Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
27 July 2015, 7 PM Kyiv time
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported at 8:20 AM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions and residential areas of cities 86 times. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that towards Luhansk, three battles with Russian-terrorist forces took place near Shchastya. All three attacks were repelled. Late at night, Russian-terrorist forces carried out massive artillery and mortar shelling of Ukrainian positions near Shchastya. Towards Donetsk, firefights with Russian-terrorist forces took place near Svitlodarsk and Horlivka. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Kurdyumivka and Mayorsk with artillery and mortars. At Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions with several types of heavy weapons. As a result of shelling of Avdiyivka by Russian-terrorist forces, one civilian was injured. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Novoselivka Druha with mortars and fired on Ukrainian positions at Shyrokyne three times. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven were wounded.
- Russian army officer captured delivering ammunition to Russian-terrorist forces in Donetsk oblast
Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service stated on 26 July that they captured an officer serving in the Russian armed forces, with the rank of Major, delivering ammunition and grenades to Russian-terrorist forces in Donetsk oblast. He was stopped in a truck with almost 200 cases of ammunition and grenades near Olenivka (about 40 km southwest of Donetsk city).
- Nadiya Savchenko moved to detention center in Novocherkask, Russia
Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko, illegally imprisoned by the Russian Federation, has been moved to a detention center in Novocherkask, Rostov oblast, Russia. Her trial is scheduled to begin soon in Donetsk city, Rostov oblast, Russia. Savchenko’s lawyer, M. Feygin, stated, “This is, at the very least – a strange decision to move her to the Novocherkask [detention center], which is a two hour drive from Donetsk. She will be transported [to court] by paddy wagon, not by helicopter, in 30 degree heat. If the court hearing starts at 9-10 am, she will have to be ready to leave at 6 am. […] All this can negatively affect her health,” Ukrinform reported. Feygin also said that moving Savchenko to Novocherkask will make it more difficult for her defense team to remain in contact with her. Savchenko was serving in eastern Ukraine, when abducted by Kremlin-backed terrorists in June 2014 and taken to Russia, where she has been illegally detained and imprisoned since that time. Russia has ignored repeated calls from the international community for her immediate release.
- Ukraine bonds rise as new proposals presented to commercial creditors
Ukraine’s bonds rose to a five-month high as talks on debt restructuring with international commercial creditors will continue this week, Bloomberg reported. Ukraine’s government is expecting a response from the creditor group in coming days to proposals that the government made last week, stated Finance Minister N. Jaresko. Bloomberg reported, “Ukraine’s bonds are heading for their biggest monthly gain this year after the country made a $120 million interest payment on Friday, signaling progress is being made in restructuring negotiations.” Bonds maturing July 17 gained 0.43 cents to 55.67 cents; the bonds have gained 7.2 cents this month.
- Ukraine’s President speaks with US Vice President
On 24 July, Ukraine’s President P. Poroshenko spoke with US Vice President J. Biden. They “discussed ongoing U.S. security assistance for Ukraine, Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, energy security, and the urgency of seeking justice in the Malaysia Airlines MH-17 tragedy. The Vice President welcomed the recent reform laws that were passed by the Rada and noted the need for keeping the pace with Ukraine’s reform agenda, particularly on combatting corruption. The two leaders also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and the Vice President welcomed President Poroshenko’s proposal to create a 30-kilometer zone free of tanks, artillery and mortar systems along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, to be monitored by the OSCE. Both leaders agreed that Russia and Russia-backed separatists had still failed to fully implement the first few steps under the February 12, 2015 Minsk Implementation Plan calling for a ceasefire and the removal of heavy weapons from the line of contact,” the White House stated.