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Breaking: Kiev launches Military Action in Eastern Ukraine

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posted on May, 2 2014 @ 03:56 PM
18:34 GMT
The situation in Slavyansk is worsening, with heavy gunfire on the outskirts of the eastern town where the Ukrainian army is holding an “anti-terrorist” operation to suppress anti-government protesters, RIA Novosti reports. The shooting has been going on for several minutes at one of the checkpoints.

Shots are also being heard around the self-defense headquarters, according to a correspondent for Rossiya 24 TV channel.

18:23 GMT:
Shooting has reportedly resumed in Slavyansk.

18:20 GMT:
Moscow has urged the UN Security Council to adopt a statement in support of the April 17 Geneva accord on Ukraine and called for an immediate end to violence – including the use of military force in the country.

“I think it would be good to conclude our meeting with such a statement,” Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said at an urgent meeting of the Security Council.

17:11 GMT
The “football fans” who are attacking anti-government activists in Odessa have also set the local House of Trade Unions building on fire. The radicals stormed and torched the building after learning that some anti-Maidan activists had barricaded themselves inside it.

16:48 GMT:
At least three people were killed and 15 others wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-Kiev activists in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, according to local police.

16:37 GMT
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged Ukrainian authorities to “stop killing their own citizens” and start a peaceful dialogue.

“Those in power in the Ukrainian capital must come to their senses and stop killing their own citizens, otherwise the country’s fate might be very sad,” Medvedev wrote.
The use of force in the southeast of Ukraine shows the “criminal weakness” of Kiev authorities, the prime minister said.

“Instead of taking effort to begin a normal dialogue in the spirit of the Geneva accords, to make parties to the conflict sit down at a negotiating table, to discuss compromise solutions, they launched a punitive operation using landing troops and helicopters,” Medvedev said, stressing that the responsibility for the war “rests on those who take criminal decisions in Kiev.”

16:11 GMT:
Authorities in the port city of Odessa are holding an emergency meeting over Friday’s mass clashes between pro-autonomy activists and their opponents – including football fans and nationalists – which reportedly left one person dead.
“Unrest in Odessa is unacceptable. Police and prosecutor’s office leadership are already in my office,” Vladimir Nemirovsky, chair of the Odessa regional administration, wrote on his Facebook page. “We are taking maximally intensive measures to restore order and the rule of law.”
Nemirorvsky warned that “organizers, executors, accomplices and instigators” of the clashes will all be found.

14:02 GMT:
Moscow has called the United Nations Security Council for an emergency session on Friday over the Ukrainian army’s “punitive” operation in the eastern town of Slavyansk, Russia's press attaché in the UN told RIA Novosti.

13:45 GMT:
A civilian in Slavyansk has been run down by a Ukrainian army APC. A representative of the People’s mayor says the man was one of those who tried to stop the military vehicles and did not have time to step aside, when one of the APCs moved in his direction.

13:37 GMT:
Gunfire has been heard in Sobornaya Square in Odessa, as clashes between pro- and anti-federalization activists continue there. Rally participants from both sides are throwing stones at each other and at police, who are trying to stop the violence.

13:26 GMT:
Ukraine categorically denies Russian attempts to blame Kiev for breaking a deal agreed in Geneva last month, saying on Friday that Moscow had failed to take any steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine's east.

"Instead Russia is supporting in many ways terrorist groups that are operating in the eastern regions of Ukraine, who are putting civilians in danger, seizing hostages and creating an atmosphere of terror and violence," the Foreign Ministry said, as cited by Reuters.
In a statement, the ministry also added that Ukraine was ready to negotiate with a Russian envoy to try to find a way out of the crisis, but that Kiev had not been informed of his arrival in eastern Ukraine.

13:01 GMT:
Massive clashes have erupted in Odessa’s Grecheskaya Street, Interfax reports. Several thousand Kiev supporters gathered in the city center, accompanied by fans of the local football team, Chernomorets. They were confronted by several hundred anti-government protesters with baseball bats and shields.

12:53 GMT:
The military operation in Slavyansk has hampered negotiations on the release of foreign observers captured by self-defense forces, a representative of the People’s mayor of Slavyansk told RIA Novosti.
He refused to say where the observers are being kept, but said

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 03:56 PM
Friday, May 2

19:26 GMT:
The Russian president’s special representative in Ukraine, Vladimir Lukin, is ready to immediately travel to Slavyansk to discuss the release of European military specialists who are being held by local self-defense squads, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

It has already been agreed with the town’s officials that the European specialists will be allowed to leave Slavyansk accompanied by Lukin. The plan has been supported by the OSCE and Council of Europe representatives, the ministry said.

However, the Ukrainian army and Right Sector militants have not agreed to allow Lukin to enter the town, the ministry added in a statement.

19:17 GMT:
Ukrainian authorities may deport Russian journalists covering events in the east of the country, acting head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Sergey Pashinsky, said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

“As for Russian channels...I think that we should behave harsher towards so-called journalists, deport them as well,” he said.

19:09 GMT:
Canada will send soldiers to Poland to take part in NATO exercises amid the escalating Ukrainian crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

“The [Vladimir] Putin regime's persistent military aggression and its ongoing illegal occupation of Crimea and other parts of Ukraine threaten the stability and security of Central and Eastern Europe,” Harper said, as quoted by the Montreal Gazette.

18:50 GMT:
US President Barack Obama said that Russia’s stance on Ukraine should be taken into consideration.

“Russia has legitimate interests in terms of what happens next door in Ukraine. Obviously, there’s a deep and complicated history between Russia and Ukraine. And so of course Putin’s views should be taken into account,” he told journalists during a joint media conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“What can’t be taken into account is Mr. Putin’s suggestion, both through words and actions, that he has the right to violate the sovereignty of another country, to violate its territorial integrity, to dictate the economic policies or foreign policy of a sovereign country,” Obama said. “That’s not acceptable.”

“Our view has been from the start has been that the Ukrainians should be able to make their own decisions. And I’m very confident that if Ukrainians were allowed to make their own decisions, then they will choose to have a good relationship with Russia as well as a good relationship with Europe, that they’ll want to trade with Russia, and they’ll want to trade with Europe,” he added.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 04:35 PM
Fascists at the Union Building have burnt the protesters while they were still alive. Sickening.

posted on May, 3 2014 @ 05:59 AM
Saturday, May 3

10:23 GMT:
Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree signaling two days of mourning for those who dies in the special military operation and mass clashes in Odessa.

“The second of May has become a tragic day for Ukraine,” Turchinov is cited as saying by his press-service. “I have signed a decree on a two-day long mourning over heroes, who died during the anti-terror operation and over those dead in the tragic events in Odessa.”

09:40 GMT:
The special operation has continued in Kramatorsk, snipers who are controlled by the Kiev government have occupied multi-story buildings and fire from there. Also, fighting is going on in the city streets, with different kinds of weapons being used, an unnamed source in the Donbass self-defense HQ told Interfax news agency.

The source also claims there are dead in the fighting, “most of them civilians who happened to be next to the location where the fighting is now going on.”

09:25 GMT:
The head of Lugansk’s Police Service, Anatoly Naumenko, who was appointed to this post at the end of April, has advised police officer’s family’s to leave the city. He believes that a siege could take place with tanks and artillery, according to RIA Novosti.

Over the last few days Ukrainian law enforcements have conducted large scale operations in the South East of Ukraine to try and regain control of the region. There have already been casualties of this assault, with members of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector and Ukrainian soldiers dead.

09:25 GMT:
There is fighting in Kramatorsk, with the Ukrainian security forces continuing to move forward despite resistance from self-defense squads.

Via Facebook, Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov asked local residents to stay indoors.

Earlier, he said that two checkpoints near Kramatorsk had been destroyed and the TV tower had been taken.

06:48 GMT:
Russians bring candles to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow to commemorate the dead in Odessa.

06:36 GMT:
Odessa police have identified eight of those killed in the fire in the Trade Unions House - all of them are local residents. The fire took the lives of 31 people.

06:06 GMT
10 people were killed and almost 30 others injured in an overnight assault on Kramatorsk, one of the self-defense forces leaders in southeastern Ukrainian said.

06:01 GMT:
Any “sensible” European Union citizen should oppose further sanctions on Russia because of the economic cost for Europe, EU Commissioner Olli Rehn said, as quoted by Bloomberg.

“It would harm everybody, the Europeans and the Russians,” Rehn, the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said in an interview in Vienna on Friday.

Finland and Austria were the first to feel the impact of sanctions, and the economic fallout could spread to Germany, Poland and the Baltic countries, Rehn said.

05:39 GMT:
The Kramatorsk area in southeastern Ukraine is experiencing communications problems, RT's Paula Slier reports from the scene.

03:47 GMT:
Kiev is not planning to stop the special military operation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, coup-appointed interior minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page, adding that the military assault will continue at sunrise.

03:41 GMT:
The UN Security Council failed to adopt a draft proposal submitted by Russia to condemn the violence in Ukraine on Friday, as all parties failed to agree after Western delegations began making changes to the statement, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

02:26 GMT:
The US has condemned the violence in Odessa, calling on all sides to restore peace and urging Ukrainian authorities to “launch a full investigation and to bring all those responsible to justice,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

“The violence and mayhem that led to so many senseless deaths and injuries is unacceptable,” she added.

01:45 GMT:
Odessa’s authorities are calling on people to donate blood and medical supplies to help treat those injured in Friday’s brutal clashes.

00:55 GMT:
Russia is asking Kiev to release information on whether any Russian citizens were among the victims in the Odessa Trade Unions House fire, the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti. Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports in Ukrainian media that 15 of the victims were Russian citizens.

00:55 GMT:
Odessa’s authorities have opened a hotline to help relatives locate missing individuals following Friday's fire and brutal clashes.

00:55 GMT:
The eastern Ukrainian city of Odessa has declared May 3-5 as days of mourning following violent clashes and a fire in the Trade Unions House, which killed a total of 43 people and injured 174 others.

posted on May, 3 2014 @ 09:54 AM
Zbigniew Brzezinski latest piece is worth looking at . Titled What Obama Should Tell Americans About Ukraine He goes into something of a tale that shows his shill ability as a academic . There is a vid from when he was working on the ground in Afghanistan to destroy the Soviet union using them as a proxy for the west .. The old saying ,fool me once shame on you ,fool me twice shame on me ..Brzenzinski's fear of the electorate become more politically aware in the 21st century must really play on his rhetoric in trying to prop up the propaganda campagin we are witnessing in the west . ..I am just hoping his fears are stronger then he said they were .

posted on May, 3 2014 @ 02:00 PM
Saturday, May 3
18:10 GMT:
Pro-autonomy activists have seized a police building in Gorlovka, Donetsk region, according to local media. Gorlovka news website reported that no one was injured but that gunshots were heard at the site. The occupied headquarters for the Division for Organized Crime also houses law enforcement officers from earlier seized police stations.

16:59 GMT:
Anti-Kiev protesters have occupied the security service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The building was reportedly unguarded.

Federalization supporters have also taken control of the Donbass Industrial Union office – a corporation co-owned by the Kiev-imposed governor of Donetsk region, Sergey Taruta, Itar-Tass reported, citing local media.

16:56 GMT:
The radicals' attack against the anti-Kiev rally was a peaceful demonstration, believes Yulia Tymoshenko, a presidential candidate and an ex-PM, who was recently released from jail where she was serving her sentence for fraud and abuse of power.

She claimed that “sabotage units" confronted a peaceful demonstration in support of Ukraine’s unity in Odessa on Friday. According to her, they started killing Odessa residents who support Kiev’s policies. The torching of the people in the House of Trade Unions was an act of “protection of the government building,” she said as cited by the press-service of her Motherland Party.

16:55 GMT:
Kiev authorities jeopardized the lives of the OSCE observers who were in Slavyansk when they launched a punitive operation on the city on Friday, said Maria Zaharova, head of the press department of Russia’s Foreign Ministry. She added that the conflict resolution of the self-defense forces saved the lives of the foreigners.

16:55 GMT:
Following the bloody events in Odessa, the EU has urged all political forces in Ukraine to start a peaceful dialogue for crisis resolution, the EU External Action Service said in a statement. It added that the EU is calling for an independent investigation into the Odessa killings.

15:47 GMT:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the phone with OSCE chief Didier Burkhalter, urging him to influence Kiev to stop the military crackdown on southeastern Ukraine.

The two politicians also discussed the recent violence in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa, primarily the actions of radicals. Both agreed there is need for immediate implementation of the Geneva agreement, including OSCE meditation of the dialogue between Kiev and southeastern Ukraine about crisis de-escalation and constitutional reforms.

Lavrov also spoke on the phone to US Secretary of State John Kerry, stressing that Kiev’s punitive operation is plunging the country into a fratricidal conflict. He urged Kerry to use all influence on Kiev, after it had declared war on it’s own people, to stop the military crackdown, call back the army and release protesters from detention.

The Russian foreign minister also pointed out the importance of restraining the radials of the Right Sector ultra-nationalist group.

13:57 GMT:
During Friday’s bloody clashes in the center of Odessa, police were ordered to withdraw from the area, a high-ranking officer from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti.

According to the source, the Ministry’s special battalions – Vostok (East) and Shtorm (Storm) – dressed in civilian clothes took part “in the killings and beatings of Maidan opponents.”

“The battalions have recently been filled up with trained activists from nationalist organizations,” the unnamed source added.

posted on May, 3 2014 @ 04:31 PM
Southeastern Ukraine: Crisis Diary (RT Documentary) This doc is translated into English

Saturday, May 3

21:00 GMT:
Kiev is planning to begin special military operations in other regions of Ukraine after it completes its current operations in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, National Security Council secretary Andrey Parubiy said to Channel Five television.

20:47 GMT:
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said that four armored vehicles dismantled another checkpoint put up by pro-autonomy activists outside the eastern town of Kramatorsk.

19:52 GMT:
The Ukrainian military has started an operation against pro-autonomy activists in the city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, according to local self-defense militia.

“Special forces units are in the city center. Mainly, they are deployed in yards and make warning shots from there,” Mikhail Krutko from the self-defense headquarters told Interfax news agency.

He said that around 300 residents have gathered on Mariupol’s central square to counter the troops.

“Residents are unarmed, they blocked roads in the city center, built up barricades from tires and other things not to let hardware pass. Theysettiresonfire,” Krutkosaid.

19:39 GMT:
Citizens of Poland and the Baltic countries are receiving Ukrainian passports to participate in the fight against self-defense troops as field commanders and counselors, a source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti.

“[The head of the ministry Arsen] Avakov and [head of the Security Council Valentin] Nalivaichenko each within their departments, have filed orders on April 29 to the migration service to urgently make passports for 300 citizens from Poland and the Baltic countries,” said the source.

The source added that these citizens are already taking part in Kiev’s punitive operation in southeastern Ukraine in the capacity of field commanders and advisers.

19:39 GMT:
Acting head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Sergey Pashinsky, is personally responsible for deploying radical militant groups to the southeastern part of the country, a source in Ukraine’s political structure told RIA Novosti.

“Arsen Avakov (head of the Interior Ministry), Yury Lutsenko (former minister of interior), and Oleg Lyashko (leader of Ukraine’s Radical Party) are behind the police's passive behavior, and Taras Berezovets is providing the informational support for the work of the radicals,” the source added.

19:27 GMT:
A convoy of Ukrainian APCs has forced its way through self-defense checkpoints near the Donetsk Region town of Konstantinovka. Shots can be heard inside the city, Itar-Tass reports.

The start of the military operation in Konstantinovka has been reported by self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic deputy chair Denis Pushilin, while local media has reported that clashes are ongoing near the town’s TV tower.

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 04:30 AM
Sunday, May 4

09:02 GMT:
Russians are continuing to take flowers to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow; on many bouquets you can read the inscription “Turchinov is a killer.”

A rally is going on in front of the embassy, many people are crying. Policemen near the embassy are trying to calm things down.

Meanwhile, in the Moldavian capital, Kishinyov, people also laying flowers at the embassy in commemoration of the victims.

08:04 GMT:
Ukraine's interim premier, Arseny Yatsenyuk, has blamed the country's security services for failing to stop violence in the southern city of Odessa that left over 40 people dead – in an interview with BBC.

“I personally blame the security service for doing nothing to stop this crackdown,” he said.

There would be a "full, comprehensive and independent investigation," he added.

However, he also blamed pro-Russian groups, claiming they "provoked the unrest."

The PM fired accusations at Russia and pro-Russian protesters, saying they staged a "real war... to eliminate Ukraine and eliminate Ukrainian independence."

Asked about pro-Russian groups who have taken over many buildings in towns in the east, Yatsenyuk said that they "haven't entirely lost control... much will depend on the local population, whether they support peace and security."

06:33 GMT:
Self-defense forces in the city of Kramatorsk say they are only under control of the city center and their executive committee, as quoted by RIA Novosti. Also, the source added that seven pro-Russian supporters have lost their lives over the last 24 hours.

06:05 GMT:
The coastal city of Mariupol after the overnight assault by Kiev troops:

05:59 GMT:
The “Batkivshina” (“Fatherland”) party’s office has been destroyed in Mariupol, according to the local “Channel 5”. The office is located not far from the city council. Also, the building of the Ukrainian “Privatbank” was set on fire overnight. Gunshots were heard and tires were burning in the area.

05:30 GMT:
The head of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) team freed by pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine on Saturday expressed his "deep relief", after an operation to release the observers succeeded.

"It is happiness, a deep relief," German Colonel Axel Schneider told journalists outside Donetsk.

The mission led by the Russian president's representative, Vladimir Lukin, achieved the liberation of all 12 people detained by self-defense squads.

04:00 GMT:
Anti-Kiev protesters occupying the administrative building in Mariupol are still burning tires, refusing to let security forces retake it, local news website 0629 reports. No casualties were reported overnight. The bank that was set on fire earlier has completely burnt down.

02:37 GMT:
A gas pipe has caught fire in central Odessa, UNN news agency reports, citing local media. Unconfirmed reports suggest it was set on fire intentionally. The blaze was extinguished by fire fighters who arrived at the scene.

00:59 GMT:
The Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol is observing three days of mourning over the dozens of people killed in Friday's violent events across Ukraine's southeast. The republic's acting head, Sergey Aksyonov, and the city's acting governor, Sergey Menyailo, declared May 3-5 as days of mourning, asking local authorities to cancel all festivities and entertainment programs dedicated to May 1 celebrations. All flags across the republic were lowered to half-mast.

00:04 GMT:
Anti-Kiev forces have seized a recruitment office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, local news website Vostochny Variant reports. It added that recruiters have been taken out of the building. This comes after reports that at least one pro-autonomy activist died in clashes outside the building between activists and security forces. Kiev authorities had earlier claimed the attack was repelled.

Saturday, May 3

23:59 GMT:
The Ukrainian military have started an operation against pro-autonomy activists in the city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, as well as the town of Konstantinovka, according to local self-defense activists. The tweet below shows the scene in Mariupol.

23:54 GMT:
In the wake of unrest in eastern Ukraine, a court in the city of Kharkov has banned demonstrations planned to be held on Sunday, UNN news agency reports, citing city authorities. “Given the political situation in the country, we ask all residents of Kharkov to refrain from attending mass demonstrations and not to respond to provocations,” the city council said in a statement.

22:15 GMT:
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird says Canada is “gravely concerned” by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine.

21:58 GMT:
At least five pro-autonomy activists were injured in Kiev’s special military operation in Kramatorsk, a representative from the self-defense forces told Rossiya 24. He said the Ukrainian army“shoots to kill.”

21:53 GMT:
At least one anti-Kiev protester has been killed and two others were injured in clashes with security forces in the city of Lugansk, local activists told RIA Novosti. Lugansk authorities earlier stated that two servicemen were injured after protesters tried to storm the local military building.

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 11:07 AM
Sunday, May 4

15:29 GMT:
Three unidentified people shot at anti-Maidan activists who were manning barricades near the seized building of the security service (SBU) department in the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine.

A 38-year old man was wounded in the leg in the attack, the local police press-service said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine. Later, the police added that the attackers were “captured” by anti-government protesters.

15:17 GMT:
Gennady Kernes, the mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkov, who survived an assassination attempt on April 28, has thanked his supporters.

“One should live being strong. Thank you everybody. I will be back,” he wrote on Instagram.

Kernes, 54, was shot in the back and is currently undergoing treatment in Israel.

15:06 GMT:
Miners in the town of Krasny Luch, in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine, have joined self-defense activists at checkpoints in an effort to prevent National Guard troops from getting into the area.

“Today, mineworkers from seven Krasny Luch mines came to checkpoints instead of work,” Vladimir Serdyukov from self-defense HQ told Interfax, adding that all miners in the Donets Basin will support the move.

He said that the mining process is continuing anyway, and everything is “under control.”

14:35 GMT:
Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised that the government will “take the path to decentralization of power” by making changes to the Constitution, reports Itar-Tass. Addressing representatives of public organizations in Odessa, he also vowed to give Ukrainian regions “more guarantees” regarding the use of Russian and other national minority languages.

“As part of constitutional reform, we must not only hold a dialogue, but also complete it with the signing” of a draft constitution by all political forces, Yatsenyuk said.

14:33 GMT:
Several anti-government activists detained by police in the south Ukrainian city of Odessa have been released after an angry crowd of locals blocked the Interior Ministry building. Those released reportedly included survivors from the deadly May-2 fire.

13:01 GMT:
Around 100 people rallying in central Odessa have blocked the local Interior Ministry department in protest against the detention of anti-government activists following the tragic events of May 2. The protesters are trying to prevent the police from sending the detained, which reportedly include dozens of survivors of the Trade Union House fire, to the regional court building.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has announced that 160 of the “most active participants in the mass unrest” have been detained and charged with creating “mass disorder” and “threats or violence against the law enforcement.” Earlier, the ministry blamed anti-Kiev protesters for initiating the violence on Friday and even for starting the fire that claimed the lives of 39 of their fellow activists.

12:35 GMT:
People in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov are rallying in memory of victims of the Odessa May-2 massacre, demanding those responsible for the death of more than 40 people there to be brought to justice. About 500 people have so far joined the rally, despite the city administration banning requests to hold it. The local police, however, are not hindering the protest.

Those rallying on Kharkov’s central square are holding placards, reading “Odessa is a Hero City!”,“Odessa is Khatyn of the 21st century,” as well as some anti-government banners in support of the eastern Ukrainian cities, where Kiev’s military operation is ongoing.

The protesters are urging a boycott of the upcoming May-25 Ukrainian elections, and are demanding a referendum on federalization of the country and on the regional status of the Russian language.

12:33 GMT:
In Odessa, a crowd of people is moving towards the local police headquarters, while others continue to rally in front of the burnt out Trade Union House.

12:16 GMT:
In Slavyansk, shooting has been heard on the outskirts of the city near the railway station, which is in the control of armed men loyal to Kiev, RIA Novosti reports. There has not been any immediate confirmation from the local self-defense, but a number of Slavyansk militiamen were reportedly seen moving in the direction of the station.

11:49 GMT:
Moscow has demanded that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe “immediately” give an unbiased assessment of what is happening in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“While Ukraine carries on punitive operations in eastern Ukraine, cleaning up some towns and sealing off others, a gag on information about the tragic events unfolding in that country has been introduced in the West,” the ministry said. “Even within OSCE circles, no one knows that blood is being spilled in Ukraine and that military troops are shooting at unarmed people. What sort of freedom of speech and freedom of media can one talk about in such circumstances?”

11:25 GMT:
Barricades being erected around the Security Service building in Donetsk.

10:53 GMT:
A New York Times correspondent has spent a week with the Slavyansk self-defense forces, and stated that the militia has Ukrainian weapons – the same that the Ukrainian special forces and army have - and there are no Russians among the self-defense forces.

He is also sure that the local population supports them, even providing the fighters with food.

The situation in Lugansk remains calms, the self-defense have built checkpoints at the entrances to the city. No public gatherings or uniformed people have been noticed in the city, Interfax reported.

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 11:47 AM
German media says that CIA and FBI agents are "helping" the junta fight "organized crime" in east Ukraine. Source.

And in more reports that some members may ignore, Maidan leaders say that the western media has completely twisted the truth by claiming that the junta has anything to do with Maidan. Finnish source..

This is clear from the travel report of the Finnish lawyer Jon Hellevig and journalist Janus Putkonen, who just returned from a three day trip to Kiev, where they met the real Maidan leaders of the fortress Maidan.

Maidan people resist the current western-backed coup junta and the only current politician which is somewhat approved is "chocolate Emperor" Poroshenko. The uprising in Eastern Ukraine get sympathies from Maidan management, who are nevertheless concerned about the country's unity, writes Janus Putkonen in a lengthy report published on the network side VERKKOMEDIA and reproduced here in edited form by Peter Iiskola.

What a twist!
edit on 4-5-2014 by Vovin because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 02:59 PM
19:19 GMT:
Odessa’s new police chief, Ivan Katerinchuk, has addressed a crowd of Right Sector activists outraged at the earlier freeing of anti-government activists by the local police, RT’s Irina Galushko reports from the scene.

Greeting the radicals with “Glory to heroes!,” Katerinchuk went on to tell the crowd that “separatism is illegal, unlawful, and so is its propaganda,” Galushko tweets.

A crowd of masked Right Sector members and supporters have gathered at the regional police precinct to “get familiar” with the new chief. Katerinchuk, who is calling on the radical group to be “helpful and diligent,” is rumored to have been instrumental in Friday's clashes in Odessa, according to Galushko

18:30 GMT:
A dialogue between Kiev and southeastern Ukrainians is essential for resolving the crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone.

“Vladimir Putin stressed it is necessary to start a direct dialogue between the current authorities in Kiev and the representatives of the southeastern regions of the country,” a Kremlin press service statement said.

Russian and German leaders have also discussed the issue of gas transit into Europe in connection with the recent three-party talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU in Warsaw.

18:25 GMT:
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the presiding chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), is heading to Moscow on May 7 to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin's press service reports.

Burkhalter’s visit was discussed between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Sunday phone conversation. Merkel stressed the importance of international efforts in the de-escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.

17:30 GMT:
Authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic have decided to form a regional regiment, the commissioner of the social-patriotic Eastern Front movement, Nikolay Solntsev, told RIA Novosti. He added that 800 people have already enrolled.

According to him, the republic's authorities previously began issuing permits to carry and use weapons."People have already received such permits," he said.

There is no clear information on how the regiment will interact with the self-defense forces.

17:23 GMT:
Canada has imposed sanctions against 16 Russian banks and companies over Moscow’s stance on the situation in Ukraine.

“Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukraine and provocative military activity remains a serious concern to the international community,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “The measures we are announcing today will continue to increase economic pressure on Russia and those responsible for the crisis in Ukraine.”

17:12 GMT:
The US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, has said that his country does not have evidence linking Russia to the tragic events in Odessa.

“We don't have evidence of the Russian role in what –the tragedy that transpired on Friday. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk used some very strong words today, talking about the role that he believes Russia played,” Pyatt said in a telephone interview with CNN. “And this is something that we hope an impartial and systematic investigation will be able to get to the bottom of very quickly.”

The diplomat added though that “we certainly believe that Russia is exercising influence across eastern Ukraine.”

17:00 GMT:
The village of Andreevka near the town of Slavyansk, Donetsk region has had its electricity cut off, and has been left without water and gas supply, the so-called “people's mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, said, according to RIA Novosti.

A repair team cannot get into the village, which has a population of around 1,000 people, since the nearby area is being controlled by Ukrainian troops. “They shut off the electricity supply,” Ponomaryov said, adding that as a result, there is no gas or water.

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 04:53 PM

American, Canadian, Italian officers meeting Ukrainian officers in front of Nikolayev Regional State Administration Building. May 3, 2014.

posted on May, 4 2014 @ 10:49 PM

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

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

Sunday, May 4

22:57 GMT:
The mayor of Donetsk, Aleksandr Lukyanchenko, has resigned and handed over authority to the pro-autonomy activists, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. “The power is being transferred into people’s hands, that’s why the keys [to the city council] were handed over. Peaceful people came and asked him [the mayor] to resign and he did so. Everything was peaceful,” the press service said.

The head of the Donbass people’s militia, Sergey Tsyplakov, told RIA Novosti that pro-autonomy forces are now taking control over all of Donetsk and the administrative buildings.

22:35 GMT:
Around 800 anti-fascists protested in Berlin on Sunday against what they say are "fascist" groups operating in Ukraine and who are responsible for the fire in Odessa which killed 42 people on Friday, Ruptly reports.

Organised by the German Communist Party DKP, the protesters also consisted of independent activists united together through social media. The protesters rallied in solidarity with anti-fascists in Ukraine and against the "imperialist" support of "Kiev rulers."

20:33 GMT:
Coup-imposed Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov said that after the ongoing military operation in eastern Ukraine, he intends to head for Odessa.

“We will do our best not to let you down here (in Slavyansk). After we finish the business here – I will certainly go to Odessa. There is a lot of work. For everyone,” Avakov wrote on his Facebook page.
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posted on May, 5 2014 @ 10:19 AM
15:19 GMT:
43 people remain in hospitals in the Donetsk region, the regional administration’s press service said. These are people who sustained injuries “in violent clashes” and “military operations across Donetsk.” Since March 13, when clashes started spreading across the region, nearly 500 people have asked for medical attention.

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

14:07 GMT:
Lugansk regional council has supported the initiative of holding a referendum on the region’s status, the Council said in a statement on its website. It has called on the international community to assist in holding negotiations between Kiev and regional representatives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:41 GMT:
Germany will not send any military observers to Ukraine with the possible new OSCE mission, reports Itar-Tass, citing a German Defense Ministry spokesperson. German observers will not be going to Ukraine at least until after the May-25 elections, the spokesperson added.

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

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

05:18 GMT:
The Ukrainian army reportedly withdrew its forces to the outskirts of protester-held Kramatorsk, following an offensive that left seven activists dead. Local militia members are preparing to make a stand for the city, RT’s Paula Slier reports from the scene.
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posted on May, 5 2014 @ 03:30 PM
Monday, May 5
19:46 GMT:
Ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU have not agreed on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia, Itar-Tass reports, citing an EU Council press service employee. “The work will continue,” the source said. It did not specify which sanctions were discussed – enlargement of the “black list” of Russian officials or sanctions targeting economic and trade relations. The ambassadors' decision will be discussed at an EU foreign ministers meeting on May 12.

18:43 GMT:
In Kharkov, Ukrainian Railways has stopped selling tickets on trains traveling across the eastern part of the country, the company's press service announced. The routes of 17 trains will be changed. Trains will also be bypassing the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and Konstantinovka. Also, it will be impossible to travel from Kharkov to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions by bus. The central bus terminal canceled all trips due to the military operation in the region.

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

17:11 GMT:
The people’s governor of the Lugansk region, Valery Bolotov, has ordered to hold a referendum on the region’s status on May 11.

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

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

15:33 GMT:
A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the eastern Ukrainian cities blockaded in the ongoing military operation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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

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

posted on May, 6 2014 @ 03:31 AM
Heard on the radio today (or yesterday) that Stephen Harper is hosting some kind of NATO summit and he has reportedly said "I am gravely concerned that Russia is slowly invading Ukraine". This Harper guy is intent on getting Canada involved in this situation, all guns blazing. What a bloody fool.

posted on May, 6 2014 @ 04:05 AM
Tuesday, May 6
07:44 GMT:
There were no reports of fresh clashes overnight in Slavyansk, the stronghold of anti-government militias opposing Kiev’s military crackdown in eastern Ukraine. The city saw four consecutive days of attacks by Ukrainian troops, with Monday being the bloodiest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 5
22:24 GMT:
Russian troops will not enter Ukraine, but will pursue its national interests via other means, NATO's top military commander and head of the US European Command, General Philip Breedlove, said.

"Today I would tell you I don't think that's the most likely course of action...I think now that [President] Putin may be able to accomplish his objectives in eastern Ukraine and never go across the border with his forces," Breedlove told a defense conference in Ottawa.

He also blamed Moscow for having a hand in the unrest in Ukraine.

"Now I think probably the most likely course of action is that he [Putin] will continue doing what he's doing, discrediting the [Ukrainian government], creating unrest, trying to set the stage for a separatist movement," Breedlove said.

22:13 GMT:
Moldova has placed its border guards on alert as the security situation in Ukraine deteriorates, the country's leadership has announced.

Security forces have been ordered "to take all necessary actions to ensure public order inside the country," a joint statement by Moldova's President Nicolae Timofti, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, and Parliament speaker Igor Coreman reads.

Moldova has 1,500 Russian peacekeepers stationed in Trans-Dniester, on the border with Ukraine, who have been tasked with keeping order since the War of Transnistria in 1992.

21:33 GMT:
Washington is making little effort to scrutinize Kiev authorities' failure in preventing the deadly clashes in Odessa which killed dozens of peaceful anti-Maidan protesters on May 2.

“What Kiev is doing now, does it qualify as restraint?” RT's Gayane Chichakyan asked US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf.

Harf replied, blaming the “pro-Russian forces and separatists” for instigating the violence via “mob-action,” while praising Kiev's punitive measures against law enforcement officers after Friday's tragedy, which saw dozens of civilians burnt alive at Odessa’s House of Trade Unions.

Yet contrary to Kiev's and Washington's line, Russia's Channel One investigation alleges that authorities and police in Odessa might have been behind the incident. Gayane Chichakyan has more.

20:27 GMT:
Three activists have died in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-federazation forces near the village of Semyonovka. Another 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing, Itar-Tass reports, citing sources in the Slavyansk self-defense headquarters.

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

posted on May, 6 2014 @ 04:17 AM
a reply to: Vovin Monday, May 5
22:24 GMT:
Russian troops will not enter Ukraine, but will pursue its national interests via other means, NATO's top military commander and head of the US European Command, General Philip Breedlove, said.

"Today I would tell you I don't think that's the most likely course of action...I think now that [President] Putin may be able to accomplish his objectives in eastern Ukraine and never go across the border with his forces," Breedlove told a defense conference in Ottawa.

He also blamed Moscow for having a hand in the unrest in Ukraine.

"Now I think probably the most likely course of action is that he [Putin] will continue doing what he's doing, discrediting the [Ukrainian government], creating unrest, trying to set the stage for a separatist movement," Breedlove said. this from above ...Yea Harper and the gang were hoping Russia would have invaded by now but seeing Putin knows what is going on ,he will do it when and if he has to . Funny how the MSM and some of the shills on this site have been doing their best to saying that Russia had already invaded and when asked for prof can only fall back on the military Russia had in the Crimea .

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posted on May, 6 2014 @ 04:38 AM

originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: Vovin ...Yea Harper and the gang were hoping Russia would have invaded by now but seeing Putin knows what is going on ,he will do it when and if he has to . Funny how the MSM and some of the shills on this site have been doing their best to saying that Russia had already invaded and when asked for prof can only fall back on the military Russia had in the Crimea .

Yeah, and what's even better is that when they fall back on Russian military in Crimea, they use RT as the source.
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posted on May, 6 2014 @ 05:06 AM
The anti-US/EU protestors cannot fight back against the neo nazi's because the army is there to kill anyone that does so it's a one sided fight and if the USA government applyed the same selective treatment it used in other parts of the world then they would be giving guns to the protestors.

if Russia does ever come in to sort the mess out then a lot of people are going to be executed for war crimes thats for sure

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