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A woman carries a baby as she passes destroyed houses following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Slovyansk on June 9.
A woman carries a baby as she passes destroyed houses following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Slovyansk on June 9.

Live Blog: Crisis In Ukraine (Archive)

Summary for June 9

-- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says that Moscow and Kyiv have reached a "mutual understanding" on key parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

-- Reports say up to 20 armed gunmen were trying to seize property from a factory (Topaz) that makes communications and electronic-warfare equipment in the Donetsk region.

-- A deputy foreign minister says Russia will consider any expansion of NATO forces near its borders a "demonstration of hostile intentions" and "take the necessary political and military-technological measures to support our security."

-- A two-man crew for Russian Zvezda TV arrived in Moscow after being released from detention in Ukraine.

-- Serbian officials say their own work on the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline will have to be suspended after Bulgaria stopped construction of its portion based on EU and U.S. concerns.

-- Ukrainian security forces are reportedly still battling pro-Russian separatists in the east near Slovyansk and Donetsk.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv
15:10 9.6.2014
Andrei Sushenkov and Anton Malishev, members of a Russian crew from Zvezda TV, talking via Rossia 24 TV upon their arrival in Moscow after they had been released from detention in Ukraine.

Sushenkov: "[We were held] with little oxygen to breath, [in a place] with only a tiny window and a guard who could periodically open and close it if he chose to inspect us. [The place was] under a blasting sun all the time. It was stifling hot in there."

Malishev: "It's not that we were tortured but some battery took place in terms of them inquiring if we are working for any kind of intelligence services or if we are so-called little Cossacks on a mission and stuff like that."
14:43 9.6.2014
Moscow will consider any expansion of NATO forces near its borders a "demonstration of hostile intentions."

In an interview published today by Interfax, Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov says Russia “will have to take the necessary political and military-technological measures to support our security."

Titov says this approach extends to NATO forces that could be deployed on a rotational, rather than permanent, basis.

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered increased military support for NATO's Eastern and Central European members to ease their concern in the wake of Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine.
14:12 9.6.2014
13:57 9.6.2014
Pro-Kyiv military blogger Dmitry Tynchuk cites a report suggesting "a terrorist group of up to 20 people armed with automatic weapons" were trying to steal equipment from Donetsk-based Topaz, which makes radio-intelligence and electronic-warfare equipment.
13:47 9.6.2014
13:46 9.6.2014
13:36 9.6.2014
A video from our Ukrainian Service of two men -- one a former member of the disbanded Berkut riot police force that helped crack down on Maidan activities and the other a Maidan activist -- who now serve in the Ukrainian National Guard and man a checkpoint near the embattled eastern city of Slovyansk.
Former Maidan Foes Fight Side By Side Against Slovyansk Rebels
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10:56 9.6.2014
Via Interfax:
Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin doubts the possibility of UN peacekeepers' deployment in Ukraine.

"This question should be raised to see everyone's reaction and to set a political goal. Probably, consent of Kyiv, the Ukrainian government will be necessary. As a rule, such consent is asked for. It is debatable whether they will agree to the presence of the peacekeeping contingent if Kyiv intends to carry on the army operation in the east and they wish to solve this problem by force," Churkin said in an interview with Channel One.

"Hopefully, this attitude will now change," he added.
10:23 9.6.2014
Worth a listen if you didn't catch the Power Vertical Podcast on Friday.
10:14 9.6.2014

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