The Normandy Four format, which groups Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, was created in June 2014, when leaders of the four countries met on the margins of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied landings in Normandy to resolve the Donbass conflict, which erupted in April that year. … [Read more...] about Zelensky, Putin discuss Donbass ceasefire by telephone
BERLIN (Sputnik) — The leaders of the Normandy Four group urged to immediately stop the violation of the ceasefire in the Donbass and continue the truce, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint statement following quartet's telephone conversation on Monday. "Violations of the ceasefire must be stopped immediately. The leaders of state and government demand the implementation of the July 21, 2017 ceasefire agreement agreed by the trilateral contact group," the statement published by the German government said. … [Read more...] about “Normandy Four” Calls on Stopping Ceasefire Violations in Donbass
On 11 November, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) held leaders’ and parliamentary elections. Kiev, as well as the European Union and the United States, has not recognized the elections. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stressed that the elections in Donbass did not run counter the Minsk agreements. … [Read more...] about EU to Sanction Nine Individuals in Connection With Donbass Elections – Source
Late last month, observers from the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission confirmed spotting Georgian mercenaries on the contact line in Lugansk. The mercenaries were reported to be openly wearing 'Georgian Legion' insignia, and speaking Georgian. Three residents of the village of Troitske confirmed that the Georgians had taken up residence in houses in the village. … [Read more...] about Donbass Militia Spots Mercs From US, Canada, Baltics, Poland in East Ukraine
In early December 2019, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France gathered in Paris to revive the Minsk-2 peace process. The parties reiterated their commitment to the agreement, new targets and deadlines were set, including the goal to reach a ceasefire and carry out a prisoners swap until the end of 2019. Fighting, however, still continues in the region today — and it is unclear whether a permanent peace deal will ever be reached. … [Read more...] about Ukraine conflict: Can the Minsk-2 peace deal with Russia be salvaged?
[Update, July 16, 9:21 am] The original Italian police statement on the raid stated that the investigation was into individuals who had fought against the separatists in Donbass, while other sources reported that Forza Nuova and other groups had supported the pro-Russian separatists. Ars contacted the Italian national police press office, and the release was changed, with the comment about fighting against the separatists removed. The Italian police are investigating far-right groups that have fought on both sides of the Donbass conflict in Ukraine. Forza Nuova has openly supported the Russian separatist movement in Ukraine in the past, as well as the Syrian regime. Some neofascists have already been convicted for fighting on the side of the Donbass separatists. … [Read more...] about Italian police raid of neo-fascist militants finds air-to-air missile [Updated]