U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has said the United States will maintain sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine until the terms of the Minsk peace plan are fully implemented.
BRYANSK - The Bryansk regional court has handed down a verdict to a Russian citizen, Viktor Shut, for having committed high treason in the form of espionage.
The Ukrainian side suggests holding a videoconference between the participants of the trilateral contact group and representatives of some districts in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on October 9, says Darka Olifer, the spokesperson of the Ukrainian representative in the trilateral group, second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels are pulling light weapons and tanks from the conflict area in the country's east as "relative calm" has prevailed since early September, monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have confirmed.
What Russia hoped would be a small, victorious war has turned into the "geostrategic disaster of a new cold war," writes Volodymyr Horbulin, a respected foreign policy analyst currently advising Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The Oct. 7 incident in the Luhansk region has become the theme of an urgent meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, and the future of the arms withdrawal from the contact line in Donbas will depend on its decision, the Ukrainian General Staff has said.
A decision to suspend the withdrawal of weapons of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line in Donbas following Wednesday's shelling of a Ukrainian army checkpoint near the village of Troyitske, Luhansk region, has not been made so far, Ukrainian presidential administration spokesman for the army operation in Donbas Andriy Lysenko has said.
Russian-backed forces shell Ukrainian positions despite truce.
On Oct. 7, the U.S. Senate approved the draft National Defense Authorization Act for the 2016 Fiscal Year which will grant military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $300 million within a year.
The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) "heard one undetermined explosion" near the village of Spartak, eight kilometers north-west of Donetsk, on Oct. 8, as well as "four loud explosions assessed to be artillery or mortar fire" in Donetsk on Oct. 5.
In the Ukrainian special operation zone in Donbas the ceasefire regime violation was reported on Wednesday, as a result of the shelling four Ukrainian servicemen were wounded, the press center of the Ukrainian operation headquarters said.
Putin is pivoting and wants to withdraw from the Donbas but keep Crimea, according to Iegor Soboliev, the head of the Ukrainian parliament's anti-corruption committee.
Kyiv says Russian-backed separatists have "cynically" violated a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine by firing an antitank missile. The Ukrainian military said the Oct. 7 attack wounded four soldiers.
The Ukrainian military said on Oct. 7 pro-Russian separatists had violated a ceasefire in the east of the country by firing an anti-tank missile and wounding four soldiers, even as President Petro Poroshenko hailed a "real truce".
Ukrainians prefer the pro-European vector of their country's foreign policy (accession to the European Union) rather than the course towards accession to the Customs Union (CU), according to the findings of a September poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KMIS).
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that while Ukraine has made significant achievements towards resolving the situation in Donbas, its troops must be in permanent readiness.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law "On amendments to some Ukrainian laws on determining the day of the launch of the temporary occupation of Crimea" as of Sept. 15.
MOSCOW - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has indicated that Kyiv would be willing to offer only temporary immunity for any separatist leaders running in the upcoming elections in the east.
Over the next two days the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will check if there are no tanks on the fighting positions of both sides in Donbas.
A lull in fighting and the withdrawal of weapons from the front line between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists will pave the way for the return of rebel-held territories to government control, President Petro Poroshenko said.