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.
Media: Ukrainian volunteer battalions took control of Donetsk filtration plant
The Ukrainian Volunteer Army, formerly known as the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps Right Sector with no official affiliation with the Ukrainian military, captured the Donetsk filtration plant, which supplies drinking water to cities and towns located on both sides of the demarcation line.
OSCE will increase number of observers in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to increase the number of observers for its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, in order to strengthen its technical capacity and increase patrol hours along the contact line in the conflict zone. Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Foreign Minister who currently holds the OSCE Chairmanship, made the announcement at a UN Security Council meeting.
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.
Ukraine's Minister of Defense: There are 37,000 Ukrainian soldiers at the front line in the Donbas
Presently, there are thirty-seven thousand Ukrainian soldiers at the front line in the Donbas, according to Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, the website of the Ministry reports.
Ukroboronprom to modernize 60 aircraft for the Ukrainian Air Force
The Ukrainian military will receive approximately 60 upgraded and modernized aircraft this year from Ukroboronprom, Ukraine’s state-owned defense enterprise, Life.ru reported.
Participants of the Donbas blockade meet with Prime Minister Groysman
On the 20th of February, participants in the blockade of trade with the territories of the Donbas not controlled by Ukraine accepted Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman’s invitation and came to the negotiation table in the hope of resolving the conflict caused by the blockade.
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
Ukraine considering process of weapons withdrawal in Donbas
Ukrainian side of Joint center for control and coordination evelops and coordinates the implementation plan of the contact group Tripartite arrangement on the complete cease-fire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. It was reported by the Ministry of Defense press service.
Militants shell 74 times in ATO area, nine soldiers injured
Militants shell ATO positions 74 times over the past 24 hours. Two Ukrainian military officers were injured, seven were traumatized. This was reported by the press service of the ATO headquarters in Facebook.
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.
Militants again disrupt withdrawal of weapons in Donbas, five shellings registered overnight
There are no preconditions for the withdrawal of weapons and for putting in place a ceasefire on the division line, Leonid Matiukhin, a representative of the press center of the headquarters of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), said on 112.ua TV channel.
Presidential couple and families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred took part in the memorial service for the deceased in St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery
President Petro Poroshenko together with his wife Maryna and families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred took part in the memorial service for the fallen activists of Maidan in St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. The divine service was conducted by Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’ - Ukraine Filaret.
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.
Battle losses make 2197 Ukrainian servicemen during war in Donbas
2 197 Ukrainian servicemen killed in Donbas since the beginning of the armed conflict. The Chief of General Staff, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, reports Interfax Ukraine.
US to support build-up of Ukraine’s military potential
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin at the Pentagon today. It was stated by the Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson on site of US Department of Defense.
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.
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.
Release of hostages to be key subject for discussion in humanitarian subgroup on Donbas
The humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk will consider the issues of release of hostages and access of representatives of humanitarian missions to the Donbas territory uncontrolled by Ukraine on February 15, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada first deputy speaker and Kyiv's representative in the humanitarian subgroup Iryna Gerashchenko said.
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.
Greece stands for peaceful resolving of Donbas conflict
One of the topics of the meeting of governments heads of Ukraine and Greece Volodymyr Groysman and Alexis Tsipras was the issue of security aspects, including the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of Minsk agreements.
Russia deploys more military hardware and manpower in Donbas
Over the last three days, the Russian Defense Ministry has brought a lot of armored vehicles, hardware and manpower to the occupied areas of Donbas; that could mean the enemy prepares for another escalation in the combat zone. Olexandr Turchynov, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said this as quoted by the agency’s press service.
Kremlin resumed war against Ukraine: How should EU respond to it?
Weapons of the Donbas has never been silent, but now the war has erupted with a new force. Avdiivka has been subjected to deliberate heavy artillery and rocket launchers attacks, carried out from the residential areas of Donetsk.
Work on restoration of damaged buildings begins in Avdiivka
The work on the restoration of damaged buildings by shelling started in Avdiivka. They have been conducted the works on 40 houses, the State Service on the Emergency situations reports. The 139 windows were changed, and 149 square meters of damaged roofs were restored in total.
National Guard of Ukraine awarded UOP specialists restoring military equipment in ATO area
National Guard of Ukraine awarded certificates of honour to Specialists of the SE ” Kyiv Armored Plant,” working in the field repair teams directly in the ATO area. The certificates are already delivered to the enterprise.