Contents tagged with Russian Invasion

  • Russia’s airstrike in Syrian Idlib province kills 44 people

    Observers from two organizations, the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), have reported that on the evening of June 7, aircraft from the Russian Air Forces launched an air strike against the Syrian village of Zardana in the province of Idlib, killing at least 44 people.  

    Eleven women and six children are among the dead, say the human rights activists. More than sixty people were injured. The number of victims may increase, as many of the wounded are in critical …

  • Poroshenko: Russia has strengthened its troops near Ukrainian borders in preparation to invade

    Since 2014, Russia has reorganized its military forces and strengthened its military presence along the border with Ukraine, as stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the meeting with the Ukrainian military in Kramatorsk, Luhansk region, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    As the President noted, the commander of the Ukrainian Airborne Forces Mykhailo Zabrodskyi informed him about Russia's readiness for a rapid invasion of Ukraine.

    "In his report, General Zabrodskyi informed me in detail …

  • Ukrainian representative in Minsk: There are 702 Russian tanks in the Donbas

    There are more Russian tanks in the temporarily occupied territories than in Germany and the UK combined.

    This was said on-air on Channel 5 by the representative of Ukraine in the Minsk talks, Yevhen Marchuk.

    He assured that Ukrainian intelligence knows exactly through which railway crossing and border checkpoints trains come from the Russian side, how much and what kind of equipment is being transported, and where it is being unloaded.

    “It is absolutely certain that on that side there are 70 …

  • Gubarev: Uprisings in southeastern Ukraine in 2014 were organized by 'external forces'

    Pavel Gubarev, the head of the People's Militia of the Donbas, the leader of the Novorossiya (New Russia) Party and the former "People's Governor" of the Donetsk region, said the anti-government uprising in the southeast of Ukraine in 2014 was organized by external forces. In an interview with the local newspaper, he said that without such aid it would be impossible to effect a leadership change in other cities of Ukraine, Rosbalt reported.

    Responding to a question about whether the repetition …

  • Dzhemilev met with Erdoğan

    On 17th December, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with the Ukrainian presidential envoy for Crimean Tatar People’s Affairs, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Anadolu reported. The meeting took place in a hotel in Konya. The Turkish Vice Prime Minister, Yalçın Akdoğan also participated in the meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes. Neither of the parties has disclosed the details of their discussions.

    A sizeable portion of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora (more than 1000 people) live in Turkey. In …

  • Herbst: War in Ukraine is more important than Russian invasion of Syria

     

    The former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, in his interview with the Voice of America, stated that U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, is not the best candidate for negotiations with Russia regarding the cessation of the war in Ukraine. According to him, his soft diplomacy will not convince the Kremlin that it’s time to pull back.

    “The point is that during negotiations with the Kremlin, U.S Secretary John Kerry doesn't speak harshly in regards to Russian crimes, such as the Crimean …

  • Pro-Russian Cossack Commander Killed by Alleged Car Bomb in Eastern Ukraine

    The car of Cossack commander Pavel Dremov of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) was blown up on the way to his wedding.

    According to the official news agency of the separatist authorities, the explosion occurred at a gas station en route Pervomaisk - Stakhanov. Dremov died immediately, and the driver of the car later died from his injuries. The authorities of the self-proclaimed LPR proclaimed the incident a terrorist attack.

    "The explosion of a car which killed the commander …

  • Dzhemilev named conditions for supplying Crimea with electricity

    The leader of the Crimean Tater people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, summarized that the contract should specify that Crimea is temporarily occupied by Russia. According to Dzhemilev, the document must be signed by representatives of the relevant ministries of Ukraine and Russia.

    The Crimean leader, during a meeting with the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, named three conditions necessary for signing the contract which would supply electricity to Crimea. Dzhemilev discussed this in the …

  • Russia-backed militants to call for fixed-term military service in spring

    Intelligence: Militants are planning to hold call-up for fixed-term military service in spring

    The Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that militants are planning to hold a call-up for fixed-term military service in the occupied territories of Donbas, in the spring of 2016. The report noted that the decision was connected with a reduction of Russian mercenaries and an increase in the number of servicemen who wanted to terminate their contract with …

  • Ukrainian prisoners still held by Donbass militants

    The Donbass region separatists are still holding 131 people hostage. Yari Tandit, advisor to the chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), told Radio Freedom that they can only confirm the fate of 57 of those people. “We are looking for information on the places in which the remaining 74 hostages are situated,” said Tandit.

    On December 8th, Irina Gerashchenko reported that the insurgents of Donbass are still holding 140 Ukrainian prisoners. She is the chairman of the Parliamentary …