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Chronology - 12 August 2014
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CHRONOLOGY of Russia/Eurasia-related events and daily guide to international MEDIA HEADLINES
FT = Financial Times, iNTT = International New York Times, Econ = The Economist, BBC = BBC World Service website. Other media identified by name.
28 Aug. New front opens in Ukraine confclict (alleged Russian 'invasion' near Mariupol))iNYT
27 Aug. Italian set for foreign policy job despitre fears over Russia stance (EU, Frederica Mogherini (FT) / Kiev says videos back foray allegations (FT) / Capture of soldiers clounds Ukraine talks (iNYT) / Finding the right stomach for sanctions (Muscovites reaction, Courtney Weaver) FT
26 Aug. Tauntin Kiev, rebels threaten to delay peace talks (iNYT) / Nato chief fears Russian convoy is mask for military action in Ukraine (FT)
25 Aug. Rebels mock Kiev with provocative spectacle (parade of prisoners) iNYT / Ukraine flexes its military muiscles (national day) FT / Putin profits politically from war and western apologies (FT) / Rift in Latvia deepens with Ukraine crisis (FT)
23 Aug. Kiev-Moscow relations at new low as aid convoy crosses Ukraine border (FT) / Kiev weighs convoy dilemma (FT) / Russin artillery moved to Ukraine (NATO accusation) iNYT / Exodus from east raises post-conflict concern FT)
22 Aug. Russian aid convoy moves across border into Ukraine [without permission] BBC / Ukraine captures two 'Russian4 troop carrieres (FT)
21 Aug. EU urged to counter over-reliance on Russian nucler fuel (FT) / Ukraine's economy Broken dozn (FT)
20 Aug. Kiev presses offensive as Putin agrees to a meeting [with Petroshenko in Minsk] iNYT
19 Aug. Injured rebels vow to fight on even if Kiev taked back east (FT) / Donetsk People's Republic fears power cut and human catastrophe (FT) / Ukraine accuses rebels of killing refugees (iNYT)
18 Aug. Ukraine talks open in Berlin as Kiev claimùs military breakthrough (FT)
13 Aug. Kiev races to beat Russia aid convoy (FT) / Russian aid trucks are reported stalled (iNYT) / Germans harden view on Russia (iNYT) / Kremlin ban leads to peach of a problem (FT)
12 Aug. Kiev and Moscow agree on aid convoy to besieged cities (FT) / EU plans LatAm talks over Russia[concern over replacement of EU food imports] FT / Ukraine aid mission raises fears (iNYT) / Russia sends aid mission to eastern Ukraine (BBC)
11 Aug. Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire talks (FT) / How to bring the Ukraine crisis to a peaceful end (Braithwaite) FT / Russian tensions hit fragile eurozone growth (FT) /Russia sanctions itself (iNYT leader)
09 Aug. Blast in Kiev injures 2 as army suffers losses in east (iNYT) / Is Putin really cornered? (iNYT)
07 Aug. Slowdown in Italy adds to fears over Ukraine (iNYT)/ Putin offers first response to Western sanctions (iNYT) / Putin targets food imports to hit back at US abd EU sanctions (FT) / Russia stirs fears of a second Georgia (FT) / Moscow kickback set to squeeze western airlines (FT)/ A bad time to rake over Georgia's past (FT leader)
06 Aug. Russia considers airspace ban in retaliation for EU sanctions (FT) / Invasion fears rise as Russia masses troops (FT) / Rough justice by Ukrainian rebels (iNYT) / Putin tells Kremlin to devise economic response to Western sanctions (iNYT) / Dominant by default (Angela Merkel and German-Russian relations) FT
05 Aug. Germany cncels combat training with Russia (FT) / Ukraine conflict: Refugee numbers soar as war rages (BBC) / Putin is said to expand forces near Ukraine iNYT) / To evade Russians U.S. [reconnaissane] plane made [Swedish] detour (iNYT)
04 Aug. Tensions derail U.S.-Russia nucleqr deql (iNYT) / Putin tries to harness energy of Russian pilgrims for political profit (iNYT) / Russian spanner in the works for Europe earnings (FT)
02 Aug/ Volunteer battalions support surge in [Ukrainian] army morale (FT) / Trained troops are feqred by Russian in eqst (FT) / Russia's dwubndlking liberal minority rails agains Putin, (FT)
01 Aug. Russian crisis already taking toll on western business (FT) /
Brussels follows Nuland on sanctions but next steps unclear (FT) / Sberbank targeted by EU sanctions (FT) / Moscow ordered to pay Yukos investors $1.9bn (FT) / Monitors reach Flight 17 after days of delays (iNYT) / Rebels ambush convoy in east Ukraine (BBC)
31 Jul. Ukraine tries to win loyalty in a city rid of separatists (Slovyansk) iNYT / As sanctions pile up, Russians grow seary of Putin's tactics tiNYT) / Stronger snctions on Putin (iNYT leqder) / Kiev lauds sanctions dismissed by Moscow / Merkel rethink on tough action reflects loss of confidence in Putin (FT) Moscow denounces EU sanctions (FT) / Unlikely rally looks like calm before storm, warn analysts (FT) / Fighting scars Ukraine economy (FT)
30 Jul. Europe turns screws on Russia (FT) / European companies braced for backlaash (FT) / BP feel heat over Rosneft stake (FT) / Putin fights to keep factions on his side (FT) / Duma hits back with bill to ban Big Four audit firms (FT) / State bank and wider corporate sector likely fo suffer (FT) / Ukraine: Caught in the crossfire [of nationists and rebels] FT / Closing a 25-year chapter with Russia (FT leader) / Russia test called violation of treaty (iNYT) / Amid Ukraine crash, a war zone (iNYT)
29 Jul. Ukraine army pushes rebels back to city strongholds (FT) / Fighting prevents access to crash site (HYT) / Shift by German industry paved way to tougher EU sanctions on Russia (iNYT) / Pressure mounts on Russia in wake of $50 billion Yukos ruling (FT) Russia ready to take political cost and resist tribunal payout (FT) / A damning verdict in the Yukos case (FT lmeqder)
26 Jul. Russia hits at Ukraine with attacks of artillery (iNYT) / EU moves fast on sanctions (FT) / Mass graves seepen wounds left by conflict in Slavyabsk (FT) / Moscow launches Mac attack as beef with west over Ukraine intensifies (FT)
-- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov put on the the latest list EU sanctions list, says he drawn up his own ‘ list’ which includes president Obama and EU leaders. / Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko hands over new equipment ( tanks, APCs and other armoured vehicles) to the 1st special-purpose brigade of the National Guard..
25 Jul. The former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiev, and his younger brother, the former head of the State Bodyguard Service, now living in Belarus are sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia with confiscation of property, for their involvement in killings on 7 April 2010, when 80 people died in an opposition uprising.. / Russia's envoy to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, says that new EU sanctions will not force Moscow to change its policy on Ukraine. / The Ukrainian government appoints the deputy prime minister for regional development, Volodymyr Hroysman as acting premier. However, parliament has still not received a written resignation letter from Prime Minister Arseni Yatseniuk enabling it to vote on the government’s. resignation..
24 Jul. Belarus expresses hope that Ukraine will not see as an unfriendly step the introduction of new duties and licensing requirement for confectionery produced outside the Customs Union. / Two Russian opposition activists, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhaev, are sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for ‘attempting to destabilise the country’ by organising mass unrest on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on 6 May 2012; Udaltsov declares hunger strike. / Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Olexandr Turchynov hails the dissolution of the Communist Party parliamentary faction (33 MPs elected, but thre number educed to 23 under a new regulation). / The Ukrainian majority coalition collapses as two of its members, UDAR and far-right Freedom party withdraw; another member, Fatherland, of former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, opposes such action, as she opposed snap parliamentary elections. Premier Arseni Yatseniuk’s cabinet also resigns.
23 Jul. Commenting the Gaza crisis, the Russian foreign ministry gives support to Egypt’s efforts to achieve a truce between Gaza and Israel. / Russian Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discuss the Gaza crisis by telephone.
22 Jul. Moldovan Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Vasile Bumacov estimates at $150m losses from a possible Russian ban on imports of fruit and vegetables as a result of the signature of the Moldova-EU agreement. / Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida urges Russia to ‘immediately stop’ assisting Ukrainian separatists. / President Vladimir Putin signs a law moving Russia permanently to winter time as from 26 October this year and increases the number of time zones in Russia from nine to 11. Also another law giving the president the right personally to fill 10% of the Federation Council seats, but not to dismiss senators appointed by the previous president. / Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev says that Russia will allocate a 4,280bn roubles to regions and migration service to deal with refugees from Ukraine. / President Putin vows Russia will ‘do all it can’ to help the investigation into the downing of MH17 and expresses condolences to the families. / By 232 votes, Ukrainian parliament passes the law raising the maximum enlistment age to 60 for other ranks and 65 for senior officers; by 232, at a fifth attempt, it passes a law disbanding the Communist faction. / The Ukrainian group 1+1 Media, owned by oligarch and governor of Dnipropetrovsk Igor Kolomoisky announces the launch of Ukraine Today, an international 24-hour TV channel. / The Ukrainian authorities announce the return by, a medical plane, of 22 wounded servicemen, including 4 in a critical condition, who have been treated in Russia.
21 Jul. An organisation called ‘Black Committee’ claims responsibility for a smoke bomb and firework attack on office of the Russky Standart bank n central Kiev accused of funding rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
20 Jul. 20 After the crash of the Malaysian Airline plane, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a discusssion by telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron in which he urges restraint from ‘hasty conclusions’; with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte about access to the crash site and Russia’s cooperation; and with French President Francois Hollande about the role of the OSCE. .
19 Jul. Rebels in eastern Ukraine confirm they have removed dozens of bodies from the crash site, including remains ‘lying in the street in the nearby village’, for hygienic reasons. / Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman complains that militants are hampering the investigation and refusing access to international investigators. / Qfter Kiev Kiev receives warnings of bombs planted in public places, mayor Vitali Klitschko sets up a civil defence HQ to prevent ‘acts of provocation’
18 Jul. The Georgian Parliament unanimously (123 votes) ratifies the Association Agreement with the EU. / Russian president Vladimir Putin sends condolences to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in connection with the crash of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft. / A representative of Rosneft confirms that its Lisichanks refinery, in Luhansk region is on fire after shooting without human casualties. / China’s official agency says that hasty conclusion on the Malaysian plane crash would only escalate regional tension and affect chances of an impartial investigation. / The ‘prime minister of the Donetsk people's republic’ Alexandr Boroday announces the confiscation of businesses belonging to governor Ihor Kolomoysky; private clients do not need to repay their loans to his Pryvat Bank, in fact this would be considered a hostile act since the governor backed Maidan protests and finance the antiterrorist operation. / Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseni Yatseniuk says he is ready for a full embargo on bilateral trade with Russia. / Luhansk city council reports over 20 civilians killed in a single day and asks residents to stay homes or in shelters; 85% of buildings have no electricity nor water. / The Ukrainian interior ministry claims to have averted a series of terrorists attacks in Dnipropetrovsk thanks to the arrest of two Ukrainian citizens.
17 Juj. Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Yevgeni Lukianov says that to start a war against ‘brotherly Ukraine’ would be counterproductive for Russia but that the current conflict in Ukraine had turned into ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Russian-speaking citizens. / A spokesman for Ukraine National Security and Defence Council says that Ukrainian Air Force has made 29 sorties over the past 24 hours. / Meeting wives and mothers of servicemen, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says that thanks to their courage the area of the anti-terrorist operation has been reduced by 50%. / A Malaysian airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 on board crashes in eastern Ukraine, 50 miles before entering Russia’s airspace; President Poroshenko accuses the rebels and speaks of a 'terrorist act'.
16 Jul. 16 Jul. Belarus economists discuss the possibility that the country will lose millions of dollars due to Ukrainian import duties of up to 60% in response to Customs Union new licence system. / The commander of the Vostok battalion, Alexandr Khodakovsky, resigns as security minister of the ‘Donetsk people's republic’ after criticism for military defeats. / Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the plenary session at the BRICS summit, emphasising that the 5 members’ combined GDP represents 21% of the global volume and continues to grow; and that they have an increasing political role to play by supporting each others in international organisations. / Interfax reports that president Putin ‘has reacted calmly’ to the imposition of new US sanctions against Russia but that the sanctions are driving the Russian-American relationship into a dead end. / The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, says that the inclusion of Rosneft on the sanctions list is ‘unfounded and illegal” and will arms US shareholders and banks. / The ‘prime minister’ of the Donetsk people's republic”, Alexandr Boroday, says that his representatives will take part in the next round of peace talks via video with the Kiev authorities under an agreement with OSCE.. Families of military involved in the anti-terrorist operation rally outside the presidential administration in Kiev, asking for a rotation of service plus decent living and fighting conditions.
15 Jul. A separatist leader, Andrei Purgin, denies receiving military hardware from Russia, saying the east Ukrainian rebels are in fact short of arms and using only those captured in arms depots or as trophy. / The terrorist connexion is excluded after an accident which killed 22 and injured almost 100 in the Moscow metro. / In Brazil, Russian president Vladimir Putin Putin and his counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, restate their aim of doubling bilateral trade to a value of $10 billion a year. / Despite tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as new European Commission chairman and expresses hope that his international experience and commitment to the idea of European unity will boost Russia-EU ties. / Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport sees ‘unfair competition’ in the UK’s failure to issue visas to part of the Russian delegation intending to visit the Farnborough Air Show. / Foreign military attaches visit a Russian town in Rostov Region, where shells from Ukraine killed three people. / Rebels announce 8 civilians dead and 64 wounded in an aircraft attack against Luhansk. / Public servants can finally access their workplace after activists vacate seven administrative buildings in central Kiev.
14 Jul. On the eve of the BRICS summit, Russian president Vladimir Putin underlines the increasing significance of the association in a complex world to prevent a ‘single pole’ of creating a model of international relations; he says it is time for the BRICS to assume responsibility for world development and insists on the need for members tohelp each other to develop their economies.
12 August 2014
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