Ukraine: Daily Briefing
March 8, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on his recent trip to Europe, where he visited Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Belgium. To watch the video please click on image above
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, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was 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 3 times in total.
2. Ukraine’s Prime Minister instructs Justice Ministry and Naftogaz to identify overseas assets of Gazprom
Ukraine Business Journal reported, “Prime Minister Groysman has instructed the Justice Ministry and Naftogaz to identify overseas assets of Gazprom that could be seized in the event the Russian gas company follows through on its threat to ignore last week’s Stockholm court order to pay Naftogaz $2.6 million. The Cabinet press office quotes Groysman saying on Wednesday: ‘Ukraine’s position in the situation with Gazprom must be strict and consistent: Gazprom must carry out the verdict of the Stockholm arbitration.'”
3. Ukraine is fighting a war for the right to make its own choices: Interview with Canada’s representative to Ukraine’s Defence Reform Advisory Board
Jill Sinclair, Canada’s Representative to Ukraine’s Defense Reform Advisory Board. Photo – Ukrainian Week
The Ukrainian Week interviewed Jill Sinclair, Canada’s Representative to Ukraine’s Defence Reform Advisory Board, about Ukrainian military reforms, bilateral and Euro-Atlantic cooperation.
Sinclair stated, “Our commitments to Ukraine remain unchanged. You can see that today the Ukrainian military is better trained, more ready and capable to defend its own country. And this is very impressive given the challenges facing Ukraine! I’ll give you an example of our contribution to these gains. In the last rotation alone, which began in September 2017, the Canadian Armed Forces have trained more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops in an advanced course on tactical medicine. You have more and more Ukrainian instructors now training army specialists on their own.
As for areas of cooperation in the future. Taking into account the fact that training on the tactical level is going well and AFU personnel are properly trained and motivated, we can start working more closely on the institutional level. For example, we have a Canadian working as the deputy director of the Military Law Enforcement Service training centre and another as an advisor to the newly created medical directorate. Ukrainians can do much of the personnel training on their own, without our help.
It’s worth mentioning the expansion of our bilateral partnership. Because there is a lot that Ukrainians can teach Canadians. If you talk to our military people working with Ukrainians who have experience in the ATO, they’ll tell that your officers are professionals from whom Canadians can learn some very important things. These contacts are becoming increasing less one-sided in terms of us teaching Ukrainian. It’s becoming a true partnership […]
Our partnership and friendship with Ukraine is an outgrowth of the understanding that you are forging a new future for your country – a successful Euro-Atlantic state where there is freedom, dignity and security for the whole nation. You are fighting a war for the right to make your own choices, and this is a sign of a changing mindset. That is why you have partners such as Canada, that is why we found each other.” The full interview is available here: Ukraine is fighting a war for the right to make its own choices