Ukraine: Daily Briefing
April 5, 2018, 6 PM Kyiv time
|Ukrainian soldiers participate in battalion field training exercise.|
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 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 39 times in total.
2. Ukraine’s President to travel to Germany to discuss peacekeepers, support for reforms in Ukraine
Ukraine’s President speaks with media in Vinnytsia.
Photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko will “visit Germany on April 9-10 to discuss peace, introduction of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas and support for reforms in Ukraine.
‘On Monday I go to Germany. This is one of the first foreign meetings of the newly elected German Government,’ the President said. According to him, a meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel is also planned.
‘I am extremely grateful for her priorities, that Ukraine is very high in Germany’s priorities. As an example, the coalition agreement of the German government considers the issue of Ukraine, the issue of peacekeepers one of the most important,’ the Head of State emphasized.
The President said: ‘What will we discuss? Peace, peacekeepers, support of reforms, specific projects that we are deploying together with Germany in Ukraine. Germany has more than 30 projects of support for our reforms.’ The Head of State also noted that today, a German expert responsible for decentralization and rural medicine took part in the decentralization meeting.
‘The agenda is very big. Wait for Tuesday,’ Petro Poroshenko summed up.”
3. Reuters: US plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week
Reuters reported on April 4, “The United States plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week under a law targeting Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in what could be the most aggressive move so far against Russia’s business elite.
The action, which could affect people close to President Vladimir Putin, reflects Washington’s desire to hold Russia to account for allegedly interfering in the election.”
4. NATO Secretary General visits Canada
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Canada on April 4. For a video of a joint press conference with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, please click on the image below.
5. UK Government – we are beyond reasonable doubt that Russian state is behind Salisbury chemical weapons attack
Speaking about the Salisbury nerve agent attack, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace stated, “There is no doubt that we have found nerve agent, that nerve agent has been identified to have been manufactured, we believe in Russia, and we believe that the nerve agent, the Novichok type of nerve agent is only capable of being produced by a nation state. […]We can say that all roads lead to Russia, that we are beyond reasonable doubt that the Russian state is behind this,” Bloomberg reported.