Ukrainian media digest 13 August 2014

Chernigiv region authorities together with Chernigiv frontier guard detachment of the North Regional Administration of the State Border Guard Service have developed a program to strengthen the border, including the construction of engineering structures and ditches total of 183 km long, informed head of the Chernihiv Regional Council Nikolai Zverev. He considers that the border with the Russian Federation should be strengthened similar to “Mannerheim Line”, which was built by Finland in Karelia in 1920-30, which helped Finnish troops to stop the advance of Soviet Army in 1940.

Lugansk regional council deputies appealed to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies regarding the arrest of Lugansk mayor Kravchenko. “Since the beginning of hostilities in Lugansk Sergeн Kravchenko did not leave the city and effectively supervised all the process needed for a city to function under extreme conditions. His actions were not interfering politics. Due to this we ask in the shortest possible time to release Sergey Kravchenko and allow him to renew his duties as Luhansk mayor “- the statement says.

The Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov ordered specialized parliamentary committees to study the issue of cancelling the authority of Kharkiv city council and the mayor of the city. He said this during a meeting of the Parliament after a number of MPs insisted on the immediate investigation into this issue. The Speaker called for the regulation committee to consider this immediately. He noted that related motion can be submitted on Thursday, August 14.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin began a two-day working visit to Crimea. Almost all members of Russian state top leadership will attend a meeting with Putin in Crimea. Today, president Putin is going to visit Sevastopol, where he will hold an operational meeting with members of Russian Security Council. On Thursday, August 14, Putin will meet with deputies of Russian State Duma. “An open conversation with parliamentarians on crucial issues in the life of the country is expected,” – Kremlin informs, stressing that “special attention will be given to practical work in today’s competitive environment.” Prime Minister, head of “United Russia” Dmitry Medvedev, Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, and heads of all Duma factions will take part in the meeting

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration are planning to finish formation of 43rd Battalion of territorial defense before September 1.
According to Headquarters, the battalion will be aligned with new standards. “For the first time a new battalion will receive heavy weapons. The battalion will be equipped with armored vehicles, mortars, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers, snipers and anti-missile systems. The number of personnel will be increased from 423 to 549 soldiers, “- said in a statement.

Battalion “Aydar” detained Artemovsk mayor, who has collaborated with the terrorists. This was announced by the speaker of the information center of the NSDC Andrei Lysenko. “In Schastya Battalion “Aydar” detained Artemovsk mayor and another man, who collaborated with the terrorists” – said он.

Humanitarian aid from the Russian Federation will not cross the border of the Kharkiv region, informed UNIAN referring to an unnamed source from a law enforcement agency. According to unconfirmed information, “a column of vehicles may go through one of the checkpoints in the Lugansk region. It is possible that it will be Izvarino”.

Ukraine will not allow the Russian humanitarian convoy to go through Kharkiv region. “Putin’s “humanitarian convoy” will not go through the territory of Kharkiv region. There will be no provocations of cynical aggressor on our territory” – wrote Arsen Avakov, Minister of the Interior, adding that this information is official.

There are 12 parties competing for MP seats in elections to so-called Council of State of Crimea, on average 10 for a seat. In Sevastopol there are 12 pretenders for a seat in the city parliament, said deputy head of the Central Election Commission.

Prosecuting authorities started a criminal investigation of violations during pumping of technical oil out of “Ukrtransnafta” pipeline system. The main suspects are “Ukrtransnafta” top management, loyal to Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Igor Kolomoiskiy.