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Ukraine Liveblog Day 140: Shooting Returns to Maidan As Separatists Regroup in Donetsk

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Did 14 Russian Soldiers Die While On 'Vacation' In Eastern Ukraine?

UPDATE: Several corrections and clarifications have been made to the end of this post.

According to a media report, 14 Russian spetsnaz [special forces] soldiers from the 45th Airborne Troops Regiment of the Russian Federation were killed, "suddenly," while on "vacation," or in other words in battle, in eastern Ukraine. The report was published by freejournal.biz, citing an eyewitness, and came accompanied with pictures of their funeral (translated by The Interpreter):

"Somehow unexpectedly with the activation of the ATO in Ukraine, in neighboring and fraternal Muskovy, the funerals have become more frequent for all kinds of Cossacks, soldiers of fortune, Orthodox warriors and also fighters from the special assignment forces. Thus, in Moscow, family members bid farewell to soldiers of the 45th spetsnaz Airborne Troops, which simultaneously somehow all died under unknown circumstances. Either there was a group accident, or they were killed during the ATO in Ukraine."

Taking into account the fact that, in recent days in Russia, there were no special operations with the participation of the spetsnaz, and there were no reports of deaths among the RF Airforce troops, the answer to this question answers itself. But the relatives of course are mum, not a word for the camera, and on the whole, what Russian journalist will now cover the topic of the numerous loses among the terrorists, including among the Russian mercenaries? After all, these brave militiamen are hacking to pieces the Kiev junta, along the way are leaving piles of broken metal and stinking carcasses with the ID of the citizens of the RF. In short: our army is not there.

Update: At the end of the day we posted this update and then noted that RFE/FL's Robert Coalson said that these photos were taken at a service in Ukraine. In fact, we never ran the article that Coalson posted through our translators. The article actually says that members of the "Vostok" battalion who were reportedly killed at Donetsk airport and were, indeed, buried in Russia.

The usually-reliable and must-follow Coalson and The Interpreter both made mistakes here.


On substance, the problem with the reports are that they rely on bloggers and anonymous sources, and they also lack names and details. We have, however, been unable to find these pictures posted online before this spate of reports.

UAinfo.org has also posted photos of the reported bodies. That post suggests that these 14 were part of the new "cargo 200," (read much more about that here) but it's hardly airtight evidence that these men were Russian spetznaz. 

So at the end of the day this story has not been confirmed nor denied, but merits more investigation. Our apologies for the confusion.
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Ukrainian Officials Tour Slavyansk After Separatist Retreat
Christopher Miller reports:
There is widespread damage in Slavyansk:

Earlier, we reported that the Ukrainian military was conducting arrests in Slavyansk. Segodnya has more details (translated by The Interpreter) that suggest that the men were Russian citizens who were caught stealing:

Ukrainian forces in Slavyansk detained two men suspected of terrorism. During the distribution of humanitarian aid, under the guise of local residents, they had stood in line, taken groceries, and then were trying to leave when local residents recognized them and summoned soldiers. This is being written about in social networks.

"Two people had taken some sausages, and the locals start shouting, 'Those are terrorists, catch them!!!'". The Ukrainian soldiers quickly detained these two, and voila, they turned out both to be citizens of Russia, they had fought on the side of the separatists, and then come here when they had been abandoned and they had nothing to eat,' photographer Anton Petrukov wrote on his Facebook page.

As social network users reported, the suspects were discovered to have passports from Russia.

We will recall that on 5 July, fighters left Slavyansk, and many of them moved to Donetsk and Lugansk.

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Assassination Attempt On Separatist Leader In Lugansk

The vehicle of a separatist leader was ambushed last night. Ekho Moskvy reports (translated by The Interpreter):

The car of Alexey Mozgovoy, leader of the people's militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's republic came under gunfire outside Lisichansk. He was supposed to be in it, however, due to a change of his work schedule he had cancelled the trip. The incident occurred at 21:40 Moscow Time.

A tweet which reportedly shows the vehicle:

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US Body Armor And Non-Lethal Aid Reach Kiev
A non-lethal aid package from the United States has reached Ukraine.

An excerpt from the statement from the US Embassy in Kiev:

2,000 sets of Interceptor body armor given by the United States as assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine have arrived in Kyiv. Once it clears customs it will be handed over to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for transport to its final destination. The body armor will increase soldier survivability during military operations in the field, saving lives. Interceptor body armor is the same model provided to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, developed for better protection and lighter weight than earlier types, making it more effective in combat operations.

Other recent deliveries of U.S. assistance include 1,000 sleeping mats and 3,600 camouflage jackets, while 400 boxes of gauze bandages and 1,000 helmet covers will be delivered shortly. These shipments are part of a U.S. non-lethal aid package for Ukraine totaling more than $23 million and also including first aid kits, night vision goggles, communications equipment, and other materiel to facilitate the operations of the Ukrainian military and State Border Guard Service (SBGS) to assist them in their efforts to halt acts of terrorism in eastern Ukraine. U.S. security assistance to Ukraine is ongoing and further assistance shipments are planned.

While the objections of the critics of the move are probably obvious, supporters of the move are probably asking the age-old question: better late than never?

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Ukrainian Forces Bringing Food And Order to Slavyansk

On Sunday, we posted multiple photos of a humanitarian relief mission led by the Ukrainian military in the newly-recaptured Slavyansk. One surprising thing is the size of the smiling crowd. While there's no denying that the separatists had a lot of popular support, their pro-Russia rallies were always relatively sparsely attended, and the Russian media which was embedded with the separatists consistently failed to find the residents of the town who just wanted this to end.

But there are also reports today that the Ukrainian military is making arrests.

Slavyansk, devastated by the separatist occupation and months of heavy fighting,  is now the problem of the Ukrainian military. The outcome of that process is still very much undetermined.
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