Contents tagged with Donbas

  • US Special Representative Volker: peacekeeping mission will help to resolve the conflict in the Donbas

    The US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker believes that a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas will help to resolve the conflict and will facilitate the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at the second Ukrainian lunch "Ukraine on the Frontlines of a New Kind of Warfare: Lessons for the West, and Prospects for Peace," which was organized on the sidelines of the Munich conference on security.

    According to Volker, Russia says that they care how people live in the …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas

    On Friday, February 16, a RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic drone from the US Air Force conducted a reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine reported with reference to web sites tracking the air traffic of military aircraft.

     The US long-distance drone with tail number 10-2043, which took off from Sigonella airbase in Sicily, flew from north to south along the line of demarcation separating Ukraine from self-proclaimed LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) and the …

  • Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO: there is substantial evidence that Russia is fighting in the Donbas

    There are many Russian tanks without identifying information in the uncontrolled territories in the Donbas, and NATO is aware of this, as stated on Wednesday, February 14th, on Echo of Moscow radio by the former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow.

    He noted that although there are "a lot of tanks in the Donbas that do not have Russian markings, but we are aware of where they come from."

    Also, NATO knows about the Russian military, who are in the Donbas.

    "In fact, we are …

  • Ukrainian deputy proposes a military option for the return of Crimea and Donbas

    In an interview with 112 Ukraine TV, the deputy of the Ukrainian Rada from the "People's Front" faction, Yuriy Bereza said that the return of the Crimea and the Donbas to Ukraine can only happen by force.  

    The deputy noted that thanks to the Minsk agreements, Ukraine has put its military in order and reorganized the armed forces. "Only the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian soldiers will enable us to regain sovereignty in the Donbas and Crimea. There will not be any other options," Bereza said. The …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds telephone talks with Putin

    The Presidential Administration of Ukraine’s Press Service has confirmed that a telephone conversation took place between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Presidential Administration, ZN reports.

    The newspaper’s sources touched upon the issue of expanding the release of Ukrainian hostages.

    It was also noted that the conversation took place in coordination with European Normandy Format partners and American allies.

    "The …

  • Turchynov: in 2017 Ukrainian military advanced 10 km into the territory of the Donbas

    The Ukrainian military advanced their military positions in the Donbas by more than 10 kilometers in 2017, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, Hromadske reports.

    "It's nice to say that both 2016 and 2017 differed from the past in that we did not give up a meter of our land, moreover, our divisions in some areas advanced 10 or more kilometers and improved their positions. This is a fact," Turchynov said.

    According to the Secretary of …

  • Germany dissatisfied with implementation of Minsk Agreements

    Germany is not satisfied with the state of implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12, 2015, and intends to continue work to resolve the conflict through the "Normandy format" (consisting of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia), according to a statement published on the website of the German Foreign Office.

    "Thanks to the Minsk Agreements, we have succeeded in containing the conflict in the east of Ukraine and preventing a fire in the region. With the political will …

  • Russian court upheld the deportation to Ukraine of a participant of the capture of Slovyansk

    On January 15, 2018, the Reutov City Court of the Moscow Region ruled to enforce the deportation of a participant of the capture of the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk by pro-Russian militia, Nikolai Tregubov, to Ukraine, as reported by Komsomolskaya Pravda.

    According to the Ukrainian Myrotvorets website, he was born in Vinnytsa, attended boarding school, and was an active supporter of Anti-Maidan (anti-Ukrainian movement).

    Tregubov took part in the capture of Slovyansk in 2014.

    After leaving …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas and Crimea

    As Interfax reported, a RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic drone from the US Air Force conducted a reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbas and also off the coast of the Crimea and the Krasnodar region of Russia on Sunday, February 11th.

    The drone was flying for more than 4 hours in the Ukrainian airspace along the line of demarcation in the Donbas. Afterwards the drone headed for the Black Sea and made more than four passes starting from the westernmost point of the Crimea …

  • Former DPR leader Girkin: Russian ruling elite decided to freeze the conflict in Donbas to protect themselves from sanctions

    In an interview with RusDay news outlet, former separatist commander Igor Strelkov (Girkin) stated that the Russian ruling elite, which initiated the annexation of the Crimea and have considered creating Novorossia (separatist republics in the Donbas) decided to freeze the military operations in the Donbas because of the personal sanctions imposed by the US and the West.

    He believes that those in Moscow who made decisions regarding the Crimea and the Donbas did not take into account the …