Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 19, 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 17 times in total.
2. Prime Minister of Israel meets with Ukraine’s President
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is on an official visit to Ukraine. Today he met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Office of the President of Ukraine reported, “Ukraine will take into account Israel’s experience in the areas of security and defense. It was stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
‘As a state, we have a lot to learn from Israel, especially in the issues of security and defense. And we will definitely do that,’ Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed. According to the President, the issues of war and security were the priority of the agenda of his talks with Benjamin Netanyahu, as Israel is well aware of those issues.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also thanked the Israeli partners for their continued support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and for an unwavering stand on the war in the east of our country and the annexation of Crimea.”
3. Ukraine’s President calls on Israel to recognize the Holodomor as Genocide of the Ukrainian people
The Office of the President of Ukraine stated, “President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the Israeli side to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-33 as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. The Head of State told this after the negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on an official visit to Ukraine.
‘Ukraine and Israel have long-standing historical ties. Our nations have together experienced all the tragedies of recent history – the Holodomor and the Holocaust, the Second World War, the totalitarian Soviet regime,’ the President emphasized.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded that together with the Prime Minister of Israel, he would visit the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Babyn Yar today to pay tribute to the victims of the Babyn Yar tragedy and the Holocaust.
‘These are bitter moments of our common history, which should unite us with the hope for a bright future and the impossibility of repeating such tragedies,’ the Head of State emphasized.
In turn, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu noted that mass execution of Jews in Babyn Yar was an example of a common tragedy of Ukrainian and Jewish nations.”
4. Eight people killed, ten injured in fire in Odesa hotel
Deutsche Welle reported on August 17, “A fire in a hotel in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa has killed eight people and left 10 people hospitalized, city police said on Saturday.
The fire broke out at 1:34 a.m. local time (2234 UTC) spread about 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet) of the Tokyo Star hotel near Odesa’s main train station, according to a police statement. Some 65 firefighters and 13 emergency vehicles put out the blaze three hours later.
Odesa authorities said that around 150 people were evacuated from the hotel. They did not say the state of the 10 people who were hospitalized. […]The causes of the fire are still being established. Police have opened a criminal investigation into possible breaches to fire safety regulations.”
5. Investigators offer new proof of Russian involvement in 2014 Illovaisk massacre
The Kyiv Post reported, “An independent investigative group, Forensic Architecture, based in London came up with the new evidence of Russian military forces participating in the Battle of Ilovaisk. The evidence is pulled together as a digital platform, published on Aug. 19.
The group of architects, software engineers, and investigative journalists presented a digital map which reconstructs the events of the Battle of Ilovaisk. The evidence Forensic Architecture collected had been presented before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
The Battle of Ilovaisk is a watershed event that took place in August-September of 2014. It was one of the fiercest battles in Russia’s war against Ukraine and turned into a massacre by Russians of Ukrainians who had been promised safety if they surrendered. To this day, Russia denies its involvement in the battle.
The platform demonstrates Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine in August-September 2014 in the most comprehensive way ever presented before. It sequences different events of the Battle and shows the connections between them. […]
The evidence pieced together by Forensic Architecture was used in the case which is heard by ECHR. The lawyers presented the digital platform before the court in February 2019 when addressing their major arguments to defend the rights of twenty-five Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russian militaries during the Battle of Ilovaisk.”
The evidence is available in digital platform here