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Ukraine Liveblog Day 179
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Reports Of Ukrainian Forces Moving On Lugansk
7 years
Russia Tries To Explain Why The Aid Trucks Are Empty reports that Ukrainian forces have entered the separatist-held city of Lugansk.

They report (translated by The Interpreter):

Ukrainian forces entered the regional center, Lugansk. As of 23:31 this evening local time, street battles were under way, a source in the Ukrainian Armed Forces told a correspondent from He added that the situation was worsened by the fact that the separatists were firing indiscriminately on residential areas. 

"Essentially, the fighters have turned all of Lugansk into a stronghold. These are not just militia men. There are professional soldiers fighting on the side of the LPR."

In recent days, Russian APCs have been spotted moving into Ukraine, and a humanitarian convoy has pulled up to the checkpoint of Izvarino, also used frequently for months to move support into separatists from Russia. Could the "professional fighters" be the truck drivers who changed out of their khakis? Or Russian soldiers who have been making their way into the area for days?

A large number of fighters have been seen in the area of a plane at the VVVAUSH (Voroshilovgrad Higher Military Aviation Academy of Fighters).


Local residents reported tonight that there were fires in area of Transpele, a knit-ware factory, and fires in the direction of Khryashchevaty. There are also reports of shelling of the Epitsentr market (in the eastern quarters).