#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – May 19 – Crimean Tatars gathered in Simferopol’s Ak-Mechet district on Sunday, marking the 70th anniversary since the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944.
The Crimean Tatars’ unofficial representative body, Mejlis, organized the event, despite Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov announcing a ban on mass gatherings in the region until June 9.
Participants held banners with slogans saying “Eternal memory of victims of Crimean Tatar people genocide” and “Right for self-determination is an inalienable right of indigenous people.”
People also chanted the name of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemliev, along with the slogan “Nation! Motherland! Crimea!” Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a decree officially rehabilitating Crimean Tatars in Crimea as part of the peninsula’s integration into Russia. In 1944,
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin ordered the forcible deportation of Crimean Tatars from the region after accusing them of collaborating with Nazi occupiers during World War II.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 09 – (NYT) – Russia’s thundering Victory Day parade, a lengthy review of its newly refurbished military and of its most advanced hardware, rolled through Red Square in Moscow on Friday as the event played out under global scrutiny in light of tensions with neighbouring Ukraine.
Celebration of the March annexation of Crimea was not subtle, as the first vehicles to enter the square behind row after row of tightly choreographed marching soldiers made clear.
The first vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier from a Black Sea Marines brigade, flew a big Crimean flag. Some 11,000 soldiers and 150 military vehicles, from tanks to intercontinental ballistic missile launchers, rumbled through the square.
Through cloudless skies, the flyover included 69 aircraft, marking the 69 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – CRIMEA – May 02 – Ukrainian MP and former leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev was denied entry to Russia on May 2, the parliamentarian has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“I was told at the border at Sheremetyevo Airport that I was denied entry to Russia until the end of the year,” Jemilev said.
He said that he had already returned to Kyiv.
Earlier, the Mejlis’s press service reported that Jemilev had been banned from entering Russia and Crimea for five years. However, Jemilev was not included in the expanded list of the self-proclaimed State Council of the Republic of Crimea banning entry to the Crimean peninsula.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it was outraged by this decision and described it as “revenge on Jemilev for his clear position on the non-recognition of Crimea’s occupation.”
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – WASHINGTON – APRIL 28 – SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
The United States announced new sanctions against Russia in relation to the events in Ukraine.
According to the announcement of the press secretary of the White House, the new measures will affect 7 officials, including two officials from the inner circle of Russian president, as well as 17 companies connected with the people of this circle.
In addition, the US Department of Commerce imposes “additional restrictions” on 13 people from these companies.
The US Department of treasury said that the list includes presidential envoy to the Crimean region Oleg Belaventsev.
CEO of Rostech Sergei Chemezov, Deputy prime-minister Dmitry Kozak, Federal Guard Service Eugene Murov,
Chairman of the State Duma lower house committee for international affairs Alexei Pushkov, head of Rosheft Igor Sechin,
The first deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 19 – Three thousand Crimean citizens have refused to receive Russian passports and become citizens, head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovskiy, told Interfax.
According to the agreement that accompanied the absorption of Crimea into Russia, people were given a deadline until April 18, but the “small number” could either grow or diminish, Romodanovskiy continued, explaining that people are prone to changing their minds in situations like these. In this case, he said, it was possible to extend the deadline further.
#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – April 14 – (QHA) – Dnipro water supplies to Crimea via the North Crimean canal have been cut down almost by two-thirds at the behest of Kyiv, Crimean first vice premier Rustam Temirgaliev announced.
“The authority which regulates receipt of Dnipro water in the North Crimean canal has cut the supplies at the demand of the deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriy Senchenko”- he said.
“While the norm is approximately 50 cubic meters per second, the current flow is about 16 cubic meters per second. They cut the supplies practically three times,”- Temirgaliev told reporters in Simferopol.
Almost 80% of Crimean water is supplied mainly through the North Crimean Canal which crosses both Ukraine and Crimea, Russian Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy said earlier, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
The Russian Natural Resources Ministry will have until the end of 2014 to develop a program for an alternative water supply to Crimea, which may include the possibility of building a pipeline from Russia’s Kuban region, Donskoy told reporters during his visit to the Simferopol water storage facility on March 31.
#AceWorldNews – OTTAWA – April 13 – Canada is introducing sanctions against two Crimean officials and the Chernomorneftegaz oil and gas company, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said on Saturday.
“Today, we are imposing sanctions on two additional individuals and on a Crimean oil and gas company,” the diplomat said. He stressed that “Canada and its allies are prepared to take additional steps that will further isolate Russia economically and politically.”
The Canadian Foreign Ministry specified that the sanctions are imposed on the head of the election commission of Sevastopol, Valery Medvedev, and his colleague from the election commission of Crimea Mikhail Malyshev.
“We remain steadfast in our support for Ukraine and will continue to work with allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure to Russia until it de-escalates the situation in Ukraine,” Baird stated.
On March 1, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada was suspending preparations for the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Sochi and recalling its ambassador in Moscow for consultations. He later gave instructions to suspend all bilateral contacts between the Canadian armed forces and the RF military and suspend Canada’s participation in the bilateral intergovernmental economic commission. Ottawa also expelled nine Russian military servicemen who were staying in the country under a programme of bilateral exchanges between the two states’ Defence Ministries.
On March 7, Harper said that Canada was imposing visa sanctions on a number of Russian officials, in connection with the developments in Ukraine.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 12 – In an interview with the CrimeaInform news agency, Crimean Information Minister Dmitry Polonsky said Friday
The new US sanctions against the leaders of Crimea will not be able to harm the republic and are like “mosquito bites”.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – April 12 – The United States will keep expanding sanctions over the events in Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that recently became part of Russia, US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said.
“Crimea is occupied territory.
We will continue to impose costs on those involved in ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Cohen said in a statement on Friday.
The US Department of the Treasury reported Friday that sanctions were imposed against seven Crimean top officials and the Crimea-based Chernomorneftegaz energy company.
The Department’s blacklist of people who the US nationals are banned from maintaining business contacts with and whose accounts within the US jurisdiction are to be frozen contains Crimean Security Service head Pyotr Zima, acting Sevastopol governor Alexey Chaly and Yury Zherebtsov, an adviser to the Crimean State Council speaker.
These are as follows:
Crimean State Council (parliament) deputy and chairman of the Crimean Council of Russian Compatriot Organizations Sergey Tsekov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliyev, Crimean Central Election Commission head Mikhail Malyshev and Sevastopol Election Commission chairman Valery Medvedev are also on the list.
According to the Department of the Treasury, “these individuals and this entity [Chernomorneftegaz] are being sanctioned for being responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine”.
The United States also accused them of “actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine, or misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine; or having asserted governmental authority over any part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine”.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON, April 11 The United States has imposed sanctions against a number of Crimean officials and executives of the company Chernomorneftegaz, the U.S. Department of the Treasury said on Friday.
The blacklist has seven names. U.S. citizens may not maintain any business contacts with these people and their accounts that are in the U.S. jurisdiction are to be blocked.
#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – April 09 – (ITS) – An address in support of residents in the Russian Republic of Crimea was delivered at a meeting of protesters at eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk regional state administrative building on Wednesday.
The main slogans were voiced from a rostrum in front of the regional state administrative building, ITAR-TASS reported from the scene.
“We recognize Crimea’s independence and hope that Crimea will recognize independence of Donetsk people’s republic,” the address says. The resolution also contains a request to Crimean residents to support actions of demonstrators, particularly those related to forming self-defence forces.
Those protesting on the square have taken the appeal positively chanting “Crimea-Donbas-Russia”.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 04
Preparations for G8 Summit in Sochi suspended not at Russia’s initiative, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. “Crimean reality cannot be changed,” he added.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 30 (Interfax) – No official notification has arrived in Moscow about the European Union’s plans to issue Schengen visas to residents of Crimea exclusively through Kyiv, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“No decision has been made yet, as far as I know. But speculation of this sort has gotten round, in a rather original manner, I would say.
Some claim that rules should be introduced, requiring each Crimean applicant for the Schengen visa to travel to Ukraine, visit the consular service and get the visa after producing the Ukrainian passport,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Voskresnoye Vremya program on Russia’s Channel One.
“Statements are also being made that European Union travellers can visit Ukraine without a visa and that Ukraine has unilaterally offered the visa-free regime to European Union countries.
But the visa regime holds for Crimea,” he said.
“Such approaches are being discussed publicly and seriously,” Lavrov said.
#AceWorldNews – CRIMEA – March 27 – Crimean authorities have blacklisted 321 Ukrainian politicians to prevent their entry to the republic’s territory.
The list of personae non grata includes such interim leaders:
- Head of Parliament Aleksandr Turchinov
- Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk
- Interior Minister Arsen Avakov
- Head of National Security and Defence Council Andrey Paruby.
- Leaders of Udar (Strike) and Svoboda (Freedom) political parties, Vitaly Klitschko and Oleg Tyagnibok, were also banned from entering Crimea.
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#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – March 25 – The European Union banned to issue all kinds of European Visas, including Schengen, to Crimeans in the embassies and in the visa centres of EU countries on Russian territory, the press service of the European Commission reports.
“According to the decision of the European Council, the EU visa will be issued only to residents of Crimea in Ukraine, because Crimea is a part of this country (according to the Brussels),” noted in the EC.
On this basis, the diplomatic mission of the EU in Russia will not issue the visas to the residents of Crimea in Russian passports.
“Crimean residents need to contact the embassy of the relevant countries in Ukraine to obtain a visa. In this case, a decision on the issuance of visas will be accepted by the country, ” the press service of the European Commission added.
Russian Media and Press Services of the European Commission
#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – March 25 – Ukrainians in the eastern city of Donetsk have voted in an on-line spoof referendum to secede from Ukraine and join the UK.
Residents wrote that their home-town was founded by a Briton, so the UK should seize this “decisive moment” and take them in.
“Donetsk is a British city! God Save the Queen,” they wrote on social networks in an appeal to “reunite” their home-town with Britain, local media reported.
The mock appeal follows the March 16 Crimean referendum that resulted in Crimea seceding Ukraine and joining Russia.
The link with Britain comes from the first ironworks in Donetsk, which were founded by a Welshman, John Hughes, at the end in the 19th century. The town was subsequently named Yuzovka, or Hughesovka.
“Glory to John Hughes and his town!”
“We are demanding a referendum on returning Yuzovka to its original bosom — Great Britain!” the appeal said.
It asked “fellow Britons” to seize this “decisive moment” while urging residents to vote on “where your children will live and what language they will speak.”
UK Local and Ukraine Media
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 20. – Development plans of Russian Armed Forces will be adjusted over reunification of Crimea and the Crimean city of Sevastopol with Russia, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Thursday. #ANS2014
“Certainly, it is needed to develop military infrastructure on this peninsula so that Crimea will be a worthy representative of the Russian Federation and will be protected from all possible encroachments,” Borisov said.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 20 – Russia’s Ministry of Energy and Crimea’s government have agreed on fuel supplies to the republic until October 2014, the ministry reports referring to Minister Alexander Novak. #ANS2014
“We have agreed with the Crimean government to supply fuel over the agricultural season and over the resort season (May-October),” the authority reports the minister as saying. The ministry has been monitoring fuel supplies. To date, “the current supplies are sufficient to satisfy Crimea’s demand in engine fuel,” Novak said.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 19 – Russia’s state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom denied on Wednesday earlier media reports concerning corporation’s plans to resume construction of an unfinished nuclear power plant in Crimea.
Some media outlets reported earlier that the Russian state nuclear corporation intended to resume construction of the Crimean Nuclear Power Station, which is an abandoned and unfinished facility located near the cape of Kazantyp not far from the town of Shcholkino.
“Such media reports are not true and the state corporation Rosatom never sent to the government of Crimea any requests concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant,” the press service said.
The construction of the Crimean NPP was launched in 1975, during the times of the Soviet Union, with the aim of providing the Crimean peninsula with energy.
The construction, however, was initially suspended in 1987 and the overall project was finally cancelled in 1989.
The move followed the 1986 disaster involving Ukraine’s Chernobyl NPP.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 18. – Nationalists executed the coup in Ukraine.
They tried to revise the language policy, and that would have undermined the rights of minorities, Putin says. The Russian-speaking population in Ukraine faced constant humiliation, the President stressed.
We always believed in good neighbourly relations with Ukraine, but the situation developed in another direction, the Russian President says.
Sevastopol is a Russian fortress and a host for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Putin notes.
The Russian President stressed that Russia has vital interests in Crimea.
Putin says that it is important to ensure the right of all ethnicities in Crimea, including Crimean Tartars, and measures to complete rehabilitation of Crimean Tartars should be taken. There will be three official languages – Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar’s.
Vladimir Putin is talking about the history of the Crimean region and its importance to Russia.
Crimean referendum held in full compliance with democratic procedures — Putin.
More than 82% of the voters took part in the referendum in Crimea, and more than 96% voted for accession to Russia, Putin says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to make a statement on Crimea’s application for accession to the Russian Federation.
Earlier today, Putin has approved draft agreement to accept the Republic of Crimea as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.
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