Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • ATO: Attack on OSCE near Kominternovo was a provocation

    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) came under fire on Sunday near the village of Kominternovo. 3.5 kilometers west of the village, six SMM members were investigating three craters when they heard three single shots of small arms fire from about 150 meters away.

    According to an OSCE report, “the SMM left the area immediately. On its way to its vehicles, the SMM heard a burst of small-arms fire originating from the same location.” None of the observers were injured in the incident.

    The …

  • OSCE Observers Fired upon near Kominternovo

    Members of a special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine were fired upon near the settlement of Kominternovo in the Volnovakhsky district of the Donetsk region, as reported by the Press Service of the SMM on Sunday evening.

    The incident occurred on Sunday, December 27th, at around 11:20.  The observers’ cars came under fire by small arms munitions and were forced to return to the separatist-controlled Donetsk region.  No members of the mission were injured in the attack.

    "Today, December 27, 20 …

  • Soldier Killed and Three Others Injured In Eastern Ukraine

    A Ukrainian soldier was killed while three others were injured in the latest conflict in the Anti-Terrorist Operations zone. This was reported at a press briefing on Sunday by the representative of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine concerning the ATO, Colonel Alexander Motuzyanik.

    Militants opened fire on positions of the ATO forces 66 times. Near Zaitsev in particular, weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreement were used for shelling ATO positions, resulting in one civilian death.

  • Suspect arrested in downing of Ukrainian transport plane

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) and the police detained a separatist in Lugansk who is suspected of being involved in the downing of a Ukrainian An-26 aircraft, the SSU press-service reported.

    On the 14th of July 2014, separatists shot down a Ukrainian An-26 military-transport aircraft in the Lugansk region. Eight people were aboard: two crew members were killed, four survived, and the fates of the two others remains unknown. Subsequently, it became clear that the mechanic of the …

  • Herashchenko: Gryzlov will not change Ukraine’s stance in Minsk

    On December 26th, Vladimir Putin appointed Boris Gryzlov as new representative of the Russian Federation in the Trilateral Contact Group. Gryzlov is a permanent member of Russia’s Security Council and was the former Head of Russia’s State Duma.

    The Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, wrote on her Facebook page that the appointment of Boris Gryzlov to the Trilateral Contact Group will not change Ukraine’s position.

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  • Soros: Ukraine is a valuable asset for Europe

    During an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, George Soros stated that Ukraine is one of the most valuable assets Europe has. His admiration stems from the former Soviet republic’s ability to repel Russian aggression and “for recapturing the spirit of solidarity that characterized the European Union in its early days.”

    The Hungarian-born American billionaire philanthropist, however, voiced concerns over how the EU is treating Ukraine financially, explaining that by putting Kiev on a short …

  • Poroshenko confirms participation of foreign troops in 2016 drills

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that the military plans to hold training drills with the participation of NATO troops on Ukrainian territory.

    According to the president’s press service, more than 5,000 foreign servicemen will participate in the Maple Arch drills in 2016. Participants will include US soldiers, NATO forces, and Ukrainian servicemen.

    Another 2,000 foreign troops will participate in the Sea Breeze exercise in the Black Sea. The naval and marine training drill will …

  • Poroshenko awards 300 medals to Ukrainian servicemen

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recognized soldiers who demonstrated heroism, courage and professionalism during combat missions in the Donbas region, the president’s press service reported. Of the 300 medals given by Poroshenko, 22 were awarded posthumously.

    Of those honored 282 were members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (including 22 killed and 51 wounded), 17 were members of the National Guard, and one was a serviceman of the State Border Service.

    All awarded soldiers proved …

  • Turchynov proposes changing date of Christmas in Ukraine

    Secretary of the National Security Service of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchynov, has proposed changing the date of Christmas in Ukraine to December 25th.

    "Perhaps the time has come for Ukraine to start celebrating Christmas on December 25th with the majority of civilized countries. But a decision on this matter should come first of all from the Council of Christian Churches of Ukraine. During the transition, I think we could celebrate both, on December 25th and January 7th,” he said.

    The Orthodox …

  • Ukraine to expand tank and guided missile production

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak announced that the UkrOboronProm state arms manufacturer plans to expand production of guided missiles and T-84 Oplot tanks next year.

    "For the first time in the history of Ukraine, we'll start manufacturing almost completely new aircraft for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to government contract, including the production of guided missiles, and Oplot tanks. I wish this contract took effect today, but the appropriate decision has already been …