Contents tagged with Donbas

  • OSCE: Donbas has the most land mines in the world

    The OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik said that the east part of Ukraine is the area with the biggest number of land mines in the world, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The working group on security issues discussed compliance with the ceasefire, raising of the forces and means as well as demining. Ukraine’s east has become the area with the most land mines in the world," said Sajdik at the briefing following the Trilateral Contact Group meeting on conflict resolution in Donbas.

    In this …

  • Russia to propose changes to Donbas ceasefire agreement after Zakharchenko’s death

    Russia will propose changes to the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas after the assassination of the head of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s, Republic Alexander Zakharchenko, stated Boris Gryzlov, the Russian plenipotentiary in the Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, TASS reported.

    He said that a package of additional measures to the agreement was discussed at the meeting of the Contact Group on September 19. “These measures, which include a ban on any sabotage …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas

    An American RQ-4A Global Hawk strategic drone conducted reconnaissance flight along the demarcation line in the Donbas, Interfax Ukraine reports with the reference to the data published by aviation sources.  

    After taking off at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy, the American drone spent 10 hours flying along the demarcation line between Ukraine and the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), remaining in Ukraine-controlled airspace.

    On several occasions …

  • Kyiv and London discuss military cooperation

    On Monday, September 17th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with the Secretary of State for Defense of Great Britain Gavin Williamson. The two sides positively noted the continuous Ukrainian-British dialogue on security and defense, reports the presidential press service.

    In part, the President praised the contribution of Great Britain in strengthening defense potential and training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and expressed hope that this cooperation would continue.

    Also, according …

  • Volker: Ukraine's withdrawal from Friendship Treaty with Russia is justified

    Ukraine’s decision not to renew the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia is justified, said US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during the 15th annual YES Summit organized by the Pinchuk Foundation.

    “Russia invaded Ukraine. The reality is that this treaty means nothing,” Volker said.

    When asked about the negotiation process on the Donbas, Volker confirmed that Russia’s position has not changed. Russia insists that the peacekeeping contingent should only …

  • US recommends that Ukraine extends the law on de-occupation of Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker recommends that Ukrainian authorities extend the law on the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk areas.  

    While speaking to journalists at the Yalta European Strategy forum (YES), Volker recalled that key sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union are connected to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which among other things requires the special status for the territories of the Donbas which are not …

  • Kyiv may impose sanctions against Swiss ‘delegation’ for visiting Crimea

    The Ukrainian Embassy may initiate sanctions against the Swiss delegation headed by Edward Belzer, a former member of the Council of States of Switzerland, for visiting the annexed Crimea.

    As the diplomatic mission reported on September 10, this visit was “a violation of the Ukrainian legislation and contradicts Switzerland's official position on the non-recognition of the attempt to annex the Crimea to Russia”.

    “We are sorry, but despite the well-known observance of the supremacy of the …

  • Ukraine jamming Russian broadcasts to 180 Donbas towns

    Ukrainian Serpanok propaganda jamming system covers 180 settlements along the demarcation line in the Donbas, said Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada.

    According to her, Donbas militants have “reinforced” the TV tower with new transmitters, and 20 Russian TV channels are being broadcast to the front line settlements. However, they are blocked by the Serpanok system, which was developed by the Ukrainian military with the help of volunteers.

    “They have also found …

  • Ukrainian activist: Convoy of trucks carrying Russian soldiers and military equipment arrived in Donbas

    On September 7, people of the Donetsk region noticed a large convoy of trucks that arrived from Russia, Ukrainian activist Yuriy Mysyagin wrote on Facebook. The column consisted of 12 KAMAZ trucks, 2 minibuses and 1 mobile electronic warfare system. Mysyagin added that there were soldiers in the trucks.

    According to Mysyagin, in order not to attract the attention, after crossing into Ukraine, the cars of the convoy moved exclusively through fields and with an interval of 3-5 km from each other …

  • Ukraine calls on the West to increase sanctions against Russia because of ' forthcoming elections' in Donbas

    The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine called on international partners to increase pressure on Russia in connection with the intention of the Russian administration in the Donbas to hold "extraordinary elections" in the Donbas, stated the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     “In connection with the reports in the Russian media about the intention of the Russian occupation administration to hold so-called ‘extraordinary elections’ of militant leaders and their illegitimate representatives in the …