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U.S. OSCE Ambassador and NATO Mission Address Russian Concerns About Minsk Implementation
The United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel Baer, has made a series of statements today that are critical of Russia's involvement in Ukraine. His statements have been shared by the U.S. Mission to NATO:

Baer's entire statement can be found here, but we'll highlight a few key topics.

First, Baer noted that Russia's humanitarian aid convoys being sent from Russia to the Donbass have not met even the standards which Russia itself has agreed to. His inference -- if Russia has nothing to hide, then why won't Russia allow the OSCE and Ukrainian border guards to inspect the convoys?

 I did read the report from the Observation Mission at the Russian Checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk yesterday. And in our statement we emphasized —accurately— that the convoy hadn't been fully inspected. We did see that the few Ukrainian border guards who were at the checkpoint were able to look at some of the trucks, but standing and watching trucks go by, and even poking your head into them does not constitute a full inspection.

More to the point, Russia agreed that humanitarian assistance should be delivered according to international mechanisms. And Russia has now failed seventeen times to deliver humanitarian aid consistent with international mechanisms...

So we would continue to urge, consistent with Russia's own agreements, that they follow up on this and find a way to have both the delivery and the distribution of humanitarian assistance conform with international standards.

Next, Baer pointed out that there is substantial proof, which has been published by both the Russian and Western media, that Russian armor and troops are operating inside Ukraine.

I wonder what has happened, and what the Russian Federation's plan is, for the masses of heavy weapons that the Russian Federation had itself around Debaltseve. Whether the Russian tanks have been pulled back, and to where, and what the plan is for the Russian Federation to pull its own heavy weapons and fighters back.

I suspect that our Russian colleague will say that the Russian Federation didn't have any fighters or weapons there, and in that case I wonder what his response is to the multiple journalistic pieces that have come out recently— interviewswith mothers of Russian soldiers, with soldiers themselves. Does he think that these Russians are lying? Are they making this up? Is this a fantasy that they have? I just wonder what the response would be, and what he would say to these people.

Finally, Baer argued that since Russia is so interested in quickly implementing the Minsk agreements, then it should be the one pushing for the OSCE to monitor the implementation of the agreement:

I would note, however, that Russia and its proxies, in violating the Package of Measures from the first seconds of its signature, and in violating the ceasefire from the first minutes of its supposed implementation, have set back the implementation of the Minsk agreements once again. This is because much of what needs to be done in order to implement requires political work that is made more difficult when one side has so flagrantly violated the agreement. That's unfortunate.

We've heard broad support today for —and, I think, one thing that everybody who has spoken today has agreed on is—  the need to work as hard as we can to implement what has been agreed. One suggestion —if the Russian Federation really does care about the implementation of many of the political measures that it highlighted—  then facilitating OSCE observation of the entire international border would be a significant contribution to allowing the political process to move forward, because part of what’s needed is more confidence in what is going across or not going across that border.

Russia continues to supply weapons to its proxies in eastern Ukraine, and that makes the political process harder. And so, if Russia would facilitate observation on its side of the border, of the entire border, that could actually accelerate the political process that Russia claims to care so much about.

-- James Miller


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Crimean Tatar Surgeon Arrested In Kerch, Family Unable To Make Contact

RFE/RL's Crimean service reports that the family of Asan Charukhov, a Crimean Tatar trauma surgeon, have been unable to make contact with him since he was taken away for interrogation by the occupying Russian authorities.

Seitvaap Charukhov, Asan's father, told RFE/RL that he had only found out about his son's arrest this morning after speaking to Asan's colleagues at a hospital in Kerch.

The Interpreter translates:

"All I know is that he is now in Simerfopol. There's been no contact with him, I can't speak to him. I'm in Sevastopol myself, and am about to travel to Simferopol to search for him."

There has been no official statement from Russian law enforcement with regards to the detention of Asan Charukhov.

Seitvaap Charukhov fears that his son has been detained as part of the investigation into the Crimean Tatar protest against Russian annexation outside the Crimean parliament on February 26, 2014. 

Since then there have been major repressions against Crimean Tatars, with dozens arrested.

On January 29, the deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Ahmet Chiygoz, was arrested on suspicion of "organising mass unrest."

Furthermore, a number of Tatars have been found dead with signs of torture after being abducted by paramilitaries.

-- Pierre Vaux
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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Slams U.S. Legislators Calling to Arm Ukraine

The European Union's foreign policy chief has condemned a group of U.S. bi-partisan legislators who have called on President Barack Obama to arm Ukraine. The Associated Press reports:

Federica Mogherini said Friday that "the European Union is doing enough" and insisted that the implementation of the peace deal brokered in Minsk last month "is the way to go forward."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel are been particularly outspoken against pouring more firepower into the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Mogherini said that "what Ukraine needs now is not only the full respect of its sovereignty, of its territorial integrity, but it is also peace."

On Friday, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said arms deliveries "would only stoke the fire."

The White House has suggested that it is considering calls to send lethal aid to Ukraine, and NATO commander U.S. General Philip Breedlove has said that currently policy was not deterring Russian aggression and a new strategy of raising "costs" on Ukraine's battlefields should be adopted.

-- James Miller

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European Union Drops Sanctions on Four Ukrainians

The European Union has removed four Ukrainians from their sanctions list today, apparently citing a lack of evidence provided by the Ukrainian prosecutor general. Among those dropped are two advisors to ousted president Viktro Yanukovych, and Ukraine's former security chief Oleksandr Yakymenko. Yakymenko actually started the use of the term "anti-terrorist operation," which is what Ukraine calls their military efforts to regain control of the parts of the country occupied by Russian-backed separatists. Except that Yakymenko used the term to describe the crackdown against the Euromaidan movement which he ordered on February 19, which played a role in creating a backlash which ultimately lead to the fall of the Yanukovych regime.

RFE/RL reports:

The four men, whose names didn't appear in the updated list on March 6, are: Oleksiy Azarov, the son of the former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, former presidential advisers Andriy Portnov and Ihor Kalinin, and former security chief Oleksandr Yakymenko.

The EU said another four people will remain in the list for three months during which the Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office is required to provide more evidence against them.

The list will be updated after 12 months.

It includes ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Mykola Azarov as well as the former head of the Ukrainian Security Service, a former prosecutor-general, a former interior minister, and a former justice minister.

-- James Miller

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Car Blown Up In Kharkiv With Magnetic Mine, Two Injured

There has been a bombing in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine today. Leviy Bereg reports that a car being driven by Andriy Yanholenko, the commander of an Interior Ministry special forces unit, and his wife, Inna, was blown up at 11:59 (9:59 GMT) in the city's eastern Saltivka area. Both survived the attack and have been taken to hospital.


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Photo from 057.ua

The Yanholenkos' burnt-out Volkswagen people carrier can be seen in the video below:

Kharkiv police say that a SPM magnetic limpet mine was found near the scene of the explosion.

The explosion went off as the car was moving past number 2, Poznanskaya street.

Yanholenko's brother, Sergei, told reporters that two magnetic mines had been placed under the car, one of which exploded on the passenger side of the car. The second had been thrown from the car by the blast and had not exploded.


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Sergei told reporters that the couple were in a critical condition.


-- Pierre Vaux

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