Russia’s secret service confirmed that notorious terrorist Doku Umarov has been eliminated in the first quarter of 2014. Dozens of terrorists met their deaths in the North Caucasus, hundreds of militants and their supporters were detained.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, two presidential aides and two members of the Crimean administration are among the 12 Russian officials who were added to the European Union’s black list on Friday.
A tense ceasefire was announced in Kiev on the fifth day of violence, with radical protesters and riot police holding their position. Opposition leaders are negotiating with the government, but doubts remain that they will be able to stop the rioters.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that ‘the really hard work begins on Friday’ with regard to reaching a diplomatic solution in Syria. “Nobody underestimates the difficulty of this issue,” he announced on the first day of peace talks in Switzerland.
Riot police brutally dispersed protesters from central Kiev in the largest operation since the latest outbreak of violence. Almost 200 officers have been injured over four days of scuffles. Two people were reportedly killed amid the crisis.
Ukrainian police have used tear gas and stun grenades after pro-EU protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at officers. The clashes followed violence at the protests in the country’s capital, Kiev, on the previous day.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed Sweden over Gottfrid Svartholm’s case. Since his transfer to a Danish prison, the Pirate Bay founder has been kept in solitary confinement and denied access to mail and reading material.
After the seizure of Free Syrian Army bases by Islamic militants, the US halted non-lethal aid to the opposition fighting against Bashar Assad’s regime. This signaled an attempt for control amid a complex Syrian civil war, analyst Eugene Puryear says.
Washington and London have stopped providing non-lethal aid to the Syrian rebels via Turkey after radical Islamists began to take control of the Free Syrian Army’s bases in northern Syria. Turkey has reportedly closed its side of the border with Syria.