Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs: military confrontation between Ukraine and Russian will be catastrophic for both sides

    Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda online on Monday that Ukrainian armed forces would incur enormous losses in a military confrontation with Russia. According to him, if Russia decides to undertake a military operation in the Donbas, losses can be catastrophic for both sides. At the same time, Avakov recognized that neighboring countries have different balance of forces.  

    “Yes, we also have new missiles and many other things. However, it will …

  • Five employees wounded in an attack on the Donetsk water filtration plant

    Five employees of the Donetsk water filtration plant were wounded during the shelling, the acting Director of Voda Donbasa municipal enterprise, Oleksandr Yevdokimov reported. According to him, a convoy of cars with workers who were going to conduct maintenance operation at the filtration station came under fire at about 3:40 p.m.

    "They were workers from the day shift of the filtration station. Their bus was fired upon. Five are wounded; one is in serious condition," Yevdokimov said. He also …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is preparing for the worst-case scenario in the Donbas

    There is a fairly high probability that Russia will strike Ukraine due to recent events in Syria, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar told Ukrinform news agency.

    "Nobody can say with absolute certainty what Russia’s reactions will be to the actions of the Western allies in Syria since no one knows what is in Mr. Putin's head. But we must prepare for the worst. Last week [April 13], my Slovak colleague [Slovakian Foreign Ministry Secretary Lukáš Parízek] and I were in the …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine will take back the entire Donbas first and then the Crimea

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), stated in an interview with Gordonua.com that he is convinced Ukraine will first take back the entire Donbas region and then annexed Crimea.

    The NSDC Secretary stated: “Return of the occupied territories is the most important priority for our country. I am convinced that the entire Donbas will be taken back first and then the Crimea.”

    He emphasized that the issue surrounding Donbas and the Crimea is …

  • Ukraine to use information from US strategic drones for its military operation in Donbas

    Specialists from the Ukrainian military trained in the use of information from MQ-9 Reaper drones, one of the latest US reconnaissance-strike unmanned aerial vehicles, according to presentation slides published by the press service of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    The images describe the operation of the Gorgon Stare video capture system used by the MQ-9 Reaper drone. This technology allows the collection of data on the operational status of the enemy. The …

  • Turkey ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu the situation in the Donbas, expounding on the idea of introducing the UN peacekeeping mission to the region.

    "President Petro Poroshenko informed Turkey about the situation in the Donbas. In addition, an exchange of views took place on the situation in the Crimea occupied by Russia. They discussed the release of Ukrainian political prisoners from …

  • Ukrainian National Police: Seven pro-Russian militants detained in Ukraine last week

    Seven pro-Russian militants detained in Ukraine last week

    Since the start of the war in Donbas, Ukrainian law enforcers have laid criminal charges against 1,200 members of the illegal armed forces (IAF). Since the beginning of the year, 74 militants have been indicted, and in the last week, seven more pro-Russian militants voluntarily surrendered.

    A press service of the National Police reports: “A total of nine militants have voluntarily surrendered since the start of the year, seven of them …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine has agreed with France on peacekeeper tactics, Germany and US next in line

    Ukraine has already come to an agreement with France on tactics to implement the ​​introduction of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas. Germany and the United States are next in line, said Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin during a broadcast on the TV channel Inter, while speaking about expectations for President Petro Poroshenko’s forthcoming visit of to Berlin.

    "I expect the first thing will be a clear agreement on tactics, how we promote the peacekeepers, very clear steps. …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense: Russia continues to build its military presence near Ukrainian border

    Russia is not going to agree to stop armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak believes.

    In an interview with the Uriadovy Courier he stated that the probability of the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas into full-scale aggression with the backing of the Kremlin has not diminished.

    “We absolutely expect that the aggressive actions will continue in the east of Ukraine. Moreover, there is a possibility of the conflict escalating into full-scale aggression …

  • President of Lithuania: the situation in Ukraine was discussed at the Baltic Summit in the US

    The issue of Ukraine was discussed at the meeting between the US President and the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia within the framework of the United States-Baltic Summit.  

    "When we discussed security in the region as a whole, we raised the issue of the situation in Ukraine, we talked about Russia's actions, about Ukraine's security and support for Ukraine," the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, said to the Voice of America.

    Grybauskaitė stressed that Trump is aware of the …