#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – EU – MAY 12 – PRESS RELEASE – The EU Council has refused to recognize the referendum in south-eastern Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russia.
This says a final statement on Ukraine issued by the Council of the European Union after the meeting of 28 ministers of foreign affairs representing the 28 member states on Monday.
“The EU will not recognize yesterday’s nor any future illegitimate and illegal ‘referenda’,” the statement says.
“The Council has decided to add a new group of individuals and entities to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures,” the document emphasizes.
Earlier, a diplomatic source reported that another 13 Russian individuals and 2 Crimea-based companies were added to EU’s black list.
Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.
“As an addition to the black list, there were named 13 individuals and two Crimea-based companies,” the source said, adding that the measures will come into effect on Tuesday.
“In light of the recent developments and in the absence of any steps towards de-escalation the Council has agreed to expand the criteria allowing individuals and entities to be subject to visa ban and asset freeze,” the statement says.
According to the statement, this will allow imposing sanctions on individuals and organizations “responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, as well as on “legal persons, entities or bodies in Crimea or Sevastopol whose ownership has been transferred contrary to Ukrainian law”.
- EU expected to hit Russia with more sanctions(itv.com)
- US to keep expanding sanctions over Crimea – under secretary(en.itar-tass.com)
#AceWorldNews – SEVASTOPOL – May 04 – Participants in a traditional war memorial holiday dubbed “Banners of Glory” have observed a minute of silence on Sapun Hill not only for defenders and liberators of the Russian Crimean federal city of Sevastopol in the years of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, but also those killed in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa and in the main Ukrainian coal-mining region Donbas in the last few days.
City chiefs said in their speeches that for 23 years of Sevastopol being a Ukrainian city local residents succeeded to preserve a undistorted understanding of history and glorious traditions.
Participants in the holiday voiced indignation over actions of Ukrainian radicals and military forces, particularly the May 2 tragic events in the city of Odessa where clashes between far-right nationalists and federalisation supporters killed 46 people and around 200 sought medical aid.
What l find so horrible was that social media and their children of this patriotic war tweeted and laughed about people burning in the parliament building.
Are these examples of those who are laughing against people burnt alive, or have we no longer got the care in us to consider other people’s lives, are as important as ours. Should we start to understand that they fight for what they believe, as we fight for what we believe ,but when it comes to watching others die ,does the light and milk of human kindness get extinguished by our need to be right.
Should our children grow up with books in their hands and not Molotov incendiary cocktails.
They called the war Patriotic watching people burn and laughing does not seem patriotic and neither does it seem, that fighting for a cause should make people animals,
It may denigrate our responsibility as human being’s but it should never allow us to see a man, woman or child, suffer when we know we can do something to provide help.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 30 – According to Radio Free Europe (RFE) – Russian media reports said on April 30 that President Vladimir Putin is planning to make his first visit to Crimea since Moscow annexed it last month.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant and news website Gazeta.ru quoted unnamed sources in the Russian government saying Putin plans to attend a May 9 military parade at the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s base in Sevastopol.
The reports said that Putin is expected to fly to Crimea after overseeing the Russia’s main military parade on Moscow’s Red Square, marking 69 years since Nazi Germany surrendered to allied forces in Europe to end World War II.
The reports said Putin could be accompanied by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
RFE – KOMMERSANT – GAZETA
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – WHITE HOUSE – April 25 – 2014 – G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine.
We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ensure a peaceful and stable environment for the May 25 presidential election.
We welcomed the positive steps taken by Ukraine to meet its commitments under the Geneva accord of April 17 by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. These actions include working towards constitutional reform and decentralization, proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, and supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We also note that the Government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.
In contrast, Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva accord. It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.
We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize. We will now follow through on the full legal and practical consequences of this illegal annexation, including but not limited to the economic, trade and financial areas.
We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the response from the international community already have imposed significant costs on its economy. While we continue to prepare to move to broader, coordinated sanctions, including sectoral measures should circumstances warrant, as we committed to in The Hague on March 24, we underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, on the basis of the Geneva accord. We urge Russia to join us in committing to that path.
Press Statement The White House – http://tinyurl.com/ppawnfx
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 19 – All of the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels have left Crimea, the press service of Ukraine’s coup-imposed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said.
“All the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy have departed from Sevastopol Bay and Donuzlav Bay [in Crimea], including the Kirovograd landing ship, Vinnitsa corvette, Zolotonosha base ship, and others,” the press service told Itar-Tass news agency.
The ships are on their way to the port of Odessa where the Ukrainian Navy’s bases are situated.
The withdrawal of other Ukrainian military equipment from Crimea, including war-planes, is also under-way, the press service added.
#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – 14.08 GMT – Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.
A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.
The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 23 – Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed chief executives of several ministries and agencies to approve plans of organisational events to form territorial federal executive authorities and other bodies and departments in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol before March 29 envisaging some changes in numerical strength of these authorities if necessary, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 20. – Development plans of Russian Armed Forces will be adjusted over reunification of Crimea and the Crimean city of Sevastopol with Russia, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Thursday. #ANS2014
“Certainly, it is needed to develop military infrastructure on this peninsula so that Crimea will be a worthy representative of the Russian Federation and will be protected from all possible encroachments,” Borisov said.
#AceWorldNews – Sevastopol – March 19. The Ukrainian Navy’s commander Sergei Gaiduk has been temporarily detained by the prosecutor’s office in Sevastopol.
“There are questions to be put to him,” the Sevastopol prosecutor’s office has told the KrymInform news agency about the reasons for the detention.
The prosecutor’s office explained that, according to their sources, Gaiduk had passed on to Ukrainian military units Kiev’s orders to use weapons against civilians.
Earlier, Itar-Tass reported that Sergei Gaiduk followed by around 50 officers abandoned the territory of the fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, taking away all their belongings and documents.
The Ukrainian officers walked away from the territory unimpeded; their relatives welcomed them at the gate.
The Sevastopol activists and members of the self-defence forces watched them with no signs of aggression. Vice-Admiral Gaiduk drove off in a car with Ukrainian license plates and tinted
Related News Reports: On Wednesday morning, representatives of the self-defence forces and participants in a meeting held near the building of the fleet headquarters entered the territory of the military unit and hoisted a Russian and St. Andrew’s flags on the masts.
After the Russian flag was up the Russian national anthem was played. No force against the Ukrainian servicemen was used. http://wp.me/p165ui-4oA
#AceWorldNews – Sevastopol – Demonstrators have stormed the Ukrainian Navy HQ in the town of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.
The protesters hoisted Russian and St. Andrew’s flags, the latter being the Russian Navy Ensign, according to Interfax.
People have been protesting outside the HQ since 08:00GMT.
Several thousand participants have cut the fences, stormed inside and changed the flags on the flagpoles.
There have been no immediate reports of violence.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 18. – Nationalists executed the coup in Ukraine.
They tried to revise the language policy, and that would have undermined the rights of minorities, Putin says. The Russian-speaking population in Ukraine faced constant humiliation, the President stressed.
We always believed in good neighbourly relations with Ukraine, but the situation developed in another direction, the Russian President says.
Sevastopol is a Russian fortress and a host for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Putin notes.
The Russian President stressed that Russia has vital interests in Crimea.
Putin says that it is important to ensure the right of all ethnicities in Crimea, including Crimean Tartars, and measures to complete rehabilitation of Crimean Tartars should be taken. There will be three official languages – Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar’s.
Vladimir Putin is talking about the history of the Crimean region and its importance to Russia.
Crimean referendum held in full compliance with democratic procedures — Putin.
More than 82% of the voters took part in the referendum in Crimea, and more than 96% voted for accession to Russia, Putin says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to make a statement on Crimea’s application for accession to the Russian Federation.
Earlier today, Putin has approved draft agreement to accept the Republic of Crimea as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.
Russian Media Sources
#AceNewsServices – Resolution ‘On the Independence of Crimea’ (DOCUMENT)
Crimea’s parliament has approved the resolution on the independence of Crimea which declares the Black Sea peninsula an independent, sovereign state and appeals to join Russia as a republic, with 85 MPs voting in favor.
The resolution was approved during an extraordinary session of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Monday.
TEXT OF THE DOCUMENT
The document states that the Supreme Council of Crimea, acting upon the will of its people directly expressed through the referendum vote on March 16, 2014, whose outcome has indicated that the people’s of Crimea are in favour of joining Russia, in favour of seceding from Ukraine and in favor of establishing an independent state, as well as acting on the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Crimea adopted at the urgent plenary session of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on March 11, 2014 and at the urgent plenary session of the Sevastopol City Council on March 11, 2014, has ruled the following:
- Crimea as of now is announced to be an independent sovereign state the Republic of Crimea, and the city of Sevastopol will have a special status within it.
The Republic of Crimea intends to build and maintain friendly relations with other nations based on the principles of equality, peace, cooperation and other universally accepted principles of political, economic and cultural cooperation between nations.
The Republic of Crimea is requesting the United Nations and all sovereign states of the world to recognize the independent sovereign state established by the people’s of Crimea.
2. From the day on which this resolution comes in force, no laws of Ukraine will be applicable or valid on the territory of the Republic of Crimea, and no orders or instructions of the Supreme Council of Ukraine or other bodies of authority of Ukraine issued later than February 21, 2014 will be acted upon.
All laws and regulations of Ukraine, with exception of those mentioned in the first paragraph of this clause, remain applicable and valid on the territory of the Republic of Crimea until relevant laws and regulations are issued by the Republic of Crimea.
- All activity of any bodies of authority of Ukraine is now terminated, and all the relevant authority, property and funds of these bodies of authority will be taken over by the bodies of authority of the Republic of Crimea designated by the Government of the Republic of Crimea.
- With the aim of protecting the citizens and economic entities, the courts of Ukraine shall continue their operation on the territory of the Republic of Crimea, and all their rulings pertaining to the applicability of the laws and regulations of Ukraine on the territory of Crimea must not contradict this resolution.
The highest judicial agencies on the territory of Crimea will be the relevant courts of appeal located on the territory of the Republic of Crimea and on the territory of the special status city of Sevastopol.
- All agencies, businesses and other organizations established by Ukraine or with its participation on the territory of Crimea as of now belong to the Republic of Crimea.
7. The property of the Ukrainian trade unions and other non-governmental organizations situated on the territory of the Republic of Crimea as of the date this resolution is adopted as of now belongs to the local Crimean subdivisions of the said organizations, and in the absence of such becomes the state property of the Republic of Crimea.
- The Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on behalf of the Republic of Crimea requests the Russian Federation to accept the Republic of Crimea as a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation with a status of a republic.
Courtesy of RT
#AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin on Monday, March 17, signed a degree recognising the Republic of Crimea as a sovereign and independent state.
“1. Considering the will of the peoples of Crimea expressed at the all-Crimea referendum on March 16, 2014, I hereby decree that the Republic of Crimea, where the city of Sevastopol has a special status, be recognised as a sovereign and independent state,” the decree said. The decree entered into force upon signature, the presidential press service said. #ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone, regardless of nationality or any other features, the republic’s parliament said in a statement on Monday.
The document was adopted at an emergency meeting on Monday, where it was supported by 85 deputies.
“The Republic of Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone regardless of nationality or any other features,” the statement reads.
“The territory of the Republic of Crimea is limited by the borders of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as on the date of announcing the Republic of Crimea as an independent sovereign state,” the parliament’s official site reads.
Crimea’s parliament is announced the supreme authority, and the deputies’ term is set to September, 2015.
“From March 17, 2014, the Republic of Crimea’s supreme authority is the parliament of the Republic of Crimea, where the term of its deputies continues to September 2015,” the document reads.
“Before adoption of a new version of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea will continue to remain in force the Republic’s Constitution of 1998.”
Tass – News Sources
#AceWorldNews – Sevastapol – About 93 percent of voters in the Crimean referendum have answered ‘yes’ to the autonomous republic joining the Russian federation and only 7 percent of the vote participants want the region to remain part of Ukraine, according to first exit polls.
Polling stations closed in Crimea after the referendum where residents were to decide on the future status of the region.
“The results of the referendum exit polls in Crimea and Sevastopol: 93 percent voted for the reunion of Crimea with Russia as a constituent unit of the Russian Federation. 7 percent voted for the restoration of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Crimea and Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine,” the Crimean republican institute for political and social research said in a statement as cited by RIA Novosti.
The overall voter turnout in Crimea constituted over 80%, reports Kryminnform
#AceWorldNews – SEVASTOPOL – Law enforcement officers have established masterminds in an attempted abduction of Sevastopol City Council member Gennady Basov.
The deputy had not been abducted and was safe and sound, sources from the headquarters of Sevastopol’s self-defence forces told Tass.
Earlier reports said nine unidentified men abducted Basov in the city centre between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. http://wp.me/p165ui-4jE
“In fact, self-defence forces and law enforcement agencies had information about preparations to abduct me and take me to Kiev, so we decided to ‘live-lure’ these violators,” Basov himself told reporters. “
For that we had to spread the information about my abduction,” he added.
According to the self-defence forces, two men suspected of masterminding the abduction were detained in the operation. One of them has already witnessed.
According to him, former defence minister of Ukraine and former deputy of the Batkivshchina Party, Anatoly Gritsenko, as well as a certain Burban, deputy transport minister of Ukraine, could have been involved in the abduction attempt.
According to available data, one of the perpetrators of the crime was identified as Vadim Televyak. He lives in Sevastopol and was also member of the Batkivshchina Party earlier.
Related News Reports : March 15 15.14 GMT http://wp.me/p165ui-4jE
#AceWorldNews Police in Sevastopol have detained two men at a post office who attempted to receive a parcel with bullet-proof vests and police shields, the local police press service told Itar-Tass.
“On March 14, police detained residents of Kiev and Slavutich, who attempted to receive a parcel. There were eight sets of bullet-proof vests and shields in it,” a police source said.
The men arrived in Sevastopol from Simferopol by train. One of them said he expected to receive a parcel with medicines for sailors of the Ukrainian ship Slavutich and did not know there were shields and protective outfit in it.
The second man said he was a correspondent of UkrStream TV.
He could not explain for what he needed bullet-proof vests and shields.
#AceWorldNews – SEVASTOPOL – Sevastopol mayor Aleksei Chalyi has signed an instruction assigning tasks to the city’s self-defence units, the press service of the City Life Support Coordination Council told Itar-Tass.
Priority tasks for Sevastopol self defence are preventing offences, protecting of public order in city streets, checkpoint duty at the entrance to the city, and participation in actions and measures by on-duty units and groups.
The press service noted that the Sevastopol self-defence units were operating on the basis of the Ukrainian Constitution and Ukrainian laws on local self-rule and on police, the code of Ukraine’s civil defence and a number of by-laws.
Prior to this there were no such legal documents regulating this action.