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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 27, 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 27 – US military intelligence has notified the US Congress that the probability of military invasion of Eastern Ukraine by Russia is higher than presumed earlier.


March 27 – Vitali Klitschko, the leader of Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) plans to stand in the presidential elections on May 25th but could support the candidature of Petro Poroshenko in the second round of elections.


March 27 – International Monetary Fund has agreed on a deal for Ukraine that will unlock further credits to reach a total of 27 billion dollars over the next two years.


March 27 – Prime-Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsnyuk stated that Ukraine is on the verge of economic and financial bankruptcy; the fiscal gap amounts to 289 billion hryvnias. In order to improve the state of Ukrainian economy, the government plans to increase taxes for large businesses. Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine plans to introduce a so called wealth tax. Ukrainian government will not allow the country to declare bankruptcy, emphasized Yatsenyuk.


March 27 – In Henichesk (mainland Ukraine), servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have gained control over the navigation station “Mars-75”, which used to be the property of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.


March 27 – People who lived in Crimea but were not officially registered as Crimean residents before March 18th, will be treated asforeignersand must leave the peninsula before April 19th, explained Viktoria Gichko, the representative of Federal Migration Service of Russian Federation. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a note of protest against such a statement because in the past the citizens who haven’t held official registration were deported according to divisions along religious or political lines, similar to deportation under Stalin’s regime.


March 27 – State Duma of Crimea has published a list of persons who are prohibited from entering the peninsula. It consists of 321 names, most of which are members of national parliament, including those who are members of the Party of Regions or members of the government of Ukraine.


March 27 – Former Prime-Minister of Ukraine Yalia Tymoshenko intends to stand in the presidential elections on May 25th.


March 27 – UN General Assembly has approved the resolution affirming territorial integrity of Ukraine. The vote on the resolution was 100 countries in favor, 11 opposedRussia was supported by Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela, Syria and Zimbabwe.


March 27 – Activists of the right wing partyPravyi Sektorhave picketed the premises of the Supreme Council of Ukraine. They are outraged by the actions of the Minister for Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.


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