Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Who tortured Ukrainian military scouts detained by separatists?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    On March 10th, the press office of the Ministry of State Security (MSS) of the Luhansk People’s Republic (MSS LPR) released a video recording of the interrogation of military scouts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Ukrainian captives said on camera that law enforcement agencies in Ukraine as well as soldiers are engaged in subversive activities in the temporarily annexed territories.

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) …

  • Media reveals that Russia imports more than ten thousand tons of Ukrainian coal from the Donbas daily

    For the period of March 1 to 20, more than three thousand gondola cars loaded with coal crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border. This is evidenced by the statistical data of JSC Russian Railways or JSC RŽD.

    According to the data, 3,400 thousand open-top wagons of coal were sent to Russia from the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncontrolled by Ukrainian government during the first twenty days of March.

    This amounts to more than 230,000 tons of anthracite exported to Russia or about ten …

  • Akhmetov warned Yanukovych's son against buying coal from his mines in separatist-held territories of Ukraine

    The remaining anthracite in the uncontrolled territory is illegal, as reported by DTEK (Donbass Fuel and Energy Company).

    The DTEK energy holding company, owned by Rinat Akhmetov, sent an official letter to the company Donbasenergo, controlled by Alexander Yanukovych, cautioning him not to buy coal from the nationalized mines in the separatist-held territories of Ukraine (ORDLO), as stated in the company's press release.

    It is noted that after losing control over enterprises in the ORDLO, …

  • Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.

    At the time, the representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the …

  • Separatist leaders attend 'Donbas integration ceremony' in the Crimea

    In the annexed Crimea, a presentation regarding “the integration of the Donbas into the Russian Federation” was given at the first conference of the Russia-Donbas Integration Committee which was held on March 17th at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    The first meeting of the Committee was attended by Igor Carpenter and Alexander Zakharchenko, the leaders of the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People's Republic), respectively. They arrived in the Crimea …

  • Heavy fighting reported near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine

    The fighting near the city of Mariupol has intensified, as reported by Ukrainian volunteers organization “Come back alive” on their Facebook page.

    “The enemy continues intensive shelling of Ukrainian front line positions using large caliber mortars and artillery. According to confirmed information, at around 12:00 am [Kyiv time] the enemy used MLRS Grad systems. The shelling is so intensive that the sound of explosions can be heard in Mariupol. The first ambulances bringing wounded started to …

  • Media: Separatists from the Donbas complain about Russia’s indifference towards their fate

    The participants of hostilities in the Donbas have complained to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation about the indifference of Russian authorities to their fate, as reported in an article in the Russian newspaper, Kommersant, entitled, “Battalions ask for understanding.”

    According to former separatists and Russian mercenaries, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation has extradited them from Russia at the request of their Ukrainian colleagues. Russian Courts deport …

  • Destabilizing factor: Why Russia needs the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Moscow has the return of the separatists controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions back to the jurisdiction of Ukraine on its agenda, but only under Russian conditions. Right now Russia does not need a large-scale attack by the separatist troops in the Donbas or the escalation of hostilities.

    The intention of the Russian Federation is to create a zone of a permanent social and military tension within Ukraine by …

  • UN has recorded more than 33,000 deaths and injuries in the Donbas during the conflict

    The UN has recorded more than 33 thousand instances of injuries and deaths over the course of fighting in the Donbas. Fiona Fraser, the Deputy Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, announced the figure at a briefing, reports “112 Ukraine”.

    She noted that during the past three months, two peaks of escalation were recorded: November - December 2016, and end of January - early February 2017.

    "Between November 16, 2016 and February 15, 2017, we recorded 130 conflict-related …

  • Akhmetov acknowledged the loss of control over his enterprises in separatist-controlled territories of Ukraine

    Rinat Akhmetov's energy holding, DTEK, reported the loss of control over all of its enterprises in the separatist controlled part of the Donbas.

    "As of March 15, 2017, the assets of the DTEK Energy Group, namely, DTEK Mine Komsomolets Donbassa PrJSC, Mospino CPE LLC, DTEK Energougol Ene PJSC, DTEK ZUYIVS'KA TPP (one of the three power stations of DTEK Skhidenergo LLC), DTEK DONETSKOBLENERGO PJSC, ELEKTRONALADKA LLC, DTEK Service LLC, DTEK POWER GRID LLC, TEHREMPOSTAVKA LLC, DTEK …