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Breaking: Kiev launches Military Action in Eastern Ukraine

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posted on Apr, 27 2014 @ 07:19 AM
a reply to: SurrenderingAmerica Thanks for posting that

Sunday, April 27

12:04 GMT:
Traveling to eastern parts of Ukraine could constitute a big risk, and tourists and journalists are being discouraged from doing so by the German Foreign Ministry, because of the tense situation, Reuters reports.

"The situation in eastern Ukraine is very tense at the moment," said the ministry, alluding to the escalating crisis involving the taking over of government institutions in eastern cities.

"In view of the latest developments, it must be assumed that representatives of the media are at special risk of being held or seized by separatist forces," the ministry’s statement read.

11:55 GMT:
A German colonel and his interpreter who were detained near the border of Slovyansk along with an international team of representatives from the OSCE said they “are not prisoners of war”, but“guests” of self-declared mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov. Colonel Axel Schneider said his conditions currently remained unclear and he asked diplomats from the countries of those detained to cooperate with Ponomaryov. "All the European officers are in good health and no one is sick," he said. "We have no indication when we will be sent home to our countries." Schmidt said they were first held in a cellar, but later moved to a room with sunlight, heating and an air-conditioner. He also said their safety had been guaranteed by Ponomaryov.

Earlier on Sunday, Ponomaryov said the men “are prisoners of war.”

"In our town, where a war situation is going on, any military personnel who don't have our permission are considered prisoners of war."

He repeated previous claims that they would only be freed in exchange for Kiev's authorities releasing arrested self-defense members. He further said the self-defenders did not consider the detained men to be part of the OSCE monitoring mission deployed in Ukraine. The OSCE headquarters in Vienna has said the military verification mission is a separate unit headed by German command, AFP reports.

11:30 GMT:
Pro-federalization demonstrators have stopped Russian businessman, former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky from entering the Donetsk regional administration headquarters, which has been taken over, a representative of the pro-Russian movement told RIA Novosti, explaining that Khodorkovskiy approached the building with a request to speak to the people inside, but was “told that they had nothing to discuss with him.”

09:34 GMT:
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has officially confirmed that a delegation of mediators are on their way to the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk to negotiate the release of OSCE observers.

"They should be here around 12 o'clock (5.00am EDT)," the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told reporters. "When the representatives of the OSCE come, we will talk to them about [the detained observers]."

On Friday the Slavyansk self-defense forces detained a number of people, including journalists, suspecting that they could be gathering information for the Kiev authorities or for the radical nationalists from the Right Sector movement.

09:01 GMT:
Anti-government protesters in the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine have received military equipment “to demine the [mine]fields made by Kiev military forces in the so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation,’” a spokesperson for the People’s Republic of Donetsk told Itar-Tass. The equipment was provided by the city’s Novokramatorsky Machine-Building Plant, a large heavy equipment manufacturer in Ukraine.

Earlier, there were several reports that Ukrainian army has mined the fields around Kramatorsk.

Meanwhile, RT stringer Graham Phillips has taken photos of the minefields made by the Ukrainian army near the town of Izyum in the Kharkov Region, located about 70 kilometers from Kramatorsk.

07:57 GMT:
Local anti-government protesters in the town of Stakhanov, in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, have gathered next to the building of city administration and are erecting barricades, local media reported.

On Saturday evening, some local people held a rally in Stakhanov and decided that they would form a militia and protect their town from Kiev-commanded troops and radical activists from the Right Sector nationalist group.

0 GMT:
The US wants to sign up European countries to a new round of sanctions against Russia to present a unified front on the Ukrainian crisis, US President Barack Obama said. Before making any decision on sectorial sanctions, Washington needs to know what its European partners are willing to do and what they are not.

The US president also accused Russia of failing on its commitments under the Geneva statement, saying Moscow “didn’t lift a finger” to help defusing tension in Ukraine.

Obama was speaking in Kuala Lumpur at a media conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

posted on Apr, 27 2014 @ 05:47 PM
Seems Ukrainian Forces amass around Slavyansk.

posted on Apr, 27 2014 @ 06:59 PM
21:36 GMT:
The press conference in Slavyansk, during which the foreign military observers detained on Friday by pro-federalization forces, has been condemned as“revolting” act of “public parading.”

“The public parading of the OSCE observers and Ukrainian security forces as prisoners is revolting and blatantly hurts the dignity of the victims,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated once again referring to a group as an official OSCE observer mission under the Geneva agreement.

The OSCE headquarters in Vienna however has said earlier that the military verification mission was a completely separate unit headed by German command, AFP reports.

Seven officers from the military transparency mission sent by several OSCE member states were brought into a room of waiting journalists in Slavyansk earlier on Sunday.

“It is an infringement of every rule of behavior and standards that are made for tense situations like this. Russia has a duty to influence the separatists so that the detained members of the OSCE mission are freed as soon as possible,” Steinmeier said.

20:35 GMT:
The authorities in Kiev have announced they will carry out a massive purge of the security forces, as many officers are refusing to stand against the pro-federalization protests in the south-east of the country.

“We have problems with the quality of police performing their functions, including those in the east [of Ukraine],” coup-installed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told local media, adding that a “significant” number of officers are not ready to “perform their duties.”

In light of this “incompetence,” Avakov promised to purge a large part of security forces’ personnel, noting that in some divisions the process is already ongoing.

He also assured that regional offices of the interior ministry in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov are still under Kiev’s control.

18:49 GMT:
A pro-federalization supporter, who had been kidnapped from the checkpoint at Volodarsky mine in the Donetsk region, has been found.

“We’ve found him on the road a couple of kilometers away from the mine. He’s severely beaten up. We called an ambulance for him,” the activists told RIA-Novosti news agency.

The checkpoint at the mine, which stores a major arsenal from the first and second World Wars, was assaulted on Saturday when over a dozen gunmen arrived in a military helicopter.

One of the four unarmed activists on guard was wounded, two managed to escape and one was seized by the attackers.

18:12 GMT:
The coup-imposed authorities in Kiev are recruiting militants from Georgia to fight against the pro-federalization in the south-east of Ukraine, Izvestia newspaper reports.

“They mostly enlist young people, who haven’t yet decided on their political preferences, or those, who hate Russia and are close to the radical groups and gangs,” the source in the Georgian parliament told the paper.

The recruitment is being carried out by the Free Zone NGO and United National Movement party of former Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who launched the military conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia back in 2008.

Another unnamed MP told Izvestia that “the West gives the money to recruit radicals” to those organization.

17:09 GMT:
Moscow continues to perform vigorous efforts to promote the release of “the people’s governor” of Donetsk, Paul Gubarev, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in statement.

The OSCE observers, who met with Gubarev on Saturday, have told the Russian side that his health is affected by the ongoing hunger strike, the ministry stressed.

The coup-imposed authorities of Ukraine arrested Gubarev on March 6 for calling for a referendum on the federalization of the country.

16:41 GMT:
One of eight detained OSCE monitors – a Swedish observer who suffers diabetes - has been released in the city of Slavyansk due to health issues.

Reuters reports citing its correspondent in Slavyansk that he man came out, escorted by three unarmed men, got into a white OSCE jeep and drove off.

15:39 GMT:
The OSCE has denied Kiev’s claims that the organization’s Secretary-General, Lamberto Zannier, is coming to Ukraine on Sunday.

“The secretary-general isn’t going to Kiev,” Cathie Burton, OSCE spokeswoman, told RIA-Novosti news agency.

Earlier, the foreign minister in Ukraine’s coup-imposed government, Andrey Deshchytsa, wrote on his Twitter that Zannier was coming to Ukraine on April 27 to aid in the release of the OSCE observers, who were detained by federalization supporters in Slavyansk.

15:15 GMT:
Around 250 pro-Maidan activists are taking part in a rally in Kharkov city center in eastern Ukraine, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.

The demonstrators, carrying Ukrainian flags, are demand more active measures from the country’s coup-imposed government to contain pro-federalization protesters in Slavyansk and other towns in the southeastern Donetsk region.

Meanwhile, a rally of anti-government protesters, pushing for the federalization of Ukraine, is taking place in Kharkov at the same time, with around 300 gathering at the city’s Liberty Square.

13:42 GMT:
Anti-government protesters have seized the office of a local TV station in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, saying that they are not satisfied with the way the real situation is being covered on TV. Following the seizure, hundreds of protesters marched to the TV station. On the way, they tore down Ukrainian flags on the street, and burned one of them.

posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 02:19 AM
Monday, April 28
06:00 GMT:
Unconfirmed reports are coming from Konstantinovka, a city with in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, of anti-government activists taking over the city hall and police station.

The city is located in the northern part of the turbulent region and has a population of about 77,000. It’s known as a large glass and glassware production center in Ukraine.

posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 06:54 AM
Sunday 4/27/2014 - Tarpley Points Out Fake-OSCE Observers

CrossTalk: Containment 2.0? (ft. Stephen Cohen & John Mears

10:51 GMT:
RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene that protesters in Konstantinovka have announced a 'rally' to take place in 3.5 hours in front of the occupied administration building.
10:03 GMT:
The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Kharkov, Gennady Kernes, has been shot in the back and is undergoing emergency surgery in the hospital, his office announced. It was not immediately clear who shot him.

Kernes was shot while jogging, cycling or swimming in a spring, according to conflicting media reports.

As mayor of Kharkov since March 2010, Kernes has been a strong supporter of President Viktor Yanukovich, who was ousted in February. Since then, Kernes supported the new Ukrainian authorities and stayed on as mayor.

09:36 GMT:
The shooting between anti-government protesters and Kiev military troops has been heard near the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Region, reports

According to unconfirmed reports by social media, two members of Kiev forces have been injured during the shooting.

09:06 GMT:
The shooting between anti-government protesters and Kiev military troops has been heard near the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Region, reports

According to unconfirmed reports by social media, two members of Kiev forces have been injured during the shooting.

edit on 28-4-2014 by the2ofusr1 because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 09:37 AM
14:15 GMT:
An unknown explosive device has gone off in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, killing one serviceman and injuring another, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported. The cause of the explosion remains unclear, the ministry said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the explosion was caused by a handmade device, the ministry said in a statement.

One of the servicemen died of his injuries, while a second is in intensive care.

13:26 GMT:
The four-side agreement on de-escalating tension reached recently in Geneva does not contain legally binding points that would prevent Russian armed forces from operating on home soil, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded security partners in Vienna today in a statement.

This was in reference to the military drills being conducted on Russia’s southern and western borders, which “in their current scope should not require any clarification, according to a Vienna agreement reached in 2011,” the statement also reads.

13:12 GMT:
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the number and composition of Ukrainian armed forces in the south-east of the country and the possibility of non-selective and disproportionate use of force is something that should warrant the OSCE’s attention. The opinion was voiced at a security meeting in Vienna.

“We have information that a group of about 11 thousand Ukrainian soldiers, complete with 160 tanks, 230 armored personnel carriers… and a sizeable air support force are currently operating in that region. The number and composition of that force outnumbers many times the local self-defense forces,” the statement read, adding that the kind of firepower concentrated there is a serious threat to regional stability, as “it could be used to wipe out whole cities.”

12:59 GMT:
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry denied reports of a TV station takeover, which came from Donetsk on Sunday.

“Nothing was taken there. Police investigated it. There were no complaints, no threats, no damage was done to property. Nobody gave any statements to the police,” a ministry spokesman told local media.

The earlier report said anti-government activists had entered a TV station building and forced the staff to broadcast Russian TV channels. The government in Kiev banned all Russian news from being broadcast in Ukraine, labeling it as propaganda.

posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 01:52 PM
Kiev’s “anti-terrorist” operation in East Ukraine is in full swing, with at least 5 reported dead in the ensuing violence. Anti-government activists remain defiant and refuse to leave the seized buildings, demanding that Kiev’s troops withdraw.

Monday, April 28
18:22 GMT
Anti-government protesters have detained the leader of a special internal troops unit in the city of Schastye in Lugansk region, local TV reports as cited by Itar-Tass. The man, identified as Timur Yuldashev, was tasked with “tackling separatism,” local media reports. He is said to be the a leader of radical groups in Lugansk. Media speculate that he came to Schastye to recruit people for special battalions, which mostly consist of members of radical groups.

18:22 GMT:
There was gunfire, explosions and brutal clashes in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as fighting erupted between pro- and anti-govt protesters, RT’s stringer reports from the scene.

Blasts, fierce fighting in Donetsk as pro- & anti-Kiev demos clash

14 people have asked for medical assistance, with several hospitalized, after clashes in Donetsk, the regional administration told Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

17:46 GMT:
Canada has imposed sanctions on two Russian banks and nine individuals, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement announcing the measures. Harper's office did not immediately provide names.

17:31 GMT:
The “language of ultimatums” is not acceptable for Russia, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in the statement. It stressed that Moscow is ready to further cooperate on de-escalating the political conflict in Ukraine.

16:51 GMT:
The EU has expanded the list of sanctioned Russians with an additional 15 people. The names of those to be added to the list will not be made public until they are published in the EU's Official Journal on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 05:32 PM
21:43 GMT:
The UN condemned the recent kidnapping of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers in Ukraine and demanded their immediate release, the statement quoted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying on Monday.

"The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent capture and detention of OSCE military monitors as well as a number of accompanying Ukrainian staff," the statement said. "He urges those responsible for their abduction to release them immediately, unconditionally and unharmed.”

21:38 GMT:
As soon as Ukraine’s authorities stated that they will not use the army against unarmed citizens, Russia withdrew its troops to their bases, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Shoigu noted that Russia was forced to begin military exercises in light of Ukraine using force against unarmed civilians.

20:48 GMT:
Tentative agreement has been reached for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU to discuss Ukraine’s gas debt to Moscow, the Russia’s Energy Ministry stated. The agreement was reached during a telephone conversation between Russia's Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. "The meeting is planned for May 2 in Warsaw," the ministry said.
19:27 GMT:
Moscow is “extremely concerned” by the Kiev regime’s “political repression and persecution” against those who dare express opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said calling for the release all political prisoners.

“Mass media reports give us reason to speak of the start of a ‘witch hunt’, mass prosecution of dissidents and political repressions and persecutions against those who dare disagree with the Maidan [coup-imposed] authorities,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

posted on Apr, 29 2014 @ 04:22 AM
Tuesday, April 29
05:52 GMT:
The mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov, Gennady Kernes, who was shot on Monday in an apparent attempt on his life, has been transported to a hospital in Israel, his spokesman Yury Sidorenko, wrote on his Facebook page. According to Sidorenko, the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office gave permission for Kernes’ treatment abroad.

Kharkov’s mayor has been transported to the Elisha medical clinic in the city of Haifa, northern Israel, reports Israeli IzRus news portal, adding that Kernes’ condition remains critical.

Kernes was shot in the back while cycling on a road in the north of Kharkov.

03:59 GMT:
Canada announced the names of the two Russian companies and the nine individuals it is imposing additional economic sanctions against.

The two financial institutions are ExpoBank and RosEnergoBank. The nine individuals consist of founder and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky, chair of Duma international relations committee Aleksey Pushkov, deputy premier Dmitry Kozak, first deputy chief Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian businessmen Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, chair of the Duma commission on legislative provisions for development of the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation Alexander Babakov, Russian presidential envoy to the Crimean district Oleg Evgenyevich Belaventsev, director of the Federal Protective Service Evgeniy Morov.

00:29 GMT:
A group of unidentified men took over an administration building in eastern Ukraine’s Stanichno-Lugansk region of Lugansk, local news agency ‘Ukrinform' reported.

Around 300 people stormed the local administration building, the agency said.

posted on Apr, 29 2014 @ 02:43 PM
18:28 GMT:
Several hours into the gathering, a large crowd of people remains outside. The mood of the crowd is mostly joyful with people singing songs and joking. Protesters call for police to surrender and leave the HQ. A group of people formed a “human corridor” through which they want police to leave the building. From time to time, protesters chanted pro-Russian slogans.

17:05 GMT:
Local police in the city of Kramatorsk have come under the control of Donbass regional self-defense unit representative, Denis Besprokurnyi, Interfax reports

16:16 GMT:
Anti-government protesters have taken control of the regional administration building and prosecutor’s office in the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. Protests continue as the deadline for the protesters’ ultimatum to the government expired.

16:16 GMT:
Фccording to media estimates, some 700 people approached the local prosecutor’s office and started hurling stones, breaking windows and knocking down doors. It took them ten minutes to get inside, Interfax news agency reported.

The agency stressed that no law enforcement officers were at the scene.

posted on Apr, 30 2014 @ 08:12 AM
Wednesday, April 30
14:53 GMT:
The central election commission of the People’s Republic of Donetsk has already organized 2,000 polling stations for the referendum on federalization on May 11, RIA-Novosti reports.

According to the Commission’s head, Roman Lyagin, 2 million ballots have also been printed out for the upcoming vote.

14:08 GMT:
Ukrainian armed forces aren’t planning to hold any military drills involving armored vehicles in central Kiev on Wednesday night, the country’s Defense Ministry said, refuting an earlier announcement from the mayor’s office in Kiev.

13:46 GMT:
China opposes unilateral sanctions against Russia by the US and its European allies, Li Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Russia said.

“We object to unilateral sanctions and we believe that they will not settle emerging problems,” the ambassador is cited as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency.

He also stressed that Chinese-Russian economic co-operation remains extremely important for Beijing.
12:58 GMT:
The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has launched an investigation into the seizure of the prosecution office by anti-Kiev protestors in the city of Lugansk on Tuesday.

“It’s been established that during the assault the attackers damaged property inside the building and prevented routine operations of the institution,” the statement on the office’s website said.

The pre-trial investigation into the seizure of Lugansk administration and local Interior Ministry’s headquarters is also underway, the statement added.

12:20 GMT:
The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has launched an investigation against the commanders of the Alpha special force after its troops disobeyed the government orders and refused to fire at protesters in the south-east of the country.

“The prosecutors have opened three cases against unit commanders, who under battle order refused to obey orders. All leadership of the Alpha special force is dismissed for failure to comply with the battle order,” Sergey Pashinsky, chief of staff of Ukraine’s coup-appointed president is cited by ITAR-TASS.

12:19 GMT:
The Ukrainian army is on full alert due to the “threat of a Russian invasion,” Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said after admitting that the government in Kiev cannot control the situation in the east of the country.

06:32 GMT:
Ukrainian anti-government protesters have seized the city hall and police station in Gorlovka, local media reported. Gorlovka is a city of some 260,000 people in the turbulent Donetsk Region
edit on 30-4-2014 by the2ofusr1 because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 30 2014 @ 08:59 AM
a reply to: the2ofusr1

It seem's that having a backbone does have it's price.
For instance,,
Admiral at Center of Inquiry Is Censured by Navy
Published: March 26, 2013

"Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, who led Carrier Strike Group Three, which included the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, had been accused of using profanity in a public setting and making at least two racially insensitive comments, officials familiar with the investigation said. "

and here as well,,
apparently rumour has it, that,,"General Carter Ham Fired for Ignoring Stand Down Order",,

By James Rosen
Published January 14, 2014
"Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing -- in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing -- occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief."

And now we have Alpha Team refusing too fire on civilians.

"The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has launched an investigation against the commanders of the Alpha special force after its troops disobeyed the government orders and refused to fire at protesters in the south-east of the country.

“The prosecutors have opened three cases against unit commanders, who under battle order refused to obey orders. All leadership of the Alpha special force is dismissed for failure to comply with the battle order,” Sergey Pashinsky, chief of staff of Ukraine’s coup-appointed president is cited by ITAR-TASS."

What's this world comming too??

posted on Apr, 30 2014 @ 10:17 AM
Although I haven't spent much time looking into the change into the US military and Obama canning many members it does pose questions .Some times it's hard to figure what might be the truth of the matter especially when there seems to be some members who can so quickly dismiss any suggestions of a conspiracy .The only saving grace to it is they seem to always support the talking heads out of Washington and so it becomes a safe bet that it's usually the opposite or something completely different ......peace a reply to: BobAthome

posted on Apr, 30 2014 @ 03:24 PM
Wednesday, April 30
20:18 GMT:
Ukraine has expelled the naval attaché of Russia’s embassy in Kiev, declaring him persona non grata, Interfax news agency reported, citing the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. The attaché was expelled in connection with his “activities being incompatible” with diplomatic status in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, the ministry said, adding that he must leave the country immediately. The website of the Russian embassy in Ukraine names Kirill Kolyuchkin as its naval attaché.

18:09 GMT:
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed in a phone call that the crisis in Ukraine can be solved only through "peaceful means," reports Kremlin’s official website.

"The Russian President noted, in particular, the fundamental importance of the soonest and unconditional implementation by the Kiev authorities of the provisions of the Geneva statement of April 17 to deescalate tensions in the country," the statement reads.

18:01 GMT:
Kiev’s new authorities are not really interested in finding those responsible for any deaths which took place during anti-government protests in Kiev’s Independence Square, stated Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. There is plenty of evidence suggesting that blame for the deaths lies with the far-right group Pravy Sektor [Right Sector], said Lavrov.

Lavrov added that it would be better if those who had gained power in Kiev were disciplined by foreign powers rather than the existing predisposition towards sanctions on Russia.

The Russian FM said that Moscow calls for the release of the OSCE observers, who are currently being detained in Slavyansk, Ukraine, but added that Russia cannot make decisions on behalf of the local militia.

17:35 GMT:
The coup-imposed government in Kiev is set to decide on a national poll which would include a question on giving more autonomy to regions, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said. The poll could take place on May 25, the same day as the presidential elections. Yatsenyuk added that Kiev is ready to grant protection to Russian and other minority languages in the country’s troubled east.

17:27 GMT:
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia would not take any immediate retaliatory measures following Western sanctions against the country over the Ukraine crisis.

"We are not going to act, to do stupid things ... we want to give our partners the possibility of calming down," said Lavrov in a press conference during a visit to Chile on Wednesday.

However, Moscow could re-evaluate depending on how the situation regarding sanctions evolved, he said. (Reuters)
15:10 GMT:
Russia has blocked the opportunity of discussion of Ukraine’s complaint against Russian military activities at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, RIA-Novosti reports.

There “was a provocative attempt to force us to discuss a Ukrainian complaint, which… is unjustified and doesn’t make any sense. So, taking part in the discussion of such a mechanism is meaningless,” Andrey Kelin, Russia’s representative at the OSCE, said.

According to Kelin, Russia has clarified its position in detail that there is “no unusual military activity near Ukrainian borders; Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, stated the same in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart two days ago.”

posted on May, 1 2014 @ 05:46 AM
Thursday, May 1
10:12 GMT:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked President Vladimir Putin to help free the OSCE military observers who are currently being held in the south-east of Ukraine, according to RIA Novosti.

During his conversation with the chancellor, Putin stressed that the most important thing was to take Ukraine’s troops out of the east of the country, while also trying to stop the violence and try to start a national dialog.

Wednesday, April 30
20:59 GMT:
The car of the ‘people's mayor’ of Ukraine’s eastern town of Nikolaev, Dmitry Nikonov, was shot at on Wednesday night, Member of Parliament Oleg Tsarev said on his Facebook page. No one was hurt in the attack and a criminal investigation has been opened. Tsarev added that Nikonov has received threats in the past from the nationalist Right Sector group.

ETA .... This interview is 1 hour and 45 min. long . It deals with the CIA's involvement with the NGO's in Ukraine Most, I would assume many members would have a good grasp on but there are a few new things Doug Valentine brings up I was not aware of .He does make a point that the Clapper decided to try and keep secret what we already have in the public domain . This would make sense in that it makes it hard for us to verify what we already know .One instance is a document that was released back in 2009 that you can still find but the new redacted version removes the CIA's and FBI's functions ....

The CIA has been working with Ukraine exiles from 1948 ...This would make sense seeing how the Bush's have ties with the Nazis all along ....The CIA does illegally what the NGO's ,politicians and journalist cant do but that are coordinated by the CIA ....The United Action Center is a CIA controlled group in the Ukraine .

You Americans really need to kill the CIA head from this Hydra beast .The rest of the world demands it .Kill it before it kills you and us too ....Our internet will change ..Either we make the change or they will change it for us .If they change it,it will be cold turkey to a lot of us .Time to hit the streets and know that we cant believe anything they tell us .

The audio is actually less then 1 hour .Some how it was double loaded and it goes through the interview twice .

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posted on May, 1 2014 @ 10:45 AM
Thursday, May 1
Thursday, May 1
17:16 GMT:
The headquarters of the radical Right Sector group in Dnepropetrovsk has ordered a “complete mobilization,” urging supporters to arrive at the city’s Interior Ministry department “fully battle-equipped,” says a Right Sector-distributed statement, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

“The Interior Ministry has promised to arm the militia and to provide them with vehicles for relocation to the region’s eastern border [with the Donetsk region],” the statement says.

16:17 GMT:
About 100 unarmed anti-government activists in Donetsk region's city of Krasnoarmeysk have occupied the city’s police headquarters, RIA Novosti reports. The move comes after a raid on a protesters’ checkpoint outside the city overnight, in which the checkpoint was destroyed and, as local self-defense forces claim, 11 protesters were taken hostage. The local Interior Ministry department reported the incident and the seizing of weapons from the self-defense activists but could not specify their current location or the identity of the assailants.

15:55 GMT:
Ukraine is to return to compulsory military service canceled by ousted President Viktor Yanukovich in 2013, according to an order from the coup-imposed acting Ukrainian President, Aleksandr Turchinov. The edict says that all male Ukrainians aged 18-25 and fit for military duty must serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in connection with the “escalation of the situation” in the southeast of the country. Earlier in October of 2013, Yanukovich’s government promised that the 2013 conscription would be “the last” in Ukraine’s history and that in 2014 the army would be formed solely on a contract basis.
14:25 GMT:
Thousands of people in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa marched through its central streets with placards reading: “Odessa is a Hero City,” “Fascism won’t pass” and “Referendum!” The May 1 demonstration, led by WWII veterans, was greeted by cars hooting and joined by many people as it wound its way through the city, Reuters reported.

A tent city was set up by activists from the public movement, People’s Alternative, at the march’s final destination, the city’s Kulikovo Field. The activists collected signatures in support of a referendum on decentralization of power and foreign policy making in Ukraine, and on granting official status to the Russian language in the region. The protesters vowed not to leave the tent city “until the authorities meet our demands for a referendum and release of our comrades arrested by the Ukrainian security service.”

13:49 GMT:
Anti-government protesters in Donetsk have occupied the Prosecutor's Office, raising a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic there. Conflicting reports said up to 45 people had been injured in clashes before the police guarding the building laid down their shields and retreated. The police allegedly used rubber bullets, according to RT's Paula Slier reporting from Donetsk.

13:34 GMT:
Media reports of Kiev authorities planning an assault on seized administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine using “Right Sector battalions” cause “deep concern,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The storming of the buildings, occupied by anti-government activists, with the help of the radicals would lead to a “catastrophe,” the statement said.

“Such irresponsible and aggressive actions of the current ‘Ukrainian government’ – should they be unleashed – would lead to catastrophic consequences. Repressive measures against their own people would indicate Kiev authorities’ inability to fulfill the obligations they agreed to according to the Geneva agreement of April 17,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

13:30 GMT:
The Ukrainian border patrol say they have detained a 22-year-old Russian citizen in Lugansk, who they believe was going to take part in events aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region. He was allegedly in possession of anti-Ukrainian leaflets. The young man is member of the neo-Nazi “Slavyane” movement. He will now be denied entry to Ukraine for three years.

12:58 GMT:
The Ukrainian intelligence agency (SBU) has exposed an extremist group, which allegedly planned to carry out a series of explosions during Victory Day celebrations on May 9 in order to escalate the crisis in the country, according to the agency’s press-service.

SBU has announced that as part of the criminal investigation into the case, it detained the leader of the pro-Russian movement “The Great Rus”, Yury Apukhtin.

12:39 GMT:
Protesters in Donetsk threw stones at the prosecutor’s office in an attempt to storm the building. Those inside the building responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

12:20 GMT:
Self-defense forces in Slavyansk have released two of the three detained Ukrainian intelligence officers, Interfax reports. The officers have signed a deal not to participate in the military operations in Ukraine’s east, and have been released in exchange for detained self-defense soldiers.

12:12 GMT:
Activists and police in Donetsk have agreed upon joint efforts in guarding checkpoints leading to the city. Police have also promised to release the protesters detained a day earlier.

Anti-government protesters are now on their way to the Prosecutor’s Office.

11:55 GMT:
Several thousand people have gathered in Kharkov’s city center for a pro-federalization meeting, reports. Two thousand police officers are providing security at the event.

Activists are demanding the release of their fellow protesters from prisons, renewal of Russian TV broadcasts, and cancellation of the military operation in eastern Ukraine.

11:16 GMT:
RT’s Paula Slier, currently in Donetsk, says more than a thousand people have gathered outside the local police building. Activists want to raise the Donbass flag over it and people are chanting "Taruta out." Taruta was appointed governor of the Donetsk region by the coup-imposed government in Kiev.

11:00 GMT:
The Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper has said that the frigate, HMCS Regina is to leave its post in the Arabian Sea, to join the NATO mission in Ukraine, according to CBC.

“Canada is working alongside NATO and our partners to find out how HMCS Regina can be of assistance. Until this is known, it is impossible to say where the frigate will be sent to, or when it will leave the Arabian Sea and join up with the NATO fleet”, Harper said.

NATO’s General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen had said that the organization needed extra ships in Eastern Europe to increase their combat readiness given the current situation in Ukraine. The alliance has also decided to increase the number of air patrols, as well as sending ships to the Baltic and Eastern Mediterranean Sea’s. He also stated that the organization had not yet decided whether to create any bases in Eastern Europe.
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posted on May, 1 2014 @ 09:53 PM
Friday, May 2
02:38 GMT:
Air raid sirens went off for a few minutes in Slavyansk and gunshots were heard, RIA Novosti reports, adding that the area is calm at the moment. There are reports of helicopters flying around the town. This comes amid reports that the Ukrainian army may begin a crackdown against pro-autonomy activists in the east of the country on Friday.

01:44 GMT:
US multinational energy company Chevron said in a statement that it is not planning to change its business approach in Russia, despite implemented sanctions against the country, Itar-Tass reported.

Thursday, May 1
23:06 GMT:
Around 300 pro-federalist activists took over a police station in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Rodinskiy, Ukrainian National News (UNN) reported. No one was hurt during the takeover, according to reports.

22:41 GMT:
Russia’s attitude towards the West is quite restrained, with almost no reciprocal steps being taken in response to sanctions against Russia, the Duma's International Affairs Committee chairman, Aleksey Pushkov, said on Twitter.

21:12 GMT:
Deputy spokesperson for the US State Department, Marie Harf, told reporters on Thursday that the US expects Ukraine to receive the first money tranche from the International Monetary Fund as soon as Friday. The amount is estimated to be around $3.2 billion.

20:18 GMT:
Three officers from the Canadian Armed Forces are taking part in a Kiev-requested international military mission, Itar-Tass reported, citing the Canadian Defence Ministry. The officers are part of a group of military inspectors working in accordance with the OSCE’s 2011 Vienna Document, the ministry said. The group also includes French, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and US inspectors, it added.

posted on May, 1 2014 @ 10:06 PM
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posted on May, 2 2014 @ 04:03 AM
Friday, May 2

08:15 GMT:

The Prosecutor’s Office in Donetsk is still occupied by protesters, who took control of the building following fierce clashes with police on Thursday.

07:59 GMT
Russia is demanding that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) takes measures to stop the military operation the authorities in Kiev are conducting in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s permanent representative at the OSCE, Andrey Kelin, told Itar-Tass.

07:54 GMT
Anti-government protesters have left the regional Prosecutor's Office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, Itar-Tass says citing local media. The building was occupied by protesters on April 29.

07:42 GMT:
The injured pilot, from the Ukrainian helicopter damaged by Slavyansk self-defense forces, is Ukrainian army captain, Savuylov, RIA Novosti reports. The pilot is currently being operated on in a hospital in Slavyansk.

One of the self-defense members said the pilot was abandoned by the troops who had the opportunity to help the injured man.

“His own people left him. I thought they would take him but they only took his gun, boarded their helicopter and were gone.”

07:09 GMT
Two Mi-24 helicopters have been downed in Slavyansk, while one Mi-8 helicopter was damaged and forced to land, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry says, as cited by RIA Novosti. The Ministry adds that two Ukrainian military personnel have been killed and several others injured.

07:03 GMT:
The Ukrainian Interior Minister says troops have taken 10 checkpoints in Slavyansk under control, and some self-defense members have been captured, RIA Novosti reports.

06:59 GMT:
The special operation in Slavyansk has resulted in two casualties. One Ukrainian air-force pilot and a member of the self-defense forces have been killed, Itar-Tass reports.

“On the self-defense side one person is dead and one is injured,” said Stella Khorosheva, a representative of the self-defense forces in Slavyansk.

06:49 GMT:
This RT video shows Slavyansk self-defense forces on high alert in the center of the city, readying for attack.

06:29 GMT
A third Ukrainian helicopter, a Mil Mi-24, was downed at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Rossiya-24 TV reports, adding that the helicopter “literally exploded in the air.”

06:20 GMT:
RT’s Paula Slier says the situation is tense in Kramatorsk with local self-defense forces preparing for an attack.

06:15 GMT:
Pictures have emerged in social media of a wounded helicopter pilot being helped into an ambulance by self-defense forces.

06:13 GMT
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has confirmed one pilot is dead and said there were injured among the troops. Avakov also said on Facebook that nine checkpoints around Slavyansk were under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces. The Minister has urged the residents of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk to stay at home while the special operation is under way.

05:39 GMT:
A leader of the self-defense forces in Slavyansk, known as Balu, has confirmed to RT's video news agency, Ruptly, that two helicopters were downed by protesters. He would not, however, confirm any casualties.
“The Right Sector, the troops and god knows who else are trying to get to the center of the city,” he said. “We are going to hold back the enemy. That’s it. No fighting so far.”

05:07 GMT
There’s a temporary ceasefire in Slavyansk, according to self-defense forces, cited by Interfax.

05:02 GMT:
Slavyansk is completely surrounded by Ukrainian troops, the leader of the self-defense forces, Igor Strelkov, said at a briefing, according to RIA Novosti.
“We estimate there are around 20 helicopters hovering above the city,” he added.

04:48 GMT:
Three Ukrainian army armored personnel vehicles (APCs) have been damaged by self-defense forces in Slavyansk, a representative of the local administration told RIA Novosti. He added that one of the pilots of the two downed helicopters was dead and another taken hostage.

The Ukrainian army has meanwhile been setting up artillery positions around the city’s TV tower, which government troops had earlier taken control of.

Local authorities in Slavyansk say the troops have taken over one the checkpoints around the city.

04:34 GMT
Amateur footage from a resident in Slavansk shows a plume of smoke rising from the city on Friday morning.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 07:50 AM
Friday, May 2
12:22 GMT:
The representatives of the Western states have succeeded in establishing contact with the detained OSCE observers in the southeast of Ukraine, Itar-Tass news agency reported, quoting a representative of the German Foreign Ministry, who refused to provide further details.

12:18 GMT:
Three members of the self-defense forces and two civilians died during the military operation in Slavyansk, according to the city’s People’s mayor (appointed by anti-government protesters) Vyacheslav Ponomarev, who voiced the figures while on air at the Russian Dozhd TV channel.

12:18 GMT:
Pro-autonomy activists in Lugansk have left the building of the regional prosecution office after reported negotiations. The protesters took control of the building three days ago.

12:13 GMT:
The residents of a village near Slavyansk are trying to block the Ukrainian army forces from going further.

11:53 GMT:
Russia's federal air traffic agency Rosaviatsia says on its website that Ukrainian aviation authorities have unilaterally banned Russian airlines from flying to Donetsk and Kharkov.

The agency describes the situation as an “unprecedented violation of international agreements on air traffic,” which infringes passengers’ rights.

Rosaviatsia nevertheless says it won’t respond to the move by closing Russia’s air for Ukrainian airlines and is calling on Ukrainian authorities to lift the “transport blockade” on Kharkov and Donetsk.

11:27 GMT:
Russian airline Aeroflot has announced it has canceled flights to the Ukrainian city of Kharkov, because it doesn’t have permission to enter Ukrainian airspace, according to the company’s website.

Transaero, another Russian airline, has canceled a flight to Donetsk, according to RIA Novosti.

11:09 GMT:
The OSCE is trying to reach the Ukrainian authorities in attempt to stop the military operation in the country’s southeast, after a request from Russia.

“We’ve demanded that all that be stopped, and that humanitarian corridors be created for the civilian population, and all air forces flights halted,” the Russian permanent representative to the organization, Andrey Kelin, told RIA Novosti news agency.

10:59 GMT:
Russia’s Foreign Ministry demanded Ukraine “to immediately end the punitive operation and any violence against its own people, to release political prisoners and to ensure journalists can carry out their work freely.” The Ministry’s statement also urges foreign countries to refrain from interfering in events in Ukraine.

10:35 GMT:
Around 15 APCs have been blocked by locals in the village of Andreevka, near Slavyansk, a RIA Novosti correspondent on the ground reports. The vehicles were at the bridge near a checkpoint, which has been taken under the control of Ukrainian troops.

Approximately 150 unarmed local residents gathered around the APCs. A heated debate is under way between them and the troops.

10:31 GMT:
The European Union said on Friday it was watching events in eastern Ukraine with growing concern, calling on pro-autonomy activists to leave occupied buildings and release people they were holding.

"We are following with growing concern the events in eastern Ukraine," Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told reporters.

The EU called for an end to all "illegal actions" by armed separatist groups. "Occupied buildings need to be vacated, all persons illegally detained need to be released, including the OSCE military observers," she said. (Reuters)

09:52 GMT:
A helicopter carrying militants from the Right Sector nationalist movement has landed on the outskirts of Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports.

09:42 GMT:
Ukrainian coup-imposed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has made demands on the self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine, urging the protesters to lay down their arms, free all detainees and leave administrative buildings, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry press service.

“We are ready to negotiate with the protesters and their representatives,” Avakov declared, threatening“inevitable retribution” on those who won’t surrender.

09:40 GMT:
Despite a warning from Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, urging people in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk to stay indoors during the military operation, a crowd has gathered in the center of Slavyansk, with people demanding the operation stop, as shown in this video.

“We ask to stop these crimes against us, against our southeast,” a woman in the video says. “How long will we sit and tremble, being afraid to go out? Our children, our elderly citizens… What have they driven the elderly to? They’ve seen war. Now they are ready to take their crutches and go protect their children. This is the real crime. The whole world is watching and no one can help us.”

09:05 GMT:
By unleashing a ‘punitive operation’ in eastern Ukraine, Kiev has destroyed the last vestige of hope for implementing the Geneva agreement on de-escalating the Ukrainian crisis, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"While Russia is making efforts to de-escalate and resolve the conflict, the Kiev regime has chosen military aviation strikes on peaceful residential areas and started a punitive operation, literally destroying the last hope for the viability of the Geneva accords,” Peskov said.

09:03 GMT:
English-speaking foreigners are participating in the “special operation” being carried out by the Ukrainian Army in the eastern city of Slavyansk, the head of the city’s self-defense force has told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

“Self-defense troops using walkie-talkies have picked up English speech,” he told Ria, claiming this was“direct evidence of the participation of foreign citizens in the punitive operation being carried out in Slavyansk.”

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