Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN: talks between Volker and Surkov are ‘on the verge of death’

    Negotiations between Kurt Volker, a special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, and Vladislav Surkov, Russian presidential aide, on the Donbas are "‘on the verge of death", Vladimir Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the US announced at a press conference in Kyiv, Hromadske reports.

    “There is no unity or progress there. Progress depends on the Surkov-Volker track that seems to be ‘on the verge of death’. They have not met since January. They haven’t made any …

  • Volker on escalation in Donbas: This is part of the cycle

    Deterioration of the situation in the Donbas before a ceasefire begins is cyclical, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Voice of America in an interview.

    “This is part of the cycle: the situation escalates, then it calms down. A ceasefire agreement has been reached for the end of August. Often, before the ceasefire starts to come into effect, there are efforts to capture additional territory, to straighten the line,” Volker said.

    On August 22, the …

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of trying to disrupt visit of EU representatives to the Donbas

    Representative of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the EU Mykola Tochytskyi stated at a meeting with journalists that Russia’s Representative to the OSCE tried to disrupt the visit of EU diplomats to the Donbas in June by informing them that Ukraine had plans to shoot down the helicopter carrying them, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

    According to Tochytskyi, the warning had been sent in early summer ahead of the EU’s political and security committee representatives’ visit to Ukraine on …

  • Media: Ukrainian Intelligence Service recruited and brought to Ukraine former DPR Minister

    One of the pro-Russian separatist leaders, Minister of Culture Yuri Lekstutes was evacuated from the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DRP). Ukrainian intelligence had reportedly recruited and brought to the controlled territory the man that should have replaced Alexander Zakharchenko as Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed state, TSN news program reports.

    Lekstutes said that a real war is happening between various Kremlin influence centers—the FSB, GRU, military intelligence—for the …

  • Ukrainian President: each EU country should help Donbas

    According to Interfax-Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to urge the EU countries to take patronage over the restoration of specific settlements in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, announced the head of the state during his trip to the city of Avdiivka on Sunday, August 26.

    "Ukrainian ambassadors will deal with several important issues like mobilizing the means of peace to restore the infrastructure of the Donbas," Poroshenko said.

    He noted that the collected funds will be …

  • Poroshenko on McCain: A great friend of Ukraine has died

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the American Republican Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday, at the age of 82.  

    “This is sad news for the whole Ukrainian nation, the death of a great friend of Ukraine, Senator John McCain. We will never forget his invaluable contribution to the development of democracy and freedom in Ukraine, as well as the support of our government,” wrote Poroshenko on his Facebook page.

    The President noted …

  • Ukrainian ambassadors to hold a meeting in Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin and Ukrainian ambassadors went to the east of the country to hold a meeting on August 27-28, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced on his Facebook page.

    "Morning. 80 representatives of the diplomatic service are flying to the Donbas in a good mood,” the message said. Klimkin also created the following hashtag "meetingofambassadors -2018".

    Andrei Melnik , Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, announced on his Twitter page that representatives …

  • Putin's aide Surkov and Donbas separatist leaders visit South Ossetia to celebrate ‘independence’ anniversary

    At a ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s “independence”, Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, who was previously Russia’s authorized representative for the Donbas, called the self-declared republic of South Ossetia a “lifeline” for the militant-occupied separatist regions of Ukraine, the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (L/DPR), TASS reports.

    The event was attended by the leaders of the separatist territories in Ukraine, …

  • Kremlin announces new negotiations between Surkov and US special envoy Volker on the Donbas

    The new meeting on the Donbas between Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine and Vladislav Surkov, the aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin is being prepared, stated the Russian President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

    He said that the forthcoming meeting will be held “to synchronize their watches” because there were no advance plans for resolving the situation in the Donbas. The details and time of the meeting remain unknown.

    Last week, Volker and Surkov failed to …

  • Kyiv willing to pardon two Russians to begin prisoner exchange

    During negotiations with Russian representatives in Minsk, Ukraine offered to pardon two Russian citizens and hand them over to the Russian consul in exchange for the simultaneous transfer to Ukraine of Ukrainian soldiers illegally detained in the annexed Donbas territories, as reported by Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada.

    “The Ukrainian side is looking for all …