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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

March 28, 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 28 – Security Service of Ukraine informed that in Kyiv they have uncovered a group of agents who tried to destabilize the situation in Kyiv. The agents were armed, had bullet proof vests and helmet, and were presenting themselves as Maidan participants.


March 28 – According to Ukrainian intelligence service there are convoys of military vehicles travelling towards Ukrainian border in Rostov and Belgorod oblast of Russia.


March 28 – Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has addressed Ukrainian people in writing and called on referendums to be held in every region of Ukraine in order to determine their statusUkraine treats this appeal as a provocation to break up the country.


March 28 – Russia believes that Ukraine’s presidential elections, planned for May 25th, are illegitimate, said Andrey Kelin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


March 28 – At the UN Security Council meeting, Mustafa Cemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatars and member of Ukrainian parliament, has expressed a desire by Crimean Tatars to hold a legitimate referendum on Crimea’s status soon.


March 28 – Kherson oblast of Ukraine is informing about a threefold increase in the number of motor vehicles arriving in the mainland Ukraine from Crimea.


March 28 – Russia has decided to denounce a bilateral agreement with Ukraine regarding the deployment of Black Sea Fleet in Crimea (so called Kharkiv Pact). Ukraine believes that in this case the deployment of the Russia fleet in Crimea is unlawful.


March 28 – Persecutions of the priests of Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchKyiv Patriarchate has started in Crimea. Crimean Tatars are offering orthodox priests to hold the worship services under their protection in the mosques. “If our priests and parishioners are unable to worship in their churches, they will allow us to worship in the mosques”, said Eustrates, the Archbishop of Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchKyiv Patriarchate.


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