Ukraine: Daily Briefing
January 26, 2018, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian army training exercises. Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported 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 fired on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 3 times in total.
2. Ukraine’s President meets with President of World Bank Group
photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported on January 25, “President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim.
The President of the World Bank Group praised the adoption of the law on privatization by the Verkhovna Rada.
The parties supported the need to establish an independent Anticorruption Court in compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine and the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
Particular attention was paid to the implementation of the Ukrainian President’s initiative on the development of rural medicine in Ukraine, taking into account the best world practices.
The President of the World Bank Group expressed willingness to continue supporting Ukraine in the implementation of structural reforms in the economy.”
3. US Mission to OSCE on Russia’s ongoing violations in Ukraine
At a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, US Charge d’Affaires Harry Kaiman stated, “the situation in Crimea is flat-out appalling. The respected NGO Freedom House ranks Russia-occupied Crimea among the areas with the worst conditions for the exercise of fundamental freedoms in the world. In Russia and Russia-occupied Crimea, those voicing opposition to the occupation are targeted for repression.
The United States is troubled by the ongoing court verdicts against individuals who individually and peacefully protested the authorities’ repression of Crimean Tatars on October 14, of which there are now at least 65.
We also note that, according to data compiled by the Crimea Human Rights Group, at least 10,000 Crimean residents have been conscripted into the Russian army. We call on the Russian Federation to end this practice. The United States also calls on Russia to abide by its international obligations and commitments, to allow for full access to Crimea by international monitors, to cease the persecution of Crimean Tatars and others who dissent, and to end the occupation of Crimea. […]
Responsibility for the situation in eastern Ukraine rests squarely and solely with the Russian Federation. This is not, as some may argue, an internal or civilian conflict. Mr. Chair, let’s be clear: this is a conflict that was initiated and perpetuated by one participating State: the Russian Federation.
The United States fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of Crimea. Crimea-related sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. And we 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 commitments under the Minsk agreements.”