Ukraine: Daily Briefing
March 13, 2019, 7 PM Kyiv time
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1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported on March 12 at 12:30 PM Kyiv time Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered no casualties. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire three times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors. In all three instances the enemy used heavy weapons.
According to the Ukrainian military intelligence report, two invaders were killed and four were wounded, as a result of returning fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on March 12.
2. Lloyd Axworthy to Lead Canada’s Election Observation Mission to Ukraine
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The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former minister of foreign affairs, has been selected to head Canadian delegation of short- and long-term observers of the presidential elections in Ukraine, reported CBC News.
“Together, they will observe all aspects of the presidential and legislative elections, including monitoring the participation of women, internally displaced persons and minorities in the electoral process,” noted Katie Simpson, senior reporter in the Parliamentary Bureau of CBC News.
Because of concerns about Russian interfere in the country’s democratic procedures, Canada will provide funding to counteract the “negative impact of disinformation” in the electoral process as well as supporting electoral reform and efforts to get more women to participate in the country’s elections.
Axworthy is an experienced politician, who served under former prime minister Jean Chretien and led the Organization of American States election observation mission to Peru in 2006.
Minister Freeland called Axworthy “an esteemed academic, eminent statesman… [who] has devoted his career to the cause of promoting and protecting human rights and democracy around the world… His nomination is a further reflection of Canada’s deep and abiding commitment to strengthening democracy in Ukraine.”
“Now with a pivotal Ukrainian presidential election campaign swinging into high gear, the Trudeau government is following in the footsteps of previous Conservative and Liberal governments in sending a Canadian-led observer mission, organized between Canada and Ukraine, while also contributing to a multinational mission led by the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe,” emphasizes the CBC News.
Read the CBC News release here
3. House of Representatives Adopts Three Bills and One Resolution on Putin, Crimea, Kremlin and Nemtsov investigation
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On March 12, the lower chamber of the United States Congress adopted three Bills and one Resolution directed against the Russian government and personally by President Vladimir Putin.
The 1404 Bill – Vladimir Putin Transparency Act – is aimed at strengthening the United States response to Russian interference by providing transparency on the corruption of Russian President Vladimir Putin and obligates the Director of the National Intelligence Service look into and prepare a thorough report on Putin’s assets within the next six months.
The 596 Bill forbids the United States Government to recognize Crimea with its airspace and territorial waters as Russian territory.
The 1617 Bill – KREMLIN Act – obligates the Director of US National Intelligence to report within 90 days on possible military actions of the Russian Federation against NATO countries and Russia’s attempts to “use the weakness and disagreement between its western opponents.”
In addition, the House of Representatives passed a Resolution 156 condemning Putin for hiding the details of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and calling on the Russian Federation to conduct an international crime investigation, and the White House to impose sanctions against its alleged organizers and executors. Boris Nemtsov was a Russian opposition leader who was shot in the back and killed near Kremlin, Moscow in 2015.
4. StopFake Debunks Another Lie by RT About Origins of Ukrainian Language
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Recently, RT has made another brazen attempt at disinformation, claiming that Ukrainian was an artificial language created in the Soviet Union and accusing Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin in dividing “fraternal” nations. This was done as a response to an article by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin about the establishment of the independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine on the Portuguese website Observador.
The Russian state broadcaster posted an article quoting a philologist Pavel Borodin who said that “they [Ukrainians] lumped it together and started using it, as every republic in the USSR had to have a literature. Even if they say that Ukrainian exists today as a literary language, this is the legacy of the Soviet Union.”
StopFake.org references the Encyclopedia Britannica which explains the origin of modern literary Ukrainian language and how it derived from the spoken Ukrainian language at the end of the 18th century.
Famous Ukrainian publication of Aeneid by Ivan Kotliarevsky in 1798 was used as a proof of the the beginning of a new era in the history of the Ukrainian language.
In conclusion, the authors question the legitimacy of Borodin’s explanation by asking “if Ukrainian is an artificial 20th century construct, why did imperial tsarist Russia issue two edicts, one in 1863 another in 1876 banning education in Ukrainian and the publication of books in Ukrainian.”
Stopfake.org is a fact checking website which was launched in 2014 by Kyiv-Mohyla Journalism School lecturers, students, and graduates in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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