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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 129: Fighting in Kramatorsk

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Four OSCE Monitors Released in Donetsk

Four civilian monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a 57-member body devoted to security and human rights, were released from captivity tonight in Donetsk, Russia media reported.

The release was confirmed by the official Twitter account of the OSCE monitoring mission.

That leaves 4 more OSCE monitors who are still being held in Lugansk by pro-Russian separatists. No word has been received on their status.

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Separatists On The Attack In Slavyansk
The Ukraine Reddit forum caught a tweet we missed:

There are multiple reports of fighting in Slavyansk that back this up:
We also have this video, reportedly taken earlier today near Slavyansk, which reportedly shows a convoy of Ukrainian forces, including Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launchers headed toward the front:
Earlier, several videos claim to demonstrate that rebels did in fact attack a checkpoint near Slavyansk. If this video is from today (which is unconfirmed) it could explain why the Ukrainian convoy appears to be in such a rush, but without more info we can;t say which video was uploaded first:
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Heavy Fighting Reported In Donetsk
Gunfire and explosions are reported in central Donetsk:

That video, entitled ""Battle in the Mayak region of Donetsk 6/26/2014 22:35 pm. Storming of army base 3004," reportedly shows the gunfire at the Ukrainian military base (either base 2004 or 3004, there is some debate about the name but we think it's the same base as was attacked earlier). At one point the narrator says that the gunfire has resumed at base 3004.

In this video, gunfire and explosions can be heard:

Intense gunfire and explosions in this video:


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Stringer For ANNA Missing In Mariupol

ANNA news service which features live stream videos, reports that one of their streams, Vlad Alexandrovich, age 16, has gone gone missing and is believed to have been kidnapped by pro-Kiev forces in Mariupol.

In a video calling to "Save Streamer Vlad," his news service gave a sparse report, and featured a telephone interview with his weeping mother, who said she had talked to him on the phone, and he said he was finishing up a upload and would be back in five minutes. Then she lost contact with him and hasn't heard from him since.


0629.com.ua reports that Vlad, 18 years old (not 16) is missing. Below is a partial translation by The Interpreter:

Representatives of the South-East front [the pro-Russian separatists] managed to reach Vlad's mother, Elena Aleksandrovich. According to her, yesterday at about noon, she and her son had gone to the competitions at the Palace of Pioneers. Suddenly Vlad decided to go away for 5 minutes, and since then, no one has seen him. He did not take with him his tablet, mobile phone, ID and apartment keys. He was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. His mother said she went to the police station. There she was told that the boy had not been brought to the precinct.

Curiously, 0629.com.ua shows a picture of Vlad carrying a weapon.

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So was Vlad "kidnapped," or perhaps arrested? Or perhaps he is just missing? So far all the reports are pretty light on details but we'll keep looking for more.
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Vostok Battalion Reportedly Attacking Donetsk Military Base
An interesting detail about this attack from The Guardian's Alec Luhn -- the Vostok Battalion, which, as we point out here and here has the reputation for being the Kremlin's main arm in the field, may be responsible for today's attack (which is ongoing) on a Ukrainian base in Donetsk:
A freelancer for Getty/Corbis images reports:
We believe that it is a national guard base, base 2004, that is under attack. That is what locals who have uploaded videos to Youtube have said. But there is some confusion, and we've yet to see video or pictures directly from the base, nor have we seen official statements from Kiev yet:
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