Ukraine: Daily Briefing – August 30, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 30, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces paratrooper 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 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 18 times in total.
2. Former Polish President Lech Walesa nominates Oleh Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and Nobel laureate, said he has nominated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is imprisoned in Russia, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
           Walesa told RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service that he sees similarities between Sentsov’s situation and his own in the 1980s, when he was imprisoned by Polish authorities for his work as the leader of the Solidarity trade union.
           ‘I was also in a difficult situation,’ Walesa said in an interview published on August 29. ‘I also struggled. This award (Nobel Peace Prize) helped me, as well as Poland, in regaining freedom. For this reason, support is needed. First of all, thanking him for fighting. Secondly, encouraging him to continue his peaceful struggle.’ […]
           Walesa, who was awarded the Peace Prize in 1983, said he would tell Sentsov that ‘you are on the right side. It is good that there are people like you. It gives us hope that the world will improve — so persevere, no matter what wrongs meet you, persevere, because you give the world an example of the right way to fight,’ Walesa said.
           Walesa also said the West was not doing enough to help defend Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russia. ‘Europe and the world are lacking in solidarity. We did not have plans for these times. This disunity, this discord in Europe and in the world, all this causes us to not address issues such as Ukraine,’ he said.”
3. Real wages in Ukraine grow 14.7% yoy in July
Ukraine Business News reported, “Real wages in Ukraine grew 14.7% yoy in July, accelerating from 13% yoy in June, the State Statistics Service reports. The average monthly nominal wage increased to UAH 9,170, or $327.The leading regions for monthly wages are: Kyiv city — $494; Ukrainian-controlled Donetsk region — $349; and Kyiv region — $336. The regions for the fastest wage growth yoy are: Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, and Kyiv. Concorde Capital’s Evgeniya Akhtyrko writes: ‘Slowing inflation and a continuing economic upsurge are fueling the relatively high growth rate of real wages.'”

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