Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Russia imported more than 1 million tons of coal from the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine in 2016

    In 2016, roughly 1.04 million tons of coal was exported from the Donbas territories which are not controlled by Ukraine into Russia, LIGA.net reports, citing Russian railway data. In 2015, the volume of smuggled exports was somewhat larger – 1.3 million tons.

    The mined coal is enriched at Donetsk and Luhansk factories and transported through the border with Russia that is not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. Later on the fuel is exported to European and African countries. Some of the …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister called Donbas and Crimea the most dangerous ‘gray areas’ in Europe

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, during a meeting with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe drew attention to the inadmissibility of the existence of "gray zones" on the European continent, whose inhabitants are de facto outside the protection of the European Convention on Human Rights, as reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs."The Ukrainian Foreign Minister noted that the Donbas and the Crimea are now 'the hottest …

  • President of Ukraine: another batch of upgraded T-80 tanks is sent to the Donbas

    Kyiv is sending its military in the Donbass a batch of upgraded T-80 tanks, as reported by the President of Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko.

    "The next consignment of the T-80 “good-looking” tanks will be sent to the Ukrainian highly mobile airborne forces in the front line! We continue to work to strengthen our defense capability," wrote Poroshenko on his Facebook page without specifying how many tanks would be received by the military and when.

    Previously, Poroshenko stated that in the …

  • Russian parliament committee proposes creation of tourist zones in separatist republics in Eastern Ukraine

    On Wednesday, May 17, an exhibition titled the “Industrial Heritage of the Donbas” will be opened in the State Duma, RBC news agency reported. It will be organized by MP Iosif Kobzon from the “Yedinaya Rossiya” (United Russia) party and the Lower House Committee for Culture, two sources from the Committee for Culture told RBC. From the unrecognized republics, Eduard Golenko, acting Minister of the Coal Industry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) is expected to speak at the exhibition, one …

  • US drone conducts reconnaissance over the Donbas

    On Sunday, May 14, the US Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk, a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV made a 10-hour reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbas, as evidenced by the data of Western websites monitoring the movement of military aircraft.

    According to their information, a heavy US drone with call sign UAVGH000, which departed from US Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, cruised for a day along the line of demarcation from north to south, collecting …

  • Foreign Minister of Ukraine: The U.S. is ready to exert pressure on Russia to settle the situation in the Donbas

    After a meeting with US President Donald Tramp on May 10, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin, said that "there are very interesting ideas" but first they must be coordinated with all partners.

    Klimkin argues that regarding the process of settling the situation in the Donbas, the United States is ready to exert pressure on Russia. "One of the main political signals is a real desire to join the pressure on Russia. There are very interesting ideas, but I can only speak …

  • Separatist leader: the goal of DPR is reunification with Russia

    At the meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee which took place on May 12 in Donetsk, the head of the self-proclaimed DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, stated that the purpose of “the republic" is to join Russia, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

    "We have one goal, reunification with the motherland, and the motherland is Russia. The ultimate objective of this Committee, all of its work, is to return to our only homeland," stated Zakharchenko.

    Previously, the …

  • Media: Russia allocates $180 million to supply ore to the Donbas

    In 2017, the Russian government allocated 10 billion rubles ($180 million) to the Federal Agency for State Reserves (Rosrezerv) for the purchase of raw materials and other materials for the metallurgical industry. As RBC news agency reports, Rosrezerv acts as an intermediary in the supply of raw materials to metallurgical plants in the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic).

    The order, which was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, does not specify the …

  • Ukraine asked the U.S. to join the Normandy format

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, during his visit to Washington and in meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence, discussed the possibility of involving the U.S. in the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas within the framework of the Normandy format.

    "The situation in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements were discussed. The Americans have a clear understanding of what Russian aggression is …

  • Media: Putin’s adviser controls the separatist republics in Eastern Ukraine through his people

    Russian Presidential Adviser Vladislav Surkov appointed his own people to govern the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), and determines the internal policy in the “republics”, Reuters reported.

    Surkov’s role was described to the news agency by three people who previously held high positions in the self-proclaimed republics. Two of the sources wished to remain anonymous, but the third – Alexei Alexandrov – gave permission for his name to be used.

    According to …