Ukraine: Daily Briefing
January 9, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
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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 three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk, Donetsk and Mariupol sectors of the front 6 times in total.
2. Suspect arrested in murder of Ukrainian activist lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, “Mourners paid their last respects to slain activist lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska, who was buried next to her sister after a killing that sparked public outrage and underscored concerns about the justice system in Ukraine.
People placed flowers in the yard outside Nozdrovska’s family home in Demydiv, a village in the Kyiv region, before she was laid to rest at a local cemetery on January 9.
Nozdrovska went missing on December 29, after she helped ensure that the man convicted of causing the death of her sister, Svitlana Sapatanyska, was not released from prison. The 38-year-old lawyer’s body was found in a river not far from Demydiv on January 1, and police later said she died of multiple stab wounds.
Nozdrovska had been the target of threats for her efforts in the case of Dmytro Rossoshanskyy, who was convicted of causing the death of Sapatanyska, when he hit her with his car while driving drunk in 2015.
On December 27, amid efforts by Nozdrovska to raise public awareness about the case, judges rejected an appeal by Rossoshanskyy — the nephew of a district judge in the Kyiv region — to overturn his seven-year prison sentence. […]
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on January 8 that police had arrested a suspect in Nozdrovska’s killing. He did not name the suspect, but Ukrainian media reports cited unidentified police sources as saying it was a close relative of Rossoshanskyy.”
3. Lithuania urges Canada to join long-term investment drive for Ukraine
The Globe and Mail reported on January 7, “Lithuania is urging Canada to sign on to a long-term package of support for Ukraine that would funnel more investment into the Eastern European country and strengthen its ties with the West […]
The Lithuanian government in concert with Ukraine is championing what is provisionally called a ‘European Plan for Ukraine’ and would disburse an estimated $7.47-billion annually to Ukrainian recipients for a period of 10 years.
Lithuania remains concerned about Russia’s continuing efforts to destabilize Ukraine and the idea, spearheaded by former Lithuanian prime minister Andrius Kubilius, has been likened to the Marshall Plan aid initiative that helped rebuild Western Europe after the Second World War.
A key goal would be to replacing aging Soviet-era infrastructure in Ukraine and make other highly visible investments that demonstrate to Ukrainians the West is playing a key role in their recovery and help prevent the rise of anti-European politicians. The disbursement of capital for investment projects would be linked to further reforms of governance and Ukraine’s investment climate.
This proposal remains in the formative stages and financing and partners are still being assembled. A Lithuanian government delegation, which visited Washington and Ottawa near the end of 2017 to press its case, hopes that Canada, which will serve as chair of the Group of Seven countries throughout 2018, can make Ukraine a priority for its tenure. […]
Canada, the United States and other potential donors and international financial institutions, from the European Union’s European Investment Bank to the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. to Scandinavia’s Nordic Investment Bank, have been invited to an ‘Invest Ukraine’ conference in Brussels early this year to discuss the project including the establishment of a central agency to manage this initiative.”