Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 17, 2019, 5 PM Kyiv time
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 two 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 30 times in total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine wins Under-20 World Cup with final win over South Korea
The BBC reported on June 15, “Ukraine came from behind to beat South Korea 3-1 and win their first Under-20 World Cup. The match – in Lodz, Poland – featured two teams playing in the final for the first time in their history.
South Korea led through an early penalty, which Lee Kang-in fired past Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. But Vladyslav Supriaha scored either side of half-time and Dynamo Kiev club-mate Heorhii Tsitaishvili sped away to add a late third.
Korea almost equalised at 2-1 but 20-year-old Lunin, who spent last season on loan with Leganes in La Liga, brilliantly tipped Lee Jae-ik’s header on to the crossbar. Ukraine – who did not qualify in 2017 – topped a group containing the USA, Nigeria and Qatar, before beating Panama 4-1 in the last 16, Colombia 1-0 in the quarter-final and Italy 1-0 in the semis.”
3. Ukraine’s President in France on state visit
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in France today for a state visit. Ukrinform reported, “Primarily, the Head of State will visit the world’s largest startup incubator Station F, an Ukrinform correspondent reports from France.
At about 15:00 local time, the official meeting of the President of Ukraine will take place in the yard of the Hôtel national des Invalides, which, according to the protocol, provides for military honours.At 15:30, Zelensky will meet with President of France at the courtyard of the Élysée Palace, after which the leaders will hold talks. At 16:30, a joint press conference of the leaders is scheduled.
The President of Ukraine will also have a meeting with the President of the Senate, the upper house of the French Parliament.”
4. NY Times report: U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
The NY Times reported on June 15, “The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said.
In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.
Advocates of the more aggressive strategy said it was long overdue, after years of public warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI that Russia has inserted malware that could sabotage American power plants, oil and gas pipelines, or water supplies in any future conflict with the United States. […]
The administration declined to describe specific actions it was taking under the new authorities, which were granted separately by the White House and Congress last year to United States Cyber Command, the arm of the Pentagon that runs the military’s offensive and defensive operations in the online world.
But in a public appearance on Tuesday, President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the United States was now taking a broader view of potential digital targets as part of an effort ‘to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.””
The full report is available here