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Tuesday, May 13
Thousands of people in the Donetsk region did not receive their pension payments on time this month. According to one of the heads of Ukraine’s pension fund, 4800 people mainly from the Slavyansk region have not got their money, which totals 7.4 million Ukrainian hryvnia – around 625 thousand US dollars.
Payments have been delayed for several days, but officials say the region’s fund is working with the local post and banks to sort it out.
The Donetsk self-defence forces are clashing with Ukraine’s armed units under Kramatorsk, RIA Novosti said, relaying information from the commander-in-chief at the self-defence headquarters. So far, an armored personnel carrier belonging to Kiev has been hit. No casualties to report at this point.
— RT (@RT_com) May 13, 2014
Russia said on Tuesday new European Union sanctions will hinder efforts to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and urged the West to persuade Kiev to hold discussions on the country’s future structure before a May 25 presidential election.
The results of self-rule referendums in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk “should be a clear signal to Kiev of the depth of the crisis” in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 13, 2014
Russia’s Investigative Committee has started prosecution proceedings in the case of the alleged attempted murder of an RT cameraman, the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin announced.
Fyodor Zavaleykov, 23, a stringer working for RT’s Ruptly video agency, was shot in Ukraine’s Mariupol while covering the Ukrainian troops’ assault on the city’s police HQ on May 9.
The committee is investigating the incident as intent to murder and a violent attempt to stop a media professional from performing his duty, which is a criminal offense in Russia.
The leaderships of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics have started negotiations on forming a single state, the Donetsk Republic’s press service told LifeNews television. The possible unification was announced earlier on Monday by the co-chair of the government of the Donetsk Republic, Denis Pushilin.
Canada has imposed sanctions against 12 more people over the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that economic sanctions were rolled out against six Russian and six Ukrainian individuals.
Some of the people on that expanded list include: Russia’s Armed Forces chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov, member of the military’s main intelligence directorate Igor Girkin, and member of the Russian Federation Council from Crimea Olga Kovatidi.
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