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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 217

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Russian Court Upholds Ruling To Seize Property Allegedly Owned By Ukrainian Governor

In early September, Russian authorities seized a piece of property in Moscow that they say belonged to Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky on grounds that Kolomoisky's profits could be used to finance "illegal activities" (or, in other words, efforts to resist Russia's invasion) in Ukraine. Despite the fact that other investors contest the decision, a Russian court has upheld the decision today. RIA Novosti reports:

The Elit-Holding company that owns the building has been seeking to reverse the property arrest, saying that Dnipropetrovsk Region governor Kolomoisky, ranked Ukraine's fourth richest person, has no relation to the company and its assets.

The company's representative in court, Natalya Soboleva, said Kolomoisky has never been a co-founder and held no shares in the company since 2008.

An investigator in the case said the information is currently being verified and will be considered in due course.

Kolomoisky is the governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and he has been credited for saving the eastern city from the Russian-backed separatist movement, in part by funding efforts to militarily resist Russia. Several of his properties in Russia have been confiscated as a result.

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Ukrainian Soldier Killed, Teenage Boy Wounded In Mariupol Attack

Mariupol news site 0629.com.ua reports that a group of separatist saboteurs opened fire on a residential area of Mariupol with mortars yesterday.

Soldiers reported that the group had been made up of 5 people, and that attempts to capture them had failed. They were seen travelling in a GAZelle minivan.

One 20-year-old National Guard soldier was killed during the attack. 

A 15-year-old boy was wounded in the head while cycling. He is in an "extremely serious" condition in hospital, and a 36-year-old steelworker, who had been bringing water to the checkpoint was wounded in the thigh.

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Full Text Of Minsk Ceasefire Memorandum

Interfax-Ukraine has published an English translation of the full text of the Minsk ceasefire memorandum, the Russian-language original of which was released by the OSCE on September 20.

The text, dated September 19, is below:

1. The ceasefire is to be considered mutual.

2. Subdivisions and military formations of the sides along are to stop in their juxtaposition as of September 19, 2014.

3. There is a ban on the use of all types of weapons and any form of offensive action.

4. Within 24 hours after the approval of this memorandum, all lethal weapons more than 100 millimeter caliber are to be moved back from juxtaposition by at least 15 kilometers (with the exception of those indicated below), including from residential areas, which will allow to create a zone from use of weapons of no less than 30 kilometers in width (the safety zone).

At the same time, artillery systems of more than 100 millimeter caliber are to be moved back from their juxtaposition by the length of their maximum range, in particular:

100 mm MT12 canons - by 9 kilometers; 120 mm mortars - by 8 kilometers; 122 mm howitzers D30 (2S1 Gvozdika - by 16 kilometers; 152 mm 2C5 Giatsint-S (2C3 Acacia, 2C19 Mcta-C, 2A65 Mcta-B) - by 33 kilometers; Multiple Rocket Launch System (MRLS) 9K51 Grad - by 21 kilometers, 9K57 Uragan - by 36 kilometers; 9K58 Smerch - by 70 kilometers; MRLS Tornado-G - by 40 kilometers; MRLS Tornado U - by 70 kilometers; MRLS Tornado-C - by 120 kilometers; tactical rocket systems - by 120 kilometers.

5. A ban is to be introduced on deployment of heavy weapons and military equipment in the district limited by the towns of Komsomolske, Kumachove, Novoazovsk, Sakhanka, with OSCE monitoring.

6. A ban is to be introduced on installment of new mines and explosive barriers within the limits of the safety zone.

There is an obligation to dismantle previously installed mines and explosive barriers in the safety zone.

7. A ban from the moment of approval of this memorandum is to be introduced on flights of military aviation and foreign drones, with the exception of drones used by the monitoring mission of OSCE, along the line of juxtaposition in the weapons-free zone of 30 kilometers width.

8. The OSCE monitoring mission made up of observers of the organization is to be deployed to the cease-fire zone within 24 hours from the moment of approval of this memorandum. The abovementioned zone should be divided into sectors, the number and limits of which should be agreed in the course of preparation of the OSCE monitoring mission for work.

9. All foreign militarized formations, military equipment and militants and mercenaries are to exit the territory of Ukraine under OSCE monitoring.

Participants of the trilateral contact group: OSCE Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Ambassador of Russian Federation to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko and chairman of Luhansk People's Republic Ihor Plotnitsky.

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Donbass Battalion To Receive Training From Non-Active US Military Personnel

Semyon Semyonchenko, the commander of the Ukrainian Donbass volunteer battalion, who has recently returned from a visit to the United States, has written on his Facebook page that an arrangement has been made for non-active US military personnel to train his unit, according to the same standards used for US special forces training.

Semyonchenko writes (translated by The Interpreter):

Yesterday I signed a contract to organise training for fighters and officers of the Donbass battalion by mobile groups of instructors from the USA by servicemen who are not currently active. They will work according to the traditional training system used by the Navy Seals and Delta Force.

Standards have been precisely developed for each department (reconnaissance, special forces, security, etc.) and each position from sergeant through to the commander of the battalion. Particular attention is paid to individual training as well as teamwork. The maximum number of practical exercises are used. Another important point is the training of sergeants (non-commissioned officers) in acting independently and managing a team.

The instructors will also be used to prepare internal security forces, and such training is one of the forms of indirect assistance Ukraine is receiving. The training begins in 10 days. After running through the training system, we will be ready to share our experience and help deliver the training system to other volunteer and regular units.

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Lysenko - Almost 1200 Ukrainian Servicemen And Civilian Personnel Freed

Interfax-Ukraine reports that Andrei Lysenko, the spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, has told reporters at a briefing in Kiev today that almost 1200 Ukrainian prisoners have been freed as part of the Minsk peace plan.

He said that over the last 24 hours 28 Ukrainian soldiers had been released from separatist captivity.

However Lysenko also reported that over the same timespan, 2 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and another 2 wounded. 

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