In a comment on the crossing of the Ukrainian border by the Russian convoy for The Ukrainian Week, Daniel Holtgen, Spokesperson of the Council of Europe Secretary General, says that the CoE appeals to both sides to find an agreement which respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and international law
Terrorists attack Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation forces with tanks, mines and anti-tank guided missiles near the villages of Marynivka, Tarany and Stepanivka in Donetsk Oblast, the National Guard’s press service reports
A cluster of the Russian military was detected near the village of Heivka, Stanychno-Luhansk County, Luhansk Oblast, 3 km from the Russian border on the Ukrainian territory, on July 12, National Security and Defence Council info-center spokesperson Andriy Lysenko reports
According to Zorian Shkiriak, Advisor to the Interior Minister, 30 Ukrainian servicemen were killed last night during the shelling with BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers near the village of Zelenopillia, Donestk Oblast. ATO spokesperson Vladyslav Selezniov reports 32 killed and 93 injured
More diversions to damage Ukraine’s gas transit system and overall infrastructure could take place within the next few weeks. This could help Russia boost its Nord Stream says Mykhailo Honchar, Chair of the Strategy XXI center for global studies
Ukrainian military have been fending off attacks of terrorists and awaiting the order for assault; the plan for it ready by now, Andriy Lysenko, press-secretary for the Council’s information center says
Valeria Hontareva, the newly-appointed Chairperson of the National Bank of Ukraine, resigns from the position of Board Chair at the Investment Capital Ukraine company and sells her stake in the group, its press service reports
12 paratroopers from the 25th Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade were killed in clashes near Krasnyi Lyman, a town in Donetsk Oblast. 25 more were injured, members of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast national protection headquarters wrote on Facebook
The ceasefire agreement in the area of the antiterrorist operation came into effect at around 7.20 p.m. today. It allows the injured and the dead to be taken out of the area, Vasyl Budik, a man held hostage by Ihor (aka Bes) Bezler’s militants in Horlivka, a town in Donetsk Oblast, wrote on his Facebook page today
Ukraine’s Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk believes that Russia has disrupted gas talks not least because of the upcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels to sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, he said when speaking in Parliament
Andriy Deshchytsia, Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister, was at negotiations at the Russian Embassy today. He says Ukraine could suspend diplomatic relations with Russia, but does not specify when that could happen
Petro Poroshenko, the winner of the presidential race in Ukraine, will present the plan for peaceful solution for the Ukrainian crisis during his inauguration, he said at a briefing on his visit to Warsaw
Seven people were killed by the explosion at the Luhansk Oblast State Administration, SXID.info reports referring to the Pavlo Maliuk, head of the health care department at the Luhansk Oblast State Administration
On May 9, cables were set on fire in the tunnels between the Kyiv TV tower and the building of the National TV and Radio Company of Ukraine; separatists intensified their actions in Mariupol, Ukrainian military annihilated terrorists; ex-Party of Regions MP Oleh Tsariov bailed out an arrested coordinator of pro-Russian separatists; Kharkiv refused to hold a separation referendum
On the eve of the Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship to take place on May 9-25, numerous opposition activists were arrested. As of May 9, at least 28 political inmates are kept at prison isolators in Minsk
Nearly 20 terrorists were killed and 4 detained during the shooting between Ukrainian police and military and separatists, Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister, wrote on his Facebook page. Ukrainian law enforcers have lost 1 man, 5 wounded
Andriy Senchenko, Acting Chief of Staff, suggested that terrorist attacks could take place on May 9 after the closed meeting of the National Security and Defence Council with chiefs of security authorities on May 6
The outcome of the so-called referendum in Crimea and “the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation therefore have no legal effect and are not recognised by the Council of Europe”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stated on Wednesday, April,9th, in an resolution adopted at the end of an urgent debate.
Explosives and weapons that were probably used to shoot at protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv were delivered from Russia, Ukraine’s Security Service Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said at a press conference today
There are reasons to believe that officers of the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB) were involved in the planning and implementation of the so-called antiterrorist operations in Kyiv during the mass protests on Maidan in February, Ukrainian Security Service Chief (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said during the press-conference on April, 3rd.
After speaking to representatives of the Ukrainian Jewish community David Frum, journalist of The Atlantic, says there’s not more trouble for Jews in Ukraine than in other European country and the atrocities described by Russian media is a part of Russian propaganda campaign against Ukraine.
Thousands of pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine demonstrators duelled in Crimea’s capital on Wednesday, heightening concerns about unrest in the region following the change in government in Kiev, Financial Times reports.
On February 19, the US imposed visa bans on senior Ukrainian government officials believed to be responsible for a violent crackdown by riot police against protesters, a senior State Department official said, as quoted by Reuters
President Viktor Yanukovych fires Volodymyr Zamana, Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Headquarters, and appointed him as National Defence and Security Council Deputy Secreatary, decrees posted on his official website say
More and more EU member-states support sanctions against Ukrainian authorities. Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in the Parliament that it is time to impose sanctions against Ukrainian top officials
From 10.20 a.m. on February 18, 2014, by 6 a.m. on February 19, 2014, 351 protesters called for medical aid, Kyiv City State Administration reports based on information from the Administration Health Care Department
The Party of Regions faction in Parliament fails to take the final decision on who may become the new prime-minister at its Tuesday meeting, the PR’s MP and representative of the President in Parliament Yuriy Miroshnychenko says
Protesters have begun to take away a part of the barricade on Hrushevskoho Street where major clashes took place on January 19-22; MP Arsen Avakov said that activists would set up a checkpoint at Hrushevskoho and free the Kyiv City State Administration and four oblast state administrations by morning; four Maidan activists are still in detention centers; the opposition claims that the Maidan is not going anywhere; titushky have made another attempt to demolish barricades on Khreshchatyk; a resolution was submitted to the US Senate calling on immediate sanctions against Ukraine; the Maidan is preparing for peaceful pressure on Parliament
The EU will work using all of its opportunities to find a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine which involves serious discussion of amendments to the Constitution, among other things, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says before the meeting of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers that took place in Brussels today
Arseniy Yatseniuk, the leader of Batkivshchyna, is ready to become premier provided that the Parliament returns the 2004 Constitution and the Cabinet of Ministers is formed by the opposition, he says in an interview for Deutsche Welle
Prior to his appointment in Ukraine as Head of the UNHCR Sub-Office in Dnipropetrovsk, Geoff Wordley served in conflict-affected Rwanda, Kenya, Croatia, Kosovo, South Sudan, Sudan, and Iraq among others. He spent the past year in Eastern Ukraine, supervising support for IDPs in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Shortly before he left Ukraine in April, The Ukrainian Week spoke to Mr. Wordley about the impact of forced migration during conflicts on social and economic structures in the regions and countries where they occur, the role of UNHCR in the current crisis in Ukraine, and the problems to solve as priority issues in similar situations.