#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY UPDATE – FRIDAY MAY 09 2014

17:12 GMT:

The EU has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for attending a Victory Day military parade in Crimea, Russia’s southern region.

“The European Union notes with regret the presence of President Vladimir Putin at a military parade … in Sevastopol, Crimea,” Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said.

She accused Putin of using the “important day in our shared history, dedicated to honoring the enormous sacrifices and giving remembrance to the millions of dead in the Second World War as an instrument “to give visibility to the illegal annexation of Crimea.”

17:10 GMT:

The people’s militia has seized a health resort building in the Budenovsky district of the city of Donetsk, which was housing 120 Ukrainian soldiers, local media reported. After several minutes of fighting the soldiers surrendered their weapons and left on buses. Earlier a co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic government Miroslav Rudenko said the soldiers clashed with the people’s militia and several people were injured.

16:53 GMT:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary John Kerry have spoken on the phone discussing the possible joint effort of the OSCE, Russia, the US and the EU to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis.

Lavrov pointed out the need to urgently start an all-inclusive national dialogue between the coup-installed Kiev authorities and representatives of the eastern part of the country under the mediation of the OSCE.

Lavrov said he hopes that Washington will work with Kiev to stop its punitive operation in the east, taking into account US positive attitude towards the ‘road map’ developed by the OSCE under Swiss chairmanship, on the implementation of the April 17 Geneva agreement.

14:48 GMT:
14:07 GMT:

An unidentified person has shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy “who was wearing St. George’s ribbon” in the center of the town of Slavyansk, the local self-defense HQ told Interfax. The source said that the bullet entered the boy’s chest “in the heart area” and his condition is currently unknown.

The St. George’s emblem, originally a Tsarist-era Russian military award, was adopted as a symbol of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII.

RIA Novosti, citing the child’s relative, reported that the boy “was simply walking” when he was wounded in the chest and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital and is undergoing surgery, the source said.

13:21 GMT:
13:21 GMT:

Victory Day celebrations were held in the anti-government stronghold in eastern Ukraine, the city of Slavyansk. Several thousand people gathered for a demo in the city’s central square. A “parade” of military equipment was held as two captured APCs with self-defense forces on them drove through the streets.

13:17 GMT:

About 1,500 protesters took to the streets of the eastern city of Kharkov for an anti-government rally on Victory Day. The demonstrators criticized the policy of the coup-appointed Kiev authorities, calling them a “junta” and “US protégés” and slammed the punitive military operation in eastern Ukraine, saying that the regime was waging “war against its own people.” Local police cordoned the demonstrators off from those attending the Victory Day concert for war veterans.

12:13 GMT:

RT’s stringer in Mariupol has been injured while trying to film and is now in hospital. Doctors say that in spite of his bulletproof vest he has sustained an injury to the stomach.

11:36 GMT:

The main Interior Ministry building is on fire, 0629.ua news portal reported.

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