• Additional police forces deployed to Avdiivka, Ukraine

    A Spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the Donetsk region, Vyacheslav Ambroskin, wrote on his Facebook page that a detachment of police officers from the regional Chief Directorate was deployed to Avdiivka in order to prevent infiltration by subversive and reconnaissance groups.

    "In agreement with ATO leadership [Ukrainian Armed Forces], I have made a decision on the deployment of a combined detachment of police officers from the regional Chief Directorate... This is primarily due to the …

  • Putin announces withdrawal of ‘main part’ of Russian forces from Syria

    Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of the main part of Russian forces from Syria, as reported by TASS.

    During a meeting at the Kremlin, Putin said that the pullout would start on Tuesday, March 15th.

    "I believe that the tasks assigned to the Ministry of Defense, as a whole, were met. Therefore, I order to begin withdrawing the main part of our military factions of the Syrian Arab Republic starting tomorrow," Putin stated.

    The comments come amid new peace talks in Geneva aimed at …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russia deployed 90 soldiers and ammunition to the Donbas

    A total of 23 pro-Russian separatists were killed and 34 were injured during clashes near Avdiivka. However, pro-Russian forces have already received reinforcements from Russia and are continuing their activities near the town.

    This was reported in a statement issued by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

    According to this statement, separatists have created a strategic defense group consisting of the 11 separate motorized rifle regiment of Makiivka, and …

  • Observers say that Nadiya Savchenko will continue dry hunger strike

    Members of the Rostov Civic Observers Commission report that Nadiya Savchenko is in stable condition. She drinks water and has no intention of ending her hunger strike. On Saturday, public observers Valentina Cherevatenko and Vladimir Katasonov visited Savchenko, who is being held in isolation in Novocherkassk, Russia.

    Cherevatenko and Katasonov later related her condition to noted Russian photojournalist Victoria Ivleva, who relayed the observations on Facebook. According to her post, …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces reports record number of attacks near Donetsk

    Over a 24 hour span on Saturday and Sunday, Russian-backed separatists initiated 62 attacks near Donetsk. This record number was reported by the press center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Sunday. Eight more attacks were reported near Mariupol, while one was recorded near Lugansk.

    “There were 19 mortar attacks recorded along the demarcation line. The situation near Avdiivka remains tense. In addition to mortars and grenade launchers, militants also used a tank and a 122 mm cannon on two …