DONETSK: ‘ Swiss Red Cross Worker Killed When Humanitarian HQ Shelled ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – October 02 – A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.

ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.

“One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We’re deeply distressed by this loss,” Watson told Reuters.

A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed,”Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told TASS news agency.

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Etienne was deputy head of the Red Cross mission in Donetsk, according to an Interfax correspondent.

 The death of the humanitarian worker is very concerning, a spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told RIA Novosti.

He expressed condolences, adding that the OSCE will investigate the incident and prepare a report by Friday.

Several blasts were heard in the center of Donetsk as it was heavily shelled, RT Arabic correspondent Anna Knishenko reported from the eastern Ukrainian city.

RT English correspondent Maria Finoshina also reported that a residential area was shelled and that among the hit areas were dormitories for displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and returned POWs.

The City Council confirmed the shelling on its website, adding that emergency services were deployed to the site.

“We can confirm that a mortar hit a nine-storey block of flats in Universitetskaya Street,” the self-proclaimed republic’s press service told TASS news agency, adding that casualties had been reported.

According to a RIA Novosti correspondent, the shelling was carried out by the self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system BM-27 Uragan. Witnesses said that a hospital and a shopping center were hit by mortar fire.

Public transport operations have been suspended for an uncertain period of time, the City Council statement said.

Earlier on Thursday, fierce fighting was ongoing in and around Donetsk airport, while plumes of black smoke were rising from the area of the building.

 On Wednesday, three people died at a school on the first day of classes in the country. Six others were killed at a bus stop as Donetsk came under fire – reportedly from Ukrainian army positions.

Thirty more people were injured in the attacks, which were described by the Russian Foreign Ministry as “blatant and intolerable.”

READ MORE:9 killed, 30 injured in shelling in Donetsk, E. Ukraine, school hit

The attacks come despite a ceasefire agreement between Kiev authorities and eastern militia forces, which was signed on September 5 in Minsk.


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' Artillery Shell Fired From Ukraine Hits Private House in Rostov Region of Russia Killing One Citizen '

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – July 13 – An artillery shell from Ukraine has hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises heavy consequences.

Reportedly up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday in the small Russian town of Donetsk, which has the same name as the Ukrainian city and is situated right on the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine’s charge d’affaires in Russia has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed a note of protest in the strongest terms.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the shelling “an obviously aggressive act” on Ukraine’s part and warned it could have “irreversible consequences”with Kiev holding full responsibility for the provocation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin promised a “rigorous and concrete answer” to the shelling of Russian territory that resulted in the senseless loss of life.

“We’re currently evaluating the situation, and the facts we’ve learnt risk a dangerous escalation of the tensions on the [Russian-Ukrainian] border, which puts our citizens in high danger,” Karasin told RIA news agency, stressing that harsh reaction would follow only after detailed analysis of the situation.

PHOTO: Aftermath of Ukrainian artillery shelling of private house in Russian Rostov region

— RT (@RT_com) July 13, 2014

The National Security Council of Ukraine has already declared that Kiev’s troops involved in the operation in the east of the country have nothing to do with the shelling incident.

“Ukrainian troops are definitely not shelling the territory of the Russian Federation. We did not shoot,” said Andrey Lysenko, official representative of the information center of the NSCU.

The leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) denied allegations of staging a provocation against Russian citizens.

“We’re accustomed to being blamed for all Ukrainian shellings,” DPR’s vice-PM Andrey Purgin told Russian ‘Moscow speaks’ radio station.

Authorities in the Rostov region have confirmed the death of a 46-year-old man and injuries to four civilians, including two elderly women.

A shell crater (Still from Lifenews channel video)

A shell crater (Still from Lifenews channel video)

The man who died in a shell explosion was a father of four. One of the injured women suffered a shell fragment wound in the leg; another woman, reportedly 80-years-old, was shell-shocked in her house across the street from the explosion site.


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‘ Donetsk People’s Republic Confirm Release Remaining Four OSCE Representatives ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE(Donetsk) – June 28 – Authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have said that the other four OSCE representatives were set free in eastern Ukraine. The group had been kept in the region since the end of May on suspicion of gathering intelligence (RT)

A Donetsk People’s Republic spokesman told journalists on Saturday that four members of a monitoring group of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been freed from detention and brought to the city of Donetsk.

“Four OSCE observers have been released and are being transferred to Donetsk,” the spokesman said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Kiev has confirmed the release of the observers, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s spokesman saying that the foreign nationals are being released “within the framework of carrying out the peace plan” of the president.


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` Several Thousands Gather at Rally in Donetsk Carrying Slogan’s Save Children of Donbass ‘

#AceNewsServices – DONETSK – June 01 – Several hundreds of people gathered here for a rally demanding protection for their children against violent actions by the Ukrainian authorities on Sunday, the International Children’s Day, a spokesman for the newly formed Donetsk People’s Republic told Itar-Tass.

Participants carried slogans “Save the Children of Donbass!” [Donbass in the name of a coal-bearing area comprising Ukraine’s south eastern Donetsk region], “The Slavic World without Fascism,” “Protect the Children of Donbass against the Ukrainian Army.”

Earlier on Sunday, the press service of the republic told Itar-Tass that the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic planned to evacuate to Russia another group of children from the town of Slavyansk, which is surrounded by the Ukrainian forces.

“Children will evacuated in one or two buses, which will go firth to Donetsk and then to Russia, where the children will be accommodated at summer camps and holiday centres,” the press service said.


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` Martial Law Introduced into Donestsk People’s Republic to Clear out Ukrainian Military ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 26 – Martial law is introduced in the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Monday, Denis Pushilin, chairman of the presidium of the DPR Supreme Council, told Itar-Tass.

“Martial law is introduced in the territory of the DPR.

The main purpose is to clear the Republic’s territory of Ukrainian military units”, he explained.


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` Explosions Heard in Area of Donetsk’s International Airport and Smoking Rising over Runway ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONESTSK – May 26 – Explosions were heard in the area of Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev international airport on Monday, a spokesman for people’s militia told ITAR-TASS, adding that a pencil of smoke was rising over the runway.

The spokesmen said first intensive fire was heard in the area of the airport with large calibre weapons apparently being used. Two fighter planes were seen in the sky over the area and three helicopters flew in the airport’s direction.

Earlier on Monday, sources in people’s militia told ITAR-TASS that representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic were holding negotiations in the building of the Donetsk airport over the withdrawal of troops that keep the runway under control.

The speaker of the self-proclaimed republic’s legislature, Denis Pushilin, said the operation of the airport had been suspended.

Martial law to be introduced in Donetsk People’s Republic “Until today, the airport was beyond our control. Some unclear cargoes and even mercenaries had been brought to our territory. We believe this is very wrong,” Pushilin said.


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` Self Proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Hold Referendum on Independence from Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 24 – Self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics which have recently held referenda on independence from Ukraine have declared the creation of a union state of Novorossiya.

Representatives from eight south-eastern regions voting at the people’s congress in Donetsk / screenshot from video

“We have signed a memorandum on the union,” Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told the media.

The new union state will be called Novorossiya, said the people’s governor of the Donetsk Region, Pavel Gubarev.

He added that the document has been signed in the city of Donetsk by Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Borodai and the head of Lugansk People’s Republic Aleksey Karyakin.

People’s representatives from eight Ukrainian regions gathered for a congress in Donetsk on Saturday, a day ahead of presidential elections.

Ace Related News:
1. RT News – 24/05/2014 –


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` Life News Journalist Detained in Ukraine Video Message on YouTube ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 21 – A video message of Marat Saichenko detained LifeNews journalist in Ukraine was uploaded on the Internet on Wednesday.

Channel guidelines does not exclude that it was recorded under pressure.

“We came to Donetsk. We got credentials and journalism license from Donetsk People’s Republic representative to cover referendum. After that we arrived in Kramatorsk where we covered referendum and events took place in this city. During news gathering we were in contact with self-defence forces and citizens, we did not have any contacts with Ukrainian army and authorities.

We were detained by Ukrainian army officers on May 18,” Marat Saichenko says in the video.

“It is not clear who posted this video, but I think it was SBU (Security Service of Ukraine),” LifeNews General Director Ashot Gabrelyanov said. Marat Saichenko says that when the crew was crossing the Ukrainian border journalists had not informed that they were journalists, and thus allegedly violated Ukrainian law.


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` Oligarch `Rinat Akhmetov ' Calls on his ` Workers to Stage a Strike in Support of Peace ' in Donetsk Region '

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 20 – Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, has called on his workers to stage a strike “in support of peace” in Donetsk Region in the country’s south-east.

On Tuesday’s afternoon, a meeting will be held, and a horn will be sounded every day at 12:00pm as a symbol of peace, RIA Novosti quoted Akhmetov as saying on television.

The horn will be heard every day until the conflict settles.

The businessman opposed the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, warned of the possible “isolation” of the region of Donbass, and promised to “not let it be destroyed.”

He earlier supported the decentralization of the power in Ukraine.

Statement on May 19 – Translation from Russian to English (apologies for any discrepancies)

Dear compatriots! Today Mariupol wanted to hold peace march.

And as I said, going to go out on a share of more than fifty thousand people.

And it is – only one Mariupol! And ready to go today Donbas millions! Why? Because people are tired of living in fear. Tired of living in terror.

Tired of going out to the streets and get the bullets.

For Donbass go with machine guns, grenade launchers. cities in banditry and looting.

Is that a peaceful life? Is that a strong economy? It does a decent job and a decent salary? No! And that’s why people wanted to go out on a peace march.

But in the morning I was told that there were guns in Mariupol that civilians, peaceful rally want to shoot! I immediately contacted the directors of our companies and urged them to suspend participation in the peace march.

Because human life – the main value. And I will never let anyone to shed blood. I called to suspend the action. Pause, but do not stop! Because if we stop, Donbass and will continue in the blood! I want to tell everyone – we will not stop. We will not be intimidated!

We do not intimidate anyone! Including those who call themselves some Donetsk People’s Republic. Tell me please who knows the Donbas at least one representative of the DNR? What have they done to our land, what jobs created? Walk with guns by city Donbass is that – defending the rights of the citizens of Donetsk to the central government? Looting in cities and capture of civilians is that the struggle for the happiness of our land? No!

This is a fight against the inhabitants of our land! This – the fight against Donbass! This genocidal Donbass! And I will not let destroy Donbass! I was born here and I live here. And so I urge everyone to unite in our struggle. During Donbass unarmed! For Donbass without masks!

For Donbass with peaceful sky over your head! Today representatives of the so-called DNR seized the railway. They do not just stop the railroad they stopped the heart of Donbass!

Because the industry without Donbass railway die. So die Donbass – our labor edge! And so I urge all labor groups to go out tomorrow helpful protest in the workplace. And this rally will begin at noon tomorrow with buzzer that sounds for all the Donbass region. In support of the world! Against bloodshed!

And while the world is established, every day at 12 o’clock will be distributed throughout the Donbas a beep. I also urge all motorists all the patriots of our region to join this action.

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` Donetsk Rallies in Support of Open-Border with Russia ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Ukraine – Hundreds of people gathered at Lenin Square in Donetsk on Sunday on support of an open border with Russia. Demonstrators carried Donbass People’s Militia and Donetsk People’s Republic flags and wore St George’s ribbons.

Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, spoke to the crowd about the status and development of the Donetsk People’s Republic.



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#AceWorldNews DONESTSK May 17 17:21 ITAR TASS Donetsk…

#AceWorldNews – DONESTSK – May 17 – 17:21 /ITAR-TASS/. Donetsk People’s Republic has prepared a query for allowing it to accede Russia.

“Our industry is linked with Russia. If we maintain close economic relations with Russia, the Donetsk People’s Republic economy will develop,” the Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister, Alexander Borodai said on Saturday.

“The query will be sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry after the republic’s government is formed. The official draft has been prepared. It is timely to talk about the concrete date for sending the query,” the Donetsk People’s Republic press service told Itar-Tass.

Earlier, on May 12, the Donetsk People’s Republic asked Moscow to consider its accession into Russia.

“We, the people of Donetsk, based on results of the May 11 referendum and the declaration of sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on DPR is now a sovereign state,” Republic Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said.

“Given the will of the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and in order to restore historical justice, we ask Russia to consider the issue of our republic’s accession into the Russian Federation,” he said.


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` Several Hundred of People are Rallying in Support Donetsk People’s Republic Chanting We Will Win ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 08 – Several hundred people are rallying in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in support of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic despite heavy rain.

They are urging fellow citizens to vote for the Republic in the upcoming referendum on the status of the region slated for May 11. They are chanting “We will win!”, “We won’t forgive Odessa” and “Away with the junta!” and urging law enforcers to join their ranks.

The Donetsk region and the neighbouring Luhansk region have decided against postponing the referendum and will hold it on May 11 as planned.

After the rally its participants were planning to march along the streets of Donetsk but cancelled their plans because of the rain.

Activists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic are ensuring law and order during the rally.

RIA Novosti – Donetsk News – Tass – VoR

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1. VoR – May 08 –


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#AceWorldNews DONETSK May 08 The central election commission…

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 08 – The central election commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has dismissed reports saying unidentified people destroyed on Thursday about one million ballot papers for a referendum on independence,(Itar-Tass)


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` Members of the Peoples Council of the `Donetsk People’s Republic ‘ will hold Referendum on Independence ‘

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – May 8. INTERFAX.RU – Members of the People’s Council “Donetsk People’s Republic” decided not to postpone the referendum on the independence of the region, “Interfax” the co-chairman of the Government DNR Miroslav Rudenko. “The referendum will be May 11,” – he said “Interfax” on the phone.

On the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter called representatives of the south-east of Ukraine to postpone scheduled for May 11 referendum.

According to Putin, this step will create the necessary conditions for a dialogue with the authorities in Kiev.

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` Defence Minster of `Donetsk People’s Republic ‘ Detained As is Suspected of Attempted Murder ‘

#AceWorldNews- KHARKIV- May 07 – Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Kakidzyanov, has been detained, parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said at a session of the Cabinet of Ministers in Kharkiv.

Kakidzyanov is suspected of attempted murder.

“As a result of today’s special operation, the situation in Mariupol has been taken under control. At the same time, the Defense Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Kakidzyanov was arrested,” Avakov said.

The decision to form a “people’s army” was taken by participants of the protest rally in Donetsk on April 10.

On the same day, Kakidzyanov was appointed the Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed republic.

Russian and Ukrainian News


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` Russian Television Channels have been turned off in Donestsk Eastern Ukraine for a Second Time ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 04 – Russian television channels have been turned off in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, again.

On Friday, the supporters of federalisation built barricades in front of the regional television centre to “protect television which is broadcasting Russian channels”.

“Analogue television has been broadcasting four Russian channels for several days.

To keep it this way and make sure that people get truthful information, television must be protected,” Yuri Litovets, representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said.

The opponents of the Kiev regime seized the television centre on April 27 and restored Russian broadcasts which had been suspended earlier.

Now Russian channels are no longer available again.

Russian News and Media Sources


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` Unidentified People have Seized Police Department Building in Kostiantynivka ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 28 – Unidentified people have seized the building of a police department in Kostiantynivka of Ukraine’s Donetsk Region on Monday.

Local TV reports that protesters have also gathered on the street near the town hall.

According to media reports, town hall staff does not enter the office. Public transport is restricted, and buses are forwarded to bypass routes.

The protesters do not make any demands.

They say that they are launching preparations for the referendum on independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic scheduled for May 11.


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#AceBreakingNews DONETSK April 16 17:06 GMT The activists…

#AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 17:06 GMT: The activists in Donetsk have replaced the Ukrainian flag in front of the mayor’s office with the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

#Donetsk city mayor office, flag change. Activists remove #Ukrainian one and put #Donbass and #Oplot. #Kiev #protest
— Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) April 16, 2014



#AceWorldNews SLAVYANSK April 15 Anti Kiev protesters in…

#AceWorldNews – SLAVYANSK, April 15 – Anti-Kiev protesters in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, have returned weapons to the local militia after it had taken the side of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The main task of the militia is to maintain public order and fight manifestations of extremism

All weapons, except automatic guns, have been returned to the militiamen who have started patrolling the city streets, Slavyansk’s acting mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
“Militia is on our side.

They are starting to patrol the streets together with the Cossacks and the self-defence forces,” Ponomaryov said.


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` Demonstrators in ` Eastern Ukrainian City of Donetsk ‘ will form the ` People’s Army ‘ Starting Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – April 10 – Demonstrators in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, who have seized the regional administration building, have decided to create their own “people’s army”, Denis Pushilin, one of the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic proclaimed on April 7.

“We will be creating a people’s army in the Donetsk People’s Republic starting from today,” he said at a press conference on Thursday, April 10, adding that Igor Kakidzyanov would be appointed its commander.

Pushilin said the army was necessary in order to “protect the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic and territorial integrity of the republic”. Kakidzyanov said “army men will be registered and provided with necessary supplies”. “We will set up a staff and an officer corps of retired and active duty officers,” he said.

Pushilin said demonstrators had put forth several demands at the talks with regional and city leader. These include “joint patrolling with police and traffic police” in order to prevent crimes in the city.

Plans have also been announced to create joint squads to guard the regional administration building and set up a working group to prepare a local referendum. It will include demonstrators and members of the Donetsk Regional Council. Also discussed at the talks was “complete amnesty” for the detained demonstrators.

Ukraine and Russian News Sources


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