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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Ukraine Live Day 365

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Putin Tells Ukraine That "Losing Is Always Painful," Foreign Weapons Won't Help

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made comments today in Hungary that will prove to be controversial. Putin bragged that Ukraine was losing this war, and suggested that NATO is already sending weapons to Ukraine (there's no evidence to support this) but that they won't help change the course of the war.

Wall Street Journal's Paul Sonne reports:

-- James Miller
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Blast Damages Office of AutoMaidan Leader In Odessa

Odessa news site Dumskaya.net reports that there has been an explosion tonight at 85 Bolshaya Arnutskaya street, in the city centre.


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Dumskaya.net notes that the building houses the Nika-Service Plus service centre, the director of which, Yegeny Rezvushkin, is the leader of of Odessa's AutoMaidan group. 

A local TV station had photos from the scene:



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-- Pierre Vaux

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UN Security Council Passes Resolution Urging Implementation of Ceasefire; Ambassadors Urge Inclusion of Debaltsevo, Savchenko, and MH17 Perpetrators

The UN Security Council passed a brief 4-point resolution today urging implementation of the Minsk agreements to ensure a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine, and welcoming the formal endorsement of the presidents of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine of the "Minsk package" signed February 12, 2015.


Translation: Full text of the UNSC Resolution on Ukraine

US Amb. Samantha Power said the purpose of the resolution was to have the UNSC "throw its weight behind" the Minsk agreement of September 2014, and to have the further "Minsk package" on implementation "supplement but not supplant" the original September agreement, as Russia has indicated it would like to do.

Amb. Power said "in this upside world," Russia "signs agreements only to undermine them" in a conflict that it "has manufactured and fueled."

She said that the "road of life" to bring supplies to the war-torn city of Debaltsevo, surrounded by Russian-backed militants, was now turned into a "road of death littered with the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers."

She said civilians remained in Debaltsevo "without food, water or basic supplies" and described the plight of an old man who remained in the city with his young grandchildren, who hoped they would not die young.

UK Amb. Mark Lyall-Grant specified that Debaltsevo must be included in the ceasefire, and not excluded as the Russian-backed separatists insisted. He also said the amnesty indicated in the agreement excluded the perpetrators of the downing of MH17.

Lithuanian Amb. Raimonda Murmokaite said her delegation had voted for the resolution "with a heavy heart" because several other resolutions had not been implemented and numerous meetings had already been held on Ukraine.

While other ambassadors spoke of the need for Russia to "use its considerable influence" or "undoubtable influence" with the separatists, Lithuania was unequivocal in calling for the removal of Russian troops and armaments from Ukraine.

She also called for the release of abducted Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, whom Russia has said cannot be included in the agreement as she is not a "hostage" or "unlawfully detained person" but ostensibly properly detained on suspicion of murder of two Russian state journalists.


While the resolution does indeed bring the weight of the larger international community beyond the OSCE members to bear on the Ukrainian situation, the fact that Russia was able to sponsor a resolution that others felt compelled to vote for ended up making it appear falsely once again as a peace-maker.

The Western ambassadors were thus reduced to making commentary and interpretation of agreements already breached which are disputed regarding the very key points they wish to make on the status of Debaltsevo, the release of Savchenko, and the prosecution of the perpetrators of MH17.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Journalist Says Ukrainian Soldiers At Debaltsevo Surrounded and Running Out of Ammo
As we reported earlier, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian military gave an emergency press conference where he said that a group of Ukrainian soldiers have been captured by "militants" near Debaltseve. A few more details from Euromaidan PR:


Now UNIAN reports that some soldiers in Debaltsevo are claiming that they are running out of ammo and may all be overrun:

Soldiers of Ukraine’s Kyivska Rus battalion said on Tuesday they would be able to maintain their positions near Debaltseve for a maximum of 12 hours, and without reinforcements they may all be killed, journalist Olga Germanova has reported on her Facebook page...

Germanova said in her posting, made just before 1400 Kyiv time, that she had received a plea for help from Ukrainian soldiers in the village of Komuna, immediately to the west of the town of Debaltseve.

According to a Facebook posting made on Tuesday by Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsaplienko, the Russian-backed militants have seized the railway station and the local police department in Debaltseve itself.

The fact that there was fighting at the railway station was confirmed by ATO spokesperson Andriy Lysenko at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"The Ukrainian military control the village of Logvinovo, and also partially control the road to Debaltseve. There is fierce fighting on the outskirts of the city now, there is a tense situation in the area of the railway station, but our military are holding their positions," Lysenko said.

UNIAN notes that the NSDC spokesperson Andriy Lysenko denied that the Ukrainian soldiers had lost Debaltsevo and stressed that the "militants" were also taking heavy casualties.

It is clear, however, that the Ukrainian military situation in Debaltsevo is untenable.

It is also worth noting that The Interpreter published today an eyewitness report from a soldier, Ivan Rodichenko describing the efforts of his volunteer battalion, Kiev Rus, to defend the Chernihiv region against possible Russian invasion this past summer. As Rodichenko notes, that group is now deployed in Debaltsevo, and it is the same unit which UNIAN now says is nearly surrounded and running out of ammunition.

Read the dispatch here:

-- James Miller
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