WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s DM reports new cease-fire with Moscow-backed rebels holding since midnight Aug. 31/Sept. 1, follows spike in attacks by Donbas insurgents; Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Caspian Flotilla marines practice blockading Kerch Strait, which separates occupied Crimea from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai; US Treasury Dept. slaps sanctions on Russian companies involved in “Putin’s Bridge” megaproject across Kerch Strait; Prague refuses to recognize “diplomatic office” of “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate pro-Russia activist, Nela Liskova member of far-right National Militia; 2 Czech Communist MPs visited unrecognized DPR in Jan., provoking protest from Ukraine; Czech Interior Ministry sets up team of media specialists to counter Kremlin propaganda, expose Russian fifth column in Czechia*; Communist Party of Russian Federation driving force behind Donbas separatists, recognizes newly formed sister parties in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts, rebel-held areas only part of Ukraine where Kiev’s 2015 anti-communist ban unenforced
September 1, 2016
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*Earlier this year the Czech Republic adopted “Czechia” (pronounced Check-ya) as the country’s official short name.
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