Ukraine Conflict Monitor

Ukraine 101:

  • Of the 5,500 Lenin statues that stood in Ukraine in 1991, none are officially left standing today. (New York Times, 07.17.17)

West’s leverage over Russia:

  • Ministers from all 28 EU states adopted on July 17 a decision to grant Ukraine temporary trade preference for some agricultural and industrial products, following a similar decision by the European Parliament earlier this month. Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council are to sign the agreement during a plenary session in Strasbourg in September. The measures will apply for three years from the end of September. (RFE/RL, 07.17.17)
  • "I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody’s satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine," U.S. President Donald Trump said July 12, adding later: "I’ve made great deals. That’s what I do. Why would I take sanctions off without getting anything?" (Politico, 07.13.17)
  • Ukrainian and EU leaders ended a two-day summit July 13 that celebrated their growing closeness while also highlighting points of tension between the two sides. A disagreement over wording about Ukraine’s “European aspirations” left organizers without a final summit communiqué, showing “a lack of unity,” according to one diplomat. (Politico, 07.13.17)

Russia’s leverage over Ukraine:

  • The Russian defense industry has substituted 90% of its Ukrainian products, a process that will be complete before the end of 2018, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov told reporters on July 18. (TASS, 07.18.17)

Casualties and costs for Russia, West and Ukraine:

  • According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 65 civilian casualties (12 killed and 53 injured) were verified in Ukraine in June, a 14% decrease compared to the previous month. Since the start of 2017, needs in acute shelter intervention have increased by 140% as of May and disruption of water supply has affected some 3 million people since the start of 2017, a 13% increase of the initial 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan target. Additionally, more than 7,000 square kilometers along the “contact line” have been contaminated by mines and other remnants of war. (ReliefWeb, 07.13.17)
  • A former Ukrainian lawmaker says Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region have confirmed that they are holding blogger Stanislav Aseyev. The separatists have reportedly accused Aseyev of espionage and threatened him with up to 14 years in prison. Aseyev, who writes under the name Stanislav Vasin and contributes to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, went missing in Donetsk on June 2. (RFE/RL, 07.17.17)
  • From July 11 to July 18, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two were wounded in action in the Donbas, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters has reported. (UNIAN, 07.13.17, 07.15.17, 07.16.17)
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