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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 115: Separatist Forces Using Tanks in the East?

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Separatist Tanks? 'I Recommend Everyone Calm Down'

Ukrainian military analyst Konstantin Mashovets, of the military and political research center in Kiev, has posted an analysis of the citing of these now infamous "tanks" on his Facebook page. We have translated his statements below:

So, about those goddamn tanks (which, to be honest, have managed to really get under my skin today)...

Let me explain...

- There is NO military significance to this tank raid out of only three trophy T-64s in Donetsk, it's purely an information action (you can debate about the specific goals)

- Only a barking mad military commander would let these tanks go "into the abyss" where the likelihood of their destruction by aviation or ground anti-tank means would be HIGH, the calculation was on completely different notions.. .

- For "effective destruction of the group of Ukrainian forces" (as several nervous, unstable personages have hinted to me here) these 3 T-64s even accompanied by the 2 Kamazos with the ZU-23-2 and the bands of separatists...to put it mildly is INSUFFICIENT.

- The arrival into the ATO zone of these "boxes" essentially changes NOTHING.

- I urgently RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE CALM DOWN...

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The MiniBus That Exploded in Donetsk Is Now 'Ash'
The livestream in the link below shows the damage to the outside of the regional administrative building in Donetsk. It is not live at the moment, but is recorded:
Translation: The windows are knocked out at the OGA. 4 persons injured.
Translation: The minivan that exploded near the Donetsk OGA has burnt to ash.
Translation: Remains of automobile in which there was an explosive.
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Minibus Explodes In Donetsk, Minimum Damage to Occupied Administration Building
The general consensus is that a minibus, or minivan, belonging to separatist leader Denis Pushilin exploded outside the administrative building in Donetsk which is occupied by the separatist leadership. From what we have seen the reports generally say that separatist leader Denis Pushilin was not hurt.
But some casualties are reported:
Translation: A car near the OGA in Donetsk was fired upon from a grenade launcher. 1 person dead. 2 seriously injured (former car of Pushilin's)
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Head Of Train Lines Arrested?
This is an unconfirmed story, but one we're following:
Translation:  Head of the Simferopol-Donetsk train detained for ties to terrorists.
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More Details Of The Car Bombing In Donetsk
It does appear that a minibus (or a car, but many reports say a bus) has exploded outside the city administrative building in Donetsk:
Translation: BREAKING: The car of DNR leader Pushilin has exploded in Donetsk, bodyguard and several passers-by injured.

Translation: the car of a "minister" of the DNR [Donetsk People's Republic] has exploded at the DonOGA [Donetsk Regional State Administration] building
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