Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Russia sentences 72 year-old Donbas native to 12 years in prison for espionage

    72 year-old Volodymyr Morgunov, a native of the town of Milove in eastern Ukraine who more recently resided in Chertkovo, a Russian town on the border with Ukraine, has been found guilty of high treason.

    Morgunov pleaded guilty, Caucasian Knot news outlet reports, citing the regional office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in the Rostov province.

    The pensioner was arrested in November 2018. Multiple SIM cards and two passports – one Russian one Ukrainian – were found in his house …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky holds telephone conversation with Merkel

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held the fifth telephone conversation. There is an extremely friendly, trusting personal contact between the two leaders, and it is our most powerful political weapon for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine," said Melnyk.

    The Ukrainian …

  • Lukashenko: The West has left Zelensky to handle Donbas on his own

    Speaking at the “Minsk Dialog” forum, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the West has left Ukraine to deal with the conflict in the Donbas on its own, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “We have left Zelensky, who has been laden with this terrible burden, not his problems, alone with these problems,” Lukashenko remarked.

    According to the Belarusian president, current events in Kyiv show that “certain forces are using this process indiscriminately to press down the new government and …

  • The Kremlin rejects idea of the US joining Normandy format talks

    The Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not support the idea of the US participation in the Normandy Four negotiations to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Radio Liberty. Peskov also noted that the United States could use its influence on Ukraine.

    Peskov’s comment was a response to the statement of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who earlier said that it would be hard to find a solution to the Ukrainian conflict without the …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Shelling by pro-Russian forces preventing withdrawal of troops in Zolote

    Preparation for the withdrawal of forces and equipment from around the city of Zolote is successfully underway from a technical point of view, but the disengagement cannot begin due to ongoing shelling by the separatists, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    “From a technical point of view, the preparation for disengagement in this area has been going quite successfully, but the shelling is not allowing us to start it. I note once again that the …

  • Ukraine intends to resume train traffic to Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said during the talk show “Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster” that in the future new Ukrainian government plans to resume railway traffic with areas of the Donbas that currently are not controlled by Kyiv.

    Discussing restoration of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska (to the North of Luhansk), Prystaiko assured that car traffic will be resumed on the bridge in a month and a half. He said, there will be other bridges, new crossing points. "Perhaps there …

  • Zelensky: All of Ukraine will participate in writing of Donbas special status law

    The Ukrainian government will work alongside “the whole community of Ukraine” as it writes the new law on the special status of the Donbas, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message published by Radio LIberty.

    “There will be a new law. Will we draft it ourselves and pass it quickly? No. We will write it together, in cooperation and public discussion with the whole community of Ukraine, without crossing a single red line. So, there is no capitulation, no surrendering of …

  • DPR and LPR demand a say in new Donbas special status law

    The ringleaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) have demanded that certain conditions be met before local elections can be held. In particular, they want to be involved in the formulation of the new law on the special status of the Donbas that was announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

    “Otherwise we will consider them a direct and gross violation of the Minsk Agreements, and they will be legally null and void to us. We want …

  • Ukraine agrees to hold OSCE-supervised elections in Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced during a press conference that Ukraine has approved the Steinmeier Formula, which was the “final obstacle” to a new Normandy Format summit.

    He said that the Steinmeier Formula consists of several provisions. Approving these terms assumes that a special manner of local self-governance will be implemented in several Donbas regions and that elections will be held there. The details of the implementation of this plan will be formulated during the …

  • Sentsov: All significant battles in Donbas were fought by Russian army

    Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who until recently was imprisoned in Russia, has described his conversations with militants from Russia and from the Donetsk People’s Republic while in prison. They did not hide the fact that, from the very start of the aggression, all of the fighting against the Armed Forces of Ukraine was done by the Russian Army. Regular Russian troops prepared for the annexation of Crimea, Novaya Gazeta reports.

    According to Sentsov, he met a soldier from Russia’s GRU in …