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Ukraine Live Day 270

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Ukraine Said OSCE Was Leaking To Russia. Now Russia Says OSCE Is Biased

 

A day after the OSCE stated that they have seen military convoys in eastern Ukraine and warned about an impending militant attack on Mariupol, the Russian government is accusing the OSCE of bias. The BBC reports:

"Some aspects of the recent work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine are a cause for concern," the Russian foreign ministry said in its statement (in Russian).

"We get the impression that its efforts are directed at helping and supporting only one side in the conflict, the official authorities in Kiev... Such policies from the mission's leadership undermine trust in its work."

The OSCE has been embroiled in controversy in the last two weeks. Russia's complaint comes less than a week after the Ukrainian government accused some members of the OSCE of supplying foreign governments with information about their troop movements. Before this, the OSCE reported that a shell which killed teenagers came from the northwest, which would seem to implicate the Ukrainian military. The OSCE, however, very rarely makes these kinds of statements, and they soon tweeted that they were not assigning blame for that incident.

Since the Ukrainian government's complaints, the OSCE has been far more vocal about the growing threat in eastern Ukraine. Yesterday Ilkka Kanerva, a top OSCE official,  said that the mission did not have the resources it needs and faces "unacceptable restrictions" in its mandate in Ukraine.

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Shelling In Donetsk Causes Blackout in Kievsky District

Donetsk news site 62.ua reports that shelling has left the northern Kievsky district of the city without electricity.

The site cites reports on social networks that fighting can be heard from direction of both the airport and the village of Peski, to the west, where Ukrainian troops are providing support for the defenders of the airport.

One report said that artillery salvoes were coming from the railway station at a rate of once or twice every 15 minutes.

While regular blasts and thuds from artillery could be heard earlier this afternoon on the Ruptly live stream of the airport, the situation appears quieter now, judging from the feed.

-- Pierre Vaux

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Men Reportedly Arrested After Trying To Saw Down Fence Of Presidential Administration Building
We're not sure what the context of this incident is, but there are reports that men have tried to saw down part of the fence outside the Presidential Administration building in Kiev.
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Poroshenko Says Ukraine Ready To Repel Attacks By Russian-Backed Militants

Reuters reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reassured everyone that the military is ready to defeat any attack by Russian-backed rebels:

"If events begin to unravel in spite of the peace plan, Ukrainian armed forces today are ready and capable of repelling (an offensive)," Poroshenko said in statement, adding Kiev remained committed to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Earlier Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, said that the government had no plans to launch a military offensive to retake territory controlled by Russian-backed militants (see update below).

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Video Shows Ukrainian BMP-2 Destroyed In Peski

This video was uploaded today by Russia's SputnikTV YouTube channel:


The video shows a Ukrainian-flagged BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle being destroyed by separatist fighters, purportedly in Peski (west of Donetsk Airport).

Althought the video is dated November 14, the video contains a still image which matches one found on lostarmour.info, a database of armoured vehicles destroyed in the Ukrainian conflict. Here, the vehicle, is listed as having been destroyed on November 11.

The photo on Lostarmour.info is a screenshot from the video:

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This photo was posted on the militarizm military forum on November 11.

The BMP-2 is listed here as belonging to the 93'rd Detached Motorized Brigade.

This morning, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman, Andrei Lysenko, said that Russian-backed forces were attempting to sever lines of communication between Peski and the defenders of the neighboring airport.

-- Pierre Vaux

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