Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 10, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Poster by Andriy Yermolenko #FreeSentsov
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two 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 45 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed one and wounded 4 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Macron speaks to Putin about Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, illegally imprisoned in Russia
Reuters reported, “French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the case of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian jail, Macron’s office said on Friday. […]
‘The President of the Republic conveyed to President Putin his concerns, given that the health of Mr Sentsov seems to have worsened dangerously, and the importance that Russia urgently finds a humanitarian solution to the situation,’ a statement from Macron’s Elysee Palace said.”
Yesterday, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) reported that “Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleh Sentsov is dangerously weak after 87 days on hunger strike in a Siberian prison. Russia is making no move to release him, and in a move of gratuitous brutality is preventing him from receiving the letters of support being sent from all over the world.”
The full report from KHPG is available here: “The end is near: Grave fears for the life of Kremlin hostage Oleh Sentsov
3. Ukraine’s PM: Locomotives produced jointly with GE to be put into operation this autumn
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers reported, “Ukraine is keen on putting into operation the first locomotives, which will be constructed and equipped for Ukraine under the agreement with U.S. multinational conglomerate General Electric. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
‘In the fall we will receive the new rolling stock – according to plans of joint production with General Electric. We have lost a lot (rolling stock) in the occupied territories. But the company is operating and we are moving forward,’ the Prime Minister stressed.
The Head of Government placed a special emphasis on the fact that in parallel with retrofitting of company’s feet, the process of updating of the management of the Ukrzaliznytsia as well as eradication of shadow schemes are underway. […]
In February 2018, General Electric and PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia have signed a 15-year agreement worth about $1 billion. This deal gave a green light to the launch of a qualitatively new stage in the development of Ukraine’s transport system, which will promote the attraction of new technologies, the creation of new jobs and the development of the country’s export potential.”