Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – May 8, 2014

Commentary | May 08, 2014

EWI offers a daily situation report on Ukraine.

International Security News: 

  • Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy announced that anti-terrorist operations in the east will continue regardless of any decision made by representatives of the "Donetsk People's Republic" concerning their referendum, set for May 11.


  • (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian media reported that the representative of Svoboda Party leader and presidential candidate Oleh Tiahnybok was kidnapped by armed men from his home in Makiyivka (Donetsk). 


  • (Interfax Ukraine) The body of Valeriy Salo, the head of Donetsk’s Prosvita All-Ukrainian Society branch, was found in a burned car in Luhansk. Salo had been kidnapped by armed representatives of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’. 




  • (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said that gunmen attacked a border unit between the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Internal Observation News: 

  • (ITAR-TASS) Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the OSCE, arrived in Kiev for meetings with Ukrainian government representatives. 


  • (Interfax Ukraine) Ukraine received a roadmap from the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE on resolving its crisis. Ukrainian leaders are reviewing the document before providing a response. 





Constitutional Reform News: 

Diplomacy News: 



  • (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk expressed surprise that the Ukrainian crisis was actively discussed at a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Switzerland, without representatives of Ukraine, the U.S., or the EU.


  • (RIA Novosti) Russian strategic offensive and defensive forces are prepared and proficient, President Putin said after overseeing a routine drill of the country’s armed forces.


  • (RIA Novosti) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the two countries could coordinate joint activities.




  • (RIA Novosti) President Putin convened an urgent meeting with the country's security council to discuss Ukraine in the context of his talk with OSCE Chairman Burkhalter. 


  • (ITAR-TASS) President Putin cited “irresponsible policy” as the main reason for the Ukraine crisis, stating that as a result, hundreds of thousands of people are unable to live a peaceful and prosperous life.


Governance New: 






  • (RIA Novosti) Pro-Russian activists in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said they are open for talks with Kiev, but fear the regime will deceive them.


  • The press service of national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy announced that a delegation of the European Commission visited Kiev in late April to discuss reform plans, efforts to fully integrate with the European energy market, and the start of accumulating natural gas stocks at Ukrainian underground storage facilities.