#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – July 23 – RT’s contributor, UK journalist Graham Phillips is among four people taken hostage by Ukrainian troops, ANNA news agency reports. Phillips has been missing since he went to Donetsk airport on his own while a firefight was taking place.
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The other three people in the group are reportedly ANNA news agency’s cameraman, an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and possibly an acquaintance of Phillips, who accompanied the journalist to the airport.
“Our cameraman, Vadim, was working in the epicenter of the fighting, RT’s stringer was next to him,” ANNA news agency reported.
The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.
“According to the information we have, they have been captured by Ukrainian troops. This information has been confirmed by the self-defence forces,” the head of ANNA news agency’s Ukrainian bureau, Konstantin Knyrik, told RT.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded the immediate release of journalists working for RT and the ANNA news agency.
UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips (Photo from grahamwphillips.com)
The last time Phillips got in touch with Moscow was on the evening of Tuesday, July 22.
The stringer informed Moscow he was planning to go to Donetsk airport, currently the most active war-zone in the regional centre besieged by Kiev’s troops and National Guard.
“We urged him not to go, because of the obvious risks, but based on the messages that appeared in social media a bit later, he decided to go there anyway, alongside another group of journalists,” RT’s statement maintains.
#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.
#AceWorldNews – SLAVYANSK – May 11 – Kiev’s troops on Saturday, May 10, detained a local journalist, Artyom Larionov, who was going in a car from the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk to neighbouring Kramatorsk.
Larionov’s detention was confirmed by the taxi driver who was giving him a lift.
The journalist left his belongings and camera in the car.
The taxi driver brought them back to Slavyansk.
Artyom’s colleagues say he is married, his wife and two daughters live in Donetsk.
He is a freelancer, keeps a blog and posts materials about events in the South-East of Ukraine.
#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 10 – The referendum on the status of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) scheduled for May 11, has begun early in two districts of the province as the situation has aggravated, Chairman of the DNR Election Commission Roman Lyagin told reporters on Saturday.
“In Mariupol, the referendum began May 9 following the news about possible aggravation of the political situation in the region,” Lyagin said adding that “This was the cause behind the Ukrainian‘s army stepping up its activity on May 9.”
According to the election commission official, federalization supporters prepared 53 election districts and set up more than 1,500 local election commissions.
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February 19, 2014 06:30
An anti-government protester removes barricades at the site of recent clashes with riot police in Kiev February 16, 2014.(Reuters /Konstantin Chernichkin)
Kiev, Ukraine’s Independence Square, also known as Euromaidan, is still occupied by people demanding closer integration with Europe and the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government. Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets, and men in masks can be seen on either side of the tent camps and barricades that divide the city’s central square from the outside world. But who are the ‘peaceful’ demonstrators occupying Maidan? RT’s crew managed to visit both sides of the barricades and to hear from residents of the Ukrainian capital.