Contents tagged with Donbas

  • Kyiv demands resignation of Donbas negotiations group deputy head

    The first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TKG) on the settlement in Donbas Vitold Fokin should leave it, said on Facebook the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak.

    "My personal position is that Mr. Fokin should leave the TCG," he wrote.

    "Did Mr. Fokin agree on an obligation to hold elections in ORDLO (separate regions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions) not after, but before Ukraine regains control of the border with Russia? …

  • Kyiv: local elections in Donbas are possible only after ‘its full deoccupation’

    Local elections in the territories of the Donbas, which are not under Ukrainian control, are possible only after “full de-occupation, settlement of all security issues and compliance with OSCE standards”, said the head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak on the air of the program "Freedom of Speech with Savik Shuster".

    Responding to the question of the presenter whether the Ukrainian Parliament is going to make changes to the decree on local elections in Ukraine, which, according …

  • DRP head orders an attack on Ukrainian positions along demarcation line in Donbas

    The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, ordered the DRP forces to strike the positions of the Ukrainian military near the village of Shumy in the Donetsk region.

    "I officially declare that in accordance with paragraph "e" of additional measures [on ceasefire] I have decided to issue an order to open fire on illegally erected engineering facilities in the area of Shumy settlement (600 meters northeast of the town of Shumy - an area of newly equipped …

  • DPR threatens to attack Ukrainian forces in Donbas

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, threatens to break the ceasefire, which has been in force in the Donbass for about a month.

    Pushilin demanded that the Ukrainian military "takes steps to withdraw troops and fortifications to the positions they were on July 22, 2020." Pushilin gave Kyiv a week, until 10:00 pm, September 3, to issue such an order to the Ukrainian military.

    According to Pushilin, near the village of Shumy, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have …

  • Zelensky sees progress in resolving Donbas conflict

    In an interview with Euronews, The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the chances of resolving the conflict in the Donbas will be higher after the next Normandy Format summit.

    The Ukrainian President noted that since the last summit, which was held in December 2019 in Paris, the parties have made some progress. "Everything is moving forward, but not as fast as I expected," Zelensky said.

    Earlier, Zelensy said that he would hold a military parade after Ukraine regains control of …

  • Kyiv: 235 Ukrainians are held captive in DPR and LPR

    As of August 14, 235 people are being held captive in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics, said the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) , as quoted by Radio Svoboda.

    "The release of Ukrainian citizens, who have been illegally deprived of their liberty by the law enforcement and judicial bodies of the Russian Federation, is brought to the level of international contacts and is closely followed by of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the SBU said.

    As of April 30, …

  • Putin and Macron discuss settlement of conflict in Donbas

    French and Russian Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Wednesday. The conversation took place at the initiative of the French side, the Kremlin's press service reports.

    The Presidents discussed, among other things, the steps for resolving the situation in the Donbas. Macron and Putin praised the ceasefire agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group.

    Putin once again pointed out the importance of Kyiv's direct dialogue with the so-called Donetsk and …

  • OSCE reports 225 ceasefire violations in Donbas

    Since the beginning of the truce on July 27, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has documented 225 ceasefire violations in the Donbas.

    According to the OSCE report, there were 44 explosions, 180 cases of small arms fire and one unidentified projectile.

    Also, according to the mission, on July 27, a resident of the town of Marinka was injured by shrapnel.

    On July 22, the Trilateral Contact Group agreed on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas from 00:01 on July 27. According to …

  • Kremlin: Russia will supply weapons to Donbas in response to U.S. military assistance to Ukraine

    Leonid Kalashnikov, chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, said that if the United States passes a bill to allocate military assistance to Ukraine, it "could make" Russia think about arms supplies to the territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control, reports Interfax.

    "I believe that $300 million in the U.S. military assistance to Ukraine opens the door for us to help the people against whom they want to use …

  • Kyiv: Kremlin spends $5 billion a year on war in Donbas

    According to Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for The Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Moscow spends about $5 billion a year on waging war in the Donbas.

    He said this in an interview with LB.ua.

    The Deputy Prime Minister believes that Russia has agreed to a comprehensive truce because the war has been going on for six years and requires a lot of expenses, including the support of pro-Russian militants’ groups.

    "The question remains: how much longer …