Ukraine: Daily Briefing
February 7, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
|Ukrainian artillery training exercises. Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence|
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces escalated attacks on Ukrainian positions on the eastern front. In the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 14 times in total, including at least 9 times with heavy weapons – mortars and anti-tank missiles.
2. Interview with Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk
Hromadske International interviewed Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk. To view the interview, please click on image above.
A transcript of the interview is available here:
3. Ukravtodor plans to rebuild 4,500 km of roads in 2018
Ukraine Business Journal reported, “Ukravtodor is starting a 5-year road building and renovation program to connect all 24 regional capitals with ‘high quality’ roads, Oleksandr Kharchenko, acting deputy head of the state highway authority, told reporters Tuesday. Ukravtodor plans to spend $643 million to repair and rebuild about 4,500 km of roads this year, more than double the 2,100 km fixed last year. Under a new decentralization system, Ukravtodor is responsible for 50,000 km of roads, and local authorities are responsible another 120,000 km. Local authorities are to receive 35% of revenues going to the Road Fund.”
4. German parties offer Russia no respite on sanctions over Ukraine
Bloomberg reported on February 6, “German party negotiators are giving no sign of easing sanctions on Russia as they seek to forge Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government.
Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc and the Social Democratic Party agree that European Union sanctions targeting the Kremlin should remain linked to the three-year-old Minsk accord aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to a draft coalition pact. […]
The sanctions are a response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea and support for separatists in the Donbas region fighting the Ukrainian military, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Jan. 31.
‘Therefore the sanction measures carried out by the EU will remain as long as the reasons for putting them in place continue,’ Demmer said.”