Mariupol residents report of powerful explosions in city center
The residents of Mariupol write in social networks about powerful explosions in the center of the city. The blasts can be heard in all parts of the city.
How trade blockade affected fighting in the Donbas
To return the Donbas, we need to fight for it at all cost, genuinely, without ‘deals,’ so that the occupation stops benefiting Moscow, so that the occupation costs too much, both resources-wise and, most of all, human-wise.
Ukraine speaks up at UN: Russia continues sponsoring Donbas terrorists
Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Serhiy Kyslytsya has briefed the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on Wednesday on the situation in occupied territory in Donbas, saying that Russia continues sending arms and funds to terrorists in eastern Ukraine.
Media: Russian soldier from private company died in Syria
The Russian Internet publication Fontanka reports that Alexander Sagaydak, a 45-year-old Russian citizen who took part in military operations as part of a "private military company," was killed in Syria in February 2017.
Donbas militants deploy howitzers in residential area in Horlivka
According to Ukraine army intelligence, the pro-Russian militants deployed a battery of 152-mm howitzers in a residential area of Horlivka, regularly shelling Ukraine army positions from there, Informator reports March 21.
Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?
Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.
Donbas blockade’s influence on Ukraine’s currency to be minor, - NBU
The temporary ban on cargo transportation across the delimitation line in Donbas has a limited influence on Ukrainian currency, hryvnia, according to the National Bank of Ukraine. This was stated in the message on NBU official site.
Militants attacked positions of Armed Forces near Vodiane: Two soldiers killed, seven wounded, — ATO HQ
Separatists have shelled positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces near Vodiane, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed as a result, seven more got wounded. This was reported by ATO HQ press center on Facebook.
Militants shell ATO positions at Vodiane with rockets, one killed, eight Ukrainian soldiers wounded
One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and eight wounded as a result of shelling by combined Russian-separatist forces in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone near Vodiane in Volnovakha district, Donetsk region, on Monday, the ATO headquarters has reported.
91 enemy attacks on March 15, army reports
March 15, pro-Russian separatist troops opened artillery fire 91 times on Ukraine army positions. Four Ukrainian servicemen were wounded, the army March 16 report says.
Heavy fighting reported near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine
The fighting near the city of Mariupol has intensified, as reported by Ukrainian volunteers organization “Come back alive” on their Facebook page
Poroshenko again stated on Russian military threat along entire border
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko again stated about the military threat from Russia along the whole Ukrainian-Russian border. He said this during the meeting of the Council for Redional Development, which was broadcast by 112 Ukraine.
118 Ukrainians remain in captivity of pro-Russian militants
There are 418 people on the list of persons who went missing in the combat area in Donbas. Besides, there are 118 Ukrainian citizens held captive by pro-Kremlin mercenaries. Iryna Gherashchenko, Ukraine’s first deputy parliamentary speaker and the country’s representative in the Minsk group, posted that at Facebook.
Ukraine introduces transport blockade on separatist-held Donbas territories
The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine decided on March 15 to temporarily end freight movement along railway lines and roads across the line of contact with the uncontrolled Donbas territories. In this way they have effectively legalized the trade blockade of several areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which has been performed by war veterans in Eastern Ukraine.
Power lines in Avdiivka fixed, - Donetsk governor
The power lines in Avdiivka that were damaged by shelling are now fixed; the electricity will be again supplied across the town by 4 p.m. Thursday. Pavlo Zhebrisvky, the governor of Donetsk region, posted that at Facebook on March 16.
DPR banned the activities of six charitable organizations in separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine
The leader of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, banned the activities of the Pomozhem Humanitarian Center of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation in the areas of the Donetsk region controlled by the separatists, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Girkin: 'A regular army' is fighting against Ukraine in Donbas
The former ‘Defense Minister of the DPR,’ Igor Girkin (Strelkov), said that those fighting for the ‘Republics’ of the Donbas against Ukraine is not a ‘militia,’ but a ‘regular army,’ as said in an interview with ROY TV, a short excerpt of which was uploaded to YouTube.
President: Ukrainian enterprises remained the only anchors for those territories to hold on to Ukraine
Enterprises that kept paying wages in Ukrainian currency and paying taxes to the Ukrainian budget were the “islands” of Ukrainian presence in the occupied territories and they were to become a stronghold of reintegration of those lands after their de-occupation. It was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in the interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
All freight traffic across delimitation line in Donbas blocked
All cargo transportation through demarcation line in Donbas was halted. This was reported by Oleksandr Turchynov, the Head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Facebook.
Ukrainian oligarch loses control over his hotels in the Donbas
The management of the Donbas Palace and Park Inn hotels in Donetsk has been suspended from business administration by representatives of the self-proclaimed DPR (Donetsk People's Republic). Armed representatives of the self-proclaimed “Republic” have seized the hotel buildings and all equipment.
Police release arrested in Kryvy Torets blockade participants
The Donetsk region National Police department announced in Facebook they have released over 20 arrested in Kryvy Torets Donbas trade blockade activists.
Donbas Blockade HQs claims Kryvy Torets checkpoint taken by SBU and SWAT
The checkpoint of the so-called "Blockade Against Trade with Occupiers" at the Kryvy Torets railway station in the village of Scherbynivka in the jurisdiction of Torets Town Hall in Donetsk region has been taken over by Ukrainian SBU Security Service officers and members of the Ukrainian police's KORD Special Weapons and Tactics force, according to the blockade headquarters.
What is in the cargo trains going from the separatist republics to Ukraine?
The main objective of the economic blockade is to deprive separatist leaders and the separatist administration of funding. Their main source of revenue is the sale of coal to Ukraine. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), 47% of revenue from coal sales was spent on financing armed groups in the separatist republics. In the last year the volume of coal mined in the separatist-held territories increased by 49%, which indicates that some representatives of the Ukrainian authorities are interested that these gray schemes of coal supplies continue to exist. The cost of coal mined in the separatist-held territories is worth 500-600 ($20) hryvnia per ton, while Ukraine buys that same coal for 1730 ($65) hryvnia per ton.
Fighting "non-stop": Def. Ministry on escalation in Donbas
On Sunday, hostilities near the town of Avdiyivka lasted more than 10 hours, and on the eastern outskirts of Mariupol – around-the-clock, speaker for the ATO at Ukraine's Defense Ministry Andriy Lysenko told a briefing, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Donbas blockade HQ gives two weeks to close Sberbank in Ukraine
The headquarters Donbas blockade delivered an ultimatum to the Cabinet of Ministers to close all the offices of Sberbank in Ukraine because of the decision to accept passports of “DPR” and “LPR”. This was reported by the leader of the Donbas blockade Anatoliy Vynohrodskyy during the press-conference.
Election in occupied Donbas no longer on Minsk agenda – Ukraine's negotiator
Expert of the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas crisis Olga Aivazovska claims that the issue of holding local elections in Russia-occupied Donbas is no longer on the agenda of Minsk peace talks due to the efforts of the Ukrainian side, according to a Ukrainian television channel.
OSCE mission reports deterioration of security situation in Donbas
The number of instances of the use of heavy weapons in Donbas went up 230% over a period of one week, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said.
Donbas blockade HQ issues another ultimatum demanding to cease coal supply from Russia
Headquarters of Donbas trade blockade gave yet another ultimatum to the Cabinet of Ministers demanding to cease coal supply from the Russian Federation until April 2. This was reported by the head of blockade HQ during press conference.
Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces: We prepare for every possible scenario
Ukraine’s military command is preparing for any possible scenario of the ongoing Russian aggression. Viktor Muzhenko, the Superior Commander and the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that at a briefing on Friday.
Russia to send ‘humanitarian convoys’ to Donbas less frequently
The Russian government intends to cut down the number of convoys sent to the militant-held areas of eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Artamonov, Russia’s Deputy Emergency Minister, reported that on Thursday.