Ukrainian media digest 23-25 August 2014

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in his address to Ukrainian people said early parliamentary elections will be held on October 26. “ The elections of the new parliament will be held on October 26, 2014,” the statement said. At the same time he underlined early elections “do not mean that the current Verkhovna Rada is relieved of the responsibility of the fate of the country.” “MPs will work until a new Parliament is elected. The main thing that has to be done by them is ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union in September,” the head of state underlined. Petro Poroshenko assured Ukrainians “election will be fair, democratic and transparent” and urged voters to the high turnout.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Arseny Yatsenyuk take part in celebrations on the occasion of the Independence day. The head of state and representatives of the government and the parliament laid flowers to the monuments of Volodymyr Velykyi, Taras Shevchenko, the head of the Central Rada Mykhailo Hrushevskyi and to the monument of Nebesna Sotnya Heroes.

Mejlis has temporarily removed from the organization two members, who without permission, became a part of new authorities of the annexed Crimea. They are Remzi Ilyasov, who in May became the so-called vice speaker of the Crimean parliament and Teyfuk Gafarov, who became a deputy mayor of Simferopov, Ukrainian service of BBC reports. The membership of Zaur Smirnov has also been suspended as he hasn’t left the position of the head of the committee on international issues and deportees.

The head of Poltava regional council Petr Vorona has decided to be a volunteer in an assault brigade, which takes an active parts in military actions in the ATO zone. “I have been considering this decision for a long, and I’ve decided – I’ll go to protect Ukraine. I have been in the ATO zone for several times, and I saw how guys were looking at me. I can’t just sit in my cabinet in the time when they protect our country from Russia’s invasion under bullets. We will win, I believe in this,” Vorona said. He also added while he is absent, his fist deputy Vladimir Marchenko will be in charge.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense states Russian “humanitarian convoy” has robbed Ukraine’s strategic factories. As media center informs, trucks of white color were detected in Torez region. This fact is proved by space surveillance. These vehicles disguised by “humanitarian mission” are moving out facilities from one of Motor Sich factories branches. These facilities are produced only in Ukraine. “Such robberies are being held in other regions, which are under DPR’s control. Parts of this “humanitarian aid” are being sold in Sverdlovsk.

The so-called interim head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov has proposed to nationalize Crimean property of Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who was appointed the head of Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration after power shift in Ukraine.

Zaliv shipyard, which is currently owned by Konstantin Zhevago, was seized by representatives of Crimean local defense and representatives from Zelenodolsk shipyard, which is based in Tatarstan.

There are widespread rumors the famous representative of Donetsk group Ihor Martynenkov will be appointed the head of Luhansk regional state administration.

Russian militaries begin to strengthen their positions on the border with annexed Crimea. They are located near Dzhankoy and farther north, the leader of Crimean Tatar Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

Mejlis has temporarily removed from the organization two members, who without permission, became a part of new authorities of the annexed Crimea – Remzi Ilyasov and Teyfuk Gafarov.

The Ministry of fuel and energy of annexed Crimea is working on possibilities to supply coal from Russian regions due to the situation at Donbas.

The head of Zaporozhzhya regional state administration Valeriy Baranov said 19 blockposts will be equipped with special constructions to strengthen region’s defense.

Ukrainian deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman predicts decrees which could enable conduct reforms and power’s decentralization will have been adopted by the end of 2014 by a new make-up of parliament.

16 431 people have addressed to transfer station for refugees from Donetsk and Luhansk regions as of August 26, the press service of the Emergency service.

The head of Zaporozhzhya regional state administration Valeriy Baranov explains he does not rotate heads of districts’ administrations without President’s order. He said following requests have been sent numerously.

The second transfer station and the center for refugees have been built in Luhansk region. From now on locals from Luhansk will be sent not only to Svanov city, but to Lysychansk.

According to regional headquarters’ data, above 5.5 thousand locals who fled Donets and Luhansk regions have been registered in Zaporozhzhya, the city mayor Aleksandr Sin told journalists at the press-conference. He ordered representatives of districts’ administration to propose the possible variants how to accommodate refugees in heat deficit period.