Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ukraine News Updates -- June 30, 2015


The Guardian: Ukraine ceasefire: 'There is shooting all the time'

Skirmishes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels continue despite a truce signed in February, giving little cause for hope of an end to the conflict

“This doesn’t smell like peace to me,” said the Monk, sighing heavily in his makeshift control centre, a former chandelier shop in the basement of a block of flats, near the remains of what not long ago was Donetsk international airport.

“There is shooting all the time,” he said. A 47-year-old former police officer from Donetsk whose real name is Oleg Gorlenko, he was given his nom de guerre, he said, because he never cheated on his wife. He has been fighting the Ukrainian army for more than a year and does not believe in the current ceasefire.

“Often it’s hard to tell who is shooting at whom. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing. But it definitely isn’t a ceasefire.”

WNU Editor: Everyone that I know in Ukraine is telling me the same thing .... the front-lines are dangerous, but so are many other regions that are kilometers away from the front lines. From what I can tell .... the entire eastern part of Ukraine is a dangerous place for Ukrainian soldiers, a fact that even the Ukrainian news web sites are now finally acknowledging .... Kurakhove, a Ukrainian-controlled city 10 kilometers from the war front, is on edge with residents divided (Kyiv Post).

Ukraine News Updates -- June 30, 2015

UN: 6,500 people killed in Russia-Ukraine war over last year -- Ukraine Today
Ukraine Has 75,000 Troops In East Ukraine, Says Luhansk People's Republic Leader -- IBTimes
Foreign specialists operate Ukrainian army’s drones — LPR reconnaissance -- ITAR-TASS
Information war high priority for both sides in Ukraine conflict -- Canadian Press
Ukrainian officers graduate from defence academy ready to go to frontline in east Ukraine -- Ukraine Today
Hackers Leak Ukraine Military Documents Revealing Plan to Increase Spending On Armed Forces -- IBTimes
Meet the foul-mouthed governor fighting to hold Ukraine's war-torn east together -- Global Post
Ukraine, creditors still wrangling over debt restructuing deal -- Ukraine Today
IMF urges Ukraine, creditors to reach agreement -- Reuters
Ukraine's 'history laws' purge it of communist symbols but divide the population -- The Telegraph

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