Putin Invaded Ukraine to Deflect Russian Nationalist Threat to Himself, Demushkin Says

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, May 30, 2016) Vladimir Putin launched his “Russian world” project and invaded Ukraine in the hopes that radical Russian nationalists who represented a threat to his rule would go there and die, thus “killing two birds with one stone,” according to Dmitry Demushkin, the leader of the ethno-political movement “The Russians.” In […]

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Interfax: Separatist leader in Ukraine’s Donetsk says “preparing for war”

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(Interfax – October 29, 2014) Work on agreeing a new dividing line between militia forces and the Ukrainian army has been suspended on Kiev’s initiative, and now “we are preparing for war”, Oleksandr (Aleksandr) Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic (DPR) has said, as reported by privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax on 29 October. “Ukraine has announced […]

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RIA Novosti: Kiev Withdraws From Delineation Agreement With East Ukraine: DPR

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DONETSK, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev has withdrawn from the delineation agreement it signed with Donetsk authorities without any explanation, the deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Wednesday. “A delineation was agreed between the opposing forces, but Kiev recalled the signature of its representative, Gen. Dumanskiy, from the document without giving any reason,” Andrei […]

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Interfax: DPR denies Ukraine’s accusations of ceasefire violations

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MOSCOW. Oct 10 (Interfax) – The administration of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said the accusations made against the DPR by Ukraine, which is accusing the DPR of ceasefire violations, are ungrounded. “These accusations are ungrounded. In the course of all these days since the Minsk memorandum was signed, the Ukrainian military opened fire on the city’s residential quarters from […]

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RIA Novosti: Kiev, Donetsk Militia Sign ‘Buffer Zone’ Agreement

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MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) – Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine has signed an agreement with Kiev authorities on the establishment of a ‘buffer zone’ separating the sides of the conflict, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko said Friday. “We have signed an agreement on a buffer zone. The document stipulates that Kiev-led forces will pull out from several […]

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EU mulls tougher sanctions on Russia as Donbass rebels advance

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – October 3, 2014) The EU is considering expanding sanctions against Russia if rebels in Eastern Ukraine move to capture Donetsk airport or the port city of Mariupol. Bloomberg cited a source close to the German government on October 2 discussing the option of expanding sanctions against Russia if Donetsk airport or Mariupol were taken. […]

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Donbass’ Roots of Violent Division: Geography, History, Culture

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – April 21, 2014) When President Vladimir Putin described Donetsk as “Novorossia” in his call-in show late last week and stressed the region’s ties to Russia, he left out the fact that the region’s capital was actually founded by a Welsh engineer and entrepreneur named John Hughes. “This is Novorossia: Kharkov, Luhansk, Donetsk, […]

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