Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Kyiv to count population in Donbas and Crimea using satellite images

    Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers is investigating the possibility of conducting a census of the population in the Donbas and Crimea using satellite images, Dmytro Dubilet, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, told Ukrainian Radio.

    He said that he has already met with UN representatives who will assist with the satellite imagery project, which is very challenging.

    “A similar project was carried out in Afghanistan, where a significant portion of the territory is not controlled by the government. …

  • Zelensky: Putin understands that the war in Donbas has to end

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is aware of the need to put an end to the war in the Donbas.

    “I’m certain that he understood me, and understood me very clearly. It seems that in such contact, face to face, you immediately understand who’s in front of you, what kind of person. Regardless of all the intelligence data. It seems to me that he understood me. And he understands that we have to put an end to this war,” said Zelensky in an …

  • Ukraine to build two military bases in Donbas compliant with NATO standards

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense will build two military bases in the Donbas. Both military facilities will meet all NATO standards, stated the Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk.

    According to Zagorodnyuk, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has planned the construction of two military bases, fully in compliance with the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance. One will be built in Mariupol, the second - in Sievierodonetsk. At the same time, the construction terms and the timelines …

  • Russian vice governor becomes ‘prime minister’ of DPR

    Vladimir Pashkov, former vice governor of Russia’s Irkutsk region, has become the so-called “prime minister” of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

    Pashkov has been appointed acting Prime Minister. The separatist media has not yet published any official statements about a cabinet reshuffle in the DPR, but the change has been reported on the website of the terrorists’ ringleader, Denis Pushilin.

    Pashkov is known to be a Russian citizen. In 2005, he was vice mayor of the city of Bratsk in …

  • Ukrainian President: Date for next prisoner swap with LPR and DPR to be announced soon

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a press conference with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the date of the next prisoner exchange between Ukraine and the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics (LPR and DPR) will soon be announced.

    “The first direction is the exchange of our prisoners who are imprisoned in the temporarily occupied [Donbas] territories. In that regard, a list is being prepared, and the list is very long. We have already handed over this …

  • Dutch prosecutors indict four MH17 case defendants

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has brought charges against four defendants in the case concerning the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014, TASS reports, citing Yelena Kutina, the attorney of one of the defendants. The four defendants have been summoned for investigative action.

    The international Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) four suspects are: Oleg “Caliph” Pulatov, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Sergey “Gloomy” Dubinsky and Leonid “Mole” …

  • Kyiv hopes to hold local elections in LPR and DPR in late October

    Andriy Yermak, assistant to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, hopes that by the end of October Ukraine will be able to hold local elections in all territories, including the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics.

    “As early as three months’ time, there will be the next meeting of leaders in the Normandy Format. I hope it takes place, and I really hope Ukraine goes to this meeting with a new package of agreements. I hope that we will take the next steps so that local elections …

  • Belarus: U.S. should be more actively involved in resolving the conflict in Donbas

    Belarus supports any formats of negotiations to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, including with the participation of the United States, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "As for Belarus' position on Ukraine, it is known to everyone. We are willing and ready to do everything to bring the crisis in eastern Ukraine to an end as soon as possible. We are ready to provide a platform for any meetings and negotiations in Belarus. We support any …

  • Ukrainian President hopes U.S. will appoint special envoy for Donbas and Crimea

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hopes for a more active role of the United States in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass and in the “de-occupation of Crimea”. During a briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kyiv, Zelensky noted that such participation of Washington can be strengthened by appointing a special envoy for Ukraine.

    "Today, I expressed the hope that the United States of America will be more involved in the processes of settlement in eastern Ukraine and …

  • PACE demands that Russia cease military interference in Donbas

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands that Russia “put an end to its military interference” in eastern Ukraine, according to a resolution adopted on Thursday, January 30, at a meeting during PACE’s winter session in Strasbourg devoted to the assembly’s monitoring procedure between January and December 2019.

    In the document, PACE members call on Moscow to “fully comply with the Minsk agreements” and stop supporting “illegal armed groups” in the Donbas.

    The Russian …