Ukrainian Cabinet prepares to make a decision on Donbas blockade
At its next meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers will consider the issue of trade arrangements with the uncontrolled territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, in an interview on TSN on Sunday evening, February 26th.
Ukroboronprom opened official office in Abu Dhabi
State Concern Ukroboronprom has opened official office in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). This was reported by the press service of the concern.
Estimated losses of Metinvest due to blockade changed downwards from 30 to 10 million dollars
The Dragon Capital investment company reconsidered the level of potential monthly loss for the Dutch company Metinvest B.V. due to the coal and iron ore transportation blockade on the Eastern Ukraine – the loss changed downwards from 30 to 10 million dollars. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine.
Russian military created an 'information operations force'
The Russian armed forces have created an information operations force, which will be tasked in counter-propaganda, Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu said, speaking on Wednesday in the Russian State Duma, as reported by Interfax.
Donetsk filtration plant shut down, water is supplied to residents properly
The management of Donetsk filtration plant has decided to halt the plant and evacuate all personnel. This was reported by the press service of Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.
Everyone Seems To Have A Peace Plan For Ukraine
It seems that peace plans for Ukraine are everywhere these days.
Russia to form four new divisions in 2017, including in the Kuril Islands
The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to complete the formation of four new divisions in 2017, and included in this will be the protection of the Kuril Islands. This was announced on February 22 in the State Duma on the television show “Parliamentary Hour” (Parlamentsky Chas) by Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu, TASS reported.
Vodyane nearly destroyed due to severe shelling
Vodyane village is almost destroyed as a result of attacks by illegal armed groups. This was announced by the Defense Ministry Speaker on Donbas Andriy Lysenko.
OSCE sees decrease in use of heavy weapons in Donbas
The OSCE has recorded 185 explosions caused by fire from tanks, mortars and artillery last week. The number of such cases during the previous week was 884. The OSCE SMM Deputy Head Alexander Hug stated this during the briefing.
Russia created nuclear missile defense shield
Russia has created a continuous radar field along the perimeter of the country to defend against nuclear attack, as stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Interfax reports.
In Syria And Ukraine, Russia Positions Itself As Solution To Problems It Created
The world is becoming ever more tumultuous. But amid the general storm one country can be relied upon to maintain a sanguine -- and sanguinary -- course: Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: Russia is supplying separatists with weapons and armor
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute or SIPRI recently released a report about weapons supplied to armed groups. The report stated that Russia has been supplying the separatists in Eastern Ukraine with heavy weaponry.
Nikki Haley: The US will not agree to closer relations with Russia at the expense of Ukraine
The present U.S. administration is still deliberating the possibility of strengthening cooperation with Russia, however it considers it unacceptable to do so at the expense of satisfying Russia’s geopolitical interests and aggression against other countries, especially Ukraine, as stated on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Conflicts in Europe by Nikki Haley, the U.S. permanent representative to the organization.
SIPRI: Weapon types Russia sends to Donbas
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) announced about the Russia’s weapon deliveries to the self-proclaimed “republics” of Donbas. This information was stated in the report about the International arms transfers in 2016, reports Republic
Russian Deputy PM: Russia is developing ICBMs to counter any US missile defense
The new intercontinental ballistic missiles which are being developed in Russia can overcome any US missile defense, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in an interview on the program “Voskresny Vecher” on TV channel “Rossiya-1”.
Russian military began to test new military equipment in the Arctic
The Russian Ministry of Defense is carrying out tests of new military equipment in the Arctic region, TASS reported.
Russian military vehicle blown up in Syria killing four military advisors
According to Russia’s Ministry of defense, in Syria, a military vehicle was blown up by a remotely operated device killing four Russian military advisors.
SIPRI: Ukraine increases sales of military products to Russia in 2016
Russia has become the largest buyer of military goods from Ukraine in 2016. This is evidenced by a study that annually conducts an authoritative international organization - the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Glavkom reports.
15 attacks employing heavy weapons registered in Donbas on Monday
The gunfire has somewhat subsided in the anti-terrorist operation zone in eastern Ukraine, and 15 attacks have been seen since Monday morning without any heavy weapons involved, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk said.
Militants break ceasefire regime in ATO area on February 20
There are no preconditions for military disengagement and establishing the ceasefire regime at the delimitation line. Militants shelled Ukraine’s Armed Forces positions 62 times during the day; they shelled five times during the night. As a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian soldier was killed, another one was injured. This was reported by the speaker of the press service of the ATO headquarters Leonid Matyukhin on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Strelkov: Without Russia’s support separatist armies would be destroyed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces
In his interview to Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, former leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin) spoke of the balance of forces between the armies of the s-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Militants shell ATO positions 49 times, one soldier killed
Militants shelled Armed Forces positions from mortars in all directions, one Ukrainian soldier was killed. This was reported by the press center of the ATO in Facebook.
Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin joined the Donetsk People’s Republic
Russian writer, Zakhar Prilepin, joined the Donetsk People’s Republic and is the Deputy Commander of one of the armed groups. Zakhar Prilepin stated in his commentary to Dozhd TV that his battalion was formed in the summer of 2016 and is currently stationed at the frontline. The Russian writer claims that he is waging war against the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
UN: Donbas railway blockade may lead to humanitarian and social tensions
Blocking railway tracks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions carried by ATO veterans may entail humanitarian consequences and social tensions in the region. This is stated in the report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations (UN).
Russia launches surprise inspection of combat readiness near Belarus and Ukraine’s border
The Russian Federation began sudden readiness test of the Western Military District, adjacent to Ukraine and Belarus. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the Ministry of Defense.
Russia deploys police battalion to Syria from Ingushetia
The Russian Ministry of Defense has deployed a military police battalion to Syria from Ingushetia, the head of the Republic, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, stated, RIA Novosti reported.
Russia accuses Ukraine of using weapons of mass destruction in the Donbas, Kyiv denies accusation
The Investigative Committee of Russia stated that it had received “irrefutable evidence that the Armed Forces of Ukraine used weapons of mass destruction” in the Donbas.
Turkish foreign minister calls for peaceful settlement in Donbas
Turkey calls for a diplomatic solution to the Donbas conflict which would preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Escalation of situation in Ukraine's Avdiivka: Digest (January 29 - February 8)
Since February 2016, city of Avdiivka, 17km north of Donetsk, has been controlled by the Ukrainian side. As part of Donbas conflict, this industrial city has been subjected to constant shelling, which has recently intensified.
Media: Ukraine purchased Russian BTR engines through a Moldovan firm
A Russian engine for Ukrainian military equipment is being bought at an inflated price through a firm from Moldova.