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The Interpreter
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 85: Further Sanctions From EU and Canada as Slavyansk Siege Continues

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US Releases More Satellite Photos Of Russian Troops On Ukraine's Border.

Today the US has released more satellite photographs that reportedly show that Russia has not withdrawn its troops from Ukraine's borders:

Alongside it, the U.S. government published another image of the same area on March 26, also showing helicopters. An earlier photograph, from March 22, showed no helicopters in the area.

A second satellite photograph, taken in the Rostov area on May 12, within 75 kms (50 miles) of the Ukraine border, showed what the U.S. government said was a group of Russian armored vehicles. The vehicles were also there in an earlier picture of the same area, dated March 23.

As we've pointed out, though, one does not need to take NATO's word for it. When Russia moved the troops to the border in several waves between March and April, the troop movement was caught in photographs and videos from across Russia, and thousands of eyewitnesses -- ordinary citizens -- reported the troop movements on social media outlets. There were even four Russians killed in traffic accidents with Russian tanks. You just can't move an army in secret these days.
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Ukraine Will Pay For Russian Gas, But At Old Prices

Since this crisis began, Russia has jacked up the price on Ukrainian natural gas several times. Now the Ukrainian government has pledged to pay its debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom, but only if Gazprom will accept payments at the original price. Interfax reports:

Ukraine and national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy have confirmed their readiness to immediately pay gas debts totaling $2.2 billion and make on-time payments for subsequent deliveries if Gazprom agrees to maintain the price of natural gas at the level of the first quarter: $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

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Gazprom Gas Deal with China Almost Done, Says Russia
Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said on Monday that a deal which could send significant amounts of natural gas to China is "98 percent" done and could be signed when President Putin visits China on the 20th. The deal has been under negotiations for over a decade and have gained increasing importance as Russia's role as natural gas supplier is repeatedly been called into question. 
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Kiev and Moscow Both Unhappy with the OSCE Roadmap

Interfax reports that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia is unhappy with the OSCE roadmap because it doesn't contain any obligations for Russia to help end the crisis by, for instance, ending their support for separatists and withdrawing troops from the border.

"Unfortunately, we do not see in this documents what obligations Russia will assume, since the de-escalation  of the situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine directly depends on whether Russia wlil stop sponsoring the terrorists, withdraw its troops from Ukrainian borders, and call on the terrorists to put down their weapons and release the seized buildings," Evgeniy Perebiynis, director of the department of information policy at the Ukrainian Foreign Minister told Interfax Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry is complaining that the OSCE roadmap has not been implemented. ITAR-TASS reports:

“Of key importance is its provision urging to stop violence, for which ends Kiev must end its punitive operations in Ukraine’s southeastern regions,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. “It is necessary to unblock settlements, to pull back the regular army and other armed units, including Right Sector forces and mercenaries.”

“They also must release all political prisoners, in line with the roadmap. Apart from that, we demand that the practice of intimidating civil population with the use of force and threats of the use of force be dropped too. We hope that if Kiev realizes such steps, the leaders of self-defense in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will offer an adequate response,” the ministry stressed.

Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry urged to pay special attention to the roadmap’s section dedicated to investigation into all acts of violence. “We are confident that an absolute priority of the current agenda is the organization of unbiased and transparent international backing to the investigation into the May 2 tragedy in Odessa and all instances of armed attacks on civilian population in Ukraine’s Southeast in the recent days,” the ministry noted. “We call on the OSCE to make the Kiev authorities agree to all-round cooperation on those matters.”

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Separatists Reportedly Kidnap Ukraine's Eastern Territorial Commander

The following is a report from unian.net, translated by The Interpreter.

According to a report from Novosti Donbass, fighters who are active in Donetsk Region took captive Yury Lebed, head of the administration of the Eastern Territorial Command.

It should be noted that during the occupation of the Crimea, Yury Lebed led a spetsnaz regiment of the Interior Ministry's interior forces. After the annexation of the Crimea by Russian occupiers, the Ukrainian officer refused to accept their citizenship.

As we reported earlier, about 13:00 on the outskirts of the village of Oktyabrskoye of the Slavyansk Region, 20 kilometers from Kramatorsk, while moving, a column of one of the Ukrainian Air Force combat units was cynically and cunningly shelled by terrorists from an ambush. As a result of the attack, 7 Ukrainian paratroopers died from the 95th Air Mobile Brigade of the Airborne Troops Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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