Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: it is necessary win back the minds of Donbas residents

    During the presentation of the new Donetsk Regional State Administrator Pavlo Kirilenko in Kramatorsk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that it is essential to remind the residents of the Donbas territories not controlled by Ukraine that they are Ukrainians and to fight for that, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "It is important to win back the minds of our people who live in the temporarily occupied territories. We can do that through a stable payment of pensions, and comfortable passage  …

  • Naftogaz CEO donates millions to assist soldiers in Donbas

    Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of the Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz, has reported on his donations to charity in the first semester, TSN reports, citing Kobolyev’s Facebook page.

    “I gave 8,861,100 hryvnia (around $227,000) to charity. That’s all of my earnings in Naftogaz for the period from the middle of January to the middle of June. In particular, to each of the foundations ‘Return Alive’, ‘Tabletochki’ and ‘Narodny Tyl – Rehabilitation’ I gave 1,865,700 (around $72,000),” Kobolyev wrote. …

  • Prague investigates 20 Czech citizens who took part in the war in Donbas

    The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic Yevgeny Perebiynis, in an interview with Voice of Ukraine, said that the Czech Republic is investigating 20 of its citizens who were fighting on the side of the pro-Russian militants in the Donbas.

    "There is an investigation conducted against almost 20 Czech citizens who possibly participated in military operations on the side of Russia in the Donbas," he stressed.

    When the Ambassador was asked about how these people were detained and whether …

  • Italian court sentences three mercenaries who fought in Donbas

    A court in Genoa, Italy, has given prison sentences to three mercenaries who fought against Ukraine in the Donbas, the local news outlet La Stampa reports.

    Antonio Cataldo (35, from Nola, Naples) was given 2 years 8 months; Olsi Krutani (39, an Albanian who relocated to Milan a long time ago) was also given 2 years 8 months; and Vladimir Verbitchii (26, a Moldovan who has lived in Parma for many years) was given 1 year 4 months in prison.

    The three were found guilty of unsanctioned …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky names steps to achieve peace in Donbas

    At a joint briefing after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto on July 2, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that peace in the Donbas is possible through political and diplomatic means, reports RBC-Ukraine.

    According to Zelensky, the first issue that he discussed with Trudeau was the peace in Ukraine.

    "I am sure that we will achieve real progress only through political and diplomatic means. So in the end, we will force Russia to stop the escalation, to …

  • LPR withdraws troops from Stanytsia Luhanska in Donbas

    Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Leonid Kuchma said that the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) will soon confirm whether the Ukrainian military and the militants of the Russia-backed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have withdrawn from the Stanytsia Luhanska region.

    “According to our provisional information, the troops from the Russian side have been withdrawn. However, the OSCE SMM needs to confirm this fact,” he said.

    Negotiations to separate the …

  • Russia exporting Donbas coal to 19 countries

    Coal mined in the Donbas, the separatist-controlled region of eastern Ukraine, is being exported by Russia to 19 countries, reports, citing an investigation by a major Ukrainian energy company, whose name is not mentioned.

    The study notes that the primary consumers of Donbas anthracite are Europe and Turkey. In previous studies, only Poland and Turkey were mentioned.

    Between March 2017 and December 2018, Turkey bought more than 3 million tons of anthracite that had been mined in the …

  • Council of Europe threatens to reject Russian passports issued in Donbas

    The Council of Europe (COE) is prepared to consider rejecting Russian passports issued to Donbas residents in breach of the Minsk Agreements. The COE has also called on Moscow to unconditionally release the Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait and to grant all vessels safe passage into the Sea of Azov.

    Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Donbas may not be recognized by the EU, Russia’s Federal News Agency reports, citing a statement by the COE.

    “The Council of Europe …

  • President Zelensky calls for end war in Ukraine

    In the message of the Ukrainian President Zelensky that was published on his website on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, Zelsnsky said that Ukrainians need to remember the feat of their ancestors who defended the country, as well as to make every effort to prevent the war from becoming a routine for future generations.

    The Ukrainian President reminded that early in the morning on June 22, 1941, Kyiv was bombed. "The Second World War broke into our homes and covered the entire territory of Ukraine. …

  • Ukraine's Defense Minister refuses to stop returning fire in Donbas

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue to return fire in the Donbas, reports UNIAN news agency.

    "We used to respond to the enemy's fire, we are doing it now, and we will continue to respond," he said.

    According to Poltorak, the Ukrainian Army will continue to adhere to the Minsk agreements but has the right to "adequately respond" if the positions or lives of its military are under threat. "We won't surrender a  single piece of our land …