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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 Liveblog Day 57: On the Edge of War

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Putin and The Interpreter Agree - Ukraine on the Edge of War
We picked the title for our liveblog late last night (on the east coast at least), but our assessment seems to match Russian President Vladimir Putin's -- almost.

According to the article, Putin made the remarks while on a phone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

We disagree with Putin, however, on one word -- as pro-Russian separatists have very little popular support, Ukraine is not perched on the edge of a civil war, but a regular war, pushed to this point not by internal factors, but by external ones.

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Are Ukraine's Oligarchs Blackmailing the Interim Government?

Roman Olearchyk writes that several of Ukraine's oligarchs, including the country's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, are being accused by many of "double dealing" with regards to separatism, holding the country ransom to negotiate a better deal:

Critics charge that some of Ukraine’s richest businessmen may now be using the threat of separatism as a negotiating chip with Kiev’s new pro-western leadership. Their aim: to preserve their clout after the new government was brought to power by mass protests against a corrupt and oligarch-dominated political and economic system.

Andriy Senchenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, on Monday charged that oligarchs were seeking to maintain dominance so they could “further rob” eastern Ukraine and “continue exploiting millions of people” as inexpensive labour...

Andy Hunder, a Briton with Ukrainian roots who has worked in Ukraine in government relations for more than a decade, said Mr Akhmetov and other tycoons had the “clout to quash any separatist movement”.

“They seem reluctant to do so as they are bargaining with both the Kremlin and the new Ukrainian authorities to agree a status quo where their businesses and assets will be protected and allowed to prosper in a post-Yanukovich Ukraine.”

Mr Akhmetov steadfastly denies such claims. In a statement on Tuesday, the businessman called for an end to violence, and for negotiations to resolve the stand-off.

 And Akhmetov is not the only oligarch facing such accusations. Read the entire article here.

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Yulia Tymoshenko Says Russia is Waging War

Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister who is running for president, has given an interview to RFE/RL:

"What is taking place today in Ukraine's east and south is not just an aggression, not just a terrorist act by Russia against those regions of Ukraine," she said. "I am sure that it has to be defined by a proper word: a war, which has been launched by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and which has a goal to actually seize Ukraine's territory."

Tymoshenko called on authorities to "immediately announce a state of emergency" in Ukraine's eastern regions, where pro-Moscow protesters have seized government buildings and security headquarters in around 10 towns and cities.

Tymoshenko backed the creation of "brigades of territorial self-defense" forces in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and Kharkiv Oblast.

"In the nearest hours, we will recommend the appointment of the commanders of those territorial brigades of defense, who will be mobilizing people," she said.

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Russia Reportedly Suspends Transfer of Military Hardware to Ukraine

During the annexation of Crimea Russia captured a large series of Ukrainian military equipment - from vehicles to artillery pieces, from non-lethal supplies to warships. Russia and Ukraine had negotiated the handover of some of this equipment.

Today, the Russian Defense Minister announced that Russia is suspending this process until Ukraine ceases to be a "hot spot."

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Drunken Crowd Outside Kramatorsk Airbase

Former Lenta.ru journalist Ilya Azar reports on the crowd gathered outside the Kramatorsk airbase following the attempted storming earlier by separatist forces.

There are about 150 local people at the airport in Kramatorsk, many drunk, they are mocking and swearing at the 8 Ukrainian spetsnaz who are visible through the fence.

The drunks crawled over to the soldiers, who are shooting in the air, and then they talked without shooting. The drunks could not explain coherently what they were talking about and how it went.
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