About: Eastern Ukraine

Global Europe 24-04-2017

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday (23 April).

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Austrian bank helps Russia provide passports to Donetsk, Lugansk inhabitants

The Russian arm of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International is preparing to offer services to people holding passports from two self-proclaimed republics in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the head of the bank said yesterday (16 March).

Europe's East 21-02-2017

EU and Russia at loggerheads over Ukraine separatist passports

Russia said yesterday (20 February) that President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise passports issued by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine complied with international law, after the move drew criticism from France, Germany and the European Union.

Europe's East 29-11-2016

Steinmeier: Ukraine to show ‘responsibility’ at Minsk talks

Germany's foreign minister called on Ukraine and Russia to "show responsibility" and agree on a roadmap in four-way talks on Tuesday (29 November) on how to implement last year's ceasefire accord for eastern Ukraine, but dampened hopes for a breakthrough.

Europe's East 14-10-2016

France urges elections in Eastern Ukraine

French President François Hollande called on all parties in the Ukraine conflict to draw up a roadmap to end the crisis, after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart yesterday (13 October) in which he urged early elections to be held in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.

Europe's East 06-10-2016

Life in Ukraine’s conflict zone: The anxious reality

The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine is severe and requires an urgent solution. No drinkable water, a lack of access to coal for heating and uncertain electricity supplies are part of everyday life for Ukrainians in the conflict zone, writes Mark Demesmaeker.

Defence policy 20-09-2016

Ukraine concerned at wavering support from Europe

Ukraine's newly-appointed Vice Prime Minister in charge of European integration is worried that EU support for her country is weakening. EURACTIV France reports from Kyiv.

Security 17-08-2016

Tusk calls Russia’s account of Ukraine events ‘unreliable’

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believed Russia's account of recent events in the strife-torn east of the country was "unreliable".

Enlargement 24-05-2016

Ukraine fatigue is spreading in Europe

The appointment of Yurii Lutsenko as Ukraine’s general prosecutor on 13 May will even further curb enthusiasm for Ukraine in Europe’s capitals. All branches of power in the country are in desperate need of reform, writes Michael Meyer-Resende.

Europe's East 24-05-2016

Normandy Four leaders discuss OSCE monitoring of eastern Ukraine

The leaders of the Normandy Four countries: Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, held a telephone conversation early today (24 May) over the issue of improving OSCE monitoring in eastern Ukraine.

Europe's East 09-05-2016

Donetsk separatists parade banned weapons on Victory Day

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels today (9 May) commemorated the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany by parading tanks and other heavy weapons banned under a fragile truce.

Europe's East 29-04-2016

Ukraine and Russia see opportunity in Easter ceasefire

Ukraine told the UN Security Council yesterday (28 April) that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.

Global Europe 21-04-2016

Russia’s carrot-and-stick strategy

The NATO-Russia Council meeting held on 20 April failed to produce any concrete conclusions, but although it may be seen as unproductive, its occurrence is still notable, writes Stratfor.

Global Europe 22-03-2016

Russian court sentences Ukraine’s Savchenko to 22 years in jail

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years in jail after finding her guilty of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists during the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Europe's East 03-03-2016

Ukraine: With Minsk stalled, Russian sanctions must continue

The West should stick to its sanction policy towards Russia, following numerous ceasefire violations by Moscow-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine, according to several high-profile officials who spoke in Kyiv yesterday (2 March).

Europe's East 03-02-2016

German MP handed travel ban by Ukraine

A delegation from the Bundestag's European Affairs Committee will travel to Ukraine without one of its members, after Kyiv banned him from travelling. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Europe's East 05-01-2016

Ukraine clashes signal end of truce

Clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in eastern Ukraine have dwindled, but villages in the buffer zone around the frontline have been surreptitiously changing hands, raising fears that the tenuous ceasefire has unraveled.

Enlargement 14-12-2015

Linkevicius: Dealing with Russia is like playing football against a rugby team

Calls for returning to “normal dialogue” and re-establishing “pragmatic” relations with Russia only show that some in the EU have not learned the lessons of the recent past, writes Linas Linkevi?ius.

Europe's East 19-11-2015

East Europeans wary of Russia diplomatic thaw after Paris attacks

With signs growing of a thaw between Moscow and Western capitals after the Paris attacks, some of Russia's neighbours fear that European resolve to keep up economic sanctions and military pressure over the Ukraine crisis may be waning.

Europe's East 21-10-2015

No European army now, says S&D VP

During a meeting with journalists on Tuesday (20 October), Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats, said that now was not the time to discuss a European army, arguing that it would provoke Russia.

A Ukrainian border post is seen through bullet holes in a truck's windscreen on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, 3 June. Photo: Reuters
Europe's East 15-10-2015

For Ukraine, a Grand Bargain is still elusive

The obstacles to a ‘grand bargain’ on Ukraine are many, and one is the interpretation of the Minsk protocols, as there is no clear definition of what the "special status" which should be given to the separatist territories actually is, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.

Is Ukraine a ‘migration threat’ to the EU?

Despite political unrest and internal conflict, Ukraine does not pose a “migration threat” to the EU and has implemented the measures that have been asked of it, write Iryna Sushko and Kateryna Kulchytska.

Pro-Russian activists declare 'Donetsk Republic'
Europe's East 07-10-2015

West welcomes decision by separatists to postpone Donbas election

A decision by pro-Russian separatists to postpone local elections was welcomed on Tuesday (6 October) by Kyiv, the European Union, Washington and Moscow, as a sign of progress in the faltering peace process.

Europe's East 03-10-2015

Paris summit decides Ukraine’s peace process to run into next year

It will take time to organise elections in Ukraine that respect international standards and as a result, the so-called Minsk peace process will run into next year, French President François Hollande said yesterday (2 October).