Fear and Trembling in Donbas

By Lesia Hanzha, exclusively for Ukrainska Pravda

I’m a girl, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I was scared while in Donbas. But it weren’t the bullets I feared the most.

It was the captivity. Continue reading


Ukraine accuses Russia of violating Geneva agreement

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding Russia’s failure to abide by the Geneva agreement
April 21, 2014

The illegal paramilitary units controlled by Russian security services continue to operate at destabilizing the situation in the eastern regions of our country and to create grounds for a new phase of military aggression by Russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands that the Russian side, in accordance with the Geneva agreement, publicly dissociate itself from the armed separatists and provocateurs and order them to immediately lay down their arms and free seized administration buildings, and to condemn the seizure of hostages, especially journalists, as well as the manifestations of the xenophobia and anti-Semitism that are being spread by the separatists.

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International Response to Annexation of Crimea

© Javier Jarrín / Ecuador / 2014

United Kingdom

Prime Minister David Cameron, 18 March 2014

“The steps taken by President Putin today to attempt to annex Crimea to Russia are in flagrant breach of international law and send a chilling message across the continent of Europe.”

“It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences …”

Foreign Secretary William Hague, 18 March 2014

“No amount of sham and perverse democratic process or skewed historical references can make up for the fact that this is an incursion into a sovereign state and a land-grab of part of its territory, with no respect for the law of that country or for international law.” Continue reading

March 18, 2014: Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk Announces that Russia-Ukraine conflict has Reached Military Stage


Speaking at the Ministry of Defense, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has reached a military stage. Yatsenyuk stated that the Russians opened fire on Ukraine’s military personnel in Crimea and called to immediately convene a meeting of defense ministers of Ukraine, US, UK and Russia, as per Budapest Memorandum.

Russian: http://www.unian.net/politics/897926-yatsenyuk-zayavil-chto-konflikt-s-rf-pereshel-v-voennuyu-stadiyu-i-prosit-sobrat-komissiyu.html

March 18, 2014: Statement of Ukraine’s MFA on Recognition by the RF of Crimean Independence

Statement of Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the recognition by the Russian Federation of the self-proclamation of the Republic of Crimea as a subject of international law

Ukrainian: http://mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/19853-zajava-mzs-ukrajini

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order — Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

March 15, 2014: Statement of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

STATEMENT of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, to all people of Ukraine – Ukrainian citizens of all nationalities

English: https://euromaidanpr.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/statement-of-the-mejlis-of-the-crimean-tatar-people-to-the-verkhovna-rada-of-ukraine-to-all-people-of-ukraine-ukrainian-citizens-of-all-nationalities/
Ukrainian: http://qtmm.org/новости/4290-обращение-меджлиса-крымскотатарского-народа-к-верховной-раде-украины-ко-всему-украинскому-народу-гражданам-украины-всех-национальностей