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Internal Security News
- The whereabouts of over 200 children whom the self-proclaimed authorities of Sloviansk intended to take out of the city is currently unknown, spokesman for the anti-terrorism operation Vladyslav Selezniov said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Militants shot down an Mi-8 helicopter of the National Guard of Ukraine near the town of Sloviansk, and as a result, 12 Ukrainian security officers were killed.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian forces are planning to continue special operations in the southeast part of the country until they reach complete stabilization in the region, Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval said.
- (ITAR-TASS) Seven children were injured in Sloviansk when Ukrainian armed forces fired at residential districts of the city, Russian presidential commissioner for children's rights Pavel Astakhov wrote on Twitter.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Illegal armed formations were bombarding residential houses in the town of Sloviansk with a Nona artillery cannon, Official Representative of the Special Counter-Terror Operation in the East Vladyslav Selezniov said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) A Ukrainian soldier, injured during the attack of National Guard's military unit in Luhansk, died inthe hospital.
- (RIA Novosti) The Ukrainian forces denied media reports that they plan to complete the special operation against militants in the eastern regions of the country by June 14, news agency UNN reported. "As for the media reports on the timeframes of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, most likely it's total nonsense."
- (Interfax Ukraine) The mayor of the town of Makiyivka in Donetsk submitted a letter of resignation.
- (RIA Novosti) The press service of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) stated that the party believes that Kyiv is "illegally occupying" eight regions of the Southeast of Ukraine, and prepared a draft law on the status of these territories.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The U.S. expressed concern that pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine were using advanced weapons "from the outside" after they shot down an army helicopter killing 12 soldiers.
- (RIA Novosti) The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) detained a group of Ukrainian radicals from the far-right Right Sector movement implicated in attempted terrorist attacks in Crimea’s Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol, according to the agency.
- (RIA Novosti) The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the decision by organizers to reject Moscow’s application to attend next month’s international conference on missile defense signals that the West is suspending talks with Russia on this issue.
- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that Russia has withdrawn thousands of its troops massed on the border with Ukraine, even as violence escalated inside that country between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.
- (Interfax Ukraine) An unmanned aerial vehicle shot down by the Ukrainian army on May 28, according to preliminary report, was a type of "Orlan-10" UAV produced by Russia, the Security Service of Ukraine's spokesman said.
- (RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec met in Moscow to discuss the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
- (ITAR-TASS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that he believes that the Ukrainian crisis has the same background as the events in Iraq and Libya in that it was “artificially created to change the regimes.”
- (Interfax Ukraine) Spokesmen for both the White House and the U.S. State Department said that a de-escalation of the crisis was imperative and called on Russia "to exert pressure on the separatists to get them to end the fighting and release a group of international monitors who have been detained in eastern Ukraine since earlier this week."
- (ITAR-TASS) Moscow urged Kyiv to discuss humanitarian-aid deliveries to Ukraine's eastern regions.
International Observation News
- (Interfax Ukraine) The Luhansk region's militants released four OSCE employees and pledged not to obstruct their work further, the leader of the "People's Front" of the Luhansk region said.
- The OSCE said that another one of its election-monitoring teams is missing in eastern Ukraine.
- (ITAR-TASS) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that the UN human rights delegation on a monitoring mission in Ukraine would submit its report on the situation in mid-June. She added that the Ukrainian authorities must guarantee refraining from the use of excessive force or any discriminatory steps aimed at causing damage to peaceful citizens of the country.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The central Election Commission officially announced that Petro Poroshenko won the presidency with 54.7 percent of votes.
- (ITAR-TASS) Ukraine’s newly-elected President Poroshenko may be sworn into office on June 2 or 3, MP Serhiy Kaplin told a Ukrainian TV channel.
- Valery Bolotov, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, said he had received a proposal from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry on holding negotiations.
- President-elect Poroshenko said he wants to sign an economic deal with EU immediately after his inauguration.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Chairman and Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov examined a request from Democratic Alliance leader Vasyl Hatsko and demanded that prosecutors, police and security authorities check the vote counting process in the elections to the Kyiv City Council.
- (ITAR-TASS) Ousted former Ukrainian President Yanukovych stated that the Ukrainian presidential elections caused deaths, suffering, and “a bloodbath.”
- (ITAR-TASS) Ukraine will not buy Russian gas at its high price, said President-elect Poroshenko. He added that Kyiv hopes for reverse supplies from Europe and LNG supplies from the United States.