Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing
30 April 2014
The situation in several cities in eastern Ukraine remains very tense. Kremlin-backed “separatists” continue to occupy several government buildings and police headquarters in several cities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 3 roadblocks on roads leading into Slavyansk were cleared by Ukrainian law enforcement units as part of the anti-terrorist operation. The city hall in Alchevsk, Luhansk oblast, has reportedly been seized by approximately 30 “separatists.” The Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that two organizers of mass unrest in Kharkiv oblast were detained and that the two men “coordinated their actions outside of Ukraine, after which they organized mass unrest and offenses.” In Slovaynsk, Kremlin-backed “separatists” continue to hold hostage a group of seven German-led unarmed military inspectors from OSCE-participating states, together with five Ukrainian armed forces officers, which were taken hostage on Friday. According to reports a member of a District Election Commission for the 25 May presidential election in Krasnoarmiysk, Donetsk oblast, has been kidnapped. Acting President Turchynov announced that the State Security Service (SBU), and Ministry of Internal Affairs will be forming new law enforcement units. The SBU opened a hotline for interested persons with experience in law enforcement and military service.
2. Turchynov meets with Oblast governors
Acting President O. Turchynov met with the heads of Oblast State Administrations (“oblast governors”) in Kyiv on 30 April. Turchynov stated that in addition to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, there are attempts to destabilize the situation in Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovs'k, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts. The threat of destabilization by diversionary groups is especially high in Kharkiv and Odesa oblasts.
3. Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery, London – 29-30 April
The Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery, jointly organized by the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States in support of the efforts of the government of Ukraine in their goal of recovering assets that were plundered from Ukraine is being held in London. The meetings are being held in order to “bring together representatives of key financial centres and international organizations to bolster collective action, foster direct exchange between practitioners and plan practical steps towards this goal.”
4. Assassination attempt of Kharkiv Mayor