' Ukrainian Military Troops Continue Air-Strikes and Artillery Fire Destroying the Building of the Last Working Newspaper '

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kramatorsk) – July 05 – Ukrainian military troops continue air-strikes and artillery fire on cities and settlements of south-eastern regions. As on resumption of talks on a ceasefire between the conflicting parties in Ukraine, the warfare brings more and more casualties on both sides, civilians lose their homes.


Shelling of Kramatorsk has destroyed the building of the last working local newspaper “Technopolis”, RIA Novosti reports.

The publication claims, that now it will not be able to print its material.

“Luckily, there are no victims,” the newspaper said, adding that because of the power outage, no one was at the building at the time of the strike.

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` Ukraine’s Army Starts Resuming Shelling Eastern Ukrainian Cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – May 29 – Ukraine’s army has started shelling the eastern Ukraine cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, therby resuming its massive military operation in the East of the country, local news outlets report.

“A full-scale military operation has begun in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. BM-21 launch vehicle “Grad” are being used,” Donbas-based Ostrov agency says.

Anti-government protesters in Slavyansk have downed a Ukrainian forces helicopter in the south-east of Slavyansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, a local witness told Itar-Tass.

“Intensive shooting has been heard in the region, and thick black smoke seen,” he added.

RT Reports

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` Moscow Raises Issue of Release of Russian Journalists and Violation of Journalistic Rights in Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 22 – Moscow raised on Thursday the issue of releasing Russian journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko during a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Russian representative at the OSCE Andrey Kelin has said.

On May 18, the Ukrainian National Guard detained Marat Saichenko and Oleg Sidyakin, reporters with Life News, near Kramotorsk. A Life News public statement said that as the journalists were being detained, Sidyakin managed to send a text message that something had gone wrong and then left his cell phone open so Life News could hear him and Saichenko explain to their captors that they are journalists and are not involved in any fighting.

He asked the Ukrainian envoy why his country’s authorities banned members of the special OSCE observer mission in Ukraine from seeing the journalists. Sidyakin and Saichenko were detained May 18 by the Ukrainian National Guard near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region.

Also, the Russian side drew attention to Ukraine’s violation of its commitments in the area of mass media, RIA Novosti reported.

On May 20, 2014, Russia Today (RT), a Russian state television service, lost contact with their contract writer, Graham Phillips, a United Kingdom national, after he called to say he had been detained by the Ukrainian National Guard at a checkpoint in Mariupol, in south-eastern Ukraine. RT told Human Rights Watch that the next day the Interior Ministry told RT producers that Defence Ministry agents had detained Phillips.

A published RT statement said that during Phillips’ May 20 phone call with RT, he said he was “being treated OK…. They have done checks on my documentation, they found my reports and clips I have done and they’re now looking through them asking me my position on things, asking if I am a spy….” The statement also said the men who detained Phillips were not satisfied with the letter he presented from RT confirming that he works for the television service.

The British government should immediately call on Ukrainian authorities to free Phillips and meanwhile provide him access to the British consulate and a lawyer of his own choosing, Human Rights Watch said.

“RT’s reporting may not be well received by some in Kiev, but it is totally unacceptable and a blatant violation of freedom of expression to arrest journalists simply for the content or tone of their reporting,” Denber said. “Worse still is to turn an arbitrary detention into an enforced disappearance by concealing all information about where the journalist is and what’s happening to him.”

As this went to press, RT announced that Phillips would be handed over to the British consulate and that the Ukraine Security Service’s (SBU) proceedings against him were “over.”

HRW – OSCE – RT – RIA NOVOSTI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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` Urkainian Law Enforcers have Opened Fire from Mortar’s on the City of Kramatorsk ‘

#AceWorldNews – KRAMATORSK – May 19 – Ukrainian law enforcers have opened fire from mortars on the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, one of the mortar shells exploded near an area with country houses, a police spokesman told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

Two other shells exploded outside residential areas.

The city’s self-defence headquarters said it could be registration of guns.

The police also said three military trucks were spotted 15 kilometres from the centre of Kramatorsk between the villages of Belokuzminovka and Semyonovka.

The trucks were carrying some 50 people in black uniforms without insignia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Armed Clash in Ukraine

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

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

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

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&nbsp #AceWorldNews SLAVYANSK May 11 Kiev’s troops on…

#AceWorldNews – SLAVYANSK – May 11 – Kiev’s troops on Saturday, May 10, detained a local journalist, Artyom Larionov, who was going in a car from the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk to neighbouring Kramatorsk.

Larionov’s detention was confirmed by the taxi driver who was giving him a lift.

The journalist left his belongings and camera in the car.

The taxi driver brought them back to Slavyansk.

Artyom’s colleagues say he is married, his wife and two daughters live in Donetsk.

He is a freelancer, keeps a blog and posts materials about events in the South-East of Ukraine.

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#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.

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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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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.

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ACE NEWS SERVICES UKRAINE TUESDAY MAY 06 DAILY…

ACE NEWS SERVICES – UKRAINE – TUESDAY – MAY 06 – DAILY REPORT – UPDATE

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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#AceNewsServices UKRAINE UPDATE May 05 2014 Monday May…

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – UPDATE – May 05 2014

Monday, May 5

#AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – May 05 – Three activists have died in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-federalisation forces near the village of Semyonovka.

Another 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing, Itar-Tass reports, citing sources in the Slavyansk self-defence headquarters.

“We can confirm the deaths of two civilians as a result of Kiev’s retaliatory operation,” the source said, claiming that “mobile groups of Right Sector radicals” are operating in the city.

Ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU have not agreed on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia, Itar-Tass reports, citing an EU Council press service employee. “The work will continue,” the source said. It did not specify which sanctions were discussed – enlargement of the “black list” of Russian officials or sanctions targeting economic and trade relations. The ambassadors’ decision will be discussed at an EU foreign ministers meeting on May 12.

19:18 GMT:
Ordinary people delivering medicine, food, clothes to #Slavyansk hospital for injured patients pic.twitter.com/UkAvFibsrb
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
18:43 GMT:
In Kharkov, Ukrainian Railways has stopped selling tickets on trains traveling across the eastern part of the country, the company’s press service announced. The routes of 17 trains will be changed. Trains will also be bypassing the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and Konstantinovka. Also, it will be impossible to travel from Kharkov to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions by bus. The central bus terminal canceled all trips due to the military operation in the region.

18:30 GMT:
Self-defense forces have detained and taken captive radical militants from the Right Sector, who tried to enter the city on an ambulance car. The men were armed with guns, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a self-defense forces representative.

17.11 GMT:
The people’s governor of the Lugansk region, Valery Bolotov, has ordered to hold a referendum on the region’s status on May 11.

“It will be an honest referendum, we will not take any other steps in addition to [giving people the chance to express their will],” he stressed.

According to Bolotov, there are already groups prepared to count the votes, and locations of polling stations have already been determined. Authorities confirmed that the list of voters and bulletins is currently being prepared.

16:12 GMT:
Close look at 2 shot-up vans to the east of Sloviansk, reports of Ukr army firing indiscriminately today – https://t.co/NzrnmuAzSl
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
15:40 GMT:
The city’s on the edge. Those who were willing to be interviewed are now leaving town. Rumors: #rightsector is being armed #odessa
— Irina Galushko (@IrinaGalushkoRT) May 5, 2014
15:33 GMT:
A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the eastern Ukrainian cities blockaded in the ongoing military operation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

There is an apparent lack of medicines, and shortages of food supplies are beginning, the ministry said.

“We once again call on those in Kiev, who are organizing terror against their own people, to come to their senses, to stop the bloodshed, to pull back troops and sit at once at the negotiating table,” the statement urged.

15:19 GMT:
43 people remain in hospitals in the Donetsk region, the regional administration’s press service said. These are people who sustained injuries “in violent clashes” and “military operations across Donetsk.” Since March 13, when clashes started spreading across the region, nearly 500 people have asked for medical attention.

14:44 GMT:
The US Department of the Treasury’s David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is set to visit Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss “further coordination” of existing and planned sanctions against Russia.

A Ukrainian army helicopter was downed by heavy machine gun fire and crashed into a river in the Slavyansk area, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service has said in a statement. The aircraft, identified as Mi-24 helicopter, was hit at 14:30 local time (11:30 GMT) while doing a target run during a combat mission, the statement said. The pilots survived the crash and have been evacuated.

14:10 GMT:
Attacked by Ukr army driver reported dead pic.twitter.com/DxHscsDhmW
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
14:07 GMT:
Lugansk regional council has supported the initiative of holding a referendum on the region’s status, the Council said in a statement on its website. It has called on the international community to assist in holding negotiations between Kiev and regional representatives.

13:40 GMT:
Russian internet giant Yandex has apologized for the remarks of the head of Yandex.Urkaine, Sergey Petrenko, who seemingly hailed the May-2 Odessa massacre by saying that “All is good [now]. The city has been practically cleansed of separatists,” in a discussion on his Facebook page.

According to Yandex’ press-service, Petrenko’s remarks, which have caused outrage online, “is not our official position, it is, certainly, his personal and emotional statement,” adding that the particular quote has also been taken out of discussion’s context.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to all the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odessa, and once again apologize for the situation,” the press-service said.

Hate speech has been on the rise in Russian-Ukrainian discussions on social networks, and the tragic Friday events sparked both anti-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rhetoric online. To downplay the pro-Kiev radicals’ responsibility for the death of some 40 anti-government activists, many, including Petrenko, have blamed the deceased for “calls for unrest and violence,” “provocations” and “rallying under foreign flags,” claiming they caused the incident themselves.

13:08 GMT:
The Poltava city unit of the former Ukrainian riot police, Berkut, has been ordered to the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk for a “mop-up operation.” But they refuse to carry out the order, Russian senator Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti, citing “confirmed information” from Kramatorsk activists.

According to Morozov, a commission from Kiev has been dispatched to the central Ukrainian city to force the Berkut officers to join the military operation.

The situation must be immediately discussed with the OSCE and relayed to the international military tribunal at The Hague, he said.

12:17 GMT:
The European Commission (EC) will have a meeting on May 13 with a delegation of the coup-imposed Ukrainian government headed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, the EC’s press-service said in a statement cited by Itar-Tass.

The meeting will focus on “making sure that Ukraine has all the support it needs for carrying out political and economic reforms in the long term and in the short term,” the statement said.

The Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule, and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will reportedly take part in the meeting.

11:49 GMT:
Four Ukrainian troops have been killed and around 30 injured in fighting in Slavyansk since Monday morning, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports. The number of people killed on the side of the city’s self-defence is unclear, but unconfirmed reports suggest at least 20 people in total have been killed in clashes.

Some 11 recently injured people are being treated in hospitals in Slavyansk, while a civilian woman was reportedly shot dead by a Ukrainian army sniper while on her balcony, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

Shops closed, streets deserted in central Sloviansk as fighting reported as waging on outside of city now. pic.twitter.com/lLyvy43RrP
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
#Slavyansk: Reports suggest at least 20 ppl are dead following the military operation this morning. Fatalities come from both sides.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
11:41 GMT:
Germany will not send any military observers to Ukraine with the possible new OSCE mission, reports Itar-Tass, citing a German Defence Ministry spokesperson. German observers will not be going to Ukraine at least until after the May-25 elections, the spokesperson added.

10:32 GMT:
The pilot of a Ukrainian armed forces Mil Mi-24 helicopter downed near Slavyansk, has been released, the Defence Ministry reported. He is being treated in a military hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

Slavyansk militia shot down three Ukrainian helicopters taking part in an attack on the city last week. Only one of the six pilots manning the aircraft survived. Apparently, the militia handed over the sole survivor and the bodies of the dead pilots to Kiev loyalists.

05:18 GMT:
The Ukrainian army reportedly withdrew its forces to the outskirts of protester-held Kramatorsk, following an offensive that left seven activists dead. Local militia members are preparing to make a stand for the city, RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

00:16 GMT:
The press service of Donetsk city council has denied earlier reports that Mayor Aleksandr Lukyanchenko has resigned and handed over power to the pro-autonomy forces. The press service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk earlier told RIA Novosti that the mayor had peacefully handed over authority. In the wake of the reports, the city council’s press office stated that Lukyanchenko remains the incumbent mayor of Donetsk.

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#AceWorldNews KRAMATORSK May 03 Snipers who are controlled…

#AceWorldNews – KRAMATORSK – May 03 – Snipers who are controlled by the Kiev government occupied multi-storey buildings and fire from there, an unnamed source in the Donbass self-defence HQ told Interfax news agency.

Street battles are raging in Kramatorsk Donetsk region, where units of Ukrainian security officials conduct a special operation, reports TV channel Russia 24.

He added that the fighting is going on on the city streets, with different kinds of weapons used.

The source also claims there are dead in the fighting, “most of them civilians who happened to be next to the location where the fighting is now on.”

The Ukrainian army’s assault on Kramatorsk started on Friday night.

Earlier reports said that one self-defence activist was killed and nine were injured.

More as it Happens ……………………………

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` Ukrainian Armed Units Have Begun Storming Kramatorsk and also Resumed in Slavyansk '

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 02 – Ukrainian armed units had begun storming positions of the self-defence force in the city of Kramatorsk, the Donetsk region, a Russia 24 television correspondent reported.

He said volunteers had told him about the assault and wounded people taken to hospitals.

The volunteers had arrived at Kramatorsk hospitals to care for wounded people.

The number was not known. Local residents helped render first aid to the wounded, the reporter said in a live broadcast.


The special operation also resumed in Slavyansk a few hours ago.
SLAVYANSK, May 3 (Itar-Tass) – One was killed and more than ten people were wounded when fire was opened on the building of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) in Slavyansk, Donbass (Donetsk region) militiamen said.

The SBU building, occupied by the headquarters of self defence forces, was under sniper fire for hours on Friday, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported from the site.

10 residents in Kramatorsk died and almost 30 were injured in the fighting that broke out overnight near the eastern Ukrainian city, according to a self-defense leader.

“Last night 10 people on our side died, they were all unarmed civilians,” the leader, who wouldn’t disclose his identity, told RIA Novosti.

He added that 30 people were wounded after the Ukrainian army opened fire.

The Ukrainian army’s assault on Kramatorsk started on Friday night. Earlier reports said that one self-defense activist was killed and nine were injured.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov warned that the special military operation in Kramatorsk would resume on Saturday morning, adding that the military has already taken control of the city’s TV tower.

“The active phase of the operation will continue at sunrise,” Avakov said on his Facebook page. “We are not going to stop.”

Avakov also said two self-defense checkpoints were destroyed near Kramatorsk airport.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 25 Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 25 – Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials said no causalities have yet been reported and they suspect that militants set off the blasts.

However, reports from eyewitnesses contradict the Interior Ministry’s statements, claiming the blast went off while Ukrainian soldiers were loading ammunition onto a helicopter and at least three people died.

Several large explosions have rocked an airfield in the south-eastern city of Kramatorsk. A video uploaded onto YouTube shows smoke rising from the airfield and a second large explosion detonating.

Fire engine leaves scene at #Kramatorsk with conflicting reports of Ukraine military helicopter explosion. pic.twitter.com/pIQU3PmDb8
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 25, 2014
10:36 GMT:
Speaking to people on side of road – they say theyre afraid #Slaviansk
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) April 25, 2014
10:36 GMT:
Ukraine soldiers out guarding the airfield at #Kramatorsk, as talk builds of military operation imminent. #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/YMV81pPpDP
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 25, 2014

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1. A Mi-8 transport helicopter exploded on Friday at an airport in the city of Kramatorsk, in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region, Dmytro Tymchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Military and Political Studies Institute, told journalists.
Tymchuk added that no one was reported wounded in the incident, but did not give any more details on the explosion.

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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 – Timeline…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 – Timeline of Events and Latest from News Sources.

Thursday 24

14.10 GMT:
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 (INTERFAX.RU) – Ukrainian military carried out a military operation under the Slavonic in the Donetsk region. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported on the destruction of five fighters self-defence. Authorities called dead “terrorists.” http://wp.me/p165ui-4WL

11.35 GMT:
#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 24 – The people’s self-defence fighters in Ukraine’s Sloviansk city together with a reinforcement that arrived from Krasny Liman, have rebuffed an attack of the Ukrainian military who are engaged in a special operation at the entrance to Sloviansk, local media reported on Thursday.

“The convoy of armoured vehicles has yielded ground. http://wp.me/p165ui-4WN

11.09 GMT:
#AceNewsServices – US/UKRAINE – April 24 – Following is an interview by English Radio correspondent Morteza Jabbari with Tighe Barry—co-director of Code Pink in the US about the latest developments regarding Ukraine and that the interim government in Kiev continues to blame Russia for the situation in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine. http://wp.me/p165ui-4X5

09.33 GMT:
Unknown gunmen have attacked a checkpoint near Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. Two people were killed, local self-defence forces spokesperson Stella Horosheva told RT.

“Unfortunately, the reports of a shooting have been confirmed,” Horosheva said. “Every night some sort of an incident takes place at one of our checkpoints. This time suspicious armed people were passing by and the self-defense members approached them to check their IDs. But the gunmen opened fire.”

09.58 GMT:
#AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – April 24 – “Around 40 minutes ago fighting started on the outskirts of Slavyansk,” one of the leaders of self-defense forces, Miroslav Rudenko , told Interfax. We are checking reports of one dead and one injured. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Wt

There are shootings at a number of checkpoints at some of Slavyansk exit-roads.”

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` Active Phase of Military Operation has been Resumed in the Eastern Regions of the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 23 – Active phase of military operation has been resumed in the eastern regions of Ukraine, parliament-appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters.


Law enforcement agencies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

According to him, it was done “in accordance with the order” by the Verkhovna Rada appointed acting President and Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. Yarema added that law enforcement bodies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 23 – Timeline…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 23 – Timeline of Events and Latest from News Sources.

Wednesday 23

18.35 GMT:
DONBASS – April 23 – (Interfax) – Ukrainian presidential candidate, leader of the “right sector” Dmitry Jaros announced the beginning of the formation of the representatives of the Donetsk region spetsbatalona “Donbass”. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Wa

15.08 GMT:
KIEV – Sergei Taruta, Chief of the Donetsk regional administration appointed by the Kiev authorities, has called to conduct a referendum on the status of the Russian language and decentralization of bodies of power in Ukraine, the press service of the Donetsk regional administration said on Wednesday.
“Once people want a referendum they should have an opportunity to hold the referendum,” Taruta said. He said that May 25 — the date of presidential election scheduled in Ukraine, is the right time for the referendum.
Questions for the referendum should be formulated as soon as possible to ensure that all the interested parties reach accord, Taruta said.
The heads of town administrations, regional councils and state administrations of the Donetsk region have backed Taruta’s initiative.http://wp.me/p165ui-4W0

14.10 GMT:
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VX

12.35 GMT:
Anti- and pro-government demonstrations have been held next to the City Council in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
Those who protest against the Kiev coup-appointed government were holding a large banner saying “No elections without a referendum.” The activists also demand the official status of the Russian language in the region.
Meanwhile, the pro-government supporters have gathered next to the WWII Eternal Flame memorial in the city, shouting slogans in favour of “united Ukraine.”
Kharkov City Council MPs have addressed the Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday with a demand to pass a law on regional referendums in the country. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VN

12:35 GMT:
Several hundred anti-government activists continue to protest in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk next to the regional government building, which is still controlled by anti-Kiev protesters, RIA Novosti reports. Protesters say they rally in support of the federalization of the country.
The demonstration is being held peacefully, with the protesters playing football and handing out leaflets.

12.30 GMT:
Protesters demanded that the Ukrainian authorities grant Russian the status of an official language. Meanwhile, supporters of Kiev authorities gathered near the Eternal Flame, they chanted slogans in support of the “united and indivisible Ukraine”. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VN

Protesters carried a large banner “No elections without a referendum”

11.43 GMT:
Chiefs of UK’s intelligence agencies have warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against providing military assistance to Kiev by western states, Daily Mail on-line version reported on Tuesday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vt

11.08 GMT:

NATO’s navy presence in the Black Sea has increased to three units as the US has sent warship USS Taylor to the Black Sea, a source from the Russian Navy told ITAR-TASS. “The frigate USS Taylor has passed through the straits and entered the Black Sea yesterday evening,” the source said. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vq

10.26 GMT:
Aleksandr Sapunov, who was proclaimed ‘People’s mayor’ of the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka by anti-government protesters there, has announced his resignation.
“Following an attack, of which my close circle and I became targets, taking into account a threat to my life, I am no longer going to fulfil duties of the ‘People’s mayor’ and also of the MP of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’,” he told RIA Novosti.
He said he will still be the leader of the local ‘City order’ movement and an active participant of the city’s self-defence.
Sapunov said unknown people blocked a car driven by his friend on April 16. When the assailants found out there was no ‘People’s mayor’ in the car, they drove away. http://wp.me/p165ui-4W5

10.10 GMT:
Security Service of Ukraine ( SBU) has put the former Chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kiev Valeriy Koryak and Deputy of Public Safety Petro Fedchuk on wanted list, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports.
It is alleged that the former policemen charged with unlawful resistance of the organization or holding meetings, rallies, marches and demonstrations.http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vy

08.58 GMT:
Resumption of the military operation in eastern Ukraine is contrary to the Geneva agreement, a representative of the self-defence forces of the Donetsk Region, Sergey Tsyplakov, told RIA Novosti.
“The Kiev junta gets it the way they want. When it comes to vacating [government] buildings, only the east should do this… This is all cynicism and double standards,” Tsyplakov said.

08:46 GMT:
The military operation against protesters in eastern Ukraine, which the authorities in Kiev describe as an “anti-terrorist” one, has been resumed following its suspension during the Easter holidays , first vice-president Vitaly Yarema told journalists.
“Law enforcement agencies are working on the eradication of all groups currently active in Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and other cities of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions,” Interfax reported him as saying.

Yarema said no military operations were carried out overnight.

08.39 GMT:

Turchynov demands to resume special raid in eastern Ukraine
Active phase of military operation has been resumed in the eastern regions of Ukraine, parliament-appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters. According to him, it was done “in accordance with the order” by the Verkhovna Rada appointed Acting President and Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. Yarema added that law enforcement bodies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

06.30 GMT:
(Reuters) – Ukraine’s government said on Wednesday the United States had promised to stand by it in the face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an “anti-terrorist operation” against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/23/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3L11A20140423

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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 22 – Timeline…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 22 – Timeline of Events and Latest from News Sources.

Tuesday 22

23:30 GMT:
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović expressed concern about the work of journalists in eastern Ukraine.
“I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing negative pattern in relation to journalists’ safety in Ukraine,” Mijatović said. “I call on all those responsible to stop harassing and attacking journalists and let them do their job. Simon Ostrovsky should be released immediately.”
Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News was sent to the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk to cover the pro-federalization protest when he was taken under the protection of the pro-federalization forces.
“Nobody abducted [him], nobody holds [him] hostage, he is now with us,” the “People’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev said at a news conference after the mass media was quick to claim that Ostrovsky had been kidnapped. Ponomarev added that Ostrovsky was now “working, preparing materials,” adding that Ostrovsky holds Israeli and American passports.
A spokesperson for VICE said in a statement the publication is “aware” of the situation and currently in contact with the State Department.
“VICE News is aware of the situation and is in contact with the United States State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague, Simon Ostrovsky.”
RT stringer Graham Phillips says via twitter that Ostrovsky will most likely be released in the morning because the “mayor tells me they are expecting an attack on the building, no one leaves.”
Mayor has just told me Simon is ok, sleeping, told me to get some sleep. Hopefully release in morning.
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014

22:35 GMT:
Pro-federalization activists say that they are ready to vacate two floors and one of the halls of the Donetsk Regional State Administration so that its staff can resume work.
“Vital state functions, such as justice, perhaps, utilities and social services, the budget department – they will resume work,” the head of the committee on media relations of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Khryakov told Ria.

20.09 GMT:
Lugansk airport has suspended all regular flights due to a “tense socio-political situation” that has led to “planes flying below capacity”, according to an interview director Vasily Tatarinov gave to Ukraine’s CXID.info.
The airport – which has been a site for demonstrations by pro-Russian activists – continues to service charter flights.

19.00 GMT:
In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for the Kiev authorities to comply conscientiously with the Geneva agreement of April 17.

18:46 GMT:
The ‘People’s Mayor’ of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev has confirmed to RIA news agency that bodies of two men with signs of torture have been recovered, but said that their murder could be a “provocation”.
Ponomarev said that the two victims – who were found naked floating in the local river on Sunday – have not been identified. On Tuesday, acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said that one of the men was pro-Kiev local deputy Vladimir Rybak, who had been responsible for organizing public demonstrations, and disappeared last Thursday. Ponomarev did confirm that Rybak’s relatives are on their way to identify the body.
“We need to look into this. Let’s wait for the results of the identification and the forensic analysis,” said Ponomaryev.

18:19 GMT:
#Slavyansk funeral – emotions running high – a friend of one of the deceased says he wants a weapon to take revenge pic.twitter.com/sS2wpIhKvx
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) April 22, 2014

18:08 GMT:
RT stringer Graham Phillips says he has personally found VICE journalist Simon Ostrovsky in Slavyansk.
Ive just spoken with peoples mayor of Sloviansk, he says Simon is ok, news soon.
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014
Im at city hall, Simon is being held here, will be free within minutes they say
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014
Earlier, multiple Russian media reported that Ostrovsky had been arrested by pro-Russian militia, after traveling to film impromptu barricades on Monday night.
Just in case you were wondering, the official self-defence position is indeed that Simon / Freddie are ‘guests’, here in #Sloviansk
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014

17:43 GMT:
The OSCE mission has met with parties on both sides of the stand-off when visiting Donetsk.
“We have had a useful and constructive meeting with representatives of the group occupying the Donetsk regional administration building; the Mayor of Donetsk; and Donetsk chief of police. They explained their positions,” said Mark Etherington, Deputy Chief Monitor.
“We also discussed the need for dialogue and the de-escalation of tensions, and the need to refrain from violence.”
Mission representatives have already visited Slovyansk and other eastern hotspots.

17:42 GMT:
In Kiev OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan has asked for the release of the reportedly abducted head of the Kramatorsk police department, who went missing on Monday night
“Coercion against representatives of the state is unacceptable, and I urge for the immediate release of Colonel Kolupai. These provocative actions run counter to the spirit of the recent Geneva Joint Statement to restore security on the ground, and can only worsen the existing tensions and contribute to further violence.”
Earlier the Ukrainian interior ministry reported that the policeman was taken hostage by self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic activists, who burst into the Kramatorsk station on Monday night, and demanded that Kolupai hand them over all police weapons.

17.36 GMT:
Today, in Slaviansk unknown people fired from automatic gun at aircraft An-30, which carried out surveillance flight and belongs to the Defence Ministry of Ukraine. http://wp.me/p165ui-4V1

17.21 GMT:
Interim President of Ukraine, appointed by the Verkhovna Rada and parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov demanded from special task forces to resume the raid in the country’s east. Vekhovna Rada’s press service reported this on Tuesday.
“I demand that security services carry out effective counter-terrorist activities aimed at defending Ukrainian citizens living in the country’s east from terrorists,” Turchynov stated.

17:04 GMT:
Acting Ukrainian President Aleksandr Turchinov has demanded that special services “resume productive anti-terrorist operations that will protect Ukrainians living in the east of the country,” his press service reported.
According to the statement, the renewed focus was provoked by the discovery of two “mutilated bodies,” including one belonging to nationalist local deputy Vladimir Rybak. The dead politician was found near Slavyansk, which has been in the grip of pro-Russian activists.
He accused the purported murderers of “crossing the line by torturing and killing Ukrainian patriots,” and said the illegal activities were carried out with “full support” from Russia.

16:32 GMT:
BBC Russian’s Oksana Vozhdaeva documented the funeral of three men killed on duty at checkpoint in Slavyansk on Sunday.
Похороны убитых на блок-посту в Славянске. Убиты трое: молодой парень и двое мужчин в годах, дежурили на посту ночью. pic.twitter.com/cRhDhUvvio
— Oksana Vozhdaeva (@oksonata) April 22, 2014

16:21 GMT:
With @RT_com at Izyum, and a heavy presence of Ukrainian military out here, some 50km from #Sloviansk #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/uSLee4Ttvy
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014

16:19 GMT:
It’s a shaky video, and ‘people’s mayor’ of Sloviansk saying there are no Russian forces in city (Eng and Russian) – https://t.co/wzVW1lHgdO
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 22, 2014

14.23 GMT:
Ukrainian border guards continue to strengthen the Ukrainian-Russian border engineering structures, including anti-tank ditches. On Tuesday at a briefing in the anti-terrorist centre of the SBU chief of department on cooperation with the press of the Border Troops Oleg Slobodyan, – the correspondent of “islands”. http://wp.me/p165ui-4V4

12.52 GMT:
US Vice President Joseph Biden believes that Russia should also take part in the activities of the mission of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine. He made this statement on Tuesday at the meeting with parliament appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

11.57 GMT:
April 22 – Law enforcement officers in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine, are refusing to take part in a security operation against local protesters seeking the country’s federalization, the head of the main command centre of Ukraine’s armed forces,
Major General Alexander Rozmaznin, told a news briefing on Tuesday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4UF

11.40 GMT:
The USA will provide aid to Ukraine worth $50 million for carrying out political and economic reforms. This assistance is aimed at strengthening partnership between the US and Ukraine, says the White House’s statement published on Tuesday.

Of the mentioned sum, $11.4 million are designated for holding presidential elections in Ukraine that are scheduled for May 25. These funds are intended to support democratic processes, and not to aid any specific candidate, the White House stated.
In addition, the USA will provide $8 million to aid Ukraine’s armed forces, but this assistance does not envisage arms shipments. These funds are meant to be used for buying communication systems, engineering equipment and transport facilities.
The White House published this statement along with the visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Ukraine. Biden is holding negotiations with the Ukrainian leadership in Kiev. http://wp.me/pzTwj-2W4

10.17 GMT:
One of the leaders of the far-right extremist organization Right Sector, Oleksandr Muzychko (also known as Sashko Bily) accidentally shot himself when offering resistance to police officers that were detaining him.
Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Alexei Baganets made this statement at a session of interim investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada that was engaged in investigating the circumstances of Muzychko’s death.

09.27 GMT:
Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.
And as such a draft law on amnesty of the protesters in south-eastern Ukraine has been registered in the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.
“The cabinet has prepared a draft law on amnesty,” he told the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. “If the whole parliament expresses its will, the law will be registered, and let us vote for it,” Yatsenyuk said.
Batkivshchyna’s leader in the parliament Sergei Sobolev said on Thursday the party’s members in the parliament were ready to vote for amnesty for all participants in protests in the east of the country who opposed the Kiev authorities.
According to ITAR-TASS, the bill will see those, who “did not commit grievous crimes” since February 22 striped from criminal and administrative liability.
The authors of the bill believe that its adoption will “create a legal framework for the voluntary and peaceful solution to the existing domestic conflicts.” Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready. http://wp.me/p165ui-4UL

08.46 GMT:
The US welcomes the changes happening in Ukraine and is ready to help the Kiev’s authorities on this way, US Vice President Joseph Biden said at a meeting with parliament-appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.
The press service of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) reported that Biden and Turchynov discussed the current situation in Ukraine. According to Turchynov, a process of “recovery and reform of the executive branch of power” is taking shape in the country.
During his visit to Kiev, Biden said that Ukraine will be able to achieve energy security, but it will take time
Biden met with MPs from the Verkhovna Rada and Ukraine’s presidential candidates. The Vice President said the US was ready to provide economic support to Ukraine. He also called for fighting endemic “cancer of corruption”.http://www.rada.gov.ua/en/news/top_news/91910.html

08:13 GMT:
The US is ready to help Ukraine to improve its economy, US Vice-President Joe Biden told the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. He added that Washington will provide assistance in the country’s presidential elections on May 25.
According to Biden, the upcoming elections will be the most important in the history of the country.
Ukraine may not energy security, but it would take time, he added.
Meanwhile, Bided stated that Ukrainian authorities should fight “the cancer of corruption.”
According to Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, the US authorities have invested at least $5 billion in Ukraine since 1991 “on supporting the aspirations of the Ukrainian people.”RT

01:21 GMT:
Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, has acknowledged that Washington has “invested” $5 billion in Ukraine since 1991.
“That money has been spent on supporting the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to have a strong, democratic government that represents their interests,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview.
“But we certainly did not spend any money supporting the Maidan. That was a spontaneous movement, which is a far cry from what we are concerned Russia is up to now in eastern Ukraine.”
In an interview with Amanpour last week, Vyacheslav Nikonov, a Russian Duma MP, accused Nuland of orchestrating the regime change in Kiev in February.
“Victoria Nuland said about five billion US dollars [was] spent to promote democracy in Ukraine, which is oftentimes a code word for regime change,” Nikonov said. RT

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5. April 17 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4PG
6. April 16 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oi

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#ANS2014

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