Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Four Ukrainian prisoners of war released by pro-Russian separatists

    Pro-Russian separatists released four Ukrainian prisoners of war on Saturday, as stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Twitter.

    "Just now Irina Herashchenko reported that three more Ukrainian heroes were freed from captivity by the militants. Glory to Ukraine!”  the President wrote.

    Shortly after Poroshenko's announcement, a fourth Ukrainian serviceman was released.

    As RIA Novosti reported, the authorities in Kiev released five separatists and a priest in exchange for the …

  • Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada calls on foreign governments to continue pressuring Russia

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted an appeal to the parliaments of foreign countries with regard to Russia and the threats of pro-Russian separatists to execute prisoners held in the Donbas region.  This was stated in two resolutions, which were approved by 236 out of 239 deputies on the 18th of February.

    The Ukrainian parliament has called on foreign countries to “use all available mechanisms at governmental, parliament and non-governmental levels.  They should also give a clear signal …

  • Ukrainian Border Guards find Expired Food in Humanitarian Convoy from Russia

    Today, Russia undertook the unilateral registration of the 49th so-called humanitarian convoy. According to the State Border Service, two humanitarian assistance convoys, consisting of 101 vehicles, passed through the Russian crossing points at Donetsk and Matveev Kurgan and entered Ukraine between 5:55 am and 6:50 am.

    "The convoy was monitored by the Ukrainian Inter-ministerial group, but only by means of visual observation and without implementation of any control measures as the movement of …

  • Pro-Russian separatists are no longer in a hurry to hold elections in Eastern Ukraine

    The leaders of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) previously stated that they sought to hold elections in the spring. A representative of the so-called LPR, however, recently said that the elections can be conducted no sooner than December.

    Vladislav Deinego, the representative of self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, made the announcement during the forum entitled "Minsk Agreements as the Basis of Donbas Sovereignty".

    According to Deinego, …

  • 11 Ukrainian soldiers wounded as violence continues to escalate in the Donbas

    On Friday, 11 Ukrainian servicemen were injured in the Donbas region.

    According to Ukrainian Independent Information Agency correspondents, the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Andrei Lysenko, reported the injuries during a press conference

    "On the last day of the operation, eleven soldiers were injured," Lysenko said.

    According to him, the situation on the front lines continues to deteriorate. 84 ceasefire violations by pro-Russian separatists were recorded on Friday, …

  • Ukrainian border guard allows 11 trucks carrying humanitarian aid access to Donetsk

    Eleven trucks carrying humanitarian aid for residents in Donetsk, which is currently under control of pro-Russian separatists, have crossed through a Ukrainian checkpoint in the Donetsk region, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    “Eleven trucks with humanitarian assistance for the residents of Donetsk have crossed the Novotroitsk checkpoint. Trucks were loaded with more than 200 tons of food products from the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the statement said. As previously reported by …

  • Pentagon seeks to examine experiences of Ukrainian veterans to help train US soldiers

    The U.S. Army seeks to examine the experiences of Ukrainian veterans on the frontline in order to use it to train its soldiers, as reported by Golos Ameriki, based on the results of the first training rotation of Ukrainian servicemen.

    “We seek to examine information provided by ATO veterans concerning their military operations. We want to provide a report of our findings to the Armed Forces of Ukraine so they may better understand things Ukrainian soldiers have to deal with,” the article says. …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence Releases Data on Russian Military Losses in the Donbas Region

    According to Ukrainian intelligence, hundreds of Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine after the Minsk Agreements were signed. 

    According to the representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Vadim Skibitskiy, from January to September of 2015, 627 soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were killed in eastern Ukraine. In addition, 2,155 soldiers were injured.

    Skibitskiy stated in an interview, " …

  • OSCE: 90% of violations occur on separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine

    The Duputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, stated that, “More than ninety percent of the violations in the area of the ATO are carried out on the territories outside the control of the Ukrainian government” in an interview with the Ukrainian News.

    In particular, according to him, such violations often involve the restriction of access of the members of the mission to certain areas. He reminded the parties they must allow observers free …

  • The OSCE has Documented an Increase in Attacks in Eastern Ukraine

    On February 1st, the Special Mission of the OSCE recorded 337 explosions in the Donbas region and on February 2nd, almost five times more.

    The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE observed numerous violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as stated in the observer’s report from February 2nd, published on the official website of the OSCE.

    In particular, the observers recorded 337 explosions on February 1st and 1,614 on February 2nd, including those fired from heavy weapons. "On …