Contents tagged with DPR

  • Separatists say holding elections now would be 'impractical'

    Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said that to hold elections in the Donbas for the sake of holding elections is impractical. Separatist media quoted DPR leader Denis Pushilin, who said that to set a new election date does not make sense.

    "We gave Ukraine so many chances, appointed a date with time to spare. However, Ukraine did not move in this direction. For us, holding elections for the sake of having elections is not quite feasible,” Pushilin said. …

  • Kyiv raises question of abolishing 'quasi-state structures' in the Donbas

    During a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, the aim of which was to find a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Ukraine raised the question about the possibility of abolition of the “quasi-state structures” of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO). This was said by Daria Olifer, who is the press secretary of the Group’s Ukrainian representative, Leonid Kuchma.

    “It is impossible to hold elections on a territory that is not controlled by the Ukrainian …

  • Transnistria does not recognize the LPR or DPR because it wants to cooperate with Ukraine

    The Transnistrian Foreign Ministry does not make any statements recognizing the self-proclaimed LPR or DPR and does not articulate a certain position because of their willingness to develop relations with Ukraine. This was the statement by Foreign Minister of Transnistria Vitaly Ignatiev in an interview with Russian Kommersant newspaper.

    “No one set preconditions for us to send some additional signals or make statements. Transnistria does not articulate a position in the context of this …

  • Separatist commander Givi promised to avenge death of Motorola

    One of the commanders of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Mikhail Tolstykh, known by the call sign ‘Givi,’ vowed to level the cities of Ukraine to the ground in retaliation for the death of his comrade, Arsen Pavlov (call sign ‘Motorola’). He stated this in an interview with Russian NewsFront portal.

    “Whoever did this, they will pay. The whole of Ukraine will pay. Each city besides Donetsk People’s Republic, that we will continue to capture, I will level to the ground for this …

  • Zakharchenko accuses Ukraine's Security Service of assassinating Motorola

    The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said that it was the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) that organized the assassination of Arseny Pavlov—call sign “Motorola”—one of the separatist military leaders, vesti.ru reports.

    "Today I can state the following: this operation was worked out by the Ukrainian Security Service. I would even say that this is terrorism on a national scale,” Zakharchenko emphasized. According to him, an investigation of …

  • Separatists arrest Russian battalion leader

    Russian journalist, Marina Akhmedova, has confirmed that the so-called Ministry of State Security (MGB) of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has arrested Alexei Smirnov. He is the commander of the so-called Angel battalion. She posted this on her Facebook page.

    “Alexei Smirnov, also known as Angel, was arrested. He is now in the custody of the MGB of the DPR. The charges are theft of humanitarian aid. It's hard to do it, but at this point I will refrain from making angry …

  • Plotnitsky says separatist republics averted coups

    The head of the self-proclaimed LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, stated that the leadership of the DPR and the LPR could have averted the impending "revolution." According to him, as reported by DonPress, it is possible that such “revolutionary” preparations were managed not only in Ukraine but also in Russia.

    "It was another attempt at a coup. However, it's not so much the fact of the coup in the LPR. The main goal was to create a precedent for the alleged indignation of the Ukrainian people and the …

  • Separatist commander: Accession of the Donbas to Russia is impossible

    Influential military commander of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Khodakovsky, has reported that Russia will not be incorporating the Donbas into its territory and that this issue is no longer relevant in Russian society. This was said by Khodakovsky during his video conference in Donetsk. The commander is also known as being at the forefront of the uprising of the new government in 2014.

    “I don’t think that we can talk about the accession in the near future as it’s …

  • Separatists to introduce unilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

    On the 13th of September, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Aleksandr Zakharchenko, announced the introduction of a unilateral ceasefire.

    Separatists have promised to cease shooting from the 15th of September at midnight. A similar statement was made by the head of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky.

    Plotnitsky added that his servicemen are strictly prohibited from returning fire in the event of an attack from the Ukrainian forces. However, …

  • Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada proposes banning use of names of separatist republics in media

    A bill was submitted in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) calling to classify the names “DPR” (Donetsk People’s Republic)  and “LPR” (Luhansk People’s Republic) as those which promote criminal organizations, which in turn would prohibit the use of the names in the media, 112.ua reported.

    Instead of the abbreviations “DPR” and “LPR” the initiator of the bill proposes the terms “criminal organization, self-proclaimed in the territory of the Donetsk region” and “criminal organization, …