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The Interpreter
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 245

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People's Front Candidate Hospitalised After Attack In Boryspil

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Volodymyr Borysenko, an electoral candidate for the People's Front party, has been hospitalised following an attack at his home in Boryspil, in the Kiev region.

The reports cites a Facebook post by the independent MP Mykola Kniazhytsky, who notes that Borysenko had received threats, which he reported to the police.

On his Facebook page, Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Interior Minister, wrote more on the attack.

Writing at 21:26 GMT, Herashchenko wrote that the assassination attempt had been made about an hour earlier. He writes (translated by The Interpreter):

When he went outside to feed his dog, he was shot at with a firearm, and a home-made explosive device was thrown at his feet.

The bullet was stopped by body armour, which Volodymyr Borysenko had been wearing recently, after receiving telephone threats having a pig's head thrown at him as a form of intimidation.

Borysenko is now hospitalised in a state of traumatic shock. He will live.

Herashchenko said that a criminal investigation under the statute for attempted murder had begun. There has been no announcement yet with regards to the possible perpetrators or motives of the attack.
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Video: Swedish Navy Searches For A Suspected Russian Submarine
Ukraine Today has posted this video which shows part of the Swedish Navy's search for what they believe is an under-water object operated by a foreign power -- in other words, a suspected Russian submarine:
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Rockets Launched From Donetsk As Separatist Leader Says Ceasefire Is Over

The ceasefire in Ukraine never truly existed. There has been shelling every day since the ceasefire was agreed upon in late August. Each and every day has seen Russian-backed separatist forces attack the Donetsk International Airport, though there has also been fighting elsewhere.

Despite all of this, no one can argue that the ceasefire did not have a significant effect in many areas of eastern Ukraine where there has been little-to-no fighting for the last month and a half. The effects of the ceasefire can even be seen in Donetsk where, despite daily fighting, the intensity of the violence has been greatly diminished.

But as we've been reporting today, the explosion at a chemical plant in Donetsk has rocked the entire city with the ferocity of the explosions and secondary explosions. Now, RIA Novosti is confirming news we carried earlier -- that a key separatist leader is now calling the ceasefire over:

Monday's heavy shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk undermines the negotiation process of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Kiev, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said.

"No more talks about ceasefire, of course we are not going to sit [at the negotiating table] with Kiev," he said.

Of course, even RIA can't deny that this ceasefire was never expected to last:

On October 19, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said the self-proclaimed people's republic would never become part of a united Ukraine.

Does this mean that even the false ceasefire will be completely broken? Will fighting break out across the entire region as we saw before? Will this trigger a new wave of Russian invasion which was in full swing right before the ceasefire was signed? Time will tell, but the Associated Press is already seeing the Russian-backed rebels respond militarily to the explosion, at least in Donetsk:

On Monday, a powerful explosion shook the largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, causing shockwaves that were felt over a radius of several kilometers. Numerous buildings, including the Shakhtar Donetsk football club, were damaged as a result.

The explosion, which occurred at a rubber processing factory used to create components for ammunition, was succeeded by multiple barrages of outgoing rockets fire from the city.
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Search Widens For Possible Russian Submarine In Swedish Waters

It's October, and what better time is there to talk about the search for a possible Russian submarine? This weekend the Swedish military has been following reports of a suspicious and unidentified submerged object which many believe may be a Russian sub illegally operating in Swedish territory. The Washington Post reports:

On Friday and Saturday, Sweden mobilized ships, helicopters and more than 200 troops following reports of “foreign underwater activity” less than 31 miles off of the coast. The operation, reminiscent of an era when Sweden routinely patrolled its coastal waters for incursions by Russian submarines, prompted Cold War comparisons to the 1990 thriller “The Hunt for Red October” and the 1981 “whiskey on the rocks” incident, during which a Soviet spy submarine ran aground near a Swedish naval base.
On Sunday, the Swedish military reported three credible sightings of what they describe as “foreign undersea activity” and published a picture of a partially submerged object.

Also on Sunday, a Russian-owned oil tanker, the Concord, which had been in Swedish waters for several days, started sailing toward Russia before suddenly turning around and heading back to Sweden, the Associated Press reported.


The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet is reporting that "the National Defence Radio Establishment ("Försvarets radioanstalt", FRA) detected radio communication in Russian a day before the operation started. It was transmitted on a special frequence, used by Russia in emergency situations."

Friday night signal intelligence once again intercepted radio communication. This time it was encrypted but it was possible to determine the position of the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter was situated somewhere in Kanholmsfjärden in the archipelago of Stockholm, and the receiver was situated in Kaliningrad, Russia.

This information has been confirmed by several persons with knowledge about the ongoing search operation, altough they can't confirm that there is a damaged submarine in Swedish waters.

– We are now focusing on determining if there is ongoing foreign underwater activity or not, one of the sources tells Svenska Dagbladet.

The Swedish Prime Minister is reporting that they are widening the search for the object, though they are downplaying reports that they are hunting for a submarine. AFP reports:

The search was being extended southwards to the open sea about 70 kilometres (44 miles) southeast of Stockholm, as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said that more military exercises were being carried out in the Baltic Sea.

"There's an increase in military exercises from both the Russian and the NATO side," Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said, speaking at a press conference in Helsinki.

Russia has denied reports that they have anything to do with this mysterious object:

The Russian Defense Ministry denied there were any emergency situations involving Russian warships Sunday and suggested a Dutch submarine might have triggered Sweden's alert, after carrying out exercises in the area.

The theory, however, was dismissed by the Dutch defense ministry Monday, French news agency AFP reported. 
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Ukraine's Parliament Says 300 Soldiers Were Killed In Fight For Ilovaisk

One of the bloodiest battles in the history of this conflict was the fight for Ilovaisk, a town between Donetsk and the Russian border (map). On August 19th, after weeks of fighting, the Ukrainian military finally retook the town from Russian-backed militants. However, a large group of Ukrainian soldiers were surrounded after Russia intensified its direct military intervention in eastern Ukraine and those troops soon found themselves fighting large amounts of tanks, armored vehicles, and well-trained infantry, all the while taking artillery fire from Russian-supplied grad rockets and howitzers.

Now Ukraine's parliament is finally admitting that more than 300 soldiers were killed during the battle. The Associated Press reports (via RFE/RL): 

A report by Ukraine's parliament revealed Monday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weekslong battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.

The report is the first official confirmation of the scale of a defeat in the city of Ilovaisk that critics of the country's military command have described as the result of disastrous leadership.

It is believed the ultimate number of servicemen lost may be even greater, and the parliamentary inquiry into the Ilovaisk battle complained that military authorities have failed to cooperate.

For more information about the battle see our special presentation: The Battle of Ilovaisk: A Turning Point in Russia’s War on Ukraine 

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