Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 17, 2019, 7 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 the Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered no casualties. Yesterday, Russia-led proxy forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front eight times in total, including at least three times with heavy weapons.
2. National Post: Remembering the Hundreds of Innocents Russia Murdered Five Years Ago Today
Marking the fifth anniversary of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine today’s issue of National Post features an Op-ed by Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).
Among the 298 victims who were brutally murdered in this tragedy Chyczij mentions the name of Andrei Anghel, a 24-year-old Canadian medical student from Ajax, Ontario.”
While showcasing certain examples of the international community turning a blind eye upon Russia’s involvement in this tragedy the UCC leader highlighted Senator Gardner’s recent quote: “We must take every diplomatic step necessary to protect our allies and our democracy, and to deter a revanchist Russia that is intent on rewriting history and threatening our way of life.” Chyczij is convinced that “Canada should follow suit.”
Read the entire op-ed here.
3. Law in Illicit Enrichment, Council on the Freedom of Speech, Extended Arrest of Ukrainian Sailors, Bidding to Host the Olympic Games
On July 17 Ukraine’s president has submitted a draft law to parliament criminalizing illicit enrichment by officials, a condition for receiving support from the International Monetary Fund, as indicated on the parliament website.
Ukraine’s Presidential Office initiated the creation of a Council on Freedom of Speech under the President of Ukraine with an objective to record and eliminate threats to freedom of speech, signs of censorship and protect the rights of journalists, as reported by the Presidential Office.
Despite the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea which ordered Russia on May 25 to immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 captured sailors Moscow’s court has extended the arrest of Ukrainian sailors-prisoners of war for another three months until October 24, 2019.
Presidnet Zelenskyy has asked officials to consider a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics or 2032 Summer Olympics, even with the economy still damaged by years of political turmoil, as reported by the foreign media.
4. Atlantic Council: Ukraine’s Most Important Election Is Sunday. Here’s What to Expect
In this piece Brian Mefford who is the director of the DR and Strategic Communications company based in Kyiv, Ukraine, provides his overview of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
He offers seven predictions that include major contenders namely: the Servant of the People party, pro-Russian Opposition Platform – For Life, Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party, Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s Holos party and others and believes that only five or six parties will be able to gather enough votes to pass.
Read the article here
5. Ukrainin World Congress Calls on Global Community to Bring to Justice Those Responsible for MH-17 Crash
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has called on the international community to bring the Russian Federation to justice for the killing of 298 innocent civilians on July 17, 2014, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukrainian territory by a Russian-controlled missile system.
“It is appalling that on the fifth anniversary of this criminal act of terrorism against innocent civilians, Russia continues to deny its responsibility for this tragedy. Kremlin spin doctors have maintained a fervent disinformation campaign with the goal of sowing doubt about the validity of the findings while attempting to transfer the blame to Ukraine and its authorities,” stated Ukrainian World Congress President Paul Grod.
“The Ukrainian World Congress and the global Ukrainian community stand in remembrance and solidarity with the families and friends of the victims of the MH17 disaster on the fifth anniversary of this act of terrorism as the quest for justice continues. May the memory of the victims be eternal and such tragedy never happen again,” concludes the statement.