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#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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' Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko Ready to Sign EU trade Treaty '

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – June 09 – Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, at his “modest” inauguration said he wants to sign an EU trade treaty as soon as possible.

“My pen is in my hands and as soon as the EU approves the respective decision, the signature of the President of Ukraine will appear in this fateful document,” he said in a speech at the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Saturday (7 June).

“We consider it as the first step toward full membership in the EU. Nobody has the right to veto the European choice of Ukraine,” he added.

“We, the people who were isolated from their great European homeland, are coming home.”

The EU pact means Ukraine can have free trade with Russia, but is legally bound to stay out of Moscow’s Eurasian Union.

It is known in EU circles as “accession-lite” because it also obliges Ukraine to align itself with the minutsiae of single market rules.

EU ambassadors are to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to adopt a decision to sign.

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` Ukrainian Parliament Calls for Immediate Withdrawal of Troops From the Eastern Ukraine ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – May 20 – Ukrainian troops deployed in the country’s east should immediately return to their bases, the country’s parliament said in a memorandum. The freshly-adopted document also urges constitutional reforms based on the decentralization of Kiev’s power.

With 226 votes required to pass the law, the Ukrainian parliament finally adopted the so-called ‘Memorandum of Peace and Consent’, 252 MPs voting in favour.

In particular, the document calls “to restore law, order and public safety in the state by stopping bloodshed and bringing to justice those responsible for the killings of civilians during mass protests; to stop the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine’s south-east and return the soldiers involved in anti-terrorist operations to their places of permanent deployment.”

The document also urges for immediate constitutional reform that will grant more autonomy to regions.

The Verkhovna Rada voted after a debate concerning the wording of the article on the status of the Russian language.

An agreement was reached after “constitutional status of the Ukrainian language as the language of state” was confirmed.

The document said that the state “must ensure the rights of minority languages.” The document made a point “to grant the status of the Russian language,” but stopped short from giving it the constitutional status. This resulted in the Communist Party abstaining from the vote.

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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 08 – Several hundred people are rallying in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in support of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic despite heavy rain.

They are urging fellow citizens to vote for the Republic in the upcoming referendum on the status of the region slated for May 11. They are chanting “We will win!”, “We won’t forgive Odessa” and “Away with the junta!” and urging law enforcers to join their ranks.

The Donetsk region and the neighbouring Luhansk region have decided against postponing the referendum and will hold it on May 11 as planned.

After the rally its participants were planning to march along the streets of Donetsk but cancelled their plans because of the rain.

Activists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic are ensuring law and order during the rally.

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19.47 GMT:
An initiative to organise “round tables of the national unity” has been announced by the coup-installed Kiev officials. According to Itar-Tass, the acting president Aleksandr Turchinov and the interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk want to use the OSCE experience in the dialogue. Such issues as decentralization of political power, reforms in local government, court system and law enforcement, as well as protection of minorities are planned to be raised. Turchinov and Yatsenyuk say they invite all political forces from all regions to join their initiative. At the same time, they say there are no plans to stop the military operation in the south-east of Ukraine.

16.18 GMT:
2,000 police officers will patrol the streets of Odessa on May 9. The civil forces will do their best to prevent any incidents on Victory Day, its representative in the Odessa region has told Interfax-Ukraine agency. On May 2, dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in mass clashes in Odessa. Several people including senior officials of Odessa’s militia have been arrested as part of the investigation.

15:55 GMT:
Russia has reacted to sanctions against its citizens applied by the US and Canada. A comment by Aleksandr Lukashevich, an official representative of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was published on its official website. “Sanctions are not our approach, but unfriendly actions force us to fight back,” Lukashevich said. Names of those who fall under Russia’s sanctions will not be published. According to the official, those on the list will learn about it when they apply for a visa.

14:57 GMT:
Kharkov City Council’s executive committee has asked residents to avoid getting involved in any political actions on Victory Day. Due to the current situation in the region, it has warned people of possible provocations from various political forces “who are ready to use even such a sacred day to reach their instantaneous political goals,” an announcement on the city’s website says, reminding locals of the sacrifice of millions of Soviet people in WW2 and the need to respect and honor both those who died in the conflict and those still living who survived the war. Earlier, Kharkov’s mayor promised residents they would be able to enjoy Victory Day celebrations after “Ukraine calms down.”

14:54 GMT:
Monday’s fierce fighting at #Semonovka saw fatalities and destruction, yet now Thursday little sign of any clean-up. pic.twitter.com/itHn0JZlCL
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 8, 2014
13:47 GMT:
One person was killed after the shooting that took place near a checkpoint in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, local police told RIA Novosti. Two people were injured in the attack.

13:26 GMT:
Ukrainian troops have taken control of the city council in the eastern city of Mariupol, Donetsk Region, a representative of the self-defence forces said. One person has been injured during the seizure.

“People in black camouflage have taken control of the city council building… they aren’t letting anyone in,” he said.

13:09 GMT:
A checkpoint manned by anti-government protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been targeted by mortars, a representative from the local self-defence forces told RIA Novosti.

On Wednesday, the checkpoint was attacked and one person was injured.

13:08 GMT:
Russia has received a proposed roadmap from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) to resolve Ukraine’s crisis, said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

“Now we need time to study it thoroughly,” he said.

On Wednesday, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter said the organization will offer a roadmap to defuse tensions in Ukraine.

12:57 GMT:
Ukrainian presidential candidate Sergey Tigipko has condemned the use of force by Kiev authorities against southeast Ukrainian regions.

“My position is clear – peace at any price… saber rattling will not help anyone… the conflict should end in peaceful negotiations,” he said.

He also recommended Kiev authorities to consider the proposal of Vladimir Putin who urged an end to Kiev’s military operation.

“Since we have a positive reaction on Ukraine’s presidential elections and a proposal to postpone a referendum [in Donetsk and Lugansk regions], we need to catch it,” he said. “We don’t have a strong position now.”

Tigipko also called upon Kiev authorities to amnesty all the participants of the protests in the southeast of the country.

“Yes, there are some lawbreakers who committed serious crimes, but the majority are peaceful civilians who can be amnestied,” he added, “The main issue is to stabilize the situation.”

12:17 GMT:
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has welcomed Vladimir Putin’s “constructive tone” on Ukraine, after the Russian president suggested that the anti-government protesters in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country consider postponing their federalization referendums on May 11.

“I welcome the constructive tone that President Putin used after his meeting with the OSCE President Didier Burkhalter,” Steinmeier said, adding that “what was discussed in Moscow” should be implemented immediately.

“The situation is critical, but there is still a chance that we can avoid a fresh escalation of violence and the total loss of control in eastern Ukraine by diplomatic means,” he added.

12:05 GMT:
The Kremlin will analyze the situation on eastern Ukraine’s refusal to postpone the referendum, said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

He added that Kremlin hasn’t yet received any proposals from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Ukraine’s crisis.

12.00 GMT:
Ukrainian troops are trying to take the City Council building in Mariupol in the Donetsk region by storm. According to the press service of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the anti-government activists are making efforts to stand their ground by putting barricades of car tires on fire, Itar-Tass agency reports.

09:36 GMT:
#Donetsk activists tell me they’re open 2 negotiations with #Kiev as #Putin called 4, but face brickwall with Kievs insistence on “ATO”
— Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) May 8, 2014
09:31 GMT:
Ukrainian coup-imposed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised to give local councils the right to grant official status to the Russian language, along with other languages.

“The Ukrainian government also proposed legislation to hold an overall Ukrainian… referendum scheduled May 25. We wanted to know people’s opinions on the country’s integrity, its polity” he said, “Unfortunately, the parliament hasn’t supported us yet.”

08:37 GMT:
The military operation in the south-east of Ukraine will continue, regardless of the decision made on the Donetsk regional referendum expected on May 11, Kiev said.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service, Andrey Parubiy, who made the announcement, said that “the counter-terrorist operation will continue unhindered despite the presence of terrorist and insurgent groups in the Donetsk region.”

08:27 GMT:
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has reported that two anti-government protesters’ cars have been destroyed overnight in the southeast of the country.

“Last night the sixth checkpoint of the anti-terrorist operation units has been attacked … The units then opened retaliatory fire which destroyed two cars [of protesters],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry did not specify in which region or city the cars were destroyed.

07:34 GMT:
Russia’s Foreign Ministry suggested NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was “blind” after he wrote he had seen no signs Russia is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, Itar-Tass reported on Thursday.

Rasmussen’s statement, posted on his Twitter microblog, directly contradicted a statement by President Vladimir Putin made earlier in the day.

“We suggest that the blind familiarise themselves with the May 7 statement of the President,” Itar-Tass reported the Foreign Ministry as saying.

00:32 GMT:
There are reports that the ultra-nationalist Right Sector has fired at the prosecutor’s office in Severodonetsk in Lugansk region, UNIAN news agency reported, citing the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Timchuck.

The head of the NGO states that according to his sources on the ground in Severodonetsk the prosecutor’s office was attacked by “more than 100” people who identified themselves to be from the Right Sector.

Wednesday, May 7
19:29 GMT:
The White House has withdrawn Russia from the US Generalized System of preferences (GPS) trade benefits program, its press-office said in a statement. GPS is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing countries by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 5,000 products when imported from one of 123 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

18:47 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.

17:58 GMT:
The situation in Donetsk region has stabilized after President Vladimir Putin’s speech in Moscow, a self-defense unit’s representative told Interfax. No shooting has been heard in the city of Slavyansk. The situation remains calm in Mariupol, where anti-Kiev protesters regained control of the city council.
12:00 GMT:
Ukrainian troops are trying to take the City Council building in Mariupol in the Donetsk region by storm. According to the press service of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the anti-government activists are making efforts to stand their ground by putting barricades of car tires on fire, Itar-Tass agency reports.

09:36 GMT:
#Donetsk activists tell me they’re open 2 negotiations with #Kiev as #Putin called 4, but face brickwall with Kievs insistence on “ATO”
— Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) May 8, 2014
09:31 GMT:
Ukrainian coup-imposed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised to give local councils the right to grant official status to the Russian language, along with other languages.

“The Ukrainian government also proposed legislation to hold an overall Ukrainian… referendum scheduled May 25. We wanted to know people’s opinions on the country’s integrity, its polity” he said, “Unfortunately, the parliament hasn’t supported us yet.”

08:37 GMT:
The military operation in the south-east of Ukraine will continue, regardless of the decision made on the Donetsk regional referendum expected on May 11, Kiev said.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service, Andrey Parubiy, who made the announcement, said that “the counter-terrorist operation will continue unhindered despite the presence of terrorist and insurgent groups in the Donetsk region.”

08:27 GMT:
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has reported that two anti-government protesters’ cars have been destroyed overnight in the southeast of the country.

“Last night the sixth checkpoint of the anti-terrorist operation units has been attacked … The units then opened retaliatory fire which destroyed two cars [of protesters],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry did not specify in which region or city the cars were destroyed.

07:34 GMT:
Russia’s Foreign Ministry suggested NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was “blind” after he wrote he had seen no signs Russia is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, Itar-Tass reported on Thursday.

Rasmussen’s statement, posted on his Twitter microblog, directly contradicted a statement by President Vladimir Putin made earlier in the day.

“We suggest that the blind familiarise themselves with the May 7 statement of the President,” Itar-Tass reported the Foreign Ministry as saying.

00:32 GMT:
There are reports that the ultra-nationalist Right Sector has fired at the prosecutor’s office in Severodonetsk in Lugansk region, UNIAN news agency reported, citing the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Timchuck.

The head of the NGO states that according to his sources on the ground in Severodonetsk the prosecutor’s office was attacked by “more than 100” people who identified themselves to be from the Right Sector.

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19.29 GMT:

The White House has withdrawn Russia from the US Generalized System of preferences (GPS) trade benefits program, its press-office said in a statement. GPS is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing countries by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 5,000 products when imported from one of 123 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

18:47 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.
17.58 GMT:
Ukraine presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko (UDAR Party) has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s statements, saying that the situation significantly improved following the news from Moscow.

“We have an appeal to stop an illegal referendum, Russia accepting presidential elections. I think this is great news for stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in Berlin.

17:58 GMT:
The situation in Donetsk region has stabilized after President Vladimir Putin’s speech in Moscow, a self-defence unit’s representative told Interfax. No shooting has been heard in the city of Slavyansk. The situation remains calm in Mariupol, where anti-Kiev protesters regained control of the city council.
17:57 GMT:
Kiev has prepared its own “roadmap” to solve the political crisis in Ukraine, Interfax news agency reports citing the coup-imposed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. He said that the plan has been worked out by country’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deschitsa.

Yatsenyuk expressed bewilderment over discussions on resolving the Ukrainian conflict being held between Moscow and OSCE without representatives from Kiev. He still said he hopes the OSCE, which also came up with its roadmap, will accept Kiev’s plan of actions.

17:13 GMT:
Reuters reports, NATO has said it has “no indication of a change in the position of military forces along the Ukraine border” despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” Putin said at a press conference with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Moscow.

16:37 GMT:
The Pentagon is shipping new aid to Ukraine, which comes in the form of walkie-talkies, binoculars, fuel pumps, spare tires and barbed wire, USA Today reports citing Army Col. Steve Warren.

16:37 GMT:
Anti-government activists in the Donetsk region exchanged three previously detained Ukrainian Security Service members for one of their leaders Pavel Gubarev.

Gubarev was proclaimed “the people’s governor” of Donetsk on March 1 and was later arrested by the Ukrainian Security Service. Together with him, several other anti-government activists have been freed.


Protest leader Pavel Gubarev (2nd R, top) and other demonstrators take part in a rally in front of regional government building in Donetsk March 5, 2014. (Reuters)rotest leader Pavel Gubarev (2nd R, top) and other demonstrators take part in a rally in front of regional government building in Donetsk March 5, 2014. (Reuters)

16:28 GMT:
The EU has established a preliminary agreement on possible further Russian sanctions. The potential additional measures could be approved as early as Monday during a meeting of EU foreign ministers. “We have political approval, and it will have to be rubber-stamped,” one diplomat told Reuters, on conditions of anonymity. A further two officials stated that specific names were to be discussed on Wednesday. Extended sanctions are likely to enable the EU to target Russian companies.

13:42 GMT:
British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on a visit to Ukraine on Wednesday that further sanctions on Russia were being prepared. Hague stated that a “third tier” was being devised. “We will be ready to impose those if necessary,” Hague told a news conference in Kiev. However he did not clarify at which point they would be imposed, and stated that “we will not say they will only be imposed if there is a military invasion of Ukraine.” Hague added that a specific “red line” was not being set on the point at which sanctions would be imposed, as its setting would mean that all other actions up to the red line could be taken.

Hague said that while the UK was not providing direct military assistance to the Kiev government, it was contributing in other ways, such as with “technical know-how.” “Financial management… areas of government… that is the sort of help we give,” he said. He added that the UK would be supplying a “big proportion” of the election monitors for Ukraine’s presidential election on May 25.

12:15 GMT:
Vladimir Putin suggested to OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter that the Ukrainian situation should be “analyzed and means to overcome the crisis be found.”

The two leaders spoke today in the Kremlin, and the Russian president has said that this meeting with the Swiss President and Foreign Minister is very well-timed.


The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (L), and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014, after their meeting. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (L), and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014, after their meeting. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)
Burkhalter currently chairs the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Ukrainian crisis was among the meeting’s highlights.

Putin has said that it’s known where Russia stands in the situation.

The Russian leader has also pointed that according to his previous discussions with the Swiss politician, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office has his suggestions and ideas on how to resolve the situation.

Burkhalter commented that possibility of a dialogue is very important.

12:13 GMT:
At least 14 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 66 injured since the beginning of the military operation in Eastern Ukraine. The numbers were given as of late May 6 by the Ukrainian information agency UNIAN, based on security service data.

12:03 GMT:
Activists in the south-eastern city of Slavyansk are prepared to face an army offensive at any time, day or night. The threat has driven women to take up arms to protect their children and their future. Every night they join their men at one of the checkpoints.

“I’m ready to fight them with my bare hands,” a woman named Lena told RT’s Paula Slier. She is a mother of two teenage boys, who are every night left to wait nervously at home, not knowing if their parents will return.

Lena and the other women there hope their presence will stop the army, Slier reports from Slavyansk.

11:26 GMT:
A group of journalists with the channel Lifenews has come under fire from an RPG in the vicinity of Slavyansk, it was reported on the news channel. The TV report said that the incident took place during a live broadcast.

Shortly before that, reporter Aleksey Kazannikov said that the Ukrainian army has masked a couple of Grad rocket weapons systems. Latest reports indicate that Kazannikov and his cameraman Aleksandr Matveev are hiding out in the woods nearby.

This is not the first such instance.

11:18 GMT:
The European Union is open to holding more talks with Ukraine, Russia and the United States to try to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday.

“What we are doing is keep(ing) open the track of negotiations and dialogue. We are even open to the idea of a second Geneva meeting. We are open to this idea and will work with colleagues on the possibility of it,” Van Rompuy told a news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Reuters)

11:13 GMT:
#Slavyansk: Pro-#unity forces open fire agnst #checkpoint that leads to the city of #Andreyvka (in the same region). pic.twitter.com/caSLtt4ZrH
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 7, 2014
10:44 GMT:
People bury Irina Boyevetz in Slavyansk. 2 days ago, the 30-year-old woman was shot in the head by sniper fire while standing on her balcony.

Outside the church, scenes of fury from the crowd, inside, mourners grieve -https://t.co/O2ivmxVwpF
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 7, 2014
10:35 GMT:
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on Kiev to immediately stop “the use of force against its own people”.

“The illegitimate authorities in Kiev go on crudely trampling on widely-recognised rights, with the connivance of their Western patrons,” the ministry also said in a statement.

07:45 GMT:
#Odessa: Deputy chief of regional Interior Ministry department detained. Dmitry Fuchedzhi is accused of misfeasance during the May 2 riots.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 7, 2014
06:49 GMT:
Kiev loyalist forces have taken the city hall of Mariupol, its website reported. Construction workers are currently dismantling barricades previously erected by anti-government activists who were in control of the building.

The announcement comes after reports of heavy fighting overnight for Mariupol, which involved an estimated 1,000 Ukrainian government troops.

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‘Russia withdraws troops from Ukrainian border’
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” he said.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – MEETING with OSCE – May 07 – Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent events in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them.

#AceWorldNews -SIMFEROPOL – May 07 – Ukraine is building a dam on the North Crimean Canal in the Kherson Oblast about 40km from the border with Crimea, Crimea Inform news agency reported citing witnesses’ reports.

The dam is built from bags with sand on the side of the Armyansk – Kherson highway near a bridge in the town of Kalanchak.
“With the help of cranes and other construction equipment, the dam in the canal is being built right from the bridge,” eyewitnesses said.
Earlier, Ukrainian officials said Crimea was illegally taking water from the North Crimean Canal.
Crimean authorities, in turn, have repeatedly stated their readiness to sign a contract on water supply to the peninsula, but received no answer.

DONETSK, May 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-defense forces of the Donetsk Oblast have exchanged three officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for “people’s governor” Pavel Gubarev, co-chairman of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS.
Pushilin confirmed the information regarding the exchange. He added that “several more people” were released along with Gubarev.
On March 1, Gubraev was proclaimed the “people’s governor” of Donetsk.
SBU in Donetsk filed criminal charges against Gubarev for encroaching on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability, attempting to overthrow the government and seizing government or administrative buildings and facilities. The people’s governor of Donetsk was arrested on March 6.

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 07 – Some 4,000 combatants supporting the Kiev authorities have been brought into Odessa, Georgy Fyodorov, deputy head of the Russian Civic Chamber’s Committee for Coordination of Aid to Residents of Ukraine said Wednesday.

“Very alarming reports are coming in from our friends in Odessa,” he said. “They suggest that control over the city has practically shifted to (tycoon Ihor) Kolomoisky because Igor Palitsya, the new governor of the Odessa region, is his henchman.”

“Unfortunately, we have reports that armed militants of the Right Sector, fighters of the Dnipr and Kyiv-1 special task force battalions, and ultras of the FC Dnipro have been brought into the city and the overall number of the combatants propping up the Kiev regime exceeds 4,000 there now,” Fyodorov said.

“The most dangerous thing is that local police have handed them the lists of the pro-federation movement activists,” he said. “In addition, we have the information the whole city is blocked by checkpoints and traffic inside is practically paralysed.”

Fyodorov said the reports coming from Odessa were “a cry for salvation”. “People are asking the Public Chamber and me personally to appeal to international organizations and to the authorities in Kiev to avert the planned actions of terror and to stop the city’s slide into genocide.”

“We’re working on this very scrupulously now and watching the situation inside and outside of the city,” he said.

Powerful Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky was appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk region by the incumbent government in March 2014.

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ACE NEWS SERVICES UKRAINE TUESDAY MAY 06 DAILY…

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21.05 GMT:
An ‘internal factor’ was behind of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, says the new Kiev-appointed head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Igor Palitsa.
“I am convinced that the enemy is within,” Palitsa was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Palitsa, who replaced the Vladimir Nemirovsky as the head of Odessa, promised to punish those involved in Friday’s tragedy, “regardless of political affiliation.” The new head also said that he is willing to meet with pro-federalization representatives.

“We must do everything to achieve peace in Odessa, and to prevent disruption of the elections. We need a legitimate president,” Palitsa said.

20.36 GMT:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the Ukrainian crisis is “getting worse and worse and deteriorating day by day,” as he gave his assessment while visiting South Sudan.
He said that diplomacy is the way forward as he called on four parties of the April 17 Geneva agreement to take measures.

He said that Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union should “review what had gone wrong” with Geneva Agreement and why this has not been implemented.

“This is their political responsibility before this situation would just develop into a stage where nobody can control – beyond control. This will have serious regional and global implications in peace, security and economy. It has become geo-political and geo-economic issues,” Ban added.

19.54 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.

Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.

19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.

Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.

19:32 GMT:
An armed stand-off occurred outside a military building in Donetsk after anti-Kiev militia members arrived for negotiations with representative of the Ukrainian military, Tuesday. They had traveled to the building to hold negotiations with officials there regarding the protection of the building, as it contains weapons, Ruptly reports. The discussions were unsuccessful.

18.59 GMT:
There’ll be more sanctions put forward against Russia if its troops cross the border to “destabilize” the Ukrainian election on May 25, Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned.
However, she stressed the doors for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis aren’t yet shut, Interfax news agency reports.

18.33 GMT:
The self-defense forces in Donetsk Region’s Mariupol say Ukrainian forces might have started storming the city.

“Just now we began receiving reports of a massive attack on our checkpoints located in the west of the city. There’s no information on casualties yet. Apparently, the assault has begun,” Mikhail Krutko from self-defense forces staff told Interfax news agency.

“Our forces have accepted battle. The gun fight is underway,” he added.

16:50 GMT:
Russia said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, agreed on Tuesday that it was important to promote dialogue to defuse the Ukraine crisis.

Lavrov and Steinmeier, meeting on the sidelines of a Council of Europe session in Vienna, underscored “the need to continue joint efforts by Russia, the United States, the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to foster the start of a Ukraine-wide national dialogue in the interests of resolving all existing problems,” the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)

16:41 GMT:
Days after Friday’s vicious street clashes and the fire, people in Odessa are living in fear the violence will return, RT’s Irina Galushko reports.

16.08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons and set the station on fire.

16:08 GMT:
Over 60 schools and 59 kindergartens have stopped work for one day in the city of Donbas in Donetsk region. It is still unclear if the halt will be prolonged.

16.08 GMT:
Footage posted online reveals that Ukrainian tanks and armoured vehicles have been stationed en masse around the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk.

15:42 GMT:
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a draft law during a closed session which would confer the status of war veterans on current members of the armed forces participating in special operations in the east of the country, RIA Novosti reports.

The draft law on the status of combatants, initiated by the Cabinet, would apply to the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the State Border Service, servicemen, and other military formations formed under the law.

15:41 GMT:
The cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are in desperate need of medical supplies to assist those wounded in ongoing military operations, David- Pierre Marquet, press secretary for the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia, told Itar-Tass news agency. According to Marquet, the ICRC distributed basic drugs and medical supplies throughout the cities.

14:13 GMT:
Eight people have been killed and 16 injured in a military operation in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Donetsk region health department. Those with gunshot wounds were hospitalized in a critical and serious condition.

14:02 GMT:
Kiev’s district administrative court has ordered a comprehensive “linguistic” examination of Russian TV programs. Experts will check if the programs contain calls for the violent overthrow of power in Ukraine, propaganda in favor of war or aggressive actions, and methods used to psychologically influence viewers.

13:58 GMT:
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) will not hold a national referendum on federalization on May 25, after only 154 deputies voted for it, short of the required 226 majority required. Speaking to RBK-Ukraine, presidential administration representative Andrey Senchenko cited the military operation in eastern Ukraine and the “safety of members of electoral commissions” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

“We cannot guarantee that there will be impartial results under guns,” Senchenko said, adding that in such a situation it would be easy to manipulate the results of the referendum.

13:45 GMT:
Ukraine may agree to a new round of talks in Geneva if Russia supports Kiev holding presidential elections on May 25, Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said.
“If Russia is ready to commit itself to support these elections and to eliminate this threat and eliminate its support for the extremist elements in Ukraine, we are ready to have such a round of meetings,” he told a news conference after a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna on the crisis in Ukraine.

13:08 GMT:
Of 46 people who died in the May 2 violence in Odessa, five were killed by gunshots, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry in the region told RIA Novosti news agency. The prosecutor’s office has confirmed that 46 people died that day and 214 sustained injuries. In a fire in the city’s Trade Union building, 32 people died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide, eight people died of traumas sustained by falling from windows and one died of burns, according to the latest official data.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:43 GMT:
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Swiss counterpart and OSCE chairman, Didier Burkhalter, on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin informed.

“It is expected that the talks will focus on discussing the crisis in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

11:31 GMT:
A shooting happened right in front of SBU HQ in Slavyansk, RT’s Paula Slier reported. A car drove towards militia guards securing the building and the driver didn’t stop when ordered to, she was told. The guard opened fire at the car.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver was killed or just injured in the shooting. He was taken on a stretcher away from the scene in a van, Slier said.

09:59 GMT:
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a press briefing that the current situation in Ukraine would make it very difficult to hold elections, RIA-Novosti reports. “If the situation continues as it has over the last several days, it will be very difficult. Serious violations are occurring, buildings are burning, people are being killed on the streets. It is very difficult to hold elections under these conditions,” he said. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled to take place May 25.

Colville also implored the government of Ukraine to immediately investigate events in the Donetsk region and in Odessa, where dozens have been killed.

“It is principally important, that Ukrainian authorities carry out an immediate, full and transparent investigation into to the events in the Donetsk region, where dozens of people have been killed, and in Odessa, where at the same time a fire at a union hall last Friday killed over 40 people,” he said.

09:58 GMT:
The identities of 38 of the 46 people killed in the mass clashes in Odessa on May 2 have been established, a police spokesman told Interfaks-Ukraina.

Several missing-persons reports have also been filed. Two of the people on the list have since been declared dead.

09:55 GMT:
People in #Donetsk are saying they are ready for provocations that might take place on the day of the referendum.
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 6, 2014
07:44 GMT:
There were no reports of fresh clashes overnight in Slavyansk, the stronghold of anti-government militias opposing Kiev’s military crackdown in eastern Ukraine. The city saw four consecutive days of attacks by Ukrainian troops, with Monday being the bloodiest.

Tensions remain high in the blockaded city, where residents are fearful of food shortages and the continuation of hostilities.

07:40 GMT:
Anti-government protesters have seized the city hall in Debaltsevo, a city in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, local media reported. The city is a major Ukrainian railway hub, through which a large part of the rail traffic from Russia passes.

The protesters took the administrative building unopposed, and no violence was reported.

07:05 GMT:
More than 30 anti-government protesters were killed in fighting near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.

“We estimate that the terrorists lost more than 30 people,” Avakov wrote on Facebook.

The minister said four Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 20 wounded.

The self-defense forces said on Monday four of their number had been killed in the fighting.

00:23 GMT:
Members of two Donetsk coal mines have gone on strike, assembling in the centre of the city to protest against the authorities in Kiev, Itar-tass reports.

South Donbass No. 1 and No. 3 mines in the city of Ugledar, Donetsk region have partially seized production and are now demanding that Kiev’s military units end assaults on people in the east of the country.

Some miners have expressed their desire to join the self-defence squads to help protect Ukraine’s industrial region. Others are volunteering to help organize this week’s referendum.

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` Active Phase of Military Operation has been Resumed in the Eastern Regions of the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 23 – Active phase of military operation has been resumed in the eastern regions of Ukraine, parliament-appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters.


Law enforcement agencies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

According to him, it was done “in accordance with the order” by the Verkhovna Rada appointed acting President and Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. Yarema added that law enforcement bodies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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` Draft Law on Amnesty for Protesters has been Registered in the Countries Parliament by Verkhovna Rada’

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 22 – Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.

And as such a draft law on amnesty of the protesters in south-eastern Ukraine has been registered in the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

“The cabinet has prepared a draft law on amnesty,” he told the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. “If the whole parliament expresses its will, the law will be registered, and let us vote for it,” Yatsenyuk said.

Batkivshchyna’s leader in the parliament Sergei Sobolev said on Thursday the party’s members in the parliament were ready to vote for amnesty for all participants in protests in the east of the country who opposed the Kiev authorities.

According to ITAR-TASS, the bill will see those, who “did not commit grievous crimes” since February 22 striped from criminal and administrative liability.

The authors of the bill believe that its adoption will “create a legal framework for the voluntary and peaceful solution to the existing domestic conflicts.”

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#AceWorldNews KIEV April 22 The US welcomes the…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 22 – The US welcomes the changes happening in Ukraine and is ready to help the Kiev’s authorities on this way, US Vice President Joseph Biden said at a meeting with parliament-appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.

The press service of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) reported that Biden and Turchynov discussed the current situation in Ukraine. According to Turchynov, a process of “recovery and reform of the executive branch of power” is taking shape in the country.

During his visit to Kiev, Biden said that Ukraine will be able to achieve energy security, but it will take time

Biden met with MPs from the Verkhovna Rada and Ukraine’s presidential candidates.

The Vice President said the US was ready to provide economic support to Ukraine. He also called for fighting endemic “cancer of corruption”.

http://www.rada.gov.ua/en/news/top_news/91910.html

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#AceWorldNews KIEV April 18 Ukrainian parliament appointed Prime…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 18 – Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.

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“The cabinet has prepared a draft law on amnesty,” he told the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. “If the whole parliament expresses its will, the law will be registered, and let us vote for it,” Yatsenyuk said.

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` Joint Memorandum on the Stabilisation of the Situation in the South East of Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 17 – PRESS RELEASE 15.05 GMT:(VR) – The joint memorandum on the stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine, which may be signed by all factions on Thursday, April 17, will reject federalization, grant broader powers to regions, give official status to other languages in certain regions, and proclaim constitutional amendments, Serhiy Sobolev, acting head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), said.

“The joint statement will underscore the territorial integrity and indivisibility of Ukraine,” he said.

Sobolev said the issue of languages would be solved by adopting a law. “Given the proposals from several factions, we suggest settling the linguistic issue in a law that will state the right of regions with a majority of people speaking another language to have an official status for such linguistic group, which will give them broader powers and resolve this issue once and for all.

Our colleagues have suggested including (the issue) in the Constitution, but this is the section that requires a referendum,” the MP said. “This is why we will most likely settle it in a law, and we are ready to state this in the memorandum,” he added.

According to Sobolev, the authorities will also support a law on amnesty for protesters in eastern regions of Ukraine.

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#AceNewsServices UKRAINE April 17 VR PRESS RELEASE APRIL…

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – April 17 – (VR) – PRESS RELEASE APRIL 17, 2014, 13:47

Press Secretary of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Parliament should work out a memorandum on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine – Turchynov

In this paper, Parliament adjourned until 16:00, this time to work out a memorandum on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the eastern region of our country.

This was announced by Acting President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov.
“We decided to take a break now, to gather again the heads of parliamentary groups and factions in order to reach a joint statement or memorandum on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the eastern region of our country,” – he said.

According to Turchynov, the decision was taken in consultation with parliamentary groups and factions, and after the last meeting of the deputies of the Party of Regions, where “deputies offered to work out a format as to attempt a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donetsk region.” “This is especially important on the eve of the great Christian holiday,” – said the head of Parliament.

“We have to ensure that utilize all peaceful settlement. We have to ensure that all our people together, no matter where they live: in Donetsk or Lviv together built our home – Ukraine “, – he said, adding that this interest to all citizens of our country,” except terrorist and subversive groups operating in the Donetsk region. ”

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` Group of Demonstrators have Attempted to Storm the ` Verkhovna Rada ' Demanding Resignation of Avakov '

#AceBreakingNews – April 15 – A group of demonstrators have attempted to storm the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) building in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Tuesday.

Some 20-30 people demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov attempted to break into the Parliament building, but were stopped by guards, ITAR-TASS reported.

Some of the demonstrators were from the extremist Right Sector group.

Representatives of the Maidan protests, which toppled the regime of Viktor Yanukovych, are among the guards.

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` Ukrainian Interior Ministry is Creating Corp's of Special Units for Protection of Public Order '

AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 15 – The Ukrainian Interior Ministry is creating a corps of special units for the protection of public order, the ministry’s website reported on Monday.

“Interior Minister (Arsen Avakov) has made a decision to create special units for the maintenance of public order,” the ministry’s operation headquarters said in a statement.

The report gives telephone numbers for getting the corresponding information in the Donetsk, Nikolayev, Dnepropetrovsk, Luhansk, Odessa, Kharkiv and Kherson regions. It gives no telephone numbers for other administrative-territorial entities.

The operation headquarters also gave an e-mail address to which all who want to join the units can send their resumes, however, did not made public any criteria for the selection of the candidates.

According to earlier reports, Arsen Avakov who was appointed by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine acting interior minister decided to create a corps of special Interior Ministry units with the total strength of up to 12,000 people “on the basis of civilian components throughout the country.”

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` Verhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider Increasing Responsibility and Ban Parties Engaged in Separatist Activities '

#AceWorldNews – RADA – April 07 – (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at its meeting on Tuesday will consider increasing the responsibility for separatism and ban parties that are engaged in separatist activities, said the Acting President, Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov.

“Tomorrow, the Verkhovna Rada of one of the first issues to consider law on strengthening the criminal liability for separatism and other crimes against the state.

According to Ukrainian legislation will be asked to ban the activities of political parties and public organizations that are in positions of separatism and work against their own state” – Turchynov said in a televised address on Monday in Kiev.

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` Seven People have been `Officially Registered as Candidates’ for Ukrainian President ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – March 30 – According to the press service, seven people have been officially registered as candidates for the Ukrainian president.

These are Konovalyuk and Saranov, and former Deputy Prime Ministers Yuri Boiko and Sergei Tigipko, former governor of the Kharkov region Mikhail Dobkin (all the three with the Party of Regions), former Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, and businessman Vadim Rabinovich.

The Central Election Commission receives registration documents till Sunday midnight.

Early elections of the Ukrainian president will be held on May 25, 2014.

Russian News.

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` Right Sector have `Circled ' the `Ukrainian Parliament ' in ` Kiev ' Demanding the Resignation of Arsen Avakov '

#AceBreakingNews – Nationalists from the Right Sector have circled the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev and demand the resignation of the interior minister after their leader Muzychko was killed in a police operation.

Some 250 members of the Right Sector, which recently was revamped into a political party, have flooded the square in front of Verkhovna Rada in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday night. Wearing masks and brandishing bats, they are shouting “Avakov, get out!” “You have lost Crimea!”

More people are reportedly streaming in. RIA Novosti says the parliament building is empty except for guards. Local outlets cite concerns the rally might attempt to break into the parliament.

Принесли залізяки. Гупають у них pic.twitter.com/0yJC8j8zGb
— Oksana Kovalenko (@superumka) March 27, 2014
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is held personally responsible for the death of Aleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, one of the Right Sector leaders. Muzychko was declared killed in a police raid against his gang in Rovno, western Ukraine, on Tuesday.

One of Right Sector coordinators, ultranationalist Alexander Muzychko (Sashko Bily), wanted by Russia for torture and killings of Russian soldiers in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya in 1994-200, was killed in a special operation by Ukrainian law enforcers in western Ukraine on March 25.

On March 5, Russia’s Investigative Committee charged Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh with using media to make public calls for terrorist and extremist activity. Moscow’s Basmanny Court sanctioned his arrest in absentia- Tass.

Ace Related News – March 25 – 12.15 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – March 25 – Today in Rivne “Right Sector” made an official statement about the murder of Alexander Muzychko. We will take revenge for the death our brother on Arsen Avakov ,said the coordinator of the “right sector” in Rivne Roman Koval. http://wp.me/p165ui-4wM

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#AceWorldNews Moscow March 19 Russian President Vladimir Putin…

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 19. – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow on Thursday, March 20, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass.

Earlier, the UN press service reported that the UN Secretary-General would visit Moscow and Kiev on March 20-21.

While in Moscow, Ban Ki-moon will have meetings with Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other high-ranking officials.

While in Kiev, the UN Secretary-General will meet Ukrainian acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who were appointed by the Verkhovna Rada.

Related News Reports: March 19 12.24 GMT – http://wp.me/p165ui-4oI

Russian Media and News Sources

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“We confirm that the meeting will be held as scheduled,” Peskov said. The UN secretary-general will leave for a visit to Russia on March 19 within the diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to settling the crisis in Ukraine by peaceful means, the press service said. The UN secretary-general is planning to confer with representatives of the civil society and UN staffers, the UN press service said.

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` Sevastopol to join Russia after referendum city administration head '

#AceWorldNews says that Sevastopol, the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine, will join Russia as its constituent member after a referendum, city administration acting head Dmitry Belik said on Saturday, March 8.TASS

“We will hold one referendum with the rest of Crimea, but after it two entities will join Russia as its constituent members: Sevastopol and Crimea. And changes to the constitution will also be made separately,” he said.

According to Belik, two questions will be asked at the referendum:

“Do you support reunification of Sevastopol with Russia as its constituent member?” and
“Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of 1992 and Sevastopol’s to Ukraine?”

Speaking at a rally held in the centre of the city on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Belik stressed that social allowances would continue to be paid after accession to Russia.
“The salaries of public sector employees, medic and social workers will be preserved at their current level as a minimum or maybe even increased.

We are now working in close contact with Russian officials over a new social system for the city,” Belik said.

He thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian parliament for their support.

The Crimean parliament on Thursday, March 6, ruled to hold a referendum on accession to Russia on March 16.

Earlier it was scheduled for March 30.

Three questions will be asked during the referendum:
1. Do you support Crimea’s reunification with Russia as its constituent member?
3. Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 1992 and the status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine?

However, parliament-appointed acting Ukrainian President Alexander Turchinov said the upcoming referendum in Crimea (autonomy within Ukraine) on its accession to Russia would be “unlawful and illegitimate.”

“The Verkhovna Rada will initiate the dissolution of the Supreme Soviet of Crimea,” he said in a televised address on Thursday, March 6.

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