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The SBU has identified the number calling the separatists in Ukraine as having a Russian +7 area code. The person with the Russian number asks Shooter to contact him. Later in the conversation, Shooter reports “fighting off the first (Ukrainian) attack” and shooting “some significant (highly-ranked Ukrainian) people.”

Below is a video of the recording, which was posted by EuroMaidan PR’s YouTube account, with English subtitles:

The coordinator in Russia, named Alexander, asks Shooter to go on air and speak with Russian television channel “Life News.” Alexander tells Shooter not to identify himself and suggests taking his “assistant with a Ukrainian accent.” He asks Shooter to demand federalization, gubernatorial elections no earlier than the May 25 Ukrainian elections, and to emphasize the demand that the Verkhovna Rada should not be allowed to accept external financial support without the support from 2/3 of oblasts.

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