Ukraine Conflict Monitor

West’s leverage over Russia:

  • The European Commission on Nov. 8 proposed new regulations that would introduce common jurisdiction for all gas pipelines entering the bloc and could render the Russian Nord Stream 2 project unprofitable. (RFE/RL, 11.08.17)

Russia’s leverage over West:

  • Foreign-funded media outlets that refuse to register as foreign agents under new legislation drafted by Russian lawmakers will be ejected from the country, State Duma deputy speaker Pyotr Tolstoi announced, a day after state-funded Russian channel RT said it had registered under the U.S. foreign agent law. (RFE/RL, 11.14.17)
  • Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Nov. 8 it planned to check whether Facebook was in compliance with Russian law. (Reuters, 11.08.17)

Casualties and costs for Russia, West and Ukraine:

  • The casualty rate in Donbass is higher in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has reported, with 425 civilian casualties so far this year. Thirty-nine of those were children. (Interfax, 11.10.17)
  • Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded in action in Donbass Nov. 7-Nov. 14, the press center of Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters has reported. No separatist casualties have been reported. (UNIAN, 11.14.17, 11.12.17, 11.11.17, 11.10.17, 11.09.17, 11.08.17)
  • Five civilians have been killed and 17 injured in shelling by the Ukrainian side in Donbass since the beginning of “the school truce,” says Ruslan Yakubov, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire. (Interfax, 11.13.17)

Impact of Russia’s actions vis-à-vis Ukraine on other countries:

  • NATO defense ministers agreed to increase the number of alliance military headquarters from seven to nine. One of the new centers will focus on Atlantic maritime security and the other will be responsible for troop movements in Europe, with the locations to be chosen next year. The ministers also decided to integrate cyber into all NATO operations. Additionally, NATO has announced it will increase the number of troops in Afghanistan from 13,000 to 16,000 to aid Kabul in its fight against the Taliban. (Bloomberg, 11.08.17, RFE/RL, 11.09.17)
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