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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Friday 25 March. [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Friday 25 March. [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:14 am

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News -
52 attacks by Russian forces yesterday on Ukraine.
Update - 6 Ukrainian soldiers wounded.

Weather -
"It's getting to look a lot like Christmas..." - -2, light snow.
Except on Sunday it is "Polish Easter", as it is called here.

The Rada Theatre -
The games start at 10 am, apparently. More meetings.
Latest looks like Groisman PM, and Parubi as Speaker.
But coalition games - getting deeper and deeper, each party now making demands.
This looks set to run and run. I thought they might sort out a new PM today, but - maybe by April 01? jocolor


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52 attacks yesterday in the ATO zone; Ukrainian forces destroyed a Kamaz truck of the militants

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/25/7103262/
In the area of ​​ATU 52 attacks per day, the Armed Forces destroyed KAMAZ militants
Friday, March 25, 2016, 7:50
During the last day the enemy made 52 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including 38 in Donetsk area.
The press center ATO headquarters.
"Pro-Russian mercenaries continue to ignore the Minsk agreements and conduct fire on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of weapons large caliber" - said in a statement.
So often the enemy fired Avdiivka, Maryinku, Mayorsk Zaitsev, Luhansk, with militants using mortars and 82 120 caliber, grenade launchers of different systems, small arms.
Compared with the previous era of increased number of attacks on Mariupol direction. If they were on the eve of 4, over the past day has 14. In the area of ​​responsibility of the enemy kept firing on Staromyhaylivtsi, Trudovskaya, Kaplan.
It should be noted here that, for the most part, the enemy used armored infantry automatic grenade launchers and sniper work.
One of the areas during the fire response forces ATO to the firing of militants destroyed one unit of enemy vehicles, such as KamAZ.

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The sanctions will be lifted if all items Minsk II are fulfilled - Kerry

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/25/7103260/
...."I repeated promises by President Obama that sanctions will be lifted if all items Minsk agreements are met, including the withdrawal of all troops and guns and returning sovereignty to the Ukrainian border", - said Kerry.....
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Putin knows he will never do this. Putin wants war.

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Neither faction supported the creation of a "government of technocrats" headed by Jaresko - MP (UNIAN)

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http://www.unian.ua/politics/1299844-jodna-fraktsiya-ne-pidtrimala-stvorennya-uryadu-tehnokrativ-na-choli-z-yaresko-nardep.html
...The idea of ​​creating a "government of technocrats" headed by Jaresko was not supported.
This is in the air "5 channel" said MP from "Samopomich" Ruslan Sidorovich.
"When was asked who support a technocratic government led by Jaresko, none of the representatives of the factions who were present there -  the" Narodni Front "or the" Batkivshina " or the " Radical Party " or the " Block Petro Poroshenko " or the " Samopomich "- expressed willingness to vote for it," - said Sydorovych...

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It's getting to look a lot like Groisman.
There was a poll on tv last night. About 5000 people had voted when I saw it.
Groisman for PM. In favor - 8% , and against - 92%. Not exactly popular with the public!

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"Samopomich" recalled their three conditions for a vote for a PM (Business)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:04 am

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http://delo.ua/ukraine/samopomich-napomnila-o-treh-uslovijah-golosovanija-po-premeru-314211/
"Samopomich" looks for the formation of a coalition around the candidacy of a new prime minister and ready to help the coalition provided "non-political elected prosecutor general, the formation of the new composition of the CEC and the adoption of the law on elections on a proportional basis of open lists."
.... considers unfortunate the fact that it "remains in opposition, was the only faction that was ready to support a technocratic government led by (current finance minister - Ed.) Natalia Yaresko".

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Everybody putting in unrealistic demands. Although I agree with all Samopomich ask for. But those in power won't want a fair voting system.

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For Ukrainians it will become harder to get to Poland for seasonal work (Express)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:15 am

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http://expres.ua/news/2016/03/25/179312-ukrayincyam-vazhche-potrapyty-polshchu-sezonni-roboty
From October 2016 in Poland will come into effect stricter rules of employment of foreign seasonal workers, which the country adopted under pressure from Brussels. These changes will affect most Ukrainian labor migrants, who make up the vast majority (90%) among those traveling to Poland for seasonal work, says 24tv.ua. Currently, a simplified procedure for official employment permits citizens of Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to work in Poland without a work permit for 6 months during the year without obtaining a work permit. For this Polish employer must submit to the county Department of Labor statement of intent to employ foreigners. This form of temporary employment of foreigners massively used by Polish agricultural producers. After 30 September 2016, according to the order of the European Union, Poland will be introduced new administrative procedures which will require obtaining a work permit. Such permits throughout 2015 was issued 69,000, while as a statement of intent execution orders of foreigners was registered 10 times - up 782,000.
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Expect a lot of illegal workers. Fewer rights.

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Missing lawyer of Russian GRU operative Yurii Hrabovskyi found murdered, - Ukrainian National Bar Association

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:56 am

http://en.censor.net.ua/news/380970/missing_lawyer_of_russian_gru_operative_yurii_hrabovskyi_found_murdered_ukrainian_national_bar_association
..."We have learned the tragic news today. Lawyer Yurii Hrabovskyi was found dead. The suspect in this crime has been apprehended and we hope that all those involved in the murder of our colleague will be punished. ....
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Very wierd. No real details. Was he told something by the Russian commando that he shouldn't have known? The lack of details leads to speculation...
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Read elsewhere that he was shot. Also elsewhere that his body was found in the Cherkassy region.
Shot link here
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/333240.html


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"Batkivshina" supports the candidacy of Groisman for the post of prime minister (Strana.ua)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:10 am

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"Fatherland," Groisman support the candidacy for the post of prime minister (Strana.ua)
http://strana.ua/news/5744--batkivshina-podderzhit-kandidaturu-grojsmana-na-post-premera.html
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Looking more and more like it is in the bag, to me.
Tymoshenko - she wanted to get rid of Yatseniuk. Revenge for him leaving Batkivshina. The "braided witch", as she is known in some quarters, casting her spell ))

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Today will be closed Congress of the BPP: - place kept secret (Commander in Chief)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:32 am

http://glavcom.ua/news/371106.html
The party "Block Poroshenko" Solidarity congress "will be held on Friday, March 25, in Kiev. This was reported by People's Deputy from the BPP Irina Friz.
"The congress will be held this Friday," - she said the agency "Interfax-Ukraine".
... did not specify the time and place of the congress. In addition, the congress will take place without the press.

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The suspense grows...
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What is going on?
I think Groisman as PM. Parubiy as Speaker (super boring, but... c'est la vie).
Coalition - BPP, narodni front, Liashko and Tymoshenko.
Not that Tymoshenko will do anything other than criticise, if she sees it advantagous for her political popularity.
Likely the same with Liashko.
Liashko would make a much more lively speaker, to be honest. But he is a complete buffoon, or baboon, .. or both. jocolor

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"Samopomich" is ready to vote for Groisman, but there are conditions (Hyser)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:38 am

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"Self" is ready to vote for Groisman, but there are conditions (Hyser)
http://hyser.com.ua/politics/samopomoshh-gotova-golosovat-za-grojsmana-no-est-usloviya-70076
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Conditions as stated a couple of posts above.

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In the capital a surge in the theft of car wheels

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:47 am

http://socportal.info/2016/03/25/u-stolitsi-masovo-kradut-kolesa-z-mashin.html
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The end of winter. People going back to summer tyres. Need locking nuts on the wheels....
I 've seen this sort of theft in other towns in Ukraine, also in western Europe, of course. But becoming more common now in Ukraine.
Not the sort of sight that you want to greet you as you leave your apartment for work in the morning -




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BPP and the "Narodni Front" agreed on a new coalition? (Sotsportal)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:52 am

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MFP and the "People's Front" agreed on a new coalition? (Sotsportal)
http://socportal.info/2016/03/25/bpp-i-narodnij-front-domovilisya-pro-stvorennya-novoyi-koalitsiyi.html
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Lutsenko speculating. Nothing clear. Nothing.
But he also mentions the IMF as "our partner".
I would expect that some smaller parties won't want to agree with what the IMF want. Not popular.
That's probably why he's mentioned this.

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MH17 conspiracy theories about Ukraine swirl in Dutch referendum [Engl; SMH]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:10 am

http://www.smh.com.au/world/mh17-conspiracy-theories-about-ukraine-swirl-in-dutch-referendum-20160322-gnp33g.html
...."They know more than they're willing to tell us," Nijman, an editor at Dutch right-wing shock blog GeenStijl, says. ...
Some of these arguments have found their way, of all places, onto toilet paper. A No campaigner, businessman Ruben Marsman, actually received €48,000 ($71,200) of Dutch government campaign finance money to print and distribute rolls of toilet paper containing statements like "Safety – wasn't MH17 shot down from Ukraine?"...

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I have been to Holland many many times. And I can confirm, that, like most countries in the world, it has its fair share of idiots.
In a couple of weeks' time we're know exactly how many idiots.

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Militants massing in Yasynuvata for new attacks near Avdiyivka [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:30 am

http://www.unian.info/war/1300041-militants-massing-in-yasynuvata-for-new-attacks-near-avdiyivka.html
The Russian-backed militants have massed up to 3,000 personnel in the town of Yasynuvata allegedly for new attacks on the areas near the town of Avdiyivka, the Ukrainian TSN news service reported....

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Six [soldiers] wounded yesterday in the ATO zone - HQ

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:39 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/25/7103292/
At the headquarters of the said six wounded in the zone ATO per day
Friday, 25 March 2016 12:40
One day in the area of ​​counter-terrorist operations, six soldiers were wounded.
This at a traditional briefing on Friday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
"For the past day killed as a result of fighting between Ukrainian military there, six of our guys injured," - said the colonel.
Responding to a question clarifying, Lysenko said that five soldiers were wounded at Avdeevki - one at Novotroickoe.
This was due to enemy attacks with different weapons.

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Putin's forces trying to break out west from Donetsk.

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Intelligence has unveiled two more Russian officers involved in crimes in the Donbas (PHOTO) (Commander in Chief)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:51 am

http://glavcom.ua/news/371140.html
General Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine gathered facts about the participation of two soldiers of the Armed Forces of war crimes in the temporarily occupied territories of the east of Ukraine.
"It was found that as the" chief of the missile troops and artillery of the Southern Military District (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) of the Russian Armed Forces "is Major General of the Russian Federation Yaroshchuk Stepan, b23.04.1964, . With the beginning of military aggression of Russia against Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces Major-General Yaroshchuk



directly responsible for combat use of missile troops and artillery on the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass, as well as the firing of units at the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the civilian population and infrastructure from the territory of Russia. To execute criminal orders of the military and political leadership of Russia General Yaroshchuk regularly illegally crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border ", - said intelligence.
In addition, "chief of artillery AK 1 (Donetsk, Ukraine) Center for territorial troops (Novocherkassk, Russia), the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation Armed Forces" is Colonel Igor V. Jagielski, b05.02.1964.



"Colonel Jagielski - Major-General of the Russian Federation S. Jarostchuk training in Tbilisi Higher Artillery Command School and the direct executor of his orders regarding the criminal attacks on the civilian population and infrastructure facilities in Ukraine", - said Ukrainian intelligence.

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Need to issue a warrant for war crimes.

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"Batkivshina" announced an ultimatum regarding a coalition (Ukrinform)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:07 am

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http://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-politycs/1988788-batkivsina-ogolosila-ultimatum-koalicii.html
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12 to 15 bills...  No details. Let me guess -
Bill 1 - Tymoshenko must be made President.
Bill 2 - There will be a new presidential term, for life.
Bill 3 - The President is allowed to take any amount she wants from the Treasury, but not less than 2 billion dollars a year.
Bill 4 - Tymoshenko must be made President.
Bill 5 - Tymoshenko's daughter will be made "President in waiting" with a minimum salary of 2 billion dollars a year.
Bill 6 - Sean Carr, Yefgenia's ex, must become PM of the UK on a salary of 2 billion pounds a year.
Bill 7 - Tymoshenko must become President.
Bill 8 - Tymoshenko must be put in charge of all gas contracts.
Bill 10 - Tymoshenko will henceforth be addressed by her new title, Her Royal Highness, the Gas Princess.
Bill 11 - Anyone referring to her as "Yulia" will be executed on the spot. Anyone referring to her as "the braided witch" will be hung, drawn and quartered.
Bill 12 - Tymoshenko must be made President.
Well - that's 12 to get started with.


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"People's Front" wants clarification on the proposal Groisman candidates for the post of prime minister: "This is the position BPP faction or not?" (Tsenzor.Net)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:13 am

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http://censor.net.ua/news/381027/narodnyyi_front_hochet_razyasneniyi_otnositelno_predlojeniya_kandidatury_groyismana_na_post_premera
..."We hope that the president," the Block Poroshenko "and Yuriy Lutsenko can give us and the Ukrainian people a clear answer: whether their proposal to nominate Vladimir Borisovich (Groisman - Ed..) for the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, is the position of their party" ...
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mmm... do I smell a rat?

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Kursk politician is charged with libel after criticizing Putin on YouTube

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:35 am

https://meduza.io/en/news/2016/03/25/kursk-politician-is-charged-with-libel-after-criticizing-putin-on-youtube
On March 4, Olga Li, a deputy in the Kursk oblast parliament, released a video appeal to Vladimir Putin, harshly criticizing the president's domestic and foreign policies, saying he has led Russia to financial collapse. In her YouTube video, Li also referred to a “conspiracy at the highest echelons of power” against the Russian people.
Today, Kursk's District Attorney formally charged Li with libel, saying she wrote a newspaper article last fall where she accused a local judge of making several illegal rulings. (The judge reportedly complained to the police, in response)....

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Freedom of speech in Russia? jocolor
You won't read about this from Shaun Walker in The Putin lovin' Guardian.
Incidentally, Kursk is the city where the missile and Buk launcher came from that shot down MH17 (unless you read Walker's Guardian version, which concludes "maybe.. perhaps.. who knows ... Have you seen the latest Putin calendar? ... "). Stick to Bellingcat.

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The Congress of the Poroshenko Bloc began at the Institute for Indepth Psychology (Strana.ua)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:04 am

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http://strana.ua/news/5796-v-institute-glubinnoj-psihologii-nachalsya-sezd-bloka-poroshenko.html
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I didn't make that heading up. But I'm not sure about the Институте глубинной психологии .
Best translation I can come up with.
Whatever, the location didn't stay secret for too long.

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In the AP they said that Yaresko will remain in the new Cabinet (Hvilya)

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:23 am

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http://hvylya.net/news/exclusive/v-ap-rasschityivayut-chto-yaresko-ostanetsya-v-novom-kabmine.html
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A lot of people want her removed. She is simply not used to the Ukrainian ways of bribery and corruption. It must make it hard for most deputies to deal with her.

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Kerry tackled issues critical for Ukraine at meeting with Putin, Foreign Minister Klimkin says

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has raised all issues that are of paramount importance for Ukraine at the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"The issues that are crucial for us concern Nadiia Savchenko, the Donbas, and Crimea. They all have been tackled and clearly articulated," Klimkin told journalists on Friday responding to a question on the results of negotiations on Ukraine between John Kerry and Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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President backs up Shokin’s deputy for prosecutor general

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Poroshenko wants Shokin’s deputy Yury Stolyarchuk to take over as prosecutor general, reform-minded lawmaker Serhy Leshchenko writes in Facebook March 25.

“Pres Poroshenko is still keeping mum about his nominee for prosecutor general. His office again wants to make the nomination at the eleventh hour and force Rada to vote in package for ministerial posts,” he says.

“President’s office spin doctors have started to plant messages in the media, praising Stolyarchuk,” he notes.

Ukrayinska Pravda laid its hands on internal instructions by BPP to its lawmakers of March 24 with ‘topics and arguments for discussions’ which proposes to criticize Viktor Shokin for dismissing progressive prosecutors headed by David Sakvarelidze and to stress that Stolyarchuk will reinstate them in office as soon as he becomes prosecutor general, Leshchenko said.

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Lutsenko gets on warpath

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BPP (Petra Poroshenko’s Bloc) faction head Yury Lutsenko threatens to leave the coalition if the new cabinet is not formed in the nearest time, he writes in Facebook March 24.

He gives the details of a recent meeting of faction heads to resolve the crisis.

“Today, a meeting of major players BPP, Yatseniuk-led People’s Front, Samopomich, Radical party and Batkivshchyna has taken place. The majority coalition has broken down. International partners demand stability and responsible attitude from political players,” Lutsenko writes.

“There is no time left for debates and backstage deals. The voting on the cabinet must take place within the nearest days to come,” Lutsenko says.

“If the attempts to save one’s posts during numerous pointless ‘discussions’ continue, I will leave the coalition at the end of next week.

Those who want real change, not the continuation of blackmail and horse-trading, will do the same,” Yury Lutsenko said.

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Hrabovskyi’s body found 27 kilometers away from Zhashkiv in abandoned garden, - Military Prosecutor Matios

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The body of lawyer Yurii Hrabovskyi was found 27 kilometers away from Zhashkiv in an abandoned garden.
Main Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios announced today at a briefing, Censor.NET informs.

"Another person involved in disappearance of lawyer Hrabovskyi was apprehended yesterday morning due to painstaking efforts of a small group of the most proficient officers of the Security Service together with military prosecutor's office investigators and the Odessa region SBU officers. His confession was later obtained. The person was detained in the Odessa region," he said.

According to the military prosecutor, it was this person's testimony, thanks to which Hrabovskyi's body was found and the details of his murder were established.

"The information on lawyer Hrabovskyi's place of murder has been obtained from him," he said.

"Upon completion of all proceedings, a small group of SBU officers under my leadership has left for the Kyiv region. We were searching for a place of burial and the place of murder of lawyer Hrabovskyi starting from 7 p.m. yesterday until 4 a.m. today. We had found a place of his burial in an abandoned garden 27 km away from the city of Zhashkiv at 4 a.m. thanks to online use of numerous technical means," Matios added.

"Hrabovskyi's body location was not established immediately after we started exploratory digging. The examination of the scene is currently underway. I can say in advance that the evidence of violent death as well as kill shot have been found on his body," he added.

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Positions near Avdiivka, Opytne, Pisky, Luhanske, and Troitske struck with mortars and grenade launchers, - ATO press center [Engl]

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..."All efforts of pro-Russian mercenaries failed, while ATO forces once again proved they firmly hold their positions. Ukrainian military twice had to open small arms fire in response. ...
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Estonian Nordic Aviation to open direct flights from Odesa to Tallinn from May 27

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http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/333328.html
...According to the press service of Odesa airport, flights will be operated weekly on Saturdays with departure from Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport at 15:30, from Odesa International Airport at 18:20 local time.
Flights on Wednesdays will be added in the period from June 22 to August 24. The flight duration is 2 hours and 15 minutes....

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Separatists Launch New “Passportization” Strategy in Eastern Ukraine [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:44 pm

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/separatists-launch-new-passportization-strategy-in-eastern-ukraine
....Procedures to acquire Russian passports have been simplified via an amendment to the Russian Federation’s citizenship law that was passed in April 2014, shortly after the annexation of Crimea. The amendment allows foreign citizens and stateless persons who are native Russian speakers and descendants of inhabitants of the Russian empire or the Soviet Union to acquire Russian citizenship...
....As a result, the vast majority of the population of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and a significant number in Transnistria, also acquired Russian passports. Thus, the distribution of local passports led to the spread of Russian passports.
..... The rebel leader mentioned that a DNR passport would be required for participation in the planned local elections....

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Russian Economic Crisis Risks Stagnation, Degradation (Op-Ed) [Engl; MT]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:54 pm

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/russian-economic-crisis-risks-stagnation-degradation-op-ed/563569.html
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Quite a detailed article from a Moscow professor. Makes grim reading if you are a Russian. Things are bad, and going to get worse.

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Russia Calls Karadzic's Conviction 'Politicized' [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:06 pm

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...Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov made the comment in an interview with Interfax that was made public on March 25, one day after a UN court in The Hague convicted Karadzic of genocide and nine other charges, and sentenced him to 40 years in prison. ...
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Words fail me.

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Lutsenko suggested a reduction in utility tariffs

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:20 pm

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/25/7103349/
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Lutsenko announced a reduction in utility tariffs
...Leader of the BPP Yuriy Lutsenko believes that utility tariffs will be reduced.
He told reporters on Friday, commenting on the question of how to put the likely future Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman to the tariff increase scheduled for April 30.
Lutsenko said that this should ask himself Groisman, but expressed his belief that rates will drop.
"I am personally convinced - tariffs will be revised downward. The world prices for oil, gas allow us to talk about this. Another question - how, how and when it will happen - it is a question of practical work of the Cabinet", - he said....

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Lyashko has said that his party is not yet ready to support Groisman

Post by Nelson on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:36 pm

17:25
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/25/7103346/
The Radical Party is not yet ready to support the candidacy of Vladimir Groisman the post of prime minister.
He told reporters on Friday after the presentation of the program Groisman.
"Today we do not see opportunities to support the candidacy of Mr. Groisman. He has time until Tuesday. On Tuesday the issue will be raised," - said Lyashko.
"I believe that by March 30, when President Poroshenko Goes to Washington, the political crisis should be resolved. The president must be armed to have a strong negotiating position," - he said.
"I have serious doubts that the Tuesday, March 28, will form a new coalition, the new government and prime minister voted," - said Lyashko.
As you know, before the leader of the MFP Yuriy Lutsenko said that support the candidacy Groisman ready MFP "People's Front", "Batkivshina" and the Radical Party Lyashko.

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Moving the deckchairs around on the Titanic, as she slowly sinks into the water. Such is the stupidity of politicians in Ukraine.
Incidentally -
Online translation of the heading bizarrely gives -
17:25
Lyashko has said that his faction is ready to support Groisman
This is the exact opposite of what it really says in Ukrainian ...
Ляшко вже каже, що його фракція не готова підтримати Гройсмана

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Poroshenko Bloc MPs decide to ban Tomenko’s and Firsov’s sitting in parliament

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:42 pm

Extraordinary congress of Petro Poroshenko Bloc party made a decision to strip its members Mykola Tomenko and Yehor Firsov of their powers. The lawmakers had earlier defected from the faction.

Poroshenko Bloc MP Artur Herasimov told reporters after the congress, which was held behind closed doors, Censor.NET correspondent reports.

He clarified that the decision was taken according to the Article 81 of the Constitution of Ukraine. It will also be considered at a meeting of Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction on Monday.

Besides, the congress took the decision to exclude "candidates, who do not participate in the party activities," from the party election list.

Herasimov did not name the excluded candidates. However, he specified that 15 persons were meant.

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Czech companies may employ 5,000 Ukrainians

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:52 pm

There is an acute shortage of welders, plumbers, loath-machine operators, sanitation engineers in the Czech Republic, Radio Praha says.

“Employing Ukrainians is a necessity as without them many Czech businesses will go bankrupt,” says vice president of the CR economic chamber Bartoneva Palkova.

In 2014, 35,000 Ukrainians got their official jobs in the CR out of 65,000 coming from non-EU countries.

Until recently, only Ukrainian with college education can claim jobs in the C R. Now, blue-collar workers with lower education standards are invited.

Despite the fact that there 430,000 Czechs registered as unemployed their qualifications are too low for local employers, the official says.

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Court Drops One Charge Against Ukrainian Posing As U.S. Student

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:08 pm

A court in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on March 24 dropped one of 10 charges filed against a Ukrainian man who had posed as an American high school student.

The charge of identity theft was dropped after the court determined that Artur Samarin, 23, didn't actually steal the American name he used, Asher Potts, from anyone living in the United States.

The court let stand other charges against Samarin, however, including statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, for his having sex with an underage girl while attending a Pennsylvania high school.

In a brief exchange with reporters outside the court, Samarin apologized to his mother in Ukraine and said he came to the United States because "I just want to have a better life.".....

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Russia attempts stirring up anti-Muslim, anti-Tatar sentiments in Kherson

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:11 pm

A week ago the SBU announced the capture of a terrorist cell that was based in Odesa and targeting the south-Ukrainian Kherson Oblast. According to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), the operatives were prepared by the Russian Special Services and coordinated by the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LNR.) The cell was reportedly targeting an unidentified facility of the Ukrainian State Penitentiary services and was also planning “attacks related to ethnic minorities in the Kherson Oblast. The attackers planned to conduct propaganda against religious and ethnic minorities.” The head of the SBU later stated that they were planning an attack on a mosque in a village somewhere in Kherson. This follows the late February grenade attack on the local Headquarters of the Crimean Tatars in Kherson.................

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Putin Hopes Kerry Visit Will Help Solve Syria, Ukraine Crises

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:57 pm

Speaking at the beginning of talks in the Russian capital on March 24, Putin credited cooperation between the two countries for some successes in the conflict in Syria.

Kerry said the United States looked forward to making progress in peace talks in Geneva and to begin the "very serious and difficult work" of a political transition in Syria.

"The serious approach that we have been able to cooperate on has made a difference to the life of people in Syria and to the possibilities of making progress on peace," Kerry told Putin................

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Prisoners of conscience: Why Kremlin needs Ukrainian hostages

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:11 pm

Sentence of Nadia Savchenko is not the end of a story of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostage. This sham trial should launch a series of steps aimed at the release of the rest of the Ukrainians, who are being held illegally in Russian dungeons.

Savchenko’s case and the ridiculous, and at the same time cruel, trial have been in the global focus for months. Her sentence has caused a real uproar: 22 years in jail for the alleged murder of two Russian journalists, who were illegally staying in the east of Ukraine for the information support of pro-Russian militants, as well as a fine for "illegal border crossing," given that Ukrainian pilot was forcibly transported to Russia.

At the same time, other cases of the Russian “justice” being applied to several dozen Ukrainians illegally held in the Russian Federation cause just as much indignation. "There are at least 25 people of whom we are aware. Of them, 13 are held in captivity in the territory of Russia, and another 12 – in the Russian-occupied Crimea," said the human rights activist, Euromaidan-SOS initiative coordinator, Chairman of the Centre for Civil Liberties NGO Oleksandra Matviychuk.

And, unfortunately, the list is not shrinking – there were new arrests of activists in Crimea in February this year.

There is one common thing about all Ukrainian citizens who have gotten under the steamroller of Russian judicial system: the Russians crave to present them as enemies, with trumped-up charges wheeled out by torture – of terrorism, extremism, sabotage, or espionage. As a result, it was innocent people who fell victim to the Russian “law enforcers” in almost all cases known to the human rights activists.

The most famous of them are Oleh Sentsov (20 years' imprisonment in a top security penal facility), Alexander Kolchenko (10 years in top security penal facility), Hennadiy Afanasiev, Oleksiy Chirniy (seven years in top security penal facility each), who are all part of the so-called “Crimean terrorists” case. Not only have they been charged of setting up a terrorist cell in a fabricated case and then transferred to Moscow for further investigation, the Russian "law enforcers" also told the Ukrainian diplomats not to worry about the fate of the suspects, as Russia considers them Russian citizens (as residents of Crimea).

Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk are tried in a so-called "Chechen case," where Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, believe it or not, is also among the accused. Russian law enforcers argue that Klykh and Karpyuk in the mid-90s, along with Yatsenyuk, took part in the first Chechen war allegedly killing Russian soldiers. Despite the fact that, regardless of the absurdity of the charges, the statute of limitations expired in 2010, Ukrainians are being tried in Chechnya anyway.

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Bloomberg: Russia said to face eurobond setback as many banks shun deal

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:28 pm

Russia has not been able to line up a suitable lead manager for a planned $3 billion eurobond because of U.S. and European Union pressure on major banks not to participate, meaning the high-profile sale is likely to be delayed or even shelved, senior officials said, according to Bloomberg.

Only two Western banks are still interested in helping sell the bond, one of the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity, according to Bloomberg.

Another official said Russia so far hasn't been able to find a bank big enough to successfully lead the issue that would be willing to participate, despite sending out requests for bids to about two dozen major banks earlier this year.

Relying on Russian banks could deter western investors, since the country's main lenders are subject to U.S. and EU sanctions.

A prominent underwriter is important for the Kremlin but pressure on banks from the U.S. and EU proved stronger than the government expected, the official said, according to the report.............

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Most planned-in-Ukraine terrorist attacks organized in Russia

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:39 pm

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that for the last year Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has managed to reveal and not to make over 200 terrorist attacks happened, which have mainly been prepared on the territory of Russian Federation.

Poroshenko participated in the solemn meeting of the SBU congratulating its personal staff and the leadership with the 24th anniversary, the president's press service reported on Friday.

The head of state stressed that the Security Service had been drastically changed for two years.

He said that in 2015 over 200 terrorist attacks had been prevented in Ukraine the majority of which were planned in Rostov and Belgorod regions.

"They planned terrorist attacks in Kyiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv and Lviv. Their purpose is to intimidate the country and destabilize the internal political situation. They are the key element of the hybrid war against Ukraine," he said......................

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Russia will stop at nothing to avoid sentencing of Yerofeyev and Alexandrov in Ukraine

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:50 pm

Russia will do everything possible to ensure that Russian military servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov are not sentenced by the Ukrainian court, Deputy Prosecutor General, Ukraine's Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios has said.

A verdict of the Ukrainian court would serve as an evidence of Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine, Matios said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.

He noted that the verdict would also serve as grounds to appeal to international institutions with respect to specific individuals................

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Putin advises Russian businessmen against selling Ukrainian assets

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:58 pm

"The president has made it clear that the leadership there may change, but companies and Ukraine would remain in place," a source said, RBC wrote.

Putin recommended taking a wait-and-see approach as long as there is still hope for the normalization of relations, it said.

"He [Putin] also said that one could feel pressure in the [Ukrainian] financial and banking sector, but the situation could be different with industrial assets. But his assessment was: 'One can wait to see how the developments will be unfolding,'" the source said..............

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Why is he not pulling out? He can see that Ukraine's getting all kinds of assistance to stand on its own two feet, so his plans to bring it down, he's aware isn't working. So if he wants to have that income to Russia and himself (who knows how much of those assets are his) he'll keep things the way it is, to help him bounce back up later, one is all said and done.

He pulls it out now, his oligarchs that have investments there will lose big, along with him losing in the end and they'll turn against him. The only thing that will really do him in is, if Ukraine's government confiscates those Russian assets. The he's screwed royally.

He thinks association between him and Ukraine will get back to normal. It'll never get back to that point, as Ukraine knows it'll keep the door open for him to cause future issues again and have more influence of the business industry in Ukraine. If he's brought this issue up, it's either his business sector are showing concern, or he himself knows it can be an issue. So he's trying to say, "Ukraine, we can good partners again", and deep inside he's pleading for cooperation.


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In the Lviv region on a bribe border guards detained

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:39 pm

For the free movement of goods across the state border of Ukraine employee checkpoint demanded improper advantage. Upon receipt of 13 thousand hryvnia, and 100 US dollars official detained.

As a result of actions by employees of the Office of Protection of the economy (UZE') of the National Police and the UAS in the Lviv region suppressed the system of extortion and receiving illegal benefits from a 32-year-old inspector of the Border Service.

For the free movement of household appliances through the state border at a certain checkpoint border guards demanded bribes Ukrainian citizen.

Military Prosecutor's Office of the Lviv Garrison West Region opened criminal proceedings Part 3 st.368 (acceptance of an offer, promise or receipt of undue advantage by an official) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

At night, March 24, during the preparation of a border guard undue advantage, he was detained by UZE' Natspolitsii, UAS and the military prosecutor's office in Lviv region.

Inspectors seized 13 thousand hryvnia and US $ 100, which he received as the undue advantage.

Officer arrested in the order of Art. 208 of the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine.

For soliciting and receiving illegal benefits is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years, with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years, with confiscation of property.

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The BPP is calculated dismiss Shokina Tuesday

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:37 pm

In the Bloc Poroshenko hopes that Tuesday's resignation to the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokina be granted by Parliament, said MP from the faction Irina Lutsenko.

"We hope that on Tuesday still Shokin will be removed. For us it is, even for the party and the faction that supported it, it was perceived very negatively and faction members, not to mention the public, "- said Lutsenko in the air channel" 5 ".

She noted that the new Attorney General must be a person with legal training and experience in the prosecutor's office.

At the same time, said the People's Deputy, a question of the appointment of the prosecutor general BPP faction leader Yuriy Lutsenko is not.

"He can not be appointed for one simple reason - he does not have legal training, and he offered to go no attorney general," - Lutsenko said.

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Pechersky Court allowed the prosecutor's office of the Centre notch anti-corruption instruments

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:51 pm

Kiev Pechersk court granted investigators Prosecutor General of Ukraine access to the right of withdrawal of things and documents anti-corruption Center (CPC), as well as the documents that make up the bank secrecy and are owned by banks, serving the CPC. The corresponding decree issued by the court on the same day - March 22, appeared in the Unified Register of court decisions, said

According to the decree, the investigators of the GPU in the 20-day period may have access to things and documents of the Centre, copies of contracts for the opening and maintenance of bank accounts, powers of attorney, cards with samples of signatures of officials organizing, printing, contracts for the establishment of the system Client-Bank, statements with numbers Telephony, IP-addresses from which the connection was held system Client-Bank, as well as the dates of the said compounds.

In addition, investigators can obtain information about the movement of funds in sets Center, accounting documents, documents of contractors of public organization, statements, etc. Since the beginning of 2014.

It is noted that the relevant regulations were issued by the court on the same day - 22 March.

"This can be regarded only as a pressure on the organization," - said the head of board of the Center for counteraction to corruption Vitaly Shabunin. He also added that in the place of the head of the GPU is now preparing one of the deputies Shokina - Stolyarchuk or Sevruk whose work severely criticized the Centre.

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By sending a recommendation to criticize Shokina involved the Presidential Administration, - MP

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:16 pm

By sending a recommendation to criticize the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokina for firing them GPU employees who worked on the case "diamond prosecutors' involved representatives of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine (APU). This was during a dialogue with journalists, which was broadcast channel "112.ua" , said MP, a member of the faction "Block Poroshenko" (BPP) Mustafa Nye.

"Yes, indeed, we have today received information materials, in which we invite you to read an interview with Mr. Stolyarchuk. Secondly, stressed that Stolyarchuk is a professional prosecutor who has worked in 2002-2003 Gongadze case, and a quote Mrs. Telichenko lawyer Gongadze's family that she supported Mr. Stolyarchuk. With regard Shokina there is criticism that he fired attorneys, investigators and prosecutors on the case "diamond prosecutors," and from this newsletter I conclude, and it is obvious that now people who send this newsletter - and we know that to this involved the presidential Administration - they are now lobbying for the appointment of the Attorney General Mr Stolyarchuk, who is the deputy prosecutor general, "- said Nye.

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This is a good example that the old ways of doing business in Ukraine are changing. In the past, if you spoke out against your boss or to anyone in a high position, you were basically toast. Now they're seeing that it's no longer the norm. Now the fears there was before is slowly fading away. They're now speaking up for what's right with no price to pay as before. The old Yanukbich ways of doing business are quickly disappearing.


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