Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 6, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces training exercises.
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
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 or 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 int total. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General offers resignation
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has told parliament he will offer his resignation amid public outrage over the handling of an investigation into an acid attack that killed anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk.
‘Today, I will offer my resignation to the president of Ukraine, and you in parliament have to look into this issue,’ Lutsenko told lawmakers on November 6, adding that he wants parliament to address the matter this week.
‘Until yesterday, I was confident that the investigation had been conducted effectively, but I am frustrated by the speculation made about the death in this case,’ Lutsenko said. ‘Yesterday’s wave of information has damaged the success of the investigation.’ He said he was offering his resignation to avoid any concerns that he is ‘clinging to power.'”
3. Ukraine’s Parliament establishes temporary investigative committee on attack on Kateryna Handziuk and other activists
Ukraine’s Parliament adopted a resolution establishing a Temporary Investigative Parliamentary Committee on the investigation of “Information Concerning the Attack on Kateryna Handziuk and other public activists.” The Parliament’s website reported, “The purpose of the temporary investigative committee is to check information and to clarify the state of the investigation into attacks on Kateryna Handziuk and other public activists.” The committee will consist of 18 MPs and has a term of 3 months. 259 MPs voted to establish the committee.
4. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and President Poroshenko Sign Agreement on Cooperation and Coordination
The Ecumenical Patriarchate reported, “On Saturday, November 3, 2018, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine reaffirmed their desire to enhance the cooperation between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Nation-within the framework of the process for granting Autocephaly to the unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine-during the President’s visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s headquarters at the Phanar. […]
Immediately following their private meeting in the Patriarchal Office, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and President Poroshenko signed a Bilateral Agreement on Cooperation and Coordination before their colleagues and numerous representatives of the mass media in the Chamber of the Throne.
His All-Holiness characterized the day as historic for relations between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Ukraine, while underscoring that the signed Agreement ‘will expedite the granting of the Tomos recognizing the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.’
‘This autocephaly, which for years – not to say centuries – you have so fervently and nostalgically awaited is your right, just as it was the right of all the other people of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, whose churches received autocephaly from the Mother Church of Constantinople. It is also the exclusive prerogative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in accordance with the Holy Canons, to grant this autocephaly when it deems fit, whenever circumstances have matured.
Here at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we are convinced that our decision will lead the Ukrainian people and the Orthodox faithful there to greater unity-which they have been deprived of for about the last thirty years-and that almost all of the country’s Orthodox faithful will rally around this new Autocephalous Church of Ukraine. In this way, this Autocephalous Church will enter the family of Orthodox Autocephalous Churches and we shall all work together for the good of our faithful and the glory of the Lord’s name.’
The Ecumenical Patriarch thanked the President of Ukraine for conceding the magnificent Church of Saint Andrew in Kyiv to the Mother Church ‘so that the permanent presence of your Mother Church of Constantinople may be there in the Capital of Ukraine.’ He also expressed his wish ‘that the Lord may grant [him] the opportunity to visit once more, in the near future, your beautiful and hospitable country [of Ukraine].’ The Patriarch then asked the President to convey the blessing of the Mother Church and his love to the entire Ukrainian people.”