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News Digest: March 05, 2014

News Digest: March 05, 2014
Article by: Yuriy Lukanov
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.

Wednesday, March 5, 2:46

The Headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces: Crimea: Currently in Crimea there are Russian soldiers who are not part of Russia Black Sea Fleet

“Today in Crimea there are Russian soldiers that do not belong to the Russian Black Sea Fleet” – assert the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “These actions are in direct violation of international and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia,” – was emphasized in the statement. Notably, the Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on Tuesday said that so far, he does not see the need to send Russian troops to Ukraine. Source:

Wednesday, March 5, 2:54

G7 may hold a summit in the coming weeks

The representatives of the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – are discussing the possibility of holding the summit in the coming weeks. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated this. “I spoke about this with President Barack Obama during the weekend. I know that among senior representatives of the G7 there is an ongoing debate about the possibility of a summit in the coming weeks,” – said Harper in a speech to the Canadian Parliament. Previously, in a joint statement, seven of G8 countries have condemned Russia’s position on Ukraine and announced that they refuse to participate in the preparations for the summit in Sochi.

“We emphasize that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are contrary to the principles and values ​​of G7 and G8. Because of this, we have decided to temporarily stop participating in activities aimed at preparing for the scheduled June summit in Sochi,”- said in a statement released by the White House. Source:

Wednesday, March 5, 9:19

Obama and Merkel insist that Putin started negotiations with Turchynov

USA President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for direct negotiations between Ukraine and Russia to discuss Moscow’s military actions in Crimea. This was discussed during the telephone conversations of American and German leaders. The parties discussed the guarantee of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the need to avoid an escalation of the conflict, specifically “by sending international observers and human rights monitoring mission.” Obama and Merkel emphasized the need to “continue to support the Government of Ukraine, which works to stabilize the economy and prepares for elections in May,” said in a statement from the White House.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he does not consider current Ukrainian government legitimate and does not recognize the acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other current officials as legal. According to Putin, he does not negotiate with Ukraine because Turchynov is not a legal president. Putin also refused to acknowledge the presence of Russian troops in Crimea and said that Ukrainian troops were blocked by the local “self-defense forces.”  Source:


Wednesday, March 5, 9:42

A new fall at the Moscow stock exchange

Morning increases in stock price on the Moscow stock exchange have changed to new falling levels. Stock indexes in the US before have increased: Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 227.85 points (+ 1.41%) to 16,395.88 mark. Standard & Poor’s 500 added 28.18 points (+ 1.53%) and closed at 1873.91. Nasdaq Composite rose by 74.67 points (+ 1.75%) to 4351.97 mark. Russian shares’ prices went down. The situation in the Russian market has somewhat improved through reducing tension around Ukraine. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there was no need to send troops to Ukraine. Meanwhile, investors are reluctant to enter the stock market and purchase shares as uncertainty persists.  Source:

Wednesday, March 5,10:22

Police evacuated the building of Donetsk Regional State Administration following the reports that the building was trapped with bombs

Ukraine raises a flag over the government headquarters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk after evacuating the building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian demonstrators. A police statement says the evacuation began after reports that the building was trapped with bombs. Source:

Wednesday, March 5,11:06

Russia declared the leader of The Right Sector ‘wanted’ and started an international search to capture him

Russia announced an international arrest warrant of the leader of The Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, on charges of making public calls in the media to commit terrorist and extremist activities, specifically, calling to extremist and terror acts in Russia. Under the Russian laws, any person committing or calling to commit serious crimes against Russia or its citizens must be prosecuted in accordance with international laws and Russian legislation. Investigators placed Dmitry Yarosh on the international wanted list. In the near future, the investigation intends to request arresting Yarosh as a preventive measure of detention. The investigation in the criminal case continues.  Source:

Wednesday, March 5,12:21

The court decision: To detain the Admiral traitor; he faces 15 years in prison

The court decided to detain the former Commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Denis Berezovsky on the suspicion of treason. The Admiral Denis Berezovsky, who was appointed Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine on March 1, took the oath of allegiance “to the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol City.” In the morning of March 2, he ordered commanders who are in Crimea “not to resist and to give weapons, ammunition and everything else willingly to the Russians.” Once this order was reported to the Defense Ministry, Berezovsky was dismissed. On March 3rd, he broke into the headquarters of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in Sevastopol and demanded that the management deserted to Russians, but Ukrainian officers refused to carry out his instructions. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to lure other marines to the side of the invaders.


Wednesday, March 5,14:02

Russia is trying to hide its troops from the OSCE committee

Russia is trying to relocate its troops in the Crimea so that OSCE committee will not record their presence. This was stated by the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Andrew Parubiy (according to Interfax-Ukraine).

“It is obvious that only cover actions were performed by the so-called self-defense units. Most actions were carried out by Russian troops and special forces,” – he said. “And they do not even hide it in conversations with our military, our troops,” – he said. “For us, the question is not whether there are Russian troops in Crimea. Of course, they are there. Of course, they are stationed near our troops,” – he said. “And even this night when it became known that the OSCE was coming to the ARC, they are trying to relocate those troops so those that are part of the Black Sea Fleet remain there and those that were transferred from Russia were removed so that the OSCE would be unable to capture their presence. But Russian troops were and are currently located on the peninsula of Crimea,” – asserted Parubiy. Source:

Wednesday, March 5,15:17

In Balaclava, current pro-Russian government is trying to lure Ukrainian border guards with money and threats and encourage them to commit treason and start supporting the current self-proclaimed Crimean authorities.Source:

Wednesday, March 5,16:17

Kherson is against separatism

The regional council in Kherson, a city immediately to the northwest of Crimea, has voted to condemn “any manifestations of separatism.” A total of 46 out of 48 MPs present during the vote supported the resolution. The resolution also reminded that Russia was one of the guarantors of territorial integrity of Ukraine, when the latter gave away its nuclear weapons, and now neglects its guarantees. Kherson Regional Council expressed support for maintaining a unitary government in the country. Deputies said that currently, the situation in fully under control of local authorities and the local government.  Source:

Wednesday, March 5,17:53

In Crimea, Unknown Men Kidnapped Colonel General Mikhail Koval

About 40 unknown men seized Colonel General Mikhail Koval near the gates of the Coast Guard naval base in Crimea. They pushed away the officers surrounding the general and shoved him into a jeep, the border guard’s press service said. Several hours later, he confirmed that he was released and was fine.   Sources:

Wednesday, March 5,19:35

UN Envoy Robert Serry threatened during his visit to Crimea

During his visit to Crimea, UN Envoy Robert Serry was threatened. Armed men surrounded his car and requested that he left the peninsula. They said they received an order to bring him back to the airport. Subsequently, they kept him until he agreed to go to the airport and leave the peninsula. Serry will continue his mission in Kyiv.  Sources:


Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.
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