09:08 Aug. 16, 2016
Officials to discuss security in eastern and southern Ukraine, no media present at event
The leader of Ukrainian political party 'People's Front' Arseniy Yatsenyuk is set to visit Brussels on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 16-17. This is according to the press office of the party.
In Belgian capital, Yatsenyuk is to hold talks with the President of European Council Donald Tusk. The main issue on agenda is the current situation in eastern and southern Ukraine. The aforementioned regions are under severe threat in terms of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Apart from the security, the officials are to discuss the priorities of Ukraine-EU cooperation. The meeting will be closed to the media.
As reported earlier, the situation on the temporary border with occupied Crimea worsened harshly on Sunday, August 7th. Russian occupant forces all of a sudden closed all the checkpoints on the administrative border with the occupied peninsula.
On Wednesday, August 10th, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on several attempts of Ukrainian subversive groups to break through the border, in order to supposedly organise terrorist attacks on the peninsula. Two Russian servicemen reported having been killed so far. FSB officials also reported of several Ukrainians detained on Crimean territory who later confessed they had been hired by Kyiv officials for subversive deeds on the occupied peninsula. Ukraine's Security Service denied all the accusations insisting the arrested men had never been members of Intelligence staff.
In view of imaginary thwarts, Russia started amassing army units near mainland Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in response to Russia's allegations on Crimean attacks ordered to enhance the level of combat readiness and put troops on high alert. Numerous world leaders and politicians, among them U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and E.U. Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said they did not trust Russia's so-called proofs of Ukrainian subversive activities. They also called on both sides of the conflict to avoid further escalation and solve the situation with diplomatic methods.