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Video shown on local channels here in Ukraine showed the SBU SWAT team standing guard while Searching Saakashvili ally's office for possible wrong doing with the fund he runs for ATO soldiers charity. Also documents from a judge's office were taken, in connection with this investigation. Saakashvili is accusing Kyiv of using this for political purposes.

While SWAT members were guarding the front door to the accused office, Saakashvili stormed in with a rage. Investigation continues.

ATO positions were attacked 30 times alone yesterday.

Merkel said the sanctions will stand, during the G7 meeting that is being attended by President Obama.

The team of Ukrainian scientists received the award in the contest NASA


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A charity fund "For the benefit of Odessa", controlled by the head of Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili laundered large amounts received from the smuggling. In the shadow scheme involved the chief of Odessa customs Julia Marushevsky.

On this "browser" has informed a source in law enforcement.

As a source said May 26 during a search in the fund, which is headed by the head of Saakashvili's adviser, former Consul General of Georgia Teimuraz Nishnianidze, law enforcement officers seized a large amount - about one million dollars in cash.

Following the appointment of the Director Nishnianidze Fund "For the benefit of Odessa", all fund accounts were transferred to the "Platinum Bank", controlled by the odious Odessa businessman Alexander Granovsky and Boris Kaufman.

Interestingly, Kaufman and Granovsky are among the sponsors of Mikheil Saakashvili. In addition, according to media reports, Alexander Granovsky acted as a sponsor of the anti-corruption forum, organized by Saakashvili.

According to the results of the investigation, "the Observer", which will be published in the near future, it became known that the founders of the Foundation "For the benefit of Odessa" are smugglers.

As reported by the "Observer", 26 May officers Prosecutor General's Office conducted searches in Odessa . Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko stressed that they have no political agenda. In Russian
Italy does not recognize the resolution of Parliament for recognition Venice occupied Crimea Russian

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy confirmed his country's position on non-recognition of the referendum in the Crimea in 2014 and continued sanctions against the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

This is stated in the statement of diplomatic department, which was announced at the Italian Embassy in Ukraine.

"In connection with the resolution adopted by the Regional Council of Veneto, which urged the Italian government to recognize the results of the referendum on the independence of Crimea from Ukraine and demand the abolition of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirms its strong position shared by the European Union, NATO partners and the countries of G7, on non-recognition of the referendum on the independence of Crimea from March 16, 2014 and subsequent accession to the Russian Federation, wake committed in violation of the principles and norms of international law that prohibit unilateral change of borders of the state "- said in a statement.

In the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled that the duration of the sanctions adopted by the EU against the Russian Federation connected with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirms full support for the work in Normandy format and the OSCE, and stresses their key role in the negotiation and peaceful settlement of the crisis in eastern Ukraine, in full compliance with international law", - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As reported, May 18, regional council of Veneto - the north-eastern region of Italy in the center of Venice - supported the resolution on recognition of the Crimea and the Russian part of the appeal to the Italian government to lift the sanctions against Russia.

Resolution voted 27 deputies were against the board 9. Total Veneto 51 MP.

According to the resolution, the leadership of the region authorized to work with the Italian government and parliament to review relations between the EU and the EU.
Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and China are planning to launch the so-called new Silk Road - a trade route connecting the E.U. and China. In September a high-level summit on the new Silk Road is planned to take place in Kyiv and earlier this week a pre-summit meeting got together Ukrainian government officials, businessmen and foreign trade representatives.

The participants of this meeting discussed the importance of the new Silk Road for economies of the counties along the road. It is expected to be an alternative link connecting the E.U. and China to the northern route, which goes entirely through Russia.

Vladyslava Rutytska, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration: "All our producers absolutely understand that this is only one way that we could use because of the Russian restrictions."

"As for how [Crimea] should be returned, it was necessary to keep Crimea by way of war. There was a certain period when we had to go and defend our land. But we missed it. Why did we miss it? It is a separate question," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

What is more, Savchenko said she had a feeling there is a threat of a Third World War, and in case it happened, the occupied peninsula would be back to Ukraine........
"I like that the lawyers did not spare my feelings. As Kolya [Nikolai Polozov, one of Savchenko's few lawyers] said – you shouldn't have been caught. That's right: If I had had a grenade – they wouldn't have caught me. Damn - – there was no grenade," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.........

on Fri May 27, 2016 11:59 amAdmin
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol has been fired at with small arms in the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Alexander Hug on Twitter.
French aviation authorities are not ready to liberalize aviation communication with Ukraine, Head of the Ukrainian State Aviation Service's commission Serhiy Korshuk has said.

He said at a meeting of the commission on Friday that French aviation authorities are ready to expand the number of airline on the Kyiv-Paris route, but they are not ready to increase the number of routes between the two countries.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given orders for the Russian food embargo to be extended not by one year, but until the end of 2017.

"Our producers have said on several occasions that they want the food embargo on agrarian goods and farm produce from those countries that imposed or joined sanctions against Russia to remain in place. I want to say that I have given instructions to draft proposals on extending the response measures not by one year, but until the end of 2017," he said at a meeting with members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE).

Medvedev said an appeal to the president and the necessary government resolution would be drafted.............
on Fri May 27, 2016 9:20 amAdmin
Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadia Savchenko has said that Crimea will return to Ukraine either by war or diplomacy, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

"How to return Crimea? I felt that a World War III might start. If there is war, we will return Crimea to Ukraine. If there is no war, Crimea will probably be returned with the help of international law, by persuading people that they made a mistake. Perhaps, it will be not the people [who have made this mistake] but their descendants, who will recognize the mistake and fix it," Savchenko said at a press conference Friday.

At the same time, she said that it was difficult for her to predict how exactly and how quickly it would happen.

Savchenko also added that she would do everything possible to find ways to return the occupied territories to Ukraine.
on Fri May 27, 2016 9:13 amAdmin
Freed Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko believes that without the adoption of the Minsk agreements, the situation in the Donbas would be even worse than the current one.

She said it at today's press conference, Censor.NET reports.

"If they [the Minsk agreements - ed.] didn't exist, it would be even worse... They put out the flames burning at that moment. While I can't say I find them completely effective, I am grateful to them for that," Savchenko stressed.

In addition, she commented on her attitude to elections in the occupied territories of the Donbas.

"As for elections, if we were alone, the Ukrainians, we would find a solution. We have many advisers. Elections are impossible now as the border is open. If we continue to have a lot of advisers and the border will remain open, we will end up badly," Savchenko stated.

In addition, she condemned the Russian occupation of Crimea.

"Russia did a terrible thing, it violated international law. We shouldn't have surrendered Crimea, there was a moment when we had to go and defend it. I went to the Donbas as it was late to go to Crimea... If a third world war breaks out - we'll return Crimea. If not, perhaps some international efforts will be taken," she remarked.   In Ukrainian/український
Large and medium-sized enterprises of Ukraine, excluding budgetary institutions, according to preliminary data, received UAH 58.556 billion loss before tax in the first quarter of 2016, which is 6.6 times lower than the adjusted figure for the same period last year at UAH 385.935 billion, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.

In the first quarter compared to the same period last year, the financial result of the profitable enterprises decreased by 20.7% – to UAH 97.518 billion, the result of unprofitable enterprises decreased by 69.3%, to UAH 156.074 billion.

It also reported that the number of loss-making enterprises in relation to their total number for the quarter decreased by 6.9 percentage points – to 39.7%. The biggest share of unprofitable enterprises was recorded in the sectors of arts, sports, entertainment and recreation (68.7%), transactions with real estate (54.7%), transport, storage, postal and courier activities (46.1%).

According to the State Statistics Service, data are presented excluding the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as part of the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.   In Ukrainian/український
The G7 countries have stated that the extension of the sanctions against the Russian Federation depends on how Russia fulfills the Minsk agreements and respects Ukraine's sovereignty.

Censor.NET reports citing the G7 Ise-Shima leaders' declaration.

The G7 leaders stressed that the conflict in Ukraine can only be solved by diplomatic means and in full respect for international law, especially the legal obligation to respect Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

They also urged all sides to take concrete steps that will lead to the complete cease-fire required under the Minsk agreements. "We also urge all sides to fulfill their commitments without delay with a view to holding local elections in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as soon as possible in accordance with the Minsk agreements," the declaration reads.

The countries expressed hope that Russia will live up to its commitments and use its influence over the separatists to meet their commitments in full.

"However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia should its actions so require," the statement notes.

Prior to the publication of the declaration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was too early to think of lifting EU sanctions against Russia. There is no need to expect the EU to give up on the stance that has been followed during the last months, she remarked.  In Ukrainian/український

Local dignitaries and the granddaughter of NKVD officer Valter Vand attend the unveiling of a monument to victims of Stalin’s Great Terror in Saransk.

In the summer of 2004, a group of activists near the city of Saransk made a gruesome discovery: Some 500-700 corpses buried in shallow mass graves in a forest.

They were the bodies of victims of Josef Stalin’s Great Terror in the 1930s. According to local historians, the victims were Orthodox priests, Muslim clerics, local teachers, collective farmers, and workers. Their names are unknown because the archives of the Soviet and Russian secret police remain closed.

"We brought our information about the grave to the government, to academic circles, and to civil society, " activist Nikolai Kurchinkin told the Saransk edition of the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. "But there was only silence."

The activists hoped that the bodies would be exhumed and buried properly in the city cemetery. They hoped that a monument would be placed on the spot where the victims were dragged out into the forest and shot in the back of the head.

On May 23, however, a monument was unveiled on the site, one of the few monuments in Russia devoted to "the victims of political repressions during the 1930s." But after a single line noting that fact, the monument’s text then dedicates 12 lines to honoring one particular victim of Stalin’s Terror: Valter Vand, the former head of the local branch of the NKVD, as the secret police tasked with carrying out executions and many other forms of political repression at the time were known.

The unveiling was organized by the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Mordovia. The speakers at the ceremony included the deputy head of Mordovia’s Interior Ministry and Vand’s granddaughter, Nina Freiman. The ceremony was timed to mark the 78th anniversary of Vand’s own execution, probably somewhere near that very spot.

"This monument is not only for the victims of political repressions, " Freiman said, "it is a monument to their families as well, who in an instant became ’enemies of the people, ’ outcasts. This monument is for them, who shared the fate of their relatives, who did not betray them, who struggled for their good name until the end of their days."

Stalin ’Really Lives On’.......................

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The improvement of the situation in the world commodity markets had a positive impact on Ukrainian exports and made the current account of the balance of payments to return to surplus in April, Head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Valeriya Gontareva has said at a press conference in Kyiv.

"The growth of [Ukrainian] exports accelerated, this entailed the increase in forex revenues," she stated.

The NBU head clarified the average daily inflow of currency to banks' customers in January was $171 million, while in May $231 million.

According to her, the situation in the cash market has also improved.

"The average daily volume of currency cash bought by banks in April almost doubled from January and rose by 34.4% from the previous month, while the average daily volume of currency sales remained almost unchanged. Since the beginning of the year net purchases reached $1.1 billion," Gontareva said.........
During the G7 summit adopted a declaration

Prospect of Britain from the European Union poses a serious threat to global growth. This is stated in the declaration adopted at the summit "Big Seven" held in Japan.

Recall that the "Big Seven" supported conservation sanctions against Russia to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and threatened, if appropriate, strengthened.

leaders of "Seven" also stressed that the crisis in eastern Ukraine can only be resolved by diplomatic means and reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a dialogue with Russia.

in addition, the leaders of G7 condemned the annexation of Crimea by Russia and expressed concern about the prolonged fighting in the Donbass.

By "Group of Seven" includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA.   In Ukrainian/український
The official using authority granted to him in January 2016 contributed to a contract award from the clearing of agricultural land.

Gorodnyanskaya District Court sentenced the village head for receiving the 2 thousand UAH undue advantage (p. 3 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

As established, using the official powers granted to him in January 2016 contributed to a contract award from the clearing of agricultural land located within the settlement, independent of natural vegetation, when he was caught by police officers.

Defendants sentenced in the form of 5 years imprisonment with deprivation of a 2-year right to occupy positions in government and local government, state and municipal enterprises, institutions and organizations related to the implementation of organizational-administrative and administrative-economic functions of confiscation property (except housing) and deprivation of rank civil servant.   In Ukrainian/український
The European Union will show cowardice, if the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to the exchange of the release and repatriation of illegally condemned in the Russian people's deputy Hope Savchenko. This was stated by US Senator John McCain, quoted him as saying on his page on Facebook "Hour Time". "in the case of hope, they (Ukraine -. Ed.) released the two Russians, who were held in captivity that is, it was an exchange of prisoners, let's speak clearly.." - he said.

"She (Savchenko -. Ed.) Would be the last person who would like to lift the sanctions against Russia in exchange for her release sanctions should be directly related to the behavior of Russia Russia occupied Crimea, part of the east of Ukraine, thus violating international law... If it is a quid pro quo - that is an act of cowardice on the part of the European community "- said McCain.

As reported by the "Observer", McCain said earlier that Savchenko at the trial was in very difficult conditions , but not ceased to defend their ideals. Recall, 25 May Savchenko exchanged napoluchivshih life in Ukraine GRU soldiers of the Armed Forces of Russia and Alexander Alexandrov Evgeny Erofeev. In Russian/русский
According to the OSCE, a 51 convoy.

OSCE election observation mission at the Russian checkpoints "Donetsk" and "Gukovo" reports on May 26 next intersection Russian "humanitarian convoy" state border of Ukraine outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities, reports "Radio Liberty".

"The team was accompanied by Minister of Emergency Situations of Russia convoy. It consisted of 40 cars with cargo and 7 auxiliary vehicles. Used externally inspected the Russian border guards and customs officers. Representatives of the Ukraine - three guards and two customs officials - were present during the inspection ", - stated in the mission.

In the afternoon, noted the OSCE, all 47 cars went back to Russia.

Earlier on Thursday, the arrival of the "humkonvoyu" reported the Minister of Emergency Situations of Russia. The fact that according to their information, a 52 "humanitarian convoy" to residents of Lugansk and Donetsk regions, consisting of 100 cars.

Last Russian "humkonvoy" arrived on the territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass 21 April.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has repeatedly demanded that Russia stop violating Ukraine's sovereignty under the pretext of delivering "humanitarian aid."

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in late January called these "convoys" "kvazidopomohoyu." In his opinion, loads that are "illegally forwards at Donbass aggressor" composed "of fuel for tanks and weapons for terrorists."

Ukraine emphasizes that Russia is the introduction of 'humanitarian convoys "with unknown loads without the consent and permission of the Ukrainian side grossly violates the Ukrainian and international legislation. This behavior is also critical of the West.   In Ukrainian/український
The plane moves from landing to landing, moving "jumps", for which he was nicknamed "jumper» (Hopper).

Kyiv team of scientists that developed the project Martian aircraft MarsHopper, won in the category of People's Choice Award at the World Competition NASA SpaceApps Challenge.

This writes the official site of NASA USA.

«MarsHopper - a plane to study the poles of Mars and the surrounding area," - the authors explain the project.

For flights MarsHopper uses dry ice that covers the surface at the poles neighboring planet. He collects it during landings and using radioisotope thermoelectric generator converts the gas. The plane moves from landing to landing, moving "jumps", for which he was nicknamed "jumper» (Hopper).

"Our calculations show that the project can be implemented using existing technologies", - stressed developers.   In Ukrainian/український
The results of the study "Religion and Church in Ukrainian society: the confessional distribution" conducted by the Razumkov Centre from 25 to 30 March 2016.

Most Orthodox Ukraine in favor of overcoming the church division by unity around the local Church, which is not connected with Moscow, said "Religion in Ukraine" .
The study was conducted in all regions of Ukraine except Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Polled 2,018 respondents aged 18 years. The error margin does not exceed 2.3%.

Among the many questions to respondents who identified themselves to a particular denomination, were answered on ways of overcoming the church division in Ukraine.

According to the responses, parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) are divided in their views on the two groups. 41.9% of respondents want to remain a part of the Russian Orthodox Church, that the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. However, 37.3% did not want to be a part of the ROC, including 14.2% offer to unite around the UOC Kiev Patriarchate, and 23.1% in favor of the unity of all in a single, independent (autocephalous) Church.

In the same survey, most parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate - 50.8% - in favor of ensuring that all Orthodox unite around UOC-KP. However, much of the UOC-KP respondents did not object to the unity of all in a single, independent church.

Most respondents parishioners of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) - 50.4% - also proposes to unite into a single, independent church.

Creating a single, independent church supports the majority of respondents from other Orthodox denominations.

The majority of respondents parishioners of all denominations welcomed the Kyivan Patriarchate permission to worship in state reserve "Sophia." In particular, among the parishioners of the UOC (MP) of 37.2% turned out, the UOC KP - 57.1%, in the Church - 76.3%.   In Ukrainian/український
on Fri May 27, 2016 12:45 amAdmin
Changes on sanctions is not planned and G7 to cancel sanctions will not.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is involved in the G7 summit in Japan, voiced the position of the "Big Seven" on sanctions against Russia. It is reported "Interfax-Ukraine" .

She said that changes on sanctions is not planned and G7 to cancel sanctions will not.

It is expected that the heads of state "Big Seven" are going to put the lifting of sanctions dependent on Russia to fully implement the agreements Minsk and Moscow to respect Ukraine's sovereignty.   In Ukrainian/український
Odessa Oblast Governor Mikhail Saakashvili believes that the search in the Odessa Regional State Administration held in order to discredit him.

On Thursday, May 26, Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office conduct a search in one of the rooms on the fifth floor of the Odessa Regional State Administration.
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