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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 138: Pro-Russian Separatists Reportedly Flee Slavyansk, Releasing Prisoners

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The Destruction -- And Weapons -- Left Behind In Slavyansk

Today the major headline is that the Russian-backed separatists have fled Slavyansk, their primary military headquarters since the start of this crisis. In their wake, a few things have become clear -- between the looting, and the damage from the war itself, Slavyansk has heavily damaged and will take a long time to rebuild.

It's also clear that the separatists have taken heavy losses, and have fled without a lot of their weapons and supplies.

Translation: the column was shot up a bit #ATO

How they play chess in Slavyansk:

Weapons stores abandoned by the fleeing fighters:
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GRAD Rockets Reportedly Used East Of Donetsk

This video has the title "Shelling of Saur-Mogila from GRADs." Saur-Mogila is a monument south of Snizhne on the way to the Russian border (here). It has a distinctive look (the preview from the video has nothing to do with the video):

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The multiple small explosions stretched across a target area could indicate a GRAD rocket strike.

It's not clear which side is behind this strike, what the intended target is, or when the video was shot, though it has today's date.

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Separatist Armor Reportedly Redeployed in Donetsk and Lugansk
The separatists from Slavyansk do appear to be redeploying in both Donetsk and in the Lugansk/Kramatorsk area, 
Several videos also reportedly show separatist convoys approaching Lugansk and/or Kramatorsk. Two videos, the one below and this one, apparently from the same camera, claim to show one of the convoys:
This video is reportedly taken in Druzhkivka, south of Kramatorsk on the road to Donetsk. It reportedly shows the milita moving toward Donetsk (i.e. south) but we have not geolocated it yet. One of the vehicles is labeled "to Kiev."
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Pro-Russian Separatists Plan to Re-Locate to Donetsk and Gorlovka
Pavel Gubarev, the self-proclaimed governor of "Donetsk People's Republic" says the separatists plan to relocated from Slavyansk to Donetsk and Gorlovska, RIA Novosti and gazeta.ru reported. The Interpreter has translated his statement:

"Igor Strelkov made the decision to leave Slavyansk. This was implemented last night. The losses of the militia are minimal. In an organized and unified manner, the militia forces have headed toward Kramatorsk, and henceforth the deployment apparently will be in Gorlovka and Donetsk."

Gubarev said this would buy them time while the Ukrainian forces re-grouped.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Council for National Security and Defense says the information that Strelkov has left Slavyansk is still being checked, gazeta.ru reported.

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Separatists Reportedly Maintaining Positions in Lugansk Region; Explosions Heard in Donetsk

Komsomolskaya Pravda is reporting the flight of separatists from Slavyansk, and noting that some vehicles were damaged during the escape as they came under fire.

Channel 1 is reporting also that the separatists have fled Slavyansk but are maintaining their positions in Lugansk Region, and also reportedly helping civilians caught in the crossfire to escape.

Radio Svaboda reports that the Ukrainian Army is saying it has liberated Slavyansk:
Meanwhile, fighting appears to have broken out in Donetsk, and RIA Novosti is also reporting that two fighter jets have been spotted making airstrikes in the area. We have not independently confirmed this report.
Translation: Explosions and shots are heard in the area of the Donetsk Airport.
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