Ukraine: Daily Briefing
May 28, 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 27 the Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered no casualties. In the last 24 hours, Russia-led proxy forces opened fire four times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors using heavy weapons twice.
According to the Ukrainian Military Intelligence four enemy soldier were wounded yesterday as a result of returning fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
2. Reuters: Ukraine President Holds Contest for New ‘Highly Moral’ Lawmaker Candidates
On May 21, the newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree dissolving the Verkhovna Rada setting early parliamentary elections for July 21. On May 27 the president’s team announced the call for applications from the public “to fight a snap election in July for his new Servant of the People party, betting he can wrench power from a discredited political class,” reads an article by Natalia Zinets in Reuters.
Zelensky’s team is inviting people with proposals for new laws, previous political experience is not required. “First of all, this person should be highly moral, with deep principles and with a desire to understand and carry out the tasks that Ukrainian society will set for them,” party leader Dmytro Razumkov said.
For now the Servant of the People party does not have a representation in Ukraine’s partliament but the polls suggest that it will win the July election likely falling short of majority.
Read the full article here
3. President Visits the War Zone, New NSDC Secretary, Ukrainian Passport for Saakashvili and Lawsuit Against President’s Appointment
4. World Bank Recommends Rescheduling Launch of New Electricity Market in Ukraine
The World Bank (WB), one of Ukraine’s key lenders, supports the country’s law on the electricity market aimed at introducing competition, but recommends rescheduling the launch of the new electricity market for October 1, 2019, due to unavailability of certain provisions of the regulatory framework and IT systems.
“A premature launch of the new electricity market before the necessary regulatory and technical means are in place could jeopardize proper market functioning and increase risks to all market participants,” reads the WB statement. It also said that any difficulties in the power market operation in the upcoming months [presidential elections] could backfire and be used to discredit the reform process.
The Electricity Market Law of Ukraine was passed by the Verkhovna Rada in April 2017. The bill, according to the authors, intends to establish competitive electricity generation and supplies market for final consumers, which will force producers to increase their efficiency and remove inefficient power generation from the market. The introduction of the new electricity market will also allow people to choose electricity suppliers.
Read the World Bank statement here
5. Three Tips From Ukrainian Diaspora to President Zelensky
On May 28 Mykola Siruk with Ukrainian newspaper Day released the interview with President of Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Paul Grod where the latter talked about his 45-minute-meeting with President Zelensky and spoke of the tips UWC offered to the newly elected Ukrainian leader. One of the issues raised during the conversation was the possibility of bringing people from abroad who would work in the Euro-Atlantic area and build a strong Ukrainian identity.
Grod mentioned that he was happy to hear Zelensky’s call on Ukrainians abroad to come back and help rebuild the country, see that the new generation of politicians regards Ukrainians living abroad as a great resource and the fact that the President declared his willingness to create conditions for citizenship for foreign Ukrainians.
Some of the issues raised during the conversation were the importance to maintain international coalition of support for Ukraine, strong campaign around the world for increasing pressure on Russia, continuation of reforms implementation, building of strong national identity among Ukrainians both in Ukraine and abroad.
Read the interview here [in Ukrainian]