Contents tagged with Luhansk

  • LPR threatens to shoot down Ukrainian aicraft near the contact line in Donbas

    A representative of the Defense Department of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said that LPR militants would shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft if Ukrainian Armed Forces use them near the contact line in the Donbas, reports  Luginform news outlet.

    “The use of combat aircraft is a gross violation of the agreements reached in Minsk,” he said. According to Marochko, Luhansk has the right to shoot down air targets, which fly into the 30- …

  • Ukraine imposes sanctions against Russian transportation companies

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has introduced special sanctions and restrictive measures to individual business entities of the Russian Federation that have concluded contracts with transport industry enterprises controlled by the pro-Russian administration of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the  press service of the SBU reported.

    Employees of the special services established that during 2018, “a number of Russian legal entities and individuals entered into "external …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces liberate small village in Donbas

    Ukrainian military liberated the small village of Vilny in the Luhansk region that was controlled by pro-Russian militants, reported TSN news program on Friday, September 21. The Ukrainian military didn’t suffer any losses during the operation.  

    For almost three day before the operation, Ukrainian reconnaissance group collected the information on the enemy positions in the areas. The village was captured after only thirty minutes of fighting.

    The military carried out the operation with zero …

  • 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 …

  • OSCE SMM patrol comes under fire near Donetsk

    On August 16, observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission  came under fire on the outskirts of th settlement of Holmivskyi, which is 49 kilometers northeast of Donetsk, reported the mission’s press-service.

    Three mission members patrolled on foot while two remained in the SMM cars. A member of an armed formation, carrying an automatic rifle, and a Voda Donbasa public utility company worker were speaking to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers while two other rifle-bearing …

  • Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia's participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting "special status" to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented," said Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of …

  • OSCE drone detects latest Russian electronic warfare systems in Donbas

    In the regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces not controlled by Ukraine, observers from the OSCE mission have detected dozens of tanks and artillery systems deployed outside the set withdrawal areas, as well as anti-air defense systems and the latest Russian electronic warfare systems, reported Ukraine’s Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) .

    On August 9, an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) drone detected as many as 30 tanks belonging to the …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces gain control of another town in the Donbas

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine took over the town of Katerynivka in the Luhansk region from the pro-Russian separatists, as stated by a volunteer, Yuriy Mysyagin, on his Facebook page.   

    “Some time ago, the Armed Forces of Ukraine did everything peacefully and quietly. Residents of the town returned to Ukraine again. There were no violations. This is all ours according to the Minsk Agreements,” he said.

    The volunteer specified that earlier, the forefront of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the …

  • Russian political scientist detained at Berlin airport, refused entry into EU

    Russian political scientist Oleg Bondarenko has been refused entry into the EU. He was detained at the airport in Berlin, and claimed that he had been prevented from entering the territory of the European Union at the request of Poland, TASS reports.

    "At the request of Poland, I have been forbidden to enter the territory of the EU, without explanation. The ban lasts 3 years," he said.

    According to Bondarenko, he flew to Berlin at the invitation of the German Left Party to participate in a …

  • Military expert: change of power in separatist LPR is a result of internal struggle between Russian special services and Russian military

    The removal of so-called head of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnisky, from his position is the result of internecine power struggles between Russian proxies in the separatist-controlled Donbas. Recent events in the LPR indicate that Russian military won in a confrontation with Russian security services, military expert Oleg Zhdanov told Apostrof news agency.   

    The events in Luhansk are actually inner fight among the Russian special services. Most likely, Russia wants to create …