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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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Militants Blow Up Bridge Near Troitskoye in Lugansk Region

Russian-backed separatists blew up a bridge in Lugansk Region last night, blocking traffic from the area, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

The web site of Governor Hennadiy Moskal reported that due to the destruction of the bridge on the outskirts of Troitskoye (near Debaltsevo), passage of traffic to the frontline village is now blocked, said Governor Hennadiy Moskal. He said (translation by The Interpreter):

On June 20, a diversionary reconnaissance group of militants blew up the concrete bridge across the Lugan River, through which humanitarian cargo was brought to Troitskoye, and also food and first aid deliveries.

There are two other bridges in the area near Mironovskoye and Kalinovaya, but the latter is occupied by forces from the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" and it is dangerous on both bridges due to constant shelling.

Moskal added:

"Now only an all-terrain military vehicle could get across the river in the village. The regional authority is looking at the possibility of rapidly establishing an alternative crossing so as to restore Troitskoye to a safe transport connection."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick


The Interpreter
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Sen. McCain, on Visit to Ukraine, Urges 'Arming without Delay'

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) visited Ukraine yesterday, June 19.


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
The Interpreter
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Conservative Heritage Foundation Has Kiev Correspondent for Its News Site

 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Third Suspect Arrested in Buzina Murder Released; Two Held on 'Direct Evidence' of Involvement

Yesterday June 19, a third suspect in the murder of journalist Oles Buzina, was released for lack of evidence, Gordonua.com reported, citing the Facebook page of Artem Shevchenko, Ukrainian Interior Ministry. Suspicions that he had been involved although not had perpetrated the murder were not confirmed.

Buzina,  editor-in-chief of Segodnya was killed by unidentified drive-by gunmen on April 16 in the doorway of his own home on Degtyarevskaya Street in Kiev.

On June 18, Andrei Medvedko and Denis Polishchuk were detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder.

Levy Bereg reported
that Medvedko, 25, is an activist of a nationalists' group called S14 that was active in the Maidan protests. He ran in elections to the Kiev City Council in a single-mandate district from the Svaboda party. For a brief time he served in the Interior Ministry's Kiev 2 Battalion in the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation].

Denis Polishchuk, 25, is another Kiev activist who took part in actions against illegal construction sites in Kiev. He also fought in the ATO; he was head of a platoon in the 54th Reconnaissance Brigade.

In a statement on Facebook, Interior Minister Aven Avakov said (translation by The Interpreter):

"The criminal search and investigation of the Interior Ministry, for two months, has been conducting an investigation into this murder. Facts were established and direct evidence was obtained about the participation in this crime of a group of persons, including the immediate perpetrators of the murder.

[...]

We have established when, where and from whom these individuals acquire the automobile on which they then tracked Buzina. It was on this automobile that the criminals fled from the scene of the murder. Subsequently the identifiers for the automobile were established and material evidence was taken. According to the results of police forensics, there is direct evidence of the involvement of these individuals in the commission of this murder.

When I say DIRECT evidence, that includes DNA analysis from clothing abandoned by the criminals from the scene of the crime, analysis of traces in the automobile, the direct identification of witnesses, materials from covert surveillance which detectives from the criminal investigation department of the Interior Ministry conducted regarding the suspects of the crime.

After conducting all the necessary public and classified investigative operations, and collecting all the necessary direct evidence and proof, the suspects were detained on the morning of July 18."

Butuzina's murder was characterized as a "provocation" by President Petro Poroshenko. The news of the murder came during President Vladimir Putin's live televised call-in show, and he characterized the assassination as motivated by Butuza's pro-Russian views. 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
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USA Today Features Lugansk Region Governor Hennadiy Moskal

USA Today featured Lugansk Regional Governor Hannadiy Moskal, the pro-Kiev official who is working to keep the Lugansk Region from being entirely taken over by combined Russian and separatist forces.

The husky, well-armed guards stood powerless as the agitated 64-year-old paced back and forth, spewing a stream of obscenities while inspecting a cargo truck full of food.

They'd fumbled their task — to block shipments of goods to Ukraine's separatist insurgents — and now they had to face the man himself: Hennadiy Moskal, the feisty governor of the Luhansk region.

One of the guards attempted to explain. But he might as well have stayed quiet.

"Why don't you (expletive) allow people to deliver bread to the [local] stores?" Gov. Moskal shouted. "This (expletive) is just (expletive) rolling along (to the separatists)."

The whole scene was typical Moskal.

This foul-mouthed boss rarely makes international headlines, even though his region has been gripped by a yearlong war between government forces and Russia-backed rebels.

But within Ukraine, he has long been known for his salty language and prickly attitude. And for getting things done.

Moskal attracts both criticism and praise for his tough management style — and, more recently, his uncompromising stance against the Moscow-backed insurgency on his doorstep.

"Maybe it doesn't fit into the generally acceptable norms of communication," he told GlobalPost of his infamous flair, "but nevertheless, it brings results."

The Interpreter frequently quotes his office's reports because he and his staff document reports of fighting, shelling, casualties and damage every day.

Read here: Feisty Ukraine Governor Holds War-torn East Together

USA Today is the top circulation American newspaper by total average daily circulation, which includes digital readers; the Wall Street Journal continues to have the largest print circulation.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick


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