Contents tagged with War in Ukraine

  • OSCE: Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas are coming closer to each other

    Opposing sides continue to move towards each other in the Donbas, stated Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug  on Monday, February 19, at a press briefing in Donetsk.

    "The fact is that the sides continue to dig trenches. The fact is, that the sides move closer to one another. The fact is, that the sides keep weapons that they should have long withdrawn in areas where they should not be. And the fact is that that both sides …

  • Ukrainian Military Command: one Russian soldier killed, another wounded in mine explosion at Svitlodarsk salient

    On Sunday, February 18, at the Svitlodarsk salient, two Russian soldiers from the so-called 7th separate motorized rifle brigade (the LPR army) were involved in a mine explosion, reported the Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas.

    “Both fighters were citizens of the Russian Federation. One of them – Vladimir Vladimirovich Lyubinov, born in 1988, and a resident of the Krasnodar Krai – was killed. The other – Sergey Valeryevich Mikhailov, born in 1972, and a resident of Astrakhan ( …

  • Russian soldier Ageyev detained in Ukraine asks for sentence change according to Donbas reintegration law

    Russian soldier Viktor Ageyev’s attorney will motion for reclassification of the case and an lightening of the sentence for his client, which is apparently made possible by the Donbas De-occupation Law, recently adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. A statement to this effect was made by Ageyev’s attorney Viktor Chevguz, Ukrinform reports.

    “I filed an appeal at the Appeals Court of the Luhansk province. I am requesting a change in the classification of the article according to which he is …

  • Polish Prime Minister calls Russia greatest threat to his country

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki considers Russia to be the greatest threat to his country at present, especially within the context of Russian aggression in the area of eastern Ukraine adjacent to the aggressor state.

    "Thus, I assess [that there is] a threat from Russia. I think that what Russia is doing in Ukraine is very dangerous," The Polish Prime Minister told Polskie Radio.

    Morawiecki also commented on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is planned to link …

  • Volker believes that war in the Donbas could be stopped within 12 months

    In an interview with BBC, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker believes that fighting in the east of Ukraine could cease within a year.

    "We want to see peace and an end to hostilities. We want to see all citizens of Ukraine in peace and security. This could become the basis for beginning full implementation of the Minsk agreements. And all this could be achieved in 12 months," Volker said.

    He also noted that the level of violence in eastern Ukraine increased significantly in 2017. …

  • Russia accuses Ukrainian military of opening fire at a bus carrying civilians in the Donbas

    The Investigative Committee of Russia accused the Ukrainian military of opening fire on a bus near Olenivka in the Donbass on January 21.

    The committee website stated, “The investigation has every reason to believe that this was a targeted shooting of the bus full of civilians, by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine using automatic firearms, carrying out orders of senior officials in violation of the protocol on the ceasefire in the southeast of Ukraine."

    The Russian …

  • Ukrainian military command: pro-Russian militants shelled Dokuchaievsk

    Dokuchaievsk, which is not under Ukrainian control, was bombarded with heavy weapons, most likely 82-mm mortars, by militants, as reported by the press center of the Ukrainian military command in the Donbas.

    "According to unconfirmed reports, as a result of the shelling, there are casualties among local civilians," the report of the Ukrainian military reads.

    The press-service mentioned that Ukrainian solders near Novotroitske noticed that during the shelling of Ukrainian positions from 82-mm …

  • Ukrainian politician: the war in Eastern Ukraine can end this year

    The restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be achieved this year, said the Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Yuriy Hrymchak, during an interview with Radio Svoboda.

    "I want it to happen this year. I have hope for this and I possess information that leads me to believe so," Hrymchak stressed, answering the question of when the entire Donbas will be returned to Ukraine.  The Deputy …

  • Ukrainian military capture separatist fighter during fight near Shyrokyne

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces detected and engaged into fight with a subversive armed group of pro-Russian separatists near the town of Shyrokyne, the press service of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed forces reported.

    According to the press service, Ukrainian military managed to capture one fighter of the subversive group.

    “In the area of Shyrokyne, Ukrainian defenders detected a subversive group moving towards their positions. When the distance became critical, our soldiers opened fire …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus: conflict in the Donbas is the only conflict in which UN does not show any involvement

    The conflict in Donbas is the only conflict in the world in the postwar period that goes without any involvement of the United Nations, said Roman Bezsmertnyi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine (2010-2011) to Belarus on the ZIK TV-program.

    Commenting on the situation in the Donbas, Bezsmertnyi said it was important that Ukraine invoke all current pertaining laws, especially the Defense Law and provisions of the Martial Law.

    “Because I cannot resist the thought that some …