Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Journalist: Putin’s aide Surkov is a godfather of Zakharchenko’s son

    The Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladislav Surkov, who oversees the separatist republics in the Donbas, became a godfather to a child of the leader of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, as reported on Facebook by journalist Denis Kazansky.

    "I heard earlier that Zakharchenko and Surkov have already become related. Now it is confirmed. Surkov baptized the son of Zakharchenko, who was born two years ago. So while Surkov oversees the Donbas in the …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine is ready to exchange 313 separatists for 88 Ukrainian prisoners

    Ukraine is ready to hand over 313 people to separatists in exchange for 88 Ukrainian Ukrainian prisoners who are in captivity in the separatist-held territory of the Donbas, as stated at a briefing by the Ukrainian representative to the subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko.

    "We managed to establish the location 88 of our hostages out of 144. We are ready to hand over 313 people in exchange for their …

  • Croatian Prime Minister has offered Ukraine Zagreb’s expertise to retake Donbas

    Croatia has practical experience in armed conflict on its territory from the 1990s that can be used to resolve the situation in Ukraine, said the country's Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, while presenting at the UN General Assembly on Thursday. "We have this unique know-how and extensive expertise. This is a useful complementary contribution to the international community's efforts in similar situations, such as with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements in Ukraine, where we can draw …

  • Kremlin: Putin does not want to meet with Zakharchenko

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to meet with the leader of the separatist organization DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s Press Secretary, RIA Novosti reported. "No," Peskov said when asked about the possibility of Putin's meeting with Zakharchenko.

    Previously, Life.ru reported that Zakharchenko arrived in the Kremlin to attend the anniversary concert of Russian singer Joseph Kobzon.

    Earlier, Zakharchenko said that if …

  • Poroshenko shows the UN Security Council passports of Russian military captured in the Donbas

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, speaking at the UN Security Council meeting in New York, showed the attendees passports of Russian military men fighting in the Donbas.

    "The Russian words that ‘they are not there’ have nothing to do with reality. There is ample evidence that Russia organizes and sponsors terrorism in the Donbas. Here is the evidence. These are the passports of Russian officers and soldiers, some of whom have been imprisoned for occupying Ukrainian land illegally," …

  • 'Time has come to lean on UN’s peacekeeping shoulder': Poroshenko urges Security Council to deploy mission in Donbas

    Ukraine needs the assistance of UN peacekeepers due to the armed aggression unleashed by Russia against Ukraine in 2014, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    “Our [Ukrainian] blue helmets have taken part in UN operations around the world. In many cases, they were the major player who made it possible to achieve peace – both in the Balkans and in Africa… Today the time has come for us to lean on the UN’s peacekeeping shoulder,” Petroshenko said at a UN Security Council session in New York …

  • Kremlin: Russia’s assistance to separatist republics in eastern Ukraine will continue

    Russia has promised to continue providing assistance to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President.

    In response to information that Russia intends to abandon the humanitarian support of the Donbas in favor of the Crimea and Kaliningrad, Peskov said that Russia would not do this.

    "Of course, no one will abandon in a difficult situation the inhabitants of the unrecognized republics of the DPR (Donetsk People’ …

  • Former commander of Vostok Battalion Khodakovsky believes the 'right-hand man' in the DPR Pushilin has fallen into disgrace

    Alexander Khodakovsky former Security Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) believes that the DPR's representative at the Minsk talks, Chairman of the People's Council Denis Pushilin, "fell into disgrace".

    "Pushilin was removed from the leadership of the Donetsk Republic social movement; on City Day they were told not to allow him at the podium, the mayors of cities were forbidden to invite him to events…. everything is curiouser and curiouser. Have you thought why …

  • Ukrainian political analyst: In advance of Presidential elections, the Kremlin is diverting financial assistance from Donbas to Crimea

    The Ukrainian political scientist and leader of the United Coordination Center, Oleh Saakian, believes that the end of the of assistance to the separatist-held territories of the Donbas by Russia and the redirecting of this money to the annexed Crimea is a demonstrative step in the run-up to presidential elections. This allows the Kremlin to fulfill several tasks at once, the expert said on the air with radio Krym.Realii.

    "It is very likely that the money is being transferred "for the Crimea" …

  • Ukrainian military command: Russia tried to engage its forces from the Donbas in Zapad-2017 exercises

    Russia planned to engage forces, which are deployed on the territory of the Donbas, in the Zapad-2017 exercises, stated the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andriy Lysenko, Radio Liberty reports.

    "We can see now that they tried to engage Russian troops in the Donbas in these exercises. We received intelligence data that showed most of the armor units that should have arrived at the staging areas to perform parallel tasks within the framework of Zapad-2017 exercises simply …