About: Donbas

Global Europe 29-06-2022

Dozens missing after strike on Ukraine mall, Russia presses attacks on east

Dozens of people were still missing on 29 June after a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in central Ukraine two days ago, while a regional governor said the situation was "very difficult" in Lysychansk in the east.
Global Europe 27-06-2022

Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders gather

Russian missiles struck an apartment block and close to a kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday, in strikes US President Joe Biden condemned as "barbarism" as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow.
Global Europe 26-06-2022

Russians ‘fully occupy’ Severodonetsk, shift focus to Lysychansk

Russia's army has "fully occupied" the key Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk after weeks of fighting, its mayor said, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to send nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus within months.
Global Europe 25-06-2022

Ukraine reports ‘massive’ attack from Belarus

Ukraine said it came under "massive bombardment" Saturday (25 June) from neighbouring Belarus, a Russian ally not officially involved in the conflict, the day after announcing a retreat from the strategic city of Severodonetsk.
Enlargement 24-06-2022

‘This is a victory’: smiling Zelenskyy promises EU membership while battles rage

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday (23 June) declared the EU's move to accept Ukraine as a candidate for accession as a victory and promised not to rest until Russia's defeat and full membership had been secured.
Global Europe 22-06-2022

Fifteen killed as Russia rains rockets on Kharkiv

Russian forces pounded Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv and its countryside with rockets on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, in what Kyiv called a bid to force it to pull resources from the main battlefield to protect civilians.
Global Europe 22-06-2022

Key Ukrainian city of Lysychansk under ‘massive’ Russian bombardment

Ukrainian forces are facing "massive" and relentless artillery attacks in a battleground eastern city of Lysychansk, Kyiv warned, as Russian troops gained ground throughout the Donbas region.
Europe's East 21-06-2022

Zelenskyy defiant as Russia intensifies attacks in east, seizes territory

Ukraine acknowledged difficulties in fighting in its east as Russian forces captured territory and intensified pressure on two cities ahead of an EU summit this week expected to welcome Kyiv's bid to join the bloc.
Global Europe 20-06-2022

Russia to ‘intensify’ fighting, Zelenskyy warns as EU decision on Ukraine looms

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Sunday (19 June) that Russia was likely to intensify its "hostile activity" this week, as Kyiv awaits a historic decision from the European Union on its membership application.
Global Europe 14-06-2022

Kremlin pledges support after Donbas separatist leader calls for more forces

Russia's main goal of its military operation in Ukraine is to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, the Kremlin said on Monday (13 June), after the leader of one of the separatist regions asked for additional forces from Moscow.

Merkel defends legacy of her Russia policy amid Ukraine war

In her first bigger media appearance since the end of her political career, former German chancellor Angela Merkel defended her controversial Russia policy and denied that she tried to appease Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
Global Europe 26-05-2022

Advancing Russian forces reach key highway out of Donbas cities

Advancing Russian forces came closer to surrounding Ukrainian troops in the east, briefly seizing positions on the last highway out of a crucial pair of Ukrainian-held cities before being beaten back, a Ukrainian official said on Thursday (26 May).
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Russia launches all-out assault to encircle Ukraine troops in east

Russian forces were launching an all-out assault to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday (24 May), a battle which could determine the success or failure of Moscow's main campaign in the east.
Europe's East 28-03-2022

Ukraine insists on territorial integrity as Turkey talks loom

With peace talks between Russia and Ukraine set to take place in Turkey this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insisted on the territorial integrity of his country after earlier suggesting he was ready for a compromise.
Europe's East 21-02-2022

Putin’s recognition of breakaway regions pushes EU to fast-track sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine on Monday (21 February), is likely to force the EU to fast-track a decision to impose extensive sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

EU slams Russian lawmakers’ bid to recognise separatist Ukraine regions

The EU on Tuesday (15 February) condemned a bid by Russian lawmakers to have President Vladimir Putin recognise separatist regions in Ukraine as independent, saying it would violate the Minsk agreements Moscow had signed up to.
Europe's East 08-02-2022

Separatist leader says full-scale war in east Ukraine could break out any time

A Russian-backed separatist leader in eastern Ukraine said on Monday (7 February) that full-scale war could break out there at any time and his forces might need to turn to Moscow for support.
Europe's East 30-01-2022

Dispatches from the Donbas: What’s next in Ukraine’s ‘forever war’?

After eight years of war in its east, Ukraine is torn between preparations and its officials trying to keep calm over the Russian invasion threat. Here’s how the country braces for what could come.
Europe's East 25-01-2022

‘Stay calm’ EU tells US as Ukraine braces for the worst

While Ukraine is bracing for the worst, a possible Russian invasion, EU diplomats on Monday (24 January) regretted the US decision to evacuate diplomats' families from Kyiv could be interpreted as a sign that the West accepts such a scenario.
Ukraine 24-12-2021

Russian mercenaries deploy to eastern Ukraine

Russian mercenaries have deployed to separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine in recent weeks to bolster defences against Ukrainian government forces as tensions between Moscow and the West rise, four sources have told Reuters.
Europe's East 21-12-2021

Ukraine accuses former president Poroshenko of high treason

Ukrainian authorities placed former president Petro Poroshenko under formal investigation for high treason on Monday (20 December), accusing him of links to financing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region.
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.
Europe's East 25-03-2020

EU demands access to Donbas for international organisations during coronavirus restrictions

Russian-backed armed formations in the breakaway Donbas region have since Saturday (21 March) denied access to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) mission monitoring the conflict, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reported on Tuesday.
Europe's East 19-02-2020

Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

Despite recent rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is still "miles away" and there is still a risk that the separatist regions could turn into another "frozen conflict", OSCE Secretary-General, Thomas Greminger, said in an interview with EURACTIV.