May 30 – June 5, 2016

Situation in Eastern Ukraine

On May 30, three Ukrainian military were killed and eight were injured in ATO area, reported AP speaker on ATO Andriy Lysenko.

On May 31, Ukrainian military lost one fighter, two soldiers suffered injuries, said AP Speaker on ATO Aleksander Motuzianyk. In addition it was reported that two DNR terrorists were killed and six were wounded.

On June 1, Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk admitted the increasing number of attacks at Ukrainian military positions, including shelling with guns exceeding 100-mm, mortars and Grads. Only in May 2016 due to violation of truce 26 Ukrainian military were killed, reported Darka Olifer, Spokeswoman of the representative of the Ukrainian party in the contact group.

SMM OSCE representatives wanted to launch a drone near Ozeryanivka, where on the eve another OSCE drone had been hit, but DNR terrorists forbade them to visit the area, the press service of the SMM OSCE reported.

OSCE documented the escalation of the conflict in areas controlled by the DNR in Yasne and near the controlled by the government Berezove, which could lead to the isolation of people in Dokuchayevsk, reported deputy head of the SMM OSCE Alexander Hug.

On June 3, no military was killed, but eight soldiers were wounded in the ATO area (Zaitseve, Novoselivka Druha, Avdiyivka), said the AP Speaker on ATO Andriy Lysenko.

OSCE started discussions on introduction of the police mission in the occupied territories of Donbas and perhaps the process will be completed in 2016, stated the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Since April 1, 2014, there have been found 1351 unidentified bodies in the territories controlled by the government, stated the 14th report on the human rights situation in Ukraine in the period from February 16 to May 15, 2016.

Politics and Economy

The final agreed text of the revised memorandum on cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF will be published by the Ministry of Finance immediately after signing the memorandum, which is expected within a month, reported the press service of the Ministry of Finance.

Deputy Prosecutor General, responsible for international legal activities, is appointed Yevheniy Yenin, announced Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko. Deputy Prosecutor General Yenin will deal with international legal activities, coordination of the Department of Supporting Public Prosecution, as well as cooperation with the Ombudsman.

Grain traders exported 36.5 million tons of grain as of May 31, 2016, according to the press service of the Agriculture Ministry, in particular wheat 15514000 tons, corn 16431000 tons, barley 4298000 tons and other grain 216000 tons. Thus, the volume of exported and prepared for exports grain is up to 37180000 tons

On June 1, the main work of the humanitarian subgroup was devoted to debates on the location of hostages and providing OSCE with facts of hiding by separatists info on the persons detained in the occupied territories, reported representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko.

On June 1, in Starobilsk, Luhansk region, NABU detectives arrested the second suspect in the attempted embezzlement of UAH 480 million received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, reported the press service of NABU. According to NABU, during the preliminary investigation it was found that the detainee by prior agreement with the Secretary of State Enterprise “Ukrainian Ecological Investment,” who was taken into custody on May 18, created a number of fictitious companies controlled by the group under the false name, designed for dummies. So he tried to create an imaginary competition in order fictitious business entities would win during the public procurement for the reconstruction of lighting networks totalling more than UAH480 million.

The Parliament abolished the taxation of pensions. By 274 votes MPs adopted the law. The draft law provides for the abolition of taxation of pensions that do not exceed UAH10 740. Pensions exceeding UAH 10740 will be taxed at the rate of 18%. Herewith, working pensioners, as explained the chairman of the respective committee, Nina Yuzhanina, will have downward coefficients.

By amending the Constitution regarding justice, ratification of the Rome Statute will be postponed for three years, stated the human rights organization Amnesty International in Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko does not exclude that the issue of releasing Ukrainians Gennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko, convicted in Russia, will be decided in June. He said this during a press conference.

Elections in Donbas will be possible in case the security component is guaranteed, stated the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a press conference. “… Security is not only in stopping firing. Permanent effective observation posts should be

established on the contact line, which would guarantee the implementation of the security,” – said Poroshenko.

Foreign Affairs

President of Turkey Erdogan has accused Russia of supplying militants from ‘Kurdistan Workers’ Party “(PKK), which Turkey considers a “separatist terrorist organization,” with air defence missiles, reports Deutsche Welle.

On May 27, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Netherlands, supported the proposal of the European Commission to grant Ukraine visa liberalization, reports ANP. It is noted that the resolution, presented at a government meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Kunders, was approved based on the findings of a working group to assess the proposals of the European Commission.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin said that Berlin reaffirms its promise given to Kyiv on visa-free regime, announced Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine Andriy Melnyk.

IMF and EBRD recognized inflated starting price of privatization of Odesa Portside Plant, for which Ukraine wants to get more than USD 500 million and offered Kyiv to reduce it to not to scare away foreign investors, reports Reuters.

The German Bundestag passed a resolution that qualifies as genocide the mass destruction of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-16, reports DW. As noted, after discussions that lasted more than an hour, MPs almost unanimously approved the joint draft resolution submitted by the parliamentary groups of the CDU/CSU, SPD and “Green”. Only one MP voted “Against.” It is reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel were absent at the session of the Parliament.

US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt welcomed the adoption of a judicial reform by the Verkhovna Rada and said the United States stands ready to support its implementation and work hard to transform the judiciary as an independent institution.

US Agreement on granting Ukraine USD 1 billion loan guarantees will contribute to the implementation of programs of the International Monetary Fund, stated US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt during the ceremony of signing the declaration of intent and agreement to guarantee borrowing between Ukraine and the United States.

About 2.7 million people living in areas controlled by armed groups are experiencing significant restrictions of their freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and association, announced Assistant UN Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović during

the briefing. He added that since the beginning of the conflict in Donbas 9 404 people have been killed.

The Security Service of Ukraine regularly detains and tortures people suspected of sympathizing with terrorists, as well as presence of secret prisons in Ukraine, – writes The Times referring to the United Nations. According to Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, in some regions “contempt for human rights” by Kyiv became ingrained and systematic, requiring immediate intervention in the situation.

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