The most frequently used label for the current conflict in Eastern Europe, the “Ukraine Crisis,” is doubly misleading. It not only distracts from the predominant instigator and driving force of the escalating conflicts in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine – the Kremlin. It may also mislead one into thinking of the “Ukraine Crisis” as merely a local and temporary problem.
January 29: Ministry of Defence of Ukraine is egotiating with foreign countries regarding availability of lethal weapons
January 29 – A resident of Vyazma Svetlana Davydova was arrested in Russia after she allegedly rang to the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow and provided information on Russian troops being relocated to Ukraine. She was charged with "treason in the form of espionage".
January 29 – 5 Ukrainian military were killed in the ATO area in the last 24 hours, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
January 29 – New Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikolaos Kotzias has said that he favors a new EU strategy regarding Russia and federalized Ukraine. Putin's investments yield dividends.
January 29 – In the morning the militants shelled the city of Vuhlehirsk (Donetsk oblast) and at 2 pm a fight there was continuing, whereas in the city of Shchastya (Luhansk oblast) the militants shelled thermal power plant.
January 29 – Ukraine has evidence to support the participation of Russian troops in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine – they are fighting alongside the militants, – said Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko.
January 29 – Ministry of Defence of Ukraine is egotiating with foreign countries regarding availability of lethal weapons.
January 29 – The mayor of Mariupol: "Russia is an aggressor, but we cannot say that Russia attacked the city". Must be the Stockholm syndrome, no less.
January 29 – One of the leaders of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chyyhoz was detained in Crimea on suspicion of organizing and participating in riots.
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January 26 – 7 Ukrainian military were killed and 24 injured in the ATO area in the last 24 hours, – informed the spokesman for the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces Vladyslas Seleznyov
January 26 – During a meeting on Monday, PACE Bureau (governing body of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) has by a majority vote decided to recognize immunity of the member of Ukrainian parliament Nadiya Savchenko, -informed PACE President Anne Brasseur. Russia is now obligated to free Nadiya Savchenko. As usual, Russia is ignoring the whole thing and refuses to act.
January 26 – Artillery spotter who was involved in attack on Mariupol confirms that the shelling was done by Russian artillery battery. Spotter's last name is Kirsanov and he is a citizen of Ukraine. He was detained and the video of his interrogation was shown to journalists at Security Service of Ukraine. Russian officer (aka "Pepel) was in command of the unit, which carried out the shelling."
January 26 – Russia has begun using its military aviation near the border with Ukraine more often, – informed Deputy Head of Information and Analytical Center of the National Security and Defense Council Volodymyr Polyovyi. Aviation is needed only if Russia plans for a large-scale offensive.
January 25 – Russia is trying to force Ukrainian authorities to negotiate with terrorists, – stated Andrei Illarionov, former Adviser to the Russian President, when commenting on latest events in Mariupol.
January 25 – Dnipropetrovsk oblast, which is neighboring Donbas, is going to operate according to a special regime in order to ensure safety against the backdrop of a worsening situation in the ATO area, – informed Deputy Head of the Administration Svyatoslav Oliynyk.
January 25 – Ukraine is initiating an urgent meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission to discuss current situation and further actions – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
January 25 – Terrorists were planning to start a massive attack on Ukrainian forces on January 17th, but the actions of Ukrainian Armed Forces prevented this from happening – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
January 25 – More than 1200 terrorists were disabled (805 killed and 405 injured) since terrorist groups decided to attack ATO forces, – informed Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak during the National Security and Defense Council meeting on Sunday, January 25th.
January 25 – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has instructed the government to start the appeal procedure at Hague Tribunal on crimes against humanity committed by terrorists against Ukrainian citizens in 2014-2015 and on recognizing "People's Republic of Donetsk" and "People's Republic of Luhansk" as terrorist organizations.
January 25 – Russian President Vladimir Putin urged former President Viktor Yanukovych to "very powerfully strike" Maidan in order to suppress mass protests in Kyiv, – said Marshal of the Polish Sejm and former Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in his Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung interview (German newspaper).
January 25 – The Chief of Staff of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District of Russia, Major General Sergey Kuzovlov is himself leading pro-Russian militants and Russian soldiers in their offensive against Ukrainian Armed Forces near the rayon city of Popasna, – informs ATO press center. Moscow curators of "People's Republic of Donetsk" and "People's Republic of Luhansk" have observed the inability of these groups to withstand organized actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, decided to strengthen these groups with regular Russian troops.
January 25 – NATO Defense Ministers will meet in February to discuss possible nuclear threats on behalf of Russia, – reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
January 25 – On Thursday January 29th, the EU Council will hold an extraordinary meeting concerning the escalating situation in eastern Ukraine, particularly in Mariupol, – informed EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
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