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Two Ukrainian soldiers killed at the SvitlodarskaDuha bulge in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbas

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Two soldiers of the 54th separate mechanized brigade were killed at the SvitlodarskaDuha bulge in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbas on Tuesday. (ATO) press officer Leonid Matiukhin said that Russia-backed militants shelled the Ukrainian positions near Butivka coal mine in Donbas. “A symbolic construction of the mine fell down – a place where the elevator is located. They opened fire from a tank and now this construction collapsed. There were no casualties among our troops. The flag is also undamaged. The guys said they would fly this flag in Donetsk one day”, he said.

 

Looming state of emergency in Ukraine’s energy sector: enough coal for 40 days

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There is a looming state of emergency in Ukraine’s energy sector, as anthracite stocks in the warehouses of Ukrainian thermal power plants are enough for 40 days of work, according to the operator of the Ukrainian power grids, state-run national energy company Ukrenergo. The introduction of the state of emergency in the energy sector foresees that the power grids will operate with minimum workload of thermal power plants, which consume anthracite coal, being a deficit type of coal after the war in Donbass, a major supplier, broke out.

Russian drone downed in ATO zone in Donbass

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The Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine report they have shot down a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (a drone) in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation near the demarcation line. “At about 19:00 February 8 an unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted in the sky close to the contact line. After the identification of the object, having received confirmation that the flying object does not belong to the ATO forces or international organizations that monitor the situation near the contact line with their unmanned aerial fleet, it was decided to destroy it,” the press center of the ATO Headquarters wrote on Facebook on Thursday, February 9.

15 attacks on Ukranian military positions in Donbass in the past 24h

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Kyiv reports 15 attacks on its positions in Donbass in past 24 hours. The Ukrainian military press office said on Facebook that Ukrainian army positions came under attack of 120mm mortars near Pisky. Grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms were fired in Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector, the report said. In the Mariupol sector, mortars, grenade launchers, infantry combat vehicles and small arms were engaged in attacks on Shyrokyne, Talakivka, Maryinka and Vodiane, the press office said.

Russia positively assesses OSCE’s contribution to solve Ukraine’s crisis

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After a meeting of OSCE’s Ministerial Council, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, affirmed that Russia positively assesses the contribution of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to settling the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov also said that the Donbass roadmap does not replace the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian conflict resolution. Regarding to OSCE’s armed mission in Donbass, neither member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has supported an idea to deploy an armed police mission in Donbass. Speaking about the particular status of Donbass into Ucrainian Constitution, Lavrov affirmed that the law on Donbass’ special status, enshrined in Ukraine’s Constitution on a permanent basis, would be a sufficient security guarantee for the election process according to Minsk’s agreements.

Russia is ready to take part in the Normandy Quartet meeting

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On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey lavorv, during a press conference, affirmed that  Russia is ready to take part in a new Normandy Quartet (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) meeting scheduled for November 29, provided it will not be another pointless meeting. On Wednesday, German top diplomat Frank Walter Steinmeier, while addressing the Bundestag (German Parliament), said that Germany and France had plans to arrange a Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting in Belarus’s capital of Minsk on November 29. On 23rd of November, the members of Contact Group ( Ukraine, Russian federation, Donetsk’s  People Republic and Lugansk’s People republic) met during a meeting, but they didn’t reach any positive result.  The parties, in particular, needs to agree on the ways to put into effect the law on the special status of Donbass, ensure that the parties to the conflict take simultaneous steps in the security sphere while the Ukrainian authorities implement political reforms in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

Ukraine: 7 killed and 15 injured in the last 24 hours

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Victims are pro-Russians, civilians and one Kiev soldier. Other 7 rebels slayed during an attack on Sunday.

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7 dead and at least 15 wounded in the Donbass between 25 and 26 of May: 4 militants, 2 civilians (as a result of the bombing of the steel plant of Avdiyivka) and 1 soldier. To report figures were Andriy Lysenko, spokesman of Kiev Army, and Eduard Basurin, Vice Minister of Defense of Donetsk.

But the ceasefire decided in Minsk last February is always more unsteady. 7 separatist soldiers were indeed killed following an attack on the Lugansk-Perevalsk motorway on 24th May. Among them, Alexiei Mozgovoi, Commander of the ‘Phantom Brigade’, one of the most influential leaders of the pro-Russian front. The charges are relapses immediately on the Ukrainian government, but Kiev said that the murder would take place after rebels settled a score.
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Ukraine: Russian soldiers “were armed, but had no orders to shoot”

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They caught fighting with the Donbass rebels. Despite the daily non-compliance of the ceasefire, the civil war is not going anywhere. Next winter could be crucial to Ukrainian national unity.

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“They were armed, but they had no orders to shoot. One of them said he had received orders from his military unit to go to Ukraine”. Today, th eOsce communcates it after two Russian soldiers were captured on Ukrainian soil while fighting alongside the pro-Russian militias on Monday, May18. After the arrival of military convoys last winter, intercepted by US satellites, this has definitely proved external interferences in the Donbass’ civil war. Interference which follows the video, of January 2015, whereas a US soldier was shot with Kiev’s army.

But the crisis in Ukraine still seems to be not going anywhere. Despite continuous clashes, especially near the airport of Donetsk and around the port city of Mariupol, confirm the no-compliance of the ceasefire declared by Minsk Protocol. The real showdown could take place next winter, when gas issue, supplied by Moscow, will become relevant again.

Meanwhile, the War has apparently become less Cold on the international front. The meetings in mid-May between the Secretary of State Kerry and President Putin, the first official visit on Russian soil since the crisis Ukrainian, show a willingness to dialogue between Washington and Moscow.

As well as having discussed the Syria case, the possible sale of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran and the Yemen war, Ukraine’s future was the main topic on the table. The US should want to entered in negotiating table consists of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, which led to the Protocol of Minsk in February.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov, Kerry said that respect for these agreements should lead to the end of civil war in the Donbass. However Kiev’s desire to recover militarily Donetsk caused embarrassment.

The US military troops presence in the NATO base in Javorov (near the border with Poland) is a source of discord with Russia. Here, they are ongoing training of almost 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers from April.

The constant anti-Russian releases from the Ukrainian President and Prime Minister Poroshenko Yatseniuk also show how far is the solution to this crisis. On one side, Kiev accuses the Kremlin of having anti-Western aims and would economic and military aid to the United States and the European Union. On the other side, Moscow doesn’t want to give up the Russian-speaking regions (Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea), which is the reply to Nato military forces and armaments’ developement in the former Soviet countries.

Cold war issues, Putin’s place in Syria and in other geopolitical contexts will be crucial to possible the Russian-speaking regions independence from Ukraine.
Giacomo Pratali

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