#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 19 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.
Friday, April 18
Ukraine’s parliament will vote for constitutional changes before May, the country’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel.The changes will include more power transferred to local regions. “I hope that before the end of May the parliament will be able to vote on constitutional changes regarding expanding powers of local governments in its first reading,” Turchinov said.
NATO’s further enlargement and “one more step towards the Russian border” will cause “the entire European security architecture to be overhauled”, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the TVC television channel’s “Pravo Znat” (The Right to Know) programme to be aired on Saturday evening, April 19. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sw
All of the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels have left Crimea, the press service of Ukraine’s coup-imposed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said.
“All the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy have departed from Sevastopol Bay and Donuzlav Bay [in Crimea], including the Kirovograd landing ship, Vinnitsa corvette, Zolotonosha base ship, and others,” the press service told Itar-Tass news agency.
The ships are on their way to the port of Odessa where the Ukrainian Navy’s bases are situated.
The withdrawal of other Ukrainian military equipment from Crimea, including warplanes, is also underway, the press service added http://wp.me/p165ui-4St
88.2 percent of voters in south-eastern Ukraine are eager to participate in the country’s presidential elections on May 25, a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) reveals.
Only 39.1 percent of the people are undecided about which candidate they will vote for, ZN.ua weekly reports.
According to the research, businessman Pyotr Poroshenko is currently leading the presidential race in southeastern Ukraine with 21.6 percent.
MP Sergey Tigipko follows him on 10.6 percent, and then former head of Kharkov regional state administration, Mikhail Dobkin, who has the support of 8.4 percent.
The survey took place April 10-15 and questioned 3,232 respondents in eight regions in southeastern Ukraine.
Negotiations between the police and anti-government protesters in the town of Gorlovka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region “brought no result,” the local police told RIA-Novosti news agency.
The demonstrators in Gorlovka remain in control of the town’s administration building and the police headquarters.
Russia says it is prepared to help Ukraine resolve its political crisis in conjunction with the OSCE.
“The Russian side notes that Ukrainians must decide for themselves how to extricate themselves from the current political impasse, with the help of an OSCE monitoring mission. Russia is prepared to offer the broadest support in this venture,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a meeting with pro-Russian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev.
Three thousand Crimean citizens have refused to receive Russian passports and become citizens, head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovskiy, told Interfax.
According to the agreement that accompanied the absorption of Crimea into Russia, people were given a deadline until April 18, but the “small number” could either grow or diminish, Romodanovskiy continued, explaining that people are prone to changing their minds in situations like these. In this case, he said, it was possible to extend the deadline further http://wp.me/p165ui-4S7
Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter. Andriy Deshchytsia told the BBC the security services would resume military action if the separatists continued to occupy government offices
They are refusing to leave buildings in several cities, defying an agreement reached on Thursday to ease the crisis http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140417_01_en.pdf
Anti-Kiev protesters in Kramatorsk have once again captured the TV tower, as those who identify with Russia continue to face off against the Ukrainian military in the city. They have blocked the Ukrainian channels from being broadcast and switched over to Russian ones instead, RIA Novosti reports, citing the commander of the popular uprising. The pro-Russian group is dissatisfied with the way the country is being portrayed in the local programming, it claims http://wp.me/p165ui-4RQ
More than 1.7 thousand tons in humanitarian aid from Russia’s regions have made their way to the Crimea, Emergencies Ministry representative, Aleksandr Drobyshenskiy told the press, according to Itar-Tass. The deliveries, which had started on March 14, came in the form of 32 convoys. Two more are being planned, according to Drobyshenskiy http://wp.me/p165ui-4RU
If Kiev does not settle its gas debts with Moscow within a month, Gazprom will be forced to switch to a system of advance payments, President Putin has said, adding that the measure has nothing to do with May’s upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.
“Moscow is willing to tolerate” the continuing absence of payments for another month, Putin said during a live Q&A session on Thursday, adding that this is stipulated in the existing contracts.
“We don’t mix economics with the political process in Ukraine,” the President continued. “We were simply awaiting the receipt on April 7 of the money owed for the March for gas in March… this was $525 million. Not a cent… by the way, it was being transported at the lowest price, with all possible discounts.” http://wp.me/pzTwj-2VV
President Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports. The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4 million as a result http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sb
Unidentified men tried to break through a barricade at Kramatorsk’s city administration building in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, quoting the ‘People’s mayor’ of the neighbouring town of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. Witnesses said up to 40 individuals approached the barricades and tried to dismantle them. Pro-federalization supporters called Slavyansk’s supporters for help and were able to maintain control of the city’s administration building http://wp.me/p165ui-4RZ
Witnesses also stated that the men trying to dismantle the barricade said they were promised a reward from Ukraine’s oligarchs for every barricade and building they recaptured from pro-federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine.
Sanctions that the EU is preparing to introduce against Russia will likely negatively impact some EU countries, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission, Janusz Lewandowski, told Poland’s TOK FM. Lewandowski stated that there are countries that depend on Russia entirely for their gas consumption – including Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland. Other EU countries will feel the effect through the banking sector or through a negative impact on trade.
Two Norwegian warships are now part of NATO’s defense force, the country’s Defense Ministry told NRK. The two vessels are responsible for patrolling the Baltic and North Sea and have been stationed there indefinitely. The move has been identified as a response to the latest developments in Ukraine http://wp.me/p165ui-4RW
The US administration wants to help Ukraine in its fight against corruption and repatriation of stolen assets, Itar-Tass reported, quoting National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. To that end, the US sent a group of experts from the Treasury Department and the FBI to Ukraine. Their role is to consult the Ukrainian government on how to conduct an investigation and collect evidence. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sy
Poland’s defence minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.
The minister’s statement was denied by Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, the BBC reported. Kirby said the US is continuing to look at various available options to ensure that NATO allies are certain of US commitment to collective security.
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