KIEV: ‘ Poroshenko says Donetsk & Lugansk Regions will have freedom of Ukrainian & Russian Languages ‘

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE:July.25: President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that Donbass is and will remain part of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported.

Speaking in Severodonetsk, he added that people living in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions “will be able to speak freely in Ukrainian and Russian.”

At least 6,500 people were killed in a year of fighting between Ukrainian troops and self-defense forces in Donetsk and Lugansk.

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There is no draft law on creating a special status for the restive regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said, adding that Ukraine is only to be decentralized.

“There will be no law on the special status of Donbass region. There is a law on a special operation mode of the local government. The secession of the region is out of question. A process of general decentralization is underway. It will start across the country,” Poroshenko said on Thursday speaking at a press-conference in Kiev.

This statement runs counter to the Minsk protocol signed on September 5 by Kiev and local militias outlining what needs to be done to ensure the ceasefire in Ukraine’s east. One of the key points of the agreement was the adoption of a new law providing for a special status for Lugansk and Donetsk regions and early elections there.

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‘ Ukrainian Parliament Approve Laws Allowing Amnesty for Those Involved in Hostilities ‘

#‎AceBreakingNews‬ – September 16 – UKRAINE – The Ukrainian parliament has approved laws on special status for the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, as well as amnesty for those participating in the hostilities.

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UKRAINE: ' Reflections on the Past During Cease-Fire of Those That Died '

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Kiev) September 07 /ITAR-TASS/.

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As many as 864 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and another 3,215 wounded since the beginning of the force operation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in south-eastern Ukraine, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Vladimir Polevoi said on Sunday.

Ukraine Infograph of Deaths

Overall losses since the beginning of the operation have reached 864 servicemen. As many as 3,215 have been wounded,” he told a briefing.

The force operation in south-eastern Ukraine began in mid-April.

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‘ Ukraine’s Army Deliver Air-Strike Against Lugansk ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE (Lugansk) – July 06 – /ITAR-TASS/.- Reported that Ukraine’s army delivered an air strike against Lugansk’s suburb of Alexandrovka and the city’s Kamennobrodsky district.


Air raid warning has been issued in the city.

According to official information the bombing targeted mortar positions of the self-defence forces, which however retreated to alternate locations.

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` Pro-Russian Rebels Launch Serious Attack on Lugansk Airport ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Lugansk) – Pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukraine’s Western-backed government have launched their most serious attacks yet on Lugansk International Airport in the east of the country, a military source said Sunday.

The assaults, which took place Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the immediate wake of the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko, did not result in any injuries among the defenders, he said.

“It was clear the rebels were trying to destroy the building which controls the power supply to the airport,” said the source, one of the Ukrainian paratroopers guarding the airport, talking to AFP by telephone.

“It’s the first time we have had an attack of this kind. Up till now, we’ve only had a few skirmishes,” said the soldier, who identified himself only as Sergiy.

Pro-Russian separatist proclaimed the independence of the “Lugansk People’s Republic” in May, at about the same time as the neighbouring “Donetsk People’s Republic”.

The two districts have been the scene of ceaseless fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian insurgents that have killed more than 200 people since mid-April.

When approached by AFP, a spokesman for the “Lugansk People’s Republic” could not confirm the assaults on the airport, which has been closed for the past month because of the instability in the region.

The airport is one among very few areas in the Lugansk not controlled by the separatists, who have taken over most of the cities, set up numerous roadblocks and recently seized several checkpoints on the border with Russia.

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` Kiev Admits Showering Ukrainian City of Lugansk with Dozens of Missiles with Air-Strike ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE (Lugansk) – June 03 – Kiev has admitted showering the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk with dozens of missiles from the air, saying that its Air Force helicopters and jets “fired more than 150 missiles” in Monday’s military action.


(A Ukrainian fighter flies above Lugansk during a battle between resistance fighters and the Ukrainian National Guard in June 2, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Evgeny Biyatov)

DEATH TOLL: 181 people killed, 293 injured in Kiev military op

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also confirmed on Tuesday that the deadly explosion at the city’s administrative building was indeed an airstrike. Kiev has so far denied the responsibility for the incident, saying its forces “do not target” civilian areas.


(The moment of the admin HQ blast (Screenshot from video)

The OSCE Ukrainian mission’s daily report stated that “on June 2, around 15:00 local time missiles hit the building of the regional government administration. According to the observers’ data, the strike was carried out with non-guided missiles launched from an aircraft.”

According to an earlier statement by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry, the intense bombing in Lugansk area was meant to “support the Ukrainian Border Guards,” which the local militia have been trying to take under control.

“All in all, for fulfilling the combat support of the Ukrainian border guards the army aviators fired more than 150 missiles, carried out three jet sorties and five helicopter sorties,” the statement says.

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` Casualties Being Reported in Administration Building in City of Lugansk After Jet-Fighter Attack Reported ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – June 02 – Many casualties are being reported in the administration building of the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, after a fighter jet attack. The assault was followed by heavy gunfire on the ground, causing panic among civilians.

At least five people have been killed in the attack, according to RIA Novosti. Many wounded are still trapped inside the administration headquarters, which caught on fire. About six ambulance vehicles have arrived at the site.


The death toll may rise.

However, the self-defence forces at the moment report one fatality and 10 people sustaining injuries.

“Ukraine’s air force struck Lugansk down-town at 16.00 pm. Military aircraft made a targeted strike, deploying cluster bombs. The administration building is partially destroyed,” the government of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic said.

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Large blood stains inside the HQ could be seen on live-streaming video from the area, with pieces of glass and stones also visible on the floor.

The camera operator was choking with smoke.

On the outside, many windows are shattered, shell fragments covering the nearby area and dark plumes of smoke are coming from the fourth floor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:17 GMT:
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13:10 GMT:
Seven children were hurt as the Ukrainian military shelled the city of Slavyansk, a stronghold of the protesters, in the country’s South East on Friday night, Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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” Rally of Five Thousand against Ukraine’s Presidential Election in Donetsk ”

#AceNewsServices – DONETSK, May 25.- Over 5,000 participants of a rally against Ukraine’s presidential elections in Donetsk headed off to the residence of businessman Rinat Akhmetov intending to picket it. An ITAR-TASS correspondent reports from the spot that the column is moving through one of the central streets of the city.
The march has spread for nearly 3 kilometers. Law enforcement officers are not blocking the rally’s participants.
Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen are standing in front of Akhmetov’s residence, where he also has his office.
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Voting at the Ukraine presidential elections is not held in the eastern cities of Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk over failure to deliver ballot papers to these areas, Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission spokesperson Konstantin Khivrenko said on Sunday.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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` After their House Came Under Mortar Attack Many Citizens Converted their Basements to Silo’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – LUGANSK – May 21 – After their house came under mortar attack, many citizens decided to convert their basements into modern silos.

Lugansk residents set up their cellars and stocking up food in case of a massive attack Ukrainian servicemen. – We constantly in the crossfire, so we decided to come up with a bomb shelter – year-old female mother tells Marina Sivolap.

Since the beginning of Ukrainian troops military operation against its own people woman considers this premise the safest place in the house for a little girl.

The family lives near the railway station – the private sector is just between the two gun emplacements – Mount Karachun and fish farm, where every day shootings. –

Now we do not put the children before 24 hours, until the danger of shooting, it is not excluded that children need to evacuate here – says resident Sloviansk. Cellar family Sivolap built 8 years ago.

It is located at a depth of 2.5 meters. It was created for food storage, so the area at the so-called bunker small – nine square meters.

It was enough to put the bed in case of evacuation time on active hostilities.

While it is possible spouses Sivolap descend into the cellar food and warm clothes.

In the bunker – already a dozen jars of pickles and jams, stewed vegetables and baby food, which is enough for a couple of days.

Now the family is trying to spend more time in the yard, closer to saving the cellar. A few days ago in a night fights in neighbours’ houses Sivolapov mortar shells hit.

After this number of people wishing to acquire their own bomb shelter has increased considerably.

Many residents of the private sector under this objective will convert their basements.

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` UN Denies Receiving Request from Lugansk Peoples Republic to Recognise Sovereignty ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – May 19 – The United Nations Secretariat has not confirmed receiving a request from the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to recognize its sovereignty.

Stephane Dujarric, an official spokesperson for the United Nations secretary-general, told ITAR-TASS that he could not confirm the receipt of such an appeal.

Earlier, The Republican Council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s republic has asked the UN to recognize its independence, the press service of the Luhansk People’s Republic.

“Republican Assembly of People’s Republic of Luhansk appeal to you to recognize the sovereignty and independence of our country,” statement to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

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`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 14 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 14 

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18:24 GMT:

The United Nations has expressed concern over helicopters with UN markings taking part in a military operation by coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities in the country’s southeast.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said he talked with representatives from the Ukrainian delegation at the UN, reminding Kiev of its responsibility regarding the unsanctioned use of UN markings.

17:14 GMT:

The regional council in Lugansk, which represented Kiev’s authority in the region, has voluntarily disbanded and handed power over to the people, UNN reports, citing local media.

After the majority of the region’s population supported cutting ties with Kiev in a referendum over the weekend, the National Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic addressed MPs, saying that the regional council must be dissolved as it has lost its legitimacy.

16:34 GMT:

The Donetsk region will not be participating in the Ukrainian presidential election on May 25, head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Roman Lyagin, said.

The Donetsk People’s Republic “currently controls all 22 district election commissions, which means staging the Ukrainian presidential elections in the republic is impossible both technically and in terms of security,” he told Itar-Tass news agency.

14:59 GMT:

Russia said it is ready to discuss prices and conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine, if Kiev pays at least a minimum of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Nobody ever said: hand over $4 billion straight away, rather (we said) show that you are ready to act … If they pay part of it, that’s the minimum requirement for resuming talks,” he told reporters.

14:24 GMT:

Police in the Donetsk region have completely switched allegiance to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Itar-Tass reports.

12:36 GMT:

11:05 GMT:

Donetsk region militia may change their tactic from fending off attacks of Kiev loyalist troops to launching their own massive offensive, RIA Novosti reported, citing Stella Khorosheva the spokesperson for Slavyansk’s “people’s mayor”.

“We’ve had enough of waiting for their attacks,” she said.

Slavyansk militia have previously launched occasional incursions out of their stronghold, attacking a nearby TV tower and positions in the hills, from which Kiev’s troops have shelled militia positions near the city.

But starting a massive offensive instead of hit-and-run raids would require many more troops than the militia is believed to have in their ranks. Kiev sent several thousand troops armed with heavy weapons, armor and aviation against Slavyansk, while the number of militiamen is estimated at several hundred.

10:56 GMT:

Kiev will host OSCE-backed talks aimed at defusing the violence in the country. Representatives of the defiant Donetsk and Lugansk regions, whom the Ukrainian officials call terrorists, were not invited.

The negotiation is chaired by acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk and is expected to be the first in a series of discussions of the political crisis in Ukraine. They are part of an OSCE roadmap to stop the bloodshed.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Tuesday for Ukraine to invite the rebel provinces to the talks, but Kiev refused.

10:49 GMT:

Forty victims of the May-2 clashes are still being treated in Odessa hospitals, the city government reported. One of the patients remains in serious condition. The death toll from the tragic events stands at 48, after another victim died in hospital last week.

10:36 GMT:

00:17 GMT:

Ukraine’s Water Resource Agency acknowledged that it cut the water supply to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal, Crimean news agency Kryminform reported. The canal is currently only being used to supply water to Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine.

00:16 GMT:

The co-chair of the interim government of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, told Kommersant FM that pro-autonomy activists are willing to put down their arms if Kiev authorities withdraw their troops from the region. He also noted that Ukrainian troops have no jurisdiction to be in the Donetsk region following the referendum.

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`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 11 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – SATURDAY – MAY 11

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19:22 GMT:

The polling stations in the Donetsk region closed at 10pm local time. The voter turnout exceeded 71 percent, said the electoral commission.

19:14 GMT:

Voters in a referendum on independence in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, in the eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, were “incredibly active,” a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights, Maksim Shevchenko told RIA Novosti.

I saw a very elderly [WWII] veteran going to the referendum – already a great-grandfather. He was walking with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, young people,” Shevchenko said. “I talked to many people of different ages and all of them said that generally they support the idea of a referendum and would vote,” he said.

The Rights Council member was in Ukraine to mediate a dialogue between the conflicting sides of the ongoing crisis.He said he did not monitor the voting as an observer because he was not given such powers by the body.

18:49 GMT:
18:47 GMT:

The UK’s Foreign Office condemned the referendum in eastern Ukraine saying that it is illegitimate and Ukrainians should instead be concentrating on the May 25 presidential elections.

“It is regrettable that separatists who are causing so much disruption to the lives of ordinary citizens are going ahead with their illegitimate, so-called referendum today,” a spokesman said. “All Ukrainians will have a proper opportunity to express their democratic choice in the forthcoming presidential elections on 25 May. The focus must be on ensuring that free and fair elections can go ahead in a calm and stable environment.”

18:26 GMT:

About 1,500 residents of Barannikovo in Kremensky district of the Lugansk region are attempting to prevent Ukraine’s National Guard’s tanks and armored vehicles from entering their village, according to local self-defense.

I am hearing gunshots through the phone. I know that two people have been wounded,” Vasiliy Nikitin, the head of the press service for Lugansk People’s Republic referendum on independence told Interfax.

18:22 GMT:

The European Union said it would not recognize the result of a referendum on self-rule held by rebels in east Ukraine on Sunday, calling it illegal.

The so-called referenda in … parts of Lugansk and Donetsk regions were illegal and we do not recognize the outcome. Those who organized the referenda have no democratic legitimacy,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in e-mailed comments to Reuters.

She said holding the referendum ran counter to the objectives of an agreement reached by Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the United States last month aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)

18:20 GMT:
17:16 GMT:

There are reports of people killed near the polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, the city in eastern Ukraine that was taking part in the referendum on federalization. The information appeared on the twitter page of a Russian journalist Ilya Azar.

16:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s National Guard has seized the polling stations in the eastern city of Krasnoarmeysk and the voting was closed.All the people in the election district were evacuated. All voting bulletins were saved and taken away by the electoral commission.The voting turnout was nearly 78 percent, while over 47,000 people voted.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:
14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:
13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

13:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:

 

14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:

 

 

13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

 

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

09:32 GMT:

Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk region towns of Krasny Liman, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk has entered its final stage, according to the acting head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Sergey Pashinsky, Interfax reported. Pashinsky said “a lot of separatists have been eliminated during the operation,” but did not provide any figures.

09:30 GMT:

People flocked to a polling station in Ukraine’s Mariupol Sunday morning, as several locations across the city did not open fearing violence. Citizens of the two southeastern regions of Ukraine are being asked if they “support the Act of state self-rule” of Donetsk People’s Republic or Lugansk People’s Republic.

09:06 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum in the Donetsk Region has already exceeded 30 percent according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, as reports ITAR-TASS.

“Voting is taking place in most of the cities in the Donetsk Region and it has been very interesting,” Lyagin commented. “We did not even expect such a turnout, but the commission is coping. We have already broken the 30 percent barrier. We think that by around midday, this figure may be about 35 percent, but we are expecting things to really pick up towards the evening,” the head of the Central Election Commission added.

08:27 GMT:

Communication has been lost with two territorial self-determination referendum committees in the town of Krasny Liman, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, said, according RIA Novosti.

Lyagin said a military operation is currently going on in that area.

08:02 GMT:

People in Mariupol are showing their ballot papers and how they have voted.

07:46 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum is exceptionally high, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, told Interfax.

The turnout is not just high, it’s off the charts,” Lyagin said. “People are queuing up at polling stations, and election commissions are working at full capacity.”

In Lugansk, 22 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots two hours after the polls opened, a leader of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti.

07:28 GMT:

No members of the self-defense squads in Slavyansk were killed during the overnight and morning artillery attacks carried out by Kiev’s armed forces, the city “people’s mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told journalists.

07:15 GMT:

#Referendum: Some problems are reported. Communication issues are registered acc. to local sources.

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07:08 GMT:

An attempt at provocation has been registered in Lugansk, where a group of people tried to take away ballot papers from voters, a representative of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti. He said the attempt to disrupt voting was foiled and the incident is being investigated.

06:55 GMT:

Journalists from RT’s Ruptly video agency say that no armed people can be seen around polling stations in Donetsk.

06:51 GMT:

 

The coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov, says the voting process is the most problematic in Mariupol, which witnessed deadly clashes on Friday. Only eight polling stations have been opened there. Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.

 

 

06:26 GMT:

No casualties are reported by Slavyansk self-defense forces, following shelling overnight and this morning of checkpoints on the city’s outskirts by Kiev’s troops, the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheclav Ponomaryov, told journalists, according to RIA Novosti.

06:15 GMT:

The voters in Lugansk are arriving at the city’s polling stations. Some of them are guarded by armed self-defense units. The situation in the city remains calm.

 

06:03 GMT:

The polling stations have opened in Slavyansk on time, despite heavy artillery fire and shots heard on the outskirts of the city, RIA Novosti reported. All in all, there are 60 polling stations in the city, and some local residents arrived to vote before they opened.

 

05:47 GMT:

Security has been tightened around polling stations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

We sent additional self-defense units to polling stations and also to the most important social institutions,” a Lugansk self-defense leader, Aleksey Chmilenko, told Interfax. “So far everything is normal, there are no incidents.

 

05:47 GMT:

Almost simultaneously with the opening of polling stations, sounds of shooting and artillery fire were heard on the outskirts of Slavyansk, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reported, citing its correspondent in the area.

 

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE LUGANSK   May 11 There is…

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

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

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

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

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

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` US Administration Has NO Evidence of a PULL-BACK of Russian Troops from Russian-Ukraine Border ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – May 07- U.S. Administration has “no evidence” of a pull-back of Russian troops from the Russian-Ukrainian border, White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed Wednesday.

He said Washington would welcome what he referred to as a “meaningful and transparent” withdrawal.
Earnest made his comments soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters had withdrawn troops from the border area.

He said the troops were “in places where they conduct their regular exercises – at the training grounds”, which can easily be verified by modern reconnaissance methods, including from space.

Earnest also repeated Washington’s demands that the referendum on the status of South-Eastern regions of Ukraine, which the supporters of federalization of the much-troubled country plan holding May 11, should be called off altogether and not put off to a later date – something that Putin asked the leaders the antifascist protest movement in Donetsk, Lugansk and other places to do.

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#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE LUGANSK May 06 A group of…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – LUGANSK – May 06 – 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.

Unconfirmed report ………………….. checking it out anyone please add any news as comment. Thanks!

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`On the Eve of World Press Freedom Day Journalists Are Being Subject to Brutal Violence and Intimidation ‘

#AceNewsServices – VIENNA – May 02 2014 (OSCE) – Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today renewed her call on all parties to show respect for media freedom in Ukraine following new cases of intimidation of journalists, disappearances and a violent takeover of a television station.

“On the eve of World Press Freedom Day we are witnessing journalists in Ukraine being subjected to brutal violence, kidnappings and intimidation while media outlets are repeatedly seized by armed individuals who switch off Ukrainian broadcasts to replace them with Russian ones,” Mijatović said.

Today journalists from BuzzFeed and the television channels Sky News and CBS were detained by armed individuals for three hours at a road block in Sloviansk. They were blindfolded, interrogated and some of them reportedly beaten before they were released.

Also today a lifenews.ru correspondent in Sloviansk, Hermine Kotanjyan, reportedly received death threats through social media.

On 1 May armed people entered a regional television station in Lugansk and programming was changed from the First Ukrainian National Channel to Russia 24.

On the same day a journalist of Radio Liberty was intimidated and bullied by the crowd in Kharkiv while reporting on a protest, and had to seek police protection.

Press Release May 02 2014 – Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) http://tinyurl.com/ozrm8q5

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – http://www.ifj.org/campaigns/ukraine-crisis/

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` Local Residents Build Check-Point and Mount Barricades to Protect City from Actions of Right Sector ‘

AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 27- Local residents have built a checkpoint near the city administrative building and are mounting barricades in the city of Stakhanov in east Ukraine’s Lugansk region, local media reported on Sunday.

A rally for which local residents had assembled in the evening on April 26 preceded mounting of reinforcement.

It was decided at the rally to build a checkpoint on the central square and barricades to protect the city from actions of new Kiev authorities and Right Sector radical activists.

Supporters of Donetsk people’s republic have earlier rebuffed an attack of Ukrainian law enforcers on a checkpoint at the city of Soledar in the immediate proximity from an arms and ammunition depot.

Several casualties were reported in the attack on the checkpoint.

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