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Victory Day rally in Simferopol on August 17

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-- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) says an alleged “confession” of spying by Ukrainian blogger and RFE/RL contributor Stanislav Aseyev that aired on Russian TV was “highly questionable” and demanded his immediate release from detention by Moscow-backed separatists.

-- A court in Ukraine has issued a suspended three-year prison sentence against a woman from Crimea charged with high treason.

-- The World Bank says it is preparing a $650 million guarantee to help Ukraine obtain funding in global debt markets, but Kyiv must first comply with economic reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund.

*Time stamps on the blog refer to local time in Ukraine

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EDITOR'S NOTE: We have started a fresh Ukraine live blog as of September 2, 2017. Find the archived entries here.

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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council:

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