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Situation Remains Tense In Eastern Ukraine. SBU Attempts To Recruit RIA Novosti Journalist

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Situation Remains Tense In Eastern Ukraine. SBU Attempts To Recruit RIA Novosti Journalist

Members of Ukrainian armed forces are seen near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, March 3, 2015. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

Military situation in the east of Ukraine

The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) military continues accusing pro-Kiev forces of violating the ceasefire regime in eastern Ukraine.

  • On June 3, the Ukrainian Armed Forces reportedly violated the ceasefire regime 16 times by launching mortar shells of 122-, 120- and 82- mm caliber at targets in the DPR. 4 houses were damaged.
  • On June 2, Ukrainian Forces violated the ceasefire regime 20 times, the DPR military announced. According to the statement, the Ukrainian side used infantry fighting vehicles, all the types of mortars and light weapons.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense provded own data on the situation at the contact line over the last few days.

  • On June 3, DPR forces reportedly violated the ceasefire regime 27 times, launching mortar shells of 152- 120- and 82 mm caliber. A DPR serviceman was reportedly killed.
  • On June 2, DPR forces reportedly violated the ceasefire regime 28 times, using shells of 122-, 120- and 82 mm caliber. 3 Ukrainian soldiers were injured.

The SBU attempts to recruit a RIA Novosti journalist

On June 2, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti said that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) had tried to recruit its journalist Irina Visokovich. She arrived in Kherson to get details on legal procedures of the case of RIA Novosti Ukraine chief Kiril Vishinskiy.

Visokovich stated that the SBU members had forced her to sign a paper on collaboration with the SBU. According to this document, she has to provide the SBU with information about RIA Novosti’s employees.

Kiril Vishinskiy was detained on May 15 in Kiev on suspicion of treason and support of the DPR and LPR. He could carry a penalty of 15-year restraint.

A fake death of a Russian journalist Arkadiy Babchenko

On June 1, General Prosecutor of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko stated that a staged murder of Arkadiy Babchenko in Kiev had been necessary. He claimed that this false flag operation had allowed law enforcement officials to obtain a list of other 48 journalists who are potential victims of Russian assasinations.

Lutsenko also pointed out that the staged murder is foreseen by the criminal procedure code and had been used for 30 times within 2.5 last years.

At the start of the story, the list of potential victims included only 10 persons.

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