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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 25, 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 25 Acting Minister of Defence Admiral Ihor Tenyukh has submitted a resignation request. Supreme Council of Ukraine has appointed Colonel General Mykhaylo Koval for the position of Acting Minister of Defence. On March 5th, unknown persons abducted Mr.Koval when he was close to one of the military units in Yalta. Abductors set him free three hours later without any explanations. According to Colonel General he was abducted by Russian servicemen.

March 25 State Border Service informs that Russian servicemen continue to carry out provocations at Ukrainian-Russian border Chief of State Border Service Mykola Lytvyn.

March 25 Dmitri Peskov, Press Attaché for the President of Russian Federation, stated that Russian servicemen will make decisions on allowing Ukrainians to transport arms out of Crimea. Company of paratroopers consisting of 80 servicemen of 25th Separate Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade has left Crimea with their arms intact.

March 25 Anton Raevski, a Russian citizen from Saint-Petersburg in actively participating in separatists rallies in Odesa. He is also one of the founders of neo-nazi movement Chernaya Sotnya. According to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebiynis, strengthening of fascist trends in Russian is deeply concerning. Right wing groups disseminate anti-Semitic literature, their blogs and social media accounts contain calls for Jewish pogroms. In 2013 there was an increase in the number of victims of religions xenophobia in Russia 24 people were injured ".

March 25 Mejlis of Crimean Tatars informs that only 34,2% of residents of Crimea participated in a so called referendum on March 16th Mustafa Cemilev, former Chairman of Mejlis. According to Cemilev, Mejlis is in possession of data sent to Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, where they needed to see accurate data and not the propaganda-distorted version.

March 25 International Monetary Fund aid package for Ukraine may amount to 15-20 billion dollars.

March 25 A member of right-wing organization Pravyi Sektor Oleksand Muzychko (known as Sashko Bilyi) was killed during police apprehension in Rivne. Police stated that he killed himself during struggle with police.

March 25 According to Stepan Kubiv, acting Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, activity revisions of 12 banks carried out by the National Bank of Ukraine uncovered 12 illegal centers, which were used to launder 142 billion hryvnias.

March 25 After a two hour assault, Russian invaders have occupied the last Ukrainian military ship in Crimea minesweeper Cherkasy.

March 25 KGB of unrecognized Transnistria (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) has stated that they brought down a pilotless vehicle, which was flying over the Republic and was launched in Ukraine.

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