3 May 2014, 09:31

Ukraine's battlefield: Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Odessa attacked by Kiev's forces. LIVE UPDATES

Ukraine's battlefield: Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Odessa attacked by Kiev's forces. LIVE UPDATES

Kiev authorities have no intentions of stopping the active phase of special operations near the eastern city of Kramatorsk and operations will begin again at sunrise, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Saturday. 

Odessa: the death toll from clashes in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa has reached 37 and some 200 have been injured, including more than 20 policemen, the regional Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The disturbance began in Odessa in the daytime on Friday with a mass brawl at Grecheskaya Street. It was instigated by football fans from Kharkov and Right Sector and Self-Defence radicals from Kiev, who decided to organize a march on Odessa streets. They provoked clashes with federalization supporters. Forcing them out, radicals set fire to a camp at Kulikovo Field where activists collected signatures to hold a referendum on federalization of Ukraine and the official status of the Russian language. Activists from the camp escaped to the nearby building of the regional House of Trade Unions, and radicals set fire to the building. When the fire reached the upper floors, many of the people there died from smoke. Others jumped from upper floors and died when falling. Those who survived were cruelly beaten by Kiev radicals with batons.

Kramatorsk and Slavyansk: hospitals report of 10 injured, one dead after Kiev's forces attacked the cities. 

To read the Voice of Russia's live updates of the deadly Friday events in Ukraine, click here.

  • 21:54
    Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Andriy Parubiy has reported recruitment in the second battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard, Interfax reports.
  • 21:26
    Putin and Merkel pointed out the importance of taking effective international measures, primarily through the OSCE, to relieve the tensions in Ukraine. Putin reiterated the need to establish direct dialogue between the current Kiev administration and representatives of the southeastern regions of Ukraine, Interfax reports.
  • 20:45
    The number of Jews emigrating to Israel from increasingly volatile Ukraine has jumped by 142 percent this year so far compared to 2013, the Jewish Agency said Sunday.
  • 20:36
    Slavyansk region: Electricity, water and gas-supply have been cut off in the village of Andreevka located in the vicinity of Slavyansk, the people's mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov said, RIA reports.
  • 20:09
    The chief investigative department of Ukraine's Interior Ministry will look into clashes in the southern city of Odessa which resulted in the deaths of 46 people, press service for Ukraine's General Prosecutor's Office said Sunday, RIA reports.
  • 19:46
    Authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic announced forming the first regiment of the republican army that will unite all the self-defense forces, a thousand people have already self-subscribed as volunteers, commissar of the Eastern Front movement Nikolai Solntsev told RIA Novosti Sunday.
  • 19:10
    Some journalists were hurt during the storming of the city police department in Odessa, according to the eyewitnesses, Interfax reports.
  • 18:31
    Self-defense forces in the town of Slavyansk in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk region on Sunday forced units of the Ukrainian national guards off the town, Itar-Tass reports.
  • 18:13
    Odessa police release part of protesters detained after deadly Friday clashes, RIA reports.
  • 17:57
    Some 1,000 activists who oppose the current Kiev administration are trying to take over the building of the Odessa city police department in Preobrazhenska Street, Interfax reports.
  • 17:29
    The State Duma lower house of Russian parliament demands a thorough investigation and toughest punishment for those guilty of the Odessa tragedy on May 2, TASS reports.
  • 17:21
    Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced that all Odessa police senior officials are fired in connection with Friday's tragedy, a press office of Ukraine's government said Sunday, RIA reports.
  • 16:56
    The West has actually imposed an information blockade on tragic events taking place in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
  • 16:54
    Italy is ready to send peacekeepers to Ukraine to ensure stability in the country if necessary, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said in an interview with La Repubblica newspaper.
  • 16:43
    Donetsk: Volodarsky coalmine in Donetsk region, where the largest arsenal of weapons in the eastern Ukraine is located, was allegedly mined under the order of Kiev's authorities, Sergei Tsyplakov , a senior commander of Donetsk region self-defense forces, told RIA Novosti Sunday.
  • 16:36
    Odessa: More than a hundred people blocked the building of the Interior Ministry in Odessa and demand release of detained supporters of federalization on May 2, TASS reports.
  • 16:32
    Slavyansk: The self-defense forces are fighting with the Ukrainian security forces in Malinovka, Slavyansk region, Interfax reports.
  • 16:13
    Slavyansk: Shooting heard near the railway station in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reported.
  • 15:41
    Kharkov: Hundreds of people are rallying near the Lenin monument in Svoboda (Freedom) Square in central Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, in an action led by People’s Governor of the Kharkov region Vladimir Varshavsky, to demand punishment for responsible for Friday’s tragedy in the southern city of Odessa.
  • 15:30
    We demand that OSCE and Council of Europe institutions immediately make an objective assessment of developments in Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry
  • 14:30
    “We are indignant that the Kiev regime had not fulfilled the February 21 accord and the April 17 Geneva statement yet,” the Russian state secretary said, noting that “Punitive actions continue in south-eastern Ukraine. Radical elements are acting absolutely impermissibly in the south.”
  • 14:29
    Russia is indignant that the Kiev regime does not fulfil the February 21 accord and the April 17 Geneva statement, Russian State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
  • 14:13
    Lugansk: No one was killed in clashes in front of the recruiting office in Lugansk on Sunday night. Three supporters of federalization were injured, the coordinator of the people's community of Lugansk Oleg Dereko told RIA Novosti by telephone.
  • 14:13
    Donetsk: Current situation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is calm, the city is preparing to a referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic, co-chairman of the Donetsk republican government Denis Pushilin told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
  • 13:30
    "At night in the course of bloody fighting marked by losses on the enemy side we succeeded in regaining Kramatorsk and also the village of Andreyevka. The same in Konstantinovka and Gorlovka," a leading figure of the self-defense force, Miroslav Rudenko, told Interfax.
  • 13:29
    Donetsk region: The self-defense force of Donetsk region has claimed to have restored control over towns previously taken over by Ukrainian law enforcers and military.
  • 13:00
    Yulia Tymoshenko has urged people to avoid massive actions to prevent chances of provocations aimed at undermining stability in Ukraine.
  • 12:37
    Ukrainian acting PM Yatsenyuk lashes out at Ukrainian law enforcers for failing to stop Odessa violence
  • 12:26
    Slavyansk: Ukrainian troops, continuing their special operation against anti-government protesters in the city of Slavyansk, have taken a local television broadcasting center under control, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry says, RT reports citing Itar-Tass.
  • 12:13
    "The Friday developments in Odessa should become a signal to everyone that reconciliation and peace are the only way to save Ukraine, to make it a prosperous European state," he said at a Saturday briefing at Boryspol airport after meeting OSCE military inspectors freed in Slavyansk.
  • 12:12
    Ukrainian acting PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that the situation in Ukraine can be settled only through reconciliation and the peaceful settlement of all problematic issues.
  • 11:17
    Kazakhstan is concerned over growth of violence in Ukraine, including over current tragic events in the cities of Odessa, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
  • 10:35
    Kramatorsk: At least five pro-federalization activists were injured in course of a military operation near Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reports.
  • 10:13
    The republic of Crimea is observing a three-day mourning over Friday’s tragic events, which claimed dozens of lives across Ukraine’s southeastern regions.
  • 09:54
    Lugansk: Supporters of federalization have seized control of a military registration and enlistment office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, a local newspaper, Vostochny Variant, reports.
  • 09:36
    Italian FM Federica Mogherini believes that all parties involved in current conflict in Ukraine should start urgently fulfilling completely the Geneva accords, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a press release made public on Saturday.
  • 09:26
    According to the television channel, crowds of pro-federalization activists gathered to block a military enlistment office and several military bases in three districts of the city in a protest following reports that additional military forces had arrived in Lugansk from other regions of Ukraine.
  • 09:26
    Lugansk: At least one man was killed and two more wounded in Ukraine’s eastern city of Lugansk after soldiers opened fire on pro-federalization activists, Russia’s Rossiya-24 television channel reported on early Sunday.
  • 02:18
    Shooting is reported in the town of Konstantinovka, Donetsk region. A convoy of Ukrainian APCs forced its way through self-defense checkpoints near the town. According to local media, pro-Kiev troops are attempting to seize the TV tower.
  • 21:58
    The situation in Donetsk, Gorlovka, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Slavyansk, and the Slavyansk district of the Donetsk region remains tense and the situation in Druzhkovsk and Konstantynovka may aggravate, the interior policy department of the Donetsk region's administration said in a report on the current situation in the region posted on the temporary website of the Donetsk region's administration, Interfax reports.
  • 21:48
    Slavyansk: The relative calm in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been broken by shots on the outskirts of the city, and residents are preparing for the storming by the Ukrainian army, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Saturday.
  • 21:25
    Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has blamed the tragic events in the Donetsk region and Odessa on those who have gone to war with their own people, Interfax reports.
  • 21:15
    Donetsk: Russian television channels have been turned off in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, again, TASS reports.
  • 21:14
    Odessa: During the fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House people died instantly, having been poisoned by an unidentified substance, the UNIAN news agency reported on Saturday.
  • 21:08
    Supporters of the Donetsk People's Republic have seized the building of the Ukrainian Security Service's department in the Donetsk region and the nearby building of the Ukrainian Security Service's investigations department, the Internet publication Ostrov has reported.
  • 20:28
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the release in Ukraine of the OSCE military observers and the Ukrainian personnel accompanying them, Interfax reports.
  • 19:59
    The Donetsk region's self-defense headquarters assume that Ukrainian troops have managed to assume control over Kramatorsk, saying they have lost contact with the militants in Kramatorsk, Interfax reports.
  • 19:50
    Ukrainian troops have assumed control over almost all vital facilities in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, Serhiy Pashinskiy, acting head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, was quoted by the Ukrainian presidential press service as saying, Interfax reports.
  • 19:34
    Ukrainian troops continue the operation in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has reported on its website, Interfax reports.
  • 19:10
    Odessa: Local mass media quoted a source in the Interior Ministry as saying that militants from the special task force battalions Vostok (East) and Shturm (Storm) clad in civilian clothes had been involved in the killings and beatings in Odessa. Reports said they were manned with nationalists ready for mass clashes and sponsored by Ukrainian oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Petr Poroshenko, according to TASS.
  • 18:55
    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that he had discussed in a phone talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov additional measures in connection with the situation in crisis-hit Ukraine, Reuters news agency reported.
  • 18:47
    Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov urges to use OSCE potential to force Kiev into cancelling military operation in southeastern Ukraine, RIA reports.
  • 18:21
    Slavyansk: Fifteen people were killed as a result of clashes between radicals and the supporters of federalization in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk after the departure of military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Saturday, May 3, TASS reports.
  • 18:19
    Some 150 residents in Odessa, a southern Ukrainian city blocked the regional police building to protest against police inaction during the clashes provoked by ultranationalist Right Sector militants and so-called "Maidan self-defense" force, which resulted in the death of 46 people, TASS reports.
  • 18:06
    The developments in the southeast of Ukraine - in Odessa, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, where Ukrainian security services are conducting a special operation that has claimed the lives of tens of people constitute "a crime against humanity," leader of A Just Russia party Sergei Mironov expressed this view on Saturday.
  • 17:53
    Kramatorsk: During the assault on the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk snipers have killed two people, city hospitals are overcrowded, a self-defense activist Ilya Dolzhnitskiy told the Russia-24 TV channel Friday.
  • 17:10
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has extended his condolences to the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odessa and wished the survivors a speedy recovery, the prime minister's press officer Natalya Timakova said, Interfax reports.
  • 17:03
    Kramatorsk: Ukrainian troops have assumed control over the building of the Ukrainian Security Service's department in Kramatorsk, Interfax reports.
  • 16:48
    Lugansk: "Curfew is introduced on the territory of the Lugansk region between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.," People's governor Bolotov said in a report posted on the Internet, Interfax reports.
  • 16:39
    Odessa: A total of 172 people were detained following mass riots in Odessa, and some of these people have already been released, the public relations department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Department for the Odessa region has reported, citing Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Chebotar, Interfax reports.
  • 16:37
    Kramatorsk: The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian law enforcers managed to take control of the television station in Kramatorsk. Also the Interior Ministry said that the building of SBU (Security Council of Ukraine) brought under the control of the National Guard of Ukraine, TASS reports.
  • 16:33
    Self-defense forces of Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk are controlling only the center of the town, Ivan, one if the protest leaders, said. "We control only the central square, while militants of the National Guard of Ukraine and Right Sector are positioned elsewhere in the city," he said, RIA reports.
  • 16:30
    Kramatorsk: According to unconfirmed information, there are victims. According to the correspondent, the people in the unmarked uniform "shoot without warning at any moving target," TASS reports.
  • 16:29
    Kramatorsk: Street battles are raging in Kramatorsk Donetsk region, where units of Ukrainian security officials conduct a special operation, reports TV channel Russia 24.
  • 16:07
    Slavyansk, village Andreevka: Over 10 shot dead by Right Sector radicals near Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. "“In the village of Andreevka during the night people blocked entry to Right Sector members, forming a human chain along the road. Members of Right Sector opened fire, killing over 10 people,” The People’s Mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev told Russia’s Interfax news agency in a telephone conversation.
  • 16:01
    According to the latest reports, Russian President's Special Representative and ex-ombudsman Vladimir Putin has brought 12 people, who were held captive by federalization supporters in Slavyansk, to Donetsk on Saturday, Interfax reports.
  • 15:53
    The Kiev regime, which has started a civil war in Ukraine, is illegitimate and criminal, said Sergei Neverov, the Secretary of the United Russia Party's General Council and Deputy Speaker in the State Duma, Interfax reports.
  • 15:25
    Russian President's Special Envoy Vladimir Lukin has brought to Donetsk the OSCE representatives released in Slavyansk earlier on Saturday, Interfax reports. "Physically, they are in normal condition," a source said.
  • 15:19
    Former presidential candidate and an active federalization supporter Oleg Tsarev stated that Kiev instead of ordering the complete disarmament of armed groups in Ukraine, authorizes their actions, in violation of the Geneva agreements, RIA reports.
  • 15:16
    Odessa: German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was shocked by the painful death of many people in a fire in Ukraine's southern city of Odessa, according to his Twitter page.
  • 15:16
    The released OSCE military observers were transmitted to the representative observational mission of the organization, the permanent representative of Russia to the OSCE said, RIA reports.
  • 15:16
    Odessa: At least 46 people died in clashes and fire in the Ukraine's southern city of Odessa on Friday night, the Odessa region Office of Public Prosecutor said Saturday.
  • 15:12
    Ukrainian military police detained the released military observers of the OSCE at the exit of the Slavyansk that obstructs their transfer to the special representatives of the OSCE observation mission in Donetsk, Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said, RIA reports.
  • 15:12
    Ukrainian military police detained the released military observers of the OSCE at the exit of the Slavyansk that obstructs their transfer to the special representatives of the OSCE observation mission in Donetsk, Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said, RIA reports.
  • 15:07
    Four people from the self-defence forces of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region have been killed in recent days, the representative of the city's self-defence Vladislav told reporters on Saturday, RIA reports.
  • 15:03
    Lugansk: People's governor of Lugansk region Valery Bolotov declared a state of emergency and a full mobilization in the region, the headquarters of the united army of the south-east said to RIA Novosti.
  • 14:53
    "From now on Russia or any other country, has lost their ability to influence these people, because it will now be impossible to talk them into laying down their weapons amid direct threats to their lives, threats coming from radicals, nationalists and armed forces that obey criminal orders and murder their own people," Russian president's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists, RIA reports.
  • 14:39
    Slavyansk: Active clashes are taking place near the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, a self-defense forces representative, who introduced himself as Vladislav, told journalists, RIA reports.
  • 14:33
    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed Saturday the release of the OSCE military observers detained earlier by pro-federalization activists in the eastern city of Slavyansk, the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reported.
  • 14:31
    Slavyansk: The Ukrainian security forces are in full control over the external radius of the city and all the adjacent roads, Vasyl Krutov said, Interfax reports.
  • 14:09
    Ukraine's acting president and parliamentary speaker Turchynov has signed a decree declaring a two-day mourning for the people killed in the Donetsk region and the mass clashes in Odessa, Interfax reports.
  • 14:00
    Kramatorsk: Some people have been killed in the clashes. "They are mainly civilians, who happened to be near the scene of fighting," Interfax reports.
  • 13:59
    Kramatorsk: "The security operation in Kramatorsk has resumed, snipers controled by the Kiev government have occupied multi-storey buildings and are firing from there. In addition, there is fighting on the town streets, involving the use of various weapons," the source said to Interfax.
  • 13:55
    Lugansk: police chief tells employees to evacuate families as assault involving armored vehicles, artillery awaited source
  • 13:51
    Dmitry Yarosh went to Slavyansk to personally attend ‘mopping-up’
  • 13:30
    Kramatorsk: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine announced that it has taken full control of the airport and of all the checkpoints around the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.
  • 13:21
    Kramatorsk: Fighting between Kiev's armed units and self-defense forces is underway in Kramatorsk, acting Ukrainian Interior minister Arseniy Avakov said.
  • 12:32
    Moscow regrets Western leaders have completely different views on situation in Ukraine - Kremlin
  • 12:25
    Moscow receives thousands of requests from southeast Ukraine: it's a cry of despair, plea for help - Kremlin
  • 12:20
    Putin extends deep condolences to victims and families of those killed in Odessa, no official condolences to Kiev authorities – Presidential press-secretary
  • 12:19
    Russia deeply regrets west's approval of punitive operation in southeast Ukraine – Kremlin
  • 12:18
    Kiev, its EU, US sponsors can justify Ukraine events, but unable to explain these actions to those killed in Ukrainian cities - Kremlin
  • 12:18
    Moscow doesn’t know yet how to respond to growing violence in Ukraine, this element is absolutely new to us - Kremlin
  • 12:17
    Russia, Putin will continue policy aimed at Ukraine de-escalation - Kremlin spokesman
  • 12:00
    Odessa: 42 dead, 125 taken to hospital as a result of Trade Unions House fire - Ukrainian Interior Ministry
  • 12:00
    Donetsk: The Donetsk region, targeted Friday by a large-scale military operation involving aviation and armored vehicles, has ordered mobilization and is forming people's resistance movement, the commissar of the Eastern Front movement told RIA Novosti Saturday.
  • 12:00
    Slavyansk: Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said that military OSCE observers captured by self-defense forces in Slavyansk, on April 25, have been released, RIA Novosti reports.
  • 11:58
    Odessa: Fifteen Russians and five residents of the self-proclaimed Transnistria have died in a fire in the Trade Unions House in Odessa, Ukraine’s TSN television channel reported.
  • 11:28
    US condemns 'unacceptable' Odessa violence
  • 11:24
    Slavyansk: The people's mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov is going to release the OSCE representatives who have been captured by militiamen.
  • 11:08
    Slavyansk: The statements of Ukraine’s Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, appointed to the post by the country’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) suggesting that shots were fired at Ukrainian helicopters in Slaviansk not by people’s police fighters, but by “Russia’s special task forces,” “have nothing to do with reality,” said a representative of the people’s police of the city, Itar-Tass reports.
  • 10:51
    Odessa tragedy manifestation of authorities' criminal irresponsibility - Russian Foreign Ministry
  • 10:30

    Slavyansk: more than ten killed, about 40 injured in Friday's execution - people's mayor


  • 10:27
    Kramatorsk: Ukrainian security forces seized control over the television tower from federalization supporters in the early hours of Saturday, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
  • 09:51
    Moscow calls on Kiev to reveal information on whether Russians are among victims of fire in Odessa so as not to blame Russia for what has happened
  • 09:50
    Odessa: over 130 people detained, 10 criminal cases launched, including "premediated murder" after clashes in Odessa - Ukraine's Interior Ministry
  • 09:48
    Donetsk: The council of the proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has declared all the Ukrainian power structures in its territory are resubordinated to itself.
  • 09:47

    Odessa: The death toll from clashes in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa has reached 37 and some 200 have been injured, including more than 20 policemen, the regional Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

  • 09:42
    Kiev intends to resume active phase of special operations in East of Ukraine with the sunrise - Ukraine's Interior Ministry
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