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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 114: Gazprom Extends Prepayment Deadline to June 16

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Video Reportedly Shows Militants Shelling Lugansk

This video, discovered by the Ukraine Reddit forum, reportedly shows separatists directing mortar fire at the Lugansk airport. For two days the National Guard have been surrounded at the airport. Militants have cut water and electricity lines and are demanding that the National Guard troops surrender.

It is not possible to geolocate the video, so one should treat it as unconfirmed.

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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Russia Back To Demanding Ukraine Halt Military Operations

Despite the fact that this week Ukraine's new president said that they had reached an "understanding" with Russia on how to best stop this crisis, Ukraine is continuing its anti-terror operation (ATO) and Russia is once again demanding that those efforts stop. RFE/RL reports:

In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, June 11, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for Kiev to stop its army operation in the south-east of Ukraine as soon as possible.

He called for "coordinating the terms of ceasing fire, solving urgent humanitarian problems and starting a truly national dialogue on the future system in Ukraine".

"Special emphasis was put on the importance of direct talks between the conflicting Ukrainian sides in order to come to agreement on all these tracks," the Foreign Ministry said.

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Separatist Leader Denis Pushilin In Moscow, Refuses To Negotiate With Kiev
The separatist leader and self-appointed chairman of the self-appointed supreme council of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, is in Moscow to lobby for increased support for Ukraine's insurgents:

Voice of Russia reports that Pushilin is unwilling to negotiate with Kiev, a point which undercuts Moscow's cooperation with a trilateral committee formed by Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko which was designed to end this crisis:

Specifically, Pushilin said the southeastern regions of Ukraine are interested in issues such as the creation of a humanitarian corridor, exchange of POWs, and "withdrawal of illegal armed groups from the territory of Donbas."

"These should be the first issues to be tackled," he said. Pushilin said he believes now would be the right time to bring a Russian peacekeeping contingent to the southeastern regions.

Responding to a question from Interfax on whether the Donetsk People's Republic can change its mind about its independence, Pushilin said: "There is no point talking about some united Ukraine after this many deaths and destroyed lives in Donetsk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and other cities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, after the horrific events in Odessa."

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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Russian Stocks Briefly Suspended - But Rally Continues

Russia's stock markets were briefly suspended today -- without reason. Reuters reports:

Before the suspension, the dollar-denominated RTS share index of the Moscow Exchange was flat on the day, after rising 0.2 percent at opening, and the rouble-based MICEX was trading 0.1 percent higher.

Trading early on Wednesday was thin with investors watching for news from ongoing price negotiations for natural gas deliveries to Ukraine and ahead of a long weekend in Russia that is starting on Thursday.

The MICEX wound out the day up .56%. That puts its value at 1,499.11 points -- higher than at any point since the fall of the Yanukovych government.

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While significant troubles still plague the Russian economy, it has stepped back from the edge of a serious crisis that was brewing in February and March.


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@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Separatists Reportedly Release 14 Ukrainian Soldiers

Kyiv Post reports that militants in Gorlivka (Horlivka) have released 14 Ukrainian soldiers, "eight officers from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and six border guards" who had been held by the separatists.

No more details are available at the moment. It's not clear why the soldiers were released or whether this is part of a prisoner swap or amnesty program.

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