WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Kremlin mouthpiece Sputnik says Kiev’s blockade of 1,500 Russian troops in Moldova’s Transnistria “fraught with new war,” while Putin censors number of Russian military casualties during “peacetime,” “special operations,” war deaths already state secret, critics tie presidential decree to Moscow’s covert support for Donbass rebels in Ukraine; DPR insurgents flout Minsk 2 ceasefire, pound government-held positions near Donetsk city, town of Mariinka subjected to “massive shell attack”; volunteer battalions defending strategic port of Mariupol withdraw from some advance positions in neighboring town of Shyrokyne, await more concerted attacks as Russia further arms rebels; SBU arrests “Russian-trained sabotage group” in Kharkiv, 3 Ukrainians suspected of plot to blow up railways, army recruitment centers, national unity group offices, sniper rifles, flamethrowers, 80 grenades seized; President Poroshenko befuddles political analysts by conferring Ukrainian citizenship upon Mikhail Saakashvili, appoints pro-West ex-leader of Georgia governor of Odessa Oblast, implements corruption purge; Saakashvili ended presidential term in 2013, faces official accusations of abuse of power in homeland, living in self-imposed exile in USA, rejected post of dep. PM of Ukraine last Dec.

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