Russia could stir up situation in Mariupol during May holidays, - Donetsk governor
The Russian military and political leadership could go for any sort of provocations during the May holidays in Mariupol. Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the governor of Donetsk region, said that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
OSCE reports increase in shelling in Donbas, militant tanks, Grads
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported an increase in shelling and the deployment of tanks and Grad MLR systems in the occupied territory of Donbas, according to a daily update.
Donbas: 52 attacks on Ukrainian positions
Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian outposts in Donbas went under fire 52 times. The enemy has been landing attacks in all sectors of the combat area; the gravest situation is observed in the Donetsk and Mariupol sectors.
Militants attack Ukrainian positions near Krasnohorivka: 1 KIA, 4 WIAs
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions near the town of Krasnohorivka in the Mariupol sector, the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters reported on Facebook.
OSCE observers spot tanks, missile launchers at Luhansk air field
Kremlin-sponsored mercenaries in Donbas have been keeping some of their military vehicles in the vicinities of Luhansk; the large amount of those was observed in the city’s outskirts. The Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine mentioned that in their report on Wednesday, April 26.
127 Ukrainians remains in captivity of Russia-backed militants, - Ukraine’s Vice Speaker
Currently, there are 127 Ukrainian citizens who stay in captivity of Russia-backed militants in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Iryna Gerashchenko, the vice speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament and the country’s envoy in the Minsk talks group, said that during today’s negotiations with Portuguese diplomats.
Trilateral Contact Group agrees to rapidly verify list of hostages who are not willing to move to occupied territories
Verification of citizens objecting to move to the uncontrolled Ukrainian territory in Donbas will take place in the nearest time. This was agreed on during the meeting of Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, according to Facebook message by Daria Olifer, the press secretary of Ukrainian representative, Leonid Kuchma.
OSCE mission resumes patrolling of Donbas
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reported resumption of its activity on both sides of the Donbas contact line on Tuesday.
Russia funds and manages conflict in Ukraine, leaks show – Atlantic Council
Hacked emails show that the Kremlin directs and funds the ostensibly independent "republics" in eastern Ukraine and runs military operations there, Aric Toler and Melinda Haring wrote in an article for Atlantic Council titled "Russia Funds and Manages Conflict in Ukraine, Leaks Show."
Donbas debt on electricity almost $407 million, - Tuka
Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka named the amount of debt for electricity supplied to the uncontrolled territories. The debt of Luhansk Energy Association (LEO) is 185 billion dollars and in Donetsk region is around 220 billion dollars.
Donbas conflict: Enemy attacks 9 times, Ukrainian forces adhere to ceasefire regime
ussia-backed occupation forces continue violating ceasefire regime and conducting provocative shelling on positions of Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) forces in Donbas. Enemy opened fire 9 times at strongholds of the Armed Forces since midnight. This was reported by ATO HQ on Facebook.
Ukraine's Defense & Security chief Turchynov blames Kremlin for OSCE car blast
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov insists that the Russian leaders are to blame for an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrol car incident when one U.S. citizen was killed and two other foreign citizens (Germany and the Czech Republic) were injured in a roadside mine blast in Donbas on April 23.
Trump, Merkel discuss need for peaceful solution of Donbas crisis
U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed by phone a peaceful solution of the Donbas conflict, according to the White House.
President had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spoke on a phone with U.S. Secretary of States Rex Tillerson.
Militants shell residential areas and control post of State Border Guard in Marinka
Russia-backed terrorist forces attacked Marinka checkpoint of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine using automatic grenade launchers and small arms. Enemy fired from Oleksandrivka settlement, which is on the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Ukraine. This was reported by ATO HQ on Facebook.
Two Ukrainian servicemen killed, 8 injured in Donbas in past 24 hours – ATO HQ
Over the past day, the militants have carried out 47 shelling attacks on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), as a result of which two Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and eight injured, the press center of the ATO headquarters has reported.
President presented Order of Yaroslav the Wise to Elmar Brok
The Head of State presented Order of Yaroslav the Wise of the V grade to Elmar Brok.
President in the interview to Sky News: There is a true hot war, not frozen conflict in Donbas
In the interview to Sky News TV channel, President Petro Poroshenko noted that there is a true hot war, not frozen conflict in Donbas.
Bloomberg: Putin aims for integration of Donbas with Russia
The Kremlin appears to publicly continue to support the 2015 Minsk agreements; however, the real strategy of president Vladimir Putin is to completely separate Donbas from Ukraine through its gradual integration with Russia. That does not include annexation of these areas, all the more official recognition of the pro-Kremlin ‘republics’ in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. That’s what Bloomberg got from three anonymous sources close to the Kremlin.
Russia deports ‘Ukrainian army scout’ to ‘DNR’
The Ukrainian citizen, detained in Russia in January this year and charged with working for the Ukrainian military intelligence was deported to the so-called 'Donetsk People’s Republic' for further criminal proceeding. The press department of the FSB, Russian special service, reported that on April 20.
42 children killed by landmines in Donbas since April 2014, - Defence Ministry
Since the beginning of the hostilities in Donbas in spring 2014, 42 kids lost their lives due to stepping on landmines. Sergiy Zubarevsky, the head of the Ukrainian military’s Coordination Group on Mine Clearance Activity, said this as quoted by the Defence Ministry press service.
505 population centers in five Ukrainian regions remain without electricity due to bad weather, — Emergency Service
505 residential areas in five regions of Ukraine remain without electricity as of 7 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions. This was reported by the press service of State Emergency Service.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister visits Italy
The working visit of Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak to Italy began on Tuesday, April 18. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Slovyanska thermal power station stops working
The thermal power station (TPS) in Slovyansk, Donetsk region, ceased working as it fell short of anthracite coal. Previously, another four plants across the country (Prydniprovska, Trypilska, Zmiivska and Kryvoriz’ka) stopped working due to the same reason. Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Production reported that on Tuesday, April 18.
Militants are shelling residential areas in Avdiivka, 6 houses damaged, — ATO HQ
Illegal armed groups in Donbas are shelling residential areas of Avdiivka despite Minsk agreement. 6 houses were damaged over the past day. This was reported by Joint Coordination and Control Center on ATO HQ Facebook page.
Two Ukrainian military injured in ATO zone on Easter
Two Ukrainian servicemen were injured in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone on Easter day, April 16, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.
15 Ukrainian WIA's rushed from Donbas to Odesa on Friday, 5 in critical condition
Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers who have been wounded in action (WIAs) in Donbas arrived in Odesa on Friday, five of them are in a critical condition, according to a civil volunteer.
Donbas: Six attacks on Ukrainian positions overnight
Last night, Kremlin-backed armed units in Donbas applied chaotic fire on Ukrainian positions in the combat area; according to the press centre of the anti-terrorism operation HQ, there were six attacks, most of them involving the use of small arms.
Poroshenko's advisor assesses probability of Russian annexation of occupied Donbas
Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, academician, adviser to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Horbulin believes that Russia will not go for the annexation of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Turchynov on ATO troops' task: Moving east, main thing not to leave own border behind
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said that the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) forces did not surrender one meter of Ukrainian soil over the past year.