Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Pope Francis donates money to help victims of the war in eastern Ukraine

    Pope Francis has donated €5 million from a personal fund, in the framework of charitable assistance, to victims of the conflict in the Donbas.

    These funds will be added to the aid collected from all Roman Catholic churches of Europe and from the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine as per the initiative of the Pope, which was implemented on the 24th of April. This was reported by the Apostolic Nunciature, which is the Vatican Embassy in Ukraine.

    The representatives of the Vatican and the '' …

  • UN: The number of victims in the Donbas has risen sharply

    The number of people who suffered from hostilities in eastern Ukraine during the last two months is comparable to the number of killed and wounded in April 2015 during fierce fighting in the region.

    The number of civilians affected by the hostilities in eastern Ukraine has increased rapidly in the past two months. In June, according to UN data, 12 people were killed in this region and 57 were wounded. This was reported on Wednesday, August 3rd, in Geneva by UN High Commissioner for Human …

  • Separatist leader: Hostilities in the Donbas could resume if Ukraine does not implement Minsk Agreements

    The Chairman of the People's Soviet of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, warned that open hostilities in the Donbas could resume if Kiev fails to implement the Minsk Agreements, Izvestia reported.

    Pushilin told the newspaper that the situation remains tense in the Donbas, and there has been no progress on reaching a political settlement for the war that has lasted for more than two years.

    “Over the last five to six days, the situation has worsened as much as is possible. …

  • NATO sends demining equipment to Ukraine

    The equipment has been transferred for use by demining experts from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    "The SESU has received logistical assistance for its demining divisions in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security program," the Mission of Ukraine to NATO press service reported.

    "Four Ford pick-up trucks, along with protective suits, mine detectors and other mine-removal equipment that …

  • Former Party of Regions MP: Capture of administrative buildings in Luhansk was organized by Yefremov

    Ex-deputy of the Party of Regions said that everything was recorded on video and the evidence has already been passed to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).

    A former MP from the Party of Regions, Volodymyr Landik, stated on the air of Radio Liberty’s Donbas.Realii program that the capture of the Luhansk Regional State Administration building and the regional branch of the SSU in March 2014 was organized by the former leader of the Party of Regions of the Verkhovna Rada, Alexandr Yefremov. …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces headquarters: Separatists attacked Avdiivka with heavy artillery

    On Sunday, separatists in the Donetsk area used 152mm and 122mm heavy artillery weapons, which are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian Headquarters press service reported on July 31. According to them, Russian forces opened fire 27 times on Ukrainian positions on Sunday.“The most challenging situation is in the Donetsk area. Heavy artillery of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 120mm mortars, grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms were used by the enemy in Avdiivka. …

  • OSCE mission threatened at gunpoint in eastern Ukraine

    The observers of the OSCE SMM reported that they were threatened by two armed supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) near Lukove, 72 kilometers south of Donetsk according to their July 29th report.

    OSCE SMM members were stopped by two armed representatives of the DPR who blocked the road with a jeep and pointed weapons in their direction. They ordered SMM observers to leave this area, the report explained. The OSCE SMM representatives followed the order.

    The report …

  • US diplomats: Despite statements to the contrary, Russia is not interested in peace in Ukraine

    U.S. Diplomats stress that Russia’s statements regarding their desire for peace in Ukraine differ from real events, as stated during by the U.S. Ambassador for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Daniel Baer, during a telephone conversation with European journalists as part of the Brussels Media Hub project.

    He stressed that the number of victims and attacks from the territory controlled by separatists has increased due to Russia’s actions. "The situation has escalated …

  • Ukrainian MP: 50,000 Russians fought in the Donbas

    Anton Herashchenko, a member of the “People’s Front” faction of parliament, wrote on his Facebook page that 50,000 Russians took part in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine. "These are not just speculations and assumptions but documentary evidence discovered by volunteers of the project 'Myrotvorets' [Peacemaker] in a mailbox belonging to Russian terrorist Maria Koleda. Koleda serves as a head of the terrorist press service of the terrorist organization, the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he …

  • Kuchma’s press secretary: Separatists refuse to negotiate on prisoner exchange

    In the framework of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, separatist representatives from the self-proclaimed Republics of the Donbas refuse to hold negotiations regarding the release of prisoners. This was reported on the Facebook page of Darka Olifer, the press-secretary of the Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, regarding the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.

    According to Olifer, representatives from the so-called DPR and LPR “ …