(FEDERALJACK) A Russian cameraman has died in Ukraine after a bus he was traveling in was attacked with gunfire, it has been reported. Anatoly Klyan, 68, is the fifth journalist to be killed in the region since fighting began between Kiev troops and armed pro-Russia separatists in the eastern part of the country in April. He was shot in the stomach last night after his bus – which was also full with mothers of soldiers – attempted to reach a military base in Donetsk. Ukrainian forces began shooting at the vehicle as soon as it approached, with the driver turning back to escape the shelling.
(FEDERALJACK) The leader of the Ukrainian radical group Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, was a major player the protests in Kiev that toppled the government in February. Now Yarosh has thrown his hat in the ring to be the country’s next elected president. The Right Sector movement, an amalgamation of several far-right groups, was formed in November 2013. After the February 21 agreement between now-ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders was signed, the Right Sector declared they did not recognize it and would continue the armed struggle. But Yarosh is facing opposition from Russia. On Wednesday, Russia put Yarosh on an international wanted list and charged him with inciting terrorism.
(FEDERALJACK) Just a few weeks ago over 80 people were shot dead during riots in Kiev. Ukraine’s government then insisted that police had nothing to do with the killings. Now those claims have been independently backed up. In a leaked conversation with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Estonia’s top diplomat says it was the same snipers who targeted both activists and police.
(RT) Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. The move is aimed to settle the turmoil in the split country.
The upper house of the Russian parliament has voted in favor of sending troops to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which would ensure peace and order in the region “until the socio-political situation in the country is stabilized.”
The debate in the Federation Council has revealed that Russian MPs are united on the issue, with many of them sharing concerns on the recent events in Ukraine. The common notion was that since the power was seized in Kiev, the situation has only been deteriorating with radical nationalists rapidly coming to power and threatening the lives of those opposing their actions, most notably the Russian citizens living in Ukraine.