Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 5, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 5, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian armor units participate in training exercises. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
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 and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Horlivka, Avdiivka, the Donetsk airport and Zaytseve. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Hnutove with mortars. At Pavlopil, Krasnohorivka and Vodyane, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars. At Tryokhizbenka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with grenade launchers.
2. Canada’s House of Commons unanimously adopts Magnitsky Act
On October 4, Bill S-226 “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law)” was unanimously adopted by Canada’s House of Commons in a 277-0 vote.
            The Magnitsky Law, tabled in the House by James Bezan (MP, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman), provides “for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. It also proposes related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.” In the Senate, the bill was introduced by Senator Raynell Andreychuk. The Senate passed the bill on April 11.
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stated that the Magnitsky Act “will enable Canada to sanction, impose travel bans on and hold accountable those responsible for gross human rights violations and significant corruption. This will ensure that Canada’s foreign policy tool box is effective and fit for purpose in today’s international environment. It will also provide a valuable complement to our existing human rights and anti-corruption tools.”
3. European Parliament adopts resolution on serious violations of human rights in Russian-occupied Crimea
The European Parliament adopted a resolution, The cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and the journalist Mykola Semena. Members of European Parliament (MEPs) “denounce the sentences against Ilmi Umerov, Crimean Tatar Leader and Deputy Chair of Mejlis, Akhtem Chyigoz, Deputy Chair of the Mejlis, and journalist Mykola Semena. These convictions are serious violations of their human rights and should be reversed, they urge. Mr Umerov and Mr Chyigoz should be immediately and unconditionally released while all charges against Mr Semena should be immediately and unconditionally dropped, MEPs add.
           The ‘reality of repression and the application of legislation on extremism, terrorism and separatism has led to a severe deterioration in the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and to the widespread violation of freedom of speech and association; (…) forced imposition of Russian citizenship has become systematic and fundamental freedoms are not guaranteed’ there, say MEPs. The ‘annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation is illegal and in violation of international law and European agreements signed by both the Russian Federation and Ukraine.'” The full resolution is available here: The cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and the journalist Mykola Semena 
4. US envoy for Ukraine Volker to meet with Kremlin aide
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, “Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, says he will meet with Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov on October 7 in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade.
           ‘Will meet Russian counterpart Oct 7 in Belgrade to discuss how to catalyze Minsk implementation and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity,’ Volker tweeted early on October 5. […]
           The meeting will be the second between Volker and Surkov, who is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s point man for the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Belgrade is a neutral venue. Volker has thus far refused to meet with Surkov in Russia, and Surkov is barred from the European Union under sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.The two held talks for the first time on August 21 in Minsk.”

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