DONETSK, Ukraine – There won’t be any more “bad” news coming
out of the occupied territories in Dontesk – at least if the pseudo-authorities
there manage to enforce their new rules on the work of reporters.
Whether he survives as Ukraine's minister of ecology and natural resources or not, Igor Shevchenko wants the world to know his opinion about who is blocking major reforms in Ukraine today: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
A Russian citizen with a “separatist past” has announced plans to defect to the Ukrainian side – but no one seems to know what’s in store for him once he enters Ukraine-held territory.
Video footage appears to show Vitaly Malikov, a deputy chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), supporting Kremlin-backed separatists in Crimea and a referendum on the peninsula’s secession from Ukraine.
Donetsk Governor Pavlo Zhebrivsky has threatened to use force toretake occupied territories if the Russian-separatist side continues violating the Minsk truce brokered in February.
A former major general who served in Ukraine’s military during Viktor Yanukovych’s disgraced presidency has joined Russian-separatist forces in occupied Donetsk, according to a recorded news conference published by Vesti.ru media outlet on June 22.
As the new governor of Donetsk Oblast pushes for a full blockade of Kremlin-occupied territories and residents become increasingly frustrated with travel restrictions, some believe a blockade may be key to solving the crisis.
Better late than never.
In possibly the first large protest against Russia's war in a separatist-controlled city, some 500 residents in Donetsk staged a rally and blocked the main Artema Street.
Russia is impotent. It cannot move any further than the territory it currently controls, as was demonstrated last week when Russian forces advanced alongside the few locals they have fighting for them on the town of Mariinka. The assault was instantly condemned and there were immediate comments from the right people about “increasing costs” to Russia.
OCHERETINO, Ukraine -- Residents of Ocheretino village in Donetsk Oblast have grown accustomed to nearly constant bombardment from both sides in Russia's war against Ukraine.
Anti-gay groups in Ukraine, including the militant Right Sector, are threatening to stop a gay pride march planned for June 6.
Unlike the June 4 state of the nation address, Petro Poroshenko put Crimea front and center at his third news conference as president today on June 5.
Luhansk Oblast Governor Hennadiy Moskal has completely cut off the water supply to Russian-occupied territories in retaliation for shelling by the Kremlin-separatist forces.
Russia’s renewed military offensive in eastern Ukraine provides the latest evidence that the Kremlin violates the Minsk II peace agreement at will. At least 27 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in two weeks. Russia is behaving belligerently in other ways, too. The prospects of a third peace deal are dim after the first two versions failed spectacularly in a war that has taken nearly 7,000 lives in 15 months.
A combined Russian-separatist force of 1,000, the size of a regiment, attacked the western Donetsk suburb of Maryinka on the morning of June 3, military spokesman Yevhen Sylkin told Channel 5.
As Moscow continues to deny its involvement in eastern Ukraine, a high-ranking Russian security officer who led an armed uprising last spring in Donetsk Oblast said the region was visited by Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide who has been dubbed “Putin’s puppet master” for his role in shaping foreign policy.
The bunker is dark, damp and cramped. At its entrance stands a former football player from Donetsk who goes by the name of Ostrich and is shouting frenzied instructions into a radio as mortar rounds from the Ukrainian side pound the rebel position. One lands very close.
On May 20, the leaders of the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics (LNR and DNR) announced the abandonment of the Novorossia project, a hypothetical confederation of states in southeastern Ukraine stretching from Kharkiv to Odessa.
DONETSK, Ukraine - As soon as the sun goes down, the streets empty out.