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Ukraine Liveblog Day 99: Renewed Fighting Around Donetsk Following Airport Assault

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Four OSCE Observers Seized by Separatists
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk are now holding four monitors from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), BBC's Russian Service reports.

The Danish Foreign Minister has announced that among the four is a Danish citizen. Contact with the group was lost about 18:00 local time on Monday, says BBC.

An Estonian Foreign Ministry official has also announced that an Estonian citizen is in the OSCE group and communication with him was also lost.

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Ukraine's President-Elect Calls For US Aid

Petro Poroshenko, the president-elect, has spoken to The Washington Post. He says that the election was a kind of referendum, as 96% of ballots cast asked for a united Ukraine (ignoring, of course, that turnout was very low in parts of the east due to violence). He also said he was willing to negotiate with Russia, but he needed direct U.S. aid to halt further Russian aggression:

For that, the new president thinks he will need more help than he has been getting from the United States. “I don’t have the impression that [sanctions] are strong enough — I think more aggression is possible,” he told me, speaking softly and fingering a string of beads after a long post-election day. “And when aggression starts, no sanctions help.”

What would help, Poroshenko says, is direct U.S. military aid. He brought up Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program during World War II, paraphrasing Roosevelt’s argument as “when your neighbor’s house is burning, you should lend him your hose.”

“Now we should create a new security treaty exactly like Lend-Lease,” he said. “We should cooperate in military technical assistance and in advising assistance. We are ready to fight for independence, and we should build up the armed forces of Ukraine.”

Read the article here.

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Long-Lasting Damage to Donetsk After Battles
The battle in Donetsk will leave significant damage in its wake, even if peace is restored soon.
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IDing The Serious Firepower of the Russian-Backed Rebels

Let's take a look at some recent videos of arsenals captured or being used by the Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. Take this video, reportedly taken by Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) on May 25th. These weapons were reportedly captured by the SBU after they were being transported to mainland Ukraine from Sevastopol, in Crimea, by sea. According to Ukrainian authorities, 73 boxes of weapons were captured including:

- 88 AK 74s

- 5 machineguns, including 3 RPK-74 PKMs,

- 24 RPG-22 grenades launchers with 918 RPG rounds

- 20880 rounds of ammunition


This video reportedly shows one of the vans intercepted by Ukraine Border Services today. It shows, among other things, several guns, an RPG-7 with at least 3 rounds, and a SVD sniper rifle variant. The van was fired upon by Ukrainian border guard, and there is still blood inside the van.

Then there is this video which appears to be taken by the separatists themselves in Slavyansk. Visible in the video:

- Various AK-74Ms, some equipped with grenade launchers. These are military models.

- RPG-7

- What looks like an AGS-17 grenade launcher (this thing - rebels cheer at one point when they find it has a greater range than they had anticipated)

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- An 9k115 Metis-M anti-tank missile.

- What may be a PKMS heavy machinegun equipped with a scope


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Ukraine Says Slavyansk Rebels Shelling Residential Buildings
We have not geolocated this video, and the vehicle is hard to identify at this range, but it does appear that an armored vehicle, possibly one operated by the separatists, fires its gun at the end of the video:

This narrative matches a claim from the Ukrainian government that the Slavyansk rebels are shelling residential buildings to blame the government anti-terror operation. Kyiv Post reports:

Around Sloviansk, a city in Donetsk Oblast under control of separatists, [Vladyslav Seleznyov, the Ukrainian government spokesman for the anti-terrorist operation,] said that the Russian-backed terrorists are shooting into residential buildings as well as shelling the residences and then blaming the violence on Ukrainian forces, who have been restrained in their attacks to avoid civilian deaths. Seleznyov said that the separatists attacked a bread factory on Artem Street and a psychiatric hospital in Sloviansk.


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