Contents tagged with Donbas

  • German Foreign Ministry: The conflict in Ukraine won’t be resolved quickly

    Both the separatists and the Ukrainian military have violated the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas and it is not likely that the conflict will be resolved in the near future, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, as reported by Reuters.

    “It is very difficult to find a way out after so many years. Of course, we are trying, but it does not seem that we will have a short-term resolution of the crisis in the region,” said the head of MFA of Germany at a …

  • France proposes a plan for de-occupation of the Donbas

    French President Emmanuel Macron has presented his de-occupation plan for the Donbas to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    Macron spoke about this on Monday in Paris at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Poroshenko held during the latter's working visit to France, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are waiting for the result. The solution that I proposed to President Poroshenko, [I have shown] to all sides of the Normandy format and, in fact, already done for President Putin; I …

  • Mercenary who fought for separatists in Donbas on trial in Czech Republic

    The Czech police have brought the first charges against a Czech citizen for participating in the fight for the Donbas on the side of the pro-Russian separatists.

    As reported by the local media, the former Czech soldier “participated in the preparation of terrorist attacks on the Donbas”. The court is currently considering the case which has been placed under an “information embargo”.

    This is the first time that Czech prosecution authorities have begun considered a case with charges against a …

  • Media reports indicate that there are more than 1,200 people in the DPR’s Marine Corps

    More than 1,200 people serve in the 9th Separate Motorized Rifle Regiment of the Marine Corps of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), as reported by Kommersant newspaper, quoting a source close to the military command of the DPR.

    It was noted that the regiment is armed with T-72 tanks, BMP-2 armored vehicles and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers. According to Ukrainian forces, at the beginning of 2016, this regiment of the DPR Armed Forces was reinforced with Russian servicemen from the 810th …

  • Media: Separatist republics in eastern Ukraine halt coal mine operations

    Since July 2017 the work of coal enterprises in the DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) have been partially suspended, switching to a two-day work week, according to the Russian news agency, REGNUM, citing a source in the so-called ministry of coal and energy of the separatists, as well as an employee of the directorate of the state enterprise Torezantratsit.

    As of July 1, 2017, all the enterprises of Torezantratsit, including the enterprises of Shakhterskantratsit and Snezhnoyeantratsit will …

  • Ukrainian Government: the situation with water in the Donbas remains critical

    Ukrainian Government: the situation with water in the Donbas remains critical

    According to the Ministry for the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine, the situation with the water supply in the Donetsk region remains critical.

    The Ministry noted that since February 2017, due to constant bombardments by the separatists, the South Donbass water conduit has operated under extremely difficult conditions.

    Only one of two lines of the water conduit is currently in operation. According to the …

  • A new ceasefire attempt in the Donbas breaks down on the first day

    The “grain ceasefire” in the Donbas was broken on the first day, said Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, on Saturday.

    “The firing almost never stopped and the shelling started again. Unfortunately, this was the third or the fourth ceasefire agreement in the last two months. They [the agreements] are constantly being violated by Russian hybrid forces. I do not remember any agreement that they ever observed. These agreements do not last more than …

  • Ukrainian media: Separatists continue attacking Ukrainian military's positions

    On the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine zone, separatist militia fighters are becoming increasingly active at nighttime, specifically in the southern front sector. Over the past days, the Ukrainian military has been under attack by submachine and machine gun fire, RPG shells, and mines, TSN reports.

    Along the line of defense in the Lebedynske area, heavy 120-meter caliber guns were fired, and in the area of the forward defense posts near Shyrokyne, the combatants fired cannons and from …

  • President of Lithuania: Sanctions against Russia should be strengthened and expanded

    The West should expand sanctions against Russia, as the situation in eastern Ukraine does not improve, as stated by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite before the EU summit in Brussels, Delfi reports.

    "The situation in Ukraine thus far only continues to deteriorate… In eastern Ukraine, a direct, real, de-facto inclusion of that part of the country into the territory of Russia has begun," said Lithuanian President Grybauskaite.

    She also pointed out to the fact that Moscow, with separatist …

  • Turchynov proposed tightening checks on residents of the Crimea and the Donbas who are seeking Ukrainian biometric passports

    Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov believes that it is necessary to conduct a thorough check of all applicants arriving from the territories that are not under Ukraine’s control who wish to obtain a biometric passport, as reported on the website of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

    According to Turchynov, after the start of Ukraine’s visa-free regime with the EU, the number of people from the Crimea and from the separatist-held …