` Ukrainian Government Announces Formation of the National Guard with 6,000 Combat Ready Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Last week the Ukrainian government announced the formation of the National Guard, after it was revealed that the army only had 6,000 combat ready troops compared to Russia’s 200,000.

The volunteer force will bolster the under-strength military and protect Ukraine’s borders after Crimea having been effectively annexed and Russian forces now building up along Ukraine’s eastern border.

The first to answer the call were the self defence groups who fought on the barricades during last month’s revolution.

So we headed down to the Maidan to hopefully tag along with them to the training grounds outside of Kiev for their induction day.

Vice News Report


#crimea, #maidan, #national-guard, #russian, #ukraine, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` Odessa Residents Surround and Blocked Regional Police Building to Protest Inaction over Deaths of Citizens ‘

#AceWorldNews – ODESSA – May 03 – Some 150 residents in Odessa, a southern Ukrainian city blocked the regional police building to protest against police inaction during the clashes provoked by ultra-nationalist Right Sector militants and so-called “Maidan self-defence” force, which resulted in the death of 46 people.

The protesters were chanting “Nemirovsky the murderer”, referring to the Odessa governor, and demanding his resignation, while threatening to storm the building if their demands were not met.


#maidan, #odessa, #right-sector, #ukrainian

` Fights Broke Out Between ` Maidan Self-Defence ‘ and ` Activists of Patrioty Ukrainy ‘ in Independence Square ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 29 – A mass brawl between members of the so-called ‘Maidan self-defence’ and activists of the Patrioty Ukrainy right-wing organization broke out late night Tuesday on the Maidan (notorious Independence Square) in down-town Kiev, as follows from the footage aired by Ukrainian television.

Eyewitnesses said the nationalists with flaring torches gathered by the building of the Kiev town hall and then started moving in a column towards the Maidan. The column was stopped by the self-defence force near the barricades in front of the Central Post Office.

Several automobile tires were put on fire and passage along Kreshchatik Avenue towards the Maidan turned out blocked for some time.

The passers-by were asked to use a pedestrian under-walkway.

At the time of reporting, there was no information about any injuries.


#independence-square, #kiev, #maidan, #ukrainian

` Activist ` Irma Krat ' of ` Right Sector ' Maybe Released Following a Meeting with Representative Self Defence Forces ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – Irma Krat, an activist of the Right Sector, and representative of the self-defence forces of Ukraine’s Donetsk region have held a joint briefing in Donetsk.

Both parties stated that they agreed to release Irma Krat soon. The self-defence forces believe that she is one of the Maidan ‘centurions’, and have detained her on suspicion of subversion.

“The conditions are normal, nobody bullies me, I am being fed properly,” Krat said at the briefing.


#donetsk, #maidan, #right-sector, #ukraine

` Group of Demonstrators have Attempted to Storm the ` Verkhovna Rada ' Demanding Resignation of Avakov '

#AceBreakingNews – April 15 – A group of demonstrators have attempted to storm the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) building in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Tuesday.

Some 20-30 people demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov attempted to break into the Parliament building, but were stopped by guards, ITAR-TASS reported.

Some of the demonstrators were from the extremist Right Sector group.

Representatives of the Maidan protests, which toppled the regime of Viktor Yanukovych, are among the guards.


#kiev, #maidan, #ukraines, #verkhovna-rada, #viktor-yanukovych

PROJECT POSTCARDS FROM MAIDAN: Meet Yura who was taken prisoner in Crimea

#ANS2014 says One Man’s Story of being a Prisoner in Ukraine

Voices of Ukraine

04.07.2014 Postcardsfrommaidan.org
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Source: http://postcardsfrommaidan.org/post/81982061863/22

Postcards from Maidan is an art initiative that helps facilitate the psychological rehabilitation and physical recovery of patients. Artists visit the wounded and use drawings as a storytelling mechanism of Maidan. The wounded are later presented with the drawings. This is the story of one of Maidan’s Second Sotnya member. 

Story #22

Yura, from the city of Pavlohrad in Dnipropetrovsk oblast, taken prisoner in Crimea


“I was on the way to my buddy Andryukha’s [colloquial for Andriy] in Crimea. They kidnapped me on March 11 because they thought I was from the group “Right Sector.”

I got off the train at night, I had a military backpack with me – I bought it during the [military] service. It has been a year since I left the service; I was a contractor before. They hit me on the head really hard with a…

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#ans2014, #maidan, #postcards, #prisoner, #ukraine

` Moscow urged Kiev to ensure `Security ‘ of all `Russian Official Missions’ to the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 24 – Moscow urged Kiev to ensure the security of all Russian official missions in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

This was after following an attempt by ultra nationalists to force their way into an office of the Russian Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation in the Ukrainian capital.

“On March 23, a group of persons who claimed to be the ‘11th Maidan hundred’ attempted to enter the building in Kiev rented by the Russian Federation for the work of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the capital of Ukraine.

These persons stated their wish to use the premises, the property and equipment belonging to the Russian Federation for setting up their headquarters there.

They threatened the Ukrainian citizens who were present there and warned them against cooperation with Russia.

They also stole the Centre’s car,” the ministry said.

More on this story soon ………………………………………….

Russian News and Media Sources


#kiev, #maidan, #moscow, #russia-3, #russian, #russian-federal-agency, #russian-federation, #ukraine, #ukrainian



A shooting incident in Simferopol on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of two people, was a provocation, Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko said Wednesday. “The sniper did his job there like on the Maidan (in Kiev),” KrymInform news agency quoted him as saying. Admiral Vitko called attention to the warning about forthcoming provocations that the staff of the Black Sea Fleet issued March 14. “What happened in Simferopol yesterday was beyond any doubt a provocation and its style suggests that the sniper there acted in the same manner as the one on the Maidan,” he said. “Two people died as a result,” Admiral Vitko said. #ANS2014

#maidan, #russian-black-sea-fleet, #simferopol

` Russia Adds Two `Maidan ‘ leaders to the ` International ‘ Wanted list over Chechen Militant Links ‘

#AceWorldNews Members of the Ukrainian far-right parties, including Maidan leaders Oleg Tyagnibok and Dmitry Yarosh, are to be added to the wanted list for participation in hostilities against Russian soldiers in Chechnya, Russia’s Investigative Committee says.

Russia intends to prosecute members of the UNA-UNSO ultranationalist party for being part of the gang that fought alongside militant leaders Shamil Basayev and Arab mercenary Emir Khattab [Thamir Saleh Abdullah Suwailem] in the North Caucasus in 1994-95, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee.

“There has been enough evidence collected to take the decision and bring them in as defendants in absentia within the nearest time for preventive detention and put them on the wanted list,” he said.

RT – AFP – News Sources


#rt, #afp, #ap, #chechnya, #maidan, #north-caucasus, #russias, #ukrainian

` New Ukrainian Government are `Violating Human Rights ‘ and ` Oppressing National Minorities ‘ Poland-Based NGO ‘

#AceWorldNews The new government in Ukraine is violating human-rights and oppressing national minorities, a Poland-based NGO said, adding that the actions of the Maidan leaders would be considered illegal in most EU states.

Mateush Piskorski, a Polish MP and head of the European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis, said: “The dominant political forces who participated in the so-called Euromaidan” are calling “for major violations of human-rights, mainly to violations of the rights of national minorities.”

Piskorski told Itar-Tass that his organization sent several groups of experts to Ukraine during the unrest.


#euromaidan, #european-centre-for-geopolitical-analysis, #human-rights, #itar-tass, #maidan, #mp, #ngo, #poland, #polish, #ukraine

` Maidan militants guilty of murders must stand trial, Konstantin Dolgov wrote on his Twitter page’

#AceWorldNews reports that western powers must close the road to presidency for Ukraine’s leading neo-Nazi Dmytro Yarosh, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for democracy and supremacy of law, Konstantin Dolgov has written in Twitter.

“The de facto authorities in Kiev and their Western patrons should block the road to state power for the neo-Nazi Yarosh and his adepts,” he says.

Yarosh stands at head of the radical far-right Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) paramilitary movement, which according to the Time Magazine “has amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons.”

Dmytgro Ysarosh and his assistants have more than once stated in public their willingness to engage in combat operations against ‘the Russian Empire’.

Ukrainian militants must stand trial for the murders they are guilty of committing at that Kiev’s central Independence Square notorious for protest actions, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Envoy for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, wrote on his Twitter page.

“Outrages of far right nationalists enjoying impunity have absolutely discredited the Maidan protest,” he said. “The militants guilty of murders must be put on trial.

Tass – Twitter ` Konstantin Dolgov ‘


#human-rights, #maidan, #pravy-sektor, #russian-foreign-ministry, #tass, #twitter, #ukraines, #yarosh

” Maidan protesters announce line-up of Ukrainian Cabinet, name Yatsenyuk as PM candidate”

#AceBreakingNews says Protesters in Kiev’s Maidan have announced a new government line-up and asked parliament to approve the candidatures.

The Supreme Rada is expected to vote on the new cabinet members on Thursday.

Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk, a member of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, has been suggested for the post of prime minister.

The Cabinet line-up was announced from the stage of central Kiev’s Independence Square on Wednesday evening as protesters and their leaders gathered for a popular assembly, “veche.”

Boris Tarasyuk, 65, also of the Fatherland party, was proposed for the seat of vice premier in charge of European integration.

The pro-Western politician served as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister between 1998 and 2000 and, then again from February 2005 till January 2007.

RT & #ANS2014

#fatherland, #kiev, #maidan, #rada, #rt-news

#AceWorldNews says KIEV the Protesters who demonstrated in…

#AceWorldNews says KIEV,the Protesters who demonstrated in Kiev’s Independence Square, known as Maidan, should be invited to a coalition government and get ministerial positions in it, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party’s faction in the national parliament, said on Monda.

“Each ministry should create a position at the level of deputy minister for fighting corruption,” Yatsenyuk said, according to /ITAR-TASS/

#fatherland, #independence-square, #itar-tass, #kiev, #maidan

` Lavrov voices concern over the implementation of the agreement signed and the need to curb violence’

#AceWorldNews says itar-tass has stated that he Russian minister urged Germany, Poland and France, which had promoted and witnessed the signing of the February 21 agreement, to use their influence upon the opposition in order to make it to immediately curb violence.

“It is time to stop misinform the world community and look today’s Maidan meets the interests of the Ukrainian people,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland and Laurent Fabius of France shared Russia’s concern.

They said the opposition had failed to fulfil its obligations.

The ministers pledged to urgently take additional steps towards carrying out the earlier reached agreements.

#france, #germany, #itar-tass, #maidan, #poland, #russian-foreign-ministry, #sergey-lavrov, #ukrainian

#Kiev : “Behind the Barricades exists the `Truth’ but what is the Story from the Frontline”

#AceNewsServices says that `Masks of the Revolution on both sides of the Fence, are explained in video.  ‘

February 19, 2014 06:30
`Documentary Maidan Protesters and Police'An anti-government protester removes barricades at the site of recent clashes with riot police in Kiev February 16, 2014.(Reuters /Konstantin Chernichkin)
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Kiev, Ukraine’s Independence Square, also known as Euromaidan, is still occupied by people demanding closer integration with Europe and the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government. Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets, and men in masks can be seen on either side of the tent camps and barricades that divide the city’s central square from the outside world. But who are the ‘peaceful’ demonstrators occupying Maidan? RT’s crew managed to visit both sides of the barricades and to hear from residents of the Ukrainian capital.

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#AceBreakingNews says latest `Kiev’ 17:48 GMT Local traffic…

#AceBreakingNews says latest `Kiev’ 17:48 GMT:
Local traffic police are blocking major streets in downtown Kiev, saying this is to clear them of snow. However, protesters believe police are preparing to storm the rioters.

17:47 GMT: Opposition leaders have called on President Yanukovich to hold an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – to cancel the laws imposed on January 16, the opposition Fatherland party leader said. Yanukovich offered to “continue talks regarding the laws tomorrow,” stated Arseny Yatsenuk, a deputy in Ukraine’s parliament.

Klitschko: “no agreement on early ballot, no agreement on government stepping down, no agreement on abolishing the anti-riot laws”

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

17:36 GMT:

Police are withholding information about five alleged deaths in the rioting in central Kiev.“There are two cases we confirm,” the press-office confirmed to RIA Novosti. The investigation of those deaths is now ongoing, police stressed.

17:12 GMT:

Police are using water cannons to extinguish burning tires as protesters continue to throw debris and inflammable projectiles.

17:01 GMT:

A medical services coordinator in the protests, Oleg Musiy, has told local media the number of killed in the riots has reached five people. He has blamed the deaths on Berkut special police forces, who, Musiy claims, did not allow emergency medical services to reach the wounded. He says the number of injured is 300 people.

16:18 GMT:

President Yanukovych and opposition leaders have held the “first stage” of negotiations amid violent clashes between protesters and riot police. The meeting lasted for more than three hours. Yanukovych’s office declined to provide additional details.

16:18 GMT:

Activists also remain encamped at Independence Square, Maidan, where protests seem to be peaceful for now. According to journalists’ estimate there are between 8,000 or 10, 000 people there.

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#kiev, #maidan, #ria-novosti, #rt-news, #viktor-yanukovych