Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Head of Ukraine’s ruling party expresses doubt for quick end of conflict in Donbas

    The head of the Ukrainian party Servant of the People, Dmytro Razumkov, said in an interview with nv.ua news outlet, that even though the newly elected Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is expected to end the military conflict in the Donbas soon, it won't be possible to achieve results quickly.

    According to Razumkov, the Parliament is not responsible for such decisions. "This is a long way that the whole country must go, all of us together," said Razumkov.

    In early August Razumkov said that the …

  • Russian media claims that more than 60,000 Donbas residents have applied for Russian passports

    More than 60 thousand residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are temporally not controlled by Ukraine, applied for the Russian citizenship on a simplified procedure, reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to Russian media.

    It is reported that every day Russian migration authorities receive more than a thousand such applications. Since this number is growing every day, the Russian Interior Ministry is forced to expand the staff of the migration service.

    It is unclear from the statistics of …

  • US interested in Zelensky’s proposal to expand Normandy Format

    The US is interested in and open to the possibility of expanding the Normandy Format by including the US itself or the UK, US chargé d’affaires in Kyiv William Taylor told Eurointegration in an interview.

    “President Zelensky has already raised this issue, and so yes, this possibility is being considered. Zelensky explained: since the Normandy Format has not had success, has not led to any results, he proposes to invite the Americans or, for example, the British to join Normandy. We consider it …

  • Kyiv prepares transitional justice system for Donbas and Crimea

    A transitional justice system will be developed in order to restore peace and normal life in the occupied Donbas territory, eliminate the human rights violations against Ukraine’s citizens, bring to justice those who have committed crimes, and provide compensation for losses, said Ruslan Ryaboshapka, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

    With the president’s permanent representative to Crimea Anton Korynevych and Crimean Prosecutor General Hyunduz Mamedov, Ryaboshapka has …

  • Volker: US to hold consultations with Germany and France on Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said that representatives of the United States, Germany, and France are planning to hold "Normandy format" consultations  at the beginning of next week, reports Voice of America.

    Volker noted that he is in close contact with European partners on this issue.

    The Joint Operation Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on August 10 that one Ukrainian military was killed and another was wounded because of the military activity …

  • Kyiv: Donbas residents do not show interest in obtaining Russian passports

    Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories Georgiy Tuka, in an interview on Pryarmiy TV channel, said that most of the residents of the territories of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control show no interest in obtaining Russian passports using the simplified procedure .

    "According to the information we receive from the Ukrainian special services, there was no desired response to the simplified procedure for issuing Russian passports. The Russians are frankly …

  • EU develops guidelines for Russian passports issued in Donbas

    The EU official representative stated that the European Union is developing "unified guidelines" to "help identify and prevent the use" of Russian passports issued to residents territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian militants, reports Deutsche Welle.

    The European Commission works on the instructions for EU member countries and their consulates in cooperation with the European External Action Service, as well as EU delegations in Kyiv and Moscow. The …

  • LPR leader invites Zelensky for negotiations

    Leonid Pasechnik, head of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to talks in Luhansk, the separatist-controlled media reported.

    “If he [Zelensky] decides to come to us, we will meet him in accordance with international protocol. He won’t have to fear for his life at all, let him come to us, and let us talk about how to establish peace in the Donbas as quickly as possible, in order to put an end to all this madness,” Pasechnik said.

    The LPR …

  • Ukrainian Security Service explains why LPR representatives who crossed into Ukraine over the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska were not arrested

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that arresting Vladislav Deynego and Olga Koptseva, members of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) who crossed the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, would have constituted grounds for accusing Ukraine of breaking the Minsk Agreements.

    “The appearance of ‘parliamentarians’ of the quasi-republics near the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint is deliberate, conscious and targeted provocation from the terrorists and their Russian supervisors. Arresting Koptseva and …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky speaks to Putin about soldiers killed in Donbas

    On the morning of August 7, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a “long conversation” with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the death of Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Pavlopil.

    “This morning I spoke to Russian President Putin about it. I told him that it doesn’t bring us closer to peace. I am imploring [him] to use his influence to stop that side from killing our people. The second issue that I raised was that we are continuing to de-mine, and that we need to reduce the …