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NYTimes: With Talks Uncertain, Ukrainian Rebels Cling to Hope in Strongholds

A pro-Russian militant speaks to journalists on July 8, 2014 after an air strike in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. A pro-Russian militant speaks to journalists on July 8, 2014 after an air strike in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. © AFP

DONETSK, Ukraine — They are blocking roads and erecting barricades. They are riding around town in columns of cars. They are lounging at bus stops and have taken up residence in university dormitories.

Rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine may be on the defensive, but they are not melting away, at least not here in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine’s regional capital. Over the weekend, hundreds of them poured into this city after the Ukrainian military forced them out of Slovyansk, a stronghold north of here. Now they are preparing for a final showdown with the Ukrainian military that they say is coming soon.

Whether it does is an open question. Moscow, whose support the rebels say they cannot live without, has called for a negotiated truce and seems to be unwilling to come to their aid, at least openly. But negotiations have faltered. Ukraine recently called off a cease-fire, worrying that it was playing into the rebels’ hands.

On Tuesday, hopes for talks seemed to flicker again. On a surprise visit to Slovyansk, Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, emphasized that he was prepared to negotiate with those ready “to lay down their arms” and opt for “a future amnesty.”

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#Ukraine: Defence Ministry told about the origin of tanks in #Slovyansk.

Captured pro-Russian separatists tank.

Today, 27th of June, through successful actions by the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a tank, which was used by terrorists during an attack on a Ukrainian military base in Artemivsk, was blocked and then seized.

After the analysis undertaken by the Military Service of Law Enforcement in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Armed Forces Armaments, it was confirmed that according to the manufacturer number the tank T-64BV was produced in October 1987 on Kharkiv Malishev tank factory. According to the archives this military equipment was sent to a military base, which was located on the territory of Russia at the time. Reports the press office of the MoD.

This tank T-64BV is not registered with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Similar conclusions have been drawn on the rest of the captured terrorists’ weapons. In particular, a seized from the gunmen, manual RPO-A “Bumblebee” with demonstrative sign “from Russia with love” was also brought into the country from the Russian Federation.

manual RPO-A “Bumblebee”

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Eyewitness: Most of the damage in Slovyansk is done by separatists

Rebels in Slovyansk

A resident of Slovyansk said in an interview that terrorists regularly shoot at residential quarters of the town. He understood this on example of his own house tracing the trajectory of the projectile. According to him gunmen do this to cause hatred and anger towards Ukraine and the Ukrainian army. Unfortunately they achieve this.

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Terrorists’ headquarters have been destroyed in Slovyansk

Terrorists’ headquarters, Slovyansk

Today is the fiercest fighting in Slovyansk since the beginning of the confrontation.

According to a Twitter user @novostidnua the ATO artillery destroyed the terrorists’ headquarters, which were located in the old merchant’s house in the Korolenko  street.

As we reported earlier in response to militants’ shelling and attempts to breakout the Ukrainian army began to destroy enemy’s firing positions. At the moment the ATO Forces are blocking all the approaches to Slovyansk.

This news story is also available in: Russian & Ukrainian

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Andrei Mironov (1954-2014), activist for human rights, died in Eastern Ukraine

Remembering Andrei Mironov, the interpreter who tried to save Russia

A picture taken on May 25, 2014, shows the domestic and foreign passports of Russian citizen Andrei Mironov, A picture taken on May 25, 2014, shows the domestic and foreign passports of Russian citizen Andrei Mironov, who was reportedly killed yesterday together with Italian journalist, Andrea Rocchelli, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk. 30-year-old Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian translator, Andrei Mironov, had come under fire yesterday during a mortar shell attack, Rome’s foreign ministry announced. The exact circumstances surrounding Rocchelli’s death were still unclear, added the ministry, saying the situation was “difficult to verify” even for the Ukrainian authorities. AFP PHOTO / POOL

Kathy Lally and Will Englund were The Washington Post’s Moscow correspondents from September 2010 to May 2014

We met Andrei Mironov in Moscow in the summer of 1991, just before the coup that helped speed the Soviet Union toward destruction.

When he died at age 60 last weekend, caught in a mortar attack in eastern Ukraine, Andrei was widely identified as an interpreter. He was so much more.

Andrei represented the very best of Russia and its people, and the authorities despised him for it. The story of his life embodies the struggle for human rights and democracy that Soviet dissidents set off nearly 50 years ago.

Andrei grew up in the Soviet Union, but he was never a Soviet man. He thought for himself and did as he saw right. One mutual friend, a Muscovite, called him the only truly honest Russian man he had ever met. Andrei was gentle and fearless — with a resolve that gleamed of pure steel. He taught himself English and Italian and often worked as a “fixer” for journalists, helping them navigate terrain and language. Those jobs financed his human rights efforts.

We had arrived in Moscow as correspondents for the Baltimore Sun a few weeks before the coup of Aug. 19, 1991. Our predecessor, Scott Shane, introduced us to Andrei, who had been among the last of the Soviet political prisoners. He was arrested and tried for anti-Soviet behavior in 1985, as the Mikhail Gorbachev era was beginning. Sentenced to seven years, he was released after 11 / 2 years in the gulag when the West pressured Gorbachev to free a group of political prisoners. Neither the KGB nor the most brutal gulag guards could bend or break him. That’s what they hated. A Ukrainian dissident who served time with Andrei in the gulag once told us that the guards singled out Andrei for the nastiest treatment because he was impervious to their routine punishments.

The coup plotters were intent on keeping the Soviet Union together, and Andrei told us matter-of-factly that he was sure the KGB would soon be at his door to arrest him. He did not want to compromise his friends and contacts by allowing his address book to fall into KGB hands. He asked us to take it and hide it for him.  Continue reading