Ukraine: Daily Briefing – February 5, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
February 5, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
Op Unifier Photo – Joint Task Force Ukraine

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that on February 4 one Ukrainian service member was killed in action and one service member was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire eight times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors, including four with heavy weapons.
2. Ukraine’s Acting Health Minister Suprun Suspended
U. Suprun Photo – Youtube


Kyiv district administrative court suspended acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun from performing her daily duties. This was the result of Ihor Mosiychuk, Radical Party MP, filing a lawsuit against Suprun claiming that she was incompetent and unable to fulfil her duties, reported hromadske. The court hearing has been scheduled for February 15.
In the meantime, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has issued a statement expressing concern about unprecedented pressure upon the Ministry of Healthcare headed by acting Minister Ulana Suprun whose objective is to continue the reform of the healthcare sector.
“Since assuming office, this team has declared war on corrupt schemes that have been existing in this area for years, and this step, in our opinion, is the main reason why this campaign is waged against Ulana Suprun and her team,” reads the official statement. It goes further emphasizing that the “decision of the Kyiv District Administrative Court to suspend Ulana Suprun as the Minister of Healthcare […] will be appealed in accordance with the legislation, and we will strive for its cancellation in accordance with the procedure established by law.”
Ulana Suprun, who was appointed the acting head of Ukraine’s Health Ministry in August 2016, is the driving force behind the country’s healthcare system reform.
3. Ukraine Election Commission Receives 89 Applications for Presidential Candidates
Photo – Censor.net.ua
 
February 3 marked the deadline for registration of candidates for the March 31 presidential elections in Ukraine. “Twenty-eight candidates for Ukraine’s presidency have been registered so far. It tops the previous record of the 2004 presidential election, which saw 26 candidates, two of which then dropped out,” reports KyivPost. “But the final number of candidates is set to be even higher since the Central Election Commission is still processing several of the last-day registrants, including the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.” The total number of people who applied is 89.
“An applicant can be rejected if he or she doesn’t provide the right documents or don’t fit the criteria for a presidential candidate: if they’re younger than 35-years-old, don’t speak Ukrainian, or didn’t live in Ukraine for the past 10 years. The applicants are also required to pay UAH 2.5 million (CAD 121,000) registration fee. The commission has to make a decision on whether to register each candidate within five days of receiving his or her application. Seventeen people applied on the last day of registration, which started on Dec. 31, 2018. […]
So far, the Central Election Commission has denied registration to 22 people. This includes Petro Symonenko, the long-time leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine, who was denied registration because the name and symbols of his party were outlawed in Ukraine by legislation passed in April of 2015. […]
The first round of presidential elections in Ukraine will take place on March 31, with a possible runoff on April 21.”
4. Ukraine Boosts Natural Gas Transit by 25.7%
Photo – AFP
In January 2019, Ukraine boosted transit shipments of natural gas through its gas transmission system (GTS) by 25.7 percent (or 1.555 billion cubic meters or bcm) compared to the same month of 2018, reported Kyivpost. “Transit shipments of natural gas through Ukraine to Europe in January 2018 totaled 7.228 bcm and those to Moldova totaled 383 million cubic meters (mcm), according to Interfax-Ukraine’s estimates. […]
In 2018 Ukraine reduced the transit shipments of natural gas through its gas transmission system (GTS) by 7.1 percent, compared to 2017. Ukrtransgaz, which is owned by NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, operates the system of Ukraine’s gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storage facilities.”

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