Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 3 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 one Ukrainian soldier was 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 13 times in total, including at least 7 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 1 and wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Canada’s Prime Minister meets with Ukraine’s President
The Prime Minister’s Office stated on July 2, “The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during the third Ukraine Reform Conference. The conference is co-hosted by Canada and Ukraine and is taking place in Toronto this week.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated Canada’s steadfast support for the people of Ukraine and its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two leaders also discussed Ukraine’s efforts to advance democratic reforms on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as the security situation in the region. The Prime Minister stressed the need to stand together in the face of Russia’s attempts to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The two leaders also explored ways to further deepen Canada-Ukraine trade relations. They highlighted the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement and agreed to expand the agreement to create even more new opportunities and good, middle class jobs for Canadians and Ukrainians alike.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelenskyy also welcomed two new agreements which will lead to even closer people-to-people ties between our two countries. The Audiovisual Coproduction Treaty will help promote Canadian content in Ukraine and provide significant opportunities to expand audiences for Canadian feature film, television, and digital productions. The Joint Declaration on a Youth Mobility Arrangement is a welcome step towards a revitalized agreement, which would strengthen our ties and support travel and work opportunities for young Canadians and Ukrainians.”
3. Canada strengthens commitment to Ukraine
On July 2, the Department of Global Affairs Canada stated, “Canada and the international community stand with the people of Ukraine on their journey toward a secure, sovereign and prosperous future.
Today, representatives from 37 countries concluded the ministerial portion of the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The meeting, co-chaired by Canada and Ukraine, included foreign ministers, heads of international institutions, parliamentarians, representatives from the private sector, civil society and think tanks, as well as members of the Ukrainian Canadian community, in support of Ukraine and its ambitious reform agenda.
The Government of Canada took this unique opportunity to announce over $45 million in support for Ukraine, including $25 million to help implement inclusive and gender-responsive reforms in Ukraine.
Canada is also taking concrete action against continued Russian aggression in Ukraine and condemns Russia’s decision to issue Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in the Donbas region. As of today, Canada will take action to ensure these passports cannot be used to travel to Canada.
In order to maintain the important momentum of reform and international support, it was also announced today that Lithuania will co-host the next Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius in 2020.”
A backgrounder on the additional support announced by Canada is available here:
4. Ukraine withdraws invitation for PACE to observe July elections
The AFP reported on July 2, “Ukraine on Tuesday announced it is withdrawing its invitation to monitors from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to observe elections later this month, in protest against Russia’s reinstatement in the body.
Russian delegates had been stripped of their voting rights in the pan-European rights body in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine, but last week were allowed to return over strong objections from Kyiv.
Ukrainian parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy on Tuesday said he signed a letter to PACE president Liliane Maury-Pasquier saying its monitors were no longer welcome at the parliamentary elections to be held on July 21.
‘Representatives of an aggressor country, Russia, cannot be among international observers; they will be agents of a hybrid war rather than observers,’ Parubiy wrote on his Facebook page. ‘Any influence by Russia on Ukrainian elections, by any means, is not acceptable.’
Ukraine, together with Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia had unsuccessfully tried to block Russia’s return to PACE, but it was approved by a vote of 116 in favour to 62 against.”