” Rally of Five Thousand against Ukraine’s Presidential Election in Donetsk ”

#AceNewsServices – DONETSK, May 25.- Over 5,000 participants of a rally against Ukraine’s presidential elections in Donetsk headed off to the residence of businessman Rinat Akhmetov intending to picket it. An ITAR-TASS correspondent reports from the spot that the column is moving through one of the central streets of the city.
The march has spread for nearly 3 kilometers. Law enforcement officers are not blocking the rally’s participants.
Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen are standing in front of Akhmetov’s residence, where he also has his office.
No voting in Donetsk, Luhansk and Sloviansk
Voting at the Ukraine presidential elections is not held in the eastern cities of Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk over failure to deliver ballot papers to these areas, Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission spokesperson Konstantin Khivrenko said on Sunday.

Tass – RIA Novosti – Moscow Times


#donetsk, #lugansk, #sloviansk, #ukraine

` After their House Came Under Mortar Attack Many Citizens Converted their Basements to Silo’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – LUGANSK – May 21 – After their house came under mortar attack, many citizens decided to convert their basements into modern silos.

Lugansk residents set up their cellars and stocking up food in case of a massive attack Ukrainian servicemen. – We constantly in the crossfire, so we decided to come up with a bomb shelter – year-old female mother tells Marina Sivolap.

Since the beginning of Ukrainian troops military operation against its own people woman considers this premise the safest place in the house for a little girl.

The family lives near the railway station – the private sector is just between the two gun emplacements – Mount Karachun and fish farm, where every day shootings. –

Now we do not put the children before 24 hours, until the danger of shooting, it is not excluded that children need to evacuate here – says resident Sloviansk. Cellar family Sivolap built 8 years ago.

It is located at a depth of 2.5 meters. It was created for food storage, so the area at the so-called bunker small – nine square meters.

It was enough to put the bed in case of evacuation time on active hostilities.

While it is possible spouses Sivolap descend into the cellar food and warm clothes.

In the bunker – already a dozen jars of pickles and jams, stewed vegetables and baby food, which is enough for a couple of days.

Now the family is trying to spend more time in the yard, closer to saving the cellar. A few days ago in a night fights in neighbours’ houses Sivolapov mortar shells hit.

After this number of people wishing to acquire their own bomb shelter has increased considerably.

Many residents of the private sector under this objective will convert their basements.

Courtesy of LifeNewsru


#lugansk, #sloviansk, #ukrainian

` Residential Building and Gas Pipeline Are Damaged during Ukrainian Army’s Shelling ‘

#AceWorldNews – SLOVIANSK – May 19 – A residential building was damaged and a gas-pipeline caught fire during Ukrainian army’s shelling of the city of Sloviansk overnight to Monday. Ukrainian army troops shelled Sloviansk from mount Karachun.

A shell exploded 15 meters from a residential building,” a member of Sloviansk militia told ITAR-TASS.

Nevertheless, the situation in the city is quite calm. “The shooting and explosions have stopped. Schools and kindergartens work, pharmacies and hospitals are open,” the representative of militia added.


#sloviansk, #ukrainian

` Eleven Year Old Girl in Besieged Sloviansk is Reunited with Her Kith and Kin in Her Homeland of Russia ‘

#AceWorldNews – BELGOROD – May 19 – Eleven-year-old Russian girl Anna Vasilenko, who had stayed since February in Ukraine, in besieged Sloviansk, has been handed over to the Russian side through a border checkpoint.

The girl has returned to the native land thanks to assistance of Russian presidential commissioner for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov and Russian Foreign Ministry diplomats.

Anna Vasilenko, a daughter of a resident of the Belgorod Region, since early February had stayed at the home of her aunt in Sloviansk. The parents sent her to the relatives to stay with them for some time after the family moved from the far eastern Primorsky Territory to Belgorod, Astakhov said.

Her parents asked the children’s ombudsman to help after their attempts to return the child failed. Ukrainian authorities refused to help.

Details of the operation were kept secret until the girl crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.
“We passed through four checkpoints when going out of Sloviansk,” the girl told an ITAR-TASS correspondent. “Of course, we were scared there.

We had to escape into the cellar. I missed my parents, but I will return to my relatives with pleasure when the situation becomes normal,” she said.

The girl was handed over to the Russian side at the Nekhoteyevka road checkpoint in the Belgorod region.



#belgorod, #russian-foreign-ministry, #sloviansk, #ukraine

` EU Makes a Further Extension to its Blacklist of Russian and Ukrainian’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – May 13 –  The European Union (EU) has made yet another extension of its blacklist of Russian and Ukrainian individuals who are banned from entering the EU member-states’ territories and whose bank assets are subject to freezing.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton© EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton© EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The current blacklist compiled in connection with the Ukrainian crisis features sixty-one people, a third of them Ukrainian nationals, who stand in opposition to the incumbent regime in Kiev and are hence accused by the EU of undermining the territorial integrity of the much-troubled former Soviet republic.

The sanctions against them will be reviewed in November.

Who is on the news list?

The new entrees are First Deputy Chief of the Kremlin administration Vyacheslav Volodin, the Commander of the Airborne Troops General Vladimir Shamanov, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Constitutional Legislation Vladimir Pligin,

Acting Head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service Pyotr Yarosh,

Acting Head of the Federal Migration Service in Sevastopol Oleg Kozyura, Crimean Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya, and Acting Prosecutor of Sevastopol Igor Shevchenko.

The Ukrainian section of the blacklist includes the people’s mayor of Sloviansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev, leaders of the east Ukrainian self-defence forces Igor Blezer and Igor Kakidzyanov, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic Roman Lyagin, Head of the Election Commission of the city of Luhansk Alexander Malykhin, and Ddeputy of the Verkhovna Rada Oleg Tsariov.

Also, the assets of the Crimean companies Chernomorneftegaz and Feodosia will be frozen.



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#ans2014, #russia, #chairman-of-the-state-duma, #crimea, #european-union, #kiev, #sloviansk, #vladimir-shamanov, #vyacheslav-volodin

` 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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#ans2014, #ballot, #donetsk, #luhansk, #polling-place, #sloviansk, #sunday, #ukraine, #ukrainian-language

` Travel is being disrupted in Ukraine by Cancellation of Flights and Rail Traffic Delays and Suspensions ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 6 – Over 15 domestic and international flights have been cancelled in the airport of Ukraine’s Donetsk on Tuesday.

This information was placed on the on-line enunciator of the Donetsk airport.

According to local media reports, the reception and departure of aircraft has been temporarily suspended by the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine.

On Friday, May 2, the country’s aviation authorities unilaterally banned Russian air carriers from performing flights to Donetsk and Kharkiv.
Later, the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine stated that it had not prohibited Russian air carriers to fly to Kharkiv.

The authority’s statement says, “now there are only restrictions on flights along a specific route between Donetsk and Russia”.

On Monday, the press service of the Donetsk Railway reported that the rail traffic on Ukraine’s east was interrupted. In particular, the traffic has been blocked at the branches Lozova – Sloviansk – Druzhkivka, Forpostnaya – Krasnyi Liman in the directions Bukino – Izyum – Kharkiv and Tropa – Kupyansk.

“As a result, 14 pairs of passenger trains of the Donetsk Railway changed their route, two pairs of passenger trains of the Southern Railway have been cancelled, 29 pairs of commuter trains have been cancelled, nine pairs have changed routes,” the document specifies.

The press service noted that “from May 2, 2014, there is no voltage in the overhead system of the branch Lozova – Sloviansk – Druzhkivka, the electrical signal tower on the Sloviansk station does not work, as the Sloviansk railway station, and the rail-roads on the Forpostnaya station are blocked”.

Russian News and Media Sources – Press-Rooms


#donetsk, #kharkiv, #russian, #sloviansk, #ukraines

#AceNewsServices UKRAINE UPDATE May 05 2014 Monday May…

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – UPDATE – May 05 2014

Monday, May 5

#AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – May 05 – Three activists have died in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-federalisation forces near the village of Semyonovka.

Another 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing, Itar-Tass reports, citing sources in the Slavyansk self-defence headquarters.

“We can confirm the deaths of two civilians as a result of Kiev’s retaliatory operation,” the source said, claiming that “mobile groups of Right Sector radicals” are operating in the city.

Ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU have not agreed on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia, Itar-Tass reports, citing an EU Council press service employee. “The work will continue,” the source said. It did not specify which sanctions were discussed – enlargement of the “black list” of Russian officials or sanctions targeting economic and trade relations. The ambassadors’ decision will be discussed at an EU foreign ministers meeting on May 12.

19:18 GMT:
Ordinary people delivering medicine, food, clothes to #Slavyansk hospital for injured patients pic.twitter.com/UkAvFibsrb
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
18:43 GMT:
In Kharkov, Ukrainian Railways has stopped selling tickets on trains traveling across the eastern part of the country, the company’s press service announced. The routes of 17 trains will be changed. Trains will also be bypassing the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and Konstantinovka. Also, it will be impossible to travel from Kharkov to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions by bus. The central bus terminal canceled all trips due to the military operation in the region.

18:30 GMT:
Self-defense forces have detained and taken captive radical militants from the Right Sector, who tried to enter the city on an ambulance car. The men were armed with guns, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a self-defense forces representative.

17.11 GMT:
The people’s governor of the Lugansk region, Valery Bolotov, has ordered to hold a referendum on the region’s status on May 11.

“It will be an honest referendum, we will not take any other steps in addition to [giving people the chance to express their will],” he stressed.

According to Bolotov, there are already groups prepared to count the votes, and locations of polling stations have already been determined. Authorities confirmed that the list of voters and bulletins is currently being prepared.

16:12 GMT:
Close look at 2 shot-up vans to the east of Sloviansk, reports of Ukr army firing indiscriminately today – https://t.co/NzrnmuAzSl
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
15:40 GMT:
The city’s on the edge. Those who were willing to be interviewed are now leaving town. Rumors: #rightsector is being armed #odessa
— Irina Galushko (@IrinaGalushkoRT) May 5, 2014
15:33 GMT:
A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the eastern Ukrainian cities blockaded in the ongoing military operation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

There is an apparent lack of medicines, and shortages of food supplies are beginning, the ministry said.

“We once again call on those in Kiev, who are organizing terror against their own people, to come to their senses, to stop the bloodshed, to pull back troops and sit at once at the negotiating table,” the statement urged.

15:19 GMT:
43 people remain in hospitals in the Donetsk region, the regional administration’s press service said. These are people who sustained injuries “in violent clashes” and “military operations across Donetsk.” Since March 13, when clashes started spreading across the region, nearly 500 people have asked for medical attention.

14:44 GMT:
The US Department of the Treasury’s David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is set to visit Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss “further coordination” of existing and planned sanctions against Russia.

A Ukrainian army helicopter was downed by heavy machine gun fire and crashed into a river in the Slavyansk area, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service has said in a statement. The aircraft, identified as Mi-24 helicopter, was hit at 14:30 local time (11:30 GMT) while doing a target run during a combat mission, the statement said. The pilots survived the crash and have been evacuated.

14:10 GMT:
Attacked by Ukr army driver reported dead pic.twitter.com/DxHscsDhmW
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
14:07 GMT:
Lugansk regional council has supported the initiative of holding a referendum on the region’s status, the Council said in a statement on its website. It has called on the international community to assist in holding negotiations between Kiev and regional representatives.

13:40 GMT:
Russian internet giant Yandex has apologized for the remarks of the head of Yandex.Urkaine, Sergey Petrenko, who seemingly hailed the May-2 Odessa massacre by saying that “All is good [now]. The city has been practically cleansed of separatists,” in a discussion on his Facebook page.

According to Yandex’ press-service, Petrenko’s remarks, which have caused outrage online, “is not our official position, it is, certainly, his personal and emotional statement,” adding that the particular quote has also been taken out of discussion’s context.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to all the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odessa, and once again apologize for the situation,” the press-service said.

Hate speech has been on the rise in Russian-Ukrainian discussions on social networks, and the tragic Friday events sparked both anti-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rhetoric online. To downplay the pro-Kiev radicals’ responsibility for the death of some 40 anti-government activists, many, including Petrenko, have blamed the deceased for “calls for unrest and violence,” “provocations” and “rallying under foreign flags,” claiming they caused the incident themselves.

13:08 GMT:
The Poltava city unit of the former Ukrainian riot police, Berkut, has been ordered to the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk for a “mop-up operation.” But they refuse to carry out the order, Russian senator Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti, citing “confirmed information” from Kramatorsk activists.

According to Morozov, a commission from Kiev has been dispatched to the central Ukrainian city to force the Berkut officers to join the military operation.

The situation must be immediately discussed with the OSCE and relayed to the international military tribunal at The Hague, he said.

12:17 GMT:
The European Commission (EC) will have a meeting on May 13 with a delegation of the coup-imposed Ukrainian government headed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, the EC’s press-service said in a statement cited by Itar-Tass.

The meeting will focus on “making sure that Ukraine has all the support it needs for carrying out political and economic reforms in the long term and in the short term,” the statement said.

The Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule, and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will reportedly take part in the meeting.

11:49 GMT:
Four Ukrainian troops have been killed and around 30 injured in fighting in Slavyansk since Monday morning, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports. The number of people killed on the side of the city’s self-defence is unclear, but unconfirmed reports suggest at least 20 people in total have been killed in clashes.

Some 11 recently injured people are being treated in hospitals in Slavyansk, while a civilian woman was reportedly shot dead by a Ukrainian army sniper while on her balcony, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

Shops closed, streets deserted in central Sloviansk as fighting reported as waging on outside of city now. pic.twitter.com/lLyvy43RrP
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
#Slavyansk: Reports suggest at least 20 ppl are dead following the military operation this morning. Fatalities come from both sides.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
11:41 GMT:
Germany will not send any military observers to Ukraine with the possible new OSCE mission, reports Itar-Tass, citing a German Defence Ministry spokesperson. German observers will not be going to Ukraine at least until after the May-25 elections, the spokesperson added.

10:32 GMT:
The pilot of a Ukrainian armed forces Mil Mi-24 helicopter downed near Slavyansk, has been released, the Defence Ministry reported. He is being treated in a military hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

Slavyansk militia shot down three Ukrainian helicopters taking part in an attack on the city last week. Only one of the six pilots manning the aircraft survived. Apparently, the militia handed over the sole survivor and the bodies of the dead pilots to Kiev loyalists.

05:18 GMT:
The Ukrainian army reportedly withdrew its forces to the outskirts of protester-held Kramatorsk, following an offensive that left seven activists dead. Local militia members are preparing to make a stand for the city, RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

02:00 GMT:
Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

00:16 GMT:
The press service of Donetsk city council has denied earlier reports that Mayor Aleksandr Lukyanchenko has resigned and handed over power to the pro-autonomy forces. The press service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk earlier told RIA Novosti that the mayor had peacefully handed over authority. In the wake of the reports, the city council’s press office stated that Lukyanchenko remains the incumbent mayor of Donetsk.



#donetsk, #kiev, #kramatorsk, #sloviansk, #ukraine

`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/


#lugansk, #luhansk, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #sloviansk, #ukraine, #vienna

AceWorldNews MOSCOW May 02 Russia is indignant with…

AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 02 – Russia is indignant with “the start of a punitive army operation in (east Ukraine) the city of Sloviansk involving terrorists from Right Sector and other far-right organisations,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“Ukrainian army units use tanks, other heavy military hardware, helicopter gunships which are delivering missile strikes on protesters. Information about casualties and wounded people is coming,” the foreign ministry said, noting that “Use of army against their own people is a crime and leads Ukraine to a catastrophe.


#aceworldnews, #russia, #moscow, #right-sector, #russian-foreign-ministry, #sloviansk, #ukrainian

` Two Servicemen of the ` Ukrainian Armed Forces ‘ Killed and Several injured as Two Helicopters were Attacked ‘

AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – KYIV – May 02 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Two servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed and several others were injured when two Mil Mi-24 helicopters came under fire outside of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has said in a press release.

“Two Mi-24 helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were shot down over Sloviansk in Donetsk region early on May 2 while on a patrol mission. According to preliminary reports, the combat aircraft were shot down by unknown individuals using man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS).

As a result of the shooting, two servicemen were killed and several others sustained injuries,” it said.

Meanwhile, a representative of Sloviansk’s police has confirmed to ITAR-TASS earlier in the day that a wounded pilot “was taken to hospital.”

Meanwhile, one more chopper Mi-24 “has made an emergency landing.”


#aceworldnews, #donetsk, #kyiv, #moscow, #sloviansk, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Kiev Authorities Launch a Punitive Operation on City of Sloviansk as Fighting Resumes in Eastern Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – SLOVIANSK – May 02- Shooting has resumed in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk not far from the Ukrainian Security Service’s regional branch occupied by protesters, a policeman told ITAR-TASS by phone on Friday.

“Clashes started again near the headquarters (the Security Council building).

Shooting is heard 300 metres behind residential houses,” he said.

According to the correspondent channel LifeNews , entered the city several armoured vehicles, and militants staged gunfight “right sector.”

“Fight goes around the firehouse. Arrived here a few APCs and bus carrying the” right sector. “Because against BTR militias have no weapons, they fired at them and retreated,” – said the reporter. Also received information that the shots were heard near the railway station Sloviansk.

It is reported that local residents blocked the Ukrainian Army paratroopers on the outskirts of the city – from the village Andreevka. This was the local media.

“Ukrainian paratroopers blocked locals from both sides in the area Andreevka” – according to reports. In addition, local residents blocked the railway crossing, to prevent the military drive.

Earlier in the air ” Russia 24 “fighters defence argued that many of the attackers militants” right sector. ” According to the militia they dress in civilian clothes and disguised as ordinary citizens trying to break into Slavic.

Parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has earlier put forth demands to federalisation supporters to lay down arms and start talks.

Current Kiev authorities have launched a punitive operation in the city of Sloviansk on Friday morning.

Ukrainian armed forces have lost three helicopter gunships, including two choppers Mil Mi-24 and a military transport helicopter Mi-8 in clashes.

Two Ukrainian servicemen and a militiaman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic were killed in the Sloviansk storming operation.



#arkov, #donetsk, #right-sector, #sloviansk, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Sniper Shoots at Car at Checkpoint with Journalists from the Komsomlskaya Pravda Daily Inside’

#AceWorldNews – SLOVIANSK – May 02 – A sniper was shooting at a car with journalists from Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda daily in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk on Friday.

Journalist “KP” Alexander Kotz told on air “Russia 24” that it happened at a time when the checkpoint militia skirmished with the Ukrainian military. When the car tried to drive off with a reporter from the post, heard two single shots.

According to Kotz, bullets whistled nearby.

Due to the fact that we had to take sharply backwards, the car was damaged. As a result, they were able to go on a country road in the Slavonic and militia opened fire on the sniper.

None of them were wounded, daily’s correspondent Alexander Kots said live on TV news channel Rossiya-24.


#russias, #sloviansk

#AceWorldNews KIEV May 01 Supporters of Sloviansk federalization…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV- May 01 – Supporters of Sloviansk federalization are holding negotiations with Kiev authorities about the possible exchange of the detained military observers from Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) member states for their associates.
Ukraine’s UNN news agency reported this on Thursday.

The military observers “remain in Sloviansk, we have provided them with comfortable conditions, our relations are friendly.

Of course, they want to go home, and we are already holding relevant negotiations with Kiev authorities.

We hope that we’ll manage to exchange them for our associates that have been detained in Kiev,” the agency quoted the popular mayor of Sloviansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov as saying.


#kiev, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #sloviansk

` Ukraine’s State Security Service has Detained the Deputy Mayor of Sloviansk for Interrogation ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 28 – Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) has detained the deputy of Sloviansk popular mayor Ihor Perepechayenko.

Head of SBU press service Marina Ostapenko reported this at a briefing on Monday.

“Illegal actions of Ukrainian citizen Ihor Perepechayenko, known as deputy for the self-proclaimed Sloviansk mayor in Donetsk region, have been prevented,” she said, adding that he was being interrogated.

According to Ostapenko, Perepechayenko is involved in staging separatist actions and mass riots in Donetsk region.

Ostapenko also claimed that in Sloviansk, there are about 40 people including three SBU officers kept as prisoners by the protesters. She added that there were no reports about their fate.

She also said that the invaders did not put forward any demands regarding the liberation of prisoners.


#kiev, #security-service-of-ukraine-sbu, #sloviansk, #ukrainian

` Military Observer for OSCE has been Released on Medical Grounds the Remainder are Still Being Held ‘

#AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 27 – Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have freed one of a team of eight European monitors seized in the flashpoint city of Sloviansk on Friday.

The man, a Swede, was released on medical grounds, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has confirmed.

BBC News


#donetsk, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #sloviansk

#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE April 27 Pro Russian gunmen in…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 27 – Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine have shown seized European military observers to the media, amid attempts to secure their immediate release.

One of the observers presented in the city of Sloviansk said that none of the group had been harmed.

A team from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is hoping to begin negotiations.

BBC News


#aceworldnews, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #sloviansk, #ukraine

` Ukraine’s National Guard Blocks All Roads Leading to Sloviansk to Prevent Protesters Getting Reinforcements ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 25 – Ukraine’s national guard has blocked all the roads leading to the rebellious town of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region where the mostly Russian-speaking working-class population is demanding a referendum on the future of the region and a changeover of the country’s state structure into a federation.

The ministry said this had been done to deny the protesters an opportunity to get reinforcement.

Earlier in the day, Sergei Pashinsky, an interim acting chief of Ukraine’s “presidential administration”, declared the start of phase two of the armed operation near Sloviansk.

He stated bluntly that the goal was to block the city.

Representatives of the people’s volunteer guard in Sloviansk said that only one transport route – a road leading to the regional capital Donetsk — remained unblocked until recently.

Russia News and Media Sources.


#donetsk, #kiev, #sloviansk, #ukraines

` Statement by (PACE), Anne Brasseur, Calls to De-Escalate the Resumption of Violence in Sloviansk ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 25 – “I am extremely concerned by the information coming from Ukraine about the resumption of violence, including in the city of Sloviansk.

I call on all sides to urgently de-escalate the situation and end all violent or provocative actions and return to what was agreed in Geneva, particularly as regards the disarmament of illegal armed groups currently active in Ukraine,” Brasseur said in the statement. – Posted on their Website.


#geneva, #sloviansk, #ukraine

#AceWorldNews KIEV April 24 The people’s self defence…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 24 – The people’s self-defence fighters in Ukraine’s Sloviansk city together with a reinforcement that arrived from Krasny Liman, have rebuffed an attack of the Ukrainian military who are engaged in a special operation at the entrance to Sloviansk, local media reported on Thursday.

“The convoy of armoured vehicles has yielded ground.

The people’s police have got reinforcement from the city of Krasny Liman.

Volunteers – even unarmed – continue to arrive at the strategic post,” according to a local report.

According to the media, the people’s policemen are currently sweeping the nearby forest belt.

According to some information, the armoured vehicles of the Ukrainian special task force have been moved away, but the military themselves could have massed not far from the block post.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry for its part claims that the law enforcers have taken under control three self-defence block posts in Sloviansk.

The ministry says on its official website that the ministry officers and Ukrainian Defence Ministry servicemen have killed five protesters during the operation.

One of the participants in the “active phase” of the operation has been wounded.


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