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The Donbass or Donbas is a historical, cultural, and economic region in eastern Ukraine and southwestern Russia. The word Donbass is a portmanteau formed from Donets Basin, in reference to the river Donets that flows through it. Multiple definitions of the region's extent exist, and its boundaries have never been officially demarcated.
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Ukraine to block entry to residents registered in separatist-held areas to stop coronavirus spreadUkraine's government at a televised meeting on Friday decided to ban citizens registered in separatist-held territory in the eastern Donbass region from entering government-controlled areas.
In eastern Ukraine, the cost of peace may still be too high for Volodymyr ZelenskiyA recent reshuffling of top officials in both Ukraine and Russia indicates that both sides could be ready for a new approach to break a stalemate in the Donbas conflict in eastern Ukraine. But the..
One killed as Ukraine accuses Russian forces of heavy shelling in eastOne Ukrainian soldier was killed and four injured on Tuesday as Kiev accused Russian forces of using heavy shelling to try to breach Ukrainian lines in the eastern Donbass region.
Ukraine president to convene security council meeting on Donbass fightingUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will convene a Ukrainian security council meeting on Tuesday after one soldier was killed and four wounded in what Kiev said was heavy shelling by Russian forces..
Ukraine sticks to positions on Russia but leaves room for "compromises"The Ukrainian president's new chief of staff on Wednesday stuck to Kiev's existing positions on ending the war against Russian-backed forces in the eastern Donbass region but said there could be..
New Ukraine chief of staff: compromises possible in Russia talksUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's new chief of staff Andriy Yermak said there could be compromises in Kiev's negotiations with Moscow over the future of the Donbass region but also stressed..
Ukraine holds big prisoner swap with pro-Russian separatistsUkrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east completed a large-scale prisoner swap on Sunday after bussing scores of detainees in the five-year conflict to an exchange point in..
Ukraine rivals to swap prisoners Sunday: separatistsMOSCOW: Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country have agreed to swap dozens of prisoners on Sunday, the self-declared rebel republic of Donetsk said. Both sides had..
Putin says Kiev needs direct talks with Russia-backed breakaway Donbass regionRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Ukraine's leaders needed to have direct talks with the Russia-backed separatist region of Donbass in an effort to restore peace in eastern Ukraine.
Russia's Putin says he wants changes to Ukraine constitutionRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted changes to the Ukrainian constitution to give a special status to the Donbass region after the first bilateral talks with his Ukrainian..
Pressure from Macron and Merkel on Russia is crucial to ending the war in eastern UkraineFive years after Russia and its proxies invaded eastern Ukraine, a fresh peace initiative is raising hopes of a solution to the Donbass conflict that has claimed 13,000 lives and left more than 30,000..
Fragile hopes for peace in Ukraine's eastern Donbas regionUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky is meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time at a summit in Paris. The aim is to restart the peace process in Ukraine's eastern Donbas..
Ukrainians fear president will accept peace on Putin's terms, as questions swirl over US supportKiev, Ukraine (CNN)As the US pushes forward with impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump and his dealings with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian leader is set to sit down Monday with the man..
Ukraine threatens to wall off part of Donbass region if no agreement with RussiaA top Ukrainian presidential aide on Thursday said Ukraine would wall off the rest of the country from occupied territories if Russia failed to agree to a ceasefire and prisoner swap at a summit in..
Ukraine ready to accept 'reasonable compromise' at summit on Donbass conflict: ministerUkraine is ready to accept a "reasonable compromise" at a four-way summit with Russia, Germany and France on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters on..
Ukraine wants timeline for return of territories from Russia at December summitUkraine wants to negotiate a clear timeline for the return of its territories and people from Russia at a four-way summit on the Donbass conflict in December, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told..
Putin, Macron ask Kiev to grant Donbass special status: KremlinMOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed Monday on the necessity for the Ukrainian authorities to grant the eastern rebel region of..
Putin, Merkel say Ukraine's Donbass should get special status - KremlinRussian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Monday that Ukraine should give its separatist-led Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin..
Ukraine, Russian-backed rebels begin Donbass village withdrawalUkrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing from a village in the disputed Donbass region on Saturday, one of a series of measures that could pave the way for a summit..
Ukraine, separatists begin planned troop withdrawal in eastern region: witnessUkrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began a planned withdrawal of troops and weaponry from a village in the eastern Donbass region on Saturday, a Reuters witness at the scene said.
Troop withdrawals in eastern Ukraine to start on Saturday: OSCETroop withdrawals in a village in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine will begin on Saturday at 1000 GMT, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement.
Ukraine plans more troop withdrawals in east ahead of peace talksUkraine plans more troop withdrawals in the eastern Donbass region as a confidence building measure to help pave the way for four-way peace talks with Russia, France and Germany, President Volodymyr..
Thousands march in Kiev in protest against Donbass peace planThousands of people marched through central Kiev on Monday to protest against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's deal with Moscow to grant special status to a pro-Russian rebel-held region of eastern..
Ukraine president not ready to give autonomy status to Donbass territoriesUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday he was not ready to give autonomy status to territories in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine.
Ukrainian president says he will propose peacekeepers on border with RussiaUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that he would discuss setting up a peacekeeping mission in separatist-held Donbass at a planned summit with leaders of Russia, Germany and..
Zelenskiy wants Ukrainian candidates to run in Donbass electionUkraine's president Vladimir Zelenskiy said on Thursday that Ukrainian candidates should take part in an election that is expected to be held in the east of the country, currently controlled by..
Ukraine needs U.S. support ahead of Donbass peace talks: ZelenskiyUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he expected to have a "meaningful, powerful" meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, and Kiev needed the support of Washington.
Ukraine president expects Trump meeting, Donbass peace talks in SeptemberUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expects to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in September and also that peace talks between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France to resolve the Donbass conflict..
Ukraine drawing up roadmap to implement peace deal for Donbass: ZelenskiyUkraine is preparing a roadmap with clear deadlines in order to implement a peace deal for eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters on Thursday, speaking alongside the visiting..
Ukraine's Zelenskiy: Prisoner swap first step in ending 'horrible war'Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said an exchange of prisoners with Russia on Saturday was the first step in a process to end the conflict in Ukraine's Donbass region.
Lawyer of MH17 Victims' Relatives Says Invited German Detective to Testify at ECHRBERLIN (Sputnik) - German lawyer Elmar Giemulla, who defends interests of four German nationals killed in the MH17 plane crash in Donbass, has confirmed that he invites private detective Josef Resch to..
Resume peace talks, Ukraine's Zelenskiy urges Putin after four soldiers killedUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday pressed Russian leader Vladimir Putin for a resumption of peace talks after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by shelling in the eastern Donbass..
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky urges Vladimir Putin to curb Russia-based separatists after killing of 4 soldiers in DonbasUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday said he had asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to put pressure on separatist fighters in the east, after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a..
Ukraine calls for more peace talks after four die in eastern DonbassUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the leaders of Russia, Germany and France to resume talks on a peaceful solution to the separatist conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region after four..
Shelling kills four Ukrainian soldiers in eastern DonbassEnemy shelling killed four Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern Donbass region on Tuesday, the military said, reporting the highest death toll in a single day since last October.
Malaysian FM Calls for Refraining From Unfounded Accusations in MH17 CaseMOSCOW (Sputnik) - Malaysia calls on the global community to refrain from voicing unfounded allegations over the crash of the MH17 flight in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region, Malaysian Foreign Minister..
Ukraine to launch Russian-language TV channel in battle for hearts and mindsUkraine plans to launch a worldwide Russian-language TV channel, as part of an effort to win the hearts and minds of people living in the eastern Donbass region and Russia, a senior presidential..
Ukraine's Russian-speaking president gives glimmer of hope to war-torn eastIn one of his first acts as Ukrainian president, comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy held out a symbolic olive branch to people in Ukraine's mostly Russian-speaking Donbass region, by..
Zelenskiy Calls For Peace Talks With PutinUkraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to resume internationally mediated peace talks on Monday, with Moscow responding that it would consider the request,..
Top EU officials visit Kiev, pledge more aid for war-torn east UkraineEuropean Union leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker pledged support and financial assistance to conflict-riven Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday while urging Russia to do more to bring..