Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – June 6, 2014
Internal Security News
- An advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister alleged that ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych and his circle finance the militants operating on the east of Ukraine.
- (ITAR-TASS) Combat armored vehicles, including tanks, belonging to Ukrainian military forces were actively attacking and shelling the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk.
- (Interfax Ukraine) A special police unit officer was killed and another two were seriously injured in a mortar attack in Sloviansk.
- (ITAR-TASS) Ukraine's government closed several checkpoints on the border with Russia in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, explaining the measure by public security considerations. The government instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform Russia about the decision.
- (ITAR-TASS) Russian media reported that militants in the city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk Region shot down a helicopter belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk stated that Ukraine's course to integrate with the European Union is irreversible.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin met Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko for the first time since his election, at a D-Day event in France. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also present.
- Putin also had an informal 10-15 minute conversation with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the D-Day even in France.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Poroshenko and German Chancellor Merkel discussed prospects of signing the economic section of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement during a working dinner in Berlin.
- (RIA Novosti) Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev claimed that Russia and China have witnessed a consistent Western policy to weed out authorities they find disagreeable applied in Ukraine. Russia and China share the same view on all issues of the international agenda, Patrushev said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) US President Obama stated that Russia should recognize Ukraine's president-elect Poroshenko and convince militants in Ukraine's southeast to lay down their weapons. If Russia's provocations continue, "the G7 nations are ready to impose additional costs on Russia," Obama said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that the European Council will assess the situation with de-escalation in Ukraine and will consider additional measures against Russia over Ukraine at the end of June.
- (ITAR-TASS) Vice-premier of the Russian government Dmitry Rogozin met pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker Oleg Tsarev in Moscow to discuss problems connected with the implementation of the Russian Defense Ministry's contracts by the industrial enterprises of Ukraine.
- (ITAR-TASS) Russian FM Lavrov stated that the Russian side hopes the United States will use its influence on Ukrainian president-elect Poroshenko to stop violence and Kyiv’s punitive operation in Ukraine’s Southeast.
- (RIA Novosti) A new round of trilateral gas talks including Russia, Ukraine and the European Union could be held June 11.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced his readiness to cooperate with the new Ukrainian leadership.
Constitutional Reform News
- (ITAR-TASS) Russia's Permanent Ambassador to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said Kyiv is imitating the implementation of the constitutional reform.
International Observation Missions News
- Contact with two groups of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers reportedly being held by militants in eastern Ukraine had not been re-established.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed to have evidence of the direct involvement of Russia in the kidnapping of members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and in organizing and supporting terrorist activities in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
- (Interfax Ukraine) PM Yatsenyuk said it is necessary to establish a National Anti-Corruption Bureau in Ukraine to continue combating corruption.
- (ITAR-TASS) PM Yatsenyuk told the Verhovna Rada 422 million hryvnia ($35.88 million) were not transferred to the Ukrainian state budget from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in May. “The situation is extremely critical.”
- Prime Minister Yatsenyuk stated that the Ukrainian authorities have allocated an extra Hr 10.5 billion over the last three months to improve the combat capacity of the army.
- (ITAR-TASS) UDAR Party leader Vitali Klitschko took his oath of office as mayor of Kyiv.
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