Contents tagged with Luhansk

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Three prisoners handed over to Kyiv in December were recruited by the LPR

    The counterintelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has discovered that three out of the 42 prisoners from Luhansk who were handed over to Ukraine at the start of December had been recruited by the Luhansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) Ministry of State Security. 

    The SBU press service reported that prisoners had been coerced to sign tacit collaboration pledges through threats and psychological pressure. Presumably, they were expected to collect information about the …

  • Ukraine introduces sanctions against Russian archaeologists because of excavations in Crimea

    On December 27th, the Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Vadym Chernysh stated that Ukraine is imposing sanctions on Russian archaeologists who “illegally carried out excavations” in the annexed Crimea. 

    According to him, this will create a “negative image among organizations that work with them.” 

    “Ukraine applies sanctions not only to Russian politicians and businessmen. The list includes archaeologists who illegally excavated in the …

  • Muzhenko: Russia amassing military equipment along Ukrainian border

    The amount of military equipment which Russia has on the Ukrainian border has recently increased dramatically, said Ukrainian Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

    “The nature of the deployment (of Russian military groups and equipment) shows that, in the shortest possible time, the corresponding attack groups could be formed, and the direction of their activity would be Ukraine,” Muzhenko said in a broadcast of ICTV. “This is why we are considering more than one direction – the Luhansk and …

  • Ukraine: Russian military refuses to serve in Donbas

    The command of the Russian armed forces in the Donbas is intensively calling for more and more Russian military. However, they are massively refusing to serve, in particular, due to the unofficial status of their service there, stated the speaker of the Ministry of Defense, Dmytro Hutsulyak, during a briefing, with reference to the information of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

    According to the speaker, since the beginning of November this year, in all …

  • LPR threatens to shoot down Ukrainian aicraft near the contact line in Donbas

    A representative of the Defense Department of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said that LPR militants would shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft if Ukrainian Armed Forces use them near the contact line in the Donbas, reports  Luginform news outlet.

    “The use of combat aircraft is a gross violation of the agreements reached in Minsk,” he said. According to Marochko, Luhansk has the right to shoot down air targets, which fly into the 30- …

  • Ukraine imposes sanctions against Russian transportation companies

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has introduced special sanctions and restrictive measures to individual business entities of the Russian Federation that have concluded contracts with transport industry enterprises controlled by the pro-Russian administration of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the  press service of the SBU reported.

    Employees of the special services established that during 2018, “a number of Russian legal entities and individuals entered into "external …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces liberate small village in Donbas

    Ukrainian military liberated the small village of Vilny in the Luhansk region that was controlled by pro-Russian militants, reported TSN news program on Friday, September 21. The Ukrainian military didn’t suffer any losses during the operation.  

    For almost three day before the operation, Ukrainian reconnaissance group collected the information on the enemy positions in the areas. The village was captured after only thirty minutes of fighting.

    The military carried out the operation with zero …

  • Ukrainian President: each EU country should help Donbas

    According to Interfax-Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to urge the EU countries to take patronage over the restoration of specific settlements in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, announced the head of the state during his trip to the city of Avdiivka on Sunday, August 26.

    "Ukrainian ambassadors will deal with several important issues like mobilizing the means of peace to restore the infrastructure of the Donbas," Poroshenko said.

    He noted that the collected funds will be …

  • OSCE SMM patrol comes under fire near Donetsk

    On August 16, observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission  came under fire on the outskirts of th settlement of Holmivskyi, which is 49 kilometers northeast of Donetsk, reported the mission’s press-service.

    Three mission members patrolled on foot while two remained in the SMM cars. A member of an armed formation, carrying an automatic rifle, and a Voda Donbasa public utility company worker were speaking to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers while two other rifle-bearing …

  • Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia's participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting "special status" to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented," said Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of …