at the CTC to facilitate faster training.
‘The concept for 2018 is to get it down to a 30-day training rotation, thereby allowing more units to rotate through the CTC,’ Jarvis said.”