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Four activists belonging to a women’s group in Ukraine went topless at the Indian embassy in Kiev to protest New Delhi’s alleged plan to block Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh women from entering India as part of a national anti-prostitution campaign. The topless activists climbed the Indian embassy’s balcony and unfurled banners that said, “Ukrainians are not prostitutes!”, “Delhi, close your brothels” and “We demand apologies”. The women belonged to Femen, a Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, which became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills. They were protesting against India’s alleged anti-prostitution plan to stop Ukrainian women from entering India. The group’s blog said that by issuing such an order, India has gravely insulted the women of Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. “Indian prostitution is directly conducted with impunity of the country’s criminal business. Blaming it on women is a shame for the heirs of such a rich and old culture,” the blog said.
A former write-in candidate forArizonagovernor who ended up homeless in Ukraine says he is flying back to Phoenix next week after being entangled in an online dating scam. Cary Dolego, 53, ended up on the streets of a western Ukrainian city after a dating scam. He came in search of a Ukrainian bride but ran out of money. He said Thursday he will return to Phoenix thanks to a loan from the U.S. Embassy. Social workers in Chernivtsi last week found Dolego among the homeless — hungry, unkempt and suffering from pneumonia. Dolego, who ran for governor last year, sold his house and belongings in Queen Creek, Arizona to fund his trip toUkraine. He says he had been planning to meet and settle with a Chernivtsi woman he had met online, but she never showed up. The woman, Yulia, eventually showed up, but claimed someone had hacked into her account and had been exchanging e-mails with Dolego on her behalf. She refused to give her last name, citing privacy concerns.
The Georgian Embassy in Ukraine condemns the recent incident at a protest rally in front of the Embassy onJuly 18, 2011, when an embassy guard physically assaulted the people and photographer who were gathered, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said. “The Georgian Embassy wishes to apologize to all concerned – those who attended the gathering, journalists, and the Ukrainian people – for this deplorable incident, and, in addition, wishes to state that the guard in question has been dismissed from his post”, the ministry’s report said. On Monday, the Ukrainian media reported that a Georgian embassy member beat Alexander Yamkov, a journalist from “Kommentarii”, during a FEMEN protest outside the Georgian embassy in Kiev. Activists carried a dramatic protest “Photohunt” against the detention of photographers in Georgia who have been accused of spying. Semi-naked demonstrators protested with fake cameras and the words “press” stamped on their underpants. They were carrying placards which depicted a crossed-out camera and the words “No photo – no democracy”. The man emerged from the embassy and began to disperse activists, pushing their hands, and then verbally abusing and physically beating the reporters, demanding that they stop taking photos.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called a decision of the Czech Republic to expel an employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague as absolutely inappropriate. “The decision by the Czech side to expel an employee of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic is a totally inappropriate response to Kyiv declaring personae non grata two military attaches of the Czech Republic in Ukraine, who were engaged in espionage in our country,” reads a statement issued by the information policy department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine. On the other hand, the Ukrainian diplomat who faces expulsion from the Czech Republich as strictly complied with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and “for this reason there can be no question of reciprocity in this case,” it said.
Two Czech diplomats have been expelled from Ukraine on suspicion of spying, Ukraine’s security service said. Col. Zdenek Kubicek and Maj. Petra Novotna were accused of spying and trying to gain access to Ukraine’s military secrets. ‘The Czech diplomat [Kubichek] was also interested in classified data related to Ukrainian projects in the tank industry and satellite navigation for Oplot tanks,’ security service spokeswoman Marina Osypenko said. Osypenko said the diplomats – both defense attaches at the Czech Embassy inKiev– were also caught buying confidential documents linked toUkraine’s ambitious Antonov An-70 transport plane and Antonov An-178 cargo aircraft. Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwartzenberg said later Friday that the expulsion was a retaliation measure to the Czech Republic granting asylum to former Ukrainian economics minister Bohdan Danylyshyn in January.
Ukraine’s representative to the EU has angrily hit back at claims that visa liberalisation for his country could pose a crime threat. Kostiantyn Yelisieiev was responding to a report by Europol, the EU crime-fighting agency. It said that the bid byBulgariaandRomaniato joinEurope’s Schengen passport-free zone and proposed visa exemptions for former Yugoslav states, Ukraine and Moldova could facilitate organised crime. The EU “organised crime threat assessment” issued by Europol was based on more than 70,000 pages of intelligence from member police forces over two years. The Ukraine ambassador, however, hit back at suggestions that there could be a connection between crime and visa free travel forUkraine. He said, “We inUkrainemet with deep concern the conclusion of Europol, which presents the visa free regime withUkraineas a potential threat in terms of organised crime.” He said Europol’s viewpoint “strongly contradicts” the opinion of the European commission on the issue. The Europol report also said that syndicates smuggling people and drugs into Europe through the Balkans are increasingly sophisticated and connected.
The Palestinian and Israeli Embassies in Kyiv have declined to comment on the disappearance of Palestinian citizen Dirar Abu Sisi in Ukraine. “At the moment, the situation is such as it is, and the embassy is not commenting on anything,” the Palestinian National Authority Embassy in Kyiv said. The Israeli embassy also declined to comment on the situation. Earlier, local media reported that Dirar Abu Sisi, the deputy director of the Gaza power plant, boarded a Kharkiv-Kyiv train on February 18. According to the Palestinian Information Center (Hamas Web site), at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport he was supposed to meet his brother whom he had not seen for some 15 years, ever since he had moved to the Gaza Strip. Abu Sisi’s Ukrainian wife, Veronika, quoting train conductors, said that two hours after her husband boarded the train; two men entered his compartment, produced IDs of special service officers and took him away. However, later the conductors refused to testify and said that nothing had happened in the train and that there had been no abduction. On March 10, some foreign media reported that Abu Sisi was being held in an Israeli prison.
The first to make a post was U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft. He has written about the International education day and his participation in the opening ceremony of American Councils, one of the leading partners in running U.S. Government-supported academic exchange programs between U.S. and Ukraine. The blog will represent the range of thoughts of the Embassy staff members about work and life in Ukraine written in casual manner. The Embassy invites public to read the blog at: http://usembassykyiv.wordpress.com/ Leigh Turner, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, also keeps his blog.
A staff memeber of the Ukrainian embassy in Dublin was detained in the center of Irish capital for driving drunken with two tyres only. The other two were missing. At police station the disturber stayed uncooperative claiming he his diplomatic status would provide immunity from prosecution. However, the embassy spokesman refused to comment on the case. It is still not clear whether the embassy invokes the diplomatic immunity or not. In the latter, the staff member will face charges.
An activist of the Coalition of Orange Revolution Participants was seized on Sunday for trying to cut with an electric saw the fence of the Russian embassy in Kiev, the Ukrainian television said. About ten members of the public organization armed with an electric saw gathered near the Russian embassy for a protest against ‘Russian authoritarianism in Ukraine.’ They said they wanted to move the fence several meters inside the embassy territory for ‘limiting the Russian space in Ukraine.’ The electric saw operator was taken to a police station. Other participants in the action left.