Kherson mayor asks Patriarch Kirill to stay home

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Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko

The Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko believes the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill should drop Kherson from his travel plans, reports Expreso TV, June 18, citing the mayor’s press service.

“We support the development of spirituality in Kherson, but I’m afraid that right now Patriarch Kirill has nothing to do with spirituality. In short, Mr. Kirill, nobody is waiting for you here. To elaborate, we know how much protection Mr. Patriarch requires. Kherson has a population of only 350,000, and it would be difficult to assign half of them as guards. Moreover, our city executive committee has lost its Photoshop license, so it would be difficult to add the required flocks to Patriarch Kirill’s photos.” Mikolayenko said. Continue reading

Moscow patriarch not welcome in Kyiv, says Culture Ministry

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Patriarch Kirill with Vladimir Putin © AFP/File YANA LAPIKOVA

Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has announced that a visit to Kyiv by Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is undesirable.

Volodymyr Yushkevych, the head of the Department of Religious and Ethnic Affairs at Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, explained his reasons in an official statement posted on the Ministry of Culture website, June 19, referring to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate that currently taking place at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra: Continue reading

Militants create civilian disaster scenes for Russian media

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Russian terrorists  fired at Ukrainian military positions at the Kramatorsk airfield Thursday, June 19, reported ATO (antiterrorist operation) spokesman Vladyslav Seleznov on his Facebook page, reports Ukrainska Pravda. “Then the militants launched 82mm mortar fire at civilian areas in Kramatorsk,” he wrote.

Citing sources, Seleznov reported that once again Russian journalists appeared within minutes at locations bombarded by militants. A few days earlier, the ATO center had warned that militants would be shelling Kramatorsk in order to create a humanitarian catastrophe and provide appropriate images for Russian TV. According to Seleznov, this has been going on for several days. Continue reading

Russian journalists first on the scene of gas explosion in Ukraine

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Journalists from Russia Today arrived at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in the Lokhvytsky district, in the Poltava Oblast in Ukraine, in record time, says the Chairman of Naftogaz Ukraine Andriy Kobolev.

He remarked on this astonishing journalistic timing on his Facebook page the day of the explosion, Tuesday, June 17, as reported by Espreso TV.

“It took the ‘journalists’ from Russia Today exactly 10 minutes to be on the site of the pipeline explosion, in an unremarkable area, deep in the Poltava Oblast. As they say, they drove around, stopped briefly, and lo and behold, there it was,” he writes. Continue reading

The meaning behind Poroshenko’s “Peace Plan”

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President Petro Poroshenko

By Taras Klochko, Espreso TV, June 18, 2014

All the peace-loving statements voiced by President Petro Poroshenko have image-making as their primary goal. It is highly unlikely that the president seriously expects to implement his peace plan.

From the first days of his presidency, Poroshenko has constantly stressed the need for a peaceful settlement through negotiations of the situation in the East. Already in his inaugural speech, Poroshenko presented the “presidential peace plan” whose essence is quite simple: a ceasefire, amnesty for terrorists who have not committed serious crimes, and negotiations, but certainly not with terrorists like Girkin or Bolotov, but with “influential people in the East” who are ready to establish order. Continue reading

Luhansk terrorists hunt Ukrainian teachers

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On Tuesday, June 17, pro-Russian terrorists in Lysychansk, in the Luhansk Oblast, staged a “shakedown” in the Lysychansk school #8 when several armed men came looking for the Ukrainian language teacher Antonina Havrylyuk.

Fortunately, the teacher was not at school at the time. After being warned of possible kidnapping, she took shelter with friends, writes the newspaper Today in Severedonetsk. According to the newspaper, Havrylyuk has left the terrorist occupied area and is now safe.

Havrylyuk has been highly valued by the parents of her students. The class where she teaches has been renovated by the parents and is one of the best in the school. She is also an active supporter of a united Ukraine, the newspaper reports.

Source: http://svsever.lg.ua/2014/06/separatistyi-v-lisichanske-lovyat-uchiteley-ukrainskogo-yazyika/

Explosion reported at gas pipeline in Ukraine

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There was an explosion at the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod gas pipeline in the Poltava Oblast in Ukraine, Tuesday afternoon, June 17, reports Interfax Ukraine, citing the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Poltava Oblast.

“Information on the explosion was received around 14:20. Fortunately there were no victims. Firemen are continuing their work,” the press service reported. Continue reading

Soros forms advisory group to support reforms in Ukraine

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George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundation and the International Renaissance Foundation, is assembling a strategic advisory group to assist Ukraine’s government in carrying out reforms, the Renaissance website reports, June 17.

Soros announced his initiative during a meeting in Kyiv, on June 16,  with President Petro Poroshenko. Also present at the meeting were the Chairman of the International Renaissance Fund Oleksandr Sushko and the Executive Director Yevhen Bystrytskyy. Continue reading

Ukraine reports new Russian troop activity at border

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The press service of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine is reporting renewed Russian troop and equipment activity near the state border, new recruitment efforts for Russian militants, and planned assaults on Ukrainian forces with the help of Russian satellite information, reports Interfax Ukraine, June 17. Continue reading

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister becomes YouTube sensation

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Andriy Deshchytsia

After Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deshchytsia performed the famous hit of football fans about Russia’s President Putin, his video on YouTube has attracted more than a million viewers, reports Ukrainska Pravda, June 16.

The video, filmed by Hromadske TV, appeared on YouTube the day it was filmed, June 14. To date, it has attracted more than a million viewers, and the number keeps growing. Continue reading