Ukraine

Ukrainian army shoots down OSCE drone, says Donetsk

DONETSK, October 18. /TASS/: The Ukrainian armed forces have opened fire on unmanned aerial vehicles of the OSCE mission near the Petrovskoye-Bogdanovka disengagement area twice over the past week, one of them was destroyed, DPR people’s militia spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

"The Ukrainian armed forces opened fire on the unmanned aerial vehicles of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission twice using small arms, one of these drones was destroyed," the Donetsk News Agency quotes him as saying.

Ukrainian military shells DPR settlement - militia

DONETSK, October 12. /TASS/: The Ukrainian military shelled the Kominternovo settlement in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) overnight into Saturday, the DPR militia said in a statement.

"Last night, war criminals from the 36th Marine Brigade carried out a massive shelling attack on the Kominternovo settlement. A 120 mm mine hit a home, causing damage," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the statement as saying.

Ukraine leader says troops must withdraw before Putin summit

11 October 2019; AFP: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday threatened to call off a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin if all sides do not agree on plans to pull out troops from the east.

The country's comedian-turned-leader is gearing up to hold talks with Putin in Paris in an effort to revive a peace process to end the five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky opposes martial law, military solution for Crimea and Donbass

KIEV, October 10. /TASS/: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said he is against imposing martial law in Ukraine and any attempts to iron out the problems of Donbass and Crimea by military means.

"If we speak about people and territories, the top priority is people, and the second one is territories," Zelensky told reporters during his press marathon in Kiev on Thursday.

"Do you remember when the former president tried to impose martial law? Do you remember the people’s reaction? Fear and chaos. Do you want chaos?" the president noted.

Zelensky vows his mission as president is to stop war in Donbass

KIEV, October 10. /TASS/: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky declared on Thursday that his mission as the head of state was to put an end to the war in Donbass.

"My key goal is that I want to stop the war, I believe this is my mission," Zelensky told reporters in Kiev.

Zelensky stated that he understood that some citizens living in the uncontrolled territories in Donbass could feel that they are Ukrainians, while some of them might not.

Ukraine opposition slams Zelensky for continuing bias policy against Russian speakers

KIEV, October 7. /TASS/: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is carrying out a policy of discrimination against the Russian-speaking population, failing to fulfil his campaign promise to analyze and review the current Ukrainian language law, Chairman of the Ukrainian opposition platform "For Life" Viktor Medvedchuk stated on Monday.

"The unconstitutional and blatantly discriminatory language law of Poroshenko-Parubiy is still in force, and this means that President Zelensky has not fulfilled his campaign promise," the politician said.

Ukrainian president discusses East Ukraine disengagement with defense chiefs

KIEV, October 6. /TASS/: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Saturday met with heads of security and defense agencies to discuss the disengagement of troops in Eastern Ukraine, his press service said.

According to the press service, the president met with Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko on Saturday.

Kiev hopes for Normandy Four summit at end of October — foreign minister

KIEV, October 4. /TASS/: The Normandy Four summit (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France) may be held at the end of October, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko said on Friday.

"We hope that [a meeting in] the Normandy format will take place at the end of October," UNN news agency quoted Pristayko as saying.

On Wednesday, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that dates for the next summit in the Normandy format have not been discussed yet, but considering Russian President Vladimir Putin's schedule, the meeting is unlikely to be held in October.

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