Contents tagged with War in Ukraine

  • US Special Representative for Ukraine: Russia motivated only by sanctions

    In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker called the outgoing year the most violent since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas, saying that sanctions against the Russian Federation should continue.

    In addition, Volker called the impression that the crisis in eastern Ukraine was over "absolutely mistaken".

    "The year 2017 was the most violent year. The number of violations of the ceasefire has increased, the number of dead …

  • Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine: Russian Grads involved in bombardment of Novoluhanske

    The Russian Armed Forces were involved in the bombardment of the Novoluhanske settlement in the Donetsk province, as stated by Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, on Facebook.

    According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the bombardment of Novoluhanske was carried out by the Grad multiple rocket launcher systems that were stationed in Horlivka. At least 40 projectiles were fired on the settlement.

    Lysenko reports that DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) …

  • Conflict Intelligence Team uncovers Russia’s losses during its military operation in Ukraine

    A group of independent investigators from the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) , upon analyzing a tender issued by the Ministry of Defense of Russia, has come to a conclusion that in 2014, Russian military human losses amounted to 218 persons.

    This is an exceptionally high number, which, according to the CIT researchers can be explained by the involvement of the Russian military in combat actions in eastern Ukraine, the CIT said in a research summary published on its website.

    CIT analyzed the …

  • Turchynov: Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready to counterattack in the Donbas

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready to improve their positions in the Donbas, according to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, as reported on the National Security and Defense Council site.

    According to Turchynov, the Russian military was forced to transfer additional forces to the separatist-held part of the Donbass in order to maintain control over the situation due to the confrontation with criminal groups that are part of the separatist …

  • Ukrainian military command: Ukrainian Armed Forces improved tactical positions in the Luhansk Region

    Separate divisions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Luhansk improved their tactical positions in order to improve conditions for observing the enemy and conducting defensive fire in response to shelling from the Russian forces, reported the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “The Armed Forces of Ukraine strictly adhere to the Minsk Agreements, in accordance with which they can be strengthened or re-equipped, and also redeployed within the territories defined by these …

  • Volker: Russia has two options in the Donbas: frozen conflict or troop withdrawal

    US Department of State Special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker has said that Russia has two options for action in the Donbas, but denies the possibility of the situation transforming into a long-term conflict.

    Volker said this during a briefing at the US Department of State, reports Voice of America.

    "Look, I think it’s a binary choice for Russia. Would it like to create another frozen conflict, occupied territory, like Abkhazia or South Ossetia or Transdniestria, which…carries with it …

  • International Criminal Court takes on Illovaisk tragedy

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague is analyzing information on whether the department has the right to investigate the death of Ukrainian soldiers in Illovaisk in 2014, Ukrainian Ambassador to the Netherlands Vsevolod Chentsov reported, as cited by UNIAN.

    According to the diplomat, the investigation procedure for the ICC is “slightly different from the national procedure”.

    “Officially the prosecutor’s service of the ICC has initiated a procedure to make a preliminary inquiry …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: Separatists trying to capture grey zone near Shyrokyne

    Pro-Russian separatists continue provocations and are trying to occupy the "grey zone" near the town of Shyrokyne in the Donetsk region, as reported on the Facebook page of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters’ press center.

    "The enemy regularly tests the strength of Ukrainian soldiers, regularly fires on our positions from large-caliber machine guns, and in the morning, have also fired mortars," the report said.

    A soldier from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vadym S., stated on TSN …

  • 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 …

  • Muzhenko: Ukraine could lose 12,000 soldiers in 10 days in Donbas power struggle

    Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko pointed out that the Armed Forces are ready for a forceful resolution of the Donbas issue, if the matter is considered in terms of weaponry and control systems. According to preliminary estimates, ten days of an operation using aircraft could result in the loss of 10-12,000 soldiers, 3,000 of whom will be killed. He explained this to reporters on Thursday, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

    However, Muzhenko doubts that the Ukrainian society is ready …