Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Turkey decides to buy Ukrainian tank defense systems used in the Donbas

    In February 2018, Turkey agreed to purchase the Ukrainian Zaslon-L active defense systems – which performed well in the Donbas – for more than 100 of its tanks.

    This is a Ukrainian complex of active protection of armored vehicles, developed on the basis of the Soviet “Barrier” program of the 1980s. The deal was hastily organized after a massive loss of Turkish tanks in northwest Syria, which came under attack by anti-tank guided missiles, reports Strategy Page news outlet.

    It was stated that …

  • Media: Summit on Donbas peacekeepers to be held without Russia

    Ukraine, Germany and France will hold a summit devoted to the matter of deploying peacekeepers in the Donbas, the newspaper Kommersant reports, citing sources in Ukraine’s presidential administration. Russia has not been invited to the summit.

    The event will be modeled after the Normandy Format, and will involve the heads of state. However, Vladimir Putin will not participate in the event. The meeting of the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine is scheduled to take place in May in the German …

  • Ukrainian President speaks about Merkel and Macron’s pressure on Putin

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the leaders of the Normandy Four countries – himself, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron – pressurized Russian President Vladimir Putin to agree to establish a truce in the Donbas for Easter. Poroshenko mentioned this during a meeting with inhabitants of Volnovakha, 112 Ukraine reports.

    He called the truce as necessary as “air” and said that it is a condition for introducing peacekeepers in the Donbas. The …

  • Clearing mines in the Donbas can cost over 800 million dollars

    Expenditures for clearing every mine in the Donbas can exceed 800 million dollars, said the Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Vadym Chernysh to Radio Svoboda.

    "[These are the] preliminary estimates of mine clearance. The area of Croatia is about fifty thousand square kilometers. In 20 years Croatia has spent a little over 800 million dollars for mine clearance of its territory: mine clearance for development in order to plow, sow and build there,” …

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Moscow ordered Russian soldiers stationed in Donbas to hand over their passports

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published audio recordings of intercepted phone calls made by separatist from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).

    “The SBU has acquired repeated evidence of the presence of Russian soldiers in the illegal armed formations of the so-called D/LPR. In the audio recordings of the terrorists’ phone calls that were intercepted by the SBU, one can hear an order from Moscow to immediately hand over the Russian citizenship passports of all …

  • The Netherlands opened a memorial to the victims of the MH17 crash in the Donbas

    The Dutch city of Eindhoven opened a memorial to the victims of the crash of flight MH17 that was shot down in the sky over the Donbas in 2014, the Ukrainian Embassy reported on Twitter. "The tragedy of MH17 united us! We will always remember and will do everything to bring those responsible to justice!" the message of the Ukrainian Embassy reads. The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17 over the territory of Ukraine near the village of …

  • Ukrainian Security service detains an officer of the Ministry for State Security of the DPR

    In Kherson, Ukrainian counter-intelligence officers detained an officer of the so-called intelligence services of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a woman whose history of activities is connected with the Crimea and Donbas where she advocated for “Russkiy Mir” [Russian world] and recruited citizens of the separatist-held territories and armed units of militants, as reported by TSN news.

    Elina Borozenna is a “Junior Lieutenant” of the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR.  After …

  • Mother of Ukrainian soldier captured in Donbas: Prisoners taken to Russia as laborers

    Many Ukrainians who were captured in the Donbas have been taken to Russia, where they are used as laborers, claims Yadviga Lozinskaya, mother of the missing soldier Andrei Lozinskiy, Gordon writes.

    According to Lozinskaya, her 24 year-old son went missing in 2014 after the Illovaisk battles. Since then she has conducted the search for him herself.

    The last time Andrei phoned his mother was on September 5, 2014, from someone else’s phone. He told her he had been captured. Lozinskaya traveled …

  • Russia makes company of Ukrainian fugitive oligarch Kurchenko sole coal supplier from DPR and LPR

    Russia has named Gaz-Alyans, a company controlled by Sergei Kurchenko, its sole supplier of coal from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), RBC news agency writes.

    RBC cites “DPR people’s council deputy” Vladislav Brig, a source in the management of the coal company Rovenkianthracite, and the appeals of Russian coal traders who previously traded coal from the DPR and LPR.

    The document states that on March 14, 2018, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development sent a …

  • Merkel makes peace in Donbas one of German government's tasks

    For the next four years, one of the tasks of the new German government in the international arena will be to establish peace in the Donbas and to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine, stated the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her first post-re-election report in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

    The Chancellor said, "Work on the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be extended to ensure the restoration of Ukraine sovereignty and to bring relations with Russia to another level." …