Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 28, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces training exercises.
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were 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 26 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 4 enemy combatants.
2. Interview with Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine in Business Ukraine Magazine
Business Ukraine Magazine interviewed Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk. “Few countries have deeper links to independent Ukraine than Canada, which is home to one of the world’s largest Ukrainian diaspora communities. Since taking up his post in Kyiv in October 2014, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk has been party to some of the most significant developments in this special relationship. From free trade to military training, the Canada-Ukraine relationship has taken on a number of new dimensions in recent years that are allowing both countries to expand upon the inbuilt advantages presented by the prominence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. […]
The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) came fully into force in summer 2017 and has already made an impact of bilateral trade ties. ‘Over the past year, we’ve witnessed double digit growth on both sides in terms of trade. What we are now seeing is a broadening of this trade relationship, with people trying new kinds of products. Entirely new categories are appearing that did not previously exist,’ says Ambassador Waschuk. […]
In addition to heading up Canada’s diplomatic mission to Ukraine, Ambassador Waschuk also currently holds the rotating leadership of the G7 Support Group, an international initiative unique to Ukraine that brings together the ambassadors of G7 nations […].
Since taking over responsibility for leading the initiative at the start of the year, Ambassador Waschuk says he has sought to bring a little additional structure to the G7 Support Group, with regular meetings now taking place on a biweekly basis. He sees the Support Group as a way of improving communication with the Ukrainian government and other stakeholders, while at the same time also helping to improve the clarity of the G7 message itself. […]
Since the outbreak of hostilities with Russia in 2014, Canada has been at the forefront of efforts to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities. The Canadian government’s Operation Unifier training mission to Ukraine got underway in 2015 and has so far seen hundreds of Canadian military personnel working in the country alongside their Ukrainian counterparts. […]
Ambassador Waschuk says Operation Unifier is now widely recognized within the Canadian military as a model for how Canada can build capacity internationally with other armed forces. […]
Canada’s military training mission to Ukraine has proven to be a two-way street offering valuable insights into hybrid warfare for the Canadian side to take home and incorporate into their military thinking. Many of the Ukrainians currently engaged in training with their Canadian colleagues are fresh from the frontlines of the confrontation against hybrid Russian forces who are able to deploy some of the Kremlin’s most advanced military technologies and tactics. […]
When many people in Ukraine think of Canada, they instinctively focus on the diaspora and its traditionally dominant role in bilateral relations. However, the advent of free trade is now helping to broaden the horizons connecting the two countries. […] ‘The diaspora connection is very useful but it should not limit us in our aspirations. We are now concentrating efforts on activating the full potential in both our countries. This means moving beyond traditional areas to broaden the relationship. The focus now is on all of Canada and all of Ukraine.'” The full interview is available here
3. Ukraine’s President insists on the creation of a coordinating body to bring Russia to justice for the aggression against Ukraine
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported, “During a meeting with heads of foreign diplomatic institutions, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukrainian diplomats had made tangible results in recent years in bringing Russia to international legal responsibility.
‘Due to the calibrated measures, practically all influential international organizations and alliances recorded the act of aggression of Russia against Ukraine,’ the President said. ‘The status of Russia as an aggressor state is also enshrined in Ukrainian legislation,’ Petro Poroshenko noted.
‘I insist on the earliest possible creation of a coordinating body for the formation of a consolidated claim of Ukraine to Russia for the reimbursement of losses, as envisaged in my Law (Law ‘On the Peculiarities of State Policy on Ensuring the State Sovereignty of Ukraine in the Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions’ – ed.) adopted by the Verkhovna Rada,’ the President stressed.
The Head of State emphasized that concrete practical results of the implementation of this Law had already been seen by the diplomats during their recent visit to the Donbas.”