posted on May, 7 2014 @ 03:06 AM
Wednesday, May 7 06:49 GMT:
Kiev loyalist forces have taken the city hall of Mariupol, its website reported. Construction workers are currently dismantling barricades previously
erected by anti-government activists who were in control of the building.
The announcement comes after reports of heavy fighting overnight for Mariupol, which involved an estimated 1,000 Ukrainian government troops.
Tuesday, May 6
An ‘internal factor’ was behind of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, says the new Kiev-appointed head of the Odessa Regional State
Administration Igor Palitsa.
“I am convinced that the enemy is within,” Palitsa was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.
Palitsa, who replaced the Vladimir Nemirovsky as the head of Odessa, promised to punish those involved in Friday's tragedy, “regardless of
political affiliation.” The new head also said that he is willing to meet with pro-federalization representatives.
“We must do everything to achieve peace in Odessa, and to prevent disruption of the elections. We need a legitimate president,” Palitsa said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the Ukrainian crisis is “getting worse and worse and deteriorating day by day,” as he gave his assessment
while visiting South Sudan.
He said that diplomacy is the way forward as he called on four parties of the April 17 Geneva agreement to take measures at deescalating the
He said that Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union should “review what had gone wrong" with Geneva Agreement and why this has
not been implemented.
“This is their political responsibility before this situation would just develop into a stage where nobody can control – beyond control. This will
have serious regional and global implications in peace, security and economy. It has become geo-political and geo-economic issues,” Ban added.
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day
takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have
received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.
Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine,
which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas”would take part in the event.
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko,
MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.
Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian
parliament at which the evidence was presented.
An armed stand-off occurred outside a military building in Donetsk after anti-Kiev militia members arrived for negotiations with representative of the
Ukrainian military, Tuesday. They had traveled to the building to hold negotiations with officials there regarding the protection of the building, as
it contains weapons, Ruptly reports. The discussions were unsuccessful.
There’ll be more sanctions put forward against Russia if its troops cross the border to“destabilize” the Ukrainian election on May 25, Victoria
Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned.
However, she stressed the doors for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis aren’t yet shut, Interfax news agency reports.
The self-defense forces in Donetsk Region’s Mariupol say Ukrainian forces might have started storming the city.
“Just now we began receiving reports of a massive attack on our checkpoints located in the west of the city. There’s no information on casualties
yet. Apparently, the assault has begun,” Mikhail Krutko from self-defense forces staff told Interfax news agency.
“Our forces have accepted battle. The gun fight is underway,” he added.
Russia said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, agreed on Tuesday that it was important to
promote dialogue to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
Lavrov and Steinmeier, meeting on the sidelines of a Council of Europe session in Vienna, underscored "the need to continue joint efforts by Russia,
the United States, the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to foster the start of a Ukraine-wide national dialogue in the
interests of resolving all existing problems," the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)
Days after Friday's vicious street clashes and the fire, people in Odessa are living in fear the violence will return, RT's Irina Galushko
A group of 20 people have set a radar station in Lugansk region on fire, the prosecutor general’s office says on its website. The radar station was
located on a territory of one of military bases. According to the statement, at around 04:00 am unknown men attacked security, took away their weapons
and set the station on fire.
Over 60 schools and 59 kindergartens have stopped work for one day in the city of Donbas in Donetsk region. It is still unclear if the halt will be
Footage posted online reveals that Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles have been stationed en masse around the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk.
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a draft law during a closed session which would confer the status of war veterans on current members of the armed
forces participating in special operations in the east of the country, RIA Novosti reports.
The draft law on the status of combatants, initiated by the Cabinet, would apply to the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service, the Foreign
Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the State Border Service, servicemen, and other military formations formed under the law.
The cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are in desperate need of medical supplies to assist those wounded in ongoing military operations, David-Pierre
Marquet, press secretary for the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia, told Itar-Tass news agency. According to Marquet, the ICRC
distributed basic drugs and medical supplies throughout the cities.
Eight people have been killed and 16 injured in a military operation in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Donetsk region health department.
Those with gunshot wounds were hospitalized in a critical and serious condition.
Kiev’s district administrative court has ordered a comprehensive “linguistic” examination of Russian TV programs. Experts will check if the
programs contain calls for the violent overthrow of power in Ukraine, propaganda in favor of war or aggressive actions, and methods used to
psychologically influence viewers.
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) will not hold a national referendum on federalization on May 25, after only 154 deputies voted for it, short
of the required 226 majority required. Speaking to RBK-Ukraine, presidential administration representative Andrey Senchenko cited the military
operation in eastern Ukraine and the “safety of members of electoral commissions” as one of the reasons behind the decision.