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The Interpreter
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 157

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Tough Words From Estonia's President
Estonia's president Toomas Hendrik Ilves has some strong words for Russia after today's confirmation by the US State Department that Russia is shelling Ukraine.
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It's Time to Assign Blame For Everything Happening in Ukraine

The evidence is now overwhelming -- the militia in eastern Ukraine, backed by the Russian government and the Russian military, is responsible for the deaths of nearly 300 people who were on flight MH17. It's now time for journalists to assign blame -- and the international community to assign justice.

The Interpreter's managing editor reports for Vice News:

If it weren't for MH17, the Ukraine headline of the week would be the fact that my team at The Interpreter actually proved that Russia was shelling Ukraine with GRAD rockets. The Buks that shot down MH17 either came from Russia or would have needed a highly trained team of specialists (with matching launch key-cards), a crew that could have been trained only in the Russian military. Wednesday, separatists shot down two more Ukrainian military jets, so there are plenty more Russian anti-aircraft missiles still in rebel hands.

The veil has been dropped. Russia is driving this conflict, feeding the flames by providing the rebels with tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, fighters, and perhaps most importantly, cover in the international community.

This crisis exists because Russia wants it to exist. It's time for the international community to realize that Putin is not a reliable partner in solving it.

Read the article here.

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Sector-Wide Sanctions Discussed In The EU

The European Union has added 18 names to its sanctions list today. The names will not be released on Friday, but some EU ministers indicated that this could only be the start of a much stronger wave of sanctions that might target entire sectors of the Russian economy.

Reuters reports:

Under one key proposal, European investors would be banned from buying new debt or shares of banks owned 50 percent or more by the state. These banks raised almost half their 15.8 billion euro ($21.29 billion) capital needs on EU markets last year.

"If implemented such sanctions would be a serious blow to the Russian economy, exacerbating an already very likely recession this year and sustaining an economic depression for longer," said analyst Michal Dybula of BNP Paribas.

The proposals included an arms embargo, although diplomats said it would apply to future deals and would not bar delivery of a French warship built for Russia under a 2011 contract.

The EU was also weighing restricting exports of technology for deep-sea drilling, shale and Arctic energy exploration and so-called civilian-military "dual use" items, diplomats said.

But a proposal is still just a proposal. Europe has thus far been unwilling to pass strong sanctions and until they do many will remain skeptical.

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Kiev: Russia Is Shelling Ukraine, Sending Drones Across The Border

The Ukrainian government says that they are under attack by Russian shells, aircraft, and drones. Kyiv Post reports:

According to the counter-terrorism communications center, Russia fired at eight Ukrainian positions on July 22-24. Artillery fire and multiple-rocket launchers on July 24 twice shelled a checkpoint near the town of Ilinka from Russia. The same night, Ukrainian positions near Kamyshne, Berezovo, Amvrosievka and the Luhansk Airport were shelled by Grad rockets, stated Anti-Terrorism Operation spokesperson Vladyslav Seleznyov...

Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s airspace, the Border Guard Service added. Four times on the evening of July 22 Russian military helicopters and drones flew into Ukraine by as deep as 500 meters...

There is allegedly a military staging area in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast.  Supplies include T-64 tanks, Grad multiple-rocket launchers, various armored personnel carriers equipped with cannons, Buk advanced radar-guided surface-to-air systems, shoulder-fired rocket launchers as well as sniper rifles, mines, grenades and automatic weapons.

The National Security and Defense Council’s Lysenko also said on July 24 that a field camp of Russian armed forces has been set up not far from the state border in Bryansk Oblast.

There is evidence that Russian drones have indeed crossed the border:


News sites published photos today that Ukraine's border patrol says shows the remains of an Orlan-10 UAV, shot down by Ukraine's military.

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These are only the confirmed reports. At this hour there are rumors that more multiple-launch rocket systems are headed across the border, including the  9A52-4 Tornado, and earlier statements by the US State Department give some credence to the rumors that we've been hearing all day.

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Emergency Workers Chased Away From MH17 Crash Site By Militants

Russian-backed militants chased away workers for Ukraine's emergency services who continue to work to find bodies at the MH17 crash site. Sky News reports:

Speaking to journalists at a news conference in Kharkiv, Serhiy Bochkovskiy said emergency services personnel also had some of their equipment confiscated...

"There are still some lunatics, it's very hard for us to get to the bodies, to get to the remains," he said.

"You call them terrorists, to me it's criminal; well, it's very nearly the same."

Crash investigators already working on the site from Malaysia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been been joined by investigators from Australia.

But the Australians, and the OSCE, are not people who have any training in investigating airplane crashes or determining who is at fault.

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