Ukrainian law enforcement units have launched another attack on both Lugansk and a Donetsk suburb using Grad launchers, Interfax reports the self-defense forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as saying on Sunday. "Immediate reports suggest that Ukrainian forces are storming the city from Aleksandrovka in an offensive supported by 50 tanks and two fighter bombers," a spokesman for the self-defense command in Lugansk told Interfax
Start of surprise military exercises at Siberia’s Irkutsk missile formation was announced by Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ command on Tuesday. Missiles will be test-launched during the surprise drills, spokesman of Strategic Missile Forces Colonel Igor Yegorov told reporters.
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site.
Unknown attackers blew up a railway bridge near Donetsk on Monday. It was the main route connecting central Ukraine and eastern regions of the country, Reuters reports. At the same time self-defense forces of eastern Ukraine announced that as of now they will have their own assault aviation and anti-aircrat guns which they seized from the Ukrainian army.
The Russian Defense Ministry will take under control Russian private military companies (PMC) and will be able to use them in the event of imposing a state of emergency in the country, The Izvestia reports with reference to MPs who took part in drawing up a bill on private military companies.
The village of Metalist outside of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, again came under artillery fire on Thursday evening, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" told Interfax. "The Ukrainian army resumed artillery strikes at around 8:00 pm local time," the spokesman said.
The conflict in southeastern Ukraine claimed 3,000 lives, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Borodai said.
General of the Army Sergey Shoigu, Russian Minister of Defense, has arrived in Chelyabinsk Region to inspect the course of maneuvers with field firing within the scope of a comprehensive check-up of the operational readiness of the troops of the Central Military District (CMD). The exercises at the military ranges of Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, and Kemerovo Regions will involve forces and military units of the 2nd and 41st combined-service armies, the Air Force (AF), and the Airborne Forces (ABF), an official at the Defense Ministry press-service and information department said to Itar-Tass.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with the head of the European Union Delegation to Russia, Vygaudas Usackas, on Wednesday, Interfax cited the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Wednesday.
In addition to nine Ukrainian military servicemen, the helicopter shot down on Tuesday near Slavyansk, the Donetsk region, could have been carrying a group of foreign advisers as well, Interfax reported Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the commander of the armed groups of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) saying.
Federation Council to consider cancelling decree on use of Russian armed forces in Ukraine at Putin's request
Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has asked the Federation Council, the upper chamber of parliament, to repeal a March 1 resolution, which allows him to use Armed Forces on Ukrainian territory, should the need arise, reported Interfax, citing the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.
Troops and forces, which participated in drills in Russia's Kaliningrad region, have returned to permanent deployment sites and started scheduled training, the Western Military District press office said on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that the militia shot down the aircraft in Lugansk airport, with the Ukrainian servicemen on board. Some of them died. It is reported that the plane was shot down on Saturday night while landing at the airport in Lugansk.
The Ukrainian government has adopted a draft agreement on setting up a joint brigade with Poland and Lithuania. Parliament-appointed acting defense minister of Ukraine Mikhail Koval stated this on Wednesday.
Ukrainian military on Thursday opened fire near the town of Rubezhnoye, the Lugansk Region to kill four and injure sixteen others, military doctor Gennady Moralishvili told a news conference later in the day. He said first civilians had blocked a Ukrainian army unit on the way to Rubezhnoye.
Voice of Russia as always has the latest updates on what is going on in Ukraine. While the UN report on Ukrainian crisis was released Friday, it did not go into the killings of civilians by junta's "elite" National Guard. Moreover, it has never even mentioned something like "war crimes" against civilian population. Burning Point with Ekaterina Kudashkina asks the important questions: is mass killing of civilians by armed units a war crime? What is a war crime? How do you qualify what's going on in Ukraine now? Radio VR discusses this issue with a lawyer and political analyst Dr. Alexey Binetsky. Check out the full interview at voiceofrussia.com.
So-called National Guard units made up of neo-Nazi extremists are reportedly heading for Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, to disrupt voting in Sunday’s referendum on the future status of the Lugansk region, a source in the elections commission of the Krasny Luch district told Interfax.
Formations of the Ukrainian National Guard are heading for Lugansk to foil the referendum on the status of the region, the elections commission of Krasny Luch district said.
Ukraine's Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that security forces were continuing an armed operation against the self-defense forces in Slavyansk, Donetsk region, and were using heavy weapons and helicopters. Earlier, a self-defense spokesman said that pro-federalization activists had met with fierce resistance from Ukrainian army in an attempt to seize the Slavyansk television tower.