Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Volker: No Donbas elections until Russian troops are withdrawn

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Ukraine’s international partners will not pressurize it to hold elections in the Donbas while there are still Russia-controlled forces in the region.

    “I don’t see a scenario where Ukraine is pushed toward holding elections while the territories remain occupied. The ‘Steinmeier Formula can only be implemented after elections have been held,” Volker told the TV channel 1+1 in an interview.

    He said that in order to hold free and fair …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister rules out special status for Donbas

    During a press briefing at the 16th annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Prystaiko, who became the head of the Foreign the Ministry in August this year, said that Kyiv will not make any changes to the constitution regarding the special status of the Donbas, reports Ukrainian National News (UNN).

    "It is recorded in the Minsk agreements that the reform of Ukrainian legislation should take place. Constitutional reform, which is based on …

  • Estonian President: Russia's actions in Donbas and Crimea cannot be accepted

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid stated that Ukraine and the international community should look for ways to resolve the conflict in the Donbas, and the recent exchange of prisoners with Russia can be "a remarkable step in this process," reports the press service of the  Ukrainian President.

    "But this cannot happen at the cost of Ukraine's sovereignty," said Kaljulaid at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on September 13. The Estonian President also …

  • Ukrainian President: elections in Donbas will be held after withdrawal of Russian troops

    At a press briefing, after a meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that local elections in the Donbas would be held after the withdrawal of the Russian troops. Ukrainian President also added that he will be able to give more information only after reaching the agreement in the Normandy format talks.

    Answering the question, whether the withdrawal of troops would precede the elections, Zelensky said: "Yes. Is there another option?" Zelensky …

  • Head of Donetsk People's Republic: integration with Russia is a priority

    The chairman of the self-proclaimed  Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, said that republic considers integration with Russia as its primary goal.

    "We have only one task - maximum integration of DPR into the Russian Federation. The perfect scenario would be to become a part of Russia as a federal district. And the people from the Donbas show so much patience about this," said Pushilin.

    According to him, residents of the Donbas "are optimistic" about the signing of the decree on …

  • Russia releases MH17 plane crash suspect back to DPR

    Maria Levchenko-Tsemakh, daughter of Vladimir Tsemakh, a suspect in the MH17 case, has published a photo of herself with her father, stating that they are returning to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

    “Well, there is happiness in life, there is justice, there are good people! It’s a bit easier to live now. Hooray, my dears! We’re going home!” the militant’s daughter wrote in a post on the Russian social network VKontakte.

    Previously Maria Tsemakh had posted a photograph of a bus traveling …

  • Netherlands considers Tsemakh MH17 plane crash suspect, not witness, following Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap

    The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has reclassified Vladimir Tsemakh from a witness to a suspect in the case concerning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, European Parliament member Kati Piri told DW in an interview.

    According to her, the Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch prosecution service have distributed a letter stating that Tsemakh is now considered a suspect.

    Kati Piri was the author of an open letter signed on September 4 by 40 …

  • US Ambassador to Ukraine: Kremlin would like to get out of Donbas

    US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor thinks that Russia would already like to get out of the Donbas on account of the sanctions and the expense of maintaining troops in Crimea and in the Donbas.

    “I think that there are signs that Russians and especially the Kremlin would like to get out of the Donbas. I see signs that the economic burden, which Russians are sensing – and it’s not just the sanctions, but the sanctions too, because sanctions still have a real effect on each Russian and …

  • Ukraine releases another witness of the MH17 crash

    The Ukrainian court released from custody ex-militant of Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Nevedrov, who guarded pieces of MH17 Boeing 777  which was shot down over the Donbas in 2014. The court gave him a suspended sentences of 5 years, reports news outlet citing the materials of the court.

    Nevedrov was arrested in February in Toretsk and was accused of involvement in an illegal armed groups. Nevedrov had admitted his guilt.

    He was born in Yenakiieve. Since 2002 he was convicted five …

  • Ukrainian court releases MH17 plane crash suspect

    On Thursday, September 5, the Kyiv Court of Appeals decided to release from custody Vladimir Tsemakh, who is suspected of involvement in the crash of flight MH-17 in the Donbass in 2014, reported TSN.

    The former militant was released under a personal obligation.

    Thus, the judge overturned the decision of the Shevchenko court to extend Tsemakh's detention until October 20 next year.

    "To apply to the suspect Tsemakh Vladimir Borisovich a measure of restraint in the form of a personal …