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The Interpreter
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 86: National Guardsman Warns of House to House Fighting if Army Enters Slavyansk

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Russia to Use Iranian Expertise on How to Evade Sanctions

While in Vienna for the latest round of talks with Iran and world powers over its nuclear program, Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov gave a very insightful interview in which he stated that Russia would examine and learn from Iran's experience with sanctions.

"It is very unfortunate that the US and the European Union are continuing their very illegitimate policy on sanctioning countries around. And Russia, since it also became subject of these illegitimate sanctions, will definitely benefit from the Iranian experience. So we will learn from your experience in this regard"


He was also asked about the referendum in Eastern Ukraine which he stated was, "organized, well-organized and democratic polls should be respected." You can read the full interview here.

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Best Outlook for Russian Economy is Stagflation Says EBRD

Against a January prediction of 2.5% growth in the Russian economy, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (A bank created in 1991 to help with the transition from Central and Eastern European countries from centrally planned to market economies) has released a report stating that the best outlook is one of stagflation, or high inflation and little to no growth for the rest of the year. The EBRD chief economist Erik Berglof stated:

"We wouldn't be surprised if Russian growth goes below zero…We're worried about the potential escalation of sanctions."

But the Russian economy is not the only casualty of the continued violence, Ukraine's economy is expected to contract by 7%, along with other countries who are connected to Russia are also expected to witness lower growth forecasts.  


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Militants Kidnap School Director in Lugansk

UPDATE: Ukrinform reported today that kidnappers had released Aleksandra Shevchenko, director of School No. 42 in Lugansk.

The Department of Public Affairs of the Interior Ministry Main Directorate in Lugansk confirmed the story, but had no further details.

Lugansk City Council Member Igor Lisko reached Shevchenko by telephone and commented on his Facebook that her condition was "normal," if that could be said "after an abduction and threat."

UNIAN reports (translated by The Interpreter):

In Lugansk, four armed men in masks and camouflage have kidnapped the director of School No. 42, Aleksandra Shevchenko.

UNIAN was told by the Interior Ministry's public relations department that violence was used against the woman, and that she was taken out of the building at gunpoint, put in a car and driven off to an unknown destination.

An investigative team has set off for the scene. Steps are being taken to establish the whereabouts of the victim.

Earlier, 0642.com.ua quoted the blogger Nikolai Levchenko reporting on the attack:

At 14:00 [11:00 GMT] the director of grammar school number 42, Aleksandra Vitalevna Shevchenko, was taken away from work by an armed group of 'Lugansk guards'. The militants seized her phone, laptop and digital media without responding to questions from teachers. The mother of a child, who had slandered Aleksandra Vitalevna, was supposed to come in today, but instead she offered an apology on social media. In place of mama came sub-machine guns.

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Masked Gunmen Kidnap Regional Electoral Commission Head in Kramatorsk

Novosti Donbassa reports on a the kidnapping of an electoral official in Kramatorsk:

Gunmen have kidnapped the chairman of the regional election commission for 48th territorial constituency, Sergei Shandyba. As a Novosti Donbassa journalist reports from the scene, gunmen in masks entered the premises of the commission. Having suspended a meeting, they removed office equipment and documents. The gunmen also took the chairman hostage.


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Armed Men Steal Combat Engineering Vehicle from Kramatorsk Factory

Obschezhiznie, a Ukrainian news site, has been covering the theft of an armoured engineering vehicle from a Novokramatorsky Mashinostroitelny factory (NKMZ) in Kramatorsk.

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An official statement from NKMZ says that earlier today, a minibus carrying eight unidentified armed people, accompanied by a transporter truck, arrived at the factory. The armed men demanded that they be given an IMR (Inzhenernaya Mashina Razgrazhdeniya - a combat engineering vehicle based on a T-55 tank chassis fitted with a bulldozer blade and a grabbing arm). The statement said that the vehicle was out of action and had been written off as scrap. The company referred to the act as 'expropriation'.

Obschezhiznie notes that previously, on April 26, armed men had arrived at the NKMZ site demanding the IMR, but that on that occasion they had failed to leave with it.

Another post on the news site says that the vehicle is now located, still on it's transporter bed, on Shkadinova Street in Kramatorsk.

Photo: Vostochnyij Proekt

Another photo of the vehicle was posted today on the Euromaidan Twitter account:

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