Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Kyiv wants to hold local elections in Donbass on March 31, 2021

    The creators of the Ukrainian "Joint Steps Plan", which was presented to the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas (TKG), propose the demilitarization of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are under the control of pro-Russian militants, in early 2021 in order to hold local elections on March 31, 2021, reported Interfax-Ukraine. "All armed groups, mercenaries, weapons should be withdrawn from this territory. Illegal armed groups should be dissolved," the head of Ukraine's …

  • Pro-Russian militants attack Ukrainian positions in Donbas

    At midnight on October 30, pro-Russian troops twice opened fire on Ukrainian positions near the village of Vodyane in the Donbas.

    The militants used various types of grenade launchers and small arms, the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation reports.

    As a result of the attack, two Ukrainian servicemen were injured and succumbed to their wounds. The Joint Forces Operation Command offered its condolences to the families of the victims.

    According to Ukrainian military command, …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Donbas and Crimea are obstacles to Ukraine’s accession to NATO

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius believes that the obstacle to Ukraine's accession to NATO is not only the conflict in the Donbas, but also the Russian annexation of Crimea.

    "Of course, the current situation, the war with Russia, is not playing in your favor. NATO's rules are such that the Alliance will not invite a state on whose borders there is a war, regardless of who is the aggressor and who is the victim," Linkevicius said in an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    According …

  • Another pro-Russian militant commander killed in Donbas

    Another pro-Russian militant commander was killed in Donbass, reported Journalist Denis Kazansky on his Telegram channel.

    According to Kazansky, Alexei Markov, who was originally from Moscow and commanded the Prizrak (Ghost) battalion in the Luhansk region, was killed.

    Kazansky recalled that the previous commanders of the battalion, Kostin and Mozgovoy, were killed earlier by their own comrades.

    "The Ghost turned to be unlucky,"" the journalist writes.

    At the same time, the militants claim …

  • Kyiv promises Moscow a ‘flow of coffins’ if Russia attacks Ukraine

    In the event of a full-scale aggression against Ukraine, Russia will receive a "flow of coffins", stated Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Serhiy Kryvonos in an interview with Obozrevatel news outlet.

    "Mentally, it is not a problem for Russians to start a full-scale aggression against our country. But they understand that the enormous number of losses that their armed forces will suffer and the flow of coffins that will go to Russia," Kryvonos said.

    Kryvonos …

  • Russia withdraws from consultations with the Netherlands and Austria over MH17 plane crash

    Russia withdrew from trilateral consultations with the Netherlands and Australia on the crash of Malaysian Boeing over the Donbas in July 2014, said the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The Ministry stated that the "hostile acts by the Netherlands have made any continuation of the trilateral consultations and our participation senseless," Earlier, the Netherlands filed an interstate complaint against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the crash of flight MH17.

    "We …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky promises to leave if he fails to stop the war in Donbas

    In an interview with the BBC's HARDTalk TV program, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said he did not cling to ratings and power.

    "If I can't end the war in the Donbas, then there should be another person who can finish this tragic story," Zelensky said.

    He said he did not rule out the possibility of a peace agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Crimea. "I believe in it. Otherwise, I would not have run for the presidency of Ukraine. It is very difficult, and here we need the …

  • Kyiv: Our approach is not to blame Russia for all our misfortunes

    The approach of the Ukrainian authorities to achieve peace in the Donbas is not to blame Russia for all the troubles, but to use all possible platforms for negotiations and reduce tensions, stated the head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak during a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

    According to him, the strategy of the President's team is not to glorify military efforts, not to organize touching speeches and large military parades.

    "Our …

  • Ukrainian President: dialogue with Putin is needed to end the war in Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that without open dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin it will never be possible to stop the war in the Donbas and take back all Ukrainian territories.

    "I am sure that we will never stop the war if we do not talk to Russia. A separate case is the support of our Western partners. But if we don't talk to President Putin, we will not be able to fully restore Ukraine and take back all our territories," Zelensky said in an interview with …

  • Kyiv: probability of isolated fighting in Donbas still remains

    A full and comprehensive ceasefire has been in place in Donbas since July 27, but the likelihood that isolated fighting may resume still remains, stated the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, during the meeting of the commanders of the armed forces of the Visegrad Group, which was held in Warsaw.

    "There is a full and comprehensive ceasefire along the line of demarcation in the Donbas. Its introduction has significantly reduced the enemy's fire …