Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
10 August 2016, 7 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) reported that yesterday towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positons at Zolote, Novooleksandrivka and Popasne. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces carried out heavy artillery shelling of Ukrainian positions near Luhanske village. Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions on the Novhorodske-Avdiyivka line with mortars. Firefights between Ukrainian forces and Russian-terrorist forces took place on the Novhordske-Avdiyivka line. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Dokuchayevsk and along the Talakivka-Shyrokyne line with mortars. The RNBO reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
2. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense: Russian claims of Ukraine’s participation in “diversionary activities” in occupied Crimea are an attempt to justify aggression
In response to claims made today by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) that the FSB supposedly prevented a “terrorist attack” in Russian-occupied Crimea, supposedly organized by Ukraine’s military intelligence department, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense stated, “Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense denies information circulated by the Russian FSB regarding the participation of units of the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine in diversionary activities on the territory of temporarily occupied Crimea. These FSB statements are nothing more than an attempt to justify the redeployment and aggressive actions of Russian military units on the temporarily occupied peninsula. In this way the representatives of the Russian special services are attempting to divert the attention of the local population of Crimea and the international community away from criminal acts regarding the transformation of the peninsula into an isolated military base. Just as baseless are accusations regarding the firing on the peninsula from mainland Ukraine. Crimea always has been and remains Ukrainian land, and the population of the peninsula are citizens of Ukraine.”
3. RNBO Secretary: The hysterical and mendacious statement by the FSB is another element of the hybrid war against our country
O. Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO) commented on the statement by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) that they have supposedly prevented a “terrorist attack” in Russian-occupied Crimea, supposedly organized by Ukraine’s military intelligence department. Turchynov stated, “The hysterical and mendacious statement by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation has no basis, except in attempts by the occupiers to aggravate the situation on Ukrainian territory that has been temporarily occupied. […] This provocative nonsense by the FSB is an element of the hybrid war that Russia is waging against our country.”
4. Human Rights Group: Collective prayer in Russian-occupied Crimea could be banned as “extremist”
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) reported, “Crimean Imams have been warned that traditional prayer rituals at the homes of Crimean Muslims could fall under Russia’s new draconian ‘anti-extremism’ laws and be effectively prohibited. Such a new repressive move under Russian occupation has thus far only been hinted at, however the warning seems clear. There have recently been prayer gatherings at the homes of abducted Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov, and of men now in detention on concocted charges. […] Russia’s offensive against all public gatherings and Crimean Tatar remembrance began soon after its invasion and annexation of Crimea. In May 2014, the traditional remembrance gatherings marking the (seventieth) anniversary of the 1944 Deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar People were banned. […] The occupiers did not, however, stop prayer gatherings on the outskirts of Simferopol and Bakhchysarai, although military helicopters flew overhead throughout the prayers. The repressive measures against all remembrance gatherings have intensified since then. In recent months Duya, or collective prayer gatherings, have been held at least twice outside the home of Ervin Ibragimov and his parents. The young Crimean Tatar activist and member of the Executive Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars was abducted from near his home in the evening of May 24, 2016 and has not been seen since. […] In the face of terror and repression, Crimean Tatars have responded by showing solidarity with those oppressed or forcibly disappeared, and their families. One such way is by meeting in prayer. Even that now appears to be at risk.” The full report from KHPG is available athttp://khpg.org/en/index.php?