(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: A Ukrainian national was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his high-level role in the criminal work of the hacking group FIN7 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: He was arrested in Dresden, Germany, in 2018, at the request of U.S. law enforcement and was extradited to Seattle, Washington. In September 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking:

‘High-Level Organizer of Notorious Hacking Group Sentenced to Prison for Scheme that Compromised Tens of Millions of Debit and Credit Cards: Overall Damage to Banks, Merchants, Card Companies, and Consumers Estimated at more than $1 Billion’ Fedir Hladyr, 35, served as a manager and systems administrator for FIN7’

“The defendant and his conspirators compromised millions of financial accounts and caused over a billion dollars in losses to Americans and costs to the U.S. economy,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Protecting businesses – both large and small – online is a top priority for the Department of Justice. The department is committed to working with our international partners to hold such cyber criminals accountable, no matter where they reside or how anonymous they think they are.”

“This criminal organization had more than 70 people organized into business units and teams.  Some were hackers, others developed the malware installed on computers, and still others crafted the malicious emails that duped victims into infecting their company systems,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman of the Western District of Washington. “This defendant worked at the intersection of all these activities and thus bears heavy responsibility for billions in damage caused to companies and individual consumers.”

“These cyber thieves orchestrated an elaborate network of hackers and systems to infiltrate businesses and exploit consumers’ personal information,” said Special Agent in Charge Donald M. Voiret of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “Their specialized skills to target certain industries amplified the damage exponentially. Thanks to the hard work of law enforcement partners both in the U.S. and overseas, these fraudsters are not beyond our reach and cannot hide from the law.”

According to documents filed in the case, since at least 2015, members of FIN7 (also referred to as Carbanak Group and the Navigator Group, among other names) engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign to attack hundreds of U.S. companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gambling, and hospitality industries. FIN7 hacked into thousands of computer systems and stole millions of customer credit and debit card numbers that were then used or sold for profit. FIN7, through its dozens of members, launched waves of malicious cyberattacks on numerous businesses operating in the United States and abroad. To execute its scheme, FIN7 carefully crafted email messages that would appear legitimate to a business’ employees, and accompanied emails with telephone calls intended to further legitimize the emails. Once a file attached to a fraudulent email was opened and activated, FIN7 would use an adapted version of the Carbanak malware, in addition to an arsenal of other tools, to access and steal payment card data for the business’s customers. Since 2015, many of the stolen payment card numbers have been offered for sale through online underground marketplaces.

In the United States alone, FIN7 successfully breached the computer networks of businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, stealing more than 20 million customer card records from over 6,500 individual point-of-sale terminals at more than 3,600 separate business locations.  According to court documents, victims incurred enormous costs that, according to some estimates, totaled billions of dollars. Additional intrusions occurred abroad, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, and France. Companies that have publicly disclosed hacks attributable to FIN7 include such chains as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili’s, Arby’s, Red Robin, and Jason’s Deli.  

Hladyr originally joined FIN7 via a front company called Combi Security – a fake cyber security company that had a phony website and no legitimate customers. Hladyr admitted in his plea agreement that he soon realized that, rather than a legitimate company, Combi was part of a criminal enterprise. Hladyr served as FIN7’s systems administrator who, among other things, played a central role in aggregating stolen payment card information, supervising FIN7’s hackers, and maintaining the elaborate network of servers that FIN7 used to attack and control victims’ computers. Hladyr also controlled the organization’s encrypted channels of communication.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Seattle Cyber Task Force of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, numerous computer security firms and financial institutions, FBI offices across the nation and globe, as well as a number of international agencies provided significant assistance. German law enforcement authorities provided significant assistance by arresting Hladyr.

This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Anthony Teelucksingh of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francis Franze-Nakamura and Steven Masada of the Western District of Washington.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.17: 2021:

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(TEXAS) Justice Dept Report: Two citizens of Ukraine have been sentenced for trafficking & smuggling into the United States counterfeit cancer and hepatitis drugs #AceNewsDesk report

Ukrainian Traffickers Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Cancer and Hepatitis Drugs: ‘Maksym Nienadov, 36, was the owner of the Ukrainian-based company Healthy Nation. He and his co-conspirator and employee – Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 34 – pleaded guilty in July 2020 to both trafficking in and smuggling into the United States counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to do so. Nienadov also pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into the United States’

Today, Nienadov and Nikolaienko were sentenced to respective terms of 71 and 33 months in federal prison. Each defendant is expected to face removal proceedings following his term in prison.

“The defendants sought to profit off the illnesses of others, selling false hope – including fake drugs with no active ingredient – and risking the health of vulnerable patients,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This prosecution makes clear that we will hold accountable those who disregard the risks to patients by smuggling counterfeit drugs into the United States.”

“Those that traffic counterfeit drugs pose harm to our country’s most vulnerable citizens and will face consequences,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery of the Southern District of Texas. “Defenseless people need their medications for life-threatening illnesses. Schemes like these put patients at risk of not receiving the actual drugs required for treatment. This prosecution demonstrates the tremendous work by all our partners and our collaborative commitment to protecting our community and combatting counterfeit drug trafficking into the United States.” 

“Selling illegal prescription drugs in the U.S. marketplace puts consumers’ health at risk, but it is especially reprehensible when the drugs are intended for use with especially vulnerable populations, such as cancer patients,” said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI), Kansas City Field Office. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who sell illegal prescription drugs, knowing that they can jeopardize patients’ health.”

“We work tirelessly, alongside our federal partners and private sector stakeholders, to prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals from infiltrating the American marketplace,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Houston. “Today’s sentencing is another example of our relentless efforts to ensure consumers are receiving the life-saving pharmaceuticals that they need to treat their afflictions.”

Nienadov and Nikolaienko were arrested in April 2019 after they arrived in the United States from Ukraine to discuss sales of future unlawful shipments of drugs. They have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined.

HSI and FDA-OCI conducted the investigation.

Senior Trial Attorney Jeff Pearlman of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Edwards of the Southern District of Texas prosecuted the case. Former CCIPS Senior Trial Attorney Kebharu Smith assisted in the prosecution.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine provided substantial assistance.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.28: 2021:

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(DALLAS, Tx.) Justice Dept Report: Two members of an international organized network that provided cash-out and money laundering services to cyber actors were extradited from the Czech Republic to Dallas #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.07: Viktor Vorontsov, 39, and Zlata Hanska Muzhuk, 40, were charged in a one-count indictment with conspiracy to launder funds filed in February 2020 in the Northern District of Texas:

Two Ukrainian Nationals Extradited to U.S. on Money Laundering Charges: ‘According to the indictment, Muzhuk and Vorontsov were allegedly members of an international organized network providing cash-out and money laundering services to cyber actors who used stolen bank login credentials to initiate fraudulent electronic funds transfers from victims’ bank accounts to bank accounts (drop accounts) created and controlled by the cash-out actors’

For a fee, Muzhuk and Vorontsov provided a network of drop accounts and money mules to receive, transfer, and conceal money derived from the fraudulent online transfers of funds. The indictment alleges the conspiracy existed for the entirety of 2017 and focused on seven electronic funds transfers in October and November 2017, totaling almost $500,000.

During the FBI’s investigation of Muzhuk and Vorontsov, the Czech National Organized Crime Agency (NCOZ) collaborated to gather information and evidence. In late January 2020, NCOZ informed the FBI that Muzhuk was visiting Vorontsov at his residence in the Czech Republic. A criminal complaint and an arrest warrant were issued by a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Dallas and an FBI special agent from Dallas traveled to the Czech Republic to coordinate with the NCOZ.

In an unprecedentedly prompt response on Feb. 6, 2020, the NCOZ effected the arrests of Muzhuk and Vorontsov at the request of the U.S. and seized valuable evidence from both defendants and from Vorontsov’s residence. Muzhuk and Vorontsov were detained pending the extradition proceedings. On Dec. 4, 2020, and Jan. 21, 2021, respectively, the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic granted the extradition of Muzhuk and Vorontsov. The defendants were transferred to FBI custody on March 3, 2021 and were flown from Prague to Dallas.

Vorontsov and Muzhuk appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Toliver in the Northern District of Texas and entered not-guilty pleas to the charges. Vorontsov and Muzhuk remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The FBI’s Dallas Field Office conducted the investigation. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the defendants’ extradition from the Czech Republic.

Senior Trial Attorney C.S. Heath of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Nichols of the Northern District of Texas are prosecuting the case. 

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.07: 2021:

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KIEV: ‘ Tycoon Governor Kolomoisky Confesses to Holding Three Passports for Ukraine,Israel and Cyprus’

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Kiev) – October 3 – Ihor Kolomoisky, the governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region, confessed on Friday he has passports of three countries.

' Ukrainian soldier admits killing civilians in Luhansk for Kolomoisky's money On Wednesday, a private of Ukraine's Dnieper battalion admitted killing women and children in the Luhansk region for remuneration offered by Ihor Kolomoyskyi. The Russian Investigative Committee brought official charges against Sergei Litvinov for murdering innocent civilians during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

‘ Ukrainian soldier admits killing civilians in Luhansk for Kolomoisky’s money
On Wednesday, a private of Ukraine’s Dnieper battalion admitted killing women and children in the Luhansk region for remuneration offered by Ihor Kolomoyskyi.
The Russian Investigative Committee brought official charges against Sergei Litvinov for murdering innocent civilians during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In an interview on the Ukrainian television Channel One, Kolomoisky said that along with the Ukrainian passport he has passports of Israel and Cyprus. When asked how his holding three passports fitted Ukrainian laws, he said: “The constitution prohibits double citizenship but triple citizenship is not forbidden.”

Ukraine’s law on local state administrations runs that in case head of a local state administration is found to have double citizenship, the president is to terminate his authority.

Kolomoisky was appointed head of the Dnipropetrovsk region state administration on March 2, 2014.

Ukrainian soldier admits killing civilians in Luhansk for Kolomoisky’s money

On Wednesday, a private of Ukraine’s Dnieper battalion admitted killing women and children in the Luhansk region for remuneration offered by Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

The Russian Investigative Committee brought official charges against Sergei Litvinov for murdering innocent civilians during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.


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DONETSK: ‘ Swiss Red Cross Worker Killed When Humanitarian HQ Shelled ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – October 02 – A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.

ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.

“One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We’re deeply distressed by this loss,” Watson told Reuters.

A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed,”Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told TASS news agency.

image from http://ispomodnr.ru/warcor/grazhdsh.html

image from http://ispomodnr.ru/warcor/grazhdsh.html

Etienne was deputy head of the Red Cross mission in Donetsk, according to an Interfax correspondent.

 The death of the humanitarian worker is very concerning, a spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told RIA Novosti.

He expressed condolences, adding that the OSCE will investigate the incident and prepare a report by Friday.

Several blasts were heard in the center of Donetsk as it was heavily shelled, RT Arabic correspondent Anna Knishenko reported from the eastern Ukrainian city.

RT English correspondent Maria Finoshina also reported that a residential area was shelled and that among the hit areas were dormitories for displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and returned POWs.

The City Council confirmed the shelling on its website, adding that emergency services were deployed to the site.

“We can confirm that a mortar hit a nine-storey block of flats in Universitetskaya Street,” the self-proclaimed republic’s press service told TASS news agency, adding that casualties had been reported.

According to a RIA Novosti correspondent, the shelling was carried out by the self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system BM-27 Uragan. Witnesses said that a hospital and a shopping center were hit by mortar fire.

Public transport operations have been suspended for an uncertain period of time, the City Council statement said.

Earlier on Thursday, fierce fighting was ongoing in and around Donetsk airport, while plumes of black smoke were rising from the area of the building.

 On Wednesday, three people died at a school on the first day of classes in the country. Six others were killed at a bus stop as Donetsk came under fire – reportedly from Ukrainian army positions.

Thirty more people were injured in the attacks, which were described by the Russian Foreign Ministry as “blatant and intolerable.”

READ MORE:9 killed, 30 injured in shelling in Donetsk, E. Ukraine, school hit

The attacks come despite a ceasefire agreement between Kiev authorities and eastern militia forces, which was signed on September 5 in Minsk.


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‘ Ukrainian Soldier Admits Killing Civilians in Luhansk – Investigative Committee ‘

#AceNewsServices – Luhansk – October 02 – The private from the Dnieper battalion received remuneration from Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin says


MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. Sergei Litvinov, a private of the Dnieper battalion has admitted killing women and children in the Luhansk region for remuneration offered by tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday.

The Russian Investigative Committee has brought official charges against Sergei Litvinov for murdering innocent civilians during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine

“Litvinov has testified that he personally killed peaceful civilians, including women and children who were not linked to the military conflict, in the villages of Melovoye, Shirokiy, Makarovo and Kamyshnoye /in Ukraine’s Lugansk region/ on the basis of information provided by anonymous sources,” Vladimir Markin, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, said, adding Litvinov had received remuneration from oligarch Igor Kolomoisky’s personal funds for committing the murders.

“I would like to calm those who are going to accuse us of bringing the man into Russia from the territory of another state: this man has entered the Russian territory himself disguised as a peaceful civilian in order to be admitted to hospital. At present, Litvinov has been arrested and will be escorted to Moscow soon to undergo a psychological examination,” Markin said.

A psychological examination is a standard procedure required when someone is suspected of committing grave crimes against human life and health.

Russian investigators know names of Ukrainian commanders performing criminal orders

Russia’s Investigations Committee knows the names of commanders of Ukrainian Armed Forces units who perform criminal orders of the Ukrainian state leaders, Vladimir Markin, the official spokesman for the committee said on Wednesday.

“Today we have the names of many commanders of army units, as well as militants of the Right Sector and the National Guard who are performing criminal orders of the Ukrainian military and state leadership,” he said.

Case against Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Basmanny district court of Moscow arrested in absentia the Governor of east-central Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Region Ihor Kolomoyskyi in July. Russian law enforcement agencies accuse Kolomoyskyi of masterminding murders and use of banned ways and methods of warfare. He is suspected of initiating and financing military operations in south-eastern Ukraine, where over 3,000 people have been killed since April, according to the UN human rights office. Kolomoyskyi was put on international wanted list on June 21.

Kolomoyskyi, according to open sources, is one of the richest Ukrainian citizens, founder of the Privat financial and industrial group. Upon the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, Kolomoyskyi was appointed Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In this office, he declared an active fight against the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and proposed to form at his expense military units for a raid against them.


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‘ UN Security Council Advised by Russia of Mass Grave’s in Donetsk ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – September 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has drawn the attention of UN Security Council to the mass grave found near Donetsk on September 23 and further one on September 28 it was reported.  

' Mass Grave found in Donestsk '

‘ Mass Grave found in Donestsk ‘ 

“It is nakedly clear that those people fell victim to reprisals, of which their hands tied behind the back, bullet wounds in the head and spent 9-mm cartridges found at the site are evidence,”

‘ Victims found in Mass Graves in Ukraine Lack Internal Organs ‘

‘ Victims found in Mass Graves in Ukraine Lack Internal Organs ‘

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said in a message addressed to the UN SC.

According to Churkin’s message published on the UN electronic system of documents, “the available information allows for speculating that these civilians were shot in cold blood by Ukrainian troops.”

“There have been reports that two days before the mass grave was discovered the area had been vacated by a unit of the 25th airborne brigade of the Ukrainian army and the Aidar battalion, who had controlled the area for a long time,” Churkin said. 


#russia, #donetsk, #ukrainian, #un-security-council, #united-nations

‘ Ukraine Introduces Border Controls With Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – September 30 – Ukraine has introduced rules that oblige people crossing the border with Russia’s Crimea to declare goods, RIA Novosti said.

' Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border '

‘ Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border ‘

Starting on September 27, crossing the border with Crimea became similar to any other country’s border, the head of Ukrainian customs service, Anatoly Makarenko, said on Tuesday.

That means that people have to declare goods, transport means and valuables, he said.

Ukrainian customs authorities started to work on the border between Ukraine’s Kherson Region and Crimea.


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UKRAINE: ' Reflections on the Past During Cease-Fire of Those That Died '

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Kiev) September 07 /ITAR-TASS/.

Map of Combat Actions in Ukraine  060055

As many as 864 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and another 3,215 wounded since the beginning of the force operation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in south-eastern Ukraine, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Vladimir Polevoi said on Sunday.

Ukraine Infograph of Deaths

Overall losses since the beginning of the operation have reached 864 servicemen. As many as 3,215 have been wounded,” he told a briefing.

The force operation in south-eastern Ukraine began in mid-April.



Ukrainian army loses plane, three tanks, 80 troops in night combat — militia

Militia inflicts heavy losses on Ukrainian troops in battle for Mariupol

Ten Ukrainian soldiers killed in east Ukraine in past 24 hours — Security Council

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‘ Targeted Aid to Regions Which are Receiving Refugees from Ukraine Will Start End of this Week ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – June 30 – Targeted aid to regions which are receiving refugees from Ukraine, particularly resettlers accommodated in Russian families should be settled before the end of this week, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Monday.

“Estimates are being made. Today or tomorrow the Finance Ministry, Federal Migration Service and the Ministry of Regional Development should make proposals to give aid to regions (receiving Ukrainian refugee)] and target aid to Ukrainian citizens who happened to be outside temporary accommodation centres,” Kozak said at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with deputy prime ministers.


#moscow, #ukraine, #ukrainian

‘ EU Leaders Set Monday as Deadline for Release of Prisoners in East Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – (European Union) – June 27 – EU leaders have set Monday as the deadline for the release of prisoners in east Ukraine and for the terms of a lasting ceasefire, Reuters said.

They said in a statement during a summit in Brussels on Friday that they also expected Ukrainian authorities should be granted control of three main border checkpoints.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had proposed extending the current, temporary ceasefire for 72 hours as it expires at 19:00 GMT on Friday.


#brussels, #eu, #european-union, #petro-poroshenko, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Hundreds of Separatist’s in Eastern Ukraine Mounts Assault on the Border of Luhansk ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Luhansk) – June 02 – Hundreds of separatists in eastern Ukraine have mounted an assault on a border command centre near the city of Luhansk, the border agency says.

It says five militants were killed and eight wounded when the centre came under sustained attack. Seven border guards are said to have been wounded.

A Ukrainian military aircraft has been despatched to support the centre.

On Monday a spokesman for Ukraine’s border agency, Oleh Slobodyan, said hundreds of militants had
attacked the border centre with heavy weapons.

The officials said in a statement Monday that some 100 armed insurgents attacked the border guards’ camp in Luhansk, a major eastern Ukrainian city not far from the Russian border, in the early hours.

Border guards responded with fire on the attackers whose numbers swelled to 400 a few hours later.

The fighting was still ongoing, the border guard service said.

The agency says fighting is continuing and that the attackers are firing from residential buildings, which makes it difficult for Ukrainian troops to respond.

For weeks, Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine has been the scene of deadly clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents who have taken over key buildings across the region.

Russian and State Media News


#luhansk, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Several Thousands Gather at Rally in Donetsk Carrying Slogan’s Save Children of Donbass ‘

#AceNewsServices – DONETSK – June 01 – Several hundreds of people gathered here for a rally demanding protection for their children against violent actions by the Ukrainian authorities on Sunday, the International Children’s Day, a spokesman for the newly formed Donetsk People’s Republic told Itar-Tass.

Participants carried slogans “Save the Children of Donbass!” [Donbass in the name of a coal-bearing area comprising Ukraine’s south eastern Donetsk region], “The Slavic World without Fascism,” “Protect the Children of Donbass against the Ukrainian Army.”

Earlier on Sunday, the press service of the republic told Itar-Tass that the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic planned to evacuate to Russia another group of children from the town of Slavyansk, which is surrounded by the Ukrainian forces.

“Children will evacuated in one or two buses, which will go firth to Donetsk and then to Russia, where the children will be accommodated at summer camps and holiday centres,” the press service said.


#donbass, #donetsk, #donetsk-peoples-republic, #ukrainian

` Coalminers in Donbass Rally in Protest Demanding Withdrawal of Ukrainian Military from Donetsk Region ‘

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – May 28 – Coalminers from the Donbass coalfields rallied in Donetsk on Wednesday to protest against Kiev’s punitive combat operation in the east of the country.

The rally gathered from 1,000 to 3,000 coalminers, according to various estimates.

The action started with a symbolic rally at the eternal flame, after which the demonstrators moved to the building of the Donetsk regional administration, self-defence forces told ITAR-TASS.

Konstantin Kuzmin, First Deputy Coal Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said on Tuesday Donbass coalminers declared an indefinite strike and demanded the withdrawal of the Ukrainian military from the Donetsk Region.

“Donbass coalminers are starting an open-ended strike to demand an end to the military crackdown and the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the region,” he said.

Coalminers from the Skochinsky, Abakumov, Chelyuskintsev and Trudovskaya coalmines, as well as from two coalmines near the town of Makeyevka, joined the action, he said.

“We expect other coalmines to join our action soon,” Kuzmin said.

Moscow Times – Itar-Tass – RIA Novosti


#donbass, #donestsk-peoples-republic, #donetsk, #kiev, #ukrainian

` Civilians Reportedly Killed and Several Wounded When Ukrainian Army Launched Mortar Attack ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – May 26 – At least two civilians have reportedly been killed and several wounded when the Ukrainian Army launched a mortar attack on the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. One of the shells fell near a local teachers college, according to Ridus news portal.

Residential blocks were ruined as a result of the assault by Kiev’s forces on Monday, the Ridus correspondent reported from the scene. At least two apartment blocks were damaged and “at least two people – a man and a woman – were killed,” the reporter said.

A representative of Slavyansk’s self-defence force confirmed to Itar-Tass that two civilians were killed in the town’s Artyom district and another person got wounded as a result of the shelling.

При обстреле #Славянск, один из снарядов упал возле педагогического института, погибла женщина http://t.co/rXHaIbI5Go pic.twitter.com/SdCMOdgSm7
— Ридус (@RidusNews) May 26, 2014
The woman was identified as Olga Prokhorenko, 60, Ridus news portal writes. The published photo depicts a woman lying on the grass with a large blood stain on her back.

URGENT: Ukrainian army shells #Slavyansk residential area, 2 civilians killed http://t.co/cT02yIo6jo pic.twitter.com/NOOfusMLKI
— RT (@RT_com) May 26, 2014
“For the first time in a month and a half of my staying in the south-east of Ukraine, I see real panic among the people. They’ve been running out of their homes in Slavyansk with their children, half-dressed,” reporter Andrey Krasnoshchyokov tweeted.

The journalist did not rule out that the military began firing in response to artillery shooting by forces of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

“It’s unknown who started first,” he wrote.

RIA Novosti, citing local self-defence, reports of gunfights on the outskirts of Slavyansk, in the villages of Vostochny, Semyonovka and Slavkurort. Ukrainian army launched several artillery salvos from the mountain of Karachun near the town.

Ace Related News:
1. RT – http://on.rt.com/2zwsb8

RT – RIA Novosti – Twitter


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` Petro Poroshenko is Ready to Go to Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg to Get Crimea Back ‘

#AceNewsServices – KIEV – May 26 – KIEV, May 26. According to Petro Poroshenko he is willing to use legal instruments in a bid to get Crimea back. After 60% of the ballot papers have been counted in the Presidential Election he is in the lead, and is tipped to win.

A mural featuring Crimean peninsula painted in the colors of the Russian national flag and reading ‘Crimea and Russia’ (archive)

He told a news conference on Monday that the Ukrainian government will use all possible levers”, primarily legal ones in the international courts, said Poroshenko. Kiev, he added, was ready to go to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to assert its rights.

On the election day, May 25, Poroshenko said his two principal positions in the relations between Ukraine and Russia were non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to Russia and self-determination referendums in eastern Ukraine.

However, he added, his first visit as president would be exactly to the coal-mining region of Donbass in Ukraine’s east where the Donetsk and Luhansk regions voted for independence.

Poroshenko said he would like to meet with the Russian leadership early next month. He said that settling the situation in Ukraine’s southeast would be impossible without Moscow. “Russia is our biggest neighbour,” Poroshenko stressed.


#crimea, #kiev, #petro-poroshenko, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Self Proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Hold Referendum on Independence from Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 24 – Self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics which have recently held referenda on independence from Ukraine have declared the creation of a union state of Novorossiya.

Representatives from eight south-eastern regions voting at the people’s congress in Donetsk / screenshot from video

“We have signed a memorandum on the union,” Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told the media.

The new union state will be called Novorossiya, said the people’s governor of the Donetsk Region, Pavel Gubarev.

He added that the document has been signed in the city of Donetsk by Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Borodai and the head of Lugansk People’s Republic Aleksey Karyakin.

People’s representatives from eight Ukrainian regions gathered for a congress in Donetsk on Saturday, a day ahead of presidential elections.

Ace Related News:
1. RT News – 24/05/2014 – http://on.rt.com/lbyyhr


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` Cameraman from Spanish Language Editorial Office of Russian Television Barred from Entering Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 23- Cameramen from the Spanish language editorial office of the RT television news channel was barred from entering Ukraine without explanation, the television company said on Friday.

RT is a global news television channel broadcasting from Russia for all over the world in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The reporters had accreditation of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission for coverage of the presidential elections.

Cameraman Alexander Serichenko and his assistant Andrei Peleshok were denied entry when they arrived at the airport of Odessa.

Without explanations, border guards forced the reporters to buy tickets back to Moscow at their own expense.

On May 20, reporters of the Arab language editorial staff who arrived in Kiev to cover the presidential elections were also denied entry to Ukraine. After thorough examination of their luggage and questioning at Kiev’s airport, the reporters were told that they “failed to explain the aim of their visit”, though they were accredited for the elections. Border guards put marks “denied entry to Ukraine” in the journalists’ passports.

On April 7, a cameraman from RUPTLY video agency, belonging to RT, was denied entry to Ukraine at Donetsk airport.

The official explanation was that the cameraman did not have enough money to stay in the country.

RIA Novosti – USA Today – Tass – RT – Ruptly


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` German’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier Welcomes Sign’s of Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Ukrainian Border ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 23 – Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has welcomed what he describes as “signs of a withdrawal of Russian troops” from the Ukrainian border.

“If these facts are confirmed, this will be a good sign ahead of the presidential election (in Ukraine on May 25),” Steinmeier said in Berlin on Friday.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said: “We can assume that a part of the Russian armed forced have actually pulled back or are in the process of withdrawing.”

On May 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to return troops to the barracks after the scheduled spring phase of the military exercise in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions.

“The military units are being returned in strict compliance with the initial schedule,” the Defence Ministry said, adding that June 1 was the deadline.

The routes and schedules of motor marches, train runs and flights by transport aircraft were drawn up to cause minimum inconveniences to civilian auto-mobile, railway and air traffic.

The units that have already arrived at their permanent locations are busy with routine equipment maintenance.



#belgorod, #berlin, #germany, #rostov, #ukrainian

` Moscow Raises Issue of Release of Russian Journalists and Violation of Journalistic Rights in Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 22 – Moscow raised on Thursday the issue of releasing Russian journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko during a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Russian representative at the OSCE Andrey Kelin has said.

On May 18, the Ukrainian National Guard detained Marat Saichenko and Oleg Sidyakin, reporters with Life News, near Kramotorsk. A Life News public statement said that as the journalists were being detained, Sidyakin managed to send a text message that something had gone wrong and then left his cell phone open so Life News could hear him and Saichenko explain to their captors that they are journalists and are not involved in any fighting.

He asked the Ukrainian envoy why his country’s authorities banned members of the special OSCE observer mission in Ukraine from seeing the journalists. Sidyakin and Saichenko were detained May 18 by the Ukrainian National Guard near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region.

Also, the Russian side drew attention to Ukraine’s violation of its commitments in the area of mass media, RIA Novosti reported.

On May 20, 2014, Russia Today (RT), a Russian state television service, lost contact with their contract writer, Graham Phillips, a United Kingdom national, after he called to say he had been detained by the Ukrainian National Guard at a checkpoint in Mariupol, in south-eastern Ukraine. RT told Human Rights Watch that the next day the Interior Ministry told RT producers that Defence Ministry agents had detained Phillips.

A published RT statement said that during Phillips’ May 20 phone call with RT, he said he was “being treated OK…. They have done checks on my documentation, they found my reports and clips I have done and they’re now looking through them asking me my position on things, asking if I am a spy….” The statement also said the men who detained Phillips were not satisfied with the letter he presented from RT confirming that he works for the television service.

The British government should immediately call on Ukrainian authorities to free Phillips and meanwhile provide him access to the British consulate and a lawyer of his own choosing, Human Rights Watch said.

“RT’s reporting may not be well received by some in Kiev, but it is totally unacceptable and a blatant violation of freedom of expression to arrest journalists simply for the content or tone of their reporting,” Denber said. “Worse still is to turn an arbitrary detention into an enforced disappearance by concealing all information about where the journalist is and what’s happening to him.”

As this went to press, RT announced that Phillips would be handed over to the British consulate and that the Ukraine Security Service’s (SBU) proceedings against him were “over.”


Ace Related News:
1. Human Rights Watch – 21/05/2014 – http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/05/21/ukraine-journalists-detained-denied-entry


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