Contents tagged with DPR

  • Fighting increases in eastern Ukraine

    The situation in the Donbas region remains tense, as both the Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists blame each other for violating the ceasefire on February 27th. The Ukrainian Armed Forces Press Center reported that attacks by pro-Russian separatists increased after nightfall.  In the Donetsk region, Ukrainian positions came under fire from small arms, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers near the towns of Zaitsevo, Novgorodskoye, and Luganskoye, the statement said. …

  • Representatives of Ukraine and so-called LPR agree to exchange prisoners

    Representatives of Ukraine and the so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have agreed to exchange a total of 12 prisoners on the 26th of February.  This exchange will occur in Minsk and is a result of the Trilateral Contact Group's meeting on the conflict settlement in the Donbas region.  This was reported to Interfax by the OSCE representative, Martin Sajdik.

    “On the 26th of February, the release of another group of people is planned,” Sajdik said.  He also reported that on February 20th, …

  • Relatives of victims of MH17 file lawsuit against Igor Strelkov

    In the State of Illinois, relatives of victims who were killed in the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 filed a class action lawsuit against Russian citizen, Igor Strelkov (also known as Igor Girkin). Golos Ameriki reported that Strelkov is accused of involvement in the downing of the passenger aircraft.

    It was also noted that Strelkov is being charged under three Articles of US law: murder, destruction of a passenger aircraft and aiding and abetting the commission of a …

  • Due to Trilateral Contact Group, POWs are no longer subject to torture in eastern Ukraine

    One of the results of the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk was the cessation of the torture of the Ukrainian soldiers held in captivity in the Donbass region.  This was stated by the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine, Irina Herashchenko.

    Herashchenko said that these prisoners, who are held captive by members of the so-called People's Republics in the Donbas, have stopped being tortured.  According to her, this was due to the negotiations in Minsk.

    She said that the …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence Suggests Russian Military is Preparing an Amphibious Assault on the Donbas

    Ukrainian intelligence says that the deployment of sabotage and intelligence activities to Mariupol is associated with the preparations for an amphibious operation as reported by the press service of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense.

    "The 9th Division motorized rifle regiment (in Novoazovsk city) of the 1st corps has been strengthened with units from the 810th Division Marine Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation," the statement said.

    It was …

  • Freed Ukrainian POWs tell of harsh conditions of imprisonment

    Recently freed Ukrainian POWs said that the conditions of their captivity were very difficult.

    According to the 112 Ukraine media outlet, they had to pay for all of the negative attitudes that separatists have towards the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Ukraine overall.

    The exchange of prisoners took place on Saturday in Marinka, where the former prisoners Sergey Garnaga, Sergey Dmitruk and Alexander Makuha are still located.

    Red Cross representatives have communicated with them and said that …

  • In the Donbas, Surkov Discussed the Possibility of a Renewal of Hostilities

    The Assistant to the President of Russia, Vladislav Surkov, has travelled to the occupied Donbas region twice this month and discussed the possible resurgence of hostilities, as reported by the Ukrainian intelligence service.

    “The main goal of the Russian occupational forces is to reach the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” stated a representative of the Department of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense. Vadim elaborated on the Kremlin’s decisions on the further …

  • So-called Donetsk People’s Republic to begin printing passports

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said that a test batch of DPR passports has been published, as reported by Glavnoye.

    He stated that the first official passport will be issued by the end of February.

    “The end of this month is the deadline for the issuance of the first passport… The amount depends on the capacity of our printing capabilities, but 60 pieces were already printed the day before yesterday, it was the first trial batch,” …

  • Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada discusses issue of Internally Displaced Persons

    The Parliamentary hearings on the issue of internally displaced people from the occupied Donbas region took place in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 17th of February. The representatives of state authorities, local authorities, human rights organizations and the public participated in the meeting. The issue surrounding the reasonability of blocking the occupied territories was raised among others at the Parliamentary hearings.

    As stated by the head of the Crimean Human …

  • Herashchenko: 127 Ukrainians are still held by separatists in the Donbas

    The Commissioner of the President for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk regions and Ukraine’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine-Russia-OSCE), Iryna Herashchenko, stated at a press conference on the 17th of February that 127 Ukrainians are held captive by militants.

    “Currently, we have 137 Ukrainians, who are illegally held captive. Ten of them are held in Russian prisons,” the Ukrainian news quoted her as saying. …