' Malaysian Airlines Site of Crash Was Within Zone of Two Operational S200 Anti-Aircraft Systems '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 18  – The stretch of the flight route of the Boeing 777 airliner of Malaysia Airlines and the site of its crash were within the zone of operation of two Ukrainian batteries of the S-200 long-range anti-aircraft missile system and three squadrons of the Buk-M1 medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

Buk Anti-Missile Detector

“Russian radio-technical facilities during July 17 were recording the work of the 9s18 Kupol radar station of the Buk-M1 squadron, stationed in the area of the Styla settlement (30 km south of Donetsk),” the ministry added.

 

The ministry stressed that technical features of the Buk-M1 air defense system allow it to exchange information between the squadrons of one battalion. “Thus, the launch of the missiles could also be made from all the squadrons, located in the Avdeyevka settlement (8 km north of Donetsk) or in Gruzsko-Zaryanskoye (25 km east of Donetsk),” Russian Defense Ministry stressed.

#ANS2014  

 

#anti-aircraft-warfare, #boeing-777, #buk-missile-system, #donetsk, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #malaysia-airlines, #ministry-of-defence-russia, #ukraine

‘ Suspects in Moscow Metro Crash Brought to Court for Pre-Trial Restraint ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 17 – The suspects in Moscow metro crash case — track maintenance superintendent of Moscow’s subway Valery Bashkatov and assistant to track supervisor Yuri Gordov have been brought to the Basmanny district court of Moscow to get a pre-trial restraint.

“The detained have been brought to court, and the investigator’s requests for imposing a pre-trial restraint are expected soon,” the court’s spokesperson Anna Fadeyeva told ITAR-TASS.

According to the investigation, since late May 2014, in the tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyanskiy Bulvar stations preparatory works started to lay in a switch for further launch of a new section. Several contractors and subcontractors were involved in these works.

Track maintenance superintendent of Moscow’s subway Valery Bashkatov and assistant to track supervisor Yuri Gordov were directly relevant to the implementation of these works and control over them. The investigation believes the works were made inappropriately: the switch mechanism was secured with an ordinary 3mm wire that broke.

This led to the derailment of the train, death of 22 people (according to official data from the Ministry of Emergencies. — ITAR-TASS) and injuries of more than 150 passengers.

Ace Related News:

1. Metro Crash Day One  15/07/14 

2. Metro Crash People Mourn 16/07/2014

3. Metro Crash Two People Detained as Suspects  16/07/2014   

#ANS2014 

#russia, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #moscow, #moscow-metro, #park-pobedy, #slavyansky-bulvar, #valery-bashkatov, #yuri-gordov

` Ammunition Was Seen Still Lying on the Ground After Fighting in Aleksandrovka, Lugansk Region ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – FRIDAY – May 30 – SNAPSHOT NEWS – Kiev‘s Bloody Campaign Continues.

18:17 GMT:
Ammunition was seen still lying on the ground after fighting in Aleksandrovka, Lugansk region, on Thursday.

18:09 GMT:
The UN will publish its next human rights report on June 17. The paper will highlight the Odessa Trade Unions House fire, in which 48 anti-Kiev protestors died on May 2, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during a briefing. The deadly fire in Odessa will also be the subject of another report that will be presented by Ivan Shimonovich, assistant to the UN’s secretary-general, at the end of June. Dujarric stressed that the UN is staying in contact with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) because “if a chemical weapon was used, this is the main business for OPCW.”

15:10 GMT:
A criminal case, on the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions by the Ukrainian military, has been opened by Russia’s Investigative Committee.

The proceedings have been launched against as “yet unidentified servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as well as members of the National Guard and Right Sector movement with regard to the shelling of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Mariupol and other settlements in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics,” Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Committee, told ITAR-TASS news agency.

Markin says the investigation believes Kiev violated the convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, signed in Geneva in 1949, by intentionally using weapons, artillery and aviation to kill civilians.

13:49 GMT:
Russia has withdrawn the bulk of its troops from the Ukrainian border, though seven battalions, numbering in the thousands, remain in position, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday.

“The majority have gone,” Reuters cites him as telling reporters on the eve of a security conference in Singapore. “But seven battalions remain.” The official said he had no figure for the number of troops that had withdrawn. “But … thousands still remain,” he said.

Hagel called the withdrawal a promising sign, but said all troops positioned near the Ukrainian border earlier this year need to be pulled back.

13:48 GMT:
The Interior Ministry of Ukraine has asked the self-declared People’s Republic of Lugansk to enter into negotiations, “the people’s governor” Valery Bolotov said on Friday, Ria Novosti reports. Bolotov replied he was only prepared to enter talks on condition that all Ukrainian military forces leave the Luhansk region. He added that in the event of talks, a third party should be invited to the negotiating table.

“Most likely, it will be Russia,” he said.

13:17 GMT:
#saveDonbassChildren pic.twitter.com/mK4iXZ5mWk
— Bystrova Natali (@BystrovaNatali) May 30, 2014
13:10 GMT:
Seven children were hurt as the Ukrainian military shelled the city of Slavyansk, a stronghold of the protesters, in the country’s South East on Friday night, Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, said.

A local children’s hospital came under fire as Kiev’s troops renewed the shelling of Slavyansk on Friday morning

Ukraine claimed it had regained control of swathes of the separatist east on Friday even as Washington expressed concern over the appearance of fighters from Russia’s war-ravaged region of Chechnya among the insurgents.

The rebels for their part dismissed speculation of a rift in their ranks after a dozen local militants were evicted from their seat of power in Donetsk by a military brigade comprised largely of Chechens and other Russians from the volatile North Caucasus.

Both Kiev and its Western allies have long accused the Kremlin of choreographing a seven-week insurgency that has shaken Ukraine’s foundations — a charge that Russian President Vladimir Putin denies.

But the recent appearance among the separatists of trained gunmen from Chechnya — a mostly Muslim region that fell under Kremlin control following two post-Soviet wars for independence — has fuelled fears of the conflict being transformed into a proxy war involving elements from other unstable regions of the former Soviet Union.

Ukraine’s acting defence minister said his forces were in high spirits despite the downing of a military helicopter on Thursday by the rebels that killed 11 soldiers and a general.

RT – RIA Novosti – Moscow Times – UNIAN

#ANS2014

Enhanced by Zemanta

#ans2014, #russia, #donetsk, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #kiev, #lugansk, #luhansk, #slavyansk, #ukraine, #vladimir-putin

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

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

Armed Clash in Ukraine

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

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

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

#ANS2014

Enhanced by Zemanta

#ans2014, #armoured-personnel-carrier, #donetsk-oblast, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #itar-tass, #kiev, #kramatorsk, #military-of-ukraine, #ukraine

` Russia Pays Tribute to the Voluntary Firemen Who Risk Their Lives in Saving Others ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – May 11 – The number of voluntary firemen in Russia is about to reach one million people who help protect 40 thousand settlements from fires, spokesman of the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Drobyshevsky told Itar-Tass.

The Russian president has signed the law on voluntary fire-fighting service on May 6, 2011. A quicker enactment of this law was caused by sweeping forest fires in July-August 2010 when tens of settlements were stricken in the blazes in central Russia and the Volga River region. Then the Ministry of Emergencies leadership stated that at least 800 thousand voluntary firemen were needed in Russia to protect rural settlements from fires.

“More than 37 thousand public fire security units with a total strength of more than 914.1 thousand people have been formed in all Russian regions so far,” Drobyshevsky said, noting that “Voluntary fire-fighting units protect more than 37.8 thousand settlements where 13.3 million people live.” More than 32 thousand settlements in Russia were not protected by fire-fighting teams due to their remote geographical position three years ago at the moment the voluntary fire-fighting service law was enacted.

“From the start of this year voluntary fire-fighting units have put out 749 fires on their own, volunteers participated in fighting around six thousand fires as additional fire-fighting force, saving 228 people,” Drobyshevsky said.

Voluntary firemen are provided with fire-fighting machinery and equipment. Voluntary fire-fighting teams use around 24 thousand units of fire machinery.

Voluntary firemen participate not only fire-fighting, but also in rescue operations. “From the start of this year voluntary firemen participated in rescue operations for more than 2.6 thousand times, saving more than one hundred people,” the ministry’s spokesman said.

Courtesy of TASS  

Tweet #ANS2014 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#ans2014, #russia, #alexander-drobyshevsky, #drobyshevsky, #emergencies-ministry, #emergency-situations-ministry, #fire, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #vladimir-puchkov

#AceWorldNews UKRAINE LUGANSK   May 11 There is…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LUGANSK  – May 11-  There is news that is not yet confirmed that Ukrainian law enforcers have blocked delivery of ballot papers to several districts for voting at a referendum on determining the status of east Ukraine’s Lugansk Region on Sunday.

“Law enforcers on armoured personnel carriers have blocked the delivery of ballot papers to Belovodsk, Markovka, Svatovo, Melovoye, Troitskoye districts” in Lugansk Region, head of the Lugansk regional central election commission Alexander Malykhin told a news conference on Sunday, noting that “There is no opportunity to hold a referendum at these settlements.”

“A referendum is certainly taken as a big holiday,” Ukrainian lawmaker Oleg Tsarev told Itar-Tass on Sunday, noting that “A high turnout is reported. People are going to vote in a good mood, smiles are seen on their faces.” Tsarev also added that voting was going very actively.

“Everything is peaceful, calm and people are going to vote with whole families,” he noted, adding that no provocations were reported in the region. “All fighters of people’s militia are on duty and are controlling order.

No provocations were reported in Lugansk Region yet,” he noted.

Tweet #ANS2104 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#ans2014, #donetsk, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #law-of-ukraine, #lugansk, #luhansk, #oleg-tsarev, #sunday, #ukraine

ACE NEWS SERVICES – UKRAINE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 07 – DAILY…

#ACE NEWS SERVICES – UKRAINE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 07 – DAILY REPORT

‘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.

Russian News and Media Sources

RT – RIA NOVOSTI – TASS – UNIAN – KYIV – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INTER-UKRAINE – OSCE

#ANS2014

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #russia, #crimea, #donbass, #donetsk, #geneva, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #kiev, #kramatorsk, #odessa, #russian, #slavyansk, #ukraine, #verkhovna-rada, #vladimir-putin

Safe Internet for Children called into Arena by Psychologists and Psychiatrists as Google Develops own Kids Version ‘

#AceSecurityNews – The Safe Internet League, Russia’s largest and most reputable organization fighting dangerous web content, considers it necessary to attract highly skilled psychologists and psychiatrists as the popular Google-owned video hosting and sharing service YouTube is developing a special version for kids, Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov was quoted as saying by the organization’s press service on Thursday.

Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

“Leading psychologists and psychiatrists should participate in developing requirements for video content hosted on the so-called child-friendly version of YouTube in order to eliminate the risk of ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’,” Davydov said. “Far from all videos that may seem harmless to us are necessarily suitable for children. And specialists’ opinion is essential in this regard.”

Davydov said the Safe Internet League hailed Google’s decision to create a version of its video site aimed specifically at children aged ten and under.

As envisioned by project developers, the site would only show videos deemed safe for this age group, and parents will control access to it. The site would also filter out comments that contain explicit language, or other references to adult content.

“It is very laudable that Google has started demonstrating its willingness to work in Russia, showing respect for the rights of our citizens and taking care of the younger generation of Russians,” Davydov said.

Last September, the Safe Internet League published the results of a full-scale investigation by the League into Google’s activities in Russia. The organization accused Google of “ignoring Russian legal requirements” and “deliberately trying to influence Russian domestic policy in order to promote its services among Russian citizens and officials, in order to undermine digital sovereignty”.

According to reports, YouTube has already approached video producers asking to create suitable content and videos, and it is thought this content would be available exclusively on the site.

The Safe Internet League is a non-commercial organization launched by several major internet providers and a Christian charity.

The declared aim of the group is ridding the Internet of dangerous content through self-regulation in order to prevent government censorship.

Russian Media Sources

#ANS2014

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acesecuritynews, #charity-virtue, #crunchbase, #davydov, #denis-davydov, #google, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #russia-3, #russians, #safe-internet-league, #youtube

` Central Ukraine `Kharkiv ‘a `Crowd of 3,000 ‘ gather together `Chanting we are with you Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews KHARKIV, March 16. A crowd of 3,000 gathered for a rally in the centre of Ukraine’s eastern industrial centre of Kharkiv on Sunday afternoon to press for converting Ukraine into a federation. As an Itar-Tass correspondent reports from the scene, the demonstrators are chanting “Referendum!”, “Russia!” and “We are with you, Crimea!”

Demonstrator's in KharkivThe rally backed a resolution containing a demand for calling a local referendum in favour of federalization. The resolution urges “the territorial communities of the Southeast, from Odessa to Kharkiv, to pool efforts for the sake of simultaneous plebiscites and the federalization of Ukraine.”

“Our city has been Russian and will remain Russian, albeit within Ukraine. We are prepared to live in one country, but on our terms,” one of the leaders of the association Civic Platform, Yuri Apukhtin, told the crowd.

‘If we answer in the affirmative to the question about federalization, this will settle inter-ethnic rifts that exist in Ukraine,” said the leader of the Kharkov branch of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Alla Aleksandrovskaya. She added that the referendum should also decide such questions as the status of the Russian language as a second official one and Ukraine’s refusal to join NATO.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#aceworldnews, #civic-platform, #crimea, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #kharkiv, #odessa, #russia-3, #russian-language, #ukraine, #vladimir-putin

“EU Ministers Approve Launch of Central African Republic Military Mission”

#AceWorldNews says `EU ministers approve launch of C. African Republic military mission ‘

English: Coat of Arms of the Central African R...

English: Coat of Arms of the Central African Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved the launch of a military mission in the Central African Republic, Itar-Tass reported. The decision will be a judicial basis for the EUFOR RCA mission and is the next step for its quick deployment, according to a document signed in Brussels.

The mission is the bloc’s first full military land operation in six years. About 1,600 French troops deployed in the country in December have tried to stem violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels, who ousted President Francois Bozize last March.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#aceworldnews, #2012-2013-central-african-republic-conflict, #bangui, #brussels, #central-african-republic, #european-union, #foreign-minister, #francois-bozize, #french-armed-forces, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #muslim, #wikipedia

#Geneva2 : “Syria’s Government Delegation Arrives in Geneva for Peace Talks”

#AceNewsServices says `Syria’s Government Delegation arrives in Geneva for `Second Round’of Peace Talks’

Syria’s government delegation has arrived in Geneva to take part in the second round of intra-Syrian talks due to begin on Monday, February 10, a well-informed source told Itar-Tass.

Syria's Foreign Minister and head of the“The delegation is led by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem,” the source said.

However, the composition of the opposition delegation is not yet clear. Representatives from the United Nations European office cannot tell whether the delegation would remain as it was, comprised of representatives from the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF), or whether other opposition groups would join it.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #geneva, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #national-coalition-for-syrian-revolutionary-and-opposition-forces, #ncsrof, #syria, #syrias-government-delegation, #syrian-opposition, #united-nations, #walid-muallem

#Sochi : ` Multi-Faith Prayers Centres Have Opened in Three Olympic Villages ‘

#AceNewsServices says MOSCOW, February 06, /ITAR-TASS/. Multi-faith prayer centers have opened in three Olympic villages in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi that will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on February 7-23, clerics who inspected them told Itar-Tass Wednesday.

Sochi-2014-Olympic-games-wallpaperVolunteers and clergy from Russia’s traditional faiths – Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism – Orthodox Christian priests, Catholic and Protestant clergy, imams, rabbis and lamas – will be on duty round the clock at the centres in the Coastal, Mountain and Endurance Olympic villages.

“The prayer centres contain separate rooms for Orthodox Christians, Western Rite Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus. This is the Sochi Olympics’ advantage over many others, which had only one prayer room for all religions and denominations,” a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church told Itar-Tass.

The Moscow Patriarchate also said Orthodox priests had already consecrated their prayer rooms and then visited the headquarters of the Russian Olympic national team, where they worshipped an icon of St. George the Victory-Bearer that has accompanied Russian Olympic teams since 2004.

Roman Catholic Church clerics told Itar-Tass how their prayer rooms would be organized. Priests furnished the rooms themselves, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moscow said.

“There are altars in two of them, crosses, icons of Our Lady of Czestochowa and portraits of Pope Francis hang on walls. The third room in the Mountain Village that will be used jointly with Orthodox Christians also has icons and all necessary items to celebrate Mass, even folding chairs unusual for Orthodox liturgical rooms,” the archdiocese said.

Catholic clerics will arrive from different countries, including together with delegations of foreign athletes.

One of the key concerns for Russia’s Federation of Jewish Communities was to organize kosher nutrition for the upcoming Olympics. “It was hard to provide it, as Sochi had no kosher restaurants until now,” Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar said. Now it is possible to order the food in canteens in the Olympic village, and there is special cuisine and a kosher food store in Sochi.

The Council of Muftis told Itar-Tass that their prayer rooms “contain, like it is said in the instructions, separate rooms for prayers by men and women.” Imams working in multi-faith centres will represent the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Adygea and the Krasnodar Territory in south Russia. An international halal certification center has checked special food.

The Olympic Committee’s demand is that each faith’s prayer room should have at least two clerics. Volunteers – cultural and religion studies students – will answer questions from visitors, distribute brochures on the history of various religions and show films.

Organizers do not think regular mass divine services would be held in the multi-faith centres. For example, Orthodox priests do not plan to hold liturgy or administer other sacraments in prayer rooms other than the one in the Coastal Village. But each guest will be able to pray or talk to a priest as well as take part in common prayers there.

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #2014-winter-olympics, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #itar-tass, #moscow, #olympic, #olympic-games, #orthodox, #sochi

#Russia /`Volgograd’ “Suspected Bombing Mastermind Killed in Dagestan”

#AceNewsServices says `Suspected `Volgograd‘ bombing mastermind killed in Dagestan ‘

VolgogradMapThe militant was identified as leader of the “Kadarskaya” gang Mirzayev, a Dagestani law-enforcement source told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, adding that according to preliminary information, he might have sent two suicide bombers to Volgograd late in December 2013.

The special operation was carried out in the town of Izberbash. “The house was blocked on Wednesday morning. During the talks, one of the militants’ accomplices surrendered,” the source said. “The rest, including Mirzayev, opened fire and were killed in a shootout.

January 30, it was reported that suicide bombers who staged two terrorist acts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd late in last December were identified, and criminals involved in their delivery to the city were detained. January 29, as a result of investigative actions on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomednabi and Tagir Batyrov involved in transporting suicide bombers to Volgograd were detained.

Two terrorist attacks were staged in the city of Volgograd over the last days of 2013. On December 29, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the waiting hall of Volgograd’s central railway station. On December 30, a suicide bomber blew up a trolleybus in the morning rush hour. These attacks claimed 34 lives. About 100 people were wounded.

Voice of RussiaTASS

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #counter-terrorism, #dagestan, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #izberbash, #suicide-attack, #terrorism, #volgograd, #wednesday

#Ukraine : `Amnesty Law In Force Today’

#AceNewsServices says `Ukrainian Amnesty Law Comes into Force Today’

law granting amnesty to the participants of the mass protests in Ukraine came into force SundayThe law granting amnesty to the participants of the mass protests in Ukraine came into force Sunday. The government and the opposition have agreed that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, would announce an amnesty if administration buildings and roads were unblocked by the rioters. The protesters have 15 days to meet the demands.

The amnesty does not affect those who committed major offences such as murder or kidnaping during the riots that have gripped the country for weeks.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #amnesty, #amnesty-law, #coming-into-force, #european-union, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #kiev, #protest, #sunday, #ukraine, #verkhovna-rada, #viktor-yanukovych

#Geneva2 : ” Small Progress in Talk’s `Ending Friday’ and Due to Resume in February”

#AceNewsServices say `UN Chief Cites ‘progress’ at Syria Talks’

Ace News Desk There has been “progress” at peaceful talks inSwitzerland, between Syria’s government and opposition delegations, UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon said in Berlin on Thursday, Itar-Tass reported. The negotiations will be suspended on Friday, so that participants could discuss talks at home, he said.

They should resume in February, however the exact date was not determined yet. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #ban-ki-moon, #berlin, #friday, #geneva, #homs, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #lakhdar-brahimi, #secretary-general-of-the-united-nations, #switzerland, #syria, #united-nations

#Ukraine: ” Pope Francis on `Sunday’ Called for `Constructive Dialogue’ in `Ukraine’ saying he was `Praying’ in the `Vatican’ for the Country

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine’ and the `unrest’ continues and spreads across the country. 

Sunday, January 26

16:49 GMT:

At least 311 police officers have been injured in the Kiev riots, 118 of whom have been hospitalized with head injuries, fractures, burns, and stab and slash wounds. Some have also been poisoned by “unknown substances,” the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a Sunday statement.

The ministry’s press service also informed UNIAN news agency that 116 people have been detained in connection with the mass riots in central Kiev and that a criminal investigation into “mass disorder” on Grushevskogo Street has been opened.

Several people who were previously convicted, including those who have been charged with especially grave crimes, are among the detained.

15:45 GMT:

Pope Francis on Sunday called for “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine, saying he was praying in the Vatican for the country and for those who have lost their lives in the ongoing unrest there. Following the Pope’s speech to thousands of faithful who gathered in St. Peter’s Square, two doves were released by children standing alongside his holiness.

Pope Benedict XVI (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Benedict XVI (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

However, as soon as the birds of peace took off, they were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull. The crowd gasped as one dove broke free from the gull, losing some feathers, and another one was repeatedly pecked at by the crow. It was not clear what happened to the doves after they flew off.

0_0 RT @dominicru: Pretty sure I read this in Nostradamus: Pope’s peace doves attacked by crow http://t.co/HC53bGj709 pic.twitter.com/26JM3jgtlY

— Jana Kasperkevic (@kasperka) January 26, 2014

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Benedict XVI, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Benedict XVI, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

15:35 GMT:

People in Donetsk are rallying in support of President Yanukovich and against the unrest gripping some of the country’s regions, Igor Chechesov of the Donetsk Party of Regions branch told Itar-Tass.

“The common thought voiced at almost all of those rallies is supporting the president and calling for the mayhem happening in several regions to end… The speakers are also demanding to abide by the Constitution of Ukraine,” Chechesov said.

Earlier on Sunday, five people described as provocateurs were detained at a pro-government rally by the police. A group of masked people with clubs briefly clashed with members of the rally, prompting police intervention. One man received a head injury after being hit with a club, Itar-Tass reports.

14:36 GMT:

Protesters occupied an administrative building in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy, proclaiming “People’s Rada” – an alternative regional parliament. The occupation of the building followed an opposition rally that claimed to have gathered 5,000 people. No clashes or resistance were reported during the taking of the building.

Meanwhile in Zaporozhye, the authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the attempt to storm the administrative building there. The attempt followed negotiations with a local city administration official, with media reports saying it was led by “radicals.” According to reports on Twitter, several people were injured in explosions from police stun grenades.

14:10 GMT:

Hundreds of protesters, who gathered near government buildings in the southern Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk, are being urged to storm the buildings, say reports on Twitter.

Earlier in Dnepropetrovsk, protesters who attempted to breach the barriers cordoning off the city administration building clashed with a group of men in sports uniform, Interfax-Ukraine said, citing local media.

#Одесса #Евромайдан #euromaidan#euromaidanodessa pic.twitter.com/v9Fidr8bWJ

— Nick (@NickSerkoff) January 26, 2014

The majority of people in Odessa do not support the rioters, the head of the city’s administration, Nikolay Skorik, told Itar-Tass. According to Skorik, the people have voiced their desire for the “stability and integrity of the country.”

Sunday’s riots in the south of Ukraine have been described as a daring action by the opposition, as this part of the country is traditionally considered to be supportive of President Yanukovich and his Party of Regions.

 13:26 GMT:

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have besieged a city administration building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye. Footage from the scene showed a large crowd of protesters facing off against a police line at the main entrance to the building. Media reports said there was an attempt to storm the premises, but there was no immediate confirmation of any demonstrators breaking inside.

Image from Twitter user @LPetrakovaImage from Twitter user @LPetrakova

12:28 GMT:

Taking a photo of himself wearing protective helmet and vest, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky says he “still can’t get used to the fact that this is the average Kiev selfie now.”

12:16 GMT:

.

Ceasefire in Kiev. Protesters reinforcing barricades and mourning a deceased activist. Traditional Sunday rally has been cancelled

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 26, 2014

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #alessandro-bianchi, #angelus, #apostolic-palace, #holy-see, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #kiev, #pope, #pope-benedict-xvi, #saint-peters-square, #sunday, #ukraine

#Kiev : ” Two Policemen`Injured During Attack’ on `Ukrainian House Convention Centre’ as Protester’s Reportedly Threw Rock’s and Firework’s”

#AceNewsServices says it is Sunday, January 26 and this is the news from #Kiev

Kiev Rocks and Fireworks 210:48 GMT:

Two policemen have been wounded during the attack on the Ukrainian House, an international convention center, according to the RIA-Novosti news agency. Earlier reports suggested there were several hundred protesters gathered near the center. The crowd reportedly threw rocks and fireworks to break the windows.

10:24 GMT:

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has ruled out using armed forces against rallying protesters, the country’s military chief, Pavel Lebedev, told the Itar-Tass news agency“The army will abide strictly by the constitution and laws of Ukraine that set out clearly its role, functions and tasks, including the use of armed forces,” Lebedev said.

10:07 GMT:

Ukrainian MP (Party of Regions) Nikolay Rudkovsky has submitted a bill aimed at canceling the January-16 laws that triggered the unrest and violence raging in the country’s capital. The bill is entitled “Project of the Law: On the declaration of certain laws of Ukraine which significantly curbed the constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, invalid,” a memorandum for the document said.

08:17 GMT:

Courts across the Cherkassk region have ruled that 41 participants in the seizure of the local administration building should be taken into custody. Seven more protesters have been placed under house arrest.

08:00 GMT:

The Ukrainian House, or International Convention Center (ICC), will host an opposition press center, according to the ICC’s commandant, Aleksey Yakushevsky.

I believe that a press center for journalists will be opened here, as well as a station for feeding and warming those hundreds of people who we cannot cater for at the House of Trade Unions,” Yakushevsky said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

07:14 GMT:

MPs in the Ternopol and the Ivano-Frankovsk regions have adopted bills banning the ruling Party of Regions and the Communist Party of Ukraine, Itar-Tass reports.

07:05 GMT:

Museum workers at the Ukrainian House discovered the reserves of the Kiev History Museum, on the upper floors of the international convention center, were unsealed, after riot police had left the building.

They [museum workers] saw that the seals on the doors to the reserves rooms were broken open, as well as seals on some of the boxes inside,” said chairman of the Ukrainian center for museums development, Vladislav Pioro.

It was not immediately clear if any of the items were missing.

05:38 GMT:

President Yanukovich’s administration is preparing a bill, which would allow freezing the bank accounts of companies suspected of financing extremist activity, the Ukrainian TSN TV channel reports, as cited by Itar-Tass. The bill is planned to be voted on at a special session of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on January 28.

04:08 GMT:

The EU is still ready to sign the association agreement with Ukraine if the nation is committed to a free, united, democratic Ukraine and the values on which the agreement is based on, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said after a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

02:16 GMT:

The siege of the convention center by protesters in Kiev is now over, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports. The head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, played a key role in negotiating the policemen’s retreat.

There were around 200 riot police inside the building at the time of the siege, all of whom exited through a side window.

01:38 GMT:

The head of the UDAR party, Vitaly Klitschko, is now mediating a resolution to the Kiev convention center siege, according to RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky.

00:08 GMT:

Interior troops are leaving the Ukrainian House international convention center in Kiev, being taken out one by one, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the building. 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #greenwich-mean-time, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #international-convention-center, #itar-tass, #kiev, #ria-novosti, #ukraine, #ukrainian-democratic-alliance-for-reform, #ukrainian-house, #vitali-klitschko

#Kiev : ” Unrest Continues in the `Ukraine’ with an `Uneasy’ Tension in the Air”

#AceNewsServices says its `Saturday, January 25′ and this is the `timeline’ of events `Friday Night and Saturday Morning`

kiev-protest-clashes-updates00.siSaturday, January 25

15:23 GMT:

Violent clashes between protesters and police in the center of Kiev on Grushevskogo Street have stopped, RIA Novosti reported. It has been quiet for at least an hour.

15:23 GMT:

About 2,000 protesters have seized the building of the Poltava administration, its press-service told Itar-Tass. The protesters are meeting with the chairman of the Poltava Regional State Administration, Aleksandr Udovychenko, in the session hall of the council.

15:08 GMT:

The Interior Ministry said it will consider as “extremists” those left on Independence Square in Kiev and in the seized government buildings.

15:01 GMT:

Two police officers, seized by protesters in Kiev and “tortured”, have been released and taken to hospital, said the Interior Ministry.

14:51 GMT:

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov: Foreign mediation now totally inappropriate for Ukraine http://t.co/jm5Jz2LOzr @RusembUkraine

— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) January 25, 2014

14:41 GMT:

The president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich, is meeting with opposition leaders: Vitaly Klitchko, head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party; Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the “Batkivschina” (Fatherland) opposition party, and Oleg Tyagnybok, the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”(Freedom).

14:31 GMT:

The so-called head of the national resistance urged the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, not to declare a state of emergency in the country.

“We appeal to Viktor Yanukovich: the state of emergency means the death of thousands of people, it is the divide of the country and the destruction of Ukraine as an independent and sovereign state,” asserted the statement, posted on the Batkivschina (Fatherland) opposition party’s site.

At the same time, the statement notes that “prudence, self-control and responsibility for Ukraine’s children and the future state will bring about a peaceful outcome to this social crisis.”

The statement claimed that the party has information about the Ukrainian presidential administration’s preparations for declaring a state of emergency and “clearing” Independence square in Kiev.

14:20 GMT:

Guys coming up to us on #Грушевского barricades warning about a possible sniper on the roof of buildings.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

14:19 GMT:

Deputies of the Lvov regional council recognized a legislative organ established by the protesters, the so-called Narodnaya Rada (People’s Council), that is to represent the interests of the Ukrainian people. 70 deputies voted in favor, with most of the council represented by opposition parties. The decision contains a recommendation to all local councils to adopt similar resolutions.

The army, the Interior Ministry and other law enforcement agencies cannot carry out any activities involving the use of special equipment, weapons and military equipment, aimed at restricting the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully in the region, the regional authorities said in a statement.

Due to the actions of the president and parliament and the adoption of anti-protest laws on January 16, the regional council said it withdraws all powers delegated to the Lvov region by state administration.

14:08 GMT:

Just seen riot training course taking place on independence square in #Kiev rioters learning how to use shields in groups.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

13:57 GMT:

The authorities in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, and Сhernigov, northern Ukraine, have started criminal investigations into the seizure of local administrative buildings by protesters, reported the Itar-Tass news agency.

13:33 GMT:

Production line breaking up rocks to be taken to the front line in #Kiev and hurled at police.pic.twitter.com/lfb2sxxdFG

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

 

13:31 GMT:

A protester who took part in the Kiev riots has died, according to the state health department of the Kiev city administration, RIA Novosti reported. Authorities said that the victim arrived at the Kiev City Clinical Hospital № 17 on Wednesday. The leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement said that on Wednesday a protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, died in hospital from wounds sustained in clashes. It is not yet clear whether the two reports are about the same man.

13:06 GMT:

The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, Vitaly Zakharchenko, said in a statement that attempts to peacefully resolve the conflict peacefully, have been futile, because protesters were ignoring truce agreements.

These events which really represent extremist actions should not go unnoticed by the international community. The opposition leaders aren’t dissociating themselves from radical forces, and at this time they’re not able to control them and so put Ukrainians under threat,” the statement reads as cited by Itar-Tass.

12:39 GMT:

Around ten wheelchair users carrying “Stop aggression” billboards are on their way to Grushevskogo street, the epicenter of the stand-off between protesters and police, demanding both sides put an end to clashes, Deutshe Welle reports.

11:41 GMT:

Participants of the rally in front of the Prosecutor General’s office in Kiev are leaving the protest site, despite earlier plans to seize the building, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Around 500 protesters rallied for freeing detained activists.

11:28 GMT:

Protesters have seized the Chernigov City Council building and have been demanding the ouster of its head, Vladimir Khomenko, Itar-Tass reports. Protesters have been screaming out slogans like: “Ukraine rise, Chernigov come out”, “No to Repressions”, “Dismissal”.

The protesters are currently creating a corridor to release police remaining in the building.

11:23 GMT:

President Yanukovich has appointed Vladimir Makeenko the head of Kiev City Council. Makeenko previously was the chief of the procedure committee of the country’s parliament, the Rada. In a separate decree, Yanukovich dismissed the former city council head, Alexander Popov, who is currently under investigation.

11:01 GMT:

A protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, who was injured during clashes with police on January 22, has died in hospital, according to the leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement.

“For several days doctors have been fighting for his life, but the wounds were too severe. His lungs were badly scarred, he underwent surgery several times and his hand had to be amputated,” said Irina Sekh, a Unkrainian MP and leader of the Lvov “Svoboda” faction.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine’s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev. 

There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters. 

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released. 

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts. 

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration. 

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine. 

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital. 

Friday, January 24

23:36 GMT:

Ruptly’s video footage shows rioters throwing more tires into the fire amid clashes:

22:57 GMT:

A police officer was shot dead in Kiev on Friday night. Witnesses heard the shots and saw two people running away from the scene, Unian news agency reported. The victim lived near the Berkut living quarters.

It is not clear whether the incident is connected to the ongoing unrest in the city.

21:43 GMT:

US Secretary of State John Kerry once again confirmed Washington’s support for Ukrainian protesters during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Kerry said the US is working with its allies and top Ukrainian officials to end the violence.

We are working with our partners to press the government of Ukraine to forego violence, to address the concerns of peaceful protesters, to foster dialogue, promote the freedom of assembly and expression,” he said.

Kerry added that he received a text message shortly before beginning his speech from US diplomats in Kiev, who are negotiating with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych “to try to achieve calm and help move in this direction in the next days.”

20:01 GMT:

Twelve people have been taken into custody over suspicions of participating in the violent riots on Grushevskogo Street.

19:33 GMT:

Truce they say? Tires burning again, firecrackers and molotovs are hurled in central Kiev. Police not retaliating pic.twitter.com/YIVBFbDRO2

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 24, 2014

19:11 GMT:

The former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, has denied accusations that the West is worsening the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking to RT from Davos in Switzerland, he said: “I don’t think that the EU is inflaming the situation. On the contrary, what the EU is trying to do is to try to find a peaceful solution that entails some kind of negotiations, like in any other crisis, between the government and opposition with the help of other countries that are interested in it.”

17:39 GMT:

Foreign nationals who have previously been involved in military operations abroad are involved in the violence in Ukraine, said Viktor Yanukovich. 

“Not only Ukrainians joined this [violence] but a number of people from other countries who participated in various military operations, regional ones, and who are wanted around the world. They are hiding in seized buildings. We know that there are weapons,” he said at a meeting with representatives of public and church organizations.

17:39 GMT:

Opposition supporters seized the regional administration building, which also houses the regional council in Khmelnitsky, western Ukraine, UNIAN reported.

The protesters demanding the resignation of the local governor stormed the first and second floors of the building. 30-40 activists gathered near the building, calling for the governor to write an official letter of resignation.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine‘s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev
There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters.

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released.

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts.

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration.

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

03:38 GMT:

Ukraine will not refuse help from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in resolving the ongoing political crisis, if such help is offered, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told European media in Switzerland.

01:44 GMT:

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich said he aims to continue dialogue with the opposition.

“We have urged and continue to urge to sit down at the negotiation table and discuss everyone’s positions, find compromises, which are critical to solving today’s situation,” the president said during a meeting with clergy on Friday.

January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

01:24 GMT:

An explosion went off near the police station in Cherkassy, central Ukraine. Seven windows were reportedly broken, according to Espresso.tv. There are no reported injuries.

01:15 GMT:

The opposition has denied the Interior Ministry‘s report that three police officers were attacked by protesters.

00:35 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich promised to fire those responsible for preparing the EU agreement of such “poor quality.”

The agreement was against the country’s national interest and was “digging a grave” for the nation, Yanukovich said during a meeting with clergy. The president did not name any names.

“We are not running anywhere. Nobody is pulling us anywhere. We want to preserve our sovereignty. We are not claiming anyone’s territory, but we will not give up what is ours,” he said.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

#acenewsservices, #donald-tusk, #european-union, #friday, #information-telegraph-agency-of-russia, #javier-solana, #john-kerry, #kiev, #saturday, #sergey-lavrov, #ukraine, #united-states, #viktor-yanukovych, #world-economic-forum