Contents tagged with Donetsk

  • Ukrainian military: Toretsk is on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe because of separatists

    Due to a damaged water line, Toretsk is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, however, the separatists cannot guarantee the security of Ukrainian public utilities workers needed to start the repairs, as reported on Sunday by the press center of the Ukrainian armed forces.

    They indicated that as a result of shelling that took place on 23 November, a water supply line connecting of Horlivka and Toretsk was hit and damaged. Since then, the water supply to the city of Toretsk and neighboring …

  • Separatist leader's bodyguard surrenders to Ukrainian Border Service

    The Russian citizen, who had worked as a guard for the leader of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), surrendered to the employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on the night of July 12, the National Police Department press service in the Donetsk region reported.

    The 29-year-old Russian, registered in South Ossetia, was a member of the armed group Vostok from August 2014 to May 2016. He was on service in Yasynuvata and was on duty at the checkpoint in the Luhansk region. …

  • OSCE: Separatists are firing from the roofs of houses in Donetsk

    Donetsk residents have told observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE that separatists are using the roofs of their houses as platforms for attacks. Interfax-Ukraine reported that this was said by the First Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in the Donbas, Alexander Hug.

    “On Monday night, our observers reported 105 explosions north-west of Donetsk. Many of these explosions occurred in the Kuibyshevskyi district of the city. Our observers visited the area two days before the …

  • Nuland: The US insists that Ukraine grant ‘special status’ to separatist republics

    The US insists that Ukraine make changes to the constitution, which would grant “special status” to the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Novoye Vremya reported.

    This position was reportedly voiced by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland during a meeting with representatives of parliamentary factions in Kiev on Tuesday.

    The US also insists that Ukraine hold elections in the Donbas region in the near future. 

    Victoria Voytsitska, a Deputy from the Samopomoch (Self-Reliance) …

  • OSCE: May 9th military parade in Donetsk would be a violation of the Minsk Agreements

    The deputy head of the OSCE SMM commented on the presence of military vehicles during the parade in Donetsk on May 9th. Alexander Hug made it clear that the participation of military equipment in Donetsk’s Victory Day Parade will be considered a violation of the Minsk Agreements.

    "There is another holiday: May 9th. I want to be very clear about this. Weapons in the security zone is clearly a violation of the Minsk agreements," he said at a briefing in Kiev.

    Hug reiterated that the OSCE SMM …

  • So-called Donetsk People's Republic begins mass distribution of passports

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has begun to issue its own passports to the population in the separatist areas of the Donetsk region. The leader of the self-proclaimed state and rebel group, of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, called this an important step towards state building, as quoted by Interfax.

    According to Zakharchenko, who was one of the first to get the DPR issued document, passports will initially be issued to young people (including 34, …

  • Poroshenko considers holding referendum on autonomy for Luhansk and Donetsk

    The first Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Zerkalo Nedeli, Sergey Rahmanin, wrote an article in which he cited a source that stated that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, is considering holding a referendum to allow the citizens of Ukraine to decide on the autonomy of breakaway territories of the Donbas. According to him, this referendum would be an alternative to elections in the separated areas of Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

    “According to our sources, Poroshenko occasionally returns …

  • Shkiryak: Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky will be Removed from Power in the Spring

    The Ukrainian Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Zoryan Shkiryak, has written on his Facebook page that the leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, will be removed from power by March or April.

    "In March and April 'Zahar' and 'Ploty' will lose their power. The only question is how they will lose it. Meaning, will they voluntarily resign and escape to Russia with the loot, or will they be physically eliminated by the …

  • Pro-Russian Separatists Detain Well-Known Scholar in Donetsk

    Members of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic have allegedly arrested the famous scholar Igor Kozlovsky and have detained him for several days. Kozlovsky specializes in religious studies. This was confirmed by friends and acquaintances of the scholar who are currently in occupied Donetsk, as reported by a Ukrinform correspondent to Glavnoye.

    According to them, Kozlovsky remained in Donetsk as he was caring for his sick son. According to his friends, he was arrested after "law enforcement …

  • Donetsk's Shevchenko Boulevard to be renamed after Kadyrov

    According to Glavnoe, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, took the decision to rename the Boulevard Shevhenko as part of the ongoing “de-Ukrainization" campaign in areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.  It is to be renamed in honor of the leader of the Chechen Republic, also known as the “patriot of Russia”, Ramzan Kadyrov. Glavnoe reported that this information was posted in the newspaper of the DPR.

    It should however be noted …