Category Archives: Donbas

Russia accuses Ukraine, Germany and France of undermining agreements to create joint council with Donbas militants

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the rejection of the agreements reached with representatives of the militant authorities in the Donbas was not only Kyiv’s initiative. “Unfortunately, strange things began to happen after the breakthrough. During the telephone talks, the assistants of the “Normandy” leaders, Berlin and Paris, under various pretexts avoided supporting the agreements between Kyiv and

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12 civilians died from mines explosion in Donbas since beginning of 2020, – OSCE

20:30, 4 April 2020 Since 2017, the SMM has recorded about 300 civilian casualties Since the beginning of 2020, 12 deaths have been recorded in Donbas as a result of the mines explosion. This was announced by the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Yashar Halit Cevik. According to Cevik, in 2019 mines and other explosive ordnance led to 48

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NATO adopts new package of support for Ukraine and Georgia

NATO foreign ministers have agreed on a new support package for Ukraine and Georgia. The approval by NATO foreign ministers of further measures to support Ukraine and Georgia in addition to existing aid packages was one of the main topics of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the 30 NATO member states, DW reports. “We talk about exercises, access

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“People fear that the virus will come from the Russian Federation.” What happens to coronavirus in ORDLO and why is it dangerous for the whole of Ukraine

Author: Maxim Butchenko, Kristina Berdinsky There is no quarantine, tests, or necessary medications at LDNR , but there are patients with coronavirus and people who spend two weeks in hospitals under forced observation. “ Last week, only in the city hospital No. 7 of Lugansk, nine people died from“ usual pneumonia ”. According to the conclusion of pathologists, the causes of these deaths have the signs of

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Donbas peace talks group meets online, averts highly criticized agreement meant to include Russia-run “people’s republics”

OLENA MAKARENKO The Minsk Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) met on 26 March to discuss the Donbas situation, but no ratification of controversial agreements, drafted two weeks earlier, took place. The meeting had to be conducted online, and thus the necessary physical signatures were impossible to obtain. Arising from the most recent meetings held in Minsk on 11 March, the newest

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So-called Donetsk People’s Republic suggests ’10 for 8’ formula for prisoner exchange

According to its Ombudsman Darina Morozova, the Ukrainian side responded with a refusal The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) suggested holding an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine via “10 for 8” formula in the shortest time. It was reported by TASS with reference to DNR’s Ombudsman Darina Morozova. According to Morozova, the proposal was made during the negotiations that took

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No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

Ukraine’s breakaway territories are in a state of lockdown and unease Peace may not have reached eastern Ukraine yet, but neither has the coronavirus. At least, that’s what is claimed by de facto officials of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), one of two breakaway territories in war-torn eastern Ukraine. In a press conference on March 24, the “DNR’s” de facto

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Ukraine security officials nab online troll spinning fake news on coronavirus

23:50, 24 March 2020 The woman had been spinning disinformation in various online groups where she was an admin, with a total audience of nearly 100,000 subscribers. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says its operatives have detained a Kherson-based woman who had been disseminating disinformation on coronavirus spread, aiming to sow panic among Ukrainians and destabilize the region. The

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Russia-led forces use banned 82mm mortars to attack Ukrainian positions on Sunday

21:59, 22 March 2020 No Ukrainian army casualties have been reported today. Russia-led forces mounted one attack on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday, having used proscribed weapons. In particular, they lobbed five 82mm mortar shells to attack Ukrainian troops deployed near the village of Vodiane in the Skhid (East) sector, the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces

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Former DPR commander admits that pro-Russian militants were killing civilians in Donbas

Alexander Khodakovsky, a former commander of the Vostok battalion and former Security Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), described how DPR militants killed civilians. Journalist Denis Kazansky posted a fragment of Khodakovsky’s interview on his video blog. According to Khodakovsky, once the militants stopped a car with three civilians at a checkpoint in the Donbas. Subsequently, they took

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Ukraine’s pro-Russian MPs plot new front with Putin

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo Most Ukrainians are currently focusing their attention almost exclusively on the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is entirely understandable, but the undeclared and ongoing war with Russia remains an arguably greater threat to the country’s future well-being. A number of developments in recent days have raised questions over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s approach

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Divine retribution. Will The Hague Tribunal bring Russian killers of MH17 passengers to justice

11:30, 16 March 2020 The Dutch court held the first two hearings in the MH17 case and adjourned until March 23. Meanwhile, the Kremlin leaders have never been so close to the dock. Six years after the terrible plane crash that left 298 people dead, trees have grown a bit at the MH17 victims’ national park and the wounds of

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Ukraine agrees to dialogue with Russian-led republics

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Ukrainian officials have agreed to begin talks with representatives of Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine, marking a significant policy departure following six years of refusals to enter into direct dialogue with the Kremlin-appointed authorities of the breakaway regions. The agreement in question was signed in Minsk on March 11 by representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group, which consists

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In controversial change, Ukraine to enter direct negotiations with Russian-led militants

By Oleksiy Sorokin President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak announced on March 13 that Ukraine will officially enter into direct negotiations with Russian-led militants for the first time in the six years of war in the Donbas. This drastically diverges from the country’s established policy of holding negotiations only with the aggressor state, Russia, and not legitimizing its

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UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission: Detainees tortured systematically in occupied Donbas

The detainees are systematically tortured, including by mock executions and electric shocks, in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. “In self-proclaimed republics, we recorded a systematic practice of torture and ill-treatment of detainees. The frequency, intensity and length of the torture and ill-treatment varied considerably, however they usually continued until a detainee agreed to confess

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