Ukraine: Daily Briefing – February 12, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
February 12, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Canadian, US, Lithuanian and Ukrainian service members conduct marksmanship training, Yavoriv, Ukraine. Photo – US Army Europe
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 or 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 9 times in total, including at least 3 times with heavy weapons.
2. Army Guard chaplain shares American experience in dealing with post traumatic stress with Ukrainian experts
Maj. Andrew Ayers, JMTG-U chaplain and CAF Capt. Humberto Lopes, OpUNIFIER CAF unit chaplain. Photo – US Army Europe

US Army Europe reported, “New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Major) Andrew Ayres, the chaplain for the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine was on hand to share the American military’s experience in coping with post-traumatic stress as Ukrainian medical professionals, psychologists, chaplains, and lawyers hosted a round-table symposium focusing on the issue here, Feb. 7. […]
           As the number of PTSD and combat stress cases increase, the Ukrainian military is striving to provide Soldiers and their families with much needed assistance. As part of the initiative, medical professionals, military officers, lawyers, psychologists, and religious leaders gathered together to collaborate on different actions to take to best address this growing concern. […]
           Representatives from the Lviv Regional Hospital spoke at the conference and indicated that during an experiment conducted, 43 out of 110 veterans (39.1%) were found to have some sort of psychological disorder. […]
           Canadian military members – part of the Canadian Operation Unifier–Capt. Maurice Ennis, the unit’s physician, and Capt. Humberto Lopes the unit’s chaplain, also took part in the conference, as did New York Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Burton, the JMTG-U chaplain’s assistant.”
The full article is available here
3. EBRD to provide financing for 36 MW solar plant in western Ukraine
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reported, “The EBRD is supporting a new 36 MW solar plant in western Ukraine  as part of its commitment to making the energy mix in its countries of operations greener. The investment is made together with the Clean Technology Fund, the Bank’s partner in advancing green energy. […]
           The EBRD will provide a 10-year loan of €17.3 million while the CTF will extend an 11-year loan of €6.9 million to Energopark Yavoriv LLC, a special company set up for the construction of the plant and majority-owned by the entrepreneur Zinoviy Kozytskiy.
          The 36 MWp solar plant is the first stage of a project which is expected to double to 72 MWp at its final stage. The solar plant will be built on the site of a former chemical plant near the village of Ternovytsa in the Yavoriv district of Lviv region. While the factory site is chemically clean, it is not suitable for any other use. […]
          The new investment is made under the EBRD’s financing framework for sustainable energy in Ukraine, which was launched in 2009 and in addition to EBRD loans also provides technical cooperation funded by donors. […]
          The National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Ukraine, which was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers in October 2014, prioritises the development of renewable energy in the country and commits to increase its share in the energy mix to 11 per cent by 2020.”
4. IMF technical mission arrives in Ukraine
Ukraine’s PM Volodymyr Groysman meets with IMF Ukraine mission chief Ron van Rooden. Photo – Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers
The IMF technical mission began its work in Ukraine. Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported, “The core objective is the consideration of practical issues related to the continuation of the Extended Fund Facility (EEF). Today, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with Ron van Rooden, IMF Mission Chief for Ukraine.”
5. State Border Guard Service of Ukraine statement on the situation regarding Mikheil Saakashvili
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine stated, “Today, February 12, servicemen of the State Border Guard Service together with representatives of the Migration Service and the National Police brought to Mikheil Saakashvili the decision of the competent authority on his return to the country of his previous location. […]
           We remind that on September 22, 2017, the Mostysky Court of Lviv Oblast declared Saakashvili guilty of illegally crossing the Ukrainian border.
           On January 3, 2018, the district administration court of Kyiv denied M. Saakashivili’s application to the State Migration Service to recognize him as a refugee.
           On February 6, 2018, the district administration court of Kyiv rejected the appeal of M. Saakashvili on the decision of the Migration Service on refusal to register documents for recognition as a refugee or a person who needs additional protection.
          In accordance with the above court decisions, the person in question was illegally present on the territory of Ukraine, and therefore, in observance of all legal formalities, he was returned to the country from where he entered Ukraine in violation of Ukrainian legislation.”

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