(GENEVA) #ClimateChange IPCC Report:The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing the most comprehensive assessment on the state of global heating since 2013 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.27: Against a backdrop of fires and floods, researchers are meeting virtually to finalise a key climate science study.

#AceDailyNews reports that Climate Change: Researchers have started discussions on a vital report: Media registration for Working Group I contribution to Sixth Assessment Report: Over the next two weeks, the scientists will go through their findings line by line with representatives of 195 governments.

Updated on 20 July to change the starting time of the opening ceremony from 10.00am CEST to 11.00am CEST.

GENEVA, July 8 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) at a session to be held virtually from 26 July to 6 August 2021. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change: Formally the meeting in July and August consists of sessions of both the IPCC and of Working Group I. …….The 14th Session of Working Group I will consider the Summary for Policymakers of the report for approval in line-by-line scrutiny by government representatives in dialogue with report authors and accept the underlying scientific-technical assessment. Then the 54th Session of the IPCC will accept the work of the Working Group, formally accepting the report.

heat
As the scientists gather to consider their report, heatwaves are hitting many parts of the world

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

Experts say the report will be a “wake-up call” to governments: It is expected that the short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will play an important role in guiding global leaders who will come to Glasgow in November to deal with critical climate questions.

Alok Sharma brings 51 countries together for critical climate discussions ahead of #COP26

Ministers to lay groundwork for success before November’s summit

  • Ministers arrive in London to discuss key issues that require resolution at COP26
  • COP26 President hopes to build common ground and sketch the outline of the Glasgow outcome ahead of summit
  • US, India, China among 50+ countries represented at two-day ministerial meeting in a combination of virtual and in-person attendance

Today [Sunday] the COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, will bring climate and environment ministers and representatives from more than 50 countries together to lay the groundwork for success ahead of November’s COP26 negotiations.

The event marks the first face-to-face ministerial of its kind in more than 18 months. With fewer than 100 days to go until the critical UN climate change conference, Mr Sharma is convening the meeting in London to shape the vision of the final outcomes from COP26, and build a “unity of purpose to deliver them”.

The two-day meeting will see major emitters like the US and China in discussion with countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as Jamaica, Costa Rica, Rwanda and The Marshall Islands.

The ministerial will cover the UK COP Presidency’s key goal of keeping the critical 1.5C temperature rise limit alive. Topics under discussion include mobilising climate finance, scaling up efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, loss and damage caused by climate change, and finalising the “rulebook” for implementation of the Paris Agreement, with a focus on Article 6, which sets out how countries can reduce emissions using international carbon markets and non-market approaches.

As the world has warmed over the past 30 years, the IPCC has become the most important platform for summarising the state of scientific understanding of the problem, its impacts and solutions. 

This year, though, the panel’s report takes places as extreme weather events have shaken the US and Canada, Europe and Asia. The question of the role played by human-induced climate change is being asked more loudly than ever. 

What does the IPCC do and how is it relevant to me?

Formed in 1988, the IPCC’s role is to provide politicians with assessments every six or seven years on the science, the impacts and the potential options for tackling climate change. 

Over the years, its reports have become more strongly worded as the evidence has mounted. 

Justin SullivanDrought in California has seen water levels in Lake Oroville drop to record lows

In 2013, its assessment said that humans were the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.

That document helped set the scene for the Paris climate agreement signed in 2015. 

As well as its six- or seven-year assessments, the IPCC has also produced special studies looking at specific scientific questions. 

In 2018, the IPCC released a special report on keeping global temperature rise under 1.5C

This document has had a significant impact on an emerging generation of young people, willing to take to the streets to demand a political response.

“The 1.5C report was really kind of instrumental for young people to use that science to marshal their efforts towards action,” said Ko Barrett, a vice chair of the IPCC and a head of research at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).

Getty ImagesIn Japan, misting sprays are used to keep people cool

“I think maybe the report surprised us all, that the report had such an impact in getting people to think, wow, this is not some big future problem. This is like right now.”

The IPCC’s latest summary of the science, to be published on 9 August, is also likely to have a big impact. 

In a couple of months, world leaders will come to Glasgow to try to advance the world’s efforts against rising temperatures. The IPCC’s forthcoming report will be required reading for many attending COP26.

“I think it’s going to be a wake-up call, there’s no doubt about that,” said Richard Black, an honorary research fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

“But then again, so are some of the real world events that we’re seeing around us at the moment.”

Is the IPCC just about scientists?

Many people think that the IPCC is just a platform for science, but that’s not the full picture. 

“The IPCC itself actually consists of representatives from 195 governments in all, and they basically commission the reports from the various groups of academics that do the work,” said Richard Black.

“And this to me is the key thing about the IPCC. It’s not just a bunch of scientists producing a report; they are commissioned by governments, and they’re owned by governments. And that makes them absolutely unique.”

So how does it work?

The IPCC, while it has undoubted clout, doesn’t actually conduct its own research.

For its assessments, the IPCC divides the work into three different areas. The first is the physical science report, the second the study on impacts, the third is on mitigation.

The impacts and mitigation studies will come out early next year, as well as a synthesis report that will pull all the threads together.

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For the upcoming publication on the physical science, more than 200 researchers been working together in groups to review the existing peer-reviewed literature over the last four years.

Their initial draft reports were subject to discussions and comments from fellow researchers and from governments. 

The new study attracted around 75,000 comments as it was drafted and re-written.

Over the next two weeks, a final Summary for Policymakers, running to around 40 pages, will be agreed word by word with government representatives. 

“The scientists come in with a proposal document that line by line gets challenged by the representative of the United Nations there, and the scientists defend their lines,” said Prof Corinne Le Quéré, from the University of East Anglia who has been involved with two previous IPCC assessment reports.

“Nothing gets written that is not scientifically correct. So, scientists have the right to just say this is wrong, and the documents gets really strong at the end because of that process.”

One of the things that gives the report additional muscle is the fact that it is not just one particular research paper on one topic – the reviewers consider all the pieces of research carried out on each area of focus. 

“Sometimes the IPCC gets criticised for being focussed on consensus, and it’s suggested that that can weaken statements,” said Dr Emily Shuckburgh, from the University of Cambridge.

“But the fact that it is a summary across multiple lines of evidence is incredibly powerful and incredibly useful.”

So what can we expect from the upcoming report?

As in previous assessments, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity’s role in creating the climate crisis. 

In the last report in 2013, the authors said that warming since the 1950s was “extremely likely” due to human activities. 

This will likely be further strengthened, despite the objections of some countries.

ReutersDriving through a wildfire in Nevada

“It’s going to revise this overall attribution statement. Obviously, it is going to be stronger than what we had in the past because of the growing warming of the planet,” said Prof Le Quéré.

“That’s going to be one of the main points. It will be discussed very, very carefully, and scrutinised. You can be sure it will be scrutinised by governments.”

However, many participants are likely to be more concerned with the present and the future than questions of past responsibility. 

There will be a new chapter on weather and extreme events in a changing climate.

Many will want to pay more attention to questions such as storms, floods or droughts with a low probability but high impact, as have been seen around the world in recent weeks.

“This time around, governments have asked the IPCC to also look at low probability events that could be potentially very damaging,” said Prof Le Quéré.

“So we can expect a lot more information. In fact, for almost the first time in the IPCC, (we’ll get) a lot more explicit information about the risks of extreme climate events.”

ReutersThe IPCC will also look at the state of the Arctic as the climate warms

As well as new information on sea-level rise and the state of the Arctic and Antarctic, the summary report will likely have new information on the chances of holding the global rise in temperatures to 1.5C this century. 

It will assess whether governments are on track to meet the targets agreed in the Paris climate pact. 

What could possibly go wrong?

This is the first time that the IPCC has attempted an approval session remotely. These gatherings are usually a week long and often involve quite vigorous discussions between government representatives and scientists. 

With just a few months left before the COP26 climate conference, the stakes for the participants are perhaps higher than at any time in recent history. 

Given the scale of weather-related disasters we are witnessing around the world, the public and politicians are now more attuned to the issue of climate change than ever before.

All this will add to the pressure on the IPCC. There are likely many long nights ahead for the participants.

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(GENEVA) UN OCHA REPORT: Says approximately 70-Palestinians, including 36 children, have been displaced after Israeli forces demolished the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa al-Baqai’a in the Jordan Valley #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the demolitions have also left the villagers with no baby milk powders, clothes as well as personal hygiene products. They also have no fodder and water for their livestock.

#AceDailyNews says at least 70 Palestinians, including 36 kids, displaced as Israel demolishes homes in West Bank community: OCHA and the UN office said in a statement that the so-called Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) has confiscated food consignments and detached structures, leaving the residents with no food and water following Wednesday’s demolitions.

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US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

OCHA said its representatives, members of various non-governmental organizations and diplomats tried to access Humsa al-Baqai’a on Wednesday, but Israeli forces refused to let them do so on the grounds that a military operation was underway.

UN aid agency says Israel displaced 23 Palestinians in two weeks

UN aid agency says Israel displaced 23 Palestinians in two weeksThe OCHA says Israel forces have either demolished or seized 24 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied territories of West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds in a span of two weeks.

Some 11 of the structures demolished or confiscated had been provided by the international community, the UN office pointed out.

It highlighted that the Jordan Valley, which makes up 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, is classified as Area C – meaning it is under full Israeli military control.

OCHA said Israeli authorities have carried out military training in the community since 2012, and temporarily displaced local residents. The UN agency has so far recorded more than 50 such incidents.

On 23 February, Lynn Hastings, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, called on Israeli authorities to “immediately halt all further demolitions of Palestinian homes and possessions, allow the humanitarian community to provide shelter, food and water to this most vulnerable group and these people to remain in their homes,” after visiting Humsa al-Baqai’a community following a mass demolition campaign.

OCHA stressed that international humanitarian law requires an occupying power to protect the population of the territory it occupies, ensure its welfare and well-being, and respect its human rights. Any destruction of civilian property by the occupying power is prohibited as well.

Rights body: All Israeli settlers, buildings must be removed from Jabal Sabih

Rights body: All Israeli settlers, buildings must be removed from Jabal SabihA right body calls on the Israeli regime to immediately implement a court order to evacuate settlers from an illegally built settlement near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley are subjected to demolitions by Israeli authorities who claim they lack building permits, despite the fact that the Tel Aviv regime does not provide such permits to Palestinians.

Moreover, Israel orders Palestinians to demolish their own homes or pay the demolition price to the municipality if they refuse to tear down their houses. Palestinians as well as the international community consider Israeli demolition politics in the occupied territories illegal.

Humsa residents threatened with arrest if do not leave their lands:

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported on Thursday that after evicting residents of Humsa al-Baqai’a community, the Israeli forces have threatened to arrest them if they do not leave their lands and destroyed homes, and move elsewhere.

According to the report, which quoted Mutaz Bisharat, a local official with Tubas governorate, Israeli occupation soldiers threatened the residents, who stayed on their lands despite the demolition of their homes and structures, that they would be arrested if they do not evacuate the area.

He added that the soldiers have set up roadblocks to prevent anyone from reaching that area to help the community rebuild their destroyed homes.

Israeli soldiers have transferred the community’s belongings to another area, where they also intend to force the residents to live.

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(GENEVA) Biden & Putin Summit Report: Opening the talks, Putin said he hoped for a “productive” meeting, while Biden said: “It is always better to meet face to face.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: The leaders’ first in-person meeting, which is taking place at a lakeside villa, comes amid soaring tensions between their two countries.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be dominated by deep disagreements: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin kicked off a highly-anticipated summit in Geneva on Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden

There were low expectations of a breakthrough, with a string of contentious issues on the agenda. But both sides have said they hope the meeting can at least lead to more stable and predictable relations: Swiss President Guy Parmelin is acting as host during the talks, which are scheduled to last four to five hours.

What is on the agenda?

Biden and Putin are likely to discuss a raft of issues, including arms controlcybercrime, Ukraine, Belarus, election interference and the coronavirus pandemic.

The US president is expected to broach the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, although the Russian side has said that is an internal matter that Putin won’t be drawn on.

DW correspondent Alexandra von Nahmen says cybersecurity will be at the top of the agenda.

“There have been a few quite far-reaching cyberattacks in the US recently, some of them having Russian fingerprints on them, so the Biden administration is calling on Russia to do more to deter such attacks from within its borders,” she said.

“Both sides want to lower the temperature a notch or two and they’re trying to find ways to resume their dialogue.”

  • Biden in sunglasses arriving on Air Force One plane Russia-US relations: The contentious issuesBiden playing it coolPresident Joe Biden has kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the summit in Geneva. He declined to say how he plans to confront Putin during talks with his Russian counterpart — but is expected to address key issues. “I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities,” Biden said ahead of the summit. 

Relations between the two countries deteriorated following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and amid US allegations that Moscow meddled in its 2016 presidential election.

The situation worsened after Biden called Putin a killer in March, prompting Russia to recall its ambassador from Washington. The US then recalled its ambassador from Moscow. The possibility of returning the diplomats to their respective posts may also be on the agenda.

What do observers say about the talks?

US Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Chris Kupchan told DW the two leaders are “not coming in looking for a bromance like Trump and Putin,” but Biden could “invest in some kind of working relationship with Putin.”

Biden is much more worried about China than he is about Russia. And I’m guessing that Putin is growing quietly uncomfortable with China. So part of this conversation might be about trying to improve the Western relationship with Russia in a way that contains China’s leverage and gives Moscow a little bit of breathing room in its relationship with Beijing,” he said.

NATO declares China a global security threat

Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Kremlin-founded Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), said Putin “understands that relations between Russia and the United States will continue to be mostly adversarial, at least for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, there are some potential pockets of cooperation that can be pursued further. And even the confrontation can and should be managed, to reduce costs and to cut down the risks.”

David O’Sullivan, former EU ambassador to the US, said Biden would aim to be charming, and at the same time “open but firm on the points which are important for him.”

“He will reach out to Putin and say, ‘look, we don’t agree on everything. Let’s find a way of coexisting and not creating excessive tensions for each other’.”

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(GENEVA) Srebrenica Massacre Report: Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has lost his appeal against a 2017 conviction for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.10: The massacre, in an enclave supposed to be under UN protection, was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.

Srebrenica Masssacre: UN court rejects Mladic genocide appeal upheld the life sentence for his role in the killing of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995: Profile: The “Butcher of Bosnia”

What was the case against him?

Ratko Mladic
Ratko Mladic was in court to hear the verdict on Tuesday

25 years on – in pictures

It is not yet clear where Mladic will serve the rest of his sentence.

The five-person appeals panel in The Hague found Mladic had failed to provide evidence to invalidate the previous convictions against him, although the presiding judge dissented on almost all counts.

However, the appeals chamber also dismissed the appeal brought by the prosecution, which had sought a second conviction against Mladic over crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats in some other areas during the war.

The verdict was delayed by technical difficulties, which continued throughout the session.

Mladic had denounced the tribunal during his appeal hearing in August, calling it a child of Western powers. His lawyers had argued he was far away from Srebrenica when the massacre happened.

Mladic, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, was one of the last suspects to face trial at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run.

In 2017 he was found guilty of genocide over Srebrenica, but acquitted of genocide over his army’s 1992 campaign, in which Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats were expelled from their homes or detained in appalling conditions.

ReutersMladic (L) was a general under Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (1995 pic)

In 2016, the same court convicted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of planning the Srebrenica massacre, among other crimes.

His initial 40-year sentence for genocide and war crimes was later increased to life in prison in 2019 – the remainder of which he will serve in the UK.

What has the reaction been?

Survivor Semso Osmanovic, who lost 23 family members in the massacre, told the BBC’s Guy De Launey that the verdict meant he finally felt able to return to his home town.

“I was living the whole of my life for this moment – to see justice being done by the international court. And hoping to bring my children and my wife to Srebrenica,” he said. “That’s the place I was born.” Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic: Glorification of genocide must be prohibited

Sehida Abdurahmanovic, whose husband was killed in Srebrenica, watched the verdict at a memorial centre in Potocari. 

“Mothers who barely hear, who can not see, those sick and can hardly walk, came to see this. As it was yesterday, everything is still fresh,” she told BBC News Serbian. 

“It is of utmost importance that he got this life sentence and that genocide in Srebrenica was confirmed.”

In Sarajevo, one Bosnian newspaper led its online coverage of the verdict with the headline: “Look at the butcher’s tears when he realises that he will die behind bars.”

But the reaction among Mladic’s supporters was very different.

The former general’s son, Darko Mladic, said his father “did not have a chance for a fair trial” and described the proceedings as “a travelling circus”.

The current president of the Bosnian Serb enclave, Zeljka Cvijanovic, said the tribunal had “once again confirmed its role as anti-Serb court, which establishes responsibility for war crimes not by evidence, but by the ethnicity of the indicted”.

Long wait for justice

Some of the survivors who travelled to The Hague hoped that Ratko Mladic would use his last public appearance to offer an apology that could help reconciliation in the still divided region. 

When the final judgment came, the man guilty of severing so many lives offered only silence.

Satko Mujagic, who survived the notorious Omarska death camp, told me: “I’m sorry to say but I really can see evil in his eyes, he has no sorry, he really feels nothing, he doesn’t care. He could have taken the floor and said I’m sorry it went so far. And it’s a shame because his ideology, of division of nationalism, of hatred, is still living and in many people after him.”

And one dissenting opinion, from the presiding judge, could inflame tensions and be used as ammunition by those who seek to deny the genocide and glorify the former general. 

Speaking outside court, chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz declared: “The time has come to accept the truth, Mladic ranks amongst the most notorious war criminals in modern history… and his name should be consigned to the list of history’s most depraved and barbarous figures.”

Reuters: Survivors waited for the verdict in Bosnia

What happened during the appeal?

The hearing in August had been delayed by Mladic’s health problems and coronavirus restrictions.

He remained defiant throughout, attacking both the court and the prosecutor.

Speaking about Srebrenica, he said he had signed an agreement with the Bosnian Muslim army to honour it and other protected areas, and suggested he was not to blame for any violation of these zones.

But prosecution lawyer Laurel Baig said Mladic had been convicted of some of “the most heinous crimes of the 20th Century”.

“Mladic was in charge of the Srebrenica operation,” she said. “He used the forces under his command to execute thousands of men and boys.”

A defence lawyer, Dragan Ivetic, denied his client had played a role, saying: “Mr Mladic is not a villain. He was someone who at all times was trying to help the UN do the job it couldn’t do in Srebrenica at a humanitarian level.”What happened at Srebrenica? Explained in under two minutes

How did the genocide happen?

Between 1991 and 1999 the socialist state of Yugoslavia broke up violently into separate entities covering the territories of what were then Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia. 

Of all the conflicts, the war in Bosnia was the bloodiest as, ethnically and religiously, it was the most divided.

Yugoslav army units, withdrawn from Croatia and renamed the Bosnian Serb Army, carved out a huge swathe of Serb-dominated territory in Bosnia. 

AFPSurvivors marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre last year

More than a million Bosniaks and Croats were driven from their homes in so-called ethnic cleansing, and Serbs suffered too. By the time the war ended in 1995, at least 100,000 people had been killed. 

At the end of the war in 1995, Mladic went into hiding and lived in obscurity in Serbia, protected by family and elements of the security forces.

He was finally tracked down and arrested at a cousin’s house in rural northern Serbia in 2011.

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(GENEVA) UNGA UKRAINE REPORT: Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Convention #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The resolution, among other things, required the UN Secretary-General to report on its implementation on the 74th UN General Assembly’s session in the fall of 2019:

Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Convention – UN report: ‘In December 2018, the UN General Assembly approved the Ukrainian resolution A/RES/73/263 on the protection of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation’

UN Sec-Gen: Russia replaces population of Crimea in violation of 4th Geneva Convention

2019/10/18 – 19:14 •

People hold Russian flags on the streets of occupied Crimea. Photo: Anton Naumlyuk, RFE/RL 

Edited by: Yuri Zoria

formal presentation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres‘s report took place on 14 October in New York. The report reveals multiple Russian crimes in Crimea, including a direct replacement of the population in the occupied region.

By resettling people from mainland Russia to Ukrainian Crimea in an attempt to alter the demographics of the area, Russia deliberately violates Geneva conventions. 

Read also: New UNGA resolution: Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, Russia must release political prisoners & stop repressions (December 2018 Resolution)

It was the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour who presented the report on how the Ukrainian 2018 resolution is being implemented. Answering a question by a Ukrainian representative in the course of the presentation, Mr. Gilmour emphasizedthat transferring populations into an occupied area violates the Geneva Conventions, in particular, the fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

As the Russian delegate in his objection stated that the General Assembly’s Resolution on human rights in Crimea was “politicized, based on unverified and clearly falsified information,” Andrew Gilmour reminded that his office has not been unable to access Crimea despite the requests it made to Russia.

Oleh Nikolenko, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Information and Spokesperson of Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, described the importance of the UN Sec-Gen’s report for Ukraine,

Oleh Nikolenko, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Information and Spokesperson of Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations. Source: Ukrinform

Two important aspects:

  1. For the first time in five years of the occupation, we have an analysis of the situation on the Crimean peninsula prepared by the UN Secretary-General… The most important things are named:– Russia is an occupying power, subject to obligations under international law.– Russia completely ignores these obligations.
  2.  Russia deliberately pursues policies aimed at changing the demographic situation in Crimea, which is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. On the one hand, the Russian authorities are taking measures to coerce those who disagree with the occupation to leave the peninsula, and on the other, in 2014-2018, it has transferred 140,000 of its citizens to the Ukrainian peninsula, including servicemen and their families … This, in particular, is made to secure the annexation attempt, to create additional obstacles for further de-occupation.

Changing demographics in the occupied territories violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. Russia implemented the same scenario in the occupied territories of Georgia.

It is important for Ukraine that the UN Secretary-General finally spoke out on this. All Russian crimes are recorded and will be used to hold Moscow accountable, including in subsequent resolutions and international courts.

Volodymyr Yelchenko, the permanent representative of Ukraine at the United Nations, thanked the Secretary-General for the report and notedthat the UN should take the necessary measures to stop the transfer of Russian population to Crimea,

Volodymyr Yelchenko, permanents representative of Ukraine at the United Nations Ukrainian mission to the UN.

At the outset, my delegation would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for the release of 12 reports, and among them of the very first report “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea…” … I would also like to ask you, Mr. Gшlmour, while reporting to the UN GA to pay special attention to the main root causes of human rights violations and abuses in Crimea, namely the foreign aggression and temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. … I would appreciate your advice on the steps and actions to be taken by the UN in general and the General Assembly, in particular, to stop transferring of the Russian population to Crimea and prevent consequences of such actions of the occupying power.

Population replacement in occupied Crimea

The report of the Secretary-General states, in particular, that international humanitarian law prohibits individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory regardless of the motive of such actions. The OHCHR (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) notes that, according to the court registry of the Russian Federation, during 2017–2018 courts in Crimea ordered the transfer of at least 947 individuals considered foreigners under the laws of the Russian Federation, including the transfer of 518 Ukrainian citizens who lived in Crimea.

What is yet more important, under international humanitarian law, the occupying power must not transfer parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies. As reported by OHCHR, during 2014–2018, 140,198 people changed their residency registration from regions of the Russian Federation to what Russia calls “the Republic of Crimea.” These relocations include appointments of public sector employees from the Russian Federation to Crimea, transferring servicemen with their families to the peninsula in the Russian framework of the militarization of the peninsula.

Read also: Russians moving into occupied Crimea now form one-fifth of its populationAccording to RFE/RL, the resettlement of Russian citizens to Crimea is going on while native residents are leaving the peninsula. Particularly, at least 19,000 Russians resettled to the peninsula while 17,500 locals departed in 2018. Some 17,000 Russians moved in and 16,000 Crimean residents moved out from the occupied region in 2017.

Other conclusions of the report

Meeting of the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee of the UN General Assembly – the third committee, 17th meeting of GA’s 74th session. 14 October 2019, New York. Screenshot: webtv.un.org

The UN Sec-Gen’s report, not only provides data and evidence of population replacement in Crimea but also confirms all other Russian crimes and violations mentioned in the previous UN General Assembly Resolutions. The most important cases are:

  • Violating the A/RES/73/263 resolution, Russia denied the OHCHR access to the peninsula. Therefore, the Office was obliged to conduct remote monitoring based on the information from the human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine as well as Crimean civil activists and witnesses who fled occupied Crimea to mainland Ukraine.
  • Russia, the occupying power, automatically extended the Russian Federation’s citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens who resided in Crimea on a permanent basis. This is a violation of the right to a nationality. People who rejected Russian citizenship were considered as foreigners and faced deportation.
  • Russian Federation laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism, designed to persecute political opponents, were applied to acts committed before the occupation, against all commonly accepted judicial norms.
  • The same laws were used for arbitrary arrests, usually preceded by house raids and searches conducted by the police and the FSB special service. From 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019, OHCHR recorded 186 searches. In some cases, individuals were reportedly detained even without formal charges.
  • OHCHR received information alleging torture and ill-treatment of individuals deprived of their liberty, usually on the basis of the same above-mentioned laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism. Torture was used to obtain forced confessions from the victims. Perpetrators resorted to various forms of torture, including mock executions, beatings, and electric shocks, as well as sexual violence.
  • Prisoners had not received adequate medical assistance
  • Religious organizations had to re-register according to Russian procedures. Some communities, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, chose not to re-register and now the Russian occupation authorities of Crimea consider that such organizations have lost their legal status. This led to the non-recognition of church property. Other religious communities with strong links to churches in other parts of Ukraine, like the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, were denied registration in the peninsula.
  • To avoid repercussions for independent journalistic work, journalists frequently self-censored, used pseudonyms and filtered their content before publication.
  • Authorities didn’t allow protests or rallies that were critical to Russian policies. In particular, courts arrested or fined 80 Muslim men who conducted single-person protests in October 2017 against criminal cases against other Muslims perceived as sympathizers of unauthorized religious groups.
  • Further concerns emerged about the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Crimea following the introduction by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2019 of new laws on the offenses of “public insults towards State authorities” and “distribution of false information of public importance.”
  • OHCHR has documented a narrowing of space for manifestations of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identities and enjoyment of the respective cultures in Crimea. Crimean authorities exerted pressure on members of Ukrainian cultural organizations and imposed a total ban on the Mejlis, an important self-governing institution of the Crimean Tatar people. Members of the civic group “Ukrainian Cultural Centre” were threatened and interrogated by the sham authorities of Crimea on dubious grounds.
  • The number of school students instructed in the Russian language increased to 96.7% of all students, from 90.7% in 2013–2014, and the number of students instructed in Ukrainian decreased to only 249 children from 12,694 in 2013-2014. OHCHR documented cases in which the school administration disregarded or rejected explicit requests from parents to use Ukrainian or Crimean Tatar as the language of instruction for their children.
  • International humanitarian law forbids the occupying power to compel people on the occupied territory to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. As of 2019, the total number of Crimean men conscripted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation since 2015 amounted to at least 18,000. There had been least 29 guilty verdicts in criminal prosecutions of Crimean men for draft evasion since 2017.

Edited by: Yuri Zoria

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(BEIJING, China.) Says it is “deeply concerned” by the Australian government’s operation of offshore detention centres, and called for the sites to be closed immediately #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: Asylum seekers intercepted at sea en route to Australia are sent for processing to Papua New Guinea or to the South Pacific island of Nauru.Youtube How China is creating the world’s largest prison | Four Corners

China tells UN Australia’s offshore detention centres violate human rights, don’t have adequate conditions: ‘Ties between the two countries soured in 2018 when Australia became the first nation to publicly ban China’s Huawei from its 5G network and worsened when Australia last year called for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus’

In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, China alleged the detention centres “fall short of adequate medical conditions where a large number of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers have been detained over a long period of time or even indefinitely, and their human rights have been violated”

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Asylum-seekers look through a fence at the Manus Island detention centre
Asylum seekers intercepted at sea en route to Australia are sent for processing to Papua New Guinea or Nauru.(Reuters)

It did not specify any locations, describing them as “third countries”.

“We urge Australia to immediately close down all offshore detention centres and take concrete steps to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, especially children,” China said in its statement, which it submitted on behalf of a group of unnamed countries.

It also called on Australia to carry out “comprehensive and fair investigations” into reported cases of “serious war crimes” committed by Australian troops overseas.

An Australian inquiry published in November said Australian special forces were suspected of killing 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, drawing criticism from China’s foreign ministry. 

China itself has long faced accusations that it operates detention centres, with UN experts and rights groups estimating it has detained more than a million people in its Xinjiang region, mostly Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, in a vast system of camps.

China breaching genocide convention with ‘intent to destroy’ Uyghurs

A huge detention complex in Xinjiang seen by satellite, it has a high perimeter wall with watchtowers.
ASPI says this enormous, newly built detention complex in Kashgar, Xinjiang, could house over 10,000 people.(Maxar via Google Earth)

China has described the camps as vocational centres designed to combat extremism.

China’s frontier of fear Satellite imagery lifts the lid on the size and spread of China’s internment camps, used to indoctrinate vast numbers of the Xinjiang region’s Muslim population

According to a major new report by a US-based think tank Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, China has breached every provision of the UN Genocide Convention, with “intent to destroy” the Uyghurs as a group in the country’s north-western Xinjiang region.

The United Nations has said there are credible reports that at least 1 million Uyghurs are detained in Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps.

Beijing has repeatedly stressed that its policies in Xinjiang are necessary to counter extremism and terrorism.

It has repeatedly denied its ethnic policies amount to genocide, but the report maintained the Chinese Communist Party had violated “each and every act” prohibited in Article II of the Genocide Convention.

A woman wearing a headscarf and a face mask at a protest
There are reports of Uyghur women being forcibly sterilised.(Reuters: Murad Sezer)

‘I lost eight years of my life’Thanush Selvarasa is still getting used to the idea of being free, but more than 100 asylum seekers brought to Australia under medevac laws are still living in hotels and detention centres across the country.Read more

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the allegations “ridiculously absurd” and “a complete lie”.

“The so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang is ridiculously absurd. It is a rumour with ulterior motives and a complete lie,” he said.

A number of nations, including the United States and Canada, have labelled the persecution of the Uyghur people genocide in light of growing evidence of abuses at “re-education camps” in Xinjiang.

But Australia has not.

It has previously expressed criticism of China’s treatment of Uyghurs, and joined other countries at the UN Human Rights Council, including the UK, Canada and Germany, in calling upon China to end its detention of the ethnic minority.Youtube Dr Adrian Zenz says China’s policy of transferring Uyghurs to labour programs in is designed to thin out and assimilate the ethnic minority.

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(GENEVA) #Coronavirus Report: #WHO Report: With Europe already suffering a second wave of #COVID19 infections, WHO envoy David Nabarro has warned that the region could see another spike in infections next year in an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: In an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung, Nabarro said that European governments failed to build up the “necessary infrastructure” to keep the virus under control after the first wave of infections this spring:

#Coronavirus Report: #WHO Covid envoy warns of third wave of virus in Europe next spring

David Nabarro Nabarro addresses the media on World Health Organization (WHO)’s health emergency preparedness and response capacities in Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2015. At the time, Nabarro was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola

A World Health Organization (WHO) envoy warned that Europe could face a third wave of infections in early 2021 if governments do not implement preventive measures missing this summer: Speaking to Swiss newspapers, David Nabarro said that infections could boom again if countries repeat what he said was a failure to prevent the second wave.

Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, we’ll have a third wave early next year.

Infections are once again surging throughout Europe, after a lull this summer: France and Germany recorded some 33,000 new cases combined on Saturday, while the UK reported nearly 20,000 cases on the same day, and Spain announced more than 15,000 on Friday. Deaths remain proportionally lower throughout Europe than during the first wave, however:

Despite Nabarro’s stark prediction, the WHO has cautioned against responding too heavy-handedly to the #pandemic In a briefing on Thursday, the organization’s European director, Hans Kluge, called for “systematic and general mask-wearing” and “strict controls on social gatherings,” but described national lockdowns as a “last resort” policy:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.22: 2020:

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‘ WHO SAY TEN OF THOUSANDS OF EBOLA VACCINES COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR TESTING BY JANUARY ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 21 – Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either under-way or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December.

Source: 

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GENEVA: ‘ PREDICTED PLAGUES COME IN MANY FORMS THE FIRST TWO OF SEVEN ARE ISIS AND EBOLA ‘

#AceNewsServices – GENEVA – October 16 – Combating the “twin plagues” of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts is like “being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood”, the United Nations’ new human rights chief told journalists in Geneva today.

In his first briefing to the press since taking up the four-year post on 1 September, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “shocked” that just six weeks into his job, he already had to look at making cuts and “battle” to find resources.

The twin plagues of Ebola and ISIL both fomented quietly, neglected by a world that knew they existed but misread their terrible potential

“Our operations are stretched to breaking point in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever more dangerous crisis,” he said, warning that when the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) “cannot afford to put people on the ground – to monitor, to report, to train, to advocate – the cost may be high.”

“Human rights are not an airy ideal,” he stressed, adding that underestimating the critical importance of human rights is what plays in creating crises in the first place.

The global response to Ebola must therefore be focused on the right to health, to education, to sanitation, to development and to good governance. Only a response that is built on respect for human rights will be successful in crushing the epidemic.

We must also beware of “us” and “them”, a mentality that locks people into rigid identity groups and reduces all Africans – or all West Africans, or some smaller, national or local group – to a stereotype, Mr. Zeid said. It is wrong to dehumanise and stigmatise people.

OHCHR is currently drawing up guidelines on quarantine, because, if imposed and enforced injudiciously, quarantine can very easily violate a wide range of human rights.

Turning to what he called, “the antithesis of human rights”, Mr. Zeid said ISIL – or, as he referred to it, the Taqfiri group called “Daech” in Arabic – believes “justice is to commit murder”. It spares no one. Not women, not children, nor the elderly, the sick or the wounded. No religion is safe, no ethnic group.

“The way [ISIL] has spread its tentacles into other countries, employing social media and the internet to brainwash and recruit people from across the globe, reveals it is to be the product of a perverse and lethal marriage of a new form of nihilism with the digital age,” said the High Commissioner.

As ISIL and Ebola gain ground, it is “deplorable” that the UN office responsible for human rights cannot fulfil the dozens of pending requests for human rights advisors and only receives around 3 per cent of the UN regular budget. The UN human rights office (OHCHR) is at least $25 million short of its needs this year, Mr. Zeid said.

“We are asking for less than the amount Americans are forecast to spend on costumes for their pets at Halloween in a few days, time – and that includes my family who live in New York,” the High Commissioner added.

Prior to 2013, it was unusual for there to be even two “mandated tasks” OHCHR was providing support to. But now, there are “no fewer than six of these under way”, including support missions for the Human Rights Council and an increasing number of fact-finding missions requested by the Security Council.

“In other words, the Office is stretched to its limit,” Mr. Zeid said, adding that some desk officers are obliged to cover seven or eight countries and to support multiple independent human rights experts and committees.

“We are already sparing back everything we can, and services are starting to suffer. States come to us asking for technical assistance programs, but is becoming increasingly likely that we will turn them down,” he said.

These include programmes to help vet security and police personnel and train them to respect human rights and refrain from torture.

The Office is, however, investigating alleged human rights violations and abuses in Iraq, Mr. Zeid said, reiterating his call to the Government to consider acceding to the Rome Statute to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

We intend to issue another update count of reported deaths in Syria before the end of the year, he added. As it stands now, over 200,000 deaths have been reported since March 2011.

The High-Commissioner also expressed concern over continuing conflict in Yemen, Libya, and recently in Gaza, and the myriad human rights issues in Bahrain and Egypt.

In Africa, conflicts and violations, including sexual violence continue in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali, worsening the already chronic poverty.

In Asia, he said that the “appalling and protracted” human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is on international radar thanks to the efforts of the International Commission of Inquiry, established by his predecessor Ms. Navi Pillay.

He also spotlighted the perils faced by migrants in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Americas, many of whom continue to die in their desperate efforts to find a better, more dignified life.

Meanwhile, there is an alarming increase in the number of major political parties in European and other industrialised countries proposing, and on occasion implementing, regressive and even abusive migration and xenophobic policies.

Mr. Zeid concluded his first press conference on a positive note however, saying: “Notwithstanding everything I have just said…it seems to me that the broad trajectory of humanity is a positive one and that in an increasing number of communities and countries, all human beings are seen as fully equal in dignity”.

Source: UN News Centre 

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GENEVA: ‘ Iran Asks US Nuclear Negotiators to Focus of Bigger Issues and Not Trivial – Citing Numbers of Centrifuges ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 15 – US nuclear negotiators should stop focusing on Iran’s number of centrifuges, Reuters quoted a senior Iranian politician as saying on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Iran digs in heels on nuclear centrifuges at Vienna talks - envoys

Exclusive: Iran digs in heels on nuclear centrifuges at Vienna talks – envoys

“This is something like a trivial matter and we should not bargain over trivial matters,” Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in Geneva.

“This is not going to be useful, this is not going to solve any real problems,” he said, adding that the negotiators should rather push for a deal to help build confidence between Iran and the six world powers.

Source:

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WHO: ‘ No Ebola Vaccine Available for Mass Use Until 2015 – Russia Planning Release in Six Months ‘

#AceNewsServices – GENEVA – October 14 – The Ebola vaccine will be available for mass use in summer 2015 at the earliest, the assistant director general of the World Health organization (WHO) told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

“I think by January we will be able of doing larger scale studies with this thing.

But in terms of large scale use, no, not until middle of the next year. That’s our target,” Bruce Aylward said, answering a question on when an Ebola vaccine would be ready for mass use.

Earlier the WHO said that the first anti-Ebola vaccine could be available as early as November 2014 and would first be given to the health care workers most at risk of exposure to the disease.

The vaccine had been expected to become available for mass use early in 2015.

The organization said that the Canadian VSV-EBOV vaccine and the ChAd-EBO vaccine developed by the British GlaxoSmithKlein are the most promising counters to Ebola.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected.

There is no officially approved medication for the disease, but several countries are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines, with Russia planning to introduce three vaccines within the next six months.

#ANS2014 

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‘ Iran P5+1 Group Meet in New York Raising Security and Agreeing Limiting Media Coverage ‘

#AceWorldNews UNITED NATIONS September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) are working in different formats, having raised the level of security, an informed diplomatic source said on Saturday.

© AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan

© AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan

The sides are working on a bilateral basis as well but no plenary meeting is expected on Saturday, the source told ITAR-TASS.

The sides have agreed not to disclose the details of the negotiations and to limit their contacts with the media.

The source said the process was fragile and needed to be handled carefully as the sides were looking for compromises.

Political directors from Iran and the P5+1 group met in New York on Friday, beginning a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.

The head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sa said Russia would “continue to work with its partners in order to lay the groundwork for compromises”.

The recent contacts, including bilateral ones, with the Iranians were quite promising and showed that the Iranian delegation is preparing for the upcoming round most fundamentally,” Ryabkov said, adding that the six world powers were preparing as well.

We will continue working towards the result,” Ryabkov said.

New round of talks will continue ………#ANS2014

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WHO: ‘ Ebola Statistics 4,784 Cases and Kills 2,400 People ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – September 12 – The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus has now killed more than 2,400 people, the World Health Organization(WHO) said Friday.

Ebola Part One - Screenshot from 2014-09-12 19:01:08

Ebola Part Two - Screenshot from 2014-09-12 19:03:15

Part Three - Screenshot from 2014-09-12 19:05:03 

As of 12 September, we are at 4,784 cases and more than 2,400 deaths,” AFP quoted the head of the UN health agency, Margaret Chan, as saying in Geneva.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo

Disease outbreak news
10 September 2014

Epidemiological situation:

Between 2 and 9 September 2014, there have been 31 more cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 suspect). In total, 35 deaths have been reported (9 confirmed and 26 probable).

No deaths have been reported among suspected cases. Nine health-care workers have been diagnosed with EVD, including 7 deaths. All the cases have been localized in Jeera county. The affected villages are Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Muke. Currently, 9 cases have been hospitalized: 4 in Lokolia; 2 in Watsikengo; 2 in Boende; and 1 in Boende Moke. A total of 386 contacts have been listed and 239 contacts have been followed-up.

All cases and contacts are linked to the initial index case reported to the World Health Organization on 26 August 2014.

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‘ Man Stops Tram Causing Security Alert to Retrieve Bags Containing Extremist Islamic Material ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – July 19 – A man who set off a security alert in Geneva on Saturday when he stopped a tram to retrieve bags that included a book with a radical Islamist image in it appears to have been drunk, police said.

Police detained the man and closed off part of the down-town area while a bomb disposal unit inspected his shopping bags but found nothing specific aside from the book, Geneva police spokesman Christophe Fortis told Reuters.

“He is being questioned now at the police station,” he said.

Fortis gave no details about the suspect but said he had a very high level of alcohol in his blood.

He said the man had got off a tram with some bags but left more bags behind and the tram drove off before he could fetch them. He then forced the tram to stop on its way back, setting off the alert, Fortis said.

The alert coincided with a demonstration against Israel’s assault on Gaza that drew some 300 protesters to the front of the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva.

(Reporting by Marina Depetris and Tom Miles; Writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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` OSCE Reducing Number of Observers in Donetsk, Luhansk Regions for Security Reason’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – June 03 – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is reducing the number of observers in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Eastern Ukraine for security reasons, OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier told journalists on Tuesday.

The OSCE will continue monitoring Ukraine’s eastern regions as closely as possible but at the moment it has to relocate its observers from Donetsk to safer places such as Kharkiv, Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk so that they could perform their monitoring functions from there, Zannier said, adding the OSCE would also cut the number of observers in the Luhansk region.

The OSCE Secretary-General added that observers lost in east Ukraine are safe.

Lost Observers:

KYIV, May 30 /Ukrinform/. Four more foreign observers from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and a Ukrainian interpreter who worked in Luhansk disappeared on Thursday, the OSCE press office reported.

“Yesterday at about 19.00 the Special OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine lost contact with several members of its team, who work in Luhansk region,” the report reads.

The OSCE mission noted that in Severodonetsk (100 km from Luhansk) the observers were detained by armed men.

In addition, the OSCE reported that the organization still has no contact with the four observers who went missing in Donetsk region in the evening on May 26. Earlier, some media reported that the militants released the group of observers.

The observer missions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will continue working in east Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions despite incidents when their observers went missing there, Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE’s mission in Ukraine, said Monday.

(SwissInfo) – May 29 – An insurgent leader in Eastern Ukraine has said his group kidnapped four observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), among them a Swiss.

The group had been missing since Tuesday.

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, who has declared himself mayor of the city of Slovyansk in the eastern Ukranian Donetsk region, told the media the monitors were safe and would be released.

“I addressed the OSCE mission to warn them that their people should not, over the coming week, travel in areas under our control. And they decided to show up anyway,” Ponomarev told the Associated Press.

“We will figure out who [the observers] are, where they were going and will then let them go,” he said to the Interfax news agency. The other members of the observer team come from Turkey, Denmark and Estonia.

Mr Schneider said he understood that the self-proclaimed mayor, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, could use the observers as a bargaining chip. Mr Ponomarev said Saturday that they could be released in exchange for jailed pro-Russia activists.

#ANS2014

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IAEA: ` Iran Commits to Fulfil its Agreement with Six Negotiator’s on Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Program ‘

#AceWorldNews – VIENNA – May 24 – Iran is fulfilling its commitments under last year’s agreement with the six negotiators on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a quarterly report distributed among the nuclear watchdog’s member countries on Friday.

The IAEA’s report said that since the start of the deal’s implementation by Iran in January 2014, the country has not produced enriched uranium higher than 5%, and its reserves of highly enriched uranium have dropped 81% to 39 kilograms from 209 kilograms as a result of dilution and conversion.

Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity, but Western powers led by the United States claim Iran’s eventual aim is to create nuclear weapons.

The six international negotiators on Iran’s program – five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States) plus Germany – agreed at a meeting in Geneva on November 24, 2013 not to introduce new sanctions against Iran on the part of the United Nations, the European Union and the US.

They also agreed to lift certain restrictions for Iran in some fields.

The deal, under which Iran agreed to stop enrichment of uranium to higher than 5%, entered into force January 20, 2014.

IAEA – Russian News – Geneva2

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` UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY UPDATE – MAY 08 – MORNING, NOON and NIGHT '

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY UPDATE – THURSDAY MAY 08

#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 – http://tinyurl.com/mwwegug

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19.47 GMT:
An initiative to organise “round tables of the national unity” has been announced by the coup-installed Kiev officials. According to Itar-Tass, the acting president Aleksandr Turchinov and the interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk want to use the OSCE experience in the dialogue. Such issues as decentralization of political power, reforms in local government, court system and law enforcement, as well as protection of minorities are planned to be raised. Turchinov and Yatsenyuk say they invite all political forces from all regions to join their initiative. At the same time, they say there are no plans to stop the military operation in the south-east of Ukraine.

16.18 GMT:
2,000 police officers will patrol the streets of Odessa on May 9. The civil forces will do their best to prevent any incidents on Victory Day, its representative in the Odessa region has told Interfax-Ukraine agency. On May 2, dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in mass clashes in Odessa. Several people including senior officials of Odessa’s militia have been arrested as part of the investigation.

15:55 GMT:
Russia has reacted to sanctions against its citizens applied by the US and Canada. A comment by Aleksandr Lukashevich, an official representative of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was published on its official website. “Sanctions are not our approach, but unfriendly actions force us to fight back,” Lukashevich said. Names of those who fall under Russia’s sanctions will not be published. According to the official, those on the list will learn about it when they apply for a visa.

14:57 GMT:
Kharkov City Council’s executive committee has asked residents to avoid getting involved in any political actions on Victory Day. Due to the current situation in the region, it has warned people of possible provocations from various political forces “who are ready to use even such a sacred day to reach their instantaneous political goals,” an announcement on the city’s website says, reminding locals of the sacrifice of millions of Soviet people in WW2 and the need to respect and honor both those who died in the conflict and those still living who survived the war. Earlier, Kharkov’s mayor promised residents they would be able to enjoy Victory Day celebrations after “Ukraine calms down.”

14:54 GMT:
Monday’s fierce fighting at #Semonovka saw fatalities and destruction, yet now Thursday little sign of any clean-up. pic.twitter.com/itHn0JZlCL
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 8, 2014
13:47 GMT:
One person was killed after the shooting that took place near a checkpoint in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, local police told RIA Novosti. Two people were injured in the attack.

13:26 GMT:
Ukrainian troops have taken control of the city council in the eastern city of Mariupol, Donetsk Region, a representative of the self-defence forces said. One person has been injured during the seizure.

“People in black camouflage have taken control of the city council building… they aren’t letting anyone in,” he said.

13:09 GMT:
A checkpoint manned by anti-government protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been targeted by mortars, a representative from the local self-defence forces told RIA Novosti.

On Wednesday, the checkpoint was attacked and one person was injured.

13:08 GMT:
Russia has received a proposed roadmap from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) to resolve Ukraine’s crisis, said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

“Now we need time to study it thoroughly,” he said.

On Wednesday, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter said the organization will offer a roadmap to defuse tensions in Ukraine.

12:57 GMT:
Ukrainian presidential candidate Sergey Tigipko has condemned the use of force by Kiev authorities against southeast Ukrainian regions.

“My position is clear – peace at any price… saber rattling will not help anyone… the conflict should end in peaceful negotiations,” he said.

He also recommended Kiev authorities to consider the proposal of Vladimir Putin who urged an end to Kiev’s military operation.

“Since we have a positive reaction on Ukraine’s presidential elections and a proposal to postpone a referendum [in Donetsk and Lugansk regions], we need to catch it,” he said. “We don’t have a strong position now.”

Tigipko also called upon Kiev authorities to amnesty all the participants of the protests in the southeast of the country.

“Yes, there are some lawbreakers who committed serious crimes, but the majority are peaceful civilians who can be amnestied,” he added, “The main issue is to stabilize the situation.”

12:17 GMT:
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has welcomed Vladimir Putin’s “constructive tone” on Ukraine, after the Russian president suggested that the anti-government protesters in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country consider postponing their federalization referendums on May 11.

“I welcome the constructive tone that President Putin used after his meeting with the OSCE President Didier Burkhalter,” Steinmeier said, adding that “what was discussed in Moscow” should be implemented immediately.

“The situation is critical, but there is still a chance that we can avoid a fresh escalation of violence and the total loss of control in eastern Ukraine by diplomatic means,” he added.

12:05 GMT:
The Kremlin will analyze the situation on eastern Ukraine’s refusal to postpone the referendum, said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

He added that Kremlin hasn’t yet received any proposals from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Ukraine’s crisis.

12.00 GMT:
Ukrainian troops are trying to take the City Council building in Mariupol in the Donetsk region by storm. According to the press service of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the anti-government activists are making efforts to stand their ground by putting barricades of car tires on fire, Itar-Tass agency reports.

09:36 GMT:
#Donetsk activists tell me they’re open 2 negotiations with #Kiev as #Putin called 4, but face brickwall with Kievs insistence on “ATO”
— Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) May 8, 2014
09:31 GMT:
Ukrainian coup-imposed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised to give local councils the right to grant official status to the Russian language, along with other languages.

“The Ukrainian government also proposed legislation to hold an overall Ukrainian… referendum scheduled May 25. We wanted to know people’s opinions on the country’s integrity, its polity” he said, “Unfortunately, the parliament hasn’t supported us yet.”

08:37 GMT:
The military operation in the south-east of Ukraine will continue, regardless of the decision made on the Donetsk regional referendum expected on May 11, Kiev said.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service, Andrey Parubiy, who made the announcement, said that “the counter-terrorist operation will continue unhindered despite the presence of terrorist and insurgent groups in the Donetsk region.”

08:27 GMT:
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has reported that two anti-government protesters’ cars have been destroyed overnight in the southeast of the country.

“Last night the sixth checkpoint of the anti-terrorist operation units has been attacked … The units then opened retaliatory fire which destroyed two cars [of protesters],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry did not specify in which region or city the cars were destroyed.

07:34 GMT:
Russia’s Foreign Ministry suggested NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was “blind” after he wrote he had seen no signs Russia is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, Itar-Tass reported on Thursday.

Rasmussen’s statement, posted on his Twitter microblog, directly contradicted a statement by President Vladimir Putin made earlier in the day.

“We suggest that the blind familiarise themselves with the May 7 statement of the President,” Itar-Tass reported the Foreign Ministry as saying.

00:32 GMT:
There are reports that the ultra-nationalist Right Sector has fired at the prosecutor’s office in Severodonetsk in Lugansk region, UNIAN news agency reported, citing the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Timchuck.

The head of the NGO states that according to his sources on the ground in Severodonetsk the prosecutor’s office was attacked by “more than 100” people who identified themselves to be from the Right Sector.

Wednesday, May 7
19:29 GMT:
The White House has withdrawn Russia from the US Generalized System of preferences (GPS) trade benefits program, its press-office said in a statement. GPS is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing countries by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 5,000 products when imported from one of 123 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

18:47 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.

17:58 GMT:
The situation in Donetsk region has stabilized after President Vladimir Putin’s speech in Moscow, a self-defense unit’s representative told Interfax. No shooting has been heard in the city of Slavyansk. The situation remains calm in Mariupol, where anti-Kiev protesters regained control of the city council.
12:00 GMT:
Ukrainian troops are trying to take the City Council building in Mariupol in the Donetsk region by storm. According to the press service of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the anti-government activists are making efforts to stand their ground by putting barricades of car tires on fire, Itar-Tass agency reports.

09:36 GMT:
#Donetsk activists tell me they’re open 2 negotiations with #Kiev as #Putin called 4, but face brickwall with Kievs insistence on “ATO”
— Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) May 8, 2014
09:31 GMT:
Ukrainian coup-imposed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised to give local councils the right to grant official status to the Russian language, along with other languages.

“The Ukrainian government also proposed legislation to hold an overall Ukrainian… referendum scheduled May 25. We wanted to know people’s opinions on the country’s integrity, its polity” he said, “Unfortunately, the parliament hasn’t supported us yet.”

08:37 GMT:
The military operation in the south-east of Ukraine will continue, regardless of the decision made on the Donetsk regional referendum expected on May 11, Kiev said.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service, Andrey Parubiy, who made the announcement, said that “the counter-terrorist operation will continue unhindered despite the presence of terrorist and insurgent groups in the Donetsk region.”

08:27 GMT:
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has reported that two anti-government protesters’ cars have been destroyed overnight in the southeast of the country.

“Last night the sixth checkpoint of the anti-terrorist operation units has been attacked … The units then opened retaliatory fire which destroyed two cars [of protesters],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry did not specify in which region or city the cars were destroyed.

07:34 GMT:
Russia’s Foreign Ministry suggested NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was “blind” after he wrote he had seen no signs Russia is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, Itar-Tass reported on Thursday.

Rasmussen’s statement, posted on his Twitter microblog, directly contradicted a statement by President Vladimir Putin made earlier in the day.

“We suggest that the blind familiarise themselves with the May 7 statement of the President,” Itar-Tass reported the Foreign Ministry as saying.

00:32 GMT:
There are reports that the ultra-nationalist Right Sector has fired at the prosecutor’s office in Severodonetsk in Lugansk region, UNIAN news agency reported, citing the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Timchuck.

The head of the NGO states that according to his sources on the ground in Severodonetsk the prosecutor’s office was attacked by “more than 100” people who identified themselves to be from the Right Sector.

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19.29 GMT:

The White House has withdrawn Russia from the US Generalized System of preferences (GPS) trade benefits program, its press-office said in a statement. GPS is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing countries by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 5,000 products when imported from one of 123 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

18:47 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.
17.58 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.

17:58 GMT:
The situation in Donetsk region has stabilized after President Vladimir Putin’s speech in Moscow, a self-defence unit’s representative told Interfax. No shooting has been heard in the city of Slavyansk. The situation remains calm in Mariupol, where anti-Kiev protesters regained control of the city council.
17:57 GMT:
Kiev has prepared its own “roadmap” to solve the political crisis in Ukraine, Interfax news agency reports citing the coup-imposed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. He said that the plan has been worked out by country’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deschitsa.

Yatsenyuk expressed bewilderment over discussions on resolving the Ukrainian conflict being held between Moscow and OSCE without representatives from Kiev. He still said he hopes the OSCE, which also came up with its roadmap, will accept Kiev’s plan of actions.

17:13 GMT:
Reuters reports, NATO has said it has “no indication of a change in the position of military forces along the Ukraine border” despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” Putin said at a press conference with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Moscow.

16:37 GMT:
The Pentagon is shipping new aid to Ukraine, which comes in the form of walkie-talkies, binoculars, fuel pumps, spare tires and barbed wire, USA Today reports citing Army Col. Steve Warren.

16:37 GMT:
Anti-government activists in the Donetsk region exchanged three previously detained Ukrainian Security Service members for one of their leaders Pavel Gubarev.

Gubarev was proclaimed “the people’s governor” of Donetsk on March 1 and was later arrested by the Ukrainian Security Service. Together with him, several other anti-government activists have been freed.


Protest leader Pavel Gubarev (2nd R, top) and other demonstrators take part in a rally in front of regional government building in Donetsk March 5, 2014. (Reuters)rotest leader Pavel Gubarev (2nd R, top) and other demonstrators take part in a rally in front of regional government building in Donetsk March 5, 2014. (Reuters)

16:28 GMT:
The EU has established a preliminary agreement on possible further Russian sanctions. The potential additional measures could be approved as early as Monday during a meeting of EU foreign ministers. “We have political approval, and it will have to be rubber-stamped,” one diplomat told Reuters, on conditions of anonymity. A further two officials stated that specific names were to be discussed on Wednesday. Extended sanctions are likely to enable the EU to target Russian companies.

13:42 GMT:
British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on a visit to Ukraine on Wednesday that further sanctions on Russia were being prepared. Hague stated that a “third tier” was being devised. “We will be ready to impose those if necessary,” Hague told a news conference in Kiev. However he did not clarify at which point they would be imposed, and stated that “we will not say they will only be imposed if there is a military invasion of Ukraine.” Hague added that a specific “red line” was not being set on the point at which sanctions would be imposed, as its setting would mean that all other actions up to the red line could be taken.

Hague said that while the UK was not providing direct military assistance to the Kiev government, it was contributing in other ways, such as with “technical know-how.” “Financial management… areas of government… that is the sort of help we give,” he said. He added that the UK would be supplying a “big proportion” of the election monitors for Ukraine’s presidential election on May 25.

12:15 GMT:
Vladimir Putin suggested to OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter that the Ukrainian situation should be “analyzed and means to overcome the crisis be found.”

The two leaders spoke today in the Kremlin, and the Russian president has said that this meeting with the Swiss President and Foreign Minister is very well-timed.


The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (L), and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014, after their meeting. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (L), and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014, after their meeting. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)
Burkhalter currently chairs the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Ukrainian crisis was among the meeting’s highlights.

Putin has said that it’s known where Russia stands in the situation.

The Russian leader has also pointed that according to his previous discussions with the Swiss politician, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office has his suggestions and ideas on how to resolve the situation.

Burkhalter commented that possibility of a dialogue is very important.

12:13 GMT:
At least 14 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 66 injured since the beginning of the military operation in Eastern Ukraine. The numbers were given as of late May 6 by the Ukrainian information agency UNIAN, based on security service data.

12:03 GMT:
Activists in the south-eastern city of Slavyansk are prepared to face an army offensive at any time, day or night. The threat has driven women to take up arms to protect their children and their future. Every night they join their men at one of the checkpoints.

“I’m ready to fight them with my bare hands,” a woman named Lena told RT’s Paula Slier. She is a mother of two teenage boys, who are every night left to wait nervously at home, not knowing if their parents will return.

Lena and the other women there hope their presence will stop the army, Slier reports from Slavyansk.

11:26 GMT:
A group of journalists with the channel Lifenews has come under fire from an RPG in the vicinity of Slavyansk, it was reported on the news channel. The TV report said that the incident took place during a live broadcast.

Shortly before that, reporter Aleksey Kazannikov said that the Ukrainian army has masked a couple of Grad rocket weapons systems. Latest reports indicate that Kazannikov and his cameraman Aleksandr Matveev are hiding out in the woods nearby.

This is not the first such instance.

11:18 GMT:
The European Union is open to holding more talks with Ukraine, Russia and the United States to try to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday.

“What we are doing is keep(ing) open the track of negotiations and dialogue. We are even open to the idea of a second Geneva meeting. We are open to this idea and will work with colleagues on the possibility of it,” Van Rompuy told a news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Reuters)

11:13 GMT:
#Slavyansk: Pro-#unity forces open fire agnst #checkpoint that leads to the city of #Andreyvka (in the same region). pic.twitter.com/caSLtt4ZrH
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 7, 2014
10:44 GMT:
People bury Irina Boyevetz in Slavyansk. 2 days ago, the 30-year-old woman was shot in the head by sniper fire while standing on her balcony.

Outside the church, scenes of fury from the crowd, inside, mourners grieve -https://t.co/O2ivmxVwpF
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 7, 2014
10:35 GMT:
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on Kiev to immediately stop “the use of force against its own people”.

“The illegitimate authorities in Kiev go on crudely trampling on widely-recognised rights, with the connivance of their Western patrons,” the ministry also said in a statement.

07:45 GMT:
#Odessa: Deputy chief of regional Interior Ministry department detained. Dmitry Fuchedzhi is accused of misfeasance during the May 2 riots.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 7, 2014
06:49 GMT:
Kiev loyalist forces have taken the city hall of Mariupol, its website reported. Construction workers are currently dismantling barricades previously erected by anti-government activists who were in control of the building.

The announcement comes after reports of heavy fighting overnight for Mariupol, which involved an estimated 1,000 Ukrainian government troops.

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‘Russia withdraws troops from Ukrainian border’
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” he said.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – MEETING with OSCE – May 07 – Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent events in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them.

#AceWorldNews -SIMFEROPOL – May 07 – Ukraine is building a dam on the North Crimean Canal in the Kherson Oblast about 40km from the border with Crimea, Crimea Inform news agency reported citing witnesses’ reports.

The dam is built from bags with sand on the side of the Armyansk – Kherson highway near a bridge in the town of Kalanchak.
“With the help of cranes and other construction equipment, the dam in the canal is being built right from the bridge,” eyewitnesses said.
Earlier, Ukrainian officials said Crimea was illegally taking water from the North Crimean Canal.
Crimean authorities, in turn, have repeatedly stated their readiness to sign a contract on water supply to the peninsula, but received no answer.

DONETSK, May 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-defense forces of the Donetsk Oblast have exchanged three officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for “people’s governor” Pavel Gubarev, co-chairman of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS.
Pushilin confirmed the information regarding the exchange. He added that “several more people” were released along with Gubarev.
On March 1, Gubraev was proclaimed the “people’s governor” of Donetsk.
SBU in Donetsk filed criminal charges against Gubarev for encroaching on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability, attempting to overthrow the government and seizing government or administrative buildings and facilities. The people’s governor of Donetsk was arrested on March 6.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 07 – Some 4,000 combatants supporting the Kiev authorities have been brought into Odessa, Georgy Fyodorov, deputy head of the Russian Civic Chamber’s Committee for Coordination of Aid to Residents of Ukraine said Wednesday.

“Very alarming reports are coming in from our friends in Odessa,” he said. “They suggest that control over the city has practically shifted to (tycoon Ihor) Kolomoisky because Igor Palitsya, the new governor of the Odessa region, is his henchman.”

“Unfortunately, we have reports that armed militants of the Right Sector, fighters of the Dnipr and Kyiv-1 special task force battalions, and ultras of the FC Dnipro have been brought into the city and the overall number of the combatants propping up the Kiev regime exceeds 4,000 there now,” Fyodorov said.

“The most dangerous thing is that local police have handed them the lists of the pro-federation movement activists,” he said. “In addition, we have the information the whole city is blocked by checkpoints and traffic inside is practically paralysed.”

Fyodorov said the reports coming from Odessa were “a cry for salvation”. “People are asking the Public Chamber and me personally to appeal to international organizations and to the authorities in Kiev to avert the planned actions of terror and to stop the city’s slide into genocide.”

“We’re working on this very scrupulously now and watching the situation inside and outside of the city,” he said.

Powerful Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky was appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk region by the incumbent government in March 2014.

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21.05 GMT:
An ‘internal factor’ was behind of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, says the new Kiev-appointed head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Igor Palitsa.
“I am convinced that the enemy is within,” Palitsa was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Palitsa, who replaced the Vladimir Nemirovsky as the head of Odessa, promised to punish those involved in Friday’s tragedy, “regardless of political affiliation.” The new head also said that he is willing to meet with pro-federalization representatives.

“We must do everything to achieve peace in Odessa, and to prevent disruption of the elections. We need a legitimate president,” Palitsa said.

20.36 GMT:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the Ukrainian crisis is “getting worse and worse and deteriorating day by day,” as he gave his assessment while visiting South Sudan.
He said that diplomacy is the way forward as he called on four parties of the April 17 Geneva agreement to take measures.

He said that Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union should “review what had gone wrong” with Geneva Agreement and why this has not been implemented.

“This is their political responsibility before this situation would just develop into a stage where nobody can control – beyond control. This will have serious regional and global implications in peace, security and economy. It has become geo-political and geo-economic issues,” Ban added.

19.54 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
An armed stand-off occurred outside a military building in Donetsk after anti-Kiev militia members arrived for negotiations with representative of the Ukrainian military, Tuesday. They had traveled to the building to hold negotiations with officials there regarding the protection of the building, as it contains weapons, Ruptly reports. The discussions were unsuccessful.

18.59 GMT:
There’ll be more sanctions put forward against Russia if its troops cross the border to “destabilize” the Ukrainian election on May 25, Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned.
However, she stressed the doors for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis aren’t yet shut, Interfax news agency reports.

18.33 GMT:
The self-defense forces in Donetsk Region’s Mariupol say Ukrainian forces might have started storming the city.

“Just now we began receiving reports of a massive attack on our checkpoints located in the west of the city. There’s no information on casualties yet. Apparently, the assault has begun,” Mikhail Krutko from self-defense forces staff told Interfax news agency.

“Our forces have accepted battle. The gun fight is underway,” he added.

16:50 GMT:
Russia said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, agreed on Tuesday that it was important to promote dialogue to defuse the Ukraine crisis.

Lavrov and Steinmeier, meeting on the sidelines of a Council of Europe session in Vienna, underscored “the need to continue joint efforts by Russia, the United States, the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to foster the start of a Ukraine-wide national dialogue in the interests of resolving all existing problems,” the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)

16:41 GMT:
Days after Friday’s vicious street clashes and the fire, people in Odessa are living in fear the violence will return, RT’s Irina Galushko reports.

16.08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
Over 60 schools and 59 kindergartens have stopped work for one day in the city of Donbas in Donetsk region. It is still unclear if the halt will be prolonged.

16.08 GMT:
Footage posted online reveals that Ukrainian tanks and armoured vehicles have been stationed en masse around the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk.

15:42 GMT:
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a draft law during a closed session which would confer the status of war veterans on current members of the armed forces participating in special operations in the east of the country, RIA Novosti reports.

The draft law on the status of combatants, initiated by the Cabinet, would apply to the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the State Border Service, servicemen, and other military formations formed under the law.

15:41 GMT:
The cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are in desperate need of medical supplies to assist those wounded in ongoing military operations, David- Pierre Marquet, press secretary for the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia, told Itar-Tass news agency. According to Marquet, the ICRC distributed basic drugs and medical supplies throughout the cities.

14:13 GMT:
Eight people have been killed and 16 injured in a military operation in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Donetsk region health department. Those with gunshot wounds were hospitalized in a critical and serious condition.

14:02 GMT:
Kiev’s district administrative court has ordered a comprehensive “linguistic” examination of Russian TV programs. Experts will check if the programs contain calls for the violent overthrow of power in Ukraine, propaganda in favor of war or aggressive actions, and methods used to psychologically influence viewers.

13:58 GMT:
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) will not hold a national referendum on federalization on May 25, after only 154 deputies voted for it, short of the required 226 majority required. Speaking to RBK-Ukraine, presidential administration representative Andrey Senchenko cited the military operation in eastern Ukraine and the “safety of members of electoral commissions” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

“We cannot guarantee that there will be impartial results under guns,” Senchenko said, adding that in such a situation it would be easy to manipulate the results of the referendum.

13:45 GMT:
Ukraine may agree to a new round of talks in Geneva if Russia supports Kiev holding presidential elections on May 25, Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said.
“If Russia is ready to commit itself to support these elections and to eliminate this threat and eliminate its support for the extremist elements in Ukraine, we are ready to have such a round of meetings,” he told a news conference after a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna on the crisis in Ukraine.

13:08 GMT:
Of 46 people who died in the May 2 violence in Odessa, five were killed by gunshots, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry in the region told RIA Novosti news agency. The prosecutor’s office has confirmed that 46 people died that day and 214 sustained injuries. In a fire in the city’s Trade Union building, 32 people died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide, eight people died of traumas sustained by falling from windows and one died of burns, according to the latest official data.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:31 GMT:
A shooting happened right in front of SBU HQ in Slavyansk, RT’s Paula Slier reported. A car drove towards militia guards securing the building and the driver didn’t stop when ordered to, she was told. The guard opened fire at the car.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver was killed or just injured in the shooting. He was taken on a stretcher away from the scene in a van, Slier said.

09:59 GMT:
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a press briefing that the current situation in Ukraine would make it very difficult to hold elections, RIA-Novosti reports. “If the situation continues as it has over the last several days, it will be very difficult. Serious violations are occurring, buildings are burning, people are being killed on the streets. It is very difficult to hold elections under these conditions,” he said. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled to take place May 25.

Colville also implored the government of Ukraine to immediately investigate events in the Donetsk region and in Odessa, where dozens have been killed.

“It is principally important, that Ukrainian authorities carry out an immediate, full and transparent investigation into to the events in the Donetsk region, where dozens of people have been killed, and in Odessa, where at the same time a fire at a union hall last Friday killed over 40 people,” he said.

09:58 GMT:
The identities of 38 of the 46 people killed in the mass clashes in Odessa on May 2 have been established, a police spokesman told Interfaks-Ukraina.

Several missing-persons reports have also been filed. Two of the people on the list have since been declared dead.

09:55 GMT:
People in #Donetsk are saying they are ready for provocations that might take place on the day of the referendum.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 6, 2014
07:44 GMT:
There were no reports of fresh clashes overnight in Slavyansk, the stronghold of anti-government militias opposing Kiev’s military crackdown in eastern Ukraine. The city saw four consecutive days of attacks by Ukrainian troops, with Monday being the bloodiest.

Tensions remain high in the blockaded city, where residents are fearful of food shortages and the continuation of hostilities.

07:40 GMT:
Anti-government protesters have seized the city hall in Debaltsevo, a city in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, local media reported. The city is a major Ukrainian railway hub, through which a large part of the rail traffic from Russia passes.

The protesters took the administrative building unopposed, and no violence was reported.

07:05 GMT:
More than 30 anti-government protesters were killed in fighting near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.

“We estimate that the terrorists lost more than 30 people,” Avakov wrote on Facebook.

The minister said four Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 20 wounded.

The self-defense forces said on Monday four of their number had been killed in the fighting.

00:23 GMT:
Members of two Donetsk coal mines have gone on strike, assembling in the centre of the city to protest against the authorities in Kiev, Itar-tass reports.

South Donbass No. 1 and No. 3 mines in the city of Ugledar, Donetsk region have partially seized production and are now demanding that Kiev’s military units end assaults on people in the east of the country.

Some miners have expressed their desire to join the self-defence squads to help protect Ukraine’s industrial region. Others are volunteering to help organize this week’s referendum.

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