Situation in Eastern Ukraine
Last week started with shelling maintenance crewby militants near Popasna- one person was injured, reported Head of LuhanskRegional Military-Civilian Administration HennadiyMoskalon his website.
On June 16, militants shelled about 30 times the position of Ukrainian military and peaceful settlements in a war zone, reportedthe press centre of ATO. Militants used 120-mm mortars and 122-mm howitzersnear Donetsk. In particular, Pisky, Opytne, Starohnativka were shelled. In Luhanskregion militants fired Krymske,StanytsiaLuhanska and Shchastyausing small arms. Militants actively use reconnaissance drones along the boundary line.
Near the village Kryakivka,there was recorded a fight between Ukrainian military and a sabotage and intelligence group of militants that snuck in Ukraine’s controlled territory from the right bank of the Siverskyi Donets.As a result of the fight, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two were seriously injured. Now they are in hospital.
OnWednesdaynight militants tried twice to break the Ukrainian military positions.
During the day, gunmen shelled58 times ATO forces positions and civilians.
Russian sniperswere neutralized in the village Luhanske, reports DmytroTymchuk,“Information Resistance.”
Terrorists attacked the village Maryinka again, informed adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine ZorianShkiryak. According to the report, militants started the offensive in Maryinkaon June 17 at 11.40pm. Terrorists used heavy artillery, ACS, tanks, guns “Rapira,” “Carnations” and 120-mm mortars with cluster mines. Ukrainian military from 28, 20, and 93 brigades of Armed Forces and National Guard soldiers and Interior Ministry held in checkthe enemy that has significant losses in manpower and equipment. The ATO Staff reported that militants tried to dislodge the Ukrainian troops from Maryinka, but suffered losses.
On June 18, gunmen shelled 90 times the position of Ukrainian forces across the boundary using Grads, combat vehicles, small arms and grenade launchers, reported the press centre of ATO Staff.
After shelling Maryinka district,there were destroyed more than 1,000 houses, reports the press service of Donetsk Regional State Administration.
Population of Maryinkadistrict before the active hostilities was 84.7 thousand, nowadays – about 72 thousand. Three communities are beyond the control of Ukraine.
It is noted that the head of Donetsk Regional State Administration Zhebrivskyi met with the head of district administration Victor Moroz and discussed infrastructure renewal and other related issues.
Activity of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on June 16-19.
1. The Law “On Ukraine’s Accession to the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Abduction;”
2. The Law “On Amendments to Annex 2 of the Statute of Internal Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;”
3. The Law “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine regarding Increasing Transparency in the Extractive Industries Ukraine;”
4. The Law “On Amendments to the Code of Ukraine “On Administrative Violations to Strengthen the Fight against Poaching and Environmental Protection;”
5. The Law “On Amendments to Article 14 of the Law of Ukraine “On Employment regarding the Right to Additional Safeguards in Promoting the Employment of the Parents or the Person who Replaces them Having any Dependents under the Age of Six;”
6. The Law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine regardingthe Competencyof the National Bank of Ukraine;”
7. The Law “On Amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine regarding the Competencyof the National Bank of Ukraine;”
8. The Law “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine regarding Peculiarities of Taxation and Collection of Military Tax on Salaries of Military Personnel and Other Persons Directly Involved in the Anti-Terrorist Operation;”
9. The Law “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Housing Services” (regarding accrual of subsidies to pensioners and the disabled).”
1. The Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine, the Borrower, and the European Union, the Lender, and the Loan Agreement between Ukraine, the Borrower, the National Bank of Ukraine, the Financial Agent of the Borrower, and the European Union,the Creditor, (regarding granting macro-financial assistance to Ukraine by the European Union, amounting to 1 billion 800 million euro);
2. The Implementation Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and NATO to support (TNA) on re-disposal of radioactive waste that was generated during the execution of military programs of the former USSR in Ukraine;
Politics and Economics
The Verkhovna Rada Speaker, Mr. Groysman, repeatedly appealed to the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk regarding the cooperation of the Parliament with ministries on the issue of indexation of wages and pensions. He stated this at the conciliatory council on Monday. According to him, previous application did not produce results and the dialogue with the ministries has not yet started.
Ukraine will not pay Russia for the supply of electricity to occupied Donbas, announced Acting Director of “Ukrenergo”Yuriy Kasichin an interview with“Interfax-Ukraine.” According to him, the Russian side was informed in advance about the unwillingness of Ukraine to pay overflows balance between power systems of Ukraine and Russia (five power lines are located in areas outside the control of Kyiv in Donbas).
Kasich also said that Luhansk TPP has been working in isolation from the main part of UES Ukraine since last year and overflows between Starobeshivskaand ZuyivskaTES with UES of Ukraine are minimal.
YanikaMerylo became Adviser toMayor Sadovyi. Former Adviser to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine YanikaMerylo became a freelance adviser to the mayor of Lviv on new technologies, said Mayor AndriySadovyi.
The Parliament took the first step toward opening the final media owners, byadopting in first reading the draft law no.1831, which provides for mandatory disclosure of the names of beneficial owners of the media. 240 MPs supported this decision. Then 229 MPs supported the consideration of the document in the second reading under theshortened procedure.
The author of the draft law is the MP from the “People’s Front”MykolaKnyazhytskyi who, in particular, has long been emphasizedthe lack of reliable information on the ultimate owners of the TV channel “Inter.” In this regard, in his opinion, the license for broadcasting was illegallyprolonged for 7 years.
Yanukovych’s Minister expands gas business in Ukraine. LLC “First Ukrainian Petroleum Company” received permission for development of technical documentation on land management for the exploitation of two sites on Ohultsivske gas deposit in Kharkiv region.
Shokin asked the Parliament to grant the arrest of Klyuyev. Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin addressed to the Parliament with the request of giving consent to criminal prosecution, detention and arrest of MP SerhiyKlyuyev. According to information,Shokinsubmitted the request on June 16 “within the new criminal proceedings concerning Klyuyev.”
Prosecutor’s Office informed that the politician committed a criminal offense under Article 209 Part 3 (committing transactions with property in especially large amounts obtained as a result of the socially dangerous act that preceded the legalization (laundering) as well as actions aimed at concealing and disguising the illicit origin of such property rights to such property). In addition, Klyuevis suspected of committing a crime underArt. 369 Part 5 (providing an official, who takes a particularly responsible position, with undue benefit in a large scale for the commission by an official in the interests of providers and unlawful benefit of a third party actions using its official position).
The Constitutional Court allowed to deprive the judges and MPs of immunity, reported the head of the court YuriyBaulin at a press conference on Friday, according to “Ukrainian News.”
The Court recognized that the deprivation of immunity does not limit the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. The Court also decided that the transfer of the Parliament powers on approvalof detention and arrest of judgesto the High Council of Justicecomplies with the Basic Law. Though, the Constitutional Court finds that bringing judges to responsibility for violation of the oath is a controversial rule that does not meet international legislation.
Overall, the Constitutional Court declared the norms of the draft law no.1776 in conformity to the Constitution.
As you know, the draft lawno.1776 offersto exclude the normfrom the Article 80 of the Constitution, according to which,MPs are ensured parliamentary immunity and that they may not be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada.
As you know, the Parliament adopted the draft law on deprivation of immunity of MPs and judges in February and, according to the procedure, submitted it to the Constitutional Courtfor analysis. According to the Speaker Groysman, the document may finally pass into law in September.
The United States announced their intention to place fighters F-22 Raptorin Europe, in response to provocation with Russian military aircraft, reported rbc.ruwith reference to The Wall Street Journal.
At 51stInternational Air Show at Le Bourget,US Air Force Minister Deborah Lee James announced the US plans to place fighters of the fifth generationin Europe.
McCain on refusal to arm Ukraine:it’s the most flagrantpage in US history.
US Senator John McCain, known for lobbying the interests of Ukraine, considers the failure to provide Kyiv with weapons to protect from Russia as “one of the most shameful pages in the history of the USA.”
As you know, the United States provided Ukraine with non-lethal means of defence, but denied providing lethal weapons.
NATO and Russia have begun a new “arms race” – UK Defence Minister
Britain and its NATO partners have entered into a new arms race with Russia, as in times of “cold war,” reports The Times, citing the British Defence Minister Michael Fallon.
According to Fallon, NATO military exercises in Poland at the very borders of Russia send a signal to Moscow that NATO cannot be intimidated.
Fallon made this statement after it was reported that several Russian warships came “very close” to the four NATO ships participating in the manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea. Flagship of the Royal Navy of Great Britainwas among them.
Lithuania is ready to become an example for othersin providing Ukraine with weapons, stated the Ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine Yanukonis Marius in the air of “Channel 5.”
France arrested Russian assets because of Yukos, following Belgium. Former shareholders of Yukos obtainedRussia’s assets arrest, not only in Belgium but also in France, reported Forbes, citing a source close to Yukos shareholders.
This information was officially confirmed on Thursday by Russian presidential aide Andrei Belousov in the comments with RIA “Novosti.”
As you know, on Wednesdayevening, the Russian media issued a statement that the bailiffs “arrested property” of Russian organizations, registered in Belgium, because of the risk of default by the Russian side to implement ECHRdecision re Yukos.
Later, it became known that the arrest took place notpursuant to the ECHR decision, but the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the case Yukos shareholdersvs Russia.
EU will give Ukraine 70 million euros for achievements in the field of rule of law, stated Johannes Hahn,the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, at a joint press conference with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv.
The Commissioner did not mention the exact amount, but it may be about 70 million euros from EU funds framework.
Hahnalso said that the EU is ready to grant 100 million euros to support small and medium businesses to prepare for the start of the FTA.
US Senators allowed supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine,reported DW referring to agency AFP.
The respective section is included in the approved on June 18, by a majority of votes of the Senate, law on the defence budget for the next fiscal year. The adoption of the financial plan of the Pentagon in the existing wording took place despite warnings from the White House.
71 Senators votedfor Pentagon spending of USD612 billion. 25 Senators were against this. The new fiscal year begins on October 1.
According to the adopted draft law, it is expected to provide military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of USD300 million. Assistance will include radar systems and anti-tank systems.
The EU continued sanctions againstCrimea for another year.
On June 19, the EU Council extended the EU restrictive measures imposed against Russia in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, until June 23, 2016.
This is stated in the message of the EU. The sanctions include a ban on:
-imports of goods from Crimea and Sevastopol;
– investments in Crimea or Sevastopol;
-tourist services in Crimea and Sevastopol, in particular, European cruise ships cannot go to the Crimean ports;
-export of certain goods and technology to Crimea, particularly in the field of transportation, telecommunications and energy.
Former Foreign Minister of Estonia, UrmasPaet, MEP, argues that the EU have reached agreement on the extension of sanctions against Russia.
He said the sanctions will continue “until the end of January next year.” The decision will be taken on Monday, June 22, at a meeting of the EU Council.
“This is a compromise between the 28 Member States. The situation in eastern Ukraine has notimproved; the truce has been violated in recent weeks, dozens of times a day. Annexation of Crimea continues,”- he explained the motive of EU decision.