Leonid Pasichnik, who had previously carried the title of minister of state security of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, the Kremlin-financed and supported illegal statelet, appears to have succeeded in a palace coup. Pasichnik claims to have been unanimously elected to replace Ihor Plotnytsky, the original Kremlin-installed leader who was forced to resign on Nov. 24, 2017.

 

“A promise of EU membership is important, it’s symbolic,” said Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk on the margins of the biennial summit. “No other country was willing to pay such a high price as we did,” he told Reuters.

 

Ukrainian soldiers patrol an area in the government-held village of Travneve on November 23.

 

The headquarters of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. (OSCE). Daily update from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. 

 

Photo: Zhanar Akhmet was detained in Kyiv last month based on a Kazakh arrest warrant that accuses her of fraud.

 

 

Luhansk’s strongman director Igor Plotnitsky is officially backed by the Kremlin – but elements of Russia’s security services appear to support his rival. Photo: Armed men without insignia ride on a personnel carrier along a street in Luhansk city, Ukraine, on November 23, 2017 EPA

 

Crimean Tatar campaigner Vedzhie Kashka died after several fellow activists were detained by Russian officers. (file photo)

 

Analyst: “…it looks like our end-2017 Ukraine gross reserves forecast of USD 18.0 bln is too optimistic.”

Photo: Armed men wearing masks are seen in the center of Luhansk on November 22.

 

 

The “little green men” are back and the mask is off Russia’s direct control of its puppet regimes in the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk Republics

 

Photo: Igor Kornet

 

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