Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 13, 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 10 times in total.
2. Ukraine’s President simplifies procedure for acquiring Ukrainian citizenship for certain categories of Russian citizens
The Office of the President of Ukraine reported, “President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Decree No. 594 on the issue of simplifying the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship by certain categories of persons.
The document exempts persons who are citizens of the Russian Federation persecuted because of political convictions in the country of their citizenship and apply for citizenship of Ukraine from the need to submit an obligation to terminate foreign citizenship.
The same concerns persons serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, having outstanding merits to Ukraine, or whose naturalization is of national interest (who were or are involved in the implementation of national security and defense measures, measures on rebuffing or curbing the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions).
According to the document, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine must submit a draft law to the Verkhovna Rada aimed at simplifying the procedure for acquiring Ukrainian citizenship by the above mentioned categories of persons, as well as a draft law on the procedure for granting asylum.
In addition, the Government is commissioned to check, with the assistance of the Security Service of Ukraine, the compliance with the requirements of legislation on citizenship affairs by the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic missions and consular offices of Ukraine when deciding on the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship.”
3. OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine says it has “taken measures” regarding monitor from Russia who made anti-Ukrainian statements on social media
On August 9, Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 aired a report about member of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine, Russian citizen Nikolai Alekseev – who, according to the report, posted anti-Ukrainian, aggressive views, called for violence, and voiced support for Russian hybrid forces in the Donbas on his social media account.
On August 12, Radio Svoboda reported, “The OSCE SMM stated that it has ‘taken measures’ regarding a member of the SMM, Russian citizen Nikolai Alekseev, who shared aggressive statements about Ukraine in social media. The OSCE SMM press service gave this response to a question from Radio Svoboda.
‘Regarding the statements of one of the monitors of the OSCE SMM, the OSCE SMM states that the Mission has taken appropriate measures,’ the response states.
The OSCE did not share any other details. Radio Svoboda had asked what steps will be taken by the OSCE SMM regarding a member of the mission who violates the rules of the organization. Radio Svoboda is also awaiting a response from the State Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.”
The report by 1+1 that aired on August 9 can be viewed below (in Ukrainian):
4. Construction to begin on Europe’s second-largest onshore windfarm in Zaporizhia
Ukraine Business News (UBN) reported, “Construction is to start this fall on Europe’s second-largest onshore wind farm, located on the Zaporizhia coast of the Sea of Azov. London-based VLC Renewables has reached financial close with LongWing Energy S.C.A. to build the first 98 MW phase of a 500 MW wind farm. If fully built as designed a decade ago, the EuroCape project will be second only in Europe to the 600 MW Fântânele-Cogealac wind farm in Romania.
Eighteen months ago, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC, approved up to $150 million in financing and up to $250 million in political risk insurance, for the project, which is located 200 km west of the frontlines. GE Energy Financial Services also is investing in the wind farm, which will use 27 GE 3.6 turbines for the first $150 million phase.”