Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 5, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 5, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
CAF personnel deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER conduct foreign weapons familiarization training. Photo – CAF personnel

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 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 20 times in total, including at least 4 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 3 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine human rights commissioner: Sentsov has ended hunger strike, is in critical condition
Ukrainian parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova issued a statement on the condition of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, illegally imprisoned by Russia. Denisova stated, “Oleh Sentsov has ended his hunger strike. That means he is in critical condition, almost beyond the limit. Russia has stated, without providing any medical documents, that his health is satisfactory. This is a falsehood. If this was the case they would not be ‘convincing’ him to end his hunger strike and they would not constantly be applying psychological pressure to the political prisoner. […]
           Ending a hunger strike is a process more complicated and terrifying than the hunger strike itself. And I am deeply convinced that in Russia he will not be given the proper medical care. I have earlier demanded that he be treated by qualified specialists, but the Kremlin has refused. […]
           I demand that Russia allow the most qualified independent medical experts to perform a full medical examination. I want to see their conclusions on the health of Oleh Sentsov. Additionally, professional specialists-nutritionists must develop a plan for ending the hunger strike. We can bring these doctors from Ukraine or the EU.
          I demand Russia expedite my access to Oleh Sentsov. I need to see for myself that there is no threat to his life. I am ready to leave today for the prison colony in Labytnangi.”
3. National Security and Defense Council Secretary: Ukraine will adequately respond to any provocations of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported, “The Armed Forces of Ukraine are planning to conduct military exercises in the Sea of Azov. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov during a joint briefing with Head of the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland Pawel Soloch, answering the journalists’ questions.
            According to him, under the decision of the NSDC of Ukraine, in response to Russia’s aggressive policy in the Sea of Azov, ‘the buildup of our military component is conducted – a ship-boat group of the Naval Forces has been established, the coastal defense and aviation component have been significantly strengthened.’ ‘We are ready to respond to any provocations of the Russian side’, – he stated.”
4. US Mission to OSCE on Russia’s ongoing violations in Ukraine
On October 4, the US Mission to the OSCE stated, “Another week has passed during which reports from eastern Ukraine remind us of the true costs of this Russia-manufactured conflict. On October 1, the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported that three children were killed and one injured in a mine blast at a railyard near Horlivka. These three boys, aged 12 to 14 years old, will be remembered, along with the more than ten thousand others killed in since 2014, as the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The United States mourns their loss and insists that Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine refrain from blocking humanitarian demining efforts. […]
            The United States calls on Russia and the forces it arms, trains, leads, and fights alongside to uphold their commitments to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from the line of contact and to halt exchanges of fire. Russia is the aggressor in the conflict and so we, along with the rest of the world, expect Moscow to take the first steps to improve security conditions on the ground and end the bloodshed. […]
           The deplorable conditions in Crimea continue to attract the world’s attention. […] The United States calls on Russia to respect its OSCE commitments and end its occupation of Crimea.
           The United States fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. We join our European and other partners in affirming that our Minsk-related sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia fully implements its Minsk commitments. The separate, Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.”

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