Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ukraine situation ( September 17 , 2014 ) - News from the restive South East Ukraine , ceasefire status , natural gas situation , restive Kiev situation as Right Sector stirs with protests....

Russia Today......

Wednesday, September 17

12:10 GMT:
Protesters gathered outside the presidential administration in Kiev and threw flashbang grenades at the building, Ukrainian media reported.

Ukraine's 112 channel said protesters demanded that President Petro Poroshenko not sign the new law on special status for the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, approved by the parliament on Tuesday.

07:49 GMT:
The head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, has welcomed the law on special status for Ukraine’s eastern regions proposed by President Poroshenko.

The law on the special status of Donbass generally reflects the priorities we voiced at the September 1 negotiations. That’s why, even though a lot remains unclear, we may say that peaceful solution has received its first chance of being implemented,” Plotnitsky told RIA Novosti.
03:48 GMT:
At least four people died in the city of Donetsk after an artillery shell hit a car service station on Monday night, RIA Novosti reported. Locals have been hiding in basements and are scared to come out, the agency's correspondent reporting from the scene said.

Monday, September 15

19:58 GMT:
The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) came under fire while on a mission in the east of the country, the organization reported. "The patrol vehicles were damaged by artillery or mortar fire," the SMM reported, adding that "prior to the departure of the patrol, the routes were agreed upon by both parties both in person and over the phone."
There were six monitors traveling in two armored vehicles. Both cars were "hit by artillery fragments," but the team left the area unhurt.
SMM Chief Monitor Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said that the teams were operating in Donetsk and Lugansk and had reported a series of cease-fire breaches. "We call on all sides to abide by the cease-fire commitment as agreed in Minsk, and to allow for full monitoring of the implementation of this regime," Apakan said, adding that the SMM is determined to continue its mission in the region.
19:57 GMT:
Austria will supply ten drones to OSCE observers in Ukraine, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting in Kiev.

Our mission is not just to support peaceful settlement by delegating Austrian observers to the OSCE mission, but also to send ten Austrian drones for use by OSCE monitors to enable them to control the conflict territories (in east Ukraine) with an aim to step up the peaceful settlement,” the Ukrainian president’s press service stated, citing Kurz.

Earlier in the day, there were media reports that the Austrian firm Schiebel was ready to supply two drones to Ukraine.
17:58 GMT:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is unaware of any NATO countries sending arms to Ukraine, according to her spokesman. The response came after Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey said that alliance members were already providing munitions.
"The question of whether weapons are being delivered should be directed to the countries that supposedly or allegedly are doing it. We are not one of those countries and I know of no such thing,"said Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, according to Reuters.
Heletey said Sunday that NATO members were supplying his country with weapons. He said this was agreed upon following the alliance’s summit in Wales earlier in the month. NATO officials had previously stated they would not send “lethal assistance” to Ukraine, which is not a member of the organization.
13:38 GMT:
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has introduced a new bill to parliament, allowing special self-administration in some parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, the country's media reported. The bill includes introduction of local elections in the region, which it is proposed are to be held November 9.
The bill also guarantees the right to use Russian or any other language in "social and everyday life" and insures that participants of the events in the region will not be criminally or otherwise prosecuted by the state.
13:33 GMT:
Ukrainian forces were shooting at militia over the weekend in Kirovskoe near Donetsk, militia representatives told Interfax agency on Monday. As a result of the attack, 11 people were killed and four injured. According to the militia, an OSCE car was also fired at during the shelling.
Meanwhile, six civilians were killed and 15 injured in the shelling of Donetsk on Sunday, the City Council reported. Its press service also said that several residential buildings were destroyed in the attack, and that pipelines were damaged in some areas of the city.

Official: EU does not confirm September 22 gas trilateral meeting date

 September 17, 16:14 UTC+4
On Tuesday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the Russia-Ukraine-EU meeting will be held on September 22
BRUSSELS, September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Commission does not confirm the information that the next trilateral meeting between Moscow, Kiev, and Brussels to discuss gas issues has been definitely scheduled for September 22, spokeswoman for energy commissioner Marlene Holzner said Wednesday.
September 22 is considered only one of several possible dates to hold the meeting, she said.
A representative for Russia’s Energy Ministry said that another possible date of the meeting is September 27 but Moscow proposes to hold the talks earlier. “Each day matters these days, we propose holding the meeting in the beginning of the week (starting from September 22),” the representative said.
On Tuesday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the Russia-Ukraine-EU meeting will be held on September 22.
Gas trilateral talks were suspended in June after Russia and Ukraine failed to agree on repayment of a $5.3 billion debt and gas prices. On June 16, Russia’s Gazprom switched Ukraine off gas supplies.

Kiev asks EU to discuss falling gas transits via Ukraine and Slovakia with Russia

 September 17, 16:24 UTC+4
Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry is seriously concerned with the dwindling gas volumes transported via Ukraine and Slovakia
KIEV, September 17 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine has asked the European Union to discuss reduced volumes of transit gas transported via the territories of Ukraine and Slovakia at the forthcoming negotiations with Russia.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry is seriously concerned with the dwindling gas volumes transported via Ukraine and Slovakia.
“The reduction is serious and is a source of concern for Ukrainian government because it can have implications for the energy security of Ukraine and countries of the European Union,” Ukraine’s Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said in a letter addressed to European Commission’s Vice-President Guenther Oettinger. He also insisted on putting the issue on the agenda of the forthcoming Ukraine-EU-Russia trilateral talks initially scheduled to take place on September 22.
Gazprom’s official representative Sergei Kupriyanov told Itar-Tass on Monday that European consumers have been receiving smaller gas volumes from Russia than they initially requested because gas was being pumped into underground storage reservoirs.
Kupriyanov added that gas transits via Ukraine to Slovakia had also fallen due to the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline which has resumed operation after repairs.
“Part of the gas volumes has returned to the Yamal-Europe pipeline,” he added.
Previously, a number of European consumers claimed they were not receiving the requested gas volumes from Gazprom.

Washington's Bait-And-Switch: NATO Armed Kiev Under Cover Of Ceasefire

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Just over ten days ago, as the pro-independence forces in east Ukraine were on the march with significant gains on the battlefield, a ceasefire was signed in Minsk, Belarus. According to the terms of the ceasefire, the pro-independence fighters were to lay down their arms, cease their offensive to regain lost territory in the Donetsk and Lugansk region, and disband.
In exchange for this, the US-backed government in Kiev was to agree to an amnesty for pro-independence fighters, commit to economic development in the east, and agree to enshrine decentralization in law to provide autonomy to the east.
Most importantly, the ceasefire was to stop the Kiev government's shelling of major population centers in the east and stop the slaughter of military forces on both sides.
It turns out to be a grotesque sleight of hand, with Kiev receiving guarantees at the September 5, NATO summit in Wales that NATO members would provide the military equipment to finish the pro-independence forces in the east after the ceasefire gave time to re-group a badly beaten, largely conscript Ukrainian army.
This grand deception came to light yesterday, as Valery Heletey, defense minister of the US-backed regime in Kiev, bragged that, as Reuters put it:
NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
We are already seeing the result of this bait and switch, as yesterday saw a dramatic resumption of the US-backed government's shelling civilian Donetsk, which is under control of the pro-independence movement.
The ceasefire provided pro-US Kiev forces time to regroup and absorb NATO weapons under the guise of stopping the violence, with the intent of slaughtering rather than negotiating with the pro-independence forces. This is no great surprise, as the February coup itself proceeded with US cooperation just as a compromise power-sharing agreement between the elected president, Yanukovich, and the Maidan rebels was signed.
It remains a great mystery why the pro-independence forces would strike a deal with a Kiev regime which came to power as a result of a US and EU sponsored coup in February, and whose veracity and track record of fair play is rather wanting.
greater mystery perhaps, is why a Russia that was accused of "invading" Ukraine as the NATO summit kicked off, would agree to the decapitation of a Moscow-friendly independence movement next-door as it consolidated its gains.
Whatever the case, the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine is about to resume. The pro-US regime in Kiev, by deception, is about to claim bloody victory from the jaws of defeat.


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