Category: Donetsk

Russian Forces Pound Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

KYIV—Ukrainian forces reported heavy Russian strikes and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk that has become a key focus of the near six-month war, but claimed they had repelled many of the attacks. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces also reported Russian shelling of more than a dozen…


Ukraine Shelling Triggers Fire at Donetsk Oil Depot: Officials

A fire broke out overnight at an oil depot in Russian-controlled territory of eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian forces shelled the city of Donetsk, the head of the city administration said on Tuesday. “As a result of overnight shelling in the Budennovsky district, there was a fire at a fuel storage warehouse,” Donetsk mayor Alexey Kulemzin…


Is There an Emerging New World Order?

Commentary A previous opinion piece discussed how the world had treated the Republic of Kosovo differently to the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. This different treatment reveals the existence of a double standard with regard to secession and self-determination of ethnic groups under international law. While the West welcomed the secession of Kosovo from…


Ethnic Tensions Mar the Tragedy of MH17

Commentary One really wonders how many people still remember that on July 17, 2014, a scheduled Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by pro-Russian Donetsk separatists in Ukraine. All 289 passengers and crew died in the tragedy, including 80 children. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, denied the…


Russian Advance on Ukraine’s Donetsk Region Thwarted so Far, Kyiv Says

KYIV—Ukraine has so far thwarted an attempted Russian advance into the north of its Donetsk region but the city of Sloviansk and other civilian areas are being heavily shelled, Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday. Russia has increased its focus on Donetsk, the southern part of which it and its proxies already control, after completing its…


Russia Strikes Ukraine’s Donetsk After Seizing Luhansk Region

KYIV—Russian forces struck targets across Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Tuesday to prepare the path for an expected armoured thrust to try to take more territory as the five-month-old war entered a new phase. The strikes, reported by the region’s local governor and the Russian military, followed Moscow’s capture of the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk…


Three Killed, 18 Injured in Ukrainian Artillery Attack on Donetsk Market, Separatists Say

LONDON—At least three people including a child were killed and 18 injured on Monday in a Ukrainian artillery attack at a market in the Russian-backed separatist region of Donetsk, officials in the province said. The Donetsk News Agency showed pictures of burning stalls at the central Maisky market and several bodies on the ground. The…


US Has ‘Credible’ Information Russia Executed Ukrainians Trying to Surrender in Donetsk

The United States has “credible information” that Russian forces executed Ukrainians who were trying to surrender near Donetsk, a U.S. official said Wednesday. “We now have credible information that a Russian military unit operating in the vicinity of Donetsk executed Ukrainians who were attempting to surrender, rather than take them into custody,” Ambassador-at-Large for Global…


Lawmakers Urge Biden to Get Congressional Authorization Before Deploying Troops to Ukraine

A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to seek authorization from Congress before deploying U.S. troops to Ukraine. Forty-three members of Congress penned a letter to Biden amid escalating Russia-Ukraine tensions. Fears of a Moscow-led invasion continue to grow after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two of Ukraine’s separatist regions as…


US Personnel in Ukraine Evacuated to Poland as Fears of Russian Invasion Grow

The United States on Monday evacuated State Department personnel and embassy operations from Ukraine to Poland, as fears continue to grow of a Moscow-led invasion, and shortly after Russia ordered troops into Ukraine’s separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk for so-called “peacekeeping” operations. Citing “security reasons,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement…