Contents tagged with Volker

  • Volker: Kremlin delaying deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas

    Russia still has not put forward any new proposals concerning the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, observed US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Public TV Donbas.

    Volker is counting on their being another meeting with Russian presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, but such a meeting is being hindered by the Kremlin’s lack of new offers. “We are corresponding with Surkov about the contents of this meeting. We submitted a …

  • Ukrainian President submits bill to extend ‘special status’ of Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is proposing to extend the law “On a special order of local self-governance in the separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces”.

    Poroshenko submitted bill No. 9153 to the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday.

    The document’s text has not yet been published on the official parliament website, but the title indicates that an amendment will be made to article 1 of the law.

    The law came into force on October 18, 2014, and its first article envisaged three …

  • Ukraine: Russia spends over one billion per year to support DPR and LPR

    The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic cost Moscow over a billion dollars a year in support, stated the Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Vadym Chernysh.

    "It’s like some troupe that travels around and just demonstrates that ‘we will not leave you alone.’ A humanitarian train from Russia comes to the DPR and LPR every month. However, according to our estimates, that isn’t all of it because we do not see the part that …

  • Ukrainian politician: it would take at least 10 months to deploy UN Peacekeepers to Donbas

    If the UN General Assembly adopts such a resolution, UN peacekeepers will arrive in the Donbas no earlier than 10 months after the decision is made, said Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative to the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, 112 Ukraine reports.

    “Even if at this session a decision was made to send [them], according to my experience, the peacekeepers could de facto arrive in Ukraine after 10 months, perhaps a bit later,” Marchuk observed.

    According to him, …

  • Volker: US has information on numbers and commanders of Russian troops in Donbas

    The US possesses detailed information on the numbers, organization and command of regular divisions of the Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the radio station Echo of Moscow in an interview.

    “We have studied this matter very carefully. We have very good information about the commanders, the chain of command, the type of troops, their financing, the number of soldiers of the regular Russian army, the number of specialized …

  • Poroshenko and Volker discuss Donbas situation

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker discussed the latest developments in the Donbas and prospects for the deployment of a multinational UN peacekeeping mission.

    The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 73rd session, informs the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    The interlocutors also stressed the need for immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russia.

    "Special attention …

  • Volker names countries ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas

    In an interview with Echo of Moscow, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker named a number of countries that are prepared to send their own troops to the Donbas as part of a UN peacekeeping mission.

    “As for countries, a number of states have already said that they will be ready to make their contribution. Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey have said so. In my view, this is a good range of countries, including several states which Russia considers …

  • Volker: Ukraine's withdrawal from Friendship Treaty with Russia is justified

    Ukraine’s decision not to renew the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia is justified, said US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during the 15th annual YES Summit organized by the Pinchuk Foundation.

    “Russia invaded Ukraine. The reality is that this treaty means nothing,” Volker said.

    When asked about the negotiation process on the Donbas, Volker confirmed that Russia’s position has not changed. Russia insists that the peacekeeping contingent should only …

  • US recommends that Ukraine extends the law on de-occupation of Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker recommends that Ukrainian authorities extend the law on the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk areas.  

    While speaking to journalists at the Yalta European Strategy forum (YES), Volker recalled that key sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union are connected to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which among other things requires the special status for the territories of the Donbas which are not …

  • Volker on escalation in Donbas: This is part of the cycle

    Deterioration of the situation in the Donbas before a ceasefire begins is cyclical, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Voice of America in an interview.

    “This is part of the cycle: the situation escalates, then it calms down. A ceasefire agreement has been reached for the end of August. Often, before the ceasefire starts to come into effect, there are efforts to capture additional territory, to straighten the line,” Volker said.

    On August 22, the …