#Kiev : ” Unrest Continues in the `Ukraine’ with an `Uneasy’ Tension in the Air”

#AceNewsServices says its `Saturday, January 25′ and this is the `timeline’ of events `Friday Night and Saturday Morning`

kiev-protest-clashes-updates00.siSaturday, January 25

15:23 GMT:

Violent clashes between protesters and police in the center of Kiev on Grushevskogo Street have stopped, RIA Novosti reported. It has been quiet for at least an hour.

15:23 GMT:

About 2,000 protesters have seized the building of the Poltava administration, its press-service told Itar-Tass. The protesters are meeting with the chairman of the Poltava Regional State Administration, Aleksandr Udovychenko, in the session hall of the council.

15:08 GMT:

The Interior Ministry said it will consider as “extremists” those left on Independence Square in Kiev and in the seized government buildings.

15:01 GMT:

Two police officers, seized by protesters in Kiev and “tortured”, have been released and taken to hospital, said the Interior Ministry.

14:51 GMT:

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov: Foreign mediation now totally inappropriate for Ukraine http://t.co/jm5Jz2LOzr @RusembUkraine

— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) January 25, 2014

14:41 GMT:

The president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich, is meeting with opposition leaders: Vitaly Klitchko, head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party; Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the “Batkivschina” (Fatherland) opposition party, and Oleg Tyagnybok, the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”(Freedom).

14:31 GMT:

The so-called head of the national resistance urged the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, not to declare a state of emergency in the country.

“We appeal to Viktor Yanukovich: the state of emergency means the death of thousands of people, it is the divide of the country and the destruction of Ukraine as an independent and sovereign state,” asserted the statement, posted on the Batkivschina (Fatherland) opposition party’s site.

At the same time, the statement notes that “prudence, self-control and responsibility for Ukraine’s children and the future state will bring about a peaceful outcome to this social crisis.”

The statement claimed that the party has information about the Ukrainian presidential administration’s preparations for declaring a state of emergency and “clearing” Independence square in Kiev.

14:20 GMT:

Guys coming up to us on #Грушевского barricades warning about a possible sniper on the roof of buildings.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

14:19 GMT:

Deputies of the Lvov regional council recognized a legislative organ established by the protesters, the so-called Narodnaya Rada (People’s Council), that is to represent the interests of the Ukrainian people. 70 deputies voted in favor, with most of the council represented by opposition parties. The decision contains a recommendation to all local councils to adopt similar resolutions.

The army, the Interior Ministry and other law enforcement agencies cannot carry out any activities involving the use of special equipment, weapons and military equipment, aimed at restricting the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully in the region, the regional authorities said in a statement.

Due to the actions of the president and parliament and the adoption of anti-protest laws on January 16, the regional council said it withdraws all powers delegated to the Lvov region by state administration.

14:08 GMT:

Just seen riot training course taking place on independence square in #Kiev rioters learning how to use shields in groups.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

13:57 GMT:

The authorities in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, and Сhernigov, northern Ukraine, have started criminal investigations into the seizure of local administrative buildings by protesters, reported the Itar-Tass news agency.

13:33 GMT:

Production line breaking up rocks to be taken to the front line in #Kiev and hurled at police.pic.twitter.com/lfb2sxxdFG

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

 

13:31 GMT:

A protester who took part in the Kiev riots has died, according to the state health department of the Kiev city administration, RIA Novosti reported. Authorities said that the victim arrived at the Kiev City Clinical Hospital № 17 on Wednesday. The leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement said that on Wednesday a protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, died in hospital from wounds sustained in clashes. It is not yet clear whether the two reports are about the same man.

13:06 GMT:

The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, Vitaly Zakharchenko, said in a statement that attempts to peacefully resolve the conflict peacefully, have been futile, because protesters were ignoring truce agreements.

These events which really represent extremist actions should not go unnoticed by the international community. The opposition leaders aren’t dissociating themselves from radical forces, and at this time they’re not able to control them and so put Ukrainians under threat,” the statement reads as cited by Itar-Tass.

12:39 GMT:

Around ten wheelchair users carrying “Stop aggression” billboards are on their way to Grushevskogo street, the epicenter of the stand-off between protesters and police, demanding both sides put an end to clashes, Deutshe Welle reports.

11:41 GMT:

Participants of the rally in front of the Prosecutor General’s office in Kiev are leaving the protest site, despite earlier plans to seize the building, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Around 500 protesters rallied for freeing detained activists.

11:28 GMT:

Protesters have seized the Chernigov City Council building and have been demanding the ouster of its head, Vladimir Khomenko, Itar-Tass reports. Protesters have been screaming out slogans like: “Ukraine rise, Chernigov come out”, “No to Repressions”, “Dismissal”.

The protesters are currently creating a corridor to release police remaining in the building.

11:23 GMT:

President Yanukovich has appointed Vladimir Makeenko the head of Kiev City Council. Makeenko previously was the chief of the procedure committee of the country’s parliament, the Rada. In a separate decree, Yanukovich dismissed the former city council head, Alexander Popov, who is currently under investigation.

11:01 GMT:

A protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, who was injured during clashes with police on January 22, has died in hospital, according to the leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement.

“For several days doctors have been fighting for his life, but the wounds were too severe. His lungs were badly scarred, he underwent surgery several times and his hand had to be amputated,” said Irina Sekh, a Unkrainian MP and leader of the Lvov “Svoboda” faction.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine’s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev. 

There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters. 

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released. 

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts. 

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration. 

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine. 

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital. 

Friday, January 24

23:36 GMT:

Ruptly’s video footage shows rioters throwing more tires into the fire amid clashes:

22:57 GMT:

A police officer was shot dead in Kiev on Friday night. Witnesses heard the shots and saw two people running away from the scene, Unian news agency reported. The victim lived near the Berkut living quarters.

It is not clear whether the incident is connected to the ongoing unrest in the city.

21:43 GMT:

US Secretary of State John Kerry once again confirmed Washington’s support for Ukrainian protesters during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Kerry said the US is working with its allies and top Ukrainian officials to end the violence.

We are working with our partners to press the government of Ukraine to forego violence, to address the concerns of peaceful protesters, to foster dialogue, promote the freedom of assembly and expression,” he said.

Kerry added that he received a text message shortly before beginning his speech from US diplomats in Kiev, who are negotiating with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych “to try to achieve calm and help move in this direction in the next days.”

20:01 GMT:

Twelve people have been taken into custody over suspicions of participating in the violent riots on Grushevskogo Street.

19:33 GMT:

Truce they say? Tires burning again, firecrackers and molotovs are hurled in central Kiev. Police not retaliating pic.twitter.com/YIVBFbDRO2

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 24, 2014

19:11 GMT:

The former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, has denied accusations that the West is worsening the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking to RT from Davos in Switzerland, he said: “I don’t think that the EU is inflaming the situation. On the contrary, what the EU is trying to do is to try to find a peaceful solution that entails some kind of negotiations, like in any other crisis, between the government and opposition with the help of other countries that are interested in it.”

17:39 GMT:

Foreign nationals who have previously been involved in military operations abroad are involved in the violence in Ukraine, said Viktor Yanukovich. 

“Not only Ukrainians joined this [violence] but a number of people from other countries who participated in various military operations, regional ones, and who are wanted around the world. They are hiding in seized buildings. We know that there are weapons,” he said at a meeting with representatives of public and church organizations.

17:39 GMT:

Opposition supporters seized the regional administration building, which also houses the regional council in Khmelnitsky, western Ukraine, UNIAN reported.

The protesters demanding the resignation of the local governor stormed the first and second floors of the building. 30-40 activists gathered near the building, calling for the governor to write an official letter of resignation.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine‘s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev
There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters.

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released.

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts.

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration.

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

03:38 GMT:

Ukraine will not refuse help from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in resolving the ongoing political crisis, if such help is offered, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told European media in Switzerland.

01:44 GMT:

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich said he aims to continue dialogue with the opposition.

“We have urged and continue to urge to sit down at the negotiation table and discuss everyone’s positions, find compromises, which are critical to solving today’s situation,” the president said during a meeting with clergy on Friday.

January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

01:24 GMT:

An explosion went off near the police station in Cherkassy, central Ukraine. Seven windows were reportedly broken, according to Espresso.tv. There are no reported injuries.

01:15 GMT:

The opposition has denied the Interior Ministry‘s report that three police officers were attacked by protesters.

00:35 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich promised to fire those responsible for preparing the EU agreement of such “poor quality.”

The agreement was against the country’s national interest and was “digging a grave” for the nation, Yanukovich said during a meeting with clergy. The president did not name any names.

“We are not running anywhere. Nobody is pulling us anywhere. We want to preserve our sovereignty. We are not claiming anyone’s territory, but we will not give up what is ours,” he said.

 

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