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Ukraine Liveblog Day 152

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Pushilin Resigns from 'Speaker' Position in 'Donetsk People's Republic'
Denis Pushilin, the self-appointed "speaker of parliament" of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR) announced that he had resigned from his position, RT.com and other Russian state media reported.

Sergei Kavataradze, special representative of the DPR in Russia, told RT (translated by The Interpreter):

Today at a session of the Supreme council, the deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of the DPR read a letter to the deputies from Denis Pushilin, the chairman of the Supreme Soviet, that he requested to be relieved of his position without indication of the reasons.

Vladimir Makovich reported that there was also a phone call confirming the letter of Denis Pushilin. After this there was a vote on the question of Denis Pushilin's resignation from his post. This decision was accepted by a majority of deputies. They met Pushilin half-way and voted for his resignation."

Pushilin, a native of Donetsk Region who survived two assassination attempts, had a checkered career, first in the notorious Russian Ponzi scheme known as MMM, then in pro-Russian politics in Ukraine and recently in the DPR leadership.

While some people speculated that he suddenly resigned due to the accusations against separatists of shooting down the Malaysian airliner, in fact, he has been in Moscow for weeks and not at the center of DPR politics.
While in Moscow in recent weeks, he wasn't exactly idle, but did a lot of PR work for the pro-separatist movement, denying that the DPR received aid from "foreign governments," i.e. Russia.

Translation: Novorossiya did not receive proposals to delivery weapons to Novorossiya


Translation: Pushilin: Due to Koval's plan, the number of militiamen in the DPR has grown.


Translation: Pushilin: in the ranks of the militia there are "anti-fascists from the whole world" fighting.

In a post dated 17 July "On the Political Prospects of Novorossiya," posted before the downing of the Malaysian plane, Boris Rozhin, editor of Golos Sevastopolya, who blogs under the name of "Colonel Cassad" predicted Pushilin's resignation, mentioning rumors that it was imminent.

He speculated that because Pushilin had become mixed up in the contacts with Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov as a "party of defeatists," along with Vostok Battalion leader Aleksarn Khodakovsky and others), he had to be removed. He said sources told him to expect the resignation of yet another highly-placed political figure in the DPR due to these contacts with Akhmetov.

"Pushilin's resignation means that Moscow is continuing work on improving the management of processes inside the military and political leadership of the DPR," he said laconically.


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Russian Ultrnationalist Bragged About Repair of Separatists' BUKs

A Russian ultranationalist movement leader has been caught on tape speaking about an anti-aircraft BUK system in the possession of pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine.

Sergei Kurginyan, a Moscow theater director who heads the leftist ultranationalist "Essence of Time" group bragged that Russian "civil society" was helping the separatists with military supplies and had found a repairman to fix the BUKs in the separatists' possession. Kurginyan, an outspoken supporter of the separatists fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, travelled under armed guard among the separatists in recent weeks.

The July 13 episode for his Essence of Time's YouTube channel, Kurginyan explains that Russian civil society is providing military aid to the separatists -- a theme he accentuated in his scandalous press conferences with separatist leaders recently.

The Interpreter has translated an excerpt:

"But, our very talented and even brilliant electronics experts will of course repair -- I think they've even already repaired, it seems to me -- the BUK system seized from the Ukrainian bandits -- the Banderaites [supporters of Ukrainian war hero Stepan Bandera]-- I don't want to say 'the Ukrainian people' but the bandits and the Banderaites and in the very near future, I simply know a brilliant electronics expert who has flown there -- precisely as a representative of civil society who will help the fraternal people. In very short time it will get it back working. It will be fixed, yes? It might even turn out there are even several systems."


Read more on our Russia This Week blog.


A fan account for the popular Crimean prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya has also been caught bragging about the BUKs -- and it has not been deleted.

This account may have been used by Kremlin propagandists to spread the pre-seeding of the message about the stolen BUKs as we reported at the time, but what's interesting about the tweet is that it doesn't say the BUKs were seized, just that they "appeared":

Translation: Kupol Anti-Aircraft weapon - detection radius 150 km. ZRK Buk - target kill radius 20 km. Some excellent cookies have appeared at the militiamen for the Ukrainian Air Force.

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Locals Say Explosion in Moscow's Butovo District Likely an Accident

Locals are saying that the explosion reported in Butovo by LifeNews and area residents appears to be an accident:



Translation: In Butovo a generator in a car wash exploded.

Here's how a local Instagram user who has posted a video of the scene has explained it in hashtags (translation by The Interpreter)

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#Nothing to See Here/#Just a Few Explosions in Butovo. Ambulance, fire trucks and cops..everything is normal #It's South Butovo

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Explosion In Moscow District of Butovo

There have been reports of an explosion in the Moscow neighborhood of Butovo.

LifeNews, a TV channel close to law-enforcement and intelligence agencies, is the first to report the story.

The Interpreter has provided a translation:

Translation: Explosion in Moscow TT @lifenews_ru BREAKING An explosion thundered in Butov, rescue workers and medics are heading to the scene.

An Instagram account user has posted a video 15 minutes ago:

Translation: Totally bombed it 2 times. Poor guy, he burnt up. #бутово #чп #пожар #южноебутово

Voices in the video are heard to say "Get out of here! All the cars are going to blow up! Get the f**k out of here! Did you call the fire department?!"

We have no more information on what kind of explosion this was or whether it was an accident or terrorism.

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Proof That Buk Missiles Fled Back To Russia?

The New York Times reports:

Ukraine accused Russia and separatist rebels in the east of trying to cover-up their role by blocking recovery workers from the crash site, removing evidence and driving the missile launchers back to Russia just hours after the crash. At a news conference in Kiev, Vitaly Nayda, the head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, displayed photographs that he said showed three of the Buk-M1 missile systems on the road to the Russian border. Two of the devices, which are missile launchers mounted on an armored vehicle, crossed the border into Russia at about 2 a.m. Friday, or less than 10 hours after the jet, Flight 17, was blown apart in midair, he said. The third weapon crossed at about 4 a.m.

Mr. Nayda said that the missile had been fired from the town of Snizhne, located in rebel-controlled territory, echoing American intelligence showing the missile coming from eastern Ukraine. Both the Ukrainians and the Americans said they believed that the separatist rebels would have needed help from Russia in order to fire the antiaircraft missiles.

Those claims are consistent with other evidence we've analyzed. We have geolocated several pictures and videos that appear to show the Buk weapons system in both Snezhnoye (Snizhne) and Torez and a video posted yesterday reportedly shows the Buk missile system, missing two missiles, in Krasnadon, en-route to Lugansk and reportedly on to Russia from there.

WA Today has more details, including the pictures from the press conference:

“We have proof [the attack] was planned and it was committed with the participation of the Russian Federation, representatives of the Russian Federation,” said Vitaly Nayda, Counter-Intelligence Chief at the Ukraine Security Service.

“All Russian media is lying, it’s cynical propaganda,” Mr Nayda said. “They are trying not to be responsible for this.

“But we have evidence. Obvious evidence.”

This picture reportedly shows the BUK-M1 in a rebel convoy headed back to Russia and was released by the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU):

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And this is the screengrab taken by the AP of yesterday's video from Krasnadon, mentioned above and viewable here:

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