UKRAINE: ‘ REBEL COMMANDER OF BATMAN BATTALION KILLED BY SECURITY FORCES DURING ARREST ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: UKRAINE:Jan.04: A wanted rebel commander, who went by the name Batman, has been killed as Ukrainian security forces tried to arrest him, officials have claimed.

' Alexandr Bednov was a prominent rebel fighter and the leader of a pro-Russian militia, the Batman battalion, in eastern Ukraine. - Screenshot from 2015-01-04 16:53:03 '

‘ Alexandr Bednov was a prominent rebel fighter and the leader of a pro-Russian militia, the Batman battalion, in eastern Ukraine. – Screenshot from 2015-01-04 16:53:03 ‘

Alexandr Bednov, the leader of a pro-Russian militia called the Batman battalion in the eastern region of Luhansk, was wanted for murder, abduction and other abuses.

Ukraine security council spokesman Volodymyr Poleviy confirmed Bednov’s death but would give no further details.

However, the website of the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic said he was killed on Thursday by security forces.

Bednov, who used to work as a reserve officer for Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and was married with two children, claimed to have been working to restore law and order in the region with his squad.

In an interview with a blogger in November he said he had decided to fight for the rebel cause after witnessing rebellion in the capital, Kiev.

He said the overthrow of the pro-Russian administration had been “served with a sauce of severe Russophobia, racial hatred, fascism, Nazism, the superiority of the Ukrainian nation over all others”.

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‘ Ukrainian Soldier Admits Killing Civilians in Luhansk – Investigative Committee ‘

#AceNewsServices – Luhansk – October 02 – The private from the Dnieper battalion received remuneration from Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin says

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MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. Sergei Litvinov, a private of the Dnieper battalion has admitted killing women and children in the Luhansk region for remuneration offered by tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday.

The Russian Investigative Committee has brought official charges against Sergei Litvinov for murdering innocent civilians during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine

“Litvinov has testified that he personally killed peaceful civilians, including women and children who were not linked to the military conflict, in the villages of Melovoye, Shirokiy, Makarovo and Kamyshnoye /in Ukraine’s Lugansk region/ on the basis of information provided by anonymous sources,” Vladimir Markin, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, said, adding Litvinov had received remuneration from oligarch Igor Kolomoisky’s personal funds for committing the murders.

“I would like to calm those who are going to accuse us of bringing the man into Russia from the territory of another state: this man has entered the Russian territory himself disguised as a peaceful civilian in order to be admitted to hospital. At present, Litvinov has been arrested and will be escorted to Moscow soon to undergo a psychological examination,” Markin said.

A psychological examination is a standard procedure required when someone is suspected of committing grave crimes against human life and health.

Russian investigators know names of Ukrainian commanders performing criminal orders

Russia’s Investigations Committee knows the names of commanders of Ukrainian Armed Forces units who perform criminal orders of the Ukrainian state leaders, Vladimir Markin, the official spokesman for the committee said on Wednesday.

“Today we have the names of many commanders of army units, as well as militants of the Right Sector and the National Guard who are performing criminal orders of the Ukrainian military and state leadership,” he said.

Case against Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Basmanny district court of Moscow arrested in absentia the Governor of east-central Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Region Ihor Kolomoyskyi in July. Russian law enforcement agencies accuse Kolomoyskyi of masterminding murders and use of banned ways and methods of warfare. He is suspected of initiating and financing military operations in south-eastern Ukraine, where over 3,000 people have been killed since April, according to the UN human rights office. Kolomoyskyi was put on international wanted list on June 21.

Kolomoyskyi, according to open sources, is one of the richest Ukrainian citizens, founder of the Privat financial and industrial group. Upon the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, Kolomoyskyi was appointed Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In this office, he declared an active fight against the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and proposed to form at his expense military units for a raid against them.

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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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Eastern Ukraine: ‘ Civilians Die As World Leaders Plan Who to Sanction Next ‘

#AceWorldNewsEASTERN UKRAINE – STATISTICS JUNE AND JULY 2014 SO FAR …………………………………….

July 19 – 16:59 GMT: 250 civilians have been killed and 850 more wounded in June and July in Lugansk region, eastern Ukraine, according to a report made by the special mission of OSCE in Ukraine and published on Saturday.

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“The doctors said that in June and July alone there were 250 killed and 850 wounded in the Luhansk region. The doctors also informed that on 16 July alone three persons were killed and 30 were wounded in Luhansk city.”

The local doctors added that the number of people killed by booby traps and mines is increasing, according to the OSCE.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has refused to include south-eastern militia in the peace negotiations which are aimed at resolving the conflict in the country, according to his press-service.

Explaining his decision at the meeting with Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans in Kiev, Poroshenko said the militia forces are to blame for the MH17 flight crash that happened on Thursday when the Malaysia airline’s plane was downed near Donetsk, resulting in 298 deaths.

Speaking about the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, Poroshenko noted that those who are related to a terrorist attack cannot be a party in the negotiations. Their crime should be investigated in international courts,” said the press service.

Kiev armed forces are concentrating on Donetsk’s western borders preparing for an assault on the city, representative of DPR self-defense forces told RIA Novosti.

The representative also told the agency that despite a temporary truce over the MH17 flight incident, the fighting continues to the south of the city, as well as other areas. He said the anti-Kiev forces also engaged in fighting near Donetsk airport where there is a large concentration of Kiev forces.

The representative added that villages surrounding the airport suffered civilian loses, as Ukrainian tanks and four Grad rockets shelled the villages of Peski, Tonenkoe, and Andreevka. After the shelling, Ukrainian forces took the communities of Severnoe and Tonenkoe by deploying four tanks in the villages.

02:04 GMT:

US President Barack Obama is once again pressuring his European allies to impose more sanctions on Russia, as he spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron on the phone.

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“While agreeing to continue efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the current crisis, they reaffirmed their determination to remain in close contact as they consider what additional actions  may be required,” the White House said of Obama’s call with Merkel.

“They emphasized that Russia bears a clear responsibility to deny separatists in eastern Ukraine  continued access to heavy weapons and other support from inside Russia,” it said.

In their separate call, Obama and Cameron “reiterated the need to take further action if Russia continues to fail to take … steps” to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict, the White House said.

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‘ Ukrainian Military Forced to Retreat By Peoples Republic’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – July 17 – Following yesterdays incursion into Donetsk and Luhansk by the Ukrainian National Guard.

It has been reported that self-defence fighters in the south-east Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions, have forced the Ukrainian military to retreat, the local news agency Novorossiya reported on its website on Thursday.

The Ukrainian troops have left their positions in the settlements of Sabovka, Govorukha, Roskoshnoye and Georgiyevka outside Luhansk and retreated to the west, the news agency said.

The militia has also established control over the settlement of Marinovka in the Donetsk Region.

During the battle, the Ukrainian troops were surrounded by self-defence forces and had to retreat.

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‘ Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic Launch Offensive on National Guard ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donestsk/Luhansk) – July 16 – Self-defence fighters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have launched an offensive on the Ukrainian National Guard forces in eastern Donetsk Region, the National Guard’s website said on Wednesday.

Donestsk and Luhansk Peoples Republican Armies

The offensive was launched “at 5am (local time) today from the settlement of Stepanovka (the Donetsk Region),” the Ukrainian National Guard press office reported.

“Tank and mortar strikes were delivered against the Ukrainian National Guard’s checkpoint located near Marinovka (the Donetsk Region). The shelling continued for an hour. The National Guard repelled the attack,” the report said.

A battle is currently under-way in the area of the settlement of Tarany.

Self-defence fighters are attacking from the settlements of Saur-Mogila and Stepanovka, using mortar and tank fire against the Ukrainian military’s positions, the report said.

Four Ukrainian National Guard soldiers have been wounded, the report said.

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

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

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

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

Lost Observers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The group had been missing since Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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` Hundreds of Separatist’s in Eastern Ukraine Mounts Assault on the Border of Luhansk ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Luhansk) – June 02 – Hundreds of separatists in eastern Ukraine have mounted an assault on a border command centre near the city of Luhansk, the border agency says.

It says five militants were killed and eight wounded when the centre came under sustained attack. Seven border guards are said to have been wounded.

A Ukrainian military aircraft has been despatched to support the centre.

On Monday a spokesman for Ukraine’s border agency, Oleh Slobodyan, said hundreds of militants had
attacked the border centre with heavy weapons.

The officials said in a statement Monday that some 100 armed insurgents attacked the border guards’ camp in Luhansk, a major eastern Ukrainian city not far from the Russian border, in the early hours.

Border guards responded with fire on the attackers whose numbers swelled to 400 a few hours later.

The fighting was still ongoing, the border guard service said.

The agency says fighting is continuing and that the attackers are firing from residential buildings, which makes it difficult for Ukrainian troops to respond.

For weeks, Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine has been the scene of deadly clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents who have taken over key buildings across the region.

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

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

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Wednesday, May 14

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 13 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – TUESDAY – MAY 13 

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16:30 GMT:

Thousands of people in the Donetsk region did not receive their pension payments on time this month. According to one of the heads of Ukraine’s pension fund, 4800 people mainly from the Slavyansk region have not got their money, which totals 7.4 million Ukrainian hryvnia – around 625 thousand US dollars.

Payments have been delayed for several days, but officials say the region’s fund is working with the local post and banks to sort it out.

12:59 GMT:

The Donetsk self-defence forces are clashing with Ukraine’s armed units under Kramatorsk, RIA Novosti said, relaying information from the commander-in-chief at the self-defence headquarters. So far, an armored personnel carrier belonging to Kiev has been hit. No casualties to report at this point.

10:22 GMT:

09:27 GMT:

Russia said on Tuesday new European Union sanctions will hinder efforts to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and urged the West to persuade Kiev to hold discussions on the country’s future structure before a May 25 presidential election.

The results of self-rule referendums in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk “should be a clear signal to Kiev of the depth of the crisis” in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

09:22 GMT:

08:20 GMT:

Russia’s Investigative Committee has started prosecution proceedings in the case of the alleged attempted murder of an RT cameraman, the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin announced.

Fyodor Zavaleykov, 23, a stringer working for RT’s Ruptly video agency, was shot in Ukraine’s Mariupol while covering the Ukrainian troops’ assault on the city’s police HQ on May 9.

The committee is investigating the incident as intent to murder and a violent attempt to stop a media professional from performing his duty, which is a criminal offense in Russia.

07:48 GMT:

The leaderships of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics have started negotiations on forming a single state, the Donetsk Republic’s press service told LifeNews television. The possible unification was announced earlier on Monday by the co-chair of the government of the Donetsk Republic, Denis Pushilin.

07:12 GMT:

01:17 GMT:

Canada has imposed sanctions against 12 more people over the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that economic sanctions were rolled out against six Russian and six Ukrainian individuals.

Some of the people on that expanded list include: Russia’s Armed Forces chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov, member of the military’s main intelligence directorate Igor Girkin, and member of the Russian Federation Council from Crimea Olga Kovatidi.

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` Votes are in as People Turned out in their Droves with 97.5% for Independence ‘

#AceWorldNews – SLOVIANSK – In the town of Sloviansk as many as 97.5% of those who participated in last Sunday’s referendum voted for the state independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the head of the territorial election commission, Vilia Bakhtashevich told ITAR-TASS.

The official said the turnout for the referendum was as high as 72.1% (72,575 residents of the town besieged by the Ukrainian forces, and 70,743 of them supported the state independence act of the DPR).

On Sunday the polling stations in Sloviansk had to stay open longer than expected, till 22:00 despite the night-time curfew effective from 20:00.

The Luhansk region has processed the results of the May 11 referendum on self-rule. Around 96.2% of people voted in favor of independence, spokesman for Luhansk’s press service Valery Nikitin told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

The people in the Luhansk region were asked the only question at the referendum: “Do you support the independence of the Luhansk People’s Republic?” Nikitin said that 96.2% of voters answered “yes”, 3.2% said “no”, and 0.74% of ballot papers were found invalid.

Earlier, the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic reported that the turnout at the referendum stood at 81%. Around 1.6 million voters are registered in the Luhansk region.

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` Almost 90 Percent of Voters in Donestsk Region Endorse Political Independence ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – Almost 90 percent of voters in Donetsk Region have endorsed political independence from Kiev, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, Roman Lyagin, announced.

Counting the ballots proved to be surprisingly easy – the number of people who said ‘no’ was relatively small and there appeared to be only a tiny proportion of spoiled ballots, so we managed to carry out counting quite fast. The figures are as follows: 89.07 percent voted ‘for’, 10.19 percent voted ‘against’ and 0.74 percent of ballots were rendered ineligible,” Lyagin told journalists.

In Lugansk Region 96.2 percent of voters supported the region’s self-rule, according to the final figures announced by the local election commission.

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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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` Thousands Head for the Polling Stations Elbowing Others Out the Way to Vote Video ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 11 – 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.”

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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.

In Mariupol, recovering from Friday’s deadly clashes, only eight polling stations have been opened, according to the coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov.

Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.

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` Pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine Plan to Hold a Vote on Independence Despite Putin’s Warning ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 09 – Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine plan to hold a vote on independence this weekend despite President Vladimir Putin’s call to delay it.

The co-ordinating committee of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ announced it would have a referendum as planned on Sunday, following a meeting.

But some people fear the vote in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk could spark further violence between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russia militants.

The separatists have already seized government buildings in about a dozen cities in the east of the country.

Russian leader Mr Putin wants the vote postponed so talks can take place with the Kiev government.

However, many in the east said the referendum was the only way to prevent war against what the rebels and Moscow call the “fascist” politicians in the capital.

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1. Sky News – May 08 – http://news.sky.com/story/1257636/separatists-set-to-defy-putin-on-ukraine-vote

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` Several Hundred of People are Rallying in Support Donetsk People’s Republic Chanting We Will Win ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 08 – Several hundred people are rallying in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in support of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic despite heavy rain.

They are urging fellow citizens to vote for the Republic in the upcoming referendum on the status of the region slated for May 11. They are chanting “We will win!”, “We won’t forgive Odessa” and “Away with the junta!” and urging law enforcers to join their ranks.

The Donetsk region and the neighbouring Luhansk region have decided against postponing the referendum and will hold it on May 11 as planned.

After the rally its participants were planning to march along the streets of Donetsk but cancelled their plans because of the rain.

Activists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic are ensuring law and order during the rally.

RIA Novosti – Donetsk News – Tass – VoR

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`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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` Citizens of Luhansk Voluntarily Hand-Over All Their Weapons But Refuse to Inform of Source ‘

#AceWorldNews – LUHANSK – April 30 – Among handed there are a few pistols, four grenades and more than hundred ammunitions for different weapons.

Men refused to inform where they get the weapons.

26 April, Zhovtnevyi District Police Department in Luhansk has received a report that several people expressed a desire to voluntarily handed over their weapons.

Three residents of Luhansk region and one resident of Dnepropetrovsk came to a stationary post of the State Automobile Inspectorate by car and said that they have weapon and ammunition , which they would voluntarily hand over to the authorities.

Among handed there are three Makarov pistols, three F-1 grenades, one RGD grenade and about 140 rounds of ammunition for different types of weapons.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 30 Latest KIEV April 29…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 30 – Latest – (KIEV. April 29. UNN) – Around a hundred protesters a cheering stormed the building of the Luhansk Regional State Administration and went on the floors, entered the offices of officials, reports UNN.

Law enforcement officers who were on duty at the entrance to RSA missed protesters.

The protesters dispersed to all floors of Lviv, they came in all rooms.

Now they are looking for officials. In many offices noisy protesters hosted in personal belongings officials.

Most of the protesters in flu masks.

There are calls not to spoil anything.

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1. April 29 – http://wp.me/p165ui-504

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