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Russia sanctions to be kept until Minsk accords fulfilled, Crimea returned (US).  US urges Russia to influence Donbas separatists to restore peace in Ukraine: Russia Today, propaganda channel crew showed up minutes after OSCE vehicle blast.  Poroshenko offered Tillerson consider placing the Donbass peacekeepers the UN.  Russia aims to restore cooperation with the EU.  EU must enter a long-term sanctions against Russia to reduce its military aggression.  LPR' militants posted video from OSCE vehicle blast site.  

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on Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:23 amAdmin
Putin’s friend emerges from shadows in Ukraine

Close ties with Russian president prompts suspicion of Kiev’s negotiator

Viktor Medvedchuk has an unusually powerful godfather to his daughter: Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. The Ukrainian is also under US sanctions for “threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity” of his country. So why is Mr Medvedchuk involved in negotiations over the future of separatist-held east Ukraine — on Kiev’s side?

Mr Medvedchuk, 62, has long been one of Ukraine’s most divisive and enigmatic political figures. Chief of staff to Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma in the 2000s, Mr Medvedchuk is close enough to Mr Putin to raise deep animosity among many in Kiev.

He has been photographed next to the Russian president at martial arts meetings and a Formula One race in Sochi. In 2012, Mr Putin visited Mr Medvedchuk’s family at their lavish villa in Crimea, where TV pictures showed them clinking champagne glasses. Many suspect him of being Mr Putin’s agent.

Yet Mr Medvedchuk has emerged as a main intermediary between today’s pro-western Kiev government and Moscow — and a potential key to ending the hostilities that started when President Viktor Yanukovich was toppled by street protests in 2014 and Russia reacted by annexing Crimea and fomenting the war in Ukraine’s east.

His role underscores the complex relations between the two neighbours-turned- enemies, and the tangled motives and loyalties of many of Ukraine’s political elite.......................

Access complete text of the editorial:  ft.com
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Trump Endorses Franco-German Efforts To Broker Peace Deal In Ukraine

In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump endorsed her efforts along with French President Francois Hollande to negotiate with their counterparts in Russia and Ukraine "a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine on the basis of the Minsk agreement."

The Minsk agreement established a cease-fire between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the east, and outlined a process for attaining peace, but it has never fully been followed.

In addition to Ukraine, Trump and Merkel discussed the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and the "urgent security challenge posed by North Korea" during their phone conversation, the White House said.......

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on Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:14 pmAdmin
Macron shares most adequate view of Ukraine

Leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Member of the Ukrainian parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev believes that Ukraine-related policy of French centrist presidential candidate Emanuel Macron will be "most adequate" in case if he secures victory in the race.

Dzhemilev said in a comment to Krym.Realii April 24, Censor.NET reports.

"Of all the candidates, Macron shares the most adequate view of Ukraine. I think that everyone who have lost in the first round will unite and give their support to Macron. Le Pen seems to have no prospects. I hope so," Dzhemilev said.

Earlier, ex-Foreign Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Ohryzko expressed his opinion that if Macron wins the presidential seat, France would continue condemning Russia for the annexation of Crimea.

As reported, Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron won 23.75 percent of votes in the first round, while Le Pen took 21.53 percent. The turnover was next to 79 percent.

The first round of the French presidential race took place under enhanced security measures and a state of emergency introduced in November 2015.

Over 66,000 polling stations were guarded by more than 50,000 law enforcement officers. Besides, 7,000 troops were providing security on the streets.

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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Poroshenko offered Tillerson consider placing the Donbas peacekeepers the UN

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
As Tsenzor.NET , told the press secretary of the President of Ukraine Svyatoslav Tseholko on Facebook .

"Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased US Representative Special monitoring mission of the OSCE as a result of today's undermining of its patrol in the occupied territories and condemned all forms of permanent obstruction fighters work SMM OSCE.

The President of Ukraine suggested to consideration of the placement of the Donbas international peacekeeping force under UN ", informs Tseholko.

Read also: Foreign Ministry about the death of an employee of the OSCE in the Donbas, Russia and terrorists trying to intimidate observers

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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Russia aims to restore cooperation with the EU - Lavrov

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia is set to a full resumption of the dialogue with the EU.

He said this during a negotiation with the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini, said Tsenzor.NET with reference to the Herald .

"We are going through a difficult period in relations with the West ... We are still aimed at the resumption of cooperation with the EU, our largest trade partner, with whose people we have much in common historically, culturally and value," - said Lavrov.

Recall that in 2014 the European Union, the United States and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine, which repeatedly expanded and continued. Was suspended talks on visa-free regime and on the new basic agreement on cooperation, a ban on entry to the EU for officials of Russia and frozen their assets imposed restrictive measures in trade, financial and military. Sector sanctions are about 20 Russian financial, oil and defense structures.

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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EU must enter a long-term sanctions against Russia to reduce its military aggression - Mingarelli

Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugo Mingarelli said that EU sanctions against Russia should be long-term to reduce the military aggression of Moscow.

As the Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN , about it he said at a meeting of the international round table in Kiev.

"I think we should be guided by the core values and enter long-term sanctions against that country (Russia) to reduce the military aggression of Russia", - he said.

However, according Mingarelli, the European Union must engage in dialogue with Russia and to use diplomatic channels in order to come to common solutions.

"Despite the expansion and aggression of the last three years, we still managed to keep our the integrity of the European Union. We were able to be combined. of course, sanctions impact on Russia and all EU member states have proved to be to work together to respond to external threats and guided by the principles common approach to the problem, "- said Mingarelli .

Recall that in 2014 the European Union, the United States and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine, which repeatedly expanded and continued. Was suspended talks on visa-free regime and on the new basic agreement on cooperation, a ban on entry to the EU for officials of Russia and frozen their assets imposed restrictive measures in trade, financial and military. Sector sanctions are about 20 Russian financial, oil and defense structures.

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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Russia sanctions to be kept until Minsk accords fulfilled, Crimea returned, - US Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered reassurance in a phone talk with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the United States supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and will not revoke sanctions against Russia until it fully complies with the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea under Ukraine's control.
Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State official statement.

Secretary Tillerson dwelt on his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle.

He reiterated the United States' firm commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and confirmed that sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and fully implements its commitments in the Minsk agreements.

The secretary emphasized the importance of Ukraine's continued progress on reform and combating corruption.

Tillerson accepted condolences from President Poroshenko on the recent death of a U.S. member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).

As previously reported, President Petro Poroshenko, speaking by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, extended his condolences to the family and friends of the American representative to the OSCE SMM who had been killed after a mission's patrol vehicle tripped a land mine in the occupied territory, and also condemned all forms of the ongoing obstruction of the mission's work.

Poroshenko also proposed to revisit the deployment of an international peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas under the aegis of the United Nations.

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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US urges Russia to influence Donbas separatists to restore peace in Ukraine

The United States Department of State calls on Russia to use its influence with the militants controlling the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions so that they take the first step toward peace in Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports quoting Acting Department Spokesperson Mark Toner.

"The United States again calls upon Russia to use its influence with the separatists to take the first step toward peace to eastern Ukraine and ensure a visible, verifiable, and irreversible improvement in the security situation," Toner said in a statement following the death of an OSCE mission monitor in the Donbas on April 23.

"This incident makes clear the need for all sides - and particularly the Russian-led separatist forces - to implement their commitments under the Minsk agreements immediately," the document notes. "This includes a real and durable ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, and disengagement from the line of contact."

"The brave monitors of the SMM have the full support of the United States, and we condemn in the strongest terms all acts of hostility and intimidation toward SMM monitors," Toner noted.

He reiterated that the OSCE mission personnel "must also have safe, full, and unfettered access throughout the conflict zone."

As reported, a United States national was killed in OSCE SUV blast April 23 near the village of Pryshyb in the militants-held territory of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Two more monitors, nationals of Germany and the Czech Republic, were injured.

ua.censor.net.ua , Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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'LNR' militants posted video from OSCE vehicle blast site. VIDEO

Militants from self-proclaimed "Luhansk People Republic" posted a video from the OSCE vehicle explosion site.
As reported by Censor.NET, the video shows the remains of the burned car. A voice of a militant is heard as he is reporting of the accident over the phone.

"I'm at the spot. One '200' [killed - ed.], one '300' - [wounded - ed.]. This is our territory. This is Pryshyb," he says.



As reported, an OSCE SMM patrol vehicle exploded on a mine in the Luhansk region on April 23. The accident occurred at Pryshyb village area, controlled by "LPR" militants. One SMM member was killed, two more wounded. The killed monitor was a U.S. citizen, the wounded SMM members hail from Germany and Czech Republic.

ua.censor.net.ua , Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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Russia Today, propaganda channel crew showed up minutes after OSCE vehicle blast

A camera crew of the Kremlin mouthpiece Russia Today (RT) TV channel arrived at the site of the OSCE mission car blast three minutes after the tragedy.

Censor.NET reports citing People's Front MP and coordinator of the Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk as saying on Facebook.

He says that after an explosive device was detonated by the OSCE's car in the vicinity of militants-held Pryshyb village in the Luhansk region, the events developed as follows:

11:17 a.m. - the car hits a mine;
11:20 a.m. - the RT crew shows up at the blast scene;
11:28 a.m. - unidentified civilians arrive in a khaki-colored Niva to give instructions to the Russian "journalists";
3:44 p.m. - "LPR police" make appearance;
3:48 p.m. - a medical service car arrives to fetch the body of the deceased OSCE employee;
Around 4 p.m. - a truck crane arrives for the evacuation of the destroyed SUV.

As reported, a United States national was killed in OSCE SUV blast April 23 near the village of Pryshyb in the militants-held territory of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Two more monitors, nationals of Germany and the Czech Republic, were injured.

ua.censor.net.ua, Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові

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