`Ukraine National Guard Detain Two Journalists from Russian TV Channel '

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Slavyansk) – June 08 – Ukraine’s National Guard have detained two journalists from Russian TV channel Zvezda at a military roadblock near the city of Slavyansk.

(Andrey Sushenkov and Anton Malyshev (Photo courtesy of tvzvezda.ru)

According to their driver, during a routine check they were blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed location.

(Leader of the Radical Party Oleg Lyashko at the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada meeting. (RIA Novosti/Evgeny Kotenko)

Ukrainian MP kicks out Russian journos from parliament, calls them ‘spies’ Video:

Video operator Andrey Sushenkov and sound engineer Anton Malyshev have been unreachable since 14:30 GMT Friday afternoon, Zvezda TV announced on its website.The crew was heading from Donetsk to Slavyansk, the scene of intense fighting between the pro-Kiev forces and self-defence militia.

“At the approaches to Slavyansk we got in touch by phone. They said National Guards were searching them and they would call back as soon as the search is over. Since then their numbers are unobtainable,” said Zvezda correspondent Evgeniy Davydov, who was in touch with the crew during their stay in Ukraine.

Their driver, Ruslan Zaslavsky, a local citizen of Slavyansk, was also briefly detained, but released several hours later.

The National Guards have checked the numbers of entry stamps in journalists’ passports with someone they contacted on the radio, before a man in plain military uniform – without a helmet or body armor – took the guys away, Zaslavsky said.

“I saw them putting balaclavas on the guys’ heads, but the wrong way about, so that they could not see anything,” Zaslavsky told Zvezda after his release. “

They were forced on their knees.“

The TV crew must have been taken to nearby Kharkov or Izyum, Zaslavsky suggested, as the roadblock was located about 5 kilometers from Slavyansk in the ”middle of nowhere“ – between two fields – and the National Guard did not even have a tent there.

“The channel’s directors call on the newly elected president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to release Andrey Sushenkov, Anton Malyshev,” the head of Zvezda holding Aleksey Pimanov wrote in a statement, asking the international journalist community for support in securing the release of their colleagues.

Ukrainian troops man a check-point near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region on June 4, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergey Bobok)Ukrainian troops man a check-point near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region on June 4, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergey Bobok)

This is not the first time Russian journalists working in Ukraine disappear after encountering the National Guard.

On May 18, two Russian journalists working for LifeNews TV channel – reporter Oleg Sidyakin and cameraman Marat Saichenko – were captured by Kiev forces near the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Initially accused of “aiding the terrorist groups,” they were released a week later – without any charges pressed or evidence of their crimes provided – after a wave of outrage by rights groups and Russian politicians and media.

RT News – LifeNews – AFP – Zvezda TV


#kharkov, #petro-poroshenko, #slavyansk, #ukraine

` Italian Embassy Representatives Collect Body of Journalist Killed in Slavyansk ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 27 – Representatives from the Italian embassy on Tuesday collected the body of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli, who was killed in Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, citing a source.

The diplomats were presumably heading to Kharkov.

The body of Andrey Mironov, a journalist and interpreter, who accompanied Rocchelli, reportedly remains in Slavyansk.

They died last week after their car came under mortar fire near Slavyansk.

A French journalist travelling in the same car was injured in the attack.


#kharkov, #slavyansk, #ukraine

` Three Day’s of Mourning Declared in Odessa After Devastation Caused by Tragic Events Claims Many Lives ‘

AceNewsServices – ODESSA – May 03 – Three-day mourning is declared in Odessa over Friday’s tragic events, which took 41 lives, according to the information of the city council.

“May 3, 4 and 5 are declared mourning days,” the council said in a statement on its website.

Ukrainian and Odessa flags with black ribbons will be lowered to half-mast on administrative buildings.

According to the updated information, hospitals received 123 people injured in clashes.

Forty of them were hospitalized, including 17 in critical condition. Forty one people died.

On Friday evening, medical personnel in Odessa asked city residents to help save scores of injured people.

First of all dressings and antibiotics were needed. Hospitals were short of them, said doctors at the city’s first clinic, where injured people were taken.

Former governor of the Odessa region and deputy Nikolai Skorik demands to urgently convene a session of the regional council in connection with Friday’s disorders provoked by Right Sector and Self Defence radicals who arrived from Kiev.

“In our city, blood is shed, and scores of our fellow countrymen are dead or crippled. The situation is out of control of authorities. An end must be put to it. Odessa citizens must know the names of those guilty of mass disorders and deaths,” Skorik said in a letter sent to the regional council chairman, Nikolai Tindyuk.

The press service of the Ukrainian government said the cabinet had sent a commission headed by Ukrainian parliament-appointed First Vice Premier Vitaly Yaryoma to Odessa to inquire into circumstances of the deaths of people in clashes and the fire in the House of Trade Unions.

The disturbance began in Odessa in the daytime on Friday with a mass brawl at Grecheskaya Street. It was instigated by football fans from Kharkov and Right Sector and Self-Defence radicals from Kiev, who decided to organize a march on Odessa streets.

They provoked clashes with federalization supporters.

Forcing them out, radicals set fire to a camp at Kulikovo Field where activists collected signatures to hold a referendum on federalization of Ukraine and the official status of the Russian language.

Activists from the camp escaped to the nearby building of the regional House of Trade Unions, and radicals set fire to the building. When the fire reached the upper floors, many of the people there died from smoke. Others jumped from upper floors and died after falling.

Those who survived were cruelly beaten by Kiev radicals with batons.

Regional council member and Odessa mayoral candidate Alexei Albu was also attacked.

“When we came out of the burning building, a crowd of nationalists attacked us. I can say that about a hundred people were hurt. People jumped out of windows.

Everything was in smoke. People lying on the ground were kicked. I and one of our activists, Vlad, have serious head injuries.

We are heading for a hospital. Earlier in the day, our activist Ivan received a bullet wound. Right Sector members who attacked the House of Trade Unions were fully equipped, armed and prepared beforehand,” Albu said.

He was taken to a hospital where he received first aid.

Tass – Russian News and Media Sources – Ria Novorsti –


#acenewsservices, #kharkov, #kiev, #odessa, #right-sector

` Anti-Maidan Activist ` Konstantin Dolgov ‘ has been Jailed for Two Months by Kharkov’s Court ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 20 – Anti-Maidan activist, Konstantin Dolgov, has been jailed for two months by Kharkov’s court for his role in coordinating the local protest movement, his lawyer told Interfax-Ukraine.

“We have five days to make an appeal,” Dmitry Tihonenkov, the lawyer, told the newspaper.
No details of the specifics of Dolgov’s crimes are being shared at present, but it is known that the charge is for the deliberate destruction of property.


#kharkov, #ukraine

` Ukraine’s Batkivshchina Announces Formation of National Resistance Movement ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 15- Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is running for president with the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party has announced the formation of the national resistance movement.

“Law enforcement structures and the army are failing to cope with their tasks because they have been plundered,” Batkivshchina’s press service quoted Timoshenko as saying on Tuesday. “That is why it is necessary to form special brigades in each city. Mobilization centres will be set up on the basis of our party’s offices, where everyone will be able to join people’s volunteer corps.”

Such brigades, according to Timoshenko, are already being formed in the Kharkov, Zaporozhye and Dnetpropetrovsk regions.


#batkivshchina-fatherland-party, #dnetpropetrovsk, #kharkov, #kiev, #ukraines, #yulia-timoshenko, #zaporozhye

` Hundreds of Supporters and Opponents of `Ukraine’s Federalisation’ have Clashed in Kharkov ‘

#AceBreakingNews – KIEV – April 13 – The supporters and opponents of Ukraine’s federalization have clashed in Kharkov, eastern Ukraine. Local media reports that two people were hurt.

Hundreds of pro-Kiev supporters carrying Ukraine’s state symbols gathered outside a monument to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko for a meeting in favour of Ukraine’s unity.

In the meantime, anti-Kiev protesters demanding Ukraine’s federalization gathered outside a monument to Vladimir Lenin on Freedom Square. Most of them are wearing the Ribbons of St. George, a symbol of victory over Nazism. They demand the creation of the “South-East Autonomy” and are categorically against the early presidential elections in Ukraine slated for May 25.

Russian and Ukrainian Media and News


#aceworldnews, #freedom-square, #kharkov, #kiev, #ukraine, #ukraines, #vladimir-lenin

` Public Activist ` Ignat Kramskoi ‘ has been arrested in `Kharkov ‘ on Charges of Organising Mass Disorder’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – KHARKOV – March 28 – A well-known public activist Ignat Kramskoi, who took part in an operation to expel radicals from the building of the regional administration in the north-east Urkainian city of Kharkov at the very beginning of this month, was arrested Friday on charges of “organizing mass disorders”.

At the time of reporting he was kept in the Kharkov city police department while his supporters were gathering around the building.

February 22, several thousand extremists who had arrived in Kharkov from other – mostly western regions of Ukraine made an attempt to pull down a monument to Vladimir Lenin on the city’s central square.

After the local residents thwarted their attempt, the radicals seized the building of the regional administration.

Russian News


#kharkov, #ukraine, #ukrainian, #vladimir-lenin

` Prosecutors Claim Decision for `Referendum ‘ in ` Donetsk ‘ region – Unlawful ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – March 22 – The prosecutor’s office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Saturday, March 22, demanded that the regional council’s decision to hold a referendum be cancelled as unlawful.

The office filed a petition with the district administrative court asking it to cancel the council’s decision of March 3, 2014, which authorised a referendum in the Donetsk region.

Prosecutors said the decision “was adopted in excess of power and contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine and effective legislation”.

Under law, the Donetsk regional council may not make decisions on referenda.

The council’s decision has been suspended pending court ruling.

Ace Related News – 22 March – 14.43 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews – KIEV – 22 March – The call for the referendum was made by a thousand-strong rally in Kharkov last Sunday, March 16, when another Ukrainian region, Crimea, was voting for reunification with Russia.http://wp.me/p165ui-4ti

Editor: Seems like we have been here before – sanctions anyone!

Russian News and Media Sources


#crimea, #donetsk, #kharkov, #kiev, #russia-3, #ukrainian

` Around 2000 join a Rally in `Ukrainian City Donetsk ' many wearing ` St George ' ribbons demanding a Referendum '

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – March 22 – About 2,000 people rallied in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Saturday, March 22, demanding a referendum on the future of the region.

Some of the demonstartors were also demanding the return of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to the country. People were waving Russian flags and many were wearing St. George ribbons.

About two dozen policemen were ensuring law and order during the event.

In a similar rally on March 16, people demanded that the present government resign and that early parliamentary and local elections be announced.

They also insisted on adopting a law on local referendums and holding plebiscite on “all aspects of the state system in Ukraine and accession to various economic unions and political blocs” and called for “returning to the February 21 agreement signed by Yaukovich and the opposition” and making Russian the second official language in Ukraine.

In another eastern Ukrainian city, Kharkov, hundreds of people set up a picket in front of the Regional Council building this week, demanding a referendum on the federalisation of Ukraine.

The call for the referendum was made by a thousand-strong rally in Kharkov last Sunday, March 16, when another Ukrainian region, Crimea, was voting for reunification with Russia.

“Only the people have the power to decide whether Ukraine will be a divided undivided country. Its future should be determined in a referendum,” Yuri Apukhtin of the Civil Platform Association said at the rally.

“Our place is not in Europe but in a union with the brotherly peoples of Russia,” he added.

Public organisations in Kharkov, which have refused to recognise the present authorities in Kiev, are planning to hold new rallies this weekend to demand a federalisation referendum.

Russian Media and News Sources


#donetsk, #kharkov, #kiev, #president-viktor-yanukovych, #ukrainian

` Alarming Reports that a Column with Armed Mercenaries from ` Right Sector ‘ has left Kharkov for Donetsk and Lugansk ‘

#AceWorldNews Gunmen, including those from the far-right group Right Sector, continue their rampage in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, March 15.

“We are getting alarming reports that a column with armed mercenaries from Right Sector has left Kharkov for Donetsk and Lugansk. Right Sector leaders have declared the opening of the ‘eastern front’ and one of the clothing factories is hurriedly sewing Russian military uniform,” the ministry said.

“Russia is receiving many appeals from peaceful citizens who are asking for protection. These appeals will be considered,” the ministry said.


#acebreakingnews, #donetsk, #kharkov, #lugansk, #right-sector, #russia-3, #russian, #ukraine

#AceWorldNews #ANS2014



The arrest of Neo-Nazi gunmen in Kharkov is expected to mark the beginning of large-scale actions to neutralize and bring extremists to justice, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s envoy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, said in his blog on Twitter on Saturday.

#kharkov, #konstantin-dolgov, #neo-nazi, #russian-foreign-ministry, #twitter

` KHARKOV ` Right Sector Militants who ` Opened Fire and Seized Hostages ‘ are ` Detained ‘ following a night of Violence’

#AceWorldNews – KHARKOV – The operation to detain Right Sector militants, who had opened fire and seized hostages in Kharkov, was completed, the Kharkov region’s police chief Anatoly Dmitriyev told Itar-Tass on Saturday state news Itar-Tass

About 30 people were detained. The exact number would be known later. Their identities had yet to be established. They had no passports with them. Fingerprints would be taken from the guns left in the building, Dmitriyev said.

The detained persons are held in custody at a district police station. Kharkov defenders opposing Right Sector nationalists are standing outside the building to prevent release of the militants. “We fear they will be released,” one of city residents said.

Earlier, after negotiations of Kharkov Mayor Kernes with the militants, one of the three hostages was freed. “As a result of the negotiations, one hostage was freed. About 40 radicals remained in the building.

Two people remained held as hostages by the militants. One of the hostages is a policeman who came into the building for negotiations,” Kernes said.

Two people died and two, including a policeman, were wounded in clashes between Kharkov residents and Right Sector militants. Submachine gun fire was opened from the building of the Right Sector headquarters, and stun grenades and Molotov cocktails were used.

Related News Links and Video – 14 March : 21.43 http://wp.me/p165ui-4iM


#itar-tass, #kharkov, #right-sector

` Right Sector Gunmen Attack Anti-Maidan Activists in Kharkov – Reports ‘

#AceBreakingNews Armed men from the radical Right Sector movement have attacked local self-defence activists in the eastern city of Kharkov, Itar-Tass reports citing local sources.

At least three activists have reportedly been wounded by gunfire.

The armed group of radicals had arrived from the West of Ukraine on a bus, local activists told Itar-Tass. “The outsiders are shooting machine guns,” he said.

The group has reportedly barricaded itself inside the local headquarters of Right Sector and was throwing sound and flash grenades.

Police have been deployed at the scene.

RT News http://on.rt.com/sxemb5


#itar-tass, #kharkov, #right-sector, #ukraine

` UN Assistant Secretary-General for `Human Rights ‘ has cancels trip to Crimea as ` Simferopol Airport ‘ is closed for flights to parts of the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews Ivan Simonovic, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, has cancelled his trip to Crimea because an airport in the Crimean capital Simferopol is closed for flights coming from other parts of Ukraine.

Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, confirmed to journalists earlier on Tuesday that Simferopol airport was closed to flights from other parts of Ukraine.

He ruled out any possibility that Simonovic could arrive in Crimea via Moscow.

For the rest, the U.N. emissary’s plan remains unchanged. Simonovic visited Kharkov on Tuesday to meet the local authorities and representatives of civil society – both pro-Russian and those who are loyal to the authorities in Kiev.

He is leaving for Lvov, Western Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Dujarric said that Simonovic was staying in Ukraine to assess the human rights situation in the country. The United Nations is considering a number of options for future actions, including the deployment of U.N. observers to monitor the situation in Ukraine.

Another United Nations emissary Robert Serry who made an attempt to visit Crimea last week had to return to Kiev after being turned away by unidentified armed men.

UNITED NATIONS, March 11, 21:58 /ITAR-TASS/.


#ans2014, #crimea, #itar-tass, #kharkov, #kiev, #moscow, #simferopol, #ukraine, #un, #un-assistant-secretary-general-for-human-rights, #united-nations

` Demonstrators in ` Eastern Ukraine appeal for Russian help and demand resignation of Governor Baluta ‘

#AceWorldNews says that more than 5,000 people gathered in front of the building of the Kharkov regional administration in this eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday, March 8, chanting “Help, Russia!” and “Kharkov, rise.”

They demand the resignation of Governor Igor Baluta appointed by the central government, which they say is illegitimate, and a referendum on broader autonomy for the region.

The manifesto adopted by the demonstrator says that the referendum should be held on March 16 and elections of the mayor and local deputies on March 30.

The demonstrators expressed solidarity with other Ukrainian regions – Donbass and Sevastopol, and demanded “an immediate release of the people’s governor in the Donetsk region.”

They also criticised the United States and the European Union, including over their financial aid, which they described as “slavery.”

People are holding Russian flags and chanting “Berkut!” (anti-riot police), “Gubarev!” and “Russia!”
Several hundred policemen are guarding the building of the regional administration.

Trucks have been placed in front of the building and barbed wire fences put up.

Demonstrators do not rule out the storming of the building.

AP – AFP – Reuters – Itar-TASS – #ANS2014

#donbass, #european-union, #kharkov, #russian, #ukraine, #united-states

` Russian Flags are raised in cities of ` Melitopol, Yevpatoria and Mariupol ' – Reports'

#AceWorldNews says that latest reports from the Ukraine that Russian Flags have been hoisted at major cities.

Also Ukraine’s acting president Aleksandr Turchinov has appointed Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky as the new Navy Chief, according to an order published Saturday.
Reportedly, the previous Navy commander resigned Friday.

Ukraine’s acting president signed a decree on Saturday declaring the appointment of a pro-Russia premier in the Crimea region illegal.

Sergey Aksyonov was appointed in Crimea this week after armed men took over the regional parliament. The presidential decree said the decision had violated the Ukrainian constitution. It gave no details. (Reuters)

Russian flags have also reportedly been raised in the cities of Melitopol, Yevpatoria and Mariupol.

Ukraine’s border service is taking “urgent steps” to prevent the “seizure” of its sea watch base and ships located in Sevastopol, Itar-Tass reports, citing the service’s press office.
“All the ships are going to sea ready for action,” the service added.

The alert signal came after several armed people were reportedly seen not far from the base.

Thousands protest in the eastern city of Kharkov against the self-proclaimed authorities in Kiev.
Protesters tried to seize the regional governor’s headquarters and some broke in and raised the Russian flag.


#crimea, #itar-tass, #kharkov, #russian, #ukraine, #ukrainian

” Yanukovitch on wanted list on `Suspicion’ of `Mass Killings’ during riots in Kiev”

#AceBreakingNews says the new Ukrainian authorities have put missing President Yanukovich on the wanted list on suspicion of involvement in mass killings during the riots in Kiev. He was reportedly last seen at his residence in Crimea.

The arrest warrant was issued on Monday, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced on his Facebook page.

He added that Yanukovich was last seen on Sunday night leaving his security detail a private resort in Crimea in southern Ukraine.

In addition to Yanukovich, some other officials are now wanted in Ukraine, Avakov said, but did not name them.

The ousted Ukrainian leader had fled Kiev last week after days of deadly clashes between armed radical protesters and security forces.

He was believed to have visited the city of Kharkov on Saturday and later tried to leave the country, but failed when his plane was not allowed to take off by the border guards, who said it hadn’t filed the proper paperwork. His exact movements were unknown to the public.

#crimea, #kharkov, #kiev, #president-yanukovitch, #riots, #ukraine, #ukrainian, #yanukovich

#AceNewsDesk #Kiev Latest 22 February 2014 RT Reuters…

#AceNewsDesk#Kiev – Latest – 22 February 2014 – RT – Reuters – AP –

12:27 GMT:
“The decisions taken here are positive and concrete. What is important is that everything voiced here was implemented in the interests of the Ukrainian people and the entire Ukraine. What Ukraine needs now is common sense and a survival instinct,” said Evgeny Savchenko, Governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, commenting on the Kharkov gathering.

He added that the turmoil in Ukraine has already hurt residents of his region, who are reluctant to travel to its western neighbor and do business there.

12:25 GMT:
The gathering in Kharkov was attended by about 3,000 representatives of local governments, according to the governor of the Kharkov region, Mikhail Dobkin, one of the key sponsors of the event.

Russia sent several officials in the capacity of observers to the gathering, including Aleksey Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission on foreign affairs, Mikhail Markelov, Pushkov’s counterpart in the Council of Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament, and several governors from regions in western Russia.

12:14 GMT:
“The territorial integrity of Ukraine is at risk,” the gathering stated in the resolution.

It added that instability in Ukraine is highly dangerous and may cause unpredictable consequences, considering that the country hosts five nuclear power plants with 15 reactors in total, which some extremists have threatened to attack.

12:08 GMT:
The resent decisions of the national parliament were taken in conditions “of terror, threats of violence and death,” the resolution says. The gathering says the legislative acts may have been passed involuntarily and are neither legitimate nor lawful.

12:08 GMT:
The opposition has broken the agreement with the government signed on Friday, the resolution says.

“Armed gangs have not given over their weapons, they continue taking over governmental buildings, killing citizens and officers of the law,” it says.

11:56 GMT:
The Kharkov public gathering has announced a number of measures local authorities should take in response to the developments in Kiev. They should take full responsibility for all decision in respective regions, with no regard to authorities in Kiev until the constitutional order in Ukraine is restored, a resolution of the gathering says.

The military commanders should take measures to protect arms depots and prevent their take-over and looting by radical opposition activists.

Meanwhile citizens are encouraged to form local militias to protect public order. Local authorities are to fund and support those militias.

#kharkov, #ukraine

`Thousands gather for rally in eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov’

#AceBreakingNews says over 10, 000 people have assembled in the city of Kharkov as a gathering of Ukrainian MPs from the south-eastern regions has kicked off.

#aceworldnews, #kharkov, #ukrainian