#EuroMajdan # єvromaydan Chronicle 04/24/2014
UPD: 04/24/2014 Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said that because of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, exercises began
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that because of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, exercises have begun.
"The forces are clearly unequal," the defense minister said before a meeting of the military board.
"The go-ahead for the use of weapons against civilians in your country has already been given. If this military machine is not stopped today, this will lead to a large number of dead and wounded. The declared exercises of NATO forces in Poland and the Baltic states do not contribute to the normalization of the situation," - said the minister.
“We are forced to respond to such a development of the situation,” Shoigu added.
“From today,” he said, “in the areas bordering Ukraine, the exercises of the battalion tactical groups of combined arms units of the Southern and Western military districts have begun. The troops are working on the issues of performing marches on their own and deploying to fulfill their mission,” said Shoigu.
UPD: 04/24/2014 State Budget 2014: where does the country spend money?
The state budget reflects not just a list of state revenues and expenses, but also the overall economic and even political situation in Ukraine.
This is shown in the infographic of the independent Ukrainian company Baker Tilly.
"In our infographic, we deviated from the standard reflection of expenses exclusively by ministries. We formed certain blocks where we grouped state structures according to their functions. Thus, we were able to more clearly show what the government really gives priority to," the report said.
According to the infographic, if we compare the funds that the state spends on supporting the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (11.7 billion hryvnias) and the amount of expenses to support unprofitable state mines (12.16 billion hryvnias), it turns out that the mines, like previous years is spent more than on the army.
In addition, the cost of leadership and management of the veterinary service is greater than the management of the army.
Also, according to the infographic, an extremely small share is made up of individual tax revenues in the budget of Ukraine - only 2.2%.
In Europe, this share in the budget ranges from 20% to 40%. At the same time, the share of tax revenues from business is more than half of all income of Ukraine.
UPD: 04/24/2014 Leaflets with instructions for survival were scattered over Kramatorsk and Slavyansk in territories where Russian terrorists operate
Helicopters flew over Kramatorsk and Slavyansk and dropped leaflets.
It is reported by Euromaidan.
UPD: 04/24/2014 Storming in Slavyansk: 5 terrorists destroyed, roadblocks demolished. PHOTO + VIDEO
During the anti-terrorist operation, the units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defense released and destroyed 3 roadblocks of illegal armed groups in the north-eastern part of the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region.
During the fighting, up to 5 terrorists were destroyed. On the part of the participants of the ATO, one fighter was injured.
UPD: 04/24/2014 The self-proclaimed mayor of Slavyansk threatens civilians with executions
Security officials urge not to succumb to provocations and not to comply with criminal orders of representatives of the self-proclaimed illegal authorities. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
During the anti-terrorist operation in the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, leaflets were distributed in which the population urged to remain calm, if possible, not to leave their homes, not to let their children go unattended to the streets of the city, not to succumb to provocations and not to execute criminal orders of representatives of the self-proclaimed illegal authorities.
According to information from sources in anti-terrorist operation, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slavyansk Ponomarev declared "execution on a place of everyone at whom this leaflet will be found".
UPD: 04/24/2014 SBU received evidence of the murder of a deputy from Gorlovka by Russian saboteurs: "There, the Fisherman buragozit. Press him out." AUDIO
The SBU received information about the involvement of members of the GRU General Command of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the disappearance and murder of the deputy of the Gorlovsky City Council Vladimir Rybak.
The radio interception, indicating the organization of the abduction and murder, the SBU published on its channel on youtube.
UPD: 04/24/2014 Prosecutor General's Office inspects 33 associates of Yanukovych involved in money laundering of “family”
A special investigation team of the Prosecutor General’s Office is checking 50 enterprises, banks and 33 people from Yanukovych’s inner circle in order to detect stolen state money.
This was stated by First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Mykola Golomsha, speaking at the conference "Return of Ukrainian assets of corrupt politicians," Ukrainian Pravda reports.
He said that the prosecutor general’s office is now quite actively investigating large-scale economic and political crimes.
"The entire state machine worked solely to help individual officials and leaders manipulate state programs and launder budget money. Officials, having access to state property, stole them, and the entire law enforcement system did not notice these manipulations and crimes."
He admits that until the end no one had imagined the extent of corruption that had been the past 4 years.
“Together with the National Bank, we have now identified 14 laundering banks that laundered 140 billion hryvnias. We noticed that all these crimes originated from the country's top leadership. A network was created that aims to enrich the family of former President Yanukovych,” * explained the First Deputy General the prosecutor.
The prosecutor general’s office has already opened 264 criminal cases against Ukrainian officials and people who are suspected of corruption and money laundering. In Ukraine as a whole, there are already more than 1000 such cases.
The property and accounts in Ukraine of Yanukovych and his eldest son, Klyuyev and Prisyajnyuk were arrested for 1 billion hryvnia and more than 1 billion hryvnia in securities. Also, $ 9 million was frozen on their Ukrainian accounts.
"Their partners are also being checked, under the control of more than 50 enterprises, several banks and 33 individuals who could be involved in money laundering of the" family, "said Golomsha.
The First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine spoke about the difficulties that investigators face.
"We encountered a problem when people from 3 regions of the country, close to the Yanukovych family and his entourage, were everywhere at all key posts," said Golomsha.
According to him, these people acted even at the average managerial level in all regions of Ukraine, and they made it possible for all suspected of corruption and crimes to leave the country.
Moreover, as reported by Golomsha, they transferred special equipment of special services from Kiev to Crimea and even certain types of weapons, and allowed to take out many documents and evidence in many criminal cases in Crimea.
"We did not understand why these cases were transferred to Crimea, for example, in the case of the so-called Boyko towers," said Golomsha.
Now the prosecutor's office of Ukraine is negotiating with Russia on the return of these documents and equipment.
“But the investigators managed to keep copies of the documents, and we continue the investigation,” the first deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine admitted. “A representation will be created on the basis of those prosecutorial and intelligence agencies that worked in Crimea to protect the interests of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea and protect the interests of Ukraine.”
As for the information that the corporation of Alexander Yanukovych IACS continues to work without any obstacles, Nikolai Golomsha said that this information relates to last year’s data.
“At the beginning of the year and even now, some schemes that were before that continue to operate. We are blocking accounts, now in Donetsk there is a court at which the issue of blocking the accounts of the firm of Alexander Yanukovych is being considered,” said Golomsha.
UPD: 04/24/2014 Slavic militants have already taken 10 people hostage
Terrorists in the SBU of the city of Slavyansk want to exchange the American journalist Simon Ostrovsky who they kidnapped for their arrested leader Pavel Gubarev. This was stated by the leader of the terrorists Vyacheslav Ponomarev, Ukrainian Pravda reports citing RIA Novosti.
Ponomarev, said that in all, the militias now have ten prisoners, including a deputy of the local city council Vadim Sukhonos.
According to Ponomarev, the authentication of Ostrovsky’s documents and the purpose of his arrival in Slavyansk is now underway.
“Until we find out, he will be with us. Then we’ll either allow us to continue working in Slavyansk, or exchange it for one of ours, in particular, for Pavel Gubarev. Ostrovsky is treated well, he is fed”
It is known that the journalist of the site Vice News Ostrovsky was kidnapped on Monday, April 21.
On Wednesday, local terrorist leader Ponomarev admitted that they had Ostrovsky and was suspected of collaborating with Right Sector because he had American and Israeli passports.