Section: War & conflict

      Journalists assess probability of Russian invasion via Belarus
      Dec30

      Journalists assess probability of Russian invasion via Belarus

      Ukrainian journalists have discussed the possibility of an invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine via the Belarus territory, Apostrophe reported. Political columnist Pavlyuk Bykovsky noted that the placement of the Russian military base in Belarus could become an unpleasant surprise to Ukraine. The issue has been on the agenda since 2015. Bykovsky...

      While Trump is forming his team, Moscow tries to discredit Ukraine – Ukraine`s representative in Minsk Group
      Dec30

      While Trump is forming his team, Moscow tries to discredit Ukraine – Ukraine`s representative in Minsk Group

      The official Moscow has made every effort to discredit the Minsk process, because it is linked to the sanctions, according to Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine`s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement. ”Now, on the eve of the formation of Trump`s new administration, we see exacerbation in...

      Situation in Donbas: snipers active in all areas
      Dec30

      Situation in Donbas: snipers active in all areas

      Militants continue to carry out attacks in all directions, according to the morning summary of the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation. In Mariupol direction, the invaders fired mortars on Krasnohorivka and Talakivka. They also shot from grenade launchers and small arms on Shyrokine, Starohnativka, Talakivka, Pavlopil, Hnutove and...

      Russia announces 35 U.S. diplomats persona non grata in mirror move
      Dec30

      Russia announces 35 U.S. diplomats persona non grata in mirror move

      Russia announces the US 35 diplomats persona non grata – those are 31 personnel of the embassy in Moscow and four of the consulate general in St. Petersburg, Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, according to TASS. ”We, of course, cannot leave unanswered the insults of the kind, reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and...

      Austrian government to seek easing Russia sanctions during 2017 OSCE presidency
      Dec30

      Austrian government to seek easing Russia sanctions during 2017 OSCE presidency

      The Austrian government seeks to have the EU sanctions against Russia eased, according to the country`s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, Spiegel reports. From January 2017 Austria will be chairing the OSCE, and it intends to seek through the organization a change of the EU sanctions policy toward Russia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria...

      OSCE spots vehicle for dead Russian soldiers transportation on Ukraine-Russia border
      Dec30

      OSCE spots vehicle for dead Russian soldiers transportation on Ukraine-Russia border

      The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in its weekly report says the monitors have spotted a vehicle with a sign Gruz 200 [`Cargo 200`, or killed in action] and several ambulance vehicles at the checkpoint on the border with Russia. ”On 22 December at 16:09hrs the OT [observer team] in Donetsk BCP [border crossing point] observed a van with...

      Ukraine introduced sanctions against Russia
      Dec30

      Ukraine introduced sanctions against Russia

      The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has introduced additional sanctions against individuals and legal entities of the Russian Federation, the NSDC`s press service said on Thursday. In particular, ”the sanctions have been imposed on Crimea residents who have been elected to the Russian State Duma, as well as against the...

      New sanctions, expulsion of diplomats ”not the sum total” of response to Russia`s actions – Barack Obama
      Dec30

      New sanctions, expulsion of diplomats ”not the sum total” of response to Russia`s actions – Barack Obama

      U.S. President Barack Obama has commented on the latest sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, which were officially confirmed by the State Treasury December 29, according to the White House press service. ”These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia`s aggressive activities. We will continue to taka a variety of...

      U.S. has not said its last word on Donbas – Ukraine`s Presidential Administration
      Dec30

      U.S. has not said its last word on Donbas – Ukraine`s Presidential Administration

      The United States has not said its last word in the process of Donbas settlement yet, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev has said in an interview with Obozrevatel. ”We look forward to the U.S. joining the Normandy format. We believe that with the arrival of the new administration, the U.S. position to...

      Ukraine unilaterally hands over 15 militants
      Dec30

      Ukraine unilaterally hands over 15 militants

      Ukraine has unilaterally handed over 15 militants, previously detained for participating in illegal groups, to representatives of the so-called ”DPR”/”LPR,” according to a message on the website of the SBU Ukrainian Security Service. According to the agency, the Ukrainian government has taken such a goodwill gesture with the hope to finally...