‘ Two Ukrainian Fighters Were Following Malaysian Aircraft Minutes Before Crash ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 18 –  Two Ukrainian fighters were following the passenger Boeing-777 of Malaysian Airlines several minutes before the crash, Russia’s television Channel One said on Friday, citing a tweet made a Spanish air traffic controller of Kiev’s airport Borispol reports.

According to the Spanish air traffic controller, two Ukrainian fighters had been seen near the Malaysian jet three minutes before it disappeared from radars.

This information is confirmed by eyewitnesses in the Donetsk region who saw Ukrainian warplanes near the passenger jet. They say they heard sounds of powerful blasts and saw a Ukraine warplane shortly before the crash.

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‘ Ukrainian Military Forced to Retreat By Peoples Republic’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – July 17 – Following yesterdays incursion into Donetsk and Luhansk by the Ukrainian National Guard.

It has been reported that self-defence fighters in the south-east Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions, have forced the Ukrainian military to retreat, the local news agency Novorossiya reported on its website on Thursday.

The Ukrainian troops have left their positions in the settlements of Sabovka, Govorukha, Roskoshnoye and Georgiyevka outside Luhansk and retreated to the west, the news agency said.

The militia has also established control over the settlement of Marinovka in the Donetsk Region.

During the battle, the Ukrainian troops were surrounded by self-defence forces and had to retreat.

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‘ Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic Launch Offensive on National Guard ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donestsk/Luhansk) – July 16 – Self-defence fighters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have launched an offensive on the Ukrainian National Guard forces in eastern Donetsk Region, the National Guard’s website said on Wednesday.

Donestsk and Luhansk Peoples Republican Armies

The offensive was launched “at 5am (local time) today from the settlement of Stepanovka (the Donetsk Region),” the Ukrainian National Guard press office reported.

“Tank and mortar strikes were delivered against the Ukrainian National Guard’s checkpoint located near Marinovka (the Donetsk Region). The shelling continued for an hour. The National Guard repelled the attack,” the report said.

A battle is currently under-way in the area of the settlement of Tarany.

Self-defence fighters are attacking from the settlements of Saur-Mogila and Stepanovka, using mortar and tank fire against the Ukrainian military’s positions, the report said.

Four Ukrainian National Guard soldiers have been wounded, the report said.

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‘ Explosions Rock the Donestsk Region Railway ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – July 16  – An explosion rocked a stretch of a railway connecting two residential areas in Ukraine’s embattled south-eastern Donetsk Region on Wednesday, no casualties were reported, the press service of the Ukrainian Railways company reported.

Donestsk Region Railway

According to the company, the blast damaged the railway between the residential settlements of Novobakhmutovka and Gorlovka and was the second explosion at the same place in the recent time.

Three bridges were blown up in the Donetsk Region over the past three days.

The blown up bridges were located on the Rostov-Kharkiv highway, on the railway near the Bakhmutovka village and across the Seversky Donets near the village of Zakotnoye.

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` Burisma Holdings Ukraine’s Largest Private Gas Producer has Licences and Board of Control ‘

#AceNewsservices – KIEV – May 17 – Economic interests, such as untapped shale gas resources, already sliced and diced by Western energy giants, are behind the Kiev government’s ‘anti-terrorist’ operation against the pro-federalist regions, foreign policy expert Nebojsa Malic tells RT.

Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings

The  eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions cut ties with Kiev and declared independence from Kiev after a popular vote last Sunday. Yet federalist activists have no doubt that a new wave of government crackdown is on its way.

And they do have every reason to think so, because, as RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports, reinstating control over the restive regions isn’t the only agenda driving Kiev’s ongoing offensive, as the core of the conflict is probably only business as usual.

Eastern Ukraine is not only of people who don’t want to be under the Kiev coup-installed government’s control, but there are also natural energy resources in the region, such as coal and more specifically, shale natural gas, untapped deposits of which lie underground in the Dnieper-Donets basin.

The cities Kiev is now striving to force into submission by making them war zones are situated in the area of shale gas deposits.

Tensions are highest in the city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region: it has been besieged by Kiev’s troops and armed militants of the Right Sector neo-Nazi union for weeks. The self defense forces in eastern Ukraine‘s newly-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic are on high alert.

It’s in the Donetsk Region that Shell signed, in January 2013, a 50-year profit sharing deal with the government of Ukraine to explore and drill for natural gas in shale rock formations.

These are future profits that Kiev does not want to lose.

“I would say that the economic interest in this case is what’s driving the coup regime in Kiev to launch military actions against its own citizens, because they stand to make a profit from these contracts signed by the previous government,” foreign affairs expert Nebojsa Malic commented to RT.

US energy giant Chevron signed a similar deal for $10 billion last year, but it is focusing on developing shale gas reserves in the West of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian paratroopers ride atop an

Yet it’s not just energy giants that have a stake in Ukraine’s reserves.

The recent appointment of the US Vice President’s son, Hunter Biden, to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, Burisma Holdings, has put the Ukrainian shale gas development deal into a new perspective.

Burisma holds licenses covering the Dnieper-Donets basin in the eastern Ukraine and Biden jr. is not the only American with political ties to have recently joined the company’s board.

Devon Archer, a former senior advisor to current Secretary of State John Kerry‘s 2004 presidential campaign and a college room-mate of Kerry’s stepson, signed up with Burisma in April.

 

“There is certainly no better demonstration of altruism and humanitarianism in a free market than criticizing a country for corruption, sponsoring a coup to overthrow the allegedly corrupt government – and then appointing sons and friends of American officials to be on boards of companies having interests in that country,” Nebojsa Malic said. “Surely, that is perfectly legal and above board,” he added.

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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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#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 14 

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18:24 GMT:

The United Nations has expressed concern over helicopters with UN markings taking part in a military operation by coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities in the country’s southeast.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said he talked with representatives from the Ukrainian delegation at the UN, reminding Kiev of its responsibility regarding the unsanctioned use of UN markings.

17:14 GMT:

The regional council in Lugansk, which represented Kiev’s authority in the region, has voluntarily disbanded and handed power over to the people, UNN reports, citing local media.

After the majority of the region’s population supported cutting ties with Kiev in a referendum over the weekend, the National Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic addressed MPs, saying that the regional council must be dissolved as it has lost its legitimacy.

16:34 GMT:

The Donetsk region will not be participating in the Ukrainian presidential election on May 25, head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Roman Lyagin, said.

The Donetsk People’s Republic “currently controls all 22 district election commissions, which means staging the Ukrainian presidential elections in the republic is impossible both technically and in terms of security,” he told Itar-Tass news agency.

14:59 GMT:

Russia said it is ready to discuss prices and conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine, if Kiev pays at least a minimum of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Nobody ever said: hand over $4 billion straight away, rather (we said) show that you are ready to act … If they pay part of it, that’s the minimum requirement for resuming talks,” he told reporters.

14:24 GMT:

Police in the Donetsk region have completely switched allegiance to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Itar-Tass reports.

12:36 GMT:

11:05 GMT:

Donetsk region militia may change their tactic from fending off attacks of Kiev loyalist troops to launching their own massive offensive, RIA Novosti reported, citing Stella Khorosheva the spokesperson for Slavyansk’s “people’s mayor”.

“We’ve had enough of waiting for their attacks,” she said.

Slavyansk militia have previously launched occasional incursions out of their stronghold, attacking a nearby TV tower and positions in the hills, from which Kiev’s troops have shelled militia positions near the city.

But starting a massive offensive instead of hit-and-run raids would require many more troops than the militia is believed to have in their ranks. Kiev sent several thousand troops armed with heavy weapons, armor and aviation against Slavyansk, while the number of militiamen is estimated at several hundred.

10:56 GMT:

Kiev will host OSCE-backed talks aimed at defusing the violence in the country. Representatives of the defiant Donetsk and Lugansk regions, whom the Ukrainian officials call terrorists, were not invited.

The negotiation is chaired by acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk and is expected to be the first in a series of discussions of the political crisis in Ukraine. They are part of an OSCE roadmap to stop the bloodshed.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Tuesday for Ukraine to invite the rebel provinces to the talks, but Kiev refused.

10:49 GMT:

Forty victims of the May-2 clashes are still being treated in Odessa hospitals, the city government reported. One of the patients remains in serious condition. The death toll from the tragic events stands at 48, after another victim died in hospital last week.

10:36 GMT:

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Ukraine’s Water Resource Agency acknowledged that it cut the water supply to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal, Crimean news agency Kryminform reported. The canal is currently only being used to supply water to Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine.

00:16 GMT:

The co-chair of the interim government of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, told Kommersant FM that pro-autonomy activists are willing to put down their arms if Kiev authorities withdraw their troops from the region. He also noted that Ukrainian troops have no jurisdiction to be in the Donetsk region following the referendum.

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` UN Voices Concern Over Apparent Use of UN-Marked Helicopter’s in Kiev ‘

#AceWorldNews -UKRAINE – May 14  –  The UN has voiced concerns over the apparent use of UN-marked helicopters by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia. A video of a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter with UN logo has emerged.

When inquired about the United Nations’ stance on the use of peace-keeper-marked military hardware in non-peace-keeper operations, the office for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said such use would violate UN rules.

“It is the responsibility of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) that provide Contingent Owned Equipment to peacekeeping missions to remove all logos and signage bearing the UN’s name once such equipment has been repatriated to the home country or is no longer being used for official UN purposes,” the office told RT.

It added that UN-marked aircraft can be used for missions tasked by the UN and that UN’s Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to clarify the issue.

A video of a UN-marked Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter was published on Tuesday by LifeNews television. It said its correspondents covering Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk Region took the video near Kramatorsk. LifeNews said at least three combat Mi-24 and one transport Mi-8 helicopters carrying UN colors were spotted in the area.

 

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` Six Ukrainian Army Service Men Killed and Eight Injured in Armed Clashes ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Six Ukrainian army servicemen were killed and eight were injured in armed clashes near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

Armed Clash in Ukraine

According to the ministry, a Kiev-controlled convoy of armoured vehicles “fell into an ambush” near the village of Oktyabrskoye. One armored personnel carrier was destroyed during the fight. Wounded servicemen were brought to a hospital. One of them is in serious condition.

A spokesman for the Kramatorsk self-defense told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday that soldiers of the so-called Ukrainian National Guard have surrounded the village of Oktyabrskoye located 15 kilometres from Kramatorsk.

The armed clash started when a convoy of Ukrainian law enforcers’ armored vehicles was going along a road near Oktyabrskoye, and militiamen tried to stop its movement, he said, adding that at least three Ukrainian armed forces helicopters have landed there, he told ITAR-TASS.

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` Almost 90 Percent of Voters in Donestsk Region Endorse Political Independence ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – Almost 90 percent of voters in Donetsk Region have endorsed political independence from Kiev, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, Roman Lyagin, announced.

Counting the ballots proved to be surprisingly easy – the number of people who said ‘no’ was relatively small and there appeared to be only a tiny proportion of spoiled ballots, so we managed to carry out counting quite fast. The figures are as follows: 89.07 percent voted ‘for’, 10.19 percent voted ‘against’ and 0.74 percent of ballots were rendered ineligible,” Lyagin told journalists.

In Lugansk Region 96.2 percent of voters supported the region’s self-rule, according to the final figures announced by the local election commission.

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

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

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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:

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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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#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE One civilian was killed and several…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – One civilian was killed and several others wounded in eastern Ukraine as the National Guard started shooting at protesters and voters, who had gathered around a seized polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, self-defence forces and witnesses said.

The National Guard entered the city in the Donetsk region earlier on Sunday and occupied several polling stations, the city council building among them. First reports on shooting appeared on Twitter.

I just saw the National Guard kill one and injure several others,” Russian journalist Ilya Azar wrote in his micro-blog. Later this was confirmed by Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the self-proclaimed People’s Donetsk Republic.

Azar also posted a photo of the dead young man. He says at least one more person was injured in the chest. Other unconfirmed reports on Twitter say at least three others sustained wounds.

An amateur video posted on YouTube shows several National Guard mercenaries blocking the entry to the city council headquarters used as a polling station, and firing at locals.

People were just standing there, unarmed, outside the city council seized by the Guard,” Azar tweeted.

Krasnoarmeysk, together with many other places in southeastern Ukraine, has conducted an autonomy referendum. Following the National Guard’s interference, the voting was stopped. Four schools got seized by masked men; all the people had to be evacuated.

“They threatened us and said that they were sent by the Kiev authorities,”Sergey, a local resident, told RT.

By that time, over 47,000 people had cast their ballots, self-defense forces said.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE DONETSK May 11 = Industrialists will…

#AceWorldNews- UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 11 = Industrialists will help put things right and restore the operation of metallurgical combines in the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine.

The Metinvest Group announced on Saturday its decision to “create, jointly with municipal police, people’s patrols from among smelters’ workers”. From Sunday, they will “start patrolling the city and protecting civilians,” says a joint statement by the heads of Metinvest, Ilyich Iron & Steel Works and Azovstal Iron & Steel Works – Yury Ryzhenkov, Yury Zinchenko and Enver Tkitishvili.

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` Thousands Head for the Polling Stations Elbowing Others Out the Way to Vote Video ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 11 – 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.”

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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.

In Mariupol, recovering from Friday’s deadly clashes, only eight polling stations have been opened, according to the coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov.

Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.

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