Contents tagged with Tuka

  • Russian media claims that more than 60,000 Donbas residents have applied for Russian passports

    More than 60 thousand residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are temporally not controlled by Ukraine, applied for the Russian citizenship on a simplified procedure, reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to Russian media.

    It is reported that every day Russian migration authorities receive more than a thousand such applications. Since this number is growing every day, the Russian Interior Ministry is forced to expand the staff of the migration service.

    It is unclear from the statistics of …

  • Czech Republic investigates its citizens’ involvement in Donbas war

    The Czech Republic is investigating the involvement of at least 10 of its citizens in combat in support of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR & DPR) in eastern Ukraine.

    The Czech news outlet Denik N reported that a Czech by the name of Pavel K traveled to the Donbas through Russia at 22 years of age, and stayed there between the summer of 2015 and May 2016.

    The news outlet would not disclose the suspects’ names or cities of origin before the trial, in order to protect …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine has to continue buying Belarusian fuel made from Russian oil

    Kyiv purchases from Belarus fuel made from Russian oil, said Heorhiy Tuka, Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, on the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    “We have to buy from Belarus a large amount of fuel that is used by the entire country. Belarus, undoubtedly, produces it from Russian oil, but it is still profitable for us,” he said.

    According to Tuka, an alternative way for Ukraine implies buying fuel made from European oil, but he expressed doubts …

  • Ukrainian politician: Russia plays Transnistria’s scenario in Donbas

    Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, Georgiy Tuka, announced on Hromadske Radio that Russia is organizing so-called “elections” in the occupied Donbas to repeat Transnistria’s scenario.

    The official noted that Russia organized “elections” in the “occupied territories” of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to legitimize the leaders of the “republics”. Thus, the Russian Federation is trying to push Ukrainian authorities into direct negotiations, same as it …

  • Ukrainian official: Crimea will be returned to Ukraine only after the fall of Putin’s regime

    The annexed Crimea can only be returned to Ukraine after the fall of the current political regime in Russia, as expressed by Heorhiy Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, during an interview with UNN (Ukrainian National News).

    According to him, the annexed peninsula can’t be returned through the adoption of laws or other documents.

    "I believe that if I see and understand the options to regain control over the Donbas, I …

  • Ukrainian politician accuses Russia of changing the demographic composition of the Crimea

    Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka said during an annual meeting with European partners that Russia is constantly building up its military potential on the territory of the annexed Crimea, the ministry’s press service reports.

    In Tuka's opinion, this could be a threat not only because of possible aggression of Russia against the mainland of Ukraine but also because of changes in the ethnic composition of the population of the …

  • Ukrainian Politician: Ukrainian Armed Forces are gradually moving deeper into the Donbas

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces are gradually moving deeper into the uncontrolled territory of the Donbas, driving separatists out of the so-called “gray zone.”, as reported by the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, George Tuka, in an interview with the site 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    He stressed that the territories occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces belong to Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

    “We talking are about the …

  • Ukrainian government official: 30 percent of separatist troops in the Donbas are Russian

    If Russia decides to withdraw its troops from the Donbas, it will be 30 percent of all the separatist troops fighting there against Ukrainian forces. The rest are the groups not subordinate to anyone. This was stated by Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories George Tuka on the air of 112 Ukraine channel.

    "According to various estimates, about 30% of the soldiers, who are in the territory of Ukraine, are Russian soldiers. The other 30% are the so-called "Cossacks" and various …

  • Ukrainian government official: OSCE doesn't have the resources for an armed mission in the Donbas

    The issue of deploying a special armed mission to the Donbas may be passed on to the UN from the OSCE due to a lack of financial resources. reported that this was stated by the Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine, George Tuka.

    He believes that the budget proposals of the Western partners for arming of the observational OSCE mission, and for increasing its staff to between 500 and 1,000 people, are not enough.

    “It is …