(KIEV, Ukraine.) JUST IN: Russia in spotlight again as blame falls on them for the death of a Russian journalist after Ukrainian social media first reported that the victim was Babchenko who was found by his wife covered in blood in their apartment on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.30: The incident took place on the Nikolsko-Slobodskaya street in the Dnieper district of the capital: The line 102 received a message from the doctors: a woman called them and said that she had found her husband covered with blood in an apartment. The victim has died from the received wounds, preliminary inflicted on his back. The dead person is a Russian citizen born in 1977 who is a host at one of the TV channels,” the Interior Ministry stated. The statement indicated that police were headed to the scene #AceNewsDesk reports

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Russia Hopes Ukraine Can Put an End to Killing of Journalists

Ukrainian Interior Ministry board member Anton Gerashchenko confirmed that Babchenko had been shot several times in the back in a stairway and died of those wounds.

“The killer was waiting for him on the stairwell at the entrance. When Arkady opened the door to his the apartment, the murderer made several shots in the back of Arkady Babchenko,” Gerashchenko wrote in his Facebook blog.

Ukrainian police circulated the Babchenko killer’s suspect sketch showing 40-45 y.o. man with grey beard.

The head of Russia’s Human Rights Council said the council condemns the murder and will demand that Kiev conduct a thorough investigation. Russia’s Investigative Committee has also launched an investigation. Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged a swift and thorough investigation into the murder.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was demanding that Kiev conducted a swift investigation of the murder of the journalist.

“We are demanding that the Ukrainian authorities do everything possible to conduct the investigation swiftly,” the ministry said in a statement published on Facebook. Moscow urged the relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations to control the probe as well.

Head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine website Kirill Vyshinsky in the court of Kherson on suspicions of high treason and support of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics.
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Arrests, Threats and Murder: Risks of Being Journalist in Ukraine

The foreign ministry also noted that media professionals in Ukraine were more and more often facing physical violence or murder threats, but probes never seem to lead to the punishment of the culprits.

In 2016, journalist Pavel Sheremet died when a car he was driving blew up in downtown Kiev. Ukrainian Interior Ministry said the explosion was probably caused by a remote-controlled explosive device. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated back then that Russia was shocked by the murder and hoped that the chain of impunity in killings would be interrupted, recalling the 2000 killing of journalist Georgy Gongadze, the April 2015 shooting death of Oles Buzina, and the deaths of journalists in conflict zones across eastern Ukraine.

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UKRAINE: ‘ On anniversary of Airliner #MH17 Crash 260 Airlines call for Global Convention on Anti-Aircraft Weapons ‘

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE: #MH17 July.17: On the first anniversary of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, a UN agency) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association uniting more than 260 airlines, have joined forces in seeking a global convention on anti-aircraft weapons, RIA reports.

“We are working with ICAO to achieve a global convention controlling the design, manufacture, sale, and deployment of weapons with anti-aircraft capability,” IATA head Tony Tyler said Friday.

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TENSION IN KIEV – “TORNADO” DEFY POROSHENKO UKRAINE TROOPS SURROUND TORNADO HQ

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE:June.19: The Azov Battalion, Nazis, Kolomoyski, Burisma Holdings, the Bidens & Neocons in Ukraine Tensions mount as 5 regiments close in on Kiev after their Patron Nalyvaychenko resigned yesterday from his post as head of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine). With discussion exhausted and the Regiments defying to lay down arms this is beginning to […]

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@AceNewsServices ‘ Ukrainian Parliament sacks security service chief over Oil depot cover-up ‘

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE:June.18: The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday dismissed Valentin Nalivaychenko as the head of the security service (SBU), Sputnik reported.

President Petro Poroshenko earlier asked the Verkhovnaya Rada to support his initiative to sack the SBU head, and 248 MPs agreed. Nalivaychenko was appointed the SBU head last February, and also headed the service in 2006-10.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday submitted a decree to the parliament in Kiev to dismiss Ukrainian Security Service chief Valentin Nalivaychenko.

The SBU chief had earlier been questioned by prosecutors after he accused Deputy Attorney General Anatoly Danylenko of covering up an oil depot fire near Kiev.

The disagreement was seen as a new sign of infighting between the Prosecutor General’s Office and the security services, Sputnik reported.

Poroshenko’s representatives say the president wants to see a career security services employee as the SBU chief, rather than a politician or a diplomat.

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VIDEO: RUSSIA-AZERBAIJAN: ‘ Closed door talks on Energy ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Post:June.13: The leaders of Russia and Turkey have held talks behind closed doors in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. They attended the opening ceremony of the first European Games, before discussing energy projects and the Ukrainian conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counteroart recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed large energy projects, such asthe construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant,and the situation in Ukraine, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov revealed. The leaders confirmed their readiness to bring bilateral trade turnover between Russia and Turkey to $US 100 billion by 2020. In 2014, trade between the two countries exceeded $31 billion.

During a photo session that preceded the talks, the presidents didn’t talk much and only exchanged opinions about the previous day’s opening ceremony. The presidents agreed the ceremony was superb and wished success to the host team of Azerbaijan.

When President Erdogan remarked that none of the EU leaders had attended the event, President Putin replied: “As EU accession candidate, Turkey represented the whole of the European Union.”

The Russian delegation included Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, head of Gazprom Aleksey Miller, head of Rosatom nuclear monopoly Sergey Kirienko and the Russian president’s senior foreign policy adviser, Yury Ushakov.

In December 2014, after opposition from the EU, Russia announced the scrapping of the South Stream gas pipeline project that would have bypassed the current routes via Ukraine. Moscow presented a new project, the Turkish Stream – a gas pipeline that will pass through Turkey.

This new 1,100-kilometer transportation route will be laid out under the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey. It will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and the EU border. Europe will have to arrange a means of accessing the gas by itself.

The Turkish Stream will consist of four lines with a capacity of up to 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Some 16 billion will be reserved for Turkey; the rest will go to Europe when the necessary infrastructure is in place.

In 2014, Russia supplied 27.4 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey, primarily through the Blue Stream pipeline that also passes across the Black Sea. Russia and Turkey agreed earlier to increase Blue Stream capacity from 16 to 19 billion cubic meters per year.

Tension between Moscow and Ankara had arisen after Putin attended the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), which took place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

President Erdogan had threatened to withdraw the Turkish ambassador from Russia, but the meeting in Baku apparently diffused things. President Putin congratulated Erdogan on his party’s win in Turkey’s parliamentary elections on June 7.

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UKRAINE: ‘ VIDEOS: Oil fires still burning at Kiev depot – officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update: UKRAINE:June.10: Five oil cisterns were still on fire at an oil depot near Ukraine’s capital on Wednesday, TASS quoted head of the emergency situations service, Nikolay Chechetkin, as saying.

READ MORE: Firefighters die combating massive blaze at fuel storage facility near Kiev (VIDEO)

The Interior Ministry believes that safety violations were the likely cause for the blaze as counterfeit petroleum products were produced at the facility, TASS reported

The official said there was no danger of a new blast at the moment, but he didn’t rule it out. Four people have reportedly died as a result of the fire, and at least 12 others were injured after the inferno at the BRSM-Nafta oil depot on Monday night, which caused several tanks to explode.

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POLAND: ‘ Former Army Commander & Ex-Defense Minister prepare for hybrid war scenario with Russia ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Interview:POLAND:June.07: Former Polish army commander and ex-Deputy Defense Minister Waldemar Skrzypczak says that Poland and the Baltic states prepare for ‘hybrid war’ with Russia, while adding that NATO’s combined military power comfortably exceeds the forces at Russia’s disposal.

 Two Norwegian sailors onboard the Norwegian support vessel Valkyrien

Sitting down for an interview for Baltic news hub Delfi, Skrzypczak defended NATO’s beefing up of its presence in countries along Russia’s border, arguing that “I wouldn’t say that this is an attempt to intimidate Russia, but rather the response by the [NATO] Alliance to a threat which could turn into an uncontrollable situation. What sort of threat? For example, a hybrid war.”

Skrzypczak noted that under the present balance of forces, the expanded Eastern European Rapid Response Force can handle the appearance of Russian ‘little green men’ “with ease.” However, ramping up the paranoia and alluding to a Russian fifth column in the Baltic states, the ex-general added that “the aggressor acts not only with the help of special forces.

His activity can be observed in a variety of fields –from military to political and the ethnic factor.” Skrzypczak did not make clear how this “ethnic factor” should be dealt with, noting only that “it is very important to understand what is happening and to provide a timely warning about the opponent’s [potential] actions.”

Commenting on the growth of NATO military might along Russian borders, including a growing permanent military presence, expanded and intensified exercises, Lithuania’s return to conscription, and Poland’s own intensive rearmament, Skrzypczak noted that NATO governments’ earlier policy was naïve for “blindly believing that good relations with Moscow [would] last forever,” adding that the conflict in Ukraine, for which he blamed Russia, “fell [on European politicians] like a cold shower.” In the general’s view, NATO’s more aggressive posture “is the only way to cool the hotheads in Moscow.”

Boasting that the generals of the Russian army “likely think of a conflict with NATO as a bad dream,” Skrzypczak noted that NATO’s military potential “exceeds at least several times the capabilities at Russia’s disposal,” adding that even on their own, the combined forces of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia would be a “tough nut [for Russia] to crack.” In the ex-general’s view, a war with NATO would “plunge Russia into chaos from which it would be unable to recover,” and for this reason “full-scale hostilities are not a threat.”

Retracting his earlier calls for Polish authorities to support Ukraine politically and militarily, Skrzypczak noted that this would be improper following “the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to recognize [Nazi collaborationist forces] OUN-UPA as fighters for Ukrainian independence.” Skrzypczak noted that “we Poles are against the honoring of the executioners of the Volyn massacre,” but added that “if we leave the Ukrainians alone, everything could end up even worse.”

Blaming Russia for the civil war in eastern Ukraine, caused in no small part by the radical nationalism supported by Kiev, Skrzypczak noted that while Russia is presently “trying to return to the international scene as peacemaker,” he remains hopeful that “the West will remain alert.”

Skrzypczak served as the commander of Poland’s land forces between 2006-2009, serving as the country’s deputy defense minister between 2012-2013.

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GERMANY: ‘ G7Live: ‘ Conference Protesters Peaceful & Police Keep Watching Brief ‘

#AceNewsReport – GERMANY:June.07: The crisis in Ukraine and the Greek economy are expected to top the agenda of the two-day G7 summit in southern Germany. However, the event has been overshadowed by mass demonstrations by anti-globalization protesters, who plan to hold more rallies.

Sunday, June 7

11:45 GMT:

Prime Minister Cameron also says he wants to see the #FIFA scandal discussed during the summit. He believes this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the broader “cancer” of corruption globally.

“There is something of an international taboo over pointing the finger and stirring up concerns,” Cameron said in a statement on Friday, as cited by Reuters.

“At international summits, leaders meet to talk about aid, economic growth and how to keep our people safe. But we just don’t talk enough about corruption. This has got to change. We have to show some of the same courage that exposed FIFA and break the taboo.”

11:00 GMT:

British PM David Cameron says Europe must stay united on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict despite pain, Reuters reports.

“We need to make sure Europe remains united,” Cameron told reporters at the G7.

“It (sanctions) has an impact on all countries. (But) Britain hasn’t let our pre-eminence in financial services get in the way of taking a robust response to Russian-backed aggression and I don’t think other countries should either.”

10:05 GMT:

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk says the G7 group would like to see Russia back at the forum’s table.

“We would all prefer to see Russia at the table of the forum so that it can become the G8 group. But our group is a community of values and that is why Russia is not with us today and will not be invited as long as it acts aggressively against Ukraine or other countries,” Tusk said in a press conference.

09:57 GMT:

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Meanwhile, it seems as though the protesters have reached the end of the line as they tried to make their way towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

Ruptly producer Denise Reese, who is at the scene, says there is a relaxed atmosphere and there does not seem to be any hint of trouble at the moment. There are about 500 demonstrators present.

09:53 GMT:

British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Bavaria for the G7 summit. He plans to push EU officials to speed up negotiations to speed up a multi-billion dollar trade deal between the bloc and the US.

His intervention would come after the EU’s chief negotiator said in April that talks to clinch the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would stretch into 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

“We launched this at a G8 that was ours in Lough Erne in 2013,” one British official told reporters, which was cited by Reuters. “That was over 700 days ago, and the prime minister feels we should be making swifter progress.”

09:32 GMT:

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel meeting some of the locals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

09:24 GMT:

Barack Obama said before the start of the G7 summit that leaders would discuss what they perceive to be Russian “aggression” in Ukraine, as well as the threats posed by extremism and climate change.

“So over the next two days in Schloss Elmau we’re going to discuss our shared future, the global economy that creates jobs and opportunity, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, forging new trade partnerships across the Atlantic, standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine, combating threats from violent extremism to climate change,” Obama said, as cited by Reuters.

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

Before getting down to business, the US president managed to enjoy a traditional Bavarian lunch with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

09:07 GMT:

Ruptly producer Denise Reese has been following the protesters on their march towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

08:37 GMT:

Demonstrators blocked a road leading to the Schloss Elmau hotel with a sit-down protest. This forced those attending the G7 summit to make the final stretch of their journey by helicopter, Reuters reports.

Bavarian police said on Twitter that 12 protesters had sat down in the road. After the police talked to them, seven of the demonstrators left voluntarily, while five were dragged away forcibly.

08:37 GMT:

Meanwhile, protesters against the G7 summit said that police used a chemical substance on up to 400 people, a spokesperson for the Stop G7 movement told the Sputnik news agency. The spokesperson added that several people suffered injuries after the substance was emitted.

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MOSCOW: ‘ KEY POINTS OF VLADIMIR PUTINS STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS ‘

#AceNewsServices – RUSSIA – On December 4 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly, the both chambers of Russia’s parliament. The state of the nation address is a basic document, which outlines the president’s positions on major directions of the Russian policies not only for the coming year, but also for future.

Position on the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea’s unification with Russia

Russia has the right to pursue its sole line of development, the president said. “This applies to Ukraine as well,” Putin said. He called hypocritical the use of human’s rights issue to cover for the state coup in Ukraine.

The president recalled the Crimean referendum and the reunification of the republic with Russia. The reunification, he said, is a major historic event. Crimea has significance for Russia, he said, and Russians will handle it that way forever.

On US influence: 

The United States always influences Russia’s relations with neighbouring states directly or behind-the-scenes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Getting back to the way Russia’s dialogue with Europe and the US on Ukraine was developing, the president said “It is not by chance that I have mentioned our American friends, as they have always been influencing our relations with neighbours directly or behind-the-scenes”.

“If some European countries have forgotten about their national pride long ago and are considering sovereignty to be a great luxury, real state sovereignty is an absolutely essential condition for Russia’s existence,” Putin said.

On sanctions:

“Of course, sanctions are harmful, but they are harmful for everyone, including for those who initiate them,” Putin stressed. The Russian president however said sanctions and restrictions motivate to reach the set aims. Putin said he’s sure that the sanctions are not just a “nervous reaction of the United States and its allies” to Russia’s behaviour in connection with events in Ukraine and not due to “the Crimean spring.”

“The policy of containment was not invented yesterday. It has been carried out against this country for many and many years — always, if one can say. For decades if not centuries,” Putin said.

“Each time when someone believes that Russia has become too strong, independent, these tools are used immediately,” the Russian leader said.

Russia isn’t going to stop relations with Europe or America. Besides, Putin said, Russia has many strategic friends and partners in the world. The country will be open for the world and for attracting investments from abroad for joint projects, the president said. He sets a task of increasing the investment in the Russian economy to 25% of the GDP by 2018.

On import substitution:

Reasonable import substitution is Russia’s strategic goal in the near future, Vladimir Putin said in his address. Russia should get rid of dependency on foreign equipment, including for oil drilling in the Arctic, the president said. According to him, when foreign companies buy equipment abroad, it doesn’t do any good for Russia. They should use local products, Putin said. If Rusia buys anything abroad, the products have to be unique. Putin set the task to create conditions fot the SME to take part in the government procurement programs.

Who loves Russia should wish freedom for it On support of terrorism in Russia from abroad and disbalance in the world

Since 2002, when the US abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, there’s been a threat of strategic disbalance in the world, and it’s bad even for the US itself, Vladimir Putin said. “I think this is harmful for the United States as well, because it creates the dangerous illusion of invincibility,” Putin said.

He noted Russia isn’t going to get involved in the arms race though it will do its best to provide its security. The president added that Russia has nonstandard solutions.

It’s useless to try talking to Russia from position of strength. “We remember the countries that supported the terrorists in Russia …and those people make trouble today in Chechnya,” Putin said. The terrorists, according to the president, still receive support from abroad. “Those countries want the Yugoslavian scenario to happen in Russia, he said. Putin noted they will fail just as Hitler failed with his misanthropic idea.

On government spending:

According to the president, Defense Ministry should create a new system for control of budget spending. Improper spending in the sphere of defense can be considered as a threat to national security, he says.

Vladimir Putin says all budget corporations should have a common treasury, and all companies with large state share should reduce their costs several per cent each year.

On industry modernization:

Putin says Russia is capable of modernizing its economy and being leader in the world in certain industries. To achieve that, Russia has to use internal resources, like the Academy of Sciences, and attract Russian nationals from abroad. By 2020 half of Russian colleges should have training cources for 50 most popular professions, says the president.

On demography and care for the disabled:

Russian demography programs have proven efficient and the programs will be extended for Crimea, says the president.

“The country’s population is almost 144 million people, it’s 8 million over the UN outlook,” says Putin. Russia has life a expectancy of over 71 years and has all chances to increase it to 74, he says.

Putin thanks the Russian athletes for their participation in the Sochi Paralympic Games. He says Russia should increase support for the disabled. This, according to the president, includes professional training, production of specific goods, among other things.

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LONDON: ‘ FINANCIAL SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA’S ACTIONS OF DESTABILISING SITUATION IN UKRAINE ‘

#AceNewsServices – UPDATE – November 05 – Press Release – A guide to the current consolidated list of asset freeze targets and a list of persons subject to restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in the Ukraine.

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‘ ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN UKRAINE AND EU ON CREATING FREE TRADE WILL LAUNCH IN 2016 ‘

#AceNewsServices – November 02 – Most of the provisional application of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU came into force on Saturday, except for the section on creating a free trade area which will be launched on January 1, 2016.

The provisional application will cover important areas such as the rule of law, the fight against crime and corruption as well as intensified sectorial cooperation, said a joint statement by the presidents of Ukraine, the European Council, and the European Commission. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has congratulated Ukrainians, adding on his Facebook page that the next goal is to join the EU.

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UKRAINE: ‘ INVESTIGATORS RECOVER UNSPECIFIED REMAINS OF PEOPLE FROM MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH17 ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – October 31 – Investigators have recovered the remains of an unspecified number of people from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, the Dutch prime minister said.

Speaking during a weekly press conference in the Hague, PM Mark Rutte said a team of Dutch, Ukrainian and OSCE rescue workers were granted rare access to the site where the plane’s wreckage remains scattered, AP reports.

Access to the site had previously been limited due to fighting in the area.

All 298 passengers and crew were killed when the plane was shot down in the reason, most of them Dutch.

Rutt said the remains would be flown back to the Netherlands and identified.

In July, the first of bodies recovered from the crashed site were flown the the Netherlands for identification.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ JOHN KERRY BRANDS ELECTIONS IN EASTERN UKRAINE AS UNLAWFUL ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 29 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has branded “unlawful” the upcoming elections in eastern Ukraine Press TV reported.  

During a visit to the Canadian capital Ottawa on Tuesday, Kerry warned Russia and the pro-Russians that any recognition of the election would be “a clear violation” of the Minsk Protocol.

Kerry’s remarks came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would recognize the results of the elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“We expect the elections will go ahead as agreed, and we will of course recognize the results,” Lavrov said, adding, the vote “will be important to legitimize the authorities there.” according to Itar.Tass. 

The announcement also infuriated Kiev, saying it undermines attempts to end the war in the country.

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UKRAINE: ‘ PETRO POROSHENKO PARTY LEADS WITH 23% OF VOTES EXIT POLLS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s party is in the lead with over 23 percent of votes in the country’s Sunday parliamentary elections, exit polls say.

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Poroshenko’s bloc is closely followed by two other pro-Europe parties.

A total of seven political parties will be represented in Ukraine’s Parliament – Verkhovnaya Rada.

The president’s Bloc of Petro Poroshenko took a winning margin with 23 percent and is closely followed by the People’s Front party – led by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk – which got over 21 percent, according to international exit polls.

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CHINA: ‘ CHINESE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT JOIN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – CHINA – October 24 – The Chinese government will not join economic sanctions against Russia, TASS quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying on Friday.

She was commenting on a statement by Paul Jones, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

We come against any sanctions or threats because they are not an effective method of solving problems,”Hua said, adding that the political settlement of the situation in Ukraine is the only right way.

“The Asian countries have their own view on the Ukrainian problem,” Hua said.

“But China is sure that sanctions are useless.” 

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UKRAINE: ‘ HUGE EXPLOSION HITS DONETSK CHEMICAL FACTORY REPORTS OF BALLISTIC MISSILE ‘

#AceBreakingNews – Donetsk – October 20 -A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website. The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometres.

The explosion reportedly took place at 12:10pm local time.

Local militia has said that the plant was targeted by a tactical Tochka-U missile. RT’s team in Donetsk is trying to verify this information.

RT correspondent Roman Kosarev posted on his Twitter account that the blast was heard across the city.
“We are now checking the information that a ballistic missile ss-21was used,” he tweeted.

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UKRAINE: ‘ Donestsk People’s Republic Sign Law on Special Status of Donbass ‘

#AceNewsServices – KIEV – October 14. /TASS/. First deputy chairman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Council of Ministers, Andrey Purgin, on Tuesday described the signing of the law on a special status of Donbass’ certain districts as a step forward on behalf of Kiev.

“I believe that this is a positive event.

We are not terrorists and separatists any more for Ukraine.

Now we have the right to our foreign political and economic activity.

It is important that the law includes points on restoration of Donbass,” Purgin said.

“The time will show how valuable this step is and where this will lead,” he said.

Earlier, chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Oleksandr Turchynov signed a draft law on special self-rule status to certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The draft law was submitted to the president for signing, the Ukrainian parliament’s website said.

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‘ DONETSK PEOPLES REPUBLIC LOOKING AT CREATING MULTI-CURRENCY UNIT TO USE ROUBLE AND HRYVNIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 12. /TASS/. Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko does not exclude possible economic cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities, the press service of the DPR Supreme Council /parliament/ said on Sunday.

“We are always glad to be friends with all who does not come here with weapons in the hands.

If they make rational offers in the economy, in trade or in the area of other partner relations.

We are ready to speak with all, even with the government, which is currently ruling Ukraine,” he said.

He said that the key task for the Supreme Council and himself as the prime minister was to create conditions for expanding relations with Russia “so that we could secure our economy from impacts from outside, including from Ukraine.”

“The economy will be completely, if possible, oriented towards the Russian market. We consider Russia our strategic partner,” he stressed.

Earlier, Zakharchenko said that the DPR authorities were looking at creating a multi-currency zone to use both the rouble (Russia’s currency unit) and the hryvnia (Ukraine’s currency unit).

The DPR Council of Minister also said it had passed a decision to set up a national bank in the republic.

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MOSCOW: ‘ US Lethal Weapons Deliveries to Kiev Would Undermine Minsk Agreements on Peace Resolution ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- October 09 (RIA Novosti) – Potential US deliveries of lethal weaponry to Kiev would undermine agreements on the peaceful resolution of the current crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“All agreements that have been recently reached – those in Minsk on September 5 and 19 – clearly stipulate the necessity of a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weaponry and concrete steps in disarmament, rather than boosting up the strength of Kiev-led forces,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a news briefing in Moscow.

“This [US arms supplies] is not something that is needed to ensure political settlement in Ukraine,” the diplomat said.

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UKRAINE: ‘ Five Statues of Vladimir Lenin Toppled or Damaged ‘

AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Kiev) – October 07. /TASS/. Five statues of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin have been toppled over the past 24 hours in Ukraine’s north-eastern Kharkiv region, a report posted on the website of the regional chief police department says.

' Vladimir Lennin Statues Damaged or Toppled '

‘ Vladimir Lennin Statues Damaged or Toppled ‘

In one of the developments, the head of a statue was broken off in a local settlement of the region, where half of the population see Russian as their mother-tongue.

In another incident, a statue was toppled in the settlement of Dobrovolskoye, it said.

One monument was damaged by hammers in the settlement of Berestovo.

Statues of Lenin were also toppled on Tuesday in two districts of the regional centre Kharkiv.

Police were summoned to the site, and law enforcement officers are investigating the case, the website of the Kharkiv city council reports. 

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