Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Germany and France: OSCE observers in Donbas are not allowed to move freely under the pretext of combating coronavirus

    According to Berlin and Paris, pro-Russian separatists in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics obstruct the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in eastern Ukraine, under the pretext of protection against the spread of coronavirus, reports Deutsche Welle.

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian said they were "very concerned" about the restrictions faced by OSCE SMM staff in Ukraine from March 21, 2020.

    "Observers should be able …

  • Ukrainian soldier killed by militant sniper in Donbas

    A serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been killed by a militant sniper in the Donetsk region, reported the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation on Facebook.

    "The armed formations of the Russian Federation once again violated the ceasefire and shelled the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas. Unfortunately, today, March 30, Ukraine lost another defender. At one of the positions in the Donetsk region, a soldier of the Armed Forces was killed by enemy …

  • Kyiv: Special status of Donbas will never be included into Ukrainian Constitution

    “Ukraine does not intend to include into its Constitution the special status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

    According to Reznikov, the Russian representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for peaceful settlement in the Donbas are constantly trying to raise the question about the inclusion of the special status of the …

  • DPR puts former Ukrainian President Poroshenko on wanted list for killing militants’ commander Motorola

    The so-called prosecutor general's office of the Donetsk People’s Republic has opened a "criminal case" against the fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on suspicion of organizing the murder of one of the militant leaders Arsen Pavlov, nom de guerre Motorola, as reported on the website the Prosecutor General's Office of DPR.

    According to the DPR authorities, Poroshenko, being the president of Ukraine, approved the plan to assassinate Pavlov, which was carried out by the Ukrainian …

  • MH17 court asks prosecution to confirm whether U.S. has satellite data showing Buk missile launch

    The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the Donbas has asked the prosecution to confirm whether the U.S. has satellite images showing the launch of a Buk missile, which could have shot down the airliner, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    The request was made by the Head judge Hendrik Steenhuis during the day-long hearing.

    "The documents presented during the discussion, which took place as part of the parliamentary committee round table on January 22, 2016, say that the U.S. has …

  • Kremlin allows LPR and DPR residents to travel to Russia

    The Russian government has allowed entry to the country to residents of regions of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control, despite quarantine due to coronavirus, TASS reports.

    "Due to Ukraine's economic and transport blockade of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, guided by the principles of humanity, the provisions (on restricting entry to the Russian Federation) should not be applied to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons, residents of certain regions …

  • Ukrainian court closes case of ‘ex-minister of DPR’

    The court of the city of Mariupol absolved from responsibility and stopped any further consideration of the case of the "ex-minister of the coal industry of the Donetsk People’s Republic" Igor Ivakin, who was brought to Ukraine from the separatist-held territories by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) during the special operation, Ukraynska Pravda reports.

    The Oktyabrsky District Court of Mariupol made the decision on March 12. However, the ruling is classified. The ruling has been entered …

  • DPR closes border to Russian citizens

    The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) closed the border to Russian citizens who do not have registration in the republic, announced the MP of the People's Council of the DPR, Anastasia Selivanova. She said that she was informed about it by the DPR Border Service.

    "You will not be allowed from the Russian Federation to DPR if you are a Russian citizen, and you do not have a permanent or temporary registration in the territory of DPR (a certificate of permanent address). When I asked, " …

  • Former DPR commander admits that pro-Russian militants were killing civilians in Donbas

    Alexander Khodakovsky, a former commander of the Vostok battalion and former Security Minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), described how DPR militants killed civilians. Journalist Denis Kazansky posted a fragment of Khodakovsky's interview on his video blog.

    According to Khodakovsky, once the militants stopped a car with three civilians at a checkpoint in the Donbas. Subsequently, they took away the car and shot people in the back of the head in the nearest forest. …

  • Russia closes border with DPR

    Russian authorities temporarily closed entry for residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), reported the news agency TASS with reference to the border control department of Russian Federal Security Service's Border Directorate for the Rostov region.

    "For this category of citizens, entry to the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted," the department said.

    The Russian Federal Security Service also confirmed that the entry of foreign nationals to Russia is restricted. …