Russia to supply electric power to Luhansk
Russian government decided to provide uninterrupted supplies of electricity to Luhansk region in Ukraine in respect that Kyiv terminated electric power supply for the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic”. Boris Gryzlov, the permanent representative of Russia in the Minsk trilateral contact group, said that, Interfax reported.
Landmine that wrecked OSCE vehicle could be Russian, - SBU
The explosive device that wrecked the OSCE car in Luhansk region could have been supplied to pro-Kremlin militants from Russia. Oleksandr Tkachuk, the spokesman of Ukraine’s Security Service reported that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Russia mulls power supplies to occupied area of Luhansk region
Russian government has decided to provide the militant-occupied part of Luhansk region with uninterrupted electricity supplies, according to the Russian envoy to the trilateral contact group for the Donbas settlement, Boris Gryzlov, RIA Novosti reports.
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.
Turchynov blames OSCE monitor's death on Russian leaders
National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine's Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said the death of a OSCE observer and wounds suffered by two other OSCE observers are the fault of Russia's military and political leaders.
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.
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.
President opening “Olympus” sports center: Sports is the best medical insurance and the most reliable protection from diseases
In the course of the working trip to Luhansk region, President Petro Poroshenko took part in a solemn opening of “Olympus” sports center where training of Ukrainian Olympic and Paralympic athletes is held.
President conveyed mobile intensive care units and special transport for medical institutions of Luhansk region
In the course of the working trip to Luhansk region, President Petro Poroshenko took part in a solemn ceremony of conveying mobile intensive care units and special transport for medical institutions of Luhansk region. The Head of State expressed gratitude to the medics of the region for loyalty to the Hippocratic Oath, selfless work, care for patients and saved lives.
President to armor crewmen: Your strength is not only about a solid armor and a powerful weaponry, it is about determination, courage and willingness to give life for Ukraine
In Luhansk region, President Petro Poroshenko met with armor crewmen of a tank unit withdrawn from the touch line pursuant to the Minsk agreements.
59 attacks on Ukrainian positions over past day, four Ukrainian soldiers wounded
Russia-backed terrorist forces increased the number of provocative shelling on positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces. 59 attacks on Anti-Terrorist Operation forces were recorded over past day. Four Ukrainian servicemen got wounded. This was reported by ATO HQ on Facebook.
Ukrtelecom stops working in occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions
Ukrtelecom JSC ceased work in the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to loss of control over telecommunication network, according to the message published on the website of the company.
Two soldiers killed, five wounded in 48 attacks committed by Russian invaders in Donbas April 3, - Staff
The situation in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone escalated due to the increase in the number of provocative attacks on the Ukrainian troops’ positions. Source:
Ukraine reports 2 KIA's amid 48 enemy attacks in last day
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 48 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
Missing Ukrainian property was found on the territory of the separatist Luhansk and Donetsk People's republics
On March 23, 2017, the press service of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia published a report indicating that as of March 22, 2017, there are 29,375 freight cars, including 5,879 freight cars owned by other Ukrainian companies in the uncontrolled territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In addition, 226 diesel locomotives, 68 electric locomotives, 49 diesel cars, and 94 electric cars owned by Ukrzaliznytsia remain in the uncontrolled territories.
SBU General: Putin planned to seize Ukraine in three phases in 2014
The testimonies of Russian special services agents, arrested in the spring of 2014, indicate that Russia planned to gradually establish control over all regions of Ukraine, as indicated by the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) departments in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, General Oleksandr Petrulevych, on the air of 112 Ukraine.
61 shelling over the past 24 hours, the situation remains tense near Avdiivka
Militants shelled Ukrainian Army Positions 61 times over the past 24 hours. Three military men wounded, reported by the ATO headquarters Facebook page.
Occupation of Donbas, Crimea makes Ukrainian exports lose almost $13 bln – economy ministry
Export losses due to the occupation of Donbas and Crimea amounted to US$12.9 billion, while total export losses of Ukraine amounted to $25.2 billion over the past years, that’s according to a draft export strategy, published on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Two Ukrainian servicemen killed, four wounded, one injured
Militant forces have shelled Ukrainian Armed Forces positions in Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone 58 times over the past 24 hours, killing two Ukrainian servicemen and wounding another four. One more soldier sustained a combat-related injury, ATO press centre has said.
Fighting escalates in Donbas: 88 artillery attacks, 3 Ukraine servicemen dead
On March 26, the largest number of enemy artillery attacks came in the Mariupol area, with the militants using tanks, 122-mm artillery and 120-mm mortars, grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns to fire on Shyrokina and Vodyane, Ukraine army reports March 27.
Militants shelled Ukrainian positions in ATO zone 88 times
Situation in ATO zone is becoming more complicated. Over the past day, Russian-terrorist forces fired Ukrainian positions 88 times. Three soldiers were killed and eight wounded.
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.
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.
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.
News of the death of LPR commander 'Plastun' appears in social networks
Bloggers recently wrote that a separatist commander with the call sign Plastun was killed in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic or LPR, Ukrinform reports.
Russian representatives in The Hague claim separatists found weapons in the mines of the Donbas
The Russian Delegation to the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague claims that militants in the Donbas do not receive weapons from the Russian Federation, but rather "find them on their own".
The Kremlin's decision to recognize 'passports' issued in the separatists republics is another attempt of Russia to destabilize the situation in Ukraine
The temporary recognition of passports issued by the separatist republics is being used by Russia to exert political pressure specifically on Ukraine and not on our Western partners. By stressing the temporary character of the recognition of these documents, Putin is trying to accuse Ukraine of violating its commitments laid out in the Minsk Agreements: the elections, an all-inclusive amnesty, and a special status for these areas.
Ukraine interior minister slams Russia’s Sberbank over allegedly servicing holders of "LPR-DPR" IDs
Minister of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in a harsh statement published on Facebook wrote that Sberbank of Russia in Ukraine has greenlighted services for its clients, owners of non-recognized "passports" issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics."
Russia's recognition of "DPR-LPR" travel documents to complicate Donbas settlement - UN official
The fact that the Russian Federation has moved to recognize the so-called passports issued by self-proclaimed authorities of the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine can complicate the process of the conflict settlement in eastern Ukraine, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in an interview with Kommersant.
Russia and ORDLO deny ICRC access to hostages
Russia and the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) deny access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to the hostages kept on the occupied territories. Iryna Gerashchenko, the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group representative, announced that on her Facebook page.