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Interesting developments through the day in the Ukraine theatre:
- Russia’s campaign to unlawfully maintain their forced three-century-long nominal subordination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the Russian Orthodox Church crashes and burns in Constantinople, the Russian Church leadership were notified today;
- The leader of the Donetsk Puppet Republic (DPR/DNR) was assassinated today, Ukraine speculates this was either internecine fighting or a GRU/FSB hit, Russia blames Ukrainian “diversanty” as always;
The loss of Russia’s nominal control of the Ukrainian church will deny Moscow its last subversive fifth column inside Ukraine. This is an immense political win for Pres Poroshenko who has backed the Ukrainian church to the hilt.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has informed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (the Russian Orthodox Church, the Moscow Patriarchate) of his plans to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. Patriarch Kirill’s visit to the Phanar has not been successful. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has informed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (the Russian Orthodox Church, the Moscow Patriarchate) of his plans to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. Their meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey. “The first news from the talks on the Phanar: Patriarch Kirill did not achieve all goals he had travelled for. First, there was a meeting in front of all the members of the Synod. Then there were tete-a-tete talks, only with translation,” the head of the information department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), wrote on Facebook on August 31. “The meeting ended before 13:00. The guests were expected to stay for dinner, but they immediately left,” he wrote. When a journalist asked: “Your Holiness, how was it going?” Patriarch Kirill “nervously replied: ‘Good, good.’ But clearly it was without those feelings a negotiator has got after successful negotiations,” Zorya continued. Later, Metropolitan of France Emmanuel came out to reporters. He represented Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyiv Rus-Ukraine in Kyiv in July 2018. “He made a short statement, the essence of which was in the phrase: we have informed the Patriarch about the decision to overcome the split in Ukraine and to provide autocephaly, which is being implemented,” Zorya wrote and noted that an official wording is expected later, so the statement may not be verbatim. “In general, the outcome of the negotiations for Ukraine gives grounds for cautious optimism,” he said. Later he added to his post that “one of the witnesses from among Ukrainians heard a phrase that a member of the Moscow Patriarchate delegation left while leaving: “Everything has already been decided there, we could not do anything about it.”
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople during his meeting with Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) head Krill informed the latter about the decision to grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) autocephaly, the head of the information department of the UOC (Kyiv Patriarchate) Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) has said.
The meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has ended in Istanbul, Turkey as SPZH reported. According to the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the atmosphere of the meeting was very nice and they succeeded to discuss “all issues on the agenda”. “Good meeting, the atmosphere was very nice. We discussed all those issues on the agenda. I hope that we will continue to work together to make the world a better place,” Patriarch Kirill said. Also, according to him, “a lot of things happened in the lives of our Churches and the situation in the world completely changed” during two years since the last meeting of the patriarchs. Talking about the pan-orthodox dialogue, Patriarch Kirill noted: “The issues that become the challenges for the Churches from the pastoral point of view appear constantly. The world changes very quickly and any Church cannot make the decisions that contradict the position of another Orthodox Church.” However, Russian Patriarch did not disclose the details of the talk with Patriarch Bartholomew I. “Without negotiation with His Holiness I would not like to tell you the details, however, there were no secrets, nothing that can lead to the mind blown. The talk was very right – the talk of the heads of two Churches, who aware of the responsibility for the state of the Pan-Orthodoxy and state of human souls in the places or countries over our liability,” he emphasized. Earlier the mass media reported that the patriarchs should discuss on the provision of the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. According to the data, the talks lasted for two hours and were private with the participation of Metropolitan of France Immanuel and Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Ilarion.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew informed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow about the implementation of the decision on granting autocephaly to Ukraine.
An investigation by the Associated Press claims hackers from Russian intelligence have been targeting the e-mail of senior clerics from the Orthodox Christian Church. Some analysts say this could be part of the Kremlin’s attempts to keep Ukraine’s church under Moscow’s control.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, says “there are all grounds to believe” that the Ukrainian side is behind the murder of the leader of the “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Alexander Zakharchenko. Meanwhile, Russia-controlled militants in Donetsk hastened to report the arrest of a “group of Ukrainian saboteurs” following the explosion that killed the local warlord.
The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained supposed suspects of the assassination attempt on the Head of the terrorist organization Oleksandr Zakharchenko, who died in Donbas downtown on August 31, as Interfax reports referring to its sources.
Chief of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has been killed in Russian-occupied Donetsk either as a result of criminal fights among militants, or liquidated by Russian special services, head of the staff at the SBU Ukrainian Security Service’s chief Ihor Huskov has said.
The leader of the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, was killed in an explosion at a cafe in Donetsk on August 31.
August 31, 2018 17:19 GMT RFE/RL The leader of the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, was killed in an explosion at a cafe in Donetsk on August 31. The news was confirmed by the official media outlet of the separatists. Images of what appeared to be the blast site were posted…
An explosion occurred in Separ restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, as a result, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic deceased. Head of SBU Ihor Huskov claimed this in the commentary to 112 Ukraine. ‘Indeed, the information received by SBU confirms the explosion occurred today, as a result of which Zakharchenko and the others died,’ Huskov stressed. He added that SBU has reasons to believe that the death of Zakharchenko may be the result of the internal criminal conflicts amidst the militants, in the first place associated with the redistribution of the stole businesses during 2014-2018. ‘We are not excluding the attempts of the Russian intelligence services to eliminate a pretty odious individual who was on the way of Russia, according to the information we obtain. According to the data, either the militants or the Russian intelligence services are standing behind this. We clarify I don’t want to comment on the circumstances because the main thing for us is the explosion, as a result of which Zakharchenko died,’ Huskov added. Olena Alekseeva, Spokesperson of Zakharchenko confirmed the information on his death. Soon, there will a press conference on this occasion, reads the message on Mash, a Telegram channel. Life, a separatist outlet reports that Zakharchenko died in the hospital in Donetsk. Such called law enforcement officers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic advised claimed that they detained Ukrainian saboteurs who are probably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Aleksandr Zakharchenko led such called DNR on November 4, 2014, he survived several assassination attempts. As of today, he is 42-year-old.
Chief of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Alexander Zakharchenko, was blown up in one of the restaurants in a militant stronghold of Donetsk. The terrorist organization leader died at a local hospital shortly after the incident.
Olena Alekseeva, Spokesperson of Zakharchenko confirmed the information on his death. Soon, there will a press conference on this occasion, reads the message on Mash, a Telegram channel. This is what is known as of now: – Aleksandr Zakharchenko was fatally injured during the explosion in the restaurant called Separatist in the downtown of Donetsk. – Life, a separatist outlet reports that Zakharchenko died in the hospital in Donetsk. – According to the sources of the Russian mass media, one of the guards of Zakharchenko is suspected of his murder. He disappeared from the scene. It is reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line, in order to search for the suspect. “DNR” reported on the detention of the Ukrainian saboteurs accused of the murder of Zakharchenko. The number of the saboteurs isn’t specified yet. The State Security Service of Ukraine hasn’t yet confirmed the information. – As a result of the explosion, several more people were wounded. One of them is such called “minister of revenue and duties” of “DNR” Oleksandr Timofeyev (“Tashkent”). According to “RBK”, he is in an intensive care right now. – The Russian MFA accused “Kievan regime” in the death of Zakharchenko. ‘We have every reason to believe that Kievan regime stands behind his death, which has been repeatedly using similar methods to eliminate dissidents and disliked,’ Maria Zakharova, Official Representative of the Russian Federation claimed. – SBU has reasons to believe that the death of Zakharchenko may be the result of the internal criminal conflicts amidst the militants, in the first place associated with the redistribution of the stole businesses during 2014-2018 ‘We are not excluding the attempts of the Russian intelligence services to eliminate a pretty odious individual who was on the way of Russia, according to the information we obtain. According to the data, either the militants or the Russian intelligence services are standing behind this.’ – Russian Investigation Committee filed a case under the article on “international terrorism” because of the death of Zakharchenko. – Russian “NTV” TV channel with a reference to the information of mass media claimed that a serious head injury caused the death.
The complaints of the Russian Federation in the Tribunal of the UN in the case over Ukraine against Russia on the rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait are not substantiated. Ukraine will respond to all objections – 112.international
The complaints of the Russian Federation in the Tribunal of the UN in the case over Ukraine against Russia on the rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait are not substantiated. Ukraine will respond to all objections. The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises. Today, on August 31, the Tribunal of the UN claimed that before the viewing the case on the merits, they are intended to adjudicate on the complaints of Russia regarding the jurisdiction of the judicial body.
Russian Air Force bombers hovered above a child resort area in the occupied Crimea. The witnesses spotted the aircraft flying at a low altitude over Yevpatoria. The locals reported presence of airplanes of such kind in Hvardiyske village, not fae from Simferopol airfield. Some assume the Russian army is trying to frighten the locals.
Russian diplomats admitted that the maritime authorities have been halting the vessels in the Sea of Azov, as they head to Ukrainian seaports. This is mentioned in the message of the Russian diplomatic mission in the U.S. The Russian side, however, insisted that these vessels are neither detained nor arrested, saying that such measures are merely the regular checks. On the other hand, the Russians charged Ukrainian sailors with piracy, saying the US Department of the State keeps silence about such cases, paying much more attention to the halts performed by the Russian side. The Russian officials point out that Ukraine arrested Nord and Mekhanik Pogodin, the Russian ships, one of which came from the occupied Crimea, while the other was halted in the seaport of Kherson, southern Ukraine.