Sunday, 17 August 2014

Ukraine Crisis - Latest Updates 14.45 CET Sunday 17.08.14

Latest Developments

-- The International Committee for the Red Cross announced that it would "observe" after "border and custom officials from #Russia & #Ukraine agree to inspect 1st group of Russian convoy trucks shortly." A group of 16 trucks from the Russian convoy have split off and approached the checkpoint on the Russian side of the border.

-- Earlier, an ICRC representative in Moscow said its inspectors had arrived at the location where the Russian aid convoy was parked but that inspections to determine their contents were unlikely to begin today.

-- Kyiv has confirmed that a Ukrainian army MiG-29 fighter was shot down, presumably by separatists, over Luhansk today. Its pilot parachuted to safety and was retrieved by Ukrainian forces.

-- The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany are expected to meet later today in Berlin to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

-- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that pro-government forces captured the town of Zhdanivka, some 40 kilometers northeast of the city of Donetsk. He wrote on his Twitter account: "The town of Zhdavinka in the Donetsk region has been heroically taken by the armed forces of Ukraine. Glory to Ukraine!"

-- Slovakia started testing a reverse gas flow aimed at helping to supply neighboring Ukraine with badly needed natural gas. Slovak company Eustream confirmed that a compressor station near the town of Velke Kapushany started pumping gas into the Uzhgorod-Voyany pipeline.

-- The United States urged Russia to stop "extremely dangerous and provocative" attempts to destabilize Ukraine. The White House said there had been an "escalation" in Russian activity in recent weeks to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine.

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