This is Ukraine today – June 24

Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!

By annexing Crimea, Russia has carried out an act of aggression against Ukraine. Currently Russia is transferring terrorist and sabotage groups to Eastern Ukraine. Russia aims to prevent legitimate presidential elections from happening. Everyday life in Eastern Ukraine has turned into a continuous nightmare in the middle of Europe. Our country is being destroyed right before our eyes. We therefore take the courage to inform you about current events in Ukraine. This is just another point of view. We will do our best to remain objective.

June 24 – A railway bridge was blown up near the town of Orikhiv in Zaporizhia oblast on the night of the first day of ceasefire between Ukrainian servicemen and pro-Russian terrorists. Is this the answer of “Putin, the peacemaker” to Ukraine’s peace keeping initiatives? As a result of negotiations held in Donetsk on Monday, Ukrainian authorities, OSCE representatives and the terrorists reached an agreement on bilateral ceasefire until 10 am on June 27th.

June 24 – Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the Russian Federation Council revokes its Resolution on “the use of Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine”, informed Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s Press Attaché. At first Putin let himself to use his army in Ukraine and then he changed his mind. And then he will change his mind again tomorrow. To cut a long story short – Putin has indeed become one of Russia’s tzars.

June 24 – Terrorists have shot down Ukrainian military helicopter Mi-8 near Karachun Mountain close to Sloviansk, informed ATO’s spokesman Vladyislav Seleznyov. 9 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the crash. This is another of Putin’s “peacekeeping” responses to peace initiatives of Ukraine.

June 24 – Tripartite peace negotiations are being held in Donbas. The negotiators: Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov (representing Russia), representative of the OSCE Chairman Heidi Tagliavini, the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma (representing Ukraine), Oleksandr Boroday (representing terrorists from “People’s Republic of Donetsk”), Viktor Medvedchuk (friend and well-known mouthpiece of Putin – it is unclear whom he represents), leader of the pro-Russian movement “South-East” Oleg Tsaryov and the representatives of “People’s Republic of Luhansk”. Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov has stated that Viktor Medvedchuk participated in this meeting on behalf of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Should we guess whether he was “defending” the interests of Ukraine? Are they again thinking of blocking Ukraine’s integration with the EU and NATO?

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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