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  • Paul H. Lemmen 17:20 on May 19, 2014 Permalink  


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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:26 on May 12, 2014 Permalink  


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    About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi formerly Blackwater are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports.The Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing a source in intelligence circles, wrote Sunday that Academi employees are involved in the Kiev military crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in near the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region.On April 29, German Intelligence Service BND informed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government about the mercenaries’ participation in the operation, the paper said, RIA Novosti reported. It is not clear who commands the private military contractors and pays for their services, however.In March, media reports appeared suggesting that the coup-imposed government in Kiev could have employed up to 300 mercenaries.That was before the new government launched a military operation against anti-Maidan activists, or “terrorists” as Kiev put it, in southeast Ukraine.

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    • Willy Nilly 22:46 on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The fact they are there tells me all I need to know about the current administration’s strategy in the region. If things get politically untenable, Academi will find themselves unfriended on Facebook.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:22 on May 7, 2014 Permalink
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    #ACE NEWS SERVICES – UKRAINE – WEDNESDAY – MAY 07 – DAILY REPORT

    ‘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    President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
    “We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them.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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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:23 on May 6, 2014 Permalink
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    ACE NEWS SERVICES – UKRAINE – TUESDAY – MAY 06 – DAILY REPORT – UPDATE

    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.

    RT – RIA NOVOSTI – TASS – UNIAN – KYIV – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INTER-UKRAINE – OSCE

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 15:40 on May 5, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – UPDATE – May 05 2014

    Monday, May 5

    #AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – May 05 – Three activists have died in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-federalisation forces near the village of Semyonovka.

    Another 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing, Itar-Tass reports, citing sources in the Slavyansk self-defence headquarters.

    “We can confirm the deaths of two civilians as a result of Kiev’s retaliatory operation,” the source said, claiming that “mobile groups of Right Sector radicals” are operating in the city.

    Ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU have not agreed on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia, Itar-Tass reports, citing an EU Council press service employee. “The work will continue,” the source said. It did not specify which sanctions were discussed – enlargement of the “black list” of Russian officials or sanctions targeting economic and trade relations. The ambassadors’ decision will be discussed at an EU foreign ministers meeting on May 12.

    19:18 GMT:
    Ordinary people delivering medicine, food, clothes to #Slavyansk hospital for injured patients pic.twitter.com/UkAvFibsrb
    — PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
    18:43 GMT:
    In Kharkov, Ukrainian Railways has stopped selling tickets on trains traveling across the eastern part of the country, the company’s press service announced. The routes of 17 trains will be changed. Trains will also be bypassing the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and Konstantinovka. Also, it will be impossible to travel from Kharkov to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions by bus. The central bus terminal canceled all trips due to the military operation in the region.

    18:30 GMT:
    Self-defense forces have detained and taken captive radical militants from the Right Sector, who tried to enter the city on an ambulance car. The men were armed with guns, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a self-defense forces representative.

    17.11 GMT:
    The people’s governor of the Lugansk region, Valery Bolotov, has ordered to hold a referendum on the region’s status on May 11.

    “It will be an honest referendum, we will not take any other steps in addition to [giving people the chance to express their will],” he stressed.

    According to Bolotov, there are already groups prepared to count the votes, and locations of polling stations have already been determined. Authorities confirmed that the list of voters and bulletins is currently being prepared.

    16:12 GMT:
    Close look at 2 shot-up vans to the east of Sloviansk, reports of Ukr army firing indiscriminately today – https://t.co/NzrnmuAzSl
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
    15:40 GMT:
    The city’s on the edge. Those who were willing to be interviewed are now leaving town. Rumors: #rightsector is being armed #odessa
    — Irina Galushko (@IrinaGalushkoRT) May 5, 2014
    15:33 GMT:
    A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the eastern Ukrainian cities blockaded in the ongoing military operation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    There is an apparent lack of medicines, and shortages of food supplies are beginning, the ministry said.

    “We once again call on those in Kiev, who are organizing terror against their own people, to come to their senses, to stop the bloodshed, to pull back troops and sit at once at the negotiating table,” the statement urged.

    15:19 GMT:
    43 people remain in hospitals in the Donetsk region, the regional administration’s press service said. These are people who sustained injuries “in violent clashes” and “military operations across Donetsk.” Since March 13, when clashes started spreading across the region, nearly 500 people have asked for medical attention.

    14:44 GMT:
    The US Department of the Treasury’s David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is set to visit Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss “further coordination” of existing and planned sanctions against Russia.

    A Ukrainian army helicopter was downed by heavy machine gun fire and crashed into a river in the Slavyansk area, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service has said in a statement. The aircraft, identified as Mi-24 helicopter, was hit at 14:30 local time (11:30 GMT) while doing a target run during a combat mission, the statement said. The pilots survived the crash and have been evacuated.

    14:10 GMT:
    Attacked by Ukr army driver reported dead pic.twitter.com/DxHscsDhmW
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
    14:07 GMT:
    Lugansk regional council has supported the initiative of holding a referendum on the region’s status, the Council said in a statement on its website. It has called on the international community to assist in holding negotiations between Kiev and regional representatives.

    13:40 GMT:
    Russian internet giant Yandex has apologized for the remarks of the head of Yandex.Urkaine, Sergey Petrenko, who seemingly hailed the May-2 Odessa massacre by saying that “All is good [now]. The city has been practically cleansed of separatists,” in a discussion on his Facebook page.

    According to Yandex’ press-service, Petrenko’s remarks, which have caused outrage online, “is not our official position, it is, certainly, his personal and emotional statement,” adding that the particular quote has also been taken out of discussion’s context.

    “We would like to express our sincere condolences to all the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odessa, and once again apologize for the situation,” the press-service said.

    Hate speech has been on the rise in Russian-Ukrainian discussions on social networks, and the tragic Friday events sparked both anti-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rhetoric online. To downplay the pro-Kiev radicals’ responsibility for the death of some 40 anti-government activists, many, including Petrenko, have blamed the deceased for “calls for unrest and violence,” “provocations” and “rallying under foreign flags,” claiming they caused the incident themselves.

    13:08 GMT:
    The Poltava city unit of the former Ukrainian riot police, Berkut, has been ordered to the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk for a “mop-up operation.” But they refuse to carry out the order, Russian senator Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti, citing “confirmed information” from Kramatorsk activists.

    According to Morozov, a commission from Kiev has been dispatched to the central Ukrainian city to force the Berkut officers to join the military operation.

    The situation must be immediately discussed with the OSCE and relayed to the international military tribunal at The Hague, he said.

    12:17 GMT:
    The European Commission (EC) will have a meeting on May 13 with a delegation of the coup-imposed Ukrainian government headed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, the EC’s press-service said in a statement cited by Itar-Tass.

    The meeting will focus on “making sure that Ukraine has all the support it needs for carrying out political and economic reforms in the long term and in the short term,” the statement said.

    The Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule, and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will reportedly take part in the meeting.

    11:49 GMT:
    Four Ukrainian troops have been killed and around 30 injured in fighting in Slavyansk since Monday morning, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports. The number of people killed on the side of the city’s self-defence is unclear, but unconfirmed reports suggest at least 20 people in total have been killed in clashes.

    Some 11 recently injured people are being treated in hospitals in Slavyansk, while a civilian woman was reportedly shot dead by a Ukrainian army sniper while on her balcony, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

    Shops closed, streets deserted in central Sloviansk as fighting reported as waging on outside of city now. pic.twitter.com/lLyvy43RrP
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) May 5, 2014
    #Slavyansk: Reports suggest at least 20 ppl are dead following the military operation this morning. Fatalities come from both sides.
    — PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 5, 2014
    11:41 GMT:
    Germany will not send any military observers to Ukraine with the possible new OSCE mission, reports Itar-Tass, citing a German Defence Ministry spokesperson. German observers will not be going to Ukraine at least until after the May-25 elections, the spokesperson added.

    10:32 GMT:
    The pilot of a Ukrainian armed forces Mil Mi-24 helicopter downed near Slavyansk, has been released, the Defence Ministry reported. He is being treated in a military hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

    Slavyansk militia shot down three Ukrainian helicopters taking part in an attack on the city last week. Only one of the six pilots manning the aircraft survived. Apparently, the militia handed over the sole survivor and the bodies of the dead pilots to Kiev loyalists.

    05:18 GMT:
    The Ukrainian army reportedly withdrew its forces to the outskirts of protester-held Kramatorsk, following an offensive that left seven activists dead. Local militia members are preparing to make a stand for the city, RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene.

    02:00 GMT:
    Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

    02:00 GMT:
    Self-defence forces in the eastern city of Donetsk have told RIA Novosti that a shootout took place near the city council building. One of the self-defence commanders said the assailants were most likely radicals from the Right Sector.

    00:16 GMT:
    The press service of Donetsk city council has denied earlier reports that Mayor Aleksandr Lukyanchenko has resigned and handed over power to the pro-autonomy forces. The press service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk earlier told RIA Novosti that the mayor had peacefully handed over authority. In the wake of the reports, the city council’s press office stated that Lukyanchenko remains the incumbent mayor of Donetsk.

    Courtesy of RT – TASS – RIA NOVOSTI – BBC – UNIAN – KYIV

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:08 on April 28, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – WASHINGTON – APRIL 28 – SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

    The United States announced new sanctions against Russia in relation to the events in Ukraine.

    According to the announcement of the press secretary of the White House, the new measures will affect 7 officials, including two officials from the inner circle of Russian president, as well as 17 companies connected with the people of this circle.

    In addition, the US Department of Commerce imposes “additional restrictions” on 13 people from these companies.

    The US Department of treasury said that the list includes presidential envoy to the Crimean region Oleg Belaventsev.

    CEO of Rostech Sergei Chemezov, Deputy prime-minister Dmitry Kozak, Federal Guard Service Eugene Murov,

    Chairman of the State Duma lower house committee for international affairs Alexei Pushkov, head of Rosheft Igor Sechin,

    The first deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:16 on April 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – SEOUL – April 25 – North Korea on Friday denied accusations from Seoul that it sent small, unarmed drone aircraft over the border recently, AP reported.

    The military in South said three of the drones that crashed recently near the border with the North were flown on possible surveillance missions. Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean ruling party, described the claim as farce, adding that Seoul is trying to provoke a war.

    SEOUL/DAEJEON, April 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Friday that three small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) discovered near the tensely guarded border were built and sent by North Korea for spying purposes, though a smoking gun has yet to be found.

    The military has retrieved the three drones from separate areas near the inter-Korean border since late March, prompting serious concerns about holes in South Korea’s air defence as one of them had taken photos of Seoul’s presidential compound and important military installations.

    While the three blue sky drones built with rudimentary UAV technology have widely been believed to be sent from the communist state, Seoul’s defence ministry officially announced an interim investigation result pointing to Pyongyang over the drone incursion 18 days after the first one was discovered.

    One was found on March 24 in Paju, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, and the other was retrieved from the front-line island of Baengnyeong during the North’s live-fire drills near the western maritime border on March 31.

    Most recently on Sunday, the military revealed a third drone similar to the other two drones, which a person searching for wild herbs found in the east coastal city of Sokcho in early October.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:50 on April 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – PHONE CALL FROM MERKEL TO PUTIN – April 25 – 12.29 GMT

    “In the phone call she expressed her great concern over the tense situation in eastern Ukraine and said she expects Russia’s government to express its commitment to the Geneva agreement and to cooperate in its implementation,” said spokesman Steffen Seibert.

    Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and United States last week signed a deal in Geneva aimed at easing tensions in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have occupied government buildings.

    Seibert said “Russia should publicly declare that it fully supports the Geneva declaration and it should publicly call on the armed pro-Russian groups in Ukraine to refrain from violence and lay down their arms”.

    The spokesman stressed that so far Russia’s position since the Geneva deal had been “absolutely disappointing” and that “we can see no progress whatsoever”.

    His comments echoed an earlier sharp rebuke to Moscow by US Secretary of State John Kerry and came as US President Barack Obama was to speak to European leaders including Merkel in a conference call.

    Seibert, speaking at a Berlin press conference, said that “sanctions are already in place” against Russia and that “you have to face the facts – in case nothing changes, it is important to be prepared for more” sanctions.

    Moscow confirmed the phone call but threw the blame for the crisis at the Ukrainian government, which it accused of “unwillingness to implement the Geneva agreements.”

    “Vladimir Putin sharply condemned attempts by the Kiev regime to use armed forces against peaceful civilians in the southeast of the country,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin said Putin and Merkel had also discussed Russian gas shipments, a crucial source of energy for Ukraine and much of Europe.

    “The leaders of both countries stressed it was important to conduct as soon as possible talks on issues relating to the security of supplies and transit of Russian gas involving representatives of Russia, the European Union and Ukraine,” it said.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:57 on April 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 24 – The people’s self-defence fighters in Ukraine’s Sloviansk city together with a reinforcement that arrived from Krasny Liman, have rebuffed an attack of the Ukrainian military who are engaged in a special operation at the entrance to Sloviansk, local media reported on Thursday.

    “The convoy of armoured vehicles has yielded ground.

    The people’s police have got reinforcement from the city of Krasny Liman.

    Volunteers – even unarmed – continue to arrive at the strategic post,” according to a local report.

    According to the media, the people’s policemen are currently sweeping the nearby forest belt.

    According to some information, the armoured vehicles of the Ukrainian special task force have been moved away, but the military themselves could have massed not far from the block post.

    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry for its part claims that the law enforcers have taken under control three self-defence block posts in Sloviansk.

    The ministry says on its official website that the ministry officers and Ukrainian Defence Ministry servicemen have killed five protesters during the operation.

    One of the participants in the “active phase” of the operation has been wounded.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:42 on April 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 (INTERFAX.RU) – Ukrainian military carried out a military operation under the Slavonic in the Donetsk region. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported on the destruction of five fighters self-defence. Authorities called dead “terrorists.”

    “In the course of the anti-terrorist operation units and the Defence Ministry of Internal Affairs released and destroyed three checkpoint illegal armed groups in the north-eastern part of Sloviansk. During combat engagement to five terrorists were killed. From the parties to the transaction, one fighter was injured,” – said the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs .

    Security Service of Ukraine recognizes that the situation Slovyansk is uncontrolled . Head of the press centre of the SBU Marina Ostapenko, commenting on the event, said that everything that happens in the city – “the conscience of those who are terrorizing the local population.”

    “And these shots, and these explosions – it all comes from saboteurs, separatists, people with weapons, and now they have no influence on,” – said Ostapenko.

    However, she stressed that the military operation in the south-east of Ukraine continues, and more detailed information concerning the action until security forces can not articulate.

    Meanwhile, defence forces Sloviansk stated that Ukrainian troops recaptured one of the checkpoints at the entrance to the city. They claim that they were able to deploy three APCs. According to the channel “Russia-24″, this checkpoint is a key: it can be to head directly to the centre of Slavic. Checkpoint is 3 km from the city.

    Earlier in the Self-Defence Forces of Donbass reported that on Thursday afternoon were shot at checkpoints on the outskirts Sloviansk, mobile phones in the city is not working.

    “Around 12:00 MSK on the outskirts of the battle began Sloviansk, verified information about one death and one injured. Bombard other checkpoints located at the exits of the city” – “Interfax” one of the leaders of Self-Defence Forces of Donbass Miroslav Rudenko.

    As the channel “Russia 24″, Ukrainian troops are slow offensive in Slavic. They use armored vehicles that cover special forces. “Special Forces enter the city, supported by helicopters. Along the roadside mined roads, and special forces snipers cover. They are also here in the territory,” – says the correspondent channel.

    Translation from Russian to English may contain error’s (Смотрите оригинал материала на) http://www.interfax.ru/world/373616

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:35 on April 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 – Timeline of Events and Latest from News Sources.

    Thursday 24

    14.10 GMT:
    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 24 (INTERFAX.RU) – Ukrainian military carried out a military operation under the Slavonic in the Donetsk region. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported on the destruction of five fighters self-defence. Authorities called dead “terrorists.” http://wp.me/p165ui-4WL

    11.35 GMT:
    #AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 24 – The people’s self-defence fighters in Ukraine’s Sloviansk city together with a reinforcement that arrived from Krasny Liman, have rebuffed an attack of the Ukrainian military who are engaged in a special operation at the entrance to Sloviansk, local media reported on Thursday.

    “The convoy of armoured vehicles has yielded ground. http://wp.me/p165ui-4WN

    11.09 GMT:
    #AceNewsServices – US/UKRAINE – April 24 – Following is an interview by English Radio correspondent Morteza Jabbari with Tighe Barry—co-director of Code Pink in the US about the latest developments regarding Ukraine and that the interim government in Kiev continues to blame Russia for the situation in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine. http://wp.me/p165ui-4X5

    09.33 GMT:
    Unknown gunmen have attacked a checkpoint near Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. Two people were killed, local self-defence forces spokesperson Stella Horosheva told RT.

    “Unfortunately, the reports of a shooting have been confirmed,” Horosheva said. “Every night some sort of an incident takes place at one of our checkpoints. This time suspicious armed people were passing by and the self-defense members approached them to check their IDs. But the gunmen opened fire.”

    09.58 GMT:
    #AceBreakingNews – SLAVYANSK – April 24 – “Around 40 minutes ago fighting started on the outskirts of Slavyansk,” one of the leaders of self-defense forces, Miroslav Rudenko , told Interfax. We are checking reports of one dead and one injured. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Wt

    There are shootings at a number of checkpoints at some of Slavyansk exit-roads.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:39 on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 23 ( INTERFAX.RU ) – The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the second and third readings in the law on criminal responsibility for public rehabilitation of Nazism, setting a fine for it to 500 thousand rubles or imprisonment for up to five years.

    Appropriate amendments are made to the Criminal Code and the Code. The Criminal Code is complemented by Article “Rehabilitation of Nazism.”

    It reads: “The denial of the facts established by the verdict of the International Military Tribunal for the trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis countries, the approval of the offences established by the said judgement, as well as dissemination of false information on the activities of the Soviet Union during World War II, coupled with the accusation of committing offences established by the said judgement, committed publicly, punishable by a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles, or imprisonment for up to three years. “

    Tougher sanctions proposed to install for the same acts committed by a person using his official position or media, “as well as fabrication of prosecution evidence.” For this set a fine of 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles; as an alternative – imprisonment for up to five years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years.

    Also makes it an offence to five years imprisonment for defiling days of glory and anniversaries Russia associated with the Great Patriotic War.

    Corresponding norm provides for sanctions for “spreading expressing clear disrespect for society information about the days of glory and anniversaries Russia related to the protection of the Fatherland, as well as the desecration of symbols of military glory of Russia, committed in public.” For it shall be fined up to 300 thousand rubles; as an alternative – compulsory work for a period of up to 360 hours, or correctional labour up to one year.

    RF Code of Administrative Offences with the norm, introducing penalties for “public dissemination of expressing clear disrespect for society information about the days of glory and anniversaries Russia related to the protection of the Fatherland, or the public desecration of the symbols of military glory of Russia, including those committed with the use of media and information and telecommunications networks, including the Internet. “

    These offences entail the imposition of an administrative fine on legal entities in the amount of 400 thousand to 1 million rubles.

    The investigation of these crimes will be within the competence of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

    The law was passed by the State Duma in the first reading on April 4. He was supported by all factions of Parliament.

    The draft law on the responsibility for rehabilitation of Nazism was initiated by a group of deputies headed by Irina Spring.

    Apologies for the Translation from Russian to English (Смотрите оригинал материала на) http://www.interfax.ru/russia/373414

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:08 on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 23 (Interfax) – Moscow will not recognize the May 25 election in Ukraine, unless it is held on the basis of a nationwide, inclusive dialogue, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    “We will recognize something that would be based on the all-inclusive process,” he said in an interview with the Russia Today television channel, when asked whether Russia will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine to be legitimate.

    “To call an election without finding some common ground with the east and the south of Ukraine I think is very destructive for the country,” the minister said.

    At the same time, initially it was expected that the country will not hold the presidential election before conducting its constitutional reform, and this understanding was reflected in the February 21 agreement between Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, the minister recalled.

    Lavrov drew parallels with the situation around the Syrian settlement process. The United States and its Western allies insist that the Syrians hold presidential election after conducting constitutional reform, and this is stipulated in the Geneva communique on Syria, the minister said.

    The same is written in the Ukraine agreement signed on February 21, Lavrov said.

    Meanwhile, Western countries will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine legitimate without the prior constitutional reform, he said.

    The same people who are saying that the presidential election in Syria will not be legitimate without a constitutional reform will recognize the legitimacy of the May 25 elections, Lavrov said.

    The U.S. is trying to make Russia responsible for settling international crises, and not just the Ukrainian one, he said.

    “The Iranian issue depends on Russia alone, Syria depends on Russia alone… Now Ukraine depends entirely on Russia. I would say it is an absolutely unrealistic approach and an attempt to hide your own responsibility,” said the Russian foreign minister.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:29 on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 23 – Timeline of Events and Latest from News Sources.

    Wednesday 23

    18.35 GMT:
    DONBASS – April 23 – (Interfax) – Ukrainian presidential candidate, leader of the “right sector” Dmitry Jaros announced the beginning of the formation of the representatives of the Donetsk region spetsbatalona “Donbass”. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Wa

    15.08 GMT:
    KIEV – Sergei Taruta, Chief of the Donetsk regional administration appointed by the Kiev authorities, has called to conduct a referendum on the status of the Russian language and decentralization of bodies of power in Ukraine, the press service of the Donetsk regional administration said on Wednesday.
    “Once people want a referendum they should have an opportunity to hold the referendum,” Taruta said. He said that May 25 — the date of presidential election scheduled in Ukraine, is the right time for the referendum.
    Questions for the referendum should be formulated as soon as possible to ensure that all the interested parties reach accord, Taruta said.
    The heads of town administrations, regional councils and state administrations of the Donetsk region have backed Taruta’s initiative.http://wp.me/p165ui-4W0

    14.10 GMT:
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VX

    12.35 GMT:
    Anti- and pro-government demonstrations have been held next to the City Council in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
    Those who protest against the Kiev coup-appointed government were holding a large banner saying “No elections without a referendum.” The activists also demand the official status of the Russian language in the region.
    Meanwhile, the pro-government supporters have gathered next to the WWII Eternal Flame memorial in the city, shouting slogans in favour of “united Ukraine.”
    Kharkov City Council MPs have addressed the Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday with a demand to pass a law on regional referendums in the country. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VN

    12:35 GMT:
    Several hundred anti-government activists continue to protest in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk next to the regional government building, which is still controlled by anti-Kiev protesters, RIA Novosti reports. Protesters say they rally in support of the federalization of the country.
    The demonstration is being held peacefully, with the protesters playing football and handing out leaflets.

    12.30 GMT:
    Protesters demanded that the Ukrainian authorities grant Russian the status of an official language. Meanwhile, supporters of Kiev authorities gathered near the Eternal Flame, they chanted slogans in support of the “united and indivisible Ukraine”. http://wp.me/p165ui-4VN

    Protesters carried a large banner “No elections without a referendum”

    11.43 GMT:
    Chiefs of UK’s intelligence agencies have warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against providing military assistance to Kiev by western states, Daily Mail on-line version reported on Tuesday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vt

    11.08 GMT:

    NATO’s navy presence in the Black Sea has increased to three units as the US has sent warship USS Taylor to the Black Sea, a source from the Russian Navy told ITAR-TASS. “The frigate USS Taylor has passed through the straits and entered the Black Sea yesterday evening,” the source said. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vq

    10.26 GMT:
    Aleksandr Sapunov, who was proclaimed ‘People’s mayor’ of the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka by anti-government protesters there, has announced his resignation.
    “Following an attack, of which my close circle and I became targets, taking into account a threat to my life, I am no longer going to fulfil duties of the ‘People’s mayor’ and also of the MP of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’,” he told RIA Novosti.
    He said he will still be the leader of the local ‘City order’ movement and an active participant of the city’s self-defence.
    Sapunov said unknown people blocked a car driven by his friend on April 16. When the assailants found out there was no ‘People’s mayor’ in the car, they drove away. http://wp.me/p165ui-4W5

    10.10 GMT:
    Security Service of Ukraine ( SBU) has put the former Chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kiev Valeriy Koryak and Deputy of Public Safety Petro Fedchuk on wanted list, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports.
    It is alleged that the former policemen charged with unlawful resistance of the organization or holding meetings, rallies, marches and demonstrations.http://wp.me/p165ui-4Vy

    08.58 GMT:
    Resumption of the military operation in eastern Ukraine is contrary to the Geneva agreement, a representative of the self-defence forces of the Donetsk Region, Sergey Tsyplakov, told RIA Novosti.
    “The Kiev junta gets it the way they want. When it comes to vacating [government] buildings, only the east should do this… This is all cynicism and double standards,” Tsyplakov said.

    08:46 GMT:
    The military operation against protesters in eastern Ukraine, which the authorities in Kiev describe as an “anti-terrorist” one, has been resumed following its suspension during the Easter holidays , first vice-president Vitaly Yarema told journalists.
    “Law enforcement agencies are working on the eradication of all groups currently active in Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and other cities of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions,” Interfax reported him as saying.

    Yarema said no military operations were carried out overnight.

    08.39 GMT:

    Turchynov demands to resume special raid in eastern Ukraine
    Active phase of military operation has been resumed in the eastern regions of Ukraine, parliament-appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters. 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.

    06.30 GMT:
    (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government said on Wednesday the United States had promised to stand by it in the face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
    After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an “anti-terrorist operation” against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/23/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3L11A20140423

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:25 on April 21, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Monday 21

    18:11 GMT:
    1/2 Am now in #Kramatorsk at occupied City building where they tell me senior members of ‘Donbass People’s Republic’ are now in building..
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    2/2 They say outside that meeting is being held between groups, aimed at forming ‘Donbass Republic’. No media access. pic.twitter.com/HvfnJ7W2Kb
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014

    17:09 GMT:
    Anti-government activists have entered the local headquarters of the Ukraine Security Service in the town of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, RT’s RUPTLY stringer reports from the scene.

    The activists are currently installed in the building, over which the flag of the People’s Republic of Donetsk has been raised.

    15:44 GMT:
    Names given of 3 activists killed in #Sloviansk shooting yesterday.#Ukraine #Russia pic.twitter.com/4kG8UDvFdK
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014

    15.43 GMT:
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.
    One Belarusian and two Italian journalists were stopped Monday by gunmen as they reported in the city of Slovyansk, which has been occupied by pro-Russia forces for more than a week.
    Slovyansk is one of many cities in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern region where insurgents are demanding greater ties with Russia. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Ud
    By Philippa Stewart (ALJ)

    14.17 GMT:
    A monitoring mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has arrived in the town of Sloviansk in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region to investigate a shooting incident that took place there on the Easter night last weekend, the Deutsche Welle media corporation said on Monday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4U5

    14.09 GMT:
    In keeping with the Geneva agreement, Ukraine is working out measures to de-escalate tensions in the east of the country, acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said o Monday, April 21.
    “We meet in the four-party format every day, with the participation of the leadership of the mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to work out measures towards de-escalation of the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine,” he said.
    However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that the Ukrainian authorities were not complying with the Geneva agreement.http://wp.me/p165ui-4U7

    14:01 GMT:
    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich demanded that the Kiev coup-appointed government withdraw National Guard troops from eastern Ukraine and start peaceful dialogue with the citizens of the eastern regions.
    “You called millions of people terrorists. They have no other choice but to fight for their rights, their own life and lives of their children,” he said.
    Yanukovich also spoke in favor of a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization, which should be followed by constitutional reform.

    13:55 GMT:
    People and protester enjoy the music at #Donetsk barricades Ruptly https://t.co/ocVDnfFz6k
    — denise reese (@denice_ruptly) April 21, 2014

    13.05 GMT:
    Viktor Yanukovych has demanded to return Ukraine’s military forces to their permanent bases, to withdraw the National Guard units from the country’s east, and to start a dialogue with the people in the eastern regions of Ukraine. Yanukovych proposed to hold a referendum on the country’s federalization and the powers of the regions (Itar-tass) http://wp.me/p165ui-4TY

    12.59 GMT:
    Irma Krat, an activist of the Right Sector, and representative of the self-defence forces of Ukraine’s Donetsk region have held a joint briefing in Donetsk. Both parties stated that they agreed to release Irma Krat soon. The self-defense forces believe that she is one of the Maidan ‘centurions’, and have detained her on suspicion of subversion. http://wp.me/p165ui-4TS

    “The conditions are normal, nobody bullies me, I’m fed properly,” Krat said at the briefing.

    12:40 GMT:
    Irma Krat, a prominent Maidan activist and journalist, who was detained on Sunday in protester-held Slavyansk, gave a media conference on Monday.
    The protesters suspect the 29-year-old of having close links to the ultranationalist Right Sector movement, which they blamed for the deadly attack on one of the protesters checkpoints early on Sunday morning.
    Krat is accused by Self-defence of, effectively, working as spy for the Maidan side. She disagrees to Self-defence. pic.twitter.com/UuxshhoJDm
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    Krat denied having links with the radicals, and insisted that she had arrived in Slavyansk in her capacity as a journalist and said that the protest in Maidan, which she supported, and the protest movement in eastern Ukraine mirror each other.
    At presser, Krat’s press pass is brought out, ‘self-defence’ draw attention to its being out of date. #Sloviansk pic.twitter.com/wcEU6qHRwr
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    She added that she was treated well by her detainers and that she feels fine.
    Both Krat and the protest activists said she will soon be released.

    11.28 GMT:
    Protesters in Luhansk have announced the establishment of a joint headquarters of South-Western Ukraine which will coordinate efforts of protesters in all other regions, the local media reported Monday. The joint coordination centre will be based in Donetsk, the source said.

    On Monday, people’s gatherings have been held in Luhansk and other settlements of the region to formulate questions which should be put to a referendum the protesters are planning to hold on May 11.
    The establishment of a federal state, the status of a subject of a federal state and the status of the Russian language are among issues on the agenda of the planned referendum.
    A large-scale meeting of supporters of a federal state was scheduled in Luhansk for 3.00 pm Moscow time Monday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4TI

    10:31 GMT:
    Protesters in Lugansk have announced the creation headquarters for the coordination their activities in the south-eastern region, Itar-Tass found out. The base will be set up in Donetsk. This is taking place in an atmosphere of public gatherings aimed at tackling the kind of issues that will make their way into the upcoming May 11 referendum, including the question of federalization.

    08.51 GMT:
    “Everything points to the fact that the Kiev authorities are not able to control extremists, or do not want to control them,” the foreign minister said. The main thing now is to prevent any kind of violence in Ukraine, Lavrov added. “It is the first clause of the Geneva agreements, the first requirement,” the minister stressed. “This part of the Geneva agreement is not fulfilled, but on the contrary, steps are taken by those who seized power (in Kiev) in violation of the Geneva agreements,” Lavrov said.
    “We are concerned that instead of confirming the responsibility for the situation, Kiev and the West-European countries are trying to make Russia responsible,” he said. “There main proof is the Russian weapons in the conflict zones. It is ridiculous – no other weapons have ever been there,” Lavrov added.
    “Those who intentionally aim at instigating a civil war obviously hope to spark off an enormous, serious and bloody conflict, are conducting a criminal policy,” Lavrov said. “We (Russia) will not be only condemning this policy, but thwarting any manifestations of such policy as well,” the diplomat said, adding that “shooting at unarmed people on the Easter night is beyond any reason.”
    “Instead of giving ultimatums and threatening us with sanctions, Washington should realize in full measure its responsibility for those people they brought to power in Kiev,” Lavrov noted. “Attempts to isolate Russia are absolutely prospectless, as it is impossible,” the minister emphasized.

    01:19 GMT:
    The “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, has imposed a curfew from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 am, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported.

    00.35 GMT:
    US Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Ukraine’s coup-installed President Aleksandr Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk during his visit to Ukraine’s capital, the White House announced. Biden’s visit to Kiev will begin on Monday afternoon and will last two days. He will also meet with members of Ukraine’s parliament from various regions and representatives of non-government organizations.
    During the meetings, the two sides will “discuss the international community’s efforts to help stabilize and strengthen Ukraine’s economy and to assist Ukraine in moving forward on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption efforts, and free and fair presidential elections on May 25,” the White House statement said. “The vice president will also consult on the latest developments in eastern Ukraine and on steps to enhance Ukraine’s short- and long-term energy security.” http://wp.me/p165ui-4TV

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:49 on April 20, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 20 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Sunday, April 20

    19:06 GMT:
    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has announced the creation of a special units corps to maintain order in the south-eastern parts of the country.
    The move is explained by the “externally inspired separatist terrorist attacks, creation of gangs financed from outside the country, and the threat to internal law and order” in those regions, the ministry’s website said.

    18:40 GMT:
    The self-defence forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk region are expecting assaults on checkpoints and administrative buildings they’re holding in the town of Slavyansk at 18:00 GMT, Itar-Tass reports.
    The anti-government activists are on high alert, with preparations to repel the attack under-way, said Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk.
    According to Ponomarev, unidentified armed men were spotted gathering outside the town.
    The self-defence forces failed to establish their belonging to any units of the Ukrainian military and say they are militants from the radical Right Sector movement.

    18:09 GMT:
    Machine gun fire has been heard in the centre of Slavyansk, a city in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene.
    Anti-government demonstrators in Odessa have demanded the resignation of the head of the regional administration, Vladimir Nemirovsky, Vesti.ru reports.
    Hundreds marched the streets of Odessa on Sunday, with the demonstration concluding with a rally at the city’s Kulikovo Field.
    Protesters also showed their support to the idea of referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and urged the coup-imposed authorities to end political repressions.
    The self-defense forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region said that three of their checkpoint in the suburbs of the town of Slavyansk came under fire by unidentified gunmen, Interfax news agency reports. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tl

    12.36 GMT:
    On Sunday, the Interior Ministry called on former members of the Berkut riot police, which had been branded as thugs and criminals by the new authorities, to return to service April 20 – 17.25 GMT: http://on.rt.com/xdnz8t

    “We, the members of the board of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, address the former members of Berkut. You always were the elite of the security forces,” said the statement of the ministry’s website. “On the eve of Orthodox Easter we urge everyone not indifferent to the fate of our country, to reconcile and unite, first of all by social consolidation and stopping the strife and mutual disrespect.”
    The Berkut special forces units were dismissed on February 25 by the coup-installed Kiev regime http://wp.me/p165ui-4T0

    11:14 GMT:
    The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed outrage over the deadly gun battle on Saturday night in Slavyansk. It said Kiev must deliver on its commitment to de-escalate the violence.

    10:02 GMT:
    The OSCE mission in Donetsk does not possess evidence of any Russian troop presence in Ukraine. The mission’s head, Klaus Zillikens, told Ekho Moskvy radio that information appearing in the media regarding the number of victims of clashes in the Donetsk region is often unsubstantiated and not backed by evidence. This includes the Donbass region as well, Zillikens said.

    09.30 GMT:
    The division of Ukraine’s interior ministry in the Donetsk region has confirmed three people died in a skirmish in Slavyansk (northern Donetsk region).
    The interior ministry’s version is “unidentified persons in four cars approached the block station and opened fire at the people guarding it.”
    The source said three people had been killed in the skirmish /two local residents, the third is being identified/, and three more were wounded. An investigation is under-way. Earlier, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry confirmed a murder of one man in Slavyansk. http://wp.me/p165ui-4T2

    09:26 GMT:
    Anti-Maydan activist, Konstantin Dolgov, has been jailed for two months by Kharkov’s court for his role in coordinating the local protest movement, his lawyer told Interfax-Ukraine.
    “We have five days to make an appeal,” Dmitry Tihonenkov, the lawyer, told the newspaper.
    No details of the specifics of Dolgov’s crimes are being shared at present, but it is known that the charge is for the deliberate destruction of property.

    08:01 GMT:
    Mood here, some 6km outside #Sloviansk – shock, sadness. Working to find identities of those killed. pic.twitter.com/Yw0hmockuM
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 20, 2014

    06:49 GMT:
    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has called on the former members of the Berkut riot police to stand up and fight against “intervention” and “save Ukraine.”
    Berkut were involved in confrontation with radical activists during the Ukrainian protests in February, defending governmental buildings in Kiev from crowds, pelting them with Molotov cocktails and stones. Protesters accused the police officers of brutality, so after Ukraine’s coup all Berkut units were disbanded.
    Former Berkut members must forget that they used to be on different sides of the barricades and remember that “they are children of a united Ukrainian land, forget grievances, and leave behind all personal ambitions,” the ministry leaders said in a statement.
    The statement says that “in February there was enough human wisdom to stop just short of fratricide. The plot to discredit Ukraine’s national statehood failed.” It’s not clear whether the ministry chose to dismiss the killing of more than 100 people during the Kiev protest as irrelevant, or decided to go against the position of the General Prosecutor’s office, which charged several former Berkut members with mass murder.
    The attitude towards Berkut troops is one of several undermining the split in Ukraine following the February coup. Many anti-Maidan protesters hail them as heroes, who fulfilled their duty and resisted the violence of the radical activists. Some former Berkut members are reportedly taking active part in the protest movement in eastern Ukraine, which is defying Kiev.

    05:15 GMT:
    Four people with gunshots have been taken to a hospital in Slavyansk overnight, RIA Novosti confirms.

    04:53 GMT:
    Five people have been reportedly killed in a shooting in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters.
    The fatalities came after a night attack on a protester checkpoint on the outskirts of the city, a Rossiya 24 news channel correspondent reported. Four cars drove by the checkpoint and opened fire at local residents holding it, killing three people and seriously injuring another one.
    A group of protesters, who had firearms unlike those holding the checkpoint, was called from their camp in the city. They opened fire at the attackers, killing two of them, the report said.
    The protesters in the confrontation reportedly captured the attackers’ two cars. Firearms, explosives and aerial photos of Slavyansk were discovered there. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Ti

    01:34 GMT:
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the West to focus on preventing “further escalation” in Ukraine rather than on sanctions to target Russia, according to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which is expected to publish the full interview on Sunday.
    “I sometimes wish that the same engagement being used for the debate about sanctions would also exist when it comes to avoiding a further escalation,” Steinmeier told the newspaper. “We’ve already exhaustively discussed the sanctions issue.”
    He also stressed that Germany supports the agreement reached in Geneva on the de-escalation of the conflict and vowed support to the OSCE mission in Ukraine.
    “It was clear that peace in Ukraine would not be immediately restored after the agreement in Geneva. Now the most important is that the agreed measures are implemented,” he said. http://wp.me/p165ui-4SS

    00.19 GMT:
    In his Easter message, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church condemned the “aggression” in Ukraine.
    “Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice,” Patriarch Filaret said. “God cannot be on the side of evil, so the enemy of the Ukrainian people is condemned to defeat,” he added. “Lord, help us resurrect Ukraine.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:13 on April 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 19 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Friday, April 18

    21.25 GMT:
    Ukraine’s parliament will vote for constitutional changes before May, the country’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel.The changes will include more power transferred to local regions. “I hope that before the end of May the parliament will be able to vote on constitutional changes regarding expanding powers of local governments in its first reading,” Turchinov said.

    17.19 GMT:
    NATO’s further enlargement and “one more step towards the Russian border” will cause “the entire European security architecture to be overhauled”, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the TVC television channel’s “Pravo Znat” (The Right to Know) programme to be aired on Saturday evening, April 19. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sw

    16:35 GMT:
    All of the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels have left Crimea, the press service of Ukraine’s coup-imposed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said.
    “All the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy have departed from Sevastopol Bay and Donuzlav Bay [in Crimea], including the Kirovograd landing ship, Vinnitsa corvette, Zolotonosha base ship, and others,” the press service told Itar-Tass news agency.
    The ships are on their way to the port of Odessa where the Ukrainian Navy’s bases are situated.
    The withdrawal of other Ukrainian military equipment from Crimea, including warplanes, is also underway, the press service added http://wp.me/p165ui-4St

    15:55 GMT:
    88.2 percent of voters in south-eastern Ukraine are eager to participate in the country’s presidential elections on May 25, a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) reveals.

    Only 39.1 percent of the people are undecided about which candidate they will vote for, ZN.ua weekly reports.

    According to the research, businessman Pyotr Poroshenko is currently leading the presidential race in southeastern Ukraine with 21.6 percent.

    MP Sergey Tigipko follows him on 10.6 percent, and then former head of Kharkov regional state administration, Mikhail Dobkin, who has the support of 8.4 percent.

    The survey took place April 10-15 and questioned 3,232 respondents in eight regions in southeastern Ukraine.

    Petro Poroshenko, independent member of Ukrainian parliament (left) and Ukrainian presidential candidate Sergiy Tigipko (AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev / Andrei Smirnov)

    14:42 GMT:
    Negotiations between the police and anti-government protesters in the town of Gorlovka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region “brought no result,” the local police told RIA-Novosti news agency.

    The demonstrators in Gorlovka remain in control of the town’s administration building and the police headquarters.

    14:08 GMT:
    Russia says it is prepared to help Ukraine resolve its political crisis in conjunction with the OSCE.
    “The Russian side notes that Ukrainians must decide for themselves how to extricate themselves from the current political impasse, with the help of an OSCE monitoring mission. Russia is prepared to offer the broadest support in this venture,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a meeting with pro-Russian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev.

    13.18 GMT:
    Three thousand Crimean citizens have refused to receive Russian passports and become citizens, head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovskiy, told Interfax.

    According to the agreement that accompanied the absorption of Crimea into Russia, people were given a deadline until April 18, but the “small number” could either grow or diminish, Romodanovskiy continued, explaining that people are prone to changing their minds in situations like these. In this case, he said, it was possible to extend the deadline further http://wp.me/p165ui-4S7

    10.41 GMT:
    Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter. Andriy Deshchytsia told the BBC the security services would resume military action if the separatists continued to occupy government offices

    They are refusing to leave buildings in several cities, defying an agreement reached on Thursday to ease the crisis http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140417_01_en.pdf

    http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sf

    10:18 GMT:

    Anti-Kiev protesters in Kramatorsk have once again captured the TV tower, as those who identify with Russia continue to face off against the Ukrainian military in the city. They have blocked the Ukrainian channels from being broadcast and switched over to Russian ones instead, RIA Novosti reports, citing the commander of the popular uprising. The pro-Russian group is dissatisfied with the way the country is being portrayed in the local programming, it claims http://wp.me/p165ui-4RQ

    09:54 GMT:
    More than 1.7 thousand tons in humanitarian aid from Russia’s regions have made their way to the Crimea, Emergencies Ministry representative, Aleksandr Drobyshenskiy told the press, according to Itar-Tass. The deliveries, which had started on March 14, came in the form of 32 convoys. Two more are being planned, according to Drobyshenskiy http://wp.me/p165ui-4RU

    09:29 GMT:
    If Kiev does not settle its gas debts with Moscow within a month, Gazprom will be forced to switch to a system of advance payments, President Putin has said, adding that the measure has nothing to do with May’s upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.
    “Moscow is willing to tolerate” the continuing absence of payments for another month, Putin said during a live Q&A session on Thursday, adding that this is stipulated in the existing contracts.
    “We don’t mix economics with the political process in Ukraine,” the President continued. “We were simply awaiting the receipt on April 7 of the money owed for the March for gas in March… this was $525 million. Not a cent… by the way, it was being transported at the lowest price, with all possible discounts.” http://wp.me/pzTwj-2VV

    08:24 GMT:
    President Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports. The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4 million as a result http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sb

    03:28 GMT:
    Unidentified men tried to break through a barricade at Kramatorsk’s city administration building in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, quoting the ‘People’s mayor’ of the neighbouring town of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. Witnesses said up to 40 individuals approached the barricades and tried to dismantle them. Pro-federalization supporters called Slavyansk’s supporters for help and were able to maintain control of the city’s administration building http://wp.me/p165ui-4RZ

    Witnesses also stated that the men trying to dismantle the barricade said they were promised a reward from Ukraine’s oligarchs for every barricade and building they recaptured from pro-federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine.

    03:15 GMT:
    Sanctions that the EU is preparing to introduce against Russia will likely negatively impact some EU countries, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission, Janusz Lewandowski, told Poland’s TOK FM. Lewandowski stated that there are countries that depend on Russia entirely for their gas consumption – including Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland. Other EU countries will feel the effect through the banking sector or through a negative impact on trade.

    02:04 GMT:
    Two Norwegian warships are now part of NATO’s defense force, the country’s Defense Ministry told NRK. The two vessels are responsible for patrolling the Baltic and North Sea and have been stationed there indefinitely. The move has been identified as a response to the latest developments in Ukraine http://wp.me/p165ui-4RW

    01:12 GMT:
    The US administration wants to help Ukraine in its fight against corruption and repatriation of stolen assets, Itar-Tass reported, quoting National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. To that end, the US sent a group of experts from the Treasury Department and the FBI to Ukraine. Their role is to consult the Ukrainian government on how to conduct an investigation and collect evidence. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sy

    00:51 GMT:
    Poland’s defence minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.

    The minister’s statement was denied by Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, the BBC reported. Kirby said the US is continuing to look at various available options to ensure that NATO allies are certain of US commitment to collective security.

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    • Brittius 16:04 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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    • Brittius 12:24 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Payment in advance for petroleum products. I called it, because there is no way to replace a consumable product unless another source of replenishment is obtained, and quite candidly, no nation, has the muscle to pay Ukraine’s debts as the burden to taxpayers will be unsustainable. Ukraine will simply default and effectively screw any nation financially assisting. Obama is stupid enough to volunteer.

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      • #AceNewsGroup 12:27 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thought that when l post it and anyway really can Ukraine pay, what – with EU Grant?

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        • Brittius 12:32 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Cameron will make a press statement in substance, “There is good news, and a bit of bad news. The good news: It will be a bit chilly tomorrow with a steady rain. The bad news: Taxes are hereby increased to assist Ukraine in debt and foster the EU Grant, therefore, oil products will have an additional 7% tax increase. Now, now, I know what you are thinking and thank you, I fought seriously against a larger increase and would have it no other way. Only an additional 7% increase.”

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          • #AceNewsGroup 12:40 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            He is under pressure by people in the polls as he is losing ground to UKIP and in so doing trying to blacken Farage’s name – (less said soonest mended) but he will wait until after these local elections due end of this month.
            But a tax rise will be something the people will not be happy to agree to and could see his reign over very quickly.
            Also his present EU /XEU soon given his present situation over EU funding could be the signal of his demise!

            Waiting for next instalment – with bated breath !!!

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:12 on April 18, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 18 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Friday, April 18

    22:49 GMT:
    Former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko said it is important to implement the agreements from the Geneva talks and start a direct dialogue with people in the eastern part of the country. Tymoshenko made her comments while appearing on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel, adding that she visited the Donetsk region and talked to people there.

    22:49 GMT:
    Three Ukrainian national parties have reportedly been banned from the eastern town of Slavyansk, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported, citing the town’s leader of the People’s Militia, Vyacheslav Ponomare. The three parties consist of the Udar, Rodina, and Svoboda parties.

    19.58 GMT:
    Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has passed a statement “’On an Anti-Russian Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’ where it puts forward a tough condition for a continued dialogue with Russia in the form of a full lifting of sanctions against the Russian delegation.

    19:51 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held a phone conversation and agreed to continue talks on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis.

    The diplomats discussed possibilities for international assistance in the normalization of the situation in the country following yesterday’s four-party talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    Ukrainian authorities must implement the Geneva deal immediately and in full, including putting an end to violent actions and the launching of a national dialogue on constitutional reform, which is to include key regions and major political forces.

    18:48 GMT:
    Russia’s “entire society may mobilize” in response to the West’s attempts to “corner” it over the country’s position on Ukraine, Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has said.

    “Thank God, it’s impossible to corner Russia,” he said in an interview with Rossiya-1 channel, which followed Thursday’s annual Q&A with President Vladimir Putin.

    Peskov is confident that Russia will not get isolated over the events in the former Soviet republic since “not all countries” support sanctions against Russia. “Not all states are ready to step back from the principles of pragmatism in foreign affairs and sustain economic losses,” he said.

    Russia does have troops on the border with Ukraine – a country “which has just had a coup” – to provide for its security, Peskov said.

    “Some of the troops are deployed on a permanent basis, others were sent as reinforcements,” he said. “It’s worth mentioning that Russia is a sovereign state and entitled to deploy its forces without any limitations at any spot on its territory.”

    18:38 GMT:
    Europe understands there is no and will be no backtracking on Crimea, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU has told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

    “Therefore, discussing the Crimea problem with us is rather a blind alley, and [Europeans] understand this,” he said. “At the same time, Crimea will certainly remain some kind of a thorn, a reason for those information wars to continue.”

    The Russian diplomat also believes that a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine is “inevitable” and the first step towards it has already been taken.

    “As of today, everyone including the signees of the Geneva document agree on the necessity of regionalization. The major point is not what the decision will called, but what it stands for,” Chizhov added.

    18:34 GMT:
    The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into eastern Ukraine.

    “Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy,” Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, told reporters. (Reuters)

    15:02 GMT:
    Coup-imposed Ukrainian acting President Aleskandr Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk appeared in a televised address on Friday, calling for “national unity” and urging all to “refrain from violence.”

    “The Ukrainian government is ready to carry out thorough constitutional reform, which will define the authority of the regions,” Yatsenuk said.

    Local authorities in Ukrainian regions “will decide on their own” about whether to grant the Russian language or any other languages official status in the regions, Turchinov added.

    14:26 GMT:
    Moscow doubts a free and fair presidential election campaign is possible in Ukraine while the presidential candidates are being attacked by armed thugs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. On Monday, two opposition candidates, Mikhail Dobkin and Oleg Tsarev of the Party of Regions, were attacked by groups of aggressive men. Tsarev was beaten and treated for injuries but refused to withdraw from the May-25 election.

    12:43 GMT:
    Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to approximately 600 Russian citizens who were traveling to the country. A day earlier Aeroflot warned its passengers that the company had received notification from Kiev that Ukraine will bar entry to Russian male citizens aged between 16 and 60. The same restrictions apply to all Ukrainian citizens registered in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which both recently seceded from Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation.” The State Border Service of Ukraine confirmed to RIA Novosti that about 600 Russian citizens have been denied entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours. This number includes all violators, including those who fit to the previously announced restrictions, yet the service has not specified the exact statistics.

    12:39 GMT:
    Anti-government protesters in Ukraine’s Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region have recaptured the television tower and turned off Ukrainian TV channels, replacing them with Russian ones, such as Rossiya-24, Rossiya-1 and LifeNews, the local broadcasting company confirmed. Sometime earlier the regional office of the Security Service of Ukraine ordered all Russian TV channels to be taken off air.

    11:48 GMT:
    Ukraine’s security service has put son of the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich on its ‘wanted’ list for alleged forgery and document falsification. The penalty for such crimes varies from two to five years in prison. Aleksandr Yanukovich is Ukrainian billionaire who reportedly attained his wealth during the years of his father’s presidency.

    11:44 GMT:
    Ukraine’s prosecutor general has launched a criminal case against ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is charged with ‘creation of a terrorist organization’. Among other people named as members of this organization are former Interior Minister Aleksandr Yakimenko and former chief of the Security Service of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko.

    The prosecutor general maintains that the trio were in charge of terrorist organization consisting of security and law enforcement officers that is responsible for mass murder of protesters and police officers in down-town Kiev in February.

    Charges have already been brought against Yanukovich. On February 25, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev declared they would address international tribunal in The Hague to bring the former president to justice.

    Later, the prosecutor general issued a criminal case against Yanukovich “for an attempt to overthrow constitutional order in Ukraine” after the former president held a press conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don on March 3.

    10:12 GMT:
    Ukraine’s interim President Aleksandr Turchinov ordered round-the-clock bodyguards for six of the most prominent presidential candidates: Sergey Tigipko, Yulia Timoshenko, Pyotr Poroshenko, Oleg Lyashko, Mikhail Dobkin and Olga Bogomolets. Overall there are 23 presidential candidates and among them is Oleg Tsarev, a candidate who is extremely popular in eastern Ukraine and who was brutally beaten just three days ago by militants from the nationalist Right Sector group. However, Tsarev has not been put on the protection list. The presidential elections are set to take place on May 25.

    09.27 GMT:
    Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.

    “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.

    08.58 GMT:
    Ukraine’s Security Service and the Radiobroadcast, Radio Communication and Television Broadcast Concern have stopped broadcast of Russian television channels in Kramatorsk (north of unrest Donetsk oblast).

    The Concern’s press service said the broadcast had been resumed as the local radio and television station was seized by local people, who blocked broadcast of the Ukrainian television.
    “At that time, electricity at the transmitting station was cut off,” the press service said http://wp.me/p165ui-4QT

    07.40 GMT:
    A checkpoint of protesters was destroyed in the village of Sergeyevka near Sloviansk, the Donetsk oblast, Ukraine’s 112.ua news agency reported.

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

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

    Supposedly those are paratroopers participating in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ anti-terrorist operation,” the agency reported http://wp.me/p165ui-4QK

    06:35 GMT:
    More than 80 Russians have been refused entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours, Interfax says, citing airlines with flights to Ukraine.

    Ukrainian authorities announced unprecedented travel restrictions on Russian citizens on Thursday. All men aged between 16 and 60 travelling without families are now being denied entry to the country.

    Many of those in eastern Ukraine are concerned at the decision, which might cut them off from relatives and friends in Russia, RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from the Donetsk International Airport.
    06:14 GMT:
    A journalist of Russian Gazeta.ru news website was taken off a train from Moscow to Mariupol on the grounds that “the goal of her visit was not confirmed.” The online media outlet reports that the correspondent was also informed by the border patrol that they received an order not to allow journalists into Ukraine.

    03:08 GMT:
    Several Russian companies are withdrawing their business from Ukrainian TV ads due to the unstable political situation and looming economic crisis, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported, citing Media First Ukraine director Roman Shihutsko. Some of the companies that will no longer be investing into Ukrainian ads include Yandex, MTS, Alfa-Bank, and VTB.
    01:34 GMT:
    Ukraine’s ban against the entrance of Russian males into Ukraine does not violate the principles of the OSCE, said OSCE’s director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Janez Lenarcic. Travel limitations can be used if they are “proportionate and badly needed,” the OSCE press office quoted him as saying.

    00:12 GMT:
    British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to provide an extra $1.7 million for the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine, following his conversations with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and later US President Barack Obama. Cameron added that in the meantime, the EU should not stop its preparations for potential additional sanctions against Russia.

    Obama and Cameron “agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward, but that it was essential that the agreements reached were rapidly implemented in order to reduce tensions and create space for political dialogue in Ukraine,” said Cameron’s press office.

    “They agreed that the United States and European Union should do all they could to help implement these agreements, in particular through providing additional support to the OSCE special monitoring mission.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:45 on April 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – GENEVA – April 17 – 14.40 GMT – The foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and the European Union are working on a document that should provide a way for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, a source in the western delegation told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, April 17.

    The meeting is continuing without the representative of Ukraine. The sides are discussing a concrete document on the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, the source said.

    The document may be adopted if the sides come to agreement on all of its points, he said, adding that because of this the consultations will continue longer than was initially announced.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:39 on April 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – 14.08 GMT – Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.

    A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.

    The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:36 on April 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Thursday, April 17

    18:55 GMT:
    An anti-government activist has been wounded during a government assault on an impromptu roadblock outside Kramatorsk, Russia’s RIA news agency reports.

    A man wearing camouflage was taken away by ambulance with undisclosed injuries.

    Earlier, two parallel and peaceful demonstrations by supporters of Ukraine’s status quo, and pro-Russian federalization advocates in the centre of the city, had to be separated by a human chain of police officers, but no casualties were reported.

    18.38 GMT: PRESS RELEASE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday the Ukrainian servicemen had been mobilized into the army by an illegitimate decree to crack down on mass protests http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qm

    17.49 GMT:
    Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

    According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

    17.49 GMT:
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there.

    Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

    According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

    16.24 GMT:
    PRESS RELEASE – The Geneva statement adopted at a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, April 17, calls for a national dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qi

    “It calls for an immediate commencement of a broad national dialogue which must be inclusive, transparent and accountable,” he said.

    15.26 GMT:
    Dozens of unarmed people rallying in Donetsk airport went there to protest against the travel restrictions imposed on Russian citizens by the Kiev authorities, Aleksandr Kots of Komsomolskaya Pravda daily told RT.

    According to Kots, the group included representatives of the so-called Donetsk Republic, who say that they “don’t take orders” from the coup-imposed Kiev government and will decide on the border control rules on their own. The protesters are demanding that airport and border guard officials start negotiations with Donetsk Republic representatives on the issue, Kots said.

    15.08 GMT:
    Ukrainian police have released 25 out of 63 earlier detained participants of clashes at a military unit in the city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, adviser to the interior minister Stanislav Rechinsky said on Thursday.
    “Police failed to bring any accusations against these 25 people,” local media cited him as saying.
    Ukrainian police commandos have conducted a law enforcement operation in the city of Mariupol overnight to Thursday. Parliament-appointed Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov noted that three people were killed and 13 were wounded in the special operation.

    15.05 GMT:
    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 http://wp.me/p165ui-4Q3

    14.40 GMT:
    The foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and the European Union are working on a document that should provide a way for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, a source in the western delegation told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, April 17.
    The meeting is continuing without the representative of Ukraine. The sides are discussing a concrete document on the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, the source said.
    The document may be adopted if the sides come to agreement on all of its points, he said, adding that because of this the consultations will continue longer than was initially announced.

    14.23 GMT:
    About 100 anti-government activists have arrived at Donetsk international airport with a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, chanting “Donetsk is a Russian city.” According to airport spokesman Dmitry Kosinov, there are “no aggressive actions” coming from the protesters and the airport continues to operate normally. The airport staff is currently negotiating with the activists.

    14.08 GMT:
    Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.
    A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.
    The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.

    13.32 GMT:
    The headquarters of the National Defense of Dnepropetrovsk region has announced a US $10,000 reward for every foreign “saboteur” passed over to the military at checkpoints on the borders of the region, announced Yury Bereza, the commander of the Dnepr-1 special forces unit, reports the UNIAN agency. The pro-Kiev government movement has also vowed to pay US $200,000 for freeing an administrative building seized by protesters.

    Earlier, Ukrainian media reported that Ukraine’s largest bank, Privat bank, also promised to pay US$10,000 for every “Moskal” – which is an insulting word used by Ukrainians to refer to Russians. The bank was founded by the country’s third richest man, Kiev-appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk, Igor Kolomoysky.

    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has welcomed the reward initiative and promised to award all policemen “demonstrating heroism and loyalty to Ukrainian people” amid “anti-terrorist” operation with medals and promotion, it said in a statement as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    12.36 GMT:
    Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has expressed hope that some agreement will be reached at the four-party talks on Ukraine with Russia, the United States and the European Union.
    “The situation (in Ukraine) is very fragile. A civil war can begin at any moment,” he told the RTBF TV channel on Thursday.

    10:07 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a closed-door meeting ahead of the four-side conference in Geneva on Ukraine.

    09.36 GMT:
    Russia, United States, European Union and Ukraine currently meeting in Geneva. This is the first time Russia has sat down for talks with Ukraine since the coup appointed government came to power in Kiev.

    08:42 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Geneva for talks over the current situation in Ukraine. He has met with his US counterpart John Kerry and is expected to meet with representatives from the EU and Ukraine later on Thursday.

    07:51 GMT:
    Soldiers who laid down arms during military operation against protesters in east Ukraine will face a tribunal, coup-imposed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said.

    “The 25th paratroopers brigade, the personnel of which demonstrated cowardice and laid down their arms, will be dissolved. And the soldiers responsible will be held accountable in court,” Turchinov said at a parliamentary session.

    On Wednesday crews of six Ukrainian armored personnel carriers sent to the town of Kramatorsk switched sides and joined the local self-defense squads. The defected troops, all of whom come from neighboring Dnepropentrovsk, explained their move by their unwillingness to go into battle against the local population.

    05:57 GMT:
    Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has written on his Facebook page.

    03:55 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is heading to Geneva for Ukraine talks with the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

    03:03 GMT:
    The Ukrainian military freed detained Russian journalists from ‘Russia’ TV channel, Russia 24 reported. The night before, there were reports that a group of journalists were detained in southeastern Ukraine. The release comes after the Russian embassy in Kiev sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calling for an explanation as to why the reporters were detained.

    02:57 GMT:
    The debts of Ukrainian TV channels to their Russian counterparts were discussed during a closed-door meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications Aleksey Volin, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources who attended the meeting. Last year, Ukrainian channels purchased the rights to Russian series and shows worth US$200-$300 million, but started falling behind on payments at the end of 2013.

    02:03 GMT:
    Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine must result in Ukraine getting onto the path of normal development, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at the UNSC meeting. Churkin added that it is important for all regions of Ukraine to understand what the future has in store for them.

    00:36 GMT:
    Ukraine’s security service and Mariupol police conducted a joint operation at around 1 a.m. local time, according to Mariupol’s website. Law enforcement officers reportedly detained 10 people. Read more about the anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base here http://on.rt.com/7urv87

    00:17 GMT:
    Slovakia has increased security in the eastern part of the country’s border that is adjacent to Ukraine, news agency TASR reported, citing a statement by Interior Minister Robert Kalinyak.

    “The situation in Ukraine is developing dramatically. We have adopted extraordinary measures,” Kalinyak said without specifying which measures were taken to enhance security.

    00:15 GMT:
    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton met with Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa ahead of the Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

    #EU High Rep #Ashton meets Ukrainian FM Andrii Dechchytsia ahead of Geneva talks on #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/O4Gb1UOBla
    — Michael Mann (@EUHighRepSpox) April 16, 2014

    With thanks for the help and news from journalists, media, press reports, bloggers and webisites including: BBC – Ria Novosti – Tass – RT – NATO – Twitter – Ukrainian and Russian News and Media

    Ace Related News – April 16 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oi

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    • Brittius 13:42 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

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      • #AceNewsGroup 13:46 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This will be added to as day proceeds in Geneva and Ukraine – please add any posts that will be included as you can appreciated. Thanks :)

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        • Brittius 13:50 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Very good, thank you.
          Unless a firefight engagement, it might be best to update every few hours as there will be political wrangling back and forth, and the closer the situation becomes to all out war, nations will do their best to eel out of their grand political pacts to conserve financial solvency of their own nations. War, is such a bitter enterprise.

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          • #AceNewsGroup 13:59 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Great minds think a like and as you say they will conserve their financial position first and hang people out to dry, to save their investment portfolios.
            Now they would be well worth looking at – who owns what and where. That would tells us next move and before they even sit down and stop speaking.
            Umm me thinks?

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            • Brittius 14:26 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              Invested interests. Very good. Follow the money.

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              • #AceNewsGroup 14:33 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                I am trying – witness rise of the ruble post on finance news http://wp.me/pzTwj-2VO and the values – l am waiting for the dollar to reach par with euro and then see them squabbling among themselves in US and EU.

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                • Brittius 14:39 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                  In America, only thing reported is how badly the Russian Ruble is doing and how poor the economic situation of the RF is, and how Obama and His Majestic thinking will put the Russian Federation to their knees in equal triumph as His magnificent Obamacare program was, no, IS, successful. >Ahem!<

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                  • #AceNewsGroup 14:58 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                    Obamacare is like privatising the NHS not worth the paper it is written on – presented as care for everyone, colour, creed, rich or poor – in truth to enable American Healthcare Companies to get rich on the back of people signing up. Greater the uptake the better the return – thus drug companies shares rise and the economy can look more stable.
                    Farscical and all he needed to do was create a not-for-profit organisation and return all profits back to the scheme, thus people. Creating a self perpetuating way to help people – like a wheel – done it many times – works for the people not for profit.

                    We all know why – keep the businessmen happy in congress to get them to agree your policies and vote for you.

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                    • Brittius 15:04 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                      It has already been slipped into the Obamacare that non-licensed “healthcare practitioners” may, be used in lieu of licensed medical doctors. All of the illegals with bedpan training are now Obamacare physicians.
                      I WILL RATHER PAY THE “LIBERTY TAX”, AND NOT HAVE OBAMACARE.

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                      • Brittius 15:17 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

                        :) Excuse me, I see news has not travelled. Conservative pundit Matthew Drudge, did a splendid article on the Drudge Report that in the US went viral. Obama shouting like a stern schoolmaster that the IRS is going to find those not paying for Obamacare and will fine them. Drudge renamed the fine, “Liberty Tax”, and all of the conservatives are beaming with pride of how paying the Liberty Tax will be an honor and blow against tyranny. Obama.., is livid.

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                      • Brittius 17:08 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

                        Well written.

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                      • Brittius 17:24 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

                        You’re welcome.

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          • #AceNewsGroup 20:54 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            As promised update the time of events of Ukraine if you would like to copy and paste anything from midnight now approx.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:45 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – At least 300 supporters of Ukraine’s federalization rallied outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Thursday, the Ukrainian media reports.

    The protesters demand holding a local referendum on the status of the Donbass region.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:26 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 17:06 GMT: The activists in Donetsk have replaced the Ukrainian flag in front of the mayor’s office with the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

    #Donetsk city mayor office, flag change. Activists remove #Ukrainian one and put #Donbass and #Oplot. #Kiev #protest pic.twitter.com/saImkbe8a0
    — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) April 16, 2014

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:28 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – ODESSA – April 16 – An arms depot owned by the Right Sector radical ultranationalist organization was discovered on Wednesday in the south-western Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported.

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions.

    It was discovered by representatives of Odessa Cossacks, who help law enforcement bodies to ensure order on the streets.

    They called the police.

    The Odessa department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirmed the report on the search, but provided no details.

    #ANS2014

     
    • Brittius 20:16 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      6, my error. But per King’s Edicts, His Majesty Barack Obama, He may make ANY illegal move and it is perfectly good.

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      • #AceNewsGroup 20:20 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Like the Obama quip. Not a Chess Player but Played Once and Won, but have a good idea of strategy moves in finance and economics, now learning politics. so would not have known you were wrong.

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        • Brittius 20:24 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Doing too many things at once. I feel like a juggler at times. A watermelon, an egg, and an open straight razor.

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          • #AceNewsGroup 20:34 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Yes l do the same and have too many balls in the air, but learning to slow down. I get quicker when other people need help and advice.

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    • Brittius 18:34 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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      Odessa. Now, it is turning most interesting.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:57 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – JORDAN – April 16 – Latest information recently received: April 16 – 17.54 GMT: Syria said that several vehicles destroyed by Jordanian war-planes on Wednesday do not belong to the Syrian Army, Reuters reported.

    “No vehicles belonging to the Syrian Army moved toward the Jordanian border. What was targeted by the Jordanian Air Force does not belong to the Syrian Army,” Syrian state news agency SANA said.

    According to the Jordanian security source, the targets were Syrian rebels in civilian cars mounted with machine guns.

    Previous Post April 16 – 14.40 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4OH
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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:52 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – Protesters in eastern Ukraine have hoisted flags of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic above the buildings of the District Councils in the towns of Novoazovsk and Krasnoarmeisk, local media reported on Wednesday.

    Flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk

    In Novoazovsk, several dozen supporters of Ukraine’s federalization gathered near the building of the local administration demanding that it support the plebiscite. During the rally, the participants replaced the Ukrainian flags and with Donetsk People’s Republic’s ones.

    In Krasnoarmeisk, the protesters did not pull down the Ukrainian or Donetsk region’s flags, hoisting the Donetsk People’s Republic’s flag next to them. Later, protesters walked to the local police department and hung out the Donetsk People’s Republic from one of the windows.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:39 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

    According to Interfax, citing local self-defence activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

    Ukrainian soldiers,who’s APCs were taken by protesters earlier today, leave Slovyansk. Some soldiers genuinely support protesters
    — Ольга Ившина (@oivshina) April 16, 2014
    “We managed to negotiate with them. About 300 military – only some of those who closed around the city – decided to lay down their arms and go home,” a self-defence activist was quoted as saying.

    Conflicting reports are emerging about whether the activists would or would not allow the troops to keep their weapons and APCs. According to Western media journalists present at the scene, the locals would not allow them to take back the APCs surrendered earlier, but the soldiers were allowed to march away with their rifles.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 14:19 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 12:51 GMT: The Donetsk Region has defined the questions to be put on the May 11 referendum, stated regional Councilor Irina Popova.

    There will be just two of them:

    1) Do you support the creation of an independent Donetsk Republic?

    2) Of which state should a Donetsk Republic be part of: Ukraine or the Russian Federation?

    The Central Election Commission of Donetsk Region has already been allocated a headquarters building next to the regional government administration and is currently forming the list of members.

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    • Brittius 14:43 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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      Tumult. Turmoil. Political intrigue. More fracturing of the region. Best to Donetsk, Donetsk tell. ;)

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      • #AceNewsGroup 14:53 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It is changing by the minute – just posted about a denial of financing supporters my Finance site http://wp.me/pzTwj-2Vx it says unconfirmed of course my feeling is most likely true. Other factions getting involved but yes best of luck to Donetsk :)

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:32 on April 16, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 16 – Timeline of Events and Latest

    Wednesday, April 16

    19.45 GMT:
    Part of police force in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, have sided with anti-Kiev protesters, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Vice-Premier Vitaly Yaryoma told journalists on Wednesday.
    “The situation in Donetsk is complicated. We are in touch with the city mayor and the administration chief. Some policemen are defending Ukrainian independence. However, there are policemen who have put on the ribbons of St. George,” Yaryoma said.

    19.40 GMT:
    At least 300 supporters of Ukraine’s federalization rallied outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Thursday, the Ukrainian media reports.
    The protesters demand holding a local referendum on the status of the Donbas region.

    19:19 GMT:
    Donetsk’s South-East Movement for Federalization has made a list of demands to the authorities in Kiev, reports Itar-Tass. Following the results of its first session, the group demanded a constitutional reform aimed at the federalization of the country, a pardon for anti-government protesters, a cancellation of the mobilization of forces, and an end to military operations in Ukraine. The gathering was chaired by presidential candidate Oleg Tsaryov.

    19:03 GMT:
    Three people were injured after Ukrainian troops heading for Kramatorsk airfield in armored vehicles fired at a car attempting to block their way, RIA Novosti reports citing anti-government activists.

    The incident took place near the village of Pchyolkino, south of Kramatorsk. The car was placed in the way of a convoy of an unknown number of vehicles, which then continued driving towards the airfield.

    According to the activists, two people received leg injuries and a third one was shot in the shoulder. The wounded activists sought medical help.

    19:02 GMT:
    Ukraine’s acting prosecutor general, Oleg Makhnitsky, says that criminal proceedings have been launched against 14 banks – including Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, RIA Novosti reports.

    18.35 GMT:
    “The US Department of State feverishly collects all speculations distributed by the current Kiev authorities in order to substantiate accusations against Russia of instigating and all but organizing disorders in Ukraine’s south-east,” the ministry said in a statement.

    17:57 GMT:
    By saying that “law must be enforced” in the south-east of Ukraine, the US is, in fact, giving its approval to Kiev’s war against its own citizens, the Russian Foreign ministry said in a statement.

    “Washington must realize the catastrophic consequences of such reckless support for their Kiev proteges,” the ministry said.

    17:06 GMT:
    The activists in Donetsk have replaced the Ukrainian flag in front of the mayor’s office with the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

    #Donetsk city mayor office, flag change. Activists remove #Ukrainian one and put #Donbass and #Oplot. #Kiev #protest pic.twitter.com/saImkbe8a0
    — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) April 16, 2014

    16.54 GMT:
    An arms depot owned by the Right Sector radical ultranationalist organization was discovered on Wednesday in the south-western Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported.

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions.
    It was discovered by representatives of Odessa Cossacks, who help law enforcement bodies to ensure order on the streets. They called the police. The Odessa department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirmed the report on the search, but provided no details.

    16:07 GMT:
    The troops from the disbanded Berkut special police force who were injured in the line of duty during the Maidan riots in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, will receive financial assistance of 200,000 roubles (around $5,500), Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced.

    15.50 GMT:
    Germany will send up to 6 Euro-fighter jets to patrol airspace over Baltic countries, as part of a campaign to set up security of NATO’s easternmost member-states in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

    14.57 GMT:
    Protesters in eastern Ukraine have hoisted flags of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic above the buildings of the District Councils in the towns of Novoazovsk and Krasnoarmeisk, local media reported on Wednesday.
    In Novoazovsk, several dozen supporters of Ukraine’s federalization gathered near the building of the local administration demanding that it support the plebiscite. During the rally, the participants replaced the Ukrainian flags and with Donetsk People’s Republic’s ones.
    In Krasnoarmeisk, the protesters did not pull down the Ukrainian or Donetsk region’s flags, hoisting the Donetsk People’s Republic’s flag next to them. Later, protesters walked to the local police department and hung out the Donetsk People’s Republic from one of the windows.

    Flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk

    13.17 GMT:
    A new element may have appeared in the stand-off between the population of Ukraine’s eastern regions and the forces loyal to the central government, as unknown people blocked a crucial railway between the city of Kramatorsk and the town of Druzhkovka on Wednesday, the Donetsk Railway Department press service says.
    “In the wake of an unauthorized blocking of the railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka by unidentified individuals, changes have been made in the routes of long-distance and commuter trains, which are diverted to a different line until the unauthorized blocking is lifted,” the press service said.

    12.49 GMT:
    NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

    12:36 GMT:
    Around 60 soldiers manning Ukrainian armored vehicles sent to Kramatorsk to carry out military operations against anti-government protesters have switched sides and joined the local self-defense forces, RIA Novosti reports, citing the self-defense forces.

    “We have seen here that these are neither separatists nor terrorists, but ordinary local residents, with whom we are not going to go into battle,” one of the defecting soldiers said.

    All of the troops who decided to side with the self-defense forces come from Dnepropetrovsk, the next-door region to Donetsk.

    12:11 GMT:
    Kramatorsk residents sit near Ukrainian tanks.

    Sit-in citoyen pro-russe devant les tanks de l’armée ukrainienne près de . #Ukraine @RadioCanadaInfo pic.twitter.com/qbdsB1P5i8
    — J-Francois Belanger (@belangerjf) April 16, 2014

    12:00 GMT:
    Self-defense forces in Slavyansk say there’s fighting going on between their people and unknown gunmen at one of the checkpoints.

    “Unknown gunmen have arrived at one of the check-points from the side of the livestock feed factory, at the turn-off Izyum. They opened fire on peaceful observers at the checkpoint. A group of self-defense personnel have arrived to help the observers. Fighting is going on,” the self-defense forces’ coordinator told Interfax.

    11:32 GMT:
    The Russian flags on Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) were a stratagem, Kiev says. According to the acting head of the Batkivshchina Party, Sergey Sobolev, the Ukrainian military raised Russian flags on their vehicles on purpose, to fool the Donetsk region’s self-defense squads and thus be able to get into areas under the control of protesters.

    “Those were our military units using guerilla methods of intervention,” Sobolev said, citing the acting Defense Minister. “Very soon, in two to three hours this maneuver is going to be disclosed and you’ll understand that it was actually a breakthrough, which our units thus carried out.”

    11:30 GMT:
    Three more Ukrainian armored vehicles switched sides in the Donetsk Region, according to RIA Novosti. The vehicles came to the center of Slavyansk, took down their Ukrainian flags and handed their weapons to self-defense squads.

    “We decided not to be at war with the people and not to defend authorities like this,” members of the crews explained.

    11:15 GMT:
    The mayor’s office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has not been seized by protesters and such reports could be a provocation, a spokesman for a local militia group told RIA Novosti.

    10.45 GMT:
    Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk a day after an operation began to recapture areas seized by anti-government separatists.

    However, they were blocked by civilians and it is unclear whether they have any control of the town.

    In the regional capital, Donetsk, pro-Russian gunmen took control of the mayor’s office.

    Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has warned Russia wants to build a new “Berlin Wall”.

    In a televised address he demanded that Russia “stop supporting terrorists in Ukraine”.

    10:14 GMT:
    The anti-Maidan movement against the Kiev coup-imposed government in the southern city of Odessa has called for protest action.

    “From this day on, the Odessa region is declared the Odessa Popular Republic where the power belongs only to the people who live there. Tomorrow at 4pm [13:00 GMT] Odessa should be ground to a halt! Literally! Your task at the indicated time is to block the transport connections indicated on the map with your cars, pedestrians, go to the zebra crossings and stand there. Create as many traffic jams across the city as possible,” the Odessa Anti-Maidan movement website addressed the city’s residents.

    09.44 GMT: Russia considering WTO action against USA for sanctions against Russian banks – Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev.

    09.24 GMT:
    Moscow urges French Foreign Minister not to accuse Russia of all of Ukraine’s problems, but to focus on honouring the liabilities Paris assumed as a guarantor of the February 21 accords – Russian Foreign Ministry.

    09.06 GMT:
    Ukrainian protesters seize six armoured vehicles of the Ukrainian army which had rolled in the town of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, as part of the task force to conduct an anti-terrorist operation, local media reported.
    Activists surrounded the vehicles and blocked their movement. Then they disarmed the servicemen and drove the APCs towards the village of Ivanivka.

    08.26 GMT:
    Ukrainian troops sent to reclaim locations seized by pro-Russian militia in recent days, have been seen in the centre of Kramatorsk.

    The town’s airfield was recaptured on Tuesday after the acting president announced an “anti-terror operation”.

    Armoured personnel carriers in the town were blocked by pro-Russian locals who were talking to the soldiers.

    Tension is running high, with Russia’s President Putin warning Ukraine is “on the verge of civil war”.

    06:52 GMT:
    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes the current crisis in Ukraine shows “emphatically deep discrepancies between the south-east and the west” in terms of the country’s future.

    In his comment to ‘Arguments and Facts’ newspaper, which has been posted at the Foreign Ministry’s webpage, Lavrov has called on Ukrainians to begin “all-embracing and comprehensive dialogue.”

    “It cannot be described as a normal situation when, after each presidential election, the Constitution was changed in the country establishing this or that system of government depending on the will of political forces which had won at that moment,” Lavrov said. “Therefore, federalization is a path for each region to feel comfortable and to feel its rights ensured and traditions and a habitual way of life protected.”

    Lavrov believes all of the regions and political forces in Ukraine must have their say in the discussion of the country’s future development and in finding a solution to the current crisis.

    05.51 GMT:

    There will be serious long-term consequences if Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

    Mr Hague warned that Moscow could face international isolation and lasting economic damage, through a reduction in foreign investment.

    The foreign secretary was speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Easter banquet in the City of London.

    Mr Hague added that it was a “crucial moment” in the Ukraine crisis.

    00:53 GMT:
    Canada announced that it will be boycotting an upcoming meeting of the Arctic Council in Moscow, citing Russia’s actions in the Ukrainian crisis.

    Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she will not be attending the meeting, which is scheduled for later his week.

    With thanks for the help and news from journalists, media, press reports, bloggers and webisites including: BBC – Ria Novosti – Tass – RT – NATO – Twitter – Ukrainian and Russian News and Media

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:12 on April 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST – April 15 – Courtesy of RT, AFP, AP, Tass, Reuters and others.
    Kiev authorities have reportedly started a military operation against the anti-government protesters in eastern Ukraine. Protesters say, the troops are storming some areas with the assistance of armoured vehicles. Conflicting reports of casualties emerged after troops, with air and armoured vehicle support, stormed areas occupied by the activists.

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:51 GMT:
    Hundreds of local residents supporting anti-government activists have headed to the airfield in Kramatorsk to blockade Ukrainian troops controlling the area, RIA Novosti reports. According to the agency, the people are mostly civilians carrying Russian and Donetsk flags, but some are also carrying firearms.

    Donetsk region activists reporting on live internet channels say that the people have surrounded the airfield.

    Otra entrada al aeródromo de #Kramatorsk. Está bloqueada y el lugar está lleno d gente con ánimos prorrusos. #Ucrania pic.twitter.com/SsrPWq8vCh
    — Pablo González (@PabVis) April 15, 2014
    Zona de combates de Kramatorsk. Centenares de espontáneos mirando. pic.twitter.com/y7k9sfbRss
    — Pablo González (@PabVis) April 15, 2014
    17:41 GMT:
    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the UN and the international community to condemn Kiev’s “unconstitutional” actions in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin’s press-service said in a statement.

    “Vladimir Putin stressed that the Russian side is expecting the UN and the international community to condemn Kiev’s unconstitutional actions [in eastern Ukraine],” the statement read.

    Putin spoke on the phone with UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and discussed the escalating tensions in Ukraine prompted by Kiev’s security operation.

    An Ukrainian soldier (L) aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of an Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.(Reuters / Marko Djurica )An Ukrainian soldier (L) aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of an Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.(Reuters / Marko Djurica )
    17:28 GMT:
    Back online. Two pro-Russian protesters were wounded here at Kramatorsk airport allegedly. I saw one, a bullet graze
    — Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) April 15, 20

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:21 GMT:
    The UN chief has called on all sides in the Ukrainian crisis to make every possible effort to defuse the tension in the country.

    “The UN General Secretary is extremely concerned about the situation in eastern Ukraine. He called on the parties to do everything possible to defuse the tension and avoid further violence,” said a UN representative in a statement.

    17:07 GMT:
    The situation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk is calm, says RT’s Spanish correspondent, Francisco Guaita, reporting from the scene. According to Guaita, the regional administration building and local police station are still under the control of anti-government activists and there are no Ukrainian military inside the city.

    Hundreds of people gathering in the centre of Slavyansk “want to make it clear that they want a referendum, they are not going to move from here… and they want more sovereignty,” Guaita reports.

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:02 GMT:
    No Ukrainian troops were injured or killed during the military operation at the Kramatorsk airfield, a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry told Interfax-Ukraine. The source could not provide any details on the number of casualties among the ranks of anti-government activists.

    According to the ministry and sources cited by RIA Novosti, routes in and out of Kramatorsk are being controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, some 100 anti-government protesters are still holding barricades inside the town.

    Itar-Tass cites Ukrainian military sources as saying that the situation in the town is “calm,” and that National Guard troops loyal to Kiev are operating there.

    16:40 GMT:
    The Ukrainian military and anti-government activists have started negotiations at the Kramatorsk airfield, which was earlier stormed and taken by armed forces, RIA Novosti reports.

    16:28 GMT:
    Moscow is seriously concerned by reports of people being killed in the military operation launched by Kiev in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, told RIA Novosti.

    16:28 GMT:
    WARNING: Video circulating on Twitter claiming #Ukraine helicopter downed is fake, is from Syria, February 2013 http://t.co/yvPnJMz2oG
    — RT (@RT_com) April 15, 2014

    Tuesday, April 15
    16:06 GMT:
    Ukraine’s acting president says army troops have restored control over a small airport in eastern Ukraine, Kramatorsk that had been occupied by pro-Russian activists.

    It was the first military action taken by the government after acting President Aleksandr Turchinov announced an “anti-terrorist operation” against the protesters who have seized control of numerous buildings in the east of the country. (AP)

    16:01 GMT:
    A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be “destroyed.”

    “They must be warned that if they do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed,”General Vasily Krutov, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) told reporters, as cited by AFP.

    Krutov, recently appointed chief of the SBU’s Anti-Terrorist Center, then alleged that activists were being supported by hundreds of soldiers from the Russian army’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

    15:55 GMT:
    WRAP UP: Ukraine govt claims recapture of Kramatorsk airfield, self defence militia say 4 dead http://t.co/YtaPqbJrkM pic.twitter.com/urBvIEid2o
    — RT (@RT_com) April 15, 2014
    15:54 GMT:
    The coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities have moved to forcefully suppress the protests in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement, condemning Kiev’s military action.

    The legitimate demands of the residents in eastern Ukrainian regions have been ignored by Kiev, the ministry said.

    15:44 GMT:
    Activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are calling on the people to gather at the regional administration building in connection with the looming military operation by Kiev. The calls are being retweeted from Twitter channels such as @antimaidancom.

    15:39 GMT:
    There are several confirmed deaths among anti-government activists in Kramatorsk, reports war correspondent and member of the Russian Presidential Council of Human Rights, Maksim Shevchenko. According to Shevchenko, who is currently in the Donetsk region and receives feeds from human rights activists in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the airport has been captured by troops.

    Kramatorsk activists reporting on live internet channels, however, claim that they are still holding their positions following the attack.

    15:25 GMT:
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday he hoped that the authorities in the Ukrainian capital have “enough brains” to prevent a further escalation of the conflict in the east of the country.
    “Ukraine is on the brink of civil war and it is scary,” he said after a meeting with his counterparts from Belarus and Kazakhstan.

    The only way to normalize the situation is to create conditions for economic development and dialogue so that the interests of all ethnic groups are taken into account and ethnic Russians can use their language, he said.

    15:24 GMT:
    There are currently no Ukrainian army vehicles inside the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk, say live reports on anti-government channels set up by eastern Ukrainian activists.

    The activists dismissed media reports that 500 soldiers and 20 APCs had entered the city.

    15:20 GMT:
    A Reuters correspondent heard several shots fired from inside Kramatorsk air base on Tuesday as a crowd of pro-Russian locals approached the gate of the facility that appeared to be under the control of Ukrainian forces.

    There was no sign of casualties and no gunfire or fighting during the 40 minutes before the shots were fired, the correspondent said. (Reuters)

    15:16 GMT:
    Protestors hold up a banner: Don’t shoot Kramatorsk residents
    — Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) April 15, 2014

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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST – APRIL 15 – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under-way, though the crackdown got off to a slow start, if at all.

    Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses reported no signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.

    Police said separatists had voluntarily surrendered the police headquarters in the city of Kramatorsk.

    Interim president Oleksander Turchinov insisted the operation had started in the eastern Donetsk region, although it would happen in stages and “in a considered way”.

    Amidst the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War, the leaders of Russia and the United States called on each other to do all in their power to avoid further bloodshed.

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    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – LATEST – EU BLACKLIST – April 15 – Ukraine’s former Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov, former Minister of Revenues Oleksandr Klymenko, former Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky, and member of the Party of Regions Yuriy Ivanyushchenko were added to the EU black list of sanctioned officials.

    Their assets on the territory of the EU (provided they have any) will be frozen.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:57 on April 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 14 – President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine on April 21-22, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yevgen Perebyinis said on Monday, April 14.

    The United States “has expressed interest in holding meetings” between Biden and parliament-appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    “During the visit, Joe Biden is planning to hold consultations in order to help stabilize and strengthen the Ukrainian economy as well as help Ukraine carry out constitutional reform, fight corruption and conduct fair and honest presidential elections on May 25,” the spokesperson said.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:48 on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – EUROPEAN UNION – April 14 – The EU and the US say they will impose “further costs” on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country.

    EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by EU sanctions.

    Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings in more eastern towns.

    Also on Monday, the US said a Russian fighter jet repeated close-range passes over a US warship in the Black Sea.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said US President Barack Obama planned to speak by phone with Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the Ukraine crisis, possibly as early as Monday.

    In his news conference, Mr Carney warned that Russia’s actions “will come with a cost.”

    However, he added that “lethal” military aid for Ukraine was not currently being considered.

    http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/142223.pdf

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:48 on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – LATEST – On Monday afternoon White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

    The CIA had already dismissed these accusations as “completely false”, but did not disclose whether its chief had actually been to Kiev – until now.

    “We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being levelled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also demanded an explanation about the nature of the visit.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:38 on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – LUHANSK – April 14 – Protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Monday demanded that the leaders of the regional state administration disobey the new de facto Kiev authorities, local media reported.

    Demonstrators also demanded that the regional authorities recognize the people’s protest movement and give the demonstrators until April 16 to express their position regarding the demands.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:43 on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – (OSCE) – In the city of Donetsk, although the number of barricades at the occupied Oblast Administration Building and tents on Lenin Square did not appear to be increasing and no pedestrians were observed near the regional police headquarters, the monitors judged that the situation could deteriorate.

    In Kharkiv the monitors noted a large police presence, with up to 600 protesters in Shevchenko Park and a different group of around 2,000 protesters, who moved to the City Administration Building in the mid-afternoon. City Mayor Gennady Kernes addressed the crowd, after an initial delay, calling for a stop to the blockade and negotiations.

    In Luhansk the situation also remained tense, with up to 5,000 people in front of the Luhansk Teams of OSCE monitors have been working in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk since the end of March.

    Their deployment follows the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council of 21 March to deploy the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for an initial period of six months.

    The mission consists initially of 100 civilian monitors, and can be expanded to 500 people.

    The Mission’s mandate covers the whole territory of Ukraine, but monitors are initially being deployed to Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Luhansk and Kyiv.

    Read More: http://www.osce.org/ukrainemonitoring/117622

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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – UN – April 14 – (RT) – Ukraine’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has proposed the conducting of a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, signing a decree immediately imposing a special anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country.

    Turchinov said in a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that Kiev’s new authorities would welcome the possibility that “if with your [UN] help, there is to be a joint anti-terrorist operation conducted in the east of the country…specialists and observers will be able to confirm the legitimacy and legality of our actions,” the press office of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party quoted Turchinov as saying.

    On his part, Ban Ki-moon said that Kiev could rely fully on help from the UN as its partner.

    Late Monday afternoon, Ukraine’s coup-appointed President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country, Ukraine’s presidential press-service said in a statement.

    He ordered “that the National Security and Defence Council’s decision of April 13, 2014 ‘On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine’ be put into effect”. The order becomes effective from the day of publication.

    Turchinov has appointed acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, to oversee the operation.

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    #AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – April 14 – Andrei Panov, the acting head of Crimea’s border service, told journalists on Monday that the state border between Crimea and Ukraine would start functioning on April 25.

    “At present, Crimea’s border service has 27 checkpoints. It has opened another three auto-mobile checkpoints and two more railway checkpoints in Armyansk and Dzhankoi,” Panov noted. “We are starting to work legally and in full volume on April 25,” Panov said, adding the situation on the border was calm. “We are not imposing any restrictions.

    We hope that our Ukrainian colleagues will act accordingly,” Panov went on to say.

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