MOSCOW: ‘ Egyptian & Russian Sailors conduct first gun practice at Friendship Bridge 2015’

#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.

“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.

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MOSCOW: ‘ KEY POINTS OF VLADIMIR PUTINS STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS ‘

#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.

On US influence: 

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.

On sanctions:

“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.

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‘ Ukraine Introduces Border Controls With Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – September 30 – Ukraine has introduced rules that oblige people crossing the border with Russia’s Crimea to declare goods, RIA Novosti said.

' Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border '

‘ Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border ‘

Starting on September 27, crossing the border with Crimea became similar to any other country’s border, the head of Ukrainian customs service, Anatoly Makarenko, said on Tuesday.

That means that people have to declare goods, transport means and valuables, he said.

Ukrainian customs authorities started to work on the border between Ukraine’s Kherson Region and Crimea.

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‘ Russians Show Indignation Against Western Sanctions With Putin Tee-Shirts ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- September 23 – Any Russian is now free to demonstrate his or her indignation against Western sanctions by simply wearing a designer T-shirt with a patriotic print.

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metzel

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metzel

A campaign of swapping T-shirts with slogans on foreign languages for the ones with patriotic prints free of charge was kicked off in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square on Tuesday.

' Putin and Crimea Sanctions '

‘ Putin and Crimea Sanctions ‘

Various T-shirts were set out on a stall with a samovar in front of the Pushkin monument. The T-shirts displayed featured funny and provocative texts in Russian. Some read “Sanctions?

Don’t make my Iskanders laugh” and featured pictures of these mobile ballistic missile systems.

Some had the text of the Russian anthem on the background of St. Basil’s Cathedral /on Red Square/.

All are trendy, nice and funny. Our action is called ‘Fashion’s Answer to the Sanctions is No!’,” designer Anastasia Zadorina, whose company had manufactured 30,000 such T-shirts, told ITAR-TASS.

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‘ Russia Moves Deployment of Troops to Crimea Citing Build-Up of Foreign Forces on Border ‘

#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.”

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BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Publishes New Sanctions on Russia in Bloc’s Official Journal ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 12 – EU countries have added Russia’s top oil firms, an oligarch, and a leading nationalist MP to their blacklist.

The names were published in the bloc’s Official Journal on Friday (12 September) in reaction to Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine last week.

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  
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‘ Ukrainian Presidential Administration Discuss Severing All Ties With Russia ‘

#AceWorldNewsUKRAINE (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 Russian natural 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.

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Breaking News – UKRAINE MINISTRY: REBELS DOWN MILITARY AIRCRAFT


Il-76 Plane (Similar to one shot down)

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.

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Ukrainian Army Using White Phosphorus on Its Own Citizens?

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.[12]
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.

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‘ G7 Leaders Prepared to Impose Further Sanctions ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – June 05  – Leaders of the G7 industrial nations meeting in Brussels say they are prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.


A joint statement condemned Moscow for its “continuing violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The G7 summit is the first since Russia was expelled from the group following its annexation of Crimea in March.


On Thursday, leaders are set to discuss the global economic outlook, climate change and development issues.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin is not at the Brussels summit, he will hold face-to-face talks with some G7 leaders – not including US President Barack Obama – in Paris afterwards.

However, both Mr Putin and Mr Obama will attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on Friday.

While in Poland on Wednesday, President Obama warned Moscow against what he called its “dark tactics” in Ukraine.

Diplomacy has intensified to try to resolve the biggest crisis in years between Russia and the West, says the BBC’s Chris Morris in Brussels.’Further destabilisation’

“We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to consider meaningful additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: “We can’t afford a further destabilization of Ukraine.

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` Kremlin to Pyotr Poroshenko on Crimea’s Lawsuit that Kiev Owes $3.5 Billion for Gas Supplies ‘

#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.

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` Petro Poroshenko is Ready to Go to Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg to Get Crimea Back ‘

#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.

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` Speaker of the Federal Council Comments on Sanctions at Economic Forum ‘

#AceNewsServicesST. PETERSBURG, May 24, /ITAR-TASS/. The negative effect of the West’s economic sanctions against Russia is not as serious as Western nations hoped it would be, the speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said while commenting on the results of a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Federal Council Economic Forum

“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.

russia-spief-st-petersburg-economic-forum-story-top

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.

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` Ukrainian Government Announces Formation of the National Guard with 6,000 Combat Ready Troops ‘

#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.

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` Russian Military Engineers have Laid Freshwater Pipeline to Fend off Drought in Crimea '

#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.

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` Crimea Water Problem is Partly Solved by Russia Diverting Biyuk-Karasu River to North Crimea Canal ‘

#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.

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`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 15 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – THURSDAY -MAY 14 

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Thursday 15 May 

19:19 GMT:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed the need to cooperate with Russia despite differences in the approach to the events in Ukraine.

“I am convinced that in the medium and long-term, a close partnership with Russia should continue,” Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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.

19:03 GMT:

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.

18:29 GMT:

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.

17:12 GMT:

A household in Slavyansk came under fire from Kiev’s security forces, with the owner filming bullet holes and other damage to his property.

 

14:56 GMT:

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.

13:33 GMT:

The Ukrainian coat of arms has been removed from the administration building in the city of Makeevka in the Donetsk region.

13:07 GMT:

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.

12:44 GMT:

Kiev’s decision to shut off the water supply to the Crimean peninsula is “mockery of common sense,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said.

“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.

12:13 GMT:

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.

11:51 GMT:

Despite confirming plans to increase cooperation with Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reminded Kiev that there’s a difference between “being a NATO member and not being one.”

“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)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.(Reuters / Filip Klimaszewski)

11:31 GMT:

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.

02:28 GMT:

Shots are being fired and explosives are being heard around the compound feed plant on the outskirts of Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reported.

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` Russian Drug Squad Prevent Activity of a Major Criminal Group in Crimea ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – May 13  – Officers of the Russian drug watchdog have curbed the activity of a major criminal group in Crimea, which had supplied drugs to the region for 10 years.

Drug Squad in Crimea

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. 

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` EU Makes a Further Extension to its Blacklist of Russian and Ukrainian’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – May 13 –  The European Union (EU) has made yet another extension of its blacklist of Russian and Ukrainian individuals who are banned from entering the EU member-states’ territories and whose bank assets are subject to freezing.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton© EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton© EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The current blacklist compiled in connection with the Ukrainian crisis features sixty-one people, a third of them Ukrainian nationals, who stand in opposition to the incumbent regime in Kiev and are hence accused by the EU of undermining the territorial integrity of the much-troubled former Soviet republic.

The sanctions against them will be reviewed in November.

Who is on the news list?

The new entrees are First Deputy Chief of the Kremlin administration Vyacheslav Volodin, the Commander of the Airborne Troops General Vladimir Shamanov, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Constitutional Legislation Vladimir Pligin,

Acting Head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service Pyotr Yarosh,

Acting Head of the Federal Migration Service in Sevastopol Oleg Kozyura, Crimean Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya, and Acting Prosecutor of Sevastopol Igor Shevchenko.

The Ukrainian section of the blacklist includes the people’s mayor of Sloviansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev, leaders of the east Ukrainian self-defence forces Igor Blezer and Igor Kakidzyanov, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic Roman Lyagin, Head of the Election Commission of the city of Luhansk Alexander Malykhin, and Ddeputy of the Verkhovna Rada Oleg Tsariov.

Also, the assets of the Crimean companies Chernomorneftegaz and Feodosia will be frozen.

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`EU Refuses to Recognise Referendum in South Eastern Ukraine and Expands Sanctions ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – EU – MAY 12 – PRESS RELEASE –  The EU Council has refused to recognize the referendum in south-eastern Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russia.

EU Council on Referendum

This says a final statement on Ukraine issued by the Council of the European Union after the meeting of 28 ministers of foreign affairs representing the 28 member states on Monday.

“The EU will not recognize yesterday’s nor any future illegitimate and illegal ‘referenda’,” the statement says.

 “The Council has decided to add a new group of individuals and entities to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures,” the document emphasizes.

Earlier, a diplomatic source reported that another 13 Russian individuals and 2 Crimea-based companies were added to EU’s black list.

Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.

“As an addition to the black list, there were named 13 individuals and two Crimea-based companies,” the source said, adding that the measures will come into effect on Tuesday.

“In light of the recent developments and in the absence of any steps towards de-escalation the Council has agreed to expand the criteria allowing individuals and entities to be subject to visa ban and asset freeze,” the statement says.

According to the statement, this will allow imposing sanctions on individuals and organizations “responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, as well as on “legal persons, entities or bodies in Crimea or Sevastopol whose ownership has been transferred contrary to Ukrainian law”.

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