Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
1 September 2015, 7 PM Kyiv time
- 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, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded. No shelling with artillery, mortars, or tanks took place in the last 24 hours. Towards Luhansk, two clashes with Russian-terrorist forces took place near Krymske. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire with small arms on Ukrainian positions at Sanzharivka and Lozove. Near the Donetsk airport, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions with small arms and grenade launchers. 4 firefights with Russian-terrorist forces took place at Maryinka. No combat took place in the Mariupol sector of the front.
- Three National Guard servicemen killed as a result of grenade attack in front of Parliament
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported that three National Guard servicemen have died from injuries sustained at yesterday’s protest in front of Ukraine’s Parliament, when a protestor threw a grenade into the National Guard line. The Ministry of Internal Affairs stated yesterday that the man suspected of throwing the grenade is in custody. The General Prosecutor of Ukraine stated that over 150 people were injured in the attack, including over 130 law enforcement officers, 3 journalists and 11 other civilians.
- Security officials report to President on investigation into 31 August attack in front of Parliament
Security officials (General Prosecutor; Minister of Internal Affairs; Head of the Security Service of Ukraine) reported to President Poroshenko on the investigation into yesterday’s attack in front of Parliament. According to the officials, 18 persons have been detained. Poroshenko’s press service stated, “The rally which led to the tragedy was organized by political parties: VO ‘Svoboda’, ‘UKROP’ and the Radical Party of Ukraine, as well as other organizations. Criminal offenses involving former deputies of Ukraine (MPs) were also recorded. According to the Interior Minister, they will be summoned for questioning to determine the extent of their participation.”
- Operation Sea Breeze naval exercise begins in Odesa
Naval forces from Ukraine, the US, the UK, Germany, Turkey and 5 other European countries began Operation Sea Breeze, an annual exercise held in Odesa and on the Black Sea, “which seeks to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional security […]Sea Breeze 2015 participants will conduct training both ashore and at-sea. The at-sea phase will train forces to deter illicit trafficking and maintain maritime security in the Black Sea. Specific skill sets tested in the at-sea phase will include maritime interdiction operations, anti-submarine warfare, and self-defense against small boat attacks,” the US 6th Fleet reported.
- Radical Party leaves governing coalition
Radical Party leader O. Lyashko announced that his party is leaving the majority governing coalition in Ukraine’s parliament and will go into opposition. The Radical party parliamentary faction has 21 MPs, and the party received 7.4% of the popular vote in the 2014 parliamentary elections, in 5th place.