Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Ukraine proposes providing monetary compensation to separatists who surrender with weapons

    Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman Andriy Lysenko proposed implementing a program that solicits the surrender of separatists with weapons. He proposed the initiative on Facebook, naming the project "Make profits while saving lives."

    Essentially, separatists who surrender their equipment to Ukraine (tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns) acquire the right in court for a reduction of or exemption from punishment and will receive monetary …

  • UK citizen appeared in London court for involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine

    A 41-year-old Briton, filmed on video together with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, appeared in a London court on the 28th of September. Benjamin Stimson, from Oldham in the north-western part of England, is charged under several articles of the British anti-terrorist legislation.

    According to a police spokesman, he is specifically accused of “intent to commit an act of terrorism and the steps to implement this” and “intent to commit acts of terrorism and assistance to acts of terrorism” …

  • Russia's Almaz-Antey arms company admitted MH17 could have been shot down due to operator error

    Malaysia Airline’s Flight MH17 may have crashed due to an operator error of the Buk anti-aircraft. This was reported by the adviser to the chief designer of Russia's state-owned Almaz-Antey, Mikhail Malyshevsky.

    According to him, the probability of a Buk missile system operator’s error cannot be ruled out.

    “There may be a lot of different reasons for this. It could have happened due to poor crew training, or some wrong baseline data, possibly even some tragic mistakes. For example, a …

  • Former Ukrainian POW: The prisoner situation in the Donbas is beneficial for Russia

    A Ukrainian militia volunteer, Volodymyr Zhemchugov, who was seriously wounded and spent almost a year in the captivity of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic, shared his opinion about the problem of prisoner exchanges between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the armed groups of the LPR and DPR. In an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda he said that the separatists often managed to “cheat” Ukrainian negotiators.

    “I was resentful when they managed to play Ukraine for a fool,” the former …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister says the ceasefire in the Donbas has broken down

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak stated in his interview with Bild that hostilities continue in the Donbas despite the announced ceasefire.

    “Every fifteen minutes I receive data from the front. Yesterday, we had thirty violations of the ceasefire that resulted in the death of one Ukrainian soldier and injuries to seven more servicemen. In addition, militants used weapons such as mortars and artillery, which are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. I mean, there were fewer violations …

  • LPR separatists denied OSCE observers access to Zolote

    Members of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic once again did not allow the OSCE observers to monitor the situation in the Pervomaisk-Zolote region, as reported on the Facebook page of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE.

    “The LPR denied access to the Pervomaisk-Zolote region. The Special Monitoring Mission cannot monitor the implementation of the Minsk Agreements by the parties without access to the region. The SMM is able and ready to monitor,” the statement reads.

    The …

  • Former leader of Right Sector says separatist commanders should also be put on Interpol wanted list

    The former leader of the Right Sector Organization, Dmytro Yarosh, is outraged by the fact that Interpol doesn’t want to remove him from the international wanted list but, at the same time, it refuses to search for the known Commanders of the self-proclaimed DPR, Givi and Motorola, as he stated this on the air of the talk show People - Hard Talk on 112 Ukraine TV. According to him, Europe doesn’t consider them to be war criminals.

    “There is some kind of dissonance – two and a half years have …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: Withdrawal from demarcation line will be possible only after a sustainable ceasefire is implemented

    The head of the press center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Headquarters, Ivan Arefiev, stated that Ukraine would agree to withdraw troops from the front line only after a complete cessation of attacks.

    “The withdrawal of troops from the demarcation line is possible only after a sustainable ceasefire. We withdrew heavy weapons long ago. We are implementing the Minsk Agreements but we still remain because attacks on our positions have not yet ceased,” Arefiev said.

    On Saturday, Russian-backed …

  • Eastern Ukraine sees increased number of attacks

    On September 25, pro-Russian separatists violated the ceasefire seven times. Separatists resorted to armed provocations using small arms, grenade launchers and machine guns.

    This was reported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces press center.

    In the Mariupol area, separatists violated the ceasefire in the areas of Marinka and Pavlopillia using small arms.

    In the Donetsk area, separatists fired on Ukrainian positions in the area of Avdiivka. They used grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms. …

  • US announces that Kyiv has agreed to offer special status to the Donbas

    Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden stated that Ukrainian authorities have agreed to the special status of the Donbas. The video of the politician’s speech at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York was published by the Ukrainian Service of Voice of America.

    Biden noted the complexity of the decision for Kyiv, stating that it would be similar to Washington granting special status to Texas due to the growing influence of Mexico in the region.

    “It’s like saying, ‘Texas will …