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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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One Ukrainian soldier was killed, another one was wounded in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. Ukrainian Defense Ministry's spokesman for ATO issues Dmytro Hutsuliak said this at a briefing on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "Unfortunately, one 39-year-old ...
Russia-backed separatists have mounted ten attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and another one as wounded in action (WIA), the press center of the Ukrainian Army Headquarters has reported. "Over the past day, ...

Observers from the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) recorded 401,000 instances of ceasefire violation in the Donbas conflict zone in 2017, the SMM's first deputy head Alexander Hug said. During the whole of 2017 SMM observers ...
After pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the Maidan protests in Kyiv in 2014, ethnic Russians in the Donbass region rose in revolt. The Ukrainian army was sent in to crush the separatists, but Russia poured men and military hardware across its borders, and the Ukrainian advance was ...
The Ukrainian law aimed at restoring national sovereignty over the temporary occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions does not preclude their return to Ukrainian control through the use of force, National Security and Defense Council's Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said. "We are not saying that ...
MINSK, February 14. /TASS/. The conflict in Donbass will remain 'frozen' for a long period of time unless a political solution is found, Russia's Special Representative to the Contact Group Boris Gryzlov told reporters after a regular round of peace talks in Minsk on Wednesday. "The Russian delegation has ...

In other words, it's a signal to Russia that if many tanks that are located in Donbas are used to capture as much territory of Ukraine as possible, the price it will pay for it will be higher, he said. According to Vershbow, although there are many tanks in Donbas that do not have Russian marking, we understand ...
Russia-backed separatists continued systematic bombardments from large-caliber mortars on the positions of the armed forces of Ukraine, the press center of the Ukrainian Military Headquarters has said. "In general, Russia-backed separatists mounted 14 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in ...
"I am absolutely sure that he has no idea what to do with Donbas. Putin only had to admit that it is a Ukrainian territory and to respect international law. Please, Mr. Putin, stop killing people - in Ukraine, in Syria and in other parts of the world!" Poroshenko said in an interview with the Vienna-based online ...
The UAV spent more than four hours surveilling the situation along the contact line in Donbas, while in the airspace controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. At around 12.00, according to aviation sites, the drone headed towards the Black Sea and made at least four spans from the westernmost point of the ...
The Russian-occupational forces continued attacking Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas conflict zone, as the Ukrainian army HQ reports. In Luhansk sector, the enemy attacked near Novoluhanske, Svitlodarsk, and Zaitseve. Here, the occupants fired from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small ...
No Ukrainian soldier has been injured in the area of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in Donbas over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman for ATO issues Dmytro Hutsuliak, said this ata briefing on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "No Ukrainian military has been wounded ...
"I am absolutely sure that he has no idea what to do with Donbas. Putin only had to admit that it is a Ukrainian territory and to respect international law. Please, Mr. Putin, stop killing people - in Ukraine, in Syria and in other parts of the world!" Poroshenko said in an interview with the Vienna-based online ...
Over the past 24 hours, the militants broke the cease-fire in the Donbas conflict zone only once, the Ukrainian army HQ informs. Read more here. Tags: Donbas Donetsk Luhansk Russia Ukraine · Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks. Advertisement. Get daily news updates. Breaking news about Ukraine.
Russian-backed militants launched 11 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press center. "The enemy violated ceasefire 11 times over the past day. One Ukrainian soldier was ...
Next. x. Day in Donbas: One attack of pro-Russian militants during the day ... From the beginning of the day, one attack on the positions of Ukrainian defenders from the Russian-occupation troops was reported in Donbas. This is reported by the press center of the Donbas conflict headquarters on facebook.
Observers from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded more than 700 explosions in Donbas from 19:30 on February 7 to 19:30 on February 8. This is said in a report by the mission posted on the OSCE's official website. "In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, ...

The date of the next round of the swap of hostages kept in occupied areas in Donbas has not yet been decided, Verkhovna Rada commissioner for human rights Valeriya Lutkovska has said. "As of now, the date of the next round has not been established yet. The date mentioned in the media is sheer ...
human rights activists call for social protection of civilians affected in Donbas ... regional human rights center "Alternative," Valeriy Novikov, said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday that servicemen injured as a result of hostilities in Donbas were very carefully counted, but civilians are not taken into account.
Russia's proxy forces mounted four attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with no Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed or wounded in action. "During the past day, the militants of the Russian occupation groups continued their attacks on the Ukrainian defenders, including with ...
Read alsoVolker, Turchynov discuss Donbas reintegration lawIn particular, the explanatory note to the draft resolution says that the comparative table for the second reading was absent until January 12, 2018, and therefore, consideration of the bill on January 16-18, 2018, four days after the submission of ...
militants launched four attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day. 06.02.2018 09:30. 126. Ukrinform. Russian-backed militants launched four attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press ...
Observers from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) recorded more than 600 explosions in Donbas from 19.30 on February 2 to 19.30 on February 4, according to a report by the mission posted on the OSCE's official website. "Donetsk region, the SMM recorded a similar number ...
Russian-backed militants launched five attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press center. In Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 120mm mortars at Ukrainian positions outside ...
Russia's Lenta.ru set the fakes in motion by featuring some accurate quotes from the Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences article and combining it with erroneous conclusions and contrived "facts". Other Russian sites simply followed suit. Elise.com declared that Ukraine is infected with AIDS ...
He also reiterated that Russia's proposal to include in the process the so-called representatives of occupied areas in Donbas was completely unacceptable. "This is not only our position, but also the position of our partners in the West and in the United Nations," the diplomat said. Klimkin also emphasized ...
Ukrainian killer robots could lessen country's human costs in Donbas war. 19:50, 02 February 2018. War. 450 0. A volunteer engineering project became a start-up success story. YouTube/UA:Pershy ...
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.
But it will be very hard to bring peace back to Donbas without a peacekeeping mission," she added. Gerashchenko also says Putin does not need Donbas or Crimea alone, he wants to create a new, post-Soviet empire. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko did not rule out that a ...
Read alsoSeventeen enemy attacks reported in Donbas, Russian drone downed"At around 12:30 today areas near the village of Ushakivka in Luhansk were attacked from the territory of the Russian Federation with the use of small arms as an act of provocation aiming at units guarding the state border of ...
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 ...


 

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