Ukraine: Daily Briefing – February 9, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
February 9, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Canadian, American and Lithuanian soldiers conduct sniper training with Ukrainian soldiers. 
Photo – US Army Europe

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 one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions 5 times in total.
2. Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and Ontario Government to cooperate on improving healthcare system
photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Health


Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and the Government of Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the healthcare sector. The Ministry of Health stated, “the cooperation allows not only for the exchange of information and sharing of experience, but also to organize training programs and conduct joint research projects.
           The Ministry of Health and the Government of Ontario agreed to exchange information and provide opportunities for training on priority areas such as disease prevention and control, emergency care, mental health, education of healthcare professionals, telecommunications and telemedicine, rural medicine and the provision of medical services.
           Ukraine’s acting Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun stated, “Today we are signing a Memorandum with the Government of Ontario on a three-year program of cooperation on the development of the healthcare system. Our task is to rebuild Ukraine’s healthcare system into a modern, effective 21st century system. We are pleased that Canada is assisting Ukraine, standing shoulder to shoulder with us during this very difficult time.”
           Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins stated, “Together with Ukraine we’ll work on the implementation of programs for training, teaching and exchange of knowledge of specialists. This agreement strengthens relations between our countries – we’re developing a partnership to exchange information on medical services, as well as to implement joint programs that will benefit both countries. We look forward to fruitful cooperation.”
3. US House of Representatives passes Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act
On February 7, the US House of Representatives passed HR 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which “expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of State should take the following actions, commensurate with U.S. interests, to help Ukraine improve its cybersecurity: (1) provide Ukraine necessary support to increase most advanced security protection on government computers, particularly systems that defend Ukraine’s critical infrastructure; (2) provide Ukraine support to reduce reliance on Russian technology; and (3) help Ukraine to build capacity, expand cyber security information sharing, and cooperate in international response efforts. The State Department shall: (1) report to Congress on the status of U.S.-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation, and (2) pursue regional cooperation to address shared cyber challenges.”
           The sponsor of the bill, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D, PA-13) stated, “Today, the House took a strong step forward in the ongoing fight to counter Russia’s intensifying cyber-aggression by passing my legislation. Over the last few years, Russia has been using Ukraine as a field test for cyber attacks that endanger the national security of our great ally Ukraine, its regional neighbors, and the United States. H.R. 1997 sends a strong signal to Russia and all those who threaten the cybersecurity of America and its allies that we are ready and able to protect ourselves against this escalating threat.”
4. Ukraine’s Minister of Defence holds talks with Senior Adviser Jill Sinclair, Canada’s representative at the Defence Reform Advisory Board
photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence reported on February 8, “Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Senior Adviser Jill Sinclair (Canada).
           The parties discussed the progress of transformation process within the Ministry of Defence and General Staff of Ukraine.
Jill Sinclair briefed the Head of Defence Ministry about results of meeting of strategic advisers last week in Brussels where they discussed this issue.
           Gen. Poltorak considered the provided proposals and thanked for comprehensive support provided by partners to implement large-scale reform within the Ukrainian army. Jill Sinclair reiterated Canadian strong support for Ukraine.”

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