`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 11 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – SATURDAY – MAY 11

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Sunday, May 11

19:22 GMT:

The polling stations in the Donetsk region closed at 10pm local time. The voter turnout exceeded 71 percent, said the electoral commission.

19:14 GMT:

Voters in a referendum on independence in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, in the eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, were “incredibly active,” a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights, Maksim Shevchenko told RIA Novosti.

I saw a very elderly [WWII] veteran going to the referendum – already a great-grandfather. He was walking with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, young people,” Shevchenko said. “I talked to many people of different ages and all of them said that generally they support the idea of a referendum and would vote,” he said.

The Rights Council member was in Ukraine to mediate a dialogue between the conflicting sides of the ongoing crisis.He said he did not monitor the voting as an observer because he was not given such powers by the body.

18:49 GMT:
18:47 GMT:

The UK’s Foreign Office condemned the referendum in eastern Ukraine saying that it is illegitimate and Ukrainians should instead be concentrating on the May 25 presidential elections.

“It is regrettable that separatists who are causing so much disruption to the lives of ordinary citizens are going ahead with their illegitimate, so-called referendum today,” a spokesman said. “All Ukrainians will have a proper opportunity to express their democratic choice in the forthcoming presidential elections on 25 May. The focus must be on ensuring that free and fair elections can go ahead in a calm and stable environment.”

18:26 GMT:

About 1,500 residents of Barannikovo in Kremensky district of the Lugansk region are attempting to prevent Ukraine’s National Guard’s tanks and armored vehicles from entering their village, according to local self-defense.

I am hearing gunshots through the phone. I know that two people have been wounded,” Vasiliy Nikitin, the head of the press service for Lugansk People’s Republic referendum on independence told Interfax.

18:22 GMT:

The European Union said it would not recognize the result of a referendum on self-rule held by rebels in east Ukraine on Sunday, calling it illegal.

The so-called referenda in … parts of Lugansk and Donetsk regions were illegal and we do not recognize the outcome. Those who organized the referenda have no democratic legitimacy,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in e-mailed comments to Reuters.

She said holding the referendum ran counter to the objectives of an agreement reached by Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the United States last month aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)

18:20 GMT:
17:16 GMT:

There are reports of people killed near the polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, the city in eastern Ukraine that was taking part in the referendum on federalization. The information appeared on the twitter page of a Russian journalist Ilya Azar.

16:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s National Guard has seized the polling stations in the eastern city of Krasnoarmeysk and the voting was closed.All the people in the election district were evacuated. All voting bulletins were saved and taken away by the electoral commission.The voting turnout was nearly 78 percent, while over 47,000 people voted.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:
14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:
13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

13:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:

 

14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:

 

 

13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

 

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

09:32 GMT:

Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk region towns of Krasny Liman, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk has entered its final stage, according to the acting head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Sergey Pashinsky, Interfax reported. Pashinsky said “a lot of separatists have been eliminated during the operation,” but did not provide any figures.

09:30 GMT:

People flocked to a polling station in Ukraine’s Mariupol Sunday morning, as several locations across the city did not open fearing violence. Citizens of the two southeastern regions of Ukraine are being asked if they “support the Act of state self-rule” of Donetsk People’s Republic or Lugansk People’s Republic.

09:06 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum in the Donetsk Region has already exceeded 30 percent according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, as reports ITAR-TASS.

“Voting is taking place in most of the cities in the Donetsk Region and it has been very interesting,” Lyagin commented. “We did not even expect such a turnout, but the commission is coping. We have already broken the 30 percent barrier. We think that by around midday, this figure may be about 35 percent, but we are expecting things to really pick up towards the evening,” the head of the Central Election Commission added.

08:27 GMT:

Communication has been lost with two territorial self-determination referendum committees in the town of Krasny Liman, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, said, according RIA Novosti.

Lyagin said a military operation is currently going on in that area.

08:02 GMT:

People in Mariupol are showing their ballot papers and how they have voted.

07:46 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum is exceptionally high, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, told Interfax.

The turnout is not just high, it’s off the charts,” Lyagin said. “People are queuing up at polling stations, and election commissions are working at full capacity.”

In Lugansk, 22 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots two hours after the polls opened, a leader of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti.

07:28 GMT:

No members of the self-defense squads in Slavyansk were killed during the overnight and morning artillery attacks carried out by Kiev’s armed forces, the city “people’s mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told journalists.

07:15 GMT:

#Referendum: Some problems are reported. Communication issues are registered acc. to local sources.

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07:08 GMT:

An attempt at provocation has been registered in Lugansk, where a group of people tried to take away ballot papers from voters, a representative of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti. He said the attempt to disrupt voting was foiled and the incident is being investigated.

06:55 GMT:

Journalists from RT’s Ruptly video agency say that no armed people can be seen around polling stations in Donetsk.

06:51 GMT:

 

The coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov, says the voting process is the most problematic in Mariupol, which witnessed deadly clashes on Friday. Only eight polling stations have been opened there. Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.

 

 

06:26 GMT:

No casualties are reported by Slavyansk self-defense forces, following shelling overnight and this morning of checkpoints on the city’s outskirts by Kiev’s troops, the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheclav Ponomaryov, told journalists, according to RIA Novosti.

06:15 GMT:

The voters in Lugansk are arriving at the city’s polling stations. Some of them are guarded by armed self-defense units. The situation in the city remains calm.

 

06:03 GMT:

The polling stations have opened in Slavyansk on time, despite heavy artillery fire and shots heard on the outskirts of the city, RIA Novosti reported. All in all, there are 60 polling stations in the city, and some local residents arrived to vote before they opened.

 

05:47 GMT:

Security has been tightened around polling stations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

We sent additional self-defense units to polling stations and also to the most important social institutions,” a Lugansk self-defense leader, Aleksey Chmilenko, told Interfax. “So far everything is normal, there are no incidents.

 

05:47 GMT:

Almost simultaneously with the opening of polling stations, sounds of shooting and artillery fire were heard on the outskirts of Slavyansk, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reported, citing its correspondent in the area.

 

05:32 GMT:

 

 

04:45 GMT:

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` Four-Party Meeting on Ukraine with Russia, the United States and the European Union Was held in Geneva ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – April 16 – PRESS RELEASE – The Geneva statement adopted at a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, April 17, calls for a national dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks.

“It calls for an immediate commencement of a broad national dialogue which must be inclusive, transparent and accountable,” he said.

Lavrov stressed that measures to disarm illegal armed groups and free seized buildings would apply to all regions of Ukraine without exception.

“The measures we have stated concern all regions of Ukraine without exception and all problematic questions without exception,” he said.

He said that decisions on Ukraine must be acceptable for all Ukrainians. “Decisions must be mutually acceptable for all Ukrainians as this is a guarantee of stability of the Ukrainian state with due regard for the linguistic peculiarities of different regions of the country,” he said.

The minister said Russia would support the work of the OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in order to foster dialogue between all sides involved in the conflict.

“We urge the special monitoring mission of the OSCE to play a leading role, in accordance with its mandate, in assisting Ukrainians and the Kiev authorities in carrying out measures to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. We will support the work of this mission to foster dialogue between the sides in order to unblock the situation step by step,” Lavrov said.

“We have agreed to meet in different formats,” he added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the parliament-appointed Ukrainian acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia took part in the meeting.

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` UN Security Council ,Germany and (P5+1) and Iran agree new round of Nuclear Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran have agreed to hold a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna on April 7-9.

World powers and the Islamic Republic agreed to the latest round of negotiations following two days of “substantive” talks in the Austrian capital, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday.

Ashton said the seven states had discussed Iranians contentious uranium enrichment program, the country’s Arak heavy water reactor and Western sanctions against Tehran during negotiations held over the last two days.

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` EU Chief `Catherine Ashton ‘ pays first visit to `Iran’ to discuss `Tehran’s’ nuclear Programme ‘

AceWorldNews reports that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has paid her first ever visit to Iran to discuss issues regarding Tehran’s nuclear program.

It comes ahead of another round of talks between Iran and major world powers, Iranian media reported. Ashton’s visit will last two days, with bilateral, regional, and international issues to be debated.

It’s also the first visit by an EU foreign policy chief since 2008.

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#OPCW : ” EU has allocated over `12 Million Euros’ to help pay for Dismantling of Syria’s Weapons Programme”

#AceWorldNews says that the EU has allocated over 12 million euro to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Monday to help pay for the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons program, AFP said.

The funds had been pledged to the OPCW in December by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to help cover the 25-million to 30-million euro cost of destroying the chemical materials.

They were signed over to the OPCW by the EU’s Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

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“German Foreign Minister Threatens Sanctions Against Ukraine”

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#AceNewsServices says `German FM threatens sanctions against `Ukraine Government’ over crisis’

BERLIN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Germany must act decidedly in response to the crisis in Ukraine and sanctions against the government should be used as a threat if efforts seeking to find a political solution are rejected, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

Steinmeier described the situation in Ukraine as “highly explosive” in an interview with Germany’s ARD television late on Monday.

“I think we must now show sanctions as a threat,” the minister said, adding that Germany had to be ready to opt for these measures if talks between the government and opposition did not lead to “expected and demanded progress.”

Talks between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Vitali Klychko are planned for Tuesday in Kiev, which is also expected to be attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, reports said.

The sanction comments of Steinmeier, who called for engagement of German government to help create a political solution to end the Ukrainian crisis, strike a different tone from the line taken so far by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said last week there was no question of sanctions at the moment.

Ukraine has been hit by more than two months of protests following a government decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union and opt for closer relations with Russia.

Demonstrations turned violent on Jan. 19, when radical activists attacked riot police with fireworks and petrol bombs. At least four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of others, including police officers, injured during clashes between protesters and the government forces in the past two weeks.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference that Ukrainian government had met all the requirements of the opposition and the latter should do their part to end the crisis in the East European country.

Yanukovych on Monday warned Ukrainians against fomenting extremism and radicalism in the society. Earlier in the day, he returned to work from four days of sick leave from acute respiratory disease.

 

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#Kiev : ” EU Refuses to let `Russian Journalist’s’ to Attend Ashton’s Briefing”

#AceNewsServices says `Moscow Blasts EU‘ for refusal to let `Russian Reporters‘ attend `Ashton’s Kiev Briefing’

Freedom of the Press The refusal to allow Russian journalists to attend a briefing of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in Kiev contradicts the principle of press freedom, which is actively promoted by Brussels, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Its spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said that the EU has explained the decision by difficulties in logistics and security measures. However, he described the explanations as “unsatisfactory.”

The reporters were not allowed to attend the event on January 29, which EU representatives said was held in “a limited format.”

 

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#Ukraine : ” Leader who was Tortured for Eight Day’s Leaves for Lithuania”

#AceNewsServices says `Beaten Protest Leader Dmytro Bulatov leaves Ukraine’ for Lithuania’ 

A Ukrainianprotest leader who says he was abducted and tortured has left the country for medical treatment.

Dmytro Bulatov has flown to Latvia. afpDmytro Bulatov has flown to Latvia. It was reported earlier that his final destination was Lithuania.

He appeared on TV last week with a gash on his face and part of his ear cut off. He said he had been held and beaten for eight days.

His case became a new rallying point for protesters, who want President Viktor Yanukovych to resign.

Thousands are currently in Maidan square, a focal point for the protesters.

Mr Yanukovych has offered a number of concessions and his cabinet quit their jobs.

But the demonstrators, many of whom want to see closer ties with the EU rather than Russia, have not been placated.

‘Tragic situation’

Mr Bulatov was a leader of a group called Automaidan, made up mainly of drivers who would protect the protest camps and blockade streets.

He went missing on 22 January and re-emerged eight days later the outskirts of Kiev.

He told the media he had been “crucified” by his abductors, who he could not identify other than to say they had Russian accents.

Opposition politicians Western diplomats expressed outrage at the incident.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the “deliberate targeting of organisers and participants of peaceful protests”.

On Sunday, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said European diplomats had helped to arrange medical care outside Ukraine.

 

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#Ukraine : ” Bill `Submitted to Parliament’ seeks `Amnesty for Opposition Protest Participant’s”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukrainian Parliament Reviews Bill’ placed before them to consider `Amnesty for Opposition’ Protestor’s.     

Wednesday, January 29

Kiev Timeline 29-01-14
Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
09:25 GMT:

A bill submitted to Ukrainian parliament seeks amnesty for all participants of the opposition protest with the exception of those suspected of major crimes. The bill, which is expected to be adopted on Wednesday, has been submitted by the ruling Party of Regions as part of the government concessions to the opposition.

The amnesty, once signed into law, will not come into force until the protesters vacate all governmental buildings and allow barricades to be removed from Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. The opposition will also have to disarm and disband groups of rioters before the amnesty comes into force.

An alternative amnesty bill submitted to the parliament by an independent MP stipulates no provisions for relinquishing the government buildings. It also specifically requires that all information gathered on participants of the protests subject to the amnesty is destroyed.

07:05 GMT:

The damage from protests in Kiev is estimated to be at least US$2.5 million, the city administration reported.

“That’s after a quick survey of the buildings and parks,” Deputy Mayor Anatoly Golubchenko said as he voiced the figure. We’ve already issued a bill to organizers of the pro-government rallies. But nobody seems to take responsibility for Grushevskogo Street and Independence Square,” he added in reference to the places where most of the rioting and a major opposition protest took place.

The damage included destroyed pavements, fragments of which radical opposition activists hurled at riot police, and buildings burned out in fires started by tires set alight by the protesters.

03:20 GMT:

In his 6th State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama said that USA is using its enormous opportunities to “do good and promote understanding around the globe – to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want.”

“In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and have a say in their country’s future,”Obama said.

00:12 GMT:

Opposition factions clashed with each other in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov for control over the regional administration building. Activists from the nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), had scuffles with their allies, who had helped them take over the building back on January 23, local media reported.

The overnight clashes happened shortly after the Svoboda activists announced that they would hand over the administration building to a so-called ‘People’s Rada’, an opposition-led body which aims to replace the regular government in the Ukrainian region. Reports say the activists trying to establish their hold on the building used tear gas against those who refused to leave.

Svoboda later said the scuffles were caused by a misunderstanding in the opposition ranks.

Tuesday, January 28

22:04 GMT:

US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed the repeal of anti-protest laws in Ukraine and the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov. He also urged President Viktor Yanukovich to sign the repeal and take further measures to set up a new pro-European government.

“These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity,” the White House said.

Tuesday’s call was the third phone conversation between Biden and Yanukovich in less than a week.

21:06 GMT:

Canada’s immigration minister said that Ottawa will bar entry into the country to Ukrainian officials involved in protest crackdowns in Kiev.

“Effective immediately, our government will be restricting the entry to Canada of key officials of the Ukrainian government who are responsible for the oppression of citizens and the opposition as they defiantly and courageously speak out in support of freedom and democracy,” Chris Alexander told reporters, without naming any specific individuals.

The move follows Washington’s lead last week, which revoked visas of several Ukrainians linked to violence in Ukraine.

19:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s resignation and the abolition of the anti-protest laws have not toned down sentiments in the country, said the head of the Ivano-Frankovsk administration, Vasily Skripnichuk as cited by Itar-tass news agency. Administration buildings in the west of Ukraine, where pro-EU sentiments are very strong, are still under siege and barricades are still in place, he added.

The political crisis in the country means that the resignation of the Prime Minister is long overdue, Skripnichuk believes. Nikolay Azarov’s resignation is“only the first step towards a ‘full reset’ of power,” he noted.

MPs in Ivano-Frankovsk are thinking about getting rid of the recently formed “People’s councils”, which are acting together with regional government authorities in most parts of western Ukraine.

In Lvov, a city in the far west of Ukraine, local activists of the “National resistance council” agreed to gradually vacate the captured administrative buildings, said the head of the Lvov regional administration Petr Kolodiy. However, he added that this decision is not connected with the PM’s resignation.

18:01 GMT:

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition on Wednesday, Ashton’s press service said. Ashton, who is High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, has traveled to Ukraine to mediate negotiations between the country’s government and the opposition.

16:34 GMT:

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has strongly condemned the violence in Ukraine and called for those responsible to be prosecuted. He also urged for freedom of assembly and expression to be respected in the country. Van Rompuy’s statement comes after the EU-Russia Summit in Brussels.

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

15:42 GMT:

Azarov has said that he made “a very difficult decision” to resign from his post in order to provide an opportunity for all political forces to come to a compromise and end the political crisis in Ukraine.

Tuesday, January 28

22:04 GMT:

US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed the repeal of anti-protest laws in Ukraine and the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov. He also urged President Viktor Yanukovich to sign the repeal and take further measures to set up a new pro-European government.

“These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity,” the White House said.

Tuesday’s call was the third phone conversation between Biden and Yanukovich in less than a week.

21:06 GMT:

Canada’s immigration minister said that Ottawa will bar entry into the country to Ukrainian officials involved in protest crackdowns in Kiev.

“Effective immediately, our government will be restricting the entry to Canada of key officials of the Ukrainian government who are responsible for the oppression of citizens and the opposition as they defiantly and courageously speak out in support of freedom and democracy,” Chris Alexander told reporters, without naming any specific individuals.

The move follows Washington’s lead last week, which revoked visas of several Ukrainians linked to violence in Ukraine.

19:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s resignation and the abolition of the anti-protest laws have not toned down sentiments in the country, said the head of the Ivano-Frankovsk administration, Vasily Skripnichuk as cited by Itar-tass news agency. Administration buildings in the west of Ukraine, where pro-EU sentiments are very strong, are still under siege and barricades are still in place, he added.

The political crisis in the country means that the resignation of the Prime Minister is long overdue, Skripnichuk believes. Nikolay Azarov’s resignation is“only the first step towards a ‘full reset’ of power,” he noted.

MPs in Ivano-Frankovsk are thinking about getting rid of the recently formed “People’s councils”, which are acting together with regional government authorities in most parts of western Ukraine.

In Lvov, a city in the far west of Ukraine, local activists of the “National resistance council” agreed to gradually vacate the captured administrative buildings, said the head of the Lvov regional administration Petr Kolodiy. However, he added that this decision is not connected with the PM’s resignation.

18:01 GMT:

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition on Wednesday, Ashton’s press service said. Ashton, who is High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, has travelled to Ukraine to mediate negotiations between the country’s government and the opposition.

16:34 GMT:

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has strongly condemned the violence in Ukraine and called for those responsible to be prosecuted. He also urged for freedom of assembly and expression to be respected in the country. Van Rompuy’s statement comes after the EU-Russia Summit in Brussels.

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

15:42 GMT:

Azarov has said that he made “a very difficult decision” to resign from his post in order to provide an opportunity for all political forces to come to a compromise and end the political crisis in Ukraine.

15:42 GMT:

Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov will serve as acting prime minister until a new government is formed, a press secretary for Azarov told the Interfax news agency.

14:09 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has accepted the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet, according to a decree on the presidential website. The cabinet will continue to work until a new government is formed.

12:36 GMT:

One of the three policemen who were stabbed during a protest in Khersones, southern Ukraine, on Monday, died in hospital, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said, as quoted by Itar-Tass. With the latest death, a total of two protesters and two policemen were killed across Ukraine in latest clashes.

11:40 GMT:

The Ukrainian parliament is to debate a bill on the creation of a special commission on changing the constitution, Arseny Yatsenyuk, the leader of opposition party Batkivshchina, said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

11:36 GMT:

Ukraine’s parliament is set to debate later on Tuesday the legislation to give amnesty to the participants of the protests across the country.

Deputies attend the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Deputies attend the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

10:51 GMT:

Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws passed on January 16 have been cancelled during the special session of the Ukrainian Parliament.

It was one of the main demands of the opposition.

 

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