14 April 2014, 10:22

Military crackdown on protesters in Ukraine's southeast. LIVE UPDATES

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Ukrainian coup-imposed authorities have launched a military operation against the federalization activists in eastern Ukraine. Protesters say the troops including APCs and warfighters are storming the airfield in the Ukrainian Kramatorsk. Wounded have been reported. 

  • 10:17
    Three dead in anti-government protests at Ukrainian military base in Mariupol, Ukraine's Interior Ministry says.
  • 10:16
    Journalist from Russian Lifenews.ru agency has gone missing after attack on military base in Mariupol, RIA reports.
  • 09:59
    Arsen Avakov acting as Ukrainian Interior Ministry has confirmed that the National Guard's military unit, based in Mariupol, the Donetsk region, was attacked.
  • 09:45
    The self-defense forces of the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk were investigating reports on Wednesday evening that a possible shootout in the city center had been started presumably by Ukrainian servicemen. "Such information was received over the radios, but then everything went quiet. It is not known for certain whether it was a provocation or something else. There have been no reports on any injuries," a self-defense forces spokesman said.
  • 05:27
    A next report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine would be presented on May 15, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Shimonovich said on Wednesday.
  • 05:26
    No sounds of the firing are heard at the moment at the military unit in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, where unidentified people broke late on Wednesday, the website of the city on the Sea of Azov reports.
  • 02:12
    The situation is calm at the moment in Slavyansk, the Donetsk region, city’s acting mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told Tass, adding that there had been no new attempts to get into the city from Kiev-controlled military units.
  • 02:06
    The report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the situation in Ukraine is biased and one-sided, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said during the conference of the Security Council.
  • 01:52
    Nikolai Azarov, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, has been put on a wanted list, Oleh Makhnitskyi, acting as the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, said on Wednesday.
  • 01:24
    In Mariupol unknown people broke into the special motorized unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, local media reported. According to them, the capture of the internal troops of Zhovtnevyy district, near the cinema Komsomolets, took place at about 20:00 local time (21:00 MSK). Several dozen people started throwing firebombs at military unit building, broke down the gates and got inside.
  • 01:22
    US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Geneva Wednesday for high-stake talks on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, which faces the threat of splitting up as the government loses control of the separatist east, AFP reports.
  • 00:37
    In the Kharkiv region crew of TV channel Rossiya: correspondent Yevgeny Reshetnev, operator Sergei Truskov and engineer Vadim Klivanov has been detained. It is reported by the Rossiya channel.
  • 00:02
    At least 300 supporters of the federalization of Ukraine came to the rally to the regional administration building in Donetsk.
  • 23:35
    Throughout Ukraine the tariff on cold water will almost double. Dmitry Grigoriev, a forecast member of the National Commission made the following statement after the meeting in Kiev, according to RIA Novosti.
  • 23:00
    Ukrainian servicemen opened fire on the militia in Kramatorsk, three were wounded, told supporters of federalization to RIA Novosti. According to them, in the area of Pchekino in Kramatorsk militia tried to break the car convoy of several BMD that was going to the airfield, which was held since the evening by the Ukrainian military. They wedged into the column and blocked the way to the closing machine. Ukrainian military opened fire. One militia was wounded in the shoulder and two were wounded in the legs.
  • 22:40
    Part of Donetsk police sided with the protesters, said Rada appointed Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema.
  • 21:32
    By speaking about "maintaining law and order" in the southeastern regions of Ukraine, the United States essentially support Kiev’s war against its own people, Russian Foreign Ministry officials said.
  • 21:02
    An arms depot owned by the Right Sector radical ultranationalist organization was discovered on Wednesday in the southwestern Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported.
  • 20:10
    Locals blocked a column of ten armored troop carriers belonging to the armed forces loyal to Kiev regime in Pchelkino village near the town Kramatorsk, in Donetsk region.
  • 18:55
    Pro-federalization activists in Donetsk region are planning a referendum for May 11 where one would be asked to vote on whether one wanted the region to be an independent state, remain part of Ukraine, or become part of Russia. A central election committee is being set up in Donetsk city to organize the plebiscite, Interfax reports.
  • 18:40
    The Donetsk volunteer militia have confirmed that the Ukrainian troops sent in to the region have refused to shoot their fellow countrymen and essentially demonstrated solidarity with the Donbas protestors.
  • 17:31
    About 60 Ukrainian servicemen from the crews of armored combat vehicles sent to the town of Kramatorsk as part of a military operation to quell federalization protests in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday sided with protesters.
  • 17:24
    Russia's position on Ukraine does not reach European citizens as it comes across 'concrete wall' of Western censorship, Putin's press secretary said
  • 16:34
    Federalization supporters remove Ukrainian flag from the local council's building in Novoazovsk and raise the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic, local residents report on social networking sites.
  • 15:56
    The self-defense forces of Slavyansk (the Donetsk region, Ukraine) claim that a battle is under way between militiamen and armed people in the outskirts of the town.
  • 15:23
    Crucial railway in Ukraine’s Donetsk region blocked by unknown people, TASS reports.
  • 15:22
    "It was with a sense of profound bewilderment that we heard another statement by French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Laurent Fabius on Ukraine, posted by him on Twitter, in which he lays full blame for the escalation of tensions there solely on Russia," the ministry said in a commentary posted on its website.
  • 15:22
    The Ukrainian crisis should be resolved by complying with the February 21 agreement, and not by accusing Russia of escalating the situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
  • 14:49
    Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Mikhail Koval has headed to eastern Ukraine, where special operations against pro-federalists are occurring , in order to study the situation, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday. "We got information in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) that the defense minister has left [for eastern Ukraine] and will report on the current situation there," Yarema said.
  • 14:02
    A column of armored vehicles has entered the town of Slavyansk, and servicemen are considering siding with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, acting Slavyansk mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told TASS.
  • 13:53

    Ukrainian Army servicemen sent by Kiev to Slavyansk are switching sides, the Donetsk leadership said. "According to the latest information, a subdivision with five or six armored vehicles has taken our side, we are specifying now," a militia leader, who asked not to be named, told Interfax on the telephone on Wednesday. The leader said he had just arrived to Donetsk from Slavyansk, where he spent the entire night. Subdivisions of "junta troops" were concentrated near Izium throughout the night, the leader said. "There are two tanks, 15 armored vehicles and around 700 personnel. They have nothing to eat, they walk around begging. This is how it is," the leader said. 

  • 13:39
    Pro-federalization activists in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Donetsk say more than 50 military armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Army have been spotted in the region and are now closing on the city.
  • 13:22
    Anti-Maidan activists, who took the building, are negotiating with police, so the law enforcement authorities leave the building.
  • 13:22
    "It has been decided to hold a special operation and to take the city council building in Donetsk," self-defense forces representative said.
  • 13:21

    The Donetsk city council building was seized by supporters of federalization for Ukraine, the Donbass self-defense forces told Interfax.


    © Photo: vk.com/vkramatorske

  • 13:14
    The "Anti-Maidan" in Odessa has announced the People’s Republic of Odessa and urged residents to block traffic in the city. "From today, the Odessa region becomes the People’s Republic of Odessa, where the power belongs to the people living in its territory," a statement on the official website of the "Anti-Maidan" reads. Activists urged city residents to block traffic in Odessa, having pointed 153 places on a special map on Yandex, where people should block traffic. It is planned to block the traffic for all kinds of transport, except ambulances. "At 16:00 tomorrow, Odessa must get blocked! Literally," the appeal reads. "Everybody who has not yet realized that the war had come to our houses should not go to work tomorrow," the activists of the "Anti-Maidan" said.
  • 12:56
    The flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic is waving on the Zhdanivka city council. Protesters stated that city authorities “are on their side.”
  • 12:56
    The protesters continue controlling administrative offices in eight cities of the Donetsk Region, Ukrainian media report on Wednesday.
  • 12:42
    Commissar of the Eastern Front public and patriotic movement, Nikolai Solntsev, has said that the supporters of Ukraine federalization in Donetsk are expecting a mopping-up operation in the city and the region.
  • 12:41
    Pro-federalization protesters armed with weapons have entered the Donetsk city council, the council members told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
  • 12:00
    Tanks of Ukrainian army appeared on the streets of Kramatorsk
  • 11:51

    They jointly disarmed the APCs and drove them towards the village of Ivanovka, the report says.


    © Photo: www.6264.com.ua

  • 11:51
    According to the portal, first the local activists blocked the APCs, then they were joined by a group of people wearing camouflages.
  • 11:51

    Ukraine federalization supporters have seized six armoured personnel carriers that have been involved in a special operation in Kramatorsk, the Donetsk-based OstroV Internet portal reports with reference to its correspondent in the city.


    © Photo: www.6264.com.ua

  • 11:22
    Ukraine has been increasingly demonstrating humanitarian catastrophe symptoms, Federal Migration Service chief Konstantin Romodanovsky said according to Interfax. "I said 45-60 days ago that I could see humanitarian catastrophe symptoms. I believe I am not the only one who sees them now," Romodanovsky said. "For the past two months we have been witnessing an increase in the number of Ukrainian citizens seeking various kinds of statuses, which will allow them long stays in Russia. These are refugees and displaced persons," Romodanovsky added.
  • 11:00
    The Russian Federal Migration Service is bracing up for a possible surge of refugees caused by the events in eastern Ukraine. "Definitely, we are taking certain measures. I have ordered to intensify these preparations," Federal Migration Service chief Konstantin Romodanovsky told Interfax. "We have some reserves for reinforcing our personnel operating in border areas if that is necessary," the FMS chief added.
  • 11:00
    The protesters made a number of unsuccessful attempts to penetrate into the airfield premises on Tuesday.
  • 10:59
    Servicemen stationed at the Kramatorsk airport claimed they were besieged by approximately 300 protesters on Tuesday but their numbers reduced by now
  • 10:47
    Moscow will continue to insist on the incumbent Kiev authorities' respect for popular demands made in southeastern Ukraine, the launch of negotiations and the end to the military operation against the protesters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
  • 09:57
    The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed profound concern about the operation of Ukrainian security services in southeastern Ukraine.
  • 09:29
    The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in an interview with the REFORMA Mexican newspaper that he was not going to send peacekeepers to Ukraine.
  • 09:24
    "The Russian president noted that the sharp escalation of the crisis resulted from the irresponsible policy of Kyiv, which had been ignoring the lawful rights and interests of Russian-speaking residents of the country. He stressed the impressibility of the regime's use of the Armed Forces to suppress protests of the civilian population of southeastern Ukraine," said the Kremlin press service.
  • 09:24
    The irresponsible policy of the incumbent Ukrainian authorities has led to the escalation of the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone.
  • 05:03
    The UN Security Council will hold a meeting at 16:00, New York time, on Wednesday (midnight Thursday, Moscow time) to discuss the human rights situation in Ukraine's east, an official at Lithuania's UN Mission, which called the UNSC meeting, told Itar-Tass.
  • 03:53
    Group of masked men attacked civil protection management team in Gorlovka, said the city administration. There are broken doors, smashed phones in the Department of Civil Protection. Presumably, intruders were searching for weapons.
  • 03:06
    Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslav Sikorskiy, has said that Warsaw agrees fully with the military operation in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports. He believes the Kramatorsk actions against “armed people” who “occupy airports” to be in line with the law.
  • 00:55
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the sharp escalation of the conflict in Ukraine puts the country on the brink of civil war, states the press service of the Kremlin.
  • 00:39
    Russia urges its international partners to denounce anti-constitutional actions of the so-called Ukrainian authorities in Ukraine’s southeastern regions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that such actions were fraught with a catastrophe, Itar-Tass reports.
  • 23:26
    In Slovyansk federalization supporters of Ukraine are preparing for a possible offense from military units that are under the control of Kiev, said Acting Mayor of the city.
  • 22:58
    Under Lugansk local residents stopped the advance column of armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As reported by Inter channel, six armored vehicles and cars with howitzers were coming from Dnepropetrovsk.
  • 22:52
    The US should take measures to influence the authorities in Kiev towards the normalization of the crisis in the south-eastern Ukraine, which has developed as a result of provocative lines of Western countries, aimed at undermining the legitimate authority in the country and undermining the normal interaction between Ukraine and Russia, said in an interview on Tuesday with RIA Novosti Deputy of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
  • 22:39
    Security Service of Ukraine has decided to initiate a criminal case against the mayor of Sloviansk on charges of separatism.
  • 22:29
    Ukrainian presidential candidate, leader of the Batkivshchyna party Yulia Tymoshenko announced on Tuesday the creation of a "National Resistance Movement." It was stated by the press service of the party, Interfax reports.
  • 21:45
    A column of Ukrainian armored vehicles stopped by self-defense forces on their approach to Lugansk is heading from the border to its base.
  • 21:29
    Putin says Russia expects a clear condemnation by the United Nations and international community of "Kiev's anti-constitutional actions in eastern Ukraine", RIA reports.
  • 21:21
    The UN chief has called on all sides in the Ukrainian crisis to make every possible effort to defuse the tension in the country, RT reports.
  • 21:09
    According to the ministry and sources cited by RIA Novosti, routes in and out of Kramatorsk are being controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, some 100 anti-government protesters are still holding barricades inside the town.
  • 20:55
    Russia says UN Human Rights report on Ukraine is one-sided and politicized, seems fabricated, Foreign Ministry stated.
  • 20:52
    Ukrainian presidential candidate Mikhail Dobkin demanded to stop the criminal orders of the resolution on the use of force in Ukraine.
  • 20:46
    Moscow and Washington share the stance regarding the importance of a diplomatic resolution to the situation in Ukraine, US diplomacy representatives said.
  • 20:44
    The Ukrainian military and the anti-government activists have started negotiations at the Kramatorsk airfield, which had been stormed by the armed forces earlier, RIA Novosti reports.
  • 20:43
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks of radical Ukrainians on presidential candidates. Yesterday in Kiev the radicals attacked two Ukrainian presidential candidates Mikhail Dobkin and Oleg Tsarev, who had expressed support of the pro-federalization movement.
  • 20:40
    NATO is convening a session of the North Atlantic Council to discuss proposals on boosting the defense capabilities for European allies, Interfax reports.
  • 20:31
    The Donetsk office of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has opened a criminal case against the mayor of the town of Slavyansk, Nelya Shtepa, on separatism charges, the SBU spokesperson told Interfax on Tuesday.
  • 20:19
    Moscow is deeply concerned about the reports of casualties in the military operation in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said.
  • 20:17
    The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has said that none of the Ukrainian troops has been injured as a result of a special operation at the airport in Kramatorsk.
  • 20:11
    A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be "destroyed." "They must be warned that if they do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed," General Vasily Krutov, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) told reporters, as cited by AFP.
  • 20:04
    People's militia is forming in Slavyansk, acting deputy mayor said, TASS reports.
  • 19:59
    A spokesman for the east Ukrainian volunteer militia, Pavel Petrov, says that the battle near Kramatorsk began after local residents tried to enter the local army base and persuade the Ukrainian troops to switch to the side of the self-defense forces, Interfax reports.
  • 19:58
    The coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities have moved to forcefully suppress the protests in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement, condemning Kiev’s military action. The legitimate demands of the residents in eastern Ukrainian regions have been ignored by Kiev, the ministry said, TASS reports.
  • 19:57
    Peacekeepers will not solve any problem in Ukraine but will only mothball the crisis, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. "The peacekeeping contingent will not solve anything,” he said. “Unfortunately, it will only mothball the problem."
  • 19:56
    Activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are calling on the people to gather at the regional administration building in connection with the looming military operation by Kiev, RT reports.
  • 19:36
    Between four and eleven people have been killed in a battle at the airport in Kramatorsk, a correspondent of the Rossiya 24 television channel said.
  • 19:30
    Fighters from the radical organization called Right Sector and foreign mercenaries were involved in the storming of the airport in Kramatorsk, a self-defense representative from the Donetsk regional town told Interfax by phone.
  • 19:28
    The Ukrainian law enforcement authorities have taken under control the Kramatorsk airport, previously seized by federalization supporters, Verkhovna Rada Chairman, acting Ukrainian President Turchynov said.
  • 19:22
    "The actual authorities (in Ukraine) must acknowledge reality and start working for their country instead of waiting for some mandates, including the United Nations," Russian PM Medvedev said.
  • 19:19
    Self-defense forces of Ukraine's Lugansk region have stopped a column of armored vehicles approaching the regional center, regional council deputy Yuriy Khokhlov told Interfax on the telephone.
  • 19:16
    Shots are being fired at the airdrome near the city of Kramatorsk and one fighter plane has been shot down, witnesses report from the scene, TASS reports.
  • 19:07
    As a result of a battle, the Ukrainian military has seized control over the airport in Kramatorsk held by supporters of Ukrainian federalization, a local self-defense representative told Interfax. At the same time, Kramatorsk proper remains under the control of self-defense forces, local self-defense representative said.
  • 19:04
    Head of the Donbas volunteers military Sergei Tsyplakov said the battle continues near the Kramatorsk airport. "There is shooting near the airport building in Kramatorsk. Two of our people sustained arm injuries. They were ambushed and fired upon," Tsyplakov said on the Rossiya-24 television channel on Tuesday.
  • 18:36
    The Ukrainian army has blocked all the roads leading to Slavyansk with armored vehicles, RIA Novosti reports citing anti-government activists.
  • 18:31

    Russian PM Medvedev hoped the Ukrainian government has "enough brains" not to further escalate the conflict.

  • 18:26
    It has been reported earlier that the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday suspended the transfer of weapons from Crimea to Ukraine in an effort to prevent Kiev authorities from using them against pro-federalization protesters in southeastern regions of the country, RIA reports.
  • 18:24
    Three helicopters are hovering above the airfield, local media outlets reported. There are many people near to the airfield, half of them in camouflage, many are locals, including children. The shooting started unexpectedly, said one of the military. At this moment, there has been one report about an injured person. One soldier who was on duty at a checkpoint was shot in the leg. For his part, Slovyansk self-defense forces coordinator Mykola, who asked not to give his last name, did not confirm the reports about the storming of the town, Interfax reports.
  • 18:13
    Meanwhile, the Luhansk region's coordination council told Interfax that cell network disruptions can be observed in the Ukrainian cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. "Indeed, cellular service does not work in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. This usually occurs during provocations or special operations," the coordination council said. Cell phones for Slovyansk and Kramatorsk self-defense activists are currently not available.
  • 18:11
    Interfax reports now that at leat one or two people have been wounded in a fire exchange between the Ukrainian police forces and the federalization activists at Kramatorsk.
  • 18:09
    A battle is under way in the Kramatorsk airport, coordinator of self-defense forces of the Luhansk region, Alexei Chmylenko told Interfax on the telephone. "According to the information coming from Cossacks, fire is being exchanged and a battle is under way in the Kramatorsk airport. It is unknown yet if casualties exist," Chmylenko said.
  • 17:58

    At the very moment, the eastern city of Slavyansk is being raided by Ukrainian troops, the head of the Donbass people’s militia, Sergey Tsyplakov, told RIA Novosti. "Currently there is a major attack on Slavyansk, armored personnel vehicles are entering the city… there are lots of troops.Our men are getting ready to defend [the city]," he said.

  • 17:49

    Ukrainian troops are storming an airfield in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, said anti-Maidan activists, RIA reports.The activists added that several people were injured. Ukrainian troops approached the military airfield in armored personnel carriers between the eastern cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, the people’s militia located at the airfield told RIA Novosti on the phone.“They started negotiating with the people’s militia, which is in control of the airfield.The shooting started unexpectedly. There are injured among the people’s militia, and there may be deaths,” they said. Other members of the militia have blocked the entrance to Kramatorsk and are ready to defend the city, the activists added.

  • 17:06
    West prefers not to hear the statements about the absence of the Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine, it is surprising, said Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
  • 16:56
    Russia has rejected any allegations accusing it of being involved in the armed standoff in east Ukraine and reiterated the baseless use of any sanctions.
  • 16:54
    The Russian Defense Ministry is closely watching the behavior of Western partners, primarily the United States and Western Europe, with respect to the illegitimate regime in Kiev, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Tuesday. "We are watching and alarmed by the negotiating processes about the possibility of arms and military hardware supplies to Kiev," the deputy minister said, according to Interfax.
  • 16:40
    A criminal case against the Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev was initiated by Kiev, TASS reports.
  • 16:33
    Russia's Defense Ministry has suspended the transfer of Ukrainian weapons and military equipment from Crimea so that they would not be used against the civilian population in the east and southeast of the country, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov stated.
  • 16:31
    The anti-Kiev activists removed the Ukraine's national emblem from the building of the Donetsk regional administration.
  • 16:29
    The federalization of Ukraine will not be discussed on four-party negotiations in Geneva, permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yuri Klimenko said.
  • 16:16
    Russia has no intention to initiate the adoption of any documents on Ukraine at the UN Security Council because it doubts the possibility of consensus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, Interfax reports.
  • 16:14
    The EU's decision to issue Ukraine macroeconomic aid of 1 billion euro has entered into force, the EU said in its Official Journal.
  • 16:14
    Officials in Slavyansk said eight people were injured during the recent unrest and four of them sustained gunshot wounds.
  • 16:11
    Coordinator of the Lugansk regional self defense forces Alexei Chmilenko has denied claims that Russian troops have been deployed in the region. "There is not a single Russian serviceman in the Lugansk region," Chmilenko told Interfax by telephone on Tuesday.
  • 16:01
    Around two dozen demonstrators protesting at the building of the Ukrainian Rada have attempted to break into the Rada building on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Rada-appointed Interior minister Arsen Avakov. Some of the protesters voiced demands to turn over control over the law enforcement bloc to First vice-premier Vitaliy Yarema.
  • 15:34
    The State Duma will not send observers to the presidential elections in Ukraine, the head of the Russian parliamentary committee on CIS affairs Leonid Slutsky said.
  • 15:03
    NATO Secretary General accused Russia of participation in the protests in eastern Ukraine, but was unable to confirm this statement by any proof and facts.
  • 15:00
    PACE is going to send two missions to monitor the presidential elections in Ukraine.
  • 14:55
    Acting president of Ukraine Turchynov, appointed by the Verkhovna Rada, does not support the initiative of the far-right party "Svoboda" to give weapons to civilians, TASS reports.
  • 14:44
    The ongoing protests in south-eastern Ukraine are its internal crisis, Russia’s senior lawmaker said.
  • 14:35
    The presidential candidate Dobkin was attacked near the ICTV television station's studio, where he was to speak live in the Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech) program, he was doused with flour and sprinkled with green dye.
  • 14:33
    The leaders of Ukraine's parliamentary factions are meeting at the office of Verkhovna Rada Speaker Turchynov to discuss a set of issues, including the possible dismissal of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Interfax reports.
  • 14:32
    The headquarters of the police department and security service remain occupied in Slavyansk. Seven checkpoints were set up by anti-Maidan activists, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on its website on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
  • 14:30
    "The local police department in Kramatorsk was unblocked and the staff got back to normal work," the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on its website on Tuesday.
  • 14:28
    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry is creating a corps of special units for the protection of public order, the ministry’s website reported on Monday. “Interior Minister (Arsen Avakov) has made a decision to create special units for the maintenance of public order,” the ministry’s operation headquarters said in a statement.
  • 12:27
    RT reports that first battalion of Ukraine National Guard left Kiev for south-east, according to National Security & Defense Council.
  • 11:57
    "An anti-terrorist operation was launched in the north of the Donetsk region early this morning. It will be conducted in a stage-by-stage, balanced and responsible manner. I would like to emphasize once again that the goal of these measures is to protect the citizens of Ukraine," Turchinov, the acting president of Ukraine, said in the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday.
  • 11:16
    Ukrainian presidential candidate and MP Oleg Tsaryov has said he will not pull out of the presidential race under any circumstances, his press service has reported. "I will not withdraw [from the race] under pressure today," Tsaryov said at the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office building last night.
  • 10:52
    Russian Foreign Ministry ombudsman for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov says the West is shy about the beating of Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsaryov. "This is tank democracy a la Maidan in action. Extremists go unpunished. The West is timidly silent. It is much easier to accuse Moscow of all troubles without proof than to curb the rampaging radicals. Here are the customary double standards!" Dolgov tweeted on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
  • 10:40
    The representative of pro-federalization activists in Ukraine's Slavyansk denied reports of armed clashes near the city, RIA Novosti reports adding that according to its information, everything is calm around the town.
  • 07:17
    In Ukraine's capital Kiev, extremists have severely beaten up a candidate for presidency Alexey Tsaryov after blocking him and his team in the building of ICTV channel. Mr. Tsaryov's press service writes on its website that he is in a bad condition. Alexey Tsaryov came to the TV channel's building to take part in live program “Freedom of Speech”.
  • 06:12
    In the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, unidentified people have opened fire on several observation posts of opponents of the current regime. A coordinator of people’s militia, whose first name is Nikolay and who asked not to reveal his last name, told the Interfax news agency that the fire was opened by people in black uniform, looking very much like militants from the Right Sector group, in a car without any markings. According to preliminary information, nobody was killed or wounded.
  • 05:28
    UN has warned about the dangers posed by nationalistic rhetoric in Ukraine, which may affect the situation in the country.
  • 01:42
    Police in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye have released more than 180 demonstrators who supported the holding of a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization, the first deputy head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Zaporozhye Region department, Oleg Kurochkin, said Monday.
  • 01:41
    US authorities have sent FBI, Treasury Department and Justice Department experts to Ukraine as part of additional economic and diplomatic assistance to Kiev, the US State Department affirmed Monday.
  • 00:38
    The head of the Ukrainian party “Batkivschina” (“Fatherland”) and a candidate for presidency Yuliya Timoshenko is planning to create a people’s resistance movement and to head it.
  • 00:31
    Participants of the council, which met on Monday at the Independence Square in Kiev, went to the Verkhovna Rada and called for the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and demanded decisive actions of the authorities in eastern Ukraine, said "Gromadska TV."
  • 22:53
    Protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Monday demanded that the leaders of the regional state administration disobey the new de facto Kiev authorities, local media reported.
  • 21:52
    An assembly, held in the central square of Slavyansk, on Monday elected an organizing committee to coordinate the life of the territorial community, the online newspaper slavgorod writes.
  • 21:51
    The Lugansk regional coordinating council has blamed the Ukrainian leadership for launching a transport blockade against the region, which has derailed supplies of bottled water, Interfax reports.
  • 21:50
    The "National Defense Committee" of Dnepropetrovsk region, which brings together opponents of the movement for Ukraine's federalization, has set up 26 volunteer checkpoints and plans to bring the number to 100 in a bid, the group's leader said on Monday.
  • 21:16
    The faction of the Party of Regions in Ukraine’s unicameral parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is against the use of the country’s armed forces in eastern Ukrainian regions, faction's leader Yefremov said on Monday, TASS reports.
  • 21:03
    The city council in Makiyivka, a town in Ukraine's Donetsk region, launched preparations for a referendum at an unscheduled meeting on Monday, says a posting on the local news portal, Makiviskiye Gorodkiye Novosti.
  • 20:49
    International military observers have arrived in Ukraine in compliance with the OSCE Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.The mission includes inspectors from the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Belgium, and Luxembourg, the ministry’s spokesman, Yevgen Perebyinis said on Monday, TASS reports.
  • 20:45
    Additional 200 observers to the OSCE mission in Ukraine were announced, Russia's permanent representative said.
  • 20:36
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the situation in the south-east of Ukraine with a Russian official in the nearest time, Ki-moon's spokesman said, according to TASS.
  • 20:30
    Offices of several banks have suspended work in the Donetsk region.
  • 20:29
    Ukraine's air assault forces' brigade in Slavyansk did not side with the pro-federalization movement, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
  • 20:26
    Armed forces of Ukraine conduct training firings near Dnepropetrovsk, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported.
  • 20:24
    Kiev's military operations in the south-eastern Ukraine could lead to civil war, Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said today on the TV channel "Russia-24".
  • 20:22
    Ukrainian citizens have started withdrawing their savings from bank accounts, Ukraine’s news portal Vesti said on Monday, referring to the latest statistics of the National Bank of Ukraine.
  • 19:48
    A "people's mayor" representative of the local self-defense forces Alexander Sapunov, has been elected in the town of Gorlovka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, Interfax reports.
  • 19:38
    Activists of the self-defense of Lugansk demanded that the city’s governor Mikhail Bolotskih should declare that he doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of the Kiev authorities and to make this statement on Russian and Ukrainian TV channels. The second requirement of anti-Maidan activists was the recognition of the national militia Lugansk as the "permanent military unit."
  • 19:34
    Member of the Coordinating Council of the Lugansk region Alexei Chmilenko stated that the self-defense forces had convinced part of the military personnel sent from Kiev to leave the territory of the region.
  • 19:28
    Tension in eastern Ukraine cannot be lifted militarily, Russia's State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin said.
  • 19:26
    Ukraine's prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has urged the political elites in eastern Ukraine to actively join the process of amending the constitution, Interfax reports.
  • 19:23
    In Odessa opponents of the Kiev authorities 'temporarily occupied' the building of architectural inspection, accusing the current leadership in corruption, TASS reports.
  • 19:21
    Ukraine's Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, adopted bill on guarantees of presidential elections in conditions of defense emergency or state of emergency, TASS reports.
  • 19:06
    Anti-Kiev protesters in Slavyansk have returned weapons to the local militia after it had taken the side of the Donetsk People’s Republic. All weapons, except automatic guns, have been returned to the militiamen who have started patrolling the city streets, Slavyansk’s acting mayor Ponomaryov told, TASS reports.
  • 19:03
    Self-defense of Slavyansk stated that the city would not pay taxes to Kiev.
  • 18:58
    One of the leaders of the pro-federalization movement in the Donetsk region has argued that an announcement by acting Ukrainian President Turchynov that a national referendum on constitutional reform is possible next month is just a time-winning game to be able to "pull more troops here, into the east," Interfax reports.
  • 18:52
    Parliament-appointed Acting President Turchynov has signed a decree ordering a special operation in the east of Ukraine, the presidential press service said on Monday, April 14.
  • 18:00
    Another international military observer mission, initiated by Holland, has been sent to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
  • 17:58
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin is deeply concerned over the situation in eastern Ukraine, said president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RT reports.
  • 17:41
    The acting parliamentary leader of the Batkivshchyna party on Monday insisted on allowing police to use weapons against activists in eastern regions of Ukraine who have been occupying government buildings, Interfax reports.
  • 17:39
    Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia on Monday met Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the incumbent OSCE chairman, to discuss the possibility of using the OSCE instruments in resolving the Ukraine crisis. The sides considered a possibility of using the OSCE potential for carrying out Ukraine’s constitutional and self-government reform, TASS reports.
  • 17:23
    Ukraine's presidential candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, expressed support on Monday of the government's use of armed forces to put down the pro-federalization movements in the east of the country, Interfax reports.
  • 17:20
    Ukraine is considering the possibility of hosting a EU mission as part of the Common Security and Defense Policy to help in stabilizing the domestic situation, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said, Interfax reports.
  • 17:16
    Moscow will do its best to protect the interests of the Russian community in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots Abroad, TASS reports.
  • 17:14
    Pro-federalization activists' leader of Slavyansk appeals to Kremlin for help on behalf of Donetsk People's Republic, Reuters reports.
  • 17:11
    US Vice President Joe Biden during his upcoming visit to Kiev on April 21-22 will hold meetings with the current leadership of the country. As expected, Biden will meet with the acting president of Ukraine Turchynov and PM Yatsenyuk, RT reports.
  • 17:07
    Ukraine's coup-empowered president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has offered to conduct a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces in the east of the country in a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, RT reports.
  • 17:06
    In Luxembourg a scheduled meeting of the foreign ministers of 28 countries of the EU began, the main agenda of which is the crisis in Ukraine, TASS reports.
  • 17:03
    Instead of $6 bln, EU approves only $1.4 bln assistance package to help Ukraine's interim authorities overcome the country's deep financial problems.
  • 16:55
    "If the authorities in Kiev dare use force, our entire cooperation on the Ukrainian issue will be undermined," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots, TASS reports.
  • 16:53
    Ukraine does not object to joint operation with UN peacekeepers in eastern regions, acting president Turchynov tells UN Secretary General.
  • 16:35
    Representatives of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic have held a session in Mariupol, where they elected Vyacheslav Kuklin to the post of acting mayor of the city, Interfax reports.
  • 16:33
    Massive events passed in such eastern Ukrainian cities as Donetsk, Mariupol, Slavyansk, Kirovskoye, Yenakievo, Amvrosievka, Artemovsk, Makeevka and Khartsyzsk over the past day, the press service of the Donetsk regional police department reported on Monday, noting that the number of demonstrators reached around three thousand people and 200 policemen were ensuring public order, TASS reports.
  • 16:29
    "The following situation has emerged in Donetsk region, as demonstrators in the city of Donetsk continue to keep the regional state authority building under control and an administrative building of the city executive committee is seized in the city of Mariupol. Police stations in regional cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk are captured. A police department building is captured in the city of Gorlovka today, the same attempts at capture were also reported at the police department building in Yenakievo. Other regional police units work in routine mode," the regional police department stated.
  • 16:23
    Kiev hopes to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine soon, acting President Turchynov said Monday, a day after the country's special forces launched an operation to suppress pro-federalization protesters in the region.
  • 16:22
    Current Kiev authorities should be informed that there is no alternative to taking into account the interests of regions when drafting a country’s Constitution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, TASS reports.
  • 16:20
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday called on Paris to prevent Kiev authorities from using law enforcement officers or the armed forces against protesters in Ukrainian cities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after a phone conversation between the Russian and French foreign ministers, TASS reports.
  • 16:19
    Physicians from Slavyansk, Donetsk Oblast, have disproved the information that four people were killed in the city. The Chief Doctor of Slavyansk Central Hospital said that only one man died, after unknown persons fired at his car. The incident occurred yesterday at 13:00 GMT
  • 16:11
    Twenty federalization supporters have seized the local council building in Zhdanovka, Donetsk region, the Donbas News portal said on Monday.
  • 15:54
    The storming of the police administration building in Gorlivka began after one police officer pushed an activist off the roof as he was trying to install a Russian flag, a correspondent for the Rossiya-24 television channel reported to the scene.
  • 15:35
    The use of force against protesters in Ukraine will undermine the prospects of cooperation between Moscow and Kiev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, RIA reports.
  • 15:32
    Kiev authorities’ ban on journalists entering Ukraine is “obviously abnormal,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Monday, TASS reports.
  • 15:30
    Ukrainian authorities must take into account the interests of all citizens of the country in resolving the crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, RT reports.
  • 15:15
    Russia supports a deep constitutional reform in Ukraine, in which all political forces and all regions will participate equally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Interfax reports.
  • 15:14
    European Council to consider possibility of holding referendum on Ukraine’s federalization, Catherine Ashton said, TASS reports.
  • 15:11
    Protesters in Gorlovka appointed a new local police chief, RIA reports.
  • 15:09
    The Ukrainian Central Elections Commission has allowed for the possibility of holding a nationwide referendum simultaneously with the May 25 presidential election on the condition of a relevant legislative basis, Interfax reports.
  • 15:08
    Lugansk activists demand that the city's regional administration should not obey the orders by the Kiev authorities.
  • 15:02
    Ukraine's Party of Regions Donetsk regional branch will hold an emergency meeting of all the delegates on April 16. The main aim for the delegates is "protecting the interests of Donbass, preventing Ukraine's split and stopping bloodshed," TASS reports.
  • 14:56
    The Public Chamber of Russia is concerned regarding the "double standards" of the Kiev authorities on the situation in the eastern Ukraine.
  • 14:54
    Supporters of federalization took the airport of Slavyansk under control.
  • 14:42
    A referendum on the state system of Ukraine demanded by the residents of the southeastern regions of the country will help to maintain the country's integrity, Petr Symonenko, a presidential candidate and leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party, said, Interfax reports.
  • 14:40
    OSCE observers characterize the situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine as tense, TASS reports.
  • 14:39
    The international community must demand that those who are in power in Kiev stop war on their own citizens in south-eastern Ukraine, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council, Interfax reports.
  • 14:37
    In Gorlovka the federalization-supporters have fully taken control of city police department. The activists had previously taken the first floor of the building.
  • 14:33
    Ukraine needs to make efficient moves in order to unite the country, so that the country's east is not lost, former presidential administration head, founder of the New Ukraine strategic research institute Serhiy Levochkyn said, Interfax reports.
  • 14:32
    The self-defense forces in Slavyansk have been put on alert, self-defense coordinator Mykola, who asked not to be named, told Interfax by telephone.
  • 14:30
    Police in Gorlovka came down the to side of federalization supporters, RT reports.
  • 14:28
    Air assault forces in Slavyansk sided with the pro-federalization self-defense forces, RT reports.
  • 14:14
    Activists blocked Lenin Prospekt in Gorlovka, traffic there has been stopped, Interfax reports.
  • 14:12
    The Gorlovka police, Donetsk region, is working normally, calling on citizens not to give in to provocations. "I am asking all citizens not to give in to provocations because every attempt to destabilize the situation will be toughly curbed," the Internet publication Novosti Donbassa quoted Andriy Kryschenko, the head of the Gorlovka police, as saying on Monday.
  • 14:09
    The staff of the Lugansk regional administration was escorted out of the administration building on Monday afternoon, Interfax reports.
  • 13:35
    Protesters in Gorlovka are calling on the police to come out of the building and to "give the weapons to the people"
  • 13:31

    Gorlovka administration buildiung is under protesters' control

  • 13:24

    Protesters took over Gorlovka police building


  • 13:19
    Ukraine’s interim parliament-appointed president, parliamentary speaker Alexander Turchynov has not ruled out the possibility of declaring a national referendum, which, he said, might be held on the same day with the presidential election on May 25. “We are not against a referendum,” he said at the opening of a meeting of the Ukrainian parliament’s conciliatory commission, attended by government officials and parliamentary factions’ leaders. “I am certain that in the course of such a referendum, which the parliament might decide to declare, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians would vote for one, unitary Ukraine."
  • 13:17
    Those trying to cause Kyiv to use force to suppress protests should be held accountable - Lavrov
  • 13:16
    Vsevolod Boiko, an Ekho Moskvy correspondent, has been denied entry into Ukraine, Ekho Moskvy reported on Monday. "Vsevolod Boiko was expected to report on the situation in the eastern regions of the country. However, he said several minutes ago that he had been denied entry due to a lack of funding," Ekho Moskvy reported.
  • 13:16
    Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the party Batkivschyna and a presidential candidate, opposes use of violence to resolve crisis in southeastern Ukraine
  • 13:14
    Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
  • 13:09

    Protesters are becoming more active on the streets


  • 13:01

    Protesters storm Gorlovka police department


  • 13:00
    Dnepr water supplies to Crimea via the North Crimean canal have been cut down almost by two-thirds at the behest of Kiev, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said. "While the norm is approximately 50 cubic meters per second, the current flow is about 16 cubic meters per second, and that is because we found a technical solution preventing them from cutting off this water entirely. They cut the supplies practically three times," Temirgaliyev told reporters in Simferopol.
  • 12:55

    Hundresds of protesters gathered outside Gorlovka city administration shouting "Berkut", "Donbas!"


    Screenshot: livestream


    Screenshot: livestream

  • 12:47
    The aggression unleashed by Kiev’s putschists against southeastern Ukraine contradicts the Ukrainian Constitution, which prohibits the use of the army to enforce laws or suppress rebellions in circumvention of a state of emergency. What’s more, Law №740-VII, approved by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on February 20, 2014, bans the use of special task police, security services and the army against protesters.
  • 12:09
    Slavyansk this morning
  • 11:56

    Protesters in Donetsk demand holding a referendum


    Photo: RIA Novosti


    Photo: RIA Novosti

  • 11:55

    About 150 opponents of the Euromaidan tried to enter a police building in the town of Gorlivka in the Donetsk region on Monday morning, according to the Donbas News portal. The police have barricaded themselves inside the building, the portal said. The activists blocked Lenin Prospect, traffic there has stopped.

  • 11:19
    Special forces loyal to government and armed men from the radical Right Sector movement launched an operation Sunday to suppress pro-federalization protesters in the east Ukrainian town of Slaviansk. At least three people, including a pro-federalization supporter, were killed in clashes in the town, some 150 kilometers from the border with Russia, while two other activists were injured, activists said. Pro-federalization activists seized a local administration building, a district police department and a security service office on Saturday.
  • 11:15
    Use of force by Kiev's pro-Europe authorities could trigger a fresh confrontation. Russia's foreign ministry called the planned military operation a "criminal order" and said the West should bring its allies in Ukraine's government under control.
  • 11:09
    Sergey Taruta, head of the Donetsk regional state administration, has announced a special operation regime and urged local residents not to succumb to provocations or break the public peace.
  • 10:50
    A Russian flag still flew over police headquarters as of 9 am local time on Monday, one of two buildings taken under controll by pro-Russian protesters. People continue to man barricades of sandbags in front of it.
  • 10:40
    A Ukrainian government deadline to pro-Russian protesters to surrender end leave state buildings in the eastern town of Slaviansk passed on Monday.
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