Several shots have been heard in the center of the Slavyansk, reports RIA Novosti. Earlier, the "People's Mayor" of the city Vyacheslav Ponomarev warned that members of the Right Sector have infiltrated the city, alongside a group of armed youth, 18-25 years old that could harass the local population.18:56 GMT:
Unreal Images - this is a tank at a checkpoint -Ukraine: Army road blocks are installed near Slavyansk: http://t.co/kMusl1L6Rd via @Ruptly
— RT Ruptly-Nicolaj (@Nicolaj_Gericke) April 25, 2014
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović has expressed concern over the disappearance of two journalists for Russian news outlet, LifeNews.16:55 GMT:
"I am very concerned by repeated attacks and disappearances of journalists. Journalists must be allowed to report freely and their safety ensured by all those in charge," she said, as cited by the OSCE website.
The Representative on the Freedom of the Media sent a letter to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov requesting information on the case.
Speaking the same day to Russian Ekho Moskvy radio station, she noted that "any journalist" is potentially dangerous for "those who consider themselves authorities" in Eastern Ukraine.
"Foreign and Ukrainian journalists who are not seen as loyal in Eastern Ukraine – are the first target," Mijatović said. "Everyone is under threat: cameramen, photographers, TV journalists."
Russia's foreign minister told his German counterpart on Friday that all violence in Ukraine must be halted, "primarily the use of the (Ukrainian) army and armed radical nationalists in southeastern Ukraine," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.15:35 GMT:
It said that in a telephone conversation, Russia's Sergey Lavrov and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed that an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission should play an active role in efforts to defuse tension in Ukraine. (Reuters)
Washington has accused Moscow of escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, threatening to "impose costs" on Russia in a new wave of "targeted sanctions."15:17 GMT:
The White House statement follows US President Barack Obama's conference call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which they "agreed to work closely together, and through the G7 and European Union, to coordinate additional steps to impose costs on Russia."
"The leaders underscored that Russia could still choose a peaceful resolution to the crisis, including by implementing the Geneva accord," the statement added.
All the sides of the Ukrainian conflict must "immediately" de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Anne Brasseur, has said in a statement posted on the PACE website.15:09 GMT:
"I am extremely concerned by the information coming from Ukraine about the resumption of violence, including in the city of Sloviansk. I call on all sides to urgently de-escalate the situation and end all violent or provocative actions and return to what was agreed in Geneva, particularly as regards the disarmament of illegal armed groups currently active in Ukraine," Brasseur said in the statement.
Lugansk people's governor Valery Bolotov has addressed the people of the eastern Ukrainian region with a statement, saying that he is prepared to "give my own life for the prosperity of the native region without a qualm."13:41 GMT:
The people of Lugansk will be able to see positive changes "in a week's time," he said, adding that his team is doing "hard, routine work" together with experts in law, politics and economy, and not just concentrating on the field of security and "military actions."
Bolotov was elected a "people's governor" of Lugansk at a rally Monday near the city's Ukrainian Security Service building, which has been occupied by anti-government activists.
Look closely at this photo. It's 2 snipers from Ukrainian army at new Ukraine army base, 20km from #Sloviansk. pic.twitter.com/WNgMnc53f5
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 25, 2014
Kiev says it has lost contact with the OSCE mission working in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reports.12:54 GMT:
"We have received information that in the Donetsk region the contact has been lost with the members of the military OSCE mission, which is now in Ukraine in accordance with the Vienna document," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Evgeny Perebiynis was quoted as saying.
According to the ministry, the German-led group of OSCE observers has been working in southeast Ukraine since April 21.
The leader of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, Dmitry Yarosh, whom Russia placed on an international most-wanted terrorist list, has written a letter to acting President Aleksandr Turchinov demanding Ukrainian that citizens be armed.12:28 GMT:
"Ukrainian authorities must immediately start massive arming of our citizens, in particular volunteer patriotic squads, which in the Dnepropetrovsk Region alone have seen 10,000 Ukrainians enlisted," Yarosh wrote according to the Right Sector press service, cited by UNIAN.
The International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes committed during the deadly protests that led to the ouster of President Victor Yanukovich on February 22. Kiev's coup-appointed government claims Yanukovich's troops killed more than 100 protesters during the unrest.10:37 GMT:
Fire engine leaves scene at # Kramatorsk with conflicting reports of Ukraine military helicopter explosion. pic.twitter.com/pIQU3PmDb8
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 25, 2014
Speaking to people on side of road - they say theyre afraid # Slaviansk10:36 GMT:
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) April 25, 2014
Ukraine soldiers out guarding the airfield at # Kramatorsk, as talk builds of military operation imminent. # Ukraine pic.twitter.com/YMV81pPpDP
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 25, 2014
Ukrainian troops are carrying out a "second stage" of the military operation in eastern Ukraine, aiming at isolating the city of Slavyansk, according to Sergey Pashinsky, the interim head of the presidential administration appointed by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament).10:14 GMT:
"The goal is to completely blockade Slavyansk, to localize the problem. The operation is being carried out at this moment," he said.
Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials said no causalities have yet been reported and they suspect that militants set off the blasts. However, reports from eyewitnesses contradict the Interior Ministry's statements, claiming the blast went off while Ukrainian soldiers were loading ammunition onto a helicopter and at least three people died.10:06 GMT:
Several large explosions have rocked an airfield in the southeastern city of Kramatorsk. A video uploaded onto YouTube shows smoke rising from the airfield and a second large explosion detonating.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that "reports of military activity" near the Russian-Ukrainian border are worrisome. Earlier on Thursday Russia began extensive military exercises near the Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.20:36 GMT:
"This is dangerously destabilizing and it's very provocative. It does not de-escalate. In fact these activities escalate. They make it more difficult to try to find a diplomatic, peaceful resolution to that issue," Hagel said, adding that he was trying to arrange a phone call with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
Washington should force the current Kiev leadership to "immediately" stop military operations in the south-east of the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.19:12 GMT:
"We hope the US will finally take urgent measures in the interests of de-escalation of the situation in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Declaration of April 17. Washington should force the current Ukrainian leadership to immediately stop military operations in the south-east, to ensure withdrawal of Ukraine's armed force units and security forces to their permanent deployment locations."
"We hope that Washington understands the entire extent of their responsibility for the events," noted the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Ukrainian forces must respect international standards on use of force, Amnesty International said on its website responding to reports of fatal shootings of anti-government activists at several checkpoints in Slavyansk.18:49 GMT:
"International standards on the use of force and firearms are clear – law enforcement officials should resort to the use of firearms only in defence against an imminent threat of death or serious injury. They should apply other non-violent means before resorting to the use of force, and the use of firearms must always be the last resort. When the use of force and firearms is unavoidable they must exercise restraint and take steps to minimize damage and injury and preserve life," Heather McGill, Ukraine Researcher at Amnesty International, has said.
Amnesty stressed that "an independent, impartial investigation should be launched into the events leading up to today's reported loss of life at checkpoints around Slavyansk," adding that "if it is found the Ukrainian forces violated international standards and resorted to arbitrary or abusive use of force, they must be brought to justice."
Blasting the seizure of public buildings and detaining of foreign journalists by the local "pro-Russian armed group" as "human rights abuse," the Amnesty added that "this must not be met with human rights violations by Ukrainian security forces."
Russian senators have drafted a proposal to send a "peacekeeping contingent" to southeast Ukraine to avoid bloodshed in the region, Izvestiya reports, citing Federation Council member Valery Shnyakin.18:34 GMT:
Shnyakin, who is the deputy chair of the council's international committee, said that all countries interested in the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis should take part in talks on the proposed peacekeeping force.
"We must urgently put Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine at the negotiation table and negotiate deploying a peacekeeping contingent to the southeast [of Ukraine]. We are now drafting this proposal and it will be brought up for discussion at the Federation Council session on April 29, and in case the situation escalates even more, it could happen earlier," Shnyakin was quoted as saying.
German government has frozen military exports to Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine, Germany's Economy Ministry reportedly said in response to a request of the opposition Greens party.17:56 GMT:
According to German media, 69 export requests worth 5.18 million euro ($7.16 million) have been blocked.
"Because of the current political circumstances, no export licences for defence goods for Russia are being granted. Furthermore, Germany has launched a study into what can be done about export licences previously granted," the ministry's response to the Greens' request was quoted by Reuters.
I'm out and safe. Thank you all for your support. Had no idea I had so many good friends.17:51 GMT:
— Simon Ostrovsky (@SimonOstrovsky) April 24, 2014
War in eastern Ukraine must be prevented "at all costs," Itar-Tass reported UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as saying.17:42 GMT:
Ban's spokesman told journalists that all sides involved in the conflict in Ukraine must stick to the Geneva agreements of April 17, refrain from violence, repression and provocative actions.
Saying that he is "deeply concerned that the situation could quickly spin out of control with unpredictable consequences," the UN secretary-general said that "military action must be avoided at all costs."
The actions of the Kiev authorities in eastern Ukraine make the legitimacy of the upcoming Ukrainian early elections "questionable," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists Thursday.17:32 GMT:
"The way the situation is developing in Ukraine, such criminal actions ordered by those in Kiev, they a priori put the legitimacy of the elections set for May under a serious question mark," Peskov said.
National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (SNBO) officials say the military operation in eastern Ukraine will continue "in stages."17:00 GMT:
"The anti-terrorist operation will continue. It will be carried out in several stages. We cannot unveil these stages. Today one of those active stages took place. It fulfilled its objective," deputy secretary of the SNBO, Victoria Syumar, told Hromadske TV on Thursday.
American reporter Simon Ostrovsky, detained by anti-government activists in Slavyansk on Tuesday, has been freed, CBC journalist Jean-Francois Belanger has confirmed. According to Belanger, Ostrovsky is now with the CBC crew en route to Donetsk.
Breaking: hostage @SimonOstrovsky is free and safe. He is with us in CBC car en route to Donetsk @CBCNews @CBCAlerts pic.twitter.com/9uSyr81zDD
— J-Francois Belanger (@belangerjf) April 24, 2014
VICE News later confirmed Ostrovsky has been set free in a website statement:
"Vice News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health."
Right Sector radicals have blockaded an administrative building in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyya to protest the appointment of the new local administration head, picked by the coup-imposed acting Ukrainian president Aleksandr Turchinov, local media reports. The Right Sector and local self-defense say there should not be any city official named until popular elections. The city administration officials say they have not been able to continue their work and warn that the blockade of the building will affect the life of local residents.16:17 GMT:
Barricades at Sloviansk checkpoint going back up pic.twitter.com/JjEoh4sVTF
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 24, 2014
Donetsk city activists who have been gathering food and medicine as a humanitarian aid to Slavyansk say they are unable to deliver the aid as "all the roads are blocked," RIA Novosti reports.15:57 GMT:
Ukrainian military helicopter has dropped a pile of leaflets over Slavyansk, which offer the locals a "survival guide" against "Russian terrorists." The leaflet claims that those calling for the federalization of the country are "agitators... paid 1000 hryvnias ($88.5) a day."
Листовки в Славянске pic.twitter.com/3vL5M33Lhn
— alim ansarov (@alimansarov) April 24, 2014
The coup-imposed Ukrainian acting president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has demanded that Russia pull back its troops back from the Ukrainian border, calling the ongoing Russian military exercises "blackmail." In a brief address, Turchinov claimed that "terrorists have crossed the border... taking hostages and killing the patriots of Ukraine." He also called for the Russian government "to stop interfering into the internal affairs of our country."12:47 GMT:
Unidentified gunmen have injured a woman, firing at a house in Slavyansk after introducing themselves as members of the Right Sector radical group, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Donetsk region department says.12:30 GMT:
"Today in Slavyansk unidentified men have entered a house, claimed that they are members of the Right Sector and went on a shooting spree," the department's deputy head, Andrey Anosov, said.
According to the official, a man tried to shield a woman from the gunmen but she nevertheless received a gunshot wound in the chest. The woman has been taken to hospital.
Amb.Grushko: NATO should urge authorities in Kiev to stop military operation in SE Ukraine immediately & start implementing Geneva document12:15 GMT:
— Russians at NATO HQ (@natomission_ru) April 24, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev of a deterioration of relations because of the military operation against the protesters in Slavyansk. "If these people [in Kiev] have opted for a hot stage, which in fact is a counterinsurgency operation, it will definitely have certain consequences for those who make such decisions, state-to-state relations included," said Putin at a media forum of the All-Russian People's Front.
The president said that only the Ukrainian parliament has "elements" of legitimacy, whereas other branches of the current authorities in Ukraine are not legitimate for various reasons.
"Given what they have done today, the authorities in Kiev have become a junta, a kind of cabal, so to say," Putin said.
Stepan Chirich, a producer for Russia's NTV channel, has disappeared in Ukraine. He was working on a new program for Central Television.
На Украине пропал продюсер программы "Центральное телевидение" на НТВ http://t.co/sPPD91wRLX (ФОТО) pic.twitter.com/KxzgKyVSRC
— RT на русском (@RT_russian) April 24, 2014
Anti-government activists in Donetsk say they are ready to vacate two floors of the regional government administrative building to prepare and conduct a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and state affiliation of the Donetsk region.11:19 GMT:
The region's government headquarters was taken over by the anti-Kiev protesters on April 6, and the next day the Donetsk People's Republic was proclaimed. The leaders of the protesters said they do not recognize the coup-imposed government in Kiev and the governor appointed by this government, oligarch Sergey Taruta. The date for the federalization referendum has been set for May 11.
A source in Ukraine’s Joint General Staff has told RIA Novosti that the operation against Slavyansk has been planned by the country’s Security Service, the SBU, and that Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is no longer responsible for the operation.11:15 GMT:
The groups storming Slavyansk consist of approximately 5,000 militants of the far-right nationalist Right Sector movement, either acting on their own as terror groups or operating as National Guards, the source said. These groups are being supplied with NATO intelligence and aerial photos of the region. The data is being delivered by couriers to avoid interception.
Kiev is not planning to deploy regular troops into the mutinous regions, as the soldiers have been refusing to fight against their own people. The SBU has also deployed up to 500 troops from special forces groups to the area, the source said.
Sloviansk today, man shouts at Ukrainian army 'we are friends'. #Ukraine #Russia pic.twitter.com/FK8FGez4zy
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 24, 2014
The ongoing crisis in Slavyansk and Mariupol is the result of irresponsible policy by Kiev authorities supported by neo-Nazi groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.10:52 GMT:
Russian authorities have no doubt that the US can and should make Kiev start the de-escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine, he added.
Russia's envoy to the OSCE, Andrey Kelin, has called on the organization to immediately send international observers to the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk, which is being besieged by troops loyal to Kiev. He has dubbed the military action of the government in Kiev the "most howling violation of Geneva agreements." According to the Geneva accords reached in 4-way talks between Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine, the repudiation of violence is the main condition to peace in Ukraine. "Violent provocations and intimidations are under way right now in Slavyansk and Mariupol," Kelin said, warning that the situation in Slavyansk could spiral out of control at any time.10:33 GMT:
Militia reinforcements from the town of Krasny Liman who arrived in Slavyansk today have taken part in the action to repel an attack of pro-Kiev government troops. The armed levy is currently checking the woodland near the city to make sure there are no snipers or Ukrainian troops operating there.
— Дмитрий Дигуров (@Gagarrin) April 24, 2014
As a result of the attack by Ukrainian troops on Slavyansk, three defenders of the town have been shot dead at a checkpoint leading out of the town on the highway to Kharkov, which has been captured by Ukrainian troops. Journalists present at the checkpoint have not been injured.10:03 GMT:
PHOTO: #Slavyansk checkpoint attacked by Ukraine army http://t.co/NGeWsTJDnU pic.twitter.com/0zj20WPI9N (via @GrahamWP_UK )
— RT (@RT_com) April 24, 2014
Self-defense of Slavyansk has returned the key checkpoint on the main entrance to the city, forcing three armored vehicles of Ukrainian troops to retreat. The checkpoint is situated a mere 3km from the central square of the city and, if captured, opens way to direct attack of the government headquarters currently captured by the anti-Kiev protesters.
Ukrainian army drive off at high speed after #Sloviansk checkpoint attack, reports of fatalities. pic.twitter.com/dChfXxmxN7
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 24, 2014
Citizens of Slavyansk have been told to stay at home, popular mayor of the city Vyacheslav Ponomarev told Rossiya 24 TV.09:54 GMT:
"Everybody has been warned. If necessary, we're ready to start mass evacuation of the citizens," he said.
#Славянск силы спецназа проводят военную операцию. Обыскивают местных жителей pic.twitter.com/qswmOa23EvSlovyansk special forces carried out a military operation. Searched for local residents
— Evgeny Poddubnyy (@epoddubny) April 24, 2014
IMAGE: Black smoke at checkpoint in #Slavyansk as Ukrainian armored vehicles enter city http://t.co/NGeWsTJDnU pic.twitter.com/vF9KhxF42m
— RT (@RT_com) April 24, 2014
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reports that five defenders of Slavyansk have been killed, one police officer from the forces storming the city was seriously wounded. Three checkpoints set up by the self-defense forces of the city have been eliminated.09:48 GMT:
Заняли плацдарм, провели разведку, потом отошли. Не решились продвигаться ближе к центру #Славянск #штурм pic.twitter.com/TrNFZqCTQxOccupied bridgehead conducted reconnaissance, and then moved on. Did not dare to move closer to the center
— Evgeny Poddubnyy (@epoddubny) April 24, 2014
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook that the city hall in Mariupol had been cleared of protesters.06:11 GMT:
“The Interior Ministry has been organizing normal work,” Avakov said. “Bomb disposal experts will now check the building. The city hall is going to be under protection. The mayor is already inside.”
Earlier, anti-government activists in Mariupol said that in the early hours of Thursday unknown people broke into the city council building, which for several days had been under protesters’ control. The armed men, according to eye-witnesses, started to beat up those who were inside the building and smash everything around them.
Five people were injured in the attack, Interfax reported, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
Around 3.5 million voters living in the Donetsk Region can take part in a referendum over sovereignty, co-chairman of the presidium of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, told ITAR-TASS.---------------------------------------------
"The minimal turnout is expected to make 60 percent of all regional residents entitled to vote," he said. Voters will have to say yes or no in response to a single question: "Do you support the state independence of the Donetsk People's Republic?"
Pushilin said the region is not going to vote for a new Ukrainian president on May 25.
"As for the presidential elections, we will certainly ignore them. How can we participate in elections which are held actually among our neighbors [Ukraine], but not among us? This is wrong, actually in current situation it is impossible to elect a president who would suit western and eastern Ukraine," Pushilin said.
Bürgermilizen von Slawjansk im ukrainischen Süd-Osten haben nach eigenen Angaben am Dienstag ein ukrainisches Kampfflugzeug beschossen.Translation (Stop Big Brother):
„Wir sind es gewesen, die es angeschossen haben – mit einer Kalaschnikow-Maschinenpistole“, teilte Jewgeni Gorbik, Vertreter der städtischen Bürgerwehr in Slawjansk, am Mittwoch bei einem Briefing mit. Das Flugzeug soll Funkgespräche von Bürgermilizen abgehört haben.
Als Antwort darauf wollte Kiew nach Angaben der Bürgerwehr Kampfhubschrauber nach Slawjansk schicken. Die ukrainischen Militärs weigerten sich jedoch, den Befehl auszuführen, hieß es.
Der „Volksbürgermeister“ und Leiter der Bürgerwehr von Slawjansk, Wjatscheslaw Ponomarjow, der zunächst den Beschuss geleugnet hatte, sagte am Mittwoch RIA Novosti: „Gestern standen mir die Informationen nicht in vollem Umfang zur Verfügung“.
Das ukrainische Verteidigungsministerium hatte zuvor mitgeteilt, dass ein Flugzeug vom Typ Antonow am Dienstag bei einem Rundflug über Slawjansk beschossen wurde. Das beschädigte Flugzeug blieb jedoch in der Luft und flog zu einem sicheren Landeplatz im Flughafen Borispol weiter. Ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen „Terroranschlag“ sei eingeleitet worden.
Citizen militias of Slavjansk in the Ukrainian South - East have fired by its own account on Tuesday a Ukrainian fighter.
"We were the ones who shot it - with a Kalashnikov machine gun", said Yevgeny Gorbik, representatives of the urban vigilante in Slavjansk on Wednesday at a briefing with. The aircraft should have listened to wireless calls from citizens militias.
In response, Kiev wanted to send attack helicopters after Slavjansk according to the civic militia. However, the Ukrainian military refused to execute the command, it said.
The "people's mayor" and head of the militia of Slavjansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, who had initially denied the attack, said Wednesday RIA Novosti: "Yesterday did not stand me the information fully available" .
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said earlier that an aircraft Antonov was shot during a sightseeing flight over Slavjansk on Tuesday. However, the damaged aircraft remained in the air and flew to a safe landing place in Borispol airport on. An investigation into alleged "terrorist attack" had been initiated.
"Правый сектор" создает батальон "Донбасс" для борьбы с сепаратистами в восточных областях Украины. Об этом на пресс-конференции заявил лидер "Правого сектора", кандидат в Президенты Украины Дмитрий Ярош, передает медиа-центр "Днепр Пост".Translation (Stop Big Brother):
"Мы поддерживаем Женевские договоренности, но видим, что захватчики не понимают мирных переговоров, и единственный способ избавиться от них - это проведение быстрой и решительной антитеррористической операции. "Правый сектор» готов принимать в ней участие, и уже предоставил готовых к боевым действиям людей. ...Заявляю, что отныне "Правый сектор" берет под защиту все население Донбасса и гарантирует его свободное и всестороннее развитие. ...Мы сейчас работаем над созданием батальона "Донбасс", который будет успешно работать на территории Донбасса с целью остановить антигосударственные действия", - рассказал Ярош.
По его словам, батальон будет сформирован в самый короткий срок, не более трех дней, и будет состоять из 800 человек.
"Многие из жителей Донбасса уже обращаются к нам с просьбой, чтобы "Правый сектор" пришел и навел порядок. Но "Правый сектор" - это не самостоятельная военная сила, и мы координируем все наши действия с государственными органами", - отметил Ярош.
"Right sector" creates battalion "Donbass" to fight the separatists in the eastern regions of Ukraine. At a press conference, said the leader of the "right sector," a presidential candidate Dmitry Jaros, transmits media center "Dnepr Post."Ukraine-Krise: Rechter Sektor stellt Bataillon für Einsatz im Osten auf
"We support the Geneva agreement , but we see that the invaders do not understand the peace talks , and the only way to get rid of them - is to conduct a quick and decisive counter-terrorist operation . "Right sector" ready to take part in it , and has already provided ready for fighting people. ... I declare that from now on "Right sector" takes the entire population under the protection of Donbass and ensures its free and comprehensive development . ... We are currently working on the creation of the battalion "Donbass" , which will work successfully on the territory of Donbass to stop anti-government actions", - said Jaros.
According to him, the battalion will be formed in a very short time, no more than three days, and will consist of 800 people.
"Many of the residents of Donbass already come to us with a request to" Right sector "came and restored order. But "Right sector"- is not an independent military force, and we coordinate our actions with the state authorities," - said Jaros.
Die rechtsradikale ukrainische Bewegung Rechter Sektor stellt ein Sonderbataillon für den Einsatz gegen Anhänger der Föderalisierung im Osten der Ukraine auf. Das kündigte der Chef des Rechten Sektors und Präsidentenkandidat Dmitri Jarosch am Mittwoch in Kiew an.
Zum Bataillon „Donbass" würden Vertreter des Gebiets Donezk angehören. Aktivisten und ausgebildete Kämpfer der Organisation seien bereit, den Geheimdiensten zu helfen, sagte Jarosch nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur UNN.
„Wir stimmen unsere Handlungen mit der Führung des Rates für nationale Sicherheit und Verteidigung, mit dem Innenministerium und mit dem Inlandsgeheimdienst SBU ab. Wir sehen keine Gefahr, dass die Teilnahme des Rechten Sektors an einer Sonderoperation des Innenministeriums und des SBU im Osten Zusammenstöße mit der Bevölkerung der Donbass-Region provozieren wird", sagte Jarosch.
Der Rechte Sektor ist mit der nationalistischen Freiheitspartei von Oleg Tjagnibok verbunden, die nach dem Umsturz in der Ukraine zur Regierungskoalition gehört. Gegen Jarosch selbst läuft in Russland ein Strafverfahren wegen seiner Teilnahme an Kämpfen gegen russische Soldaten in Tschetschenien in den Jahren 1994/95.
Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement.Moskau fordert von Kiew Truppenabzug aus Ost-Ukraine
“The Russian side once again insists on an immediate deescalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.
Moscow is “surprised” by Kiev’s interpretation of the four-sided Geneva agreement adopted by Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on April 17, it added.
Despite the call for disarmament of “all the illegal armed groups” specified by the agreement, Kiev, Washington and a number of European leaders “keep harping on the necessity to ‘hand over weapons’ [referring]only to the Ukrainian citizens defending their rights in southeastern Ukraine.” With that, the Western powers “are turning a blind eye to the ongoing provocative actions of the gunmen of the far-right groups, including that of the so-called Right Sector.”
Such actions, which have been taking place in both the capital, Kiev, and in southeastern Ukrainian cities, “have already led to death of people overnight into April 20,” the ministry said.
Russia continues to believe that the Western partners are “earnest” in their stated commitment for the peaceful resolving of the Ukrainian crisis, the statement said. However, the facts “regretfully speak to the opposite,” it added. Kiev has not moved to enter a dialogue with the regions of Ukraine protesting against its rule, while the US officials have apparently chosen not to discourage the coup-imposed authorities in their “strongarm ambitions.”
Immediately after US Vice-President Joseph Biden ended his April 21-22 talks and left the Ukrainian capital, Kiev announced the renewal of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine, the statement noted. Previously, CIA director’s John Brennan’s April 13 visit to Kiev coincided with the start of the same military operation, it said.
Moscow blasted the US-backed distinction between “legally occupied” buildings in central Kiev at the Independence Square (Maidan) and the “illegally occupied” buildings in southeastern Ukraine, calling US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s recent statements on the issue “absolutely incorrect.”
The statements voiced by the Ukrainian oligarch and multibillionaire Igor Kolomoysky, picked by the Kiev authorities as the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region, “look even more absurd,” the ministry said. Kolomoysky’s deputy Boris Filatov recently announced a $10,000 bounty for each “Russian mercenary” captured and handed over to the Kiev-backed authorities and a $200,000 reward for each regional administration building freed. Filatov also said the servicemen at the Mariupol military base, who on April 16 killed three people and injured 13 more during an attempted storming allegedly inspired by the anti-government activists, have been paid 500,000 hryvnas ($43,000). [last Highlighting Stop Big Brother]
Russland hat die Führung in Kiew erneut aufgerufen, die Armee-Einheiten aus südlichen und östlichen Regionen der Ukraine abzuziehen und Verhandlungen unter Teilnahme aller Regionen zu beginnen.
„Die russische Seite besteht auf einer unverzüglichen Deeskalation im Südosten der Ukraine", erklärte das russische Außenministerium am Mittwoch. Dafür müssten die Truppen abgezogen und Verhandlungen unter Beteiligung aller Regionen und aller politischen Kräfte begonnen werden.
Die Krise in der Ukraine war eskaliert, nachdem die Opposition im Februar den Staatschef Viktor Janukowitsch gestürzt und eine Übergangsregierung gestellt hatte. Von russischsprachigen Einwohnern dominierte Gebiete im Osten und Süden der Ukraine haben die neue, von Nationalisten geprägte Regierung in Kiew nicht anerkannt. In Donezk, Charkow, Lugansk und anderen Städten demonstrierten tausende Menschen für eine Föderalisierung der Ukraine. Aktivisten besetzten Verwaltungsgebäude und bauten Barrikaden. Daraufhin ordnete die Regierung in Kiew eine „Anti-Terror-Operation" unter Einsatz der Armee in den Protestregionen an. Bei Zusammenstößen gab es Tote und Verletzte.
Ukrainian radical neo-fascist Right Sector group has moved its main headquarters from Kiev to Dnepropetrovsk to “closely monitor” the developments in the east, its leader said, announcing the formation of yet another paramilitary squadron in Ukraine.
“I moved my headquarters to Dnepropetrovsk. The purpose is to prevent the spread of the Kremlin infection,” Ukrainian presidential candidate and Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh announced at a press conference in Dnepropetrovsk.
He says the vital industrial city in Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk provides a better platform to observe the situation in Donbass where pro-federalization protests are flourishing, after the coup in Kiev.
Yarosh, placed by Russia on an international most wanted terrorist list, also announced that he started forming a special squad of fighters called “Donbass.”
“We coordinate all of our actions with the leadership of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Security service of Ukraine,” Yarosh said.
Local media reports that the unit will comprise about 800 fighters. Any military trained adults could volunteer to join the unit, as long as they meet the requirements.
The move follows a similar announcement in Dnepropetrovsk region, whose Kiev-appointed governor and oligarch Igor Kolomoysky recently formed a special battalion “Dnepr” formed of “local patriots of Ukraine.”
Both battalions are part of the special force which is being formed to stabilize and take the situation under control in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine, as announced earlier by Ukraine’s coup-installed millionaire turned Interior minister Arsen Avakov.
“The new structure of special divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the answer to saboteurs, ‘green little men’ and to the other gangs tasked with attacking statehood and integrity of Ukraine,” Avakov said earlier in April, stating his ministry was ready to employ and legalize as many as 12,000 volunteers across the country.
On Wednesday, in an exclusive interview to RT, Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, once again reiterated the worrying expansion of the Right Sector. He sees the existence and the expansion of the neo-Nazi group as a violation of last week's Geneva accords.
“In Geneva we agreed that there must be total rejection of extremists and the Right Sector is still very active, and after Geneva the Right Sector staged provocations killing several people in the vicinity of Slavyansk during Easter Sunday. So nothing which was agreed in Geneva and which certainly is for the authorities in Kiev to start implementing was done by them,” Lavrov said.
In response to Yarosh's announcement, the mayor of Slovyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev told Gazeta that formation of such a battalion “could lead to a fratricidal war.”
The leader of the Ukrainian radical group, Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh, was placed on an international wanted list in March and charged with inciting terrorism.
Yarosh, who leads the far-right militant Right Sector group, has always been anti-Russian in his statements, calling for the destruction and division of the “Moscow Empire” and openly supporting Chechen militants and Georgian aggression. Yarosh believes that Russia is Ukraine’s “eternal foe” and that a war between the two countries is “inevitable.”
The Right Sector was formed in November 2013 soon after the anti-government protests in Ukraine began. Members of the radical movement were very active in the violent events which led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.
The group has been referred to as the most active, the most radical and the best organized group in the Ukrainian unrest. Many of its violent acts have been well-documented by media and in videos posted on YouTube.
Over 2,000 coal miners in Lugansk region have been on strike for the second day running, demanding higher wages and refusing to accept a pay cut to fund the restoration of Kiev, which suffered damage during the coup that overthrew the government.
Some 80 percent of miners from five coal mines belonging to "Krasnodonugol" enterprise in the city of Krasnodon have not shown up to work. The mines are all owned by one of Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov of the mining and metallurgical "Metinvest" corporation.
Angry miners are pressing for wage increases to match region's average pay, better social and living conditions and higher social bonuses. According to the strikers they get an average of 6,000 hryvnas ($520), while the average salary in the coal industry in the region is up to 10,000 hryvnia ($860).
Miners are also refusing to pay a 10 percent tax on their salaries, imposed by the post-coup authorities to restore the Maidan square in Kiev. The square and nearby buildings suffered significant damage during months of rallies and the violent standoff that led to a coup in February.
According to local media reports miners have seen around a 10 percent cut in their paychecks to restore the Ukrainian capital.
“I don't understand why are we involved!” one of the protesting miners, Stanislav Denisenko told Itar-tass. “It was not us who dismantled the stones and burned the houses down. I get about 900 hryvna a month, that is around 9,000 rubles ($260). I don't understand why they are taking away my salary.”
Local media also reports that protests also demand the reinstatement of a few dozen of their colleagues who they say have been fired from their jobs for taking part in pro-federalization rallies in the region.Übersetzung Stop Big Brother:
While the coal sector workers mainly remain apolitical, some still question the legitimacy of the Kiev government.
“We are also against Kiev's junta. We do not recognize their authority. It is not legitimate. We stand for the memory of our ancestors fighting alongside Russians. We're all Slavs. We are one nation. We do not have heroes such as Bandera and Shukhevych. We are against these people because they are destroying our history,” one of the protesters said during the second day of the strike.
The prosecutor’s office in Krasnodon is now conducting an investigation into the legal compliance and requirements for miners fair pay. The company is locked in negotiations with the strikers.
International relations expert Mark Sleboda told RT that Kiev cannot afford losing control of “the real bread winner of the Ukraine” – the mining industry.
“The mining industry employs about 500,000 people throughout the region, provides about 15 percent of the country's GDP and coal alone is 30 percent of Ukraine's energy consumption,” Sleboda says.
Mehr als 2000 Bergleute in Lugansk Region streiken den zweiten Tag für höhere Löhne und weigern sich, eine Lohnkürzung zu akzeptieren, um die Wiederherstellung von Schäden in Kiew zu finanzieren, die während des Putsches erlitt wurden, die die Regierung stürzte.
Rund 80 Prozent der Bergleute aus fünf Kohlenbergwerke, die zu "Krasnodonugol" gehören, einem Unternehmen in der Stadt Krasnodon, sind nicht zur Arbeit erschienen. Die Minen sind alle von einem der reichsten Männer der Ukraine, von Rinat Achmetow, der Bergbau- und Hütten "Metinvest" Corporation.
Wütend Bergarbeiter machen Druck für Lohnerhöhungen auf den Durchschnittslohn der Region, bessere soziale und Lebensbedingungen und höhere Sozial Boni. Entsprechend den Streikenden bekommen sie einen Durchschnitt von 6.000 Hryvnas ($ 520), während das Durchschnittsgehalt in der Kohleindustrie in der Region bis zu 10.000 Griwna ($ 860) beträgt.
Bergleute werden weigern sich auch, eine 10-prozentige Steuer auf die Gehälter zu zahlen, die von den Post-Coup Behörden auferlegt wurde, um für den Maidan Platz in Kiew die Wiederherstellung zu bezahlen. Der Platz und Gebäude in der Nähe erlitten erhebliche Schäden während den Monaten der Kundgebungen und der gewalttätigen Konfrontation, die zu einem Staatsstreich im Februar geführt hatte.
Laut lokalen Medienberichten erblickten die Bergleute rund eine 10-Prozent-Kürzung auf ihrem Gehaltsscheck, um die ukrainische Hauptstadt wiederherzustellen.
"Ich verstehe nicht, warum sind wir beteiligt sind!", sagte einer der protestierenden Bergleute, Stanislav Denisenko ITAR-TASS. "Wir waren es nicht, welche die Steine abgebaut haben und die Häuser nieder brannten. Ich bekomme etwa 900 Griwna pro Monat, dass sind rund 9.000 Rubel ($ 260). Ich verstehe nicht, warum sie mir mein Gehalt nehmen."
Lokale Medien berichtet auch , dass die Proteste ebenfalls die Wiedereinstellung von ein paar Dutzend ihrer Kollegen fordern, die sagen, sie sind von ihrer Arbeit gefeuert worden aufgrund der Teilnahme an Pro- Föderalisierungs- Kundgebungen in der Region.Kommentar Stop Big Brother:
Während die Bergbauarbeiter vor allem unpolitisch bleiben,
stellen einige immer noch die Legitimität der Regierung in Kiew in Frage.
"Wir sind auch gegen die Kiewer Junta. Wir erkennen die Autorität nicht an. Es ist nicht legitim. Wir stehen für die Erinnerung an unsere Vorfahren, die neben Russen kämpften. Wir sind alle Slawen. Wir sind eine Nation. Wir haben keine Helden wie Bandera und Shukhevych. Wir sind gegen diese Leute, weil sie unsere Geschichte zerstören", sagte einer der Demonstranten, am zweiten Tag des Streiks.
Die Staatsanwaltschaft in Krasnodon führt nun eine Untersuchung betreffs Rechtssicherheit und Anforderungen an eine faire Bezahlung für die Bergleute. Das Unternehmen ist in Verhandlungen mit den Streik gesperrt.
Der Experte für Internationale Beziehungen Mark Sleboda RT sagte, dass Kiew es sich nicht leisten können, die Kontrolle zu verlieren über "die realen Brotverdiener der Ukraine" - der Bergbauindustrie.
"Die Bergbauindustrie beschäftigt rund 500.000 Menschen in der gesamten Region, bietet etwa 15 Prozent des BIP des Landes und Kohle ist allein 30 Prozent des ukrainischen Energieverbrauchs", sagt Sleboda.
An der Einfahrt in die ukrainische Stadt Slawjansk aus Richtung Swjatogorsk, das am Vortag von den Innentruppen der Ukraine eingenommen worden war, hat es am Donnerstag einen Schusswechsel zwischen Unbekannten und den Kräften der Volkswehr von Slawjansk gegeben. Nach vorläufigen Angaben wurden zwei Menschen getötet, es gibt Verletzte.
Ein Vertreter des Stabes der Selbstverteidigung teilte mit, dass eine Gruppe Bewaffneter entdeckt worden war. Von einem Kontrollposten hatte sich eine mobile Gruppe dorthin begeben, auf sie wurde aus einem Waldstreifen das Feuer eröffnet. Zurzeit durchkämmen Vertreter der Selbstverteidigung den Waldstreifen auf der Suche nach den Angreifern.
In Slawjansk hat eine Sonderoperation begonnen, auf den Zufahrtswegen zur Stadt wurden gepanzerte Fahrzeuge in Begleitung von Sturmhubschraubern gesichtet. Allem Anschein nach hat in der Stadt eine großangelegte Kampfoperation begonnen.Translation Stop Big Brother:
Nach neuesten Angaben wurden in Slawjansk fünf Volkswehrleute getötet und ein Milizionär verletzt, erklärte das ukrainische Innenministerium.
In Slavjansk a special operation has begun, on the access roads to the city were spotted armored vehicles accompanied by storm helicopters. To all appearances, has begun in the city of a large-scale combat operation.
According to the latest figures were killed in Slavjansk five of the people's militia and a policeman injured, said the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
Zwei Panzerkolonnen der ukrainischen Streitkräfte rollen in Richtung Slawjansk, das unter Kontrolle der Befürworter einer Föderalisierung des Landes steht. Wie der „Volksbürgermeister“ der Stadt, Wjatscheslaw Ponomarjow, am Donnerstag in einem Interview für den Fernsehsender „Rossija 24“ sagte, befindet sich eine der Kolonnen sechs Kilometer und die zweite drei bis vier Kilometer (vom Stadtzentrum) entfernt.
„Wir sind durch einen Blockadering eingeschlossen, wie man so sagt. Wir werden Widerstand leisten“, äußerte Ponomarjow. Ihm zufolge hat die Volkswehr „genug Kräfte, um Widerstand zu leisten“. „Wir haben viele Kräfte, aber es mangelt uns etwas an Waffen“, so der "Volksbürgermeister".
Wie ein Korrespondent von „Rossija 24“ vor Ort berichtete, hat eine der genannten Panzerkolonnen inzwischen den Stadtrand erreicht.
Laut Ponomarjow sind an der Zufahrt zu Slawjansk zwei Sicherheitsposten angegriffen worden. An einem davon gebe es einen Schusswechsel. Einzelgefechte liefen vorerst nur am Stadtrand, ergänzte er.
Den Einwohnern von Slawjansk ist davon abgeraten worden, ihre Häuser zu verlassen. Im Bedarfsfall würden alle evakuiert, so Ponomarjow.
Die Einwohner der südöstlichen Regionen der Ukraine wollen sich den Behörden in Kiew nicht unterwerfen. Sie fordern Referenden über den Status ihrer Regionen. Als Antwort darauf hat Kiew eine Sonderoperation unter Armee-Einsatz gestartet.
Das ukrainische Internetportal KyivPost meldet unter Berufung auf ukrainische Geheimdienste, dass die Behörden des Landes den Militäreinsatz im Osten eingestellt haben. Dies geschah, nachdem an der russischen Grenzseite Truppen eintrafen.Das also zuvor - shall be after :
Zuvor erklärte der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergei Schoigu, dass als Antwort auf den Einsatz der ukrainischen Militärs in den Grenzregionen eine Übung der russischen Streitkräfte gestartet war.
„In Regionen, die an die Ukraine grenzen, hat die Übung der Bataillons des südlichen und des westlichen Militärbezirks begonnen“, erklärte der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergei Schoigu am Donnerstag. Er fügte hinzu, dass die Luftstreitkräfte Übungsflüge unweit der Staatsgrenze durchführen werden.Translation Stop Big Brother:
Nach seiner Einschätzung sind im Südosten der Ukraine eine 11.000 ukrainische Militärs, 160 Panzerwagen, über 230 Schützen- und Transportpanzer im Einsatz.
"In regions bordering the Ukraine, has begun the practice of the battalion of the Southern and Western Military District," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday. He added that the Air Force will conduct training flights near the state border.Aber jetzt - but now
In his estimation, are a 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers, 160 tanks, over 230 shooters and transport tanks in service in southeastern Ukraine.
Der Einsatz im Osten der Ukraine wird in mehreren Etappen verlaufen, eine davon wird am Donnerstag abgeschlossen. Das erklärte die stellvertretende Sekretärin des ukrainischen Sicherheits- und Verteidigungsrats Viktoria Sjumar.Kommentar Stop Big Brother:
„Wir können diese Etappen nicht ankündigen. Heute hat eine von solchen aktiven Etappen stattgefunden. Sie war erfolgreich", sagte sie.
Dabei äußerte sie die Hoffnung, dass die angekündigte Übung der russischen Armee tatsächlich eine Übung ist. „Jegliche Aggression werden wir abwehren können", warnte Sjumar.
Moskau betrachtet den „Volksgouverneur“ des ostukrainischen Donezk, Pawel Gubarew, als einen politischen Gefangenen und will seine unverzügliche Freilassung durchsetzen, wie aus einer Presseerklärung des russischen Außenministers Sergej Lawrow hervorgeht.
Die Erklärung wurde am Donnerstag auf der Webseite des Außenministeriums veröffentlicht.
„Wir werden auf sofortigem Zugang zu Pawel Gubarew bestehen, um uns davon zu überzeugen, dass er in guter gesundheitlicher Verfassung ist. Wir werden uns selbstverständlich weiter darum bemühen, dass er als politischer Gefangener unverzüglich freigelassen wird“, heißt es.
Gubarew war auf einer Kundgebung von Gegnern der ukrainischen Zentralregierung als "Volksgouverneur" von Donezk gewählt worden. Am 6. März wurde er in seiner Wohnung von Beamten des ukrainischen Geheimdienstes SBU verhaftet. Gegen den Aktivisten, der zu zwei Monaten Haft verurteilt wurde, wird wegen „Umsturzversuch“ ermittelt.
Russia has begun extensive military exercises near the Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
“The order to use force against civilians has already been given, and if this military machine is not stopped, the amount of casualties will only grow,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said during an official meeting in Moscow.
“War games by NATO in Poland and the Baltic states are also not helping the normalization of the situation. We are forced to react to the situation.”
Shoigu said that the drills involve march and deployment maneuvers by forces in the southern and western military districts, and separate Air Force exercises.
Shoigu said that 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers, 160 tanks, 230 armored carriers and at least 150 artillery pieces are involved in the operation against anti-Kiev activists.
“National guard units and Right Sector extremists are fighting against the peaceful population, as well as a volunteer Donbass ‘anti-terrorist’ unit. Also security and internal forces transferred to Lugansk and Donetsk from other areas of the country are suppressing dissent,” he said.
Shoigu added that Ukrainian sabotage units had been deployed near the Russian border.
In contrast, he said that the pro-Russian self-defense units number about 2,000 and have about 100 guns between them, which have mostly been taken from local police stations.
"It's not an evenly matched confrontation," Shoigu said.
The coup-imposed Ukrainian acting president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has demanded that Russia pull back its troops back from the Ukrainian border, calling the ongoing Russian military exercises “blackmail.”
In a brief address, Turchinov claimed that “terrorists have crossed the border… taking hostages and killing the patriots of Ukraine.” He also called for the Russian government “to stop interfering into the internal affairs of our country.”
The heaviest fighting on Thursday took place in Slavyansk, with the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reporting the deaths of at least five "terrorists."
NATO has estimated that Russia has massed at least 40,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. Moscow has not denied that it has moved troops to the region, but said that its internal troop movements are its own prerogative.
NATO began military exercises in Poland on Wednesday, with more scheduled to take place in the Baltic states next week. So far, 150 US paratroopers have arrived in the country from their stationary base in Italy, with 450 more set to join them.Russische Armee übt an ukrainischer Grenze – „Kalte Dusche für Kiew"
Poland’s foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, has also asked NATO to deploy 10,000 troops in his country.
On Wednesday, the frigate USS Taylor became the latest US ship to enter the Black Sea on a rotating deployment. NATO has dispatched a separate rapid reaction force to the Baltic.
Das groß angelegte Manöver der russischen Truppen des Westlichen und des Südlichen Wehrbezirks an der ukrainischen Grenze soll auf die Machthaber in Kiew wie eine „kalte Dusche" einwirken, meinen russische Militärexperten.
Am Donnerstag erklärte Russlands Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu, dass Moskau auf eine solche Entwicklung im Südosten der Ukraine reagieren muss, und ordnete die Übung an. „Die Kiewer Behörden haben bereits der militärischen Gewalt gegen friedliche Einwohner im Osten der Ukraine grünes Licht gegeben", erklärte der Minister die Position Moskaus.
„Die Reaktion Russlands auf die Handlungen Kiews im Osten der Ukraine ist gerechtfertigt und legitim", betonte der Ex-Generalstabschef der russischen Streitkräfte, Armeegeneral Juri Balujewski. „Wir müssen auf solche Entwicklung in der Nähe zu unseren Grenzen reagieren. Die Hitzköpfe müssen abgekühlt werden."
Balujewski zufolge wird das Manöver in unmittelbarer Nähe zur Ukraine helfen, die Machthaber in Kiew zurechnungsfähig zu machen, die sich später gegenüber dem eigenen Volk werden verantworten müssen. „Die außer Rand und Band geratenen Politikaster, die einen Krieg gegen das eigene Volk begonnen haben, sollen gestoppt werden", forderte der Militär.
Das Manöver der russischen Armee an der ukrainischen Grenze solle Kiew nüchtern machen und das Regime über mögliche Folgen nachdenken lassen, sollten die Machthaber ein Blutbad unter der Zivilbevölkerung anrichten, sagte der Chefredakteur des Magazins „Nazionalnaja Oborona" (Nationale Verteidigung), Igor Korotschenko. Er erinnerte daran, dass Russlands Präsident und Oberbefehlshaber Wladimir Putin eine Genehmigung des Parlaments für den Einsatz der Truppen im Ausland wegen der Ukraine-Krise hat.
„Wenn die Kiewer Machthaber ein Massaker anrichten, werden die Folgen nicht auf sich warten lassen. In diesem Zusammenhang sind taktische Übungen unter Teilnahme der Luftwaffe an der ukrainischen Grenze ein wichtiger stabilisierender Faktor. Die Übung soll weitere Operationen der ukrainischen Sicherheitsstrukturen gegen die Bevölkerung im Osten des Landes stoppen“, sagte Korotschenko.
Начальник одесского управления МВД Петр Луцюк с горечью расписался в своем бессилии сформировать спецподразделение милиции "Шторм": «Нам выделили 500 штатных единиц с должностным окладом в 500 гривен в месяц (около $40). Мы должны за собственный счет обеспечить им форму, технику, завершить строительство помещения и выплачивать заработную плату. Когда объявили о создании этого подразделения, были желающие, но в результате записались только 18 человек... Я прошу решить вопрос об увеличении средств на содержание этого спецподразделения или найти людей, готовых работать на таких условиях».Translation Stop Big Brother:
Ему вторил гауляйтер Одессы Владимир Немировский: «Уже существует договоренность с предпринимательской средой о выделении денег, которых хватит на содержание 300 человек».
Head of the Department of Internal Affairs Peter Lutsyuk Odessa bitterly realized his powerlessness to form a special police unit "tower", "We have identified 500 staff units with an official salary of 500 hryvnia per month (about $ 40) We need to. own expense to provide them with a form, complete engineering, construction of the premises and pay the salaries. When they announced the creation of the unit, were volunteers, but in the end only 18 people signed up ... I ask the question of increasing the to solve funds for maintenance of the special forces, or to find people who are willing to work under such conditions. "
He was sent by the Gauleiter of Odessa Vladimir Nemirovsky: "There is already an agreement with the business environment on the allocation of money that is sufficient for the maintenance of 300 people."
Leiter der Abteilung für Innere Angelegenheiten Peter Lutsyuk Odessa bitter erkannte seine Ohnmacht, eine Spezialeinheit der Polizei "Sturm" zu bilden: "Wir haben 500 Mitarbeiter Einheiten mit einem offiziellen Gehalt von 500 Griwna pro Monat (ca. $ 40) identifiziert. Wir müssen auf eigene Kosten sie mit einer Form bereitzustellen, Technik, Bau der Räumlichkeiten vervollständigen und die Gehälter zahlen. Als sie die Schaffung der Einheit ankündigten, waren Freiwillige, aber am Ende haben nur 18 Leute haben unterschrieben ... Ich bitte, die Frage der Erhöhung der Mittel für die Wartung der Spezialkräfte zu lösen, oder die Menschen zu finden, die bereit sind, unter solchen Bedingungen zu arbeiten."Russlands Uno-Botschafter: USA wollen Kiew <span style="color: #ff0000; text-decoration: underline;">kein Geld geben</span>
Er wurde von der Gauleiter von Odessa Vladimir Nemirovsky entsandt: "Es gibt bereits eine Vereinbarung mit dem Geschäftsumfeld über die Zuweisung von Geld, das für die Instandhaltung der 300 Personen ausreichen wird."
Die USA wollen der Ukraine nach Ansicht des russischen Uno-Botschafters Vitali Tschurkin kein Geld geben und sind bestrebt, die gesamte wirtschaftliche Bürde auf Russland abzuwälzen.Kommentar Stop Big Brother:
„Sie möchten, dass Russland der Ukraine wirtschaftlich unterstützt, während sie selbst bloß politische Figuren auf dem Schachbrett bewegen", sagte er in einem Interview für das russische Fernsehen. „Sie sind nicht bereit, Geld zu geben."
„Hier gibt es auch Widersprüche zwischen der Administration des US-Präsidenten und dem Kongress, die bekannten Widersprüche zwischen den Republikanern und Obama, das Wichtigste aber – sie wollen kein Geld geben", so der Diplomat.
Anfang dieser Woche hatte der US-Vizepräsident Joe Biden während seines Kiew-Besuchs erklärt, dass die USA der Ukraine 50 Millionen Dollar für politische und ökonomische Reformen bereitstellen. Darüber hinaus werden die USA Fernmeldetechnik und Verkehrsmittel für acht Millionen Dollar zur Verfügung stellen und bei der Aufnahme von Gas-Rückflusslieferungen aus Europa helfen.
Kramatorsk airfield in eastern Ukraine is covered with smoke spreading over the area according to numerous videos emerging online. Explosions are heard in near the site.
According to preliminary reports of Kramatorsk.info, several explosions took place at about 11am local time (09:00 GMT). The explosions were followed by fire and smoke.
Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has confirmed the information about the explosion of the plane at the city airfield.
А video posted online shows a loud explosion at the site where a plume of smoke is already seen. The smoke was swiftly followed by an explosion. Witnesses say fire was also seen in the area of the blast.
There is a big amount of conflicting reports saying what is causing the explosions.
Meanwhile, according to SBU’s General Vasily Krutov, the plane was targeted by a sniper, who shot the fuel tank. He added that the pilot was injured in the incident.
Local witnesses add that the airplane of Kiev military crashed in the airfield.
“An Mi-8 airplane has exploded at Kramatorsk airfield, with no victims reported. A pilot managed to jump [from the plane],” Dmitry Tyimchyuk, the head of the Center for War-Political Investigations told Kramatorsk.info news, “The preliminary theory is that the airplane caught fire during a warm-up before a flight.
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Self-defence troops have confirmed they attacked a Ukrainian military helicopter at an airfield in eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. A plume of smoke can be seen rising over the area in a number of online videos.
“Our people approached the airfield, shot a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in the direction of the helicopter. There was an explosion. [Kiev]militants started shooting and we [protesters]retreated,” a representative from the Kramatorsk self-defence troops told RIA Novosti.
А video posted online shows a loud explosion at the site where a plume of smoke is seen. The smoke was swiftly followed by another explosion. Witnesses say fire was also seen in the area of the blast.
The blowing up of the helicopter has also been confirmed by Ukraine's Security Service, the SBU.
Earlier, reports from Kramatorsk.info, said several explosions took place at about 11am local time (09:00 GMT). The explosions were followed by a fire and smoke, the news portal added.
"An Mi-8 helicopter has exploded at Kramatorsk airfield, with no victims reported. The pilot managed to jump [from the plane]," Dmitry Tyimchyuk, the head of the Center for War-Political Investigations told Kramatorsk.info news. "The preliminary theory is that the helicopter caught fire during a warm-up before a flight."
Earlier, the representatives of the Kramatorsk Interior Ministry said anti-government protesters were behind the explosions. The ministry didn't report any victims.
However, local residents say that at least three people died in the explosions. They say the blast took place when the Ukrainian military was arming the helicopter.
According to SBU General Vasily Krutov, the helicopter was targeted by a sniper, who shot the fuel tank. He added that the pilot was injured in the incident.
The arrested “people’s governor” of Donetsk, Pavel Gubarev, has gone on a hunger strike against Kiev’s crackdown on protesters in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, while Russia and the Red Cross demand access to the “political prisoner” who might be ill.
“His lawyer told us that Pavel [Gubarev]announced the hunger strike in solidarity with guys who are on barricades now, defending our land and people,” Gubarev's wife Ekaterina told RT. “He would really want to be with them, but he is a hostage of Kiev junta.”
Gubarev’s lawyer, Aleksandr Groshinsky, added that the move follows the “shooting of civilians” in eastern Ukraine.
“This way, he wants to demonstrate that he is with those who are fighting for their civil rights and civil position,” the lawyer told Russian News Service.
Last week, Kiev launched what it called an “anti-terrorist” operation against protesters demanding Ukraine’s federalization in the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region.
According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, up to five so-called “terrorists” were “eliminated” Thursday during clashes between the troops and local self-defense squads, while three protesters’ checkpoints were destroyed. On Friday, the operation entered its second stage, which the goal to “completely isolate” the anti-government stronghold, Slavyansk.
On Sunday, three anti-government protesters were reportedly killed in a gunfight with attackers believed to be Right Sector paramilitary.
“When Pavel learned that on Easter the Right Sector shot our militia men at the checkpoint, he voiced his discontent,” Gubarev’s wife said.
A statement on the “people’s governor” Facebook page adds that following the news Gubarev had an argument with security at the Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) pretrial detention facility. In punishment, “the jail keepers took away his mattress and bed linen, so that he permanently feels uncomfortable.”
Gubarev, 31, a former member of the Russian National Unity paramilitary organization, became the leader of People's Militia of Donbass movement following the February coup in Kiev, which shifted epicenter of political crisis to Eastern Ukraine, where many refused to recognize the new government. A wave of protests swept through southeastern regions with protesters demanding a referendum on the federalization of the country, and the restoration of Russian as a second official language. At one of these demonstrations Gubarev was chosen by protesters as the “people’s governor.”
In early March, Gubarev was detained by Ukraine’s Security Service, the SBU, during a media conference in Donetsk and then moved to a detention center in the capital, Kiev. He is facing charges of “separatism”, “organizing mass disorder” and “infringing Ukrainian territorial integrity,” his wife said.
However, many protesters consider the case against Gubarev purely political.
According to Ekaterina Gubareva, there are doubts that witnesses who supposedly testified in the case even exist. She said that her husband’s lawyers have repeatedly demanded a face-to-face interrogation, but so far have not seen any witnesses.
On March 7, a court in Kiev detained Gubarev for two months. Judges are to consider the prolongation of his detention on May 7, Gubarev’s lawyer Elena Pryadko told RBK-Ukraine.
“Our lawyers state that there is no necessity for the extension of this arrest. The reason why [law enforcers] seek to extend it is as inflated as the very case [against Gubarev],” his wife said.
The activist’s wife said that not only her spouse faces constant moral pressure, he is also having health problems.
The April 17 Geneva agreement between Kiev, Russia and the West aimed to resolve Ukrainian political crisis urged a release of all political prisoners.
“Except for Pavel [Gubarev], 200 other people are currently locked up. Those are activists from entire southeast of Ukraine,… people’s mayors and governors,” Ekaterina Gubareva said, adding that some were detained after the Geneva accords were signed. “Keeping that many people as hostages, politically inflating these cases – nothing of a kind ever happened in Ukraine in over 20 years of its history.”
Moscow is concerned about the fate of political prisoners in Ukraine, “who are arrested and thrown into prison bust because they participated in political actions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a statement Thursday, commenting on Gubarev’s situation.
Russia would file an official application to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) asking the body to seek “immediate access” to Gubarev, he said, adding that a similar document was also sent to the Red Cross.
The Gubarev case was also mentioned during the four-party talks on Ukraine in Geneva, Lavrov said. Back then the American side promised to use its authority to solve the problem. However, so far “we’ve received no good news.”
“He has never taken part in the seizure of administrative buildings, never carried arms. He simply spoke at a meeting and said that he was ready to work in interests of reforms and would speak up for a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine,” Lavrov said Friday.
On April 25, Lavrov was going to discuss the fate of the Ukrainian political prisoner with his American counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry.
“We’ve discussed it over the phone several times and will do so again today,” Lavrov said. “Every time I remind John Kerry about the necessity to address the problem but he cannot say anything clear.”
“Yesterday we received information that Pavel Gubarev is seriously ill, and that he has been beaten and tortured,” the Russian minister said.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross has filed a request to Ukrainian authorities to allow them a visit to Gubarev, a press secretary for the international organization told Itar-Tass.