WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Putin: 1) hosts leaders of CSTO states in Moscow, Lukashenko says Belarus, Russia should “coordinate joint activities in regard to situation in Ukraine” (i.e., more military intervention?); 2) observes exercises “simulating massive retaliatory nuclear strike in response to enemy [i.e., NATO] attack,” includes Topol ICBM launch from Plesetsk, NW Russia, nuke subs of N., Pacific Fleets fire SLBMs; 3) attends “urgent” meeting of Russian Security Council, discusses Ukraine crisis; Royal Navy destroyer “shadows” Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, missile cruiser in English Channel; Parubiy scoffs at Putin’s claims about troop pullback, alludes to Zhirinovsky stunt: “Tonight an attack was carried out on a border unit on the border of Donetsk and Luhansk regions from the Russian Federation”; Fatherland MP Brygynets: Lugansk separatists to hold two referenda, 2nd vote to advocate accession to RF, Russian troops welcomed by May 21-22; Ukraine braces for Moscow-backed Victory Day provocations: Party of Regions, Communists plan demos in Kiev, Kharkiv; US State Dept. warns citizens to “defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine,” “all travel to Crimea and E. regions”

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