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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 02, 2014

Dear friends,

it has been three months since the confrontation of the President Viktor Yanukovych with the people of Ukraine began. Yesterday the conflict took on a threatening form. Current situation may result in a civil war. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet another viewpoint regarding this conflict. We will do our best to remain fair and objective.


March 1 – Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov states that Russia is trying to annex Ukrainian territory.

March 1 – Former Advisor to the President of Russia Andrey Illarionov believes that Vladimir Putin is doing everything possible to unleash a full scale civil war. Situation in Crimea demonstrates the beginning of the implementation of Putin’s plan.

March 1 – Head of the Council of Ministers of Autonomous Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov decided that formations, units, security agencies of Ministry of Internal Affairs, armed forces, emergency services, fleet, tax administration, and border forces become temporarily subordinate to him.

March 1 – Separatists plan to disarm Ukrainian troops in Crimea.

March 1 – Supreme Council of Crimea created “Berkut” – a special unit responsible for public security “Berkut”, which is subordinate exclusively to Crimean authorities.

March 1 – Telephone communications, television are not operating in Crimea.

March 1 – US President Barack Obama warned Russia that any military intervention in Ukraine will be “deeply destabilizing”.

March 1 – Russia is refusing to take part in any negotiations regarding Crimean intervention.

March 1 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addressed Supreme Council of Russian Federation suggesting the use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine to support the stabilization of the situation there.