Contents tagged with Donbas conflict

  • Yarosh’s volunteer army could become part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

    The Joint Forces Operation, Commander Serhiy Nayev and the main commander of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UVA), Dmytro Yarosh met in Kramatorsk and discussed the integration of the UVA fighters into the Armed Forces of Ukraine subject to a contract, as reported on the Facebook page of the Joint Forces Operation.

    "The issues of the participation of motivated UVA fighters as part of all types of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (including as part of full unit) on contract basis (including short-term …

  • Separatist Commander Bezler returns to Donbas

    The former commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Bezler, known as “Bes,” returned to the uncontrolled part of Donbas, as shown in a photo he posted on VKontakte social network.

    The Novosti Donbasa (News of Donbas) news outlet reported that the photo was posted on the page of Bezler’s wife Angelika. Bezler himself also posts on her account. In one of the photos, Bezler is standing next to a sign that says “Debaltseve.” The other photos show the Gorlovsky Machine Building Plant. …

  • Interior Minister of Ukraine: subdivisions of Ministry of Internal Affairs preparing for de-occupation of Donbas

    Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the Interior Ministry is preparing operations for the de-occupation of the Donbas, as reported on Facebook by the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Press Service.

    "At present, we are considering several variants for the development of the scenario in the east. We understand that the liberation of the territory of the Donbas and the restoration of control over the eastern border will be a police operation involving peacekeeping forces, not the military. The …

  • More than 10 Russian military held in Ukrainian prisons

    In Ukrainian prisons, there are more than 10 regular Russian military who took direct part in the military conflict in the Donbas, as stated on the NewsOne TV channel by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkovska.

    "There are 320 persons [citizens of the Russian Federation]. They are convicted of various crimes. These are not only those related to the conflict in the Donbas, but there are other issues that may arise among citizens of the Russian Federation in …

  • Russia issues conditions for the return of its officers to Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas

    Ukraine should "stop provocations" against the Russian military so that Russian officers can rejoin the Joint Center for Control and Coordination or JCCC, stated the Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, RIA Novosti reported.

    "For the return of Russian troops to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire in the Donbas, Kyiv must comply with all the conditions, first and foremost of which is putting an end to provocations …

  • Media: Volker and Surkov discussed peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine during recent meeting in Belgrade

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov discussed the introduction of a peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas during their meeting in Belgrade, a Ukrainian government source told Apostrophe news website.

    “Initially the peacekeepers will facilitate the delimitation of forces, a complete ceasefire and the withdrawal of equipment. Thereafter the Verkhovna Rada will adopt laws as part of the Minsk agreements, and there will be an exchange …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: there is no doubt about the presence of Russian military in the Donbas

    The presence of the Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas causes "no doubts", US Special Representative for the US Department of State Kurt Volker said.

    “The statement that Russia manages and controls armed forces in the east of Ukraine does not raise any doubts today," he said in an interview with

    According to Volker, this has been confirmed through published photographs, including satellite imagery, information from social networks, interrogations of captured Russian servicemen, and …

  • Kremlin: peacekeepers in the Donbas should be deployed only along the contact line

    The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said on Friday that Russia once again agrees only to a UN security mission on the line of demarcation, reports UNIAN.

    "Now, a Russian draft resolution on the participation of the UN peacekeeping forces is being discussed and finalized in the UN. There has been a lot of speculation on this issue, there was a lot of speculation in the Ukrainian media that peacekeepers will allegedly be deployed across the entire Donbas. I would …

  • Kremlin: Russia opposes US military assistance to Ukraine

    Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin does not know anything about the decision of the US Senate to allocate $500 million to support Ukraine in the sphere of security and defense.

    He noted that the information came from Kyiv; Washington did not make any statements. "This is a matter of bilateral Ukrainian-American relations in terms of providing loans," Peskov said.

    He stressed that Russia has repeatedly opposed the provision of lethal weapons to Kyiv, since …

  • Kremlin to 'restructure' its financing of the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine

    The Kremlin admitted that it is "restructuring" the financing for the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), but stated that it would not stop providing the separatists with "humanitarian assistance."

    The Press Secretary for the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov said, "There is definitely redistribution" of funds, but this "does not mean a reduction in some areas" of financing, RBC news agancy reports.

    In clarifying the question about the amount of financing for …