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The Donets Basin, known commonly as the Donbas, is a historical, economic and cultural region of Eastern Ukraine and southwest Russia. A coal mining area since late 19th century, it has become a heavily industrialised territory suffering from urban decay and industrial pollution.


The Donbas Euroregion covers the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, and also Rostov Oblast of the Russian Federation.


Donbas is currently the most densely populated of all the regions of Ukraine (excluding the capital city of Kiev). The city of Donetsk is considered the unofficial capital of Donbas.

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Read alsoUkraine says Christmas truce in Donbas lasted almost a day "Units of the Russian occupation forces continue to disregard the ceasefire agreed for the New Year and Christmas holidays and shell strongholds of the armed forces of Ukraine, using proscribed mortars," the ATO HQ said. The hot ...
"Russia's occupation and purported annexation of Crimea and its actions in Eastern Ukraine violate international law, they contravene Russia's commitments, and threaten basic OSCE principles," the diplomat said, adding that "unless Russia withdraws its forces from the Donbas, ends its occupation of ...

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's hybrid military forces mounted four targeted attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, from 00:00 to 18:00 on January 10; the Ukrainian army returned fire once, according to the press center of the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. The hot ...
MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) - The New Year's ceasefire in Donbass should become unlimited, Special Representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Martin Sajdik said in a statement posted on the website of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, BelTA informs.
Read alsoMoscow signaling: What stands behind Russia's withdrawal from Joint Coordination Centre in Donbas "Russia will be able to conduct special operations of a local nature, in particular, to strengthen militants in the occupied territories of Donbas. We should also be prepared that Russia will deploy ...
The Christmas truce announced ahead of the Orthodox Christmas has lasted for almost 24 hours but on Sunday afternoon, the enemy resorted to armed provocations and breached ceasefire accords reached by the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk, according to a report by the press center of the ...

The ambassador added that, in his opinion, Russia initially did not want a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed to Donbas. "I think it was just a game... They need either the preservation of the current situation or the so-called 'peacekeeping' operation on Russian terms that would freeze this conflict for ...
RQ-4A Global Hawk approached the line of demarcation in the zone of armed conflict in Donbas at a 16 km altitude but never crossed it into the airspace over the territory beyond Ukraine government control. Read alsoUkrainian troops shoot down Russian drone in ATO zone Said UAV is able to conduct ...
Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reported 150 explosions in the zone of the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas from 19:30 January 4 to 19:30 January 5. Reuters. "In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations - including, however, ...
Italy takes over OSCE chairmanship, urges Donbas conflict parties to comply with Minsk accords. 02.01.2018 09:29. 121. Ukrinform. Italy has taken over chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from Austria and promised to continue to support all OSCE efforts to ensure the ...
Read alsoDonbas war update: First day of 2018 doesn't bring peace "And this does not allow militants to properly service military equipment. For instance, two engines of two tanks broke during the exercises in a unit of the so-called 1st army Corps within one week. Several more vehicles require an ...
Read alsoUkraine's defense intelligence: Russian-controlled militants getting ready for offensive in Donbas "Russia's capability has not improved to the extent that Russian leadership would use it against a near-peer adversary in the absence of a clear external threat to the survival of the Russian state.
Combined forces of Russian-backed militants and Russian troops on January 1 continued violating the ceasefire, which was agreed from December 23 in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, and mounted five targeted attacks on Ukrainian army positions, according to the press center of the Anti-terrorist Operation ...
The villages of Hnutove and Shyrokyne in the Mariupol sector came under mortar fire, while grenade launchers and light infantry weapons were used near the village of Vodiane. As UNIAN reported, a Ukrainian soldier was injured in a booby-trap blast near the village of Krymske in Donbas on December ...
"The planned exchange of the detained by parties to the conflict in Donbas is the first stage. The Russian delegation in the contact group will seek from the parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligations for the complete release of those held in spite of any possible opposition. The contact group is working ...
Before the fighting began, most of Krasnohorivka's inhabitants worked in Donetsk, the main city in Eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, now controlled by the separatists and therefore inaccessible. Lioudmila, 35, dwells on the living nightmares she and her family have to endure. "The father is very scared.
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 32 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another six as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Putin may see prolonging the status quo in the Donbas--with persistent ceasefire violations and low-level violence provoked mostly by Russian-led forces--as the safest option for now, with the Russian presidential election approaching in March and renewed turmoil in Kyiv. After all, occupying the Donbas ...
The U.S. Department of State following the exchange of 233 convicts detained in connection with the war in Donbas, who had been serving their sentence in Ukrainian prisons, for 73 Ukrainian nationals held hostage by Russia-led forces, has called on sides to exchange detainees in Donbas under "all for ...
"The main task of the peacekeepers should be to ensure the security of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. We see artificial attempts to change this concept toward the introduction of an external administration in the southeast with the closure of the border between Donbas and Russia. There is no way.
Ukraine's security service, the SBU, is going to interview the released hostages, previously held in captivity by Russian militants in Donbas. According to the service's head Vasyl Hrytsak, the task is to get the utmost information regarding those who still remain captive in the occupied territories. Read more ...
They will help 74 Ukrainians who were released from the prisons of occupied Donbas. Those released will undergo full rehabilitation at a military hospital [military clinical hospital No. 411]," he said at a meeting with residents of the village of Mayaky, Biliaivka district, Odesa region, on Dec.28. As reported ...
Ukrainian servicemen who were made prisoners wait during a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels on the check-point near the city of Gorlivka on Dec. 27. Photo by AFP. Popular on social media. US supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine reportedly to include Javelins, RPGs 221 74 ...
United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker believes that the military clashes in Donbas in 2017 have been the most violent over past three years. However, in the end, Russia has failed to change the political course of Ukraine and obtained "just the opposite result.".
The U.S. Department of State following the exchange of 233 convicts detained in connection with the war in Donbas, who had been serving their sentence in Ukrainian prisons, for 73 Ukrainian nationals held hostage by Russia-led forces, has called on sides to exchange detainees in Donbas under "all for ...
As UNIAN reported earlier, on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called on all parties to the conflict in Donbas to ensure the exchange of the remaining hostages. Read alsoUkraine provides update on prisoner swap: 233 exchanged for 73 Ukrainians ...
Moscow, December 26. /TASS/. Moscow hopes progress on the issue of a UN mission in Donbass will be reached in the coming year, but it should be done with due account of Donetsk's and Lugansk's political interests, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said in an interview with the ...
The Ukrainian side received 74 hostages, who were held in captivity in the occupied part of Donbass. They're returning home," she wrote on facebook. LPR representative Olga Kobtseva said that they have been "handed 75 people." DPR ombudsman Darya Morozova said that "the prisoner exchange was ...
"The planned exchange of the detained by parties to the conflict in Donbas is the first stage. The Russian delegation in the contact group will seek from the parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligations for the complete release of those held in spite of any possible opposition. The contact group is working ...
"At the level of diplomatic advisors. They will be talking mainly with emphasis on security, with emphasis on humanitarian problems [in Donbas]. This is very important for us," Klimkin told journalists in Kyiv on Saturday when asked about a meeting to be held by Normandy Four presidential Advisors in Minsk ...
Read alsoOSCE monitors report 366 explosions in Donbas in last day In the Donetsk direction, the peak of the militants' fire intensity fell on the first half of the day. The militants opened heavy fire from mortars and the entire range of infantry weapons in the area of Vodne near the Azov Sea and in the ...
According to Volker, the Russian Federation offers to provide guards for the OSCE SMM monitors instead of deploying a peacekeeping mission in Donbas. "They actually offer to leave their troops on the territory of Donbas and let them control a part of the Ukrainian border. This proposal contradicts the ...
It suggests first of all the de-facto introduction of a UN administration there to manage everything what will happen in the self-proclaimed 'DPR' and 'LPR' without focusing on such issues as Donbas' special status, amnesty, preparations for elections through direct dialogue between Kyiv, Donetsk and ...
Only Colonel General Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev matched these characteristics; however, before conducting forensic audio analysis, there was no direct evidence showing Tkachev's direct link to the 'LPR' [the self-proclaimed 'Luhansk People's Republic'] and the war in the Donbas. The voice sample ...
Russia can put an end to the humanitarian crisis in Donbas, which has become the worst in three years, by ending support for so-called separatists and fulfilling the Minsk agreements. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker wrote this on twitter on December 8. "Humanitarian crisis ...
Three and a half years after the conflict began, Ukraine is beginning to document and explore in art form the war it is fighting it its east against Russia-backed forces. Share. Share on facebook · Share on twitter · Share on В Контакте · Share on Google+ · email to a Friend. Print. Kyiv -- Following a fierce ...
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 27 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. Reuters. "In the Luhansk sector, the invaders became more active after dark. If in the daytime only one instance of ...
"There will be elections in the 'republics' of Donbas. On November 2, 2014, there were elections of heads of the 'republics' and elections of people's assemblies, i.e. 'parliaments of the republics.' The term of their authority is four years, it is expiring. Their activities are not regulated in any way by the Minsk ...
Moscow, December 4. /TASS/. The aim of a Ukrainian-US scheme for deploying an armed UN mission to Donbass is to enlist this international organization on the side of Kiev, to help it defeat militias, Director of the Russian Center for Current politics Alexey Chesnakov told TASS on Monday. "It is one ...
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy says the bill on reintegration of Donbas will be considered at the next plenary week, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Read more here. Tags: Donbas Ukraine · Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks. Advertisement. Subscribe now ...
More than 2,500 civilians have been killed and 9,000 others injured since the beginning of the conflict in Donbas, according to a Humanitarian Response Plan 2018 for November 2017, which was published on the website humanitarianresponse.info. "With the parties to the conflict failing to adhere to the ...
Read alsoRada's National Security Committee completes drafting bill on Donbas reintegration "After consultations, including with diplomats, I'd like to tell you that bill No. 7163 is recommended for next week, and perhaps we will even start the plenary week with it. Because it is quite large-scale, it has about ...
However, the Americans are not interested in it. Meanwhile, Germany and France assure Kyiv that the Minsk format will bring results," Waszczykowski said. As the Polish Foreign Minister stated, the open war stopped in Donbas after the Minsk agreements had been signed, but the casualties occur daily.
... a significant contamination with non-radioactive strontium and barium was recorded in bottom sediments of Karlovske and Kleban-Bykske reservoirs, compared with the 2008 data. Excess concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus were also recorded in the Kalmius, Kalchik, and Siverskyi Donets rivers.
A former Right Sector fighter serving at the army Donbas-Ukraine special force battalion makes a shower room near the frontline town of Chermalyk on Oct. 12. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov. Popular on social media. Swedish parliament commemorates victims of Holodomor for first time 444 Two more ...
A skirmish has taken place near the village of Pisky in Donbas, as a result of which one Ukrainian soldier has been wounded, according to the Ukrainian Military TV. Reuters. An enemy subversive and reconnaissance group attempted to seize the dominant heights over Pisky amid fog. The Ukrainian ...
Politicians start wars and politicians end them... I said that those politicians who had not started the war could end it. That's because those who started it - Putin and Poroshenko - will not be able to end it," Savchenko told 112 Ukraine TV channel. She also believes that the war in Donbas will end only if both ...
The Russian Federation is testing new weapons and equipment in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east of Ukraine, First Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Rusnak has said. According to the website of the Defense Ministry, Rusnak informed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to ...
Russian-backed militants launched 25 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas in last day. This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press center. "The enemy violated ceasefire in ATO area 25 times over the past day, particularly using the weapons which are banned ...
Read alsoVolker on recent meeting with Surkov on peacekeeping in Donbas: A "step back" It is noted that Russia's draft resolution on peacekeepers in Donbas submitted to the UN Security Council in September calls for the introduction of the UN forces along the demarcation line, aimed to protect some ...


 

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