Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Serbia sentences several mercenaries who fought in Donbas

    Serbia sentenced several of its citizens who were fighting for Russia in the Donbas, said Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

    "We have discussed with Serbian friends the issue of Serbian mercenaries who were fighting in the Donbas for the separatists and openly and fundamentally for Russia. We already have several court sentences here, in Serbia, and I thank Serbia for that.” the Minister of Foreign Affairs posted on Facebook.

    Klimkin added that, if it is proven that any of …

  • Ukrainian President: peacekeepers mission in Donbas is a test for the Kremlin

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated on his Twitter page that the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas would not only be a way of restoring peace, it would also serve as a test of Moscow’s genuine intentions.

    Poroshenko stressed that a primary task for the restoration of peace in the Donbas is deployment of a multi-national, UN-mandated peacekeeping mission. According to Poroshenko, another more efficient method does not yet exist.

    “The proposal for mission in the Donbas …

  • Head of DPR Zakharchenko threatens to open fire on the UN mission

    If the UN mission is deployed in the Donbas without consent of the DPR authorities,  the DPR military will have to open fire on the UN peacekeepers , said the head of Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko.

     “The UN mission will not enter here without the consent of the DPR. Otherwise… they will become targets. We will just have one more enemy. The more enemies we have, the easier it is to shoot; no need to aim,” he stated.

     During recent meetings in the Normandy format, consensus …

  • DPR head Zakharchenko ready to negotiate with Ukraine after elections

    The head of the DPR, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, is ready to enter into negotiations with Ukraine, but only after the elections. He made this statement during a “Direct Line” with residents of the territories of the Donetsk region that are not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, reported dnr-online news outlet.

    “Despite the rhetoric of our opponents and allies that negotiations with Kyiv are impossible, even if tomorrow Poroshenko, Turchinov and others are gone, even if Ukraine as a state …

  • European Court of Human Rights combines proceedings against Russia on Crimea and Donbas

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has combined proceedings against the Russian Federation on the Crimea and the Donbas, stated Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister and Commissioner for the European Court of Human Rights Ivan Lishchyna.

    "The ECHR has agreed to our request and combined proceedings on intergovernmental allegations that Russia has violated [the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms] into two large [areas]: the Crimea and the Donbas. …

  • Volker compares the situation in Eastern Ukraine to the annexation of Crimea

    Special representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker compared the situation in eastern Ukraine with the annexed Crimea and called it “a state to state conflict.” “In the case of Ukraine, what we see here is not an ethnic conflict, it’s not an indigenous conflict that grew up internally, it’s not a civil war, it’s not a conflict between Russians and Ukrainians ethnically. It is a State to State conflict. It is a conflict in which Russia has put its forces onto the …

  • European Commission President: lifting sanctions against Russia until the de-occupation of Donbas is out the question

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker promised that the question of abolishing EU sanctions against the Russian Federation would not be raised until the Minsk Agreements are implemented and the Donbas is de-occupied. Volodymyr Ariev, Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), relayed Juncker's statement through a Facebook post.

    "The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised that the EU would not …

  • Ukrainian intelligence officers detain pro-Russian spies at the demarcation line in Donbas

    Ukrainian intelligence officers detained two men that were collecting intelligence on the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Joint Forces Operation's area on the demarcation line, reported Ukraine’s military Task Force Pivnich (North) on Facebook.

    "The mobile intelligence group that monitored one of the areas of the contact line found and detained two unknown persons in the area of responsibility of Pivnich task force. After verifying the detainees' personal identities it turned out that they had …

  • Media: Kremlin admits that Russian military participate in Donbas conflict

    The Russian Defense Ministry has paid for monuments to be erected over the graves of the Pskov paratroopers who were killed in combat in the Donbas in summer 2014. In this way the military department is effectively admitting that Russian soldiers were involved in armed aggression against Ukraine, an article published in the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta on June 24 observes.

    The authors of the article note that in 2014, nameless graves began to appear in the cemeteries of Pskov and the …

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania visits the boundary line in the Donbas

    On Saturday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius visited a local school and one of the transit checkpoints in the frontier town of Stanytsia Luhanska.

    On his Twitter, he shared his impressions from the visit. "I am at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint on the line of contact. The only operating checkpoint in the region: a violation of the Minsk Agreements. People are standing in line for 4 hours in the heat. It’s inhumane and unacceptable,” the Lithuanian diplomat wrote.

    The Head of …