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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 120: Fighting Continues in the Borderlands

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Ukrainian Tank Disabled By Separatists In Lugansk?
This video was reportedly taken in Lugansk, near the front lines of Ukraine's anti-terrorism operation, and was uploaded today:

We have not verified the location and so far there is no confirmation from Kiev that the military has lost a tank.

A translation of the audio indicates that the civilians who are near the tank say that the commander and tank driver are dead and are now inside one of the homes nearby. One of the men says that there is plenty of TNT and active explosives inside the tank. He also mentions that the tank commander was shot, but the driver shot himself.

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Videos Reportedly Show Ukraine Military Convoys
Several videos like this have been posted since late last week, each reportedly showing significant amounts of Ukrainian military firepower moving toward the front lines of the Ukrainian military anti-terror operation (ATO).
We have not geolocated the video, but the key difference between this troop movement and the corresponding Russian reaction is that the Ukrainian government does not deny that they are moving troops toward the front lines of the battle. And there is also no evidence that Ukraine's military is preparing to invade Russia as these troops have a clear purpose, albeit one that Russia disagrees with -- the retaking of territory captured by separatist militants.
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Ukraine Closes Its Borders To Russia -- and Transnistria
Not only had the Ukrainian Rada (parliament) closed its borders to Russia, which is to be expected, it has also closed its borders to Transnistria, the breakaway republic in Moldova where Russia has an unlawful contingent of "peacekeepers" which Russia, in an agreement with Moldova, said would be withdrawn back in 1994.
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US State Department Says They're Investigating Russian Movement
This statement from the State Department is perhaps days late and follows on the heels of information that we have been posting for several days, as well as statements made by the Ukraine government, that show Russian troops and armored vehicles moving toward the Ukrainian border.
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Ukrainian Interior Ministry Considering Terrorism as Possible Cause of Pipeline Blast

The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) has issued a statement on its website, addressing the pipeline explosion earlier today. The statement says that terrorism is being seriously considered as a probably cause while investigations are under way.

The statement reports that (translated by The Interpreter):

The flow of gas through this branch of the pipeline is currently shut off. The danger of a greater catastrophe has been averted, as of 16:15 [13:15 GMT], the fire has been extinguished. Gas is being passed through the reserve branch at full volume. An MVD operational group is conducting investigations to determine the cause of the explosion. Several versions of the event are being considered, including the key scenario - a terrorist act. According to local residents, just before the outbreak of fire, they heard two loud bangs, which may be evidence of deliberate explosions, said the Minister for the internal affairs of Ukraine.

At the moment the investigative department has opened a criminal case under part 3, article 292 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code. If the key scenario is confirmed, the case will be reclassified under terrorism articles. 

I would like us to recall that, on the eve of the presidential elections, we prevented two attempts to commit terrorist acts on the Ukrainian gas transport system in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. Furthermore, on June 3 the prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatseniuk, announced in his statement at the Verkhovna Rada that these acts of sabotage were intended to discredit the Ukrainian gas transport system, interrupt the transit of gas to Europe, and most importantly: to legitimise the 'South Stream' pipeline in the eyes of Europe.

Article 292 of the Part 3 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code is as follows (taken from legislationonline.org):

 

Article 292. Endamagement of facilities on main pipelines for oil, gas, or oil products

1. Endamagement or destruction of main pipelines for oil, gas, or oil products, or branch pipes, or any technologically related facilities, constructions, or automation, signal and communication devices, where it disrupts normal operation of such pipelines or exposes human lives to danger, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 100 tax-free minimum incomes, or correctional labor for a term up to two years, or restraint of liberty for a term up to five years, or imprisonment for a term up to five years.

2. The same actions, if repeated, or committed by a group of persons upon their prior conspiracy, or by a generally dangerous method, -

shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term up to five years, or imprisonment for a term of three to eight years.

3. Any such actions as provided for by paragraph 1 or 2 of this Article, if they caused death of people, or accidents involving people, or industrial accidents, or fire, or significant pollution of environment, or any other grave consequences, or committed by an organized group of persons, -

shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of five to twelve years.

 

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