Sergey Kiriyenko, the ‘Viceroy of the Donbas’ who helped launch Putin’s career

He is a man of many names: “Kinder Surprise”, after the popular chocolate eggs given to children all over Europe, “the little human computer”, “Nuke Surprise”, but Sergey Kiriyenko’s front row during the disputed annexation of four Ukrainian regions inspired his latest nickname on Friday: “Viceroy of the Donbas”. Who is this former prime minister … Read more

Ukrainian troops invade Lyman, Zelensky vows to retake other cities

Issued on: 02/10/2022 – 09:13 Ukraine said on Saturday that its forces have begun to move into the main eastern city of Lyman, located in one of the four Ukrainian regions that Russia has annexed, with President Volodymyr Zelensky promising more areas would follow within a week. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates. All times … Read more

Lyman: Ukraine surrounds Russian troops near Donetsk, overshadows Moscow’s annexation of region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Ukrainian forces surround Russian forces in Russian-occupied Lyman, in the Kramatorsk district of Donetsk, despite Moscow’s annexation of the region declared illegal by the West. According to Serhii Cherevatyi, the military spokesman for the Eastern Group of Ukrainian troops, Ukrainian troops have invaded Stavky, a village adjacent to Lyman. “The Russian … Read more

Ukraine surrounds thousands of Russian troops at Lyman stronghold

Kiev: Ukraine has surrounded thousands of Russian troops in the eastern city of Lyman, a bastion critical to Moscow, in an operation that is still ongoing, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Saturday. The capture of the city, which Russia has used as a logistics and transportation hub for its operations in the north of … Read more

Putin announces illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions and promises people there will become Russian citizens ‘forever’

CNN — Russia is set to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in flagrant violation of international law, turning the millions of people living there “forever” into Russian citizens, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Once the process is officially completed, Moscow will recognize four Ukrainian regions as Russian territory: Luhansk and Donetsk — home to … Read more

Moscow plenipotentiaries conduct annexation polls in Russian-occupied Ukraine

Issued on: 23/09/2022 – 16:44 The vote on whether Russia should annex the Kremlin-controlled regions of Ukraine opened Friday as the West denounced the referendum that dramatically increased the stakes of the seven-month invasion of Moscow. As the polls got underway, Ukrainian troops said they were pushing back territory from the Moscow-backed separatists, and were … Read more

Russians control 80% of disputed city in eastern Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces control about 80% of the hotly contested eastern Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk and have destroyed all three bridges leading to the city, but Ukrainian authorities are still trying to evacuate some injured residents, one said. regional official Tuesday. † Serhiy Haidai, governor of the eastern region of Luhansk, acknowledged … Read more

Ukrainian troops ‘hold on’ in key Donbas battles, says Zelensky

Issued on: 10/06/2022 – 06:48Altered: 10/06/2022 – 09:25 President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces are “holding” in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, where intense street fighting with Russian troops could determine the fate of the Donbas region. Follow FRANCE 24’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 9:23 a.m.: … Read more

Ukraine: Zelenskyy says Russia controls ‘about 20 percent’ of Ukraine

Kiev: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday that Russian troops control about a fifth of his land, including the annexed Crimean peninsula and the area to the east that has been held by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014. “Today, about 20 percent of our territory is under the control of the occupiers,” he said during … Read more