Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – June 11, 2014
Internal Security News
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval said that the question of imposing martial law in the eastern regions of Ukraine is currently not on the agenda.
- (ITAR-TASS) The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic does not plan to discuss with Kyiv the establishment of a humanitarian corridor without mediators.
- (ITAR-TASS) Fighting between separatist militias and Ukrainian law enforcers continued overnight at the settlement of Nikolayevka in Donetsk.
- The bodies of 210 people, including 14 children, have been delivered to morgues in eastern Ukraine over the period of the anti-terrorist operation ongoing there, Ukrainian Health Minister Oleh Musiy said.
- (RIA Novosti) The mayor of Donetsk stated that the possible introduction of an emergency situation in eastern Ukraine will aggravate the already tense situation in the region. He also called on Ukrainian authorities to urgently start negotiations in the country's east regarding a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Donbas region, involving Russia and international organizations.
- Eight officers from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and six border guards who were held captive were released in the town of Horlivka.
International Observation Missions News
- (Interfax Ukraine) A group of observers of the OSCE special monitoring mission stopped monitoring Luhansk due to the security situation in the city.
- (RIA Novosti) Russian, Ukrainian, and OSCE representatives were holding consultations to develop a further plan of action to regulate the situation in the east of Ukraine and on formatting possible negotiations on the issue.
- The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe called for the immediate release of eight OSCE monitors who went missing amid the turmoil in eastern Ukraine around two weeks ago.
- (ITAR-TASS) The OSCE Secretary General planned to visit a camp of refugees from Ukraine in Russia’s Rostov region, according to Russian FM Lavrov.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that Russia, despite Ukraine's decision to close a number of checkpoints in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, continues the operation of its border checkpoints in some directions.
- (RIA Novosti) An aide to the Ukrainian Interior Minister said that Ukraine plans to close the border with Russia in the east.
- (RIA Novosti) The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the human rights situation in Ukraine is to be discussed at the 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which started on June 10 in Geneva and will continue through June 27.
- (RIA Novosti) Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia is sending humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine in cooperation with the ‘independence supporters’, as the Kiev authorities are not collaborating with Moscow in that field.
- (RIA Novosti) Russia’s State Duma Speaker said that European politicians should acknowledge the negative consequences of their policy on Ukraine.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Russian President Putin stated that the gas conditions Russia proposed to Ukraine are same as they were under the Viktor Yanukovych government and the Russian government should develop measures which will freeze the proposed discount for some time.
- Russian President Putin accused Ukraine on June 11 of forcing gas talks into a "dead end" by rejecting a price cut offer made amid a row threatening supplies to the rest of Europe.
- (RIA Novosti) Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk announced that Russia’s proposal of a $100 reduction on the price for 1,000 cubic meters of gas does not appeal to Ukraine.
- (RIA Novosti) Attempts to replace the roadmap on Ukraine, originally prepared by the OSCE, with new unilateral deals are counterproductive, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The Cabinet of Ministers announced an intention to approve a draft law on amendments to the state budget, increasing its revenues by UAH 575 million using funds saved from the recent presidential elections in the country. PM Yatsenyuk stated that the money saved will be spent on the country’s army.
- (RIA Novosti) A group of people from Odessa were planning to file a lawsuit against the Ukrainian authorities whom they blame in the May 2 tragedy where dozens were killed during a fire.
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