Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Zelensky says he is ready to discuss Donbas with Putin

    Amid warnings from Western countries about the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for talks with Russia. "For eight years in a row, we are afraid to admit to ourselves: we will not stop the war without direct negotiations with the Russian Federation ... Let's put an end to this issue," Zelensky said in an address to the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Wednesday, December 1. He also noted that he was not afraid of a "direct dialogue" …

  • Putin comments on Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the reports about possibility of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

    "The likelihood of deployment of Russian troops into Ukraine has been talked about since the beginning of the year, but this has not yet happened," Putin said during at VTB Capital's investment forum "Russia Calling!".

    According to Putin, neither Kyiv nor Moscow would face any threats if the relations between the two countries are restored.

    "The question is not whether to deploy or not …

  • Russia accuses Ukraine of military offensive in Donbas

    The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are carrying out attacks in some areas of the Donbas.

    "The hotheads of the Kyiv regime, apparently feeling complete impunity, are in favor of a military solution to the internal Ukrainian crisis," RIA Novosti quotes Zakharova as saying.

    The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry added that Ukrainian servicemen allegedly use weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. At the same …

  • Russian intelligence accuses U.S. of provoking escalation in Donbas

    In response to reports about the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service  accused the United States of "provoking the escalation in the East of Ukraine."

    "Washington officials are actively scaring the world community with Russia's alleged preparations for aggression against Ukraine." Russian intelligence quoted the statement of the Minister of Propaganda of Hitler's Germany, Joseph Goebbels, that “the crowd willingly believes the lies”.

    "We are …

  • DPR military commander: Ukraine is advancing into Donbas

    The pro-Russian militants may lose control over the key area in the Donbas - the Avdiivka industrial zone, believes the DPR military commander Alexander Khodakovsky.

    "If now we lose this industrial zone, then several other directions will be immediately threatened: Yasynuvata, the village of Spartak. The enemy will come close to our main line of defense. They will get an advantage due to a significant number of dead zones, which we simply cannot protect, "said Khodakovsky in an interview with …

  • Putin initiates economic annexation of Donbas breakaway republics

    Russia is taking a significant new step towards the integration of the unrecognized republics of the Donbas into its economic space.

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On providing humanitarian support to the population of certain areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine", which gives companies from the so-called Donetsk ansd Luhansk People’s Republics same benefits as Russian companies.

    According to the document published on the Kremlin’s website of legal …

  • U.S. delivers 80 tons of ammunition to Ukraine

    The United States has delivered  80 tons of ammunition to Ukraine. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reported on Twitter that this is the fourth $60 million delivery as part of Washington's security assistance, which was approved by President Biden.

    After the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States, Washington agreed to allocate another $60 million, in addition to the previously agreed $250 million. Shipments of the American equipment and weapons were previously delivered …

  • German engines found in Russian drones used by militants in Donbas

    Militants in Donbas use Russian drones with German-made engines, reported the German newspaper Tagesschau with reference to the report of the UK-based investigative organization Conflict Armament Research (CAR).

    Over a three-year period, CAR studied six different models of Russian military drones and one non-military model used in eastern Ukraine. The drones were captured in the conflict zone. The work was funded by the EU and the Foreign Office in Berlin.

    The report says the drones are …

  • Russia: Ukraine not allowed to use combat drones in Donbas

    Only OSCE observers are allowed to use drones in the Donbas, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova on her Telegram channel.

    Earlier, the representative of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic in the trilateral contact group, Rodion Miroshnik, told RIA Novosti that the drone, which was detected by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission on November 6 in the territory controlled by Ukraine near the demarcation line in the Donbas belongs to the Ukrainian Armed …

  • Kyiv: Russia has amassed 90,000 troops near Ukrainian borders

    Russia has amassed near the Ukrainian border and in the Donbas about 90,000 troops, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    "According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense, at the beginning of November 2021, a group of troops with a total number of about 90 thousand people is deployed near our border and in the temporarily occupied territories," the statement of the Defense Ministry reads.

    This includes the troops of the 8th, 20th armies of …