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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 Liveblog Day 74: Helicopters Shot Down in Slavyansk

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More than 130 Arrested for Clashes in Odessa
RIA Novosti, the state Russian press agency, is reporting that 130 people have been arrested on suspicion of participation in clashes in Odessa Friday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. Here is a translation of an excerpt from The Interpreter"

"Ten criminal cases have been opened up including on 'pre-meditated murder,' 'mass riots,' threat or violence against a law-enforcement agent,' seizure of government or civic buildings or facilities'; and 'deliberate destruction or damage of property.'

Clashes arose Friday in Odessa in the area of Grecheskaya St. between Anti-Maidan activists on the one side and Odessa and Kharkiv soccer club fans and EuroMaidan activists on the other side. Later in the evening, the riots then shifted to Kulikovo Field, where pro-Ukraine unity supporters destroyed an Anti-Maidan activists' camp, and fire broke out in the trade union building where pro-Russian supporters were hiding."

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Death Toll Reaches 41 in Odessa

The death toll from clashes Friday in Odessa reached 41, unian.net reports, citing police. An additional 174 persons have been wounded; of these 77 required hospitalization and 25 of them are in serious condition.

In additional news, authorities say they have found 36 bodies in the trade union building who died as a result of the fire.

According to TCN, 15 of the victims were allegedly Russian Federation citizens and five were citizens of the non-recognized  republic of Transdnestria.

We caution that this information, sourced in multiple Facebook accounts of various Ukrainian public figures, has not been confirmed and Ukrainian authorities have not yet made a statement on the identities.

A government commission headed by Vice Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema along with the deputy head of the Interior Minister has flown to Odessa to respond to the violence, unian.net reports.

National Defense Headquarters in Dniepropetrovsk Region has announced an increase in cash awards for those who turn in weapons, with the intent of "battling separatism, banditism and subversive groups of mercenaries." Authorities are offering $3,000 for an AKM machine gun and $5,000 for a bazooka or grenade-launcher.

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Odessa Governor Blames Police for Deaths
Odessa Governor Valery Nemirovsky believs the deaths in clashes in Odessa could have been avoided, unian.net reports, citing a statement the governor made on his Facebook page. Here is a translation by The Interpreter:

"'Today's victims in Odessa could have been avoided. For that, law-enforcers just had not to sell their Motherland, their Conscience, and follow the Oath to the Ukrainian People. If the police had followed the demands of the leadership of the region, and had not gotten involved in diplomacy, today would have been different. But as they always did before, they thought not about the country, but about their own comfort. Shame," said the governor.'

Dmitry Tymchuk, coordinator of the Information Resistance movement posted a similar statement:

'The Odessa law-enforces showed their worst side. Just one example. According to our information, at the entrance to Odessa, a bus was stopped with 'Colorado Beetles' [nick-name for Russian-backed separatists because of their orange-and-black striped St. George ribbons--The Interpreter], who were turned over to the local police. But on orders from a very high city police official, they were all immediately...let go. The appropriate bodies are dealing with the police chief, but the fact itself is illustrative,' he wrote.'"


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Fighting Reported in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk

Here is more video purporting to be a recording of gunfire in Slavyansk this evening. The exchanges of fire heard suggest heavy fighting:

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Russian-backed fighters attacked soldiers from the Ukrainian 95th Airborne Brigade near the village of Andreevka outside Slavyansk. They report a statement from the Ministry of Defence, saying that:

"A tough military confrontation is ongoing. At the moment there are confirmed reports of the deaths of two Ukrainian soldiers."

ABC News' Muhammad Lila reports to dispel rumours of the death of the self-proclaimed 'people's mayor' of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, and on claims of casualties in the area:


Here is footage which is claimed to be from a fire-fight in Yasnogorka, near Kramatorsk, scene of he confrontation between separatists and a Ukrainian Army convoy earlier today. It's hard to make out what is happening here however, and the cheering and spraying of tracer bullets into the air do not suggest a battle, but a show of force or enthusiasm.

There have also been reports about fighting in Kramatorsk itself. ITAR-TASS, a Russian state-owned news agency, reports, citing state TV channel Rossiya-24, that Ukrainian forces have begun an assault on the city. 

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38 Dead in Odessa As Protesters Storm Separatist Headquarters
Disturbing reports that the death toll in Odessa is far higher than was previous reported:
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