About: separatists

Global Europe 03-09-2018

Tearful mourners queue to bid farewell to east Ukraine rebel chief

The funeral in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk of a pro-Russian rebel leader killed in an explosion last week drew vast crowds of mourners on Sunday (2 September), Reuters footage from the breakaway region showed. Alexander Zakharchenko was fatally injured in an...
Global Europe 19-07-2017

Rebel leader: New state of ‘Malorossiya’ will replace Ukraine

The pro-Russian rebel leader of a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine proposed on yesterday (18 July) replacing Ukraine with a new federal state Malorossiya (Little Russia), in comments that could further undermine a 2015 peace deal that is already faltering.
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 13-10-2015

Ukrainian PM accuses Russia of shooting down flight MH17

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday (13 October) he had no doubt Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russian special forces because "drunken separatists" could not have operated the missile.
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).
Energy 19-02-2015

Russia starts supplying gas to eastern Ukraine ‘as humanitarian aid’

Russia started supplying gas to rebel-held eastern Ukraine today (19 February) after Kyiv suspended supplies because of damage to the networks from heavy fighting, which is continuing despite a ceasefire.
Global Europe 19-02-2015

Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers to enforce truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for UN forces to be deployed to monitor a ceasefire in east Ukraine, a proposal that pro-Russia rebels swiftly said would be in breach of a peace deal.
Europe's East 18-02-2015

Putin tells Ukrainian troops to surrender

President Vladimir Putin told Kyiv to let its soldiers surrender to rebels, who spurned a ceasefire and fought their way on Tuesday (17 February) into the town of Debaltseve, encircling thousands of government troops.
Europe's East 19-01-2015

Russia says Poroshenko rejected peace plan

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rejected a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on 18 January, according to Russian media. Ukraine is on the agenda of EU foreign ministers who meet in Brussels today (19 January).
Traffic control tower of the Donetsk airport on 4 October. [Reuters]
Energy 10-12-2014

Amid tensions, Russia resumes gas deliveries to Ukraine

Ukraine's military accused separatists of violating an agreed "Day of Silence" in the country's embattled east yesterday (9 December), an initiative that was seen as an attempt to forge a durable ceasefire paving the way to a new round of peace talks.
Europe's East 04-11-2014

Poroshenko to change strategy on eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a meeting of his top security chiefs for today (4 November) to discuss changing the strategy to handle the separatist challenge in the east, after a rebel vote at the weekend which he denounced as an "electoral farce".