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Merkel: The Situation in Ukraine is Critical for Global Security
The situation in Ukraine is important for global security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday at a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in New York where events on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly are currently underway, the Ukrainian presidential press service said in a statement.
"The federal chancellor noted that the situation in Ukraine is important for global security. In that context, according to her, it is necessary to clearly distinguish between security in Ukraine and in Syria," the statement said.
The interlocutors discussed preparation for a meeting in the Normandy format in Paris due October 2.
At the meeting, Merkel and Poroshenko separately discussed "the state of preparation for a deep and comprehensive free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union from January 1, 2016, as well as prospects of EU introducing a visa free regime for Ukrainian nationals."
RF Police Arrested Protesters against the Russia-Ukraine War
The police have detained participants of a peace march - actions against the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war - in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the webpage Grani.ru reports.
The actions were not coordinated in the two cities.
"Moscow and Saint Petersburg refuse to comply with illegal decisions of the municipality and administration," the organizers wrote.
11 people were arrested in Moscow, including the event organizer, Alexei Domnikov.
Two people were detained in St.Petersburg.
In total, according to the media, about 2 thousand people participated in the demonstration in St. Petersburg.
Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin has left the hall of the UN General Assembly during President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko’s speech, Interfax reports with a reference to the source. Several people reportedly came out of the room with him.
"We walked out in protest against overtly politicized and aggressive speech, which did not correspond to the declared topic of the summit," a senior Russian diplomat told TASS. According to the news agency, only one member of the RF delegation remained sitting in the hall".
However, according to RIA Novosti, only the head of the RF delegation, Vitaly Churkin, walked out. "It is not correct to say that the whole Russian delegation left during Poroshenko’s speech," another source said. "For a significant part of it remained in the hall".
Putin Asserts That Yanukovych "Was Overthrown" by the USA
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the United States had “supported” those ousting a former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, in an exclusive interview with Charlie Rose for a 60 Minutes show on CBS.
“I know that for sure,” Putin said.
“I know those people who still live in Ukraine. We maintain thousands of contacts with them. We know who and where, when, who met with whom and worked with those who ousted Yanukovych, how they were supported, how much they were paid, how they were trained, where, in which countries, and who were their instructors. We know everything,” Putin said.
The Russian president also claimed that he respects Ukraine’s sovereignty, but also stressed that “we [Russia] want countries to respect the sovereignty of other countries and Ukraine in particular.”
Giving comments on the presence of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin said: “Do you believe this is a crime if we have our military forces stationed in our territory along the border with another state?”
However, Putin ignored a question on Russia’s military presence in Ukraine.
ATO Headquarters: Four Military Wounded as a Result of Rebel Attacks
The past 24 hours were not completely peaceful, as rebels intensified their activity after 6PM, the ATO press-centre posted on Facebook.
In particular, rebels fired grenade launchers and heavy machine-guns on a Ukrainian stronghold in the village of Maryinka near Donetsk at 9.17PM resulting in four Ukrainian soldiers being wounded.
They also resorted to arms, when attacking government troops near Mayorske from their positions in Gorlivka at 8PM. Terrorists carried out attacks near Lugansk with heavy machine guns at 10 and 11PM last night.
In total, insurgents purposefully fired on ATO positions three times in the past 24 hours.
IRG: Militants confiscate personal belongings at roadblocks; people go missing
Numerous facts of confiscation of personal properties at rebel checkpoints were reported by people heading toward or coming back from the government-held territory of Ukraine, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on Facebook.
"Members of illegal armed formations confiscated a civilian's trailer in Gorlivka; a mini bus was expropriated from locals near Novoazovsk, who were then severely beaten," he writes.
"Meanwhile, people go missing in Novoazovsk", he added.
No deaths were reported in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, but 4 soldiers sustained wounds, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.