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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

May 07, 2014

May 7 – Moscow plans to annex east of Ukraine using methods identical to those used in Crimea, said Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

May 7 – Fighting has taken place on the outskirts of Sloviansk. Officers implementing antiterrorist operation (ATO) prevented a group of terrorists from escaping the city. Administrative buildings of Sloviansk have been seized by separatists. A large quantity of explosives is being placed inside those buildings. According to local residents, the separatists have been saying that once security forces start their next attack, administrative buildings will be blown up. Locals believe that this will be done in order to then blame the explosions on Ukrainian authorities, similarly to events in Abkhazia. Separatists have installed antitank guided missile systems “Fagot” at Sloviansk checkpoints.

May 7 – Japan has compiled its list of 23 people who are denied entry to the country because of the crisis in Ukraine, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

May 7 – Either a change in Kremlin’s viewpoint occurred on May 7th or disinformation processes have been launched at the highest level. After a meeting with OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter, Putin has called on the supporters of federalism in southeastern Ukraine to re-schedule a referendum on self-determination previously planned for May 11th. Presidential elections in Ukraine are a step in the right direction, but the citizens must know in advance what is to be expected after the constitutional reform, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the border with Ukraine and they are currently stationed in the location of regular military training. However, according to NATO estimates, the number of Russian military at the border with Ukraine is about 40 thousand people and they are supported by aircraft, artillery and tanks.


Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!

By annexing Crimea, Russia has carried out an act of aggression against Ukraine. Currently Russia is transferring terrorist and sabotage groups to Eastern Ukraine. Russia aims to prevent legitimate presidential elections from happening. Everyday life in Eastern Ukraine has turned into a continuous nightmare in the middle of Europe. Our country is being destroyed right before our eyes. We therefore take the courage to inform you about current events in Ukraine. This is just another point of view. We will do our best to remain objective.

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