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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 84: After the Referendum, What Happens Next?

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Despite RT's Claims, Slavyansk Is Quiet. But It Wasn't Earlier
C.J. Chivers in Slavyansk is checking in, and he is not seeing any evidence of a Ukrainian "storm" despite sensational claims by the Russian media.
But there were plenty of things going on earlier in Slavyansk that are catching Chivers' attention:
A few videos reportedly showing mortar attacks today in Slavyansk.
Last night - note the gunfire after the explosions start:
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Ukrainian Forces Storming Slavyansk?
About an hour ago this report went out:
Now RT is carrying the report:

The link goes to RT's liveblog for the day which is titled "Kiev intensifies military op in Eastern Ukraine," but so far they have no information about new battles in Slavyansk.

Note that in our last update we carried another unverified story that the separatists are actually fighting against each other near the town.

We'll keep monitoring to see if any of these reports are true.

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Separatists Reportedly Fighting Each Other Outside Slavyansk

Below is an article published by "Information Resistance," the website run by former Ukrainian military officer Dmitry Tymchuk. It was published at 13:57 local time, and has been translated by The Interpreter. "Terrorists" is the word that Tymchuk and others use to describe the Russian-backed separatist gunmen.

According to operations information from Information Resistance, there was a battle between groups of terrorists outside the village of Karpovka near Slavyansk.

For 20 minutes, two groups of terrorists numbering a total of several dozen people "had it out" with the help of automatic weapons. On the side of one of the groups, a 7.62-mm PK automatic rifle was deployed.

The Ukrainian forces did not take part in the shoot-out.

There is no news of any causalties at the present time.

We have not independently corroborated the report.

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Ukrainian Radio Station Shut Down By Gunmen in Donetsk

RFE/RL reports:

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports that one of its affiliate radio stations in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been taken off the air by gunmen.

A "Radio Era-FM" representative told RFE/RL that armed men switched off the station's signal before midday local time today. The RFE/RL correspondent in Donetsk reports that the frequency is now being used to broadcast the programs of the "Republic" radio station, which is apparently backed by pro-Russian separatists.

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Coordinated Messaging?

To most readers, our last update might seem obvious -- the Russian-backed separatists want the same thing as the Russian government, Kremlin control of eastern Ukraine. What is interesting, however, is that there are subtle and not-so-subtle signs that the Russian government and the separatists have coordinated the talking points with Russia.

For instance, note the common use of terminology:

If the the "will of the people" is synonymous with the will of the separatist leaders, as we just noted in the previous updates those leaders say they do not trust Kiev and need protection from the West.
The separatist leaders across the country are also on the same page.

The separatist leaders are also stressing that the results of the referendum, which claim are legitimate, are based in history:


And perhaps they know where history is leading as well:
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