Digest of events on the South-East of Ukraine, 01.05.2014
Kharkiv separatists had been preparing series of explosion s on May 9; May 1 rally with pro-Russian slogans; Attempt to burn the flag of Ukraine and Attack on the "Radio Svoboda" Journalist in Kharkiv; People are Starving for Political Prisoners in front of Kharkiv Regional Administration; Israeli doctors: Kernes has 30% chance of survival; Lutsenko: Assassination Attempt on Kernes - the Warning from Russia; About 500 employees of public utilities came to the city council for peace and for Kernes; Kharkiv districts are decorated with national symbols, and in the city center blue and yellow flags were crossed
Kharkiv separatists had been preparing series of explosion s on May 9
Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv region exposed and prevented the activities of the extremist group that had been preparing series of explosionss on May 9 during the mass events on the occasion of Victory Day, informs the press service of the SBU.
SBU officers raided the premises of the regional organization of public pro-Russian union "Great Russ", the leader of which is Mr Apukhtin. In the office, there were found a grenade "F-1", a gun "Zoraki" adapted to fire live ammunition, ammo, cash, Russian symbolic and separatist cards. The investigation is continuing.
May 1 rally with pro-Russian slogans
In the center of Kharkiv there was a march of about two thousand supporters of the Communist Party of Ukraine and supporters of federalization. The column was headed from the Eternal Flame in the Universitetskaya street to Freedom Square. The participants of the event were carrying the flags of the USSR, of all the Soviet republics, and the symbolic of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the movement "South-East" and "Struggle".
Also, there were banners with slogans: "Down with Kiev Junta ", "Down with Kiev National Fascist regime," "Federalization", "Russian language is the state one", etc. Most of the marchers had St. George ribbons attached to their clothing.
Later, about a thousand people moved from the Lenin monument to the House of the Soviets. People came close to the police cordon near the entrance to the regional administration. They hung a USSR flag on the lantern outside the building. People chanted "Kharkiv!", "Putin!", "Russia!", "Junta Go!". Many in the audience were the elderly.
According to "Gorodskoy Dozor", despite fifty-seventy young men of sport-like appearance, there’s lack of critical mass of hit men trained for organizing riots and the storming of public institutions. The entrance to the building of Regional State Administration is secured by the police in full gear.
Attempt to burn the flag of Ukraine and Attack on the "Radio Svoboda" Journalist in Kharkiv
On Kharkiv Freedom Square in pro-Russian activists tried to burn the flag of Ukraine, the attemp failed due to the rain. Besides, dozens of people attacked the "Radio Svoboda" journalist Vladimir Noskov, informs “Segodnja”, but the police managed to take him outside the cordon.
People are Starving for Political Prisoners in front of Kharkiv Regional Administration
Four people came to Freedom Square in Kharkiv and went on hunger strike. They are holding the banners saying "We are against Hatred," "Freedom to political prisoners!", "The day before yesterday Plekhanivska, yesterday the Mayor, tomorrow us?".
Each member has a bandage on their forehead that says "Hunger." Young people said that they are from socio-cultural organization "Rassvet", “Gorodskoy Dozor” informs. Later their number increased to six people.
Israeli doctors: Kernes has 30% chance of survival
On April 30th Mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes, who is undergoing medical treatment in an Israeli clinic after being wounded, had a surgery on his lung. According to the sources in Haifa hospital, the day after the surgery, his doctors give no more than 30 per cent guarantee that the Mayor will survive.
According to the interviewees, the Mayor of Kharkiv was operated in a military hospital, equipped with the latest technology.
In the coming days, Israeli physicians will disconnect Gennady Kernes from the respirator. This information was given today, May 1, by Svetlana Gorbunova-Ruban, the deputy Mayor of Kharkiv on Health and Social Welfare.
Lutsenko: Assassination Attempt on Kernes - the Warning from Russia
Freelance adviser to President, a former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko believes that the attack on the Mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes is warning to pro-Ukrainian politicians from Russia, writes “Segodnya”. “They resorted to the last argument of "empire" - the bullet. The warning was visually made to Kharkiv Mayor. At this point, for various reasons, he became the de facto opposition to Putin's scenario. One warning was to him, but everybody heard it ", Lutsenko said.
About 500 employees of public utilities came to the city council for peace and for Kernes
People lined up around the perimeter of the building. They are holding the banners "Kharkiv is stable”. Kernes is our mayor "," Kernes means order, stability, perspective ","We want to work for the good of the city "," That’s our place to live "," Kharkiv is city of peace".
According to the protesters, their action is aiming to demonstrate to the radical forces that are threatening to capture City Hall that Kharkiv citizens are united in their desire to preserve peace and tranquility in their hometown. And even now, when the Mayor is temporarily unable to manage Kharkiv, all utilities are operating under the motto of Gennady Kernes - "To love Kharkiv is to work for people".
Kharkiv districts are decorated with national symbols, and in the city center blue and yellow flags were crossed
Euromaydan movement activists and Kharkiv dwellers continue to decorate the city with the national symbols. The bridges and lanterns are painted in yellow and blue, Ukrainian flags are hanging along the road from Lenin avenue to Akhsarova street. Around 100 people joined the action today. You can hear patriotic songs from the activists’ car.
Previously, such actions took place on Freedom Square and on Sumskaya street, but the unknown crossed Ukrainian flags, and painted Russian tricolors under them. And at about 7.30 p.m. on April 30, the flags were overpainted into grey .
Militants grenadier from Chechen was captured in Kharkov; Kharkov man arrested trying to recruit separatist to be mercenaries; in the Kharkov region two terrorist convoys were repulsed; Kharkov man arrested that attacked bus in siloviki; amounts the downed il-76 was one paratrooper fro Kharkov; deputy regional council said: information not true in obtaining signatures that support Gennady Kernes chairman of Kharkov regional state administration; Igor Balut discusses with the un representative problematic issues related to the placement and the social protection of refugees; Eurobasket 2015 not to be held in Ukraine; about 100 citizens from Kharkov came to support Russia; 5100 future applicants from Donbas have arrived in Kharkov; «Okean Elzy» in Kharkov concert over 40 thousand patriotic Ukrainians attended.
The detained saboteur described the militant training camp in the Rostov region; survivor of the downed helicopter near Slavyansk hospitalized in Kharkov; Kharkov students donate military flak jackets; enterprises of Kharkiv region will receive orders from the defense ministry of ukraine; the end of the school year; Kharkivs'kyi cadet corps announces first military cadet corp.; creating a map of road condition problems in Kharkiv.