ISSUE 8 - JUNE 14, 2018

Let's not forget Crimea
By Orest Deychakiwsky
The Ukrainian Weekly, June 10, 2018

In recent visits to Washington, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev and other Crimean activists have reminded us of the precarious situation that exists on the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula. Human Rights Watch has called Crimea a black hole where human rights are in freefall and warned that, without international support, Crimean Tatars and others arrested on unfounded charges will be left in the dark. Indeed, a climate of fear pervades the peninsula.
With the focus on the simmering war in the Donbas, it is sometimes easy to put Crimea on the backburner. After all, the ongoing aggression of Russia and its proxies continues to result in military and civilian loss of life and in a humanitarian crisis that affects millions. Active efforts by the United States and the European Union continue to attempt to compel Russia to leave. As incredibly challenging as that would be, achieving Crimean de-occupation would be even more difficult and most likely will not happen any time soon. But that does not mean we should give up. 
In the latest of many moves designed to cement Russian control over Crimea, Vladimir Putin last month opened a newly built bridge from the Russian mainland to the annexed Crimean peninsula. This is only the latest in a series of serious breaches of international law and numerous agreements such as the Helsinki Final Act since Russia's forcible and illegal occupation in February and March 2014 - a flagrant land-grab the likes of which had not been seen in Europe for a long time.
Russia's occupation of Crimea continues to have a toxic impact on human rights and fundamental freedoms .... 

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Orest Deychakiwsky, a former Policy Advisor at the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Board of Directors.  He may be reached at odeychak@gmail.com.


The Epic Struggle of Crimean Tatars Captured in the Film Mustafa
By Viola Gienger, Atlantic Council, June 12, 2018 

A screenshot from the film, Mustafa, a docudrama about the long life of Crimean Tatar activist Mustafa Dzhemilev.    Image: Atlantic Council website.
Crimean Tatars' unending struggle for freedom has been nothing less than epic, and much of it is represented in the long life of Mustafa Dzhemilev. Finally, a film producer has recognized his story for what it is: a compelling tale of historic sweep featuring a legendary protagonist of distinguished bearing. 

Tamila Tasheva, cofounder and chairwoman of the CrimeaSoS human rights organization, produced the full-length docudrama  Mustafa , which was released in 2016 at the annual Kyiv Molodist International Film Festival and screened last year at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York. Tasheva recently showed the film together with Dzhemilev before a Washington audience at the National Endowment for Democracy, which helped fund the film. Following the movie, a panel of experts discussed Crimea's history and current situation.

The film,  available on YouTube with English subtitles , chronicles the life of Dzhemilev, now 73. It opens with his family's 1944 deportation from Crimea to what was then the Uzbek Republic in Stalin's Soviet Union ...  CLICK for more

Note:  Ms. Tasheva is a graduate of USUF's 2006 Youth Leadership Program held in Kyiv. 
USUF is currently assisting the Rotary Club of Washington DC on an assistance project with CrimeaSoS.

Hunger Strike by Ukrainian Filmmaker Renews Calls for Russia to Release Political Prisoners

The World Movement for Democracy expresses its solidarity with Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker, activist, and political prisoner who is now in his 15th day of a hunger strike. Sentsov's  goal is to bring attention to the 64 Ukrainian political prisoners imprisoned by the Russian government and to mobilize the international community to pressure Russia for their release.  
Oleg was arrested in May 2014 and accused of planning to set fire to a "United Russia" political party office in Crimea. He was sentenced to twenty years in a Russian prison. Although there was little evidence against him, the prosecutors used his confession, extracted under torture and which he later retracted, to convict him. Many of the prisoners are Crimean residents and Crimean Tatars, who also "confessed" to their crimes under torture. In reality, they are guilty of little else than protesting Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.

Although Sentsov has accepted some "supportive therapy" from prison authorities, he will continue his hunger strike until at least June 14, the opening day of the FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia this year. Today, prominent democracy advocates issued a statement supporting Sentsov and urging the Russian government to immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners and cease the persecution of Crimean Tatars. Read the statement below and help us to #FreeSentsov.

Revered Crimean Tatar Leader Visits U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Ukrainian President's Special Commissioner on Crimean Affairs, dropped by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation on May 21, 2018 to discuss the plight of Russian-occupied Crimea. 

Participating in the discussion (see photo above) were Orest Deychakiwsky (USUF Board member), Nadia K. McConnell (USUF President), Valeriy Chaly (Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S.), Tamila Tasheva ( Crimea SOS ), John A. Kun (USUF Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer), William Green Miller (former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and USUF Board member) and his wife, Suzanne.

Mr. Dhzemilev is a revered Crimean Tatar leader.  While he was in the USA he was awarded the Democracy Service Medal by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in recognition of his lifelong struggle to defend the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

As noted by NED: "Dzhemilev, a renowned human rights activist and Soviet dissident, campaigned for the right of return of the Crimean Tatars following their deportation under Stalin. As a result, he spent 15 years in prison camps in the USSR and undertook what remains the longest hunger strike on record - 300 days."

During the NED awards ceremony Jorgan Andrews, Director of the US Department of State Office of Eastern European Affairs reiterated US support for Ukraine and rejection of the Russian occupation of Crimea ... 

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Chumak, Prodan and Solontay Discuss Reform Priorities

Several reform-oriented politicians recently visited the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation to give their assessment of the current political situation in Ukraine.  During an April 24th meeting at USUF, Ukrainian parliamentarians Viktor Chumak and Oksana Prodan shared their prescriptions for reinvigorating Ukraine's reform efforts.  Mr. Chumak, who is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Preventing and Combating Corruption, stressed the importance of demonopolization of the economy, creation of an anti-corruption court and adoption of an exclusively proportional (party-list) system for parliamentary elections.  Ms. Prodan, who sits on the Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy, said that besides pursuing cases of corruption, it is critically important to create strong mechanisms for preventing corruption, emphasizing that this will create a good business environment.

Earlier in April, Oleksandr Solontay, a leading Maidan activist and head of the Political Council of Ukraine's Power of People ( Syla Lyudey) political party visited USUF.  He was accompanied by Andriy Putilov, a politically independent former governor of the Kherson region of Ukraine, who was a passionate participant of the 2014 Maidan Revolution and the 2004 Orange Revolution.  Mr. Solontay described intensive efforts at the grass-roots level to build Power of People along the lines of a Western-style party, focusing on policy rather than personalities.

A few years ago, USUF recognized Oleksandr Solontay's leadership skills as part of the Foundation's  40 Under 40 - Ukraine's Emerging Leaders Initiative , which identified 40 outstanding Ukrainians under the age of 40, who demonstrated leadership within their profession while making a significant contribution to the development of their community and Ukraine.

Photo, from left -- Andriy Putilov, Oleksandr Solontay and Nadia K. McConnell at the US-Ukraine Foundation. 


Will Ukraine's New Anticorruption Court Make a Difference? 
By Anastasia Krasnosilska, Atlantic Council, June 13, 2018 

On June 7, Ukraine's parliament finally adopted a long-awaited law that paves the way for the establishment of an anticorruption court. Members of parliament had only one hour to evaluate the draft before voting, and the  final text  was released on June 13.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses lawmakers
after voting on a law to establish an anti-corruption court during a parliament session in Kyiv, June 7, 2018. REUTERS: Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainians have been waiting for four long years for justice. None of our high-profile crooks are behind bars. Plus, Ukraine needs the next IMF tranche of $2 billion to avoid default, and everything depends on the new law.

So what's in it?

Good and bad. High-profile corruption cases will finally be heard by an impartial court, but the authorities did manage to water down the law. 

Let's start with the good. The law stipulates  ... CLICK for more  

Ukraine Represented at 2018 BIO Annual International Convention in Boston
USUF's Biotech Initiative Sponsors Presence at Trade Show 
Over 18,000 Biotech Leaders Participate 

USUF's Biotech Initiative Booth #528 at the 2018 BIO International Convention showcased Ukraine's emerging biotech leaders, entrepreneurs and start-ups.  Great interest was evidenced  by the many visitors to the booth over three days.  Inquiries regarding current research, partnering opportunities, training needs, and providing assistance were very typical.   At the booth, Mark Erjavec, representing BIOsens, Iryna Goi, representing LATRAX, and  John A. Kun, USUF's Vice President, fielded the questions and provided the answers! 

Boston, MA - (June 7, 2018) - The  2018 BIO International Convention  (BIO 2018) today wrapped up four days of programming under the theme of "Make History." Hosted by the  Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), BIO 2018 attracted thousands of U.S. and international attendees, celebrated innovations that have shaped the past 25 years and recognized the companies, patient groups, academic centers and investors that continue to advance novel solutions to the world's toughest challenges. 

The Convention drew 18,289 biotechnology industry leaders - the most attendees in the last 10 years - from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 67 countries.
"This year's 2018 BIO Convention demonstrated, more than ever, that partnering and collaboration will drivecutting-edge advancements and propel the industry forward," said Joanne Duncan, President, Membership and Business Operations at BIO. "With 46,916 one-on-one meetings held during the last four days, we know that the knowledge exchange and partnerships forged this week have the potential to transform our world for the better ...  
BIO 2018 drew companies, academic centers, patient groups, researchers and investors working to advance innovation in key areas such as drug development, brain health, digital health, oncology, opioids, renewable fuels and agriculture..."            CLICK   to read more


USDOC SABIT IT 2018 program picks tech startups from former Soviet Union
By Mike Buryk, Ukraine Digital News, May 25, 2018

The US Department of Commerce (USDOC) International Trade Administration established the SABIT program in 1990 to promote the economic restructuring of countries from the former Soviet Union.  There are several group programs within this initiative including Health Care and IT.

The SABIT IT tech startup program recently chose 18 participants for its June 2018 executive training.  The companies come from six countries of the former Soviet Union, including Azerbaijan, the Kirgiz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine (seven companies) and Russia (five companies) account for a majority of the companies chosen for the program.

The two-and-a-half week program will take place in the U.S. from June 12th-30th, 2018.  The IT professionals in the program will have the opportunity for training and networking during a tour that includes Wash., D.C, New York, Silicon Valley and other important U.S. technology-related venues.  On June 18th in New York City, Razom IT will sponsor a VC pitch night for the Ukrainian tech startups.

The participating Ukrainian tech startups are:
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Note:  Mike Buryk is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Board of Advisors.

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Spain's Acciona to Invest €54.7 Million in Joint Project with UDP to Expand Dymerka Solar Power Plant Near Kyiv from 6-MW to 57.6-MW: Open for Business, June 9, 2018

Chinese Company Seeking to Invests €500 Million in Construction of Wind Farm in Kherson Region:
Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, June 8, 2018

Kness Group Has Built Ukraine's Largest Rooftop Solar Plant with 2.3-MW of Panels Covering 10 Cow Barns in Dolynske, Kherson; Kness Has Built 32 Solar Farms Totaling 200-MW in Six Regions of Ukraine:  Ukraine Business News, June 8, 2018

BYD Company - World's Largest Manufacturer of Electric Vehicles and Lithium Batteries - Is Interested in Locating Its Production in Ukraine to Enable Further Expansion into the European Market: Ukraine Business News, June 7, 2018

Deputies in Ukraine's Rada Have Registered a Bill That Would Lower the Green Tariff for Small Renewable Energy Projects and Start an Auction System for Projects over 10-MW: Ukraine Business News, June 8, 2018

EU and EBRD Providing €170,000 to Five Ukrainian Companies under Climate Innovation Vouchers Program to Develop Technologies That Increase Energy Efficiency and Reducing CO2 Emissions: StrategEast, June 7, 2018

The 200-MW Primorsk Wind Power Plant Is Being Built in the Zaporozhye Region; First Phase Should Be Completed by January 2019: Energy Industry Research Center, June 7, 2018

Modernization of Ukraine's Waste Management Infrastructure in Accordance with the National Waste Management Strategy Will Require More Than €3 Billion in Investment During 2019-2030: Open for Business, June 6, 2018

Japan Could Provide Loans to Ukraine's Government to Finance Garbage-to-Energy Projects in Kyiv and Kharkiv:
Ukrainian Journal, June 5, 2018

Construction Has Begun on the First Phase of a 1-MW Solar Power Plant in Kharkiv:
Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, June 6, 2018

Ukraine Strengthens Clean Energy Partnership with Denmark - Ukrainian-Danish Energy Center Has 100 Potential Projects Needing €3.4 Billion of Investment: 112.International, June 4, 2018

NEFCO and Ukrainian Company Energopark Yavoriv LLC Have Signed a EUR 2.5 Million Equity Agreement for the Construction of a 36-MWp Solar Plant in the Lviv Region: Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, May 19, 2018

Ukrenergo and Germany's Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) Pursuing EUR32.5 Million Project to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Power Transmission Facilities: Ukrenergo, May 18, 2018

Estonian Company "E energija" Plans to Build a Thermal Power Plant Using Woodchips in Zhytomyr on the Grounds of an Old Boiler House: EcoTown, May 18, 2018

Rengy Development Group Completes Construction of the 12.7-MW Rubanivska Solar Power Plant in the Kherson Region: Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 16, 2018

Solar Power Plants Comprise 82% of All New Alternative Energy Sources in Ukraine:
ib centre Europe/Sustainable Energy Forum, May 16, 2018

Solar Panels Have Been Installed in Two Villages in the Chernihiv Region Which Had Never Had Street Lighting:
Eco Town, May 16, 2018

Agroliga Group Plans to Build a Thermal Power Plant Powered by Sunflower Husks in the Kharkiv Region:
Agroliga Group, May14, 2018

Turkish-German Company "Solar Energy" Invests About €3 Million in Solar Panel Production by the Firm "Karpaty" in Ivano-Frankivsk Region: Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 13, 2018

Work Is Underway on the Restoration of Two Small Hydroelectric Plants in the Cherkassy Region - 13 Small Hydro Plants Are Already Operating in the Area: Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 12, 2018

I & U Group Will Begin Construction of a Biogas Plant at the Novomirgorod Sugar Plant in the Kirovograd Region in 2018: EcoTown, May 12, 2018

The Registration of Electric Cars in Ukraine Is Up by 50% in First Third of 2018 - Number Now at 1,044 Cars with Nissan Leaf the Most Popular: Open for Business, May 11, 2018
https://open4business.com.ua/registrations-of-electric-cars-in-ukraine-50-up-in-2018   and
http://ecotown.com.ua/news/Za-chotyry-misyatsi-v-Ukrayini-prydbaly-1044-elektroavtomobili   (in Ukrainian)


A New 2-MW Solar Power Plant with 6400 Panels Has Been Built in Lviv:
Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 10, 2018

Ukraine to Lease Out Land in Chernobyl Zone for Building Solar Power Plant: Xinhua, May 9, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/09/c_137165121.htm     and
https://open4business.com.ua/state-property-fund-announces-tender-to-lease-part-of-coolant-system-of-chornobyl-npp-for-building-solar-power-plants    and
http://uprom.info/en/news/energy/v-ukrayini-ogoloshuyut-konkurs-z-orendi-zemelnoyi-dilyanki-pid-budivnitstvo-sonyachnoyi-elektrostantsiyi-potuzhnistyu-100mvt-v-zoni-vidchuzhennya and

State Property Fund of Ukraine Plans to Lease the Premises of the Research Institute of Construction Production for Production of Solar Panels: Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 9, 2018

The First Biogas Waste Recycling Plant Has Been Built in the Dnipropetrovsk Region:
Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 8, 2018

A Solar Power Station Covering an Area of 25 Hectares Will Be Built in the Mykolaiv Region:
Energy Industry Research Center, May 7, 2018

Repurposing the Chornobyl Site - Projects Include Development of a Biosphere Reserve, Construction of a Solar Farm, and Use of the Site for Nuclear Waste Storage: Kennan - Focus Ukraine, by Iryna Iarema, May 7, 2018

How Climate Change Threatens Ukraine - Country Could Soon Lose Up to 70% of the Crop Due to Increasingly Frequent Droughts: 112 International, by Olena Holubeva, May 7, 2018

Solar Energy Continues to Flourish in Ukraine and Is Encouraging Homes to Become More Energy Efficient:
Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko, May 6, 2018

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

As delivered by  Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian  to the Permanent Council, Vienna,  May 31, 2018
The last two weeks have seen increased fire from Russia-led forces - not just against Ukrainian positions, but Ukrainian population centers as well - particularly near Svitlodarsk. As many delegations have noticed, shell struck and killed Daria Kazemirova, a 15-year old girl in the Ukrainian-controlled town of Zalizne, as she was playing in the courtyard of her grandmother's house. Russia continues to demonstrate callous disregard for civilians in the Donbas, and clear contempt for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Mr. Chair, Russia started this conflict; Russia fuels it; and Russia must choose to end it.

Amid intensified fighting, the SMM observed a fivefold increase in the use of heavy weapons in the conflict zone last week, most of which appear to belong to Russia and its forces. The SMM found 20 heavy weapons in Russia-controlled territory, the location and use of which are prohibited by the Minsk agreements, including surface-to-air missiles, tanks, and mortars. By contrast, the SMM found only one such weapon in government-controlled territory.

Mr. Chair, the security situation underscores the profound need for progress on humanitarian issues. UNICEF estimates that every week one child is killed or maimed by explosive weapons or landmines. The lives of more than 220,000 children remain at risk. Russia-led forces remain dug in around key civilian infrastructure sites like the Donetsk Filtration Station, and fire with impunity around them; on May 17 a chlorine pipe was damaged from shelling. Poisonous chlorine gas could have spread to neighboring towns, jeopardizing thousands of lives, if the Station's workers had not managed to shut off the pipe beforehand.

Mr. Chair, given this worsening situation, several steps can, and should be, taken to mitigate the human suffering and build positive momentum toward implementation of the Minsk agreements. International experts should be allowed to assess the risks posed by chemical and radiological sites in the conflict area, so that remedial measures can be taken before disaster strikes. Reports of incidences of tuberculosis and other preventable diseases in Russia-controlled areas are on the rise, underscoring the need for humanitarian aid organizations to be permitted to deliver lifesaving assistance to those who need it. And prisoners on both sides should be released on the basis of the "all-for-all" principle, as spelled out in the Minsk agreements.

Mr. Chair, we take note of the recent report by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union documenting the horrific abuses Russia-led forces have committed against Ukrainian civilians and service members they have captured - including killings, torture, mock executions, and sexual violence. The United States calls on Russia to fully investigate these credible allegations and hold any perpetrators to account.

Regrettably, Russia has continued to abuse the population of occupied Crimea, choosing to ratchet up violence and intimidation against Crimea's Tatar community. The United States condemns the abduction and beating of Crimean Tatar activist Asan Egiz near Simferopol on May 23 by men in police uniforms. We call on the occupation authorities to hold those responsible accountable. The United States also calls on Russia to bring to justice those responsible for the unsolved disappearances of Ervin Ibragimov and at least a dozen other Crimean Tatars since the occupation began. We are also concerned that Russian security forces raided the houses of the founders of the NGO "Crimean Solidarity" on May 21, and arrested an aide to the Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. Russia must cease politically-motivated harassment and abuse of Crimean Tatars and other activists.

Mr. Chair, the United States remains deeply concerned about the condition of Ukrainian activists Oleh Senstov and the over sixty other Crimean political prisoners currently in Russian custody. Sentsov was arrested by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea on trumped-up charges, transported across an international border against his will, and languishes in a Russia prison. He has been on a hunger strike since May 14. Crimean political prisoners should be released immediately and allowed to return to Ukraine.

Mr. Chair, Russia's aggression and conduct in Ukraine undermine the core principles and commitments of the OSCE, as well as our collective security. The United States fully supports Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia's purported annexation of Crimea. Crimea-related sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We join our European and other partners in restating that our sanctions against Russia for its aggression in eastern Ukraine will remain until Russia fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

About Ukraine's transforming healthcare system ... 

Speech of Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun 
at the Seventy-first World Health Assembly (As Delivered)

22 May 2018

Mr President, Colleagues 

A transformation of the healthcare system is underway in Ukraine, a true paradigm shift from a hospital-centric system to one founded on a modern primary care model including health promotion, prevention and early detection of diseases.

Ukraine adopted a law on financial guarantees for health care establishing a national health insurer and state-provided healthcare coverage with a single national purchaser of services - the National Health Service of Ukraine. (N.H.S.U.)

The state guaranteed benefit package will be paid by the N.H.S.U. with strategic purchasing replacing the old system of input-based financing of healthcare facilities. There is a purchaser-provider split and healthcare facilities have independent management as non-profit corporations owned by local government. New payment mechanisms include capitation payments at the primary care level and a mix of FFS and PFP for specialized care and hospitalization. The entire system is built on a digital solution - eHealth which will act as the source for billing, health data, and quality assurance.

Since April 1 Ukrainians for the first time ever can freely choose their primary care doctor and in less than two months, 5 million patients have signed a declaration with their primary care provider - 12% of Ukraine's population. In July 2018 the first capitation payments will be paid to primary care physicians, thus increasing their income by 2-3 times over their current low government based salaries. 

100% of all payments for primary care will be through the newly created National Health Service of Ukraine in 2019. Piloting of payment for services at the level of specialized care and hospitilization is planned and eHealth will be expanded to include e-referrals, e-prescriptions, and e-medical records. 

In 2020 new financing solution goes into effect with medical facilities, public and private, having contracted with the N.H.S.U. receiving direct payments for services. Pharmaceutical reimbursement will also be operated by the N.H.S.U.  And the state guaranteed benefit package will be covered by the national strategic purchaser - the N.H.S.U. Healthcare coverage for every citizen will become a reality in Ukraine.

National procurement of medicines and medical devices to international organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP and Crown Agents, has cut corruption and provided a savings of 40%. 

All this has been achieved despite the invasion and occupation of a portion of Ukraine's territory by the Russian Federation.

Patients in occupied Crimea who refused or did not obtain a Russian passport are denied medical care. On January 24, 2018 a pregnant woman, Tetyana Pimenova, was denied hospital care because she did not have a Russian passport. She died. The Russian Ministry of Health denies substitution therapy for patients causing return to drug use, overdoses and suicides. This is just a snapshot of healthcare in Russia-occupied Crimea. 

In the occupied east, Ukraine's security service identified Russian army colonel Anatoliy Sinelnikov had directed the attack against the checkpoint in Volnovakha in 2015 killing 12 civilians and injuring 19. The S.S.U. also identified Russian colonel Tsaplyuk directed the attack on the city of Mariupol in January 2015 killing 29 people and wounding 92.
Almost 40 political prisoners are in occupied Crimea. Eight of them have been sentenced to a combined 48 plus years. Volodymyr Balukh has been on a hunger strike for 65 days. He was arrested and sentenced to 3 and half years for raising the Ukrainian flag. 28 other prisoners have been detained on politically motivated charges and together they face between 238 years to 405 years in a Russian prison. 

Oleg Sentsov, who is also from Crimea was illegally sentenced in 2015 to 20 years of hard labor in a penal colony in Russia's Far East, for the ludicrous charge of planning an assassination of a monument to Lenin. On May 14 he announced a hunger strike until all the political prisoners on the territory of the Russian Federation are freed. At least 22 Ukrainian political prisoners have been sentenced to a combined 203 years plus of Russian prison. 9 other prisoners are facing, together between 90 and 155 years of prison. 

They've been tortured and are in poor health. I call upon the W.H.O. to demand their freedom and coordinate with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to assess the health and wellbeing of these prisoners of conscience. 

Today, the Kremlin exploits a digital version of Churchill's Iron Curtain transforming elections into rituals, turning freedom into control and denying the world is based on facts. It causes people to think that vaccinations don't work. In the presence of Russian diplomatic staff, it caused people to drag a man out of the war museum in Canada and beat him for raising a Ukrainian flag. Kremlin active measures behind this 'digital iron curtain' tries to convince policy makers around the world that nothing is real, we can't trust ourselves, there are no facts, that Ukraine is not European, things that aren't true. Remember, Russia lies on an industrial scale.

Ukraine is transforming healthcare and is bringing its army in line with NATO and is preventing the outbreak of another world war. Ukraine is showing everyone that facts are real, that liberal democracy legitimizes leadership, that we can trust ourselves to build a better future and a stronger country.

Thank you.



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