Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 16, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
|Canadian Armed Forces delegation headed by Operation UNIFIER Commander Lt. Col. Fraser Auld meets with Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk, Commander Ukraine’s National Army Academy|
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two 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 43 times in total, including at least 6 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 2 and wounded 3 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine’s President speaks with German Chancellor
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported, “President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
The interlocutors coordinated positions on the eve of the meeting between the Chancellor of Germany and the President of the Russian Federation. Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel discussed the situation in the Donbas and further efforts, including peacekeepers, to ensure progress in a peaceful settlement.
Petro Poroshenko paid special attention to the issue of the release of Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners illegally detained in the temporarily occupied territories and in Russia, in particular the need for the immediate release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.
The President of Ukraine and the Chancellor of Germany also discussed the security challenges related to the construction of the Nord Stream 2. The interlocutors coordinated schedule of the further contacts in the framework of the bilateral dialogue development.”
3. World Bank support for reforms in Ukraine
The World Bank’s Ukraine office stated, “At the request of the Ukrainian authorities, the World Bank is preparing a Policy-Based Guarantee (PBG) to support key policy and institutional reforms to promote economic growth, fiscal sustainability, and improved governance. Once appraised and approved, the proposed operation would provide a $650 million IBRD guarantee that is expected to help Ukraine raise about $800 million through a private transaction in the lending market.
In order to proceed with the proposed operation, it will be necessary to confirm the completion of all reform actions and the adequacy of the macroeconomic framework. In this context, it is critical to enact the State-Owned Bank Law # 8331D and the Resumption of Credit Law # 6027D, both of which were approved by the Verkhovna Rada in July 2018. It is also critical for the authorities to reach agreement on the Fourth Review of Ukraine’s program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), without which the proposed operation will be unable to proceed.
The World Bank encourages the Ukrainian authorities to complete the pending reform actions and reach an agreement on the IMF Fourth Review.”
4. Prosecutors seek 15 years for Yanukovych
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Ukrainian prosecutors in the treason trial against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych have asked the court in Kyiv to sentence the pro-Russian former leader to 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors Ruslan Kravchenko and Maksym Krym made the request on August 16 during closing arguments of Yanukovych’s trial in absentia.
Yanukovych has been charged with high treason, complicity in an aggressive war against Ukraine, and complicity in premeditated activities aimed at altering Ukraine’s state borders. He remains in Russia, where he fled in February 2014 […]
After closing arguments on August 16, Judge Vladyslav Devyatko adjourned the trial until September 13.”