Ukraine: Daily Briefing
May 24, 2019, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that on May 23 one service member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russia-led proxy forces opened fire 11 times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors using heavy weapons in one instance.
According to the Ukrainian Military Intelligence two enemy soldier were killed and one was wounded yesterday as a result of returning fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
2. The US Senate Proposes to Increase Security Assistance to Ukraine to $300 million
On May 23, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reported that that the US Senate Armed Forces Committee has approved a draft National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 “which authorized the Pentagon to allocate $300 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine.” This is $50 million more than the current year’s appropriations. NDAA stipulates that $100 million should be directed solely at lethal types of weapons, as poste on the Embassy Facebook page.
“According to the document, it is proposed to expand the U.S assistance in strengthening the defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by incorporating coastal defenses and anti-ship missiles,” reads the statement.
Read the full statement here
3. Canada, US and the EU Help Draft 2023 Development Plan for Ukraine’s National Police
The consultative mission of the Canadian and American partners and the European Union have prepared a draft strategy for the development of the National Police (NP) until 2023, as stated by the head of the National Police Sergei Knyazev according to NP press service. The goal of the plan is to improve the operation of the police force in Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian official the draft strategy includes such priority areas as public safety, crime prevention, compliance and protection of human rights. In addition, the draft strategy emphasizes the quality and affordability of police services, transparency and a new form of police accountability to the community.
Here is the link to the news release [in Ukrainian]
4. EU to Invest EUR 4.5 Billion in Ukrainian Transport Industry
On May 24, during the press conference in Odesa the European Commission’s Director-General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei said that the European Union was interested in high-level transport cooperation with Ukraine and further development and reformation of the transport sector in accordance with EU norms and standards.
“We want Ukraine to use its advantageous geographical location and become a kind of transport hub, a strategic partner and part of the transport corridors between Europe and Asia,” said the EU official.
In 2019 Ukraine joined the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) network and became an eastern partner of the EU meaning that now the EU transport corridors do not end on the western border of Ukraine but continue further east through Ukraine. “EUR 4.5 billion will be invested with the help of the World Bank to develop and implement 39 projects in the Ukrainian transport sector,” Hololei said according to Ukrainian media.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze the priority of the Ukrainian government is to ensure that the projects will be implemented instead of remaining just on paper.
5. Civil Society Representatives Issue Public Statement on the President Zelensky’s First Political Steps
On May 23 the members of 73 [as of May 24] civil society organizations have signed a signed a statement which was posted on Ukraine Crisis Media Center’s website, expressing their deep concern about the first executive decisions taken by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We strongly disagree with the President’s intention to appoint members of former President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime to key government positions, a move that contradicts the principles of lustration, as well as persons without relevant competencies and individuals sharing business interests with President Volodymyr Zelensky,” reads the statement. Further on they indicate a list of “red lines not to be crossed” in the areas of security and foreign policy, economy, national identity, media and information policy and government functions.
The civil society representatives warn of devastating consequences “should the President cross these red lines” highlighting that such actions will inevitably lead to political instability in our country and the deterioration of international relations.
To read the full statement click here