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SOUTHEAST CONFLICT 2014-2015

From the beginning of March 2014, demonstrations by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place across the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine (together commonly called the "Donbass") in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the annexation of Crimea. These escalated into an armed conflict between the Ukrainian government and the anti-Kiev separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively).

A deal to establish a ceasefire, called the Minsk Protocol, was signed on 5 September 2014. Violations of the ceasefire on both sides were common. The line between insurgent and government-controlled territory was agreed during the ceasefire, however both sides tried to break it, leading to further destabilisation. The ceasefire completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including at Donetsk International Airport and Debaltseve. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015.

Please note that at the moment the guide covers events until September 2014. However the project is still ongoing and we are aiming to cover the events until Minsk II agreement (February 2015).

      Flag of Luhansk People's Republic

    [Wikimedia Commons]

    Flag of Donetsk People's Republic

        [Wikimedia Commons]  

 

From Minsk I to Minsk II

September 2014 - February 2015

 

February 2015

 

14 February

12 February

13 February

10 February

●     Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a statement to MPs on the situation in Ukraine - video [BBC]
●     The Foreign Secretary's statement to House of Commons on the situation in Ukraine [UK Government]●     Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU K.Yelisieiev interview to "Euronews" - video in Ukrainian [Euronews]

9 February

●     Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council [European Union]

8 February

●     Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko agreed to prepare measures aimed at settling the crisis in southeastern Ukraine - [President of Russia]

●     Meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko - [President of Russia]

●     Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

7 February

●        Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers a speech and answers questions during debates at the 51st Munich Security Conference, Munich - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
●        Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the margins of the Munich Security Conference on the crisis in eastern Ukraine [Federal Government]

6 February

●     Secretary General: Situation in Ukraine is critical, NATO supports peace efforts [NATO]

4 February

●     Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest development in Eastern Ukraine [European Union]

●     Background Briefing En Route Kyiv, Ukraine [US Department of State]

●     Ukraine: ICRC appalled by shelling of yet another hospital in Donetsk [ICRC]

●     Comment by the Foreign Ministry on the Ukrainian government’s decision on mutual travel by citizens using only foreign passports - video and text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     More Cluster Munition Use in Ukraine [Human Rights Watch]

3 February

●     Ukraine: Civilians caught in crossfire [ICRC]

●     Rising Civilian Death Toll [Human Rights Watch]

 

January 2015

30 January

●     Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine had a telephone conversation with President of PACE [Ukrainian Government]

●     Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini  [Ukrainian Government]

●     Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich to a media question about the situation following the stripping of the Russian delegation of its right to vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Press release on Russian humanitarian convoys to Ukraine’s southeast - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department on the detention of the LifeNews camera crew in Kiev - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

29 January

●     NATO Secretary General statement on the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [NATO]

●     Secretary General stresses NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine [NATO]

●     Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on Ukraine [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Commentary by MFA of Ukraine about approval by Parliamentary Assembly of European Union of the resolution “Appeal of non-approved authority of delegation of the Russian Federation in Parliamentary Assembly of EU” - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Remarks by Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on possible Bosnian-Herzegovinian ammunition supplies to Ukraine        - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Participation of Russian troops in the hostilities in the East of Ukraine is documented - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     War in East, Crimea Occupation [Human Rights Watch]                              

●     Ukraine crisis: Helping people through the winter - photo gallery [ICRC]

28 January

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Ukraine - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Ukraine: How is the ICRC helping people detained in relation to the conflict? [ICRC]

●     Behind the scenes of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [MFA of Ukraine]

27 January

●        Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the developments in Ukraine’s southeast -  Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

26 January

●     Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Government introduces emergency regime in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and high alert regime throughout Ukraine - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     NATO Secretary General statement on the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [NATO]

●     Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe approves 2015-2017 Action Plan for Ukraine [Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum]

●     Council of Europe approved Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017 [Council of Europe]

●     On the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017 - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Telephone discussions of Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande on the sharp escalation of the situation in southeast Ukraine - [President of Russia]

●     Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin’s statement and remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, New York -  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Speech by Andrei Kelin, Russia’s Permanent Representative in the OSCE, at a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council Vienna - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s statement on key foreign policy events of 2014 at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Assembly's Federation Council - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

25 January

●     Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

24 January

●     Report on the attacks on Mariupol - in Ukrainian [Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine]

●     Arsen Avakov on the attacks on Mariupol - in Russian  [Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine]

●     NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol [NATO]

●     PM considered situation in Ukraine's East with heads of diplomatic missions of G7 states and members of the UN Security Council [Ukrainian Government]

●     PM appeals to western partners to immediately convene UN Security Council [Ukrainian Government]

●     Arseniy Yatsenyuk summons operational headquarters meeting to consider situation in Mariupol - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the attack on Mariupol [European Union]

●     Attacks in Ukraine by Russia-Backed Separatists [US Department of State]

●     Rebels Likely Behind Deadly Rocket Attacks in Mariupol [Human Rights Watch]

23 January

●     Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments regarding the situation in Eastern Ukraine [European Union]

22 January

●     UK condemns latest Ukraine violence [UK Government]

●     Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin’s remarks at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violations of the Minsk agreements by Kiev, Vienna  - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

21 January

●     Commentary by the MFA of Ukraine on adoption of Declaration on Ukraine by the OSCE Permanent Council - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Commentary by press attache of MFA of Ukraine Yevgen Perebiynis about military activity of the Russian Federation on the border with Ukraine - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Ukraine talks in Berlin [Federal Foreign Office]

●     Joint Statement of the Ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, Berlin [Federal Foreign Office]

●     Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address and answers to questions from Russian media following the Normandy format talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, Berlin - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Press release on the upcoming Berlin meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Ukraine crisis: Intense fighting in Donetsk puts civilians in peril - video [ICRC]

●     Arseniy Yatsenyuk: The Government offers to increase the Armed Forces up to 250 thousand - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     "It is important that this Council continues to pay the closest attention to the situation in Ukraine" [UK Government]

20 January

●        Speech by Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin at special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the need for urgent steps to fulfil the Minsk agreements [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        OSCE Declaration calling for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. [OSCE]

19 January

●        Hennadii Zubko: Ukrainian Government to send another humanitarian cargo to the East of Ukraine - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●        Russian Foreign Ministry reply on the statement by MFA of Ukraine on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See Ukrainian statement here.

18 January

●     Statement by MFA of Ukraine on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

16 January

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture’s report on the situation in Ukraine - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See anti-torture Committee report here.

15 January

●     Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with the President of the PACE Anne Brasseur - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin's remarks at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violations of the Minsk agreements by Kiev, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich responds to a question from the media about public statements by Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the EU - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     A Test of the New Ukraine’s Commitment to Reform [Human Rights Watch]

14 January

●     Gov’t established a Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Arseniy Yatsenyuk calls to recognize the so-called DPR and LPR as terrorist organizations - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

13 January

●        Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes findings of recent visits to Ukraine [Council of Europe]

12 January

●     INTERPOL issues Red Notices for former Ukrainian leaders [Interpol]

●     Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s press statement following a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Joint Press Statement of the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, Berlin [Federal Foreign Office]

9 January

●     The Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017 [Council of Europe]

8 January

●     Wide-ranging interview of Representative of Ukraine to the EU K.Yelisieiev to the UNIAN agency - in Ukrainian [UNIAN]

7 January

●     World Report 2015: Ukraine [Human Rights Watch]

 

December 2014

30 December

●        The Government will improve mechanisms to assist residents of Luhansk and Donetsk regions - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●        Deadly cargo: explosive weapons in populated areas [Human Rights Watch]

27 December

●        Hennadii Zubko: Mission accomplished - humanitarian assistance delivered to social institutions in militant-held areas - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

24 December

●     Ukrainian government sends another humanitarian aid to the residents of Donbas - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Civilians Despair as Both Sides Break the Rules in East Ukraine [Human Rights Watch]

23 December

●     Bill on some law changes about refusal of non-bloc status of Ukraine - in Ukrainian [Verkhovna Rada]

●     Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers a media question about Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada passing a law on the non-bloc status of their country - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

22 December

●     Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko had a telephone discussion on settling the conflict in southeast Ukraine - [President of Russia]

●     Ukraine: Helping rebuild homes - video [ICRC]

19 December

●     Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on US President signing the anti-Russian Ukraine Freedom Support Act - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Attacks Require Better Investigation [Human Rights Watch]

18 December

●     News conference of Vladimir Putin [President of Russia]

●     Remarks by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Andrei Kelin at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violation of the Minsk agreements by the central authorities, Vienna - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Statement by the President on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act [The White House]

17 December

●     A joint statement of the Visegrad Group countries on Ukraine [Visegrad Group]

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Russia's donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help civilians in southeastern Ukraine - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

16 December

●        PM believes Ukraine's roadmap towards NATO should foresee elimination of non-bloc status, implementation of reforms as well as referendum  [Ukrainian Government]

●        Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine [UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine]

●        Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the latest report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov’s interview with the daily Kommersant - in Russian [Kommersant]

15 December

●     Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers questions from the Interfax News Agency, Moscow - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

14 December

●        The interview of Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU K.Yelisieiev to Radio Liberty in Brussels - video in Ukrainian [Radio Svoboda]

12 December

●        Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich’s commentary on the US Congress endorsing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, spearheaded against Russia - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        S.2828 - Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 [congress.gov]

●        Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin’s remarks at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violations of the Minsk agreements by Kiev, Vienna - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

 

11 December

●        MPs took part in a backbench business debate on Ukraine and UK relations with Russia [BBC]

●        Ukraine had filed against the Russian Federation two claims to the European Court of Human Rights - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

8 December

●     PM calls for Russia to stick to the Minsk agreement [Ukrainian Government]

6 December

●     Vladimir Putin answered journalists’ questions following his meeting with President of France François Hollande - [President of Russia]

●     Vladimir Putin met with President of France François Hollande - [President of Russia]

5 December

●     Statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in regard to 20th anniversary of signing the Budapest Memorandum - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     PM calls for joint decisive actions to oblige Russia to fulfill commitments within Budapest Memorandum - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

4 December

●     Declaration on Ukraine, OSCE Ministerial Council,Bazel 2014 [MFA of Ukraine]

2 December

●     Joint statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [NATO]

●     Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Interview by the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich to the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency in connection with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's participation in the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting - text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

1 December

●     Interview by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov to the Interfax news agency - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

 

November 2014

 

28 November

●     Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the Ukrainian Security Service banning entry to Russian journalists [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See remarks by Ukrainian head adviser of Ukrainian Security Service. in Ukrainian [Radio Svoboda]

●     UK Conflict Pool Work in Ukraine [UK Government]

●     The interview of Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU K.Yelisieiev to Die WELT - in German [Die WELT]

27 November

●     Remarks by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Andrei Kelin at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violation by its central authorities of the Minsk agreements, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

22 November

●        Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the XXII Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

19 November

●     Remarks by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a meeting of Government of Ukraine on November 19, 2014 - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Government to approve draft presidential decree on unilateral demarcation of state border between Ukraine and Russia - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

18 November

●        Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov makes a speech and answers questions following his talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Moscow [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs].

●        Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry on a Human Rights Watch report about the use of incendiary weapons in Ukraine’s southeast - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Opening remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint meeting of the foreign ministry boards of Russia and Belarus, Minsk - video and text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Remarks by PM of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk [Ukrainian Government]

●        PM of Ukraine: we call Russia to begin real talks in Geneva format - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●        PM: Geneva format of talks most suitable for crisis settlement in Ukrainian-Russian relations - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

17 November

Response by Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova to a request for comment on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement on Russia -  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14 November

●     Phone conversation between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Statement by Andrey Kelin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation, at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna 13 November 2014 Regarding the situation in Ukraine and the violation of the Minsk agreements by the central authorities - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

13 November

●     International experts and members of Ukrainian ministries start cooperation to assess recovery needs of Donbas - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Ministry of Regional Development will coordinate the work of Ukrainian officials and the international donor mission to assess the needs of East Ukraine to recover [Ukrainian Government]

●     Briefing by official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Lukashevich, 13 November 2014 - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Remarks and response by First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Alexander Pankin during a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, New York - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Foreign Secretary and Dutch Foreign Minister discuss Ukraine [UK Government]

11 November

●     Ukraine, Syria: Incendiary Weapons Threaten Civilians [Human Rights Watch]

●     Incendiary Weapons: Recent Use and Growing Opposition - report on incendiary weapon attacks in Ukraine and Syria [Human Rights Watch

8 November

●     Comment by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Beijing - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers media questions at the beginning of the meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Beijing - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Press Availability in Beijing, China – John Kerry [White House]

6 November

●     Pavlo Klimkin: Finding a way to a peaceful settlement of the current situation in the east of Ukraine is a test of OSCE efficiency - in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

●     Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on settling the Ukrainian crisis - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

3 November

●     EU Statement on the so-called ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Eastern Ukraine [European Union]

●     Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the 2 November elections in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

 

October 2014

30 October

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the statements by Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

29 October

●     Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the implementation of the Minsk agreements on a settlement in Ukraine and elections in its southeastern regions [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Statement by the MFA of Ukraine on certain aspects of the interview of Foreign Minister S. Lavrov In Ukrainian [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine].

24 October

●        UK remains deeply concerned by the situation in Ukraine [UK Government]

23 October

●     Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich regarding the Human Rights Watch report on the use of cluster munitions by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in populated areas of the Donetsk Region - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

21   October

●     Reply by Alexander Lukashevich, Spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to media question regarding the Der Spiegel publication - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the statements by Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

●     See Security Jam report quoting Vershbow [http://www.friendsofeurope.org/media/uploads/2015/02/SecurityJamReport2014-finalLR.pdf ] [Friends of Europe]

20 October

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the decision of Ukraine to join the EU sanctions to ban the entry of Transnistria leadership into the territory of the European Union - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during an open lecture on Russia’s current foreign policy, Moscow - video and text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions [Human Rights Watch]

19 October

●        Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with NTV - in Russian [NTV]

17 October

●        Vladimir Putin’s answers to journalists’ questions following visit to Italy

[President of Russia]

●        Meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in Milan [President of Russia]. See the program of the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan, 16-17 October 2014 here.

16 October

●     Comment by Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

15 October

●     Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the leading Serbian daily Politika - [President of Russia]

●     Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the leading Serbian daily Politika - in Serbian [Politika]

●     Monitors at work: Damage report - video [OSCE]

14 October

●     Excerpts from transcript of meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights - in Russian [President of Russia]

●     Opening remarks and answers to media questions by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference following talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, Paris  - video and text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Speech and replies to questions by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with heads of the member companies of the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation, Moscow - video and text in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

13 October

●        ICRC alarmed over unacceptable use of explosive weapons in urban areas  [ICRC]

9 October

●        Pavlo Klimkin: Ukraine and NATO will boost collaboration [Ukrainian Government]

●        Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on the sixth report by the Monitoring Mission of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        White Book on violations of human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        The Ukraine Ceasefire That Wasn’t [Human Rights Watch]

6 October

●     The presidents of Russia and Switzerland exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine [President of Russia]

3 October

●        OSCE parliamentarians debate Ukraine crisis at Autumn Meeting  [OSCE PA]. Full programme and speeches see here.

2 October

●     The leaders of Russia and Germany exchanged views by telephone on the developing situation in Ukraine - in Russian [President of Russia]

●     Ukraine: ICRC delegate killed in Donetsk [ICRC]

●     Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on the killing of an International Committee of the Red Cross employee in Donetsk [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Joint statement by HR/VP Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the killing of a Red Cross worker in Eastern Ukraine [European Union]

●     Internally displaced persons from Crimea and ATO regions will get monthly addressed aid to cover living expenses - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Ukrainian gov’t introduces a common registration of internally displaced persons from Crimea and ATO - in Ukrainian [Ukrainian Government]

●     Statement by the Spokesperson on violations of the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine [European Union]

1 October

●        Briefing in the UN on humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, Geneva [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, including the situation in Ukraine [UN]

 

September 2014

28 September

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Channel Five programme Glavnoye, Moscow - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

27 September

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV - text [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV - video [Bloomberg]

●        Interview given by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the “Russia Today” TV channel and “Vesti nedeli” on “Rossiya” TV Channel, New York - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

26 September

●        Remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and answers to questions from the media during a press conference on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Participation of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the OSCE’s informal ministerial meeting - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        UN expert calls for swift response to growing internal displacement plight as winter closes i Ukraine  [United Nations, Human Rights]

●        Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarising the visit of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani, to Ukraine - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s southeast - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

25 September

●        G-7 Foreign Ministers' Joint Statement on Ukraine [US Department of State]

24     September

●        Meeting coverage of the General Debate of the 69th Session of UN General Assembly [United Nations]

●        Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly [White House]

●        video: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/gadebate/24sep/usa.shtml [UN]

●        Response of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the question from the media regarding the address by the U.S. President to the UN General Assembly in New York  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s speech at the UN General Assembly  [Ukrainian Government]

●        Summary of Yatsenyuk’s speech at the UN General Assembly [United Nations]

●        Comment by the Press and Information Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the discovery of a mass grave near Donetsk [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

22 September

●        Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the first report by the International consultation group under the aegis of the Council of Europe to assist in the investigation into violations in Ukraine (ICG-CE)  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

21 September

●        Statement on the ceasefire implementation agreement in Ukraine [European Union]

20 September

●        Reply by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich to Interfax question regarding Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers resolution on Ukraine  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See the resolution here.

18 September

●     Statement by the MFA of Ukraine on a European Parliament's resolution on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play of EU-Russia relations - in Ukrainian [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine]. See the resolution here.

●     EU Statement in Response to the Report by the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan [European Union]

●     See Chief Monitor on 15 September here.

●     Speech by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin in response to a report by the head of the Special Monitoring Mission Ertugrul Apakan at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Speech by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin at the Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the Situation in Ukraine and Ongoing Violations of International Humanitarian Legislation in the Course of the Punitive Operation in Eastern Ukraine, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

17 September

●        Comment by the MFA of Ukraine on European Parliament resolution 16 September - in Ukrainian [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine] See the resolution here.

●        Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the adoption by Ukraine of the law on the special status of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions 16 September - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See Ukrainian law here.

●        US Should Raise Rights Issues [Human Rights Watch]

16 September

●     European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play of EU- Russia relations [European Parliament]

●     Joint statement by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [European Commission]

●     Ukrainian law on a special status of Donbass and Luhansk regions [Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine]

15 September

●     President Barroso's call with President Putin [European Commission]

●     OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine urges all sides to allow monitors to carry out duties safely [OSCE]

●     Vladimir Putin discussed with Jose Manuel Barroso the agreement to postpone implementation of Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU [President of Russia]

●     Putin and Merkel expressed their satisfaction with the agreements reached at the Russia-EU-Ukraine ministerial meeting in Brussels  [President of Russia]

●     Telephone conversation of Putin and Merkel after ministerial meeting in Brussels 12 September - in German [Augen geradeaus]

14 September

●        Poroshenko signed a law “About Sanctions”  [Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine]

12 September

●     Joint Ministerial Statement on the Implementation of the EU-Ukraine [European Commission]

●     Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine [European Commission]

●     Putin answered Russian journalists’ questions following the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit [President of Russia]

●     Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia [European Union]

●     The new EU sanctions [Official journal of the EU]

●     The new US sanctions  [U.S. Department of the Treasury]

●     Comments by the MFA Information and Press Department on the expanded US sanctions against Russia - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the restrictions on Russian media imposed by Ukrainian authorities - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

11 September

●     Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia [Council of the European Union]

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the new EU restrictive measures against Russia [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Russian Foreign Ministry on the statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on further EU restrictive measures against Russia [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     See Herman Van Rompuy’s statement here.

●     Briefing by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Lukashevich - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Eastern Ukraine: Questions and Answers about the Laws of War [Human Rights Watch]

10 September

●     Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to ITAR-TASS - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     MFA of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, about situation in Ukraine,in an interview with “5 kanal”,  - video in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

8 September

●     Statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on further EU restrictive measures against Russia, 8 September 2014 [Council of the European Union]

6 September

●     Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - in Russian [President of Russia]

●     Presidents of Ukraine had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin - in Ukrainian [President of Ukraine]

4 September

●     Russian MID comment on NATO Summit in Wales  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     NATO Summit 2014: Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [UK Government]

●     Joint press conference by the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko during the NATO Summit held in Newport, Wales [NATO]

●     Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [NATO]

 

From Congress in Kharkiv to Minsk I

22 February - 5 September 2014


 

August 2014

29 August

28 August

27 August

26 August

25 August

22 August

21 August

18 August

15 August

14 August

12 August

8 August

5 August

4 August

2 August

1 August

 

July 2014

31 July

30 July

29 July

28 July

25 July

24 July

23 July

22 July

21 July

18 July

 

July 2014

17 July

16 July

15 July

14 July

12 July

10 July

8 July

1 July

 

June 2014

30 June

28 June

25 June

24 June

23 June

22 June

21 June

18 June

17 June

11 June

6 June

5 June

4 June

 

May 2014

28 May

26 May

 

16 May

 

14 May

Lavrov's interview to "Bloomberg TV" [MFA Russia]

 

13 May

 

12 May

 

8 May

 

7 May

 

April 2014

30 April

29 April

28 April

26 April

25 April

24 April

23 April

22 April

21 April

17 April

16 April

15 April

14 April

13 April

9 April

8 April

7 April

4 April

 

March 2014

31 March

30 March

29 March

Lavrov's interview for TV Vesti.

28 March

14 March

3 March

1 March

 

From Minsk I to Minsk II

 

September 2014

4 September

●     Russian MID comment on NATO Summit in Wales  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     NATO Summit 2014: Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [UK Government]

●        Joint press conference by the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko during the NATO Summit held in Newport, Wales [NATO]

●        Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission [NATO]

6 September

●     Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - in Russian [President of Russia]

●     Presidents of Ukraine had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin - in Ukrainian [President of Ukraine]

8 September

●     Statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on further EU restrictive measures against Russia, 8 September 2014 [Council of the European Union]

 

10 September

●     Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to ITAR-TASS - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     MFA of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, about situation in Ukraine,in an interview with “5 kanal”,  - video in Ukrainian [MFA of Ukraine]

 

11 September

●     Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia [Council of the European Union]

●     Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the new EU restrictive measures against Russia [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Russian Foreign Ministry on the statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on further EU restrictive measures against Russia [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     See Herman Van Rompuy’s statement here.

●     Briefing by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Lukashevich - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Eastern Ukraine: Questions and Answers about the Laws of War [Human Rights Watch]

 

12 September

●     Joint Ministerial Statement on the Implementation of the EU-Ukraine [European Commission]

●     Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine [European Commission]

●     Putin answered Russian journalists’ questions following the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit [President of Russia]

●     Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia [European Union]

●     The new EU sanctions [Official journal of the EU]

●     The new US sanctions  [U.S. Department of the Treasury]

●     Comments by the MFA Information and Press Department on the expanded US sanctions against Russia - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the restrictions on Russian media imposed by Ukrainian authorities - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

14 September

●        Poroshenko signed a law “About Sanctions”  [Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine]

15 September

●     President Barroso's call with President Putin [European Commission]

●     OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine urges all sides to allow monitors to carry out duties safely [OSCE]

●     Vladimir Putin discussed with Jose Manuel Barroso the agreement to postpone implementation of Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU [President of Russia]

●     Putin and Merkel expressed their satisfaction with the agreements reached at the Russia-EU-Ukraine ministerial meeting in Brussels  [President of Russia]

●     Telephone conversation of Putin and Merkel after ministerial meeting in Brussels 12 September - in German [Augen geradeaus]

16 September

●     European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play of EU- Russia relations [European Parliament]

●     Joint statement by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [European Commission]

●     Ukrainian law on a special status of Donbass and Luhansk regions [Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine]

17 September

●        Comment by the MFA of Ukraine on European Parliament resolution 16 September - in Ukrainian [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine] See the resolution here.

●        Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the adoption by Ukraine of the law on the special status of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions 16 September - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See Ukrainian law here.

●        US Should Raise Rights Issues [Human Rights Watch]

18 September

●     Statement by the MFA of Ukraine on a European Parliament's resolution on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play of EU-Russia relations - in Ukrainian [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine]. See the resolution here.

●     EU Statement in Response to the Report by the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan [European Union]

●     See Chief Monitor on 15 September here.

●     Speech by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin in response to a report by the head of the Special Monitoring Mission Ertugrul Apakan at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●     Speech by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin at the Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the Situation in Ukraine and Ongoing Violations of International Humanitarian Legislation in the Course of the Punitive Operation in Eastern Ukraine, Vienna [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

20 September

●        Reply by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich to Interfax question regarding Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers resolution on Ukraine  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. See the resolution here.

21 September

●        Statement on the ceasefire implementation agreement in Ukraine [European Union]

22 September

●        Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the first report by the International consultation group under the aegis of the Council of Europe to assist in the investigation into violations in Ukraine (ICG-CE)  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

24     September

●        Meeting coverage of the General Debate of the 69th Session of UN General Assembly [United Nations]

●        Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly [White House]

●        video: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/gadebate/24sep/usa.shtml [UN]

●        Response of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the question from the media regarding the address by the U.S. President to the UN General Assembly in New York  [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s speech at the UN General Assembly  [Ukrainian Government]

●        Summary of Yatsenyuk’s speech at the UN General Assembly [United Nations]

●        Comment by the Press and Information Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the discovery of a mass grave near Donetsk [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

25 September

●        G-7 Foreign Ministers' Joint Statement on Ukraine [US Department of State]

 

26 September

●        Remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and answers to questions from the media during a press conference on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York  - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Participation of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the OSCE’s informal ministerial meeting - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        UN expert calls for swift response to growing internal displacement plight as winter closes i Ukraine  [United Nations, Human Rights]

●        Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarising the visit of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani, to Ukraine - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s southeast - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

27 September

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV - text [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV - video [Bloomberg]

●        Interview given by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the “Russia Today” TV channel and “Vesti nedeli” on “Rossiya” TV Channel, New York - text and video in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

●        Address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York - in Russian [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

28 September

●        Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Channel Five programme Glavnoye, Moscow - [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

 

Area Specialist

Wojciech Janik

Area Specialist for the Former Soviet Union and Poland

Email address: w.janik@ucl.ac.uk

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