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Ukraine Liveblog Day 207

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Explosions Rock Donetsk Tonight After A Day Of Rocket Fire

Grad rockets and shelling have been reported in Donetsk all day today. From what we can tell, both incoming and outgoing fire could be heard, though it's not clear which came first.

Tonight there are reports of more explosions:

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Explosion Reported In Kharkiv
A large explosion is reported in Kharkiv:
Journalist Ollie Carroll is trying to sort the latest:
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New Russian 'Aid Convoy' Headed Toward Ukraine
Yet another Russian 'aid convoy' is headed to the Ukraine border, and this one appears to even be avoiding the air of international endorsement:

Translation: Second humanitarian convoy should leave for Lugansk by September 13th.


Remember the last 'aid convoy' which entered Ukraine? It entered the country on August 22nd. Many things have changed since then:
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Ukraine, Syria, ISIS, And Russia's Foreign Policy

The Interpreter's managing editor James Miller spoke to Tony Serve on Australia's News Talk 6PR 882 Radio. The conversation starts about the latest news from Ukraine -- the breaks in the ceasefire, new Russian humanitarian corridors, the new US and European sanctions against Russia, the reform efforts under way in Kiev, and the prospects for a permanent peace.

But the conversation then turns into nearly a 24 minute conversation about Russia's role in foreign policy in other places. Russia's is also involved in Syria, and just like in Ukraine it has not used its substantial influence to attempt to find a solution to the crisis, but rather has relentlessly pursued its interests by arming Assad and fueling the violence.

Readers can hear the entire 24 minute interview on Tony Serve's blog, here.

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EU, Ukraine and Russia Reach Compromise on Association Agreement
Ukraine has reached a compromise with the EU which will enable Ukraine to combine a free trade zone with the EU and a free trade zone within the Commonwealth of Independent States, the association of post-Soviet countries, UNIAN reports.

Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin told journalists in Brussels after the trilateral consultations involving the EU, Ukraine and Russia on implementing the EU Association Agreement that the EU would continue to keep in effect its autonomous preferences and leave the market open for Ukrainian goods until 2015. (Translation by The Interpreter).

"I want to say that the EU expressed readiness, and is now working on an important decision to extend until 2015 the autonomous preferences, such that access to the EU market for Ukrainian goods will remain open for the near future. After that, we found a resolution for how in the future we can work within the framework of the free trade zone in the CIS and thus combine these two positions."

Klimkin said the agreement on the free trade zone would be ratified without any amendments.

"Thus, the Russian side has no grounds for applying restrictive measures to Ukrainian exports with regard to the application of the agreement. We will continue the trilateral cooperation on trade issues."


The ratification of the agreement is expected to take place in both the Verkhovna Rada and the European Parliament on 16 September.

At first, Russia demanded the incorporation of some amendments into the agreements, because of the perceived risk to Russian economic interests, and that Kiev and Brussels should take out more than 20% of their goods from the free-trade zone, said UNIAN.

But on September 11, according to news reports, Russia dropped its demands for amendments, although it did propose that Ukraine change its implementation procedures.

Meanwhile, the Russia state media is reporting these events with a different emphasis today. A headline from RIA Novosti says "Temporary Application of EU Association Agreement Postponed until 2015," and then quotes EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht:

"We have reached an agreement between Minister Klimkin, Minister Ulyukayev and myself. We have postponed the temporary application of the association agreement until 31 December of next year."

RIA Novosti said that the EU-Ukrainian free trade zone was supposed to ensure the gradual integration of Ukraine into the EU's economy.

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