Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Zakharchenko gives Kiev an ultimatum on election law in the Donbas

    Ukrainian authorities have until the 14th of July to adopt a law on local elections in the Donbas. This law must, however, be agreed to by representatives of the Donbas. If not, the date of the election process will be determined unilaterally. This was said by the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, on the 21st of June.

    “Ukraine has to adopt a law on elections, which will also satisfy us, before the 14th of July. This law must be agreed to by …

  • OSCE discovers Russian radio interference system in the Donbas

    According to the OSCE mission’s Twitter feed, a Zhytel R-330ZH radio jamming station was found near Avdiivka, which is located 14 kilometers from Donetsk.

    “The Special Monitoring Mission’s (SMM) UAVs continue to record high-tech electronic warfare stations. Obstacles in our work should be removed,” a statement said.

    The Zhytel automated jamming station provides automated detection, direction finding and signal analysis of radio sources. It then creates interference of the user terminals for …

  • Security Service of Ukraine is negotiating for the release of 25 prisoners

    The advisor to the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine, Yuriy Tandit, said that Ukraine is negotiating the early release of 25 Ukrainian prisoners held in the Donbas. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the ICTV channel.

    "We are ready to compromise and the exchange of 25 hostages for 50 is now being discussed," Tandit said. According to him, Kiev is making a maximum effort to release the prisoners.

    Recently, there had been no progress in the negotiations on the …

  • Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in the Donbas

    On Saturday, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action and one was injured in the Donbas region, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    Alexander Motuzyanik, the head of the press center staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the conflict zone, said that the casualties occurred in the course of two separate incidents.

    "Over the past day three Ukrainian soldiers were killed. One soldier received fatal injuries during the shelling of positions near Talakovki. Two defenders were killed by an enemy mine …

  • WIthdrawal of heavy weapons agreed on in several areas in the Donbas

    Advisers to the heads of the sates of the Normandy quartet agreed on three pilot sites for troops and weaponry withdrawal in eastern Ukraine.

    The Deputy Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine, Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, met with the advisers to the heads of the Normandy Four states and an OSCE Representative in Minsk.

    "The meetings were held with the advisers to the heads of the Normandy Four states. Participating in the meeting with me were the advisers to the German Chancellor, the …

  • Ukraine wants UN response to calls for peacekeepers in the Donbas

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Kislitsa, stated during his speech on the 10th of June at the UN Security Council that Ukraine holds the United Nations accountable for ignoring the direct request for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, Ukrinform reported.

    “It is difficult to explain the lack of response by the Council to the direct request concerning a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, whose presence in the field would ensure the additional …

  • Ukrainian losses continue on the front line in eastern Ukraine

    According to a report released by the press service of the Ukrainian President’s administration, separatists continue ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine.

    On Friday, two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and ten were injured, according to the press secretary of the administration of the Ukrainian President, Andriy Lysenko.

    “Over the previous day one Ukrainian soldier was killed in the course of the hostilities on the front line in eastern Ukraine. Another servicemen was killed as a result …

  • US: Separatists are trying to 'blind' OSCE observers in the Donbas

    The U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Daniel Baer, stated during an OSCE Permanent Council meeting that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has been subjected to a deliberate attempt to ‘blind’ it by blocking or destroying the Mission’s means of surveillance in the Donbas.

    “Within one week, militia forces shot down two of the SMM’s long endurance UAVs near Horlivka and threatened to shoot down the other UAVs which were looking for the …

  • The United Nations believes that conflict in the Donbas was called an anti-terrorist operation in vain

    The United Nations believes that the interpretation of the conflict in the Donbas as an anti-terrorist operation has resulted in considerable confusion, as mentioned in the report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions, Christophe Hynes, following his official visit to Ukraine in September 2015.

    According to UNIAN, the report was submitted by the UN General Assembly Secretariat to the UN Human Rights Council. The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council …

  • Report on crimes in the Donbas region was presented in the Polish Sejm

    On Wednesday, a report about Russian crimes in Donbas in 2014 was presented in the Lower House of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. The report was based on over 60 interviews of prisoners, conducted by Ukrainian and Polish volunteers. UKRINFORM reports that the document was presented by the Deputy Head of the Sejm Commission for Foreign Affairs and one of the initiators of its creation, Małgorzata Gosiewska.

    "I hope that criminals will be punished as the war crimes have no statute of …