Russia to supply power to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine

Approximately three million people in eastern Ukraine will be supplied Russian electricity, though it is unclear when or how this initiative will be carried out.

Austria's Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident near the small village of Pryshyb.

"The patrols are conducted with some restrictions due to an ongoing assessment of the events on Sunday morning", the mission said.

Regional rebel leader Vladislav Deinego told the Interfax news agency that Russian Federation had begun sending electricity immediately through already existing lines.

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Before working with aid groups in countries like Afghanistan, Liberia, and Ukraine, Stone grew up in Tucson, graduated from Pima Community College and worked for nine years as a paramedic, said his brother Matthew, 34.

In a separate development, Ukrainian investigators said they are preparing to ask a court to arrest an influential former lawmaker suspected of embezzlement, a second senior political figure to have been detained in the former Soviet republic in less than two months.

The OSCE mission added later that "two members have been taken to hospital for further examination" but did not give details on their condition.

"We have repeatedly drawn the OSCE SMM's attention to the need to follow security measures while travelling on its monitoring missions".

The 57 member states of the OSCE, which include Ukraine, Russia and the United States, in March extended its monitoring in Ukraine by a year.

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Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who holds the rotating OSCE chairmanship, called for a "thorough investigation", vowing: "Those responsible will be held accountable".

"The conflict parties must also finally implement the long-agreed ceasefire", Merkel said in a statement.

Eduard Basurin, a senior separatist figure, said the OSCE vehicle "deviated from its main route and moved onto backroads" when it struck what he said was an antitank mine.

Unlike the energetic blockade imposed by Kiev to Crimea, after March 2014 referendum, in which the population supported the sovereignty and later integration to Russian Federation, in Lugansk there are alternative ways, experts explain.

Western nations punished Russian Federation by enforcing crippling economic sanctions.

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