Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukraine to prosecute Russians for illegal entry into the country

    Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the first amendment of the bill No. 7017, which calls for criminal liability for the illegal crossing of Ukraine’s state border by citizens of "the aggressor country". 241 Ukrainian MPS voted for the document prepared by the MPs Iryna Lutsenko and Artur Herasimov.

    The bill approves criminal charges "for the illegal crossing of Ukraine’s state border by a citizen of an aggressor state or by a person supporting interests of the aggressor state". …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko may meet with Trump at the UN General Assembly

    In an interview with BBC News Ukraine, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, who oversees international issues, said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may meet with US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. 

    “The president is actively preparing for events connected with the United Nations General Assembly; two-way meetings are being planned as well as participation in general political debates. His speech is scheduled for September 26 …

  • Ukraine: Russia sends to Donbas weapons captured during the annexation of the Crimea

    Russia is arming militants in the Donbas with captured weapons from Ukrainian military bases after the annexation of the Crimea, reported the Communication Department of the Ukrainian National Police, citing a statement of the Chief of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev.

    “Firearms, which were captured from more than 10 military bases in annexed Crimea, are used on the territories of the Joint Forces Operation. They belonged to the Armed Forces of Ukraine until 2014 but the arms were stolen …

  • 10 schools in Donbas suspend work due to proximity to combat zone

    10 institutions of general secondary education in the Donetsk region suspended work due to proximity to military operations, announced Oleksandr Kuts, the head of the Ukrainian military-civilian regional administration in the Donetsk region.

    He said that on the first day of school, four fully renovated central schools will be opened in Vuhledar, Dobropillia, Kostiantynivka, and Mariupol. At the moment, 12 more educational institutions are being rebuilt.

    "A total of 522 institutions of general …

  • DPR chooses a successor to Zakharchenko

    Successor to Zakharchenko has been quickly chosen in Donetsk. Dmitry Trapeznikov, who until now has been deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPR became the head of the DPR, as announced at an emergency briefing in the press center of the Donetsk news agency.

    The Chairman of the National Council of DPR, Denis Pushilin presented Trapeznikov to journalists. Trapeznikov read a statement after Pushilin’s presentation.

    "The Territorial Defense command has made a decision. In …

  • Assassination of Zakharchenko: 11 more people injured and killed in the explosion

    In addition to the leader of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, there are 11 injured and killed people in the explosion in the restaurant Separ in Donetsk, , including the head of the youth movement "the stronghold of the Donbass" Natalia Volkova, Russian Interfax news agency reports. She received severe burns and was taken to Donetsk Trauma Center.

    Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Russia, which began investigation into the murder of the DPR Leader, reported that in the the explosion that …

  • Head of DPR Zakharchenko killed in Donetsk

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has been killed in Donetsk.

     According to the media reports, Zakharchenko was killed by an explosion during his visit to the restaurant Separ in the center of Donetsk.

     The information about Zakharchenko's death has been confirmed by Russian Interfax news agency.

    According to Interfax, the head of the DPR Ministry of Finance, Alexander Timofeev, was also wounded in the explosion.

    The death of the DPR leader was confirmed by the " …

  • NATO to help Ukraine in mine clearance of the Donbas

    The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is preparing to sign the Agreement between NATO and the Ukrainian Government on the creation of the NATO Trust Fund on explosive ordnance disposal and countering improvised explosive devices. The Cabinet of Ministers has already agreed to the project.

    "Yesterday, we decided on Ukraine’s signing the Agreement. We have only to sign it with NATO,” Maxim Komissarov, the head of the Department of Ecological Safety and Mine Action of the Ministry of Defense of …

  • Macron proposes to reset relations with Russia

    During a visit to Finland, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "a full renewal" is needed in relations with Russia. 

    "I believe that we need a complete renewal of our relations with Russia set at the end of the Cold War. Our actions - both on the one hand and on the other - sometimes involve mistakes or misunderstandings that we inherited from the last two decades and that prevent us from making the right conclusions, "said Macron at a news conference with the Finnish President in …

  • Foreign Ministry of France: It’s too early to send UN peacekeepers to Donbas

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during his speech at the annual gathering of French ambassadors in Paris, on Wednesday, August 29 that it would be premature to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas,Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    According to the minister, there is not enough political will to enforce the move. "Let's be honest. Without local political will, it’s premature or even counterproductive to consider the possible dispatch of the UN mission," said Le Drian. The Minister added …