Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to OSCE:Russia continues to send weapons to the Donbas

    Russia continues to provide the so-called Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic with weapons, and it is now important to regain control of the Russian-Ukrainian border to decrease the conflict situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the head of the Ukrainian delegation of the OSCE Forum, Ihor Prokopchuk.

    “The situation at the uncontrolled border needs to be significantly improved in order for a decrease in conflict to occur. However, Russia continues to provide the Donbas …

  • Zakharchenko: A referendum to join Russia would be 'premature'

    During the "direct line with the people of the Donbas," the ‘DPR leader,’ Alexander Zakharchenko said he believes it is premature to hold a referendum on the accession of the self- proclaimed republic to the Russian Federation as it may disrupt the negotiations in Minsk.

    "Can we address the issue of accession to Russia today if we all agree? Frankly speaking, I’m not sure. Has anybody asked Russia about that? We need both sides for reunification. Have we taken into account the political risks …

  • OSCE: Separatists are firing from the roofs of houses in Donetsk

    Donetsk residents have told observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE that separatists are using the roofs of their houses as platforms for attacks. Interfax-Ukraine reported that this was said by the First Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in the Donbas, Alexander Hug.

    “On Monday night, our observers reported 105 explosions north-west of Donetsk. Many of these explosions occurred in the Kuibyshevskyi district of the city. Our observers visited the area two days before the …

  • Lavrov: Peacekeepers will never be in the Donbas

    During an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he categorically rejects Ukraine’s condition that security in eastern Ukraine be a precondition for elections in the Donbas. 

    "Now, security has suddenly become the main issue for Poroshenko, not only the ceasefire but also ensuring the presence of some security forces in the entire territory of the Donbas. I’d like to say: the Donbas will never agree to that," Lavrov stated.

    According to the …

  • Lavrov: Moscow's recognition of breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine would be 'counterproductive'

    The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that recognizing the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) in eastern Ukraine would be “counterproductive” at the moment. He said this during an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

    “Recognizing the independence of the DPR and the LPR is counterproductive. It will give the West a reason to stop pressuring Kiev to implement the Minsk II agreements,” TASS quoted Lavrov as saying.

    Lavrov also …

  • Separatist Leader: Elections in the Donbas will be held on our terms

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has stated that he will not adhere to the Minsk Agreements with regard to the local elections. He said this on Saturday while at a press conference in Donetsk.

    “We will hold the primaries in order to gauge people’s reactions and to show the world that we are ready to hold elections without the consent of Kiev,” Zakharchenko said.

    “I am not going to dance to the tune of Ukraine, France and Germany who want us …

  • OSCE mission came under fire near Avdiivka

    Members of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine came under fire near Avdiivka, according to a statement released by the mission’s head Alexander Hug.

    “OSCE SMM patrol came under small arms fire in the area of Avdiivka/Yasynuvata. Nobody injured,” the Organization wrote on Twitter

    Further details on the incident have not yet been released.

    Avdiivka has seen heavy fighting over the last several months. Reports suggest that the distance between Ukrainian forces and members of the so- …

  • OSCE Mission opens forward patrol base in Shchastia, Ukraine

    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has opened a new Forward Patrol Base in the government-controlled town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region. According to the OSCE press service, the base was opened on the 25th of May and will improve the Mission’s ability to monitor the security situations in all areas.

    “The new Forward Patrol Base is located less than 500 meters from the contact line. Our observers can now be closer to the areas where the most violations take place. They will …

  • Putin noted the fragility of the ceasefire in the Donbas

    More and more cases of ceasefire violations have been noted, and the Kremlin says the frequent violations are a threat to the continued truce in eastern Ukraine, Radio Liberty reports.

    "The issue is very serious. More and more cases of violations are being noted. Unfortunately, this threatens the ceasefire. This truce is a cornerstone of the Minsk Agreements. And of course, this concern was expressed by Russian President Putin," the Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, said. …

  • Separatists attempt to overtake Ukraine positions near Novotroitske

    On Tuesday evening, Russian-backed separatists attempted to break through the Ukrainian defenses near Novotroitske, but the government forces were able to repel the attack, as reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    According to the post, separatists used infantry fighting vehicles, snipers, and grenade launchers as part of their assault on the Ukrainian positions.

    “Ukrainian soldiers opened fire and shot an infantry combat vehicle of the …