Contents tagged with Azov

  • Ukrainian military capture pro-Russian fighter during a counter attack in Donbas

    A Russian mercenary captured by Azov soldiers said his group had entered a grey area to frame the Ukrainian military in disrupting the "ceasefire", reported the press service of Azov battalion providing the details of the operation near Horlivka (Donetsk region).

    On the night of August 28-29, Azov fighters noticed a group of pro-Russian militants moving through the grey zone in an attempt to infiltrate Ukrainian positions in the Svitlodar salient in violation of the Minsk agreements.

    Azov's …

  • Lavrov ‘allows’ Ukrainian Navy ships to pass through the Kerch Strait

    Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti.

    “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said.

    On 25 November last year, Russia  …

  • EU ready to allocate funds to Ukraine for improvement of transport connection with Mariupol

    The European Union is ready to finance the improvement of the transport connection between Mariupol and the rest of Ukraine, reported the press service of the the Ministry of Infrastructure after the meeting between Ukraine's infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan and EU Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli.

    Mingarelli said that Brussels is ready to support the projects for the improvement of the Zaporizhia-Mariupol railway link and the construction of the Mariupol-Mykolaiv freeway.

    Kyiv and the …

  • Estonia prepares to introduce sanctions against Russia because of Kerch Strait incident

    The Estonian parliament will appeal to the government with a proposal to introduce individual sanctions against four high-ranking Russian officials who are deemed responsible for Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Among them are Senator Aleksey Pushkov, Vladimir Kulishov, Sergei Stankevich and Vasily Piskarev. The decision was adopted by the Estonian MPs on Wednesday, February 20.

    Fifty-six deputies voted to impose sanctions on the four officials. The sanctions prohibit …

  • Azov Battalion returns to the forefront in the Donbas

    The special detachment of the Ukrainian National Guard, Azov has returned to the demarcation line in the Donbas to carry out military tasks, the unit’s press service reported.

    “Behind us are more than three years of grueling training, dozens of missions and large-scale exercises, liberation of the cities and settlements. We are confident that the most remarkable battles of the Azov lie ahead,” the statement reads.

    The Azov press service states that servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine …

  • Ukrainian Minister: Russia exports tons of coal worth millions of dollars from Donbas

    Russia exports from the territories of the Donbas, which are controlled by pro-Russian militants, amount to almost 2.8 million tons of anthracite coal worth $288 million annually, stated the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Vadym Chernysh. 

    “Russians are trying to find sources to support the occupation administration and the occupied territories… They take Ukrainian coal and Ukrainian gas from the Black Sea shelf, using it to support the …

  • Ukraine strengthens its air defense near the Sea of Azov

    The Head of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) press center, Vitaliy Sarantsev said that Ukraine has deployed anti-sabotage forces and has strengthened its air defense in near the Azov Sea, UNIAN reports.   He explained that these were necessary preparations against possible Russian threats. Sarantsev did not specify where exactly the new troops are located but he added that additional fortifications were established near the Azov Sea and that communication between joint forces …

  • Russia seizes three Ukrainian Navy ships in the Kerch Strait

    Russia attacked a group of Ukrainian ships which were heading to the port of Mariupol through the Kerch Strait. According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy, two Ukrainian servicemen were injured as a result of the attack.

    "According to the latest reports, small armored artillery boats Berdiansk and Nikopol came under the enemy fire and have stalled. The Yana Kapu tug boat was also forced to stop. The ships were captured by special forces of the Russian Federation. There is also …

  • Russia detains Ukrainian vessel in the Black Sea

    On August 28, Representatives of the border office of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in the Crimea detained Ukrainian fishing boat number YAOD-2105 and its crew of four, as stated on Facebook by the Main Department of the Ukrainian National Police (MDNP) in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

    According to the police, four fishermen are held at the border post of Sevastopol. “On these grounds, two criminal proceedings have been instituted under Section 1, Article 146-1 …

  • Ukrainian military conducts exercises on the Azov Sea coast

    On July 3, the Ukrainian military conducted live-firing exercises using tanks and infantry armored vehicles, as reported by the press service of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in the Donbas.

     “Along the withdrawal routes of heavy weapons and equipment, crews of T-64B tanks and BMP-1 fighting vehicles practiced combat tactics and firing at mock enemy units,” the statement reads.

    As Deputy Commander of the Mechanized Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Herasimenko said that armored vehicle …