Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Russia calls Ukrainian bill on reintegration of Donbas ‘preparation for war’

    The bill on the reintegration of Donbas, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the second reading, legally allows Kyiv to solve the problems in the region by force, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the joint operational headquarters, the creation of which is envisaged by the bill, will be able to use the armed forces “against civilians throughout the country” and “without the formal introduction of martial law.”

    “Poroshenko is receiving …

  • Ukrainian Parliament passes the bill on reintegration of Donbas

    The Verkhovna Rada has passed a bill outlining steps to reinstate the sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily uncontrolled territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    The Bill No. 7163 was passed in the second reading and was supported by 280 deputies.

    The Ukrainian Parliament started considering the proposed amendments to this bill on Tuesday.

    The Bill was initially presented by the MP from the Bloc of Petro Porosheno, Ivan Vinnyk, and several amendments to this bill were  …

  • Mingarelli: Russian aggression and ineffective governance are main threats to Ukraine's security

    During a round table discussion entitled "Threats to the Security of Ukraine and Other Countries of the Eastern Partnership Region: Possible Responses" in Kyiv, the Head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli, has named two main sources of threats to Ukraine's security: external and internal, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "In the EU, we see two sources of threats to the security of Ukraine and its neighbors. First, obviously, is the conflict with Russia. The second is a combination of …

  • Kyiv lifts sanctions against Russian coal supplier

    Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has lifted sanctions against the Russian coal supplier Yuzhtrans. The decision is stipulated in the Ministry's order number 1905 dated December 29, 2017.

    The sanctions against Yuzhtrans in the form of prohibition of foreign economic relations with this company were introduced by the Ministry's order number 1583 of October 30, 2017. They came into force on December 9, 2017.

    In 2015, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) suspected Yuzhtrans …

  • Head of DPR Zakharchenko bans state officials from travelling to Ukraine

    Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has banned the DPR’s state officials from travelling to territory controlled by Kyiv. According to the website of the Ministry of State Security, this decree was signed on December 15 in 2017.

    According to the decree, the restriction was implemented due to “massive recruitment by Ukrainian special services of the DPR’s residents who cross the demarcation line with Ukraine” including government and local …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus: conflict in the Donbas is the only conflict in which UN does not show any involvement

    The conflict in Donbas is the only conflict in the world in the postwar period that goes without any involvement of the United Nations, said Roman Bezsmertnyi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine (2010-2011) to Belarus on the ZIK TV-program.

    Commenting on the situation in the Donbas, Bezsmertnyi said it was important that Ukraine invoke all current pertaining laws, especially the Defense Law and provisions of the Martial Law.

    “Because I cannot resist the thought that some …

  • Ukrainian military shot down third Russian drone since the beginning of ceasefire in the Donbas

    Since December 23, when the New Year-Christmas ceasefire in the Donbas began, Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense units have shot down third enemy drone, the press center of the headquarters of the Ukrainian Military in Donbas reports.

    "In the area of the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation), the air defense unit shot down a Russian-made Orlan-10 UAV. Since the beginning of the ceasefire (December 23), this is the third downed UAV of this type," the report said.

    It was noted that Orlan-10 is an …

  • Ukrainian military command: pro-Russian militants used heavy artillery in the Donbas for the first time in the this year

    On Saturday, January 13, pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas used artillery for the first time since the beginning of the New Year-Christmas ceasefire on December 23, reported the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas.

    "A shelling attack by grenade launchers, 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery systems against the fortifications of ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) forces on the approaches to Vodyane village in the area along the Sea of Azov coast (Priazovye) has lasted for …

  • Putin meets with Ukrainian politician Medvedchuk

    On Wednesday, January 10, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin met with Viktor Medvedchuk, the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas, the leader of the public movement "Ukrainian Choice: the right of the people" and his compadre (Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk's daughter – Ed.).

    This was reported by the EUDaily portal, citing sources at the Russian President's administration. According to Russia's radio …

  • US: Russia continues to intimidate OSCE observers in Donbas

    The United States accuses Russia of continuing to intimidate the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in the Donbas, and preventing it from carrying out its tasks. A statement to this effect was made by US Chargé d'Affaires Harry Kamian on Thursday, January 11, Ukrinform reports.

    “The SMM in Ukraine is a critically important component of the OSCE response. The SMM plays an important role in the process of implementing the Minsk agreements. However, Russia and her proxies continue to …