Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Volker: Russia will not go on the offensive in the Donbas

    During his speech at the Atlantic Council center in Washington, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker asserted that Russia would not go on the offensive in the East of Ukraine .

    The American official explained that one of the reasons that it would not be profitable for Russia to aggravate the situation is a high probability that a new spiral of tension in the east of Ukraine could foster the growth of support for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    "[An offensive] would …

  • Russia accuses Ukraine of escalating the situation in the Donbas

    On October 18, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a statement on the aggravated situation in Ukraine.

     In this small document in several paragraphs, Ukraine is accused of killing the leader of the so called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, tearing apart Orthodoxy, ignoring the "will of the fraternal Russian and Ukrainian peoples” in connection with the decision to terminate the Friendship Treaty and, in general, anti-Russian politics.

    “The State Duma is …

  • Russia refuses to call off Donbas ‘elections’

    Russia has refused to call off the elections scheduled for November 11 in the occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, said Oleksandr Motsyk, Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).

    According to the Ukrainian official, the likelihood that “elections” will be held in the DPR and LPR is at 99%.

    “We could not persuade Russia to call off the “elections” it wants to hold in the occupied Donbas territories on November 11… We see that Russia is going …

  • Yarosh announces withdrawal of volunteers from the frontline in the Donbas

    Participants of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UVA) are leaving the frontline in Donbas, stated Commander Dmytro Yarosh, former leader of the Right Sector.

    “This day I announce that the 5th and 8th separate battalions of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army are leaving the frontline but we are not leaving the war. As long as there is a war, we will participate in it,"  he said. According to Yarosh, the UVA is now planning to establish resistance “in any area” and unite those who took part in the …

  • US calls on Russia to stop supplying Donbas militants with weapons

    Russia should stop supplying lethal weapons to its associates in the east of Ukraine, the US Embassy in Ukraine stated on Twitter.

    Diplomats referenced the information and photos of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE.

    "A picture is worth a thousand words. Russia must stop providing lethal weapons under cover of night to its proxies in eastern Ukraine. These weapons, including those spotted by the Mission's UAV, kill soldiers and civilians alike. Only Russia can bring an end to …

  • OSCE shows an anti-aircraft system being transported from Russia to Donbas

    Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine discovered a convoy of trucks coming from Russia to the Donbas, one of which was carrying an anti-aircraft system, as stated on the OSCE SMM page on Facebook.

    “In the area near the Donetsk region not controlled by the government [of Ukraine] close to the Russian border an SMM long-range unmanned aerial vehicle again discovered a convoy of trucks that drove along a dirt road in the middle of the night, where there are no border …

  • President Poroshenko says Ukrainian military should use all available means to respond to enemy attacks in Donbas

    Ukrainian military can return fire using all kinds of weapons that are at hand, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with the commanders of brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard, and the State Border Service, while in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, reports Ukrinform.

    At the same time, the Ukrainian President warned that the Ukrainian military needs to be ready for both defense and counter-attacks, stressing that they should not battle with sheer numbers, …

  • 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 Defense Ministry publishes map of mined areas in Donbas

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has published an interactive map of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war, Ministry's pressed service reported.

    “The map can be used to find out the name, area, type, and status of the mined area, the type of threat, the type of marking, the organization that examined the area and the date of the examination,” the report says.

    According to the Ministry, the military and civilians have been repeatedly targeted with …

  • Ukrainian politician: OSCE reports on Donbas are the only documents that the international community believes

    As of today, the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission are the only documents trusted and recognized by the international community, stated the permanent representative of Ukraine at all international organizations in Vienna, Ihor Prokopchuk in an interview with

    Prokopchuk explained this by the fact that the mission consists of representatives of 57 countries that are members of the OSCE, which conditions the reliability of these reports.

     “The main threat at the moment is …