“Luhansk People’s Republic” declares war on “Donetsk People’s Republic”

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Chairman of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) Valery Bolotov declared war on the leadership of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR), Bolotov’s press service reports.

Bolotov believes that the cleaning of Donetsk by the forces of the anti-terrorist operation conducted by the Ukrainian government and the city’s submission to the Ukrainian army is a crime committed by the DNR head Denis Pushilin against his own people.

“On LPR’s territory Denis Pushilin and his inner circle are considered to be traitors and persona non grata. According to the laws of war, as traitors to their own people, they are subject to liquidation,” said the head of the LPR. He added that he considers the head of the DPR an outlaw and declares war on him. Continue reading

13 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Died During the Fight Near Volnovakha, Turchynov says

turThe Chairman of Verkhovna Rada, Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, declared that on Thursday morning 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed during the fight near Volnovakha near Donetsk.

“Throughout the fight to protect the town of Volnovaha from an attack and attempt to occupy by members of a separarist group). Our soldiers protected this town. They did not let the attackers advance. However, under the fire of grenade-gun and heavy automatic weapons, 13 men have tragically died for Ukraine,” Turchynov reported this at his meeting with the members of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Oranisations, that took place on Thursday in Kyiv.

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Life in the Hotspot. Two Truths About Sloviansk

Sloviansk is not only the hottest spot in Ukraine, but in Europe today. We have talked to the local citizens who told us about the events in this city and its suburbs.
Both of our informants are called Oksana, they evaluate what is happening in their mother city differently, but they do agree on one thing – Sloviansk is weary of war and all the people are waiting for it to end. 

“The locals are taking up saws and cutting down trees to protect their homes”

According to one of the women, the people here are tired of bombings, as, from her words, they are dropping bombs day and night. The woman is sure that this is done by the National Guard. According to her, there are already 10 ruined houses in the city. “A woman went to her daughter’s for the night. She came back and her house had been destroyed,” told Oksana.

According to her, everyone who had the possibility to leave the city had done so. “Everyday goods shops are closing, it is more or less all right with the food. But there were interruptions with dairy. The people are tired of living like this: the children don’t have an opportunity to go to school and they will have no graduation. Practically all production facilities have been stopped,” says the resident of Sloviansk.  Continue reading

Military medics deployed to southeast borders of Ukraine

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Members of Ukraine’s military medical corps

On Tuesday, May 20, specialists from the Military Medical Clinical Center of the Central Region arrived by military aircraft (AN-26 plane) in regions where they will provide medical care for the military units serving  on the eastern and southern borders of Ukraine, reports Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.

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Gubarev Claims That Akhmetov is Funding Separatists

Monday, May 12, 2014, 17:31

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Rynat Akhmetov bribed separatists in Donetsk, stated separatist leader Pavlo Gubarev in an interview with “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

According to Gubarev, after the Party of Regions has lost credibility, it was not possible to restore it. “In these circumstances, the leaders of the so-called people’s militia began to emerge in all cities. The ruling party, the eastern oligarchs, resorted to the same suitable means of bribery. There were no threats, perhaps; rather bribery and intrigue with activists of the people’s militia,” he said. Continue reading

Administration to Akhmetov: Remember the Unity of Ukraine

Monday, May 12, 2014, 17:27

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Serhiy Pashynskiy

The Presidential Administration promises to make personnel changes in personnel upon Rynat Akhmetov’s calls to stop ATO in the Donbas, said acting PA head Serhiy Pashinsky.

“We are surprised by the statement from Metinvest; as we understand – it’s a statement by Akhmetov (Metinvest’s company owner) who advocated a unified Ukraine and recommended the Donetsk Governor (Serhiy Taruta ). … “We will make the corresponding conclusions including personnel according to these statements,” added Pashynskiy. Continue reading

Amid anti-terrorist operation on May 9, Sloviansk residents hand our leaflets calling for unity

Proactive citizens of Sloviansk distributed leaflets [calling for unity] on the eve of Victory Day on May 9. Realizing that doing this inside the terrorist-seized city of Sloviansk itself is dangerous, activists handed out the leaflets at checkpoints. Simple in form, but deep in meaning, the leaflets were well received by passengers of vehicles approaching Sloviansk.

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Ukraine’s security services continue anti-terrorist operation; block plans to blow up water reservoir

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at aa Ukranian checkpoint near the eastern town of Slaviansk

Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation near Slovyansk

Terrorists detachments were activated in almost all towns of the Donetsk Oblast Monday, May 5, and flags of the so-called local “people’s republic” were widely displayed, reports TSN correspondent Alexander Motornyy. Continue reading

Presence of civilians hinders anti-terrorist efforts, Avakov says

Arseniy AvakovThe Ukrainian forces involved in the antiterrorist operation (ATO) in the east of Ukraine do not storm residential areas and do their best to avoid civilian casualties, said the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arseniy Avakov.

“We do not use ATO forces to storm residential areas and we establish restrictions on attacking areas with civilians,” Arseniy Avakov told journalists at the entrance to Slovyansk in the Donetsk Oblast on Monday, May 5, reports Interfax Ukraine. Continue reading

“Missing” Russian diplomat located in Akhmetov’s home

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Rinat Akhmetov and Vladimir Lukin

While the Kremlin continued to express “concern” that, with the launch of Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation in Slovyansk, they had lost contact with diplomat Vladimir Lukin in Ukraine, it turns out Putin’s representative was visiting Rinat Akhmetov at his luxurious residence in Donetsk. Continue reading