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Ukraine Liveblog Day 260

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Poroshenko Says He Wants Peace But Is Preparing For War Just In Case

The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been busy since the ceasefire agreement first took hold at the start of September. For starters, the Ukrainian military, which has largely pulled back from the front lines, has been digging in, training, and procuring more equipment. Ukraine may not have received lethal military aid from the West, but Ukraine is far more equipped to fight a war than it was just two months ago.

Poroshenko today said that he wants to continue with hte peace plan which was established in Minsk, but if the plan falls apart (and, as we've been reporting, it may) then Poroshenko says Ukraine is ready for the "negative scenario":

Poroshenko is prepared to modify the peace agreement. In today's meeting with the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Poroshenko discussed removing the "special status" of Donetsk and Lugansk:
The ball, then, is in the separatists' court. Will the Russian-backed fighters back down (this is unlikely) and what happens if they don't?
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Is Ukraine Headed Back To Open War With Russia?

There is only one way to describe what Russia did during the last week of August -- it invaded Ukraine. While the invasion was never announced, and while it's true that the bulk of Russia's forces never crossed the border, enough Russian troops and equipment crossed the border, and enough artillery was fired from the Russian side of the border, that it militarily changed the outlook of events in the conflict.

Since the ceasefire things have been very different. However, as we've been reporting, tensions are rising and many are asking whether open warfare will break out in the near future.

Journalist Roland Oliphant was asking the same questions:

The Interpreter's managing editor, James Miller, is asking the same thing:
Journalist Oliver Carroll gave us his thoughts on the matter:
Our prediction:

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Ukraine Pays Russia For First Installment Of Natural Gas
Some breaking news from the Russian state-operated news/propaganda channel RT:
RT's article cites the press service of the Ukrainian state energy firm, Naftogaz.
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The Area Around Donetsk Airport Is Devastated (Video)

One of the most famous videos to come out of the Syrian crisis was taken by a man on a bicycle. While everyone knows that there is a serious conflict in Syria that is devastating the country, a man's 10-minute bike tour of the war-torn city of Homs captured the scale of the devastation in a perfectly-relatable way.

The shelling of Donetsk airport is a similar story. Everyone who is paying attention knows that it is happening every day. But this two minute video, taken from a car near the periphery of the airport, gives a clear impression how extensive the city around the airport has been damaged (English subtitles).

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Ukraine Deploying Army To Reinforce Cities In Eastern And Southern Ukraine

Ukraine appears to be expecting a major assault in southern and eastern Ukraine. BBC reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the army to send reinforcements to defend Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and various areas in northern Lugansk oblast.

BBC also reports that Petro Poroshenko has proposed scrapping the plan to give Donetsk and Lugansk "special status" under Ukrainian law:

At the meeting of his security chiefs Mr Poroshenko said the reinforcements would be for the "construction of fortifications" against a "possible offensive in the direction of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and Luhansk north".

He said Ukraine remained "a supporter of the peace plan" and would adhere to its terms, which were agreed in Minsk in Belarus.

However, he said: "This does not mean that Ukraine will not be ready for a decisive action in case of a pessimistic and negative scenario."

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