Ukraine: Daily Briefing – November 8, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 8, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
UAF and CAF personnel, demining training exercises, Operation UNIFIER.
 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 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 19 times in total, including at least 4 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 2 and wounded 3 enemy combatants.
2. US condemns illegitimate “elections” in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine
The US Mission to the OSCE stated, “The United States joins with others in condemning the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics’ plan to hold illegitimate ‘elections’ on November 11. These illegal elections, orchestrated by Russia, run counter to the Minsk agreements, obstruct efforts to end the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and have no basis in Ukrainian law. The Minsk agreements state that the OSCE is to supervise elections, which are to be held in accordance with OSCE standards. This planned November 11 balloting will satisfy none of these conditions.”
3. Ukraine’s President: I expect that new sanctions will be imposed against Russia for holding fake elections in Donbas
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko stated on November 7, “I expect that new sanctions will be imposed against Russia for the so-called fake elections, which Russia has decided to conduct on November 11, and it will show that the patience of the West is not unlimited. Now it’s time to talk not about mitigation of sanctions against Russia, but about strengthening them. […]
            Any hints at weakening pressure provoke Russia to ignore the peace process in Donbas, including postponing the deployment of a full UN peacekeeping mission based on the mandate of the Security Council, new repressions against Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars in Crimea. Moreover, it incites aggressive appetites of the Kremlin. […]
           Keep supporting Ukraine on the path to our common European home, to which we belong civilizationally. No compromise regarding the Russian aggression and the issue of sanctions until full restoration of our territorial integrity and sovereignty over all the occupied and annexed territories.”
4. US Presidential Message on the National Day for the Victims of Communism
On November 7, the US National Day for the Victims of Communism, the White House stated, “On the National Day for the Victims of Communism, we honor the memory of the more than 100 million people who have been killed and persecuted by communist totalitarian regimes.  We also reaffirm our steadfast support for those who strive for peace, prosperity, and freedom around the world.
             Since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, we have witnessed the effects of the tyrannical communist ideology-anguish, repression, and death.  Communism subordinates inherent human rights to the purported well-being of all, resulting in the extermination of religious freedom, private property, free speech, and, far too often, life.  These horrors have included Ukrainians deliberately starved in the Holodomor, Russians purged in the Great Terror, Cambodians murdered in the killing fields, and Berliners shot as they tried to escape to freedom.  The victims of these and many other atrocities bear silent testimony to the undeniable fact that communism, and the pursuit of it, will forever be destructive to the human spirit and to the prosperity of mankind.
             Today, we remember all who have been denied the great blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness under oppressive communist regimes.  Together, we mourn the unbearable losses so many have endured under communism, and we renew our pledge to continue advancing the cause of freedom and opportunity for all.”
5. Ukraine reviewing international proposals on enlarging Khmelnitskyi Nuclear Power Plant
Ukraine Business News reported, “By doubling the Khmelnitskyi Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine can become a major electricity exporter to Poland and Hungary, boosting Ukraine’s GDP by 6-7%, estimates Hans Schweickardt, Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of Poland’s Polenergia. Three years ago, Ukraine ended a contract with Russia’s Atomstroyexport to build two 1,000 MW reactors at Khmelnitskyi. Now, Ukraine is reviewing proposals by Chinese, South Korean and Slovakian companies to complete the two reactors.  They would double the plant’s power production to 4,000 MW. In September, the Cabinet of Ministers approved ‘Energy Bridge Ukraine-EU.’ This project would connect Khmelnitskyi to EU power lines, about 200 km away.”

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