Contents tagged with DPR

  • In the Donbas, Surkov Discussed the Possibility of a Renewal of Hostilities

    The Assistant to the President of Russia, Vladislav Surkov, has travelled to the occupied Donbas region twice this month and discussed the possible resurgence of hostilities, as reported by the Ukrainian intelligence service.

    “The main goal of the Russian occupational forces is to reach the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” stated a representative of the Department of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense. Vadim elaborated on the Kremlin’s decisions on the further …

  • So-called Donetsk People’s Republic to begin printing passports

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said that a test batch of DPR passports has been published, as reported by Glavnoye.

    He stated that the first official passport will be issued by the end of February.

    “The end of this month is the deadline for the issuance of the first passport… The amount depends on the capacity of our printing capabilities, but 60 pieces were already printed the day before yesterday, it was the first trial batch,” …

  • Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada discusses issue of Internally Displaced Persons

    The Parliamentary hearings on the issue of internally displaced people from the occupied Donbas region took place in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 17th of February. The representatives of state authorities, local authorities, human rights organizations and the public participated in the meeting. The issue surrounding the reasonability of blocking the occupied territories was raised among others at the Parliamentary hearings.

    As stated by the head of the Crimean Human …

  • Herashchenko: 127 Ukrainians are still held by separatists in the Donbas

    The Commissioner of the President for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk regions and Ukraine’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine-Russia-OSCE), Iryna Herashchenko, stated at a press conference on the 17th of February that 127 Ukrainians are held captive by militants.

    “Currently, we have 137 Ukrainians, who are illegally held captive. Ten of them are held in Russian prisons,” the Ukrainian news quoted her as saying. …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Putin adviser Surkov visited Donetsk

    Russian presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov, has visited the occupied region of Donetsk.

    This was reported by the Chief of Staff of the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), Alexander Tkachuk.

    “On the 16th of February, Putin’s personal adviser, Vladislav Surkov, was in Donetsk.  Russia was very careful in trying to hide the preparations for his visit,” Tkachuk said.

    “During his visit, Surkov received reports from the heads of local administrations of the so-called Donetsk People’s …

  • Strelkov gives negative portrayal of leaders of pro-Russian separatists

    Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the former Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, gave a destructive description of the so-called DPR and LPR leaders in an interview with the Novorossiya movement’s website

    “For two years they were in limbo, being a kind of a bargaining chip, which everybody wanted to return in exchange for uncertain preferences or some goods. It has led to the fact that favorites came to power, those who were chosen not on the basis of their professional or moral …

  • OSCE: Pro-Russian separatists attempt to deceive monitors by using fake residents

    The Principal Deputy Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, during a press briefing on Tuesday in Donetsk stated that pro-Russian separatists attempt to deceive monitors by having people who pretend to be local residents talk with members of the SMM.  As reported by Ukrinform, the leaders of the separatists organize buses to transport "local residents" from village to village to spread misinformation to the OSCE. 

    “When we were about to leave the village …

  • Court of So-Called Donetsk People's Republic Issues First Official Death Penalty

    The Court of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR)  has given out the first death penalty in the self-proclaimed republic. As reported by Interfax on Friday, February 12th, the ruling was made by Lyudmila Strateychuk, Judge of the Supreme Court of the so-called DPR and acting Chair of the Court Martial.

    She did not specify who was subjected to the exceptional penalty of capital punishment. “There are cases under consideration and they also may result in such a penalty. These are murder …

  • Zakharchenko demands recognition of DPR as an independent state

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has stated that the separatists are ready to cooperate with Ukraine.  In return, they demand official recognition of the so-called DPR as an independent state.  Zakharchenko detailed these conditions to the RIA Novosti news agency.

    Zakharchenko is awaiting the recognition of the so-called DPR as an equal partner.  In addition, he hopes that Ukraine will implement all points of the Minsk Agreements, reformat …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence Learns of Putin Adviser's Plan to Visit Separatist-Held Regions

    The Deputy Director of the Ministry of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Vadim Skibitskiy, indicated that the Russian Presidential Advisor, Vladislav Surkov, plans to visit the occupied Donbas region, as reported by Ukrainian TV channels.

    Skibitskiy also said that official candidates from the Russian Federation for local government positions of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have not been elected.  However, the representatives of the …