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Friday, May 15

The law forbids Communist Party leader, Pyotr Simonenko, from withdrawing from the Ukrainian presidential election, the country’s Central Election Commission said.

“Anyone, regardless of their name… had an opportunity to submit such application until May 1, inclusive, but afterwards – starting from 00.00 on May 2 – it can’t be done,” the Central Election Commission’s press-service told the UNN website.

The press service also stressed that they haven’t yet received any paperwork from Simonenko, regarding his possible retirement from the presidential race.

18:44 GMT:

The leader of Ukraine’s Communist Party, Pyotr Simonenko, has announced his withdrawal from the country’s presidential race during a live debate on national television, Ukrainskaya Pravda paper reports.

The current “censorship and crackdown on dissidents” by the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev make the election on May 25 “illegitimate,” Simonenko explained.

There’s war underway in Ukraine, with “oligarchs putting together only by their own gangs, but different militarized power structures,” he added.

The leader of Ukraine’s Communist Party, Pyotr Simonenko (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)

The leader of Ukraine’s Communist Party, Pyotr Simonenko (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)

 

18:42 GMT:

The self-defense forces have seized a military unit’s deployment site in the city of Donetsk, which also hosted the Easter Territorial Command of the Ukrainian National Guard, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.

The facility was surrounded by 30 armed men, with the talks between the sides ending in the military’s redeployment to a nearby garrison.

17:16 GMT:

A draft resolution on banning the “parliamentary faction of the Communist Party of Ukraine” has been presented to the country’s parliament, Verkhovna Rada.

The document was initiated by MPs from the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party of acting prime-minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk.

The communists came under fire for their calls to stop Kiev’s military operation in southeastern Ukraine, which they call “terrorism against its own people.”

16:06 GMT:

The UN secretary-general’s assistant, Ivan Shimonovich, has said the fire in Odessa Trade Union’s office and the deaths of 48 people could have been avoided. He has called for a thorough investigation to find out who is responsible and why police didn’t act in the correct manner.

14:38 GMT:

The self-defense forces have surrounded a military unit’s deployment site in the city of Donetsk, Dmitry Obraztsov, the spokesman for Eastern Territorial Command of Internal Troops of Ukraine, said.

Around 30 armed men have arrived by bus and besieged the facility, he told the UNIAN news agency, adding that talks between the sides are currently underway.

14:28 GMT:

The Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has appointed Aleksandr Borodai as the new prime minister, RBK-Ukraine reports. Also, the speaker of the Council, the head of the Defense Council and the Minister of Defense were appointed.

14:27 GMT:

The leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) parliamentary party and presidential candidate, Oleg Tyagnibok, have compared anti-government protesters in Donetsk to Maidan demonstrators, saying: “They want the same that Ukrainians at Maidan wanted during the Revolution of Dignity (EuroMaidan) – to be the masters of their land,” Ukrainian news agency reported.

Tyagnibok stressed it is the new authorities’ “task” to give people in Donetsk and “across all of Ukraine” what they demand, which is “accountability of authorities, independence of the courts, protection of constitutional rights, security of life and property, freedom of enterprise and social justice.”

This combo image shows anti-government protests in Kiev in February (L) and April rally in Donetsk (R) (AFP Photo / Yury Kirnichny; Reuters / Maks Levin )

This combo image shows anti-government protests in Kiev in February (L) and April rally in Donetsk (R) (AFP Photo / Yury Kirnichny; Reuters / Maks Levin )

 

14:16 GMT:

Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to over 20,000 Russian citizens since the coup in February, RIA Novosti reported citing the head of the press-office of the state border guard service of Ukraine. During the same period, over 200 Ukrainian citizens were banned from leaving the county.

12:32 GMT:

At least 10 Russian journalists have been refused entry to or expelled from Ukraine by Kiev authorities in the last 24 hours, said Sergey Astakhov, deputy head of Ukraine’s Federal Border Guard Service.

He said they are accused of secret filming on the territory of Ukraine.

11:32 GMT:

Unidentified people have opened fire at an airfield in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region, Ukraine’s defense ministry announced on its official website.

“The attackers have fired for about 20 minutes…Ukrainian troops fired back to protect the airfield,” said in the statement.

10:32 GMT:
09:04 GMT:

The anti-government protesters in the People’s Republic of Donetsk aren’t saying how they will respond to the expired ultimatum to Kiev coup-appointed authorities.

“Our branch issued an ultimatum and we will take action. I think they won’t reveal their tactics,” said a co-chair of the republic’s government, Miroslav Rudenko, adding that on Thursday night the protesters already took some active steps.

Kiev troops also started shooting on Thursday night, he added.

Earlier, representatives from the People’s Republic of Donetsk gave Kiev an ultimatum, saying that if Ukrainian troops don’t leave seized checkpoints in the city of Donetsk, the protesters would launch an armed operation against them. Time ran out on May 15 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

08:13 GMT:

A UN secretary-general representative, Stephane Dujarric, has said that the UN has voiced concerns to the Ukrainian Permanent Mission to the UN over reports of the use of helicopters with peacekeepers symbols in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. At least three white helicopters with UN identification marks were reportedly used in a military operation near the city of Kramatorsk.

States that supply equipment for UN peacekeeping operations are obliged to“remove all logos and signs bearing the UN’s name once such equipment has been repatriated to the home country or is no longer being used for official UN purposes,” RIA Novosti quoted UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq as saying.

UN agencies are said to be “in contact with the Ukrainian authorities” on this issue.

Screenshot from a video showing a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter allegedly used by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia.

Screenshot from a video showing a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter allegedly used by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia.

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