#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – Timeline…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

Thursday, April 17

18:55 GMT:
An anti-government activist has been wounded during a government assault on an impromptu roadblock outside Kramatorsk, Russia’s RIA news agency reports.

A man wearing camouflage was taken away by ambulance with undisclosed injuries.

Earlier, two parallel and peaceful demonstrations by supporters of Ukraine’s status quo, and pro-Russian federalization advocates in the centre of the city, had to be separated by a human chain of police officers, but no casualties were reported.

18.38 GMT: PRESS RELEASE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday the Ukrainian servicemen had been mobilized into the army by an illegitimate decree to crack down on mass protests http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qm

17.49 GMT:
Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

17.49 GMT:
Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there.

Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

16.24 GMT:
PRESS RELEASE – The Geneva statement adopted at a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, April 17, calls for a national dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qi

“It calls for an immediate commencement of a broad national dialogue which must be inclusive, transparent and accountable,” he said.

15.26 GMT:
Dozens of unarmed people rallying in Donetsk airport went there to protest against the travel restrictions imposed on Russian citizens by the Kiev authorities, Aleksandr Kots of Komsomolskaya Pravda daily told RT.

According to Kots, the group included representatives of the so-called Donetsk Republic, who say that they “don’t take orders” from the coup-imposed Kiev government and will decide on the border control rules on their own. The protesters are demanding that airport and border guard officials start negotiations with Donetsk Republic representatives on the issue, Kots said.

15.08 GMT:
Ukrainian police have released 25 out of 63 earlier detained participants of clashes at a military unit in the city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, adviser to the interior minister Stanislav Rechinsky said on Thursday.
“Police failed to bring any accusations against these 25 people,” local media cited him as saying.
Ukrainian police commandos have conducted a law enforcement operation in the city of Mariupol overnight to Thursday. Parliament-appointed Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov noted that three people were killed and 13 were wounded in the special operation.

15.05 GMT:
PRESS RELEASE 15.05 GMT:(VR) – The joint memorandum on the stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine, which may be signed by all factions on Thursday, April 17, will reject federalization, grant broader powers to regions, give official status to other languages in certain regions, and proclaim constitutional amendments, Serhiy Sobolev, acting head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), said http://wp.me/p165ui-4Q3

14.40 GMT:
The foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and the European Union are working on a document that should provide a way for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, a source in the western delegation told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, April 17.
The meeting is continuing without the representative of Ukraine. The sides are discussing a concrete document on the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, the source said.
The document may be adopted if the sides come to agreement on all of its points, he said, adding that because of this the consultations will continue longer than was initially announced.

14.23 GMT:
About 100 anti-government activists have arrived at Donetsk international airport with a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, chanting “Donetsk is a Russian city.” According to airport spokesman Dmitry Kosinov, there are “no aggressive actions” coming from the protesters and the airport continues to operate normally. The airport staff is currently negotiating with the activists.

14.08 GMT:
Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.
A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.
The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.

13.32 GMT:
The headquarters of the National Defense of Dnepropetrovsk region has announced a US $10,000 reward for every foreign “saboteur” passed over to the military at checkpoints on the borders of the region, announced Yury Bereza, the commander of the Dnepr-1 special forces unit, reports the UNIAN agency. The pro-Kiev government movement has also vowed to pay US $200,000 for freeing an administrative building seized by protesters.

Earlier, Ukrainian media reported that Ukraine’s largest bank, Privat bank, also promised to pay US$10,000 for every “Moskal” – which is an insulting word used by Ukrainians to refer to Russians. The bank was founded by the country’s third richest man, Kiev-appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk, Igor Kolomoysky.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has welcomed the reward initiative and promised to award all policemen “demonstrating heroism and loyalty to Ukrainian people” amid “anti-terrorist” operation with medals and promotion, it said in a statement as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

12.36 GMT:
Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has expressed hope that some agreement will be reached at the four-party talks on Ukraine with Russia, the United States and the European Union.
“The situation (in Ukraine) is very fragile. A civil war can begin at any moment,” he told the RTBF TV channel on Thursday.

10:07 GMT:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a closed-door meeting ahead of the four-side conference in Geneva on Ukraine.

09.36 GMT:
Russia, United States, European Union and Ukraine currently meeting in Geneva. This is the first time Russia has sat down for talks with Ukraine since the coup appointed government came to power in Kiev.

08:42 GMT:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Geneva for talks over the current situation in Ukraine. He has met with his US counterpart John Kerry and is expected to meet with representatives from the EU and Ukraine later on Thursday.

07:51 GMT:
Soldiers who laid down arms during military operation against protesters in east Ukraine will face a tribunal, coup-imposed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said.

“The 25th paratroopers brigade, the personnel of which demonstrated cowardice and laid down their arms, will be dissolved. And the soldiers responsible will be held accountable in court,” Turchinov said at a parliamentary session.

On Wednesday crews of six Ukrainian armored personnel carriers sent to the town of Kramatorsk switched sides and joined the local self-defense squads. The defected troops, all of whom come from neighboring Dnepropentrovsk, explained their move by their unwillingness to go into battle against the local population.

05:57 GMT:
Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has written on his Facebook page.

03:55 GMT:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is heading to Geneva for Ukraine talks with the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

03:03 GMT:
The Ukrainian military freed detained Russian journalists from ‘Russia’ TV channel, Russia 24 reported. The night before, there were reports that a group of journalists were detained in southeastern Ukraine. The release comes after the Russian embassy in Kiev sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calling for an explanation as to why the reporters were detained.

02:57 GMT:
The debts of Ukrainian TV channels to their Russian counterparts were discussed during a closed-door meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications Aleksey Volin, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources who attended the meeting. Last year, Ukrainian channels purchased the rights to Russian series and shows worth US$200-$300 million, but started falling behind on payments at the end of 2013.

02:03 GMT:
Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine must result in Ukraine getting onto the path of normal development, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at the UNSC meeting. Churkin added that it is important for all regions of Ukraine to understand what the future has in store for them.

00:36 GMT:
Ukraine’s security service and Mariupol police conducted a joint operation at around 1 a.m. local time, according to Mariupol’s website. Law enforcement officers reportedly detained 10 people. Read more about the anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base here http://on.rt.com/7urv87

00:17 GMT:
Slovakia has increased security in the eastern part of the country’s border that is adjacent to Ukraine, news agency TASR reported, citing a statement by Interior Minister Robert Kalinyak.

“The situation in Ukraine is developing dramatically. We have adopted extraordinary measures,” Kalinyak said without specifying which measures were taken to enhance security.

00:15 GMT:
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton met with Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa ahead of the Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

#EU High Rep #Ashton meets Ukrainian FM Andrii Dechchytsia ahead of Geneva talks on #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/O4Gb1UOBla
— Michael Mann (@EUHighRepSpox) April 16, 2014

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