Ukrainian coup-imposed authorities have their hands full with various problems. The country’s eastern regions remain in turmoil, with protesters demanding autonomy from the capital, and economic perils are aggravated by an imminent gas debt crisis.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is heading to Geneva for Ukraine talks with the US, the EU, and Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military freed detained Russian journalists from ‘Russia’ TV channel, Russia 24 reported. The night before, there were reports that a group of journalists were detained in southeastern Ukraine. The release comes after the Russian embassy in Kiev sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calling for an explanation as to why the reporters were detained.
The debts of Ukrainian TV channels to their Russian counterparts were discussed during a closed-door meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications Aleksey Volin, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources who attended the meeting. Last year, Ukrainian channels purchased the rights to Russian series and shows worth US$200-$300 million, but started falling behind on payments at the end of 2013.
Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine must result in Ukraine getting onto the path of normal development, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at the UNSC meeting. Churkin added that it is important for all regions of Ukraine to understand what the future has in store for them.
Slovakia has increased security in the eastern part of the country’s border that is adjacent to Ukraine, news agency TASR reported, citing a statement by Interior Minister Robert Kalinyak.
“The situation in Ukraine is developing dramatically. We have adopted extraordinary measures,” Kalinyak said without specifying which measures were taken to enhance security.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton met with Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa ahead of the Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU, and Ukraine.
Assistant UN Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said that the second UN human rights report on Ukraine will be submitted on May 15.
Employees with Europe’s Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) observer mission in Ukraine are trying to be impartial in their work, observing without bias against the protesters in the southeastern part of the country, Kommersant newspaper cited Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE, Andrey Kelin, as saying.
Spain's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, José García-Margallo y Marfil, called for saving the dialogue with Russia and urged the respect of international laws, Spain’s news agency EFE reported. "Russia should be a partner, not an opponent of the European Union,” the minister was quoted as saying.
Ruptly’s footage shows a group of women over 50 years old helping to man checkpoints on roads in Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday evening