There were also reports of factionalism among the separatists, with some desertions. The city fell quiet by 09:00 on 19 July.  On 20 April, separatists in Yenakiieve left the city administration building there which they had occupied since 13 April.  The airport saw fierce fighting on the night before the withdrawal, and Ukrainian officials said that their forces at the airport had been attacked by a column Russian tanks. The number of internal refugees rose to 117,000.  Insurgents destroyed railway bridges over the roads, causing them to collapse and block the roads. Government forces withdrew from Luhansk International Airport on 1 September, despite having held the airport from insurgent attacks for weeks prior. It is led by the Anti-Terrorist Centre, a division of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). , Alexander Khodаkovsky with Victory Banner raised on the Reichstag building in Berlin, on April 30, 1945, The Vostok Battalion (Russian: Батальон Восток, Ukrainian language: Батальйон Схід, Vostok reportedly includes members of the original Vostok Battalion, a special forces unit of the Russian intelligence directorate (GRU) that participated in the Second Chechen and Russo-Georgian Wars. " It was reported that Kadyrov engaged in an aggressive recruitment campaign in Chechnya for this operation, and that there were recruitment centres for it in Grozny, Achkhoy-Martan, Znamenskoye, and Gudermes.  Following this seizure, the militants would begin to expand their control across Donetsk. , The Foreign Affairs ministry of Ukraine said that the presence of foreign soldiers amounted to "undisguised aggression" from Russia, and "the export of Russian terrorism to our country".  Representatives of the Republic demanded that Ukrainian government provide amnesty for all protesters, enshrine Russian as an official language, and hold a referendum on the status of the region. According to the city administration, these districts were heavily damaged.  Insurgents went on to seize the prosecutor's office in Sievierodonetsk on 7 May. , After a prolonged battle, the Armed Forces recaptured the vital town of Yasynuvata on 4 August.  Some people gathered outside the occupied police building to voice their support for the militants.  The UN also reported threats against, attacks on, and abductions of journalists and international observers, as well as the beatings and attacks on supporters of Ukrainian unity. Donbas war update: Ukraine reports nine ceasefire violations on Dec 9 09:25, 10 December 2020. They targeted a separatist-operated anti-aircraft gun. , According to a report released by the UN Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 8 October, the ceasefire implemented by the Minsk Protocol was becoming "increasing fragile". DPR forces stated their intention to "fight their way to the Azov Sea" on 23 August. Overnight, between seven and twelve soldiers were killed and between twenty-five and thirty were wounded. Ceasefire, but low-level conflict ongoing, 23x15px State Border Guard Monitors were escorted to the site by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. , Clashes at the Donetsk International Airport continued on 10 July. A line to enter a polling place in Donetsk, 11 May 2014, It was reported on 12 May that, following the local autonomy referendum, the Donbass People's Militia leader Igor Girkin declared himself "Supreme Commander" of the Donetsk People's Republic.  Shelling continued in the Leninsky and Kyivsky districts of Donetsk city. DPR commander Igor Girkin also said "The time has come when Russia must take a final decision – to really support Donbas's Russians or abandon them forever".  Whilst the Ukrainian government said they were in "total control" of Novoazovsk, town mayor Oleg Sidorkin confirmed that the insurgents had captured it.  This culminated on 25 August, when the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that it captured a group of Russian paratroopers in Ukrainian territory. , On the day after the tank incursion, three soldiers were killed when they were ambushed by insurgents in Stepanivka.  This government counter-offensive began on the morning of 13 April. Furthermore, Russia has granted Russian citizenship to almost one million residents in both regions, a move from its playbook during the 2008 Georgia war. , The suburb of Mayorsk, just outside Horlivka, and the city of Sievierodonetsk, in Luhansk Oblast, were recaptured by the Armed Forces on 22 July. Since the conflict originated in 2014, more than 10,000 people have been killed and over one million have been displaced.   These areas included Makiivka, Telmanove, Debaltseve, Petrovske, near Mariupol, Yasynuvata, and Donetsk International Airport, all of which saw intense fighting. Government forces made a further advance on 30 July, when they evicted insurgents from Avdiivka, near Donetsk airport. February 19th, 2015. Insurgents denied attacking any refugee convoys. Western officials described this new offensive as a "stealth invasion" by the Russian Federation. They also said that they would "spare no efforts" to strengthen the ceasefire. " The president of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, stated that the three tanks would be stationed in Donetsk city, and that they gave his forces "at least some hope of defending [Donetsk] because heavy weapons are already being used against us. , Between 22 and 25 August, Russian artillery, personnel, and a humanitarian convoy were reported to have crossed the border into Ukrainian territory without the permission of the Ukrainian government. In spite of a lockdown in the region, sporadic shelling goes on, and the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia yet again failed to find a solution that will end the conflict that erupted in 2014. Amidst the fighting, two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets that had been providing air support to ground forces near Dmytrivka were shot down by the insurgents. ", In late July, the local support for the militia within the city of Donetsk was estimated to be 70% by a local entrepreneur interviewed by Die Welt.  On the same day, a convoy consisting of one-hundred soldiers attempted to cross a bridge at Rubizhne, near Luhansk, and advance into insugent-held territory. , Following a declaration by Pavel Gubarev establishing the "New Russia Party" on 22 May, representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics signed an agreement creating the confederative state of New Russia. , After a week-long ceasefire unilaterally declared by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko ended, the Armed Forces renewed their operations against the insurgents on 1 July. According to some of the troops who withdrew from Ilovaisk, DPR forces violated the agreement and fired on them whilst they retreated under white flags, killing as many as several dozen.  Heavy fighting resumed during the morning of 13 June, when the government launched a new attack against insurgents in Mariupol.  A report by Human Rights Watch said "Anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable...anti-Kiev insurgents are using beatings and kidnappings to send the message that anyone who doesn't support them had better shut up or leave".  The insurgent-occupied town of Snizhne was hit by rockets fired from an aeroplane on 15 July, leaving at least eleven people dead, and destroying multiple homes.  Several of these Cossacks formed a paramilitary unit called the 'Terek Wolves Sotnia', a reference to a detachment of White emigre Cossacks that fought against the Soviet Union during the Second World War.  He added, however, that the government "must recognise us as a state, now it is already impossible to ask for a certain degree of autonomy".  Insurgents had previously used Savur-Mohyla to shell Ukrainian troops around the town of Marynivka.  Despite this, Ukrainian troops quickly withdrew from the city for unknown reasons, and the separatists quickly regained control. People fled the violence in cars and on foot. , Following its annexation of Crimea, Russia intervened in different ways throughout the war in the Donbass region.  On the next day, a city administration building in Pervomaisk was overrun by Lugansk People's Republic insurgents, who then raised their flag over it.  It is a reserve component of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and a light infantry force. , After having edged into Luhansk city on 18 August, government forces began to advance through the city "block by block" on 19 August.  OSCE monitors visiting Donetsk following the previous day's fighting there said that the city was "practically deserted", and that the fighting had stopped.  On the following day, the Vostok Battalion arrived in Donetsk in a convoy of eight lorries, each filled with twenty soldiers.  None of these reports were independently confirmed, and both sides denied the other's accounts of the battle.  By 21 July, heavy fighting in Donetsk had begun again.  They then issued an ultimatum that stated that if the city's mayor and administration did not swear allegiance to the Republic by the following Monday, they would remove them from office.  Russian paramilitaries are reported to make up from 15% to 80% of the combatants.  Ukrainian troops also entered the town of Shakhtarsk, fought the insurgents that had been occupying it, and captured it around 14:30. Shelling damaged or destroyed many buildings, including a hospital, greengrocer's, and energy company office. War in Donbass News Updates: Latest War in Donbass News Articles, Opinions, and updates on The Eastern Herald. 09.11.2020 13:00 . An oil refinery in Lysychansk was also set alight.  Nelya Shtepa was detained, and replaced by the self-proclaimed "people's mayor", Vyacheslav Ponomarev.  Following negotiations between the militants and those in the building, the chief of the office resigned from his post. , The ultra-nationalist group Right Sector has its own volunteer battalion that is fighting against the separatists.  During this artillery barrage, Igor Girkin resigned from his post as commander of the insurgent forces of the Donetsk People's Republic.  Reports say members of the brigade were disarmed after the vehicles were blocked from passing by angry locals.  The streets emptied, and insurgents erected barricades across the city to control traffic. According to Donetsk city administration, eleven houses were damaged in Petrivsky, and at least one man was injured. , Unrest in Luhansk Oblast began on 6 April, when approximately 1,000 activists seized and occupied the SBU building in the city of Luhansk, following similar occupations in the cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv.  By 29 July, a further seventeen civilians had been killed in the fighting, along with an additional forty-three people injured.   This was meant to allow international experts to examine the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which is located in Shakhtarsk Raion, where the fiercest battles had been taking place on the previous few days.  They were ambushed by a group of between 150 and 200 separatists, supported by one of the captured armoured personnel carriers. The separatists gained control of the city's police weapons cache and seized hundreds of firearms, which prompted the Ukrainian government to launch a "counter-terrorism" operation to retake the city.  The local chief of police was captured and badly beaten by the insurgents.  The statement said that a barrage of rockets hit "virtually every district".  The local administration building in Siversk was similarly captured on 18 April. Former insurgent commander Igor Girkin said that the insurgents had "dealt the enemy their first naval defeat". At least eleven Ukrainian soldiers died in the fighting.  He said his unit was formed during the Crimean crisis, and that two-thirds of its members were Ukrainian citizens. Four people were killed at Marinka, a western suburb of Donetsk city, after rockets struck an insurgent-held area of the city. There was an attempted provocation but now it's over". Insurgents who had been holed up in the town of Stepanivka made an attempt to escape encirclement by government forces at 05:00. " The newly elected Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, said that it was "unacceptable" for tanks to be crossing into Ukraine. A representative of the Republic addressed locals outside the occupied police station, but was received negatively and booed. As a result, our troops, the ones who have pulled out of Sloviansk, are highly disciplined".  The insurgent-occupied city of Horlivka was encircled by the Armed Forces on 18 August.  While subordinate to the Ministry of Defence, the battalion took control of the town in the same manner has the separatists had done earlier. Turchynov said that "the terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk Oblast hostage have now gone too far".  This number, much larger than earlier estimates, was given by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Novorossiaball got jealous and started protesting to Ukraineball to give it more autonomous powers.  According to the Armed Forces, three-quarters of the territory once held by the insurgents had been recaptured. Ukrainian President Poroshenko speaks with Barack Obama and other Western leaders during the NATO Summit in Newport, 4 September 2014, NATO considers the conflict a war with Russian irregulars, and others consider it to be a proxy war between Russia and NATO.  Liga.net, citing a source involved with the government military operation, reported that over 400 insurgents were killed in action, but that the higher figures reported earlier could not be confirmed. Fighting between insurgents and government forces across the Donbass region continued "constantly" over the course of the day.  OSCE monitors said they would observe the ceasefire, and assist the Ukrainian government in implementing it.  Military operations were paused on 31 July.  Ukrainian forces released 31 DPR insurgents, whilst DPR forces released 37 Ukrainian soldiers. Template:Ongoing military conflicts, This article is about the armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. As the upcoming Ukrainian presidential elections near, many have started to wonder what the future holds for the Donbas.  Demonstrators hoisted the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic over the city administration buildings in Krasnoarmiisk and Novoazovsk on 16 April. They were then blocked by the protesters, who vowed not to let the troops leave the base. , By early August, at least 730,000 had fled fighting in the Donbass and left for Russia.  On the same day, six insurgents were killed while attempting to retrieve the bodies of their comrades at the site of the airport battle. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is commonly known as the militsiya, and is the primary police force in Ukraine. Former Soviet military veteran Vyacheslav Ponomarev, who declared himself mayor of Sloviansk, said that he appealed to old military friends to take part in the militia: "When I called on my friends, practically all of whom are ex military, they came to our rescue, not only from Russia but also from Belarus, Kazakhstan and Moldova". Image by ВО «Свобода.  On 16 May, however, Metinvest steelworkers, along with local police and security forces, routed the insurgents from the city administration and other occupied government buildings in the city. , The Donetsk-based steel magnate Rinat Akhmetov called on his 300,000 employees within the Donetsk region to "rally against separatists" on 20 May. Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the DPR, denied these reports, however, and said that they were lies. Destroyed terminal at Luhansk airport, 4 September 2014, The ceasefire was broken multiple times on the night of 6–7 September, and into the day on 7 September. , Villagers from Kolosky in Starobesheve Raion told Reuters that military men with Russian accents and no identifying insignias had appeared in the village at the weekend of 23–24 August.  The Ukrainian government said that 500 insurgents were killed in these strikes, which they said were retaliations for the separatist rocket attack on the previous day. The Ukrainian government and separatists blamed each-other for the attack..  Insurgents affiliated with the Donbass People's Militia occupied a regional administration building in Khartsyzk on 13 April, followed by a local administration building in Zhdanivka on 14 April. President Poroshenko said that Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts would be granted "special status", and that use of the Russian language in these areas would be protected by law. , In Kramatorsk, a city in northern Donetsk Oblast, separatists attacked a police station on 13 April, resulting in a shootout.  Also, an unnamed Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) priest attempted to negotiate with separatists near Druzhkivka, but was later killed after being shot eight times.  According to a report by the National Guard, a roadblock near the border village of Marynivka was attacked by the insurgents with tanks, mortar fire, and anti-tank missiles.  An air strike launched by the Armed Forces eventually managed to destroy the rocket launcher, but only after twenty-three soldiers were killed.  According to a spokesman for the Donetsk People's Republic, the militants that occupied Sloviansk were "an independent group...supporting the Donetsk protest", while insurgents in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk identified themselves as members of Pavel Gubarev's Donbass People's Militia. Ukrayinska Pravda reported that police said that the purpose of the attempted seizure was to gain access to a weapons cache. This was subsequently rejected.  Meanwhile, clashes continued in Shakhtarsk Raion, along the border with Russia. Between two and fourteen soldiers, and seven and twenty insurgents were killed during the fighting.  Twenty of the pro-government paramilitaries were wounded, and at least four were captured.  Krutov later told reporters that "if they [the separatists] do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed". On that day, an Armed Forces column travelling near Rovenky was attacked by an insurgent-operated Grad rocket lorry. Ten civilians were killed during continued shelling in Donetsk. He said that DPR forces had retreated to Kramatorsk, but BBC News reported that they were seen abandoning their checkpoints in Kramatorsk. , The Russian Foreign Ministry asked the governments of Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states, and France to conduct a thorough investigation into reports of mercenaries from their countries serving Ukrainian forces, following a story in the Italian newspaper Il Giornale.  According to the Mariupol city website, the Dnipro and Donbas battalions repelled the attack, and the "invaders" retreated to the border. Government forces also recaptured the villages of Brusivka and Stary Karavan. It started after Russiaball took Crimeaball.  Members swore allegiance to Igor Girkin ("Strelkov"), insurgent and Minister of Defence of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.  Government forces recaptured the town of Mykolaivka, near Sloviansk, on 4 July.  By 7 May, the flag of the DPR was once again flying over the building. At least four people died as a result. Putin attacked, causing war and sanctions.  There were also multiple instances of beatings and abductions of local residents by Ukrainian troops, such as Oleh Lyashko's militia and the Aidar territorial defence battalion.  Some thirty militants seized the police headquarters in Konstantinovka on 28 April.  Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said that Ukrainian artillery engaged and destroyed a "significant" portion of the armoured column. Luhansk was reported to be "virtually surrounded", with little electrical power or water supply available. OSCE monitors documented violations of the Minsk Protocol in numerous areas of Donetsk Oblast from 13–15 September.  They issued an ultimatum that stated that if Kiev did not meet their demands by 14:00 on 29 April, they would launch an insurgency in tandem with that of the Donetsk People's Republic. Authorities Close Crossing Points in Eastern Ukraine Due to COVID-19.  Government forces went on to capture the south-eastern section of the city. Ukrainian army self-propelled field gun firing in Donbass. , After having gained control of the Donetsk RSA and having declared the Donetsk People's Republic, pro-Russian groups vowed to fan out and take control of strategic infrastructure across Donetsk Oblast, and demanded that public officials who wished to continue their work swear allegiance to the Republic.  The insurgents later said that they successfully retook Marynivka from the Armed Forces.  The Ukrainian government said that all civilians should evacuate from Donetsk, and issued statements asking DPR and LPR forces to help establish "humanitarian corridors" to allow civilians in Donetsk, Luhansk and Horlivka to flee. Government forces, however, were unsuccessful in forcing out the pro-Russians, and only further inflamed tensions in Mariupol.  Shelling damaged an electrical substation in the district Kamennobrodskiy, causing the power loss.  As these demands were not met, the activists held a meeting in the RSA building, and voted in favour of independence from Ukraine. , Despite these advances by pro-Russian forces, the National Guard of Ukraine temporarily retook the city of Komsomolske in Starobesheve Raion of Donetsk Oblast on 29 August. , Early in the morning on 7 May, the National Guard retook the city administration in Mariupol after heavy fighting with insurgents overnight. Shells landed on the border town of Donetsk in Rostov Oblast, a part of Russia, on 13 July.  According to The New York Times, the agreement is an "almost verbatim" replication of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's failed June "fifteen-point peace plan".  A column of armoured vehicles crossed into Ukraine from Russia near Novoazovsk on 25 August.  Prior to a change of the top leadership in August, the separatists were largely led by Russian citizens. , Attempts to seize the Donetsk Regional State Administration (RSA) building began since pro-Russian protests erupted in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, in the wake of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.  Two days later, five separatists were killed when 500 separatists attacked a border post in Luhansk Oblast.  Heavy fighting was observed by OSCE monitors near the villages of Shyrokyne and Bezimenne on 4 September.  Also, the pro-Ukrainian paramilitary Donbas Battalion captured Popasna. In line with the Minsk Protocol, OSCE monitors said that they observed a prisoner exchange near Avdiivka at 03:40 on 12 September.  During the next morning, a convoy of border guardsmen was attacked by insurgents while passing Mariupol, leaving at least five of the guardsmen dead..  It reportedly had 100 members at the time of its founding, including locals and Russian volunteers. Separatists had earlier seized vast quantities of munitions from the captured border post.  Some news agencies, such as the Information Telegraph Agency of Russia and Reuters, interpreted this statement as meaning that Ukraine was in a state of "civil war".  The officials said that seven troops were killed during the day's operations. Already high levels of domestic violenceare reportedly soaring. Amidst pressure on this new third front, government forces retreated westward toward Mariupol. A government offensive on the city of Pervomaisk in Luhansk Oblast continued. Later in the week, they captured the local police station, business centre, and SBU building.  Activists in Rovenky occupied a police building on 5 May, but quickly left it.  By 11 April, the Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said that he was against the use of "law enforcement" at the time, but that "there was a limit" to how much the Ukrainian government would tolerate.  The Internal Affairs ministry stated that some insurgents had attempted to enter Luhansk Oblast from Russia, but had been repelled by border guards. , Ukrainian troops gained control of the city on 13 June, with assistance from the National Guard.  According to The Guardian, their personnel include former members of the disbanded Berkut special police.  Eleven went missing, and thirteen were wounded.  According to the Armed Forces, it started after insurgents attempted to break through a cordon of government troops around government-held Krasny Lyman. This civil war between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian rebels in its eastern …  Further skirmishes between insurgents and the Armed Forces took place in Mnohopillia, Stepanivka, Hryhorivka, Krasny Yar, Pobeda, Shyshkove, Komyshne, Novohannivka, Krasna Talivka, Dmytrivka, Sabivka, and Luhansk airport.  The villagers referred to them as "polite green men", a term that was used to refer to the irregular Russian forces that took control of Crimea from February 2014. Reuters correspondents confirmed the presence of three tanks in Donetsk city, and the US State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research also said that Russia had indeed sent tanks, along with other heavy weapons, to the separatists in Ukraine. People line up in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine in the movie “Donbass.”.  The SBU is the main intelligence service of Ukraine.  Armed groups affiliated with the Lugansk People's Republic were merged with the Donbass People's Militia on 16 September to form the "United Armed Forces of Novorossiya". Sixty percent of Slavic Heart’s clients – mostly women – have lost most or all of their income since quarantine measures were imposed, said Kyrkach.  On the same day, the Luhansk city administration reported that six civilians had been injured due to ongoing hostilities across the city.  Jazeera English interviewed a Canadian volunteer with the Azov Battalion, and reported that the battalion's "ideological alignment with other far-right, social-nationalist groups has attracted volunteers from organisations in Sweden, Italy, France, Canada, and Russia". Late on 19 June, a battle fought with tanks and armoured vehicles broke out in town of Yampil, near government-held Krasnyi Lyman. 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