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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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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 center. In Luhansk direction, illegal armed formations opened fire from grenade launchers, ...
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has appointed the Armed Forces Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev, as commander of Joint Operation Headquarters, making the high-ranking military officer the head of all Ukrainian forces in the war zone of Donbas. "I entrusted the Joint Forces commander with the ...

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has noted a significant improvement in the security situation in Donbas last week, as the number of shelling cases has significantly decreased, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug has said. "At the beginning of last week, the ...
Meanwhile, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada and Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Donbas Iryna Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that Poroshenko had visited the Zolote checkpoint whose opening has been blocked by Russian-led militants for two years.
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas four times in the past 24 hours. Read alsoVodiane comes under militant mortar fire after daylong truce. "In the Luhansk sector, the enemy used grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms against the Ukrainian fortified ...
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov once again expressed solidarity with the Donbass republics. He made the statement while speaking at the youth forum called "Russia is a country of opportunities". The minister said this answering a question of a participant from Lugansk, although the question was ...

The Ukrainian army says the situation along the entire contact line in Donbas is under control. Photo from UNIAN. Russia's hybrid military forces fully adhered to the ceasefire in Donbas in the past 24 hours. Read alsoUkraine reports 1 WIA, four enemy attacks in last day. "The truce established from March 5 ...
Contrary to heightened Western expectations, negotiations on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas are doomed to fail. The current situation surrounding the conflict is not ideal for Moscow, but it also has no reasons to make any concessions to neither Ukraine nor the West. Therefore ...
The war in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region will soon enter its fifth year. In September 2017, talk of a settlement picked up after Russia circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution proposing the deployment of UN forces along the front line separating Kyiv's forces, on one side, from Kremlin-backed ...
Russian-backed militants launched seven attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine and a village in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press center. In Luhansk direction, illegal armed formations for over four hours fired ...
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 Luhansk direction, illegal armed formations fired more than ten mines of 120 mm ...
The law "On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Concerning the Protection of Housing rights of Orphans, children Who Have No Parental Care" is published in the official parliamentary newspaper Voice of Ukraine. The document will enter into force on March 27 this year. According to the document, ...
In total, since the beginning of the day in the Donbas conflict zone 5 shelling of Ukrainian forces from the side of militants has been reported. None of the Ukrainian servicemen were injured. This is reported on the HQ press center in facebook. During the day, the continued activity of Russian-occupation ...
Three Ukrainian servicemen were wounded as a result of the enemy shelling in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas over the past day. Ukrainian ... Russian-backed militants launched five attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in the ATO area in Donbas over the past day, the ATO ...
Russia might intensify Donbas talks following Putin's reelection, Volker suggested. Read alsoU.S. ready to help stop war in Donbas - Volker The diplomat said that the United States has worked with Europe to coordinate those sanctions to have the most direct impact on Moscow and the Kremlin's inner ...
"Crimea and Donbas are the only territories in the world that remain closed to the international humanitarian missions," she said. According to Herashchenko, the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the missions of the Council of Europe and the United Nations cannot enter the ...
Ukraine's State Border Guard Service has announced that all entry/exit checkpoints along the contact line in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, will change the mode of operation from March 1. Read more here. Tags: checkpoints Donbas State Border Guard Service war · Share tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks.

Read alsoUkraine reports five enemy attacks in Donbas, 1 KIA, 1WIA on Feb 25"In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired seven 82mm shells toward our positions near the village of Zaitseve. The militants also used grenade launchers of various types and small arms to attack the Ukrainian fortified positions ...
Read alsoNo more ATO: What Donbas Operation format change means for troops and civilians"According to preliminary data, several shells exploded in the vicinity of the front-line settlement, damaging civilians' private property. Also, the enemy fired from the temporarily occupied Pervomaysk toward ...
Kiev, February 20. /TASS/. Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has signed into law the bill "On the special aspects of state policy aimed at ensuring Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions" (on Donbass reintegration). "This law substantially strengthens the ...
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 ...


 

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