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News digest March 8-9

News digest March 8-9
Article by: Yuriy Lukanov
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.

Russia will bring more militaries from Chechnya

18th Russian  military unit which regularly based in Chechnya is now ready for departure to Ukraine from Novorosiysk, Russian port in Black Sea together with 120 units of military machines, like missiles systems ‘Grad’ (volley). Russians are disappointed with Russian militaries who assimilated in Crimea and whose behavior their bosses consider to be too soft towards Ukrainians. First 400 Russian militaries who blocked Ukrainian units in Crimea for 2 weeks have left Crimea for rotation, may of them under threat of being fired. Newcomers are more reluctant to contacts with locals in Crimea and more reserved.

More militaries to come in Transnistria, 700 extra trained militaries have been sent there already in last 24 hours.

The US ready to introduce additional sanctions

March 9 – The US is ready to introduce additional sanctions against Russian, provided that the latter annexes Crimea, said Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken. He emphasized that the majority of the world does not recognize the possible referendum in Crimea and opposes Russian invasion to the peninsula.

Russians seized the airport in Saky (Crimea)

March 9 – Russian troops seized the airport in Saky, Crimea, according to the Head of Ministry of Defense press center in Crimea Vladyslav Selezniov. The invaders are installing machine guns. Earlier, Russian military seized the airports in Dzhankoi and Belbek and attacked the airport in Novofedorivka.

Avtomaydan activists and journalists captured near Crimea

March 9 – On the border of Kherson region and Crimea, unidentified military persons kidnapped two female Avtomaydan activists, Kateryna Butko and Oleksandra Riazantseva, three journalists and a driver. Also, the military captured a reporter from Glavcom news outlet, but then released him after taking all the cash away from him. According to Ukrainska Pravda, Avtomaydan activists are now in Berkut camp.The location of the journalists and the man who drove them remains unknown.

Three other journalists were detained in Armiansk, Crimea, when trying to enter the peninsula. Euromaidan SOS reported that these journalists are being delivered to the State Security Service in Sevastopol

Organizer of Euromaidan Crimea detained in Simferopol

March 9 – Andriy Shchekun, the organizer of Euromaidan Crimea, was detained in Simferopol, according to Euromaidan SOS. However, Radio Freedom, referring to the lawyers of Crimean Tatar Mejilis, reports that Shchekun was kidnapped by representatives of “Russian unity”.

EU ready to immediately sign political chapters of Association Agreement

March 8 – José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, announced that the European Union is ready to immediately sign political chapters of Association Agreement with Ukraine

 Russian troops already deployed in mainland Ukraine

March 08 – Russian troops have set up camp and have laid mines in the neighbouring Kherson oblast.Source (in English):

Right Sector to Become a Party and Yarosh for President

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:29  The leader of the Right Sector movement, Dmytro Yarosh, intends to run for president. The movement will become a party, Andriy Tarasenko, the chairperson of the Kyiv organization Right Sector, told Interfax – Ukraine.

“We are preparing for a congress, where the party will be renamed, and we go to the elections in Kyiv: in all local councils, towns and villages, which means that Dmytro Yarosh will run for president of Ukraine,” he said.

He explained that Right Sector decided to resort to politics because they have no intention to fight with those politicians who stood with them on Maidan.

“People who are currently in power were standing next to us at the barricades, thus, it does not make sense to fight against them with revolutionary methods,” said Tarasenko. However, Right Sector realizes that, “no power restart has occurred, there was only a change of names of government offices.”  According to Tarasenko, the congress in which Right Sector will decide on the establishment of the party, will be held on March 15.  The original text is on Ukrainska Pravda at:

March 8 in short – by Taras Vozniak

March 8 – Russia’s military intervention in Crimea is creating risks for all those NATO states in Europe, where Russian ethnic enclaves exist. American servicemen are ready to support their allies in Europe and to provide support to Ukraine. The US are sending a clear signal to Russia about being ready to answer any threat. All of the above was articulated by Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff according to Atlantic Council website

March 8 – President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso stated that European Union is ready to sign the political chapters of the Association Agreement with Ukraine immediately.

March 8 – Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. According to Lavrov: “Russia is ready to continue dialogue on the understanding that this dialogue should be honest and partner-like, without attempts to portray us as one of the sides in the conflict, as it may look like according to some our partners”.

March 8 – OECD military observers have been prevented from entering Crimea for the third time. Pro-Russian separatists stopped them before entering Crimea by gunfire.

March 8 – Russian servicemen have started to conceal mines at the neck of land between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.

March 8 – US authorities knew about Putin’s plans one week before Russian invasion of Crimea.

March 8 – Pro-Russian separatist have occupied a military commissariat in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, and let Russian servicemen in.


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