Editor's Note: Pavel Felgenhauer, 63, is a leading independent Russian military analyst and commentator who is known for his publications critical of Russia’s political and military leadership. He is widely quoted by Russian and international news media because of his credibility. The Kyiv Post interviewed him on Jan. 25, following the Kremlin separatists’ strike on Mariupol, the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 residents, in which at least 30 people were killed and more than 100 people injured. His conclusion: Russia's proxy war against Ukraine will last for a long time, but if Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps pressing his conflict with the West, he will lose.
Three Ukrainian jets attacked a Russian army base near Novoazovsk, blogger Oleh Yaremchuk says, citing intercepts of Russian army communications Jan. 25, Glavred reports.
ARTYOMOVSK, Ukraine – An ashen-faced man in a loose-fitting military uniform shuffles past a blood-soaked stretcher propped against the wall. Slowly stirring a cup of tea, he watches Ukrainian military officials announce the day’s casualties – one killed and 20 wounded.
Russian-backed fighters shelled the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, killing 30 people, most of them civilians, and wounding 102, according to the oblast's office of Internal Ministry. Also, separatists killed one Ukrainian soldier, according to Channel 5. Mariupol one of the key cities that remains under Ukrainian control.
Ukrainian authorities say they will counter terrorist attacks all over the country and the military offense of Kremlin-backed insurgents, who defeated Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region, regaining control of more territory and threatening to retake the entire Donetsk Oblast.
When a bomb exploded near a Kharkiv court and wounded 14 activists on Jan. 19, many saw it as evidence that Russia’s war against Ukraine had spread beyond the borders of the embattled eastern Donbas region.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine – “The road we’re standing on now is the connection between Ukraine and Rostov-on-Don, Russia,” the Ukrainian soldier said as he motioned to an icy, cratered road punctuated with concrete-clad blockposts and demarcated on both sides by deep virgin snow.
Following reports that 2,000 fresh Russian regular troops have entered Ukraine, Kremlin-backed separatists managed to gain ground in the Donbas region in recent days after inflicting numerous casualties on the Ukrainian side.
Kremlin-backed insurgents have taken over Donetsk Airport, killing dozens of Ukrainian troops, members of the army's volunteer support network said on Jan. 21.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine – A sweeping vista of snow-capped hills and an icy lake, the entrance to Debaltseve is always striking in winter. But this winter the hills are torn up by the track marks of armored vehicles, and the bridge across the lake punctuated by pillboxes.
As President Petro Poroshenko was giving an address at the University of Zurich on Jan. 19, his speech was suddenly interrupted. A woman from the audience yelled at him.
Oleksander Turchynov, the secretary of Ukraine's national defense council, told the country's parliament something startling last week. He said that there were 8.500 Russian regular troops now deployed in eastern Ukraine and that another 52.000 were poised just on the other side of its eastern border.
ARTYOMOVSK, Ukraine – A car slows to a halt and its lights blink off as a flickering torch approaches through the dark, fog-choked night. Behind the torch, a helmeted figure appears, the Kalashnikov strapped across his chest intermittently illuminated by the soft orange glow of hazard warning lights.
Respected Russian human rights activist Elena Vasilieva has announced that 382 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine during the last three days.
Russia's escalation of its war against Ukraine intensified over the weekend, with the Ukrainian army using tanks on Jan. 17 to break through an encirclement of Donetsk international airport and military helicopters to evacuate the wounded.
Ahead of potentially critical meetings this week in Europe, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin granted the Kyiv Post an interview on Jan. 17 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss a wide range of issues -- the stalled peace talks with Russia, Ukraine's plan for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland next week, the difficulties he faced under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his personal feelings as a Russian native in his job as Ukraine's top diplomat.
MOSCOW — Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rejected a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday evening, according to Russian media.
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Fighting raged on Jan. 17 at the main airport of Ukraine's city of Donetsk as separatists resumed attempts to break the tenuous grip of government forces on the complex and Kyiv's military said three more Ukrainian soldiers had been killed.