Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukraine begins preparation for withdrawal of forces from the Donbas

    The withdrawal of troops and weapons along three areas of the contact line has started, said Yevhen Marchuk, the Ukrainian Special Representative in one of the subgroups of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine. He hopes that withdrawal along the remaining four areas will follow.

    Ukraine started preparations for the withdrawal of the troops and weapons along the frontline in the Donbas region. Withdrawal will take place along three areas defined in the framework agreement of the Tripartite …

  • Trilateral Contact Group agrees on withdrawal of forces from the Donbas

    The Trilateral Contact Group, which was created to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine, agreed on a "withdrawal of troops and weapons" by all parties to the conflict in the Donbas region, as stated on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, by Daria Olifer, Press Secretary of the Ukrainian representative to the group, Leonid Kuchma, on her Facebook page. This information was confirmed by the Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Martin Sajdik. …

  • Member of the European Parliament: Elections in the Donbas are not possible

    A Member of the Parliamentary Association Committee between the EU and Ukraine, Rebecca Harms, said that elections within the separatist-held territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions cannot be carried out until the border is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities or an international organization such as the United Nations (UN)."Elections are very important in this region. However, having elections under conditions where the territory is controlled by the 'green men' and mercenaries …

  • Plotnitsky says separatist republics averted coups

    The head of the self-proclaimed LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, stated that the leadership of the DPR and the LPR could have averted the impending "revolution." According to him, as reported by DonPress, it is possible that such “revolutionary” preparations were managed not only in Ukraine but also in Russia.

    "It was another attempt at a coup. However, it's not so much the fact of the coup in the LPR. The main goal was to create a precedent for the alleged indignation of the Ukrainian people and the …

  • Poroshenko and Putin could meet in the coming weeks

    France and Germany hope to gather together the Normandy Four, the President of the French Republic, François Hollande reported. Hollande stated at the General Assembly of the United Nations that France and Germany are working on holding Normandy format negotiations in the coming weeks.

    “We, together with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel have taken the initiative to arrange a meeting with the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine in the coming weeks in order to bring the Minsk Agreements …

  • First Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada accuses Members of the European Parliament of having 'double standards'

    The European Parliament has decided to limit the official MEP visit program to Kyiv, Ukraine due to the security situation in the Donbas, as was written by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament), Iryna Herashchenko, on her Facebook page. According to her, the visits by MEPs — members of the Parliamentary Association Committee — have been scheduled since May. The MEPs themselves have expressed a desire to visit not only Kyiv but also the Donbas region.

    "The …

  • Separatist commander: Accession of the Donbas to Russia is impossible

    Influential military commander of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Khodakovsky, has reported that Russia will not be incorporating the Donbas into its territory and that this issue is no longer relevant in Russian society. This was said by Khodakovsky during his video conference in Donetsk. The commander is also known as being at the forefront of the uprising of the new government in 2014.

    “I don’t think that we can talk about the accession in the near future as it’s …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Separatist snipers have arrived in Yasynuvata

    Ukrainian Intelligence has announced that Russian-backed separatist snipers have arrived in Yasynuvata, Ukrainskaya Pravda reported, citing a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on Tuesday.

    Ukrainian Intelligence also reported that several trucks and buses transporting servicemen and material arrived from Russia to the Donbas. In particular, in the town of Novoazovsk in the Donetsk region, two Russian trucks …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to be a mediator in eastern Ukraine

    Russia is ready to be a mediator in settling the conflict in the Donbas and a guarantor of possible agreements, the President of the Russian Federation stated.

    "The only thing we can do is to create conditions for the negotiation process and take part in it as mediators and guarantors of the agreements reached,” Putin said in Bishkek, Russian Interfax news agency reported. "That is what we want and will do if our partners in Kyiv want."

    Everything else, according to the President of Russian …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine will not sell the Crimea in return for a 'good solution' in the Donbas

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the question of the ownership of the Crimea is not negotiable and the option to exchange the Peninsula for the settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is unacceptable.

    "We will never trade the Crimea for a solution regarding the Donbass region.  The Crimea is a Ukrainian territory," Poroshenko said during the 13th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy, September 16, 2016 in Kyiv.

    According to him, a dangerous precedent …