Kyiv mayor candidate Vitaliy Klitschko warns that the Communist Party is preparing massive separatist provocations in Eastern Ukraine. Information about this has been provided from multiple sources, from ordinary Kyivans to political representatives.
Kyiv, April 30, 2014
The vast majority of Ukrainians don’t support Russian intervention in Ukraine and think Ukraine should remain a united, unitary state with strong ties to the EU. These were the results of a recent survey conducted in Ukraine by the public opinion and market research company Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute (IRI). Despite Russia’s claims to the contrary, almost two-thirds of Russian-speaking citizens and eastern Ukrainians don’t want Russian “protection”. More than half of Russian speakers strongly approve the interim government. According to IRI polling, there is a striking difference between the true opinions of Ukrainians and how they are being portrayed by Russian propaganda. Continue reading
Police have arrested two men responsible for organizing mass riots in Kharkiv, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported on its website, April 30.
Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Kharkiv Oblast detained Yuriy Apukhtin and Spartak Holovachov. Law enforcement has determined the two men coordinated their activities outside of Ukraine and then organized riots and criminal activities in the Kharkiv area.
Special tactical exercises have been planned in Kyiv for the night of April 30 to May 1 Columns of military equipment will move in city as part of the exercise. Please be informed that the deployment of personnel and equipment will start in the city center, said the press service of Kyiv City State Administration.
As previously reported, Acting President Oleksander Turchynov said the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on full combat alert in response to the threat of a Russian attack.
Ukraine has started forming territorial defense units
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration Ihor Kolomoyskyy advised people not to go looking for traitors among representatives of the central government. He made his comments to journalists on leaving the meeting of the Presidential Administration on Wednesday, April 30, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda.
When asked why, in his view, the central government is unable to achieve the same security measures in the country as he has in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Kolomoyskyy urged support. Continue reading
Rachmanin: The Rear Line – Filling one’s senses with Donetsk region’s “Maidan under different slogans.”
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
“Donbas is Donbas!” This graffiti on the wall of one of the buildings in, I believe, Druzhkivka, stood out sharply among other examples of political graffiti in Donetsk Oblast [region]. I saw this slogan only once. But it probably most accurately reflects the mood of the local residents.
“Is there a wall between us?”
The broken bus stops are painted the colors of the so-called DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and decorated with the inviting [slogan] “Donbas, rise!” A sign scrawled on a grim-looking fence with, “Freedom to Gubarev (the arrested “people’s governor” of Donetsk–Ed.) and to the patriots!,” is sharply offset by the more mundane “Dumping prohibited.” “Donetsk is Russia!” neighbors “Donbas is Ukraine,” “Donbas against federasts”–with “Fascism will not pass!” The Ukrainian trident [tryzub] on a school fence in Kramatorsk is several hundred meters…
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By Thomas C. Theiner
Heute Abend wird auf NDR die neueste Ausgabe der Talk Show von Anne Will ausgestrahlt. Thema: “Geiseln, Terror, Kriegsgefahr – Ist die Ost-Ukraine außer Kontrolle?”, aber es werden keine Ukrainer zu Wort kommen. Continue reading
VITALY PORTNIKOV: We have been citizens of a country where there has never been a real security force.
04.29.2014 21:12 espreso.TV
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Journalist Vitaliy Portnikov in his video blog on Espreso.tv discusses the collapse of Ukraine’s security system and the necessity to create a new one.
What is happening before our very eyes in Eastern Ukraine has also demonstrated a serious crisis in the local administrative structures. Nowadays many people are hurling accusations at the central government and security forces in Kyiv. Nevertheless, one should realize one simple fact: without the real engagement of the security forces in those areas which are now under attack by terrorists and saboteurs, we cannot expect a stabilization of the situation there.
Security forces are a mirror of the society in which they function and reflect who has real power and who makes the decisions. In Donetsk and Luhansk the power certainly does not lie with the Ukrainian government. We see quite clearly…
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