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Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

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U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday. "President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," Spicer said at a daily news briefing. "At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia." Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.
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Ukraine-Russia conflict comes before ICC...

Ukraine-Russia conflict comes before International Court of Justice
March 6, 2017 -- Ukraine began its case against Russia on Monday in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The four-day hearing is the start of a lawsuit in which Ukraine accuses Russia of illegally annexing Crimea and funding separatist rebels within Ukraine. It also includes the alleged Russian downing of a Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014, an incident in which all 298 people aboard the plane died. A 45-page complaint details alleged violations under two U.N. conventions. It accuses Russia of violating the Terror Financing Treaty through its ongoing support of "illegally armed groups" in eastern Ukraine, and of alleged mistreatment of ethnic Tartar and Ukrainian populations, a violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination during the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Olena Zerkal, a representative of Ukraine, awaits the start of Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia on Monday in the international Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Ukraine contends Russia's support of anti-government forces in Ukraine and Russian annexation of Crimea are violations of United Nations treaties

"Ukraine initiates the legal fight, the international opposition to Russian aggression in the legal field, the opposition to the occupation of Crimea and Donbas, and massive violation of human rights," said Iryna Herashchenko, Ukrainian parliament member and envoy to the legal proceedings, in a statement. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations and will be able to respond during the initial hearing. Ukrainian lawyers accused Russia of making it "impossible for Ukrainian citizens to feel safe anywhere in their country" in opening remarks Monday.

Court proceedings could take up to three years, former ICJ judge Bruno Simma told the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, noting that "It's a complicated situation." Unlike the International Criminal Court, also headquartered in The Hague, Russia recognizes ICJ authority and as a U.N. security council permanent member can ask for a Russian citizen to be appointed to the ICJ's 15-member board of judges. Nearly 10,000 people have died in the three-year conflict in Ukraine.

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Big ol' ammo dump blows up in Ukraine...

Ukraine says ammo depot explosions huge blow to combat capability
September 28, 2017 - The destruction of two ammunition depots this year have dealt the biggest blow to Ukraine’s combat capability since the start of its separatist conflict, security and military officials said on Thursday.
Massive explosions at a military depot in the Vynnytsya region, 270 km (170 miles) west of Kiev, forced the authorities to evacuate 24,000 people on Wednesday. Another large depot was destroyed in March. “The country has suffered the biggest blow to our fighting capacity since the start of the war,” the secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, told journalists. Earlier the defense ministry said the Vynnytsya depot contained 83,000 tonnes of ammunition.

It is not clear if the explosions were accidents or sabotage, either of which would underscore poor security systems at the bases. “There are many violations of fire and air safety at our arsenals. And these are the consequences,” Turchynov said. “We’ve shown that we’re not capable of protecting our strategic arsenals.” Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the Vynnytsya blaze, which the authorities have said may have been set off deliberately, blaming “external factors”.

Chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said the site’s alarm system was out of order and its security team lacked sufficient guards and up-to-date equipment. “The main issue which must be addressed is the personnel problem of guards whose salaries are very low, and in general security is carried out by elderly people, who certainly don’t have hawk-eye vision,” Matios told journalists.

There have been four large fires at ammunition and weapons depots since late 2015 - an additional drain on Ukraine’s military, which has been fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern regions for more than three years. “It will be hard for the government to restore the military reserves that have destroyed by explosions over the past two years. This is hundreds of billions of hryvnias,” Matios said.

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30,000 evacuated after Ukrainian ammunition depot explodes
[i|Sept. 27, 2017 -- Over 30,000 people were evacuated Wednesday after massive explosions and a fire struck a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine.[/i]
Blasts at the defense ministry's arsenal at Kaynivka, about 170 miles west of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, began late Tuesday. Ukrainian Security Services spokeswoman Olena Hitlyanska said Wednesday that investigators are treating the incident as an act of sabotage. Ukraine's National Police, about 600 National Guardsmen and hundreds of police officers from surrounding communities led the evacuation from towns in a six-mile radius of the explosion. About 1,200 firefighters are involved in extinguishing the fire. Buses and trains were used to remove civilians from the area, and rail traffic in the area was later rerouted. The military unit overseeing the arsenal was also closed as personnel left.

A report by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted that nearly 22,000 civilians and 500 families of servicemen were evacuated during the night. Nearby roads and rail lines were closed after the evacuation, as was air traffic within a 30-mile radius of the blast. Power and gas lines to local towns were cut off, the Kyiv Post reported Wednesday. No injuries were initially reported.

The continuing wave of explosions broke windows in the town of Kalynivka administration building. Witnesses said the sound of the blasts could be heard in Kiev. Zoryan Shkiryak, and adviser to the Ukraine's Interior Minister, commented that the incident was an example of "Russian sabotage," noting that it was the seventh fire at the arsenal. He added that a government investigation will be organized.

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