UN believes Donbas terrorists are Russian citizens, diplomat says

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Yuriy Serheyev

President Poroshenko’s peace plan has generated a positive reaction at the United Nations and an appreciation that this step can help achieve peace and lead to dialogue, said Ukraine’s representative to the UN, Yuriy Serheyev, during an interview with Inter TV Channel, Sunday, June 22.

According to Serheyev, there is no chance that international representatives would take part in negotiations with representatives of terrorist organizations. One of the principles of the UN is “no dialogue with terrorists,” he pointed out. Continue reading

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Poroshenko speaks of war, peace plan, and rebuilding Donbas

 

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Address of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, June 21, 2014

Dear Fellow Citizens

The Armed Forces have completed the most wide-ranging military operation in the recent history of our country. The army has taken control and has established a defensive system along most of the border with Russia in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. The forces of the Antiterrorist Operation (ATO) have freed a large number of populated areas from terrorists and have tightly encircled the extremist groups. Continue reading

Donbas townspeople get rid of terrorists

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Residents of the town of Shabelkivka, in the Donetsk Oblast, drove away armed militants and dismantled their checkpoint, reports Espreso TV, June 21, citing News of Donbas.

The townspeople asked the separatists-terrorists to leave Shabelkivka, which is near Kramatorsk, and to dismantle their illegally installed checkpoints, the residents told News of Donbas . However, the representatives of the militants from the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” refused to comply. The townspeople then got together and went unarmed to the checkpoint, dismantled it, and drove away the militants. Continue reading

Moscow dislikes Poroshenko’s peace plan

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Sergey Lavrov

Russia does not like the number of ultimatums in the peace plan presented by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Espreso TV, the publication reports, July 21.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “many points in this plan look like ultimatums. ” Continue reading

Armed militants attack Akhmetov’s mine

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Saturday morning, June 21, unidentified armed men in armored personnel carriers and trucks with “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) symbols broke into the territory of the DTEK Mine Komsomolets Donbasa (belonging to oligarch Rinat Akhmetov -Ed.), reports Ukrainska Pravda, citing the DTEK press service.

Under threat of arms, the intruders forced the employees in the administrative building to lie face down and turn off all mobile phones. At the time, there were some 700 people in the mine, the press service reports. Continue reading

Russian tanks with Ukrainian markings massing at border

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The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has confirmed the presence of tanks on the Ukrainian-Russian border, reported Council spokesman Volodymyr Chepovyy.

Tanks with Ukrainian markings and people in Ukrainian military uniforms have been detected near the village of MIllerovo, in the Russian Federation, about 20 km from the Ukrainian-Russian border, Chepovyy said, June 21, at a press briefing, reports Tyzhden.ua. “The purpose could be to carry out provocations on Ukrainian or even Russian territory,” he said. Continue reading