People in Eastern Ukraine trying to survive – Photo Gallery
“Of course we will be offering humanitarian aid to the extent possible, sending foodstuffs, articles of daily necessity,” the acting head of Crimea says
SIMFEROPOL, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea is ready to offer humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine, the acting head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov, told reporters on Wednesday.
He said the Crimean authorities were closely watching the developments in the largely Russian-speaking Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
“Crimea will support people. We were in the same situation, but luckily for us we passed through it without losses. But it happened so that people there have to hold the line and fight for their lives,” the head of Russia’s new entity said. “Of course we will be offering humanitarian aid to the extent possible, sending foodstuffs, articles of daily necessity,” he added.
The chairman of the Crimean State Council, Vladimir Konstantinov, said for his part that the state of Ukraine the way Crimean residents knew it, has ceased to exist. “Now this is a territorial entity that is trying in every way to become legitimate,” he said.
“But this is an aggressive entity, trying to legitimize itself not through a dialogue. That is why, the initiative of the regions is their means of survival,” he added.
Almost all policemen in Ukraine’s Donetsk come down to side of pro-federation activists
DONETSK, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Almost all policemen in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, the population of which is waging struggle to transform the country into a federation, have come down to the side of the volunteer popular guard, the press center of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told ITAR-TASS Wednesday.
“We can’t always fight,” a spokesman for the press center said. “We must also refurbish the system of Interior agencies and for this purpose we’re combining the functions of policemen and volunteer popular guards.”
Co-Chairman of Presidium of the DPR, Miroslav Rudenko, said earlier Wednesday that that governor of the Donetsk region, business tycoon Sergei Taruta, who had been appointed by the incumbent authorities in Kiev, did not have any real power in the region.
Broadcasting of all TV channels suspended in Ukraine’s Sloviansk
DONETSK, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Broadcasting of all television channels has been suspended in the city of Sloviansk in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, which continues putting up fierce resistance to the assaulting units of the Ukrainian Army and paramilitaries of the so-called ‘national guard’, the press service of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told ITAR-TASS.
“All television channels are off the air there,” a spokesman for the DPR press service said. “We are trying to determine the causes of the situation right now,” he added.
Ukrainian National Guard surrounds village in Donetsk Region — militia spokesman
Armored vehicles are arriving at the site, and at least three Ukrainian armed forces helicopters have landed there, according to reports