posted on May, 20 2014 @ 02:56 AM
Tuesday, May 20
Ukrainian forces have resumed their assault on Slavyansk early Tuesday morning from Karachun Mountain in the Donesk region, ITAR-TASS reports, citing
a representative of the People's Militia.
According to the source, loud explosions can be heard throughout the city and windows are shuddering.
Monday night attacks caused partial damage to residential buildings on the outskirts of the city, near the village of Semyonovka. One women was
wounded in the shelling, the source said, adding that after the initial attack, self-defense forces also clashed with a Ukrainian National Guard
A group of armed men attacked Transamiak chemical plant in the village of Gorlovka, located in the Donetsk region, RIA Novosti quoted the local city
council as saying.
“Several pieces of automotive and computer equipment were stolen. The building was damaged,”authorities said, stating that the plant continues to
work as usual. There is no health risk to the local population following the attack on the ammonia plant.
Monday, May 19
NATO is ready to offer help to Ukraine in reforming its defense sector, making it more adaptive to so-called "hybrid war" methods, Andrey Parubiy,
secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said after meeting the alliance’s delegation.
After meeting with the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group, Parubiy said partners discussed the issue of NATO experts “conducting the inspection of the
security sector, and implementation of these reforms.”
According to the Ukrainian politician, the “so-called hybrid warfare” method includes the use of“subversive groups, criminal elements, and
information warfare,” which all now require a reform of the Ukrainian defense sector.
Parubiy also said that NATO is offering “big morale support to Ukrainians” and has informed the Ukrainian side that member countries have donated
“bulletproof vests, helmets, night-vision devices, and other varieties of non-lethal aid” to strengthen Ukrainian security.
NATO’s increased military activity near the Russian border is not improving European security, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Monday, commenting
on a phone conversation between the chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov, and NATO General Knud Bartels.
"Army General Valery Gerasimov expressed concern over the substantial increase of NATO military activity near the Russian border, which does not
contribute to security in Europe," the statement said.
The NATO-Russia Council’s meeting over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine may take place in the coming days, Russian ambassador to NATO
Aleksandr Grushko said. “Considering the urgency of the situation in Ukraine we expect that NATO members will respond to our initiative positively
and the meeting will take place in the coming days this week,” he said, as quoted by Interfax.
Russia has called for an unbiased investigation into the tragedy in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa. “Russia insistently calls on the
leadership of leading international organizations to use all capabilities to influence the Kiev regime which in essence is sabotaging the
investigation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has sent a relevant message to OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights Navi Pillay, and Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland. “The sent messages in particular emphasize the inadmissibility
of closed consideration by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada of the circumstances of that crime,” the ministry added. “Those guilty and initiators of
what happened must be established and brought to account.”
Kiev may have to block the payment of pensions and salaries of state employees in the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk due to the “substandard
security situation,“ Ukraine’s acting interior minister Arsen Avakov told the press. “On the territory of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk it has become
critically impossible to exercise government functions of financial support of the population,“ he said, adding that these payments will be
accumulated until there is a possibility to transfer them to the population. Meanwhile, a representative of Kramatorsk's anti-crisis committee told
Itar-Tass that in such a case, the city would be able to resume social payments within two or three weeks, and that all the necessary arrangements
have already been discussed with the pension fund and insurance companies.
Switzerland has added 13 more people to the list of individuals who are facing sanctions in connection with Russia’s position on Ukraine, reports
Itar-Tass, citing the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The blacklist is aimed at preventing individuals from “circumventing international
sanctions,” and is similar to that introduced by the European Union last week.
Among those who were added to the list on Monday is the deputy head of the presidential administration, Vyacheslav Volodin, the commander of Russian
airborne troops, Vladimir Shamanov, Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya and her Sevastopol counterpart Igor Shevchenko. Six pro-autonomy activists
in eastern Ukraine are also subject to sanctions.
The parliament of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) banned preparations for the Ukrainian presidential election, set to take place
on May 25. All the election commissions will be closed as “their activity is illegal on the territory of the LPR,” said Interfax, citing the
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry is investigating four possible reasons for the deadly clashes in Odessa on May 2, according to the head of the
ministry’s investigation department, Vitaly Sakal, who said the case could go to court in a month.
“There are four versions of what happened: first, an attempt by extremist groups to destabilize the situation in the country; second, illegal
actions by local authorities and law enforcers with the purpose of discrediting the country’s government; third, uncontrolled actions by fans of the
Chernomorets and the Metallist football clubs together with pro-Russian activists, accompanied by the passivity of authorities and the police; fourth,
provocation by radical forces,” Sakal said.
The official also said 32 people died in the House of Trade Unions on May 2, after they inhaled chloroform vapors. Traces of the substance have,
according to Sakal, been found in soot and litter at the House of Trade Unions.
The self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk has applied to the UN for recognition of “the sovereignty and independence of our state,” reads
the statement published on the website of the United Army of the South-East.
However, the UN has not confirmed that it has received Lugansk’s appeal.
“No, I can’t confirm that we received such an appeal,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretry-General Ban Ki-moon, told Itar-Tass.