Saturday, November 01, 2014


Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

November 01, 2014

Ukraine government forces near Luhansk
Ukraine government forces near Luhansk

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-- Authorities in separatist-held areas of Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions are preparing for elections that have already been widely condemned and characterized as illegitimate.


-- The United Nations says that more than 4,000 people have been killed in clashes in eastern Ukraine between the government forces and pro-Russian separatists. 


-- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office says the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, and France have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to recognize the elections being held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.


*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv





From our news desk:

The spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has reported six government soldiers were killed and another 10 wounded in fighting since October 31.

Spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy provided that casualty count at a news briefing on November 1 but did not specify where the soldiers were killed and wounded.

Fighting has continued unabated in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire agreement the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists reached in early September. 



We have a great photo gallery from war-torn Donetsk. 

  • Rebel field commander Igor Bezler, who is known to his comrades as "Bes," plays guitar at the wedding of one of his unit members in Gorlovka, in the Donetsk region.

  • Tatiana, a nurse assisting pro-separatist fighters, inside a dugout at a rebel checkpoint in Gorlovka.

  • Nikolai sells grapes, grown in his own garden, to an elderly woman in front of a destroyed building in Gorlovka. According to the new separatist mayor, 80 percent of the city's population has returned to their homes. Job opportunities are still very limited

  • A separatist takes cover in the Kiyevskiy district of Donetsk. The district is close to the airport, which has been the scene of much of the fighting.

  • A poster calling on people to vote in the disputed November 2 elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is being set up on the Shevchenko boulevard in Donetsk.

  • Several local families are living in a bomb shelter in the Petrovskiy district of Donetsk. Their houses were destroyed by shelling.

  • A young refugee boy unwraps chocolate distributed by volunteers in accommodation for displaced Ukrainians in Donetsk. Despite the truce between the separatists and Ukrainian government forces, there is still sporadic fighting. Refugees from shelled areas have sheltered inside Donetsk University campus buildings.

  • Iosif Kobzon, a singer known for his loyalty to the Kremlin, and Aleksandr Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, sing a Soviet-era song together during a concert in Donetsk. 

  • In Donetsk, bags of humanitarian aid are ready to be distributed to mothers with small children.

  • While aid is available in the city of Donetsk, it is harder to distribute it to the more isolated areas of the Donbas region.

See the photos full size here.




A depressing take/update from a friend of "The Economist's" Edward Lucas.


It's elections in Donetsk and Luhansk tomorrow. Here's a short wrap:

Authorities in Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions, both controlled by pro-Russian separatists, were preparing for elections that have already been widely condemned and characterized as illegitimate.

Luhansk was marking a "day of silence" of November 1, the eve of elections, with no campaigning allowed and workers already removing campaign posters.

Four people are running for the post of head of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic, including current leader Igor Plotnitsky, and three "social movements" are competing for seats in the "People's Council."

In Donetsk, election officials have canceled the "day of silence" and are allowing candidates to continue campaigning.

Three people, including the current leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko, are running for the top post in the Donetsk People's Republic, and two movements are competing for seats in the "People's Council."

Dozens of governments and the United Nations have already said they will not recognize the elections in these separatist regions. 

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