Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 11, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 11, 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, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a land-mine explosion. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 28 times in total, including at least 12 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 6 and wounded 10 enemy combatants.
2. Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate spokesperson: Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has recognized as illegal the annexation of Kyivan Metropolitan by Russian church
Radio Svoboda reported, “The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to accept the appeal of the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and Metropolitan Makariy and remove from them the anathemas. This was reported by the spokesperson of the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate  Yevrastiy Zorya with reference to his own sources.
          ‘Information from several sources arrived about two awaited decisions of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: 1. On the acceptance of the appeal of Patriarch Filaret (and also the appeal of Metropolitan Makariy). 2. On the recognition as illegal the annexation of the Kyivan Metropolitan by the Russian Church in 1686,’ Zorya stated on Facebook. He added that the official announcement from the Synod is awaited.”
3. Ukraine’s President visits Clear Sky 2018 multinational exercise
photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko visited the Joint Operation Center of the Clear Sky 2018 multinational exercises in Khmelnytskyi region. Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported, “The training is intended to increase the level of interoperability of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the Air Forces of the US and NATO, work out effective joint management of operations in the air, work out the sharing of intelligence and surveillance capabilities, as well as cyberdefense focused on the needs of the air forces.
           The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces met with Deputy Commander at United States Cyber Command, Lieutenant-General Vincent Stewart and also talked with the commanders of the brigades and other units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, National Guard of Ukraine, State Border Service of Ukraine.
           ‘This is the largest exercise in the last four years. It involves more than fifty aircrafts from eight NATO member-states and our planes – of the Ukrainian Air Forces. The purpose of the exercises is to increase the level of interoperability of our combat aircrafts with the air forces of the United States and other member states of the Alliance,’ the President emphasized.”
4. Metro, IKEA and Foxtrot expand Ukraine retail
Ukraine Business News reported, “Germany’s Metro Cash & Carry, the self-service wholesaler, plans to open 15 to 20 ‘small’ stores across Ukraine in coming years, their country CEO, Olivier Langlet, tells Interfax-Ukraine. ‘It’s better to open more than 20 stores in the regions than one big one,’ Langlet said, referring to stores in the 1.5-2,000 square meter size that cost EUR 150-300,000 to open. In Ukraine for 15 years, Metro has 27 stores, largely hypermarkets, with the exception of two of the new, smaller stores, in Lutsk and Ternopil.
            Sweden’s IKEA will partner with one of Kyiv’s largest shopping center developers for major expansion in the 2020s, Vagif Aliyev, the developer, told reporters Wednesday. One year from now, Aliyev’s new Ocean Mall is to open with a 5,000 square meter IKEA, the first Ukraine store of the multinational furniture retailer. This will be followed as many as six IKEAs – in the 5,000 and 30,000 square meter formats – said Aliyev, adding that he is building a group of 10 shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv. IKEA’s regional representative, Vladislav Lalich, was more cautious, only telling Interfax-Ukraine that the company ‘really plans to stay in Ukraine for a long time, but develop step by step.’

With retail sales strong, Foxtrot, a major electronics and household appliances retailer, is spending $150 million this year to renovate 40 stores and to open 10 new stores, Interfax-Ukraine reports.  Targeting big cities and small cities, the chain is opening new stores in Kyiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytskiy, Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region and Varash, Rivne region. Overall, Foxtrot has 161 stores in 90 cities in Ukraine.”

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