Contents tagged with LPR

  • Head of separatist LPR says he is ready for negotiations with Kyiv

    Acting head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik said he is ready to enter into direct negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities concerning the settling of the situation in Donbas. He stated this in an interview with a Russian television station, reports 112 Ukraine.

    “We don’t know what will happen, but we are ready for a dialogue, we are in favor of a round-table discussion to solve all of the conflicts,” said Pasechnik.

    According to him, Kyiv is allegedly evading such a dialogue.

    “Unfortunately, …

  • Media: Former LPR leader Plotnitsky killed his predecessor Bolotov

    Former leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky is the prime suspect in the murder case of Valery Bolotov, who was the republic’s leader before him, sources close to the current LPR leadership told Apostrophe news outlet.

    According to the article, rumors of Plotnitsky’s return are circulating in Luhansk. Sources in the LPR claim that the current head of the republic is more afraid of Plotnitsky than of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

    “We remember all too …

  • Russia expresses doubt about Volker’s ability to 'contribute to resolving the crisis in the Donbas’ after his statements that LPR and DPR should be disbanded

    U.S. Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker’s call to disband the LPR and the DPR “calls into question” his ability to contribute to the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas, said the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, reported RIA Novosti.

    “Volker's words, of course, do not fit into any framework of the existing Minsk agreements and, in my opinion, quite seriously call into question his readiness and ability to make a real contribution to …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: DPR and LPR must be disbanded

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the occupation establishments that Russia has created in the Donbas, the DPR and LPR, must be dismantled, because they do not comply with Ukraine’s constitution.

    He made a statement to this effect during a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute analytic center, which was broadcast on the institute’s website.

    “The so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic are establishments created by Russia …

  • Russian Gazprom stops charging Ukraine for gas supplies to separatist DPR and LPR

    At the 2018 Ukrainian Energy Forum in Kyiv, Yuriy Vitrenko, Chief Commercial Officer of Naftogaz Ukraine, has announced that Russian conglomerate Gazprom has stopped invoicing Naftogaz Ukraine for gas supplies sent to self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) , Interfax reported.

    According to Vitrenko, Gazprom did not bill Naftogaz for the entire period of 2017, nor the beginning of 2018.

    Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said that between January 2015 and June 2017, the …

  • Former head of LPR Plotnitsky jailed in Russia

    Novosti Donbassa news outlet reported that Igor Plotnitsky, the former head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, is in St. Petersburg's Kresty prison, as indicated by Vladlen Zaruba, a colleague of Valery Bolotov, the late ex-head of the LPR.

    According to Zaruba, in the detention facility, Plotnitsky has provided evidence and testimony. Bolotov’s associate also suggested that it was because of these statements that Oleg Mkrtchian, General Director of the Industrial Union of Donbas, …

  • Elections for leader of separatist LPR to be held in fall 2018

    Elections for the “head of the LPR” will be held in the fall of 2018, said the head of self-proclaimed separatist republic Leonid Pasechnik.

    “I announce, with a great sense of responsibility, that I intend to participate in the autumn elections as a candidate for the leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic in order to fully fulfill the tasks set before us,” Russian news agency TASS quoted Pasenchik as saying.

    According to the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Luhansk, its leader is …

  • Russia says 'Rasmussen plan’ on settlement in the Donbas must be agreed upon with separatist DPR and LPR

    The plan for a settlement of the situation in the Donbas, prepared at the request of former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will not work without the agreement with the authorities of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, says Aleksey Pushkov, Chair of the Russian State Duma's Committee for International Affairs. The document implies sending 20,000 soldiers from the UN contingent to eastern Ukraine.

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas

    On Friday, February 16, a RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic drone from the US Air Force conducted a reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine reported with reference to web sites tracking the air traffic of military aircraft.

     The US long-distance drone with tail number 10-2043, which took off from Sigonella airbase in Sicily, flew from north to south along the line of demarcation separating Ukraine from self-proclaimed LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) and the …

  • Russian foreign Minister Lavrov says Russia will not recognize LPR and DPR

    During a broadcast of Russia 1, when asked about whether Russia will recognize the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded that the Kremlin remains committed to Minsk Agreements.

    According to the Russian Minister, deviation from the Minsk agreements would be a “colossal mistake." "You know, unlike some of our international colleagues, we [Russia] are still people of our word; and we always stand by our word, especially when it was the subject of …