5 May, key updates of the past few days:
29 April, 18:01 - There is no threat of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but such a threat still exists, Lieutenant General Serhii Naiiev said.
29 April, 15:06 - Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, is set to visit Ukraine next week. As Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, explained, during the meeting, the US support for Ukraine’s reforms, as well as security, economy and energy issues will be discussed.
29 April, 13:20 - According to Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, Russia has only partially withdrawn its troops from Ukrainian border. “There are more Russian forces along Ukrainian border than it has ever been after 2014 when Russia really invaded Ukraine,” Blinken stressed.
29 April, 10:30 - In its yesterdays’ resolution, the European Parliament called to made it clear for Russia what consequences would Moscow face if it invaded Ukraine amid its military build-up along country’s borders. If this becomes a reality, MEPs urges to urgently exclude Russia from SWIFT payment system, stop all oil and gas imports from Russia, freeze assets of and impose entry ban on Russia’s financial tycoons linked to the authorities.
28 April, key updates:
27 April, key updates:
26 April, key updates:
25 April, key updates:
24 April, 20:06 - Commenting on the announcement of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian borders, Andriy Yermak, the head of Presidential Office, pointed at the tremendous support Ukraine is enjoying in this context. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s work and support by the Western partners have resulted in such a decision by Kremlin, Yermak stressed.
24 April, 17:25 - As from today, 24 April, Russia partially closes access for international vessels to three districts of the Black Sea near illegally annexed Crimea. These restrictions will be in place until 31 October. There is no explanation from Russia’s Defense Ministry on the motives of such a decision.
24 April, 13:50 - Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will not go to Moscow to hold Donbas peace talks with Vladimir Putin, Leonid Kravchuk, the head of Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group, said while commenting Russia’s President invitation to his Ukraine’s counterpart. Only third, neutral, country can host the possible negotiations between two leaders, Kravchuk added.
24 April, 10:05 - Despite the withdrawal of Russian military forces announced by Moscow, the USA is not in a hurry to assess such a step as the one that may have an impact on the decrease of troops’ build-up along Ukrainian borders. According to John Kirby, a representative of the US Department of Defense, Washington keeps on watching closely the Russian troops’ movement, thus it is still too early to predict further developments.
23 April key updates:
22 April, 18:34 - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a statement in which he welcomed the decrease in the number of Russian troops along Ukraine's border that "proportionally contributed to the decerase in tensions." "Ukraine is on its guard but welcomes any steps aimed at the decrease of military presence and deescalation in Donbas. Ukraine wants peace. Thank you to our interntational partners for support," he wrote.
22 April, 15:05 - Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu announced the end of the "inspection" in the country's Southern and Western military districts, given that all the "goals set" had been achieved. Against this backdrop, Shoigu ordered that troops that had previously been amassed in the indicated regions return to their permanent locations.
22 April, 12:53 - The OSCE SMM has identified 12 Grad rocket launchers in the occupied part of Donbas, Radio Svoboda reports. Even though they are located beyond the line of armed forces' disengagement, their range is at least twice as big as their distance from the contact line envisaged by the rules of such disengagement. This means that they still can target Ukraine's territory.
22 April, 12:42 - According to the latest reports from the battlefield, another Ukrainian soldier was killed this morning following a recent shellfire.
22 April, 12:06 - Oleksiy Arestovych, speaker of Ukraine's Delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group, recently shared his forecast that escalation along Ukraine's eastern and southern borderst would cease after the next meeting of the TCG scheduled to take place on 28 April.
21 April, 19:47 - Volodymyr Zelensky signed the bill allowing to draft reservists without annoucement of mobilization into law.
21 April, 14:01 - Despite the numerous fears (for instance, that he would recognize "independence" of the so-called "DPR" and "LPR"), Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, did not specifically mention any Donbas-related issues during his annual adress to the country's parliament.
21 April, 12:00 - Key updates of the past few days:
UkraineWorld has recently produced a number of materials dedicated to the ongoing escalation along Ukraine's eastern and southern borders. They can serve as a good starting point to bring you up to speed with the pending developments before you proceed to our regular detailed updates.
You are welcome to check out our video summarizing developments of the past few weeks:
Another video dedicated to Russian propaganda against the backdrop of the escalation:
As well as an online discussion we recently held to analyze possible scenarios of developments: