Militias of Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have shot down a drone near the settlement of Irmino. Earlier, LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky said militias had shot down a Ukrainian warplane, Drone’s fragments and a parachute were erroneously taken for a pilot had ejected from the aircraft.
Two Su-25 military jets were downed near the contested town of Debaltseve. Both pilots ejected, with one of them landing on the DPR territory. Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not confirm this report.
Ukrainian men of conscription age are seeking refuge in Russia in numbers that increased by 20,000 in one week; Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Monday. "About 2.5 million Ukrainian nationals, including 1.193 million men of conscription age, are staying in the territory of Russia."
The leader of the pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has announced that their side is to be reinforced by 100,000 more fighters by spring. “In 10 days, we will begin a general mobilization.”
" target="_blank">A third war with Lebanon has become inevitable; Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, called for a “harsh and disproportionate” response after Hezbollah attacked an Israeli patrol.
Shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is continuing practically non-stop with shells landing in civilian areas after mediators’ talks failed Saturday. Militia and Kiev forces are fighting for the strategically key area of Debaltsevo.
8,000 Ukrainian troops believed to be surrounded near village of Debaltsevo in Donbass, militia units cut off only road linking the pocket to Kiev-held territory. The servicemen have been offered chance to surrender, 11 Ukrainian soldiers have already. Kiev authorities revealed 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen absent from their posts.
Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs: Warsaw “open” to sell weapons to Ukraine, regarding it as sheer “business, no obstacles [for Poland] to sell weapons to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suggested NATO give “special” status to his country, called on Washington to provide Kiev with more military equipment.
The United States and other Western countries must stop backing Ukrainian war hawks rampaging in the country's east, Russian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Andrei Kelin said Thursday.
The Ukrainian government forces' use of indiscriminate weapons, such as Grad multiple rocket launchers, in fighting independence supporters in the southeast of the country has resulted in the killing of large numbers of civilians; Human Rights Watch.
Moscow has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina not to deliver weaponry to Kiev that could be used to kill civilians; Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.
Ukraine’s military Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted Russian troops have not been taking part in combat operations in the country’s east during news briefing in Kiev, acknowledged that Russian army units not involved in combat action in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Residents of towns along the frontline in eastern Ukraine have been living in constant fear, sounds of artillery fire – a signal to quickly run and hide in the nearest basement. Repair crews are working round the clock trying to bring essential services, like electricity and heating, back to functioning. regularly come under fire.
Gorbachev: “the US has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” “What’s next? Unfortunately, I cannot be sure that the Cold War will not bring about a ‘hot’ one. I’m afraid they might take the risk.
A fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has collapsed, with fighting breaking out between government forces and pro-Russian rebels right along the front line. The medical aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has been distributing supplies to local hospitals under pressure from the increasing number of casualties.
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