Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
30 March 2015, 8 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours one Ukrainian soldier was killed and 3 were wounded. Yesterday, Kremlin-backed terrorists attacked a Ukrainian position near Tryokhizbenka; the attack was repelled. The press-center of the anti-terrorism operation (ATO) reported at 7 PM Kyiv time that from midnight to 6 PM Kyiv time today, Kremlin-backed terrorists violated the terms of the ceasefire 12 times.
2. Ukraine-EU Summit to be held 27 April
On 28 March Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko’s press service stated that President Poroshenko and President of the European Commission J. C. Junker confirmed that the Ukraine-EU Summit will be held on 27 April. “Petro Poroshenko has also asked the President of the European Commission to facilitate consideration of the opportunity of sending peacekeeping contingent to Ukraine within the Common Security and Defence Policy by the EU institutions,” Poroshenko’s press service reported.
3. Ukraine Ministry of Internal Affairs: US airborne troops and Ukrainian National Guard to take part in joint training exercises
Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs A. Avakov stated on 29 March that 290 US airborne troops of the 173rd US Army airborne brigade will arrive in Lviv oblast on 20 April for joint training exercises with Ukrainian National Guard troops. There will be three rounds of training of 300 National Guard troops, each for a period of 8 weeks; a total of 900 Ukrainian troops will take part in the joint training exercises, according to Avakov.
4. Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade signs memorandum on technical support with USAID
A. Abromavicius, Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Chairman of the USAID Mission in Ukraine and WNISEF President J. Johnson signed a “memorandum of understanding that will allow the launch of a USD $30 million program of technical support in the near future. The program provides assistance for the development of Ukrainian exports, support for socially responsible businesses that will create jobs for refugees, ATO veterans and other vulnerable segments of the population, the third direction of the use of funds – professional development of young Ukrainian managers (including the state ones) and the fourth is the development of public – private partnerships,” the Ministry stated.
5. Soros ready to invest $1 billion if western countries help private investment
Reuters reported that George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine “if western countries help private investment there.” “The West can help Ukraine by increasing attractiveness for investors. A political risk insurance is necessary. This could take the form of mezzanine financing at EU interest rates – very close to zero. […]I stand ready. There are concrete investment ideas, for example in agriculture and infrastructure projects. I would put in $1 billion. This must generate a profit. My foundation would benefit from this … Private engagement needs strong political leadership.” Reuters quoted Soros as stating.