Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Netherlands names court to hear MH17 case

    The suspects in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17, which crashed in the Donbas in 2014, will be tried at the District Court of The Hague. This decision was taken by the Dutch Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.

    Relatives of the victims of the plane crash will be allowed to participate in the trial, regardless of their nationality. Thus, all victims will be provided with equal rights.

    In addition, all the suspects involved in the crash will be examined over the course of the …

  • UN: 218 children have died in Donbas since the beginning of the armed conflict

    Fiona Frazer, the head of the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights, said in an interview with ZN.ua that since the beginning of the armed conflict on both sides of the contact line, 138 children (91 boys and 47 girls) have died as well as 80 children in the downed MH17 plane, a total of 218 dead children.

    She said that "In 2017, we recorded 7 deaths, 1 due to shelling and 6 as a result of careless handling of explosive materials. 95 out of 138 child deaths related to the conflict were …

  • Ukrainian President: Kuwait supports the initiative on peacemakers for Donbas

    Kuwait supports Ukraine's initiative on a peacekeeping mission to restore peace in the Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated, the press service of the Head of State reports. According to him, Kuwait is a powerful supporter of Ukraine in international organizations."We feel Kuwait’s very strong and powerful support in international organizations. Kuwait is now a member of the UN Security Council together with Sweden," the President noted.

    He said that, on March 18, 2018, during …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas

    On Sunday March 18, a US strategic RQ-4B Global Hawk drone spent several hours flying along the demarcation line in the Donbas and approached the Russian border several times, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    After taking off at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy, the American drone spent 11 hours flying along the demarcation line between Ukraine and the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), remaining in Ukraine-controlled airspace.

    On at least seven occasions …

  • Ukrainian President appoints a new Joint Forces commander in Donbas

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has appointed Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as the commander of the Joint Forces in the Donbass.

    Ukrainian president said on his Facebook page that the bill “On the specifics of State policy on ensuring Ukraine's State sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions” was adopted in Verkhovna Rada. The bill assumes that the format of “anti-terrorist …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine ready to increase its share in the UN peacekeeping forces to allow deployment of peacekeepers to Donbas

    President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine is ready to increase its share in the UN peacekeeping forces in order to allow sending peacekeepers to the Donbas, as he indicated at a joint briefing with Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen.

      "We have discussed with the President [of Austria] the situation in the occupied Donbas, and the Austrian President assured Vienna’s readiness to adequately contribute to the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission under …

  • Sweden and Canada allocate $2 million for restoration of Donbas

    The governments of Canada and Sweden have allocated $2 million for the restoration the Donbas, as reported on the website of the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.

    "As part of the target fund of many partners, the first $2 million was allocated for the restoration and development of peace in Donbas. The funds were provided by the governments of Canada and Sweden and will be administered by the World Bank in accordance with the priorities …

  • Poroshenko proposes that the EU send a diplomatic mission to the Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with the Vice President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. The President’s website reports that after the meeting he proposed that the European Union send a diplomatic mission to the Donbas.

    "To understand the real situation in the Donbas and to see with your own eyes how Russia fulfills its part of commitments under the Minsk agreements, I appealed to Ms. …

  • US Representative Volker plans new visit to Ukraine

    Kurt Volker, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine, will visit Kyiv in the near future, reports Voice of America.

    "In the near future I will visit Ukraine, I want to go to the eastern part of the country", Volker said, speaking at the Brussels forum. The American diplomat emphasized that the date of the visit hasn’t yet been set.

    The last time Volker visited Ukraine was the day before his meeting with Russian Presidential Aide, Vladislav Surkov. Negotiations between Volker …

  • Girkin: Russia on brink of war with Ukraine

    Igor Girkin (Strelkov), former leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), said the air on Roy TV that victory in the Donbas by the Ukrainian Armed Forces would lead to a full-scale war between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

     “We have a war with Ukraine close at hand. Everyone understands this, but the Kremlin does not want to understand this. If the Ukrainian army unexpectedly attacks and sweeps the Donbas, an inevitable domestic political crisis in Russia will follow," the Russian …