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Newsline: Lithuanian diplomat ‘murdered in eastern Ukraine’

Lithiuania’s honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country’s foreign minister. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said that Mykola Zelenec, the country’s honorary consul in eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, has been kidnapped and killed by the pro-Russian rebels there. Linkevicius, who was on a visit to Kyiv, posted the news on his Twitter account.



Newsline: UK summons Russian ambassador over Ukraine ‘incursion’

Russia’s ambassador to the UK has been called to the Foreign Office (FCO) to clarify reports of a military incursion into Ukraine by Russian forces. Alexander Yakovenko was also asked to explain a build-up of Russian military equipment on the border, the FCO said. Earlier, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters he was “very alarmed” by the incursion.


Newsline: Criminal case opened against Ukraine’s ambassador to Belarus

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine brought suspicions against the country’s former defence minister. Journalists learnt it from Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema. “We brought suspicions against former defence minister Yezhel some days ago,” Yarema said. The suspicions were presented in a criminal case over undermining the army’s defence capability, according to him. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine launched an investigation in May 2014 into activities of the country’s former defence ministers in recent years. In particular, investigators assess the legality of decision of ministers and their actions during the processes of reorganisation or reduction of the Armed Forces. Mykhailo Yezhel was appointed ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus in April 2013 by former president Viktor Yanukovych. He was a minister of defence in 2010-2012.


Newsline: No one comes out of Ukrainian embassy in Moscow to meet with refugees

Hundreds of refugees gathered near the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, but no one came out to meet with them. Women and children stood at the fence for more than an hour, asking for help to process documents and demanding to open humanitarian corridors. “When I left, on July 11, all the borders were closed. We failed to go to Rostov. It was luck that we managed to get to Moscow,” Elena, a woman from Donetsk, told ITAR-TASS. “But we all are grateful to Russia for a place where we can escape, where our lives is out of danger,” said a woman from Luhansk, who came with her small daughter.


Newsline: Russia accused US ambassador to Ukraine of publishing fakes pictures on Twitter

Pictures placed on Twitter by US ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt, claiming to show weapons being fired on Ukrainian troops from Russian territory, are fake, a Russian official told ITAR-TASS. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said it was not accidental that the materials appeared on Twitter since it was impossible to establish whether they were authentic. Low-resolution pictures made it unclear what was being shown and they could not be used as photographic evidence, the official said. It was no secret that such fakes were being prepared by a group of American advisers working in the Ukrainian Security Service building in Kiev under the supervision of General Randy Kee, he added. Earlier, Kiev officials repeatedly presented such pictures to justify the use of artillery and other heavy weapons by Ukrainian troops against civilians.


Newsline: Ukrainians Pay Tribute At Dutch Embassy In Kiev

Ukrainians turned out at the Dutch embassy in Kiev to pay tribute to the hundreds of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. A somber crowd of mourners presented wreaths and messages outside the embassy. One took the moment to make a political statement with a sign that read: “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is a terrorist.” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ordered all Dutch flags to fly at half-mast following the tragedy. “The whole of the Netherlands is in mourning,” Rutte said. Coming just months after Flight MH370 disappeared on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, this is the second loss for Malaysia Airlines in a year. Reports differ on the number of passengers on board the plane. Reuters has reported that 295 people on board the plane have been killed while Associated Press has put the number at 298.


Newsline: Embassy in Ukraine evacuates Vietnamese from Donetsk

Vietnam’s embassy in Ukraine has started to evacuate nearly 300 Vietnamese from Donetsk due to the national government’s plan take back the rebel-occupied city in what many anticipate to be a bloody siege. The embassy has asked Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport to help evacuate any person in need. Several Vietnamese students have been brought to Kiev in the past week, and offered places to eat and sleep by community evacuation officials from Vietnam’s embassy. Many businesses and shopping malls owned by Vietnamese expatriates in Kiev have helped shelter the refugees. Nguyen Phuong Thao, a community official from the embassy, said the first Vietnamese evacuees were mostly women and children as men tried to stay behind to protect the family’s property for as long as possible. Vietnam’s ambassador to Ukraine, Nguyen Minh Tri, has visited the evacuees and called for all Vietnamese to leave Donetsk as soon as possible, noting that the conflict could escalate in unpredictable and complex ways.