Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 22, 2019, 9 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 two service members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed and two were wounded as a result of a mine blast set up by the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance unit. Yesterday, Russia-led proxy forces opened fire once on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk sector. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed one and wounded two enemy troops in the last 24 hours.
On Friday and Saturday last week the Russian proxies opened fire 52 times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front including 23 times with heavy weapons. On July 19-20 two service members of Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed in action and five service members were wounded in action. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces wounded eight enemy troops on Friday and Saturday last week.
2. Kyiv Post: A Democratic First: One Party Wins Majority in Ukraine’s Parliament
The first English language newspaper in Ukraine Kyiv Post has published the Election Day live blog starting with 8 am on July 21. It also offers an overview of the exit polls, interview quotes of the running candidates as well as the list of top parties that made it through the election threshold.
“For me it’s not about personal ambition but result. I see here a huge window of opportunity. I see what can be done in a relatively short period of time,” said Anastasia Krasnosilska, No. 8 on the Servant of the People list. […]
“Former board member at the Anti-Corruption Action Center, Krasnosilska will be involved in crafting anti-corruption legislation,” reads the blog.
Read the full blog here
3. Hromadske: Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People Set to Get Single-Party Majority
With Ukrainian parliamentary elections having taken place on Sunday July 21 there is more evidence mounting that the Servant of the People party which is associated with the incumbent president will take the majority of the seats in the parliament.
“This result would translate into about 130 seats in the new parliament through party lists alone, which would allow the party to form a majority without creating a coalition with other political forces,” reads the article in Hromadske.
Read the full article here
4. Parliamentary Election Sets Stage for Further Reform in Ukraine
On July 22, Mission Canada 2019 issued its Preliminary Statement of Findings for the 2019 early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The Canadian observers analyzed various aspects of the electoral process including the establishment of electoral commissions, printing of ballots, conduct of the vote, and counting procedures on election day.
“Ukrainians have affirmed their commitment to democratic development by electing a new parliament in an election that largely met international democratic standards. These early elections took place in a climate of increased expectations that the new parliament will deliver on voters’ desire for change,” the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Head of Mission said in his statement. The full press release is available here
Mission Canada 2019 Preliminary video report on the Parliamentary Election is available here
5. Video: Peliminary Conclusions of the Mission of the UWC to the Parliamentary Elections
Today, the Head of the International Mission of the Ukrainian World Congress on Election Observation of 2019 in Ukraine Eugene Czolij presented the preliminary conclusions of the Mission.
“Based on the monitoring results of the UWC Mission the 2019 Parliamentary Election in Ukraine has met international standards for the conduct of democratic elections,” said Eugene Czolij during his press conference at Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv.