Contents tagged with Donbas

  • US accuses separatists of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine

    The State Department's Deputy Spokesperson, Mark Toner, stated that pro-Russian separatists are responsible high number of ceasefire violations in the Donbas.

    “We are certainly concerned at the level of violence in eastern Ukraine which has reached its highest level since the ceasefire agreements in September,” Toner said.

    He emphasized that about 30,000 ceasefire violations were registered in April; which he described as “a huge number.” At the same time, as Toner noted, “The OSCE reports …

  • France demands that Ukrainian authority be restored in Crimea

    France will not change its position regarding the need to restore Ukrainian authority in Crimea and Kiev's control over the entire Ukrainian-Russian border. The Permanent Representative of France to the UN, Francois Delattre, said this at a formal meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, which took place on Thursday night in New York.

    "Settling the crisis in the east of Ukraine is the primary goal for France. Together with Germany, we will continue to mediate the crisis …

  • Power: Conditions in the Donbas do not meet those required to hold elections

    During a UN Security Council meeting in New York, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, stated that conditions in the Donbas are not sufficient to meet the standards of Ukrainian or international election laws.

    Power emphasized the importance of conducting local elections in the Donbas in accordance with Ukrainian legislation and international standards.

    “Citizens and observers who monitor the elections need sufficient security during the elections in order …

  • Poroshenko proposes ceasefire for Orthodox Easter

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expects Russia and pro-Russian separatists to adhere to a ceasefire in the Donbas beginning April 29th in order to observe the Orthodox Easter holiday. Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces would agree to a “quiet mode” over the weekend if the separatists comply, Radio Svoboda reported.

    "This year Easter will be a test for Russia's membership in the Christian civilization. To pass this test, Russia and its puppets should unconditionally cease fire …

  • OSCE condemns threats against its observers in eastern Ukraine

    The Acting Head of the OSCE, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, expressed concerns over the increase in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine including incidents involving OSCE observers.

    “The SMM is a civil, unarmed mission. It plays an important role in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. SMM observers’ security should be guaranteed by both sides. The persons responsible for threats and use of force against observers must be brought to justice,” …

  • Ukraine resumes exporting coal from the Donbas

    Ukraine has resumed the export of A-Grade coal extracted from the uncontrolled territories of the Donbas and Luhansk regions

    According to the State Statistics Service, as of February, Ukraine has officially resumed exporting small amounts of anthracite coal.

    Coal is currently being exported to Poland and Moldova. In February, about 900 tons were exported; 830 of which was sent to Poland. In January, according to the State Statistics, no anthracite was exported.

    According to Government …

  • Nuland: The US insists that Ukraine grant ‘special status’ to separatist republics

    The US insists that Ukraine make changes to the constitution, which would grant “special status” to the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Novoye Vremya reported.

    This position was reportedly voiced by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland during a meeting with representatives of parliamentary factions in Kiev on Tuesday.

    The US also insists that Ukraine hold elections in the Donbas region in the near future. 

    Victoria Voytsitska, a Deputy from the Samopomoch (Self-Reliance) …

  • Poroshenko: Russia agrees to OSCE armed police mission in the Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that Russia has agreed to deploy an armed OSCE mission in the Donbas.

    "I’m very glad that Ukraine’s firm position is supported by our partners in The Normandy Group, both the U.S.A. and Russia has agreed to this format. I think we will do it right," Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels on Sunday evening.

    The President emphasized that despite the Herculean efforts of the SMM OSCE, firing, especially in Avdiivka, Marinka and in …

  • Legal proceedings initiated against Russian pensioner who gave assistance to Ukrainian refugees

    In Russia a case against a 74-year-old librarian, Larisa Ladatkina, was initiated for providing assistance to refugees from the Donbas region. According to Rosbalt, she faces up to three years in prison. The elderly woman is accused of providing assistance to refugees from Luhansk, a city in eastern Ukraine.

    Reportedly, in the fall of 2015, the woman had registered and invited a family of Ukrainian immigrants to live in her apartment in Khimki (Moscow region). The registration period for the …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: The number of attacks by separatists has doubled

    The headquarters of Ukrainian military operations in the Donbas reported that on April 23rd, Russian-backed separatists fired at Ukrainian military positions more than 41 times. This is more than double the number of attacks by separatists on April 22nd, when there were only 19 recorded.

    "The most active was the Donetsk area where the gunmen fired towards Avdiivka using 82 mm and 120 mm caliber mortars. Kremlin supporters also ignored the ceasefire in areas near the Ukrainian positions in …