KIEV/DONETSK, April 19 (Reuters) – A mediator from Europe’s
OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking
the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government
declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.
Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other
Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognise an accord in
Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev’s U.S. and
EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of
militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 19 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian
government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over
the Easter weekend as its U.S. ally threatened Moscow with new
sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender.
The Kremlin denies having control over gunmen who want their
eastern regions to follow Crimea in being annexed by Russia.
Moscow scolded Washington for treating Russia like a “guilty
schoolboy” following their agreement in Geneva on Thursday that
Ukrainian militants should disarm and vacate occupied buildings.
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18 (Reuters) – A day after
an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis
in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their
occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further
sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
Leaders of gunmen who have taken over city halls and other
sites in and around Donetsk this month in pursuit of demands for
a Crimea-style referendum on union with Russia, rejected the
agreement struck in Geneva by Ukraine, Russia, the United States
and European Union and demanded on Friday that the leaders of
the Kiev uprising must first quit their own government offices.
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine’s rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday.
A day after Ukraine and Russia agreed that protest sit-ins must end, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine said they would not quit occupied public buildings and pro-Western activists in the capital insisted they would not dismantle their Maidan camp, which helped topple the Kremlin-backed president.
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.
The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.
The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hope to date of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, on Friday said he does not consider his men to be bound by an agreement between Russia and Ukraine requiring illegal groups to disarm and vacate buildings.
The Geneva agreement, signed by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday, requires all illegal armed groups to disarm and end to the illegal occupation of public buildings, streets and squares.
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis on Thursday by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major conditions were met.
The Ukrainian and Russian governments, along with the United States and European Union, signed an agreement in Geneva that said: “All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”
MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.
Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three attackers were killed in the shooting that followed, making it the bloodiest incident so far in a 10 day uprising in the east.
A single grey police jeep was inside the compound on Thursday morning with broken windows, flat tires and bent doors. The gates of the compound had been flattened. There were shell casings outside the gates and several unused petrol bombs.