Ukraine: Daily Briefing
January 10, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
A Ukrainian soldier conducts urban ops drills on Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine. Photo – CAF Operations
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. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front three times in total.
2. Court remands suspect in murder of Ukrainian activist lawyer
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “A Ukrainian court has arrested a suspect in the killing of activist lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska that sparked public outrage and underscored concerns about the justice system in Ukraine.
The Kyiv region’s Vyshhorod district court on January 9 placed Yuriy Rossoshanskyy, 64, in custody for 60 days without the possibility of bail. During the hearing, Rossoshanskyy admitted the slaying and said that nobody exerted pressure on him to commit the crime.
He is the father of Dmytro Rossoshanskyy, who was convicted of causing the death of Nozdrovska’s sister when he hit her with his car while driving drunk in 2015. On January 8, a week after Nozdrovska was found dead, police announced the detention of a suspect, who was not named at the time.
The court’s order came after mourners paid their last respects to Nozdrovska, who was buried next to her sister, Svitlana Sapatanyska. 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 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, the nephew of a district judge in the Kyiv region.On December 27, amid efforts by Nozdrovska to raise public awareness about the case, judges rejected an appeal by Rossoshanskyy to overturn his seven-year prison sentence.”
3. World Bank forecasts Ukraine GDP growth of 3.5% in 2018
In its Global Economic Prospects Report published January 9, the World Bank forecasts real GDP growth of 3.5% in Ukraine for 2018. The World Bank forecasts 4% real GDP growth in Ukraine for 2019 and 2020.
4. EBRD supports electrification of Ukraine railways
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reported, “The EBRD is contributing to the increased efficiency of the Ukrainian railways (UZ) by supporting the electrification and modernisation of a 253 km stretch of railway line in southern Ukraine, which is linking the country’s major industrial and agricultural areas with the key Black Sea ports of Odesa and Mykolaiv.
A 15-year sovereign-guaranteed loan of up to €150 million to UZ will help electrify and connect the Dolynska-Mykolaiv-Kolosivka railway line to the high voltage grid, install a second track on single track sections in the Dolynska-Mykolaiv railway line and, therefore, increase overall throughput capacity and efficiency of the railway operations. It will be co-financed by a similar-sized loan from the European Investment Bank and supported by grant funding of €6.8 million provided by the EU’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility.
Once implemented, the project will lead to significant reductions of CO2 emissions of over 140,000 tonnes a year.
The project will also promote better corporate governance at UZ through the preparation and implementation of the Corporate Governance Action Plan. Other important institutional and efficiency development elements of the project are the Energy Efficiency Investment Plan and the Energy Management Strategy, which will be implemented during the course of the project.
EBRD Country Director for Ukraine Sevki Acuner said: ‘By supporting this project, the EBRD is not only promoting an efficient and ecologically friendly means of transportation but is contributing to the development of best international corporate governance standards at UZ.'”