Ukraine: Daily Briefing
February 27, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian soldier participates in a section blank-fire training exercise, 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 and three 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 5 times in total, including 3 times with heavy weapons. Russian-terrorist forces shelled residential areas of Pidlisne village (near Popasne, Luhansk) with 152-mm artillery. No civilians were injured.
2. Police injured in protests at Ukraine’s parliament
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Ukrainian authorities say 14 police officers have been injured in scuffles with antigovernment protesters in the capital, Kyiv.
Police said the clashes took place on February 27 after officers prevented demonstrators from setting tires on fire close to the parliament building. They said the demonstrators then started throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the police officers. […]
At the February 27 parliament session, lawmaker Anton Herashchenko called the clashes a ‘provocation’ and accused the opposition New Forces Movement party of organization of the protests. The party led by the former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, denied any involvement into the demonstration. Saakashvili was expelled from Ukraine on February 12 and is currently in the European Union.”
3. Ukraine industrial output grows 3.6% in January
Ukraine Business Journal reported, “Ukraine’s industrial output surged 3.6% yoy in January, the State Statistics Service reports. Manufacturing accelerated by 9.7%. The manufacturing jump was due to machinery – up 22.1%; metallurgy – up 8% ; chemicals – up 6%; and food – up 3%. Growth was the strongest in Lviv – up 18%; Mykolayiv – up 16.5%; and Chernivtsi – up 16%.”
4. G7 Ambassadors encourage expedited nomination process for National Bank Governor
The G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US, UK) Ambassadors to Ukraine stated, “The long-awaited appointment of the National Bank of Ukraine Governor is critical for preserving the institutional integrity of the Central Bank. Given the essential role played by the Bank in maintaining macroeconomic stability, we believe that strong and independent leadership of the institution is a prerequisite for sustaining economic growth, attracting investment and improving living standards for all Ukrainians. Thus, we encourage an expedited nomination process for an NBU Governor capable of pursing the Bank’s independent policy.”