#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 18 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.
Friday, April 18
Former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko said it is important to implement the agreements from the Geneva talks and start a direct dialogue with people in the eastern part of the country. Tymoshenko made her comments while appearing on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel, adding that she visited the Donetsk region and talked to people there.
Three Ukrainian national parties have reportedly been banned from the eastern town of Slavyansk, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported, citing the town’s leader of the People’s Militia, Vyacheslav Ponomare. The three parties consist of the Udar, Rodina, and Svoboda parties.
Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has passed a statement “’On an Anti-Russian Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’ where it puts forward a tough condition for a continued dialogue with Russia in the form of a full lifting of sanctions against the Russian delegation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held a phone conversation and agreed to continue talks on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis.
The diplomats discussed possibilities for international assistance in the normalization of the situation in the country following yesterday’s four-party talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Ukrainian authorities must implement the Geneva deal immediately and in full, including putting an end to violent actions and the launching of a national dialogue on constitutional reform, which is to include key regions and major political forces.
Russia’s “entire society may mobilize” in response to the West’s attempts to “corner” it over the country’s position on Ukraine, Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has said.
“Thank God, it’s impossible to corner Russia,” he said in an interview with Rossiya-1 channel, which followed Thursday’s annual Q&A with President Vladimir Putin.
Peskov is confident that Russia will not get isolated over the events in the former Soviet republic since “not all countries” support sanctions against Russia. “Not all states are ready to step back from the principles of pragmatism in foreign affairs and sustain economic losses,” he said.
Russia does have troops on the border with Ukraine – a country “which has just had a coup” – to provide for its security, Peskov said.
“Some of the troops are deployed on a permanent basis, others were sent as reinforcements,” he said. “It’s worth mentioning that Russia is a sovereign state and entitled to deploy its forces without any limitations at any spot on its territory.”
Europe understands there is no and will be no backtracking on Crimea, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU has told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.
“Therefore, discussing the Crimea problem with us is rather a blind alley, and [Europeans] understand this,” he said. “At the same time, Crimea will certainly remain some kind of a thorn, a reason for those information wars to continue.”
The Russian diplomat also believes that a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine is “inevitable” and the first step towards it has already been taken.
“As of today, everyone including the signees of the Geneva document agree on the necessity of regionalization. The major point is not what the decision will called, but what it stands for,” Chizhov added.
The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into eastern Ukraine.
“Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy,” Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, told reporters. (Reuters)
Coup-imposed Ukrainian acting President Aleskandr Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk appeared in a televised address on Friday, calling for “national unity” and urging all to “refrain from violence.”
“The Ukrainian government is ready to carry out thorough constitutional reform, which will define the authority of the regions,” Yatsenuk said.
Local authorities in Ukrainian regions “will decide on their own” about whether to grant the Russian language or any other languages official status in the regions, Turchinov added.
Moscow doubts a free and fair presidential election campaign is possible in Ukraine while the presidential candidates are being attacked by armed thugs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. On Monday, two opposition candidates, Mikhail Dobkin and Oleg Tsarev of the Party of Regions, were attacked by groups of aggressive men. Tsarev was beaten and treated for injuries but refused to withdraw from the May-25 election.
Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to approximately 600 Russian citizens who were traveling to the country. A day earlier Aeroflot warned its passengers that the company had received notification from Kiev that Ukraine will bar entry to Russian male citizens aged between 16 and 60. The same restrictions apply to all Ukrainian citizens registered in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which both recently seceded from Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation.” The State Border Service of Ukraine confirmed to RIA Novosti that about 600 Russian citizens have been denied entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours. This number includes all violators, including those who fit to the previously announced restrictions, yet the service has not specified the exact statistics.
Anti-government protesters in Ukraine’s Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region have recaptured the television tower and turned off Ukrainian TV channels, replacing them with Russian ones, such as Rossiya-24, Rossiya-1 and LifeNews, the local broadcasting company confirmed. Sometime earlier the regional office of the Security Service of Ukraine ordered all Russian TV channels to be taken off air.
Ukraine’s security service has put son of the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich on its ‘wanted’ list for alleged forgery and document falsification. The penalty for such crimes varies from two to five years in prison. Aleksandr Yanukovich is Ukrainian billionaire who reportedly attained his wealth during the years of his father’s presidency.
Ukraine’s prosecutor general has launched a criminal case against ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is charged with ‘creation of a terrorist organization’. Among other people named as members of this organization are former Interior Minister Aleksandr Yakimenko and former chief of the Security Service of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko.
The prosecutor general maintains that the trio were in charge of terrorist organization consisting of security and law enforcement officers that is responsible for mass murder of protesters and police officers in down-town Kiev in February.
Charges have already been brought against Yanukovich. On February 25, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev declared they would address international tribunal in The Hague to bring the former president to justice.
Later, the prosecutor general issued a criminal case against Yanukovich “for an attempt to overthrow constitutional order in Ukraine” after the former president held a press conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don on March 3.
Ukraine’s interim President Aleksandr Turchinov ordered round-the-clock bodyguards for six of the most prominent presidential candidates: Sergey Tigipko, Yulia Timoshenko, Pyotr Poroshenko, Oleg Lyashko, Mikhail Dobkin and Olga Bogomolets. Overall there are 23 presidential candidates and among them is Oleg Tsarev, a candidate who is extremely popular in eastern Ukraine and who was brutally beaten just three days ago by militants from the nationalist Right Sector group. However, Tsarev has not been put on the protection list. The presidential elections are set to take place on May 25.
Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.
“The cabinet has prepared a draft law on amnesty,” he told the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. “If the whole parliament expresses its will, the law will be registered, and let us vote for it,” Yatsenyuk said.
Ukraine’s Security Service and the Radiobroadcast, Radio Communication and Television Broadcast Concern have stopped broadcast of Russian television channels in Kramatorsk (north of unrest Donetsk oblast).
The Concern’s press service said the broadcast had been resumed as the local radio and television station was seized by local people, who blocked broadcast of the Ukrainian television.
“At that time, electricity at the transmitting station was cut off,” the press service said http://wp.me/p165ui-4QT
A checkpoint of protesters was destroyed in the village of Sergeyevka near Sloviansk, the Donetsk oblast, Ukraine’s 112.ua news agency reported.
A woman in the village said shooting was heard “in the area of the road”.
“Local residents say that people in military uniform have appeared in the village.
Supposedly those are paratroopers participating in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ anti-terrorist operation,” the agency reported http://wp.me/p165ui-4QK
More than 80 Russians have been refused entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours, Interfax says, citing airlines with flights to Ukraine.
Ukrainian authorities announced unprecedented travel restrictions on Russian citizens on Thursday. All men aged between 16 and 60 travelling without families are now being denied entry to the country.
Many of those in eastern Ukraine are concerned at the decision, which might cut them off from relatives and friends in Russia, RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from the Donetsk International Airport.
A journalist of Russian Gazeta.ru news website was taken off a train from Moscow to Mariupol on the grounds that “the goal of her visit was not confirmed.” The online media outlet reports that the correspondent was also informed by the border patrol that they received an order not to allow journalists into Ukraine.
Several Russian companies are withdrawing their business from Ukrainian TV ads due to the unstable political situation and looming economic crisis, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported, citing Media First Ukraine director Roman Shihutsko. Some of the companies that will no longer be investing into Ukrainian ads include Yandex, MTS, Alfa-Bank, and VTB.
Ukraine’s ban against the entrance of Russian males into Ukraine does not violate the principles of the OSCE, said OSCE’s director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Janez Lenarcic. Travel limitations can be used if they are “proportionate and badly needed,” the OSCE press office quoted him as saying.
British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to provide an extra $1.7 million for the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine, following his conversations with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and later US President Barack Obama. Cameron added that in the meantime, the EU should not stop its preparations for potential additional sanctions against Russia.
Obama and Cameron “agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward, but that it was essential that the agreements reached were rapidly implemented in order to reduce tensions and create space for political dialogue in Ukraine,” said Cameron’s press office.
“They agreed that the United States and European Union should do all they could to help implement these agreements, in particular through providing additional support to the OSCE special monitoring mission.”
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