Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
12 June 2015, 8 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that towards Mariupol, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near the Pavlopolsky Reservoir. Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk airport with artillery and tanks; and shelled Ukrainian positions with artillery at Maryinka, Starohnativka, Hranitne and mortars at Horlivka. Towards Luhansk, Kremlin-backed terrorists fired on Ukrainian positions with small arms, mortars, artillery and tanks along a wide sector of the front. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and ten were wounded.
- Kremlin-backed terrorists shell pipeline that delivers gas to Mariupol
The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that in the morning of 12 June, Kremlin-backed terrorists shelled and damaged the pipeline that delivers gas to Mariupol and Avdiyivka. Ukrainian PM A. Yatsenyuk stated, “The Russian terrorists deliberately damaged the pipeline with heavy artillery with the goal of stopping the delivery of gas to Mariupol and stop the factories working in the city. They are doing this purposely, to create panic in Mariupol, to stop factories so that people don’t receive their wages. This is part of the Russian plan.” The head of Naftohas Ukrainy stated that after the military ensures safe access to the damaged pipeline, 48 hours would be needed for repairs.
- State Security chief fires heads Organized Crime and anti-Corruption units within SBU
The Head of the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), V. Nalyvaichenko, has fired the deputy heads of the Main Directorate on Anti-corruption and Organized Crime and the heads of its Departments. In a letter to the head of the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee regarding the matter, Nalyvaichenko wrote, “The work that began in February of last year continues,” and invited the Committee to investigate facts about possible offenses related to corruption committed by the former heads of these departments.
- First meeting of Regional Development Council
The first meeting of the Regional Development Council, established in May and headed by Ukraine’s President, was held today. President Poroshenko stated that “We are assigning maximum powers to the local communities, including the right to local taxes and a part of nationwide taxes, in order to stimulate the efficiency of the tax reform, […]. Local self-sufficient community must become a cornerstone of decentralized public administration system under the European principles provided for by the European Charter of Local Self-Government. […] Ukraine was, is and will remain a unitary state. […] Coordination, control and supervision must be increased at the level of districts. There will be no right to intervene in social and economic activity of local government, but there will also be no right to violate the Constitution and the laws of Ukraine.”
- US Representative to UN visits Ukraine
US Permanent Representative to the UN S. Power, stated on 11 June in Kyiv, “The focus on Ukraine in the Security Council is important, because it gives me the chance – on behalf of the United States – to lay out the mounting evidence of Russia’s aggression, its obfuscation, and its outright lies. […]But there is something more important that is often lost in the international discussion about Russia’s efforts to impose its will on Ukraine. And that is you – the people of Ukraine – and your right to determine the course of your own country’s future. Far too often, people tell the story of what is happening today in Ukraine without you in it. It is East versus West. […]The irony of applying this way of thinking to the current crisis is that it goes against the very ethos of the Maidan, which was – and still is – about putting you, the Ukrainian people, back in the driver’s seat of your country’s future. […] It is this idea – that the people can use their voice to hold their leaders accountable – that is so threatening to leaders like President Putin, and the autocratic governments they lead. And it is the reason Moscow is working so desperately to sabotage your efforts at reform. […] It is bitterly ironic that the Russian government – which views international support for NGOs that promote human rights as an unacceptable threat to its security – it is ironic that that same government has no qualms bankrolling, training, and arming separatist movements in multiple neighboring countries, and sending its soldiers across Russia’s borders to fight alongside those same fighters. You tell me: which of these is the true foreign agent: Russian NGOs in Russia or Russian soldiers in Ukraine? […]America believes that your struggle has resonance far beyond your sovereign borders. And because we believe that there is no greater cause than the cause of human dignity […]You, Ukraine, are standing tall for your freedom. And if you stand tall together – no kleptocrat, no oligarch, and no foreign power can stop you.” A transcript of Power’s remarks is available at http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/243583.htm
COMMEMORATION OF THE TRAGEDY OF THE BALTIC NATIONS EVENT IN TORONTO, JUNE 14, 2015
As a result of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the alliance between Nazi Germany and the USSR, the Baltic States were invaded by Soviet armed forces in 1940. During the first occupation, the Year of Terror, 1940 -1941, tens of thousands of all age groups, from elderly to infants were arrested, tortured, or murdered. Many of those, sent in cattle cars to the Siberian Gulag, did not survive the trip or deprivations of the concentration camps. This year, Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians mark the 74th anniversary of this tragedy. Those who know their history, see a direct comparison to the war being waged against Ukraine. While Ukraine’s sovereign territory has been attacked and occupied, threats of aggression against the Baltics, Poland and other parts of Europe are increasing. Please join in commemorating the suffering of so many by attending the memorial service to be held on:
June 14, 2015, 4:00PM, Lithuanian Church, Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish,
1 Resurrection Road, Toronto, ON