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Thursday, 17 April 2014

17 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Another Side of the Defence of Slavyansk

00 Slavyansk. 03. 17.04.14

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In the above image, we see local women at the barricades holding vigil. That’s the “other side of the story”. Some years back, President Putin said, “Russia has a double shield of defence. Its material shield is the RVSN (Strategic Rocket Forces)… its spiritual shield is the Orthodox faith”. Many Westerns don’t understand the depth of Orthodox commitment in most Russians… because we don’t act like Radical Proddies (however, most traditional Catholics are close to us in their patterns of practise), because we don’t wear our religion on our sleeves, and because most of us don’t go to church every week, they think us “irreligious”. That’s stupid. Take a look at the above picture. As a priest wrote me (about an image I posted of a priest blessing the Slavyansk fighters):

Thanks for showing the picture of the priest blessing those on the barricades. That’s where I’d be, and all true Orthodox would be there, too.

The strength of the fighters and the prayers of the people defend Slavyansk. That’s the way it’s was, that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it shall be in Russia.

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Shoigu Slams Junta Claims of Russian Involvement in the Ukraine… Junta Kidnaps Patriot Leader… Turchinov Backhandedly Admits Entire Unit Rallied to Patriot Side

00 Slavyansk. 02. 17.04.14

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On Thursday, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu dismissed as “paranoia” the allegations made by the Kiev junta claiming that Russian spetsnaz units are involved in the Ukrainian unrest. He told journalists, “The Minoborony was very surprised to hear SBU boss Valentin Nalivaichenko say that Russian spetsnaz units were allegedly involved in the developments in the southeastern Ukraine. Such sensational ‘revelations’ about the alleged involvement of Russian spetsnaz units in the Ukrainian developments might produce the impression that the various press centres are the only efficient combat units in Ukraine now. Instead of incessantly searching for Moscow’s ‘hand’, Kiev ought to stop calling the people in the southeastern Ukraine ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ and begin a constructive dialogue with them. As for the allegations about the involvement of Russian spetsnaz in Ukrainian events, the only thing to say to that is that searching for a black cat in a dark room is very difficult, especially, if there’s no cat there at all. It’s particularly ridiculous if the cat is clever, bold, and polite”.

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Fifteen armoured vehicles blocked by patriots near Pchelkino, south of Kramatorsk, are returning today to their permanent bases in Dnepropetrovsk Oblast. Colonel Aleksandr Shvets {is he a relative of Lazar Shvets, Metropolitan of Simferopol?: editor}, commander of Ukrainian VDV units, took parts in the talks with patriot leaders. The parties agreed that the withdrawing troops would keep their weapons and equipment. No incidents with local residents occurred during the blockade.

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Unknown parties kidnapped Aleksandr Sapunov, People’s Mayor of Gorlovka in Donetsk Oblast. His wife confirmed reports about the abduction, his supporters, who informed police that Sapunov is missing, began a search for the missing mayor on their own. The people proclaimed Sapunov the new mayor of Gorlovka on 14 April, when local patriots seized the Gorlovka Selsoviet building.

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On Thursday, junta chieftain Aleksandr Turchinov said at a Rada session that the armed forces would disband the 25 Airborne Brigade. On Monday, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, acting mayor and Opolchenie commander, told ITAR-TASS that the brigade, stationed near Slavyansk, sided with the patriot Opolchenie.

Editor:

This is clear evidence that the junta’s in the deep doo-doo, and that the Americans won’t pull their clients out of the shit-pit. It’s a backhanded admission that an entire unit rallied to the patriot side, against the junta. By the way… this unit was always rated the best one in the Ukrainian forces… that tells you something, no?

BMD

17 April 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/728404

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728353

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728366

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Peskov sez Western Ukraine under Information Blackout… Junta Squeezes People with Water Rate Rise… Putin sez No Russian Grunts in the Eastern Ukraine

00 Slavyansk. 01. 17.04.14

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On Wednesday, about 60 Ukrainian troops manning armoured combat vehicles sent to Kramatorsk as part of a military operation to quell patriot actions in the eastern Ukraine sided with the patriots. The servicemen struck the Ukrainian flag and headed to nearby Slavyansk. One of the soldiers who rallied to the patriots told a RIA-Novosti correspondent, “We saw seen that [the patriots] aren’t separatists or terrorists, but ordinary local people. We won’t fight against them”. All of the troops are from Dnepropetrovsk. In all, the crews of six airborne assault vehicles, several armoured infantry combat vehicles, and one armoured personnel carrier rallied to the patriot side. Some raised Russian flags and the Russian VDV (Airborne Forces) banner. Several armoured vehicles deployed around the OGA building in Slavyansk, which has been in patriot hands for the last several days.

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On Wednesday, Presidential press-secretary Dmitri Peskov told Rossiya-24 TV that there’s a junta-imposed information blockade in the Western Ukraine, “Ukrainians in western regions are critical of us as they fail to grasp the main thrust of current events. They think that Russian behaviour is aggressive. One can feel that an information blockade around them dumbed them down. That’s because they black out Russian TV channels, so, they receive information only from one side, one can feel it in their attitude”.

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According to RIA-Novosti, Dmitri Grigori, a forecast member of the National Commission, stated after a meeting in Kiev, “Prices for residential water supply should rise. The economically justified rate for one cubic metre (35.3 cubic feet) of cold water is 4.41 gryvnia (15 Roubles. 0.39 USD. 0.44 CAD. 0.43 AUD. 0.29 Euros. 0.23 UK Pounds). The present water rates in the Ukraine are socially oriented, thus the organisations that supply water, are experiencing great financial difficulties. For now, consumers pay 2.40 gryvnia (8 Roubles. 0.21 USD. 0.24 CAD. 0.23 AUD. 0.16 Euros. 0.13 UK Pounds) per cubic metre of cold water”.

Editor:

The junta wants to cut wages (inflow) and raise prices (outflow), both in a major way, to benefit the oligarchs and Western investors. This results in major suffering for the ordinary folks of Little Russia… but that doesn’t faze American rightwingers one little bit. Why, that’s just the “invisible hand of the market”. You know what I mean… you’ve felt it around your neck, too…

BMD

16 April 2014

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On Wednesday, RIA Novosti reported that junta “General Procurator” Oleg Makhnitsky said that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov is now a wanted criminal, saying, “We charged Azarov; we think that he abused his power. We’ve finished proceedings on a criminal case; Azarov is on a wanted list”. Azarov headed the former Ukrainian government, resigning on 28 January due to the unsettled conditions. Later, on 22 February, a putsch ousted Viktor Yanukovich as Ukrainian President and set a presidential election for 25 May. At the end of February, Makhnitsky said that the Genprokuratura would check the spending of budgetary funds by the former government. This check-up will cover not only spending of budgetary funds, both wrongful and legal, but the transparency of tendering as well.

Editor:

My, my, my… this is EXACTLY what Yanukovich did to Darlin’ Yuliya, but on a FAR larger scale. The West condemned Viktor Fyodorovich for that… therefore, logic would impel them to condemn the junta even more. Note well that the Genprokuratura ISN’T going to investigate Yuliya, Yatsenyuk, Avakov, and Turchinov, all of whom are bigger thieves and outright criminals than any of Yanukovich’s entourage ever was (I’ll betcha that Langley recruited Avakov when he was in the slam in Italy). Ostap Bender would’ve found ‘em beneath the salt. God DOES see and judge…

BMD

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On Thursday, during his annual call-in live broadcast, President Vladimir Putin said that the decision by the Kiev junta use force in the eastern Ukraine is a serious crime, saying, “Instead of realising that something went wrong in the Ukrainian state, and attempting to start a dialogue, they intensified their threats to use force, and even decided to send tanks and aircraft against the civilian population. That’s another very serious crime on the part of the current Kiev authorities”.

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On Thursday, during his annual call-in live broadcast, President Vladimir Putin said that there are no Russian armed forces elements in the eastern Ukraine, saying, “Such claims are nonsense. There are no Russian units, Russian spetsnaz, or Russian advisors in the eastern Ukraine. All of these people are local people. The fact that they took off their masks in the literal sense of the word proves this best of all. What I can tell my Western partners is that these people have nowhere to go. They won’t leave. They own that land… and it’s necessary to talk to them. We can only settle the current instability in the Ukraine through dialogue, not through military means. One can only establish order only through a dialogue, in the course of democratic procedures, and not through armed force, tanks, and combat aircraft”.

17 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_16/60-Ukrainian-servicemen-side-with-protesters-in-Slavyansk-7125/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_16/Ukrainians-fear-Russia-because-of-info-blockade-Peskov-2566/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_16/Public-Service-Commission-of-Ukraine-water-tariff-increases-nearly-twice-8845/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_17/Former-Ukrainian-PM-is-put-on-wanted-list-Prosecutor-General-of-Ukraine-1126/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_17/Using-force-against-people-in-eastern-Ukraine-is-another-serious-crime-of-Kiev-authorities-Putin-5821/

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Increase in Refugee Flow from the Ukraine to Russia… Patriot Cossacks Uncover Right Sector Terrorist Arms Cache in Odessa… Free Slavyansk Still Stands

00 Donetsk Peoples Republic 01. 16.04.14

People carrying the banner of the Donetsk People’s Republic

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At the opening of a migration centre in the Moscow area, Federal Migration Service (FMS) chief Konstantin Romodanovsky said, “In the past two months, we’ve recorded an increase in the number of Ukrainian citizens seeking permanent residence in Russia. They’re refugees and displaced persons, they request temporary residence permits, and legalisation increased in re labour migration. People are certainly worried. Two months ago, I said that I saw symptoms of a humanitarian catastrophe. I believe I’m not the only one now who sees it; we’ve shared it with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Hopefully, the situation won’t worsen”.

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On Wednesday, presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov told Vesti 24 TV that European readers and TV viewers couldn’t get the full picture on the Ukrainian situation because they lack freedom of information, saying, “It’s very regrettable but it’s so. Even statements from Russian politicians such as President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and lawmakers who try to dispel rumours or dismiss accusations faces censorship. Explanations don’t get through… not because they’re inadequate, but on the contrary, because they’re very consistent and well substantiated. They don’t get through because they come across a concrete wall of censorship. We never saw anything like this before. We never thought this could happen and that it could happen so openly”.

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On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) sharply criticised the USA’s appraisal of events in the southeastern Ukraine, saying, “The US Department of State feverishly collects all speculations distributed by the current Kiev authorities to substantiate accusations against Russia of instigating, and all but organising, disorders in the southeastern Ukraine. Two hurriedly compiled press releases dated 13 April were full of doubtful ‘facts’ of the involvement of Russian spetsnaz in seizing administrative buildings and coordinating protest rallies. One may judge the quality of this ‘agitprop’ by noting that the US State Department sees as ‘proof’ [of Russian involvement] the fact that some camouflage-clad protestors carry Kalashnikov rifles. It appears that the American foreign policy department doesn’t know that the rifles are standard issue in Ukrainian Army and internal security units”.

“The thesis being spread by Washington of the interim Ukrainian government’s adherence to ‘protection of the rights of all nationals of the country’ doesn’t hold water either. One can certainly say that black is white, but it’s impossible to refute what’s evident… the Russophobic anti-Semite Svoboda bloc under Oleg Tyagnibok received several ministerial portfolios as a result of the coup, along with the post of General Procurator. The key thing isn’t that they juggle the facts, but their persistent unwillingness or inability to see reality as it is, and their desire to impose on the rest of the world a corrupt perception of what’s going on in the southeastern Ukraine. To justify the riots of ‘Maidan heroes’ from briefing to briefing, calling them a ‘people’s revolution’, but to call protest rallies in Donetsk, Kharkov, Lugansk, Slavyansk, and other cities ‘raids by terrorists controlled from the outside’ isn’t only double standards but blatant hypocrisy. Now that the governing régime in Kiev decided on the use of force, public speculations by White House and Department of State spokesmen that the talk is only about ensuring law and order means nothing else than their approval of the war declared by Kiev on its own people. Washington should be aware of the catastrophic consequences of such reckless support for their Kiev protégés”.

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00 molotov cocktails. 16.04.14

Molotov cocktails… the preferred “ballot” of the Right Sector and Svoboda… “Made in the USA!”

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On Wednesday, Oleg Tsaryov, Rada People’s Deputy and Ukrainian presidential candidate, condemned the Ukrainian security forces’ operations in the eastern Ukraine, saying at a news conference in Donetsk, “If we want to preserve the Ukraine’s unity, we should learn to listen to each other and remember that there’s only one way out of the crisis… peaceful talks”. He also commented on the attack on him by a group of radical militants, “Strangely enough, obviously, some amongst the current authorities are interested in conflict escalation and even in disrupting the election. It’s also obvious that the régime doesn’t control the situation in the country. It’s clear that [the régime] can’t even protect presidential candidates from extremist attacks. I get the impression that they want to deny people in the southeast Ukraine the right to vote for their candidate”. Referring to the opening of a criminal case against him by the Genprokuratura, Tsaryov noted that his statements contained nothing that would be contrary to the law.

Editor:

This is absurd… charging a presidential candidate with a crime to get him off the ballot. It looks as though the junta WANTS to push the East Bank into Russian hands. This would be like Scalia and Thomas outlawing the Democratic Party… they want to, but can’t (after all, both approved CIA torture programmes).

BMD

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On Wednesday, acting Slavyansk mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told ITAR-TASS that a column of armoured vehicles entered the town of Slavyansk, and that the troops might side with the Donetsk People’s Republic Opolchenie. Facing Slavyansk’s Gorsoviet building were four APCs, a self-propelled gun, and a communications vehicle from the junta force sent to Donetsk Oblast. Ponomaryov said, “We’ve let them through. The only condition is that they unclip their magazines, although they can keep their ammunition. Our activists are bringing dinner shortly… we’ll offer them a meal, then, we’ll let them decide if they want to remain on our side or leave. The troops have a choice… join the Donbass Opolchenie or leave their weapons and military equipment and withdraw”. Earlier, elements of 25 Airborne Brigade sided with the patriots. However, armoured vehicles belonging to junta military units still deploy near Slavyansk.

Editor:

There was no news after this… I think that the soldiers got a good bowl of borshch, exchanged shots (of vodka) with the locals, and decided, “Let’s give peace a chance”. Note well that the ordinary Ukie armed forces simply melt away… don’t be smug, sooner or later, the Right Sector/Svoboda filth and other Uniate fanatics will push their way forward. Then, blood WILL flow.

BMD

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A new element appeared in the standoff between patriot elements in the eastern Ukraine and forces loyal to the putschist junta. On Wednesday, the Donetsk Railway Department said that unknown people blocked a crucial railway between Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka, noting, “In the wake of an unauthorised blockade of the railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka by an unidentified group, we made changes in the routes of long-distance and commuter trains, diverting them to a different line until we clear the unauthorised blockade”. A total of 26 long-distance passenger trains and 28 commuter trains use the line between Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka daily. The line provides a railway link between the heavily industrialised and densely populated southeast Donetsk Oblast and Kharkov. It also links the area to Lozovaya, one of the biggest railway junctions in the southeast Ukraine.

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On Wednesday, local media said that activists from the Kharkov-based public association Oplot (Pillar) seized the Donetsk Gorsoviet building. Reports said that about twenty people wearing ‘Oplot’ armbands, armed with rifles, avtomats, and bats, occupied all the floors of the building. However, the mayor and city workers remained in their offices. Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the chairman of Oplot’s local branch, told reporters that their objective was to press the Kiev junta into holding a referendum on the status of Donetsk Oblast. He said that his activists were going to make public demands public at Wednesday’s session of the Gorsoviet. Soon after entering the building, the activists held talks with the cops guarding the building in a bid to convince them to leave.

Oplot began in 2010, to give financial, legal, social, and moral support for the families of policemen killed or wounded on duty, or who couldn’t take proper care of themselves because of age or circumstances. The organisation’s founder, a former MVDU officer, said that another facet of Oplot activity was to thwart efforts to glorify UPA/OUN pro-Nazi collaborators, the raising of funds to rebury Soviet soldiers buried in wartime mass graves, and to maintain monuments to World War II heroes.

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00 Slavyansk. 01. 16.04.14

THIS is what they’re fighting for in Slavyansk… a future for their kids free of the oligarchs, free of pro-American bumkissers, and free from Uniate Vatican slavery.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Donetsk Railway Department said that it fully restored train traffic on a crucial railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka in Donetsk Oblast. As reported earlier, unknown people blocked the railway between Kramatorsk and the town of Druzhkovka on Wednesday morning.

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On Wednesday, acting Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov (commander of a Opolchenie group) told ITAR-TASS that Opolchenie fighters stopped a group of armed people in unmarked uniforms on the northern outskirts of Slavyansk, saying, “The intel we received said that a group of about fifteen unknown people wearing unmarked greyish uniforms tried to get into the city about an hour ago. They arrived at the northern boundary of Slavyansk on three white jeeps, but the Opolchenie stopped them. An exchange of fire ensued that lasted about thirty minutes, but we don’t know if anyone was killed or wounded”. He thinks that it was a reconnaissance team probing the city’s defences. Ponomaryov thinks the team was from the Jaguar Spetsnaz Regiment of the MVDU Western Territorial Command. He believes a similar recon team of about ten troops attempted to enter Slavyansk from the opposite end. It also resulted in a firefight, but with casualties. The attackers retreated upon realising it was impossible to penetrate the city. Ponomaryov described the situation in Slavyansk as generally normal, “We continue to fortify our positions and the people are in an upbeat mood. More defenders are arriving from Donetsk and other places”.

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On Wednesday, local media reported that patriots hoisted the Donetsk People’s Republic flag above the Raisoviet buildings in Novoazovsk and Krasnoarmeisk. In Novoazovsk, several dozen patriots gathered near the Raisoviet building, demanding that it support the plebiscite. During the rally, patriots ripped down the Ukrainian flag and replaced it with the Donetsk People’s Republic banner. In Krasnoarmeisk, patriots didn’t pull down the Ukrainian or Donetsk Oblast flags, but they hoisted the Donetsk People’s Republic flag next to them. Later, patriots marched to the local police building and hung out the Donetsk People’s Republic flag from one of the windows.

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On Wednesday, local media reported that local patriot Cossacks uncovered a Right Sector terrorist arms cache in Odessa. The cache contained ammunition, edged weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, and other military gear. The Cossacks called in the cops; the Odessa Main Directorate of the MVDU confirmed the report on the search, but provided no details. Earlier, junta supporters declared a “full combat alert” in connection with an “attack on the city” allegedly under preparation. Antitank obstacles to hamper armoured vehicle movement on beaches near Odessa and trenches dug by border guards around checkpoints on the coast heightened the siege atmosphere. The Odessa Main Directorate of the MVDU announced that volunteers could join MVDU “Storm” units formed from junta supporters. These “volunteers”, along with MVDU units, built checkpoints on roads around the city since Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, Larisa Mudrak, the deputy head of Ukraine’s National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasts, said that providers and cable TV operators in the eastern Ukraine are restoring broadcasts of Russian TV channels, flouting a temporary court ban. More than 90 percent of providers in Lugansk Oblast and 40 percent of providers in Donetsk Oblast resumed broadcasting Channel One, RTR-Planeta, Rossiya-24, and NTV-Mir. She said, “We’re registering all these offences. We regard these incidences as offences because they violate a court ruling. Providers and TV operators could face criminal charges for their actions. We are handing over all the facts to law enforcers, the Genprokuratura, and the MVDU. However, I’d like to say that each particular situation needs a concrete investigation”.

Editor:

The junta has no means of enforcing its diktats. There’s no need of going on, is there? The junta’s nothing more than a figleaf over Western interests who wish to rape the Ukraine for their own interests and gain. The sooner that it falls, the better.

BMD

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On Wednesday, so-called junta Vice-Premier Vitaly Yarema told journalists that some cops in Donetsk sided with patriot elements, saying, “The situation in Donetsk is complicated. We’re in touch with the city mayor and the administration chief. Some policemen are defending Ukrainian independence (sic). However, some policemen put on St George ribbons”.

Editor:

“Independence” for junta supporters means sucking up to the USA, Wall Street, and the Vatican… the Uniates are the worst offenders, but they aren’t the only ones. “Independence” means kissing the Pope’s ass, lying down so that Western and local business interests can fuck you, and crawling to the Americans for a pittance (whilst the ordinary people get pay cuts and price increases). This is EVIL…

BMD

16 April 2014

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On Wednesday, local media reported that an unidentified group broke into an MVDU base in Mariupol in the southern Ukraine. The incident happened at about 20.00 local time (10.00 PDT. 13.00 EDT. 18.00 BST. 21.00 MSK. 07.00 17 April AEST). At first, several dozen people pelted the premises with Molotov cocktails, then, they broke the gates to get inside. Now, the police are negotiating with them.

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Acting Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov told ITAR-TASS that the situation is now calm in Slavyansk, adding that there’d been no new attempts from junta military units to break into the city. Earlier, soldiers from the 25 Airborne Brigade sided with the patriot Opolchenie. Ponomaryov said, “The soldiers saw our attitude to them. There was no hostility on our part. Some of them already left to go home. Some stayed; we gave them a meal. Our Opolchenie remains in combat readiness. Our people are ready; we’re going to uphold our interests. A referendum [on the status of the oblast] will only take place after the war ends. Believe me, it’s just started”.

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The official Mariupol municipal website  reported that there are no sounds of gunfire coming from a military base near the city, where an unidentified group broke in late on Wednesday. It quoted eyewitnesses as saying that several minibuses drove to the MVDU base at 20.00 local time (10.00 PDT. 13.00 EDT. 18.00 BST. 21.00 MSK. 07.00 17 April AEST). They said that people wearing grey uniforms got out and pelted the premises with Molotov cocktails. Those inside fired in response. According to the website, one person died, another 12 were wounded and taken to hospital. At about 01.00 local time (15.00 PDT. 18.00 EDT. 23.00 BST. 02.00 MSK. 12.00 AEST) on Thursday, the website reported military vehicles moving towards Mariupol from Starodubovka. After that, it said that sounds of firing at the base stopped.

17 April 2014

ITAR-TASS

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