Crimea Floods Again: On Sunday, July 4, heavy rains returned to the Russian-occupied Crimea: According to the Russian Ministry of Emergencies , the basements of apartment buildings in the Krasnogvardeisky district were flooded by noon. In the village of Sokolyne, Bakhchisaray district, a mudslide occurred and a private household was flooded. In addition, private households were flooded in the village of Kuibyshev, Bakhchisaray district.https://t.me/minstroyRK/454?embed=1
Water floods private houses, in one of the settlements there was a mudslide.Occupation Ministry of Construction reports about 50 flooded houses in Kuibyshev / photo t.me/minstroyRK
The rain also led to new local floods in Yalta.
“It has been raining since nightfall, there is flooding (again – Krivoshty and Vergasov). The situation is under control, all city services, as well as emergency workers are working on the ground – quickly eliminate the effects of the disaster. houses “, – the” mayor “of Yalta Yanina Pavlenko reported.
In addition, due to heavy rainfall and stagnant water after the rains on the peninsula recently observed an influx of mosquitoes, especially in the central and northern parts, according to ” Crimea.Realities “.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The resolution, among other things, required the UN Secretary-General to report on its implementation on the 74th UN General Assembly’s session in the fall of 2019:
Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Convention – UN report: ‘In December 2018, the UN General Assembly approved the Ukrainian resolution A/RES/73/263 on the protection of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation’
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People hold Russian flags on the streets of occupied Crimea. Photo: Anton Naumlyuk, RFE/RL
Edited by: Yuri Zoria
A formal presentation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres‘s report took place on 14 October in New York. The report reveals multiple Russian crimes in Crimea, including a direct replacement of the population in the occupied region.
By resettling people from mainland Russia to Ukrainian Crimea in an attempt to alter the demographics of the area, Russia deliberately violates Geneva conventions.
It was the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour who presented the report on how the Ukrainian 2018 resolution is being implemented. Answering a question by a Ukrainian representative in the course of the presentation, Mr. Gilmour emphasizedthat transferring populations into an occupied area violates the Geneva Conventions, in particular, the fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
As the Russian delegate in his objection stated that the General Assembly’s Resolution on human rights in Crimea was “politicized, based on unverified and clearly falsified information,” Andrew Gilmour reminded that his office has not been unable to access Crimea despite the requests it made to Russia.
Oleh Nikolenko, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Information and Spokesperson of Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, described the importance of the UN Sec-Gen’s report for Ukraine,
For the first time in five years of the occupation, we have an analysis of the situation on the Crimean peninsula prepared by the UN Secretary-General… The most important things are named:– Russia is an occupying power, subject to obligations under international law.– Russia completely ignores these obligations.
Russia deliberately pursues policies aimed at changing the demographic situation in Crimea, which is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. On the one hand, the Russian authorities are taking measures to coerce those who disagree with the occupation to leave the peninsula, and on the other, in 2014-2018, it has transferred 140,000 of its citizens to the Ukrainian peninsula, including servicemen and their families … This, in particular, is made to secure the annexation attempt, to create additional obstacles for further de-occupation.
Changing demographics in the occupied territories violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. Russia implemented the same scenario in the occupied territories of Georgia.
It is important for Ukraine that the UN Secretary-General finally spoke out on this. All Russian crimes are recorded and will be used to hold Moscow accountable, including in subsequent resolutions and international courts.
Volodymyr Yelchenko, the permanent representative of Ukraine at the United Nations, thanked the Secretary-General for the report and notedthat the UN should take the necessary measures to stop the transfer of Russian population to Crimea,
At the outset, my delegation would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for the release of 12 reports, and among them of the very first report “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea…” … I would also like to ask you, Mr. Gшlmour, while reporting to the UN GA to pay special attention to the main root causes of human rights violations and abuses in Crimea, namely the foreign aggression and temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. … I would appreciate your advice on the steps and actions to be taken by the UN in general and the General Assembly, in particular, to stop transferring of the Russian population to Crimea and prevent consequences of such actions of the occupying power.
Population replacement in occupied Crimea
The report of the Secretary-General states, in particular, that international humanitarian law prohibits individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory regardless of the motive of such actions. The OHCHR (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) notes that, according to the court registry of the Russian Federation, during 2017–2018 courts in Crimea ordered the transfer of at least 947 individuals considered foreigners under the laws of the Russian Federation, including the transfer of 518 Ukrainian citizens who lived in Crimea.
What is yet more important, under international humanitarian law, the occupying power must not transfer parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies. As reported by OHCHR, during 2014–2018, 140,198 people changed their residency registration from regions of the Russian Federation to what Russia calls “the Republic of Crimea.” These relocations include appointments of public sector employees from the Russian Federation to Crimea, transferring servicemen with their families to the peninsula in the Russian framework of the militarization of the peninsula.
Read also: Russians moving into occupied Crimea now form one-fifth of its populationAccording to RFE/RL, the resettlement of Russian citizens to Crimea is going on while native residents are leaving the peninsula. Particularly, at least 19,000 Russians resettled to the peninsula while 17,500 locals departed in 2018. Some 17,000 Russians moved in and 16,000 Crimean residents moved out from the occupied region in 2017.
Other conclusions of the report
Meeting of the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee of the UN General Assembly – the third committee, 17th meeting of GA’s 74th session. 14 October 2019, New York. Screenshot: webtv.un.org
The UN Sec-Gen’s report, not only provides data and evidence of population replacement in Crimea but also confirms all other Russian crimes and violations mentioned in the previous UN General Assembly Resolutions. The most important cases are:
Violating the A/RES/73/263 resolution, Russia denied the OHCHR access to the peninsula. Therefore, the Office was obliged to conduct remote monitoring based on the information from the human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine as well as Crimean civil activists and witnesses who fled occupied Crimea to mainland Ukraine.
Russia, the occupying power, automatically extended the Russian Federation’s citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens who resided in Crimea on a permanent basis. This is a violation of the right to a nationality. People who rejected Russian citizenship were considered as foreigners and faced deportation.
Russian Federation laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism, designed to persecute political opponents, were applied to acts committed before the occupation, against all commonly accepted judicial norms.
The same laws were used for arbitrary arrests, usually preceded by house raids and searches conducted by the police and the FSB special service. From 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019, OHCHR recorded 186 searches. In some cases, individuals were reportedly detained even without formal charges.
OHCHR received information alleging torture and ill-treatment of individuals deprived of their liberty, usually on the basis of the same above-mentioned laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism. Torture was used to obtain forced confessions from the victims. Perpetrators resorted to various forms of torture, including mock executions, beatings, and electric shocks, as well as sexual violence.
Prisoners had not received adequate medical assistance
Religious organizations had to re-register according to Russian procedures. Some communities, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, chose not to re-register and now the Russian occupation authorities of Crimea consider that such organizations have lost their legal status. This led to the non-recognition of church property. Other religious communities with strong links to churches in other parts of Ukraine, like the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, were denied registration in the peninsula.
To avoid repercussions for independent journalistic work, journalists frequently self-censored, used pseudonyms and filtered their content before publication.
Authorities didn’t allow protests or rallies that were critical to Russian policies. In particular, courts arrested or fined 80 Muslim men who conducted single-person protests in October 2017 against criminal cases against other Muslims perceived as sympathizers of unauthorized religious groups.
Further concerns emerged about the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Crimea following the introduction by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2019 of new laws on the offenses of “public insults towards State authorities” and “distribution of false information of public importance.”
OHCHR has documented a narrowing of space for manifestations of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identities and enjoyment of the respective cultures in Crimea. Crimean authorities exerted pressure on members of Ukrainian cultural organizations and imposed a total ban on the Mejlis, an important self-governing institution of the Crimean Tatar people. Members of the civic group “Ukrainian Cultural Centre” were threatened and interrogated by the sham authorities of Crimea on dubious grounds.
The number of school students instructed in the Russian language increased to 96.7% of all students, from 90.7% in 2013–2014, and the number of students instructed in Ukrainian decreased to only 249 children from 12,694 in 2013-2014. OHCHR documented cases in which the school administration disregarded or rejected explicit requests from parents to use Ukrainian or Crimean Tatar as the language of instruction for their children.
International humanitarian law forbids the occupying power to compel people on the occupied territory to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. As of 2019, the total number of Crimean men conscripted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation since 2015 amounted to at least 18,000. There had been least 29 guilty verdicts in criminal prosecutions of Crimean men for draft evasion since 2017.
#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.12: ./TASS/. Egyptian and Russian sailors have conducted the first gun practice at joint drills Friendship Bridge 2015 in the Mediterranearn, Russian Black Sea Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachyov said Friday.
Active stage of the Russian-Egyptian military naval drills “Friendship bridge–2015” started in the Mediterranean Sea http://t.co/jtosiBGO4o
“After practising elements of joint maneuvering, the Russian and Egyptian vessels making part of tactical groups successfully conducted artillery gun firing on a drifting surface target”, Trukhachyov said.
#AceNewsServices – RUSSIA – On December 4 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly, the both chambers of Russia’s parliament. The state of the nation address is a basic document, which outlines the president’s positions on major directions of the Russian policies not only for the coming year, but also for future.
Position on the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea’s unification with Russia
Russia has the right to pursue its sole line of development, the president said. “This applies to Ukraine as well,” Putin said. He called hypocritical the use of human’s rights issue to cover for the state coup in Ukraine.
The president recalled the Crimean referendum and the reunification of the republic with Russia. The reunification, he said, is a major historic event. Crimea has significance for Russia, he said, and Russians will handle it that way forever.
The United States always influences Russia’s relations with neighbouring states directly or behind-the-scenes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Getting back to the way Russia’s dialogue with Europe and the US on Ukraine was developing, the president said “It is not by chance that I have mentioned our American friends, as they have always been influencing our relations with neighbours directly or behind-the-scenes”.
“If some European countries have forgotten about their national pride long ago and are considering sovereignty to be a great luxury, real state sovereignty is an absolutely essential condition for Russia’s existence,” Putin said.
“Of course, sanctions are harmful, but they are harmful for everyone, including for those who initiate them,” Putin stressed. The Russian president however said sanctions and restrictions motivate to reach the set aims. Putin said he’s sure that the sanctions are not just a “nervous reaction of the United States and its allies” to Russia’s behaviour in connection with events in Ukraine and not due to “the Crimean spring.”
“The policy of containment was not invented yesterday. It has been carried out against this country for many and many years — always, if one can say. For decades if not centuries,” Putin said.
“Each time when someone believes that Russia has become too strong, independent, these tools are used immediately,” the Russian leader said.
Russia isn’t going to stop relations with Europe or America. Besides, Putin said, Russia has many strategic friends and partners in the world. The country will be open for the world and for attracting investments from abroad for joint projects, the president said. He sets a task of increasing the investment in the Russian economy to 25% of the GDP by 2018.
On import substitution:
Reasonable import substitution is Russia’s strategic goal in the near future, Vladimir Putin said in his address. Russia should get rid of dependency on foreign equipment, including for oil drilling in the Arctic, the president said. According to him, when foreign companies buy equipment abroad, it doesn’t do any good for Russia. They should use local products, Putin said. If Rusia buys anything abroad, the products have to be unique. Putin set the task to create conditions fot the SME to take part in the government procurement programs.
Who loves Russia should wish freedom for it On support of terrorism in Russia from abroad and disbalance in the world
Since 2002, when the US abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, there’s been a threat of strategic disbalance in the world, and it’s bad even for the US itself, Vladimir Putin said. “I think this is harmful for the United States as well, because it creates the dangerous illusion of invincibility,” Putin said.
He noted Russia isn’t going to get involved in the arms race though it will do its best to provide its security. The president added that Russia has nonstandard solutions.
It’s useless to try talking to Russia from position of strength. “We remember the countries that supported the terrorists in Russia …and those people make trouble today in Chechnya,” Putin said. The terrorists, according to the president, still receive support from abroad. “Those countries want the Yugoslavian scenario to happen in Russia, he said. Putin noted they will fail just as Hitler failed with his misanthropic idea.
On government spending:
According to the president, Defense Ministry should create a new system for control of budget spending. Improper spending in the sphere of defense can be considered as a threat to national security, he says.
Vladimir Putin says all budget corporations should have a common treasury, and all companies with large state share should reduce their costs several per cent each year.
On industry modernization:
Putin says Russia is capable of modernizing its economy and being leader in the world in certain industries. To achieve that, Russia has to use internal resources, like the Academy of Sciences, and attract Russian nationals from abroad. By 2020 half of Russian colleges should have training cources for 50 most popular professions, says the president.
On demography and care for the disabled:
Russian demography programs have proven efficient and the programs will be extended for Crimea, says the president.
“The country’s population is almost 144 million people, it’s 8 million over the UN outlook,” says Putin. Russia has life a expectancy of over 71 years and has all chances to increase it to 74, he says.
Putin thanks the Russian athletes for their participation in the Sochi Paralympic Games. He says Russia should increase support for the disabled. This, according to the president, includes professional training, production of specific goods, among other things.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 17 – Russia’s defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to the Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and build-up of foreign forces nearby AFP reported.
Sergei Shoigu said it was a “priority” to deploy a “full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea.”
Cited by Russian news agencies, he said the “situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our border.”
The new regulation forbids EU entities from buying debt with a 30 or more day maturity, issuing loans, or selling financial services to five banks, three oil firms, and three defence companies.
The banks, already named in an earlier ban on 90-day bonds, are: Gazprombank; Rosselkhozbank; Sberbank; VEB; and VTB.
The newly named oil firms are: Rosneft; Transneft; and Gazprom Neft. The newly sanctioned defence companies are: Oboronprom; United Aircraft Corporation; and Uralvagonzavod.
The regulation blocks the sale of “dual-use” items to eight more newly named defence and technology firms: Almaz Antey; Bazalt; Chemcomposite; Kalashnikov; Sirius; Stankoinstrument; Technologii Maschinostrojenija; Wysokototschnye Kompleksi.
It forbids EU entities from supplying services for Russian deep water, Arctic, or shale oil exploration, including: drilling; well testing; logging and completion services; and supply of specialised floating vessels.
It also imposes an asset freeze and visa ban on 24 people, bringing the total since the Ukraine conflict erupted in March to 119.
Ten of the people are pro-Russia rebel chiefs in east and south Ukraine and in Crimea, including Donetsk region “prime minister” Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who recently co-signed a peace deal with Ukraine and Russia.
Twelve more are Russian MPs who supported the war on Ukraine, including firebrand nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
The new blacklist also names Russian oligarch Sergey Chemezov and major-general Aleksey Naumets.
It says that Chemezov, who chairs the Rostec arms conglomerate, is a “close associate” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and that one of his firms is now building an energy plant in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.
It says Naumets “is the commander of the 76th airborne division, which has been involved in the Russian military presence on the territory of Ukraine”.
EU Council head Herman Van Rompuy noted in a statement on Thursday the EU will assess “before the end of the month” whether Russia’s recent peace deal with Ukraine is being implemented.
He added that “in the light of the review and if the situation on the ground so warrants” the EU will “amend, suspend or repeal the set of sanctions in force, in all or in part”.
The White House on Thursday said it will also publish details of new measures on Friday.
Courtesy of EUobserver 12/04/2014 Publication Download Link #ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – July 16 – The Ukrainian presidential administration studies the possibility of severing diplomatic relations with neighbouring Russia and the subsequent outcome of such move, Valeriy Chalyi, a deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential staff, told journalists on Wednesday reported by Tass.
“The Ukrainian authorities are studying such possibility and the (subsequent) results of such step,” Chalyi said.
Relations between neighbouring Russia and Ukraine have been recently strained by a host of issues including Crimea’s merger with Russia.
Also disagreements on the price for the Russiannatural gas supplies and the ongoing combat conflict in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine between pro-Kiev military forces and pro-federalization supporters, whom Kiev believes to be allegedly backed by Moscow.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says that pro-Russian separatists have shot down a large military transport plane in the country’s unsettled east and that service personnel aboard were killed.
The statement Saturday on the ministry’s website says that the plane was downed as it approached an airport at Lugansk. The statement did not say how many people were on board the Il-76 transport plane, which was carrying service members as well as equipment and food.
The statement said that the rebels “cynically and perfidiously” downed the plane using anti-aircraft guns and heavy caliber machine guns.
An Il-76 is a four-engine jet that can be used to transport heavy gear and people.
Just caught this story here, the Ukrainian Government have been accused of using White Phosphorus on it’s own people, I can’t verify this as I am just one man at a seat in Scotland. But I do know it can kill and it’s banned under the Protocol III of the UN Convention http://www.icrc.org/ihl/INTRO/515 It can cause long term suffering and also if it enters the water supply can and will be deadly. I can offer one image and 3 video’s at this time
According to the Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons governing the use of incendiary weapons:
prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians (effectively a reaffirmation of the general prohibition on attacks against civilians in Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions)
prohibits the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons against military targets located within concentrations of civilians and loosely regulates the use of other types of incendiary weapons in such circumstances.
Protocol III states though that incendiary weapons do not include:
Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such as illuminates, tracers, smoke or signaling systems;
Munitions designed to combine penetration, blast or fragmentation effects with an additional incendiary effect, such as armour-piercing projectiles, fragmentation shells, explosive bombs and similar combined-effects munitions in which the incendiary effect is not specifically designed to cause burn injury to persons, but to be used against military objectives, such as armoured vehicles, aircraft and installations or facilities.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 26 – The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday.
“We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists.
He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.
#AceNewsServices – KIEV – May 26 – KIEV, May 26. According to Petro Poroshenko he is willing to use legal instruments in a bid to get Crimea back. After 60% of the ballot papers have been counted in the Presidential Election he is in the lead, and is tipped to win.
A mural featuring Crimean peninsula painted in the colors of the Russian national flag and reading ‘Crimea and Russia’ (archive)
He told a news conference on Monday that the Ukrainian government will use all possible levers”, primarily legal ones in the international courts, said Poroshenko. Kiev, he added, was ready to go to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to assert its rights.
On the election day, May 25, Poroshenko said his two principal positions in the relations between Ukraine and Russia were non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to Russia and self-determination referendums in eastern Ukraine.
However, he added, his first visit as president would be exactly to the coal-mining region of Donbass in Ukraine’s east where the Donetsk and Luhansk regions voted for independence.
Poroshenko said he would like to meet with the Russian leadership early next month. He said that settling the situation in Ukraine’s southeast would be impossible without Moscow. “Russia is our biggest neighbour,” Poroshenko stressed.
“That’s because Russia has made a serious breakthrough in economic development in the past 15-20 years,” Valentina Matviyenko explained to an Itar-Tass correspondent.
“Our footholds are not only the energy and raw materials sectors, but also the military industrial sector and the airspace and nuclear industries,” Matviyenko said. “We have footholds that will prevent destruction of Russia’s economy and social sphere. All reasonable politicians realize that.”
The United States and the European Union have suspended cooperation with Russia in some spheres over Moscow’s position on Ukrainian developments. Some Russian and Crimean officials and companies have been subjected to sanctions by Western nations, including visa bans and asset freezes, after Crimea’s incorporation by Russia.
Russia has dismissed the threats of further penalties, including economic ones, against it, saying the language of punitive measures is counter-productive and will have a boomerang effect on Western nations.
“The economic orientation of sanctions declared by Western nations has a political character,” Matviyenko said.
She blasted “Western countries’ pressure on international economic and financial institutions, recommendations to Western companies not to strike deals with Russian companies, stiff pressure on company leaders not to attend the SPIEF”.
“For big world powers this looks a bit too small and frankly speaking unseemly, all the more so as such sanctions will not produce the desired effect,” the official said.
In this connection, the upper house speaker said “many European companies formally fulfill the EU’s sanctions demands” but at that “in the normal course of business continue business contacts, keep expanding their presence because no one is interested in losing such an advantageous, big and attractive market”.
“It’s more like a political club being swung above Russia to change its attitude on a number of problems, to deprive it of an independent foreign policy,” Matviyenko said. “But [these efforts] won’t succeed.”
She stressed that Moscow “has no plans to impose sanctions in response”.
“We believe that international financial and economic institutions should speak out here as such sanctions are out of line with the principles and norms set by international free trade and market competition,”
Matviyenko said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel.
But “should the situation develop differently”, she said, Russia may impose tit-for-tat sanctions at a certain stage.
Instability embraced Ukraine after a coup occurred in the country in February. Russia’s position is that the Ukrainian authorities in Kiev, brought to power by the coup, are illegitimate.
The Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, held a referendum on March 16, in which most Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deal March 18.
In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of Russia until 1954.
Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession was in line with the international law, the West and the de facto Kiev authorities refuse to recognize the legality of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
After Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, massive protests against the coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities in Kiev erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking south-eastern territories. Kiev has conducted a punitive operation against pro-federalization activists.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Last week the Ukrainian government announced the formation of the National Guard, after it was revealed that the army only had 6,000 combat ready troops compared to Russia’s 200,000.
The volunteer force will bolster the under-strength military and protect Ukraine’s borders after Crimea having been effectively annexed and Russian forces now building up along Ukraine’s eastern border.
The first to answer the call were the self defence groups who fought on the barricades during last month’s revolution.
So we headed down to the Maidan to hopefully tag along with them to the training grounds outside of Kiev for their induction day.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19 – Military engineers have laid 125 klilometre’s of freshwater pipeline to fend off drought among communities in Russia’s Crimea, Deputy Defence Minister General Dmitry Bulgakov said on Monday (Itar-tass)
Artesian springs will freshen the cities of Feodosia, Stary Krym and other settlements in the peninsula’s south-east following the line’s completion by logistics troops from the army’s western and southern military districts. Bulgakov said.
The links have been laid in a project launched at the beginning of this month when Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu tasked army personnel to keep the land and its people watered.
“Pipeline mains have been laid stretching for more than 125 kilometres with daily throughput capacity of more than 9,000 cubic metres,” the minister said.
#AceWorldNews – CRIMEA – May 16 – The problem of water supplies to Crimea has been partly solved after water from the Biyuk-Karasu River was directed to the North Crimea Canal, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
Water delivery started on May 12, according to the Russian government.
Also, at the beginning of May, the waters of the Taigansky and Belogorsky reservoirs were diverted to Biyuk-Karasu’s stream canal.
Water supplies from the North Crimea Canal to Feodosiysky reservoir will start around May 23.
On April 26, Ukraine shut the North Crimea Canal, by which Crimea receives 85 percent of the freshwater it needs.
Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev said on May 6 the region is now fully independent from the supplies of Ukrainian freshwater.
The German leader stressed that in dealing with Moscow, “sanctions are not an end in themselves, but if they should become unavoidable, then we will decide on them together” with other countries.
Hundreds of people in Germany booed Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s support of the new regime in Kiev, which the protestors labeled a “Nazi” government.
Martial law has been announced in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. People’s governor Pavel Gubarev has also reminded Kiev that the ultimatum period is expiring.
“There is one hour left for the Ukrainian occupants to meet our ultimatum and remove their illegal checkpoints and take their troops and vehicles out of the region’s cities. Otherwise a total destruction will follow,” Gubarev wrote on his Facebook page. “Residents, if you do not get it – we switch to martial law now,” he added.
A household in Slavyansk came under fire from Kiev’s security forces, with the owner filming bullet holes and other damage to his property.
The relatives of men who were mobilized by Kiev’s coup-imposed authorities have rallied in front of the military commissariat in Ukraine’s Kharkov region, Gazeta.ru reports.
According to the protesters, their husbands and sons were taken to serve in the army more than 45 days ago, and no decision has been made to release them.
A woman told the website that the men live in poor conditions, adding that they do not have enough water and are barely fed.
Representatives of the military commissariat said they have no idea what must be done to see the men demobilized, and advised the protestors to write a letter directly to the Ministry of Defense in Kiev.
The Ukrainian coat of arms has been removed from the administration building in the city of Makeevka in the Donetsk region.
The reports of the OSCE mission in Ukraine are being “sterilized,”Russian envoy to the organization, Andrey Kelin, told the Itar-Tass news agency.
This is happening due to “extremely heavy pressure” on the mission from the Kiev authorities and “those who put them in power – the US and the EU,” he explained.
“We regard this as an irresponsible move, which will be duly despised by the population of Crimea. I want to note that the overlap of the channel will lead to environmental degradation in the Kherson Region and the whole of the Black Sea water area,” Lukashevich stressed.
Three people were killed and three others injured as Ukrainian security forces opened fire on civilian vehicles in the village of Starovarvarovka, not far from the town of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region, local self-defense forces said.
A woman has died of two gunshot wounds to the head after the Kiev troops attacked a car with a family on a country road.
In another incident, the security forces shot at a minibus and a car, in which the locals were returning after a fishing outing.
Two young men were killed inside the bus, which the attackers then drove to their base together with the dead bodies.
“According to article 5 of the Washington Treaty, collective defense only applies to the member states,” Rasmussen is cited as saying by RIA-Novosti news agency.
NATO also won’t be able to help Ukraine with intelligence and equipment as Kiev should discuss such assistance with specific member states on a bilateral basis, he added.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.(Reuters / Filip Klimaszewski)
Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said Kiev may stop its military crackdown in Donetsk Region if local militias lay down their arms.
“We held consultations with parliamentary party leaders. The Rada may adopt a declaration that would unify MPs. But I declare: the operation may only be stopped after arms are laid down and hostages are released,” he said.
Shots are being fired and explosives are being heard around the compound feed plant on the outskirts of Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reported.
The Federal Drug Control Service reported this on Tuesday.
“In the recent years, organized criminal groups became active in Crimea. Their activity is understood: Ukrainian law enforcement agencies were loyal to drug business. At present, Russian drug control agencies got into gear and are actively eliminating criminal structures involved in drug trafficking. The drug enforcers have already seized major consignments of drugs and eliminated stable distribution channels,” a Federal Drug Control Service representative said.
He added that May 5, officers of the Regional Directorate of the Federal Drug Control Service curbed the activity of an organized criminal group, which had supplied drugs all over the peninsula for 10 years.
The raid was divided into several stages.
It is noteworthy that the investigation into the activity of the group was carried out with no access to the data base of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the agency’s representative said.
“As a result, two organizers and 12 members of an international drug trafficking group have been detained. Five of them repeatedly came to the attention of the law enforcement agencies. The drug enforcers have seized over 1,800 doses of drugs packed for sale, as well as a big amount of precursors,” the Federal Drug Control Service reported.
The cars of the drug dealers were arrested; about 600,000 rubles ($17,189) and golden jewellery allegedly bought for money gained from drug dealing have been seized.
“The elimination of this criminal group caused wide response among the residents, given the fact that earlier, despite multiple claims about the obvious criminal activity of the drug dealers, no measures were taken,” the agency’s representative said.