Contents tagged with Donbas
DPR Head: referendum on accession of the republic to Russia will be held by the end of the year
The authorities of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic will hold a referendum on the accession of the unrecognized republic to Russia after the completion of the "special operation" in Ukraine, the head of DPR Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti. He himself believes that this will happen by the end of the year.
"I really hope so," Pushilin said in response to a question whether he agreed with the assessment of the duration of the "special operation" given by State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov. …
Ukrainian military analyst: Russian offensive in Donbas has started losing steam
Military expert and reserve colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleh Zhdanov believes that by the end of June Russian troops will switch to trench warfare.
"In principle, today the intensity of the hostilities is decreasing. The Russians are trying to resume the offensive in certain areas around Severodonetsk, but this is not as powerful an offensive as it was at the beginning of last week, when the situation seemed almost critical for us, and the threat of encirclement was very big," …
Ukrainian General: we expected that Russian invasion of Ukraine would begin from Donbas
Ukrainian military command expected that Russia would begin its offensive from the Donbas.
However, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were also ready to meet the enemy in the north of Ukraine, said Brigadier General Dmytro Krasilnikov, commander of the Operational Command North.
Ukrainian defenders believed that Russia could launch an assault from the eastern regions of Ukraine. Its troops would be supported by the units from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and mercenaries.
Russian military commander says Moscow seeks ‘control’ of southern Ukraine to make path to Moldova
On Friday, Russian Major Gen Rustam Minnekayev said Moscow seeks to establish “complete control” over eastern and southern Ukraine, which would provide a land bridge from Russia to the annexed Crimea as well as the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.
According to Minnekayev, Russia’s second stage of the “special military operation”, the Kremlin’s euphemism for the invasion of Ukraine, seeks to establish control of Ukraine’s Donbas region.
Such a move, …
Ukrainian Intelligence: spokesman of DPR Defense Ministry has been detained by Russian security services
The spokesman of the Defense Ministry of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin, has been detained by Russian military.
Russian security services began reprisals against commanders in the occupied Donbas because of unsuccessful "special military operation". Eduard Basurin is one of such high-ranking military officials who has been detained, reported the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
"After speaking with FSB officers, Eduard Basurin was …
Ukrainian official says Kharkiv has been hit by 53 strikes in 24 hours
The Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been hit with 53 artillery and rocket launches over the past 24 hours, according to the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov.
In a video post on Telegram, Sinegubov explained, "Our Armed Forces are constantly fighting to prevent the enemy from passing to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Russians continue to terrorize civilians. Unfortunately, during the past 24 hours, 22 civilians, including three children, were injured in the shelling …
Head of Donbas pseudo-republic wants to hold referendum on joining Russia
A referendum on joining Russia may be held on the territory of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) soon, said the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik, writes the Luhansk Information Center.
"I think that soon a referendum will be held on the territory of the republic, in which the people will exercise their absolute constitutional right and express their opinion on joining the Russian Federation. For some reason, I am sure that this is exactly how it will be," Pasechnik said.
Putin allows 'volunteers from Middle East' to join Russian troops in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to allow volunteers from the Middle East, primarily from Syria, to join Russian military operation in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports citing Putin’s speech at a meeting of the Security Council.
The proposal was initially made during the meeting by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. According to him, the Russian Defense Ministry receives many applications from people from different countries asking for a permission to participate in the so-called " …
Donbas militants ask Putin for military assistance
The leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request for military assistance.
In the appeals dated February 22, Pushilin and Pasechnik complain about the "intensification of military aggression" by Ukraine, the "destruction of infrastructure" including schools and hospitals, and the death of civilians, including children.
"The actions of the Kyiv regime show reluctance to stop the …
Ukraine rejects Putin's demands, calls up reservists
The demands of Russian President Vladimir Putin to demilitarize Ukraine, recognize Russian sovereignty over the annexed Crimea and ensure that Ukraine will never be accepted into NATO are unrealistic, said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
The list of conditions voiced by Putin on February 22 after he recognized the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, according to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, contradicts the choice of Ukrainian people.
"For a sovereign …