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Ukraine Liveblog Day 240

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Large Military Column Reportedly Headed North In Lugansk Region

Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala writes on his Facebook page that he has received reports of a large military column headed north in the Lugansk region.

He writes (translated by The Interpreter):

My contacts and a number of eyewitnesses have told me that a large column of military vehicles passed through Lugutino yesterday. The column was headed to the north of the Lugansk region.

Bochkala notes that the area to the north is still under Ukrainian control. This report could be related to the offensive waged over the last day around the Bakhmutka highway, which has left over 100 Ukrainian soldiers pinned down near Smile.

We have yet to see further reports on this column.

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Ukraine Will Try Blogger And Suspected Russian Agent For Treason
The Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) has announced that it will try a blogger and suspected Russian agent for treason:

Here is the complete announcement from the SBU's website:

The SSU Counterintelligence Office jointly with border guards detained citizen of Ukraine “M”, native of Luhansk, YOB 1990, who was trying to flee to the temporary occupied Crimea to receive the next task from representatives of the RF special services.

It was established that Mr. “M” was recruited by Russian FSB back in March of the current year while he was staying in the peninsula. Having returned to Ukraine the offender spread through the social media anti-Ukrainian materials and misleading information to discredit Ukrainian authorities by order of his FSB supervisor. Aside from that, he has set up an internet community to promote the creation of the so called Novorossiia and appeal to support the terrorist activity in the east of Ukraine.

The offender was detained at the checkpoint in a bus, which was heading from Luhansk to Yalta. According to him, he was traveling there to meet with his supervisor to get new missions aimed to destabilize situation in Ukraine.
The investigation under Part 1 Article 11 (treason) is under way.

The question, of course, is whether Ukraine has evidence to tie this "Mr. 'M'" to the Russian government, or whether Kiev is about to prosecute someone for voicing support for "Novorossiya" as, no doubt, Kiev's critics will claim. 

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Are Crimean Teachers Destroying Ukrainian Books?
Obozrevatel published a story today on reports that a teacher in a Simferopol school in Russian-occupied Crimea destroyed Ukrainian textbooks in a classroom.

The report is based on a Facebook post from Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Assembly) member Eskender Barieev on October 13. The Interpreter has translated the post:

Here are the impressions of an 8-year-old school boy, studying in a school in the Simferopol District:

"In our school, they collected all the text books and books in the Ukrainian language and on the Ukraine. They made a pile. And in front of the schoolchildren, they began to tear them up. Some of the students wanted to take the books home, but they were not allowed. They involved the students in the destruction of the books. Some of the pupils refused. I managed to make away with one of the books and saved it, it was a Ukrainian-English dictionary. I wanted to try to get some more, but I couldn't manage."

The most terrible thing about this is that a teacher, to whom we often entrust our children, is doing this...

In fact, this is not the first case of literature being destroyed in the Ukrainian and the Crimean Terek languages (state languages in the Crimea). They destroyed books in the Crimean Tatar language after the annexation of the Crimea in 1783...

There is also a report that earlier, activists in Sevastopol managed to save some Ukrainian books that Russians were trying to burn. It turns out that the books considered ideologically dangerous in Russia: books on Europe, on Hetman Mazepe, on the Holodomor, on the connections between language and politics. The activists sent the rescued literature to Kiev, from where it will be sent to teachers in schools in the Donbass.

On October 13, Sergie Aksyonov, self-proclaimed prime minister of the Crimea, announced that there would be a moratorium placed on the confiscation of banned religious literature from Crimean Muslims. But yesterday the Russian-backed leadership of Crimea implied that "banned Islamic literature" would be confiscated if it was not disposed of before January 1, 2015.

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Polish General Says Poland Has Offered To Sell Arms To Ukraine

Ukrainska Pravda reports (translated by The Interpreter):

Poland has offered to sell Ukraine military hardware, equipment, and winter outfits for servicemen, and is awaiting a response to its propsals.

This was stated by a retired Polish general, the former deputy defence minister Waldemar Skrzypczak, in comments to UNIAN during the Baltic Business Forum.

"The Ukrainians now know everything that we can offer. Everything now depends on when Ukraine will make the next step, namely when they ask when specific equipment can be delivered," said Skrzypczak.

The retired Polish general said that Polish arms manufacturers supply the Ukrainians with small arms, ammunition, body armour, helmets, drones, thermal imaging gear and other equipment.

"There is just one condition - the Ukrainians must make the decision on what they want, because if they don't, then they will once again be sitting in the trenches in slippers and t-shirts," said the general.

The deputy manager of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa holdings, which combines all companies in the defence industry, Michał Switalski, declined to comment on whether the Ukrainian side had approached his Polish partners on the subject of arms procurement.

In other comments at the forum reported by UNIAN, Skrzypczak said that he thinks that Russia may attempt to "punch a corridor" through to Crimea during the winter.

The retired general believes that such a move would lead to the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers, and that Putin be forced to change tack due to international pressure, but the war-weariness brought on by increasing casualties could make the Kremlin wary of letting the conflict stretch into a second year for fear of political unrest.

"I fear that the Ukrainian army will not be able to fend off Russia alone." 

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Smoke From Donetsk Airport While Shells Strike Residential Buildings
Smoke is rising from the besieged airport to the north of Donetsk:

Translation: 17:41 View of the airport #Donetsk

One photo, which we have not yet verified but has no previous appearances when run through Google image search, shows what looks like a 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled gun:

Translation: #Donetsk right now in the direction of the airport.

Donetsk news site 62.ua reports that, according to eyewitnesses in the city, shells have fallen in the Kuybyshevsky, Petrovsky and Kievsky districts.

One resident is quoted by 62.ua as saying:

"Artillery is firing out of the city, you can even hear the shells whistling overhead." 

All translations by The Interpreter.


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