17:18 GMT:

The residents of the eastern city of Mariupol, that came under the Kiev army’s armed assault on Friday, have set up barricades made of turned over cars in the city centre. The residents have also reportedly geared up with fire extinguishers after the police HQ was set on fire during the assault on Friday.

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15:50 GMT:

Amateur footage caught Ukrainian BMDs smashing through barricades built by residents of Mariupol, in eastern Ukraine. Locals report a huge military presence in the Donetsk region, where Kiev’s “anti-terror operation” is under way.

15:02 GMT:

Germany and France have urged Kiev to launch an investigation into any unlawful use of force in the southeast Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Mariupol, according to a joint statement made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande after talks in Stralsund, northern Germany.

“We deeply regret the recent events, including in Odessa and Mariupol, which led to the loss of human lives,” the statement said. “Any unlawful use of force is to be immediately investigated, including the tragic events in Odessa.”

14:57 GMT:

A passenger plane flying part of the Russian delegation from Transnistria to Moscow after Victory Day celebrations was refused entry to Ukrainian airspace and forced to land in Moldova, Itar-Tass reported, citing Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.

According to Medinsky, who is with the delegation currently stranded in Chisinau, “at first, Ukraine allowed us to fly in its airspace, but the pilot later received an order to leave it, under the threat of a forced landing.”

“This is a brazen violation of international law, a complete ignorance of it,”Medinsky said.

A source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti that Kiev actually scrambled two MiG-29 fighter jets, which threatened to force the Russian plane to land.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said his plane was not allowed to fly through Ukrainian airspace from Transnistria. However, Rogozin later said that he found “our own ways” out of the situation, tweeting a picture of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, where the official said he had landed.

13:49 GMT:

RT’s correspondent in Donetsk has obtained a document issued by the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk on May 7, which says that all the schoolchildren should be sent on “indefinite holidays” until further notice because of “martial law.”

The law, which took effect at noon on May 7, appeals directly to local councils, school directors and education officials, warning them that they will bear the responsibility if they do not comply.

The document has been revealed as various Ukrainian media on Saturday claimed that “terrorists” are planning “armed seizing of schools” in the Donetsk region, citing regional administration officials.

“Information coming from various sources says that the armed seizure of more than 80 schools in all the administrative divisions of Donetsk is planned for May 10, 2014, for holding the so-called ‘people’s referendum’ by activists of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” official sources were quoted as saying.

13:07 GMT:

In Mariupol, Victory Day ended in violence and bloody scenes on the city’s streets, with Kiev troops reportedly firing at unarmed civilians. The Interior Ministry claimed that those who were killed were from self-defense squads and were trying to attack police headquarters. Graham Phillips reports from the scene that the situation is being described by many people as a civil war.

12:47 GMT:

The Ukranian National Guard announced on Saturday it withdrew its troops from the center of Mariupol.

Now forces of the National Guard have been withdrawn from the epicenter of events in order not to provoke more aggression of the part of activists and also for the sake of ensuring security for peaceful Mariupol residents,” the Guard’s press-service said.


12:44 GMT:

The Donetsk referendum is to go ahead on Sunday without any independent international observers present. “The observers did not send any application forms to come as observers. We are not refusing anyone, just no one contacted us,” said the member of the central electorate committee for the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Roman Lyagin.

Lyagin also mentioned that journalists will be able to attend the referendum, with more than 470 already accredited. He stated that there was more interest in this event, even compared to the 2012 European Football Championships, which took place in the city.

On Wednesday, The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin asked for the referendum to change the date of the referendum, in order to try to create dialog and de-escalate the crisis that has gripped Ukraine. However, the Donetsk and Lugansk regions have decided to press ahead and hold the referendums as planned on Sunday.

12:39 GMT:

The child shot by an unidentified gunman in Slavyansk on May 9 has been saved by doctors and is no longer in life-threatening condition, RIA Novosti reports, citing the city’s “people’s mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov.

“Most likely, some [armed] group infiltrated the city. A boy was shot at. He sustained two gunshot wounds, which passed clear” through his body, Ponomaryov told journalists Saturday.

The boy, named Ilya, was fired at from an automatic rifle while walking in the street, his uncle told RT’s Ruptly agency. The boy was wearing a St. George’s ribbon in honor of Victory Day.

“He is now in a non-life-threatening condition. His condition was very serious. However, the surgery revealed that no vital organs were hurt,” Ponomaryov said.

12:08 GMT:

Self-defense activists in the Lugansk region are reporting another casualty. Federalization supporter Alexander Kolesnikov was brutally murdered in the town of Bryanka on Saturday, according to the coordinator of the local resistance movement, Ekaterina Abbasova. She told the press that another man is also at the hospital in critical condition.

12:01 GMT:

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reports that two servicemen in its territorial defense battalion have been killed in the eastern town of Mariupol on Saturday – one a deputy commander and the other a machine-gun operator.

On Friday, pro-Kiev forces attempted to storm the local Interior Ministry headquarters where policemen, who are refusing to take orders from the coup-installed government, have barricaded themselves inside. Health officials report that the May 9 clashes resulted in 7 people killed and 39 injured.

11:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s coup-appointed president Aleksandr Turchinov has sacked the chairman of the regional state administration of Lugansk, Mikhail Bolotskikh. The Lugansk region in southeastern Ukraine is set to hold a referendum on autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

Irina Verighina has been appointed as the acting head of the Lugansk region in Bolotskikh’s place. She has been the regional head of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, led by presidential candidate Yulia Timoshenko, since 2010. Verighina is also known as a journalist and former deputy editor of a local TV company.

11:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s coup-appointed president Aleksandr Turchinov has sacked the chairman of the regional state administration of Lugansk, Mikhail Bolotskikh. The Lugansk region in southeastern Ukraine is set to hold a referendum on autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

Irina Verighina has been appointed as the acting head of the Lugansk region in Bolotskikh’s place. She has been the regional head of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, led by presidential candidate Yulia Timoshenko, since 2010. Verighina is also known as a journalist and former deputy editor of a local TV company.

11:16 GMT:
10:42 GMT:

Twenty people have been killed and about 30 wounded since the start of armed hostilities in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, “people’s mayor” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told a press conference. Twelve of those killed and 24 of the wounded were unarmed civilians, he added.

Self-defense forces have captured a few dozen adversaries, including soldiers as well as “enemies disguised as journalists” and covert operatives with explosives and other weapons, Ponomaryov said.

Meanwhile, the withdrawal of pro-Kiev forces and prisoner exchanges are the main preconditions for the start of a peaceful dialogue between the opposing sides, he told journalists in Slavyansk.

09:35 GMT:
09:10 GMT:

RT’s stringer in Mariupol, who was shot in the stomach Friday, was operated on and is in stable condition.

Our wounded stringer has just spoken to his wife and even smiled,” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan posted on Twitter.

08:55 GMT:

Ukrainian interim president Aleksandr Turchinov says Kiev is ready for talks with the country’s regions, Donbass in particular, according to Interfax.

We hear Donbass and are now ready to get to the negotiating table,” Turchinov said, adding that representatives of local authorities were invited to the talks as well as scientists, cultural figures and representatives of political movements.

We invite all but the terrorists who have the task of destroying the country, which they received from their bosses,” he said. “We are ready to sit down and talk, no matter what happens and what slogans are declared.”

08:26 GMT:

May 10 has been declared a day of mourning in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, Interfax reports, citing a statement by the press service of the city administration.

Because of the tragic events on May 9, 2014, which resulted in casualties, May 10 is declared a day of mourning in the city of Mariupol,” the statement reads.

Seven people died and 39 were wounded on Friday as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local self-defense activists, Mariupol health officials say.

06:54 GMT:

Red Cross staff who had been detained by self-defence forces in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine have been released, Itar-Tass reports, citing David Pierre Marquet, Red Cross’s press officer for Europe and Central Asia.

Marquet denied earlier reports that the staff had been taken hostage.

They were detained for an ID check in Donetsk, and were quite soon released,” he said. “That had nothing to do with taking anybody hostage.”

00:13 GMT:

The Ukrainian city of Kharkov will not hold a self-determination referendum, initially scheduled to take place Sunday simultaneously with Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

“We are not prepared to hold a referendum on May 11. We have not agreed on the questions that will be common for Kharkov, Lugansk and Donetsk,” a member of the coordinating council of the ‘South- East’ movement Yuri Apukhtin told Interfax. “Therefore we decided not to hold a May 11 referendum.”

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#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY UPDATE – FRIDAY MAY 09 2014

17:12 GMT:

The EU has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for attending a Victory Day military parade in Crimea, Russia’s southern region.

“The European Union notes with regret the presence of President Vladimir Putin at a military parade … in Sevastopol, Crimea,” Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said.

She accused Putin of using the “important day in our shared history, dedicated to honoring the enormous sacrifices and giving remembrance to the millions of dead in the Second World War as an instrument “to give visibility to the illegal annexation of Crimea.”

17:10 GMT:

The people’s militia has seized a health resort building in the Budenovsky district of the city of Donetsk, which was housing 120 Ukrainian soldiers, local media reported. After several minutes of fighting the soldiers surrendered their weapons and left on buses. Earlier a co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic government Miroslav Rudenko said the soldiers clashed with the people’s militia and several people were injured.

16:53 GMT:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary John Kerry have spoken on the phone discussing the possible joint effort of the OSCE, Russia, the US and the EU to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis.

Lavrov pointed out the need to urgently start an all-inclusive national dialogue between the coup-installed Kiev authorities and representatives of the eastern part of the country under the mediation of the OSCE.

Lavrov said he hopes that Washington will work with Kiev to stop its punitive operation in the east, taking into account US positive attitude towards the ‘road map’ developed by the OSCE under Swiss chairmanship, on the implementation of the April 17 Geneva agreement.

14:48 GMT:
14:07 GMT:

An unidentified person has shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy “who was wearing St. George’s ribbon” in the center of the town of Slavyansk, the local self-defense HQ told Interfax. The source said that the bullet entered the boy’s chest “in the heart area” and his condition is currently unknown.

The St. George’s emblem, originally a Tsarist-era Russian military award, was adopted as a symbol of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII.

RIA Novosti, citing the child’s relative, reported that the boy “was simply walking” when he was wounded in the chest and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital and is undergoing surgery, the source said.

13:21 GMT:
13:21 GMT:

Victory Day celebrations were held in the anti-government stronghold in eastern Ukraine, the city of Slavyansk. Several thousand people gathered for a demo in the city’s central square. A “parade” of military equipment was held as two captured APCs with self-defense forces on them drove through the streets.

13:17 GMT:

About 1,500 protesters took to the streets of the eastern city of Kharkov for an anti-government rally on Victory Day. The demonstrators criticized the policy of the coup-appointed Kiev authorities, calling them a “junta” and “US protégés” and slammed the punitive military operation in eastern Ukraine, saying that the regime was waging “war against its own people.” Local police cordoned the demonstrators off from those attending the Victory Day concert for war veterans.

12:13 GMT:

RT’s stringer in Mariupol has been injured while trying to film and is now in hospital. Doctors say that in spite of his bulletproof vest he has sustained an injury to the stomach.

11:36 GMT:

The main Interior Ministry building is on fire, 0629.ua news portal reported.

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` Shooting, Military Vehicles Including Tanks and Armed Fighters Clad in Black Uniforms in Centre of Mariupol’

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 09 – Shooting, military vehicles and armed fighters clad in black uniforms are reported to be in the centre of Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine. Unconfirmed reports suggest one person has been killed and four wounded in the offensive.

Many people came to mark Victory Day, but as the reports of shooting started coming in, they moved on to show support for a few dozen policemen who had barricaded inside the building, refusing to take orders from Kiev.

Federalization supporters screamed “Fascists!” as the Kiev forces approached.

One of the armoured vehicles then opened fire at a group of unarmed civilians, according to a self-defence forces’ representative.

RT’s stringer in Mariupol has been injured while trying to film and is now in hospital. Doctors say that in spite of his bulletproof vest he has sustained an injury to the stomach.

“About 1,500 people left the parade and went to the local interior ministry HQ. People in camouflage confronted them, shooting into the air using lethal weapons,” a witness told Interfax.

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The witness also stated that another group of city residents set a car tire on fire next to the city council building.

Earlier, self-defense forces in Mariupol reported that armed people had tried to seize the local city department of the Interior Ministry.

“Camouflaged people are storming the building of the city’s interior ministry department. A bus with soldiers has driven up – they are from a military unit located in the vicinity of Mariupol. Policemen who refuse to obey Kiev regime’s orders are being detained,” a representative of the self-defence forces told Interfax.

The self-defence forces also said that “policemen of the city department refused to obey Kiev’s orders and guard the building of the city council, which had been seized a day earlier by the Ukrainian security services. As a result, Kiev authorities decided to storm the building of the city Interior Ministry department, policemen are shooting back, the building is surrounded.”

The information on the number of casualties is now being checked, the self-defence forces representative said.

Self-defence forces say the government forces used heavy weaponry while storming the local branch of the Interior Ministry. “Armoured vehicles approached the building and opened fire with heavy weapons. The building is old and has thick walls, so you can’t penetrate it with machine gun fire,” a representative of the self-defence forces told Interfax news agency.

City streets are now on lock-down for transport and pedestrians, as armoured vehicles are approaching from the airport outside the city.

“Yesterday we were told that some provocations were being prepared, but people didn’t believe it, so a Victory Day parade was scheduled for 9am today,” a local resident, who identified herself as Victoria, told RT.

Ukrainian MP Oleg Lyashko claims that forces loyal to the Kiev coup-installed government have orders “not to take anyone alive.”

He wrote in his Facebook account that “the perimeter around the Interior Ministry department building in Mariupol is completely blocked by the armed forces. Terrorists are barricaded inside and are now returning fire. An order has been issued not to take anyone alive.”

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE ODESSA May 08 2,000 police officers…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – ODESSA – May 08 – 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.


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