` Kremlin to Pyotr Poroshenko on Crimea’s Lawsuit that Kiev Owes $3.5 Billion for Gas Supplies ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 26 – The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday.

“We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists.

He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.


#russia, #crimea, #kiev, #kremlin, #moscow, #ukraines

` Ukrainian Government Announces Formation of the National Guard with 6,000 Combat Ready Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Last week the Ukrainian government announced the formation of the National Guard, after it was revealed that the army only had 6,000 combat ready troops compared to Russia’s 200,000.

The volunteer force will bolster the under-strength military and protect Ukraine’s borders after Crimea having been effectively annexed and Russian forces now building up along Ukraine’s eastern border.

The first to answer the call were the self defence groups who fought on the barricades during last month’s revolution.

So we headed down to the Maidan to hopefully tag along with them to the training grounds outside of Kiev for their induction day.

Vice News Report


#crimea, #maidan, #national-guard, #russian, #ukraine, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` Moscow Court Sanctioned Arrest of Ukrainian Businessman Gennady Balashov on International Wanted List ‘

#AceWorldNews- MOSCOW – May 08 – A Moscow court sanctioned an arrest in absentia of Ukrainian businessman Gennady Balashov, who reportedly called for killing Russian nationals during anti-government protests in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev in March, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee said on Thursday.

“The Basmanny Court of Moscow satisfied a motion from the Russian Investigative Committee to sanction an arrest in absentia of Gennady Balashov, who is on the international wanted list,” Vladimir Markin said.

Markin said that Balashov was charged with instigation of hatred, feud and murder.

Tass – Ukraine Press Committee –


#ans2014, #kiev, #moscow, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` 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

#AceWorldNews ODESSA May 02 As many as 38…

#AceWorldNews – ODESSA – May 02 – As many as 38 people died in a fire lit by Ukraine’s Right Sector and Self-defence radicals at the building of trade union council in the Black Sea city of Odessa on Friday, a spokesman for the Ukrainian interior ministry said.

According to the ministry, thirty people died of carbon oxide intoxication, eight died having jumped out of windows.

As many as 50 people sought medical assistance, including ten policemen.

Ace Related News:
1. May 02 – 16.53 GMT – #AceWorldNews – ODESSA – May 02 – Mass riots are reported from the central square in Ukraine’s Black Sea city of Odessa on Friday. About 1,500 young men wearing masks and Right Sector armlets armed with chains, clubs and shields tried to stage a march along Odessa’s central streets http://wp.me/p165ui-527


#odessa, #right-sector, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` John Kerry US May impose Sanctions on Whole Sectors of Russian Economy ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – April 29 – The US may impose sanctions on whole sectors of Russian economy, if Russia continues the same policy towards Ukraine. US Secretary of State John Kerry said this in an interview to The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

When asked why the American government continues punishing individual Russians or single Russian companies and does not impose broader sanctions on whole sectors of the Russian economy — the energy, financial or defence sectors — Kerry answered: “We’re inches away from that now. And if they continue on this path, that’s where it’s heading.”

Regarding the developments in Ukraine, the USA has imposed further sanctions against seven Russian officials and 17 companies. In particular, the case in hand is freezing assets, which may be under Washington’s jurisdiction, as well as ban on American visas.

According to John Kerry, the already imposed sanctions have a certain economic and political effect. The Wall Street Journal notes that the best argument is the fact that Russia has not sent its troops to Ukraine’s east.

WSJ – TASS – Russian News – Agencies


#russia, #new-york, #russian, #ukraines, #us, #us-secretary-of-state-john-kerry

#AceNewsServices BRUSSELS April 29 List of European Union…

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – April 29 – List of European Union Names of Russian Officials.

The official journal of the European Union has published the names of 10 Russian officials and five representatives of Ukraine’s south-east resistance, against whom have been applied sanctions constituting in ban of entry in EU territory and assets freezing (if any) in member states.
In particular, the list includes:

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak;

Permanent Presidential Representative in Crimea Oleg Belaventsev;

Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Lyudmila Shvetsova;

Head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov;

Head of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff Igor Sergun;

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Sergei Neverov;

Minister for Crimean Affairs Oleg Savelyev;

Sevastopol Governor Sergei Menyailo;

Senator of Crimean executive authority Olga Kovitidi;

Main Intelligence Directorate employee Igor Strelkov.


#brussels, #eu, #european-union, #russian, #ukraines

` Activists Blocked the Plane of Ukrainian Mykhailo Dobkin from Taking off from Kherson Airport ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 28 – Unidentified people blocked the jet of Ukrainian presidential nominee Mykhailo Dobkin on the runway of Kherson airport.

Deputy director of the airport Yuri Sidoryuk reported this on Monday.

“At about 09:00 (06:00 GMT) the jet carrying Ukraine’s presidential nominee Mykhailo Dobkin landed in Kherson airport.

In this moment, several dozens of activists forced their way to the landing strip and blocked the jet. I had to hold talks with the participants of the action.

Meanwhile, the jet managed to turn towards the end of the strip and take off,” local media quoted him as saying.

The regional office of the Party of Regions reports that Dobkin intends to hold a news conference “regarding the impossibility to hold a full-fledged electoral campaign and visit Ukrainian regions”.


#kherson, #kiev, #mykhailo-dobkin, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` Local Residents Build Check-Point and Mount Barricades to Protect City from Actions of Right Sector ‘

AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 27- Local residents have built a checkpoint near the city administrative building and are mounting barricades in the city of Stakhanov in east Ukraine’s Lugansk region, local media reported on Sunday.

A rally for which local residents had assembled in the evening on April 26 preceded mounting of reinforcement.

It was decided at the rally to build a checkpoint on the central square and barricades to protect the city from actions of new Kiev authorities and Right Sector radical activists.

Supporters of Donetsk people’s republic have earlier rebuffed an attack of Ukrainian law enforcers on a checkpoint at the city of Soledar in the immediate proximity from an arms and ammunition depot.

Several casualties were reported in the attack on the checkpoint.


#aceworldnews, #donetsk, #lugansk, #right-sector, #ukraines

` 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

` Kiev Loses Contact with `OSCE Mission ‘ Working in Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Region ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 25 – Kiev says it has lost contact with the OSCE mission working in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reports.

“We have received information that in the Donetsk region the contact has been lost with the members of the military OSCE mission, which is now in Ukraine in accordance with the Vienna document,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Evgeny Perebiynis was quoted as saying.

According to the ministry, the German-led group of OSCE observers has been working in south-east Ukraine since April 21.


#donetsk, #kiev, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #osce, #ukraines, #ukrainian

` Police Launch Investigation into Blast that Exploded at Check-Point of Armed Gunmen in Odessa ‘

#AceWorldNews- ODESSA – April 25 – Police has launched an investigation into a blast that went off at a checkpoint of armed gunmen from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa. Gunmen hurled a bomb at the checkpoint from a car driving nearby, the regional police department told ITAR-TASS.

“The explosion occurred at 4.00 am local time on the road leading to Ovidiopol at one of largest wholesale marketplaces in the region. Wounded people affirmed that an explosive device was hurled at the checkpoint from a passing car.

Seven people at the bonfire have got leg fragmentation wounds.

All of them were taken to the city hospital, their life is not in danger,” the regional police department told ITAR-TASS.


#black-sea, #odessa, #ukraines, #ukrainian

#AceWorldNews KIEV April 22 Law enforcement officers in…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 22 – Law enforcement officers in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine, are refusing to take part in a security operation against local protesters seeking the country’s federalization, the head of the main command centre of Ukraine’s armed forces,

Major General Alexander Rozmaznin, told a news briefing on Tuesday.


#ans2104, #kiev, #ukraines

` Three Foreign Journalist’s were Temporarily Detained by Pro-Russia Insurgents in Eastern Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.

One Belarusian and two Italian journalists were stopped Monday by gunmen as they reported in the city of Slovyansk, which has been occupied by pro-Russia forces for more than a week.

Slovyansk is one of many cities in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern region where insurgents are demanding greater ties with Russia.

By Philippa Stewart (ALJ)

#ans2014, #russia, #belarusian, #italian, #russian, #slovyansk, #ukraine, #ukraines

` Ukraine’s Easter Armistice has been Broken by Extremists and Militants in Slavyansk citing Right Sector ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 20 – The militants organized the provocation on the night of Sunday in Ukraine’s Slavyansk (Donetsk region). It proves the Ukrainian authorities are not willing to disarm nationalists and extremists, Russia’s foreign ministry says in a statement published on Sunday.

“At the night of Sunday, April 20, the Easter armistice was broken in Slavyansk.

The attack of the armed militants from the so-called Right Sector claimed lives of innocent civilians… The Russian side is indignant at this provocation of the militants, which proves Kiev’s authorities are not willing to control and disarm the nationalists and extremists.

Russia insists on Ukraine’s strict observance of the obligations it has undertaken to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine’s south-eastern regions, Russia’s foreign ministry said commenting on the events in Slavyansk, where militants from the Right Sector had breached the Easter armistice.

Russian and Media News Sources.


#donetsk, #moscow, #right-sector, #slavyansk, #ukraines

` Vladamir Putin appeals to ` European Nations ‘ Interested in Bolstering Ukraine’s Economy ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 19 – President Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports.

The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4 million as a result.


#european, #moscow, #president-putin, #ukraines

` Viktor Yanukovitch was Forced to Flee to Russia Due to Threats on his Life in the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW, April 18 – Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich was forced to take shelter in Russia because he faces life threat in Ukraine, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Russia-1 television channel on Friday.

Peskov – “ Yanukovich is free to stay here and he has to stay here because his living in Ukraine is under threat now, so he is under the protection of the Russian state,” Peskov stressed, adding that Yanukovich was forced to leave his country because of threats of physical violence from “those elements who have come to power in an armed coup.


#russia, #dmitry-peskov, #moscow, #russian, #ukraines, #viktor-yanukovych

` Yulia Tymoshenko has Addressed the `US Congress ‘ asking them to Provide Military Assistance to Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 18 – Ukraine’s presidential candidate, leader of Batkivshchyna party Yulia Tymoshenko has addressed the US Congress asking to provide military assistance to Ukraine. The relevant statement has been made public by the political party’s press service.

“I am calling on the members of US Congress with a request to take every possible step towards supporting Ukraine, protecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Tymoshenko says.

According to Batkivshchyna’s leader, “Ukraine needs comprehensive assistance, including military and technical aid that should comprise air defence and anti-mechanized equipment, as well as assistance in personnel training”.

In addition, Tymoshenko regards the final document of the four-party meeting between representatives of Ukraine, USA, EU and Russia as “the first step in the right direction”.


#russia, #batkivshchina-fatherland-party, #eu, #kiev, #ukraines, #usa, #yulia-tymoshenko

#AceWorldNews KIEV April 18 Ukraine’s Security Service and…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 18 – Ukraine’s Security Service and the Radiobroadcast, Radio Communication and Television Broadcast Concern have stopped broadcast of Russian television channels in Kramatorsk (north of unrest Donetsk oblast).

The Concern’s press service said the broadcast had been resumed as the local radio and television station was seized by local people, who blocked broadcast of the Ukrainian television.

“At that time, electricity at the transmitting station was cut off,” the press service said.


#donestsk-oblast, #kiev, #kramatorsk, #ukraines

` Checkpoint of Protesters Destroyed in Village near `Sloviansk ‘ Paratroopers Reported ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV- April 18 – A checkpoint of protesters was destroyed in the village of Sergeyevka near Sloviansk, the Donetsk oblast, Ukraine’s 112.ua news agency reported.

A woman in the village said shooting was heard “in the area of the road”.

“Local residents say that people in military uniform have appeared in the village.

Supposedly those are paratroopers participating in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ anti-terrorist operation,” the agency reported.


#donetsk, #kiev, #oblast, #sloviansk, #ukraines