Category Archives: Donbas

Op-Ed in Novoye Vremya by CDA Taylor: Ukraine’s Committed Partner

November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to NGOs’ workspaces — Ukraine is brimming with energy and new ideas. New ideas to resolve the conflict in the East while protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. New

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Zelensky to construct wall in Donbas if peace issue is not solved in a year, – Holos faction head

Rakhmanin stated he does not believe in the peace after the meeting Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin Head of Holos faction Serhiy Rakhmanin assures that the president’s team has the idea to build the wall in Donbas in the peace issue will not be solved in a year, as Ukrayinska Pravda reports. “The team of the president has allegedly set

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“DPR” secret prisons employ torture experts, not random people: ex-captives

A secret “DPR” prison opened in the summer of 2014. It hosted those whom pro-Russian forces sought to break down to get guilty pleas. Often, people would tell on themselves, giving up to torture. Despite the fact that the “DPR” doesn’t recognize the very existence of this “concentration camp”, it is still operating. UNIAN sat down with former inmates to

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Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. The leaders also discussed preparations for a four-way Ukraine peace summit comprising Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the Kremlin said without giving

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Survey: Population of occupied Donbas believes Russia not involved in war

A majority of people living in the occupied Donbas think Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine, a new poll suggests. According to its results, 76% of people living in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts believe that Ukraine is experiencing a civil war, not fighting against Russian-backed militants. The sociological survey was conducted by New

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US Ambassador to Ukraine: Zelensky’s team blames Poroshenko for consequences of war in Donbas

Former US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker hinted to the Office of the President of Ukraine that they should abandon the idea of prosecuting former president Petro Poroshenko. This was learned from the testimony which US Chargé d’Affaires in Kyiv William Taylor gave to Congress, a survey of which was published by Evropeiska Pravda. Taylor spoke of a meeting

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Six members of Russia-led forces eliminated in Donbas over week – OSINT group

The fighters were members of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian Federation. Information Resistance (IR), a Ukrainian non-governmental project on information security, has said six members of the Russia-led forces were eliminated in Donbas from October 29 to November 5. “According to the IR, the confirmed losses of the Russian occupation forces in Donbas from October 29

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U.S. welcomes disengagement in Zolote, calls on Russia to withdraw all forces from Donbas

23:30, 04 November 2019 Diplomats believe that the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops helps restore Ukrainian sovereignty. The United States Embassy in Kyiv says it welcomes the completion of the disengagement of forces in the area of Zolote, urging the Russian Federation to withdraw all of its forces from eastern Ukraine. “We welcome the completion of withdrawal of forces and hardware

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Purpose of Putin aide’s Donetsk visit revealed – media

Surkov went for a short-term trip to the occupied stronghold of Russian occupation forces in late October. During the visit to Donetsk, one of the two cities in eastern Ukraine, along with Luhansk, which have remained beyond Ukraine’s control since mid-2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladislav Surkov reportedly raised before puppet “authorities” the issue of “passportization” of local residents.

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Ukraine announces completion of withdrawal of forces and weapons near Zolote in Donbas

22:55, 01 November 2019 OSCE monitors used drones to verify the disengagement. Ukraine has announced the completion of the withdrawal of forces and weapons at disengagement site No. 2 near the village of Zolote-4 in Luhansk region. “Representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), using, among other things, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), verified our activities,” the press center of Ukraine’s

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National Corps leader threatens Zelensky to gather thousands of veterans in Zolote

This could happen if the Ukrainian volunteers are removed from this settlement in Luhansk region, Andriy Biletsky said; earlier, President of Ukraine demanded that the volunteers take their weapons and leave the area Thousands of Donbas conflict veterans may convene in Zolote if their comrades are forced out of this settlement in Luhansk region. Andriy Biletsky, the leader of National

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European Rights Court Rules In Favor Of Ex-Slovyansk Mayor Accused Of Separatism In Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has awarded 3,600 euros to Nelya Shtepa, the former mayor of the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk in the Donetsk region whom Kyiv accuses of fomenting separatism. The October 24 ruling found that criminal proceedings against Shtepa had been “unreasonably long” and that her pre-trial detention had been “lengthy and unjustified.” It

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NATO announces purpose of its leadership’s upcoming Ukraine visit

22:00, 21 October 2019 Chief of NATO representation to Ukraine spoke about the Oct 30-31 visit’s agenda. Head of NATO Representation and NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, says that the Alliance seeks to deepen dialogue with the new Ukrainian authorities. Speaking at the “Ukraine-NATO: What’s on the Negotiating Table?” discussion panel in Kyiv Monday, he said that next

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Frozen Conflict in Donbass ‘Lesser Evil’ for Both Kyiv and ‘Moderate Imperialists’ in Moscow, Piontkovsky Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, October 18 – In an important two-part essay, Russian commentator Andrey Piontkovsky argues that there is now a good chance that the Donbass will remain “a frozen conflict” rather than be resolved either by the capitulation of Ukraine or by a new round of military aggression by Russia.             The reason for that is that in

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Peace in Donbas and deoccupation of Crimea are possible and necessary: Paris declaration of intellectuals

The Commission on Truth, Justice and Restoration of Peace between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union held its fourth meeting in Paris on October 10-12, 2019. Its members are convinced that it is absolutely essential to put an end to the bloody Donbas war, which began in March 2014. However, this can be achieved only through a just and lasting

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Ukraine reports 12 enemy attacks in Donbas warzone since Friday midnight

22:23, 18 October 2019 According to the update, there have been no casualties among the Ukrainian military since Friday midnight. Russian-led forces have mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas since Friday midnight. “The armed forces of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries have violated the ceasefire 12 times since the beginning of the current day, October 18,”

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