Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 18, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian artillery units take part in training exercises.
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence
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, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, ceasefire violations by Russian-terrorist forces continued to escalate. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions on the Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors of the front 44 times in total, including at least 8 times with heavy weapons.
2. Magnitsky Act passes final stage in Canada’s Senate
On October 17, Bill S-226, Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), received final approval in Canada’s Senate.
Senator Raynell Andreychuk, the sponsor of the Bill, stated, “Bill S-226 places a discretionary tool at the government’s disposal to apply sanctions against foreign nationals responsible for, or complicit in, significant acts of corruption and gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Through the application of asset freezes and travel bans, Canada will no longer be used to enable or shelter foreign nationals responsible for these violations.”
The Magnitsky Act was unanimously adopted by the Senate in April 2017. It was sponsored in the House of Commons by James Bezan (MP, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman), and passed unanimously on October 4. Following the adoption of amendments by the House, the bill was returned to the Senate for agreement.
3. Professional development of Ukrainian non-commissioned officers
Ukrainian non-commissioned officers listen to Sgt. Christopher Hammond during NCO professional development class. Photo – US Army Europe
US Army Europe reported, “When the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived in Ukraine in January, the Soldiers were tasked with mentoring Ukrainian combat training center staff and improving their training ability.
One way the 45th set out to accomplish that goal was by building the opposing force unit’s noncommissioned officer corps. Doing this takes many shapes, but one way is through the NCO development program.
‘It’s sergeants’ time,’ said Sgt. Christopher Hammond, a Midwest City, Oklahoma resident serving in Ukraine with the 45th. ‘It’s a time for NCOs to gather and share knowledge.’
What started as training in the field, has grown to a combined U.S.-Ukrainian classroom-based development program where both U.S. and Ukrainian NCOs prepare classes and teach each other in a low-pressure environment, Hammond said. […]
The impact of the NCO development program is felt by Ukrainian units who come to train at the CTC and have to test their mettle against the OPFOR. Hammond said since the 45th started the NCO development program with the OPFOR NCOs, their on-the-spot corrections have increased along with NCOs being able to explain to junior soldiers why tasks are done in a certain way.
These improvements help the OPFOR be a more technically and tactically proficient enemy for rotational troops to face-off against in training.
‘When [the rotational units] go to conflicts, the enemy won’t just lay down,’ Hammond said. ‘With training the way we do, the rotational units learn to think and make adjustments on the fly. This makes the rotational unit stronger and more adaptable to challenges. It broadens their view and gives them an idea of what to expect in combat.'”