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Russian Fighters Driving Armor Lost on Their Way into Donetsk

InfoReistance published a video uploaded yesterday June 30 by ActionTube titled "Russians Get Lost in Donetsk."

The video features two fighters driving armor into Donetsk and then stopping at a crossroads. The video has not appeared before, according to a search in Google.

One of the fighters has an accent in Russian that indicates he is from Russia, and not southeastern Ukraine, and the other sounds like he could be a local, but one not familiar with the area.


The first one starts swearing as he fiddles with the engine.

The second one then gets out and speaks on his cell phone (translation by The Interpreter):

"So, briefly, where the first turn-off is. Well...should we have gone to the right or straight?"

The second one then interrupts:

"We should have gone left, not right."

The first one continues:

"So, straight then, briefly,  yes? So now all the way to the end. Straight, and you pass the school, right?"

He then begins to get exasperated. "Well, the pensioners' place...Well, where is that, what do you call it, roundabout [inaudible]....?"

The second one swears:

"F***. We're lost."

The first one says to the cameraman:

"Why are you filming? This is a joke."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Russian State Journalist Deported for "Anti-Ukrainian Activity"
Ukraine has passed laws regulating foreign (read Russian) journalists who create anti-Ukrainian propaganda. Last August, Ukraine issued a blacklist of 49 Russian journalists who were denied entry into Ukraine. Now they have deported another Russian state TV journalist, Aleksandra Cherepnina.

UNIAN reports:

Cherepnina will be denied entry to Ukraine for the next three years, according to the SBU press service.

The SBU officials add that the journalist has been filming anti-Ukrainian videos and even used schoolchildren in her clips.

Read more on UNIAN.

-- James Miller

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Ukraine And Separatists Exchange Blame For Shelling Of Occupied Village Near Mariupol

The pro-separatist Donetsk News Agency (DAN) reports that the deputy commander of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), Eduard Basurin, has announced that seven homes have been destroyed by shelling over the last 24 hours in the village of Sakhanka, 24 kilometres north-west of Mariupol.

The head of the administration in the separatist-held village, Aleksandr Pelipas, said that the shelling had cut lines of communication to the village and severed gas mains.

Last night Pelipas claimed that over one hundred Ukrainian shells had fallen on the village over the course of four hours, wounding one resident.

Mariupol news site 0629.com.ua reports that Yaroslav Chepurnoy, a Ukrainian military press officer, had confirmed that the shelling did indeed take place, but blamed the attack on Russian-backed forces.

Chepurnoy claimed that the shelling was conducted from separatist-held Oktyabr and was a provocation by Russian-backed forces.

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0629 reported that OSCE representatives had said that the sound of blasts had been noted, correlating with the reports of the shelling. Experts will visit the site to investigate the attack.

DAN sent a photographer to the village and published images of the aftermath:

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-- Pierre Vaux

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Moscow Court Disregards Nadezhda Savchenko's Diplomatic Immunity For Second Time

Interfax reports that the Basmanny court in Moscow has rejected complaints made by lawyers for Nadezhda Savchenko -- a Ukrainian military officer captured by separatists last year and illegal transported to Russia, where she awaits a murder trial -- who argued that her extended detention is illegal.

On May 6, the court extended Savchenko's pre-trial detention period until June 30. Her lawyers argue that her detention is illegal as not only was she illegally rendered into Russian custody from separatist-held territory in Ukraine, but she has since been elected as an MP and is a member of the Parliamentary Association of the Council of Europe (PACE) and therefore has diplomatic immunity.

While the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed in April that PACE immunity only applied to representatives elected before their prosecutions, Savchenko's defence team argues that such an interpretation has no bases in law.

Ilya Novikov, one of the defence lawyers, said today (translated by The Interpreter):

"This immunity is granted unconditionally, regardless of when it was received, before or after arrest." 

On May 6, the court rejected her lawyers' complaints and denied her PACE immunity for the first time.

-- Pierre Vaux

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Azov Regiment Reports Battle Under Way In Shirokino

Stepan Bayda, a spokesman for the Azov regiment, has told Ukraine's 112 television channel that there is a battle under way in Shirokino today.

At 15:24 (12:24 GMT) Bayda said (translated by The Interpreter):

"The battle is still under way now. It's all progressing according to the standard script. Artillery is at work, cannons, mortars and rockets. At the moment there is only one wounded Ukrainian soldier. There are still civilians there, no-one has taken them out."

While Bayda says some remain, the OSCE reported on June 29 that all civilians had left the village.

-- Pierre Vaux

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