‘ Ukraine Prepares to Cease Bi-Lateral Trade with Russia ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV –  July 18 – Kiev authorities should prepare for a full halt of trade with Russia, parliament-appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a meeting over diversification of sale markets and sources of industrial produce supplies on Friday reported Tass.

 “We should prepare for almost full restriction on bilateral trade with Russia,” he said.

“Russia is not the only market in the world where Ukrainian produce should be delivered,” the prime minister said. “The government is prepared to do everything so that we will diversify the sale market for a brief period of time,” the prime minister said, citing several Ukrainian companies which protect alternative markets successfully as an example.

Yatsenyuk stated that if Russian market was closed for Ukraine “Ukrainian export will reduce by around five billion dollars”.

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` PM Yatsenyuk Pledges ` Special Status ‘ for ` Russian Language and Decentralisation ‘ of the Power Base’

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April – Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pledged “special status” for the Russian language and a broad decentralisation of power in a bid to defuse pro-Moscow protests sweeping the east of the country.

In a joint TV address on Friday, Yatsenyuk and acting President Oleksander Turchinov called for national unity, urged people to refrain from violence and said they would support constitutional change, decentralising more power to local councils, including over their official language – a key demand of Russian-speakers.

“We will accord special status to the Russian language and guarantee to protect it,” Yatsenyuk said, adding that “major” constitutional reforms would also see a raft of powers handed to the regions.

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#AceWorldNews Moscow March 19 Russian President Vladimir Putin…

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 19. – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow on Thursday, March 20, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass.

Earlier, the UN press service reported that the UN Secretary-General would visit Moscow and Kiev on March 20-21.

While in Moscow, Ban Ki-moon will have meetings with Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other high-ranking officials.

While in Kiev, the UN Secretary-General will meet Ukrainian acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who were appointed by the Verkhovna Rada.

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“We confirm that the meeting will be held as scheduled,” Peskov said. The UN secretary-general will leave for a visit to Russia on March 19 within the diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to settling the crisis in Ukraine by peaceful means, the press service said. The UN secretary-general is planning to confer with representatives of the civil society and UN staffers, the UN press service said.

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` Ukraine’s State Border Agency will increase control over people’s movements following `Government Order ‘

#AceWorldNews says news sources that Ukraine’s State Border Service will increase control over people’s movements on trains bound for Kherson, Vadim, Novoalekseyevka and Melitopol and on automobile roads between Chaplinka, Kalanchak and Salkovo following a government order signed by parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. – Itar-tass

On March 4, Ukraine’s State Border Service launched an operation called “Border” to prevent provocateurs from entering Ukraine.

Ukrainian border guards turned away 513 Russian nationals who wanted to cross into Ukraine on Saturday, March 8.

Ukrainian authorities are also trying to bar entrance to journalists who are coming to Ukraine.
For example, the customs officers at Donetsk airport refused to allow an Itar-Tass photo correspondent to go through the customs on Sunday.

They took away his papers and equipment.

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` European Union offers 15 Billion Euro’s to Ukraine and Yatsenyuk is asking for 35 Billion over Two Years ‘

#AceFinanceNews says that the decision by the European Union to provide massive economic aid to Ukraine comes after the crisis around Crimea began.

Huge figures have been mentioned, the European Commission talks about 15 billion euros. The new Ukarinian government wants more, however: new prime minister Arsenyi Yatsenyuk is asking for 35 billion euros over the next two years.

Meanwhile, few people would argue that the crisis around Crimea was a direct result of the disturbances that have enveloped Ukraine since its failure to sign an Association Agreement with the EU in November last year.

Back then, in November, it was not signed because Ukraine’s president Yanukovich did not secure from the EU that same 15 billion euros in the short term and 35 billion euros over the next two years.

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` Trying to obtain `Peace' in the `Ukraine ' means compromise then two choices arise `People or Money '

#AceWorldNews says as tensions increase in the Ukraine with all sides trying to get their point across, the AFP reported today that Russia will come under heightened diplomatic pressure Thursday as the UN Security Council and European leaders hold emergency talks on Ukraine, after the seizure of Crimea created the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

The EU summit in Brussels that is due to start at 1030 GMT, when leaders will meet with Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk who took over after the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych last month following three months of deadly protests.

As the EU confers on the crisis, 40 unarmed military personnel are expected in Crimea in a mission by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to try to defuse tensions in the flashpoint region.

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#AceWorldNews says it is Thursday February 27 `Approval…

#AceWorldNews says it is Thursday, February 27 – `Approval of Ministers in Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet’ as follows:

Ukrainian parliament has approved the list of ministers to be in Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet. According to parliament speaker Aleksandr Turchinov, who is also Ukraine’s acting president, a majority of the newly-elected ministers do not belong to any political party, Interfax reported. Turchinov has already signed a decree appointing Yatsenyuk as the head of the Cabinet.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party, has been approved as prime minister by the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada). A total of 371 out of 417 MPs voted for Yatsenyuk.

The presidential election in Ukraine will require a budget of 1.965 billion hyrvnas ($200 million), said Mikhail Okhendovsky, the head of Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission. “Considering the current state of the Ukrainian budget, the commission recognizes the task of making the elections as cheap as possible,” he said, adding that organizational and technical proposals have already been made.

The leader of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, has announced he is not going to run as a presidential candidate. With the new presidential election set for May, the presidential race in the country has already started.

Arseny Yatsenyuk.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Arseny Yatsenyuk.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
The EU regards Aleksandr Turchinov as the president of Ukraine. The organization’s representative Olivier Bailly said that after the Ukrainian parliament, as the guarantor of democratic legitimacy, made a decision about resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and appointed Turchinov as interim head of state, Brussels regards Turchinov as the only legitimate president of Ukraine.

A new coalition called European Choice has been formed in the Ukrainian parliament with 250 MPs from the leading former opposition parties and factions, including Fatherland, Freedom, UDAR, Sovereign European Ukraine and Economic Development. The coalition would have more than a simple majority in the Ukrainian parliament (226 seats), but less than the 300 seats needed for an absolute Constitutional majority. The former ruling party, the Party of Regions, has announced that it will form the opposition. According to the 2004 Constitution, reinstituted by the new authorities, the majority in parliament can form the government of the country.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, who was nominated as Ukraine’s prime minister on Thursday, said the government would have to take unpopular decisions to guide the country through an economic crisis.

In a speech to parliament after his nomination, Yatsenyuk charted a course towards the European Union and urged Russia to cooperate with Ukraine following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.

“There is no other way out for us than to take extremely unpopular decisions,”he said. His speech received loud applause. (Reuters)

Masked men are attempting to seize the archives of the Justice Ministry in Kiev. The ministry’s press service has confirmed that the situation within the ministry’s headquarters remains normal.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has demanded urgent consultations with Russia on the situation in the Crimean autonomous region. Due to the absence of the Russian ambassador in Ukraine, who has been recalled to Moscow for consultations, Russia’s temporary charge d’affaires was handed a note demanding that the military contingent of the Russian military bases in Crimea refrain from leaving the bases.

People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
The European Parliament has called on Ukrainian’s interim government to protect the country’s Russian-speaking minority’s right to use the language.

“All Ukrainian and international, political forces must work together to ensure a united Ukraine, taking into account linguistic, cultural and historical factors,”said the parliamentary statement.

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#Ukraine Opposition: “Parliament Requires that `Protesters Vacate Occupied’ Government Building’s”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine Opposition Defy Government-Backed `Amnesty Bill’ for protesters

kiev.nThe Ukrainian opposition rejected an amnesty bill adopted by the parliament, which requires that protesters vacate occupied government buildings. Opposition leaders demand an unconditional amnesty and pledge to continue their protest.

Once signed into law, the bill will offer blanket amnesty to all participants of anti-government rallies, with the exception of those suspected of major crimes, like murder or kidnapping.

The amnesty is to come into force automatically after the general prosecutor confirms in an official statement that the protesters have ceded all government and administrative buildings in the country, as well as some streets. The latter do not include the sites of peaceful protests, like Kiev’s Independence Square and European Square. The bill sets a 15-day deadline for the opposition to meet the conditions.

The amnesty bill was submitted by the ruling Party of Regions and supported by 232 of the 450 total members of Ukraine’s unicameral parliament. It was one of four competing amnesty bills on the floor during the emergency parliament session on Wednesday. The party said the amnesty is the third major concession in the past few days made in response to the opposition demands.

“[This legislation] provides for steps for both the authorities and the opposition. They relinquish the seized buildings; we relinquish participants of the clashes from responsibility. It’s called compromise. But if they don’t hold their part of the obligations, the law ‘dies’ and no amnesty takes place. So of hundreds of people are punished for violating the law, the blame would be fully on [opposition leaders] Klitschko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnibok,” explained Mikhail Chechetov, a Party of Regions MP.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

But the opposition does not appear to see the deal as fair. Opposition lawmakers refused to support the draft, saying that detained protesters must be released without any preconditions. After it was passed, they said they would challenge it on procedural grounds.

“The law was adopted in clear violation of [parliamentary] rules, it wasn’t discussed in the committee. It was absolutely illegitimate and illegal. This law shouldn’t be recognized,” said the leader of the nationalist Freedom (Svoboda) opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok.

“They are trying to make us responsible for the situation in the country,” the politician said.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party alleged that the government wants to ‘shut down the Maidan’ with the amnesty law.

Opposition UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko believes that the new law will only increase tension within Ukrainian society and will not help to ease the political crisis.

“Instead of lowering the tensions in the community, the temperature will rise,”Klitschko said.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet resigned, and parliament voted 361-2 to repeal recently passed anti-protest laws. Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws were repealed.

Days before that, President Viktor Yanukovich’s offered Yatsenyuk the role of chairman of the new Ukrainian government, with Klitschko getting a ministerial position in it. Both opposition leaders rejected the offer.

On January 16 Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, passed controversial anti-protest laws that imposed strict punishments for violators. The new legislation sparked mass protests, which quickly transformed into violent riots on Grushevskogo Street. The damage from protests in Kiev is estimated to be at least $2.5 million, the city administration said Wednesday.

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#Ukraine: “Government `Strives to End the Crisis’ `Timeline of Events’ that has `Spread Beyond’ Kiev”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine’ the Ukrainian capital has been gripped by weeks of anti-government protests which have seen violent clashes between rioters and police. Unrest is also spreading beyond Kiev as the opposition and government struggle to end the crisis.

Kiev Unrest Timeline

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky )

Tuesday, January 28

11:07 GMT:

Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws passed January 16 were cancelled during a special session of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada.

The repeal of the laws was one of the opposition’s main demands.

It was one of the main demands of the opposition.

10:50 GMT:

Three former Ukrainian presidents are participating in a session of the country’s parliament aimed at ending the unrest in the country.

Ukraine's former Presidents Viktor Yushchenko (L), Leonid Kravchuk (R) and Leonid Kuchma attend a session in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Ukraine’s former Presidents Viktor Yushchenko (L), Leonid Kravchuk (R) and Leonid Kuchma attend a session in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

10:36 GMT:

Ukraine’s Justice Minister Elena Lukash has said a state of emergency is not on the agenda.

10:27 GMT:

Participants of the mass protests in Ukraine could be exempt from prosecution, if a bill, which has been registered in the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is passed.

The draft bill has been authored to prevent negative consequences for and prosecution of participants of mass protests, which have taken place between December 2013 and January 2014,” the bill’s author, Leonid Emets, an MP from the opposition Fartherland (Batkivshchina) party, told Itar-Tass. “If the bill’s passed, that would alleviate tension in the community,” he added.

10:21 GMT:

Ukraine’s parliament is set to debate the laws on amnesty and the cancellation of the January 16 law. It is considered that the new law may enter in force after all buildings seized by the opposition are freed.

10:00 GMT:

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is planning to carry out negotiations with Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition leaders, according to Ashton’s press secretary, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

09:46 GMT:

Members of the opposition and of the ruling party have spoken out over the submission of the resignation of Ukraine’s premier, Nikolay Azarov.

In particular, the leader of the ‘Udar’ (Strike) party, Vitaly Klitschko, believes that the move was an attempt to “save face.”

An MP from the ruling Party of Regions, Anna German, thinks “it is a responsible move from an experienced politician who could put his own ambitions lower than the interests of the state, the interests of the mutual understanding between the authorities and the community.”

09:24 GMT:

A few thousand supporters of the ruling Party of Regions have rallied near the Ukrainian Parliament, demanding a stop to attempts at a coup d’etat.

09:03 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s application for resignation does not necessarily mean he will quit his post, Vladimir Oleynik, an MP from the ruling Party of Regions, told Interfax-Ukraine. “It is essential that the president accepts such a resignation,” Oleynik stressed.

08:51 GMT:

The leader of opposition party ‘Batkivshchina’ (Homeland), Arseny Yatsenyuk, has said that he does not intend to take over the post of Ukrainian premier, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

08:49 GMT:

PM Nikolay Azarov has said in his statement that the conflict situation in the state threatens the economic and social development of Ukraine, as well as all of Ukrainian society and every citizen.

“With the aim of creating additional options for social and political compromise, for the peaceful solution to the conflict, I’ve made my personal decision to ask the president of Ukraine to accept my resignation from the post of Ukrainian prime minister,” Azarov said.

 

Mykola Azarov.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

Mykola Azarov.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

He also stressed that “during the stand-off the government has done everything for peaceful solution of the conflict.”

“We’ve been doing everything not to let bloodshed happen, not to have violence escalated, not to have human rights infringed upon. The government has made sure the economy and the social security functioned in extreme conditions,” the premier said, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

08:41 GMT:

В Верховную раду Украины приехали послы практически всех европейских государств #евромайданpic.twitter.com/0KpwlYf1G6

— Павел Шеремет (@pavelsheremet) January 28, 2014

The opposition leaders expect significant results from Tuesday’s session. 

“I believe that Ukrainians now see a light at the end of the tunnel. The line has been crossed: the Ukrainian people managed to organize in such a way that would take others decades. And I see progress in this exact way: the shaping of patriotism and self-organization,” Oleg Tyagnibok told Itar-Tass.

 08:22 GMT:

Nikolay Azarov has applied for resignation from the post of Ukraine’s Prime Minister, according to the Cabinet of Ministers’ website. 

Monday, January 27

23:17 GMT:

Three policemen have been stabbed by “radical protesters” in the southern Ukrainian city of Herson, authorities report. Two of the wounded are in serious condition. The assailants, all university students, have been detained.

21:41 GMT:

The Ukraine government and opposition agreed to cancel anti-riot laws adopted by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) on January 16 which created toughening responsibility for violations during mass unrest, Minister of Justice Elena Lukash said.

“The political decision was made to cancel those laws adopted on January 16, which caused numerous debates,” the announcement read.

Lukash also noted that those laws which didn’t cause mass outcry will be further discussed during an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, saying that the legislature will be in line with the “European level.”

21:23 GMT:

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (2nd L) meets with opposition leaders (R, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev January 27, 2014.(Reuters / Andrei Mosienko)

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich (2nd L) meets with opposition leaders (R, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev January 27, 2014.(Reuters / Andrei Mosienko)

Batkivshina party leader Arseny Yatsenyuk has rejected President Yanukovich’s proposal to head the government, Ukrainian Justice Minister Elena Lukash said.

“Arseny Yatsenyuk didn’t give a consent to head the government. Negotiations will be continued,” the presidential press service reported.

Yanukovich earlier offered the Batkivshina party leader the opportunity to head the government, promising to dismiss PM Nikolai Azarov and his cabinet from office.

20:22 GMT:

The EU is concerned about the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Ukraine to quell the brutal protesters.

“I am alarmed by reports that the government is planning to declare a state of emergency,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

She stated that such a move by Ukrainian authorities would create “a further downward spiral” that would “benefit no one.”

Ashton urged opposition leaders to “dissociate themselves from those who resort to violence,” adding that she would travel to Kiev for talks on Tuesday evening.

“The only solution to the crisis is a political one. What is urgently needed is a genuine dialogue to build a new consensus on the way forward,” Ashton said, urging authorities to revoke the anti-riot laws.

19:52 GMT:

The self-proclaimed People’s Rada (council) of Kiev has been formed from the opposition’s self-government committee, the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party reported on its website.

The improvised council, formed from members of opposition parties and “civil society representatives,” is determined to function until “legitimate” senior Kiev administration officials are elected.

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

The announcement comes as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich meets with leaders of the three opposition parties – UDAR, Batkivshchyna, and Svoboda – as part of a task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

The meeting is taking place at the presidential administration building in Kiev, the presidential press service told ITAR-TASS.

19:24 GMT:

As riots and storming of government buildings continue in western Ukraine, residents in the east of the country fear the violence could spread to their relatively calm regions too, RT’s Paula Slier reports from Donetsk.

Slier interviewed Aleksandra Green, a Jewish mother of two, who is taking the openly racist slogans of one of the opposition leaders, Oleg Tyagnibok, very seriously.

“In the children’s school now, there is a security guard. Children now take pepper sprays to school to be safe…I’m afraid for my family,”
 Green told RT.

“These people, protesters, have already tasted the blood and maybe they will become more violent,” she said.

Watch the full report by RT’s Slier:

19:12 GMT:

Diplomats from 14 world countries with embassies in Kiev have inspected the equipment of Berkut special forces, according to a statement published on the website of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

According to the statement, the diplomats observed tear gas canisters, stun grenades, “Fort-500” non-lethal guns, and ammunition belonging to the special forces.

“The police officers have no firearms,” the statement stressed.

Earlier on Monday, Vitaly Lukyanenko, the spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov, refuted media reports which stated that the government is looking to expand Berkut and the Griffon special forces unit by six times, to a 30,000-strong corps.

“There is no such decision and I very highly doubt it could ever be taken,”Lukyanenko said, as quoted by ITAR-TASS.

18:35 GMT:

The UN is ready to send its special envoy to Ukraine to help continue a dialogue between the government and the opposition, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in a phone conversation Monday, according to Yanukovich’s press service.

The UN Chief has “called on all sides to show maximum restraint and to seek ways of resolving the crisis through dialogue,” the press service said in a statement.

18:24 GMT:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he regrets that“outrageous violent actions of fascist-type fellows” rioting in Ukraine have received “no evaluation in principle” by EU bodies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Didier Burkhalter, in a phone conversation on Monday.

When asked by Burkhalter on Russia’s view of the situation in Ukraine, the minister stressed that Russia is urging a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis with no foreign intervention.

17:59 GMT:

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko has discussed the political situation in the country on the phone with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, according to the Interior Ministry press-service.

Pyatt stressed that the current government negotiations with the opposition are significant, adding that both sides should stay calm.

In turn, the minister gave assurances that the police will refrain from using force. However, he added that the protesters aren’t meeting this with any concomitant understanding. The situation is complex because there are no negotiators from the opposition he said adding that there are also extremists among the opposition.

17:38 GMT:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned with the escalation of tension and the ongoing violence in Ukraine, ICRC’s Moscow department head, Pascal Cuttat told Itar-Tass.

An ICRC delegation has met with both Ukrainian Foreign Ministry officials and opposition activists, urging the sides to respect the work of the Red Cross volunteers. According to Cuttat, the volunteers have helped about 300 people injured in Ukraine over the last week alone.

Medical volunteers carry a wounded journalist at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Medical volunteers carry a wounded journalist at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

16:48 GMT:

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has confirmed to Interfax that opposition activists are no longer occupying the building of the Ministry of Justice.

Investigators have worked in the building after the protesters, including those of the Spilna Sprava (“common cause”) movement, have left it, the Interior Ministry’s press service said.

The ministry addressed all the protesters occupying other government institutions “to follow the movement’s example and to voluntarily free the occupied buildings.”

The Ministry of Justice was freed following threats by Ukrainian Justice Minister, Elena Lukash, who said she will demand a state of emergency to be imposed. Opposition party leaders negotiated the move with Spilna Sprava, while the National Resistance HQ said they have nothing to do with the ministry’s seizure.

Despite leaving the ministry, Spilna Sprava leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, has continued to call for blocking of other administrative buildings across Ukraine on his Facebook page.

Watch RT’s Peter Oliver reporting from Kiev:

16:29 GMT:

The Ukrainian government has drafted a bill facilitating restriction of internet sites, the press service of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers told Itar-Tass.

The draft bill allows any individual or organization to file a request for blocking a webpage to a special body, the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications).

The commission’s experts then decide on whether to block the website in 7 days’ time. A site may be unblocked by the authorities recalling their decision or by site owners appealing it in court.

The bill follows the controversial January 16 legislation, which, according to the opposition, has prepared the grounds for internet censorship in Ukraine.

15:59 GMT:

Opposition supporters blocking entrance to justice ministry. They tell me the are guarding it from “provocateurs” pic.twitter.com/c615etSc4O

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

15:47 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition is ready to continue talks with the government to settle the political crisis in the country, a statement from the opposition’s National Resistance Headquarters said on Monday.

“Despite the authorities’ policy towards wrecking the talks and imposing a state of emergency, the opposition is ready to continue talking in order to prevent further escalation and bloodshed,” the statement said.

It accused the authorities of attempting to undermine the talks by blaming the opposition for occupying the Ukrainian Justice Ministry building. There are no protesters currently occupying the building, the statement stressed.

The opposition also leveled accusations of using “armed gangs,” commonly referred to as “titushki” against peaceful protesters, claiming that “hundreds”have been injured by the thugs. It also claimed there are unceasing“kidnappings, mass arrests, raids, taking [protesters] hostage and persecution of journalists.”

14:40 GMT:

The opposition’s Spilna Sprava (“common cause”) group is no longer occupying the Ukrainian Justice Ministry building, the group’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, says in his Facebook posts.

According to Danilyuk, some activists from Independence Square (Maidan) are now actually guarding the ministry’s entrance from attempts to re-take it. The situation has apparently resulted in a row between the right-wing group and the opposition leaders rallying on Maidan, with Danilyuk calling the opposition’s “National Resistance HQ” a “bunch of provocateurs.”

Hearing opposition occupying justice ministry may be leaving. Going to have a look to confirm.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

14:16 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition claims to have seized another administrative building – the regional council – in the northern city of Chernigov, announcing they plan to base the headquarters of the new “People’s Rada” (“parliament”) there. Such alternative local councils have already been proposed in several other Ukrainian cities, with Sumy city protesters proclaiming one on Sunday.

There were no reports of clashes or resistance. Opposition MPs have asked their supporters not to build any barricades and to “behave nicely,” according to Ukrainska Pravda daily.

Чернігівці захопили зал засідань облради. #Євромайдан #Чернігів#революція pic.twitter.com/CI6PZUjzRg

— Oleksii Frantsuz (@ofrantsuz) January 27, 2014

#Чернігів‘ська Обласна рада — пiд контролем народу, всi 6 поверхiв. Люди вимагають позачергову сесію, гріються чаєм.pic.twitter.com/XptcAej7RY

— Andy Alex (@andyalexs) January 27, 2014

The move comes after a crowd of rioters stormed the city administration building on Saturday, which they have since been occupying.

An extraordinary session of the council has been called and agreed upon with local Party of Regions’ MPs, but it was not immediately clear when it will take place.

13:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s ex-President Leonid Kravchuk has called on the Ukrainian Government and the opposition to gather for round table talks, Itar-Tass reports, citing Kravchuk’s aide.

Civil society and representatives of the clergy have also been invited to the talks, aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis in Ukraine, the aide said. It was not immediately clear, who will represent the government at the talks.

13:03 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition claims they have nothing to do with the protesters who seized the building of the country’s Ministry of Justice, Interfax Ukraine reported, quoting an opposition MP, Stepan Kubiv, who added that the opposition is in general against the taking of buildings, especially those which are important and significant to the state.

US dept warned citizens in #Ukraine to stay away from crowds & protests, western ambassadors visited the center of protests earlier today

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) January 27, 2014

13:00 GMT:

The Ukrainian Minister of Energy, Eduard Stavitsky, has declared that the situation at the country’s nuclear power stations is under control. It follows numerous anonymous bomb threat calls to hydroelectric and nuclear power stations.

Protesters also tried to seize the country’s Ministry of Energy on Saturday, which triggered the initiation of a special security mode at Ukraine’s power stations.

It comes against the backdrop of the IAEA coming to Ukraine for an unscheduled check. Ukraine’s leadership has stated they work with both the nuclear watchdog and Russia in the field of nuclear energy, which is linked to the events that are going on in the country.

12:21 GMT:

A rally supporting the Ukrainian president is taking place in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Itar-Tass reported, quoting the city administration. The rally is set to last for an unlimited period of time, and the city administration will provide the demonstrators with heating and warm tea (the temperature there is currently -11 degrees Celsius).

12:01 GMT:

The Ukrainian authorities should re-establish credibility, and sides should refrain from using force, Poland’s Foreign Ministry declared. It follows a phone conversation between the Ukrainian and Polish Foreign Ministers.“Minister Kozhara has expressed his concern over the fact that the attitudes of opposition activists are becoming more radical, which is illustrated by the occupation of new government buildings in the regions, as well as the Ministry Justice in Kiev,” Poland’s Foreign Ministry stated, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

Justice ministry still occupied in #Kiev despite opposition leaders asking them to leave. Some opposition arguing with each other outside.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

11:59 GMT:

People are being evacuated from the train station in the city of Lvov after a report that an explosive device was inside the building, Itar-Tass reported.

11:54 GMT:

A Kiev court has ordered the “UDAR” party leader, Vitaly Klitschko, to disclose whether he has a US or German residence permit.

Vitaly Klitschko speaking in central Kiev, January 25, 2014.(AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Vitaly Klitschko speaking in central Kiev, January 25, 2014.(AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

11:38 GMT:

An unknown man has hanged himself from the metal carcass of the New Year tree on Kiev’s Square of Independence, the UNIAN news agency reported, quoting the country’s Interior Ministry. An investigation into the incident has been launched.

10:58 GMT:

There are currently around 2,000 people gathered on Kiev’s Square of Independence. The temperature is -14 degrees Celsius, so people are warming themselves up next to braziers.

10:25 GMT:

Kiev’s prosecutor’s office has closed 35 criminal cases connected with the protests in November and December 2013, the body’s press office head told Itar-Tass.

Kiev, January 26, 2014.(AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Kiev, January 26, 2014.(AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

10:20 GMT:

Members of the Ukrainian rebel army have claimed responsibility for the killing of a policeman in Kiev on Friday.

08:25 GMT:

Moscow has expressed concern over the rise in nationalist attitudes in Ukraine, “including anti-Semitic calls of some Maidan activists which the European bodies choose to hush up for reasons undefined,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

07:15 GMT:

In the western Ukrainian town of Kolomyeh, anti-government protesters attacked the office of the Party of Regions and burnt the party’s symbols. About a thousand people gathered on the town’s main square

06:56 GMT:

Fifteen activists have been detained over the assault on the regional administration in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, located in central Ukraine, some 450km from the capital, Kiev.

06:07 GMT:

Ukrainian police have launched a criminal case over the seizure of Ministry of Justice. It comes after earlier reports that Minister of Justice Elena Lukash threatened to demand the Council for National Security and Defense declare a state of emergency unless the building is freed.

05:58 GMT:

Ukraine’s Security Service says in a statement on its website that the cases of bomb threats in hydroelectric and nuclear power stations have become more frequent recently.

05:44 GMT:

One Polish journalist was injured and another detained during the crackdown on anti-government protests in the town of Cherkassy, situated about 200km from Kiev. Both the journalists are citizens of Belarus. The Union of Polish Journalists expressed concern over the possibility that the two could be deported to their home country after the incident.

80 #journalists have been injured since the eruption of the #protests in December of 2013. #Ukraine #truth

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) January 27, 2014

03:51 GMT:

Ukrainian Justice Minister Elena Lukash has said she will ask the National Security and Defense Council to introduce a state of emergency if rioters do not leave the ministry building.

If the protesters do not leave the Justice Ministry building in half an hour I will ask the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to impose the state of emergency,” she told Inter TV channel.

Occupied building of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry in Kiev on early January 27, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Gapon)

Occupied building of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry in Kiev on early January 27, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Gapon) 

Sunday, January 26

22:44 GMT:

Local media reported that no one was hurt during the seizure of the building of the Justice Ministry in central Kiev. Following the incident, political organization Obchee Delo claimed responsibility, posting a message on their Facebook profile.

22:30 GMT:

The building of Justice Ministry occupied by protesters:

Под МинЮстом сейчас. via @sheleviy #Євромайдан #Евромайдан#Euromaidan pic.twitter.com/XlFy2WC1Ud

— ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) January 26, 2014

21:59 GMT:

Rioters in Ukraine have seized one of the Justice Ministry’s buildings in central Kiev near Independence Square, police reported. “At 22:38 security in the building called in an attempted seizure of the building. Information was confirmed, the building remains seized,” Unian news agency quoted the police as saying.

20:53 GMT:

Opposition leaders in Ukraine have no idea how to end the crisis, a member of parliament with the ruling Party of Regions, Vadim Kolesnichenko, told ITAR-TASS. “Regrettably, last night in Kiev demonstrated that the opposition leaders are unable to fulfill the obligations they have undertaken,” he said.

“Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s [leader of the opposition Batkivshchina party] statement that he is ready to head the Ukrainian government to continue the European integration course looks treacherous after the turmoil the protesters staged at the Ukrainian House in European Square. It looks like the opposition leaders have neither any idea nor solutions how to get out of the current situation,”Kolesnichenko added.

20:28 GMT:

On Sunday, several foreign diplomats – including European, US, and Canadian ambassadors – “inspected” Kiev’s Maidan and spoke to representatives of the radical “Right Sector” group, the press service of the opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party said in a statement.

The diplomats are “convinced” that the protests in central Kiev are “not dangerous” and that protesters do not have “stockpiles of arms,” the report says. They also allegedly agreed that “beasts” and “armed gangs” were responsible for the violence, while protesters “are defending their rights and dignity.”

Officials arrived around the time of a memorial service for a deceased Maidan activist, due to which a Sunday rally was cancelled in central Kiev and violent riots ceased. It is not clear whether the diplomats planned their arrival time accordingly.

17:39 GMT:

Russia’s embassy in Ukraine has refuted rumors claiming that Russian special forces have been dispatched to Kiev to deal with the protesters.

“In connection with allegations circulated by some Ukrainian mass media about the arrival of Russian special forces to Kiev, the press service of the Russian embassy stresses that such reports have nothing to do with the reality and are provocative by nature,” the embassy said in a statement.

The Russian diplomatic mission has also called on mass media to be careful not to fall into the trap of reporting false information intentionally provided by some individuals.

16:49 GMT:

At least 311 police officers have been injured in the Kiev riots, 118 of whom have been hospitalized with head injuries, fractures, burns, and stab and slash wounds. Some have also been poisoned by “unknown substances,”the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a Sunday statement.

The ministry’s press service also informed UNIAN news agency that 116 people have been detained in connection with the mass riots in central Kiev and that a criminal investigation into “mass disorder” on Grushevskogo Street has been opened.

Several people who were previously convicted, including those who have been charged with especially grave crimes, are among the detained.

 

 

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#Kiev: ” The`Ukrainian Opposition` Urges Snap Elections ‘ Even Though `Promises and Review of Constitution”

#AceNewsServices says ” The`Ukrainian Opposition’ urges snap elections, continues protests despite `PM Position Offer’ on table”

Published time: January 25, 2014 20:29
Edited time: January 26, 2014 02:19
Heavyweight boxing champion and UDAR (Punch) party leader Vitaly Klitschko (C), head of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party Oleg Tyagnibok (R) and Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Vitali KlitchskoOpposition leaders called for an early presidential election following a Saturday meeting with the government, where top government posts were offered to protest leaders and a review of the constitution was promised.

The proposal to offer positions within the Ukrainian government to opposition leaders will be considered by all three parties and discussed with the people, Batkivschina leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said.

“We are not rejecting the offer, nor are we accepting it. We are in the midst of serious consultations between all three opposition parties. This is our mutual decision,” he said. “We are ready to take on the responsibility for the country’s future, but only under the conditions that will be set by us.”

No deal @ua_yanukovych, we’re finishing what we started. The people decide our leaders, not you. #Євромайдан

— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) January 25, 2014

The opposition is ready to head up the government and bring Ukraine into the EU, Yatsenyuk added.

“Our task – is a new Ukrainian government ... We accept that responsibility and we are ready to bring Ukraine into the EU, which calls for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko,” he continued.

“Our country is put by those at power to the brink of falling apart...We demand that Yanukovich relieves the position of Ukraine’s president and we need a new constitution.”

Yatsenyuk: “draconian laws must be abolished in parliament on Tuesday. this is our priority, and we will not back down”

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 25, 2014

Following the talks, the head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, said that Yanukovich agreed to many demands. “But we do not step back and demand elections this year,”he told protesters.

“What is Yanukovich ready for? For release and amnesty of all those detained. To work on getting back to the constitution of 2004. Dismissal of government on certain conditions. [He] still does not agree to abolish dictatorial laws, but only to amend them,” Klitschko added.

“Our demands: get rid of those laws…have presidential elections this year. Negotiations are continuing and we must hold on. And we will not succumb to any provocations.

Leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, told protesters that those in power are backing down and changing their tune from two days ago.

The government’s negotiations with the opposition have so far yielded no results, which could signal that the standoff between the two sides will continue for the next couple of days, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky explained.

Rioters storm convention center in bid to oust police

Rioters have stormed the Ukrainian House international convention center. The siege of the convention center by protesters in Kiev is now over, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported. The head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, played a key role in negotiating the policemen’s retreat.

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the "Ukrainian house" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the “Ukrainian house” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

There were around 200 riot police inside the building at the time of the siege, all of whom exited through a side window.

Protesters threw small bombs and Molotov cocktails into the convention center. Police did not retaliate.

Ambulances have been seen coming and going from the center, and numerous reports have emerged that several interior ministry troops are injured inside the building.

“Tensions are far from dying down in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. We do now know that the opposition has refused to meet proposals of the president about withdrawing protesters on the street in exchange for constitutional reforms for tweaking the laws described as draconian in the country, the anti-riot laws that were passed on January 16,” Yaroshevsky said.

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Demonstrators were trying to force police out of the convention center, fearing they will use the building as an outpost to attack the protesters’ barricades from behind.

The mood of the protesters has become increasingly aggressive. After speaking to the core group on Independence Square, Yaroshevsky said that rioters “indicated that they would not be willing to move away from this position regardless of what the opposition or any other politician says.”

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

“Their main goal right now is to topple the government, topple the president. That is what they stand for. We also heard that the opposition leaders speaking on the stage were often booed by the protesters at Independence Square,” he added.

During the Saturday meeting, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered top government posts to protest leaders and promised a review of the constitution – a move aimed at giving more power to parliament.

Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Yanukovich proposed the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk, justice minister Elena Lukash said after the president’s meeting with opposition leaders.

The president offered the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk. In the case of the latter’s consent to take the post, the president of Ukraine will decide on the resignation of the government,” Lukash said.

Vitaly Klitchko was offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs.

The president’s offer came as the government struggles to cope with the protests and violence that continue to grip the entire country.

 

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#Kiev : Ukrainian President has `Promised a Government Reshuffle’ and `Amendments to the Anti-Protest Laws’ on January 28″

#AceBreakingNews says the Ukrainian president has promised a government reshuffle and amendments to the anti-protest laws that triggered violent clashes in Kiev.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpg“We will make a decision at this session [on January 28]. I will sign a decree and we will reshuffle the government in order to find the best possible professional government team,” Yanukovich said.

A fragile ceasefire reigns in embattled Kiev, but unrest is spreading across the rest of Ukraine, with hundreds taking to the streets and seizing administration buildings.

During six days of rioting, the opposition and the government have failed to reach agreement. Despite no concrete deal being reached on the second day of negotiations with the government, the opposition still described Thursday’s four-hour meeting as “positive”, and said it would continue talks. Its major demands are focusing on the government’s resignation and early elections.

The public responded to the meeting with new barricades on Independence Square. A group of protesters seized the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food headquarters nearby.

For the first time this week Kiev has seen no clashes. The protesters aren’t provoking police with attacks, but, at the same time, they are not standing idly by either. They are strengthening barricades and building new ones, and moving closer to presidential headquarters.

A total of more than 100 people were detained following mass riots in the city, Kiev authorities stated on Thursday. Hundreds more have sustained injuries. Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said about 256 police officers have been wounded, with 100 of them hospitalized.

In some cities, mostly in western Ukraine, protesters have attempted or seized local administration buildings, demanding governors’ resignations.

 

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