Ukraine: Daily Briefing
August 27, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Canadian Armed Forces personnel participate in Ukraine’s Independence Day Parade, Kyiv, August 24, Photo – CAF
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 four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in a landmine explosion. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 23 times in total, including at least 8 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 7 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister to visit Ukraine
Canada’s Department of Global Affairs reported that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will visit Germany, Ukraine and France on August 26-30. The Department of Global Affairs stated, “On August 28, the Minister will travel to Ukraine, where she will meet with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Canada continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as its important democratic, economic and social reforms.”
3. Ukraine’s President, military, diplomats honour the memory of late US Senator John McCain
US Senator John McCain visit Ukrainian soldiers near the front lines, December 2016
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported on August 26, “During a working trip to Donetsk region, at a meeting with heads of Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad and Ukrainian military of the 92nd brigade, President Petro Poroshenko, along with diplomats and Ukrainian soldiers, honored memory of American Senator John McCain who died on August 25.
‘There is another great person who was here with me on the eve of the New Year on December 31. His name is John McCain. A great statesman and a great friend of Ukraine,’ the President said and recalled their joint trip to the Ukrainian marines in Shyrokyne.
‘When I offered him to go with me and congratulate the Ukrainian marines in Shyrokyne, he postponed his visit to Georgia and said that his place was here in Ukraine,’ Petro Poroshenko said.
He reminded that 10 km from the arrival, when he and the Senator drove to Shyrokyne, the Presidential Security Service reported that the positions of our marines were shelled.
‘I told John – you’re an American Senator, you do not have to be there. I, as President, must be there with my warriors. And this is the first time John was offended by me even for the fact that I decided to offer him that,’ the President said.
‘He said: Russia will pay its big price for this completely irresponsible venture. And he devoted all his life after that to protect Ukraine and Ukrainians,’ Petro Poroshenko added.
The President instructed the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States to organize an interaction with the American side to honor the memory of John McCain. The attendees honored the memory of the Senator with a moment of silence.”