Contents tagged with Russian Troops in Ukraine

  • Putin says massacre in Donbas could be ‘worse than in Srebrenica'

    At a press conference, on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukrainian nationalists would carry out a massacre “worse than in Srebrenica” if the DPR and LPR militia laid down their arms.

    “There is no Russian army in the Donbas. But there are certainly established military militia groups that are self-sufficient and ready to repel any large-scale military actions against the Donbas. We believe that this is in the interests of the people who live in this territory. Because if …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russia sent 120 army officers to Donbas

    Russia sent another 120 Army officers to the separatist-controlled territory of the Donbas, as reported by a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadim Skibitsky.

    "The Russians will occupy command posts in the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic)," he said.

    Skibitsky added that the Russians included brigade commanders, their deputies and battalion commanders in the …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker expresses doubt Russia will withdraw its troops from Donbas any time soon

    Russia has not decided yet on the withdrawal of its troops from the separatist-held territory of Ukraine, and it is unlikely that this will happen in the near future. This opinion was expressed at a press conference following the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna, by the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Hromadske reports.

    "I do not believe that Russia has already decided to withdraw troops from the East of Ukraine. We hope that Russia will eventually make this …

  • Conflict Intelligence Team uncovers Russia’s losses during its military operation in Ukraine

    A group of independent investigators from the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) , upon analyzing a tender issued by the Ministry of Defense of Russia, has come to a conclusion that in 2014, Russian military human losses amounted to 218 persons.

    This is an exceptionally high number, which, according to the CIT researchers can be explained by the involvement of the Russian military in combat actions in eastern Ukraine, the CIT said in a research summary published on its website.

    CIT analyzed the …

  • Ukrainian politician: Russian troops will leave Donbas next spring

    According to Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Yuriy Hrymchak, Russian troops will leave the Donbas in spring of next year, Espresso.TV reports.

    "This is information that I personally, I emphasize, received from several sources who are in Moscow and behind the 'curb'. I was even given the exact date when this will happen. The [date range] is March-April 2018," said Hrymchak.

    He did not, however, mention the names of the individuals who …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker: Russia must withdraw its forces before UN peacekeepers enter Donbas

    Russia must withdraw its forces so that the UN peacekeeping mission can start its work in the Donbas, and Ukraine must coordinate with the UN, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Hromadske in an interview.

    According to him, initially the parties must agree on the mission’s mandate and determine the composition and number of its staff. These matters are the topic of current negotiations.

    He added that the mission’s presence must become a necessary element in the area of …

  • The case of the detained Russian soldier Ageyev sent to Ukrainian court

    Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine transferred evidence for the criminal proceedings against Russian serviceman, Viktor Ageyev, and two separatist soldiers of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) to the court.

    "The investigation found that a Russian military serviceman joined the terrorist organization in March 2017, where he served as a machine gunner in a reconnaissance company. Two of his accomplices, residents of Alchevsk and Severodonetsk, were part of Dremov's gang and the …

  • Russian soldiers captured by ISIS in Syria previously fought in eastern Ukraine

    One of the Russian soldiers who were captured in Syria by ISIS terrorists fought previously in the Donbas in the ranks of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), and another is connected to the so-called “Domodedovo” military brotherhood, as reported by Russian blogger Anatoly Nesmiyan (El Murid) in his LiveJournal.

    As evidence, he released a photo which may shed light on Roman Zabolotny’s connection to the LPR, and Gregory Tsurkanov’s connection to the Domodedovo military brotherhood.

    Nesmiyan …

  • Poroshenko shows the UN Security Council passports of Russian military captured in the Donbas

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, speaking at the UN Security Council meeting in New York, showed the attendees passports of Russian military men fighting in the Donbas.

    "The Russian words that ‘they are not there’ have nothing to do with reality. There is ample evidence that Russia organizes and sponsors terrorism in the Donbas. Here is the evidence. These are the passports of Russian officers and soldiers, some of whom have been imprisoned for occupying Ukrainian land illegally," …

  • Ukrainian military command: Russia tried to engage its forces from the Donbas in Zapad-2017 exercises

    Russia planned to engage forces, which are deployed on the territory of the Donbas, in the Zapad-2017 exercises, stated the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andriy Lysenko, Radio Liberty reports.

    "We can see now that they tried to engage Russian troops in the Donbas in these exercises. We received intelligence data that showed most of the armor units that should have arrived at the staging areas to perform parallel tasks within the framework of Zapad-2017 exercises simply …