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

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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

Russia blocking access to imprisoned film director

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Oleh Sentsov

Russia is not allowing the Ukrainian side to contact and help the well-known Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who had been detained in Crimea by the Russian FSB (intelligence service) and then transferred to a prison in Moscow, reports the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) in Ukraine, June 20.

According to the PGO statement, “any attempt by competent authorities of our country to establish contact with our citizen and to ensure that he receives all available consular services guaranteed by international conventions are being blatantly ignored by authorities of the Russian Federation.” Continue reading

Multiple Russian military units cross Ukrainian border

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A column  of 7 Russian KAMAZ trucks is moving towards Slovyansk, announced Volodymyr Chepovyy, press spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council, at a press briefing on June 20, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

“ATO (antiterrorist) forces are responding to the movement of the column of unmarked Russian KAMAZ trucks with trailers on the Snizhne-Yampil-Slovyansk road in the Donetsk Oblast, said Chepovyy. Continue reading

How Luhansk electricians became YouTube stars

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Oleksandr Kruykov, Pavlo Pavlov with a friend

Despite all the military activity in the Luhansk Oblast, two local electricians are delighting  their internet community with unusual inventions, reports Espreso TV, citing the online publication AIN.

Luhansk natives Pavlo Pavlov and Oleksandr Kryukov were relaxing with friends one day by the river. Someone from the group decided to have some fun by throwing a used gas cylinder in the fire (it’s dangerous, but the explosion is loud). It was around that time that the idea for the YouTube channel “Creative Experiments” was born.. The channel, which is now almost two years old, has almost 19,000 paid subscribers, and its most popular videos attract some 200,000-300,000 views. Continue reading

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