Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Kyiv: Russia deployed 82000 troops along Ukrainian border in Donbas and Crimea

    The Chief of the Verification Department of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Andriy Gudz, at a briefing in Kyiv, said that "the total number of troops that Russia holds along the state border of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is about 82 thousand soldiers." He noted that these are combat-ready troops.

    According to Gudz, at the moment there are more than 25 battalion tactical groups along the state border of Ukraine in the …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: I'll tell Putin that Crimea and Donbas are Ukraine

    In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he will start a conversation at a possible meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the issue of the Donbas and Crimea.

    "Let's start with the fact that the Donbas and the Crimea are Ukraine," Zelensky said.

    He expressed hope that Crimea will return to Ukraine as soon as possible.

    "I love Crimea so much. I've been there many, many times. This is a unique place in Ukraine with its nature …

  • Russian media: Ukrainian Security Service was behind Zakharchenko assassination

    The so-called “intelligence agency” of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) believes that the assassination of DPR ringleader Aleksandr Zakharchenko was orchestrated by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), an anonymous representative of the “agency” told Russia 1 in an interview.

    According to the source, the SBU’s 2nd department organizes operations in the DPR for the 5th directorate (counterintelligence department). The DPR “intelligence agency” claims to know the names of all the employees …

  • Italy demands more than €1 million compensation from Ukraine for reporter’s death in Donbas

    On 14 June, a court in Pavia, Italy, held one of the final sessions of the trial of Ukrainian National Guard commander Vitalii Markiv, who is accused of complicity in the death of the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in the Donbas five years ago.

    The attorneys of the civilian plaintiffs – Rocchelli’s family and various journalist organizations – made their final addresses to the jury, Radio Svoboda reports.

    They voiced their support for the prosecution’s theory, which states that on 24 …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky promises investments in Donbas

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Mariupol with a working visit, reports the website of the Ukrainian President.

    The President noted the need to develop the infrastructure of the Donbas with the help of foreign investors.

    "Soon, there will be investment injections into the infrastructure of the Donbas. I am talking about this with all foreign investors," Zelensky said.

    During his visit to the Donbas, the President met with representatives of local business. The President …

  • Prime Minister of Ukraine demands residents of Donbas be provided with drinking water

    Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman demanded that urgent measures be taken to provide drinking water to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The decision was made based on the results of an extraordinary meeting of the State Commission for Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations,  reported the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Groysman instructed that an uninterrupted supply of electricity be restored for Voda Donbasa water supply and wastewater …

  • Ukraine detains former head of the Central Election Commission of Donetsk People's Republic

    The Prosecutor General's office and the Security Service of Ukraine detained the former head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Roman Lyagin, reported Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on his Facebook page.

    He recalled that in 2014 the detainee organized and held a referendum in the DPR. "Citizen Lyagin is charged with treason against the country. Now he will have to pay for his actions," the Prosecutor General said.

    In May 2014, …

  • Russia starts issuing passports to residents of Donbas

    On Friday, June 14, Russia issued passports to the first 60 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are not under Ukraine’s control, reports TASS News Agency.

    Two specialized migration offices were opened in the Rostov region to issue passports. The office where passports are issued for the residents of Donetsk region is located in Neklinovsky District. The other office for the residents of Luhansk region is located in Novoshakhtinsk.

    On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed …

  • Ukrainian military say they have advanced nearer to Donetsk

    Soldiers of the 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade named after King Danylo took up new positions in Marinka, now only 100-250 meters away from Aleksandrivka and Donetsk, announced the press officer of the brigade, Nazar Ilnitsky, on the air of the radio station Armia FM on June 12.

    According to him, the brigade reconnaissance teams entered the “gray zone” in order to improve their tactical position - to shift away from the local population. This plan was developed by the command of the brigade …

  • Kyiv: Russia deployed heavy weapons to the demarcation line in Donbas

    The Command of the Russian Armed Forces, as part of the training of the units of  the First Army Corps (Donetsk) and the Second Army Corps (Luhansk), is taking steps to increase the combat their readiness, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense with reference to the information provided by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine.

    According to the report, the Russian commanders continue to prepare the military units for the deployment to the front-line positions …