Contents tagged with Donbas

  • EU Foreign Affairs Chief visits Donbas

    On Wednesday, January 5, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell visited the demarcation line in the Donbas, making a statement about the buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian borders.

    "Now the conflict is on the brink. tensions are growing now even with regard to European security. Russia is amassing troops and weapons along the Ukrainian border in an unusual way," Borrel said.

    Borrell noted that during the first meeting of the presidents of …

  • NATO convenes emergency meeting as Russia continues amassing troops near Ukrainian borders

    Foreign Ministers of NATO countries will hold an emergency meeting on January 7, the press service of the alliance reported on Tuesday.

    The topic of the talks, which will be held in virtual mode, will be the build-up of the Russian troops near Ukraine and other issues of pan-European security, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said on Twitter.

    The consultation will take place a day after the foreign policy adviser to the German Chancellor Jens Plötner and the diplomatic adviser to the President …

  • Lavrov: we are ready to defend Russians living in Donbas

    The Kremlin is ready to take all necessary measures to protect hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens in the Donbas and resolve the conflict in Ukraine through diplomatic means, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    "We will continue to make efforts to resolve the internal Ukrainian conflict by political and diplomatic means. The undisputed basis for this remains the Minsk Package of Measures, approved by UN Security Council Resolution 2202," he said. …

  • Putin: Ukraine is preparing a military operation in Donbas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Ukraine might be preparing a military operation in the Donbas.

    "The Ukrainian authorities tried twice to resolve the situation in the Donbas by force. Twice! Although I personally asked Poroshenko: just not a military operation. "Yes, yes," and he began. Result? Encirclement, losses and the Minsk agreements. Are they good or not? I believe that they [the Minsk Agreements] are the only possible ones," Putin said at a press conference.

    "[Now] They …

  • Dutch Prosecutor's Office demands life sentence for those accused of downing MH17 Boeing over Donbas

    The Dutch Prosecutor's Office requested life sentences for three Russians and one citizen of Ukraine, accused of involvement in downing the Malaysian Airlines Boeing over the Donbas on July 17, 2014.

    According to BBC News, the prosecutor requested a life sentence for Igor Girkin (Strelkov) - the former Minister of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Sergei Dubinsky - the former commander of the DPR GRU and Oleg Pulatov - the ex-head of the DPR GRU department.

    All three …

  • Russian Defense Minister accuses the U.S. of preparing chemical attacks in Donbas

    Private military companies from the United States are preparing provocations using chemical weapons in the Donbas, said the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu at the board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to him, 120 employees of American PMCs arrived in the region and are training Ukrainian special forces soldiers.

    "Tanks with unidentified chemical components were delivered to the towns of Avdiivka and Krasny Liman to carry out provocations," RIA Novosti quoted Shoygu …

  • Russia begins audit of Rostov court after it published verdict proving Russian military deployed in eastern Ukraine

    Russian authorities have begun an audit following the publication by the Kirovsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don of a verdict in a corruption case, which indirectly confirmed the presence of the Russian military in the Donbas. The court’s decision has been removed from its website after extensive media coverage. Although, it is still available on web archive. The press secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, called the court’s verdict a mistake.

    "As part of the official audit, …

  • Russian court inadvertently proves presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine

    The Kirovsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don accidentally proved the presence of the Russian military in the east of Ukraine while delivering a verdict in the case of bribery for the food supplies to Russian military units stationed there.

    The court considered the case of a certain V.N. Zabaluyev, who worked in one of the local companies as a deputy regional manager for military nutrition. He was found guilty of giving bribes to the head of the Center for State Sanitary and Epidemiological …

  • Ukraine buys anti-drone jamming guns from Lithuania

    Ukraine has purchased weapons from Lithuania that will help the Ukrainian military to counter Russian drones in the Donbas, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov on the air of the TV program "The Right to Power".

    According to him, the weapons were purchased through the NSPA system (NATO Support and Procurement Organisation). Ukraine will receive 10 anti-drone mitigation systems this month.

    "We paid money, passed all the checks in order to purchase certain things we need through the …

  • Zelensky says he is ready to discuss Donbas with Putin

    Amid warnings from Western countries about the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for talks with Russia. "For eight years in a row, we are afraid to admit to ourselves: we will not stop the war without direct negotiations with the Russian Federation ... Let's put an end to this issue," Zelensky said in an address to the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Wednesday, December 1. He also noted that he was not afraid of a "direct dialogue" …