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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 24, 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 24 – Russia has not given up the plan named “Russian spring” to invade the territory of Ukraine. 100000 Russian soldiers are stationed at Ukraine’s border. Over 10000 citizens have been mobilized to Ukrainian army, said Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

March 24 – The North Atlantic Alliance will not strengthen its military presence at the Eastern NATO border, informs Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence. At the same time, reconnaissance aircraft AWACS will be used more often over Poland and Romania.

March 24 – Armed people on high speed boats are attacking Ukrainian minesweeper “Cherkasy”. Russians have invaded landing ship “Kostyantyn Olshanskyi”.

March 24 – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has charged the Ministry of Defence with re-stationing military units, which are located in Crimea. 

March 24 – Overall majority of Russians – 93% support the annexation of Crimea, 80% of them support it even as a result of war, informs All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion. Rating of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has reached an ultimate high in the last five years – 75,7%.

March 24 – Russian Federation is prohibiting the families of Ukrainian servicemen to leave the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

March 24 – Russian invaders have brutally treated Ukrainian captives, who were later set free – they were electrified, shot (one has two legs shot) and had part of their ear cut off, say two captives Andriy Shchekun and Yuriy Shevchenko.

March 24 – Cadets of Nakhimov Navy Academy in Sevastopol, who didn’t support the transition of the Academy to Russian Federation, could be transferred to another college in Ukraine. 80 out of 250 cadets may be transferred to Odesa in the next 10 days.

March 24 – Ukraine is not considering renewing its nuclear weapons and confirms its non-nuclear status, said Andrii Deshchytsia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine during Nuclear Security Summit in Hague.

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