Category Archives: Donbas

Russia seeking “DPR/LPR” legitimization via international platforms – Ukrainian delegation to TCG

According to the diplomats, Russia may unilaterally recognize the so-called “LPR” and “DPR” as “independent republics.” The Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) has said Russia is trying to legitimize its “puppet” formations, the so-called “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics” (“LPR/DPR”), by engaging them in the highest international platforms, in particular the UN, as well as by possible

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Ukraine military intel reports on number of Russian invaders in occupied Donbas

21:00, 30.11.20 – UNIAN Occupation forces are only staffed by up to 80%. Some 35,000 of Russian-controlled military oppose Ukrainian troops in the occupied Donbas, the Ukrainian military intelligence reports. That’s according to Vadym Skybystky, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) at the Ministry of Defense. Commenting on the latest mobilization readiness checks by the Russian occupation administration, Skybytsky noted

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Ukraine’s security service detains ex-“LPR” sniper in Kharkiv (Photos)

He participated in subversive operations against Ukrainian soldiers near the town of Zolote in Luhansk region. A former sniper who was a member of an illegal armed formation controlled by the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and fought against Ukraine’s military in Donbas has been detained in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. This was announced by the press center of

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Ukraine’s ministry asks not to use the term ‘annexation’ regarding Crimea

19:48, 20 November 2020 – Source : 112 Ukraine The term ‘annexation’ is erroneous regarding Crimea, according to Ukraine’s Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories. The Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories asks not to call Crimea ‘annexed’ because the term ‘annexation’ is erroneous toward Crimea and it contradicts the Ukrainian legislation as Deputy Minister for the Reintegration

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Some in Moscow view Karabakh settlement as model for Donbas, Transnistria

18:07, 18 November 2020 – 112 UA – Author : Paul Goble – Source : Jamestown To compound this threat, some in the Russian capital apparently believe outside powers in the West, especially in Europe, might accept such arrangements, including the official injection of Russian peacekeepers on the ground. Whenever a major development occurs in one area of the post-Soviet

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ukraine: Zelensky invites UN to develop joint plan for Donbas restoration

08:30, 25 October 2020 – 112 UA Zelensky also called on the UN to take part in the implementation of the project to provide Donbas with drinking water. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited the UN to develop a joint plan for the restoration of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This proposal was made during a meeting with the United Nations resident coordinator

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Ukraine’s Zelensky struggles to impress in war-battered east

Slovyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) President Volodymyr Zelensky rose to power last year on a pledge to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has left Russia-backed separatists controlling two areas of the country and thousands dead. But nowhere has the failure so far to fulfil that pledge fallen more flat than in the east itself, where Russian-speaking inhabitants yearn for a

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ukraine: Markiv case: new evidence, witnesses confirm Ukrainian’s innocence

28.09.2020 18:00 – Ukrinform Ukraine, convict’s relatives hope court of appeal will restore justice. Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, has been behind bars in Italy for three years now: a National Guard member was sentenced to 24 years in prison. In Italy, he is accused of his involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter

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Donbas negotiations in deadlock again as Russia demands local elections (again)

As expected, the negotiation process has reached an impasse in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG, Minsk Group) that tries to resolve the conflict in the east of Ukraine ongoing for more than six years now. The talks have faced a stalemate in the same way as many times before when Russia resorted to demanding Ukraine to fulfill the points of

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Russian-occupation forces in Donbas shelling from large-caliber weapons at forestland near Stanytsia Luhanska, provoking new wildfires

According to Stanychno-Luhanska District State Administration, Russian-occupation forces in Donbas are shelling the forestland near the entry-exit checkpoint, as a result of which new wildfires emerge. “According to the residents of Stanytsia Luhanska, starting from 23:30 shots from large-caliber weapons from the occupied territory were recorded. After that loud explosions of shells were noted in the area of the entry-exit

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Kravchuk and the President’s Office invited Markiyan Lubkivsky to the Ukrainian delegation at the TCG

According to a DM source, he will accept the offer, subject to the release of Witold Fokin. Diplomat Markiyan Lubkivsky told Media Detector that he had received an offer to join the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group for the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Eastern Ukraine from the head of the delegation to the TCG Leonid Kravchuk and the Office of

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Russia will block peace talks if resolution on local elections in Donbas not changed – Kravchuk

If the Verkhovna Rada does not change the resolution on local elections, it will block not only the exchange of prisoners, but also all the work of the Trilateral Contact Group on the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Donbas. The head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk, said this in a comment to

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Donbas: Ukraine to insist that positions of militants are inspected simultaneously with Ukrainian ones, – official

08:03, 21 September 2020 – Source : 112 Ukraine There are dozens of violations of Minsk agreements, allowed by Russian mercenaries, Leonid Kravchuk says. Ukraine will be insisting that inspections of the Ukrainian military positions were conducted simultaneously with the checks of those held by Russian mercenaries. Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine and the head of the Ukrainian delegation

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Kuleba on statement by Lavrov: Minsk agreements signed by Russia in 2014 confirm its status as party to conflict

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in response to the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements has recalled that the Minsk agreements signed by the Russian Federation in 2014 confirm its status as a party to the conflict. “I am especially offended to read these words of Minister

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Putin accuses Ukraine of selective fulfillment of Donbas commitments

The President of the Russian Federation paid special attention to “Kyiv’s attempts to interpret the Minsk agreements in its own way” Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of taking a selective approach to fulfilling its commitments in resolving the conflict in Donbas during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. This was reported by the Kremlin’s press service.

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Ukraine convenes TCG meeting over puppet “DPR” leader’s threats to open fire on JFO units in Donbas

22:54, 05 September 2020 – UNIAN The Ukrainian delegation will try to prevent shelling of JFO unit. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says Ukraine is initiating an extraordinary meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas settlement over threats voiced by the self-styled “leader” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Denis Pushilin to open fire on the positions

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Desert instead of heaps. Ecological catastrophe in Donbass

The barbaric and thoughtless closure of the mines, which was started this year by representatives of the illegal armed groups “LPR-DPR”, led to the expected consequences, which were warned by environmentalists. An ecological catastrophe has started in Donbass. Due to the cessation of mine drains, rivers, ponds and reservoirs in the region are rapidly losing water and sinking. And so far it is

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Putin and Macron discuss settlement of conflict in Donbas

French and Russian Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Wednesday. The conversation took place at the initiative of the French side, the Kremlin’s press service reports. The Presidents discussed, among other things, the steps for resolving the situation in the Donbas. Macron and Putin praised the ceasefire agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group. Putin

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No demand of special status for Donbas in Minsk agreements, – Kravchuk

Source : 112 Ukraine 08:03, 5 August 2020 At that, Russia tries to prove there actually is such a provision. Russia is trying to prove that the demand of a special status of governance in Donbas is stipulated in the text of Minsk agreements. Actually, it’s not true, says Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s first president and the head of its delegation in

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Ukrainians, Belarusians, Balts populated the Russian Far East, not Russians

Editor’s Note Amid the mass protests in the city of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, a Russian commenter explains how the predominantly Ukrainian past of the entire region is now largely and intentionally ignored by the Russian authorities.Most Russians and many outsiders believe that when the Russian Empire acquired the Far East, it dispatched Russians to settle the area

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Russian-led forces violate new truce in Donbas – JFO Commander

The situation along the contact line is stable and under control. Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander, General Volodymyr Kravchenko has said Russian-led forces have already violated the newly-agreed truce in Donbas. “The situation along the contact line is stable and under control. Unfortunately, at 00:20-00:45 Kyiv time, the enemy shelled a unit of the 36th separate marine infantry brigade, using riles,

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Russia must fulfill its commitments on ceasefire in Donbas – British ambassador

British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons has said she hopes that Russia will fulfill the agreements on a full ceasefire in Donbas. “Good to see Trilateral Contact Group agreement on additional ceasefire measures. I really hope these are implemented and civilians in Donbas see a sustained reduction in violence,” she wrote on her Twitter account. At the same time, Simmons

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Vitaly Portnikov: Russia has no intention of adhering to the upcoming ceasefire agreement

On July 22, the Trilateral Contact Group held a video conference during which all the parties agreed on a new and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas. In particular, the parties – the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the so called “DNR/LNR authorities” – agreed to ban offensive, reconnaissance and sabotage operations, as well as operations of any types

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