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The Interpreter
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Ukraine LiveBlog Day 189

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AP Journalists See Russia Moving Convoys Into Ukraine

The Associate Press reports:

AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.

Rebel fighters also described how Russian border guards did nothing to stop them.

The report goes on to say that last week AP reporters witnessed this happen three times in Krasnadon.

Note that the crossing which appears to be in question is likely near the Izvarino crossing, and would therefore be unrelated to the claims we've been covering today that Russian armor crossed the border near Mariupol.

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Ukraine's Parliament Dissolved Ahead of Schedule

Ukrayinska Pravda has published an article (translated by The Interpreter) detailing the Ukrainian government's statements on the dissolution of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The article summarizes tweets which we have not included in our translation below but which can be seen here.

Petro Poroshenko has dissolved the Verkhovna Rada ahead of schedule.



Svyatoslav Tsegolko, presidential press secretary, wrote on his Twitter account that it is "the only right and responsible decision."

Tsegolko also conveyed Poroshenko's words that the majority of the current deputies "took part in the dictatorial laws which took the lives of the Heavenly Hundred."

The president also believes that dozens of deputies represent the interests not of the people who elected them.

According to the electoral law now in place, early parliamentary elections should take place October 26.

The move to dissolve the Rada was predicted, since this opens the way for new elections, but the move came earlier than some analysts had anticipated, and Ukraine will now go two months with no parliament. That development has surprised some analysts who thought that the time between the dissolution of parliament and the elections would be more like 30 days, not 60. Other analysts have been expecting this for some time.

Reuters notes that according to Ukrainian law elections must be held within 60 days, so the surprise here is not that parliament has been dissolved, but that it was dissolved early and the full 60 days will be used before new elections.

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Rada Dissolved And New Elections Scheduled
As expected, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dissolved the Rada, Ukraine's parliament, to make way for new elections which will take place in 60 days.
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OSCE Visits Besieged Rebel Stronghold of Lugansk

The OSCE has released this report on Lugansk, the are where the Ukrainian government delivered humanitarian aid and the area that was the ultimate destination for Russia's controversial aid convoy:

On its way to the city the SMM [OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine] stopped in the town of Stanytsia-Luhanska (25 km to the northeast), which appeared deserted with signs of battle-damage. Local inhabitants informed the SMM that they had no water and no electricity since 2 August, but that gas was still available. They also stated that the police, the civilian administration and Ukrainian military personnel were not present in the town.

The SMM entered Luhansk from the eastern outskirts. Whilst the area looked generally deserted, the “Eastern Market” appeared to be functioning. As it moved into the city, the SMM observed no civilian traffic. Shell damage and burnt cars were visible on most of the streets. In the city centre, the cathedral and other civilian buildings, including a school, appeared to have been damaged during the fighting.

At the regional administration building the SMM met with new representatives of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”). In particular, the SMM spoke to Hennadiy Mykolaiovych Tsypkalov, self-declared “LPR Prime Minister”, Oleksiy Viacheslavovych Karyakin, self-declared “Chair of LPR Parliament”, who has retained this position despite an earlier media announcement about his departure, and Vasyliy Oleksandrovych Nikitin, self-declared “LPR First Deputy Prime Minister”.

Issues related to the situation in the city and the conditions of the civilian population were discussed. The SMM explained the Mission’s mandate to the new interlocutors and underlined the importance of access to the city. “LPR” representatives informed the SMM that they plan to start the school year on 1 September and expressed concern over the security situation, adding that only schools provided with shelters would be open.

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Red Cross Says Ukraine Conflict Is War, MH17 Could Be A War Crime

The International Committee of the Red Cross has made the legal decision that the conflict in Ukraine is officially and international war. This means that crimes committed as part of the conflict could be tried as war crimes -- including the downing of flight MH17. Reuters reports:

"Clearly it's an international conflict and therefore this is most probably a war crime," one Western diplomat in Geneva told Reuters.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions setting down the rules of war, and as such is considered a reference in the United Nations deciding when violence has evolved into an armed conflict.

"Within the U.N. system, it's the ICRC that makes that determination. They are the gate keepers of international humanitarian law," said one U.N. source.

The ICRC has not made any public statement - seeking not to offend either Ukraine or Russia by calling it a civil war or a case of foreign aggression - but it has done so privately and informed the parties to the conflict, sources told Reuters.

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