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The Russian report suggested the body was a civilian victim killed at the hands of Ukrainian forces to intimidate pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region.
Russian state television has found a scapegoat for its silly mistake of airing old footage of a corpse slain in Russia's North Caucasus, and suggesting it was a civilian killed by Kyiv's forces in eastern Ukraine.

Commenting on a lengthy Rossia-1 newscast that recently featured the retread footage, deputy All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company head Dmitry Kiselyov has said that "young, nymph video technicians" were responsible.

"I haven't seen that report but what it had was an error," Kiselyov was quoted by Russia's as saying on May 19. "An error, but in no way a manipulation," he stressed.

State-owned broadcaster Rossia-1 aired the footage depicting the splayed corpse of a man in an open field on May 16. The channel suggested he was a civilian victim killed at the hands of Ukrainian forces to intimidate pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region.

However, it quickly emerged that the footage was identical to a report by Rossia's sister channel about a counterterrorism operation carried out by Russian forces in the restive North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

That report was aired on November 18, 2012, by Rossia-24.

Kiselyov said he was "sure there is an internal investigation of this matter going on" at the state television company.

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May 25: Presidential election in Ukraine.
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MONDAY, May 19:

Azerbaijan/OSCE: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group co-chairs visit Baku.

Azerbaijan/PACE: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs make a fact-finding visit to Azerbaijan (to May 21).

Azerbaijan/Vietnam: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev makes an official visit to Hanoi (to May 20).

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic's defense begins at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

EU/Russia: Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger meet in Berlin to set a date and place for three-way talks with Ukraine.

Georgia: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visits Tbilisi (to May 22).

NATO: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds a news conference in Brussels.

Russia/Slovak Republic: Russian and Slovak foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Miroslav Lajcak, hold a joind press conference in Moscow.

UK/U.S.: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion with American linguist and left-wing political activist Noam Chomsky on U.S. foreign policy.

TUESDAY, May 20:

Caspian Region: European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Defining the Caspian: The Future of Caspian Energy."

China/CICA: Shanghai hosts the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit (to May 21).

China/Russia: China and Russia are set to conduct a naval drill, "Joint Sea-2014," in the northern part of the East China Sea (to May 26).

Iran/China: Iranian President Hassan Rohani makes an official visit to China (to May 22).

Kazakhstan: Astana hosts the he first G-Global International Summit of Journalism (to May 23).

Russia/China: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to China (to May 21).

U.S./Romania: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Bucharest.


EU/Georgia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Georgian government minsters in Brussels.

Kazakhstan: The Seventh Astana Economic Forum opens (to May 23).

Ukraine: Ukraine is planning to significantly increase reverse gas supplies through Hungary under a contract that was signed on May 14, 2014.

U.S./Cyprus: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden travels to Cyprus to meet with political leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, civil society representatives, and religious leaders (to May 23).


EU: European Parliament elections (to May 25).

Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum opens (to May 24).

Russia: Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich holds a press conference on current issues of foreign policy.

UN: International Day for Biological Diversity.

FRIDAY, May 23:

Serbia: Paris hosts Serbia investment conference.

UN: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


Azerbaijan: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Standing Committee convenes in Baku.

SUNDAY, May 25:

: Presidential election.

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