(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.

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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.

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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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