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Ukraine May Temporarily Close Border With Russia

Kiev (AFP) – President Petro Poroshenko instructed his government on Thursday to consider temporarily closing Ukraine’s porous border with Russia to help halt its “intervention” in the Westward-leaning former Soviet state’s affairs.

A decree published on the presidential website ordered the government “to settle… the issue of temporarily closing checkpoints on Ukraine’s state border with the Russian Federation to cars, sea and pedestrian traffic.”

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UK court freezes $2.5bn of Ukraine oligarchs’ assets

Ruling secured by PrivatBank deepens Kiev’s legal war with two powerful businessmen.

The High Court of London has granted an order to freeze more than $2.5bn of “worldwide” assets belonging to Ukrainian oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov, ruling in favour of PrivatBank, the country’s largest commercial lender, which was nationalised last year in an effort by officials to avoid its financial collapse.

The ruling secured on Tuesday by PrivatBank against its former owners and “six companies they are believed to own or control” was announced late on Wednesday.

The freezing order was granted “on the basis of detailed evidence put to the court that Messrs Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov extracted almost $2bn from the bank”, PrivatBank said, through what it claimed was a series of dishonest transactions that had the effect of transferring the funds to companies that they secretly owned or controlled. “Through these initial legal proceedings, with interest, PrivatBank is seeking to recover over $2.5bn,” the bank added.

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Ukrainian Opposition Holds Kyiv March In Support Of Presidential Impeachment Law

Thousands of Ukrainian opposition activists have rallied in central Kyiv, calling on parliament to adopt legislation on presidential impeachment.

Police said the demonstration organized by Mikheil Saakashvili’s Movement of New Forces party attracted 2,500 people, but local reports said about 5,000 people participated.

The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after marching through the city center and holding a rally on European Square.

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Poroshenko Compares Crisis In East Ukraine With 1986 Chernobyl Disaster

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has compared the April 26, 1986, Chernobyl nuclear disaster with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine’s east, adding that “Russia is conducting an undeclared war against his country.”

Speaking at Chernobyl nuclear plant site on April 26, where he and his Belarusian counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka commemorated victims of the nuclear disaster on its 31st anniversary, Poroshenko said:

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Putin, Poroshenko talk on phone, – Kremlin

The conversation was held in the framework of telephone negotiations between the leaders of the Normandy Quartet on the situation in Donbas

President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways

MOSCOW — Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances – far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin’s policies have been murdered that Thursday’s daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the shooting in Kiev of Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian Communist Party member who began sharply criticizing Putin after fleeing Russia in 2016, an “act of state terrorism by Russia.”

That drew a sharp rebuke from Putin’s spokesman, who called the accusation “absurd.” Throughout the years, the Kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.

But Putin’s critics couldn’t help drawing parallels with the unexplained deaths of other Kremlin foes. “I have an impression – I hope it’s only an impression – that the practice of killing political opponents has started spreading in Russia,” said Gennady Gudkov, a former parliamentarian and ex-security services officer, to the Moscow Times.

Here are some outspoken critics of Putin who were killed or died mysteriously.

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Denis Voronenkov: former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine shot dead in Kiev

Voronenkov left Russia last year and renounced citizenship after complaining he was persecuted by security agencies

The former Russian MP Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev.

Police said an unidentified gunman had shot Voronenkov dead at the entrance of an upmarket hotel in the Ukrainian capital.

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