Contents tagged with Zakharchenko

  • Zakharchenko is ready to meet with Savchenko

    One of the separatist leaders in the Donbas, Alexander Zakharchenko, declared that he is ready to meet with the Batkivshchyna party deputy in the Verkhovna Rada, Nadiya Savchenko. This was reported in the separatists’ official statement on Monday, July 25, 2016.

    “A meeting is possible. However, first I need to understand what we would discuss. This neutral meeting [could be a PR strategy by] Savchenko. I'm willing to hear suggestions for the agenda. If Savchenko offers to discuss specific and …

  • So-called Donetsk People's Republic seizes plant owned by Russian company

    According to a statement on its website, the Russian mining and metals company Mechel has received an order from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) introducing temporary administrative control over the Donetsk Electrometallurgical Plant (DEMZ) property, located in the occupied territory.

    The order is dated June 25 and is signed by the DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko. It says that a new company, Yuzivka Metallurgical Plant, should be established on the premises of the …

  • Separatist leader's bodyguard surrenders to Ukrainian Border Service

    The Russian citizen, who had worked as a guard for the leader of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), surrendered to the employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on the night of July 12, the National Police Department press service in the Donetsk region reported.

    The 29-year-old Russian, registered in South Ossetia, was a member of the armed group Vostok from August 2014 to May 2016. He was on service in Yasynuvata and was on duty at the checkpoint in the Luhansk region. …

  • Separatist leader compared Brexit with events in the Donbas in 2014

    The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, congratulated British citizens on the result of the referendum to withdraw from the EU, at the last meeting of the spring session of the DPR People’s Council.

    "In fact, this [the results] is a very significant thing, because now Britain has done what we did two years ago: we also held a referendum, voted, and withdrew from Ukraine," Zakharchenko said.

    He added that he also congratulates UK citizens on the …

  • Zakharchenko gives Kiev an ultimatum on election law in the Donbas

    Ukrainian authorities have until the 14th of July to adopt a law on local elections in the Donbas. This law must, however, be agreed to by representatives of the Donbas. If not, the date of the election process will be determined unilaterally. This was said by the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, on the 21st of June.

    “Ukraine has to adopt a law on elections, which will also satisfy us, before the 14th of July. This law must be agreed to by …

  • Savchenko proposes holding direct talks with separatist leaders

    During an interview with Radio Era, Nadiya Savchenko proposed holding direct talks with the leaders of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    Savchenko stressed that she wants “to find understanding with these people.”

    “We need to learn to forgive... not everything can be forgiven, but everything can be dealt with and backed up by the laws later,” Savchenko said.

    Savchenko outlined three steps to end the war in eastern Ukraine, including …

  • Zakharchenko: A referendum to join Russia would be 'premature'

    During the "direct line with the people of the Donbas," the ‘DPR leader,’ Alexander Zakharchenko said he believes it is premature to hold a referendum on the accession of the self- proclaimed republic to the Russian Federation as it may disrupt the negotiations in Minsk.

    "Can we address the issue of accession to Russia today if we all agree? Frankly speaking, I’m not sure. Has anybody asked Russia about that? We need both sides for reunification. Have we taken into account the political risks …

  • Separatist Leader: Elections in the Donbas will be held on our terms

    The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has stated that he will not adhere to the Minsk Agreements with regard to the local elections. He said this on Saturday while at a press conference in Donetsk.

    “We will hold the primaries in order to gauge people’s reactions and to show the world that we are ready to hold elections without the consent of Kiev,” Zakharchenko said.

    “I am not going to dance to the tune of Ukraine, France and Germany who want us …

  • Separatist leader tells Savchenko not to come to the Donbas

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, warned Nadiya Savchenko not to visit the Donbas.

    He said that he is not interested in engaging in any direct discussions with Savchenko regarding an exchange of the prisoners and advised her not to come to the Donbas, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Why is she talking about the prisoner exchange? She wants to have a dialoged with us? I am not willing to have this dialogue with her. She is just an ordinary prisoner of war," …

  • Zakharchenko: Ukrainian political parties will not participate in the primaries in the Donbas

    According to the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, Ukrainian parties will not participate in early voting in the region.

    “Under no circumstances will Ukrainian parties participate in the primaries in the DPR. I know that today’s reports on early public voting has caused excitement in the Ukrainian media and has resulted in a wave of false insinuations. It is untrue that we are supposedly waiting for Ukrainian parties to participate in our elections,” …