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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 15, 2014

Dear friends!

Russia has carried out an act of aggression towards Ukraine. Russian troops have entered Crimea. 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 14 – 2 people have died during an evening clash, which was provoked by Russian separatists in Kharkiv.

March 15 – Russia’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs has called upon “major actions” after clashes in Kharkiv. Head of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration has said that these incidents were a planned provocation.

March 15 – Supreme Council of Ukraine has dissolved the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which organized an unlawful referendum on separating Crimea from Ukraine.

March 15 – Experts of the Council of Europe on constitutional law (Venice Commission) deemed the separatist referendum illegal.

March 15 – Mass rallies against the war in Ukraine have been held all over Russia. There were 50 thousand people present at the rally in Moscow – this has been the largest rally after the protests at Bolotnaya Square in 2011.

March 15 – There was an attempt to drop off a Russian landing unit in Kerson oblast (mainland Ukraine). Ukrainian Army has forced the unit back to Crimea.

March 15 – Russia vetoed the resolution of UN Security Council on Ukraine and Crimea. 13 members of the Council voted for the resolution, 1 (Russian Federation) – against, 1 (China) abstained. By vetoing UNSC’s resolution in Ukraine, Russia is violating international norms, said Ambassador Samantha Powers, US permanent representative to the United Nations.

March 15 – US Senator John McCain (Republican) has called on providing Ukraine with military support.

March 15 – Russia has transported anti-aircraft missile battalion Ρ-300 consisting of 4 batteries to Crimea.

March 15 – Crimean Tatars are boycotting the separatist “referendum”.


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