Contents tagged with Zakharchenko

  • Separatist leaders attend 'Donbas integration ceremony' in the Crimea

    In the annexed Crimea, a presentation regarding “the integration of the Donbas into the Russian Federation” was given at the first conference of the Russia-Donbas Integration Committee which was held on March 17th at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    The first meeting of the Committee was attended by Igor Carpenter and Alexander Zakharchenko, the leaders of the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People's Republic), respectively. They arrived in the Crimea …

  • DPR announces its own trade blockade with Kyiv

    Since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, residents of the Donbass have learned to live under the Kyiv instituted blockade, now the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has announced their own blockade of Kyiv, the head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said.

    “We have cut off all contact with Ukraine, with whom we are fighting. Yes, we are selling coal to get money to pay our wages here. But by virtue of this we have learned to live in the blockade, …

  • Tensions rise as separatist 'nationalize' Ukrainian companies in the Donbas

    On March 1, separatists introduced "external management" to Ukrainian enterprises located in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by Kyiv. This action is the fulfilment of an ultimatum given the day before to the organizers of the trade blockade of the Donbas. The blockade is has been manned by veterans of the war in eastern Ukraine since the end of January.

    The separatists placed about 40 Ukrainian companies under "external management." This was stated by the head of …

  • Separatist leaders threaten Ukraine with the nationalization of companies because of the trade blockade

    On the 27th of February, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, leaders of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by Ukraine, sent an ultimatum to Kyiv. If on the Ukrainian side the blockade of the Donbas [which was started by war veterans in Eastern Ukraine with the goal of freeing Ukrainian prisoners and putting an end to trade with the separatists] continues, the separatist leaders will take control of the companies under Ukrainian jurisdiction which are in …

  • Peskov: Zakharchenko's statement about the Donbas were a result of 'tense emotional situation' in the region

    The statements by the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, about the possibility of capturing the Donbas by military means were made as a result of emotional tensions in the region, which were provoked by Kyiv, as expressed by a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Friday, February 17th, Lenta.ru reports. He stressed that this position is not in line with the Minsk Agreements.

    "On the other hand, perhaps it really is, unfortunately, the emotional …

  • Court in Kyiv approved detention of separatist leader Zakharchenko

    On 8 February, the Court of Appeal in Kyiv approved the detention of the separatist leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, as reported by the press service of the Court.

    The decision was made based on a complaint filed by the General Prosecutor’s Office against the decision of the Shevchenko District Court of Kyiv on 14 December 2016, when judges refused to detain Zakharchenko.

    Zakharchenko should be detained in order to be brought before the court to determine whether he should be remanded to …

  • Zakharchenko invited Aksyonov to visit the DPR

    During a meeting with the Kremlin-controlled Crimean authorities, the leader of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, invited the Russian-appointed Prime Minister of the Crimea to visit the territory controlled by their group in eastern Ukraine, as reported by the press service of the current Crimean government on 19 January.

    Aksyonov, in turn, promised to invite the leaders of the DPR and LPR more often.“In the future, we will always invite them to participate in significant events. I’m sure that …

  • Separatists plan to jam Ukrainian radio signals

    According to the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples’ Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, the beginning broadcasts of Ukrainian radio in the territory of the Donetsk region is not controlled by separatists, as he stated at a press-conference.

    "Yes, I know about this problem. There is this station in Chasiv Yar which will broadcast to our territory. For today, if you turn on TV, you can catch any wave including in Ukrainian language. Basically, we have lived with Ukrainian broadcasting …

  • Former separatist leader proposed uniting the two breakaway republics and making Zacharchenko a 'president'

    The First head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Valery Bolotov, considers it necessary to return the whole territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the DPR and LPR jurisdiction in order for both republics to unite.

    "It is my opinion that the first thing to do, is to return the territory of the former Luhansk and Donetsk regions to the LPR and DPR. I also believe that it is necessary to unite the two Republics,” he wrote on his page on Vkontakte.

    As for the head of the …

  • Separatists stated that two thousand Russians are kept in Donetsk detention facility

    A Russian writer, who supports the activity of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, Natalya Makeeva, stated that about 2,000 Russians are being held in a Donetsk detention facility. It is reported that they came to the Donbas in 2014 to join the illegally armed groups. According to Makeeva, she deals with issues related to prisoners of war in separatist-controlled areas and the territory controlled by Ukrainian Government.

    Natalya Makeeva claims that the detained Russians came to the …