#AceNewsServices – KIEV – May 15 – The United States says it is alarmed by the worsening crisis in Ukraine as interim authorities in Kiev have ordered military operations against pro-Russian protesters in both eastern and southern Ukraine.
“We remain extremely concerned by the deteriorating situation in both eastern and southern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants who are armed have escalated their already violent behaviour and taken over additional government buildings in yet more towns,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.
Carney added that the “violence and mayhem” in the south-western port city of Odessa was “unacceptable” and said the battles “dramatically underscore the need for an immediate de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine.”
“We’re going to continue to call on Russia to live up to its commitments in Geneva and to use its influence over these groups, these pro-Russian militant groups, to urge them to disarm and to instead engage in Ukraine’s political process,” he stated.
A fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House on Friday led to at least 46 deaths that had sheltered opponents of the US-backed interim government of Ukraine.
According to reports, members of neo-Nazi Right Sector set the building on fire in Odessa. The victims were burnt alive within the premises and video footage showed bloodied and wounded survivors being attacked by the extremists.
Meanwhile, the death toll from a military offensive against pro-Russian activists in the eastern town of Slavyansk rose to at least 34 on Tuesday. A day before, the protesters reportedly shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near Slavyansk.
On April 17, Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union agreed in Geneva over steps to “de-escalate” the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
But, Ukrainian authorities have ordered a military offensive against the protesters, claiming that Russian special forces are fueling unrest in the country.
Moscow has dismissed as “nonsense” claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov admitted that security forces are “helpless” to quell unrest in the country.
According to a report published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are helping the interim authorities in Kiev to end the crisis.
The newspaper, citing unnamed German security sources, reported that dozens of CIA and FBI agents are involved in the offensive against the pro-Russian activists.
Earlier this year, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland disclosed that Washington has “invested” about $5 billion in “promoting democracy” in Ukraine over the past two decades.
In early February, Nuland visited Ukraine and held meetings with anti-Kremlin politicians who organized anti-government protests that led to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s democratically-elected president.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 30 – Oleksandr Turchynov has entrusted the Security Service of Ukraine to guard journalists that highlight Counterterrorist operation
In response to the address of chairmen of leading Ukrainian TV channels, Acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has entrusted the Security Service of Ukraine to guard journalists that highlight Counter-terrorist operation.
The respective instruction was posted on the official website of the Acting President of Ukraine.
“The Security Service of Ukraine shall carry out, within the area of counter-terrorist operations in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, effective activities to ensure safety and health of journalists, cameramen and other employees of mass media that are registered as mass media representatives in the order established by the legislation,” the instruction reads.
Apart form this, Oleksandr Turchynov has entrusted the Internal Affairs Ministry jointly with the State Committee for Television and radio Broadcasting with participation of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine to take measures “to secure smooth broadcasting” of Ukrainian TV channels and ensure “protection of objects of television and radio transmitting land-line network” in the east and south of Ukraine.
( Press Secretary of the Chairman of te Verkhovna Rada )
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 25 – The leader of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, Dmitry Yarosh, whom Russia placed on an international most-wanted terrorist list, has written a letter to acting President Aleksandr Turchinov demanding Ukrainian that citizens be armed.
“Ukrainian authorities must immediately start massive arming of our citizens, in particular volunteer patriotic squads, which in the Dnepropetrovsk Region alone have seen 10,000 Ukrainians enlisted,” Yarosh wrote according to the Right Sector press service, cited by UNIAN.
When the people of a country come together to take over greed and lies magic can happen, and the Ukrain people showed THE WORLD this week that the people do have the final say. This is a message to all Governments around the World, WE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN. This is a message to humanity, and a strong one. Expect us, you have been warned
THIS IS THE MOMENT UKRAINE WAS FREE, THE PEOPLE WON, STALIN STATUE DESTROYED!
The Ukraine Army helped it’s people ~ Parliament in Ukraine has named its speaker as interim president. Oleksandr Turchynov takes charge following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. Mr Turchynov told MPs they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government. Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from jail on Saturday, has ruled out becoming prime minister again. Her release was one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that Mr Yanukovych rejected last year. The move triggered the protests that led to the current crisis. The health ministry says 88 people, mostly protesters, are now known to have been killed in clashes since 18 February
Thousands of opposition supporters remain in Kiev’s Independence Square, heeding opposition calls not to disperse. In response to reports that her name was being mentioned as a possible candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko issued a statement reading: “No-one has agreed or discussed this with me. ”Thank you for your respect but I would like you not to consider my nomination for the post of the head of government. Mr Turchynov, a close associate of Ms Tymoshenko, described forming a unity government as a “priority task” ”We don’t have much time,” one of the opposition leaders, former world champion boxer Vitaly Klitschko, said as parliament began its debate. Speaking to the BBC, he also suggested a bid for the presidency in elections scheduled for 25 May. ”I want to make Ukraine a modern European country,” he said. “If I can do that through the president’s position, I will do my best.”