Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – August 7, 2014
Internal Security News
- (RIA Novosti) Clashes among activists and police broke out on central Kiev's Maidan Square, the flashpoint of the country’s pro-EU uprising in November 2013.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported that some members of police and security units were injured in the standoff in Maidan Square, during which 2 people were detained.
- (RIA Novosti) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suspended the ceasefire he previously declared in the area where a Malaysian Boeing crashed in eastern Ukraine last month.
- Oleksandr Borodai resigned as the ‘prime minister’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peole's Republic.
- (Interfax Ukraine) A least five people were killed and another 10 injured as a shell exploded near a bus stop in Horlivka.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Seven Ukrainian military servicemen were killed and 19 others wounded in the military operation in the eastern part of the country over the past 24 hours.
- (RIA Novosti) The head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Andriy Parubiy said he had tendered his resignation and the country’s president had accepted it.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was visiting Ukraine, discussed joint steps meant for further deepening of the country's cooperation with the alliance.
- (ITAR-TASS) NATO has terminated cooperation with Russia, is set to strengthen collective defense of the military alliance’s member states, and will expand its level of cooperation with Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Kyiv.
- Russia announced it was imposing a "full embargo" on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine.
- (ITAR-TASS) Relations between Russia and the United States have no prospects in the next two years, State Duma lower house Foreign Affairs committee chief Aleksei Pushkov said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia are working, and the United States expects Moscow to take steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The chairman of Ukraine’s Security Service alleged that militants were preparing for the invasion of the Russian armed forces into the territory of Ukraine, which was to follow the planned terrorist attack on an airliner in Donetsk region, on July 17-18.
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