Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Non-combat losses of Ukrainian Army in 2017 amount to 98 people

    Last year, irreversible non-battle casualties of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbas amounted to 98 dead servicemen, according to the response of the Ministry of Defense to an inquiry from 112.ua news channel. In addition, 178 servicemen were injured under non-combat circumstances in the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation- acronym used for Ukrainian military operation in the Donbas) zone in 2017.

    As of December 18, the irreversible losses of the Ukrainian army since the beginning of 2017 …

  • Ukrainian President signs bill to launch broadcasting to separatist-held territories of Donbas

    President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill to issue temporary permits for broadcasting in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone and Ukrainian border regions, according to the President’s website.

    On his Facebook page, Poroshenko wrote that the bill will allow broadcasting to be developed three times faster. Until now, according to the President, the development of broadcasting for the territory of the Crimea took 9-12 months due to the procedural complexity of miscalculation, the …

  • Ukrainian politician: Canada's chairmanship at the G7 is a unique opportunity to focus attention on Russian aggression against Ukraine

    Under the leadership of Canada, which has been chairing the Group of Seven (G7) since the beginning of the year, a new international platform should be launched to discuss the situation in the Russian-annexed Crimea and Donbas territories. Danylo Lubkivsky, former Diplomatic Adviser to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (2015-2016) and Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine (2014), stated this an article he wrote for the Kyiv-based Day (Den) newspaper.

    Lubkivsky noted that beginning …

  • Ukraine: talks on peacekeepers in Donbas failed

    The UN Security Council was ready to begin deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas, but Russia rejected virtually all important provisions, as stated by Volodymyr Yelchenko, the permanent representative of Ukraine in the United Nations, in an interview with Yevropeyskaya Pravda.

    “The Security Council was ready to begin work on the mandate of the peacekeeping operation, but Russia rejected virtually all important provisions and returned to its idea of a strange operation where UN peacekeepers …

  • President of South Ossetia says he often comes to eastern Ukraine to support Ossetians fighting on the side of separatists

    In an interview with the WarGonzo project, the president of the self-proclaimed South Ossetia, Anatoliy Bibilov, admitted that during almost every trip to the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) he visits the front line and advises "volunteers" on the front line.  

    "As for my visit to the front line... I actually go there on almost every visit, especially when it concerns those guys from South Ossetia, and neighbors [in the Caucasus region] overall. Of course, I care about Ossetians. I'm …

  • Kravchuk suggests that Russia and Ukraine hold direct talks

    The former first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk said in an interview with Radio Liberty that in order to stop the war that Russia is waging against Ukraine, a direct agreement is needed between the leaders of both states.

    "It is necessary, first of all, no matter how difficult it is, to achieve a meeting at the level of the Russian and Ukrainian authorities, one on one. What is happening in the Donbas is the hand of the Kremlin, and until we agree with Russia... [about what] we can do, …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: nearly 26,000 hectares of land cleared of mines in the Donbas in 2017

    The press service of the Ministry of Defense reported that over the course of 2017, bomb disposal experts cleared nearly 26,000 hectares of land area in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of mines, neutralizing approximately 326,000 explosive items.

    "In particular, the bomb squads of the Armed Forces of Ukraine worked on a 3,632-hectare territory where they managed to neutralize and destroy more than 177,500 explosive objects. They also cleared more than 1,100 kilometers of roads, as well as 18 …

  • Separatist DPR considers legalizing blockchain mining and cryptocurrency transactions

    The Donbas Post, which is controlled by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic is planning to introduce blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, as stated in the publication ‘Ministries and Departments for 2018’ on the DNR-LIVE website.

    The publication does not contain detailed information on the development of blockchain technology.

    In November 2017, the Minister of Communications of the DPR, Viktor Yatsenko, called cryptocurrencies, “a promising mechanism to attract investment.”

    “I am …

  • ‘Georgian Legion’ leaves Ukrainian Armed Forces

    The Georgian National Legion, which is fighting in the Donbas as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, declared they were withdrawing from the 54th brigade because of the "incompetence and illegal actions of its command", as stated in a Facebook post of the military the unit.

    "On December 20, 2017, the entire Georgian Legion left the 54th Brigade because of the incompetence of commander Oleksiy Maystrenko and his entourage, as well as illegal orders issued by him. We will relay the details of …

  • Polish Prime Minister: Poland accepted 1.5 million Ukrainians, most of them are from the Donbas

    Poland has accepted 1.5 million Ukrainians, most of them from the territories where fighting is still going on, as stated by the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, during a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán, in Budapest, Polskie Radio reports.

    "We have received 1.5 million Ukrainians, with the majority of them being people from the territories where military activities have been continuing. We estimate that at least several tens of thousands are people who have …