Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Amid the rising tensions in LPR, all cash has been taken out of separatist republic

    There is no longer any cash in banks and ATM machines in Luhansk, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the Speaker of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

    According to Motuzyanyk, pensioners who spoke with the employees of financial institutions are told that there will be no cash until the end of the year.

    "In the occupied territories, the living conditions of the local population are deteriorating. There is no more cash in banks and ATMs in Luhansk. According to preliminary information, all …

  • Media reports explosions at ammunition depots in Donetsk

    On the evening of November 23rd, explosions at two military facilities resulted in several deaths, as reported by Ukrinform, citing an informed source.

    "Tonight in Donetsk two explosions occurred at two military facilities. There are casualties.

    Zakharchenko forbade officials to comment on the events and warned about preventing information from leaking to the media," the source said.

    According to him, these events are part of the ongoing conflict in Luhansk. Some analysts have assessed the …

  • Media: head of separatist LPR Plotnisky left for Russia

    The motorcade, in which the leader of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), Igor Plotnitsky, the head of his administration, Irina Teytsman, the head of the State Television and Radio Company of the LPR, Anastasia Shurkaeva, and a number of others were traveling, left the Luhansk for Russia on Thursday, Novaya Gazeta reported.

    Earlier, the Interior Minister of the LPR, Igor Kornet, who was dismissed from office by Plotnitsky, refused to leave his post and published a video message in which he …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: events in Luhansk is a dispute between the special services of the Russian Federation

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that recent events in separatist-controlled Luhansk are not just a conflict between the leaders of the LPR but a dispute between Russian special services, reports Censor.NET.

    "It's not only an internal dispute between these gangs; it's also a dispute between the relevant Russian special services. This very clearly proves that Russia controls everything in there. This is another argument for international cooperation," Klimkin said. …

  • Armed persons led by interior minister Kornet arrest prosecutors in separatist LPR

    Divisions of the local LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) Interior Ministry and the DPR’s (Donetsk People’s Republic) Special Forces Vityaz stormed the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO).

    According to Novaya Gazeta, Vitaly Podobry and LPR military prosecutor Sergey Razno were detained, the rest were dismissed. PGO investigator Leonid Tkachenko was arrested the day before.

    As the Russian news outlet notes, the LPR Interior Ministry arrested all the PGO staff – more than 20 people, including …

  • Ukrainian activist: Armed Forces of Ukraine took control of several villages at the Svitlodarsk salient

    Ukrainian military took control of several villages and captured strategic heights at the Svitlodarsk salient in the Donbas, as reported on Facebook by Ukrainian activist Yuriy Mysyagin.

    "As a result of sudden advancement by several units of the 54th Brigade and the 24th Aidar Battalion, several villages were freed, residents of which met our infantry as liberators, and several strategic heights were also taken under our control," Mysyagin writes.

    According to Mysyagin, Ukrainian military …

  • Ukraine puts Armed Forces into state of high combat readiness as situation escalates in separatist LPR

    Ukraine has put its military reserve units in a state of combat readiness due to the exacerbation of the situation in the Luhansk region, as announced at a briefing by Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

    “I will immediately remove all questions regarding readiness. The level is so high, there’s nowhere further to go, because the soldiers are in a state of constant military readiness in order to defeat an attack, and so on. Also, our reserve forces are ready. These are the forces that …

  • Media: Russia increased the export of coal from the separatist-held territories of the Donbas

    In October 2017, about 236,000 tons of coal were exported from the separatist-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and sent from Russia to Europe, which is about 13.5% or 28,000 tons more than in September of this year (about 208,000 tons), as reported by, citing data from RZD Holdings (Russian Railways) and the FCS (Russian Federal Customs Service).

    According to the report, in October, 73% of all coal, or 172,900 tons, belonged to four Russian companies: Gas Alliance, …

  • Media: Kremlin gave LPR leader Plotnitsky final chance to rectify situation in the republic

    In the conflict between the head of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky and LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet, whom Plotnitsky fired, the Kremlin has sided with the latter, a source close to Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov told RBC news agency.

    The source noted that Plotnitsky is not yet being threatened with dismissal – he has been given a “final chance”.

    “If Donetsk is quite independent from the Kremlin, and essentially their relationship can be …

  • LPR Interior Minister: Special operation underway in the republic

    Igor Kornet, head of the so-called Interior Ministry of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) refuted the information concerning his resignation, and reported that a special operation was being conducted to arrest a number of high-ranking militants. This was reported on the official website of the LPR’s Interior Ministry.

    “This evening the forces of the LPR Interior Ministry stopped a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group which was trying to infiltrate the republic’s territory in order to …