Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Europe condemns elections in LPR and DPR

    The governments of five countries in the EU Security Council released an official statement that they fully support Kyiv in recognizing the illegitimacy of the elections scheduled for November 11 in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces of Ukraine.

    In the statement, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the UK state that the EU’s stance on developments in Ukraine “remains unchanged”. The EU “unequivocally supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial …

  • OSCE drone disappears over the Donbas

    The Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE lost its drone over the territory of the Donbas which is not controlled by Ukraine. The drone was recording the movement of Russian military equipment, reported the command the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) citing the SMM report.

    The JFO reported that the incident happened at 1:18 AM on October 27. While flying over an area near Kalynove, 72 km east of Donetsk, an SMM long-range unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV spotted a 9K33 Osa surface-to-air …

  • OSCE records military vehicles in Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ sent to Donbas

    The Ukrainian representatives of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination in the Donbas (JCCC) reported that military vehicles were recorded in the Russian “humanitarian aid convoys” moving in the territory which is not controlled by Ukraine in the Donetsk region, the command of Joint Forces Operation reports on Facebook.

    The observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) sent information to the JCCC that a convoy of 45 trucks with Russian license plates and “Humanitarian Aid” …

  • Poroshenko calls on Russia to withdraw its forces from the Donbas

    Speaking at the forum of Ukraine and Belarus regions in Gomel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the Donbas.  

    “It was in Minsk, where the document was agreed and signed. It will be a part of the history of diplomacy in times to come. What are these agreements called? Minsk Agreements. Then the Minsk Agreements were included in the documents of the UN Security Council. In what form did they appear there? As Minsk Agreements. And what does the …

  • Ukraine studying Croatia's experience in reintegration of occupied territories

    Ukraine is studying Croatia's experience in de-occupation and reintegration of occupied territories which was discussed during the second meeting of the Ukrainian-Croatian working group on cooperation chaired by the Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, Vasyl Bodnar and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zdravka Bušić.

    The ress-service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that the representatives from both countries discussed the prospects of …

  • Ukraine: Russia sends Donbas coal to Turkey and Poland

    Russia is selling Ukrainian coal, mined in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces and mixed with coal mined in Russia, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at a briefing on the Lviv Security Forum. In this way, coal mined in the Donbas can end up in Turkey and even Poland, UNN reports.

    “We have information that Russia is manipulating coal from the occupied territories [of Ukraine], which they mix with Russian coal, so that we cannot simply detect it chemically, and then it goes to Turkey,” …

  • Ukraine sends 'most powerful' patrol ship to the Azov Sea

    One of the most powerful ships of the Ukrainian Fleet, the project 205P border patrol boat, the BG32 Donbas returns to the Azov Sea after repairs. The Tysk information portal reported on Facebook that the ship will ensure security amid tensions with Russian Navy.

    The ship underwent extensive upgrade. It was repainted, protectors were installed on the bottom part of the hull, and maintenance was performed on its propellers, steering mechanisms, cooling systems and other systems.

    The boat is …

  • Volker: Russia will not go on the offensive in the Donbas

    During his speech at the Atlantic Council center in Washington, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker asserted that Russia would not go on the offensive in the East of Ukraine .

    The American official explained that one of the reasons that it would not be profitable for Russia to aggravate the situation is a high probability that a new spiral of tension in the east of Ukraine could foster the growth of support for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    "[An offensive] would …

  • Russia accuses Ukraine of escalating the situation in the Donbas

    On October 18, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a statement on the aggravated situation in Ukraine.

     In this small document in several paragraphs, Ukraine is accused of killing the leader of the so called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, tearing apart Orthodoxy, ignoring the "will of the fraternal Russian and Ukrainian peoples” in connection with the decision to terminate the Friendship Treaty and, in general, anti-Russian politics.

    “The State Duma is …

  • Russia refuses to call off Donbas ‘elections’

    Russia has refused to call off the elections scheduled for November 11 in the occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, said Oleksandr Motsyk, Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).

    According to the Ukrainian official, the likelihood that “elections” will be held in the DPR and LPR is at 99%.

    “We could not persuade Russia to call off the “elections” it wants to hold in the occupied Donbas territories on November 11… We see that Russia is going …