Contents tagged with Donbas

  • US representative in the OSCE accused Russia of hypocrisy

    On Thursday, at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Geneva, the U.S. Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Daniel Baer, referred to the Russian actions that instigate the continued conflict in eastern Ukraine in recent days as obstructionism, incitement and hypocrisy, Ukrinform reports.

    "Over the past week, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have suffered the heaviest losses since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in September 2015," the representative of the United States said.

    He …

  • The National Police of Ukraine suspects the authorities of Toretsk of being sympathetic to separatists

    The authorities of Toretsk (formerly known as Dzerzhinsk) are "preparing the area for the separatists” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). The head of the National Police of the Donetsk Oblast, Vyacheslav Abroskin, made this statement on his Facebook page.

    "The local authorities of Toretsk are not acting fairly. They are attracting public veteran’s organizations and are encouraging them to demand the  withdrawal of the Ukrainian troops from the city. The city managers are …

  • Railroads in the Donbas will be cleared for coal transportation

    In Minsk, it was agreed that railroads will be cleared for coal transportation to Ukrainian power stations

    At yesterday's meeting in Minsk, members of a subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on economic issues agreed to start the process of clearing the rail networks through which coal is transported from the occupied territories to Ukrainian power stations, as Darya Olifer, the press secretary for Leonid Kuchma, wrote on her Facebook page. This is about clearance and reconstruction of …

  • Minsk Contact Group fails to agree on prisoner exchange

    The parties of the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group failed to agree on an exchange of prisoners during negotiations in Minsk that took place on the 13th of July. According to the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, the representatives of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic continue to ignore Ukraine's initiatives.

    “We have received no answers to our proposal to transfer eight saboteurs, who were detained near …

  • Separatist leader's bodyguard surrenders to Ukrainian Border Service

    The Russian citizen, who had worked as a guard for the leader of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), surrendered to the employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on the night of July 12, the National Police Department press service in the Donetsk region reported.

    The 29-year-old Russian, registered in South Ossetia, was a member of the armed group Vostok from August 2014 to May 2016. He was on service in Yasynuvata and was on duty at the checkpoint in the Luhansk region. …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine has fulfilled 95 percent of the Minsk agreements

    Ukraine has fulfilled almost all of its obligations with regard to the Minsk Agreements. This was said on the 11th of July by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    According to Poroshenko, Kiev has fulfilled 95% of all political commitments and 100% of all security obligations. He also said that in order for the political process to begin, Russia has to fulfill the security criteria as detailed in the agreements.

    The UN had …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces claim to have captured three Russian soldiers

    Ukrainian forces captured three Russian soldiers near Troitske, an urban-type settlement in the Luhansk region, according to Presidential Administration spokesperson on conflict zone issues, Colonel Andriy Lysenko. The Ukrainian Colonel explained that a sabotage and reconnaissance group of more than 20 people moved to the positions of Ukrainian forces in the region of Troitske after powerful artillery preparations immediately after midnight.

    Reinforcements immediately arrived to support the …

  • NATO concerned over the deteriorating situation in the Donbas

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about the increase in the number of ceasefire violations in the Donbas, and once again stressed the necessity of implementing the Minsk Agreements.

    "We are concerned about the increase in the intensity of attacks in Eastern Ukraine. But the only way to resolve the conflict is to fully implement all points of the Minsk Agreements," he said in an interview with the Inter TV channel show Details, which aired on Sunday evening.

    In response …

  • One Ukrainian soldier killed and ten wounded in the Donbas

    Over the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and ten were wounded as a result of the fighting in the Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing the Speaker of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration on issues in the conflict area, Andrei Lysenko.

    According to him, the number of attacks by pro-Russian separatists has increased dramatically, as the Ukrainian side recorded a total of 94 attacks on Sunday, the highest since mid-April.

    Lysenko explained that the attacks occurred in …

  • Ukrainian MoD: Separatists have increased attacks in the Donbas prior to NATO summit

    The head of the public relations department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Bogdan Senik stated in his comment to Ukrainian Pravda that the increase in shelling in eastern Ukraine zone that has been observed in recent days can be explained by the desire to provoke Ukrainian servicemen before the NATO Summit.

    “We connect the tendency towards increasing the amount of shelling over the recent period with holding of landmark meetings such as meeting in Minsk or other events, where the issue on de- …