Contents tagged with Russian Troops in Ukraine

  • LPR admitted that Russia saved them from defeat in 2014 and that Russian troops are welcome on their territory

    The Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic, Vladislav Deinego, admitted on air on one of the separatist TV channels that Russia saved the unrecognized Republics of the Donbas from destruction in August 2014, when the Ukrainian Army actively liberated occupied territories from separatists.“When we had difficult times, we received very rapid support from our brothers who are located not far from us. This is where we can be absolutely sure that even if …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry: Russia constructed walls to prevent desertion from the Donbas

    In the occupied Luhansk region, near the Izvarino checkpoint, engineering barriers were installed and Russian Armed Forces were deployed along the Russian side of the border, as announced on Tuesday at a briefing by the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense on ATO issues, Colonel Olexandr Motuzyanyk, Ukrinform reports.

    "Near the Izvarino border crossing, in the occupied territory, engineering obstacles are being built on the Russian side of the border. Also, along this stretch of the …

  • OSCE has recorded 20 vehicles transporting the bodies of Russian soldiers from Ukraine over the course of the war

    While monitoring the war in the Donbas, the OSCE counted more than 20 vehicles transporting the bodies of Russian soldiers back to Russia, as announced by the U.S. representative to the organization, Ambassador Daniel Baer, Ukrinform reported.

    Prior to that, on October 27th, observers noticed another car transporting the dead in Gukovo and Donetsk. According to them, it was crossing the border between Russia and the separatist controlled territory.

    "And this is just the last one of more than 2 …

  • The OSCE recorded the transfer of military and weapons from Russia to the Donbas

    The OSCE special monitoring mission (SMM) in Ukraine has recorded the transfer of military and weapons from Russia to the occupied territory of the Donbas. “Despite the denial from combined separatists forces, the SMM continues to document evidence that Russia is sending its forces and weapons to Ukraine,” according to the statement of the United States Ambassador for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Daniel Baer.

    According to him, taking advantage of the fact that the …

  • NATO confirms that the Russian military is still present in the Donbas

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) confirms that Russian weapons and military are still present in the Donbas. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in answer to a Evropeyskaya Pravda journalist’s question before the meeting of the NATO member countries' defense ministers in Brussels.

    Stoltenberg noted that last week he discussed with the Ukrainian President the possibility of NATO exerting pressure on the Russian Federation.

    "Russia continues to support the …

  • Hug: OSCE has seen soldiers wearing Russian insignias in the Donbas

    The Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM, Alexander Hug, said that monitors continue to face difficult circumstances in eastern Ukraine.

    During an interview with Libération, Hug said that the soldiers “in the field say that we cannot be let through for the sake of our own security as the area has landmines”.

    “It is also a violation of the agreements. These restrictions are always aimed at preventing us from seeing what they do not want us to see,” Hug continued.

    He called the situation in …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russian troops in the Donbas have been brought to full combat readiness

    Russian military units have been brought to full combat readiness in the Donbas, as reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on its Facebook page.

    According to intelligence reports, over the past days the enemy brought numerous units into high readiness, including three separate motorized rifle brigades, nine separate assault infantry marine regiments, a rocket artillery battalion of 100 separate motorized rifle brigades, 11 separate motorized rifle …

  • Savchenko met with separatists in the Donbas

    Speaking at a PACE session, Verkhovna Rada MP and former prisoner Nadiya Savchenko stated that she was recently in separatist-held territory and met with the people who had held her captive for two years.

    “For those who want to understand and know what is happening in the Donbas, in the occupied territory where I was held pretty recently, I met with people who quite recently held me captive—these people realized what Russia is and what they’re dealing with,” she said.

    According to Savchenko, …

  • Klimkin: There wont be negotiations until Russia withdraws from eastern Ukraine

    During a meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Germany and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, stated that Ukraine needs a guarantee that Russia will implement the Minsk Agreements in order to continue the work in the Normandy format. According to Klimkin, Ukraine wants to see clear and coherent steps from Russia in order for the conflict in the Donbas to be resolved.

    “We fully understand that we need a …

  • Russian MoD says increase in military awards is due to performance during exercises, not war in Ukraine

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has refuted Bellingcat’s assumption regarding the link between the mass award of medals to Russian servicemen and its participation in the conflict in the Donbas. As the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry says, the increase in the number of awards in the Russian Army from 2014 to 2016 is caused by the activation of military drills and the Olympic Games in Sochi.

    The relative increase in the number of awarded servicemen from 2014 to 2016 is caused by the …