Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Kyiv denies Russia’s claims that Ukrainian Forces are withdrawing from Soledar

    Russian media reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were ordered to withdraw from the city of Soledar, Donetsk region.

    Ukrainian officials denied the reports that the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost control over Soledar or plan to withdraw from it.

    The representative of the Eastern Group of Forces, Serhiy Cherevatyi, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee on national security, defense and intelligence Yuri Mysyagin, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo …

  • Hundreds of Russian conscripts killed in Ukrainian HIMARS strike on occupied Makiivka

    On New Year's night, the Ukrainian Armed Forces carried a missile attack on the Russian base  in the occupied city of Makiivka (Donetsk region). Several hundred Russian servicemen  were killed and wounded, according to reports by Russian and Ukrainian media.

    The news agency RBC Ukraine reports that almost exactly at midnight  the building of the vocational school, which was used  as a temporary base by the Russian military, came under a massive strike by Ukrainian MLRS systems. According to …

  • Hundreds of newly mobilized Russians who refuse to fight held in cellars in Luhansk region

    As far as 300 newly mobilized Russians are being held in a cellar in Zaitsevo, Luhansk region, for refusing to go to the front line, write independent Russian journalists from the project ASTRA, citing the relatives of the detainees.

    "My husband says that there are already about 300 of them there (ASTRA managed to confirm the names of 42 of them). More people are constantly being brought in. This is a large cellar in the House of Culture in Zaitseve. They are fed once a day: one dry food …

  • Ukrainian troops withdrawing from Severodonetsk

    The head of the military regional administration of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said that Ukrainian troops would have to leave Severodonetsk.

    "Unfortunately, we will have to withdraw our military from Severodonetsk, because it makes no sense to stay at the broken positions. The death toll is growing," Haidai wrote.

    According to him, the Russians have been bombing the city daily for four months. 90% of the buildings have been destroyed or damaged. The Ukrainian military was given "the …

  • DPR head Pushilin says Azov commanders were taken to Russia

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, confirmed that the commanders of the Azov regiment, who were captured at Azovstal plant in Mariupol, were taken to Russia.

    "Our investigators have done their work in DPR, now Russian specialists are working on it. Comprehensive information should be gathered in preparation for the tribunal. Its first stage will take place before the end of the summer, this is for sure," Pushilin said on the air of the TV channel Russia 24. …

  • Over the past 3 days, Ukrainian artillery has destroyed 7 Russian military warehouses in Donbas

    Over the past three days, at least 7 facilities have been destroyed in the occupied Donetsk, where the Russians held significant stocks of ammunition since 2014, reported the Ukrainian website InformNapalm, citing its sources.

    InformNapalm’s sources claim that the Russian warehouses were destroyed by "high-precision strikes" with 7 shots hitting 7 targets.

    "The destroyed ammunition depot in the occupied Khrustalnyi (Krasny Luch) alone had up to 1 thousand tons of ammunition," InformNapalm …

  • DPR Head: referendum on accession of the republic to Russia will be held by the end of the year

    The authorities of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic will hold a referendum on the accession of the unrecognized republic to Russia after the completion of the "special operation" in Ukraine, the head of DPR Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti. He himself believes that this will happen by the end of the year.

    "I really hope so," Pushilin said in response to a question whether he agreed with the assessment of the duration of the "special operation" given by State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov. …

  • Ukrainian military analyst: Russian offensive in Donbas has started losing steam

    Military expert and reserve colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleh Zhdanov believes that by the end of June Russian troops will switch to trench warfare.

    "In principle, today the intensity of the hostilities is decreasing. The Russians are trying to resume the offensive in certain areas around Severodonetsk, but this is not as powerful an offensive as it was at the beginning of last week, when the situation seemed almost critical for us, and the threat of encirclement was very big," …

  • Ukrainian General: we expected that Russian invasion of Ukraine would begin from Donbas

    Ukrainian military command expected that Russia would begin its offensive from the Donbas.

    However, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were also ready to meet the enemy in the north of Ukraine, said Brigadier General Dmytro Krasilnikov, commander of the Operational Command North.

    Ukrainian defenders believed that Russia could launch an assault from the eastern regions of Ukraine. Its troops would be supported by the units from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and mercenaries. 

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  • Russian military commander says Moscow seeks ‘control’ of southern Ukraine to make path to Moldova

    On Friday, Russian Major Gen Rustam Minnekayev said Moscow seeks to establish “complete control” over eastern and southern Ukraine, which would provide a land bridge from Russia to the annexed Crimea as well as the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

    According to Minnekayev, Russia’s second stage of the “special military operation”, the Kremlin’s euphemism for the invasion of Ukraine, seeks to establish control of Ukraine’s Donbas region.

    Such a move, …