Contents tagged with Ceasefire

  • Merkel condemns violations of the ceasefire in the Donbas

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed deep concern about the repeated violations of ceasefire in the east of Ukraine during the visit to the Italian town of Assisi .

    “Ukraine concerns us, and in the ‘Normandy Format’ that unites Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, we try to get the Minsk Agreements implemented. But ceasefire is violated every day; people are dying every day,” she said.

    Merkel arrived in Assisi to receive the Franciscan order’s “Lamp of Peace” award for seeking the …

  • Russian State Duma deputy comes under fire in Donbas

    A Russian State Duma Deputy, Alexey Zhuravlev (non-factional) came under fire on Monday in the Donbas, as he stated to RIA Novosti.

    "I wanted to be assured of today's announced ceasefire. We arrived at the Pyatnashka battalion’s location and came under mortar fire. One of the cars was disabled, we had to turn around and leave," he said.

    According to unofficial data, the shelling occurred in the town of Kruta Balka near Yasynuvata.

    Zhuravlev is the chairman of the Russian Rodina (Fatherland) …

  • A new ceasefire comes into effect in the Donbas

    Another ceasefire has been declared in the Antiterrorist Operation (ATO) zone in the Donbas. An “absolute armistice” agreement was reached by the participants in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk (Belarus) on February 28. On March 2, the TCG participants declared comprehensive and indefinite ceasefire in the ATO zone starting on midnight beginning March 5.

    The armistice bans any offensives and intelligence operations, firing in direction of or from all population centers, and …

  • The EU condemned the 'flagrant violation' of the ceasefire in the Donbas

    The Press Secretary of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday, January 31st, that the European Union strongly condemned the resumption of fighting in the east of Ukraine, calling it "a flagrant violation" of the cease-fire under the Minsk agreements. The fighting with heavy artillery in the area of the industrial city, Avdiivka, led to many casualties, Deutsche Welle reported.

    The European Union demanded an …

  • Turkish Media: Assad's regime continues to violate the ceasefire in Syria

    Despite the ceasefire in Syria, Bashar al-Assad's regime continues to attack the opposition forces, as reported by the Anadolu news agency.

    According to the agency, Assad's army and pro-Iranian groups have been attacking the opposition's strongholds from the ground and air using heavy weapons.

    As a result of the strikes, two children were killed at the Kafr Dael settlement west of Aleppo.

    The opposition forces responded with artillery at the towns of Kefraya and Al-Fu'ah which are controlled …

  • Media: Turkey and Russia agreed on a plan for a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria

    The Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that Turkey and Russia agreed on a plan for the introduction of a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria. According to this plan, all the parties to the conflict in Syria will be asked to halt combat operations. The agency’s report says that Ankara's and Moscow's agreed on a plan for a comprehensive cease-fire, which does not apply to the terrorist groups, will be presented to the parties of the conflict in Syria for approval.

    However, there is no clear …

  • Russia, Turkey and Iran are ready to become the guarantors of agreement between Syrian President and opposition

    On the 20th of December, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, stated after a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Javad Zarif, in Moscow, that Russia, Turkey, and Iran are ready to contribute to the establishment of an agreement between the Syrian authorities and the opposition, and become its guarantors.

    The three countries favored the expansion of the ceasefire throughout Syria, with the exception of the areas controlled by terrorist …

  • Disengagement of separatist forces and the Ukrainian Army in the Donbas has been postponed

    The disengagement of separatist forces the Ukrainian army in the that has been carried out in the village of Zolote has been postponed in other areas due to ceasefire violations, stated the head of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC), General Borys Kremenetsky, on the channel 112 Ukraine.

    He said that an increasing number of attacks in the Donbas will affect the terms of disengagement on the border line.

    “Of course it will have an effect, …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: Withdrawal from demarcation line will be possible only after a sustainable ceasefire is implemented

    The head of the press center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Headquarters, Ivan Arefiev, stated that Ukraine would agree to withdraw troops from the front line only after a complete cessation of attacks.

    “The withdrawal of troops from the demarcation line is possible only after a sustainable ceasefire. We withdrew heavy weapons long ago. We are implementing the Minsk Agreements but we still remain because attacks on our positions have not yet ceased,” Arefiev said.

    On Saturday, Russian-backed …

  • Kyiv is skeptical about statements made by French and German Foreign Ministers about the Donbas

    Attempts made by the German and French foreign ministers to revive the Minsk Agreements in Moscow and the Donbas have caused a sharp reaction from Ukrainian politicians and experts. The foreign ministers discussed this issue during their visit to Kiev. Ukraine does not believe that Europe has the ability to ensure a ceasefire in the Donbas. They also do not agree with the ministers’ proposal on the procedure for the fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements, Deutsche Welle reported.

    Set against a …