Ukrainian media digest 29 August 2014

Non-affiliated MP Aleksandr Polunin was chosen as the head of Zaporizhzhya district council. 32 out of 33 deputies voted for his candidacy. By 2013 he had been the head of Zaporizhzhya district state administration, but was sacked following the conflict with Aleksandr Peklushenko who was region’s governor at that time.

There have been clashes between protestors and police outside the Russian consulate in Kharkiv. During the protests a firework was launched from protestors’ side on the consulate and police. The police tried to detain protestors who were wearing balaclava. As a result, only one person had been arrested.

NSDC has adopted measures to defend national security and territorial integrity of Ukraine and to increase combat capability of Ukraine’s armed forces and law enforcement, a deputy head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, Mykhaylo Koval said after NSDC meeting with the President – UNIAN reports.

The conflict between Ukrainian businessman and Dnipropetrovsk governor Ihor Kolomoyskyi and the former head of Presidential administration Sergey Levochkin is based not on the business interests, but on principles, deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration Hennadiy Korban said.

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev, who has been appointed Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people, is planning to stand in elections as the part of Petro Poroshenko’s political party.

There won’t be any political party with the name of Ihor Kolomoyskyi in the upcoming parliamentary elections, deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration Hennadiy Korban said.

The head of the Center of political and legal reforms Ihor Koliushko thinks it is impractical to impose a martial law and the abandonment of parliamentary election will be in Russia’s favor.

The Central Election Commission appeals to the Cabinet of Ministers to urgently allocate nearly 980 million from the national budget for arrangements and realization of the early parliamentary elections, which is to be held on October 26.

The head of Vinnytsya regional state administration Anatoliy Oliynyck appointed Igor Ivasyuk his deputy and Andrey Gyzhko his first deputy.

First deputy minister of defence Bogdan Butsa resigned following internal investigation.

Russian troops continue seizing the part of Kherson region on the administrative border with Crimea, the former head of Kherson regional state administration Yuriy Odarchenko informed.

Dnipropetrovsk region has proposed Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense to fully equip Dnipropetrovsk forces with volunteers and equipments, expand a staff list, deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration Hennadiy Korban said.

The head of Donetsk regional state administration Sergey Taruta directed to strengthen public order protection in the region.

Deputy governor of Donetsk region Ilya Shevlyak informs Donetsk region could settle not more than 12-15 thousand refugees during the winter period, that’s why the region needs help from other regions. He also stresses people who left their places of living should receive a status.

The state should stop illegal arrests of citizens in the ATO zone, the Head of the Board at Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Arkady Bushchenko said.

Zaporizhzhya governor Valeriy Baranov answered Hennady Korban about Kolomoyskyi’s desire to patronize the region: “Nobody will patronize us, we do not need it. We have our own plans how to defend our region and it is great our neighbours are ready to cooperate with us”

On August 28 a telephone conference on refugees’ settlement was held in Zaporizhzhya. The deputy head of the region Petro Gonchruk informed nearly 20 thousand refugees live on Zaporizhzhya territory.

Nearly 6.4 thousand refugees have been officially settled in Kyiv region, but they exact number is unknown, first deputy head of Kyiv regional state administration Anna Starikova informed.

The meeting of the coordination office about what refugees needs are was held in Lviv region.

Zaporizhzhya regional council has decided how to compensate expenditures of those enterprises which help refugees to settle in.