` Graham Phillips RT Journalist Reporting from Ukraine is Released after 36 Hours in Detention ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 22 – An RT journalist reporting from Ukraine, Graham Phillips, was released after almost 36 hours of detention by various Kiev security forces.

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Phillips says he is feeling ‘OK’ after questioning by Ukrainian Security Forces and spending a night in detention.

After being arrested at a checkpoint near Mariupol on Tuesday, Phillips was transferred to Zaporozhye where he stayed the night.

Ukraine’s authorities did not charge him with anything, he says.

“All my work in order, no charges, no deportation, no one laid a hand on me in anger, Ukrainian authorities treated me fairly,” Phillips said .

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE DONETSK May 11 = Industrialists will…

#AceWorldNews- UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 11 = Industrialists will help put things right and restore the operation of metallurgical combines in the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine.

The Metinvest Group announced on Saturday its decision to “create, jointly with municipal police, people’s patrols from among smelters’ workers”. From Sunday, they will “start patrolling the city and protecting civilians,” says a joint statement by the heads of Metinvest, Ilyich Iron & Steel Works and Azovstal Iron & Steel Works – Yury Ryzhenkov, Yury Zinchenko and Enver Tkitishvili.

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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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` Nine Red Cross Workers Were Released By Pro-Russian Separatists ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 10 – Nine Red Cross workers were released on Saturday by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, a day after the eight Ukrainians and one Swiss national were detained, the aid group said.

“Now they will take up their humanitarian work and prepare a medical evaluation,” International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman David Pierre Marquet said.

Their capture in the volatile eastern province of Donetsk occurred as security forces clashed with armed pro-Russian separatists in the port city of Mariupol near the Russian border.

Local authorities said seven people were killed and about 50 injured.

The government in Kiev said security forces killed about 20 pro-Russian militants.

Kiev has sent in forces in a bid to reassert control of the restive east, inflaming the pro-Russian faction. On Saturday, the National Guard withdrew from central Mariupol, which was largely calm.


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#AceWorldNews DONETSK May 10 The referendum on the…

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 10 – The referendum on the status of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) scheduled for May 11, has begun early in two districts of the province as the situation has aggravated, Chairman of the DNR Election Commission Roman Lyagin told reporters on Saturday.

“In Mariupol, the referendum began May 9 following the news about possible aggravation of the political situation in the region,” Lyagin said adding that “This was the cause behind the Ukrainian‘s army stepping up its activity on May 9.”

According to the election commission official, federalization supporters prepared 53 election districts and set up more than 1,500 local election commissions.

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17:18 GMT:

The residents of the eastern city of Mariupol, that came under the Kiev army’s armed assault on Friday, have set up barricades made of turned over cars in the city centre. The residents have also reportedly geared up with fire extinguishers after the police HQ was set on fire during the assault on Friday.

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15:50 GMT:

Amateur footage caught Ukrainian BMDs smashing through barricades built by residents of Mariupol, in eastern Ukraine. Locals report a huge military presence in the Donetsk region, where Kiev’s “anti-terror operation” is under way.

15:02 GMT:

Germany and France have urged Kiev to launch an investigation into any unlawful use of force in the southeast Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Mariupol, according to a joint statement made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande after talks in Stralsund, northern Germany.

“We deeply regret the recent events, including in Odessa and Mariupol, which led to the loss of human lives,” the statement said. “Any unlawful use of force is to be immediately investigated, including the tragic events in Odessa.”

14:57 GMT:

A passenger plane flying part of the Russian delegation from Transnistria to Moscow after Victory Day celebrations was refused entry to Ukrainian airspace and forced to land in Moldova, Itar-Tass reported, citing Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.

According to Medinsky, who is with the delegation currently stranded in Chisinau, “at first, Ukraine allowed us to fly in its airspace, but the pilot later received an order to leave it, under the threat of a forced landing.”

“This is a brazen violation of international law, a complete ignorance of it,”Medinsky said.

A source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti that Kiev actually scrambled two MiG-29 fighter jets, which threatened to force the Russian plane to land.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said his plane was not allowed to fly through Ukrainian airspace from Transnistria. However, Rogozin later said that he found “our own ways” out of the situation, tweeting a picture of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, where the official said he had landed.

13:49 GMT:

RT’s correspondent in Donetsk has obtained a document issued by the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk on May 7, which says that all the schoolchildren should be sent on “indefinite holidays” until further notice because of “martial law.”

The law, which took effect at noon on May 7, appeals directly to local councils, school directors and education officials, warning them that they will bear the responsibility if they do not comply.

The document has been revealed as various Ukrainian media on Saturday claimed that “terrorists” are planning “armed seizing of schools” in the Donetsk region, citing regional administration officials.

“Information coming from various sources says that the armed seizure of more than 80 schools in all the administrative divisions of Donetsk is planned for May 10, 2014, for holding the so-called ‘people’s referendum’ by activists of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” official sources were quoted as saying.

13:07 GMT:

In Mariupol, Victory Day ended in violence and bloody scenes on the city’s streets, with Kiev troops reportedly firing at unarmed civilians. The Interior Ministry claimed that those who were killed were from self-defense squads and were trying to attack police headquarters. Graham Phillips reports from the scene that the situation is being described by many people as a civil war.

12:47 GMT:

The Ukranian National Guard announced on Saturday it withdrew its troops from the center of Mariupol.

Now forces of the National Guard have been withdrawn from the epicenter of events in order not to provoke more aggression of the part of activists and also for the sake of ensuring security for peaceful Mariupol residents,” the Guard’s press-service said.


12:44 GMT:

The Donetsk referendum is to go ahead on Sunday without any independent international observers present. “The observers did not send any application forms to come as observers. We are not refusing anyone, just no one contacted us,” said the member of the central electorate committee for the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Roman Lyagin.

Lyagin also mentioned that journalists will be able to attend the referendum, with more than 470 already accredited. He stated that there was more interest in this event, even compared to the 2012 European Football Championships, which took place in the city.

On Wednesday, The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin asked for the referendum to change the date of the referendum, in order to try to create dialog and de-escalate the crisis that has gripped Ukraine. However, the Donetsk and Lugansk regions have decided to press ahead and hold the referendums as planned on Sunday.

12:39 GMT:

The child shot by an unidentified gunman in Slavyansk on May 9 has been saved by doctors and is no longer in life-threatening condition, RIA Novosti reports, citing the city’s “people’s mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov.

“Most likely, some [armed] group infiltrated the city. A boy was shot at. He sustained two gunshot wounds, which passed clear” through his body, Ponomaryov told journalists Saturday.

The boy, named Ilya, was fired at from an automatic rifle while walking in the street, his uncle told RT’s Ruptly agency. The boy was wearing a St. George’s ribbon in honor of Victory Day.

“He is now in a non-life-threatening condition. His condition was very serious. However, the surgery revealed that no vital organs were hurt,” Ponomaryov said.

12:08 GMT:

Self-defense activists in the Lugansk region are reporting another casualty. Federalization supporter Alexander Kolesnikov was brutally murdered in the town of Bryanka on Saturday, according to the coordinator of the local resistance movement, Ekaterina Abbasova. She told the press that another man is also at the hospital in critical condition.

12:01 GMT:

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reports that two servicemen in its territorial defense battalion have been killed in the eastern town of Mariupol on Saturday – one a deputy commander and the other a machine-gun operator.

On Friday, pro-Kiev forces attempted to storm the local Interior Ministry headquarters where policemen, who are refusing to take orders from the coup-installed government, have barricaded themselves inside. Health officials report that the May 9 clashes resulted in 7 people killed and 39 injured.

11:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s coup-appointed president Aleksandr Turchinov has sacked the chairman of the regional state administration of Lugansk, Mikhail Bolotskikh. The Lugansk region in southeastern Ukraine is set to hold a referendum on autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

Irina Verighina has been appointed as the acting head of the Lugansk region in Bolotskikh’s place. She has been the regional head of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, led by presidential candidate Yulia Timoshenko, since 2010. Verighina is also known as a journalist and former deputy editor of a local TV company.

11:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s coup-appointed president Aleksandr Turchinov has sacked the chairman of the regional state administration of Lugansk, Mikhail Bolotskikh. The Lugansk region in southeastern Ukraine is set to hold a referendum on autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

Irina Verighina has been appointed as the acting head of the Lugansk region in Bolotskikh’s place. She has been the regional head of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, led by presidential candidate Yulia Timoshenko, since 2010. Verighina is also known as a journalist and former deputy editor of a local TV company.

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10:42 GMT:

Twenty people have been killed and about 30 wounded since the start of armed hostilities in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, “people’s mayor” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told a press conference. Twelve of those killed and 24 of the wounded were unarmed civilians, he added.

Self-defense forces have captured a few dozen adversaries, including soldiers as well as “enemies disguised as journalists” and covert operatives with explosives and other weapons, Ponomaryov said.

Meanwhile, the withdrawal of pro-Kiev forces and prisoner exchanges are the main preconditions for the start of a peaceful dialogue between the opposing sides, he told journalists in Slavyansk.

09:35 GMT:
09:10 GMT:

RT’s stringer in Mariupol, who was shot in the stomach Friday, was operated on and is in stable condition.

Our wounded stringer has just spoken to his wife and even smiled,” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan posted on Twitter.

08:55 GMT:

Ukrainian interim president Aleksandr Turchinov says Kiev is ready for talks with the country’s regions, Donbass in particular, according to Interfax.

We hear Donbass and are now ready to get to the negotiating table,” Turchinov said, adding that representatives of local authorities were invited to the talks as well as scientists, cultural figures and representatives of political movements.

We invite all but the terrorists who have the task of destroying the country, which they received from their bosses,” he said. “We are ready to sit down and talk, no matter what happens and what slogans are declared.”

08:26 GMT:

May 10 has been declared a day of mourning in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, Interfax reports, citing a statement by the press service of the city administration.

Because of the tragic events on May 9, 2014, which resulted in casualties, May 10 is declared a day of mourning in the city of Mariupol,” the statement reads.

Seven people died and 39 were wounded on Friday as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local self-defense activists, Mariupol health officials say.

06:54 GMT:

Red Cross staff who had been detained by self-defence forces in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine have been released, Itar-Tass reports, citing David Pierre Marquet, Red Cross’s press officer for Europe and Central Asia.

Marquet denied earlier reports that the staff had been taken hostage.

They were detained for an ID check in Donetsk, and were quite soon released,” he said. “That had nothing to do with taking anybody hostage.”

00:13 GMT:

The Ukrainian city of Kharkov will not hold a self-determination referendum, initially scheduled to take place Sunday simultaneously with Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

“We are not prepared to hold a referendum on May 11. We have not agreed on the questions that will be common for Kharkov, Lugansk and Donetsk,” a member of the coordinating council of the ‘South- East’ movement Yuri Apukhtin told Interfax. “Therefore we decided not to hold a May 11 referendum.”

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` Shooting, Military Vehicles Including Tanks and Armed Fighters Clad in Black Uniforms in Centre of Mariupol’

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 09 – Shooting, military vehicles and armed fighters clad in black uniforms are reported to be in the centre of Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine. Unconfirmed reports suggest one person has been killed and four wounded in the offensive.

Many people came to mark Victory Day, but as the reports of shooting started coming in, they moved on to show support for a few dozen policemen who had barricaded inside the building, refusing to take orders from Kiev.

Federalization supporters screamed “Fascists!” as the Kiev forces approached.

One of the armoured vehicles then opened fire at a group of unarmed civilians, according to a self-defence forces’ representative.

RT’s stringer in Mariupol has been injured while trying to film and is now in hospital. Doctors say that in spite of his bulletproof vest he has sustained an injury to the stomach.

“About 1,500 people left the parade and went to the local interior ministry HQ. People in camouflage confronted them, shooting into the air using lethal weapons,” a witness told Interfax.

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The witness also stated that another group of city residents set a car tire on fire next to the city council building.

Earlier, self-defense forces in Mariupol reported that armed people had tried to seize the local city department of the Interior Ministry.

“Camouflaged people are storming the building of the city’s interior ministry department. A bus with soldiers has driven up – they are from a military unit located in the vicinity of Mariupol. Policemen who refuse to obey Kiev regime’s orders are being detained,” a representative of the self-defence forces told Interfax.

The self-defence forces also said that “policemen of the city department refused to obey Kiev’s orders and guard the building of the city council, which had been seized a day earlier by the Ukrainian security services. As a result, Kiev authorities decided to storm the building of the city Interior Ministry department, policemen are shooting back, the building is surrounded.”

The information on the number of casualties is now being checked, the self-defence forces representative said.

Self-defence forces say the government forces used heavy weaponry while storming the local branch of the Interior Ministry. “Armoured vehicles approached the building and opened fire with heavy weapons. The building is old and has thick walls, so you can’t penetrate it with machine gun fire,” a representative of the self-defence forces told Interfax news agency.

City streets are now on lock-down for transport and pedestrians, as armoured vehicles are approaching from the airport outside the city.

“Yesterday we were told that some provocations were being prepared, but people didn’t believe it, so a Victory Day parade was scheduled for 9am today,” a local resident, who identified herself as Victoria, told RT.

Ukrainian MP Oleg Lyashko claims that forces loyal to the Kiev coup-installed government have orders “not to take anyone alive.”

He wrote in his Facebook account that “the perimeter around the Interior Ministry department building in Mariupol is completely blocked by the armed forces. Terrorists are barricaded inside and are now returning fire. An order has been issued not to take anyone alive.”

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` Ukrainian Troops have Repelled an Overnight Attack on Their Port Base of Mariupol ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – (AlJazeera) – Ukrainian troops have repelled an overnight attack on their port base in the south-east city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13 others, Arsen Avakov, the country’s interior minister, has said.

About 300 people mounted the attack using guns and petrol bombs against interior ministry troops on Thursday, none of whom was hurt, Avakov said on his Facebook page, according to the AFP news agency.

“After attackers threw incendiary devices and Molotov cocktails at the military unit and opened fire at guard posts, the national guards fired warning shots,” Avakov said.

After the attack continued, they turned their weapons directly on the assailants.

Sixty-three people were detained and security officials confiscated weapons, communication devices and “Russian cell phones”, the statement said.

The operation was still ongoing with additional police patrolling the port city and special forces being helicoptered in as reinforcements, Avakov said.

The latest attack follows the seizure of administrative buildings by pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol and other towns across the restive east of the country.


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