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About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi formerly Blackwater are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports.The Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing a source in intelligence circles, wrote Sunday that Academi employees are involved in the Kiev military crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in near the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region.On April 29, German Intelligence Service BND informed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government about the mercenaries’ participation in the operation, the paper said, RIA Novosti reported. It is not clear who commands the private military contractors and pays for their services, however.In March, media reports appeared suggesting that the coup-imposed government in Kiev could have employed up to 300 mercenaries.That was before the new government launched a military operation against anti-Maidan activists, or “terrorists” as Kiev put it, in southeast Ukraine.

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‘Russia withdraws troops from Ukrainian border’
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” he said.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – MEETING with OSCE – May 07 – Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent events in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them.

#AceWorldNews -SIMFEROPOL – May 07 – Ukraine is building a dam on the North Crimean Canal in the Kherson Oblast about 40km from the border with Crimea, Crimea Inform news agency reported citing witnesses’ reports.

The dam is built from bags with sand on the side of the Armyansk – Kherson highway near a bridge in the town of Kalanchak.
“With the help of cranes and other construction equipment, the dam in the canal is being built right from the bridge,” eyewitnesses said.
Earlier, Ukrainian officials said Crimea was illegally taking water from the North Crimean Canal.
Crimean authorities, in turn, have repeatedly stated their readiness to sign a contract on water supply to the peninsula, but received no answer.

DONETSK, May 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-defense forces of the Donetsk Oblast have exchanged three officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for “people’s governor” Pavel Gubarev, co-chairman of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS.
Pushilin confirmed the information regarding the exchange. He added that “several more people” were released along with Gubarev.
On March 1, Gubraev was proclaimed the “people’s governor” of Donetsk.
SBU in Donetsk filed criminal charges against Gubarev for encroaching on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability, attempting to overthrow the government and seizing government or administrative buildings and facilities. The people’s governor of Donetsk was arrested on March 6.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 07 – Some 4,000 combatants supporting the Kiev authorities have been brought into Odessa, Georgy Fyodorov, deputy head of the Russian Civic Chamber’s Committee for Coordination of Aid to Residents of Ukraine said Wednesday.

“Very alarming reports are coming in from our friends in Odessa,” he said. “They suggest that control over the city has practically shifted to (tycoon Ihor) Kolomoisky because Igor Palitsya, the new governor of the Odessa region, is his henchman.”

“Unfortunately, we have reports that armed militants of the Right Sector, fighters of the Dnipr and Kyiv-1 special task force battalions, and ultras of the FC Dnipro have been brought into the city and the overall number of the combatants propping up the Kiev regime exceeds 4,000 there now,” Fyodorov said.

“The most dangerous thing is that local police have handed them the lists of the pro-federation movement activists,” he said. “In addition, we have the information the whole city is blocked by checkpoints and traffic inside is practically paralysed.”

Fyodorov said the reports coming from Odessa were “a cry for salvation”. “People are asking the Public Chamber and me personally to appeal to international organizations and to the authorities in Kiev to avert the planned actions of terror and to stop the city’s slide into genocide.”

“We’re working on this very scrupulously now and watching the situation inside and outside of the city,” he said.

Powerful Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky was appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk region by the incumbent government in March 2014.

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21.05 GMT:
An ‘internal factor’ was behind of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, says the new Kiev-appointed head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Igor Palitsa.
“I am convinced that the enemy is within,” Palitsa was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Palitsa, who replaced the Vladimir Nemirovsky as the head of Odessa, promised to punish those involved in Friday’s tragedy, “regardless of political affiliation.” The new head also said that he is willing to meet with pro-federalization representatives.

“We must do everything to achieve peace in Odessa, and to prevent disruption of the elections. We need a legitimate president,” Palitsa said.

20.36 GMT:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the Ukrainian crisis is “getting worse and worse and deteriorating day by day,” as he gave his assessment while visiting South Sudan.
He said that diplomacy is the way forward as he called on four parties of the April 17 Geneva agreement to take measures.

He said that Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union should “review what had gone wrong” with Geneva Agreement and why this has not been implemented.

“This is their political responsibility before this situation would just develop into a stage where nobody can control – beyond control. This will have serious regional and global implications in peace, security and economy. It has become geo-political and geo-economic issues,” Ban added.

19.54 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
An armed stand-off occurred outside a military building in Donetsk after anti-Kiev militia members arrived for negotiations with representative of the Ukrainian military, Tuesday. They had traveled to the building to hold negotiations with officials there regarding the protection of the building, as it contains weapons, Ruptly reports. The discussions were unsuccessful.

18.59 GMT:
There’ll be more sanctions put forward against Russia if its troops cross the border to “destabilize” the Ukrainian election on May 25, Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned.
However, she stressed the doors for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis aren’t yet shut, Interfax news agency reports.

18.33 GMT:
The self-defense forces in Donetsk Region’s Mariupol say Ukrainian forces might have started storming the city.

“Just now we began receiving reports of a massive attack on our checkpoints located in the west of the city. There’s no information on casualties yet. Apparently, the assault has begun,” Mikhail Krutko from self-defense forces staff told Interfax news agency.

“Our forces have accepted battle. The gun fight is underway,” he added.

16:50 GMT:
Russia said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, agreed on Tuesday that it was important to promote dialogue to defuse the Ukraine crisis.

Lavrov and Steinmeier, meeting on the sidelines of a Council of Europe session in Vienna, underscored “the need to continue joint efforts by Russia, the United States, the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to foster the start of a Ukraine-wide national dialogue in the interests of resolving all existing problems,” the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)

16:41 GMT:
Days after Friday’s vicious street clashes and the fire, people in Odessa are living in fear the violence will return, RT’s Irina Galushko reports.

16.08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
Over 60 schools and 59 kindergartens have stopped work for one day in the city of Donbas in Donetsk region. It is still unclear if the halt will be prolonged.

16.08 GMT:
Footage posted online reveals that Ukrainian tanks and armoured vehicles have been stationed en masse around the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk.

15:42 GMT:
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a draft law during a closed session which would confer the status of war veterans on current members of the armed forces participating in special operations in the east of the country, RIA Novosti reports.

The draft law on the status of combatants, initiated by the Cabinet, would apply to the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the State Border Service, servicemen, and other military formations formed under the law.

15:41 GMT:
The cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are in desperate need of medical supplies to assist those wounded in ongoing military operations, David- Pierre Marquet, press secretary for the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia, told Itar-Tass news agency. According to Marquet, the ICRC distributed basic drugs and medical supplies throughout the cities.

14:13 GMT:
Eight people have been killed and 16 injured in a military operation in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Donetsk region health department. Those with gunshot wounds were hospitalized in a critical and serious condition.

14:02 GMT:
Kiev’s district administrative court has ordered a comprehensive “linguistic” examination of Russian TV programs. Experts will check if the programs contain calls for the violent overthrow of power in Ukraine, propaganda in favor of war or aggressive actions, and methods used to psychologically influence viewers.

13:58 GMT:
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) will not hold a national referendum on federalization on May 25, after only 154 deputies voted for it, short of the required 226 majority required. Speaking to RBK-Ukraine, presidential administration representative Andrey Senchenko cited the military operation in eastern Ukraine and the “safety of members of electoral commissions” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

“We cannot guarantee that there will be impartial results under guns,” Senchenko said, adding that in such a situation it would be easy to manipulate the results of the referendum.

13:45 GMT:
Ukraine may agree to a new round of talks in Geneva if Russia supports Kiev holding presidential elections on May 25, Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said.
“If Russia is ready to commit itself to support these elections and to eliminate this threat and eliminate its support for the extremist elements in Ukraine, we are ready to have such a round of meetings,” he told a news conference after a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna on the crisis in Ukraine.

13:08 GMT:
Of 46 people who died in the May 2 violence in Odessa, five were killed by gunshots, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry in the region told RIA Novosti news agency. The prosecutor’s office has confirmed that 46 people died that day and 214 sustained injuries. In a fire in the city’s Trade Union building, 32 people died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide, eight people died of traumas sustained by falling from windows and one died of burns, according to the latest official data.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:31 GMT:
A shooting happened right in front of SBU HQ in Slavyansk, RT’s Paula Slier reported. A car drove towards militia guards securing the building and the driver didn’t stop when ordered to, she was told. The guard opened fire at the car.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver was killed or just injured in the shooting. He was taken on a stretcher away from the scene in a van, Slier said.

09:59 GMT:
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a press briefing that the current situation in Ukraine would make it very difficult to hold elections, RIA-Novosti reports. “If the situation continues as it has over the last several days, it will be very difficult. Serious violations are occurring, buildings are burning, people are being killed on the streets. It is very difficult to hold elections under these conditions,” he said. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled to take place May 25.

Colville also implored the government of Ukraine to immediately investigate events in the Donetsk region and in Odessa, where dozens have been killed.

“It is principally important, that Ukrainian authorities carry out an immediate, full and transparent investigation into to the events in the Donetsk region, where dozens of people have been killed, and in Odessa, where at the same time a fire at a union hall last Friday killed over 40 people,” he said.

09:58 GMT:
The identities of 38 of the 46 people killed in the mass clashes in Odessa on May 2 have been established, a police spokesman told Interfaks-Ukraina.

Several missing-persons reports have also been filed. Two of the people on the list have since been declared dead.

09:55 GMT:
People in #Donetsk are saying they are ready for provocations that might take place on the day of the referendum.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 6, 2014
07:44 GMT:
There were no reports of fresh clashes overnight in Slavyansk, the stronghold of anti-government militias opposing Kiev’s military crackdown in eastern Ukraine. The city saw four consecutive days of attacks by Ukrainian troops, with Monday being the bloodiest.

Tensions remain high in the blockaded city, where residents are fearful of food shortages and the continuation of hostilities.

07:40 GMT:
Anti-government protesters have seized the city hall in Debaltsevo, a city in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, local media reported. The city is a major Ukrainian railway hub, through which a large part of the rail traffic from Russia passes.

The protesters took the administrative building unopposed, and no violence was reported.

07:05 GMT:
More than 30 anti-government protesters were killed in fighting near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.

“We estimate that the terrorists lost more than 30 people,” Avakov wrote on Facebook.

The minister said four Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 20 wounded.

The self-defense forces said on Monday four of their number had been killed in the fighting.

00:23 GMT:
Members of two Donetsk coal mines have gone on strike, assembling in the centre of the city to protest against the authorities in Kiev, Itar-tass reports.

South Donbass No. 1 and No. 3 mines in the city of Ugledar, Donetsk region have partially seized production and are now demanding that Kiev’s military units end assaults on people in the east of the country.

Some miners have expressed their desire to join the self-defence squads to help protect Ukraine’s industrial region. Others are volunteering to help organize this week’s referendum.

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Monday, May 5

#AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – May 05 – Three activists have died in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-federalisation forces near the village of Semyonovka.

Another 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing, Itar-Tass reports, citing sources in the Slavyansk self-defence headquarters.

“We can confirm the deaths of two civilians as a result of Kiev’s retaliatory operation,” the source said, claiming that “mobile groups of Right Sector radicals” are operating in the city.

Ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU have not agreed on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia, Itar-Tass reports, citing an EU Council press service employee. “The work will continue,” the source said. It did not specify which sanctions were discussed – enlargement of the “black list” of Russian officials or sanctions targeting economic and trade relations. The ambassadors’ decision will be discussed at an EU foreign ministers meeting on May 12.

19:18 GMT:
Ordinary people delivering medicine, food, clothes to #Slavyansk hospital for injured patients pic.twitter.com/UkAvFibsrb
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
18:43 GMT:
In Kharkov, Ukrainian Railways has stopped selling tickets on trains traveling across the eastern part of the country, the company’s press service announced. The routes of 17 trains will be changed. Trains will also be bypassing the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and Konstantinovka. Also, it will be impossible to travel from Kharkov to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions by bus. The central bus terminal canceled all trips due to the military operation in the region.

18:30 GMT:
Self-defense forces have detained and taken captive radical militants from the Right Sector, who tried to enter the city on an ambulance car. The men were armed with guns, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a self-defense forces representative.

17.11 GMT:
The people’s governor of the Lugansk region, Valery Bolotov, has ordered to hold a referendum on the region’s status on May 11.

“It will be an honest referendum, we will not take any other steps in addition to [giving people the chance to express their will],” he stressed.

According to Bolotov, there are already groups prepared to count the votes, and locations of polling stations have already been determined. Authorities confirmed that the list of voters and bulletins is currently being prepared.

16:12 GMT:
Close look at 2 shot-up vans to the east of Sloviansk, reports of Ukr army firing indiscriminately today – https://t.co/NzrnmuAzSl
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
15:40 GMT:
The city’s on the edge. Those who were willing to be interviewed are now leaving town. Rumors: #rightsector is being armed #odessa
— Irina Galushko (@IrinaGalushkoRT) May 5, 2014
15:33 GMT:
A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the eastern Ukrainian cities blockaded in the ongoing military operation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

There is an apparent lack of medicines, and shortages of food supplies are beginning, the ministry said.

“We once again call on those in Kiev, who are organizing terror against their own people, to come to their senses, to stop the bloodshed, to pull back troops and sit at once at the negotiating table,” the statement urged.

15:19 GMT:
43 people remain in hospitals in the Donetsk region, the regional administration’s press service said. These are people who sustained injuries “in violent clashes” and “military operations across Donetsk.” Since March 13, when clashes started spreading across the region, nearly 500 people have asked for medical attention.

14:44 GMT:
The US Department of the Treasury’s David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is set to visit Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss “further coordination” of existing and planned sanctions against Russia.

A Ukrainian army helicopter was downed by heavy machine gun fire and crashed into a river in the Slavyansk area, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service has said in a statement. The aircraft, identified as Mi-24 helicopter, was hit at 14:30 local time (11:30 GMT) while doing a target run during a combat mission, the statement said. The pilots survived the crash and have been evacuated.

14:10 GMT:
Attacked by Ukr army driver reported dead pic.twitter.com/DxHscsDhmW
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
14:07 GMT:
Lugansk regional council has supported the initiative of holding a referendum on the region’s status, the Council said in a statement on its website. It has called on the international community to assist in holding negotiations between Kiev and regional representatives.

13:40 GMT:
Russian internet giant Yandex has apologized for the remarks of the head of Yandex.Urkaine, Sergey Petrenko, who seemingly hailed the May-2 Odessa massacre by saying that “All is good [now]. The city has been practically cleansed of separatists,” in a discussion on his Facebook page.

According to Yandex’ press-service, Petrenko’s remarks, which have caused outrage online, “is not our official position, it is, certainly, his personal and emotional statement,” adding that the particular quote has also been taken out of discussion’s context.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to all the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odessa, and once again apologize for the situation,” the press-service said.

Hate speech has been on the rise in Russian-Ukrainian discussions on social networks, and the tragic Friday events sparked both anti-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rhetoric online. To downplay the pro-Kiev radicals’ responsibility for the death of some 40 anti-government activists, many, including Petrenko, have blamed the deceased for “calls for unrest and violence,” “provocations” and “rallying under foreign flags,” claiming they caused the incident themselves.

13:08 GMT:
The Poltava city unit of the former Ukrainian riot police, Berkut, has been ordered to the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk for a “mop-up operation.” But they refuse to carry out the order, Russian senator Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti, citing “confirmed information” from Kramatorsk activists.

According to Morozov, a commission from Kiev has been dispatched to the central Ukrainian city to force the Berkut officers to join the military operation.

The situation must be immediately discussed with the OSCE and relayed to the international military tribunal at The Hague, he said.

12:17 GMT:
The European Commission (EC) will have a meeting on May 13 with a delegation of the coup-imposed Ukrainian government headed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, the EC’s press-service said in a statement cited by Itar-Tass.

The meeting will focus on “making sure that Ukraine has all the support it needs for carrying out political and economic reforms in the long term and in the short term,” the statement said.

The Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule, and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will reportedly take part in the meeting.

11:49 GMT:
Four Ukrainian troops have been killed and around 30 injured in fighting in Slavyansk since Monday morning, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports. The number of people killed on the side of the city’s self-defence is unclear, but unconfirmed reports suggest at least 20 people in total have been killed in clashes.

Some 11 recently injured people are being treated in hospitals in Slavyansk, while a civilian woman was reportedly shot dead by a Ukrainian army sniper while on her balcony, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

Shops closed, streets deserted in central Sloviansk as fighting reported as waging on outside of city now. pic.twitter.com/lLyvy43RrP
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
#Slavyansk: Reports suggest at least 20 ppl are dead following the military operation this morning. Fatalities come from both sides.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
11:41 GMT:
Germany will not send any military observers to Ukraine with the possible new OSCE mission, reports Itar-Tass, citing a German Defence Ministry spokesperson. German observers will not be going to Ukraine at least until after the May-25 elections, the spokesperson added.

10:32 GMT:
The pilot of a Ukrainian armed forces Mil Mi-24 helicopter downed near Slavyansk, has been released, the Defence Ministry reported. He is being treated in a military hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

Slavyansk militia shot down three Ukrainian helicopters taking part in an attack on the city last week. Only one of the six pilots manning the aircraft survived. Apparently, the militia handed over the sole survivor and the bodies of the dead pilots to Kiev loyalists.

05:18 GMT:
The Ukrainian army reportedly withdrew its forces to the outskirts of protester-held Kramatorsk, following an offensive that left seven activists dead. Local militia members are preparing to make a stand for the city, RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

00:16 GMT:
The press service of Donetsk city council has denied earlier reports that Mayor Aleksandr Lukyanchenko has resigned and handed over power to the pro-autonomy forces. The press service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk earlier told RIA Novosti that the mayor had peacefully handed over authority. In the wake of the reports, the city council’s press office stated that Lukyanchenko remains the incumbent mayor of Donetsk.

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#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – WASHINGTON – APRIL 28 – SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

The United States announced new sanctions against Russia in relation to the events in Ukraine.

According to the announcement of the press secretary of the White House, the new measures will affect 7 officials, including two officials from the inner circle of Russian president, as well as 17 companies connected with the people of this circle.

In addition, the US Department of Commerce imposes “additional restrictions” on 13 people from these companies.

The US Department of treasury said that the list includes presidential envoy to the Crimean region Oleg Belaventsev.

CEO of Rostech Sergei Chemezov, Deputy prime-minister Dmitry Kozak, Federal Guard Service Eugene Murov,

Chairman of the State Duma lower house committee for international affairs Alexei Pushkov, head of Rosheft Igor Sechin,

The first deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin.

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