Contents tagged with Donetsk

  • Ukrainian Security Service lists top theories on Zakharchenko assassination

    Vasyl Hrytsak, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), denies that Ukraine was involved in the recent assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

    “In my view, the situation is predictable. What is happening is a methodical clean-up of everyone who in 2014 facilitated the bringing of Russian forces into the Donbas, who facilitated the creation of the pseudo people’s "republics"… We believe that this is a methodical clean-up of …

  • LPR and DPR officials flee after Zakharchenko assassination

    Sergey Kozlov, prime minister of the unrecognized Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), has decided to leave the region following the assassination of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader Alexander Zakharchenko, Kozlov himself said on Facebook.

    “In connection with the prevailing situation, for the purpose of security, I am leaving LPR territory for a while… I ask everyone to remain calm and not to succumb to panic. The enemy will be defeated. We will avenge the deaths of our loved ones,” Kozlov …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces 'tightening the noose' around Donetsk

    The purpose of the Ukrainian military attack on Horlivka is to "tighten the noose" around Donetsk, a source in the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) told Strana.ua news outlet.

    "Horlivka is surrounded by high hills, including the village of Yuzhny. The one who owns the strongholds at these hills in fact owns the town. From these hills, the whole town is easily exposed to fire. Therefore, if the territory around Horlivka is owned [by the Armed Forces of Ukraine], the separatists …

  • OSCE detects about 60 armored vehicles belonging to separatists in Donetsk industrial zone

    On Tuesday, February 27, observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sighted a total of 28 tanks and over 30 armored vehicles in an industrial area of Donetsk. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian contingent in the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) reported this in a statement released that same day.

    According to the report, despite the requirements of the Minsk agreements …

  • Russian political scientist detained at Berlin airport, refused entry into EU

    Russian political scientist Oleg Bondarenko has been refused entry into the EU. He was detained at the airport in Berlin, and claimed that he had been prevented from entering the territory of the European Union at the request of Poland, TASS reports.

    "At the request of Poland, I have been forbidden to enter the territory of the EU, without explanation. The ban lasts 3 years," he said.

    According to Bondarenko, he flew to Berlin at the invitation of the German Left Party to participate in a …

  • Ukrainian journalist: Khodakovsky directly threatens DPR head Zakharchenko and prepares a coup

    Former commander of the separatist Vostok battalion Alexander Khodakovsky directly threatens the head of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) Alexander Zakharchenko and prepares a coup following the example of the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR, Igor Kornet, in Luhansk, wrote Journalist Yuri Butusov on his Facebook page.

    "The situation in Donetsk is not much better [than in LPR]," Khodakovsky says about Zakharchenko's leadership. If in Luhansk the main opponent of …

  • Media reports explosions at ammunition depots in Donetsk

    On the evening of November 23rd, explosions at two military facilities resulted in several deaths, as reported by Ukrinform, citing an informed source.

    "Tonight in Donetsk two explosions occurred at two military facilities. There are casualties.

    Zakharchenko forbade officials to comment on the events and warned about preventing information from leaking to the media," the source said.

    According to him, these events are part of the ongoing conflict in Luhansk. Some analysts have assessed the …

  • Media: Armed Forces of Ukraine gained control over the runway and the ruins of the Donetsk airport

    The Ukrainian military took full control of the runway and the outskirts of the Donetsk airport along the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine. They also installed the Ukrainian flag a few meters from the destroyed terminal, TSN news program reports.

    "The Ukrainian language on this side is heard everywhere, in commands, orders and conversations. And this annoys the separatists, who are positioned some hundreds of meters away, a lot, “ the report says.

    The Ukrainian military know when to open …

  • Poroshenko to residents of Donetsk: We are fighting hard for your return to Ukraine

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated citizens of Donetsk on City Day and assured that the struggle for the return of Donetsk to Ukraine continues.

    "Ukrainian Donetsk celebrates its birthday today. Happy City Day, dear people of Donetsk! We remember you and are fighting hard for your return to Ukraine. I am sure that the Ukrainian anthem will again sound in our Donetsk!” Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday.

    He also published a video from the Donbas Arena stadium ( …

  • UN: Hundreds of thousands of children in the Donbas need psychological help

    Every fourth child in Donetsk and Lugansk regions - that is, more than 200,000 children - needs urgent psychosocial care, as reported by the UN News Center.

    "The world has forgotten about this ‘invisible’ crisis in eastern Ukraine, but hundreds of thousands of children are paying a heavy price, one that could last a lifetime without adequate support," said UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis.

    According to her, the children of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions living within a …