#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 14
Wednesday, May 14
The United Nations has expressed concern over helicopters with UN markings taking part in a military operation by coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities in the country’s southeast.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said he talked with representatives from the Ukrainian delegation at the UN, reminding Kiev of its responsibility regarding the unsanctioned use of UN markings.
The regional council in Lugansk, which represented Kiev’s authority in the region, has voluntarily disbanded and handed power over to the people, UNN reports, citing local media.
After the majority of the region’s population supported cutting ties with Kiev in a referendum over the weekend, the National Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic addressed MPs, saying that the regional council must be dissolved as it has lost its legitimacy.
The Donetsk region will not be participating in the Ukrainian presidential election on May 25, head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Roman Lyagin, said.
The Donetsk People’s Republic “currently controls all 22 district election commissions, which means staging the Ukrainian presidential elections in the republic is impossible both technically and in terms of security,” he told Itar-Tass news agency.
Russia said it is ready to discuss prices and conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine, if Kiev pays at least a minimum of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
“Nobody ever said: hand over $4 billion straight away, rather (we said) show that you are ready to act … If they pay part of it, that’s the minimum requirement for resuming talks,” he told reporters.
Police in the Donetsk region have completely switched allegiance to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Itar-Tass reports.
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Donetsk region militia may change their tactic from fending off attacks of Kiev loyalist troops to launching their own massive offensive, RIA Novosti reported, citing Stella Khorosheva the spokesperson for Slavyansk’s “people’s mayor”.
“We’ve had enough of waiting for their attacks,” she said.
Slavyansk militia have previously launched occasional incursions out of their stronghold, attacking a nearby TV tower and positions in the hills, from which Kiev’s troops have shelled militia positions near the city.
But starting a massive offensive instead of hit-and-run raids would require many more troops than the militia is believed to have in their ranks. Kiev sent several thousand troops armed with heavy weapons, armor and aviation against Slavyansk, while the number of militiamen is estimated at several hundred.
Kiev will host OSCE-backed talks aimed at defusing the violence in the country. Representatives of the defiant Donetsk and Lugansk regions, whom the Ukrainian officials call terrorists, were not invited.
The negotiation is chaired by acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk and is expected to be the first in a series of discussions of the political crisis in Ukraine. They are part of an OSCE roadmap to stop the bloodshed.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Tuesday for Ukraine to invite the rebel provinces to the talks, but Kiev refused.
Forty victims of the May-2 clashes are still being treated in Odessa hospitals, the city government reported. One of the patients remains in serious condition. The death toll from the tragic events stands at 48, after another victim died in hospital last week.
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Ukraine’s Water Resource Agency acknowledged that it cut the water supply to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal, Crimean news agency Kryminform reported. The canal is currently only being used to supply water to Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine.
The co-chair of the interim government of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, told Kommersant FM that pro-autonomy activists are willing to put down their arms if Kiev authorities withdraw their troops from the region. He also noted that Ukrainian troops have no jurisdiction to be in the Donetsk region following the referendum.