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# Donetsk

Last month
March 2023
# Ukraine
Ukrainian troops shoot down Russian fighter amid ongoing battle to defend Bakhmut
Both sides claimed successes in what has become the longest-running battle since Russia launched its invasion over a year ago.
# Donetsk
Russian defence minister inspects Ukraine front line as fighting continues in Bakhmut
The defence ministry said Sergei Shoigu had ‘inspected a command post on the front’ in the direction of the southern Donetsk region.
This year
# Donetsk
International team blames Putin for supplying missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17
The announcement comes after a Dutch court convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel for their roles in shooting down the Boeing 777 almost ten years ago.
# Ukraine
UN chief says prospects for peace in Ukraine 'keep diminishing' as anniversary nears
It comes after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces are preparing for a large-scale offensive in the coming weeks.
# Soledar
Two British men missing in Ukraine
The two men were last seen on Friday.
# Ukraine
Ukraine denies Russian claim it killed 600 soldiers in missile strikes
Russia said the alleged barracks strike was retaliation for a similar Ukrainian hit.
# Peace Talks
Putin says he's ready for Ukraine talks if Kyiv accepts 'new territorial realities'
A Russian church leader has also called for a ceasefire in order to celebrate Orthodox Christmas tomorrow.
Last year
# Ukraine
Russia launches more than 60 missiles into Ukraine, at least two people killed
Blasts were reported in at least four cities.
# Ukraine
City of Bakhmut ‘destroyed’ as Russia continues offensive in eastern Ukraine
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation “remains very difficult” in several frontline cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.
# Donetsk
Rockets strike mayor’s office in separatist Donetsk
According to Russia’s RIA Novosti, the municipal building was seriously damaged by the attack, which local separatist authorities blamed on Ukraine.
# Ukraine
Ukraine claws back more territory in strategic southern Kherson region
Ukrainian forces penetrated Moscow’s defences in the region, one of the four areas that Russia is trying to absorb.
# Donetsk
Three killed and nearly 20 wounded in Russian shelling in eastern Ukraine
Regional officials said at least three people died and another 13 were wounded.
# Ukraine
Russia aims to consolidate control of Donetsk region as air strikes hit eastern region
Rockets hit a town of about 12,000 people.
# Ukraine
'Relentless' Russian shelling in eastern Ukraine as US promises new aid
Air raid sirens sounded overnight throughout the country’s east and south, as Russia continued shelling cities.
# Donetsk
UK says death sentence given to two British soldiers in Ukraine ‘a sham’
Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim were convicted in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
# war crime probe
Evidence points to 600 dead in Mariupol theatre airstrike – double the previous estimate
The Ukrainian Government estimated early on that around 300 people died and has since opened a war crimes investigation.
# Ukraine
Russia plans to 'annex' Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, US official says
The evacuation of Mariupol was delayed today amid heavy fighting in Ukraine’s east.
Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine
Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics’ ‘2014 borders’ represents a declaration of intent to re-take the region, Tom Clonan writes.
# Explainer
What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?
Vladimir Putin this evening recognised the independence of the two regions.
# Moscow
Russia is 'on brink' of invading Ukraine, US warns despite ongoing talks
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky.
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky
Minister Simon Coveney said that the prospect of war in Ukraine is now the expectation
Joint Russian and Belarusian military drills are continuing today amid increased tension with Ukraine
Russian troops on the border with Ukraine are 'poised to strike', says US defence secretary
All time
# ersatz
Rip-off McDonald's restaurants have opened in rebel-held areas of Ukraine
Since McDonald’s left the areas in 2014, copycats have moved in to fill the space.
# Donetsk
PHOTOS: 32 killed in east Ukraine mine blast
At least 17 have been killed with 16 more missing.
# Russia
Bloody fight rages on as rebels claim they now control Donetsk airport
The UN estimates that more than 4,700 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since April.
# total war
Ukraine President says country ready for "total war"
More than 4,000 people have died in seven months of fighting in eastern Ukraine.
# tensions
Ukraine back on the brink amid claims Russia is arming rebels
Russia says that the claims are “propaganda”.
# Woah
Close one: Ukrainian girl has lucky escape from explosive debris
She walked away, seemingly unharmed.
# Conflict
Ten civilians killed after playground and minibus are shelled in Ukraine
Several more people were injured.
# Withdrawal
Rebels in Ukraine ready to carry out their side of peace deal, but "with great difficulty"
While Ukrainian military units are appearing to pull back, rebels have said they are willing to carry out their side of the deal.
# Ceasefire
Fears over Ukraine truce as woman killed in heavy fighting overnight
Ukraine, Russia and Moscow-backed separatists signed the ceasefire deal on Friday, but there’s been reports of fresh violence this weekend.
# Russia
The west says Russian troops are in Ukraine
If true, that’s not good.
# icebreakers
No breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine talks (but everyone says they want peace)
A peace strategy was “supported by all without exception”.
# Prison Break
100 inmates escape high-security Ukrainian jail after shell attack
By this morning, some of them had returned to the facility but 40 of them are still missing.
# Donetsk
West warns Russia against further faux aid missions into Ukraine
Ukraine also reported that several of its positions were still coming under mortar fire from Russian territory.
# mh17
21 more MH17 victims identified as investigators leave crash site
‘The fact that we are now leaving the crash site doesn’t mean we have ceased investigating the cause of the disaster,’ said Dutch PM on Wednesday.
# Donetsk
Ukraine negotiates return of soldiers 'forced to retreat' into Russia
However, reports from Russia suggest that the troops deserted.
# made of steel
Pro-Russian rebels are using Soviet-era posters to recruit new fighters in Donetsk
Dozens of the posters have sprung up around the rebel-held industrial city.
# Missiles
Russian missile system used against Ukraine, Poroshenko claims
Russian state TV said that Ukrainian troops “crucified” a three-year-old boy.
# Offensive
Kiev promises 'restraint' as army nears rebel Donetsk
Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel have urged for a political solution to be reached.
# failed truce
Ceasefire falls through in Ukraine as military launches 'massive offensive'
A 10-day truce was not extended after the government said separatists were ‘unwilling to control terrorist units’.
# Donetsk
Dozens dead as Ukraine reclaims Donetsk airport
“The airport is under our full control. The enemy suffered heavy losses. We have none,” Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.